Thursday, November 27, 2008

Circles in the sky

The sky over Jerusalem last week.

Looking east from the Tower of David, we see the Old City with the tower of the (Lutheran) Church of the Redeemer and the gold Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount, and on the horizon Mount Scopus and the Mount of Olives. If you enlarge the photo you can make out the arches of the Mormon university just right of the top of the white bell tower.

Same circles in the sky, but here we can see the gray rotundas of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Redeemer Church bell tower. Hebrew University Mount Scopus campus is on the horizon.
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Happy sky watching with other bloggers' new photos at SkyWatch Friday, starting tonight.

55 comments:

Leora said...

Cool photo. Ancient city, modern sky.

SandyCarlson said...

Sky scribbling? Figure flying? That's interesting, Dina!

Yen said...

Those are totally cool sky shots!

ilanadavita said...

Great that you managed to catch those circles.

Ruth said...

Interesting sky shots. I am guessing the circles are from an airplane. I visited Jerusalem in 1977 for a professional conference and enjoyed the beauty of the country.

RuneE said...

Helicopters flying in circles?

Bestemor Aud said...

Hei Dina!
Great pictures of the sky over Jerusalem. The circle var very special, looks like a glory!
Have read your blog lately - very much interesting! Beautiful picture of your grandson with the Thora scrolls.
Happy skywatch!
Love from
Aud

Sylvia K said...

Really great shots, love seeing views of Jerusalem! Thanks!

vincibene said...

Wonderful view about Jerusalem. And the circles are very interesting!

Neal said...

Beautiful shots! I'd love to visit there sometimes.

Ackworth born said...

are the rings clouds or the remains of vapour trails from planes?

Eki Akhwan said...

Those circular clouds look marvellous, Dina! Did those clouds naturally occur? Were they the trace of an airplane?

Dina said...

Shalom everyone. I DON'T KNOW! The circles are a mystery to me! I was in a group tour in the Museum of Jerusalem History when we came out onto the tower for a panorama view. So what was in the sky before that, I don't know.
We don't have sky-writers. RuneE asks if there had been helicopters flying in circles. This is logical. Could well be. But do helicopters leave such trails? I've never seen this before.

Many are the mysteries in the Holy City. Sometimes it is just better to let a mystery be a mystery. :)

Dina said...

Eki, there were a few other very light, wispy clouds in a blue sky that warm day. But none in this round shape.

Catherine said...

I love coming to see you, I'm always assured to go back in Paris with new informations, even for Sky Watch.
I think that many of us will wonder for a long time what kind of flying machines could make such circles.

kaybee said...

The first photo looks like a 'halo' over the Holy City!

Dina said...

Catherine, "flying machines," that's cool!
Kaybee, a halo! Now we're talking Holy City, yay!

Mary said...

Neat! Are they from an airplane?

Ladynred said...

Wow! isn't the cool. It's beautiful shots.

Leedra said...

Nice circles. Neat SWF

Gill - That British Woman said...

what neat shots, did air planes do that.......

Gill in Canada

babooshka said...

It looks like a halo.

FickleMinded said...

the circle form in the clouds is simply awesome!
My SWF#4

The Good Life in Virginia said...

liked these two shots...and the panoramic shot of the city :)
thanks for sharing these with all of us at skywatch.

Kris said...

It's a sign! (Of something...)

JC said...

Great shots. Thanks for sharing.

ramblingwoods said...

Beautiful sky...

J.C. said...

Is that a halo looming over the city?

ichandrae said...

beautiful Dina.

Beautiful sky view of the city. I figured you were astral travelling or using adobe photoshop.

shalom

Suzanne said...

Happy SWF Friday and I dont think I will ever get sick of looking at your part of the world.
Have a good weekend.

Indrani said...

That is a halo over the beautiful city! Nice capture.

Small City Scenes said...

Great shots of not only the sky but the city with many interesting buildings. MB

Mediterranean kiwi said...

great swirls, really pretty

Maria said...

Hallo Dina, thank you for the picturs of the great sky over Jerusalem! The white circles are interesting! :)
The hotel on my picture is called "The Ring", http://www.theringhotel.com/, I think it has the most stunning Christmas decoration around! The blue little lamps look like a waterfall or so!

Jedediah said...

Great pictures of a spectacular city :)

magiceye said...

this is so beautiful

Thank you so much for your concern and good wishes.

Dina ... UK said...

Hello Dina!
I am going to enjoy your pictures and comments about the Holy City...

Greyscale Territory said...

Both shots are fascinating! Those clouds almost seem to be forming a spiralling halo over the old worlds!

Sue said...

Lovely pictures of your area, and the sky!

mommanator said...

Are the circles or are they Halos!

Pietro said...

Dina, these are great landscapes. The nice circles in the sky add charm to the images.

Kelly said...

Dina, what a beautiful SWF post! I think you are right, there are many mysteries in the Holy City and this must just be one more!! Lovely post!!

Robin said...

Very interesting shots. I like the circles in the sky and it's nice to get a glimpse of Jerusalem.

Mark said...

The circles are so much fun.
lionsmane

Jan said...

Love these photos. The circles definitely look man-made, but maybe not.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Great shots of the city and I like the circles in the sky. :-)

Tarolino, Finland said...

Great shots of a beautiful city. The circles in the skjy crown the pictures for sure.
Have a great weekend.

Petrea said...

What a fascinating skywatch, Dina. Helicopters don't leave such trails. Mystery indeed. And why not? Jerusalem is a city of mysteries.

Jules said...

So good to be back and thanks for your comments. The last month has been very sad. We had to rush home to be with my sister-in-law who very bravely lost her battle with melanoma not long after we got there.

The Mumbai horror has left me numb too and that dear couple on your post yesterday who we now know lost their lives is just too terrible to contemplate. Surely they don't think this is what their God would have wanted???

magiceye said...

It is peace in Mumbai at last.
Thank you for all your prayers and good wishes.
Pray for all those who lost their lives and may God give strength to their near and dear ones to bear their irreparable loss.

Kay said...

What an unusual sky! It's a modern halo over the holy city.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

The circles in the sky immediately called to mind the Biblical story of Ezekiel who saw the wheel in sky. Most interesting photo, Dina.

Signe said...

Beautiful photos of the Jerusalem sky.

Dick said...

Wow, neat shot, beautiful city.

Shimmy Mom said...

Beautiful photo of the city. I really want to come visit sometime.
*hugs*