Continuing the previous post, here is what I found when exploring the burned down and chopped down forest next to my village in the Jerusalem Hills.
A sweet little pine shining in the day's last rays of sunlight.
Hundreds of baby pine trees have sprouted around each parent stump!
Enlarge the photo to better see the cuties.
But surely the Keren Kayemet foresters will have to thin them out, no?
That will be a Sisyphean task.
I hope they start before the little ones get too big.
So many pine cones gave so many seeds.
Fire is actually nature's way of releasing the seeds and propagating many more pines.
As I hiked out of the wadi, the moon was rising over the bare hills and of course it got snapped for SkyWatch Friday.
Someday, after a few decades of new growth of trees and vegetation, this may be a historic photo.
Meanwhile, Catholics in Israel celebrated Epiphany today while the Armenians marked the feast day of St. James the Minor.
And tonight the Orthodox, Coptic, Syrian, and Ethiopian Christians celebrate Christmas Eve in Bethlehem, while we Jews welcome the Sabbath Eve.
Something for everyone!
Blessings to all.