Gallery: pick a word (April 2023)
A word is deadEmily Dickinson
When it is said,
I say it just
Begins to live
Surely our photographs help to bring words to life, and help them to live on? As always, Paula’s monthly Pick a Word challenge prompts us to match a photo to a single word and bring it to life.
My selection this month will take you from the north of England to Iceland, Colombia, Uzbekistan and India. And as usual I haven’t stuck only to Paula’s five words, as I like to tell you a little bit about each photo. However I do try to be more succinct for this challenge than for most of my posts!
A detail of the roof of the Gur-Emir Mausoleum in Samarkand, Uzbekistan
This is the burial place of Amir Timur, also known as Tamerlane. He had built it to house the tomb of his beloved grandson, Muhammad Sultan, but died before it was finished. Another grandson, Ulug Beg, had the mausoleum completed and buried his grandfather there alongside Muhammad Sultan. Later Ulug Beg himself was buried there as well as several other family members.
Wild bison in Periyar National Park in Kerala, India
This is one of a small group of wild bison which we encountered on an early morning walk in the park. I kept my distance and used a long zoom to capture some shots!
Hadrian’s Wall at Peel Crags, Northumberland
Here in Northumberland, England’s border county with Scotland, the remains of Hadrian’s Wall can be seen running up the ridge of Peel Crags. This is part of the Whin Sill which formed 295 million years ago. Movement in the Earth’s crust caused molten rock to rise up from deep within. It didn’t reach the surface but was injected between layers of other rock. This magma cooled and solidified underground to form a vast sheet of rock up to 80 metres thick, which lies beneath much of north-east England. After millions of years of erosion the Whin Sill is now partly exposed at the surface, as here at Peel Crags.
Note the people in the bottom right corner for scale.
Farm near Ytri Tunga on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is situated on the west coast of Iceland, north of Reykjavik. It has stunning scenery that encompasses mountains, volcanoes, waterfalls and dramatic coastal formations. This scene is a more peaceful one however, of a farm near the beach of Ytri Tunga.
An ammonite embedded in the cobbled courtyard of our hotel in Villa de Leyva, Colombia
The valley in which this town is situated is rich in fossils from the Cretaceous era. Everywhere you go in town you can see them in the foundations of old houses and in courtyards such as this one, although using them in building is today forbidden for conservation reasons.
Hello world traveller 🙂 what a treat it is to see your posts. Thank you very much, Sarah. I was very interested to read about your captures. I think that one must use zoom lens with regular cows these days. Apparently they have become too aggressive.
Thanks so much Paula 😊 Yes, I’m wary of regular cows too, unless there’s a fence between them and me. Apparently a handful of people are killed by them in the UK each year!
Great picture of the bison, Sarah! Nice pose. Also liked the azure roof.
Thank you Siobhan – yes, that bison did pose rather nicely!
Very nice selection. Thank you.
Wow, the detailed roof in Uzbekistan is stunning, but my favourite has to be the lovely photo taken in Iceland – the white snow capped mountains and red roofs of the buildings are such a beautiful contrast of colours!
Thank you 😀 Uzbekistan is full of such beautiful mosaics and Iceland packed with great scenery, but those two shots are among my own favourites!
Loved the ammonite.
Thanks Donna, I was thrilled to spot that! Only later did I realise how common they are in these parts 😆
That IS funny. To me it would have felt like finding a treasure too. lol
That’s a great shot of Peel Crags, and wow, love the ammonite, Sarah.
Thanks so much Jo 😊 I loved the ammonite too, and was fascinated to see them all over town!
What a tour!!! I love the tiles – probably because they are a favourite colour of mine….
Thank you Marie 😊 Have you ever been to Uzbekistan? You’d love the architecture there, these colours are everywhere!
Mike and Kellye Hefner
These are all amazing, Sarah. I can’t even pick a favorite. Fun post!!
Thanks so much Kellye, glad you enjoyed this 😀
A wonderful armchair tour!
Thank you Margaret 🙂 That’s a fun way of looking at travel blogs!