Taken last night walking through the Arc gardens and then in the Gardens above and next to the Shrine of the Báb. One of these photos is especially inserted for Lawrence…if you find it, let me know!
Walked out behind the Mansion into the unfinished sections of the garden to find these glowing morning sunlight views of the east side of the building.
The shrine was in shadow when we first arrived and after prayers walked around the gardens finding little spots of early morning rosy sunshine patches.
One Saturday when most of the buses were not running and things were VERY quiet because of Shabbat….I was invited to go with friends in their car out to Bahjí. This is the estate to the north of Haifa where Baha’u’llah went to live when he was released from the prison in ‘Akká. At the time he was there – 1879 to 1892 when he passed away – it looked nothing like it looks today. It was an old country mansion with small outbuildings and no gardens. People got there by donkey, cart or by walking.
The real work of the design of the gardens was started by Shoghi Effendi and his vision has been carried on even after his passing in 1957. This historical photo below was taken from the south and my photos below that show where we entered from the west.