Weekly Photo Challenge – Rule Of Thirds

This week’s challenge is the photographic concept – the rule of thirds.

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Istanbul is the Topkapi Palace, which lies in the old town next to the Hagia Sophia Museum & Blue Mosque. The palace was home to the Sultans and their harem of females for three hundred years in the days of the Ottoman Empire, until Sultan Abdülmecid in 1853 decided to move to the nearby Dolmabache Palace.

MB visited Topkapi Palace in early November 2014. The palace lies on the bank of the Bosphorus Sea Straits and the views from the palace grounds are spectacular.

Caught this shot of one of the soldiers on duty, with the Bosphorus blurred in the background:

PS – Ignore the tree!


Weekly Photo Challenge – Depth

This week’s challenge is ‘Depth‘.

The Great Wall Of China:
One bright beautiful blue-sky morning In October 2009 MB walked on the Great Wall Of China. It’s an incredibly awe-inspiring structure and sight, as it winds it’s way into the mountainous distance, deep into the northern Chinese countryside. 8,850km (or 5,500 miles) deep to be exact. MB walked on a section which is about one hour drive outside Beijing. The wall is extremely steep in many locations as it snakes the contours of the mountain slopes, and a level of aerobic fitness is required to walk a reasonable length of it. Some, or most, of the English language signage along the wall is amusing! Read More

Weekly Photo Challenge – Twinkle


A few years back MB visited the incredible Petra in Jordan. Read More

Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure

From MB’s Sudani trip of two weeks back. On the outskirts of Khartoum:
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Photo 13/30: Smile

The Idea 
Have decided to post a photo per day for 30 days, each based on a word or theme. Feel free to offer a word or theme challenge to MB in the comment box below.

Photo 13/30
A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.

A trader in the Grand Bazaar @ Istanbul. Who was happy to see MB with his camera. And then treated MB to a cup of tea and a chat. A good egg!


Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top

A Kestrel soars over Kathmandu, Nepal. October 2012.


Cat – The Sequel

Cat was awoken from his sunlight slumber by a staff member clearing the table, following departure of MB moments before. Read More

A day in the life

Peace Brother & Sister Crossers
When MB was at the Preacher Man event last weekend the faithful referred to each other as Brother X and Sister Y. Read More

ME Culture (3)

Dubai belly dancer. At post desert safari bbq. All the belly dancers are non-local as would not be acceptable for local girls to perform by families or the local religion or culture. Many are East European.


ME Culture (2)

In the Dubai desert. On the road to Al Ain.


Kids & Car

Sri Lanka. August 2013.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

Riyadh construction project. Many layers.


Out With The Old………..!

Weekend Greetings Crossers
MB heading to Dubai on visa run this weekend and looking forward to a break from the Saudi sands. The Dubai desert is good for the soul. This old Saudi desert can take a break.

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Time To Go


Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

Sunset at Grange. October 2013.