Ruins of Royal Castles by csillogo11

Gondar previously served as the capital of the Ethiopian Empire. The city holds the remains of several royal castles, including those in Fasil Ghebbi (the Royal Enclosure), for which Gondar has been called the “Camelot of Africa”.
King Fasil (Fasiledes) settled in Gondar and established it as a permanent capital in 1636. After Fasil, successive kings continued building, improving the techniques and architectural style. Before its decline in the late eighteenth century, the royal court had developed from a camp into a fortified compound called Fasil Ghebbi, consisting of six major building complexes surrounded by a wall 900 metres long. There are some twenty palaces and royal buildings and thirty churches in the area.

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The Trade Wind by Fred_AM

No introduction needed really, London’s most famous icon – Tower Bridge – a long exposure with a NE wind blowing across London

My exhibition “Out of Time”, consisting of 24 A3+ prints, is now up and running at the Resource for London,356 Holloway Rd, London N7 and will be there until late January 2016, 7 days a week from 9am to 6pm, though probably best to get there for 5:30pm. Closed on the 25th, 26th & 28th Dec and 1st Jan. Please do drop me a line if you intend going! 🙂

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SS Nornen by rgwphotos

SS Nornen on Berrow beach
When the tide goes out at Berrow, near Burnham-On-Sea, the bones of a long dead ship stick out of the sands as a stark reminder of a savage gale and a gallant rescue at the end of the last century. It all started during the first days of March 1897 when a howling south westerly gale swept up the Bristol Channel, bringing with it high seas, driving snow and sleet. Many ships soon found themselves in distress, among them the Norwegian barque SS Nornen which had tried out to ride out the storm in the lee of the Lundy Roads but had found her anchors dragging. She was being driven towards Berrow mud flats. The crew desperately tied to save her, but were fighting a losing cause. The heroic rescue of the ship’s crew The John Godfrey Morris lifeboatWhen the mists cleared on the morning of March 3, the crippled ship was spotted just off Gore Sands, her sails blown to rags by the gale. Down the ramp to her aid went the Burnham lifeboat, the John Godfrey Morris which had been on station at the town for the last ten years. Launched down the rails on the jetty, the lifeboat with its crew of ten oarsmen battled through high seas and winds to the SS Nornen. Despite the gale, the lifeboat managed to get alongside the helpless ship, just as she was being driven onto the sands. The ship’s crew of ten, together with their dog, were taken off by the lifeboat and landed safely at Burnham at three o’clock in the afternoon. The rescue is recorded on the honours board of rescues made by the three lifeboats at Burnham during the period from 1867 to 1930 and which today stands in the entrance to the Burnham RNLI Station. Wreck remains there today After the rescue, the sea pounded and smashed the ship and although attempts were made to lighten and refloat her, she was finally sold as a wreck. Today, when the tide goes out, children play amid the timbers of the ship wreck, which lies just north of St Mary’s Parish Church at Berrow, just south of Brean. But when the wind blows and the big seas start to roll in, it doesn’t take much imagination to see again that gallant rescue of not so long ago.

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Predawn Haynes Ranch Barn by johnpoon

Time stands still – Oliver / Osoyoos, BC., Canada
Haynes Ranch Barn at Black Sage Road and Road 22

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HAmmmmmmmmmmmmBURG! by ipsen

The Speicherstadt is the Historical Warehouse District in Hamburg. It is not only the world’s largest historic warehouse complex, but has become UNESCO’s World Heritage Site in July 2015.
In its middle: The Water Castle (Wasserschloss), where the engineers lived and worked.
I love my beautyful hometown … 🙂
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10
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午门 by JulienFolcher

Photo from my last visit at the forbidden city before i left Beijing. I was lucky enough to get a nice sunset over the meridian gate.

The emperor believed that the meridian line went right through their palace, making it the center of the universe.

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Milford by artjom

All indications indication were that nothing special would happen this night while we were driving up to Milford Sound thru neck-breaking Fiordland National Park. It was another notorious rainy day in Fiordland. Everything grey and misty but yet a mystical scenery worth the many stops. Due to that we were running late for the sunset at Milfod Sound as I was thinking that nothing special would happen anyway. Arriving last minute when the light was unfolding to its full magic I still managed to get some shots. Yay! Had to jump into the water at an air temperature of around 7°C without my gumboots though as I left them in the car in the hurry.
Anyway, it was all worth the hassle and the colors where amazing that I even had to tone them down in PP.

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