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Red bottlebrush flower (Callistemon citrinus)

Red bottlebrush flower (Callistemon citrinus)

This is my contribution to this Week Photo Challenge: Details

We go back to a flower that appeared in an old post in my blog, the Red Callistemon citrinus. The details appearing in the world of nature are amazing. This flower is an example of the wonders that the nature has in store for us.

Partners. "Castellers"

Partners. “Castellers”

This is my contribution to this Week Photo Challenge: Partners

These are a group of “castellers”, that is, a group of people who build human “castles”. I think this perfectly reflects the concept of partners.

A castell (castle) is a human tower built traditionally in festivals at many locations within Catalonia. At these festivals, several colles castelleres (group of people who do these towers) often succeed in building and dismantling a tower’s structure. On November 16, 2010, castells were declared by UNESCO to be amongst the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

Castellers

Castellers

A castell is considered a success when stages of its assembling and disassembling, can be done in complete succession. The assembly is complete once all castellers have climbed into their designated places, and the enxaneta climbs into place at the top and raises one hand with four fingers erect, in a gesture said to symbolize the stripes of the Catalan flag. The enxaneta then climbs down the other side of the castell, after which the remaining levels of castellers descend in highest-to-lowest order until all have reached safety.

Partners. "Castellers"

Castellers

Aside from the people who climb to form the upper parts of the tower, others are needed to form the pinya, or bottom base of the castell, to sustain its weight. Members of the pinya (most often men) also act as a ‘safety net’ if the tower structure collapses, cushioning the fall of people from the upper levels. It is not uncommon—when not in competitions—for other colles to assist in the pinya when a small colla is attempting a specially demanding structure in terms of people needed.

More info: Wikipedia

City of Arts and Sciences

City of Arts and Sciences

This is my second contribution to this Week Photo Challenge: Curve

The City of Arts and Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias) is an entertainment-based cultural and architectural complex in the city of Valencia, Spain. It is the most important modern tourist destination in the city of Valencia and one of the 12 Treasures of Spain.

The City of Arts and Sciences is situated at the end of the former riverbed of the river Turia, which was drained and rerouted after a catastrophic flood in 1957. The old riverbed was turned into a picturesque sunken park.

The City of Arts and Sciences

The City of Arts and Sciences

Designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela, the project underwent the first stages of construction in July 1996 and the finished “city” was inaugurated April 16, 1998 with the opening of L’Hemisfèric. The last great component of the City of Arts and Sciences, El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, was presented on October 9, 2005, Valencian Community Day.

The City of Arts and Sciences

The City of Arts and Sciences

The City of Arts and Sciences

The City of Arts and Sciences

More in Wikipedia.

Curve

Curve

This is my contribution to this Week Photo Challenge: Curve

This strange structure consists of a big shallow inverted cone that was hard to see the end. The color and symmetry made me to shoot the camera.
I hope you like that too.

Spare towels

Spare towels

This is my contribution to this Week Photo Challenge: Spare

During one of my walks around the city, with camera in hand, I walked into a store that unfortunately no longer exists. Among other things, it caught my attention these colorful shelves.  Dozens of towels of different colors, all correctly positioned. I think here are really plenty of spare towels.
I’ve always been interested in geometrically distributed collections of objects and I thought these shelves well deserved a photo.

Jubilant

Jubilant

This is my contribution to this Week Photo Challenge: Jubilant

This scene was taken in Times Square (NYC) a few months ago.

Face

Broken man

There are hints of a past life, a possibly known identity for the Broken man. However, pretty much everything here is speculative in nature. We are mere observers.

The Broken man carries a briefcase of unknown content. Perhaps the answer is within.
His face reveals much more than suffering. Anyway his eyes forward thinking, tells us that he does not want to desist in his efforts, despite his precarius situation…

This is my contribution to this Week Photo Challenge: Face

Face

Broken man. Complete body (?!)

Montserrat. Catalonia.

Montserrat. Catalonia.

Weekly Photo Challenge. Earth

I liked the words of this Weekly Challenge: “As far as we currently know, our planet is unique in its ability to sustain life. We are an island in an unimaginably huge universe… I have always regarded nature with reverence…”.

In my opinion, our planet deserves all our respect. We live by what the Earth offers to us. It is extremely unwise to continue mistreating our planet. Our future and, above all, those who succeed us, depends on it.

Montserrat. Catalonia.

Montserrat. Catalonia.

Montserrat is a multi-peaked mountain located near the city of Barcelona, in Catalonia. It is part of the Catalan Pre-Coastal Range. The Caribbean island of Montserrat was named by Christopher Columbus after the mountain.

It is well known as the site of the Benedictine abbey, Santa Maria de Montserrat, which hosts the Virgin of Montserrat sanctuary and which is identified by some  with the location of the Holy Grail in Arthurian myth.

“Montserrat” literally means “saw (serrated, like the common handsaw) mountain” in Catalan. It describes its peculiar aspect with multitude of rock formations which are visible from a great distance. The mountain is composed of strikingly pink conglomerate, a form of sedimentary rock.

Montserrat. Catalonia.

Montserrat. Catalonia.

Dinnertime

Dinnertime

Weekly Photo Challenge. Dinnertime

This week, the challenge asks for an image inspired by dinnertime. This is mine.

I was taking pictures when I found this beautiful specimen at its dinner time. I suddenly remembered that my dinner time had also come…

Central Park

Central Park from the Rockefeller Center

 

Weekly Photo Challenge. Landscape: Central Park

Central Park is an urban park in middle-upper Manhattan, within New York City. Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States as well as one of the most filmed locations in the world, with 40 million visitors in 2013.

The Park was established in 1857 on 778 acres (315 ha) of city-owned land. In 1858, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, two soon-to-be famed national landscapers and architects, won a design competition to improve and expand the park with a plan they titled the “Greensward Plan”. Construction began the same year and the park’s first area was opened to the public in the winter of 1858. Construction continued during the American Civil War further south, and was expanded to its current size of 843 acres (341 ha) in 1873.

Central Park

Central Park from the Rockefeller Center

 

Central Park was designated a National Historic Landmark (listed by the U.S. Department of the Interior and administered by the National Park Service) in 1962. The Park was managed for decades by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, and is currently managed by the Central Park Conservancy under contract with the municipal government in a public-private partnership. The Conservancy is a non-profit organization that contributes 75 percent of Central Park’s $65 million annual budget and is responsible for all basic care of the 843-acre park.

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