One of my favourite ancient sites is Pompeii. Among the ruins is pieces of art that have remained intact since the fateful eruption of Mt Vesuvius in AD 79. Take a bit of a scroll with me and have a poke around the houses and buildings of Pompeii.
Mt Vesuvius in the distance
One of the grand buildings
The courtyard of a wealthy citizens house
Birds figured in a number of designs on the walls
Repeating patterns on many of the walls decorating the houses
I have a selection of mountain tops as well as a few views I hope you’ll enjoy. One of my favourite Australian mountain songs from a while ago to accompany your scroll among my mountain tops.
“You want me to be a mountain I’d rather be a river Water flow can wash a hill away You wanted me to fly I want to get high How else am I gonna see what I want to see?”
Mt Vesuvius – Wollumbin (Mt Warning) distant view and closer – The Gibraltar Range near my place in the mist – The Dalmatians – view from the Raspberry Lookout on a stormy day – sunset over the mountain top
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