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Vespa Adventures, Israel Anemones Part 1^

Here is the first video I’ve put together for the sheer enjoyment of the visuals it provides. Spring in Israel is one of my favorite times of the year because of these fields of flowers throughout the country that provide stunning landscapes I’ve yet to see elsewhere. This video, part one, includes more of the journey there and has a lot of the ‘ol Vespa in it.

The one I am about to start working on will only have the flowers and have better footage of the field. This particular place I return to every year is off Road 40, headed towards Be’er Sheva(If you would like further directios, please contact me.) The second part should be finished later today and up Monday soon, as I thought it would be better to wait and sererapte these two videos. I noticed that after seeing a big of the footage the beauty can lose its hold on you and kind of blend together in a sea of Red. I will try my best to edit the second part so that the beauty isn’t lost.

There is a famous song about the Anemone flower itself called  “Kalaniyot” which singer Shoshana Damari made famous. It is sung in Hebrew, her original version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaL7mllWVG4. The lyrics, from http://www.hebrewsongs.com/?song=kalaniotin English are:

Anemones…

The evening comes,
the sunset on the hill burns
I am dreaming and my eyes see:
the proud, young girl descends to the valley
and it blazes with a fire of anemones.

She’ll pick flowers to put in a bundle
and in the paths covered by dew
to Mother she rushes – calling out to her:
look what I brought for you in the basket!

Anemones, anemones
reddish, red-haired
Anemones, anemones
anemones of dew and grace/charm

Sunset on the hill will blaze and go out
but the anemones will always bloom.
Storms will thunder and roar greatly
but the anemones will always bloom.

Anemones…

Years pass, the sunset blazes again
The girl grew, her beauty is endless.
going to the valley with her heart’s chosen
and again anemones bloom in it.

Her heart’s chosen extends his hands to her
and she’s laughing and bedewed
she whisperes to him between the kisses
Look what I gathered here in the basket!

The vows of love will be forgotten,
but anemones will always bloom.
For the vows are light as smoke,
but the anemones are always the same.

Years passed, sunset blazes in the hill.
The girl is a grandma already, friends
Her granddaughter goes to the garden
and again anemones bloom in it.

And when the girl calls to her:
“look Grandma what I brought you,”
from laughter and tears her eyes glow
and she remembers a forgotten song melody…

Yes, generations come and pass without end
but each generation has an anemone in a tune.
Happy is the man if between storms and thunder
an anemone bloomed for him, if only just once.

 (A modern version, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjqKN9TQDu4&feature=related.)

About the Anemone Flower itself:

Anemone also known as the ‘windflower’, are small blossoming flowers available in a rainbow of colors. There are three types of anemone flowers. There is a spring type, which has either rhizomes or tubers. There is tuberous Mediterranean, which flowers in spring and summer. And there is a larger fall flowering type, which blooms in late summer to fall and tends to have fibrous roots. Anemones have a large assortment of symbolism tied to them. They are thought to represent anticipation and unfading love, good luck and protection against evil. As a gift, these flowers may be meaningful in a number of ways, from presenting them to someone stepping into a new stage of life, to telling the recipient that you will always love them.

Further information can be read here, http://www.flowersinisrael.com/RedShowyFlowers_page.htm

It is good to remember that picking these flowers are illegal here, so please leave it as you found it.

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About kaie w. bird

A freelance photographer in Israel that likes to scoot about while documenting just about everything. P.S. I am a horrible editor. Forgive me.

One response to “Vespa Adventures, Israel Anemones Part 1^

  1. Hello! Of course you can post the first picture I sent you and… also, the second one I just sent some hours ago, if it also interest you! 🙂

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