One of the sites that I really wanted to visit when we went to Sri Lanka was Sigiyria, home of the famous cloud maiden frescoes.
Appropriately enough, this is the home of the Cloud Maidens
The approach is innocent enough
but then you have to climb the cliff
don’t look down
better still, don’t look up either because this is what you are climbing up
so far so good, here are the cloud maidens but you haven’t reached the summit yet
a rare photo of the two of us
you have to go down a section of rickety-looking staircase to get to the next section
past the mirror wall
with the rock face towering above you
then out on to the plateau of the lions paws
before the final ascent
with spectacular views, albeit a bit misty, from the top
it’s hard to imagine that people actually lived at the top and had to carry all their supplies up
I have to say that the climb was daunting – not for the faint-hearted or the infirm and my husband declined to accompany me all the way to the top. However, I’m glad I made it.
What form did your achievement take?
In November in south western Turkey these white flowers cover the hillsides after the first autumn rains. The flowers are daisies and what look like miniature narcissi. The narcissi, if that’s what they are, are only about 4 inches high
a Buddha head on sale in a high class interior decoration store near us. I used Kim’s Simple texture and reduced the opacity.
sharing with Kim and others
Sapphire is one of my favourite colours and I have always associated it with the colour blue. My engagement ring (for which I waited 18 years until we found the right one) is made of diamonds and sapphires. They are really dark blue, so dark they almost look black in some lights. However, sapphires come in many other shades varying from light to dark blue and, in addition, they occur as pink, green, yellow and shades of orange and brown.
I shot these blue agapanthus flowers in the gardens of Hadspen House, near Bruton in Somerset, UK. At the time the garden was oval-shaped enclosed within walls of mellowed ageing red brick. It was a beautiful place. It seems that the house has changed ownership, the garden is no longer open to the public and I’m not even sure it exists any more. Such a pity.
sharing with Sunday Stills
dinner table in Kalkan, Turkey
Mudam, Museum of Modern Art, Luxembourg
glass sculpture in the forecourt of the European Parliament, Strasbourg
glass ball sculpture
glass window panel in the Peranakan mansion, Penang