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Rain and waterfalls

October 16, 2012

Hezbollah flag on the other side of the border | 国境の向こう側にみえるヒズボラの旗

A blue dragonfly | 青いとんぼ

Last Friday morning, I was woken by the sound of rain. It was still dark. (I found out later, when the rainstorm was the opener of nearly every conversation, that it had been around 5am.)

On my way to work nearly 2 hours later, the rain had stopped but had formed puddles all over the ground. The air was misty and raindrops clung to every little detail, making the world glisten and glitter in the sunlight. The moisture also elevated all kinds of smells — the rosemary bushes, gravel, crushed lemons that had fallen from trees. Those few minutes on my bike that morning were a little slice of heaven.

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It still gets pretty hot during the day (the AC still gets turned on at work, despite it being mid October) but the heat is definitely loosening its grip. Just a week or so ago the only thing we could even consider doing during the day on the weekend was maybe go see a movie in an air-conditioned theater. But this past Saturday we felt the temperatures had dropped enough for our first hike post summer. We went to Ayun falls, located just south of the Israeli-Lebanese border. It was nice to be walking in nature again, and I’m looking forward to more hikes in the future.

先週の金曜日の朝、雨の音で目が覚めました。まだ外は真っ暗。
(後ほどほとんどの会話がこの雨の話で始まる中、朝の5時頃だったとわかりました。)

約2時間後自転車で仕事に向かった時はもう雨はやんでいましたが地面は水たまりだらけ。
空気は薄い靄がかかったようで、しずくが全てのものの細かい部分まで行き渡り、
太陽の光の下キラキラと輝いていました。
ローズマリーの木や土、木から落ちてつぶれたレモンなど、色んなにおいも
普段より強くなっていました。
毎日通る仕事への道、この日は終わってほしくないと思う自分がいました。

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まだ日中は暑いですが(職場では10月半ばというのにクーラーがまだついてるし)
確実に涼しくなってきているのを肌で感じます。
つい最近までは週末の日中何かするといったらクーラーがきいた地元の小さな映画館で
内容は関係なく上映している映画をみにいくことぐらいしかする気になれなかったですが、
先週末は気温がそれほど上がらず夏以来初めてハイキングに行く気になりました。
イスラエルとレバノンの国境のすぐ近くにあるアユーン・フォールズ(滝)に行って来ました。
久しぶりに自然の中を歩けて気持ちよかったです。
これからはたくさんハイキングに行きたいな〜。

Much love,
Kaori

6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 16, 2012 8:00 pm

    that is sooo absolutely beautiful!!! I have to go there next time!

  2. praisethelorne permalink
    October 16, 2012 9:00 pm

    Beautiful pictures.

  3. Sammi Moe permalink
    October 19, 2012 10:48 pm

    Lovely pictures! It is very cool here now. We have had a lot of rain this fall. The current temperature is 65, and that is as warm as it has been in several days. We had beautiful cool days with plenty of sunshine the past 2 days. New England in the fall is beautiful! You should come see us sometime!

    • October 21, 2012 4:59 pm

      Oooh if only I can visit you! It sounds so beautiful and amazing over there right now. I’m picturing the foliage! Enjoy it all for me too Sammi🙂

  4. みこ permalink
    October 31, 2012 2:41 pm

    うわーイスラエルでもこういう景色が見られるのね。私はいつもテルアビブやエルサレムにいることが多いからとても感激。

    • October 31, 2012 3:52 pm

      うん、きれいだったよ〜。
      テルアビブやエルサレムの美しさとはまた違ったイスラエルだよね。

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