This is the "Sail Training Ship Pogoria" in Stromness harbour. The STS Pogoria is a Polish sailing ship which sailed in the 2011 Tall Ships Race. A number of the tall ships stopped in Orkney and I got the chance to sail onboard the STS Pogoria. It was wonderful, the weather was fine and the crew did everything they could to make us welcome. It was a very enjoyable afternoon and I can thoroughly recommend it to anyone.
This panorama has a number of disjointed things between one shot and the next which I have decided to leave as they are because I think it gives a feeling of movement and makes the ship feel alive. The main reason for the changes is that between one row of pictures and the next the crew were preparing to leave harbour and all that movement made for one end of a rope not joining with the other in the picture. Another dynamic aspect is that this was done using HDR techniques so flags look a little ghostly as they snap in the wind as the three pictures are taken.
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.