Springtime in Northern Israel – Photo Essay

As I sit here listening to the sweet lullaby of a lawn mower, I’m reminded that springtime is lingering a little longer than usual here in northern Israel. Spring is short in this country, typically running from February through April. Aided by late season rains this year, its multi-colored hues are decorating the earth a little longer, even as the blistering force of summertime sun tries to push them into the past.

Northern Israel reminds me much of Connecticut, my permanent home in the U.S., a place where spring is currently in full swing. Much of the springtime life in Israel I’ve never seen in Connecticut, though – or anywhere. Since most of the world doesn’t know much about Israel, much less northern Israel, I want to show the gorgeous country that stands behind the negative image. I’ve already given a glimpse into the areas of Israel that lie on the borders with Jordan, Syria and Lebanon and posted a photo essay depicting its bucolic countryside. Here is another photo essay of the beauty that you’ll find in northern Israel during a typical spring – and even somewhat now, in May.

Pink and orange flowers growing in northern Israel

My favorite Israeli flowers. I've never seen these before in my life

Field with tall green grass in northern Israel

Spring in full swing

Orange tree at the base of Arbel Mountain in Israel

Orange groves lie at the base of the mountain I hike every day. Their scent is magnificent.

Vast field of red flowers in northern Israel

Vast fields of small red flowers are everywhere. It's too bad I'm such a poor photographer that I don't have a good picture of them.

Cottonwood tree in Tiberias, Israel

A cottonwood tree (I guess) in downtown Tibieras

Yellow flowers in the mountains of northern Israel

These beautiful little yellow flowers are very common here, fortunately

Little pink flowers decorating a mountain in northern Israel

How can you not like little pink flowers?

Clear blue sky over northern Israel

One of my favorite sights - a clear, clean blue sky

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  1. RyukyuMike says:

    Yay for blue skies !

  2. Joseph says:

    You seem to be enjoying your time here (I live in Nahariyya). I think the first picture (the one you say is your favorite flower) is a Lotem, but I’m not certain.

    Enjoy the North; it’s really the most beautiful area.

  3. Sabina says:

    So much better than brown, smoggy skies.

  4. Sabina says:

    Hi, Joseph! I have a neighbor who lived in Nahariya for two years. Thanks for letting me know the possible identity of that flower. I agree – the north is the most beautiful part of Israel.

  5. Karoline says:

    Wow, super clear and clean blue sky! I like your photo of the cottonwood tree(?). :)
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  6. Sabina says:

    Thanks, Caroline. I love it when the sky is that blue.

  7. Steve says:

    Regular access to an Orange grove? Do you get to pick the oranges and eat them or do you just get to smell them. That would be pretty tempting to take one if you couldn’t. I like all these photos. They give a really good sense of the natural beauty of the area.
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  8. Sabina says:

    And grapefruits, Steve. I always bring a couple of grapefruits back with me, although the season is ending so they’re harder to find. I’m glad you like the photos. I am a terrible photographer.

  9. The top flower is known in the botanical world as Lantana. It is often grown in hanging baskets for summer annuals. It is really pretty! And I think your photo does do it justice. :)

    I visited Israel as a student in 1999, and I loved the Galilee region far and away more than any other spot we visited.

    Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip!

  10. Sabina says:

    Thank you for letting me know that name of that flower! They’re so beautiful. I love the Galilee too, so much. I hope you get to come back!

  11. malu says:

    picture i which i was was seen was truly in ISRAEL

  12. We found your site through google and enjoyed your pictures very much in our classroom today. We appreciated the many pictures of the plants and trees as we discussed Tu B’Shevat and Israel. The sky was a special treat and sparked rich conversation. We look forward to seeing more of your picture postings from Israel. The children were wondering if you are living or visiting or studying in Israel because you noticed different plants and flowers in Israel that you had never seen before.

    Thanks for sharing your photo’s and reflections.

  13. Sabina says:

    Hi, Mrs. Chavenson and Students! I’m very happy to learn that you enjoyed my photos. I remember specifically looking up at the sky and knowing I must take a photo of it because it was so beautifully blue. I was living in Israel for seven months during the time I took those photos. I’m currently living for a few months in Egypt and will be returning to Israel in about a week. I’m not certain how long I will be staying, but I promise more photos and blog posts about my favorite country :)

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