Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Zohar - I loved every second!


Nahal Zohar, 
is located between the city of Arad and Ein Bokek by the Dead Sea.
Viewpoint of the area from the road up to Arad.
We have noticed this place earlier and decided to give it a visit. 

I do not know if I should say we were lucky or crazy. (And it was not my idea) 
However, we had this valley alone a whole day. 
43 degrees was perhaps one of the reasons why no other tourists were here.
Or maybe it was because of the war..

This was one of the places we "climbed" up to.
You can see our green car down there in front of the fort.
It looks like we're high up here, 
but the fact is that we are still about 100 meters below sea level. 

We found some interesting things. In between boulders and sand/soil we found Snailhouse!
I was a little proud, since I found it first. 
It is important when you go there with a man who thinks he has seen everything:-)
We also found the remains of some mussels and other shells. 
I do not know much about snails, but the mussels should probably live pretty close to the seaweed? 
Far from the desert..

(Text from a sign I took a picture of )
The Zohar Fortress was built on a cliff rising above Wadi Zohar as a lookout and to guard the road. 
The entrance was via a medieval arched gate. 
In 1864 the British explorer Henry Baker Tristram visited the site 
and dated it to the Crusader period. In 2004 the Israel Antiquities Authority excavated 
the fortress and dated it to the Crusader and Mamluk periods (11th- 16th centuries CE).
The building served as a way station on the mail route (barid) between Gaza and Kerak in Jordan. 
The mail route was the Mamluk Empire's main road between its two capitals, 
Cairo and Damascus. 
Large parts of the fortress have been destroyed mainly by the forces of nature.

The place is mentioned in the Bible in Genesis 19 as Zoar (Soar in Norwegian). 
When we read of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, 
and the mercy of God shown to a man by the name of Lot. 
Angels of God were sent two rescue Lot and his family from the coming judgment of 
God on the wickedness of the people in Sodom and Gomorrah.

They told him “to escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed”. 
Instead of him being very grateful for the mercy of God, and obeying their word, 
Lot stands there and argues with the angels by saying he did not want to go to the mountains! 
He wanted to go to a little place called Zoar – somewhere else nearby. 
Lot had come to love his lifestyle in that sinful place. 
The angels gave in to Lot’s request and allowed him to go to Zoar.

"The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.
Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and 
fire from the LORD out of heaven"
(Gen 19: 23-24)

We also read that Lot and his family were commanded not to look back. 
They were to flee Sodom and never to look back. But Lot’s wife turned back to have a look – 

and instantly she was turned into a pillar of salt!
And there she stands to this day! 

I think it looks like she is going to tilt forward

The name "Zoar" means "little or Insignificant".
There should be a wadi here, but the only water I saw was about 40 liters we had in the car. 
I guess it's a bit more humid here in winter after rain.

It was a dry experience of walking between nice canyon and beautiful landscape.
We saw rock badgers, birds I have not seen before -

and dragonflies!

Fosil?

This looks like an ancient city. House with windows.

Well, after this day. I can tell you that this place is on my top 10 
of best places to visit in Israel. 
I loved every second!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Scenic lookout

I found myself back to reality this week.. 
September and so much going on 
School, sports, meetings, associations, etc.
One of my boys had homework to make an interview. 
Lucky enough, it was me he wanted to interview 
He began to ask me questions in English.. 
Okay, so this is an English lesson? 
Yes!
Do I have to answer in English? 
No, you can answer in Norwegian 
So, when I answered the first question in Norwegian 
He just: It was irony, you must of course respond in English! 
Ajaj.. he also has Spanish at school,
now I look forward to the that interview, it will be interesting..

I would like to use some autumn days to read. I have soo many books waiting for me. 
Last weekend I was at loppemarked (a kind of market with used stuff). 
I bought a bunch of books! I had to go to IKEA (my enemy) to buy a new bookshelf. 
The first thing I did there, was driving a cart into a shelf with candles in glas, 
then at least 20 of them exploded on the floor.. so very typical! 
Well, anyway, I bought a very large shelf in two flat heavy package. 
The miracle is that I also managed to screw it all together

This has nothing to do with the photo.. 
I just thought about editing photos with scenic lookout



Yes, 
I think I edit some more photos.. 
for me it's therapy 
and lovely memories

All these photos are from Tiberias by the Sea of ​​Galilee

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Sing my thanks with a harp!

Some artists I captured in the streets of Jerusalem

There's something about the eyes

a father

and daughter

A whole family

photo shoot

She is my favorite!

"Give me your lantern and compass, give me a map, 
So I can find my way to the sacred mountain, 
to the place of your presence, 
To enter the place of worship, 
meet my exuberant God, 
Sing my thanks with a harp, 
magnificent God, my God."

(Psalm 43:3-4, msg)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Jerusalem, before the rooster crows

Safely back from a wonderful trip to Israel. 
Half of our friends said we were crazy who would go to Israel in wartime. 
The rest of our friends would love to go with us! 
Quite honestly, we did not feel unsafe at any time. I know from my red alert app on the iPhone 
that rockets rained over Israel, but it was not around where we stayed. 
We had rocket alarm in Jerusalem once while we were there and the rocket was shot down by 
the Iron Dome. Aside from that, we heard a couple of times rockets or bombs far away. 
So.. 
No damage (not even sunburned, despite over 40 degrees several days.) 
No food poisoning!
Not even once arguing with Mr. Spiderdan (miracle)

Jerusalem Hostel in Jaffa road 
The best thing about this hostel is the roof terrace. 
And if you are lucky you also get a private balcony.

Left: View from the roof 
Breakfast at Jerusalem Hostel is very "thin". 
However, you can find plenty of cafes along the Jaffa road,
Even Norwegian salad!
I hope it's good! I never eat laks outside Norway
But..
There is something really wrong with the ingredients, can you guess? 
Pomegranate has never been in a Norwegian salad.

Every day there are artists who play or act in other ways in the large open space 
across the street from the hostel

From Jaffa road it's not a very long way walk to the old city.
I walked the streets of Jerusalem before the rooster crows 
With only small birds..

..and clothes out to dry as companies

The time of day when no one disturbs the mind..
It is possible also in Jerusalem 

I found the people at the Wailing Wall


I ate lunch while people celebrated Bar mitsva (I think)

View from the roof 
A day full of memories goes towards evening

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Dare not to sleep!


So much evil and people who are in deep shit all over the world.. 
we sit here on the safe fence close our eyes and do nothing..


Du mener, det kan ikke være sant,
så onde kan ikke mennesker være.
Der fins da vel skikkelig folk iblandt?
Bror, du har ennu meget å lære!

Du må ikke sitte trygt i ditt hjem
og si: Det er sørgelig, stakkars dem!
Du må ikke tåle så inderlig vel
den urett som ikke rammer dig selv!
Jeg roper med siste pust av min stemme:
Du har ikke lov til å gå der og glemme!

---

And then You defy: This dare not be true! 
That men can be utterly evil. 
There has to be some one with merits pure 
Oh, brother, you still have a great deal to learn 

You oughn’t abide, sitting calm in your home 
Saying: Dismal it is, poor they are, and alone 
You cannot permit it! You dare not, at all. 
Accepting that outrage on all else may fall! 
I cry with the final gasps of my breath: 
You dare not repose, nor stand and forget

Two verses from Arnulf Øverland's poem "Du må ikke sove"
(Dare not to sleep!) published in 1937.
It's about nazism and fascism gaining ground in Europe,
a warning of things to come.

Read the whole poem:

Sunday, August 3, 2014

A glimpse of dramatic sky

With thunderstorm outside, good reason to edit photos 

My first experience of Stavanger was from a picture much like this. 
My parents visited the town and came back with pictures of this fountain.
I think it was very beautiful

I visit Stavanger many times since then, 
but not many times without seeing a glimpse of dramatic sky


I met some kids




From the island Hundvåg 

Around 11 o'clock at night people bathing. 
It's not so easy to see, but there are some heads out there

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Favorites in the Holy Land


My thoughts and support are with Israel.
Here are some of my favorites. 


Tel Aviv
It looks unreal..

Ein Fara
Hiking, climbing, bible history, nature experience - all in one!

Mizpe Ramon - With desert in my back

Lonely chair in the Dead Sea salt
Sometimes when I feel that I shoot myself

Masada!
A story of power, faith and surrender
Masada is not mentioned in the Bible (as far as I know), 
but when I see this place I think of Hannas prayer.

"My heart rejoices in the Lord;
My horn is exalted in the Lord.
I smile at my enemies,
Because I rejoice in Your salvation.
No one is holy like the Lord,
For there is none besides You,
Nor is there any rock like our God."
(1 Sam 2:1-2)

Heart Found in Jerusalem Hills

"Keep vigilant watch over your heart;
that's where life starts"
(Proverbs 4:23/Msg)

Jerusalem - just gotta love it!

"He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust."
(Psalm 91:1-2)

See more of my pictures from Israel www.taniaphoto.com
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