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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!




If the world is stressing you out, try this one (at low volume). Written by sound therapists and the English musical trio Marconi Union, it was scientifically measured to reduce the body's responses to anxiety by 65% when played through headphones.



“Discover #7” © by Isabelle V. Lim, a Singapore artist who specializes in great pastels

Another grateful snaffle from the fine pages of Jerry.

If you like this...

[“Misty Morning” by Tom Dubbeldam]




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


If you like this...

[One of my photos of the quiet Western Quarter of Venice]
[My photos of Venice in September 2001 - and what came after]
[Try clicking some of the tags at the top of this post... just a suggestion!]



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)?



“Abstract | Autumn Watercolors” © by lighttrouve (Russell Tomlin)

One of many fine examples of his work, which include some wonderful landscapes and abstract photography.



“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!



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”]



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!




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).

Enjoy!

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]




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.



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!



"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]



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

BTW:

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 big-photography.com (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)




Channel 5 recently screened a restored version of Disney's animated version of "Robin Hood". It was a very long time since I had last seen it, and I had forgotten what an entertaining movie it is (in spite of importing lots of Americana into Sherwood Forest and recycling so much from Disney's "The Jungle Book"!). It's actually one of my Disney favourites.

It features some nice songs, and artwork like this. It happened that I paused the movie on this frame when my spouse returned with a friend from an afternoon's shopping. When the friend noticed it she thought it was a nice screensaver. Guessing what movie it came from would be quite tricky, I think!



Fine photography (and great desktop wallpaper) by Kristin Repsher, a Texas gal living in Brisbane, Australia, whose other work is well worth checking out



"Daybreak - The Sea" by our very own Fourteenth


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


"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.



"Surfboards on Inch Beach" by the Irish artist John Morris

John Morris is a master of reflected light. I found this great example of his work on the wonderful pages of my StumbleUpon friend lauriebox, who I hope will move to a new online home soon!



Moonset over City Yacht Club
A view from North Roadway Street in West End, New Orleans, Louisiana by Alexey V. Sergeev, a Russian scientist now permanently resident in the USA




"Into the night", by Alexander Volkov

(rediscovered for me by expressioniste - thanks again, Aline!)




"Autumn Leaves"





"A Room With A View"





"A Chance Meeting"

Some nice work by Alexei Butirskiy. I like the light effects.