Picture of the day for August 17, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on August 17, 2017: A male Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) on the island of Rinca in the Komodo National Park. The world’s largest living species of lizard: to celebrate the Proclamation of Indonesian Independence on 17 August 1945 http://ift.tt/2icYNTI

Picture of the day for August 16, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on August 16, 2017: Charaxes psaphon, Plain Tawny Rajah, a rare butterfly found in South India, belongs to the Leafwings subfamily of Nymphalidae. http://ift.tt/2vZMtQU

Picture of the day for August 14, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on August 14, 2017: Sculpture “Wasser-Plastik” (Heinz Mack, 1977) at the LBS Westdeutsche Landesbausparkasse in Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany http://ift.tt/2wHJElo

Picture of the day for August 12, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on August 12, 2017: Quadriga of the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany. The gate was commissioned by King Frederick William II of Prussia as a sign of peace and built between 1788 to 1791. It suffered considerable damage in World War II and during the post-war Partition of Germany, the gate was isolated and inaccessible immediately next to the Berlin Wall. The area around the gate was featured most prominently in the media coverage of the tearing down of the wall in 1989, and the subsequent German reunification in 1990. After the 1806 Prussian defeat at the Battle of Jena-Auerstedt, Napoleon was the first to use the Brandenburg Gate for a triumphal procession and took its Quadriga to Paris. After Napoleon’s defeat in 1814 and the Prussian occupation of Paris the Quadriga was restored to Berlin and redesigned as a Prussian triumphal arch. The gate was restored from 2000 to 2002 to its current appearance. http://ift.tt/2vr9KKR

Picture of the day for August 11, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on August 11, 2017: Dortmund-Ems Canal (view from a bridge) in the hamlet Berenbrock, Lüdinghausen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany http://ift.tt/2uulKwd