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4/19/13

focus on life - week 16: take a walk

Sally says...

 "Grab your camera, open the door and step outside into the fresh air. Take a walk! Whether you walk to your favorite chair on the porch, walk a few miles down a rural road or a busy city street take a moment to be aware of the beauty of the world and let its grandeur energize your soul, inspire your mind and jump start your creativity. Step back and look at the wide world around you and capture a shot of the landscape in front of you!"


I live just steps away from the beauty of the Baha'i gardens and the Port of Haifa which is on the Mediterranean. I feel surrounded by beauty most especially when I'm in the gardens facing the bay on a balmy day and the water is a bright ocean blue.

My neighborhood is in an older part of the city and it's acceptable for trash to be lying around and pets to leave "presents", but today I'm focusing on the more pleasant parts of the street I live on.

There is also beauty in the plants, shrubs and trees around my neighborhood. I think just about every green thing here has its own season of blooms! It's especially breathtaking right now, in the Spring. An absolute treat for me, a Colorado gal, to see so many luscious flower blossoms in every shade Mother Nature could invent.

Street entry to my building flat

Sidewalk guards

"Modern" highrise across the street. Solar water heaters on roofs in foreground.

Haifa Bay

Public stairs near my flat connects to street above. 100 plus steps!

Bahai gardens


 You are welcome to tour more of Haifa and Israel, through my lens, at "Around Israel". Otherwise please hop on over to Sally's blog, The Studio Sublime, to see more neighborhoods. I can't wait to go visiting!


34 comments:

  1. After seeing these beautiful pictures, it's hard to believe there could also be trash and pet presents. The last photo is breathtaking!

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    1. Yes, I'm dumbfounded to see how carelessly the environment is treated here. We Americans get a bad rap for using and wasting resources but I have to say I don't buy it any longer (that we are the baddest of the bad!). The plastic consumed here alone is mind-boggling. Israel is about the size of New Jersey, so stats may look quite different when compared to large countries!

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  2. Oh I love the flowers on the wall, so pretty.

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    1. The vibrant pink blossoms spilling along the wall is bougainvillea, one of my favorites! The flowers here are so bright sometimes its hard to get a good camera shot! Most of the time its also very sunny.

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  3. Indeed, it's beautiful there. I really enjoyed your photo's!

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    1. I'm glad! Thanks Donna!

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  4. Oh wow, Debi, how beautiful those gardens are! I can't believe how brown it still is around here; our spring has just been non-existent. I was just thrilled to see some newborn crocus on my walk...the first flowers I've seen this year! Will definitely be visiting "Around Israel". :-)

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    1. As much as I miss home, I don't miss the brown winters!! Thanks for stopping by Lori!

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  5. Oh yes, flowers all over the walls, I could handle that. Looks just beautiful, that view of the water I'm sure never gets old. What a treat your shots are!

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    1. I can't begin to tell you how lucky I feel to be here to see sights like these everyday! And the water NEVER gets old to be sure. Most of my life has been spent out West where there is very little water. (People are still fighting over water rights!!)

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  6. wonderful pics! i love to view of the bay, but all those steps...*gulp* thank you for inviting us along :)
    have a great week!
    no 18 on the list

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    1. Before I moved into my current flat I used a different stairway every single morning to walk to my office, and that was exactly 98 steps up. It was practically my morning work-out!

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  7. Stunning, how lucky you are to live near such beauty, The flowers are so lovely but that photo of the bay makes me wish I was there!

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    1. Thank you for coming by, Niky. There is beauty and there is an equal amount of ugly here. It's a matter of accepting to choose to see the beauty. Sometimes it's not so easy :-)

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  8. The wall of Bougainvillea is just gorgeous! Not so sure about going up and down 100 steps to go places!

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    1. Without the stairs it takes a fair bit longer to follow the street around to where I finally want to be. Lots of times I use city buses and sheruts, which are vans like mini-buses, that seat 10 people.

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  9. What amazing pictures! the gardens are absolutely stunning! I could walk through there endlessly!!

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    1. Oh I do!! And I have tons of photos to prove it :-) I keep telling myself to get them organized...

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  10. Gorgeous, hard to imagine garbage with all that beauty. Your flowers seem to be in full bloom is it summer there?

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    1. Different flowers in bloom at different times, but yes, in all seasons there are some kind of flowers in full color! There is no snow here and the temps in "winter" fall to a low of 45-50 degrees. I can actually feel cold at 60 degrees. Wild!!

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  11. Beautiful photos! I just love the one with the red flowers and the 100 steps. The city is beautiful despite the trash.

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    1. Thank you Alice! So true, there is beauty anyway!

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  12. Love your bright cheerful colors!

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    1. Thank you Beti! I just read the prompt for next week - colors - so I'm smiling when I came back here and found your comment! Bright colors are usually cheerful aren't they?!

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  13. Really gorgeous flower shots - the steps being my favorite, too. Hope folks some day decide living with trash around isn't so great. Thanks for sharing your home!

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    1. Thanks, Janet. Yes, there is always hope that things change. I expect it will eventually!

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  14. Wonderful photos of Haifa. Love the photo of the flowers up the steps, and the sidewalk guard photo is awesome. The one of the gardens is fantastic!

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    1. Hi Beth. Thank you! I'm glad you stopped by.

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  15. What a treat to live so close to the Baha'i Gardens and the bay is magnificent. And I read your comment about climbing those stairs every day. At least you had a feast for your eyes while you were getting in your daily workout. Beautiful photos!

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    1. It really is a feast for the eyes and the nose! The scents are just wonderful. :-) Thanks Paula.

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  16. What a glorious walk you have. The flowers are gorgeous

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    1. Thanks Patty. And thank you for your candid post this week.

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  17. Wow - what amazing shots! I especially love the gardens and the flowers along those steps,...all.those.steps. ;-)

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  18. Your pics are great Deb. Thanx for sharing a piece of your world.

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