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Sunset at Kfar Blum

Sunset at Kfar Blum
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Copyright: Lili Segal (lilisegal) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 10] (80)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-01
Categories: Cacti
Camera: Olympus C4000Z
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): ~~ Sunsets & Sunrises part I ~~, israel landscapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-12-28 4:49
Viewed: 5468
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Kfar Blum Kibbutz is located in the Upper Galilee on the banks of the Jordan River, at the foot of Mt Hermon, in a valley sheltered by Mount Hermon, where the Jordan river flows.

"The sabra cactus, with their large flat pads, their thorny fruits, and flowers that blossom annually, is an inescapable and charming part of the Israeli landscape. Because the sabra cactus, which is a member of the genus Opuntia, grows easily in the sandy and limestone soils of the country and because the direction of its grown is easy to control, these sprawling cacti are planted by farmers as windbreaks and to divide their own fields from those of their neighbors. So well known are the plants that one of the best known regional stereotypes compares the personality of native born Israelis with the fruits of these cacti. According to the image generated by this stereotype, both are tough and thorny on the exterior but sweet and soft inside. Both the fruits and the native born Israelis are known as "Sabras".

It surprises many to learn that even though there are 375 varieties of cactus that are native to the region in which Israel is located, the sabra is not one of them. The simple truth is that the sabra, with its large flat oval stem joints, barbed spines and edible fruits, were imported from New Mexico and Arizona to the Holy Land only in the 19th century." (Daniel Rogov)

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To Kirsten: Thanks, Kirsten!lilisegal 1 12-29 02:04
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Hey Lili, nice shot with nice soft colours, good compo too.not that sharp though,a pitty!

ps. i saw you didn't critique anyone,if you do, people will see your name and click on it, that way you get more reactions on the pics you post.maybe you should try it out!

good shot!

lilly - I agree with Kirsten - the more you critique, the more you'll be critiqued. This photo looks hazy and unclear - it is a pity because your composition was great - the colours good. Perhaps there is an option in the camera that sends out a flash first that enables the camera to focus then takes the shoot - worth exploring your camera options

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