Thursday, July 10, 2008

Riding into the setting sun

Since we have been on the subject of Israel's shrinking lakes for a few posts, thought I'd share this sunset. We drove from Tiberias, altitude -210 meters below sea level where the city meets the shore of the Sea of Galilee. The road southward goes through the Jordan Valley, part of the Great Rift Valley. From the road you see the Kingdom of Jordan and sometimes the river itself. Just after passing Jericho and just before reaching the Dead Sea (whose water is now down to -421 meters below sea level, you turn west toward Jerusalem, whose elevation is +800 meters.
This photo is the view from the desert. The sun set as we made our way up to the Holy City and then home to the Jerusalem Hills.
In Hebrew one never walks or rides TO Jerusalem. It is always aliyah, a going UP to Jerusalem, both a physical and a spiritual ascent.

N.B. "Sea level" of course means the level of the Mediterranean, the only "normal" sea we have.

Many more Sky Watchers share their favorite sky over at Wiggers World. Take a look!

38 comments:

quinttarantino said...

Once upon a time there was this great and fantastic group of people who blogged and photographed … with a click, click here, a snap, snap there, all of them had a week to look upon the sky … day and night, by dusk or dawn, sunrise or sunset … and always there where great and fantastic photos to be seen when SKY WATCH was opened …

I am one of those proud sky watchers and I really enjoy each and every one of the photos you show us. I really think you are a first class sky watcher!

For The People said...

Great Skywatch Friday! I am so glad that Tom hosts this. I get to see so many new places through the pictures of you guys! Have a great week!

Catherine said...

Dina, I was coming to visit your blog. You seem to be very early to post your Sky Watch. I'm going to post mine as well.
Nice sunset, it is more worthy since we know the picture was taken going UP to Jerusalem. Your picture looks like a scene that could be set in Antiquity.

Luiz Ramos said...

Beautiful both physical and spiritual ascent.Nice shot.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Dina,
What a lovely tour from Tiberias UP to Jerusalem. Still no rain?!

Müge Tekil said...

I feel loneliness in this sunrise! It's beautiful but also a bit sad to me... maybe because I'm not in the mood? Well... I wish you a pleasant Friday and week-end dear Dina! Friendship from Istanbul to Jerusalem!

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

like the hill is on fire!

Old Wom Tigley said...

I love your posts.... I hear all the names of the towns and citys and I have heard of them all before... I have pictures or these places in my head.. some which must go back to my infancy. Thank you for joining in again with Sky Watch... Please Enjoy :O)

kjpweb said...

Manishma? I can relate to this image - a couple of years ago I rode the parallel route on the other side of the mountain range - from Amman to Aqaba. Interesting to have driven on both sides. But Eilat vs. Aqaba - no contest. ;)
Cheers, Klaus

Greyscale Territory said...

Gorgeous glow and loved your explanation!

marley said...

It looks like a cool feeling evening. I like the subtle colours.

Pearl Maple said...

Great photo of the sky for sky watch friday. Thank you for adding to the party with your view of the horizon. The sun is casting such lovely colours in this photo.

Ann said...

Is that the same Great Rift Valley that extends through East Africa? Thanks for your comment - will try and put some more shots of WYD up next week, we are yet to see the barriers/roadblocks etc.

SandyCarlson said...

Catherine says it so well. You bring the biblical past into the present and make it very exciting, Dina. Thank you.

Michelle said...

Wonderful photo and more information to tuck away..thank you Dina

Day4plus said...

Going up to Jerusalem---I love it. My MIL used to say that about any where we went---going up to______.
(fill in the blank).
Dina, I love your blog it is a history lesson and a geography lesson too. My favorites.
I posted the beautiful Synagogue on my HolyHouses blog. Thank you so much. MB

babooshka said...

It s a very spiritual image and so calming in this busy world.

Rose said...

Beautiful! Sometimes I just run out of things to say, and all I can think of is beautiful, and this picture is that.

Lara said...

another amazing part of the world to visit! thanks for this great photo!

dot said...

I like the way you described going "Up" to Jerusalem. Beautiful sunset!

Leora said...

I noticed on our trip that Jerusalem is actually south of Tel Aviv, but so much cooler (because of the altitude and not being next to the sea). And that Tiberias, despite being in the north, is warmer than Jerusalem. It's as if the whole country is below Jerusalem.

Beautiful sky.

raf said...

Wonderful, Dina. Thank you!

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

The photo is lovely, Dina, and I really enjoyed the narrative. I think that using the term "UP to the Holy City" is only right and proper.

I don't have a Sky Watch photo posted this week, but wanted to visit anyway.
Pat-An Arkansas Stamper

Suzanne said...

Thank you for your photo to SWF. I love learning about this part of the world. Have a great weekend.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Wonderful view

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

Awesome...thx for sharing!

M ^..^

Anemone said...

Hallo Jerusalem..., Norway calling you.... almost like Grand Prix..but...beautiful picture from you this friday :-)

Nice weekend from Anne.

Jerez said...

I am wanting more and more to come to Israel. I have a friend online who has invited me for a few weeks, They live on the road to Emmaus.
I sent them info on your blog Dina.

All your posts seem to bring back all the places I learned about as a child in Sunday school. You bring it alive for me..Thanks..

CrazyCath said...

What a beautiful sunset! I am so glad I have stumbled on your blog - it is full of so much information and I am fascinated by these lands and their physical form, the actual realities of living there, etc. I would love to walk where Moses, Abraham, Jesus etc all walked. To see the Sea of Galilee where the disciples fished and Jesus preached...

Just awesome photos and info. Thank you.

Lynellen said...

Beautiful sunset!

JC said...

Dina, Beautiful picture. Can't wait to see a sunset there. JC

Tipper said...

Beautiful sunset!

For The People said...

I added a couple more shot to mine!

Lasse said...

Beautiful scenery! Did you catch the sun? :)

Louis la Vache said...

Beautiful Sky Watch post, Dina.

Re your comment at Willits DP:
Serious
FUN

About the bulldozer attack

Kay said...

Really pretty! I got my SWF photo up at the last minutes.

AnneKa said...

Hallo from North Norway. Last week I saw all Sky Watch Friday photos and they were all great, and I hope to see them all this week too. I love to travel around the world this way.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful sky watch and have a great weekend!

Andrea said...

Beautiful sunset. Beautiful and meaningful post.