Monday, January 23, 2012


Last Shabatt we went to a small nature reserve called Hadasim, which is located not far from where we live, near Even Jehuda on the road to Haifa. We were looking for a rather rare shrub called Arabian Globe Cress in English. Its botanical name is Globularian Arabica - Gulanit Arav גולנית ערב in Hebrew. Its preferred habitat is rocky sand and it grows here in Israel mostly near the Dead Sea, in the Judean desert, and in the hills of the southern Negev. But there is one place in the Sharon area where it grows too, in the Hadasim reserve. The reserve actually is recovering from a previous fire and currently should not be visited. But the gate was open and we sneaked in nevertheless. 

Wow, the bushes were in full bloom! White little irises (Iris Erez Israel) were scattered between them - it was a wonderful blue sky and blue flowers morning and the world was perfect! See for yourself:

But the fun was not over. When we left the reserve a small herd of goats waited for us to be petted a bit. Some were tied and others jumped around freely. I love goats, they are pretty, lovely, naughty and funny - that is what I think of them - their owners surely will attach even more attributes to their herd!

 I felt blue for the rest of the day! :-)

Photos by Uri Eshkar.


Red Rose. said...

The nature reserve" Hadasim" looks a fun place with such pretty flowers and the goat! He is so cute!!! I am glad to see you on the seventh photo! Your smiling face is charming.Thank you!

Tomoko from Japan.

Dawn of LaTouchables said...

...this looks like the best time of year in your part of the world, Yael! Gorgeous photos, as always, and I am a goat-lover! They are unusually beautiful and soft-looking!

Jutta said...

Liebe Yael,

das sieht ja bei Euch schon richtig schön nach Frühling aus.
Wunderschöne Fotos sind das - sowohl die Blumen als auch die Tiere.

Liebe Grüße

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Gorgeous blue flowers. They look very similar to my favorite native wildflower...Chicory.

sacramento said...

Beautiful pics, is that you???

glazedOver Pottery said...

What a surprise party you had, complete with goats! I love what you two do with your free time. Beautiful photos!

Bob Bushell said...

The flowers are so nice, but you can't beat the goats, they are the nicest.

Smilla said...

Unglaublich wie wunderbar es bei euch blüht!!!
Die Ziegenfotos sind ja sowas von reizend.... richtig schnusig!!!
Liebe Yael ich wünsche dir und deinem Mann einen gemütlichen Abend.
♥-lich Brigitte

Magia da Inês said...

Essas flores azuis são maravilhosas!!!
Boa semana!
º° ✿ ✿⊱╮

Hilde said...

Oh, that sure must have been a lovely day, Yael :)
The flowers are amazingly beautiful!! Glad to see the area is recovering from the fire.
And the goats are so sweet. And you too :) Love the photos!

Hagar said...

YOU look so absolutely happy my dear!
The sun is shining, nature is at its best (for such a short time in our part of the world).
You happiness is contagious!!!

Els said...

Ha ! love the funny curled ears of these goat !
I think you had a lovely "spring" day, and the flowers are truely wonderful.

wanda miller said...

oh so fun to see you and your husband yael! and i love the photo of the photo. thank you for sharing what the two of you share, how wonderful this all is. i too love those naughty goats, always. i was freezing cold when i turned the computer on just a bit ago, but am warmed through and through now! xoxo

Pesky Cat Designs said...

I almost feel like I was there since your photos are so alive! The flower shots are beautiful. I am also found of goats. They definitely like attention!

Pesky Cat Designs said...

I meant to write "fond" of goats. :)

Annuk said...

Oh Yael, I see you are getting spoiled by wonderful flowers, gorgeous nature and lovely animals! (and a lovely husband of course! :-))
I love goats too, last summer I often met two on my mountain trips to the Mont Cenis, they were always together and they were so sweet -- one all black and one white with black and brown patches.
What a wonderful day you had! Thanks for sharing!

TarracoStyle said...

great place, beautiful flowers and lovely animals.
many kisses

Francesca said...

What a gorgeous place, wonderful pictures! I am Sicilian but my husband is Japanese, and my daughter obvsiously is half Japanese and half Sicilian. I am following you immediately, I love your blog, it is so interesting. Greetings from Rome, Italy.