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Artsakh 1
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Image by Malcs P (slowly catching up)
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Taken in Stepanakert, capital of Nagorno Karabakh (a Russo-Persian hybrid name meaning, roughly, highland black garden), aka the Mountainous Republic of Karabakh, known to the locals as Artsakh. De jure, part of Azerbaijan; de facto, an independent, though internationally unrecognised, republic with, shall we say, strong ties with Armenia, which for diplomatic reasons no longer claims it as Armenian territory proper.

Virtually every major Armenian politician of the last 20 years, however, appears to have cut their political teeth on the question of Nagorno Karabakh, as Christoph Zürcher’s ‘The Post-Soviet Wars’ makes clear. The fate of the place is deeply tied up in Armenian ideas of nationhood. You can read more about the area here:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nagorno-Karabakh

PS: you will note that the Flickr map says this was taken in Xankandi – that’s the Azerbaijani name for the city (pop. 53,000). And when I updated my Facebook page, sitting on the hotel terrace in the evening, Facebook automatically located me in Azerbaijan.The geopolitics of the internet, eh?

Austin Skyline Pano redux
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Image by Definitive HDR Photography

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Right when I was getting into photography many many years ago (about 3 years to be exact) I was enjoying a nice breezy getaway over at Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas. Clouds were moving in, kites were being flown and the overall temperature was great for relaxing out with a book in the grass. Of course as a photographer I wasn’t interested in any of that, I was just interested in taking photos and making panoramas.

As the title states, this is a redo if you will, of a panorama I processed back in 2009. Looking back it compared to the results now makes me appreciate everything that I’ve learned and everybody that I learned from. I certainly couldn’t have learned how to process my images if it weren’t for the great tips put out by the great photographers not only here on Flickr but across the internet and in person as well. So with that I thank you all for helping me out along the way these past couple of years as you all have been a great inspiration on me.

Also made this my new desktop background 🙂

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Wraparound Terrace Suite View – The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
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The view from The Cosmopolitan’s Wraparound Terrace Suite in the east tower (NE corner).

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