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October 4th 2014 06:43
baby musk ox
Baby Musk Ox

Hong Kong night picture
Hong Kong at Night

lava Hawaii
In the heat of the moment

Santorini greek island sunset
Sunset in Santorini

poolside mountain view
Pool at the Cambrian Hotel in Adelboden, Switzerland.

Amazing Aircraft Photography

June 17th 2014 04:18
aircraft photography

aircraft and birds

Jumbo jet close call beach

concord supersonic jet

precision flying. Upside down

fighter jet snow capped mountain picture

Blue Mosque

April 16th 2014 01:02
Sultan Ahmed Mosque Istanbul Turkey
Sultan Ahmed (Blue) Mosque Istanbul, Turkey.

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is a historic mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior.

It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I and is still popularly used as a mosque.
courtyard of the Blue Mosque, in Istanbul, Turkey
Courtyard of the Blue Mosque at dusk.

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque has one main dome, six minarets, and eight secondary domes. The design is the culmination of two centuries of both Ottoman mosque development. It incorporates some Byzantine elements of the neighboring Hagia Sophia with traditional Islamic architecture and is considered to be the last great mosque of the classical period. The architect, Sedefkar Mehmed Aga, aimed for overwhelming size, majesty and splendour.
Inside the blue Mosque
Blue Mosque, Interior.

At its lower levels and at every pier, the interior of the mosque is lined with more than 20,000 handmade ceramic tiles, made at Iznik (the ancient Nicaea) in more than fifty different tulip designs. The tiles at lower levels are traditional in design, while at gallery level their design becomes flamboyant with representations of flowers, fruit and cypresses. More than 20,000 tiles were made under the supervision of the Iznik master potter Kasap Haci and Baris Efendi from Avanos (Cappadocia). The price to be paid for each tile was fixed by the sultan's decree, while tile prices in general increased over time. As a result, the quality of the tiles used in the building decreased gradually. The upper levels of the interior are dominated by blue paint. More than 200 stained glass windows with intricate designs admit natural light, today assisted by chandeliers. The decorations include verses from the Qur'an, many of them made by Seyyid Kasim Gubari, regarded as the greatest calligrapher of his time. The floors are covered with carpets, which are donated by the faithful and are regularly replaced as they wear out. The many spacious windows confer a spacious impression.
Ceiling of the blue Mosque in Istanbul.
Blue Mosque, Ceiling.

The most important element in the interior of the mosque is the mihrab, which is made of finely carved and sculptured marble, with a stalactite niche and a double inscriptive panel above it. It is surrounded by many windows. The adjacent walls are sheathed in ceramic tiles. To the right of the mihrab is the richly decorated minber, or pulpit, where the imam stands when he is delivering his sermon at the time of noon prayer on Fridays or on holy days. The mosque has been designed so that even when it is at its most crowded, everyone in the mosque can see and hear the imam.
Interior and carpet of the blue mosque
Blue Mosque at ground level

*This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article for Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

Esperance, Western Australia

February 10th 2014 03:32
Esperance is a regional city in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, on the Southern Ocean coastline approximately 720 kilometres east-southeast of the state capital, Perth. Esperance is home to 9,919 people (2011 census). Its major industries are tourism, agriculture, and fishing. The Shire of Esperance is home to 13,477 people.
Lucky Bay. Esperance western Australia
Lucky Bay. With the whitest sand in Australia.

Near the town itself are numerous beaches, offering surfing, scuba diving, and swimming. Also nearby are a number of salt lakes, including Pink Lake, which gains its rosy hue from red algae living within its waters. Esperance is most noted for its coastline and has been voted Australia's best beaches, Australia's whitest sand and Western Australia's most popular beach.
Matthew Flinders Plaque. Lucky Bay
Matthew Flinders named a number of the landmarks surrounding Esperance.

Esperance is also home to the Cyclops wave, said to be the world’s heaviest wave with massive amounts of water unloading on shallow reef. Cyclops is featured in the surfing films Billabong Odyssey, and the Bra Boys documentary.
Cape Le Grand Beach
Cape Le Grand Beach. In the Cape Le Grand National Park

There are five major national parks near the town. A major nearby tourist attraction, 20 minutes away from the town centre, is the Cape Le Grand National Park, which offers a picturesque coast of largely granite terrain and sheltered white sand beaches. The park is a popular spot for recreational fishing, as well as four wheel drive enthusiasts and hikers.
Esperance Stone Henge
Esperance Stonehenge. A full sized, accurate stone replica.

Esperance also has a number of wind turbines supplying electricity to the town which is an amazing sight.
Esperance Wind Turbine
One of the Wind Turbines at Esperance

*This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipeia article for Esperance.

Hagia Sophia

December 18th 2013 02:55
Hagia Sophia external view

Hagia Sophia (from the Greek "Holy Wisdom") is a former Greek Orthodox church, later an imperial mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. From the date of its construction in 537 until 1453, it served as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral and seat of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted to a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Empire. The building was a mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931. It was then secularized and opened as a museum on 1 February 1935.
Vertical panoramic vue, inside the Hagia Sophia
Vertical panoramic, inside the Hagia Sophia

The Church was dedicated to the Wisdom of God, the Logos, the second person of the Holy Trinity. Famous in particular for its massive dome, it is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture and is said to have "changed the history of architecture." It remained the world's largest cathedral for nearly a thousand years thereafter, until Seville Cathedral was completed in 1520. The current building was originally constructed as a church between 532 and 537 on the orders of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian and was the third Church of the Holy Wisdom to occupy the site, the previous two having both been destroyed by rioters. It was designed by the Greek scientists Isidore of Miletus, a physicist, and Anthemius of Tralles, a mathematician.
hagia sophia istanbul turkey

The church contained a large collection of holy relics and featured, among other things, a 15-metre (49 ft) silver iconostasis. The focal point of the Eastern Orthodox Church for nearly one thousand years, the building witnessed the excommunication of Patriarch Michael I Cerularius on the part of Pope Leo IX in 1054, an act which is commonly considered the start of the Great Schism.
Interior panorama of the Hagia Sophia

In 1453, Constantinople was conquered by the Ottoman Turks under Sultan Mehmed II, who ordered this main church of the Orthodox Christianity converted into a mosque. By this point, the Church had fallen into a state of disrepair. Nevertheless, the Christian cathedral made a strong impression on the new Ottoman rulers and they decided to convert it into a mosque. The bells, altar, iconostasis, and sacrificial vessels and other relics were removed and the mosaics depicting Jesus, his Mother Mary, Christian saints and angels were also removed or plastered over. Islamic features – such as the mihrab, minbar, and four minarets – were added. It remained a mosque until 1931 when it was closed to the public for four years. It was re-opened in 1935 as a museum by the Republic of Turkey.
The Loge of the Empress in the upper enclosure of the Hagia Sophia.

From its initial conversion until the construction of the nearby larger Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque of Istanbul) in 1616, it was the principal mosque of Istanbul. The Hagia Sophia served as inspiration for many other Ottoman mosques, such as the Blue Mosque, the Sehzade Mosque, the Suleymaniye Mosque, the Rustem Pasha Mosque and the Kilic Ali Pasa Mosque.

*This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article for Hagia Sophia.

Incredible Pictures

October 17th 2013 02:33
Photos too amazing not to share..

Incredible photography
The Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve in Texas

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Gokyo Ri

August 12th 2013 03:19
Gokyo Ri, aka Gokyo Peak (5,357 m, 17,575 ft above sea level), is a peak in the Khumbu region of the Nepal Himalayas.
Gokyo Ri. View of village
View of Gokyo Village, Ngozumpa glacier and Gokyo Lake (frozen over)

It is located on the west side of the Ngozumpa glacier, which is the largest glacier in Nepal and reputed to be the largest in the whole Himalayas. Gokyo (4,750 m, 15,583 ft above sea level), at the base of Gokyo Ri, is a small hamlet of a few stone houses and one of the highest settlements in the world

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In Loving Memory of Cocky

June 27th 2013 11:02

Namche Bazaar

June 19th 2013 06:40
Namche Bazaar view from the top
Namche Bazaar viewed from top of the hill.

Namche Bazaar is a village and Village Development Committee (Namche) in Solukhumbu District in the Sagarmatha Zone of north-eastern Nepal. It is located within the Khumbu area at 3,440 metres (11,286 ft) (the low point that is), populating the sides of a hill.
Trekking lodges and houses of Namche Bazaar
Trekking lodges and houses of Namche.
Namche is the main trading center for the Khumbu region with many Nepalese officials, a police check, post and a bank

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Island Peak (Imja Tse)

April 22nd 2013 06:28
island peak viewed from Dingboche
Island Peak viewed from Dingboche

Imja Tse, better known as Island Peak, is a mountain in the Himalayas of eastern Nepal. The peak was named Island Peak in 1951 by Eric Shipton's party since it appears as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche.
ice around Island Peak
Working through the initial ice section.

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