This photo of a truss railway bridge in the Romanian countryside I took some weeks ago before spring came to color our world green is for Scenic Sunday and Sunday Bridges. [Enlarge for better view of bridge.]
Today I offer two drive-by shots taken in the countryside of Romania for SkyWatch Friday.
The bright yellow rape field contrasts nicely against the gray sky.
We had to look up towards the sky to spot a number of these large nests with mama and baby storks up on top of streetlamps and power poles. Nice to see them back. These birds had disappeared for some
time because the use of pesticides like DDT had weakened the shell of
eggs so the mothers had crushed them. A testament to the resilience of nature when given a little wiggle room.
At the Sinaia Monastery in the Prahova Valley in Romania, home to less than 20 Christian Orthodox monks, there are two churches, an old (biserica veche) and a new (biserica mare). Both the town and the monastery (completed in 1695) were named after Mount Sinai.
Today I show you the newer, The Great Church, built between 1842 and 1846.
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Sinaia, Romania, 2011
This is my contribution to ABC Wednesday where S is the letter of the week.
My clue for you is the song Forget Domani sung by Katyna Ranieri. Listen to it, if you have a few minutes, it's so fun (right click on the title to open the link in a new tab).
Here is a longer view for the answer.
She is called Spirit of Ecstasy and has quite the romantic history. This hood ornament has adorned the RR since 1911. And the whole yellow car...
And what has that to do with Forget Domani? The song won Best Original Song at the 23rd Golden Globe Awards. It was for the movie The Yellow Rolls-Royce. It looks like a good film, but I've not seen it. Have you?
The famous Ankeruhr (Anchor Clock) forms a bridge between two buildings of the Anker Insurance Company located in the oldest square of Vienna, Hoher Market.
Franz von Matsch designed this elaborate clock in the Art Nouveau style I introduced here. It was built in 1917 to commemorate twelve famous Austrian personalities, such as Prince Eugen, Empress Maria Theresa, composer Joseph Haydn and others.
Each hour, one of the figures moves across the bridge. If you enlarge the image, you can better see that I took the photo at about 17:40, but I can't tell you who this figure represents. At noon, the historical figures are all displayed together; I missed that show.
Bucharest, the capital of Romania, boasts an eclectic range of grand architecture, which, coupled with a sophisticated urban culture during the 1920s and 30s, earned the city the nickname "Little Paris."
From the beginning of WWII and the subsequent internal political upheavals up to the 1989 Revolution that ended a rogue regime little was spent on building maintenance, with the sad inevitable result that many buildings have felt the pain of neglect, run down or ramshackled.
As the economy generally improved over the past two decades, and as I've written here before, the city is getting a facelift. Many old mansions and buildings have been, or are in process of being, renovated.
The renovator, then, could be considered a modern day hero...
...especially when the job may require the additional skills of a rock climber! You'll have to enlarge this image to see this renovator hanging outside the last window on the right on the seventh floor.
What is the difference between a weed and a flower? Only that the weed grows where it is not wanted, I've learned. Does that make it less beautiful or useful? Well, no.
Take the common dandelion. Isn't it delightfully pretty? Each bright yellow flower is unique, no two alike, as far as I can tell... so much like snowflakes that way... and humans.
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Dandelions have medicinal and culinary uses. If, for example, you have low appetite, upset stomach, or liver or gallbladder issues, or you need to normalize your blood sugar level or improve your lipid profiles, you may want to look more into the curative powers of the various parts of this lowly weed. Its young leaves are great in salads or sauteed with sweet vegetables.
Hey, honeybees love them... and after a spring of seeing bright yellow dandelions everywhere, so do I.
This is a permanent media installation in an underground passageway under Karlsplatz in Vienna. The artist is Canadian Ken Lum. If you'd like to read more about this artist or his public art click here.
We drove by car between Bucharest and Vienna through some pleasing countryside in the north of Romania. Sometimes the action in the sky added to the drama of the scene. These were all drive-by shoots on one day.
These skies are for SkyWatch Friday and there's a bridge too for Sunday Bridges. Check out those memes for links to many awesome skies and eclectic bridges around the globe.