Thursday, January 6, 2011

Wight Life Photography - Wildlife & Landscape Photography

I'm in the mood for looking at pictures again, preferably somewhere far away from a sweltering hot Cape Town, so follow me, as I follow the path of photographer Paul Buckley's lens and explore the Isle of Wight, its beautiful scenery and wildlife ranging from squirrels, foxes and red deer to geese, kingfishers, woodpeckers and even a humpback whale. There are 200 images in the gallery and links to 64 video clips of wildlife on Wight.

What's great about this group: explore the beauty of nature.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Homemade Cocktail Recipes

My brother has this odd habit. Occasionally when we're out together, he would order about 2 or 3 different cocktails. Not to guzzle up himself. He kind of passes them around to everyone to sample, going, 'Okay, what do you think of this one?' Some of what's posted on the wall of this group sounds absolutely divine. Don't forget to check out the gallery too. I just wish there was more. Explore for ideas and inspiration to some adventures in liquid intoxicants.

What's great about this group: Some creative cocktail ideas.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Gorgeous Graveyards

The so-called festive season seems to have brought out something dark and weird in me, but it remains fascinating, therefore, I will continue. This group is dedicated to explore the inherrent beauty of graveyards. Topics on the discussion board include 'Weird Experiences in Cemeteries', 'Ghosts captured in Photos', 'TIPS FOR NIGHT TIME PHOTOGRAPHY' and 'Death and Burial Customs'. One thread details the meanings of various symbols used on gravestones. There are over 1500 images in the gallery and some of them are very artistically done.

What's great about this group: I've spent the past two hours looking at the beautiful photographs, and I'm very reluctant to leave.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

DMA : The Dead Malls Association

Would the saving of our planet's natural resources result from the death of consumerism? Or should we try to save these temples of greed at all costs? Or should they be left to die of disinterest once they have outlived their purpose? Members of this group believe that dead malls should be preserved. There are just over a 100 images in the gallery, and two past events to visit and re-invigorate a selected mall. Perhaps we should care a little. For Christmas, hug your nearest dying mall. Show it some love.

What's great about this group: We are what we consume...

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Recipes

With the focus slowly shifting towards the food and indulgence of the festive season, this group might be just the space to explore for ideas. Threads on the discussion board include 'Pasta Recipes', 'Beef and Fish Recipes', 'Quick & simple recipes', 'Chicken Recipes' and 'Wanted :: Any Asparagus Recipes and/or Cooking Tips...?' to name a few. There are plenty of links to other online food resources in wall posts and close to 300 mouth-watering images in the gallery.

What's great about this group: Celebrate the art of cooking.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Fans of Charles de Lint!

I visited this group for personal reasons - I am a fan of Charles de Lint's writing - but decided to also include it in this blog. Threads on the discussion board include 'Favourite Book?', 'Newford as a TV series...', 'Favorite Character(s)', 'Favourite short story?', 'Other authors' and 'What was the first CDL book you ever read?' In the gallery, you will find mostly images of book covers, a few photos of Charles de Lint and a little fan art. What's truly interesting, is that you will find  several posts from Charles de Lint's wife on the wall and in the discussion section, including an invitation (with link) to the author's personal Facebook page and an invitation to his annual yard sale.

What's great about this group: An example of what's (still) good about the internet in general and Facebook in particular.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Aspiring Novelists

With NaNoRiMo (the initiative to write a novel in a month) having just kicked off, here's a group to explore for some support and encouragement. Threads on the discussion board include 'How many words in a novel?', 'What Genre Do You Write In??', 'Books on Writing', 'Titles? How do you decide?', 'Fitting Names for Supernatural/Paranormal Characters', 'Help with story idea' and 'Editing Help needed' to name a few. More feedback continues on the wall. Just beware that you don't get so caught up that your writing falls behind.

What's great about this group: Share the ups and downs of novel writing with people who understand.

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