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Took this about a week ago amidst quite a lot of rain. This young starling sat on his own, first on one of the tables and then on the birdbath. I thought he might be injured at first as he just sat there getting soaked.

I went out to check. I got quite close and asked him if he was okay, as you do, he seemed fine and flew out of reach but soon returned when I went back indoors. Guess he was just having an off day.

 

Pink Floyd - "Sorrow"

 

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Sokolica, 1367 m npm, Beskid Żywiecki

Surroundings of Teide volcano. I really liked it there :)

 

Teide National Park, lies in the middle of Tenerife, at an altitude of 2,000 m, is centered on Mount Teide, the highest mountain of Spain (3,718 metres high). Pico Viejo, also included within the national park limits, is the second highest volcano in the Canary Islands with its 3,135 m peak. The park has an area of 18,990 hectares located in the municipality of La Orotava. It was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on June 28, 2007. Teide is the most visited national park in Spain. Teide National Park is an exceptional example of a relatively old, slow moving, geologically complex and mature volcanic system. The whole area is now a weird volcanic landscape filled with lava rocks, lava streams and ash beds. It offers a diverse and accessible assemblage of volcanic features and landscapes in a relatively limited area.

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Spacer w Parku Narodowym Teide. Bardzo mi się tam podobało :)

 

Park Narodowy Teide to największy park na Wyspach Kanaryjskich, leży w samym środku Teneryfy, na wysokości 2000 m npm. Nad jego powierzchnią liczącą 190 km2 (18 990 hektarów) wznosi się wulkan Teide o wysokości 3 718 m n.p.m. stanowiący najwyższy szczyt Hiszpanii. Park Teide został uznany za park narodowy w 1954 roku, a w roku 1989 przyznano mu Europejski Dyplom Obszarów Chronionych w najwyższej kategorii. Posiada on dwa centra dla turystów: jedno mieści się w El Portillo i dedykowane jest przyrodzie, drugie zaś znajduje się w hotelu Parador Nacional i jest poświęcone tradycyjnemu wykorzystaniu Las Canadas. W 2007 roku Park Narodowy Teide został wpisany na listę Światowego Dziedzictwa UNESCO. Cały park stanowi niezwykły skarb geologiczny, którego wulkany, kratery, kominy wulkaniczne, zastygłe strumienie lawy i rozmaite formacje tworzą imponujący zestaw kolorów i kształtów.

Taken in The Teide National Park on Tenerife :)

 

Teide National Park, lies in the middle of Tenerife, at an altitude of 2,000 m, is centered on Mount Teide, the highest mountain of Spain (3,718 metres high). Pico Viejo, also included within the national park limits, is the second highest volcano in the Canary Islands with its 3,135 m peak. The park has an area of 18,990 hectares located in the municipality of La Orotava. It was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on June 28, 2007. Teide is the most visited national park in Spain. Teide National Park is an exceptional example of a relatively old, slow moving, geologically complex and mature volcanic system. The whole area is now a weird volcanic landscape filled with lava rocks, lava streams and ash beds. It offers a diverse and accessible assemblage of volcanic features and landscapes in a relatively limited area.

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Wulkaniczny krajobraz Parku Narodowego Teide na Teneryfie :)

 

Park Narodowy Teide to największy park na Wyspach Kanaryjskich, leży w samym środku Teneryfy, na wysokości 2000 m npm. Nad jego powierzchnią liczącą 190 km2 (18 990 hektarów) wznosi się wulkan Teide o wysokości 3 718 m n.p.m. stanowiący najwyższy szczyt Hiszpanii. Park Teide został uznany za park narodowy w 1954 roku, a w roku 1989 przyznano mu Europejski Dyplom Obszarów Chronionych w najwyższej kategorii. Posiada on dwa centra dla turystów: jedno mieści się w El Portillo i dedykowane jest przyrodzie, drugie zaś znajduje się w hotelu Parador Nacional i jest poświęcone tradycyjnemu wykorzystaniu Las Canadas. W 2007 roku Park Narodowy Teide został wpisany na listę Światowego Dziedzictwa UNESCO. Cały park stanowi niezwykły skarb geologiczny, którego wulkany, kratery, kominy wulkaniczne, zastygłe strumienie lawy i rozmaite formacje tworzą imponujący zestaw kolorów i kształtów.

 

What catches the attention of most people who see this work of so-called "elegant lychee" in the Museum collection, in addition to its sparkling beauty, is the name given to it. This artwork is actually in imitation of a kind of bitter gourd that grows in northern China. "Elegant lychee" is another name for "bitter gourd", also known as "leprous gourd", a form of the plant for decorative purposes. However, the terms "bitter" and "leprous" are not exactly positive in connotation, so the original brocaded case for this object in the Tung-nuan Pavilion of the Ch'ien-ch'ing Palace was provided with the title "White jade branch of elegant lychee", thus revealing the attention to and refinement in naming items by the court.

www.npm.gov.tw/exh96/Dazzling/descriptions06_en.html

 

院藏的這件「白玉錦荔枝」,除了晶瑩美觀之外,最引人注意的是它的定名。其實這件文物是仿大陸北方的苦瓜而製作的,「錦荔枝」正是「苦瓜」的另一個名稱,其又名「癩瓜」,是一種觀賞用的植物。但可能因「苦瓜」或「癩瓜」的名稱不雅,所以在乾清宮東暖閣的原錦匣上,就寫著「白玉錦荔枝」的定名,這也可見內廷對器物命名之用心及雅緻。

  

I have reverted to an Australian accent for these readings: not sure if people are liking it, though, because I have had views but no comments on the other one...

 

Pictures: Naturalist’s Pocket Magazine; or, Compleat Cabinet of the Curiosities and Beauties of Nature, 1800-1801. Portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, engraved by William Dickinson after Sir Joshua Reynolds. Herbarium specimen of Banksia from the collection of Banks and Solander.

 

BANKSIA INCOGNITA

 

Those first landfalls, gaining firm legs

After months of open sea, and the creaking

Of hempen rigging, can only have bewildered,

 

And the sounds of the morning, as Banks awoke,

Made him know how far from England he had strayed.

 

Above the sea spray, the heath resounding

With guttural twin notes of honeyeaters, plying

The tall, nectared inflorescences,

 

The lapping of the pigmy possum, drowned

By the laughing of kookaburras

And the chunter of their children –

 

Were there echoes of these, in the herbarium,

Where the pressed inflorescences were painted,

And the cones, bristling with hooked beard hairs,

Examined, compared with the fruits of pines?

 

Source material: NPM, Volume 2. The genus Banksia was first described by the Endeavour’s botanist, Joseph Banks. See Patrick O’Brien, Joseph Banks: A Life, Chicago, 1987, p. 232.

 

For further details about these poems and images, see the New Holland Miscellany set on my photostream.

 

 

宋至元 

黃玉鴨

  

theme.npm.edu.tw/selection/Article.aspx?sNo=04009113&...

 

Song to Yuan dynasty

Jade Duck

 

Length: 8.5 cm, width : 2.8 cm, height: 4.5 cm

 

This jade duck was sculpted using a yellow nephrite and its head, belly, and feet are dark brown in color.

The jade duck features remarkably simple sculpting techniques. However, its physical features (i.e., lifted tail and rounded bottom) were accurately portrayed to evoke a sense of adorability and liveliness.

  

長8.5公分,寬2.8公分,高4.5公分

 

以黃色閃玉琢一鴨子,在鴨的頭、腹及雙足部位則呈現深褐色。從北宋開始,玉器以雁鴨為造型、紋飾之主題情形漸增,這一點和繪畫的發展一致。宋畫重寫生,「生」的意義即在於觀察研究對象後,畫家與對象間相融為一,遂於畫面中自然流露出生命與天機,而非狀物逼肖的寫實。

 

這件玉鴨亦成呈現此一時代風格,琢碾的手法極為簡單,但因為掌握了鴨子翹尾豐臀的體態特徵,以致作品寄可愛又生動活潑,令人享受到大自然輕鬆閒適的趣味。

 

一件玉器上常有不同的顏色變化,如果這個顏色的分布非常巧妙,足以增添作品的生動性,則玉色究竟是天然或人為,就成了多數人好奇的焦點。觀察本件玉鴨上褐色的部分,其表面出現些許凹凸,顯得較為粗糙,凹處的光澤枯澀,凸處則十分油亮。而其色彩的濃度是由嘴、足的尖端向後逐漸變淡。腦後方有小塊色彩脫落的情況。因此推論,郁鴨顏色的變化應該是經過了人為的染色。

 

Amazing opportunity provided by Nikon-MEA at Garage Studio in Dubai. Model Aleysa was so professional and spontaneous in pose and also patience, as many new photographers got really good opportunity in taking nice photos and gained professional experience.

not only did i do one, but you get to look at it for an entire week because we are off to cabo.

 

starting monday, i have no internet for a week. i'd send you all postcards if i could.

 

hopefully when we get back, gemma's farmer's tan will have resolved itself.

 

many photos upon our return if i can put my cocktail down long enough to pick up the d200.

Amazing opportunity provided by Nikon-MEA at Garage Studio in Dubai. Model Aleysa was so professional and spontaneous in pose and also patience, as many new photographers got really good opportunity in taking nice photos and gained professional experience.

I'm back :)

 

You thought I was back before, but no. NOW, I'm back in FULL force, LOL! No more grey face for me :)

WOODKID - I Love You (Quintet Version)

  

GPS podał ze jestem na wysokości 6.4 metra npm. Brak kalibracji czy normalny błąd pomiaru? :)

Poem on the Hall of Pines and Wind

Natioal Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

 

A Chinese calligraphy made by Huang Tingjian

Song Dynasty, AD 1102-1105

 

Visit National Palace Museum for 2000+ educational resources download, including ancient decos, paintings

 

Deco info for self note

 

On the table, from right to left

 

DYNASTY - Calligraphy Corner

AsteroidBox. Calligraphic Curses

[Soul Mates] Kampo Books

[Soul Mates] Emakimono Chizu, Shunga

=Zenith=penjing

=Zenith=huaping

 

Others

 

TBF Mahjong Table

=Zenith=gongdeng

JOMO Strip screen - Landscape

 

AV

 

Hair [INK] Hair___ZEUS ::Gray/Steel

:::Last Ride::: The Qing dynasty outfit (Jiangshi)

We are already leaving Teide National Park, but we will be back here again in a few days to walk a little more, 'cos we loved this place :)

 

Teide National Park, lies in the middle of Tenerife, at an altitude of 2,000 m, is centered on Mount Teide, the highest mountain of Spain (3,718 metres high). Pico Viejo, also included within the national park limits, is the second highest volcano in the Canary Islands with its 3,135 m peak. The park has an area of 18,990 hectares located in the municipality of La Orotava. It was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on June 28, 2007. Teide is the most visited national park in Spain. Teide National Park is an exceptional example of a relatively old, slow moving, geologically complex and mature volcanic system. The whole area is now a weird volcanic landscape filled with lava rocks, lava streams and ash beds. It offers a diverse and accessible assemblage of volcanic features and landscapes in a relatively limited area.

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Czas wracać. Wyjeżdżamy już z Parku Narodowego Teide, ale wrócimy tam jeszcze za kilka dni, co by więcej sobie pochodzić, bo ogromnie nam się tam podobało :)

 

Park Narodowy Teide to największy park na Wyspach Kanaryjskich, leży w samym środku Teneryfy, na wysokości 2000 m npm. Nad jego powierzchnią liczącą 190 km2 (18 990 hektarów) wznosi się wulkan Teide o wysokości 3 718 m n.p.m. stanowiący najwyższy szczyt Hiszpanii. Park Teide został uznany za park narodowy w 1954 roku, a w roku 1989 przyznano mu Europejski Dyplom Obszarów Chronionych w najwyższej kategorii. Posiada on dwa centra dla turystów: jedno mieści się w El Portillo i dedykowane jest przyrodzie, drugie zaś znajduje się w hotelu Parador Nacional i jest poświęcone tradycyjnemu wykorzystaniu Las Canadas. W 2007 roku Park Narodowy Teide został wpisany na listę Światowego Dziedzictwa UNESCO. Cały park stanowi niezwykły skarb geologiczny, którego wulkany, kratery, kominy wulkaniczne, zastygłe strumienie lawy i rozmaite formacje tworzą imponujący zestaw kolorów i kształtów.

Road in The Teide National Park on Tenerife :)

 

Teide National Park, lies in the middle of Tenerife, at an altitude of 2,000 m, is centered on Mount Teide, the highest mountain of Spain (3,718 metres high). Pico Viejo, also included within the national park limits, is the second highest volcano in the Canary Islands with its 3,135 m peak. The park has an area of 18,990 hectares located in the municipality of La Orotava. It was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on June 28, 2007. Teide is the most visited national park in Spain. Teide National Park is an exceptional example of a relatively old, slow moving, geologically complex and mature volcanic system. The whole area is now a weird volcanic landscape filled with lava rocks, lava streams and ash beds. It offers a diverse and accessible assemblage of volcanic features and landscapes in a relatively limited area.

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Droga wśród skał wulkanicznych w Parku Narodowym Teide na Teneryfie :)

 

Park Narodowy Teide to największy park na Wyspach Kanaryjskich, leży w samym środku Teneryfy, na wysokości 2000 m npm. Nad jego powierzchnią liczącą 190 km2 (18 990 hektarów) wznosi się wulkan Teide o wysokości 3 718 m n.p.m. stanowiący najwyższy szczyt Hiszpanii. Park Teide został uznany za park narodowy w 1954 roku, a w roku 1989 przyznano mu Europejski Dyplom Obszarów Chronionych w najwyższej kategorii. Posiada on dwa centra dla turystów: jedno mieści się w El Portillo i dedykowane jest przyrodzie, drugie zaś znajduje się w hotelu Parador Nacional i jest poświęcone tradycyjnemu wykorzystaniu Las Canadas. W 2007 roku Park Narodowy Teide został wpisany na listę Światowego Dziedzictwa UNESCO. Cały park stanowi niezwykły skarb geologiczny, którego wulkany, kratery, kominy wulkaniczne, zastygłe strumienie lawy i rozmaite formacje tworzą imponujący zestaw kolorów i kształtów.

Our second trip to Teide National Park, now by a rented car, 'cos we liked this place a lot an we wanted to see it again :) At background you can see the top of the Teide volcano.

  

Teide National Park, lies in the middle of Tenerife, at an altitude of 2,000 m, is centered on Mount Teide, the highest mountain of Spain (3,718 metres high). Pico Viejo, also included within the national park limits, is the second highest volcano in the Canary Islands with its 3,135 m peak. The park has an area of 18,990 hectares located in the municipality of La Orotava. It was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on June 28, 2007. Teide is the most visited national park in Spain. Teide National Park is an exceptional example of a relatively old, slow moving, geologically complex and mature volcanic system. The whole area is now a weird volcanic landscape filled with lava rocks, lava streams and ash beds. It offers a diverse and accessible assemblage of volcanic features and landscapes in a relatively limited area.

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Teraz jedziemy po raz kolejny do Parku Narodowego Teide, tym razem wynajętym samochodem, gdyż tak nam się tam podobało, że chcieliśmy jeszcze trochę sobie tam pospacerować :) W tle widać szczyt wulkanu Teide.

 

Park Narodowy Teide to największy park na Wyspach Kanaryjskich, leży w samym środku Teneryfy, na wysokości 2000 m npm. Nad jego powierzchnią liczącą 190 km2 (18 990 hektarów) wznosi się wulkan Teide o wysokości 3 718 m n.p.m. stanowiący najwyższy szczyt Hiszpanii. Park Teide został uznany za park narodowy w 1954 roku, a w roku 1989 przyznano mu Europejski Dyplom Obszarów Chronionych w najwyższej kategorii. Posiada on dwa centra dla turystów: jedno mieści się w El Portillo i dedykowane jest przyrodzie, drugie zaś znajduje się w hotelu Parador Nacional i jest poświęcone tradycyjnemu wykorzystaniu Las Canadas. W 2007 roku Park Narodowy Teide został wpisany na listę Światowego Dziedzictwa UNESCO. Cały park stanowi niezwykły skarb geologiczny, którego wulkany, kratery, kominy wulkaniczne, zastygłe strumienie lawy i rozmaite formacje tworzą imponujący zestaw kolorów i kształtów.

  

Baja TT Reguengos de Monsaraz Prólogo

Simão Comenda / Luís Coito

Nissan Proto NPM

玉石は変化に富み、野菜に彫刻することもできれば、肉に彫刻することもできる。この「肉形石」は、外見は豚の角煮そのもので、三層のばら肉となっているばかりか、皮表面の毛穴まで全てが揃っている。翠玉白菜とともに、本物に勝るとも劣らない名品である。

www.npm.gov.tw/exh96/dazzling/descriptions10_jp.html

A piece of jade can be cleverly transformed by carving it into the form of a vegetable, while another mineral is naturally rendered to imitate a piece of meat. This "Meat-shaped stone" looks just like stewed pork. Not only are the layers of fat and lean meat clearly defined, even the pores on the skin above are completely rendered. This piece and "Jadeite cabbage" are two of the Museum's most famous masterpieces that show how great craftsmanship not only enhance the beauty and features of natural objects, but it sometimes even outdoes them.

www.npm.gov.tw/exh96/dazzling/descriptions10_en.html

AFN 24 Horas TT Vila de Fronteira 2017

14 - RENAULT 4L PROTO

DRIVERS; PAULO ESPADINHA, ANTHONY MARCELLO, JONATHAN BERTERO, RICARDO MARTINS & FILIPE MARQUES

65 - NISSAN NPM PROTO

DRIVERS; MIGUEL MARQUES, LUIS COITO & SIMÃO COMENDA

The Skyline of Downtown Dubai during the sunset. I went to creek harbor and the Dubai's Skyline view from there was amazing, decided to come back next day to shoot the sunset as I wasn't carrying my gears that time.

 

The next day weather was very dusty and I was actually disappointed since the view was not clear. See that dark layer around the buildings on Horizon? That is all dust, but still, I took few shots...

 

I feel the clear weather would have been great to produce a nice and clear view of the Downtown, but even this dusty image has turned out well and have some character to it, hence sharing it with you all.

 

EXIF: Nikon D850, Tamron SP 70-200 2.8 G2, F/8, 120mm, 1/160 Sec, ISO-64

 

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國立故宮博物院 南部院區 鳥瞰景觀

Taibao, Chiayi County, Taiwan

2019/11/9

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75 m żelazny krzyż - prawdopodobnie najwyższy krzyż na świecie.

National Park Mountain along the Madison River in Yellowstone National Park. West Entrance opened this weekend.

Black Rock,Brighton

 

Dover 17-08-1985. Safford B270 NPM is a Volvo B10M-61 with body number 1004.

AFN 24 Horas TT Vila de Fronteira 2017

NISSAN NPM PROTO

DRIVERS; MIGUEL MARQUES, LUIS COITO & SIMÃO COMENDA

Seen at Ilfracombe on Grand UK Holidays duties, Crutwell's MIB 8143 is a Volvo B10M with Van Rooijen Odyssee coachwork. It was new to Safford, Little Gransden in 1985, registered B270 NPM. Only three B10Ms with this style of coachwork were imported into the UK.

 

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ex 0506 CTJ, Autocares El Torero, Mairena del Aljarafe (Sevilla), Spain

MAN 18.310 Andecar Viana, 1997

And the same coach from behind.

Runaround Wolseley 1500 NPM 313 was on a trip to the local shops when seen in Longridge Avenue, Saltdean on February 1st 2015. What a classic!

Golden Tours [NPM-340] - Sightseeing

Bruxelles, Cantersteen - 16 août 2009

 

ex-Berlin [B-V 3628] (2003)

Waggon Union / MAN SD202 (1987)

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