Mandarians in Baden-Baden~

Beautiful Mandarin ducks – lovely to see!
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These guys weren’t part of my plan for the day!


I was going to show you Baden-Baden,

but the Mandarins got in my way!

Why are Mandarin Ducks swimming wild in Germany you may well wonder?


Although Mandarin Duck populations are dwindling in their native Russia and Asia, some escapees from captivity are breeding in the wild in Germany and The UK. I happened upon these guys today on the Oos River in Baden-Baden Germany.


So, it is cheers to you, and Happy Spring, from the gorgeous Mandarins in Baden-Baden Germany~

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Kotor Montenegro~

Some lovely scenery for Monday – thank you for sharing these lovely photos of your travels, Cindy!
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If ‘beauty is truth,


and truth beauty,’


both can be most perfectly seen,


in age,

and innocence.


Kotor Montenegro possesses both the beauty of age,

and the appeal of innocence.


It seems unspoiled by the modern world.

Staying here one feels removed from the stress and strife of our messy contemporary lives.


Cheers to you from beautiful Kotor Montenegro~

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Flown Away~

Springtime calls for migration…even amongst we human beings! Cindy is visiting Greece and points further East – I can’t wait to see photos of her destinations!
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Yep, we just did it again. It seems as as normal as staying home.There is so much to miss leaving The Holler.

The year round Holler hummers are brave in an non-conformist way, they choose not to migrate thousands of miles across the Gulf of Mexico, but to stay year round with us at The Holler, despite winter temps that frequently fall well below freezing and could easily kill them.

Other migrating travelers visit us seasonally.


There are four hummers that lived at The Holler year-round this year. These are two of them. They rely on our feeders and bugs to keep them alive year round.

Now we have flown off before the full complement of spring unfolds, missing all The Holler spring has to offer. Don’t worry, family remain at The Holler while we are away, to take care of all our critters including the birds.


I look forward…

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Random Saturday Scenery…18 March 2017

I felt like revisiting some photographs that I took whilst travelling in 2010. It’s been a while since I posted photos that I took myself, so this is as good a day to do it as any other, no? Pleasant, serene, and / or soothing scenery always makes for some nice viewing, IMHO.

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The True Beauty Of Ghana

Beautiful photographs of a beautiful country, and the beautiful people who reside there! Lovely.
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Charles Lawson is a talented 28-year-old freelance photographer, designer and architect from Ghana, West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea. Charles focuses on street photography, he also shoots a lot of landscapes, cityscapes and portrait photography.

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Incredible Travel Photography

Beautiful photos from a few places in the world…very nice.
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Elia Locardi is an professional travel photographer, filmmaker, Fujifilm Global Ambassador, writer and educator from Key Largo, Florida, who currently lives in Rome, Italy.

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Sedna~

Beautiful photos of Arches National Park in Utah…Cindy is exploring another world!
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Alien Talking Heads.

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Sedna’s Queens. Obviously we are not in Sedna, but we may as well be. I also made up these names.

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The surface of Sedna. Sedna is thought to be the most distant dwarf planet in our solar system and was discovered in 2003.

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The enthroned Queen. We are in Arches National Park in Utah which looks like a cross between Petra, Egypt, and some alien world.

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The Four Pharoahs.

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Valley of the Kings.

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Tower of Babel.

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Balancing Brain.
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Climbing Devils Thumb. (Click to enlarge the photo and you can see the technical climber about thrity feet from the summit.)

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Anteojos. (Glasses in Spanish)
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Six-shooter.
Cheers to you from Arches National Park in Utah~
We are traveling between Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, and Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, so internet is spotty, but I will touch base with you when I can.

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Breathtaking Starry Skies of New Zealand

Breath-taking, eye-opening, amazing and awesome…I love these!
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New Zealand can be the scene of absolutely fantastic situations on an astronomic plan. The astrophotographers Jake and Jo Scott-Gardner indeed wander their mother country and especially the region of Queenstown in order to capture aurora borealis, shooting stars, meteors or the Milky Way with their cameras and satisfy their curiosity.

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Land of the Lilliputians~

Beautiful and breathtaking…this is one amazing museum! All that’s missing is Gulliver…bound and tied.
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One of the world’s top ten miniature museums is located in Victoria Canada. There are eighty-five exhibits here covering world history, Canadian history, fantasy, fairy tales, and even future space exploration.
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I loved the nostalgic look at the circus coming to town!

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There are dioramas depicting castles in England,
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Germany,
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and Canadian cities in the past.

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Many exhibits depict the frontier history and development of Canada.

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The museum has the world’s smallest working saw-mill which took eleven years to make,

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and one of the world’s longest model railways.
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These miniature worlds were created by George Devlin over the course of his lifetime. The museum opened in 1971 and George continues to expand it to this day.
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Cheers to you from Victoria’s fascinating Lilliputian World~

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UK Landscape Photographer of The Year Awards

I love these…absolutely beautiful!

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A selection of prizewinning images from the Take a View 2016 photography awards.

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Shifting Sands, taken in Silverdale, Lancashire, which won the Your View award. (Photo by Tony Higginson/PA Wire)

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