From the top of the Galata Tower in Istanbul !
The Bosphorus, also referred to sometimes as the Istanbul Strait, is a strait that forms part of the boundary between Europe and Asia. The world’s narrowest strait used for international navigation, the Bosphorus connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara.
As part of the only passage between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, the Bosphorus has always been of great commercial and strategic importance.It is a major sea access route for Russia and the Ukraine. Control over it has been an objective of a number of hostilities in modern history, notably the Russo–Turkish War, 1877–1878, as well as of the attack of the Allied Powers on the Dardanelles during the 1915 Battle of Gallipoli in the course of World War I
Two suspension bridges cross the Bosphorus. The first of these, the Bosphorus Bridge, is 1,074 m (3,524 ft) long and was completed in 1973. The second, named Fatih Sultan Mehmet (Bosphorus II) Bridge, is 1,090 m (3,576 ft) long, and was completed in 1988 about 5 km (3 mi) north of the first bridge. The Bosphorus Bridge forms part of the O1 Motorway, while the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge forms part of the Trans-European Motorway.
“The barrier during self-improvement is not so much that we hate learning, rather we hate being taught. To learn entails that the knowledge was achieved on one’s own accord – it feels great – but to be taught often leaves a feeling of inferiority. Thus it takes a bit of determination and a lot of humility in order for one to fully develop.” – Criss Jami
“Dusk is just an illusion because the sun is either above the horizon or below it. And that means that day and night are linked in a way that few things are there cannot be one without the other yet they cannot exist at the same time. How would it feel I remember wondering to be always together yet forever apart?” – Nicholas Sparks
Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer to your goal.
Around Horseshoe Lake in Woodland WA !
I often find myself just walking the streets, sometimes the plain desert, in search of nothing. Just moving along, in line with my thoughts towards the nothingness that floats above everything. I see, I touch and I wonder what would all be if I wasn’t me. What if I was you? Would everything look the same?
I swim in the reality of my perception, in the reality of my mind and I know when I will get to the shore I will cease to be. But the shore looks too far away, and that is a good sign as I can keep swimming in these troubled fields of my imagination and carry on with being me.
I open my eyes and see the light reflecting and giving shape and colour to the ever floating multitude of atoms that pulsate and vibrate creating the matter that I call my reality. Weirdly enough, nobody else calls it the same. Some call it my madness, others my dreams, but not me……I call it reality. My dreams are much more than the mere daily nothing. My dreams are even more nothing…but yet are mine, I cherish them and strive to achieve them ,which I might very well do one day. But then they will still be nothing. When I will get to the shore, tired of swimming, while waiting for my cessation, I will not be able to take them with me, I will have nothing and nothing will follow me any further.
The most beautiful sunset I have ever seen. I shot this in September 2010 in Sri Lanka, from Heritage Kandalama Hotel terrace. This photo doesn’t do justice to the actual view…
This sunset gave me goosebumps …it left me speechless…it looked like the sky was burning…it really changed the way I looked at life and it made me enjoy the beauty of the world around us, the beauty of the most simple things in a much more profound way. This sunset made me realize that life is much more than we think it is…we get so lost in routine that we forget about us, we forget to enjoy the small pleasures in life, we forget how to appreciate the beauty of a flower, of a cloud in the sky..the beauty of a sunset. We live once and we should make the most of it…we have to live every second…we have to love and be loved, we have to argue, be upset, be happy, be disappointed, laugh, cry,sing, scream ….and all the feelings that we come with at birth because this is the meaning and the beauty of our life
I hope the poor image quality (had to shoot trough couple of centimetres of dirty glass on the 55th floor – handheld) doesn’t take much away from this amazing fireworks show on Qatar National Day ’12
Another two takes on Doha’s Skyline. While first one is eye-pleasing with amazing colours,the second one stays more true(in my opinion) to the beautiful ever-changing image and essence of this beautiful city and country. Despite all the negatives like an enslaving sponsorship system that is taken advantage of by still nomad minded company owners (yes…they are few of them left in existence..despite the progress) you can not overlook the good parts…the ambition of a young nation of catching up to speed with the rest of the world and even going way ahead comparing with many of its global competitors . Despite having a high cost to pay, financially and socially speaking, for the progress they made in the last ten years or so…this little country in the Persian Gulf has managed pretty well so far to blend in the old with the new , traditional views with secular views (those nomad minded enslaving individuals make an exception to this…and there are promises that the sponsorship system will be tweaked a bit to step into the 21St century). Anyway sheer perfection exists only in our dreams…therefore I can say it loud that I really enjoy this little corner of “fusion civilization”.