Featured Photo: Little owl gets a ‘kiss’
Photographer Vladimir Kogan Michael snapped this amazing photo of two little owls in the Negev desert. We like to think of it as a cute little peck on the cheek — but if you want to know what’s most likely *really* going on, read the photo’s description here.

Grape seeds discovered at renowned wine producing area of the Byzantine period

Grape seeds from the Byzantine era have been found at an excavation in Israel. These grapes were used to produce “the Wine of the Negev” — one of the finest and most renowned wines in the whole of the Byzantine Empire.

The charred seeds, over 1,500 years-old, were found at the Halutza excavation site in the Negev during a joint dig by the University of Haifa and the Israel Antiquities Authority. “The vines growing in the Negev today are European varieties, whereas the Negev vine was lost to the world. Our next job is to recreate the ancient wine, and perhaps in that way we will be able to reproduce its taste and understand what made the Negev wine so fine,” said Prof. Guy Bar-Oz of the University of Haifa, director of the excavation. Read more.


10 incredible desert animals that adapted to thrive
A desert may seem like a dry and desolate place — but amidst the sand and rocks, select species thrive. Of course, not all of them are visible at first glance, since many have adapted ingenious methods of camouflage, and some of them only come out at night. Enduring terrain with scarce water and extreme temperatures, these animals are incredible examples of survival.

Kfar Hanokdim, Negev, Israel, July 8, 2016


Vast but full of life: Explore Ramon Nature Reserve
Deep within the Negev Desert, a vast crater called Makhtesh Ramon seems lifeless at first glance. But this wide, dusty desert landscape is brimming with life, from the thriving creek-side plants to the charismatic, rock-hopping goats.