Wednesday, June 18, 2008
The Shomron (Samaria)
The Shilo Valley is in the high Samarian hills, at about 600 m over sea level. We had a Siur Kablanim, an on-site meeting contractors, in one of my water recycling projects. It is mid June, the beginning of summer. The early Gramineae like wild oats are already yellow and papery, and it is the turn of the Mediterranean herbs like wild oregano to flower. Only strongly smelling herbs can survive in the Mediterranean area, and the air is full of their perfumes and the insects are busy among them. Religious Jewish farmers are irrigating the grapes although this is Shnat Shmittah, a Jubilee Year, when the land is left untilled and allowed to rest. Nice.