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Lance-tailed Manakin (Chiroxiphia lanceolata) breeds in tropical Central & South America from Costa Rica to northern Venezuela.

Angle Spiral is easier to stitch than Basic Spiral because the sharp angles and straight lines are easier to keep consistent. You can learn how to sew this free motion quilting design at freemotionquiltin...

Gas lanterns...the official light fixture of the French Quarter. How beautiful. Last time I was down there I don't remember seeing these. makes me want to go back.

The road ahead in Tuscany

Take a bike ride along the shore!

Rue du Mail, Paris. >>> WOW - let's do this!!

Credit: Isak Pretorius/2013 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Behaviour, birds winner: Sticky Situation by Isak Pretorius (South Africa) In May the seafaring lesser noddies head for land to breed. Their arrival on the tiny island of Cousine in the Seychelles coincides with peak web size for the red-legged golden orb-web spiders. The female spiders, which can grow to the size of a hand, create colossal conjoined webs up to 1.5m in diameter in which the tiny males gather. Th…

Credit: Greg du Toit/2013 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Wildlife photographer of the year 2013 and animal portraits winner: Essence of Elephants by Greg du Toit (South Africa) Ever since he first picked up a camera, Du Toit has photographed African elephants. 'For many years I’ve wanted to create an image that captures their special energy and the state of consciousness that I sense when I’m with them. This image comes closest to doing that.' The picture was taken at a…

Credit: Connor Stefanison/2013 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Eric Hosking portfolio award winner: The Flight Path by Connor Stefanison (Canada) Stefanison’s photography draws on the wilderness skills he acquired over a childhood spent largely outdoors. This female barred owl had a territory near his home in Burnaby, British Columbia. He watched her for some time, familiarising himself with her flight paths until he knew her well enough to set up the shot. 'I wanted to …

Credit: Paul Souders/2013 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Animals in their environment winner: The Water Bear by Paul Souders (US) The fact that most images of polar bears show them on land or ice says more about the practical difficulties faced by humans than it does about the bears’ behaviour. With adaptations such as thick blubber and nostrils that close, polar bears are, in fact, highly aquatic. They spend most of their time hunting seals on sea ice and are capable of swimming…

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Kilarny Ireland Hotel >>> Looks like a great place for a Guinness!

Floating Boat Bridge >>>Wish I knew where this was - so neat!