The Land of Milk & Honey

Eastern strawberry tree photographed by Jeff Zablow at Mt. Meron, Israel

This is the tree (Eastern Strawberry Tree) that hosts the caterpillars of the butterfly (Two-Tailed Pasha) that Jeff went to Mt. Meron to photograph. Three days on those trails in 2013 and 5 days back again in June 2014. Nada. Zilch. Not a single image of that multicolored, large butterfly. Saw as many as 14 of them. All were positioned on that trail, very early in the morning. I never got any closer than 30 feet from any of them. Skunked?

Funny about those of us who enjoy spending time in the refuges and preserves. We enjoy the whole, the entire geshtalt. So from minute one, I admired those Eastern Strawberry trees. The very young trees, the trees in mid-growth and the adult trees. Spectacular trees, not in height, or girth, rather they were simply beautiful.

Our image here is produced from Fuji slide film, and of course, not photo-shopped. A breath-taking tree, fruits and all, in the Land  of Milk and Honey.


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