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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 :)
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)
6/06/11 Meet Bracken - Bracken is a Tawny owl and lives with his partner Willow in the barn you can see reflected in his eyes. These are the owls whose famous call is shared between them ' Toowit - hoo'   Many thanks to everyone who commented on the shot of Fern yesterday and special thanks to Sandra for introducing me to her wonderful barn and it's inhabitants. I'm currently working through my day's photos which are slowly uploading to http://nixpix.me/Vacation/North-East-Norfolk-All-in-a/17394177_zB9Sjx
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)
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)
A shot of a piano in our home. Its a beautiful piece of furniture to bad I can't  play it,,,,, The company I found went out of business during the Great Depression I have been told the piano dates back to approx 1915 to 1920. Just a neat piece to have a round. Have a great day everyone. And Thank You for all the great comments you all put up daily...
"The Boy in the Bubble" - song by Paul Simon.  This is the redone version of this.  I took a new photo of a bubble and, instead of cutting out the bubble and putting it on a different background, this time I kept the bubble and the background intact.  All I did was add the boy.  If you look at it in the largest sizes, you'll see the reflections in the bubble now reflect the actual setting in which it was taken --- although you'll see the pine trees in my garden, which do not actually show in the background itself.  You can also see that there are reflections both in front of and behind the boy.  Having done all that, I'm not sure this is really that great an image.  The boy does not pop out at you.  You have to look carefully for him.  However, I think this may be about as good a job as I can do on this idea.  I'd appreciate your thoughts regarding whether I  should enter this or the great balls of fire shot that I posted on the dailies two days ago.  Thanks, as always, for your comments, which I value a lot.  I did learn quite a bit doing this little project and that, of course, is never wasted effort.  Have a great day everyone!  My hubby and I are going up to Denver to help our daughter put up drywall in her new ballet studio.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011       "GLOWS OF GRATITUDE"    "People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within." ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross     Remember yesterday's pic? Well, these are views of the solid colored glass windows on each of the three entry doors to the chapel (from the inside). I pp'd this one; it's my 31st remix.    My nephew attends this SEC university and is pursuing a degree in kinesiology; he's doing quite well, and loves it! It is one of the top SEC universities in Mississippi and the prettiest SEC university campus I've toured.  Also, the campus spirit is pleasant, warm, friendly, and accepting of various nationalities and ethnicities. The official website is here: http://www.msstate.edu. and the complete gallery of campus photos are in the "Colleges/Universities" album.     Thanks so much for your views and comments on my "Angel" post yesterday. I thoroughly enjoy perusing and commenting on your fabulous pics, also.     It's hump day; have a great one!!    Chapel of Memories  Mississippi State University  Starkville/Mississippi State, MS    ***#2 photo of the day and all time as of 8/3/2011***      (photo taken 6/26/2011)
You know I had to let you see both of them!! They are just the cutest and sweetest little babies!! Both have a full tummy and are tucked in for the night.    Thanks so much for all the comments on the one baby...Unfortunetly I have alot going on right now,so I may be letting my friend take care of this pair. I haven't decided yet.    Hope all the Moms had a great day!!
Fire in the Sky October 2009 Another day in southwest Montana and another gorgeous sunrise to share.  This little cabin is a favorite of mine and I photograph it whenever I visit Big Sky Country. That is an outhouse on the left.  This is about as rustic as it gets in the 21st century.
11-07-09 A thousand worlds    I finally take the time to process a series of "spider webs in the mist" that have these wonderful droplets. The colors in the background come from autumn leaves. This one was taken when the Sun began to shine through the mist.     Almost no processing here (just slightly enhanced contrast and sharpened)...
December 6, 2010    Hello everyone - I didn't expect to be posting tonight, or this week at all because I was scheduled to be in Northern California all week; however, due to an unforeseen event, the trip was cancelled and so I am home this week, and the NoCal trip will be rescheduled sometime next year.  I'm home  and happy!!!!!!!!!!!!  It's nice to be home after all my travels over the last several weeks.  Road warriers need to restore the batteries at home some, and that's what I'm doing!!!!  YAY!    This is a  custom car and I don't know what it started life as, but it was a real beauty.  The rainbow colored paint was amazing.  As you walked around the car it would change in color from black to dark midnight blue then to medium blue  and then almost a tourquoise color, then it would shift again to a light maroon and a red.  There were several other color changes in between too.  It's hard to describe all the color variations.  It was at a car show and as you can see it was sprinkling rain and I felt sorry for the owners who were trying to keep their cars wiped down and dry.  I liked the rain drops on the car and the reflection of the other car beside it.  The beauty of the colors are best viewed in X3    Have a great evening Smugmuggers.    Linda
6/18/2012 A wipe out. Thanks for the comments on Sundays photo.  I was a good day butt in the sand feet in the ocean and camera in hand. A swell 2-4 feet wind out of the NE 13 mph swell period 12s. Hope all you Dads had a good day.  Back to work be safe.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011             "TIERFUL"  "Colors are the smiles of nature" ~ Leigh Hunt  Worthy of a return visit............"The Field of Zinnias"  Remember the zinnias in yesterday's POTD? Well, these were captured in the same field. I love how these zinnias appear to be in tiers, overlapping, and/or cascading. I also love the mixture of colors. The frames were applied from PicNik.  Always popular with gardeners for their lush and lovely appearance, zinnias are traditional symbols of lasting love and good memories. Zinnias are longtime garden favorites for colorful, round flowers. I was told that these flexible hot-weather plants don’t gain from being planted early and stand still until weather warms up.   You can view the entire gallery here: http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/16179827_QjTWRB#1460261892_3j4Pnpw  Have a terrific Tuesday, everyone!  ***#1 photo of the day*** and all-time as of 9/7/2011  (photo taken on 7/29/2011)
Friday, March 23, 2012  "FLOWERING STILETTO" by Mary Consie of Mesa, AZ  "If loving shoes is wrong, I don't want to be right." ~ Godschild (Me)  This was also among my favorite sculptures that reminded me of all the ladies who love shoes as much as I do (including but not limited to): my mother, my two sisters, my aunts, my best friend, a co-worker Shelia, SmugMug ladies Linda, Paula, Janet, Maryann, Judy, Nelli, and all the other shoe-a-holics in the world.  "Flowering Stiletto," by Mary Consie of Mesa, AZ, was donated in memory of Jane Binkley (1940-2007) by her family. It was dedicated to the city of Mesa, AZ in July, 2008. Flowering Stiletto depicts a 6 foot long stiletto with a flower growing out of it. The sculpture is made of steel.  Consie has said that due to having flat feet, she can't wear small shoes and creates large versions instead. Originally the sculpture was purchased by a resident of Tempe, AZ. The purchaser then donated it to the city of Mesa and dedicated it to his late wife, Jane Binkley, who had a large (in number, not in size) shoe collection.  TGIF!! Have a funtagious, footloose, francy-free, and high-steppin' weekend.  Located on the NE corner of Main St. and Robson Rd. (downtown) Mesa, AZ   ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken 12/28/2011)
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 :)

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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 :)
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 :)

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Photo by: John Bennett · See photo in original gallery.

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