Saturday, August 8, 2009

Speed of light, a cloud of dust, and a hearty "Hi-yo, Silver!"

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Summer in Jerusalem is dusty, hot, and very long this year.
Why would these zebras be running around at high noon??
Almost all the other animals at the Biblical Zoo were wisely having a siesta.


Not all the zoo's animals are mentioned in the Bible, so the official name is The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens in Jerusalem.
Their website is here and a Wiki article, here.
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Visitors can beat the heat by taking a guided tour after hours, at 8:15-11:00 pm.
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Camera-Critters meme is starting again tonight with animals from all over the world. See the critters from the comfort of your own (hopefully cool) home.
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UPDATE: As FA of the fine Monastery Daily Photo reminded me in a comment, zebras might not have been mentioned in the Bible but two of them must have been on Noah's Ark! Thanks, Brother.
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32 comments:

FA said...

The Biblical Zoo. Wow! What a great place that must be. I'd love to visit there some day. And yes, I can't think where Zebras are mentioned in Sacred Scripture - but, surely, they were on the Ark.

Anya said...

Wow!!
Great action shot :)
I can see the speed .... LOL

Misty Dawn said...

You make some of the neatest posts! I just love what you share with us.

storyteller at Small Reflections said...

Love your title ;--)
Wonderful shot of the zebras running. I've never heard of a Biblical zoo ... how kewl is that!
Hugs and blessings,

Mara said...

Just looking at that photo makes me feel hot! All that exercise in the midday sun: mad...

Pam said...

I would love to visit the Biblical Zoo. That shot is awesome!

GMG said...

Hi Dina!
That after hours tour seems to make much more sense; but I wonmder who was taking the pictures in the summer heat? ;))

Blogtrotter is now showing that Reykjavik is not entirely grey... ;)). Enjoy and have a fabulous weekend!

Melanie D said...

great action shot!

Dimple said...

Maybe they are having a race!

Dirk said...

Kept me wondering why these zebras were running. When it's very hot all the animals normally don't do much. Nice shot

Pietro said...

Great shot, Dina! You were in an excellent high position for this photo!

Mimi said...

Amazing!

Dina said...

Thanks friends, for all your fun comments!

FA, thanks for the reminder. I have duly updated the post to include the ark. BTW, the Visitors Center of the zoo is shaped like a big Noah's ark. A sign at the door says, "Welcome. It's not necessary to enter two by two." :)

Pietro, that's right. Many of the animals, like these in the Africa section, are viewed from wooden boardwalks right ABOVE the animals.

pasadenaadjacent said...

looks to me like there in a race to cross the finish line
hint ( power lines)

i beati said...

terrific spirited photo loved it sandy

Nikki-ann said...

It looks like a zebra race! :)

Cloudia said...

I want to run like a zebra!

Aloha-

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Denise said...

Great shot! I wonder why they were so active in such a hot sun.

richies said...

Sometimes you just have to kick up your heels! Cool action shot.

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Sara said...

What lucky zebras to have a place big enough to gallop around in! They know a good thing when they see it.

mimi said...

what a beautiful zebra. i love their color so much.

Hilda said...

Wonderful photo of running zebras! Before I read your commentary, I thought it was a zebra race :)

Turquoise Diaries said...

Biblical Zoo.. I think thats a very nice idea..

Arija said...

Dina , I have just been catching up on your posts and having a wonderful time. Your photography at time is just marvellou as in the first bench post shot. Also the Swiss vineyards. I love yor explanitory writing too.
This Zebra shot looks so real it could be in the wild.

JM said...

As I have watched them in the wild, I'm glad they have plenty of space at the Biblical Zoo so they can run.

Norm said...

what a lovely place for zebras, thanks for the visit..

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I've seen lots of zebras in lots of zoos but have never seen them race before. Of course the enclosures they have been in didn't give them enough room to run a race.
Great photograph.

Reader Wil said...

This must be a very beautiful zoo, with a lot of space! Great picture!

Chatelaine said...

How interesting- zoo tours in the evening. What a great idea.

Lovely post.

My first Critters, nice to meet you.

Kay said...

This sounds like a lot of fun. The zebras must feel right at home with the climate.

Susie of Arabia said...

A wonderful shot, Dina - Love the perspective from up above.

ClimbinTrees said...

"pasadenaadjacent said...

looks to me like there in a race to cross the finish line
hint ( power lines)

August 8, 2009 10:40 PM" -----

I thought the same thing when I saw it.