Monday, January 27, 2014


This Shabatt we drove to the plateau of the Golan to visit,  once more, the daffodils. To the left of the  entrance of a small village is a swamp area, called Achu Nov. This marshy piece of land is famous for being the home of the marvelous and very protected swamp iris (iris ha bizot - איריס הביצות), which will bloom in a little while, we saw many of the sword like leaves already peeking out. I will dedicate a post to them soon, when they are at the height of their bloom.

Right now the daffodils reign there, narcissus tazetta, (narcis mazui - נרקיס מצוי). These beautiful princesses broke the earth open about two weeks ago in the millions. Yes, that is right, in the millions. It is almost unbelievable how many there are. To call on them is such a  fulfilling endeavor. Bending down, looking at their grace very closely, feeling the soft petals and smelling their intoxicating scent is so rewarding and even a bit magic, you know, like being in wonderland. And then rising up and standing still, and eying daffodils till the horizon - now that is quite an experience!

Most of the time the circle walk of about one and a half kilometer is muddy and has to be strolled carefully. Where the water sits in ditches basalt stones from the region are laid out as bridges to make the passing easier. This winter rain was scarce till now, and as you can see the path was dry and the hiking was not difficult.

At the entrance of the round-about there are only single groups of daffodils at the sides, till suddenly a meadow opens up and the abundance of the wild flowers blooming in profusion is absolutely stunning.

 That white stretch at the horizon? Yes all daffodils! 

Our Dafi got her nose into them and had to lick their scent and pollen off her snout!

That was a beautiful day - much to be thankful for!

Photographs by my husband, Uri Eshkar.


Dawn of LaTouchables said...

Yael, did you name Dafi after the flower?
What a beautiful day! I would have been in heaven.

Tomoko said...

Hello, Yael,
You have already daffodil flowers?! They are so fresh and beautiful!I am beginning to miss spring.What a sweet dog!

I like your English expression"these beautiful princesses broke the earth open". Am I allowed to use this expression some day?

Eva said...

What a lovely view! I think I can smell their scent. And Uri showed his qualities as a photographer once more!

Jutta said...

Liebe Yael,

wunderschön sind diese Blüten und Du hast sie herrlich eingefangen. Da bekommt man gleich Frühlingsgefühle.

Liebe Grüße

TarracoStyle said...

las flores de tu país son maravillosas.
besos Jael

Beate said...

Hej Yael,
welche eine Blütenpracht. Ja, dafür kann man nur dankbar sein. Diese herrlichen Bilder aus Deiner Heimat sind heute die Entschädigung für Sturm, Schnee und Grau-in-Grau meiner schwedischen Wahlheimat. Tha, nichts ist perfekt ;-)

Liebe Grüße von der Ostseeküste.

Smilla said...

Wenn das keine Vorfreude weckt....
aber Geduld bringt dann schlussendlich auch noch Rosen!
Herzliche Grüsse von mir zu dir

wanda miller said...

oh I want to just run through here, but I'd knock those big stalks down! you are so funny on my blog...I seriously don't know where that headdress came from...outta' the blue? xo

Lisa Zinza said...

wow .. wow .. wow .. what a splendid sight! you are so right .. they are princesses... how delightful! looking forward to your iris post .. they are one of my favorites! don't you just love spring!!

Tammie Lee said...

11 o'clock at night ;-)
nearly time for bed
such a delight to see your flowers
as stars shine over my head

thank you for your lovely visit.

Bob Bushell said...

What a glorious place you have visited. Dafi is a beautiful name, probaby after the flowers, ha ha.

Annuk said...

Daffodils! Already! What a wonderful, dreamy place... a little piece of heaven! :) I so enjoy seeing a preview of Spring through your wonderful and poetic images, Yael! And I see that Dafi enjoys a lot too! Lucky girl :)

vivilacht said...

schoen, wusste nicht, dass die schon bluehen

Sacramento Amate said...

Don´t tell me that you already have daffodils, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
How magical is that?

stardust said...

Hi, Yael! What a heavenly landscape with all those white-yellow stars! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day.


Magia da Inês said...

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Bonita foto.Flores muito lindas!!!
Esta foto com o cão ficou deslumbrante.

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Eggs In My Pocket said...

How lovely this place looks with all of these blossoms. Love your sweet dog!