Sunset at Makhtesh Ramon…

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Temps around 40F…but still beautiful. Eileen that is!

Makhtesh Ramon (Ramon Crater) is a natural formation (no meteors etc.) found in the Northern Negev Desert.  It is the world’s largest erosion crater, or makhtesh. The crater is 23.5 miles in length, 4 miles wide and 1,500 feet deep. Just wanted to share some sunset images with you from atop the crater…

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A nubian ibex enjoying the sunset…

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Visitor’s Center…

Hope that you enjoyed…

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Tel Be’er Sheva: A UNESCO World Heritage Site…

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Tel Be’er Sheva…

On our way for a three day getaway to Mitspe Ramon we stopped and visited Tel Be’er Sheva. The site is the remains of the biblical town of Beer Sheva dating back to 4000 BCE.

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It is located in the northern Negev (orange area) and is near the modern city Beersheba.

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The view from Tel Be’er Sheva overlooking an Arab village…

A “Tel” is actually an archaeological feature which is very common in Israel, a place that has been inhabited by people for thousands and thousands of years. Basically a “Tel” is a mound underneath which lay the ruins of previous settlements that once stood on the same spot, each mounded on top of the other. When traveling in Israel, Tels are common (ie; Tel Aviv) and there is a good chance that three, four, or even five previous settlements lay hidden inside the mound!

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The remains of the Tel…

In the image above, it’s interesting to compare the ruins, about 3,000 years old, with the power line crossing the desert bringing electricity to southern Israel.

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The four-horned altar…

During the dig at the Tel A large four-horned altar from the 9th century BCE was found, evidence of a heathen cult which occupied the town at that time. While the altar has been moved to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, a replica (above) can be seen at the site.

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A well, part of the water system…

We hope that you enjoyed our journey and I look forward to sharing more from the beautiful country of Israel…

Am I Crazy Or What?…

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Jeep tour guide explaining the rock formations in the Negev…

Last Tuesday, we took a jeep tour of the Ramon Crater (Makhtesh Ramon מכתש רמו) which is located in the northern Negev Desert.  The crater is 23.5 miles in length, 4 miles wide and 1,500 feet deep. It is quite spectacular and for photographers the colors, rolling hills, desert fauna, and sunrise/sunsets can be quite interesting. More to come in future blogs (lucky you…).

Anyways, while our tour guide was explaining the geology of Ramon Crater, I was attracted to a nearby colorful rock formation.

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Then, while processing the third image below, I thought I saw something interesting, to say the least, and I began to question my sanity. No comment Jonah!

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Looking closely, I swear I thought  I saw three images in the formation. Am I crazy or what?

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I see three people in the greenish white area.  Just above the ‘amuel’  I see a woman’s face, a not very happy one.  Above the ‘raphy20′  I see a man with a moustache. To the man’s right,  I see a man with a bushy white beard. Santa Claus?  So, what sayeth you?

Eileen and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy , Healthy New Year!

 

 

We’re Back In Israel #2…

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So let me show you around the neighborhood where we live. In the image above, Eileen is standing in front of a lottery stand located on Sokolov Street, the main shopping/business street in Herzlia.  In the slideshow below, I’ve posted a few images of what Herzlia’s business center looks like:-

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One of the things I like to do best is to go out to listen to live music. It’s often hard to find, since most bars/clubs don’t start performances until after 10pm.   Zzzzzz! Not for me. In my upcoming blog I’ll share some images from some performances I attended.