There is a specific magical moment, on the cusp between day and evening, when the remaining light receives a blue glow and everything looks as if it’s the backdrop of a fairytale. German photographer Kilian Schoenberger dedicated a whole photo series to this special time of the day, which he calls the ‘magical border between the rational daylight world and the mystic realm of the night.’
Schoenberger explained further on the significance this blue hour has for him – ‘it’s far more than just a special light mood. Especially when fog hides the landscape behind a white veil even familiar views turn into fantastic sceneries. Like a visual novelist, I’m trying to capture this daily transformation of the world with my camera.’
Take time now and enjoy the blue dusk views by the talented photographer below.
All these photos are truly breathtaking and dreamlike visions. I admit I did once or maybe twice in my life, notice similar unusual light perception in nature, but so many!!!
Enjoy each one of them and have a great day tomorrow!
Walk up to the Monastery of Santa Maria dell’Isola in Tropea, Italy
Are you up for a secret getaway? Like literally, a secret getaway. Then pack your bags and head to Tropea, Italy. Get a good view of this 12th century Norman cathedral Franciscan monastery. This place is a best kept secret of Italians where they all go to for vacations. (Apologies to the Italians for sharing it with the world!)
Not a lot of travellers know about this place yet. Not only do you get the scenic view of the castle but you can also enjoy an afternoon dip in its warm, turquoise clear water. How can you resist a dramatic coastal cliff view while you’re sunbathing?
The history of Tropea begins in Roman times. Legend says that it was Hercules ho, returning from Spain (Pillars of Hercules) stood on the Coast of the Gods and made Tropea one of his ports. Today it is considered the pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Please remember that the Church on top of the cliff is worth the climb, visiting and enjoy the breathtaking view. The rock on which the church stands today was probably inhabited around the 7th century by Greek hermit monks. These, isolating themselves from the world, devoted themselves to a contemplative and ascetic life. Built before the 9th century, the church belonged, at first, to the Basilian monks. In the 11th century, after the arrival of the Normans, it was passed on to the Benedictines, who still own it today.
In the cathedral there is a picture of Virgin Mary of Romania, of Byzantine origin, dating from around 1330.
Over the centuries, due to the violent earthquakes from 1783 and 1905, the complex has undergone various restorations and renovations, little of the original structure of the sanctuary being preserved until today.
The staircase that runs to the top was built around 1810. The current facade of the church was built after the earthquake of 1905. The last restoration took place in 2010-2011.
This super place on earth would make a good choice for a wonderful vacation in Europe!
If you haven’t had an opportunity to see nature’s exhilarating, captivating northern lights (also known as Aurora Borealis), make sure you add it to your bucket list. The northern lights occur when charged particles from the sun enter the earth’s atmosphere and collide with gaseous particles. The collisions create stunning light shows in a variety of colors 50 to 400 miles above the earth’s surface. Waves of vibrant green and pink are the most common sights, although you’ll occasionally see violet, red, blue, and yellow waves.
The best time to view the northern lights is between October and April when the skies are darkest and clearest. Fall can be a little cloudy in the north, so December through April tends to be the best time to catch the spectacle. You can also see similar light shows called the Aurora Australis in the far southern hemisphere from April through October. The optimum time to see the lights is between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. local time. Shows can last from 15 minutes to several hours. Avoid days when the moon is full or near full since a dark sky makes the lights more visible.
The best places for viewing nature’s light show are the northern parts of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Siberia. The good news is you don’t have to venture to far-flung locations. You can see them from several places in the U.S. without traveling to Alaska. Here are five surprising spots to see the northern lights.
Hope these wondrous images of the rarely seen Northern Lights will make you take soon a decision to be some of the few lucky persons to see them LIVE.
Let’s travel to the heart of the tropical paradise that is Hawaii, the famous and ever beautiful Big Island. The island is one of the most biologically diverse and unique ecosystems on the entire planet, and it is home to a multitude of scenic beaches, picturesque drives, and historical locations. Soak in the sun and marvel at the gorgeous scenery of the most iconic travel destinations on Big Island.
The Hawaii Island, also known as “The Big Island,” is the largest of the island chain. As self-explanatory as it is stunning, the Big Island boasts some of Hawaii’s most varying landscape. Unique in its encompassing 12 separate climate zones, visitors here will marvel at the dramatically different temperatures and scenic beauty that span across each distinct area, ranging from the warmth found amid balmy coastal jungles in Puna to the snowcapped peaks dotting the slopes of Mauna Kea. Beach goers get their fill of sunshine and sand at any of the five star resorts located along the Big Island’s Kona coast and within the resort area of Waikoloa, while those seeking a more quiet, casual experience will adore Hilo, a sleepy little bayside town speckled with small mom-and-pop shops. The must-do on Hawaii Island is a visit to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
The first author in recorded history is largely unknown, although, in her lifetime, she was the most powerful and famous person in the entire kingdom of Ur. We’re talking about Enheduanna, an ancient Sumerian high priestess, and a recognized author who had written 45 hymns and 3 epic poems before she was exiled from the kingdom. This was 4,300 years ago, and this is Enheduanna’s tragic and heroic life story.
When I came across this interesting and rather shocking piece of knowledge I decided it had to be shared , so here it is, just watch and form your own opinion!Make sure, I am not going to tell you mine!
Bishop is perfectly situated between the Sierra Nevada mountains to the west and the White Mountains to the east, and provides just the right amount of small-town charm with exhilarating outdoor recreation opportunities. Rock climbers especially flock to the region for its outdoor opportunities. While Bishop is just four hours from the metropolis cities of Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Reno, the urban influence is entirely absent. We recommend meandering through the charming town and taking in the dramatic landscape, fishing for trout in the cold, clear creeks and soaking your troubles away in some local hot springs.
San Juan Islands, Washington
Experience island time without the crowds in the temperate climate of the San Juan Islands, just off the coast of mainland Washington. There are 172 named islands in the San Juans, but the largest and most populated include San Juan Island, Orcas Island and Lopez Island. On Lopez Island, you’ll discover 63 miles of gorgeous shoreline, along with a thoroughly rural community. San Juan Island is known for bustling Friday Harbor, with a fabulous downtown and boutique shopping. Orcas Island has been called the Emerald Isle and will enchant you with beautiful parks, lakes and hiking trails. Washington State Ferry Service connects the three major islands, so there’s no need to choose just one when you plan your visit.
North Cascades National Park, Washington
Another Washington gem, North Cascades National Park is totally free to visit and includes rugged, alpine hiking trails, vast turquoise lakes, cascading waterfalls and more than 300 glaciers. Located less than three hours from urban Seattle, it’s hard to believe that North Cascades is one of the least-visited national parks in the United States. We recommend creating your home base at a waterfront campsite at Colonial Creek Campground and exploring the vast array of hiking trails the park has to offer. If you fancy a road trip, be sure to check out the Cascade Loop, which meanders from the coast through the mountains on some of the country’s most scenic highways.
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Oregon
Looking for a different type of beach vacation? Head to one of the largest stretches of coastal sand dunes in the world at Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Stretching 40 miles along the Oregon Coast, from Florence to Coos Bay, the Oregon Dunes are the perfect spot for adventure and solitude. Many of the trails in this 31,000-acre wilderness are suitable for off-road vehicles, horses, and mountain bikes. Sandboards are available to rent throughout the area, and you’ll also find long stretches of deserted beach, expansive wetlands for paddling and bird watching, and forests shrouded in mist. Pitch your tent at one of the many campsites along the dunes, or find cozier lodging in nearby Florence.
Portrait recreations are fun on their own, but the 10 recreations we’re about to share with you are especially fascinating since the models in these recreations are none other than the great-grandchildren of the famous figures depicted in the original paintings. This incredible concept was conceived and executed by British photographer Drew Gardner, whose intention was to showcase the complicated story of lineage and ancestry by dressing up live descendants of famous people and recreating iconic portraits of these people as accurately as possible. The result is this series of compelling side by side portraits titled “The Descendants”. Learn more about the photographer and his other works on his Website and Instagram Page.
1 The Mona Lisa by Leonardo DaVinci (right) and Irina Guicciardini Strozzi, the 15th great-granddaughter of Lisa del Giocondo, the model of the masterpiece (left)
2 Napoleon in his study, a portrait by Jacques-Louis David, 1812, (right) and Hugo de Salis, Napoleon’s 4th great-grandson (left)
3 Frederick Douglass (left) and Kenneth Morris, Douglass’s 3rd great-grandson (right)
4 Berthe Morisot by Edouard Manet, 1872 (right) and Lucie Rouart, her great-granddaughter (left)
5. William Wordsworth, a portrait by William Shuter, 1798 (right) and Tom Wonter, Wordsworth’s 4th great-grandson (left)
6 Oliver Cromwell, a portrait by Robert Walker, 1653-1654 (right) and Charles Bush, his 9th great-grandson (left)
7 Charles Dickens, a portrait by Herbert Watkins, 1858 (right), and Gerald Charles Dickens, his great, great-grandson (left)
8. Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a portrait by Robert Howlett, 1857 (right), and Isambard Thomas, his 3rd great-grandson (left)
9. Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale, 1800 (left) and Shannon LaNier, Jefferson’s 6th great-grandson (right)
10. Emeline Pankhurst (right) and Helen Pankhurst, the women’s rights activist’s great-granddaughter (left)
Each photo is from a different decade , can you tell us which?
We’re about to show you 12 photos taken in various decades during the 20th century. Your job is to indicate, for each image, which decade they were taken on. Make sure to look for clues in the clothes and technology, as well as photo quality itself. At the end your answers will get to be graded, so do not take it lightly! Good luck!
Low emotional intelligence is a problem that can have an influence on a wide variety of social relationships. Some experts even suggest that emotional intelligence may actually be more important than IQ in determining overall success in life.
Think about the last time you got into an argument with someone else because they did not understand how you felt. Or consider the last time you had conflict with another person because you could not understand what they were feeling. In both cases, emotional intelligence might play a role in the underlying conflict.
Emotional intelligence can play a major role in how we interact with others.1 Sometimes coworkers, employers, friends, family members and other acquaintances might struggle with poor emotional skills that make social situations difficult and fraught with tension. In other cases, it might even be your own emotional intelligence skills that need a little work.
An individual’s level of emotional intelligence is often referred to as his or her emotional intelligence quotient, or EQ. Here are some of the classic signs of low emotional intelligence.
I hope you will be , if not thrilled, at least curious about human EQ that we read less often than we do about the IQ of the human mind. They are interrelated, anyway and as I understand, could be transformed , changed, improved in case it is on the low side of the scale.