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"Islamorada, FL" © by the Massachusetts based photographer Don Bullens
(worth seeing full size, and Don's other work is well worth checking out)


“Good Morning, Sunshine”

Early morning on 16th December in southern England, temperature around freezing, the sun just catching the trees. A very welcome change of weather after a period of dismal grey clag!

My photo makes rather nice desktop wallpaper (at least, I like it). Click the image if you would like a higher-res version.


“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


Vera

My screenshot from Season 6, Episode 4 of Vera, a very fine police drama starring Brenda Blethyn, set in and around Newcastle in north-east England (a region further north than some parts of Scotland)

If you have never seen this ITV drama, currently in its 7th season, then I highly recommend it. Based on novels by Ann Cleeves, it is very unlike most other police detective dramas, focusing as it does on human lives affected by a murder, as well as on the complex causes that can lead to the crime.

DCI Vera Stanhope (played by the wonderful Brenda Blethyn, still acting at 71) is not a stereotypical TV police detective. Among other things, she has no irritating boss with whom she is in conflict - she is the boss, and leads her very realistic team with considerable expertise, energy and acerbic humour.

Another feature of the series is the area of north-east England (map link) in which it is set, which is sometimes bleak, sometimes beautiful and often both, as the excellent cinematography shows - and see the link below.


If you like this...

[Stunning North East scenery where Vera is filmed]
[A 1280x1024 wallpaper version of the image]



“Last 2016 sunrise”

“Moonrise over Mt Baker

Some great photography by Rakan Alduaij (worth seeing full size, as is his other work)



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)


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Nice desktop wallpaper, probably taken in Bay of Islands, New Zealand... reminds me of the great time we had here on the Florida Keys.



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.



Astronomers discovered this young stellar system using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. In this artist's impression, a disk of dusty material leftover from star formation girds two young stars like a hula hoop. As the two stars whirl around each other, they periodically peek out from the disk, making the system appear to "blink" every 93 days. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.


[This image as desktop wallpaper]



This artist's concept shows a simulated view from the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. Europa's potentially rough, icy surface, tinged with reddish areas that scientists hope to learn more about, can be seen in the foreground. The giant planet Jupiter looms over the horizon. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.


[This image as desktop wallpaper]



"Two lives, one leaf" - author unknown

Found on the very fine pages of Toetie.


Trees on Mars?

A HiRISE image from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter showing trees on Mars... or so it appears!
Click the image for full-size version

(Image from this page - check out the "subimage")

Explanation from the page:

There is a vast region of sand dunes at high northern latitudes on Mars. In the winter, a layer of carbon dioxide ice covers the dunes, and in the spring as the sun warms the ice it evaporates. This is a very active process, and sand dislodged from the crests of the dunes cascades down, forming dark streaks.

Another discovery on the fine pages of batchbatcharak.

If you like this...

[More about HiRISE (High-resolution Image Science Experiment)]
[More examples of carbon dioxide fans from HiRISE]
[Polar Geology on Mars (science theme from the HiRISE site)]
[Awesome desktop wallpaper images from HiRISE]



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)




Having seen the trailers for Brave, I wasn't sure how much I would like this latest movie from Pixar - but I did, enormously. The extraordinarily detailed CGI world in which it is set (much more impressive than appears here), the Celtic atmosphere and the slightly unusual story made this a winner for me.

Highly recommended (and definitely worth seeing on the big screen, in 3D if possible).


"Desert Bloom", nice desktop wallpaper obtained from here



"In The Garden", a wonderful fractal image (author unknown) available as desktop wallpaper
(needs to be seen full size)



A shot of one of the many thermal pools in Yellowstone National Park © by Danielle Goldstein (available as desktop wallpaper)



"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...]



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



There is some very nice free desktop wallpaper on this site!

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

["Feeling Blue", digital art wallpaper by Charles Worm]



Sunlight and stones create an undulating effect on a Canadian river bottom.

Very nice desktop wallpaper, photographed for National Geographic by Paul Nicklen, whose other work is well worth checking out.



"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!





"Tobermory Shipwreck", by Peter Zentjens from Beringen, Belgium

Peter writes: "Tobermory is a gorgeous little town on the northern tip of the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario. Its harbor is not only filled with luxury yachts but also with a lot of shipwrecks, which makes it a diver's paradise. It's part of the Fathom Five National Marine Park of Canada."

This is one of Peter's most popular wallpapers, see here for more.

If you're interested in marine conservation, check out the Marine Park link above!



Moonlight through snow-covered trees reflected in smooth water... a beautiful wintry photograph - click the picture to get it as desktop wallpaper