I feel sorry for the fish that share the tank with this spotted eel. He has a nasty disposition. “Spotted” at the Austin Aquarium 😉
These candles in a Greek Orthodox Monastery are lit for family & loved ones, living or deceased.
May my prayer be set before You like incense, my uplifted hands like the evening offering ~ Psalm 141:2
The color blue is soothing to my eyes. I find this combo of blue water, blue light, silvery-blue anemone & orange clown fish visually pleasing.
This graceful anemone swayed with the current at the Austin Aquarium. It’s hard to believe that this beautiful plant-like species is a predator that ensnares its prey with those elegant tentacles.
We spent an eye-opening day at the Austin Aquarium viewing fish, reptiles, birds and adorable mammals (queue the Ring-tail Lemurs).
The scales on this big guy are beautifully ordered and artfully arranged, as if some highly creative & intelligent being designed it 😉
This massive entrance is the doorway to one of the most spiritually significant sites in Jerusalem: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre. It is identified as the place both of the crucifixion and the tomb of Jesus.
“According to the New Testament, Jesus was crucified at Golgotha, “the place of the skull” (Matt. 27:33–35; Mark 15:22–25; John 19:17–24). This has been identified as an area of abandoned stone quarries just outside the city wall of the time.”
“About 10 years after the crucifixion, a third wall was built that enclosed the area of the execution and burial within the city, and this accounts for the Holy Sepulchre’s location inside the Old City of Jerusalem today.” (from https://churchoftheholysepulchre.net/ )
Nazareth is a beautiful village in northern Israel. It sits on a hill filled with trees and views toward Mt Tabor and the valley below.
The weather was crisp and fresh. I could breathe in deeply and simply enjoy the fall day. Perfect weather for sipping a warm drink outside.
The small phrase painted on the door of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate caught my attention: God is Love.
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” ~ 1 John 4:7-11
I do not know where this shot was taken. It’s within the Old City of Jerusalem, but where in the city, I can’t tell you. Judging from the candles it is in a Greek Orthodox holy site.
I love the texture of the window glass and the wrought iron bars & metal grate that offers some protection from street.
Jerusalem is a melting pot of cultures, religion & ethnic groups. There is an active Greek Community with Christians of Orthodox & Catholic faith.
On the way to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchy, I stopped to admire the entrance to the Greek Catholic Patriarch.