A friend sent me this photo, made from a second helicopter. The pilots were flying over southern Israel, between Lahav and Amatsia, during the first week in March.
The wildflowers are anemones, and it's illegal to pick them.
The Hebrew name for anemone is calanit. The plural is calaniot, and this is the title of a song that became an unofficial Israeli anthem.
Shoshana Damari, who was referred to as the queen of Israeli song and compared to Edith Piaf, started performing "Calaniot" in 1954. Damari died last year at 83, and now the song is played mainly to evoke nostalgia.
If YouTube doesn't disable this link, you can hear Damari singing "Calaniot" and see some Jerusalem calaniot.
-- Joseph M. Hochstein, Tel Aviv
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