Man with a horse and cart passing a low blue painted house
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Gallery: where time stands still

Time travels in divers paces with divers persons. I’ll tell you who Time ambles withal, who Time trots withal, who Time gallops withal, and who he stands still withal.

William Shakespeare, As You Like It

There are places in the world where time seems to stand still. Places where you can feel the weight of history. Places where the people who came before you seem still to linger, just out of sight and reach.

For Donna’s Lens Artists challenge theme of Time, I want to share some images of places where I experienced that sense of the past hanging heavy on the present. Ancient streets, places of worship and homes, all redolent with echoes of other footsteps, other events. Whether still in use by the people of today, or left in ruins, these places all had a special atmosphere for me.

Some of these images I will have shared before (and have linked to some of those previous posts); others I will no doubt share in more detail in the future. But for today I will keep things brief. We are just back from a few days in Paris, with lots of photos to sort and edit, as usual. And I’m busy preparing for a trip to Chicago in just over a week. Still, I couldn’t let this fascinating theme pass without contributing something!

Rocky landscape and single bare tree

Walking in the footsteps of the Anasazi at Tsankawi, Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico

Looking out of a cave at a gorge with fir trees

And in the footsteps of the Mogollon at the Gila Cliff Dwellings in the same state

Large cobbles on a street past a wall with ornate portico

The House with the Large Portal, Herculaneum, Italy

Worn stone pyramid with steps

Temple 49, Tikal, Guatemala

Mossy stones with square hollows

The Jaguar Temple at Lamanai, Belize

Red stone building with domed turrets and small balconies

At Fatehpur Sikri, India

Oriental roofs with palm tree and red lantern

The Fujian Assembly Hall in Hoi An, Vietnam

Looking down the nave of a cathedral with vaulting

The nave of Wells Cathedral, Somerset, England

In the Sacré Coeur, Paris

Looking up at a carving of an angel

Lines of carved wooden columns in a building

The Juma Mosque, Khiva, Uzbekistan

Man walking down a stone paved street between old buildings

On the streets of Khiva, Uzbekistan

Ornate wooden door propped open with ruins beyond

Ruined house, Al Minzafah (Ibra), Oman

Walking through Al Hamra, Oman

Man with long robes and turban on a street with ruined houses

Cobbled street with low painted houses

A back street in Antigua Guatemala

Street with large cobbles and low white painted houses

In Villa de Leyva, Colombia

Man wheeling a bike down a cobbled street

A timeless scene in Trinidad, Cuba

[my feature photo was also taken here]

And another in old Havana, Cuba

Woman leaning on a stone balcony of an old house

Two men talking outside a red brick house

In Dhulikhel, Nepal

A sleepy afternoon in Arpino, Italy

[if you only follow one of my links I’d love for it to be this one, as Arpino is a very special place for us]

Stone houses in a narrow street


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