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from the lookout tower

the next morning of our weekend trip to tobermory, ontario. up and out of the motel in the darkness once again…

we are still in the bruce peninsula national park; this time by the visitor centre and the nearby lookout tower. unfortunately, the cloud cover was too intense to get much in the way of a dramatic sunrise, but the clouds were lovely.

it was still early fall, so the colour change hadn’t really approached peak levels yet.

here is a shot from the lookout tower looking northwest (i believe) towards the ferry terminal in tobermory, with a ferry docked.

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rugged shoreline morning

still in little cove provincial park, the rains let up for a bit and we continued exploring as it was getting lighter out. the shore is not sand but rather it is covered in rounded rocks. as i made my way to the eastern end of the cove it switched to boulders and rocks, rendering it much more rugged and less accessible.

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dawn of a new day

during the summer of 2018, we scheduled a family trip for the early autumn to tobermory in the bruce peninsula of ontario. that weekend finally came and we made our way up… the weather, alas, would not co-operate with us, so we took whatever it gave us and made the best of it.

the first morning offered a slight drizzle but we still ventured out very early (it was still dark when we left). our first adventure would take us to little cove beach on georgian bay, not far from town. i could tell that there were heavy clouds around and a chance at a sunrise might not be in the offering… with that, i present ‘dawn of a new day’.

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morning light

located roughly midway between tel aviv and haifa, caesarea maritima (the original city) was built by king herod between 25 – 13 bce. the roman aqueduct was built to supply water to the city when the wells they were using as sources of water were not sufficient.

we awoke this morning to some clouds – finally! the whole day would be unsettled, but i had hope that the shots might have more drama in them… thankfully they would.

we started out by reaching the roman aqueduct by today’s modern town of caesarea in the morning. as we arrived the sun was breaking out from the morning’s cloudy weather.

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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.

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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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sunrise from the citadel

after arriving at masada while it was still dark, we made the climb up the ‘snake path’ to the top of the plateau.  it is by no means an easy or short hike, but it is doable with a couple of bottles of water at hand. you will sweat –  a lot! i could not imagine doing the climb later in the day; the weather is just too hot…

it is tradition to climb masada to observe the sunrise. admittedly, i was not sure if there would be a sunrise to photograph as the dust that seemed to hang in the air during our entire stay in the south of israel was present again on this day. i had wanted to photograph the jordanian mountains while in eilat and could not. you can just barely make them out here, as viewed from the summit. the water you see in the middle of the frame is the dead sea.

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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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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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