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

Landscape © by James Lynch, much of whose work is inspired by hang gliding in England's West Country, and who is often compared to Eric Ravilious

“100 Years” © by Steven White

Thanks yet again for this one to Jerry, and for all these other treasures that I have gratefully snaffled from him over the years.

Fine photography © by the Ukrainian photographer Alexey Argentum, whose other work
is well worth checking out

I was introduced to this photographer on the very fine pages of Reflections, who has one of my favourite blogs on the Internet and is also a fine photographer. Thanks!

Christmas Card Art

The best Christmas cards can have some great art. I particularly liked these two (click either image for more by the artist):

“Homeward Bound”, a digital painting © by Carla Vize-Martin

“Winter Run” © by Giuliana Lazzerini, much of whose work is influenced by the Tuscan landscape and her childhood memories

Wishing everyone a very happy Christmas, and a peaceful and prosperous New Year!

Norwegian “Slow TV” at its best...

Click any of my screenshots below to play.

A few days into the voyage we leave Molde, the “Town of Roses” with a jazz festival, on the way to Kristiansund

Arriving in Kristiansund, which turns out to be a fascinating place. Many of its inhabitants are descendents of Scotsmen. It was settled as early as 8000 BC, and is the home of an important opera festival.

If you would love to take some or all of this long trip, which starts in Bergen, takes in the Gerainger fjord and Ålesund among other places, and goes right around the top of Norway inside the Arctic circle, but (like us) may never be able to do it, then this one-hour video is the next best thing to being there.

The commentary is truly excellent, the scenery is awesome, and you can enjoy some great music along the way.

If you like this...

[The Hurtigruten Shipping line]
[Slow going: why 'slow TV' is catching on fast - Channel 4 News]
[More Slow TV]

“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]

This is Lakeview Manor in Skyrim, a residence that I built myself (as have many others) while in the game - a pleasantly satisfying interlude amongst all the mayhem. It's one of many tucked-away places that Rob Dwiar is fond of.

(Skyrim provides a truly vast and varied world to explore, including much beautiful wild scenery.)

This is another of Rob's selections, the Drake Family Residence that you encounter in Libertalia (a place in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, which I haven't played).

Over to Rob for his own words (click any image here to read his article and see many other places):

If you like this...

[“Other Places”: videos of beautiful game landscapes set to music]

This is a picture of the Männlichen in Switzerland, with the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau wall in the background and Wengen below to the right. The valley that Wengen sits in must be one of the most beautiful places on earth.

My wife and I once went parapenting off the Männlichen in winter (each dual-seat with a pilot), starting a little out of shot to the right, descending eventually to Wengen below - an exhilarating experience that we shall never forget.

The photo comes from a site that looks really great if you like mountain walking - click it if you would like to visit.

“Through the Barley to the Wide Open Plain” © by the collage artist Vanessa Stone

“A Secret Cove (Australia)” by John Neil

Another grateful snaffle from the fine pages of Jerry.

Happy New Year!

“Sunset on the Rolling Hills” in Alberta, Canada, by Dan Jurak, whose other work is well worth checking out

Two of many fine watercolours © by Stan Miller (reproduced here with kind permission)

“Good Morning Damian Shan”
“The overall winner, and open award winner, in the nature/landscape category, is a shot of the Li River in Guangxi province, China. All photographs courtesy the Epson International Panoramic Photography awards.
Photograph: Jesús M. García

(Go here for large wallpaper version)

One of my favourite desktop wallpapers (click image for large version), photographer sadly unknown

More winter landscape wallpapers here

“Moonlight Wonderland” by Urmo Parts, a National Geographic photographer who hails from Järlepa, Raplamaa, Estonia (map link), and whose other work is well worth exploring

“Portrait of a Tree” © by Nathaniel Merz, whose other work (from his home in South Korea) is well worth checking out

Another grateful snaffle from the fine pages of Jerry.

A very nice image by Vyacheslav Palacheva - it's a little like this in the UK, right now

Thanks mairem (and Jerry)!

Dear Esther

Last month I also spent some time here, on a wild Hebridean island.

Dear Esther is called a computer game, or sometimes a “walking simulator”, only because there isn't another way to categorize it. Your only objective is to explore the island, while the mystery of a past tragedy unfolds - an unlikely source of enjoyment, you might think.

The island itself is a true work of art, a vast environment that has to be experienced through the “game” (including its atmospheric soundtrack) to be appreciated. Among many extraordinary details, the sparse foliage is stirred by the wind that blows constantly (and blows harder as you climb upwards).

You can - and should - explore everywhere that isn't too steep. You can leave the paths (such as they are) and walk across open terrain, or the rocks of a stream bed, or enter water (salt or fresh) and try swimming. A flashing beacon on the highest point of the island, visible from many places, provides some orientation and a kind of goal.

Your exploration will fall into 4 sequential segments, or chapters. You can (and will probably want to) re-enter the exploration at the start of any segment you have been in before, or at the last point that you saved.

My screenshot above is taken close to the end of the second segment. If you are brave enough (you think I'm kidding?) to follow the path that eventually reaches the bottom of the chasm in front of you, you have a chance of entering the third segment - for which I am deliberately not providing screenshots.

The following are some of my screenshots from the last segment:

If you click any of these screenshots then you will find out a lot more about the game. The principal genius behind it is Robert Briscoe (a link worth following if you're interested in the technology).

If you play the game then you may be surprised by the apparent lack of controls or guidance information. If so, you might find this helpful.

And finally, if you haven't met Steam before, it's a good way to buy and share computer games without physical media, much as streamed and downloaded video is gradually replacing DVDs. Having bought this game through Steam, I can download and play games for free from the Steam libraries of my American family, providing that the purchaser isn't playing any of their own games at the same time - but the sharing mechanism (intended originally for families with separate computers) is somewhat tricky and counter-intuitive to set up.

If you like this...

[PC's most relaxing games - PC Gamer]

1 Hour Long Sunrise at Langstiņi Lake, Garkalnes novads, Latvia (map link)

If you're feeling stressed, or even if you're not, why not stop for a while and watch this nice example of Slow TV (full screen on the TV in your living room, if you can)?

“A warm Farewell” by Scott Ruthven - from the fine pages of Jerzee55sst

“Solitary” by Mary Pettis

Gratefully snaffled (as so many others) from the fine pages of Jerzee55sst - thanks again, Jerry!

“The Innermost House Foundation is a non-profit organization devoted to exploring the transcendental dimension of American life expressed by Thomas Jefferson in his writings, preached by Ralph Waldo Emerson, practiced by Henry David Thoreau at Walden Pond and lived by Diana Lorence at Innermost House.”

What started out for me as the discovery of a pretty picture led me to an unexpected wealth of information (and a whole lot of other beautiful images, e.g. these) that I had never come across before. If you follow the links (as I know most people won't have time to do) you can spend hours here...

Yet another great share by overthetrail - thanks, Sandy!

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

“Harbor Master's House” by Barbara Applegate, whose other work is well worth checking out

Gratefully snaffled (as so many others) from the fine pages of Jerzee55sst - thanks again, Jerry!

A very nice image by the Lithuanian photographer Olegas Kurasovas, whose other work is well worth exploring

Also available in high-res as desktop wallpaper (click the wallpaper tag for more of those)

“Emerald Morning”, an oil painting of an “absolutely classic PA barn” on the Granogue Estate, by Stephen White

Gratefully snaffled (as so many others) from the fine pages of Jerzee55sst - thanks again, Jerry!

If you like this...

["Autumn Frost", a very fine photograph by Alex Ugalnikov]
[...and try the jerzee55sst or autumn or landscape tags - just a suggestion!]

La droguerie de limandes, Scheveningen, 1882 aka “The fish-drying barn" by Vincent van Gogh

A particularly nice picture that I hadn't seen before - thanks so much to Betty-Boop for this one!

Night view of one of the Dutch windmills at Kinderdijk (from Wikimedia Commons, click image for source)

If you like this...

[“Windmills of your Mind”]

“Sunset Tree” © by Vanda Ralevska, whose other work is well worth checking out

“Under the Vaulted Sky” © by Vanda Ralevska, whose other work is well worth checking out

Untitled picture © Jean-Michel Priaux, a photographer who transforms landscapes into art with expert photomanipulation.
Click the image for many examples of his work (highly recommended).

Thanks once again to Chaotiqual for this one!

“Downs in Winter”


Marvellous watercolours by the painter, designer, book illustrator, wood engraver and official War Artist (1940) Eric Ravilious, whose other work is well worth exploring (click either image above if you're interested).

For me, the spirit of Granny Aching still watches over these scenes of “The Chalk”. If you know what I mean then you might also be a fan of Terry Pratchett's wonderful books about Tiffany Aching (trainee witch) and The Wee Free Men (a bunch of tiny Caledonian hooligans), set in a mirror of this countryside (and assorted interconnecting worlds). The books are a unique combination of deep humanity, earthy wisdom and hilarious dialogue - if you have yet to try them, you might enjoy taking a look here.


“Little Fishes”

From “Slater's Sussex, the colour woodcuts of Eric Slater” by James Trollope, the first study of a British colour woodcut artist since Malcolm Salaman's William Giles as far back as 1928.

“Surrounded by the Italian Alps, Funes is blanketed by a layer of crystal white snow every winter.”    —photographer: ewitsoe (exceptionally recommended)

Shirakawa-go is a small, traditional village known for its incredibly steep roofs that were made to withstand some of the heaviest snowfall in the world.”    —photographer: Miyamoto Y

Vyborg lies on the border between Russia and Finland and is surrounded by the Saimaa Canal, which freezes over in winter. From the castle tower, the entire town is visible in its snow-capped beauty.”    —photographer: EGRA

This page is unusual in crediting, and linking to, the sources of all of its photos, including the three shown here - sources that are well worth following up!

Many thanks (again) to Renaissance2007 (Julian) for this find.

This great photo of one of the Dutch windmills at Kinderdijk (from Wikimedia Commons, click image for source) reminded me of Noel Harrison's version of Michel Legrand's song "Windmills of Your Mind" (“Les Moulins de Mon Coeur”) that appeared in the original 1968 version of The Thomas Crown Affair.

It wasn't a great movie, I have to say, but it had much to enjoy, notably the sexual chemistry between Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway (including their famously erotic chess game).

If you'd like a nostalgia trip to the 60's, you can watch the movie's glider sequence, which was accompanied by an abridged version of Noel Harrison's song, here (or click the image to the right).

Noel Harrison performs the complete version of his song here.

BTW: The girlfriend watching Thomas Crown gliding is played by the beautiful Dutch fashion model Astrid Heeren (a purely decorative role in this movie).

In searching for videos of Michel Legrand's original, I also came across this very nice video of the instrumental version.

In complete contrast...

Later on, the Muppets produced a gloriously funny interpretation of the same song, which anyone who has suffered from seriously jangled nerves (or is only “calm on the outside”) can relate to... you can watch that here (or click the image to the left).


If you like this...

[Night photo of the Dutch windmills at Kinderdijk]
[Great music and style from the 60's: Claude Lelouch's film Un Homme et une Femme, with music by Francis Lai]

“In Silence” by REgiNA (whose other work is well worth checking out)

Hockley Valley

“Morning on the Farm”

“Jenne Farm”

Beautiful images of autumn (or fall) in Canada, © by Magda Bognar

From the page Fall or autumn: the Canadian dilemma:

If you like this...

[Autumn and winter images by Anka Zhuravleva]

“Enjoy this beautiful piece with an appropriately awe-inspiring slideshow”

“The Adagio in G minor for violin, strings and organ continuo, is a neo-Baroque composition popularly attributed to the 18th century Venetian master Tomaso Albinoni, but in fact composed almost entirely by the 20th century musicologist and Albinoni biographer Remo Giazotto.” (thanks, Antonio!)

Images © Stian Klo

Stian is a landscape photographer from Norway who grew up in Vesterålen and is now based in Harstad - two places that I would like to visit!

Stian's other work is well worth checking out.

Watercolours by Edward Seago   (click images for sources and related pictures, click other links for place info)

“Cattle on the Marshes, Norfolk

“Behind the Dunes, Sea Palling

“Shrimp boats on the Suffolk coast”

Brancaster Staithe

If you like this...

[Try clicking the watercolour tag (just a suggestion!)]

This wonderful happy song (click the lyrics to listen) reminded me...

Life sometimes seem just too frenetic, with no time to stop and watch the world go by.

The Norwegians, recognizing this, have pioneered a new kind of entertainment with Slow TV. You can spend hours on a train just looking at the scenery, or enjoy a slow cruise up the Norwegian fjords, or stare dreamily into a log fire (if you're not lucky enough to have one of your own), or watch salmon swimming upstream...

It sounds unlikely as a crowd-pleaser? Well, an early experiment drew 1.25 million viewers in Norway, about a fifth of the population, and the idea is certainly taking off as you can see here (literally, in the case of British Airways, who are introducing an example of Slow TV on their long haul flights).

I peek into the future and sadly see people still living in urban sprawls, but with low-cost giant HD screens showing a better world outside...

If you like this...

[A complete virtual trip (can be sampled!) on the Trans Siberian Railway]
[Caretake this moment...]
[Go placidly amid the noise and haste...]
[Creating a field of flowers]
[Things to enjoy in life (including this one)]

"Spring Blossoms II" (2011) by Catherine Nelson

Click the image to see a complete slideshow (worth viewing full screen)

From the page:

If you like this...

[More images of Catherine's work]

Lake Hallstatt (or Hallstätter See) in the Salzkammergut, Austria

Lake Sampaloc, an inactive volcanic maar on the island of Luzon, the Philippines

Lake Ohrid, straddling the mountainous border between southwestern Macedonia and eastern Albania,
one of Europe's deepest and oldest lakes

Thanks to Cyrion for this find!

“Today the account of an extraordinary encounter with an extraordinary woman, leading me from Erfurt in Germany to Wessex in Britain, Simiane in the Provence and Orsalina near Locarno in Switzerland” —Gerbrand Caspers

A modern view of Simiane-la-Rotonde, Provence

“View of Simiane”, probably 8th century

If you're interested in art and/or history, click either image for a typically fascinating entry (one of very many) in Gerbrand's Linosaurus Blog - a detective story behind just one of thousands of linoleum and woodblock prints.

(Gerbrand hails from the Netherlands, but he is kind enough to present most of his treasure-trove in English.)

Maligne Lake (I learn from Wikipedia) is a lake in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada. It is famed for the colour of its water, the surrounding peaks, the three glaciers visible from the lake and Spirit Island, one of the most photographed locations in the world.

I've just added it to my bucket list!

Click the photo (donated to Wikimedia Commons by Christian Abend) for a desktop wallpaper sized image.

“Other Places” (1 of 2)

My screenshots below are from one of my favourites of these videos - Skyrim (The Elder Scrolls V). Click any image below to enjoy the landscapes, set to nice music.

You can find all of ultrabrilliant's Other Worlds videos here, and another set of screenshots (urbanscape, for a change) in my previous post below.

If you like this...

[Another post on Skyrim]

"Sunset on the gums" by Natalia Kolyadyuk (a wildlife and nature photographer whose other work is well worth checking out)

If you like this...

["Girlfriends", beautiful picture of dog and horse, by Natalia Kolyadyuk]

"Seascape around Naples c1866" - Wikimedia Commons

"Across the Apennines (1867)" - Naples, Capodimonte Museum

Two wonderful paintings by Giuseppe De Nittis (1846-1887), an Italian painter who fell in love with Paris and whose work merges the styles of Salon art and Impressionism. An excellent article on his life and works will be found here.

If you like this...

[Slideshow of some other works by Giuseppe de Nittis, with nice music]
["Aux beaux jours, 1889" by Jules-Alexis Muenier (1863-1942)]
["Conversations in the Garden of Luxembourg" by Vittorio Matteo Corcos]
["Girl With Guitar", a beautiful example of Decorative Impressionism by Richard Edwardl Miller]

BTW: seascapes are one of my favourite categories... if you like them too, try clicking the seascape tag...

"Aasleagh waterfall" (County Mayo, Ireland) by Ulrich Greger

An example of many fine photographs of places and people all around the world that can be found on - a great photographic travel site linked to Google maps, well worth exploring.

Thanks, Elegantlady (Roberta)!

[All images from (paged!)]

Nice desktop wallpaper (author unknown) found for me by batchbatcharak


If you haven't met the very useful "site:" option in Google search before, which restricts your search to a particular site, try this link for fun (it produces a lot of good photos):

[All images from (paged!)]

(you can refine the search by adding further keywords in the Google search box like animals or landscape, or playing with Google's Search tools)

"Desert Bloom", nice desktop wallpaper obtained from here

Nature versus progress...

From the page:

A photo of desert blooms with much of the proposed project site in the background. The creosote bush scrub habitat is home to a robust tortoise population, and one of the last remaining pockets of a rare desert plant known as the white-margined beardtongue...


"Jurassic View - The Quiraing, Skye, Scotland" © by Ian Cameron

Thanks, johnshaven (Alison)!

[ If you like this, you might like some of the tags at the top of this post... ]

"Beinn a' Bheithir" by the superb landscape photographer John Parminter (needs to be seen full size)

Thanks to Lexlu4 (Lex) (who has some great landscapes on his pages) for this one.

The author, Troy Lim, writes:

"This was taken in December 2010 during my first trip to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. It took me four days, waiting in the cold weather an hour before sunrise. On the fourth day, everything fell together. The gorgeous sunrise, wind direction, and snow geese all took off right in front of my lens. "

"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...]

"Camels In The desert Night" © by Amyyy (Waxflower), who for some reason describes herself as a "beginner photographer" - IMO there is considerable evidence to the contrary!

"Autumn Frost", a very fine photograph (which needs to be seen full size) by Alex Ugalnikov, whose other work is well worth checking out

Found on the excellent pages of Jerzee55sst (Jerry).

"Farm near Duivendrecht" by the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian

Thanks to horseyoucameinon for the introduction to Piet Mondrian (here) and Alexandre de Riquer (below).

Some nice art by Louis Ashton Knight, and nice music to go with it - thanks again, Elegantlady (Roberta)!

"The Devil's Point" © by John Parminter, one of the finest photographers of the Scottish Highlands and English Lake District, who writes:

[This is] The Devil's Point seen over erratic boulders left after the last ice age. This prominent mountain is a landmark when entering the Cairngorms from the south via the Lairig Ghru (more...)

Thanks again to aldchronicle56 (Allan) for this one!

If you like this...

[My posts on the English Lake District]

"Count of Tuscany" © by the Italian photographer Mauro Tronto

(If you click the image above, and then click the image that you find when you get there, you will follow a trail of awesome landscape photos by different authors, and Mauro's own work is well worth checking out)

"The Mowers" by Duru, whose other work is well worth checking out

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

"The Autumn Forest" by Duru, whose other work is well worth checking out

Thanks to Jerzee55sst (Jerry) for this one.

"Winter morning", one of many fine works © by the Croatian photographer Boris Frkovic
(who also has his own web site here)

"Snow and Mist at Corfe Castle" by Andy Farrer, whose other work is well worth exploring

Corfe Castle is located on the Isle of Purbeck (actually a peninsula, not a true island) in Dorset, England.

[More from Dorset or England if you click the tags]

One of most beautiful videos I have seen for a long time (my screenshots):

Midnight Sun: A natural phenomenon occurring in the summer months north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Circle where the sun never fully sets and remains visible 24 hours a day.

This short time lapse film (by SCIENTIFANTASTIC) was shot during the Icelandic Midnight Sun in June of 2011.

Thanks again, aldchronicle56 (Allan)!

If you like this...

["Home", HD movie of the Earth taken from the air by Yann Arthus-Bertrand]

Beautiful photography by Pierre Moreau, a Frenchman now living in Belgium. Among other things, he is the press photographer of the European Commission.

Also, don't miss his beautiful colour work which you will find here.

Thanks to my great friend Louvain95 (Lou) for this one. Lou hails from Belgium and has beautiful pages that are well worth visiting.

Another fine landscape painting by Jian Chongmin (Jian Chong Min) - see also my earlier post on this artist here

"Somewhere Far Away", one of many fine works © by the Croatian photographer Boris Frkovic
(who also has his own web site here)

Light reflecting off railroad tracks at sunrise on the summer solstice from the bridge to Marina Park in Thunder Bay, Ontario (HDR image), by Jon Nelson

A lovely painting by Nancy Macek, whose other work is well worth checking out

(snaffled gratefully from ToeTagJaneDoe (Sofie)'s fine pages)

"Island Rocker" by the Cape Cod artist Thomas B. Higham (my kind of place - thanks, johnshaven (Alison))

"Bridge to the old park" by Eugene Burmakin

This has become one of my very favourite paintings. If it were hanging in a gallery I would probably sit and look at it for 20 minutes!

(Original post: May 18th, 2011)

Views of the Scottish Highlands and the English Lake District by John Parminter

If you like this...

[My recent photoblog of a visit to the English Lake District]

"Boardwalk Northern Italy"

"Evening stroll, Italy"

Paintings by C T Wicke (no information about the artist found yet!)

"Vineyards of Tuscany" by the Canadian artist Bill Saunders

One of my favourite parts of the world!

From my web site...

[Places to enjoy life... in Italy]

"Winter Hydrangea", oil on linen, one of many wonderful paintings by Paula Martiesian

Thanks, Inga!

"On A French River 1893"

"A French River Landscape"

Two lovely paintings by the Norwegian impressionistic artist Frits Thaulow

"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.

"New Year's Frost" by Gary McParland, a photographer from Co Armagh in Northern Ireland, who writes:

"Taken at sunrise on New Years Day. A lovely frost and a very calm and misty Camlough Lake."

Gary's other work is well worth checking out.

"Chinese Landscape", painted by our very own Eftychia

"Moonlight - Maritime Alps, undated"

"Azopardo River, 1922"

"The Road Roller, 1909" (I love the dynamic quality of this one)

Paintings by Rockwell Kent (1882-1971)

Diana has some great stuff on her SumbleUpon pages. She introduced me to this artist and also to a great art site - thanks, Diana!

(When I find out where she has moved to, I'll update this!)

"Snow Blowing in the Pass, 1940" by Harold Weston (1894-1972)

I can almost feel my ears tingling...

"Shoreham Lavender" copyright by Derek Hansen

Shoreham in Kent, England is noted for its lavender production - see here

"Frozen pearl beads" (as close a translation as I can get!) by the Finnish photographer Jerkku Hannula

This was a 2007 series winner in the annual Finnish Nature Photo of the Year competition

Found among Migrant-Picker's many nice selections.

"Detail of a foggy morning" by StefaniaC, whose other work is well worth looking at

An example from the great photoblog of KeithinFrance from Brittany, discovered (as with so many good things in life) via Aline

"Vietnamese Landscape", painted by our very own Eftychia

"Moonlight on Mt. Fuji" (ca. 1920-1929) by Lilian May Miller (1895 - 1943)

Found on the always-beautiful SU pages of Cyrion

"After the Rain", taken somewhere in Asia by the Kazakhstani photographer Nadya Kulagina

Nadya is better known for her portraits, e.g. one of my favourites which I posted here

A beautiful image of (I am almost sure) the Sonoran Desert, California, by Jack Dykinga, which features on the front cover of his book
"Large Format Nature Photography"

Click the image to visit a site with many great photographs

(Original post: July 14th, 2010)

"Petrified sand dunes and reflection, Paria Canyon - Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona" by Jack Dykinga

"Twilight of the Giants - African elephants at twilight, Chobe National Park, Botswana" by Frans Lanting

From a collection that represents a wide range of styles and genres and spans over 100 years of the history of photography, nominated and chosen by members of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), a fellowship of the world's top professional conservation photographers.

"Windswept Sand at Dusk", Oregon, one of many beautiful abstract landscapes by Russell Tomlin

Thanks to IsaacLonetree for this one.

"The House on the Hill" by Barry Hilton - gratefully snaffled from Alison

"Enough Snow"

"Spring Lady"

"Winter Sprite"

"The Homeplace"

"Winter Calm"

Some wonderful images of winter by the multi-talented photographer and digital artist Ron Jones

If you liked this...

[More images of winter]

"Golden Glow"

"Winter Stream"

Some wonderful paintings of New England by Aldro Thompson Hibbard (1886-1972)

From the page:

Landscape artist Aldro Thompson Hibbard discovered the state of Vermont when he was a young man, and his subject matter never strayed far from winter scenes for the next half century.

Much of his work depicts Vermont's covered bridges, ox teams, sugar houses and towns tucked down in snowy mountains. Hibbard consistently drew inspiration from winter landscapes--boats abandoned on the shoreline and waiting for the spring thaw, people bundled in wool and cutting ice from a frozen river.

Aldro Hibbard is also known for landscape paintings done around his home in Rockford, Massachusetts, along the New England coastline, and in the Canadian Rockies. He produced a large body of work during a long career, much of it concerned with sensitivity to light and shadow...

Thanks to my friends Alison and Eftychia for introducing me to this artist.

Epping Forest - autumn and winter

Some of my photos of Epping Forest in autumn and winter, taken when we used to live near there.

Epping Forest was one of the main filming locations for the Internet-released prequel to The Lord of the Rings, "Born of Hope" (see my next post above).

Located to the north east of London, it's a relatively small remnant of a much larger ancient forest, which somehow makes it seem appropriate as a choice for this movie.

Beach House in Fog

Summer Cabin Kitchen

Wonderful examples of the use of light in painting by Scott Prior, one of my favourite artists

[More from this artist if you click the tag with his name at the top of this post]

"Last Light", one of many beautiful works by Wilson Tsoi, whose other work is well worth checking out

"Farm by Stream and Bamboo Grove" by S. Ishida

One of many pre-war Japanese watercolours at this excellent site - thanks, Alison!

The artist, Kenny Henson, writes:

A few miles from here [Florence, Oregon] is a small town called Gardner. At this place there was a large sawmill, and cardboard manufacturing plant. Both of these places no longer exist, as they are closed and torn down. The rail line that was used to transport product from here and is now all that remains, now in a state of decay.

"Cape Cod Afternoon" (1936) by Edward Hopper

From the page:

Edward Hopper's work has made him one of the most respected American painters of the twentieth century. His stark depictions of isolated buildings, silent interiors, and empty streets show both a desire to record the details of ordinary life and a Modernist's appreciation for the power of abstract form. His work is distinguished by its structural clarity and subtle psychological edge.

This deceptively simple view of a shed, barn, and house in South Truro, Massachusetts, acts powerfully on the emotions. At first, the bright sunshine, brilliant colors, and pastoral setting evoke the celebratory New England landscapes painted by preceding generations of American Realists and Impressionists. The painting recalls hot, clear summer afternoons and the exhilarating expanses of sky and land found along the rugged New England coast. In this respect, Hopper's work resembles that of the American landscape painters Winslow Homer and Childe Hassam.

However, it is impossible to find in Cape Cod Afternoon the heroic optimism of nineteenth-century artists. The afternoon shadows are lengthening, the shed is crumbling, the house is shuttered, and the grass and trees are turning brown. While the wedge shaped diagonals of the composition seem to invite entry into the pictorial space, a jumble of walls and the blanked-out windows and doors block any such entry. All of these elements suggest decay and abandonment, even disappointed hope...

Thanks, ceanna!

"Brandywine Valley" by the American contemporary realist painter Andrew Wyeth - thanks, Judy!

"A street scene from the paintbrush of a child usually involves triangle-topped boxes for houses. And often an unnaturally large dog.

"But Kieron Williamson's attempts are so beautifully rendered that artists ten times his age will be filled with envy.

"Experts have said that the six-year-old's atmospheric paintings, which began with harbour scenes and expanded to include rural vistas, animal portraits and landmarks, have perspective, shadow and reflections that demonstrate an ability well beyond his years...."

Thanks again to lauriebox for this find!

"Images of an unknown land" by Giannis Lasithiotakis

"Landscape" by Anna Grigora

Some great examples of Greek contemporary art - an unexpected bonus from following up Santorini links in a previous post!

If you like this...

[Santorini by Doug Dourgarian]
[Some of my favourite abstract art]

"Near Swanage", a view of Ballard Down and Old Harry rocks, an oil on board painting by Mark Gertler (1891 - 1939)

I came across this peaceful work a few days ago in the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, on the south coast of England. It was my first visit to this gallery, which is small but full of interesting stuff, and is also a good place to eat, especially in sunny weather when its new courtyard is open.

Mark Gertler is an interesting character. He was a conscientious objector during World War I when he painted this picture in 1916. I discovered from Wikipedia that the character Loerke from D. H. Lawrence's "Women in Love" and Gombauld from Aldous Huxley's "Crome Yellow" were based on him.

As sometimes happens, the different images of this painting that I found online have quite different colour values. I have chosen the one that seems closer to the original (but my colour memory is not reliable!).

[Swanage Seen - information on this painting and on Gertler and Swanage]
[More links on Mark Gertler]

One of many gorgeous photographs from Miguel Ángel de Arriba

Miguel's work includes nature, landscapes and portraits, and on his excellent site you can also enjoy good music to go along with the slide shows.

Thanks for this one, renaissance2007!

One of my favourite landscapes by Camille Pissarro

My kind of place... and this is a great art web site, too.

(Original post: February 25th, 2009)

Paintings by Michael James Smith that make me look forward to summer in England...

"Wandering besides the River Wye, Wales"

"Upper Slaughter, Cotswolds"

(Original post: February 17th, 2009)

Steve Carter's photography and music web site (and his photography) just seem to get better and better. Yes, there are great photographs, but there's a whole lot more to enjoy on this site.

This is his new 2009 photograph gallery. If your mouse has a thumb wheel, just roll it (or use the slider or arrow keys) and the carousel of thumbnails spins around so that you can choose one - really neat!

From the English Lake District...

"5 a.m. in Borrowdale"

From his Hebrides album...

The two pictures above (which really need to be seen full size in order to be fully appreciated) were taken on South Harris (see map and this article).

Steve tells me that "this is a stunning place in good weather - bloody awful in the rain (nothing to do)"!

And from the Western Highlands...

The Torridon hills early on a November morning (the Torridon link is to a collection of pages by Steve, well worth following) - also click the picture for many more beautiful pictures of this area

If you like this...

[Another example of Steve Carter's English Lake District photography]
[My photoblog of a trip to the English Lake District, September 2008]

(Original post: February 13th, 2009)

Norman Thelwell, who died in February 2004, was one of Britain's finest cartoonists. If you were a girl who loved ponies, or the parent (like me) or relative of such a girl, then you would have known every one of his books of pony cartoons intimately!

Thelwell's cartoons and landscape paintings went far beyond ponies though. He was known as the "unofficial artist of the British countryside", and with good reason. His cartoons and his paintings revealed a deep knowledge of, and affection for, the things that he loved best.

A long time ago I walked into a small second-hand bookshop in deepest Sussex, looking for one of Thelwell's cartoon books which (unbelievably) were all out of print. The owner (and complete staff) of the bookshop regretted that he didn't have one, but explained that he, and many such bookshops all over the world, did a lot of trade through a Canadian-based online organization called the Advanced Book Exchange.

When I got home I investigated this amazing site and found well over a thousand of Thelwell's books in shops all over the world. I felt like I had wandered into Terry Pratchett's L-Space, in which all libraries are connected!

Among these books I discovered a wonderful autobiography by Thelwell, "A Plank Bridge By A Pool".

A description of this book reads: "A portrait in words and pictures of a garden in rural England that has become a wild life sanctuary. It is also the story of how one man realized a boyhood dream. Norman Thelwell, whose riding cartoons are published worldwide, describes in words and pictures how he landscaped his cottage garden and attracted wildlife of all kinds."

I don't know if this painting belongs to the places described in the book, but it well might.

"Adoration", a view from the Valley of the Rocks, Exmoor, Devon, by Bob Garrigus

One of many great photos (and photographers) to be found on the excellent travel photography competition site designed by my friend photoburst (Pedro).

"Over the line", a wonderful picture taken before sunrise in one of the Oregon desert playas, by the hugely talented landscape photographer Marc Adamus

I Can See Forever - Two Medicine Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana

Shi Shi Beach Sunset - Olympic National Park, Washington

Delicate Shadows - The Palouse, Eastern Washington

Steptoe Butte State Park, The Palouse, Eastern Washington

Pathway To The Peaks - Mount Seymour Provincial Park, British Columbia

Just some of the wonderful landscapes of Kevin McNeal

(Original post: August 27th, 2008)

One of many wonderful photos of the English Lake District (and other places) by Steve Carter

Steve (a very nice bloke) told me: "The photo was taken about 200 yards from the Kirkstile Inn by Loweswater in Cumbria, looking towards Crummock Water. Red Pike is the big(ish) hill in the backgound."

The hill in the right foreground is (I am almost certain) Haystacks.

I will soon be returning to the Lake District after an absence of many years, and am really looking forward to it. If the weather is like this then I will be delighted - but all that green beauty comes from the highest annual rainfall in the UK...

[Location of the Kirkstile Inn on my England Map]
[My full England Map]
[Walk Area: Buttermere Valley, Lake District]
[Lake District Walks (or see the previous post below)]
[Places to enjoy life... in England]

"Autumn Day - Sokolniki"

"After the Rain - Plyos"


"Evening Bells"

Some wonderful paintings by Isaak Levitan 1860-1900

"Pitch pines"

"Butterfly bush"

"Ballston surf"

Oil paintings by the naturalistic artist Jon R. Friedman.

It's the start of a new day (yawwwwn...)

"First stirrings in the big city"

"Message has arrived"

"Early exercise"

"It's going to be a beautiful day"

Some beautiful photography by Roswitha Schleicher-Schwarz, chosen for its early-morning theme!

(Apologies to German speakers for my loose translations - corrections gratefully received.)

"Community Garden in the Rain"

"Dunes at Sunrise"

"Autumn Still Life"

I love the light in the beautiful landscape and still-life paintings of Scott Prior.

Thanks so much to my friend johnshaven (Alison) for introducing me to this artist.

Limited Edition Archival Prints by Ian Sanderson

Thanks to my friend expressioniste for introducing me to this great photographer.

"Dreamed Brook"
Interstate 495, Littleton, Massachusetts

"Milkweed II"
Granby, Connecticut

"Song Of The Earth"
Littleton, Massachusetts

Some wonderful photography of New England by John Wawrzonek

A nice seasonal winter photo by Andreea Teodorescu, who writes: "This a scene from Azuga, a picturesque ski resort of Prahova Valley, more precisely a view from a small bridge over Azuga River. In the BG, between the trees, we can see the Bucegi Mountains (the Caraiman Massif). In Azuga, there is the longest ski slope of Romania, Sorica ski-slope."

Trekearth (Learning About The World Through Photography) is a nice site, with many good photos.

Thanks to my friend csforest (Crista) for this one!

"Fog and Pennyroyal, Lagunitas Lake, MMWD"

One of many beautiful photographs of nature by Dan Baumbach.

I love the colours in this one.