ISRAEL PHOTOS V -- Spring 2011
TALL ISRAEL SHORT-POD MUSTARD PLANTS
April 10th, 2011, c. 1.5 kms east of Chorazin, east of Amnun Jct., Galilee
This mustard plant was growing by the side of the road 1.5 miles east of the Korazim National Park, near the Amnun Jct. On April 7th I measured it to a height of 302 cms. After intermittent showers and sun, I returned on April 10th and measured it at 310 cms/10 feet high. In three days it grew about 8 cms. I had to leave the area to continue my journey before it may have reached its full growth. A steel tape measure purchased in a Tiberias Illit hardware store was used to record the height similar to the way a carpenter uses a tape measure to measure the height of a wall.
From past journeys to Galilee I observed: the end of the winter rains in mid to late April, the south winds blowing, and the mustard plants drying up and turning brown. The area near the shores of Lake Tiberias is below sea level with a subtropical climate supporting banana plantations, avocado groves, and palm trees. The mustards in this area wilted first. The mustards at higher elevations in the Golan and on the sides of Mt. Hermon continued longer with cooler temperatures preserving soil moisture.
Jesus taught a parable about a tiny mustard seed that grew to become a tall. The plant had to grow fast. The description of the mustard plant being a tree may have been an error introduced during copying or translation. The plant reached heights above other garden plants.
Two cattle, the one in background was grazing amongst tall mustard plants. Near Yokneam 4/5/2011.
Behind a gas station near Megiddo-Haon 4/5/11
WIND STORMS ON LAKE TIBERIAS
PETER'S VISION AT JOPPA
GIANT WILD MUSTARD IN ISRAEL
PERCHED ON MUSTARD BRANCHES
MARONITE CHURCH CLIFF
MORE CLIFF PHOTOS
RECENT EXCAVATIONS AT THE POOL OF SILOAM
RECENT EXCAVATIONS AT MAGDALA