Saturday, December 13, 2008

Urban animals

Thought it would be fun to share all the animals I saw in one day in Jerusalem.
Can you find the little sparrow on the huge Herodian stones of the Western Wall?
This kitten was busy chasing a bee.
In the old days (up to ~mid-20th C maybe) houses had gutters to channel rain into underground cisterns. Residents of the houses surrounding the courtyard would draw their water from openings such as this one, now capped.
The same kitten followed us into the Museum of Psalms. Acted right at home, like he owns the place. Well, he was born there so it IS his home.
One of the MANY Old City cats. This one walks down Saint Francis Street in the Christian Quarter.
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More animals will be on display starting tonight courtesy of our Camera-Critters blogger group. Enjoy your visit or contribute a critter of your own. New creatures always welcome!

31 comments:

nazzareno said...

The cats, otherwise of the dogs, have not owners,they only accept of being our hosts. It's possible to see it also in yours photographs.
Ciao!

Dina said...

Nazzareno shalom. Haha, well said! Cats as our hosts, good one.

Rhea said...

Awww! Great photos. I love learning more about Jerusalem too.

Grammy said...

Shalom Diana, Love your photos. I will look around a bit more. I would love to see your country.

Yes we did catch and release the skunks. There is a wild life conservation area with in 15 miles or so. We took the little ones there. The big ones we let the conservation guy take them there. As he know better than us how not to get sprayed. The little one have to real sent yet.
Grammy

Your EG Tour Guide said...

The best part about seeing the cats in the city is also seeing some of Jerusalem's old stonework close up. NEAT!

Jedediah said...

The sparrow is well camouflaged, almost didn#t spot him :)

Reader Wil said...

I saw your little sparrow when I enlarged your photo! Shabbath shalom, Dina! I thought you were going to Australia soon?

Indrani said...

Nice shots, Dina and I could spot the sparrow. :)

Reader Wil said...

It's me again wishing you a very great time preparing your flight to Oz. Yes why do they live so far away our daughters!

Carletta said...

Always love seeing the cats of the city. Being a cat owner I appreciate Nazzareno's comment.
I finally found the sparrow.
Lovely post.

Rose said...

I had to enlarge the picture to find the sparrow, and I love the cat series.

Lapa37 said...

Good shots did the cat get the bee? I hope for his sake he didn't.

spacedlaw said...

Cats everywhere? Sounds like the perfect place for me.

Maria said...

Shalom Dina, finally I saw the little sparrow! :) You would not see so many cats in Vienna, maybe in the gardens of the suburbs.
That old stonework is really amazing! So beautiful!
Have a nice weekend!

Kay said...

Gosh! If you like cats, we have tons of feral cats in Manoa. No kidding. Tons...

Misty Dawn said...

The cats definitely are in charge around there ;-) Great photos - I always enjoy your posts.

Dina said...

Rhea, do you know your name means friend or companion in Hebrew? I know a man named Rea.

Grammy, the trouble with cute little skunks is that they grow up and stink. I asked you about your releasing of them because I used to have the thankless job of trapping the skunk offenders at Heifer Ranch, Arkansas. Good luck!

EG Tour Guide and Maria, yeah, I always have to sneak in something about stone, even if it is an animal post. ;)

Jedidiah ("Friend of God" in Hebrew!), Indrani, Rose, Carletta, Maria, good bird spotting! More often we see pigeons in the wall.

Lapa, I think Kitty and Bee were just playing tag. It worried me too.

Spacedlaw, perfect place for you indeed. You would create a poem for every cat here, I know!

Kay, you know we have a question about everything that happens: "Is it good for the Jews?" So, are your tons of cats good for the Hawaiians? Or bad? And manoa in Hebrew means "engine." Just FYI. LOL Kay, i miss our laughing together.

Mediterranean kiwi said...

that was a nice walk through your old town...

fishing guy said...

Dina: I couldn't find that sparrow, he must have been hiding to good on the wall. Probably hiding from all those cats that you have.

Pietro said...

Nice the black and white kitty. I like cats for their softness and their independence.

Ladynred said...

I can't find the sparrow either. it must be my eyes! However those are great shots of the cats.

i beati said...

interesting sandy

Catherine said...

Exactly the same as in the South of France, or in other latin countries. See, Dina, 2 Italians have commented, they could certify.
I love your cats pictures. The way they walk around, indifferent to pedestrians, as if the streets belonged to them.

Hilda said...

Me and fishing guy. I couldn't find it either.

Interesting information about the cisterns and such lovely stonework all over the city!

babooshka said...

The cats wanderings gave us another lovely virtual tour of an incredible city.

bennie and patsy said...

Love your post

Ann said...

Had to enlarge the photo to see the sparrow. Love the kitties, especially seeing them in those surroundings.

magiceye said...

that is a wonderful compilation of critter pics!

Fida said...

Actually, looking at the first picture, I didn’t think of animals – I thought how resilient plants really are. Some of them can exist with so little…

KC said...

how very cool and loved all the photos.

Cloudia said...

Sparrowa! Cats! Stiltwalkers! You are surrounded by guardian angels, Dina! Aloha-