Sunrise at Nemrut Mountain in south eastern Turkey. The headless statues in the bg, and the fg heads, look strangely incongruous. Built by Antiochus I, in the 1st century BC, the entire top of the mountain was removed to construct them, and the 2,134 m (7,001 ft) high summit is now capped by a tumulus, with a steep scree slope, visible at top right. The western terrace around the back is also worth a look.
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mesutilgim (97474) 2014-07-21 1:11
Hello dear Chris my neighbour today,
That's a great surprise; both of our entries today are almost from the same region, only aboy 300 km's distance from each other !
I made my capture on 1st of June and you on 30th May !
This capture has a very uniqe warm morning light on it and is very well composed.
TFS and have a nice week ahead
Royaldevon (43265) 2014-07-21 1:37
Ancient sites don't always capture the attention of people who have not experienced the emotion of 'being there' but this is an engaging shot. It is helped enormously by the warm sunlight on the upper parts which makes the unlit heads seem even more severed!
Excellent sharp, textural details.
have a great day,
timecapturer (49288) 2014-07-21 2:44
a wonderful post this. It looks like a fascinating place to be at sunrise, especially if deserted. Lots to admire and wonder at here in this superb capture.
Have a good week - B.
delpeoples (59772) 2014-07-21 2:50
Wow this looks like something out of Lord of the Rings. And this time you definitely have the light with you in this early Blue Hour. beautiful contrast of the stonework and the powder blue sky. Excellent details despite the low light and of course this is one very compelling and unique subject.
Thanks for sharing, have a great day
daddo (27894) 2014-07-21 2:52
Hi Chris. The whole thing reminds me of Shelley's poem Ozymindias so that I shall not go to Nemrut for I would find it too sad.
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away."
siolaw (38292) 2014-07-21 3:39
Very strange indeed! Were they built that way, or were they beheaded after completion?!! Anyhow a fine picture in soft light and pastel colours... great, uncommon subject too!
snunney (106393) 2014-07-21 4:27
A very evocative image from this ancient site that still has the power to impress. The soft morning light suits the subject perfectly bringing out the nuances of tone and detail to good effect. Thanks for sharing.
pierrefonds (71037) 2014-07-21 4:30
The distance between the heads in the foreground and the statues in the background is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and the colors of the artworks. The sunrise is giving nice colors to the sky. Have a nice day.
Sergiom (88141) 2014-07-21 5:30
J'aime bien l'atmosphère qui se dégage de cette image prise tôt le matin ou en début de soirée. L'ensemble est d'une grande netteté et les détails ressortent parfaitement.
ikeharel (78161) 2014-07-21 7:29
Saw this heads once on TE, Chris, do not remember by whom posted.
Nevertheless, as the morning light dividing the scene created a marvelous effect with the rocks and stones scattered.
Technical's are well applied.
Nicou (150892) 2014-07-21 8:41
fantastique image et compo superbe vue quelles statue de pierre quelles formes ces statues avec de tons différents le haut tout en douceur avec les derniers rayons le bas plus couleur pierre grandiose.
Bravo et amitié
jjcordier (79297) 2014-07-21 21:07
Je suppose que les têtes appartiennent aux statues de l'arrière-plan? Elles sont, en tout cas, assez spectaculaires. Jolie lumière matinale.
resat1972 (7576) 2014-07-22 10:08
harika bir ışık dengesi
emka (106570) 2014-07-25 5:46
It is my dream to go to see Nemrut Dagi and this view at surise. But I doubt if I ever go there. Amazing these giant heads. And you did well to go there for sunrise, the light is marvelous.
WArm regards MAlgo
Miguel82 (27752) 2014-07-30 12:16
Very ancient patrimonial site Chris, many statues reminding totems, a must see place of eastern Anatolia, regards
kasianowak (10401) 2014-08-09 11:39
Beautiful light well captured. It must have been an amazing feeling to be in that place in the evening. It looks so captivating and mysterious.