Hole in the Clouds
May 9, 2012
The National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing is an ellipsoidal dome of glass and titanium completely surrounded by an artifical lake; the only entrance to the three theaters inside the dome is via a tunnel underneath the lake.
The architect is Paul Andreu, a Frenchman who spent most of his career designing airports, including those at Dubai, Cairo, Shanghai, Jakarta, Manila, and both airports in Paris. He's been busy lately working on structures for the Olympics in Kazakhstan.
National Center for the Performing Arts
(Image credit: Trey Ratliffe, via stuckincustoms.com)
Jul 19, 2013
The top of One Liberty Place, way above the setting sun, as viewed from about 500 feet up in Two Liberty Place, a block away.
The spire of One Liberty Place is said to top out 945 feet above the ground.
One Liberty Place
Nov 16, 2013
In the morning, in Bethesda, Maryland.
My mother-in-law's window also offers a fine view.
Highland Park, IL
(Image credit: Little Fuji)
Nov 17, 2013
Smokestacks of Israel's largest power plant, Orot Rabin, loom over the beach at Hadera, north of Tel Aviv. The plant's coal-fired turbines produce almost one-quarter of Israel's electricity.
The low structures leading from the chimneys to the left edge of the picture are part of the power station's coal port offshore in the Mediterranean, where ships offload 18,000 tons of coal every day.
The plant is called Orot Rabin–Rabin Lights–in remembrance of Israeli President Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated in 1995. Electricity generated here lights much of the country, producing something like the memorial lights of Jewish tradition, helping to keep alive the memory of those who are gone.
(Image credit: Gilad Benari)
Mar 22, 2014
When the photographer snagged this zebra, he was shooting from the open window of the car that had caught the zebra's eye.
(Image credit: Eclectant)
Feb 10, 2015
It was a nice flat little rock that hopped across a nice icy little river, at the foot of a nice little rocky mountain in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia.
To see how it's done, see here.
(Image credit: Fuji T)
Feb 21, 2017
With shopping bags, at the new town hall building in the Palaio Faliro district of Athens.
(Image credit: Dimitris Polydoropoulos)