Rocks to the west of Old Harry
This photograph was taken near Old Harry Rocks it was a hand held Panorama and the day was cloudy, I did not use HDR for this pan but I tried the get some detail to show in the sky using photoshop, it seemed to work quite well. Across Poole Bay you can see the Bournemouth coast.
This is a view from Peveril Point, Swanage over the sea. To the left is a coastguard hut. Was a looko...
A view of the sandbanks ferry which transports cars across into Studland. Many boats cross into Poole...
A view from Sandbanks beach in Poole. Sandbanks hotel is to the left of the image when facing the sea...
Poole harbour view from evening hill, the sun was low in the sky but the air was quite clear so one c...
A view of Brownsea Island from Baiter Park in Poole. Brownsea has the only red squirrels in England a...
The Quayside Apartments on Poole quay, it was light was very contrasty that day, after heavy rain. Yo...
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.