High Above the River Uvac in Serbia.

r10Color it Green: Lovely, Curvaceous River Uvac in Serbia.
This light-green beauty is located in Special Nature Reserve Uvac, namely the Uvac Canyon, which is also known for being a habitat of huge Griffon Vultures, which can have a wingspan of almost three meters.
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The Griffon Vulture is 93–122 cm long with a 2.3–2.8 m wingspan. In the nominate race the males weigh 6.2 to 10.5 kg and females typically weigh 6.5 to 11.3 kg. Hatched naked, it is a typical Old World vulture in appearance, with a very white head, very broad wings and short tail feathers. It has a white neck ruff and yellow bill. The buff body and wing coverts contrast with the dark flight feathers.
Like other vultures, it is a scavenger, feeding mostly from carcasses of dead animals which it finds by soaring over open areas, often moving in flocks. It establishes nesting colonies in cliffs that are undisturbed by humans while coverage of open areas and availability of dead animals within dozens of kilometers of these cliffs is high. It grunts and hisses at roosts or when feeding on carrion.
The maximum recorded lifespan of the Griffon Vulture is 41.4 years for an individual in captivity. (via Wikipedia)
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‘Dollhouse’ by Amandine Urruty.

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Between her colorful street art creations and her graphite on paper illustrations, the talented French artist Amandine Urruty reveals an incredible dreamlike universe, populated by fantastical creatures, hidden meanings, symbols and references to pop culture or mythology.
Some beautiful and very detailed artworks that will tickle your imagination as much as your analytical skills!
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Why Mediaeval Europeans Slept Inside Boxes.

A box bed in Austria. Photocredit: Wolfgang Sauber/Wikimedia Commons.
For much of human history, privacy during bedtime was an alien concept.
Many poor families lived in small houses, where there was only one or two rooms, the larger of which functioned as bedroom and living room both shared by every occupant of the house, including any guests. Even in large houses and palaces, it was not uncommon for servants to sleep in the same room as the master’s.
When King Henry V bedded Catherine of Valois, writes Bill Bryson both his steward and chamberlain were present in the room. In such circumstances, bed curtains provided a little privacy.
But if you wanted true privacy, you had to sleep in a box bed. In many rural homes in Scotland, France and parts of Netherlands and UK, people slept in box beds, which were essentially large wooden cupboards with a bed inside and doors to shut others out.
Some box beds were free-standing furniture; others were built into recesses and attached to the structure of the house. Instead of door panels, some were equipped with curtains, which when drawn across created a nice and cozy, semi-private cabin.
Aside from privacy, the small enclosed space of the box bed trapped body heat keeping the sleeping person warm during winter. It’s alsopossible that the beds offered some degree of protection against intruders, especially wolves and other animals, that might have entered the house.
It has been suggested that peasants kept their children inside box beds while they went to work in the fields. According to the Encyclopedia of Cottage, Farmhouse and Villa Architecture and Furniture, first published in 1833, many box beds had “a shelf, and sometimes two, fixed to the inside of the bottom of the bed, just above the bedclothes; and sometimes there is one at top, close under the roof.
There are also sometimes one or two shelves against the back of the bed; so that this piece of furniture no only serves as a bed, but as a wardrobe and linen chest.
The encyclopedia entry continues: “In some parts of the country the bed doors fix within by bolts, or have a lock to fasten them on the outside; so that a person going to bed, with all his treasure round him on the surrounding shelves, may secure it while he is asleep at night, or going out to work in the daytime, by bolting or locking the doors.
They eventually became a fashionable piece of furniture, and even larger houses with multiple bedrooms and no pressing need for privacy began to have them. Many 18th century cabinet-makers designed secret box-beds disguised as wardrobes or sideboards, or hidden behind rows of bookshelves and drawers.
Box-beds fell out of use starting from the 19th century with rising concerns for hygiene and stale air, but in many parts in Scotland, the practice of sleeping in box beds continued well into the 1900s.
Source: Why Mediaeval Europeans Slept Inside Boxes | Amusing Planet

Salina Turda Theme Park.

salina-turda-5[6]Salina Turda is an old salt mine located deep underground in the town of Turda in Romania.
Salt was first extracted here during the antiquity and the mine continuously produced table salt from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century.
The extraction was stopped in 1932, after which the mines served various functions like bomb shelter during WWII and cheese storage.
In 1992, the mine was opened to the public and turned into a museum cum amusement park with bowling lanes, amphitheater, mini golf, a ferris wheel, spa and even an underground lake with boating facilities.
The elevators that were once used to transport salt now ferries people around.
Strategically installed lights accentuate the textured surface.
One of the most prominent features is a panoramic wheel that lets tourists see the stalagmites that have formed over the cave’s 1000-year history.
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The museum actually includes three mines: the Terezia mine reaches the deepest at 120 meters followed by the Anton mine at 108 meters and the Rudolf mine at 42 meters, supported by various rooms and smaller chambers used during its operational days.
The rooms are massive in size and were excavated all by hand which makes their size even more impressive.
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‘Mountains’ by Karol Nienartowicz.

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I am Karol Nienartowicz and I’m a 29-year old photographer from Poland. I was born in Jelenia Góra, a small town in the south-western part of the country, and now I live in Gdansk.
I still recall one particular day in summer of 2003, when my mom took me on my first mountain trip. I saw that heart-breathing beauty of mountains and I quickly wanted to share this feeling with other people!
Thus, I took my photo camera on my next trip. Since that moment, I’ve photographed mountains, combining photography with my great passion for traveling.
I spend several dozens of days per year hiking in mountains, during which I overcome up to 1,000 miles of trails. I’ve visited and photographed more than 20 European countries.
I’ve photographed the Polish, Slovakian, Romanian and Ukrainian Carpathians, the Alps in Switzerland, France, Austria, Italy, Germany and Slovenia, the mountains of Albania, Bosnia and Macedonia and Scottish Grampian.
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Nevertheless, my greatest passion are photographic expeditions to the highest European mountains – the Alps.
During these wild trips I sleep in a tent that I always set in places with outstanding scenery, often remote and difficult to reach, where I can take pictures of sunrises and sunsets.
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