The Lofty World of Hot Air Balloons

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In some areas during the spring, summer, and fall, you might see a hot air balloon or two effortlessly floating in the sky.  Though you may not see them often in the sky, you might see them in decorations and in many postcard worthy pictures like the one above. Still, these lighter than air aircraft consist of a large envelope bag containing heated air which makes it buoyant, usually with an open flame. Invented by the Mongolfier brothers in the 1780s, the hot air balloon was the first successful human-carrying flight technology with the first manned flight taking place in 1783 Paris. Though unmanned ones have existed in China since the 3 Kingdoms era. Today modern hot air balloons are mainly used for advertising and recreation. Yet, they can fly at extremely high altitudes and long distances if need be. Unlike other aircraft, hot air balloons can come in various shapes, sizes, and colors. There are even hot air balloon festivals from around the world which can include races, evening “night glows,” rides, and other activities. But here, I bring you a treasure trove of these fabulous flying machines for your unique reading pleasure.

  1. You’d almost think this balloon is out of this world.

Though the space shuttle seems quite out of place among balloons. Yet, it’s quite awesome to look at.

2. “I tawt I taw a puddy tat.”

You can guess that this balloon has attributes of Tweety Bird. Though you’d probably never saw him up that high before.

3. A balloon like this is reserved for high flying celebrations.

Must be honoring someone or some establishment’s 100th birthday. Yet, I don’t think the candles add up.

4. Now that’s what I call a fly ball.

Okay, “fly ball” is a baseball term and this is a football balloon. Still, football season’s coming up soon.

5. There’s something magical about this castle in the air.

This is for Disneyland. Guess they have their own hot air balloon festival for the tourists.

6. Never thought I’d see a perching bird that huge.

Don’t worry, it’s just a hot air balloon. Not the result of a nuclear power plant accident. So just relax.

7. How about a nice cold pint in the sky?

Yes, apparently, they have beer shaped hot air balloons. But I suppose this is for an advertiser.

8. Watch our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ ascend into the heavens.

May not be like the lauded paintings from the Renaissance. But it’s close enough. And kind of hilarious.

9. Who says that pigs don’t fly?

Though the wings are quite small on this one. Yet, I like the cool shades.

10. Since it’s the Trump administration, I’d have to add a zebra.

The zebras were a bunch of people in costumes in La Paz, Bolivia to calm down traffic. Yet, this kind of resembles one of them.

11. A bouquet of tulips always looks stunning in the air.

Sure they’re not real. But you can’t help but admire them from hundreds of feet. Guess these are for spring.

12. Hope this blue clown can put a smile on your face.

On second thought, that’s kind of creepy. Don’t know why we have clowns stuff like this.

13. Nobody can resist this cute balloon penguin.

Looks a little sad. Still, it’s so adorable that you’d want to hug it and keep it for your very own.

14. The cactus looks as if it’s about to get high right now.

Well, it’s wearing sunglasses. But I’d watch the arms if I were you.

15. Seems like this little bee is quite flighty.

After all, this bee is about as sweet as honey. Seeing it fluttering in the sky is an absolute joy.

16. Wells Fargo sure enjoy their piggy banks.

So much so that they were involved in a scandal pertaining to savings accounts. Though you have to love the hearts on its cheeks.

17. Wonder how this shoe house will get off the ground.

This is perhaps a rendition of the “Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe.” But in this case, it’s a Timberland.

18. A star-spangled balloon never fails to please.

It’s blue with white stars on top. Yet, the rest of it consists of red and white checks.

19. Seems like you can find this happy Jack in a box.

Well, it’s a jack-in-the-box. Though it’s not as creepy as some of the real things.

20. Tesco is the supermarket with the great large shopping carts in the sky.

Well, that’s kind of clever. Yet, I’m sure this isn’t a for a US chain store. Because I’ve never heard of the company.

21. You’d almost think you can fly when you’re on this balloon.

It’s supposed to depict Disney’s Peter Pan. Though considered a classic, it’s one of my least favorite Disney movies.

22. There’s a no more American hot air balloon than one of Uncle Sam.

This one has an Uncle Sam face and hat. But at least he seems happy to take to the skies.

23. This one of a kind hot rod is powered only through hot air.

Yes, you can have hot air balloons of cool stuff like this. Though you’d have to use a lot of canvas or nylon.

24. How about a balloon with a more prehistoric flair?

This T-Rex in the sky doesn’t really look like much. Yet, aerial photography isn’t always the best.

25. I’m sure you’ll have it easy getting this Humpty Dumpty over a wall.

Even if it’s Trump’s wall which would do absolutely nothing to keep undocumented immigrants out. But this is cute.

26. Tonight, I hear you can watch a cow jump over the moon.

This is from another nursery rhyme called “Hey Diddle Diddle.” Let’s just say its lines make no sense whatsoever.

27. You’d almost think this hot air balloon came from outer space.

Well, at least the default shape is perfect for the alien head. Hope it doesn’t land in Roswell, New Mexico.

28. This cute little clownfish may not be Nemo but it’ll do.

This one seems to have a little curious grin on its face. Yet it seems to take sailing the skies like swimming in the ocean.

29. These sky carrots apparently belong in their own patch.

Looks like we have a lovely bunch of nylon carrots. Too bad they’ll be devoured by rabbit balloons later.

30. You might find this hot air balloon quite finger lickin’ good.

Yes, there’s KFC hot air balloon, too. Yet, whatever’s in it won’t be good for your blood vessels. I guarantee it.

31. A Lisa Frank hot air balloon shows your girly rainbow pride.

Man, I loved Lisa Frank when I was a kid. Still, this has enough rainbow and glitter to spare.

32. Apparently, this balloon is filled with the luck of the Irish.

Well, it’s a shamrock balloon. So it’s perfect for flying over your local Saint Patrick’s Day parade.

33. A windmill hot air balloon has a fine country touch.

Seems like this one’s from the Netherlands. Mostly because the blades have the Dutch flag. Also, it’s a windmill.

34. With this balloon, the stars and stripes surely fly.

Yes, that’s a big hot air balloon. But at least it has all the stars and stripes.

35. Never though a house in the sky could be this haunted.

This one is for Halloween. Nevertheless, you’ll find hot air balloons for all sorts of occasions.

36. Is there a fire somewhere in the sky?

Seems like this fire truck balloon has a little face on it. Hope it can put out the fire in time.

37. Famous Footwear really put their foot on this one.

Yes, you’ll see a lot of advertiser balloons at a festival. Still, Famous Footwear’s one is perfect.

38. Wonder what creature head this one belongs to.

Resembles a green pointy eared antenna space alien to me. But yes, that’s a very gruesome show of fangs.

39. You might want to take a cue from a pink elephant.

Of course the whole expression of “pink elephant” is totally lost on kids. And yet, this guy looks wasted.

40. Care for a bouquet in the clouds?

This just consists of a bunch of balloons on a pile to make it resemble flowers. Yet, it also looks a bit like rainbow ice cream.

41. Wonder how much a lighthouse can see if it can fly.

A lot more than a regular lighthouse. But this lighthouse balloon is right on the money.

42. A Mardi Gras clown balloon is perfect for a high flying carnival.

As you can see, it has a yellow, green, and purple hat with jingles. Still, not scary as the previous clown.

43. Thought you’d never see a hot air balloon shimmer in the night life.

Yes, this is a hot air balloon in neon lights. And boy, do those lights dazzle like an electric sign?

44. This princess really has her head in the clouds.

She wears a golden crown and has on a pearl necklace. So pretty.

45. With this hot air balloon, adventure awaits at Paradise Falls.

You can bet I had to include the Up house in this hot air balloon post. Still, the house is the basket.

46. Is that a gambling bug flying around?

Well, it has card suites, antennae, and 6 digit.s Yet, it seems to be quite handy with a full deck.

47. The King has made landfall.

But I have to tell you that Elvis has been dead since 1977. Not kidnapped by aliens. But enjoy this hot air balloon in his likeness in the meantime.

48. With this hot air balloon, you’ll have a sea fantasy on a snowy day.

Consists of a happy octopus with a smiling fish and starfish. So adorable but more appropriate at the beach.

49. Celebrate American independence with this hot air balloon.

It’s decked in American flag colors with the Declaration of Independence. Another piece of Americana I had to include.

50. Why modernize when you can just copy an original?

This is a modern rendition of the Mongolfier balloon they used in the 18th century. Strangely it has a Belgian flag instead of the French one in that basket.

51. This rocket balloon will always soar in American glory.

Sure it won’t take you to outer space. But you’ll certainly take to the skies.

52. This hot hair balloon has become this dragon’s true domain.

Okay, it doesn’t look scary. But it goes around the balloon and breathes fire.

53. Someone has to keep law and order in the skies.

Well, this sheriff balloon has a rather quaint look to it. Even has a bobby hat and a sheriff star.

54. I guess this hot air balloon has a medical disposition.

This one has the caduceus insignia on it to symbolize medicine. Guess a simple red cross was already taken.

55. A polar bear hot air balloon is filled with Arctic might.

Guess this was to spread more awareness on climate change. Still, it’s huge when you look at it from the ground.

56. A sky high panda bear is always a wondrous sight to see.

Because what’s cuter than a bear balloon is a panda bear balloon. So adorable you want to cuddle it.

57. Apparently, balloon isn’t meant for the whole family.

Is this to advertise condoms, vibrators, or dildos? At any rate, wouldn’t want to see it from a mile away.

58. This pot seems to have its lid screwed on just right.

Yet, it doesn’t seem to be worried in the open air. From here on, it’s smooth sailing.

59. You’d almost imagine little green men coming out of this one.

Well, it’s a UFO hot air balloon. But some people might not see it this way and perhaps wish whoever’s operating it to take them to their leader.

60. This basset hound is always on the trail up in the air.

This hound is of orange, black, and white. But you’d never find a dog in the skies like it.

61. The Orient Express now offers air service.

Okay, it doesn’t provide air service because it’s a train. But still, this balloon is a near perfect likeness of a steam engine.

62. This skyward barn has much to offer.

Sure it looks like what you’d see in a kiddie’s play set. Even has a cow sticking out of it.

63. This alarm clock balloon will always tell you the time of day.

Well, it’s surely happy to tell you the time. Seems to sport such a happy face.

64. “She keeps a Moet et Chandon in  a pretty cabinet…”

It it’s a kind of wine. But the balloon of it here only consists of the cork.

65. “The Wells Fargo wagon is a-comin’ down the street…”

Well, a stage coach like this is a Wells Fargo icon. So it’s only fitting I include it here.

66. Someone’s got their mind up in the air.

Well, that’s quite a brainy balloon. I know it’s kind of sick but I’m sure some readers will find it pleasing.

67. While the United States has the stars and stripes, Canada has the red maple leaf.

Still, living in the Trump administration, I have to envy them for having a good looking prime minister like Justin Trudeau. Nevertheless, I’ll probably hear more about them come hockey season.

68. A caravel always sails effortlessly through the skies.

Though a real wooden ship wouldn’t look as pretty as this outside the movies. But it’s surely lovely to behold.

69. Now here’s a fire extinguisher that could put out a wildfire.

Okay, I’m kidding on that one. But I’m sure the people of California could only wish this was a real fire extinguisher instead of a balloon of one.

70. Of course, you can’t have a hot air balloon festival without including Noah’s Ark.

Because it’s a big boat with all the animals on it which kids can enjoy. Sure they were on there to wait out a flood. But nobody cares when it’s a balloon festival.

71. No hot air balloon festival is ever complete without a butterfly.

This one has especially colorful wings. And an adorable little face to go with them.

72. Perhaps you might want to see EPCOT fly these days.

Now EPCOT is a part of the Walt Disney World in Florida. Also, I’ve actually been there back in 2008.

73. Even in the sky you’ll bound to behold a tasty chocolate sundae.

This one includes a cone and a cherry on top. But don’t bet on them serving ice cream there.

74. This turtle is always ready to take off from anywhere.

Too bad he has his shoes untied. Then again, he’ll probably still beat the hare anyway.

75. Never thought I’d see a green Jaguar in the air.

I’m sure people attending the festival would later buy a Jaguar. If they happen to possess a Swiss bank account or a yacht.

76. Even at a hot air balloon festival, Mr. Peanut always knows how to make an entrance.

And even after so many years, he’s as dapper as ever. Only difference is that he’s voiced by Bill Hader.

77. In case of a blaze, you can always count on this guy.

Okay, he won’t actually put out fires. But you have to love him in his large, red fireman hat.

78. Now here’s a hot air balloon that keeps going and going…

Because that’s what the Energizer Bunny does. Well, until the batteries inside it die.

79. A US spaceman takes it to infinity and beyond.

Sure it has an over-sized head and short limbs. But I’m sure space geeks will adore it.

80. A jack-o-lantern hot air balloon is pure Halloween delight.

I guess this is for a fall hot air balloon festival. Wonder if it lights up at night like the real thing.

81. A Remax house always makes for a happy home.

Too I can’t see more of this thing. Then again, it’s sometimes hard to take pictures of hot air balloons that do justice.

82. Not sure if this is the kind of atmosphere for a deep sea diver.

And this one is dressed in a black and yellow suit. Cute but not sure if the sky is the best place for it.

83. There’s nothing more fluffy in the sky than a small cottage

This is for bread, I recall. Yet, the home appears rather quaint and cozy like a Keebler elf house.

84. A macaw in the sky is a colorful parrot to behold on a ledge.

Yes, it’s in a perching position. But the bird itself really can fly. Guess sitting is more regal in a hot air balloon form.

85. The sky is a wonderful place for a peacock to spread its wings.

Well, doesn’t seem to have much of a train. But a colorful tail like that will surely do for me.

86. A lofty hot air balloon can depict a symbol of the nation.

Though I’d much rather like a bald eagle attack Donald Trump. Because he’s an illegitimate president and narcissistic sociopath with no redeeming qualities whatsoever.

87. This hot air balloon seeks to raise awareness and fight for the cure.

Then again, I kind of wish the Breast Cancer Awareness should focus on prevention. But yes, we should talk about it more. And not just in October.

88. Horton the Elephant will always be faithful 100% in flight.

Nice to see a hot air balloon of Horton from the Jungle of Nool. Yet, I have no idea where his clover is which has the speck of dust of Whoville.

89. Seems like this hot air balloon comes straight from the Dark Side.

I can almost hear the notes to the “Imperial March.” Still, this Darth Vader balloon is pretty damn cool.

90. If you liked Mike Wazowski from Monster’s Inc., then you’ll like this hot air balloon.

Yes, he’s everyone’s favorite cyclops. Though you’d have to hear him and Sully sing, “Put That Thing Back Where It Came From or So Help Me.”

91. Odd to see a pair of pants in the air. Wonder who put them there.

I know you’d think it’s a strange hot air balloon shape. But at least it’s an original design.

92. This penguin is all ready for fun in the sun.

It even has sunglasses, sandals, a hat, and Hawaiian shirt. So adorable.

93. Perhaps you’d want a bottle of wine for the skies.

Not sure what the wine is. But it sure has a lovely bottle design. Quite distinctive.

94. Not sure how a forklift operates in the sky.

Well, it’s for a forklift company. Still, you’d have to give kudos for this balloon design.

95. Large green balloon, Yoda is.

Little wrinkled and green man, Yoda is. But balloon amplifies his head tremendously, it does.

96. You wouldn’t expect Santa Claus to show up in a balloon of his own likeness.

Yes, they have hot air balloon festivals all year long. Even around Christmas. And this Santa is huge.

97.  Wonder if this scarecrow can frighten the crows this high.

Probably since it’s so high. But on the other hand, it’s so adorable with its smile.

98. Oust will always keep the air fresh, even in the skies.

Though I’m not sure this will help you ward off odors of cow manure. Because it’s a hot air balloon.

99. Christ the Redeemer rises in Rio.

Bet this was for the Olympic Games in Rio. Still, have to admire Jesus’s jersey.

100. You can never have a great balloon fest without including Ben and Jerry.

Though this balloon doesn’t have any of its wacky flavors. Still, it soars.

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The Spouting World of Water Fountains

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Whether in a scenic garden, a street, or a public park, you’re bound to find fountains spouting jets of water into the air during the spring and summer months. Though you may often see them as fancy water jets for people to look at and throw pennies in, they originally used for providing water from springs, reservoirs, mountain rivers, and aqueducts to cities, towns, and villages before the days of indoor plumbing. And until the late 19th century, most fountains were operated by gravity and needed a source of water from higher ground. But many also used siphoning to make water spout, too. Though we often think fountains were invented in Ancient Rome along with the aqueduct, both technologies actually come from the Greeks. Ancient Greek fountains were mainly made from stone or marble with water flowing through bronze pipes and emerging from the mouth of a sculpted mask representing a lion’s head or an animal’s muzzle. The most famous fountain in Ancient Greece was the Enneacrounos in Athens’ Agora which had 9 large spouts. But even that isn’t as impressive as the fountains of ancient Rome that contained decorations of bronze or stone masks of animals or heroes. Medieval Islamic as well as European Renaissance and Baroque fountains are often held as artistic masterpieces. Nevertheless, since we now have indoor plumbing, most fountains are now seen as decoration. Well, save for the occasional drinking fountain. Now since they tend to be popular in gardens, you can find many of them sold at any home improvement or garden store. And they come in all different, shapes, sizes, and forms. So for your reading pleasure, I bring you a treasure trove of water fountains to delight in.

  1. You can always make water spout through pipes.

Sure this mostly consist of pipe from the gutter drain. But it certainly works.

2. Even a miniature garden can use its own fountain.

Not sure if a mini garden fountain is quite right. Yet, I can see why someone would want one.

3. A small indoor fountain can bring some watery joy.

Helps if it has a colorful seahorse, coral, and golden shells. Then again, I kind of consider fountains more of an outdoor thing.

4. Sometimes a hollow stone column, a basin, and a metal spout is all you need.

Well, it doesn’t look like much. But it certainly goes with the garden scenery.

5. A watering can makes a wonderful fountain spout.

Well, that’s pretty inventive. Doesn’t hurt to put plants in it either.

6. What do you mean water can spring up from rocks?

This is a more naturalistic fountain for gardens. And yes, you barely notice it except for the water spouting at the top.

7. Even a small ceramic fountain is no less impressive.

Yes, it’s a rather small structure. But its deep blue color will certainly make an impression.

8. With copper pipes and water jets, you can make the water flow anywhere.

This one is shaped in a wheel with holes in the pipes. So the water can trickle down exactly where it’s supposed to.

9. You can go as high as you want with buckets and a watering can.

Yes, you’ll find quite a few DIY varieties on here like this one. Yet, this fountain has a certain kind of charm.

10. In this fountain, it takes a long time for the water to flow down.

This one appears to be made of copper from what I can tell. And are those things shaped like leaves?

11. Though most fountains are made of stone and marble, a tree stump one is always close to nature.

This one is even made with tiers still containing the bark. Great for any rustic garden.

12. Even a simple design can do the trick.

This one just consists of a stone bowl and a small jet. It’s not fancy but it will do.

13. With this fountain, you’ll find water flowing down all the steps.

This one is best suited for a wall as you can see. But it will surely go well with wooden fencing.

14. A mosaic fountain should always boast magnificent tiling.

After all, who doesn’t go for colorful decorations now and then? Love the brilliant blue.

15. A stone basin can sometimes be a lasting feature.

Here’s another mosaic fountain with blue tiling. Yet, this one also has lovely white edging and a stone basin tricking water down once it’s full.

16. A bowl and pitcher can be just as nice.

Even helps if both are intricately decorated. As long as you have the pitcher pouring into the bowl.

17. The larger the water receptacle the better.

This one uses a large stone jar that’s against a stone wall. Perfect for a garden, though I wouldn’t drink the water in it.

18. Sometimes an old bathtub can make the perfect fountain pond.

Well, that’s pretty ingenious. Just put the jet in with a bunch of rocks and you’re done.

19. With a box fountain, you sometimes need to cut corners.

Because if you don’t, where could the water flow like this? Well, it can overflow but that would make a mess.

20. When you have a pump, expect water to flow from buckets.

This one uses 3 buckets and a faucet. Certainly an interesting fountain to see.

21. A long thick log of bamboo is great for making a water wall.

A water wall is a certain type of fountain that has water flowing from the top down like a waterfall. Pretty simple explanation, really.

22. Speaking of water walls, check this one out of a Japanese arch.

This one is made from wood in the Japanese arch style. But it still has water trickling down from it.

23. Sometimes a large stone water jar is all you need.

This fountain has a stone jar tipped to have water spilling over the rocks. Fairly simple concept to apply.

24. Got some old tubas? Make a fountain out of them.

Hey, if the old Sousaphones don’t work, you might as well. Since you can surely have water flowing in them.

25. For a simple but modernist concept, try a fountain of raised metal bowls.

Sure it might not look like much without the water. But it spouts where it should and creates a couple waterfalls, too.

26. Since fountains are water fixtures, I’d say a dolphin motif seems appropriate.

I guess this one is made for indoors or a courtyard. But since everyone likes dolphins, I’ll put it on this post.

27. With 3 large stone jars, who knows what fountain you’d have.

These jars are of all different shapes, sizes, and colors, too. Great to have in any garden.

28. If you want the water to flow somewhere, a trough of brick should do the trick.

Yes, that’s a fountain. And yes, it takes a lot of room. But it’s not too fancy and has a stone basin at the end.

29. Sometimes 3 rock fountains can be better than one.

This one consists of rocks of different shapes and sizes. Wonderful centerpiece for any rock garden.

30. No fountain can be nearly as impressive as one with 3 bronze horses.

And it has water spouting from all their mouths. Yes, they look majestic, but I’m not sure about the spouting part. Well, to each his own.

31. Sometimes a water fountain can leave room for flowers.

This one even has a place for water to fall in a rocky stream. Nevertheless, you can’t help but love it.

32. This fountain head is nothing short of angelic.

This is an impressive bronze fountain that’s probably seen in a park. Yet, it’s nowhere near the ones you’d see in Italy or France.

33. A rocky waterfall always gives a naturalistic charm.

Yes, it almost seems like water is flowing from the ruins. And yet, it’s perfect for a scenic garden that’s most likely near a mansion.

34. A mosaic fountain should always be tiled to impress.

This one even has a white border and a lion’s head. Love the floral design.

35. There’s nothing better than a fountain attached to an urn for flowers.

This might be from some French chateau. Yet, it certainly goes well with the landscape.

36. A wooden bucket and pump fountain is never complete without a washboard.

Well, it certainly has a rustic feel to it. Yet, you don’t need to prime the pump to get any water in this one.

37. A modern black fountain has a certain kind of elegance.

Though I wouldn’t say it goes with a wall of flowers. But you have to like having its spouts together.

38. You can’t have too many teapots with this fountain.

Seems to me this is for an Alice in Wonderland garden. Still, at least it’s original and clever.

39. This stone arch fountain almost resembles ancient ruins.

Though I’m not sure if an arch would have a stone bridge within it. Yet, I understand it works with the waterfall.

40. With enough metal teapots, you can fill a whole cup.

This one even has string holding the pots up. Not sure how that works. But I like it.

41. A square flat fountain can always please.

Well, it’s great among rocks. Love the water coming out of it. So pretty.

42. For a more Southwest feel, this fountain of ceramic pottery is just for you.

Well, large ceramic pottery, anyway. Still, the stand is totally supposed to resemble adobe.

43. A stone enclosed waterfall is always a wondrous sight of beauty.

Almost thought it was from Maymont at first. But then I realized the Maymont one had lions on it. Still, love it.

44. A large fountain should always have a bowl overflowing.

Guess this is supposed to be for a courtyard. Love the blue and purple tiles.

45. How about a fountain with a large wagon wheel?

Not sure if the wheel turns. But I guarantee there’s water coming out of it.

46. Who knows what you can come up with when you have a bunch of empty bottles?

Though only 3 of these spout water. The rest have their bottoms facing.

47. This stone fountain has 4 metal spouts coming from it.

Well, it may be rather plain to some. But I do like how it has a basin to go with the pavement.

48. A metal garden bicycle can fit all kinds of pots.

Well, this is an interesting concept. This one has a pottery pitcher pouring into multiple pots. And a flower pot in the front, too.

49. No fountain is as whimsical is a ferris wheel of buckets.

I know some people might think it strange. But it’s from Pinterest. Of course, you’d probably not see that at a garden store.

50. Glass bowls make great fountain tiers.

Well, whatever works I guess. Though I do love the artistry on this one. So pretty.

51. A blue mosaic fountain almost appears heavenly.

It even has water coming out of the sun which is kind of weird. But it’s nevertheless impressive.

52. Put a wheelbarrow near a pump and watch the water flow.

Helps if the wheelbarrow is quite rusty. And the receptacle is a rock edged pond.

53. When you pour a jar, you can make a waterfall.

Well, if you have something to constantly put the water in the jar first. But it goes well with the plants.

54. Sometimes inspiration can come in the strangest manifestations.

This one has bottles in a bucket like champagne or beer on ice. Yet, instead of ice or alcohol, it’s water.

55. Sometimes you can do with 3 spouts on a wall.

This one must be in the Spanish mission style. Simplistic yet with a certain elegance.

56. When you pour the kettle, water comes out for the flowers.

Sure the kettle is rusty. But at least pouring it in a large bucket makes does wonders. Love it.

57. From this fountain, the water almost resembles sails.

Yes, it’s certainly meant to impress. And it even has a boat bottom to go with it.

58. With the right stonework, a fountain can always have a serene water way.

Well, the fountain is far off in the back in this picture. But it surely appears pleasant as the water flows to the basin.

59. Presenting the vortex fountain.

It’s basically a fountain that creates a whirlpool. And yes, it looks pretty cool.

60. On a mosaic fountain, you can never have enough water jets.

Sure this looks incredibly expensive. But I’m sure many rich people have something like this in their gardens by now.

61. Female nudes appear in all kinds of art and fountains are no exception.

And I guess there’s water spraying from her nipples. Wonder what kind of garden this is supposed to be for.

62. A marble fountain should always have a black sphere on top.

Yet, it sure seems perfect in a courtyard setting. Still, think it’s quite spectacular.

63. What comes in one watering can, comes out in another.

This is more suited for steps. Yet, it certainly has a whimsical touch.

64. You’d almost be stumped to miss this fountain.

And as you can see, it’s within a stump. Helps if you have plants growing around it.

65. Sometimes a small black fountain is in simple elegance.

Well, it’s in an oval shape with a square receptacle. So classy.

66. A Moorish garden is always a spectacular sight.

This is from a botanical garden in Missouri. But yes, it’s in the Moorish style that’s supposed to be close to paradise.

67. Why stick with one waterfall when you can have 3?

Well, seems like the kind of fountain for a patio. Yet, you can’t hate this one.

68. A spherical spout is almost out of this world.

Now that’s interesting. Not necessarily my taste. But unique enough for this post.

69. Best to put some gravel if you have a stone waterfall.

Yes, I know it’s a compact waterfall for a patio. But it’s amazing to see nonetheless.

70. A fountain at a corner patio can always impress.

Still, I’m sure this one doesn’t come cheap. But it sure looks pretty cool.

71. For an old cabin look, a wooden fountain will surely do.

Sure it might somewhat resemble a Jacuzzi. Well, if it weren’t for the jet spout.

72. A wall fountain can be so much simpler if you have bamboo.

Sure bamboo may be cheap. But for some reason I don’t imagine ancient China or Japan having water fountains. Well, at least ones appear like those we’re used to.

73. Sometimes it’s best to go with nature when it comes to waterfalls.

Well, that certainly looks almost naturalistic. Quite lovely if you can get my drift.

74. For a more rustic fountain, a pump and 3 wooden buckets should do.

Well, it’s certainly quite unique to put on this post. Nevertheless, the buckets always overflow.

75. A flowery fountain has water coming from the petals.

Well, when you’re doing a fountain post, you have to go with some unusual examples. This surely takes the cake. Yet, you have to admire it.

76. A colonnade is a fine addition to surround a fountain.

This is from a park in Houston. And though it’s not fancy, it’s surely spectacular.

77. A small fountain in a patio works best when stacked with stone.

After all, everyone has to adore a water jet in a small pool. Stunning to say the least.

78. Well, everything seems square on this fountain.

This one is made from concrete. Not fancy, but not bad.

79. Sometimes concrete and stone have a simple magnificence to them.

This one’s title has the words, “affordable simple design.” Yet, it’s probably the case if your net worth is over $2 million and you run a casino.

80. You can always create wonders with enough stone fountains together.

For some reason, they remind me of steaming rocks. Yet, it’s a lovely garden addition.

81. A mosaic fountain can always use a vase.

This one has a blue one with arms. Also like how the tile is painted. Beautiful.

82. A stone ship should always have a water wheel.

So when the dragon spurts out water, the wheel turns. And it seems like it spilled some from what I could tell from the wet spot.

83. Peacocks look especially grand on a tile fountain.

After all, there’s almost no bird as pretty and with a long feathery train. Love the flowers, too.

84. This fountain boasts a real carnival of animals.

I guess this is for a zoo in California. But you have to admire the animal art on it.

85. This angel fountain boasts a wall of water.

This is a lovely structure. Love how each wing has water raining down.

86. A brick fountain always has a sold foundation.

Of course, it’s not graceful like some of the other fountains here. But it’s certainly interesting to look at.

87. A brick waterfall should always enchant.

Have to admire the brick work on this. Also has a gravel pool for the water.

88. Sometimes you can find a fountain in the most interesting formation.

Not sure what shape it’s supposed to be on the top. But you have to admire the waterfalls.

89. Never thought you’d see water coming out a glass sphere.

The glass ball fountain is supposed to be of a unique design. Not sure if I can understand the concept.

90. A Gothic fountain can always impress in the garden.

Well, it’s more like Gothic Revival. And more suited for old cathedral courtyards than anything.

91. You can’t take the Earth for granted in this fountain.

After all, there’s no other planet like it that we know of. Nevertheless, it’s quite lovely.

92. Didn’t know there were any adobe fountains out there.

Actually, it’s not made from adobe. But it depicts an Pueblo Indian scene as far as I can tell.

93. As water flows, this fountain ignite flames in no time.

Guess you need fire to make a fountain more spectacular. As if water doesn’t accomplish that already.

94. You’d almost swear the water’s coming from the sky.

I know it seems hard to wrap your head around. But there must be a device that makes the water come out from the floating faucet.

95. Things are getting grassy with this fountain.

Well, it’s a grass ball fountain. Makes sure you trim it once in a while though.

96. A dragon fountain is always a splendid sight.

This is from China, by the way. Though you’d probably already guessed that. Yes, it’s a magnificent dragon.

97. A hurricane eye fountain always flows water in a spiral.

It’s meant for a patio, especially one with stone pavement. Yet, it’s quite sublime.

98. It takes a broken large pot with some little ones to really make a splash.

Another fountain in the Southwest patio style. But this one is quite colorful to behold.

99. Here we come to a Japanese scene with its own water wheel.

Yes, it’s a fountain with a small picturesque scene. But you can’t help but love it.

100. It always rains a rainbow with a fountain wall of lights.

Well, at least at night, anyway. But the water and colors are simply spectacular.

The High Flying World of Kites

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Since their invention in ancient China, kites have originally been used for measuring distances, testing the wind, lifting people, signaling, and communication for military operations. The earliest Chinese kites were often rectangular and flat as well as decorated with mythological motifs and legendary figures like dragons. Some were fitted with strings and whistles to make music while flying. But it was from China, kites were introduced to Cambodia, Japan, Thailand, India, Korea, the western world, and possibly Oceania. Though originally seen as a mere curiosity in Europe, kites would be used in the western world for scientific discovery and invention. Every American child learns about Ben Franklin and his famous kite experiment leading to the discovery of lightning as electricity and his invention of the lightning rod. Yet, the Wright brothers also used kites when developing the first airplane in the late 1800s. And they were used in for scientific purposes in meteorology, aeronautics, wireless communications, and even photography. But since the Wright brothers made their first flight and WWII, kites have mainly been used in recreation. However, all over the world you’ll find all kinds of kite festivals and competitions, especially in Asia. Nevertheless, despite living in the country, I wouldn’t be able to fly a kite in my back yard. Mostly because of safety issues with power lines. I mean the fact my back yard has a slew of power lines over it led to a bunch of trees being cut down for God’s sake, Anyway, kites come in all types, shapes, and sizes. You’ll find sport kites, power kites, weather kites, man-lifitng kites, fishing kites, underwater kites, and even fighting kites that could kill people. So for your reading pleasure, I give you a glimpse into the high flying world of kites.

  1. Sometimes a kite looks more magnificent on the inside.

Reminds me of one of those paper fortune teller contraptions. But I do love the colors.

2. On this kite, 6 hearts make a rainbow.

Then again, they’re not in rainbow order. But none of that matters to me.

3. Nothing dazzles in the sky like a rainbow 8 pointed star.

Yes, you can even have a kite star like this. Yes, I know the kites I showed so far have similar color schemes.

4. And you thought you’d never see a dragon fly.

Well, a different kind of dragon fly, anyway. But yes, they have kites of dragons. And this one is sensational.

5. Seems like this kite is made from hexagonal proportions.

Seems to be anything barely on this kite. But you have to admire looking at it in the sky.

6. At some festivals, it pays to go big and spectacular.

This kite is from a festival in Guatemala featuring these. Though you’d almost think it’s a parachute.

7. A large star should always get a decent lift.

Yes, these kites can get quite large as you can see. But I really love the colors which I think are perfect for Easter.

8. With a kite, you can send a rainbow soaring.

Yes, rainbows are a common theme in these. But I really like how this dances in the sky.

9. A butterfly kite should always spread its wings.

Because there’s no better spring kite than that of a butterfly. You also have to love the colors and tails.

10. A kite should always fly like a bird.

And there you have a bird kite. But there’s a bird following it. Wonder if it thinks it’s another bird or a decoy.

11. A beautiful kite comes with many layers of color.

Not sure what this kite is supposed to be. But maybe it’s built for function, not aesthetic effect.

12. This rainbow plane always flies high in the sky.

Once again, you see rainbows. This time on a plane kite which is somewhat charming.

13. This large star kite has all kinds of colors and tails.

This one goes by a 2 color diamond pattern as you can see. Some might find it tacky. But I find it wondrous.

14. A colorful ship looks even more magnificent in the air.

Yes, a rainbow ship always ventures seas of skies. Love it.

15. A large kite should be light enough to fly.

I guess this is a kite from the island nations. Looks quite pretty.

16. A rainbow bird is always a colorful sight.

As you might read in my mythical creature series, you might find a rainbow chicken from the Philippines. Though this dazzles wonderfully.

17. You can put in a lot of different pictures in a kite.

You can find everything on here from mythical creatures to pop culture icons. You can even find Jimi Hendrix so excuse him while he kisses the sky.

18. You can fit a lot of triangles in a pyramid kite.

Yes, these kites do exist. Though I kind of wish this one had more color like the others.

19. Swirls always look better when up in the air.

I’ll probably feature many geometrically designed kites on this post. Though I really like the pentagon shape and tail on this.

20. Is that supposed to be a deity or a mythical creature.

Well, the art is squarely from Asia. But it’s also quite dazzling in the sky.

21. Some of these kites in the sky can have very long tails.

As you can see it’s an Asian design. Nevertheless, kite flying is very big in many Asian countries, especially in China and India.

22. Nothing says you can’t have a bunch of sharks on the line.

Well, as long as they’re flown from the air and are of different colors. Because shark hunting shouldn’t be encouraged.

23. A colorful kite should at least have wings and a tail.

Now this is a rather strange design. But I really like the tails and colors. Lovely.

24. With this kite, we can test whether a cow can actually jump over the moon.

Okay, it’s probably not possible. But fly this one in the sky, you might have people questioning their mental state.

25. There’s something strange about this kite.

This may be a traditional kite shape. The crayon face on this is creepy.

26. A blue owl kite is always a hoot.

Of course, owls have to serve as motifs as well. Since they’re birds of prey after all.

27. A Chinese dragon in the sky is a magnificent sight.

By the way, these Chinese dragon kites can be more than 100 feet long. Definitely not something I can fly where I live.

28. Sometimes kites are flown to denote special occasions.

You can easily tell what this kite’s celebrating. Give you a hint, it was held in Rio last summer.

29. Two cranes are sometimes better than one.

One has pink wings while the other has bluish green. But together they fit on a kite banner quite nicely.

30. And I thought I had to worry about sharks on the water.

Best you don’t fly this kite during your trip to Amity Island beach. This is especially when there’s a man eating shark at the shallows.

31. I’m sure nobody could resist a high flying rainbow fish.

Doesn’t hurt if it’s flown in the snow. Though I’d proceed with caution in winter weather.

32. Sometimes a Chinese dragon has to have a rainbow tail.

Yes, these Chinese dragons can be quite elaborate as you can see. Though I really love this one.

33. A kite like this looks quite foxy in the sky.

Guess this is what you’d call a fox kite. Has a nice cute little face to it.

34. A hexagonal design always impresses.

This one has 2 pegasus unicorns with rainbow wings. Love how its rods stick out.

35. Looks like the eyes have it from above.

Sure seeing these eyes might make you feel like you’re being watched. But I’m sure they don’t see anything.

36. This kite is all string and wings.

Yet, I’m sure it’s able to fly. Though I’m not exactly sure how. Love the rainbow design.

37. This diamond kite comes in a few pieces as I recall.

Like some of the others, this is in an Asian design. But it has a nice, red, white, black, and blue pattern.

38. On some kite chains, you’ll find all kinds of shapes put together.

You have 2 diamonds in the front and a few other weird shapes in the back. And they’re all in different colors just the same.

39. Sometimes the sky is home to a monster kite or two.

And I think this one was conceived during a bad acid trip. How else could I explain the eye and fangs?

40. Now that is an interesting box kite.

Normally box kites usually have rectangles on each side. But this one takes the box kite to an artistic dimension.

41. Is this a fancy hypodermic needle or a fishing lure?

Maybe it’s a shape from Asian art or mythology. That can explain a lot.

42. Even a small kite can sport some long tails.

Once again, you see a rainbow pattern on the kite. Guess rainbows on kites are quite popular.

43. Even the sky has its share of scary clowns.

Sure it might look funny now. But as Lon Chaney said, a clown is never funny in the moonlight.

44. 3-D hexagon patterns can always dazzle in the sky.

Each of these consist of different colors and patterns. Still, wonder how someone could fly this.

45. A white bird always makes a graceful presence in flight.

You can see the white bird in a kite like this. Not sure if it’s supposed to be a seagull or a dove.

46. Hexagons can have all kinds of patterns.

You can see this from this hexagon kite chain. Each one features a different color.

47. Almost any work of art can be shown on a kite in the air.

And this kite of a woman is no exception. Of course, on rectangular kites, you can have any image you want.

48. With this kite, you can color your own world.

Helps if the tails resemble pencils. Though I’d guess this design is quite delicate.

49. You’d almost swear this was a rainbow parachute.

Yes, this is a kite. I know people may not agree with me. But it is a kite. Love it.

50. You’d almost swear this kite was a large fancy dart board.

Yes, this is another large Guatemalan kite. I don’t think you can fly it. But it’s quite nice to look at.

51. In Malaysia, you’ll find a very special kind of kite reflecting their national pride.

This is called a wau bulan or Malaysian moon kite. And they can come in all kinds of designs.

52. String diamond kites together and you’ll have high flying spectacle.

By themselves, they wouldn’t amount to much. But together, they’re a worthy sight to see.

53. A rainbow tube can always fly swept by the wind.

You can see these on a beach. Each has their unique pattern blowing in the wind.

54. Nobody could resist an enormous flower in the sky.

Particularly if it’s a colorful one made with turned squares. Love it.

55. Even an octopus can take to the skies.

Saw a lot of these on Pinterest. And yes, they’re widely available. Though an octopus in the air is strange for me.

56. You can never miss a colorful bird in flight.

There are quite a few kits like this. Yet, I chose to post the one I liked best.

57. You can even see fish take to the skies.

These fish kites are all on a line as the wind blows through them. And all of these probably come from Asia.

58. This diamond kite is a perfect prism, indeed.

Well, at least this one has a rainbow on all sides. And it’s in a simple shape.

59. With this kite, you’d find a rainbow in a weave.

Yes, it’s another rainbow kite with an unremarkable shape. But at least its pattern is quite interesting.

60. A flamingo kite can always remain up in the air.

Yes, they have flamingo kites, too. And I’m sure they’re popular in Florida just the same.

61. Is that a kite or a spiked parachute?

It’s actually a kite. Because that’s not an appropriate parachute design. Still, it’s quite stunning.

62. A bird of many colors should always soar.

Apparently, you can’t help but look at this colorful bird. Though it’s actually a kite held by a line.

63. Bet you’d never see a kite of a black puffer fish.

Yes, it might look cute when all puffed up. But remember, puffer fish are poisonous and can kill you.

64. A rainbow kite can always show off its colors.

This one even has clouds and is tied with a string at the center. Lovely.

65. Sometimes a kite can be designed so intricately, you can’t tell what the shape is.

There’s a blue version of this, too, by the way. But as far as I know, I don’t have the slightest idea what it’s supposed to resemble.

66. With this kite, you can color the skies.

Like how the kite is decked with crayons and its tails are squiggles. Wouldn’t mind seeing this in my neighborhood.

67. Never thought I’d ever see a colorful tulip fly.

At first, I didn’t exactly think it was a tulip. And then I saw the stem and leaves.

68. Now this kite is quite an angler.

Well, that’s just the kite shape for a fish design. Helps if the fish has rainbow colors, too.

69. Hope you enjoy some bears from the sky.

No, they’re not the Care Bears. But they’re just as cute and cuddly.

70. Some kites take to the wind better than others.

Guess this is one of those sport kites. Still, when the wind blows, it probably moves in a wondrous way with the air.

71. This blue kite almost blends in with the sky.

That is, unless it’s being flown in a Chinese city. Nevertheless, I think it will fly quite nicely.

72. An 8-pointed star can have its own colorful ring.

Well, it’s a lovely design. Still, it probably makes an impression in the skies just the same.

73. 4th of July kites should be in stars and stripes.

However, it’s best you keep them from fireworks. Or power lines for that matter.

74. This centipede really loves to show off its legs.

Yes, they have insect kites, too. But this centipede’s legs surely stun.

75. You’d almost think this kite is from another world.

If it glows in the dark, you can use it to prank your neighbors. Then again, maybe not.

76. A kite can never have too many propellers.

Then again, it probably can. Nevertheless, since it’s a very unique design, it goes on the post.

77. With all these planes, you’d think there was a whole squadron.

Relax, these are simple made planes all strung together. And they’re all in light blue and lavender.

78. For some reason, seems like I’ve seen a ghost.

Then again, it might be a ghost. Or it might be some other mythical Asian creature. Not sure which.

79. Wonder what this large insect is supposed to be.

Then again, it certainly has very colorful wings. And the bug has a whimsical grin.

80. Stick limbs don’t keep these triangle folks from flying.

Well, these do seem rather aerodynamic. Also, like their outfits.

81. You never know what you’d find on a kite line.

Though these people seem to have a more conceptual design. Nevertheless, each has a unique charm.

82. With this kite, you can spread the love.

Perhaps we should a heart kite in every place. Sure it might seem mushy, but we all need some love in our lives.

83. Intricate designs can go together like birds of a feather.

Each of these is made in a ring with a square center. All in all, they’re lovely.

84. Now this is a whale of a kite you’d find in the air.

Wouldn’t want your kite swallowed in that. Still, it’s kind of a sight to see.

85. Nothing amazes you like a kite ring in the sky.

Yes, it’s certainly spectacular. Like how it’s near other kites as well. Love it.

86. This kite will surely light the way for you.

Yes, I know a lighthouse kite is strange. But so are fish, whale, and shark kites, too.

87. Say hello to a spiked ball in the sky.

Never imagined seeing a kite like this. Though I’m not sure about the rainbow spikes on it.

88. A dragon kite should fly in a fiery blaze.

No wonder people love dragons. Still, looks amazing in the sky.

89. A peacock kite always has a fine feather display.

After all, peacocks are beautiful birds. Though I’d prefer to use a fancier peacock kite for this post.

90. Nobody could resist this little bug.

This one is really cute. Love the beady little eyes and fancy body.

91. A hexagon box kite is as good as any other.

Most box kites are square. But this one is a hexagon since it has all rainbow colors.

92. A rectangular kite can sometimes serve as an artistic canvas.

This one depicts Japanese art as you can see. Nevertheless, it looks amazing in the sky.

93. Butterflies always grace the sky with their presence.

This one has the rainbow colors melting in with it. So beautiful. Love it.

94. A dragonfly kite always delights.

It’s not as glamorous as a butterfly. But you can always do worse.

95. A ghostly Flying Dutchman always haunts the sky.

A Flying Dutchman is a ghost ship that’s doomed to sail the ocean forever and can never make port. Seeing one is an omen of doom.

96. Always helps if a rainbow kite comes with a tail.

I call this design, the sting ray. Mostly because it resembles a ray. And a mere ray doesn’t capture the image for me.

97. Seems like we find ourselves a rather happy manta ray.

Now a manta ray is a larger ray which isn’t poisonous. And they don’t usually come in rainbow colors either.

98. Check out this fancy bird in the skies.

This is a traditional Chinese style kite of a bird of prey. And it’s one of the fanciest bird kites I’ve ever seen.

99. Hope you don’t fly this kite too close to the sun.

This is an Icarus kite based on Greek mythology. Of course, he probably didn’t wear a shirt and a pair of pants.

100. With this kite, you’ll always have lift off.

This kite is of the space shuttle which NASA no longer uses. However, it’s still pretty cool.

The Springtime World of Miniature Easter Gardens

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With Easter, spring is in the air  as flowers like daffodils, tulips, and crocuses start blooming from their winter slumber. So it’s only natural that we have flowers and gardens galore. This is especially the case when you’re talking about a smaller capacity when you’re talking about miniature gardens since you don’t need to keep them outdoors. Not to mention, there are plenty of Easter mini garden stuff available. Nevertheless, mini Easter gardens can come in all different kinds of varieties. One notably common variation is a Resurrection garden which is sort of a tradition in Great Britain since I’ve seen plenty of them in English churches (since the Brits are really into gardening). Now a Resurrection garden is called thus because it features an empty tomb indicating that Jesus has risen from the dead. Since the empty tomb can just involve a small flower pot with rocks at the front or a stone turned, it’s relatively easy mini garden to do. You can also do a garden in an Easter basket as well. So for your reading pleasure, I give you a snapshot into a treasury of mini Easter garden scenes.

  1. A natural Easter basket is sometimes best.

This one has a nice little spring flower scene with a nest of eggs and a bunny statue. So lovely.

2. As we see here, Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God.

Jesus’s cross contains the crown of thorns and a white sash. And the crosses are made from twigs.

3. Always go with a couple Easter eggs in a vibrant grotto.

Because that’s the only way I can tell this is an Easter garden. Though I like the statue and columns.

4. Even the fairies wish you a happy Easter.

They also even like to hang out with little bunnies in baskets. Like the flowery trees.

5. I suppose a moss covered tomb would be more appropriate.

Though I normally don’t imagine it as such since the Holy Land is more or less depicted as a desert. Then again, you have to admire the flowers.

6. How about some flowers among the gravel church path?

Helps if the church is small and in a Tudor style. Makes a quaint garden scene if you’ve ever seen one.

7. Doesn’t hurt to plant a few flowers near the empty tomb.

These empty tomb gardens can range from plain to quite elaborate. But I had to include this one with the flowers.

8. Sometimes moss and rocks are all you need.

Because an empty tomb garden doesn’t require much as far as aesthetics go. Also, you can make crosses with just about any stick you find.

9. Pink and purple flowers have a real spring touch.

Yes, it’s another empty tomb garden. But at least this one has pink and purple flowers. You’ll see a lot of these though.

10. “And they brought him to a place called Golgotha (which means the place of the skull).”

Okay, this is a rather morbid rendition with including a skull. But it’s at least accurate in etymology.

11. An empty tomb scene can always do with a few flowers.

This one has a wood chip path from the crosses to the tomb. Though you’d find a few flower patches.

12. These little lambs love to play among the flowers.

After all, lambs are innocent creatures that Moses demanded to be slaughtered so Hebrew families wouldn’t succumb to the plague of the Firstborn son. And that’s how we get Passover.

13. For Easter, you might want to let some bunnies near your caravan.

Well, Easter bunnies, anyway. Though make sure they’re not some human figures in bunny costumes.

14. “He is not here. He is risen.”

As you can see, they even have Resurrection figurines. Though I wouldn’t say they’re necessary.

15. Sometimes a garden more close to nature comes to mind.

This one appears to be set in a plot at some church. But you can see the moss and flowers nonetheless.

16. For Easter scenes, adding some Easter eggs always helps.

Because nothing says Easter like colored eggs. Also helps if you include bunnies and chicks.

17. A bare Easter tree can always use a few ornaments.

Yet, this one has bunnies instead of Easter eggs as would be the case. Like the flowers and butterfly though.

18. For an empty tomb garden, all you need is a hillside plot.

Though most usually use a flower pot and rocks for the empty tomb. But at least it includes planted flowers.

19. When in doubt, you can always try a nature scene.

This one is taken from a show on the Hallmark Channel. I know that network is famous for its saccharine programming but at least this garden is pretty.

20. Apparently, you’ll find the risen Jesus in this garden.

I don’t know about you. But I kind of like it better when resurrection gardens don’t include action figures.

21. Now this is what I call a real Easter free for all.

This one even has a lit candle, which I’d advise against. However, this is as Easter as it gets without the Christian motifs.

22. Sometimes resurrection scenes are better with peg dolls.

Though I’d advise against it. I think a tomb scene with flowers is sufficient enough.

23. An empty tomb can conveniently fit in an Easter basket.

Not sure if the plants are real. But it seems easy enough to do.

24. An Easter garden can always start small.

These are of mini Easter baskets, by the way. Yet, each has a flower and cute critter to love.

25. An Easter garden can’t go without a few spring touches.

Here you come to an assortment of spring decor that’s expensive as hell. All surrounding a glass stone lake.

26. These little chickies find a haven among flowers.

I think this might be from a basket. Though the chicks and the chocolate eggs give it an Easter touch.

27. With church gardens, you can never have enough plants.

A lot of British churches have these gardens around Easter which can get very elaborate. This one really takes the cake.

28. Spring is a time of new life and new beginnings.

Here we have a lamb and bunny watching some chicks hatch in a nest. So adorable.

29. For English gardens, flowers are all planted in neat and ordered rows.

Not sure if the flowers are real in this. But it nonetheless looks quite stunning to behold.

30. With this garden, it’s Easter eggs galore.

Of course, most of the Easter eggs should be hidden for the kids in the trees. But the ground’s just fine with me.

31. An Easter garden should remind one of an earthly paradise.

Here’s an empty tomb garden with all kinds of flowers in a church. Not sure about the figures here though.

32. A resurrection garden should always be brimming with spring flowers.

As you may see, you can customize a lot of these empty tomb gardens. Yet, the flowers on this one are simply breathtaking.

33. A resurrection garden must lead to much rejoicing.

This one is from a church. And yes, the flowers here certainly bring a smile on your face.

34. A small flower pot makes an ideal empty tomb.

Outside the empty tomb gardens, I found a lot of Easter mini gardens hard to find. So sometimes you have to go with what you can get.

35. If you think flowers are boring, you can always add animals.

Though I don’t think giraffes, tigers, and hippos are native to the Middle East. But to each his own.

36. For outdoor mini gardens, it helps to make a big impression.

This one is from outside a church. And yes, it features an empty tomb of rocks. Love it.

37. Rejoice, for He has risen!

And yet, another resurrection reenactment with peg dolls. Though I think it would be better if we didn’t include Jesus here.

38. For bunnies, Easter is a time of family togetherness.

Still, even in their anthropomorphic outfits, I’d expect there be more bunny family members. Then again, some of them might’ve been eaten already.

39. Nothing says Easter like planting flowers in eggshells.

Not sure how this arrangement can be done. But it seems possible. So pretty.

40. Even Easter bunnies head to church on Easter Sunday.

Well, when you don’t have an empty tomb, a church would do. Though I kind of wish there was a resurrection scene with bunny figures. That would be awesome.

41. Here we come to a fairy near the bunny bench.

Not sure if I’d want to do that. Because bunnies will attack when disturbed.

42. Didn’t know a bunny can live in toadstool house.

Under a toadstool maybe. But inside one, not a chance. Though it’s quite clever.

43. Here we come to 2 bunnies lounging on the patio.

Yet, they somewhat feel drawn to a basket of eggs in an ornate wheelbarrow. Simple yet sublime.

44. These little bunnies just want to enjoy the peaceful meadow.

You can tell this is an Easter garden because it features a cross along with the bunnies. Yet, it’s so adorable.

45. On Easter, I’m sure that Christ will light the way.

You may find candles in these gardens as well. Though I’d advise you to proceed with caution.

46. Perhaps you can spare a dime for a few rabbits.

Because bunnies need to make a living, too. Like the purple flowers though.

47. The Easter Bunny should find this fountain most welcoming.

Might’ve shown this garden before in other mini garden posts. But not with the Easter decorations.

48. In this Easter garden, you’ll find all kinds of eggs.

Even includes a bench with bunnies on it. Though you’d have an easy time finding these eggs in this garden.

49. Sometimes all you need are a couple of Easter bunnies.

This one just uses 2 little bunnies and moss. Adorable, yet so simple.

50. Flowers always mean that the resurrection is upon us.

Kind of makes a great contrast between the solemn Good Friday and the invigorating Easter. Love it.

51. For a resurrection garden, you might want to plant it inside the altar.

Well, that’s a clever way of doing it. The altar makes a nice backdrop. But wonder when they’ll have to clean up once Pentacost is over.

52. Not sure where I can find the tomb on this one.

Though I do admire the flowers and the moss hill of crosses. Then again, maybe we’re not suppose to see the empty tomb on this.

53. Little chicks always belong among the daffodils.

To these chickies, the daffodils almost resemble trees. So cute.

54. For a small patch, an Easter bunny can feel right at home.

You can even put in a few eggs and a bunny statue. Now that’s an Easter garden basket.

55. For Easter, you can’t ask for a more colorful scene like this.

This one includes an Easter house and an Easter egg bridge. But I’m sure the decor doesn’t come cheap.

56. Chicks always like being among the flowers.

Well, they include flowers I’d find at my grandma’s house. But the chickies are simply adorable.

57. With an Easter garden, it helps if you can go all out.

This one is from a Scottish hotel. But I love how it features an Easter egg tree.

58. A resurrection garden should always be outside for all to see.

This one may not have much color. But then again, maybe Easter came early that year.

59. Seems like we’ve come to an Easter garden party.

Perhaps in a forest with cotton candy trees. Though I’m not sure if this uses any real plants.

60. Sometimes there’s nothing like spending Easter on the farm.

This one is part of a set but at least it’s brightly colored and includes bunnies. So cute.

61. You can’t celebrate Easter without including some flowers and butterflies.

This one really gets in the spring of things. Love the beautiful colors.

62. Make sure your empty tomb garden has plenty of moss.

This one doesn’t use a lot. But the stone is certainly turned as it should be.

63. Remember you don’t need crosses to make an empty tomb garden.

After all, they didn’t say Jesus was buried beneath Calvary. Though this resembles more of a hobbit hole.

64. My guess is that you’ll find nothing behind the stone.

As you probably know by now, there’s nothing inside. For Jesus has risen.

65. On some Easter gardens, it’s all about the foliage.

This one has a lot of moss and other plants. But the crosses are of solid wood.

66. For a pond scene, it helps to surround a pool with stones.

Well, at least this one has flowers and succulents. Though this empty tomb garden thing is getting old.

67. An Easter mini garden can never have too many daisies.

This one has a rather sunny disposition. Like the rabbit climbing out of a pot.

68. A large rock can serve as an appropriate tomb.

Helps if it’s hollowed through first. Though at least the rocks match.

69. A fairy garden with Easter eggs and chicks can spring into anything.

Well, this is more of a spring garden than an Easter one. But the chickies and colored eggs are here, anyway.

70. A pixie fairy garden has a pair of pastel houses.

Well, at least it includes bunny on the side. Though the one on the right should’ve had a different color.

71. Leafy plants can really make the garden come alive.

This one uses a square tomb. And the crosses seem rather level for some reason. Doesn’t use too many flowers.

72. As far as I know, this Easter garden is of the zen variety.

Not sure if zen Easter gardens even exist. If they do, this is what they’d look like.

73. I’m sure a carrot house is appropriate rabbit housing.

However, some rabbits might find it hard to resist. Nevertheless, think it’s quite clever.

74. A spring fairy garden must have its own array of flowers.

This one even has its own evergreen tree. Not sure why that’s there. Love the flowers.

75. Sometimes you can make a tomb with just a couple of rocks.

Well, that’s one way of putting it. Still, I doubt the stone is hollow for the emptiness effect.

76. A carrot house is a cozy bunny home, especially on Easter.

This is a cute little Easter garden. Like the little flowers. Think that carrot house is clever.

77. A fairy garden in the spring should be of vibrant color.

Well, this will make a fine Easter garden. Like the little house and stone work.

78. Animals flock to any fairy house.

Well, statue animals anyway. Like the gravel pond of ducks.

79. A spring garden is always meant for the birds.

This is especially if it has a moss roof. Nevertheless, the bluebirds stand out.

80. With these 3 fairy basket gardens, you can make Easter magic.

Okay, maybe they’re not exactly Easter gardens per se. But if you’re no fan of chicks or bunnies, they’ll surely do.

The Enchanting Winter Wonderland of Ice Sculpture (Second Edition)

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Now we’re on to ice sculpture which many of you are probably more familiar with than snow sculpture. Since ice sculpture is used for a lot of things like winter celebrations and weddings. And the sculptures usually tend to be smaller at any rate and usually last longer than their snow counterparts. But if you want to make a gigantic ice palace, make sure you don’t do it in Florida because it won’t last there at all. But though this is the Christmas season, there are plenty of festivals for snow and ice sculpting in January and February. One of the biggest is in China’s International Snow and Ice festival that’s held in Harbin which show some of the most lovely pieces of winter art from all over the world. And from what you see above, this could be easily seen as the ice equivalent to Las Vegas though I think it’s much more beautiful than that. Still, I had plenty of ice sculpture pics left over after doing a post two years ago. So I plan to do one again. Thus, for your reading pleasure this winter, I give you another treasury of ice sculpture.

  1. Nudes are always a popular subject especially on ice.
Remember, parents, if a nude statue looks like this, it's probably safe for the kids. Since it's probably copied from something you see in an art museum.

Remember, parents, if a nude statue looks like this, it’s probably safe for the kids. Since it’s probably copied from something you see in an art museum.

2. There’s nothing more noble than a knight on the ice.

Doesn't hurt if he's lit up in green. Nevertheless, wonder if he's the green knight from Arthurian legend.

Doesn’t hurt if he’s lit up in green. Nevertheless, wonder if he’s the green knight from Arthurian legend.

3. A graceful peacock stands with utmost decorum on his perch.

Of course, he doesn't seem too showy about his feathers. Because he doesn't need to brag how awesome they are.

Of course, he doesn’t seem too showy about his feathers. Because he doesn’t need to brag how awesome they are.

4. Looks like we come across a fierce dragon rider battle.

Think of this scene as something you'd see from How to Train Your Dragon if it was rated R. Yeah, you'd totally see something like this in it if it was.

Think of this scene as something you’d see from How to Train Your Dragon if it was rated R. Yeah, you’d totally see something like this in it if it was.

5. A Christmas tree can always dazzle in white ice.

And this one certainly seems to be for a Christmas celebration. You have to admire the craftsmanship here.

And this one certainly seems to be for a Christmas celebration. You have to admire the craftsmanship here.

6. This ice couple surely seems to be in the Christmas spirit.

Though they kind of look Russian to me. Love the ice tree though.

Though they kind of look Russian to me. Love the ice tree though.

7. Here we come to a cougar on a ledge.

This one could easily be used for my high school reunion. Not that I would care. Nevertheless, I think it's quite lovely.

This one could easily be used for my high school reunion. Not that I would care. Nevertheless, I think it’s quite lovely.

8. An ice coach always shines quite well in a pink light.

Sure it's not quite Cinderella. But it's certainly not too bad. In fact, it's quite fancy.

Sure it’s not quite Cinderella. But it’s certainly not too bad. In fact, it’s quite fancy.

9. The light is always bright on this dancing ice princess.

Unfortunately, it's probably not Anna or Elsa from Frozen either. Still, she's beautiful nevertheless.

Unfortunately, it’s probably not Anna or Elsa from Frozen either. Still, she’s beautiful nevertheless.

10. Perhaps we can have this grasshopper just hop right in.

Yes, they do have ice sculptures for insects. Though it's not what many people would want at their weddings.

Yes, they do have ice sculptures for insects. Though it’s not what many people would want at their weddings.

11. Here you come to a peacock with his feathery display in all his glory.

Helps that he has blue and green lights shining on him. Love the detail, too.

Helps that he has blue and green lights shining on him. Love the detail, too.

12. The New York City skyline doesn’t get more glimmering than this.

Yes, it's a beautiful beacon as you can see. And here we have the Empire State Building standing out.

Yes, it’s a beautiful beacon as you can see. And here we have the Empire State Building standing out.

13. Wonder what he’ll find while looking through his telescope.

Think this is supposed to be Galileo looking through his telescope. Love how it's lit in bright colors.

Think this is supposed to be Galileo looking through his telescope. Love how it’s lit in bright colors.

14. An ice angel always flies gracefully.

Well, certainly looks great transparent anyway. Love the detail on the wings.

Well, certainly looks great transparent anyway. Love the detail on the wings.

15. A wedding ice sculpture should always look festive.

Like I said, you see a lot of these are often used in weddings. This is probably true if both bride and groom are members of the Polar Bear Club.

Like I said, you see a lot of these are often used in weddings. This is probably true if both bride and groom are members of the Polar Bear Club.

16. It’s always nice to hear a bluebird sing.

I think this one is from some Japanese folktale. But I think it's quite beautiful.

I think this one is from some Japanese folktale. But I think it’s quite beautiful.

17. Cupid is always an agent of love with his bow and arrow.

Of course, in Greek myths he looks nothing like this. But people have him depict this way just because the little baby angel motif is cute.

Of course, in Greek myths he looks nothing like this. But people have him depict this way just because the little baby angel motif is cute.

18. The great bear and St. Basil’s are always symbols of pride for Russia.

However, they're also known for hacking other countries' elections and the despotism of Vladimir Putin. It's a pretty unfortunate case.

However, they’re also known for hacking other countries’ elections and the despotism of Vladimir Putin. It’s a pretty unfortunate case.

19. Looks like this chainsaw sculpture is of a chainsaw.

Now that's kind of redundant. I mean who does a chainsaw sculpture of a chainsaw?

Now that’s kind of redundant. I mean who does a chainsaw sculpture of a chainsaw?

20. There’s nothing better on Christmas than a sleigh on ice.

Well, it's surely one to inspire Christmas cheer. But one that's not great for presents.

Well, it’s surely one to inspire Christmas cheer. But one that’s not great for presents.

21. A Native American hunter always carries a bow and arrows.

And she seems quite dangerous to some animals in the forest. Still, very stunning, I'll say.

And she seems quite dangerous to some animals in the forest. Still, very stunning, I’ll say.

22. The mighty moose is a rather humble creature.

And nothing's more iconic than a male moose with his large antlers. Hope it never crosses your path when you're driving.

And nothing’s more iconic than a male moose with his large antlers. Hope it never crosses your path when you’re driving.

23. There’s nothing more vain than an Asian dragon.

Well, Asian dragons aren't like the European ones. But this is quite remarkable to behold when it's against the light.

Well, Asian dragons aren’t like the European ones. But this is quite remarkable to behold when it’s against the light.

24. Ariel on ice is sure to bring you under the sea.

This is obviously from The Little Mermaid. Mostly because Ariel has red hair like this statue.

This is obviously from The Little Mermaid. Mostly because Ariel has red hair like this statue.

25. Fans of Frozen may enjoy this ice sculpture of Kristoff and Sven.

Well, this is the one from Frozen I actually have. And I think it's a good likeness.

Well, this is the one from Frozen I actually have. And I think it’s a good likeness.

26. This ice leopard carries brilliant blue spots.

And what brilliant spots this leopard has indeed. Still, why blue? I would've thought orange or yellow would be better.

And what brilliant spots this leopard has indeed. Still, why blue? I would’ve thought orange or yellow would be better.

27. If you have a more biblical taste, here is an ice sculpture of Jonah and the big fish.

It's more than likely that Jonah was swallowed by a whale not a big fish. But I have to admit, this looks pretty awesome.

It’s more than likely that Jonah was swallowed by a whale not a big fish. But I have to admit, this looks pretty awesome.

28. Under the sea, a mermaid finds a mysterious pearl.

Well, this is a lovely mermaid scene. Not sure why it should be in ice though.

Well, this is a lovely mermaid scene. Not sure why it should be in ice though.

29. An ice nativity scene will make your Christmas a true holy night.

This one has all the touches as you can see. Love how the light shines upon the figures.

This one has all the touches as you can see. Love how the light shines upon the figures. Beautiful.

30. Nothing can be stunning like an ice flock of geese at your path.

Well, this is surely a sight to behold. love the detail on the geese. Lovely.

Well, this is surely a sight to behold. love the detail on the geese. Lovely.

31. A large frozen snowflake is always a beautiful sight.

Great for any winter party you might attend. Love how the light shines upon it.

Great for any winter party you might attend. Love how the light shines upon it.

32. Now this Cinderella ice sculpture seems straight from a fairy tale.

Here we have the prince presenting her with the glass slipper. As to why they remained after the ball while nothing else did, I have no idea.

Here we have the prince presenting her with the glass slipper. As to why they remained after the ball while nothing else did, I have no idea.

33. An angel at a harp is always a heavenly sight to see even in green.

Yes, you see a lot of angels in ice sculpture. Maybe it has something to do with Christmas.

Yes, you see a lot of angels in ice sculpture. Maybe it has something to do with Christmas.

34. A winged archer is ever stellar when immortalized in ice.

Now this is what Cupid, I mean Eros looks more like in Greek mythology. I know people might be pleasantly surprised.

Now this is what Cupid, I mean Eros looks more like in Greek mythology. I know people might be pleasantly surprised.

35. It’s always a lovely sight to see two seahorses bonding together.

Of course, this consists of the female seahorse leaving her eggs in the male and leaving him holding the bag. We're pretty sure it's because producing the eggs is exhausting for her.

Of course, this consists of the female seahorse leaving her eggs in the male and leaving him holding the bag. We’re pretty sure it’s because producing the eggs is exhausting for her.

36. There’s nothing better suited for ice than crystals.

After all, ice crystals also sparkle when you put a light to them. Love this.

After all, ice crystals also sparkle when you put a light to them. Love this.

37. Spider Man fans would be pleased with their favorite web slinger on ice.

And this resulted in fewer injuries than in the Broadway production. Still, this is great.

And this resulted in fewer injuries than in the Broadway production. Still, this is great.

38. Seems like the water froze from that faucet.

Well, at least they put a clever spin. But freezing water from a faucet isn't funny in real life.

Well, at least they put a clever spin. But freezing water from a faucet isn’t funny in real life.

39. How about the sight of an ice bird in a cage?

This is surely stunning. I mean you have to admire how someone could pull this off. It's amazing.

This is surely stunning. I mean you have to admire how someone could pull this off. It’s amazing.

40. Hope you’d like to climb aboard this polar express.

Yes, they have an ice train. And this one seems to resemble an old steam engine.

Yes, they have an ice train. And this one seems to resemble an old steam engine.

41. There’s nothing more graceful than a reindeer encased in ice.

Of course, I had to include a unicorn in this post. Since I didn't have one in the last ice sculpture post I did. Lovely.

Of course, I had to include a unicorn in this post. Since I didn’t have one in the last ice sculpture post I did. Lovely in the purple light.

42. There’s nothing more gallant than an ice stag.

Doesn't hurt if there's bright lights shining through it. Must be used as a Christmas decoration.

Doesn’t hurt if there’s bright lights shining through it. Must be used as a Christmas decoration.

43. A frozen butterfly is a thing of beauty.

I think it would shine brighter in a darker background. But this is good enough.

I think it would shine brighter in a darker background. But this is good enough.

44. This Star Wars ice display is squarely on the Dark Side of the Force.

Yet, it's lit with purple light for some reason. Hope Vader stops the Emperor from gaining ultimate power.

Yet, it’s lit with purple light for some reason. Hope Vader stops the Emperor from gaining ultimate power.

45. You seek Yoda ice.

Excellent likeness, it is. Last it will not.

Excellent likeness, it is. Last it will not.

46. This seashell ice sculpture has plenty of sections.

Well, it's very much like a shell but more translucent. Love it.

Well, it’s very much like a shell but more translucent. Love it.

47. This ice sculpture of an owl will surely be a hoot.

Owls are always pretty neat. Love the detail on the wings.

Owls are always pretty neat. Love the detail on the wings.

48. Nothing makes your meal like an ice Kitchen Aide mixer.

Well, you can't cook with this. But you have to admire how it looks in lights.

Well, you can’t cook with this. But you have to admire how it looks in lights.

49. For Formula 1 fans, you might like to see an ice sculpture of this.

This is an ice sculpture of a Formula 1 race car. It's a kind of auto racing that's popular in Europe, by the way.

This is an ice sculpture of a Formula 1 race car. It’s a kind of auto racing that’s popular in Europe, by the way.

50. Bet you’d never see ice that’s faster than a speeding bullet.

Of course, there's no way I could ignore an ice rendering of the Man of Steel. Yet, it might send your party crashing like in the recent movies.

Of course, there’s no way I could ignore an ice rendering of the Man of Steel. Yet, it might send your party crashing like in the recent movies.

51. A couple like this can only inspire love.

First, I think both of them are naked. Second, let's just say anyone under a certain age will find out when they're older.

First, I think both of them are naked. Second, let’s just say anyone under a certain age will find out when they’re older.

52. Fans of The Lion King will adore this ice sculpture.

Not sure if it's supposed to be Simba or Mufasa. Probably Simba since he's the main character. Not that it matters.

Not sure if it’s supposed to be Simba or Mufasa. Probably Simba since he’s the main character. Not that it matters.

53. A shuttle launch has always helped mankind reach for the stars.

Unfortunately, NASA has retired the shuttle program. However, at least space geeks could appreciate this ice statue.

Unfortunately, NASA has retired the shuttle program. However, at least space geeks could appreciate this ice statue.

54. This ice sculpture brings in the spirit of the Winter Olympics.

This was at the Alberta snow and ice festival in 2014. Vancouver had their Olympics that year.

This was at the Alberta snow and ice festival in 2014. Vancouver had their Olympics that year.

55. A lovely harp should always have a beautiful bird on top.

Well, this is surely beautiful if you ask me. The bird is incredibly stunning.

Well, this is surely beautiful if you ask me. The bird is incredibly stunning.

56. A woman would have to be brave to ride on such a ferocious beast.

Not sure what kind of creature it's supposed to be. But whatever it is, it looks awesome.

Not sure what kind of creature it’s supposed to be. But whatever it is, it looks awesome.

57. A porcupine ice sculpture has plenty of shiny quills.

You have to admire the craftsmanship on this. Because I'm sure getting those quills out isn't easy to carve.

You have to admire the craftsmanship on this. Because I’m sure getting those quills out isn’t easy to carve.

58. An ice Empire State Building never fails to impress.

Nothing says New York City like it's most iconic building. Unless you count the Statue of Liberty.

Nothing says New York City like it’s most iconic building. Unless you count the Statue of Liberty.

59. An ice maiden with her own column is simply a goddess.

Then again, she's probably a Hindu goddess from what I can tell from her features. But it's nonetheless incredible.

Then again, she’s probably a Hindu goddess from what I can tell from her features. But it’s nonetheless incredible.

60. Don’t like seahorses? How about a hippocampus?

Well, a hippocamus unicorn. It's basically a mermaid version of a horse if you get my drift.

Well, a hippocamus unicorn. It’s basically a mermaid version of a horse if you get my drift.

The Enchanting Winter Wonderland of Snow Sculpture (Second Edition)

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Moving on to snow sculpture which is another seasonal art form. Yet, unlike building a snowman, building a snow sculpture in my area is almost impossible. Unless the sculpture is quite small. But that’s nothing compared to snow sculptures in other parts of the world where they host such events during the winter months. Because western PA doesn’t have the kind of weather for this. Nevertheless, I did a snow sculpture post two years ago and have plenty of pictures left over from it. Since I found a lot of examples of elaborate snow sculpture. And this was before I started using Pinterest. So for your reading pleasure, I give you another assortment of snow sculptures that will make your snowman seem tame in comparison. Hope you enjoy it on a snowy day like I have at home.

  1. What’s better than a ship in a bottle? How about a snow ship in a snow bottle?
Not sure how much it took to make it. But it's nonetheless incredible to see.

Not sure how much it took to make it. But it’s nonetheless incredible to see.

2. With horses like these, it’s hard to think they’re not real.

Well, they certainly blend in with the landscape. At any rate, they're certainly stunning.

Well, they certainly blend in with the landscape. At any rate, they’re certainly stunning.

3. Seems like someone is clinging to a lamp post today.

Seems like the dog couldn't resist following him. What's a poor animal to do?

Seems like the dog couldn’t resist following him. What’s a poor animal to do?

4. Wouldn’t you think it strange to see a dolphin on the pavement?

I would certainly say so. But this dolphin is made from snow so it's nothing to worry about.

I would certainly say so. But this dolphin is made from snow so it’s nothing to worry about.

5. Don’t mind the farmer. He’s just milking his cow.

And it has the dogs look on. Don't worry, he'll get to them soon enough. Though he won't milk them.

And it has the dogs look on. Don’t worry, he’ll get to them soon enough. Though he won’t milk them.

6. The Caped Crusader never abandons Gotham City, especially during the winter.

This Batman snow sculpture certainly looks huge. Then again, he does have an imposing presence.

This Batman snow sculpture certainly looks huge. Then again, he does have an imposing presence. At least he’s not battling a shark.

7. Can’t imagine to see a polar bear at a pipe organ.

Now that looks incredibly strange. But quite fitting if it pertains to snow and winter.

Now that looks incredibly strange. But quite fitting if it pertains to snow and winter.

8. With one piece of snow, one can carve a block of roses.

So far as they know their way around with a snow blower. At any rate, this is amazing.

So far as they know their way around with a snow blower. At any rate, this is amazing.

9. Didn’t think a sphnix would go for a hat like that.

Of course, you'd find no such thing on a Sphnix in Egypt. So it's more of a unique artistic expression here.

Of course, you’d find no such thing on a Sphinx in Egypt. So it’s more of a unique artistic expression here.

10. Even in the cold, you can find so many animals at the zoo.

This is a zoo snow sculpture by the way. Yet, all the animals are in rich detail. So see for yourself.

This is a zoo snow sculpture by the way. Yet, all the animals are in rich detail. So see for yourself.

11. “Well, I ain’t scared of no grizzly bear.”

That's a good example of famous last words as far as this scene is concerned. Please tell me this is a tribute to Hugo Glass from the Revenant.

That’s a good example of famous last words as far as this scene is concerned. Please tell me this is a tribute to Hugo Glass from the Revenant.

12. A wolf always stands on all legs to howl.

Well, this wolf is in a more geometric carving design. But it's still quite a sight to be seen.

Well, this wolf is in a more geometric carving design. But it’s still quite a sight to be seen.

13. Bet you never saw a puffer fish like this before.

Yes, puffer fish might look adorable to look at. But don't frighten them since they're all covered in spikes.

Yes, puffer fish might look adorable to look at. But don’t frighten them since they’re all covered in spikes.

14. My guess this is a scene from Moby Dick.

Because it seems to involve harpooning a whale in a book. Still, Captain Ahab is a guy you wouldn't want to work for at all.

Because it seems to involve harpooning a whale in a book. Still, Captain Ahab is a guy you wouldn’t want to work for at all.

15. Can you take a look at these giant snow shoes?

Well, tennis shoes aren't great for snowy weather. But these certainly take the cake in sculpture.

Well, tennis shoes aren’t great for snowy weather. But these certainly take the cake in sculpture.

16. This seems to be a fitting tribute to any ice queen.

Well, an ice sculpture would be more like it. But a snow sculpture is good enough.

Well, an ice sculpture would be more like it. But a snow sculpture is good enough.

17. How could the lights be on in this snow car?

My guess is that they built a snow car around the car. At any rate, it's quite creative.

My guess is that they built a snow car around the car. At any rate, it’s quite creative.

18. This little snow piggie is almost impossible to resist.

You have to admire its cute little eyes and snout. Still, pigs can be quite nasty creatures if they're in a bad mood.

You have to admire its cute little eyes and snout. Still, pigs can be quite nasty creatures if they’re in a bad mood.

19. Here we go to Snoopy relaxing in the snow.

Though he usually rests on top of his dog house. But this is quite a snow sculpture I had to put on this post.

Though he usually rests on top of his dog house. But this is quite a snow sculpture I had to put on this post.

20. Nothing seems to have grandeur during the winter like a dragon.

Yes, this is quite the magnificent dragon to behold. Just have to admire the wings. Stunning.

Yes, this is quite the magnificent dragon to behold. Just have to admire the wings. Stunning.

21. Seems like someone left behind their canoe.

Then again, it seems to resemble a kayak. And it appears Indian made in the US.

Then again, it seems to resemble a kayak. And it appears Indian made in the US.

22. Hope you find yourself at a nice warm fire at this cozy cabin.

Okay, it's made out of snow and won't make you warm or cozy. But it has a lot of great artistic detail.

Okay, it’s made out of snow and won’t make you warm or cozy. But it has a lot of great artistic detail.

23. This shrine brings in the glory of the Olympic Games.

Since it's said to be from the Harbin festival, my guess is it's from 2008. When China hosted the games in Beijing that's famous for it's high rate of air pollution.

Since it’s said to be from the Harbin festival, my guess is it’s from 2008. When China hosted the games in Beijing that’s famous for it’s high rate of air pollution.

24. A unicorn always looks magical in the winter.

This one was made in someone's yard. And it's topped with an ice horn for good measure.

This one was made in someone’s yard. And it’s topped with an ice horn for good measure.

25. Take what you may but you have to admire Lady Liberty’s sense of humor.

Well, she can be quite the tease. Still, this is a rather amusing snow sculpture if you ask me.

Well, she can be quite the tease. Still, this is a rather amusing snow sculpture if you ask me.

26. An snow sculpture like this shows the glory of China.

I showed part of this sculpture in a post 2 years ago just for the winged horses. But yes, this is certainly for China.

I showed part of this sculpture in a post 2 years ago just for the winged horses. But yes, this is certainly for China.

27. Fat Buddha sits proudly on his snow throne.

Or is it Budai who's often mistaken for Buddha? At any rate, you can tell it's from an Asian nation.

Or is it Budai who’s often mistaken for Buddha? At any rate, you can tell it’s from an Asian nation.

28. A Japanese pagoda snow castle always shines in the night through light.

Well, it's certainly a stunning sight to see. But yes, this is a Japanese castle.

Well, it’s certainly a stunning sight to see. But yes, this is a Japanese castle.

29. Never thought I’d ever see a large lobster like that in the winter.

Another sculpture done in someone's yard. Now this is just insane from how I see it. This is especially since it's red.

Another sculpture done in someone’s yard. Now this is just insane from how I see it. This is especially since it’s red.

30. This headless angel is surely a sight to behold.

Well, this is a rendition of a Nike sculpture. And by that I mean the Greek goddess, not the shoe. Not sure what happened to her head.

Well, this is a rendition of a Nike sculpture. And by that I mean the Greek goddess, not the shoe. Not sure what happened to her head.

31. This sailor seems oddly calm just above a shark.

I hope this isn't a tribute to Jaws. Because I have an idea what will happen to that guy if it is.

I hope this isn’t a tribute to Jaws. Because I have an idea what will happen to that guy if it is.

32. A Chinese dragon looks no more magical than in the snow.

Yes, the Chinese surely have elaborate dragons in their artwork and celebrations. This one is no exception.

Yes, the Chinese surely have elaborate dragons in their artwork and celebrations. This one is no exception.

33. Think of this is Jurassic Park on ice.

Well, in snow sculpture form anyway. Chances are, T-Rex messed with the wrong triceratops.

Well, in snow sculpture form anyway. Chances are, T-Rex messed with the wrong triceratops.

34. Not sure where her skin ends or where her dress begins.

It's as if she rises from the snow almost organically. That can't be right since she's obviously carved from a block on a pavement.

It’s as if she rises from the snow almost organically. That can’t be right since she’s obviously carved from a block on a pavement.

35. Nobody could ever resist this little snow bear.

Almost seems like a polar Winnie the Pooh. Still, it's so cute you just want to give it a hug.

Almost seems like a polar Winnie the Pooh. Still, it’s so cute you just want to give it a hug.

36. Someone must’ve messed with the wrong shark.

Yeah, chances are you'll never see that swimmer again. Wonder why I see so many snow sharks.

Yeah, chances are you’ll never see that swimmer again. Wonder why I see so many snow sharks.

37. A horse can get you through a lot of rough places.

But spook the one you're riding and you're as good as dead. Still, not sure what the horse is doing here.

But spook the one you’re riding and you’re as good as dead. Still, not sure what the horse is doing here.

38. Santa Claus always loves to see the little children.

Well, I had to include Santa here somehow since it's the middle of December. But not sure what to make from this one.

Well, I had to include Santa here somehow since it’s the middle of December. But not sure what to make from this one.

39. This snow frontiersman explores the West.

The American ones always seem to have a certain folk style about them. Not exactly sure why.

The American ones always seem to have a certain folk style about them. Not exactly sure why.

40. Here we come to a castle tower sitting above talking trees.

Well, that's a bit strange. Then again, maybe it's an artistic rendition of Isengard. That might explain a lot.

Well, that’s a bit strange. Then again, maybe it’s an artistic rendition of Isengard. That might explain a lot.

41. A snow swirl seems rather abstract.

For me such snow sculpture pieces are only of decorative value. But it's quite interesting to see nevertheless.

For me such snow sculpture pieces are only of decorative value. But it’s quite interesting to see nevertheless.

42. Never saw a rose window tower by itself before.

This is another abstract piece. But it's a beautiful one to see if you get my drift.

This is another abstract piece. But it’s a beautiful one to see if you get my drift.

43. This little bear wants to take your picture.

Well, I'm sure cuteness factors in to this bear with a camera set up. But I know many of my viewers would enjoy looking at it.

Well, I’m sure cuteness factors in to this bear with a camera set up. But I know many of my viewers would enjoy looking at it.

44. A barge hauler’s work is hard as the day is long.

This is called "Barge Haulers on the Volga" and it's certainly made by a Russian artist. Not sure if this is from a painting or what.

This is called “Barge Haulers on the Volga” and it’s certainly made by a Russian artist. Not sure if this is from a painting or what.

45. Try roasting marshmallows over this open fire.

Okay, it would probably not go anywhere. But still, a snow fire is quite awesome.

Okay, it would probably not go anywhere. But still, a snow fire is quite awesome.

46. In case you couldn’t find a more snowy tribute to man’s best friend.

Yes, it almost looks like a giant bull dog. Still, let's hope the artist isn't one of those obsessive pet owners.

Yes, it almost looks like a giant bull dog. Still, let’s hope the artist isn’t one of those obsessive pet owners.

47. It takes two hands to make a heart.

This one uses two giant hands made out of snow. But it's guaranteed to warm your heart.

This one uses two giant hands made out of snow. But it’s guaranteed to warm your heart.

48. Ever thought about climbing aboard a giant turtle?

Well, you can surely climb aboard this large snow turtle. You read that right. Nevertheless, it's incredible.

Well, you can surely climb aboard this large snow turtle. You read that right. Nevertheless, it’s incredible.

49. We all should know how Rapunzel lets down her hair.

Well, she does have a very long strand that she keeps in a braid so it won't get tangled. Though she must be lonely in that tower.

Well, she does have a very long strand that she keeps in a braid so it won’t get tangled. Though she must be lonely in that tower.

50. There’s nothing as magnificent as a glorious owl carved from snow.

Now that's a beautiful owl as I can see. Love the detail on the wings.

Now that’s a beautiful owl as I can see. Love the detail on the wings.

51. Can there ever be anything more graceful than two eagles in flight?

Not exactly sure what these eagles are doing (though I bet it's some mating ritual). Still, this is such a magnificent work of art.

Not exactly sure what these eagles are doing (though I bet it’s some mating ritual). Still, this is such a magnificent work of art.

52. Here we have penguins all in a row.

I don't think that's a penguin parent and chicks. Because as far as I know they only have one a year in Antarctica. A puffin family makes a bit more sense.

I don’t think that’s a penguin parent and chicks. Because as far as I know they only have one a year in Antarctica. A puffin family makes a bit more sense.

53. Wonder what that moose is looking for.

Let me guess, food, a mate, or somewhere to avoid a bear. Yet, he also drinks from a mug.

Let me guess, food, a mate, or somewhere to avoid a bear. Yet, he also drinks from a mug.

54. Wonder what’s cooking in this witch’s brew.

Not sure what it is. But my best guess is nothing you see from Harry Potter.

Not sure what it is. But my best guess is nothing you see from Harry Potter.

55. A Shinto shrine is always simple but elegant.

Well, it certainly resembles a Shinto shrine as far as I'm concerned. But it does have a dash of simplicity to it.

Well, it certainly resembles a Shinto shrine as far as I’m concerned. But it does have a dash of simplicity to it.

56. When there’s trouble, it’s Buzz Lightyear to the rescue.

Like how he has an ice helmet. Still, this is gigantic from what I see here.

Like how he has an ice helmet. Still, this is gigantic from what I see here.

57. An elephant always protects her calves.

Well, her calves and her family calves as well. Nevertheless, while female elephants are relatively calm, don't mess with them.

Well, her calves and her family calves as well. Nevertheless, while female elephants are relatively calm, don’t mess with them.

58. A snow angel stands out with flowers any day.

Well, this snow angel does. Though flowers are an odd choice for a winter motif.

Well, this snow angel does. Though flowers are an odd choice for a winter motif.

59. This Russian snow sculpture shows two glorious birds.

One of these has to be the firebird. Not exactly sure which one. Love the castle though.

One of these has to be the firebird. Not exactly sure which one. Love the castle though.

60. Snow totem poles always look spectacular.

And I can't argue with that. Still, love what's surrounding these snow poles. Stunning.

And I can’t argue with that. Still, love what’s surrounding these snow poles. Stunning.

Frosty the Snowman and His Friends (Second Edition)

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Since snow has now come to my area with freezing temperatures, I thought it wouldn’t be more appropriate than to do some second edition posts on snowy creations. After all, though it might be the holiday season, the snow and ice will be with us for awhile. And next month, the US will say goodbye to President Barack Obama and make way for a series of unfortunate events. Besides, winter stuff is kind of expected in December since it’s the Christmas season. Anyway, though it might not be appropriate weather to build a snowman where I live, that’s not to mean they don’t pose a significance during the winter. After all, seeing one at a lawn will put a smile on your face. But as I know from two years ago, there are plenty of people who build snowmen with their own unique spin. And for your reading pleasure today, I give you another treasure trove of Frosty’s friends guaranteed to melt your heart. Because there are some things worth melting for as Olaf would say in Frozen.

  1. Funny how I found this one up a tree.
What's he hiding from? What's he doing up there? And when will he get down?

What’s he hiding from? What’s he doing up there? And when will he get down?

2. This guy seems like a real square when you see him.

Since he's made from snow blocks. But over time he'll get a bit round around the edges before eventually melting into a puddle.

Since he’s made from snow blocks. But over time he’ll get a bit round around the edges before eventually melting into a puddle.

3. This snowman just wants to enjoy a day at the park with the kid.

You have to like how they put the snow kid in the little swing seat. That's so adorable.

You have to like how they put the snow kid in the little swing seat. That’s so adorable.

4. This woman decided to build a snowman to honor her special friend.

Unfortunately, her special four legged friend doesn't seem too amused by her snow dog creation. Still, it's a work of genius.

Unfortunately, her special four legged friend doesn’t seem too amused by her snow dog creation. Still, it’s a work of genius.

5. You can never pile enough snowballs to make a snowman.

This is supposed to be the Cat in the Hat from Dr. Seuss. However, I tend to think otherwise despite the goofy Seuss hat.

This is supposed to be the Cat in the Hat from Dr. Seuss. However, I tend to think otherwise despite the goofy Seuss hat.

6. Seems like this snow sheik has taken to some destructive habit.

Yes, he's taken to hookah all right, which is a kind of tobacco smoking. And yes, it's bad for you. But stereotypes aside, this is hilarious.

Yes, he’s taken to hookah all right, which is a kind of tobacco smoking. And yes, it’s bad for you. But stereotypes aside, this is hilarious.

7. This snow couple knows how to get the job done.

This may be seen as a cute snow couple. But I like how the snow lady wears her dress and carries a rolling pin. And how the snowman wears a pot for on his head.

This may be seen as a cute snow couple. But I like how the snow lady wears her dress and carries a rolling pin. And how the snowman wears a pot for on his head.

8. This military snowman knows how to lock and load.

If this guy wasn't dressed as a soldier, I'd feel very uncomfortable. Because I don't see assault rifles as a civilian weapon at all.

If this guy wasn’t dressed as a soldier, I’d feel very uncomfortable. Because I don’t see assault rifles as a civilian weapon at all.

9. This cowpoke doesn’t mind being snowed in.

In fact, he kind of prefers it in the pasture. Still, love how he has cowboy boots. This is great.

In fact, he kind of prefers it in the pasture. Still, love how he has cowboy boots. This is great.

10. What you mean a snowman can’t breathe fire?

Now that is something I need to see. Because we all know what happens to snowmen near flames.

Now that is something I need to see. Because we all know what happens to snowmen near flames.

11. Who wants to ride in a wheelbarrow?

Sure it might require stuff from your garden shed like a wheelbarrow. But I have to admit this is adorable.

Sure it might require stuff from your garden shed like a wheelbarrow. But I have to admit this is adorable.

12. The Mexican bandito snowman has come from south of the border.

I know this may offend some people like the "stinkin' badges" part of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. But c'mon, you can't blame him from getting out of a place with winters above freezing.

I know this may offend some people like the “stinkin’ badges” part of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. But c’mon, you can’t blame him from getting out of a place with winters above freezing.

13. Nothing beats a day at the patio.