Wednesday, March 23, 2011

EIN AVDAT- עין עבדת

Last year in February my husband and I visited Ein Avdat, a beautiful canyon in the Negev desert, located south of the kibbutz Sde Boker. It is two kilometers long and very narrow. The Hebrew word "Ein" describes a water source, usually a spring. Two deep pools are filled by several all year active springs, their origin still not completely understood, the water descending from falls. The gorge is splendid in many ways. 
The rock formations are fantastic and of different colors. Evidence of prehistoric inhabitant was found, and much later Nabateans from the nearby city Avdat, their station along the Incence Route, used the canyon. In Byzantine time Christian monks occupied  the caves in the gorge. Due to the ever present water supply the fauna is rich and the flora is lush for a desert. Many animals dwell there, among them the beautiful ibexes, who have no problem to climb the steep rocks. 
Special trees are growing at the edges of the ponds, some of them are very old. Among them are poplar trees and salt bushes, both of them accommodate to the slightly salty water. This canyon is truly magnificent!
Some weeks ago my friend Vered too had an outing with her family to the Negev desert, to the Maktesh Ramon and to Ein Avdat. She made wonderful photos of the area, so most of the pictures here are hers and I added some of my husband's from a year ago. Enjoy the views of the desert and of the Ein Avdat oasis!
Photographs by Vered and Gadi Skolnik and Uri Eshkar.

9 comments:

zsazsazsu said...

Beautiful region ! The shades in the colors of the stones are so interesting.

Annuk said...

An absolutely amazing place of such pure and magnificent beauty! I can feel time and space here! Thank you for sharing, Yael!

Pesky Cat Designs said...

A magical landscape! Thanks for sharing these amazing photos with us!

Heather said...

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing this!

2 B's World said...

Wundervolle Bilder von einem faszinierenden Ort.
Wie schön, daß Du uns damit verwöhnst.
Ich glaube, ich würde einfach nur völlig sprachlos die Umgebung bewundern, wenn ich tatsächlich einmal solch einen schönen Platz besuchen könnte. Da ginge es mir wohl ähnlich, wie mit meinen geliebten Bergen.

Liebe Grüße von Birgit

Bernstein said...

Woooow, was für eine gigantische und beeidruckende Landschaft. Danke für die tollen Bilder!
GlG Inbar

glazedOver Pottery said...

What a slice of heaven. It boggles the mind that you have this type of view so close to home. To think that you can just get in the car and drive to go see this is such a gift!

veroque said...

אני כבר חושבת להציע לצרף את הבלוג שלך להמלצות של משרד התיירות. הכל נשמע דרכך כל כך יפה:)

Hilde said...

What an amazing place this is, Yael, with magnificent landscape and unique rocks.
Thanks for sharing. I love the photos!
Hugs, Hilde.