From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan, the 1st kingdom to unify the regions that would later constitute modern Burma. During the kingdom’s height between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone, of which the remains of over 2200 temples and pagodas still survive to the present day.
Photo of the day: Shanti the Asian elephant kicks up dust in new LEED-certified home
Shanti, an endangered Asian elephant living at Smithsonian’s National Zoo, plays with the sand inside the new, state-of-the-art Elephant Community Center, which is slated to open to the public on March 23.
Dubbed “Elephant Trails,” the LEED-Gold certified facility includes an Elephant Barn, an Elephant Community Center, four spacious outdoor animal living spaces and filtered bathing pools. With a total of 8,943 square meters of space, the exhibit is large enough to accommodate up to three separate groups of elephants, including a natural, matriarchal herd and individual bulls.
“Ghostly cub” by Jordi Fernandez Balague
The sun was setting up behind a low hill, while the cub was in the low part of the valley. The backlight, coming from above, was giving an special light to the picture, that I specially like.