Exploring Israel’s Incredibly Beauty Through Our Lens (25 Photos)

When most American’s like ourselves think of Israel, we think of war, terrorism or the dreaded “Middle East.” Which basically means when most American’s think of Israel we think it’s dangerous and not safe, which Megan talked about here.

But the simple fact is, not only is it safe, but it is incredibly beautiful and photogenic. It rivals California for breathtaking desert landscapes and any city in the world for its historical sites. This little countries beauty runs deep and it has us seriously praying for there to be a bit of Jewish blood in us so we can get paid to live there for six months.

I am excited to share our journey through Israel in our photos. We had an amazing three weeks in exploring this beautiful country and eating some of the best food in our lives.

Neither Megan nor I, are religious. But Israel being Israel, has some seriously religious undertones, and we’d be lying if we said we didn’t feel moved at any of the sites we were at. I mean just check out the image below from our tour of the west bank.

Teenagers from around the world were lining up to get baptized in the same river as Jesus. There was excitement, joy, and quite a few tears as they were getting ready to be baptized.

West Bank Baptism

The spot where Jesus was Baptized

Regardless of your religion or belief, that is a pretty powerful scene.

Fun fact. I created a new preset for the image above because I wanted more muted colors. I really liked how in this photo you can see the lines of others waiting to be baptized and placed the action on the bottom left third. I was really surprised to see how violent the dunking of the head was.

While most of Israel is known for it’s religion, one thing that really stood out to both of us was how different Tel Aviv was. It reminded me much of my hometown of Huntington Beach. Just a little more built up.

Tel Aviv Beach

The image above isn’t particularly impressive, it’s just a beach shot. Looks like most beaches around the world with a city, I imagine Miami might look similar (I’ve never been.) But my goal with placing it here is to set you up for the image below.

Tel Aviv Ak-47

Beach day with some friends in Tel Aviv

This image got me. Growing up in a beach town I can relate a lot to Tel Aviv. Honestly, I loved it so much I would move there in a heartbeat if we could afford it and still be able to travel.

ONE DAY!

But never in my wildest mind would I expect to see three friends walking down P.C.H or Main Street and one of them holding a Machine Gun. To them, it’s just another day with nothing out of the ordinary. For me, it’s an incredibly visual reminder that most things in the world are all a matter of perspective. What may seem totally normal to me, isn’t somewhere else and vice versa.

The next thing that got me were those damn landscapes.

Pretty cool landscapes right. Here’s some more.

Dead Sea Day Trip Masada Dead Sea Day Trip

If this doesn’t scream let’s go on a road trip and find some adventure I don’t know what will.

West Bank

Is this desert from California or Israel

Dead Sea Day Trip Dead Sea Day Trip Dead Sea Scrolls Dead Sea Day Trip Masada

That water though.

Dead Sea Day Trip

 

Ok, I got a little side-tracked looking at some landscape photos. Going back to Tel Aviv, besides the Machine Gun, tell me this isn’t a friendly looking city that you could easily fall in love with.

bicycle in Tel Aviv

People riding bikes all cute AF.

Rothschild Blvd in Tel Aviv

These cool cafe’s and food stalls are like every 50 feet, and it seems like the whole damn city is outside.

old jaffa port old man and the sea

20 sides at Old Man and the Sea in Jaffa Port

Eating delicious food all day every day and you know that makes people happy AF.

Old Jaffa Port

They got these cute and charming walls like everywhere.

restaurants and bars in jaffa

lively Jaffa Scene

And every weekend the whole city gets together in the markets to drink, sing and dance, together. I mean what more do you really want in a city community?

The West Bank

This West Bank is mired in controversy and while neither of us are fully aware of the complexities we did have the opportunity to hear about it from a Palestinian’s point of view which was eye opening and Megan wrote a bit about our tour here.

Below are just some of our favorite photos from our couple time in Bethlehem.

Streets of West Bank

I really love the tones in the image above.

West Bank Church in West Bank

Bethlehem was amazing because not only did we get to see where Jesus was born we got to see the West Bank Wall where Banksy’s art and hotel is on display.West Bank Graffiti Walled Off Hotel in West Bank West Bank Graffiti

Overall Israel was incredibly beautiful to photograph. One of our favorite countries to visit so far. If you liked these photos you may want to see our photos from the Old City in Jerusalem which in my opinion is the most photographic city I have ever been to.

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Scott Herder

Scott has been traveling with his Fiancé Megan since 2014. Prefers slow travel, beer, spicy food, and motorbikes. When Scott isn't thinking about travel he is either shooting hyperlapse or speaking about hyperlapse photography at international conferences.I love travelling and learning. Currently trying to learn how to take better photographs, use this website, and begin travelling the world. Life goals to have Anthony Bourdain's job and travel through India on a motorbike!

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  • The blue waters, the lush landscapes, the delicious cuisines. It looks like a mesmerizing place to visit!

    • It’s more beautiful than we ever expected!!!

  • Skye

    Wow, what a great gallery. I love the photos of you in the desert, that amazing water and the streets are on the city walls, in particular. So great to see more of Israel as I haven’t been yet.

    • It definitely has alot more to see than just Jerusalem that’s for sure!

  • Tel Aviv really does look like a beach town. At first when I saw the man with the machine gun, I thought it was some sort of camera gear so when I read what it was I was pretty surprised. I had that exact same feeling when I went to the Philippines about 20 years ago (fresh outta high school) and workers were carrying machine guns at the banks and airports. I was like,” what the?!?!?”

    • haha it is a bit jarring to experience at first!

  • I didn’t know that Israel is really that beautiful, from the people and all the beautiful landscape. You have just shown us why Israel is really worth the visit through your beautiful photos. I haven’t been to Israel, but it has long been penned on my bucket list, I can’t wait to visit it soon. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

    LaiAriel R. Samangka

    • Thanks LaiAriel! It really is a beautiful place, complex, but beautiful!

  • This is amazing 😀 I had no idea Israel looked like this actually. Havent seen so many photos. I love these photos. It looks like an awesome place to visit. I have never thought about travelling to Israel to be honest, but this post makes me want to go for sure 😀

    • Thanks!! It is an incredibly beautiful location! The Dead Sea was insanely beautiful and so was sunrise at Masada! Both of those are worth a visit when you do go!

  • Iuliana Marchian

    Do you know if you can cross the border to the Palestinian territories with a rented car in Israel ? I am planning to do that in the near future but not sure how to plan my trip to Israel. Your photos inspired me to do is asap.

    • Hey Iuliana! Yes you can, however if you buy insurance the car won’t be covered when you’re in the West Bank. We did a day trip with a rental car and also a tour. Both were fantastic, I highly recommend doing Masada and The Dead Sea on your own with the car! We have a post all about that if you’re interested in the details 🙂

  • The Dead Sea parallax is still my favorite shot to this day! I know you guys were raving about the food and that flatlay of the Old Man and the Sea spread affirms everything you said. I also love the shot of the multiple Megans walking into Banksy’s hotels. The pile of rosaries is also incredibly gorgeous.

    • Thanks Izzy! Israel was incredibly photogenic from the food, architecture, to the landscape! And all of those sides at the Old Man and the Sea were AMAZING! We could have just ate those instead of ordering a main! Whoops!