Gypsy chicken crossing
All that glitters is gold
More than golden
Rise and Fall
What goes up, must come down
Balloon, Bicycle, Blue
Who's that knocking on the door?
Caldera and clouds
"How wonderful yellow is"
A place to reflect
The "key" man
Cold as ice
A good morning
What's all the buzz about?
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Crescent MoonsThe shadows of the dome and minaret of the private mosque behind the walls to the Sultan Qaboos Palace in Salalah (about 700km north of Yemen). As much as I wanted to have access to peak behind the palace walls, I left more than content watching the sunset then getting this view.
Under MoscowThe otherside of Moscow, the underside, the underground subway system.
Saintly SistersThis is the interior of one of the largest and most beautiful churches of Iran, the Jolfa Vank Cathedral, also known as “Church of the Saintly Sisters”. Dating back to about 400 years ago, it was built by Armenians who fled to this area of Isfahan when Armenia was part of the Persian Empire. It’s plain exterior has a striking contrast with the most beautiful decorated interior, laden with murals, floral motifs, carvings and paintings depicting the history of the Armenians and Biblical stories.
Gypsy chicken crossingWhen cockfighting was outlawed in the 1970's silmultaneously many chickens were 'out of work' but left free to wander and roam the streets of Key West. Now, they are protected and you can't visit Key West without seeing a gypsy chicken. This capture is the quintessential chicken crossing the road, but I love the mural with the dog in the background, almost looking real enough to answer "why" the chicken crossed!
Drive-by historyThe black taxis in Northern Ireland began operating in the 1970's as the only means for public transportation. Today, the taxis provide historical tours around Belfast, narrating the stories behind the approximate 300 murals depicting the "The Troubles" .I love this capture with one the iconic black taxi travelling in the opposite direction of the new yellow vehicle in front of one of the Belfast murals.
Light BlanketThis is a side street off red square, full of restaurants, musicians and blankets of twinkling lights, that even on a dreary, rainy day still felt magical.
Planned HappenstancePlanned Happenstance [creating opportunities by taking action on your curiosity and on chance events].Checking out the Polar Prince Ice Breaker for the Canada C3, Coast2Coast2Coast Excursion.
All that glitters is goldSheikh Zayed Grand Mosque has been ranked by travellers as one of the world’s favourite landmarks. This architectural work of art is the third largest mosque in the world. Although, one may expect that a predominantly white structure would feel a bit sterile, it was in fact the opposite, whereby the beautiful white marble used in the mosque emanated warmth and depth.
Twinkling starsLouvre Abu Dhabi opened on November 8th 2017. It is reported that the construction of the new Louvre cost about €600 million. Add onto that, a contractual fee paid by the UAE to the Government of France of approximately €450 million for association with the Louvre name, then another €700 million in exchange for art loans and special exhibitions.The museum was designed by Jean Nouvel, and the complex pattern of the dome is a geometric design with a repeating pattern in various sizes and angles through 8 layers. As the time passes, so does the sun, resulting in almost 8000 twinkling stars. Named the “rain of light” but according to Nouvel is meant to represent "rays of sunlight passing through date palm fronds in an oasis."
CaravanseraisCaravanserais supported the network of trade routes covering Asia, North Africa, and southeastern Europe, in particular the Silk Road. They provided accommodation, security, food and amenities for travellers, servants, merchandise and their animals. There were hundreds of caravanserais throughout Iran, each designed in a similar fashion with a central courtyard open to the sky, guest rooms around the courtyard, covered passageways and verandas. Today the chambers around the courtyard are used as handicraft workshops or handicraft shops...needless to say, I'm now the proud owner of a beautiful Iranian scarf and a rug!
Acoustical ArchitectureLooking up into the sixth floor music hall of Ali Qapu Palace. It was here that royal reception and banquets were held. You can see the niches in the decorative stucco on the top floor, providing both an interesting architectural detail but more importantly an acoustical property for the music once played here.
More than goldenA stop along the infamous Golden Circle tour, Geysir geothermal area is in South Iceland, named after the biggest, and now mostly dormant, geyser Geysir. The current active geyser is spectacular but more so, the colours in this area.On this day, in addition to the fabulously bright yellow and green lichen, these two streaks of seemingly purple wisps of cloud, kissed the sky.
EnlightenmentThe Statue of Liberty is a figure of a robed woman representing a Roman liberty goddess.
An AdmirerSultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat
Mountain shadowsIran is a big country (18th largest in world), about 2300km from greatest diagonal points (NW to SE). I travelled a mere 800km or so and didn't realize the extent of the rugged mountain ranges, some snow topped, some craggy, and these beauties, sitting majestically in the sun creating shadows.
StillA weekend away to the south shore of Nova Scotia in December doesn't typically equate to good weather to hike beaches. But then there are always exceptions and this beauty of a day reflecting into the still water was exceptional .
Rise and FallPersepolis - meaning, the “Persian city” was once the capital of the Achaemenid Empire (550-330BC). Cyrus the Great chose the site, but it was King Darius the Great, his son Xerxes and grandson Artaxerxes who built the palatial buildings for the rulers of the empire and a center for receptions and ceremonial festivities. However, in 331-330 BC the palaces were looted and burned by Alexander the Great.
What goes up, must come downView the waterfall at Montmorency Falls Park, Québec City from the foot of the falls or the suspended bridge at the top of the 487-step staircase.
Balloon, Bicycle, Blue
Who's that knocking on the door?Door knocker on a Persian door, captured at the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum, Qatar
WarningThe purpose of a headlamp on a train is not to light up the track but to warn people on the track ahead of an approaching train.
Beyond grandSheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi has been ranked by travellers as one of the world’s favourite landmarks. This architectural work of art is the third largest mosque in the world. I was there for over 4 hours, couldn't get enough. Despite the number of people there, and there were many, the space was truly serene. And even though one may expect that a predominantly white structure would feel a bit sterile, it was in fact the opposite, whereby the beautiful white marble used in the mosque emanated warmth and depth. In particular, the inlaid flowers winding across the white marble courtyard was just spectacular.
Window viewLooking at the window to the National mosque in Qatar is equally as fulfilling as looking through the window.
Caldera and cloudsSteam rising from the Kīlauea Caldera, Volcano National Park, Big Island, Hawaii
Corporate CloudsWhen the skyscrapers of NYC seemingly meet up with the clouds.
"How wonderful yellow is""How wonderful yellow is, it stands for the sun" Vincent Van Gogh
A place to reflectThe grounds of the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is pristine as evident by the reflecting grandeur on the outdoor tile.
The "key" man
Vintage reflectionIt's all in the details, the etched glass and tufted leather seats. Still classic.
Cold as iceA cold snap, some rain, more cold and blue sky lead to a great day travelling my town photographing icicles.
A good morningChristmas morning 2014, unusually warm and as the fog lifted as the sun started to rise the most magnificent colours appeared and reflected off the Basin that was like glass.
What's all the buzz about?"How wonderful yellow is. It stands for the sun." - Van Gogh "
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Beach talesThe ebb and flow of the tides moving particles of sand and larger stones, creating a 'lace like' pattern on the beach.
Model ANot to be confused with the Ford Model T, the keys clearly identify, this is the A
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