Friday, December 4, 2009

Reflecting on the airport

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A backward ISRAEL reflected in the entrance to Terminal 3 at Ben-Gurion International Airport.
The 60 is for our country's 60th year celebrations in 2008.


If you walk on past the top-floor entrance, there is a lonely place to sit on a bench.

But you would have to stand up and look down to see the pretty palm trees.

Across the street from the bench you can also zoom in to see the top of the control tower.
Enlarge the photo and you will be greeted with "WELCOME TO ISRAEL."
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BTW, a marked security car came and stood near me. Guess the guard wanted to see what kind of nut was out there in a lonely place photographing benches (AND control tower). And well, I DID have a (suspicious?) small backpack on my back.
He honked and I put the camera in my pocket and moved on, trying to look like the innocent grandmother that I am. :)
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We bloggers just have to get our shots--oops, I mean photos--for RuneE's "Benches on Friday" and James' "Weekend Reflections." Right?
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25 comments:

Robin said...

From above the palm trees look like miniatures.

Kay said...

Gee, the place looks so empty. O'Hare is never empty and neither is the Honolulu Airport. Wow! Hmm... I'd move along, too.

RuneE said...

Even photographers are not safe these days! It was a lonely bench indeed (Malyss will love this one) - maybe a place for contemplation?

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Nice pictures.

I've got to meet several security guards on my geocaching trips. Never been honked at though.

Gerald (Ackworth born) said...

I've filmed in an airport without being bothered by anyone but one has to think twice as there are lots of reports of innocent photographers being hassled here these days.

Gallow said...

We don't have any palm trees around here, so I always enjoy seeing photos of them.

Louis la Vache said...

but...but...but... Dina! Israel isn't backwards at all!
;-)

Chef Kar said...

Hard to imagine I would use a word like "calm" in describing pictures of an airport ~ but that's exactly what yours are...calm. I love them.

Weekend Reflection ~ Evening Canals

Greyscale Territory said...

Fascinating photos! Yes we do suffer suspicious looks as photographers! I have actually been asked "What do I see?"

RuneE said...

Thank you for the last comment! It was much appreciated.

Julie said...

I often use the "little old lady" defence too, Dina. The reflection of the backwards 60 brought a smile to my face. Good post for our meme.

Thérèse said...

Such a quiet airport! I am wondering at what time you took the picture!

awarewriter said...

I like the first two photos best. I think it's the dynamism of the perspective. Very well done.

Cloudia said...

I too enjoy looking harmless


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Ann said...

Can I tell you in secret that a certain country allows the citizens to use two passport? They will have to use one passport if they went to Israel? Because some other countries won't let them in if the passenger had gone there.

Ida said...

Great series.
It looks so calm...
I'm glad that you stayed calm as well.

Happy weekend!

Reader Wil said...

Your airport looks peaceful and very empty. Last year in Cairo the departure hall was packed with people and the noise was terrible.
I don't like it :it reminded me of the the war when we were on transport to another concentration camp. There were always crying children, shouting soldiers and mothers looking for their children.
Thank you for your comment and birthday wish! Shalom!

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

Nice photos. You do need to get some business cards made up.

Vagabonde said...

This does look like a calm airport – at what time of day did you take the picture? At the Atlanta airport here it is always real madness. This remind me that once, years ago, the police confiscated my roll of 35 mm film after I took pictures of a bridge (in Cairo) and I was devastated as I already had taken 30 pictures on that film and knew I could not take them again.

We love Luna said...

These are beautiful reflections Dina, but I need to confess this place, I mean "airport place"is a kind of nightmare for me, since I travelled more than 20 hours, from Brazil to Luxembourg and it was really stressed for me!
But now, I'm happy at home here!
Happy weekend reflections
purrs and love
Luna

Grace and Bradley said...

Yes, better watch out when shooting (photographing) the sensitive place such as Israeli airport, you may yourself get shot at!!

GMG said...

Hi Dina! Must confess that it's the first time I see an empty airpport in my life... and I've seen many at many different times of the day or night... No wonder the guard honked... ;))

There is a weird bridge waiting for you at Blogtrotter. Enjoy and have a great weekend!!

FA said...

Like your other commenters, I am amazed at this peaceful and quiet looking airport.

I'm sure glad that you were left alone after you put your camera away. I'm always a little skiddish about photographing in American airports.

Dimple said...

Yes, we do. To bad innocent photography excites suspicion.

mbkatc230 said...

I really like these, the first shot in particular. And I love the perspective on the shot of the palms. My hubby and I do alot of night shooting, and people (including security and police officers) are always asking what we are doing. I would think if you see two middle aged people with cameras and tripods it would be evident, but apparently not haha! Kathy