mount of olives

so named for the olive groves that used to cover its slopes, mount olivet or the mount of olives stands adjacent to the old city of jerusalem in israel. it has been used as a jewish burial site for over 3000 years and holds over 150 000 graves.

here it is photographed in the early evening with the al-aqsa mosque in the left foreground.

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the temple’s courtyard

photographed from within the jewish quarter of the old city of jerusalem in the early evening, here is the western wall, the plaza or courtyard and the dome of the rock shrine beyond.

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ancient corridor revisited

the more things change, the more they stay the same… here we are back in jerusalem’s old jewish quarter, some 23 years after i first photographed this scene. my first rendition of this place was photographed on slide film during my last visit to israel. this one was shot with my dslr. owing to a less-than-optimal scan of my slide, this version has better clarity, but aside from that, not much has changed in this ancient space…

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the domed shrine

the world headquarters of the baha’i faith is located on mount carmel in haifa, israel. the baha’i gardens, that include the hanging gardens (garden terraces) and the domed shrine of the ab were completed in 2001 and are a unesco world heritage site.

photographed is the lower complex, from street level at the base of mount carmel, shortly after dusk.

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stormfront

 

having started out the day with some cloud cover, we had visited the aqueduct at caesarea. just after finishing my shoot there, we got a heck of a rainstorm that lasted about a half hour or so… our next stop was to visit some of my wife’s family in haifa, the northern port city in israel on the mediterranean.

the family visit completed, we went to visit a couple of sights. here is the port city from above as a stormfront was moving in (or out).

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imminence

a few minutes after the previous shot (the advance) and the storm clouds are now seemingly clawing at the aqueduct in caesarea, israel.

shortly after this series of shots, we made our way to the car just in time. it was a heavy downpour, alright…

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the advance

on this morning the light was constantly changing as clouds were periodically moving in front of the sun and then away again. we were on the site for a couple of hours and eventually, it became apparent that a storm was coming off of the mediterranean sea. here you have then, the aqueduct at the beach in caesarea photographed with a storm advancing towards shore.

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aqueduct arch

one of the numerous stone arches of the roman aqueduct giving way to the beach area at caesarea in israel.

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morning light

located roughly midway between tel aviv and haifa, caesarea maritima (the original city) was built by king herod between 25 – 13 bce. the roman aqueduct was built to supply water to the city when the wells they were using as sources of water were not sufficient.

we awoke this morning to some clouds – finally! the whole day would be unsettled, but i had hope that the shots might have more drama in them… thankfully they would.

we started out by reaching the roman aqueduct by today’s modern town of caesarea in the morning. as we arrived the sun was breaking out from the morning’s cloudy weather.

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remains of the harbour

so, after rejoining my aunt, cousin and wife for dinner, the light just would not give up! i excused myself once again to get a shot of the ancient harbour wall, sometimes referred to as the pisan harbour.

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