Saturday, April 16, 2011

Adapting to life--In an ancient fortress

A resident pigeon in the Nimrod Fortress: all photos by Jonathan Schechter

The Nimrod Fortress is one of the largest and most impressive fortresses which have survived in the
 Mid-East  since the Middle Ages.  Construction began in the year 1228 to protect against  invading Crusaders.
 With the surrender of the Crusaders and their ejection from the Holy Land at the end of the 13th century, the prestige of  this stone fortress diminshed.  In the 15th century it served as a prison for rebels but was soon abandoned.  Up until the  time it became an  Israeli national park (located in northern most Israel within view of Lebanon and just over the mountain from Syria)  it  would at times shelter shepherds and their flocks.  Today the vastness of this fortress remains a  draw for wildlife that has adapted to the stones, stairwalls and towers of rock. And that is the way it is with wildlife around the world, adapting to our ways, be it a coyote in Michigan or a hyrax at an ancient fortress in Israel.
 The name of the game is always adapting  for survival.
 Photos below: The Syrian rock hyrax resembles our groundhog but is native to Israel and is most closely related to the elephant. Lizards, like lizards every where seek places to adjust  body temperature: sun warmed rocks cut in the 12 century  are just perfect.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are amazing photos. Thanks for posting them. Keep up with the stories of your trip. Facinating!

April 18, 2011 at 8:07 AM 

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