Thursday, February 14, 2013

A crowded sky

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Our skies were grey this week.

As I waited for the tram on Jaffa Street, near the Central Bus Station, I looked up and realized that all those mechanical things above me did not even exist when I moved to the Jerusalem area in 2006.
Not the electric lines for the light rail (not even the tracks existed yet).
Not the huge cranes building a station deep underground (for a high speed Tel Aviv-Jerusalem railway that may never be finished).
Not the sloping mast of Calatrava's Bridge of Strings.

The city I have known these six years is in a perpetual state of construction. 


Here is the top of the bridge as seen from Binyanei HaUma, the convention center, where the International Book Fair is going on.
(A click, than another click, will enlarge it nicely.) 
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Happy SkyWatch Friday  and happy Valentine's Day!
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15 comments:

Hels said...

It is difficult, isn't it. On one hand you live in an ancient city that needs to be carefully preserved. On the other hand, you wish all wires etc would be laid underground to be environmentally sensitive.

Once the tram system was up and fully running, was it worth all the disruption that the city felt for 3 years?

Dina said...

Helen, actually the light rail was under construction from 2002 to 2011. The tracks were laid on existing streets, so you can imagine the balagan and congestion we had in the traffic.
I don't care where they put the wires to power the tram, but I do wish we wouldn't have to stand like sardines in the almost-always crowded trams.
Once I could take a bus from my moshav/village and be in central Jerusalem in 45 minutes. Now the same bus runs only up to Mt. Herzl, where we have to wait for the tram and transfer. So now it takes longer to get into town.

VP said...

Glad that the bridge is still standing, maybe the cranes are there just in case...

Dina said...

VP, very funny. I know your opinion of such bridges. :)

Spiderdama said...

That bridge is so specisl and beautiful! Grey sky can also be interesting:-)

Dina said...

Spiderdama, I'm sure you'd like to climb up that bridge. Please don't!
Greenpeace did and got arrested. See
http://jerusalemhillsdailyphoto.blogspot.co.il/search?q=greenpeace

cieldequimper said...

That is a lot. I'm joining the club of grey skies (with a touch of fog tonight).

Laura said...

beautiful sky images...what isn't in a state of construction/transformation? Shabbat Shalom Dina:-)

HansHB said...

Nice sky!
Good composition for the theme!

Steffi said...

Great photos,Dina!Yes,we have here the same grey...
Happy Valentine´s Day!

Jim said...

Interesting design.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Robert Geiss said...

Like the first image much. Thank you for the inspiration. Yes, over here as well grey and windy clouds. Please have a good Friday.

Cloudia said...

Glad she is thriving. I have watched Honolulu grow into a real pocket-city in my 25 years here...
Wishing YOU
a happy Valentine's Day from Honolulu, Dina
Comfort Spiral
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RuneE said...

Modern urban life in a nutshell: Cranes against the sky :-)

Re your question: We hardly have any snow at the moment (and I haven't used a bicycle for many, many years ...)

Liz said...

Beautiful shot. Happy sky watching.

My sky.