Thursday, July 16, 2009

Did I smell RAIN??

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Sweet-smelling hard wet rain fell for two minutes yesterday morning!!
 Enough to whet my appetite for more.
This was a treat because Israel normally has no rain from March or April until about October.
In Jerusalem summer is hot and dry (low humidity) and very long.

Here are some clouds over the Mountains of Judea (also called the Jerusalem Hills) as seen from a moshav a bit north of my moshav.
It is an interesting community called Yad HaShmona, founded by Finnish Christians.
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The signs for their Biblical Garden are made of transparent glass. So what you see here is the actual blue of the sky and the clouds seen through the glass.
Great idea, eh?
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I can show you more about the antiquities and installations of the Biblical Garden in the future. Right now I want to get this post in for SkyWatch Friday.
Meanwhile, if you just can't wait, read about Yad Hashmona at their website or at Wikipedia or see great aerial photos of their mountain at BiblePlaces.com.
UPDATE June 2014: Aviva Bar-Am writes about her nice visit to Yad Hashmona here
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Jerusalem and the hills around her are full of surprises--a July rain, a Messianic moshav, and much much more.
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29 comments:

Pietro said...

It's good that humidity is low, otherwise summers would be terrible! Very interesting the transparent glass of the Yad HaShmona's Biblical Garden.
Happy Sky Watch!

Danton said...

Glad to find your blog. Lucky you, us here seldom see/ experience rain.

RuneE said...

If it is rain you want, we can supply a metre without any problems. Maybe we should go half-and half?

Leora said...

Pretty, the way you can see the sky through the glass on the sign!

I guess rain in July is an exciting event.

Kay said...

This is usually the drier time of year in Hawaii but because we live on the side of a hill, we never know WHEN it might drizzle again. It makes for real guesswork when we're trying to hang our laundry out. It's precarious to leave your laundry out when we go shopping because you never know what's going to happen. OK OK... I won't complain. Rain is good!

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Robin said...

What a fun surprise that rain must have been. It was delightfully cool and cloudy for a few minutes down where I live, but it ended literally during the five minutes it took me to walk down the block to an appointment, so by the time I got there I was a drippy, sweaty mess!

I love those signs, so delicate looking. I can't believe I've never heard of Yad Shmona, it's actually the kind of place my mother loves to visit when she comes, and I've been running through my ideas quickly the past few years. I've now bookmarked this one for their next visit! Thanks Dina :).

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great pictures. I love the transparent sign. That is very accomodating to Skywatch!

LV said...

Lovely post. I enjoy so much seeing all the beauty in other countries.

kristines said...

I always learn so much & am so blessed by your blog... thank you, Dina!

kristines said...

I always learn so much from rading your beautiful blog!! Thank you, Dina ... keep them coming!

Grace and Bradley said...

Interesting but sad history of Yad Hashmona. Surprise that it has only a population of 93.

Cloudia said...

You thrill me by showing/telling me such a magical reality that is your Jerusalem.

Rich! Thank you, my Sistah Dina

Aloha & Shalom

Comfort Spiral

Diederick said...

I like the idea of the transparent glass of the Biblical Garden. I wish you rain, Dina!!

Jew Wishes said...

What beautiful photos, Dina! And, good for you and the rain.

We've had seven straight days of torrential downpours, hail, winds, etc., here. I'm ready for the sun. :)

Hilda said...

Magnificent views!
I'm glad you had that little respite from the sun. Wish I could send you more rain right now — we're in the middle of a typhoon again!

Louis la Vache said...

Very interesting - and «Louis» likes the glass for the signs - great idea!

mommanator said...

NOW ISNT THAT PRETTY & INTRIQUING!

laura said...

Wonderful photos!

Eric(SWF Holland) said...

Great cloudsetting here, well composed picture!!

Have a nice SWF

Greatings from NL

Nazzareno said...

Hi Dina, good week end for you and wishes for the rain.

Regina said...

Rain is sometimes needed.
This is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Enjoy your weekend Dina.
Regina,Phil.

JM said...

Love the glass sign idea!

nonizamboni said...

Is there anything better than the smell of a summer rain shower?! And the sky's reflection through the Biblical Garden made me smile.

pasadenaadjacent said...

A fantastic idea. I'd love to be able to work with glass in such a way but know unless it's out of the reach of kids it will be under attack

Dick said...

The sign looks very pretty, almost natural. I hope you get some more rain, I guess you need a lot of it.

FA said...

Very creative Skywatch. I look forward to reading and seeing more about Biblical Garden.

Reader Wil said...

The transparant glass is very beautiful. I hope it lasts longer than such pieces of art in my country. Every weekend groups of drunk teenagers destroy a lot of things or put graffity on everything that comes into their neighbourhood..

Robin said...

What an interesting place, is it open to casual visitors or just for pilgrimage groups?

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