Double & Rotation

Double is interpreted in two ways in this post: as two objects that look very much alike, and as objects that appear doubled.

Cruise Ships
Celebrity cruise ships

This picture shows two ships from the Celebrity cruise line. The ship on the right is the Celebrity Eclipse (Solstice Class), while the ship on the left is one of the ships in the Millennium Class. This photo was taken in an Eastern Caribbean port in November, 2011.

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Carnival Pride casino slot machines

This photo shows two slot machines in the casino on the Carnival Pride cruise ship. The photo was taken in December, 2012, while the ship was in port in the Bahamas. (Cameras are not permitted in the casino when it is open for business.)

Outside Vegas
Boulders near Las Vegas

This photo shows a pair of boulders in a park just outside Las Vegas, Nevada. The car between the boulders indicates scale.

South Beach Bench
Double chair

This photo shows a double chair in a park near the ocean in South Beach, Miami, Florida. The photo was taken in February, 2013.

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Cactus blooms

This picture shows double blooms on a cactus. This photo was taken in a park outside Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Faces of Buddha

Finally, this photo shows two faces of Buddha, as well as two partial faces of Buddha. (Two more faces and partial faces are on the back side.) This photo was taken in Angkor Wat, Cambodia in March, 2013.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Alleys, Driveways, Parking Lots, Dirt Roads

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Traffic in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India

 

This picture was taken as we were trying to leave Pushkar in the state of Rajastan, India. This dirt road was the much-overworked way out for those seeking to leave after the more commercial (and fun) days of the Pushkar Camel Fair and the way in for the pilgrims arriving for the religious days. Inexplicably, in that time of year with the most traffic, huge chunks of the road were dug up and blocked off on the left side of the road, forcing inbound buses to navigate cautiously around the corners of buildings at the edge of the road. The assistant driver for the bus labeled TOURIST has climbed down from his perch on top of the bus to help direct the bus driver past the pink building on the right. The assistant driver (bare feet, black pants) is standing in the road directly in front of the driver, while the man to the right (in gray pants) is either another assistant driver or just a local kibitzer. Notice other passengers on top of the bus.

We met other buses ahead of this bus. There is a bus (visible in the photo) behind it, another bus behind that one, and so on.

This picture was taken in October, 2014. Specs are:

Olympus TG-3: ISO 100, 1/400 sec, f/6.3, 85 mm

Glass, Squared

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Reflection

This photo is a reflection in a store window, captured by holding the camera touching and almost parallel to the glass of the window. The photo was taken in Paris, France, in October, 2015. Specs are:

Canon 50D: ISO 400, 1/400, f/6.3, 28mm

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Restaurant Au Petit Creux

This photo was taken in Montmartre, Paris, France in October 2015.The name of the restaurant means, loosely, “a little hungry” or perhaps “munchies” or “snacks.” The interior of the restaurant that is closest to the window is seen (overhead lights, lady, Eiffel Tower statue). A building across the street is reflected in the window. The photo was taken in October, 2015. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4: ISO 800, 1/80 sec, f/4.7, 90mm

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Wine bottle and glass

This photo was taken at a sidewalk table outside Cafe Nazir in Montmartre in Paris, France. The wine bottle and glass are reflected in each other, and both reflect food and a red napkin from the table. The photo was taken in October, 2015. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4: ISO 100, 1/60 sec, f/2.3, 5.5 mm

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Stained glass window

This photo shows a stained glass window in the Chateau de Fontainebleau, near Paris, France. Viewed in person, the glass tapestries appear to have a velvet texture. The photo was taken in October, 2015. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4: ISO 500, 1/30 sec, f/2.6, 6.4mm

Treasure & Close-up

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Wedding rings

This is a close-up photo of treasured objects taken against a background that is the photo of a treasured event.

This photo was taken by laying the rings on the top of a glass-topped table and taking the picture through the glass top to the photo album lying on the floor below. The camera was an Olympus TG-4 using the microscope setting.

Places of Worship

Since today is Easter Sunday, the featured topic is places of worship from around the world. The pictures are presented alphabetically by country.

Since, by necessity, the description of the religious significance of each site is very short, the interested reader is encouraged to research further.

Cambodia

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Angkor Wat, Cambodia

This photo shows the sun rising behind Angkor Wat in Cambodia. During its long history, Hinduism and Buddhism have both been practiced here.

This photo was taken in March, 2013.

Egypt

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Temple of Kom Ombo, Aswan, Egypt

The Temple of Kom Ombo is located  in Upper Egypt for the worship of two gods: the crocodile god Sobek (god of fertility, who created the world) and the falcon god Horus (son of Isis and Osiris; god of the sky, war and hunting). Images of Hathor, depicted as a cow goddess, are also  prevalent here.

This photo was taken in February, 2013.

France

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Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

This photo of the historic Catholic Notre Dame Cathedral was taken in October, 2015.

India

Here are photos of Indian temples for each of three ancient religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism) and two newer religions (Islam and Sikhism).

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Sree Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India

The Sree Meenakshi Amman Temple is located in Madurai in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. It is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and named for his wife, the goddess Parvati. Shiva is the destroyer, recycler and regenerator of universe and all life. Parvati is the goddess of love and devotion. Shiva and Parvati are the parents of Ganesha and Kartikeya.

There are 14 towers; the tallest tower is the southern one, at 170 feet.

This photo was taken in March, 2013.

 

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Jain Temple at Ranakpur, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

This photo shows pillars in the interior of the Jain Temple at Ranakpur, in the city of Udaipur in the state of Rajasthan, India.

This photo was taken in October, 2014.

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Dhamekh Stupa, Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh, India

This photo shows the Dhamekh Stupa in Sarnath, about 13 kilometers north-east of Varanasi, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Sarnath is the site of Buddha’s first sermon after his enlightenment.

This photo was taken in October, 2014.

 

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Jama Masjid, Old Delhi, India

This photo shows the Jama Masjid in Old Delhi; it is one of the largest Muslim mosques in India. The photo is taken from a window at the top of one of the towers, a twin to the taller tower reaching above the skyline. The two (shorter) minarets visible in the middle are 130 feet high.

This photo was taken in March, 2013.

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The Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab, India

This photo is of Sri Harmandir Sahib, the Golden Temple, which is the holiest Gurdwara (place of worship) of Sikhism.  The Golden Temple is located in Amritsar in the state of Punjab, India.

This photo was taken in October, 2014.

Spain

 

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Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain

This photo shows part of the exterior of the Sagrada Família, a Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Spain, designed by Antoni Gaudi.

This photo was taken in April, 2015.

Thailand

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Buddha statues, Wat Arun, Bangkok, Thailand

This photo shows a row of Buddha statues inside Wat Arun in Bangkok, Thailand. The photo was taken in March, 2013, before the restoration of the wall behind the statues.

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Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand.

This photo shows the Reclining Buddha in Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand.

This photo was taken in February, 2016.

Vatican City State

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Sistine Chapel ceiling, Vatican

This photo shows part of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Roman Catholic Vatican.

This photo was taken in February, 2013.

 

 

 

Landscape & Cropping

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Road near Munnar, Kerala, South India

The above photo, taken near Munnar in Kerala, South India, shows a hairpin curve beneath the photographer, with a motorcyclist providing scale. The wall at the bottom of the photo is the barrier that keeps the photographer (and car) from falling over the edge. More of this road can been against the mountain in the middle left of the picture. This photo has not been cropped, since each part contributed to the whole picture.

This photo was taken in March, 2013.

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Chalong Bay, Phuket, Thailand

This photo was taken from the top of the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata in Phuket, Thailand (the site of the Big Buddha).  The body of water below is Chalong Bay.

This photo was taken in March, 2013.

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Chalong Bay, Phuket, Thailand

This is the photo that was cropped, removing the tourist on the right, to produce the final image.

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Horse carriages, Luxor City, Egypt

This photo was taken while seated in a horse carriage in Luxor City, Egypt. Anther carriage can be seen directly in front, with other carriages in a line in the middle of the road. A double-occupied motorcycle is passing the carriages.  (Traffic is the landscape of Luxor City.)

This photo was taken in February, 2013.

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Horse carriages, Luxor City, Egypt

This is the photo that was cropped, removing the front of a van and most of an uninteresting building on the left.