Friday, March 03, 2006

Tel Aviv Wildlife

One of the great things about Tel Aviv is that some of the main streets were actually planned. The whole city of Tel Aviv is less than 100 years old. The apartment where I am staying in Tel Aviv is off of Rothschild Blvd. It's a lovely city street - with the good and bad of city life - people, dogs, cafes, buses, cars, noise. There is a pedestrian walkway/bike path in the tree lined center of the boulevard.

Here's a picture of one end of Rothschild Blvd around 1920. Check out the boats in the ocean!


Here's a current picture facing the opposite direction from the previous shot.


You can see how lots of the old architecture has given way to modern buildings, but there still is a good mix of old and new on Rothschild. The tree lined center remains. Rothschild isn't the only street built this way - I think that there are 4 others like it in Tel Aviv.

At one end of Rothschild is a huge tree with interesting flowers. It's a Bombax ceiba and looks like this (This pic is of a tree in Brazil. I'm too lazy to go out and take a picture right now.):


The tree has big, cup-like blossoms in bloom now. It really looks similar to the one pictured here. Anyway, last night as we were walking home, there were dozens of bats flying around it in the glow of the street lights. It was amazing. Y and I just stood there for a while and watched it all. The bats were huge. Their wingspan was at least a foot. You could hear them chirp, chirp with their radar-like guidance system through the tree branches.

Here's an interesting article on bats in Israel and the story of their demise as the country was developed - and hope for their conservation.

4 Comments:

At 3/03/2006 10:23 PM, Anonymous אביב said...

The Mediterranean ocean :-D

 
At 3/03/2006 11:19 PM, Blogger Matt Erlandsen said...

The main street here in Santiago is called 'Alameda'... because in its first times, it was plenty of them. Now a days, you are lucky if you find any single tree in downtown.
Nice view. Nice city.
Matt.-

 
At 3/04/2006 9:10 PM, Blogger RR said...

Very cool, I love really old pics like that.

Bats freak me out, though!

 
At 3/06/2006 6:45 AM, Anonymous Kari said...

What a beautiful tree! I love how you see so much beauty in life... and at the same time you share it with others.. around the world.

 

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