Saturday, June 24, 2017

Die goldene Medina

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Every spring when these Israeli trees shed their flowers, turning the sidewalk a bright yellow, I am reminded of the Yiddish expression Die goldene Medina.
The Jewish immigrants disembarking at Ellis Island probably did not expect to see America's streets literally  paved with gold  in "the golden country," but they knew that with hard work and patience they would rise out of poverty.


The trees responsible for my reverie look like this, with rough bark.
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(Linking to Camera-Critters meme, for the sweet black cat.)
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11 comments:

Sandi said...

The yellow is beautiful, even on the ground like that.

The cat looks huge!



Hels said...

Is the lovely yellow colour wattle? I looks like it.. but I have never heard if that tree grows in Israel or not.

Alice said...

Nice photo Dina .

Dina said...

Hels, I don't think the tree is wattle, no. But some streets in Meitar DO have lovely bottlebrush trees! I sometimes stop and touch the soft red "brush" and pretend I am in Australia.

Dina said...

You can enlarge the photo (I click once, and then once again) to see the flat seed pods next to the flowers on the tree.

sandyland said...

love seeing them out and about

William Kendall said...

Lovely shots, and that is a big cat!

Dina said...

To me this is just a normal size street cat, of which there are many.

This article, with 22 cat photos with captions, claims that

"Due to lack of funding from the state, veterinary services and animal rights organizations are unable to keep up with the growing population when it comes to spaying and neutering. Animal rights organizations and experts predict that within a few years there will be more street cats than the 8 million people in Israel."

http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/2-million-untamed-street-cats-live-in-israel/

bill burke said...

Fantastic shots! I like the street view with the black cat, very nice.
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Haddock said...

Love that first picture with the slanting sunlight with a sprinkle of yellow.

Kay said...

This reminds me of Hawaii's shower trees.