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Friday, June 03, 2005

Photo Friday (Vol. XXVIII) [sunshine edition]

I apologize in advance for giving you short shrift this week.  I have to leave the house at 7:45AM (remember Friday is supposed to be the first day of our weekend here!) for an all day obligation.  I have lots of pictures and themes to share, but nothing organized... yet.

So... You get a photo (yes, a single photo) of a scene that has been making me deliriously happy for weeks.

Every day I drive past an enormous field of sunflowers just north of Beer Sheva.  I don't know about anyone else, but you have to be a pretty bitter person not to get a lift when you see a field of sunflowers! 

As if the flowers weren't enough by itself, I noticed that a professional beekeeper had placed hives all around the periphery of the field so that his/her bees could pollinate the flowers.   

Between the happy sunflowers, the beehives and the clear blue sky above... I ended up grinning like an idiot every time I drove past!

After a few days of driving by this scene, I remarked to one of my regular passengers that I really needed to stop and snap a picture.   Luckily my passengers are used to unscheduled photo ops.

I can't describe how relaxing it was to stand next that endless field of summery flowers. If the people passing in their cars had any idea how therapeutic the close proximity was, the owner of the field would be able to charge admission!

As I stood there in the fresh morning sunshine, the big flowers made soft sighing sounds as they rustled against one another... the bees buzzed industriously in and out of their hives... crickets chirped somewhere amongst the stalks... and a few birds flew lazy circles overhead.

And me without a lawn chair!  :-)

Here is small sample of the ray of the sunshine that has been pouring into my world for the past couple of weeks:
Sushine

Shabbat Shalom!
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As I stood there in the fresh morning sunshine, the big flowers made soft sighing sounds as they rustled against one another... the bees buzzed industriously in and out of their hives... crickets chirped somewhere amongst the stalks... and a few birds flew lazy circles overhead.

(sigh) (sigh)

Thanks for the pastoral scene and have a good day out, David.

Back to the reality of pre-Shabbat Friday. (Maybe I can tape your picture up in the kitchen...)

Posted by: jennifer | Jun 3, 2005 7:54:45 AM

Beautiful. For some reason it reminded me of "Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles.

Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been clear
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's all right

Here's comes Shabbat, and I say
It's all right.

Posted by: Doctor Bean | Jun 3, 2005 9:03:13 AM

The Beatle Theme continued:

"The long and winding road
That leads to your door
Will never disappear
I've seen that road before
It always leads me here
leads me to your door."

Good Shabbos

Posted by: Jack | Jun 3, 2005 9:14:39 AM

Eretz zavat chalav u'davash (yes, I know it's date honey, but still...()

Shabbat shalom to you as well!

Posted by: Isaac B2 | Jun 3, 2005 10:52:17 AM

Oh, wow, wow, wow.

::sigh::

Thank you for that wonderful picture, David.

Posted by: Rahel | Jun 3, 2005 10:52:25 AM

Oh! The joys of living in a warm country. If only we could all be there with you.

Posted by: Frummer? | Jun 3, 2005 1:00:29 PM

Really nice....writeup & pic...
I still can't get used to the bee stuff being boxes... they should come up with a way to make that look more like hives.

Posted by: val | Jun 3, 2005 3:00:35 PM

Lovely!

Posted by: Emma | Jun 3, 2005 3:09:45 PM

Wonderful! Fabulous description and photo. Shabbat shalom.

Posted by: AmyS | Jun 3, 2005 3:16:42 PM

Jennifer... Believe it or not, my description didn't come close to the serenity of the moment... and the place. But I'm glad you liked the picture. Shabbat Sholom

Doctor Bean... Funny you should say that because as I chose the title for today's post I was listening to The Beatles on my iPod:

Good Day Sunshine, Good Day Sunshine, Good Day Sunshine

I need to laugh and when the sun is out
I've got something I can laugh about
I feel good in a special way
I'm in love and it's a sunny day

Glad you picked up on the vibe.

Jack... And to throw it right back at you: [Sunflower] fields forever.

Isaac B2... For all it's well-publicized problems... this country really is flowing with many blessings... if you know where to look.

Rahel... You're very welcome. Have any of my friends been by your place bearing orange gifts lately?

Frummer... What's holding you back? ;-)

Val... The old style hives (for which the ladies hairdo was named) are very hard to manage. These box hives allow you to open them up, check on the bees and remove the honey quite easily. BTW, in case nobody noticed, the 8 2-story hives that are pictured here were chained and shackled in place to avoid theft. Apparently beekeeping is a very important traditional hobby amongst Arabs... but very few have retained the knowledge of how to keep their hives alive over the winter. Therefore each Spring and Summer there are crime waves of hive thefts throughout the country as these dead colonies are replaced. Very sad.

Emma... I agree! :-)

AmyS... This was actually the closest I've come to your wonderful postcard format. I promise I won't make a practice of copying you. :-)

Posted by: David | Jun 3, 2005 3:49:14 PM

ohhhh...so pretty. Thanks, as always, for sharing a little slice of your life. Shabbat Shalom.

Posted by: Essie | Jun 3, 2005 4:27:56 PM

Maybe we should give Photo Friday a theme song:

The Magical Mystery Tour
Is coming to take you away.
Coming to take you away.

Posted by: Jack | Jun 3, 2005 4:41:43 PM

wow, that is really nice...

Posted by: Tonny | Jun 3, 2005 6:00:56 PM

I didn't see any bees with orange knees today, but I did see two bees with "ordinary" knees working a passion flower together. I figure they must have been from the same hive. Or can two bees from two different hives work the same flower peacefully? These two were climbing all over each other, reminding me of kittens play-wrestling.

Posted by: Rahel | Jun 4, 2005 10:06:55 PM

it is a peaceful photo, but am I the only one that thought about how many garinim those flowers would make?

Posted by: ac | Jun 5, 2005 1:52:59 AM

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