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Copyright: David White (dkaved) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-15
Categories: Flowers, Trees
Camera: Nikon D70S, Nikkor 18-70mm f3.5-4.5G (kit lens)
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): israel landscapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-30 13:53
Viewed: 4488
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Flora and Fauna in Israel
Israel's landscape of flowers and plants changes abruptly with its different geographical regions. Natural woodlands of calliprinos oaks cover the upper Galilee, Mount Carmel and other hilly regions. In spring, rockrose and thorny broom turn the hillsides pink, white and yellow. There are hyacinth, crocus and narcissus in the mountains as early as December, followed by anemones, tulips, cyclamen, iris and daisies. Honeysuckle creeps over the bushes, and large plane trees provide shade along the freshwater streams of Galilee.

Much has been done to reforest the countryside. Today, there are over 200 million trees in Israel - forests of pine, tamarisk, carob and eucalyptus. Wildflowers and medicinal plants grow in profusion. Fruit trees bloom from January to April. In the south, acacia trees and the prickly sabra cactus suck moisture from the desert. In the Negev highlands, massive Atlantic pistachios strike a dramatic note among the dry riverbeds, and date palms grow wherever there is sufficient underground water.

Many of the country's cultivated flowers - among them, the iris, madonna lily, tulip and hyacinth - have relatives among wild flowers. Soon after the first winter rains fall in October/November, a green carpet grows, covering the country until the next dry season. Pink and white cyclamen and red, white and purple anemones bloom from December to March, followed by the blue lupin and yellow corn marigold. Many native plants, such as the crocus and squill, are geophytes, storing nourishment in their bulbs and tubers and blooming at the end of the summer.

Picking wildflowers used to be a popular pastime, with some even sold commercially. In the mid-1960s, however, the Nature Reserves Authority, with the help of the Society for the Protection of Nature, published a list of protected wildflowers and launched a vigorous education campaign. The public was urged: "Don't pick! Don't uproot! Don't buy! And don't sell!" The effort saved Israel's wildflowers, and three decades later it is considered the most successful nature protection campaign conducted in the country.


Field of Lupins near Alonie Habashan in Northern Israel.

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Hi david,
Beautiful photo accompanied by a very good note. The colors and depth are really beautiful. Amazing to get F/22 without any overexposure. Composition and sharpness are spot on. I just keep on scolling up and find myself wondering through the field.

Really nice, open oak forest and lupins. Ori

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-04-30 14:52]

beautiful landscape-shot, david! :-)
i really like the rich green grass with
the single violet lupins in it and the small
forest in the back.
i´ve been around kinneret, but it seems
only in the dry parts. *g*
well done & take care, thor.

Hello David,

This is a lovely picture...not my image of Israel at all! Thanks for sharing it. I agree with most of what others have said above; particularly Emma's comments. It might benefit from a touch of postprocessing to give the whole image a little boost and more impact.


Evelynn : )

lovely landscape - not something that I had considered for Israel - always thought of it as hot and arid for some reason.

I really like the image, but think you wopudl benefit from a polarizing filter. it helps to saturate the colours more and woudl have made more of the sky. Perhaps even getting a touch closer to the blue flowers at the front and making them more of a feature would alos help.



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What a fantastic sight ! Like Aramok, I thought srael was completely different. Looks very green, very natural. Excellent sharpness and details, nice colors and great composition. POV is very nice too. I love the blue flowers, in the grass, they are so beautiful ! very well done !

Nice scenery. Good use of DOF (f14).
I think the grass could be made a bit more alive by pushing the levels there. See my WS please.


Hi Dave,
Nice image, I love the feeling of open space it gives.
The skies look great but I agree with previous comments about the grass and trees. The workshop by Emma is great.
Keep them coming!
TFS - Shir

Hello David,
Another lovely landscape from you. It has nice depth and the sky looks superb. I like the colours too. I think that maybe it would be interesting to have one of the lupin plants closer in FG. It would draw the attention and lead the eye to the BG. I have feeling the picture don't have any strong element which would do that and when I look at the picture my eye is just "wondering" around which is not very good.
But overall, it's a very nice post and very interesting note too!

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-05-08 16:13]

salom david
whats a beautiful landscape photo from Israel. i think your country is really beautiful. blue-cloudy sky, plants and trees well composed. colors, pov, note and frame are great

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