Earth, Moon and Stars

Through the lens of fabulous photographers, the earth, moon and stars can take our breath away.  Some are so amazingly beautiful, I can’t believe they are real.

This stunning photo shows the moon and Earth's atmosphere as seen from the International Space Station. Image from NASA

This stunning photo shows the moon and Earth’s atmosphere as seen from the International Space Station. Image from NASA

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exqui image, moon (2)




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Highway in Baja, Mexico

Highway in Baja, Mexico

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exqui image, moon


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Time-lapse moon setting by Clinton Melander

Time-lapse moon setting by Clint

Ancient Arches – Milkyway Panorama by Mike Salway

Ancient Arches – Milkyway Panorama by Mike Salway



cosmic, comets and mts, see image credits, David Kingham observed dozens of Perseids over Snowy Range, Wyoming

David Kingham observed dozens of Perseids over Snowy Range, Wyoming


Solar eclipse

by Collene Pinski from National Geographic

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Earth, sun and moon from space

Earth, sun and moon from space



Mixed Species, 6

Be sure you don’t miss the videos at the end.

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Dolphins surfing.

Dolphins surfing.

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Llamas inside and outside the car.

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A mother chimpanzee who lived in a Zoo died recently and one of the Zoo employees took her baby chimp home to care for it. It never crossed his mind that his dog, who had recently given birth would adopt the chimp and raise it with her pups.

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The extraordinary scene below was captured by photography student Casey Gutteridge at the Santago Rare Leopard Project in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. A mouse just appeared in the leopard’s enclosure after the keeper dropped in the meat. He didn’t take any notice of the leopard, just went straight over to the meat and started feeding himself.’

The leopard bent down and sniffed the mouse and flinched a bit like she was scared. In the meantime the mouse just carried on eating like nothing had happened.

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>Bird Preens Cat

Kitten meets hedgehog

Humans save dolphins stranded on Brazilian beach

Bird wakes up cat

For mixed species to your heart’s content go to:  Mixed Species 5, or Mixed Species 4, or

Mixed Species 3, or Mixed Species 2, or Mixed Species 1.

Thanks to:  Patricia S., Pat G., Louise, Micky, Kathleen, Claire Elizabeth



Spectacular Vacation Destinations, 3

Quick!  Before you finalize summer plans, check out this mind-boggling array of possibilities.  It may inspire you to stay home and browse the internet.  That way you can see it all.Moon bridge in Dahu Park, Taipei

Moon bridge in Dahu Park, Taipei
Norrbotten, Sweden

Norrbotten, Sweden

Hohenzollern Castle - Germany

Hohenzollern Castle – Germany

Tiered Waterfall in Australia

Tiered Waterfall in Australia

bubble rooms in hotel - france

bubble rooms in hotel – france

Statue known as the Apennine Colossus in garden of the Villa Demidoff di Pratolino, Tuscany, Italy

Statue known as the Apennine Colossus in garden of the Villa Demidoff di Pratolino, Tuscany, Italy


Fairy Chimney Hotel in Göreme, Turkey

Fairy Chimney Hotel in Göreme, Turkey

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - Michigan

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park – Michigan


Molyvos, Lesvos, Greece

Molyvos, Lesvos, Greece

Dragon Falls are part of the Angel Falls, Venezuela.

Dragon Falls are part of the Angel Falls, Venezuela.

Boat Hotel, Cocoa Island, The Maldives Islands

Boat Hotel, Cocoa Island, The Maldives Islands

Boat House at Carton House - Kildare - Ireland

Boat House at Carton House – Kildare – Ireland


Swarovski Face Fountain, Wattens, Austria

Swarovski Face Fountain, Wattens, Austria



Sea Restaurant, Bora Bora

Sea Restaurant, Bora Bora


Oak Alley plantation, Louisiana, USA

Oak Alley plantation, Louisiana, USA

Ullaru National Park in Australia

Ullaru…in Australia

vaca, Fougeres, France via bluepueblo, tumbler

Fougeres, France

Montazah Palace , Alexandria, Egypt

Montazah Palace , Alexandria, Egypt

Snow Cathedral, Norway

Snow Cathedral, Norway


Tropical Island Yacht Cruise Ship, United Kingdom

Tropical Island Yacht Cruise Ship, United Kingdom

Sun Valley Idaho Sunset Over Hook Draw Saloon , photo by Mark Epstein

Sun Valley Idaho Sunset Over Hook Draw Saloon , photo by Mark Epstein

Trona Pinnacles, CA by Bill Sharpsteen via National Geographic

Trona Pinnacles, CA by Bill Sharpsteen via National Geographic

Cangyan Shan Falls in China by Penelope's Loom

Cangyan Shan Falls in China by Penelope’s Loom

Carpet of flowers, Brussels, Belgium

Carpet of flowers, Brussels, Belgium

Swallows Nest Castle - Yalta - Ukraine

Swallows Nest Castle – Yalta – Ukraine




Türlersee - Zurich Region - Switzerland

Türlersee – Zurich Region – Switzerland

Molokai, Hawaii

Molokai, Hawaii

Ammonite pavement in Lyme Regis, Dorset, Great Britain

Ammonite pavement in Lyme Regis, Dorset, Great Britain

Turnip Rock, Lake Huron, Michigan

Turnip Rock, Lake Huron, Michigan

Litlanesfoss - Iceland, waterfall crosses ancient lava flow, which formed columns as it cooled, by Wild Wonders of Europe

Litlanesfoss – Iceland, waterfall crosses ancient lava flow, which formed columns as it cooled, by Wild Wonders of Europe


Tee Tunnel, Belgium

Tee Tunnel, Belgium

Vietnam, notice the tiny human in the middle.

Vietnam, notice the tiny human in the middle.

Predjama Castle - a Renaissance castle built within a cave mouth in Slovenia

Predjama Castle – a Renaissance castle built within a cave mouth in Slovenia

 Fallen camellias, Hagi, Japan

Fallen camellias, Hagi, Japan

Village of Conques - Midi-Pyrenees, France

Village of Conques – Midi-Pyrenees, France

Malaga, Spain

Malaga, Spain

Alaskan tundra

Alaskan tundra

Klimahaus at Bremerhaven, Germany

Klimahaus at Bremerhaven, Germany

Santo Stefano, Montenegro

Santo Stefano, Montenegro

Six Senses Evason Ma’In Hot Springs - Jordan

Six Senses Evason Ma’In Hot Springs – Jordan

Aspen in Colorado, USA via National Geographic

Aspen in Colorado, USA via National Geographic

A Mausoleum of a Berber Numidian king c. 3rd or 4th century BC, Algeria

A Mausoleum of a Berber Numidian king c. 3rd or 4th century BC, Algeria


The Crystal Grotto, Iceland, photo by Christian Klepp.  Follow this link to find out more about this amazing place.

The Crystal Grotto, Iceland, photo by Christian Klepp Follow this link to find out more about this amazing place and photo.,


The John Rylands University Library,  Manchester, England via blue pueblo at tumblr

The John Rylands University Library, Manchester, England via blue pueblo at tumblr



Jacob's Well, Wimberley, Texas, USA

Jacob’s Well, Wimberley, Texas, USA

Aescher Hotel in Appenzellerland, Switzerland

Aescher Hotel in Appenzellerland, Switzerland

Canal Cottage - The Netherlands

Canal Cottage – The Netherlands

Waterfall Island, Alto Parana, Paraguay

Waterfall Island, Alto Parana, Paraguay

Bokod Lake Hungary by Zoltán Szenthe via National Geographic

Bokod Lake Hungary by Zoltán Szenthe via National Geographic

Dingle Peninsula, Dunquin Pier near Blasket Island Ferry, Ireland

Dingle Peninsula, Dunquin Pier near Blasket Island Ferry, Ireland

 An Archipelago of Islands - Thousand Islands in Canada

An Archipelago of Islands – Thousand Islands in Canada


Naunton, Gloucestershire, England

Naunton, Gloucestershire, England

Drain Pipe Hotel in Austria

Drain Pipe Hotel in Austria


Belalang, Bali, Indonesia

Belalang, Bali, Indonesia

Ajanta caves, Maharashtra, India

Ajanta caves, Maharashtra, India


Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale, Turkey. Ancient hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by flowing water.

Alaskan tundra

Alaskan tundra

 Ali Qapu - Music room - Isfahan - Iran

Ali Qapu – Music room – Isfahan – Iran

Ancient Stone Bridge, Rize, Turkey

Ancient Stone Bridge, Rize, Turkey

The John Rylands University Library,  Manchester, England via blpueb tumb

The John Rylands University Library, Manchester, England


Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

Devil’s Tower National Monument’ in Wyoming.

Hallelujah Mountains, China.  Note carving in the rock.

Hallelujah Mountains, China. Note carving in the rock.


Glen Coe, Scottish Highlands, Scotland

Glen Coe, Scottish Highlands, Scotland


Grand Staircase, Antalya, Turkey

Grand Staircase, Antalya, Turkey

Illuminated snow tunnel in Russia

Illuminated snow tunnel in Russia


Cliff Castle - Cantalonia, Spain, photo by By Jose Luis Mieza Photography

Cliff Castle – Cantalonia, Spain, photo by By Jose Luis Mieza Photography


The Peacock Room Castello di Sammezzano in Reggello, Tuscany, Italy

The Peacock Room Castello di Sammezzano in Reggello, Tuscany, Italy


Tsingy, Madagascar

Tsingy, Madagascar


Hotel room, The Maldives

Hotel room, The Maldives


Swallow’s Nest Castle, Crimea, Ukraine

Swallow’s Nest Castle, Crimea, Ukraine

Monument Valley from Rock Door Mesa, Monument Valley - Utah and Arizona - USA

Monument Valley from Rock Door Mesa, Monument Valley – Utah and Arizona – USA

Great Wall of China from Muralla, China

Great Wall of China from Muralla, China

Tuscony, Italy

Tuscony, Italy




Trakai, Lithuania

Trakai, Lithuania

Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy

Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy


Rotorua, New Zealand

Rotorua, New Zealand

Charleston, South Carolina

Unitarian Church, Charleston, South Carolina


New York City from way above.

New York City from way above.

Zaragoza, Spain

Zaragoza, Spain

Bluebell path, scotland

Bluebell path, scotland

Brest, Bretagne, France

Brest, Bretagne, France

Jungfrau Mountain Range, Switzerland

Jungfrau Mountain Range, Switzerland

Old bridge over the Neretva River, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Old bridge over the Neretva River, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ronda - Málaga, Spain.

Ronda – Málaga, Spain.

Russian bridge

Russian bridge

Soneva Kiri Eco Resort - Thailand

Soneva Kiri Eco Resort – Thailand


Castle Combe - Wiltshire, England

Castle Combe – Wiltshire, England



If you want to see still more vacation destinations, go here to vacation destinations 2

or go here to spectacular vacation destinations, 1

Thanks to Shetal, Susan B, Claire Elizabeth

Bluepueblo at tumblr

Amazingthings on facebook

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Abandoned but Beautiful

A whole world opened up once I started exploring images of abandoned places.  As in so many wonder posts, it’s hard to pick and choose–and to stop because there seem to be endless amazing photographs.  Some of the pictures that follow are the remains of man-made beauty, some are of nature reclaiming what humans have abandoned.  And of course, as always, there are the artists who capture the perfect light, have an eye for the best angle, the exact right setting to give us the best of what they see.

If you recognize anything unlabeled, please let us know.

NYC’s City Hall Subway Station was first constructed over 100 years ago, a part of New York’s earliest underground transport network. It has been shut down and untouched since 1945.

Lee Plaza Hotel, once one of the most luxurious residential hotels in Detroit, closed in the 1990s. By Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre.

Bowling Alley, Former Bömisches Brauhaus, Berlin, Germany

Castle from 15 Century, Black Forest, Germany

House in Kolmanskop, an abandoned diamond mining town in the Namibia Desert.

Greenhouse, Wilkes-Barre, PA


Mill from 1866, Sorento, Italy

NSA listening station, Berlin, Germany by Jeremy Pierce-Mayer

Ascending stairs

Bannerman Castle, Pollepel Island, New York

Asunción, Paraguay

Russian Railway Station

Boat from 2nd World War, Homebush, Australia

Bulgarian Communist Party House–I think those are ceiling lights.

Ferris Wheel, Chippewa Lake Amusement Park located in Chippewa Lake, Ohio. It operated from 1878 through 1978.

Ta Prohm which is one of over 140 temples in the Angkor Complex of Siem Reap, Cambodia

Amusement park in Berlin, Germany called Spreepark. Also called Kulturpark Plänterwald.

Hopland in Mendecino County, California at a shop called Real Goods.

Pegrema, in the Republic of Karelia, Russia

“El Hotel del Salto”, Columbia

Abandoned City Near Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, Ukraine

“Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum” in Weston, West Virginia.

Safe deposit boxes in bank vault, Detroit, Michigan

Railway Station in Poland

Kalavantin Durg, India

76-foot Brazilian yacht named Mar Sem Fin (Endless Sea) that sank off the coast of Antarctica, likely due to ice compression and strong winds. . It sank in April, 2012.

Distillary, Barbados

Fishermen House at Lake, Germany

Detroit Spanish Gothic theater, United Artists, built in 1928, closed in the 1970s. By Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre

Mysterious Road Kerry Way, Ireland

Ruin in Detroit by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre

Abandoned Factory for Rockets in Russia

Ruins, Craco, Italy

North Brother Island, New York

Remains of a house built in the early mid-twentieth century by a New York showgirl with the local nickname of Madam Sherrie. The once elegant staircase is now in a forest aptly named Madam Sherrie’s Forest, Chesterfield, NH

Church, Detroit, Michigan

Ghost Town Keelung, Taiwan

Bodiam Castle, East Sussex, England

Airplane “graveyard, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base outside Tucson Arizona, US

St. John’s Hospital, a former mental asylum in Lincolnshire, England, which closed its doors in 1989. Built in 1852, the hospital was originally called the Lincolnshire County Lunatic Asylum, built to house 250 “penniless lunatics.” Through the years, the hospital expanded its grounds to 120 acres, its own mortuary chapel, gardens, farmland & a burial ground.

Abandoned house in Devon, England.

Train graveyard in Bolivia

Farm of the Heinen family, spiral staircase by MMG Zegwaard

The Park of the Monsters (Parco dei Mostri in Italian-language), also named Garden of Bomarzo, Italy.

Main staircase of Old Hall, England

World War II anti-aircraft gun towers in the Thames Estuary which were placed there in a not very successful attempt to protect the approaches to London from German bombers. They are known as Maunsell Forts.

Streetcars of L.A. waiting for demolition after it was decided that the car was the future!

Small gothic chapel

Theme park submerged by Hurricane Katrina, the former Jazzland, bought by Six Flags and became known as Six Flags New Orleans prior to the hurricane. The park was never reopened and the grounds will become an outlet mall complex.

Miranda Castle, also known as Noisy Castle. It is a 19th-century castle in Celles, a Province of Namur, Belgium

Taipingshan National Forest in Taiwan.

At Stalin’s Gulag Prison in Russian Siberia.

Protestant Chapel. Designed by Karl Langhans (also known for The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin) built in 1796-1797 in Zeliszow, Poland.

School for Girls in an unknown city in the UK.


Holland Island in the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, USA

Abandoned Tunnel of Love in Ukraine

A building in Antwerp (Belgium), called ‘handelsbeurs’ …

Underwater Bronze Statue of Jesus Christ, Mediterranean Sea, Italy. Notice the size of the diver.

Theme Park, Nora, Japan

Many thanks to Mike Allsup for offering corrections and details on so many of the images and to the many others who have taken the time to send corrections and added info.

Also thanks to:  Mike Hill on pinterest,   Your Amazing Places, 

to Benjamin and to French photographers, Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre for Detroit images, to Lauren Riley for correcting labeling of Angkor Wat and Holland Island on the Chesapeake Bay.

Birds, 4

More birds.  Who knew birds could exhibit endless colors, shapes, attitudes, situations or perfect, precise moments caught by gifted and patient photographers.  Don’t miss the video at the end.  It’s worth the time, I promise.  And please don’t forget to share your favorites.

Blond-crested Woodpecker

Wine-Throated Hummingbird

Bird of Paradise

Golden Pheasant

Sarawak Malasia by Bjorn Olesen via National Geographic

Anhinga, photo by Justin Reznick

Albino hawk by Joyce Moody

Blackthroated bushtit by John Soong

Blue crowned Pigeon

Amethyst Starling

Blue-faced Honeyeater.

Blyth’s Tragopan. Don’t miss the amazing pattern on the feathers.

Crested Grebe

Purple-throated Sunbird by Lawrence Neo


By Andreas612


English Fantail Pigeon

Frigatebird, Galapagos Islands

Oriental turtledove

Orange Bishop

Jalak Bali (Balinese Starling)

Albino owl

Purple-crowned Fairywren

From Joyce Regan Moody on pinterest

Love the name: Polish Frizzle Bantam

Saddle-billed Stork with crab lunch


Burrowing owls by Ary Bassous via National Geographic

From Our Beautiful World on Facebook

Mute Swan and American Coot

Vulturine Guineafowl, Kenya

Reddish egret by Pini Bini

Pink-headed Fruit Dove….I’ll say


Great Blue-Heron–Don’t miss the male Red-Winged Blackbird on his wing.

Crow By Konstantin Smirnov


If you want to browse other bird posts, go to:  Birds 3, or Birds 2, or Birds 1

You can also check out posts on specific birds:    Cuckoos and honey guides,   or Social Weavers, Hippie Birds, or Blue-Footed Booby or Bower Birds or finally Peculiar bird mating rituals.

Thanks to Mary I, Patricia S, Claire E., Kathleen, Micky,

To: Joyce Regan Moody at pinterest  and Candace Bingham at pinterest

To: Amazing things in the world on facebook

Best of National Geographics Bests, 2012

Each year for the past 24,  National Georgraphic Traveler hosts a photographic contest.  The 12,000 entries in 2012 come from 152 countries.  I confess, I did not look at all 12,000, but these are some of my favorites.  Just as you would expect from National Geographic , the quality of the images is extraordinary.  Here’s a link if you want wander through them yourself.

Lucky Bay in Esperance, Western Australia, by Mandy Wils

Arches National Park by Benjamin Cooper

Banff, Alberta, Canada by Victor Liu

Barnowl by Mark Bridger

Between Ladakh and Zanskar, Himalayan range by Vincent Bonnin

Bundi, India by Gianluca De Bartolo

Firefly and moon, Fairfield, Iowa by Radim Schreiber

Dried up delta, N.E. Australia by Mandy Michels

Chapel on Klimsenhorn, Mt. Pilatus in Central Switzerland by Agne Subelyte

Shanghai, China traffic circle by Jonathan O’Shaughnessy

Pacific Northwest Black Wolf off Meares Island in Clayoquot Sound on W. coast of Vancouver Island, Canada by Sander Jain.

Fishermen use fire to draw fish close to the boat and then catch them. By Chang Ming Chih.

Glacier, Juno, Alaska by Rafael Urrutia

Iron and steel bars by Noh Keun Park

Lake Manyara, Tanzania by Sheila Jones

Morocco by SauKhiang Chau

Penquins adrift in snowstorm, Antarctica by Joshua Holko

Luzmila, 12 years old, carries to her house the barley that she harvested by herself in a rural village in the Andes Mountains called Sotopampa, in Peru. Once a year, they harvest the barley and then they consume it during the following year. In these communities of indigenous peoples, children work helping their families. It is very hard for the government to maintain a balance between child labor laws and the ancient traditions of these populations that include some difficult tasks for kids. By Alejandro Kirchuk

Jupiter and moon in Japan by Akira Takaue

Reindeer. By Meniconzi Alessandra

Mongolian girl by Andrew Newey

Northern lights in Norway by Michelle Schantz

Salton sea, Ca by Kim La

Palagan village, Iran near Iraq border by Amos Chapple

Pennsylvania, by Mandy Michels

Oregon coast by Ben Leshchinsky

Turkey, By Melahat Kizil

Hummingbird and bee by Cynthia Meyer

Jamnik, small village in Slovenia. By Janez Tolar

Wallaby, Queensland, Australia by Lisa Clarke

Sunset at Etretat, Normandie, France. By Alexey Kharitonov

Penquins on Falkland Islands by Mariusz Potocki

Filoboletus Manipularis is a fungus which naturally produces a faint eerie glow in the night by a natural process known as bioluminescence, shown in this 3-minute long exposure of these elusive little mushrooms. © Zong Ye Quek

Glacial Cave: Hikers under the Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau, Alaska. When conditions are right, streams melt holes into the glacier. At times they are large and stable enough for exploration. The ice filters out most colors of light except for the blue wavelengths leaving a stunning blue glowing from the ice above. © Mark Meyer

Rolling Coals: I went on a kayaking camping trip on a remote lake in NW Ontario, DeCourcey Lake. When it was time to put the fire out, my friend began kicking the coals down the rocky slope to the water below. I ran down to the waters edge to catch the motion of the burning coals. Little comets streaming to the lake to be extinguished with a hiss. © Christopher Merkley

Once or twice a year fog descends on the city in Dubai, UAE. By Alexey Kharitonov

Snowmass, Colorado by Ron Azevedo

Sunset Cloud Village , Red Land, China. . The reddish brown soil turns redder after rainfall and after farmers plow the land. Peng Jiang

By Yushan Sui

Xiapu, China. Fishermen farm fish, shrimp, and oysters and plant seaweed along this coast area. Peng Jiang

Many thanks to Karen W. for getting me started on this contest.

Animal Images: Amusing, Exquisite and Aww, 4

Even if you’re not a particular animal lover, please be sure to check out the first video about sloths for the narrator’s dry wit. I”m sure you won’t regret it.  The other videos also made me laugh: the bear, the kitten and the hiccupping baby bat.  Favorite image or video?


By Stephen Oachs vis National Geographic

Fox by Roeselien Raimond via National Geographic

By manzaralar


By manzaralar

From National Geographic

Via National Geographic

National Geographic

The balance between predators and prey

Via National Geographic

By Adrián González Guillén

Via National Geographic

Via National Geographic

South Georgia penquins by Ondrej Zaruba via National Geographic


By Mehmet Karaca via National Geographic

If you want to browse through other animal posts go here.

Thanks to Louise, Susan B, Kathleen, Karen

Amazing Things in the World on Facebook

Our  Beautiful World and Universe on Facebook

Scenes from Above

This stunning collection is the result of aerial photographer Yann Artus-Bertran‘s five-year airborne odyssey across six continents.

Housing Ourselves

Copenhagen, Denmark suburb

Cape Town, South Africa suburb


Denver, Colorado, USA suburb

Favelas in Rio de Janeiro

Gullholmen, Sweden


The Changping District in Beijing, China

Sha Kibbutz, Israel

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Boat Houses in Lagos, Nigeria

Stockholm, Sweden

Varanasi, India

Hashima Island, Japan

Ile de la Cite in Paris, France

Bazaar of Istanbul, Turkey

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Machu Picchu, Peru

Pena, Portugal

Ruins of the midieval city of Shali, Egypt


Pigeon Houses Mit Gahmr Delta, Egypt

Military cemetery, Verdun, France

Solar plant in Andalusia, Spain

Cattle, Argentina

Elephants on the savannah, Botswana

Fraser Island dune, Australia

Cattle near the Masai Mara National Park, Kenya

Boats stranded on the dry Aral Sea, Kazakhstan

Coal mine, South Africa

Amazon River, Brazil

Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Many thanks to Mary I. for alerting me to these images.

Human Ingenuity Medley

The fun of the following post is in the multiplicity of approaches exhibited by the artists.  Links are provided when I have the information and be sure you don’t miss the videos at the end.  Do you have a favorite?

Artist Franc Grom drilled approximately 20,000 tiny holes to create the pattern on this egg.

By Artist Franc Grom

Artist Alan James

Stones glow at night after absorbing the sun during the day.

Infinity Stairs, Germany

City of eggs.

Caleb Charland, below, harnesses the power within fruits, vegetables, and other foods for his photographs.  His latest project was powered by a single orange, which used iron nails to conduct the electricity. The photo required a 14 hour exposure.

By Caleb Charland

From the website of the artist below, Anastassia Elias:  I cut the small paper shapes that I stick inside the toilet paper rolls. I use tweezers to manipulate the paper shapes. I select the paper of the same color as the roll. It gives the illusion that the paper figures make part of the roll.

By Anastassia Elias

Designed by architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu, the “tree” below is comprised of a series of pipes, cut and stacked in a spiral fashion. When the wind is blowing a mesmerizing tone echoes through the hillsides of Lancashire, England.

The Singing Ringing Tree

Tree-Bed from St. Georges, Utah, USA.

Yarn bomb on bus in Mexico City

By street artist Sainer in Poland.

The creator of the following video, Pes, was recently nominated for an Academy Award in the animation category.  Below is my favorite one from him.  Click here to see more, including the nominated animation.

Thanks to Ginny for forwarding the following from the Bowen Beer Bottle Band.  Click here if you’d like to see more.

Thanks to Jennifer H. for the following video by Beryl Baker.

Even if you’ve seen other Where the Hell is Matt videos, try the 2012 version, my favorite.  Thanks to Louise for forwarding it.

Butterflies: Even though…

Even though you know they are gorgeous, and even though you’re already aware of the vast variety of these magical creatures, I bet at least one or two of these butterflies and moths surprise you with a moment of awe–or move you by their cumulative effect.  There are many of them because I couldn’t stop myself or choose.  Also, I couldn’t resist including a dragonfly and wasp.  They seemed to fit right in.  Anyway, enjoy.

Queen Alexandra’s Birdwings

Goliath Birdwing

African Mocker Swallowtail

Brahmin Moth


Common Rose butterfly

Fluffy tit butterfly by loke pf

Garden Tiger Moth

Luna moth

Great Mormon butterfly by Anthony Wong

Clouded Apollo butterfly by Clive Burrows

European Peacock Butterfly by Claude@Munich

Madagascan Sunset moth

Pipe Vine Swallowtail butterfly

The Comet moth

Great Mormon butterfly

Yet another Great Mormon

Rice Paper butterfly

Paulogramma Pyracmon

Spicebush Swallowtail

Red Dragonfly

Scarlet Tiger moth

Papillo Cresphontes


Elephant Hawk moth


The Cecropia moth

Scarlet Tiger moth

Emerald moth

Cinnabar moth

Marpesia iole from Costa Rica

pink moth

World’s largest butterfly, Queen Alexandra’s birdwing from Papua New Guinea


Peacock katydid

Scarlet body wasp moth by boondockphotography


Moth wing close up by Charles Krebs

Malachite butterfly

By Papillio Ulysess

Thanks to:  Candace Bingham at pinterest,

Butterflycircle at blogspot  and

OurWorldsView at facebook



Caterpillars: the cute, the quirky and the almost-creepy

A cute caterpillar?  Check out the first one.   Until I started running across them on my website journeys, I had no idea of the diversity of these creatures.  It may seem unconnected, but they remind me of the first time I ran across sea slugs and was awed by the multiplicity of colors, the whimsical shapes and sizes.  Same with the caterpillars.

Milkweed Tussock moth caterpillar

Stinging Rose caterpillar

By Dead Eye Arrow

Red-Footed Fuzzy Wuzzy Caterpillar

Saddleback Caterpillar

Henry’s marsh moth

Woolly-bear or Black-ended-bear caterpillar

Yellow-based Tussock moth caterpillar

Virginia Ctenuchid moth caterpillar

The Paddle caterpillar

By Jano de Cesare

By Morti Riuuallon

By Artour A.

White-marked Tussock moth caterpillar


By Brian Bradley

By Richard Dudley

By Jay Cossey

By Darius Bauzys

Stay tuned.  If you think about it, you will know what the next post will be–and I promise to show you some you’ve never seen before.

Thanks to Bored Panda

Bruno Torfs’ Art Garden

Who knew there were luscious rainforests in Marysville, Australia?  And that a sculptor named Bruno Torfs has lovingly hand crafted a collection of unforgettable characters from clay and fired them onsite in his kiln–then placed them in his garden, creating a fanciful, magical world and probably forcing you and I to put Australia on our bucket lists–if it wasn’t already there.

On the 7th of February, 2011, bushfires swept through Marysville, including Bruno’s sculpture garden. Through the support of family, friends, acquaintances and strangers from all around the world, Bruno and his family were inspired to rebuild their beloved home and garden. Helped by friends and volunteers, the process of rebuilding the garden took two months.

Here’s a video about the fire, the rebuilding of sculptures and re-emergence of life in the garden, from his website and book.

Thanks to Kathleen for forwarding images from Bruno’s garden.

Body Art

You have to work to find the people in some of these images of body art by Craig Tracy–but it’s worth the effort.  In fact, it’s fun.

More hard-to-find body images, these by Chinese artist Liu Bolin (hint:  he always leaves his feet showing.)  I could not find a web site for him.

By Liu Bolin

The following three images are by Trina Merry.

Photography Juan Moreno
Bodypaint Trina Merry & Jessica Yurash
Hands belong to the Moreno Family

On to finger art by deceased Italian artist Mario Mariotti.


Hand and finger art from another Italian, Guido Daniele.

On a very different note, Alexa Meade paints real life still lifes.

The following images are anonymous except where they are labeled.  I welcome info about attribution.

By Solve Sundsbo

By Craig Tracy

By Craig Tracy

Henna is a plant-based dye that stains the skin resulting in wearable art lasting for one to three weeks.  The following five images are from Hilary Manning.


Here’s a wedding sample by Kim Brennan from Winnipeg, Canada.

If you don’t live in Northern California or Winnipeg, Canada, here’s a listing of certified henna artists.  On the right side of their page you can choose to search for a henna artist  by country or by U.S. state.

Thanks to Shetal and Merry for getting me started on body art.

Bill Shattuck on pinterest was another good source.

Exquisite Images

I figured out what makes an “exquisite image” post.   I often don’t know where the image was taken so I can’t label it a spectacular vacation destination.  Even when I do know, it’s the quality of the photo that creates the magic more than the location.  If you wanted to see these photographs in person you would have to arrive at exactly the right time of day, with perfect light and the same weather and find the precise location and perspective.  You might even have to fly a plane or climb a mountain….or you could just sit back and enjoy the wonder that someone else has captured in these exquisite images.

Troodos Square, Cyprus by CostaDinos on Flickr

Antelope Valley, CA

Arches National Park, USA, by Marsel van Oosten


Birtsmorton, England

By Marcin Sobas



Devil’s PUnch Bowl Falls, Arthurs Pass, South Island, New Zealand

Fawler, England

By Marcin Sobas

A tail of smoke from the space shuttle Endeavor at lift off from Cape Canaveral, Florida

Dahu Park, Taipei

Forest steps, Wurzburg, Germany

Fractal patterns in dried out desert rivers

Gothenburg, Sweden

Gásadalur Village in the Faroe Islands

Angel Villanueva with rocket trail

Gateway to Yosemite Valley, by Hanh Huynh

Moscow, Russia

Monks is Dalat, Vietnam by Dang Ngo

Istanbul, Turkey

This house/restaurant can be reached by foot if the tide is low.

Hyacinths, Netherlands

Milky Way over Piton de lEau

Lithuania, by Aleksandra

Mt. Semaru, Java, Indonesia

Seljalandsfoss, Iceland

Aljustrel, Alentejo, Portugal

Uvac river, Serbia

Ginko trees, Washington, D.C.

Mt. Rainier casting shadow, Washington, USA

Mt. Rainier casting shadow, Washington, USA


By Sam Lim

Thanks to:  Kathleen, Louise, Merry, Rita, Claire E, Tim, Jen H

Amazing Things in the World on facebook,

Imgur via Good News Network

Mixed Species, 5


Fortunately, the unusual pairing of species seems endless.  This group has quite a few animal-human connections. Don’t miss the videos at the end, especially the last one, if you haven’t already seen it.  Enjoy.

What are each of them thinking?

Camel pulling boat by Merry Selk


Thanks to Neil via Dean via Lucas, Merry, Tim, Louise

Good News Network,   Manzaralar Foto on facebook,   Our World Views on facebook,


Are They Crazy?

Or am I?

I’ve been collecting these images for months not quite knowing what to do with them.  Every time I come across another one, I don’t see beautiful nature or glorious view–all I can think of is “Are these people crazy or am I?”  I know I feel if I get within 6 feet of a cliff I will fall over and slip off the edge (falling over is not something I worry about much standing in my living room)  I shift between staring at them in amazement and shuddering with dread at the idea of anyone being where these people have decided to go–at huge effort.

My Dad used to say my Mom was so afraid of heights she got dizzy standing on the Sunday newspaper.  So what do you think?  Are you afraid of heights too?  Do you mind looking at people who aren’t?

6300 feet above Alaska

South Africa

Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon Iceland

This seems to be a popular place to go and have your picture taken–if you’re crazy.

Kjeragbolten, Norway–via bike!

Crazy sheep?

The Krubera Cave, the deepest known cave on Earth. Arabik Massi W. Caucasus, Georgia


Trolltunga, Norway

Transparent Balcony on 103 Floor Skyscraper, the Sears Tower in Chicago.

Photographer, Tim Kemple, climber Alex Honnold

Matheran, India

Grignone, Bergamo Alps, Italy

Yosemite, California

A crane dismantling the Deutsche Bank which was damaged because it was too close to the Twin Towers in New York. Photo by John Fraissinet

Building a foot path, Shifou Mt., Hunan Province, China


Thanks to:

John Fraissinet at

Amazing things in the world from facebook


Human Ingenuity and Generosity

Here’s an assortment of cool things that humans made and a few touching images of generous things humans do.  For too many of these I have no  attribution to share–just happened on the image somewhere and was inspired by the originality or artistry.  I welcome any identification provided and comments about favorites.

Water balloon, one moment after popping

Sand horse.

Shadow art

Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde makes real clouds form inside empty rooms

Photoshop art

Homemade pool table in Africa

Memorial to the victims of communism, Prague, Czech Republic

Toothpick castle

Ice sculpture, China

Walk Water Balls on Lake Alster, Hamburg, Germany

This instalation is placed in Wrocław Poland, author Jerzy Kalina. It shows the transformation of Polish people from communism to a free nation. Thanks to Aleksandra.

Artist Peter Cook seated in his living garden chair grown via the Pooktre method

This robotic elephant is made from 45 tons of recycled materials, measuring 36 feet high or 12 meters, and 24 feet wide or 8 meters. It can carry up to 49 people. Built in France as part of the Machines of the Isle of Nantes.



Theo Jansen is the Dutch creator of what he calls “Kinetic Sculptures,” where nature and technology meet. The sculptures below are robots powered by the wind only.

The following video is longer than usual for this site.  I couldn’t decide which two minutes to pick because there are new moves in the middle and a splendid ending.  So just watch as much as you like.  I hope you get so transfixed that you stay through the whole thing.

“Romancing The Wind” – Ray Bethell, the world champion multi-kite flyer.

Watch Now

Thanks to Kathleen, Gary, Shetal, GloriousMind


Animal Images: Amazing, Exquisite and Aww, 3

I have to admit, this batch of photos is a little heavier on the aww category.

Don’t miss the stories at the end.


Albino python

check out the difference between this one and the next.

Baby polar bear

Not real.

Peacock spider. It’s real.

Another peacock spider, for perspective

Spiny seahorse

Pygmy Marmoset

It is not common for a Koala to bear twins, and regrettably in this instance the Mum was struck and killed by a passing car.
Fortunately, the driver stopped, and took the mother to the local vet, not knowing she was dead, where it was discovered she had these twins in her pouch.

A recent earthquake in Japan was right in the area where giant pandas live.  They were rescued and returned to the wild.

People rescuing pandas

Every body gets milk.

Imagine having this be your job.

This post is truly a group affair.  Thanks to Kathleen, Tim, Louise, Claire Elizabeth.

Not tired of wonderful animal images yet?  Go to Animal Images 2 or to Animal Images 1.


Every year during autumn in northern Europe, Asia and N. America, thousands of starlings put on a spectacular show just before dusk in a phenomenon called murmurations.

A huge flock of migratory birds form a magical shape-shifting flight pattern.

Scientists aren’t sure how they do it. Even complex algorithmic models haven’t been able to explain the starlings’ acrobatics, which rely on the tiny bird’s reaction time of under 100 milliseconds to avoid aerial collisions—and predators—in the giant flock. The birds tend to flock together for protection and can reach speeds of up to 20 mph.

One starling. Image by Terry Sohl.

Be sure to watch at least one of the following videos.  I recommend all three.  They may well leave you in a peaceful state of awe.

This video is narrated if you want to both learn more and to have a musical accompaniment.



I’d say this is my favorite, set to Pachelbel’s Canon.  The swaying dance of the birds seems to magically keep time with the music.  Amazing.


Special thanks to amusing planet for many of the images and the first video.

The narrated and pachelbel videos are both by Dylan Winter.


Housing Medley

The diversity of design, materials, and  locales we humans inhabit is wonder-full. Here’s a good sampling of the humble, sweet, interesting, weird and gorgeous places we live, including some houses in trees that are way beyond tree-houses..

Where I know, I label place and photographer.  If anyone recognizes something unlabeled or incorrectly labeled, I invite comments.  There are many I would surely visit if only I knew where to go.

Forest House, Efteling, The Netherlands


Blue Ridge Mountains, Georgia, USA

Three story tree house, British Columbia, Canada



Dalat, Vietnam


Dalat, Vietnam

Alnwick Garden, Northumberland, UK


Blue Ridge Mountains, Georgia, USA

Seven centuries old stone house, Iran

Gaiola Bridge house, Italy. Photo by Maximebermond

Gaudi-designed house, Barcelona, Spain

Banyan tree house on Tanna Island, Vanuatu

Giethoorn, Holland — a roadless village

The bathroom/toilet facility at The Green School in Bali Photo by Faqiang Wu

Kakslauttanen Igloo Village, Lapland, Finland

Brittany, France

Istanbul, Turkey. Photo by Deniz Senyesil

Old Mill house in Black Forest, Germany

Maine, USA

Phugtal Monastery, or Gompa, in Ladakh, India

Another wish I knew…

Pierre Cardin’s Bubble House on the Cote d’Azur. Photographed by Mai Linh for Habitat Magazine


Icelandic turfhouse

Legolas house

more wish I knew

Teepee house

A mobile home.


World’s tallest wooden house, 13 floors, 144 feet. Sutyagin House, Arkhangelsk, Russia

Shoe house, Pennsylvania, USA

Tree-house mansion

Rozgirche, Ukraine


Shogawa River Valley, Japan

Tree-house in New Zealand


Hobbit House, Wales

New Zealand

Thanks again to Sam Pryor at pinterest 

and to Amazing Places on facebook

And to Jen H and Jen C.

Weird Weather, 2

Some weather is breathtakingly beautiful; some bizarre; some, like ominous clouds, a little spooky and some just weird.  I’ve chosen to leave out more disturbing images of the devastation that can also come from extremes of weather.

Cloud over Lake Tahoe, CA by Bryan Hightower

By Sam Javanrouh

Badlands, South Dakota, US by Mike Hollingshead

End of the rainbow.

Sandstorm in Iraq

By Sam LeBarron

By Ryan McGinnis

Nacreous or Mother-of-Pearl clouds over Norway.

Nacreous clouds are located in the stratosphere between 9 and 16 miles high. Their “mother of pearl” colors come from sunlight striking tiny ice crystals inside the clouds. Very low temperatures near -85 degrees C are required to form the crystals, which is why nacreous clouds are seen mainly during winter over places like Alaska, Iceland and Scandinavia.

Dust storm approaching Phoenix, Arizona, US

By Karen Titchener, Cloud Appreciation Society

Northern light over volcano. Photo by Sigurour H. Stefnisson

Ice castle, Silverthorne, Colorado by Kristal Kraft

Ligntening above Chilean volcano Puyehue Cordon Caulles

Sand storm in Khartoum, Sudan

Lenticular clouds by Haakron Mork, Norway

Tornado waterspout, Murvica by Malden DJ

Cape Town, South Africa

Aurora Thunderstorm, Thingvellir National Park, Iceland

Searchlight, Nevada

Valcano hits water, Hawaii

A fire rainbow over Idaho in the US Circumhorizontal

Lightning flashes around the plume of the Puyehue Cordon Caulle volcano chain, Engrelagos, Chile


Thunderhead Hurricane Ridge, Washington, USA

by Ryan McGinnis

Now a few images about hail–they may surprise you like they did me.  Don’t miss the video at the end.

Like getting pelted with snow-ball sized balls of ice.

After a hailstorm in the Middle East

Poor guy.

Hail stones bigger than 4 inches usually have rings which are visible if you split them in the middle.

After a hailstorm.

For more weird weather on this site go here.

Thanks to DarkRoastedBlend’s weird weather section

To Extreme Instability, a site for people who chase tornadoes, clouds and get spectacular images



Animal Images: Amazing, Exquisite and Aww, 2

What’s your favorite?


This seal was rejected by it’s Mom because it was red-headed and had purple feet and nose. Can’t that Mom see how cute she is?

Check out the mixed species in this image!

Who knew a bug could be cute?

Swimming with manatees

Their colors clash.

Flapjack Octopus

Kahansi Spray Toad and friend? By 1999 MBARI


How do these fish make such a perfect ball?

Mandarin Fish

Couldn’t edit out the words, but the pic speaks for itself.

Lady bug in dew.

Golden lion tamarins


Sea Slug

Sea otters hold hands while sleeping.

If you’re still wanting more animals images go here.

If you want to see all the animal posts on this wondersite, go here.

Special thanks to Tim for forwarding many of these, and to Jen H, Louise, and Merry

Roads and Paths, Dreams and Nightmares

As you scroll past some of these images, you will wish you could stop your life and get onto that road.  Others you will be grateful if you never have to get any closer than your computer.  Some you will simply marvel at human engineers.  And as always, for some we must thank the artistry of the photographer.

When I know where the image is located, I label it.  If you recognize anything unlabeled, please share the location in the comments.

BP Koirala Highway, also known as Banepa Bardibas Highway, Nepal

Newlands valley, Lake District, England by John Finney

Dallas/Fortworth, aka John Wayne airport.

Highway of Death, Bolivia

Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan

Nfinity Bridge, Stockton-on-Tees, England

Chaloos, Iran

Monument Valley, Utah By Ian Soboley


Monitor Marrimac Memorial Bridge and tunnel, S.E. Virginia, USA

A California highway, probably in Los Angeles

North Atlantic Road,  Norway

Iranian Province of East Road

Tuscany, Italy

Gate Tower Highway through a building, Osaka, Japan

Cliffside steps, Hunan, China