Once you go down from Jerusalem and the surrounding Jerusalem Hills, the lowland of the Shefelah opens up with vistas like this. I snapped this shot from the Jerusalem-to-Tel Aviv bus last Friday.
This bridge goes over the Valley of Ayalon, famous from the book of Joshua 10:12-14 where Joshua needed victory over the Amorites and said, "Sun, stand thou still at Gibeon, and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ayalon." And they did, the Bible says, for about a whole day.
Bridges and tunnels are being built for a new railway from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It will be Israel's first high-speed rail and also our first electrified heavy railway line. If the line is ever finished, the trip should take only 28 minutes.
SkyWatch Friday is in full swing. Have a look.