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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.

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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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.

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

 

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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.

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

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lighthouse morning

Lighthouse Morninghaving returned to canada and chosen st. catharines as our new hometown, it was time to start exploring a little… here is the marina pier at sunrise, in port dalhousie, a community within the city of st. catharines. the lighthouse in the distance (extreme left of the frame) is located at the end of the harbour walkway trail and is known as the outer range lighthouse while the closer one is referred to as the inner lighthouse.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: parks & gardens

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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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fishermen’s sunrise

Fishermen's Sunrise

a quiet and peaceful sunrise in varadero, cuba; photographed bright and early, as i was sitting on the exterior steps of the hotel.

this photograph can be found in the following galleries: skyscapes 1 and waterscapes

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