Random Fridays: Vomitorium

A passage below the Roman amphitheatre in Cadiz, Spain.

A passage below the Roman amphitheatre in Cadiz, Spain.

Now there’s a catchy word: vomitorium. Nothing — although you might think so — to do with relieving an over-full stomach. Rather, the word describes a passage through which large numbers of people could rapidly leave an entertainment venue, such as an amphitheatre. (source) This particular vomitorium is in the Roman amphitheatre in Cadiz, Spain.


A Word A Week Challenge – Roof

Do you know the “A Word a Week Challenge”? It’s a great opportunity for photographers to share their shots on a common theme. This week’s word is: Roof. Here are my entries.

The Forbidden City, Beijing, China.

A roofline in the Forbidden City, Beijing, China.

San Francisco roofs at sunrise.

San Francisco roofs at sunrise.

Rooftops in Vejer, Spain.

Rooftops in Vejer, Spain.

Gargoyles on a roof in Toronto.

Gargoyles on a roof in Toronto.

Rooftops in Nice, France.

Rooftops in Nice, France.

Reflections 1

We all have eyes; we all see. Yet what we see is filtered by our minds, our experiences, our expectations. Sometimes, a reflected vision offers a new way of seeing. A world is on offer; go see it.

Venice Italy mask bridge reflection

Venice, Italy: Possibly my favourite ‘Reflections’ photo. I love the arched stairs and balustrade of the bridge behind me reflected in the window, the enigmatic stare of the largest mask, and the way the ones along the bottom seem to be gossiping among themselves.

Zahara de los Atunes Spain sunset reflection

Zahara de los Atunes, Spain: Sunset reflected in a copper urn (me, too, if you look closely!).

San Luis de Potosi Mexico sunrise reflection

San Luis de Potosi, Mexico: Sunrise in the window of my hotel room.

The Entrance Australia reflection

The Entrance, Australia: An infinity of bridge pylons at dusk — and one duck.

Bondi Beach Australia reflection

Bondi Beach, Australia: Winter sunset reflected in the sand at low tide.

Vejer de la Frontera Spain reflection

Vejer de la Frontera, Spain: White stucco walls reflected in the window of a shop selling fans.

Adelaide Botanic Gardens Australia reflection

Adelaide Botanic Gardens, Australia: The gardens reflected in the sculpture, and the sculpture reflected in the pond.

Bolivia rail bridge reflection

An overland journey from Brazil to Equador, somewhere in Bolivia: Our driver and tour guide, reflected in the rear view mirror of the truck (“No es un bus! Es un camion!”) just before she drove across the railway bridge.