The Photo a Week Challenge from Nancy: From Above and Below
The Verona Arena, built in the first century, is an open-air Roman amphitheater still in use today. The Arena is one of the best-preserved ancient structures worldwide. These stones have seen everything from gladiator games to rock concerts, from medieval jousts to Puccini operas.
“The place held over 20,000 people in its heyday, hosting festivals that would draw visitors from all over. It was a complex and demanding entertainment industry, powered by the labor of hundreds of slaves in the underground tunnels. Grandiose stage sets would be erected in the central space. The elliptical shape gives the space excellent acoustics.
There were processions, circus acts, dancing and music, but, above all, the citizens came to see blood sports. Fierce wild animals from faraway places in the empire were brought in to be hunted, and condemned prisoners were executed in bloody and inventive ways. The feature presentation was always a gladiator show, in which two trained combatants would fight one another to the death. The word “arena” means sand, and it refers to the sand that covered the floor of the ring to absorb the blood spilled during the fights.”
From below – a tunnel leading to the outside
I wonder how many people have walked this corridor below the Arena
The Photo for the Week challenge: Mountains
What is a mountain with a past you ask. The mountain I chose for Bren’s photo challenge #17 is that well know mountain with a historical past.
Going back in time to 79AD some people were going about their daily life when the ground rumbled and suddenly an explosion sent ash and hot lava raining down upon the people and “buried the cities of Pompeii, Oplontis, and Stabiae under ashes and lapilli and the city of Herculaneum under a mudflow.” (https://www.britannica.com/place/Vesuvius) The last eruption was in 1944 and the volcano is still active. Vesuvius is very closely monitored today.
Yes, I chose Mt Vesuvius. This is the view of Vesuvius that people of Pompeii would have seen although before the eruption, the mountainside was forested with Oak and Chestnut trees.
This is the view over the Bay of Naples, across the Plain of Campania and Naples to Vesuvius
The word prompt from Terri for the Photo for the Week: Columns
Columns from Pompeii
Columns in a colonnade in Bologna
In a church in Bologna
The fabulous columns in the Sagrada Familia Barcelona
The photo challenge from Terri: Objects Over One Hundred Years Old
I wondered what I would like to have in this post. I randomly clicked on my holiday folder and came up with the village of Luss on the western side of Loch Lomond. The sign as we entered the village said “the prettiest town in Scotland” Just a couple of photos as it was raining the day we were there.
The village has some of the loveliest cottages
I think the owner of this cottage likes flowers
Isn’t this stone wall amazing
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Columns and Vertical Lines
A rather fat column in Seoul South Korea
The columns in a church in Bologna
One of the many colonnade in Bologna
Some old columns in Pompeii
Some newer columns in the Sagrada Familia Barcelona
Paula’s Traces of the Past Thursdays Special photo challenge
A couple of years ago we visited a disused coal mine in Scotland which is now the Scottish Mining Museum. The weather wasn’t all that great for taking photos but here is a few shots of the buildings and works.
The Daily Post word prompt: Broken
The wheel of the wagon,
long since broken,
the dirt track.
Once took produce
from the farm,
also long since
has taken its
For this Traces of the Past, I recently spent a bit of time on a rainy day in the Cathedral Church of Christ the King in my town of Grafton NSW Australia. The Cathedral was finished in 1884. Originally there was a small wooden church on the site built in 1842. The Cathedral is in a great green space in the heart town with the bell tower ringing out the time, a tradition I love.
The hand carved foundations made of sandstone
This side of the Cathedral has lots of lichen
The northern face. You can see the two halves of the church in the roof line where the second part was added
Looking toward the front door and the white roses in the garden.
Looking towards the old bell tower
Looking along the aisle to the back of the Cathedral
The pews have been replaced by comfortable chairs with cushions
Some of the old pews have been retained
The old wooden seats in the front of the cathedral have been kept as well but with cushions added for the comfort of the cathedral officials.
There are many parts of the Cathedral that have been kept in good order
The font in front of the dedication to the Indigenous history of the Clarence Valley.
The ceiling is wonderful highlighting the history of the Valleys timber history
One of the brick arches that support the structure
The back of the Cathedral where you can see the shapes of the stained glass windows
Looking inside. Aren’t the lights lovely
A bit of selective colour
I couldn’t not show you the colour version
And of course I also had to include a bit of the nature who live around the Cathedral. You will always see a Skink or two on the walls.
Hope you enjoyed a look around the Cathedral in my town.
Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Structure
This is what remains of the first house I built on my property. It was built as a temporary structure until I was able to build a proper house.
The structure is poles (from trees cut down on the property) in the ground with fence palings as the outside walls and a corrugated iron roof.
The only part left standing is the laundry and bathroom. This is the only part of the old house that has a concrete floor and is now home to Old Smoky, the farm ute.
The windows were second hand as was the roof
I dismantled most of the structure to use in the new house. Some bits had to stay as they held up the roof
It was raining when I decided to take the photos. Maybe one day I might do another post about the old house.
The Daily Post word prompt: Encrusted
For a century and a bit
laying on the shore,