Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Israel Trip Highlights (Part 1 of 7): Fauna

Street cat


They're everywhere. And they're begging to be the main characters in stories about secret feline societies.

Roadside dog


Her name is Luna. She belongs to a food vendor who's stationed in the Judean Desert, en route to the Dead Sea, at the point on the road marked 'sea level.' (You're traveling from the heights of Jerusalem to the Dead Sea, which is the lowest point on Earth - or at least on dry Earth. Reaching sea level is a milestone along the way.)

Luna is used to strangers, and walked over to everyone to get petted and photographed.

Parking lot camel


Here it's chilling out in between giving people rides at a Judean Desert rest stop.


Food court ibex

At the Masada visitors' center, in the outdoor seating area for the food court, an ibex turned up.


It sucked down ice cream on a stick and found a banana peel in the trash.


After a while it got skittish from everyone standing around taking photos and retreated to the stairs.


Fortress bird


At Masada, there are many of these birds - Tristram's starlings. Before looking them up, I thought of them as R2-D2 birds, because they made Star Wars droid noises. (If you hear these noises repeatedly, not just once or twice, that's what it sounds like. At least to me. And the desert landscape could be Tatooine.)


Brian Joseph said...

The animal theme connected to a place and a trip is really good one, I really enjoyed these pictures.

The ibex is a fascinating looking animal. I am not sure if I ever saw one in person in zoo. Those horns look terribly awkward.

Relyn Lawson said...

I am so excited about your trip. I can't wait to hear more.

HKatz said...

@ Brian - awkward horns, but the creature is quite nimble :)

@ Relyn - thanks! it was an amazing trip in many ways.

The Bookworm said...

Wow Hila, it must have been an amazing trip. The parking lot camel made me laugh and what a handsome ibex.
Great shots.

HKatz said...

@ The ibex was handsome and hungry :) And yes, it was an amazing trip. Also the first time in years I took a vacation of several days and traveled.