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27/03/2008

Kulala Wilderness Reserve, Namibia


This is a view the Namib-Naukluft Park and Sossusvlei area in Namibia, taken from the Kulala Wilderness Reserve.

25/03/2008

Battersea Power Station, London


This is a photo of Battersea Power Station, an iconic landmark of London, the first in a series of large coal-fired electrical generating facilities set up in England. The first part of the structure was built in 1939, and the station ceased electricity-generation in 1983. Since then the site has remained largely unused, with numerous failed redevelopment plans from successive site owners. The building is the largest brick-built structure in Europe and is notable for its original and lavish Art Deco fittings and decor. It was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, a noted architect and industrial designer (also famous for the design of the red telephone box, of Liverpool Cathedral, and also another London power station, Bankside, which now houses the Tate Modern art gallery). See also www.batterseapowerstation.org.uk to know more.

24/03/2008

Colonel Hathi's March, Elephant Hole, Etosha, Namibia


" Ho, the aim of our patrol - Is a question rather droll - For to march and drill - Over field and hill - Is a military goal! Is a military goal! / By the ranks or single file - Over every jungle mile - Oh we stamp and crush - Through the underbrush - In a military style! - In a military style! / Oh, we march from here to there - And it doesn't matter where - You can hear us push - Through the deepest bush - With a military air! - With a military air! / We're a cracker jack brigade - On a pachyderm parade - But we'd rather stroll to a water hole - For a furlough in the shade! - For a furlough in the shade!" Robert and Richard Sherman

19/03/2008

Street Portrait


Street Portrait photo of a spectator during the Notting Hill Carnival in 2007

18/03/2008

Viaduc de Millau


This photo shows the Millau Viaduc, a large cable-stayed road-bridge that spans the valley of the River Tarn near Millau in southern France. Designed by Norman Foster, and bridge engineer Michel Virlogeux, it is the tallest vehicular bridge in the world, with one mast's summit at 343 metres — slightly taller than the Eiffel Tower and only 38 m shorter than the Empire State Building. The bridge’s construction broke three world records:
1. The highest pylons in the world: pylons P2 and P3, 244.96 and 221.05 metres in height respectively, broke the French record previously held by the Tulle and Verrières Viaducts (141 m), and the world record previously held by the Kochertal Viaduct (Germany), which is 181 metres at its highest;
2. The highest mast in the world: the mast atop pylon P2 peaks at 343 m
3. The highest road bridge deck in the world, 270 m above the tarn River at its highest point. It is nearly twice as tall as the previous tallest vehicular bridge in Europe, the Europabrücke in Austria. It is slightly higher than the New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia, USA, which is 267 m above the New river. Only the bridge deck of the Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado, USA (mainly a pedestrian bridge over the Arkansas River, occasionally also used by motor vehicles) is higher with 321 m, and is considered the highest bridge in the world.
If you want to know more or see other pictures taken from the bottom, you can visit Viaduc de Millau Wikipedia page.

15/03/2008

Railways & Bridges


This photo was taken from Oxford Road in Putney, London

Razor Blade (or Modern Flat Iron)


This is a photo of the 6, New Street Square, a 76 m building, finished in 2007 . The brownish color of the photo comes from external solar shading fashioned from cedar.

Lloyd's Building, London


This is a photo of the Lloyd's building of the insurance institution Lloyd's of London, located at 1, Lime Street in the City of London. 88 metres to the roof, with 14 floors, it was designed by architect Richard Rogers and built between 1978 and 1986. The first Lloyd's building (12 Leadenhall Street) was built on this site in 1928. In 1978, this original 1928 building was demolished to make way for the present one, however, its main entrance at 12 Leadenhall Street was preserved, and forms a rather incongruous attachment to the 1986 structure, as you can see on this photo.

14/03/2008

Street Portrait, Notting Hill Carnival, London


This photo was taken during the Notting Hill Carnival in 2007. Held each August Bank Holiday since 1966, Notting Hill Carnival is has attracted up to 2 million people in 2007. This is the second largest street festival in the world after Rio, and the largest celebration of its kind in Europe.

Yin and Yang


Street Portrait identical photos, one in colors and one after a black and white conversion. There has been some interesting discussions on PhotoNet regarding which was the preferred version. No real conclusion (as very subjective), but overall perception was that precisely the two supposedly photos says different stories. The colors version says "THE girl is alone", where the black and white version rather says "A girl is alone". Welcome to the debate if you wish to enter !

13/03/2008

Chocolate, Notting Hill Carnival, London


This photo was taken during the Notting Hill Carnival in 2007. Held each August Bank Holiday since 1966, Notting Hill Carnival is has attracted up to 2 million people in 2007. This is the second largest street festival in the world after Rio, and the largest celebration of its kind in Europe. For the ones of you wondering what's on her face, no this is no mud, no costume make-up, but chocolate... No wonder the big lovely smile ! Please refer following websites to know more about this chocolate band : Pure Lime and Chocolate Mas

This photo has been selected Photoburst Photo of the day 14th June 2008

St Pancras International Station


Newly re-opened St Pancras International Station in London has amazing renovated, reglazed, repainted Barlow trainshed, as well as some interesting architectural details.

Putney Bridge, London


This is a photo of Putney Bridge lamp post taken just after sunset on a stormy day. Putney Bridge is a bridge crossing of the River Thames in west London, linking Putney on the south side with Fulham to the north.

Music


Street Photo taken on Regent's Street in London, during the annual VIP (Very Important Pedestrians) Day, which has become a huge high profile pre Christmas event for the West. There are many attractions going on along, including some musicians... You will all have noticed a sliver of the musician's face in the horn.

Almost Tea Time


A bit of a cliché photo I must concede, but I could not resist. Since I have already been asked why this caption for the photo, I can give you a clue : look closer the time Big Ben is showing...

Routemaster, London


Another cliché, or let's say London icon... The Routemaster is a model of double-decker bus that was unveiled in 1954 and produced until 1968. Primarily a front engined, rear open platform bus, a small number of variants were produced with doors and/or front entrances. Introduced in 1956, the Routemaster saw continuous service in London until 2005, and currently persists on two heritage routes in central London. If you want to know more about these iconic London buses, please visit the Routemaster Association (or if you want to buy one !)

Mont Saint Michel, France


This photo was taken from an ULM (ultra ultralight aircraft...), in harsh conditions linked to the speed and altitude. Most of you will have recognised of course the Mont Saint Michel and its Bay (UNESCO World Heritage site). Rising from a hazy expanse of sand and waves, Mont Saint Michel appears like Man’s defiance of the elements and of time.
  • Madame de Sévigné to her daugther : "Je voyais de ma chambre la mer et le Mont-Saint-Michel, (ce Mont si orgueilleux que vous avez vu si fier et qui vous a vue si belle)"
  • Dicton breton : "Le Couesnon dans sa folie mît le Mont en Normandie"
  • Guy de Maupassant : "L'abbaye escarpée, poussée là-bas, loin de terre, comme un manoir fantastique, stupéfiante commeun palais de rêve, invraisemblablement étrange et belle"
  • Emile Bauman : "Au Mont et alentours les heures du paysage sont toutes de belles heures. Le ciel agrandit les grèves, et les grèves paraissent agrandir le ciel"
  • Victor Hugo, 1865 : "Le Mont-Saint-Michel apparaît (...) comme une chose sublime, une pyramide merveilleuse"

Mont Saint Michel, France


This photo was taken from an ULM (ultra ultralight aircraft...), in harsh conditions linked to the speed and altitude. Most of you will have recognised of course the Mont Saint Michel and its Bay (UNESCO World Heritage site). Rising from a hazy expanse of sand and waves, Mont Saint Michel appears like Man’s defiance of the elements and of time.
  • Madame de Sévigné to her daugther : "Je voyais de ma chambre la mer et le Mont-Saint-Michel, (ce Mont si orgueilleux que vous avez vu si fier et qui vous a vue si belle)"
  • Dicton breton : "Le Couesnon dans sa folie mît le Mont en Normandie"
  • Guy de Maupassant : "L'abbaye escarpée, poussée là-bas, loin de terre, comme un manoir fantastique, stupéfiante commeun palais de rêve, invraisemblablement étrange et belle"
  • Emile Bauman : "Au Mont et alentours les heures du paysage sont toutes de belles heures. Le ciel agrandit les grèves, et les grèves paraissent agrandir le ciel"
  • Victor Hugo, 1865 : "Le Mont-Saint-Michel apparaît (...) comme une chose sublime, une pyramide merveilleuse"

Solitude, Wandsworth Park, London


Photo taken during the fall, in Wandsworth Park, London. Wandsworth Park is one of only two Grade II listed historic parks within Wandsworth, the other being Battersea Park. The site's historic listing acknowledges that the Park is of special interest due to the quality of its layout which has little changed since its opening in 1903.
The site that the Park now stands on was in 1897 allotment land. In that year the Wandsworth District Board was given the opportunity to buy 18 acres of land between the riverbank and Putney Bridge Road.

Big Ben, the Clock Tower, London


Simply Big Ben, the Clock Tower

Cambodia


This photo was taken in Cambodia in a village closed to Angkor.

Mekong, Laos


This photo was taken on the mytic Mekong river, in the north of Laos, close to Luang Prabang or or Louangphrabang, the Lao city notable as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Katikies, Santorini, Cyclades, Greece


This is a photo taken from the Katikies Hotel, hanging from the cliff, 100 meters above the dazzlingly blue caldera basin, in the picturesque village of Oia, the most westerly point of Santorini, Cyclades, Greece. Aegean architecture blends past with present in a free form fantasy of stairs, bridges, cubist cottages and infinity swimming pools.

Bloemenmarkt, Amsterdam


This photo of a stall of tulips has been taken in winter at the Bloemenmarkt, the world's only floating flower market. Founded in 1862, it is sited in Amsterdam, on Single between Muntplein and Koningsplein in the city's southern canal belt. It includes 15 florists and garden shops as well as a range of souvenir gifts.
For a great selection of places to stay with discount prices visit Netherlands Hotels for more information.

Sossuvlei, Namibia


This photo was taken in Namibia. Sossusvlei is a salt pan in the central Namib Desert, lying within the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Fed by the Tsauchab River, it is known for the high, red sand dunes which surround it, forming a major and impressive sand sea.

Sossusvlei, Namibia


This photo was taken in Namibia. Sossusvlei is a salt pan in the central Namib Desert, lying within the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Fed by the Tsauchab River, it is known for the high, red sand dunes which surround it, forming a major and impressive sand sea. This photo more precisely shows Dune 7, one of the highest sand dunes in the world (ca. 383 m.)

Sossusvlei, Namibia


This photo was taken in Sossusvlei, Namibia, in the central Namib Desert, lying within the Namib-Naukluft National Park, known for the high, red sand dunes.

Sossusvlei, Namibia


This photo was taken in Sossusvlei, Namibia, in the central Namib Desert, lying within the Namib-Naukluft National Park, known for the high, red sand dunes.

Etosha, Namibia


This photo was taken in Etosha National Park, Namibia. A Plains Zebra (Equus quagga, formerly Equus burchelli), also known as the Common zebra or the Burchell's zebra. Etosha National Park was first established in 1907, when Namibia was a German colony known as South West Africa. At the time, the park’s original 100,000 km² (38,500 mile²) made it the largest game reserve in the world. Due to political changes since its original establishment, the park is somewhat less than a quarter of its original size, but still remains a very large and significant area in which wildlife is protected.

Savannah, Namibia


This photo was taken in Namibia and is picturing the characteric savannah of this central part of the country.

Big Daddy, Sossusvlei, Namibia


This photo was taken in Sossusvlei, Namibia, in the central Namib Desert, lying within the Namib-Naukluft National Park, known for the high, red sand dunes. This photo shows Dune 7 "ascension", one of the highest sand dunes in the world (ca. 383 m.)

This photo has been selected Photoburst Photo of the day 3rd May 2008

Cambodia


This photo was taken in Angkor, Cambodia

Dead Vlei, Namibian Scarecrows


This photo was taken in Namibia. Sossusvlei is a salt pan in the central Namib Desert, lying within the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Fed by the Tsauchab River, it is known for the high, red sand dunes which surround it, forming a major and impressive sand sea. More precisely this photo shows Dead Vlei, a clay pan surrounded by the highest sand dunes in the world, some reaching up to 300m, which rest on a sandstone terrace. The clay pan was formed after rains when the river flooded creating temporary shallow pools where the abundance of water allowed camel thorn trees to grow. When climate changed, drought hit the area and sand dunes encroached on the pan, which blocked the river from the area. Because the water supply was stopped the trees died, however there are some species of plants remaining, such as Salsola and clumps of Nara. The remaining “skeletons” of the trees, which are believed to be about 900 years old, are now black because the intense sun has scorched them.

Mind The Gap


London Underground, District Line : Mind The Gap Between The Train And The Platform. Please Stand Clear Of The Doors.

01/03/2008

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