Thursday, November 12, 2009

A dreamy sky and sea

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Welcome to the skies above the Sea of Galilee, especially for SkyWatch Friday.

The sunset view from Tiberias to the eastern shore of the lake.
Last night and today the media are full of news of a possible start of peace talks with Syria.
The Golan Heights, in the photo above, might be returned to Syria if the negotiations really start.

Groups of tourists, usually Christian pilgrims, like to go out for a quiet sail in wooden boats made to resemble the fishing boats of the disciples of Jesus.
If you click to enlarge, you can see seagulls following the boat.
A few years ago, when the Sea of Galilee was full, this dock would have been at the level of the boat's deck. Now passengers have to climb stairs up to the dock.
Israel is nearing a water crisis after five years of drought.

The Star and Stripes were hoisted. It was a group from the United States.

As the boat backed out from the dock and came around, I heard the group's national anthem playing. The crew must have a big selection of them on board.
Sometimes the pilgrims stop in the middle of the Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee) for a moment of silence, prayer, and a hymn.
It must be very touching for them.
In addition to short 30-minute rides, the boats have routes to Capernaum in the north or to Kibbutz Ein Gev in the south.
The Ein Gev fish restaurant is famous for its St. Peter's fish.
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27 comments:

J Bar said...

Serene location. Beautiful skies.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Sylvia K said...

It does indeed look so very peaceful and serene! Lovely shots and I always enjoy your commentary, Dina, makes your photos even more interesting!

Enjoy your weekend!

Sylvia

Jacob said...

These photos are just delicious...Israel is so beautiful!

janice said...

Stunning captures, absoultely beautiful.

eileeninmd said...

Great post and series of photos for skywatch. My favorite is the fourth one down.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Very Biblical and peaceful scenes.

I hadn't heard about possible peace talks. That would be great.

gigihawaii said...

I still can't believe you are posting near the Sea of Galilee, which I read about in the New Testament. My mother has been to the Holy Land many times, but I have yet to go. Some day...

Eaglesbrother said...

Nice calm sea..and beautiful sky and country.

Enjoy your weekend.


Eaglesbrother

Gill - That British Woman said...

a very appropriate title for those photos,

Gill in Canada

Paula said...

The first photo is wonderful. I've seen other photos on other blogs on different kinds of days but this is soft and soothing.

Alice said...

No, Israel, keep the Golan.

Cloudia said...

Wonderful images of a special place.


Aloha, Friend!


Comfort Spiral

Petrea said...

Even for a non-believer, the history of the area is profound. Let's hope the peace talks really start, and really produce peace.

Dimple said...

So lovely--dreamy indeed! I hope your get enough rain that the boats won't need ladders to land their passengers!

luna miranda said...

very tranquil. with all its history and significance, i hope the environmental issue here would be resolved soon.

Japa said...

Thanks for showing us this important place. Very nice information and the photos are enticing.

Pietro said...

Really "a dreamy sky and sea", Dina. Today your images (especially the first ones), so nicely shaded, look like ancient paintings.

Robin said...

Lovely sunset photos. My favorite is the fourth, with its coloring, but the fifth is a close contender too.

Kay said...

Glorious photos, Dina. I remember hearing about the waters going down when we were in Egypt. I'll be hoping for more rainfall for you all.

RuneE said...

Simple boats on peaceful sea in the twilight - you know I love that!

Vaggelis said...

so beautiful colors

Paula said...

Ah, the Sea of Galilee...

jedaen said...

beautiful Dina
this presentation is a beautiful song of peace also.
There is a hebrew word-- the peace that surpasses all understanding--

Yaelian said...

Oh what beautiful pictures of Kineret! I really hope this coming winter will fill it up again...

cieldequimper said...

Dina, that first shot is outstanding. I have been grumpy all day and now I feel much better. Merci !

Eki said...

The first and the fourth pictures had me carried away ... They are beautiful, Dina. I can almost feel the tranquility.

JM said...

Dreamy sky indeed! Just beautiful!