Monday, September 29, 2008

Photo of the Week--9/22/08

I think I've mentioned I have a weakness for beautiful buildings set against clear blue skies.... In February 2000 we visited Tunisia, the North African country located between Algeria and Libya. The country has Roman ruins (Carthage is in Tunisia, although we didn't visit the city), Mediterranean beaches, salt lakes and the Sahara, and holy cities and mosques. This photo is of the rabat of the Grand Mosque of Kairouan. Kairouan is the fourth-holiest city in Islam (behind Mecca, Medina, and Jerusalem), where the Muslim religion found its first foothold in Africa. This photo is of the Mosque's rabat, from which they call people to worship. In this photo you can't see how hugely tall the building is, but I couldn't resist looking up to photograph the way the clouds just seemed to stream out of the building. There's a quality to Mediterranean skies that produces the most beautiful blues, and with the sunlight reflecting off the buildings ... sigh. It's a warmth and contrast I don't often see at home, especially not in the winter.

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