Thursday, December 16, 2010

Winter Skies over the Galilee

Winter storms finally arrived in Israel last weekend, and not a moment too soon for this parched land. This shot was taken last Saturday morning, just an hour or two before the storm blew in. I was standing on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, looking back toward the hills. If you look at the angle of the reeds you can get an idea how strongly the wind was blowing, and this was just a precursor for the main event where heavy rains combined with a sandstorm to literally rain mud from the sky. (It was quite dramatic, actually, not something I'd be keen to repeat too often. We don't seem to do anything by halves in this little country of ours...)



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19 comments:

Dina said...

Like a bent reed indeed.
Great picture of the wind.

Most people can't imagine the Sea of Galilee in a fierce mood. It's a rare thing, no?
I wonder how many tons of Egyptian sand we got last weekend. Down in Jerusalem and southwards the dust was painful on the eyes and nose.

Lauren said...

I really love the colors in this one.

SouthLakesMom said...

This photo, is as usual, evocative!

It reminds me of the storm the Bible talks about in the Sea of Galilee where the disciples were fearful and Jesus was sleeping. They woke him and he calmed the storm by speaking to it. (Mark 4)

I always thought that the fisherman should have known not to go out when a storm is brewing, but your photo reminds us that storms can spring up pretty suddenly, and can be quite ferocious!

I hope you were able to dodge the mudballs!

Daryl said...

I love the grasses moving in the wind .. even with the green its definitely a desert feeling

Robin said...

Actually, it's just a few feet from where that took place - they set sail from the same corner of the lake, near Capernaum just a mile or two up the road.

Susan said...

Beautiful colours! What a great view to enjoy -and such a contrast from ours!

mick said...

Great photo and it sounds like a very dramatic storm.

Steffi said...

Wonderful photo,Robin!I love it!How are you all?I hope everything is fine.

Sylvia K said...

Terrific capture, Robin! You can almost feel the wind! And it does indeed look like a dramatic storm! Hope you have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Sally in WA said...

Very dramatic capture.

Have a great weekend!

eden said...

I love this photo. Great capture.
Have a great weekend.

EG Wow said...

Very interesting light. I can almost feel the wind blowing.)

Mimi said...

The reeds are a great yardstick of the wind.
Sounds like a day(s) to be indoors!

eileeninmd said...

Great capture, it is neat to see the reeds bending with the wind.

LauraX said...

I can feel the intensity of the wind in your photo Robin. It must be a relief to finally have rain. Shabbat Shalom.

Sara said...

Wish I could have been standing there with you! I'm glad the rains have arrived at last.

Diana (Di) said...

I can see the movement of the grasses and almost feel and smell the mist. Lovely photo.

Hasya Ya'ara said...

It looks so serene.

Kcalpesh said...

Amazing capture!! I can feel the wind :-)

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