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Global Architectonics (LAPC)

Above/featured: Ruferin (caller) sculpture by Othmar Schimkowitz, roof and corner of Otto Wagner’s Musenhaus – Vienna, 18 May 2018 with 6D1 (more here).

Architectonics is a noun which represents “the scientific study of the art and practice of design and construction of buildings.” And by analogy with (plate-) tectonics, key figures and their subsequent creations have shaped architectural ideas and trends around the world. In the following locations, I’ve chosen specific buildings or structures over generic cityscapes.

  1. Austria: Innsbruck
  2. Austria: Vienna
  3. Canada: Burnaby
  4. Czech Republic: Prague
  5. Germany: Alfeld
  6. Germany: Dessau
  7. Germany: Hamburg
  8. Germany: Magdeburg
  9. Germany: Munich
  10. Germany: Rothenburg ob der Tauber
  11. New Zealand: Wellington
  12. USA: Grand Canyon
  13. USA: Seattle

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Grand Canyon National Park: over the edge for 100 years

Above/featured: West-northwest from Mohave Point – 15 October 2018 (HL).

26 February 2019 marks the 100th birthday of the Grand Canyon National Park.

On 26 February 1919, U.S. Congress passed legislation “An Act to Establish the Grand Canyon National Park in the State of Arizona” which was signed by President Woodrow Wilson. With official designation, the national park encompasses over 1-million acres (almost 405-thousand hectares) and several thousand years of history of habitation in the area by indigenous peoples including the Havasupai, Hualapai, Hopi, Navajo, Paiute, and the Zuni who consider the Grand Canyon as their ancestral birthplace. UNESCO inscribed the Grand Canyon National Park as World Heritage Site in 1979.

There is both “young” and “old” geology at the Grand Canyon. By geologic standards, the Grand Canyon itself is relatively “young” with the Colorado River carving into the rock about 5 to 6 million years ago. However, the Vishnu basement rock in the Grand Canyon is over 1.7 billion years old; “only” 38 percent as old as Earth’s oldest rocks at 4.5 billion years old. For a rough comparison, if a person celebrated their 50th birthday today for a total age of 18262.5 days, the equivalence of the basement rock forming occurred about 19 years ago, and erosion by the Colorado River taking shape only 24 days prior to the 50th birthday.

In October 2018 we spent three days exploring parts of the Grand Canyon National Park. After our drive from Flagstaff to Cliff Dwellers (via Cameron), we pushed forward to the North Rim and the winding scenic drive took us to Point Imperial and Cape Royal in time for the day’s final illumination. With a night spent at the beautifully serene Cliff Dwellers Lodge, we retraced our drive back to Cameron, then turning west to Desert View and parts of the eastern end of the South Rim. With our new ‘base’ established in Flagstaff, we drove the following day to the main entrance of the Grand Canyon National Park (via Valle and Tusayan), and we spent the day in the western and central parts of the South Rim. The 1126 km (700 mi)# we covered over the three days was 22 percent of the entire 5049 km (3138 mi) we accumulated through parts of New Mexico and Arizona.

Locations

  • North Rim: Point Imperial, Cape Royal
  • South Rim: Desert View
  • South Rim: Navajo Point, Lipan Point
  • South Rim: Hermit’s Rest, Mohave Point
  • South Rim: Village along Rim Trail

Four of Mary Colter’s buildings on the South Rim (Desert View Watchtower, Hermit’s Rest, Hopi House, and Lookout Studio) have been listed as U.S. National Historic Landmark properties in the National Register of Historic Places since 1987.

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Meersburg, Bodensee, Lake Constance, Konstanz, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Meersburg on Lake Constance

With vineyards on gentle slopes and grand castle and fortress structures over the shores of Lake Constance, Meersburg appears to materialize out of the autumn fog as the 30-minute ferry from Konstanz arrives in the early morning hour. The sun rises higher in the sky and the fog eventually dissipates in the warmth. That’s when the town really gets to show off: boats of all sizes on the lake, cars pouring off multiple ferries, people on streets outside with ice cream and in cafes and bars flowing with coffee, beer, and wine.

Meersburg is also listed on the Deutsche Fachwerkstrasse (German Half-Timber Framework Road). I made the photo above on 23 September 2017 with the Canon 6D, 24-105 glass, and the following settings: 1/800-sec, f/16, ISO1000, and 58mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-bM2.

Pfahlbaumuseum, Pile Dwellings, Bodensee, Lake Constance, Unteruhldingen, Konstanz, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, UNESCO, World Heritage, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Prehistoric Lake Dwellings on the Bodensee

Prehistoric houses with piles, poles, or stilts next to lakes and rivers around the Alps dating as early as 5000 BCE are found in over 100 locations across six countries. 15 locations are in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, of which one is at Unteruhldingen. As a sign of universal human heritage, UNESCO inscribed the discovery sites of pile dwellings in all six countries as a single World Heritage Site in 2011. The countries include Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, and Switzerland. The picture here is a present-day reconstruction at Unteruhldingen’s Pfahlbau (Pile Dwellings) Museum dedicated to the discovery site nearby that is under water and closed to the public.

I made the photo above on 23 September 2017 with the Canon 6D, 24-105 glass, and the following settings: 1/640-sec, f/16, ISO1000, and 24mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-bLQ.

St. Peter and Paul, Reichenau, Bodensee, Lake Constance, Konstanz, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, fotoeins.com, UNESCO, World Heritage

Fotoeins Friday: St. Peter & Paul Church, Reichenau

The city of Konstanz is located in southwest Germany on the shores of Lake Constance within sight and ferry to neighbouring Austria and Switzerland. With Südbaden bus 7372 from Konstanz, Reichenau Island is an easy daytrip getaway to beautiful lush and tranquil surroundings. One of the most important historical locations on the island is the Saint Peter and Paul Church. As one of the oldest churches on the island, the original church was built and inaugurated in 799 AD/CE shortly after Bishop Egino’s arrival from Verona. The present-day church was built in the 11th-century at the same location after the original was demolished. In 2000, UNESCO inscribed Reichenau Island as World Heritage Site.

I made the photo above on 22 September 2017 with a Canon 6D, 24-105 glass, and the following settings: 1/400-sec, f/16, ISO500, and 105mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-bM8.

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