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2012 Annular eclipse over New Mexico (Image: Kevin Baird)
There's supposed to be another this August that will be seen across the U.S.

Lake Michigan 2017 ----David Ison

Cat Prompts

Feb. 7th, 2017 10:53 pm
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Hello, Police? I accidentally stepped on my cat's foot and need to be arrested'
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Holloways: Roads Tunneled into the Earth by Time
By Allison Meier

Sunken lane in Normandy, France (photograph by Jean-François Gornet/Flickr)

Appearing like trenches dragged into the earth, sunken lanes, also called hollow-ways or holloways, are centuries-old thoroughfares worn down by the traffic of time. They’re one of the few examples of human-made infrastructure still serving its original purpose, although many who walk through holloways don’t realize they’re retracing ancient steps.

Sunken lane in La Meauffe, France, site of a 1944 World War II battle (photograph by Romain Bréget/Wikimedia)

The name “holloway” is derived from “hola weg,” meaning sunken road in Old English. You’re most likely to discover a holloway where the ground and the stone below are soft, such as places rich in sandstone or chalk. No one ever engineered a holloway — erosion by human feet, and horses or cattle driven alongside, combined with water then flowing through the embankments like a gully, molded the land into a tunneled road. It’s hard to date them, but most are thought to go back to Roman times and the Iron Age, although in the Middle East some are believed to stretch back to ancient Mesopotamia. They even have their own ecology, such as the spreading bellflowers that enjoy the disturbed earth.

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FB: Adam Bourne It's a photoshop of Lichtenstein castle stuck on a rock formation near James Bond Island, Thailand.
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Craig E Clair Castle

more photos, link has even more. )

The curious history of the place, the tradition of every endeavor put upon it of failing, and its eventual abandonment have given rise to many legends about the house.

What truth is reasonably certain, however, is that the structure was originally a summer lodge built by Bradford Lee Gilbert in the early 1880’s. The name of Craig-E-Clair is said to have come from Gilbert’s wife, a Scottish native who was reminded of small town by the name of Craig-E-Clare in Scotland.
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The Glen

If a glen is a small valley, then The Glen is something else. One might coin the term “microvalley” just to describe this place. Walking through the rusty iron gate that leads you out of the wind and into the tranquility of The Glen, with its lush and dewy silence – every experience you’ve ever described as being “as if in a fairy tale” will be replaced by this.

Nestled between sheer rock walls reaching heights of 60 feet, rare visitors to this enchanted glen are overwhelmed by vibrant hues of slate and green, surrounded by hanging vines and ivy-covered stone, ancient trees and mossy rock. And how fitting that this secret gully be etched into the side of Knocknarea Mountain – a place with fairy tales all its own.

Knocknarea is a popular hiking destination filled with Irish lore. It’s topped with a massive pile of stones known as Queen Maeve’s Tomb – supposedly the final resting place of the mythical Queen Maeve – where it’s considered good luck to take a stone from the bottom of the pile and place it on the top. Hikers frequently visit the site to pay homage and take in the countryside. Yet even with that, The Glen is largely unknown and little-visited.

The Glen is a geological oddity lacking a commonplace explanation, but it seems likely that the deep crevasse was carved out by a particularly ill-tempered glacier eons ago. Visitors will have to know where to look along the road to Knocknarea Mountain, where just past an old well and nearly eclipsed by overgrown flora, a simple but intriguing gate marks the entrance to another world – Queen Maeve’s own secret garden.

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One Side Cutting U Convex Pouch Comfortable Boxer Brief

This is the blue but they come in black, white (2 varieties of accent bindings), gold,& red.

It looks so innocent from the side. )
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Newt's spit bath


We heard you hissed our friend.

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The Museum of Alchemists and Magicians of Old Prague
The history of occult science is turned into a creepshow at this sensational Prague attraction

Prague is a city steeped in history both known and otherwise, and the darker side of the Czech capital's past is brought to light in evocative displays at The Museum of Alchemists and Magicians of Old Prague, which looks at some of the famous dabblers in the dark arts that have called the city home.

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Get Lost in the Stacks of These 10 Beautiful University Libraries
These stunning historic libraries will vanquish any back-to-school gloom.

By Molly McBride Jacobson AUGUST 29, 2016

I didn't post the text to this, just the photos.

Duke Humfrey’s Library at Oxford University
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Oxford Union Library (William Morris painted that ceiling himself.)

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Baby owl learning to fly or 'eeek! there's a worm.'

Old Books Bodleian - some of which have clasps to keep them closed.

Sumac which I've learned is a spice. Not the poison sumac version which has white berries and is poisonous.
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Was looking for how to make a living through photography, freelance and stumbled on this site. Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

Thought, oh that's a nice photograph of a new baby in the family and then I twigged to what it really was. The baby had died and this was a photo memory for the family.

Recruit a Photographer Month

Join our Affiliated Photographer community!

A family in your community needs you and there's never a better time to do something bold and extraordinary for yourself and others!

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (NILMDTS) photographers capture special moments of love for parents experiencing the loss of an infant. This precious gift helps provide healing for a family while honoring the baby's legacy.

There's a link for the parents to click.

A walk for those impacted by
Miscarriage, SIDS, Stillbirth or Infant Loss
Join us in honoring your baby
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Glowing Termite Mounds of Emas National Park Impressive by day, dazzling by night... these termites have a well-decorated (and deadly) abode



Termites thrive all over the world, building sprawling nests and wreaking occasional havoc on local lumber supplies. In Brazil, they build tall towers of cement-like Earth.

These termite mounds can grow quite large with diameters up to 30 meters, and towers reaching heights of 7 meters or more. Not only do they provide a home for up to several million termites, they’re also used as nesting sites for the Buff-Breasted Paradise-Kingfisher and as home to hundreds of glowing Pyrophorus beetle larvae. At night, the termite mounds look like they’re wrapped in Christmas lights.

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