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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.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: flowers, plants & trees

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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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doors in the alley

i travel to photograph.

because one never knows what one will find, it’s always fascinating discovering new places.

such was the case with jaffa (yafo in hebrew), the oldest part of the tel aviv-yafo metropolis. quite simply it is an ancient port city on the mediterranean sea that dates back to biblical times thousands of years ago (shamefully, we did not visit it on our prior visit to israel some 23 odd years prior).

having caught up on some sleep from the jetlag a couple of days before, i was ready for this adventure to begin! we drove down from home base in northern tel aviv, fighting a decent amount of traffic to find a large, free parking lot by the waterfront. it was still relatively early in the day, just before lunch, so the light was not ideal: clear blue skies everywhere, scarcely a cloud anywhere in the sky… the plan was to grab a falafel for lunch, scope things out and hopefully have photographic scenes reveal themselves as we got acquainted with the area. as you can imagine, i was not disappointed… i took an instant liking to this part of the city. it was vibrant with plenty of people about: at the beach, on the port’s waterfront, in the ancient streets… and then there is the history!

falafel found and devoured, we next searched for a tourist information office to get some maps and information. that done, we decided to walk along yefet street, the main shopping district in jaffa, then continue on to the port’s waterfront so we could enter the cobblestoned corridors of the old city.

we spent a lovely, sun-filled afternoon walking around and when the light got better, i got my gear together and went back to a few places that had caught my eye.

these doors were found in an alley off of the aforementioned yefet street, removed from the hustle and bustle of the shops and restaurants further to the north.

these photographs can be found in the following gallery: doors, windows & arches

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autumn walk

after completing the lowers falls trail via the ‘127 Steps’ down into the genessee river gorge and back, one can get an ‘easy view of the falls’ by following the trails through the forest. here is a section of that trail on a bright, sunny and glorious autumn day…

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: flowers, plants & trees

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downriver (colour and b&w)

the lower falls trail of letchworth state park essentially begins at the ‘127 steps’ that lead you lower into the genessee river gorge. once at the bottom of the stairway, the trail splits. to the right will take you right to the falls (as per the previous image post: the lower falls) while to the left will take you towards a bridge and the river itself. this is a downriver view at some point along the ‘left’ trail.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: waterscapes

 

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the lower falls (colour and b&w)

Lower Falls

Lower Falls (B&W)

referred to as the ‘grand canyon of the east ‘ by locals, letchworth state park is a feast for the eyes! photographed here is one of the three main waterfalls along the genessee river gorge: the lower falls. it is approached via a lovely hike through a wooded area that leads to the ‘127 steps’ taking you lower into the gorge. with a gorgeous fall day and vibrant foliage colours, i was in my element!

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: waterscapes

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weather beaten charm – revisited (colour and b&w)

Weather Beaten Charm (Revisited)

Weather Beaten Charm (Revisited) B&W

a little further along into this past fall season and a revisit of this charming scene was in order…

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: country scenes

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folly bridge (colour and b&w)

Folly Bridge

Folly Bridge (B&W)

continuing back towards the main entrance at watkins glen state park, beyond the glen of pools, you come to folly bridge: the stone arch bridge directly above the 60′ central cascade waterfall.

these are the last photographs from my fall excursion to watkins glen state park in the finger lakes region of new york state. i look forward to heading back there next spring or summer!

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: waterscapes

 

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glen of pools (colour and b&w)

Glen Of Pools

Glen Of Pools (B&W)

beyond pluto falls along the gorge trail from the main entrance, the views become less dramatic and certainly not as ‘picturesque’, for lack of a better term. once i neared the end, it was time for my return towards the main entrance. the reality is that watkins glen state park is a very popular attraction and it welcomes many visitors. on this day, some spots were hard to photograph for all the people milling about the trail in both directions. the glen of pools (now free of visitors), photographed here, is an area between the central cascade and rainbow falls and bridge surrounded by massive rock walls. plunge pools and potholes are prevalent in this section of the trail.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: waterscapes

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