Category Archives: PHOTOS

Selection of photographs I like collected from here and there

The Middle East is renowned for being home to mesmerizing kaleidoscopic beauty, and this is no less true in Iran. The roofs of the country’s mosques are incredibly intricate, and Instagram  photographer, m1rasoulifard, takes you on a mesmerizing journey through some of Iran’s most beautiful architectural detailing. Take a look at these stunning photos:

 

 

INCREDIBLE PHOTOS – Coloured by technology

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CLAUDE MONET in 1923

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Brigadier General and actor Jimmy Stewart. Stewart flew 20 combat missions over Nazi-occupied Europe and even flew one mission during Vietnam.

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Pablo Picasso.

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Times Square 1947.

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Helen Keller meeting comedian Charlie Chaplin in 1918.

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Girls delivering ice, 1918.

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Winston Churchill, 1941.

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Albert Einstein, 1921.

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Marilyn Monroe.

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Samurai Training 1860.

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American Poet Walt Whitman, 1868.

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Hindenburg Blimp crash.

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Joan Crawford on the set of Letty Lynton, 1932.

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Mark Twain in 1900.

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Albert Einstein on a Long Island beach in 1939.

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Union Soldiers taking a break 1863.

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Charles Darwin.

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Clint Eastwood, 1962.

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W.H. Murphy testing the bulletproof vest in 1923.

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Elizabeth Taylor in 1956.

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Louis Armstrong practicing backstage in 1946.

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Red Hawk of the Oglala Sioux Tribe on horseback, 1905.

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A Washington, D.C. Filling station in 1924.

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Louis Armstrong plays to his wife, Lucille, in Cairo, Egypt 1961.

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Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield.

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Brothers Robert Kennedy, Edward “Ted” Kennedy, and John F. Kennedy outside the Oval Office.

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Clint Eastwood working on his 1958 Jag XK 120 in 1960.

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Baltimore Slums, 1938.

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Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels scowls at a Jewish photographer, 1933.

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Henry Ford, 1919.

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Alfred Hitchcock.

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President Lincoln with Major General McClernand and Allan Pinkerton at Antietam in 1862.

The Dark Hedges – IRELAND

The Dark Hedges | The Most Photographed Natural Phenomena in Ireland
The Dark Hedges in County Antrim, Ireland is a beautifully eerie avenue of beech trees that were planted by the Stuart family back in the 1750s. That makes these gnarly trees almost 300 years old! The Stuart family’s intent was to create a striking landscape to impress its visitors as they approached the entrance to their mansion, the Gracehill House. Now, the Dark Hedges has become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland. You may notice the mystifying scene from the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones,” as it’s served as a setting for the famous Kingsroad. It’s hard to believe that up until 15 years ago, only locals knew about that spectacular road.


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JULIET’s HOUSE IN VERONA ~~ Fiction is alive even today

Juliet’s house or Casa di Giulietta is one of the main attractions of Verona with the most famous balcony in the world. Every day crowds of people make their way through the narrow archway into the courtyard to admire and photograph the famous balcony. Couples of all ages swear eternal fidelity here in memory of Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet”. And all this even though the two main characters never really existed and William Shakespeare never went to Verona in his lifetime. However, Verona is inextricably linked with the fate of the two lovers. In recognition of this factor and in order to offer the countless couples who come to Verona every year a worthy location, the city of Verona bought today’s house of Juliet from the Dal Capello family in 1905. Due to the similarity of their names they declared the house to be the family residence of the Capuleti family – a new tourist sensation was created!

In the footsteps of Romeo and Juliet — Those who enter the courtyard of Juliet’s house for the first time will be struck by the thousands of small scraps of paper which cover the floor to the ceiling. All who write down their love vows to their partner and stick them on the wall will – according to the popular belief – stay together with their partner for the rest of their lives and will be very happy. Even touching the right breast; of the bronze statue of Juliet in the small courtyard will bring luck to all who are trying to find their true love. Apart from the famous love story, Juliet’s house has other interesting attractions to offer. The house delights with its beautiful Gothic style from the 14th century. In the individual rooms and halls you can find numerous exhibits from the time of Romeo and Juliet which give a good impression of life in ancient Verona.


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Italy – Veneto – Verona – Statue of Juliet outside Juliet’s House — Tour of Italian lakes region of Italy including Garda, Como, Lugano, Maggiore and Orta. There is some truth behind the legend of Juliet and Romeo’s story – the two families, Montecchi and Capuleti in Italian, were involved in a struggle for power in Italy during the period of the Scala lords. The house in Verona known as Juliet’s house was owned by the family dell Capello. The house dates from the 13th century and the family coat of arms can still be seen on the wall. A slight problem is the balcony itself, which overlooks the courtyard – it was added in the 20th century. Image credit Jules


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PHOTOS of WORLD WAR 2 – Forgotten History

Atomic Bomb survivour
A survivor of the first atomic bomb ever used in warfare, Jinpe Teravama retains scars after the healing of burns from the bomb explosion, in Hiroshima, in June of 1947. (AP Photo)
Berlins Republic Square 1948
The scene in Berlin’s Republic Square, before the ruined Reichstag Building, on September 9, 1948, as Anti-Communists, estimated at a quarter of a million, scream their opposition to Communism. At the time, the Soviet Union was enforcing the Berlin Blockade, blocking Allied access to the parts of Berlin under Allied control. In response, Allies began the Berlin Airlift until the Soviets lifted the blockade in 1949, and East Germany and West Germany were established. When the meeting pictured here broke up, a series of incidents between Anti-Red Germans and Soviet troops brought tension to a fever pitch as shootings took place, resulting in the deaths of two Germans. (AP-Photo)
Brandenburg Gate 1945
Red Army photographer Yevgeny Khaldei (center) in Berlin with Soviet forces, near the Brandenburg Gate in May of 1945. (Waralbum.ru)
Courtroom Nuremburg
The interior of the courtroom of the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials in 1946 during the Trial of the Major War Criminals, prosecuting 24 government and civilian leaders of Nazi Germany. Visible here is Hermann Goering, former leader of the Luftwaffe, seated in the box at center right, wearing a gray jacket, headphones, and dark glasses. Next to him sits Rudolf Hess, former Deputy Fuhrer of Germany, then Joachim von Ribbentrop, former Nazi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilhelm Keitel, former leader of Germany’s Supreme Command (blurry face), and Ernst Kaltenbrunner, the highest ranking surviving SS-leader. Goering, von Ribbentrop, Keitel, and Kaltenbrunner were sentenced to death by hanging along with 8 others — Goering committed suicide the night before the execution. Hess was sentenced to life imprisonment, which he served at Spandau Prison, Berlin, where he died in 1987.
First General Purpose computor 1946
This 1946 photograph shows ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer), the first general purpose electronic computer – a 30-ton machine housed at the University of Pennsylvania. Developed in secret starting in 1943, ENIAC was designed to calculate artillery firing tables for the United States Army’s Ballistic Research Laboratory. The completed machine was announced to the public on February 14, 1946. The inventors of ENIAC promoted the spread of the new technologies through a series of influential lectures on the construction of electronic digital computers at the University of Pennsylvania in 1946, known as the Moore School Lectures. (AP Photo)

German Wehrmacht General Anton
German Wehrmacht General Anton Dostler is tied to a stake before his execution by a firing squad in a stockade in Aversa, Italy, on December 1, 1945. The General, Commander of the 75th Army Corps, was sentenced to death by an United States Military Commission in Rome for having ordered the shooting of 15 unarmed American prisoners of war, in La Spezia, Italy, on March 26, 1944. (AP Photo)
Hermann Goering Mug shot
Hermann Goering, once the leader of the formidable Luftwaffe and second in command of the German Reich under Hitler, appears in a mugshot on file with the Central Registry of War Criminals and Security Suspects in Paris, France, on November 5, 1945. Goering surrendered to U.S. soldiers in Bavaria, on May 9, 1945, and was eventually taken to Nuremburg to face trial for War Crimes. (AP Photo)
Hermann Goerings Private Loot
A U.S. soldier examines a solid gold statue, part of Hermann Goering’s private loot, found by the 7th U.S. Army in a mountainside cave near Schonau am Konigssee, Germany, on May 25, 1945. The secret cave, the second found to date, also contained stolen priceless paintings from all over Europe. (AP Photo/Jim Pringle)
Hiroo Onada 1974
In March of 1974, some 29 years after the official end of World War II, Hiroo Onoda, a former Japanese Army intelligence officer, walks out of the jungle of Lubang Island in the Philippines, where he was finally relieved of duty. He handed over his sword (hanging from his hip in photo), his rifle, ammunition and several hand grenades. Onoda had been sent to Lubang Island in December of 1944 to join an existing group of soldiers and hamper any enemy attacks. Allied forces overtook the island just a few months later, capturing or killing all but Onoda and three other Japanese soldiers. The four ran into the hills and began a decades-long insurgency extending well past the end of the war. Several times they found or were handed leaflets notifying them that the war had ended, but they refused to believe it. In 1950, one of the soldiers turned himself in to Philippine authorities. By 1972, Onoda’s two other compatriots were dead, killed during guerrilla activities, leaving Onoda alone. In 1974, Onoda met a Japanese college dropout, Norio Suzuki, who was traveling the world, and through their friendship, Onoda’s former commanding officer was located and flew to Lubang Island to formally relieve Onoda of duty, and bring him home to Japan. Over the years, the small group had killed some 30 Filipinos in various attacks, but Onoda ended up going free, after he received a pardon from President Ferdinand Marcos. (AP Photo)
Hiroshima
Aerial view of Hiroshima, Japan, one year after the atomic bomb blast shows some small amount of reconstruction amid much ruin on July 20, 1946. The slow pace of rebuilding is attributed to a shortage of building equipment and materials. (AP Photo/Charles P. Gorry)
North Korea Kim IL Sung Oct 1945
In this October 1945 photo from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency, communist leader Kim Il Sung chats with a farmer from Qingshanli, Kangso County, South Pyongyang in North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP Images)
Polands War Orphans 1945
Some of Poland’s thousands of war orphans at the Catholic Orphanage in Lublin, on September 11, 1946, where they are being cared for by the Polish Red Cross. Most of the clothing, as well as vitamins and medicines, are provided by the American Red Cross. (AP Photo)
Soviet Soldiers lowered Nazi Flags
Soviet soldiers with lowered standards of the defeated Nazi forces during the Victory Day parade in Moscow, on June 24, 1945. (Yevgeny Khaldei/Waralbum.ru)
Soviet Soldiers North Korea 1945
Soviet soldiers on the march in northern Korea in October of 1945. Japan had ruled the Korean peninsula for 35 years, until the end of World War II. At that time, Allied leaders decided to temporarily occupy the country until elections could be held and a government established. Soviet forces occupied the north, while U.S. forces occupied the south. The planned elections did not take place, as the Soviet Union established a communist state in North Korea, and the U.S. set up a pro-western state in South Korea – each state claiming to be sovereign over the entire peninsula. This standoff led to the Korean War in 1950, which ended in 1953 with the signing of an armistice — but, to this day, the two countries are still technically at war with each other. (Waralbum.ru)
Viewtone TV 1945
This television set, retailing for $100, is reportedly the first moderately priced receiver manufactured in quantity. Rose Clare Leonard watches the screen, which reproduces a 5×7 image, as she tunes in at the first public post-war showing at a New York department store, on August 24, 1945. Although television was invented prior to World War II, the war prevented mass production. Soon after the war, sales and production picked up, and by 1948, regular commercial network programming had begun. (AP Photo/Ed Ford)
XB-35 1946 Flying Bomber
Northrop’s Flying Wing Bomber known as the XB-35 in flight in 1946. The XB-35 was an experimental heavy bomber developed for the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. The project was terminated shortly after the war, due to its technical difficulties. (AP Photo)

NASR-UL-MULK Mosque in SHIRAZ IRAN

The stunning Nasir al-mulk Mosque hides a gorgeous secret between the walls of its fairly traditional exterior: stepping inside is like walking into a kaleidoscope of colors. Every day, the rays of the early morning sun shine through colorful stained-glass windows, transforming the halls into a dazzling wonderland of rich hues, patterns, and light that play on the floor of the mosque.

In addition to the glorious display of light and color through the stained glass, the mosque features other striking elements of design and architecture, including intricate geometric tile designs, painted arches and niches, and spectacular domes. The usage of beautiful rose-colored tiles in the interior design earned the mosque the nickname Pink Mosque in popular culture.

The mosque, located in Shiraz, Iran, was built from 1876 to 1888 by the order of one of the Qajar Dynasty lords. The beautiful structure was designed by Muhammad Hasan-e-Memar and Muhammad Reza Kashi Paz-e-Shirazi. (Credit: posted by Jenny Zhang)

Colours of Nasir-ul-Mulk Mosque
Colours of Nasir-ul-Mulk Mosque

NASR-UL-MULK Mosque by Abbas Arabzadeh

NASR-UL-MULK Mosque by Amin Abedini 1

NASR-UL-MULK Mosque by Amin Abedini 2

NASR-UL-MULK Mosque by Amin Abedini

NASR-UL-MULK Mosque by Dav Wong

NASR-UL-MULK Mosque by lucie Debelkova

NASR-UL-MULK Mosque by MARCO Atonini

NASR-UL-MULK Mosque by Marinela T.Gondii

NASR-UL-MULK Mosque by my 2200

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Nasir al-Mulk Mosque

IMAGE CREDITS to:Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji, my2200, Dav Wong, Amin Abedini, Abbas Arabzadeh, Omid Jafarnezhad, Marinela T. Gondii, Lucie Debelkova

CRAZY GOATS

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Baltoro glacier. The wilderness and Snows of Karakorams

Baltoro glacier. The wilderness and Snows of Karakorams

BALTORO GLACIER – PAKISTAN

Baltoro glacier. The wilderness and Snows of Karakorams

THE BALTORO GLACIER – PAKISTAN