Around The World

Smoke and ash rise from the main crater of the Kilauea volcano
in Hawaii. The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was closed for
the second time in a month on Wednesday because of high
sulfur dioxide levels in the park.

Guards in the Swedish capital Stockholm prepare for the arrival
of their king, Carl XVI Gustaf, and Grand Duke Henri of
Luxembourg at the Royal Palace. The Luxembourg royal is on
a three-day state visit to the Scandinavian country.

A giant cigarette butt was dropped into Trafalgar Square, not by
this giant hand (the photograph is staged), but by an anti-litter
group. “Keep Britain Tidy” wants to discourage would-be litterers
— especially smokers looking to discard finished butts — from
their trash on city streets.

A sculpture at the Wat Rong Khun temple in Thailand shows a sea
of hands. The sculpture and the modern Buddhist temple that
houses it were both designed by Thai artist Chalermchai Kositpipat.
Construction on Wat Rong Khun, also known as the White Temple,
began in 1998 and is expected to conclude this year.

It’s not easy keeping the streets clean in the desert. This man is
walking in the Sahara on the oasis town of Timimoun, about 1,200
kilometers (745 miles) south of Algiers.

To paint an egg bright yellow, blue or pink for Easter has become
tradition in many countries. But in Iran they seem to have taken
things one step further — spray-painting chicks, as the ones pictured
here in the bazar of Isfahan, 400 kilometers south of Tehran.
However, the US Centers for Disease and Prevention discourages
giving colored chicks as presents, as they could spread salmonella.

Gigantic Easter eggs, painted to look like billard balls, have been
placed in a park in the German city of Wolfsburg. A total of 45
eggs created by various artists are on display, offering residents
and visitors an unusual way to celebrate Easter.

Everyone knows that peacocks are vain creatures. Many other birds
also do their best to look nice. But this bird, a blue tit in the southern
German city of Friedrichshafen, seems to have come up with a novel
way to check if he’s having a bad-feather day.

In a new twist on guerrila marketing, the Swiss food company
Maggi emblazoned these homes on a hillside in an impoverished
neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela with its company logo.

An insult or an offering? Belarusian taxi driver Leonid Kulakov feeds
a bird on a street in downtown Minsk.

Visitors in Fangshan, south of Beijing, gaze at elaborate lanterns
designed to look like Notre Dame in Paris, and St. Basil’s Cathedral
in Moscow. The Lantern Festival traditionally marks the end of
China’s two-week New Year celebration.

A photographer’s shadow is reflected on a jetty during low tide.
The fish-eyed photograph was taken at a beach near Morsum,
a village on the German island of Sylt, on the North Sea.

Equador’s Tungurahua volcano looms in the background as
it is obscured by its own vapors and ashes.

A man is covered in mud at a medicinal mud pond, known as the
“Lagoon of Miracles,” in Chilca, Peru. The healing powers of the greenish
mud is said to cure everything from acne to rheumatism.

A fiery gong-to-be is carried through a workshop in
Java, Indonesia.
The heated metal plate will be part of a gamelan, a set of traditional
Indonesian instruments that can contain drums, gongs and
xylophones or even string and wind instruments.
The term gamelan refers to a distinctive set of instruments,
built and tuned to stay together as a unit.

posting : holy-web.blogspot


~ by secangkirkopipagi on January 17, 2009.

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