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Eilat Mountains

Eilat Mountains
I took this picture today, during a hike to Bodeda Ruins in Eilat Mountains, about an hour before the sunset. The black mountain on the right is Mount Solomon (705 meters). A tiny bit of the Red Sea (the Gulf of Eilat/Aqaba) can be seen to the left, in front of the heizy mountains of Jordan in the background.

Somali Wild Ass

Somali Wild Ass in Yotvata, Israel
Somali Wild Ass are critically endangered species - there are less than 1000 animals in the wild.

A small group of the Somali wild ass live in the Yotvata Hai-Bar Nature Reserve in Israel, near Eilat, where this picture was taken.

The Castle of Volta Barolo

The Castle of Volta Barolo, Italy
The 13th century castle of Volta in Barolo (il castello della Volta di Barolo), seen through the vineyard, got its current name from the collapsed vault of the central hall (hence the name "Of the Vault"). According to the legend, the men and women of the court of the castle's lord, were buried by the collapse of the ceiling during a collective orgy, as the devil took possession of their souls.

The Two Towers

Two cranes near Tel Aviv
Fetishism is a very old obsession. The Neanderthals were praying to stones to bring luck in the next hunt, the ancient Egyptians got totally infatuated with the pyramids... Finally, in 1927, Sigmund Freud have explained that the fetish is a substitute for penis. For many people this was a profound realization, which caused them to put their fetishes away and instead concentrate on revolutions and wars. However, not everyone had the will power to dedicate their life to bigger causes, so fetishism simmered under the surface, until the blogging have emerged in the late 1990s.

Nubian Ibex

Nubian Ibex by the Dead Sea
There are about 1500 wild Nubian Ibex (Capra Ibex) in Israel, inhabiting Judean desert, Negev, Eilat mountains and the Golan Heights. You can often see them on the mountain slopes, while driving to Eilat on Route 90.

Homeless in Japan

Homeless sleeping on a fire hydrant right outside of Tokyo's Shimbashi Station
The homeless in Japan are very polite, quiet, never ask for money and try to stay out of the way. They are completely ignored by the general population and rarely harassed by the police. There are about 5,000 homeless in Tokyo (vs. at least 100,000 in New York City).

Air China Boing 747-400

China's Boing 747-400 taking off from Tokyo's Narita airport
Air China's Boing 747-400 taking off from Tokyo's Narita airport.

I came too early to the airport and had some time to kill. A quick survey revealed that Narita has a nice viewing terrace, overlooking the runway. I wish other airports would follow suit.

A girl from Annecy

A girl from Annecy
Annecy is a small town in south-eastern France, less than an hour drive from Geneva.

I was trying to photograph some swans on the canal, when this little girl came out of nowhere, sat in the arch on the steps leading into the water, looked at the crowd on the other side of the canal for a few seconds and disappeared.

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
Ovadia Yosef, born in 1920 in Iraq, is the founder and the spiritual leader of the Shas political party (currently Israel's fourth largest party in the Knesset), former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel, a recognised Talmudic scholar and foremost halakhic authority.

Bright future for England

Bright future for England
About a year ago I visited Windsor Castle - one of the official residences for the British Royal Family and Queen's principal weekend retreat.

As I was leaving the castle I noticed a young woman, dressed in a typical Victorian style. She was looking with an inscrutable emotion at a muslim couple - the man, dressed in a traditional white thawb was taking a picture of the castle with his iPhone; the woman, in a black jilbab, most probably was not allowed to have a phone...


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