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Run run dark beauty…


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This poem is dedicated to all those who have overcome adversity & climbed higher than humanly possible.
The photo is the sketch of a project I am busy with. Horses are my passion & I might have gotten stuck with this longer than I should for fear of not giving justice to this magnificent animal & the tremendous power exuding from it.
Keep warm! Hope you enjoy the poem. Feedback is always very welcome ­čÖé

Run run my race horse over the fences, hedges & highest walls, take leaps,
skip over rivers, mane blowing in the winds, undeterred… nothing stopping you.

Run run my stallion,spread the energy, black shining coat glistening under the effort
of raw power. Long gone are your days of uncertainty, battles over frail beginnings.

Run run dark beauty, never be afraid of winning, fly & never turn back, you were a
conqueror at your first faltering steps…

Run run my baby, I will celebrate your victories, as close to my heart,
as bright as the stars, as magical as your existence.

Sleep sleep my foal you’ve earned the miracle of tomorrow!

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Those lazy summer days…


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It would be nice to begin our days with tranquility…
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Don’t you like those lazy summer days
Where going out for a stroll means
Leaving the trail of uncertainties
Behind, enjoy life’s miracle and
Exquisite grace, unfold at
Its own pace…

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Do this ­čśë
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Swim at leisure…
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In a clear pond... ┬ęcopyright2014owpp

In a clear pond…
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Enjoy nesting with a view
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With stars sparkling on waters
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Flying & gliding…
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Keeping an eye on our cherished ones :) ┬ęcopyright2014owpp

Keeping an eye on our cherished ones ­čÖé
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And forever ending our days with an Aaah picture!
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Nature’s high-tech refinement


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Intricate beauty
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We found this amazingly beautiful flower on our visit to the organic farm
which I wanted to share with you today ­čÖé

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Perfection in display
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The whole plant
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Profile close-up
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As small as a buttonhole…


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A tiny daisy
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As I sat down on a bench in front of a lake bordered by trees, a plucked daisy
laying on the grass drew my attention and while the others went on having
their fun I picked it up & had mine experimenting for thirty whole
minutes the art of close-up photography. This flower as big as a buttonhole
pleasantly surprised me with its outcome ­čÖé
I have to explain that my camera is very basic so I’m always in awe at
how its limits can be stretched…

I had a hard time selecting, erased about five & a whole load on premises & ended with the grand collection
of seven I just could not part with but most importantly is which one do YOU like?

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This is my background
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For the amazing talent out there!
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Blurry beauty ┬ęcopyright2014owpp

Blurry beauty
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Tiny but grand ┬ęcopyright2014owpp

Tiny but grand
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There's nothing like B&W! ┬ęcopyright2014owpp

There’s nothing like B&W!
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Fragile... ┬ęcopyright2014owpp

Fragile…
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A last glance... ┬ęcopyright2014owpp

A last glance…
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Wind’s ephemeral joys on sand


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Wind’s ephemeral joys on sand
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Words might not suffice
Should not compromise
The blissful walks
And peaceful talks
In a world of sand and dunes
Where wind and waves rule

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Wind…
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Unusual twig
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Gracious space ┬ęcopyright2014owpp

Gracious space
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Man on sand…
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Quality & serenity ┬ęcopyright2014owpp

Quality & serenity
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Blissful walks ┬ęcopyright2014owpp

Blissful walks
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Wind’s signature…
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Sand waves
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Playing around with Daffodil photography


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Minimalism
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I had fun today experimenting photography with the Daffodils I grew from bulbs to this.
I hope you like it too ­čÖé

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Mysterious
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In its true colors
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Shine bright like a diamond... ┬ęcopyright2014owpp

Shine bright like a diamond…
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Close-up art
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Gracefully yours…
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BBC Documentary – The Magical Forest (HD) (not an ordinary documentary!)


…And that is why we preserve it with all our might ­čÖé
This is a documentary worth persevering till the end, it is relaxing, hopeful, informative it shows us nature as interconnected. A unique network system, each one relying upon the other for its survival.
It teaches us the miracle of life in all forms, its delicate balance, the necessity & importance for every seemingly insignificant role played (by the word we have started to take too much for granted having heard it so often pronounced) in a perfectly designed Eco-system.
You will not regret watching it ­čÖé

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Published on May 3, 2013
BBC Documentary 2012 – The Magical Forest

Secrets of Our Living Planet showcases the incredible ecosystems that make life on Earth possible. Using beautifully shot scenes in the wild, Chris Packham reveals the hidden wonder of the creatures that we share the planet with, and the intricate, clever and bizarre connections between the species, without which life just could not survive.

Discover previously unknown relationships, like why a tiger needs a crab, or why a gecko needs a giraffe. Each week Chris visits one of our planet’s most vital and spectacular habitats and dissects it to reveal the secrets of how our living planet works.
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starlings on Otmoor (Amazing display of nature!)


A display of nature’s beauty and perfection I wanted to share with all of you!
Enjoy it ­čÖé

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Uploaded on Feb 21, 2007
http://www.keepturningleft.co.uk for more bird films. The starlings are an astonishing thing to see – Near Oxford – England. This was filmed at an RSPB reserve called Otmoor. It is the most remarkable thing I have ever seen – and as a video camerman I have seen some pretty amazing things.

The music is from a companny called CSS Music. The track is “soaring with the sun” – .

I have just received this

Hi, Dylan. I got your contact information from your beautiful YouTube video published in February 2007.

Audubon Magazine published a wonderful article about starling flock behavior earlier this year: http://www.audubonmagazine.org/featur…
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My favorite segment from the article:

Like drivers on a freeway, starlings dont appear to mind having neighbors nearby on their sidesÔÇöor above and below, for that matterÔÇöas long as they have open space ahead. That makes sense, since the presence of a clear path in the direction of travel minimizes the likelihood of collisions should the birds need to shift their course abruptly, as is likely when a falcon attacks. But whats really nifty about this spatial asymmetry is that the researchers have been able to use it to calculate the number of neighbors to which each starling pays close attentionÔÇöa quantified elaboration of Pottss chorus line idea. By looking at correlations between the movements of neighboring starlings, they can show that each bird always pays attention to the same number of neighbors, whether theyre closer or farther away. How many neighbors is that? Six or seven, says Cavagna, who points out that starlings in flocks can almost always see many more nearby birdsÔÇö but the number may be closely tied to birds cognitive ability.

The direction of the flock can be coordinated by each birds tracking six or seven other birds. Remarkable. This is a very different kind of cognitive skill.

if you want to know more about the science try this

http://ccl.northwestern.edu/netlogo/m…

Dylan

Wanting to emanate nature’s perfection


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Nature is perfect, it is wise, serene
It brings out the best in us, it gives
Us hope and strength to strive for more
To want to emanate its pulchritude…

Wishing all of you a very good weekend!

Shipping container family home: building blocks in Redwoods


The first thought that popped into my mind from such a title was oh no! it’ll look horrific, time wasted but was pleasantly surprised by this ingenious form of housing and the space felt all along. It looks more like modern housing than anything else.
I took the liberty and pleasure to entertain you for a whole 9.33 mn… let me know if it was worth it ­čÖé

Published on Jul 7, 2013
Kam Kasravi and Connie Dewitt wanted a modern cabin that wouldn’t disrupt the Redwoods on their property. First they considered prefabs, but quickly realized they wouldn’t fit up the narrow road to their land in the Santa Cruz mountains. So they convinced their friend, architect David Fenster, to design them a home made from shipping containers.

Built from recycled cargo containers hand-picked from the Port of Oakland, Six Oaks was built around the footprint of the land. The containers were building blocks that were cut and stacked to fit between Redwoods along a steep grade.

While the home was assembled in 6 hours, it took nearly a year to finish the interior since so much of it was custom. The unique materials meant some unique requirements: instead of carpenters, they used welders; a commercial roofer had to be hired, etc.

Acoording to Connie, it wasn’t “the cheapest way to build”, but It cost about $50 per square foot less than a more conventional custom home.

They didn’t aim to build an extreme home, but the couple feel confident their home will hold up well under extreme conditions- i.e. falling trees, forest fires. Connie jokes that if a tree does fall on the home, “it will get a little dent and we’ll call the auto body shop to fix the house”.

David Fenster, MODULUS architects http://www.modulus.com/modulus.html

*Thanks to Connie and NorCal Construction for the construction time lapse: http://www.norcalconstruction.com/

Original story: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/…
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