The Grand Central Terminal Clock, this magnificent structure has starred in several movies throughout Hollywood history. It has also been used as the setting for marriage proposals, a background for artistic photo-ops and has appeared on numerous postcards.
This smartly dressed individual is ready for any occasion, with his bare feet and his not-so-subtly nuanced fabric motifs blending seamfully into a stylistically unique presentation. Displaying the epitome of high fashion, he is equally at home in every venue, as his coordinated apparel undoubtedly blends with most modern decorating schemes.
Prismatic Fresnel lens with plenty of bling!
The Fresnel lens was invented by French Physicist Augustin Fresnel in 1822. He designed the center of the brass and glass construction to be shaped like a magnifying glass that produces a powerful beam, while concentric rings of prismatic glass above and below bend the light into a narrow, concentrated beacon that can be seen from aboard ships up to 25 nautical miles away.
This Fresnel lens was placed atop the 115 foot tower of Point Arena Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse on the Pacific Coast, when the lighthouse tower was reconstructed in 1908 following the collapse of the previous lighthouse during the famous 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
The lens weighs more than 6 tons and is over 6 feet in diameter but was successfully dismantled and removed from the tower in 2008 then cleaned and reassembled in the Point Arena Lighthouse museum in Mendocino County, California.
Fresnel Lens Point Arena Lighthouse
Here's some shiny bling in the form of blooming azaleas encapsulated in ice. "Someone" left the sprinkler on overnight and the ice provided insulation against frost damage.
Bling! Red abalone shells (haliotis rufescens) are strewn all over my favorite beaches in winter. These natural jewels flash iridescent rainbows, each a unique work of art.
A male White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) strutting his breeding bling!
This meteorologic bling is called a parhelion, AKA sundog or sun dog, refracting prismatic rainbows on either side of the sun, in cirrus clouds laden with ice crystals. This sundog was spotted one cold winter morning above the Eastern Sierras near Mammoth.
Bling iridescent pearl color on the outer shell of the African Turbo Shell. So many pretty designs and lovely tan, yellow, orange and black colors on the Seashell.
And the very colorful inner shell of the Abalone. Iridescent blue, silver, gray, green and pinks. Beautiful art from the ocean inspire my watercolor painting prints.