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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)
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
Friday, April 6, 2012         "WHAT IS IT?"    “Each of us, famous or infamous, is a role model for somebody, and if we aren't, we should behave as though we are -- cheerful, kind, loving, courteous; because you can be sure someone is watching and taking deliberate and diligent notes.” ~ Maya Angelou    Can you guess what this is? Special effects or not? Even I was amazed at how this turned out, as I was just playing around with various shots.  It does look like an abstract and a work of art, in my opinion.    I genuinely appreciate your comments on the table setting post yesterday; it landed in the #2 spot. Please know that I look forward to perusing and commenting on your outstanding photos, also. Each day, I am so honored to be a part of a community of people who share a like passion for photography.    Today is Good Friday and a day off for most people, including moi......woo hoo!!    Have a safe and blessed "Resurrection Weekend," my friends.    ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***    (photo taken 4/1/2012)
THE QUEEN!!! (September 26, 2010)    She is such a beauty & is poised so delicately on this wildflower in North Texas.    Hope all the SmugMuggers enjoy this butterfly pic.  Found her while tromping around the woods near our house today.    Thanks for all the wonderful comments on the twins "swinging" shot last night.    Have a great Sunday evening.    I'll be back on the road tomorrow (a 7:20 a.m. flight from Dallas) and not back to Big D until Wednesday, October 6th.      But I'm taking my camera to Birmingham, AL and Louisville, KY.  I figure the Louisville portion of the trip may give me some opportunities for photographs.    I'll try to comment while I'm on the road, but won't be able to post pics.    Take care,    Best regards,    Linda
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.
4th year Pic 217 - Sep - 21 2012. Yellow Rose -  Taj Gateway Hotel, Coonoor  This is a close crop of yesterday's picture. I am greatly impressed with the D800's Dynamic Range and detail capturing.   Critiques welcome!    Have you people heard of subscription price increase at Smugmug? Mainly for Pro & Business accounts?
3rd year Pic 174 - Mar 03 2011 awaiting...  Mahabaleshwar Market  This is old lady was asking for alms at the weekly market.     Her belly looks big because poor women tend to keep their precious belongings or day's earnings in a small pouch tied to the waist and then covered by the saree.   B&W version:  http://hershy.smugmug.com/Travel/Mahabaleshwar-2011-ppl/15755187_HtDGn#1178269417_E8Yzi-A-LB  another pic: http://hershy.smugmug.com/Travel/Mahabaleshwar-2011-ppl/15755187_HtDGn#1178268088_Qis3T-A-LB  B&W version:  http://hershy.smugmug.com/Travel/Mahabaleshwar-2011-ppl/15755187_HtDGn#1178280050_xVvM2-A-LB
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)
July 27th, 2010    Just playing with fruit!   Thank goodness it's Tuesday!  Hope you all have a great day.
A little Monet to brighten your day!   Such fun I had yesterday at a swamp on the side of the road. The flower head is a fading dahlia from the Cotley Hill shoot. This is not processed either, just cropped. The brilliant color is the reflection of the surrounding swamp growth which is very colorful when shot this way. The one I'm working on for printing will be cleaned up.
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.  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken June 29, 2012)
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.
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)
Was very lucky this past fall to find a man and his dog training at a pond near my home...I asked if I could watch the training session and try to photo their session together.   It was wonderful to see master and dog working together and the love they showed for each other. This is one of many that came out rather nice. Hope you all have a Great Day......
2013-07-01. Ring Around the Cone Flower.    Thank you for the views and comments. They are very much appreciated!
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)

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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)
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)

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