sobota, 29 września 2012

444. Maroon Bells

The Maroon Bells are two peaks in the Elk Mountains, Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak, separated by about a third of a mile. The mountain is on the border between Pitkin County and Gunnison County, Colorado, United States, about 19 km southwest of Aspen. Both peaks are counted as fourteeners. Maroon Peak, at 4.315 m., is the 27th highest peak in Colorado; North Maroon Peak, at 4.271 m., is the 50th highest. The view of the Maroon Bells to the southwest from the Maroon Creek valley is one of the most famous scenes in Colorado, and is reputed to be the "most-photographed spot in Colorado" and one of Colorado's premier scenic overlooks. The peaks are located in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness of White River National Forest.

443. Heiligenblut

 Heiligenblut (literally "holy blood") is a municipality in the district of Spittal an der Drau in the Austrian state of Carinthia. The municipal area comprises the Katastralgemeinden of Apriach, Hof, Rojach and Zlapp. Situated at the northwestern edge of Carinthia at the border with East Tyrol and Salzburg, Heiligenblut is located in a high valley of the Alpine Hohe Tauern mountain range at the foot of the Grossglockner, the highest mountain in Austria, and the Pasterze Glacier. Other peaks include the Johannisberg and the Fuscherkarkopf in the north, both part of the Alpine divide and the border with Salzburg.

piątek, 28 września 2012

442. The Sea of fog

 The Sea of fog can be seen from the Phra Mahathat Viewpoint
Wat Phra Mahathat Vihan is the most important temple of Nakhon Si Thammarat and southern Thailand. It was constructed at the time of the founding of the town, and contains a tooth relic of Buddha. The 78 m high chedi is surrounded by 173 smaller ones. While the chedi is now in Sri Lankan style, it is said to be built on top of an earlier Srivijaya style chedi. The chedi completed a renovation in early 2009 and now appears like new.

441. Maya Bay

 Maya Bay is popular for diving, and has become even more popular after the 2000 movie The Beach was filmed there. According to the Lonely Planet's Thailand guidebook, the 2004 tsunami dramatically improved the look of Maya Bay. This was due to the fact that the high waves had cleaned up the beach and removed all the landscaping the Fox production team had added.  The main dive sites are at Loh Samah, Maya Bay entrance and Palong Bay, and are often combined with diving at Ko Bida Noi, a rocky outcrop some 500 meters south of Loh Samah.

440. Baltic Sea

 Storm on Baltic Sea

czwartek, 27 września 2012

439. Pop Ivan

 Pop Ivan  is the third highest peak (after Hoverla and Brebeneskul) of the Chornohora (Czarnohora) range, with height of 2022 meters  above sea level.  In the interwar period (1918-1939) the peak marked the Polish - Czechoslovak, from March 1939 Polish - Hungarian border and numerous skirmishes between OUN and Polish border troops took place in the area.  On the peak of Pop Iwan, Polish government built in the years 1936-1938 an impressive construction - Astronomical and Meteorogical Observatory, which was commonly called “Biały Słoń” (“White Elephant”). Today, the construction is in ruins.  Now, Pop Iwan, together with the Czarnohora range, is located in Ukraine.

poniedziałek, 24 września 2012

438. Groke - Incredible handmade

 Incredible Groke :D

437. Bastei Bridge in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains

 The Bastei is a spectacular rock formation towering 194 metres above the Elbe River in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains of Germany. Reaching a height of 305 metres above sea level, the jagged rocks of the Bastei were formed by water erosion over one million years ago. They are situated near Rathen, not far from Pirna southeast of the city of Dresden and are the major landmark of the Saxon Switzerland National Park. They are also part of a climbing and hiking area that runs over border into the Czech Republic and Bohemian Switzerland.  The Bastei has been a tourist attraction for over 200 years. In 1824 a wooden bridge was constructed to link several rocks for the visitors. This bridge was replaced in 1851 by the present Bastei Bridge made of sandstone. The rock formations and vistas have inspired several well-known artists, among them Caspar David Friedrich (i.e. "Felsenschlucht" )  The spa town of Rathen is the main base for visiting the Bastei; the town can be reached from Dresden by paddle steamer on the river Elbe.  Another famous landmark in the local area is the fortress of Königstein.

436. Zwolle town hall

 The modernized town hall was originally built in 1448

435. The Château d'If

 The Château d'If is a fortress (later a prison) located on the island of If, the smallest island in the Frioul Archipelago situated in the Mediterranean Sea about a mile offshore in the Bay of Marseille in southeastern France. It is famous for being one of the settings of Alexandre Dumas' adventure novel The Count of Monte Cristo.  The château is a square, three-story building 28 m long on each side, flanked by three towers with large gun embrasures. The remainder of the island, which only measures 30,000 square metres, is heavily fortified; high ramparts with gun platforms surmount the island's cliffs.

434. The Chipmunk

 The chipmunk is one of the smallest mammals in the deciduous forests of Canada. Quick and inquisitive creatures, chipmunks store their food underground and hibernate in the winter months.

czwartek, 20 września 2012

433. Cincinnati Museum Center

 Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is home to the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children's Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX Theater and the Cincinnati Historical Society Library.  It is a nationally recognized educational and research resource and one of the top cultural attractions in the Midwest. Cincinnati Museum Center serves more than 1.47 million visitors annually, reaching out to almost 200,000 young people through hands-on exhibits and programs. As a center for the entire community, over 700 events are held in the building each year.  Originally built in 1933 as the Union Terminal train station, the building is a national historic landmark and was renovated and reopened as Cincinnati Museum Center in 1990.

środa, 19 września 2012

432. Dachstein

 Hoher Dachstein is a strongly karstic Austrian mountain, and the second highest mountain in the Northern Limestone Alps. It is situated at the border of Upper Austria and Styria in central Austria, and is the highest point in each of those states. Parts of the massif also lie in the state of Salzburg, leading to the mountain being referred to as the Drei-Länder-Berg ("three-state mountain"). The Dachstein massif covers an area of around 20×30 km with dozens of peaks above 2,500 m, the highest of which are in the southern and south-western areas. Seen from the north, the Dachstein massif is dominated by the glaciers with the rocky summits rising beyond them. By contrast, to the south, the mountain drops almost vertically to the valley floor.

431. Tiel

 Tielis a municipality and a town in the middle of the Netherlands. The town is enclosed by the Waal river and the Linge river on the south and the north side, and the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal on the east side. The city was founded in the 5th century AD. Tiel is the largest town in the Betuwe area, which is famous for being one of the centres of Dutch fruit production. Orchards in the area produce apples, pears, plums and cherries. Tiel once housed the famous jam factory De Betuwe. After production was moved to Breda in 1993, the entire complex was demolished, although a part was reconstructed later. Reminding of this industry is a jam manufacturing museum and a statue of Flipje, the raspberry-based comic figure who starred in De Betuwe's, jam factory advertisements since the 1930s.

430, Boya Pagod

 Boya Pagoda by the Weiming Lake, one of the landmarks on the campus Beijing University

wtorek, 18 września 2012

429. A Gold Souq

 A Gold Souq or Gold Souk is a gold market in arab countries of Arabian Peninsula and particularly in GCC countries. The word Souk is a word used mostly by Arabs for open markets. The term evolve by the expatriates settled in Gulf Cooperation Council countries, and spread to other Asian and western parts due to the growing numbers of expatriates in GCC countries. The term is often used to refer the gold market in Arabized or Muslim cities, but in modern times it appears in Western and Asian cities.  The world largest indoor gold souq is located at Dubai Mall, Dubai, UAE.

428. Mikhailovsky Castle

 St. Michael's Castle also called the Mikhailovsky Castle or the Engineers' Castle is a former royal residence in the historic centre of Saint Petersburg, Russia. St. Michael's Castle was built as a residence for Emperor Paul I by architects Vincenzo Brenna and Vasili Bazhenov in 1797-1801. The castle looks different from each side, as the architects used motifs of various architectural styles such as French Classicism, Italian Renaissance and Gothic.

427. Radebeul

 Radebeul is a town (große Kreisstadt) in the Elbe valley in the district of Meißen in Saxony, Germany, a suburb of Dresden. It is well known for its viticulture, a museum dedicated to writer Karl May and a narrow gauge railway connecting Radebeul with the castle of Moritzburg and the town of Radeburg. The Meißen area, where Radebeul is located, is one of the northeasternmost areas where wine is grown today.  It is sometimes called "Saxon Nice" for its pleasant landscape and mild climate.

poniedziałek, 17 września 2012

Niepołomice Forest

 Niepołomice Forest is a large forest complex in western part of Sandomierz Basin, about 20 km east of Kraków, Poland. It is made up of a few protected areas which used to constitute a single virgin forest originally. Niepołomice Forest occupies an area between Vistula and Raba rivers. The main complex covers about 110 km2. It is situated between the towns of Niepołomice, Baczków, Krzyżanowice and Mikluszowice. The forest consists of six nature reserves with the total area of 94.43 hectares. The biggest reserve called Gibiel (29.79 ha), covers the area with the most diverse flora and fauna, featuring 175 species of birds as well as European bison, deer, wild boar, wolves, lynx, and wild cats. The next reserve called Lipówka (25.73 ha) features 200-year-old nature monuments mainly lime trees, oaks and hornbeams. Slightly smaller Długosz Królewski Reserve, with an area of 24.14 ha (not far from the village of Stanisławice) was established for the protection of a rare flowering fern named Osmunda regalis. Reserve called Dębina (12.66 ha) is set up for the preservation of ancient oak trees. Koło Reserve, with a smaller area of 3.49 ha consists of age-old lime trees and hornbeams. The reserve called Wiślisko Kobyle (6.67 ha) is devoted to water plants. In the heart of Niepołomice Forest is the most protected area inhabited by the Polish wisent (Żubr), the heaviest surviving land animal in Europe. 

426. Moomins

425. Taiwan

 Card shows one of aboriginal cultures in Taiwan, and this race lives in a famous mountain which called "A-Li Mountain.

424. The bear trace

czwartek, 13 września 2012

423. Jiuzhaigou

 Jiuzhaigou (literally "Nine Village Valley") takes its name from the nine Tibetan villages along its length.
The remote region was inhabited by various Tibetan and Qiang peoples for centuries. Until 1975 this inaccessible area was little known. Extensive logging took place until 1979, when the Chinese government banned such activity and made the area a national park in 1982. An Administration Bureau was established and the site officially opened to tourism in 1984; layout of facilities and regulations were completed in 1987. The site was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1992 and a World Biosphere Reserve in 1997. The tourism area is classified as a AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration

Regatta on Lake Consance - Private