Darkness on the Edge of Town

Darkness on the Edge of Town II

(1/640, F4.5, ISO200, 90mm)

The view from our balcony to the northern parts of Kuala Lumpur during one of the thunderstorms that roll through the Klang Valley during the monsoon season.

The typical building with its dome and Neo-classical architecture, called the Menara Milenium aka Milennium Tower, is my favorite building in view and reminds me of New York and other cities around Europe and America.

The Wall

The Wall

(1/125, f4, iso-200, 55mm)

A couple of years ago just before sunset we descended down the Ordesa valley in the spectacular landscape of
the Ordesa National Park in the Spanish Pyrenees.
Would you believe it´s possible to walk along one of the highest ridges on this wall where at places the path is one metre wide and you´ll have a 400m sheer drop to your right?
Here´s a video with evidence!

Pulling Tea

Teh Tarik

(1/200, F3.5, ISO200, 17mm)

When I first arrived in Malaysia I was surprised to see so many people on the streets drinking out of a bag with a straw.
Most of the times the fluid inside will be teh tarik (literally meaning ´pulled tea´), which is the national drink in Malaysia.
It´s made of tea and condensed milk and the process of pouring or ´pulling´ is what makes it cool down to drinking temperature and mix the two ingredients perfectly (see an artsy ´pull´ in this video).

Nowadays I´m so used to the sight that I wasn´t surprised to find this half finished bag in an abandoned Chinese shophouse in the former mining village of Kampung Kepayang, Malaysia.

Laid-back

Street art from Danjer in the streets of Zaragoza, Spain.


(1/200, F6.3, ISO200, 17mm)

Walking the streets of Zaragoza you cannot help but notice so much amazing street art everywhere, mostly thanks to the great street art festival Asalto, who runs its ninth edition this year.

Apart from all those commisioned street art-pieces Zaragoza is brightened up by lots of work from local tattoo and graffiti artist Danjer.

This one is particalurly dear to me as it was around the corner from our house.

 

Promise of Water

(1/100, f18, iso-100, 12mm)

A very famous landmark in the Bardenas Reales, a semi-desert in Northern Spain, is this eroded rock called the ´Castildetierra´ which roughly translates to Earth´s castle.

Every year on the 18th of September around 90.000 sheep are herded down from the High Pyrenees thru small canyons to graze on these plains during the winter.
This special event is called La Sanmiguelada.

Sun Gonna Shine in my Back Door Someday

Sun Gonna Shine in my Back Door Someday 2

(1/100, F3.5, ISO200, 18mm)

This photo was taken in an old decaying house in the village of Embid de la Ribera, which lies in the valley of the rio Jalón an hour Southwest of Zaragoza.

This was always one of my favorite road trips when living in Zaragoza following the river Jalón through rugged canyons along abandoned villages, vineyards, fruitful gardens and beautiful landscapes with the vultures circulating high above me.

Swastika

Swastika

(1/60, F4, ISO800, 17mm)

UPDATE: this was never intended to offend anyone and this article explains the meanings and history of the symbol:
http://history1900s.about.com/cs/swastika/a/swastikahistory.htm
(Thanks, Carlos)
This version of the symbol is the opposite direction as the evil one.

ORIGINAL: A see-through of our (new) antique Chinese cabinet.

The word swastika is derived from the Sanskrit svastika.

It is composed of su meaning “good, well” and asti a verbal abstract to the root as “to be”; svasti thus means “well-being”.
The suffix -ka either forms a diminutive or intensifies the verbal meaning, and suastika might thus be
translated literally as “that which is associated with well-being¨.

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