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And a Cloud Covered the Mount

Low lying clouds over the foothills of Sinai. These bring to mind the verse from Exodus, Καὶ ἐκάλυψεν ἡ νεφέλη τὸ ὄρος, And a cloud covered the mount (Exodus 24:15).

Bell Tower and Minaret After Rain

The bell tower and minaret in the morning after several days of rain.

Clouds After Rain

In the middle of March, it rained for three days. This is quite rare for Sinai, but it was very much needed. All of our water comes from natural aquifers that are replenished by winter rains. Afterwards, there were low lying clouds over the mountains ranged on either side of the monastery.

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.