Thursday, February 26, 2009

Where the sun stood still

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.
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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.
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SkyWatch Friday is in full swing. Have a look.

29 comments:

Pat and Abe said...

I really like this photo of the clouds for SkyWatch Friday. I am always interested in what others are doing. Have a nice weekend.

My Skywatch Post

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

A lovely place, Dina. Thanks for the Biblical reference, too. If one does not live in the area where such things happened, it's nice to see what it looks like, at least at present time.

Suzanne said...

Beautiful Dina. It's so marvelous to see and be IN the Bible.

CTG Ponies said...

Very pretty.

Champ Townboy said...

Awesome photo - thank you for the Biblical reference.

Ida said...

Beautiful scene. :)

Catherine said...

Modernity has put its trace, but the scenery continue to look "biblical".

Kay said...

You've got Big Sky country, too! Lovely shot!

Laerte Pupo said...

Beautiful sky from Jeruzalem.

Louise said...

What a beautiful view! I love that story in Joshua. My favorite thing about your blog is seeing things I've read about in the Bible. Thank you for knowing it and letting us know.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

Wow, that's some kind of stand still. Does the bridge allow pedestrian traffic? If you return to my blog I addressed your comment. Thanks for the visit.

Cloudia said...

I love visiting you every day, Dina. I also love trains!

The sun used to pass too quickly over the earth. All was cold and bad food. Then the hero demi-god MAUI lassooed the sun and made it move slower over Hawaii. That's why we are a sun kissed paradise.
Aloha, Sistah!

Ann said...

Peaceful shot. Surprised to see so much green.

Pietro said...

Dina, I like that white clouds bank over the small bridge over there. Lovely shot.

Anemone said...

Just another perfect picture from you!!

Happy weekend to you from Anne in Norway :-)

Hilda said...

Interesting how it looks like it's raining, or at least misty, just over the bridge (which I hope does get built!). Happy Sky Watching!

Mediterranean kiwi said...

is this a bridge? it looks so huge! does it go over a river? that's where we usually see bridges in greece. the only time i saw huge bridges over land areas was int he mountains in the northern european countries i visited when i was travelling many years ago

Arija said...

Lovely wide sky Dina with beautiful clouds welling up.

Baruch said...

Such beautiful clouds

Denise said...

That is a beautiful scene you have captured in your photo. Loved it. Thank you for sharing.

Debbie @Like a Rose said...

Thanks for a beautiful shot and interesting information. I always enjoy my visit to you.

cieldequimper said...

Lovely sky and gentle coutryside.

ascu75 aka Don said...

Hi Dina nice piccie as usual ........Hope the train gets finished . One of the passages from a Bible study many years ago thanks for the memories XXX Don

Daryl said...

Nice ... I love clouds

Olga said...

Thanks for sharing this gorgeous view, and for the references to this place history - and nowadays. It's about time we have high-speed rail in Israel!!!

Dee said...

Really beautiful!

Marc said...

I like the wide open view. And interesting to hear about the biblical background.

Petrea said...

Stunning. It's a privilege to see these mythical places made real through your lens.

fishing guy said...

Dina: What a beautiful post for SWF.