Dec 08 Reblogged
©Wei Gensheng, a crane operator working at the construction site of Shanghai Center, show unique views of the city.
Wei’s photos won him the silver medal at the 2013 Shanghai Photography Art Exhibition.
THEO & BEAU
And now, for something a lighter more light-hearted. Some lovely shots of a toddler’s daily nap with his puppy.
Jun 03 Reblogged
Beni Amer boy of northwestern Ethiopia (postcard circa 1965)
Beni-Amer or Beni-Amir is a mixed ethnic group inhabiting Eritrea. It was formed in the fourteenth century AD from a fusion of the Beja, the Tigre, and the Biher-Tigrinya. The Beni-Amer occupy the borders between much of Eritrea’s Barka valley and the Kassala area of Eastern Sudan. Source
Photographer, not noted.
May 06 Reblogged
I love this photo. The woman is shrouded but she’s FAR from shy. Consider that @lapetitecole reports that this was taken nearly a century ago in Oman. Yet, it looks very modern. This woman radiates confidence. One hand on her hip, back tall, leaning slightly forward toward the photographer. She’s making direct eye contact with the photographer. The arm on her knee is relaxed but she’s also protecting herself, her legs crossed, but with one shoe off, showing her toe rings, which is a little flirty. She totally knows what she’s doing and in control the situation. I wonder what her relationship to the photographer had been…
Oman 1917 National Geographic photographer unknown
Qdesigninc.com’s Professional FaceBook Page
I’ve finally set up a professional page on Facebook for my business - Qdesigninc - I am a web and print designer. I’ve been designing for a long time and absolutely love the challenge and variety of design projects I’ve been fortunate enough to work on over the years. The link is:
Can you take a second and like the page for me? I’d *really* appreciate it.
P.S. If you’re not on FB and want to see my work visit - http://qdesigninc.tumblr.com
ALHAMBRA REFLECTING POOL
The Court of the Myrtles / Patio de los Arrayanes
The Court of the Myrtles (Patio de los Arrayanes) has received different names throughout time. Its current name is due to the myrtle bushes that surround the central pond and the bright green colour of which contrasts with the white marble of the patio. The central pond is 34 metres long and 7,10 meters wide. The pond divides the patio and receives its water from two fountains (one at each end of the pond). There are chambers on both sides of the patio and several porticoes on the shorter sides of it. These porticoes rest on columns with cubic capitals, which have seven semicircular arches decorated with fretwork rhombuses and inscriptions praising God. The central arch is greater than the other six and has solid scallops decorated with stylised vegetal forms and capitals of mocarabes. More
© Laura Quick
This orchid has been blooming in the kitchen window since before Thanksgiving. The light was pretty this afternoon when I walked by.
AFTERNOON DUST BATH
© Laura Quick
Nothing makes our resident quail happier than the delivery of a big bucket of dirt. They spread it around with their feet, then roll around in it for awhile before napping - with estatic smiles on their little birdie faces
Oct 06 Reblogged
Sep 14 Reblogged
Say AHHHHHHHHHHHH ——then run
SHOEBILL STORK - Yikes!
© Zdeněk Chalupa
I couldn’t resist - these pre-historic looking birds never cease to amaze me :)
This species was only classified in the 19th century when some skins were brought to Europe. It was not until years later that live specimens reached the scientific community. However, the bird was known to both ancient Egyptians and Arabs. There are Egyptian images depicting the Shoebill, while the Arabs referred to the bird as abu markub, which means one with a shoe, a reference to the bird’s distinctive bill.
Shoebills feed in muddy waters, preying on fish, frogs, reptiles such as baby crocodiles, and small mammals. They nest on the ground and lay from 1 to 3 eggs, usually during the dry season.
The population is estimated at between 5,000 and 8,000 individuals, the majority of which live in Sudan. BirdLife International have classified it as Vulnerable with the main threats being habitat destruction, disturbance and hunting.
Aug 29 Reblogged
See, Nature does have a sense of humor
The Silver Pheasant is a species of pheasant found in forests, mainly in mountains, of mainland Southeast Asia, and eastern and southern China, with introduced populations in Hawaii and various locations in the US mainland. The male is black and white, while the female is mainly brown. Both sexes have a bare red face and red legs.
This is a relatively large pheasant, with males of the largest subspecies having a total length of 120 to 125 centimetres (47 to 49 in), including a tail of up to 75 centimetres (30 in), while the males of the smallest subspecies barely reach 70 centimetres (28 in) in total length, including a tail of about 30 centimetres (12 in). Females of all subspecies are significanlty smaller than their respective males, with the largest only reaching about 70 centimetres (28 in) in total length.