Swirling in Pauahi Crater -- "Lava pours onto the floor of Pauahi Crater during the eruption of Mauna Ulu, November 11th, 1973" in Hawaii, USA. Photographer: R. Tilling, United States Geological Survey [1562 x 1053] [OS]
Visit Skytree-Town last weekend and enjoyed the small not so crowded Christmas Market on the 4th floor. I try to avoid the bit markets.
Byzantine mosaic floor symbolizing Earth in accordance with the geocentric view of the universe. From the north pastophorion of the Basilica of Doumetios, 540-575 CE. This room, in front of the church apse, was where bread, wine, and other implements were prepared for consecration. Preveza, Greece.
Roman mosaic of the goddess Diana emerging from her bath, attended by a nymph, only to be surprised by the mythological hunter Actaeon. He will be transformed into a stag and mutilated by his own hounds as repentance for seeing her naked. 2nd century CE. Volubilis, Morocco.
Geometric symbol-and-shape alternation with guilloche bordering. From the ground floor of the 22-room Villa Armira, a mid-2nd century CE rustic estate among the best Roman ruins in modern-day Bulgaria. The owner was likely an Italian marble trader who moved to the province to exploit its quarries.
Paleochristian Frankish sarcophagus with an elaborate vine and floral pattern. It was carved from marble in the 6th century CE. Maguelone Cathedral. Hérault, France.
Minoan clay larnax (ash-chest) with scenes of deer hunting in the afterlife, circa 1370-1340 BCE. Viewers are reassured that the Underworld, set apart "beyond the water" by geometric patterns and symbols, is a paradise consisting of recreation and abundance. Rethymno Archaeological Museum, Crete.
Looking SW over Creag Mhòr (R) from Beinn Sheasgarnich. Beinn Chaluim left and Ben Lui behind to right. Big day but easy-ish going given how dry it is. Water hard to come by which isn’t normally an issue!!
The village of Haid Al-Jazeel, Yemen, on a giant rock in the Doan Valley in Hadramout, and it is believed that the reason for its construction at this height is because of the proximity of the water source and protection from torrents and enemies