While on our 5-day Nile River cruise in Egypt, we stopped at an island where we visited a farmer and his family, and we were shown around the area where he lives. For Norm’s Thursday Doors feature this week, here are some doors and other sights on Besaw Island.
On our way to our host’s house, I took most of these photos.
This door is at our host’s house.
Although the family’s house is small and they don’t have much, their house is neat and the food they served us was delicious!
Travel With Intent has a “One Word Sunday” challenge and this week the one word is voyager.
My husband and I have recently returned from a month-long trip to Egypt and Israel. For the Egypt portion, we toured with Overseas Adventure Travel, my favorite travel company! Five days of the tour were spent on a cruise of the Nile from Luxor to Aswan, on board a small ship called a dahabeya. It was very intimate: there were only 14 passengers, which were the members of our group, plus 14 staff members! Our small ship was new – we could smell the newness of the olive wood from which much of the furniture was made!
Here is our dahabeya, named Aida.
Normally the sails were not unfurled – the dahabeya was pulled by a tug, since it doesn’t have a motor. However, we all wanted to see it with open sails, so they unfurled the sails and we circled it in a small boat so we could take pictures!
Here are some photos of the interior:
After our Egyptian tour, we went to Israel and joined another tour! This was led by the Christian tour company Maranatha Tours Inc. One day we sailed on the Sea of Galilee, and the people on board the typical “ark” sang hymns.
Afterward, we went to a visitors center where there was on display the remains of an actual 2,000 year old boat, which had been salvaged from the bottom of the lake (Galilee is actually a lake, not a sea, despite its name).
A informational poster on the side showed all the types of wood it had been made of.
This was the type of boat Peter, Jesus’ disciple, would have used in his profession as a fisherman.
Finally, I am including a photo of my husband, Dale, and me, because we too are voyagers!
Stay tuned for a series of blogs telling all about our adventures in Egypt and Israel!! 😀
Nancy Merrill’s A Photo a Week challenge this week is about contrasting colors, using a color wheel which shows which colors contrast with each other.
In art, we often see paintings with colors that seem to pop out of the image. An artist may use what are called “complementary colors” (contrasting colors) to emphasize something in an image, such as an orange flower against a blue sky, or to create interest using contrasts. Here is an example by Georgia O’Keeffe, called “Trees in Autumn” (1920/21 oil on canvas, at Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico).
Here’s a photo I took of a tree in autumn.
As one can see from the color wheel above, the primary colors (blue, red and yellow) are matched with secondary colors (green, orange and purple) which provide the greatest contrast. Blue is matched with the secondary color that is created by combining the other two primary colors (red and yellow). Thus:
Blue’s complementary color is orange.
Red’s complementary color is green.
Yellow’s complementary color is purple.
Weavers are very adept in using contrasting/complementary colors to create colorful patterns. This is a close-up of a Peruvian woven sling I use to carry my water bottle. Note the green stripe against pink on one side and maroon on the other (both versions of red), or the blue stripe in the middle surrounded by orange stripes.
Nature is also excellent at creating contrasts:
We see this same contrasting beauty in architecture, such as Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, Israel, with its famous golden dome contrasting with the blue sky and with the blues in the tiles on the walls. The artist(s) who created these lovely patterns with tiles had an innate sense of contrast, making the designs of the whole building stand out, impressing viewers.
The Christmas season is represented by red and green, which naturally complement (or contrast with) each other, making holiday decorations pleasing to look at.
We’ve been so busy since we got home from our trip to Egypt and Israel last week, due to our daughter’s wedding this weekend, that I have not had time to organize my photos for blogging about the trip. Plus my camera broke while on the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem so I need professional help at least to restore the photos in my memory card(but that’s a whole other story)!
Thursday has rolled around again so I have compiled cellphone photos of the doors of Old Jerusalem. These were taken on the Via Dolorosa (literally “Sorrowful Way”) which is said to be the route Jesus took after his arrest and condemnation to carry his heavy cross to the place of his crucifixion.
Old Jerusalem has so many beautiful doors and gates that I even saw a poster depicting many of them. (I guess Norm and his fellow door lovers aren’t the only ones obsessed with doors, lol!) This post is strictly doors – I did not include gates because that would double the number of photos in this post!
We started at the Temple Mount, including Dome of the Rock, which is said to be the spot on which the temple stood, and ended at the Western (Wailing Wall), which will be the subject of a future post. These are doors I photographed along the way, and many of them I do not specifically identify because we saw so many places that day! (I’ll try to be better organized when blogging about the actual places. :-}
All photos taken with Samsung Galaxy S7, on January 14, 2019.
We have just returned from a monthlong trip to Egypt and Israel! This is my first post, just in time for Norm’s Thursday Doors! On December 27, we were in Luxor, Egypt, where the members of our tour group walked from where our bus left us off through dusty streets to a restaurant for lunch. This neighborhood had many colorful doors, which I managed to snap while keeping up with the others!
I was excited to have the chance to photograph “ordinary” doors while not on a bus, after visiting awe-inspiring ancient Egyptian monuments that morning.
The woman at the edge of this photo seemed amused at my choice of subject.
Beautiful archway, with a holiday decoration – Egyptians love to decorate for Christmas. The non-Christians celebrate the Christian holidays and the Christians celebrate the Muslim holidays!
Not our restaurant, but what a beautiful entrance! (And is that Santa Claus on either side of the doorway?!)
This was a very small door – a doghouse door maybe??
This is where we had lunch!
I found is amazing the variety of doors in color and design I saw just in one small neighborhood!
Next door neighbors!
If I could read Arabic, perhaps I would know what was behind this colorful door.
I love the paintings and decorative writing on this house (?). It seems to be part of the