I am lucky!
I just have to walk a block or two from my moshav/village, out into the terraced valleys of the Jerusalem Hills, to find pictures for today's City Daily Photo Theme Day, which is "The beauty of decay."
This rounded place on a hill slope is one of my favorites.
See its arched opening, now half buried by the ages?!
I try to imagine who used it, when, and for how long . . .
Please enlarge these photos with one click, then another.
I left them big so you can enjoy the luscious details.
The hills are peppered with mysterious stone structures that are thousands of years old.
They are hard to date, but some go back even to 4,500 years ago.
Archaeologists have proof that different peoples have inhabited this area for 6,000 years.
The door and a window of this now low structure on the valley floor are still visible.
The big pine tree toppled over in last winter's rain and now it, too, will start to decay.
A forest fire swept through this valley a few years ago, but this tall cypress survived.
It thrives between two dams.
Jerusalem is surrounded by hills and the only way to raise crops was to build agricultural terraces.
Farmers picked rocks from the ground and used them to build terrace walls; they may have had to bring in soil for each little plot.
They devised irrigation channels from the many springs in the Jerusalem Hills.
In the bottom of the valleys they built dams, as pictured above.
When rain water rushed down the valley from the hills, these dams stopped the soil from being washed away.
Biblical days, farmers were able to feed their families from these
terraces as well as most of the great throngs of pilgrims who ascended to
the Temple in nearby Jerusalem on the three yearly pilgrimage festivals.
In recent centuries, up to 1948, Arab farmers grew many fruit and olive trees and I'm not sure what else in the hills.
I admire all who did this hard work in a not easy land.
To see how farmers used stone shomerot, watchmen's huts, please see previous posts.
There are hundreds here in the Jerusalem Hills in various stages of decay.
Now let's go visit the other CDP bloggers and see what's decaying in their cities.
Shalom to all.
(Linking also to Toby's meme (in Israel!) Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors.)