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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Our World Tuesday

in response to Our World Tuesday
Where family-friendly bloggers share images of their world and tell us a little bit of the story about the place

Brussels

Just passing by

in response to Sue's image-in-ing

at a film set, center of Brussels

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Always there AND iconic

in response to Paula's B&W Sunday - ALWAYS THERE
When I was thinking about a theme for today’s challenge my first idea was “iconic” (as in iconic view of a place), but then it occurred to me that it could be a bit too challenging, so finally I decided on “always there” as it can give everybody a chance to come up with a fitting photo.


Osijek (Croatia)

Statue of Pablo Picasso by Ivan Sabolić

On the occasion of the centenary of the artist's birth (1982) a statue of Pablo Picasso was inaugurated in Osijek on the promenade along the river Drava.

Let off steam

in response to Ailsa's Travel theme - EXITS
With shock waves still reverberating around the world from Britain’s exit from the European Union, here’s a look at some rather less controversial exits from my travels 


Hverir (Iceland)...
is a geothermal area at the foothill of volcanic mountain Namafjall 

with boiling sulphurous mud springs  

 and steaming fumaroles

fumarole is an opening in a planet's crust, often in the neighborhood of volcanoes, which emits steam and gases such as carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen chloride, and hydrogen sulfide. The steam forms when super heated water vaporizes as its pressure drops when it emerges from the ground.


The other thing that strikes you is the lack of vegetation. However, if you give a thought to the high temperature range, it does not appear an impossibility altogether. The constant emission of the fumes has made the ground sterile and acidic, unfit to sustain any floras and faunas. You must bear in mind that the fumes can be harmful for humans as well.

Friday, June 24, 2016

SKYwatch Friday

in response to SKYwatch Friday

Brussels

In good and bad times...

Whether two of a kind or ten, give us subjects that are in sync with one another — show us partnerships

Brussels


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Not even an S of Summer


Cardinal is hosting The Changing Seasons for the second year
The idea is to capture all the changes of one location throughout the year: the seasons, the weather, different times of the day

This year we can choose (or combine) Version 1 or Version 2:
 V1  Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery (only new shots)
V2 Each month, post one photo (recipe, painting, drawing, whatever) that represents your   interpretation of the month

I will be presenting downtown Brussels in B&W in V1 

general impression of this year's late spring/beginning of summer here in Brussels is AUTUMN
my photos were taken on a few nice days, hence not many photos this month






still there were fun outdoor activities (a looot of concerts)

one group even from 'my' region (Macedonia)




and a big question of today's vote
"should I stay or should I go"
(Britons vote on EU membership)




Mirroring

in response to Paula's Thursday's Special - MIRRORING
Mirrors do not always show the true state of things, do they?


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Bugs in mugs

in response to Our World Tuesday
Where family-friendly bloggers share images of their world and tell us a little bit of the story about the place

Brussels

Monday, June 20, 2016

Vintage

in response to Sylvain's SL - WEEK 49 - Vintage

Brussels Air Museum

Unexpected

in response to Paula's B&W Sunday - UNEXPECTED
This Sunday maybe you would like to share unexpected things you have found on your way

Brussels Air Museum
I didn't expect a concert among aircraft this Sunday

Dance to express

in response to Sue's image-in-ing

Jubelpark, Brussels

Pole dance is a form of performing art, historically associated with strip clubs and night clubs, which combines dance and acrobatics centered on a vertical burlesque pole. This art form has recently gained popularity as a form of fitness and mainstream entertainment, practiced by many enthusiasts in gyms and in dedicated dance studios. A wide range of amateur and professional competitions are held in many countries around the world.

Since the mid 2000s, promoters of pole dance fitness competitions have been trying to change peoples’ perception of pole dance and to promote it as a non-sexual form of dance and acrobatics.

Pole dance requires significant strength, flexibility and endurance. Pole dance proper involves athletic moves such as climbs, spins, and body inversions using the limbs to grip. Upper body and core strength are required to attain proficiency, and rigorous training is necessary.

Pole dance is now regarded as a form of exercise which can be used as both an aerobic and anaerobic workout. Recognized schools and qualifications are now commonplace.

Here from there

in response to Paula's Thursday's Special - HERE AND THERE
It is physically impossible to be in two places at one time, unless it is in our imagination, but maybe photography can help us bridge that impasse.

Kočani orkestar (Macedonia) 
at Brussels' Fête de la Musique

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Silhouette

in response to Sylvain's SL Week 48 - SILHOUETTE




Halt deine Lederhosen fest!

in response to Sue's image-in-ing

Düsseldorf , Germany


Formerly, Lederhosen (German for leather breeches) were worn for hard physical work; they were more durable than a fabric garment. Today, they are mostly worn as leisurewear. Today, Lederhosen and Dirndl attire is common at Oktoberfest events around the world.

Lederhosen were once widespread among men of the Alpine and surrounding regions, including Bavaria, Austria, the Allgäu, Switzerland, and the autonomous Italian region of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol 

Events


Festival de Pétanque 2016
Düsseldorf

more than 1000 petanque players from Germany and abroad took part in competitions

A piece of Japan in Germany

in response to Our World Tuesday
Where family-friendly bloggers share images of their world and tell us a little bit of the story about the place

Düsseldorf... 
... is home to a huge number of Japanese people and is often referred to as “Japan's capital on the Rhine”. 

Due to Düsseldorf's central location within Europe and proximity to other areas in Europe, its location in the Ruhr industrial area, and the proximity to the seaport Duisburg, Japanese companies had a preference for Düsseldorf as they established European operations in the 1970s.

At the height of the Japanese economic bubble, more than 300 Japanese businesses were registered in Düsseldorf, attracting over 7,000 residents by 1992. A Buddhist temple, a culture house, a Japanese international school and kindergarten were errected to serve the community. 


Sunday, June 12, 2016

What's the time?

in response to Cee's ODD ball Challenge

Düsseldorf, Germany

Diagonals

in response to Paula's B&W Sunday - DIAGONALS
Think how diagonals draw the eye of the viewer through the photograph and enhance perspective…

Niagara falls, USA



Thursday, June 9, 2016

Steps

Stairs can be glorious and beautiful.  Then there are stairs that are small and strictly a means of moving up and down.  Did you know that generally stairs are usually considered indoors and steps are usually considered outdoors. 

Iceland
staircase to the top of the crater Saxholl

Traces of the past



Monday, June 6, 2016

Our World Tuesday

in response to Our World Tuesday
Where family-friendly bloggers share images of their world and tell us a little bit of the story about the place

after days of greyness and rain

Colour your life

in response to Sylvain's SL-WEEK 47 - BLUE

Hallerbos, Belgium

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Un été chez Pierre

in response to Ailsa's Travel theme - PLANTS



Size

in response to Paula's B&W Sunday - SIZE



Found in the Andes mountains and adjacent Pacific coasts of western South America, the Andean condor is the largest flying bird in the world by combined measurement of weight and wingspan. It has a maximum wingspan of 3.3 m.

Shadows in the Water

in response to SHADOW Shot Sunday

Étretat, France

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Overcast, gray, murky...

in response to SKYwatch Friday


B&W Weekend

in response to The Weekend in B&W

Lisbon, Portugal

Padrão dos Descobrimentos
(Monument to the Discoveries) is a monument on the northern bank of the Tagus River estuary, in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belém, Lisbon. Located along the river where ships departed to explore and trade with India and Orient, the monument celebrates the Portuguese Age of Discovery (or Age of Exploration) during the 15th and 16th centuries.

In addition to the main statue of Henry the Navigator, holding a model of a carrack, on either side of the ramps of the monument are a total of 33 figures from the history of the Discoveries.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Prolific

In response to Paula's Thursday's Special - Pick a Word

I’m starting something new today. I’m giving you five unrelated words that are neither synonyms nor antonyms. Pick one and depict it in photo(s).
Turbidity
Restlessness
Transience
Prolific
Decrepit

PROLIFIC

adjective

    producing in large quantities or with great frequency; highly productive:
    (a prolific writer).

Vrsar, Croatia




In the close vicinity of Vrsar there is Dušan Džamonja’s Park of Sculptures. On the hills overlooking the sea, over more than 10 hectares of meadows, there are artist’s atelier, workshop and park of sculptures. In the 1960-ties, after the Venetian biennial, the Džamonja’s statues made of nails and chains attracted attention of world art critics because of their unusual structure, universal forms, oriental exoticism and above all because of the author´s originality. His works are exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, in the Tate Gallery in London, as well as in the museums of modern art in Paris, Sao Paolo, Antwerpen and other cities in the world and in Croatia.


Born in Strumica (Macedonia) in 1928. Graduated in 1951 on the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb at the class of prof. V. Radaus and enrolls in Master class of prof. F. Kršinić. 1953 starts to work in his own studio. 1970 begins construction of his house, studio and Sculpture Park in Vrsar. He lived and worked between Zagreb, Vrsar and Brussels.


With more than half of a century of work behind him, Džamonja is one of the most distinguished artists in Europe. A testimony to his contribution to art has been provided throughout his career by the many honors, prizes, and commissions that had come this way.