Friday, November 9, 2018

Salish Sea: The Wonders of the Past

The Salish Sea has one of the most diverse marine ecosystem and rich cultural history. Named after the first people who inhabited the area called the Coast Salish; the Salish Sea has one of the largest inland seas. Measuring about 7,470 km with 419 islands, the total sea surface has outstanding 16,925 square kilometers. At its deepest, Salish Sea can go as far as 650 meters and that has a biodiversity of 253 species of fish, 172 species of birds, and 37 species of mammals. 

Its territory stretches along the coastlines of Puget Sound, Strait of Juan de Fuca in Washington, Seattle, Strait of Georgia in British Columbia, and Vancouver. Because the Salish Sea borders the US and Canada, it has a spectacular beauty to boasts while providing economic growth for the two countries. Its waterways provide a convenient way to connect communities, century-old trades resulted in the very urbanized communities along the Salish Sea. 

Early Settlers of Salish Sea 

More than two hundred thousand Native people inhabited the banks of the Salish Sea even before the Americans and Canadians came. They had created a very intricate and close-knit relationship of other tribes that spanned in its waterways. Because of its geographical location, salmon and other animals became their main source of food as well as the different variety of plants that are endemic in the region. 

As the fur traders began coming in from other parts of the country, the communities surrounding the Salish Sea started to change. Its people suffered great loss because some kind of epidemic plagued the area. In the journal of the British mariner George Vancouver, he described his expedition during his 1792 voyage as haunting. He and his men found several abandoned tribes covered with what clearly looked like human skeletal remains. Thousands of Native people died from the disease but there are several hundred more that survived and thrived in its waterways. 

More and more people began arriving along the waterways of the Salish Sea as it promised opportunities for everyone. As the sea yields an abundant harvest of fish, its lands are great for cultivating. Not long after, thousands of fur traders settled in the area around the early 1800s, the Natives experience limited access to their fishing spots. It was then followed by commercial salmon fishing during the late 1890s. Large-scale companies began mass-producing salmon in cans which are both impressive for the economy and destructive for the environment. 

Because of the severe damage and pollution in the Salish Sea, the US and Canada signed a salmon conservation treaty in 1930. Experts claimed that the destruction and overfishing were so severe that it resulted for the salmon to be listed under endangered species in the 20th century. 

Today, more than 7 million people live in the coastlines of the Salish Sea, enjoying the amazing view and spectacular natural resources of this body of water. It’s even home to some of the world’s most powerful business including Starbucks, Amazon, Microsoft, and Boeing. 

Friday, November 2, 2018

What You Need to Know about Puget Island

According to history, the British explorer, Lieutenant Broughton was the first ever white man to laid eyes on the Puget Island, after Lieutenant Peter Puget. More than a decade after the discovery, Lewis and Clark named it as Sturgeon Island and Sea Otter Island. But the first settlers on the island are the Norwegians Johanes and Frances Ostervold who came to Puget Island to farm and fish, which it was famous for being “Little Norway”. 

When the first road opened in 1925, it connected two important ports and ferries, Westport and Cathlamet. Measuring about 3 miles wide and 7 miles long, it houses about 800 residents as per 2000 US census report. The island is teeming with natural resources, with reserves, and great fishing spots. But there are more to it than that; here are some of the best places to visit in Puget Island. 

Wahkiakum County Ferry 

Your trip would not be completed until you set foot to its famous passenger ferry. Considered as the last operating toll passenger ferry on the Lower Columbia River, it has one of the most beautiful routes drive loop. Operating for every day of the week, it leaves Puget Island going to Westport and vice versa. As waters in the island are pretty much calm, your kids will surely love a change of scenery for a change. 

Jasper’s Store 

Established in 1919, Jasper’s Store is like an icon in Puget Island, it was built as an apartment in the back with a boarding house on its second floor. Many considered it as a heritage site, where you can still glimpse how the residents built their houses to accommodate their lifestyle back in the days. It’s a perfect place to stretch those legs after a quick trip with the ferry as its located next to the ferry landing. 

Sons of Norway Helgeland Lodge 

Located at 444 State Route 4, this lodge is another great place to visit in Puget Island. As Norwegians were the first settlers in the island, they built the place as their center to meet and mingle with each other, with a lot of throws with their cultural dance. When the early settlers finally had their own lives, they formed the Sons of Norway Helgeland Lodge where they built the Norse Hall in 1937. Up till now, they celebrate festivities here especially their Scandinavian events. The lodge also serves as a popular venue for weddings, reunions, and other family gatherings. 

Two Islands Farm Market 

But before leaving the island don’t forget to drop by at their Two Islands Farm Market. It’s a great way to know more about the locals and their produce. Founded in 2006, this farmer’s market provided locals a way to expand and cater their best local produce. Who knows you might find one of a kind souvenir back home.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Lake Washington: A Must-Visit Place

Located in the most populous county in the state of Washington, Lake Washington has gained its popularity for being the largest narrow and finger-like lake in King County as well as the second largest natural lake in the state of Washington. Its main inflow to the system comes from the southeast corner of the lake from the Cedar River, which is also the city of Seattle’s main source of drinking water. 

Additionally, in the northeast corner of the lake, another inflow to the lake comes from the Sammamish River, which contributes around 27 percent of the inflow. Other bodies of water which contributes minor inflow to the lake are Juanita Creek, Thornton Creek, Kelsey Creek, May Creek, as well as Lyon Creek. Being 20 miles long with a surface area of 22,138 miles, Lake Washington has over 50 miles of shoreline at an elevation of 22 miles. A large island and city fund in the southern part of the lake, Mercer Island, has an added 30 miles of shoreline. 

Furthermore, on the west side of the lake, the city of Seattle borders Lake Washington with an estimated 20.1 miles of shoreline within the city limits— an approximate 11 miles of this public land is managed by Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation. With the lake being the most shallow at its north and south ends, its mean depth is 108 feet while its maximum depth is 214 feet. In addition to this, the lake also has a mean width of 1.5 miles, draining to Puget Sound through Seattle through the 8.6-mile long artificial waterway, the Lake Washington Ship Canal. 

For those into fishing, the lake provides sport fishing opportunities with fishes like Coastal Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Black Crappie, and Yellow Perch. Its undeniable beauty and abundant space make locals and visitors admire the lake; people also beat the boredom by doing numerous activities in this place. Activities include going to see the airplane crafts and space vehicles in the Museum of Flight, enjoying the rare trees, plants, and wildlife in the Washington Park Arboretum UW Botanic Gardens, spending time with family at the Magnuson Park, or getting some exercise by cycling, running, or walking at the Burke-Gilman Trail. 

However, there is a long history that occurred before Lake Washington became the lake it is today. Before it was the Lake Washington, the lake had multiple of names which included the Duwamish name, Xacuabs, Lake Geneva, the Chinook Jargon name, Hyas Chuck (Big Lake), and Lake Duwamish. The lake received its name in the year of 1854 from Thomas Mercer’s suggestion of naming the lake after George Washington, as the new Washington Territory was named in 1853. Around the beginning of the 20th century, the city of Seattle began releasing sewage into the lake and during the 40s and 50s, at a rate of 20 million gallons per day, eleven sewage treatment plants were sending state-of-the-art treated water into the lake. 

Concurrently, phosphate-based detergents became discharged to the lake. Unfortunately, the lake responded negatively to the mass amount of nutrient input by developing unpleasant blooms of harmful blue-green algae. The worries of citizens led to the formation of a system which diverted the treatment-plant sewage into nearby Puget Sound, where tidal flushing causes them to mix with open-ocean water. The year of 1968 was the year the diversion came to an end after the lake responded quickly to it; algae bloom diminished and the water became clear. Fast forward to present day, the lake has become twice as clear as it was before and have been attracting many visitors. 

Friday, October 19, 2018

Why Malibu Should Be Your Next Destination

The well-known beach city located 30 miles west of Downtown Los Angeles, California, Malibu, is popular for its celebrity oceanfront homes under an elegant veil of privacy on long strands of beach and beaches, which includes wide and sandy Zuma Beach. Due to being the perfect place for surfing and watching unforgettably beautiful sunsets as well as sunrises, this has become a local and tourist favorite. Furthermore, this beach city is also known for its admirable Mediterranean climate, therefore, a perfect spot for a vacation or a weekend getaway. 

On its east side, the Malibu Lagoon State Beach, or also known as Surfrider Beach, can be found and is known for its waves. On another side, the Spanish Revival-style Adamson House can also be located and in its Malibu Lagoon Museum, local history is displayed. Although it may be extremely difficult to drag yourself away from the ocean and beaches, it may be worth it for the hills and canyons you can hike in the inland. 

Inland, trails can be seen weaving through canyons, waterfalls, as well as grasslands in the Santa Monica Mountains. Additionally, The Getty Villa, which is the original home of the Getty Museum opened in the year of 1974, can be found beyond the beach. In this place, you will be able to witness Ancient Greek and Roman Art for free. After a long day surfing, swimming, hiking, shopping, or going to tourist spots, you may want to stop over at an organic cafe and restaurant which sits on the pier named Malibu Farms. 

With its fresh catches, many have raved about their delicious food, especially the ahi tuna burgers. Love wine and a hike? Why not take a two-hour in-depth tour on the rolling terrain of Saddlerock Ranch vineyard at the Malibu Wine Hikes. These are just a few of the many activities and cool places to see in Malibu. 

Many admire its beauty however, not many know about how this famous beach city in Los Angeles was formed throughout the years. Similar to the history of most parts of the United States, Malibu was first settled by Native Americans— specifically the Chumash, who were known to have survived the diseases brought by European explorers and settlers. The Chumash’s territory extended loosely starting from the San Joaquin Valley to the San Luis Obispo in Malibu in addition to a few lands off the southern coast of California. 

The group named it “Humaliwo,” which translates to “the surf sounds loud.” Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, a Spanish explorer, is believed to have moored at Malibu Lagoon in order to acquire fresh water in the year of 1542. Afterward, the Spanish decided to return with the California mission system as the area was part of Rancho Topanga Malibu Sequit in the year of 1802. This ranch was 13,000 acres and passed intact to Frederick Hastings Rindge in the year of 1891. Rindge along with his widow, May K. Rindge who both lived in the now well-known Adamson House, protected their privacy with great energy by hiring guards to kill all trespassers and fighting a long court battle to stop the building of a Southern Pacific railroad line through the ranch. Rindge built his own rail line in their property through thwart Southern Pacific and even after his death, his widow continued the work. 

In the year 1929, the state of California won the rights to build Pacific Coast Highway, which became the primary route to Malibu, until the present days. During this year, Malibu Colony became one of the first enclaves of homes within Malibu; May Rindge would decide which Hollywood stars she would allow building vacation homes in the place, which included Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin. During the 21st century, Malibu Colony has become a gated community and a place where many dreams to live

Monday, October 15, 2018

The Wonders of Huntington Beach

Located at a seaside city within Orange County in Southern California, Huntington Beach is well known for its beaches such as the Huntington City Beach, picturesque scenery, and excellent surfing. Given the nickname “Surf City”, around 200,652 people have decided to call this place their home as of the year of 2016. This city also has the International Surfing Museum which displays longboards and other memorabilia as well as the Sprawling Huntington Park where you are able to see gardens and lakes, fields, and an equestrian center. 

If you’d like to see wetlands and dunes which features hundreds of bird species, then Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is where you should head. You will never get bored in this city as there are an overwhelming amount of activities and places to go— this includes visiting the beaches for surfing, swimming, canoeing, paddle boarding, and also going to reserves, piers, parks, Downtown Huntington Beach, and tours to learn more about the city. 

Aside from its tourist spots and beauty, Huntington Beach also has a fascinating history. Before becoming the “Surf City” it is known as today, the area of this city was originally inhabited by the Tongva, or the Gabrielinos, who occupied the lands which stretched from the modern Topanga Canyon through Aliso Creek in Laguna Beach. Europeans first stepped foot in the land when Manuel Nieto, a Spanish soldier, received a land grant of 300,000 acres as a reward for his military service in the year of 1784— the land Nieto received was named Rancho Los Nietos by the soldier. 

The Stearns Rancho Company ran cattle and horses and raised barley crops on the modern city of Huntington Beach; a portion of his was eventually sold to Col. Robert Northam. By the year of 1889, the city was named Shell Beach and a small group of settlers filled the area. However, 12 years later in the year of 1901, the name was changed to Pacific City after P.A Stanton formed a local syndicate and bought 40 acres of land along the breach and an addition of 20 acres on each side of Main Street. The first mayor which Huntington Beach incorporated under was Ed Manning in 1909. During this time, Huntington Beach Company, which was a real-estate development firm owned by Henry Huntington, ran in the city and the city was named after this railroad magnate. 

The city remained as a sleepy seaside town however, this was changed when there was an oil boom in 1920; this became the initial growth of the city. As the wells sprang up overnight and in less than a month, the population of this city skyrocketed from 1,500 people to 5,000. Because of this oil boom, this became known as the largest California oil deposit known at the time. Fast forward to the late 1950s, and continuing to the 60’s and 70’s, more and more people began residing in the area and it became the fastest growing city in the continental U.S. Because of the sudden attention to Huntington Beach, oil production rigs were concealed in 1970s and 1980s to improve the beach’s image. Now in the 21st century, more and more people are deciding to reside in this city in addition to more tourists visiting. 

Friday, October 12, 2018

What to Know about Lake Tahoe?

A freshwater lake located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, bestriding the border of the states California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is famous for not only its beaches but also is ski resorts— the two significant and leading attractions of the area’s economy and reputation. Popular amongst tourist in both Nevada and California, Lake Tahoe is home to multiple winter sports, summer outdoor recreation, and picturesque scenery that is enjoyable throughout the year. When in southwest shore, Emerald Bay State Park, containing the 1929 Nordic-style mansion Vikingsholm, can be found. 

Moreover, when in the lake’s northeast side, Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park can be found with Sand Harbor Beach as well as Spooner Lake— a gateway to the long-distance Tahoe Rim Trail. The surface elevation for this lake is 1,897 m with an area of 496.2 km squared and a maximum depth of 1,645 ft. The secret to its astonishing blue color is its clean air and waters, which reflects the sky above it. However, not many bodies of waters can do this; the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe, in which objects can be seen to depths over 70 feet, absorbs red light, which leaves the rich blue color we see. 

Before anyone lived in the area, Lake Tahoe formed when the Sierra Nevada block was made by immense uplifting. The valley that eventually became the Tahoe basin descended between two parallel faults as the mountains on either side rose— water filled this and became the Lake Tahoe everyone loves and cherishes today. Despite having below freezing day and nights, the lake never manages to freeze due to its great depth and volume of water, which is always in motion and stops the lake from being frozen. 

The history of the lake dates all the way back to thousands of years ago when only Native American tribes occupied the area. Artifacts have confirmed the presence of the Washoe Tribe of Native Americans at Lake Tahoe over 10,000 years ago. During their inhabitation, Native Americans camped as well as hunted and fished for food. Their daily peaceful routines were disrupted in the year 1844 when General John C. Fremont’s exploration party “discovered” the lake. Following the years after the “discovery” of Lake Tahoe, the area became virtually ignored. However, this changed in 1859 when the Comstock Lode was discovered in Virginia City, Nevada and Lake Tahoe eventually became the center of a lively commerce, which involved the silver mines in the city of Virginia and the Central Pacific Railroad. 

This started the Comstock era which resulted in large-scale deforestation of the Tahoe Basin. Unfortunately, an estimate of 80 percent of the Basin’s forest was wiped out during this time, however, since then, public appreciation of Lake Tahoe along with its natural resources has grown. During the years of 1912, 1913, and 1918, congressional sessions as well as conservationists gave efforts to designate the Tahoe Basin as a national park but were not successful in their attempt. Fast forward to the 1940s and 1950s, a group of residents and visitors had concerns about the health of the region’s environment, which led to the formation of the League to Save Lake Tahoe. 

For over 60 years, they have been continuous with working with the public and lawmakers to do the best for the lake over the long term and persuade them to protect the public’s interest in a pristine lake, rather than accepting short-term political, economic, or private interests. In 1998, the League spearheaded the effort to launch the Environmental Improvement Program, which has leveraged over one billion dollars in public and private funds to protect and restore Lake Tahoe. 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Why You Need Carved Wood Maps

These days, there are all kinds of things that you can buy to hang in your home. However, one of the absolute best is a carved wood map. And whether you want a carved wooden map of where you live, like Newport Beach, or a map of your hometown or some other favorite place, this option is always a positive addition to your home. There are so many great reasons to own carved wood maps that it's a wonder you don't own one already! 

Unique Pieces of Art 

First things first, carved wood maps are really unique and beautiful pieces of art. Most are handmade, at least if you buy carefully. That means that someone personally sat down and devoted real time and effort into creating your map and into making it as beautiful as possible. 

Thus, when you own a carved map, you own a truly intricate and unique piece of art, one that cannot be 100% duplicated by anyone else. If you are looking for something different to hang up in your living room, office, or other space, a carved wooden map is definitely the way to go. 

A Great Celebration of a Place You Love 

Another reason to own carved wood maps is that they are a wonderful way to celebrate a place you love. 

If you live somewhere that you love, such as Newport Beach, what better way to celebrate than by hanging a decorative map of it in your home? 

Perhaps, however, you want a map of a place you've since left and want to remember. You can rest assured that the map will be a daily reminder of a place you held dear and all of the good memories you have there. 

No matter what memories and of what place you are trying to preserve, a carved wooden map will bring you a great many years of joy. 

A Way to Preserve History 

As we all know all too well, time passes quickly, and things change. This includes landscapes, landmarks, and names. 

When you buy a current wood map, however, you are basically freezing time in its place. You have a perfect picture of how things are exactly at that moment. 

Thus, as long as you keep the map, you will have an exact replica of the world and area you once loved. There is nothing more amazing than that. 

As you can see, there are all kinds of reasons to buy wood carved maps. So, no matter what you want your map to look like or what area you want it to cover, it's time to get out there and get it brought to life.

To live and boat: 5 Best Places to Live, Boat, and Retire

Retirement days are the inevitable harsh truth everyone needs to face. But some people were ahead of the game, retiring like a pro – boater that is. Boating is gaining popularity over the past decades, and rightly so, as boating and the wide open seas revitalize the body and mind. 

There’s no denying that some places are a lot nicer than others either with beautiful scenery or more friendly faces. Some are just too ‘mainstream’ while others serve ideal getaways for those who really wanted peace and quiet. 

When considering livability, convenience, public access, and relaxing sceneries, these are the Top 5 Best Places to Live, Boat, and Retire.

# 5 Long Island, New York (Atlantic Ocean)

Stretching for one hundred miles long, 20 miles wide and this metropolitan area is surrounded by water and a great way to spend the whole day boating. Public and private marinas lined up within its port towns. Most boaters love the South Shore for its rich maritime history and great ocean views. New York is known for its calm bays and inlets opening to the wide open seas. On the North Shore, boaters will see a different kind of scenery, mansions, and few castles perched on high cliffs will greet boaters with along the Long Island Sound. With its great proximity to New England, and few miles away from Rhode Island and Connecticut many boaters usually come here to also see the Lady Liberty and the Yankee Stadium. 

# 4 Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri)

Expanding about 55,000 acres and measuring about 90 miles long within 1,150 miles of shoreline, Lake of the Ozarks remains as one popular boating destination. It’s the largest man-made lake built whose water levels remain stable than other flood-control impoundments. Lots of beginner boaters love how serene and quite the lake appears. 

When Bagnell Dam was constructed on the Osage River in 1931, Lake of the Ozarks had been attracting boaters from all corners of the country. With hundreds of dockside cafes and watering holes, it offers convenience for many boaters as they do not need dry land to enjoy these amenities. The lake features nine public access ramps and dozens of private marinas. Boaters love how lodgings and resorts surrounding the lake provide boat slips and campgrounds offerings speedboats. But the greatest feature of the lake is the 10-mile aquatic trail that leads to a number of natural communities. 

# 3 Chickamauga Lake (Chattanooga, Tennessee)

Chattanooga probably has one of the most amazing amenities boaters can have; a serene lake for those who love peace and quiet and the flowing river waters for those who seek a bit of adventure. Even if its built an impoundment of the Tennessee River, this man-made body of water sure feels like a lake due to its 60-mile length. The city’s effort to build the $120 million “21st Century Waterfront Plan” paid off after winning three national awards for outstanding livability. Boaters can start their journey in one of the many boat launch ramps on Chickamauga Lake at Booker T. Washington State Park. There are many picnic sites scattered all over the 353 acres of scenic landscapes. People who love water sports can paddle to their heart’s content as there are many bass boasts, recreational boats, and commercial barges around the lake’s shorelines. Living in this town, boaters always have a choice to boat or to stay dry safely – every day of their retirement days. 

# 2 Green Bay, Lake Michigan (Green Bay, Wisconsin)

From its rich history of trading post where furs and other goods passed by it waters, boating remains a big deal in Green Bay. Dubbed as a small laid back town with big city amenities, Green Bay residents boast of many dining and shopping areas as well as impeccable wineries. The Bay Beach Amusement Park attracts more than a million people each year for as little as 25 cents each ride. Bayshore Park offers a ramp through the Niagara Escarpment and known for its ravaging waters that great for adventuring boaters. The area has great fishing spots and an alleyway for other great bodies of water like the Mackinac Island or Killarney, Ontario.

# 1 Grand Traverse Bay, Lake Michigan

Michigan will not earn its resident’s name as the ‘Lake People’ if don’t love Lake Michigan and its surrounding waterways. Traverse City has this small town charm with all the amenities of a metropolitan city and everything that an avid boater needs and could ask for. Marinas are scattered in most of its parts with easy access bays and launch ramps. They even have a boating access sites that feature launch-and-park facilities. Boaters can shop within the day and dine in the evening before boarding their boat homes to another great destination. Because Traverse City is blessed with the weather-moderating influence of Lake Michigan, it can harvest as much as 360 million pounds of cherries each year. Grand Traverse Bay is always known for its great sceneries, fishing spots, and extensive wine collections. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Kinetic Art & Sculptures For Sale

Kinetic Art

“The art that relies on movements for its effects”

Kinetic or kineticism was derived from the Greek word ‘kinesis’ which refers to works that incorporate real or apparent flow of movement. It evolves to the possibilities of looking how certain things move, creating the aesthetical visual presentation. In visual art, kinetic art comprises of many different art forms and media styles. This art form may include animation art, cinematic art, and other types of performance art. 

For Kinetic art, everything depends on movement for its aesthetic effects – from the largest object in the sculpture to its tiniest part, everything is moving all the time. Some describe Kinetic art as an aesthetic creation in which it solely depends on its design of physical movement that is “within the perceptible range of human senses.” For some people, Kinetic art may look like an engineering marvel than a simple work of art. Masterpieces comprise of well-thought works that stir up human senses.

As it comes in many forms, nothing can surpass the hand-powered and motor-powered sculpture of Jean Tinguely and Alexander Calder. These perhaps are the most famous Kinetic art ever made, whose works evolved in movements caused by air currents. 

It's ancient beginning

Today, Kinetic art refers to the art of both real and apparent motion created between the years 1920 and 1970. But kinetics was seen long before it was incorporated creating in fine art. Manifested in different creative early civilization, one of the earliest and best examples of kinetic art would be the wind chime. This simple household creation was used more than 5000 years ago throughout Southeast Asia.

Wind chimes may not be considered as fine art for some but its single purpose is a mighty one. Exploring the interconnectedness of humans to Mother Nature, wind chimes believed to inspire transcendent states of being. Wind chimes are relatively simple works of art but it falls under the definition of an aesthetic description of Kinetic art. 

Other early forms of Kinetic art can be found in hanging moving sculpture of whaling voyages in the Netherlands which dates back centuries before the Industrial Age. These fascinating moving sculptures are on display at Zaans Museum in the Netherlands. 

Another symbolic yet humble work of art, the Nordic Himmeli appears to be a direct descendant of the modern-day Kinetic art masterpiece. These ancient hand-made sculptures originated from the Germanic word which means ‘sky.’ These delicate geometric mobiles play a big part of Christmas decoration in Finland. Made of straws these Christmas ornaments ‘danced’ with the wind, providing mini presentations for the little minds to marvel. There are many stories about the Himmeli origins but the most prevalent one is that it promotes good harvest throughout the year. Ancient people believed that the bigger and more intricate the ornament was, the better harvest would be. 

No matter what its purpose was, many artists consider Himmeli for its kinetic and aesthetic art form that predates Modernism. 

The peak of Kinetic art 

What considered as the modern Kinetic art movement actually began during the 1920s. Kinetic sculpture or simply defined as sculpture in which movement whether it’s motor driven or not remains as the basic elements of art. As what others refer to as kineticism, it became a pivotal aspect of sculpture in the 20th century. Many would marvel at its art form, providing a different and unique experience for the creator as well as to the audience. 

Its modern-day origin started with Impressionist artists like Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, and Claude Monet, first when they experimented with incorporating movement of human subjects on their canvas, producing one of the kind masterpieces. Their endeavor created an art form that more realistic than their contemporaries.

During the 19th century, Degas felt the need to merge movement with the typical landscapes and portraits, creating a masterpiece more lifelike. His creation of dancer and racehorse portraits are a perfect example of “photographic realism.”

However, the Kinetic art inspiration does not stop at making great portraits. By the early 1990s, a whole new generation was born. Several artists began incorporating dynamic motion in expressing their love for their art. Naum Gabo, one of the artists who began naming this art form, often describes his artwork as ‘kinetic rhythm.’ His moving sculpture entitled, ‘Kinetic Construction’ also named as ‘Standing Wave’ was released between the years 1919 and 1920. It was given such named because it imitates a wave formation when started. Gabo continues his kinetic rhythm works of art in static sculptures that captured the aesthetic of motion, a subject he was famous for throughout his career. Gabo’s artwork was the first of its kind during the 20th century. 

Since then, from the years 1920 until the 1960s, a number of artists followed suit, creating and experimenting with Kinetic art with mobiles and other new forms of sculpture. The known pioneers of kinetic sculpture include Marcel Duchamp, Alexander Calder, László Moholy-Nagy, and Naum Gabo.

Throughout the 1920s, Hungarian artists, László Moholy-Nagy worked on a mechanical sculpture entitled ‘Light Prop for an Electric Stage’ or more commonly known as the ‘Light Space Modulator.’ His creation consisted of moving panels, electric motors, and electric light bulbs in several colors. When activated, the sculpture interplays of light, color, motion, and sound. The Light Space Modulator also started another revolutionary art form called lumino kinetic art movement. It introduces the new concept merging electric light within the elements of sculpture.

In the early 20th century, three important artists took the usual stationary sculptures to another level, giving them the freedom of motion and movement in their art. Vladimir Tatlin, Alexander Rodchenko, and Alexander Calder initiated the unpredictable movement of Kinetic art. They tried and successfully incorporated movement in their masterpieces with technological enhancements. These three artists created the term ‘mobile’ which comes from the ability to modify how gravity and other atmospheric elements affect the sculpture. 

Many view the little distinction between the styles of mobiles in Kinetic art, but it still has a big distinction. Mobiles losses their significance when the audience has control of their movement. This serves as one of the greatest features of virtual movement. If the masterpiece moves under certain conditions that are not natural or when the audience controls the movement even just the slightest, the masterpiece is considered as a virtual movement.

Kinetic art had other influences in other art forms such as mosaic pieces. Most mosaic pieces manifested many kinetic influences showing clear distinctions between light and dark tiles with several dimensional shapes, creating unique and apparent movements.

Kinetic art modern day influence

Back in November 2013, the MIT Museum displayed some 5000 Moving Parts as part of their Kinetic art exhibition. Giving a big nod for the ‘year of Kinetic art’, it celebrates the uniqueness of the Kinetic art which even features special programming dedicated to the art form. It features works of Anne Lilly, John Douglas Powers, Arthur Ganson, and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. 

Today, Neo-kinetic art increasingly grew popularity in China, where people can freely see these Kinetic art pieces in many public places like Wuhu International Sculpture Park and in Beijing. Kinetic art still continues to fascinate people with its well-planned motion which defines its whole modern art from Impressionism onwards. Kinetic artists gave modern day society of presenting different artworks which moved or gave the impression of movement from mechanical sculptures, mobile, to Op art paintings. The art form offered society some of most essentials expressions of art with presentation rather than presenting living reality. 

Tracing back its origin from Gabo and Constructivist movement during the 1910s moving to Impressionism, Kinetic art grew into an art form of lively avant-garde after the World War II, providing the much-needed diversion. Its concept crept through subsequent generations of artists, providing rich, resourceful, creative, and technical concepts seen today. Kinetic art continues to feed limitless ideas for the artistic minds, seen in modern-day sculptures, paintings, and art environments which all depend on the presentation of a motion for effect. 

Kinetic art was the first work of art that experimented with time and space, pushing limits and boundaries of human imagination. It still fascinates both the society and artists with the interrelationship of time and space. Most Kinetic artists still interested in the analogy between machines and human bodies, they express their fascinations through Kinetic art. Kinetic art proved to be another great feat since the discoveries of other important facets of technology.

Where to buy kinetic art

There are many varieties of Kinetic art; some are quaint, humble, while others are superficial, stirring up the senses. Carved Lake Art offers great Kinetic art pieces that excite the senses for its beautiful sculptures. Their pieces are one of a kind for its aesthetic of both artistic uniqueness and functionality. Known for creating great and detailed wood art, maps, and different varieties of gift souvenirs, Carved Lake Art has many Kinetic art pieces to choose from on their websites.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Getting the Best Laser Cut Map in Portland

Laser cutting has been around for a while now. When the manufacturing technique was introduced to the market, it was with the aim of eliminating processes such as machining. However, the processes have evolved and laser cutting is currently also used for processes such as the creation of decorative pieces. Here are a few things that you need to know about the laser cutting process, and the benefits that it comes with for the manufacturer and the users of the product.

The Process of Creating a Laser Cut Map 

Laser cut maps are the most beautiful addition that you can have for your living room décor. The cutting process involves: 

· Measure the length and width of the area that you want to cover with the laser cut map. 

· Think of the particular map which you want to be part of your design. It could be a topographical map, a simple map or any other kind of map. When you have the dimensions and the sample of the map, you can speak to the custom laser cut map manufacturers and give them the specifications. 

· The company will allow you to select a screen where the map will be laser cut into. There are other choices that you get to make, like the color of the which will illuminate the final design and whether you will have natural light illuminating the resulting map. 

· When all these details are collected by the custom map making experts, they will create the design for you and deliver it to you within a specified period. 

The process is as simple as getting the design and getting the expert to make it a reality. When finished, the maps are an awesome addition to your living room. 

The Benefits of the Map 

There are many benefits which come from investing in laser cut maps. First is the fact that they are unique works of art and when you install them in your living room, they create such a statement about your sense of style. Second is the fact that the laser cut maps are very durable. Due to the fact that these maps are created from metal, you can expect that they will stand the test of time better than maps made from fabric and even paintings. All you need to do is make sure that the metal is alloyed or galvanized to resist the elements of the weather. If these two options are not available, there are other finishing processes which will make the map stay without rusting. 

Another benefit which comes with the map is that if they are the right size, you can actually use them like screens to separate interior spaces, and this way, they will serve both a decorative and functional purpose. There is also the fact that the method is simpler, which makes it cheaper than older cutting and machining techniques. Last is the fact that the cutting process and technique offers less contamination of the working space, which means that the quality of the end product will be better than those created using the traditional cutting processes. 

These are some of the things that you need to know about laser cutting before getting a laser cut map in Portland. The most important part of the process is to get a reliable laser cutting technician, to pick the right material and specify the design you want to be made. When all these factors are combined, the end product becomes a very beautiful work of art.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Significant Kinetic Art Pieces of our Time

The Kinetic art shocked the art world with its revolutionary concept of motion. From its early stages until its peak, several kinetic masterpieces still left the public in awe for their intricate design. Here are some of the most popular and significant Kinetic art.

Bicycle Wheel (1913)

Marcel Duchamp was the man behind the Bicycle Wheel. He called his artworks ‘readymades’ which was intended as generally mass-produced objects, placed in galleries, and presented as works of art. 

Duchamp placed the bicycle wheel as part of his artwork. This art piece contains a movable object and thus the first example of Kinetic art. However, Duchamp was first associated with the Dada movement and the ‘Bicycle Wheel’ is a significant expression of the revolutionary concept of the movement; it pushes the boundaries of the art subject and establishes notions of artistic interpretation. Dada movement comprises of artists who defies any reason, logic, and aestheticism. Instead, Dadaism expresses irrationality, nonsense subjects, and anti-bourgeois protests in its artworks.

However, when Duchamp incorporated the bicycle wheel movement, it’s a significant piece in incorporating movement in an artwork. Duchamp described this essential artwork as a very enjoyable experience for him and compared his artwork as ‘flames dancing in a fireplace.’ The first people who viewed the Bicycle Wheel were invited to spin the wheel and Duchamp created more proto-Kinetic artworks like his Rotary Glass Plates or Precision Optics in 1920 and Roto-Reliefs in 1935 to 1965.

Although Duchamp did not intend his Bicycle Wheel as part of the Kinetic art movement, succeeding artist of the 1950s and 1960s refer to his work as a precursor of the tradition Kinetic art. Most Kinetic artists experimented with the interrelationship of technology and humanity. 

Kinetic Construction or Standing Wave (1920)

Years after the release of Bicycle Wheel, Naum Gabo launched his first Kinetic art piece entitled Kinetic Construction or more commonly known as Standing Wave. His art piece consists of a vertical steel rod affixed to a wooden base and activated using an electric motor. The rod creates an illusion of static yet curvilinear shape which formed entirely through movement. Many consider Standing Wave as the first Kinetic art made intentionally for its purpose.

Gabo made this sculpture in Moscow at the height of war-torn post-Revolutionary period. During that time, Russian artists were attempting to play their part in the construction of a new Utopian society. Kinetic Construction was made as a good example of the certain wave-forms moving through space to create an illusion of permanent and static presence. Gabo’s masterpiece pertains to the political, radical and technological view of Constructivism works of Kinetic art. 

Gabo and his brother Antoine Pevsner wants to demonstrate this new artistic concept on which he outlined in his ‘Realistic Manifesto”, the very first document of modern times to tackle the art of kinetics. He referred his works as ‘kinetic rhythms’ and that this art form should be affirmed: “as the basic forms of our perception of real time.”

Famous artists of the 1950s and 1960s tried to revive the technological and conceptual idea of Constructivist, creating a relationship between technology and art. Gabo’s standing wave represented the beginning of the Kinetic art era, for him Standing Wave is an "explanation of the idea than a Kinetic sculpture itself".

Arc of Petals (1941)

The Arc of Petals played as one of many good examples of free-standing ‘mobiles’ of which the sculptor Alexander Calder became famous for. He came from a family of prominent painters and sculptors before training as an artist. He took a degree in mechanical engineering an important skill in manipulating technical process needed in the Kinetic art.

The artworks resemble an inverted, suspended tree and comprise of the central spine of iron wire with different petals. The Arc of Petals sways with the wind, expressing the viewer’s interpretation of heaviness and lightness with each irregular pattern of movements. In creating such artworks, Calder defined a sub-genre of Kinetic aesthetics – one that is concerned with movement rather than the mechanized, modern world. 

Before his Arc of Petals, Calder was already known for creating mobiles set in motions using air currents. He used to create artworks using materials like pottery or glass. But he used a different medium of hand-crafted aluminum painted in different colors such as yellows, blues, blacks, and whites in creating Arc of Petals. 

Because of his unique works and great feat in producing Kinetic art pieces, he made an influence on several artists like Joan Miró and Jean Arp. They used painted aluminum petal and intentionally left several in the presentation the roughness and weight of the materials used.

Yellow Manifesto

Having these early artworks of Kinetic art, it did not become a prominent art form until 1955. The group exhibition called Le Mouvement held at the Galerie Denise René in Paris. The exhibits main event was an artwork made by Victor Vasarely entitled “Manifeste Jaune” or Yellow Manifesto, which uses black and white colors arranged in grids that suggest depth or motion. 

It quickly attracted the public eye as well as other artists across the globe. Kinetic art soon becomes a prevalent art form for almost a decade.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

10 Most Valuable Boating Tools You Ever Need

Ask anyone who loves the open seas if boating is fun, and they will answer yes straight in your face without batting an eye. Boating gives an extraordinary feeling of freedom and a sense of new found confidence. There a real reason why many dubbed Vitamin-Sea as such, a whip of fresh air, and lots of suns shine keeps depression at bay. With today’s modern world, technology and otherworldly vice control most of our lives, a day away from the bustling city lights can definitely recharge a tired soul. 

But being stuck in the wide open seas isn’t a very good idea at all. Nobody wants to be stranded out of nowhere especially when the Poseidon woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Fortunately, with boaters shelling out a thing or two about the secrets of boating, there are many ways to prevent such disasters. The internet of full of safety tips to the many how to’s of boating helping those new to this amazing outdoor activity.

With tips pouring in from across the globe, here are the ‘Top 10 Most Valuable Tools’ you ever need your boats. This list comprises of important tools and a comprehensive details that every boater should have whenever they sail the great wide seas. 

As there are many different types of boats, this toolkit kit may vary from one boater to another. Having a list is a great starting point for preparing to the inevitable. With the boating season fast approaching, it’s time to gather tools, make the itinerary, and sail away. Collecting these tools makes your boat complete and makes you confident to be ready for everything Mother Nature throws at you. Preparing the toolkit puts you in a lighter mood and gets you in the boating mood for that much-awaited spring get away. 

Without further ado, the Top Ten Tools you ever need are as follows: 

1. Adjustable Wrench/Crescent Wrench 

When in the middle of the night and storm fast approaching, you don’t have time to find the correct wrench size. Having this on hand makes that quick adjust stress and worry-free.

2. Crimping Tool

Electricals and water don’t go very well, and most boats have electrical problems particularly for the long-haul journey. A crimping tool can help you cut and strip insulation faster. 

3. Duct Tape and Electrical Tape

No explanation needed for this one, duct tape is every man’s best friend for almost every situation

4. Flashlight

Not just to see in the dark, flashlights serve as distress signal lights which in most cases saved many lives. 

5. Hammers

You can use hammers to flatten anvil, sled, and propeller dents.

6. Knife/Cutters

Watch every DIY shows and knives or cutters are ever present. This is another all-around tool anyone should have in their toolkit.

7. Pliers

You can use to loosen or tighten different fittings in your boat.

8. Screwdriver set

You don’t need the genius to tell you that your boat consists of countless bolts and screws, screwdriver set will be your best friend while on board.

9. Socket Set

Some engine cases are enclosed tightly and those hard to reach nuts can only be reached using a socket set.

10. Vice Grips

When voyaging alone, there are many situations where you may need a third hand badly. Vice grips can do the job well and hold any items at your own convenience. 

Depending on the boat size, there are many other tools recommended but these are the topmost useful tools. If you have a larger and more complex boat, it would be really wise to add few more tools and supplies on board. Remember the rule is to have a toolkit that concise and useful, and not just full of junks you don’t or can’t use. It would be nice to throw some items you rarely use, to be more efficient during dire times. 

Once you gather all your needed tools, look for a very sturdy toolbox – one that’s made for heavy-duty service. It should hold everything nicely and doesn’t rust like plastic or canvas that lighter than metal. Also, consider your storage space on board to house this toolbox. Another tip from expert boaters is to keep those commonly used tools from other less frequently used. This can save valuable time when disaster strikes. 

Boaters need to prepare themselves for the inevitable; having an efficient toolbox can help deal with problems faster when they arise. Fixing engines, having good light in the middle of nowhere and owning the right tools saved a lot of time more especially lives when sailing in the open seas. 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Wood Carving as an Art

Wood carving is one of the oldest crafts in the world. This ancient art involves chiseling away wood to create a wood design for the beautiful purpose of artistic expression. The craftsman has to analyze the piece of wood where it is also observed to know the durability of the apparatus. There are different kinds of wood characterize as walnut with dark colors, some basswood has a lighter color like brown, maple, pine and others. 

The art of wood carving

There are also of a variety of chisels and knives as the finest tools for the purpose of shaving, cutting and designing the woods. Chainsaw, drill and other electrical tools can be used to perform the art of wood carving for it is easier to produce the desired design. This can be done with patience, compassion, and love to create a masterpiece of a sculpted wood design. 

The ancient culture of Woodcarving

In all cultures of woodcarving from the ancient age onwards, are the origin of it in typing the art is now commonly created by the artists with all availability and low cost of prices. The most common degradable wood causes are the vulnerability in insects, fungi and being water absorbent that can easily damage. Its only real drawback as a medium for sculpture is its perishability. 

These factors that degrade the wood will cause damage. But there are also alternatives to preserve the art by using the stone, marble and other types of materials made in concrete for monumental crafts. The main type of wood that used to make statuettes, others used in the religious monument and others come from Africa, some are used in the Oceanic art, others are used in American art and aboriginal art in another country especially in Australia.

But in some cases of the original ancient artworks had perished or disappeared. Iron carving in Greece is seen made by many sculptures and then came to Europe among are the gothic art seen in many churches or a big place like cathedrals with a beautiful furniture alongside. Nowadays plastics are now commonly used as an art for its modification stages in the 20th century. 

The difference between wall art

Other types of art are on the wall to make it different and the people have in it so that the production has its great demand in every home. It can be used in the rooms like bathroom, living room, dining room and other areas that are perfectly designed unto it. It can also contribute the good condition of nature and textile in an interior location and every home can choose the different versatility of wall wooden art that everyone can like it.

Different kinds and qualities of wood

There are many kinds and qualities of wood in carving, chip carving and a lot more. Woods are smooth and hard in kind like mahogany, chestnut, ebony, olive, pine, and others may be useful in different kinds of carving. It can have advantages and it can be drawback due to its strength or thinness that would be advantageous than the other materials. 

There will be an example of wood to join together so that it can be used as large art, wood that is very hard is difficult to use but can long last as its advantages. Wood is non-insect proof or waterproof that can affect its durability and it is advisable to use indoor. Woods are remains to its properties and it varies in different directions of use where the grain is the strong one. The sculptor makes it delicately so they will maintain the goodness and durability of the wood.

World famous wood sculptors

Great works of wood art are on display in various museums across the globe. It can be seen in art museums, gardens, and the famous places or in exhibits. Some of it was Shigir Idol in Russia, Rottgen Pieta in lime wood, the Annunciation in the church of St. Lorenz in Nuremberg, Altar of the Virgin in Uberlingen, Mary Magdalene, Bargello, Florence and many more.

Wood sculptures are mostly overlooked, but it can greatly add a statement in a room. In some cases, great wood arts are conversation starters. Today, with the latest technology and pioneering technique, wood art pieces are one of a kind. Wood art maps in great details are now available like the world-renowned Great Five Lakes of Northern America.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Saving Mother Nature in simple ways by Using recycled wood crafts in Interior Design

Everyone likes to have a stylish and well-decorated home, but going green and reducing carbon footprint is a proactive decision to make. When designing your own space, allow products and style to be in harmony with their surroundings. To even lessen carbon footprint, use local materials or buy from retailers which use recycled materials. 

Colors are a great source of inspiration, choose a color to paint the exterior of your house, use the same color palette to paint accents corners and blunt spaces in your home. But what could be even better than to reorganize your home and still save some money? Here are some of the best universal tips from interior designers that don’t go out of style.

Harness natural light as much as possible

Sunlight naturally brightens up home, it also provides health dose of Vitamin D that keeps bad moods at bay. Homes with natural light effortlessly become a happier place to live. As you harness natural light in, you reduce your monthly electrical bill. Choose window curtains of light color and fabric, these will let more sunlight to penetrate your home in a subtle way. 

Make more green spaces

Fill your home with the beauty of nature. There is a lot to choose from the most common edible herb gardens to great blossoming flower pots, choices are limitless. Flowers and shrubs can be easy accents to dull corners of your home. They are also great stress relievers and oxygen bombs which freshen up the air. Plants can also remove most toxic smells in your home and can help to maintain temperature. More designers are making efforts in finding ways to incorporate green spaces into homes. Even in high rise urban areas, vertical gardens are now a common sight. 

Give personal touch – lots of it

One rule of interior design which every expert follows is to provide a personal touch as much as possible. Love the seas? Incorporate some woodcrafts into your living room and put sands or seashells in the decorated glass. Can’t get enough of family photos? Hang your photographs from your recent and most memorable family vacations. For better presentations frame these pictures to add accents. To bring nature in, without too much hassle of maintaining them, fill vases with the colors of the season like autumn leaves, mistletoes, or summer flowers. 

Bring the nature inside

For the past few years, elements of nature are the hottest trends of interior design. Anything that connects with nature either natural wood flooring, marble kitchen counters, bamboo accents, even tiny landscapes at home is a trending design of all time. The idea of green space and nature at home offers a space to de-stress. It’s a readily available organic source of calmness and serenity even in tiny urban spaces. 

Incorporate hints of brass, copper, and wood

Hints of metal accents are a big come back in the last few years. From small brass door accents to elaborate wood and metals wall decorations, there are numerous different choices to pick from. These trends will not fade anytime soon, it’s a fun and most budget-friendly way to spice things up in the house. It will give a more elegant look at a fraction of a cost and a big nod to Mother Nature’s finest works of art.

Functional and Multi-purpose wood pieces

With the minimalistic look on the rise, interior designers are creating functional places in most homes. A wall décor can also be a good work of art as a clock. Or a simple coffee table can be a centerpiece of a conversation starter. When choosing home furnishing, function and style had always dominated the choices. However, with ever changing times, reducing carbon footprint and recycling had been a big thing of the future.

Thinking green

Now more than ever, there’s a call to lessen carbon footprint and incorporating Mother Nature into our homes. Different communities learn to design various home fixtures to have multi-use in most homes. Designers are opting to more sustainable elements of design as much as possible. 

You don’t need fancy and expensive decorations; make use of what really matters – the beauty of nature. Colors of nature make us feel refresh like a paradisal summer vacation, relax like the smell of spring meadows, and long for festive celebrations like the colors of autumn or just stay at home during the coldest of winters. Mother Nature is not just a decoration; it’s the way of life that most of us took for granted. Incorporate that into your home and you would not want to leave it behind. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Off the Beaten Path Destinations in Scotland

Life is basic and boring if you go to the same places and take the same pictures as everyone else. After all, Columbus wouldn’t be Columbus, ‘The Explorer’, if he had stuck to the same journey as everyone else again and again, right?

Beyond the classic cities and landscapes, Scotland can offer so much more. With this 10 wonderful destination alternatives, you can explore the less travelled roads of United Kingdom’s northernmost country and discover the country’s hidden wonders. You can be guaranteed with extreme satisfaction with picturesque villages, ethereal natural beauty, a taste of history with historic buildings, art-filled galleries, as well as excellent local restaurants, just to name a few. 

1. Berwickshire is a must-go for quaint coastal town lovers. 

Traveling to Berwickshire will indeed fulfill your pleasantly-old-fashioned heart. This town, which is nestled in the east of the Tweed Valley Forest Park in the Scottish Borders, is an hour away from Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital. Being a historic county, Berwickshire can offer you a relaxing break from the hectic stress that life and the city offers—there are many great outdoor activities such as diving! While staying here, you can enjoy the beauty of quaint towns and villages, stunning country houses, magnificent birdlife, and beautiful sandy beaches sheltered by high cliffs. Doesn’t that sound remarkable? 

2. Cowal Peninsula

If you love the glistering lake, or lochs as Scottish people would say, and high mountains, why not try the Cowal Peninsula? Surrounded by Loch Long an Long Fyne in the west of Scotland, the Cowal Peninsula in Argyll and Bute is a place where you can find stunning scenery. The northern part of the Cowal Peninsula is surrounded by the Argyll Forest Park. Furthermore, the area is only a little over an hour, by car, away from Glasgow, where you can find the fascinating Highlands. Those who love the outdoors, food, and wildlife buffs will have the time of their lives in this peninsula.

3. Lanarkshire, the land of beautiful scenery and outdoor pursuits.

Although the other places we have mentioned above have spectacular views and outdoor activities, nothing can compare to Lanarkshire. Lanarkshire, also known as the County of Lanark, is a historic county in the central lowlands of Scotland. It is important to note that leaving this place, which is sandwiched between Glasgow and Edinburgh, might be a bit hard to leave. Why? Because Lanarkshire offers an abundance of sights to see and activities to do. A round of gold, fascinating historic buildings, two UNESCO World Heritage sites, what more can you possibly ask for?

4. Love pristine and dramatic scenery? Try the Sutherland and Caithness area.

Who doesn’t love pristine and dramatic scenery that looks like it came out of a movie? The Sutherland and Caithness are some of the isolated and least populated parts of the far north of Scotland. However, they offer great amounts of sensational scenery, wonderful wildlife, rich heritage, high mountains, narrow valleys, seascapes, and landscapes. Your holiday in this remote area of Scotland will offer you so much!

5. The small but abundant Cumbrae.

The Isle of Cumbrae or Great Cumbrae is the larger and most accessible of the two islands known as The Cumbraes in western Scotland. The untainted coastline is popular amongst visitors who especially love water sports, cycling, walking, and nature.

6. Nothing beats peaceful walking in beautiful scenery, so go ahead and try the Angus Countryside and Glens. 

If you are one of the many people who enjoy peaceful strolls while enjoying the scenery around you, then the countryside of Angus, which stretches out from the city of Dundee, is the perfect area for you to witness the lush valleys and soft peaks of the Angus Glens. In these areas, you can find endless miles of twisting small roads and paths, which are perfect for walking, cycling, and just enjoying the great outdoors—there are also towns and smaller villages where you are able to experience serenity and interactions with friendly locals. 

7. What about Dumfriesshire?

If you love rolling hills and sandy beaches, then Dumfriesshire might be the perfect place for you! The hilly area of Dumfriesshire has a generous mixture of landscapes, undisturbed lochs, woodland to a rocky coastline, as well as sandy coves. Dumfriesshire, or the County of Dumfries, is situated along the shore of Solway Firth and is an outdoor lover’s ideal haven.

8. Next on the list, Banffshire!

If you love rugged cliffs and an abundant amount of wildlife, it’s a must to pay a visit to Banffshire. With miles of rocky cliffs, sandy bays, and splendid examples of Georgian architecture, the wonderful corner of northeast Scotland, is full of pure artistry.

9. The Shetland Islands, the wonderful archipelago of Scotland. 

Being made up of more than 100 islands, there’s so much more to the Shetland Islands than meets the eye. Each island possesses and shows off their own stunning sceneries, unique heritage, and special characters. With every island you visit, you’ll get a taste of their wealthy archaeological and historic sites as well as a diverse array of flora and fauna—which are distinct to the isles.

10. With East Lothian, you are guaranteed pretty seaside villages and beaches. 

With East Lothian, known for its picturesque countryside and delightful coastline, you’ll never be bored. Although last in the list, with a range of outdoor activities, over 40 miles of coastline, golden beaches, food, some of the world’s finest golf courses, and award-winning attractions, East Lothian is definitely not the least when it comes to wonderful places to visit in Scotland!