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Photo of the Day – Israeli Mediterranean Sunset – Tel Aviv, IsraelIsrael is often forgotten as a mediterranean sea sitting country. In fact, most people I have talked to didn’t even realize Israel had beaches. The truth is, Israel has some great beaches on both its Western Mediterranean Sea shore and its Southern Red Sea. It of ours has a 3rd Sea Shore, the Dead Sea, but I wouldn’t exactly call these beaches.
Regardless, we had a great view from our hotel (thanks Dor!) of this wonderful sunset in Tel Aviv. The water was calmly cruising into meet the Tel Aviv sand and then sun slowly disappeared deep into the Mediterranean Sea.
Photo of the Day – Warm Middle Eastern Sand – Tel Aviv, IsraelOnce your feet become so tired you are not able to take another step through the Old City in Jerusalem, hop in your car and make the quick one hour drive west to the relaxing beaches in Tel Aviv. The food is incredible, the bars are open late and you’re guaranteed to fall in love with the Mediterranean locals. Make sure to leave plenty of time to rest on your lounge chair watching the sunset in the distance over the sea into Europe.
Photo of the Day – Caribbean Blue Beach – Mystery PhotoCongratulations to Mike Rubenstein for being the first to correctly answer the last two weeks mystery photos (Kaleidoscope View and Fantasy Island Lunch). That really sets us up for an epic battle this morning – Mike Rubenstein vs. The World. Can any one of you correctly answer before Mike
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Photo of the Day – Hanging Over the Edge – Masada, IsraelPhotographing the back of people always yields far better photos than when people are staring directly at the camera. There are two primary reasons for this interesting phenomenon…
When you are not able to see someone’s facial expression and more importantly their eyes, you have little clue as to what thoughts are circling their head at the moment. This unknown creates wonder and wonder creates great depth within the image. Stare at the picture below and I guarantee you will start thinking about what was going on in Will’s head at the moment this photo was taken.
Human faces are also very distracting to our brains as we scan across a photo. Naturally the first thing we do when given an image with people in it, is we study the faces of the people to develop an internal understanding of who they are and what they are feeling at the moment. This distraction significantly gets in the way of focusing on the overall scene in the image.
I took this picture of Will standing on the edge of Masada and looking down the canyon in the distance back in 2010. To this day I still have no idea what was going on inside of his head at that moment. I’m sure it wasn’t anything worth writing about, but for some reason every time I glance at this picture the wonder of the unknown instantly grabs me.
Photo of the Day – Holy Sepulchre Lanterns – Jerusalem, IsraelWe spotted these Lanterns near the Holy Sepulchre. Each lantern was painted with a cross on its exterior and adorned with a cross hanging from its top. I like this photo as it’s a reminder of the incredible clash of religions that makes Jerusalem (AbsoluteVisit #23) special.
Photo of the Day – Defying Gravity – The Dead Sea, IsraelI generally try to avoid modeling in our Photo of the Day pictures, especially modeling with my shirt off at the beach! I will however make an exception today in the name of travel
In this picture I am floating effortlessly atop the Dead Sea between Israel and Jordan. Your body is so buoyant in the Dead Sea, it is literally hard to stand up and walk around. Each time you lift up one of your legs, the buoyancy almost knocks you over into a laid out position on top of the water!
I might look extremely relaxed in this picture, but I’m actually extremely uncomfortable given that it is close to 100 degrees outside and the extreme salinity of the water is burning my eyes and my skin. I’m being slightly dramatic, but it was seriously hot!
How cool would it be if someone opened a pool in the states that you could float on top of?
(A special thanks to our good buddy Dor for showing us this special place!)
Photo of the Day – Israeli Hummus – Tel Aviv, IsraelIf there is one thing that I learned while touring Israel, it’s that all hummus is not created equal. Compare the hummus in the picture below with the normal stuff you pick up at the grocery every week and I’m sure you will agree. The hummus in Israel is so good that I often found myself eating hummus as an entire meal, not just an appetizer or side.
Does anyone know of a place in Chicago that serves hummus like this?