Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, Australia

The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia formerly known as the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves, are the most extensive area of subtropical rainforest in the world.[1] The reserve includes 50 separate reserves totaling 3,665 square km, clustered around the New South Wales - Queensland border.
The Gondwana Rainforests are so-named because the fossil record indicates that when Gondwana existed it was covered by rainforests containing the same kinds of species that are living today. The number of visitors to the reserve is about 2 million per year.

Lamington National Park --
Left : Red-Eyed Tree-Frog
Right : Chalahn Falls
Inset : Crimson Rosella


Auschwitz concentration camp, Poland

Poland-16, originally uploaded by Abhishek's Received Postcards.

Auschwitz-Birkenau was the largest of Nazi Germany's concentration camps and extermination camps, established in Nazi German occupied Poland. The camp took its German name from the nearby Polish town of Oświęcim. Birkenau, the German translation of pol. Brzezinka (birch tree), refers to a small village nearby, mostly destroyed by the Germans.
Following the German invasion of Poland in September 1939, Oświęcim was annexed by Nazi Germany and renamed Auschwitz, the town's German name.


Rideau Canal, Canada

Canada-7, originally uploaded by Abhishek's Received Postcards.

The Rideau Canal, also known as the Rideau Waterway, connects the city of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on the Ottawa River to the city of Kingston, Ontario on Lake Ontario. The canal was opened in 1832 as a precaution in case of war with the United States and is still in use today, with most of its original structures intact. The canal system uses sections of major rivers, including the Rideau and the Cataraqui, as well as some lakes. It is the oldest continuously operated canal system in North America, and in 2007, it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Longshan Temple, Taipei, China

China-48, originally uploaded by Abhishek's Received Postcards.

The Longshan Temple is the name of at least five famous temples in Taiwan:
Wanhua, Taipei City
Danshuei, Taipei County
Lukang, Changhua County
Tainan City
Fongshan, Kaohsiung County


Sydney Harbour at Dusk, Australia

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore. The dramatic view of the bridge, the harbour, and the nearby Sydney Opera House is an iconic image of both Sydney and Australia. The bridge is locally nicknamed "The Coathanger" because of its arch-based design.
The bridge was designed and built by Dorman Long and Co Ltd, Middlesbrough Teesside and Cleveland Bridge, Darlington, County Durham and opened in 1932. Until 1967 it was the city's tallest structure.[citation needed] According to Guinness World Records, it is the world's widest long-span bridge and it is tallest steel arch bridge, measuring 134 metres (429.6 ft) from top to water level.[citation needed] It is also the fifth-longest spanning-arch bridge in the world.