Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

Laughing Kookaburra Kingfisher (Dacelo novaeguineae) of Australia

Do you love Kingfisher? I am not talking about the Kingfisher some Indians fly on, or the calendar for which some women buy a lot of lingerie with the hope that they will be on its next edition. I started this article this way, because I asked the same question to a few friends in […]

Rosa Barkarole: Free red rose flower wallpaper

Rosa Barkarole: free red rose flower wallpaper 1600 x 1200

For those who love red rose flowers, and especially those who are looking for beautiful desktop wallpapers featuring red roses, here is a beautiful flower of the variety Rosa Barkarole. Rosa Barkarole is developed by cross-breeding Hybrid Tea Roses with Hybrid Perpetual Roses. Rosa Barkarole is a hardy garden rose cultivar believed to have been […]

Taj Mahal, the symbol of eternal love

Taj Mahal, free wallpaper size 1600 x 1200

The Taj Mahal, considered the symbol of eternal love, is a mausoleum in Agra, India. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631 at the birth of their 14th child. The Taj Mahal was one of the Seven Wonders of the World, […]

Aphrodite of Menophantos, marble statue of Capitoline Venus

Marble statue Aphrodite of Menophantos - Capitoline Venus

The Aphrodite of Menophantos is a marble statue of the Capitoline Venus (type: Venus Pudica), signed by the Greek sculptor Menophantos in 1st century BC, found at the Camaldolese monastery of San Gregorio Magno al Celio (aka San Gregorio al Celio or simply San Gregorio), a church in Rome. The Camaldolese coenobites occupy the church […]

Amedeo Modigliani: the saddest life of one of the most expensive artists of modern times

Portrait of Amedeo Modigliani (1919) oil painting by French artist Jeanne Hébuterne

It is sometimes hard to believe that some of the artists, whose works are now counted as the most expensive paintings in the world, once lived hand-to-mouth lives during their lifetimes. They are often referred to as ‘struggling artists’ and, sadly, many of them had died poverty-stricken, after a lifetime of hard work, without earning […]

The most expensive paintings in the world

Free photo: Diana and Actaeon (1556-1559) oil painting by Titian

Which is the most expensive painting in the world? Well, I must confess that I can’t say for sure. But, I can refer you to a list of most expensive paintings published by Wikipedia. While I was searching for some information on the price of oil paintings, and other related facts, I came across a […]

White Indian Peacock: Pavo cristatus

White Indian Peacock (Pavo cristatus), at Jardin des Plantes, Paris, wallpaper

Have you ever seen a white peafowl? Yes, possibly, if you have visited zoological gardens or similar sites where birds and animals are generally housed and looked after. It is very rare in the wild. I have seen some of them in zoos. The first photo in this post shows a leucistic white peafowl that […]

Gabrielle Diamond by Gabi Tolkowsky

Round Gabrielle Diamond, 3.17ct, by Gabi Tolkowsky

What you see in the photo here is the Gabrielle Diamond (Round, 3.17 carats) created by the world renowned master diamond cutter Gabriel S. ‘Gabi’ Tolkowsky. Tolkowsky created Gabrielle Diamond, the world’s first triple brilliant cut diamond, combining his experience and techniques used in cutting and polishing of De Beers Centenary Diamond (273.85 carats/ 54.77 […]

Mussaenda erythrophylla, the colorful garden plant

Flower of the plant Mussaenda erythrophylla, or Mosantha, the colorful garden plant

The flower that you see in the picture is the inflorescence of the plant Mussaenda erythrophylla, mostly found in African countries such as Ghana, Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Tanganyika, Nigeria, Uganda, Sudan, Togo, Zaire, Cameroon, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, and in several other parts of tropical Africa. This photo was taken by me […]

Hybrid Tea Rose Flower: Free Wallpaper-size Photo

Hybrid Tea Rose Flower: Free photo of wallpaper-size 1280 x 960

At one time or the other in your life you must have fallen in love with Rose. If you are so hard-hearted to say, “No”, you are most probably lying. OK, let us believe that there are some people who just do not love roses, no need to tell others why. But even to that […]