Honeycombed Art in the Walls

The Museum of Islamic Art in Doha had some gorgeous displays, some just jaw dropping like a fully restored suit of armor for both the Ottoman soldier and the horse.

I barely noticed. I was completely riveted by the architecture, probably the largest and subtly incorporated Islamic art, in the name of architecture.

The Met explains geometry in Islamic art better than I ever can. Using a play on geometric shapes and patterns yields some stunning architecture as the UAE and Qatar are beginning to demonstrate. The mix of old, new, and structure as a medium was so wonderfully exhibited here and I kept sprinting through the many galleries so that I could emerge out of the dark corners to explore a different perspective of the main hall.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Neighbouring Agra is home to the more famous Taj Mahal.. but I find Humayun’s Tomb, a likely prototype or inspiration to the Taj, in Delhi to be under appreciated. Unlike the over-crowded Taj, Humayun’s Tomb was eerily empty and serene when I paid a sunset visit. And, unlike the Taj that prohibits photo taking inside, I was free to play around with my camera in catching the lighting.

Nikon D80, f/2.8, 1/20s

South West Coast Path: Marazion

Ever had one of those “meh”days? Days when, even though you know it could be a good one, you’re feeling rather uninspired? It’s worse when it’s a day in the middle of traveling. Today was such a day.

I started in Marazion town. The town itself is absolutely adorable. A winding street of old buildings colourfully painted. And most homes has a plaque nailed in its exterior face identifying what that structure used to be in the old days, so signs such as “Old School House,” “Marazion Institute,” “Quaker House.”

Marazion faces St. Michael’s Mount, the castle topped island I have been admiring from my first day’s walk. What I didn’t realize was there was a causeway, a stone walkway linking Marazion to the Mount, walkable during low tide. Quite a view. Just like what I imagine a castle should be.

Nikon D90, f13, 1/20s

The walk between Marazion and Penzance is linked by a concrete walking path. Rather dull. It weaved through some sand dunes. With the Christmas holiday, vacationers came out to enjoy the air. While it was unseasonable warm, the wind was blowing up a storm, enough to lift the gritty sand to whip on the face. The parasurfers seem happy with that, their colourful sails a cheerful contrast to the otherwise grey day. The walk was literally around the bay, so other than the Mount, the view remained rather monotonous.

Total Tally:
– Weather: Cloudy. Gusty gritty winds
– End points:
N50 05.581 W5 20.798
N50 07.164 W5 31.992
– Conditions: dry concrete pathways, or pebbly beach (good for cleaning hiking shoes as you walk!)

Highlights: St. Michael’s Mount, worth a visit. I went a couple days later. Be sure to catch the causeway at low tide.