Monday, 30 March 2015

Israel Visited - People (Part 2)

These are some ‘peoples’ photographs that I took on my trip to Israel in 2007.  This is my friend Sharon and myself covered in special mud before we went into the Dead Sea to wash it off.  Our skin was beautiful and soft afterwards.

Laying back reading a booklet in the Dead Sea.  It was amazing.

The Dome of the Rock is a shrine located on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem.  It was initially completed in 691 CE at the order of Umayyad Caliph Abd al-Malik during the Second Fitna. The Dome of the Rock is now one of the oldest works of Islamic architecture.  It has been called 'Jerusalem's most recognizable landmark'.  The octagonal plan of the structure may have been influenced by the Byzantine Chapel of St Mary built between 451 and 458 on the road between Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

The site's significance stems from religious traditions regarding the rock, known as the Foundation Stone, at its heart, which bears great significance for Jews, Christians and Muslims.

This shot was taken at the shore of Lake Galilee and below is the boat we were on. If you did not see my shot of the man catching a net into to the lake, 

The name of the small cap male Jews wear is called a Kipa (dome or covering) or Yarmulke. This head covering was meant to signify recognition that God is present above oneself. It was traditionally worn only during prayer or during religious rituals. Eventually, Jews started wearing the kipa all day long, both as a sign of piety and to distinguish themselves from non-Jews.

Today, the kipa is worn all day long by fully observant Jews, although many Jews wear one during prayer or at funerals even though they don’t wear one all day. Different types of religious Jews wear different types of kipas to publicly demonstrate their unique religious outlook.  This is Robert, one of our party wearing a kipa who is wife bought for him.

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the people I encountered on this trip.

Thank you for visiting and also your comments you leave.  Tomorrow I will show you some birds I managed to photograph on WBW.


  1. Good morning Margaret,
    Beautiful pictures you've made this trip.
    Wonderful to see how you are completely smeared with mud.
    I wish you a beautiful new week.

  2. Hello Margaret, wonderful photos from your Israel trip! I love the shot of you and your friend with the mud.. Happy Monday.

  3. Clever idea wearing a black cossie!! What an amazing trip!
    Wren x

  4. A wonderful series of photos Margaret. Where did you get all that mud?

  5. Wow, Margaret! We really enjoyed this. Phil is a bible historian, so we looked at it together. He says that this Dome Of The Rock is where Solomon's Temple used to be! You are so pretty, even covered in mud! that is an amazing picture!

  6. Beautiful series, Margaret. It was nice seeing the people in your post as I often only see historic sites in Israel (of course that is nice too). I've always been fascinated by the Dead Sea and it was fun seeing you and your friend covered in mud and you floating on the water. A blessed Easter season to you

  7. Beautiful photos of life in Isreal.

  8. Margaret, I know it's unrelated to this post but I know you've blogged about Copeland in the past. I just heard they've lost 100% of their funding. It's not from a very good source so was wondering if you knew anything?

    1. Hi Douglas I have ssent you a message regarding this matter via your web site as I think it is better communicated through email. However I amvery glad you are interested in knowing about the island and the lack of funding at present. It is goingto make a huge difference to the work that goes on. Our fees have ben doubled and the mani cost is getting to the island, That in recent times has been . subsidised. There are less Duty Officers for on the island and unless one is present you cannot go. Anyhow hope you be in touch via my email. (top right on blog)

  9. This is a really nice post, Margaret. I enjoyed the photos you took - you look good covered in mud - and happy! LOL

  10. Glad to hear the mud worked well. Great shot of you and your friend. Enjoying your images!

  11. Thank you for sharing these fascinating photos (and information) of Israel. I'm not sure I would have covered myself with mud, but I'm glad you were happy with the treatment and the results.

  12. Wonderful people shots!

  13. Awesome shots! Such an incredible trip you got to take! Great portraits, and I love the shots of you and your friend covered in mud and also lying in the Dead Sea!

  14. I have just enjoyed your Israel images part 1 thru 3, very nice and one of my faves was the mud covered you and friend, what a wonderful journey you had~