A Photo a Day

April 29, 2005

Outback Moon

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Outback Moon
The moon seen from a camp in the Australian outback.

April 28, 2005

The Taj reversed / Taj Reflection

Filed under: — lbobke @ 8:15 pm

Taj Reflection
Well, even before I took this photo, I envisaged turning it around in the slide tray.
Hard to say which version I prefer, this one where I uplifted the building or the normal view of the reflected Taj Mahal that is upside down, because I did not turn it…
Everything clear?

April 27, 2005

Monemvasia after sunset

Filed under: — lbobke @ 9:19 am

Monemvasia after sunset
And another shot taken on the same occasion as yesterday’s.

April 26, 2005

Sunset over Monemvasía

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This was taken from the ruins of the upper town in Monemvasía.
For more on this magic place have a look at my earlier posts “Greek Gibraltar?” and “Greece: Monemvasia

April 25, 2005

Statue in the Egyptian museum

Filed under: — lbobke @ 8:42 pm

Statue in the Luxor museum

Museum reflections

How to take pictures when you are in a fascinating museum where only the bare minimum of light falls on the archaeological treasures, - achieving a truly mystical atmosphere?
Normally, I’d just use my tripod, - but this was forbidden as was the flash.
My only “high-speed” film was a 100 ASA Fuji Provia (I usually use 50 ASA Velvia).
So I was a bit apprehensive when I unfolded the small reflector I bought for portraits - sure enough, the wardens looked uneasy, but this was not expressly forbidden, - so I could shine at least a little bit more golden (or silvery, depending on the side of the reflector used) light on the pieces I found most interesting.
It sure seems to have worked!

April 24, 2005

Autumn leaves

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Autumn leaves reflected in a small pool in Wiesbaden, Germany
Autumn foliage reflected in a small pool in Wiesbaden, Germany

April 23, 2005

Ganges river before Sunrise

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Ganges river before Sunrise (Varanasi)
The Ganges river seen from a small boat very early in the morning.

April 21, 2005

Heri es Souani, Meknes

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Heri es souani Granaries, Meknes (Morocco)
Very picturesque: the old granaries of Heri es Souani in Meknes.

April 20, 2005

Boy with tin drum at the Louvre

Filed under: — lbobke @ 10:06 am

The Louvre in the evening, the little boy sits precariously under a window.
When looking for reflections of the Louvre in the windows of the Louvre, I realized a little figure sitting precariously high under the windows of the world’s most famous museum.
Only when looking at him through my tele lens, I realized that this was art - not suicidal behaviour.
I wonder how many times a day the police are called to help?
Presumably it’s just a reference to Günter Grass’ Oskar Matzerath from the “tin drum”.

Enlarged view of the boy with his tin drum.

April 18, 2005

Sun and Sea

Filed under: — lbobke @ 7:51 pm


Seen from the ferry boat on the way to Gythio (Peloponessos).

April 17, 2005

Chipmunk and cigarette butt, Agra

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Chipmunk in Agra
I have seen all sorts of squirrels in parks, but the chipmunks in Agra and other Indian cities were not the least shy.

April 16, 2005

Luxor Temple: avenue of sphinxes

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Pharaoh's Head, Luxor
12 years after my last visit, I was fortunate to see the temple under a full moon - again!
This is one of the sphinxes that belonged to the avenue of sphinxes that once connected Luxor temple and Karnak.
Today, only small parts of this avenue are visible, - it must have been wonderful when it was still 3 km long!
The head looks very much like the head of Ramesses II at the front Pylon, that I photographed twelve years ago.
click to see a larger version of the photo.

April 15, 2005

Sphinx avenue at Luxor temple

Filed under: — lbobke @ 10:47 pm

Avenue of Sphinxes, Luxor, Egypt
A photo of the avenue of sphinxes in the evening. There are two types of sphinxes here, the human-headed ones at Luxor and the ram-headed sphinxes near Karnak.
click image to see a larger version.

April 14, 2005

Biosphere in Montreal

Filed under: — lbobke @ 6:00 am

Biosphere, Montreal
The Biosphere in Montreal, seen from the water.
The museum inside is very visible from this perspective.

April 13, 2005

Loch Morlich at sunset

Filed under: — lbobke @ 5:53 pm

Loch Morlich, near Aviemore, Scotland
Yet another shot of Loch Morlich taken at sunset on a rainy day in the Cairngorms.
Also see:
Boat on Loch Morlich, Rainbow in the Cairngorms

April 11, 2005

Fields at Arbroath, Scotland

Filed under: — lbobke @ 9:07 pm

Arbroath Fields
Somewhere between Dundee and Aberdeen, there is the small town of Arbroath.
This place is famous for its cliffs where you van watch colonies of puffins at the right time of year.
Even when there are no puffins, the views are breathtaking and walking a bit inland, you’ll see fields, cliffs and water.
Click the image for a larger version.

April 10, 2005

Mistra (Mystras), Sparti, Peloponnese

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The archaeological site of Mystras is vast and one should devote at least several hours (better: a full day) to exploring it.
Getting there involves a steep climb but the effort is rewarded by many beautiful views and, of course, the wonderful byzantinic architecture including a castle, several important churches, palaces, convents a museum and some normal houses.
I especially enjoyed the scenic layout and the many overgrown paths, old stairs and dorrways.
Like with many transcribed places names, quite a confusion exists concerning the spelling of the Greek place name ??????? in our alphabet: Mystras, Mystra, Mistra, Mistras.

April 9, 2005

Sigiriya: the lion rock.

Filed under: — lbobke @ 10:31 pm

Sigiriya - lion rock
From the lion’s paws forming the entrance, it is a steep climb to a plateau 200 metres above, where you can see the remains of the ancient fortifications.

April 8, 2005

Rainbow over Sydney

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Rainbow over Sydney
This was taken on the same occasion as my rainbow over the Sydney Opera house picture.

April 7, 2005

Niranjana River, Bodhgaya

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Niranjana River, Bodhgaya
Bodhgaya is a pleasant town situated at the shores of the Niranjana river.
There is, however, one thing that sets this place apart from all others: here, under a Bodhi tree, prince Siddharta achieved enlightenment and became “the Buddha”.
So, Bodhgaya is one of the holiest sites for Buddhists and there are monasteries from just about any Buddhist country.
Very interesting to visit, - but exploring rural India is just as rewarding!

April 6, 2005

Boat on Loch Morlich

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a boat on Loch Morlich (Cairngorm National Park)
A fishing boat on Loch Morlich in the Cairngorm National Park.
This picture was taken only a few meters from “Rainbow in the Cairngorms”.

April 5, 2005

Tower, Torremolinos

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Old Tower, Torremolinos, Málaga
A small tower in Torremolinos. The sign says “Hidroelectrica del Chorro”.
This was the first company producing electricity in Málaga.
“El Chorro” is a small village near the dam and hydroelectric plant in Antequera, but the name also refers to the whole “Andalusian lake district” with its famous climbing opportunities.

April 4, 2005

Fatimide Cemetary

Filed under: — lbobke @ 9:15 pm

Fatimide Cemetary
Right in the centre of Aswan, between the Nubian museum and the unfinished Obelisque, there is the Fatimide Cemetary with hundreds of graves, some of which date back to the 9th century (others are quite recent).
There are small children’s graves and big tombs for holy men. Hiring one of the “guides” at the entrance is well worth a small Baksheesh.

April 3, 2005

At the beach

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Golden Gate Bridge
Walking the beach near Golden Gate Bridge.

April 2, 2005

Rainbow in the Cairngorms

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Rainbow in the Cairngorms (Cairngorm National Park, near Aviemore, Scotland UK)

A rainbow appears over the forests near Loch Morlich in the Cairngorms (Cairngorm National Park, near Aviemore, Scotland UK).
I slightly enhanced the colours using a circular polarizing filter. Depending on the position of such a filter, it will either enhance the colours - or even eliminate the rainbow effect!
(A polarizer actually consists of two glass filters that are rotated against each other and is very useful for eliminating or enhancing all sorts of reflections)

April 1, 2005

Gythio: drying octopus

Filed under: — lbobke @ 9:11 am

octopus drying on a washinl line in Gythio, Peloponnese, Greece
Everywhere around the harbour, you can see those lines full of drying octopus.



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