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  • Image by: zafra52
    Posted: 2019-05-19

    Selected by: Matt. K
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    20-10-2013: Ansel Adams Minimeet , Maritime Museum
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View first unread post Windmills
PostMon Feb 26, 2024 1:51 pm
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I took the photo of these windmills in the town of Consuegra. These windmill are from the 17th century and have been restored to full working order. Consuegra is a town in the province of Toledo and in the vast region of La Mancha. I am sure the photo will conjure the mental image of the fictional Don Quixote.


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Hand carving
View first unread post Hand carving
PostMon Feb 26, 2024 1:49 pm
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I took the photo of this carving two days ago. It seems the art of gourd carving has been practiced for more than 4,000 years in Peru. Peruvian gourds tell stories of cultural events, you can see stories of celebrations, folklore, myths, tragedies, and daily events.


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View first unread post Meerkat
PostSun Feb 04, 2024 11:59 am
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The meerkats (Suricata suricatta) is a small mammal that lives in the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa. Despite its name, it is more closely related to the mongoose family than to cats. You may or may not know that a group of meerkats is called a "mob" or "gang", and all of the meerkats in a mob are related. I took this photo at the Australian Zoo, but if it had been in the wild I would have had to be near their burrow very still before sunrise so when the first meerkat comes out it would accept me as part of the scenery. ...

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La fenêtre (French window)
View first unread post La fenêtre (French window)
PostSun Jan 28, 2024 12:50 pm
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We walked along Rue Voltaire in Ales and looking up I saw this window on a decorated façade. I hope you like it.



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Adavale Pub (A pub with no beer)
View first unread post Adavale Pub (A pub with no beer)
PostSun Jan 21, 2024 12:41 pm
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We drove 187 km from Charleville to Adavale, a rural town of 72 people in outback Queensland, only to find the pub closed and the landlord away to buy beer and provisions from a nearby town called Quilpie, 98 km away. Adavale had its heyday between 1889 and 1930, but the Western railway line bypassed Adavale in 1917 and went instead to Quilpie and as a result of this Adavale declined. Adavale is now a pub, a police station, a few scattered houses and vacant plots all showing the vestiges of a big fire that ravaged the town.

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View first unread post Bruges
PostSun Jan 14, 2024 11:26 am
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Bruges is also known as the Venice of the North. Bruges is a major tourism destination within Belgium. In fact, there was so many tourists in the historical centre when we visited last year that I had the overwhelming impression I was in a theme park. However, Bruges with its ancient buildings (this city golden age was from the 12th to 15th centuries) and canals is a very pretty place.


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Organ Grinder
View first unread post Organ Grinder
PostSun Jan 14, 2024 11:18 am
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I took the picture in Bruges. The organ grinder played his melodious tunes in his street organ and sang for a few coins. These musical instruments have been played in the street since the late 18th century. In Europe, the street organ was part of an act of a group of musicians, served as background to an animal performance or even during sing-along sessions.


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Sunset at Mindil Beach (Darwin)
View first unread post Sunset at Mindil Beach (Darwin)
PostSun Dec 31, 2023 10:08 am
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George Goyder gave the name "Mindil" to the swamps on the maps when he surveyed the town of Palmerston, Darwin's originally name. The beach in front of the swamp was eventually known as Mindil Beach. Mindil beach holds the Sunset Markets during the dry season and the annual Darwin Beer-Can Regatta. As the sun sets on Australian shores and 2023 comes to an end, I wish you a good night and a Happy and fruitful 2024.

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The Pinnacles
View first unread post The Pinnacles
PostFri Dec 22, 2023 1:39 pm
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You can find these limestone formations at the Nambung National Park, near the town of Cervantes in Western Australia. The area has thousands of limestone pillars. Some of the tallest pinnacles reach heights of up to 3.5 m above the yellow sand base.


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View first unread post Adoration
PostFri Dec 22, 2023 1:30 pm
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Adoration (Renaissance, c. 1530)

This Adoration of the Magi is a poly-chrome wood carving by an anonymous author of the Castilian school of the xvi century. Merry Christmas to all and everyone!


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View first unread post Tomb
PostSun Dec 10, 2023 12:16 pm
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This is Napoleon's tomb, the monument erected at Les Invalides in Paris to keep the mortal remains of Napoleon following their repatriation to France from Saint Helena in 1840.


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Dawn (On the Rhône)
View first unread post Dawn (On the Rhône)
PostSun Dec 03, 2023 11:14 am
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As I took this photo, I remembered the lyrics:

Morning has broken like the first morning,
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird.
Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning!
Praise for them, springing fresh from the Word!

There is something magical happening each dawn, wherever you happen to be. In my case, I was on the River Rhône. It was a foggy morning.


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