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Rainbow Aurora in Iceland!

 

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English photographer Tony Prower has been living in Reykjavik, Iceland, and he has traveled around the country taking stunning nighttime photos. You can view more of his work at Flickr.

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2012 in Beauty

 

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The Great Floral Wave!

 

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Last year, I featured a series entitled “Exploded Flowers” by Fong Qi Wei. The artist has launched a new collection of floral work that includes remakes of famous art pieces, such as “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” by Katsushika Hokusai and “Sunflowers” by Vincent van Gogh. They look really fantastic and so beautiful!

 

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2012 in Beauty

 

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Beautiful Spring Blossoms – Central Park – New York City

 

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It’s quite incredible how many trees are already in full spring bloom already. Usually the trees aren’t this far along with their blossoms until the middle of April or even the beginning of May. This particular photo which I took yesterday is of a favorite spring spot of mine in Central Park. It conjures up fairytale narratives and fills my heart with hope.

 

The spring blossoms on these trees are so gorgeous when they first bloom. When the wind blows little white and pink petals shed from their blossoms swirling in the air before falling to the ground, a phenomenon I like to refer to as spring snow.

 

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2012 in Beauty

 

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One Day in the Life of Chinese Pandas Huan Huan and Yuan Zi

 

 

 

 

Yuan Zi, a male giant panda and Huan Huan, a female giant panda, share their life inside their enclosure at Zoo Parc De Beauval on January 25, 2012 in Beauval, France.

 

A pair of giant pandas which have been loaned to the zoo by China, where they hope the pair will reproduce and help boost the world’s dwindling panda population.

 

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2012 in Beauty

 

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Sea Ice in Antarctica

 

 

 

 

Antarctica is the coldest continent on the planet and is roughly the size of the United States and Mexico combined.

 

Experts believe that it contains 90 percent of the planet’s ice. It is covered in a layer of ice that is roughly a mile thick, reaching as many as 3 miles of thickness in certain areas.

 

The ice in Antarctica formed over millions of years of snowfall, covering a landmass that is made up of mountains and plains.

 

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2012 in Beauty

 

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The Burj Al Arab

 

 

 

 

We feel woefully inadequate as we hand the keys to our rented Ford hatchback to the valet in front of the Burj Al Arab, the most luxurious hotel in the world.

 

Around us is a flurry of activity as guests and valets drop off and hand back extravagant vehicles — mostly blinged out SUVs that dwarf our modest little car.

 

No matter. We shrug off our inadequacies and enter the hotel confidently even though we are not guests at the hotel. We’ve only come to indulge in an afternoon tea at the Skyview Bar.

 

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2012 in Beauty

 

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Melk Abbey Staircase, Melk, Austria

 

 

You may recognize this mazelike Benedictine abbey overlooking the Danube River as inspiration for Umberto Eco’s popular novel The Name of the Rose.

 

It’s full of architectural flourishes like this Rococo-style spiral staircase—best viewed from underneath to catch a glimpse of the pink-and-gold painted underside.

 

While the staircase leads to other rooms of the library, they aren’t open to the public.

 

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2012 in Beauty

 

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Dollfie Dream

 

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I can’t pin point the reasons why but I have to admit I am pretty obsessed with the concept of Dollfie. For those new to the concept it is a brand of vinyl doll, “a highly-poseable hybrid of fashion doll and action figure”, which come blank allowing it’s new ‘parent’ to create a totally unique personality in the form of a doll by either using off the shelf products of specialist artists… When buying a Dollfie you can even purchase a range of wigs or eyes from the website. Like many of the best things in life beautiful but creepy.

 

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2012 in Beauty

 

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Wow, Superb Zarcero Topiary Gardens!

 

Zarcero Topiary Gardens

 

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Zarcero’s fresh, spring-like air and high-altitude temperatures are a wonderful respite from the tropical Costa Rican heat. Located along the northern edge of the Central Valley, the small town is known for its crisp climate and dramatic mountain landscapes.

 

Without a doubt, Zarcero’s most popular attraction is its surreal topiary gardens. Wavy arches carved from conifer cypress invite visitors to explore artist-landscaper Evangelisto Blanco’s latest inventions. Here, spectators are given a rare opportunity to step through the looking glass. Shrubs and trees manifest as dancing animals, stylized creatures and other unique abstractions. Zarcero Topiary Gardens really worth a visit!

 

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2012 in Beauty

 

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Cherry Blossoms 2012: Peak Bloom Hits D.C. This Week

 

 

 

 

D.C.’s cherry blossoms will be in full floral form this week after weeks of above-normal temperatures and plenty of anticipation of when exactly peak bloom will be.

 

The Tidal Basin remains the top destination for seeing the pink and white blossoms and this past weekend, thousands of people swarmed the area near the trees and clogged roadways in West Potomac Park.

 

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2012 in Beauty

 

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