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1 A Wandering Magazine of Nature & Environment in Israel SVIVON Issue 1: Passover 2004 Festive Issue

2 Spring Collection Deciduous trees blossom in the hills of Jerusalem Page 6 Balcon Falcon The Common kestrel returns to the balcony Page 14 Kinneret From the lowest low to an almost overflow Page 19 Contents: Svivon – What is it all about? Page 3 Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004 Page 34 - About us 2

3 What is it all about? The idea is based on one of the fundamental concepts of the internet: sharing. Different people around the net are working together to create a magazine for anybody who wishes to view it. What’s common to all these people? they’re probably nature and environment enthusiasts; avid or occasional hikers; advocates of air and water quality. The kind of people who are taken by the view, or stop the whole group just to ask the tour guide about this flower... or stop at a traffic light and say "Wow! Autumn is here!" when encountered by the first Wagtail of the season. It took us quite a while to come up with the right name for this wandering magazine, but once Guy announced over the phone: “Svivon” - we knew that we had it. (Literally it means dreidel, after the magazine’s capacity to “spin” around the internet, but it is also a pun on the word ‘Sviva’ - Environment - and the sound of ‘Iton’ - Newspaper). Svivon is a visual magazine dealing with our close environment, which is all around us (if we only forsake the air conditioner for a while and look) in the cities, in the country and in the wild. What sets this magazine apart is its ability to “go around and come around”: not only will it wander about the network by force of our initial push, it will also let each and every one of you take part in its propulsion, participate in its design and even re-invent it.Svivon 3 Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004

4 4 All in all, people who care, who are not indifferent to their surroundings, who are bothered by the legacy we leave to the following generations, who know how to use words like “country” and “land” in a non- political fashion, and to whom awareness and affinity for this country are vital. Most important - People who feel the need, when their hearts are full, to share their experience with others. Who Are We? Svivon has an editorial team in charge of organizing the material, editing and circulation. But Svivon is mainly you – readers-viewers, subscribers, writers, photographers, kibbitzers, critics. You are all invited to "revolve” with us. Ready? So we are giving the initial push to the Svivon. Then, with our hearts pounding, we shall sit and watch it spin. With your assistance “A great miracle will happen here” Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004 Yours, Svivon Team What is it all about? Svivon

5 This presentation is protected by copyright. Opening, editing or change of any kind; use of material (including photographs and texts) is forbidden without explicit authorization, in writing, from copyright owners – photographers, writers and Svivon team This presentation is protected by copyright. Opening, editing or change of any kind; use of material (including photographs and texts) is forbidden without explicit authorization, in writing, from copyright owners – photographers, writers and Svivon team Warning!Warning!

6 A few days ago I left Tel Aviv on my way home. As I drove through the familiar scenery, something unexpected suddenly happened. It began with one "Judas tree" that surprised me around the bend, bright pink against the green background. Soon I discovered it was not alone, this was a revue show… The Deciduous trees were out to exhibit their Spring Collection. Whites Yellows Reds and that soft afternoon light against the clear winter sky, right after the rain. And all of this, right along the highway… A few days ago I left Tel Aviv on my way home. As I drove through the familiar scenery, something unexpected suddenly happened. It began with one "Judas tree" that surprised me around the bend, bright pink against the green background. Soon I discovered it was not alone, this was a revue show… The Deciduous trees were out to exhibit their Spring Collection. Whites Yellows Reds and that soft afternoon light against the clear winter sky, right after the rain. And all of this, right along the highway… Spring Collection Deciduous trees blossom in the hills of Jerusalem Photographed and written by: Noam Naveh Additional photos: Danny Yanai, Guy Shachar Photographed and written by: Noam Naveh Additional photos: Danny Yanai, Guy Shachar Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004

7 6 When I got home, I grabbed my camera and set out to investigate from up close: what makes the Judas Trees so pink, and who is that gorgeous redhead on the hillsides... Judas Tree (Cercis Siliquastrum) Pistacia Palestina The "Judas Tree" takes its name from a Christian legend which tells of Judas Iscariot, who, after having betrayed Jesus, hung himself on a bare tree in remorse. The tree then became red with shame, growing bright red- purplish flowers. Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004

8 7 Out in the garden, and around my neighbours’ houses, I discovered that the fruit trees were giving a show of their own. This required some patience: apparently each of these trees likes to enjoy a solo “entrance” for full attention. If I were a bee it would all be very confusing: Around Tu B’Shvat things were still quite simple - anywhere you looked you’d see Almond trees (Prunus Amygdalus) in blossom. Out in the garden, and around my neighbours’ houses, I discovered that the fruit trees were giving a show of their own. This required some patience: apparently each of these trees likes to enjoy a solo “entrance” for full attention. If I were a bee it would all be very confusing: Around Tu B’Shvat things were still quite simple - anywhere you looked you’d see Almond trees (Prunus Amygdalus) in blossom. Almond Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004

9 Apricot Plum But a few weeks later, when the Almond trees where still in their prime, The nectar market suddenly opened for competition. One by one, new players appeared, and the lively buzz of the bees outside was proof that the word was out… 8 Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004

10 9 Pear Latest update: The Pear tree has already started to blossom and the Apple is showing its buds. Coming Soon! Latest update: The Pear tree has already started to blossom and the Apple is showing its buds. Coming Soon! Peach Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004

11 This one, found in Ein Handak, is controversial. The experts claim it’s an Apple tree, travelers say it’s a Peach/Nectarine tree, someone even suggested it’s a Quince. What do you think? Photo: Guy Shachar Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004

12 A bee visits a Sweet Cherry (Prunus cerasus) blossom “…I will bring you happy flowers from the mountains, bluebells, dark hazels, and rustic baskets of kisses. I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees” (from “Everyday You Play” by Pablo Neruda) “…I will bring you happy flowers from the mountains, bluebells, dark hazels, and rustic baskets of kisses. I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees” (from “Everyday You Play” by Pablo Neruda) Photo by Danny Yanai Danny’s photo gallery: Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004

13 This presentation is protected by copyright. Opening, editing or change of any kind; use of material (including photographs and texts) is forbidden without explicit authorization, in writing, from copyright owners – photographers, writers and Svivon team This presentation is protected by copyright. Opening, editing or change of any kind; use of material (including photographs and texts) is forbidden without explicit authorization, in writing, from copyright owners – photographers, writers and Svivon team Warning!Warning!

14 Balcon Falcon The Common kestrel returns to the balcony One beautiful spring morning, last year, I woke up to the sound of particularly sharp chirping. When I peeked through the kitchen window, I met the gaze of a magnificent Common kestrel (Falco Tinnunculus) who chose to rest in my laundry enclosure. The chirping went on during the following days, and pretty soon I realized I was dealing with a couple of marvelous Kestrels who had decided to raise a family in the laundry enclosure of the neighbors opposite me. 14 Written by: Guy Shachar Photographed by: Tomer Wasserman, Motti Charter, Guy Shachar Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31,

15 The Common kestrel is one of the more prevalent birds of pray in Israel. The Kestrels like mountain cliffs but settle for the high-rise “cliffs” of the cities. Spring is nesting time, and as far as the Kestrels are concerned, window boxes and laundry enclosures are perfect quarters to raise their offspring. Those who have enjoyed the good fortune of having Kestrels nest near by, know that their lifestyle is fascinating. One day I heard shrill screeches coming from my new friends, and soon discovered that Mr. and Ms. Kestrel were engaged in a particularly sexy posture... When the female Kestrel is getting ready to lay eggs, she must rest and gain strength, while her spouse goes hunting for food. During this time, other males may visit and have a good time… The male had better not discover this – he will stop feeding her. But worry not: research show that the Flacons are loyal and refrain from cheating on their spouses. 13 Male Kestrel. Photo: Tomer Wasserman Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004

16 During incubation I opened my balcony shutter every morning to see how Ms. Kestrel was doing. She sat there elegantly tending to her future brood. Incidentally, the female’s body is about 15-30% larger than the male’s, which helps her to cover the eggs while brooding and also to scare away invaders if necessary. Every now and then I could hear the diligent male chirping, flying in from the hunt holding a delicious surprise in his beak for his lady. But although he had toiled for her in the fields of Petach Tikva, she would insist on having no time for play and would carry her meal off in her talons to deal with it on a distant windowsill. 14 Tomer Wasserman from Rosh Ha’Ayin enjoyed a prime vantage point, since the Kestrels had chosen to nest in his window box Tomer’s female Kestrel is brooding over five eggs she laid Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004

17 After about one month of incubation, two fledglings hatched, covered with grayish down. I rushed to my neighbors to inform them of the astounding developments in their balcony. When we opened the shutter we were met by the Kestrel’s penetrating gaze! Well, this is not surprising: My neighbors have a dryer and the spoiled Kestrel got used to having the entire balcony at her disposal… We closed the shutter and from then on I went back to watching the Kestrels through the slits of the laundry enclosure. Fledglings! 15 Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004

18 While raising their young, the Kestrel family shows great appetite. The two fledglings at home need to grow, and Mom and Dad must also have a full stomach at the end of the day. After the eggs have hatched, the female spends most of her time sitting and watching over her offspring, while Dad goes out to hunt. The menu he offers his spouse and children consists mainly of various insects, mice and even small birds. After the fledglings have grown a little, Mom joins in the effort of food provision. Fledglings nesting in a Palm tree in Sdeh Eliyahu. Photo: Motti Charter 16 Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004

19 After about a month in a hot-house (during the hot Spring days, when the air conditioner's compressor emitted hot air) the fledglings, which have already turned into real Kestrels, have mustered the courage to stand on the ledge of the enclosure, twenty meters above the parking lot. After a few more days they also spread their wings, flew around the neighborhood and finally were off on their way. A year has passed… The Kestrels are able to mark the prime nesting locations and this year my couple has returned to nest on the exact same neighbors’ balcony. Getting ready for their first flight lesson 17 Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004

20 Motti is gathering information about Kestrel nesting. If you too have been blessed by such an experience and you have kestrels nesting in your vicinity, or if you would just like to hear about the Common kestrel, he would be happy to hear from you by or by phone: More information about the Common kestrel can be found at: Motti Charter, from the Tel Aviv University Department of Zoology, has been studying the Common kestrels’ lifestyle since he made Aliya to Israel four years ago. The research is carried out in conjunction with the International Center for Bird Migration Research in Latrune, the Tel Aviv University and the Israeli Bird Watching Society (part of the Society for Nature Preservation) Motti is extremely happy with my Kestrels, and says that this couple has started nesting relatively early this year, which proves that they must be in great physical shape! 18 Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004

21 Degania Dam will probably not be opened this year, even though the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) is but 12 centimeters away from the upper limit (end of March 2004). Nonetheless, in the past two years the Kinneret has registered a true record: From a lowest level at the beginning of the rainy season of 2002 she gained over 6 meters, and now, nearing the end of the 2004 rainy season, has almost reached the maximum upper limit! I have circled the Kinneret a number of times during the past two years and I wish to take you along with me on two such trips: The first – in November 2002, while the Kinneret was at its lowest low (literally speaking) and was touching the bottom level. The second – these days, at the end of March 2004, while the Kinneret is at the upper level. We shall visit a few places while looking (and photographing) from a similar angle to see the differences… Degania Dam will probably not be opened this year, even though the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) is but 12 centimeters away from the upper limit (end of March 2004). Nonetheless, in the past two years the Kinneret has registered a true record: From a lowest level at the beginning of the rainy season of 2002 she gained over 6 meters, and now, nearing the end of the 2004 rainy season, has almost reached the maximum upper limit! I have circled the Kinneret a number of times during the past two years and I wish to take you along with me on two such trips: The first – in November 2002, while the Kinneret was at its lowest low (literally speaking) and was touching the bottom level. The second – these days, at the end of March 2004, while the Kinneret is at the upper level. We shall visit a few places while looking (and photographing) from a similar angle to see the differences… Kinneret From the Lowest Low to an Almost Overflow Kinneret From the Lowest Low to an Almost Overflow Written and photographed by: Yigal Morag, 19 Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004

22 St. Peter’s church in northern Kinneret from an unusual angle – Shooting from inside the lake (that retreated) toward the beach 20 Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004

23 St. Peter’s church engulfed again by the returning Kinneret water 21 Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004

24 North Western Kinneret, while the water is at its lowest level… 22 Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004

25 The Kinneret back to her old self, lapping the feet of the “Salty Aqueduct”! 23 Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004

26 A fishermen’s harbor which has turned into a murky puddle 24 Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004

27 Fishing boats with their catch are welcome to anchor, once again 25 Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004

28 This presentation is protected by copyright. Opening, editing or change of any kind; use of material (including photographs and texts) is forbidden without explicit authorization, in writing, from copyright owners – photographers, writers and Svivon team This presentation is protected by copyright. Opening, editing or change of any kind; use of material (including photographs and texts) is forbidden without explicit authorization, in writing, from copyright owners – photographers, writers and Svivon team Warning!Warning! Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004

29 The “Leaning Turret” of Tiberius - normally wading in the water – now totally exposed to the burning sun 26 Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004

30 The water has returned and the turret, again, is knee- high in the refreshing Kinneret water Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004

31 Sennabris beach, deserted by the water 28 Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004

32 And the very same beach with the water climbing its steps once again 29 Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004

33 Kibbutz Ma’agan beach – The sign warns that there is no lifeguard… Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004

34 Ma’agan beach – still no lifeguard, but lots of water!!! Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004

35 Kibbutz Ein Gev harbor was cut off from the Kinneret and turned into a puddle… Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004

36 The water has returned and with it the fishing and tourist boats Now we’ve completed several cycles: around the Kinneret and around the seasons – The Kinneret has renewed itself, risen from the dust and is smiling again and giving us hope!!! Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004

37 Guy Shachar Engineer and Geographer, “crazy” for nature and travel and, constantly busy distributing presentations to the world to show-off his affliction. Proponent and developer of the Svivon format and Editor- in-Chief. Noam Naveh Amateur nature-lover and all-around advisor for Svivon 34 About Us Svivon Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004 English translation: Miri Arie Special thanks to Shlomit Tassa More about Svivon:

38 Legal Notice and Disclaimer Svivon Copyrights of material appearing in Svivon belong to the writers and photographers What can you do with the Svivon presentation file? Distribute it by Save it on your personal computer Provide it for download from your server Present it to an audience As long as the presentation is not modified in any way What is forbidden to do with the Svivon presentation file? It may not be re-edited The written or photographed material may not be used for any purpose other than those listed above, unless permitted in writing from the copyrights holders 35 Svivon – Issue #1 – March 31, 2004

39 בברכת מועדים לשמחה ! Happy Spring Festival!


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