Friday, October 30, 2009

Millenium bridge of London UK


Millenium bridge of London, originally uploaded by Mr.GG.

The London Millennium Footbridge is a pedestrian-only steel suspension bridge crossing the River Thames in London, England, linking Bankside with the City. It is located between Southwark Bridge (downstream) and Blackfriars Railway Bridge (upstream). The bridge is owned and maintained by the Bridge House Estates, a charitable trust overseen by the City of London Corporation. Construction of the bridge began in 1998, with the opening on 10th June 2000.
Londoners nicknamed the bridge the Wobbly Bridge after participants in a special event to open the bridge (a charity walk on behalf of Save the Children) felt an unexpected (and, for some, uncomfortable) swaying motion on the first two days after the bridge opened. The bridge was closed later that day, and after two days of limited access the bridge was closed for almost two years while modifications were made to eliminate the wobble entirely. It was reopened in 2002.
The southern end of the bridge is near Globe Theatre, the Bankside Gallery and Tate Modern, the north end next to the City of London School below St Paul's Cathedral. The bridge alignment is such that a clear view of St Paul's south facade is presented from across the river, framed by the bridge supports.


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Galleria - Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan Italy

Nel 1865 iniziarono i lavori con la posa della prima pietra da parte di re Vittorio Emanuele II di Savoia e due anni più tardi si inaugurò la Galleria, anche se non completamente terminata. Circa dodici anni dopo finalmente il complesso fu terminato.

Giuseppe Mengoni, l'ideatore della Galleria, vi morì proprio precipitando dalla cupola durante un'ispezione il 30 dicembre 1877, anche se non mancò l'interpretazione che si trattasse di un suicidio, dovuto alle critiche espresse da più parti e alla delusione per la mancata presenza del re all'inaugurazione. Non si poteva sapere che tale assenza era dovuta alle gravi condizioni di salute di Vittorio Emanuele II, tenute segrete, e che il re sarebbe morto dopo pochi giorni.


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Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Guangzhou, China


Memorial Hall 纪念堂站, originally uploaded by rm996s.

Memorial Hall


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Oh La La...!! a PAris... City of light

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Temple of Heaven Park, Beijing China


Temple of Heaven Park, Beijing, originally uploaded by Kurlylox1.

Time for a "postcard shot!"

This is another shot of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, the centerpiece of the Temple of Heaven Park. The colors and decoration are so impressive. The temple sits atop a circular platform surrounded by characteristic white railings and accessed by staircases at various points around the circle.


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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Antarctica, a frozen desert.

This is a supporting image for the "Sailing With NASA" blog, which is documenting space shuttle external tank ET-134's sea voyage from Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Credit: NASA/Carnegie-Mellon University

Read the original blog post, "Exploration May Be a Matter of Timing" --
blogs.nasa.gov/cm/blog/sailing_with_nasa/posts/post_12562...

Follow the "Sailing With NASA" blog and the ET-134 journey:
blogs.nasa.gov/cm/blog/sailing_with_nasa



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Main street of the Old City of Bamberg Germany



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Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent UK


Scotney Castle, originally uploaded by Marf Salvador.

Taken from the CastleUK website:


Scotney Castle was originally a 12th century fortified manor house, founded by Lambert de Scoteni. In 1378, Roger de Ashburnham founded an irregular stone quadrangle castle, with an outer ward. Supported on two platforms and encased by a wide moat, the surviving curtain wall of the inner ward, is now only a revetment to the moat. Flanked by heavily machicolated round angle towers and a gatehouse, only the Ashburnham Tower is complete. The piers of the gatehouse and the emplacements of the towers, one with a doorway, give their location. The Darrell family, rebuilt the south wing in 1580 and added a three storey brick east range in 1640. In the 19th century, the castle and the east wing were dismantled, to make a romantic garden feature.


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Friday, October 23, 2009

Paris France an urban scene


, originally uploaded by P•A•U•L | Photography.

In architecture, a gargoyle is a carved stone grotesque with a spout designed to convey water from a roof and away from the side of a building
The term originates from the French gargouille, originally "throat" or "gullet"; cf. Latin gurgulio, gula, and similar words derived from the root gar, "to swallow", which represented the gurgling sound of water (e.g., Spanish garganta, "throat"; Spanish gárgola, "gargoyle").
A chimera, or a grotesque figure, is a sculpture that does not work as a waterspout and serves only an ornamental or artistic function. These are also usually called gargoyles in layman's terminology, although the field of architecture usually preserves the distinction between gargoyles (functional waterspouts) and non-waterspout grotesques.

St Louis Cathedral ... Louisiana USA


St Louis Cathedral ..., originally uploaded by limeydog.

... and the Louisiana state museum


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St Paul's cathedral - London UK

St Paul's Cathedral in London from the Millenium Bridge


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Strait,Spinalonga, Crete Greece


Strait, originally uploaded by macropoulos.


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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Scuba Diving in Lake Kournas, Northern Crete - Greece

I have often been to Lake Kournas and I’ve always been curious to see what the depths looked like. This video shows us the depths of the lake and the creatures living in it.
In the 3.5 minutes of video you will see crabs, a goldfish and a terrapin. The dive was shallow, so we will have to wait for another diver to reveal the secrets hidden in the deeper parts of the lake, up to 23 metres at some points. Somewhere in there may be hiding the famous water nymph of Lake Kournas, who comes out to comb her hair in the moonlight.

the diver said...


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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Housing in Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Housing in Amsterdam, originally uploaded by werkunz1.

One thing that really fascinates me on Amsterdam are the pretty narrow houses side by side. It's really lovely to see! How must it be to live in one of theses houses? And how do you move in?


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Sunset on Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy France


Sunset on Mont Saint-Michel, originally uploaded by jiquem.

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Mont-Saint-Michel)



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Monday, October 19, 2009

Into The Green Abyss @Yellowstone Park USA


Into The Green Abyss, originally uploaded by Marc Shandro.

Yet another thermal pool at Yellowstone (YATPAY). The Belgian Pool on the Upper Geyser Basin trail


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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Blog Action Day 2009



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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Toka Festival, Tanna Island Vauatu

Toka Festival from Jonathan Clay on Vimeo.

Once every two to three years, all the villagers of Tanna Island, Vanuatu, come together for colourful festival of dancing and feasting.

This is a sequence from the film "Strange Islands", part of the BBC's documentary series "South Pacific".

Note to moderators: this film was directed and produced by myself for the BBC Natural History Unit.

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