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Thanks to Escaype predictions on fog , was able to convert this shoot to reality on 3rd attempt. Fog over milky way was long time dream to shoot for me :) .

Airglow was just added bonus.


Shot @ Russian ridge, skyline

© 2011 Aelin Quan – All rights reserved - Réf. 110111



If I count well, this should be my 100th work on FlickR - a great opportunity to thank all of you who are regular visitors of my stream and who give me the will and energy to carry on learning !


Thank you very much for your comments, invites and favs, and wishing you all a wonderful New Year...




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Many thanks to :


Sim : Delicatessen - project "Petrified" by Meilo Minotaur and CapCat Ragu.

Textures : Pixmaniaque




Welcome to New Lancaster, the quaint home of Sir Zebulon O’Callan. When he was young, Zeb was an engineer who was critical to the creation of the SteamCore, the powerful reactor that powers all of London. Now in his old age, Zeb still loves to experiment and tinker around, and there are rumors that he is leading a study for Queen Victoria on the safety of the SteamCore. The machine, which started running in 1819, has been running now for almost 50 years. However, it was only meant to run for 25, which leads many to concern for its safety…


Hey guys, this the result of almost all of my building over the last month.. This was originally meant to be a compliment to my "Zephyr’s Knave" steampunk ship. However, with the emergence of the "Vapourlypse" sub-genre of steampunk, I figured I could help the genre grow a bit by reconfiguring the story of this creation to match the backstory of the new sub-genre.


The build itself was a long process. The rock was the first thing I built, and it was certainly a learning process. Inside is a big mess of technic humble-jumble, but the result is a highly stable rock. I only had a few minor emergencies with it towards the end of my building, when two of the rock panels fell of; however, those were quickly resolved. Next, the windmill was built. The windmill is based off of this graphic. It was a fun little thing to build, and certainly interesting, because of its octagonal shape. I especially liked how the deck and railings turned out.


This is also my first creation to include power functions. I received an old-school motor and battery-box from a friend which I was able to put to use to make the blades of the windmill turn. You can see the video here.


I also have to give a bit of credit to Slyowl and Legohaulic, because I took a lot of inspiration from both of their floating island designs.

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I can almost see it

That dream I’m dreaming

But there’s a voice inside my head saying,

You’ll never reach it,

Every step I’m taking,

Every move I make

Feels lost with no direction

My faith is shaking

But I got to keep trying

Got to keep my head held high


There's always gonna be another mountain

I'm always gonna wanna make it move

Always gonna be an uphill battle

Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose


But I gotta keep trying

Gotta keep my head held high


Lyrics by Miley Cyrus

You can almost make out the white streaks on the lower left of the image--they are from the snow falling. It was actually falling quite heavily during this long exposure. The result was an amazing aura from a distant light beyond. While taking the long exposure this fantastic island suddenly floated into view! :)


© 2016 Brian Xavier

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For those who do not know CowParade (read below*) and their store (, this idea is based on one of their cows. I so loved the design I wanted to recreate such cow in photoshop 3D. In this piece I struggled mostly with perspective and the light, although the 3D helped to see things better:). The cow with the pawns is all 3D rendered, the islands and clouds painted.



CowParade is an international public art exhibit that has been featured in major world cities. Fiberglass sculptures of cows are decorated by local artists, and distributed over the city centre, in public places such as train stations, important avenues, and parks. They often feature artwork and designs specific to local culture, as well as city life and other relevant themes. After the exhibition in the city, which lasts many months, the cows are auctioned off and the proceeds donated to charity. (

For Its Addiction tutorial discussion here


With thanks to...

Background ~ ~Brenda-Starr~

Island ~ Meihua-stock

Tree & Bird Brushes ~ Shadowhouse Creations


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365 Manipulations Project


~ Explore ~ #111 ~ Oct 2, 2010 ~

Titicaca or Titiqaqa (Quechua) is a lake in the Andes on the border of Peru and Bolivia. By volume of water, it is the largest lake in South America. The people of Uros, a small South American tribe in Peru, have made living arrangements for themselves that are so unique, they’re not found anywhere else in the world. These people live most of their lives on man-made floating islands. The islands were created on Lake Titicaca in Peru, for the protection against other stronger tribes. The lake is the largest by volume in South America, and provides ample protection by itself since it is completely isolated and located about 3000 m above sea level.



© 2016 Helmuth Boeger - All rights reserved.

The Uros islands are a group of 70 man-made totora reed islands floating on Peru’s Lake Titicaca. Its inhabitants, the Uros tribe, pre-date Incan civilization and continue to hunt and fish the plentiful land and waters they occupy.


By volume of water and surface area, Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and the highest navigable body of water in the world.


I took a ride on this colourful raft.

Reed boatbuilding has a long tradition and is found kept alive today by the Aymara and Uru boatbuilders on Lake Titicaca, high in the Andes of South America.


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Sting - Mad About You


Stanley Kubrick - 2001: A Space Odyssey "Star Gate" sequence



Entropy V - Diabolus Juvante (sim closed now)


..on lake Titicaca. Tradition (islands, houses) and modernity (solar panels etc.). A bit touristy, but you can still see how the traditional life goes on.


It looks as if this made it into Explore after the actual day I posted it - in my stats at least it is showing "Explore" as a source.

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Some Sevit, Seoul, Korea.

July 2015.

Canon 6D.

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Taken with a Sony Cybershot DSC-RX10M4 camera.

--- Tableau Vivant@KUSTOM9


Tableau Vivant // Rhya hair


--- [Canimal]@Sultry


[Canimal] Rose Top

[Canimal] Rose Bottom


--- The Looking Glass@SWANK


TLG - Boho Fae Floating Island Valentines Edition


--- Enchantment


- The Looking Glass - TLG - The Gathering Gacha


1. TLG - The Gathering - Maypole Light

2. TLG - The Gathering - Bluebirds Chair

3. TLG - The Gathering - Table Candles

4. TLG - The Gathering - Table

5. TLG - The Gathering - Squirrel Chair

6. TLG - The Gathering - Light Posts

8. TLG - The Gathering - Starfield Vase

9. TLG - The Gathering - Crow Chair

10. TLG - The Gathering - Butterfly Chair

11. TLG - The Gathering - Floor Cushions One

14. TLG - The Gathering - Floor Cushions Four


- [InsurreKtion] - [IK] Hobbit Tavern Gacha


[IK] Hobbit Tavern - Aragorn Pipe

[IK] Hobbit Tavern - Barrel

[IK] Hobbit Tavern - Wook Tankard A

[IK] Hobbit Tavern - Metal Tankard

[IK] Hobbit Tavern - Wood Tankard B

[IK] Hobbit Tavern - Tobacco Barrel

[IK] Hobbit Tavern - Gandalf Pipe

[IK] Hobbit Tavern - Table

[IK] Hobbit Tavern - Stool (Adult)

[IK] Hobbit Tavern - Wall Barrel

[IK] Hobbit Tavern - Menu

[IK] Hobbit Tavern - Sign



For visitors to Puno on Lake Titicaca, a visit to the floating islands is a must. These islands are made and re-made from the totora reeds which provide home, sustenance and transportation for their inhabitants. And a ride on a totora reed raft is a unique experience.

Peru / Lago Titicaca / September 2017

Floating Uros Islands, near Puno, Lake Titicaca, Peru

The floating islands of Lake Toticaca are home to the Uros tribe who pre-date the Incan civilization. According to their legends, they existed before the sun, when the earth was still dark and cold. They were impervious to drowning or being struck by lightning. They lost their status as super beings when they disobeyed universal order and mixed with humans.


Because of their simple and precarious lifestyle, the Incas thought them worth little and accordingly taxed them very little. Yet the Uros, with their basic reed homes outlasted the mighty Incas with their huge stone temples and mountain-top enclaves.



Floating Uros Islands, near Puno, Lake Titicaca, Peru

© 2011 Aelin Quan – All rights reserved - Réf. 111003




I've been away for a loooong time it seems. I'll try to be there a bit more in the coming months. Hope you are well, all of you there...


The islets are made of totora reeds, which grow in the Titicaca lake, Peru. The dense roots that the plants develop and interweave form a natural layer called Khili (about one to two meters thick) that support the islands . They are anchored with ropes attached to sticks driven into the bottom of the lake. The reeds at the bottoms of the islands rot away fairly quickly, so new reeds are added to the top constantly, about every three months; this is what it makes exciting for tourists when walking on the island.] This is especially important in the rainy season when the reeds rot a lot faster. The islands last about thirty years.



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After a cold rainstorm, it was almost dusk, and it appeared.

Officially, it's called "floating island phenomenon". Probably, because of the cold rain, the cooled air became dense. And it bent the optical path upward. At the time, the opposite shore, which can't be seen usually appeared as if it floats up.

Despite the natural phenomenon, the angler was absorbed in his game.

Se va la última lancha del día. Hasta la mañana siguiente, no habrá otro ingreso para los habitantes de las islas flotantes del Titicaca que el que da el propio lago. Con los últimos turistas del día, los puestos de venta se cubren con mantas y no sólo la calma vuelve a este montón de totora. También esa sensación hogareña, todo vuelve a su lugar y cada cual a su tarea. Victoria preparará un omelette con arroz y papas, y Rubén, su novio y presidente de la pequeña isla, se acercará en la oscuridad y de a poco nos irá enredando en su propia visión del pasado y el presente del pueblo de los uros. Nos contará, quizás rumiando una solución, los problemas de la comunidad, la pérdida de la cultura y los valores ancestrales, expondrá los dispares resultados que el turismo supone como principal fuente de subsistencia.


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Goodbye wave from the Floating Island of Titicaca Lake, Bolivia

The Uros Indians of Peru and Bolivia are a very interesting people. They live high in the Peruvian and Bolivian Andes and on Lake Titicaca on floating islands.


The Uros Islands are made of reeds which grow naturally on the banks of Lake Titicaca. The reeds are matted down and added to as they disintegrate at the bottom. The islands float on the surface of the lake. The make their homes, their furniture and their boats out of the reeds. The Uros Indians are known for their beautiful and intricate handwork, weaving, spinning, and embroidery.


Uros, Floating Islands / Lake Titicaca / Peru at 12, 500 feet (3,800 m) above sea level

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“What is Creative Mondays?


Monday’s are always a drag. The start of a new week, you have to go back to that routine of going to bed early/get up early. If (like me) you have to commute then you prepare for that long journey into work and that long journey back for the first time after a nice two day break.


So to kick off those lousy Mondays, I’m going to get my creative mind flowing in a positive way. Creative Mondays. A chance for me to show off something unfinished or finished that I’ve been working on throughout the previous week.”


It’s been about a year since I created my last ‘Floating Island’ piece. I had been meaning to start another one recently and coincidentally the Ten Collection’s latest contest enabled me to kill two birds with one stone! This time around the contest was to create an image under the theme ‘Paradise in the Future’. Using a few of the Fotolia images provided (as part of the contest) I constructed this three island piece with an awesome heart-shaped tree to boot.

There are approximately 40 islands made from totora a type of reed, which is used initially by the UROS (people of this island). The customs of these islands are continued, however it is questioned that the current inhabitants of these islands are original.

At present only some islands are benefited by tourism, as they sell handmade products to the visitors which visit them. The floating islands that do not receive visitors are dedicated to fishing and selling of this product.


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While beeing on a reed boat of the Uros we passed this island. The whole scenery reminded me of the movie Waterworld.

Yesterday at dawn, all of us die-hards were waiting for the gate to open at the Deering Estate for an equinox sunrise image... this is about all the color I got, but it is always beautiful there, and the company of my photographer friends was marvelous...

Lago Titikaka, Floating Islands, Puno, Perú


Uros are pre-incan people living on floating islands on the Lake Titicaca.


11.1.11 11.11 Who will be my 100000th visitor???? 99940 at 7.46 am


Congrats to nature-lover which was my 100000th visitor on 11.1.11 1.08 pm


This shows Lake Wassookeag in Dexter, Maine, located in the central part of the State, shortly after sunrise with some morning fog. Please also visit:


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Some Sevit, Seoul, Korea.

July 2015.

Canon 6D.

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