Chicken coop 2.0

It took a few days, but the “new” chicken coop is complete!  More than 50% materials were salvaged from the dumpster across the street, because like many other things, you gotta do what you gotta do with whatever you have.  The chicken run was not in the original plan, but one of the chicks got snatched by a cat, so I had no choice but to add it as well.chickencoop

Simple interview videos

My job at the JSB (Jerusalem School of Bethlehem) consists of being a teacher and a multimedia producer. I create “outing” videos when possible. These videos are not exactly artsy fartsy but still satisfying to create since I get to utilize the latest techniques and tell simple stories.


Just about everything is an illusion.  I took this photo at an art class right next to the media classroom where I teach.  At first, it looks like the girl is floating, until we realize that it’s a simple optical illusion.


Die to Live

I see these everywhere, but with no wheat fields anywhere near. They must be the remnants of the past – a reminder.

“.. unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (John 12:24)

Light is everything

Took this picture at the Bethlehem University Science Fair.  The backlighting was excellent from the bright experiment spot light.  It’s a good metaphor for life – Light is everything.

Another shot from the fair.

Unfinished Soccer Field

A shot out of our living room window. The unfinished soccer field is not utilized as intended but still used by local shepherds. Such open space ‘park’ is extremely rare here, mainly due to the lack of funds. Public playground is pretty much non-existent throughout the whole area for the same reason

Spring Break field trip

JSB (Jerusalem School of Bethlehem) has field trips during the spring break every year. This year, the students went to a local spring that has been around for thousands of years. It’s probably as old as the mankind itself. As usual, I took a bunch of pictures as a school photographer.


New chicks for Spring Equinox

When we left for America for 90 days last October, we had a family look after our beloved chickens.  Within two weeks, however, they all got stolen.   When we returned to Israel, we had to move to the Bethlehem area.  After we settled in, we decide to start raising chickens again.  It took awhile to find them, but here they are, all 16 of them, just in time for Spring Equinox!

Natural vs posing

I take pride in taking pictures of people in their natural settings, but sometimes it’s just not possible to have everyone in the group looking ‘correct.’  I can either take hundreds of pictures and hope for the best, or simply have them pose for the “natural” pictures for a few seconds.  Below, the first one is the best frame I could grab from dozens of pictures in unposed setting; the second, posed.  You gotta do what you gotta do to get the job done.  World renown photographers of nature magazines sometimes ‘cheat’ to get their perfect shots as well.  We all do it, but we just don’t talk about it that much.  :)