Built in 537, and reputed to be the Worlds largest Cathedral for a thousand years thereafter Hagia Sophia in Istanbul Turkey still retains its Grand Stature. Considered as the epitome of Byzantine Architecture, that is reputed to have changed the History of Architecture, this former Church, later turned into a Mosque and currently a Museum boasts a clear dome height of 55m , and a footprint of 82 x 73 m.
Perhaps one of the most visited Tourist Attractions in Istanbul, I quickly discovered that it’s difficult to capture it’s magnitude in a single image, perhaps, my wide angle lens was not wide enough :-).
From Every Angle is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, so I’ve posted images of some of the angles that I photographed the inside of the building from in response to the prompt. Tripods are taken away by security as you enter the building, so you have to resort to using the available light and shooting hand held.
Here in the Southern Hemisphere, Spring is very much in the air. Days are getting longer, and warmer, and one can sense the end of Winter is near. It hasn’t been a particularly cold miserable winter, but I suppose one tends to forget as evidence of better weather patterns start emerging. Yesterday was forecast to be one of those good days, which provided the perfect opportunity to visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens outside Cape Town’s city centre. I arrived there shortly after sunrise, to take advantage of the early morning soft light, that does so much to highlight Nature’s wonders, and went back shortly before the sun disappeared behind the mountain. Today was a good day, is this weeks prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge, and images of my Good Day at Kirstenbosch are my response to the prompt.
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We all have a notion of food chains and how they work, though it’s unlikely that we get to see how they happen while going through our daily routines. I was recently driving through the Kruger National Park, when I arrived at a scene which was a hive of activity, yet it appeared as though most of the activity was over. Cars that had literally wedged themselves between one another, we’re starting to move on, allowing room for later arrivals like me to get closer to the action. I casually enquired from another driver what the fuss was about. He told me I had missed the action by a few minutes, a Leopard had chased down and killed an impala, and before getting an opportunity to finish the hard earned meal, had lost it to few opportunistic hyenas, shortly after that some vultures arrived and sent the hyenas packing. The vultures were busy finishing off the carcass when I got there. More often than not one sees vultures in a tree or circling overhead. Perhaps you’ll agree, seeing them so close while devouring a carcass was a bit creepy! Creepy is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week and images of the vultures are my response to the prompt.
Patterns on the dunes at Koppie Aleen, DeHoop in the WesternCape are pristine when one arrives on the beach at sunrise. It’s not long before nature’s perfection is disturbed by a burrowing animal or feet moving across the dunes. Beneath your feet is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of the dune patterns are my response to the prompt.
Historical Monuments and Buildings can be found everywhere in the World, from Capital cities to remote Villages. More often than not, these are Grand Buildings making a real statement, with grand scale that is larger than life, simple materials, workmanship and detailing that is difficult if not possible to achieve with modern equipment materials and technology. Inspiration comes in many forms, historical buildings are indeed an important source. Inspiration is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of Istanbuls’ Blue Mosque are my response to this weeks prompt.
Despite the wintery weather here in the Southern Hemisphere, these fynbos plants add some vibrant colour and warmth to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Not exactly Macro, but Zooming in gives one the opportunity to have a closer look at the intricate structure of these colourful plants. Close up is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of these plants are my response to the prompt.
The E12 route part of the International E road network is only about 900km long, yet it transverses a few countries along the way. Starting at Mo I Rana in Norway, it heads into and across Sweden and finishes up in Helsinki, Finland, with a ferry connection between Holmsund in Sweden and Vaasa in Finland. The route provides amazing views and vistas of what must be some few unspoilt wilderness areas in Europe. Lakes and Fjords with crystal clear waters provide perfect reflection pools for the beautiful surroundings. Half and Half is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of some of these perfect reflections are my response to the prompt.