In my post on Wednesday that featured different paintings of the discovery of Moses by the Pharaoh's daughter, I noted that my favorite among them (and Darlene commented hers also) was one painted by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Not being familiar in the slightest with this artist I began looking at his work and I love most of what I saw.
This piece, The Baths of Caracalla, painted in 1899, no doubt rose to the top on my list of favorites due to Wednesday's high temperature of 107 degrees F. (The thermometer at the peak of our rooftop that monitors the inside atomic clock registered 115.3 F. at 4:00PM.) Tomorrow's forecast is for temps around 100 and then we are expected to drop down into the 90s with possible thunderstorms next week. Just not good news at all for our tinder-dry forests and grasslands.
Not to be misunderstood, the thought of soaking in a hot bath right now sounds like hellish torture. But that's not all that was offered at the Baths of the Roman Emperor Caracalla. NOVA Online offers an interesting "virtual stroll around one of the most magnificent baths ever built: The Baths of Caracalla." It is no wonder that my favorite spot at the baths, if my virtual tour could come to life during this heat wave, would be the Frigidarium.
Best I can do is take a cool shower which I'm sure to enjoy more than this little guy.....