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November Program information

Twin City Camera Club's

Program Night
November 27th.  7:30 p.m.

Steve Campbell will be presenting a program on "17 Days in Israel and Jordan."

My wife, Callie and I traveled to Israel and Jordan to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.  This was my second trip there but it was a first for Callie.  We departed Chicago and eventually landed in Tel Aviv, Israel.  We spent the next 17 days touring this small country, taking photographs and learning more about the Jewish people.  We spent two nights in the northern region known as, "The Galilee," where we spent time in small towns that dotted the coast of the Lake of Gennesaret. (otherwise known as The Sea of Galilee)

After leaving the north, we drove along the Jordan River, past Jericho, and took up residency in Jerusalem, where we stayed with friends in their apartment. (One way to most fully experience a place is to live with the locals!)  There is no place on earth like Jerusalem.  Jerusalem is currently home to three of the world's most popular religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  Jerusalem-it is an international city rich in traditions, culture, and history.  Among the landmarks that we walked to from our city-based apartment in Jerusalem were: The Mount of Olives, The Garden Tomb, The Garden of Gethsemane, and the Western, or 'Wailing,' Wall.

We departed Jerusalem and traveled south through the Negev Desert, stopping at Ein Gedi and Masada.  These two sites speak to us today from the living flora and fauna, as well as from the blood-stained stones of the past.

The last place in Israel we visited was its southernmost point, a city called Eilat.  Standing on the shore of a barnacle-crusted beach in Eilat, we were within just a few miles of Middle Eastern neighbors, such as: Jordan and Egypt.  In fact, from where we were standing in Eilat, we could see the Jordan flag proudly waving against the granite-laden mountains, all the while planes flew overhead from Egypt into the airport in Eilat.

From our temporary home in what is very much the 'Vegas-style' city of Eilat, Israel, we made a two-day trip into neighboring Jordan.  After the process of exiting Israel and entering Jordan, (it was a bit disconcerting to actually walk 100 or so feet into another country!) we boarded a tour bus in Aqaba, Jordan for a three-hour trek to our final destination to the red sandstone city of Petra, Jordan.  Known as one of the seven wonders of the world, Petra did not disappoint!  We experienced the genuine warmth and hospitality of the Beadouin people as they took us in at one of their family-run campsites.










Israel and Jordan

Israel, a Middle Eastern country on the Mediterranean Sea, is regarded by Jews, Christians and Muslims as the biblical Holy Land.  Its most sacred sites are in Jerusalem.  Within its Old City, the Temple Mount complex includes the Dome of the Rock shrine, the historic Western Wall, Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  Israel's financial hub, Tel Aviv, is known for its Bauhaus architecture and beaches.

While the current State of Israel is a relatively new country founded in 1948, the Land of Israel has a long and often very complex history stretching back thousands of years to the very beginnings of human civilization.  It has been invaded by virtually every Old World empire including the Persians, Romans, Ottomans and British. (Even the Mongols once raided cities on what is now Israeli soil.)  It is also the birthplace of both Judaism and Christianity.

Jordan, an Arab nation on the east bank of the Jordan River, is defined by ancient monuments, nature reserves and seaside resorts.  It’s home to the famed archaeological site of Petra, the Nabatean capital dating to around 300 B.C.  Set in a narrow valley with tombs, temples and monuments carved into the surrounding pink sandstone cliffs, Petra earns its nickname, the "Rose City."





Presenter's Website Links

Ed Post presented "Nature Photos That Inspire." and

Rich Wyllis presented "Adobe Lightroom."

Jim Cook presented “Seeing Things.”

Dennis Mally presented "Sicily"

Amy Deming presented "Lighting and posing in portraiture."
 Mike Mitchell presented "Photography workshops."

Wayne R. Pope presented "Wetland Wildlife."

 Eric Johnson presenting "Wildlife Photography"



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