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What, no fish scraps? Again?

Hermitage in the Distance

Bell tower and minaret with the site of an ancient hermitage in the distance

Later in the Day

By midday, the clouds were even lower than they had been that morning.

Three Different Angles

The bell tower and minaret from three different angles

East Wall with Clouds

The east wall of the monastery, with clouds above

Cloud Covered Mountains

The bell tower and minaret with cloud covered mountains in the background.

Tristram’s Grackle

A lone Tristram’s grackle on top of the bell tower

Low Lying Clouds

Low lying clouds over the mountains flanking the monastery

The Beginning of the Ascent

The beginning of the Steps of Repentance that lead to the very summit of Mount Sinai.

Καὶ εἰσῆλθε Μωυσῆς εἰς τὸ μέσον τῆς νεφέλης καὶ ἀνέβη εἰς τὸ ὄρος καὶ ἦν ἐκεῖ ἐν τῷ ὄρει τεσσαράκοντα ἡμέρας καὶ τεσσαράκοντα νύκτας.

And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights. (Exodus 24:18)

Morning After Rain

A gentle rain had fallen through the night. The morning light revealed low lying clouds over the mountains to either side of the monastery.