Lecce Stone

The historic center of Lecce, the capital of the Salento region in Puglia, is built of a soft white limestone that is easily carved.

Lecce met the Baroque on its own terms, with the local stone used both on the exterior and in the interior.

Unfortunately, the stone is so soft that it erodes easily.

Fossil shells can be seen in worn surfaces.

Over time, the white stone turns yellow. In the past the stone surfaces would have been plastered, but the plaster also deteriorated.

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Razzle Dazzle Santa

Razzle dazzle Santa, Ice carving, 2015 Christmas In Ice, North Pole, Alaska, Artist: Steve Dean

Single block ice carving by artist Alaskan Steve Dean from the 2015 Christmas in Ice competition held in North Pole, Alaska.

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Temple at Kom Ombo

Remains of colonnade, Temple at Kom Ombo, Egypt,

Constructed during the Ptolemaic dynasty, 180–47 BC the Temple of Kom Ombu is unique. It is a symmetrical double temple dedicated to two gods: the crocodile god Sobek (who was a god of fertility and creator of the world with Hathor and Khonsu) and the falcon god Haroeris, also known as Horus the Elder.

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Christmas in Ice, North Pole, Alaska


The City of North Pole, Alaska, holds an ice carving competition. The entries are displayed in ice park. The 2015 theme: Christmas in Ice. The best time to arrive for a visit is just before the sun goes down (about 2:30 pm) so you can see the sculptures in daylight and in the dark.

North Pole Ice Park Entrance

North Pole Ice Park Entrance

My sister Ruth and niece Amelia. who live in North Pole, were with me in the park.

The ice park is adjacent to Santa Clause House, an institution in North Pole.

Everyone comes to have their picture with Santa, including many of the Japanese tourists who  flock to the Fairbanks area each winter to view the Northern Lights.


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