A while ago I was suddenly hit with what I thought was a very good idea -- to try to use the same kind of WOOD-CHIPS I used to build a nice little rocky hill (LINK to prior blog post) in a different way -- specifically, to turn them on their ends and use them VERTICALLY, instead of stacking them horizontally. I thought this might give a more dramatic, "spire"-like effect. But I was very busy with work and family, and also other hobby-related stuff, so I didn't get around to putting the idea into practice for a while.
Then I came across this pair of images on the web, and they gave me the final push to get the "vertical" wood-chip hill done.
The first comes from Lord Roberts' autobiography "41 Years in India," and is a very striking sketch of the battlefield of Kandahar, as seen from the hills above the village of Gundigan. The most prominent terrain feature is Baba Wali Kotal - the high pass through the mountains outside Kandahar...
...the second is a perhaps even more striking 1880 photograph of a portion of Baba Wali Kotal itself: