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Scenery along the hike to Dream Lake.

 

Yes, John, I've seen it - Rocky Mountain High - YouTube - John Denver !

 

Wishing you all a very wonderful day!!!

 

PS: I saw faces in the clouds - an animal with a pointy nose in the center one and a jolly old man in the right hand side, staring at each other (see notes)! 😁

 

PPS: "Pikachu, I See You!" joined in for the fun, maybe I should re-title it to "Three's A Cloud". 😝

Staying with the Lawrence Collection to end the week we have a magnificent view of St. Mary's Abbey and Howth before the bay was filled in. I imagine that most people think that the Abbey is a tavern rather than an ancient place of learning and worship/

 

Photographer: Robert French

 

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

 

Date: Circa 1865 - 1914

 

NLI Ref: L_CAB_00856

 

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The Matterhorn (4478m alt. ) the Dent d'Hérens the Z'mutt glacier.and "La Tête Blanche", (alt. 3.710 m ). . Zermatt . Canton Valais, Switzerland. No. 2257 2258 Panorama .

  

"The Matterhorn (German), Monte Cervino (Italian) or Mont Cervin (French), is a mountain in the Pennine Alps on the border between Switzerland and Italy. Its summit is 4,478 meters (14,690 ft) high, making it one of the highest peaks in the Alps.[2] The four steep faces, rising above the surrounding glaciers, face the four compass points. The mountain overlooks the town of Zermatt in the canton of Valais to the north-east and Breuil-Cervinia in the Aosta Valley to the south. The Theodul Pass, located at the eastern base of the peak, is the lowest passage between its north and south side.

  

Le Cervin (Cervino en italien, Matterhorn en allemand) est un sommet alpin de 4 478 mètres d'altitude, situé sur la frontière italo-suisse, entre le canton du Valais et la vallée d'Aoste.

 

Le Cervin est la montagne la plus connue de Suisse, notamment pour l'aspect pyramidal qu'elle offre depuis le village de Zermatt, dans la partie alémanique du canton du Valais.

L'ascension de la face nord fut considérée comme le dernier des grands exploits de l'alpinisme dans les Alpes, avec celle de l'Eiger et celle des Grandes Jorasses qui forment ensemble les trois grandes faces nord des Alpes."

 

Wikipédia .

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The morning 7th of February I woke up to see Amsterdam covered in a coat of fresh snow. The snow fell in sudden flurries and gusts and turned the world white and wonderful. With the canals in the city and occasional high winds, there can be a nip in the air, but packing gloves and a scarf should keep you warm enough. There is something very beautiful about Amsterdam in the winter. It snowed for the second time this winter in Amsterdam. Because the temperature was -4 degrees Celsius the snow stayed. The real feel temperature was -11 degrees Celsius cause there was a strong wind and drifting snow. It got more than a few centimeters of snow. The best advice is to stay indoors and turn the stove up a bit. Or of course to go outside to take some nice pictures. The snow is a rare highlight in these February dark days, especially when you have small children. It is quite difficult to come up with something fun in these Covid-19 lock-down days. After a while, sitting indoors becomes quite monotonous for such a toddler. This is a welcome change. The snow also provides a lot of fun for children here in centre of Amsterdam. Snowball fight, make snowmen or go sledding. All fun activities that children do in this beautiful snowy world.

 

Those who think away for a while can imagine themselves in Hendrick Avercamp's world today. As one of the first landscape painters of the 17th-century Dutch school, he specialized in painting the Netherlands in winter. Some 400 years on, our image of life in the harsh winters of the Golden Age is still dominated by Avercamp’s ice scenes with their splendid narrative details of couples skating, children pelting each other with snowballs and unwary individuals falling through the ice. The snow is during the lock-down days an uninhibited winter fun in the streets of Amsterdam. Since the first snow had stuck to the ground, the neighborhood has turned out for a carefree winter entertainment. The next days it will keep on snowing. Expected more than 17 cm snow in Amsterdam. Enjoy a thick layer of snow in your own neighborhood.

 

Vanmorgen 7 februari werd ik wakker en zag Amsterdam bedekt met een laag verse sneeuw. De sneeuw die vannacht viel bedekte de wereld om ons heen wit en prachtig. Ik heb mijn camera gepakt en op pad gegaan in m'n buurtje. Ik geniet van het geluid van knarsende sneeuw onder mijn schoenen en het prachtige gezicht op de Amsterdamse grachtenpanden. Het is min vier graden en het blijft vandaag de hele dag sneeuwen. Met een stevige wind is de gevoelstemperatuur zelf -11 graden. Mijn handschoenen en m'n sjaal houden mij warm genoeg. Er is iets heel moois over Amsterdam in de winter. Amsterdam is bedolven onder dik pak sneeuw zoals hierboven op het Weteringstraat. Het beste advies is dan maar om lekker binnen te blijven en de kachel iets hoger te zetten. Of natuurlijk even naar buiten te gaan om wat mooie plaatjes te schieten. In Amsterdam heeft het nu voor de tweede keer deze winter gesneeuwd. Bij deze temperatuur blijft de sneeuw liggen. Er is meer dan enkele centimeters sneeuw gevallen. De sneeuw is een zeldzaam hoogtepunt in deze donkere dagen in februari, vooral als je kleine kinderen hebt. Het is best moeilijk om iets leuks te bedenken in deze Covid-19 lockdown-dagen. Binnen zitten wordt na een tijdje behoorlijk eentonig voor zo'n peuter. Dit is een welkome afwisseling. De sneeuw zorgt ook voor veel plezier voor kinderen. Sneeuwballengevecht, sneeuwpoppen maken of sleetje rijden. Allemaal leuke activiteiten die kinderen doen in deze prachtige besneeuwde wereld. Wie even wegdenkt, waant zich vandaag in de wereld van Hendrick Avercamp. De komende dagen blijft het sneeuwen. Verwacht meer dan 17 cm sneeuw in Amsterdam.

I had so much fun with the one can for macro Mondays I figured why stop. Not constrained to the 3" rule I thought I could work with the whole can. Sourcing empty cans was easier than I thought, a quick walk along a back road provided all I needed. It seems that after consuming a can of this stuff, the arm goes into motion mode that inevitably leads to the can winding up on the side of the road.

 

Each can was shot individually with my Nikon 55mm f/2.8 NIKKOR Micro with about a 6 image focus stack. They do seem to have a lot of potential for art. Three cans, a wavy window and yummy glow colors make this slider complete!

 

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On rare occasions, I post black and white..and dry lands. Yes, I do not live near the sea..sadly.

 

This is the skyline of Metro Manila. The City of Manila is just one of the 16 cities that formally make up the metro. With 13 million population in a limited space, the metro is very dense and a breeding ground for the virus. And we are on a semi-lockdown again. Just like the picture, things are looking bleak.

 

I'll post a beach picture next time. Let us focus on things that make us happy 😊

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It will be k-k-cold this weekend. The temperature can drop to -15 degrees celcius and that means of course only one thing: skating! After a few nights of good frost we could skate on February 12, 2021 at the Gouwsea. Waterland in the winter is a real skater’s paradise. As temperatures plunge across Europe, many are cursing the cold. But not in the Netherlands. Many are hoping for further frigid conditions. Today my daughter Samantha and friend Casper are joying me skating. A historical moment since crossing the Gouwsea by skates is such a rare occurrence. Today we skate 12km from Uitdam, de Nes to Marken and back, such a beautiful sea of ice to enjoy. An infinitely beautiful sight on this icy sea in 2021. It was a pleasure. The meadows here are white, the Gouwzee completely frozen and the breath comes out of my mouth in small gray puffs. Put your hands behind your back. Breathe calmly. I enjoy the sound of the irons over the ice and the beautiful view of the snowy landscape . The ice surface is great here. Besides ice skating Dutch also love Ice yachting. This is the sport of sailing and racing iceboats and is very popular in the Netherlands. Ice boats are racing at a speed of 100 km an hour over the ice of the Gouwsea. The centre of ice yachting is in Monnickendam.

 

Today 12th of February 2021 we got the opportunity to go ice skating on real ice instead of going to an ice rink. A good freeze only comes from a win in the climatic lottery. Thus the chance for our Dutch to be wild adventurers on their own land comes only every few years. We glide across solidified, frosted lakes with fish frozen into the ice. The Gouwsea in the winter are a real skater’s paradise. In Monnickendam the ice is only suitable for ice yachting. From here the ice yachtings are crossing the Gouwzee to Marken. We visit Monnickendam. Portrait of my daughter Samantha and friend Casper walking on the vast frozen Gouwsea. From Monnickendam to Marken island is about 4km of disctance. It is not often that the Gouwsea is completely frozen.

 

Het wordt k-k-koud dit weekend. De temperatuur kan dalen tot wel -15 graden en dat betekent natuurlijk maar één ding: schaatsennn! Na een paar nachten goede vorst konden we op 12 februari 2021 schaatsen op de Gouwzee. Na een extra nacht van vorst ligt het ijs er redelijk goed bij. Eindelijk weer heerlijk ijs om voor schaatsliefhebbers de ijzers onder te binden. Er kan heerlijk kilometers geschaatst worden tussen Uitdam, De Nes en Marken. Vandaag gaat mijn dochter Samantha mij met vriend Casper. Je beleeft de natuur op plekken waar je normaal niet kan komen. De Gouwzee is een paradijs voor schaatsers uit het westen van Nederland, omdat het meestal het eerste grootschalige gebied is waar men goed kan schaatsen op natuurijs. Maar het blijft een historische gebeurtenis. Vele schaatsenrijders zoeken vandaag de bevroren oppervlakte van de Gouwzee op voor een schaatsrit langs de dijk van Uitdam, De Nes naar Marken. Een mooie rit van zo'n 12km. Een oneindig mooi gezicht op deze ijszee anno 2021. Het was genieten. De weilanden zijn hier wit, de Gouwzee totaal bevroren en de adem komt in kleine grijze pufjes uit mijn mond. Handen op de rug. Rustig ademen. Ik geniet van het geluid van de ijzers over het ijs en het prachtige uitzicht over de besneeuwde landschap. Het ijs is geweldig hier. De ijszeilers hebben hun plek in Monnickendam. Hier is het ijs te slecht om te schaatsen, maar voor de ijszeilers geen probleem. Vanaf hier steken ze de Gouwzee over naar Marken. Een oneindig mooi gezicht op deze ijszee anno 2021. Het was genieten. Jong en oud staan op het ijs, zelfs koek en zopie is present bij de zeilclub van Monnickendam. Met spectaculaire snelheden van wel 80 tot 100 kilometer per uur razen de ijszeilers over bevroren meren en plassen: ijszeilers hebben deze dagen de tijd van hun leven. Foto van Samantha en vriend Casper wandelend op de ijszee. Vanaf Monnickendam naar Marken is ongeveer een afstand van 4 km. Het komt niet vaak voor dat de Gouwzee helemaal bevroren is.

 

Just a little close-up of the new steel scouring pad that sits on the sink. The view is about 1 X 1 inch as best I can tell. For Macro Mondays, "Redux 2020" theme. A remake of the May 4 Theme "Kitchen"

 

55mm f/2.8 NIKKOR Micro w/PK-13 27.5mm Extension Tube

6 image stack shot at f/2.8, kitchen light, pad sitting on the edge of the sink, nothing too fancy (at all). :)

I wish you a wonderful weekend, my friends!

  

The Eureka Dunes lie in the remote Eureka Valley, an enclosed basin at 3000 foot elevation located northwest of Death Valley. The dunes cover an area only 3 miles long and 1 mile wide, yet they are the tallest sand dunes in California, possibly the tallest in all of North America. They rise more than 680 feet above the dry lakebed at their western base. As tall as these dunes are, they are dwarfed by the impressive limestone wall of the Last Chance Mountains which rises another 4000 feet above the valley floor.

 

It was my first time in this remote part of Death Valley National Park and the drive to these dunes was a little adventure in itself ... sometimes you can only drive at walking pace ... and the grooves in the "road" are a real shock absorber and tire test and after around 2.5 hours you are happy to have reached your destination. You can see the Eureka Dunes from afar and you are quite impressed when you stand in front of it ... the way up to the dunes with a heavy photo backpack and tripod was a bit of a challenge - it took us almost 1.5 hours to get there on top ofthe highest dunes ... always under the motto two steps up and one step back - sometimes really steep, but it was worth it - the view was fantastic ... just the sun disappeared behind increasingly thick clouds before setting ... .

  

Die Eureka-Dünen liegen im abgelegenen Eureka-Tal, einem geschlossenen Becken auf 900 Meter Höhe nordwestlich des Death Valley. Die Dünen erstrecken sich über ein Gebiet von nur 3 Meilen Länge und 1 Meile Breite, sind jedoch die höchsten Sanddünen in Kalifornien, möglicherweise die höchsten in ganz Nordamerika. Sie erheben sich mehr als 200 Meter über dem trockenen Seeufer an ihrer westlichen Basis. So hoch diese Dünen auch sind, sie werden von der beeindruckenden Kalksteinmauer der Last Chance Mountains in den Schatten gestellt, die sich weitere 1200 Meter über den Talboden erhebt.

 

Ich war zum ersten Mal in diesem abgelegenen Teil des Death Valley National Parks und die Fahrt zu diesen Dünen war schon ein kleines Abenteuer für sich...teilweise kann man nur mit Schrittgeschwindigkeit fahren...und die Rillen in der "Straße" sind ein richtiger Stoßdämpfer- und Reifentest und nach rund 2,5 Stunden ist man froh, das Ziel erreicht zu haben. Man sieht die Eureka Dunes schon von Weitem und man ist schon ziemlich beeindruckt, wenn man dann davor steht...der Weg hoch auf die Dünen mit schwerem Fotorucksack und Stativ war dann auch eine kleine Herausforderung - wir brauchten fast 1,5 Stunden bis wir auf den höchsten Dünen standen...immer unter dem Motto zwei Schritte hoch und einen zurück - zum Teil richtig steil, aber es hat sich gelohnt - die Aussicht war fantastisch...alleine die Sonne verschwand vor dem Untergang hinter zunehmend dichteren Wolken...

Can you see the Little Egret up there in the willow tree ? The banks of the stream are so dense with vegetation I didn't see him (or her) until he flew up from the opposite bank. This is another one taken with my iPhone 11 while out on a morning walk with Marnie very recently.

 

~ Edited in Topaz Studio with a lovely texture by Kerstin Frank applied in the new PicMonkey, which I'm still struggling with - as with everything else ! ~

 

Thanks for looking - and I hope the weather is nicer for you than it is for us here in the UK - rain, wind, flooding happening right now.

 

I hope you like this, anyway. Thanks for every view, comment, fave. All is appreciated very much.

  

Time’s marked and measured in different ways.

The colors of our lives were changing.

The vibrant greens of summer faded beneath the ever-varied canvas of sky,

replaced by the russet tones of autumn,

brown hues of harvest,

and blue-violet shades of indigo dye...

 

Scotland.

The blue forest.

From a mother-daughter moment.

One of April destinations I put in my calendar.

 

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“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,

There is a rapture on the lonely shore,

There is society, where none intrudes,

By the deep sea, and music in its roar:

I love not man the less, but Nature more”

― Lord Byron

  

apologies to my friends for i haven't been

around much this week,

been weathering a nasty stomach virus,

i promise to catch-up today!

 

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The vineyard had put on its beautiful autumn dress. A trail in front of the Roche de Solutré was waiting for my steps for a charming walk.

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Un chemin sympathique

 

Les vignes avaient revêtu leur belle parure d'automne. Un chemin en face de la Roche de Solutré n'attendait que mes pas pour une balade charmante.

 

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Solutré - Bourgogne du sud - France / Solutré - Southern Burgundy - France

 

At the gates of La Paz, the Valley of the Moon is a sort of desert of rocks sculpted by the elements, with lots of fairy chimneys.

The site is well laid out with trails on which we can discover this geological curiosity.

 

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La Vallée de la Lune

 

Aux portes de la Paz, la Vallée de la Lune constitue une sorte de désert de rochers sculpté par les éléments, avec plein de cheminée de fées.

Le site est bien aménagé avec des sentiers sur lesquels on peut découvrir cette curiosité géologique.

 

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La Paz - Bolivie / La Paz - Bolivia

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Tonight, we sleep in an Indian community on Lake Titicaca, we are at 3812 m (12507 ft) altitude .

A change of scenery guaranteed !

The comfort was rustic, and there was no heating to overcome the cold of the night at this altitude. But fortunately, big wool blankets locally made kept us warm.

 

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Village indien au bord du lac Titicaca

 

Ce soir , nous dormons dans une communauté indienne au bord du lac Titicaca, on est à 3812 m d'altitude. Un dépaysement garanti !

Le confort était rustique, et il n'y avait pas de chauffage pour pallier au froid vif de la nuit à cette altitude.

Mais heureusement, de grosses couverture en laine faites sur place nous ont tenu bien chaud.

 

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Lac Titicaca - Pérou / Lake Titicaca - Peru

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Rock House

 

Built in the 1750s, Rock House is reputed to be one of the oldest houses in Edinburgh’s new town. It came to worldwide fame as the home of David Octavius Hill, the artist and pioneering photographer who in 1843 together with Robert Adamson developed the calotype process at Rock House.

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Lindesnes - Nearby the most southern lighthouse of Norway

 

More info: www.lindesnesfyr.no/en/

Crazy Tuesday: #NEW

 

Laowa C-Dreamer 7.5 F/2 | Photowalk with Sabine.R

 

Not taken this week, but I didn't get around to go out on a photowalk (ghastly weather, grey days, too) with my brand NEW ultra wide-angle lens, the Laowa C-Dreamer 7,5mm F/2. However, this one was taken with that new lens, so I hope it qualifies; I promise that I will take the capture in the week after a new theme will be announced the next time I participate :-)

 

Now for the title: You might wonder why I chose "Topless" as a title. Well, if you take a look at my capture of the Berliner Fernsehturm (Berlin TV Tower) taken from the platform of the Park Inn Hotel (please see first comment), and you take a closer look at the TV Tower's base in that capture, you will get an idea what this building is - yes, right: it's the TV Tower's base building complex which is used as an exhibition center ("Body Worlds", "Little BIG City"), it also houses restaurants and shops; the building on the right is the city hall of Berlin, known as Rotes Rathaus (Red City Hall). But where is the TV Tower? I seriously debated with myself whether I could actually dare to remove it from the capture or not. In the end I decided to upload the retouched version, as it gives the building a lighter, aerier look, almost that of a spaceship that has just landed. With the TV Tower (which you would normally see on the left upper corner behind the base building) it looked like a building on a stick from this point of view, and you wouldn't have seen much of the tower anyway. Please forgive my little Photoshop shenanigan :-) After all, photos don't lie, do they ;-) ?

 

And because two are always better than one, I would like to wish you all a very Happy 2019 once again, and a relaxed first week of January as well :-)

 

Oben ohne

 

Laowa C-Dreamer 7.5 F/2 | Fotowalk mit Sabine.R

 

Die Nicht-Berliner unter Euch werden sich vielleicht fragen, warum ich dieses Foto "Oben ohne" betitelt habe. Wenn Ihr Euch noch einmal mein Foto vom Berliner Fernsehturm anschaut, das ich von der Aussichtsplattform des Park Inns aufgenommen habe (im ersten Kommentar zu finden) und Euch dort einmal den Sockelbereich des Fernsehturms anschaut, könnt Ihr sehen, was dieses Gebäude ist - richtig: der Sockelkomplex des Berliner Fernsehturms. Der Komplex wird für Ausstellungen genutzt (u. a. "Körperwelten" und "Little BIG City"), er beherbergt außerdem Gastronomie und Läden; rechts vom Sockel ist das Berliner Rote Rathaus zu sehen. Aber wo ist der Turm? Eigentlich würdet Ihr ihn links hinter dem Sockelkomplex sehen. Ich habe lange darüber nachgedacht, ob ich ihn tatsächlich wegretouschieren soll oder nicht. Am Ende habe ich mich dafür entschieden. Aus dieser Perspektive sieht das Gebäude mit (ein ganz klein wenig) Turm wie ein Gebäude an einem Stock aus. Ohne den Turm wirkt es leichter, luftiger, fast wie ein Raumschiff, das gerade gelandet ist. Verzeiht mir meine kleine Photoshop-Schummelei. Fotos lügen doch nicht, oder ;-) ?

 

Und weil doppelt besser hält, möchte ich Euch an dieser Stelle auch noch einmal ein schönes neues Jahr und eine entspannte erste Januarwoche wünschen :-)

 

Il Passo Sella visto dalla Forcella Sassolungo

The Sella Pass seen from the Sassolungo Fork

Hi all my dear Flickr friends! 💙 I think I'll be back soon... I love summer and try to be more outside now.

 

...trying to catch up... it's not easy.

 

Sunset on the lake Päijänne. Sysmä, Finland.

 

Please do NOT POST awards pictures, group banners or sparkling icons in my photostream, thanks!!!

 

2018. #Finland #Summer #Lake #Evening #Night #Reflections #Sunset #Sysmä #Päijänne

Flowers for Maelia 💕

 

Summer colors.

2018. #Finland #Summer

Panorama from Desert View Point...in the background you can see a fire and the smoke that is coming along the Canyon...

 

Panoramansicht vom Desert View Point...im Hintergrund sieht man einen Waldbrand und die Rauchwolken, die den Canyon entlang ziehen...

 

Grand Canyon

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From the 8th century BC. the settlements of the surrounding hills united and the city of Rome was founded. The Forum Romanum also known as Foro Romano, is a plaza surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the center of the city of Rome. The Temple of Saturn on the left side of this photo was an ancient Roman temple to the god Saturn. Its ruins stand at the foot of the Capitoline Hill at the western end of the Roman Forum. The original dedication of the temple is traditionally dated to 497 BC. In Roman mythology, Saturn ruled during the Golden Age, and he continued to be associated with wealth. His temple housed the treasury where the Roman Republic's reserves of gold and silver were stored. The three remaining columns on the right of the photo are from the Temple of Vespasian and Titus. The temple was built by Titus in honor of his deceased father Vespasian. Titus, however, only reigned for a few years. The temple was the first important addition to the forum since the time of Emperor Augustus.

 

The Temple of Saturn on the left side was an ancient Roman temple to the god Saturn. Its ruins stand at the foot of the Capitoline Hill and is traditionally dated to 497 BC. Reconstruction of the .... Temple of Saturn. Temple of Vespasian and Titus stands on the right side and is built in 79. We visit Rome on a hot summersday and temperatures soar to over 40ºC. We took it slow amid region’s most intense heatwave.

 

Vanaf de 8e eeuw v.Chr. verenigden de nederzettingen van de omliggende heuvels zich en ontstond de stad Rome. Het Forum Romanum - Latijn voor Romeins marktplein - was in de oudheid het centrum van Rome. Het forum was in de gloriedagen van het Romeinse Rijk het politieke, juridische, religieuze en commerciële centrum van de stad. De Tempel van Saturnus hier links op de foto was een Romeinse tempel gewijd aan Saturnus in Rome. Het was een van de oudste tempels in Rome. Volgens de overlevering werd de tempel in 497 v.Chr. gebouwd op het Forum Romanum, in de begintijd van de Romeinse Republiek. De tempel werd na een grote brand in 42 v.Chr. gerestaureerd, die werd betaald uit de buit van de oorlog met Syrië. Zie hier een reconstructie van .... Tempel van Saturnus. De drie resterende zuilen rechts op de foto zijn van de Tempel van Vespasianus en Titus. De tempel werd gebouwd in opdracht van Titus ter ere van zijn overleden en vader Vespasianus. Titus regeerde zelf echter maar een paar jaar. De tempel was de eerste belangrijke toevoeging aan het forum sinds de tijd van keizer Augustus.

Enjoying the Blue hour in Hamburg's Speicherstadt. The red neon sign on the SPIEGEL (renowned German news magazine) building is quite small but causes intense reflections.

M98 M99 and M100

 

Located in the Virgo cluster, M98 M99 and M100 are three galaxies identified in Charles Messier's catalog of of deep-sky objects. This cluster is part of the larger Virgo Supercluster to which the Milky Way galaxy is part of.

Distances to these three objects range from 41-52 million light-years. The above image is roughly 2.7 degrees wide - about 5.5 full moons. At least 10 other NGC and IC galaxies are also visible.

 

Markarian's Chain is also part of the Virgo cluster.

 

D5500

Nikon 300mm f/4.5 ED MF @f5.6

90x30s, 3200iso

iOptron SkyTracker Pro

Regim sig18 stack (darks and flats)

Processed in Affinity Photo

 

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This source draws its name from the Roman era.

According to local tradition, the Roman lord Fussiacus established his camp near the source, hence the name of the village of Fussiacus, which became Fuissey and finally Fuissé.

The washhouse and the fountain date from 1722. The washhouse was rebuilt in 1848. This source never goes dry.

 

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La source et la fontaine du Romanin

 

Cette source tire son nom de l'époque romaine.

Selon la tradition locale, le seigneur romain Fussiacus établit son campement à proximité de la source, d’où le nom du village de Fussiacus, devenu Fuissey et enfin Fuissé.

Le lavoir et la fontaine datent de 1722. Le lavoir a lui été reconstruit en 1848. Cette source ne tarit jamais.

 

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Fuissé - Bourgogne du sud / South Burgundy - France

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This waterfall called Velo de Novia (bride's veil) in the site of el Chiflon waterfalls is particularly stunning with its 120 meters (394 feet) high!

 

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Une vision impressionnante

 

Cette cascade appelée Velo de Novia (voile de la mariée) dans le site des cascades du Chiflon est particulièrement impressionnante avec ses 120 m de haut !

 

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Cascades El Chifflon /El Chifflon waterfalls - Chiapas - Mexique / Mexico

 

The Sphinx, Recorded By Edgar-Allan-Poe-Not -

I don’t know what it is about the dimly lit forest that brings me back, time and time again. Maybe I’m wedded to the thrill of toppling over accidental astonishments. On a late Sunday afternoon, I felt the presence of a shadowy stalker in the darkest regions of the woods. We both seem to be on the same path heading to the same destination. Why is that? Pretending that I’m unaware, I slinked one foot briskly ahead of the other and tested by walking in circles instead of straight lines. The unwanted company followed suit and halted whenever I paused. This instant, my sixth sense confirms someone or something is trailing my shoeprints. Catching my breath beneath the low branches where tall grass grows, the soft flutter of wings get bigger. An entity definitely was in the background flitting from tree to tree. It wasn’t a copter drone sent by the National Security Agency for sure. If the lurker chased a wee bit harder I would be within reach. Frozen in fright, my legs were pushed to take flight. I run, run and run. As with any nightmare, you sprint but never speed an inch from where you stand. Disastrously, my pursuer so close finally overtook and reined right in front. In a state of panic, my fingers fumbled to click the camera’s skylight to kill whatever is before me. Eeeek! In the first second, my lenses directly perceived a hideous imp with acute panda ears. The face without eyes let fly a baleful glare that dared me to return his stare. Its devilish grin was so wide, I could be wolfed down alive. In an old voice cruel and flat, he mouthed a monotonous mock, “Monsters don’t live under the bed but inside your head. Cat…! Cat…! Cat…!” Coming next, my pumping heart shudders at the subject caught… oh, I was just viewing a secretive moth with cryptic markings inked on Pepsi-Cola wings!

That day, the sky gave us an absolutely fantastic sunset. The sun's rays stood out in the sky with beautiful colors, the mountain in front of us was all illuminated, it was stunning !

 

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Un cadeau du ciel

 

Ce jour là, le ciel nous a gratifié d'un coucher de soleil absolument fantastique. Les rayons du soleil se découpaient dans le ciel avec des couleurs magnifiques, la montagne en face de nous était toute illuminée, c'était prodigieux !

  

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San Cristóbal de Las Casas - Chiapas - Mexique / Mexico

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