This evening I climbed the big bare hill with the three mystery structures on top.
Tonight is the eve of the festival of Sukkot so, sitting on a rock under one of the wooden frames, I pretended to be in a sukkah.
The International Space Station flew over at 18:02 but it too cloudy and not yet dark enough to see it.
Clouds sliced the sun into thirds.
Just before sinking behind the hills the sun took the shape of a UFO, or maybe Noah's ark.
Then I turned in the opposite direction, hoping to see the full moon rise (the blood moon and eclipse and all), but the clouds were too heavy.
The street lights coming on in my little Meitar were just as pretty, though, in a different way.
Sheets of lightning started flashing in the clouds to the west.
I started down the "mountain" when I heard voices in the darkening sky.
No, not angels. But something equally wondrous and surprising.
Black birds started arriving in groups of about a dozen each.
The big birds disappeared into the top of one or two tall trees and became quiet.
There must have been a hundred of them!
I never knew that all these birds came at 18:30 to roost in the eucalyptus grove!
As I walked the four blocks toward home, thunder started rumbling.
And then raindrops fell!!!! The first since last May!
What a happy Erev Sukkot it turned out to be!
UPDATE 11 pm: Ynet just put up some dramatic photos and video of the unexpected lightning (and fire) and rains across Israel this afternoon.
Check out the palm tree trunk burning inside!
(Linking to SkyWatch Friday.)