Sunday, 26 August 2012

buckingham in chicago

most fascinating fountains on earth   

the buckingham fountain, chicago 

Buckingham Fountain is a Chicago landmark in the center of Grant Park. Dedicated in 1927, it is one of the largest fountains in the world.

buckingham fountain, chicago


buckingham fountain, chicago


kate buckingham  

The fountain was commisioned in 1927 by Kate Buckingham to honor her late brother Clarence. She had frequently traveled to Europe, where she admired the huge public fountains and wanted to bring some of Europe's monumentality to Chicago. She also left an endowment to maintain the fountain. 

a monumental fountain

One of the largest fountains in the world, the Buckingham Fountain measures 85m/280ft in diameter. It features 134 jets powered by 3 pumps.

The fountain's hourly 20 minute water display starts with small sprays. While the basins are filled more and more jets are activated until it reaches its climax when the central jet pushes water up to a height of 46m/150ft. The animation is best seen at dusk - after 8 pm - when it is accompanied with music and beautifully animated with a now computerized choreography of color spotlights.


The design of the fountain is based on the 'Bassin de Latone' at the Versailles Palace near Paris and was built by Edward H. Bennett, who had also constructed


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buckingham fountain in night

 buckingham fountain

buckingham fountain in night


stay right under the waterfall

   hotel "waterworld" china


Atkin Architecture Group recently won first prize in an international design competition with this entry impressive. Located in a spectacular career filled with water in Songjiang, China, the hotel is only 400 beds, which was built in components of the race. Underwater public areas and guest rooms add to the uniqueness, but the resort also offers cafes, restaurants and sports facilities.

  waterworld hotel 

The lowest level runs with the water theme for a pool, a luxury and an extreme sports center for activities like rock climbing and bungee jumping will be cantilevered over the quarry and accessed by special lifts from the water. With a stunning visual presentation, as shown here, is not surprising that this project won the first prize. This is a good example of an ultra modern facility co-exist in their natural environment.



Friday, 24 August 2012

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Friday, 17 August 2012

Top 10 World's Best Picnic Spots

milford sound, south island, new zealand

adventure country

Rain forests hug dramatic cliffs, waterfalls cascade into rivers, and 4,000-foot rocky peaks tower over a deep fjord that has become New Zealand's most famous destination. Yes, it's on the tourist trail, but remote Milford Sound—within the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site—retains a grandeur that visitors and rain (182 days of it each year) can't begin to dampen. Buses depart from Queenstown for a drive across the Southern Alps, past alpine forests and mirror-like lakes. Pack a picnic and hop aboard a two-hour boat tour of the awe-inspiring sound or kayak around the coastline for a floating lunch party. What to pack? How about traditional Kiwi eats such as Anzac biscuits, colonial goose (roast leg of lamb), and a bottle of Marlborough sauvignon blanc.

 milford sound

A must-see on the South Island is Fiordland National Park with its rock walls towering 4,000 feet (1,220 meters) in the air. Take a flight over Milford Sound, one of the most scenic areas of the park, or spend a night exploring the Sound on the Milford Wanderer. To swim with some of the world’s smallest dolphins, book a cruise with Black Cat Cruises in the town of Akaroa, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Christchurch. Make your way back to Christchurch, where the famous Botanic Gardens are an oasis where indigenous and exotic plants flourish.


I was touring through the country of New Zealand, and this rainbow kept following me on my trip. We got onto the Forgotten World Highway and this shot presented itself. I knew I had to take this picture. The light, the shadows and the colour contrasts were spectacular and riveting.

cape reinga lighthouse

The Cape Reinga Lighthouse at the northern tip of New Zealand. The Cape is sacred to the Maori of New Zealand as the "leaping off point" for the souls of the recently deceased. The souls are said to travel back north towards Hawaiiki, the origin of the Maori people.

waikawau bay

Taken at Waikawau Bay, Coromandel, New Zealand. After a gorgeous drive up the coast, I was greeted with this scene. It kind of reminds me of the symmetrical paintings I did at primary school, where you painted one side then folded the paper in half. The weather always seems to provide unique opportunities up this end of New Zealand.

northernmost point

This photo was taken near the northernmost point of New Zealand. The arrowhead-shaped surf marks the meeting of the Pacific Ocean from the east and the Tasman Sea from the west.

pancake rocks

Punakaiki, West Coast, New Zealand. The Pancake Rocks are a major tourist attraction at Dolomite Point. The formation consists of heavily eroded limestone platelets stacked horizontally



This was taken in the late afternoon in New Zealand's Southern Alps. I love the way the light on the snow and the shape of the slope combine to make the skier look as though he is skiing on the face of the moon.


While on holiday in New Zealand earlier this year, I was lucky enough to do a four-hour glacier/ice cave walk. The weather was perfect and the experience was overwhelming!

fox glacier

View at the top of Fox Glacier, on the South Island of New Zealand, from a helicopter

christchurch cathedral

Christchurch Cathedral, located in the heart of Christchurch, New Zealand, is an Anglican cathedral, a historic landmark, and a national treasure.

north island pools

Considered to be the best day walk on the North Island, this walk is famous mostly for these three pools with a very special color.

lake tkapo 

Lake Tekapo is located on New Zealand's South Island. The water is a unique turquoise color and feeds into the lake from the Southern Alps. The dawn light cast dramatic shadows on the partially submerged rocks.

sky above lake tekapo

The low light pollution of Lake Tekapo allows a clear image of the Milky Way above the pretty Church of the Good Shepherd. Visible at the top is the Southern Cross.

mount tongariro

A group of trampers makes their way across the crater rim of Mount Tongariro, heading toward the volcanic Mount Ngarahoe in New Zealand's volcanic plateau, Tongariro National Park.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Top 10 World's Best Picnic Spots

huayna picchu, peru
At an elevation of nearly 9,000 feet, the view from atop this peak, which towers over the 15th-century ruins of Machu Picchu, is breathtaking in a number of ways. A steep, slippery climb to this rocky summit is a nerve-racking effort—one instantly rewarded with a panoramic perspective of the Urubamba River Valley and the famed city of the Inca. But what to eat? Certainly not a complicated dish of roasted cuy (guinea pig) or a pisco sour. Instead, a celebratory Inca Kola and a pleasantly portable butifarras—a sandwich of Peruvian ham, onions, chili peppers, and lime. Don't linger too long—the hike down is a doozy.

Huayna Picchu also known as Wayna Picchu (Quechua: "Young Peak") is a mountain in Peru around which the Urubamba River bends. It rises over Machu Picchu, the so-called "lost city of the Incas" and divides it into sections. The Incas built a trail up the side of the Huayna Picchu and built temples and terraces on its top. The peak of Huayna Picchu is about 2,720 metres (8,920 ft) above sea level, or about 360 metres (1,180 ft) higher than Machu Picchu.
According to local guides, the top of the mountain was the residence for the high priest and the local virgins. Every morning before sunrise, the high priest with a small group would walk to Machu Picchu to signal the coming of the new day. The Temple of the Moon, one of the three major temples in the Machu Picchu area, is nestled on the side of the mountain and is situated at an elevation lower than Machu Picchu. Adjacent to the Temple of the Moon is the Great Cavern, another sacred temple with fine masonry. The other major local temples in Machu Picchu are the Temple of the Condor, Temple of Three Windows, Principal Temple, "Unfinished Temple", and the Temple of the Sun, also called the Torreon.
machu picchu at sunrise  

Machu Picchu’s cascading terraces and precision-cut stones provide evidence of the masterful building skills of the Inca, whose empire included a vast realm of 12 million people at its height.

Stone Wall 

Mountains rise above stone walls at Machu Picchu, which served as a royal retreat. The Inca quarried and moved stones weighing more than a hundred tons despite lacking wheeled vehicles and iron tools.

tourists, huayna picchu

Visitors to Machu Picchu take in the view from Huayna Picchu, the peak that looms over the Inca site. The Urubamba River cuts through the valley below.

stone structures

According to Hiram Bingham, who uncovered and excavated the site during an expedition in 1912, the quality of the stonework at Machu Picchu dwellings reflected the status of their residents.

urubamba river gorge

The Urubamba River is seen below terraces carved into a ridge at Machu Picchu. The rich soil of the Urubamba River Valley continues to support the high-yield varieties of corn developed by the Inca.

machu picchu

Hiram Bingham was a 35-year-old assistant professor at Yale University when he set out from a camp on the Urubamba River to investigate reports of ruins on a towering ridge known as Machu Picchu (“old mountain” in the Inca language). What he found was an Inca ghost town that had been hidden from the outside world for nearly 400 years.

huayna picchu terraces

Terraces are carved high on Huayna Picchu. For decades Machu Picchu was a puzzle for archaeologists and historians. A 16th-century legal document and studies of the site’s architecture and artifacts in the latter 20th century have suggested a mountaintop retreat for Inca ruler Pachacutec Inca Yupanqui.