Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy

What makes you Happy?

What a great theme this weeks WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is, I was originally going to show a variety of pics including some of my lovely Wife and my gorgeous Girls that make me so happy, but I decided to submit an individual subject…MY DOG …this is not to say I love the dog more than my wife or girls 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Mine

Weekly Photo Challenge: Mine MilnersBlog

Mine is ‘A Fathers Gift to his Son’

This is my first contribution to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge and is my most treasured plant in the Milner Garden, a Japanese Mapel (Acer palmatumcer) given to me by my father, I hope you like it..I do:)

Seems a popular photograph, as it won the Instagram ‘Photo of the Day’ in the Water/Water Droplet category receiving just short of 1000 Likes combined.Insta Crew IC Water Photo of the Day on Instagram


I’ve always loved postage stamps, they have such a heartfelt place in my heart, I think it comes from knowing the true craft that comes from putting these miniature artistic masterpieces together…so when I witnessed NASA’s imagery from space was part of the recently released U.S. Post Office Earthscape stamp collection I jumped for joy.

Their stamps so vividly depict America’s diverse and beautiful landscapes viewed from photographic aerial and satellite perspectives of heights from several hundred feet above Earth to several hundred miles up in space…enjoy them…I really have!!Nasa Earthscapes Volcanic Crater StampNASA  Earthscapes Inland Marsh StampNasa Earthscapes Center Pivot Irrigation StampNasa Earthscape Glaciers & Icebergs Stamp

NASA said on the subject:…

“Once you’ve seen the world from above, you never look at it quite the same way again,” said Joseph Corbett Postal Service chief financial officer and executive vice president . “That’s why the Postal Service is proud to offer these Earthscapes stamps, which invite us to take a bird’s-eye view of the land we all share.”

The stamps present examples of three categories of Earthscapes: natural, agricultural and urban. The images were all taken high above the planet’s surface, either carefully composed by photographers in aircraft or snapped by satellites orbiting Earth.

“For nearly 50 years, NASA has been at the forefront of looking at Earth from the unique vantage point of space,” said Chris Scolese, center director at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., where the stamps were unveiled.

How so true….

Celestial Witch’s Broom

More commonly known as The Pencil Nebula which is also known as NGC 2736, is a small part of a supernova in the southern constellation of Vela. This gorgeous new image is from the European Space Observatory (ESO) in La Silla, Chile which is celebrating 50 Years of incredible space imagery. Surprisingly this recent image wasn’t included in The Guardians best space-related pictures at the weekend, in my opinion it should have had the No:1 slot.Witches Broom Nebula
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This detailed view of the supernova explosion that took place about 11 000 years old was produced by the ESO’s Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope.