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Thursday, February 2, 2012  "SUNNY SIDE UP"  "Be a rose which gives fragrance, even to those who crush it. ~ Author Unknown  SOOC comes this yellow rose of...........Arizona, and not Texas:)!   According to history, yellow is  a bright, sunny color that evokes a feeling of warmth and happiness. Akin to those shared with a true friend are the warm feelings associated with the yellow rose. It is also an ideal symbol for joy and friendship, in contrast to the romantic meanings attributed to other roses. Additionally, yellow roses can send the perfect message of appreciation and platonic love without the romantic subtext of other colors. Joy and delight are representative of the color yellow and an ideal way to brighten someone's day who may be feeling down.  Finally, a yellow rose can bring out the smile in quite a way that no other flower can.   I sure do thank you all for your comments; they are very much appreciated.  Hang in there; tomorrow is Friday.  Scottsdale City Hall Scottsdale, AZ  ***#1 photo of the day and all time***  Check out the #2 photo from yesterday that was posted by mpkonopa: http://mpkonopa.smugmug.com/Photography/General/15362358_kZWBDn#!i=1695756548&k=fQrzptC&lb=1&s=A  (photo taken 12/26/2011)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
04/20/10 - Bachelor Buttons Shot on NC 200 about 20 miles North of Monroe.  I saw them on the way into town on Saturday but was out of time to stop.  So, on the way out of town yesterday, I was determined to find a spot to pull over and take some pics.  They were only growing in a small 3 miles stretch of road, and many of the spots were on a curve, no wide shoulder or otherwise safe place to pull over.  Finally I found a spot and on top of the bachelor buttons, there were these yellow flowers in the field too.  Wheat growing around them both, I was able to snap quite a few pics as the boys entertained themselves with their DVD.  I have some shots with the bachelor buttons set against just green and some with the background more a yellow blur vs. retaining some of the yellow flower detail like this shot does.  What a joy to find, see, and take pics of.  Thanks to those of you that stopped by to view my pics over the weekend and to leave comments and say hi.  I really appreciate your support.  I only got about 30 minutes a day at the computer due to all I was trying to accomplish at Dad's house while I was there.  I can be content about what I did, but much more to do like find someone to blow the roof, clean the gutters, and power wash the front and back porches and windows.  I will start churning through the pile of paperwork I brought back with me too.    Dad continues to improve each day.  He wants to come home immediately.  We, me and 4 of the rehab facility people, talked him into being patient another week (or two).  Trying to set up some help at the house for him so coming home might work.    So much to do.  Where to begin?!?  HAGD, Maryann
Tuesday, June 12, 2012  "TIMELESS TULIPS" Abstract  "Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way." ~  Edward de Bono  What a difference a day makes! Here's the  "remix" version of yesterday's "Timeless Tulips" photo created with a Picnik effect. Unfortunately, the picnik is over. As announced earlier, Picnik closed on April 19, 2012.   To compare and contrast the original and the abstract version, click here to view the original photo: http://godschild.smugmug.com/Project365/Daily-Dose-of-One-A-Day-2012/19925393_swcnH9#!i=1748517744&k=QqZVQwJ&lb=1&s=A  SPEAKING OF SPORTS: Game 1 of the NBA Finals between Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat is tonight in OKC at 8:00 PM CST. The family and I are pulling for the "young guns" of OKC. Go Thunder!!!  Have a terrific Tuesday.  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (abstract version created and original photo taken on 3/13/2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Sunday, March 13, 2011    "NEWSPAPER WALL ART"  "It is the common wonder of all men, how among so many million faces, there should be none alike." ~ Thomas Browne   These are the faces of four famous icons; can you guess which ones? No cheating:). The artist/artists name(s) was/were not listed. The "great reveal" will be tomorrow.  This is another photo from my four day job-related trip to the Gulf Coast, March 1 - 4, 2011. It's SOOC and uncropped. I love beautiful, unique and interesting art; this one is all three! It was created with newspapers; believe it or not!! It was taken either in between attending workshops or at the end of the day.  View the numero uno photo here: http://fotoeffects.smugmug.com/Daily-shots-for-the-dailies/Dailies/6928550_kEPBm#1214370092_c5hsW-A-LB  Rock on......and have a blessed day!  Hard Rock Hotel Biloxi, MS  ***#2 photo of the day and all time***   (photo taken 3/2/2011)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Sunday, July 1, 2012     "SPEARMINT SEAFORM SET with CINNAMON RED LIP WRAPS" by Dale Chihuly (2001)  "One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the BEAUTY of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple." ~ Psalm 27:4, The Bible (KJV), visit Bible Gateway @ www.biblegateway.com  SOOC comes this hand blown glass, measuring 10 x 21 x 12 inches. Everyone knows that I absolutely LOVE Dale Chihuly's glass art. If art is the expression of imagination, then Dale and I both dream in very vivid colors.   "The Seaforms seemed to come about by accident, as much of my work does—by chance. We were experimenting with some ribbed molds when I was doing the Basket series. By blowing the pieces into ribbed molds, it gave them more strength. It's sort of like corrugated cardboard—or actually, like sea shells themselves, which are very often ribbed. Then the Baskets started looking like sea forms, so I changed the name of the series to Seaforms, which suited me just fine in that I love to walk along the beach and go to the ocean. And glass itself, of course, is so much like water. If you let it go on its own, it almost ends up looking like something that came from the sea." ~ Dale Chihuly, Artist  Dale Chihuly's official website is www.chihuly.com  Have a blessed day, my friends.  Dale Chihuly: "Recent Works and New Forms" Exhibit" 2012 Talley Dunn Gallery 5020 Tracy Street Dallas, Texas 75205  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken June 29, 2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Saturday, April 21, 2012  "SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS"  “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi  A pair of distressed, rustic, collectible, vintage, Western tin cowboy salt and pepper shakers on the kitchen island at "my happy place."  There are not enough days in the weekend, but have a great one, my friends.  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken 12/31/2011)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Oct 23:  Morning on the Bay I captured this shot on the way into work.  The picture caught my eye and I turned around and drove back to this location to capture the shot.  I was not dressed for the weather but I stood there anyway and took shots for 20 min.  This is a 30 sec exposure shot on the bay with my remote trigger.  Temps had dropped from the 60's to 48 with the wind blowing off the water at 15-20.  I could hear the wind howling through the masts.  A couple of masts on the left side you can see the blur hence movement in these masts.  The line in background is the interstate that is leading to the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel.  Tunnel over to Norfolk.  Have a great day
December 21, 2010  "ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE"  “He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.”  ~ Roy L. Smith  Today is the first day of winter. We spent last Christmas in Arizona (December 24-31, 2009) at the "home away from home" (aka "My Happy Place") and I photographed this gorgeous tree at one of the resorts while admiring all of its Christmas decor.  Thanks for your views and comments. SmugMuggers, you rock!  The Scottsdale Plaza Resort  Scottsdale, AZ   Official website is here: http://www.scottsdaleplaza.com/   *** #1 photo of the day and all time ***  (photo taken 12/27/2009)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Humming Bird Shot at Rio Salado in Phoenix, AZ     Link to Photo Without Frame
Pretty in Red  Sat. November 1, 2008 (DAY 201)    Meet Miranda...  I had a photo session for her sweet 16.  We had a great time and the weather was gorgeous;  One perfect day to take outdoor shots.  April set up the location at Forbidden Garden,  complete with the Lion Dancer!  Thanks April, that was fun!!    This photo is SOOC (straight out of camera).  I'm still working on  the rest of the pics, that I think need some touch ups.    My hubby helped me (again) with the reflector.  Thank you dear!
Monday, February 27, 2012     "EARLY SPRING BLOSSOMS AND BUDS" (Japanese Magnolias)  "One of the most attractive things about the flowers is their beautiful reserve."  ~ Henry David Thoreau     First of all, I genuinely appreciate your comments on my "Red Baron Squadron" aircraft photo yesterday; it landed in the #1 (numero uno) spot. There are always outstanding posts in this community, and I never take for granted that you take the time to peruse and comment on mine. SmugMuggers rock!!!  Additionally, two days ago, I mentioned that it's been a while since I've been able to get out and take new photos. Well, yesterday evening, my hubby noticed these blooms on a tree in our backyard. The other day, I noticed that there were only buds. Isn't it amazing the changes that can occur in a few days?  Once temperatures start warming up, Japanese Magnolias on this tree always wave goodbye to winter by launching an impressive display of large, pinkish flowers.   Anyway, I grabbed my camera and took only two quick snaps; and we both liked this one best, as it shows off the flowers and buds against that deep blue evening sky. Finally, I was so elated to have the camera back in my hands:).  "Come and visit me sometime; my flowers would like to meet you." ~ Unknown Author  Happy Monday, my friends!  ***#2 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken 2/26/2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Hootie!    This poor little owl was knocked out of its nest by a bunch of crows! I will be taking it to a man tomorrow,that specializes in Birds of Prey.
October 5, 2009 - "Grand Teton Sunrise"    Our first day in Jackson, Wyoming we left the hotel at 630 am to get some sunrise shots.  It was cold and dark waiting for the sun to appear first on the mountains and then on this barn.  There was some light smoke in the air from area controlled burns.    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia  Mormon Row Historic District  Mormon Row is a line of homestead complexes along the Jackson-Moran Road near the southeast corner of Grand Teton National Park. The rural historic landscape's period of significance includes the construction of the Andy Chambers, T.A. Moulton and John Moulton farms from 1908 to the 1950's. Six building clusters and a separate ruin illustrate Mormon settlement in the area and comprise such features as drainage systems, barns, fields and corrals.  The district occupies a spectacular site in Jackson Hole with the Teton Range rising in the background.
1.8.08 - Absent Friends    I seem to having lots of anniversaries at the moment. Yesterday I completed my first 6 months in the Dailies, and tomorrow I will have been in my new flat for a year. Today would have been my 27th wedding anniversary, but for the fact that my first wife Gill died of a brain haemorrhage on July 20th 1986. This photo was taken in January 1985, at the end of a wonderful day walking in the Derbyshire Hills. The original was a colour transparency, and is in another gallery, but this has been cropped and tidied up a bit for the Dailies.     Gill and I shared a love of wild places, especially mountains, but as a cash strapped young couple we never got beyond the UK. This was good in that it allowed our daft black lab "Kelly" to go everywhere with us, we were quite a team. We had great plans, but they were all for a future that never happened for us. After Gill died my attitude to life changed considerably, never put off 'til tomorrow what you can do today, you never know what might happen.    Much has happened in the intervening years, some bad, but most good. One of the best experiences of recent years has been joining the Dailies and making many great new friends, albeit at the other end of fibre optic cables halfway round the world. You guys have taught me so much, about myself as well as about photography, and long may it continue :)
08/29/09 - I took more candle shots last night.  This is the same set-up as the night before, but I used a different candle style.  What I was going for was the perspective of high in the front and low in the back.  Not just a curve but a curve with an interesting height perspective in it.  Mostly I was just having fun with glass and reflections and seeing if I could produce a pretty picture...maybe something for a romantic greeting card.  But, coming up with catchy titles is not my thing, so, here you have it title free:-)      Dirkster, here's the set-up:  http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Art/Glass-Appeal-16/9421013_LHGKh#633028939_z3Uuy  Yes, I was bathroom shooting.  To get this effect, you need two mirrors that are reasonably parallel to each other.  I just happen to have a small medicine cabinet with a mirror door on the right wall and another mirror over the sink.  You open the medicine cabinet door and waa laa you have two roughly parallel mirrors.  Nice thing about this set-up is that it was at a normal height for shooting without a lot of bending.      Complications:  The darn flame was ALL OVER THE PLACE despite me doing everything I could to keep the air in the room from moving.  Sometimes if I'd wait a minute or two between shots it would cycle straight and still for 3-5 seconds and then resume it's dance.  I'd try to take my pic when it was more or less still but that was hard.    Amazing how you stop breathing when trying to take a 3 second picture.      Joey was with me around 8PM for 45 minutes helping me, and Johnny popped in and out a few times.  Joey has gotten pretty good about gently taking the pic and understands why we can't move the camera.    This was Party Lite candle wax, and at the right temp, it melts completely liquid.  I put the candle holder in the oven at 175 to to melt the wax quicker.  But, in the bathroom, over time the wax started to get solid again.  I have one great all liquid shot, but there are a few things about that pic that bother me, so I chose not to post it.  But, I thought the liquified wax was pretty cool.  http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Art/Glass-Appeal-16/9421013_LHGKh#633186200_Ddoh7      Anyway.......................    You guys have a great weekend!  2 more days and I will be off call and much happier...    Maryann
Thursday, February 2, 2012

"SUNNY SIDE UP"

"Be a rose which gives fragrance, even to those who crush it. ~ Author Unknown

SOOC comes this yellow rose of...........Arizona, and not Texas:)!

According to history, yellow is a bright, sunny color that evokes a feeling of warmth and happiness. Akin to those shared with a true friend are the warm feelings associated with the yellow rose. It is also an ideal symbol for joy and friendship, in contrast to the romantic meanings attributed to other roses. Additionally, yellow roses can send the perfect message of appreciation and platonic love without the romantic subtext of other colors. Joy and delight are representative of the color yellow and an ideal way to brighten someone's day who may be feeling down. Finally, a yellow rose can bring out the smile in quite a way that no other flower can.

I sure do thank you all for your comments; they are very much appreciated.

Hang in there; tomorrow is Friday.

Scottsdale City Hall
Scottsdale, AZ

***#1 photo of the day and all time***

Check out the #2 photo from yesterday that was posted by mpkonopa: http://mpkonopa.smugmug.com/Photography/General/15362358_kZWBDn#!i=1695756548&k=fQrzptC&lb=1&s=A

(photo taken 12/26/2011)

My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com

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Thursday, February 2, 2012  "SUNNY SIDE UP"  "Be a rose which gives fragrance, even to those who crush it. ~ Author Unknown  SOOC comes this yellow rose of...........Arizona, and not Texas:)!   According to history, yellow is  a bright, sunny color that evokes a feeling of warmth and happiness. Akin to those shared with a true friend are the warm feelings associated with the yellow rose. It is also an ideal symbol for joy and friendship, in contrast to the romantic meanings attributed to other roses. Additionally, yellow roses can send the perfect message of appreciation and platonic love without the romantic subtext of other colors. Joy and delight are representative of the color yellow and an ideal way to brighten someone's day who may be feeling down.  Finally, a yellow rose can bring out the smile in quite a way that no other flower can.   I sure do thank you all for your comments; they are very much appreciated.  Hang in there; tomorrow is Friday.  Scottsdale City Hall Scottsdale, AZ  ***#1 photo of the day and all time***  Check out the #2 photo from yesterday that was posted by mpkonopa: http://mpkonopa.smugmug.com/Photography/General/15362358_kZWBDn#!i=1695756548&k=fQrzptC&lb=1&s=A  (photo taken 12/26/2011)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Thursday, February 2, 2012

"SUNNY SIDE UP"

"Be a rose which gives fragrance, even to those who crush it. ~ Author Unknown

SOOC comes this yellow rose of...........Arizona, and not Texas:)!

According to history, yellow is a bright, sunny color that evokes a feeling of warmth and happiness. Akin to those shared with a true friend are the warm feelings associated with the yellow rose. It is also an ideal symbol for joy and friendship, in contrast to the romantic meanings attributed to other roses. Additionally, yellow roses can send the perfect message of appreciation and platonic love without the romantic subtext of other colors. Joy and delight are representative of the color yellow and an ideal way to brighten someone's day who may be feeling down. Finally, a yellow rose can bring out the smile in quite a way that no other flower can.

I sure do thank you all for your comments; they are very much appreciated.

Hang in there; tomorrow is Friday.

Scottsdale City Hall
Scottsdale, AZ

***#1 photo of the day and all time***

Check out the #2 photo from yesterday that was posted by mpkonopa: http://mpkonopa.smugmug.com/Photography/General/15362358_kZWBDn#!i=1695756548&k=fQrzptC&lb=1&s=A

(photo taken 12/26/2011)

My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com

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