Started this week’s long run in the cold, very dark pre-dawn, with a deserted promenade mostly to myself. Things started looking up near the halfway point, with the sun rising and warming things up a little. I’ve had almost a week’s running hiatus because of the rain, so getting back to it on Friday and today (Saturday) was painful, but in a good kind of way.
My iPhone 8 died on me on Wednesday night and is now getting checked out in the lab, so these are iPhone 6 photos, so you’ll extra have to forgive me for the quality. And with that, here are a few pretty, pretty pictures:
I set out at 6AM for my long run and was grateful for it, after last weekend’s pouring rain and freezing cold. A heron greeted me as I entered the park (both it and the fishermen behind it were fishing, but I think that it had more luck then they did, judging by their sour faces).
The owner of the paddleboats was trying to get the seagulls off his boats using homemade contraptions made out of string, poles and old CDs. I wished him the best of luck but had a feeling that it wouldn’t really work.
Another heron was fishing right across the paddleboat pier, and I only wish that I had a better camera so you could have seen more than a whitish smudge.
On my way back I got to witness just how effective the paddleboats’ guy’s contraption was (not very). You can almost hear the gulls laughing.
A bittern was perched on the the reeds, ready to pounce.
You know that you’re a terrible fisherman when a little egret is standing right next to you, just waiting for you to fail and throw it your small fry.
10k done and dusted. Can you hear the gulls laughing?
Last week’s long run was cancelled due to horrific weather conditions, but this one was run in almost perfect conditions, as if to compensate.
Check out this great bittern all camouflaged away waiting for some unsuspecting fish to come along. He’s in the water, on the right centre side of the photo:
Geese and gulls in the sunrise:
This little coot climbed on board the peddle boat and started nosing around for something good to eat. They’re pretty shy, so it was cool seeing him so relatively clearly:
A cormorant swimming in the middle of the river:
10km done and dusted.
This morning’s long run was a race against the rain (spoiler alert — I lost at the last kilometre). Started out at 5:30, one of my earliest runs yet, and I could see the dark rain clouds come in over the sea. I would have loved to take a picture of them and the giant waves, but I prioritized getting my run over with before I got completely drenched, so I pushed forward instead.
I did stop to take a picture of this heron (there’s a better picture of him on the way back) because he looked so majestic against the backdrop of the river and the rising sun.
You can’t see him particularly well, but this is a pied kingfisher atop a pole. I saw him there last week too, so maybe that’s his spot. Later on during the morning seagulls take over the area and no kingfishers are to be found.
These pair of Egyptian geese were out grazing and the male really didn’t approve of me taking photos of his wife. They are large and pretty fearless birds, so once he started complaining at me I made sure to give him plenty of space.
And the heron from earlier, enjoying a cold morning dip:
A little egret paced along the temporary beach created by the low tide. He looked busy and preoccupied.
Just after I took this photo in a light drizzle on the last 900 meters of my run, torrential rain started, coupled by cold winds. Arrived home drenched and freezing, but elated. Running in the rain is a wild experience that everyone should try at least once.
For the first time ever I ran two 10ks in a week, and my legs kind of hate me right now.
I listened to the last episode of season 3 of Serial and it was heartbreaking, as was this entire season.
Seagulls in the sunrise:
Not sure if you can see them there, but here are some baby Egyptian geese with their parents:
Seagulls perched on boats, which is pretty unusual, as they normally don’t fly this far up river.
A kingfisher perched on a wire:
And finally some Egyptian geese grazing near the path:
Set out early as we’re in the midst of a heat wave (yes, it’s November) and I didn’t fancy running in the sun.
So dark outside…
A few km in and I saw two herons resting on the water’s edge.
Then came the Egyptian geese:
And a mallard mom with her ducklings:
I love seeing the sun rise over the river:
And over a grumpy night heron:
More Egyptian geese on the way:
A little egret perched on a boat:
The starting line gate for upcoming Tel Aviv Night Run is already up:
A great 10k, my last one before the Night Run race.
Set out while it was still dark outside:
Was rewarded by an awesome sunrise:
And some Egyptian geese:
As well as a pied kingfisher on the hunt:
A white-throated kingfisher was perching on a wire above the boat dock (you can barely see him, I know, but they’re flighty, so I couldn’t get nearer):
I was super surprised to see a ring-necked dove, as they’ve been overrun by common pigeons:
On the way back I saw a gathering of kayaks in the sea, which was a first for me:
A little over 10K on a very interesting run:
It’s Israel’s 70th Independence Day next week and there was an exhibition celebrating this in Ben Gurion Boulevard.
The weather was perfect though it did heat up a bit later on. Sunscreen season is upon us.
You know you’re doing well as a fisherman when both a cat and an egret are waiting for you to fail.
Ain’t she pretty? I love Tel Aviv so much, especially on days like these.
All this made for a fast and fun 7k.
This week’s long run was in perfect, perfect, perfect weather, of the kind you can only dream of – not too cold, not too hot, with just the lightest of breezes to keep things interesting.
The gulls were still out in full force, taking advantage of the low tide and scaring most of the other birds away as they flocked along the river.
Still, I got to see two cormorants fishing, diving to great distances.
Or just hanging out on the trees:
A great 10k run, the last one before the Tel Aviv marathon.