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under the tube

it’s not often that you see a tubular cloud formation. thankfully, i was at the right place at the right time a few weeks ago while scoping out a sunset from the shores of lake ontario at the town of lincoln. it is amazing that less than an hour after its appearance, it quite simply vanished…

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: skyscapes 2

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lakeshore sunset 1

a sunset on the shores of lake ontario at the town of lincoln in the niagara region of southern ontario. close to home, i have taken a renewed interest in sunsets and sunrises and this spot is as good as any! i will continue coming back here, as it is close to home, to see what mother nature can offer as the months and seasons change.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: skyscapes 2

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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…

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: landscapes

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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.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: landscapes

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red sea sunrise

with mitzpe ramon and the crater behind us, we proceeded down the 40 until the town of neot smadar where we branched off onto the 12 that would take us along the egyptian border all the way to eilat. we have family here, so it was time to take it a little easier… the truth is that the break was almost imposed on me as the visibility was extremely poor all the time we were there. i had hoped to photograph the jordanian mountains from across the red sea in eilat, but they could barely be seen. both the sunrises and sunsets were quite simply pitiful. it was like a permanent dust storm, that as we found out later, would cover the area from eilat up to the dead sea.

eilat is situated on the northern tip of the red sea; it is a busy seaport and a tourist destination. this photograph is of the israeli side, at sunrise, from one of the beaches along the main road (the 90) that eventually ends at the egyptian border crossing into taba. the white tower you see in the distance is the coral world underwater observatory and has been a prominent landmark in eilat since the mid-70’s. though you could not see much of the jordanian side, the sunrise did provide for the purple in the sky and the red on the mountains.

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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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from the border

minutes to the east of rosh hanikra, still in the western galilee, is kibbutz hanita with its northern limits being the lebanese border. it was established back in 1938 as a tower and stockade settlement. these types of settlements were relatively common during this era of jewish settlements in palestine, before israel was a state. they refer to the first two structures built by pioneers to defend the land they were dwelling in.

presumably, its early industry was agriculture; the kibbutz still produces bananas, citrus fruits and field crops but it derives the bulk of its revenues from two on-site factories: hanita lenses and hanita coatings, the latter of which was recently purchased by the avery-dennison conglomerate.

as an aside, i have a connection to this place as my aunt and cousin live there. the image you are seeing is from an observation tower that gives a 360 degree view of the surrounding area. photographed here is the setting sun in the western skies with the mediterranean sea in the distance. the prominent road you see in the frame is off limits and is used exclusively by the military.

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northern coastline

the available light at sundown once again provides for a longer exposure of the coastline as seen from rosh hanikra. as one heads south along the number 4 road, there are two small cities, nahariya and acre (akko), as well as a couple of villages before reaching haifa, israel’s third largest city after jerusalem and tel aviv. the extension of city lights that you see jutting to the right towards the centre of the frame are indeed those of the haifa metropolitan area.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: skyscapes 2

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