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A water taxi (abra) crossing Dubai Creek is approaching the harbor of the Deira district of Dubai. The cross-river trip costs 1 Dirham (AED 1) per passenger and affords a picturesque view of the city.
Nikon D3X and Nikkor 24-70mm 2.8G at 44mm, f/11, 1/200sec and ISO 200.
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Dubai Creek or Khor Dubai (Arabic: خور دبي, Khawr Dubayy) is a saltwater creek located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). It ends at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Some sources say that the creek extended as far inland as Al Ain, and that the Ancient Greeks called it River Zara. Historically, the creek divided the city into two main sections – Deira and Bur Dubai. It was along the Bur Dubai creek area that members of the Bani Yas tribe first settled in the 19th century, establishing the Al Maktoum dynasty in the city. In the early 20th century, the creek, though incapable then of supporting large scale transportation, served as a minor port for dhows coming as far away as India or East Africa. Although it impeded the entry of ships due to current flow, the creek remained an important element in establishing the commercial position of Dubai, being the only port or harbour in the city. Dubai’s pearling industry, which formed the main sector of the city’s economy, was based primarily on expeditions in the creek, prior to the invention of cultured pearls in the 1930s. (Wikipedia)
Lamb of The Old Norwegian Sheep Breed (Villsau) an unimproved remnant of the old Norwegian landrace that was raised in the country since the Viking age. It is a small primitive, short-tailed sheep that is mainly found on the west coast of Norway. The breed is adapted to grazing outside all year around in cold and windy climate.
Nikon D3X and Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8G VRII at 200mm, f/11, 1/160sec and ISO 200.
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Animal husbandry spread throughout Europe, with sheep arriving in Norway during the Neolithic, or “new” Stone Age; remnants have been found in caves from this period. Land cultivation followed. In the early Iron Age, people who were buried at the modern Norwegian Føre, in Bø, Vesterålen, were left with lamb meat for their journey to another life. This shows that sheep were recognised as good food. One additional article the dead received was a spinning wheel, which indeed typifies Iron Age archaeological finds. As now, lambskin was used for clothing, since wool is a good insulator, holding warmth even when wet. When boat sails appeared around AD 600, wool proved to be a suitable material, because woollen sails are both lightweight and quick-drying. One broad lugsail of the type on the Gaukstad ship was probably worth a fortune, based on the enormous number of sheep and working hours needed to spin and weave the huge amount of wool. Weights from vertical looms abound in Iron Age archaeological material. Along with land cultivation, fishing, and hunting marine mammals, sheep raising was of major importance for the Laplanders and Norwegians, providing both food and clothing. Laplanders also sacrificed sheep on sacrificial stones up to the 16-17th centuries. (From woolandsheep.com)
Detail of the east pediment of Parthenon (a temple on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece) that narrates the birth of Athena from the head of her father, Zeus.
Nikon D3X and Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8G VRII at 82mm, f/8, 1/250 and ISO 200.
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The Parthenon (Greek: Παρθενών) is a temple on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their virgin patron. Its construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at the height of its power. It was completed in 438 BC, although decorations of the Parthenon continued until 432 BC. It is the most important surviving building of Classical Greece, generally considered the culmination of the development of the Doric order. Its decorative sculptures are considered some of the high points of Greek art. The Parthenon is regarded as an enduring symbol of Ancient Greece and of Athenian democracy and one of the world’s greatest cultural monuments. The Greek Ministry of Culture is currently carrying out a program of selective restoration and reconstruction to ensure the stability of the partially ruined structure.