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.
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.
On Friday, white almond blossoms were in full bloom against the blue sky.
Thousands of people drove to the Negev to see anemones in bloom,
but the wild red flowers
and beautiful scenes
can be found right in Jerusalem, off the Yael Sapir Trail.
Maybe these anemones are not as dense as in the Negev,
and only a few people seem to know about this nature spot,
but it is near the center of Jerusalem.
I love seeing the anemone in full bloom.
The Jerusalem marathon is coming soon.
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.
Wonder if any runners will notice the flowers,
or will it stay our secret spot for another year?