Some last walks in the gardens

One of my last walks in the Baha’i Gardens in Haifa.

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Gardens

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Flowering Poinciana tree in the Baha’i Gardens.

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Looking toward the Pilgrim House in the Baha’i Gardens

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Cycads and impatiens in the Baha’i Gardens

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Closeup of one of the decorative urns in the Baha’i Gardens

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View from the east of the Shrine in the Baha’i Gardens

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Detail of the entry gate to the Baha’i Gardens

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Cactus Garden in entry court of the Baha’i Gardens

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Sunset behind the Shrine in the Baha’i Gardens – Haifa, Israel.

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Sunset at the Shrine

On the path at the Shrine of the Báb . . . .

Blossom sprinkled path

Blossom sprinkled path

Standing on a path next to the Shrine of the Báb looking out to sea.

View from the garden around the Shrine of the Báb looking out to sea.

View from the garden around the Shrine of the Báb looking out to sea.

This view shows part of the west side arcade of the Shrine of the Báb.

West side of the Shrine of the Báb

West side of the Shrine of the Báb

Looking down into the garden from behind the Shrine of the Báb with Ben Gurion Avenue stretching out below to the Port of Haifa on the Mediterranean Sea.

Jacaranda Tree

Jacaranda Tree

Taken at the Shrine of the Báb just before 7 pm.  The sun had gone down behind Mt. Carmel, but a pink glow was still moving across the clouds, and light reflected off of the gold roof tiles and gilded wrought iron railings.   This view is of the Shrine seen through the branches of a jacaranda tree entwined with bougainvillea.

Shrine of the Báb

Shrine of the Báb

A Night at the Shrine

Sunday had the opportunity to be at the Shrine of the Bab for over an hour near sunset.

West side of the Shrine arcade at night.

This has been one of the coolest weeks here in Haifa since last May.

The west door to the Shrine.

And Sunday evening was one of the most perfect evenings so far…warm but not hot, balmy actually, but with a slight breeze.  There was very little noise from the streets below, and only a little bit of jackals calling; the intoxicating scent of jasmine and frangipani blossoms wafted through the colonnades.

West side of the dome of the Shrine.

These photos were taken on the western side of the Shrine, and tho they do not have the same quality as a day time photo, they show different aspects of the beauty of the architecture.

Greatest Name Symbol

The Greatest Name symbol in the southwest corner of the colonnades.

Then walked up the Terraces through the dusk filled gardens to the sounds of chirping cicadas.

 

Shrine Lit Evening

Tonight hovering under the pointed arches at the right behind the two orange trees.  Pinned as Guide, monitoring numbers and prayer books, shoes and handbags.  Crunching of gravel, tapping of shoes, padding of stockinged feet.  Gazing up into the marble arches, limestone pediments, sandstone buttresses.  Meditating.  Watching as the fading sunlight gilded clouds with pink, left the sky so that ships lights blinked in the inky blueness out at sea. Crystal lights shone off the sheeny marble.  Meditating… Time…. Crunching of gravel back to the real world.

Shrine Lit Evening