Though technically digital art may be any art created using other media or processes, and then digitally scanned, the term is usually reserved for art that has been non-trivially modified by a computing process. This particular image was created with POV-Ray 3.6 using radiosity. The glasses, ashtray and pitcher were modeled with Rhino and the dice with Cinema 4D. The entire image took 560 hours to render.
Seen here from the rear at twilight, the London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel, is the largest observation wheel (a type of Ferris wheel) in the world at 135 m (443 ft) high. The wheel carries 32 sealed passenger capsules and rotates at a rate of 0.26 m/s (about 0.9 km/h or 0.6 mph) so that one revolution takes about 30 minutes to complete.
Satellite image of Cyclone Gafilo, a powerful Category 5tropical cyclone which struck Madagascar in March 2004, causing devastating damage. This was taken just before landfall, when the system was at its peak intensity about 333 km (207 mi) east of Madagascar, with sustained windspeed of 260 km/h (160 mph). At least 250 people were listed dead, with more missing, and 300,000 people were left homeless due to Gafilo.
With its very distinct Renaissance architecture, the Château de Chambord in Chambord, Loir-et-Cher, France, is one of the most recognizable châteaux in the world. The massive castle, originally built as a hunting lodge for King François I, features 440 rooms, 365 fireplaces, and 84 staircases. The château was never intended to provide any form of defence from imagined enemies. As such, the walls, towers and partial moat are purely decorative.
There about 100 species of tulip, native to southern Europe, north Africa, and Asia. They are perennialbulbous plants growing to 10-70 cm tall with large flowers with six tepals. Besides being the national flower of Iran and Turkey, tulips are closely associated with the Netherlands, so much so that the term "Dutch tulips" is often used for the cultivated forms.
Satellite image of circular crop fields, characteristic of center pivot irrigation, in Haskell County, Kansas in late June 2001. Healthy, growing crops are green. Corn would be growing into leafy stalks by then. Sorghum, which resembles corn, grows more slowly and would be much smaller and therefore, possibly paler. Wheat is a brilliant gold as harvest occurs in June. Fields of brown have been recently harvested and plowed under or lie fallow for the year. U.S. Route 56 crosses the scene, passing the cities of Sublette (lower left) and Copeland (upper right).
This photo of the Nilov Monastery on Stolbnyi Island in Tver Oblast, Russia, was taken by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii in 1910 before the advent of colour photography. His process used a camera that took a series of monochrome pictures in rapid sequence, each through a different coloured filter. By projecting all three monochrome pictures using correctly-coloured light, it was possible to reconstruct the original colour scene.
Mont Saint Michel, a small rocky tidal island in Normandy, is famous for its Benedictineabbey (spire pictured here) and steepled church (built between the 11th and 16th centuries) which occupy most of the island. The abbey was constructed in the 11th century, but by the time of the French Revolution its popularity had waned to the point where there were scarcely any monks in residence and it was converted to a prison. However, in 1874 it was declared a national monument and is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The Ozyptila praticola species of crab spider is found throughout Europe and the Middle East. They do not build webs to trap prey, but are active hunters. Crab spiders are so named because of their first two pairs of legs, which are held out to the side giving them a crab-like appearance. Also, like crabs, these spiders move sideways and backwards more easily than forwards.
The white-lipped snail (Cepaea hortensis) is a very close relative of the grove snail. It is very slightly smaller than the grove snail, but shares the same variation in shell colour and banding. The principal distinguishing feature is a white band at the lip of the shell, although this is not reliable for accurate identification. The two species can mate and reproduce. The two species share the same habitats, although the range of the white-lipped snail extends closer to the Arctic in Northern Europe.
A specimen from the "hybrid zone" of the Leaf Green Tree Frog (Litoria phyllochroa) and the Southern Leaf Green Tree Frog (L. nudidigitus), showing physical characteristics of both species. These small stream-dwelling frogs (averaging only 40mm in length), are native to eastern Australia and occur together south of Sydney. The two species are differentiated only by distribution, call and slight differences in flank markings.
Lower Manhattan (seen here from the Staten Island Ferry) is the southernmost part of the island of Manhattan, the main island and center of business and government of the City of New York. Lower Manhattan includes City Hall, the Municipal Building, the Financial District and the site of the World Trade Center. This area is also the earliest settled (by Europeans) area, and is one of the few areas of Manhattan that does not have its streets arranged in a strict grid pattern.
The giant grouper (Epinephelus lanceolatus), shown here with a school of golden trevally, is the largest bony fish found in coral reefs, and the aquatic emblem of Queensland, Australia. The species can grow as large as 2.7 meters (9 ft) long, weighing up to 400 kg (880 lb). They are fairly common in shallow waters and feed on a variety of marine life, including small sharks and juvenile sea turtles.
The Greylag Goose (Anser anser) is the ancestor of domesticated geese in Europe and North America. This species is one of the last to migrate and it is thought that the English name signifies late, meaning that they lagged behind the other geese when they left for their northern breeding quarters.
Red sandstone interior of Lower Antelope Canyon, Arizona, worn smooth due to erosion by flash flooding and wind over millions of years. Antelope Canyon is one of the best-known and most-photographed slot canyons in the world. The flash floods that created the canyon are a danger to tourists. Rain does not have to fall on or near the area for flash floods to whip through, as rain falling dozens of miles away 'upstream' of the canyons can funnel into them with little prior notice. On 12 August1997, eleven tourists in Lower Antelope Canyon were killed by a flash flood. Very little rain fell at the site that day.
This diagram in SVG format shows the terminology for the basic fielding positions in the game of cricket, for a right-handed batsman. The area to a right-handed batsman's left is called the leg side or on side, while the off side is to his right. If the batsman is left-handed, the leg and off sides are reversed and the fielding positions are a mirror image of those shown. The 9 mobile fielders (not counting the bowler and wicket-keeper), are allocated to fielding positions, a crucial strategic decision made by the team captain.
In his own time, Bouguereau was considered to be one of the greatest painters in the world, but he fell into disregard in the early 20th century, due perhaps to his staunch opposition to the Impressionists. However, today there is a new appreciation of his works, with over one hundred museums throughout the world exhibiting his oeuvre.