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A mysterious pond that appears out of nowhere

More than a dozen animal species call this place home in the winter.

March 13, 2015 | Latest Photo Prev Next
A winter pond at a park in Netanya.A winter pond at a park in Netanya.Photo: Mort Barr
March 13, 2015 | Latest Photo

This is not a figment of your imagination. It's a pond that only exists after winter rains. Otherwise – poof! – it disappears.

Mort Barr, a retiree who splits his time between Atlanta and Israel, snapped this shot while traversing through a park in Netanya, a city of 200,000 people located about 20 miles north of Tel Aviv. "We took a casual stroll through this well-known park on a typically temperate Mediterranean December and stumbled upon this serene and picturesquely reflective pond," Barr told From The Grapevine. "All I had was a smartphone to capture the scene, but the innate beauty spoke for itself."

In the winter months, the pond becomes the home of about 20 species – including crabs and various water insects. Approximately 100 eucalyptus trees, planted around the pond more than 100 years ago, create an ideal resting place for crows, herons and other birds.

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