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crashing wave 1, 2 & 3

we had one last day in israel and chose to return to the old port city of jaffa to spend it there. my wife and i just fell in love with this part of the tel aviv-yafo metropolis. taking a break from walking the streets of the old port, we returned to the car at the parking lot. there was a certain something with the light at this time of day and the mediterranean sea seemed a bit more agitated than normal. i set my gear up on the port wall and observed wave after wave crashing.

these photographs can be found in the following gallery: waterscapes

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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.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: landscapes

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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.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: cityscapes

 

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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…

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: doors, windows & arches

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byzantine church wall

 

apparently, the last people to inhabit masada was a group of early christians during the 5th to 7th centuries well after the jewish revolt of 73 ad.

amongst the many ruins found on masada is a byzantine church that apparently dates back to the 5th century. here is a photograph of a church wall with an arched window under beautiful morning light.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: doors, windows & arches

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from the old port

a couple of things at play here… the obvious one is the tel aviv skyline. i was still on the seawall and walked right to its north end where the unobscured cityscape awaited. waves were crashing all about and i did get a tad wet, though the equipment did not. i do believe the sun had already set into the horizon behind me.  dusk was indeed setting in but the light was still lovely and a few clouds hung about while the city lights were starting to become more prominent in the early evening sky.

less obvious is andromeda’s rock. you will notice a cluster of rocks in the foreground; the one with the israeli flag is the rock in question. it is not particularly large or even prominent, but greek mythology has it that the goddess andromeda was chained to that rock as a sacrificial victim, ultimately saved from certain death by perseus.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: cityscapes

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the old port city

after a failed attempt at visiting the carmel market in tel aviv (it was a holiday in israel and the traffic was off the charts insane), we opted to get another day in jaffa instead. as the late afternoon and early evening were coming on, it was becoming evident that the light was looking lovely. i had scoped out a few vantage points from which to get a skyline shot from and finally decided that taking it from the seawall across from the old city would be best. it would require some climbing and a little access to unauthorized areas, but this was indeed the best vantage point! besides, young men were fishing there virtually all day and i accessed the same places they did to reach my spot.

here then, you have the old port city of jaffa’s cityscape in all it’s splendour while being bathed in setting sunlight from a mostly cloudless sky behind me in the open mediterranean sea.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: cityscapes

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the floating orange tree

an installation piece by israeli artist ran morin, the floating orange tree is suspended about one foot off the ground by steel cables in a courtyard in old jaffa. constructed and installed in late 1993, it became a permanent installation in 1994 and has become a tourist attraction with hundreds of thousands of visitors per year.

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almost seven

 

after having spent a wonderful day touring, the weather turned just a tad and we encountered a little rainfall in the early evening. once it let up, it allowed me to try my hand a photographing the famous jaffa clock tower, migdal hashaon yafo in hebrew. though nowhere as ancient as the old port city, it is over 100 years old! construction was started in 1900 while palestine was ruled by the ottoman empire.

the tower is made of limestone and is situated at the northern entrance to jaffa on yefet street. after renovations in 1966, the tower sports two clocks (instead of the original four), one on the north side and one on the south side. on this night, only the south-facing clock was alight.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: architecture

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the sun sets over the old port

along retsif haaliya hashniya, the waterfront street, with the bell tower of st. peter’s church and the minaret of the al-bahr mosque in view, the sun sets over the old port city of jaffa.

these photographs can be found in the following gallery: roadscapes

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