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:copyright: 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...


© 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...




******** Credits *********


Many thanks to :


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

Textures : Pixmaniaque




Make It Interesting, Challenge #2 ~ Gazebo


With thanks to...

Starter image ~ Dodsport

Sky ~ ~Brenda-Starr~

Waterfall ~ Fairiegoodmother

Island ~ Meihua-stock

Brushes ~ Falln-stock

Tree Brush ~ Skeletal Mess

Giraffe – My own


~ Explore ~ #95 ~ June 2, 2011 ~

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

(Administration invite only please)


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

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.



Copyright © RositaSo Image. All rights reserved.


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! :)


:copyright: 2016 Brian Xavier

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With thanks to...

Background ~ ~Brenda-Starr~

Island ~ Meihua-stock

Tree & Bird Brushes ~ Shadowhouse Creations


~ #324 / 365 ~

365 Manipulations Project


~ Explore ~ #111 ~ Oct 2, 2010 ~

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. (

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.

Goodbye wave from the Floating Island of Titicaca Lake, Bolivia

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.

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

Gli Uros sono una popolazione pre-inca peruviana.

I primi Uros si sono spostati dalle sponde del lago Titicaca sul lago stesso, per sfuggire ai loro vicini bellicosi, tra i quali il popolo degli inca. Hanno cominciato a costruire questo loro arcipelago con canne di totora e lo hanno ancorato al fondo del lago. Queste particolari isole sono dette “fluttuanti” in quanto possono salire e scendere seguendo il livello del lago, ed inoltre i loro abitanti possono levare le ancore e spostarle come fossero delle chiatte.

Gli starti di totora a contatto con l'acqua marciscono molto velocemente per cui devono essere aggiunti continuamente nuovi strati sulla superficie che diventa spugnosa rendendo spesso difficile camminarci sopra.

All’inizio l’etnia Uros era unica, con un suo sistema sociale e religioso, e pure la lingua era diversa dai loro vicini che parlavano aymara, e dai bellicosi inca che, conquistarono le sponde del lago e che parlavano invece quechua. Ora però gli Uros di stirpe pura sono spariti; erano infatti un popolo aperto e pacifico, e tramite scambi commerciali con gli altri abitanti del lago e successive unioni miste, un po’ alla volta le caratteristiche del popolo sono andate a perdersi.

Ci sono circa 40 isole galleggianti sul lago e la vita non è certo facile per i loro abitanti molti dei quali hanno preferito tornare sulla terraferma

(Tratto da Wikipedia)


The Uros Indians of Peru and Bolivia live high in the Peruvian and Bolivian Andes and on Lake Titicaca on floating islands. They were forced onto the lake as the Incan Indians pushed further and further into their territory. 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. They also eat the tender bottoms of the reeds. The Uros Indians are known for their beautiful and intricate handwork, weaving, spinning, and embroidery.

There are more than 40 floating islands. During the rainy season, from November to February, the islands often float on the surface of the lake. The reeds used to make their island, homes, boats, etc. are called tortora reeds. Life on the islands is hard. Many have moved to the mainland leaving only a few hundred on the islands. The islands rot from the bottom very quickly so that new reeds must constantly be added to the top. The surface is spongy and sometimes difficult to walk on. They also have to travel a distance to find fresh water. Legend says that the full-blooded Uros Indians had black blood that protected them from the frigid temperatures on the water and also from drowning. The Uros were pushed back onto the lake when the Incas took over the region. The Incas considered the Uros Indians to be so poor that the only tax they required of them was a section of hollow cane filled with rice. After a drought worsened their poverty, most Uros left the islands and intermarried with the Ayamara and Quechua-speaking Indians. The last full-blooded Uro was a woman who died in 1959. The Uros who moved back to the islands are actually a mix of Uros, Ayamaras and Incas, though they follow the ways of the Uros. After the Incas and Spaniards quit exerting their influence, the Uros once again became proud fishermen who survive by living off the tortora reeds as well as hunting, fishing, and selling their beautiful handicrafts.


May 29, 2009 # 19

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...

You can see more on my site here:


“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.

a photomontage from a while back that I had saved on there ...

if you want to feel the breeze inside the clouds, you must see the pic with this music piece:

♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫


un fotomontaje de hace un tiempo que tenia guardado por ahi...

si quieres sentir la brisa en el interior de las nubes, debes ver la foto escuchando esto:

♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫


Model from PersephoneStock

Clouds from silber_stock

The tower from fairiegoodmother

The hills from Mourge-stawk


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Location: Floating Island, Seoul, Korea


Nikon D7000 with Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 AF-S lens


ISO: 100

Shutter speed: 2"

Aperture: f/6.3

Focal length: 12mm

Filters: Lee sky blue gradual filter

Este es la composición original del concurso, vista en los tutoriales. A raiz de esta imagen como ejemplo, deberán crear su porpia isla flotante.

Created for Faestock Challenge #75


With thanks to...

Model - Faestock

Sky - Dezzan

Island - Rubyblossom

Cosmos - Resurgere, produced by Funerium

Hair was a gift from a dear friend




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Islas Flotantes de los Uros, Puno, Perú.

Lasciando le isole galleggianti degli Uros, ai margini estremi del Lago Titicaca , dal lato peruviano.

Gli Uros sono sempre stati una tribù di piccole dimensioni e hanno iniziato la loro esistenza galleggiante diversi secoli fa per sfuggire alle aggressioni dei collas e degli Incas.

Le isole su cui vivono sono costruite con la tortora, la tipica canna che cresce nelle acque poco profonde del lago..

Gli Uros vivono prevalentemente di pesca e artigianato che scambiano, sulla terraferma , con altri viveri di prima necessità come mais, grano, pane e frutta.

Oggi il turismo è un'altra fonte di sostentamento per queste popolazioni che sono prive di tutto, anche di un fazzoletto di terra.



:copyright: 2016 Helmuth Boeger - All rights reserved.

Kudos to Jonesy for throwing together the foliage for me.

Floating Islands of Uros, Lake Titicaca, Peru

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


NOTE: All images are Copyrighted by Greg A. Hartford. No rights to use are given or implied to the viewer. All rights of ownership and use remain with the copyright owner.

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