England and America. The visit of her majesty Queen Victoria to the Arctic ship Resolute - December 16, 1856 is an artwork by William Simpson and George Zobel. This act of diplomacy had long-lasting results: besides improving relations, upon the ship finally being put out of service, a desk was made from its wood and presented to the United States President. This Resolute desk has been a mainstay of the White House furniture for most presidents ever since.
This Signpost "Featured content" report covers material promoted from 22 June 2014 through 27 June 2014.
Banksia coccinea(nominated by Casliber) Casliber's twenty-third featured article on a species in the Banksia genus of Australian flowering plants, noted for their flower spikes and vaguely pinecone-like woody fruiting bodies. Banksia coccinea is one of the larger species, able to grow to the size of a small tree (with a maximum size of 8m (26 ft)), whereas most can only grow to shrub height.
Ayasofya Mosque (Hagia Sophia)(created by Gaspare Fossati and Louis Haghe, [[ |nominated]] and restored by Adam Cuerden) The interior of the Ayasofya Mosque from 1852, before the restoration that attempted to compromise between the mosque and the Hagia Sophia church that had been converted into the mosque. Gaspare Fossati was one of two brothers charged with renovating the mosque, who were the main source of information for many of the mosaics hidden under a plaster coating when the ancient church was converted for use by Islam. Some have been uncovered again since.
Comparison of the Aral Sea between 1989 and 2008(created by NASA and Zafiroblue05, nominated by Nergaal) The Aral Sea was once one of the four largest lakes in the world, but Soviet irrigation projects diverted the rivers that fed it in the 1960s, causing it to slowly dry up. Rusting ships rest on desert that was once a lake, water nowhere near. The fate of the Aral Sea is considered one of the worst ecological disasters in modern history.
Geisha(created and nominated by Japanexperterna.se/JPNEX) Having recently delisted two problematic images of geisha, being able to turn around and provide an excellent depiction of one is quite a good thing. Showing all aspects of the geisha dress, and in an appropriate setting, this image is an excellent source of information.
Battleships of Germany(automatic promotion from good topic; originally nominated in August 2011 by Parsecboy) You know, it gets hard, weeks on end, to keep praising Parsecboy for his incredible work on ship articles. Nonetheless, this is an amazing achievement: There are sixty-two articles in this topic, covering every single German battleship, and the classes they're divided into. Over half of the sixty-two articles are featured (the rest being good articles)—and this isn't even the only topic that Parsecboy is working on. Alongside Sturmvogel 66, he's probably Wikipedia's most prolific naval expert.
The Ayasofya Mosque in 1852, before it was partially converted back into the Hagia Sofia.