Friday, November 6, 2009

Within and without

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What to do if you want to enlarge your restaurant and a venerable old ficus tree is in the way?
Just enclose it, partially.

Here in the Middle East we find ways, sometimes strange, of getting around obstacles.
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This is one of many restaurants on the Promenade along the Tiberias shore of the Sea of Galilee.

Perfect for James' "Weekend Reflections" meme.
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33 comments:

Leora said...

Clever. I like the way the tree reflects on the window. A beautifully shaped tree.

Diane AZ said...

Very creative! I've never seen anything like that before, but I love it!

Ebie said...

That's a great idea, I would preserve that ficus.
the reflection is really an exact mirror image.
Ebie's Weekend Relections

James said...

I love it. That looks really cool. :)

Malyss said...

Funny and weird!! and interesting for the reflection meme! bravo!

Coffeedoff said...

Wow I thought the last tree was inside the window, this one realy is. Great shot and great reflection!

Crafty Green Poet said...

that made me smile,

Carol said...

Oh, what a surprise shot! Very interesting and a nice reflection with it. Makes me wonder what this looks like from the inside.

Tom said...

Hello Dina
Nice to see you here and it is a pleasure to catch up with you again.. I hope all is well with you and a good weekend will follow.

This really is a great posting, as a reflection it's so neat and tidy... but as a tree growing out of the building its so strange to see... I enlarged it and saw how the trunk was buldging over the window frame.. ha! what a great picture.
Tom
Wiggers World

Riet said...

THat is a very special window. Lovely photo and great reflection.

Carletta said...

Very unique way of getting around the tree.:)
Lovely reflection!

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

A Ficus? That would be pushing my patience. I'd probably chop it down and replace it with a oak

Julie said...

This is lovely, Dina, as it actually shows us part of the tree that we don't see in the "real" part of the image. I have seen fences and solid walls enclose the limb of a tree before but never have I seen glass surround it like here. Truly imaginative.

Good capture.

awarewriter said...

Your reflections tell the story. Fascinating photo. Who would have thought?

JC said...

I was amazed by this when I saw it. Thanks for sparking that memory. Oh, how I hope to come back there one day.

I don't know if you still follow my blog but if now just want you to know I'm getting married. God works in mysterious ways especially when you are not expecting it.

Dave Ingram said...

Cool! I like the fact that they didn't cut the tree down.

Barbara Martin said...

An excellent innovative idea to preserve the tree.

SandyCarlson said...

That's a great way around the obstacle!

Thérèse said...

Surprising but what happens with the drafts?

Kay said...

I just love it that they opted to keep the tree rather than cutting it down.

RuneE said...

With or without a reflection - THE tree of the Century! I doff my hat.

Hilda said...

I think that's a wonderful solution! Definitely better than cutting it down.

cieldequimper said...

Dina, this is GREAT!

katney said...

So clever of them!

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

So glad you're back in the blogging business. With all these comments, you can see we're not the only ones who missed you! Love saving the tree!

VioletSky said...

I've seen patios and decks built around trees, but never a window! This would actually make me go just for the uniqueness of it.

Leif Hagen said...

Great photo - do they mention the tree in the name of their business?

Pietro said...

What a bright idea! Interesting image too.

Dimple said...

A tree growing through and reflected by a window! Great!

Dina said...

Hello again dear reader-friends! Thanks so much for your enthusiastic comments.
I too was very excited to find that tree. In fact there were TWO such half-enclosed trees in the restaurant front.
You have to remember that in Israel you can't just go and chop down a tree. It is against the law unless you get special permission, and you have to have a really good reason.

Therese, it never gets very cold in Tiberias. They don't have to worry about drafts, I imagine.

Leif, the restaurant is called Galei Gil, which is more about sea waves than trees.

Carol, I didn't venture in, but I could see through the doorway that the base of the tree was encircled by a low wall. Small stones covered the earth it grew from. That must make watering the trees less messy.

JC, mazal tov to the bride-to-be! Wonderful news.

JM said...

This is amazing! Glad they kept the ficus!

Mediterranean kiwi said...

this sort of thing is also done in crete - and it adds more dimension to the rustic nature of the cuisine!

(the rain came through your roof?! ok, there is a limit!)

jeannette stgermain said...

Yes, I think they might do that in a beach city here too! I like it!