Ooops!

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In the midst of preparing a new post on a completely different topic, I happened across these examples of design mistakes, construction errors, and just plain bad planning.  When I found myself laughing out loud I had to change course and share these.  WARNING: please don’t move on to the next one until you see the problem with the one you are looking at.  In my opinion, some of the funniest ones take a minute to see what is wrong.  And please leave a comment if you find yourself laughing out loud.  Say which one struck you as so funny.

THESE BALCONIES ARE ONLY FOR THE BIRDS.

THE LIONS SEEM DOOMED.

IN CASE YOU’RE STILL WONDERING

THEY REALLY DON’T LIKE CYCLISTS.

They’re either convinced the grass is actually water or very protective of their sidewalk.

LOOK CLOSELY

WELL, THIS IS DISAPPOINTING!

Someone’s going to have a very unpleasant experience with their hot dog

I have no idea what the system is here…

This is actually kind of genius, though I can think of many better solutions…

The cheapest seats in the house

CLOSE ENOUGH…

 Something has gone terribly wrong here!

This makes the commentator’s  job infinitely more difficult

There are going to be a lot of collisions at that turn

When the printer goes haywire.

They’ve made this into quite an obstacle course.

Watch your step. No, really. Every single step.

REALLY?

At least there’s a roof for extra protection.

THAT’S A REAL TIME SAVER.

THE SIXTH TIME IS THE CHARM.

z BEST CEILING FAN EVER

I love when my clients send me pictures of my work after I have left. Really shows how satisfied they are with the work.

Ever been walking down the stairs and found out that your phone needed a charge? I have come up with the solution! The best part is there is a built-in seat while you wait for your phone to finish charging.

Customer safety is always a top priority of mine. With no hesitation I always add a couple extra screws to make sure the plates don’t fall off. Electrocution is a very serious issue which I do not take lightly.

That atm is a little high.  Let’s move it down.

MUCH BETTER

Are there flying cars that I don’t know about?

A soap dispenser just in case giants use the restroom.

Close enough.  It will be fine.

First I have to thank someone named Violet T.  Most of the first many images and droll comments come from her Babamail post that I happened on. It got me giggling and searching for more “construction fails” as this genre is called.  I also have to thank: Sunnyskyz, Bored Panda, and Cheezburger.

Don’t forget to leave a comment if any of these made you laugh out loud. Thanks.

 

 

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Tiny Art, Huge Art

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As often happens, someone sends me photographs they think I might like, and I get lost for hours, days and even weeks following the thread of a theme.  So this time it’s tiny art and huge art.

First Tiny

Japanese artist Tatsuya Tanaka builds miniature worlds with scenes of everyday life.  By combining common objects with an immense library of tiny plastic figurines, Tatsuya produces relatable scenes depicted from a small perspective. Since 2011 he has posted a new display every single day on his Instragram “Miniature calendar” project.  Recently he’s included a reminder of our Covid pandemic in his whimsical displays.

I love that London-based artist Slinkachu creates mini worlds right on the street and leaves them after he’s taken a photo. With just a bit of superglue on each foot, the tiny models are ultimately left to find new homes—or fend for themselves. Each close-up display below is followed by the scene in its larger context. It’s not always easy to spot .

I bet you can’t find the workers in this image, but they’re there.

Here are other images from Slinkachu.

Street artist David Zinn  creates cute, playful chalk creatures that have been turning up in Ann Arbor, Michigan for many years. He chooses locations that are either unimpressive or easily ignored (cracks, curbs, or pipe covers), and invents interesting ways to incorporate his imaginary friends into the landscape.  According to Zinn, “Knowing that the art will wash away in the rain makes it easier to enjoy the process of creating it. There is nothing that needs to be framed or sold or stored away after the drawing is done, and very little planning beforehand to make the art suitable as a permanent presence in the community.”

HUGE ART

Alas, I have no info about most of the artists who create these mammoth murals.  And I don’t understand how some of them can look so 3-dimentional. But I hope you enjoy the artistry, humor and imagination on display in these images.

Many thanks to Brenda for getting me started on both the tiny and the huge art. And to Jen C. and Colossal and Bored Panda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Ways to See Old Things

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Since so many of us are staying home much more than usual, we’re all looking at the same things day after day.  Here are images of familiar things seen in a new way.  I hope they inspire your imagination to see the unusual in the mundane.  Don’t miss the link to the video at the end.

A FedEx Boeing 757, without any cargo

 

The Blood Vessels Of A Hand.

Apparently A 9 Volt Battery Is 6 AAA Batteries Taped Together

How To Install Huge Power Line Towers

An Early Human Embryo On The Tip Of A Needle

A tortoise skeleton.

The Inside Of The Leaning Tower Of Pisa Is Empty

How Brick Streets Are Laid In The Netherlands

A Modern Battleship With No Water Around

The underside of a lily pad.

Inside pearls.

Inside a fireworks shell.

Looking Into A Theatre From Behind The Stage

Beautiful engineering  inside  a bank vault door.

The inside of a guitar.

A bubble mid-pop

Underneath a breaking wave

The sun shot in ultra-violet.

A snail drinking from a bubble

The king of the jungle in the rain.

Jupiter from the bottom (or the South Pole)

Cross sea.  A cross sea is a sea state with two wave systems traveling at oblique angles.

an eight-ton Orca jumping 20 feet out of the water

The pyramids from a Cairo street.

Towing an iceberg In Newfoundland. Icebergs are harvested for their water.

The border between the United States and Canada.

A Lenticular cloud over Mount Fuji, Japan

A bug on a bud in the morning.

n X-ray of a sting ray.

Venice canals from above

Find the person in the tree

Find the person

 

A leaf performing a process called guttation. The plant is expelling water due to a positive root pressure.

A new way to exercise on a treadmill.

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Thanks to: George, Lois, Carolyn, Dee

 

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Vacations, 2020

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Since the whole world is restricted in movement right now with the Covid 19 pandemic, it seems like the perfect time to let our imagination and computer images take us away on a vacation.  We’ll start with spectacular versions of more traditional vacations.  Awesome nature, sometimes with housing we could only dream of getting through Airbnb. Or flying in a drone to get another perspective.  Then we’ll move to oases…because why not?  Online is definitely the easiest way to visit an oasis. Finally, if you are the type, you might enjoy picturing yourself accompanying some of the daring adventurers found in the last section.  I personally don’t like heights or risking my life for thrills, so I tend to think of some of these people as crazy.  Or maybe I’m just a coward. Either way the final section will take your breath away.

Reinebringen, Lofoten, Norway

Eltz Castle in Mayen-Koblenz, Germany, was taken by German @moodfella

Mayen-Thâu phạ , yen bai , Việt Nam

House on a Slovenian mountain.

Gougane Barra, County Cork, Ireland

Gokayama in Japan

Hof, Iceland

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Kyaw Win Hlaing, Myanmar

Cabin on Obersee Lake, Germany

Austria

I don’t know where this is, but I’d like to stay here.

Arnarstapi, Iceland

North Carolina Beach House

Moraine Lake, Canada

Turquoise Ice at Northern Lake Baikal, Russia

Katowice, Poland

Southern Ocean Lodge, Australia,

By Roger Nichol on flickr, North Somerset, England

Elliðaey Island, Iceland

Abandoned fishing village in the Shengsi Islands, China.

Edinburgh, Scotland

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Region

Bibury, England

Bavaria, Germany

Penne, France

mountain villages in China.

Mosque Nasir-ol-Molk – Iran

Kilchurn Castle, Scotland

Ice Canyon, Greenland.  Don’t miss the human.

Aspen Cathedral, Vail, Colorado, USA

Jodhpur, The Blue City or The Sun City, India

Coyote Buttes, Arizona, US

tree-top paradise set amid lush vegetation in Tulum, Mexico, captured by Canadian photographer @blakehobson

The Naval Cathedral of Saint Nicholas Kronstadt Saint Petersburg Russia

A floating fort in the Gulf of Finland snapped by Russian @nikybwd, who explained ‘Fort Alexander 1 is a naval fortress on an artificial island, near St Petersburg

Hamnøy in Norway

Hallstatt, Austria

Genoa, Italy

Gásadalur, Faroe Islands. are a North Atlantic archipelago located 320 kilometres (200 mi) north-northwest of Scotland, and about halfway between Norway and Iceland. It is an autonomous territory within the Kingdom of Denmark. The islands have a total area of about 1,400 square kilometres (540 sq mi) with a population of 52,110 as of January 2020. Who knew?

Foroglio Waterfall can be seen from this quaint little town in Foroglio, Switzerland.

canadian rockies by Jimmy Dau

Now the Oases. 

Did you know there are oases on every continent?

by Jeffrey Chand

Libyan desert 04 Oasis by Image credit and Copyright, Dr Bashir Nwer

Morocco

Nahal David quiet oasis found near Bethlehem, Israel.

huachina-peru

Huacachina is a small oasis town in the Ica region southwest Peru.

Oasis on a Ranch in Red Rock Canyon Near Las Vegas, Nevada in America. The oasis is very large with an area of around 520 acre. It is located at the base of Wilson Cliffs.

Ziz. oasis, The Sahara desert is the world’s largest desert with only a small fertile part. Ziz oasis is in the Ziz valley of the Sahara Desert in Morocco.

Umm al-Maa, Libya

Umm-al-Maa is a lake oasis in the Idehan Ubari Sand Sea, Libya. There are 16 more lakes in the surrounding dunes.

Tucked away in an offshoot of the Grand Canyon lies Havasupai—Arizona, USA

Oasis of En Gedi, Israel.

Nizwa desert oasis, Oman

Sanoran desert by Kit Schweitzer

By Ingeum

O.K. Imagine being any of the people pictured next. I can’t.

Walking high in the Dolomites”. The international high line festival at Monte Piana, 2,324m in the Italian Dolomites, This is a festival??
Photo by James Rushforth

Extreme skiing in Wyoming.

He’s taking a picture of a rock climber. 🙂 ???

At least the cat has 9 lives.

Next time you think you’re roughing it when camping, think about these people.

Ice climbing a frozen waterfall.

Skywalking in the Alps.

Grand Canyon, Arizona, US

Hua Shan – Shaanxi Province, China

Mount Ai-Petri – Ukraine and Russia. In case you’re looking for a short cut.

On the via ferrata delle Bocchette Centrali in the Dolomiti di Brenta, Italy.  Good thing he’s wearing a hard hat.

Check the foot. I think it’s on fire. He’s really dedicated to getting that picture. Too bad we can’t see what it is.

I wonder how he got to this fine ledge.

 

 

Yikes!

 

If you’re going to do something crazy, at least do it at a great time of day

Jess Reilly and Mark Howe mountain biking across an arch near Moab, Utah.

Iceland. Don’t forget to find the humans.

Yosemite National Park, California, USA

O.K. I see the railing and all the people exploring the “New Wonder” in China. Still, I can barely stand to look at the photo, let alone think about wanting to take that walk.

Thanks to: George, Sam, Wim, Anita, Mer, Lois, Lawrence, Lia, Gary,Debra

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Envision Kindness

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For those who have followed me regularly over the years, you’ve probably noticed that I haven’t added any new posts in over a year.  Too busy with other parts of life.  But I got so inspired by the winners of a contest entitled “Envision Kindness”  that I finally had to make a post. David and Jesse are an American father and son who founded this non-profit contest with the belief that “the spotlight of the world’s attention should be shined on the positive events that occur every day; not just the negative events that we see far too often. Positive pictures and stories have the power to inspire, to connect and to heal.”  David and Jesse don’t even use their full names on their website.  It’s about the photos.

Unfortunately I neglected to record the name of the person who originally introduced me to this photo competition.  So I thank whoever it was.  And I bet you will also wish you could thank them after you take a look at these images, my favorites.

by Ata Adnan

by Nimai Chandra Ghosh

by Robert Anton Apparent

by Lori Rutland

by Aleksandr Bezborodov

The Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds perform for CH.I.L.D. Foundation, Photo by Doug Mayhew

by Mithail Afrige Chowdhury

by martin-buzora

by Partha Pratim

by Aung Myo Tun

by Cynthia Fusco

by Pui Tsui

by Yulia Hanyk

by Avijit Biswas

by Huy Nguyen Quoc

by Rajesh Dhar

by Klienne Eco

by Leyla Emektar

by Alain Schroeder

by Alicia Mayorca

by Anthony Into

by Antonio Aragon Renuncio

by Charlaine Gerber

by Fei Song

by Madushanka Keerthirathna Susewhewage Dhanushka

by Wu Tzung Lee

by Lydia Zubko

by Myo Min Kywe

by Leyla Emktar

by Loc Mai

by Aderemi Davies

by Edwin Loyola

by Eduardo Seastres

 

 

 

 

 

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Humans: Quirky, Clever and Diverse

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Welcome to highlights of humans exhibiting our quirky, clever and diverse nature.  Each section will help you see humans and our world from a different perspective.

First we’ll start of with some humor as we observe human attempts at logistics.  The slideshow that originated these images is from the Czech Republic, but I couldn’t get any further info.  I wish I could thank the person who assembled these photographs because I’ve seen lots of collections about logistics and this was the best I’ve seen.  Also I can’t thank the person who sent me the link to the slideshow because it’s been waiting in my downloads file for years waiting for me to figure out how to save images off of power point.  🙂

The pictures are often not of great quality because they were taken spur-of-the-moment to capture a moving target.  But look past the quality and I guarantee you will marvel and/or get a chuckle out of at least one of them.

Make sure you notice the pail.

I’m pretty sure those are eggs in his baskets.

Could this be a school bike?   It’s yellow and the kids are in their school uniforms.

Please don’t miss the humor in this. It took me a second look.

Now we’ve got some intriguing statistics, mostly about the US.  I can’t vouch for precise accuracy but choose to believe they are close enough to help us think of things in a new and different way.

The Empire State building has its own zip code.

Kansas produces enough wheat each year to feed everyone in the world for about two weeks.

The entire Denver International Airport is twice the size of Manhattan.

The number of bourbon barrels in Kentucky outnumbers the state’s population by more than two million.

There’s a town in Washington with treetop bridges made specifically to help squirrels cross the street

The total length of Idaho’s ‘s rivers could stretch across the United States about 40 times.


It would take more than 400 years to spend a night in all of Las Vegas”s hotel rooms.

Only one-third of all $100 bills are actually inside the United States. Many are under mattresses all over the world because of money laundering.

In 1922, a man built a house and all his furniture entirely out of 100,000 newspapers. The structure still stands today in Rockport, Massachusetts.

South Florida is the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles coexist in the wild.

The Library of Congress contains approximately 838 miles of bookshelves—long enough to stretch from Houston to Chicago.

The Los Angeles Coroner’s Office has its own quirky gift shop called Skeletons in the Closet.

There is enough water in Lake Superior to cover all of North and South America in one foot of liquid.

In 1872, Russia sold Alaska to the Unites States for about 2 cents per acre.

There is enough concrete in the Hoover Dam to build a two-lane highway from San Francisco to New York City.

There is an island full of wild monkeys off the coast of South Carolina called Morgan Island, and it’s not open to humans.

“The World in Faces” is the remarkable project of Australia-based photographer Alexander Khimushin.  By photographing people of different nationalities and disappearing ethnic minorities in traditional clothing, his goal is to document the cultures that remain.  “I often take portraits of elderly people that are the last native speakers of their indigenous language or the last ones who make and wear traditional clothing. Many of the more than 10,000 ethnic groups currently living on this planet might not be around in a decade or two.”

I have found selecting favorites among his images to be nearly impossible.  If you are so inclined, I encourage you to look at more of them on his website,

Daasanach tribe girl in Ethiopia wearing an animal fur top and a package on her head.

a Wakhi woman of the Wakhan Corridor in northeastern Afghanistan.

Little Ixil, a Mayan girl in Guatemala is seen in full Mayan clothing.

An elderly Nyangatom tribe woman.  When girls from this tribe are born they receive a necklace from their father.  It is added to throughout their lives.

 

A Samoan boy from the Savaii Island wears a palm frond as a coat.

Afar woman. Afar region, North East Ethiopia

Bodi Tribe boy, Omo wareda, Ethiopia

Buryat young woman. Siberia

Djiboutian girl, Africa.

Kyrgyz Man, Sary Tash, Kyrgyzstan

Ladakhi woman, India

Meitei elder is getting ready to perform Jagoi in North-east Indian state of Manipur.

Chukchi girl. Siberia

Ladakhi young monk, Diskit Monastery, Ladakh, India.

Afghan girl in Wakhan Valley, Afghanistan

Evenki reindeer herder, Siberia.

Hamar Tribe woman Hamer Woreda, South West Ethiopia

Sakha Girl, Sakha Republic, Siberia

Tsemay Tribe girl. Key Afer, Ethiopia

Karo Tribe Woman

Tibetian man near Pangong Lake

Xhosa woman. Mgxotyeni, South Africa

Old Believer Russian woman, Tarbagatay, Buryatia, Siberia, Russia

Wakhi girl, Wakhan Valley, Afghanistan

Wakhi woman, Wakhan Valley, Afghanistan

 

Thanks to:  Jen, Anita, Wim

 

 

 

 

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Sony Photo Winners, 2017, 2018

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The Sony World Photo competition hands out awards annually to 4 different categories of photographers; Professional (for a body of work), open (to any single image), youth (photographers aged 12-19), and student focus. National Awards are also presented to one photo from each of almost 200 participating countries.  Below are some of my favorites, picking and choosing between image categories for the 2017 and 2018 winners:  Architecture, Culture, Enhanced, Landscape & Nature, Motion, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, Travel and Wildlife.

By Mauricia Lima, Brazil.
Indigenous children jump into the water as they play around the Tapajós river, in the Munduruku tribal area called Sawré Muybu.

Magical Sunrise, © Marcelo Portella, Brazil

 

Ballet, © Fredrik Lerneryd, Sweden.  Sometimes a photographer from one country wins for a photo taken in a different country.

 

© Lin Chen, China

By Tien Sang Kok, Malaysia National Award

Brendon Cremer, South Africa

By Mikhail Svetlov. Orthodox Easter service in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, Russia

By Kyaw Win Hlaing of Myanmar.   Mount Bromo, active volcano in East Java, Indonesia

Paranyu Pithayarungsarit, Thailand

Alex Andriesi, Romania

Annela Samuel, Estonia

Cesar Augusto Gaitan Cortez, Ecuador

Cesar Augusto Gaitan Cortez, Ecuador

by Igor Zenin

Chin Boon Leng, Singapore National Award

Zeyar Htun, Myanmar National Award

Au Hin Man, Hong Kong National Award

Firos Syed, Qatar

Homare Hamada
of Japan captured the full trajectory launch of the Stork rocket by using long exposure.

By Jianguao Gong, China more than 1300 people practice Tai Chi.

By Leyla Emektar, Turkey, Agricultural worker.

By Ales Krivec, Slovenia
I was waiting eagerly for the first cold winter morning after the snowy day. Finally the conditions were just as I wanted them to be. Still lake, beautiful pink/purple morning tones, snow on the trees and some fog for mystic atmosphere.

© Josselin Cornou, France

By Peter Svoboda, Slovakia, Svetlo zhora
The picture “Light from above” was taken in September 2016 in Santa Maddalena, Dolomiten, Italy. Beautiful light and humidity stood behind the nice play of light and shadows that morning. I was waiting as the small church was illuminated by the very first rays of Sun. 

Khalid Alsabat, Saudi Arabia

Martin Stranka, Czech Republic

Mustafa Jindi, United Arab Empirates, in Abu Dhabi

Lester Koh, Singpore, one of Singapore’s oldest Public housing buildings.

Shabir Mian, Pakistan

Simona Nalepkove, Czech Republic

Tim Cornbill, United Kingdom

Kyaw Win Hlaing, Myanmar, This image was taken at Sadan Cave, Pahan township, Karin State in Myanmar.

Kyaw Win Hlaing, Myanmar National Award

Walking, © Suphakaln Wongcompune, Thailand

Thanks to Sam for getting me started on this.

 

 

 

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Human Ingenuity: Chuckles and Wows

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I love contemplating and exploring the endless ways humans seem to get obsessed by a creative activity.   Sometimes it’s a humorous one-off thing (like building a snowman) and sometimes it’s years or a lifetime of developing and innovating one very specific art form.  Then of course, thanks to the internet, they can take a picture and upload it for our pleasure.  Here are examples of each that I’ve enjoyed and want to share.

Let’s start with Canadian humor.

Others having fun with snow

Now for some revenge parking:  ideas I know you’ve had but never got around to carrying out.

firemen do what it takes to get the hose to the fire.

FUN SIGNS, SOME ON PURPOSE, SOME NOT

NO EATING, NO SMOKING, NO UNICORNS ALLOWED.

Surreal World

by Christopher Jobson

By Stephen McMennam

By Stephen McMennam

By Zev Fiddleoak

Urban planners in Lidzbark Warminski, Poland just unveiled a new glow-in-the-dark bike lane.The path is made from small crystal-like particles of phosphor called ‘luminophores’ that charge during sunlight hours and can glow for up to 10 hours.

Spanish artist Javier Riera creates these temporary works by projecting geometric patterns onto the natural landscape. Using only the medium of projection, Riera does not make any permanent mark on the environment to create his stunning images.

In early 2015, paper artist Cristian Marianciuc challenged himself to make an origami crane every day for a year. Using a paper bird as a blank canvas, Marianciuc adds various colors and embellishments as a way to express himself and his day.  365 paper birds later, he loved the ancient art of paper folding so much that he decided to keep going.  Now, he’s amassed a flock of over 1,000 origami creations

 

Photographer Joseph Ford collaborates with friend and knitter Nina Dodd to create a project that blends models into their environments rather than having them stand out.

Australia-based artist Shona Wilson forms mandala-like pieces from objects such as seedpods, twigs, and bones as gestures of gratitude to her source of inspiration—nature.

Artist Chris Fox was tasked with repurposing two pairs of timber escalators that carried people at Sydney’s Wynyard Station for over 80 years.  His solution is Interloop, a twisting, accordion-like ribbon that is now suspended from the station ceiling, stitching together 244 wooden escalator treads.

Chinese artist Zheng Chunhui spent four years carving these incredibly intricate details and creating the world’s longest wooden sculpture, (40 feet or over 12 meters.)  It is based on a painting that depicts a historical holiday celebrating past ancestors and falls on the 104th day after the winter solstice.

Please notice the incredible details: individual tiles on the roof, fencing, a person sitting at a table.

Lewis Miller converts trash cans and statues around New York to overflowing bouquets of colorful flowers. In temporary installations dubbed “Flower Flashes” Miller utilizes a mixture of post-event flowers and fresh stock to create these stunning displays.

This video touched me deeply because it reminded me that all over this planet, while you and I are going about our daily lives, there are pockets of people whose lives are beautiful, inspiring and completely different.

 It’s an example of Incan people working together, using their ancient engineering techniques to build a suspension bridge that looks like the Golden Gate Bridge only it’s hand-made out of woven grasses.  The Q’eswaanchaka bridge in Peru spans 118 feet and hangs 60 feet above a canyon’s rushing river. The women braid small, thin ropes, which are then braided again by the men into large support cables. Handwoven bridges have been part of the trail and roadway system of the Inca for over 500 years and were held in very high regard. The punishment for tampering with such a bridge was death.

The bridges’ sagging is addressed by destroying and rebuilding it in an annual ceremony—originally considered a social obligation under Inca rule, and now preserved as a way of honoring their history by the nearby community of Quehue, Peru. This bridge has been christened with a traditional Incan ceremonial bridge-blessing and is in extremely good condition.

 

Thanks to:  Sam, George, Anita, Wim, John, Jackie and This Is Colossal.

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Birds, 9

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It’s been awhile since the last bird post, and I’m pleased that there seem to be endless species of birds  and endless amazing photographers who capture the beauty or the moment that amuses.

Raggiana Bird of Paradise from Washington Post

Purple-Crested Turaco by Peter du Preez on Flickr via Fiorino

Quetza

Ostrich with chicks by Artbandito on flickr

How about we switch from beautiful birds to stunning photographers that manage to  capture the exact right moment.

By @Charlie Davidson

By mustanggordon on flickr

Pedestrians in the street after a flood in the UK

Please notice there are two birds in this picture. Amazing.

By Owen Deutsch

Totoro, the Owl, with his mushroom.

Now it’s time for some quirky-looking birds.

(c) Arthur Morris

Crested ducks

lilac breasted roller

The Cardinal Gynandromorph. This bird is real. I checked.   It exhibits both female and male sexual characteristics. As different sexes are differently coloured, each half of the bird is a different shade.

More photographic magic.

As an evening storm lights up the sky near Wood River, Nebraska, about 413,000 sandhill cranes arrive to roost in the shallows of the Platte River.  By Randy Olson via National Geographic.

From National Geographic by Zsolt Kudich

Close up of peacock feather.

If you want to spend the rest of the day looking at wondrous birds, go here.

Thanks to:   Sam, Wim, Jen H., John, Anita, George, Kathleen

Also to:  Yesemails, Flowartstation, and Babamail.

 

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Human Ingenuity Medley, 11

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We’ve got clever, funny and quirky examples of human ingenuity followed by unique art and ending with drone images that show the complexity and beauty of patterns in nature and in human creativity.

Steven Mcmennamy constructs wildly imaginative images from two photos of seemingly unrelated objects he calls combophotos.

By Steven Macmurney

By Stephen McMennamy

By Stephen McMennamy

By Stephen McMennamy

By Stephen McMennamy

By Giuseppe Colarusso Photography

By Brooke DiDonato

Photomanipulations-By Giuseppe Colarusso

Improbability, by Giuseppe Colarusso

By giuseppe colarusso. I had look closely to see this one.

by Giuseppe Colarusso

By booke-didonato-zupi

While living for a month on an island in Maine, John Marshall gave himself a 30-day project  called Sunset Silhouette Selfies.  He had three rules:  1) He couldn’t have help. He used a ten-second timer, pressed the button and had to run into the shot.  2) He only used props that he made or found around his cabin.  3) His tools were nothing special. Mostly, he used cardboard from the island dump, a common kitchen knife and a cheap pair of scissors.  For more images go here.

By John Marshall

By Brooke DiDonato

By Faig Ahmed’s Glitchy

By Stephen McMennamy

Nevada solar panels. By Reuben Wu

Spiral staircase in China.

Artist Jennifer Maestre constructs sculputres using pencils and pencil shavings.

British-born artist James Doran-Webb creates life-sized driftwood horses. Every single piece of driftwood is handpicked with help from a team of craftsmen. Each piece takes from 1,000 to 3,000 hours to make.

Most of the following images are from the 2017 drone photo contest on dronstagram.

Ice formation by Florian

Photographer TJ Balon’s friend as he snowboarded through powder in Cordova, Alaska

Infinite Road to Transylvania by Calin Stan.

Gran Canaria Island, aerial photographer Karolis Janulis captured a shot of the colourful Playa de Amadores.

Camel tour snapped at sunset by honeymooner Todd Kennedy in Cable Beach, Australia.

Demark’s Kalbyris Forest by Michael Bernholdt.

Clube nautico araraquara by Charbe

An island dedicated entirely to a lighthouse in Alexandria Bay, New York.  By JustenSoule.

A swampy area of Cenas Tirelis near Riga, Latvia. By Capra Vecinului

Walled town Monteriggioni in Tuscany, Italy.  By helisnowy

 

Dawn on Mercury Tower by alexeygoDawn on Mercury Tower by alexeygo.

Provence, summer trim by jcourtial

Waterlily by helios1412

Here are a couple images created by the photographer for his drone.

Ugo le marin by rga

End of the line by Martin Sanchez

Thanks to:  Jen H., Anita, John, Wim, Lia

FlowArtStation and Dronestagram

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Remarkably Determined Trees

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This post will either excite you or you will go ho-hum because you’ve already seen it–maybe more than once.  I am breaking a self-imposed rule:  If I receive two or three emails with the same images I don’t use any of them, no matter how wonderful. I assume too many of my followers have probably already seen them.  Besides, I generally curate most images on my posts myself.  Still….these fit so perfectly with two other posts showcasing trees, that I decided to give them a try.  If you’ve seen these before, please let me know and I’ll be sure not to do this again.  A special thanks to the three people who forward me so many inspirational suggestions including this week’s trees:  George, John and Sam.  These images were originally posted on Bored Panda by Viktorija G.   If you haven’t seen them, I’m sure you will savor these remarkably determined trees.

A tree Growing Through a Speed Limit Sign

A tree falls over and grows four more trees

Thiss tree’s roots extend across a gap to the mainland to reach needed nutrients.

A Tree’s Root Spill Over The Sidewalk

Skates left hanging on a tree found years later.

This Tree Still Has Its Leaves Because Of The Light Shining On It. By  Šarūnė Mac

 

This palm tree fell over and then grew right back up.

Ta Prohm temple in Cambodia

The wood on this chair is determined to still be a tree.

Someone added a little humor to this determined tree.

The Only Tree That Survived The Tsunami In Japan Between 70,000 Trees. Today Protected And Restored.

Coming back from a forest fire.

This tree grew out of the stump of another tree. Then the stump rotted away.

For more tree posts, go here and  here.

 

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Human Ingenuity Medley, 10

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We’ve got examples of humans displaying their ingenuity with benches, balloons, lights and  marshmallows.  We’ve got a blind man who produces striking paintings by feeling the textures with his fingers.  And of course we’ve got humans displaying  quirky and amusing creativity. And at least one case of a human who could use a little more ingenuity.

After discombobulation comes….

By Robert Jahns, aka nois7 on Instagram

By Ed Barna

Window Washers At A Childrens Hospital

Father/son vehicles

I wonder if it works.

By Jungho Lee

By Jungho Lee

In 2001, John Bramblitt lost his eyesight after an epileptic episode.  By using textured paint, John can tell where he painted and what, allowing him to virtually “see” the painting.

 

Photographer Charles Pétillon photographs arranged configurations of white balloons in a variety of environments.

Artist Thomas Jackson suspends swarms of objects mid-air for His “Emergent Behavior” Series.

Marshmellows

Cups

Straws

 

Take out containers

Tutus

Rohan Sharad Dahotre loves to doodle on animal pics.

By using carefully placed programmable LED lights attached to kayak paddles, instruments and other objects Ontario-based photographer Stephen Orlando translates movement into photographic light paintings.  The LED lights and a long exposure allow Orlando to track these movements through space, following arms and bows with light trails that extend out from the body and instrument.  The images are not altered with Photoshop.

Thanks to:  Brenda, Wim, George, Jen H., John, Sam,  Anita

And to:  This is ColossalDesignBloom and FlowArtStation

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