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2007_5423_09_12_16_20_tonemapped-Edit-3 (Resized)_Liverpool
The fireworks display is viewed from Albert Dock during the August 29th, 2007 celebration of the 800th birthday of Liverpool, England's 5th largest city. A liver bird sits on the cupola of the clock tower at the right, marking the Royal Liver Building. On the left side of the building sits a second liver bird, looking in the opposite direction. According to legend, one liver bird gazes over the city in protection of its people, as the other guards the sailors coming home to port. The more modern local saying, though, is that one bird is waiting for the pubs to open, as the other looks out for handsome sailors...Liverpool, home of the Beatles and the Merseybeat poets, was once a proud hub of trade and culture until the 1970s, when its ports and manufacturing industries began a sharp decline. Now, years later, Liverpool is once again on the rise. Named as Europe's official Capital of Culture for 2008, Liverpool's cultural life is on display for the world to see...This photo is a composite of two images: from the standpoint of the photographer, the fireworks took place to the left of the building.  One photo of the fireworks and a high dynamic range composite photo of the building were merged in Adobe Photoshop CS2.