Blending land and sea, mangroves form an interesting environment along tropical and subtropical coastlines. These hardy tropical plants among the few trees that thrive in salt water, also called halophytes. Mangroves tolerate broad ranges of salinity, temperature and moisture.
Once considered useless, mangroves are now highly valued. Their roots help stabilise the shoreline and also filter pollutants. Mangroves swamps protect coastal areas from erosion and storm surge (especially during hurricanes). They are often object of conversation programs because of their unique ecosystem and the protection against erosion they provide.
A variety of wildlife find food and shelter in the mangrove forests. Graceful, long-legged wedding brides build nests in treetop branches.
Mangroves leaves fall year-round and quickly decompose, providing food for may small organisms below. Larger predators, including fish and shellfish, feast on the small creatures. The fish, in turn, provides food for animals such as wading birds, bird of prey, and other species - including human.
There are different types of mangroves. Red mangroves, closest to the water, has arching prop roots that make it look as though the tree is walking across the surface of the water.
Black mangrove, farther inland, is surrounded by many finger-like roots. It’s leaves taste salty because special glands excrete extra salt.
Where mangrove, farthest inland, has think, light green leaves that are the same Color on both sides
Woodlands - tree-covered areas offering refuge for flora and fauna. Rich greens and reds, deep browns and blacks. Pine and oak, beech and birk, willow and alder - ever so beautiful. A walk in the woods is an easy way to enjoy the outdoors and leave behind the daily grind.
Momijigari (紅葉狩), from the Japanese momiji(紅葉), "red leaves" or "maple tree" and kari (狩り), "hunting", is the Japanese tradition of going to visit scenic areas where leaves have turned red in the autumn. It is also called kōyō (紅葉). Kōyō is another pronunciation of the characters for "momiji" which means "fall colors" or "leaves changing colors". It is also called kanpūkai (観楓会) in Hokkaidō, which means "getting together to view the leaves".
Many Japanese people take part in this, with the cities of Nikkō and Kyoto being particularly famous destinations. The tradition is said to have originated in the Heian era as a cultured pursuit, and is the reason why many deciduous trees can be found in the Kyoto area.
The kimono (着物, きもの) is a traditional Japanese garment. Kimono was basically derived from the Chinese hanfu of the Wu region in Jiangnan, China. Kimono (ki: wear + mono: object = "worn object", "object that is worn") means garment and has come to denote these full-length, usually robes. The standard English plural is kimonos, but the unmarked Japanese plural kimono is also used. Kimonos are often worn for important festivals or formal occasions as formal clothing.
Today, kimono are most often worn by women, particularly on special occasions. Traditionally, unmarried women wore a style of kimono called furisode, with almost floor-length sleeves, on special occasions. A few older women and even fewer men still wear the kimono on a daily basis. Men wear the kimono most often at weddings, tea ceremonies, and other very special or very formal occasions. Professional sumo wrestlers are often seen in the kimono because they are required to wear traditional Japanese dress whenever appearing in public.
Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社) is the head shrine of the god Inari, located in Fushimi Ward in Kyoto, Japan. The shrine sits at the base of a mountain also named Inari which is 233 metres (764 ft) above sea level, and includes trails up the mountain to many smaller shrines which span 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) and take approximately 2 hours to walk up.
First and foremost, Inari is the god of rice, but merchants and manufacturers have traditionally worshiped Inari as the patron of business. Each of the torii at Fushimi Inari Taisha has been donated by a Japanese business. It isis said that there are as many as 10,000 torijs along the main path.
Foxes (kitsune), regarded as the messengers, are often found in Inari shrines. One attribute is a key (for the rice granary) in their mouths.
Fun fact: In the approach to the shrine are a number of sweet shops selling tsujiura senbei (辻占煎餅), a form of fortune cookie dating at least to the 19th century, and which are believed by some to be the origin of the Chinese-American fortune cookie.
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji is a Buddhist temple in the Arashiyama neighborhood of Kyoto, Japan.
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji was founded by Empress Shōtoku in the middle of the eighth century. Though was destroyed by the flooding of the Kamo River, it was rebuilt as an offshoot of Enryaku-ji, a nearby temple. In the 13th century, it was again destroyed during a civil war. The temple was moved to its current location in 1922, later suffering typhoon damage in 1950. Wikipedia
Tokyo is often referred to as a city but is officially known and governed as a "metropolitan prefecture", which differs from and combines elements of a city and a prefecture, a characteristic unique to Tokyo. As of 2014 the Greater Tokyo Area ranked as the most populous metropolitan area in the world.
Tokyo was originally known as Edo, which means "estuary". Its name was changed to Tokyo when it became the imperial capital with the arrival of Emperor Meiji in 1868, in line with the East Asian tradition of including the word capital in the name of the capital city (like Kyoto, Beijing and Nanjing). During the early Meiji period, the city was also called "Tokei", an alternative pronunciation for the same characters representing "Tokyo", making it a kanji homograph.
The Nazi party rally grounds (German: Reichsparteitagsgelände) covered about 11 square kilometres in the southeast of Nuremberg, Germany.
Only Zeppelinfeld, Luitpoldarena and Große Straße were finished. The Kongresshalle, Zeppelinfeld and the Große Straße have been under monument protection since 1973.
The Minolta Riva Panoramic aka Minolta P’s is a 35mm film camera with a special feature: It takes only panoramic photos. Panoramic - not panorama. It literally cuts from the top and the bottom of the frame in order to achieve a panoramic effect.
Sometimes it is considered to be the poor man’s XPAN referring to the fantastic Hasselblad XPAN (aka Fuji TX-2). The Hasselblad was actually build by Fuji and is identical to Fujis TX-2. The special feature of these cameras is that they actually do take panorama photos. Both are 35mm film cameras. Whenever you take a photo, two frames are exposed - thus, creating an actual panorama photo.
Two fantastic cameras with a humongous price - somewhere around 2500 - 3500 EUR. I like my small Minolta though - it was 68 EUR
National Park Zuid-Kennemerland (Dutch: Nationaal Park Zuid-Kennemerland) is a Dutch national park located in the province of North Holland and established in 1995.
The park is situated west of Haarlem in the province of North Holland in the west of the Netherlands. It is located within the municipalities of Bloemendaal, Velsen, and Zandvoort. It includes the southern portion of the region known as Kennemerland.
South Kennemerland is characterized by sand dunes. The park, about 38 square kilometres (15 sq mi) in size, also includes some estates, forests on the dune fringes, and coastal beaches. The dunes used to be a watershed for the city of Haarlem. Large amounts have been won for consumption. In 2003 these activities were ceased allowing the groundwater-bubble to grow again. There is a small public swimming area open in the summer at a location called the Wed on the road between Bloemendaal and Zandvoort. The train from Zandvoort to Amsterdam travels through the park.
The Ricoh GR Digital II is a compact digital camera, the successor of the Ricoh GR Digital.
The GR Digital II first went on sale in Japan at the end of November 2007. It was succeeded by the Ricoh GR Digital III, Ricoh GR Digital IV and Ricoh GR.
Rather than have a zoom lens, instead its lens has a fixed focal length of 5.9 mm (28 mm equivalent angle of view (AOV) in 35 mm full frame format).
Hamburg, a major port city in northern Germany, is connected to the North Sea by the Elbe River. It's crossed by hundreds of canals, and also contains large areas of parkland. Near its core, Inner Alster lake is dotted with boats and surrounded by cafes. The city's central Jungfernstieg boulevard connects the Neustadt (new town) with the Altstadt (old town), home to landmarks like 18th-century St. Michael’s Church.
MSV Duisburg met TUS Dassendorf in the first round of the German Cup. The Zebras won 1:0...Nothing else to say.
Rome is the capital city of Italy and a special comune (named Comune di Roma Capitale). Rome also serves as the capital of the Lazio region. With 2,872,800 residents in 1,285 km2 (496.1 sq mi), it is also the country's most populated comune. It is the fourth-most populous city in the European Union by population within city limits. It is the centre of the Metropolitan City of Rome, which has a population of 4.3 million residents. Rome is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, within Lazio (Latium), along the shores of the Tiber. The Vatican City is an independent country inside the city boundaries of Rome, the only existing example of a country within a city: for this reason Rome has been often defined as capital of two states.
Rome's history spans 28 centuries. While Roman mythology dates the founding of Rome at around 753 BC, the site has been inhabited for much longer, making it one of the oldest continuously occupied sites in Europe. The city's early population originated from a mix of Latins, Etruscans, and Sabines. Eventually, the city successively became the capital of the Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, and is regarded as the birthplace of Western civilisation and by some as the first ever metropolis.
The Nantahala National Forest established in 1920, is a national forest located in the American state of North Carolina. The word "Nantahala" is a Cherokee word meaning "Land of the Noonday Sun." The name is appropriate as, in some spots, the sun only reaches the floors of the deep gorges of the forest when high overhead at midday. The Spanish Conquistador Hernando de Soto explored the area in 1540, as did William Bartram in the 18th century. The Nantahala River flows through the Nantahala National Forest.
Maasai Mara National Reserve (also known as Maasai Mara, Masai Mara and by the locals as The Mara) is a large game reserve in Narok County, Kenya, contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in Mara Region, Tanzania. It is named in honor of the Maasai people (the ancestral inhabitants of the area) and their description of the area when looked at from afar: "Mara," which is Maa (Maasai language) for "spotted," an apt description for the circles of trees, scrub, savanna, and cloud shadows that mark the area.
It is globally famous for its exceptional population of lions, leopards and cheetahs, and the annual migration of zebra, Thomson's gazelle, and wildebeest to and from the Serengeti every year from July to October, known as the Great Migration.