St. John U.S. Virgin Islands

A chicken restaurant in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, warns patrons not to feed the chickens running around outside the restaurant while promising delicious chicken dinners inside.

Customize your name and date on this Save the Date magnet showing a gorgeous view of Cinnamon Bay on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

A glorious sunset casts a golden glow over Frank Bay on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Maho Bay is one of the lovely bays of pristine waters of the U.S. Virgin Islands National Park in St. John.

The Green-throated Carib (Eulampis holosericeus) is a hummingbird found in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean, ranging north to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Here Caribs visit the flowers of bougainvillea plants in St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Sailboats at Sunset. “Wishing you smooth sailing and golden sunsets on your life’s journey in the coming year. Happy Birthday!”

Cinnamon Bay is in the Virgin Islands National Park in St. John in the United States Virgin Islands. It’s adjacent to the historic Cinnamon Bay Plantation. The bay is just east of Trunk Bay, and is about a mile west of Maho Bay. The shallow, clear water, beautiful sand beach and the short distance to the small island of Cinnamon Cay make Cinnamon Bay excellent for snorkeling.


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The Wind Beneath My Wings

Wind turbines and high power electrical lines march across a hill in north central Oregon. Highway 97 curves towards Mount Hood, called Wy’east by the Multnomah tribe, which a potentially active stratovolcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc of northern Oregon.

This palomino horse grazes in a field while a row of windmills turn.

Wind turbines stand atop the Green Mountains west of Lake Willoughby and Westmore in Vermont. The hills appear as abstract shapes as the sun sets in a brilliant blaze of orange.

The waters of Oresund near Copenhagen, Denmark, are busy with sailboats and the wind turbines of Middelgrunden Wind Farm. The Oresund Bridge spans the sound in the background while an airplane overhead makes it way to the Copenhagen Airport. Middelgrunden is an offshore wind farm in the Oresund 3.5 km outside Copenhagen, Denmark.

Autumn colors begin to touch the trees on this Kansas farm, echoing the red of this historic red barn. A windmill stands ready to pump water from the well. This photograph is rendered in a watercolor style.

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Wedding Bliss

A wedding is quite an affair! Here are a few things to help the process. Knock some things off your list!

Check out this completely customizable wedding invitation! It’s romantic, soft, lovely, enchanting. Everything you want a wedding to be!

It’s an important question. Send her a beautiful card!

Send a beautiful card to thank the members of your wedding!

Glasses of champagne on a tray await wedding guests to toast the newly wed bride and groom at a tropical wedding reception. A cherry in each glass adds a sweet touch.

Lily of the Valley has always been a favorite of brides. Its delicate beauty and scent is perfect for a wedding and perfect to honor the bride. You can upload a photograph to the inside of the card, such as the bride or the bride and her fiance.

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Tree Trimmings!

The holiday season is quickly approaching. I grew up with a tree even though my family wasn’t particularly religious. I did enjoy decorating a tree as a family. It felt magical! These ornaments are a lovely way to celebrate! They are all customizable as well!

A red rose is perfect for Christmas.

A full moon hangs over the Country Club Plaza, displaying its beautiful holiday lights.

Two beautiful roses are featured on either side of this ornament.

Huayna Picchu (young peak) towers over Machu Picchu (old peak), the Inca citadel in Peru. The Inca city of Machu Picchu is thought to be an estate of the Inca emperor Pachacuti, who ruled 1438 to 1472.

Cats love Christmas trees. Why not give this gorgeous Turkish Angora cat a place of honor among the branches?

Schwerin Palace or Schwerin Castle (German: Schweriner Schloss) is a palace located in the city of Schwerin, the capital of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state, Germany. Set in a romantic location on a small island in Lake Schwerin, Schwerin Castle is one of Europe’s foremost examples of historicist architecture.

Fireworks burst over the Country Club Plaza Shopping Center in Kansas City at the annual lighting ceremony on Thanksgiving night. The holiday lights are turned on at Thanksgiving and glow until mid-January.


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Beautiful Iceland

A pair of Icelandic horses greet each other in a pasture near Lake Myvatn in Iceland. In the background is the cone of Hverfjall (Hverfell) Volcano, which last erupted about 2,300 years ago.

An Icelandic Male Sheep strikes a pose, showing off his beautiful curved horns. Most sheep in Iceland roam freely. This sheep and his buddies graze in the willow woodlands and meadows in northern Iceland, near Husavik. This area has many areas of lava, where moss, lichen and plants cover the rocks and grass grows among the rocks. Descended from the same stock as the Norwegian Spelsau, Icelander sheep were brought to Iceland by the first settlers. They’ve been bred for a thousand years in a very harsh environment. The fleece of the Icelandic sheep is dual-coated and occurs in white and a variety of other colors, including a range of browns, grays, and blacks. A sheep farmer told us that they round up the sheep in late fall, usually on horseback or on a vehicle. The sheep are then sorted in a circular corral with pie-shaped segments for each farmer, and each sheep farmer takes his flock to his farm. The sheep are then shorn of their fleece and spend the winter in a sheep house or barn. In March they are shorn again, and in May are released to graze as free rangers in the mountains and meadows.

The current Silfrastadakirkja Church was built in 1896, replacing the old church from 1842 that now is in Arbaejarsafn Museum in Reykjavik. The “new” church is special in many ways. It is one of the smallest if not the smallest church in Iceland. It is also octagonal. It sits next to a farm house. . Like many of the small churches in Iceland, Silfrastadakirkja is white with a red roof. Blue is also a popular roof color. Each Icelandic church has unique features.


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Icelandic Churches

Crosses mark graves in the cemetery of the Þingvellir (Thingvellir) Church in Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park, Iceland. Beyond is the Oxara River (Axe River) and a long ridge of rock, part of the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the boundary between the North American tectonic plate and the Eurasian.

Akureyrarkirkja or The Church of Akureyri is a prominent Lutheran church in Akureyri, northern Iceland. The church towers above the city center on a hill in the center. It was designed by Guðjón Samúelsson, and completed in 1940. Akureyrarkirkja contains a notably large 3200-pipe organ, a unique interpretation of the crucifixion and a suspended ship hanging from the ceiling which reflects an old Nordic tradition of giving offerings for the protection of loved ones at sea.

The late afternoon sun illuminates the Husavik Lutheran Church in Iceland. A landmark in Husavik, the church looks out across the harbor, welcoming the fishermen home. The state architect, Rognvaldur Olafsson, designed the church. It was built in the form of a cross with wood imported from Norway, and consecrated on June 2nd 1907.

A statue of Leif Erikson or Leif Ericson stands in front of Hallgrimskirkja, a church in Reykjavik, Iceland. Erikson (c. 970 – c. 1020) was a Norse explorer from Iceland. He was the first known European to have discovered continental North America (excluding Greenland), before Christopher Columbus.


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Cascading Beauty Part 2

There are some many beautiful waterfalls around the world I could do 100 posts about them. I’ll calm myself and just post 2 so here is the second one full of amazing beauty!

Soda Dam, along New Mexico state road 4, is a large hot spring deposit, made mostly of calcium carbonate. The springs used to empty out onto the dam over the Jemez River, but most of the water now exits from the road cut across the road. The whole mound is calcium carbonate deposited over millions of years by the hot springs. The dam with its falls is a popular tourist spot along the Jemez Mountain Trail National Scenic Byway.

Multnomah Falls is the tallest waterfall in Oregon and one of the most popular waterfalls in the country. The Eagle Creek forest fire roared all around the falls in September 2017, but firefighters successfully fought to save the immediate area, including the historic lodge, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Selfoss is a waterfall on the river Jökulsá á Fjöllum in the north of Iceland. The river drops over a number of waterfalls over about 30 km before flowing into Öxarfjörður, a bay of the Arctic Sea.The river originates as melt water from the glacier Vatnajökull and therefore the water flow varies depending on the season, the weather and volcanic activity.

The Godafoss waterfall is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. After visiting some waterfalls when it was rainy and cloudy, we were lucky to visit Godafoss when the sun was shining. A rainbow adorned the already gorgeous waterfall.


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