Thursday, 30 April 2009
Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Estas fotos são dedicadas a Sandra Rocha pela sua enorme coragem e para que a alegria volte ao seu olhar
e aos seus belos trabalhos ( sandrarocha-fotografia.blogspot.com )
Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Sunday, 26 April 2009
Thursday, 23 April 2009
ANZAC Day in Australia:
Wreaths of red Flanders poppies are traditionally placed at memorials on ANZAC Day.
On 25 April every year, Australians commemorate ANZAC Day. It commemorates the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. The date, 25 April, was officially named ANZAC Day in 1916.
ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. In 1917, the word ANZAC meant someone who fought at Gallipoli and later it came to mean any Australian or New Zealander who fought or served in the First World War. During the Second World War, ANZAC Day became a day on which the lives of all Australians lost in war time were remembered. The spirit of ANZAC recognises the qualities of courage, mateship and sacrifice which were demonstrated at the Gallipoli landing.
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
Saturday, 18 April 2009
A igreja de la Madeleine (francês: Église de la Madeleine), situada bem perto da Praça da Concórdia (Concorde), numa área comercial de alto nível (ao lado da rua Faubourgs Saint-Honoré, uma das ruas mais comerciais e glamurosas de Paris), a igreja de La Madeleine chama a atenção pela sua arquitectura em forma de templo clássico grego.
A construção começou cerca do ano 1764 por Contant d´Ivry, sendo logo reconstruída com planos de Guillaume Couture (1777). Ainda que durante a Revolução Francesa as obras foram suspensas de 1790 a 1805 e em 1806 La Madeleine transformou-se numTemplo de homenagem à Grande Armada, função que teve até que se acabou de construir o Arco do Triunfo, que a relevou nessa função.
Em 1842 voltou a ser igreja católica.
O interior de La Madeleine de Paris não é tão interessante quanto o seu exterior, mas merece ao menos subir suas escadarias para contemplar dali a Rue Royal, com a rua Concorde e o Obelisco ao fundo.
Camille Saint-Saëns trabalhou nela como organista, entre 1858 e 1877. (Fonte - Wikipédia - http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Igreja_de_la_Madeleine)
Não concordo com as palavras inscritas na Wikipedia sobre ofacto de o interior da igreja não ser interessante como o exterior. Antes pelo contrário: há muitas construções que imitam templos gregos mas nunca vi um interior tão precioso como o da La Madeleine - o seu interior é de uma beleza inegualável e original. Estas minhas fotos servem para demonstrar que não devemos acreditar em muitas opiniões expressas como se fossem verdades absolutas. A força da fotografia como arma de opinião está aqui expressa de um modo simples.
The church of the Madeleine (French: Eglise de la Madeleine)is situated near the Place de la Concorde, a very popular commercial area(next to the street Faubourgs Saint-Honoré, which is one of the most glamorous commercial streets of Paris. The church of La Madeleine draws much attention due to its architecture as a classic Greek temple.
The construction began around the year 1764 by Contant d'Ivry, and then rebuilt with plans by Guillaume Couture(1777). Although during the French Revolution the works were suspended from 1790 to 1805, and in 1806 La Madeleine became a tribute to the Grand Army, which had until that time had their only emphasis set on building the Arc de Triomphe.
In 1842 the church returned to the functions of a Catholic Church.
The interior of La Madeleine in Paris is beautiful, but perhaps not as interesting as its exterior, but it is certainly worthwhile to climb the stairs to view the landscape of the rue Royal, with the Concorde obelisk in the background.
Camille Saint-Saens worked there as organist, between 1858 and 1877. (Source - Wikipedia - http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Igreja_de_la_Madeleine.
I do not agree with some words included in Wikipedia (but I guess everyone is entitled to have their own opinion!) My opinion is that its interior is a beautiful and original art work. These are my photos to show that we should not necessarily believe in all opinions expressed as if they were the absolute truth, as it is purely a matter of personal taste. The power of photography as a weapon of opinion is expressed here in a simple way.
Monday, 13 April 2009
These remarkable plants have a lifespan of 600 years but are very slow-growing. The trunk takes about 10 years to form and is composed of a mass of old leaf bases held together by a natural resin. It is then a further 20 years or more before the mass of thin, grassy leaves form on top. From then on, it grows only about 1-2cm in height per year.
This plant grows to a height of over 4 metres and often has branches. Its growth rate is only about 1 metre every 100 years. However, the flowering stalk grows at a rate of 2 – 3 cm per day reaching to a height of over 3 metres.
The Grass Tree attracts a wide range of lizards and insects that shelter in the plant’s massive foliage. The flowering spear of the plant attracts honey eating birds, bees, ants, and butterflies.
Sunday, 12 April 2009
Saturday, 11 April 2009
Friday, 10 April 2009
The following information I obtained from Google:
"The 'Kookaburra' is considered to be an Aboriginal word meaning 'laughing jackass'.
The kookaburra is the largest genus of the kingfisher family, with some measuring up to 20 inches (about 50cm) long. And the fluffy bird, whose name comes from the Aboriginal word guuguubarra, also has a formidable beak, making quick prey of lizards, snakes, mice and insects."
Click on the URL following to hear a Kookaburra laughing: