ancient sands

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the known world: HUMAN CULTURES (p.1) 

Archmaester Brude, who was born and raised in the shadow city that huddles beneath the crumbling walls of Sunspear, once famously observed that Dorne has more in common with the distant North than either does with the realms that lie between them. “One is hot and one is cold, yet these ancient kingdoms of sand and snow are set apart from the rest of Westeros by history, culture, and tradition. Both are thinly peopled, compared to the lands betwixt. Both cling stubbornly to their own laws and their own traditions. Neither was ever truly conquered by the dragons. The King in the North accepted Aegon Targaryen as his overlord peaceably, whilst Dorne resisted the might of the Targaryens valiantly for almost two hundred years, before finally submitting to the Iron Throne through marriage. Dornishmen and Northmen alike are derided as savages by the ignorant of the five ‘civilized’ kingdoms, and celebrated for their valor by those who have crossed swords with them.
                                                                ~ [ The World of Ice and Fire - Dorne ]

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‘Cockersand Abbey’, near Glasson Docks, Lancashire, 14.5.17. This is possibly one of the most obscure and overlooked ancient sites in the North West and a likely location for quite a colourful history. Originally the home of a hermit or religious recluse in the 11th or 12th century, this became the site of Cockersand Abbey; a sizeable and isolated religious base built on an island of clay just high enough to avoid the winter high tides. The exposed and remote location of this island must have made the abbey very seldom visited. Was the location visited by Norse raiders prior to or during the construction of the abbey? There is no documentation to support this but it would have made a helpful mooring point and gateway to other locations around the fringes of the Irish sea. All that remains of the original abbey is a largely reworked and re-figured chapter house and the odd segment of abbey wall. The ground is littered with stones from the original outbuildings and walls. The final image shows the likely location of the landing ground the abbey and the bleak but eerily beautiful landscape surrounding the site. Records indicate that as late as 1496, the Abbot of Shap had asked for a guide from the abbey to aid him in ‘avoiding the perils of the sea’ when approaching the site. Cockersand Abbey no longer sits on an island but access is by reclaimed and marshy flatlands.

She Daydreams Ancient Sands - by DA & words by Kyrah

Look upon these trails of paint, which surrounds the Amarna, the undulated, bright core of a lost time, in the center of History! I was created by a mighty Pharaoh and his gracious Queen, over the sands, which buried the main meaning of the Lovers Art… is still there. Look upon me, stare at me fiercely, with passion, as if I am a remarkable jewel…the one whose life, gave birth to the other ones, they who, erected monuments of stone… displayed under the brightness. Once maybe I was green, once maybe, I was made to feed the weeds over these borders but now, I’m arid, yet I am persistent and brave, so far away from the other beings regarded as gods. I don’t need to be praised as an impulsive force which push all to worship. No, I’m only one…I am Aten. I am the sun. I am life. I am the rays, which brings hope to these sands. My trails are all floods of emotions, my steps lead to a Superior Being… not to be remembered as if I was once only a memory, no… I was created to flourish even under the hot flames of a unknown desert. I was created to be tasted, to be a song, to be the inspiration of an Artist ,the one who makes History when he touches the brushes and feel the heat…the sweat slipping over his fingers…I’m a melody, I’m an eagle flying over this land of dunes, this land of scorpions and creatures old as I. So, as the Artist shaped, touched, engraved, over the Monument of Amarna, me a simple little being, embarked in waves, trying to understand this chain of reaction, in a inhospitable land where only the brave ones, only an Artist dared to be dazzled even the ones who built huge pyramids, the ones who desired to be remembered — me, the desert, these mighty kings and the master of all inks and paints, were there for time gone. We are there still buried, but no matter, the winds of history lead mankind. The master of Amarna will be remembered as the only god, the one who gave the simple touch to rewrite History in a Painting where all of us may tell ours stories. The sands, the wind, the oasis are still proof to the lovers of Art. These sands of colors are feelings, a single drop of heat in forgotten gods and kings. The Artist will always be…the soul of such beauty, in a gallery of ancient and modern times. So behold the Painting and glimpse the power of the desert! 

anonymous asked:

If you dont mind me asking what are the main themes or ideas you relate to all the aspects? Even if you dont stay cool fren.

Well here’s some

Space
Stars, planets, nebulae, galaxies
Frogs, gemstones

Time
Clocks, steampunk, historical, statues
Ancient, hourglasses, medieval, numbers
Sand, victorian, worn instruments

Light
Libraries, rainbows, the sun, light bulbs
Candles, parchment, dice, cards

Void
Black, starless night skies, deep seas,
Darkness, thick fog
Emptiness, shadows, dark cloaks, mystery

Heart
Fire, tarot, mirrors, masks, puppets
Glass, paintings

Mind
Brain scans, neural pathways, blue robots
Gentle snow, utopia

Hope
Angels, gold, halos, white light, marble
Holy,

Rage
Volcanoes, raging storms, embers, ash
Corruption, riots, cataclysm, inferno
Fear, paranoia, primal

Life
Flowers, trees, forest, nature, exotic
Ancient greek, luxury, overgrowth
Cozy villages

Doom
Lich, death, decay, necromancy
Deep winter,
Graveyards, gloom, dread, desolation

Breath
The sky, clouds, the open ocean, adventure, travelers, ships, exploration

Blood
Protests, friendship bracelets, blood magic
Dense cities, strings, festivals

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…Archmaester Brude, who was born and raised in the shadow city that huddles beneath the crumbling walls of Sunspear, once famously observed that Dorne has more in common with the distant North than either does with the realms that lie between them. “One is hot and one is cold, yet these ancient kingdoms of sand and snow are set apart from the rest of Westeros by history, culture, and tradition. Both are thinly peopled, compared to the lands betwixt. Both cling stubbornly to their own laws and their own traditions. Neither was ever truly conquered by the dragons. The King in the North accepted Aegon Targaryen as his overlord peaceably, whilst Dorne resisted the might of the Targaryens valiantly for almost two hundred years, before finally submitting to the Iron Throne through marriage. Dornishmen and Northmen alike are derided as savages by the ignorant of the five ‘civilized’ kingdoms, and celebrated for their valor by those who have crossed swords with them.”…

in Alum Bay :: Isle of Wight. 🌊🌈✨ ancient rainbow sand cliffs & fossils. salty sea & sun beams. moon rising. fresh air. a much needed day of tranquility & exploring the cliffs & the coastal paths… aligned paths with two beautiful rabbits just wandering around & a beautiful gentle fox. everyone smiles & has such a sweet heart here. this Isle is truly a tranquil haven… the sunset was beyond magical. rose hues in the skies… in~joying each present moment. giving thanks for this sweet life. working & exploring in between… ✨💗✨

Dorne has more in common with the distant North than either does with the realms that lie between them. One is hot and one is cold, yet these ancient kingdoms of sand and snow  are set apart from the rest of Westeros by history, culture, and tradition. Both are thinly peopled, compared to the lands betwixt. Both cling stubbornly to their own laws and their own traditions. Neither was ever truly conquered by the dragons. The King in the North accepted Aegon Targaryen as his overlord peaceably, whilst Dorne resisted the might of the Targaryens valiantly for almost two hundred years, before finally submitting to the Iron Throne through marriage. Dornishmen and Northmen alike are derided as savages by the ignorant of the five ‘civilized’ kingdoms, and celebrated for their valor by those who have crossed swords with them.

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