Lesser Fiery Copper Butterflies in a Doomed Field

 Lycaena Thersamon photographed by Jeff Zablow at Mishmarot, Israel

Lycaena Thersamon photographed by Jeff Zablow at Mishmarot, Israel

Home again. Four excellent weeks in Israel ended on March 22nd. I played with my grandsons, Hillel and Boaz, photographed butterflies, and did what I could to prune, trim and weed their garden in Mishmarot, Israel. That’s about an hour and a quarter drive north from Tel Aviv. Israeli home cooking is fabo, especially Rachel’s, learned in the kitchen with her beloved Mom, Frieda A”H.

Did I do any field work while I was there? Do chickens fly? Me and my Avis Mazda 2 set off on 2 super trips. The first one was to SPNI Meron, my 4th visit there over he last several years. That was my base camp for scouring the Upper Galilee for butterflies and orchids. Later I drove to SPNI Golan in the Golan Heights, and again success, this time sprinkled with some rain and some healthy wind. As promised, I did come within sight of borders with Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, but got no closer than that. How was Israel’s military, which I saw alot of at those borders? Strong, young and confident. I wish I could think the same of our own US military preparedness.

41 rolls of Fuji slide film are now in Parsons, Kansas, being processed. Funny thing is that Israeli Security “Hand Check-ed” my film in record time. It took just 5 minutes. They have good security there.

Regretably, the field that this image was shot in, just a 5 minute walk from Rachel’s house, is being prepped for the addition of new homes to this section of Mishmarot. Like in the U.S., the population of Israel grows, in part because of folks who find their lives in France, the U.K., Ukraine and Belgium, increasingly threatened by what my students used to call Haters.

And get this, every corner of Israel, even the most remote locales, have excellent cell reception. Evidence of Israel’s very advanced tech abilities.


3 thoughts on “Lesser Fiery Copper Butterflies in a Doomed Field

  1. I love your stories! As colorful as your photographic subjects, I always feel as though I am there with you, maybe a stow away, peeking out from your pocket, seeing what you see, and feeling what you feel as you so eloquently catalog your travels through, to me, what seem to be magical, mysterious lands. Carry on and keep taking me with you my friend. 📷 🌎


  2. Glad you had a sucessful trip. Playing with grandkids, gardening, and field work. Who could ask for anything more? Can’t wait to see more pictures when they come back from Kansas.
    This is a strikingly beautiful shot. I always love it when I have the chance to photograph more than one butterfly on the same flower – twice the challenge but such a grand payoff!


  3. This photograph is wonderful. I love the various shades of orange in stark contrast with the white. I look forward to seeing more photos from your trip!


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