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A stroll down Memory Lane... (in 2 parts)

Last month Photobucket trashed the blogs of many of my friends by withdrawing (without notice) support for 3rd party hosting on free accounts. I have spent much time since then copying all my Photobucket images from my computer to my web site's new host server, and modifying thousands of image links on my Cat blog to point to the new locations - a job thankfully now completed. I will not be renewing my 2-year Photobucket subscription when it expires in November 2018!

The bright side is that I rediscovered many favourites in past years, going all the way back to StumbleUpon days in 2007. They were a nice reminder for me, and maybe they will be for other people too. I have added links so that you can click any image to go to the original post, which is sometimes large, and/or see related posts if you happen to be interested.

The following selections start in January this year, and work backwards to 2007 from there. As you can see from the HERE BE TREASURE section in my banner, archive pages 1 to 35 were copied from StumbleUpon during 2011, and mostly don't show the original post dates.

If you would like to skip all this, then (as usual) click the chevrons (>>) below to move on to my next “normal” post


Self-portrait by Ekaterina Romakina, a beautiful photographer who takes beautiful pictures of beautiful women - many more beautiful women to be found here (2017)

“Waiting for the Train” (my title), very nice work © by the Polish photographer Adam Wawrzyniak (2016)

My kind of place... one of several paintings that I was allowed to photograph in the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice, France (click the image for details and more paintings)

Translucent paint layers capture the energy of Ocean Waves - © Lia Melia (2015)

“All the Colours of the Rainbow - Solar Phlox” by Claudia Shifferova, whose other work is well worth checking out

This is my photograph of a painting by the Portuguese artist António Neves, hanging in the lobby of a hotel in Lisbon - from one of my photoblogs of Portugal

“Smile for today”, one of many, many reasons to visit Gatorindo's fine pages

Wonderful photography by Ellen-OW (Eleonore Swierczyna), one of several great animal portraits

From “The Art of Animation: Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli” (click the image for my large post)

“Summer Pastoral” by the British Columbia-born Canadian artist Don Li-Leger, whose other work is well worth exploring

Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza in the BBC's current second adaptation of Poldark - click the image for more on this excellent and hugely popular series

“Marina”, a beautiful portrait © by Sergey Spoyalov

One of several nice examples of animal friendship

From The Art of Animation: Disney's “Tangled” (click the image for my large post)

From the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, one of TV's finest dramas of any genre, enjoyed by SF and non-SF fans alike (click the image for my large post)

“Furlongs” by the painter, designer, book illustrator, wood engraver and official WWII War Artist) Eric Ravilious (click the image for more)

Beautiful image of autumn (or fall) in Canada, © by Magda Bognar (2014) (click the image for more)

A screenshot from “Lux Aeterna”, a truly beautiful video, blending science, nature and spirituality, from Cristóbal Vila (2013) (click the image for more screenshots and to play)

"Aux beaux jours, 1889" by Jules-Alexis Muenier (1863-1942) (2012)

"Surviving Winter" by Amy Bennett

A much-photographed scene that I took near the Royal Oak at Havant (near Portsmouth), a favourite pub of ours

Havant and the South Downs, October 2012 (click the image for my photoblog)

"Sweet Dawn" by Diane Varner - from her Daily Walks along the Northern California coastline and mountain trails
(seascapes, landscapes, insects, animals, found objects and macro images)

Dartmouth, South Devon, Sept/Oct 2012, including a visit to Greenway, Agatha Christie's much-loved holiday home (click the image for my photoblog)

Majorca, September 2012 (click the image for my photoblog)

London 2012: The beautiful games (Olympics) (click the image for my web site intro to several Categorian posts)

London 2012: The beautiful games (Paralympics) (click the image for my web site intro to several Categorian posts)

“Beijing was the first Paralympic Games where we were treated as equals.
London was the first Paralympic Games where we were treated as heroes.”


Several posts about the Mars Curiosity Rover, including my coverage from NASA TV of the JPL control room when the astonishing “sky crane” landing took place (click the image to see the set of posts)

Pane e Tulipani (Bread and Tulips) is an unmissable romantic comedy movie treat (click the image for my article)

"Autumn Frost", a very fine photograph (which needs to be seen full size) by Alex Ugalnikov

My photo of Epping Forest in autumn, one of a set of posts on the Forest (2011) (click the image to see the set of posts)

Beautiful photography by Wojtek Kwiatkowski (click the image for more)

A stroll down Memory Lane, part 2: “Stumbling Days”

StumbleUpon, before it was trashed by counter-productive greed in 2011, was a vibrant and varied community. I posted there between 2007 and 2011, and (as with Categorian) many of my posts were discoveries from my friends there.

In 2011 I copied most of my SU posts to Categorian, weeding out dated and not-so-good stuff. And now I have had to rescue the posts for the second time, this time from Photobucket, for much the same reasons as the exit from SU!

The following selections start with 2011 and work backwards to 2007 from there. Year dates (where given) are those of the original SU post, not the date of the Categorian post into which the original was copied.


One of many fine works © by the Croatian photographer Boris Frkovic (2011) (click the image for more)

"Underpass", a work by an unknown painter for the Federal Art Project, which gave financial and moral support to artists during the Depression (click the image for some fascinating details)

Some superb mountain photography by the Polish artist, photographer and designer Michal Karcz (more mountain scenery here)

"Peregrine Heathcote's paintings conjure a world of intoxicating glamour and intrigue, slipping across the boundaries of time to fuse iconic pre-war design with modern conceptions of beauty and silverscreen-era romance." (click the image for more)

"Sheewa IV", one of many beautiful wildlife pictures by the Russian photographer and nature enthusiast Lilia Tkachenko (click the image for more)

"Koi", beautiful stained glass by Robert Oddy (click the image for more)

A lovely image, copyright by the Russian studio ArtWom

"Evening bends", beautiful photography by the Ukraine-based photographer lad_i_mir

"Imogen Heap performing live for Indie103.1, spine-tingling stuff. Just the girl herself, sampling and looping her own vocals live on this version of Just For Now." (click the image to see more and to play the astonishing video)

“Caretake this moment” (click the image for the full post, and don't miss these other great posts contributed by my friend Sandy)

My photos of Mykonos on a windy day, image-improved as a Photoshop training exercise (2010, from originals taken summer 2006)

Summer Cabin Kitchen, Wonderful examples of the use of light in painting by Scott Prior (click the image for more)

"Escape" by Zach Blume (2010) (click the image for a bit extra from Frank Sinatra...)

"Brandywine Valley" by the American contemporary realist painter Andrew Wyeth

"Two Girls With An Oleander (detail)" by Gustav Klimt (2009)

"Jewel of the Smiles", a beautiful entry in the Benoît Mandelbrot Fractal Art Contest 2007 by Joe Zazulak (and if you have wondered what is really behind the awesome Mandelbrot Set, try my explanation here)

A Childhood Dream III by the Turkish artist Yusuf Artun (click the image for more)

“Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence...” (click the image for more)

"Pearl Harbour", by Jacek Yerka

Extraordinarily graceful and beautiful paintings by the contemporary Chinese artist Feng Chang Jiang (click the image for more)

An untitled picture by Vladimir Kutchinsky, one of my favourites (click the image for more)

"Rainy day", one of many beautiful pictures by Alexander Volkov (2008) (click the image for more)

I love Peanuts - click the image for my whole collection so far!

Sunflowers, a lovely still-life picture by Avrora (click the image for my whole still-life collection)

One of my own photos of the quiet Western Quarter of Venice (click the image for more from our Venice trip)

"Yellow and Blue", one of many great pictures of ordinary life by Jeffrey T Larson

"Tobermory Shipwreck", by Peter Zentjens from Beringen, Belgium (click the image for more)

Stealing from an Eye by ~calico901 (a very interesting collaborative effort, click the image for more)

"If I was an old building I would want to be by the ocean. Till' the end of times" - photographed by Bernie (`foureyes) (click the image for more)

One of my favourite photos (author unknown) of Aishwarya Rai, one of the most beautiful women on the planet...

"Umbrella Sky" by the Polish digital artist Marta Dahlig (`blackeri) (click the image for more)

With Freedom For All, a wonderful scratch board picture by Judy Larson, which has hidden secrets unless you look very carefully (click the image for more)

"Diaries of Past Years", a beautiful work by Andrey Kurdyukov - I could sit and look at this for hours!

"A Family Album Portrait" by Nadya Kulagina (click the image for more)

"Leaping to the high, wild mountain", by children's illustrator Jackie Morris (click the image for more)

An attractive acrylic painting by Wes Hyde - my kind of place!

"Healing (2006)", an absolutely beautiful work of digital art, one of many by the Korean artist Hyung Jun Kim (click the image for more)

"Elixir" by the French digital artist Melanie Delon (click the image for more)

"Bear Feet" © by Bill Lockhart, who sadly died in 2013 (2007) (click the image for more)


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