Saturday, April 16, 2011

Mt. of Olives donkeys, now and then

We passed silently as Peter the donkey and his human half-dozed, waiting for tourist groups to come by.
The pair has been working the Mount of Olives and the Old City for many years.
I remember the Arab man steadying my young relative on the donkey's back, back when we were all a lot younger.
Hours later we saw them ascending the steep slope of the Mt. of Olives.
From the short shadows (for Shadow Shot Sunday), it must have been almost noon and the day was hot.
The picture brings to mind a scene two thousand years old, of a man riding a donkey down the same Mt. of Olives toward Jerusalem. But then there were crowds, and they were shouting Hosanna.
Palm Sunday blessings to all the Christian friends.
And here, another Palm Sunday donkey story, also for Camera-Critters.
Slideshows (in case you missed them last time):
Morning services for Palm Sunday in the Holy Sepulchre
Afternoon pilgrimage of the faithful from Mt. of Olives to the Old City


eileeninmd said...

Fantastic photos, love the first shot of the donkey and man.

Lois Evensen said...

Such wonderful images and so perfect for this weekend.

VP said...

I like donkeys in pictures or from a distance. I think that the guy is sitting on some kind of bench...

Dina said...

Eileeninmd shalom. Yes, I've never seen a man sitting with a donkey's head in his lap. It was so touching.
Funny that I know the donkey's name but not his owner's. Some of my best friends are (or were) donkeys.

Lois, yes, I love the timing, that we saw them just a few days ago. You don't see donkeys in the street very often anymore.

VP, oh you're right, a kind of bench!

Ms. Becky said...

O, this is so moving and beautiful. thank you for this most lovely Palm Sunday remembrance. happy SSS, and I hope your weekend is grand.

Willard said...

Wonderful images and a reminder that while everything does change, yet some things remain essentially the same (down through the years there has always been someone with their donkey, dog, etc., and will be until the end of time).

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Your "now" donkey is an endearing little creature!


Some say that shadows are fragments of light,
Others that they are but pieces of night,
Fleeing like demons when dawn becomes day,
Fearing the radiance coming their way.
Is one notion wrong and one notion right?
Just what are shadows if they are not light?

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Dancing Shadow Tree

crederae said...

hello beautiful Dina,I love the architecture on the previous posts and the offering of the eucharist in the play of the natural light and the church arches are metaphorically speaking rainbows.beautiful presentation and what an historical jewel to consider descending Mt. Olives on donkey back.Wonderful!

Palm Sunday Blessings to you also beautiful Dina. All religions are beautiful,.
shalom love and light.

Amanda said...

I love donkeys and the photo of the donkey & his owner resting is great!

Kay said...

Beautiful photos, Dina. After riding a donkey in Egypt, I could see why they say a donkey can be stubborn.

Kay L. Davies said...

What a beautiful, sensitive story, Dina. Thank you.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Roan said...

A man and his donkey. They do appear to like one another—best friends. Nice!

irinapictures said...

Wonderful story and images.

Chubskulit Rose said...

Now, that is what I call beauty!

Please come and see my critter post. Have a great weekend!

Dianne said...

Wonderful shot - it's as if time has stood still. The lovely rapport between donkey and owner is very touching.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful slice of life...

forgetmenot said...

Lovely post--full of rich meaning. Thanks, Mickie :)

Hey Harriet said...

The strong bond between Peter the donkey and his human friend is very obvious. And very lovely! I hope they rested well before that long steep climb! Enjoy your weekend :)

Pietro Brosio said...

Two attractive images which bring to mind the old times: what a contrast with today's life!

Greensboro Daily Photo said...

You make fitting those memes in look so easy. I wonder what the man thinks about when he is sitting and waiting?

This is one of those special years when Easter, Orthodox Easter, and Passover all fall at the same time. Love the way everyone is 'making ready.'


Birdman said...

Enjoy your Palm Sunday!

Suzanne said...

Thank you Dina.

Kate said...

I find this scene of the donkey and man timeless and so appropriate for the Christian season.

Leif Hagen said...

It's been a loooong time since I've seen a donkey!

BTW, I met a young American woman at our district Rotary conference this weekend. She's spent a lot of time in Jordan and in September, she'll be in Beirut for a year's study of "Peace and conflict resolution" through Rotary International. I gave her Mary Ann's name and info on Mary Ann's Beirut CDP blog!