Copenhagen

Copenhagen seems like quite the hip place! Here are some interesting places in the beautiful city in Denmark.

A mannequin “assists” in collecting cardboard for recycling in Copenhagen, Denmark. Someone felt sorry for the mannequin and gave it some shoes.

 
Funky graffiti decorates a mailbox in Copenhagen.

 
This “Never Mind” neon sign marks the home of a Copenhagen club.

 
Rosenborg castle in Copenhagen, Denmark, has two throne rooms, one for public display with its Throne Chair in the Long Hall, and this different sort of throne, a toilet in a room decorated with Dutch tiles. The toilet emptied into the moat surrounding the castle.

 

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Delightful Cat-itude

Look at these adorable faces! Animals relieve stress and make our lives better. These cats and kittens will make you smile!

A Himalayan Persian cat is a little upset that some people never seem to age.

 
A sweet orange cat stretches out on a bed after a cap nap. This cat could be a Maine Coon or a Norwegian Forest Cat. He has very long fur, tufted toes and tufted ears.

 
A shy green-eyed tuxedo kitten rests on a green blanket that matches her eyes.

 
Furryball feels your pain when the coffee isn’t brewed.

 
A beautiful black Persian cat is confused why a birthday celebrant looks so young year after year.

 
These brothers are close, but they’re also very different. One has odd eyes (blue, amber) and “talks,” while the other is deaf and likes water.

 
An orange tabby cat blinks in the sunshine as he emerges from exploring coastal lava boulders in the tropical paradise of Kauai, Hawaii.

 

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Enjoy The View

When out and about enjoying the attractions of life you’re bound to encounter others just as excited as yourself! It’s a fact of exploration life! These realistic and comforting depictions of visiting beautiful landmarks with others are worth integrating into your artistic experience.

A giant Galapagos Tortoise has retreated into his shell as a group of tourists gather to learn more about this magnificent creature. Galapagos is an old Spanish word for tortoise. The signs at this ranch warn visitors not to feed or touch the “galapagos.” The Galapagos tortoise or Galapagos giant tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra) is the largest living species of tortoise and the 14th-heaviest living reptile. Modern giant tortoises can weigh up to 550 pounds (250 kg); even larger versions, now extinct, roamed every continent except Antarctica and Australia. Today, they exist only the Galapagos Islands, and Aldabra in the Indian Ocean. The tortoise is native to seven of the Galapagos Islands, a volcanic archipelago about 620 miles (more than 1,000 kilometers) west of the Ecuadorian mainland. With life spans in the wild of over 100 years, it is one of the longest-lived vertebrates. Shell size and shape vary between populations. On islands with humid highlands, the tortoises are larger, with domed shells and short necks – on islands with dry lowlands, the tortoises are smaller, with “saddleback” shells and long necks. Charles Darwin’s observations of these differences on the second voyage of the Beagle in 1835, contributed to the development of his theory of evolution. Tortoise numbers declined from over 250,000 in the 16th century to a low of around 3,000 in the 1970s. This decline was caused by exploitation of the species for meat and oil, habitat clearance for agriculture, and introduction of non-native animals to the islands, such as rats, goats, and pigs. Conservation efforts, beginning in the 20th century, have resulted in thousands of captive-bred juveniles being released onto their ancestral home islands, and it is estimated that the total number of the species exceeded 19,000 at the start of the 21st century. Despite this rebound, the species as a whole is classified as “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

 
Tourists crowd into a room featuring a portrait of Tsar Alexander I on horseback in the state Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Portraits of other important Russian figures line the walls. The State Hermitage is a museum of art and culture and is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world. It was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and has been open to the public since 1852.

 
Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona is one of the world’s top natural attractions, attracting about five million visitors each year. Here, a few of those tourists take advantage of one of the many spectacular scenic overlooks. Nearly two billion years of Earth’s geological history have been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layer after layer of rock while the Colorado Plateau was uplifted.

 
Three young men wait at sunset for Old Faithful Geyser to erupt in the Upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone Park in Wyoming. Old Faithful erupts every 45 to 125 minutes, lasting from one and a half minutes to as long as five minutes.

 
Tourists take advantage of the waning light of day as they visit the Lower Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

 
A stage coach takes passengers through the sage brush of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. A line of horseback riders pass on the hill above.

 
On the left, tired tourists rest on a bench under the thatched roof of a reconstructed building at Machu Picchu in Peru. The altitude of Machu Picchu is 7,972′ (2,430 m) so the air is thinner, and there are a lot of steps to climb! Machu Picchu was built around 1450, at the height of the Inca Empire and was abandoned in 1572. This citadel is probably the most familiar icon of Inca civilization.

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Rolling Hills

Kansas is full of fascinating places and sights! It isn’t just flat dry farmland. I swear! Check out all of these quirky attractions all around Kansas!

Built in 1931 in Wichita, Kansas, at a cost of $50,000, the Louise C. Murdock Theatre was designed with a “Spanish flair.” Originally built as a performance art theatre, in 2004, it was adapted to include film and video capabilities. The Louise C. Murdock Theatre was built as an addition to the Victorian-era 20th Century Center building.

 
On the left, a man waits for his lunch in a Valentine diner in Wichita, Kansas, while regular patrons in the back room talk over their meals. Another man reads a newspaper in a favorite booth. The red and white tiled floors, the red vinyl stools and booths with aluminum trim adds to the vintage feel and appeal. This diner building is a modified double deluxe Valentine model. These diners were manufactured in Wichita from the late 1930s into the mid-1970s. Sales of the buildings expanded nationwide, and soon Valentine diners were all over the United States. Many are still in use today.

 
The Bichet School was built in 1896 to educate children from a French-speaking near Florence, Kansas. The school continued to serve the community until 1946 when it closed because of low enrollment. The last class had two students. The Bichet School’s architecture is an excellent example of the typical one-room midwestern stone school built during the late 1800s.

 
This statue of a bullrider, by Glenn Stark, stands by the old Missouri Pacific Train Station, across from the fairgrounds, in Kingman, Kansas. The train station is now an antiques store. Glenn Stark created the statue in memory of Bandy Boswell, a bullrider who died as a result of a car accident in 1998.

 
A life-size bronze statue of Noah V. B. Ness stands in front of the Ness County Courthouse in Ness City, Kansas. The courthouse was built in 1917. The county was organized in 1873 with its county seat in Ness City, which was named by the Kansas Legislature in honor of Ness, corporal of Company G, Seventh Kansas Cavalry. Ness died Aug. 24, 1864, at Abbeyville, Miss., of wounds received in action, August 19, 1864, during the Civil War. Dedicated in June 2000, a plaque on the statue states: “This statue is in memory of Noah Ness and all of the brave men who fought to keep this country free.”

 
The Chase County Courthouse, designed in French Renaissance (Second Empire) style with a red mansard roof, is one of the most recognizable buildings in Kansas. The courthouse sits at the end of a wide brick street in Cottonwood Falls. Completed in 1873, it’s the oldest county courthouse still in use in Kansas and the second oldest in continuous use west of the Mississippi River.

 
A venerable cottonwood tree casts a shadow across the Bichet School in Autumn. How small the tree must have been when students were attending this now abandoned school in eastern Kansas. It still stands because of its sturdy construction. In the back lawn of the school are two stone outhouses. The Bichet School was built in 1896 to educate children from a French-speaking near Florence, Kansas. The school continued to serve the community until 1946 when it closed because of low enrollment. The last class had two students.

 
In 1906, the Kansas Daughters of the Revolution placed Santa Fe Trail Marker Number 35 near Canton, Kansas. The Old Santa Fe Trail was the path across the states of Missouri, Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico. The DAR’s marking of the trail involved the placement of ninety-six granite stones across the 500-mile route in Kansas. The Colorado DAR placed additional markers along the trail in Colorado.

 
The name Sherman has a special place in my heart so I had to add this to the wonderful sights of Kansas!
 
A sign for Sherman Street stands at the corner of Main and Sherman streets in front of an old building in Kingman, Kansas.

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Prairie Burn

These gorgeous photos of a prairie burn are an excellent addition to your artistic environment!

Ranchers and conservationists start controlled burns in the Kansas Flint Hills, replicating a natural fire to preserve the native prairie by burning back shrubs and trees. The Flint Hills, historically known as Bluestem Pastures or Blue Stem Hills, is a region in eastern Kansas and north-central Oklahoma named for the abundant residual flint eroded from the bedrock that lies near or at the surface. The Flint Hills Ecoregion is designated as a distinct region because it has the most dense coverage of intact tallgrass prairie in North America. Due to its rocky soil, the early settlers were unable to plow the area, resulting in the predominance of cattle ranches, which are in turn largely benefited by the tallgrass prairie.
 
A rancher on horseback starts a controlled burn by dragging a fiery tire across the prairie in the Flint Hills of Kansas.

 
At sunset, three riders hurry to an area to be burned in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Smoke already fills the skies and plumes rise in the valley beyond.

 

 

 

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Fuzzy Frenchie

Adorable doesn’t even cut it when describing these goofy little critters! Personality fills up every corner and curve of their furry selves. French bulldogs are sturdy, compact, stocky little dogs, with a large square head that has a rounded forehead and a flat face. They have round, prominent dark eyes that are set wide apart. Their bat-shaped ears stand erect. The French Bulldog originated in 19th Century Nottingham, England, where lace makers decided to breed a smaller, miniature, lap version of the English Bulldog that was referred to as a “toy” bulldog.

 

 

 

 

 

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Flags Waving In The Wind

Coming from military families I definitely appreciate the service. We have enjoyed so much freedom for so long that we are perhaps in danger of forgetting how much blood it cost to establish the Bill of Rights. ~ Felix Frankfurter ~ “We owe you an enormous debt of gratitude for keeping us free.” Thank you for your service to our country.

 
A military band welcomes guests to an evening at Catherine Palace near St. Petersburg, Russia. The Catherine Palace (Russian: Екатерининский дворец) is a Rococo palace located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), 25 km southeast of St. Petersburg, Russia. It was the summer residence of the Russian tsars. The residence originated in 1717, when Catherine I of Russia hired German architect Johann-Friedrich Braunstein to construct a summer palace. In 1733, Empress Elizabeth expanded the Catherine Palace, but then demolished the old structure and replaced it with a much grander edifice in a flamboyant Rococo style.

 
A soldier in a 19th century uniform stands guard at an entrance to the Catherine Palace at Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), in the Russian Federation, near St. Petersburg.

 
“Changing of the Guard in Lima, Peru” by Catherine Sherman. A guard takes his position as his predecessor marches away at the Government Palace in Lima, Peru. Guards perform a ceremony as they change at the building, which is the president of Peru’s official residence. Known as the Government Palace of Peru and also the House of Pizarro, the Peruvian government headquarters was built in 1535 over a huge Indian burying ground Waka that had a shrine of Indian chief Taulichusco.

 

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