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    Posted: 16 May 2018 at 07:27
On my drives to Eilat (I started working there a month ago), just a little north to Eilat beside the main road, I noticed weird phenomena of few acacia trees on top of high poles (see the pictures below). I imagine that it is some weird natural phenomena due to the floods or something like that, but apparently it is not...

Apparently, the explanation is that when Eilat was built, they took stones and sand from this area. However, according to the Israeli law, the acacia trees are protected and it is forbidden to take them of. So they simply dug around the trees... However, the roots of these trees do not go that deep, and eventually all the trees dried and died...
My friend who told me this story told me that he calls these poles "a monument of human stupidity"...

Yesterday I did a quick stop there to take some photos. Probably I will stop there again in the future for more photos (it is nicer after a rain, when the quarry is full of water).

Monument of human stupidity (1)

Sony ILCE-7RM2 + Voigtlander Nokton Aspherical 35mm F1.2 II | ISO 200 | f/8 | 1/1250 sec

Monument of human stupidity (2)

Sony ILCE-7RM2 + Leica Elmarit 135mm F2.8 | ISO 200 | f/2.8 | 1/8000 sec
 



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And greed maybe, but definitely stupidity. But on the positive side, it is both thought provoking and photogenic!
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A bizarre picture, but I like it!
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Nice story and pictures Shay. I thought Dutch people had the name to be greedy
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That's a pretty fascinating, if slightly disturbing, scene & explanation. And good photos. TFS.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 May 2018 at 20:31
These are fascinating stumps indeed! They would provide an ideal habitat for pillar saints - and obviously there are several ones! Did nobody ever consider to live up there?

The last image is just great! TFS!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rovhazman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 May 2018 at 06:44
Thank you all for your comments.

Harald, it is too small for human to live up there, but I wouldn't be surprised to see birds nesting there. Didn't see any this time, but I will probably revisit this place many times and maybe I will see something...
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