The day's intense heat is still hours away, but now it is comfortable along the shores of the gulf. The waters are calm, there is a pleasant breeze, and the sun rises in spectacular brilliance over the distant mountains in Jordan.
Walking along the beach I come across fishermen and fisherwomen, casting their lines to tempt the colorful fish. Cats are plentiful among the rocks and await their share of the morning's catch. Here are some of the scenes of Eilat in the new day.
I'm not the only one walking the Eilat boardwalk in the early morning. Many hotel guests have put on their track suits and sports shoes and are out and about, getting their morning exercise before the sun rises too high in the sky.
And finally, a bit of history. I stop at the historic Umm Rash Rash site, where Israeli troops claimed the shoreline for the new State of Israel in 1949. A statue marks the spot where the Israeli flag first appeared in Eilat.