Temples of Abu Simbel & Philae in Photos.

“IN PHOTOS” is a series I will use to share many of the hundreds of photos I have taken during my travels. It is a series I have thought about for a while now, but did not want to start until I got back home from my trip. However after spending a week in Chefchaouen, Morocco I couldn’t wait any longer. “IN PHOTOS” will not have a set schedule like my “MUSIC MONDAY” or “PHOTO ROUND UP” series. “IN PHOTOS” will be a post with several photos with no limit. The only restriction this series will have is that it must be about a certain subject or theme. I will write a brief paragraph or sentence describing the subject or theme of the photos and then post the photos. I will label the photos (if you hover over them with your mouse you will see the label), but I will not caption the photos like I do on my blog post or on “PHOTO ROUND UP” with my thoughts. I want to use “IN PHOTOS” to share my photos and let you come up with your own thoughts about the images and hope you share them with me.

As I mentioned before Egypt for me has always been land of the Mummies… the Pyramids… the Temples… the Gods… the Deserts… the Nile and now the Revolution. Well after a week and a half here I was finally going to be seeing my 1st temples and wow did they impress me. I made my way from Cairo all the way to Aswan. It was a 15 hour train ride down there, but very comfortable since I was making my way there in the 1st class sleeper train (more on that later). Upon arriving in Aswan I knew I was going to love it already… the atmosphere was a bit different then Cairo and more calm. We planned a tour at the hotel, to get us to all the temples we wanted to visit and it was as simple as that. The next morning we woke up at 3am to head off to Abu Simbel (about 4hrs from Aswan) and then Temple of Philae along with few other stops along the way. As for history of the temples, I will let ya read up on them here (Abu Simbel) & here (Philae). As for my experience there, I know I say this so often, but I was just in AWE… admiring it all and loving it all. The temples are huge, I mean fucking huge. I always wonder how it was they made them… I really have no clue. I know photos won’t do it justice either, but I’ll leave ya with a few so you can get an idea of they are like.


Temple of Abu Simbel, Egypt


Temple of Abu Simbel, Egypt


Temple of Abu Simbel, Egypt


Temple of Abu Simbel, Egypt


Temple of Abu Simbel, Egypt


Temple of Abu Simbel, Egypt



Temple of Philae, Egypt


Temple of Philae, Egypt


Temple of Philae, Egypt


Temple of Philae, Egypt


Temple of Philae, Egypt


Temple of Philae, Egypt


Hope you enjoyed the photos & I hope you share your thoughts below.


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  1. Beautiful! I love the light and shade. And I love the beam of light in 11 — I had to stop to look for a while…even though I’m at work and my boss just walked by O:-)
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  2. Awe-inspiring!
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  3. Wonderful Photos. I love the color saturation you chose to use for this series. The black and white really bring out the carvings on the stone.
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    • Thank you Elizabeth, yes I was not sure how to show them and thought just normal color was not doing them justice and showing all the detail so played around and found this and loved it.

  4. Oh wow the light and the history!!!!!!!!! Can’t believe you had the place to yourself.
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  5. That looks like an incredible place to visit. Great job with the lighting here – especially shadows and details.
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    • Sam it really is just amazing. These temples are just HUGE… I mean so damn huge and you are just left like wow. Glad you like the effect I used to show case these images.

  6. Thanks for sharing these amazing pictures. I can only imagine how majestic these beauties are when you are there, which I hope to be someday!
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  7. These photos are incredible. Thanks so much for sharing. I could see a future in photography for you … 🙂
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    • Jaime Davila says:

      Wow thanks Ellen so much. I hope so… I know when I get back I want to take a photography class and even buy a better camera!

  8. I will add accolades on your photography. The nearly black and white does make it very pretty. I have seen bits in the movies of Abu Simbel I think and it is so neat to think about it actually existing. So happy to see your photos.
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    • Jaime Davila says:

      Thanks Andrew, I really thought black and white like this was the best way to show all the detail. I had never heard of that movie… I will have to check it out.

  9. QueenBrain12 says:

    Very interesting and beautiful! I hope to see these one day myself!

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