Photographer's Note

Peering through a tiny hole in the side of the Step Pyramid, one glimpses the haunting image of King Djoser (Zoser), the first pharaoh of the Third Dynasty (ca. 2800 BC). The pyramid is in the Saqqara Valley, approximately an hour south of the Valley of Giza. The architect of this, the oldest of pyramids in Egypt, was the legendary Imhotep, Royal physician and sage, often cited as the first scientist in history. This is a time more than two millennia before the Greek natural philosopher, Thales of Miletus. Indeed, Imhotep served as the inspiration for the Greek God of Medicine, Aesclapeios.

Many excellent sources exist for mor information on the Step Pyramid, and one such source is the National Geographic site,

With minimal light and no opportunity to illuminate the statue with a flash or other artificial methods, this effort called for a lengthy time exposure. I was gratified that the photo came out as well as it did.

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