Category: photography

Towers

Towers intrigue me because they demand your attention. Their structure compels you to look up at them, and they make you realize how small in size you are in comparison to them and the world around you. They also have a mystique about them. Towers are found in fairy-tale realms, and in our world some of them have long and/or interesting histories.

In this week’s post, I have compiled photos of towers that may not be as well-known as the Eiffel Tower or the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but they are just as interesting.

Azadi Tower (Freedom Tower)

This beautiful tower in Tehran is 50 meters (164 feet) tall and is made of 8,000 blocks of white marble stone. Built in 1971 to mark the 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire, it became known as the Azadi Tower after the Iranian Revolution in 1979 (Azadi means “Freedom” in Persian).

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azadi_Tower

Azadi Monument (Tehran, Iran)
By Nima Moghaddam https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Azadi_Monument.jpg#metadata

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Iran – Tehran – Azadi Tower
By Alireza Javaheri (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/50249960) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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Žižkov Television Tower

This tower was constructed in Prague between 1985 and 1992 and is 216 meters (709 feet) tall. Its high-tech architecture design gives it a streamlined futuristic appearance. What is unusual about this tower is that there are crawling babies on it! These babies are sculptures created by Czech artist David Černý. They were temporarily attached to the tower in 2000, but they became permanent fixtures on the tower in 2001 due to popular demand.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zizkov_Television_Tower

Žižkov Television Tower in Prague. sculptures by David Černý
By Norbert Požár (cs:Wikipedista:Bertik) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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Babies by David Černý on Žižkov TV tower, Prague, Czechia
By Krokodyl https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Zizkov_Babies_David_Cerny_2748m.jpg

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Tower of Olympic Stadium in Montreal

With a height of 175 meters (574 feet), this Canadian tower is the tallest inclined tower in the world. It is attached to a sports stadium that has been plagued with structural problems over the years. According to Wikipedia, the tower suffered fire damage in the 1980s, and a large section of the tower dropped on the playing field during a game in 1986.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic_Stadium_(Montreal)

Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Le_Stade_Olympique_3.jpg

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Photo of the montreal tower, part of the olympic stadium.
By Antonello (The Tower of Montreal) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower

Completed in 2008, this oddly shaped 50-story tower is an educational facility located in Tokyo, Japan.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mode_Gakuen_Cocoon_Tower

Tokyo Mode Academy Cocoon Tower, at Shinjyuku Tokyo Japan.
By Wiiii https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cocoontower.jpg

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Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower
By kuracom (kuracom) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Sand Sculptures Revisited

I cannot believe that it is already mid-August, and summer is drawing to an end. To celebrate what is left of summer, I thought I would write a post about a seasonal topic – sand sculptures.

I wrote a post about sand sculptures before, but I decided to take it down because I did not get permission to use the copyrighted photos I included in the post. The good news is that I found some public domain pictures of sand sculptures that I can share with you this week. All of the sand sculptures in this post have an underwater theme.

Female Diver Sand Sculpture

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Diver with Camera Underwater Scene

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My favorite part of this scene is the top part consisting of several jellyfish. Here is a close-up of the top:

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Squid Sand Sculpture 

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Dolphin Sand Sculpture

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Marlin Sand Sculpture

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Manta Rays Sand Sculpture

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As I said in my previous sand sculpture post, I am impressed by the skill it takes to create these beautiful sculptures, but at the same time I am sad about their brief existence because they remind me about the temporary nature of my own existence. I spend so much time and effort creating art and trying to build a good life for myself, yet in the back of my mind I know none of my accomplishments will last. Like these sand sculptures, they will disappear into the past just as I eventually will in the end.

Unusual Advertising Vehicles

I am used to seeing company cars on the road, but here are some unusual ones that I came across online.

Red Shoe Car
By Gareth Simpson from Burbank, USA (Shoe Car) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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This red shoe car was designed for a shoe repair business in Burbank, California.

Brown Shoe Car
By Dirk Ingo Franke (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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Here is another shoe car. This one was designed for L.L. Bean, a company that sells outdoor gear.

Chicken Ramen (Chikin Ramen) Campaign Car, Japan
By ume-y さん http://www.flickr.com/photos/ume-y/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ume-y/6078785288/) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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This is a cute advertising car designed for Nissin Food Products, the company that makes Chikin Ramen.

Vintage Advertising Truck
See page for author [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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This photo was taken between 1921 and 1939. I am not sure where this photo was taken because the description of the photo is in a language that I cannot understand. I also want to note that the woman on the far left is not wearing a dunce cap, which is what I thought at first. I think the tall pointy white thing above her head is the white portion of a flag that is attached to the truck behind her.

UFO Clouds

It is a common experience for people to see different shapes and figures in the clouds, but how often do they see clouds that resemble UFOs? These stacks of disk-shaped clouds are called lenticular clouds. They form high in the sky and definitely have a striking appearance, especially when tinged with sunlight.

Here are a few examples of these “UFO clouds”:

Altocumulus lenticularis above the Arctowski Station, Antarctica
By Acaro (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

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Mount Hotaka from Mount Otensho, Japan
By Alpsdake (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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Lenticular Cloud over Squam Lake, New Hampshire, United States
DuncanPZ (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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Lenticular clouds form over Mt. Rainier, Washington, United States
Amandabooberry (Own Work) via Wikipedia

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You can see more fantastic photos of lenticular clouds at this link: 20+ Dramatic Shots of Lenticular Clouds. Enjoy!