Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Daughter at the deep Dead Sea

Today's ABC Wednesday has bloggers from all over the world presenting their letter D words.

The DEAD SEA SCROLLS were accidentally DISCOVERED in these caves near Qumran, in the DESERT called The Wilderness of Judea.

I have not been DOWN there for years, so I take the liberty of showing my DEAR DAUGHTER's photographs. She and her family were back in Israel for a visit in January 2007.

In Naomi's picture above you can see the shrinking Dead Sea, its surface now at minus 421 meters below sea level. Beyond it is the Kingdom of Jordan. The cable car carries tourists up to the top of Masada. The square below is one of the camps built by the Romans for the siege of Masada.
The super-salty Dead Sea water was too cool for floating on in January, Naomi's blog says, but this was the view of the beach from their hotel window.
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24 comments:

Leora said...

Your daughter takes lovely photos. Like mom! We enjoyed Ein Gedi and visiting the Dead Sea. Someday, when it's not so hot, I'd like to see Qumran.

CaBaCuRl said...

Great D posts for today. I visited Israel in 1985, and remember being in the DEad Sea, and having one of those typical touristy photos taken, propped up on my elbows on top of the water. I also visited Masada and by a strange coincidence,I listened to a radio doco about Masada 2 days ago.

Louise said...

That last photo is fabulous!

I love it when you do such educational posts like this!

Jules said...

This is just such an amazing blog - i feel I've been transported back in time. What a fascinating job you have and what a magical place you live in!!!!

babooshka said...

Not only absolutely beautiful, but educational again too.

photowannabe said...

Qumran , the Dead Sea and Masada were some of my favorite places we visited on our tour. Thanks for letting me see them again. I wish I could return to visit someday.

Rambling Woods said...

The Dead Sea looks so clear and blue and thank you for the information Dina...

Yolanda said...

I enjoyed seeing these photos and am glad to have found your blog.

JC said...

Brings back good memories. Thanks.

leslie said...

Beautiful photos and I'd love to float in the Dead Sea one day.

the donG said...

now you're making me dream more everytime you talk about the dead sea.

beautiful shot from the top.

Denise said...

The view from the hotel window is something so far away from the weather we are experiencing here in UK. It made a pleasant change to the day.

Kay said...

Naomi is such a wonderful photographer. Edo is too, just like you. It must be a family trait. The photo of the Dead Sea brought back a lot of happy memories.

kjpweb said...

Wonderful images. I caught myself a cold last time there. It had snowed in Jerusalem, but at the dead see we ran into 45C temps. Uh and Massada - an utterly impressive place - living history! Great shots by your daughter!
Cheers, Klaus

Patty said...

Oh what gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing them with us.

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

brilliant photos Dina, (another D word), wonderful travel post

Gretchen said...

WOW! I would love to someday see that in person. Thanks for sharing your daughter's photos!

Shimmy Mom said...

It's so amazingly beautiful. Your daughter gets great pics.
*hugs*

Sara said...

Such familiar and well-loved sights you've shown me today....if you can say "familiar" after only 3 short visits to The Land. Brings back good memories.

deslilas said...

Fine post Dina.
Very lovely places.

Dick said...

Interesting place, great pictures

Sherry Stewart said...

I've always wondered about the caves where these scrolls were found, but never imagined such a place. It is certainly a feast for the eyes. It sparks my imagination. Full of wonder! Just full of wonder.

How great is the earth, and those who dwell on her.

chanpheng said...

Wonderful D posts. I never imagined what the Dead Sea looked like. Thanks for filling in a gap in my imagination!

Kris said...

I wonder whether people had been in there and just missed them, or whether they just missed at altogether. A mystery!