Isis, the Bird Goddess

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

We took a Nile River cruise in Egypt in 2013. One of the sites we visited was Esna Temple, about 50 km south of Luxor. The temple was originally built in New Kingdom times, but the present structure was completed by the Romans in the third century AD.

The temple walls are covered with ornate carvings. One of them, shown in the following image, is Isis, the bird goddess. Isis, whose name means “she who sits,” is seated with the warrior goddess Sekhmet to the left and a god(?) wearing a double-plumed headdress to the right while offering two vessels for judgement. Notice the ankh, representing the key of life, in Isis’ right hand. In this carving, the staff in her left hand is topped by a bird’s head rather than the traditional lotus.

This photo was taken on March 1, 2013. Specs are:

Olympus TG-1, ISO 800, f/4.0, 1/80 sec, focal length 80mm (35m-equivalent).

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