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I have been wanting to photograph this beautiful spot on the Colorado River for a long time. I finally got the chance on my way home from New Mexico.

The Bass Rock, one time hermit retreat and castle prison. Now uninhabited by man but home to a colony of Gannets.

~You may not be here with me... But thoughts of you are always in my heart... I Miss You!~

Marmolada, Fedaia Lake.

 

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Taken driving home from a weekend trip to Leavenworth and Winthrop in Washington State.

 

This is the very intimidating Liberty Bell Mountain located on the North Cascades Highway, aka Highway 20, which is a jaw-dropping scenic route that passes through some awe inspiring sights!

 

More to come.

 

Song: None Shall Pass

Artist: Aesop Rock

Album: None Shall Pass

The matte painting (which can be translated with painting backgrounds) is a technique used mainly in film used to allow the representation of landscapes or places otherwise too costly or impossible to reconstruct or reach directly.

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948 Lee Street, White Rock by Raj Brar

Piercy Island, often known simply as "The Hole In The Rock” is located off the north coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It is at the very northern tip of Cape Brett in the Bay of Islands. The island is more of a rock, barren only having gannets and other sea birds call it home.

The island itself was named Piercy Island by Captain Cook in honour of one of the Lords of the Admiralty and is called Motukokako in Maori.

The 60-foot (18 m) hole at sea level was created over centuries by wind and waves.

Posted one similar on my other account last year. The Bass Rock, is an island in the Firth of Forth north-east of North Berwick, it is a steep-sided volcanic rock, 107 metres (351 ft) at its highest point, and is home to a large colony of gannets. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bass_Rock you can see the Gannets flying around the rock, and the white on the rock is actually poo! X

Yesterday, first full day back home, I was up before dawn and out to the park. Did not encounter a single vehicle in the park or on the roads. Sun was shining, temperatures mild. What a day!

 

After checking in with the local grouse and bison, I noticed a snow-covered rock that looked like a hare in hiding. Gradually the ears and eyes materialized, and just like Alice I had a white rabbit in my sights. It doubled back several times, as hares are prone to do, which gave me three or four chances to shoot a burst and nail the action. My biggest problem was getting past a barbwire fence without totally spooking the critter. We were just outside the park boundary, on the open range. Instead of the 500 mm + tripod, a great combo but cumbersome and heavy, I was hand holding the 300 mm with a 1.7x teleconverter. Very fast.

 

Photographed just outside the boundary of Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan. Don't use this image on websites, blogs, or other media without explicit permission :copyright: 2017 James R. Page - all rights reserved.

I know I should not share this but was reworking this image for print so i why not?

Hvítserkur is a 15 meters high cliff that protrudes out of the sea in the western part of the Huna Bay near the coast. The sea erosion has carved holes through its foundations and sculptured it in the unique shape it is today. Some say it is in the shape of a rhino drinking from the sea others see a dinosaur. Legend has it that Hvítserkur was a troll who did not make it back home in time to retreat from the coming daylight and so was turned to stone at sunrise . Hvítserkur translates to white shirt and probably gets its name from white bird guano.

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“Home isn't where you're from, it's where you find light when all grows dark.” ― Pierce Brown

 

In the pic:

MMG - landing pier

Alirium - white birch

8f8 - bubble blooms

Pure Poison - star pavilion

Other - the robots, butterflies, and rocks show the creator as Eifee, and the creator on the grass shows as Tetuma Kawashima. If you have further info on those let me know.

 

Photo taken on location in Second Life at the Black Kite sim

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One of many birds in Animal Kingdom. Not an expert on bird species but I'm hoping I am right with this one. This bird is known to make its home in the gulf states.

Mainly framing for the exposed rocks within the waterfall. I noticed the waterfalls in the background later at home (provided some more contrast in a nice blue shade), which is on the otherside of the chain of waterfalls.

 

Settings: ƒ/16.0 120.0 mm 6 ISO 50

 

Ref: D8E_1267-Edit-2

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On the North Taranaki coast, near Tongaporutu, you can see two (formerly three) 25 metre rock formations known as the Three Sisters. Next to the sisters is another formation called Elephant Rock which, as you would expect, looks a lot like an elephant. Interestingly, there were four sisters at the turn of the century, but the sea is claiming them one at a time. For great views of the Three Sisters, turn down Pilot Road, which is on the seaward side of State Highway 3 north of the Tongaporutu Bridge. If you want to get down on the sand with the formations, turn off South Highway 3 down Clifton Road, which is south of the Tongaporutu Bridge. At low tide you can walk alongside the river and around the point to find the formations. In nearby caves you can also view a rock drawing of a curious six-toed foot.

La promenade ~ MjYj

  

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If you’re in the Redding area tomorrow…and feeling up to it my photos and I will be at Carneghie’s Restaurant from 6-9. I will be leaving at some point during that evening…but my photos will stay throughout the month of January.

 

It should be good times.

 

The whole process of preparing and having a ‘show’ hung is not fun…in any way shape or form. I’ve compiled a list of reasons why.

 

1)It takes time. Driving to the frame store, home, back to the frame store, home, to the print store home, back to the print store, to the frame store, home….to the venue, home, back to the frame store, then print store, venue, home. That was just a bit of the fun.

 

2) Framing SUCKS. Making sure image is straight in the matting, and then trying to make sure my frying pan hands don’t break the glass when I’m handling the frames. Keeping dust out of a frame is nearly impossible.

 

3)Deciding what images to put in isn’t fun. Do you include everyone’s favorites? Just my own personal favorites? How many black and white?

 

4)The Venue. Because this showcase is a citywide event…some of the venues have less than desirable setups. Don’t get me wrong…I’m very happy with the location of my venue. It’s a restaurant that I actually eat at, and enjoy going to. The gallery is separate from the restaurant so that you can view the art without interrupting someone’s meal. They just have horrible dark avocado wall paint…and a single ceiling fan to light the gallery. The colors are nice for a restaurant…but not a gallery.

 

5)Cost. It costs cash to print, matte, and frame…so if I don’t sell anything, I’m stuck with a lot of my own framed prints, which, if you’re like me…looking at your own stuff is hard. I’m too picky….its part of the reason I have none of my photographs on my own walls.

 

6)The public. I enjoy folks…but putting up 10 of your images is leaving them open to be destroyed by public opinion when I’m not there to defend them. I’ve come to grips with the fact people aren’t going to like every thing about every image. I just have issues when people draw conclusions without the information. I get real tired of. “That’s not real. The sky wasn’t really that cool.” It takes away from the effort I went through to get the shot in the first place.

 

7)I can’t go out and look at the other openings if I’m stuck at mine. There are a few openings I’d like to go to…but I’ll be at mine.

 

8)They misspelled my name on all the publicity for the event.

 

9)From what I understand, there will be no free snacks at the opening. Not that I expected it…but snacks are always good. The taps are open, and you will be able to purchase beverages…or food.

 

10)I’ve been fighting a cold all week…and most assuredly I will not take care of myself…Saturday night will push me into full blown illness mode.

  

Despite the parts that ruffle me up a bit…I’m going to really enjoy talking with friends and family, and seeing my effort finished…and hung on a wall.

 

…even if those walls are avocado green.

 

Here's another shot of the nice sunrise at Smith Rock from my adventure with Rob.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RHTb-WE4zo

 

"Into The Mystic" is track no.5 on the album Moondance. It was written by Van Morrison.

 

We were born before the wind

Also younger than the sun

Ere the bonnie boat was won

As we sailed into the mystic

 

Hark, now hear the sailors cry

Smell the sea and feel the sky

Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic

 

And when that fog horn blows

I will be coming home

And when that fog horn blows

I wanna hear it, I don't have to fear it

 

And I wanna rock your gypsy soul

Just like way back in the days of old

Then magnificently we will float into the mystic

 

When that fog horn blows

You know I will be coming home

And when that fog horn whistle blows

I gotta hear it, I don't have to fear it

 

And I wanna rock your gypsy soul

Just like way back in the days of old

And together we will float into the mystic

 

Come on, girl

 

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Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

 

seen at lake constance (near Kressbronn, Germany)

fotografiert am Bodensee in der Nähe von Kressbronn, Deutschland.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=qprDJgCQsTY

 

Van Morrison - Live '73 It's Too Late to Stop Now

 

"Into to the mystic" is track no. 3 on this live album (in my opinion one of the best live albums of all times and universes)

 

We were born before the wind

Also younger than the sun

Ere the bonnie boat was won

As we sailed into the mystic

 

Hark, now hear the sailors cry

Smell the sea and feel the sky

Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic

 

And when that fog horn blows

I will be coming home

And when that fog horn blows

I wanna hear it, I don't have to fear it

 

And I wanna rock your gypsy soul

Just like way back in the days of old

Then magnificently we will float into the mystic

 

When that fog horn blows

You know I will be coming home

And when that fog horn whistle blows

I gotta hear it, I don't have to fear it

 

And I wanna rock your gypsy soul

Just like way back in the days of old

And together we will float into the mystic

 

Come on, girl

 

Published by

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

 

seen at lake constance (near Kressbronn, Germany)

fotografiert am Bodensee in der Nähe von Kressbronn, Deutschland.

The last rays of sunlight kiss the rock formations at White Pocket in Arizona.

  

Kevin,Gigi and I have returned home after 10 days, 2,700 miles of driving and about 20 miles of hiking from Southern Utah and Northern Arizona a few days ago

This day started out as a cloudless but about 2 PM the clouds moved in a we were treated with a nice afternoon and sunset. Then it was a 2 hour very ruff and bumpy ride on dirt roads back to our camp

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On the North Taranaki coast, near Tongaporutu, you can see two (formerly three) 25 metre rock formations known as the Three Sisters. Next to the sisters is another formation called Elephant Rock which, as you would expect, looks a lot like an elephant. Interestingly, there were four sisters at the turn of the century, but the sea is claiming them one at a time. For great views of the Three Sisters, turn down Pilot Road, which is on the seaward side of State Highway 3 north of the Tongaporutu Bridge. If you want to get down on the sand with the formations, turn off South Highway 3 down Clifton Road, which is south of the Tongaporutu Bridge. At low tide you can walk alongside the river and around the point to find the formations. In nearby caves you can also view a rock drawing of a curious six-toed foot.

After sunrise we headed to Kilkenny for the IPF finals.

On the way we detoured to the Rock of Dunamase... rational being - if you're going to travel a long distance to see your shots get panned you might as well try to come home with some better images!

 

Thanks to James for navigating & breakfast!

  

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This was an unusual shot for me. I was driving home after a failed photosession in the woods, when i saw the waves crashing in. I parked my car and decided to try some up-close waveshots...too close.

This was shot @10mm so the water is REALLY close to my lens. It was great to see how the setting sun illuminated the waves and the rocks.

 

This is a single exposure with just a few adjustments..

 

ND8 filter

10mm

f/22

1/2 sec

iso 200

 

Check the map for exact location.

 

And a huge thanks to everyone leaving comments, favs & tags!

 

Have a great day!

 

-Arild-

-Stephen Gardiner

 

The Far End of White Beach, Boracay Island, Philippines

 

Hello there all my flickr friends! Please forgive me for being such a lousy contact for the one billionth time. I promise tonight I shall catch up with all of you!! :D

 

Happy Holidays!

Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Navajo Nation, Arizona

April, 1982

Leica M4-2, 21mm Super Angulon f/3.4

Agfapan 100 in Rodinal 1:50

Scanned February, 2017 PrimeFilmXE, Silverfast

Post Process PS Elements/ Silver Efex Pro

 

A rock spire rising 830 feet (253m) from the canyon floor, and home of Spider Woman in Navajo lore.

  

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當言語變得模糊時,我將用照片來聚焦。當影像依然不足以表達時、我也只能沈默以對了。

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.

~Ansel Adams

View On White

 

Went out shooting two nights ago to Corona Del Mar to shoot with Steve and we had fun. It had been awhile since we went out shooting like this, we got a little adventurous and climbed to the other side of this rock seen here. It was about a 8 foot drop and the tide was a little higher than we liked. However, there was plenty of great shots on the other side so we had to do it. We almost got swallowed up on the way back as it was now dark and hard to see anything. Climbing over wet rocks covered in moss is definitely not a good idea! We managed to make it out just fine before heading home.

 

Enjoy,

Hector

 

www.mooreandcruz.com

 

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ACR + CS5

 

On the North Taranaki coast, near Tongaporutu, you can see two (formerly three) 25 metre rock formations known as the Three Sisters. Next to the sisters is another formation called Elephant Rock which, as you would expect, looks a lot like an elephant. Interestingly, there were four sisters at the turn of the century, but the sea is claiming them one at a time. For great views of the Three Sisters, turn down Pilot Road, which is on the seaward side of State Highway 3 north of the Tongaporutu Bridge. If you want to get down on the sand with the formations, turn off South Highway 3 down Clifton Road, which is south of the Tongaporutu Bridge. At low tide you can walk alongside the river and around the point to find the formations. In nearby caves you can also view a rock drawing of a curious six-toed foot.

Perch Rock Lighthouse, New Brighton, Liverpool, UK.

 

A bit of a break from the Black and White images, I was kind of hoping for a really dramatic sky this day(it was fairly dramatic in Chester where I live, when I left home). However by the time I got to Liverpool Bay, the clouds had (quite literally) moved apart!, but it worked out ok I guess. I like January sky's (I know it looks like July!) and the air as well, as (being freezing) it tends to run clear, I can't begin to tell you how cold it was here though with a biting wind, hat, gloves, 2 scarfs, 3 layers and I was still frozen, such as landscape photography, you have to suffer for your art sometimes. I love the Lighthouse at Perch Rock.

Carmel is a beautiful oceanside town on California's Highway 1, complete with dramatic views, white sand beaches and amazing homes built on rocky promontories (headlands) just above the ocean surf, like this one.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=AACVcejg1cI

 

Cloud Suite by David Gates

 

See the clouds adrift so far below

Everchanging as they come and go

Makes me wonder why I'm up so high

When really I am down so low

 

Of all the wonders I was one allowed

I think that I would always choose a cloud

Always brings my feelings right out loud

Whether I'm ashamed or proud

 

On this airplane comin' home to you

Sometimes I think I've flown my whole

life through

My whole life... through

As I wing my way to you

 

See the clouds they're giving life below

In colors that the canvas cannot show

Keeping secrets no one else could know

For I'm the one who told them so

 

Now and then I get up close to you

I'd like to stay but I'm just passing through

So I'll have to say goodbye...

Until next time I fly.

  

(interlude)

 

Make my bed-light the light

Comin' in on the midnight flight

Touch the ground and soon you will be

Safe inside reality

 

Change your mind-change your name

Still the music it sounds the same

 

Rainfall don't bother me at all

You see the world reflected on the highway

Come on rainbow-I can't let you go

Before I reach the end of you someway

 

So the next time raindrops fall

If it makes you climb the walls just think

of green.

 

Clouds of summer is wonderful and energetic.

I love sky and clouds.

I love blue and white.

  

From the balcony of my home.

2014 MocAthalon

 

Team: The Last Brickbenders

 

Category: A Pirates' Haven

If you were a Pirate, where would you like to call home? Build a sanctuary that a pirate could call his own. No size restrictions.

  

Year, 1656, somewhere in the mystical blue waters of the Caribbean, a myth arises amongst sailors of a cryptic Island. The Legend has it that the pirates have made a hideout in an old Privateer vessel that has long been lodged atop a shelf of rock...

 

Yes, the legend is true. The Island, known as Isle De Arco among Pirates has long been home to Red Beard. It is the center of a small chain of islands that are under Pirate control, and trading among the islands is frequent. Pirates patrol the waters surrounding, and attack any merchant ships that come within close range. The captain and crew enjoy a lavish life of relaxation and drinking along the sandy shores and rough cliffs of the Isle De Arco.

 

My First entry into the 2014 MocAthalon. This took a lot longer than expected, and I'll be kicking it in gear to get the rest of my entries finished. Sadly, I like my close up photos more than the main one itself, so check out the other photos here.

 

www.mocpages.com/moc.php/383664

 

2014

pen and graphite pencil on illustration board.

20" x 14"in

These two rocks remind me of the stone faces of Easter Island … though only after processing did that resemblance become clear to me; hence the title of this photo. Taken at City of Rocks State Park, New Mexico. Some of these rocks stand up to 12m (40ft.) high. Composed of ash ejected from an accent volcanic eruption, the rocks have weathered over millions of years to form these towers and many more in this relatively small area.

  

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ICE LAKE BACKPACKING SOLO ~ JULY 23RD & 24TH, 2012:

 

Sunday night July 22nd I had all my backpacking gear packed in the back of my car. I set the alarm clock and went to bed early. Five am, the alarm went off and by 6 am I was driving from my home in Eastern Washington towards Joseph, Oregon.

 

I had a big breakfast at Denny's in La Grande, Oregon. My food for the rest of the day and part of the next day would be snacks and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches made on whole winter wheat bread...good but not like chicken fried steak, hash browns, and tall glass of cold milk I had at Denny's.

 

I drove through the "busy with tourists" town of Joseph and on to the trail head south of Lake Wallowa. It was a beautiful morning with an excellent weather forecast. In fact I decided to leave my rain gear in the car. In a pinch I could always make a light rain poncho out of the two 33 gallon garbage sacks I take with me.

 

High noon, I shouldered my REI Flashpack 65, with only what I needed for a one night backpacking trip into the Eagle Cap Wilderness of Northeastern Oregon. I started up the trail.

 

My destination would be Ice Lake. I had never hiked there before. I had hiked up the first three miles of the trail with my wife a few years ago as we were enjoying a short hike after spending a few days at a cabin south of Lake Wallowa.

 

I had no idea how long it would take me from trailhead to Ice Lake but I usually use an hour for every thousand feet gain in elevation + an hour for every mile and a half to two miles of distance from start to destination. I use this as a rough conservative estimate for hiking time with a full pack. The condition of the trail can change that considerably and I usually hike much faster than that.

 

It would be just under three miles to the bridge across the West Fork of the Wallowa River, then another five miles to Ice Lake. Trail head elevation at 4,700' and Ice Lake at 7,920' - thus a gain of 3,220'.

 

I saw a string of pack horses and mules and several "with questions" day hikers near the trail head. I talked with some of the day hikers, but once I got a couple of miles up the trail, I pretty much was on my own.

 

When I got to the trail bridge over the fast flowing white water West Fork of the Wallowa River, I was surprised to see a sign informing me that the "bridge was out". Just past the signs I could see what was left of the old trail bridge. I don't think I would have tried to ford the river had that been my only choice, it was flowing too high and too fast. But there was a huge log jam, where the trail bridge used to be, that offered an easy crossing (I hand carried my backpack across in case I lost my footing so I wouldn't end up in a swift flowing river if I slipped, with a full pack buckled tightly to me).

 

The elevation gain is under a thousand feet to the river crossing (2.8 miles) and the next five miles involve 37 switchbacks, according to the trail hiking guides, and climb more than another 2,000 feet.

 

I found the trail very easy hiking with a nice easy grade. The switchback trails seemed to have been designed for stock and it was just the kind of steady gradient I like to hike. There was only once section of about a quarter mile that had a lot of loose rocks on the trail, so care was required here not to twist an ankle...other than that a sweet trail all the way.

 

It took my four and half hours from trailhead to the camp I selected which was high on a bench above the lake and just above the outlet creek. It provided a good steady breeze, which I knew would serve as a good mosquito deterrent. A small snow field next to my camp made a great ice box for my diet Mt. Dew, which has become my trail beverage of choice (partly because it clinches my thirst even when warm, has lots of caffeine, and has no after taste -- it tastes great).

 

I used a "cache it and don't carry it" strategy I have used for desert hiking when it comes to beverages. First of all I have given up on the strong but heavy and fixed shape Nalgene bottles of all colors and shapes. Instead I carry bottled water and/or diet Mt. Dew, in their lightweight plastic bottles. These can be refilled OR if not needed, they can be squashed to force all the air out then capped. Once squashed and capped they take up much less pack space and of course, weigh next to nothing.

 

I took my water filter and FOUR full 20 oz bottle of diet Mt. Dew. Two of these bottles fit well in the lower outside stretch net pockets on each side of my REI Flash 65 pack. They are easy to reach and if one were to develop a leak for any reason, they would not wet anything inside my pack.

 

Each 20 oz bottle weighs 1 lb. 6 3/4 oz, so the four full bottle weigh over FIVE pounds. I need my caffeine, so I want to be able to drink some, start to finish on a hike, yet not carry extra pounds too far. So...after crossing the log jam across the river at 2.8 miles I dug a hole into some river sand and cached one full bottle of diet Mt. Dew. Two mile farther up the trail I dug another hole and buried a second 20 oz bottle of diet Mt. Dew.

 

I drank from the two remaining bottles of diet Mt. Dew as I hiked and by the time I reached Ice Lake, I had drank all of one the bottles and about a third of the second. I set up my tent, hung my food sack, and then headed for the lake to filter water. I filled the empty bottle and chugged the nice cold water. I filled it again and did the same. Now I placed half the remaining diet Mt. Dew (with its precious taste and caffeine) in the two bottles and topped them off with ice cold water from Ice Lake. These I placed in a snow bank next to my tent for an ice cold drink any time I wanted it.

 

This was my first field test for my new Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 solo backpacking tent. I decided to leave the rain fly off at night, since there was zero chance of rain and it didn't look as though high winds would be a problem. Besides, I wanted to go to sleep looking up at the black star filled sky at 8,000 feet. So my lodging and bed for the night consisted of the Copper Spur UL1 with footprint; a VERY comfy Big Agnes Q-Core air mattress; and a light warm weight Marmot Pinnacle 800 fill down bag rated at +15. I stuffed my primaloft jacket inside the compression sack used to transport my sleeping bag as an adequate "pillow".

 

I spent all my time until night came, wandering the shore of Ice Lake and climbing repeatedly to high vantage points, where I could take photos and enjoy being in such a spectacular setting and a lake I had never before hiked to. It was precious and enjoyable time.

 

At dark I hung my LED headlamp up in the roof of my tent and broke out some short story reading material I had copied from various editions of Outside magazine and had brought along. It was a beautiful night. No wind, just the constant sounds of the outlet creek from Ice Lake, not far from my camp, and .... silence.

 

I slept extremely well. The Copper Spur UL1 was much roomier (and lighter) than my other solo backpacking tent. The Marmot down bag always keeps me more than warm; and I am a convert to the BA insulated Q-Core air mattress. With self inflators I have always woke up with a sore hip or shoulder which would seem to always find the hard ground at night, as I tried to sleep on one side of my other. Not so with the Q-Core, "nothing but air". I'm sold.

 

When I next awoke, the stars had disappeared and I could tell that morning was on its way. I checked my watch and it was five o'clock in the morning 7.24.12. I didn't want to miss sunrise arriving on the peaks above Ice Lake (The Matterhorn and Sacajawea being the two most prominent and highest). I got up, put on my Mountain Hardware primaloft jacket to warm up and headed up the hill behind my camp, camera in hand (I used the G10 on Monday and the G9 on Tuesday).

 

I hiked the hills above the lake and the shore trails taking photographs. I returned to camp to eat a bite and break camp. I had to place my tent footprint and the tent itself out in the morning sun to dry off as dew had arrived during the night and I even had a thin sheet of ice on some of my gear. By seven in the morning I had everything packed and I started hiking back down the trail.

 

It had taken my four and half hours coming up and it took me three and half hours hiking out. I'm old, overweight, and out of shape, but have always preferred to hike steadily at a comfortable pace. So with only a few pack off breaks of five or ten minutes to drink or snack, I pretty much hike all the time when on the trail. The exception of course is quick stops for photo ops. I ALWAYS carry a camera on my pack sternum strap, so if I see anything I want to photo it is easy for me to come up with a camera.

 

When I reached my car at 10:30 am I first grabbed a cold can of diet Pepsi from my ice chest, then changed into jeans, a cotton shirt, and traded hiking boots for Crocs. I drove into Joseph and spent some time walking about town (the fly fishing shop in Joseph is a good one to visit). Then I headed straight for Denny's in La Grande, Oregon for a steak and egg dinner. I figured I had it coming. Home by six Tuesday night....a bit sore...no mosquito bites...and very happy to have finally spent a night at Ice Lake in the fabulous Eagle Cap Wilderness.

 

Here is a link to a day hike that my son and I took and later a backpacking trip my wife and I took in another section of the Eagle Cap Wilderness:

 

www.flickr.com/photos/12150532@N04/sets/72157606923690950/

Next one creation for CCCX based on movie 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves'. This shows scene when Robin Hood, Azeem and Duncan are going to pass Sherwood river. But Little John want toll for passing Sherwood.

 

Usage of horns as foam is SlyOwl's technique.

 

This for Trade and Tolls category.

 

Brickshelf

  

My creations based on movie 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves':

1. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

2. English courage

3. Escape

4. Back in home, back in troubles

5. Passing Sherwood

6. Meeting

7. Visit

8. Nottingham Castle

9. Final duel

“We can hear you singing

But it’s a song of pain

An ocean blue this morning

Has turned to red again” – Ian Quinn.

Such is the fate of the world’s most majestic creature, the

whale. If the International Whaling Commission can’t save

it, who can? A commercial fisherman, and a bushwacker?

Award winning singer songwriter, and commercial fisher,

Ian Quinn has released the second single ‘Swimming Home’ photo: Michael Dawes

off his latest album Quinny, a collection of country-folk-rock songs including duets with Bill Chambers and Dobe Newton.

Co-written and produced by Roger Corbett (The Bushwackers) at The Valley Studio ‘Swimming Home’ protests the senseless and brutal slaughter of thousands of whales in the Southern Ocean each year for so called ‘scientific’ reasons.

“It’s not as though I’m a radical conservationist because I’ve had a long association with the commercial fishing

industry for over 20 years, but I think when topics are this important, and this big, I’m quite prepared to throw my weight behind writing a protest song if it helps the cause.”

Although the song pleads for the slaughter to stop Ian Quinn says a compromise must be found before it’s too late.

“We need to also respect the Japanese and the whalers for their right to hunt, and why they have done it for so many years, but we’ve got to find a resolution to make sure we have these creatures in our oceans in 10,000 years time.”

The Golden Guitar winner penned the final words to the whale anthem following a yarn with an old school mate from Bundaberg, and now environmental activist, Madeleine Habib from Greenpeace.

“I found out Madeleine had became the captain of the ship the Esperanza , which is a Greenpeace ship heavily involved in some of these operations, so a conversation with her gave me the catalyst to finish writing the song.”

Although sitting in the final position on his new album Ian Quinn says “the whale song” is definitely one of his favourites.

"Two powerful protest songs grace the album. Leave The Mary Mighty was a rallying call in opposition to the damming of the fragile Mary River. We can only hope that Swimming Home is equally successful in stopping the slaughter of the whales.“

– Deborah Minter, Capital News.

Ian

  

The Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a baleen whale. One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12–16 metres (40–50 ft) and weigh approximately 36,000 kilograms (79,000 lb). The Humpback has a distinctive body shape, with unusually long pectoral fins and a knobbly head. It is an acrobatic animal, often breaching and slapping the water. Males produce a complex whale song, which lasts for 10 to 20 minutes and is repeated for hours at a time. The purpose of the song is not yet clear, although it appears to have a role in mating.

 

Found in oceans and seas around the world, Humpback Whales typically migrate up to 25,000 kilometres each year. Humpbacks feed only in summer, in polar waters, and migrate to tropical or sub-tropical waters to breed and give birth in the winter. During the winter, Humpbacks fast and live off their fat reserves. The species' diet consists mostly of krill and small fish. Humpbacks have a diverse repertoire of feeding methods, including the spectacular bubble net fishing technique.

 

Like other large whales, the Humpback was a target for the whaling industry, and its population fell by an estimated 90% before a whaling moratorium was introduced in 1966. Stocks of the species have since partially recovered, however entanglement in fishing gear, collisions with ships, and noise pollution are ongoing concerns. Current estimates for the abundance of Humpback Whales range from about 30,000 to 60,000, approximately one third of pre-whaling levels. Once hunted to the brink of extinction, Humpbacks are now sought out by whale-watchers, particularly off parts of Australia and the United States.

 

السياحة في إقليم كوردستان

عندما يفكر المرء في سياحة ترفيهية، خاصة في فصل الصيف تتجه انظاره الى إقليم كوردستان العراق، مدن كوردستان الجميلة، ينابيع مياهها وجبالها الشاهقة وكهوفها التي تحكي قصة الانسان العراقي منذ اقدم الحضارات

 

منحوتاتها التي تمتلك الساحات، شلالاتها، مصايفها، اشجارها الدائمة الخضرة، مناخها المعتدل صيفا، وحتى شتاؤها جميل حيث يتساقط الثلج والوفر على الجبال ليشكل بساطا ابيض ناصعا كبراءة الاطفال يبدأ الاخضرار مع بداية نوروز عيد الربيع.كوردستان جنة العراق الصيفية بمناخها وتاريخها حيث يفخر الانسان العراقي الكوردي والعربي والتركماني بانه صاحب حضارات وادي الرافدين، الاقدم والاعرق والاكثر تأثيرا على البشرية حتى يومنا هذا.

فهذه الحضارات المدنية وصلت الى اعلى درجات التقدم والرقي في مجالات الحياة كافة، فعلى ضفتي دجلة والفرات وفي قمم جبال كوردستان ووديانها بنيت اعظم المدن: سومر، اكد، بابل، نينوي، نمرود، دهوك، آشور، اور، اربائيلو، الوركاء، وغيرها الكثير ومنها ظهرت الكتابات المسمارية ودونت الاساطير على الالواح الحجرية وسنت اولى القوانين وبنيت السدود على الانهار وتمت دراسة الفلك ورصد النجوم، ووضعت اولى المسائل الهندسية، واشتهرت بفن النحت والعمران، وتكونت اعظم الامبراطوريات وطبعت مدن العراق بطابعها الاسلامي وتزخر بعشرات الآلاف من المقامات والمزارات والمراقد للانبياء والمرسلين والائمة والصالحين.

انها الفردوس حقا، ارض العراق، لكن ما زلنا في خطوتنا الاولى المتوقفة في بناء صناعة سياحية جاذبة واعلام متطور يبدأ بفضائية سياحية ولا ينتهي بفولدر او خارطة، فالسياحة مورد اقتصادي ستراتيجي مثلما هي التواصل بين الشعوب وثقافاتها.

وتشهد السياحة في اقليم كوردستان حركة ونشاطاً يساعدها على ذلك الوضع الامني المستقر في محافظات الاقليم الذي حولها الى متنفس لعوائل المحافظات الاخرى، ترتاح فيها من التوتر وانعدام الامن والسلام، اذ تبحث عن الاستجمام وتهدئة الاعصاب.

واذ يرحب اقليم كوردستان بهذه العوائل، تسعى حكومة الاقليم، ممثلة بوزارة السياحة فيها لتهيئة كل ما يوفر لها الجو السليم للراحة والاصطياف، مبدية كل الاهتمام بالمرافق الحيوية التي تعبر عن ثقافة الكرد المتأصلة جذورهم في عمق التاريخ وحضارة هذا البلد العريق.

ولعل ابرز عامل جذب للسياح هو المواقع الاثارية التي يعد اقليم كوردستان من اغنى المناطق بها اذ يوجد فيه (30152) موقعا آثارياً معلنا، وكل محافظة من محافظات الاقليم تتميز بخصوصية تاريخية، اذ ان محافظة السليمانية تتميز آثارها بطابع الحضارة الساسانية، اما محافظة دهوك فيغلب عليها طابع الحضارة العباسية والعثمانية، ومحافظة اربيل آثارها ذات طابع آشوري وبابلي وسومري.

وأهم المواقع الاثارية في كوردستان نذكر منها في زاخو الجسر العباسي، وفي اربيل قلعة اربيل التاريخية ومنارة (الشيخ جولي) التي يمتد تاريخها الى(700) سنة، وهناك ايضا منطقة (كردي قارنجة) وتقول المصادر التاريخية انها تحتوي على (13) الهاً، وهي من العهد الاشوري، وقد عرفت عبر التاريخ بمعبد الالهة، وكانت زيارتها بمنزلة الحج إذ يتوافد اليها الناس من مختلف بقاع الارض للتبرك بها.. ونذكر من مواقع السليمانية الاثارية كهف (هزار ميرد).

اما من ناحية الاصطياف، فان كوردستان غنية بمصايفها التي يتوافد اليها الناس للاستجمام، وهو ابرز عامل جذب للسياحة الداخلية في فصل الصيف.

 

المناطق السياحية في إقليم كوردستان:

 

السليمانية

من اروع مدن كوردستان العراق، بناها ابراهيم باشا ملك امارة بابان سنة 1784م، بعد اعجابه بالمناظر المحيطة بسراية عمه (عثمان باشا)، ويبدو انها بنيت اساساً لتكون عاصمة الامارة البابانية، منذ تأسيسها كانت فيها اسواق كبيرة وحمامات عامة مبنية على شكل حمامات اسطنبول، وقد اثبتت التنقيبات الأثارية ان هناك مايدل على وجود الحياة فيها منذ الالف الثالث ق. م، وكانت تسمى (زاموا) وهي موطن اللولويين والكوتيين القدماء وتوالت عليها الحضارات ومن بين معالمها الجامع الكبير الذي بني في القرن الثامن عشر كذلك جامع مولانا خالد وجامع محوى-وكنسية السليمانية-ويضم متحف التراث في السليمانية عشرات التحف الاثارية.. وغرب مدينة السليمانية مصيف سرجنار ويضم هذا المصيف قرية باخان السياحية، ومن المناطق السياحية في السليمانية سيتك وييري شه وكيل، ومصيف سرسير، وكونه ماسي، وكه ناروى، وسركلو، وميركه بان، وتايين وعشرات المناطق السياحية الاخرى.

 

اربيل (هه ولير):

تقع اربيل وسط اقليم كوردستان على سهل واسع وهي عاصمة الاقليم يعود تاريخها الى الالف السادس قبل الميلاد، سميت في الكتابات السومرية والبابلية بـ(اوربيلم) و (اربائيلو)، وكانت في العهد البابلي مركزا لعبادة الالهة (عشتار)، ومن معالمها البارزة منارة الشيخ جولي التي بنيت في عهد السلطان مظفر الدين الكو كبري ما بين (543- 586م) وكنيسة ماريوسف والمبنية على الطراز البابلي القديم، وقلعة خانزاد وقلعة دويين، ومصيف شقلاوة ومصايف بيخال وكلي علي بيك، وجونديان، وحاج اومران، ومن كهوفها الشهيرة كهف ييستون وكهف شابندر اضافة الى قلعة اربيل التي تتوسط المدينة وعشرات المعالم الحضارية والدينية والجمالية.

 

دهوك:

تقع مدينة دهوك بين سلسلتي جبال (بيخير وشندوخا) وهي بالقرب من حدود تركيا وسورية ويعود تاريخ بناء المدينة الى مئات السنين وكانت نقطة عبور تجارية في العهد الاشوري بقي ذلك التراث شامخاً حتى اليوم وتتوفر فيها مناطق سياحية متميزة ونادرة منها:

مصيف انشكي، ومصايف سولاف وسواره توكه وسرسنك واشاوه ومن منحوتاتها : كهف هلامتا وخنس وكهف جارستين ومدينة آميدي-العمادية وعشرات من المصايف والمعالم الحضارية المتميزة التي تحكي قصة تاريخ وحضارة وشعب.

 

كركوك كه ركووك

من كبرى مدن العراق الشمالية فيها حقول النفط الشهيرة، حيث يتم استخراجه وتكريره، ومن اهم حقول نفط كركوك: حقل بابا كركر وحقل باي حسن، وحقل جمجمال، وحقل جمبور، وحقل حمرين، وحقل. ومعظم الاراضي المجاورة لكركوك سهول ليس فيها تلال او جبال واقرب التلال والمرتفعات المجاورة هي تلال بابا كوركور حيث فيها النار الازلية المجاورة لحقول نفط كركوك وتليها تلال شوان في طريق كويسنجق وتلال قراينجير وقرة حسن تليها جبال بازيان وقره داغ. ويعتبر سهل كركوك من اعظم السهول لو توفرت له المياه الاروائية الكافية..

كما تعتبر كركوك مدينة سياحية لما فيها من آثار قديمة، فنجد قلعة كركوك، التي تسمى (كرخيتي)، فضلاً عن معالم اثرية بارزة منها مرقد الامامين زين العابدين والقاسم اولاد، الامام موسى الكاظم (عليهم السلام)، فضلاً عن مرقد امام الهوى احد اولاد الشيخ عبدالقادر الكيلاني، كما نجد ناحية الدبس السياحية لوجود نهر الزاب وناحية تازة، فضلاً عن معالم آثارية تضرب في جذور التاريخ اهمها (جامع العريان) يعود الى 1142 م، والجامع الكبير الذي يعود الى القرن الثالث الميلادي، وجامع النبي دانيال وكنيسة الحمراء والكنيسة الكلدانية التي تعود الى 1862 م وغيرها من المواقع السياحية العديدة فيها..

 

Tourism in the Kurdistan Region

When one thinks of recreational tourism, especially in the summer, moving his attention to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Kurdistan beautiful cities, water fountains and towering mountains and caverns, which tells the story of the Iraqi men since the earliest civilizations

 

Mnhotadtha, which has a courtyard, waterfalls, Massaifaa, the trees are evergreen, moderate climate, summer, and even beautiful winters where snow fall and cross the mountains to form a carpet patented bright white children begin with the beginning of greening Nowruz spring festival. Kurdistan Iraq Commission summer climate, and history and is proud rights of the Iraqi Kurdish, Arab and Turkmen as the civilizations of Mesopotamia, the oldest and longest-established, the most influential of mankind until the present day.

These civilizations, civil and reached to the highest degree of progress and advancement in all spheres of life, for the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates In the mountain peaks and valleys of Kurdistan built the great cities: Sumer, Akkad, Babylon, Nineveh, Nimrud, Dohuk, Ashur, Ur, Arbaiilo, Warka, and many others, including appeared cuneiform legends and recorded on stone tablets and enacted the first laws and built dams on rivers have been studied astronomy and the observation of stars, and developed the first engineering issues, and the famous art of sculpture and architecture, and formed the greatest empires and the printed character of Islamic cities in Iraq is rich in tens of thousands of shrines, shrines and shrines of prophets and messengers and Imams and the righteous .

It's truly paradise, the land of Iraq, but we are still in the stalled Our first step in building a tourist industry attractive and sophisticated media Zayyat tourist begins and ends Pfolder or map, tourism strategic economic resource, as is the communication between peoples and cultures.

And Tourism in the Kurdistan Region and active movement to help the stable security situation in the provinces of the region, which turned the outlet to the families of the other governorates, where the rest of tension and lack of security and peace, as looking for relaxation and calm nerves.

Welcoming the families of the Kurdistan Region, the Government of the province, where the Ministry of Tourism to create everything that provides a proper atmosphere for rest and summer, expressing interest in all vital facilities that reflect the inherent culture of the Kurds their roots deep in history and civilization of this ancient country.

Perhaps the most important factor of attraction for tourists is the archaeological sites of the Kurdistan Region is one of the richest areas are as where (30152) announcing the site archaeologically, and all governorates of the region are characterized by historical specificity, as the province of Sulaimaniya, is characterized by the nature of their civilization, enemies, either by the province of Dohuk Vaiglb nature of the Abbasid and Ottoman civilization, and Erbil their nature Assyrian and Babylonian and Sumerian.

The most important archaeological sites in Kurdistan, among them the bridge in Zakho Abbasid In Arbil, Arbil's citadel, historical, and the Lighthouse (Sheikh Jolie), which extends back to the (700) years, and there's also the (Kurdish Qaranjp) and historical sources say it contains (13) God, a Assyrian of the Covenant, has been known throughout history, the temple of God, and they had is like the pilgrimage as people flock to it from different parts of the ground to seek blessing from them .. And recall of Sulaymaniyah archaeological cave sites (Hazar Merd).

In terms of summer, the rich Kurdistan Bmassaifaa that people flock to it for recreation, which is the main factor of attraction for domestic tourists in the summer.

 

Tourist areas in the Kurdistan Region:

 

Sulaymaniyah

One of the greatest cities in Kurdistan of Iraq, built by Ibrahim Pasha Baban emirate in the king in 1784, after his admiration for the scenery surrounding the hope of his uncle (Osman Pasha), it seems to be built as a capital of the emirate Alababanip, since its establishment was the big markets and public baths built in the form of baths of Istanbul, The archaeological excavations have proved that there is evidence that the existence of life since the third millennium BC. M, were called (Zamoa) and is home to Alloloyen Alkotien ancient civilizations and rolled it between the landmarks of the Grand Mosque which was built in the eighteenth century as well as a mosque and a mosque Maulana Khalid Mhoy - the Church of Sulaymaniyah - includes Heritage Museum in Sulaimaniyah dozens of archaeological artifacts .. And west of the city of Sulaimaniya Srzinar resort and includes the resort village of Bakhan tourism, from tourist areas in Sulaimaniya, Jiri SETTEC Xue agent, Srser resort, and the fact that Massey, Okh Naroy and SARGALO and Mirgah Pan, Taean and dozens of other tourist attractions.

 

Arbil (ee and Lear): Arbil Irbil Erbil ھەولێر أربيل اربيل Hewlêr Hawler ܐܪܒܝܠ

Is the central province of Arbil, Kurdistan on a broad plain, the capital of the province dating back to the sixth millennium BC, was named in the writings of the Sumerian, Babylonian (b Urbilm) and (Arbaiilo), and the Covenant was the center of the Babylonian goddess (Ishtar), and its salient beacon Sheikh Jolie built in the reign of Sultan Muzaffar Alco major religion is between (543 to 586 m) and the Church of Maryousef and based on the Old Babylonian style, the citadel and castle Khanzad Doyen, and resort Shaqlawah, resorts and holistic Bejal Ali Beck, _undean, and argued Aoumran, and the famous caverns and cave cave Iiston Habandar start to Arbil's citadel, which mediates the city and dozens of landmarks, religious and aesthetic.

 

Dahuk: dohuk duhok

Dohuk is located between the mountain chains (and in a comfortable Handokha) is near the borders of Turkey, Syria and the construction of the city date back hundreds of years and was a commercial crossing point in the Assyrian remains of that heritage and proud until the day and the tourist areas have a distinct and rare, including:

Ancki resort, and summer resorts Solaf and bracelet Tokh and Sarsank and Achaoh is Mnhotadtha: Hlamta and mans cave and cave Jarstein and the city Amedee - Amadiyah and dozens of resorts and distinctive landmarks that tell the story of the history and culture and a people.

 

Kirkuk kerkuk Kerkük

Of the major cities of Iraq's northern oil fields where the famous, where they are mined and refined, and most important oil fields of Kirkuk: Field Papa Karkar and Bai Hassan, and the field of the ridge, and field Jambour, and Hamrin field, and field. Most of the land adjacent to the plains of Kirkuk is not the hills or mountains and hills and the nearest neighboring highlands are the hills of Santa Korkor where the eternal fire adjacent to the Kirkuk oil fields, followed by hills in the way of Chuan Koysanjaq Aqraengjir and the hills and mountains, followed by Kara Hasan Kara Dag and Bazian. The easy access of the great plains of Kirkuk, if there is sufficient irrigation water ..

Kirkuk is also a tourist city because of the effects of old, we find the castle of Kirkuk, which is called (Krkhitti), as well as archaeological features, including a prominent shrine Zine El Abidine denominator children, Imam Musa al-Kazim (peace be upon them), as well as the shrine of one of the boys in front of Hawa Sheikh Abdul Kader al-Kilani, as we hand the presence of molasses tourist Zab River and Taza, as well as features of archaeological history to hit at the root of most important (mosque Al-Arian) return in 1142, and the Great Mosque, which dates back to the third century AD, and a mosque of the Prophet Daniel and the Church of the red and the Chaldean Church, dating back to 1862 and other tourist sites where the many ..

 

Turismo en la Región del Kurdistán

Cuando uno piensa en el turismo de recreo, especialmente en verano, moviendo su atención a la región de Kurdistán de Irak, el Kurdistán hermosas ciudades, fuentes de agua y altas montañas y cavernas, que narra la historia de los hombres iraquíes desde las primeras civilizaciones

 

Mnhotadtha, que tiene un patio, cascadas, Massaifaa, los árboles son perennes, de clima templado, el verano y el invierno, incluso hermoso donde la nieve caída y cruzar las montañas para formar una alfombra de color blanco brillante patentado los niños comienzan con el inicio del festival de primavera Nowruz ecológica. Kurdistán iraquí clima de verano de la Comisión, y la historia y se enorgullece de los derechos de los iraquíes kurdos, árabes y turcomanos, como las civilizaciones de Mesopotamia, la más antigua y de más larga establecida, el más influyente de la humanidad hasta la actualidad.

Estas civilizaciones, civiles y alcanzó el más alto grado de progreso y avance en todas las esferas de la vida, por las orillas del Tigris y el Eufrates en la cimas de las montañas y los valles del Kurdistán construido las grandes ciudades: Sumeria, Acadia, Babilonia, Nínive, Nimrud, Dehok, Ashur, Ur, Arbaiilo, Warka, y muchos otros, incluyendo aparecieron leyendas cuneiformes y grabado en tablas de piedra y promulgó las primeras leyes y las presas construidas en los ríos se han estudiado astronomía y la observación de las estrellas, y desarrolló los temas de ingeniería en primer lugar, y el arte famosas de la escultura y la arquitectura, y formaron los grandes imperios y el carácter impreso de las ciudades islámicas en Iraq es rico en decenas de miles de santuarios, ermitas y santuarios de los profetas y mensajeros y los imanes y los justos .

Es realmente el paraíso, la tierra de Irak, pero aún estamos en la etapa de estancamiento Nuestra primera en la construcción de una industria turística de atractivos y sofisticados medios de comunicación turísticos Zayyat comienza y termina Pfolder o mapa, el turismo de los recursos económicos estratégicos, como es la comunicación entre pueblos y culturas.

Y Turismo en la Región del Kurdistán y el movimiento activo para ayudar a la situación de seguridad estable en las provincias de la región, que convirtió a la salida a las familias de las otras gobernaciones, donde el resto de la tensión y la falta de seguridad y la paz, en busca de relajación y calma los nervios.

Acogiendo con beneplácito las familias de la región de Kurdistán, el Gobierno de la provincia, donde el Ministerio de Turismo para crear todo lo que ofrece un ambiente adecuado para el descanso y el verano, expresando su interés en todas las instalaciones vitales que reflejan la cultura propias de los kurdos a sus raíces profundas en la historia y la civilización de este antiguo país.

Tal vez el factor más importante de atracción para los turistas es de los sitios arqueológicos que el Kurdistán es una de las zonas más ricas son las que (30152) anunciando el sitio arqueológico, y todas las provincias de la región se caracterizan por su especificidad histórica, como la provincia de Sulaimaniya, se caracteriza por la naturaleza de su civilización, los enemigos, ya sea por la provincia de Dohuk Vaiglb la naturaleza de la abasí y la civilización otomana, y Erbil su naturaleza asirios y babilonios y sumerios.

Los sitios arqueológicos más importantes en el Kurdistán, entre ellos el puente de Abbasid en Arbil, Zajo, Arbil ciudadela, histórico, y el Faro (Sheikh Jolie), que se remonta al (700) años, y también está el Qaranjp (kurdo) y las fuentes históricas dicen que contiene (13) Dios, asiria del Pacto, se ha conocido en la historia, el templo de Dios, y que había es como la peregrinación como la gente acude a ella de diferentes partes de la tierra para buscar la bendición de los mismos .. Y el recuerdo de los sitios arqueológicos Sulaymaniyah cueva (Hazar Merd).

En términos de verano, la Bmassaifaa ricos del Kurdistán, que las personas acuden a ella para la recreación, que es el principal factor de atracción para los turistas nacionales en el verano.

 

Zonas turísticas de la región de Kurdistán:

 

Sulaymaniyah

Una de las grandes ciudades en el Kurdistán de Irak, construido por el emirato Ibrahim Pasha Baban en el rey en 1784, después de su admiración por el paisaje circundante, con la esperanza de que su tío (Osman Pasha), parece ser construida como la capital de la Alababanip emirato, ya que su establecimiento era de los grandes mercados y los baños públicos construidos en forma de baños de Estambul, el las excavaciones arqueológicas han demostrado que no hay pruebas de que la existencia de vida desde el tercer milenio antes de Cristo. M, fueron llamados (Zamoa) y es el hogar de civilizaciones Alloloyen Alkotien antiguo y lo hizo rodar entre los hitos de la Gran Mezquita, que fue construido en el siglo XVIII, así como una mezquita y una mezquita, Maulana Khalid Mhoy - la Iglesia de Sulaymaniyah - incluye el Museo del Patrimonio en docenas de artefactos arqueológicos Sulaimaniyah .. Y al oeste de la ciudad de Sulaimaniya Srzinar complejo e incluye Almsif Turismo rural Bakhan, y las zonas turísticas en Sulaimaniya, Jiri Settec agente Xue, el recurso Srser, y el hecho de que Massey, okh Naroy y SARGALO y Mirgah Pan, Taean y docenas de otras atracciones turísticas.

 

Arbil (EE y Lear):

Es la central provincia de Erbil, Kurdistán en una amplia llanura, la capital de la provincia que data del sexto milenio antes de Cristo, fue nombrado en los escritos de los sumerios, babilonios (Urbilm b) y (Arbaiilo), y el Pacto fue el centro de la diosa babilónica (Ishtar), y sus más destacados faro Sheikh Jolie construido en el reinado del sultán religión Muzaffar Alco importante entre (543 a 586 m) y la Iglesia de Maryousef basado en el modelo y el período babilonio antiguo y el Castillo y el Castillo de Khanzad Decano, y el recurso Shaqlawa, complejos turísticos y holístico Bejal Ali Beck, _undean, y argumentó Aoumran, y las cuevas y cavernas famosa cueva Iiston inicio Habandar a la ciudadela de Arbil, que media en la ciudad y decenas de monumentos históricos, religiosos y estéticos.

 

Dahuk:

Dehok se encuentra entre las cadenas montañosas (y en un cómodo Handokha) está cerca de las fronteras de Turquía, Siria y la construcción de la fecha de la ciudad desde hace cientos de años y fue un punto de cruce comercial en el asirio queda de ese patrimonio y orgullo hasta el día y las zonas turísticas tienen una distinta y raros, incluyendo:

Ancki complejo, y centros de veraneo y Solaf Tokh pulsera y Sarsanak y Achaoh es Mnhotadtha: Hlamta y Mans Jarstein cueva y la cueva y de la ciudad Amédée -'Amadiya y decenas de estaciones de esquí y lugares distintivos que cuentan la historia de la historia y la cultura ya un pueblo.

 

Kirkuk

De las principales ciudades de los campos petrolíferos del norte de Irak, donde el famoso, en donde se extraído y refinado, y los campos petroleros más importantes de Kirkuk: Campo Papa Karkar y Bai Hassan, y el campo de la cresta, y el campo Jambour, y el campo Hamrin, y el campo. La mayoría de los terrenos adyacentes a los campos de Kirkuk no se las colinas o montañas y las colinas y las montañas vecinas más cercanas son las colinas de Santa Korkor donde el fuego eterno, junto a los campos de petróleo de Kirkuk, seguido por las colinas en el camino de Chuan Kuisanŷak Aqraengjir y las colinas y montañas, seguido de Kara Kara Hasan Dag y Bazian. El fácil acceso de las grandes llanuras de Kirkuk, si no hay suficiente agua de riego ..

Kirkuk es una ciudad turística debido a los efectos de la antigüedad, se encuentra el castillo de Kirkuk, que se llama (Krkhitti), así como los elementos arqueológicos, entre ellos un prominente santuario niños denominador Zine El Abidine, Imam Musa al-Kazim (la paz sea con ellos), así como el santuario de uno de los chicos frente a Hawa Sheikh Abdul Kader-Kilani, como parte de la presencia de la melaza de turismo río Zab y Taza, así como las características de la historia arqueológica de golpear en la raíz de Al (la mezquita más importante-Arian) de retorno en 1142, y la Gran Mezquita, que data del siglo III dC, y una mezquita del profeta Daniel y la Iglesia de la roja y la Iglesia Caldea, que se remonta a 1862 y otros sitios turísticos donde el .. muchos

This image was created up at Cedar Mesa (UT) depicting an Ancestral Puebloan dwelling. The uniqueness lays in the pictograph which is not really a pictograph. I would call it a mudgraph as it was not painted with some colors as you would expect if from a pictograph. It was done with mud. The very same mud that was used to plaster the stones together for the dwellings you can see in this image.

 

The white men came to North America and it was already populated by Native Americans. There was not much respect for these inhabitants. There was not much interest for their cultural values, beliefs and history either. Interest and respect is surfacing slowly and the feeling that the native cultural legacy is to be studied, valued and preserved is coming up. The latest sweeping move in this regard was the creation of the Bears Ears National Monument December 28, 2016. Needless to say that the new administration wants to shrink the boundaries considerably. Drilling, farming and driving off-road vehicles seems to be more important. O tempora o mores!

  

Technical Details:

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Rokinon T-S 24mm f/3.5

1/15s @ f/8

RAW ISO 100

10/08/2016

  

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Another evening of great clouds and good winds, so spent an hour or so back down at White Beach, if for no other reason than its a 10min drive from home...!

 

The tide had already started dropping by the time I got there, so its a case of taking long 2-3min exposures and then moving down the rocks between each shot to keep close to the water, it drops that fast..

 

Might even try a time-lapse video of these long exposure shots some day on a dropping or rising tide, wish I'd thought of that at the time this evening!

 

Sony A550

Tamron 10-24mm lens

B&W 10-stop ND filter

Cokin Hard ND8 Grad filter

Hama tripod

Cable Release

 

2.5 minute exposure, f/18, 11mm, iso200

 

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Exposure

Manual Mode, f/16, 25 sec, ISO 100

 

Gear

Canon 40D, Sigma 10-20mm, B+W CPL, B+W ND 106, Lee 0.9 GND

 

Processing

ACR + CS5

 

At the southeastern tip of Batangas lies Laiya in San Juan, a seven kilometer strip of white sand beach situated along the stretching coast of Sigayan Bay and Verde Island passage. The place is nestled behind the peaks of Mt. Daguldol and home to several hiking destinations, such as Naambon falls and Mainit Pulang Bato. Because of its proximity to cities of Manila, Batangas and Quezon, Laiya became a popular destination for weekend retreats and corporate excursions.

The Niagara Escarpment runs through the town of Grimsby, Ontario, which I call home. Along the Niagara Escarpment the Bruce Trail runs, more or less, some 900 km extending from the Niagara River at the South end, to Tobermory, Ontario at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula, at the North end. We have been occasionally hiking sections of it as part of a longer term effort to complete it end-to-end for a second time, and this morning we managed to get on a hike before the rain set in. This section lies South of Beamsville, Ontario between Mountainview Road and Mountain Road on the map set, it is at approximately kilometre 69 on Map 4. At this time of year, and given the abundant rain this Spring, the lush green Spring look has been preserved in spite of the heat. The rockfalls are typical of this section. Also, on the full size image (which is not the one I posted) I was surprised to discover that, on a rock about 1/3 of the way up in the middle of the frame, a chipmunk staring back at me, no doubt wondering that the silly human is up to, Sadly, the detail at 1800 wide does not really preserve sufficient detail to find it in this posting. I only discovered him/her when I happened to pick this area during the sharpening stage of my post-processing. Hiking season is underway again. - JW

 

Date Taken: 2017-06-22

 

Tech Details:

 

Taken using a tripod-mounted Nikon D7100 fitted with a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D lense, ISO100, Auto WB, Aperture priority mode, f/7.1, 1/6 sec with an EV+0.33 exposure bias. PP in free Open Source RAWTherapee from Nikon RAW/NEF source file: scale image size to 6000x9000, increase contrast and Chromaticity in L-A-B mode, slightly increase vibrance, sharpen, save. PP in free Open Source GIMP: modify the contrast and brightness to boost contrast slightly and also boost the brightness very slightly, remove slight residual green colour cast, duplicate the image to a new layer above the current one and add a black/transparent layer mask after which paint the mask with a black to white gradient to simulate a Graduated Neutral Density filter effect and then darken the image portion of the top/masked layer, sharpen, save, scale image to 4000x6000, sharpen slightly, add fine black-and-white frame, add bar and text on left, save, scale image to 1800 high for posting, sharpen slightly, save.

If I remember correctly, this is the seedhead of a Scabious flower. Seen at Reader Rock Garden.

 

Just had a VERY long day - my alarm went off at 4:45 a.m. and I left the house at 7:00 a.m. Three of us spent the whole day botanizing the Snake's Head Natural Area, north west of Calgary and then, on the way home, we called in at an interesting site near Water Valley, as guests of Dave and Bernie Amonson who have a quiet nature retreat which they call Brookbury Bridge. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring their nature trail and then were treated to barbecued hotdogs for supper. So, a long, long day of walking, recording and photographing plants and fungi. I got back home about 10:15 p.m. I am DEAD BEAT, but wanted to quickly (if there is such a thing) post my "daily three" to Flickr, LOL.

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A lone traveler arrives on her ancient and long-deserted home planet in search of her race's most sacred treasure.

Why was it deserted, you ask?

For the same reason she brought her lightblade.

  

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Here we goooooooooooooooooooo!

1.) Purple

2.) Spaceship,

3.) Spaceship,

4.) SPACESHIP!

5.) Man, it feels good to upload something up to par. (Though if you feel like I'm wrong in that respect, please don't fail to let me know!)

6.) Too bad I had to dismantle My Eurobricks HSH entry, though. (Which has just topped well over 200 faves and ranked fourth in the contest.*yay!*)

This ship was cannibalized of its purple dishes to make the entry and I've only just reconstructed it. ;)

7.) Oops, looks like I made another gray-skinned treasure hunter. Definitely not intentional. :P

8.) For those patiently waiting for The Journey to get back online, I'll have you know that now that the aforementioned EB entry has been parted and the essential pieces for making SNOT bases are back in circulation, I will build and upload another episode just as soon as I decide which of a couple key plot points is the best to incorporate. I hope it doesn't scare you all that I don't really know what I'm doing. ;D

9.) :sigh: Another spaceship based entirely on the principle of, “You will sit here until you incorporate ALL these parts into one coherent spaceship!” I'm pretty sure one of the AFOLs in the recent IB seed part reveal mentioned something about that, and I totally know the feeling. Good thing my next spaceship was premeditated. ;)

10.) I'll upload the now-mandatory spacescene, detail pics, etc. when I get the time. :)

11.) I hope you all enjoy this! C&C is always appreciated around here as I need as much as I can get to feed Chrysalis and the Unikitties. ;)

 

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Just got home from a 23 hour whirlwind trip to the coast!!!! Met up with Lance down near Newport for some sunset shooting. We were able to get on the backside of these rocks so even though the tide was going out the wave action was still pretty sweet....

 

We really lucked out with the sky....all day it was crystal clear in Portland and on the way to the coast I could see these little clouds forming off in the distance and they hung around till after sunset!!!!

 

Hope you are all having a great weekend!!!!

 

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Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Exposure: 0.6

Aperture: f/13.0

Focal Length: 17 mm

ISO Speed: 50

Exposure Bias: 0 EV

DB 3 Stop Rev Grad

A photo i took nearly a year ago,along Whitsand Bay, Cornwall. Had some spare time at home so i tried some converts to mono edits and found this one... thought it really suited black and white..thanks for looking.

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