Salton Sea Monochromes

1 to 5 October 2016, Salton Sea, California, USA.

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This car may be going cheap, though also not going at all.

Salton Sea (IR).

 

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North shore palms.

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Dead fish by an endangered sea.

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Bombay Beach.

Salton Sea

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Slab City.

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Slab City.

Salton Sea (IR).

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Salton Sea.

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Mud Volcano.

Birds and Mud Volcanoes.

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Hummingbird.

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L.A. and Salton Sea Monochromes

1 to 5 October 2016, Los Angeles and Salton Sea, USA.

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Colombian Mammoth (Mammathus Columbi)

La Brea Tar Pits.

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Chest of drawers from the 18th century Japan.

Netsuke Gallery, LACMA.

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Netsuke.

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Buddha Shakyamuni, Sukothai, Thailand, 14th-15th century.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

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Eagle-headed demon (Assyria).

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Borrego Palm Canyon.

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Desert cacti, perhaps clavellina cholla.

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Gomphothere.

Encounters with Megafauna.

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A locust or grasshopper and a scorpion.

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Ground sloths.

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Chinese dragon.

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Humans in vehicle.

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Salton Sea.

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Dead fish on the salt.

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The end, but of what?

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Near Salton City.

Salton Sea (IR).

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Probably at Desert Shores.

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Trees in the desert.

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Slab City

California USA, 1 October 2016

With Jeni Bate of Skyscapes for the Soul ..

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You may recall from the previous post that Leonard Knight, the creator of Salvation Mountain initially came to the nearby Slab City.

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Currently we are in the desert between Salvation Mountain and Slab City but the sculptures belong more to Slab City than Salvation Mountain.

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The more observant amongst you may notice some artistic differences in the style of the sculptures here as compared to Salvation Mountain.

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The materials used can be somewhat different too.

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It appears that cycling around in the desert may sometimes have been uncomfortable.

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There’s a conundrum here.  Is it a political statement, a sculpture or a theme park?

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We are now in Slab City and the rows of bottles indicate boundaries for vehicles.

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Before there was Slab City, there was Camp Dunlap.

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This was a World War II military base, chosen for suitability for desert warfare training and proximity to San Diego.  It opened in 1942 and ran for three years.  By 1956 all the buildings had been removed but the concrete slabs they were built on remained.

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It’s reasonable to assume the array of sculptures wasn’t created by the Army in the 1940s to give a sense of normalcy to their soldiers.

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From the 1980s, people came to stay here.  Originally there were “snowbirds”, seasonal refugees from the cold northern winter, taking advantage of the concrete slabs as a place to park a mobile home.

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It has expanded to include artists, squatters, survivalists, people trying to escape and homeless people.

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The population is around 4,000 during winter months and 150 during the summer.  It is a harsh place to spend a summer.  In the hottest four months June to September, maximum monthly temperature is likely to be around 50ºC (122ºF) and maximum daily temperatures are likely to be around 40ºC to 42ºC (103ºF to 107ºF).

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There is no electricity, running water, sewers or rubbish services provided by government.  There is also an absence of law enforcement, taxation or administration.

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So it might sound like a libertarian paradise and it is self-styled as “the last free place”.  Life must be hard for most of the people here though.  In recent years there has been an increase in drug use (particularly chrystal meth), theft and rubbish build-up.  Currently they are hiding out, closed to outsiders and trying to avoid COVID-19.  Many or most of them will have no health insurance and be unable to afford a doctor or even transport to see one.

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There are times when the light changes and an eerie glow descends over the area.

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This might be the Earth trying to fight back and defend itself from commercial exploitation and Climate Change.

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One might mistake it for the aftermath of a nuclear apocalypse.  But it is due to permeation by future ghosts of the wealthy political figures who are currently striving to overwhelm Democracy by propaganda and legal manœuvres and end up here, despised by other residents and bereft of personal resources.

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Salvation Mountain

California USA, 1 October 2016

With Jeni Bate of Skyscapes for the Soul.

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Next we visited Salvation Mountain, near the south west corner of the Salton Sea.

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Leonard Knight created Salvation Mountain.

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He came to this area in 1984 with a massive 230-foot high hot air balloon he had sewn together over a six year period.  It had ten-foot high letters on the side; “God is Love”.

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He came to Camp Dunlop or Slab City, near the south west corner of the Salton Sea but more on that in the next post.

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He had help from the locals at Slab City to launch the balloon but when it came time for the launch, he discovered that the material had rotted so the launch never took place.

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Inside the Hogan.

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So, instead of the balloon, he decided to display his God is Love message on the face of a small nearby mesa.  However, concrete was expensive and he used too much sand.  So after three years of hard work, when he must have thought he was making progress, his creation slithered down the face of the mesa into a gloopy mess.

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Undeterred, in 1989 he started again, using a small donated front-end loader to cut more deeply onto the hill and using metal scrap to anchor his new façade into the hill.

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He proceeded without needing regular income, scavenging materials and receiving donations of paint, money and food.

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Inside “The Museum”.

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In 1994 there was some controversy about the presence of a private monument on public land and the local government threatened to bulldoze the mountain due to the claimed presence of lead in the paint.  This produced public support, including a documentary from a Los Angeles film maker and the local authority relented.  An independent assay also showed no lead in the soil.

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It was declared “a folk art site worthy of preservation and protection” by the Folk Art Society of America in 2000.  In 2002, Senator Barbara Boxer of California entered Salvation Mountain into the Congressional Record as a national treasure.

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Leonard Knight aimed to repaint the mountain every year to ensure the paint remains thick but he died in 2014.  In his absence, volunteers continue this maintenance.

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This is his truck.  He initially used it to transport scavenged materials and at least later, lived on the back of it.

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“He lived in the funky camper on the back of his old flatbed”.  I presume this is it (or perhaps, was it).

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Encounters with Megafauna

Galleta Meadows, Borrego Springs, California USA, 30 September 2016

With Jeni Bate of Skyscapes for the Soul.

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A few days before, we saw the remains of prehistoric megafauna that had been trapped in the La Brea Tar Swamps.  There are still a few places you can see them though such as here at Galleta Meadows.

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Their brown colour is an evolutionary adaption for living is a desert environment.  Indian and African elephants by contrast are grey because they evolved to live in black and white forests before the age of colour. You can see this in old films and nineteenth century photographs.

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This appears to be a small group of gomphotheres which are usually very hard to find in the wild.  Not sure of the actual species though.

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Getting up close and personal with a gomphothere.

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A very large locust or grasshopper and a scorpion.  Quite a bit larger than a human.

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They were just sitting there sizing each other off, hardly moving at all.  Well if they were moving at all, I didn’t notice it.  Perhaps I shouldn’t have got quite so close.  I understand scorpions can move quite quickly when they have a mind to.

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Grasshoppers and locusts are essentially the same but they are locusts when they swarm.  Younger readers may not remember bygone decades driving through a plague of locusts when they would hit your windscreen like hail.  These days the thoughtful agricultural chemical producers have solved this problem by eliminating something like 90% of insects world-wide in the last forty years or so.  Before long they could well take this wonderful profit-based progress even further and eliminate all flowering plants.  Then we will all be able to experience the extraordinary privilege of living in a desert.

In the meanwhile, Californian residents must have interesting times in locust plagues.  Having one of these coming through your car window could make quite a difference to your day.

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There was also a group of agricultural workers.  They are protesting about low rates of pay for agricultural workers in an insufficiently regulated economy and involved in a form of industrial action known as a go-slow.  They are taking this very literally.

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You will notice that behind to the right is a tall thin sculpture from the prehistoric era before wifi.  It is called a telegraph pole.  No-one is sure what a telegraph was.  Some kind of precursor to wifi, it seems, using fender telecasters and some kind of drawings.

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Here are a couple of ground sloths but they were too preoccupied to notice me.  When photographing wildlife you have to be quite sensitive to the situation and not for example wander right up to a ground sloth or a bear to take a selfie.

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The largest ground sloths come in at four tonnes and six metres long (20 feet).  I’m not sure how big this one was and I didn’t weigh it.

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You might think it is surprising to see a Chinese dragon in California but their range has been increasing.

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You can see it is shimmying along through the desert sand and this is because it has burrowed through all the way from China.

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I didn’t see it breathing any fire but if you sneak up behind it and touch its skin, you can see that it can get very very hot.

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Some say that the Chinese Dragon is casting a larger shadow these days but I didn’t really notice that while I was here.

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That massive tongue looks almost like the trunk of an elephant so perhaps  dragons evolved into elephants.

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This looks to be just an ordinary elephant. Perhaps it escaped from a zoo.

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There were also a couple of locals here, who appeared to be having navigational difficulties with their vehicle.

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I asked them what they were doing there but they didn’t want to talk to me or even acknowledge me so I went off in a huff.  (A huff is a somewhat impractical motor vehicle that is a cross between a Hummer and a Fiat 500).

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LA California USA, 1 October 2016

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The previous post was at the Pavilion for Japanese Art at LACMA; this is from our viewing of the rest of the Art Museum.  (Click images for larger size).

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Royal Peacock Barge, West Bengal, India, late 19th century.

Miniature ivory depiction of pleasure boat of the Nawab of Bengal.

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This is a very modern installation, dated to just before the time we were visiting.  It is perhaps somewhere between pop art, dada and surrealism.  The artist is not credited.

The assemblage is somewhat anachronistic amongst historical exhibits but does include some references to 19th century Indian works.  It is perhaps intended to depict the sense of wonder at the extent to which modern art styles can sometimes diverge from the traditional.

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Panel, Gururat, India, early 18th century.

Wood applique with bone; brass roundels.

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Altar cabinet, Kham region, eastern Tibet, 19th – 20th century.

Wood with mineral pigments and gilding; brass fittings.

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Hindu God Vishnu, Angkor, Cambodia. c. 950AD (sandstone).

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Folio from a Buddhist manuscript illustrated with Buddha’s birth stories (Thailand c. 1860-80), atop Sutra Box (Thailand 1920-40, wood laquer and gold leaf).

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Buddha Shakyamuni, Sukothai, Thailand, 14th-15th century (copper alloy).

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Maharishi (Great Sage) Agastya, Lakhi Sarai, Bihar, India, 12th century (chloritoid phyllite).

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Dancer’s headpiece in the form of Hindu Godess Kali, Kerala, India, late 15th century (wood with paint).

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The Goddess Sarasvati, Gujurat, India, 1153 by Jagadeva.

Sarasvati, goddess of wisdom and knowledge, embodies the mediæval Indian concept of feminine beauty.  Jagadeva was commisioned to create this sculpture to replace an earlier sculpture of Sarasvati that was dedicated in a Jain temple in 1069 but damaged in 1152.

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The Hindu Goddess Kali, Kerala, India, 17th century (wood with traces of paint).

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Athena, 2nd century Roman copy of Greek original from the late 5th century BC School of Pheidas.

Athena is the Greek goddess of wisdom and of war waged for just causes.  She wears a breastplate decorated with the heads of gorgons, the monsters whose piercing gaze turned people who met their eyes to stone.  The hollow eye sockets indicate that eyes were originally inlaid and of course, as with all ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, she would originally have been painted in bright colours.  The statue was excavated at Ostia, the port of Rome, in 1797.

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Portrait of Cosimo I de’ Medici (1519-1574), c. 1572 by Giovanni Bandini (also called Giovanni dell’Opera) (marble).

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Madonna and child in a landscape c. 1496-1499 by Cima de Conegliano (Oil on panel).

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Saint Crispin (France, c. 1500 (limestone with traces of polychromy).

Saint Crispan is the patron saint of shoe makers.  He and his brother Saint Crispian were tortured for their Christian beliefs and beheaded in 285AD.

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The Swineherd, 1888, by Paul Gauguin (oi; on canvas).

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La Place du Théâtre Français, 1898, by Camille Pissaro (oil on canvas).

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Le Havre, bâteaux de peche sortant du port (fishing boats leaving the port), 1874, Claude Monet.

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Cabinet, c. 1650-75, from Grand Ducal Workshops (Galleria dei Lavori), (ebony, marble, jasper, lapis lazuli and various hard stones, and bronze with gilding).

The birds and flowers that appear to be painted are actually hundreds of pieces of richly hued pietre dure or hard stones, so the designs are laboriously painted in stone.

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Eagle-headed demon ritually expelling sickness and evil spirits from the house, possible purifying anyone entering the King’s living room.

This and following reliefs once adorned the interior walls of the palace of the Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II (reigned 883-859 BC).  They are from ancient Kalhu (now called Nimrud).  He was the first Assyrian king to use stone panels on the interior wall of his palace which was built in mud brick on a stone foundation.  The reliefs were originally painted in black, white, red and blue.

In 879 BC Ashurnasirpal held a large festival to celebrate the construction of his new capital which remained the centre of the Assyrian Empire for 150 years.  It was surrounded by a massive city wall forty-two feet high (thirteen metres) and five miles long (eight kilometres).  At that time it bordered on the Tigris River.

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A winged human-headed genie wearing a double bull horn mitre that may be a supernatural projection of the king.

He holds a conical fruit that he has presumably dipped in the bucket of pollen held in preparation for fertilisation of the Tree of Life, an important symbol in Assyrian religious belief.

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The king holds a libation bowl and a bow, and he is accompanied by a human-headed genie carrying a bucket.  Both are engaged in ritual ceremony.

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Fragment of a painted Assyrian relief, Neo-Assyrian dynasty, Northern Iraq, 7th century BC (limestone).

It probably depicts King Sargon (reigned 722-705 BC) and still shows traces of the colourful paint that once adorned all Assyrian reliefs.

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Head of a Royal Guard from Persepolis, Achæmenid period, Southern Iran, 5th century BC (limestone).

This fragment once belonged to the inner decorated panel of the eastern staircase of the Apadana, the sumptuous audience hall of the Achæmenid kings at Persepolis.

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20th century sculpture but I missed the label.  Giacometti maybe?

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Heraklion and Knossos.

Heraklion and Knossos, Crete, Greece, 12th to 13th October 2018.
Temporary Post. Brief image descriptions and no commentary.

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I’ve been back but I’m continuing the temporary posts.  What that means is that I’m just processing in Lightroom and ignoring images that I bracketed for exposure or for focus stacking.  There are quite a few of those.  In due course I’ll include those images and others in final posts with details on the subject matter, including history and archaeology.  That may take a while because I expect I’ll finish off final posts for Cuba and the Caribbean (2016) first.

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Venetian fort in Heraklion, from our hotel room.

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Old building in need of roof repair, also from our hotel room, Heraklion.

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Knossos (and following images).

West Porch, I think.

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Recreated murals in South House.

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Original fragment of mural with some recreated surrounds.

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Throne room.

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Minoan Bull mural.

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Storage jars.

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“The Royal Road”.

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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ( and following images).

Monochrome Pithoi, Phaestos, 1600-1450BC.

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Decoration on a jar, Knossos, 1800-1700BC.

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Octopus jar.  The most famous jar decoration of them all, Knossos, 1500BC.

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Bull-leaping fresco, original and restoration, Knossos, 1450BC.

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Gold axe, Arkalochori Cave, 1700-1450BC.

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The Harvester Vase, Hagia Triada, 1450BC.

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The Snake Goddess, Knossos, 1650-1550 BC.

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Funeral urn, Knossos or Eastern Crete, 1700-1450 BC.

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Coffin, Tylissos, Panokklisia, 1370-1300 BC.

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Conversing lovers, detail of vase decoration, Arkades-Afrafi, Archaic period, 7th century BC.

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Heraklion Harbour.

Shells for sale by fisherman.

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Fishing boats.

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Fishing net on the wharf.

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Nighttime concert.

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Thira.

Thira or Thera or Santorini, Greece, 8th to 11th October 2018.
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Oia, near where we were staying, on the first evening.

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Musician on the track to the Red Beach.

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Akrotiri Lighthouse.

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On the way back from the lighthouse.

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Looking down from the cliffs.

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Emporio.

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Perissa.

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Megalochori.

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Ferry leaving to Crete.

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Donkeys returning from the Old Port.

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Oia in the evening.

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Akrotiri.

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Akrotiri Town.

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Near Prehistoric Thera.

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Pyrgos.

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Images from the ferry to Crete while still in the Thira caldera.

The town of Oia on the cliff in the distance looks like snow or guano or sulphur deposits.

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Probably Imerovigli.

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Looking out to sea, into the setting sun.

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Athinios Port at the bottom of the cliff, from whence the ferry leaves.

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Athens.

Athens, Greece, 8th to 11th October 2018.
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Approaching the Parthenon.

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Erechtheion.

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Church of St George and top of Mount Lycabettus, from the Acropolis.

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Erechtheion.

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Down in the distance from the Acropolis, not sure exactly what it is.

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Tops of Parthenon columns.

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Parthenon sculpture.

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Monastaraki street, below the Acropolis.

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Church of St Marina in Thissio.

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Agios Eleftherios Chruch.

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Propylaia (in Acropolis, from a distance).

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Roman Agora (or Forum).

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On the streets of Monastaraki.

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Reconstructed Stoa, Ancient Agora.

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Sculpture in reconstructed Stoa.

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Temple of Hephaistos (460-415 BC).

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Acropolis.

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Painting in old church in Ancient Agora.

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Propylaia at sunset.

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Gold signet ring, the largest surviving Mycenaean signet ring,

National Archæological Museum.

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Mycenæan wall painting from 13th century BC.

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Gold ring depicting religious scene.

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Bronze portrait head from Delos, early 1st century BC.

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Grave stele from Thebes, 5th century BC.

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Self-crowning athlete.  Metal wreath fitted in the holes.  c.460BC.

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Sculpture Garden, NGA

Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia, 23 October 2016

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This was a Sunday afternoon where twenty-six of us from the Canberra Photographic Society and community organisation Photo Access undertook a challenge to create Art at the Art Gallery, in my case mainly outside it and in and around the Sculpture Garden.

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All images are infrared.  The first three were in a part of the Sculpture Gardens enveloped in mist while Fujiyo Nakaya’s Fog Sculpture was operating.

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Reflections and views at Fugelman’s Cones.
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Trees and their residents.
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The Tree Fern Garden.
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The Gallery from Outside.
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Outside James Tyrell’s Skyspace.
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James Tyrell’s Skyspace.
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Logically, I should post next for Sydney Blues Festival and the excursion to Point Hicks but the images won’t be ready on time.  So I expect I shall post aerial images between Madagascar and the Falkland Islands next, then the two posts I just mentioned and then the Falklands.  Posting will continue to be slow for a while.

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