November 27, 2013

6 Unreal Nature Photos that Look Like They Were Taken on Avatar’s Pandora –

Filed under: Photography — Janelle Sullivan @ 8:04 am

By Janelle Sullivan


Have you seen the movie Avatar? Maybe it is because of my passion for photography but I love to watch science fiction/fantasy movies. The artistry involved in creating the fantasy worlds always amazes me. Avatar took place on the imaginary but beautiful planet called Pandora. If you saw the movie, you must have noticed how incredible the scenery was. It was dramatic, surreal and amazing. It doesn’t require going to a fantasy movie to see such gorgeous photography. We have some examples of nature photos here on Earth that would rival anything seen on Pandora.
I have gathered some of my favorite nature photos to share with you. I hope you will be as amazed as I am by these awesome examples of the real world.


Big BendLook at this amazing shot of Horseshoe Bend in Arizona. This stunning body of water is a turnabout of the Colorado River. The lookout points allow you to snap the entirety of the bend, as long as you use a wide angle lens. This photograph was most likely taken between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM when the natural light allows a deeper view of the canyon. This river bend has a surreal look that has a fantasy feel. Perhaps a river on Pandora.


November 26, 2013

Why Visiting The Louvre Belongs on Your Bucket List –

Filed under: Art — Janelle Sullivan @ 1:59 pm

By Janelle Sullivan



LouvreDo you have a bucket list? There was a time when I thought the idea of a bucket list was foolish. Why waste time making a list of things you want to do, when you can just do all of those exciting things? As I got a little older I realized that we all have things we want to do before we die and a bucket list just gives us a venue to keep track of them. There is, actually, great joy in accomplishing an event and marking it off the list. Anyone who knows me would know that the Louvre would be at the top of my list. I crossed this major accomplishment off my list a couple of years ago. I encourage everyone to make this trip at least once in their life.

The Amazing Louvre


Trust me when I tell you that the Louvre is not just an art museum, but an incredible piece of the history of France. The Louvre sits on the bank of the Seine in beautiful, historical Paris. When it was built, the Louvre was a fortress. From the mid-16th century until 1793 the building was used as a royal palace. When Louis XIV moved to Versailles, an art museum was born. Just looking at this building from the outside is like being in the presence of the greats. The feeling of history permeates the air.

November 18, 2013

Obsolete Printing Technologies: The Telegram –

Filed under: Obsolete Printing Technologies — Janelle Sullivan @ 8:13 pm

By Janelle Sullivan

Have you ever received a telegram? I was just thinking about it this week, and realized that I have never even seen a telegram delivered to someone I know. It is funny how every generation has technologies that they grow up with, and as each new batch of technology arrives the last generation becomes obsolete. It happens faster now in this age of technology, but if we think about the number of obsolete printing technologies there are we can see how this trend is nothing new.


Photo By: arctic_whirlwind (Flickr)

The History of the Telegram

The earliest version of the telegraph telegram was a non-electric device that was invented in 1794. This version only worked as a ‘line-of-sight’ device. The telegram as we know it today was developed by Samuel Morse in 1835. Morse developed the system of dots and dashes that we recognize as Morse Code. He used an electro-magnet to emboss the symbols on long strips of paper. The first message traveled from Washington DC to Baltimore. It was only 40 miles, but such a big deal. Mind boggling when you think of the messages you can send on your smart phone, isn’t it? The invention of the telephone in 1877 was considered a rival technology.

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