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Kangaroos in Israel

My Summer vacation has gone by so quickly, as vacations often do. One of the many things we did was to take a drive up north to see kangaroos in Israel at Gan-Garoo, an Australian Park … in Israel.

The drive was pretty scenic, and I captured part of the drive with my camera along the way.

Gan-Garoo was apparently developed in conjunction with an Australian team that requires the park to meet various specifications to best accommodate the kangaroos in Israel.

It’s a really nice park, all in all. We booked online, and walked around through some of the initial sections before heading to the main enclosure.

The kangaroo enclosure has a number of kangaroos. I hadn’t actually seen kangaroos in person (we didn’t see kangaroos when we visited Australia last year). There are a couple rules about interacting with them, and they were pretty placid.

My wife and son fed the kangaroos from a feeder that exchanged pellets for some coins. It was pretty hot, so many of the kangaroos were resting in the shade, or sleeping in peculiar positions.

We also went for a walk through a short maze that explored some dinosaur species, complete with animatronic dinosaurs.

We were hoping to walk across to natural springs for a picnic lunch, but confused where we were supposed to go. We decided to take a half hour drive a little further north to the Kinneret, another popular spot that I hadn’t visited yet.

It was really hot, and we didn’t have shade, so we had a pretty quick picnic lunch, and made our way home.

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Kicking off my Summer vacation

Today is the first day of my Summer vacation, and I’ve started it with an unexpectedly appealing drink in a park with our daughter while we wait for our son to finish a lesson nearby.

Travel and places

Life’s a beach …

I’m not really a beach person but this is pretty.

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Time for a break

The last eight months have been busy, to say the least. I’m looking forward to a family staycation for a couple weeks!

Science and nature Travel and places

Somehow the clouds make the heat less oppressive

It’s mid-Summer in this part of the world. It’s generally pretty hot, as you can imagine.

Somehow, having some cloud cover makes the heat a little less oppressive.

Science and nature Travel and places

Fallen pods

It looks like the remnants of Spring are going away, as Summer digs in here in Israel. These pods have been falling from their trees for a couple weeks now. We had especially hot weather yesterday, and it seems to have accelerated the process. This morning, ground near these trees was covered in these dried up seed pods. I wanted to capture the scene before they’re swept away.

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Those prickly sabras

Sabra is iconic Israeli fruits that became metaphors for born Israelis (my term for Israelis born in Israel, as opposed to immigrants like us). The plant itself apparently originated in Mexico.

I’ve come across these prickly plants a number of times since we arrived in Israel and I am developing a bit of a fascination with them as subjects for my photography.

I noticed a plant in my neighbourhood and I’ve taken a couple photos of the sabras growing on it now and then. I took a quick photo or two with my phone to share with one of our class groups on WhatsApp (I share a photo with the group each week – more or less – and wish them a Shabbat Shalom for the weekend). I decided to return with my DSLR for more photos and I’m pretty happy with the outcome, for the most part.

The sun was starting to set so there was a lot of shadow. It added an interesting effect that seemed to change as I shot the sabras.

Some of the sabras were a little harder to reach so I experimented with different perspectives. I think this next one works although I’m not convinced I captured it the way I imagined I might.

This next one is one of my favourites. My wife prefers the photo I used for this post’s featured image because of the colours but I like this one a little more:

You can see more of my photos from yesterday’s sabras mini-shoot on Flickr.

Sabra fruit in my neighbourhood.

It will be interesting to go back to this plant (or find more) at different times of the day and even different times of the year. It can be a beautiful plant, despite its prickly exterior. That, of course, is the essence of the sabra metaphor and why it is quintessentially Israeli.

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Sunday night hottest night in Israel’s history – Israel News, Ynetnews

The heat has been incredible the last few days and August is only just beginning. Thank goodness for air conditioning. I’m dreading the electricity bill though.

Sunday was the hottest day of the year in Israel, and the high temperatures continued into Monday and don’t appear to be letting up anytime soon.

Source: Sunday night hottest night in Israel’s history – Israel News, Ynetnews