Archive for August, 2010

via 360 Cities on 8/29/10
Panoramic photo by Willy Kaemena.
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Wikipedia  Every five years Sail Bremerhaven is held, a large sailing convention that attracts tall ships from all over the world.” Götheborg is a sailing replica of an 18th century Swedish East Indiaman, a wooden sailing vessel. The original sank off Gothenburg, Sweden on 12 September 1745 while approaching its home harbour after returning from her third voyage to China. All sailors survived, but the ship was lost. When the wreckage of the vessel Götheborg was found in 1984, the idea emerged of making a replica of the vessel. The keel for the replica was laid on 11 June 1995. The vessel was built using traditional means, and is as close to the original as possible. The vessel was launched 6 June 2003 with great festivities, and the Swedish Royal Family were represented. Ten tons of hemp ropes were to be used in rigging the vessel, together with some 1,000 blocks and 1,800 m² linen sail, all produced as in the 18th century. The first trial under sail was 18 April 2005.”

via 360 Cities on 8/29/10
Panoramic photo by Marijan Marijanovic.
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Ali-Pasha’s Springs near Gusinje, Montenegro. They are located at the foot of Prokletije mountain.

via 360 Cities on 8/29/10
Panoramic photo by Шубкин Сергей.
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Скульптура символизирует образ дачницы XIX века и открыта в рамках празднования 600-летия Плеса, которое будет отмечаться в июле. Как уточняют в пресс-службе губернатора Ивановской области, памятник изображает девушку, присевшую на скамейку, чтобы любоваться красотой Плеса. На торжественном открытии памятника выступили участники музыкального Шаляпинского фестиваля http://www.argumenti.ru/tourism/2010/06/65970/

via 360 Cities on 8/29/10
Panoramic photo by Jürgen Matern.
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The Lower Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon near Page, Arizona. It’s located on the land of one of the navajo tribal parks in the navajo nation.

via 360 Cities on 8/29/10
Panoramic photo by Jürgen Matern.
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This is another panorama of the Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River near Page in Arizone. It’s taken shortly after noon and I used a pole with a heigth of approx. 10 feet (3.15 m) to get a more elevated viewpoint.

via 360 Cities on 8/29/10
Panoramic photo by Hans Molenkamp.
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The towncenter of Lemmer is very popular with all people involved with watersports. The harbour as well as the marina is also almost a homecoming for the many Germans who have stalled their yachts overthere. The harbour is also a important exchange point between the IJsselmeer and the Friesian lakes.

via 360 Cities on 8/28/10
Panoramic photo by Mark Schuster.
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Heneage Street is just off Brick Lane in London’s Eastend* and is in the centre of London’s, indeed England’s, largest Bangladeshi community. They came – or rather in most cases – their parents or grandparents did – in the 1960s and made it their home. Before that, from the middle of the 19th Century to well into the 20th Century, it was the turn of poor Russian and Eastern European Jews, and before them were the Huguenots, protestants escaping persecution in Catholic France. Something overseas readers might find amusing in this photograph is the landlady of The Spitalfields standing outside her pub having a quick smoke. It might be her pub but like all pubs in the United Kingdom, smoking is strictly forbidden by law. * I prefer to write “London’s Eastend” rather than the “East End of London” because it is, has become a plce name and there for deserves its words to be jointed. Writers in Wikipedia might not agree with me. Here is one of many articles:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brick_Lane

via 360 Cities on 8/28/10
Panoramic photo by EdouardAS.
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Petite ballade en direction du refuge de la Vanoise, depuis Pralognan, sur la GR55. La grande Casse est en point de mire mais cette partie du GR est vraiment trop fréquenté ! Il est vrai que le télésiège facilite grandement l’ascension…

via 360 Cities on 8/27/10
Panoramic photo by heiwa4126.
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Between Yodobashi camera store “Multi-media Kan” and “Camera Kan”.

via 360 Cities on 8/27/10
Panoramic photo by Willy Kaemena.
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Musikfest Bremen  Special Light Show on Market Square Aug 21, 2010

via 360 Cities on 8/26/10
Panoramic photo by Kostas Kaltsas.
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Hydra island, Greece. the port. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydra_island

via 360 Cities on 8/24/10
Panoramic photo by Hiroky OGAWA.
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On Nanakoshiyama-kofun old tomb, cherry blossoms were full-bloomed.

via 360 Cities on 8/24/10
Panoramic photo by Florian Knorn.
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The old monastic site at Glendalough. Quite an impressive place, if you consider the age of it (6th century!).

via 360 Cities on 8/24/10
Panoramic photo by H. Adi Saputra.
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This is Karasawa Heute in Nagano, Japan. This panorama was taken around 5AM. Karasawa can be reached by taking a train from Tokyo to Matsumoto city, then taking a bus to Kamikouchi area, from Kamikouchi it takes 8 hours hiking.  Karasawa is located on the northen alps of Japan.

via 360 Cities on 8/24/10
Panoramic photo by Glen Claydon.
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Rishiri island is one of the most impressive mountains i have seen in Hokkaido. The peak rises straight out of the ocean and is a tough climb. One our attempt we only made it about a 3rd of the way up when it just became too windy and dangerous – seems like you have to get your timing right on this one. We came up a bit early maybe becuse the snow was sheet ice and scary up higher, we needed some softer spring snow to work with. One side of the mountain requires ice climbing gear and really to be safe i’d recommend going on a guided trip if not very experienced in ice climbing / mountain saftey. We opted of saftey and a few beers while enjoying the views once off the mountain. Wild place.

via 360 Cities on 8/24/10
Panoramic photo by Martin Broomfield.
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From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanoi Hanoi (Vietnamese: Hà Nội), estimated population nearly 6.5 million (2009), is the capital and second-largest city of Vietnam. From 1010 until 1802, it was the most important political centre of Vietnam. It was eclipsed by Huế during the Nguyễn Dynasty as the capital of Vietnam, but Hanoi served as the capital of French Indochina from 1902 to 1954. From 1954 to 1976, it was the capital of North Vietnam.

via 360 Cities on 8/24/10
Panoramic photo by Martin Marinov.
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A panorama next to Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh. You can see the famous hill which is actually an extinct volcano. It’s height is 251 m above the sea level. It’s quite easy to climb and it’s a popular hiking destination in Edinburgh.

via 360 Cities on 8/24/10
Panoramic photo by Andrew Mishin, Vasily Kumaev.
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Дивногорский в честь Успения Пресвятой Богородицы монастырь — православный пещерный монастырь в Воронежской области (близ села Дивногорье). Основан около 1640 года монахами, пришедшими на эту землю из Украины вместе с полком черкасов (украинских казаков) под командованием полковника Дзиньковского, спасавшихся от польско-католического притеснения. Адрес: Воронежская область, Лискинский район, с. Дивногорье. sobory.ru ru.wikipedia.org

via 360 Cities on 8/24/10
Panoramic photo by Mark Fink.
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Not even 15 minutes outside of New Paltz along Route 44/55 is the Mohonk Preserve. It encircles the Mohonk Mountain House property, and you can get day passes or annual passes, (highly recommended if you plan on going more than once or twice). There is great mountain climbing and bike riding and hiking along the well maintained carriage trails. Best of all, just down Clove Road, there is a swimming hole called Split Rock. Whoever named it was a great fan of truth in advertising! It is a very large rock that is split with a waterfall feeding into it. The water is between four and five feet deep – deep enough for swimming, but DON’T dive in!

via 360 Cities on 8/24/10
Panoramic photo by Hiroky OGAWA.
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A lot of alleys still exist in Ginza. It is off-the-beaten-path that in the space between the building and the building, there is a god. It is still worshiped as a god of the marriage and the fire prevention now.

via 360 Cities on 8/24/10
Panoramic photo by Hiroky OGAWA.
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Yubatake is a hot water field. The hot water is cooled by passing gutters  because hot springs of Kusatsu are too much high temperatures. The illumination : only in winter.

via 360 Cities on 8/25/10
Panoramic photo by Jürg Lauper.
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Nach der Überschreitung des oberen Theodulgletschers war die Gletschertour zu Ende. Nun konnten wir die Steigeisen abnehmen und die letzten Meter über den roten Fels zur Gandeghütte gehen.

via 360 Cities on 8/25/10
Panoramic photo by Hans Molenkamp.
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Despite, or maybe because  the fact that the community of the town of Urk is very religious, it is for a many centuries very succesful in the fishery branch. Today the biggest part of the port and harbours serves as a populair marina where both daytrippers as well as hardliners are embarking for their evenings out. Eating fish is not a posibility… it is a must, because so much fresh fish is arriving from the sea every day.

via 360 Cities on 8/26/10
Panoramic photo by Robert Mročka.
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Úzkorozchodná železniční trať Osoblaha – Třemešná ve Slezsku je provozována již více než 100 let.

via 360 Cities on 8/26/10
Panoramic photo by Manolis Maravelakis, Tzatzanis Georgios.
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This panorama was taken in the trunk of the Ancient Olive tree of Vouves, the oldest olive tree in the world! It is located in the village of Ano Vouves in Municipality of Kolymbari in Chania Prefecture in Crete in Greece. It is known to be the oldest olive tree in the world and still produces olives today. The use of tree ring analysis has proven the tree to be at least 2000 years old. On the other end of the scale, scientists has estimated it to be 4,000 years old. The trunk has a perimeter of 12.5 m and a diameter of 4.6 m. It belongs to the variety tsounati. It is considered a natural monument.

via 360 Cities on 8/26/10
Panoramic photo by Martin Berta.
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The oldest megalithic temples of Malta’s culture and one of the oldest in the world ever.

via 360 Cities on 8/22/10

Panoramic photo by Jann Lipka.
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Beautiful yellow Lancia Appia, very rare model. tastefully renovated and in working condition. Visiting Classic Cars convention ( wheels ) in Stockholm .

via 360 Cities on 8/22/10
Panoramic photo by jacky cheng.
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Coral dam located in the “Hop peaks around 1000, on three sides a large Jiang Liu’s” city of Chongqing near the confluence of the Jialing River and Yangtze River over about four kilometers, is located near the Yangtze River concave side of the main channel. Dam axis to the line with the mainstream, about 1.1 km, an area of 0.275 square kilometers. Shaba head slightly higher than the tail-relief. According to classification should be upstream river river island deposit. Coral dam, is a deposition from the Yangtze river formed a natural gravel Island. In 1933, then the Sichuan Provincial Government allocated funds to build the coral dam airport. Coral Dam Airport is a seasonal airport, with the Yangtze River tidal fluctuations and open and close. As the annual flood season comes, the airport will be suspended coral dam, dam’s construction will also be removed, so the airport office and waiting, was the scores of the composition of crude scaffolding.

via 360 Cities on 8/22/10

Panoramic photo by Seungsang Yoo(유승상).
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We just removed the “nofollow” attribute in links posted by PRO accounts. PRO accounts are verified accounts and therefore we don’t need to worry about link spam from them. And just a reminder: Always remember to write long and original descriptions. That ensures your panorama is found by search engines because they don’t see the content of the panorama and there is almost nothing else on the page.

Budapest: Gellert Baths and Spa Budapest. Panoramic photo by Sandor Veress. Click the image to open the interactive version.

Our statistics module for showing the number of views of your panoramas has not been working for the past several days due to our recent server update. Today we are happy to announce that everything is back to normal and that the views from Facebook, Google Earth and embedded panos are being counted again. We won’t be able to recover views data for the time during which the statistics module was down. However, we have the data from before the sever update securely stored, and we will import them back in to your account soon. To view statistics for your 360 Cities account, click here.

A “tower panorama” shot by Florian Knorn from the top of the Ulmer Münster, the highest Church tower in the world!


Ulmer Muenster in Baden-Wuerttemberg

via 360 Cities on 8/16/10
Panoramic photo by Ruediger Kottmann.
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UNESCO-Weltkulturerbe Völklinger Hütte: Das ehemalige Eisen-Hüttenwerk in Völklingen wurde 1873 gegründet und nach über 100-jähriger Betriebszeit 1986 stillgelegt. Im Jahre 1994 wurde das Hüttenwerk in die Liste der UNESCO als Weltkulturerbe aufgenommen. Auf einem bequem begehbaren Rundweg über Brücken, Treppen und Stege, kann das imposante Industriedenkmal besichtigt werden. Hier lässt sich eine Besuchergruppe die Funktion eines Hochofens erklären.

via 360 Cities on 8/14/10
Panoramic photo by Sandor Veress.
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The Gellért Thermal Bath and Hotel, known world-wide and highly favoured by foreigners, built in a secession style, opened its gates in 1918 and was expanded in 1927 by the wave-bath and in 1934 by the effervescent bath. In the course of the modernisation accomplished in our days, the sitting-pool in the swimming complex, the outdoor sitting pool and the children’s pool were renovated; they were equipped with a state-of-the art water filtering and circulation device. At present, nearly all healing facilities may be used in the Gellért Thermal Bath. The Bath includes a department offering complex thermal bath acilities (daytime/outpatient hospital), it also has an inhalatorium. (http://www.budapestgyogyfurdoi.hu/en/gellert/history#)

via 360 Cities on 8/12/10
Panoramic photo by Geoff Mather.
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During the PanoTools 2010 excursion we visited this Cider Farm. Before the mini-bus arrived at the Countryman Cider farm, inside the shop.

via 360 Cities on 8/8/10
Panoramic photo by Martin Broomfield.
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The existing building of Chartres Cathedral is the greatest example of French Gothic architectural style. The cathedral contains outstanding sculptures and stained glass windows.

via 360 Cities on 8/6/10
Panoramic photo by Renat Mansurov.
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via 360 Cities on 8/4/10

Panoramic photo by PaVeL Bobkov.
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Far thunder storm, Brest.

via 360 Cities on 8/3/10
Panoramic photo by Stephan Messner.
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via 360 Cities on 8/2/10
Panoramic photo by sven-kaufmann.
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via 360 Cities on 8/2/10
Panoramic photo by Romain Calvetti.
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via 360 Cities on 8/2/10
Panoramic photo by Vil Muhametshin.
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via 360 Cities on 8/2/10
Panoramic photo by Vil Muhametshin.
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This reconstruction portrays an Iron Age dwelling and workshop of a Latgalian jewelry maker.

via 360 Cities on 8/1/10
Panoramic photo by Hernán David Muñoz.
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http://www.metrodemedellin.gov.co/

via 360 Cities on 8/1/10
Panoramic photo by Larry Beasley.
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The Giant’s Causeway is located in County Antrim, on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland,and is the most popular tourist attraction in Northern Ireland. The tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea. Most of the columns are hexagonal, although there are also some with four, five, seven and eight sides. The tallest are about 12 metres (36 ft) high, and the solidified lava in the cliffs is 28 metres thick in places. For more information see:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant’s_Causeway

via 360 Cities on 8/1/10
Panoramic photo by Colin Ewington.
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This is part of a series of images taken around the old Ruins of Larundel Psychiatric Hospital in Bundoora, which is east of the Victorian capital city of Melbourne. These buildings have been abandoned for years and now lay in ruins.

via 360 Cities on 7/31/10

Panoramic photo by Alan Bruce McLean.
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Fairy Glen can be found in Glen Conon near Uig on the Isle Of Skye . It is a very unusual place as everything as the title suggests is miniature in size from the surrounding hills , trees and loch . The rocky tower seen here is also known as Castle Ewen and can be easily climbed to see the whole of the Fairy Glen from above . Ideal spot for a picnic ?? A rather impressive waterfall can be seen to the north from here also

via 360 Cities on 7/31/10
Panoramic photo by Marcin Klaban.
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Satyryczny spektakl lalkowy “Blok z Powiśla”, przybliżający powstańczą codzienność w kamienicy na warszawskim Powiślu, w ramach obchodów 66. rocznicy wybuchu Powstania Warszawskiego.

via 360 Cities on 7/30/10
Panoramic photo by Vil Muhametshin.
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via 360 Cities on 7/30/10
Panoramic photo by Andrea Biffi.
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San Carlo al Corso (wikipedia)

via 360 Cities on 7/28/10
Panoramic photo by Tom Sadowski.
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The fish wheel is basically a mechanical dip net powered by the river current. When floated on the river, the current turns the baskets like a paddle wheel. Salmon, moving upstream, swim into the baskets and get swept out of the river. When the baske comes out of the water, the basket’s tilted bottom channels the fish out of an opening and into a hopper on board the float. This panorama was made the day before salmon season opened for the fishwheels. Normally these devices would not be sitting idle as people would be working on them to get them ready for opening day. However, the wind was so fierce on this morning that it picked up and flung glacial rock dust and sand from the valley floor making productive work impossible. (There is another panorama of the fish wheel seen to the south. To vew it, click on the arrow pointing to it or select it from the thumnail photos on the bottom of this panorama.) This is a subsistence fishery and very strict rules apply as to which Alaskans can participate and how many salmon they can harvest. Fish caught are “for personal consumption, and for customary trade, barter, or sharing” as stated in the regulations. Alaska law prohibits the selling or buying of subsistence-taken fish, any of their parts or their eggs.

via 360 Cities on 7/28/10
Panoramic photo by Eric PINEL PESCHARDIERE.
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PK9 pink sand beach of Fakarava

via 360 Cities on 7/28/10
Panoramic photo by Andrey Yavolovsky.
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Here we are just inside of the monument called Chronicle of Georgia. This monument describes the most famous persons and events related to the history of Geogria. Some bible stories are also shown. The monument is located close to the Tbilisi Sea. It’s a sunset time, you may see the last rays of sun light on the columns of the monument.

via 360 Cities on 7/27/10

Panoramic photo by Janne.
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Photography is a funny thing. It has always been trying to legitimize itself as a capturer of reality, a preservation of the world as it actually was. This is never really the case, although photography can be used for this purpose.

One technical challenge for photographers (and camera makers) has been to build the machinery (the hardware and software) to capture all of the photons coming from a scene, and turning those photons into a picture that “looks realistic”. This is extremely difficult.

Some people, sometimes called “artists” turn this concept inside out and use photography as a medium of expressing some internal vision rather than a physical scene. You know the photographer has succeeded when you don’t even know that you’re looking at a technical achievement that lessor purveyors of the craft would have failed at. That’s what I think when looking at this lovely panorama by Ruediger Kottmann.


Trier – Atrium Porta Nigra in Germany

What is not obvious here, because it has been done masterfully, is that the darker and lighter parts of this panorama probably could not have been captured in a single exposure – cameras can’t do that (yet). You can’t click the camera on any scene and expect the brightest sun, clouds, etc. and the darkest shadows to all have nice definition and texture – it just doesn’t work that way. Take a picture of a window in a room sometime – you’ll get a nice exposure of the room, or what is outside, but not both at the same time.

So, nice job Ruediger. You have hidden your tracks and made something natural-looking, which is always the hardest part.

Panorama by Andrey Litvinov.

Here’s hoping the fires all go out soon.


Ashes after a fire on July, 29th 2010 Shuvoe in Russia

If you’re hot or thirsty, you can drink in these panoramas of cool, clear water.

Here is a mountain river by Gianluca Garelli -


Sesia River in Piedmont

And here is the Mediterranean sea, by Andreu Vicens Oliver -


platja de Na Clara, Betlem in Mallorca

The Pyramid at the Louvre must be one of the most photographed objects in the world (along with the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, the Empire State Building, etc.) Here is what we’ve got on 360 Cities. Many awesome panoramas from many angles!

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by Felipe Garchet

by Martin Micallef

by Daniel Oi

by Daniel Oi

by Randy Myers

by Alexandre Duret-Lutz

by Florian Knorn

by Steve Wallace

by Jorge García de Andoín

by Vil Muhametshin

by Akiyoshi Odagawa

by Steve Wallace

by Alexandros Krasokeras

While we’re on the subject of fishing, here is some ice fishing shot by the skilled and prolific pano photographer Vil Muhametshin. I can almost feel the cold, here. Pass the vodka.

I always thought these holes in the ice are much bigger. What happens if he catches a bigger fish?! Please leave a comment if you have any insight into this issue. Thanks!


Ice fishing at Lielupe River, Latvia in Latvia

Update: I had a short talk with Vil, the photographer of this panorama. Here is what he said about it:

Vil: Thanks Jeffrey! We get sick for week after this ice-walk… maybe because none of those fishermen offered us a sip :)
Jeff: Did you get any fish? What kind of fish are they anyway?
Vil: Volodya, the fisherman (very nice guy) offered us a part of his catch instead… he said it tastes great as a fish soup. I believe the fish is Crucian.
Jeff: So there are no larger fish to be caught down there through that little hole, obviously?
Vil: In fact the hole isn’t as small as it seems on the picture… The neighbour of our fisherman, who sat just some twenty metres away, caught fish three times as big through the hole of about the same size… it’s the fishing gear, lure and place that make the difference. everyone specializes in his favorite variety…