Felucca near Kitchener’s Island

This is our entry in The Daily Post Daily Prompt: Sail.

This photo of an Egyptian felucca in sail on the Nile River was taken from Kitchener’s Island near Aswan, Egypt.

This photo was taken on February 28, 2013. Specs are:

Olympus TG-1, ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/640 sec, 18 mm


View from Kitchener’s Island

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Gardens.

In February 2013, we cruised up the Nile River in Egypt. One of our stops was at El Nabatat Island near Aswan to see the Aswan Botanical Garden.  Other names for this island are Kitchener’s Island, Geziret En Nabatat (Plant Island), or the Botanical Island.  It is commonly known as Kitchener’s Island because it was gifted to Lord Kitchener around the turn of the 20th century when he was the Consul-General in Egypt. He is the one who transformed the small island into a paradise of trees and other plants from India and other continents. The Egyptian government now owns and cares for the island, which is a popular park for local people and tourists.  The image below is a view of the Nile River from the gardens on Kitchener’s Island. The smaller boats in the image are feluccas, the  traditional wooden sailing boats that provide an enjoyable way to reach the island.

View from Kitchener’s Island

This photo was taken on February 28, 2013. Specs are:

Olympus TG-1, ISO 100, f/3.5, 1/1000 sec, 6.2 mm

Hathor at the Temples of Philae

This is our entry in Where’s my backpack?’s Travel Theme: Cream.

In late February 2013, we took a cruise up the Nile River from Luxor to Aswan in Egypt. One of our stops was to visit the Temples of Philae on Agilika Island. The Temple of Isis is the largest temple of Philae.  This cream-colored temple is dedicated to Isis, Hathor, and other gods related to childbirth and midwifery.  Hathor, usually depicted as a cow goddess, is one of the most important and loved deities of Ancient Egypt.  In some stories, Hathor is the wife of Horus, who is the son of Isis and Osiris.  Part of the Temple of Isis is the Mammisi, or birth house. One scene on the wall of the Sanctuary of the Mammisi is Isis carrying her baby son Horus.  Around three sides of the Mammisi are columns topped with capitals showing the face of Hathor.


Hathor in the Temple of Isis

This photo was taken on February 27, 2013. Specs are:

Olympus TG-1, ISO 100, f/6.3 , 1/250 sec, 18 mm

Scale & Observation

In 2013, we visited Egypt, first touring Cairo before cruising down the Nile River to Aswan, making stops and excursions to observe ancient sites. Today’s Photo 101 theme is to “play with scale … use anything and everything to help convey size in your image.”  Three images from that trip are shown in this post, each using humans to suggest the enormity of objects from that earlier time.


Abu Simbel, Nubia, Egypt

This photo was taken at Abu Simbel in Nubia, Egypt. This is one of two temples at this site;  it was built for the goddess Hathor and for Nefertari, the favorite wife of Rameses II. Of  the six statues, two are Nefertari and four are Rameses II. These statues are each about 10 meters tall.

Pharaoh Amenhotep III, Colossi of Memnon, Luxor, Egypt

This photo is of the Colossi of Memnon, which are two massive seated stone statues of the Pharoh Amenhotep III, located in the Theban necropolis, west of the Nile River from Luxor. These statues are approximately 3400 years old. Including the stone platforms (about 4 meters high) beneath their feet, they are 18 meters high and stand 15 meters apart.

Unfinished obelisk, Aswan, Egypt

This photo shows (what is believed to be) the largest obelisk ever discovered, located in a stone quarry in Aswan, Egypt. Hatshepsut, one of the most successful Egyptian pharaohs, ordered this obelisk to be made. Fractures appeared in the obelisk as it was being carved from a single rock, and so it was abandoned. Had it been completed, it would have stood 42 meters tall.