Thursday, January 31, 2008

Houses With A View

Aerial Photography of houses with a view by Yann Arthus.

Buron on the board of the Aubrac, France. France. Small island on the Baltic, Porkkala, Finland (60°00' N – 24°20' E). Laurentides, Province of Quebec, Canada (48°00’ N – 71°00’ W). Dokdo Islands ( Liancourt rock ), South Korea (37°14' N – 131°52' E). Chapel on an islet off the coast of Kos, Dodecanese, Greece (36°50'N -27°10'E ). Islet near Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar Archipelago, Iceland (N 63°26'- W 20°17'). Rice field north of Pokhara, Nepal (28°14' N, 83°59' E). Canton Traku - Cottage on the shores of Lake Galve, Lituanie. Detached house on a lake near Bulat Pestivien - Cotes d'Armor, France. Lighthouse Tevennec-island of Sein 29162 - Finistere, France. Pingvellir Fault east of Reykjavik, Iceland (64°18' N, 21°08' W). Yann Arthus-Bertrand (born March 13, 1946) is a renowned and internationally-recognised French photographer. He originally specialised in animal photography, but later turned to aerial photography of subjects in many locations across the world. He has produced over 60 books of his landscape photographs taken from helicopters and balloons. Yann Arthus-Bertrand's work has often been published in the National Geographic magazine.

His works have both political and aesthetic connotations, and have been exhibited in public spaces all over the world.

In 1991, he founded the Altitude Agency in Paris, a photographic library that specializes in aerial photography. It is the only one of its kind.

In 2000, Arthus-Bertrand created an exhibition with a collection of 100,000 photographs taken in 76 countries which make up his Earth from the Air exhibit. Some of these have been published in his book 365 days: Earth from the Air and exhibited in London, Singapore, Poland, The Netherlands, Finland and elsewhere.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year 2007

The Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year 2007 competition is now over and the winner has been selected. In the final 919 Wikimedians voted, of which 84 voted for the winner, Broadway Tower in Cotswolds, England. New York City takes the second place with 67 votes. The third place is for Eichhörnchen with 66 votes.

1. Broadway Tower in Cotswolds, England.2. New York City at night, USA.3. Red Squirrel with pronounced winter ear tufts in the Hofgarten in Düsseldorf.4. Terrace rice fields in Yunnan Province, China.5. Green turtle, Hawai'i, USA.6. A 4x4 segment panorama of the Colosseum at dusk.7. The Antelope Canyon in the USA, Arizona.8. Juuso Pykälistö (FIN) in his Peugeot 206 WRC during the 2003 Swedish Rally.9.May 15th 2007 Line of fire memorial, commemorating the 1940 bombing of Rotterdam by Nazi Germany.10. Brown bear (Ursus arctos arctos) running. From Skandinavisk Dyrepark, Denmark.11. A stormy day in Pors-Loubous, a small port in Plogoff, Brittany, France.12. A cow.13. Egeskov Castle, Denmark.14. Old book bindings at the Merton College library.15. Salt mounds in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia.16. Klöntalersee, a natural lake in the Canton of Glarus, Switzerland.17. The flying gurnard, Dactylopterus volitans, in the Mediterranean sea.18. The Fulmer Falls, a waterfall located in the Childs Recreation Area in the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania, USA.19. Gizah Pyramids.20. The nest and chicks of an Australasian Pipit.21. Colouring pencils.22. The Palace of Westminster at night seen from the south bank of the River Thames.23. U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 20th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Protection Flight neutralize a live fire during a field training exercise.24. Picture taken at Georgia Aquarium, pictured is one of the two resident male whale sharks.25. Meadow Horsetail or Shade Horsetail.26. Fresh morning dew on a Water Horsetail.

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Dog Vs. Balloons

Simon exacts his revenge on 74 evil latex orbs in a mere 57 seconds!

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The World’s Largest Swimming Pool

If you like doing laps in the swimming pool, you might want to stock up on the energy drinks before diving in the world’s largest swimming pool in the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Algarrobo, Chile.

It is more than 1,000 yards long, covers 20 acres, had a 115ft deep end and holds 66 million gallons of water.

Yesterday the Guinness Book of Records named the vast pool beside the sea in Chile as the biggest in the world.

But if you fancy splashing out on one of your own – and you have the space to accommodate it – then beware: This one took five years to build, cost nearly £1billion and the annual maintenance bill will be £2million.

Chile's monster pool uses a computer- controlled suction and filtration system to keep fresh seawater in permanent circulation, drawing it in from the ocean at one end and pumping it out at the other.

The sun warms the water to 26c, nine degrees warmer than the adjoining sea.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Creative Wedding Rings

Male and female ring set in fabricated fine gold, sterling silver and plugs with threaded sheath Wedding Set Series Male and female ring set in sterling silver and serial plug.Cat 5 Connection:Male and female ring set in sterling silver and ethernet plug.Transmitter Series rings in cast iron and sterling silver.Transmitter Series rings in cast iron, sterling silver and acrylic paint.Transmitter Series ring in cast iron and fabricated sterling silver.Transmitter Series ring in cast iron and sterling silver.
Ring with a vacuum tube set in sterling silver.Necklace from the Nature Series in stamped and engraved sterling silver.Ring in fine gold, coiled and fused.Forged ring in 24k gold with chased pattern.

Rings from the Controlled Object Series with acrylic paint, coral and fabricated sterling silver.Ring with coral, acrylic paint abd 18k gold.Breathing Ring.Bridge to Nowhere: Ring from Nature Series in forged sterling silver and fabricated 14k rose gold.
Unique new and classic designs of wedding rings by Jana Brevick.

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