Turkish Meadow Brown Butterfly in the Old City

Turkish meadow brown butterfly photographed by Jeffrey Zablow at Jerusalem, Israel

Which Old City? The Old City, in the most fought over city in the world. What a crazy world we live in, where the  most Holy city, Jerusalem, arouses so much enmity.

Ever since this image was shared on wingedbeauty.com, I have tried to cajole my friends here to travel to the HolyLand, as I have done many times. So many of your are firm believers, so many are devout Christians. I have assured you that Jerusalem and the rest of Israel are safe, secure and will take your breath away. Truth be told, I cannot say that over these last 6 years, my persuasions have brought a single butterfly lover to an international boarding gate.

This is only 1 of 2 Turkish Meadow Brown butterflies that I have ever seen. This was 2009. We stayed some 3 days in an apartment that overlooked the Kotel (the Western Wall itself). You opened your window, there was the Kotel. It took my breath away. Vice President Pence was there just 2 days ago.

I was sure that there must be butterflies thereabouts, and sure enough, see this Brown, on ancient walkway steps, almost shouting distance from the site of the First Temple! I shoot film with a Macro lens. This Turkish Brown butterfly and I played a little game. I approach, it flies, some 15 or so feet away. I approach, and it flies, some 15 or so feet away, and so on.

Shooting butterflies, within earshot of the Kotel. Wow!


Turkish Meadow Brown & The U.N.

Turkish meadow brown butterfly photographed by Jeffrey Zablow at Jerusalem, Israel

Unless I qualify what and where, to you, this image of a Turkish Meadow Brown butterfly, is well, forgettable. Better get straight to it. In 2009, Miriam and I flew to Israel to attend my Rachel’s wedding, Uri her husband to be.

We spent several days in a Fantastic flat, so unbelievable, for when you looked out the living room window, you were . . . looking straight at the Kotel, the Western Wall, remnant of the Second Temple. Head down the front stairs, walk across the walkway, stop and the Security post, descend the stone stairs (all is made of stone), and your are in the enormous courtyard of the Kotel.

Those 4 days kept nagging at me. I had my camera with me, as well as my Fuji Velvia slide film (ASA’s 50 & 100). Were there butterflies in the Old City of Jerusalem? Morning #1 I descended those same stairs, and turned right this time. A very short walk, and there was a small, largely neglected city park. The park had shrubbery, neglected, but some of the shrubbery was in flower. Butterflies! There were lots of tiny blues. As I worked the other corners of the park, I happened on larger butterflies. This Turkish Meadow Brown butterfly repeatedly flew about the stone pavement. Stone slabs that may be 400 or 600 or 900 years old. I persisted, it eluded me, I persisted, and share here the best of them.

Now today, January 3, 2017! we look here and see the absolute mess that is the United Nations. This reprehensible body, has, for its own vile reasons, and led by the United States of America, voted that the home of the Jews for thousands of years, does not belong to the Jews at all. They voted that it belongs to others. They voted that this Turkish Meadow butterfly flies on a fictional land, peopled by folks whose grandparent came there after 1945. The U.N. and the U.S. worked to insure that the Old City of Jerusalem, and its extensively recorded history, actually must be gifted to a new, created people, totally in contradiction to History. Doubt this? Read From Time Immemorial by Joan Peters, before you accept the lies being offered to you.

A casual photo of a Middle Eastern Butterfly, in the middle of Old Jerusalem, a 4-minute walk from Jewish homes, a 8-minute walk from the Kotel, the site of fierce, bloody battles in 1967, and 40 feet from thick stone walls, on the other side of which is Arab Jerusalem.

No explaining all this to this sweet chocolate brown jem of a winged beauty. Its ancestors have flown here for tens of thousands of years??

Yes, I know some may find this post edgy . . . but you know, We have had enough, are sick of being bullied, and enough is enough. I love Turkish Browns, and I love those of you who understand and/or worry for all the peoples trying to live there, in . . .Peace. Will 2017 . . . ?

Jeff…who again went . . . Long