Water, water, everywhere- a paean to Roman aqueducts

The excerpt below is taken from the book “Rome in Africa” by Susan Raven in the chapter titled “Conquest of a Country”. “There is a legend that a Roman soldier fell in love with a native (Carthaginian) princess, who as proud as Dido, would have nothing to do with him; she would never marry him,…

Weekly Photo Challenge- Out of this World

Back to the challenge after a few weeks. This week, the aim is to show something that we are accustomed to or is commonplace, but from a ‘out of the world’ perspective. This took me back to a few photographs that I had taken a while ago of the water in the marina under the…

Gulls in the Marina

I was sunning myself on a bench at the Marina this afternoon (the days are getting cooler) when I noticed a flock of gulls in the water. I have so far not seen gulls in the Marina (though I must confess I’m mostly only there during the evenings or nights). Having been gifted a new…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monochromatic: Water, Mist and Trees

This week’s challenge is to post a monochromatic photo. We often assume that monochromatic means black and white. However monochromatic can be composed of any single colour and its gradients. So here’s my photo from Lake Yamanako in Japan. The point of focus in my photograph is the clump of trees that stand above the…

K for Kayaking

I kayaked for the first time in my life just over three years ago. I took a kayak into the backwaters of Kerala near Thattekad. I fell in love with it- floating over the water noiselessly and watching cormorants fly over my head was something I’d never experienced before. I wanted to keep on going-…

And the Kayak…

I love kayaking. Agreed I haven’t really been on a kayak too often- ok! only 5 times ever in my life but I love it. I love how you feel cut off from terra firma, how you can feel one with the water and the world.   On a calm backwater you could look up…

Roman Aqueducts

Aqueducts are considered one of the marvels of Roman engineering. Aqueducts are used to carry water from their source to a destination (usually a city or town whose residents need water). Rome itself was served by numerous aqueducts (not surprising considering that the population of Ancient Rome (the capital) in the early and mid empire…