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I live in Missouri. I am a software engineer working for Appistry, Inc. I am Spartacus.

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Heel gaaf gedaan.

Gelukkig geen molen in de brand gegaan. Inderdaad een mooie plaat. Rij er vaak langs en van de zomer voor het eerst met de fiets. Ook ik begrijp niets van aantal hits op bepaalde foto's. Groet, Xander

У этого сюжета есть такие же достоинства, как у вина с хорошей выдержкой. Я называю такой цвет МОЛИНЫЙ, от слова "моль". В суммарном сером цвете моли есть всё богатство оттенков разных цветов и суммарная "серятина" бабочки при глубоком разрешении открывает целый космос цвета. Поэтому так хороши предметы, подернутые патиной времени, выдержанные на свету, ветру, дождю и всякой другой погоды и непогоды. И чем больше выдержка - тем лучше. Мне очень нравятся ваши прекрасные "молиные" сюжеты. Успехов в Новом 2011 году!

Glad you appreciated this one, xhdiy. Many thanks for your kind words!

And Jasper as well - thank you for the compliment and well wishes.

Happy New Year! -alicia

Mel, das war ein Glücksmoment, hin und wieder gibt es solche Lichtverhältnisse! Herzlichen Dank und liebe Grüsse, May

I can almost reach out and touch those lichen, Ryan!

Best wishes for 2011!


Thank you for your kindly comment zsuzsannasalda and for visiting my collection! Sorry for the late answer! I`m glad you like this picture! Greetings from Romania,Csaba

Good colors like Greetings España

There ARE good photos on Google Earth;)

Klaus J from Germany

Ballgame (Juego de Pelota)

The Mesoamerican ballgame was a sport with ritual associations played since 1,000 B.C. by the pre-Columbian peoples of Mesoamerica. The sport had different versions in different places during the millennia, and a modern version of the game, ulama, is still played in a few places by the local indigenous population.

Pre-Columbian ballcourts have been found throughout Mesoamerica, as far south as Nicaragua, and possibly as far north as the U.S. state of Arizona. These ballcourts vary considerably in size, but all have long narrow alleys with side-walls against which the balls could bounce.

The rules of the ballgame are whoever wins is considered safe and the losing team is sacrificed, but judging from its descendant, ball, they were probably similar to racquetball or volleyball, where the aim is to keep the ball in play. The stone ballcourt goals (see photo to right) are a late addition to the game. This later addition of the game changed the game entirely though, since an immediate win could be attained from them by tossing the balls in the ring, or points could be scored by simply tossing the ball so that it touched the ring.

In the most widespread version of the game, the players struck the ball with their hips, although some versions allowed the use of forearms, rackets, bats, or handstones. The ball was made of solid rubber and weighed up to 4 kg (9 lbs) or more, and sizes differed greatly over time or according to the version played.

The game had important ritual aspects, and major formal ballgames were held as ritual events, often featuring human sacrifice. The sport was also played casually for recreation by children and perhaps even women.


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