The Makgadikgadi Pans, salt pans situated in the middle of the dry savanna of north-eastern Botswana,are one of the largest salt flats in the world.A dry salty clay crust most of the year, the pans are seasonally covered with water and grass, and are then a refuge for birds and animals in this very arid part of the world.
Did you know that Croatia is home to Roman-era olive trees? One of the oldest grows in Brijuni National Park, a cluster of beautiful islands off the coast of Pula. Carbon analysis performed on a chunk from the ancient tree’s trunk dated it to the 4th century, confirming its very old age. Though a few other Mediterranean trees are even older – some were planted over 2000 years ago – the Brijuni olive tree is the oldest in Istria.
Its centuries-long life hasn’t been easy. As recently at the 1970s, the tree was split open during a storm and its “wounds” had to be filled with concrete to save it. The hardy tree survived the blow and even continues to bear fruit. For the past few years, it has produced about 30 kilograms of olives each season, which are used to produce high quality olive oil.
To see the tree, head to Fazana, just north of Pula, and catch one of the frequent ferries to the islands.
Bridge (with busy city traffic) across (over) the Montmartre Cemetery, Paris
The Montmartre Cemetery was opened on January 1, 1825. It was initially known as la Cimetière des Grandes Carrières (Cemetery of the Large Quarries). The name referenced the cemetery's unique location, in an abandoned gypsum quarry. The quarry had previously been used during the French Revolution as a mass grave. It was built below street level, in the hollow of an abandoned gypsum quarry located west of the Butte near the beginning of Rue Caulaincourt in Place de Clichy. As is still the case today, its sole entrance was constructed on Avenue Rachel under Rue Caulaincourt.
A popular tourist destination even today, Montmartre Cemetery is the final resting place of many famous artists who lived and worked in the Montmartre area.
in response to Stacy's ABFriday Week 43: APRIL One Photo Focus
I started editing in LR enhancing the contrast, clarity, blacks and whites, vibrance.
I continued in Color Efex Pro 4 adding 4 filters (brillance/warmth, classical soft focus,cross processing and vignette lens.)
1st of March is a traditional festival in South-Eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece, Serbia, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine) that symbolizes the arrival of spring. A Martenitsa is a small piece of adornment, made of white and red yarn and usually in the form of two dolls, a male and a female.Tradition dictates that Martenitsi are always given as gifts, not bought for oneself. They are worn pinned to clothing, or around the wrist or neck, from Baba Marta Day (March 1) until the wearer first sees a stork, swallow, or budding tree (or until late March). The name Baba Marta (баба Марта, Grandma March) evokes a grumpy old lady whose mood swings very rapidly. The common belief is that by wearing the red and white colors of the Martenitsa, people ask Baba Marta for mercy. They hope that it will make winter pass faster and bring spring. The first returning stork or swallow is taken as a harbinger of spring and as evidence that Baba Marta is in a good mood and is about to retire.