Doha, Qatar- The Corniche

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Qatar- The Museum of Islamic Art, exterior

Viewed through the haze of heat and dust from the vantage point of the Corniche, the Museum of Islamic Art, in Doha, Qatar, appears to float on water. The Arabian/Persian Gulf surrounds it. Dhows frame the view from across the water.
The museum appears to be immediately on land. It is, however, surrounded by water and has bridge access to pedestrians (and authorized autos).

These dhows were clustered just next to the museum. One can see the other more modern styled boats nearby.

From the museum looking at the Corniche.

There are colonnades of palms on either side of the main approach to the museum.
At the end of the main approach, the fountain rondel sprays a cool refreshing mist into the air.
The exterior of the building is cleaned.
Here is a bridge from the mainland to the island-building of the museum.

Between the main building and the library, a young lady enjoys the cool reflective pools and shading gazebo.

The view of the reflection pools continues out through the arches and into the gulf.

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Achern, Germany and The Black Forest

This is the beautiful village of Achern, Germany. It is located in the Black Forest in Bavaria.

Streams cross the village behind various homes and yards.

Bridges make crossing via car, bike and foot easy.

Buildings range in age, but they go back as far as about 700 A.D. This particular church is from a much later era.

A quite modern building, the rathaus is the city hall.

Good use of village planning provides for shops on the ground level and apartment homes on succeeding floors. The sense of humor displayed in the public sculptures gives clues to the disposition of the villagers.

Set between the countryside and the Black Forest, just outside of Achern, these homes take advantage of the opening valley.

The Black Forest is at once mysterious and inviting. One can imagine trekking through the woods and coming upon a character from the Grim's Fairytales.

Is it possible to imagine happier sheep?

Notice the chocolate brown sheep to the right.

Blackberries are sweet treats from the Black Forest.

Romantic. Tranquil.

These spiky thistle flowers are lovely contrast with the clusters of yellow.

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