One-Word-Sunday-Night

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Night shots from a variety of places.

Big Ben and Parliament House

from the London Eye

Arras Bell Tower and Place des Heros

Arras,

France

Our night cruise on the River Seine

gave us a multitude of river-side parties…

annd a different perspective

of the Eiffel Tower.

The drive back to our hotel took us past

the Arc de Triomphe…

…and also city lights.

After arriving in Dubai at 0400,

we had a quiet day…

…prior to  boarding a Dhow for a…

…Dubai Creek Dinner Cruise.

Just a few colourful images…

…from our Diner Cruise on…

…Dubai Creek.

Night two saw us on a desert safari and dinner,

with entertainment provided by a fire dancer…

…and a belly dancer.

A great time was had and if you don’t mind

sand from horizon to horizon you

will love the experience.

Me?

I’m not a fan of sand.

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One Word Sunday Challenge:…Night

 

 

 

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Arras Bell Tower (France)

Clock face

Face of surprise as the dancer’s foot

broke through the floor

Happy faces at

Sausage Tree Safari Camp

Farewell

Smiling face of belly dancer at

Dubai (U.A.E.)

Desert Dinner.

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Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge:….TheFace

SUNDAY-STILLS-PC-Towering

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A variety of Towers towering over

their respective landscape.

 

I’m not sure why the Tower of London was so named.

Google to the rescue:

It was founded towards the end of 1066

as part of the Norman Conquest of England.

The White Tower, which gives the entire castle its name,

was built by William the Conqueror in 1078 and was

a resented symbol of oppression, inflicted

upon London by the new ruling elite.

 

 

And now I know 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Closer to home is…..

…Auckland’s Sky Tower in New Zealand.

Using your imagination it could be

described as similar to Sydney’s Tower. 

The major point of difference is that we

celebrated Number 2 Daughter-in-Law’s birthday

with dinner in the Auckland Sky Tower in 2018.

 

Many of my photos I remember taking,

not so this one over Paris…

 

…not from the top observation point. 

Alas we only made it to the

second observation deck.

 

I guess we should be happy to have made

it up the Eiffel Tower at all,

because we did not set foot inside the

Giotto Bell Tower in Florence, in Italy.

 

I think we may have paid more than we should have,

to visit the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa

(Burj meaning Tower, so I was told). 

However, it was a wonderful, last day, experience

and we thought some pricey

souvenir photos worthwhile. 

 

High Tea at the Burj Al Arab was our

main reason for a stopover in Dubai. 

Again, not something to do on a weekly basis

but a wonderful experience. 

We nudged the local retail economy along 

with a new set of clothes each, for the occasion,

and felt human after living in the same

traveller kit for four weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

These Towers are springing up

all over the Western District.

  Almost at our back door, on the farm,

is a wind farm of over 100 towers

claimed to be the largest in

the Southern Hemisphere. 

May have been when built,

but no longer so, I suspect.

 

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SUNDAY STILLS PHOTO:….Towering

 

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a large, imposing building
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Immediately two buildings

came to mind.

…Dubai’s Burj Khalifa Tower, and…

 

…Sydney’s, Opera House.

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge:  Edifice

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While in Dubai I was told that ‘Burj

is Arabic for Tower.

Our impulse visit was to

Burj Khalifa…

 

 

…and our pre-planned visit was to

Burj Al Arab….

…for its 7 course High Tea,

200 metres above sea level,

in the Burj Al Arab’s

SkyView Bar.

For opulence…

…a visit to the…

…Burj Al Arab is worth every penny spent.

 

For sheer enormity visit the Burj Khalifa.

At over 828 metres (2,716.5 feet) and more than 160 stories,

Burj Khalifa holds the following records:

Tallest building in the world.

Tallest free-standing structure in the world.

Highest number of stories in the world.

Source: www.burjkhalifa.ae/

 

At 555 metres (1,821 ft) high,

At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY

on Level 148 offers visitors

a wonderful opportunity to capture

unmatched views of Dubai.

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A Photo a Week Challenge:  Tower

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Geelong Coffee Shop.

Hotel Langham Melbourne.

Pre Dawn, Geelong.

 

 

Auckland (NZ) Airport lights

 

 

Chinese Lanterns,

Auckland Airport,

New Zealand.

 

 

Cafe LIghts,

Arras, France.

Dubai Creek

Dinner Cruise

 

Geelong Boat Lights

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Cee’s Black & White Challeng:   Lighting

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Some farewell entertainment at

Sausage Tree Safari Camp…

…near the end of our first

African Safari, 2013.

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Dubai fire dancer.

 

 

Whakarewarewa Maori Village dancers,

Rotorua,

New Zealand.

 

Belly Dancer,

Dubai.

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Cee’s-Hunt-for-Joy-Challenge: Dance-It-Out

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All images shot with a Nikon D90 DSLR

fitted with a Sigma 18-250mm lens. 

I have included the 35mm equivalent for comparison.

Marvellous how a lens can manipulate distance

These images capture from

the Burj Khalifa’s 148th level.

Focal length 22mm. (equals 35mm eqiv)

 

Same scene…focal length 52mm. (equals 83mm eqiv)

 

…and with 250mm focal length. (equals 400mm eqiv)

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One Word Sunday Challenge:  Distance

SUNDAY-STILLS-PC-Perspectives

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The Eiffel Tower 324 metres high

appears taller than it is..

However standing at 828 metres high

Dubai’s

Burj Khalifa

dwarfs the surrounding city.

From the viewing area in the

Burj Khalifa Tower

the Dubai Mall Fountain

is barely visible.

And yet those buildings are

four or five stories high.

Click here to see comparison chart

Burj Khalifa vs other tall structures.

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SUNDAY STILLS PHOTO:   Perspectives

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York Minster,

Great Britain.

 

Shopping Mall,

Dubai

 

 

 

Closer to home…

Arch over

Avenue of Honour,

Ballarat.

 

Roll of Honour,

Avenue of Honour,

Ballarat.

Still in Australia…

El Alamein Fountain,

King’s Cross,

Sydney.

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge:  Arches-Domes

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