Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Holy Basin

Hey, where's autumn??
Jerusalem is having some days of 34 degrees (low 90s F) and even at night it's in the low 20s (low 70s F).
The sky was hazy and hot today at 4:30 pm, close to sunset.
Here we are looking south from Mount Scopus toward the "holy basin," which contains the Temple Mount and the Old City. Enlarge these photos; you will recognize the golden Dome of the Rock.
Over the hills on the horizon starts the desert.

Here is the same view as seen through the window of the Hebrew University's Hecht synagogue.
Today was my first time inside.
What a place to pray for the peace of Jerusalem! It doesn't get much better.
Other skies can be enjoyed today at SkyWatch Friday. Endless variety.


Erin said...

the basin looks like it has some smog? could it be? lovely capture of the area.
have a good weekend dina.

Dina said...

Erin shalom. Jerusalem doesn't have smog, just dust from time to time.
Hebrew U. Mt. Scopus really sits on top of the mountain and looks down on the desert to the east.

Guy D said...

Excellent images as always Dina!

All the best
Regina In Pictures

Bestemor Aud said...

How nice to see the holy city from that position! I've not been at the University area (except from a trip by the tourist bus around the city).
Indeed you have a great view from that synagogue! It must be good to be there and pray for peace for Jerusalem! I'm with you in that prair!

tbey99 said...

I've been looking at your website for many months and I just wanted to say thank you so much for taking the time to share your daily pictures and comments with us.

I'll probably never get to Jerusalem the way this economy is going, but at least I get to experience some of this beautiful Holy City through your eyes.

Thank you for inspiring us, via your pictures, to 'Pray For The Peace of Jerusalem' (which I do pray).

You help to give flesh to many of the places we study about in our Bible.

You're a blessing and I just wanted to let you know that.



Some day I will go back to your beautiful city! Thanks for sharing this lovely view.
Have a nice weekend!

Tara R. said...

Such a beautiful scene unfolding under that wide open sky.

Dina said...

Guy, thanks. Love your lakes. Can you spare one for Jerusalem? :)

Bestemor, thank you for the prayers. We need them.
Maybe next trip you will have time for new places. On a clear day you can see a bit of the Dead Sea and the mountains of Jordan from Mt. Scopus.

Christy, gosh, thanks, I appreciate knowing that. If there is a Bible place in/around Jerusalem that you want to see pictures of, let me know.
Do you have a blog?
Shalom and thanks for your prayers.

Valkyrien, hope you can come back soon. Always something new to see in Jerusalem.

J Bar said...

Great view.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Anonymous said...

Nice. I enjoy the visits when I can get here.

Japa said...

These are fantastic and great shots of your city. Thanks for taking me there.

Sylvia K said...

Shalom, Dina,
I do love the view from the window! What a lovely place! Great post! Thanks for sharing!


Cloudia said...

Peace for the City of Peace.

Aloha Friend Dina

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Hilda said...

It's a magnificent view of the city alright. And yes, it's the perfect place to pray for it — how can't you when it's all laid out before you like that?

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Dina!

Kay said...

You could borrow some of the chill from Chicago. Tif says they had a 2 day autumn.

Regina said...

Wonderful skies! thank you for sharing.
Enjoy the weekend.

Vicky said...

Marvelous photo, I like the pale colors of the sky, thanks for sharing

Halcyon said...

I could use some 30 degree weather. It's cold in Berlin!!!

Nice skies for the skywatch. See you next week!

christina said...

What a fantastic view from the last photo!! So beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for visiting,great photos!

Pietro said...

Wonderful Sky Watch, Dina! Great light in the landscape.

Abu Dhabi/UAE Daily Photo said...

A beautiful shot of the city, Dina. Sorry I haven't been round here more often!

Gunn White said...

What a view and what a place! Lucky students!!:-)