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This is the Negev in the area around Beersheba. Now we have moved into a different terrain. It's not the high lands of Jerusalem, nor the rolling hills of the Shephelah around Beth-shemesh. It's also not the type of wilderness you see on the road down to Jericho, nor the complete desert of the Dead Sea. It's not as lush as the Sharon plains on the coast near Caesarea but with irrigation crops can grow here. It's interesting how many different types of terrain there are in the small country of Israel - especially when you come from Canada where we can have the same terrain for hundreds of miles. Anyway, we came across these camels on the way down to Beersheba. These aren't tourist camels like what you often see in Jerusalem or Jericho.
This fellow was also with the camels. He was riding the donkey and the other fellow was walking with the camels. Notice the scrubby flat land of the Negev with the rolling hills in the distance.
This is now closer to the Dead Sea. We saw signs along this road warning hikers to be careful not to underestimate the dangers of this area. Apparently people die every year from dehydration. They go out in a place like this without sufficient water and sometimes get lost. Other times they make it back but have gotten so dehydrated that they die even after being given water.
This is also along the road down to the Dead Sea. The area around Beersheba is not as dry and desolate as this.
  1 Camels in the Negev  
  2 Donkey in the Negev  
  3 South Road to Dead Sea  
  4 Dead Sea Wilderness  
This is getting quite close to the Dead Sea. Here we are looking down from a road side rest stop. If you look closely you'll see an old fortress at the bottom of this wadi. It's in the center of the picture. You'll probably have to look at the large image to make out any details.
  5 Hidden Fortress  
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© Charles Grebe
This slide show is dedicated to my mother who made possible our summer 2000 visit to Israel.