Wednesday, March 14, 2012

DESERT STATE OF MIND


The southern Negev desert did not get much rain this year, almost none actually, and the earth is very dry and harsh.
The camels always find something to snack on, they are not spoiled. They can also get along without water for a long period of time.
The desert is not blooming plentiful like it does when the rain spurts forward the flowers and greens, but the beautiful desert tulip was there last weekend - actually thousands of them were peeking out of the stony ground. We were searching for a rare kind of iris and fortunately found some, just two or three - it was certainly worth looking - Iris regis-uziae, Iris Tuvia, איריס טוביה in Hebrew.
We drove home via the Dead Sea, stopping at a vista point above it for a coffee break in the late afternoon sun. 

13 comments:

Dawn of LaTouchables said...

It's pretty incredible that an iris will grow in that earth--and certainly worth the hunt--it must be similar to finding treasure.

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steinschmuckdesign said...

To see those Flowers coming is sooo beautiful!

Annuk said...

OMG Yael... those amazing flowers in the desert!!!! And the view of the Dead Sea!!! Such incredible Beauty in a seemongly unfruitable and unhospitable environment!
I bow to Nature in awe.

Irmi said...

Liebe Yael,
danke für diesen wunderschönen Post.Es ist immeer wieder interessant zu sehen, was auch auf dem kärgsten Boden für herrliche Blüten wachsen.
Liebe Grüße
Irmi

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

A simple pleasure of search, discover and enjoy a flower in the desert. Marvelous. Some never know the joy that can be found in nature, and some of us have no joy without it.
xx, Carol

Clare said...

You really do live in the most beautiful country and I can see that you have a passion for it. I was telling my daughter all about Israel the other day and I referred to your blog and how you show the most beautiful pictures. When I told her about all the history you document - it really got her excited and she wants to visit one day.

Yael said...

Oh Clare, if she does, I want to meet her!!! :-)

sacramento said...

It looks a bit like the place we live, no rain a t all.
Such beautiful flowers out of nowhere, amazing Nature.
Always thankful and grateful for your friendship, my dear Yael.
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Bob Bushell said...

The Camels are special, there are no real camels left, they have been domestic, but, grand photos.

Red Rose. said...

Hi,Yael.
How interesting to see that dry desert and camels. I enlarged your all photos, enjoying them so much.
Camels are admirable animals. Your finding of the flowers surprised me. The desert tulips and iris are very pretty!! Thank you for sharing.

Have a beautiful weekend!
Tomoko.

stardust said...

You showed us that the desert is not always a bleak, desolate place but holds hidden treasures, Yael. That rare kind of iris is so beautiful, I like the soft blue color. I’ve known only water iris. The blue of the Dead Sea is breathtaking and the contrast with purplish brown sand, white sand, and the lacy hem of ripples in between is fascinating. Is the land we see over the sea is Jordan? My imagination soars to far away.

Yoko

Misfits Vintage said...

I love these beautiful photos - the flowers and the camels and the beautiful sea - thank you! Sarah xxx