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Photos of Fairmount Park overloaded with Canadian Geese! While jogging along Kelly Drive, it was nearly an obstacle course to navigate around all of these feathered friends.



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The Eataly is New York City's exciting new destination for Italian gourmet food and wine. Imported meats, cheeses, pastas and much more can be sampled and enjoyed on site, or to take home to your own kitchen.



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Pink Floyd's legendary album "The Wall" is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year. Primary songwriter Roger Waters has brought the amazing album and concert production back to life with stunning success.



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Storm Troopers, Mad Hatters, Lady Gaga and More - Oh My! One of the highlights of Dragon*Con is the costumed parade through Downtown Atlanta. Check out some of the characters who were there.



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Klingons, Robots, Furries and Steampunks were all out in full force at last year's Dragon*Con convention in Atlanta, Georgia. Who will be seen in 2010? We'll find out in just a few more weeks...



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Last night I had to deal with an unfortunate flat tire while on Route 45 through Deptford, New Jersey. While waiting for roadside assistance, I was rewarded with an amazing sunset.



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Urban "graknitti" spotted in downtown Philly on July 29, 2010. I never thought bike racks needed cozies, but apparently some crafty knitters did...



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Who's been knitting tree cozies in Center City? Spotted on July 29, 2010, this tree on the edge of Rittenhouse Square Park has been colorfully wrapped in a crocheted/knitted sweater.



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One of the best things about moving out of the city to my new home is the evening sunsets. On a clear night, the views are simply incredible.



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One of the most incredible times to visit the Colosseum in Rome, Italy is at dusk. These photos track the transition to night around one of the most famous sites in the world, visited by millions of tourists annually.



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Artist Isaiah Zagar began work on the Magic Gardens in 1994 and transformed a vacant lot on South Street in Philly into an amazing piece of installation art. The Gardens are open year round for exploration, photography, workshops and public performances.

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Old Master techniques allow for incredible realism and beauty in oil painting. This slideshow illustrates the methods I used to create a classical-style still life.



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Classical oil painting techniques can transform a modern photograph into a work of art. How I used a photo reference to create this Old Master-style painting.



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Since 1850, Rome's stray cats have found sanctuary within the peaceful greenery of the Protestant Cemetery. You can learn how to help them at http://www.igattidellapiramide.it/ and be sure to visit their home when in Rome.



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As a child I marveled as the budding stalks of foxglove plants grew until they towered over me. Yet I was also warned of how dangerous the Digitalis purpurea could be, as it is one of the most poisonous common ornamental plants in many gardens.



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The summer heat can get daunting, whether in the city or out in the country. Few places are better for cooling off on hot summer days than a shady, woodland creek. Here are some photos taken along a beautiful, quiet creek in Minisink Township, New York.



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