In the temple architecture of India, the Khajuraho complex remains unique. One thousand years ago, under the generous and artistic patronage of the Chandela kings of Central India, 85 temples, magnificent in form and richly carved, came up on one site. Today, of the original 85, only 22 have survived the ravages of time. The temples are famous for their erotic sculptures. The Kandariya Mahadeva Temple is the western complex of Khajuraho group is the largest and the most ornate Hindu temple in Khajuraho. The entire complex is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Maitreya Buddha, Nubra Valley:
Nubra VAlley is 150 kms from Leh town across the Khardung La Pass in the northern Jammu and Kashmir state of India. Like the rest of Tibetan plateau, Nubra is a high altitude cold desert with rare precipitation and scant vegetation except along river beds. The average altitude of the valley is 10,000 feet. Majority of the inhabitants are Buddhists. To the west end of Nubra Valley near the Indo-park border, the inhabitants speak Balti and are Shia Muslims. In the picture is the 35 meter statue of Maitreya Buddha facing down the Shyok River towards Pakistan.
And of course, Vishwanath is very generous to send an Indian banknote which will be added to my banknote collection. I sent him a Philippine banknote as well (20-peso bill), but it was a used banknote. His was a new one. So I am thinking of sending him another. This time, it would be fresh from the bank and unused.
The cards below were sent by Jiri George Brestan from Czech Republic. Most are lighthouses which I personally collect. Only one card was left with a personal note. The other cards were blank. There was also no piece of information at the back about each of the lighthouse photo so I have to search by myself.
The Charles Bridge and the Little Quarter (Karlsbrucke und Kleinseite)
Beautiful lighthouses in Czech Republic
The Moon Beach and the Lighthouse
Anyone who is familiar with these lighthouses? Let me know about them if you do.
From Seattle USA
Elevation 6,852—as seen from Darrington, Washington and Snohomish County’s Mountain Loop Highway. Darrington, nestled near the foot of these rugged slopes, is the gateway to the Cascade Wilderness Area.
Ukraine Dniester Canyon
From Colorado USA
GS2—America The Beautiful
The panoramic view from the summit of Pikes Peak is said to have inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write “America The Beautiful” in 1893.
Finally, I have found postcards in the bookstore with the best prints of the 15 Presidents of the Republic of the Philippines. What I like most from the prints is the famous documented signature of each of the President. So for today, allow me to introduce to you the 13 great men and 2 women who led the Philippines from past to present.
1st president of the Philippines
January 23, 1899- April 1, 1901
MANUEL L. QUEZON
2nd President of the Philippines
November 15, 1935- August 1, 1944
JOSE P. LAUREL
3rd President of the Philippines
October 14, 1943- August 17, 1945
SERGIO OSMENA SR.
4th President of the Philippines
August 1, 1944- May 28, 1946
MANUEL A. ROXAS
5th President of the Philippines
May 28, 1946- April 15, 1948
ELPIDIO R. QUIRINO
6th President of the Philippines
April 17, 1948- December 30, 1953
RAMON DF. MAGSAYSAY
7th President of the Philippines
December 30, 1953- March 17, 1957
CARLOS P. GARCIA
8th President of the Philippines
March 17, 1957- December 30, 1961
DIOSDADO P. MACAPAGAL
9th President of the Philippines
December 30, 1961- December 30, 1965
FERDINAND E. MARCOS, SR.
10th President of the Philippines
December 30, 1965- February 25, 1986
CORAZON C. AQUINO
11th President of the Philippines
February 25, 1986- June 30, 1992
FIDEL V. RAMOS
12th President of the Philippines
June 30, 1992- June 30, 1998
JOSEPH E. ESTRADA
13th President of the Philippines
June 30, 1998- January 20, 2001
GLORIA M. ARROYO
14th President of the Philippines
January 20, 1001- June 30, 2010
BENIGNO C. AQUINO III
15th President of the Philippines
June 30, 2010- Present
April 27th, 2015
Hwaseong Fortress was constructed in the 18th century during the reign of King Jeongio (1752-1800) of the Joseon Dynasty. With its scientific method of construction, Hwaseong is highly valued as a cultural heritage and seems to harmonize well with its modern surroundings.
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Washington DC Philadelphia, USA
Steven F, Udvar-Hazy Center
In December 2003, the Smithsonian;s National Air and Space Museum opened the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. This huge facility will ultimately showcase some 400 aircraft and large space artifacts.
Photographer- Dane Penland
April 23rd, 2015
The Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, built in 1917 is one of the oldest and magnificent landmarks in the capital city of Malaysia.
Abuz Zayn says:
United States of America
This is an illustration personally made by writer/illustrator Ladianne Henderson.
April 24th, 2015
An early morning shot of Bab Al Bahrain
The cute animal is called Hermelyn in Dutch and is pronounced as “hair-mah-line”.
Bert Verwoerd says:
April 18th, 2015
Prime Minister’s Office Complex in Putrajaya which opened in June 1999, is the focal point of the Malaysian Federal Government Administrative Center.
Abuz Zayn says:
April 20th, 2015
“Mac the Moose” is the world’s largest Moose. Mac stands thirty feet tall and weighs in at ten tons. Beside Mac is a decomissioned Snowbird CT-114 Tutor Jet. These two icons are located at the Tourism Moose Jaw Visitor Center in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
Shauna M. says: