Weekly Photo Challenge: The World Through My Eyes~Beautiful

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“The Best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched-they must me felt with the  heart.”

-Helen Keller

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The reason we chose Fantasy over reality …

fantasy

 

“The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real … for a moment at least … that long magic moment before we wake.

Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and cloves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end. Reality is the strip malls of Burbank, the smokestacks of Cleveland, a parking garage in Newark. Fantasy is the towers of Minas Tirith, the ancient stones of Gormenghast, the halls of Camelot. Fantasy flies on the wings of Icarus, reality on Southwest Airlines. Why do our dreams become so much smaller when they finally come true?

We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang. There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.

They can keep their heaven. When I die, I’d sooner go to middle Earth.”
— George R.R. Martin

Take journey of exploration ……

 

Most people like to travel. Most people have, at some stage in their life, gone through an internal crisis, where they have been uncertain of their future and which path they should take. Most people love the idea of a journey of self discovery. Most people wish they could have an adventure, preferably in an exotic location and with an attractive tour guide. And if most people don’t like these things, that’s fine, cause I do.

You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place like you’ll not only miss the people you love but you’ll miss the person you are now, because you’ll never be this way again.”

Azar Nafisi

 

Your journey could be of anything , it is not bounded by the limitations of locations , or destinations , the real journey is something from which you learn , that touches you beyond your imagination , that changes you for better , the journey we take is not about following a pre-defined path , but about creating that path . Life rarely makes any more sense when things are done  ‘in order ‘ , Life makes sense when we are centered in our own Hearts , & we  let go of resisting  how our own unique journey needs to unfold ,in its own beautiful way…

 

I am gonna add pictures of some beautiful places in here , that shows how much world wants to talk to you in its own way ,

  1>  Aurora Borealis & Aurora Austrails  

  2> Poseidon Temple Cape Sounion

 

 

 3> Port Royal Jamaica

 

 

  4> Petra Jordan

 

 

       5> Havasu Falls 

 

 

      6> Edge of the World – Faroe Islan Town 

 

 

      7> Cheonjiyeon Waterfall 

 

 

8> Arches National Park , Utah 

 

 

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru

 

Dubai : Construction Against Nature !!!

Dubai is well known for its enormous construction & experimenting with the design , it was alright till it was synchronized with nature , like building Burg Khalifa , considering all the nature ‘s aspect wind and balancing on the ground .

But than Dubai expanded its experiments , and started making man-made islands ,  These Islands were built of sand dredged from the bottom of the gulf. It is not structurally stable and is in the middle of a big body of water. Between tides and liquefaction there was no hope for them in the first place.They are building temples on sand foundations…To build temples on sand foundations is foolish enough on dry land, let alone in the middle of the ocean.

Now not only is it making island on water , but beneath the surface it is disturbing the marine life ecology ,  From the air, The World and Palm projects create a highly visible impression on the landscape of Dubai. And back down at sea level, significant changes in the marine environment are leaving a visual scar of another type. As a result of the dredging and redepositing of sand for the construction of the islands, the typically crystalline waters of the gulf of Dubai have become severely clouded with silt.

Construction activity is damaging the marine habitat, burying coral reefs, oyster beds and subterranean fields of sea grass, threatening local marine species as well as other species dependent on them for food. Oyster beds have been covered in as much as two inches of sediment, while above water, beaches are eroding with the disruption of natural currents.

The recent survey has been showing that the land is sinking in the sea on the newly made : The world islands , ofcourse the dubai government and their geologist are denying any such process happening , but the inside scoop says it all , maybe its just a beginning and they would cover it for now , but if you are playing against nature , you will pay the price .
Well I am in favor of new technologies , and reaching a new height of architecture and design but not on the cost of degrading the nature , you cannot go on the path of new world , by crushing the nature , it should both walk parallel , and both complimenting each other .

In short summing up all the problems that has been involved in this new construction of : The World Island is
The construction of the various islands off the coast of Dubai has resulted in changes in area wildlife, coastal erosion and alongshore sediment transport, and wave patterns. Sediment stirred up by construction has suffocated and injured local marine fauna and reduced the amount of sunlight filtered down to seashore vegetation. Variations in alongshore sediment transport have resulted in changes in erosion patterns along the UAE coast, which has also been exacerbated by altered wave patterns as the waters of the Gulf attempt to move around the new obstruction of the islands.
It is not a surprise that  Dubai’s megaprojects have become a favorite cause of environmentalists ,

“The islands are gradually falling back into the sea,” Richard Wilmot-Smith QC, for Penguin Marine, said. The evidence showed “erosion and deterioration of The World islands”, he added.

“If you build on a low coast like that you’re exposing yourself to dramatic consequences, a high wave or high sea, or even if the sea rises,” said Frederic Launay, director of World Wide Fund for Nature in Abu Dhabi.

Thought of the Day :

Human civilization is not something achieved against nature; it is rather the outcome of the working of the innate qualities of man.

Related Articles :

http://progressivetimes.wordpress.com/2010/02/23/dubai-the-nemesis-of-sustainability/

The Lost Treasures Of The World -l

There are many instances of lost treasures remaining unfound yet all over the world. This thought of huge wealth somewhere lying in the world itself is tempting. There is a may be – may not be case in every instance of unfound treasure though. Either they are just myths or have probably been ‘recycled’ long ago. If anyone knows the truth then they haven’t come forward to prove it yet. Still there are many treasures worth searching for. Some of them are as follows, and the facts are likely to prove that they exist. It may astonish you.

1. Oak Island – Money Pit


Oak Island is a 140 acre privately owned island situated in Canada, which is treasure hunt site for more than 200 years. It is said to have a Money Pit in it, protected by a series of traps, though many critics argue about the fact and says there is no treasure and that the pit is a natural phenomenon, likely a sinkhole. Many treasure hunters have ventured to Nova Scotia, Canada to hunt the money pit, but it was all in vain.

 

There is an interesting story which led to the discovery of the fact. In 1795, Daniel McGinnis, a 16 years old lad, found a clearing in front of an old oak tree bearing the marks of unnatural scarring, which indicated a depression beneath the tree. Daniel along with two friends of his dug the marked area and gradually started to find packed logs at different intervals. With unrelenting expedition nine years later they found a stone which had an inscription: “Forty Feet Below Two Million Pounds Are Buried”.

 

From 1866 – 1959, 7 more expeditions were made but none of them was successful. Strange manmade constructions have been recovered from the pit over the years, but till now, the treasure still remains buried. Neither the treasure hunters nor the critics are sure about what exactly a money pit is and who created this mysterious structure.

2. Treasure of the Knights Templar:


Knights Templar is a small island on the fog cloaked coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, which is also seemingly conceal a magnificent treasure. Its apparently contains massive amounts of gold and silver bullion, the crown jewels of royal European families, religious art pieces sacred to both Judaism and Christianity.

The Knight Templar have been linked to the mystery of Oak Island by many as they both have similar history records which suggests that they both had the intension to deposit treasure in the Money Pit. ‘The Knights Templar’ was actually a military and religious band of man, who used to protect the highways of the holy land. The Kings of Paris used to deposit their wealth and gold in literally world’s first ever bank, which can only be withdrawn in Jerusalem. Now this Templar started to grow immensely and when Jerusalem and Holy Lands were lost to the Islamic rules, the Templar had been dumped to save it from French King. When this Knights templar colony died, this became anonymous and it’s still a mystery what happened to that Templar treasure.

3. The Amber Room:

This is a chamber of entire decoration of amber panels backed with gold leaf, semiprecious stones and mirrors. Because of its marvelous beauty, it was once upon a time called as the “Eighth Wonder of t he World”. The King of Prussia, Friedrich Wilhelm I, made this room which would be of $142 dollars worth now. He later gave it to the ruler of Russian Empire.

But this room was lost during World War II , after air raids and a savage ground assaulted the city.
On June 22, 1941, Adolf Hitler initiated Operation Barbarossa, which launched three million German soldiers into the Soviet Union. The invasion led to the looting of tens of thousands of art treasures, including the illustrious Amber Room, which the Nazis believed was made by Germans and, most certainly, made for Germans.

As the forces moved into Pushkin, officials and curators of the Catherine Palace attempted to disassemble and hide the Amber Room. When the dry amber began to crumble, the officials instead tried hiding the room behind thin wallpaper. But the ruse didn’t fool the German soldiers, who tore down the Amber Room within 36 hours, packed it up in 27 crates and shipped it to Königsberg, Germany (present-day Kaliningrad).

In 1979 efforts began to rebuild the Amber Room at Tsarskoye Selo. After a long reconstruction, Russian craftsmen completed in with the finance provided by Germany. The original Amber Room is said to be the world’s priceless and greatest lost treasures.