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“Seven Mile Milky Way, Avalon N.J.”

“Big Sur Bioluminescence”

Fine photography © by Jack Fusco, whose other work is well worth checking out

I was introduced to this photographer here on the very fine pages of Through My Eyes, one of my favourite blogs on the Internet. Thanks!

If you like this...

[Many of us miss so much through light pollution - some nice examples of what we're missing here]

Fine work by the Algerian artist Faiza Maghni, whose other work is well worth checking out
(thanks to ThePhil51 and Gatorindo (David) for this one)

Photo by the wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas, whose other work is well worth exploring

Thanks to ChrystalStars, whose beautiful pages were just what I needed to cheer me up!

A beautiful image by the Austrian photographer Franz Pazdera

One of many beautiful things to be found on the fine pages of Jilli. Do visit her if you haven't already!

What I particularly appreciate about her blog is the information that accompanies each image, something which is much appreciated.

“Moonlight Cruise”

“Moonlight Cruise 2”

“Sunset over the Atlantic”

Some great aviation photography © by JPC Van Heijst, a professional photographer and pilot who currently flies as a Senior First Officer on Boeing 747-8 and -400 freighters. His other work is well worth checking out.

Found on the very fine pages of blacksock - thanks!.

Moonshadow68 has a wonderful collection of cartoons - if you haven't checked them out, I highly recommend a visit!

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

Found on the very nice pages of Raktazole (Danièla)

If you like this...

[The Still Life category on]
[... and my still-life tag]

“Morning Stillness” © by lighttrouve (Russell Tomlin) - one of many fine examples of his work, which include some wonderful landscapes and abstract photography

Found on the very nice pages of Vedika, where you will find much interesting and beautiful stuff. If you haven't already, do visit!

Margarita Kareva from the Russian city of Ekaterinburg is a wedding photographer making magical photos of women. [Margarita] is all grown up, but fairytales still inspire her everyday job as a fantasy photographer...”

A photographer whose other work is well worth exploring, found on the beautiful and interesting pages of Ladygray.

Hand-painted stones, examples of what the artist calls “dotillism art”, by Elspeth McLean, a painter and art therapist from Australia, who writes:

“Painting is my way to find my “happy place” and colour is a way to express and celebrate the colours of my soul. By using bright and vivid colours and intricate dot work style, the artwork I create becomes a direct expression of my experience of life. I tend to focus on the more uplifting and beautiful aspects of this world because I think there is already enough darkness.”

I can certainly relate to that...

One of many delights to found on the pages of regtf1948.

“Little Girl at the Aquarium” by Royce Hutain (aka Visual Burrito)

Royce Hutain is also the guy who makes those neat LED “Glowy Zoey” stick figure costumes that glow in the dark. If you want to have some fun at night with your kids, check them out!

I found this here on the very nice pages of Reflections, a visit to which is highly recommended.

A fine work of animation, featured in one of many, many fine posts by Retrit, one of the best bloggers to move from SU to Categorian. Enjoy her post, but don't miss all the other great stuff on her pages!

If I had to choose just one picture to convey the flavour of expressioniste (Aline)'s wonderful pages (an impossible task) then this still from Albert Lamorisse's 1965 classic Le Ballon Rouge might be it (see here for her post with more stills).

And if I had to choose just one phrase to sum up her pages, it would be the "joie de vivre" which she kindly spreads to all of us. Whether it's her love of all things French, or beautiful fashion, or sunny pictures, or her delight in good food, or any of a hundred other things, I always (reluctantly) come away from her pages feeling much happier about life than when I arrived.

If you like this...

[Enjoy some more "joie de vivre"!]
[French films]

From the beautiful and uplifting pages of Chaotiqual:

which reminded me of this great song, which I always associate with the movie Sleepless in Seattle:

sung beautifully here by the Russian-born jazz vocalist Sophie Milman:

If you like this:

[Random acts of kindness (links)]
[Pay it forward (from my web page)]

A collection of soothing music videos, arranged as a playlist, perfect for insomniacs... thanks, Little Lu Lu!

(Click the image to play)

A beautiful Orivit Art Nouveau vase, from a blog well worth visiting

Discovered for me by Tamarlass, whose pages are also a treasure trove of beautiful things and well worth visiting!

Click the image above to visit this wonderful page.

When you get there, you can drag the globe around with your mouse, or roll the mouse-wheel to make the globe bigger or zoom in to see fine detail.

You can also click the word earth (when you reach the page) and change what you are looking at in lots of interesting ways, including viewing historical or forecast data instead of current data.

Click the word earth again to return to the full view.

I have a desktop stretching across two monitors (easy if your graphics card has a dual head), and I like putting the big earth on the left hand monitor - I could watch it for hours!

If you want to do this, and you have two monitors, right-click the image above and select "open in new window", and just drag the window to the other monitor. (People with two monitors probably know this already, but I thought I would advertise one of the many benefits!)

Thanks to joris3pinter for this great find!

007sue writes:

“A great pastime... drew my little granddaughter while I was laid up in bed with flu... sort of LOL”...

Sue has many talents - check out her photography also!

Anothersusan writes:

The mysterious stone figures known as inuksuit can be found throughout the circumpolar world. Inukshuk, the singular of inuksuit, means "in the likeness of a human" in the Inuit language. They are monuments made of unworked stones that are used by the Inuit for communication and survival. The traditional meaning of the inukshuk is "Someone was here" or "You are on the right path."

This is an example of her own amazing photography, and is only part of what you will find if you click the image to visit her original post.

A visit to Susan's site is highly recommended!

A sample of the beautiful photography of Anna Ådén, a fine art and freelance portrait photographer living in Umeå, northern Sweden (click each image for the various sources)

I found this photographer here on the beautiful pages of Annie Hall, and I was introduced to Annie (as to so many beautiful things and people) by ensemble5. A visit to both of these Categorians is highly recommended.

If you like this...

[Try clicking the winter or sweden tags, among others...]

Wonderful photography © by our own 007Sue1

From the wonderful cartoon collection of moonshadow68 - don't miss the rest!

One of many fun illustrations by David Mottram - thanks, Yobaba!

(Yobaba's fine blog, BTW, features an entertaining view of right-wing US politics and religion that for me is somehow perfectly captured by "half-caf" and "regular"!)

If you like this...

[Sleepless nights...]

The Iniciatic Well on the Regaleira Estate, Sintra, Portugal (another great image of this place will be found here).

Thanks to masnich9 for this one!

*Broken link fixed!*

A wonderful surreal film by Nicolas Devaux, whose other work is well worth checking out, e.g. here

(My personal prize for the most cretinous comment seen so far this year on YouTube, an award for which there is fierce competition, goes to the person who saw a few minutes of this film and triumphantly announced that it was "a fake".)

Thanks to romancinme and ensemble5 for this one!

This is a wonderful site where you can listen to free music with videos - typically 40-50 tracks (selection may vary from visit to visit) from almost any artist you want.

Start here, type in the name of the artist you want to hear, select from the drop-down list (even if it doesn't seem necessary), and away you go!

You can skip tracks, or go straight to a track that you like from the playlist. From a playlist page you can type in the name of another artist that you want to listen to, or select your next artist from a list of suggestions. That last feature has the nice effect of introducing you to other artists that you might like, based on what you are playing now ( also does this, but in a different way).

Here, mostly for my own benefit, is a somewhat eclectic (and growing) list of artists that I really like listening to from this site (you may have to wait a few seconds after clicking one of these before the corresponding playlist opens):

ABBA ~ Abbey Lincoln ~ Alicia Keys ~ Amy Winehouse ~ Andrea Bocelli ~ Bert Kaempfert ~ Blackmore's Night ~ Blondie ~ Carpenters ~ Chris Botti ~ Chris Spheeris ~ Diana Krall ~ Dire Straits ~ Eddi Reader ~ Emmylou Harris ~ Enya ~ Eric Clapton ~ Eva Cassidy ~ Fleetwood Mac ~ Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass ~ Govi ~ Imogen Heap ~ James Galway ~ Jesse Cook ~ Katie Melua ~ Mark Knopfler ~ Melody Gardot ~ Nanci Griffith ~ Natalie Imbruglia ~ Neil Diamond ~ Nick Drake ~ Nigel Kennedy ~ Paul Simon ~ Queen ~ Roberta Flack ~ Roy Orbison ~ Sara Bareilles ~ Sarah Blasko ~ Secret Garden ~ Simon & Garfunkel ~ Sophie Milman

Descriptions of this site that I have found suggest that selecting your next artist queues up that artist for when the current playlist is finished - hence "neverending". However with my PC setup, selecting the next artist jumps there immediately. That's no problem for me!

Thanks to saboma and s-reg for this one!

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Great stuff...

Thanks to burlm47 (another ex-Stumbler) for this one. If you haven't visited his pages yet, please do!

"Aftertase" by the Taiwanese artist Jungshan (whose other work is well worth checking out)

Found on the always-beautiful pages of ensemble5

If you like this...

[The work of Hu Jundi]

La Venise Verte (The Green Venice) from a visit to the Vendée, Western France in 1996

"Gust of wind" (small detail from "The Bedroom", 1998)

Lovely watercolours by Bottletop, whose Categorian blog is well worth visiting (for many reasons)

"White Pocket, Arizona" by Richard Barnes (worth seeing full size, and worth checking out Richard's other work)

One of many great landscapes to be found on the pages of lexlu4 - thanks, Lex!

[If you're looking for more desktop wallpaper, click the wallpaper tag above...]

"Nocturne in Stramberk" by the Czech artist Tavik František Šimon (T.F. Šimon)

(Stramberk is a small mountain town in the Czech Republic, described here)

Thanks to Betty-Boop for this one!

Great watercolours by the Australian artist Joseph Zbukvic, whom I discovered on the very fine pages of Trrrei

"After organizing our bookshelf almost a year ago, my wife and I (Sean Ohlenkamp) decided to take it to the next level. We spent many sleepless nights moving, stacking, and animating books at Type bookstore in Toronto (883 Queen Street West, (416) 366-8973)."

Great fun - thanks, Purplegem!

Wonderful time-lapse photography of the San Francisco Bay Area by Simon Cristen

One of several time-lapse videos found here

Thanks to aldchronicle56 (Allan) for another of his many generous and excellent shares.

I am pleased to report that Allan is now here on Categorian, with a slightly different username! (I shall keep the old tag name to avoid confusion.)

This is as heart-warming and perfect a story of Pay It Forward as you are likely to see this Christmas. If you watch nothing else, spend 10 minutes on this one...

Thanks to Gentle-Gypsy for this one.

Bach, Preludio, Partita in E Major, performed by Lara St John, solo violin

Chopin, Nocturne in E-flat Major, opus 9 no.2, Piano Solo, performed by Stephen Malinowski
(who is a very talented software writer as well as musician)

Two of many wonderful music animations by Stephen Malinowski (smalin) - both of these links are well worth visiting

Thanks to chryssanthemum (Chryssie) and bordertourista (Candace) for these!

From the page:

This young barn owl is one in a million after being born with a rare genetic condition that has made her feathers jet black.

Sable, who is two years old, suffers from melanism, a 100,000-to-one gene mutation that makes her the exact opposite to an albino.

Dark-hued owls are normally killed at birth by their confused mothers but Sable was born in captivity and so she survived, meaning she is one of only three in existence in Britain.


This is the current avatar of Toetie, a lady from the Netherlands (and another SU refugee) whose pages are filled with great art.

"Sunset in Central Park"

"Magic Evening"

Evgeny Lushpin is something of a "formula" artist, but I really like these - thanks, Carouselle!

"Morning" by Nikolay Popov (tooDee)

I am one of those rare people who are almost immune to caffeine, but after a working life of early starts I recognize the feeling!

Found on the fine pages of batchbatcharak.

"Large Puddle on Sherer's Hill" © by Kathleen Connally - thanks to alice44 for this one

Wonderful photography © by the Russian photographer and artist Anka Zhuravleva

I found Anka here on the beautiful pages of SansMots.

One of many wondrous images to be found on the pages of an2net

Click the image for the excellent information always provided with each Astronomy Picture of the Day

Free association...

[Starry Starry Night, by Vincent Van Gogh]

"Boltenharrers laboratory"

"Flying Rigmor"

"Rogerson and the Diving Bell"

A small sample of the wonderful work by Swedish illustrator Alexander Jansson

I found this artist on the pages of my friend Borderline, who has recently updated her really useful Categorian help information - don't miss it!

"Starry Night Over the Rhone" by Vincent van Gogh - found on the always-beautiful pages of Cyrion

If you like this...

[Starry Starry Night]

"Torus knot fun" by zipper

I couldn't resist snaffling this from ToeTagJaneDoe (Sofie)'s fine pages (now on Categorian).

It took a while to track down the original, but I eventually discovered it on this very fine mathematical art page, which is worth visiting in its own right.

A fun image by the German artist Jeremiah Morelli, whose other work is well worth checking out

Dunja, who hails from Serbia, has a really interesting, intelligent and fun blog, with a life-loving spirit about it that is all too rare. A visit to her fine pages is highly recommended, especially if you like books, music and fantasy art - but there is much else there to discover.

I am pleased to say that Dunja is now here on Categorian!

"My Muse", a fine performance by the Texan Bluegrass singer and songwriter Sarah Jarosz, found on Comely1's very fine pages

I am delighted to say that Comely1 is now here on Categorian as tobeannounced

"Rainy Clouds"

"From Hillhead"

"Feeding the Birds"

"Birch and Snow"

Some wonderful Scottish contemporary art by David Body, discovered for me (as she does so often) by Johnshaven (Alison)

  • 29th May 2013:

  • Sadly (from our point of view) Alison has withdrawn from blogging now, but I featured her many times here on my own blog, and if you click the johnshaven tag above (or go here) you will still see some of her delightful output.

This creative photo from The Design Inspiration is just one of many interesting and beautiful things that I have found on Deb's pages - thanks for this one! I found it on Deb's old StumbleUpon pages, I am delighted that she is now here on Categorian.

If you haven't done so already, do give Deb a visit. You'll be glad that you did.

"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."

I snaffled this gratefully from Les's extraordinarily beautiful SU pages, where treasure is to be found no matter where you look.

Thankfully, Les is now here on Categorian!

"Autumn in JongMyo (Mausoleum of the Fall)", beautiful digital art by 97bzo (Eun Hee Choi)

You will find this here in the Gallery, in the section "Personal works of 97bzo", 4th row of thumbnails...

More about Eun Hee Choi here

This is from the stunningly beautiful and interesting pages of ensemble5 (her old pages on SU, but she's here on Categorian now!)

If you like this...

["Healing", an absolutely beautiful work of digital art by Eun Hee Choi's husband Hyung Jun Kim]

"Goddess of Water" by Ronnie Biccard, an artist whose work is well worth exploring

"Water is the element of purification, the subconscious mind. It is love and emotions. Water is the element of absorption and production. It saturates all life forms and within us we flow with the "tide" of our feelings. It involves intuition, insight, conception and pregnancy, fertility, the womb, health, beauty and divination."

From the delightful pages of my friend Fairydost (Banu), where many other beautiful things are to be found.

I am delighted to say that Banu is now Bumblebee here on Categorian (but sadly, from my point of view, her blog is private).

"Torn", a great track by Natalie Imbruglia (image from here)
Click the image to play

Thanks to Bluesemotion for this find!

From, an eclectic meeting place of people interested in science and invention. It's different - trust me!

This great post by David (I'm still laughing!) will give you some idea of his sense of humour (and his thoughts on some other subjects as well). His pages are interesting as well as funny and there are many treasures to be found there. A visit is highly recommended.

"The Night of Quijote" by Mariano Villalba

Stargazer902's SU pages are a true delight to visit. They are full of fine music, art, poetry, science and much else besides, beautifully presented. What is harder to describe (you need to go there) is the beautiful spirit behind it all.

PS She's here on Categorian now!

"In Search of Home", mixed media on wood by Darrah Danielle

I found this on Inga's StumbleUpn pages - I'm glad to see that Inga has moved here! Inga has a lively interest in poetry, word craft, science, arts, beauty, food, music and much else besides. You will also discover (if you haven't already) an intellectual stumbler with a truly beautiful spirit.

"Impression, Soleil Levant", Giclee on Canvas, by Ton Dubbeldam

StumbleUpon was lucky to have a number of stumblers whose pages are (among other things) superb art galleries in their own right, with great information as well as beautiful images. I found this work of art here on the pages of hhj.

I am pleased to say that hhj is now here on Categorian!

Fourteenth, who hails from Greece, has a beautiful and interesting view of life, which she makes you feel very welcome to share.

Among many delights to be found on her pages are her own photographs of places that she clearly loves - the first of these lovely examples was taken on the shores of the North Aegean Sea.

On her pages you will also find beautiful and interesting art, music, and thoughtful comments on all kinds of things. This is one of those blogs that has a very nice feel to it. Don't miss it!

Anne had a beautiful and uplifting blog on StumbleUpon, full of an optimistic, humorous and intelligent spirit, and I am delighted to see that she is over here on Categorian. She takes a lot of care over what she posts - "quality not quantity" seems to be one of her criteria, which is something I greatly appreciate.

If you like a positive, sunny outlook on life...

[Some other things that make life worth living]
[The Bright Side]

One of many beautiful photographic studies of ice by David Hirmes, a very interesting guy!

This is only one of many artistic treasures to be found on the pages of my friend louvain95, who hails from Belgium.

Louvain95 writes: "Peace and harmony are my favourite words and I try to ensure them around me (between people, between things). We brought up our now adult children along a river and discovered it creates a sense of community between neighbours - chatting on towpaths you know :). The river is a little miracle of changing beauty every morning and I love it, despite its (rare) flooding alerts."