This is an impressionist picture; as it was taken at a considerable distance with a hand held zoom.
It can be compared to an impressionist painting that even the grass is a bit fuzzy.
This is the animal that is used in many symbols, logos, emblems, statutes of many cultures and countries, for many centuries.
There is a silence in the wilderness just before this animal appears.
Many animals are so frightened and fled before or when the lion appears.
He is the king of beasts; a symbol of strength and bravery.
Picture taken by my wife in Namibia, Africa last month.
Here are photos of some of the birds which my wife has taken earlier last month in Namibia, Africa.
Not surprisingly, I am not able to identify the names of any of these birds.
While I can name a few of the local birds here in HK, these birds are beyond my recognition.
If you know the names of these birds, hope you would be kind enough to share.
For those who are interested in viewing of a short video on trekking on the crest of the sand dune in Namibia, please click:
My previous picture was extracted from this video.
Here are a couple of Namib desert photos taken by my wife last month.
The Namib is a coastal desert in Southern Africa.
Here is an introduction from Wikipedia:
The name Namib is of Nama origin and means “vast place”. According to the broadest definition, the Namib stretches for more than 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) along the Atlantic coasts of Angola, Namibia, and South Africa, extending southward from the Carunjamba River in Angola, through Namibia and to the Olifants River in Western Cape, South Africa. The Namib’s northernmost portion, which extends 450 kilometres (280 mi) from the Angola-Namibia border, is known as Mocamedes Desert, while its southern portion approaches the neighboring Kalahari Desert.
From the Atlantic coast eastward, the Namib gradually ascends in elevation, reaching up to 200 kilometres (120 mi) inland to the foot of the Great Escarpment. Annual precipitation ranges from 2 millimetres (0.079 in) in the most arid regions to 200 millimetres (7.9 in) at the escarpment, making the Namib the only true desert in southern Africa. Having endured arid or semi-arid conditions for roughly 55–80 million years, the Namib may be the oldest desert in the world and contains some of the world’s driest regions.
I like looking up from my window, watching how day change to night or how one season change to another.
Here are five pictures all taken towards the same direction from my window.
In fact you may recognize the profile or silhouette of the hills in the vicinity.
Some of the pictures are looking up to the clouds, but taken at different time of the day.
Several pictures were taken of the clouds; tropical storm clouds and clouds when the season was changing to Winter.
One picture was taken in the early morning mist when the sum was trying to dispel away the mist.
Only one picture was taken with a zoom – the one with the full moon rising above the hills.
What wonderful views to be have when looking up!
Hong Kong is a vertical city.
Unless you go to the rural areas, everywhere you go, looking up, you will find tall buildings.
Interesting, the concentration of people in vertical buildings does not make the city less green than other places. One example being that this concentration makes the use of mass transportation means more energy effective and less air pollution.
It is not uncommon for tall buildings to be built on top of mass transit or rail stations too.
Hong Kong has at least 7,827 high rise buildings, with no fewer than 1,294skyscrapers standing taller than 100 m (328 ft) and at least 315 buildings over 150 m (492 ft) in height. The tallest of these skyscrapers is the 118-storey International Commercail Centre, completed in 2010, which stands 484 m (1,588 ft) and is the ninth tallest in the world.
The total built-up height (combined heights) of these skyscrapers is approximately 333.8 km (207 mi), making Hong Kong the world’s tallest urbanagglomeration. Furthermore, reflective of the SAR’s high population densities, Hong Kong has more people living at the 15th floor or higher, more number of buildings of at least 100 m (328 ft) and 150 m (492 ft) height than any other place in the world.
A common sight in Hong Kong is the curtain wall as the facade.
Sometimes, looking up makes you feel daunting or even scary.
This is one of the most interesting churches in Budapest.
The church ceiling is ornate, with lots of details.
I also like the domes in several direction.
here is an introduction of its architecture in Wikipedia:
The church is named after Saint Stephen I of Hungary, the first King of Hungary (c. 975–1038), whose “incorruptible” right hand is said to be housed in the reliquary.
This is the most important church building in Hungary, one of the most significant tourist attractions and the third highest church in Hungary.
Equal with the Hungarian Parliament Bulding, it is one of the two tallest buildings in Budapest at 96 metres (315 ft) – this equation symbolises that worldly and spiritual thinking have the same importance. According to current regulations there cannot be taller building in Budapest than 96 metres (315 ft). It has a width of 55 metres (180 ft), and length of 87.4 metres (287 ft). It was completed in 1905 after 54 years of construction, according to the plans of Miklos Ybl, and was completed by József Kauser. Much of this delay can be attributed to the collapse of the dome in 1868 which required complete demolition of the completed works and rebuilding from the ground up.
The architectural style is Neo-Classical; it has a Greek cross ground plan. The facade is anchored by two large bell towers. In the southern tower is Hungary’s biggest bell, weighing over 9 tonnes (8.9 long tons; 9.9 short tons). Its predecessor had a weight of almost 8 tonnes (7.9 long tons; 8.8 short tons), but it was used for military purposes during World War II. Visitors may access the dome by elevators or by climbing 364 stairs for a 360° view overlooking Budapest.
At first, the building was supposed to be named after Saint Leopold, the patron saint of Austria, but the plan was changed in the very last minute, so it became St. Stephen’s Basilica.