Flying above the water
Shot at an altitude of 12m above the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal near Utrecht, Houten and Nieuwegein in The Netherlands. The panorama is taken from an octocopter which was hovering above the water while I took the panoramic image. The panoramic image is used in a visualisation of a brigde that will be constructed at this specific place.
The Lekpoort is part of the city wall of the medieval fortress Vianen. The medieval pattern of city w...
The bridge across the Kromme Rijn near Nieuw Amelisweerd on a beautifull autumn day.
Standing under a sequoia-tree in the garden of Nieuw Amelisweerd.
Photo of the Lekbrug in Vianen taken from a river crib. Curious cows cannot hide their interest in su...
Beautiful view over the river Lek with typical "Dutch sky", taken in Bungee Jump perspective from the...
The Hofpoort shows that Vianen was originally a medieval fortified town, complete with castle, moat, ...
The post-war Lekbrug is a familiar sight in the landscape and was crucial as north-south link in the ...
Now still brotherly side to side: the old and the new Lekbrug in Vianen. The postwar arched bridge wa...
The edge of the forest of Amelisweerd near Utrecht on a beautifull day in autumn.
Setrrenburg is een van de vier bastions die rond 1550 gebouwd zijn door Willem van Noort in opdracht ...
Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.
The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.
Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".
Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.
Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.
In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states.
Text by Steve Smith.