Underwater Museum of The Communist Era

An unusual place for a museum: 50 feet under water. Not sure it’s my cup of art appreciation, but it is a unique idea. Re-blogged from https://alk3r.wordpress.com

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Cape Tarkhankut, Crimea is a home of an unusual underwater museum. In 1992, diver Vladimir Borumenski installed the first sculptures of Soviet leaders at a depth of 50 feet. Sculptures were already dismantled in the Crimean cities and towns, so it was kind of a recycling project.

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Take me to the Netherlands!

The Tulip Festival in Holland begins in March. When my husband and I were there many years ago, there were swans swimming in the stream that runs through the gardens and wood ducks waddling through the flowers. It’s one of most lovely places on earth. Tourists might also want to find the Madurodam (the Miniature City). Re-blogged from https://alk3r.wordpress.com

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Holland (The Netherlands) is known worldwide for its tulip fields, windmills, delicious cheeses, and the largest number of bicycles per person. It’s a country of open and friendly people, fairy-tale houses, ancient castles and stunning landscapes. It is a country of free people, where everyone can find what he or she needs.

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10 Happiest Countries in The World

Everyone loves happy places, and this is quite a list. But I would add two Canadian provinces, even though they are not countries: Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. I have visited them both and found Nova Scotia quite enchanting with its Celtic influence, and Newfoundland is a place where people just love to have fun. Re-blogged from https://alk3r.wordpress.com

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10th place: Sweden

The land of snow-covered forests, the Northern Lights and magnificent castles.

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The Breathtaking Nature Landscapes of New Zealand

More breath-taking scenery, this time from New Zealand. The art of photography just keeps getting better. Re-blogged from https://alk3r.wordpress.com

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Rachel Stewart is a talented self-taught photographer and traveler based in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand. Rachel shoots a lot of nature, travel, landscape and adventure photography. Her use of long exposure photography brings another dimension to her images setting them apart from the rest.

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Gorgeous Landscape Photography

Love the details in these photos. Some of them look like paintings, though the photographer (Richard Larssen) assures us that these are strictly photographs and he never adds anything to them. These are stunning in their simply beauty. Re-blogged from https://alk3r.wordpress.com

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Richard Larssen is a talented 40-year-old self-taught photographer based in a little town called Egersund in the southwest of Norway. “Besides playing golf photography has been a passionate hobby of mine for about 6 years when i first started out with the Panasonic lumic TZ5 compact camera,” he says. Richard shoots mostly landscapes and seascapes, mirror reflections are his favorite motifs.

“I like to experiment with the camera and try out new things, i am self taught and there is always something to learn. For me photography is an artform and a way to express myself and i dont always try to recreate what i saw throught the viewfinder, i edit every photo i publish but i dont add elements to it and i dont add fake skies.” Larssen says.

In addition, Richard shoots long exposures with the use of Strong ND filters.

For post processing he uses Lightroom 5…

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Realistic Paintings of Stones

Great job! These look like real stones, like the ones I find at rock and gem shows and lying in the sand in the desert in southwest Arizona. Re-blogged from https://alk3r.wordpress.com

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David Cunningham’s compelling realistic paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States. His ongoing series of hyper realistic artworks depicting seashore stones became a sort of representation of artist’s inner world.

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Replay – Guest author, Judith Barrow – memories, a short story and a new book!

This was a fun guest post to read. Judith Barrow knows how to weave a tale and keeep you interested. Re-blogged from https://scvincent.com. It was posted 2015/12/10

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I am very happy to share again a post from Judith Barrow, a fellow Yorkshire lass. When I asked her if she would like to write a guest post, I didn’t expect so many familiar memories, a short story… and photographs of Yorkshire too!

Published by Honno,  Judith’s books Changing Patterns, Pattern of Shadows and the newly released Living in the Shadows, trace the journey of a family, from a Lancashire POW camp through to the 1960s.

Judith’s books are not just love stories, they recreate an era in a vivid detail that many of us will recognise and show that although the decades slip by, many of the underlying social issues are still as present and relevant today as they were for our parents and grandparents.

As well as being an award winning poet, a writer of children’s stories and seeing her play staged at the Dylan…

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Magnificent Whales on The Arctic Side of The World

I love whales. They are some of the largest animals known to man. Their majestic size captivates my interest and imagination. Would love to see some in their native habitat, but so far that blessing has eluded me. Re-blogged from https://alk3r.wordpress.com

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Audun Rikardsen is a talented self-taught photographer, who raised in a fishing community in northern Norway and has always been fascinated by the Arctic coast’s wildlife.

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Homes in Unexpected Places

A curious and interesting look at some other cultures of the world and how they live, adapt to, and accept their circumstances, making the best of what they have. Can we learn some lessons here? Re-blogged from https://alk3r.wordpress.com

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See the homes of 70% of Caracas’ residents

In Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, nearly seventy percent of the population lives in slums that seem to drape over every corner of the city.

Welcome to the world’s largest vertical slum

In the centre of the city is the Torre David, a forty-five story unfinished office tower that was in the midst of construction until the developer died in 1993, and the crash of the Venezuelan economy the following year. About eight years ago, people started moving in to the abandoned construction site, and today it is considered the world’s largest vertical slum.

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