Historical

Peeking Church

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4 - f/3.5, ISO 320, 1/3200

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4 - f/3.5, ISO 320, 1/3200

In Istanbul, when we were walking down a side street I happened to see this church peeking between two buildings. I would have missed it easily if I hadn't looked as I was walking by. I like catching things like that. :) 

The next two weeks I will be traveling, so I will do my best to keep up my photo of the day. I hope to take many photos while I'm traveling around. One special thing that is happening tomorrow is Joshua and my 9th Anniversary married! Exciting! :) Can't believe we've been together that long. We're going to be hanging out with some amazing people, so it'll be a fun day.

I will be posting some fun pictures this week, so be on the lookout! 

-Ashley

The Details

Sometimes when I look at older architecture, particularly at a time when everyone did everything by hand, I am amazed. This is all done by hand. I can't read Arabic, but I believe these are all scriptures from the Qur'an (which is the Muslim's holy book). Even all the painting and design you see are by hand. I could never do something like that! Can you imagine how much time that would have taken?!

I wonder if I tried to do something this detailed what would happen. Only thinking about that for a second, the first thought that comes to mind that I'd get bored really fast. :) I don't think I'm meant for that kind of work! I like details, but that is overly-detailed for me. 

What about you? Would you have the patience for that kind of work?

Regardless if you'd enjoy it or not, I hope you have a great Thursday! 

-Ashley

 

Full of Color

This my friends, is the Wazir Khan Mosque. It is probably one of the prettiest mosque's I've seen in South Asia (and again is made by the Mughals). It's just so beautiful and full of color--great for pictures! I believe I've posted other pictures from this place (you can find them here: Looking Up in a Mosque, Goodbye, for now!, and A Deep Longing).

Hope you have a terrific Monday today and that it won't be like the start of ours (a flat tire). 

-Ashley

Beautiful Mosque

This is one of the prettiest mosque's I've ever been to. It was made by Aurangzeb Alamgir, who was the sixth Mughal Emporer. The Mughal's built many of the architecture all across South Asia. Mughal architecture has many similarities, which I really enjoy. If you've read other blog posts from me, you will probably see how much I mention symmetry. I just love finding symmetry in the pictures I take!

I feel very blessed that I am able to see these sites, as many people in the world haven't seen them in person. Now you, reader, have at least seen them in my blogpost! 

You can see this mosque in a couple other blog posts: Three Words: Life. Is. Crazy. and Mosque in a Distance.

Hope that your Thursday has gone well! 

-Ashley

Late, but better than never!

Well folks, let's just say that I have been avoiding my computer like the plague lately. I spend so much time on it normally that it's been so refreshing taking a step away. We have done many other activities--we've gone running, walked through wooded parks, played with dogs (Josh's uncle's), played Farkle and Phase 10 with Joshua's grandparents, watched TV, played piano, went to fun flea markets, baked cookies, and at other times, we've just sat on the porch with Joshua's grandparents drinking tea/coffee while having good conversation. It's been so chill--I have loved every minute of it. My life is anything but chill normally, so this is exactly what I need. Hence the reason for not turning on my laptop. :)

However, I woke up this morning with an itch to do more 'productive' things, so here I am!

This picture is of an old gate leading to a mosque. I decided to post process it to black and white because it made it look more dramatic. 

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you're enjoying your summer days! 

-Ashley

Goodbye, for now!

So this will be my last post before leaving and might be for a few days until I get over the first onset of jet lag. We'll see how motivated I am to turn on my computer!

This was taken at a historic mosque near where I live. Probably one of my favorite places I've seen here! I love the colors, the flowers, the old wood, etc. 

Unfortunately, not much time for a blogpost today--so have a great Thursday! I will be back to report how the 20+ hour flight is and any other traveling woes we encounter on our way back to Texas! :) 

See you in the State's! :)

-Ashley

Colorful Painted Flowers

On this same historical trip (that I keep mentioning) that I went with my students on, I took this picture below:

This place was quite beautiful--probably one of my favorite places I've visited! It was colorful with painted flowers, old doors, distressed walls and a symmetrical layout. I wouldn't mind revisiting this place.

I woke up this morning with a horrible cold. I have still tried to work, but I just feel like someone has taken the wind out of me! I hope that it leaves before our travels to the U.S., otherwise that will be a miserable trip! 

Hope you enjoy your Friday and weekend! For me it's lots of packing and moving. Fun, fun, fun...! ;)

-Ashley

Old Doors

I love the look of these old doors!

I love the shapes, star/flower things in the center of the squares, the distressed look of the wood, etc. It even reminds me a little of the Kingdom of God. Not exactly because I would think that the door wouldn't be locked, but at least cracked open. I'll get one of those pictures one day for my Kingdom of God project!

Hope that you have a great day!
-Ashley