Pictured: David Bowie peers out from jacket on man’s tie in London

The Christian Science Monitor’s Photos of the Day are the gift that keep on giving. Check out this fun capture of David Bowie peering out from a man’s jacket on a hand painted tie in London. Another smashing on the spot capture.

 David Bowie fan Clive poses for a photograph near a mural of Bowie in Brixton, south London, on Tuesday. Stefan Wermuth / Reuters.
David Bowie fan Clive poses for a photograph near a mural of Bowie in Brixton, south London, on Tuesday. Stefan Wermuth / Reuters.

Pictured: Woman walking through steam in icy cold Bucharest

This must be my lucky day for images. Another great capture. Love, love, love the hat. Naturally.

 A woman walks through steam from an underground ventilation grate as temperatures drop below minus 20 degrees Centigrade (minus 4 Fahrenheit) in Bucharest, Romania, on Tuesday. Natural gas consumption in Romania could reach an all-time high due to the frigid temperatures. Vadim Ghirda/AP.
A woman walks through steam from an underground ventilation grate as temperatures drop below minus 20 degrees Centigrade (minus 4 Fahrenheit) in Bucharest, Romania, on Tuesday. Natural gas consumption in Romania could reach an all-time high due to the frigid temperatures. Vadim Ghirda/AP.

Pictured: Frankfurt Banking District through raindrops

I absolutely adore this image. A lot of the photographs I feature here are ones that caught my eye and I really like or find interesting. This image touches the artist in me. When I worked as a photographer I used to grab some of my best shots waiting to get a shot of something else. I wonder if that how Mr. Probst captured this one. Well done.

 The buildings of the banking district are seen through thousands of raindrops on a glass railing in central Frankfurt, Germany, on Wednesday. Michael Probst/AP. Via Christian Science Monitor.
The buildings of the banking district are seen through thousands of raindrops on a glass railing in central Frankfurt, Germany, on Wednesday. Michael Probst/AP. Via Christian Science Monitor.

Pictured: CS Monitor’s best photos of the year 2016

Not feeling the ones selected much. The Christian Science Monitor have showcased fabulous photography all year long superior to most of these as I have exhibited.

I chose the following as my favorite out of the bunch. Visit the photo gallery and see if you agree.

This couple – and their dog – were spotted in traffic in Bogota, Colombia, in February. Alfredo Sosa / Staff.
This couple – and their dog – were spotted in traffic in Bogota, Colombia, in February. Alfredo Sosa / Staff.

Pictured: Father Frost reminds me of the enchantment of Russian costuming

 A man dressed as Father Frost, the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus, sits by a fire with a reindeer Yakut to mark winter solstice at the Royev Ruchey Park of Flora and Fauna in the Siberian Taiga wood in the suburbs of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on Wednesday. Ilya Naymushin/Reuters.
A man dressed as Father Frost, the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus, sits by a fire with a reindeer Yakut to mark winter solstice at the Royev Ruchey Park of Flora and Fauna in the Siberian Taiga wood in the suburbs of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on Wednesday. Ilya Naymushin/Reuters.

This is a lovely image to me for many reasons, one of them being the way Father Frost (or Santa Claus) is dressed.

Russian costuming is vibrant, rich and enchanting. Never is it more so than on the stage particularly when the story is from Russia’s rich history of fairytales.

One of my favorite Russian Operas is Ruslán y Lyudmila (Ruslan and Lyudmila) by Mikhail Glinka based on a Pushkin fairytale.

The production I am most familiar with is from 1995 and stars Russian soprano Anna Nebtreko as Lyudmila.

 

This five act Opera is staged at the Marinsky Theater. The ballet sequence is danced by the Bolshoi. Exquisite. The conductor Gregiev noticed Anna and of course she became a star. As you will see the costumes are marvelous, especially noticeable when she is joined by the Chorus as 2:35.

 

Happy Christmas!

Pictured: Pakistani Christians celebrating Christmas

Pakistani Christians participate in a peace rally in connection with a Christmas celebration in Karachi, Pakistan, on Wednesday. Although Pakistani Christians are in the minority, Christmas is a national holiday and is observed across the country as an occasion to celebrate. Shakil Adil/AP.
Pakistani Christians participate in a peace rally in connection with a Christmas celebration in Karachi, Pakistan, on Wednesday. Although Pakistani Christians are in the minority, Christmas is a national holiday and is observed across the country as an occasion to celebrate. Shakil Adil/AP.

Crown Princess Marie of Denmark wearing fabulous Susanne Juul hats. Oops!

Crown Princess Mary during the Royal family’s arrival to the Parliament, where they will attend the opening of the Parliament at Christiansborg in Copenhagen on October 4, 2016, in Denmark. Image as attributed.

I love everything about this hat. Except the cruelty. Everywhere you look, there it is.

Animal pelts from Susanne Juul's shop.
Animal pelts from Susanne Juul’s shop. Click image to visit source.

This at least, my favorite of all time, is animal free. It’s a straw. But what about the embellishment? Feathers. Oh, well. Sigh.

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark is seen at the christening of Prince Oscar of Sweden at Royal Palace of Stockholm on May 27, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.

DON’T GIVE UP

Are there vegan hats? And I don’t mean baseball hats which say go vegan on them.

I am doing some research on this. There are some exciting trends out there and they are deluxe. See you back here soon.