173 comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique

  1. I thought each of these was quite unique – for most of them I had never seen anything like it. I have seen a white tiger and have heard they are very rare. Our son sent us a postcard from Cappadocia and he too found it very remarkable. Thanks for sharing these interesting photos!

  2. I love the Shoes on the Danube – that must have been powerful to see in person; thanks for posting. All are unique places & things – love the temple too. You’re lucky to be able to see so many sights!

  3. Now all of these photos are unique… what a share of distinction… wonderful post of things few of us will ever see… thank you… marvelous photos too…

  4. As usual Michael, you’ve allowed me a glimpse of destinations I may never get to travel to. Thank you for sharing your awesome photo’s. I remember your original post about the instalment of shoes on the bank of the Danube, I still find it so moving and haunting. I’ve seen a number of photo’s of the buried Terracotta Army in Xian China, but never one with colour. Amazing that has survived on this statue.

  5. Wow, the hill of crosses in Latvia was amazing. And the shoes by the Danube. How sad. Thank you so much for sharing. You make me want to travel again—right now.

  6. Oh Michael!!!! This post is great! You are right: everything that is near , that is dear , is unique to us, because it is filled with our memories, our feelings, our good and bad days…
    But, still, you have chosen wonderful and uniques landscapes…Thanks a lot! (I also love the shoes on the Danube bank…)

    • I am glad that you like the pictures. I’m sure there are things that are unique to you and you cherish hem. Thank you for the kind comment!

  7. I love how your photos in this post remind me that there is art everywhere. You just need to know where to look.🙂 Great photos as usual!

  8. Great images! Especially the “hanging temple”. That image really made me want to grab my backpack and go travel again. Great work!

    • Out of more than 150 people who “like” the post, you are the first one to express that you like the “hanging temple” image. Hope this really gets you into travelling again! Cheers, Michael

  9. Reblogged this on Avial Blog and commented:
    The ‘Hanging Temple’ in DaTung, China is unique in that when first built, the whole structure was supported by cantilever beams which were socketed into rock. Some vertical supports are now introduced underneath so as to safeguard against any sudden increase in crowd loading from visitors. The view is just spectacular.

  10. Each of those photos stirred my emotions with their unique expressions of the beauty of living. I believe my favorite was the Hanging Temple.in Da Tung, China. It is an incredible testament to the ascendant vision, and high calling of collaborative effort. I wonder if the view would scare me.

  11. Michael, I just love enlarging and inspecting all the details of your photos. The limestone columns–do you suppose once upon a time, the water level was up to the point where they look trimmed? You have done a great deal of traveling. As part of your work? Can you tell us what country you now call home?

    • Hi, the columns have been shaped by wind, water and other erosional forces. I don’t know whether it has been flooded. I am based in Hong Kong.Thank you for your perusal and kind comment!

  12. These photos are truly unique. I was there at the Holocaust memorial near the bank of river Danube. It was autumn for me when I visited, gloomy and sad. I haven’t seen that Thames Barrier before. I will look out for it one day. Amazingly unique photos!

  13. You have a remarkable collection of photos. — I have been to Xi’an twice. The last time I was there I shook the hand of the farmer who discovered the terracotta army while digging a well.

    • Yes, it was first discovered by farmers trying to dig a well. I trust you find Xian and the terracotta army interesting. Thank you for your kind comment!

  14. Hi Michael,

    You definitely captured Unique, great job. Doesn’t matter when you took the photographs, you captured them at some point with your very own eye and that is also Unique in itself!

    I find most intriguing the shoes lining the Danube and love the puppets!

    Thanks for visiting “For the Love of…Rabbits” a while,


    • Hi Jennifer, you are the first one to say that you love the puppets. I love them too. It is the only time I have seen so many of them displayed at the shop front! Thanks for the kind comment!

    • Hi Ron, given that you have widely travelled, I am sure you have a lot in your archive which shows “Unique”. Would be interested to see yours! Regards, Michael

    • I have missed out some of the things which are obviously unique, like the Great Wall and Egypt’s pyramids etc. I’m glad that you like my pick. Thanks for the kind comment!

  15. I loved all of the images you chose for this challenge and your explanations of each. They are all truly unique. I loved being able to travel around the globe with you, thanks for the journey!

  16. I love the picture of the crosses at Latvia. I saw a documentary about it – it has an amazing story behind it. Ever since then I wanted to visit. Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures🙂 Natalie

    • Hi Michael – I pulled some info from Wikipedia for you.( I have rewritten it a bit) “The first crosses were placed there in 1831. Between 1944 – 1990, while Lithuania was occupied by the Soviet Union the site took on a special significance. Continuing to travel to the Hill and leave their tributes, Lithuanians used it to demonstrate their allegiance to their original identity, religion and heritage. It was a venue of peaceful resistance, although the Soviets worked hard to remove new crosses, and bulldozed the site at least three times (including attempts in 1963 and 1973) The exact number of crosses is unknown, but estimates put it at about 55,000 in 1990 and 100,000 in 2006.”

      Whatever your political or religious beliefs are one can admire the symbolism and determination of people to hang onto their culture despite the opposition.

    • Hi Michael.

      I pulled some info from Wikipedia for you about the hill. (I rewrote a bit) The first crosses were placed there in 1831. Between 1944 – 1990 , while Lithuania was occupied by the Soviet Union the site took on a special significance. Continuing to travel to the Hill and leave their tributes, Lithuanians used it to demonstrate their allegiance to their original identity, religion and heritage. It was a venue of peaceful resistance, although the Soviets worked hard to remove new crosses, and bulldozed the site at least three times (including attempts in 1963 and 1973) The exact number of crosses is unknown, but estimates put it at about 55,000 in 1990 and 100,000 in 2006.

      Regardless of political or religious beliefs one can admire the spirit of a nation that has the courage not to let go of its beliefs and heritage despite adversity.

      : )


    • That’s very informative and interesting. If I knew it, I would have added it to my narrative. I would be moved if I knew it when I was there. Thanks so much for the effort in digging this out and taking the effort to respond. Regards, Michael

  17. Your photograph’s are always so interesting and well taken. The information you add is helpful for those of us who haven’t traveled to those parts. The ‘Shoes on the Danube Bank” is very telling. It’s unusual to see a custom like that. The ‘Mound of Crosses’ in Latvia must have been very spiritual. I’m sure it was shocking to see so many. The ‘Hanging Temples in Da Tung” … wow … what can I say? It would be a little frightenting for me due to my fear of heights. I love the way they were woven into the natural rocks. A photo of extreme uniqueness. The ‘Loutry Puppet Shop” … mmmm …. I want one. Yes, I do. They look like they’re ready to go home with someone. ~~~~ : – )
    Thanks for posting these wonderful images. It’s always a pleasure to visit and see them.

  18. Amazing, and very unique! I especially love the pictures showing the holy crosses, the Thames Barrier, the shoes, and the Birds Nest. Wonderful pictures!

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    • Hi Gayle, thank you for the pinning. I just want to make one correction; the place is in DaTung and not Chimelong. Thanks for the kind comment!

  20. It’s a pleasure to drop by your blog every few days to see what you have put up.

    I’ve heard some people say, “I don’t want to take a camera with me when I travel, it makes me think about the equipment and I lose sight of the places I am visiting.” It appears to me that having a camera with you actually heightens your experience. You see things — through the lens of your camera — that many of us might miss.

    Thanks for these beautiful images. I’ll be back soon!

    • The fact that you want to take some pictures while travelling helps you to look at things more inqusitively. The fact that you bring your camera along also doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to shoot all the time; my advice would be to leave sufficient time to appreciate the place, take some quick shots at the right moment whenever you feel you want to capture it for the future. I don’t have a DSLR camera nor any zoom lenses with me in my travels. Thank you for the comment:-)

  21. These are exceptional photos. I especially love the Latvian crosses & the white tiger. Thank you. Thank you too for viewing my blog.

  22. Hi Michael. The Hanging Temple photo is beautiful! Also, I’d never heard of the cast iron shoes by the Danube. I have a history blog on Blogger and I think I might do some research on it for a post on that blog. If I do I’ll give a link to your blog in it and also send you the link for the post🙂

    • It is my intention to write a post on the Hanging Temple; when I got round to it. The shoes along the Danube bank is in the Wikipedia. Maybe, I should have added a link. Many thanks for the perusal and the kind comment:-)

  23. You have a fascinating blog and some remarkable photos! You are making excellent use of retirement, which I hope to enjoy as well in about 2 years time. Some of our travels overlap (Turkey, Lithuania, etc.), but you have seen so much more than me! I am glad you like “In search of unusual destinations”, by the way. Phil.
    P.S. All good wishes for Year of the Snake.

  24. Thank you for sharing your photos. I saw the terra cotta warrior when they were in Barcelona. I can’t believe they have more than 2000 years.

    • Yes, it is unbelievable that they have a full terracotta army equipped with real weapons made around 200 BC for burial. Thank you for your comment🙂

  25. I like your written perspective on uniqueness: that everything and everyone are unique in their own way, but being REALLY unique means there is nothing else similar. (I think I interpreted you correctly). I thought about that a lot as I observed my surroundings and the places I see every day. My favorite photo is the columns at Cappadocia.
    I’m impressed that you manage to reply to so many comments.

    • Hi Marilyn, yes, your interpretation is correct. I like getting feedback and reply to readers and think it is polite to do so. Thank you for your kind comment🙂

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