Ram Sphinxes at Karnak

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Comments (18)

▲artwall on December 17, 2008

Hi Marilyn! Beautiful scenes from Egypt! Greetings and I wish you in The New Year many, many more and wonderful pictures from all around the world! Marry Christmas! Cheers,

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Amelia Royan on December 17, 2008

Well Marilyn, I can safely say that I've never seen this shot before. Is each sphinx protecting a small Pharaoh? Great photos so far, and many more to come I hope.

Greetings, Amelia

A.SKINNER on December 18, 2008

Splendid, I'm sure you were overjoyed seeing all these magnificent monuments and structures. I've loved visiting your new photos. Regards, Anita

Hank Waxman on December 18, 2008

Perfect! A pyramid of statues.

Marilyn Whiteley on December 19, 2008

Thanks for your good comments, artwall, Amelia, blai, Anita, and Hank.

Amelia, The ram sphinx represents the god Atun, and each sphinx is holding a "Ramses II" in front of it, associating the king with the god.

Hank, I especially like the "pyramid of statues" description.

A little story: I "saw" this shot on the way out of the temple. A small group was having its picture taken at the end of the row of statues but the light was just right, so I waited. When they were finished, all except one woman moved away. Just then two men came up. One called impatiently to the woman to get out of the way so he could take a picture. What he failed to notice was that he had moved to the space directly in front of me, blocking my picture! I won't say what I think his nationality was (from his accent). I waited until he had finished, and then I took mine.

Cheers, Marilyn

su.schle. on December 20, 2008

this is an imposing shot, great angle. It must be awesome just to stand there and see these monuments. Greetings, susan

Steve Paxton on December 20, 2008

from the photos look's like you got the best out of your time there. sadly you meet them every where have sadly met more than one in my time. steve

Marilyn Whiteley on December 21, 2008

Thanks for your visits, Susan and Steve. Yes, it was awesome, and yes, there was so much to photograph that my head was almost spinning! Marilyn

赝能隙-寻城记 on January 7, 2009

good shot

Greetings from Nanjing,China,kuka

Marilyn Whiteley on January 9, 2009

Thank you, kuka, and greetings from Canada. Marilyn

Luud Old on February 13, 2009

Very interesting and splendid Egypt Images Marilyn. Good work!! Greetings Luud

Marilyn Whiteley on March 27, 2009

I am sorry to be so slow, Luud, but I thank you for your nice comment. Greetings, Marilyn

Marcello... on October 31, 2009

Very beautiful picture... Ciao

Marilyn Whiteley on November 1, 2009

Thank you, Sderrigato, for your visit. Greetings from Canada.

arch.khazarian on November 26, 2009

Excellent shot,

Regards, Alfred Khazarian

whoelius on December 22, 2009

Wow, Marilyn!

You might be interested in this, Marilyn, if you're yet to see it. It's a different way of seeing our photos. I used it to see how your photos were scattered all over the globe and it was a surprise to see you've scoured such a variety of places!

Marilyn Whiteley on January 10, 2010

Thank you, Alfred and whoelius.

I'd forgotten how to get to the viewer. I think the top section used to include a much smaller number of photos. I'm surprised at the popularity of some of these - not that I think they're bad of course


but how do people ever happen to find them?

m lawindy on October 25, 2011

I like this photo. Perfect lightening & good choice of the time of the day. The light add mystery to the statues.

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Photo taken in Luxor, Luxor City, Luxor, Luxor Governorate, Egypt

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