Justin G Pictures

Still Seeking What I See

Road Trip USA, 2014 Edition

This is part 1 of a series.

Last summer we moved from Upstate New York, to Northern California. Our mode of transportation was a Subaru, and we drove and drove and drove. There wasn't a whole lot of time to stop for photo ops, but I did manage to get a few pictures along the way.

In this series of posts, I'll show some pictures, and share a couple of stories of the trip. For those paying attention, this is the second cross country trip I've mentioned, but in fact is my fourth and Ali's third. Somehow I've managed to make 3 east going trips and only one west going trip.

Preamble

A few days before we drove out of Syracuse for probably the last time, a couple of guys in a big truck showed up and took all our stuff. It's not that much stuff, and we paid them to do it, and hoped and prayed it would show up on the other side of the country.

Pretty much all of our stuff.

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Our general driving route was something like this: from NY we travelled south to Virginia and Tennessee. Then we turned west and made for Arkansas, Texas and New Mexico. We detoured north in Arizona to make it over to Zion National Park, Utah, drove the Extraterrestrial highway in Nevada and finally descended out of the Tahoe basin into the San Francisco Bay area.

With that, we had a final ice cream, said farewell to many good friends and hit the road.

Gannons Isle Ice Cream.

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Crazy Ice Cream Cone at Gannons.

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To be continued soon...

-Justin-

Selinunte & Cava di Cusa

Selinunte is a Greek colony ruin on the south western coast of the island of Sicily. The colony was founded by colonists from Megara Hyblaea, itself a Greek colony on the Eastern shore of Sicily. The city was named for the parsley that grows wild in the area.

Wild Parsley, Sicily

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The East Hill

The colony, and therefore also the park, is spread out over a considerable area. At its peak, Selinunte housed approximately 30,000 people. Nearest to the park entrance, on the East Hill, are the ruins of three temples.

Temple E at Selinunte, Sicily

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Temple F and G from Temple E at Selinunte, Sicily

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The first temple, Temple E, has been partially restored (in the 1950's). The two remaining temples are not reconstructed, the second of these being by far the largest of these three.

Temple G at Selinunte, Sicily

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The Acropolis

The acropolis can be accessed either by footpath (to the gravel road) or just walking back to the gravel road and following that. It's not clear if these paved footpaths are new or ancient.

Temple C and the acropolis of Selinunte in the distance, Sicily

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Road between acropolis and East Hill site

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What of this is original, and what is a guess by the restorers? Or just put there to match the already present ruins? That is something I wonder whenever I am at these ancient ruins. Some sites take pains to make the difference more obvious, others do not. The reconstruction could have been done at an earlier time, but if they aren't signed or otherwise indicated, a lay person such as myself won't be able to tell the difference.

Temple C at the acropolis of Selinunte, Sicily

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Part of the wall surrounding the acropolis of Selinunte, Sicily

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The acropolis is bisected by a long main street. You can see in the first picture below that the North Gate isn't particularly large.

Looking North.

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A Basin. No further information.

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Doorways.

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Side street, with modern dustbin.

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At the North end of the acropolis are the gate fortifications.

North Gate Fortifications.

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North Gate Fortifications.

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Looking North, from the Gate.

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Looking South, at the Gate.

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Looking to the West from the Gate.

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This is a site I would like to return to at a future date. Keep an eye out for more views in the future (a few years from now, I'm sure). There are more sites in the park that I haven't visited yet. Additionally, there are other sites nearby: Segesta and Agrigento.

Cava di Cusa

Where did all this stone come from? The quarries of Selinunte (called Cave di Cusa) have been established as a separate archaeological park a few miles from the ruins. It is essentially a level walk through some fields. The evidence of the quarrying is easy to see, in some places the drums are frozen in the process of being hewn from the stone, or left in an otherwise unfinished state. Perhaps the colonists where building a new temple when the colony fell.

Just a note: the route to Cave di Cusa is somewhat not obvious and as is typical of Sicily, poorly signed. Also, the last kilometer is paved with large cobblestones, so quite rough.

Cava di Cusa, Sicily

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Cava di Cusa, Sicily

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Cava di Cusa, Sicily

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Final Note

The Selinunte site is quite a large site and if you are interested in seeing a piece of ancient history, it's worth a visit or two. There isn't so much signage, which can be both a blessing and a curse. The quarries are a bit less interesting, but if you want a nice walk in a park, it's worth a drive through the countryside.

-Justin-

California

Here we are again, posting a new picture after over six months with no activity. I guess you can see that my priorities haven't been on this site, but they haven't let up on photography.

Among other things that have happened, I've finished school, and moved to the San Francisco Bay area of California.

Near Monterey, California

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The main thing I've been thinking about, photographically speaking, is figuring out what it is that I want to photograph? What am I seeing when I see a photograph? What attracts me to that image? I don't know if I am getting closer to knowing the answer.

Reorg!

A couple of other points of business: I've redone the layout and engine of the site. The about page is updated with the details. I'm still in the process of adding features, that'll be a longer and ongoing proces.

I've also added a news page, and a projects page. Check 'em out!

-Justin-

A Return

Please allow me to re-introduce myself. I've been quite busy for a while, attending to matters that could not be ignored. But now, I have more discretion over my own time, and I plan to use some of it here.

Syracuse, New York. 2014

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-Justin-

The Jersey Shore

Long Branch, New Jersey. 2013

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Had a visit to the beach the other day. It was quite nice.

Long Branch, New Jersey. 2013

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The weather was a little overcast, it was fairly windy, and just a tad cold. But, even so, it was a very nice day to be on the beach.

Long Branch, New Jersey. 2013

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Long Branch, New Jersey. 2013

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Long Branch, New Jersey. 2013

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The dog really enjoyed himself, and he was tuckered later! He did get his paws wet, I did too. I wasn't paying enough attention at one point.

Long Branch, New Jersey. 2013

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Long Branch, New Jersey. 2013

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Long Branch, New Jersey. 2013

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Long Branch, New Jersey. 2013

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This stretch of the Jersey Shore was quite nice, I would go back. I'm not sure how much it counts toward that name, we couldn't really see The City from where we were. But just a little further up it was there, in the distance.

'Til next time... back to the grind for me.

-Justin-

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