Things to See: Magical Ice Kingdom – A Christmas Carol

I added some animal ice statues photography in my previous post, but really the main attraction of the Ice Kingdom at Winter Wonderland was using A Christmas Carol theme. The story of Scrooge’s redemption through the use of three ghosts (well four if you include Jacob Marley) needs no introduction.

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Photography: Ice Animals at Winter Wonderland

I was at Winter Wonderland before it closed and wanted to share some of the delightful animals they had at the ice statues section.

Line(s) of the Day #MarcusAurelius

Marcus Aurelius

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.

The wise and inspirational Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (26 April 121 – 17 March 180). You can find more of his insight on my blog here and here.

Gr8at: Winning Photographs from International Wildlife Photography Awards

As any regular readers will know, I’m a huge photography fan, both in taking my own and appreciating the high levels of others. So when I saw The Guardian had published a piece about the best photographs of 2019, I just had to share my favourite ones with you. Which ones stand out most to you?

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Bond of Brothers by David Lloyd in Lumix People’s Choice

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Greater Sage-Grouse by Elizabeth Boehm – 2019 Audubon Photography Awards

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Flamingo Socks by Jasper Doest – 2019 World Press Photo Contest

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Jump by Csaba Daróczi – Nature Photographer of the Year 2019

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Golden rain by Norbert Kaszás – Nature Photographer of the Year 2019

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Survival Instinct by Bence Máté – 2019 World Press Photo Contest

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Falcons and the Arab Influence by Brent Stirton – 2019 World Press Photo Contest

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Caretta caretta turtle by Eduardo Acevedo – Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019

Happy Upcoming 2020 Everyone!

A montage of some of the incredible photographs I’ve shared with you recently, when highlighting the sensational talents of photographers around the world. Have a wonderful 2020 everyone. Thanks to everyone who has continued to follow the blog. Peace and love to you all. As an added bonus for those curious, below are my five most popular posts from this year.

Gr8at: Hilarious Lines by Roz Doyle
Announcement: Exciting News
Gr8at: British Wildlife Photography Awards
Announcement: An Update on my Second Post
Photography: Cherry Blossom Montage

Gr8at: Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life

These were taken at the Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life Exhibition at the Tate Modern. Running until 5 January 2020, there are over 40 works by the Danish-Icelandic artist whose vast creativity stretches to including moss, glacial-melt water and fog in his artwork. I definitely recommend going if you’re anywhere near London.

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Line(s) of the Day #SaveAPrayer

Duran Duran save a prayer

You saw me standing by the wall corner of a main street
And the lights are flashing on your window sill
All alone ain’t much fun so you’re looking for the thrill
And you know just what it takes and where to go.

The opening lines of Save a Prayer by English band Duran Duran, from their third studio album Rio (1982). I’ve spoken of how much I love the band numerous times on the blog, and even mentioned this same song a few posts ago in Best Songs to Fall One Place Short of UK Number One.

Line(s) of the Day #Graveyard

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Oh, ’cause I keep diggin’ myself down deeper
I won’t stop ’til I get where you are
I keep running when both my feet hurt
I won’t stop ’til I get where you are
Oh, when you go down all your darkest roads
I would’ve followed all the way to the graveyard.

Taken from the song Graveyard from American artist Halsey from her as yet unreleased third studio album Manic. I’m a big fan of the highly poetic singer, including Colors.

Gr8at: 2019 British Ecological Society photography competition winners

It was only just over a month go that I did my last photography post (Gr8at: Wildlife Photographer of the Year), but I always like sharing great photographs with you all. These are from the 2019 British Ecological Society, as seen from on the Guardian website. Which do you think won? Do you have a favourite?

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