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.
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.
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.
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.
via Flickr http://flic.kr/p/iLN5Ff
Update: Sorry, little typo in the title. Fixed now.