HolyLand Thistle Plus . . .

Honeybee Flying to Thistle photographed by Jeff Zablow at Mishmarot, Israel

Know from earlier posts, that we remain impressed by the saber-sharp armament borne by HolyLand thistles, and many, many other wildflowers in Israel. This healthy flowerhead was so armed. The needle-sharp points and the attractive purple of the whole flowerhead earned a long look. I searched a goodly number of these flowers, and chose this one, abutting the agricultural fields of Mishmarot, Israel. A 20-minute drive west to the Mediterranean Sea, and a 55-minute drive to Tel-Aviv, this valley bears rich farmland, and wildlife.

Shooting a goodly number of exposures, to insure getting a suitable one, this honeybee showed up, and that was good. The oranges, tangerines, pomegranates, lemons, grapefruit, grapes, figs and other fruit of this valley all depend on these honeybees for pollination. It’s that thing about being in the Land of Milk & Honey.