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A spring turns into summer, Elizabeth relishes her new role as a young wife, while her sister, Diana, searches for adventure abroad. But when a surprising clue about their father's death comes to light, the Holland girls wonder at what cost a life of splendor comes.
Carolina Broad, society's newest darling, fans a flame from her past, oblivious to how it might burn her future. Penelope Schoonmaker is finally Manhattan royalty—but when a real prince visits the city, she covets a title that comes with a crown. Her husband, Henry, bravely went to war, only to discover that his father's rule extends well beyond New York's shores and that fighting for love may prove a losing battle.
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Explore : Jul 11, 2007 #419
After the humiliating Peace of Zsitvatorok and the unfavourable result of the wars with Persia, sultan Ahmed I decided to build a large mosque in Istanbul to placate Allah. This would be the first imperial mosque in more than forty years. Whereas his predecessors had paid for their mosques with their war booty, sultan Ahmed I had to withdraw the funds from the treasury, because he hadn't won any notable victories. This provoked the anger of the ulema, the Muslim legal scholars.
The mosque was to be built on the site of the palace of the Byzantine emperors, facing the Hagia Sophia (at that time the most venerated mosque in Istanbul) and the hippodrome, a site of great symbolic significance. Large parts of the southern side of the mosque rest on the foundations, the vaults and the undercrofts of the Great Palace. Several palaces, already built on the same spot, had to be bought (at considerable price) and pulled down, especially the palace of Sokollu Mehmet Pasa, and large parts of the Sphendone (curved tribune with U-shaped structure of the hippodrome).
Construction of the mosque started in August 1609 when the sultan himself came to break the first sod. It was his intention that this would become the first mosque of his empire. He appointed his royal architect Sedefhar Mehmet Aga, a pupil and senior assitant of the famous architect Sinan as the architect in charge of the construction. The organization of the work was described in meticulous detail in eight volumes, now in the library of the Topkap? Palace. The opening ceremonies were held in 1617 (although the gate of the mosque records 1616) and the sultan was able to pray in the royal box (hunkar mahfil). But the building wasn't finished yet in this last year of his reign, as the last accounts were signed by his successor Mustafa I.
The design of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque is the culmination of two centuries of Ottoman mosque development. It is the last great mosque of the classical period. The architect has ably synthesized the ideas of his master Sinan, aiming for overwhelming size, majesty and splendour, but the interior lacks his creative thinking.
Mehmet Pasa used large quantities of materials for the construction, in particular stone and marble, draining away supplies for other important works. The layout of the mosque is irregular, as the architect had to take into account the existing constraints of the site. Its major facade, serving as the entrance, faces the hippodrome. The architect based his plan on the Sehzade Mosque (1543-1548) in Istanbul, the first major large-scale work of Sinan, with the same square-based symmetrical quatrefoil plan and a spacious forecourt. This prayer hall is topped by an ascending system of domes and semi-domes, each supported by three exedrae, culminating in the huge encompassing central dome, which is 23.5 meters in diameter and 43 meters high at its central point. The domes are supported by four massive piers that recall those of the Selimiye Mosque in Edirne, another masterpiece of Sinan. It is obvious that Mehmet Pasa was overcautious by taking this inflated margin of safety, damaging the elegant proportions of the dome by their oppressive size. These "elephant feet" consist of multiple convex marble grooves at their base, while the upper half is painted, separated from the base by an inscriptive band with gilded words. Seen from the court, the profile of the mosque becomes a smooth succession of domes and semi-domes. The overall effect of the exterior on the visitor is one of perfect visual harmony, leading the eye up to the peak of the central dome.
The monotony of the interior is broken by the three galleries surrounding the prayer hall. The southern wall (with the mihrab) lacks recesses, because the buttresses are completely situated at the exterior. On each of the three other walls, the two buttresses jut out into the interior, forming three recesses. Each middle recess consists of three exedrae under a semi-dome.
The facade of the spacious forecourt was built in the same manner as the facade of the Suleymaniye Mosque, except for the addition of the turrets on the corner domes. The court is about as large as the mosque itself and is surrounded by a continuous, rather monotonous, vaulted arcade (revak). It has ablution facilities on both sides. The central hexagonal fountain is rather small in contrast with the dimensions of the courtyard. The monumental but narrow gateway to the courtyard stands out architecturally from the arcade. Its semi-dome has a fine stalactite structure, crowned by a rather small ribbed dome on a tall drum.
At its lower levels and at every pier, the interior of the mosque is lined with more than 20,000 handmade ceramic tiles, made at Iznik (the ancient Nicaea) in more than fifty different designs. The tiles at lower levels are traditional in design, while at gallery level their design becomes flamboyant with representations of flowers, fru
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As I present shots taken on our recent trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton NPs, I'm trying hard to mix it up a bit - between wildlife and the raw landscape beauty of the area. Both were exciting to view and photograph, but obviously for very different reasons.
So today, I present to you Grand Prismatic Spring. It is located in the Midway Geyser Basin of Yellowstone NP. As you can see, there are several ways to visit this spring, which is the largest hot spring in the US, measuring 250X300' in diameter and is an amazing 160' deep. It produces 560 US gallons/minute! The temperature reaches about 160 degrees Farenheit. While it is the largest in the US, it is also the 3rd largest in the world! Only New Zealand boosts a larger one - actually they have 2 larger ones.
What makes this hot spring also so impressive is the beauty that it possesses - illustrating some of the most vivid and beautiful colors imaginable! The spring has a deep blue color which results from the intrinsic color of blue water, which is itself results from water's selective absorption of red wavelengths of visable light. It is especially blue due to the high purity of this particular hot spring. The surrounding microbial mats near the edges and extending from it like the rays of the sun, are created by the pigmentation of the bacterium living within the microbial mats.
As you can see, there are numerous ways to visit this hot spring. The more traditional way is to view it via the boardwalk which meanders through the basin floor. For our taste though, we wanted to be able to view it from above so that we would be able to appreciate all it had to offer. So we set out to hike on the trail to Fairy Falls. Along the way, there is a crude trail up the mountainside which offers this magnificent view looking down on the splendor. It was like we found the "pot of gold" up there. It seemingly took our breath away it was so gorgeous!
My only advice for those who might want to view it from the same vantage point is to choose carefully which lenses to take for the task. I took a wide angle which was unsatisfactory for me to give it "punch". The other lens I took was my trusty 70-200mm, which also left me antsy for about a 50mm, which I think would have been perfect. Oh well, just goes to prove one thing - you never can have enough lenses! LOL
So I settled for a partial shot, which I thought captured the details of the mats shooting out of the perimeter of the hot spring. It truly allowed you to see why it was so aptly named "Grand Prismatic Spring".
Thanks so much for visiting my photostream and sharing in our journeys of nature, wildlife, & adventure. Thanks especially for all of your comments, as they are immensely appreciated.
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You might expect a menage a trois movie called Splendor to be some sort of steamy, soft-lit sex romp, but it is, in fact, a witty, sassy romantic comedy. Writer-director Gregg Araki set out to make a '30s screwball comedy with a modern twist, and he's mostly succeeded. Splendor is brisk and funny, and if it seems a bit convenient that two guys could love (and sleep with) one woman without killing each other, it's all in the service something bigger--the story of a woman forced to choose between love and security. Kathleen Robertson has a certain impish charm (which unfortunately wears thin at times), Johnathon Schaech and Matt Keeslar are fun as the rivals who ultimately become best buds, but it's Eric Mabius who quietly steals every scene he's in as a TV movie director who's so thoughtful and kind, yet self-absorbed, that he might comfort his bride-to-be on their wedding day by sweetly telling her, "Honey, Amazon.com says I stole every scene I'm in, isn't that great?" --Geof Miller
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