It’s all about nature


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: It’s All About Nature

For me nature is usually in many colors and it would be easy to show just one photo.

However, it is different in black and white. So I decided to show several photos. .

I don't like you anymore!

I don’t like you anymore!









People are strange

People are strange!

















Let's play hide and seek

Let’s play hide and seek!














I am watching you!

I am watching you!

Summer, we loved you!



Shooting sunrise

After shooting spectacular sunrises myself (example below) I later

Sunrise in Hollywood, Florida by JF

Sunrise in Hollywood, Florida by JF

photographed a group of people who was doing the same.

Why do you think I chose this group?

What other title can you suggest to the photo?

Shooting sunrise by JF

Shooting sunrise by JF

After rain


AFTER RAIN                                                                                          by JF

Morning at Meadow Lake


MEADOW LAKE, QUEENS                                                                          by JF

About Pocono Manor.

What is Pocono Manor?

Wikipedia says: “Pocono Manor is an unincorporated community in Monroe CountyPennsylvaniaUnited States, located at approximately latitude 41.1 and longitude -75.359, at an elevation of 1,706 feet, on Pennsylvania State Highway 314 east of Pocono Summit and west of Swiftwater.[1] It is the location of a resort and golf course called The Inn at Pocono Manor, with a Donald Ross-designed golf course,[2] site of the Pocono Northeast Classic; and of the Pocono Manor Historic District.”

We are now in Pocono Manor and it is clear that the definition above is not very good.

First of all, there is the Carriage House in Pocono Manor. It is an independent time-sharing property.

Secondly, there are many private houses (the Cottage Colony).

Thirdly, until last year there were two 18-holes golf courses. Currently one course is intact and the other has only three holes (see below).

In 2013 a part of Pocono Manor bought by the family owned Kalahari Resorts. It started on the territory of the western golf course construction of the largest in the world indoor water park, a huge convention center, a separate outdoor water park and other facilities. You can read about Kalahari in Pocono Manor HERE.

It is very interesting how Pocono Manor was born and progressed. You can read about it HERE, see views of the Inn at Pocono Manor and read about its operations.

Today I want to show you my photos of two houses on the Manor Drive (it is a major asphalt road in Pocono Manor). Near the Inn Manor Drive is very narrow (one way traffic). Some houses are on a hill above the drive and houses on the other side of it are below the drive.


A HOUSE ON THE HILLY SIDE OF MANOR DRIVE                              by  JF.



A HOUSE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF MANOR DRIVE                             by JF


Our beautiful world!

I recently got my first digital camera. After many years with great pleasure I started to take photos again. Below is my first digital picture.




Peace and beauty!




GLENCOE, SCOTLAND by Clarke Anderson

GLENCOE, SCOTLAND             by Clarke Anderson

Art of Alan Cring.

I follow Alan Cring’s photography since October, 2013.

Today I asked his permission to display the photo below that he shared with the Google Photo Community. He kindly agreed and also gave me links I asked about.


The quote below explains the spirit of Alan’s photography:


“…I need not go far to find beauty, mystery, adventure, and wonder. When I am spending the hours finding these unexpected scenes to photograph, I am at once both at peace and in quiet excitement about what I’ll find and how I will photograph it. I will allow other photographers the cities, the monuments, and the trappings of the unquiet world that far too often lives only for itself as it consumes its people who are so fearful of silence, self-reliance, and occasional loneliness. As for me, I get to stand in the cathedral whose canopy is the sky, whose floor is the land, and whose trappings are nature in all its colors, aromas, and shapes.” Alan Cring


AT THE RIVER BANK NEAR A PRAIRIE LAKE.                by Alan Cring

Below are links to Alan Cring’s Galleries and Store:



Sunset in Megalong Valley.

Sunset in Megalong Valley, Blue Mountains, Australia. Boar's Head Rock and Narrowneck Peninsula on the left. by Double Shot.

Sunset in Megalong Valley, Blue Mountains, Australia. Boar’s Head Rock and Narrowneck Peninsula on the left.                                                                           by Double Shot.

Rainy day. Park Debreuil, Melun.

Jour de Pluie Parc Debreuil, Melun by Julien Meneret

Jour de Pluie Parc Debreuil,   Melun                            by Julien Meneret

Two photos of full Moons.

This blog is already 6.5 months old. During its existence I posted many photos of Full Moons. I am sure that some of you missed several beautiful photos. So today I decided to show you two of them (both shared with members of the Google Photo Community).

Drive me to the Moon!  by Arileza Shakerna, shared by Nicolas Green

Drive me to the Moon!
by Arileza Shakerna, shared by Nicolas Green










Full Moon rising over Mount Shasta by Derek Kind, shared by Isabella Jasmina

Full Moon rising over Mount Shasta, by Derek King, shared by I. Jasmina


From summer to spring.

Not too long ago I published the post FROM WINTER TO SUMMER. Several months passed. We had wonderful time in Hollywood, Florida.

Now is time to move from summer to spring, from 84 degrees in Hollywood to 65 degrees in Queens, from palms to blooming magnolias, from our friends here to our family and friends in New York and New Jersey.

It takes only three hours to come from summer to spring and to enjoy wonders of New York City. In a week we can walk in the Central Park, we can go to the St. Patrick’s Cathedral, we can visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Life is wonderful! You don’t need to be a millionaire to enjoy it! Just walk and look around you, smell flowers, soak wonderful views, greet people with smiles, listen to laughter of children, to music in churches, in some buildings on the 5th and Madison Avenues.

Life is wonderful! Enjoy it! Enjoy learning, enjoy work, enjoy meeting friends, walks, workouts, meditation, gaining wisdom!

Think and grow! It is never too late to become a better person, to understand your place in the world, to make your contribution to it!

early morning fog

I introduced to my followers photos of Alois Absenger several times before. Last time it was full of light nightly landscape with a full Moon (see Today’s photo is different and full of magic. Thank you, Alois!

Alois Absenger

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Art of Alois Absenger.

I was lucky to find the blog of Alois Absenger ( soon after I started my blog. From that time I enjoy his photos.

Alois places his photos in different categories: landscapes, art meets nature, mammals, birds, insects, still life, etc.

Today I received his permission to post three of his photos at once to show diversity of his work. Then there was a big problem to choose what to post. In the process I understood that whatever I choose will not be good enough, that the only way to understand and enjoy Alois’ work is to go to his blog. So photos below is only an introduction to the blog.

I hope that Alois approves my choice. Below are three photos.







There is nothing else I can do!

Very often my days start with surprises.

I can awake with new feelings or new ideas, I can switch on TV and see something that requires me to react to it in some way. I can start reading emails and immediately find not just one but several emails that answer questions that I have or at least show me where I can find answers..

Last two months I noticed that I like very much photos of full Moon on the dark sky. You can see that I posted several such photos during last two weeks.

In December I started my first attempts of painting using PC paint program. Very soon I noticed that I like to fill the field with black and then to put the yellow circle close to the right upper corner.

Yesterday I posted the photo by Derek Kind “Full Moon Rising Over Mount Shasta”. Today I found that somebody from the terrific four people blog “The World According To Dina” liked this photo.

Then I remembered that one young man recently joined “The World According To Dina” and he liked some my posts before.

As all my followers are outstanding people I decided to find more about this young man.

I went to Wikipedia and found the following:

Klausbernd Vollmar, (born 22 November 1946) is a German scientific psychologist, specialized in the language of symbols, in dreamart and advertisement.

Vollmar was born in Remscheid, Germany. He studied German literaturelinguisticsphilosophy and geography at the Ruhr-University/Germany and the McGill University/Montreal. After his degrees he was awarded a research scholarship by the Canada Council at the McGill University.

He worked as editor in chief of different papers and magazines, as director (theatre and films) and for the Goethe-Institut (the international German culture institution) in Finland.

In the 1970s he returned to university to study psychology. He was a student of the countess Dr. Olga von Ungern-Sternberg (a direct student of C.G. Jung). He undertook anthropological studies in Asia and the Arctic, about which he wrote in his novel “Wasserberg” and his “Arctic Diary”.

Later he ran bookshops in Cologne, worked in the publication department of the Findhorn community, Scotland and was a member of an English Gurdjieff group.

Since the end of the 1980s he has lived on the Norfolk coast, writing mostly non-fiction books for international publishing houses and working for radio and television.

His main subject is the language of symbols, dreams and the impact of colour on our lives. Besides that he is known as a specialist for the Arctic. He published several articles about the concept of the north and the picture of the Inuit in literature and film.

His books are translated in 15 languages. Apart from the books about creativity and personal development he wrote the German standard encyclopedia of symbols in dreams and the first German encyclopedia of colour in history, art and printing.”

Aha! Here is the man who can answer my questions!

Surely, I went to see the last post on “The World According To Dina”.

Below is what I found:


I found this post very interesting. It answered my questions.  It explained that yellow colour is female colour and the circle is a female form. It also explained that black is intellectual colour. “Black is fashionable!…Black is sexy!…Black is a lucky colour!”

Today is the Valentine’s Day. Let this post be my gift to you!

There is nothing else I can do!

Except this

My seventh painting

My seventh painting

Quotes about nature

“I think it annoys God if you walk by the color purple in a field and don’t notice.”

 Alice Walker

“My profession is to always find God in nature.”

Henry David Thoreau

“All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child.”

Marie Curie

“Nature is the art of God.”

 Dante Alghieri

Wisteria Flower Tunnel in Japan by Thomas Mader, shared by Nicolas Green

Wisteria Flower Tunnel in Japan by Thomas Mader, shared by Nicolas Green