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Friday, January 12, 2007

Photo Friday (vol. LXXXVI) [Snowstorm edition]

I feel guilty that I haven't been able to pull together a Photo Friday in several weeks.  It's not that I haven't had pictures... it's just that I haven't had time to post them.

A couple of weeks ago we had a nice snowstorm here and I have been sitting on the pictures ever since.  So without further ado:

Here is a shot of the valley behind our house and a neighboring community community here in Gush Etzion (Neve Daniel):

Here is another view of the gush in the snow:

Our poor Lemon tree was buried... but seems to have survived the storm:

Of course, as soon as the snow began to fall heavily the roads were blocked with Israeli drivers who had no idea what to make of the white slippery stuff.  But that didn't stop some of us from putting on the X-Country skis and enjoying the lack of traffic!

Shabbat Shalom!

Posted by David Bogner on January 12, 2007 | Permalink


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I really like the second picture. Have a good Shabbos, David!

Posted by: A Simple Jew | Jan 12, 2007 3:43:33 PM

Nice socks :-)

Posted by: ezer knegdo | Jan 12, 2007 4:11:07 PM

I left my skis (also cross country) in the US when we made aliyah....maybe now that we have a storage room, I'll bring them over....

Posted by: safranit | Jan 12, 2007 4:12:52 PM

Yeah, Dave... love the socks. It's a good look for ya!! :) Thankfully, Gili isn't emulating your fashion sense!
Shabbat Shalom.

Posted by: val | Jan 12, 2007 4:15:14 PM

Looks pretty but I am SO HAPPY I left the day before! Oy, the poor lemon tree!

Shabbat Shalom.

Posted by: Sara K | Jan 12, 2007 5:32:34 PM

Oh, *gotta* love the socks... :)

Posted by: Ezzie | Jan 12, 2007 5:44:25 PM

I am old enough to remember when pulling my socks up to my knee was cool. It was back in the '70s. ;)

Good shots. I really liked the first one.

Have a good Shabbos.

Posted by: Jack | Jan 12, 2007 5:58:30 PM

What fun seeing you on cross country skis! Would you believe that Oslo just got its first snowfall yesterday? my kids were thrilled! But, I am currently in Amsterdam with Singapore and Auckland as my next stops! And just think, I stopped by your place to check in during my travels...

Posted by: nrg | Jan 12, 2007 6:40:51 PM

Are you wearing lederhosen?

Posted by: Captain Von Trapp | Jan 12, 2007 10:29:16 PM

Um, love the knickers.

Posted by: ralphie | Jan 12, 2007 11:19:11 PM

You guys are getting more snow in Israel than we are in Montreal. No fair!

Love the photos though - Hoist those socks with pride!

Posted by: Chantyshira | Jan 12, 2007 11:25:06 PM

I shall refrain from commenting on your socks.

*giggle* :-)

That snow might not have hurt the fruit on that lemon tree. Here in Florida, the citrus growers will deliberately spray the trees with water during a freeze. The ice that forms on the fruit protects it from freezing.

I wonder what the cold does for the taste? Maybe they will be a little sweeter?

Posted by: K Newman | Jan 12, 2007 11:39:28 PM

Are those socks?!

Beautiful pictures... I miss snow so much... What has it come to - it snows more in Israel than it does in NY! : )

Posted by: Irina | Jan 13, 2007 12:50:49 AM

*quickly erases a comment about men on skis in knickerbockers and long socks*

Beautiful scenery - it's more snow that I thought there was. The sudden lack of traffic is one of the great advantages of such snow storms (a bit like sudden rain in SF, only that people keep driving while they're unable to cope with the floods....).

Posted by: Account Deleted | Jan 13, 2007 8:33:44 PM

Why all the comments about the knickers...
Doesn't everyone know that you've adopted them as your Shabbat levush?

Posted by: shmiel | Jan 14, 2007 1:11:25 AM

I think it's great that you guys got out there and made a sport out of the storm. Around here, all snow makes me want to do is bundle up indoors and go nowhere! (not that we've gotten any yet!!) And those socks are awesome! I like the look.

Posted by: RaggedyMom | Jan 14, 2007 2:27:57 AM

Snow!!!! Oh, I wish I could have seen that.

Posted by: Ahuva | Jan 14, 2007 4:18:03 AM

If it weren't for the youngster that photo could be three decades old. Love it!
Post more!
As a canadian in the Middle East I miss the snow...but not the cold.

Posted by: AbuDhabiBaby | Jan 14, 2007 6:35:03 AM

A Simple Jew... None of the others were to your liking? ;-)

ezer knegdo... Since you were the first to offer this observation I will honor you with the explanation: Skiing around for hours in wet pants is a drag (not to mention a hypothermia danger) so many x-country skiers either tuck in their pants to their socks or wear nickers.

safranit ... Definitely bring 'em over. You may only get to use them once a year (or once every other year) but it is totally worth it!

Val... Thanks sis. Now that you're pushing 60 I guess these athletic endeavors hold no interest for you. ;-)

Sara K... You would have enjoyed it (and the lemon tree is just fine).

Ezzie... glass houses my friend... glass houses. :-)

Jack... What I love about your comments is you have to read them a couple of times to realize you've been insulted. :-)

nrg... name dropper. :-)

Captain Von Trapp (Alan)... Very funny. I can always post some pics of you in your bike shorts that prove beyond a doubt that you are Jewish. :-)

Ralphie... Your restraint is admirable. :-)

Chantyshira... Yeah, but our temperatures are a bait more civilized. You seem to be having your own little ice age over there!

K Newman... Saying you will refrain from commenting about something and actually refraining from commenting aren't exactly the same thing, now are they. ;-)

Irina... No, I have very pale skin.

a. see my comment to K. Newman, smartass. ;-) I'[m expecting pics of snow from you soon.

Shmiel... yeah, you pegged me! :-)

RaggedyMom... Take note everyone... that's how you play nice with your host! Thank you.

Ahuva... The season is still young. Jump on a plane and you might get lucky.

AbuDhabiBaby... I'm guessing you don't get a lot of the white stuff where you are (if your screen name describes your location).

Posted by: treppenwitz | Jan 14, 2007 6:52:47 PM

Hi Dave,

Love the socks!


Posted by: Maksim-Smelchak | Jan 14, 2007 9:13:12 PM

I would have never believed it, if you didn't post those pictures.

How cool, especially the pic of the lemon tree.

Posted by: jaime | Jan 14, 2007 11:56:02 PM

It looks even more beautiful out there with the snow!

Who cares what everyone else thinks about the socks? You're still the amazing Mr. B!

Posted by: tnspr569 | Jan 15, 2007 9:17:21 AM

Forget the socks...let's see those bindings! :^)

Posted by: jen | Jan 15, 2007 7:39:06 PM

Check out the top post on kumah.org for yishai's amazing photos of from beit el covered in snow

Posted by: The Town Crier | Jan 15, 2007 11:56:50 PM

a. see my comment to K. Newman, smartass. ;-) I'[m expecting pics of snow from you soon.

I have good news and bad news for you.
Good news: yes, I am a smartass. But remember Dilbert - marketing people have a soul, even if it be small.

Bad news: Europe skipped winter and is heading towards spring floods and unusual warm degrees this year. No snow even in Garmisch.

Posted by: Account Deleted | Jan 16, 2007 12:37:38 PM

I love those pictures, they are so gorgeous*, there's something about snow and ice in places that are known for being hot most of the time (same here in Texas).

* the scenery I mean, not the socks! I guess there's not enough snow to justify buying special snow boots?

Posted by: Alice Bachini-Smith | Jan 18, 2007 9:01:22 PM

Trep, this reminds me of the time I went in VW bug with a friend of mine. Happened to belong to his sister. No plates, no registration, no problem. We seemed to have license to do this because there was a bunch of snow on the ground and it was very early in the morning. I don't think either of us had licenses either. Go figure. Aparently, I overextended my turn driving. My copilot protesteded mightily and threatened to pull the emergency brake, which he did, to exactly no effect. He He. I kept driving.

Posted by: Andy | Jan 20, 2007 4:01:56 AM

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