Exotic Earth Photos Part II

Man vs Nature

Exotic 1Climbers going up Mount Everest in May 2013

Exotic 2Daytona Beach 1957

Exotic 3An aerial view of a scrap tire dump

Exotic 4Bagger 288, the largest land vehicle in the world

Exotic 5A cross-section of an undersea cable

Exotic 6Inside one of Google’s data centers

Exotic 7Einstein’s desk hours after his death

Exotic 8Michelangelo illustrated his grocery lists so that
his illiterate servants would know what to buy him

May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

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Exotic Earth Photos Part I

Nature Speaks

Eyes 1The lava lake of the continuously active volcano Erta Ale, Ethiopia

Eyes 2Where the Great Wall of China ends
Eyes 3A geyser right before eruption

Eyes 4Bavarian town of Nordlingen built in a 14 million year old meteor impact crater

Eyes 5A huge dust storm that hit Western Australia in early 2013
Eyes 6A 360 degree rainbow captured from an airplane

May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

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This One’s Just-A-Pumpin’

vday 1

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You Never Know When It’s Your Turn


This is only part of the whirlwind in
my life at the moment…

It gets tougher.

I will be away for a while takin’ care
of business.

Will do my best to keep you posted
until I return.

blessings ~ maxi

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The Smartest Person Can Make You Cross Your Eyes

Common Sense

I think we tend to take common
sense for granted.

Until something happens that
makes us feel it may be a gift.

Years ago someone in the house
was brewin’ a cup o’ tea in the
new microwave.

Micro 001When the door opened the cup
handle was faced toward the back.

“At least with the old micro,” the words
steamed, “the handle always faced
to the front.”

May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

To All Tea Lovers: We probably committed
some kinda sin usin’ the micro to make tea,
especially havin’ the nerve to call it brewing.

My buddies in the LBC have their own tales to tell:
Ramana,Shackman,The Old Fossil

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The Emptiness Beside You


This word conjures up different possibilities:
resign a job, discard a project, quit a game

Yet, this word can change your world.

Bear 1You and your friend have been side-by-side
for a long time. Been through some stuff.

Then one day something happens, it’s serious.
You wait for your friend to step up, speak up.

The silence is painful.

Bear 1 (2)Your whole being feels strange and cold,
where once it had been cozy and warm.

May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

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10 Glorious Sunsets To End Your Day

Look outside your window and imagine…

Sunset 1Sunset 2Sunset 3Sunset 4Sunset 5Sunset 6Sunset 7Sunset 8Sunset 9Sunset 10

May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

(photos from Corel Paintshop Pro)

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Puppy Love Ain’t Real

One of my favorite posts from the past:

When we’re young and that first special someone lights our heart afire no one can convince us love won’t last forever; until reality comes aknockin’…

 Pup 0Hey, I know you

Pup 1Don’t try to make up for bitin’ my tail

Pup 2Sorry, I won’t call you any more names

Pup 3I don’t care if you are a kitty kat

Ain’t love grand!

 May Your Glass Always Be Half Full


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10 Historic Tree Tunnels of The World

Every day I think to myself I have to put this post up again; it is the most popular of any post I have ever done. Viewers come every day to gaze at these beauties…

 10 Tunnel10. Cherry Blossom Tunnel, Germany
These Cherry Blossoms trees are a sight to behold on a
street in Bonn, Germany. The floral will create a brilliant
pink archway for 7 to 10 days, depending on the weather.

 9 Tunnel 9. Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho, Brazil
I could spend the day beneath the richness of these giant Rosewood.
There are more than one hundred Tipuana (Rosewood) trees along Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho in Porto Alegre, Brazil. In 2006, Mayor Joseph Fogaça decreed this street a part of Brazil’s historical,
ecological and environmental heritage.

8 Tunnel 8. Autumn Tree Tunnel, USA
These trees are ablaze with the fiery colors of autumn on a street
near Smuggler’s Notch, a Vermont State park. The spectacle
begins in the North and spreads South throughout the season.

7 Tunnel 7. Ginkgo Tree Tunnel, Japan
This is dedicated to you, Fossil. The Gingko Biloba tunnel is a
blazing beauty, one of the most revered trees in all of Japan. Some
of these trees survived the Hirsoshima bombing; they are known
as “the bearer of hope” or “the living fossil.”

 6 Tunnel6. Yew Tree Tunnel, UK
The Yew Tunnel in Whales, UK has been an inspiration to writers since 1470. It’s a popular tourist attraction of the medieval Aberglasney House. The tunnel was nearly destroyed due to neglect; it took nine years to restore the archway. People believe the Yew Tunnel was created by the Dyer family in the 18th century.

5 Tunnel 5. The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland
This intriguing walkway has the feel of a book cover. James Stuart planted the Beech trees in the 18th century. The story is he wanted to impress guests as they drove toward his “Gracehill House.”
Another part of the tale is the “Grey Lady” who was a maid in a nearby mansion. She died under suspicious circumstances and now haunts the country road.

4 Tunnel4. Bamboo Path, Japan
This tunnel in Sagano Bamboo Forest in Arashiyama takes me away. It’s a nationally designated historic site and The Agency for Cultural Affairs has declared Arashiyama a “Place of Scenic Beauty.” The forest is close to famous temples and shrines. One of the most preserved sounds in Japan is the sound of the wind as it blows through the gigantic bamboo trees.

3 Tunnel 3. Tunnel of Love, Ukraine
There is a tale that couples ride through this tunnel of love to make
a wish. If their love is strong and pure, the wish comes true. It’s a private rail that serves a woodworking plant near Klevan, a city in western Ukraine. The train runs three times a day … I’m gettin’ my ticket.

 2 Tunnel2. Jacarandas Walk, South Africa
If you like purple this tunnel is designed for you. Johannesburg, Africa has a man-made forest with more than 10 million trees.  Tropical trees from Uruguay, Brazil, Peru and Argentina were imported with 49 species of Jacaranda. The land is littered with blue and purple in October when the flowers are in bloom.

 1 Tunnel1. Wisteria Tunnel, Japan
It would feel like royalty to stroll beneath this Wisteria draped tunnel. The blooms hang like tufts of grapes as soon as the Cherry blossoms retire. Each spring the Japanese celebrate the “Fuji Matsuri” or Wisteria Festival in Tokyo, Shizuoka and Okazaki. The Ashika Flower Park is the place that harbors
the most different varieties of Wisteria.

May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

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Never Has A Story Been So Loved/Hated

Tale 2After some diggin’ on this novel; I found it strange.

Bring on a tug-o’-war with A Winter’s Tale in
the middle – there would be no winner

Take a sheet of paper with two columns:
One with Fabulous – the other Terrible
The rows would be even

There is one constant about
A Winter’s Tale


May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

My buddies in the LBC have their own tales to tell:
Ramana,Shackman,The Old Fossil

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