Friday, June 3, 2011

Dona Tower and a strange tree

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For Weekend Reflections here is a quite new office building with its Hebrew name, Migdal Dona, reflected in mirror image.
It has a nice elliptical shape, eh?
It stands in the far-western Givat Shaul neighborhood of Jerusalem.
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Here it is as seen from a 3rd floor window in Beit Hakerem.
I had to stick my arm out through the bars of a window, point and shoot, and hope for the best.
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Actually it was the tree I was after, with its spiky orange-colored flowers and compound fern-like leaves.
This is the only one of its kind I've ever seen.
Anyone know what kind it is?
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(Other interesting things in Givat Shaul are in three earlier posts.)
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UPDATE: I believe Diane in Australia has solved the mystery!
The tree seems to be a silky oak (or silk oak), Grevillea robusta, a member of the Protea family, a native to Australia.
Nice photo of the unusual flowers here.
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16 comments:

Reader Wil said...

The reflection in the glass is almost as if you were pointing directly at the tower. It is very clearly reflected.
Sabbath Shalom!

Clytie said...

The building is very striking - the reflection is subtle and effective!

Karl said...

This building is very strange, but beautiful. From this perspective, the light part is like a part of the Colosseum... (that was my first impression).

'Tsuki said...

I wonder if it isn't what we call in France a "Flamboyant"...

Check out this link to see if it look like your tree...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delonix_regia

Kay L. Davies said...

I agree with Karl — the Colosseum came to mind immediately when I saw the first photo, even though this is much taller and much much more modern.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Dina said...

Shalom everybody. The Colosseum!? What, are those Romans still influencing our architecture??

'Tsuki, you might be right! This tree might be a Royal Poinciana or Flamboyant Delonix regia but with the rarer orange-colored flowers.
I'll get a better shot of it next week. Thanks a lot.

Spiderdama said...

Great and clear reflection and I like the building.
Happy evening!

ρομπερτ said...

Feels as if the building is still able to grow.

Please have a good weekend.

Leif Hagen said...

Dona Tower or Dina Tower?! We seeeeeee you, Dina!
: - )

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Hels said...

I had two immediate thoughts.
Like Karl, I thought the light part was like the Colosseum.

But I also liked Brueghel's Tower of Babel:
http://tinyurl.com/3zs9s7h

Dina said...

Hels, the Tower of Babel, Midgal Bavel??
Wow, someone should send all these comments to the Migdal Dona architect. I wonder what he would think.

diane b said...

It sure is an interesting building. The tree looks a bit like our Silky Oak Tree.

Dina said...

Diane in Australia,
I believe you have solved the mystery! Thank you!
As you say, the tree does seem to be a silky oak (or silk oak), Grevillea robusta, a member of the Protea family, a native to Australia.
Nice photo of the unusual flowers at

http://fireflyforest.net/firefly/2005/05/07/silkoak/

VP said...

A strange building and an even stranger tree!

Francisca said...

I think its a rather attractive building, for a modern one, but not as attractive as the woman behind the camera! :-D This is the third shot of a blogger today, including my own! I have seen the silky oak before, but of course I'd never be able to name it.