- Arts and Design
April Collection of Stunning Snapshots of Our World
This is a stunning photograph of Shoebill taken in Uganda, then again I think all pictures of Shoebills are stunning because they're such amazing birds with a face packed full of personality. They can grow up to nearly 6 feet in height, and like the photograph above the adults are grey in colouring and they're young offspring are brownish in colour. Not only are they found in Uganda they live in large swamps from the Sudan to Zambia.
I would love to own one of these little beauties, we have had a marine tank for a few years now and have just recently set up a new one and we have recently purchase a fabulous anemone that has successfully acclimatised itself to life with us. I just wish we could find a local fish shop that stocked one of these as I would definitely be buying it to complete our collection.
An adult Anemone shrimp is half to 1 inch long, semi-transparent except for a few bright spots of colou; purple, pink or red mainly, the above blue colour is fairly rare. If you look closely at the photo above you will see that this particular shrimp has a clutch of eggs underneath which it will shake loose when they are mature enough to start to hatch. They are endemic to tropical regions of the Indo Pacific and Red Sea, they are great marine tank cleaners and are fascinating to watch.
They say you learn something new every day well this is my new learning for today, I have been to Barcelona a number of times now and in fact it's one of my favourite European cities, I have walked up and down it's streets, eaten in lots of its bars, cafes and restaurants and what I did not know until today was that the Eixample district of Barcelona is designed around octagonal blocks, the design provides improved living conditions for the people living there and includes extensive sunlight, improved ventilation and more open green spaces for public use. This design is not apparent when you are on the ground but as you can see in the photograph above from the air it is absolutely astounding.
The colossal 'Grand Tsingy' landscape in western Madagascar is the world's largest stone forest, where high spiked towers of eroded limestone tower over the greenery. Despite its cold, dangerous appearance, the labyrinth of 300ft stones is home to a number of animal species, including 11 types of lemur, one of which is pictured above.
The information I found on this came from the Mail Online and although the article itself is short on words the stunning photography provided by Stephen Alverez while working on a project for National Geographic, if you visit the link above for the Mail Online you will see a collection of amazing photos, and for more information go to the National Geographic website which provides with you a very detailed write-up on the visit to this amazing part of our world.
I found this photograph on the superb website www.trekearth.com which is about exploring our world through photography, it is amazing collection of places from all over and if you're interested in exploring somewhere you haven't been then I recommend putting in the name of the place you're going to, or even that you already live in, pressing search and seeing what comes up, you never know you may be just around the corner from some place fabulous that you haven't seen yet.
A stunning long exposure photograph taken as the stars trail over the Dokdo Island in Korea, and the lights of many fishing boats in the sea hide the horizon as if the stars have landed there, this was taken by Kwon O Chul and is such a beautiful photograph.
This comes from another amazing website, The World At Night (TWAN), this is an international effort to present stunning nightscape photographs and time-lapse videos of the world's landmarks against celestial events and attractions, and well worth a visit.
I love this photograph, it's obviously taken where people are welding, probably in a steel mill and although it's about one of the toughest industries and jobs on the planet there is still the capacity for a photographer to find something of beauty. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find the origin on this photograph but if anyone knows who took the photograph and where it was taken I would really appreciate it if they left me a comment and let me know (many thanks).
When I first saw this photograph I thought that it was a painting but it turns out to be a trend of photography called Urban Decay, basically photographers are taking pictures of old and derelict properties and using the architecture and ethereal lighting to produce gorgeous works of art in their photographs. This photo was taken in Beelitz-Heilstätten Sanatorium built in 1898 and designed by Heino Schmieden. Originally designed as a Sanatorium for the Berlin Workers Health Insurance Corporation it became a military hospital for the German Army during the First World War at which Adolf Hitler convalesced after a leg injury in the Battle of the Somme.
The Sanatorium consists of about 60 buildings and this photograph captures amazing detail and beauty still inherent in it's deserted corridors and rooms, I think the light shining through the windows and the beautiful blues and greens achieve an almost organic quality.
I took this photograph at a wedding that I attended this month, this is the very beautiful Palvi, who married our dear friend Raj Jerath, it was a wonderful wedding and the glitz, bling and glamour of the wedding will stay with me for many years to come. I wish them all the happiness they desire and more and I am sure that everyone who attended wishes them nothing but the very best in their new life together.