Beautiful Images (Re-blogged)

Eyrie Of An Aries

Here is a wonderful collection of images I found while combing the corners of cyberspace for inspiration. I thought that I’d share them with others who will appreciate them.

You’re welcome.


(Image by Terry Love, Love Plumbing & Remodel)

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I always love to see these precious, flying jewels up close…these pictures are perfection!


I can’t believe I finally got a photo of a hummingbird’s forked tongue! I have never captured the fork at the end of the tongue because it typically springs open once a hummer inserts her tongue in a flower. But here it is, for us to see!

We have somewhere around 70 or more hummers at The Holler now, so we are getting lots of very bright color. Hummers flash their colors at will, sometimes as warnings when sparring. This guy was caught at dusk, flashing away to keep intruders at bay.

Once a year, at peak swarm, I feed the hummers by hand. I only do it once, for about an hour because I don’t want the hummers to become tame, thinking all humans can be trusted, because unfortunately, as we all know, some humans should not be trusted.
By the way, the white dust you see on this…

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Les chats du toit de Strasbourg~

Some lovely photographs of roof-dwelling cats, courtesy of Cindy!


Strasbourg’s cats live on steep rooftops,

rest on high windowsills,

sleep on chimney tops,

stalk pigeons on ridgelines, and enter and exit their homes via high rooftop windows.
They notice, eventually, the biped with telephoto, and I could see it shocked them, to be watched so quietly, so intently, like they watch everything.

Lucky felines. No bipedal landlubbing for these cool-cats.

They much prefer looking down on mere humans.

Of course, some poor cats have yet to claim their rooftop-aeries,

and have to settle for schlepping down-low with humans.

Cheers to you from all the cool cats~

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Saint Pierre le Jeune~

How about some scenic church photographs? Cindy takes us on a tour of the lovely Saint Pierre le Jeune in Strasbourg.


The ‘Young’ Church of St Peter, is an old and unusual church in Strasbourg, France.

The oldest, and lowest part of the church is the burial crypt, which was built-in the 7th century.

The church itself was consecrated in 1053, and three of the remaining columns supporting the arched interior galleries in the church date from the 11th century.

The bulk of the church as it stands now was built between 1250-1320 and many of the frescoes you see are originals from the 14th century. In 1682, the church was divided into two sections, half for catholics and the other half for protestants, which seems quite forward thinking and civilized, doesn’t it! The pipe organ is a relative newbie, built-in 1780.

Strasbourg is full of old and amazing churches, but the old, ‘Young Church of St. Peter’, is off the beaten path, less visited, and remarkable in terms of history…

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Hummer’s Mean Home: Part I (Perching)~

I love watching the hummers around my house – one of these days, I’ll get a camera that will be able to take close-ups of them that are as crystal-clear as Cindy’s are, here!

Coming home means hanging out with the hummers.

I don’t worry about them when I’m gone.

I just miss them.

My husband, the actual-factual, logical-biostatistician, said incredulously, “They fly up to me like they missed me.”

He’s not used to thinking like this,

but he can’t help noticing such obvious birdy behavior.

Speaking of birdy behavior, we are having a problem this year.

The snoozing little capitalist you see above is dominating two quart-sized feeders and relentlessly attacking and driving all hummers off who try to feed. He spends more time hoarding nectar than feeding and snoozes all the time because he’s exhausted from all his effort. Of course he can’t even begin to drink this much nectar!

You can see him perched on the wire above the feeder, waiting to attack any bird that dares to drink! We have three feeders now spaced far apart to control him, one…

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Drifting on Still Water~

Lovely swans, beautifully captured! The black swan is exceptionally striking, with that reddish beak. Black and red – my favourite colour combination!

“But now they drift on the still water,
Mysterious, beautiful,” WB Yeats

Swans swim,

in synchronized,


Mama delicately rolls her precious eggs,

to keep them evenly warm,

and plucks her feathers to tuck them in.

Black swan,

slides in singular grace,

while Narcissus is bewitched by his own reflection.
Cheers to you from European swans in springtime~

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Spring Fever~

Spring is springing…it is just around the corner! These flowers are as eager for Ostara as I am. Beautiful!


of ranunculus

bloom in early spring.

Capturing light.

Creating hope.

Bringing happiness,

on fragile petals.

Spring cheers to you,

from the Carlsbad Ranunculus fields~

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Extreme Weather: Storm Chaser Photography

Storm-chasing…I’ve done a tiny bit of it, here and there, but nothing compared to what this guy has done! Sheer, breath-taking magnificence…


Jonas Piontek is a talented self-taught photographer, travel enthusiast, student and storm chaser from Grünberg, Hessen who currently based in Lich, Hesse, Germany.

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Whimsical Pictures of Glowing Flowers

Truly magical and captivating…beautiful!


Craig Burrows is an ingenious photographer. He imagined to let the plants and flowers fluorescence. He uses a unknown photography technique called UVIVF (ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence)

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Amazing Snaps of The Andromeda Galaxy

These are phenomenal! I wonder what sort of exposure and filters were used for these shots? I could stare at the stars for hours…impressive and captivating!


A view of the sky from the Zervreila Mountain Lagoon in Switzerland

The Andromeda Galaxy, the nearest major galaxy to the Milky Way, can be seen shining above a remote village in Switzerland.

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