West Bank, Palestine, Wadi Qelt

West Bank, Palestine
Wadi Qelt
Don Michael Hudson, PhD
West Bank, Palestine
Wadi Qelt
Don Michael Hudson, PhD

Shooting east and north from “Jericho Road”

 
“The Moon Did not Fall into the Well”
 
What are you doing, father?
I’m searching for my heart, which fell away that night.
Do you think you’ll find it here?
Where else am I going to find it? I bend to the ground and pick it up piece by piece just as the women of the fellahin pick up olives in October, one olive at a time.
But you’re picking up pebbles!
Doing that is a good exercise for memory and perception. Who knows? Maybe these pebbles are petrified pieces of my heart.
 
M. Darwish, trans. Ibrahim Muhawi

Burg Frankenstein

Burg Frankenstein

From Wikipedia:

“In 1673, Johann Conrad Dippel was born in the castle, where he was later engaged as a professional alchemist. It is suggested that Dippel influenced Mary Shelley‘s fantasy when she wrote her Frankenstein novel, though there is no mention of the castle in Shelley’s journals from the time. However, it is known that in 1814, prior to writing the famous novel, Shelley took a journey on the river Rhine. She spent a few hours in the town of Gernsheim, which is located about ten miles away from the castle. Several nonfiction books on the life of Mary Shelley claim Dippel as a possible influence.

Dippel created an animal oil known as Dippel’s Oil which was supposed to be equivalent to the “elixir of life”. Dippel attempted to purchase Castle Frankenstein in exchange for his elixir formula, which he claimed he had recently discovered; the offer was turned down.[6] There are also rumours[who?] that during his stay at Frankenstein Castle, Dippel practiced not only alchemy but also anatomy and may have performed experiments on dead bodies that he exhumed. There are rumours[who?] that he dug up bodies and performed medical experiments on them at the castle and that a local cleric would have warned his parish that Dippel had created a monster that was brought to life by a bolt of lightning. (The use of lightning to bring Frankenstein’s monster to life comes from the 1931 film and isn’t in the novel.) There are local people who still claim today that this actually happened and that this tale was related to Shelley’s stepmother by the Brothers Grimm, the German ethnologists. However, none of these claims have been proven to this date, and some local researchers doubt any connection between Mary Shelley and Frankenstein Castle.”

 

Burg Frankenstein, Don Michael Hudson PhD
Burg Frankenstein, Don Michael Hudson PhD
Burg Frankenstein, Don Michael Hudson PhD
Burg Frankenstein, Don Michael Hudson PhD
Burg Frankenstein, Don Michael Hudson PhD
Burg Frankenstein, Don Michael Hudson PhD
Burg Frankenstein, Don Michael Hudson PhD
Burg Frankenstein, Don Michael Hudson PhD
Burg Frankenstein, Don Michael Hudson PhD
Burg Frankenstein, Don Michael Hudson PhD
Burg Frankenstein, Don Michael Hudson PhD
Burg Frankenstein, Don Michael Hudson PhD
Burg Frankenstein, Don Michael Hudson PhD