Saturday, September 1, 2012

Dancing on the water and people-watching

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City Daily Photo's theme today is "people-watching."
Oi, what to do? -- normally I am reluctant to point a camera at strangers' faces.
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But quite unexpectedly I found myself on a party boat plying the waters of the Sea of Galilee where mutual picture-taking became perfectly kosher.

Following the festive Mass atop Mt. Tabor for the Feast of the Transfiguration, the frocked group leader of our chartered bus surprised us by announcing that before returning to their parish in the Old City of Jerusalem we would head north to Tiberias for a boat ride.

It was a hot day down there, several hundred meters below sea level, but the friar told the captain to play Arab music full blast and the energy of the music coupled with the enthusiasm of the priest got many people up and dancing for hours.

Even I, the only Jew among the mostly local Arab Christians of the group, was tempted to come to the circle and try the happy Arab dances.
But I remained the perennial wallflower and enjoyed taking pictures for the blog instead.
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(See what other CDP bloggers are posting for people-watching
either at Julie's Theme Day site or on Facebook.)
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24 comments:

VP said...

You planned this one very well, Dina!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

How lucky Dina, this gave you the perfect opportunity for your 'people watching' shot..It always amazes me when you write things like 'a boat trip on the Sea of Galilee', it fascinates me what becomes just 'normal' for you.

cieldequimper said...

Perfect Dina!

Birdman said...

Ah... davcing and music. That's me today too. What do they say about great minds...?

Mark said...

Yes Dina, I am very reticent about shooting the faces of people, but for this theme I went all out with one of the few people I have ever asked for a portrait>
You post is just so interesting, I would love to visit Jerusalem/Israel/Palestine one day.
Happy Theme Day

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

what a fun experience. great images and i can hear the music and laughter through your photo

Rob Mandy said...

Happy days!!!

Revrunner said...

At least you didn't run into any naked U.S. congressman. That must have been a relief! ;-)

Sara said...

Arab music will get anybody's feet tapping! I'm glad that pointing your camera turned out to be okay in this case and we got to share the joy.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Your entire day sounds so exotic to me. From the Sea of Galilee to Arab dance music. Wow.

Robert Geiss said...

From walking towards dancing - there's hope on the water in your environment.

Please have a wonderful new month ahead.

Fabrizio Zanelli said...

Sometime it's difficult to resist to dance Dina :-) I understand what you mean !

Lynette said...

Sounds like quite the event. So glad you got this photo to share for Theme Day!

Tanya said...

well done!

Adele said...

The perfect Theme Day photo - what a happy moment!

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

"Jerusalem Hills Daily Photo" has been included in the A Sunday Drive for this week. I hope this helps to point even more new visitors in your direction.

http://asthecrackerheadcrumbles.blogspot.com/2012/09/a-sunday-drive.html

JM said...

What fun! :-)

Spiderdama said...

This sound like fun and you got your picture!

I shoot at anyone who gets in the way of my lens:-)

Karl Demetz said...

I bet it was really a fun experience, Dina.

Petrea Burchard said...

That looks like a lot of fun!

Buck said...

I know (a little ) how you feel about photographing strangers. I feel... odd myself. Glad you had a comfortable situation for your theme day photo. I love the energy here!

Valladolid Daily Photo said...

A party on a boat?? Great, count on me for the next one.

Kay said...

I would have loved to see you dancing, Dina.

Dina said...

Clarification:
Wait, wait! I said I was "tempted" to get up and dance but, as usual, I stayed sitting on the sidelines.