We’re only days away from April, and it’s almost time for the holidays as Passover and Easter are fast approaching. Officially, spring is in the air.
The winter was quite rainy this year in Israel. The capital Jerusalem experienced snowfall twice this year, including one big snow-storm which was almost a replica of the historical storm of 2013.
Some would say it’s another proof for the crazy climate changes resulting from global warming.
With the arrival of spring, it’s a good opportunity to reflect on what we’ve had this winter.
So if you haven’t visited Israel in the past few months and witnessed it all, here are 20 spectacular views from across the country, showcasing the best of this year’s winter and early spring:
1. Storm clouds building in, early January at the Port of Tel Aviv.
2. Raging sea and a beautiful winter sunset, Tel Aviv.
3. By mid-January the first snow arrived, covering the higher plateaus of northern Israel.
4. A thick layer of snow in the forests of the Golan Heights.
5. Much safer on this side… The Golan Heights, near the Syrian border.
6. View of the Hula Valley, dominated by the majestic snow-capped Hermon Mountain.
7. Also in mid-January, Jerusalem’s first snow of the winter, though mild, arrived to the holy city.
8. Then in February, another huge snow storm hit and the capital looked different altogether.
9. View of Jerusalem’s Old City, all covered with a beautiful white blanket.
10. Would you guess this was taken in Israel? The Israeli capital looking like a European postcard.
11. You don’t get to see much of this view. Snow-covered palm trees, Jerusalem.
12. Another resemblance to Europe, Yemin Moshe neighborhood, Jerusalem.
13. Then winter started to step back, leaving us with green pastures and streaming rivers.
14. By late February, anemones began to decorate the forests of the Northern Negev, officially announcing the arrival of Israel’s early spring.
15. A sea of cyclamens in full bloom, forests of the Judean Lowland.
16. The best time to enjoy the outdoors with some perfect weather.
17. A young white egret in search for food among newly grown vegetables, Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park.
18. By March, even the Judean Desert had been completely transformed. A layer of green wrapped its mountains and provided us with a unique sight of the desert.
19. Even the big urban city of Tel Aviv offers some beautiful spring flowers to enjoy.
20. A perfect scene of spring. Happy holidays everybody!
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A special thank you to the King David Hotel in Jerusalem for offering some of their remarkable views.