The Lake Otay by elenimavrandoni (11137)
batalay (33903) 2014-03-11 10:50
There is something refreshing in this scene, still in pristine and undeveloped form. The cerulean blue in the sky is particularly inviting. There is also a small lake next to my home, and a much smaller koi pond in my backyard with a series of cascading falls. When the weather is especially conducive to spending time outside, I take my reading and sit by the pond. It has no koi in it but the sound of the falls is exhilarating.
You mused about visiting my photographs of Greece. Never apologize for your choice of sites to see, especially if nostalgia factors in. Here is one of my favorites photos from Athens, and almost 4 decades old: Divine Proportion. If you peruse this photo, please see the note. I am particularly interested in the intersection of art and mathematics, mathematics and science, and science and art. The parthenon is the epitome of this intersection.
Stone Forest by Kamilutka (5751)
batalay (33903) 2014-03-10 16:04
Your photos of China have been extraordinary. There are rugged, jagged rocks in so man places, including in Capadoccia (Turkey) and Brice Valley (USA) and all are different in the composition. These gray rocks differ significantly from the other two. You certainly did penetrate the hinterland of China, areas that few tourists see.
Entrada Acogedora by elenimavrandoni (11137)
batalay (33903) 2014-03-10 15:46
Where the architect goes so much out of his way to create symmetry, I think it is a good idea to accentuate that symmetry. You've certainly done that here. Arch within an arch, within an arch. The little bit of symmetry-breaking is provided by the furnishings, and that is also welcome. I find this an inviting scene.
Warm regards, Eleni,
A renovated Place III by Didi (52489)
batalay (33903) 2014-03-10 15:15
Salam dear Didi,
Initially, I thought this was the double-decker merry-go-round was in San Tropez, where last summer we had a wonderful meeting with Ghislaine Scarici and her husband. Alas, it is Orleans, and beautifully photographed. The light management could not be better in this nighttime photo.
Persepolis by aliabazari (10506)
batalay (33903) 2014-03-10 12:20
From the thumbnail, I thought this might be Persepolis, an ancient site that has always intrigued me. I knew about the great rulers of antiquity who had had their reins in Persepolis, and I knew about the Shah Reza Pehlavi's commemoration in 1971 of the 2500th Anniversary of Cyrus the Great. But I had no idea that it was only 50 km from Shiraz. Wonderful photo,
Celestial Dancers by mayjayne (2936)
batalay (33903) 2014-03-10 12:09
It's been awhile since we've been on Trekearth at the same time. I know I haven't been very good about it lately. This is a gorgeous detail shot from Angkor Wat, with the delicate carvings on full display. Shortly after sunrise, or shortly before sunset are indeed the best times to capture scenery with the best light.
I hope you and your family are well.
City Palace by mirosu (10224)
batalay (33903) 2014-03-10 12:03
What spectacular colors in this image from Jaipur. The pinkish walls in the foreground, the yellow building in the rear, and the red head dressings of the guards collaborate to make this a genuinely eye catching image. We were in Agra, New Delhi and Chandigarh in 2010 but missed Jaipur. I can see what we missed.
Arezzo by Silvio1953 (109385)
batalay (33903) 2014-03-10 7:09
Chia Caro Silvio,
I have always wanted to see Arezzo, where Leonardo has a history. The woman who served as the model for the Mona Lisa (La Gioconda) is thought to be buried there and the bridge, Ponte Briano, seen in the background of the famous portrait is located near Arezzo. The large piazza in your photo has seen so much history.
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