20 spectacular sights from the Israeli winter and spring

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.

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Storm clouds, Port of Tel Aviv.

2. Raging sea and a beautiful winter sunset, Tel Aviv.

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Gorgeous winter sunset, Tel Aviv.

3. By mid-January the first snow arrived, covering the higher plateaus of northern Israel.

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Snow-covered mountains, northern Israel.

4. A thick layer of snow in the forests of the Golan Heights.

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Heavy snow, the Golan Heights.

5. Much safer on this side… The Golan Heights, near the Syrian border.

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Overlooking both countries, near the Syrian border.

6. View of the Hula Valley, dominated by the majestic snow-capped Hermon Mountain.

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A feast to the eyes, Hula Valley and Israel’s snow-capped Hermon.

7. Also in mid-January, Jerusalem’s first snow of the winter, though mild, arrived to the holy city.

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Light snow by the Tower of David, January 2015.

8. Then in February, another huge snow storm hit and the capital looked different altogether.

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Heavy snow by the Tower of David, February 2015.

9. View of Jerusalem’s Old City, all covered with a beautiful white blanket.

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Bird’s eye view of Jerusalem’s Old City.

10. Would you guess this was taken in Israel? The Israeli capital looking like a European postcard.

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Like a European postcard, Jerusalem.

11. You don’t get to see much of this view. Snow-covered palm trees, Jerusalem.

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White palm trees, Jerusalem.

12. Another resemblance to Europe, Yemin Moshe neighborhood, Jerusalem.

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Almost like the Alps, Yemin Moshe.

13. Then winter started to step back, leaving us with green pastures and streaming rivers.

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Green pastures, Upper Galilee.

14. By late February, anemones began to decorate the forests of the Northern Negev, officially announcing the arrival of Israel’s early spring.

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Blooming, the forests of the northern Negev.

15. A sea of cyclamens in full bloom, forests of the Judean Lowland.

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Incredibly special, a forest of cyclamens.

16. The best time to enjoy the outdoors with some perfect weather.

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Spring flowers, Judean Lowland.

17. A young white egret in search for food among newly grown vegetables, Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park.

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New beginnings, nature in Tel Aviv.

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.

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A rare sight, the Judean Desert lush with green.

19. Even the big urban city of Tel Aviv offers some beautiful spring flowers to enjoy.

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Gems of spring, Tel Aviv.

20. A perfect scene of spring. Happy holidays everybody!

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Rich colors of the season, Tel Aviv.

For more of Israel’s amazing landscapes visit my website, or join me on my Facebook page.

For feedback and inquiries, email me at: noamc75@gmail.com.

A special thank you to the King David Hotel in Jerusalem for offering some of their remarkable views.

About the Author
Noam Chen is a Tel Aviv-based photographer, specializing mostly in Landscape and Portraits. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the world, including National Geographic magazine, Entrepreneur, The Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, Le Figaro and more. He has exhibited in group and sole exhibitions in Israel, France and the U.S. Noam works closely with the Tourism and Real Estate industries in Israel, and now offers photography services throughout the U.S as well.
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