TTLT – Day 5 – Solitude

Assignment : How can you interpret the state of being alone, or a lonely and uninhabited place?

Today’s picture is a snapshot of the road to Liwa – an oasis tucked away at the edge of the Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter) desert.

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TTLT – Day 4 – Bliss

Assignment : What is your idea of bliss? Is it an image of your family, laughing at the dinner table? A state of total relaxation, while lying on the beach? Your latest painting, drying on the canvas?

Today’s post is yet another Greek souvenir on my bookshelf – effectively combining my loves of travel and reading. Hence, bliss. This time I present a baby owl with bright blue eyes.

Blue eyed wonder
Blue eyed wonder

Athena, the patron goddess of the city of Athens, was often depicted with or represented by an owl in Greek mythology. The exact reasons for this have perhaps been lost forever in the sands of time. But Athena being the goddess of wisdom, the owl has now come to symbolize wisdom and knowledge. Perhaps it has something to do with their wide, piercing, all-knowing stare? Or the fact that owls can see in the dark? Or that they are keepers of the secrets of the night?

But in spite of their reputation for wisdom, owls do have some negative connotations too. Oddly enough the Hindi word for owl “ulloo” is used to represent a foolish person. Likewise in some cultures the hoot of an owl is said to predict the death of someone in the household. Ironic because so many cross stitch birth samplers seem to feature owls. Circle of life, huh?

Until next time folks… stay blessed!

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TTLT – Day 3 – Water

Okay okay… so it’s not Tuesday anymore in the UAE. But it must be Tuesday still somewhere in the world so technically I’m not too late, right?

The assignment for Day 3 is Water.

This picture was taken in Krabi – a crazy adventure on the last leg of our brief Thailand holiday.

Can you believe how much beauty is packed into that tiny spot on the planet? I’ll admit a small part of me deviously considered “accidentally” missing the boat back to the mainland.

Krabi, Thailand
Krabi, Thailand

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TTLT – Day 2 – Street

Assignment : Today, let’s focus on a street. It can be a quiet road blanketed in snow, an alley near your apartment covered with murals, or a busy street where pedestrians weave between cars and motorbikes…

Today’s post is a peek into the quiet side of Abu Dhabi. The shot was taken around Iftar time (the evening meal for breaking the day’s Ramadan fast), which meant the streets were pretty much deserted. I love how peaceful and calm the city gets at this time.

Silent streets
Silent streets

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TTLT – Day 1 – Home

The theme for the first day of Photo101 is ‘Home’. As always the theme is open to interpretation and here is mine.

I want to share with you a piece from my home – a souvenir from our last trip to Greece. While it still fits in the Home category (Ummm… because it now resides in splendor on my bookshelf), it also reflects my personal philosophy that home is where your heart is. And I confess, a part of my heart was left behind in Greece.

One of the many things we brought back with us from the Land of Gods is the famed Pythagoras cup. Now since I can never pass up the opportunity to share a good story, here is the fable behind this unassuming cup.

The Pythagoras Cup
The Pythagoras Cup

A Pythagorean cup is a drinking cup that has been artfully designed to ensure fair and moderate drinking (Think group drinking session where there’s always that one friend who is over-generous when it is comes to filling his own glass). Credit for this devious invention goes to Pythagoras of Samos (who would have guessed Pythagoras invented the Pythagoras cup!). It allows the user to fill the cup with wine or any other liquid up to a certain level which is indicated by a raised line on the inner side of the cup. If the cup is filled only up to or below that level, the user can enjoy his drink uninterrupted. Beware though if you tend to get a little tip-sy (see what I just did there?) when pouring out your drink. If the liquid runs above the marked line, the cup spills its entire contents out of the bottom onto the lap of the overzealous tip-ster (Moral of the story : Always stand while drinking).

The inside of the Pythagoras cup
The inside of the Pythagoras cup

The story of the Pythagoras cup was first related to us by a lovely woman we met in a charming Greek souvenir shop. DH and I had a hearty chuckle picturing covetous ancient Greeks in soggy togas and I hope you will too.

Below is a picture for those of you who are interested in the science behind the cup. After a VERY effective demonstration of its working, I know I simply had to know how it worked!

The internal workings of the Pythagoras Cup
The internal workings of the Pythagoras Cup (PC : Wikipedia)

So how do you think I did on my first assignment? What would your interpretation of ‘Home’ have been?

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