By William Carter

Photographer, Author, Jazz Musician

The Tones of Stones

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Sometimes, in our wanderings across the landscape of ancient Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, and elsewhere in the eastern Mediterranean, my wife Ulla and I would stumble into a silent, ancient amphitheater. Persuaded to try my clarinet in that dry air, I’d soon be assured that even the softest tones carried well into the high rows.

Ulla and I treasure such sweet memories. But now they are jarred with bitter undertones —  endless war, brutal destruction at such magnificent sites as Palmyra.

Below, our sentimental snaps of twenty years ago have an implicit simplicity, a clarity of tone hard to recall today.

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Written by bywilliamcarter

September 11, 2015 at 4:41 pm

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  1. What wonderful memories. I love seeing you both those years ago. All best wishes,

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    nwkennedy

    September 21, 2015 at 11:52 am

  2. super pix, super people/ jon

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    jonrandal

    September 13, 2015 at 3:21 pm

  3. Nice!
    Thanks Bill,

    Sent from my iPhone

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    Barbara Sully

    September 11, 2015 at 9:26 pm

  4. You and Uma have great style, great heart, Bill. Continue. Bill and Susan

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    Bill Delaney

    September 11, 2015 at 7:45 pm

  5. My god Bill, what a treassure chest of memories you must have stored away; in boxes, and in your head…Looking at your “snaps” I was wondering if when you were younger, that you too stepped into the abyss of so called “mature-hood” making choices in your live and even then, wondering if you should peek under the blindfold, or keep free falling.  I am finding at some point, usually the “retrospective” one, that there’s that array of  “I wish I had’s / glad I didn’ts”, and finding that there’s no other word really, than “yep”, it has been / is… quite a trip. Quite a trip to yet explore.Marshall   

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    marshallsart2015

    September 11, 2015 at 7:15 pm

  6. fabulous! From: By William Carter To: bailey1739@yahoo.com Sent: Friday, September 11, 2015 9:41 AM Subject: [New post] The Tones of Stones #yiv2701180432 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv2701180432 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv2701180432 a.yiv2701180432primaryactionlink:link, #yiv2701180432 a.yiv2701180432primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv2701180432 a.yiv2701180432primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv2701180432 a.yiv2701180432primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv2701180432 WordPress.com | bywilliamcarter posted: “Sometimes, in our wanderings across the landscape of ancient Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, and elsewhere in the eastern Mediterranean, my wife Ulla and I would stumble into a silent, ancient amphitheater. Persuaded to try my clarinet in that dry air, I’d ” | |

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    jeff bailey

    September 11, 2015 at 5:21 pm

  7. These lovely photos really helped me understand how much has been lost in the recent ISIS destruction of ancient sites. So sad!

    thank you

    Susan Kaplan

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    Susan Kaplan

    September 11, 2015 at 5:00 pm


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