Cedars of God

We headed to the Cedars in North Lebanon, the vestigial remains of the once great forests which once cloaked the mountains of Lebanon. Exploited by Phoenicians, Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Romans, Israelites and Turks and Solomon procured cedar timber to build the Temple in Jerusalem, thankfully Emperor Hadrian claimed these forests as an imperial domain, and destruction of the cedar forests was temporarily halted. In 1876 Queen Victoria paid for a high stone wall to surround a 250 acre patch of saplings.

We opted for Bailey's instead of coffee and then enjoyed a walk and magnificent views. Mountains wearing white extending to the horizon, a pristine white landscape, peace.
Great day out!
Wow
posted January 15th, 2017  
What a fabulous image.
posted January 15th, 2017  
bep
Amazing view!
posted January 15th, 2017  
Expansive and energising Ruth.
posted January 15th, 2017  
Love those tiny figures weaving their way through that vast expanse of white and thanks for the commentary. Very interesting.
posted January 15th, 2017  
Good capture
posted January 15th, 2017  
The trees mentioned in the Bible! I do hope they are being preserved... such a beautiful winter scene!
posted January 15th, 2017  
Beautiful scenery. Please pass some of that snow in my direction
posted January 15th, 2017  
Gorgeous image and history Ruth! King Hiram I played a significant part in the provision of the cedars to King Solomon! I am glad that the forest was protected. Can you imagine what it must have looked like back then? FAV!
posted January 15th, 2017  
beautiful image, love those tiny people!
posted January 15th, 2017  
Nice lines and contrast. Fav.
posted January 15th, 2017  
The inclusiton of the people helps give an idea of the scale. What an amazing composition!
posted January 16th, 2017  
I love this, Ruth!
posted January 16th, 2017  
really beautiful
posted January 16th, 2017  
Baileys always a good choice.....love your stories. (and pics of course)
posted January 16th, 2017  
A fine shot, superbly composed as always. Those trees and their ancestors would l have quite a story to tell! Baileys in broad daylight! ! What decadence... :-)
posted January 17th, 2017  
Great shot. So glad that some of these magnificent trees remain
posted January 17th, 2017  
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