Shh, Sharing a Secret Spot in Jerusalem

I lived in NYC when snow came down so fast all the buses stopped running.

The only way to get home was to walk or hitch a ride with a stranger who

got off the Long Island Expressway, and tried to drive on side streets. 

I also lived in Boston where once the snow was so deep that guests

could not walk the short distance to come over for our Purim seudah.

Once in Maryland, Shabbat guests got snowed in until Wednesday.

 Oh, I do not miss shoveling all that white stuff one little bit.

This weekend, once again the Northeastern US got buried in white.

What a contrast,

as the Hebrew month of Adar begins,

and in Jerusalem, Israel, it is such a colorful time of year.

Purim costumes, Purim wigs, costume photo

There are plenty of colorful costumes and things for Purim on display,

but it is the natural colors that are so impressive after so much rain.

photo almond blossoms, Jerusalem photo tour

On Friday, white almond blossoms were in full bloom against the blue sky.

Anemones photo, red flowers, Jerusalem photo walk

Thousands of people drove to the Negev to see anemones in bloom,

Anemones photo, Jerusalem nature walk

but the wild red flowers

Jerusalem photo, Jerusalem nature walk

and beautiful scenes

Nature walk Jerusalem photo

can be found right in Jerusalem, off the Yael Sapir Trail.

Red flower photo, Jerusalem nature photo

Maybe these anemones are not as dense as in the Negev,

People in park photo

and only a few people seem to know about this nature spot,

Valley of the Cross, Jerusalem photo

but it is near the center of Jerusalem.

Anemone photo, Jerusalem nature spot

I love seeing the anemone in full bloom.

Jerusalem marathon, Jerusalem photo

The Jerusalem marathon is coming soon.

runner marathon, Jerusalem marathon

Red flowers are not the only things popping up in the Valley of the Cross.

Runners in red tee-shirts are getting ready for the Jerusalem marathon.

This road is the end stretch of the marathon route.

Valley of Cross photo, Jerusalem nature walk

Wonder if any runners will notice the flowers,

or will it stay our secret spot for another year?

10 thoughts on “Shh, Sharing a Secret Spot in Jerusalem

  • February 10, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    I didn’t realize those were almond blossoms! They look just like DC cherry blossoms! And yes, I need to stop working nights so I can take in more of this on my walk to worry through Emek Matzleva 😉

    • February 11, 2013 at 9:09 am

      Guess I was cryptic enough not to give away the location? It is a path that goes up toward the Israel Museum through the Valley of the Cross. More than one large rock has the name engraved, I only used a photo of the smaller sign in this post.

  • February 12, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Love these photos! So beautiful!

  • February 17, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Thanks for all these wonderful pictures. On Thursday my wife and spotted some tulips starting to bloom.

    • February 17, 2013 at 10:35 am

      Thank you and so right. Got a photo of tulips blooming in front of Beit Hanasi, don’t you love winter in Jerusalem, Israel

  • February 17, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos. On Thursday my wife and I spotted some tulips starting to bloom.


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