Teatro Marittimo

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© Deborah Downes
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UploadedJuly 7, 2010
TakenJuly 3, 2010
MakeNikon Corporation
Exposure1/200 sec at f/7.1
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Focal Length52 mm
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Southeast of Tivoli (near Rome) lies the ruins of Imperial Rome’s most magnificent estate, Hadrian’s 2nd-century Villa Adriana. This Unesco World Heritage site is a rambling complex of barracks, nymphaeums, temples, and water features. The well traveled emperor designed parts of this vast complex, inspired by structures in Egypt and Greece. Among the outstanding features of Villa Adriana is Hadrian’s private retreat, Teatro Marittimo, which sat on an artificial island accessed only by a retractable bridge. As I captured these ancient columns surrounding the island where this powerful ruler escaped to when in need of solitude, I imagined them holding all the thoughts and feelings Hadrian had as he dwelled within their circle.

For my JPG friends: Yesterday my daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughters headed back to their home in Dallas. All of them fell in love with Italy. As I mentioned, I took loads of photos while they were here (nineteen albums). Over time will post the best image from each album. This coming Sunday I’ll take off for my home in the Dallas area. I’ll return to Italy mid-September.

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  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (7 Jul 2010):

    The perfect theme entry! Centuries of information stored within these walls. I'm looking forward to more photos of your time with the family.

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (7 Jul 2010):

    i'm sure these columns have volumes to express, nice take on theme.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (7 Jul 2010):

    This is an excellent entry,,in that there is so much history ,,love the comp..so glad you had a wonderful time with your family...have a good trip back

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (8 Jul 2010):

    This is a super shot, colour, texture, comp all wonderful...you and I think alike..see my entry :o)

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (8 Jul 2010):

    Blowin' the doors off JPG's Theme Park.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (8 Jul 2010):

    What fabulous ruins! The lighting, tones and textures are so beautiful!! The composition and reflection are outstanding!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (8 Jul 2010):

    I agree with above comments...You always have a wealth of information in your narratives for each of your images and that is so appreciated ......Great entry for the theme...

  • stephanie a

    stephanie a gave props (8 Jul 2010):

    Very nice..love the story to go with it.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (8 Jul 2010):

    Just like the Jimmy Buffett song "Oh the stories we could tell!" Awesome

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (9 Jul 2010):

    Excellent entry!!! Just imagine the stories!! I love the color, compo and reflection!! Expertly taken!!

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (13 Jul 2010):

    Very good composition

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (13 Jul 2010):

    wonderful entry!

  • Steve Baker

    Steve Baker (Deleted) gave props (14 Jul 2010):

    A superb shot, even without the history. The sort of place that just cannot be "Built-to-order", it has to grow

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