Haifa Fire Photo Diary – 24.11 – 29.11 2016 – Fire day and aftermath

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On the 24th of November 2016, the city of Haifa witnessed its first large scale fire. Its delicate greenery surrendered to extreme dry weather, and flames engulfed buildings burning apartments. Several urban nature spots were completely burned. In this photographed diary I describe my day by day experiences – from the day of the fire to field trips in affected areas.

The startling rehabilitation project of Haifa oil refineries cooling tower

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The western ex-cooling tower of Haifa Oil Refineries was turned into a visitor center. In order to accept visitors, the decaying concrete structure had to be renovated. A documentation in video and photos provides an opportunity to get a glimpse of this unique challenging project.

Azrieli Towers Tel Aviv Under Construction – 1997 – 1999

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A nostalgic journey back in time to see the iconic Azrieli Towers in Tel Aviv under construction, with charming night sights and city views from the top.

Abandoned President Hotel Jerusalem – Fine intimate architecture smashed and decayed

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Once a small intimate hotel with distinguished guests and some “bad luck” incidents. Today an abandoned shattered and battered building, which still holds some clues to its past glory.

Israel’s most visited abandoned site is probably more attractive than it was supposed to be if completed

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Photographed visit in an abandoned hotel that was nearly completed and never opened. The place became a familiar cool hanging out place, with alternative life created by visitors.

Urban Exploration – Abandoned hotel and theater in Tiberias

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For about 50 years, a magnificent hotel and theater complex in Tiberias has been abandoned. Beautiful building details as well as signs of time blend with the views of the Sea of Galilee.

Sarona Tel Aviv 2006 – Exploring an abandoned military unit in a former German Templer colony

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A piece of history no longer existing: Urban Exploration South Sarona Tel Aviv 2006: Vehicle Maintenance Unit and Training Workshop of Ordnance Corps IDF

Supermoon total lunar eclipse – Jaffa – Tel Aviv – September 28, 2015

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Supermoon total lunar eclipse occured on September 28th, 2015. Here are some photos of the moon taken from Old Jaffa and Tel Aviv promenade. And here are sights of Tel Aviv beach early morning following the eclipse  

Pedestrian crossing sun shading – a simple solution with a huge walkability benefit

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Waiting to cross the street can be extremely annoying on hot summer days. Placing parasols on the sidewalk in front of pedestrian crossings may provide a relief and encourage walking.

Haifa Carmelit Underground Funicular – Replacement of main cable

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The “Carmelit” is Haifa’s underground funicular, linking the lower city (“Downtown”) at sea level and the Carmel Center at 274 meters above sea level. In July 2015, the main cable of the system was replaced. Watch a video and still photos of the process.

Alpine Peace Crossing – Krimml to Kasern 2015 – Photo Gallery

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Photos from the events and walk of the 9th Alpine Peace Crossing – commemorating the 5,000 Jewish refugees who crossed the Alps on their way to the Land of Israel in 1947

Sounds of the Old City – Jerusalem

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The Sounds of the Old City festival, is held for the fourth time in the Old City of Jerusalem, bringing various musicians to the vivid paths of the Old City

Magical Snow in the Galilee – Hararit – Yotvat – Laura Netofa

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A unique snow video and photo gallery from places that seldom see snow in Israel: Yotvat (Yodfat) ridge, the settlement of Hararit and Laura (Lavra) Netofa.

Frost and ice on plants – Bashanit reserve

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Significant snowy weather systems brought snow and exceptionally low temperatures to Bashanit reserve in the Golan Heights. Here’s a glimpse of the magnificent sights of ice and frost on the rich reserve flora

Ice formations in Meiron forest

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Ice formations from Meiron ridge forest following three consecutive snowy weather systems

Erotic Snow

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A closer look at snow formations and natural elements brings a fresh dimension to this interesting form of precipitation.

Winter signs – Tel Aviv Port

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First signs of winter brought CB clouds to the area, that created beautiful rain curtains and washed the port deck, leaving a double rainbow and smiling people.

Snow in Samaria – photo presentation

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An unusual weather system brought significant amounts of snow to the mountain ridges of Samaria. In this presentation we shall tour the snowy Samaria and get familiar with its landscapes and settlements.

Work of ants in the Lower Galilee

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Spring is at its peak, and it’s rush hour in a Lower Galilee ants colony. Watch a video of the enthusiastic workers

Snow in Jerusalem – January 9th-10th, 2013

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Video coverage of the snow event in Jerusalem – Surrounding the Old City Walls from West to East and visiting picturesque Baka and German Colony

In the eye of the storm – Rosh Hanikra, Kziv, Acre (Akko), Kishon, Harod, Sorek, Ayalon…

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A stormy weather system brought strong winds, high waves and significant amount of rain to Israel. Let’s take a winter tour through some of the most impressive sights of Israeli winter nature affected by the storm.

Winter flows in North Israel’s rivers

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A wet weather system brought impressive flows to Israel’s northern rivers, filling the Sea of Galilee with needed water and joy…

Haifa Trail Urban Trek – the DNA of the city: Lessons from Haifa Tourism Conference

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Haifa Trail was initiated as an urban trek, but the trail is more than that – as it identifies and leverages Haifa’s essence or “DNA”, it serves as an important platform for various urban aspects, such as: city branding, community empowering, framework for sport and culture activities and a potential to significantly contribute to the local economy.

Haifa Trail was launched by the first tourist and runner

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Haifa Trail was inaugurated, as Thomas Fietz, a Trail Runner from Germany, completed the 70 Kilometers of the trail in 15 hours, divided to two days. Thomas was the first to complete the whole trail, the first tourist on the trail, and the first to run it.

Sderot, Israel – Urban public space of shelters

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Take a look at the streets of Sderot, a town under threat of rockets, where people have only 15 to 30 seconds to find a shelter during rockets alarm

Haifa’s Carmel Spring flowers

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Spring is at its peak, and wonderful wild flowers dot Mount Carmel inside the city of Haifa.
Let’s look at some colorful examples…

Tel Aviv Beach, Winter Version

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Rain? Wind? High waves? For some, this is the best time to go out to the sea. Let’s take a look at a winter version of Tel Aviv beach.

Live Dead Sea – Photos from a winter day

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An inspiring winter day in the Dead Sea Rift Valley brings wonderful sights of colorful sky, mountains and water. Unfortunately, Dead Sea water level drops one meter per year

Bicycle riders enjoy Haifa’s mountain subway – the "Carmelit"

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The Carmelit, Haifa’s subway system that connects downtown with the Carmel ridge neighborhoods, is now open for bicycle riders. Join the first ride of bikers in the Carmelit.

Photos from the social protest in Tel Aviv

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Photos from the social protest rally that took place in Tel Aviv streets and ‘Kikar Hamdina’ with approximately 300,000 participants.

Tel Aviv Tent City – photos from Rothschild boulevard

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The melting pot of the Summer 2011 social protest in Israel – Tel Aviv Rothschild boulevard tent city – in photos

The Carmel Park, just before the summer

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A visit to the burned down areas of the Carmel Park, just before summer starts, examining the green vegetation and the magnificent sky above following a hot weather system

Hail Storm and flowing streams in Haifa

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A winter day in the middle of the spring brought a thunder stormy morning to Haifa. After half an hour a white blanket of hail covered the neighborhood followed by gushing water filling the small, usually dry, streams draining the slopes.

Palm Sunday in Haifa

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Palm Sunday was celebrated today in colorful festivities in Downtown Haifa.
Here are some souvenirs from the events…

Mount Carmel forest regeneration after the fire

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Three months after the tragic fire in Mount Carmel, and the forest shows interesting signs of rehabilitation. Presentation and photo gallery.

MSC Magnifica Cruise Ship dominates the skyline of Haifa

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MSC Magnifica Cruise Ship now visits Haifa during its Mediterranean Cruise. Carrying 2500 passengers and 1000 crew members, when it docks in Haifa Port it looks like a temporary neighborhood attached to the city…

Winter Landscape Contrasts in Haifa and the Technion

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A nice winter day paints Haifa sky with dark colors on the background of sun lit neighborhoods. The rain that came a few minutes later left its marks on the Technion paths, creating interesting compositions.

Burnt Carmel Forest Seems in Foliage After the Rain

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Clouds of smoke turned into clouds of rain and water coming from the sky made the Carmel blush and for a moment it seemed like an Alpine forest in foliage…

Post Carmel Forest Fire – The Line Between Black and Green

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Two weeks after the Carmel blaze back to the usual rambling at home – From Haifa to Beit Oren – and the inevitable but optimistic encounters with the fire aftermath

Mount Carmel Fire Aftermath – Video, Photos, Slideshow

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Today we went to explore the areas affected by the huge fire in the Carmel Ridge. Download a presentation with explanations and photos and watch the full photo gallery

Carmel Aerial Firefighting – video

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Dozens of firefighting airplanes from Israel and other countries took part in the efforts to extinguish the largest forest fire in Israel’s history. Kudos to the amazing pilots and gratitude to the supportive countries

Best of Carmel Park – Photos of areas prior to the huge fire

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This is how we wish to remember our beautiful Mount Carmel. Watch photos taken in the affected areas in better, greener, days.

The mighty Carmel forest fire – photos

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Photos taken in Haifa and Mount Carmel during the first day of the mighty forest fire

Misty sunrise on the Jerusalem Mountains

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Current summer days in Israel are hot and humid, but early morning around Jerusalem makes one feel as if he’s on another country…

International 420 World Championship in Haifa – Closing Ceremony

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Pictures from the closing ceremony, the medals and trophies, and the happy winners of the year – Italy and Singapore.

Flora of Israel – Mediterranean Areas

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Photo gallery of various flowers of Israel – Mediterranean areas

International 420 World Championship in Haifa – Day 7

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Watch unique photos from water level, of the 7th day races of the International 420 World Championship in Haifa.

International 420 World Championship in Haifa – Practice Race

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Photos from the practice race of the International 420 World Championship in Haifa, where superb wind conditions welcomed the enthusiastic participants.

International 420 World Championship in Haifa – Measurement Inspections day

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Watch photos from the measurements and inspections day of the International 420 World Championship in Haifa.

International 420 World Championship in Haifa – Opening Ceremony

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Photos from the opening ceremony of the International 420 World Championship in Haifa.

The European Mountain Bike Championship Haifa 2010

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Photo coverage of the Elite races of the European Mountain Bike Championship 2010 that took place in Haifa, Israel.

Slacklining in the Technion

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Everybody knows that being a student in the Technion means hard work. But during the breaks, it’s the students who challenge themselves…

Floods in the Arava, southern Negev and Eilat area

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Watch a documentation of a rare rainy day in the Southern parts of Israel, with flowing Wadis of the Arava Rift Valley, Southern Negev and Eilat areas.

Flood in the Red Canyon, Eilat Mountains

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A rare flood event in the Red Canyon of Eilat Mountains occurred on January 18th, 2010. Watch pictures from this staggering colorful event.

Calatrava Obelisk in The Technion, Haifa, Israel

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The “Obelisk” is a recent addition to the main courtyard of the Thechnion. Conceived by Santiago Calatrava and dedicated to the memory of Russel Berrie, this unique kinetik statue is a focal point in the Technion.

Guess the place from above !

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We all like to admire places from viewpoints, whether natural or man made. This presentation is a journey-quiz through sights seen from man made towers in various countries…

Sights from Red Sea Jazz Festival Eilat 2009

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Red Sea Jazz Festival is perhaps the best music festival of Israel. Take a look at some photos from the 23rd festival…

Starling Aerobatics – Video clip

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Watch a magnificent starling aerobatics show, as the birds gather for night sleep near Beer Sheva municipality building.

Flash flood in Ein Gedi reserve – Wadi David

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Watch a rare documentation of a flash flood in Wadi (Nahal) David in Ein Gedi Reserve, The Judean Desert, Israel.

Sites along the Arava Rift Valley – Presentation

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Watch a unique presentation about the Arava Rift valley, which stretches along 180 Kilometers of the Israeli Negev desert, rich with rock formations, hiking opportunities, agricultural settlements and more…

Snow in the Ramon

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A unique documentation of a the Negev Mountain area covered with snow. Snow in this area statistically falls only twice a decade!

Northern Starts – Winter flows in north Israel’s streams

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Flowing streams of North Israel in the winter. Watch a water celebration in Parod, Oren, Orvim, Shagur and the Jordan river.

Calatrava Pedestrian Bridge Petah-Tikva

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Documentation of the construction works of the Santiago Calatrava Pedestrian Bridge above Jabotinsky Road in Petah-Tikva, Israel.

World antennas tour

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Antennas can be found everywhere. Although these monuments of the modern era pollute the view, they enable people all over the world to communicate, and sometimes they even charmingly mingle in the surrounding landscape. Let’s go for a guided antennas tour in some places in the world…

Art and People – London – Tel Aviv – Presentation

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Unique artistic presentation featuring art and people in London and Tel-Aviv

World photos collage

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A landscape collage made of pieces of photos taken all over the world (USA, UK, Austria, Nepal, Vietnam, Israel, Thailand). The world is indeed made of pieces, and they are all combined to one system…