Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Time vs. timeless

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It is a tradition of the City Daily Photo group for bloggers to select and post our Photo of the Year on January 1. 
I chose this one for several reasons. 

It is from a hot day in August,  when I was standing in the shade of the spice seller's umbrella at Beer Sheva's Bedouin market.
I found it fascinating to be standing next to these two Bedouin women.
The old one was deciding which smooth pebbles and which chunks of incense to buy to take home to her tent or hut and she was consulting or haggling with the seller in Arabic. 

It hit me that yes! -- now I was really living in the Negev, home to some 200,000 Bedouin. 
 (I had just moved from the green Jerusalem Hills area down to the town of Meitar.)

And yes! -- the Negev was once part of the ancient Incense (or Spice) Route.
As in a mirage I started imagining caravans of camels traversing the deserts, laden with frankincense and myrrh!

. . . Which brings us to this season, now winter, when the three Magi are en route to Bethlehem carrying exactly those good-smelling gifts (so according to Christian tradition), arriving on Epiphany.

And just now, when much of the world (but not so much Israel) is watching the clock tick down to midnight and reflecting on the passing of time  and wondering what future time will bring,  I look at this photo and realize the image that many Bedouin still exude -- one of timelessness
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Wishing you all a blessed new year.
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20 comments:

Merisi said...

Truly great image and I love how your trail of thoughts and knowledge transport it from the hot desert sun into our cold grey winter days! Frankincense and myrrh, connotations with Christmas, and back to the days of the Magi traveling all the way from Persia with their gifts.

Wishing you all the best for 2014,
Merisi

Patsy said...

And I Wish you the very best 2014 in your new home, love to read your blog, it goes so well with my Bible study history and the time it was written. What a education I get from you.

Adullamite said...

That is a great thought, thousands of years of such commerce!
I hope the new year brings you delight Dina!

Maggie Ann said...

Wow, her world is a whole different world than mine. Thank you for this interesting post. Happy new year!

Nadege said...

Wishing you many more photos and stories to our enjoyment in 2014! Happy, peaceful new year to you and your followers!

Petrea Burchard said...

Thanks for the way you tell it, Dina. You take me there.

VP said...

A very good post and a beautiful image! Happy 2014 and enjoy the rest of 5774!

Peter said...

A very thoughtful post, such ancient traditions that we rarely think about in the west.

Richard Lawry said...

Great photo, and an interesting post. Happy New Year from An Arkie's Musings

Birdman said...

Make every day in 2014 important in some way.
Happy! Happy!

Michelle Cross said...

A beautiful image, indeed timeless. Happy New Year Dina!

Tanya Breese said...

a wonderful choice! happy new year!!

Spiderdama said...

I which you many wonderful moment in 2014.
Interesting post as always in your blog!

Malyss said...

I wish you all the best for 2014, love, happiness, and peace!

Linda said...

Wonderful image and post. Happy New Year to you from Montreal, Canada.

Pietro Brosio said...

A very nice photo, Dina.
I wish you a Wonderful and Happy 2014!

Kay said...

This is a wonderful photo, Dina and perfect for this time of year. I remember seeing and meeting the Bedouin when we were in Jordan. It's pretty darn amazing to think how long they've lived there with traditions so different from ours.

LOLfromPasa said...

Well told. Amazing photograph. You have given me something to think about!

Bergson said...

je te souhaite une excellente année 2014 pour toi et toute ta famille

William Kendall said...

It's a wonderful shot, Dina. A strong slice of life image, nicely composed.