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Munnar

Photograph of Munnar Landscape

Photograph of Munnar Landscape

Munnar is a small hill-station in the Indian state of Kerala. Famous for its tea and spice plantations, Munnar (and the Western Ghats region in general) provides many fine views like this.

(Submitted to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges: “Wanderlust“, “Earth” and “Atop“)

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Wingspan

Photograph of a bird in flight

Photograph of a bird in flight

Sultanpur National Park, a small nature reserve in the northern part of India, is an excellent place to observe several different species of local and migratory birds.

Painted Storks such as this one are one of the largest bird species found in the park. They can have wingspans as wide as five feet and can weigh up to 3.5 kilograms. Their bright orange heads and beaks make them easy to spot. While many storks are migratory, this particular species isn’t. Painted storks are mostly found in marshy wetlands across South Asia, and also in some places in Eastern Asia.

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Alpine Landscape

Alpine Landscape Photograph

Alpine Landscape Photograph

There are three distinct areas in this photograph of the Austrian Alps: the fluffy white clouds in the background; the lone mountain peak in the mid-ground; and the lush green hills in the foreground. All three elements contribute something to the photograph, and combine to create a visually appealing and greatly picturesque landscape.

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Two Halves

Photograph of Statue in Vienna

Photograph of Statue in Vienna

White marble statues featuring humans in different poses are a common feature of European architecture. This extends even to the gardens built by royalty. Schönbrunn Palace and its sprawling gardens are a fine example of this style. Hundreds of intricately carved statues and fountains dot the gardens, which are quite extensive.

In this photograph, a contemplative statue almost perfectly divides the photograph into two; one half is the blue sky, while the other half is the green bush.

(Entered in the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges: “Opposites“, “Half and Half“)

Meshed Window

Photograph of the Sky through a meshed window

Photograph of the Sky through a meshed window

Wire meshes such as the one in the photograph are commonplace in modern houses. They are the easiest and cheapest way of safeguarding from mosquitoes while simultaneously keeping the air circulating.

Although it may not seem possible, different meshes actually have different designs and arrangements of metal wires. From afar the gaps between the wires all look like perfect squares, but closer inspection reveals that this is not the case. The mesh in this photograph, for example, has a grid-like configuration with the gaps in the shape of trapeziums (in case you don’t know, a trapezium is a quadrilateral with only one pair of parallel sides). The horizontal wires in the picture are parallel to each other, but the vertical ones aren’t. The vertical wires actually turn a little at every intersection with a horizontal wire, giving a zig-zag effect.

Another interesting thing that you may actually have observed yourself is that photographs of fine wire meshes and nets often produce strange patterns when you zoom in or out. These patterns are known as Moire patterns. To see the Moire patterns changing in this photo, click here, then here, and then here. You should notice that the patterns on the mesh change each time. Nothing is being altered about the image: it is the same photograph. The only difference in each case is the image size. Because computer screens are made of pixels, the patterns appear different in different resolutions. If possible, another thing you can try is clicking the same link on two different devices (say a laptop and a smartphone). You should see that the pattern looks different in each case, even though the image is exactly same. You can read more about them here.

(Submitted to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: “Grid“)