A Photo a Day

December 29, 2004

Montreal: Olympia Stadium

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Montreal: Olympia Stadium

December 27, 2004

Art in the Park: statues by Igor Mitoraj in the Tuileries, Paris

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Statue by Igor Mitoraj, Tuileries, Paris

Statue by Igor Mitoraj

December 26, 2004

Sillustani Chullpas

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Chullpas in Sillustani
Sillustani is famous for its Chulpas - the ancient Indian burial towers.

December 25, 2004

Beaver or Rat?

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Beaver or rat?
Couldn’t really see the tail…

December 23, 2004

Juggler in Kandy (Sri Lanka)

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artist in Kandy, Sri Lanka
A juggler balances 5 rotating dishes on sticks.
Seen in Kandy, Sri Lanka

December 22, 2004

Gauchos

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Gauchos
Gauchos on the pampas in Argentina.

December 21, 2004

Montreal Botanical Garden

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Montreal Botanical Garden
Not in Japan! This is the Japanese garden in Montrela Botanical garden.

December 20, 2004

Paris impressions: Eiffel Tower from the Seine

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Eiffel Tower in the evening

December 19, 2004

Quebrada de Jeria

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Quebrada de Jeria

December 18, 2004

Quebrada de Jeria

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Quebrada de Jeria

December 17, 2004

Colca Canyon, Peru

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Colca Canyon
The Colca Canyon near Arequipa is officially the second deepest canyon in the world.
BTW: the deepest canyon is not, I repeat: not the Grand Canyon.
It’s Cotahuasi canyon, only a few kilometres from the Colca canyon!

The Colca canyon is famous for its natural beauty.

December 15, 2004

Train on Evening Bridge, Paris

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Train on Evening Bridge, Paris

December 14, 2004

small fountain in Biebrich

Filed under: — Laurenz @ 8:56 pm

small fountain, Biebrich, Wiesbaden, Germany
small fountain in Biebrich, Germany

also see: Clown in the fog, also taken in Biebrich and a photo taken in Biebrich Schlosspark.

December 12, 2004

Samaritaine

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Night shot from Pont Neuf, Paris
The Samaritaine is on e of the great department stores of Paris and has a prime location at Pont Neuf.
Now, at Christmas, it is lit in festive colours and al the windows have special decorations.

December 11, 2004

Bowing Dancer (Kandy, Sri Lanka)

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Bowing Dancer, Kandy, Sri Lanka
A dancer bowes after the dance in Kandy, Sri Lanka.
The photo was taken on the same occasion as the one of the dancer in motion with and without flash.
more pictures from Sri Lanka

December 10, 2004

Photographic Reflections

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reflections
There now is a gallery with pictures of reflections on glass and water at my Online Photo Galleries.
Here’s more, if you are interested in the technicalities of photographing reflections.

December 9, 2004

Circular terraces of Moray

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Dramatic cliffs at Paracas, Peru. Photo: Laurenz Bobke
The cricular terraces of Moray are believed to have been an Incaagricultural laboratory.

December 7, 2004

Coast at Paracas, Peru

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Dramatic cliffs at Paracas, Peru. Photo: Laurenz Bobke
Incredible colors and stark contrasts: at Paracas, the desert meets the sea.

December 5, 2004

Nazca lines - Colibri

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Nazca-lines: Colibri / humming bird
There are many theories regarding the purpose of these lines. Were they built for the gods to see? Or for shamans who “flew” over them in drug induced dreams?
Or did their creators already have means to actually leave the ground, such as balloons?
In any case, from the ground there hardly is anything to see: the area is mostly flat and the figures are of a size that makes it impossible to see them whole from this perspective.
From an airplane, however, they are clearly distinguishable. There are a monkey, a spider, a colibri, even a human figure (often called the “astronaut”).

Of course, over time, erosion must have taken a toll on the lines which are believed to be more than 2000 years old.

By the way, while the lines at Nazca are the most famous ones, there are others in South America, such as the Atacama Giant in Chile, which can be clearly seen from the ground.

According to a CNN report, many new, even bigger and older geoglyphs have been found near Paracas - actually quite close to the Nazca lines.

More:
National Geographic on the Nazca lines: “Ancient, Giant Images Found Carved Into Peru Desert“.
Here is an interesting account by someone who visited the Nazca lines several months before me.

A Spanish blog notes that the lines have now been recorded digitally - a way to preserve them for the foreseeable future and maybe the analysis of the data will yield further insights?!

December 4, 2004

Reed Boat, Uros Islands, Lago Titicaca (Peru)

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Uro-indian steering a boat on lake Titicaca
One of the “must sees” on Lago Titicaca are the artificial “islands of the Uros”, made of marsh reeds (totora).
The tradition of constructing such islands dates back to times well before the Inca empire.
The original inhabitants were believed to have black blood and other magical qualities.
When they started to mix with the neighbouring Aymara tribes, however, they were no longer regarded with awe.
Today, the inhabitants of the floating islands no longer are Uros but people from other Indian cultures who speak Aymara or Quechua.
The totora reeds are also used to produce boats such as the one sown on this picture.
The famous Norwegian adventurer/anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl asked Uros from Lago Titicaca to help him with the construction of his reed boat Ra II with which he eventually crossed the Atlantic Ocean.
Although many boats are obviously mainly constructed for the entertainment of the tourist crowds, you can still see many families use them as the traditional means of transport.

more Peru-photos

By the way: I also saw floating islands in Xochimilco, Mexico.



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