Saturday, May 16, 2009

Birds watching

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Only the birds are alert in the noon heat and haze of a summer day in Jerusalem.
These three birds are looking north from the Promenade.
The Arab village of Silwan, then the walled Old City with its golden Dome of the Rock Muslim shrine, and on the horizon the Mount of Olives.
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Other bloggers' animals are being posted today over at Camera Critters Sunday.

22 comments:

Mike Golch said...

nice photo.

Karen said...

Nice photo of the birds, watching over the city :-)

Jedediah said...

What a striking view. Are those Jackdaws? They are very different from the jackdaws here, I'm always fascinated by how different birds from different regions can look in one species.

Joy said...

Thanks for this peek of your part of the world. :o)

Joy, via Camera Critters

Dina said...

Thanks Mike, Karen, Joy, for your visit and comments!

Jedediah, I don't know jackdaws. I just call them, not very accurately probably, black birds or maybe ravens. Really must buy a bird book.

Sue said...

Great shot! I love how they birds are sitting on the railing.

THanks for sharing

Reader Wil said...

Great photo of three birds keeping watch over the city, like the ravens in the tower of London.
Thanks for your visit. The python is not venomous but if you find a bigger one it can strangle small animals or babies. I hate this. Fortunately your children live near Sydney.

Kendris said...

Definitely a view worth watching! Thanks for sharing!

Cloudia said...

You are giving me Jerusalem fever, Dina. Lovely little fellows today. And thanks for your sweet visits to my blog. Aloha

Kay said...

Wonderful photo, Dina. I was also curious about the birds. They seem to have brown wings.

Greyscale Territory said...

The birds seem quite lost in their own dreamings! Maybe reflecting on the past here? Interesting photo!

The Explorer said...

Why they are too far away from each other?

Nice view for these birds.

RuneE said...

Birds are always fun to photograph - but difficult (I'm trying to learn). It means patience, and that is something I don't have in large in supply. :-)

PS Thank you for the nice comments - we do our best!

Michele said...

I guess they are enjoying the view as well but if I were them, I'd be soaring high and over that village and taking in every nook and cranny... a wonderful photo!

Hug♥

Jacob said...

Those birds certainly have a wonderful view.

Virginia said...

I love seeing the sights from this spot, along with the birds. I read with great interest the post regarding the papal visit.

BTW, I'm going to find out where my high school friend lives in Isreal. Who knows, you might know her! HA
V

Irredento Urbanita said...

It looks like a quiet and peaceful place.

Valery

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pasadenaadjacent.com said...

And what is that white edifice beyond the golden dome? also, are you allowed to visit the mosque...go inside? I love the expanse of Jerusalem with areas here and there left undeveloped.

That heat and haze..same thing here in LA. BTW thanks for the nun link

Meead said...

Nice photo! This view of Jerusalem reminds me ...
"Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem."

Check this out. You may like it, Dina.
http://portlanddailyphotos.blogspot.com/2009/05/journey-to-past-to-visit-kings-darius.html

Dina said...

Pasadena Adjacent, the white buildings on the horizon are the Mt. Scopus campus of the Hebrew University. Mt. Scopus is one of the three peaks of the Mt. of Olives range.
I called the Dome of the Rock a shrine because it is not a mosque. Inside is a huge rock at the center. Tradition has it that Abraham bound Isaac there and the Mohammad ascended into heaven from it on his horse. I think these days non-Muslims are not allowed in. In the 1960s and 70s I visited inside, when it was still allowed. It's very beautiful.
Yes, what you see in this picture is part of the "historic (or holy) basin" around the Old City. Building regulations are very strict in order to keep the historic skyline, character, etc.
The Los Angeles climate is similar to Israel's. That is one reason so many Israelis moved there. Must be over 100,000 by now. My son included.

Mediterranean kiwi said...

these critters have a fine view over the city - dont they feel the heat? (is it usually so hot in jerusalem - 35 degrees sounds awful fo rthis time of year!)

Dina said...

Med. Kiwi, good question about birds feeling the heat. Dunno.
Today is a heat wave. Usually not this hot and not quite this dry.