Palestine Pheasant’s Eye . . . an Israeli Wildflower

Adonis Palaestina wildflower, photographed by Jeff Zablow in Hanita, Israel

It was one Oh! after another Ah!! on those trails in Hanita, Israel just months ago. There were dozens of wildflowers and butterflies that were new to me. Happy as a duck, in the northeastern corner of Israel, in the foothills of the Upper Galilee. Less than a U.S. mile from the Israeli-Lebanese border. Not a care in the world, despite bloody Hezbollah so physically close. Ever had millions of people wanting to stick you like a pig, just because of your ancestry? Savagery, despite the efforts of so many loving people, never seems to completely disappear.

This darling wildflower, Protected, was present in abundance. Like many flowering plants in this world, its habitat is steadily eroded, in the name of progress, homes, and such. Hilly land like this faces less threat.

Well friends, I’m booked to fly to Israel in late February ’16, and return home to the States in late March.

My present plan is to visit different SPNI field schools in the Upper Galilee and the Yom Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) area. Wow!

Sharp knives are now the weapon of choice for the butchers of women and children in Israel. Funny, when I attended college in New York City, I rode the subways daily, from one end of the city to another. Those were dangerous times on the subway, and . . . I always could feel the cold presence of long steel on my person. Grew up on the streets, and He looked over me during those 4 years of riding New York’s grand subways. Knives?

Anyone like to join me on 2016’s exciting HolyLand trails?


Cyclamen Wildflowers, a Protected Species, at Israel’s Ramat Handaiv

Cyclamen Wildflowers photographed by Jeffrey Zablow in  Ramat Hanadiv, Israel

November in Ramat Handaiv, Israel and I am once again working trails at the reserve, searching for butterflies. Once again I am startled to come upon wildflowers that I’ve never seen before.

Yes, Cyclamens are known to me as flowering plants that are offered in flower shops and garden centers. It seems to me that they have been purchasable in the last 10 years? But these were not Johnny’s Garden Center offerings, these were wildflowers. The first I’ve ever seen in habitat.

So of course I stopped and marvelled and debated: Should I or shouldn’t I work to get a good image of these sweet treats? As almost all of you know, I reliably lose that cranial debate when the wildflowers are eye candy. These were so.

So esthetes all, Cyclamens. There was another population of Cyclamens that morning at Ramat Hanadiv.  They were pink ones, and neither attracted butterflies.

Footnote: None of the numerous Cyclamen plants that I saw showed any damage. None were eaten or tasted by herbivores. Does anyone have an explanation?