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Quercus macdougallii
A rare oak endemic to the Sierra Juárez in Oaxaca

Video Clips Added in the Israel Oak Registry

Last month I shot 22 new video clips of oak trees in Pardes Hana, a community in the center of Israel. This town is in the northern part of the Sharon region, known for its oak forest in the past with its dominant Mount Tabor oaks (Quercus ithaburensis).

These clips include some of the larger and more impressive specimens which are registered on the Israel Oak Registry.

After completing the process of editing, uploading, and publishing this work, I decided to add a new feature to the map. Each tree for which a video clip has been uploaded is tagged with a magenta ring. I was quite astonished at the number of clips that already have been loaded, adding movement and life to the record of trees.

Map from Israel Oak Registry

This element is one of the worthier features that have been added to the application since it was first designed.

Magenta ring on map

To view a video, click on any tree with a magenta ring (example above marked with a red circle).

Tree card on map

This will open the tree's card (see above). Depending on your browser, you should be able to view the text translated into English (Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge work well: right click on the card and choose the translate option).

Video icon

Scroll down the card till you see the three icons shown above, left to right: Gallery, Waze for driving directions, and Movie Clip (circled in red) for the video. Click on the icon to view the video clip on YouTube.

One of the trees I filmed last month is a kermes oak (Q. calliprinos), which I dedicated three years ago to the memory of Michel Timacheff, in appreciation for the help he provided by sending information about oaks in Israel and especially this particular oak. You can view the clip of this tree here and a gallery of photos of it here.

While we were filing the video clips, we measured 10 outstanding Q. calliprinos. Click here to download a file containing the data and images of these trees.