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Sunday Stills: entrances and gateways

Entrances and gateways are designed to make an impact on the visitor:


entrances to Kykkos monastery, southern Cyprus

entrance to one of the temples in ancient Efes (Ephesus), Turkey

entrance to the great library, Efes, Turkey

Lycian tombs, half way up the cliff face, at Dalyan, Turkey

facade and main entrance to the cathedral/mosque in Famagusta, southern Cyprus (the cathedral was converted into a mosque with the addition of a minaret, the removal of the stained glass windows which were replaced with transparent geometric patterned windows, and the removal of all the pews to allow for carpets to be put on the floor

entrance to part of the Sala Kaeo Kou statuary garden, Thailand

on the way from Bikaner to Mandawa in India, we drove past this rather garish temple entrance

entrance gate to Jaipur, India

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weekly photo challenge: the world through your eyes

We see many excellent shots out there in which a photographer’s intent is clear: where he or she leads us to the photo’s subject or main focus — using light, composition, and other criteria — and is able to convey what they see in their mind at the moment of capture. We challenge you to take and share a photograph that shows a command of your frame. Lead our eyes somewhere. Make us focus on something.


This shot was taken at the monkey temple in Jaipur, India

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travel theme: pale

Our trip to India earlier this year has supplied me with plenty of photos to illustrate the theme of PALE

a depiction of the Budhha in one of the temples in the Jain temple complex in Kajuraho; unusually the figure depicts the Buddha in his full glory

the Taj Mahal

the royal cemetery in Jaipur

the main courtyard of the fort in Jaipur

floral carving in Jaipur fort

the hall of mirrors in Jaipur fort

detail of the hall of mirrors

Why not pop over to Where’s my backpack and see what other pale and interesting photos fellow travellers have found

travel theme: time

Ailsa’s challenge this week is TIME

In 1728 Jai Singh started the construction of the astronomical Jantar Mantar observatory in Jaipur, India. It resembles a collection of huge sculptures. The name was derived fro the Sanskrit yanta mantr, meaning ‘instrument of calculation’. Each of these constructions was designed with a specific purpose in mind, for example calculating eclipses, measuring azimuths, and sundials for telling the time.







giant astrolabes


Although we had an audio guide when we visited this observatory we were still confused at the end and not quite sure what we had seen but it was an interesting place and yes, I had to go to Wikipedia too, to find out what azimuths are!

the clock tower in Jodhpur, India