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with the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

-Eleanor Roosevelt


thoughts.........words in misterious ways,the same words said from different people can have different meanings and feelings,

can reach to you or simply pass ,or even misunderstood.

I hope there will be no misinterpretation of my words.

Yes I HOPE.....that's all I can do :)



have a wonderful weekend my dear friends!


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Slains Castle, also famously as a New Slains Castle to distinguish it from the close Old Slains Castle a castle ruin is in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. On a rocky coast, about 1 kilometre to the east of Cruden Bay situated, it supervises the North Sea. A residential tower, built by the ninth Earl of Erroll marks the core of the castle in the 16th century. Several times important redevelopment measures and rebuilding measures were carried out, at last in 1837 when it was rebuilt in the Scots Baronial style. Today equipped once with three vast gardens, it is only a ruin without roof. To plans to the repair it was held on till 2009.


Slains Castle, auch bekannt als New Slains Castle, um es von dem nahen Old Slains Castle zu unterscheiden, ist eine Schlossruine in Aberdeenshire, Schottland. An einer felsigen Küste, rund einen Kilometer östlich von Cruden Bay gelegen, überwacht es die Nordsee. Den Kern des Schlosses markiert ein Wohnturm, erbaut vom neunten Earl of Erroll im 16. Jahrhundert. Mehrmals wurden bedeutende Sanierungs- und Umbaumaßnahmen durchgeführt, zuletzt 1837, als es im Scots Baronial Style wiederaufgebaut wurde. Einstmals mit drei ausgedehnten Gartenanlagen ausgestattet, ist es heute nur noch eine dachlose Ruine. An Plänen zur Instandsetzung wurde bis 2009 festgehalten.


New Pier, Durban, South Africa

7DWF: Thursdays - B&W or Sepia

Raw shot with graphics on of the new Bento head from LOGO! The skin here, is what comes with, the shape, I made but she is easily customized. Now available in store!




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New York City (NYC) skyline looking East from New Jersey across the Hudson River in the evening.


Nikon D800 - [HDR - 9 exposures]

During the 29th Annual Fleetweek celebration in New York City Memorial Day weekend, while crossing the Hudson River to get the USS Kearsarge LHD-3 docked at Pier 88 via New York Waterway Ferry as the sun was setting was able to capture this image of the W57 Building in Hell’s Kitchen referred to by some as great pyramid building though not really a pyramid nor a tetrahedron, but definitely unique addition high-rises in the skyline. There is essentially a building frenzy going on throughout the city, with the greatest concentration on the island of Manhattan, particularly in neighborhoods where in the past wouldn’t be considered candidates for high rise apartment buildings, Hell’s Kitchen, the East Village, the area surrounding the Highline Park and even though there is a lot of opposition in this area in particular Greenwich Village. So a walk in Hell’s Kitchen today is possible and quite pleasant, now a very gentrified area, many couples and families occupying the modernized tenements, the eateries lining 9th Avenue and the streets , so it was no surprise to see real estate developers buy up property and begin to build up.

Growing up in the 1970-1980’s, Hell’s Kitchen was not a place to venture to, after getting out of the Lincoln Tunnel, one definitely avoided turning westward, rather turning eastward and all the raunchiness and sleaziness of 42nd Street and Times Square may have been uneasy on the eye, but the risk of harm to oneself was considerably less than venturing into Hell’s Kitchen. So where did the name Hell’s Kitchen come from? The area, roughly bound between 34th and 57th Streets as the southern and northern borders and Eighth Avenue to the Hudson River east to west, from the mid 1800’s until the 1980’s was known for gruesome murders, the Irish mob, speakeasies and just plain violence. In the 1850’s a surge of Irish and German immigrants settled in this part of the city primarily because of its proximity to the Hudson River Docks, slaughter houses, lumber yards and the Hudson River Railroad which would become New York Central because the tracks ran down Tenth and Eleventh Avenues. Remember this part of the city was still the northern outskirts at that time and this kept the uneducated and unwelcomed immigrants away from the well to do folks who lived to the south and east. After the Civil War, gang of youths literally ruled the area. A gang referred to as Hell’s Kitchen gang was in constant battle with not only the New York Police Department but rival gangs such as the Gorillas, the Parlor Mob and the Gophers. When the Lincoln Tunnel was built, many of the tenements met their doom, as much of the area was cleared. The area though continued to linger as the gangs and their violence contributed to lower property values and rents, so it remained an alcove for the underprivileged. After World War II a new wave of immigrants moved in from Puerto Rico. Poor they banded together to form their own gangs that were in conflict with the Irish gang that still roamed the area. The storyline in Westside Story is based on this area and those conflicts. More buildings went down when the Port Authority Bus Terminal was built to accommodate not only the building but the ramps directly to the Lincoln Tunnel. The last gang of notoriety in the area was the Irish gang referred to as the Westies which I remember was one of the reasons to avoid the area while I was growing up and actually as an adult as their reign of terror which included drugs, murder, arson, theft, extortion, gambling, loan-sharking and illicit nightclubs lasted well into the late 1980’s. For anyone who saw the area back then and I know a few of you fellow flickr’ers lived here in the past, what it has become today is so different.

So this beautiful unique structure, W57 now adorns the skyline just north of the sea passenger terminals and a block south of the old IRT Powerhouse (Interborough Rapid Transit Powerhouse) that now belongs to ConEd is what’s referred to as a paraboloid according to Bjarke Ingels of the Danish architectural firm of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) that designed W57.

HDR taken with Olympus E-5 using an Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 SWD lens, raw images processed in Photomatix Pro, cleaned up in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.


Manhattan Skyline, New York taken in december 2013


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A dawn image from the Brooklyn Bridge Park looking North towards the East River, New York City (NYC)'s Financial District "Wall Street", the FDR Highway on the mid-horizon, and the Brooklyn Bridge.


The Financial District skyscrapers, One World Trade Center (amid the white glow in the center of the skyline), the Woolworth Tower, 8 Spruce St, and City Hall are all visible in this image.


Nikon D810 - HDR [9 exposures]

On a warm summers evening under a blue cloudy sky, from the sand dunes on New Brighton Beach- Christchurch, New Zealand.

Taken near Curio Bay, South Island, New Zealand

On the way to storm chase in Colorado. The New Mexico sky was just so tempting to shoot the milky way between Deming and Hatch. Been very busy storm chasing the last few weeks, and in the coming weeks will be extremely busy with work and storm chasing in Arizona. Will try and keep up with all the new contacts and old ones as I can. Thank you all for your support. :)

Viewing northern New Mexico countryside.

Photo taken in New York City. I like how the lights are reflecting off of the water here. I was glad to have gotten this photo, since a security guard came by just after this was shot (my first shot taken here) and told me that people were not allowed to take photos here. I moved down the sidewalk about half a block, waited until he left, and then took a few more. Not sure that my doing so made the world less safe.

Photo prise lorsque nous étions à la recherche d'une étrange et très peu connue formation rocheuse, appelée The King of Wings ou KOW, au Nouveau Mexique, toute une grande aventure... plus d'information à venir


Foto tomada cuando estábamos a la búsqueda de una extraña, rara y poco conocida formación rocosa llamada El Rey de las Alas o Kow , en Nuevo México, una gran aventura. .. más información a venir...


Photo taken when we were looking for a strange and very little known rock formation, called The King of Wings or KOW , in New Mexico, a great adventure. .. more information to come...

Matamata - New Zealand

The Hobbiton Movie Set was a significant location used for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and The Hobbit film series. It is situated on a family run farm about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) west of Hinuera and 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) southwest of Matamata, in Waikato, New Zealand

A view of the New River Gorge and its bridge, near Fayetteville in West Virginia in the Appalachian Mountains taken this past spring. (Too afraid of heights to walk any closer to the edge!)

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New York City (NYC) skyline looking East from New Jersey across the Hudson River at night.


Nikon D800 - HDR [9 exp]



Last year I posted frequent updates about Mrs Mami Mallard and her six ducklings. Mami is a resident Mallard duck who sucessfully raised her second batch of six remaining babies at Foppe's Acre past Summer after having lost her first brood in Spring.

Mami tried again earlier this year but sadly none of her kids survived.


I am still waiting for Mami to return with her new brood but much to my enjoyment three of her kids from last year showed up past week with their own babies, Mami's grandchildren so to speak!


The whole yard comes to life again with these little peeps. Two mothers live with their kids on the canal where our Scovies live and the other one chose a ditch behind our house. I guess the canal gets too crowded for all these ducklings because the two sisters don't allow anyone to come close to their babies, there's quite a lot of chasing and quacking going on (besides peeping).


These kids will stand a better chance to survive because the water's edge is overgrown with grasses and reeds for them to hide (which wasn't the case in early Spring), and the predators who killed the early ducklings don't have mouths to feed themselves anymore.


I wish them all well and welcome this new generation to Foppe's Acre:-)


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Needed a new a pump for the pond/stream which necessitated rearranging the rocks and bits and pieces.


At first I bought a 1500 gallon per hour pump. Quickly realized I wanted 1500 litre per hour pump.


The 1500 gph would have shot the water out of the pool and half way across the yard.


I don't think woodland birds like to surf.


Piranga olivacea


The female Scarlet Tanager sings a song similar to the male's, but softer, shorter, and less harsh. She sings in answer to the male's song and while she is gathering nesting material.

source -…/Scarlet_Tanager/lifehistory

Daisy, Spring 2017


"Und jedem Anfang wohnt ein Zauber inne"


-Hermann Hesse_

New Holland Honeyeater, Phylidonyris novaehollandiae


Now that Autumn is here.

New life on planet potato.


Taken on my recent trip to New Orleans. While waiting for my flight something serious was brewing in the distance. Pretty dramatic.

A pretty section of beach along the Atlantic Ocean in New Hampshire.

Palm opens up a new sprout


NYC Downtown view from the Rockefeller Center during dusk on a cloudy day in November.


Happy new year and have a great start in 2014!!!

From Forest Hill Reserve (Near Winton, South Island, NZ)

Map coordinates are approximate.

Top of the Rockefeller Centre in New York.


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Canon New F1

Canon New FD 80-200mm f/4 L

Ilford Delta 100 in Xtol 1:1


At first glance I thought the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man was coming around the bend...



I really like the new architecture of One New Change set against the old architecture of St Pauls in London it's really interesting. I love how the architecture of the new building leads you to the older cathedral.


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Tiny new little helicopters growing.

New dreams, new dreams; there is no truth

Saving in thine own heart.


—William Butler YEATS

New Orleans has a quirky mysterious vibe that is quite unique to itself. I love that place.

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