One of my very first impressions was --- rocks.
And now, I found what to quote:
Judea is one accumulation of stones -
Stony mountains & stony plains;
stony torrents and stony roads;
stony walls and stony fields;
stony houses and stony tombs;
stony eyes and stony hearts;
Before you, & behind you are stones.
Stones to the right & stones to the left.
Herman Melville, Journals, 90