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.
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,
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
batalay (33903) 2014-03-10 6:50
Hello again Chris,
I had seen this remarkable shot of the rhinoceros when you first posted it, but had lost track of it. Your wild life photography is nothing short of spectacular. I know these brutes are near sighted, that they can gallop at 30 miles per hour, and that they have ferocious tempers. I like your note complementing the photo.
batalay (33903) 2014-03-10 6:42
I liked very much your reminiscences accompanying this well composed shot. There is a sense of mystery in the photo, with the young lady strolling bye in the shadows. I see that you lived your teenage years in Australia, but how old were you when you first emigrated from Croatia? I know I had similar experiences visiting the areas of my youth (Ankara, London) after absences of decades. The scale of walls and buildings certainly change. A wall that I used to kick a soccer ball against in London in my youth, and that had seemed 2-3 times as tall as I, had contracted to only 6-8 feet.
Regards, Klaudio, it's always a pleasure to read you thoughtful essays.
batalay (33903) 2014-03-09 19:09
This recent photo of Bormes les Mimosas reveals a village with roots in medieval times, built on steep hills and cliffs, and resembles some of the Italian villages also built on steep hills. It's a sharp and exquisitely composed photo. The green foliage adds color highlight to the earthy colors.
Warm regards to your family, Ghislaine,
batalay (33903) 2014-03-09 18:09
This is an entertaining shot that is drawing entertaining dialogue. Craig's observation that the scene is in front of a bank, where passersby can draw some cash to give them. Less noble is the possibility that they are in disguise, ready to rob the place. It's a terrific group portrait of the four living statues and their stuffed dalmatian. They should have a bigger black pot, a cauldron to collect money for all this effort.
Incidentally, you can embed a link in some html code that will make it live. For example, the link that you give would appear as
Malgo's shot .
Drop me a note a my email address email@example.com, and I will give you the simple code.
batalay (33903) 2014-03-09 17:58
The medieval English monasteries, all victims of Henry VIII's famous move to dissolve them, points to how power can corrupt and absolute power can corrupt absolutely. The whims and vagaries of the notorious King were recently analyzed in the Oxford Alumni magazine as psychopathic and sociopathic. At least the buildings stand in these skeletal forms as monuments to a disgraceful period. You've given us a superb expansive view of the structure against a clear early June sky.