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The Kelpies Falkirk Prints Wall Art for Sale

November 4th, 2017

The Kelpies Falkirk Prints Wall Art for Sale

The Kelpies Falkirk Prints Wall Art for Sale - The Kelpies are 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures, standing next to a new extension to the Forth and Clyde Canal, and near River Carron, in The Helix, a new parkland project built to connect 16 communities in the Falkirk Council Area, Scotland.

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Arrochar Pier Argyll Scotland

October 26th, 2017

Arrochar Pier Argyll Scotland

Arrochar Pier Argyll Scotland ebbing tide revealing the pilings from this abandoned pier that is situated at the head of Loch Long. The mountains in the background are part of the Arrochar Alps. The rock formation at the left side of the photo is referred to as The Cobbler. Arrochar pier was built in 1850 to service the steamers that plied the Clyde and the nearby lochs. The 'Three Lochs tour' was particularly popular, whereby steamers would visit Loch Goil and Loch Long, depositing passengers at Arrochar. They would then be taken across to nearby Tarbet by coach, before embarking on another steamer to sail the length of Loch Lomond.

Culzean Castle Landscape Photo

May 27th, 2017

Culzean Castle Landscape Photo

Culzean Castle Landscape Photo

Culzean Castle Landscape Photo with two canons on the front lawn. Scottish castle prints of Culzean Castle situated overlooking the Firth of Clyde, near Maybole, on the Ayrshire coast of Scotland. The castle is owned by the National Trust for Scotland and is opened to the public.

CalMac Loch Shira Leaving Isle of Cumbrae Scotland

January 24th, 2017

CalMac Loch Shira Leaving Isle of Cumbrae Scotland

CalMac Loch Shira Leaving Isle of Cumbrae Scotland



Time-lapse of CalMac Loch Shira ferry leaving the Cumbrae Slip and arriving at Largs ferry terminal

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January 9th, 2017

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Glen Etive Scotland Timelapse Print

November 8th, 2016

Glen Etive Scotland Timelapse Print



Short time-lapse of the Beautiful Glen Etive Scotland. Watch river etive as it flows towards Loch Etive with the blue sky reflecting on the calm water.

Loch Fada and the Old Man of Storr

November 7th, 2016

Loch Fada and the Old Man of Storr

Loch Fada and the Old Man of Storr short time-lapse and print of the dramatic landscape of the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

Zell am See area of Austria

August 22nd, 2016

Landscape photos and video from around the Zell am See area of Austria.

Eriskay and South Uist

September 6th, 2015

Landscape photos of the islands of Eriskay and South Uist in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Landscape photography of the island beaches and rocky Scottish coastline by Alex Saunders

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Kitzbuhel Stories

September 11th, 2014

Kitzbuhel Stories

Kitzbühel Stories
Of greed, gold and lake water.

Centuries ago, a beautiful, majestic farmhouse stood on the spot where the Schwarzsee is now located. The house was inhabited by a mysterious woman whose identity nobody knew.

One stormy night, a heavily laden wagon drove up to the house. Six strong men dragged a heavy chest, filled with silver and gold, into the woman's house. Shortly afterwards, the farmhouse vanished - submerged beneath the waters of the Schwarzsee.

Nobody knew why it happened, except a young servant who had been peering through the window of the so-called "Schwarzer Hof" When he saw the woman with all her gold, he was overcome by a powerful greed and smashed open the window - at which point, the houst was consumed by a vast deluge.

The servant survived. He only told his story on his deathbed - including the tale of the treasure that had sunk to the bottom of the Schwarzsee.

To this day, it has still never been discovered. - from Kitzbühel Tourismus

Image by Scottish Landscape photographer from East Kilbride, Glasgow, Scotland.

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Loch Crinan Scotland and Duntrune Castle

August 12th, 2014

Loch Crinan Scotland and Duntrune Castle

Loch Crinan Scotland and Duntrune Castle located on the north side of Loch Crinan and across from the village of Crinan in Argyll, Scotland. It is thought to be the oldest continuously occupied castle on mainland Scotland. The castle is a category B listed building.

The ghost of a handless piper is said to haunt the castle. According to one story, the Macdonald piper was sent into the castle as a spy, but was found out. He was imprisoned, but played his pipes to warn the Macdonald’s that their ‘surprise’ attack was now expected. Alasdair Mac Colla retreated, and the piper’s hands were cut off by the Campbell’s.

According to another story, one more well known, the Macdonald’s captured the castle. Mac Colla needed to return home and left a small garrison to defend the castle, with his personal piper among them. While he was away, the castle was recaptured by the Campbell’s and all the MacDonald’s were killed, except the piper, who was spared because of his status. After retaking their castle the Campbell’s laid a trap for the MacDonald’s.

As Mac Colla sailed returning to the castle he and his crew heard, as expected the piper playing a tune of welcome from the castle ramparts. As the MacDonald boat grew closer, the Macdonald’s were able to discern the tune and recognised it as a warning. The small boat turned away and the trap failed. To punish the piper, his hands were cut off so that he may never play again. The piper bled out and died of his injuries.

During a set of renovations at the castle, workers unearthed a handless human skeleton under a stone path, whose hands had been removed by clean cuts to the wrist. It is believed that this skeleton is that of the Piper Of Duntrune. There was evidence of an Episcopalian burial; many of the Highlanders serving the Royalist cause were Episcopalian at the time. The Campbell’s fought for the Covenanters, who were Presbyterian. Wikipedia

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Sunrise and The Old Man of Storr

July 23rd, 2014

Sunrise and The Old Man of Storr

Sunrise and The Old Man of Storr

Day 2

I could hear the melodic tune of the alarm on my phone in the background, I must be dreaming as it seemed like 5 minutes since I went to sleep, but no, it was time to get ready for the sunrise shoot. Fortunately I had packed my camera gear into my backpack for this shoot last night, so it was into the car for the short journey to the selected location, arriving about 45 minutes before sunrise. This view was across the Sound of Sleat towards the mountains on Knoydart.

I changed location slightly during the time there, to vary the foreground as the sun rose above the distant mountain ridge. With the sun now well above the horizon and warm orange and pink glow having changed to daylight this sunrise shoot was over, it was time to head back to the hotel for breakfast.
Mid-morning we set out again this time our destination was The Old Man of Storr. Our journey of about 1 hour was through Broadford, then to Portree and The Old Man. We parked in the lay-by at the side of the road as the small car park was already full, (57°29'34.70"N 6°10'13.29"W).

On the internet the first part of the route is described as a winding path through the trees, this has recently changed as the tree plantations on the Isle of Skye have been felled, and the path was deeply rutted by the heavy machinery that was used (April 2014). Once above the area of tree stumps the track climbs steeply at parts with stepped sections created using large rocks (sturdy footwear recommended). Upon reaching the Old Man of Storr the area that I chose to photograph from was atop of a small hill to the right, this gave me a slightly elevated view, rather than looking upwards to the pinnacles. The decent that we took was the reverse of the ascent, quite a bit easier and fewer rest stops required.

Once back at the car we continued along the road to Kilt Rock. The area known as Kilt Rock is not visible from the road though the car park is well signposted. From the fenced cliff edge viewing area there is a clear view of Kilt Rock further along the coast.

Landscape Photographer Scotland - Day 1

June 29th, 2014

Landscape Photographer Scotland - Day 1

Landscape Photographer Scotland - Day 1

As a landscape photographer Scotland, on a personal shoot I will start planning about six months to a year in advance by looking at 500px and Stuck on Earth for inspiration, then moving on to Google Earth to see which locations are close by each other.

The position of the sunrise and sunset will determine what month of the year the sun will be in the ideal position in relation to mountains, lochs etc. The Photographers Ephemeris (TPE) is one of the best apps that I know of, for this information, giving accurate sunrise and sunset times with a graphical display of the given landscape.
Though the weather forecast will be the deciding factor.

The camera equipment that I recommend using is your camera that will give you the largest file size (if you are going to sell prints) with the least amount of sensor noise, a steady tripod, remote shutter release, ND filter (number of stops dependent on how much you want to slow the shutter speed), polarizing filter and the smallest backpack that will hold the above.

Find suitable accommodation close to the shoot locations, at very least the sunrise locations.

Personal shoot on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

Day 1


The alarm is set for an early start (5:00am) as there is a six hour drive from where I live just south of Glasgow to the hotel in the Isle of Skye. The early start will mean that I will miss the morning rush hour, and arrive at my destination with time to check the next mornings locations for the sunrise shoot.

The route that I will be taking is to the south of Glasgow passing through Paisley, then onto the M8 and over the Erskine Bridge, Loch Lomond heading north to Crainlarach. Then across Ranoch Moor to Glencoe, keeping an eye for possible photo locations to stop at on the return journey. Still heading north from Glencoe to Fort William where we stop for a coffee and a short break. Then head north again then west to Kyle of Lochalsh to cross the Skye Bridge, arriving at the Duisdale House Hotel, Isle of Skye, where we are staying for the next two nights. The receptionist informed us that it would be about one hour until our room will be ready, so it was back in the car and head off to find the first of three possible locations for the sunrise shoot the next morning. The first location around the jetty at Ornsay looked possible. One internet i had seen that it was possible to see the lighthouse on the Isle of Ornsay, which is not possible from the jetty area. On route to the second location less than one mile along the coast we spotted the lighthouse through a gap between two apartment blocks.
When packing the car boot (trunk) earlier that morning I had deliberately packed my camera bag last, just incase I needed it before we had checked-in at the hotel. Car parked close- by, just off the single track road, it was easy to access the camera body and lens that I wanted. The distance to lighthouse was reading at close to infinity and the mountains were at least twice that again, so I opted for the longest lens that I have a 70-200 and X2 multiplier, this would make the lighthouse fill more of the frame and compress the distance between the lighthouse and the mountains. It was at this point that I realized that my tripod, which I would need, was not next to the camera bag but packed deep in the boot and access to it would require the removal of 50% of the boot's contents.
You might be wondering what and how much did I pack. As the weight and dimension restrictions are more relaxed when traveling by car, we take more than we need and some things that's not possible on a flight from Scotland. All camera equipment in one large bag, except tripod!!, one suitcase (large enough for clothes, toiletries, chargers etc for two people for 5 days), one pair of Welles (waterproof rubber boots, knee high) might need these tonight and two sun loungers more about these in day 4.


How I got this shot of the lighthouse with my choice of camera and lens set-up. Not that difficult, my wife Jean is about 7" shorter than me, so with Jean standing in front of me, both of us looking at the lighthouse, I could steady the lenshade on her shoulder while I held the camera body.

Upon reaching the second location this proved to be ideal, very little had changed from when the google earth image had been taken, firm ground just off the single trackroad suitable for parking and an unrestricted view across the Sound of Sleat, this would be the spot to capture the sunrise tomorrow morning.

Convinced that I was set on the second location we headed back to the main road passing the third possible location and onto Armadale about 3 miles away for lunch. The small village of Armadle is also the ferry terminal for the Caladonian MacBraynes crossing from Mallaig on the mainland of Scotland. On the left hand side as you approach the ferry parking lanes is a lone building selling handmade jewelery and beautiful canvas prints of many of the photogenic locations on the Isle of Skye. These images are the work of Grumpy George http://www.grumpygeorge.co.uk from capture to framing, who is likely to be found around the pier area photographing the pets of the people waiting on the ferry. Grumpy George, though I don't know where the "grumpy" comes from, I found very helpful in sharing the locations and times that he had captured his images, many of which I will need to save for my next visit.

After lunch at the pier we headed back to the hotel via the village of Ord (one of George's locations). The Duisdale House Hotel is a small family run hotel and does not have 24 hour reception, as my plans for tonight and tomorrow morning might fall out with the receptions operating times it is wise to check if I need an additional key.

Tonight's sunset shoot will be at Elgol with a view across Loch to the Black Cuillin Mountains. Elgol is about an 1 1/2 hours drive away according to my TomTom satnav from the hotel.
That night after our meal we set off, our route taking us through Broadford and then on a single track road to Elgol. The plan was to arrive about 45 minutes before sunset, as the car park was close-by. The journey on the single track road took longer than estimated, not due to the amount of traffic, but rather the flocks of sheep which roam freely and the blind summits (steep incline immediately followed by steep decline) on this road, that when you are at the top all you can see through the front windscreen (windshield) is the sky. Our delayed arrival at Elgol ment that there was no time to look for an alternative shooting position, it was grab the camera gear out of the car, change from my shoes to wellies (description above) cross the rocky shore and set-up, the colours in the sky were amazing as the sun set to the left of the Cuillin Mountains.


The light changed rapidly from sunset to twilight and then it was gone the exact conditions never to be repeated. The return journey back to the hotel took a little bit longer as you can imagine at the top of the blind summit headlights pointing skywards are of little use.

Landscape Slideshow on Fine Art America

June 15th, 2014

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Scottish Landscape photography on Fine Art America

June 15th, 2014

Scottish Landscape photography on Fine Art America

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Buachaille Etive Mor Glencoe Scotland

May 12th, 2014

Buachaille Etive Mor Glencoe Scotland

Buachaille Etive Mor Glencoe Scotland

Buachaille Etive Mor (Scottish Gaelic: Buachaille Eite Mor, meaning "the great herdsman of Etive"), is a mountain at the head of Glen Etive in the Highlands of Scotland

Its pyramidal form, as seen from the A82 road when travelling towards Glen Coe, makes it one of the most recognisable mountains in Scotland, and one of the most depicted on postcards and calendars.

Buachaille Etive Mòr takes the form of a ridge nearly five miles (8 km) in length, almost entirely encircled by the River Etive and its tributaries. The ridge contains four principal tops: from north-east to south-west these are Stob Dearg (1022 m), Stob na Doire (1011 m), Stob Coire Altruim (941 m) and Stob na Bròige (956 m). Stob Dearg and Stob na Bròige are both Munros; the latter was promoted to Munro status by the Scottish Mountaineering Club in 1997. Wikipedia

Lighthouse Ornsay Isle of Skye Scotland

May 12th, 2014

Lighthouse Ornsay Isle of Skye Scotland


Ornsay is a small tidal island to the east of the Sleat peninsula on the Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.

Loch Sheil - Glenfinnan Monument

May 12th, 2014

Loch Sheil - Glenfinnan Monument

Loch Sheil - Glenfinnan Monument

The village of Glenfinnan is in the Lochaber area of the Highlands of Scotland, located at the northern end of Loch Shiel, and at the foot of Glenfinnan.

The 18-metre-high (60 ft) Glenfinnan Monument situated here at the head of Loch Shiel was erected in 1815 to mark the place where Prince Charles Edward Stuart ("Bonnie Prince Charlie") raised his standard, at the beginning of the 1745 Jacobite Rising.

1745–1746
Prince Charles initially landed from France on Eriskay in the Western Isles. He then travelled to the mainland in a small rowing boat, coming ashore at Loch nan Uamh, just west of Glenfinnan. Here he was met by a small number of MacDonalds. He waited at Glenfinnan for a number of days as more MacDonalds, Camerons, McPhees and MacDonnells arrived. When he judged he had enough support, he climbed the hill and MacMaster of Glenaladale raised his royal standard, on Monday 19 August 1745, and claimed the Scottish and the English thrones in the name of his father James Stuart ('the Old Pretender'); A MacPhee (Macfie) was one of two pipers at Glenfinnan when Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his banner there in 1745. Brandy was distributed in celebration. So began the rebellion that was to end in failure eight months later at the Battle of Culloden (16 April 1746). Many MacPhees (Macfies) followed Cameron of Lochiel in the second line into the Battle of Culloden in 1746.

After Culloden, in his flight to evade government troops, Charles came to the same area again. After being hidden by loyal supporters he boarded a French frigate at the shores of Loch nan Uamh, close to where he had landed and raised his standard. Today The Prince's Cairn marks the spot from which he departed. Wikipedia

Cuillin Mountains Isle of Skye Scotland Sunset

May 9th, 2014

Cuillin Mountains Isle of Skye Scotland Sunset

Cuillin Mountains Isle of Skye Scotland Sunset

The peaks of the Black Cuillin at sunset on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Setting sun to the west of the Black Cuillin Mountains on the Isle of Skye, as viewed from Elgol.

The peaks of the Black Cuillin are mainly composed of Gabbro a very rough black igneous rock which provides a superb grip for mountaineers and basalt, which can be very slippery when wet. The summits of the Cuillin are bare rock, jagged in outline and with steep cliffs and deep cuts corries and gullies. Twelve Munros are Black Cuillin peaks, though one of them, Blaven, is part of a group of outliers separated from the main ridge by Glen Sligachan.

The scrambler can access most of the individual peaks by their easiest routes. Only the Inaccessible Pinnacle is a graded rock climb (moderate) by its simplest line but several of the other summits require scrambling skills. Wikipedia

St Andrews Castle Scotland Siege

April 21st, 2014

St Andrews Castle Scotland Siege

St Andrews Castle Scotland Siege

The Siege of St Andrews Castle (1546–1547) followed the killing of Cardinal David Beaton by a group of Protestants at St Andrews Castle. They remained in the castle and were besieged by the Governor of Scotland, Regent Arran. However, over 18 months the Scottish besieging forces made little impact, and the Castle finally surrendered to a French naval force after artillery bombardment. The Protestant garrison, including the preacher John Knox were taken to France and used as galley slaves.
Murder of the Cardinal

St Andrews castle was the residence of Cardinal David Beaton and his mistress Marion Ogilvy. Beaton's strong opposition to the marriage of Mary, Queen of Scots, with Prince Edward, later Edward VI of England, the son and heir of Henry VIII of England, had led to the war of the Rough Wooing with England.
In 1546, David Beaton imprisoned the Protestant preacher George Wishart in the castle's Sea Tower, then had him burnt at the stake in front of the castle walls on 1 March. Wishart's friends included a group of well-connected Protestant Fife Lairds, some of whom had previously conspired with Henry VIII and his ambassador Ralph Sadler either to capture or assassinate Beaton.

On Saturday 29 May 1546, the lairds formed four teams. Norman Leslie, Master of Rothes, and three men, perhaps by disguising themselves as masons when some building work was in progress, got into the castle. James Melville and his companions got in by pretending to have an appointment with the Cardinal. William Kirkcaldy of Grange and eight men gained entry to the castle at the drawbridge and when they were joined by John Leslie of Parkhill, they overpowered the porter Ambrose Stirling, stabbed him and threw his body in the ditch.

The genuine masons and the garrison supervised by Kirkcaldy left at the postern gate, where the Cardinal's mistress Marion Ogilvy had recently exited. Robert Lindsay of Pitscottie wrote that Peter Carmichael stabbed the Cardinal in his chamber, or on the spiral stair, in the east blockhouse tower. To deter the Cardinal's supporters in the town led by the Provost, James Learmonth of Dairsie, from attempting a rescue, they hung his body in public view from his window or from the parapet at the front of the castle.

The son of the Governor of Scotland, James Hamilton, 3rd Earl of Arran, and second after his father in line to the crown of Scotland, was already in the castle as Beaton's hostage: now he was the pawn of the Fife lairds. John Knox wrote that the defenders covered Beaton's body with salt, wrapped it in lead and buried it in the Sea Tower of the castle. David Lindsay made the Cardinal's ghost voice this detail in his Tragedie of the Cardinall; "Thay saltit me, syne cloist me in a kist." Wikipedia

Kenmore Bridge Perthshire Scotland Landscape Photos

April 17th, 2014

Kenmore Bridge Perthshire Scotland Landscape Photos

Kenmore Bridge Perthshire Scotland.

Kenmore Bridge dates from 1774 and the village as it is today was laid out in the 18th Century by the third Earl of Breadalbane. It retains many of its original buildings and historic appearance. The neighbouring Castle were originally known as Balloch (from Gaelic bealach, 'pass'). The original village was sited on the north side of river approximately two miles from its present site and was known as Inchadney. In 1540 Sir Colin Campbell of Glenorchy started the construction of Balloch castle on the opposite bank of the river and the entire village was moved to a prominent headland by the shores of Loch Tay, hence the name Kenmore, which translates from Scots Gaelic to "big (or large) head". The village as its seen today is a model village laid out by 3rd Earl of Breadalbane in 1760.

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Inside Pantheon Rome Italy

April 17th, 2014

Inside Pantheon Rome Italy

Inside Pantheon Rome Italy, sunlight shines on the marble walls through the central opening (oculus) in the domed roof. Tourists in the foreground give a sense of scale of the arched enterence from the portico.

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Scottish Landscape photos

April 17th, 2014

Scottish Landscape photos

Scottish Landscape photos of framed wall art from various locations across Scotland

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St Peters Square Vatican City

April 17th, 2014

St Peters Square Vatican City

St Peters Square Vatican City Rome Italy designed principally by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, St. Peter’s is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and remains one of the largest churches in the world. While it is neither the mother church of the Roman Catholic Church nor the cathedral of the Bishop of Rome, St. Peter’s is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic sites. It has been described as “holding a unique position in the Christian world” and as “the greatest of all churches of Christendom”.

By Roman Catholic tradition, the basilica is the burial site of its namesake Saint Peter, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and, also according to tradition, the first Bishop of Rome and therefore first in the line of the papal succession. Tradition and strong historical evidence hold that Saint Peter’s tomb is directly below the altar of the basilica. For this reason, many Popes have been interred at St. Peter’s since the Early Christian period. There has been a church on this site since the time of Constantine the Great. Construction of the present basilica, replacing the Old St. Peter’s Basilica of the 4th century, began on 18 April 1506 and was completed on 18 November 1626. Wikipedia

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Loch Crinan Scotland BW

April 17th, 2014

Loch Crinan Scotland BW

Loch Crinan is a seawater loch on the West of Scotland, leading into the Sound of Jura and being the western end of the Crinan Canal. The village of Crinan is at the entrance to the canal at the eastern end of the loch. Duntrune Castle stands on the northern shore. The River Add goes into it by the hamlet of Bellanoch.

It contains the islets of An-unalin, Black Rock, Eilean dà Mhèinn, Eilean Glas, and Eilean nan Coinean.

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Grasmere Landscape Photos

April 17th, 2014

Grasmere Landscape Photos

Grasmere Landscape Photos

Grasmere Landscape Photos is of one of the smaller lakes of the English Lake District, in the county of Cumbria. It gives its name to the village of Grasmere, famously associated with the poet William Wordsworth, which lies immediately to the north of the lake.
The lake is 1680 yd (1540 m) long and 700 yd (640 m) wide, covering an area of 0.24 mi² (0.62 km²). It has a maximum depth of 70 ft (21m) and an elevation above sea level of 208 ft (62 m). The lake is both fed and drained by the River Rothay, which flows through the village before entering the lake, and then exits downstream into nearby Rydal Water, beyond which it continues into Windermere.

The waters of the lake are leased by the Lowther Estate to the National Trust. The waters are navigable, with private boats allowed and rowing boats for hire, but powered boats are prohibited. The lake contains a single island, known as The Island.

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Rome Italy Cityscape

April 17th, 2014

Rome Italy Cityscape

Rome Italy Cityscape

Rome is the capital of Italy and also of the Province of Rome and of the region of Lazio. With 2.7 million residents in 1,285.3 km2 (496.3 sq mi), it is also the country’s largest and most populated comune and fourth-most populous city in the European Union by population within city limits. The urban area of Rome extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of around 3.8 million. Between 3.2 and 4.2 million people live in Rome metropolitan area. The city is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, on the Tiber within Lazio (Latium). The Vatican City is an independent country within the city boundaries of Rome, the only example of a country within a city existing.

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Yacht Crinan Canal Scotland

April 17th, 2014

Yacht Crinan Canal Scotland

Yacht Crinan Canal Scotland. The Crinan Canal’s starting point is at Ardrishaig, two miles south of Lochgilphead. After a basin and several locks the canal follows the shore of Loch Gilp and the A83.

Fifteen locks and nine miles from Ardrishaig the Crinan Canal has reached a hight of sixty-five feet above sea level. Three hundred thousand litres of water is needed every time a boat goes through the canal.

At Cairnbaan there are more locks and the attractive Cairnbaan Hotel and its restaurant. More locks at Dunardry mark the end of a summit reach that is less than a mile long. At Bellanoch the canal reaches the sea again, but does not yet join it. Instead it runs parallel to the shore of Loch Crinan.

Every year at least two thousand vessels, mostly pleasure craft, use the canal. This is a vast increase from the early days of the canal when it was a vital link in Scotland’s transport system. Before the coming of the railways the fastest way to travel between Glasgow and Inverness was by boat using the Crinan Canal and the Caledonian Canal, usually calling at Oban along the way.

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Hiking Austrian Alps

April 17th, 2014

Hiking Austrian Alps

Hiking Austrian alps, two-thirds of the Kitzbühel Alps lie within the Austrian province of Tyrol, the remaining third is in Salzburg province. They are about 80 kilometres (50 mi) long from east to west and 25 to 35 km wide. They extend from the Ziller valley and Tux Alps in the west to the Saalach river and Zell am See on Lake Zell (Zellersee) in the east. They are bordered to the south by the Zillertal Alps and the High Tauern mountain range on the other side of the Salzach River, on the north by the Inn River and the Northern Limestone Alps.

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Austria Photos Agriculture

April 17th, 2014

Austria Photos Agriculture

Austria Photos Agriculture

Austria Photos Agriculture

The share of agriculture in Austria in the Austrian economy declined steadily after World War II, agriculture continues to represent an important element of the economy because of its social and political significance. The Chamber of Agriculture remains on an equal level with the chambers of commerce and labour, although its members produce only a fraction of the GDP that industrial and commercial workers produce.

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In Austria, as in most other Western countries, the government has played an important role in agriculture since the end of War World II. The government has concentrated on mitigating social, regional, economic, and even environmental consequences of the sector's decline, as well as delaying the decline itself.

Agricultural policy has been carried out with different objectives and with different laws and policies depending on the times. at the early postwar years, the most important objectives were suoyurvival and self-sufficiency. As a poor country, Austria needed to be able to feed itself if its population was to survive.

By the 1950s, however, the policy was changing to a more global perspective, while keeping intact the traditional form economy. The government wanted to protect domestic production, stabilize agricultural markets, protect farmers' incomes, and improve the sector's ability to compete in Austria and abroad. Increasingly, the government began to believe in the importance of maintaining rural society as an objective in its own right, for social reasons, and to protect the environment and encourage tourism. Because of these aims, agricultural policy, more than any other economic policy, reflects a mixture of economic and noneconomic objectives and concerns. The principal aim, however, is to preserve the existing number of farms as much as possible.

Within the structure of the social partnership, various organizations work to maintain farm incomes and thus farm existence, among them the Grain Board, the Dairy Board, and the Livestock and Meat Commission. These organizations set basic support prices, taking into account domestic costs and local supply and demand, with only weak linkages to world market prices.

The boards and commission use a variety of measures to achieve their broad purposes. Among these measures are import restrictions, such as border controls and entry controls—some of which may be bilaterally negotiated—and variable import duties. If import restrictions are not sufficient to maintain prices because of excess production, the surplus is exported at subsidized prices (with the subsidies usually coming from federal or provincial authorities). Authorities also apply production controls, such as sales quotas or limits, on the size and density of livestock holdings. Quotas exist for many different products, with the quotas usually fixed on the basis of past production. Price and quality controls and limits also exist, especially with respect to different prices for different grades of wheat or milk. The government can also pay direct income supplements, but these payments are generally restricted to certain mountain farming zones and other equally disadvantaged areas. Subsidies are mainly paid by the federal government but may in some instances be paid by provincial governments.

Because of the complex system of price supports and market access limitations, the exact share of subsidy costs to the government and to consumers is virtually impossible to calculate. Experts estimate that the total cost to the federal and other governments for agricultural and forestry support during the late 1980s was approximately S16 billion a year, a level that would have been roughly at the same level as that of many other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) governments but slightly higher than the EC average.

The economic research institute Österreichisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (WIFO) estimated after a major 1989 study that about 71 percent of the cost of agricultural support was borne by consumers in the form of higher prices, with the taxpayers carrying the remaining 29 percent through such different programs as direct and indirect federal and provincial subsidies or various kinds of market regulation.

Austria's decision to enter the EU will have certain effects on its agriculture and forestry. Support prices in Austria are higher than those set under the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), although the two systems are in many ways similar. Austrian government-borne subsidy costs are at about the same level as those in the EU, but consumer-borne subsidy costs are higher, so food prices in Austria average about 30 percent higher than those in the EU. Full integration into the EU will thus compel a number of adjustments in Austria. These adjustments may be even more severe if they become effective at the same time that some East European countries with lower production costs enter the EU. Much depends, of course, on any reforms that may take place in the CAP.

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Penken Austria Landscape Photography

April 17th, 2014

Penken Austria Landscape Photography

Penken Austria Landscape Photography
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View from close to the Penken lift station. The Penken is reached by a Gondola system which located on the main street next to the Sport Hotel Strass, in the centre of the village, while the Ahorn Cable car, which as of 2008 is the largest cable car in Austria (160 passengers) is situated at the southern end of the town. Mayrhofen is a snowboard minded village with a funpark sponsored by Vans, and the snowboardhotel Gasthof Zillertal owned by the Dutch organisation 'SAIKO expeditions'. Mountaineer Peter Habeler and Downhill Racer Uli Spiess both come from Mayrhofen.
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Landscape Photography Venice Storm

April 17th, 2014

Landscape Photography Venice Storm

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The gondola is a traditional, flat-bottomed Venetian rowing boat, well suited to the conditions of the Venetian lagoon. For centuries gondolas were the chief means of transportation and most common watercraft within Venice. In modern times the iconic boats still have a role in public transport in the city, serving as traghetti (ferries) over the Grand Canal. They are also used in special regattas (rowing races) held amongst gondoliers. The gondola is propelled like punting, except an oar is used instead of a pole. Their primary role today, however, is to carry tourists on rides at fixed rates.
The gondola is propelled by a person (the gondolier) who stands facing the bow and rows with a forward stroke, followed by a compensating backward stroke. Contrary to popular belief, the gondola is never poled like a punt as the waters of Venice are too deep. Until the early 20th century, as many photographs attest, gondolas were often fitted with a "felze", a small cabin, to protect the passengers from the weather or from onlookers. Its windows could be closed with louvered shutters—the original "venetian blinds". After the elimination of the traditional felze—possibly in response to tourists complaining that it blocked the view—there survived for some decades a kind of vestigial summer awning, known as the "tendalin" (these can be seen on gondolas as late as the mid-1950s, in the film Summertime). While in previous centuries gondolas could be many different colors, a sumptuary law of Venice required that gondolas should be painted black, and they are customarily so painted now.
It is estimated that there were eight to ten thousand gondolas during the 17th and 18th century. There are just over four hundred in active service today, virtually all of them used for hire by tourists. Those few that are in private ownership are either hired out to Venetians for weddings or used for racing. Even though the Gondola by now has become a widely publicized icon of Venice, in the times of the Republic of Venice it was by far not the only means of transportation: on the map of Venice created by Jacopo de' Barbari in 1500 only a fraction of the boats are gondolas, the majority of boats are batellas, caorlinas, galleys and other boats - by now only a handful of batellas survive, and caorlinas are used for racing only.During their heyday as a means of public transports, teams of four men—three oarsmen and a fourth person, primarily shore-based and responsible for the booking and administration of the gondola (Il Rosso Riserva)—would share ownership of a gondola. However as the gondolas became more of a tourist attraction than a mode of public transport all but one of these cooperatives and their offices have closed. The category is now protected by the Institution for the Protection and Conservation of Gondolas and Gondoliers,[4] headquartered in the historical center of Venice.
Traghetti - foot passenger gondolas across the Grand Canal
The historical gondola was quite different from its modern evolution- the paintings of Canaletto and others show a much lower prow, a higher "ferro", and usually two rowers. The banana-shaped modern gondola was developed only in the 19th century by the boat-builder Tramontin, whose heirs still run the Tramontin boatyard. The construction of the gondola continued to evolve until the mid-20th century, when the city government prohibited any further modifications.
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Culzean Castle Scotland

April 17th, 2014

Culzean Castle Scotland

Culzean Castle Scotland at sunset perched on the edge of the cliff, with two canoes in the sea below. Patches of the setting sun reflects off the cliff and castle as it sets at the cloudy horizon. This is not the usual view that you will find of This Scottish castle.
In 1945, the Kennedy family gave the castle and its grounds to the National Trust for Scotland (thus avoiding inheritance tax). In doing so, they stipulated that the apartment at the top of the castle be given to General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower in recognition of his role as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during the Second World War. The General first visited Culzean Castle in 1946 and stayed there four times, including once while President of the United States. An Eisenhower exhibition occupies one of the rooms, with mementoes of his lifetime.

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European Landscape Photography Afterglow

April 17th, 2014

European Landscape Photography Afterglow

European Landscape Photography Afterglow

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This picture was taken on a warm evening in May, at the waters edge within the grounds of The St George Hotel, in the outskirts of Paphos, Cyprus.

Paphos enjoys a subtropical-semi-arid climate, with the greatest amounts of precipitation mainly occurring from mid-November to March. It practically never rains in the summer, (with an average of 0.1). In July and August, humidity measurements can go up to 85%.

Snowfall occurs rarely, approximately every 10 years, and does not normally lead to any significant disruption. Snowfall does occur in the hills of Tsada, 6 km north, almost annually. The last significant snowfall in the city centre occurred in the winter of 2001.

Heat waves in July and August are relatively common, when hot air masses from the Sahara desert drift over to Cyprus causing temperatures to rise. Cyprus has experienced drought-like conditions and the current trend of global warming may increase the severity of these conditions. In the summer of 2008, Cyprus had to ship water by tanker from Greece to meet demand on the island. However, since then, water conditions have eased due to good winter rains. Wikipedia

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Landscape Photos Grasmere Lake District England

April 17th, 2014

Landscape Photos Grasmere Lake District England

Grasmere Lake District England.

The poet William Wordsworth, who lived in Grasmere for fourteen years, described it as "the loveliest spot that man hath ever found". Before 1974, Grasmere lay within the former county of Westmorland, but today it is part of the county of Cumbria. Grasmere is a village, and popular tourist destination, in the centre of the English Lake District. It takes its name from the adjacent lake, and is associated with the Lake Poets.

Today's Grasmere Gingerbread is made to a "secret recipe" popularized by Sarah Nelson (1815-1904). By the early nineteenth century, Grasmere gingerbread was already being sold as fairings, as well as being a popular seller in its own right. Poet Dorothy Wordsworth wrote in 1803 that she and her brother William yearned for the gingerbread. Wikipedia

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Piazza San Marco

April 12th, 2014

Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco Venice Italy this image is not actually in the Piazza San Marco, it was taken at the entrance to the Piazza known as the Piazzetta di San Marco looking towards the waters of the lagoon. The Piazzetta lies between the Doge’s Palace on the east and Jacopo Sansovino’s Libreria which holds the Biblioteca Marciana on the west. Wikipedia
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Lighthouse Crinan Canal

March 27th, 2014

Lighthouse Crinan Canal

The Crinan Canal between Crinan and Ardrishaig in Argyll in the west of Scotland is operated by Scottish Canals. The canal takes its name from the village of Crinan at its westerly end. Nine miles (14 km) long, it connects the village of Ardrishaig on Loch Gilp with the Sound of Jura, providing a navigable route between the Clyde and the Inner Hebrides, without the need for a long diversion around the Kintyre peninsula, and in particular the exposed Mull of Kintyre. The canal is 10 ft (3.0 m) deep and has essentially no height limit.

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Sunset Isle of Jura Scotland

March 23rd, 2014

Sunset Isle of Jura Scotland

Loch Crinan is a seawater loch on the West of Scotland, leading into the Sound of Jura and being the western end of the Crinan Canal. The village of Crinan is at the entrance to the canal at the eastern end of the loch. Duntrune Castle stands on the northern shore. The River Add goes into it by the hamlet of Bellanoch.
It contains the islets of An-unalin, Black Rock, Eilean dà Mhèinn, Eilean Glas, and Eilean nan Coinean.

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Cityscape Photography Venice

December 3rd, 2013

Cityscape Photography Venice

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Venice has a rich and diverse architectural style, the most famous of which is the Gothic style. Venetian Gothic architecture is a term given to a Venetian building style combining use of the Gothic lancet arch with Byzantine, Ottoman and a lot of Phoenician architecture influences. The style originated in 14th-century Venice, where the confluence of Byzantine style from Constantinople met Arab influence from Moorish Spain. Chief examples of the style are the Doge's Palace and the Ca' d'Oro in the city. The city also has several Renaissance and Baroque buildings, including the Ca' Pesaro and the Ca' Rezzonico
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Landscape photography slideshow

November 29th, 2013

Landscape photography slideshow

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Cityscape Photography Venice Doges Palace

November 23rd, 2013

Cityscape Photography Venice Doges Palace

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Landscape Photography Scotland Thatched Cottage by the Beach

November 23rd, 2013

Landscape Photography Scotland Thatched Cottage by the Beach

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The Hebrides were settled early on in the settlement of the British Isles, perhaps as early as the Mesolithic era, around 8500-8250 BC, after the climatic conditions improved enough to sustain human settlement. There are examples of structures possibly dating from up to 3000 BC, the finest example being the standing stones at Callanish, but some archaeologists date the site as Bronze Age. Little is known of the people who settled in the Hebrides but they were likely of the same Celtic stock that had settled in the rest of Scotland. Settlements at Northton, Harris, have both Beaker & Neolithic dwelling houses, the oldest in the Western Isles, attesting to the settlement.

The earliest written mention of the Outer Hebrides was by the Greek historian Diodorus Siculus in 55 BC. He wrote that there was an island called Hyperborea (which means "Far to the North") where a round temple stood from which the moon appeared only a little distance above the earth every 19 years, an apparent reference to the stone circle at Callanish. Pomponius Mela, a Roman-Spanish writer of the first century, refers to a group of seven islands which he gave the name Haemodae (Hebrides???). Other ancient writers such as Pliny the Elder, the Egyptian astronomer Ptolemy, and Solinus (3rd Century AD) all seem to mention the Hebrides, attesting to some contact of the peoples there to the Roman world.

Little is known of the history of the peoples of the Hebrides before the 6th century as they, like the rest of Scotland, were in the depths of what centuries later became known as the Dark Ages. The first written records of the islands comes with the arrival of St. Columba in the 6th century AD. It was this Irish-Scottish saint who first brought Christianity to the islands in the 6th century, founding several churches.
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Landscape Photography Durdle Dor

November 23rd, 2013

Landscape Photography Durdle Dor

Landscape Photography Durdle Dor
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Durdle Door (sometimes written Durdle Dor) is a natural limestone arch on the Jurassic Coast near Lulworth in Dorset, England. It is privately owned by the Welds, a family who owns 12,000 acres (50 km2) in Dorset in the name of the Lulworth Estate. It is open to the public. The name Durdle is derived from the Old English 'thirl' meaning bore or drill.

The form of the coastline around Durdle Dor is controlled by its geology—both by the contrasting hardness of the rocks, and by the local patterns of faults and folds. The arch has formed on a concordant coastline where bands of rock run parallel to the shoreline. The rock strata are almost vertical, and the bands of rock are quite narrow. Originally a band of resistant Portland limestone ran along the shore, the same band that appears one mile along the coast forming the narrow entrance to Lulworth Cove. Behind this is a 120-metre (390 ft) band of weaker, easily eroded rocks, and behind this is a stronger and much thicker band of chalk, which forms the Purbeck Hills. These steeply dipping rocks are part of the geological structure known as the Lulworth crumple, itself part of a broader monocline (a kinked type of geological fold) produced by the building of the Alps during the mid-Cenozoic.

A 'back view' of the Durdle Dor promontory from the east, showing the visible remnants of the more resistant strata in Man O'War Bay
The limestone and chalk are in closer proximity at Durdle Dor than at Swanage, 10 miles (16 km) to the east, where the distance is over 2 miles (3 km). There are at least three reasons for this. Firstly, the beds are highly inclined (whilst more gently inclined at Swanage). Secondly, some of the beds have been cut out by faulting; and thirdly, the area around Durdle Dor seems to have had shallower water at the time of deposition than comparable geological sections, so thinner bands of sediments were deposited. Around this part of the coast nearly all of the limestone has been removed by sea erosion, whilst the remainder forms the small headland which includes the arch. Erosion at the western end of the limestone band has resulted in the arch formation. UNESCO teams monitor the condition of both the arch and adjacent beach.

The 120-metre (390 ft) isthmus which joins the limestone to the chalk is made of a 50-metre (160 ft) band of Portland limestone, a narrow and compressed band of Cretaceous Wealden clays and sands, and then narrow bands of Greensand and sandstone.
In Man O' War Bay, the small bay immediately east of Durdle Dor, the band of Portland and Purbeck limestone has not been entirely eroded away, and is visible above the waves as Man O'War Rocks. Similarly, offshore to the west, the eroded limestone outcrop forms a line of small rocky islets called (from east to west) The Bull, The Blind Cow, The Cow, and The Calf.

As the coastline in this area is generally an eroding landscape, the cliffs are subject to occasional rockfalls and landslides; a particularly large slide occurred just to the east of Durdle Dor in April 2013, resulting in destruction of part of the South West Coast Path.
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Landscape Photography Grand Canal Venice

November 23rd, 2013

Landscape Photography Grand Canal Venice

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The Grand Canal (Italian: Canal Grande, Venetian: Cana³asso) is a canal in Venice, Italy. It forms one of the major water-traffic corridors in the city. Public transport is provided by water buses (Italian: vaporetti) and private water taxis, and many tourists explore the canal by gondola.
At one end, the canal leads into the lagoon near the Santa Lucia railway station and the other end leads into Saint Mark Basin; in between, it makes a large reverse-S shape through the central districts (sestieri) of Venice. It is 3,800 m long, 30–90 m wide, with an average depth of five meters (16.5 ft).

The banks of the Grand Canal are lined with more than 170 buildings, most of which date from the 13th to the 18th century, and demonstrate the welfare and art created by the Republic of Venice. The noble Venetian families faced huge expenses to show off their richness in suitable palazzos; this contest reveals the citizens’ pride and the deep bond with the lagoon. Amongst the many are the Palazzi Barbaro, Ca' Rezzonico, Ca' d'Oro, Palazzo Dario, Ca' Foscari, Palazzo Barbarigo and to Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, housing the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. The churches along the canal include the basilica of Santa Maria della Salute. Centuries-old traditions, such as the Historical Regatta, are perpetuated every year along the Canal.

Because most of the city's traffic goes along the Canal rather than across it, only one bridge crossed the canal until the 19th century, the Rialto Bridge. There are currently three more bridges, the Ponte degli Scalzi, the Ponte dell'Accademia, and the recent, controversial Ponte della Costituzione, designed by Santiago Calatrava, connecting the train station to Piazzale Roma, one of the few places in Venice where buses and cars can enter. As was usual in the past, people can still take a ferry ride across the canal at several points by standing up on the deck of a simple gondola called a traghetto, although this service is less common than even a decade ago.

Most of the palaces emerge from water without pavement. Consequently, one can only tour past the fronts of the buildings on the grand canal by boat.
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Landscape Photography Venice Gondola

November 23rd, 2013

Landscape Photography Venice Gondola

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The gondola is a traditional, flat-bottomed Venetian rowing boat, well suited to the conditions of the Venetian lagoon. For centuries gondolas were the chief means of transportation and most common watercraft within Venice. In modern times the iconic boats still have a role in public transport in the city, serving as traghetti (ferries) over the Grand Canal. They are also used in special regattas (rowing races) held amongst gondoliers. The gondola is propelled like punting, except an oar is used instead of a pole. Their primary role today, however, is to carry tourists on rides at fixed rates.
The gondola is propelled by a person (the gondolier) who stands facing the bow and rows with a forward stroke, followed by a compensating backward stroke. Contrary to popular belief, the gondola is never poled like a punt as the waters of Venice are too deep. Until the early 20th century, as many photographs attest, gondolas were often fitted with a "felze", a small cabin, to protect the passengers from the weather or from onlookers. Its windows could be closed with louvered shutters—the original "venetian blinds". After the elimination of the traditional felze—possibly in response to tourists complaining that it blocked the view—there survived for some decades a kind of vestigial summer awning, known as the "tendalin" (these can be seen on gondolas as late as the mid-1950s, in the film Summertime). While in previous centuries gondolas could be many different colors, a sumptuary law of Venice required that gondolas should be painted black, and they are customarily so painted now.
It is estimated that there were eight to ten thousand gondolas during the 17th and 18th century. There are just over four hundred in active service today, virtually all of them used for hire by tourists. Those few that are in private ownership are either hired out to Venetians for weddings or used for racing. Even though the Gondola by now has become a widely publicized icon of Venice, in the times of the Republic of Venice it was by far not the only means of transportation: on the map of Venice created by Jacopo de' Barbari in 1500 only a fraction of the boats are gondolas, the majority of boats are batellas, caorlinas, galleys and other boats - by now only a handful of batellas survive, and caorlinas are used for racing only.During their heyday as a means of public transports, teams of four men—three oarsmen and a fourth person, primarily shore-based and responsible for the booking and administration of the gondola (Il Rosso Riserva)—would share ownership of a gondola. However as the gondolas became more of a tourist attraction than a mode of public transport all but one of these cooperatives and their offices have closed. The category is now protected by the Institution for the Protection and Conservation of Gondolas and Gondoliers,[4] headquartered in the historical center of Venice.
Traghetti - foot passenger gondolas across the Grand Canal
The historical gondola was quite different from its modern evolution- the paintings of Canaletto and others show a much lower prow, a higher "ferro", and usually two rowers. The banana-shaped modern gondola was developed only in the 19th century by the boat-builder Tramontin, whose heirs still run the Tramontin boatyard. The construction of the gondola continued to evolve until the mid-20th century, when the city government prohibited any further modifications.
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Austrian Landscape poster print

November 23rd, 2013

Austrian Landscape poster print

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The Zillertal Railway or Zillertalbahn is a 760 mm (2 ft 5 15⁄16 in) narrow track gauge independent railway running nearly 32 km along the valley of the river Ziller (Zillertal) from Jenbach to Mayrhofen within the Tyrol area of Austria.
Running through a picturesque valley in a high amenity rural area, the line is much appreciated by tourists but is also well used as an ordinary transport method by local people. Railway enthusiasts are attracted to it because of its use of steam engines and its unusually small track gauge.
Most of the passenger train services operate using modern diesel locomotives and railcars but the Zillertal Railway also has several steam locomotives which are used with heritage veranda rolling stock for special trains targeting tourists. Goods traffic is carried; standard gauge wagons from and to the main line network are carried on transporter wagons.

In Jenbach the Zillertal Railway meets the ÖBB standard gauge line between Salzburg and Innsbruck and the metre gauge Achenseebahn. Jenbach is the only location in Austria where railways with three different gauges meet.
The line was opened on 31 July 1902, serving the needs of residents of the upper Ziller valley and giving them access to Jenbach and the main line railway in the Inn Valley.

In 1956 the present day company name, Zillertaler Verkehrsbetriebe AG, (i.e. The Zillertaler Transport Company) was adopted when the company absorbed a local bus operation that had been founded in 1935.

In 1965 the line was extended by 2.5 km to bring materials and equipment to a power station; the extension line has subsequently been removed once more. However at that time two diesel locomotives and some transporter wagons were acquired and the Zillertalbahn became the first railway in Austria to use "Zugfunk"—train control by radio.

In 1976 extraction of magnesium ore from Tux came to an end; this traffic had been an important source of income for the line since 1928.
Since 2005 points on the line have been remotely controlled from the Jenbach control centre using fibre optic transmission.
In 2010 the annual freight traffic amounted to 320,000 tonnes, predominantly in connection with the forest products industry. 1.54 million passengers were carried in that year, a half-hourly service of train and bus journeys combined being introduced.
The section Ramsau - Hippach - Zell am Ziller (3.33 km) and Kaltenbach - Stumm - Angersbach - Ahrnbach (2.0 km) have been made double track.
Some of the Zillertal Railway's redundant rolling stock was donated by the railway to the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway in the UK.
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Scottish Landscape Photography Metal Print

November 22nd, 2013

Scottish Landscape Photography Metal Print

Scottish Landscape Photography Metal Print
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Perthshire, officially the County of Perth is a registration county in central Scotland. It extends from Strathmore in the east, to the Pass of Drumochter in the north, Rannoch Moor and Ben Lui in the west, and Aberfoyle in the south. It was a local government county from 1890 to 1930.
Perthshire county is a land registration county and extends to 5300 km².
Perthshire was known as the "big county" and had a wide variety of landscapes, from the rich agricultural straths in the east, to the high mountains of the southern Highlands.
Perthshire was a top-level local government area between 1890 and 1975, governed by a county council. This Local Government council was superseded in 1930, when a joint Local Government council was formed with the neighbouring small county of Kinross-shire, linking the two. In 1975 this Local Government council was in turn superseded by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 and split between the Local Government Central and Tayside Regions:
West Perthshire (the area west and south of Killin including Callander, Crianlarich and Aberfoyle) was included in the Stirling District of Central Region.
The parish of Muckhart and Glendevon was made part of Clackmannan District Council, also in Central Region Council.
Longforgan was included in the City of Dundee District, in Tayside Region Council.
The remainder of the council was combined with the council of Kinross and the Angus parish of Kettins to form Perth and Kinross District Council in Tayside.
The two-tier system introduced in 1975 was superseded by a system of unitary authorities in 1996.
The area of the former council is now divided between the Local Government council areas of Clackmannanshire, Perth and Kinross and Stirling.
The area included in Dundee in 1975 was transferred to Perth and Kinross.
Prior to the 1890s Perthshire's boundaries were irregular: the parishes of Culross and Tulliallan formed an exclave some miles away from the rest of the county, on the boundaries of Clackmannanshire and Fife; while the northern part of the parish of Logie formed an enclave of Stirlingshire within the county.
Following the recommendations of the council boundary commission appointed under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1889, Culross and Tulliallan were transferred to Fife, and the entire parish of Logie was included in Stirlingshire.
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Scottish Landscape Photography Millport Acrylic Print

November 21st, 2013

Scottish Landscape Photography Millport Acrylic Print

Scottish Landscape Photography Acrylic Print
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Millport is the only town on the island of Great Cumbrae in the Firth of Clyde, County of Bute off the coast of North Ayrshire. The town is four miles south from the Largs-based Caledonian MacBrayne ferry slipway.
Tourism is an important aspect of the economy. Due to its small size, the island and its town are often linked in the minds of visitors and residents. Millport has the smallest extant cathedral in the British Isles.
The Garrison House in the centre of town, constructed in 1745, was formerly the barracks/Captain's mansion, then the home of the Earl of Glasgow, and is now in community ownership.
During the development of the River Clyde as a main thoroughfare for goods, shipbuilding and smuggling, Millport was a strategic base for Customs and Excise. Several of the streets in Millport are named after crew members of the Revenue cutter Royal George.
The Victorian era was a period of rapid growth, both in terms of population, governance, amenities and property. To the west and east of the old harbour, many fine Victorian and Edwardian villas were built, along with new tenements. These still form the backbone of the housing stock.
The Cathedral of the Isles of the Scottish Episcopal Church, completed in 1851 and which seats only 100 people, is the smallest cathedral in Great Britain. There are also claims that it is the smallest cathedral in Europe.
The Garrison House in the centre of town, constructed in 1745, was formerly the barracks/Captain's mansion, then the home of the Earl of Glasgow, and is now in community ownership. The house was badly damaged after an arson attack in 2001. Cumbrae Community Development Company, the local development trust, made a successful bid to the National Lottery and other funders to enable the building to be re-constructed for community benefit. After several years of work renovation of the property, including a partly glass roof, was completed in 2008 at a total cost of £5 million. It now houses the Museum of the Cumbraes, a library, council offices, a GP surgery and the Garrison Cafe. The Garrison Model Rail Club, located in cabins on the grounds at Garrison House, welcomes visits to its model railway layouts each week.
Currently a large development of around 40 family sized homes is underway between the bowling green and Penmachrie Farm. It is notable that the houses are being built primarily by private individuals - with the land having been sold off in the form of single plots.
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Europe Landscape Photography Framed Print Paphos

November 21st, 2013

Europe Landscape Photography Framed Print Paphos

Europe Landscape Photography Framed Print Paphos
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The earliest known human activity on the island dates to around the 10th millennium BC. Archaeological remains from this period include the well-preserved Neolithic village of Khirokitia, and Cyprus is home to some of the oldest water wells in the world. Cyprus was settled by Mycenean Greeks in two waves in the 2nd millennium BC. As a strategic location in the Middle East, it was subsequently occupied by several major powers, including the empires of the Assyrians, Egyptians, and Persians, from whom the island was seized in 333 BC by Alexander the Great. Subsequent rule by Ptolemaic Egypt, the Roman Empire, the Byzantines, Arab caliphates for a short period, the French Lusignan dynasty, and the Venetians, was followed by the Ottoman conquest in 1571. It remained under Ottoman control for over three centuries. Cyprus was placed under British administration in 1878 until it was granted independence in 1960, becoming a member of the Commonwealth the following year. In 1974, seven years after the intercommunal violence between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, an attempted coup d'état by Greek Cypriot nationalists and elements of the Greek military junta with the aim of achieving enosis (union of the island with Greece) took place. Turkey used this as a pretext to invade the northern portion of the island. Turkish forces remained after a cease-fire, resulting in the partition of the island; an objective of Turkey since 1955. The intercommunal violence and subsequent Turkish invasion led to the displacement of over 150,000 Greek Cypriots and 50,000 Turkish Cypriots,[21] and the establishment of a separate Turkish Cypriots political entity in the north. These events and the resulting political situation are matters of continuing dispute.

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Europe Landscape Photography Canvas Print Paphos

November 21st, 2013

Europe Landscape Photography Canvas Print Paphos

Europe Landscape Photography Canvas Print Paphos
Landscape canvas print on sale at http://alex-saunders.artistwebsites.com


The earliest known human activity on the island dates to around the 10th millennium BC. Archaeological remains from this period include the well-preserved Neolithic village of Khirokitia, and Cyprus is home to some of the oldest water wells in the world. Cyprus was settled by Mycenean Greeks in two waves in the 2nd millennium BC. As a strategic location in the Middle East, it was subsequently occupied by several major powers, including the empires of the Assyrians, Egyptians, and Persians, from whom the island was seized in 333 BC by Alexander the Great. Subsequent rule by Ptolemaic Egypt, the Roman Empire, the Byzantines, Arab caliphates for a short period, the French Lusignan dynasty, and the Venetians, was followed by the Ottoman conquest in 1571. It remained under Ottoman control for over three centuries. Cyprus was placed under British administration in 1878 until it was granted independence in 1960, becoming a member of the Commonwealth the following year. In 1974, seven years after the intercommunal violence between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, an attempted coup d'état by Greek Cypriot nationalists and elements of the Greek military junta with the aim of achieving enosis (union of the island with Greece) took place. Turkey used this as a pretext to invade the northern portion of the island. Turkish forces remained after a cease-fire, resulting in the partition of the island; an objective of Turkey since 1955. The intercommunal violence and subsequent Turkish invasion led to the displacement of over 150,000 Greek Cypriots and 50,000 Turkish Cypriots,[21] and the establishment of a separate Turkish Cypriots political entity in the north. These events and the resulting political situation are matters of continuing dispute.

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Landscape photography East Kilbride Cascade

November 21st, 2013

Landscape photography East Kilbride Cascade

Landscape photography East Kilbride Cascade

Waterfall landscape photography by Alex Saunders Photography, buy prints at http://alex-saunders.artistwebsites.com the flow of the water over the rock created a blur in the stream, lush environment of the forest cast a green hue on the river, truly a beautiful Spring landscape.

The Rotten Calder is a river to the east of East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, Scotlandand, along with the Rotten Burn it forms the southern and western boundaries of Blantyre.

It begins as the Calder Water at its source at Ardochrig, and is joined by the Cleughearn, Lea and Drumloch Burns around Langlands Moss which drain from the Eldrig Hills. This river has also been titled the 'West' or 'South Calder Water', although the latter title is shared by another river in Motherwell. Upon being joined by the Rotten Burn to the south-east of East Kilbride, the river becomes the Rotten Calder Water. 'Water' is a term used in Scotland to denote a small river.

The Rotten Calder Water runs through a romantic gorge titled Calderglen. Where it flows through East Kilbride Parish, this area of the gorge is under the jurisdiction of Calderglen Country Park, run by South Lanarkshire Council. Over 150 nature trails border the river on both banks, in addition to the forest which occupies the slopes. Otter, Roe Deer and European Green Woodpecker can be seen if you're lucky in the southern reaches of the park. Buzzards can be seen hunting over open areas by the river and the Grey Heron is a common sight too. The river flows by the site of Calderwood Castle(demolished 1947-1951). The gorge of the Rotten Calder Water was in the past celebrated in countless books and poems for its romantic grandeur and lush ivy-tied crags. Many traces of 18th and 19th century landscape additions can be traced in the park, as well as old mines and quarries. After passing under the General's Bridge at Stoneymeadow, the Water flows by Crossbasket Castle (House) and on through the former estates of Greenhall and Milheugh where the valley is seen to give way to wide flood plains. After Milheugh the river again regains its steep gorge and flows through romantic scenery before flowing into the River Clyde near Bothwell Castle. There are many waterfalls on the river, these are Millwell Linn, Flatt Linn, Crutherland Linn, Torrance Linn (Fairy Linn or Walk Fort Linn,) Black Linn, Trough Linn, Calderwood Linn, Crossbasket Linn, Horseshoe Falls, Old Horseshoe Falls, Small Falls, and Milheugh Falls

East Kilbride Angling Club have the fishing rights and stock the river with brown trout each year. Permits available from Lightbody Quality Butchers of Murray Square East Kilbride.

The river flows via the north side of Blantyre before joining the River Clyde opposite Daldowie. The Valley of the Rotten Calder hides many secrets including hermitages, islets, caves, crannies, ancient markings, fountains, fairy wells, countless waterfalls, over 200 nature trails, summerhouses, ruined castles, steep cliffs, etc.... some of the most romantic, rugged & beautiful scenery in Scotland.

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Canvas wall art Photography Venice

November 21st, 2013

Canvas wall art Photography Venice

Canvas wall art Photography Venice
Canvas wall art of the sunrise Venice, Italy by Alex Saunders Photography, buy art at http://alex-saunders.artistwebsites.com the Piazzetta di San Marco is not part of the Piazza but an adjoining open space connecting the south side of the Piazza to the waterway of the lagoon. The Piazzetta lies between the Doge's Palace on the east and Jacopo Sansovino's Libreria which holds the Biblioteca Marciana on the west

Starting our perambulation at the corner near the campanile, where we left the Piazza, this (west) side is occupied entirely by the Libreria (Library) designed by Jacopo Sansovino to hold the Biblioteca Marciana (library of St Mark). Building started in 1537 and it was extended, after the death of Sansovino, by Vincenzo Scamozzi in 1588/91. The building was said by Palladio to be "the most magnificent and ornate structure built since ancient times".[8] The arcade continues to the end of the building with cafés and shops and also the entrances to the Archaeological Museum, the Biblioteca Marciana and the National Library, which occupy the floors above.

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Art Landscape Photography Gozo

November 21st, 2013

Art Landscape Photography Gozo

Art Landscape Photography Gozo

Beautiful wall art of a street scene by Alex Saunders Photography, captured on the island of Gozo, available to purchase from at http://alex-saunders.artistwebsites.com

Gozo is an island of the Maltese archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. The island is part of the Southern European country of Malta; after the island of Malta itself, it is the second-largest island in the archipelago. Compared to its south eastern neighbour, Gozo is more rural and known for its scenic hills, which are featured on its coat of arms.[1]

The island of Gozo has long been associated with Ogygia, the island home of the nymph Calypso in Homer's Odyssey. Calypso, possessed of great supernatural powers, holds Odysseus captive for a number of years because of her love for him before releasing him to continue his journey home.[2]

The island itself has a population of around 31,000 people (all of Malta combined has 402,000), and its inhabitants are known as Gozitans (Maltese: G©¤awdxin). It is rich in historical locations such as the Ġgantija temples which, along with the Megalithic Temples of Malta, are the world's oldest free-standing structures and also among the world's oldest religious structures.

The island is rural in character and, compared to the main island Malta, less developed. Azure Window, a natural arch formed millions of years ago when a limestone cave collapsed, is one of the features of the island. There are many beaches on the island and seaside resorts popular with tourists and locals alike. The most popular are Marsalforn and Xlendi Bay. Gozo is considered one of the top diving destinations in the Mediterranean and a centre for water sports.

For such a small island, Gozo has a high concentration of churches (46 in all). The Xewkija church has a capacity of 3000, enough for the entire population of Xewkija village, its dome is larger than that of St. Paul¡¯s Cathedral in London. The church bells are rung daily for the canonical hours Matins, Lauds, Terce, Sext, None and vespers. The most famous church on the island is the National Shrine and Basilica of Santwarju tal-Madonna ta' Pinu.
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Scottish Landscape Photography Glasgow SECC

November 21st, 2013

Scottish Landscape Photography Glasgow SECC

Scottish Landscape Photography Glasgow SECC

Nostalgic wall art of SECC Glasgow by Alex Saunders Photography, on sale at http://alex-saunders.artistwebsites.com Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre situated on the banks of the river Clyde, Glasgow, Scotland.

The Main Building was completed and opened in 1985, with a concert by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Hall 1. It later held the Grand International Show in Hall 4 as part of the 1988 Glasgow Garden Festival. In 1990, the SECC was one of the hubs of Glasgow's year as European City of Culture, hosting concerts by Luciano Pavarotti, the Bolshoi Ballet and Opera & Bryan Adams.

Upon its opening, the Centre quickly gained its nickname among locals: "The Big Red Shed", owing to its outward appearance, which resembled a giant red painted warehouse. The nickname became redundant after the Main Building was painted grey in 1997.

The SECC occupies 64 acres (260,000 m2) of land — most of which is surface car parking space — and hosts numerous music concerts, exhibitions and professional conferences. The SECC also has its own railway station, Exhibition Centre, on the Argyle Line of Glasgow's suburban railway network. The 16-storey Forum Hotel (now part of the Crowne Plaza chain) was opened on the site in 1989. In September 1996, a new 5,095 m2 exhibition hall, Hall 3, was opened. In May 1997, the conversion of Hall 1 into the Loch Suite conference venue was completed.

In 1995, construction began on a new building — the Clyde Auditorium — to become part of the SECC complex. Designed by award-winning architect Sir Norman Foster and often called "the armadillo" by Glaswegians, this new 3,000 capacity building was completed in 1997.
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