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Oh and Cheryl, Cambridge, Ontario is where I've been on the waiting list for subsidized housing for the last 7+ years. It's my dream to live there as there are so many more opportunities for me to go to shoe stores, health food stores and other places that would make my life so much easier. Including a few craft stores and some bead stores to help with supplies for my currently on hold gift making business!
I was sent this link from a friend. The finalists and winners of a photo contest. The first link did not work for me because of my ongoing computer problem that so far over 40 adjustments and fix-it's have not solved, but found the second one. If you use the second link just click on each photo to get the full size then use the browser back arrow to go back to the list. My favourite photo was of the lonely mangrove tree.
Would love to see this in person
Somewhere in London, a 40-foot-long building has ripped itself free from its stone base and lifted itself up to levitate over 10 feet in the air! The architectural feat, located in London’s Covent Garden’s East Piazza, is actually an elaborate illusion staged by artist and designer Alex Chinneck.
He took inspiration for his illusion, dubbed “Take My Lightning But Don’t Steal My Thunder,” from the rich heritage of the Market Building, modelling the look and feel of the illusionary extension on the original 184-year-old Market Building. The structure was crafted entirely out of CNC-cut lightweight polystyrene blocks that were made to mimic the look of stone, and then assembled like a jigsaw puzzle
Chinneck is no stranger to playful architectural illusions. He has a history of turning houses upside down and sliding lazy walls down the sides of massive buildings. He even inverted a 1.5-tonne rotating thatched roof once, balancing it perilously on the tip of a wind vane.
What a gorgeous picture, Angel. Thank you. That's a place to sit and meditate - so calm, peaceful and quiet.
Here is another lovely little sea creature. Must have been made by an angel.
Wendy, those pictures are amazing... some quite funny and many quite weird. You are right about some person waiting for a long time to get that shot of the lightening. I saw a short documentary of people who do this and one fellow specialized in lightening photos..... he's stay up all night, every night if possible, and travels to where he finds out there are going to be lightening storms. Really incredible pictures. The shark selfie gave me a shiver.
Sue, those pics are so lovely. I had to take a snapshot of that town - Cambridge, Ontario (photo by Clive O'Neill). Very calm and beautiful, and I'd love to live there! Reminds me of Peyton Place. lol
Thanks to both of you.
I don't know where this pictures was taken but it's so pretty and even smells like an Autumn Day.
See some amazing photos taken close to where I live. No time to take the photos and post them here. Just click next for each photo from October. I'm certain some of these photos could win awards.
Love the photo Cheryl.
Wendy, fantastic photos. xxxxx
There are thousands of perfectly-timed pictures out there that capture the beauty of a lightning bolt across a city skyline. The talented photographer who snapped this picture below probably waited for hours in the perfect place to click and document this magical moment.
~#7 Shark Selfie
Selfies are the new trend on social media that has taken the world by storm, with millions of people (regular and well-known) sharing their own every day, and even a song written about them. The picture below is undoubtedly the most courageous selfie I’ve ever seen. The guy was clearly desperate to capture the moment with his favorite actor, Jaws.
#8 The Magic Carpet
We can’t see Aladdin in the picture below, and it doesn’t look like an Arabic desert, but the magic carpet is still more than happy to make an appearance.
~#9 Unicorn? Is that you?
If it was white and with only one horn, we could say that unicorns do exist.
#10 Photogenic Tiger
This stunning picture was captured at the perfect moment, and is full of intricate detail. Gorgeous.
I’d rather not believe it, but it almost looks like the poor guy fell in love so hard that he married a horse. Only in America…
This fame-hungry fish timed this moment perfectly to ruin this snorkeler’s photo, making his head appear as that of a fish.
~#3 The Power Of Buddha
This shot was taken at the perfect moment and angle.
~#4 Cat Face
This picture is beautiful, artistic and full of creativity. The reflections in the window perfectly combine the smiling little girl’s and cat’s faces together.
~#5 You’ll Blow Your Head Off
This is the moment when the ice skater literally lost her head.
Sue, the chainsaw art is amazing! I would love to have one of his creations in my yard.
Wendy, that 3D art is incredible. I mean, if I was walking along there I would feel like I had to jump over it, or at least walk around it. These 3D artists are truly amazing to be able to "see" the illusion to draw or paint it.
Lynn, that is terrifying... and yet, there is a moment of strange beauty in that funnel as long as it stays absolutely still!
Great photos you guys...
"Aurora by a Hawaiian photographer" - this certainly isn't in Hawaii!
Brilliant drawing Wendy.
Definitely scary Lynn.
Isn't this absolutely scary looking?
3D Art , this is a drawing, the whole thing, even the little boat, truly Amazing xxxx
Wasn't sure where to put this, what the artist does with a chainsaw is amazing. Short news video.
Great picture Wendy.
Beautiful picture Sue.
That's such an unusual picture, Wendy. Good shot!
I would love to sit across from a view like this and watch the stars come out.
The link takes me to the home page that tells us what Lazarus does. I use the 2.3 version on Firefox, this other one also works on Safari and Chrome. Not sure why it doesn't seem to be for IE though. There is probably a similar add-on for IE, although I wouldn't use IE even if you paid me! Here is another link where you can read all about it. There are 4 tabs at the top of the page where you can click to read all about the add-on. Nothing downloads automatically.
Love the butterfly photo, not seen any this year at all. Then again I've hardly been able to get out so that's not surprising.
What does that link do, Sue? How does it work? As you can see, I am a chicken, no offense to chickens!
I just had my post go PFTTTTTT into space!! I am so angry. I answered you all back on your postings -- then I tried to get rid of that little box that comes up on the right-hand side about getting five points --- can't get rid of the damn thing! Trying to do that, it took me to another page and of course my post disappeared.
Simply put, I really enjoyed all the posts and explained why. Arrrrrrgh! (I'm doing some deep breathing right now).
Here's another angle to that Wisteria Flower Tunnel in Japan that Wendy posted. Incredible.
Wow Wendy, wish that video was sent to all the war mongers so they could see what their actions cause. What a wonderful young man to do such brave rescues in such a dangerous place.
This is scary, but does take my breath away because I'd never feel safe stepping inside this house. Anyone feel up to a visit here?
Seeing Stonehenge had been on the president's "bucket list" of things to do
Thanks for all the lovely posts ladies. Not sure it is legal to copy the photo I want to post here. So go to the link for a photo of very beautiful and unusual clouds in full colour!
Unbelievable pictures, stories and videos, people. Cheryl, you're right....it's like our very own National Geographic magazine in this thread. Awesome sights!
My friend Dianne C., who was with Care2 for a very long time but left last year sent this to me. The video is not long enough for my taste. I wanted it to last well into the night. Enjoy!
This Hunan Province town is where fireworks were invented, and the show has never been equalled in the West.
The Chinese are not only the inventors of the fireworks they are still the masters.
wow..wow...wow...wow... ALL THESE PICS and VIDEOS are truly amazing! We have our own National Geographic combination thread! Absolutely thrilling to see all these amazing phenomenas, colours, inventions, shapes, art, Mother Nature's miracles and mysteries! Thanks, everyone! Good to see you here too, Angel luv!
There are some pretty incredible sand art displays, but I always feel sad to think they are going to wash away! I guess the idea is to enjoy them while we can, just like life!
Antelope Canyon - U.S.A
This is wonderful to see....detailed closeups of Van Gogh's paintings.
This is an Olive Pit. It was Carved in 1737
A mere 3.4 cm (1.34 inches) in length and 1.6 cm (0.63 inches) tall, this carved olive pit from 1737 is one of the most intricate artworks you will see. The perfectly preserved Carved Olive-Stone Boat was crafted by artist Ch’en Tsu-chang during China’s Ch’ing dynasty.
The sculpture is on display at the National Palace Museum in Taipei City, Taiwan. On the tiny boat are eight figures, each with unique expressions. The interior features chairs and dishes, and the windows are also moveable.
Engraved on the bottom of the boat is the entire text of Su Shih’s Latter Ode on the Red Cliff, which includes more than 300 characters upon which the work is based.
Great info Sue, thanks, do you think you could add this to the commemorating WW1 thread , I would have for you, but I can't do text and vids yet. I want your info saved on that thread , I think you are right re- Europe, the #lightsout was a great success , I am pleased to say, there is still loads going on, I think for the whole of August, can't wait to show you what B'ham did, must check is it on youtube yet, XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Back to Amazing pics >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>...
this picture is made from glass reflections
Wendy, that's a wonderful way to commemorate the war dead in the UK. Who could have believed that the assassination of Arch Duke Ferdinand would start all the horrific slaughter. Thanks for all the info and pictures. Canadian, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, who wrote the poem - In Flanders Fields - was born in Guelph, Ontario, a half hour car ride from where I live. The home is now a museum.
Here is his page on the Veterans Affairs Canada website.
Here are 2 articles that give the whole story and tell how the poem was very nearly never published to become the icon it has today.
After reading articles and watching documentaries about the first world war, it befuddles the mind that the world went insane again and again going to ever increasingly worse wars. We also have a few programs about the 100 year commemoration, but nothing is set like it is in the UK for a National day of Rememberance of the start of the war. Possibly because most of the fighting was in Europe and the Middle East. I found one article on the CBC website asking how Canadian communities were commemorating the start of the war, most comment posts were against such an occurrence saying they preferred to celebrate the end of the war instead. Nothing is planned where I live. My only thought on this is - NEVER AGAIN - Couldn't find a decent video copy of the PSA, but the sound is perfect. The Canadian War Amps put this out a number of years ago, while my hero Cliff Chadderton was running the organization.
Thank you everybody for your amazing photos and videos.
End of the World
Sean Hacker Teper
This photo, taken at the ‘end of the world’ swing in Banos, Ecuador, captures a man on the swing overlooking an erupting Mt. Tungurahua. The eruption took place on February 1st, 2014. Minutes after the photo was taken, we had to evacuate the area because of an incoming ash cloud. Location: Banos, Ecuador
Grand Prize – The Independence Day
While on storm chasing expeditions in the Tornado Alley in USA I have encountered many photogenic supercell storms. This photograph was taken while we were approaching the storm near Julesburg, Colorado on My 28th, 2013. The storm was tornado warned for more than one hour, but stayed an LP storm through all its cycles and never produced a tornado, just occasional brief funnels, large hail and some rain. Location: Julesburg, Colorado, USA
Gorgeous video. Power and grace, all in one!
Inspiration for the Flanders Fields Memorial Poppy
The origin of the red Flanders poppy as a modern-day symbol of Remembrance was the inspiration of an American woman, Miss Moina Michael.
I will send out messages , but ........... any way hope this pic doesn't shrink ,
LEST WE FORGET XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Yes Cheryl, one other light is allowed, from the TV or computer/ laptop,
I am wishing this to work, would be a fantastic way to honour those who died, and suffered the most horrific injuries, during WW1.
sorry forgot to say great photos everyone xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Val - you actually had wee seahorses? What a wonderful experience to watch that birth! They are such magical little creatures.
Sue - the colours are what astound me, along with the various shapes of the seahorses. They look so gentle. Zen really did have a lot to teach us. I sooo miss her. Wow... the water turning red... I think the last time that happened Moses was there! The "fire in the sky" was great. We still say the "red sky at night, sailors delight..."
Lynn - you will note I deleted that blank post. Don't you have a "delete post" option? If not, I will look into the settings (I'm not very good at finding things, though) and see if we can fix that.
-- the rainbows are so gorgeous, and it was lovely to watch and listen to a young Judy Garland sing that song, with little Toto looking on. I noticed the colours he described as actually making up a rainbow are exactly what colours our chakras are!
-- I couldn't get the Stan Chang video to work. I think it's probably my old computer.
-- LOVE that gorgeous, gentle ballerina.... and the magical things she performed! That one male judge was totally mesmerized. Well, I guess we all are when watching that. Wonderfully magical!
Wendy - what amazing pictures! What a way to honour those who fought WWI. It should be really interesting to see what happens on August 4th. I think I may just turn my lights off too. Can we still use are computers in the dark? .... NO!
Thanks for super posts, ladies!
Here's a well made gif (carrying on what seems to be a weather theme here). I can't imagine what it would feel like to see that REALLY comes toward you and your family!
These are all fabulous - thanks - working on my etsy site - sorry haven't been around much lately.
ON THE 4TH AUGUST 2014 FROM 10-11 PM
THE LIGHTS ARE GOING OUT, ALL OVER EUROPE, TO MARK THE START OF WW1,
ORGANISERS HOPE, THAT ON 4TH AUGUST AT 10PM, BRITAIN WILL PLUNGE INTO DARKNESS , LEAVING ONLY A SINGLE LIGHT OR CANDLE BURNING, FOR THIS SHARED MOMENT OF REFLECTION.
LIGHTS WILL GO BACK ON AT 11PM
THIS WILL BE SOMETHING AMAZING . AN INCREDIBLE MARK OF RESPECT X X X
- The Tower of London will feature dramatic art instillation during the summer where poppies will flow Rapunzel-like from its walls filling its moat to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War.
More than 800,000 ceramic poppies to commemorate each of the allied victims of the First World War.
More than 8,000 volunteers from across the UK will plant the poppies from August 5 to Armistice Day on November 11.
The poppies are being sold by an independent organisation but members of the public can register through the Historic Royal Palaces website.
The poppies will cost £25 plus postage and packaging with the proceeds going to six service charities, including the Royal British Legion. It is expected that the display should earn raise millions for the charities involved.
Between August 5 and November 11, 180 names of servicemen killed during World War One will be read out at twilight before a lone bugler plays the Last Post.
Relatives can nominate their ancestor on Twitter by contacting the Historic Royal Palaces on this link and they can discuss the commemoration on Twitter using this hashtag #TOWERPOPPIES. Names on the list are added on a first-come first-served basis.
Also, the Royal British Legion are sending out free poppy seeds to every school in the country to raise awareness of the centenary of the conflict's outbreak.
A ceramic poppy is being planted for each of the allied victims of World War One outside the Tower of London
More gorgeous rainbow pictures with explanations.
Sorry, everyone. I have no idea what happened up above. I posted the picture and then went to edit it...made it smaller and when it posted, it left all that room. I have no idea how to get rid of it.
I love seahorses too, especially the leafy ones, they are so well disguised. It is strange that they are so tiny though, watching a nature video they are minute next to a human hand. The babies must be the size of fruit flies.
Zen taught us all so much Cheryl, just wish I could remember even half of it.
Love seahorses - actually had some miniature sehorses as a kid and saw the male giving birth -- was real cool!
Such beautiful, amazing little creatures!
Amazing photos on threads 1 - 4 -- can look back at them if you like. Each thread will lead back to the previous one.
Here's link to #4:
Thanks for new thread suggestion, Sue. I really miss Zen's wonderful groups, and Zen too, of course. Sure learned a lot from her.