Today (March 20th, 2015) I visited the tell with some friends (and my son Noam) and we walked around the for a couple of hours. While the damage from the winter rains was a bit too much to make one happy, it nevertheless was great to get out to the site. As always, the site during the winter is quite a site to see – completely green – so different from colors in the summer.
What was particularly astonishing, and in fact I don’t remember this from past years, was the massive growth, and in particular the height of the thistles and thorns that were growing all over the tell.
To paraphrase the the song from the movie “Oklahoma” – they were as high as an elephant’s eye!
Here are some pictures of the greenery on the tell. For those of you familiar with the tell and how it usually looks, notice the colors, the massiveness of the growth, and how the paths are completely encroached by the growth! Notice how the remains of the village mosque are almost covered over by the bushes!
And just in case you don’t remember the song “Oh what a beautiful morning” from “Oklahoma,” here it is: