Wildflowers on Mount Carmel
Posted by Avital Pinnick on March 28, 2012
The Etsba Ridge of Mount Carmel is covered with flowers at this time of year. We went for a 1.5 hour hike over the ridge. Identifing flowers is a very tedious process because I’m no expert. I have to thumb through books of flowers in Israel, check photos on the Web if the book photos aren’t clear enough, and sometimes confirm a guess with one of our experts at work. I’ve provided the English names in this posting. If you want the Latin name, click the photo to go to the Flickr page. I’ve provided Latin names in the flower descriptions.
The Carmel Forest has made a remarkable recovery from a devastating forest fire that was started accidentally in 2010. The fire claimed 44 lives, including 40 Prison Service cadets, who were on their way to a course when their bus was overtaken by flames, and three senior police officers, including Haifa’s Chief of Police. The fire burned for four days and was the deadliest in Israel’s history. The photo below shows a line of burned trees. Many of the larger trees have been cut down.
Sun’s Eye Tulip:
Splendid Bindweed and Pimpernel: Bet you thought pimpernels were scarlet, like the book! In Israel they’re a dark bluish purple.
Barbary Nut Iris:
Broomrape (parasitical plant) on sedum:
Asher spots the first poppy of the season. Red anemones, red buttercups, and red poppies all look very similar and many visitors assume that every large red flower is a poppy. But they don’t bloom at the same time. The anemones bloom first, followed by the buttercups, and finally the poppies.
Etsba Ridge photographed from a moving bus:
Golden Drop. Asher wasn’t sure which one because they don’t often have red tips, but he was sure it was a golden drop. It was a large, beautiful specimen:
Syrian Cornflower Thistle:
Close-up of flowers. Most of these flowers are tiny, which means that you really have to keep your eyes open to spot them.
Hairy Pink Flax:
Very rare Carmel Bee Orchid. Chaim spotted this, but neither of us got a really sharp photo because it was in deep shadow. Asher missed it, so I had to describe where I’d found it.
Etsba Ridge with Wild Chrysanthemums in late afternoon: