In the heart of the mythical Elqui Valley in Pisco, surrounded by the Andes Mountains, 500km north of Santiago in central Chile, lies a magical place that allows for star-spangled dreams beneath the clear pure sky. Combining stargazing and specialized astronomic tours with night-time horseback riding, meditation and even tarot readings, Elqui Domos is a hotel quite like no other.
It was completed in 2005 to fulfil its owners’ desire to observe and enjoy the grandeur of the one of the world’s most star-filled skies. It is one of only seven astronomic hotels around the world and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere, offering breathtaking views of the magic skies draped over the Elqui Valley (the valley is renowned for its sharp, clear skies, as it happens to sit under one of the clearest atmospheres in the world). The lack of rain and pleasant weather all year round set the perfect conditions for astronomic tourism, where guests can gather to enjoy a unique chance to liaise with the stars.
Built during the Safavid period, it is an excellent example of Islamic architecture of Iran, and regarded as one of the masterpieces of Persian Architecture. The Shah Mosque of Isfahan is one of the everlasting masterpieces of architecture in Iran. It is registered, along with the Naghsh-i Jahan Square, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its construction began in 1611, and its splendor is mainly due to the beauty of its seven-colour mosaic tiles and calligraphic inscriptions.
Photograph 1 by: Omid Jafarnezhad
Photographs 2 - 6 by: ‘Horizon’ on Flickr.
Pollux Awards 2011
The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards announces the overall winners and awardees of the 2011 WPGA Annual Pollux Awards.
20,320 images were received from 72 countries, in 6 monthly consecutive contests, whose results were merged to select the overall awardees.
Awarded works will be invited to exhibit their works at The Palais de Glace in Buenos Aires, from January 19th to February 15th, 2012.
I’m so excited to be chosen from the thousands of artists to be apart of this show! I only wish i had the money to come visit Buenos Aires to see the show in the incredible The Palais de Glace!
To view all the wonderful photographes please check out there website at this link:
This is the winning image from my nude underwater series “Omni-Phantasmic”….the piece is entitled “Dismantling Connections”
Pero qué bonico es madrid, coño.
Environmental Graffiti’s gallery Plumbing the Depths of the Largest Underwater Gypsum Cave on Earth is a fantastic look inside Russia’s Orda Cave.