Silhouettes

 

 

Taiwan 2016a
Men, performing a dragon dance outside a Daoist temple, dedicated to Wang-yeh, the god of diseases, Beimen, Taiwan. In Chinese mythology, the dragon is a symbol of power, strength, and good luck, and most Daoist temples abound with images of these creatures. – Read more about dragons, and about Daoism in general, on this website, see Religion: Daoism in Taiwan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Arizona-Utah 2001
Goblin Valley State Park is an area of Entrada Sandstone, situated on the Colorado Plateau, Utah, United States, eroded by rainfall and wind into the weirdest forms, called ‘goblins’. This formation might be called ‘Snoopy kissing E.T.’ – More pictures of goblins, and other geological formations on the Colorado Plateau, are found on this website, see Nature: Nature’s art. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Jylland 1996-99
Silhouetted against the evening light, this couple is walking hand-in-hand under a bridge, Jutland, Denmark. Ousted Church is seen in the background. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Afrika 1980-81
Abdim’s stork (Ciconia abdimii), also known as white-bellied stork, is distributed across the Sahel Zone of northern Africa, to Ethiopia, northern Kenya, Somalia, and the south-western tip of the Arabian Peninsula, and in south-eastern Africa, from southern Tanzania to South Africa. The name of this small stork commemorates Bey el-Arnaut Abdim (1780–1827), Turkish governor of Wadi Halfa, Sudan. – These Abdim’s storks are resting in a tree in Cameroun. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Californien 2011
Sunshine illuminates foliage of a lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta), Yosemite National Park, Sierra Nevada, California. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Goa 2008
Sunrise behind coconut palms (Cocos nucifera), Goa, India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Vorsø 1988-99
During the 1800s, the great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) was persecuted all over Europe, partly because it was competing with fishermen, partly because its guano was destroying the trees, in which it was breeding. The generic name Phalacrocorax is from the Greek, phalakros (‘bald’), and korax (‘raven’), while the specific name carbo is Latin, meaning ‘coal’, thus ‘the coal-black, bald raven’, where ‘bald’ refers to the white crown of P. carbo during the breeding season. This picture is from Nature Reserve Vorsø, Denmark, where the great cormorant re-established itself during the 1940s, after being eradicated from the island – and the entire country – in the 1800s. Read more about this species, and about Vorsø in general, elsewhere on this website, see Vorsø on my mind. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Annapurna 2007
Morning fog gives way to sunshine in an oak forest near Ghare, Annapurna, Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2018a
The flamboyant tree (Delonix regia), also called flame tree, is a huge tree of the pea family (Fabaceae), named for its gorgeous flowers. It is native to Madagascar, but is cultivated in almost all warmer countries. This picture from Taiwan shows its huge pods, which can up to 60 centimetres long and 5 cm wide. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Arizona-Utah 2001
Organpipe cactus (Stenocereus thurberi) at sunset. This species is mainly found in northern Mexico, in the Sonora Desert and on Baja California, with a small population in the extreme southern United States, especially in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona, where this picture was taken. In Spanish, it is known as pitaya dulce, meaning ‘sweet pitaya’. The word pitaya refers to edible fruits of several Mexican cactus species. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Jylland 1996-99
Barn swallows (Hirundo rustica), resting on a ventilation shaft on a farm building, Jutland, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Asien 1972-73
Poplars (Populus) stand out against the snow-clad Alborz (Elburz) Mountains, northern Iran. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Asien 1977-78
Indien 1994
Morning sunshine creates contours around these southern plains langurs (Semnopithecus dussumieri), sitting in a tree in Ranthambhor National Park, Rajasthan, India. – Read about langurs, as well as many other monkeys, elsewhere on this website, see Animals: Monkeys and apes. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sjælland 1969-2005
These women, who have been walking their dogs in a park in Copenhagen, Denmark, are now sitting on a bench, chatting. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1987
Man, washing his child in the Rapti River, southern Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2018c
In most of its distribution area, the grey, or Himalayan, treepie (Dendrocitta formosae) is a rather shy forest bird, mainly found in montane areas. In Taiwan, however, it lives almost down to sea level, often in cities, where it has become accustomed to people. This one is sitting on an antenna in the city of Taichung. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

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Chortens are the Tibetan variety of Buddhist stupas, whose various parts symbolize the elements, the base representing soil, the dome water, the rings or squares above the dome fire, the half-moon air, and the uppermost point – sometimes a small sun – space. Early in the morning, this chorten stands out against the barren hills surrounding Tso Kar, a saline lake in Ladakh, India. – Read more about chortens – and about Buddhism in general – on this website, see Religion: Buddhism. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Guatemala 1998
The black vulture (Coragyps atratus) is a widespread and common scavenger, found from south-eastern United States, south to Chile and Uruguay. Although it mainly eats carrion and garbage, it is also able to kill smaller animals, notably newly hatched sea turtles, making their way towards the sea. In this picture, a black vulture is sitting on a pole near the Pacific Ocean, Monterrico, Guatemala. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Frankrig-Spanien 2007
The silhouette of this rock in Gorge du Tarn, Cévennes, France, resembles a dancing couple. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1998
Chestnut-headed bee-eaters (Merops leschenaulti) gathered at their night roosting site, Chitwan National Park, Nepal. This species is widely distributed, from the Indian Subcontinent east to southern China, and thence south through Indochina and Malaysia to Indonesia. It is mainly found in highlands of moderate elevation, breeding in open woodland. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Bornholm 1977-96
The common eider (Somateria mollissima) has an almost circumpolar distribution, found along Arctic coasts in Europe, eastern Siberia, and North America. It also breeds in some northern temperate areas. This picture shows eiders, resting on coastal rocks on the islet of Christiansø, Bornholm, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

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Dragonfly, silhouetted against reflections in the Rapti River, southern Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nordindien 1991
Early in the morning, this woman in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India, is sweeping the street. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Ethiopien 1996
The small reed cormorant (Phalacrocorax africanus) breeds in most of sub-Saharan Africa, Ethiopia, and Madagascar. In this picture, reed cormorants are gathered in a Casuarina tree on the shores of Lake Awassa, Ethiopia. The generic name Phalacrocorax is from the Greek, phalakros (‘bald’), and korax (‘raven’), where ‘bald’ refers to the white crown of a related species, P. carbo, during the breeding season. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Filippinerne 1984
Boy, catching fish with a small net in an inundated rice field, Banawe, Luzon, Philippines. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nordindien 1982
Nordindien 1982
Darters (Anhinga) – also called snakebirds due to their long, thin, flexible neck – are large water birds, comprising two or four species. In the New World lives the American darter (A. anhinga), often called just anhinga, whereas one or three species are found in the Old World (depending on authority), the Oriental darter (A. melanogaster), the African darter (A. rufa), and the Australasian darter (A. novaehollandiae). If the three are lumped, they are called A. melanogaster. These pictures from Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan, India, show Oriental darters, drying their wings. In the lower picture, a water buffalo is walking past a darter and a little cormorant (Phalacrocorax niger). (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Frankrig-Spanien 2007
People, climbing stairs on the Eiffel Tower, Paris. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 1998-99
Double-crested cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus), resting on a rock in the St. Lawrence River, near Niagara Falls, United States. This species, which is divided into five subspecies, is very common in North America, from the Aleutian Islands in the Bering Sea south to northern Mexico, across the continent to eastern Canada, and south to the Bahamas. The specific name auritus means ‘eared’ in Latin, which, like the common name double-crested, refers to its twin nuptial crests during the breeding season. – A close-up picture of this species is found on this website, see Animals: Predator and prey. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Afrika 1980-81
This boy has climbed to the top of a dead date palm (Phoenix dactylifera), Tamanrasset, Algeria. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 2000
Mountains and trees, silhouetted against a white cloud, Jhong River Valley, Mustang, Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Large-billed Crow Annapurna_resize
Formerly, the large-billed crow (Corvus macrorhynchos) was called ‘jungle crow’, including two other crows, which are today treated as separate species, the Indian jungle crow (C. culminatus) and the eastern jungle crow (C. levaillantii). Despite these splits, the large-billed crow still has a very wide distribution, found from Afghanistan in the west, across the Himalaya and Tibet to northern China, south-eastern Siberia, and Taiwan, south through Southeast Asia to Indonesia and the Philippines. In the Indian Subcontinent, it is generally found at higher elevations than the Indian jungle crow. This bird, sitting in the top of a blue pine (Pinus wallichiana) in the Upper Marsyangdi Valley, Nepal, is silhouetted against the snow-covered face of Annapurna II (7,937 m). (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Goa 2008
Fishermen, rinsing a huge net in the sea, Colva Beach, Goa, India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydasien 1978-79
Early in the morning, these spotted deer, or chital (Axis axis), are silhouetted against a grassy plain in Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India. This handsome deer is rather common in most of the Indian Subcontinent, but is found nowhere else. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2014d
Sunshine, penetrating a star fruit (Averrhoa carambola), Taiwan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tanzania 1988
For thousands of years, Arabs were trading along the East African coast, sailing in their typical dhows – an ancient Arabian type of sailboat. Africans have adopted the dhow, and today you still see them in large numbers along the East African coast. This one was photographed near Somanga, Tanzania. – Read more about dhows and other types of boats on this website, see Culture: Boats. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2014b
One of two Taiwan red cypresses (Chamaecyparis formosana) in Yushan National Park, called ‘Fuci Trees’, which were killed by a forest fire in 1963. – Read more about the magnificent cypresses of Taiwan on this website, see Plants: Ancient and huge trees. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Californien 2013
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, United States, is a suspension bridge, 2,737 metres (8,981 feet) long, spanning the Golden Gate, the strait connecting San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The bridge was opened in 1937, and, until 1964, it had the longest main span of any suspension bridge in the world, at 1,280 metres (4,200 feet). – More pictures of this bridge are found on this website, see Culture: Bridges. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Hornborgasjön 2006
Feeding Eurasian cranes (Grus grus), Hornborgasjön, Sweden. – More pictures of cranes are found on this website, see Gallery: Animals – Cranes. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Indonesien 1985
Early in the morning, these fishermen are hauling a huge net ashore, Bali, Indonesia. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Fyn 2010-18
Male blackbird (Turdus merula), sitting on a straw roof at dawn, Funen, Denmark. Formerly, this thrush was a shy forest bird, but during the last hundred years, it has spread to virtually all urban areas in Europe, today being one of the most common city birds. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Asien 1972-73
For thousands of years, a huge marsh area in southern Iraq, between the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers, was the home of the Madan tribe, whose way of life was completely adapted to the wet habitat. They moved about in canoes, built their reed houses on islets, and made a living by hunting and fishing, growing rice, and raising water buffaloes. The regime of Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti (1979-2003) put an end to their way of life by draining the marshes, as a retaliation for the Madan siding with the Americans during the First Gulf War (1990-1991). – Read more about this interesting wetland on this website, see Travel episodes: Iraq 1973 – The hospitable mudir, and Iraq 1973 – Dust storm and sheep’s head. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Irland 1987-99
Trees, covered in ivy (Hedera helix), Kinnegad, Ireland. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 2009-2
Rocks and blue pines (Pinus wallichiana), silhouetted against the snow-clad peak of Annapurna II (7,937 m), Upper Marsyangdi Valley, Nepal. – Read more about blue pine on this website, see Traditional medicine: Pinus wallichiana. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nordindien 1991
Dhobi-wallahs (washermen) at work on the dhobi ghats (‘washing stairs’), Ganges River, Varanasi, India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Jylland 1977-90
Pruned poplars (Populus) in winter, Jutland, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Indien 2003
Women from the village of Kichan, Rajasthan, north-western India, watch demoiselle cranes (Anthropoides virgo), passing over. Traditionally, in this village, the wintering demoiselle cranes, 5,000 to 6,000 in all, are fed every morning. At dawn, the cranes arrive at a certain yard in the village, where huge amounts of wheat and other cereals are strewn. This food is donated by rich businessmen, belonging to the Jain religion. – Read more about the Jain religion on this website, see Religion: Jainism. More pictures of cranes are also found on this website, see Gallery: Animals – Cranes. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Kenya 1988-89
The hamerkop (Scopus umbretta) is a small, heron-like bird, which, however, belongs to a separate family of its own, Scopidae. When the Boer people arrived in South Africa in the 18th century, they named this bird hamerkop (Dutch for ‘hammer-head’), due to its maul-shaped crest. Later, this name was adopted by the British. The distribution of this bird is huge, covering most of sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar, and the south-western tip of the Arabian Peninsula. This picture is from Lake Baringo, Kenya. Traditionally, this species is protected in many places, making it rather confident. This fact may be seen elsewhere on this website, see Culture: Boats. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Kina 1987
Homeless man, looking for food in a trash can, Kowloon, Hong Kong. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Californien 2013
Coastal rocks with resting Brandt’s cormorants (Phalacrocorax penicillatus), Golden Gate, San Francisco, California, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

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Early in the morning, this man is paddling his boat across Dal Lake, Kashmir Valley, northern India. In this area, lakes and canals form important waterways for transportation of goods. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Californien 2013
Anglers, trying their luck, San Francisco, California, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Afrika 1980-81
Ethiopien 1996
The doum palm (Hyphaene thebaica) differs from most other palms in that the trunk branches, with leaves at the end of each branch. It is found across the African Sahel zone, and in East Africa, from northern Tanzania north to Egypt, in Israel, Jordan, and the Arabian Peninsula. The upper picture was taken late in the afternoon at Moradi, Niger, the lower one at dawn in the Fuloha Oasis, Ethiopia. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Arizona-Utah 2001
In Monument Valley, Arizona, United States, rainfall and wind have eroded rocks into bizarre forms. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Myanmar 2007
Morning mist along a road, Bagan, Myanmar. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Californien 2013
Sunset behind an old bishop pine (Pinus muricata), Salt Point State Park, California. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydasien 1978-79
Little cormorant (Phalacrocorax niger), resting on a rock, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka. This bird has a wide distribution, from the Indian Subcontinent, eastwards through Southeast Asia to Indonesia. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1985
During the Hindu festival of Bada Dasain – also called Dassera or Durga Puja – gigantic swings are erected in many Nepalese villages, long ropes being tied to a large branch (as in this picture), or placed at the end of long ropes, hanging down from the top of four long bamboo poles, tied together above. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Norden 1967-86
In the 1800s, about 2,000 wooden windmills were found on the Swedish island of Öland, but during the 1900s, many of these went into decay and were torn down. Today, about 355 are preserved. This picture shows sunset behind an old mill near the village of Albrunna. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nordindien 1985-86
Tree with doves, outlined against the setting sun, Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan, India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydasien 1976-77
Angler, trying his luck on a beach near Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydindien 1997-98
At dawn, fishermen row their boat out through the surf, Puri, Odisha (Orissa), India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Afrika 1980-81
Lake Bogoria is an alkaline lake in northern Kenya, which, at times, is visited by up to a million lesser flamingos (Phoeniconaias minor). In this picture, flamingos are silhouetted against mist from hot springs at the lake side. The lesser flamingo breeds mainly in the Rift Valley Lakes of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania, while three smaller breeding populations occur in West Africa, Namibia, and Gujarat, India. When not breeding, it occurs in virtually every sub-Saharan country, via the Arabian Peninsula east to India and Sri Lanka. The global population has been estimated at between 2.2 and 3.2 million. (Source: iucnredlist.org/details/22697369/0). (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydasien 1978-79
Rays from the rising sun spread star-like into the sky behind a mountain, Lukla, Khumbu, Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nordindien 1991
Dawn on the Ganges River, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Arizona-Utah 2001
Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) and Full Moon, Saguaro West National Park, Arizona, United States. This huge cactus, growing to 12 metres tall, is ‘the’ emblem of American western films, but in fact it has a rather limited distribution, found in the Sonoran Desert of Mexico and southern Arizona, and in a small area in adjacent California. – More pictures of this species, as well as many other cacti, are found on this website, see Gallery: Plants – Cacti. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Europa 1972-2005
Greater cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo), gathered on their night roost on a rock in the Atlantic Ocean, Vendée, France. This bird has an extremely wide, but rather patchy, distribution, found all over Europe and most of Asia, in Australia and New Zealand, and in north-eastern North America and Greenland. Formerly, the white-breasted cormorant of Africa was also included in this species, but today most authorities recognize African birds as a full species, P. lucidus. The generic name Phalacrocorax is from the Greek, phalakros (‘bald’), and korax (‘raven’), while the specific name carbo is Latin, meaning ‘coal’, thus ‘the coal-black, bald raven’, where ‘bald’ refers to the white crown of P. carbo during the breeding season. Incidentally, fishermen on various localities in China have been using tamed cormorants of this species for fishing for thousands of years. A picture of this practice may be seen on this website, see: Fishing. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 2009-2
Heavily loaded porter, passing through smoke, seeping out from a house, in which morning cooking is taking place, Marsyangdi Valley, Annapurna, Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tanzania 1990
The last sun rays of the day illuminate cattle, gathered in a dairy farm, southern Tanzania. – Read more about domestic cattle on this website, see Animals: Animals as servants of Man. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sjælland 1969-2005
Gotland sheep in evening light, Zealand, Denmark. – Read more about domestic sheep on this website, see Animals: Animals as servants of Man. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1994
Morning fog, enveloping the Durbar Square, Bhaktapur, Nepal. The population of this ancient city are mainly Newars. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Californien 2013
Tombstones in the Veterans’ Graveyard, San Diego, California, silhouetted against the morning sky. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydasien 1976-77
Early morning at Chennai Railway Station, Tamil Nadu, South India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tanzania 1989
The long-crested eagle (Lophaetus occipitalis) is fairly common in open areas of sub-Saharan Africa, from Senegal eastwards to Ethiopia, and from here south to South Africa and Namibia. This bird is perched on a dead tree in Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydasien 1976-77
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) and coconut palms (Cocos nucifera) on a beach near Negombo, Sri Lanka. This species was first tamed in the Indus Valley about 5,500 years ago. – Read more about elephants on this website, see Animals: Rise and fall of the mighty elephants. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydasien 1982-83
Fisherman, throwing his net into the Rapti River, southern Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydasien 1982-83
Greater racket-tailed drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus), Periyar National Park, Kerala, South India. – In his book Jungle Lore (1953), British hunter, writer, and conservationist Jim Corbett (1875-1955) writes the following about this remarkable bird: “(…) the racket-tailed drongo is a never-ending source of pleasure and interest for, in addition to being the most courageous bird in our jungles, he can imitate to perfection the calls of most birds and of one animal, the cheetal [spotted deer, Axis axis], and he has a great sense of humour. Attaching himself to a flock of ground-feeding birds – junglefowl, babblers, or thrushes – he takes up a commanding position on a dead branch and, while regaling the jungle with his own songs and the songs of other birds, keeps a sharp look-out for enemies in the way of hawks, cats, snakes, and small boys armed with catapults, [the author’s reference to himself] and his warning of the approach of danger is never disregarded. His services are not disinterested, for in return for protection, he expects the flock he is guarding to provide him with food. His sharp eyes miss nothing, and the moment he sees that one of the birds industriously scratching up or turning over the dead leaves below him has unearthed a fat centipede or a juicy scorpion he darts at it screaming like a hawk, or screaming as a bird of the species he is trying to dispossess does when caught by a hawk. Nine times out of ten he succeeds in wresting the prize from the finder, and returning to his perch kills and eats the titbit at his leisure, and having done so continues his interrupted song.” (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan Nefertite_resize
This Daliao sandstone formation in Yeliou Geopark, northern Taiwan, has been eroded into resembling Nefertiti, queen of Pharaoh Akhenaten, who ruled Ancient Egypt from 1353 to 1335 B.C. – More pictures of eroded Daliao sandstone formations are found on this website, see Nature: Nature’s art. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydasien 1978-79
Formerly, the pretty painted stork (Mycteria leucocephala) had a wide distribution in Asia, found in the Indus Valley in Pakistan, in India, Sri Lanka, Southeast Asia, and southern China. Today, however, it is only common locally in India and Sri Lanka, elsewhere it is either very rare, or has disappeared entirely. – This picture shows painted storks at sunset in Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan, India, where it is a common breeding bird. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tibet 1987
People and sheep, on their way home, stand out against the bleak desert mountains around the city of Shigatse, Tibet. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA-Canada 1992
Sunshine, illuminating old man’s beard lichens (Usnea), Olympic National Park, Washington, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1985
House and spiny-leaved oaks (Quercus semecarpifolia) at dawn, Ghorepani, Annapurna, Nepal. The stunted appearance of the trees is caused by people, lopping their foliage for fodder. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Vorsø 1988-99
Black rain cloud, passing over the island of Vorsø, Horsens Fjord, Denmark. – Read more about Nature Reserve Vorsø on this website, see Vorsø on my mind. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydasien 1978-79
Fishermen, hauling a huge net ashore, Hambantota, Sri Lanka. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Arizona-Utah 2001
Sunshine on poplars (Populus), standing out against a dark rock, Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nordindien 1991
Early morning in the city of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. This picture shows two different types of renovation: garbage collectors, passing by zebu oxen, eating garbage. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Ethiopien 1996
Girl, punting a primitive boat, made from papyrus stems (Cyperus papyrus), Lake Tana, Ethiopia. On this lake, reed boats have been made since the 9th Century B.C., or earlier. – Read more about reed boats and other types of boats on this website, see Culture: Boats. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

(Uploaded October 2017)

 

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