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judaean desert view

overlooking a section of judaean desert cliffs from the western ridge of masada shortly after sunrise.

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due north from the citadel

overlooking the judaean desert and part of the dead sea from atop the northern end of masada.

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the ancient citadel

having spent an amazing few days in eilat with my cousin and her family, visiting the city, timna park and the red canyon, it was time to keep moving… we had initially planned on making our way to masada to camp there so that we may rise early and make the climb by foot to witness the sunrise (who needs a cable car?)

unfortunately, when we looked into booking the camping accommodations, everything was full! no big deal really – we ended up taking a room in the city of arad, on the border of the judaean and negev deserts – it offered simple accommodations at reasonable prices.

we left eilat in the morning and made our way northbound along the 90, stopping for lunch and a swim (float!) at the public beach in ein bokek, a resort district on a stretch of the israeli shore of the dead sea. we then retraced our steps for a little while to catch the 31 to our accommodations in arad.

unbeknownst to me at the time, the camping excursion ultimately would have taken us to the same place, as the campground is only accessible by taking the road through arad. that road is the 3199 that leads to the west entrance of masada. it is quite simply incredible – there are not enough superlatives! driving on a freshly paved road through the judaean desert and passing the desert resort of kfar hanokdim in the late afternoon was sublime. but really, ‘les pièces de résistance’ are the views that are afforded along this winding road in the desert: in this case the citadel of masada from a peak i climbed onto from the side of the road.

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desert acacia of the mountains

for those of you familiar with my earlier work, you will notice that the photographs that i captured in israel have been presented in colour. it became rather evident that israel is an incredibly special place. i was taken by the wonderful scenery afforded almost everywhere we went! though it was my intent to continue with black and white photographs, the editing process dictated otherwise… israel, for some reason, presented more favourably in colour the deeper i got into the project.

i will indeed take a stab at presenting some of the work in b&w, but that is for another time… for now, take in this beautiful scene from the eilat mountains: a desert acacia tree surrounded by colourful sandstone cliffs and mountains as we were making our way to the exit of the red canyon.

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solomon’s pillars

as the day was ending with dusk approaching, this was the final shot from my photo-shoot at timna park in the southern negev desert of israel.

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skeleton face / skeleton face wall

the mushroom and a half photographed, i continued my trek to mushroom rock, another of the prominent rock formations in timna park. as i was approaching it and looking for a good vantage point, i was struck by a sandstone wall that seemed to have a carved skeleton face…

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mushroom and a half

 

with solomon’s pillars behind me for now, i continued further into the park and was greeted by this duo: the rock formations known as ‘mushroom and a half’.

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sphinx

continuing further into timna park, we come to the rock formation known as the sphinx. alas, because of lighting conditions and the realization that i was on a strict ‘time budget’, this was the only vantage point that made sense…

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spiral rock

about 1/2 an hour north of eilat, in the very south of israel, is timna park. it is set in the beautifully magnificent timna valley of the negev desert. the area is rich in copper ore and has been mined for thousands of years. amongst the hiking trails, the various buildings and remnants of copper mines that make up the park, is a collection of natural land and rock formations: natural sculptures, if you will. for that day, that was my mission – to discover and photograph the major landmarks.

alas, once again lighting was not on my side: it was clear blue skies for as far as the eye could see; that and the dust which hung in the area as we looked due east. with that in mind, we took a cursory glance along all the roads of the park to get a sense of the majesty we had seen in pictures. by the latter half of the afternoon, as the sun was getting lower, i set out to photograph those natural sculptures: the first such stop is spiral rock.

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from the trail

From The Trail

from my latest and long-awaited trip to california in may/june of 2015. my sister, emmanuelle, and i went for a day visit to the magnificent terranea resort in rancho palos verdes, south of los angeles. we met her boyfriend’s family; there for a gathering on the weekend.

the day was spent talking, eating and relaxing. at a certain point during the mid afternoon, we walked the trails to the west of the resort, scoping possible locations for taking some shots. by around 7pm, i got my gear together and headed out with them again to see how the light was doing. this shot of pelican cove and the point that houses the point vicente lighthouse was taken from the terranea trails on the grounds of the resort as dusk was approaching.

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