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London Woman

Posted in FLICKR, photographers, PHOTOGRAPHY, Sexy, women with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2011 by cliffmichaels


Photo by  M.E. Aguila, subject to this creative commons license

 A SET: Francisca


All these things have you said of beauty.

Yet in truth you spoke not of her but of needs unsatisfied,

And beauty is not a need but an ecstasy.

It is not a mouth thirsting nor an empty hand stretched forth,

But rather a heart enflamed and a soul enchanted.

It is not the image you would see nor the song you would hear,

But rather an image you see though you close your eyes and a song you hear though you shut your ears.

It is not the sap within the furrowed bark, nor a wing attached to a claw,

But rather a garden forever in bloom and a flock of angels for ever in flight.

People of Orphalese, beauty is life when life unveils her holy face.

But you are life and you are the veil.

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.

But you are eternity and you are the mirror.

Khalil Gibran


In 1995 my wife and I spent two happy weeks in England and France. One morning we were strolling along a wide sidewalk in an upscale part of London. The weather was cool, but the patchwork sky splashed the city in occasional sunshine.

We had walked from a subway stop; I no longer remember where we were headed (or where we had come from). I do recall a row of clean stately buildings lining both sides of the avenue.

There was a constant flow of foot traffic coming from the opposite direction, but not enough to make us feel crowded. Most of the pedestrians were well dressed and appeared to be locals on unknown quotidian missions. Hardly any of them bothered to look at us, two obvious, swivel headed tourists from America.

I don’t remember which of us saw her first. She was impossibly tall, perhaps over ix feet. She was blond, with a perfect tan complexion. Lit by the mid morning sun, her unblemished face a mask of fearful symmetry. She strode toward us on long, elegant legs like some proud, ancient goddess, her mesmerizing movie star eyes staring directly at us for a single,  exhilarating instant. I like to imagine she gave us the barest hint of a smile.

“My goodness!” Virginia exclaimed after the beauty had passed us, “she was so beautiful.” I was quite literally breathless. It took considerable willpower to keep from stopping, turning around and gawking at the woman .

In the everyday world if I see a beautiful woman I am both aroused and saddened  As I surreptitiously look at her body and face,  in that instant I feel a  visceral desire for her yet also know I can’t possess her. She passes by; her mundane attractiveness soon mostly forgotten, replaced by the next pretty woman who, too, falls out of mind quickly.

With the unknown London woman I never felt desire or a yearning to possess her. Her beauty was so outrageous, so far surpassing anything I had ever seen, I was drenched in sudden and simple joy. In those few seconds she shared the sidewalk with us, and for a considerable period of time thereafter,  I  felt light and happy.

I have had the same joyful emotions when I have discovered a stunning natural vista or a marvelous painting or other work of art. The experience of such things overwhelm all thought and summon up selfless feelings of awe. One minutes life is its usual nondescript self, then the road curves and you are blasted by the glorious vastness of the Grand Canyon. That same instantaneous wash of joyfulness also overcame me the first time I saw the large original of Serat’s Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Grande Jatte in the Chicago Institute of Art.

Sixteen years later that London Woman still summons lingering, mnemonic  joy.


A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing…



FLICKR SEARCH: Beautiful Women London

My Gallery: Women from Britain 

FLICKR GROUP: London Streets

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Black Sea Beauties

Posted in art, erotic, fashion, FLICKR, lingerie, photographers, PHOTOGRAPHY, pinup, Sexy, women with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 27, 2011 by cliffmichaels


Original byAleksandr Slyadnev, ruined by me, both original and adapted images subject to this creative commons license

A wonderful set by Aleksandr   

His website


Two more photo by Aleksandr, both subject to this creative commons license

FLICKR GROUP: Ukrainian Girls & Ladies

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WET DREAMS: Four Mystery Sets

Posted in art, erotic, FLICKR, photographers, PHOTOGRAPHY, Sexy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 21, 2011 by cliffmichaels


Are any of these sets worth clicking on? Click on any one of them to see! 







Mystery Gallery

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Uh, Whatever

Posted in erotic, fashion, fetish, FLICKR, lingerie, pinup, Sexy, women with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2011 by cliffmichaels

I wonder how many people around the world are sitting at their computers right now studiously composing blog posts?

Hmm. Let’s say out of the six plus billion souls on our little blue planet one person in a thousand regularly keeps a blog…. And one in ten of those are writing now… No, make that one in twenty…

Uh, where’s my iPhone calculator…

300,000! I can almost hear all those keys clacking around the globe…

Some of those posts are good, some (probably most) bad. Some are significant and make the world a better place, some (probably most) are utterly pointless and add not one whit to planetary betterment. I wonder where I’d rank this morning in terms of “blog post significance”?

Gosh, there’s actually a free iPhone  app for that! Hmm, clunker interface, but…


Surely I can raise that…

The Egyptian revolution may prove to be much ado about nothing, or may profoundly alter the world as we know it, lifting tens of millions out of poverty, ignorance and superstition. Which outcome arrives depends entirely on the struggle between modernity and fundamentalist Islam for the “hearts and minds” of the Egyptian people. While modernity prevailed long ago in western Europe in a similar war with fundamentalist Christianity (not without some setbacks and considerable bloodshed), it is by no means certain western values, however attractive to young and well educated Egyptians, will surmount over thirteen centuries of inward looking, harsh religious dogma.

Yes! Yes! That raised my BPSR (blog post significance rank) all the way up to 9,071th!! I am of course a master of historical analysis as every regular reader of this blog knows.


Oh, wait, I misread the screen — turns out BPSR actually stands for Bloviation, Pomposity, and Stupidity Rating….


Because this is a photography blog, here is a photo of a sexy girl which wonderfully raises my GSR (gratuitous sex rank) to 47,002th… (photo by Togbear, subject to a creative commons license):

Visit Togbear’s marvelous set of wicked photos of his beautiful model Jana!

As always, to see Jana’s photos you must be a Flickr member with safe search OFF!

Flickr group: LIFE IN EGYPT

Short, Cute & Sexy

Posted in fetish, FLICKR, sexual, Sexy, women with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2010 by cliffmichaels


By Davideffero.netcc

Tick Tock

Posted in FLICKR, photographers, PHOTOGRAPHY with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2010 by cliffmichaels

Clocks: we all look at them dozens of times a day. Are we early? Are we late? But do we ever really look at clocks closely? Do we see the element of design or the font type on the face of a clock? Are there too many questions in this paragraph??

Here is a Flickr gallery I created called –



By Heiko Klingele creative commons

Church Bells: A Gallery

Posted in fetish, photographers, PHOTOGRAPHY with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2010 by cliffmichaels

Every Sunday (and for some, Saturday) church bells ring out across the land. Whether sounding out a particular melody or simple, repeated clangs, the sound of church bells is familiar to all and a comfort to many.




By Origamidon creative commons


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