May 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm #1290244
@tauneutrinoLocale: Upper Galilee
Greetings my fellow backpackers!
I'm relatively new to this great online community. Here are some photos from Negev Desert on south of Israel. In summer it's really hot there so you MUST carry a lot of water with you. That's why ultralight backpacking is so important in deserts. You have to cut weight in all other things except water. BPL website provides great tips for reaching that necessary level of base weight.
In this topic I wanted to show you places where I hike. Hope it will be interesting for you.
These are my kids climbed one of hills.
Sometimes such canyons are the only place where you can cool down a little.
David waterfall at Ein Gedi (near Dead Sea). There is water even in summer
Climbing hills in desert and under sunlight is very difficult especially for children.
Done part so far…
Such places are the only water source. They also provide food for animals, so you can find them here sometimes
Sunrise as seen from Massada near Dead Sea
Bugs of desert (Adesmia abbreviata)
This lizard has each finger doubled for better grip on surfaces. It actually can run on cave ceilings. Ptyodactylus hasselquistii
It's me with my poor tired daughter
Red sea on left. Near Israel-Egypt border
May 23, 2012 at 1:45 pm #1880469
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
That looks a lot like Southwest U.S.
Interesting how much alike the rest of the world isMay 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm #1880475
@daviddrakeLocale: North Idaho
Wow. Amazing places, Gregory.May 23, 2012 at 2:43 pm #1880481
@lopezLocale: San Gabriel Valley
Gregory, these photographs are stunning. Absolutely beautiful there. Deserts may not be green and cool, but given enough time, they can be the perfect stage for true transformation, for one who is open to it. Thank you for posting.May 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm #1880496
…May 23, 2012 at 11:50 pm #1880643
@tauneutrinoLocale: Upper Galilee
Thank you all for kind comments.
It's really interesting we have similar nature. Yes, some say that there is nothing to see/love/impress from in desert. I absolutely love desert. First, desert is not crowded. Second I love desert landscapes, it's nature, animals. It's something unique and is really wild. Third, desert is relatively close to where I live. I would love to hike through Rockies or whatever really mount landscape, but we haven't it. So I explore our desert which is big enough for several years of constant hiking.
>> For these places, do you need a gov wilderness permit or just drive and go ?
Well, most of Negev desert is closed military zone. That said, on weekends (Fri-Sat) you can go there without any permission, but in all other weekdays (Sunday thru Thursday) you MUST arrange your route with IDF if you don't want to be a moving target for our tanks :D
In addition it is prohibited to move there except along marked routes. Unfortunately there are lots of travellers who harm desert nature, leaving trash, drawing on rocks, making fires … I truly hate these people. Carried out from routes several bags of others waste. I teach my kids to do so as well.May 26, 2012 at 6:49 pm #1881407
@jedi5150Locale: Central CA
Wow! Incredible photos! I also like the desert a lot. Many people think driving through Nevada on Interstate 50 or 80 is boring and ugly (my brother calls it "the absence of scenery"), haha, but I love it.
All your photos are great, but the picture just below the Massada sunrise is outstanding! The soft color on the hillsides is beautiful.Jun 20, 2012 at 7:39 am #1888602
Cool pics. Thanks.Nov 19, 2012 at 5:55 am #1929569
Inspires me to go there one day, I still remember the silence near the Dead Sea, amazing experience. Thanks for the pics!Feb 18, 2013 at 7:06 pm #1955799
@fuzzLocale: Sunny San Diego
Thank you for sharing that! A wonderful group of photos on a part of the world I'd love to see someday. Thanks again!Feb 18, 2013 at 7:12 pm #1955800
Wow. Fantastic photos!
I got a kick out of the "forest" photo!
Thanks for sharing.Feb 18, 2013 at 7:23 pm #1955806
What an amazing, magical place. And your photos do it great justice. Thanks so much for sharing them!
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