Well, I really had to search my old Chinese wedding chest for proofs concerning a 4 week trip of all Egypt in the 80s of the last century. Fortunately all photos still existing after more than 30 years of storage and now somehow also antique. So welcome back to the world of simplest analog photography which I find indeed more touching than all these bits and bytes of today. It is real paper and memory to be felt, rather oldfashioned these days I know.
Abu Simbel site in Southern-Egypt by mid of October 1985
Small temple of Nefertari, 13th century BC
The Oriental world has played an important part in my life, and this trip to Egypt in 1985 was my first encounter with this fascinating cosmos. The visit of Abu Simbel in the very Southern part of Egypt near the Sudanese border was truly a real highlight in this regard because the archeological site is a quite remote place in the Nubian desert at the shores of Lake Nasser. To visit the location was quite easy while diverse agencies in the big city of Aswan offer daily trips to Abu Simbel.
We were leaving Aswan at around 4 a.m. very early (due to the high temperatures) and driving with some kind of jeep or SUV first on a road later on a good sandy piste. Camel caravans from Sudan passed our way on their way to the camel markets of Luxor and/or Cairo, food for the many Egyptians living in the valley of the Nile. The trip from Aswan to Abu Simbel takes about 3 hours, so we arrived shortly before the sun was rising above Lake Nasser. The sun is still very strong and dazzling even in October, so the temperatures increase rapidly.
With the first sunrays of the day I was able to make some photos of this spectacular place constructed by the ancient Pharaonic kingdom of Egyot. At this place in the wide desert you already get a good feeling of vast Africa stretching further thousands of miles to the South.
Zoomorphic Arabic calligraphy by Mohammed Negm, 2009
reflecting his full name in the form of an eagle. (1) (2)
linked to: Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Age
(1) This graphic being published under the GNU Free Documentation License.
(2) The national emblem of Egypt is Saladin’s famous eagle – also on its flag.
View on old house and Atlantic Ocean on the island of Tenerife
at the coast near Puerto de la Cruz, seen from the cliff path in April 2017
Spooky illuminated water fountains
on the marketplace of Kartuzy, Poland
Water’s flow in nature usually moves to where it simply desires to go. But here several shiny spotlights have to serve as an urban guide shortly before the middle of the night.
Tuesday Photo Challenge – Shine
The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Liquid
When I visited Penzlin Castle some time ago, the small tour allowed a view into the old smoke kitchen but when entering, the room entirely was just black and dark, only some details and corners were rarely illuminated by small spotlights.
The open fire-place itself was not really visible and all appeared quite spooky although this really used to be the place where meals were cooked for the former owner of the ancient castle and his guests. So here you get only a more imaginative idea of how primordial, rural, smoky and simple life used to be mostly during these medieval times.
This photo shows a view of the funnel vault from 1520 with a 12 m high chimney which was also utilized for smoking fish or meat. The light conditions were really poor but at least some tools did emerge from this more creepy darkness.
But where to find an espresso machine? Even coffee not available for breakfast just wine and beer those days, the socalled medieval diet.
Tuesday Photo Challenge – Kitchen
Now I understand the name of the place much better, because it seems that an invisible hammer of decay and time-passed-by has just hit some of the buildings there severely overnight.
Location: Hammer-Unterwiesenthal, Ore Mountains
with real winter weather in early January 2016
linked to Dutch goes the Photo / Tuesday Photo Challenge Broken
Some snow already in the Ore Mountains this year by end of October. So the winter tourists will soon return, mostly for country ski, otherwise much more houses would look alike in this quite remote area near the Czech border.
LIKE AN ARTEFACT OF THE ANALOG INDUSTRIAL ERA THIS OXYDIZING SKYSCRAPER IS CLIMBING NOSTALGICALLY TOWARDS THE BLUEISH SKY. WHAT WILL BE LEFT WHEN ARCHEOLOGISTS DIG UP THESE GROUNDS IN 1000 YEARS? IN ANY CASE THE LIMITLESS SKY.
linked to Dutch goes the Photo / Tuesday Photo Challenge Sky
When the sunset is reflected in the moisty sand of the legendary and quite windy beach of Sagres at the Algarve (Portugal) – being used mostly by surfers today due to the breezy and quite rough sea – a lot of people always join this daily spectacle at this most South-Western part of the European mainland. The region used to be always a mythical place, so not far away near the villages of Vila de Bispo and Raposeira still more than 100 menhirs can be found from the Neolithic era (ca. 3,000 – 4,000 BC). All of them were overturned and also partly destroyed lateron by Christian missionaries, but at least one menhir was re-erected (Menir do Padrão) in the meantime. The ancient Greeks named this place Ophiussa (land of the snakes) and its inhabitants Oestrimni (people of the utmost West). The Romans who seized this region 2,000 years ago preferred to call the site Promontorium sacrum (holy footlands), a magical place at the end of the world where the deities use to live and where the sun is engulfed by the ocean.
linked to Dutch goes the Photo / Tuesday Photo Challenge Sand
WHEN YOU MEET A STRANGER IN POSTMODERN SOLITUDES
RAISING THE RIGHT HAND GENTLY AS A WORDLESS SIGN
YOU WILL SURELY KNOW: MAY PEACE BE HERE WITH US
linked to Dutch goes the Photo / Tuesday Photo Challenge Signs
and Three Line Tales / Week 87
A STONE ALONE CAN’T BUILD A HOUSE
Location: Starzlach Gorge, Allgäu, Germany
linked to Dutch goes the Photo / Tuesday Photo Challenge Stones