The large green area ahead is the National-Park of the ancient town of Ashkelon.
It was a prominent port city, evidence found that it was established by the Cnaanite sometime in the 19th century BC. Location on the Via-Maris, a major road from north to south, towards Egypt, had a merchants port and its inhabitants exported goods throughout the near Mediterranean countries.
Occupied later by the Persians, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Crusaders and Ottomans – all left a notable mark on life there, excavations found on the large area with the 4000 years old wall 2.2km length around the old city, and many ancient houses, villas, public-buildings, a basilica and a port.
Situated in the south Israel coastal plains, 31.664, 34.545 on the map.
Will show some photos of the old city excavations, this picture taken from atop of the dike, an elevated rampart with remnants of the eastern wall.
A 16:9 aspect ratio.
A Wikipedia page about ancient town of Ashkelon.
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jhm (140054) 2014-03-29 2:29
You took these picture out of the height with a wonderful result, and great panoramic view about these area.
Great green picture, with a lot nice details.
Excellent composition, lovely presentation my friend.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
mesutilgim (85420) 2014-03-29 3:22
Nice landscape from Ashqelon with the see at the horizont. Good pov and layout.
TFS and have a nice weekend
Royaldevon (30225) 2014-03-29 3:31
No wonder an ancient city was built here, who wouldn't just love that view! And, I suppose, it was useful as a lookout point!
You have composed this well, giving us a an impression of its proximity to the sea; the photograph would have lost impact without that.
The pathway is well positioned, leading us through the bright spring grass and the wealth of wild flowers.
Have a great w/e,
pierrefonds (57509) 2014-03-29 4:57
The distance between the park and the horizon is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and the colours of the park. The light has a good effect on the colours. Have a nice day.
ourania (32083) 2014-03-29 9:10
this is a beautiful place, its spring time aspect is very appealing and I'm sure it smells terrific at this time of the year too. The view that extends before us, with the familiar Mediterranean vegetation and the sea in the background is most appealing and inviting. The sunshine is wonderful too. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
cornejo (32168) 2014-03-29 11:55
Hello Ike, great view of this beautiful park with the sea in the background, very well captured with a great pov in this great and beautiful photography. A beautiful picture of an interesting place, with good sharpness, depth, light and beautiful color. An excellent job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and good Sunday.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
lousat (77804) 2014-03-29 17:08
Hi Ike,truly a beautiful place as i can see,looks so quiet and peaceful,a perfect conrner to take a break far from the noised city.Great choice of point of view and very nice colors too.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
mcmtanyel (14123) 2014-03-29 19:22
What a beautiful sunny spring day in Israel. I love how all these trees seem to be pointing to the merchant ship on the Mediterranean. Very refreshing colors.
mirosu (14512) 2014-03-29 22:27
Excellent photo with nice view to the green park trees and beautiful blue sea water, what an excellent color contrast.
All in superb light & clarity. The view down is perfect.
Very well done.
Wish you a nice Sunday.
jcpix (13688) 2014-03-29 22:44
Full of rich green color to compliment the blue sea and sky, this park appears to be a peaceful and inviting place for a walk under the sun filled skies. The elevated viewpoint offers a good look beyond the trees, to which the boat makes for a focal point, leading towards the faint horizon. There's a hint of Spring in the air with the accented yellow flowers scattered throughout the foreground. Plenty of good detail and sharp focus throughout. Always nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and this is a smart choice. :) Enjoy the new day. All the best.
fabbs99 (16477) 2014-03-29 22:52
Excellent composition of the Ashkelon National Park and its lovely surroundings.Very well composed photo with excellent vivid colors in strong daylights. TFS.
Nicou (123236) 2014-03-30 0:33
Fantastique découpage de cette végétation verdoyante et le plan d'eau en fond et ce bâteau quelle compo et vue quelle iamge. sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
kato (11630) 2014-03-30 1:59
You're capturing well this National Park by a good angle and excellen tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the wide park with lush green faced to the sea. It's also impressive that many trees are planted to the site. It looks like a good park for strolling and healing of a feeling. And, it's beautiful color contrast with blue sea/sky.
UlfE (14641) 2014-03-30 2:19
A really fine high perspective where you see a nice view of the park. The sea and the ship is a great backdrop. I is quite interesting that ship is in focus even if it is far away. TFS and have nice Sunday!
Cricri (107274) 2014-03-30 4:43
Une Prise en hauteur offrant une grande vue sur le parc et la mer avec le ciel bleu qui ne font plus qu'un, sublime beau temps chez toi
ChrisJ (99260) 2014-03-30 4:56
Looks more of an historical park than an environmental reserve but if both are protected all the more reason to preserve this unique area. Well composed using the rule of thirds with the ship offshore adding interest. Have a nice Sunday!
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-03-30 6:29
this park look like one to have amazing walks in. The view over the sea is splendid and it must have been really great port at the time.
I like the vivid colors of this photo and abundance of the greenery. The path leading through it adds to the composition.
Looking forwards to seeing some ruins there.
Thanks for sharing
pili51 (1473) 2014-03-30 9:45
Bones tardes Ike,
You have chosen a good point of view to show us this beautiful composition of the National-Park of Ashkelon.
Light and colors, are well captured in the socket.
What I like most, is the ship that seems to be sailing in the sky.Lovely presentation my friend.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice week, fins aviat :-)
Romano46 (18466) 2014-03-30 11:24
anche con questa sei riuscito a sorprendermi perchè più che in Istaele sembra di essere in qualche bel posto dell'Italia meridionale e della Spagna.
E' bello pensare che pur con le difficoltà nel reperire risolrse idriche esistano luoghi così belli e così ben curati anche in Israele e ancor più bello è scoprirli attraverso una foto significativa come questa.
Ottimi sia i dettagli che la cura del colore e della composizione.
Ciao e buona settimana
ricardomattos (4592) 2014-03-30 12:07
Beautiful view of this very nice park. I like to see the sea on the BG too.
Silvio1953 (123561) 2014-03-31 12:18
Ciao Ike, great view of lovely place with a lot of beautiful trees, wonderful natural colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
nikkitta (14858) 2014-03-31 14:02
Good place to take the photo obtaining a panoramic of the park with the sea at the back and the tiny ship, a good detail
Good color contrast freen with some white and blue
No more photos from Germany ?
fritzi007 (6081) 2014-04-01 7:23
Frühlingsbeginn, vielleicht die Farben ein bisschen kräftiger machen, aber bei zuviel Licht kann das passieren!
krzychu30 (15498) 2014-04-01 23:41
green side of Israel looks truly marvelous!...and so different from most of your architectural shots with dominating sand colors.
The juxtaposition of lush greenery and the sea in the distance may seem at first glance simple,but its graphical impact is very expressive and simply beautiful for our eyes.
Have a nice day
Miguel82 (24223) 2014-04-03 8:16
What a beautiful area of greenery and mediterranean forests Ike, a big ship in the far bg, great pov, some hiking trails are visible, regards
COSTANTINO (56223) 2014-04-03 11:06
this shot is an hymne to the Nature
away from the city and people a place
like this one is almost perfect
for everybody who needs relaxing
clic (15134) 2014-04-05 7:33
While reading your note, I have the impression of following a touristic guide in this park to impregnate myself of ancient history that was generous enough to let grow so much greenery for a mood of serenity.
elenimavrandoni (14259) 2014-04-08 20:34
Ike, recently taken this picture and what a view!!!the Park must be a little oasis in the city and the contrast with the blue of the ocean makes it a very relaxing and natural hide away...
thanks for appreciating my last picture it means a lot to me!!
kalimera file mou
sandpiper (6788) 2014-04-11 16:54
fine view of this green area and the sea in the background. Good note, so much human history has passed through this point, fascinating. Good composition
jmdias (56127) 2014-06-02 17:46
very nice view of the trees and flowers in the foreground with the big boat in the blue sea. I liked the compo and its sunny mood.
berek (39521) 2014-10-17 22:17
Good morning Ike,
We need to protect national parks always good. And this is the wonderful natural environment. freighter in the background of the picture was a gift.
All the best
- Copyright: Ike Harel (ikeharel) (58195)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-03-22
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ35
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
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- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-29 2:20