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Wadi Qumran


The general area of Wadi Qumran where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. The ruins are of the ascetic Jewish sect, the Essenes, who lived here 2,000 years ago and are thought to have produced the scrolls that were discovered in 1947. The wadi starts up there in the mountain and runs behind the excavated ruins, to the Dead Sea, out of the picture to the left.


What you see in front, including the mountains and what lies behind them, is all part of the Negev desert.


May your thirst be quenched, this weekend.



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you bring us so much history in this series Louis...
i remember seeing the Dead Sea scrolls at the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa about fifteen years ago... they seemed rather plain for something so precious....petersmile
Louis: Thank you peter. I believe one needs some kind of explanation from scholars to gain better understanding.
  • Ray
  • Not United States
  • 22 Jul 2016, 05:26
It does not look like the most hospitable of places, Louis.
Louis: Definitely not very hospital looking, but one would be surprised at what has been created at some places.
I gained a love of archaeology and excavation from my mom, Louis, who was always fascinated by these digs.
Louis: I studied archaeology at some time during my university years. Fascinating - to me, at least.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 22 Jul 2016, 06:52
I don't think I've ever seen a place so devoid of greenery as this before Louis
Louis: True - so one wonders what were the goats or sheep of the Bedouin eating out here ...
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 22 Jul 2016, 07:05
Oh, I have stepped around here one day - the rocky mountains around the Dead Sea are gorgeous. In my memory they are yellower.
Louis: The thing about desert landscapes, is that they change (colour and shadow accents) as the light changes, Philine. So they may have been yellower on a different time of day, or a different season.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 22 Jul 2016, 08:37
It is very much as I imagined it, Louis
Louis: Stark desert. How people live here, can be an interesting subject.
Great picture Louis. A beer or two will do the job this weekend. We have a wedding to go to tomorrow, but I have to drive home later, so I beer will probably be it.
Louis: Thank you gutteridge. The alcohol and driving thing so differs from my reckless days. Penalties over here also are forcing one to toe the line ... or get Uber
The land's thirst promises to be relieved this weekend. I so hope it doesn't blow by us. Our land needs rain so badly. Looks pretty dry in your shot too.
Louis: Interesting. On our side of the globe they promise unseasonable rain and dropping temperatures. So far winter could be described as "mild" but that seems about to change.
So much of the land out there seems to be very barren, one wonders how people have ever been able to live there.
Louis: And Joshua led the tribe to the land of milk and honey ... Israel is a land of so many contrasts, including fertile land and barren deserts.
This reminds me of the Vermillion cliffs in Arizona,without the colour.
Louis: I remember pictures of them, Frank.
Going to a 40th wedding party tomorrow night and I don't have to drive...trouble is I have to get up fairly early on Sunday!

Another fine picture and text Louis
Louis: If it wasn't for getting up early, I would say - get Uber.
Thank you, Bill.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 23 Jul 2016, 05:44
J'aime beaucoup la couleur de la pierre qui se marie bien avec le paysage.
Louis: Je pense qu'autrefois, il y avait un manque de moyens de transport. Donc ils piraté la pierre depuis les collines environnantes.
What an impressive image Louis! I can feel the heat.
Have a great weekend.
Louis: Thank you, Richard. We were here early in the morning and it was winter; still it was warm.
That's certainly a bleak looking place.
Louis: Can't imagine what the sheep would be eating here, Tom
i love it! i imagine it has not changed by a huge margin in the past two thousand years, Louis.
Louis: I cannot imagine a lot of change, Ayush
What a forbidding landscape...
Louis: Quite so, I agree, Larry

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