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Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos has been at 5 events

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Michael Muraz26,117It's more than time for a second episode of the European Photo Show with +Ugo Cei and +Michael Muraz!Discover some of Europe's finest photographers through their images, but also through their lives, their genres, their city and their best spots.This week we are welcoming +Athena Carey, +Julia Anna Gospodarou, +Michael Diblicek and +Andy Bitterer for a show around Long Exposure Photography. We'll discover each photographer and their long exposure universe and they will share their latest images.Join us next Thursday at 8PM CET! Please share the event and invite as many people as possible.European Photo Show #22013-05-30 20:00:00162G+
Michael Muraz26,117Here comes the first European Photo Show with +Michael Muraz and +Ugo Cei!Discover some of Europe's finest photographers through their images, but also through their lives, their genres, their city and their best spots.Every two weeks, on Thursday at 8PM CET, tune in to hear what's happening on Google+ and everywhere in Europe. Find out about all the events, the photowalks and everything around the European Photo theme.For this first Episode, we are glad to welcome four guests: +helen sotiriadis, +Andy Gray, +Luca Cesari and +Charles Lupica. We'll be talking about European Photo and about these 4 great photographers' work and life.Join us on Thursday at 8PM CET! Please share the event and invite as many people as possible.European Photo Show #12013-05-09 20:00:00196G+
Visit Greece1,349,352                     *Athens welcomes Christmas and celebrates.*  The city of Athens becomes overflowed with light and turns each day into a party.Streets, squares and multipurpose centres will host music events, children’s events but also actions of solidarity.Music, theatre, dance and carols will entertain young and old alike. With their inventiveness, clowns, acrobats, jugglers and elves will capture your imagination. Fairy tales will come to life and even puppets at the puppet theatre will delight everyone.Also, don’t miss the chance to make free rides on ice at the skating rink of 200 sqm at Syntagma Square.All Days In Week: Dates: 11/12/2012 – 05/01/2013 Venue: Various places in the city of Athens.Municipality of Athens Christmas in Athens2012-12-11 20:00:0056G+
European Photo87,498Come join +European Photo  #EuropeanPhoto  and +Charles Lupica +Janusz Brakoniecki +Jean-Louis LAURENCE +Manuella Betaille +Manuel Votta +Michael Muraz and +Susanne Ramharter for our first event. Please tag your images with #EuropeanAutumn  and #EuropeanPhotography  - no other tag is needed but you can mention one or more curators if you like.This event is for sharing images that say "autumn in Europe" or "Autumn festival".  In Europe many of the biggest festivals of the year take place in September, October, and Novemeber.  In September and October there are many "harvest festivals" such as the Fete des Vendanges in Neuchatel Switzerlland or perhaps you went to the Octoberfest in Germany?  Both Europa Parc and Disneyland Paris put on extensive Halloween themes.  So this weekend, Friday to Sunday, pleass join our event and share with us your images of autumn in Europe.  We would especially like to see images that show autumn in classic European cites or landscapes, like this image of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lavaux, Switzerland.Image credit: +Charles Lupica © All rights reserved.European Color and Festivals2012-10-26 00:00:00377G+
Mountain Photos6,4831st Mountain Photos Contest Open for @104595645252059205464 Theme Page FollowersLet's have some fun, people!Theme: Mountain PhotosRules: In order to participate you need to be a follower (circler) of +Mountain Photos Theme Page. You can upload maximum three (3) entries of your own captures. New or published all mountain photos are accepted. If anyone does not abide by the rules, his work will be removed from the event without being rated.Durations: The images can be submitted until August 8th, Wednesday 1 pm (GMT). Then the event is closed and voting phase continues.The jury is the audience. Voting is open from the beginning until August 15th, Wednesday morning 1 pm (GMT). During this period anyone can vote by a +1 to his favorite picture.Results: At the end of voting, the current state of the votes will be noted and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be announced to public the same day. Circle of "Mountain Photos Contest Participants" will also be shared publicly.Good Luck!Cheers,@110677398294417149146 Curator of @104595645252059205464 http://gplus.to/mountainphotosPS. Feel free to reshare this event.#photo #photography #photocontest #mountainphotos #mountains #mountainphotocontest #eventBest Mountain Photo Contest | August 2012 | by Mountain Photos Theme Page2012-08-03 23:00:0076G+

Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos has been shared in 711 public circles

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Doug Hyatt6,147THIS IS MEGA CIRCLE 16  #DOUGHYATTCIRCLESHARING GREAT GROUP OF NEW PEOPLE WITH AWESOME CONTENT!I AM GETTING 1,000+ FOLLOWERS A WEEK FROM THIS!  1) ADD THE CIRCLE2) RESHARE THE CIRCLE AND BE SURE TO REMEMBER TO CHECK THE BOX WHICH INCLUDES YOURSELF.3)RESHARE TO PUBLIC EVERY DAY!BE SURE TO COPY THE HASHTAG LIST AND ADD IN YOUR COMMENTS LIKE I HAVE!  IT WILL GIVE YOU MAXIMUM RESULTS#doughyattcirclesharing#circles   #circlemania   #circletoday   #circleplus   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #CircleSharing   #sharecircle   #sharecirclethis   #worldsharecircle   #pleasecircleaddme   #circleoftheday   #newgenerationcircle  #monstercircle   #usacircle   #bestofthecircle   #shareofthecircle   #pleasecircle   #newbestcircl  add circle add circle * best share circle * share please pleaseplease add circle * best share circle * share please please#add #circle   #addcircle   #pleasecircle   #bestcircle   #mostcircle  #bestsharecircle   #newcircle   #top100circle   #best500circle   #top500circle 2014-07-23 10:53:58499000CC G+
Florin C0P H O T O G + A P H E R SThis is a shared circle of selected Photographers on G+Sharing is very appreciated!#photography   #photographers   #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #followers   2014-07-22 18:41:13499000CC G+
Cristian Bianchi42,261P H O T O G + A P H E R SThis is a shared circle of selected Photographers on G+Sharing is very appreciated! #photography   #photographers   #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #followers   2014-07-22 18:05:0650123630CC G+
Grobler du Preez88,976#AfricanTuesdayTop5 circle - winners up to #africantuesday   July 8th, 2014 - "Open Theme"One new face added. Add the circle if you want to see great photos from Africa including the Big 5...! (Please remember that if you have added the circle previously, your copy is not updated automatically when we add people - you have to add the circle again)This circle contains all the winners of the weekly #africantuesday theme and also includes the theme curators. This circle contains some great photographers! See their winning posts at #africantuesdaytop5  or +African Tuesday The only way to get into this circle is by submitting your photos for the specific weekly theme for #africantuesday every Tuesday and to be selected as one of the top 5 photos.2014-07-18 07:38:561732218CC G+
Grobler du Preez88,976#AFRICANature circle Version 5, July 18th, 2014This is the circle for the new daily theme   #AFRICANature . It displays all participants whose photos were selected for display on the +AFRICANature  page and also includes the theme curators. Add the circle if you want to see great nature and wildlife photos from Africa! The only way to get into this circle is by submitting your African nature and wildlife photos for the daily #AFRICANature  theme and to be selected for display on the +AFRICANature  page. For more information on the theme, visit the +AFRICANature  page.2014-07-18 07:14:3674045CC G+
Hasna Areta Zakiya914#AMIKOM #seo #programmer #tipsandtricks #tips #blogging #sandbox #sukses #jogja #jogjakarta #indonesia #nasional #berita #news #tipsblog #tipsseo #php #IndonesiaOnly #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #programmerphp #akusukses #akusuksescom #Semangat #Inspirasi #Motivasi #Peluangusaha #BisnisRumahan #PeluangBisnis #BisnisOnline #Bisnis #JasaBuatWeb #JasaSkripsi #JasaTugasAkhir #JasaSEO #SEOMurah #BelajarWeb #Penulis #google 2014-07-18 03:39:114527314CC G+
Rok Šimec17,284Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get!#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagerspeople   #engagersshowcasecircle   #engagersshowcase  #DaveBesbris  2014-07-17 20:47:56500322337CC G+
Prince John8,675This is my circle named 'Photographers'. Everyone in this circle share beautiful photos - of landscapes, birds, animals, flowers, babies, and people.In fact, I have 1024 people in this circle, but can share only 500 of them at a time. Try this circle, add some colour to your stream.2014-07-17 13:11:56500419CC G+
Weekly Option Plays710This is my #Humpday #circleshare and I would be grateful to all those who will join and share this circle.  This CIRCLE has 500 #Awesome #friends who have circled me back and they are the best #engagers you can find on #GooglePlus If you wish them to #Engage with you, feel free to add these #topengagers to your #circle and please #share this #circleoffriends  I would be grateful to all those who will join and share it around. To get in, and to ensure you stay in this circle you need to do the following:1. Add me to your circles, if you haven't done so already!2. +1 this circle!3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above!#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #wanttobecircled #addmetoyourcircles #public #publiccircle #sharedcircles     #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #photography #photographer #bestphotographer #topphotographer #AddCircle #FindCircles 2014-07-16 21:38:39501252862CC G+
Hasna Areta Zakiya914#AMIKOM #seo #programmer #tipsandtricks #tips #blogging #sandbox #sukses #jogja #jogjakarta #indonesia #nasional #berita #news #tipsblog #tipsseo #php #IndonesiaOnly #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #programmerphp #akusukses #akusuksescom #Semangat #Inspirasi #Motivasi #Peluangusaha #BisnisRumahan #PeluangBisnis #BisnisOnline #Bisnis #JasaBuatWeb #JasaSkripsi #JasaTugasAkhir #JasaSEO #SEOMurah #BelajarWeb #Penulis #google 2014-07-16 04:00:014527212CC G+
Abhishek Kumar0My Circle # 1Add friends   If you are included or no in this circle , add this circle and then share it PUBLICLY  to be added in next updateIf I forgot to include some of you please tell meif you share it from this original post or from a wall ,I can easily find your sharebut-- to share it with a circle on private = not accepted-- to share it with a poor community =  not accepted-- to share it then to delete it before i see it = your fault2014-07-15 07:44:15498363938CC G+
Robert Connor12,637Google+ users that share unique and original contentsIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: •         +1 this circle•         Share this circle to PUBLIC•         Include me in your circles•         Comment on this post#circles #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles  #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #shared #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle 2014-07-14 12:40:27489341870CC G+
Gailen Mapes66,095Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Nikon Camera  A-C - 14 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to July 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting June 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-07-14 10:42:14187449CC G+
Diana Breath2,451GOOGLE FRIENDS! -  RESHARE if you want to be included *'"*:•:••:*:•-:¦:*  *SHARE AND BE  SHARED*  *:¦:-•:*:••-:•:''''*  This is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top   Google + users that share unique and original contents.Follow   this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:boost   visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow  your dreams and smile to life.More you share More you get! :)I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #circleshare2014-07-14 05:39:124856113CC G+
Circle your Circle with Circles!!!!4,827*SUPER-MIXer*  VOL. 5HELLO to this weeks top #engagers     !!!  *Thanks for the your support*This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +Circle your Circle with Circles!!!!   :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles 2 - Click add people and create a new circle name on the top left3-  Click "Create Circle" 4 - share the new circle (include yourself) 5 - add +1 to this post 6- enjoy your new fRiEnDs!!!More you share more you get!#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #empireavenue   #socialmedia     #influencers   #influencer   #influence   #influencermarketing #sundaycircle   #circlesunday   #circlesundaycircle 2014-07-11 20:02:48322251528CC G+
Kylie Jenner3,818GOOGLE FRIENDS! - You're in this  Circle 16   -  RESHARE if you want to be included *'"*:•:••:*:•-:¦:*  *SHARE AND BE  SHARED*  *:¦:-•:*:••-:•:''''*  This is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top   Google + users that share unique and original contents.Follow   this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:boost   visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow  your dreams and smile to life.More you share More you get! :)I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #circleshare2014-07-11 06:47:4645614617CC G+
Kylie Jenner3,818GOOGLE FRIENDS! - You're in this  Circle 17   -  RESHARE if you want to be included *'"*:•:••:*:•-:¦:*  *SHARE AND BE  SHARED*  *:¦:-•:*:••-:•:''''*  This is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top   Google + users that share unique and original contents.Follow   this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:boost   visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow  your dreams and smile to life.More you share More you get! :)I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #circleshare2014-07-11 06:47:3545713516CC G+
Rok Šimec16,593Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get!#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagerspeople   #engagersshowcasecircle   #engagersshowcase  #DaveBesbris  2014-07-10 20:13:49500462846CC G+
Sarvesh Kumar571To get in, and to ensure you stay in  #circleoffriends  you need to do the following:1. Add us to your circles, if you haven't done so already.2. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.3. If possible, leave a comment on this post.#sharedcircles   #circleshare  #circleshare       #circlesharing       #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles       #publiccircle       #teamelitecircle   #teameliteengagercircle     #dontconfusethecircles  #sharedcircle #publiccircleshare #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleshares #circlesharing #circlesshare #publicsharedcircle #publicsharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleoftheweek #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircle #todayspublicsharedcircle #todayssharedcircle #publiccircle #circle #circles   #awesome #awesomeness #awesomepeople #shareyourcircle 2014-07-09 10:07:3538614215CC G+
Nikos Atlidakis34,872GrPh (July 2014) - Greek Photographers Circle V11-20140708 A collection of Greek Pro-Amateur Photographers and Greek interesting people)!#greekphotographers #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #googleplus  #circles #circle #followers #social  #sharedcircleoftheday #addmetoyourcircles  #awesomepeople  #circlecount  #newfollowers #sharedcircle #topsharedcircle  #share #circleoftheday #artistphotographeramateurorprofessional #followme #followers  #followback #googleplus #sharedcircleoftheday  2014-07-08 17:41:33164005CC G+
Thiago Mello4,572If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include you in this circles3 - Share the circle (Publicly)4 - Add +1 to this post5 - Comment and thank a friend.More you share More you get! :)I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #circleshare2014-07-08 02:44:154875514CC G+
Kylie Jenner3,468GOOGLE FRIENDS! - You're in this  Circle 16   -  RESHARE if you want to be included *'"*:•:••:*:•-:¦:*  *SHARE AND BE  SHARED*  *:¦:-•:*:••-:•:''''*  This is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top   Google + users that share unique and original contents.Follow   this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:boost   visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow  your dreams and smile to life.More you share More you get! :)I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #circleshare2014-07-06 17:47:5145614115CC G+
Kylie Jenner3,468GOOGLE FRIENDS! - You're in this  Circle 17   -  RESHARE if you want to be included *'"*:•:••:*:•-:¦:*  *SHARE AND BE  SHARED*  *:¦:-•:*:••-:•:''''*  This is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top   Google + users that share unique and original contents.Follow   this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:boost   visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow  your dreams and smile to life.More you share More you get! :)I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #circleshare2014-07-06 17:47:4145711313CC G+
Diana Breath1,874GOOGLE FRIENDS! - You're in this  Circle 10   -  RESHARE if you want to be included *'"*:•:••:*:•-:¦:*  *SHARE AND BE  SHARED*  *:¦:-•:*:••-:•:''''*  This is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top   Google + users that share unique and original contents.Follow   this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:boost   visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow  your dreams and smile to life.More you share More you get! :)I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #circleshare2014-07-06 17:30:384855010CC G+
hanh duc1,024v92014-07-05 18:46:3448311018CC G+
HQSP Winners28,528Release 2014 June HQSP Winners circle!+Suzi Harr +Michael Sonntag +Heiko Köster +Krystina Isabella Brion +Terrie Gray +Sime Wareham +Philippe Avenel and +Anja Wesselssay thanks to the HQSP team and to all contributors to HQSP pages.You can support the winners and the team and yourself by adding and sharing the circle, looking at the list and commenting here.In this circle:- All who have made it with their post to the  +HQSP Winners  page in June- All HQSP pages and team-members (If you got notification you are in)Regards,Anja2014-07-04 20:17:562859651115CC G+
Diana Breath1,811GOOGLE FRIENDS! - You're in this  Circle 10   -  RESHARE if you want to be included *'"*:•:••:*:•-:¦:*  *SHARE AND BE  SHARED*  *:¦:-•:*:••-:•:''''*  This is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top   Google + users that share unique and original contents.Follow   this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:boost   visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow  your dreams and smile to life.More you share More you get! :)I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #circleshare2014-07-04 08:40:084858921CC G+
Dubie Bacino92,403Inspiring on Google+ Curated by +Dubie Bacino  (9th Edition)This is the circle I go to when I find myself in need of beauty and inspiration. It's made mainly of photographers, but also other people who I find post intriguing, provoking, and inspiring content. This is a very colorful group. One thing they have in common, besides me, is engaging content that will enhance your Google+ experience. -----------------------------------------When it comes to #CircleSharing, my practice is to share only two of my circles every month:  - ENGAGERS: this is a way of saying thank you to those who have interacted with me in some way (either by plussing, commenting, and/or sharing my posts, or by participating in my communities), and- INSPIRING: mainly photographers, but also other people who I find post original and interesting content.To get into my circles is real simple: either engage with my posts, or keep sharing quality content. If you want me to notice you, be active in one or all of my communities (see below).To connect with me -@Opajdara, the best place is my xeeme page: http://xeeme.com/opajdara or http://www.opajdara.com/ -----------------------------------------MY PAGES AND COMMUNITIES(Feel free to join if any of the topics interest you)FRIEND FILERIf you need more shared circles, check out the ones posted by +Friend Filer. If what you are looking for is to grow your audience, expand your reach on Google+ and connect with people on other social networks, I also recommend joining their community at http://bit.ly/1f6AUpH.MOON PHOTOGRAPHYTake a look at +Moonipulations, it's the place for all Moon lovers. Here you will find not only the photoshopped pics as the name indicates, but also the most beautiful moonscapes. If you want to jump in and share your photos,  join Moonipulations community: http://bit.ly/194vpSNROAD PHOTOGRAPHYThis is something I really love, to see an open road in front of me. If you feel the same, come join us and share your most beautiful road pics here: http://bit.ly/18rY1cnAERIAL PHOTOGRAPHYA place for those of us who like to see how earth looks from the sky. A refreshing change of perspective. Take a look for yourself: http://bit.ly/1mOSZA7MOTION PHOTOGRAPHYLook at the world around you - it's in constant motion. Stop for a moment and take a shot of it, then share it with us here:  http://bit.ly/1fI9xGqSHADOW PHOTOGRAPHYVisit the showcase of beautiful and creative shadow photography. Shadows can add a lot to a photograph. They can emphasize emotions, create surreal images, and be used in a variety of ways. If you are interested in exploring this fascinating interaction of darkness and light, please join us: http://bit.ly/16tts8kRAIN PHOTOGRAPHYBad weather can give us some of the most beautiful photogra2014-07-04 07:54:2949913196169CC G+
My-beez1,207Best engaged circles members :#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small #topcircles2014-07-03 20:20:31501139CC G+
My-beez1,207Best engaged circles members :#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small #topcircles2014-07-03 20:20:16501006CC G+
Weekly Option Plays0This is my FIRST #circleshare and I would be grateful to all those who will join and share this circle. I would be grateful to all those who will join and share it around. To get in, and to ensure you stay in this circle you need to do the following:1. Add me to your circles, if you haven't done so already!2. +1 this circle!3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above!#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #wanttobecircled #addmetoyourcircles #public #publiccircle #sharedcircles     #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #photography #photographer #bestphotographer #topphotographer #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome #AwesomePeople #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing #publiccircle     2014-07-03 10:42:095015512CC G+
Hillary and Michelle0CIRCLE sharing  By MeTo be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the postMore you share more you get!#circle   #share   #sharecircle   #circleshare   #folow   #food   #recipes   #foodpicture   #foodrecipes  2014-07-02 16:19:27500206CC G+
Hasna Areta Zakiya145JOIN CIRCLE NOWFOLLOW CIRCLE NOWADD CIRCLE NOWSHARE CIRCLE NOWhttp://www.akusukses.com#AMIKOM #seo #programmer #tipsandtricks #tips #blogging #sandbox #sukses #jogja #jogjakarta #indonesia #nasional #berita #news #tipsblog #tipsseo #php #IndonesiaOnly #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #programmerphp #akusukses #akusuksescom #Semangat #Inspirasi #Motivasi #Peluangusaha #BisnisRumahan #PeluangBisnis #BisnisOnline #Bisnis #JasaBuatWeb #JasaSkripsi #JasaTugasAkhir #JasaSEO #SEOMurah #BelajarWeb 2014-07-02 08:21:52452629CC G+
Hasna Areta Zakiya145SHARE! JOIN! ADD! FOLLOWhttp://www.akusukses.com#AMIKOM #seo #programmer #tipsandtricks #tips #blogging #sandbox #sukses #jogja #jogjakarta #indonesia #nasional #berita #news #tipsblog #tipsseo #php #IndonesiaOnly #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #programmerphp #akusukses #akusuksescom #Semangat #Inspirasi #Motivasi #Peluangusaha #BisnisRumahan #PeluangBisnis #BisnisOnline #Bisnis #JasaBuatWeb #JasaSkripsi #JasaTugasAkhir #JasaSEO #SEOMurah #BelajarWeb #Penulis 2014-07-02 02:56:384526110CC G+
AyJay Schibig65,545ECLECTIC CIRCLE  7.1.14   by +AyJay Schibig Welcome to  the latest edition of my  Eclectic Circle of Active G Plussers!  RESHARE if you want  to be included.#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia #circlesbyayjay  2014-07-02 00:56:30482564979CC G+
Kylie Jenner3,197GOOGLE FRIENDS! - You're in this  Circle 16   -  RE-SHARE if you want to be included *'"*:•:••:*:•-:¦:*  *SHARE AND BE  SHARED*  *:¦:-•:*:••-:•:''''*  This is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top   Google + users that share unique and original contents.Follow   this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:boost   visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow  your dreams and smile to life.More you share More you get! :)Thanks!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #circleshare2014-07-02 00:22:3745610118CC G+
Kylie Jenner3,197GOOGLE FRIENDS! - You're in this  Circle 17   -  RE-SHARE if you want to be included *'"*:•:••:*:•-:¦:*  *SHARE AND BE  SHARED*  *:¦:-•:*:••-:•:''''*  This is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top   Google + users that share unique and original contents.Follow   this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:boost   visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow  your dreams and smile to life.More you share More you get! :)Thanks!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #circleshare2014-07-02 00:22:1745710315CC G+
Aman Singh1,096CIrcle Of the DayTo be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post #circle #circleshare  2014-07-01 10:27:2348004675CC G+
Thiago Mello4,168 *'"*:•:••:*:•-:¦:*  *SHARE AND BE  SHARED*  *:¦:-•:*:••-:•:''''*  This is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top   Google + users that share unique and original contents.Follow   this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:boost   visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow  your dreams and smile to life.More you share More you get! :)Thanks! #circleshare   #circleoftheday #circlesharing #circlesharing  2014-06-30 15:06:2745716624CC G+
Hasna Areta Zakiya145#AMIKOM #seo #programmer #tipsandtricks #tips #blogging #sandbox #sukses #jogja #jogjakarta #indonesia #nasional #berita #news #tipsblog #tipsseo #php #IndonesiaOnly #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #programmerphp #akusukses #akusuksescom #Semangat #Inspirasi #Motivasi #Peluangusaha #BisnisRumahan #PeluangBisnis #BisnisOnline #Bisnis #JasaBuatWeb #JasaSkripsi #JasaTugasAkhir #JasaSEO #SEOMurah #BelajarWeb #Penulis #google 2014-06-30 06:15:56438808CC G+
Kylie Jenner3,003GOOGLE FRIENDS! - You're in this  Circle 16   -  RESHARE if you want to be included *'"*:•:••:*:•-:¦:*  *SHARE AND BE  SHARED*  *:¦:-•:*:••-:•:''''*  This is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top   Google + users that share unique and original contents.Follow   this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:boost   visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow  your dreams and smile to life.More you share More you get! :)Thanks!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #circleshare2014-06-29 11:24:4945616521CC G+
Christy Sandhoff34,996Catherine Tramell originally shared: Circle of JuneIf you are not in this circle and want to be in this circle, please do the following:1. Add us to your circles2. Publicly share this post to public, your circles and extended circles.3. If possible, leave a comment on this circle2014-06-28 22:15:24496341237CC G+
Kylie Jenner2,919GOOGLE FRIENDS! - You're in this  Circle 16   -  RESHARE if you want to be included *'"*:•:••:*:•-:¦:*  *SHARE AND BE  SHARED*  *:¦:-•:*:••-:•:''''*  This is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top   Google + users that share unique and original contents.Follow   this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:boost   visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow  your dreams and smile to life.More you share More you get! :)Thanks!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #circleshare2014-06-27 15:44:2745715417CC G+
Fitria Permatasari592This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagementBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the postMore you share more you get!#circle   #circleshare   #sharecircle   #circleoftheday   #sport   #tips  #powercircle #sharedcircle #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle http://www.ovahomedesign.net/living-room-with-wooden-elements/ #trustinme #circlesharing #circleshare #circles         #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #share #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou             #followme #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles  2014-06-27 14:22:305015112CC G+
Howard Salmon6,826The Quintessential Collection Circle June 26th Edition!    This is a Circle of people who have commented on or shared my photos and been generally supportive of my photography during the past two weeks.  Please add these great engagers to your circles to grow your G+ network. Those who continue to support my work will be added to my next "Quintessential Collection Circle", simple as that.  Thank you for your support.#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing     #engager   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagersshowcasecircle     #followers   #photography   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircle   #publiccircleshare   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle #photoblog   #photoblogger   #blog  2014-06-26 11:54:483461172898CC G+
Kylie Jenner2,854GOOGLE FRIENDS! - You're in this  Circle 16   -  RESHARE if you want to be included *'"*:•:••:*:•-:¦:*  *SHARE AND BE  SHARED*  *:¦:-•:*:••-:•:''''*  This is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top   Google + users that share unique and original contents.Follow   this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:boost   visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow  your dreams and smile to life.More you share More you get! :)Thanks!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #circleshare2014-06-26 03:10:2145713319CC G+
AyJay Schibig64,87121ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE (1 of 2)  6.25.14 by +AyJay Schibig Please RESHAREThis Circle has Active G+ members passionate about photography. Add this latest edition to circulate some great photography!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia #circlesbyayjay2014-06-25 20:25:03410211629CC G+
AyJay Schibig64,871AWESOME CIRCLE 6.25.14 by +AyJay Schibig Please RESHARE.Some  awesome people/pages  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia   #circlesbyayjay  2014-06-25 19:55:19490464862CC G+
AyJay Schibig64,871DISCOVERY CIRCLE   6.24.14 by  +AyJay Schibig RESHARE  if you want to be included.Welcome to the latest edition of my Discovery Circle!   Discover lots of interesting and active  G+ members here!  #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia #circlesbyayjay2014-06-25 03:25:34461333441CC G+
Ralph Roper7,165Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow  your dreams and smile to life.#circle   #circleshare   #circles   #circleoftheday   #share   #sharecircle   #sharecircleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #deal   #dx   #dealdxcom   #products   #cheap   #china   #freeshipping   #iphone  2014-06-24 11:59:19497574381CC G+

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2014-02-27 20:03:47 (192 comments, 151 reshares, 1962 +1s)

I am watching you!
- During a very hot Indian summer day, this female tiger was in a pond with another female same age (probably sisters) having a bath, the temperature was about 42-44 degrees Celsius. All this was happening just 5-6 meters away from the open jeep on which I was standing up shooting with a 80-400 mm lens at 370 mm. This is not a cropped image.

The Bengal tiger is the most numerous tiger subspecies. Its populations have been estimated at 1,706–1,909 in India, 440 in Bangladesh, 163–253 in Nepal and 67–81 in Bhutan. Since 2010, it has been classified as an endangered species by the IUCN. The total population is estimated at fewer than 2,500 individuals with a decreasing trend.
Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris), Ranthambore National Park, India, Asia
Nikkor 80-400 mm at 370 mm, 1/320 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 400
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2014-03-06 18:52:22 (173 comments, 229 reshares, 2082 +1s)

Just like a pussycat
The mane of the adult male lion, unique among cats, is one of the most distinctive characteristics of the species. It makes the lion appear larger, providing an excellent intimidation display; this aids the lion during confrontations with other lions and with the species’ chief competitor in Africa, the spotted hyena. The presence, absence, color, and size of the mane is associated with genetic precondition, sexual maturity, climate, and testosterone production; the rule of thumb is the darker and fuller the mane, the healthier the lion. Sexual selection of mates by lionesses favors males with the densest, darkest mane.

The lion is a very vulnerable species, having seen a major population decline in its African range of 30–50% per two decades during the second half of the 20th century. 
Male Lion, Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Okavango Delta, Botswana,Afri... more »

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2014-03-06 18:52:22 (173 comments, 229 reshares, 2082 +1s)

Just like a pussycat
The mane of the adult male lion, unique among cats, is one of the most distinctive characteristics of the species. It makes the lion appear larger, providing an excellent intimidation display; this aids the lion during confrontations with other lions and with the species’ chief competitor in Africa, the spotted hyena. The presence, absence, color, and size of the mane is associated with genetic precondition, sexual maturity, climate, and testosterone production; the rule of thumb is the darker and fuller the mane, the healthier the lion. Sexual selection of mates by lionesses favors males with the densest, darkest mane.

The lion is a very vulnerable species, having seen a major population decline in its African range of 30–50% per two decades during the second half of the 20th century. 
Male Lion, Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Okavango Delta, Botswana,Afri... more »

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2014-07-22 18:58:50 (23 comments, 7 reshares, 94 +1s)

Three of a kind
Giraffes are the tallest animals in the world, reaching up to 5.5 m. height and the biggest ruminants (up to 1,900 kg weight). Each animal has a unique patch pattern on its body. 
Giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis), Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa
Nikkor 80-400 mm at 175 mm, 1/500 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 100
© Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos Photography. All Rights Reserved.

#wildlife   #wildlifephotography   #africa   #africantuesday  +Morkel Erasmus +Dick Whitlock +Grobler du Preez +African Tuesday  #africanature  +Dick Whitlock +Grobler du Preez +Morkel Erasmus +Berndt Weissenbacher +Wayne Marinovich +Anette Mossbacher +AFRICANature  #wholewildlifeweek  +Diego Cattaneo +Dick Whitlock +Anette Mossbacher +Sandy Schepis  #landscapephotography  +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe +Landscape Photography #10000photographersaroundth... more »

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2014-07-17 19:23:48 (22 comments, 5 reshares, 93 +1s)

Panagia Hozoviotissa monastery in Amorgos Island
The most famous monument on Amorgos Island is the monastery of Panagia Hosoviotissa embedded in the rock, 300 m above sea level, visible only from the sea. It was founded by the Byzantine Emperor Alexios Komninos in 1088. It was built in order to protect a religious icon, dating from the year 812, from intruders. The icon is on public display today inside the monastery. Visitors are stunned by the mystic ambience, the historical and architectural interest as well as the rare relics found here. 
Panagia Hozoviotissa monastery, Amorgos Island, Cyclades, Greece, Europe
Nikkor 18-200 mm at 95 mm, 1/640 sec at f/ 8, ISO 100
© Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos Photography. All Rights Reserved.

#travel   #travelphotography   #amorgos   #amorgosisland   #greece   #greekislands   #cyclades   #cycladesislands  #visitgree... more »

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2014-07-10 19:23:54 (28 comments, 11 reshares, 142 +1s)

Reflections 
-We found this family of langurs drinking water by a man made waterhole in the Ranthambore National Park in India. The heat was unbearable so they were very thirsty but also very careful while drinking. There was always at least one or two of them looking around for predators.

Common or Hanuman langur is a large primate which is venerated by Hindus as a god. It is known for its unique association in the forest with the cheetal (or spotted deer), each warning the other of the approach of predators, mostly tigers and leopards.

Hanuman Langurs (Semnopithecus entellus), Ranthambore National Park, India, Asia
Nikkor 80-400 mm at 360 mm, 1/90 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 200
© Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos Photography. All Rights Reserved.

#wildlife   #wildlifephotography   #india   #wholewildlifeweek  +Dick Whitlock +AnetteMossbac... more »

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2014-07-04 19:02:51 (31 comments, 13 reshares, 132 +1s)

New kid on the block
- I don't usually take pictures of cats (this is my first post of a cat), but we found this very cute kitty with his/her mother in the yard of the Metropolis of the fortified Byzantine city of Mystras, and I couldn't resist.
Metropolis, Mystras, Peloponnese, Greece, Europe
Nikon D7100, Nikkor 80-400 mm at 120 mm, 500 sec at f/ 5.0, ISO 200
© Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos Photography. All Rights Reserved.

#cat   #kitty   #kitten   #greece   #greekphotos   #visitgreece  +Visit Greece  #greekphotographers   #caturday  +CATURDAY! +Christophe Friedli +Lee Daniels  #nikon   #nikonphotographers   #catsallovertheworld  +Robert SKREINER +CATS all over the World  #10000photographersaroundtheworld  +Robert SKREINER +Gemma Costa +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS  #dailydepthoffield  +Vince Ong +Daily Depth Of Field  #hqspanimals +Marina Versaci +Andy S... more »

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2014-06-20 17:12:39 (31 comments, 6 reshares, 91 +1s)

Everyday life 
The Jantar Mantar is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built by Maharaja Jai Singh II at his then new capital of Jaipur between 1727 and 1734. This boy was working on restoration.

Jantar Mantar Observatory, Jaipur, India, Asia
Nikkor 18-200 mm at 185 mm, 1/1000 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 200
© Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos Photography. All Rights Reserved.

#travel   #travelphotography   #india   #traveling   #traveltuesday   #nikon   #nikonphotographers   #portrait   #portraitphotography   #portraittuesday  +PortraitTuesday +Laura Balc  #portraitpoker  +J. Rae Chip +Kelly-Shane Fuller  #hqspportraits  +Heiko Köster +HQSP Portraits  #hqspurbanandstreetphotography  +Michael Sonntag  +Alejandro J. Soto +Daniel Grey +Anja Wessels 
#colorsonfriday  +KarstenMeyer +ColorsOnFriday  #st... more »

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2014-06-19 18:50:00 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 64 +1s)

Chimney in Patmos
Patmos (Greek, Πάτμος) is a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea. Its main communities are Chora (the capital city), and Skala, the only commercial port. In 1999, the island’s historic center Chora, along with the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse, were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

Chora, Patmos, Dodecanese Islands, Greece, Europe
Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-85 mm at 85 mm, 1/500 sec at f/ 11, ISO 200
© Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos Photography. All Rights Reserved.

#greece   #greekislands   #aegeanislands   #patmos   #patmosisland   #aegean   #visitgreece  +Visit Greece  #travel   #travelphotography   #nikon   #nikonphotographers   #travelthursday  +Laura Mitchum  #10000photographersaroundtheworld  +Robert SKREINER +Gemma Costa +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS  #europe  #europeanphotography  +Carl... more »

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2014-06-18 20:16:19 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

Five nations have pledged to extend marine protections to cover more than a million square miles. National Geographic Explorer Sylvia Earle called the new reserves "big steps in the right direction."

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2014-06-18 18:59:09 (23 comments, 5 reshares, 78 +1s)

Sprinter 
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), being the fastest mammal on earth (it can develop an up to 110 km/hour speed limit), is by far the best hunter among the African big cats. Its successful attempts are mostly due to cheetah ’s approaching the prey hidden and certainly due to its unrivalled speed.

Founded in Namibia in 1990 by Dr. Laurie Marker, Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) is the global leader in research and conservation of cheetahs. CCF is dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild. Today it is an internationally recognized center of excellence in the conservation of cheetahs and their ecosystems. They develop best practices in research, education, and land use to benefit all species, including people.

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), Cheetah Conservation Fund, Namibia, Africa
Nikkor 80-400 mm at 300 mm, 1/250 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 250
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2014-06-05 19:02:51 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 76 +1s)

The Parthenon in Acropolis of Athens
The Parthenon (Ancient Greek: Παρθενών) is a temple in the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their protector. Its construction began in 447 BC and was completed in 438 BC, although decorations of the Parthenon continued until 432 BC. It is the most important surviving building of Classical Greece and its decorative sculptures are considered some of the high points of Greek art. The Parthenon is regarded as an enduring symbol of Ancient Greece and of Athenian democracy and one of the world's greatest cultural monuments.
The Elgin Marbles are life-size pediment sculptures from the Parthenon which now are in the British Museum. For many years there is a dispute around the Parthenon Marbles removed by the Earl of Elgin, which are in the British Museum. A fewsculptu... more »

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2014-06-04 19:46:05 (42 comments, 15 reshares, 140 +1s)

Backlit Springbok
Springboks are between 70 – 87 centimetres tall at the shoulder, depending on the age, weight and gender of the particular antelope, they weigh between 26–40 kg for the females and 33–50 kg for the males. They inhabit the dry inland areas of south and southwestern Africa. Their range extends from the northwestern part of South Africa through the Kalahari desert into Namibia and Botswana. Springboks can meet their water needs from the food they eat, and survive without drinking water through dry season, or even over years. They may accomplish this by selecting flowers, seeds, and leaves of shrubs before dawn, when these foods are most succulent.

Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis), Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa
Nikkor 80-400 mm at 230 mm, 1/500 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 100
© Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos Photography. All Rights Reserved.
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2014-05-23 17:55:50 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)

Great screen protectors for our cameras!

- A few days ago I had the pleasure to try out some new screen protectors for my DSLR's. A small company based in the UK called Expert Shield UK, sent me some samples in a very beautiful package. I wanted a screen protector especially for my Nikon D7100 which, unlike my other cameras, has no hard cover for the back LCD. The instructions on the package were very simple and clear so I had no problem with air bubbles, something you often get when you are using other products. The LCD screen looks exactly like it was before, but now is also very well protected. A wonderful product with the right price, I couldn't ask for more!

Some explanatory texts from the Expert Shield UK site:
Expertshield protectors are made from our special Japanese Optical Grade CrystalFilm™, custom cut to ensure a perfect fit every time.C... more »

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2014-05-22 19:37:09 (31 comments, 9 reshares, 251 +1s)

The evening gathering
- We found this big flock of Great White Pelicans in the north-east side of Lake Kerkini near the Strymonas river Delta. These birds are usually found in and around shallow, warm fresh water.

The Great White Pelican, Pelecanus onocrotalus also known as the Eastern White Pelican or White Pelican is a bird in the pelican family. It breeds from southeastern Europe through Asia and in Africa in swamps and shallow lakes. Great White Pelicans are large birds with mass of 10 kg (22 lbs), 160 cm (63 in) long and with a 280 cm (110 inch) wingspan. The Great White Pelican is well adapted for aquatic life. The short strong legs and webbed feet propel it in water and aid the rather awkward takeoff from the water surface.
White Pelicans (Pelecanus onocrotalus), Lake Kerkini, Greece, Europe
Nikkor 80-400 mm at 400 mm, 1/320 sec at f/ 8, ISO 200
©K... more »

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2014-05-16 18:15:51 (15 comments, 3 reshares, 89 +1s)

Peruvian boy
- One cloudy afternoon we were walking in the middle of the market in the little town of Pisac, when all of a sudden this little guy came out of nowhere...

Písac is one of the villages on the Urubamba River. The village is well-known for its market every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday, an event which attracts heavy tourist traffic from nearby Cusco.
The Urubamba Valley, also known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas, is located in the Andes close to the Inca capital of Cusco and below the ancient sacred city of Machu Picchu. It contains numerous archaeological remains as well as villages of indigenous people.

Pisac, Sacred Valley, Peru, South America
Nikkor 18-200 mm at 130 mm, 1/500 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 400
© Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos Photography. All Rights Reserved.

#travel   #travelphotography   #peru   #pe... more »

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2014-05-08 19:15:48 (17 comments, 4 reshares, 79 +1s)

Buddhist monk
The Swayambhunath Stupa is one of the monuments of the world-famous Kathmandu Valley (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and one of the most popular and instantly recognizable symbols of Nepal. This Buddhist temple is also known as the «Monkey Temple», after the large tribe of monkeys that guards the area and amuses visitors and devotees.

Swayambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, Asia
Nikkor 70-300 mm at 155 mm, 1/500 sec at f/ 4.5, ISO 400
© Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos Photography. All Rights Reserved.

#travel   #travelphotography   #nepal   #budhist   #monk   #nikon   #nikonphotographers   #portrait   #portraitphotography   #portraitpoker  +J. Rae Chip +Kelly-Shane Fuller  #travelthursday  +Laura Mitchum  #streetphotography  +Tatiana Parmeeva +Maria Roco +StreetPhotography  #10000photographersa... more »

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2014-05-07 20:10:36 (16 comments, 4 reshares, 78 +1s)

Aaargh!!!
Brown bears are mostly solitary, although when they gather in numbers (like here in a zoo) form social hierarchies based on age and size. Adult male bears are particularly aggressive and are avoided by adolescent and subadult males. Female bears with cubs rival adult males in aggression, and are more intolerant of other bears than single females. Young adolescent males tend to be least aggressive, and have been observed in non antagonistic interactions with each other. During combat, bears use their paws to strike their opponents in the chest or shoulders and bite the head or neck.

Brown Bears fighting, Attica Zoological Park, Athens, Greece, Europe
Nikon D7100, Nikkor 70-200 mm at 130 mm, 1/800 sec at f/ 2.8, ISO 100 © Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos Photography. All Rights Reserved.

#wildlife   #wildlifephotography   #bear   #bears   #wil... more »

2014-05-07 18:49:31 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Inspiring on Google+ Curated by +Dubie Bacino  (7th Edition)
This is the circle I go to when I find myself in need of beauty and inspiration. It's made mainly of photographers, but also other people who I find post intriguing, provoking, and inspiring content. This is a very colorful group. One thing they have in common, besides me, is engaging content that will enhance your Google+ experience. 
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I keep meeting interesting people here, and making new friends, thanks to being shared in many public circles. Which is why I am now sharing two of my circles every month:  

- ENGAGERS: those who have interacted with me in some way (either by plussing, commenting, and/or sharing my posts, or by participating in my communities), and

- INSPIRING: mainly photographers, but also other people who I find postor... more »

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2014-05-01 17:13:00 (26 comments, 5 reshares, 148 +1s)

Spingtime at Lake Kerkini
Lake Kerkini (Greek: Λίμνη Κερκίνη), in Greece, is an artificial reservoir that was created in 1932, and then redeveloped in 1980, on the site of what was previously an extremely extensive marshland. Lake Kerkini is one of, if not the, premier birding site in Greece, as it is situated along the migratory flyway for birds en route to the Aegean Sea, the Balkan region, the Black Sea and beyond. The area surrounding Lake Kerkini has been declared a National Nature Reserve and is protected by the International RAMSAR Convention. The lake is a paradise for bird watchers and nature photographers and presents thousands of birds (227 species), riverside forests, extended areas covered with water lilies and a great fish variety.
Common Poppies (Papaver rhoeas), Lake Kerkini, Greece, Europe.
Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-85 mm at 38 mm, 1/100 sec at f/16, ISO 200... more »

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2014-04-29 17:39:59 (30 comments, 20 reshares, 95 +1s)

Walking in the streets of Essaouira
Essaouira is a city in the western Moroccan economic region of Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, on the Atlantic coast. Since the 16th century, the city has also been known by its Portuguese name of Mogador or Mogadore. The Berber name means the wall, a reference to the fortress walls that originally enclosed the city. From the time of its rebuilding in the 18th century by Muhammad III until the end of the nineteenth century, Essaouira served as Morocco's principal port, offering the goods of the caravan trade to the world. The route brought goods from sub-Saharan Africa to Timbuktu, then through the desert and over the Atlas mountains to Marrakech. The road from Marrakech to Essaouira is a straight line, explaining the King's choice of this port among the many that the Moroccan coast offers.
Essaouira, Morocco, Africa

Nikon D200,... more »

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2014-04-15 18:33:43 (63 comments, 52 reshares, 337 +1s)

Up in the sky
Giraffe is the tallest animal in the world and the biggest ruminant, reaching up to 5–6 m (16–20 ft) height and has an average weight of 1,600 kg (3,500 lb) for males and 830 kg (1,830 lb) for females. The giraffe has an extremely elongated neck, which can be up to 2 m long. There is the "competing browsers hypothesis" which was originally suggested by Charles Darwin and it suggests that competitive pressure from smaller browsers, such as kudu, steenbok and impala, encouraged the elongation of the neck, as it enabled giraffes to reach food that competitors could not. There is also research suggesting that browsing competition is intense at lower levels, and giraffes feed more efficiently (gaining more leaf biomass with each mouthful) high in the canopy.
Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa
Nikkor 80-400 mm at 80 mm,1/12... more »

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2014-04-10 18:47:00 (22 comments, 2 reshares, 109 +1s)

National Library of Greece
The National Library of Greece (Greek: Εθνική Βιβλιοθήκη) was designed in 1888 by the Danish architect Theophil Freiherr von Hansen and its construction supervised by Ernst Ziller, as part of his famous Trilogy of neo-classical buildings, one of the major landmarks of Athens, including the Academy of Athens and the original building of the Athens University. The National Library of Greece was founded by Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first head of state of independent Greece (1827–33) and the founder of the modern Greek State.
National Library of Greece, Athens, Greece, Europe

Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-85 mm at 24 mm, 1/1000 sec at f/ 8, ISO 200
© Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos Photography. All Rights Reserved.

#travelphotography   #travel   #greece   #greekphotos   #visitgreece  +Visit Greece  #nikon  #nikonphotographers   #la... more »

2014-04-07 18:28:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

The NEW Pixativity Pro/Amateur Photographer's Circle | APRIL 2014 | READ THE WHOLE POST BEFORE ASKING FOR INCLUSION

The first PAC (March 2014) was a great success and I want to thank everybody who participated in it! Like my old APC Circles, this new April PAC is full of great photographers! I have checked EVERY SINGLE ONE of them and guarantee that your feed will flood from quality images when you add this circle.

How To Qualify To Future PAC Circles

If you're a professional or an amateur photographer mainly sharing your own original work in your feed, then you're eligible to ask for inclusion in the May PAC.

The difference between this circle and the old APC is that I now will be giving away FREE accounts to the Pixativity Photographer's Directory every time I share this circle. I will pick three... more »

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2014-03-27 19:00:41 (53 comments, 30 reshares, 732 +1s)

Mother care 
One bright summer morning we were on safari in Etosha National Park in northern Namibia, when suddenly a large herd of zebras blocked our way, so we stopped our vehicle. We looked closer, and what a wonderful surprise, there were a lot of lovely young foals and their mares in the herd.

Female zebras mature earlier than the males, and a mare may have her first foal by the age of three. Males are not able to breed until the age of five or six. Mares may give birth to one foal every twelve months. She nurses the foal for up to a year. Like horses, zebras are able to stand, walk and suckle shortly after they are born. A zebra foal is brown and white instead of black and white at birth.
Plains Zebras – Chapman’s Race (Equus antiquorum), Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa
Nikkor 80-400 mm at 400 mm, 1/500 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 100
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2014-03-20 19:43:45 (40 comments, 14 reshares, 140 +1s)

The good, the bad and the ugly
 A full grown wildebeest can be 4 ft 2 in (1.27 m) to 4 ft 10 in (1.47 m) at the shoulder and weigh 265–600 lb (120–270 kg). They inhabit the plains and open woodlands of Africa, especially the Serengeti National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Tanzania, Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya and Liuwa Plain National Park in Zambia. Wildebeest can live more than 40 years, though their average lifespan is around 20 years. The wildebeest have a broad muzzle shaped like a lawnmower which helps it with eating short grass.
Wildebeests (Connochaetes taurinus), Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, Africa
Nikkor 70-300 mm at 300 mm, 1/1250 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 200
© Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos Photography. All Rights Reserved.

#wildlife   #wildlifephotography   #tanzania   #africa   #wildlifewednesday  +Mike Spinak +MorkelErasmus  #... more »

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2014-03-19 19:58:25 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 58 +1s)

Big Ben
Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, and often extended to refer to the clock and the clock tower, officially named Elizabeth Tower. The tower was completed in 1858 and has become one of the most prominent symbols of both London and England, often in the establishing shot of films set in the city. It celebrated its 150th anniversary on 31 May 2009.
The Elizabeth Tower (previously called the Clock Tower) named in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II in her Diamond Jubilee year – was raised as a part of Charles Barry's design for a new palace, after the old Palace of Westminster was largely destroyed by fire on the night of 16 October 1834. The new Parliament was built in a Neo-gothic style.
Palace of Westminster / Houses of Parliament, London, U.K., Europe
Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-85 mm at2... more »

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2014-03-18 20:01:38 (28 comments, 12 reshares, 125 +1s)

Himba woman
The Himba people are an ethnic group of about 20,000 to 50,000 people living in northern Namibia, in the Kaokoland region. They are a nomadic, pastoral people and they breed cattle and goats. They wear little clothing, but the women are famous for covering themselves with otjize, a mixture of butter fat and ochre, possibly to protect themselves from the sun. The mixture gives their skins a reddish tinge. This symbolizes earth’s rich red color and the blood that symbolizes life, and is consistent with the Himba ideal of beauty.
Sesfontein, Kaokoland, Namibia, Africa
Nikkor 18-200 mm at 80 mm, 1/200 sec at f/ 10, ISO 200
© Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos Photography. All Rights Reserved.

#travel   #travelphotography   #traveling   #namibia   #africa    #africantuesday  "Open Theme" +Morkel Erasmus +Dick Whitlock +Grobler duPreez +Afri... more »

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2014-03-16 14:23:55 (7 comments, 7 reshares, 29 +1s)

A fabulous time-lapse video from Yosemite National Park, shot by Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill

#yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #travel   #nationalpark   #usa  

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2014-03-13 19:38:08 (67 comments, 42 reshares, 227 +1s)

Life in the desert
Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes as far as the eye can see, reputed to be the highest in the world, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia
The area is characterized by high sand dunes of vivid pink-to-orange colour, a consequence of a high percentage of iron in the sand and consequent oxidation processes. The oldest dunes are those of a more intense reddish colour. These dunes are among the highest in the world; many of them are above 200 metres, the highest being the one nicknamed Big Daddy, about 380 metres high.
Fauna in the Sossusvlei area is relatively rich. It mostly comprises small animals that can survive with little water, including a number of arthropods, small reptiles and small mammalians such as rodents or jackals; bigger animals include antelopes... more »

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2014-03-12 19:10:02 (22 comments, 6 reshares, 95 +1s)

Early morning frost 
Zagoria (or Zagorochoria or Zagorohoria), is a region and a municipality in the Pindus mountains in Epirus, in northwestern Greece. It is an area of great natural beauty, with striking geology and two national parks, one including the river Aoos and the Vikos Gorge, the other around Valia Kalda, to the east of the imposing snow-capped Mt Tymphe. The 45 or so villages of Zagori were interconnected by mountain roads and traditional arched stone bridges until modern roads were opened in the 1950s. The stone arched bridges were built by benefactions from expatriate merchants in the 18th century and replaced older wooden bridges.
Vikos-Aoos National Park, Zagorohoria, Greece, Europe.
Nikkor 18-200 mm at 18 mm, 1/160 sec at f/ 8, ISO 400
© Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos Photography. All Rights Reserved.

#travel   #travelphotography   #gr... more »

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2014-03-06 18:52:22 (173 comments, 229 reshares, 2082 +1s)

Just like a pussycat
The mane of the adult male lion, unique among cats, is one of the most distinctive characteristics of the species. It makes the lion appear larger, providing an excellent intimidation display; this aids the lion during confrontations with other lions and with the species’ chief competitor in Africa, the spotted hyena. The presence, absence, color, and size of the mane is associated with genetic precondition, sexual maturity, climate, and testosterone production; the rule of thumb is the darker and fuller the mane, the healthier the lion. Sexual selection of mates by lionesses favors males with the densest, darkest mane.

The lion is a very vulnerable species, having seen a major population decline in its African range of 30–50% per two decades during the second half of the 20th century. 
Male Lion, Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Okavango Delta, Botswana,Afri... more »

2014-03-06 11:23:35 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

Time to share The NEW Pixativity Pro/Amateur Photographer's Circle

Now that we have launched the Pixativity Photographer's Directory, it's time to share the BRAND NEW Pixativity Pro/Amateur Photographer's Circle. This, at the same time, means that I have decided to six feet the old APC. ALL old circles are no more and I have trashed them from my circles.

It was a delight to put this circle together and I have found lots of great photographers. You won't be disappointed. :)

How To Qualify

If you're a professional or an amateur photographer mainly sharing your own original work in your feed, then you're eligible to ask for inclusion in the new PAC.

The difference between this new circle and the old APC is that I now will be giving away FREE accounts to the Pixativity Photographer's... more »

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2014-03-04 18:11:57 (24 comments, 4 reshares, 71 +1s)

Switching boats
- On a great sunny day we were in Maun, the main city in Okavango Delta Botswana and we wanted to have a "mokoro safari". So we got on board on an aluminum motor-boat to take us to the place. After a few minutes we arrived to this meeting point here, where everybody was switching boats and getting in wooden mokoros to start the safari.

Mokoro safaris are a popular way for tourists to visit the delta, much of which is in national parks, but the boats are still a practical means of transport for residents to move around the swamp. The boats are very vulnerable to attack by hippopotamus, which can overturn them with ease. Hippopotamus are reputed to have developed this behaviour after the use of mokoros and other boats for hunting.
A mokoro is a type of canoe commonly used in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. It is propelled through the shallow waters of the... more »

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2014-02-27 20:03:47 (192 comments, 151 reshares, 1962 +1s)

I am watching you!
- During a very hot Indian summer day, this female tiger was in a pond with another female same age (probably sisters) having a bath, the temperature was about 42-44 degrees Celsius. All this was happening just 5-6 meters away from the open jeep on which I was standing up shooting with a 80-400 mm lens at 370 mm. This is not a cropped image.

The Bengal tiger is the most numerous tiger subspecies. Its populations have been estimated at 1,706–1,909 in India, 440 in Bangladesh, 163–253 in Nepal and 67–81 in Bhutan. Since 2010, it has been classified as an endangered species by the IUCN. The total population is estimated at fewer than 2,500 individuals with a decreasing trend.
Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris), Ranthambore National Park, India, Asia
Nikkor 80-400 mm at 370 mm, 1/320 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 400
© Konstantinos ArvanitopoulosPhotog... more »

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2014-02-26 19:54:08 (13 comments, 4 reshares, 52 +1s)

Clouds over Dimitsana village
Dimitsana village is built on a mountain slope above the river Lousios, at about 950 m elevation on the  mountain range of Taygetus. The village has a school, a historical library, several churches, a post office, an open air water-power museum, an open amphitheater, hotels and a square.
During the Greek independence war of 1821, much of the library was destroyed, as the Greeks needed the paper to make "fysekia" at the 14 gunpowder mills of Dimitsana, who worked day and night supplying the freedom fighters. For this reason Dimitsana called "powder keg of the nation". After 1960 most of the inhabitants, migrated and settled in America, Australia and elsewhere.

Dimitsana, Arcadia, Peloponnese, Greece, Europe
Nikkor 18-200 mm at 18 mm, 1/160 sec at f/ 9, ISO 200
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2014-02-19 19:49:40 (31 comments, 15 reshares, 169 +1s)

Mother care
Female Savanna Baboon typically give birth, usually to a single infant, after a six-month gestation. The young baboon weighs approximately 400 gr and has a black epidermis when born. The females tend to be the primary caretaker of the young, although several females will share the duties for all of their offspring.
After about one year, the young animals are weaned. They reach sexual maturity in five to eight years. Baboon males leave their birth group, usually before they reach sexual maturity, whereas females are philopatric and stay in the same group their whole lives.

Savanna Baboons (Papio cynocephalus), Chobe National Park, Botswana, Africa
Nikkor 80-400 mm at 330 mm, 1/200 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 125
© Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos Photography. All Rights Reserved.

#wildlife   #wildlifephotography   #wildlifewednesday  +MikeSpi... more »

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2014-02-18 18:58:45 (21 comments, 3 reshares, 76 +1s)

Asking for directions
- Midday at Sesfontein settlement, in Northwest Namibia, we stopped to ask for some road directions these two young himba boys. They were very helpful indeed, as you can see in the picture.

The Himba people are an ethnic group of about 20,000 to 50,000 people living in northern Namibia, in the Kaokoland region. They are a nomadic, pastoral people and they breed cattle and goats. Because of the harsh desert climate in the region where they live and their seclusion from outside influences, the Himba have managed to maintain much of their traditional lifestyle. 

Himba boys, Sesfontein, Namibia, Africa
Nikkor 18-200 mm at 36 mm, 1/100 sec at f/ 10, ISO 200
© Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos Photography. All Rights Reserved.

#travel   #travelphotography   #africa   #africantuesday  "Open Theme"+MorkelErasmu... more »

2014-02-18 08:36:29 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

✯✯  *WS Bird Photographers circle*  ✯✯

The New Bird Photographers Cɪʀᴄʟᴇ is out!    [17-02-2014]

This 8th edition from the Birds circle has been released. This circle is a must have for people who love Birds.

Please support yourself by adding and sharing this awesome Birds photographers circle

How to get in this circle:

Ask for inclusion here when you are active on google+ and regular posting Bird photos from yourself.

You comment, plus and share this posting

When I +1 you, you are in the upcoming Bird circle

If you want to share your photos with the +Birds4All theme then you can use this copy and paste line:

#Birds4All by +113942799549327773662 & +115533614048623021648 (+114469338382698658494)

Also I want to thank  +Ricky L Jones for his greathelp on the +Birds4... more »

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2014-02-14 19:10:32 (22 comments, 11 reshares, 142 +1s)

Lazy sunny afternoon
-Mares and their foals grazing by the lake Kerkini. The human intervention usually retracts or takes negative action against the natural processes, Kerkini lake is a rare example, where the gentle human handling had the exact opposite result.

Lake Kerkini (Greek: Λίμνη Κερκίνη), in Greece, is an artificial reservoir that was created in 1932, and then redeveloped in 1980, on the site of what was previously an extremely extensive marshland. The area surrounding Lake Kerkini has been declared a National Nature Reserve and is protected by the International RAMSAR Convention. The lake is a paradise for bird watchers and nature photographers and presents thousands of birds (227 species), riverside forests, extended areas covered with water lilies and a great fish variety. 
Lake Kerkini, Greece, Europe
Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-85 mm at 34 mm,1/200 sec at... more »

2014-02-13 21:27:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

The updated  Pʜᴏᴛᴏɢʀᴀᴘʜʏ ENGAGERS Cɪʀᴄʟᴇ is here! 
Period: Feb 13 - 26,  2014

With nearly 30,000 engagements in 2013, the PEC is where to be!

Public:  Just add this circle and enjoy the photos in your stream!
Participants: Do you qualify? Read this >>http://goo.gl/pRqyxR 

Quick start instructions:
➊  Post a URL link to a recent G+ photo in the comments below 
Click photo links from others and +1, comment, and/or share 
➌  Publicly share this circle-post, from another person's stream
➍  *Add this circle* / replace it often to save circle time updating
➎  *+1 this post* to say thanks to the curator and promote the PEC!

The only required action is #1: share a photo from your stream in the last 2 weeksin the comments below.   The next PECmore »

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2014-02-13 20:16:31 (40 comments, 25 reshares, 165 +1s)

Kastraki village, Meteora
The Metéora (Greek: Μετέωρα)  is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. The six monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece. The Metéora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The nearest town is Kalambaka and just under these huge rock pillars is Kastraki village.
Studies suggest that the pinnacles were formed about 60 million years ago during the Paleogene Period. Continuous weathering by water, wind and extremes of temperature turned them into huge rock pillars, marked by horizontal lines which geologists maintain were made by the waters of a prehistoric sea. 
Kastraki village, Meteora, Greece, Europe
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2014-02-05 17:52:04 (53 comments, 30 reshares, 194 +1s)

Machu Picchu Archaeological site in Peru
A famous UNESCO World Heritage Site located 2,430 metres (7,970 ft) above sea level. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti. The Incas built the estate around 1450, but abandoned it a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest. Although known locally, it was unknown to the outside world before being brought to international attention in 1911 by the American historian Hiram Bingham.
Since then, Machu Picchu has become an important tourist attraction. Most of the outlying buildings have been reconstructed in order to give tourists a better idea of what the structures originally looked like. By 1976, thirty percent of Machu Picchu had been restored. The restoration work continues to this day.
Often referred to as «The Lost City of the Incas», it is perhaps the most familiar icono... more »

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2014-02-04 17:57:07 (34 comments, 6 reshares, 151 +1s)

Mature male Warthog
The warthog or common warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) is a wild member of the pig family (Suidae) found in grassland, savanna, and woodland in sub-Saharan Africa. A warthog is identifiable by the two pairs of tusks protruding from the mouth and curving upwards. The lower pair, which is far shorter than the upper pair, becomes razor sharp by rubbing against the upper pair every time the mouth is opened and closed. The upper canine teeth can grow to 25.5 cm (10.0 in) long. 
The tusks are used for digging, for combat with other hogs, and in defense against predators – the lower set can inflict severe wounds. Although capable of fighting (males aggressively fight each other during mating season) the warthog's primary defense is to flee by means of fast sprinting. The warthog's main predators are humans, lions, leopards, crocodiles, and hyenas. On occasion,warth... more »

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2014-01-28 18:35:25 (23 comments, 2 reshares, 89 +1s)

Etosha National Park
- It's not easy to spot the Giraffe (the tallest animal in the world, reaching up to 5.5 m. height and the biggest ruminant up to 1,900 kg weight) inside that vast savanna area of Etosha NP.

Etosha National Park is in northwestern Namibia. The park was proclaimed a game reserve on March 22, 1907 and spans an area of 22,270 square kilometres (8,600 sq mi) and gets its name from the large Etosha pan which is almost entirely within the park. The park, which is famous for it's wildlife, is home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and 1 species of fish (up to 49 species of fish during floods), including several threatened and endangered species such as the black rhinoceros.
Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa
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2014-01-22 18:26:43 (27 comments, 6 reshares, 138 +1s)

"I just love water"
The brown bear (Ursus arctos) is a large bear distributed across much of northern Eurasia and North America. Adult bears generally weigh between 100 and 635 kg (220 and 1,400 lb). Its largest subspecies, the Kodiak bear, rivals the polar bear as the largest member of the bear family and as the largest land-based predator.
Brown Bear (Ursus arctos), Attica Zoological Park, Athens, Greece, Europe
Nikon D7100, Nikkor 70-200 mm at 170 mm, 1/2000 sec at f/ 2.8, ISO 100 
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2014-01-21 17:57:13 (36 comments, 8 reshares, 85 +1s)

"Sorry, I am in a hurry!"
Ostriches usually weigh from 63 to 130 kilograms (140–290 lb), with exceptional male ostriches weighing up to 156.8 kilograms (346 lb). It is distinctive in its appearance, with a long neck and legs and the ability to run at maximum speeds of about 70 km/h (43 mph), the top land speed of any bird. When threatened, Ostriches run away and can often outrun their predators in a pursuit and can even outpace cheetahs over long distances.
Male Ostrich (Struthio camelus), Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa
Nikkor 80-400 mm at 370 mm, 1/500 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 100
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2014-01-15 18:22:13 (57 comments, 20 reshares, 227 +1s)

Tibetan girl
We stayed for two nights in Zhangmu village near the Nepal-China (Tibet) borders having very bad weather. Then on the third day, we heard that the passages were open and we should try to go further to our journey to Tibet via Friendship Highway to the great city of Lhasa. So we gathered our gear and got on a 4WD with a chinese driver. After a few kilometers we discovered that the road was closed once again, like it was two days ago. We got out of the car to take some pictures in the snow, on an altitude over 3,000m / 9,850ft and then we turned all the way back to Nepal borders. Maybe next time...

Zhangmu (Nepali: Khasa), is a customs town and port of entry located in Nyalam County on the Nepal-China border, just uphill and across the Bhote Koshi River from the Nepalese town of Kodari. At 2300 meters above sea level, Zhangmu has mild and humid subtropical climate,... more »

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2014-01-14 18:45:48 (44 comments, 17 reshares, 255 +1s)

Elephant country
The Chobe National Park is widely known for its spectacular elephant population: It contains an estimated 50,000 elephants, perhaps the highest elephant concentration of Africa, and part of the largest continuous surviving elephant population. The elephant population seems to have solidly built up since 1990, from a few thousand. Elephants living here are Kalahari elephants, the largest in size of all known elephant populations. They are characterized by rather brittle ivory and short tusks, perhaps due to calcium deficiency in the soils.

Poaching significantly reduced the population of Loxodonta in certain regions of Africa during the 20th century. In the ten years preceding an international ban in the trade in ivory in 1990 the African elephant population was more than halved from 1.3 million to around 600,000. The African elephant nominally has governmental... more »

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2014-01-07 18:16:48 (13 comments, 2 reshares, 60 +1s)

Golden horse-tail
One very cold morning, outside the stables at "Queen's Tower" place, where racing horses live and practice everyday.
The "Queen's Tower" is referring to Amalia of Oldenburg that bought the place in 1848, and she was queen consort of Greece from 1836 to 1862 as the spouse of King Otto (1815–1867). 
Queen's Tower, Attica region, Greece, Europe
Nikon D7100, Nikkor 70-200 mm at 200 mm, 1/1600 sec at f/ 2.8, ISO 100
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2013-12-23 19:39:42 (35 comments, 4 reshares, 101 +1s)

Astraka peaks in winter time

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The Vikos–Aoös National Park is a national park in the region of Epirus in northwestern Greece. The park, founded in 1973, is one of ten national parks in mainland Greece and is located 30 kilometres (19 mi) north of the city of Ioannina in the northern part of the Pindus mountain range. It is named after the two major gorges of the area and encompasses 12,600 hectares (31,135 acres) of mountainous terrain, with numerous rivers, lakes, caves, deep canyons, dense coniferous and deciduous forest. The park is part of the Natura 2000 ecological network and one of UNESCO Geoparks and spans an elevation range from 550 to 2,497 meters (1,800 to 8,192 ft). Over 100,000 people visit thepa... more »

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2013-12-19 18:51:58 (14 comments, 2 reshares, 68 +1s)

The fortified Byzantine town of Mystras
Mystras is one of the last great settlements of the Byzantine Empire. Situated on Mt. Taygetos, near ancient Sparta, it served as the capital of the Byzantine Despotate of the Morea in the 14th and 15th centuries, experiencing a period of prosperity and cultural flowering. 
The last Byzantine emperor, Constantine XI Palaiologos, was despot at Mystras before he came to the throne. Demetrius Palaeologus the last despot of Morea, surrendered the city to the Ottoman emperor Mehmed II in 1460, only seven years after Constantinople has fallen and the last Byzantine emperor was dead. 
The site remained inhabited throughout the Ottoman period, when it was mistaken by Western travellers for ancient Sparta. In the 1830s, it was abandoned and the new town of Sparta was built, approximately eight kilometres to the east.

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2013-12-18 18:07:58 (32 comments, 25 reshares, 189 +1s)

Bateleur Eagle
The Bateleur eagle is a common resident species of the open savanna country in Sub-Saharan Africa, though it also occurs in south-west Arabia. It nests in trees, laying a single egg which is incubated by the female for 42 days. Bateleurs pair for life, and will use the same nest for a number of years. "Bateleur" is French for "tight-rope walker". This name implies the bird’s characteristic habit of rocking its wings from side to side when gliding, as if catching its balance.
In 2009, the Bateleur was placed in the Near-Threatened IUCN Red List Category due to loss of habitat, pesticides, capture for international trade and nest disturbance.[9] Decline of the species is suspected to have been moderately rapid over the past three generations.
Bateleur Eagle (Terathopius ecaudatus), Chobe National Park, Botswana, Africa
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