Monday, February 4, 2013

Snow followed by almond blossoms

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Those puffs of white and pink?   
Yes!--they are almond blossoms!
The trees on the mountain are starting to bloom.
Click once or twice on the photo and feast your eyes. 

And to think, just 25 days ago that same view across the valley looked like this.
Covered in snow. 

You can't help but love the Jerusalem Hills. 
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(A post for Our World Tuesday.)


11 comments:

Hels said...

I love almond blossom. It reminds us of good smells, floral beauty and coming warmth. But the hills are so rocky.. how do the trees survive?

Karen said...

Oh, I wish we had something blooming here.

Jackie said...

Lovely...just lovely! I always enjoy your photos!

cieldequimper said...

That's lovely although I'm not ready for spring. I want REAL winter, not mild, rainy days.

Dina said...

Helen, the rock walls of the ancient agricultural terraces are all over the Jerusalem Hills. Actually there is soil on each small level place that the terraces create.
If you twice enlarge the photos you can see a house. One family lives there many years on the mountain. They try to recreate the irrigation and growing methods of biblical times, with olive trees etc.
Thousands of years ago the hills surrounding Jerusalem grew most of the food needed for the throngs of Jews who went up to Jerusalem for the three yearly pilgrimage festivals.

Fun60 said...

Almond blossom already - how beautiful.

Dina said...

Friends, the wild almonds trees are the first to blossom, it is a normal mid-winter thing in Israel. Usually it is around the holiday of Tu BiShvat, the birthday or New Year of the Trees. See

http://jerusalemhillsdailyphoto.blogspot.co.il/search/label/Tu%20BiShvat

Luna Miranda said...

i'd love to see wild almond blossoms. amazing it can grow on rocks.

Dana said...

So pretty! I've never seen almond blossom before.

Happy Tuesday!

VP said...

Today here looks like spring, but I can't really see anything blooming yet...

Spiderdama said...

I look at the beautiful light in the middle of the first picture. Great! And I wish I was there..