Saturday, August 20, 2011

Peace and solitude in the valley

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Is it a mourning dove?
This sweet bird didn't fly away when she saw me on my evening walk in the valley.
Maybe she knew we were birds of a feather.

Can you see her above the summer dryness of the Jerusalem Hills?
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The dove is for Camera Critters and the dry grasses are for Summer Stock Sunday.
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It is a big and sad contrast. Just a few hours drive to the south and west of here, missiles and rockets from Gaza are falling on Beersheba and communities of the Western Negev and on the Mediterranean coast cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon since yesterday.
This is the Palestinian reaction to Israel's retaliation on Gaza terrorist centers.
Our Air Force strikes came after Thursday's deadly terror strikes on the road to Eilat.
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17 comments:

Birdman said...

Peace!

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Wow! What a contrast from yesterday's 21st century post. This view is right out of the Old Testament.

Birdman beat me to it....... P-E-A-C-E!

Snap said...

It is a contrast, isn't it ... a dove .. symbol of peace and bombs dropping. Peace to you.

Spiderdama said...

The bird is beautiful.
I`s so sad what happen in south of your country..we praying for peace for you and your country.
Hugs from Tania

Madge said...

I agree with Snap... a dove is a symbol of peace and Israel has had anything but... praying for no loss of life...

Jidhu Jose said...

nice shot

ρομπερτ said...

two hands of air beneath its wings.

wishing you nothing but peace and a good sunday as well. a bit lost of words, as i just can't imagen something like not having peace. thank you for this 'wake up' thought.

diane b said...

The valley looks so peaceful it is sad that there is so much turmoil in your country.

Kay said...

Beautiful, Dina. I wonder why they called them mourning doves? It sounds like it's got a sad story. OK... I just had to see if there was an answer on the Internet. This is what I picked up on Answer.com:

They are called "mourning doves" not morning doves like many people think, they are called this because of their grey colour and the way they sound, also they mate for life, so if you saw 7, 3 are couples and 1 lost its partner, so they are in mourning, no pun intended.

crystal said...

Sorry about what's happening. Ypo guys are in my prayers.

spacedlaw said...

Keeping you in my dreams of peace.

JM said...

That golden dry weed looks very familiar. I guess the dove has chosen a place with a great view to rest for a while... and wait for you! :-)

VP said...

Let our friends say peace... I am a more practical (and cynical) guy and I already know a thing or two out Mid East.
I hope this time you are ready for what will eventually come... I would be so happy to be wrong!

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

Your little dove has many reasons to mourn at all the turmoil in this world today...yet she speaks of peace and tranquility and brotherly affection. I wish her words would be heard and taken to heart by everyone...sadly, wishing won't make it so. Yet hope and prayers will never fade away, and surely they make a difference, providing a ray of light that cannot be vanquished. Sorry to be sounding a bit mystical...I have no other words today.

RuneE said...

A bit of summer dryness would have been just fine - I mean around here :-)

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Israel and the people of Israel are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish you peace in your country very soon.
Nice photos.

Robin said...

Beautiful, and such a stark contrast to the news lately.