Going through pictures of our Geek Cruise
for our newsletter
, I skipped over an insignificant looking photo of the Colliseum at Ephesus.
Ephesus left me wordless in awe that day - an ancient city lost to to an earthquake and the undergrowth a millennium and more; excavation and exploration started 70 or 80 years ago and it was out of this world to see. But somehow the pictures didn't do it justice. Seeing the same picture a little larger and it starts to look a little more spectacular. In this great Coliseum, which is just a tiny part of Ephesus, they've now held modern day concerts with famous names such as Elton John providing the music.
can't give you the impression of that place from the pictures. There's places where pictures can give you a true impression, then others where they are merely a factual record - recording what the head saw rather than what the heart felt. And I thought that Ephesus was going to be one of those.
Then, a fortunate accident. I think I clicked a button that I didn't intend to in my iPhoto package. Oops - what HAD I done? Changed my screen saver.
Stonework and people pointing out from behind windows - oh sh**. But - clear the windows, and for the first time a little of the heart of the picture is showing ... 17" wide screen laptop LCD to the fore.
Do you want to see that picture full screen? It's a lotta bytes ... but here's a link to it
if you would like to see. Please feel free to grab it out of your browser and use it as a screen saver too. And let us know if you recognise anyone - it's a big picture but a small world, and stranger things have happened!
(written 2005-02-27, updated 2008-05-16)
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