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Web's Best Photo and Art LinksFrom Magic Mike
My collection of links to photos of the best Hubble Space Telescope photos and other NASA photos,incredible landscapes, scenic wonders and wildlife animals, AND Art Masters of the 10th through 20th Centuries from World Museums.

Sea Anenome, Guam, Underwater photos - Phillip W. Cohen.
Signal Hill Petroglyphs Saguaro National Park, AZ - The Signal Hill in the West District is an excellent photographic spot. From a vantage point above the valley, Iíve photographed southeast across the valley floor dotted with thousands of saguaros and the scenic mountain ranges in the distance. This Indian petroglyph in the foreground of the picture adds a unique element to the photo.
Grand Cayman - Underwater - The Photography of Phillip W. Cohen.
Red Sky Panoramic Saguaro National Park, AZ - When clouds dot the sky near sunset, you can bet a wonderful twilight with dramatic lighting will fill the sky. Here half the sky was glowing red, providing many opportunities to capture different scenes. Sonoran Sunsets - by Larry Malvin - PhotoTripUSA.
Mail slot in wood door - Iseult Labote , photographer - France.
Lone Saguaro Silhouette Saguaro National Park, AZ - I have learned never to put away my camera away after the sun has set in Saguaro National Park. Oftentimes the sky is clear and twilight will be subdued. Other times high clouds will light the sky with reds, oranges and yellows. Silhouetting the stately saguaros against the dramatic sky often yields interesting photographs. Sonoran Sunsets - by Larry Malvin - PhotoTripUSA.
Monarch Butterfly - Wildlife photo from The Sunlit Gallery - Photographs by JR Cotti and Susan S. Cotti.
AR9077: Solar Magnetic Arcade Credit: TRACE, Stanford-Lockheed ISR, NASA - Explanation: On July 14th, solar active region 9077 (AR9077) produced a massive flare. The event also blasted an enormous cloud of energetic charged particles toward planet Earth, triggering magnetic storms and dramatic auroral displays. This striking close-up of AR9077 was made by the orbiting TRACE satellite shortly after the flare erupted. It shows million degree hot solar plasma cooling down while suspended in an arcade of magnetic loops. The false-color image covers an expansive 230,000 by 170,000 kilometer area on the Sun's surface (Earth's diameter is about 12,800 kilometers) and was recorded in extreme ultraviolet light. Collectively resembling a popular "slinky" toy, the enormous loops are actually magnetic field lines which trap the glowing, cooling plasma above the relatively dark solar surface. After the flare, AR9077's activity decayed as it was carried farther across the Earth-facing hemisphere of the Sun by solar rotation. Active regions like AR9077 appear as groups of dark sunspots in visible light. Authors & editors: Robert Nemiroff (MTU) & Jerry Bonnell (USRA) NASA Technical Rep.: Jay Norris. Specific rights apply. A service of: LHEA at NASA/GSFC & Michigan Tech. U.
Setting Sun and Silhouetted Saguaro Saguaro National Park, AZ - Exposure readings can be difficult when including a bright sun in the image. I simply swung the camera away from the sun, took the meter reading from the orange sky, and then recomposed. Bracketing insured I got the image I wanted. Sonoran Sunsets - by Larry Malvin - PhotoTripUSA.
Saguaro Sunset with Mountain Backdrop Saguaro National Park, AZ - The magic hour in Saguaro National Park is quite exceptional. Because of the predominant browns, golds and yellows of the desert, the setting sun casts a golden hue across the landscape. This light lasts for approximately five minutes, ten at most. You'll want to make sure you're precisely at the place you want to be, since time and daylight is working against you. This photograph was taken in the East District with the Rincon Mountains as a backdrop, just before the sun set behind the distant mountains. Sonoran Sunsets - by Larry Malvin - PhotoTripUSA
Lupine on Ridge - In the Beaverhead Mountains of the Bitterroot Range, it is possible to walk the actual Continental Divide above Jahnke Lake, but steep cliffs prevent a safe descent to Montana's Big Hole Valley. The hiking trail swings below this alpine terrain, where coulters lupine and other wildflowers form a foreground for snowcapped peaks..
The Crab Nebula in Blue and White - Credit & Copyright: Jay Gallagher (U. Wisc.), WIYN, AURA, NOAO, NSF - Explanation: The Crab Nebula is a complex shell of expanding gas. The Crab Nebula formed from a star that was seen to explode in a supernova about 1000 years ago. This two color composite image taken with the WIYN 3.5-meter telescope shows in great detail filamentary structure of the glowing hydrogen gas. Also known as M1, the center is home to a dense neutron star, a star as massive as our Sun but only the size of a city. The neutron star is a pulsar that spins thirty times a second and spits out energy that powers the nebula. The nebula is named from its likeness to a crab in an early drawing. The Crab Nebula still presents mysteries today as the total mass of the nebula and pulsar appears much less than the mass of the original pre-supernova star! Authors & editors: Robert Nemiroff (MTU) & Jerry Bonnell (USRA) NASA Technical Rep.: Jay Norris. Specific rights apply. A service of: LHEA at NASA/GSFC & Michigan Tech. U
Lupine close-up - This close-up view of lupine flowers highlights the starry beauty of the leaves. "Lupus" is Latin for "wolf", a reference to folk tales that credited the lupine with wolfing up nutrients from the soil, an idea since proven to be false. However, lupine is toxic to livestock. Lupine blooms from June to August along much of the Montana and Idaho Continental Divide Trail.
Sunset over Centennial Range - A fiery sunset blazes over Montana's Centennial Valley. The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail follows the crest of the Centennial Mountains that border this valley. The Continental Divide Trail - the Photography of Leland Howard - PhotoTripUSA.
Lions Head Peak
- It may be July, but at 10,000 feet, snowfields still decorate the high ridges near Targhee Peak in the Henrys Lake Mountains. This range forms an arc of the Continental Divide that links the Centennial Mountains with the Yellowstone Plateau. The Continental Divide Trail - the Photography of Leland Howard - PhotoTripUSA.
A Jet from Galaxy M87 Credit: J.  A.  Biretta et al., Hubble Heritage Team (STScI /AURA), NASA Explanation: What's causing a huge jet to emanate from the center of galaxy M87?  Although the unusual jet was first noticed early in the twentieth century, the exact cause is still debated.  The above recently released picture taken by the Hubble Space Telescope shows clear details, however. The most popular hypothesis holds that the jet is created by energetic gas swirling around a massive black hole at the galaxy's center.  The result is a 5000 light-year long blowtorch where electrons are ejected outward at near light-speed, emitting eerily blue light during a magnetic spiral.  M87 is a giant elliptical galaxy residing only 50 million light-years away in the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies.  The faint dots of light surrounding M87's center are large ancient globular clusters of stars. Authors & editors: Robert Nemiroff (MTU) & Jerry Bonnell (USRA) NASA Technical Rep.: Jay Norris.  LHEA at NASA/GSFC & Michigan Tech. U.

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