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Thursday Challenge: Gundelia

Photo was taken in early summer in the Galil, in northern Israel. I believe this is a dried-out gundelia, in Hebrew a “galgal” and in Arabic called an “akoub”.

The theme for this week in Thursday Challenge is OUTDOORS (Park, Garden, Campground, Beach, Forest, Backyard,…).

chrome3d says

Good colours. It really looks extremely dry!

therapydoc says

Make me miss Aretz. Go ahead.

Ilana-Davita says

I like the colors and also the angle.

Yrsa says

Great stitchy feeling to this pic! Makes me think of all the reasons why I hate strolls in dry, bushy areas...

Gattina says

Beautiful picture ! this dried flower against the blue sky !

The little tents you saw on my blog were in front of the house I was in at my summer school and the students could go in there for a shower of course.

hpy says

I don't know what it is, but it sure looks sticky! And dry!

Jientje says

Silly Thirsday? What a wonderful idea!
That is some kind of a thistle I think?

Leora says

Jientje, here's the Wikipedia entry...says "thistle-like":
The gundelia is a spiny, thistle-like flowering plant of the genus Gundelia L. in the sunflower family (Asteraceae).

They occur in the semi-desert areas of Armenia, Anatolia, Israel, Iraq and Iran.

A member of this genus, tumbleweed G. tournefortii came under the spotlights in 1998, when its pollen grains were found in abundance on the Shroud of Turin. This fact served a claim in establishing the provenance of the shroud. It has been suggested that this spiny plant may be the "crown of thorns", symbol of humiliation of Jesus. More likely it was Christ's thorn jujube (Zizyphus spina-christi) or maybe both.

Leora says

TherapyDoc, I have connections in Northern Israel in the mental health profession, if you're interested. Only problem is you'd get about 5% your current salary...but we can't have everything.

Yes, to everyone who says dry, Israel is very dry in the summer. I gather this galgal-akouba plant flowers in early spring.

Tommy V says

what an unusual looking plant.

Jack says

Gundelia- I think that I'll use that as a name for my next child.

Leora says

Jack, you must have read this post:


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