Monthly Archives: September 2013

Jerusalem Walls

Across the Valley of Kidron, a floodlit Dome of the Rock stands out from the pre-dawn gloom.

Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock and Old City walls shortly before dawn. (© 2012 Jonathan Gewirtz / jonathan@gewirtz.net)

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Metal Door, Old City of Jerusalem

On Habad Street on the margin of the Jewish Quarter. An attractive door. It seemed to have been, at one time, painted blue to ward off the evil eye, as is the custom. Now the fading blue contrasted nicely with rust and a hodgepodge of other colors. A silvery metal lock and the attached corner of a reddish rug provided nice contrast.

As I set up my tripod and took a few snaps the owner of a nearby shop approached. He spoke to me in English, always a bad sign. Where was I from? Ah, American. A Christian? I must have been radiating a strong tourist vibe with my dangling camera equipment. He wanted me to visit his shop which offers only best-quality authentic tourist items and antiquities, none of that Chinese junk his competitors are selling. I demurred, with difficulty. As a rule these merchants are personable, persistent and extremely shrewd. A financial-center securities trader has nothing on them. Why would it be otherwise? These guys have a tremendous amount of experience in dealing with people from all over the world and are masters of persuasion. They know that a polite Anglo-American sort of person isn’t going to tell them to buzz off. Once they manipulate you into their shop it’s all over.

Fortunately, I remembered an urgent appointment, but promised to return soon. He looked so disappointed, I almost felt sorry for him.

Closeup view of a colorful, rusty, locked metal door on a shop front in the Old City of Jerusalem. (© 2012 Jonathan Gewirtz / jonathan@gewirtz.net)

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Pink Flamingos

In the Denver zoo.

Pink flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) filter feeding in the Denver, Colorado zoo. (Jonathan Gewirtz   jonathan@gewirtz.net)

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Shapes

Rock formations in Arches National Park.

Dramatic rock formations in Arches National Park, Utah. (Jonathan Gewirtz   jonathan@gewirtz.net)

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Written in Sand

Footsteps and graffiti in Arches National Park, Utah.

Graffiti and footsteps in the sandy desert floor at Arches National Park, Utah. (Jonathan Gewirtz   jonathan@gewirtz.net)

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Lightroom 5

Is it just me or should the “Clarity” control be renamed “HDR”?

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Desert Sunset

Arches National Park.

A gnarled desert tree bathes in warm light from the setting sun in Arches National Park, Utah. (Jonathan Gewirtz   jonathan@gewirtz.net)

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