Saturday, January 14, 2012

A Deceptive Quietude

Ruins and Old Olive Tree, Roman Forum, Rome, Italy  © Doug Hickok
(Velvia slide film)

A peaceful moment in the Roman Forum inspires reflection upon the immense depth of history found here among the old olive trees and weathered ruins. Yet, it is a deceptive peace. Not only was the Forum a hubbub of activity in ancient times, but it still is during tourist season, when throngs of visitors file past the remains of the once vast and seemingly indestructible Empire of Rome.

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