KRINAIAI, the Naiads of fountains

Cee’s Black & White ChallengeThis black and white challenge is topic related but this week there is no theme.

So I thought I’d take the opportunity to feature one of my favourite fountains  in the Jardin Anglais in Geneva, Switzerland.

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This large bronze fountain with its superposed basins borne by naiads was the work of the Parisian sculptor Alexis André in 1862.

KRINAIAI, the Naiads of fountains
KRINAIAI, the Naiads of fountains

THE NAIADES were fresh-water Nymphs who inhabited the rivers, streams, lakes, marshes, fountains and springs of the earth. They were immortal, minor divinities who were invited to attend the assemblies of the gods on Mount Olympos.

fountain-3fountain-2I am combining this post with this week’s Travel Theme challenge from Ailsa of “Where’s My Backpack?” who has written an interesting article about statues in Rome and is now urging everyone to find some suitable STATUES to join her this week. If you would like to join in with her challenge then please do.  Everyone is welcome.

Once there were windows…

This weekly challenge is hosted by Dawn from ‘The Day After’ who invites participants to post pictures of any windows that  they find curious, inviting, photogenic, or in some way tell a story. Visit her blog to see more windows and/or to join in with the challenge.

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Witley Court in Worcestershire was once a grand Victorian country house, developed over several centuries, but it’s heyday was in the 19th century when the 1st Earl of Dudley invested heavily in the refurbishment of the house spending the equivalent of £100 million. His fortune came from the coal mines of the Black Country together with iron works, chemical factories and the railways.

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After the First World War the family’s fortunes declined and the second Earl decided to sell it to a carpet manufacturer from Kidderminster. In 1937 the main part of the house was destroyed by fire, believed to have started in one of the kitchens. Now you see the shell of the house, without any glazing in the stone mullion window frames.

The South Wing
The South Wing
Through the Door
Through the Door

The main attraction to the site is a restored working fountain which represents  Perseus and Andromeda and reaches the original high cascades when fired on the hour between 11 am and 4 pm.

fountainThere are also lovely woodland walks and  restored parterre gardens and the ruins of a gorgeous conservatory which once housed exotic plants and had an enormous cast-iron, plate glass roof.

conservatorySource: English Heritage and Information plaques on site.

L for Lotus Temple

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The Lotus Temple, located in New Delhi, India, is a Bahá’í House of Worship completed in 1986. Notable for its flowerlike shape, it serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent and has become a prominent attraction in the city. Wikipedia

Baha'i Temple (6)Delhi in winter is unfortunately plagued by fog and pollution caused by the many open fires in the city. Hence the rather hazy photographs.

Before you reach the House of Worship you need to deposit your shoes at the shoe room.  You can then enter the Prayer Hall, which is a place for silent prayer and meditation for people of all religious backgrounds. Photographs are not allowed inside, but it is very plain with rows of chairs although the roof structure is quite interesting.

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The lotus has been used as a unifying symbol for all Indian religions.  The most basic idea in the design is that light and water are used as its two fundamental elements, and that these two elements alone are responsible for the ornamentation of the House of Worship in place of the thousands of statues and carvings to be found in other temples.

 

Travel Theme: Pink

Ailsa of “Where’s My Backpack?” is tickled PINK this week. If you would like to join in with her challenge then please do. Everyone is welcome.

(Above: pink flamingo at San Diego zoo)

50 shades of pink

Pink is not a colour that I wear or normally buy, though I confess to having a soft-touch pink mouse attached to this laptop. Not by design, it was the only colour they had in stock. As the only girl-child in my family I was enforced to spend my childhood in a  pink room (Dawn Pink) which was quite a subtle pink if I remember correctly, but pink all the same. As a teenager I rebelled and went for purple!

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Anyway, obviously the same distaste doesn’t stop me from photographing things that are pink, so here are a few of my discoveries made on my travels.

Pink in India

(click on an image to view the slideshow)

Do YOU PINK?

Ahwiyah – Quiet Water

THIS WEEK, IN A POST CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHOW US AN IMAGE THAT SAYS REFLECTION.

I have blogged about Yosemite before; it is a place where I felt the opportunity to reflect on life. It seems appropriate to use this image for this week’s photo challenge.

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Postcards from

A boulder reflected in mirror lake, Yosemite valley. February 2012.

The Mirror lake, where stars and mountains view,

The stillness of their grandeur, and the hue.

Imperishably pure beyond all things below,

Traced in the crystal wave of cold Nevada’s snow.

Henry Willis Baxley, 1865

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