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03/14/11 - Toco Toucon or is it Mr. Fruit Loop?    The kids and I traveled back to Scotland Neck yesterday to go to the Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park.  We really enjoy our visits there seeing all the birds and walking the easy trail.  There's a beaver blind and a treehouse as well as a playground area with fossil dirt brought in from Aurora for the kids to look for fossil teeth.    The Toco Toucon obviously stands out for his color and personality, and this is Johnny's favorite bird at the park.  Easy for me as the photographer to fall in love with that beautiful blue eye.  This was our 3rd visit to the park, and each time we've spent a good bit of time visiting with this bird.    This guy is a native to parts of Africa.  Not on any endanged lists thank goodness.  Males and femlaes look the same only males are larger.  They live in more open areas than forest areas.  They like fruits like figs but also eat reptiles and insects and even sometimes small birds.      Link to Joey's POTD:    http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Daily-Photos/LightningFastJoeys-POTD/11187845_dd7pS#1215884498_UAtxo    Thanks for your comments on the St. Patrick's Day Parade collage.      Best bird collage from yesterday:    http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Nature/March-2011/16046070_gZarf#1215665275_g82PM  Putting all the ones I like side by side like that helps me pick sometimes.    Best kid collage:    http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Nature/March-2011/16046070_gZarf#1215667474_aRfn2    The unique crop is because he's in a cage.  Although the eye detail is not so nice if you line things up to get his whole beak in beause it's so long.  Here's a shot from our last visit that shows his full beak (and a sweet gum ball he's playing with):    http://fotomom.smugmug.com/SylvanHeightsWaterfowlParkScot/Sylvan-Heights-022011/15917697_ZVfEA#1193792092_7ZqtL    I spent some time trying out a polarizing filter yesterday.  I wan't impressed.  I may try again.    HAGD,  Maryann
6.27.2011. We found these wonderful windmills overlooking the nice little town of Consuegra, Spain. There are 11 of them sprinkled here along with a small castle that was closed :( While they are not the ones that Don Quixote did battle with, they are the same types.   The funniest thing was that one of the windmills is a little tourist shop and we stopped there first to get a cold drink. The shopkeeper told us we could climb the stairs and look out, so up we marched, and as we climbed he loudly sang  The lady's very pretty  The lady's very nice  The lady's very pretty  I'd like to kiss her twice!     Oh those Spaniards!!!     Thanks everyone for all your comments, it's so fun to be home and be following all the great pictures in the dailies.
1-03: Thursday I let my daughter drive up to Horsetooth and on some of the roads up there (she's just started learning to drive). It just so happened that the sky was pretty awesome looking so I had her stop and I took some pictures. As you can see our snow is almost completely gone now :(
"A Healing Sunset"  It was a long day today with some bad headache by evening. Instead of adding some caffeine to the evening I added a sunset to feel better. Definitely worked :-)     “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” ~Rabindranath Tagore ~
November 17, 2011
Saturday, June 6th.
I got a new camera! I have been working with a Nikon D40 and am now celebrating my upgrade to a D90. Kinda needed to though. My D40 is in the shop....and I have photos to take, darn it.  Over the Holidays I was reading the Twilight series *sigh*...(I know, I know...already to much information;)And finally saw the movie. Then a couple nights ago, I watched Sweeney Todd. I was amazed by the lighting, the colors, contrast of both movies. I love the hair and costume design in Sweeney Todd... I became inspired....and this was my result...  ****Thank you very much for all of the Awesome comments. I must admit though, this is a self portrait. Yup. Me, my camera, tri-pod, and a touch of inspirado.....********
Lake Isabelle, Indian Peaks National Wilderness, CO    A new version of a photo from our trip to Colorado in July 2010.  I want to get a large print of this so I had to re-crop it for 8x10 aspect ratio and I touched up the processing.  It seems like every time I revisit old photos I find new ways to process them.  And I don't even do much stuff, just little tweaks make a big difference.    I think this was the first photo I took with a DSLR that I really liked a lot, so it is one of my personal favorites.    I hope everyone has a fun weekend!  I know I'll be watching some good football games.    Daily photo: January 15, 2011, reprocessed January 15, 2011, taken July 30, 2010
I just finished processing the images from my first ever photo shoot with a young, aspiring model.  Heather is a lovely young woman and I was very lucky to be able to do this photoshoot with her.  This is one of my favorite images from the shoot.  If you are interested in seeing the others, they are in the following gallery:  http://fotoeffects.smugmug.com/gallery/8572425_qAADT#564825381_oE9Qd.  I'd love to hear your suggestions and comments, as many of you have so much more experience than I do.
June 7, 2008    Bugs, the breakfast of champions.
22.3.08 - Happy Easter! We actually had some snow showers today, but none of it settled so no snowy DP today. I had to go into town, and on the way back decided to dodge a particularly nasty snow shower by going into the cathedral. I timed it just right for a guided roof tour, and ended up staying for nearly two hours. This isn't my most innovative or quirky shot of the cathedral, but it does show its gothic majesty off best. I can never get my head round the fact that this was all built by hand; no scaffolding, no cranes, no laser range finders, just blood and sweat. I took over 80 photos today(!), so some of them will make it to other galleries when I get chance. I'll probably start a separate gallery for Cathedral interiors, and there were some stunning views from the roof! Happy Easter..........    I've put one of today's efforts here  http://johnloguk.smugmug.com/gallery/4518270_XDZuH#268878026    New Cathedral Gallery now here  http://johnloguk.smugmug.com/gallery/4562724_EH5v6/1/268904689_tgGam#268904689
Resting  My hometown of Killybegs from a different angle. The tide is out as is most of the fishing fleet. Taken in the evening.  Day 93: 25 May 2010  Thank you for the wonderful welcome back.
May 25 : When out this morning at 2 am and took a quickly when back out at 3:15 and caught this one, I caught my hydrangeas in the cross fire of the cabnet shops night light pole next door and the back drop of my light pole shining down on the morning mist fog causeing affect I like.
A view of my yard after a winter snowstorm - this is one of a small file of photos that I discovered this week on one of my external drives that had never been processed.  I processed them and added them to my "Snowy Days" gallery this week.  We actually have not had this much snow at one time this year.  THIS SHOT REALLY NEEDS TO BE VIEWED IN THE LARGEST SIZES.  Thanks to those of you who commented on my shot of the froggie in the window. And another weekend is here and I hope you are able to enjoy yours.  Cheers!
Update: This image won me a first place in the Ellison Center for the Arts (Duxbury Art Association) Annual Winter Juried Show. The opening was February 6th and it was a blast to attend as a winning photographer. After almost a week of no sun, lots of rain and not feeling well, I finally felt a little inspired to get out there and shoot. It felt good. There's still plenty of color out there.  You just have to look a little harder and think more on the macro level. I've actually been in a funk with fall being over. It is by far my most favorite season, especially for photography. I'm sad that it's over. I'll keep trying to squeeze color out of my world. Because of bad eyesight, shapes and color are mostly what I see. Anyway...the sun is returning today! Have a great day.
03/14/11 - Toco Toucon or is it Mr. Fruit Loop?

The kids and I traveled back to Scotland Neck yesterday to go to the Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park. We really enjoy our visits there seeing all the birds and walking the easy trail. There's a beaver blind and a treehouse as well as a playground area with fossil dirt brought in from Aurora for the kids to look for fossil teeth.

The Toco Toucon obviously stands out for his color and personality, and this is Johnny's favorite bird at the park. Easy for me as the photographer to fall in love with that beautiful blue eye. This was our 3rd visit to the park, and each time we've spent a good bit of time visiting with this bird.

This guy is a native to parts of Africa. Not on any endanged lists thank goodness. Males and femlaes look the same only males are larger. They live in more open areas than forest areas. They like fruits like figs but also eat reptiles and insects and even sometimes small birds.

Link to Joey's POTD:

http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Daily-Photos/LightningFastJoeys-POTD/11187845_dd7pS#1215884498_UAtxo

Thanks for your comments on the St. Patrick's Day Parade collage.

Best bird collage from yesterday:

http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Nature/March-2011/16046070_gZarf#1215665275_g82PM
Putting all the ones I like side by side like that helps me pick sometimes.

Best kid collage:

http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Nature/March-2011/16046070_gZarf#1215667474_aRfn2

The unique crop is because he's in a cage. Although the eye detail is not so nice if you line things up to get his whole beak in beause it's so long. Here's a shot from our last visit that shows his full beak (and a sweet gum ball he's playing with):

http://fotomom.smugmug.com/SylvanHeightsWaterfowlParkScot/Sylvan-Heights-022011/15917697_ZVfEA#1193792092_7ZqtL

I spent some time trying out a polarizing filter yesterday. I wan't impressed. I may try again.

HAGD,
Maryann

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03/14/11 - Toco Toucon or is it Mr. Fruit Loop?    The kids and I traveled back to Scotland Neck yesterday to go to the Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park.  We really enjoy our visits there seeing all the birds and walking the easy trail.  There's a beaver blind and a treehouse as well as a playground area with fossil dirt brought in from Aurora for the kids to look for fossil teeth.    The Toco Toucon obviously stands out for his color and personality, and this is Johnny's favorite bird at the park.  Easy for me as the photographer to fall in love with that beautiful blue eye.  This was our 3rd visit to the park, and each time we've spent a good bit of time visiting with this bird.    This guy is a native to parts of Africa.  Not on any endanged lists thank goodness.  Males and femlaes look the same only males are larger.  They live in more open areas than forest areas.  They like fruits like figs but also eat reptiles and insects and even sometimes small birds.      Link to Joey's POTD:    http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Daily-Photos/LightningFastJoeys-POTD/11187845_dd7pS#1215884498_UAtxo    Thanks for your comments on the St. Patrick's Day Parade collage.      Best bird collage from yesterday:    http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Nature/March-2011/16046070_gZarf#1215665275_g82PM  Putting all the ones I like side by side like that helps me pick sometimes.    Best kid collage:    http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Nature/March-2011/16046070_gZarf#1215667474_aRfn2    The unique crop is because he's in a cage.  Although the eye detail is not so nice if you line things up to get his whole beak in beause it's so long.  Here's a shot from our last visit that shows his full beak (and a sweet gum ball he's playing with):    http://fotomom.smugmug.com/SylvanHeightsWaterfowlParkScot/Sylvan-Heights-022011/15917697_ZVfEA#1193792092_7ZqtL    I spent some time trying out a polarizing filter yesterday.  I wan't impressed.  I may try again.    HAGD,  Maryann
03/14/11 - Toco Toucon or is it Mr. Fruit Loop?

The kids and I traveled back to Scotland Neck yesterday to go to the Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park. We really enjoy our visits there seeing all the birds and walking the easy trail. There's a beaver blind and a treehouse as well as a playground area with fossil dirt brought in from Aurora for the kids to look for fossil teeth.

The Toco Toucon obviously stands out for his color and personality, and this is Johnny's favorite bird at the park. Easy for me as the photographer to fall in love with that beautiful blue eye. This was our 3rd visit to the park, and each time we've spent a good bit of time visiting with this bird.

This guy is a native to parts of Africa. Not on any endanged lists thank goodness. Males and femlaes look the same only males are larger. They live in more open areas than forest areas. They like fruits like figs but also eat reptiles and insects and even sometimes small birds.

Link to Joey's POTD:

http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Daily-Photos/LightningFastJoeys-POTD/11187845_dd7pS#1215884498_UAtxo

Thanks for your comments on the St. Patrick's Day Parade collage.

Best bird collage from yesterday:

http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Nature/March-2011/16046070_gZarf#1215665275_g82PM
Putting all the ones I like side by side like that helps me pick sometimes.

Best kid collage:

http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Nature/March-2011/16046070_gZarf#1215667474_aRfn2

The unique crop is because he's in a cage. Although the eye detail is not so nice if you line things up to get his whole beak in beause it's so long. Here's a shot from our last visit that shows his full beak (and a sweet gum ball he's playing with):

http://fotomom.smugmug.com/SylvanHeightsWaterfowlParkScot/Sylvan-Heights-022011/15917697_ZVfEA#1193792092_7ZqtL

I spent some time trying out a polarizing filter yesterday. I wan't impressed. I may try again.

HAGD,
Maryann

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