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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #35: Architecture

The theme for Lens-Artist Photo Challenge from Amy this week is: Architecture. During our travel, we have seen amazing architecture. 

The Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival Palace on a rugged hill top above the village of Hohenschwangau with an elevation of 800 m (2,620 ft) in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The fairytale castle was commissioned by King Ludwig II as a retreat and a homage to the king’s favorite composer Richard Wagner.

Walt Disney was so inspired by the fairytale architecture of Neuschwanstein that he used it to create Cinderella’s castle in the 1950 animated film, and the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland. Wikipedia My travel post is here.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #31: Landscape

Amy‘s theme this week for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #31 is Landscapes. I included some photos of natural landscape and architecturally designed landscape.

I took this photo on the Alaska trip when our train passed by Hurricane Gorge, Alaska. They named it because the wind could go 150 miles per hour. The train slowed down for passengers to take photos from the bridge. The Hurricane Gulch Bridge is a 918 feet long steel arch railroad bridge and is 296 feet above the Hurricane creek. It is both the longest and tallest bridge on the entire Alaska Railroad.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #10: Fences

The theme for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge this week is Fences. There are fences near and far, close to home and around the globe. Some fences are made with rod iron, wood, stones, cement, plants, flowers, lava rocks or a combination of the above. The functions of the fences are to be for prohibition, protection, security, divider, or beauty. In this post, I have included some examples of the forms and functions of the fences.

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Cherry blossoms between the stone and wooden fences in Japan.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Neuschwanstein Castle

On our vacation trip in Germany, we visited the Neuschwanstein Castle. We ascended the castle on horse-drawn carriage. We were given a shot of vodka and a wool blanket on our laps before ascending.

The Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival Palace on a rugged hill top above the village of Hohenschwangau with an elevation of 800 m (2,620 ft) in southwest Bavaria, Germany.  The fairytale castle was commissioned by King Ludwig II as a retreat and a homage to the king’s favorite composer Richard Wagner.

The construction began in 1869. The estimation for completion was 3 years. In 1884, the King finally moved in, but the palace was still not completed. He only stayed in the palace for 11 nights before his death in 1886.

Had it been completed, the palace would have had more than 200 interior rooms, no more than about 15 rooms and halls were finished. The largest room is the Hall of the Singers, followed by the Throne Hall.

The Hall of Singers was decorated with scenes from Wagner’s opera, which is based on German mythology Lohengrin, the ‘Swan Knight’. Richard Wagner died in 1883 and had never seen the completed castle. The first performance in the Hall of the Singers took place in 1933: A concert commemorating the 50th anniversary of Richard Wagner’s death.

Walt Disney was so inspired by the fairytale architecture of Neuschwanstein that he used it to create Cinderella’s castle in the 1950 animated film, and the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Ascend

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in October – Y2

Paula’s photo challenges with  PICK A WORD theme. The words to choose from are: mountainous, whiskers, crumbling, spanning, and immaculate.

I picked the word mountainous. On our trip to Germany, we took a tour to visit Eagle’s Nest. When we got to the mountaintop, we were presented with a spectacular view of Bavarian Alps. It was the most majestic mountain range with rivers and lakes at the foot of this enormous limestone.

Bavarian Alps (German: Bayerische Alpen) is a summarizing term of several mountain ranges of the Northern Limestone Alps in the German state of Bavaria.  The Bavarian Alps were heavily influenced by the last ice age. Cirques, lakes, and typical U-shaped valleys were formed by the glaciers. Depositions by the ice age, rivers, and glaciers left behind a gently rolling landscape in the Alpine Foreland with lakes and bogs. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bavarian_Alps

The Kehlsteinhaus is situated on a ridge atop the Kehlstein, a 1,834 m (6,017 ft) sub-peak of the Hoher Göll rising above the town of Berchtesgaden. It was commissioned byMartin Bormann in the summer of 1937. Paid for by the Nazi Party, it was completed in 13 months but held until a formal presentation on April 20, 1939, Adolf Hitler’s 50th birthday as a birthday gift. A 4 m (13 ft) wide approach road climbs 800 m (2,600 ft) over 6.5 km (4.0 mi). Costing RM30 million to build (about 150 million inflation-adjusted euros in 2007), it includes five tunnels but only one hairpin turn.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kehlsteinhaus

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Glaciers carved through limestone left rivers behind

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Paula’s Lost in Translation: Thursday’s special – Pick a Word in October Y2

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge -Train Ride to Berlin, Germany

As part of our Travel in Germany, we experienced the high speed train ride from Cologne to Berlin. At one point, the train was running 250 km/hr (155.34 miles/hr). The train ride was as smooth as silk. We appreciated some beautiful countryside sceneries on the way, and arrived Berlin early in the day for sightseeing.

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Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – February 17, 2017

Eagle’s Nest – Germany

We took a trip to Germany and Austria. One of the sightseeing locations was Eagle’s Nest in Berchtesgaden, Germany. Eagle’s Nest was completed in 1938. It took only 12 months to finish the construction from the bottom to the top of the mountain. It was officially presented to Adolf Hitler by the National Socialist Party as a gift to his 50th birthday.

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Eagle’s Nest was built up to rocky plateau. For tourist, after arriving at the bus zone, there is a 124-meter-long (406 feet) underground tunnel, bright lights shine throughout the tunnel, that leads to a 124-meter-long (406 feet) vertical brass-panelled lift which transports people to the mountain top.

The elevation of the Eagle’s Nest is 1834 meters (6017 feet) with the view up to 200 kilometers (120 miles).

Daily Prompt: Underground

Weekly Photo Challenge:Shine

– Photos by Miriam Hurdle