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Failaka Island – Kuwait
kuwait, archaeology, blackandwhite, sky, clouds, wheelbarrow, failaka
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Fine shot, Helene… such scope, such sky! Glad to see you back. The Oman calendar is, as I understand it, beneath the Christmas tree at my sister’s house in Massachusetts. They know it’s a calendar, I’m sure, but they don’t know WHAT calendar!
Send my best regards to your sister, and tell her Oman will be again among my travel destinations next year, so brand new photos ahead ! ;-) Thank you dear Sheila, I can trust you are always the first to notice my rare posts… I am still in the field and will try and post some more as it is a glorious-sunset-rich year on the Arabian coast !
– Hélène David-Cuny
moi? Jealous ? ;)
Dear Richard, there is a big difference between your photos and mine. In yours the dark tones are due to the clouds, in mine, to the blue sky, but who (apart from you ad me) can see the difference? ;-P
great sky helene! people working with wheelbarrows (gli scarriolanti) had a story in my country, because they worked at the realization of the sistem of channels that drained the Pianura Padana in northern Italy. A hard work in water and mud. There are song of work and fight about them because of the unions activity for workers . It’s strange for me to see them in a place that seems a desert.
Thank you Fabio. This place is a desert, that’s right, but it hasn’t always been and the story behind this is much longer… Actually this is an archaeological site dating back to 2000 BC, on the island of Failaka, 20 km offshore Kuwait City north of the Arabian Gulf. During the Bronze Age, a large settlement of the Dilmun civilisation, was set there, together with a big temple to local deity Inzak, with a very elaborated network of small channels to bring in and out the water from wells for the purpose if the rituals. So the workers you see here (actually Egyptians and Yemenis) are doing something not so far from building your italien drainage system, by uncovering a much older one ! And they don’t sing any more but all have there MP3 in the pocket and earphones on the ears… ;-) The music we can ear though is the screeching of the wheelbarrows, not necessarily disharmonious…
Nice work, and it give pause fot thought. When a job needs doing, and funds are short, people with wheelbarrows are an excellent way we overlook because we want it done yesterday.
Thank you Fred, for this nice tribute to the humble wheelbarrow ! ;-)
Wonderful sky, Helene – a very moody atmospheric shot!
Thank you Trobe, the atmosphere of ending excavations, you know, always very nostalgic… ;-)
Every picture tells a story..how true.Beautifully done Helene.
Thank you EvilTwin !
Extraordinary composition make the beautiful artwork by you:)Take care my artist friend,Sunny
Thanks a lot Sunny, much appreciated !
Thank you Neill !
Stunning! Things look best in Monochrome.
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