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Mossy Forest, Brichang, Pahang, Malaysia.



THA_MAN is my dear friend Ricky, who loves the sport and is a consummated roper!


His energy, stamina and love for the sport's second to none!!




What is Roping?

Roping is a rodeo event that involves a calf and a rider on horseback. The goal of this event is to catch the calf from atop the horse using a loop of rope from a lariat around its neck . The rider is then to dismount the horse and restrain the calf by tying three of its limbs together, all within shortest possible time.


This event originated from that of working cowboys who were required to catch and restrain calves for branding or medical treatment. Cowboys took pride in the speed at which they could do this up to the point where it became a formal contest.


In modern day roping the calves are lined up in a row and moved through narrow runways leading to a chute with spring-loaded doors. When a calf enters the chute, a door is closed behind it and a lightweight 8.5 m rope, attached to a trip lever, is fastened around the calf's neck. The lever holds a taut cord or "barrier" that runs across a large pen or "box" at one side of the calf chute, where the horse and rider wait. The barrier is used to ensure that the calf gets a head start. When the roper is ready, he/she calls for the calf, and the chute operator pulls a lever opening the chute doors and releasing the calf. The calf runs out in a straight line. When the calf reaches the end of the rope, that trips the lever, the rope falls off the calf, and the barrier for the horse is released, starting the clock and allowing horse and rider to chase the calf.


Timing is critical. From a standstill, a rider will put his horse into a gallop from the box shortly after the calf leaves the chute, so that the horse saves valuable seconds by being at near-full speed the moment the barrier releases. However, if the rider mistimes his cue to the horse and the horse breaks the barrier before it releases, a 10-second penalty will be added to his time. This is sometimes referred to as a "Cowboy Speeding Ticket."


The rider must lasso the calf from horseback by throwing a loop of the lariat around the calf's neck. Once the rope is around the calf's neck, the roper signals the horse to stop quickly while he dismounts and runs to the calf. The calf must be stopped by the rope but cannot be thrown to the ground by the rope. If the calf falls, the roper loses seconds because he must allow the calf to get back on its feet. When the roper reaches the calf, he picks it up and flips it onto its side. Once the calf is on the ground, the roper ties three of the calf's legs together with a short rope known as a "piggin' string". A half-hitch knot is used, sometimes referred to colloquially as "two wraps and a hooey" or a "wrap and a slap". The piggin' string is often carried between the roper's teeth until he uses it. The horse is trained to assist the roper by slowly backing away from the calf to maintain a steady tension on the rope.


When the tie is complete, the roper throws his hands in the air to signal "time" and stop the clock. The roper then returns to his horse, mounts, and moves the horse forward to relax the tension on the rope. The timer waits for six seconds, during which the calf must stay tied before an official time is recorded. Top professional calf ropers will rope and tie a calf in 7 seconds. The world record is just over 6 seconds.

A mysterious man

A glowing face

An empty meaning

A frightening glare

A watchful shadow

The hunt is on.

Taken in a beautiful May evening.

Dorset UK




Man on fire by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros


International Centre for the Arts José de Guimarães

Architecture by Pitagoras Arquitectos

Another view on surfing in Coromandel.

Man Of Colours



And the old man rubs his failing eyes

And takes a moment to watch the view

From a window nobody knows is there

He can see the empty street below


He says, "i keep my life in this paintbox

I keep your face in these picture frames

And when I speak to this faded canvas it tells me

I have no need for words anyway..."


And he says, "i.

I am a man

A simple man

...A man of colours

And I can see

See through the tears

Tears of a man

...A man of colours"


Going through some old files tonight, and came across this one from our sunflower weekend at Quirindi in March of this year. This was taken on the farm, on Sunday morning and we were out there a few hours before sunrise shooting the Milky Way. By the time sunrise came around, we were freezing. There was a slight mist, a great ground fog and superb clouds in the sky. Took this one just as the sun was breaking the horizon. Hope you like "man Of Colours". Cheers, Mike

A fine Autumn day by the little river Bela..


I was struck by the sense of scale, how small the man appeared in comparison to the tree, and how small the tree seemed when compared to the expanse of sky.


Taken by the Dallam Deer Park, Milnthorpe, Cumbria

Leaving Sarai Rohilla Station, Delhi

Downtown, Budapest 2008


MAN.GO better On Black

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out where the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with dust and sweat and blood. At best, he knows the triumph of high achievement; if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat." ~Theodore Roosevelt

My Metal Man RockStar... All lit up!

Molecule Man is a series of aluminium sculptures, designed by American artist Jonathan Borofsky, installed at various locations in the world, including Berlin, Germany, and Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA.

The first Molecule Man sculptures were made in 1977 and 1978 in Los Angeles, USA.The sculptures consist of three humans leaning towards each other, the bodies of which are filled with hundreds of holes, the holes representative of "the molecules of all human beings coming together to create our existence".

Who’s the fastest? The Man of Steel or the Scarlet Speedster?! Will Lois ever be able to fix her hair after this?! Well it’s time to find out!


Featuring custom Flash minifigure by Christo.


Superman vs. Flash on Eurobricks

Man having cigerette in outside metal storage /warehouse window

Victory Liner Inc.

Fleet no.: 7041

Shot Location: Siesta Meal Stop, Tarlac


Retro Super Future

Photo by NApro

Design by Mr.Key

AMSTERDAM – Het op maat snijden van buizen voor het versterken van de wanden van een bouwput.


AMSTERDAM – Pipe cutting for strengthening the walls of a construction pit.


“Man's life is like a drop of dew on a leaf. ”



Our being is so fragile in the hands of Nature.

So, no comments, please. It's just meant for a silent thought.


La vita umana...

"La vita dell'uomo è come una goccia di rugiada su una foglia."


La nostra esistenza è così fragile nelle mani della Natura.

Per favore, niente commenti. Vuole essere solo lo spunto per un pensiero, in silenzio.

Man on tram, Budapest, Hungary, Sept 2014


Man Of War, Jurassic Coast, Dorset

Bus Operator: Victory Liner, Inc.


Bus number: 2125

Area of Operation: Provincial Operation

Seating Configuration: 2x2

Seating Capacity: 49+1


Bus Manufacturer: Five Star Bus Body

Rebodied Model: "Exfohtong" *Generic*

Former Bus Manufacturer: Almazora Motors Corporation

Former Model: AMC Travel Star

Chassis: MAN 18.310 HOCL-SKD

Engine: MAN D2866LOH

Suspension: Air Suspension




Bus number: 7051

Area of Operation: Provincial Operation

Seating Configuration: 2x1

Seating Capacity: 29+1


Bus Manufacturer: Almazora Motors Corporation

Model: AMC Tourist Star RE Deluxe

Chassis: MAN R39 18.350 HOCL

Engine: MAN D2066LOH

Suspension: Air Suspension


Taken at: Victory Liner Cubao Terminal, Quezon City, Philippines

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