August 31, 2010

Gargoyle Waterspout, originally uploaded by scilit.

A copper dragon gargoyle is a rainwater gutter at Flagler College in Florida. (The centerpiece of campus is Ponce de Leon Hall, built in 1888 as a luxury hotel, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.)

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August 30, 2010

Come With Me to the Casbah, originally uploaded by Kenny Maths.

A blue doorway in Kasbah des Oudaias in Rabat, Morocco.

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August 27, 2010

Sardines (59), originally uploaded by jtresfon.

Dolphins contemplate a meal of sardines.

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August 26, 2010

Karnac, originally uploaded by Pablo Ramil.

Pillars at Karnak in Egypt. Technically called the Karnak Temple Complex which is made up of ruined temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings about 500 km south of Cairo.

Wikipedia says: “One of most famous aspects of Karnak, is the Hypostyle Hall in the Precinct of Amun-Re, a hall area of 50,000 sq ft (5,000 m2) with 134 massive columns arranged in 16 rows. 122 of these columns are 10 meters tall, and the other 12 are 21 meters tall with a diameter of over three meters.

The architraves on top of these columns are estimated to weigh 70 tons. These architraves may have been lifted to these heights using levers. This would be an extremely time-consuming process and also would require great balance to get to such great heights. A common alternative theory about how they were moved is that there were large ramps made of sand mud brick or stone and the stones were towed up the ramps. If they used stone for the ramps they would have been able to build the ramps with much less material. The top of the ramps presumably would have either wooden tracks or cobblestones for towing the megaliths.” link to Wiki page

You can visit “digital Karnak” at this site run by UCLA.

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August 25, 2010

Philadelphia City Hall, originally uploaded by BostonCityWalk.

This is Philadelphia City Hall; construction begun in 1871.

Wikipedia tells us that “[at] 167 m (548 ft), including the statue, it is the world’s second-tallest masonry building” and that it was the tallest building in Pennsylvania until 1932.

The statue on the top is of city founder William Penn; Wiki says that the statue is 11.3-m (37 ft) tall and is “the tallest atop any building in the world.”

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August 18, 2010

reflecting pool, camp 2, originally uploaded by svwindom.

A beautiful reflecting pool in Owl Creek in Colorado.

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August 17, 2010

Operador de vôo – Flight operator, originally uploaded by ®oberto’s.

This is the “Christ the Redeemer” (Portuguese: “O Cristo Redentor”) statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Wikipedia says that it is “considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world […] 39.6 metres (130 ft) tall, including its 9.5 meter (31 feet) pedestal, and 30 metres (98 ft) wide. It weighs 635 tons (700 short tons), and is located at the peak of the 700 metres (2,300 ft) Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city. It is one of the tallest of its kind in the world (The statue of Cristo de la Concordia in Cochabamba, Bolivia, is slightly taller). […] It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone, and was constructed between 1922 and 1931.”

The statue is considered by some to be one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

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