Delicious: We all have choices

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Sacher torte (cake) at Sacher cafe, Vienna

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Butterfly house.
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An intruder: Non resident of a zoo.

It’s a little too late for lens-artists-photo-challenge: 41 but hope you all don’t mind.

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Sacred

Today, while travelling on snow covered mountains I got answer to a question, “what is sacred to me”.

Every man’s story is important, eternal and sacred. That is why every man, as long as he lives and fulfills the will of nature, is wondrous and worthy of every consideration ~ Hermann Hesse

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My second entry to showcase wonders of April 😀

On the ground we have colourful Keukenhof in spring

And over the mountains it’s still the ski season.

P.S. Due to travelling, I was not active on wordpress today .

Keukenhof in Spring/April

For lens-artist -photo-challenge, I am presenting four images taken from one place in Keukenhof garden. If standing on one point brings so much beauty and happiness, just imagine how much beauty the garden holds in it.

If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly our whole life would change~Buddha

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Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The April winds are magical,                                                                                                    And thrill our tuneful frames;                                                                                                  The garden-walks are passional To bachelors and dames                                          ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The mind should be allowed some relaxation, that it may return to its work all the better for the rest ~Seneca

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And now one more image from the same garden for Becca’s Sunday trees.

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One can not reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others ~Lao Tzu

All images were taken in April 2018.

Urnes Stave Church: piece of history

Urnes Stave Church (Norwegian: Urnes stavkyrkje) is a 12th-century stave church at Ornes, along the Lustrafjorden in the municipality of Luster in Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway. It sits on the eastern side of the fjord, directly across the fjord from the village of Solvorn and about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) east of the village of Hafslo.

It has been owned by Society for the Preservation of Norwegian Ancient Monuments since 1881. In 1979, the Urnes Stave Church was listed as a  World Heritage site by UNESCO.

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History: The church was built around 1130 or shortly thereafter, and still stands in its original location; it is believed to be the oldest of its kind. It provides a link between Christian architecture and the architecture and artforms of the Viking Age with typical animal-ornamentation, the so-called “Urnes style” of animal-art.

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Archaeological investigations have discovered the remains of three churches on the site prior to the current building. The excavations uncovered holes in the ground from earth-bound posts which had belonged to an early post church, a type of church with walls supported by short sills inserted between free-standing posts. It is not known if this church had a raised roof above the central space of the nave like the present church. The earliest possible dating of this church is the early eleventh century.

 

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In the 17th century the nave of the church, which is a raised central room surrounded by an aisle, was extended southwards. Other elements were also added to the church, including a baptismal font (1640), a wooden canopyabove the altar (1665) and a pulpit (1693–1695). The altarpiece, which depicts Christ on the cross with the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist, dates from 1699. Windows were added to the church in the 18th century.

The church has not been in ordinary use since 1881, when the parish of Urnes was abolished, and it became a part of Solvorn parish in the Indre Sogn deanery of the Diocese of Bjørgvin. It is now only used for special occasions in the parish such as baptisms and weddings.

Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urnes_Stave_Church

For Lens-artists-photo-challenge

Looking around!

The squirrel on the run in Wordless Wednesday (!) was to express my situation. Though my desk has some unfinished tasks, I was on a 2 days seminar in a place called Solstrand hotel and bad. A 4 star hotel.

I donot want to share the details of seminar and bore you,  instead I am presenting the beauty of this magnificent place for lens-artists-photo-challenge this week. I grouped the photos in 2 broad categories: Surrounding and from inside.

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The outlook
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Reflection of fjord
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From the door
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The garden
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Walking around

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Who wouldn’t enjoy this seat

This place is a hideaway by the fjords, situated directly on the shore of Bjørnefjorden – a mere 30 km from downtown Bergen and the airport.

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The swans

Set in sloping 50-hectare gardens on the shores of Fusafjorden, this polished hotel dating from 1896, have fascinated guests from far and near.

How does it look from inside 🙂

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The dining area
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The pool inside and outside
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View from my room
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My room

Every person in Solstrand was happy for the fantastic weather yesterday.  I am glad I took these photos yesterday. This morning it was a different scenario.

Pillars and Domes – Architectural elements

Before the Romans, all buildings in the ancient world were rectangular or square-shaped. Look at the picture of the ancient Greek temple called the Parthenon. This structure has 46 outer pillars and 23 inner pillars. The majestic pillars that are
associated with Greek architecture were not there to just look pretty. The pillars of the Parthenon were there to hold up, or support the heavy marble roof that used to be on the top of this massive structure.

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The Parthenon

There are many amazing architectural corinthian, doric, and ionic columns and ancient Egyptian obelisks in Rome, where most of them were erected to the glory of the emperors. The most famous Roman pillars were created in the centuries of the rule of Marcus Aurelius, Trajan, and other significant historical figures.

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Ancient pillars in Rome.

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At the Tomb of the Unknown Solider in Rome.

Advancements in mathematics, materials, and production techniques since that time resulted in new dome types. dome is an architectural element that resembles the hollow upper half of a sphere. Domes have a long architectural lineage that extends back into prehistory and they have been constructed from mud, snow, stone, wood, brick, concrete, metal, glass, and plastic over the centuries. The symbolism associated with domes includes mortuary, celestial, and governmental traditions that have likewise developed over time.

Domes have been found from early Mesopotamia, which may explain the form’s spread. They are found in Persian, Hellenistic, Roman, and Chinese architecture in the Ancient world, as well as among a number of contemporary indigenous building traditions. Dome structures were popular in Byzantine and medieval Islamic architecture, and there are numerous examples from Western Europe in the Middle Ages. The Renaissance architectural style spread from Italy in the Early modern period.

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Berlin Cathedral church
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The French church in Berlin

These are for last week’s Lens-Artists-Photo-Challenge: Architecture.