Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Shomron Trip III: On Mount Grizzim

Previous posts in this series:
Shomron Trip I: The Ride to Shchem
Shomron Trip II: Mayim Chayim

We took a break for lunch on Mount Grizzim.

Jewish settler / country bumpkins trying to start their scooter.

The mayim chayim spring in the valley of Yosef trickles down and feeds a small grove of trees, which provided a nice shady spot for lunch.

The tree we sat under happened to be a mulberry tree, so some of us got a free desert.

Bentching (reciting grace after the meal) in the mulberry tree.


The break gave me a chance to play with the macro mode on my new camera, photographing some of the flora, albeit with the admonishment, "Don't wander off too far. Some of the neighbors here can be unfriendly."

You can click on the photos to see larger versions.

Mulberries on the branch.

You probably don't want to eat these particular berries.

Looking towards the bypass road to Itamar and Elon Moreh.

There was some sort of thorny bush, very blue, which caught my interest.Close...




If I were one of these Israeli naturalist types, I could tell you the names of every species of plant, and probably even of this insect too. For the time being, however, I'm just an ignorant new oleh, so we will have to call him Mike.

Thistles before blooming.

Before bloom.

Thistles after blooming.

After bloom.

Some sort of beetle, getting lost on a flower.

And here's the view of Itamar, which will be our next stop!

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