The blue monkey or diademed monkey (Cercopithecus mitis) is a species of Old World monkey native to Central and East Africa, ranging from the upper Congo River basin east to the East African Rift and south to northern Angola and Zambia. It sometimes includes the Sykes’, silver, and golden monkey as subspecies.
Pleneau Bay Glacier, Antarctica
Photograph by Eric Meola
Light playing off a glacier creates otherworldly hues in Pleneau Bay in Antarctica’s Lemaire Channel. Photographer Eric Meola got this shot as he was in a Zodiac off the cruise ship Ocean Nova in December 2011. “As we floated up to an enormous iceberg, we went a bit too close and made gentle contact,” he says, “just long enough for me to peer at the underside, which was being carved out and sculpted by the sea and waves.”
The Robot Building, located in the Sathorn business district of Bangkok, Thailand, houses United Overseas Bank’s Bangkok headquarters. It was designed for the Bank of Asia by Sumet Jumsai to reflect the computerization of banking; its architecture is a reaction against neoclassical and high-tech postmodern architecture. The building’s features, such as progressively receding walls, antennas, and eyes, contribute to its robotic appearance and to its practical function. Completed in 1986, the building is one of the last examples of modern architecture in Bangkok.
Dancing House or Ginger & Fred is the nickname given to the Nationale-Nederlanden building in Prague, Czech Republic at Rašínovo nábřeží (Rašín’s riverbank). It was designed by Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić in co-operation with renowned Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry on a vacant riverfront plot. The building was designed in 1992 and completed in 1996.The very non-traditional design was controversial at the time because the house stands out among the Baroque, Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings for which Prague is famous and it doesn’t accord well with these architectural styles. Czech president Václav Havel, who lived for decades next to the site, had avidly supported this project, hoping that the building would become a center of cultural activity.