St. Bartholomew The Great

Visiting Smithfield Market at the weekend, I came across this wonderful church: the Priory Church of St. Bartholomew, founded in AD 1123. as part of a monastery of Augustinian Canons.
Bartholomew was one of the Twelve Apostles, brought to Jesus by Saint Philip. He is reputed to have brought Christianity to Armenia where tradition states that he was later flayed alive and crucified head down.

Isla Incahuasi – Salar de Uyuni

Once an ancient lake the ‘Salar de Uyuni’  was formed as a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes. It is covered by a few meters of salt crust, which has an extraordinary flatness with the average elevation variations within one meter over the entire area of the Salar. The crust serves as a source of salt and covers a pool of brine, which is exceptionally rich in lithium. It contains 50% to 70% of the world’s known lithium reserves,which is in the process of being extracted. The large area, clear skies, and exceptional flatness of the surface make the Salar an ideal object for calibrating the altimeters of Earth observation satellites. (Wikipedia)
Incahuasi has a total area of 24.62 hectares (61 acres) and hosts gigantic cacti (Trichocereus pasacana). There are unusual and fragile coral-like structures and deposits that often consist of fossils and algae. The place is the top of the remains of an ancient volcano, which was submerged when the area was part of a giant prehistoric lake, roughly 40,000 years ago.

A train ride through tea country

Kandy to Ella, Sri Lanka.

We had a chance to tick a couple of items from our bucket list: hanging off a train’s open door to take pictures, or just for the hell of it.

Saffron Messiah

A collection of statues from the holy sites in Sri Lanka

El Angel del Gran Poder

The yearly celebration of Jesus del Gran Poder gathers over 40,000 participants/dancers every year in May/June in La Paz, Bolivia. It is now considered part of UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage.  I have published a book about this celebration and you can view the digital version here: Gran Poder

 

ΙΧΘΥΣ (Ichthus)

I begin a new project of still lifes with ΙΧΘΥΣ (Ichthus) for “Ίησοῦς Χριστός, Θεοῦ Υἱός, Σωτήρ” (Jesus Christ, son of God, Saviour)

ΙΧΘΥΣ (Ichthus)  for "Ίησοῦς Χριστός, Θεοῦ Υἱός, Σωτήρ"

ΙΧΘΥΣ (Ichthus) for “Ίησοῦς Χριστός, Θεοῦ Υἱός, Σωτήρ”

Time Machine: the return

Yet another image added to my ongoing “Imaginations III” project

TimeMachine-III

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