PETRA BY NIGHT, UNDER THE STARS
Image Credit & Copyright: Paul Pichugin. CLICK image for larger view and look below for info and links.
This absolutely brilliant image comes from Australia’s Paul Pichugin and it’s an incredible set of startrails over Jordan’s Al Khazneh from his recent trip to that region which also included the Great Pyramids of Giza.
Located in the ancient city pf Petra, Jordan; is Al Khazneh or “The Treasury.” In this image it is being lit by the guiding candles that light the trail here and then pool in front of it. Though the face of this structure is heavily eroded, you can still see carved figures along the top which are believed to be dancig amazons with double axes. Flanking the entrance are a rather well known duo in astronomy; The Twins, Castor and Pollux which if you look up at the night sky are represented in the two bright stars in the constellation Gemini “The Twins.”
Many don’t realize, but Petra is so much more than just Al Khazneh here, it’s a rather large area laced with passages and carved tunnels as well as other structures similar to this such as Ad Deir “The Monastery”, The Great Temple, The Theatre, The Urn Tomb etc.
Congratulations to Paul on yet another incredible capture! Be sure to check out his works in the links below.
Paul Pichugin Website: http://gallery.paulpichugin.com/
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Jordan Tourism Board: http://www.visitjordan.com/
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