Mist on the Boat Hous
The beautiful Lake Louise with it's emerald glacier waters. There is always something to do do summer or winter. I took this photo in august it was a cold and misty morning, the idea was to go canoeing, but the boat house was all deserted, anyway it made beautiful pictures, with the mist on the trees, the contrasting red boats on the emerald water.
In the town of Thong Sala on the island of koh Phangan, you can get just about anything to eat even pancakes, This lady had a little handcar,it was actually a little riding kitchen, she had all the ingriedients on board. you could buy the pancakes in many different tastes from cinnamon,raisins,chocolate ,banana strawberry,nutella etc. Pancakes has made it entrance to Thailand.
Isn't this a beautiful landscape? I was on my way to Emmeloord on Monday, my son was driving, that way I could enjoy the scenery. The weather was very strange, then it was dark and raining then the sun came out bright as ever,with such beautiful (cotton) clouds, I had to take a picture,I think, not bad from a fast moving car.
Candy Makers in...uni
Yesterday I posted a photo of the Candy maker. In this photo these man were also making candy, but the moment they saw me taking the photo the just stood in a pose, too bad I would have like to take them in action. They were dressed in a sort of uniform which looked quite nice for the photo.
Visitors will find Istanbul a melting pot of many attractions. The large variety of attractions range from grand palaces to ancient mosques, historic museums to bustling bazaars, exotic belly dancing performances to whirling dervishes. At night the city comes alive, with neon lights and the bustling markets. I took this photo in one of the many night markets, the men were making candy, all colors and sizes.
These beautiful and colorful Limestone houses were built by the Grand Master Pinto 250 years ago, Stretching along the water’s edge on the historical Quay Wall where the Knights of St John and European merchants used to unload their vessels. It is now a busy place with all kinds of shops and restaurants.
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This photo taken of a peafowl known as the Blue Peacock from behind, I thought it is very interesting because of the way the feathers grow in even straight lines. It is not as colorful as the front with it's beautiful colors and pattern. In contrast to the beautiful colors of the Blue peacock, the Blue peahen lacks bright coloration, which helps conceal her from predators when she is allowed to incubate her own eggs.
Golden Gate of the...
The Topkapi Palace is the biggest and one of the most popular sites to visit in Istanbul. It was built in between 1466 and 1478 by the sultanMehmet II on top of a hill in a small peninsula, dominating the Golden Horn to the north, the Sea of Marmara to the south, and the Bosphorus strait to the north east, with great views of the Asian side as well. The palace was the political center of the Ottoman Empire between the 15th and 19th centuries, until they built Dolmabahce Palace by the waterside. People called it as "Topkapi" which inTurkish means "Gate of Cannons" because of huge cannons displayed outside of its gates, those which were used during the Conquest. The palace was opened to the public as a museum in 1924 by the order of Ataturk.
One Camel to the...ot
While on a tour to Perge and Aspendos we also made a stop at the the Kursunlu Water Falls. After getting of the bus we had to walk a little way to the entrance, and there I saw these two Camel sitting in the sun with their guide waiting for tourist. It was a funny sight with their decorations and sun hats on, looks like they were having a chit chat with each other. Of course I had to take a picture.
The peacock in all...
Peafowls are best known for the male's extravagant tail, which it displays as part of courtship. The male is called a peacock, and the female a peahen. The offspring are called peachicks. The female peafowl is brown or toned grey and brown. Peachicks can be between yellow, to a tawny colour with darker brown patches. The peacock makes a sort of croacking sound when he is courting. If you open the photo, you can see the details better.
Sunset on Mount Rundl
This a photo of the setting sun on Mount Rundle which is the background of the Vermillion Lakes. The Vermilion Lakes are 3 small lakes in a wetland area that are situated west of the Banff townsite. You can stroll around this wetland area in the summer time. In the winter it is inaccessible because of snow. It had rained almost the whole day,but it cleared up a bit and we decided to take a walk around the lakes, then all of a sudden the sun appeared right on top of the mountain, I thought it was awesome, looks like someone had painted a band of gold on the top.
All I know of Medusa is her hair was interpreted as snakes and she had the power to turn anyone who looked at her into stone. With the help,of Wikipedia, I will try to explain Medusa's head. Medusa, originally a beautiful young woman whose crowning glory was her magnificent long hair, was desired and courted by many suitors. Yet before she could be betrothed to a husband, Poseidon (Neptune) found her worshipping in the temple of Athena (Minerva) and ravished her. Athena was outraged at her sacred temple being violated, and punished Medusa by turning her beautiful tresses into snakes and giving her the destructive power to turn anyone who looked directly at her into stone. This is just a very very short version of her history. Took this picture in Didyma (Didim) in Turkish
Cree Indians in full.
I am posting this photo of two Cree Indians, for those who did not understand my first photo "Shield of a Cree Indian", as you can see they are in full dress and the shield of feathers is worn on the back The Cree Indians are considered to be the “First Nations People” in Canada. In the United States however, they are referred to only as Native Americans. The Cree language was once the most widely spoken language in North America, sadly the Cree Indians of today speak more English and French than their native Cree language.
Shield of a Cree...In
The Cree tribe is one of the largest American Indian groups in North America. There are 200,000 Cree people today living in communities throughout Canada and in parts of the northern United States. The Cree are an artistic tribe, known for their quillwork (from porcupine quills), woodcarving, and beadwork. Beadwork was often used in trade, but it was also used to tell an individual family's history Indian headdresses constructed from feathers are known as warbonnets. The Indians not only used feathers for decorations on their colthing,they also usw animal skin,beads, porcupine needles I made this picure in Canada at the Heritage festival in Edmonton. This shield was on the back of one of the Indians .
Luzzu's Under Repair
These are a typical Maltese fisherman’s boat, a “luzzu”, that can be seen all over the island, but especially all over Marsaxlokk. All of these boats display a certain amount of set colors. They told me that the arrangement of these colors determines the owner of the boat. I took this picture of Luzzu boats in the dock being repaired.
The Trupial (Turpial in Spanish), Icterus icterus is the national bird of Venezuela, but they can be found in Aruba,Curacao and Bonaire Trupials are fairly large in size, and brightly colored, a combination of white black orange and blue, the blue is near the eye but you have to get close to see it. They love to feed on Cactus flowers, it is unbelievable how they can stand on the cactus needles to feed. Made this photo somewhere along the way in Aruba.
Bugibba is located on the North East coast of Malta and one of the 2 popular tourist areas of St Pauls Bay 15km from Valletta Bu?ibba [pronounced bu-jibb-buh] is a small town in Malta, situated adjacent to Qawra (where our hotel was). Bu?ibba's sea front is very popular especially students who come to learn English. The Main Square is the main highlight of this town with the bustling array of nightclubs, bars and restaurants,it is located along the seaside promenade. It had just rained when I took this photo,the water on the street gave the photo nice colorful reflection.
This moth is one of the fastest flying insects in the world. Some people call them Buterflies It is amazing to watch them get the nectar from a flower without having to sit on it, they use like a long tube or tongue. This is the first time I ever saw one on a farm in Middenmeer. This is actually a Hummingbird Moth (Sphinx Moth family). They hover and look very much like a small Hummingbird - part of their defensive mimicry strategy. You can see the antennae sticking-up in a "V" above its head. it uses well over 70% of its energy shaking it's wings. I tell you it was not easy to get a sharp photo of this insect,my camera went crazy, this is my best one of many.
The Sacred Wash.... W
This photo shows the wash place just outside the Blue Mosque. The first thing a person does before entering the mosque is to take off their shoes. This is because they are entering a sacred place. Also, when a Muslim prays at the mosque they put their forehead on the floor. Muslims who come to the Mosque to pray must perform wudu before doing so. This is a sacred wash that symbolises spiritual cleansing and purity in readiness for coming before God. When a Muslim performs wudu they wash their hands, mouth, throat, nose, ears, arms up to the elbow and feet.
Getting Ready for...T
Have you ever wondered how a hot air balloon manages to get airborne? As magical as balloon flights seem, getting the aircraft into the air doesn't happen magically! It takes hard work! There are always a number of dedicated crew people required to assemble, inflate, chase, and pack up the balloon after landing. The pilots always seem to get the glory, but a balloon pilot without crew is just a pedestrian! Actually the ground crew is just as important as the pilot, both has to be very skilled and there has to be team work for a good takeoff,the flight and the landing. Believe it or not we landed on the back of a trailer pickup and that was precision work from the ground crew. I took this picture while it was still dark around 5 in the morning.
A place of worship
This photo give an impression of the pray floor in the interior of this beautiful Mosque. Suleymaniye mosque, or better known as the mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent, was built in the 16th century by the great Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan for Sultan Suleyman the Magnificient, also known as the Legislator. It stands on a hilltop (3rd hill) dominating the Golden Horn and contributing to the skyline of Istanbul. The mosque is the largest mosque of Istanbul.
4 Hungry Chicks
Yesterday I posted a photo of a Barn Swallow and Chicks which I took on a farm in Middenmeer , it was actually to show the nest that was built on a rake, now I am posting the 4 Chicks waiting for food. In this detailed photo you can actually see down their throats. Because these birds build their nest indoors, I had to hide behind a clothes rack and patiently wait for this moment.
Barn (Boeren) Swallow
I made this photo while visiting my family on a farm in Middenmeer As you can see the nest was built on a rake hanging on the wall in the Barn. Barn Swallows build solid nests out of mud pellets brought by the beak full from puddles and river banks,( you can see the mud spatter on the wall) combined with dry long grasses. With both parents participating, these pellets are arranged much like bricks to form half-bowls or saucers. Up to 1,000 trips may be made to bring the mud balls to make the nest. The nest is lined with fine grasses, as you can see in the photo, hair, curly feathers. Barn Swallows usually make their nests in man-made structures that provide shelter (because the mud would disintegrate in the rain) and warmth.