Saturday, June 27, 2009

Mt. Herzl as a jumping-off place

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This lookout on Mount Herzl has to be the most scenic bus stop in Israel!
You see Yad Vashem on the right, Hadassah on top left, and the village of Ein Kerem in the valley.
Two birds were sitting on what will become the terminus of the new light rail (IF the tram's tracks are ever completed, some year). The train station will be over underground parking, in hopes that Jerusalemites will learn to park and ride.
The bird flew up to sit on the rail. Only in the viewfinder did I realize he had just taken off!
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Shabbat shalom to all. And happy Camera-Critters Sunday, already underway, to all who participate or visit our animal meme.

21 comments:

Brooke said...

What wonderful timing for that last shot!

Abe Lincoln said...

Nice shots. I just think of your country as being a lot of sand. And to see green hills and valleys was a shocker.

Juliana RW said...

Lucky shot ;)

My entry this week, in HERE. I hope you have time to stop by as well. Thanks.

Maria said...

Haha, learning to park and rind is NEVER easy! The same here in Vienna :)
Have a nice weekend!

Stanley said...

Nice scenery there =D Still remember me? Its been a long time since I've stopped by here. You still doing your archeological work? Cheers!

CathM said...

"Hadassah and the village of Ein Kerem in the valley"... brings back lots of memories. My brother, Hope, was born in Hadassah Hospital. Thanks for sharing...

Indrani said...

The last shot is good. Great captures!

Cezar and Léia said...

Very interesting post!Happy Camera Critters and thanks for sharing!
purrs and love
Luna(from Brazil)

FA said...

Amazing shot of the bird taking off!

Thought of you this morning as we prayed, "...the glory of Jerusalem, the joy of Israel" (in reference to Mary, the mother of Jesus.)

Ladynred said...

What a nice place and the bird is beautiful!

pasadenaadjacent said...

Curious..Are "cedars of Lebanon" in these Israel hills? We have a couple of these cedars in Los Angeles (there location in a book I have) but I've never them.

Pietro said...

What a wonderful valley.
Very interesting shots, and you were just at the right time for the last one!

Faye Pekas said...

Great informational shots. Those birds don't always cooperate with us :)

Cloudia said...

Shabbat Shalom to you!
GREAT bird shot. Amasing.
We are supposedly getting rail too....Aloha Sistah


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Hilda said...

That is an amazing bus stop! I could learn to wait forever with a view like that.

And what a wonderful last photo!

Petrea said...

Nice catch!

Greensboro Daily Photo said...

Hey Dina: My blog has been on autopilot while I've been visiting relatives in another state. Thanks for your comments. I'm looking forward to catching up on your blog!

Kay said...

Terrific shots! I wonder if that's a magpie?

Catherine said...

Do you think they would have realize all this work for nothing !
Maybe crisis just stop for a while the work, but I can't imagine that the tram won't run on one day !
Wonderful landscape of the hills.

ilanadavita said...

Lovely shots, especially the first one.

mommanator said...

I like the pic, love the rock formation, looks like a huge horse saddle