A Photo a Day

November 28, 2004

Fields and mountains at Moray

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Fields and Mountains, near Cusco
A few steps from the enigmatic circular terraces at Moray (near Cuzco, Peru), the landscape has a distinct “north Italian” quality, except for the Andes in the background, of course.

November 26, 2004

Blue Mood

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A rather meditative atmosphere…

November 25, 2004

Don’t feed the animals

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protesting bird
I was just reading this sign in Montreal Botanical Garden, when a little bird landed right on top of it and protested vehemently…

November 23, 2004

Saqsayhuamán

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Saqsayhuamán fortress, near Cusco
Just outside Cuzco, the huge granite fortress built by the Incas is a truly magical place.
It is said that Cuzco and surroundings were designed in the shape of a Puma with the fortress of Saqsayhuamán (or “Saqsaywaman”) as the Pumas teeth.
The individual stones are already huge, but the scale of the whole site is absolutely breathtaking.

November 20, 2004

Dancer II

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Ceylonese Dancer, Kandy
Another shot of the dancer I portrayed before. This time, I used a flash combined with a long exposure time.

November 19, 2004

Merida Bridge II

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bridge in Mérida
another shot of the bridge at Mérida.
This time, I digitally eliminated a distracting crane in the background.

November 16, 2004

Historic train: the “lezard rouge”

Filed under: — Laurenz @ 11:33 pm

The Lezard Rouge train makes a photo-stop in the desert.
This is one of the most spectacular train trips one can take: the historical “Lezard Rouge” (red lizard”) train travels through stony desert landscapes, mountains, gorges, but also stops at green oases.
The Lezard rouge used to serve the phosphate mines from Metaloui, but nowadays it is only a tourist attraction.
The ancient carriages are a sight themselves, but the main sight is the scenery the train passes through.
The train needs less than an hour for the distance and then returns the same way it has come - giving you a second opportunity to take pictures of the spots you missed the first time!

scenery near Metloui (Tunisia)
You can see landscapes like this from the train.

PS: I just had the opportunity to undertake two even more spectacular train journeys: from Cuzco to Machu Picchu in a moder panorama train and from Cuzco to Puno (near Titicaca lake) in the Inca Express.
this, however, is a different story and you’ll see some pictures from those trips soon on this site…

Link section updated

Filed under: — Laurenz @ 10:09 am

I have moved my weblog-links from the right-hand menu to a special page, so there now is space for a short description.
There are many fascinating sites there!
Of course, there also is the photo and travel links section of Travelphoto.net.

November 14, 2004

Plaza de Armas, Cuzco (Peru)

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I have just finished scanning pictures from Cuzco (Peru).
The Peru-pages are far from finished, but visitors who are really interested can already have a preview.

November 13, 2004

Scottish Castle

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and green gardens…

November 12, 2004

Reclining Buddha

Filed under: — Laurenz @ 9:28 pm

Reclining Buddha, Sri Lanka
The reclining Buddha of Polonnaruwa (Sri Lanka) at night.

First European Month of Photography

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The Month of Photography extends today to other European capitals. This first event organised with Berlin and Vienna precedes a great European Month which will join together in 2006, Bratislava, Moscow and Rome. For this first edition supported by the Culture 2000 programme of the European Union, each city organizes in November its own program. Adopting a common communication,

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November 11, 2004

Olympic Reflections

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Montreal, Olympia Stadium.
Olympia Stadium, reflected in a puddle.
Montreal, Canada

November 10, 2004

Walking on Fire

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Picture taken in kandy, Sri Lanka.

November 9, 2004

Impressions of the Soviet Union

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church converted into a museum
back in 1980, the Soviet Union was still intact. Who would have imagined that this empire was about to break only a few years after?
Here you see a church converted into a museum of the communist revolution.

Leonid Brezhnev
Forever Young…

Only two years before his death, Leonid Brezhnev is presented as a young man.

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
… and even Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (name of war: “Lenin” - a reference to the Siberian river Lena…) looks like a young man.
Just to recall: 1980 was the year of the Olympics in Moscow that were boycotted by many Western states.
It also was the year that Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov was banished.
Sakharov was one of the most renowned scientists the Soviet Union ever produced, contributed a lot to cosmology and was responsible for much of the Soviet Unions nuclear programme (actually, he also was known as the “father of the Soviet hydrogen bomb”).
He won the the 1975 Nobel Peace Price for his fight for human rights.
Almost as well known as Sakharov himself was his wife Yelena Bonner, who was also banished at the same time.

I was often approached by Russians who wanted to discuss modern literature, be it Russian, American or German - intellectual curiosity was much stronger than the fear of an autocratic regime.

interesting reads: BOOK REVIEW: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE SOVIET EMPIRE
How A U.S. Soldier Ended Up in Soviet Army In World War II
Elena Bonner has a tough critique of Putin’s Russia
In Russia, an alarming retreat from democracy

November 8, 2004

A very green city

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Luxembourg
Don’t think I’ve ever come across a city with more “green” than Luxembourg - including my hometown of Wiesbaden!

November 7, 2004

Plaza de Armas, Arequipa

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Plaza de Armas, Arequipa, Peru
The main square of Arequipa at night.

New Guest Photos

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I have added several new photos to the guest gallery of Travel Photo Net.

There now is a second gallery with photos from India, by Sanne Couprie and Hillary Pugh
Some pictures by Jason Rosen showing San Francisco from the air have been added to the USA II gallery.

Highly recommended!

Laurenz

November 6, 2004

Baby Hippo

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Baby hippo in the Frankfurt (Germany) Zoo.

November 5, 2004

Machu Picchu

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terraces, Machu Picchu
Terraces in Machu Picchu, Peru.

November 4, 2004

Tasty: Japanese Food.

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Japanese Food
Display of Japanese Food in a Kyoto restaurant.

November 3, 2004

Wooden Church, Kizhi Pogost

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Unfortunately, my slides from 1980 are already starting to fade, reason enough to scan the most important ones!
This is a picture I took in Kizhi Pogost (Karelia, Russia) back in 1980.
Kizhi Pogost is a museum village displaying the art of Russian wood archtiecture and was recognised as a “Unesco’s World Heritage Site” in 1990.

All the building, including this 22-towered church, were constructed without the use of a single nail!
The surrounding landscape very much enhances the atmosphere of tranquility.

November 2, 2004

In Motion: Traditional Dance

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traditional dance inKandy, Sri Lanka
Dancer in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

November 1, 2004

Photos from the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

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bathing elephants at Pinnawela elephant orphanage, Sri Lanka
12 years ago, in 1992, I visited the Pinnawela elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka.
Now, rescanning some images from Sri Lanka brought back some very fond memories!
Pinnawela elephant orphanage is a truly unique institution that raises motherless young elephants.
Of course, there now also are many growm-up elepjants at Pinnawela and it is a special experience to see all the big and small elephants take a bath in the nearby river..
The “stars” of the orphanage are the baby elephants however, who already wait for their bottle(s) of milk and the special treat, a sweet rice ball.
portrait of  a baby elephant
baby elephant at Pinnawela gets his/her bottle
Read about Pinnawela elephant orphanage at the Absolut Elephant
I was glad to read that Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage will not only be maintained but even upgraded.
Also, I was quite surprised to read how the dung produced bythe elephants helps to finance the Pinnawela orphanage - in the form of business cards!



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