While visiting Florence, Italy at the Uffizi Gallery I was Inspired by Italian painter Sandro Botticelli from the mid-1490's of his painting "The Birth of Venus"... this is a watercolor and pen & ink of the goddess Venus' face.
Visiting Florence Italy I fell in love with the historical architecture and this is a digital painting of an original photograph that I took while exploring this enchanting city.
The Great Synagogue of Florence or Tempio Maggiore is one of the largest synagogues in South-central Europe, situated in Florence, in Italy. Layers of travertine and granite alternate in the masonry, creating a striped effect.
The unique stripes of zebras make them one of the animals most familiar to people. There are three species of zebras. The name "zebra" in English dates back to c. 1600, from the Italian word zebra. But its ultimate origin is uncertain, but perhaps it may come from Latin equiferus meaning "wild horse". While visiting in Tanzania I was able to view these beautiful animals in the wild.
Early morning sunrise over a still pond reflecting the silhouettes of the misty trees and the morning fog.
Eilean Donan is part of the Kintail National Scenic Area, one of 40 in Scotland. Eilean Donan, which means simply "island of Donnán", is named after Donnán of Eigg, a Celtic saint martyred in 617. Donnán is said to have established a church on the island, though no trace of this remains. The castle was founded in the thirteenth century, and became a stronghold of the Clan Mackenzie and their allies the Clan Macrae. In the early eighteenth century, the Mackenzies' involvement in the Jacobite rebellions led in 1719 to the castle's destruction by government ships. Lieutenant-Colonel John Macrae-Gilstrap's twentieth-century reconstruction of the ruins produced the present buildings.