Sunday, 23 August 2009

Sunday Stills - A Beautiful Road

Pompeii 1582 R

I have cheated this week as I have been rather busy and have not had much time to swan about with my camera. I took this photo while on holiday a couple of years back, in the haunting excavated town of Pompeii, Italy.
The eruption of Vesuvius started early on the morning of 24 August, AD 79, taking the local population by surprise. A massive cloud of gas and volcanic rock rose high in the air, darkening the sky, showering ash and rock fragments covering Pompeii.
Excavations started back in 1748 revealing prestigious buildings, artifacts and roads.
This is my entry for Sunday Stills, the theme this week is The Open Road.

I've added some more photos of Pompeii here.

15 comments:

Ed said...

Very cool, any other pics? I've always wanted to visit Pompeii..:-)

Holly said...

TOTALLY kewl! This one rocks!

gtyyup said...

That's something I'd really like to see! Yes, more pics??? Love to see them.

moresecretwhispers said...

gorgeous photo for sunday stills :)

WildBlack said...

Way too cool! :) Very nice shot!

lecoinperdu said...

Hi hi!! So nice to see you here!! A lovely shot, done in your usual perfect and beautiful style!
ronell

Annette said...

A perfect shot practically on the anniversary of the eruption.
Yes, more pics please.

CTG Ponies said...

What a beautiful photo! Years ago I saw a traveling museum display from Pompeii. It was pretty haunting to see some of the artifacts.

flowerweaver said...

Very nice! I was fortunate to see the Pompeii exhibit in Dallas, TX back in the 1970's and was amazed by both the lovely tile murals and people's forms in lava showing how quickly it happened. I don't remember any photos of the excavated site, so this is interesting to see. Hope you will post more and let us know!

Nicisme said...

Thanks everyone for the comments!

Ed - thanks and I will find a few more photos of Pompeii.

Holly - thank you so much!

gtyyup - am going to put some more up, and.. thanks!!

moresecretwhispers - thank you!

WildBlack - thank you!

Lecoinperdu - hiya, thanks and also for sharing the Sunday Stills link.

Annette - I never even realised that the date was so close, well spotted!!!

CTG Ponies - thank you! Yes, very haunting indeed...

flowerweaver - thank you so much. I really enjoy those exhibitions, saw one recently on the Chinese Terracotta Warriors, it was wonderful.

theegggather said...

Cool pics. And we complain about potholes! Good job.

Jane said...

Wonderful photos! Really beautiful . . .

Nicisme said...

Thank you theegggather and Jane for your comments!

dibear said...

WOW! This is a great shot. Love the perspective of the road. Love to see more. :):)

Ann said...

even before I read your commentary, I was thinking of Roman soldiers and am really pleased with myself that I am right.