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Golan Heights

Golan Heights
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Copyright: Chris Jules (ChrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14501 W: 1047 N: 29331] (138586)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-07-10
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D 90, Polarizing Filter
Exposure: f/0.8, 30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Travel Wish List [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2017-10-01 1:53
Viewed: 658
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the Syrian section of the Golan Heights with Palestine at far left and Umm Qais in Irbid province of Jordan in the fg. Although it looks far away, it was still close enough to hear Russian jets bombing Islamic State (Isis) targets at night. As you can see there are no thunderstorm clouds and the stars were out later in the night. What I first thought was thunder were bombs exploding. Plus there was no lightning.

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The prickly pear plant at right is native to South America but thrives in the arid conditions of the Middle East. The Yarmouk River below the speckled peaks on the horizon forms the border between Jordan & Syria. Or in this instance, hopefully for not much longer, the ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq & Levant).

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14090 W: 0 N: 16150] (171852)
  • [2017-10-01 2:24]


vec ce buisson en premier plan et ces cactus quelle arridité et vue quel rendu sec sur la terre avec cette vue et immensité ces collines en fond quelle image sueprbe
Bravo et amitié

Hello Chris,
An arid landscape in this troubled area of the world stretching as far as the eye can see. You have made good use of the patch of vegetation in the foreground to create depth and perspective and add some contrasting colour to the scene.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11930 W: 126 N: 21574] (110493)
  • [2017-10-01 2:37]

Hi Chris,great view and interesting note from this region that i heard many many times in the TV news. A perfect capture very sharp and bright,unusual place to visit in these years! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hello Chris,

Thank you for the interesting, if somewhat shocking, notes which accompany your photograph. The thought of bombing being perceived as thunder makes me realise what local people must be experiencing! We see it sanitised on TV.

This is a particularly arid region but you have chosen a good spot, to include two huge green plants to create f/g interest and to contrast with the parched ground. The view is vast, as confirmed in your notes and really reveals the charcater of this landscape.

Have a lovely Sunday,
Bev :-)

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9310 W: 57 N: 15768] (58408)
  • [2017-10-01 2:56]

Hello Chris,
It looks like such a beautiful and peaceful landscape, but the truth is different, I understand from your note. The landcape is very nice with the gently rolling hills and the patterns of the small bushes and stones. The light was most appealing too.

Bonjour, cher Chris,
Je tiens à vous remercier Chris, pour nous présenter des images de toute beauté, lointaines, inconnues, et bénéficiant d'une note d'accompagnement toujours intéressante.
Je découvre les lieux avec plaisir.

Hi Chris,

You photo gives an overview of how hard the lives is in Syria
There is no point building a concrete house as it can be torn down any moment by bombing >.

Hi Chris
Somewhat unexpected post from that corner of the world, it's almost unbelievable how peaceful the scenery looks.
Beautifully photographed, the ondulating arid landscape adorned with patches of greenery looks rather inviting to anyone who fancies a stroll.
Your comments about explosions that first sounded like thunders reminds me of my own travels in Iraqi Kurdistan in 2014. When I woke up to the smell of smoke on the bus from Diyarbakir to Erbil I thought it was coming from a battle (I was about 30 km away from the front line). But my experience was opposite to yours as it then turned out to be the fumes from a rafinery...
Makes me wonder what you were doing in Syria - a natural curiosity of a traveller or a job?
Best wishes

Helo Chris,
This could be any peaceful arid area in the Middle East or maybe Mexico or any other part of the world with a similar climate. As such it is a well taken photo with very good colours and sharpness, showing a fascinating although rather monotonous scenery.
As for those crazy terrorists they stopped calling themselves Isis or Isil in 2014, dropping the "Iraq and Syria", or "Iraq and Levant", as a refusal to recognize the existence of the borders and states created by Western powers. They were dreaming of a Caliphate for all Muslims everywhere, so IS would be the most appropriate name, in case we feel a need to understand what they are aiming for. Nowadays they are mainly trying to kill as many Westerners as possible, since there is hardly anything left of their "state".
Kind regards,

Hello Chris,
The Golan heights are the plateau on the left side of the picture just above the trough which is the border between Israel, Jordan and what was Syria.
Most of what shown on right is the Daraa' valley north of the Jordan-Kingdom border with Syria.
Technically an excellent photo.
have a nice new week,

Bonjour Chris,

L'étendue de la région crée de la profondeur. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails des collines et des arbres. La qualité de la lumière embellit les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


Hello Chris.
A sensational great panoramic, of these barren lands, very disputed, in the last times, some shrubs and prickly pears give a touch of life.
Excellent POV, with very good lighting, color and sharpness.
Very good work. I like it
Enjoy a happy Sunday.
Very best regards.

Lep pogled, dobar tekst ...
Lepo pokazana visoravan, dobra perspektiva i kontrast, lepe boje. Lepa priroda.
Sve najbolje, srecno.

Nice view, good text ...
Beautifully displayed high-altitude, good perspective and contrast, beautiful colors. Beautiful nature.
All the best, happy.

Hello Chris
Interesting scene of this Golan Heights, often mentioned but not so often presented from this side. It seems such an innocent landscape in this region of war.
Excellent presentation
Have a good week. Groet Rob

Good morning,
Nice panoramic view of those dry lands. I like the natural elements and the colors. Good capture.


Hi Chris
A typical view of the landscape in that part of the world and your wide shot is a sharp as the prickly pear itself. But this is sick at the same time and without being political I just liked the way you have captured this with adequate clarity, colour and contrast. Well done great for sharing, Congrats
Best regards

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15725 W: 159 N: 27516] (144278)
  • [2017-10-02 11:20]

Hi Chris
Bon POV avec le buisson accentuant la profondeur, c'est un paysage aride et beau, bien présenter dans un air de calme
belle soirée

Hi Chris,
what a beautiful desert landscape. I would like to visit it so much but for safety reasons it is not on my list currently.
Since many people from the Western Europe travel to Syria to either participate in the war or to get terrorist training, the fact that you admit in public that you have been to Syria at the time of war may prohibit you from visiting for example USA.

I like very much the all natural colors and great level of contrast, very attractive vegetation in the foreground as well.
Beautiful reportage,

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10227 W: 174 N: 18146] (80623)
  • [2017-10-08 5:40]


I visited the israeli side, but I didn't heard any bomb. probably because I was most time inside a bus in movement. nice view with the plants in FG and the arid slopes ahead.



Hello Chris,
This is a fine example of the wilderness in the Middle East, I guess this is not the worst of it; at least there are some trees and shrubs. It has a magical beauty to it.

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