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Monemvasia, or monobasic, is a small historic town in eastern Peloponnese, in the prefecture of Laconia. It is further known from the medieval fortress, namesake for the "Rock of Monemvasia", which is literally a small island connected by a bridge formed in the neck with a total length of 400 meters to the beach today in the city compared to the Laconian coast.

It is one photo as a base (taken early in the morning) and 200 shots x 30 sec(for the startrails) combine them with program startrails.de
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taken: summer 1995, High Tatras, Slovakia.



Photo from analog era, scanned and a bit refreshed. You may believe it or not, but it's actually one of my very first landscapes. I was 10 when I took this. At that time I realised that "taking pictures" may become my big passion.












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taken: May 22, 2012, Chęciny (ŚK, Poland). .
taken with: Nikon D40x, AF-S kit Nikkor Lens 18-55 mm.


Castle in Chęciny at dusk.

"The Chęciny Royal Castle was built in the late 13th century. It fell into ruin in the 18th century and remains in that state to this day.
(...)
It is certain that the castle existed in 1306, when king Władysław I the Elbow-high gave it to the Archbishop of Kraków, Jan Muskata. A year later, under the pretext of detection of a plot against the royal power, the castle returned to the king. It played a significant role as a place of concentration of troops departing for war with the Teutonic Knights.
(...)
In the second half of the 16th century the castle began to decline. In 1607 the fortifications and buildings were partially destroyed and burned. The destruction was completed in 1707 during another Swedish occupation. Then, the last residents left the castle."

source: wikipedia

Reportedly on the narrow path leading to ruins through the woods strange sounds of hoofbeat can be heard. Local villagers claim it is a sign that mysterious ghost cavalier is travelling across the forest mounting a black horse.


This place has some incredible mood, especially when night already falls and everything is covered with gloom.
The wind blew intensively, crickets whispered somewhere within high grass and quick shadows of lonely bats flitted from tree to tree soundlessly.





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taken: April 29, 2012, Tuchów (Tarnow's district, MA, Poland). Military cemetery from first World War.
taken with: Nikon D40x, kit lens AF-S 18-55 mm.


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Nature itself has always been an early bird...


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Sunset over Blind Bay, Shuswap, BC, Canada
Used: Canon 5DMKII, tripod, 4 step soft edge ND graduated filter, polarizer, cable shutter release.
Thank you for looking :)


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Kalil's attention soon turned to four trees that were bent and twisted in a strange way.

"Grandpa, why are those trees twisted like that?"

"Those are the dancing trees," his grandfather said.

"Why do they call them that?"

"Well the legend says that during the full moon, if a person has no evil, they can see them dance...

...a long, lobg time ago, when our people were still slaves, there were four slave women that decided they didn't want to be slaves no more. Now these weren't no ordinary women. They knew magic. So late one night, when the moon was full, they set out."

Somehow, the slave catchers got after them and chased them to these very woods. Now these four women were trapped, the slave catchers behind them and the river in front of them. So those women built themselves a fire and they began to chant and dance around that fire. The slave catchers could see the fire from a distance and they could see the women dancing around it, so they closed in. By the time they reached this spot though, the women were no where to be found. The legend says they turned themselves into those four trees there."


~the legend of the dancing trees - kenneth curry
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cascada ubicada a la altura del puente El cristo en el cajon del maipo
el recorrido comenzo en santiago, subiendo hasta san jose de maipo
luego tomamos el camino hacia el volcan y nos desviamos hasta este sector
luego bajamos hacia el villorrio el volcan donde almorzamos y tome algunas fotografias
lo curioso es que a pesar de que aun es considerado un pueblito, habia solo una casa habitada
la misma tambien hacia de almacen y minisuper
luego descendimos un poco para tomar camino hacia el embalse El yeso... 
lo cual no logramos, el auto no pudo seguir subiendo llegado un punto :'c
despues de eso volvimos a este sector, que es cuando se tomo la fotografia, esta vez si, llegamos mas arriba y descendimos al mismo rio en que cae esta cascada...
lo que me llamo la atencion de esta, es que (aunque no pude comprobarlo) pareciera que sale desde adentro de aquella montaña...
arriba donde sale, hay una roca cuadrada(?) justo en medio de la caida de agua, la cual, dependiendo de la cantidad de agua que esté cayendo en el minuto, logras divisar, otras veces simplemente no se ve; pero el agua parece salir desde adentro de la montaña...
lamentablemente, a pesar de que he buscado el nombre de esta caida de agua, no lo he encontrado, y en el pueblo (que de por si estaba super lejos) las unicas personas que habian no sabian el nombre, por lo cual, quedo en deuda con ustedes y cuando vuelva intentare averiguarlo.
por si a alguien le interesa llegar alla, en san jose de maipo, hay que tomar el camino hacia el volcan, y justo antes de llegar al pueblo de el volcan, se abre un nuevo camino llamado "las melosas" de ahi solo hay que seguir este camino hasta que lo vean, lamentablemente a la cascada directamente no se puede bajar, sino que se puede bajar al rio, pasando esta y como a 2 kilometros mas arriba, es la unica bajada que hay :'c de ahi habria que hacer un poco de senderismo, pero es demasiado arriesgado asi que no recomiendo, la caida al rio te puede costar la vida, el caudal es demasiado fuerte y esta lleno de rocas enormes asi que no lo hagan.
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little mermaid and seafoam prince :)
lineart on tumblr- chechula.tumblr.com/post/80476… :3
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full watercolor!...ghhh....i want to draw traditional media things but....it takes so much time :P
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My fast and simple costume for this halloween... Emily the Strange! People use to tell I look like her, so this is it :) + my fatty fluffly kitty Théo! I don't have black cats like Emily, but I have this delicious piece of vanilla muffin <3
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My fast and simple costume for this halloween... Emily the Strange! People use to tell I look like her, so this is it :)
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My fast and simple costume for this halloween... Emily the Strange! People use to tell I look like her, so this is it :)
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Place: Kaunisharju Jyväskylä - Finland

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Ok, here is the sunset image I captured yesterday. I have a few different variations of this scene, but I think this one captured the colours at their peak.

Check out the image on the website with the link below, it looks much better over there! (there's also some more Edmonton photos you may not have seen yet)

www.mikeisaak.com/edmonton-sky…

Please feel free to share this with your friends.

© Mike Isaak Photography
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:bulletred: If you like my photography, please considering purchasing a print, the sales will go towards repairing my camera- After having medical bills from being very sick, I don't have the cash to repair it so I am trying to drum up print sales so I may continue to do what I love; photography. Sunday night while on a photoshoot up in the mountains, my camera gave up the ghost. It would appear the shutter died completely. After having just spent nearly a full week very ill in the hospital, I don't have the money to get a new camera or even repair it (it's loooong out of warranty) They say when it rains it pours, I think I must be going through a flood. I'm quite sad by it all as photography is my relief from an otherwise completely crazy world, it offers me peace of mind which I don't find anywhere else. This year has been incredibly hard for me, from being sick where I am facing my own mortality (because being septic is fun! Not.) to finances from hospital bills to just keeping my sanity, I have always gone to my camera to find comfort. Not much I can do now though I guess. I'll be honest with you all, it's hard being on here seeing everyone's awesome photos knowing that you can't do a dang thing to enjoy the same thing. In fact, it is downright depressing. Literally. Maybe I'll find a winning lotto ticket on the street lol

About the photograph-I always wanted this shot but every time I did, I waited to long and lost the light as I was photographing the lake instead. A couple of days ago I made sure to bag it. There's always been something about the lines which got my attention and how the perspective just seems to go on forever with the vanishing point so far off in the distance. Sitting here photographing this scene it just seemed as though you could walk right into the sunrise. It was beautiful with the sounds of the Coyote's singing and watching the sky put on a beautiful show so early in the morning. Peaceful? You can say that again! What a way to start the day here in Colorado!
---John

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An entry for Wacom's "Bring Your Vision to Life" Contest, Good Versus Evil. At face value, St. George is the good force, eradicating the evil power of the dragon who plagues a nearby village. But can these roles be reversed? What right does George have to slaughter an animal who is merely living in concordance with its nature? Can the dragon help what it was made to be, even if that goes beyond simply killing for food? Is St. George's God rooting only for the humans, or for all of Creation?

(This is more of a rhetorical commentary of the picture above, not necessarily an invitation for an open debate.)

I've read the rules pretty carefully, and it doesn't look like you can't submit pieces you've already uploaded, just ones that have been commercially published. If not, oh well, they'll just disqualify me.

Anyway, this remains my favorite piece I've ever turned out to date, and it goes along with the theme, so I removed my watermarks and altered it a little and decided to submit it.

My current Wacom tablet is still alive, but I'm waiting for the day when it kicks the bucket, and it would be awesome to win a new one.

As with the original picture, I drew inspiration for the composition from *nJoo, with the utmost respect.
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WHAT THE HELL DID U MADE THIS TIME???
U SADISTIC BASTARD!!!?


an old quick pict for this fic:

Wood of Nightshade Morrowless
Pairing:Thorin/Thranduil
Warning: Blood, Gore
Summary:
Several years after Erebor was retaken, a shadow returns to Dol Guldur and the Elvenking is taken prisoner by Sauron’s forces. When armies fail to save him, Thorin takes a page out of Bilbo’s book and slips into the old fortress alone to rescue his former enemy, still perplexed by the grace the Elvenking showed him after the Battle of Five Armies. It is the journey home afterward, through the dark and twisted miles of Mirkwood, that will make or break a delicate affection and understanding between the two leaders of nations.

read more here: ===> [link]

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old pict i did last month and was kinda dumped on my HD, till i discovered that the fic (at last!HURAAH!) updated~ so i felt an urge to post this oldie~
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Scene based on Tolkien's novel The Hobbit, chapter 8, "Flies and Spiders" where the Dwarves and Bilbo see glimpses of the elvish feast, but are never able to participate because the lights go out and the elves disappear whenever they try and approach the party.

Done with watercolor and ink. Scanned weirdly, so little adjustments in Photoshop.

Link to this image in my tumblr blog.

My illustration page in facebook.

My website.

Mirkwood by ullakko The Arkenstone by ullakko Leaving Hobbiton by ullakko Fangorn by ullakko Lothlorien by ullakko



EDIT:
I made a little tutorial type of thing
about sketching an illustration,
with this painting as the basis of the tut.
Here:

SKETCHING (Elvish Feast in Mirkwood) by ullakko
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My elven/Thranduil version of My Sweet Rose by John William Waterhouse for Let’s Draw the Hobbit on Tumblr. :)

Tumblr link: kaetiegaard.tumblr.com/post/59…
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One more photo of Hamar, Norway, the beautiful lake Mjøsa and the nature surrounding it.
The Norwegian spring is one of the eeariest things I’ve ever seen: despite being April, the landscapes are still bleak and dormant. But it’s a totally different bleakness than winter, it has a unique kind of melancholia I can’t quite put into words.

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This is my most favourite portrait
(and whatduyouknow anna is on da too)
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Just walking down the street
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oh i remember this animation....
Sigh
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Taken 2 years ago. 
Oh, sweet moments of inspiration, where have you gone? I am totally out of inspiration :cries:

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Lens: 55-200mm at 200mm

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October 2013

Red oak.

Loving him is like trying to change your mind
Once you're already flying through the free fall
Like the colors in autumn
So bright just before they lose it all


Loving him was red! :dummy:



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Into the darkness
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"Cut off your nose
To spite your face
Slowly send your palms away

Draw fire crawl out
And seek the shade
Slowly send your palms away

A fine line will set you apart
Swallow my name, swallow it down
Sing me a song

Shoot the breeze
Shake my hand
Across the fire, I caught your stare

Sing me a song
You today"

Moby - A Case For Shame Lyrics

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October 2013

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Bit of fun with photo shop. Bit of free transform to make the reflection and a water effect. Look cool to me lol.
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Took some time to finish it. Like on my last image I tried out some new techniques on it.
Hope you like it! =)

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Roughly what I imagine it would look like from the limited information given on the Lannister's ancestral stronghold.
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International Dark Sky Week- April 20-26th

Ever wish that you could lookout like this on a clear night and see the sky packed full of stars?

Less than a third of the worldwide population and 1% of the continental USA population lives under truly, unpolluted from light, starry skies. Do you?

To find out how you can take some simple steps towards reconnecting with the night sky, please visit  www.darksky.org/ and/or follow the International Dark-Sky Association on Facebook.

I took this panorama a few weeks ago on my way home from doing a presentation on the night sky. The small community left of center has a population of about 1000 people and has a great lighting policy. You can see that there is hardly any light being wasted into the night sky and stars are visible right down to the horizon above the town. Where as the city on the right of frame is full of unshielded lighting that are simply wasting light and energy into the sky and blocking out the stars that we all love.

28/03/2014
Canon 5D MkII, 14mm, F/2.8, ISO 3200, 9 image panorama.

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On holy friday hundreds of "Cucuruchos" wearing their traditional "capirote" walk along the streets of Quito, Ecuador. The procession is called "la procesion de Jesus del Gran Poder". The point of wearing this costume is to be penitent for the sins commited during the past year. In early times the Cucuruchos would stay outside the churches in the cold for a week, be punished/injured by passers by and called names. Later they were asked to walk around in the streets of Quito during Holy Friday. Some are carrying cactus on their naked back, carry heavy wooden crosses or injure themselves. Though i heard the procession is less bloody than a few years ago. 

The origins of the capirote dates back to the medieval times in Spain. Clowns and jugglers portraying clumsiness and stupidity would wear these. Criminals were forced to wear pointed hats and walk through the streets, while people threw rotten vegetables at them, spat on them, and insulted them. I've been told criminals are very common to participate in this procession, to start with a "clean sheet" afterwards. Though, not all people participating are penitents. Real penitents can be noticed by walking barefoot. It is also possible for outsiders to arrange a costume and participate.

Exif: 24mm, 1/500, F4, ISO 200


Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-70mm, B+W UV Filter.

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In Rome
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To celebrate Earth Day with you, I'm sharing a moment I experienced, of absolute tranquility and an overwhelming connection with our planet and the infinite above.

Hope you can feel a bit of that too! Enjoy and have a great Earth week. :)


Praia Grande - Santa Catarina, Brazil.

Panorama made of 2 exposures.
Wallpaper available, for some points.
Feel free to comment...


A top view from
a nearby location...
Monte Negro Panorama by Miguel-Santos

or...
Monte Negro Canyon by Miguel-Santos









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Hira

Photo by: Abdulhameed Shamandour
Location: Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Hira (Arabic: حراء‎ Ḥirāʾ) or the Cave of Hira (غار حراء Ġār Ḥirāʾ) is a cave about 2 mi (3.2 km) from Mecca, on the mountain named Jabal Al-Nūr in the Hejaz region of present day Saudi Arabia. The cave itself is about 12 ft (3.7 m) in length and 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m) in width.
It is notable for being the location where Muslims believe Muhammad received his first revelations from God (Allah) through the angel Jibreel, also known as the angel Gabriel to Christians.
Taking 600 steps to reach, the cave is at a height of 270 m (890 ft) and the radius is 263.23 m (863.6 ft) During the Hajj around 5,000 Muslims climb up to the Hira cave daily to see the place where Muhammed received the first revelation of the Qu'ran on the Night of Power. Although, it is not an integral part of the pilgrimage. Most people go to see it for personal pleasure and spirituality, and some misunderstand it to be a place of worship, and while it is an important place to know in the seerah(story recorded biography of the Prophet) it is not as holy as, say, Masjid Al-Haram.
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No one ever saw you moving through the dark
Leaving slips of paper somewhere in the park
Hidden from your friends, stealing all they knew
Love is thrown in airless rooms
Thin vile rewards for you
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