Sunday, March 30, 2014


The beautiful olive trees in this ancient grove with their gnarled and twisted trunks  must be from one to two hundred years old, some probably reach even far more back. Heat and drought, winter chills, storms and rains they withstand - and they faithfully bear fruit every year. If they could talk - what stories would they have to tell!

Their owners, the Druze people from the villages in this region tend to them faithfully like they did from times long ago. After the harvest oil will be pressed and olives will be pickled, to give nourishment and to tickle the taste buds.

This grove is one of three places we visited yesterday and the only one with my husbands photos. All the other ones he accidentally deleted in the evening from his camera. Luckily I took pictures too, with my tiny Samsung. Not to be compared to his images which are always so great, but for today they will have to do.

The Druze village Peki'ien nestled in forested hills

Our second stop was at the Rock Park which we entered at the Druze town Kisra-Sumei. Geological formations of lime stone are located in a forest full of old oak trees and lovely little flowers on the ground in the shadow. Shifted plates of rock are piled on each other, and cave like structures rise from the stony ground.

Some Druze children with their typical hats and trousers.

After that we went to hike the Norman Trail. It starts a bit south of Kfar Vradim and was painstakingly created by one of the towns residents. It is a narrow 1,5 km long circuit trail winding uphill and downhill through a dense natural forest. The whole area and the edges of the path are now in full spring bloom of many varieties of shrubs, like rock rose לוטם and spiny broom  קידה and others. 

The trail is lined with many wild flowers and the air was scented sweetly and full of humming insects.

Judas tree כליל החורש

I wish I had the lost and much better photos of my husband to show you, mine are not sharp and not gorgeous, but I wanted to present you anyway with the spirit of a wonderful day.


stardust said...

Dear Yael - I’ve accepted the spirit of your wonderful day expressed with your words and photos. Those old olive trees with gnarled and twisted trunks are almost divine. Japanese people believe god resides in the aged trees and huge rocks. The rock formation is so impressive and spring flowery scenes are beautiful. Whenever I see Israeli landscape through your posts, I realize what I have known is only one part of the country.

Thank you for your very kind and encouraging comment on my post.


Dawn of LaTouchables said...

Dear Yael, your photos are the essence of beauty, and so is your day! I loved this hike you took us on, the flora and fauna, and the smiles of the young boys. What a paradise you live in--and so varied! Thank you XXX

Beate said...

Liebe Yael,
Deine Fotos lassen tief durchatmen, so als könnte man allein vom Ansehen den Duft in sich aufnehmen. Ein herrliches Land, eine herrliche Landschaft, fast zu schön, um wahr zu sein.

Herzlich Beate
PS Mach Dir keine Gedanken um die Qualität der Fotos. Es tut diesem Feeling keinen Abbruch.

Irmtraud Kesselring said...

Liebe Yael,
wieder ein ganz wundervoller Post
mit ganz herrlichen Fotos.
Die Olivenbäume haben es mir ganz besonders angetan.
Einen schönen Sonntagabend wünscht Dir

wanda miller said...

oh what a WALK, what a TRAIL, what BEAUTY, what HISTORY. thank you Yael for sharing the beauty!

Bob Bushell said...

Like Dawn said, your pictures are superb. And, it's scenery, wow, there are nothing like it, love it.

Pesky Cat Designs said...

It's always so wonderful to take a trip along with you via your amazing photos. Beautiful scenery!

rosaria williams said...

So happy to have met you. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Lisa Zinza said...

I can feel the warmth of the sun streaming through your gorgeous photos .. I long to travel in that area... olive trees are a favorite of mine .. so knarled and full of stories you are right! I have a little olive tree in my window sill. I love immersing myself in your little stories and can see me [in my minds eye] in those photos .. beautiful!! thank you for sharing your world!

Bob Bushell said...

They are brilliant, the olive trees, beauty. And about you and new camera, it is special, a really superb.

Margaret Penfold said...

Dear Yael,
What wonderful photos. Thank you very much for putting them up. It is wnderful to see parts of Israel looking very much like I remember it 70 years ago when I lived in the British Mandate of Palestine.

Magia da Inês said...

Passei para uma visita.
Belas árvores antigas, muitas flores, lugar muito bonito.

Bom fim de semana!
Beijinhos do Brasil.

Tammie Lee said...

so much beauty!
love those old trees, something to truly consider; the days and nights they have been through.
too bad about your husbands lost photos.... yours are lovely.