Monday, April 23, 2012

A WEEKEND FILLED WITH JOY


This time we drove up north, from the Tel Aviv area to the Golan Heights, and we had many stops of pure pleasure on our way, with presents given freely by nature...

Beach flowers at the Atlit shore

Bee Orchids at the slopes of the Carmel hills above Nesher. How stunningly pretty! They have beautiful colored little faces, they are velvety - and very skilled in luring the insects, pretending to be bees, getting pollinated without offering any sweetness in exchange.

כליל החורש - klil ha horesh, Judas tree, Love tree, Red Bud, at Mount Meron - Love Tree says it best!
Some tempting scent picked on a short walk for the car: wild sage, rosemary and hyssop. Ahhhhhhhhh...
I cannot keep my hands still - here I am enjoying myself late in the afternoon crocheting on the terrace of our rented room - can you see the photographer in the window? :-)
This is pure wool and it should be a felted bag in the end. I am very nervous about its outcome - once washed and felted in a very warm cycle in the washing machine, nothing can be changed anymore! The result will be final! :-)

Our room had a wonderful and calming view on the blue waters of the Kinneret (Lake of Galilee) and toward the Golan mountains - שם הרי גולן ...
Old Hermon gets rid of his winter dress and melts his last snow to be ready for spring, which comes late high up on his peak.
The landscape starts to loose its fresh color, the heat is quick to change it to dry crisp straw in beige, yellow and brown shades, soon the green will be all gone and thorns and thistle will prevail - but the change leads to another beauty - in the torrid hotness of summer the basalt rocks and the stones of the Golan and Galilee stand out in harmony with the muted and soft hues - it still is only April, but the next season, the hot and arid and rainless one is at the door already...

I thank my husband for making our weekend special.

All photographs by Uri Eshkar.

18 comments:

Zaunwinde said...

Wie wunderschön die Blumen sind, liebe Yael...wirklich ein Geschenk der Natur..so eine herrliche Pracht! Die Landschaft der Golan Höhen und der Blick auf den See Genezareth ist sehr beeindruckend und sehr schön!
Auf die Filztasche bin ich schon gespannt, die Farben hast du sehr gut gewählt!
♥lichst Lollo (Zaunwinde)

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Very lovely. Thank you for yet another view of an land I will never see.

Dawn of LaTouchables said...

Yael, your radiant smile says it all! You are as beautiful as the Lady's Slippers your husband, Uri, so perfectly captured.

Annuk said...

What a wonderful weekend you had, Yael!!!!!!
All the photos speak of a happiness-filled time! Thank you for sharing these stunning landscapes, wonderful flowers, happy memories... and your happy smile! :)

Yael said...

For anyone who is wondering about Dawn's comment (as was I) Lady's Slippers is a rare orchid native to North America. :-)

glazedOver Pottery said...

Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL!! You two sure know how to squeeze out the beauty of the planet and by publishing here, you make it available for all of us to appreciate. So poetically stated, Yael. Are you sure English isn't you're native language?

Dawn, of course, is spot on. You do look radiant.

And just one funny: did you notice how the yellow flowers on the edges of the picture of the Kinneret look just like the yellow pins that you used to tack together the pieces for your soon-to-be felted bag? Are you making something of the Kinneret too? I wouldn't be surprised if you are. If anybody could accomplish it, you could! :)

Misfits Vintage said...

What stunning photographs. Thank you so much for sharing this weekend away with us. You look sublimely relaxed and happy - and I can't wait to see that finished felted bag - I love your beautiful warm colours.

Sarah xxx

SACRAMENTO said...

It is such a present to see you crocheting away in this wonderful place, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
Much, love, my dear Yael
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Hilde said...

What a wonderful weekend you had, Yael! Love the photos, the flowers are so pretty, and what a beautiful photo of you!! The crochet looks so nice, I can't wait to see the result :)

Have a great week!
Hugs :)

Bob Bushell said...

Lovely scenery, beautiful trekking around.

Ernst said...

Wow, wenn ich nur schon in deine erste Seite des Blogs schaue, kullern nur so wunderbare Erinnerungen aus meinem Gedächtnis. Die blühenden dickblättrigen Strandpflanzen bei Atlit - Orchideen und Hummeln am Carmel - die roten Blüten des Judasbaumes - der Tiberiassee, das wunderbare Alium in den bereits vertrockneten Gräsern, ich lebte 6 Monate in Israel. Ich komme wieder.
Tschau Ernst.

wanda miller said...

STUNNING views! how fun to see you two enjoying the world over and sharing with all of us! your felted bag will be a MARVELOUS surprise and a BEAUTY i am sure! xo

Repositório said...

Wow! So beautiful photos.
Nice to meet you... we´re in the Zoe´s pawty too!
Kisses from Brazil
Marilia and Bavarescats

stardust said...

Hi, Yael! You had a great trip to the north and I smiled to see relaxed posture of you and the reflected photographer on the window. Crocheting on the sofa after having enjoyed driving and trekking would be a time of bliss. I always like the way how your husband captures flowers and landscape. My favorites are the 4th, 14th, 16th and 17th image though it’s very hard to choose. Let us see when the bag is completed. Have happy days ahead.

Yoko

zsazsazsu said...

Enjoyed it as much looking at these pictures as you did living this day !

Eva said...

Was für ein strahlendes Lächeln auf Deinem Gesicht! So ein schönes Bild. Und Dein Blumenfotograf hat auch wieder herrliche Bilder gemacht. Kompliment. -- Um die Filztasche mache ich mir keine Sorgen, die wird schon bestimmt schön, denn die Farbwahl ist sehr raffiniert.

Pesky Cat Designs said...

All those lovely flowers and vistas but I must say the loveliest pic is the one of you sitting in your comfy chair looking so relaxed and content!

TarracoStyle said...

preciosas fotos!!!
besos