Archive for April, 2011

Petra, Jordan

The giant red mountains and vast mausoleums of a departed race have nothing in common with modern civilization, and ask nothing of it except to be appreciated at their true value – as one of the greatest wonders ever wrought by Nature and Man.

Although much has been written about Petra, nothing really prepares you for this amazing place. It has to be seen to be believed. 

Petra, the world wonder, is without a doubt Jordan’s most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction. It is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled here more than 2000 years ago, turning it into an important junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome.

Entrance to the city is through the Siq, a narrow gorge, over 1km in length, which is flanked on either side by soaring, 80m high cliffs. Just walking through the Siq is an experience in itself. The colours and formations of the rocks are dazzling. As you reach the end of the Siq you will catch your first glimpse of Al-Khazneh (Treasury).

This is an awe-inspiring experience. A massive façade, 30m wide and 43m high, carved out of the sheer, dusky pink rock-face and dwarfing everything around it. It was carved in the early 1st century as the tomb of an important Nabataean king and represents the engineering genius of these ancient people.

“Petra” by Dean Burgen

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Meet: Douglas Wilson

My name is Douglas Wilson. Most people call me Doug.
No, I am not any of these Doug Wilsons. Sorry.  
I am a multi-disciplinary graphic designer, photographer, art director, & university instructor who does a whole lot of letterpress printing. 
I am inspired by most everything I see and I love anything that is tactile – from paper to paint, photographs to plants. 
I love being around people that are passionate about something – I don’t care what it is, as long as they are passionate about it.
I am married to a wonderful wife that allows me to indulge in my passion of letterpress although she knows it will force us out of house and home.
I have been blessed to visit 26 countries on five continents as well as 48 of the 50 United States.
I am a graduate of Missouri State University where I received my BFA in Graphic Design and a minor in Art History.
I keep myself busy working at a advertising agency, teaching, freelancing, collecting mid-century illustrated children’s books, and planning ways to get to my two missing continents.

Carl Broemel "Retired"

carl broemel of my morning jacket will be performing at supper + song this thursday.. looking forward to seeing you all. RSVP