Friday, May 5, 2017


Here in Israel you can not throw a stone without touching some ancient ruin, a holy site or an archaeological dig. Many places are excavated thoroughly with signs of explanations, and  flyers with photos and words, telling the story. You pay an entrance fee, there are restrooms and a kiosk, a visitor center, all very comfortable, and you have hours of wonderful strolling through the past and you wonder, and learn, and are excited.

But then, you go out, just on a nature trip, and you stumble on remnants of long gone by times, with a small sign post, or no sign at all. A mosaic floor of a synagogue or church, broken columns, water wells and cisterns, an olive press, fallen walls of rooms, entrance gates, relics of the past, of the Israelite from biblical times, of Romans and Crusaders, Byzantines and Ottomans, and so on.

Yesterday we went to see some of the last spring flowers, and we came upon remnants of a Byzantine church with gorgeous mosaic floors, all open under the sky and the already hot sun. What a treasure! 


There is a medallion with Greek writing.

The ruins of the nearby dwellings are much older. 

A water well. 

Olives were pressed here to get the precious oil.

It is May already and the green of the spring fades away to the beige and brown hues and shades of summer.

But some flowers still color the landscape.

Photos by Uri Eshkar.


Dawn of LaTouchables said...

You lucky one, to be exposed to all that beauty! That mosaic is magnificent!!!

Uri's photos are stunning, and you bring the page to life with your lovely discriptive observations. Love this, Yael!

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful ruins. I didn't know that Isreal had so many.

Tammie Lee said...

Such lovely flowers and amazing ruins to explore and wonder about.
When I lived in S. California spring would leave early, it would seem/be short. It may take a while for spring to come here, but often flowers last till near autumn or into autumn. Every area has it's own unique gifts and beauty. So lovely to have you stop by.

stardust said...

Dear Yael - Perfectly lovely post! The remnants of a Byzantine church are priceless treasure. Simply exploring the city is like walking and bumping into old civilization. How fascinating! The nature has witnessed the fleeting prosperity and declining of different human tribes and man-made structures. The last yellow flowers look smiling in the full light under the blue sky. Have happy days ahead, Uri and Yael.


Samuel said...

Maksim, toda raba Yael ve Uri jekarim :0)

Samuel said...

Maksim, toda raba Yael ve Uri jekarim :0)

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