Almond Blossom in Israel

February 22, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Every year, between January and February, comes the Hebrew holiday Tu-BiShvat. The meaning of this Holiday's name is 15 in Shvat, which is the fifth month in the Hebrew calendar. This holiday celebrates the beginning of the tree growth after the winter.

The Almond tree starts its blossom period around this time, and so it became one of its main symbols for Tu-BiShvat. The countryside is filled with blossoming Almonds, one of the most beautiful sights in Israel.

Almond BlossomAlmond BlossomJerusalem Mountains, Israel
A pink curtain of flowers is formed by several Almond trees bunched together.

 Last year, during a drive to a friend's house, I've noticed a beautiful Almond tree that "begged" to be photographed. However, it was already after the peak of its blossom, and so I've decided to try and come back the next year.

 I almost missed it this year, but one early morning I finally managed to get myself out of bed around 4:30 AM, dressed up warmly, and headed to the tree. I got there around 20 minutes before sunrise, just in time to prepare the gear and be ready for the shot. The red glow I wanted to catch would only last several minutes. After that, the light will become stronger, and gradually - less warm.

Almond Tree on SunriseAlmond Tree on SunriseJerusalem Mountains, Israel
The rising sun light-up the petals of this Almond Tree's blossom. This image was shot shortly after sunrise.

 I took several shots, and then the wind started blowing... It swept the petals, glowing with the sun behind them. It was an amazing sight. I re-adjusted the camera, and began to take a series of photos with the petals flying around. After some time though, the light became stronger and less warm, so I decided to pack things up. Overall it took less than one (intensive) hour...

Hope you enjoy the show!

Spring of BlossomSpring of BlossomJerusalem Mountains, Israel
The petals of the Almond tree's flowers are carried away by the wind. This image was shot shortly after sunrise.


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