David Darom

Carmel’s proximity to the sea and its comparatively high elevation (1,742 feet above sea level at its highest point) combine to produce about 36 inches of rain a year. This rainfall accounts for the Carmel’s abundant vegetation, which includes several rare species of orchids, such as Ophrys holosericea (shown here, compare with next photo), in addition to dense forests of pine, oak and carob.