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Archive for February, 2008



Eclipse Composite #1, February 2008

Published on February 22, 2008

As seen from a very cold, windy, ice-covered parking lot at the end of my street in Toronto. This composite represents full moon to total eclipse. I am working on a somewhat more ambitious way of presenting the photos taken–if it works, I will publish it here.


Virgin and Child Fresco, Abune Yemata Guh, Tigray, Ethiopia, October 2007

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8/9 Saints Fresco, Abune Yemata Guh, Tigray, Ethiopia, October 2007

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Tradition has it that nine saints, missionaries from Syria, introduced Christianity to the then-Axumite kingdom in what is now Northern Ethiopia. This ceiling fresco depicts eight of them.


Apostles Fresco, Abune Yemata Guh, Tigray, Ethiopia, October 2007

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Aside from its location and access, the most impressive feature of Abune Yemata Guh is the well-preserved set of 15th-century frescoes that adorn all the interior walls. This one, on the ceiling, depicts nine of the apostles.


Entrance, Abune Yemata Guh Church, Tigray, Ethiopia, October 2007

Published on February 20, 2008

Abune Yemata Guh (the ‘t’ has a velar plosive quality that cannot be truly rendered in English) chuch is a monolithic (lit. ‘one rock’ — a church quarried from the living stone; in this case a cave-church) with stunning 15th century murals in fantastic condition, perhaps due to the somewhat difficult access (see earlier post). […]


The Approach to Abune Yemata Guh, Tigray, Ethiopia, October 2007

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The next set of photos, of Abune Yemata Guh Church in the Geralta Range of the Province of Tigray, Ethiopia, deserve a bit of a preface, which I will provide here. I apologize for the quality of these images–it was harsh light on the approach to the church, and I promise the story and the […]


Italian War Cemetary, Near Adigrat, Tigray, Ethiopia, October 2007

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Fabio Caradonna, an Italian expatriate and grandson of Italians serving in the Fascist occupation of Ethiopia, reads the names of dead at the Italian War Cemetary, near Adigrat, Tigray, Ethiopia.


The Way Up, Debre Damo, Tigray, Ethiopia, October 2007

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Debre Damo is a monastery village located on top of a mesa. There is only one way to the top of this mesa, a single rope to a path that leads to the top (other ropes you see are either for safety or for hauling up supplies). Only men are allowed to the top, a […]


Wall, Sabean Temple, Yeha, Tigray, Ethiopia, October 2007

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Perhaps this is not the most exciting photograph you have seen, but it is of a most remarkable building–the Sabean temple at Yeha, contemporary with the nearby tower (the oldest standing structure in Ethiopia) and built to an exacting standard, with hand-cut blocks cut so regular that they fit together without mortar, leaving too little […]


Ethiopian Hiatus

Published on February 16, 2008

The photos from Ethiopia have been interripted for a few weeks now, and, while there are many more, I am not sure when I will get back to them. The issue is not lack of interest, but rather a missing cord that connects my portable hard disk drive, containing all the Ethiopia master files, to […]




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