Dreamy is this week’s photo challenge from word press: we’d like to see an image that looks dreamy to you.

We were traveling on a cruise ship in 2009 from Aswan towards Luxor temple on the river Nile in Egypt. In the early morning hours, when I opened the drapes, I was pleasantly surprised by a scenery that looked dreamy to me.



The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

-Eleanor Roosevelt 


Capture a silhouette.

Photography is all about experimenting with light, and then positioning yourself (or your subject) in the right spot to achieve a certain effect. One such effect is a silhouette, in which an outline of someone or something appears dark against a lighter background. Silhouettes can be very dramatic and resemble black shapes without any details, but the effect varies from picture to picture.

Here are some visual treats from Egypt.


Pompey’s Pillar, Alexandria, Egypt.


Pyramids of Giza: Take one


Pyramids of Giza: Take two


The Great Sphinx of Giza

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We traveled to Egypt in October 2009 and visited the great Giza Plateau.

At that time, the tourists arrived in cars, buses and vans which assembled in the parking lot. From here on, we had to choose an entirely contrasting means of transportation : our quadruped friends, who helped us slow down to appreciate the most ancient, substantial and mysterious structure in the world: The Great Pyramids of Giza.


I was not feeling very brave to ride the camel in the hot afternoon sun.

I was not feeling brave enough to ride the camel in the hot afternoon sun.


This horse pulled cart looked inviting.

  Off we go! Thanks Pam, (my sister) for taking this shot.

Off we go! Thanks Pam, (my sister) for taking this shot.



Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrasts: This week, in a post created specifically for this challenge, share your own photo showing a CONTRAST.


The golden hour at Mount Sinai

This week’s photo challenge is about “The Golden Hour”.

I always wanted to see the sunrise at Mount Sinai. Luckily, a few years ago my sister and brother-in-law, who were living in Egypt at the time, arranged this trip for us.

Mount Sinai is a 2,285-metre (7,497 ft) high mountain near ancient Saint Catherine monastery in the Sinai region. It is next to Mount St. Catherine (at 2,629 m or 8,625 ft, the highest peak in Egypt).[3]

Climbing Mount Sinai is the main object for most visitors  to Sinai Moses Mountain. You have two choices for getting around and climbing the mountain: on foot, or by camel. We chose the beast to help us on our conquest.

Both paths lead to natural amphitheater known as Elijah’s Hollow or the Seven Elders of Israel, where you’ll find a tea house for a break. From there, it’s a final 750 steps (30 minutes) to reach the summit.


Pre-dawn twilight on Mount Sinai.


It is very cold up there on the vista point and folks are standing bundled up in their jackets and blankets. There are hushed conversations and tourists are eagerly awaiting the sunrise.


The golden hour

The golden hour

Some surrounding mountain peaks lit up by the sunrise.

Surrounding mountain peaks lit up by the sunrise.

St. Catherine's Monastery

The radiant St. Catherine’s Monastery upon our descent from Mount Sinai.

I believe that the true golden hours for majority of us lie between “sunrise and sunset” each day. It is up to each one of us to make them beautiful by good and positive thoughts, kind words and good deeds to the best of our abilities.

In a lighter vein, if someone works the night shift their golden hours may be from sunset to sunrise.

How do you add meaning to your golden hour/ golden hours? I would love to hear back from you.

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She sells sea shells by the sea shore: CURVES

Seashells are nostalgic as they bring back memories of my childhood summers wading the Arabian Sea, shelling the beaches and when I hold a conch by my ear the ocean is not too far away. You may click on any of the pictures below for a larger view.

The colorful curves on the flat scallop shells and the curves of clam shells

Curved and colorful beauties found shelling on Sanibel Island in Florida in 2011.

Beautiful curves and colors on these conches found also on Sanibel island.

Beautiful curves and colors adorn these conches collected on Sanibel Island.

In December 2009 we visited the Citadel of Qaitbay in Alexandria, Egypt. Outside the fortress various vendors were selling different souvenirs, shells and conches.


When I laid my eyes on this conch, I was mesmerized by its curves and my fingers stroked and traced each curve. I flipped the conch and it was even more beautiful.

P1050869Next I inherently held the conch against my right ear to hear the ocean. It was loud in the open marketplace; I covered my left ear with my hand and tried to listen very closely. I sure heard the ocean and it brought a huge smile on my face. Then I saw this huge clamshell next to it.


Giant Clamshell that weighs 2 and a half kilos.


Giant Clamshell opened here and used as a centerpiece on the coffee table.


Our coffee table bedecked with these beauties looks quite ornate.

To think each had been a sea creature’s  home. Mother Nature provides beautiful mansions for her children!

These shells play musical chairs in my home and are versatile to decorate with, be it the bathroom, the living room or sunroom.


A clam shell used to store jewelry by my nightstand.


Giant Clamshell used as a coin holder.


This clamshell serves as a roomy soap dish with 5 and 1/2″ X 9 “dimensions.

When you are done admiring the curves on these shells try twisting your tongue, say “she sells sea shells by the sea shore” three times, rapidly. Got you!

PS: Do you collect shells? I would love to know how you use your shells to decorate your home. You can write in the comments below. Thank you!

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