Month in Pictures: April ’11

It should come as no surprise to you that this month, the pictures are pretty much exclusively from Israel and Jordan. There were so many photos I wanted to put on here but posts can only be so long so I restricted myself to 5 – hopefully this will prove sufficient!

In the area we stayed around the Dead Sea, there was an unsurprising lack of things growing and hence a distinctly limited number of creatures about. Where there was water (in this case, irrigation) all sorts of creatures would turn up to live. Sparrows were relatively ubiquitous, and before the sun became too hot they would sit along the lengths of the pipes, drinking the water directly.

Not that everywhere in Israel was so arid! The northern part of the country, around the Sea of Galilee, was lush and green – this thistle caught my eye in a meadow of wildflowers because it looked so evil compared to everything else.

Who knew the Dome of the Rock had a door in it?

Petra, in Jordan, is one of the most incredible places I have ever been. It has rightfully been described as the 8th wonder of the ancient world and it is wondrous indeed. 18,000 tombs carved by the Nabateans out of solid rock, which have lasted around 2 millennia in a flash-flood ridden, sandblasted earthquake zone. The level of detail in some of the ruins is amazing and the entrance through a narrow, twisting canyon is one of the most beautiful natural formations I’ve seen. The Monastery is the largest of the tombs here and as you can see, is in a spectacular setting in the desert mountains. And the rock climbing you could do around here…Jordan is somewhere I will be going back to.

The sunset over the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus is said to have walked on water. Best viewed bigger.

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