This pillar has been here for at least two thousand years, so it should be entitled to lean on the wall.
This is from Baalbek, an enormous complex of Roman ruins in the Bekaa valley of eastern Lebanon. Baalbek contains the largest temples ever built in the Roman empire, but the history of this city goes back to long before Roman times, to about 5 000 years ago.
This picture from 1995 was scanned from a Kodachrome slide.
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mikolaj_kawa (0) 2009-01-06 1:41
Hello Gert! Wonderful ruins. Amazing POV and composition. Good capture. Original work. Well done!
zeynepe (0) 2009-01-06 1:51
"two thousand years" !!!
Old means beautiful.A piece of sky looks beautiful among the ruins.
Congrats and have a nice week,
pen (509) 2009-01-06 2:56
I was in that place last 1996. The antiquity of the place is well recorded in your shot, although this is only a small portion of this magnificent ruins.
kschanna (6) 2009-01-06 2:58
Surely the pillar deserves to lean against the wall and this shot deserves to go on a national geographic magazine.
Great composition with very well balanced framing.
Disabled_A (0) 2009-01-07 4:40
being a history lover, I like this photo very much :) Very good POV and composition showing the "tired" old ruins! The sunny day, the game of light a shadows, the blue sky makes the photo cheerful in spite of the tiredness of the old age :)
I wish you a very good new 2009 year!
PS. after my relatively short absence I seem to have to catch up with a LOT on TE now! :)
saxo042 (37968) 2009-01-07 8:35
The main feature here are all the vertical lines at different angles. Not many colours but still an interesting perspective.
molla (7129) 2009-01-07 14:13
just the fact that first colon leans a bit makes the the comp much more interesting , , they look very casual even if they've ben in the same positions for many hundred years.
mafegan (8626) 2009-01-13 7:18
Quite a funny photo especially after reading your comments. I wonder if 14 years later the pillar is now standing up.
I say this as when I compare my 2 visits to Egypt - so much was lying down and resting in 1974, but by the time I returned 30 years later in 2004 it was glued together and standing up ready to go for another few thousand years. Thanks, Marlene
roshangar (1682) 2009-12-27 4:43
Nice light and very interesting POV to show the old ruins.
jmdias (69196) 2016-05-11 17:00
interesting the column in this position, if it was there so many time is maybe because some earthquake.. Interesting this angle. a place I would like to visit someday.
ikeharel (79099) 2017-03-02 8:40
The leaning pillar is probably made the scene more attractive, Gert.
Its location maybe 50kn from the northern border of Israel - 250km from home, but miles away because of the geopolitical situation. I know for fact its an interesting ancient ruins place. Fine old stuff scanned and posted.