Archive for July, 2012

360° panorama by Willy Kaemena.
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Wikipedia: "Damascus (Arabic: دِمَشق‎ / ALA-LC: Dimashq; commonly known in Syria as ash-Sham (Arabic: الشام‎ / ash-Shām) and, known also as the City of Jasmine (Arabic: مدينة الياسمين‎ / Madīnat al-Yāsmīn), is the capital and the second largest city of Syria. It is also the capital city of one of the country's 14 governorates. In addition to being one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Damascus is a major cultural and religious center of the Levant. The city has an estimated population of 1,711,000 (2009 est.)Located in southwestern Syria, Damascus is the center of a large metropolitan area of 2.6 million people (2004) Geographically embedded on the eastern foothills of the Anti-Lebanon mountain range 80 kilometres (50 mi) inland from the eastern shore of the Mediterranean on a plateau 680 metres (2,230 ft) above sea-level, Damascus experiences a semi-arid climate due to the rain shadow effect. The Barada River flows through Damascus.First settled in the 2nd millennium BC, it was chosen as the capital of the Umayyad Caliphate from 661 to 750. After the victory of the Abbasid dynasty, the seat of Islamic power was moved to Baghdad. Damascus saw a political decline throughout the Abbasid era, only to regain significant importance in the Ayyubid and Mamluk periods. During Ottoman rule, the city decayed completely while maintaining a certain cultural prestige. Today, it is the seat of the central government and all of the government ministries. Damascus was chosen as the 2008 Arab Capital of Culture."
360° panorama by Willy Kaemena.
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The Gold and Spices shops in old Damascus
360° panorama by yunzen liu.
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Yuanmou County of China's Yunnan Province is well-known for such natural wonders. The earth forest is basically in color of yellow and the color varies in different part. It was formed by geological movement and soil erosion one or two million years ago. It is named for its shape like immense forest and the main composition of the expansion earth. The whole landscape of the Soil Forest in Yuanmou is mainly castle, screen, curtain and column, including the highest about 40 meters and very grand.   Actually, the earth of Yuanmou Earth Forest is rock, a kind of sand rock mixed with clay. It has yellow color and loose texture. The rocks are seriously weathered thus their surface looks very much like earth. The yellow rocks gleam under the sunlight as if they are built with gold. Larger ones are like castle while smaller ones are like pylon, in various shapes. Really magnificent! The earth forest is widespread in Yuanmou Basin. Different areas have different features due to extent they have been weathered and eroded. The three notable scenic sites are Tiger Leaping Sands, Ban Guo and Xin Hua. Each of them has its own distinguishing feature. http://www.chinatour360.com/yunnan/chuxiong/yuanmou-earth-forest.htm360-degree panorama photography by yunzeng liu
360° panorama by VirtualCrimea.
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360° panorama by VirtualCrimea.
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360° panorama by Kengo Shimizu.
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The Sand Musuem opened in 2006 near Tottori Sand Dunes.In the exhibition room are sand statues made by leading sand sculptors among the world such as Nicola Wood, Baldrick Buckle, Iliya Filimontsev, Alexey Shchitov and more.The sand statues you are seeing in this panorama is the 5th exhibition whose theme is the Great Britain. They change the display every year.They did not use any kind of adhesive bond to create these statues.Mold form was built around the display area, and tons of sand and water were poured into the mold. Then the sand was rammed down and dried. The artists sculpt the compressed sand into these exquisite statues.
360° panorama by Jacek Gancarson.
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Circular photo-panorama in 6 pictures taken by photographer Johannes Jaeger in 1873 from Kastellet on Kastellholmen island near Stockholm centrum.
360° panorama by Plamen Penev.
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360° panorama by David Rowley.
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Photographer’s Notes:Being from Scotland, the Faroe Islands have always cropped up while looking at maps, ever since I was young. When I was planning a trip, by ferry to Iceland, I had the opportunity finally to visit these Islands, though my decision to actually get off of the ferry when it stopped here was because it somehow made the ferry ticket a little cheaper, so naturally, being Scottish, I could not resist! Though the islands had cropped up on the map, I had failed to ever look into what I might see if I one day actually did visit the Islands. To cut a long story a bit short, I really didn’t expect them to be quite this amazing!The ferry dropped my off on the way back from Iceland at 3am. It was dark when it arrived. I had not seen darkness for a long time as I had been in Northern Europe since the middle of May and if it ever had been dark in the last 2 months then I must have been sleeping at the time because I didn’t see it! My choice was to either find somewhere to set up my tent, or to find somewhere high to watch the sunrise. So it’s not too hard to work out what I decided to do… I sat up on this hill for about an hour waiting for the sun to appear from behind the seemingly endless stream of low cloud that was coming from the North, when a gap finally did appear I probably took my fastest ever sequence of shots (30 in total) ever! Going by the times marked on each photo I managed to take all the pictures in just 34 seconds! I had to do this because the cloud were coming past very quickly, I was quite worried that I might run into big problems later when the photos were stitched if the clouds had moved too much.
360° panorama by yunzen liu.
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 The Shangri-la Canyon also Grand Birang Canyon is located at the foot of Minor Snow Mountian in Geza township, about 103 kms from the Shangri-la. The scenery of the valley amazes many people. The plant research groups from China and Sweden call it a mysterious valley. The valley is steep and narrow, with walls of some 1,000 meters high, the most narrow part of the canyon is only 10 meters between the two sides. As a saying goes that a sky chasm is produced by a narrow line in between the valley and stones are the gates of the two-mountain valley. The Birang River roars along the Birang Valley with rough waves and roaring noises. The valley has cut itself to a depth of 200 to 1,000 meters, passing through the fairytale land in 2.5 km forming up a marvelous spectacle full of legendary spirits and secluded spot.http://english.dreams-travel.com/guide/yunnan/shangricanyon.htm360-degree panorama photography by yunzeng liu