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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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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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the visitor centre

the futuristic looking visitor centre; set on the northern cliffs of the ramon crater, it proudly over-looks the world’s largest erosion crater. the splendour and grandiosity of this place is staggering! further back from the northern cliffs, is the small town of mitzpe ramon in the negev desert. the 40 winds its way into the crater and continues further into southern israel.

sometimes the light is with you; other times it’s just not… we made it to the ramon crater in good time, but the early morning light was starting to get dicey as we made our approach. what was a blanket of lovely clouds mere minutes before arriving, turned into a solar assault on the visual senses as they vanished within minutes. alas, this was the only salvageable image from the shoot.  we hung around and visited for a while hoping that the clouds would come back and shield the now late morning sun, but it just was not to be… next stop: eilat.

by the way, it is common to associate a crater as a landform created by an asteroid crashing in from space… this is not the case here, rather it is an erosion crater created by water erosion.

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sharp left ahead

a few minutes further down highway 40 in the negev desert, still on our way to the mitzpe ramon crater, some lovely ribbon clouds in the morning sky…

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a patch of trees along the 40

having left the north of israel the day prior, we left for the south while it was still dark. our final destination would be eilat and the red sea, but there was at least one major stop to make at the town of mitzpe ramon and its incredible ramon crater. when leaving the metropolitan tel aviv area, you are essentially on the mediterranean coastline and most of the roads and highways due south pass near be’er sheva, the largest city in the negev desert. having bypassed the city, we opted to take highway 40 south instead of the main highway 6 that connects to the faster highway 90 along the dead sea. the scenery in the desert is beautiful and with the morning light how could we lose? this photo was taken in that beautiful light roughly halfway between be’er sheva and mitzpe ramon.

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white tanks morning

White Tanks Morning

off the white tanks campground in joshua tree national park is found the arch rock nature trail. the main attraction is indeed arch rock itself, but hiking in the vicinity will expose you to huge granite boulders and rock formations. this is but a sampling of the landscape in this area of the park on a beautiful california desert morning this past may.

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arch rock at dawn

Arch Rock At Dawn

the next morning of my overnight stay in twenty-nine palms, i ventured out again into the joshua tree national park to see and capture the famous ‘arch rock’. the arch rock trail is found nestled in the white tank campground and scattered about are rock formations in all shapes and sizes.

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skull rock

Skull Rock

one of my goals was to visit joshua tree national park on my next trip to california. in may of this year (2015), it happened! an overnight stay in the town of twenty-nine palms and a couple of visits to the park made me want more! but, i did have a schedule to keep…

after leaving l.a. in the early afternoon, i reached joshua tree by around 5pm – i didn’t think it would take that long, but that snarly l.a. traffic ensured that i was behind schedule right from the get-go… nevertheless, after a quick bite for dinner, i headed to the park via the north entrance and drove along park blvd., taking in the almost surreal scenery at that time of day. having relegated ‘arch rock’ to a visit the next morning, i proceeded to my first stop: skull rock.

it began long ago when rain drops accumulated in tiny depressions and started to erode the granite. as more rock eroded, more water accumulated, leading to more erosion until, as time passed, two hollowed-out eye sockets formed and the rock began to resemble a skull.” – national park service

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