Children’s Drawings from the Terezín Ghetto

We generally like to post beautiful and interesting images. This post is different.

While in Prague this April, we toured several of the synagogues near our AirBnB. One was the Pinkas Synagogue which includes an exhibit of art made by Jewish children who were incarcerated in the Terezín ghetto during the Second World War. The ghetto was used for propaganda to convince international observers, such as the Red Cross, that German treatment of the Jews was humane. The children were props and almost all were murdered in the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau after being put on display to show how well they were being treated.

We found the exhibit to be emotionally challenging. Many visitors were in tears. We looked at every piece of work and were heartsick.




Early Cycladic Harpist and Flutist

This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Music.

This photo was taken in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Greece. These Early Cycladic figurines, carved in parian marble, are a harpist and a flutist.  According to a plaque near the figurines, the “Harpist of Keros, seated in an elegant throne, holds a stringed instrument, lyre or harp (trigonon).”  Of the flutist, the plaque says “The musician plays the double flute standing firmly on the ground.” These figurines date from 3200 to 2700 BC.

This photo was taken on September 23, 2016.  Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/2.4, 1/3 sec, 5.9 mm

Playing with water drops

We like to find patterns. For a little diversion, we decided to photograph water drops to see what patterns we could find. (We did that in earlier posts, too. See A little diversion: high-speed photography and Another Diversion: Macro Photography ). The technique we used is described by Gavin Hoey  on YouTube (// and it produced the following photos. We labeled the photographs with what we thought we saw when we looked at them. If you want to suggest something else, please leave a comment.

The Elephant
The Basketball Player
The Embrace
Trix Rabbit
My Cup Runneth Over
Mother and Child
The Snail
The Turtle
The Turtle

Zeus or Poseidon: a Magnificent Statue

Last month we visited the National Archeological Museum in Athens, Greece. One of the major attractions is a statue of a Greek god posed mid-stride to hurl a weapon. This statue was  recovered in 1928 from a shipwreck off Cape Artemision in north Euboea, Greece. Because the weapon itself was not recovered, it is uncertain exactly which god is represented. If the weapon was a thunderbolt, then this is most likely Zeus, the god of sky and thunder who lived on Mount Olympus as king of the gods. If the weapon was a trident, then this is probably Poseidon, god of the sea (and brother to Zeus). The museum believes that Zeus is the more probable answer.

This statue was created in bronze around 460 B.C.E. in the Early Classical (Severe) style.  The beauty and detail of the statue is amazing and seems so advanced for something from a far distant past.