This time one of the Jewish visitors was in mourning for her father so, following tradition, the circuit was made clockwise instead of anti-clockwise. The idea behind this is that, in days when Jews could visit the Mount freely, others circuiting normally would ask those going the other way the reason for such direction. This gives the opening for comforting of the mourners.
And after rain, the skies take on a pure deep blue color.
© 2018 Yosef Symonds