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Camel Ride, Giza, Egypt 2015

Published on May 29, 2015

Camel Ride, Giza, Egypt 2015

This scene reminds me of nothing so much as the promotional shot for the movie Eat, Pray, Love, where the Western women who are the main characters are riding on elephants with their parasols. These camel-riders were doing the circuit around the Pyramids of Giza.

 


Stone Blocks, Giza, Egypt 2015

Published on May 28, 2015

Stone Blocks, Giza, Egypt 2015

 

Layers of stone blocks leading up the the peak of the Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops). Being at the base of the pyramids, one really appreciates what a mad endeavour they were, transferring so much stone out into the desert, to build giant mounds for small chamber tombs.


At the Pyramid of Khafre (alternate #1), Giza, Egypt 2015

Published on May 27, 2015

At the Pyramid of Khafre (alternate #1), Giza, Egypt 2015

 

The same photo as yesterday’s, done in the style of a plate in an old book, from the late 19th/turn of the 20th century.


At the Pyramid of Khafre, Giza, Egypt 2015

Published on May 26, 2015

At the Pyramid of Khafre, Giza, Egypt 2015

 

Despite the crowds, there is still a timeless quality to the Pyramids, with their weathered stone in the greyish, dust-filled Cairo sky. The camel-drivers who offer rides dress in a traditional manner, and I think this photo could have easily been taken in the nineteenth century (I have made an alternate version following that line of reasoning).


Pear-Shaped Puffball(?) #2, Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, 2010

Published on November 15, 2013

Pear-Shaped Puffball(?) #2, Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, 2010


Pear-Shaped Puffball, Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, 2010

Published on November 13, 2013

Pear-Shaped Puffball(?), Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, 2010

What I believe to be Lycoperdon pyriforme, another apparently-edible species, growing on a downed log.


Bear’s Head Mushroom, Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, 2010

Published on November 12, 2013

Bear's Head Mushroom, Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, 2010

An apparently-edible species of mushroom which grows from the sides of trees in a distinctive shape.


Bracket Fungus, Algonquin Park, Ontario, 2010

Published on November 10, 2013

Bracket Fungus, Algonquin Park, Ontario, 2010


Winter, Lower Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California, 2011

Published on November 7, 2013

Winter, Lower Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California, 2011

A winter scene at Lower Yosemite Falls, as frigid water cuts through snow on New Years’ Day 2011.


Roman Pool Diving Platform, Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California

Published on November 6, 2013

Roman Pool Diving Platform, Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California

The diving platform and alcove in the Roman Pool. The staff told me that they ar allowed to use this one after hours, which seems like it must be a real kick.




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