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Phaethon

By GeorgePlatis
PHAETHON was a young son of Helios and Klymene who begged his father to let him drive the chariot of the sun. The Sun-god reluctantly conceded to the boy's wishes and handed him the reigns. However, the inexperienced Phaethon quickly lost control of the immortal steeds, and the sun-chariot veered out of control setting the earth aflame, scorching the plains of Africa to desert. Zeus was appalled by the destruction and struck the boy from the chariot with a thunderbolt, hurling his flaming body into the waters of the river Eridanos. His sisters, the Heliades, gathered on the banks, and in their mourning with transformed into amber-teared poplar trees.

Thank you all for your votes and your comments on my last upload! All are very much appreciated!

Regards,

George

Tags: Rhodes Phaethon Landscape and travel

Voters: morpheus1955, pronabk, Caziwinkles and 48 more

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Comments


Caziwinkles 3 3 1 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2014 1:07PM
Wow - such an amazing sky George. Fabulous image. Smile

Carol

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tomcat 10 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2014 1:07PM
Perfect timing George and love the write-up

Adrian
CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
4 Jan 2014 1:09PM
What a fantastic sky, George, a top class capture. Carol
Irishkate Plus
5 33 96 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2014 1:44PM
Wonderful mythology George and a great way to describe your angry sky.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
great looking sky like from me. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Glostopcat Plus
10 255 2 England
4 Jan 2014 1:51PM
I like the way you've caught the sun bursting out through the clouds George and I love your narrative
Mollycat Plus
2 11 2 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2014 2:21PM
Young drivers. Nothing changes George. You've captured the myth perfectly, with rays coming out and through the clouds. Lovely work George. Grin Peter
A dramatic story, and the image too ! - Excellent sunrays from behind the cloud! --- Nice work , George !GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin --- Jukka.Smile
taggart Plus
11 46 12 United States
4 Jan 2014 4:00PM
This is a fabulous image to go with your Greek story!
Mike_Smith Plus
8 285 1 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2014 4:34PM
Lovely shot George, cracking sky
4 Jan 2014 4:57PM
This is one powerful sky, George - the rays are stunning!
Thoughtfully composed and well presented.
Richard
ali63 Plus
4 739 1 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2014 6:42PM
This is beautiful I like how the rays of light are peeping above the fluffy clouds,

Ali
4 Jan 2014 6:54PM
What a fantastic sky
richmowil Plus
7 310 1 England
4 Jan 2014 8:54PM
Beautiful sky in this lovely image!!
Chinga Plus
5 1 1 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2014 11:08PM
Great sky... I also like your write up! Grin
IB
5 Jan 2014 5:51AM
I love mythalogical stories like that, George - that and the fitting shafts of sunlight coming from the cloud in your image has quite made my day Smile

Simon
mistere Plus
2 1 3 England
5 Jan 2014 8:49AM
Superb capture, great image and a wonderful description.
Nice Work.

Dave.
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
5 Jan 2014 4:52PM
Beautifully captured sky George, and interesting write up too.
Rende
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
6 Jan 2014 5:54AM
A powerful composition with that sky

Peter
senn Plus
5 4 1 Belgium
6 Jan 2014 10:12PM
what a dramatic sky George, .. a exquisite moment of natural light

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