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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]

Great stuff...

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

"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!

"Farm near Duivendrecht" by the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian

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

From the page:

Born in Moscow and now living and working in London, Tviga is a photographer and installation artist making interactive audio – visual work. Tviga makes sound visible. Her Sound Light and Sound Still projects are conceived in the knowledge that only 8% of the earth’s ancient forests are protected, and that destructive logging is threatening vast areas. She set about recording the sounds of the Silger forest along the border of Russia with Finland – she captured the voices of trees about to be felled - and then made them both audible and visible. In the process she created a series of hauntingly beautiful sounds and of compelling, striking images...

The white forms in these photographs are the sculptural manifestations of audio footage that was recorded along the border between Russia and Finland. Here the unique old-growth forests stand, The Green Belt of Fennoscandia. Recently these ancient trees are being logged for their valuable timber. There are only few remaining areas of ancient forest in Europe with the vast majority of the vanishing old-growth forests remaining in the North of European Russia.

The soundwaves are actual objects, each is 6 metres high, reminiscent of the height of a tree, despite looking like digital intervention...

Tviga recorded the sounds of the trees in the Silger forest in the Novrogod region of the Russian federation and then amplified them 250 times. Listen to their voices at her other site Vanished: Forest Studies.

A great share from my SU friend Cookitaly (Carmelita).

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.

"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!

"Shangri-La Girls School: A Thousand Stairs, 2010" by the Californian artist Narangkar Glover - thanks to cookItaly (Carmelita) for this one!

"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.

"Web" by our Stumbler KeithInFrance (whose excellent photography can luckily can still be found here)

Keith has his own blog spot here

I found this here (with recipe) on Braid's very nice SU pages

(Original post: September 15th, 2011)

Autumn arrived early this year! Found on the nice pages of Ayrabella.

As soon as I have finished this huge transfer from SU to Categorian, I'm going to be feeling like this again for quite a while... thanks to Giuliavic for this one!

"Conversations in the Garden of Luxembourg" by Vittorio Matteo Corcos

I found this on Jonie's delightful SU pages. Jonie, who hails from Spain, also has a very attractive art blog - don't miss it! And if you click on the above image, you'll be taken to yet another good art blog that she led me to.

Three reviews for the price of one, as it were...

(Sadly, as of August 2015, Jonie's links have gone - but click her tag above.)

Netsuke: Autumn grasses with praying mantis, 18th century, Japanese, carved ivory - one of many beautiful and interesting things to be found on Za-J's fine pages

"De Rose en Rose - Slow Dance" by Chris Spheeris

A lovely piece of music, one of many beautiful things to be found on the delightful pages of gungorsanli.

"Meeting Place" by the Indonesian artist Tessar Lo, now living in Canada (and see more of him here)

One of many great things to be found on holyfingers (Nick)'s fine pages. Nick posts relatively infrequently (he goes for quality not quantity), but has great art on his site - don't miss it!

I am pleased to say that Nick has moved to Tumblr, and can be found here.

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

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

From the page:

My work and my method of thinking have been my search for the living word.
-Xu Bing

A reflection on language and the nature of writing has been at the core of Xu Bing's art since the beginning of his career in China during the mid-1980s. It is therefore particularly fitting that the Morgan, a library as well as a museum, should present his spectacular installation, The Living Word, a poetic evocation of the relationship between the written word and its meaning.

"In The Living Word," Xu Bing explained, "the dictionary definition of niao (bird) is written on the gallery floor in the simplified text created by Mao. The niao characters then break away from the confines of the literal definition and take flight through the installation space. As they rise into the air, the characters gradually change from the simplified text to standardized Chinese text and finally to the ancient Chinese pictograph for 'bird.' The characters are rainbow colored to create a magical, fairy-tale quality."

The elegance of the shimmering characters that gradually metamorphose into birds as they ascend masks the subversive nature of the work. While the modern, simplified Chinese characters are fixed to the floor, their form and meaning set, earlier forms of scripts embody an increasing sense of freedom as one moves back in time, from traditional calligraphy to the original pictographs based on images of nature. Xu Bing said that he chose the bird to suggest "escaping the confines of human written definition."

The title of the installation points to the Buddhist inspiration that informs Xu Bing's work. "Buddhists believe," the artist wrote, "that 'if you look for harmony in the living word, then you will be able to reach Buddha; if you look for harmony in lifeless sentences, you will be unable to save yourself.' . . . My work and my method of thinking have been my search for the living word."

Click any picture for more.

Thanks to gladsdotter (Jane) and anitab (Ani) for this one!

From the page:

Laice Wright (left) and Olivia Smith (right) stand in the former rubbish-strewn field which is now one of the country's biggest displays of annual wild flowers

Since buying the small estate of Barcroft Hall ten years ago, the Herricks have renovated the house and turned the 85-acre farm into a combination of formal gardens, wildlife areas, orchards, woodland and sustainable farmland.

Their latest project - the Field of Dreams - was inspired by visits to Kew Gardens, Table Mountain National Park and Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town, South Africa.

They decided to turn an unsightly and rubbish-strewn field at the edge of their estate into one of the country's biggest displays of annual wild flowers from around the world...

Click either picture for more.

Thanks, anitab (Ani) (who likes the inspiration from South Africa).

Very nice romantic photography by Petrova Julia.N - one of many beautiful things to be found on the pages of NotAlone (Danie)

If you like this, you might also like...

[A beauty seated at a piano, by Rob Heffernan]

Another lovely redhead, beautifully photographed by Dmitry Ageev

(found on the nice pages of MsMiles)

If you like this...

[Titian beauty by Black Orchid]

"Brick Wall" by the Russian photographer BRoman (Brom)

This is one of nice sequence of portraits that (I think) starts here - and I also particularly like this one. Thanks, weepingbeauty!

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!

Yente has (among other things) some great art and music on her beautiful and thoughtful pages. A long visit is highly recommended!

I really liked these:

"Bird" by the Polish artist Leszek Andrzej Kostuj

"Birdie" by the Brazilian artist Caroline J. (~aeryael)

From the page:

"On September 22, 2010, with the departure of the Expedition 23 crew, Colonel Douglas H. Wheelock assumed command of the International Space Station and the Expedition 25 crew. He is also known as @Astro_Wheels on twitter, where he has been tweeting space photos to his followers since he arrived at the space station."

One of many of his photos to be found here:

"Aurora Borealis"

In the distance on this beautiful night over Europe the Strait of Dover is pretty clear as is Paris, the City of Lights. A little fog over the western part of England and London. It is incredible to see the lights of the cities and small towns against the backdrop of deep space. I am going to miss this view of our wonderful world...

Thanks to dragonisrider for this one!

"Courageous" by the Danish graphic designer Jonas Ranum Brand - gratefully snaffled from my friend Chaotiqual, whom I am delighted to say is now here on Categorian

Jake Shimabukuro plays "Bohemian Rhapsody" on a ukulele... an extraordinary performance on a happiness-bringing instrument (when played like this).

Thanks for sharing, Anitab!

If you like this, here is a really beautiful one...

["Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo]

"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

"3 Cats"

"Winter Skies"

Some very nice photography by Samaryantha, a very talented English lady whose photography site has moved (you can find it here but you won't find these images there, at least not yet).

"corrasonnezz..." by Zorik Istomin, an illustrator, photographer and designer based in Saint-Peterburg, Russia

I was introduced to Zorik on patriciapatty66's wonderful SU pages, where you could always find much other beautiful and funny stuff with a stylish "zing" that is all her own.

Beautiful portraits and abstract work by the Russian photographer Yana Bondareva, whom I discovered on the fine pages of Parkari

One of many funny and interesting things to be found on the pages of MintehFreshness - thanks, Samantha!

If you like this...

[Tigger Shot: The uninvited bouncing had gone on long enough...]

(Original post: December 25th, 2010)

The Uno electric motorcycle seems to be a whole step up from the Segway (or at least cooler and a lot more fun).

The Uno isn't a unicycle, BTW, whatever the title of the linked page says! It has two independently-controlled wheels side by side, each with its own motor and automatic control system.

Like the Segway, it uses digital gyroscopes with electronic control of electric motors to keep the vehicle dynamically stable and to adjust its speed. Also like the Segway, you lean forward to go faster and back to slow down and stop (if you keep leaning back, the Uno will reverse).

Unlike the Segway, you turn just by leaning left or right, as you would on a normal bike or motorbike. The lean is detected and the inside wheel lifts and is turned by its motor at a slower rate than the motor driving the outside wheel, so that the two wheels behave like a single wheel with a wide, flexible tire. The Uno has only one control - an on/off switch!

When this article was written the top speed was 10 MPH (a limitation of the electronics, not the power), but a speed of 30 MPH was planned.

I don't know how commercially successful this wonderful eco-friendly invention will be, but its 18-year-old Canadian inventor Ben Gulack deserves good fortune.

If you are interested in the latest information about it, you will find many recent articles here.

Thanks to my friend bilklb for this one!



Some beautiful work by Hu Jundi

From this page:

Hu Jundi was born in 1962 in Juilin Province, China. He graduated from Sichuan Fine Art Institute in 1984. Hu's work has been exhibited and collected in China and other Asian countries as well as in Europe and America.

His work is different from the oil paintings that we often see. His brilliance is in the harmonious blend of traditional Chinese brushwork with the unmatched depth of oils. His paintings are completely Chinese, with colors of the Sichuan environment...

He paints elegant, serene and beautiful Sichuan women. The attire is classical Sichuan Chinese, but there is an appeal that goes beyond...


Thanks to endtimes for introducing me to this artist.

If you like this...

[The work of Feng Chang Jiang]

Two delights in one here: a beautiful song by Enya, "China Roses", and an equally beautiful video to go with it by the Spanish environmental and peace activist angelsolcito (a lady well worth visiting)

Thanks to Pasatter for this one (I found it on her StumbleUpon pages, but she has now moved to Tumblr where she is Irish Fantasy).

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.

"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!)

"A complete catalogue of all works of art in this program is accessible through the indexes on this screen. You may search the entire program by artist, by medium, or by date.

"Searching through these indexes will take you to images of each work of art selected and to other works of art by the same artist, to information about many of the works, to biographies of all artists represented in the program, and to the Learning Activities associated with selected works of art, including all images appearing on the Timeline."

A superb art resource, giving access to 150 years of American art from The Phillips Collection. Thanks to Diana for this one!

If you like this, you might also like...

[American Gallery: Greatest American Painters]

"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!

"Bygone Summers" by the English surreal artist Josephine Wall, who describes this on her web site:

"On a warm midsummer day, the young girl enjoys the sun on her face, while her shady hat is filled with the essence of summer times. The straw becomes a cornfield abounding with wild flowers and butterflies, and little scenes of idyllic rural life."

From "Soul Searching Winter", a collection of 11 paintings and a video by Nate Frizzell

I found these among many other delights on Betty's fine pages. If you haven't visited her yet, please do!

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

"Feeling blue", digital art by ~microUgly (Charles Worm)

Desktop wallpaper is not a very well-recognized art category, but I found this one particularly tasteful and attractive
(it needs to be seen full-size) - thanks to my friend Ed for this one!

"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]

"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.

"Black Spruce in Autumn" was inspired by an oil painting by Tom Thomson, an honorary member of the Canadian Group of Seven. The scene is from his travels in the Lake Superior region.

"Stillness of Autumn" was inspired by an oil painting by Lawren Harris, a member of the Canadian Group of Seven. Many of his paintings took the landscape of Lake Superior and the surrounding region for subject matter.

Woodblock prints by Jim Meyer, found on the wonderful pages of Shitao via OliviaB, two great Stumblers.

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

"Owls Talking" by the great Russian photographer Lilia Tkachenko

One of many delights to be found on Cat's fine pages, which are full of humour, an obvious passion for nature, animals and the environment, beautiful art and images, French and English poetry, and much else besides.

A visit is highly recommended.

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

If you like this...

[Rein Hofman - one of the best owl photographers in the world]

There were many other reasons to visit SkylaRaine's beautiful pages (sadly she is departed from Cat) - but this I couldn't resist!

An example of the beautiful work of Anke Merzbach, a female photoartist from Bremen, Germany

Check out more of this artist's work - it's stunningly good

I found this gem on the delightful pages of Terrec. It took a long time to find the name of the artist and one of its original locations, but it was worth it if only because the original image filename contained the text Amelie's Welt (Amelie's World), which turns out to be one of the nicest blogs (mostly a photoblog) that I have encountered in a long time.

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

An untitled picture (on this page, anyway) by the Russian photographer Mihail Kopychko

Thanks to Aline and Norseye for this one (I'm posting the non-Pixdaus version here)

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

"Izabella and the Pot of Basil" by John White Alexander

Field-Daisy has one of the most (literally) delightful blogs that I have found so far on SU.

"Beauty" is an over-worked word, but you could apply it to any of the images, thoughts and poetry that fill her pages.

In addition, she really cares about the quality of what she does - click the image for just one example.

A visit to her pages is strongly recommended.

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

Yoda on a stone, telling stories to the nymphs

Snaffled gratefully from the fabulous pages of Alfred, a great stumbler with a great heart, who likes beautiful women, poetry, music, and many other things.

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

"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).

"Quiet Repose" by Steve Hanks

One of the many delights always to be found on the pages of Njoistumblin

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

"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.

(Original post: July 10th, 2008)

The beautiful Israeli model Bar Refaeli, photographed in Jamaica by the Canadian fashion, art and music photographer Raphael Mazzucco (whose other work is well worth checking out). Fans of swimsuit models will probably like the original Bar Refaeli photoshoot and the rest of the same site!

"Desert Rose", by Nusha Amini (~Negshin)

These are just two of many beautiful images that you will find on the delightful SU pages of artistrybysandy (Sandy). Sandy doesn't post actual pictures (at least, she hasn't so far) but her pages are a treasure-trove of pointers to great pictures, interesting scientific stuff and much more, all reflecting her lovely personality.

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

"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!

Caretake this moment.
Immerse yourself in its particulars.
Respond to this person, this challenge, this deed.

Quit the evasions.
Stop giving yourself needless trouble.
It is time to really live; to fully inhabit the situation you happen to be in now.
You are not some disinterested bystander.
Exert yourself.

Respect your partnership with providence.
Ask yourself often, How may I perform this particular deed
such that it would be consistent with and acceptable to the divine will?
Heed the answer and get to work.

When your doors are shut and your room is dark you are not alone.
The will of nature is within you as your natural genius is within.
Listen to its importunings.
Follow its directives.

As concerns the art of living, the material is your own life.
No great thing is created suddenly.
There must be time.

Give your best and always be kind.

~ Epictetus ~

(Epictetus: The Art of Living a New Interpretation by Sharon Lebell.)

Thanks to my friend Sandy for this one!

From Sharon Lebell's page:

Sharon Lebell has built her life and livelihood around "rescuing philosophy from philosophers," freeing important, popularly overlooked philosophical ideas from arid, archaic language and obfuscation... In Sharon Lebell's hands the originally practical, earthy spirit of Stoic philosophy comes alive, making available to all this great tradition's wealth of helpful inspiration and timeless life guidance...

Sharon is also a master player of the hammered dulcimer, a stringed instrument of ancient middle-eastern origin. With her books and musical composition and performance she seeks to accomplish the same purpose: to spread a little sweetness and ease into the world.

(It happens that I have a weakness for the hammered dulcimer. If you haven't heard one played with the effect that Sharon tries to achieve, see here for some good examples!)

Farewell to Rita (Succes) - August 12th 2010

"Never Morning Wore to Evening but Some Heart Did Break" by Walter Langley

This was one of Rita's last posts. I heard the heart-breaking news today from Sharon that Rita (whom you may know as Succes or Renée) has passed away. People have lost a good friend, and SU has lost one of its best Stumblers.

On October 24th, 2011 Rita's SU blog, which her friends will feel is a kind of memorial of her, was trashed by SU. Before that happened I saved her last 117 pages, from August 30th 2009 until her last post on June 21st, 2010, to my local hard drive.

I will occasionally repost some of her stuff on my Categorian blog (with tag succes), and if you were a friend of Rita's and would like a copy of what I have saved, just let me know.

Some other surviving SU farewells to Rita that I have found since (which may sadly time-expire also)...

[From Johnshaven]
[From Druidgirl]
[From Expressioniste]

If you know of others please let me know (and apologies for any mislaid).

"Black Moor" by =PinkParasol

Tortrix (Cat)'s SU blog has many beautiful, interesting, dark, strange and other things on her pages - one selection is not nearly enough to do her justice. On October 24th 2011 they will all disappear - luckily she has moved here and her new Pinterest home is no disappointment!

I agree with Ray - this is one of the most beautiful songs ever written.

Whatever the (excellent and beautiful) video says, though, this has nothing to do with Art Garfunkel, unless I am much mistaken (not an unheard-of occurrence!). It is all about Paul Simon and Kathy Chitty, and it is Paul who is singing.

[Click the music tag at the top of this post for more of my music favourites...]

From the page:

One generation from now most people in the U.S. will have spent more time in the virtual world than in nature. New media technologies have improved our lives in countless ways. Information now appears with a click. Overseas friends are part of our daily lives. And even grandma loves Wii.

But what are we missing when we are behind screens? And how will this impact our children, our society, and eventually, our planet? ...

This documentary follows six teenagers who, like the "average American child," spend five to fifteen hours a day behind screens. PLAY AGAIN unplugs these teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure - no electricity, no cell phone coverage, no virtual reality.

"What they do not know, they will not protect, and what they do not protect, they will lose."

--Charles Jordan, The Conservation Fund, PLAY AGAIN

Found on the extraordinarily fine pages of Comely1 (Jame)s.

Images of Imogen Heap from

Thanks to butterflyZa for this stunning video, and also to Mike who writes:

"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."

Imogen is an extraordinarily talented lady, with an amazing command of both technology and music. I saw her once on BBC's Breakfast Show, where (sitting on the sofa, with her various gizmos more or less invisible about her person) she demonstrated how she could harmonize live with herself. Click any of the above images to hear what she can really do in a live performance.

If you haven't met it before...

[More about]

"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.

"May I Have One Too" by Emile Munier (1840-1895), a student of William-Adolphe Bouguereau

"Calinerie" [A Little Coaxing] by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905)

Thanks to Njoistumblin for finding these for me!

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

Thanks to IsaacLonetree for this one.

An item gratefully snaffled from the beautiful and interesting pages of Marie-Awakening.

If you like art, music and beautiful images, a visit to Marie-Awakening's pages is highly recommended.

"Petergate" (York, England)


"Spring City"

"Nantahala" (North Carolina)

Beautiful art quilts by Elizabeth Barton

"In my work I attempt to address both conceptual and formal issues. I wish to explore the beauty of everyday environments; in troubled times it is especially important to be aware of beauty and wonder. I want to reference archetypal memories to assess our own place in the history of time. I want to create a sense of place but also reveal the dynamic bones of the scene.

"Reflected light, translucency and the effects of time are recurring themes; I strive to translate into fiber the marvelous effects of light and color. Repeated patterns of windows and architectural forms are a leifmotif. Recently more ephemeral patterns such as those created by water and shadow have become a source of inspiration. The aim is to make work that glows with light and is rich with color and nuance; a work in which the unified composition is satisfying, but the details are fascinating..."

Thanks to bluluuluu for introducing me to this artist.

If you liked this...

[Watercolours by Elizabeth Barton a.k.a. Irene Spindler)]
[Art quilts by Linda Gass]

"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!

Anna Kukhareva, photographed by Alena Nikiforova (Chayhana)

One of many beautiful images to be found on the pages of Indigorock

"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.

Delightful feel-good jazz, and a delightful feel-good video to go with it, from Inga Swearingen

Thanks to my friend David for sending me this one.

[More of the bright side of life...]

This is from the spiritual blog of a rather wonderful lady called Jonie. She has divided her blog into a number of sections, each with a theme illustrated by beautiful pictures and thoughts. Jonie is obviously deeply Christian, but her blog will strike a chord with many people of other faiths, or none.

Unfortunately, I don't know who created this also rather wonderful image!

From the page:

It is one of the most dramatic images ever to emerge from Mars.

In fact, this extraordinary photograph is so clear that even the sand dunes at the base of the half-mile wide canyon are visible.

Experts even believe that they can see the tracks of a Mars lander on the left-hand corner of the Victoria Crater.

This image of the Victoria Crater in the Meridiani Planum region of Mars was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

The reduced image above does no justice to the original. Check out the original hi res images from NASA/JPL, and visit the HiRISE link if you would like to see some more truly awesome stuff.

Thanks to dayseye for this one - one of many beautiful and fascinating things to be found on her pages.

If you like this...

[Slide show of Saturn - commentary on images from the Cassini spacecraft]

"Torero", a beautiful Flamenco piece from the German guitarist Govi, in a video featuring some extraordinary and appropriate computer graphics. The music comes from Govi's album "Cuchama".

Thanks again to my friend bel-vedere (who sadly left SU) for this one!

The talented American trumpeter and composer Chris Botti, one of many great musical finds sent to me by my SU friend bel-vedere, whose current location I sadly don't know.

Click the picture, or go here, to play Chris's beautiful track On The Night Ride, from his album "First Wish".

"Brainstorm" by Thomas Dodd

"Atlanta based photographer/Digital artist Thomas Dodd has been called everything from a Pre-Raphaelite with a camera to a modern day Rembrandt or Giuseppe Arcimboldo . His lavishly-textured creations have an ancient Old Masters look about them and yet are created in modern mediums such as Digital Photography and Adobe Photoshop..."

Snaffled gratefully from the very nice pages of DaysEye (whose new home I will hopefully find after October 24th).

If you like this...

[J.W. Waterhouse, the Modern Pre-Raphaelite]

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!

"Rocking horse logic" - pencils, acrylics, Photoshop

"Cross bones style" - photomanipulation, Photoshop

Very imaginative artwork © by Sara Vandermeulen - thanks to tonesofhome for leading me to these.

"Sunny Day" by Vladimir Kush

Found on Dak2cool's StumbleUpon pages, which are a real delight (until October 24th 2011) - Anne has a large variety of beautiful and interesting stuff there. I hope that she makes it over to Categorian!

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."

"If you've ever wished you could bottle moonlight to illuminate your room at night, the Moon Jar is your answer. A spin-off of the extremely popular `Sun Jar' lamp by Tobias Wong, the Moon Jar is a frosted mason jar with a solar panel and an LED light inside. Put it on your windowsill to soak up the sun rays during the day, and at night the Moon Jar will illuminate your room with a soft cool glow -- no cords or electricity required! If you aren't a fan of blue light, try out the Sun Jar, which is exactly the same design, except with a warm yellow LED light instead of blue."

What a great idea! Thanks to my friend blueaquarose for finding this one for me!

The North American and Pelican Nebulae in Cygnus

This great site is the work of Davide De Martin. Since 2005 Davide has collaborated with the ESA/Hubble at ESO as a consultant working as an image processor. Davide writes:

"I produce color images of the most beautiful and uncommon celestial objects using the modern techniques of photographic digital enhancement. I mainly use the data and the black&white photographs captured by astronomers with the instruments installed at Mount Palomar or other Observatories.

"This work allowed me to discover the wonderful celestial objects hidden in exceptional images that lay unseen in archives, sometimes from decades.

"The night-sky is full of jewels that wait only to be admired. This website will show you some of these as you never have seen before."

This site was sent to me my friend ajihad (Vasav) - thanks, Vasav!