February, 2011 Archives

Ghost Town: Bodie Historic State Park

February 25th, 2011 Permalink

Bodie State Historic Park is a California gold-mining ghost town with over 170 buildings which are protected in a “state of arrested decay.” That means officials won’t fix up the abandoned buildings, but they won’t let Bodie fall to dust either. Bodie was too wicked to ever truly die. More than 1,000 remote acres make up the once violent, lawless and booming gold mine town in the Wild West. Nearly 200,000 yearly visitors come to roam the ghost town of Bodie. We love these pics! [13 Photos]

stormy day at the Bodie Historic State Park

A stormy day at the Bodie Historic State Park which was once a violent and lawless booming California gold mining town in the Wild West. Several phrases were born to describe the essence of Bodie and its inhabitants who flocked there to find the motherlode: “Badman from Bodie” fit the infamous and remote town. It’s said that a little girl found out her family was moving to Bodie and wrote in her diary, “Goodbye God, I’m going to Bodie.” The phrase stuck and became famous. A preacher called Bodie, “A sea of sin, lashed by the tempest of lust and passion.” Photo #1 by Photographersnature.com

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Mystical, Magical & Magnificent Monasteries in Meteora (20 Pics)

February 23rd, 2011 Permalink

In Meteora, Greece, six magnificent monasteries still exist, precariously perched atop 1,300 feet high sandstone pinnacles. Hermit monks constructed the first monastery before nuns came to build too. Access to each monastery was crazy, a leap of faith, climbing rocks, and ladders lashed together or large nets until the ropes would break. The bizarre but beautiful monasteries of Meteora are centuries old and isted by UNESCO World Heritage. We love these 20 pics of Meteora.

Meteora Greece

The caves in Meteora, Greece, had inhabitants for fifty millennia, but due to raids, “hermit monks” moved to the safety of sandstone rock pinnacles in the 9th century and began building monasteries. More monks and nuns came, building more monasteries perched high upon the cliffs. Wikipedia reports, “Access to the monasteries was originally (and deliberately) difficult, requiring either long ladders lashed together or large nets used to haul up both goods and people. This required quite a leap of faith — the ropes were replaced, so the story goes, only ‘when the Lord let them break.’” UNESCO World Heritage says, “The net in which intrepid pilgrims were hoisted up vertically alongside the 1,224 ft. cliff where the Varlaam monastery dominates the valley symbolizes the fragility of a traditional way of life that is threatened with extinction.” Photo #1 by Vaggelis Vlahos

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24 Amazing Auroras: Aurora Borealis & Aurora Australis

February 17th, 2011 Permalink

We’ve collected 24 stunning auroras; either Auroras Borealis – the northern lights – or Aurora Australis – the southern lights. We love these pics!
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Aurora Australis Over South Pole Telescope

Aurora Australis blankets the sky overhead of the 10-meter South Pole Telescope at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica. Like its more familiar counterpart, the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, the Aurora Australis is caused by the solar wind passing through the upper atmosphere. But the Aurora Australis is much less frequently observed because so few people live in Antarctica during the austral winter. Photo #1 by Keith Vanderlinde, National Science Foundation

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17 Tremendous Terraced Rice Fields

February 17th, 2011 Permalink

Like rice? Rice is a staple in many countries. Terraced paddy fields are very common in rice farming where the land is hilly or mountainous.
Terraced rice fields helps to decrease erosion and work well for rice crops which need to be grown in a flooded area. Terraced paddy fields are built into steep hillsides by intense physical labor, sometimes by using a water buffalo to help in the wetlands. While terraced rice fields are a common sight in third-world countries, it is an uncommon sight for many of us. We loved these pics – 17 Tremendous Terraced Rice Fields.

Terrace rice fields in Yunnan Province, China

Terrace rice fields in Yunnan Province, China. Photo #1 by Jialiang Gao

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The Champagne Pool = New Zealand’s Stunning Geothermal Wai-O-Tapu Wonderland

February 12th, 2011 Permalink

This geothermal pool, called The Champagne Pool in New Zealand is lovely, perhaps romantic? The water bubbles much like a bubbly glass of champagne from which it gets its name. But before you take a dip, you might like to know it’s hot — over 160 °F and the colors, well . . . some of them come from arsenic and sulfide deposits. It was formed by a hydrothermal eruption 900 years ago. It’s in a crater with a diameter of about 213 feet; the geothermal pool is 230 feet deep. These sacred waters are the most colorful geothermal area in the New Zealand. It’s known as the Champagne Pool at the Artist’s Palette at the Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland. We love these pics!

Famous geothermal pool Waiotapu, New Zealand - The Champagne Pool

Famous geothermal pool Waiotapu, New Zealand – The Champagne Pool. Photo #1 by Christopher Schoenbohm

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12 Gorgeous Sites to See in Australia

February 11th, 2011 Permalink

Australia – Wow! It’s gorgeous. It’s also been hit with more than its share of adverse weather recently. We would still love to go visit Down Under. It’s a nature lover’s paradise. We love these pics!

Admiral's Arch - Kangaroo Island, South Australia - Flinders Chase National Park

Admiral’s Arch – Kangaroo Island, South Australia – Flinders Chase National Park. Photo #1 by `◄ccdoh1►

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Double Rainbow Over Castle Geyser

Steam phase eruption of Castle Geyser shows a double rainbow at Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Mila Zinkova


Welcome to Love These Pics!

February 5th, 2011 Permalink

Welcome to Love These Pics! We love spectacular photographs. This site is all about pictures and videos that hopefully will inspire you to smile and have a GREAT day! :-)

This site is all about pictures and videos that hopefully will inspire you to smile and have a great day!
We love spectacular photographs. The video above has breathtaking views which are interactive by clicking inside the video while it is playing and dragging your mouse to enjoy the 360 degree view!