Dec 28, 2010

Nikon D7000, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @ 78mm, f/8.0, 1/1600s, ISO 640.
HTis is just of the millions of Mosques I saw during my trip to Saudi Arabia last week. They have mosques like Mormons have chapels in Utah! It's really incredible to look over the rooftops of the city and see minarets popping up all over. There is a lot of variety in the styles of construction, but they all have the same basic structures, it seems. N. explained to me that the minarets were originally used to call people to prayer at the specified times each day; the neighborhood could hear a person calling from the top. Nowadays, there are loudspeakers mounted in all the towers, and the radio plays the call, and it's also broadcast on most PA systems in office buildings. In this photo, I was struck by the light falling across the ridges on the dome, and also the top of the wall. This is an interesting contrast, as the walls are classic Arabian style architecture, whereas the dome is a derivative from Greek architecture. Did I mention that N. is an architect?

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