Sunday, January 10, 2010

Back to the Beach

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We took advantage of another beautifully warm and sunny weekend and a visiting Swedish houseguest (no, we didn't actually take advantage of the houseguest, we just took advantage of her being here to get out of the house and go somewhere) to head for the beach again yesterday. (Who are you Mother Nature and what have you done with January? Nevermind, whoever you are please don't go anywhere!)
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This time we headed for Shefayim Beach, a bit further up the coast. Unlike Tel Aviv's built up coastline full of hotels, beachside cafes and bars and hawkers selling everything from ice creams to kites, Shefayim is utterly undeveloped and because of a relatively difficult access also a bit less crowded. It's also got tidepools to explore, shells (Maya decided they were radishes of all things and spent a great deal of time planting and watering a number of them. They must have planted radishes in school at some point because I don't buy them often enough for her to even know what one is, let alone how to grow it.) and apparently decent fishing. These three folks were fishing with poles but there was another man right behind them fishing with a net, and doing fairly well too judging by the number of fish flopping around in his basket.
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Two magnificent weekends in a row, our luck is bound to run out soon. In the meantime though we're enjoying every glorious minute.
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43 comments:

Dina said...

Your guest from the frozen North must have been in glory.

Even cold Jerusalem is supposed to have 26 degrees C today. The first almond tree is already blooming here.
Mah yehiyeh?

Radish shells. Cute! Tidepools are kid paradise.

Julie said...

This is magnificent, Robin. Reeks of a laid-back day on the beach in summer. Your contrast is wonderful as is your composition.

I love it. Brava!!

Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo said...

*swoon*

As soon as I win the lottery, I am on my way over.

Aileni said...

A really nice composition, Robin.
And no snow.

RuneE said...

Do beaches still exist???

Spiderdama said...

This is a really good shot!:-) Love it! And I wish I was there..it`s cold up here in North!
Have a nice sunday!

Rinkly Rimes said...

What a lovely silhouette! Dramatic!

Dragonstar said...

Wonderful! They couldn't have looked better if you'd posed them deliberately. Lovely composition.

Liz@Cafe Liz said...

Beautiful photo ... I'm still wearing my jacket, though!

This Eclectic Life said...

What a delightful shot! Sounds like a beach that would draw my attention in a heartbeat (I love tide pools). I wouldn't be fishing...I'd be planting radishes with Maya.

Yaelian said...

A beautiful picture Robin! Your Swedish friend must be so happy to be here just now,considering the weather in Sweden....

Robin said...

She couldn't believe she was actually swimming here, while it was 15 below at home!

Liz, it's often colder inside my house than outside - I'm wearing a sweatshirt too today but yesterday I was sweating in a t-shirt.

Sandy said...

Beautiful photo! I think I've told you this before but I just never thought of Israel as a beach. My ignorance. A long-time friend of mine (from high school actually) has sent her daughter to visit Israel a few times. I couldn't believe it when she first told me. But she insisted she was safe and loved the climate. Seeing your photos, I know why!

Robin said...

Your friend is right Sandy, the reality of day to day life in most of Israel is not the sensationalized soundbites you see on the nightly news, and yup, the climate's great :). I'll take beach days in January over blizzards any day.

vincibene said...

Wonderful picture, I love the silhouettes!

Lucy said...

If I were there, I would enjoy that weather with you. Enjoy!

Maribeth said...

I am sure you know how cold it is here. At 2 AM when Fritz woke me to go out, it was just 1 degree(F)! We're having a heat wave now, it is up to 8 degrees! (F)

Thom said...

Love the photo and never think your luck will run out. Love the story.

Mona Sweden said...

Beautiful photo. I love the silhouette. Great composition. Yes it is very cold up here in the North, but it's also very beautiful. In my town, Gothenburg, we seldom have snow. But this year we got some and I'm delighted!

Jenn said...

Consider us lucky to be able to go the beach during the cold months of the North. I too live in the tropics and many of us spend the Christmas break on the beach. Love your photo, I can feel the enjoyment.

I hope to visit your part of the world someday.

Carver said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend and I absolutely love this shot.

christina said...

Wonderful picture, i love the silouttes!!

Tammy said...

I really love how this photo looks in black and white! Wonderful!

anymommy said...

All right, that's it. I'm moving in with you. Will you take me to the beach and teach me to take pictures?

Tricia said...

Sounds like a very nice time & this pic is AMAZING! I love it - Quite beautiful!

bermudabluez said...

What an awesome picture! I love it!! I am so glad you guys are having warm weather! It is in the negatives here....

Dina ... UK said...

Love the image, envious of your weather too....LOL

Glennis said...

Great photo I like the black and white and the fishermen in silhouette, hope they caught plenty.

Mojo said...

Absolutely breathtaking shot! Magnificent. It's almost like you took Surabachi!

*applause!*

John`s Photography said...

Lovely silhouette!

awarewriter said...

Great composition Robin. This image is a winner. It's still below freezing here.

kaye said...

I love the back lighting making the silhouette effect. And the colorization is perfect. Brilliant!

Phyllis Sommer said...

robin - one of your most beautiful shots. wow. thanks for this gorgeous photo!!!!

toby said...

Wow - fantastic shot! We're also enjoying the balmy weather, but I'm a bit farther from the beach than you :) Still, we should make the effort - it looks like so much fun!

Max-e said...

Sunshine while the rest of the Northern Hemisphere is freezing - must be nice for you.
Nice picture. It's uncanny, it could have been taken at Algoa Bay.

SandyCarlson said...

This is a wonderful photo. It sure does capture the magic of the sea. What a great time. We all but lived on Long Island Sound when I was a kid, so your post brought some nice memories to the surface. Thanks.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

I love the composition of this!

RivkA with a capital A said...

This is a FANTASTIC picture!!

Mama Pajama said...

I love this picture, Robin! I wonder how it might have looked framed slightly differently - can you play with the framing? I suppose you can tweak anything, really...is this one on your photo blog? I'd like to know how you played with it!

Ulrica said...

I just LOVE this shot :) The beautiful siluettes, and the boat under the fishing pole. I could easily put this in a frame and then on my wall. :)

Carly said...

This shot is amazing! You really should print it and hang it on a wall or enter it in a photography contest! LOVE the shot!!

michael bird said...

Beautiful, stunning and perfect. Great capture, Robin.

Clueless in Boston said...

Beautiful! It looks like it could adorn the walls of a travel agent.