Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Most Beautiful and Wonderful Places in the World

If you were given a choice to visit some of the most beautiful places in the world to live, which one would be your first choice?
Modern world has rushed our rhythm of living – we live faster and spend great deal of time inside our offices or driving from house to work.
We rarely have time to relax because we’re too busy. But it would be great to have a holiday once a year and visit some of the places that are so different than our daily environment in which we live and work.

Some of them are so incredible, that it is almost like we are in some other dimension! Our planet has so many places to offer:
- The Great Barrier Reef – Australia, which is the largest coral reef on Earth;
- Tadj Mahal – India – gorgeous mausoleum built by Shah Jahan;
- the Mausoleum of Emperor Qin I – China, with its famous soldier statues;
- Cape Town – South Africa;
- Machu Picchu – Peru, the sacred place of the ancient Inca people;
- The Pyramids – Egypt, (there are more than 100 of them) – mysterious monuments – pharaoh tombs, the largest one is located in Giza. Each of them has its own mysterious story and visiting the pyramids is always an adventure;
- The Great Canyon of Colorado – USA, an astonishing masterpiece of nature;
- Victoria Waterfalls – Zimbabwe-Zambia border,
- The City of Angkor – Cambodia,
- The Niagara Waterfalls – Canada-USA;
- The Bora- Bora island, French Polynezia and Bali Island – Indonesia – both of the two destinations deserve to be called ‘Paradise on Earth’;
- then there are ‘European beauties’ : Venice – Italy, The Versailles Castle – France, the Eiffel Tower – Paris; the Alhambra – Spain.
Those were just some of them. It would be hard to enumerate all of them at once, so we mentioned several from different parts of the world. So choose the one that is closest to where you live and take an unforgettable tour!
Skardu Valley – Pakistan
Skardu Valley – Pakistan
Skardu Valley is part of the Baltistan. Baltistan is spread over an area of 26,000 square kilometres – just right below the jagged and glaciated ramparts of the Karakoram. Once part of Laddakh, it was known as Tibet-i-Khurd – Little Tibet. Archaeological exploration has proven that it was encompassed by the Silk Trade Route.
Shangrila – Pakistan
Shangrila Resort Skardu, also known as “Heaven on Earth”, is nestled amongst some of the world’s highest peaks. It encircles the heart shaped “Kachura Lake” and is surrounded by fruit laden orchards and flower filled gardens.
Lake Saiful Muluk – Pakistan
Lake Saiful Muluk is a lake located at the northern end of the Kaghan Valley near Naran. A fairy tale called Saiful Muluk, written by the famous sufi poet Mian Muhammad Bakhsh, is associated with the lake. It is the story of prince of Persia who fell in love with a fairy princess at the lake. The impact of the lake beauty is of such extent that people believe that fairies come down to lake in full moon.
The Grand Canyon, United States
The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon, United States
The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon, United States
A steep gorge by the Colorado River, Arizona in the United States, the Grand Canyon has some truly enjoyable scenery. It is 277 miles in length, 4 to 18 miles in width, and about a mile deep. Scientists believe that the canyon was created by the Colorado River over a six million year period.
The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon United States
Grand Canyon Overlook
The Grand Canyon United States
canyon_viewpoint
The Grand Canyon United States
Native Americans built settlements in the caves within the canyon before the emigration of Europeans. It was also considered to be a site of pilgrimage by the Pueblo people. The first recorded visit to the Grand Canyon by the Europeans was in 1869. Although it is not the deepest canyon in the world, it is known for its extremely large size and beautifully intricate landscape. The Grand Canyon National Park is said to be one of the first national parks in the United States and it attracts more than five million visitors a year. Weather conditions in the Grand Canyon vary greatly between seasons as well as varying at different elevations. While winter snow is experienced by the higher forested rims, the inner gorge has a desert temperature because of the low elevation.
The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
One of the natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef off the east coast of Australia is the world’s largest coral reef. It has the distinction of being placed in the World Heritage as well as the National Heritage lists.
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
With more than 600 islands and coral cays, the reef covers more than 300,000 sq. km. Corals make up the reefs and cays and are responsible for a huge variety of sea life in the reef — green turtles, several varieties of whales and dolphins, the dugong, about 4000 types of mollusks, 1500 different species of fish, as well as beautifully colored bird life encompassing at least 200 species. The Great Reef Marine Park is a huge tourist attraction with millions of tourists visiting the area each year. Sporting activities include reef sailing, scuba diving, and snorkeling, amongst others.
Cape Town, South Africa
Aptly called “Heaven on earth,” this beautiful town at the tip of the African continent, with small roads surrounded by huge mountains, makes a person feel small; showing how marvelous and dominating nature can actually be.
Cape Town at Night
Cape Town 'ANigt Sigt', South Africa
Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa
The Cape Dutch style buildings depict the architectural heritage of the place. Beauty abounds in the black clouds that seem to pay homage to Table Mountain at all times. Cape Point, Signal Hill, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Robben Island, Rhodes Memorial, and the beaches are some of the famous tourist attractions. Located on the shore of Table Bay, Cape Town is famous for its natural floral kingdom as well as its harbor. This town is one of the most popular tourist attractions of South Africa with its wine tasting day trips, whale watching, and dolphin watching.
Taj Mahal, India
The Taj Mahal in India is one of the wonders of the world and is one of the most beautiful mausoleums constructed by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, in memory of his favorite queen, Mumtaz Mahal. Located in Agra, white marble was used in the construction of this symbol of love, and the Taj Mahal is considered to be the pinnacle of Mughal architecture.
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal, India

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal, India

Taj Mahal
As the story goes, the emperor was grief-stricken when he lost his beloved third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It took thousands of craftsmen and artisans, and about twenty years to construct it. The masons, stone cutters, carvers, inlayers, calligraphers, painters, and others were brought from throughout the entire empire as well as from Iran and Central Asia. Semi-precious stones were used for inlay ornamentation. It later became the mausoleum of Shah Jahan too. This is a huge tourist attraction with one to two million tourists visiting it every year.
Canadian Rockies, Canada
The majestic Canadian Rockies are the Canadian segment of the North American Rocky Mountains. They are a visitor’s wonderland and the playground for western Canada. They are older than the American Rockies and are formed from over thrusting.
Canadian Rockies
Canadian Rockies, Canada
Canadian Rockies to Moraine Lake
Canadian Rockies, Canada
Glacier at Canadian Rockies
Canadian Rockies, Canada
The Canadian Rockies house five national parks, and four of those national parks (along with other provincial parks) combine to form a single UNESCO World Heritage Site that consists of beautiful mountain landscapes, lakes, canyons, waterfalls, glaciers, peaks, limestone caves, and fossils. Mount Robson is the highest peak of the Canadian Rockies and climbing it is considered a challenge. These beautiful mountains are a haven for hikers and walkers alike.
Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu in Peru, which means ‘Old Peak,” is one of the most enigmatic ancient sites in the world. According to legend, Machu Picchu was long ago considered to be a sacred place. The credit for the creation of the extraordinary city goes to the Inca people who have erected many stone structures and turned the place into a work of art.
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu, Peru
Two thousand feet above the Urubamba river, these ruins consist of baths, temples, palaces, and about 150 houses, all very well preserved. These gray granite structures, some of which weigh more than 50 tons, are so perfectly sculpted that they are nothing less than works of architectural genius. They were rediscovered by a Yale archaeologist in 1911. The ethereal beauty, workmanship, and history of the place attracts millions of tourists each year.
The Pyramids, Egypt
The Egyptian pyramids are massive monuments with a square base and four triangular sides rising up to a point. There is still a lot of curiosity (and many theories) as to how the pyramids were actually constructed.
Egypt
The Pyramids, Egypt
Egyptian Pyramids
The Pyramids, Egypt
Pyramids of Egypt
The Pyramids, Egypt
sphinx_and_pyramids
The Pyramids, Egypt
It is generally believed that the Egyptians began constructing them after 2700 B.C. and that they were built as tombs for the pharaohs. The most well-known (and the largest) pyramids of Egypt are the Pyramids at Giza which are said to be the largest ever built. It’s said that the Great Pyramid at Giza took 23 years to complete, using a work force of around 30,000 people. About 118 pyramids have been identified, and they are popular and intriguing to tourists and home researchers alike.
Petra, Jordan
Described by the UNESCO as “one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage”, Petra is an archeological site on the slope of Mount Hor. It is one of the new wonders of the world and is famous for its rock-cut architecture.
Petra
Petra, Jordan
Petra
Petra, Jordan
Petra Attraction
Petra, Jordan
Ed Deir Petra
Petra, Jordan
This site was kept hidden until 1812 when it was discovered by a Swiss explorer. It was said to have been prepared by God for the Jewish people. Petra once flourished under the Roman empire but a rapid decline began with the Arabian trade being taken elsewhere. Then an earthquake caused a great deal of destruction. Tourists frequent the place to get a glimpse of the ruins of this beautiful city.
Great Wall of China, China
One of the seven wonders of the world, the Great Wall of China is a man-made structure that was constructed over two thousand years ago and took about 100 years to complete. The vastness of this project brings to light the immense capabilities of man.
Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China, China
Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China, China
Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China China
The constructions started in the 5th Century B.C. It is actually not a single wall, but rather many walls put together, and it stretches over 4,000 miles. It was constructed to protect the Chinese Empire from the Xiongnu people in the north. The wall was initially built of stone, grass, earth, and wood, but bricks were used once the production started. It is believed that about 2-3 million Chinese died during the construction project.
The Iguazu Waterfalls, Argentina-Brazil Border
Heralded as the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, the Iguazu Waterfalls are a true wonder of nature. They are located at the border of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. While the Argentinean side allows visitors to walk right around the water or explore the National Park, the Brazilian side is known for its panoramic views and splendor.
The Iguazu Waterfalls
The Iguazu Waterfalls, Argentina-Brazil Border
The Iguazu Waterfalls
The Iguazu Waterfalls, Argentina-Brazil Border
The Iguazu Waterfalls
The Iguazu Waterfalls, Argentina-Brazil Border
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt is believed to have exclaimed upon seeing these falls, “poor Niagara.” The area surrounding the falls provides ample opportunities for rock climbing as well as water sports. Iguazu has the distinction of having a greater annual flow than any other waterfall in the world.
With all of these, and many more beautiful places that exist in our world, we surrounded by choices. The only way to decide on the places to visit is to follow your heart. While some may love the tranquility of water, others may bury themselves deep in architectural miracles, ancient sites, or the serenity of a small town.

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Most Dangerous Game In The World

The Most Dangerous Game

The Most Dangerous Game (film)

The Most Dangerous Game
Directed by Irving Pichel
Ernest B. Schoedsack
Produced by Ernest B. Schoedsack
Merian C. Cooper
Written by Richard Connell (story)
James Ashmore Creelman
Starring Joel McCrea
Fay Wray
Leslie Banks
Robert Armstrong
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography Henry W. Gerrard
Editing by Archie Marshek
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date(s) September 16, 1932
Running time 63 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $218,869
The Most Dangerous Game is a 1932 Pre-Code adaptation of the 1924 short story of the same name by Richard Connell, the first film version of that story. The plot concerns a big game hunter on an island who chooses to hunt humans for sport. The film stars Joel McCrea, Leslie Banks, and King Kong leads Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong, and was made by a team including Ernest B. Schoedsack and Merian C. Cooper, the co-directors of King Kong (1933).
Because it was so inexpensive to make, costing only $200,000, The Most Dangerous Game made more profit for RKO than the very expensive King Kong did.

Plot


Leslie Banks as "Count Zaroff" in  The Most Dangerous Game
Famous big game hunter and author Bob Rainsford (Joel McCrea) swims to a small, lush island, the sole survivor of a shipwreck. There, he becomes the guest of Russian Count Zaroff (Leslie Banks), a fellow hunting enthusiast. Zaroff remarks that Bob's misfortune is not uncommon; in fact, four people from the previous sinking are still staying with him: Eve Trowbridge (Fay Wray), her brother Martin (Robert Armstrong), and two sailors.
That night, Zaroff introduces Bob to the Trowbridges and reveals his obsession with hunting. During one of his hunts, a Cape buffalo inflicted a head wound on him. He eventually became bored of the sport, to his great consternation, until he discovered "the most dangerous game" on his island. Bob asks if he means tigers, but Zaroff denies it. Later, Eve shares her suspicions of Zaroff's intentions with the newcomer. The count took each sailor to see his trophy room, on different days, and both have mysteriously disappeared. She believes their host is responsible, but Bob is unconvinced.
Then Martin vanishes as well. In their search for him, Bob and Eve end up in Zaroff's trophy room, where they find a man's head mounted on the wall. Then, Zaroff and his men appear, carrying Martin's body. Zaroff expects Bob to view the matter like him and is gravely disappointed when Bob calls him a madman.
He decides that, as Bob refuses to be a fellow hunter, he must be the next prey. If Bob can stay alive until sunrise, Zaroff promises him and Eve their freedom. However, he has never lost the game of what he calls "outdoor chess". Eve decides to go with Bob.
Eventually, they are trapped by a waterfall. While Bob is being attacked by a hunting dog, Zaroff shoots, and the young man falls into the water. Zaroff takes Eve back to his fortress, to enjoy his prize. However, the dog was shot, not Bob. Bob fights first Zaroff, then his henchmen, killing them. As Bob and Eve sail away, a not-quite-dead Zaroff tries to shoot them, but he succumbs to his wounds and falls out of the window where below are his hunting dogs, where it is assumed that the dogs kill him for good.

Fay Wray and Joel McCrea in The Most Dangerous Game

 Cast (in credits order)

  • Joel McCrea as Bob
  • Fay Wray as Eve
  • Robert Armstrong as Martin
  • Leslie Banks as Zaroff
  • Noble Johnson as Ivan
  • Steve Clemente as Tartar
  • William B. Davidson as Captain
Cast notes
  • Buster Crabbe, who later played both Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, has a small stunt part as a sailor who falls off the boat when it is sinking.
  • Lon Chaney, Jr. reportedly has a part in the film, although this is unconfirmed.

                      

The Richard Connell short story has been adapted for film a number of times, and its basic concept has been borrowed for numerous films and episodes of television series (Gilligan's Island, Lost in Space, Get Smart and Predators, among others).
The 1932 film was referenced in the plot of the 2007 David Fincher movie Zodiac. Jake Gyllenhaal's character recognizes quotes from the film in letters from the Zodiac Killer sent to the newspaper office where he works.
A loosely inspired remake is set to be filmed in 2011, based on real characters from Millbrook, New York. Written and Directed by Sean Flanagan.

Quotations

"He talks of wine and women as a prelude to the hunt. We barbarians know that it is after the chase, and then only, that man revels. You know the saying of the Ogandi chieftains: "Hunt first the enemy, then the woman." It is the natural instinct. The blood is quickened by the kill. One passion builds upon another. Kill, then love! When you have known that, you have known ecstasy."
     — Count Zaroff
"This world's divided into two kinds of people: the hunter and the hunted. Luckily I'm the hunter. Nothing can change that."
     — Bob Rainsford
                                


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Amazon River Photo Gallery

 Amazon River Big Fish
 Amazon River Catfish
 Amazon River Rainforest
Amazon River Dolphin
Amazon River Flowing Through Rainforest
Amazon River Sat.
Amazon-river-NASA
Amazon River Fish
Amazon River Long & Big
Amazon River

 
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