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Yet More Almond Blossoms

More Almond Blossoms

Honeybees gather nectar and pollen, as a slight fragrance fills the air.

Almond Blossoms

Almond Tree in Bloom

The almond blossoms are the herald of spring. The fig tree to the right, by contrast, is the last to put forth buds and new leaves.

Ἀπὸ δὲ τῆς συκῆς μάθετε τὴν παραβολήν· ὅταν ἤδη ὁ κλάδος αὐτῆς γένηται ἁπαλὸς καὶ τὰ φύλλα ἐκφύῃ γινώσκετε ὅτι ἐγγὺς τὸ θέρος.

Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh. (Matthew 24:32)

Father Pavlos

Father Pavlos passed away early this morning.

A screen shot from the 1985 film, The Monastery of Mount Sinai: Where God Walked on Earth.

East Wall in Sunlight

In February, the east wall comes into sunlight in the middle of the afternoon, and then about twenty minutes later, the sun sets behind the high mountains. This photograph was taken during those fleeting moments. The door in the wall leads to the kelli above.

Trapeza Bell in Snow

A layer of snow settles around the base of the trapeza bell.

Snow Covered Mountains to the South

The foothills of Sinai, to the south of the monastery.

The Steps of Repentance lead up the cleft and all the way to the summit.

A promontory opposite the monastery.

The highest mountains to the south of the monastery, lit by scattered sunlight.

Snow Covered Mountains to the North

The high mountains to the north of the monastery with a light covering of snow.

A close up view of the mountains

A wide angle view

Sunrise After Light Snow

The bell tower and minaret at sunrise after a light snow had fallen through the night.