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solomon’s pillars

as the day was ending with dusk approaching, this was the final shot from my photo-shoot at timna park in the southern negev desert of israel.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: landscapes

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sandstone pillar

 

with the late afternoon behind me, i made my way from the arches in timna park back to solomon’s pillars. i would not have daylight for much longer, so i went back to where i was earlier in the day to photograph a ‘close-up’, if you will, of one the sandstone pillars under better lighting conditions.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: miscellaneous & still life

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opening

after having climbed into the vertical cavities between the pillars i felt inspired to explore the cliffs that house solomon’s pillars even though time was ticking away… there was still plenty more to see!

making my way to the southern end of the structure, i discovered it also houses hathor’s temple: the egyptian temple dedicated to the goddess of copper, hathor. it’s by no means grand, but it is there… further around and up some sandstone steps and i came onto this arch or opening in the cliff wall that affords views of the timna valley and mountains.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: doors, windows & arches

 

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pillar wall 1 & 2

probably the most famous landmark of timna park, within the timna valley, is the cluster of sandstone cliffs featuring solomon’s pillars. the cliff structure itself is a natural formation caused by water erosion over the millennia.

there is no definitive backstory to their name. this wikipedia entry is as plausible as any: “American archaeologist Nelson Glueck caused a surge of attention for the pillars in the 1930s. He claimed that the pillars were related to King Solomon and gave them the name “Solomon’s Pillars”.[citation needed] Although his hypothesis lacked support and has not been accepted, the name stuck, and the claim gave the valley the attention that helped bring about the excavations and current national park.

the pillars are very accessible and climbing into the vertical cavities is not too strenuous. the images presented depict the texture of the sandstone walls within. again, because of the lighting at that time of day, i opted to photograph ‘out of the light’.

these photographs can be found in the following gallery: miscellaneous & still life

 

 

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