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Big thanks to all the members who participated in the last "August 2016 Challenge - Digital Manipulation", and to Lynne in particular for having chosen my image for the final round.

 

My chosen subject for September 2016 photo-challenge is the one we all are so familiar with : "Our Native Land". Come, photo-celebrate your place of domicile (by birth or by stay, or both) by submitting three pics, which you consider to be the most iconic visuals of your native place captured by you. Your entries may exhibit any conceived aspect of your homeland and your entries may or may not include people. Be the proud image-ambassador of your country ! Cheers & good luck to everyone.

 
The routine rules :
 
Maximum 3 images per contributor
Images must be available on Alamy
Challenge will end on September 30 at midnight (GMT)
The winner will start the new topic.
 
My example images (India) :
 
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Culture, tradition, and religious rituals are almost everywhere in India, Pictured here is a dawn silhouette composition from the gigantic cattle fair held at Sonpur (Bihar, India) every year around the November full-moon day.

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The majestic central dome of the grand Taj Mahal mausoleum and the Indian tricolor !

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The grand and the vibrant camel regiment at the annual Republic Day parade in New Delhi.
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Philippe though I haven't detailed as much in my announcement post ... but the facets of the native land sure include its nature/wildlife and even agriculture etc as well, especially if the location/species are somewhat exclusive. For example, I could have easily sampled a "Royal Bengal Tiger" image in my post above, just like the one that you see as my signature footer.

 

Kumar, India

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Oh difficult to choose! I've gone for the traditional ones of Castle, Loch and Mountains in Scotland:

 

Eilean Donan Castle  

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Loch Lubnaig

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Lismore Lighthouse with the highlands behind

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Philippe though I haven't detailed as much in my announcement post ... but the facets of the native land sure include its nature/wildlife and even agriculture etc as well, especially if the location/species are somewhat exclusive. For example, I could have easily sampled a "Royal Bengal Tiger" image in my post above, just like the one that you see as my signature footer.

 

Oh, but we don't have any endemic species in Belgium  :D I think I'll stick to Belgium's medieval heritage  ;)

 

Cheers,

Philippe

 

Oh, species, or subspecies ??? For example Pathera tigris isn't endemic to India, but is the national animal of BangladeshIndiaMalaysia and South Korea. So, in that sense it does become rather iconic. Even if any of yr national parks/sanctuaries are well-known for some particular species (geographically common elsewhere too) ... those would sure qualify.

 

Kumar, India

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Ireland 1 - Beara, West Cork - rocky mountains, valleys dotted with green pasture fields and white houses and a range of different cloud types over the blue Atlantic ocean 
 
 
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Ireland 2: Connemara, County Galway - stacks of hand-cut peat (turf in Ireland) drying on a bog, to be used as fuel for heating, with the Twelve Bens mountains in background

 

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Ireland 3: Benbulben, County Sligo, is probably Ireland's most iconic mountain

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Oh, but we don't have any endemic species in Belgium

 

You mean all the scary noises I heard when I spent a night in a Belgian forest some years ago were from non-native species? Now that is worrying.

 

Alan

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Three from my native Slovakia:

 

Michael's Gate, Bratislava

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Farska street and the Bratislava castle

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The Museum of Liptov village, interior of a traditional people's house

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Oh, but we don't have any endemic species in Belgium

 

You mean all the scary noises I heard when I spent a night in a Belgian forest some years ago were from non-native species? Now that is worrying.

 

Alan

 

 

 

Could have been the local "Homo sapiens" during their nightly mating ceremony. :D 

 

Allan

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Some quintessentially Dublin photos, which is where I'm from:

 

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Music, Art, & Fashion....

 

Phil

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I debated between Toronto (where I was born) and Lindsay where I have now lived for 25 years.  Went for the current life in the country.

 

Reflections on the Scugog River

 

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Horse pull competition at the local fair

 

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Life on the farm in an agricultural town

 

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Jill

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Philippe though I haven't detailed as much in my announcement post ... but the facets of the native land sure include its nature/wildlife and even agriculture etc as well, especially if the location/species are somewhat exclusive. For example, I could have easily sampled a "Royal Bengal Tiger" image in my post above, just like the one that you see as my signature footer.

 

Oh, but we don't have any endemic species in Belgium  :D I think I'll stick to Belgium's medieval heritage  ;)

 

Cheers,

Philippe

 

What, no motorways? :-( ;-)

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World Cup 2014 quarter final. Last minute substitute Tim Krul makes a save helping to put the Dutch through to the semi-finals.

 

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Ironic that you should choose such a defensive action as iconic of Dutch football given their former reputation for playing the most exciting and attacking (total) football and their recent collapse into aggression and boring defensive style. A shot of the foot of (was it van Bommel?) going through Xabi Alonso's chest in the 2010 World Cup Final would perhaps be truly iconic.

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Born in the shadow of a coal mine

 

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but we do have a nice coastline in these parts

 

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with nice sandy beaches

 

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Canada is really many native lands rolled into one, but here goes...

 

Canadian Tire, a true Canadian icon, although virtually nothing sold in these stores is actually made in Canada.

 

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P.S. I wasn't made in Canada either (born in the West Indies), so I guess that makes a true Canadian as well.

 

 

Disco dancers on Canada Day (July 1st), a celebration of diversity rather than nationalism

 

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First Nations totem poles (it's their country really)

 

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The state of Maryland in the USA, is my native land where I was born, raised and continue to work from.

 

1) usa-maryland-potomac-horse-farm-fall-A89Horse farm in Potomac, Maryland in the autumn

 

 

2) St. Michael's Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay

 

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3) A Skipjack sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay

 

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As an emigré, I had a choice of the UK (where I born and lived until I was 38) and Canada (Quebec) where I am now. I went for Quebec as its my country (or province I should say  - don't want to ignite a secession debate). So, three from lovely Quebec

 

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Quebec in Winter - gorgeous fresh new snow in the Parc de la Gaspesie

 

 

 

 

 

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Quebec in Autumn - glowing golden light in a stream here in Gaspesie

 

 

 

 

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Quebec in Summer - the lovely Pont Jacques Cartier (I am a bridge fan and this is one of my favourites) with the summer fireworks behind.

 

 

Cheers

 

Colin

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My three ones.

 

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Real Alcazar, Sevilla

 

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Salamanca

 

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San Sebastian/Donostia

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Here are 3 landmarks from France

 

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Paris - Le Louvre (museum and pyramid)

 

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Paris - La Seine river and the Eiffel tower seen from Alexandre III bridge

 

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French countryside: alpine meadows and Tarentaise cows in front of Roselend lake and the Mont Blanc mountain

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Here are three more from the "True North Strong and Free"

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Tepee overlooking the Milk River Valley in Alberta, Canada

 

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Northern lights in my home town of St Albert, Alberta

 

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A pair of vigilant Canada Geese, in a marsh near my house.

Thanks,

Chris

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In Holland we have water.

Yes we have tulips too, but they're actually from Turkey or Kazakhstan.

And there are windmills, coffeeshops, polders, red light districts and Anne Frank.

The ice skating has become rare with climate change. Which does bring lots more water though.

So water it is for my theme and it's all Amsterdam, because that's where I was born.

 

 

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E394P6 Amphicar 770 in the Prinsengracht an Amsterdam canal.
 
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 CTX77H - This is where it comes from: it's the British weather, one day later.
Spot the local.
 
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GGN9WP - And we love to party now and then...
 
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Here are 3 from Germany, where I have lived since 1979

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Burg Katz above St. Goarshausen in UNESCO world heritage site "Upper Middle Rhine Valley" Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

 

 

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Elderly couple enjoying sunshine on the beach in Prerow, Baltic coast, Germany

 

 

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Happy, smiling beer drinkers at Erlangen Bierfest, Germany

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UNESCO World Heritage Site; The church, and burrial mounds at Jelling in Denmark.

 

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Snow and forest track at Frederikshaab Plantation (also Denmark).

 

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Sports fisher at Vejle Fjord (Denmark also)

 

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Obviously England is a far larger and more diverse country than India :) so it makes sense to concentrate on the bit that's local to me. Which means the South West peninsula, mostly Devon, Dorset and Cornwall. To me that means the coast, the moors and the tourists. So here's my three.

 

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A carpet of dried bracken leads the eye up Leather Tor on Dartmoor National Park, Devon

 

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Holidaymakers fishing for shore crabs in Padstow, Cornwall, harbour using baited nets

 

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Towering cliffs of Lower Jurassic Bridport Sand formations at West Bay, Dorset, UK, loom over walkers on a misty June day

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Australia has adopted me for the past 4 years or so. Most grateful and in awe.

 

Hill Inlet, Whitsunday Islands, Queensland

 

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Horizontal Falls, Kimberley Region, Western Australia

 

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Sydney Circular Quay during Sydney Vivid Festival

 

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