Israel the beautiful: Milk, honey, and almond trees

In honor of Tu Bishvat, photojournalist Yehoshua Halevi highlights some of his most beautiful almond tree photos.

Almond trees (DO NOT REPUBLISH) (photo credit: Yehoshua Halevi)
Almond trees (DO NOT REPUBLISH)
(photo credit: Yehoshua Halevi)
Although it did not receive status as one of the seven agricultural species described in the Torah, the almond tree still holds vaunted status for its beauty and its blossoms herald the return of spring in the land of Israel.
Almond trees grow widely across Israel, from the Center to the North, both in large commercial groves and scattered throughout the country’s many hills and valleys.
Almond blossoms covered with beads of rain following a winter storm
A commercial almond grove near Beit Guvrin prior to blossoming.
– Following a snowstorm in the Judean Mountains, ice clings to fruits that remain on a branch throug
A blossoming almond tree spreads its branches over a vineyard filled with spring wildflowers.
An almond fruit ripening on a tree.
A single almond blossom alit with afternoon sunlight.
Fallen almonds nestle in a rocky crevice beneath the tree where they grew.
A blossoming branch at the height of its flowering. Almond blossoms range in color from white to pal
A single tree at height of its flowering on the Golan Heights.
Almost magically, the first blossoms appear each year in Israel at Tu Bishvat, the fifteenth of the Hebrew month of Shvat which marks the New Year for trees and which is celebrated this year on January 25-26. The abundance of trees in Israel offers photographers opportunity to capture a wide range of the tree’s personality and characteristics throughout the seasons. Here are a few of my favorite shots taken during the past few years.
Become a better photographer. Digital Photography Made Simple, an 8-week intensive course covering basic technical skills and visual awareness training, begins this month with instructor Yehoshua Halevi. Classes forming in both Jerusalem and Gush Etzion. For complete details, send an email to: [email protected]