Thursday, July 1, 2010

Summer sky seen from 422 meters below sea level

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The visiting American friends and I took the bus down to the Dead Sea early this morning.
Literally DOWN--from Jerusalem's 800+ meter elevation to 422 meters (1,385 ft) below sea level at the shore of the salty sea.

I love the desert!
These are the cliffs on the way to Ein Gedi.

In the heat of summer it is always hazy.
You can see the water of the Dead Sea in this picture, but very faint appear the Mountains of Moab over in the Kingdom of Jordan.
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Other skies from around the world are viewable starting tonight over at SkyWatch Friday.
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18 comments:

Robin said...

Holy smokes it must be hot down there right now. Beautiful, but way too hot for us - we'll head back in mid-fall. I'm not budging from the pool until then!

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Spiderdama said...

Wonderful place!! I love it:-)
Great pictures Dina, like the last one very much.
Have a nice weekend:-)

Rob Inukshuk said...

Wonderful shots. Too hot for me I think. I remember being there during a December and it was hot enough then!

Cloudia said...

I love your desert too...and your stained glass light, Dina



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Fabrizio Zanelli said...

I really love these photos. I've never been at Dead Sea but I ever wanted because it's fascinating. I also think it's terribly warm, isn't it? Do you feel headache there or anything else? (Sorry about these questions but, as said, it fascinates me so much).

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Jesson And Rey Ann said...

pretty interesting places, like those photo's. keep posting sir!

Eki said...

That's one of the lowest parts on earth! It look dry, but beautiful in its own way.

J Bar said...

Great shots.
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Kay said...

I must say, I do have lots of wonderful memories of th Dead Sea. Have you been in it?

VP said...

I have been several times down the gap from the Jerusalem plateau to the valley of the Jordan and it's really impressive. The Dead Sea then, is a wonder by itself!

Ann said...

The sky is so clear. How often does it rain?

Thanks for commenting on my host photo.

Dina said...

Robin, but you don't have mountains next to your pool.
But yeah, you're right. Even the water in the pools fed by the waterfalls in Nahal David was warm.

Spiderdama, this looks like YOUR kind of country. Steep canyon walls and all.

Cloudia, do you miss deserts?

Rob, yeah, winter there is T shirt weather too.

Dina said...

Jesson and Rey Ann, thank you and welcome.

Eki, it IS beautiful, yes; my favorite place!

J Bar, thanks, it is hard to get a bad shot in that environment. :)

Kay, I remember the photos of you and Art floating in the sea.
I haven't gone in the water in many years. I find it slimy with all those 35% minerals. And any little cut in your skin--the salt burns it like Sodom and Gemorah.

VP, what ever happened with that campaign to make the Dead Sea one of the new Seven Wonders of the World?

Fabrizio and Ann, Wikipedia says this:
"The Dead Sea's climate offers year-round sunny skies and dry air with low pollution. It has less than 100 millimetres (3.94 in) mean annual rainfall and a summer average temperature between 32 and 39 °C (90 and 102 °F). Winter average temperatures range between 20 and 23 °C (68 and 73 °F)."

Fabrizio, I hope you can visit the area someday.
It is very hot there, but I find it bearable. If you drink enough water to stay hydrated, no headache. I always soak my hat with water and that helps.
The En Gedi Nature Reserve tells hikers entering the wadi to take 5 liters of water per person for one day. That is a lot to carry but there are no places to fill your bottles on the way.

Laura said...

I have not visited these places since I was 16 years old...you have brought back memories of a joyful, soulful summer Dina, thank you.

Jew Wishes said...

The photos remind me of the high desert of northeastern Los Angeles County and points east of it.

Lovely captures.

Regina said...

Beautiful skies and captures.
Happy weekend and SWF.

R e g i n a

Arija said...

Dina, thank you for sharing these wonderful desert shots. I love deserts too.

katney said...

I remember many amazing sights from visiting your part of the world many years ago. You alwasy share them so nicely , and bring good memories and thoughts.