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Following the Flora, Israel Part 3

“The earth laughs in flowers.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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One of my favorite things to do on a trip is focus on the flowers, foliage, and landscape. We’ll discuss more about the importance of the topography in Israel next week. For this post, I want to walk you through the lens of the petals, fruits, weeds, and leaves.

You don’t have to be a botanist to appreciate this process. As you take in the images, you may begin to see how the topography will be connected. The drastic changes in topography also create an amazing diversity in foliage. Each area tells a different story about the history of the land and the people who have foraged it for thousands of years.

I’m also not going to pretend to be a botanist…there are a few featured flowers that I was able to identify, but not all of them. The beauty and life of Israel shines through the colors and textures. It gives the viewer a new perspective on this land we so often visualize as dry and bare.

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Olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane

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Although it is unknown whether or not the trees in the Garden are the same exact trees (they’ve been dated to around 900 yrs old), Olive trees have been present there, and on the Mount of Olives, since before the time of Jesus.

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Looking across the Kidron Valley to a Palestinian community in Jerusalem

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The garden near the Pool of Bethesda.

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Facing the stone covered tombs on the Mount of Olives

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Olives are a symbol of peace. They are found in abundance throughout the entire land and have an eternal importance to the people of Israel.

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Wild wheat grows in the dry areas of the desert and the Negev.

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Succulents thrive in the hot and dry areas of the desert.

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Olive trees growing in Samaria.

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Cactus pears bloom in Samaria.

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Hyssop Herb
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Syrian Thistle (Notobasis syriaca)

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Sycamore Tree in Jericho
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Date Palms are plentiful near the oasis of Jericho

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  Toothpick (Ammita Gdola) 

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Common Caper (Capparis spinosa)

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Globe Thistle

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Wildflowers in the Golan Heights

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Tropical foliage near the Sea of Galilee 

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Vibrant colors in the flowers near the Sea of Galilee

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Eucalyptus tree along the shore line of the Sea
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The Pistachio tree, also called the Goddess tree, near Tel Dan in northern Israel

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