Take52 Challenge: Week 6 – Ancient

Ancient…such an evocative word. It has an inherent strength that conjures up visions of lost grandeur and beauty; and of staying power…of things that weather the onslaught of time and the human race and survive long enough that they are transformed from merely old to majestically ancient. For this challenge the first thing I thought of was Nature, coz what could possibly be more ancient than Her! Everything about her is Ancient – the Sun, the stars, the Moon, the Oceans, the Mountains…so many fantastic photo opportunities. But a lot of group members had already done a fabulous job of capturing those and so I settled on this vintage silver pendant that I bought in Delhi 2 years ago. I don’t really know how old it is…and it’s certainly not Ancient in the way I wanted it to be, but it will have to do.

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I do have pictures of a lot of Ancient things in my archives…London for example is choc-a-bloc with Ancient; Lisbon is teeming with Ancient as of course is India. The Taj Mahal, The Red Fort…centuries old…excellent examples of Ancient architecture and relics of an ancient history. And yet ancient is relative too…for a flower, ancient is a matter of days at most, perhaps weeks. I dug up a few pics I’ve taken over the years…it was fun as always πŸ™‚

I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend πŸ™‚

10 thoughts on “Take52 Challenge: Week 6 – Ancient

  1. You’re right, ancient is a very lovely evocative word! Just saying it aloud makes my brain go on all kinds of journeys! Into the past I mean πŸ™‚
    All your pictures are also evocative. You picked good ones girlfriend!

    1. Hai na M? It’s a good word. I keep thinking I should make a list of all the words I really enjoy but never get around to actually doing it! Glad you liked the pics πŸ™‚ I think I could have added plenty more…once I got started looking I found it hard to stop πŸ˜› Loved your ‘ancient’ copy of Lust for Life!

    1. Thanks Julio! I really appreciate you taking the time to read and comment πŸ™‚ The Taj was tough to photograph…we were there at Noon…and the light was just too harsh. It is a beautiful monument though.

  2. Oh the Taj. One architectural feat I’d truly love to see. Most, no matter how impressive they are, just don’t grab me. But the Taj sure does.
    Interesting that “antique” by our day-to-day standards pales in comparison to Mother Nature. The stars are truly ancient. But, your pendant is lovely, and I’m happy to assume it’s antique. I’m sure on some creature’s timescale – like a little ol’ bacterium – it is πŸ™‚

    1. I never much cared for the Taj until I was actually in it’s presence! It really is an imposing structure and the inlay work is out of this world. When I think of all the labour that went into it’s creation I have mixed feelings…but I guess that’s why it’s called a labor of love? Only the labor wasn’t really the King’s was it?

      Ooh! Bacteria themselves are ancient πŸ™‚

      1. Look at us being biology nerds. Next thing we’ll be talking stromatolites πŸ˜‰
        Sometimes it’s hard to appreciate a thing when you know about its sordid past. For this reason, I have trouble with zoos and I can’t even think of a circus. However I’m not vegan. So I guess that makes me a hypocrite.
        Anyhoo, the Taj. Beautiful, even if it is too intricate to take it all in πŸ™‚

      2. OMG!! You science teacher you! Had to google those! This could go on forever πŸ˜›

        Yes at some level I dislike the very concept of a Zoo and yet I don’t know how else I would get Junior to see the animals and understand how crucial the need to save them :/ Such difficult times we live in…worse coz we have only ourselves to blame don’t we.

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