This photo was actually taken from the vicinity of the Pyramids, looking towards the desert. Giza ends so suddenly at the Pyramids, and the desert begins, that, aside from the vehicle tracks, one would have no expectation that there was anything out there in the desert.
This scene reminds me of nothing so much as the promotional shot for the movie Eat, Pray, Love, where the Western women who are the main characters are riding on elephants with their parasols. These camel-riders were doing the circuit around the Pyramids of Giza.
Layers of stone blocks leading up the the peak of the Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops). Being at the base of the pyramids, one really appreciates what a mad endeavour they were, transferring so much stone out into the desert, to build giant mounds for small chamber tombs.
The same photo as yesterday’s, done in the style of a plate in an old book, from the late 19th/turn of the 20th century.
Despite the crowds, there is still a timeless quality to the Pyramids, with their weathered stone in the greyish, dust-filled Cairo sky. The camel-drivers who offer rides dress in a traditional manner, and I think this photo could have easily been taken in the nineteenth century (I have made an alternate version following that line of reasoning).
What I believe to be Lycoperdon pyriforme, another apparently-edible species, growing on a downed log.
An apparently-edible species of mushroom which grows from the sides of trees in a distinctive shape.
A winter scene at Lower Yosemite Falls, as frigid water cuts through snow on New Years’ Day 2011.