Discovery (Post#32) : Centennial Olympic Park – Fountain of Rings
While walking within Centennial Olympic Park, I found this interesting fountain that forms the Olympic rings. Below was the discovery that I learned about the said fountain. The photo is part of Atlanta Walks Photo Collection November 2015.
The Fountain of Rings is the centerpiece of Centennial Olympic Park and is one of the most recognized and photographed landmarks in Georgia. Millions of international and local guests visit the Park every year to enjoy the world’s largest interactive fountain featuring the Olympic Ring symbol. (Source : GWCCA website)
Discovery (Post#31) : Girlhood Stories by Margaret Mitchell
When I was at the ground floor and exploring the House Museum, as part of “Margaret Mitchell : A Passion For character” display, I found an exhibit that portrays Margaret even at her young age that she has a talent for writing. After seeing this, I can imagine how talented the young Margaret and she’s writing stories at the age of 10. The photo is part of Margaret Mitchell House Visit Photo Collection November 2015.
Girlhood Stories by Margaret Mitchell, ca.1910 Courtesy Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library University of Georgia
“Colorful covers introduce girlhood stories written by Margaret Mitchell. The papers of Stephens Mitchell at the Kenan Research Center contain a small, handmade booklet similar to these. When intact, the 173 pages were filled with Mitchell’s cursive handwriting. The action-packed tale features a Union soldier, Hugh Warren, who though born in the South, was a spy for the North”
Note: Excerpt from the notes displayed under the exhibit item.
Because of strategic location of Tumon Bay, its shoreline has been used as location of pill boxes that has been put up by Japanese during the years that they hold the island until Americans recaptured it back from them in 1944. The pillbox is one way of Japanese fortifications along the coast of Guam that overlooks the beaches. These photos are part of Guam Adventure Photo Collection April 2017.
Discovery (Post#29) : War in the Pacific National Historical Park
Aside from the memorial wall that has been put up to Asan Bay Overlook and the scenic view that it offers to the visitors, the ridge line has historical importance to the island. War in the Pacific National Historical Park boundaries are huge to emphasize its significance. There are three boards display that can be found at the lookout area that gives some information about what happened during World War II. Since Japanese was in strong positions at the hillside, they tried to do a Banzai (suicide) attack to drive Americans to the sea as they knew that if they failed they would lost the island. These photos are part of Guam Adventure Photo Collection April 2017.
Asan Point, Asan Beach Park and Nimitz Hillside
Hillside of Nimitz Hill where Japanese Banzai and offensive attack towards American soldiers
At the time of Spanish colonization, it is commonly learned that a fort was built for a reason to fortify the place. Like Fort Agueda, Fort Soledad (Fort Nuestra Senora de la Soledad), was built with a reason to fortify the Umatac Bay. Since the bay or Umatac itself became the station of ships that cross Pacific Ocean during Galleon trading period, which became a main reason to create a fort. It is also created to protect the once known rich Umatac Village. These photos are part of Guam Adventure Photo Collection April 2017.
After hiking for more than half-an hour, in the middle of the forest in Pagat, we reached one of the Latte Site which considered an ancient latte site. Based on history, the latte site is considered lived by people between 10th to 17th century. These Latte stones are the foundation of the Chamorros home. These photos are part of Guam Adventure Photo Collection April 2017.
Discovery (Post#26) : Natural Cavern at Two Lovers Point
I didn’t notice this one during my first visit, but during my Island Tour and my second time touring the park, I saw this one as our tour guide made emphasis on it. We saw a pothole that we found after we crossed a small bridge. This cavern is formed as the water pass through the limestone and it was mentioned that this is around 20 stories deep. These photos are part of Guam Adventure Photo Collection April 2017.
Discovery (Post#25) : Mabini Historical Marker at Asan Beach Park
In one of the tours I had in Guam, I had a chance to see a marker of a familiar hero back home – Apolinario Mabini. I felt proud when I saw such marker. At least in a small island like Guam, one of patriotic men in my country is recognized in that part of the world. He is one of my country’s extraordinary hero as he lost his both legs because of polio disease, it wasn’t hindered him to give his love and service to the country and he often called as “The Sublime Paralytic”. Aside from that I myself more recognized him as the “Brains of the Revolution” as he became adviser when forming revolutionary government of my country. Mabini was captured by American colonial authorities during Philippine-American war and exiled to Guam. The marker which is Asan Point is where Mabini lived in Guam. These photos are part of Guam Adventure Photo Collection April 2017.
The name “Swallow Grotto” was after the swallows that are often seen in the area showing off their superb high-speed flying skills in the gorge. The specific kind of swallow that commonly found here is Pacific Swallows (Hirundo Tahitica). The marble cliffs that viewable in grotto has potholes created due long-term erosion made by Liwu River become a nesting place of swallows. These photos are part of Taiwan Experimental Travel Adventure Photo Collection January 2017.
While I was exploring Taipei Zoo, one of the animals that I saw was Spotted Hyena. This animal is said to be a great hunter on land and a great swimmer. They can control their buoyancy and discontinue their breathing to walk under water. Looks like they are better than me in the water.
A unique physical body features of this species is having presence of a pseudo-penis in the female that makes it only mammalian species to lack an external vaginal opening (from Wikipedia). A very special kind of animals indeed.
These photos are part of Taiwan Experimental Travel Adventure Photo Collection January 2017.
Discovery (Post#22) : Huaxi Street Night Market (Snake Alley) – Taiwan’s First Tourist Night Market
Huaxi Street Night Market is one of the 3 night markets that lights-up Bangka and make it a culinary paradise. It said to serve delicacies including snake blood and meat, turtle blood and meat and deer penis wine, which are not normally found anywhere else. These photos are part of Taiwan Experimental Travel Adventure Photo Collection January 2017.
Also known as Tsushih Temple or the “Divine Progenitors Temple” is a temple in dedicated to the god Qingshui Zushi, a Northern Song Dynasty Buddhist monk who is said to have saved a town from a drought. The temple is located in the Wanhua District of Taipei City, Taiwan. The temple is often called “the most characteristic example of mid-Qing temple architecture.” The temple was constructed in 1787. In 1958, the temple was renovated and restored.
Source : Wikipedia
I found the temple while walking away from the shopping streets of Ximen as I was looking for historical sites using the map that was given to me from the accommodation that I was staying at that time. These photos are part of Taiwan Experimental Travel Adventure Photo Collection January 2017.
After trekking and bush walking from Marions Lookout in Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park area, we reached Waldheim Cabins, a lodging at Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage site. Within the Cabins, we found a restored or replica of the rustic house of Gustav and Kate Weindorfer called Waldheim (“forest home”) Chalet which showcasing the life of the two while discovering Cradle Mountain which now extended up to Lake St Claire and become national park. These photos are part of Tasmania Adventure Photo Collection June 2013.
Discovery (Post#19) : Strahan – One of the Loneliest Places on Earth
One of the best thing in traveling is seeing new places and learning something about the place. When we were touring around Tasmania island, we had a chance to visit a small town in western part of Tassie called Strahan. The town has its own shares of its colorful history, has great connection in the earlier prisoners due to its nearness in Sarah Island, a notorious penal settlement during convict era and it also became port access for mining settlement areas in the island. The town’s name was came from its colony’s governor, Sir George Cumine Strahan.
Eucalyptus Regnans, the tallest Flowering Trees in Earth that can be found in Mount Field National Park in Tasmania. It is second tallest to the coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens). The photos are showing the remnants of the Eucalyptus Regnans where the middle of it is hollow. And another photo for the live trees. These photos are part of Tasmania Adventure Photo Collection June 2013.
Fallen Tallest / Giant Trees (Eucalyptus Regnans)
Alive Tall Trees / Giant Trees (Eucalyptus Regnans)
In the 1980s, the Franklin River become synonymous with Australia’s largest conservation movement of the time, the movement battled to block Hydro Tasmania’s proposed hydro-electric power plan, from building on the Franklin.
The campaign to save the Franklin River, clearly lost on political grounds, shifted emphasis, with the organisation of what was to be one of the largest acts of mass civil disobedience seen in Australia. Protesters chained themselves to gates at the HEC compound in Strahan and formed blockades in rubber duckies at Warners Landing. As boat load after boat load were arrested, new waves of protesters came to take their place. The campaign continued throughout the summer of 1982-3 and resulted in the arrest of 1272 persons.
The name of the river itself represents the environment movement that was historic in Australia.
Franklin River is one of the wild river to be found in the Wild Rivers National Park in Tasmania that can be enjoyed at Donaghys Hill. These photos are part of Tasmania Adventure Photo Collection June 2013.
Whether its memorial or museum, there is always something to learn and to discover. In all my souvenir photos that I captured inside Australian War Memorial, one of the things that interesting to learn about ‘Mosquito’. Mosquito is one of the aircraft used during World War II which very unique at that time. Why its unique? The aircraft is mostly made of plywood and balsa wood and it was extremely fast and could fly a long distance. Mosquito flew by RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force) from 1942 to 1953. The photo is part of Canberra Day Tour June 2013 Collection.
Discovery (Post#15) : Ernie Old’s Malvern Star Bicycle
Anybody can discover and learn something inside the museum. One of the collection display that I saw is Ernie Old’s Malvern Star Bicycle. What’s the story about this bicycle? This bike has been given to Ernie by Malvern Star company and Ernie used this for long distance cycling across different capitals in Australia. And another amazing facts about it, he did those long cycling events when he is in his 70’s to 80’s of age which is really a remarkable thing to know. This photo is part of Canberra Day Tour June 2013 Collection.
Source: Informative facts above came from National Museum of Australia
Discovery (Post#14) : Canberra’s Parliament House – Flag Mast
During the Parliament House Tour in Canberra, we had a chance to see its huge flag mast stand at the roof top of the building. It’s 81-metre high flag mast, one of the world’s largest stainless steel structures. This photo is part of Canberra Day Tour June 2013 Collection.
The flag flown from the 81 meters (266 feet) flagpole is 12.8 by 6.4 m (42 by 21 ft), about the size of half a tennis court. The flagpole weighs 250 tonnes and is made of polished stainless steel from Wollongong. It was designed to be the pinnacle of Parliament House and is an easily recognizable symbol of national government. It is visible by day from outside and inside Parliament House and floodlit at night. The flag itself weighs approximately 15 kg (33 lb). – Wikipedia
Another huge and mechanical clock being displayed in Queen Victoria Building is what they call “The Royal Clock”. The clock is also hang from the glass ceiling of the QVB like The Great Australian Clock. The photo is part of Sydney Walking Tour April 2014 collection.
As per Wikipedia, it was designed by Neil Glasser and made by Thwaites & Reed of Hastings in England, and when activated, displays scenes of English royalty. The plaque on the side of the clock reads “By appointment to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
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