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Here I come!  Well, you knew this was coming didn't ya? Lucy had to get her turn.
Friday, July 6, 2012  "VERONA YELLOW PERSIAN SET with KOHL BLACK LIP WRAPS" by Dale Chihuly (1999)  "Color is like food for the spirit - plus it's not addictive or fattening." ~ Isaac Mizrahi  SOOC photo, hand blown glass; 15 x 19 x 18 inches  An encounter with Dale Chihuly's works is always a spectacular reminder that glass is not just something to see through or drink out of.   Artist's Statement.........."The Persians started out as a search for new forms. I set up Martin Blank and Robbie Miller in a corner of the hotshop at Pilchuck. I would make large pencil drawings for them with a couple of dozen small forms, and then I would put an X under the ones I wanted them to go for. Over the next year, we made more than 1,000 miniature experimental forms." ~ Dale Chihuly  Thanks for your overwhelmingly kind comments regarding yesterday's photo. I am elated that you are enjoying this series. I'll post a few more Chihuly masterpieces and then I'll post another subject:).  Dale Chihuly's official website is www.chihuly.com  Dale Chihuly: "Recent Works and New Forms" Exhibit" 2012 Talley Dunn Gallery 5020 Tracy Street Dallas, Texas 75205  Oh Happy Friday!  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken June 29, 2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
October 3, 2011  Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor) captured in flight at a local park - I fired off 2 shots, the first was a blur but I nailed this one. Best seen in the larger formats
SNOW tomorrow,,,that's what the weather forecast gives ,,,10cm ,,maybe,,   This color caught my eye . It really stood out on this gloomy, overcast day!  These two  wreaths hang on the outside door of a kindergarten next door to my physio building. Maybe the project serves to entertain the little ones or this is what the teachers do while the kids paint eggs.     An early post for March 30/12     With this cold change of temperature , I needed a cheerful find!   Thank you Christine ! It's an honour to be in your "favorite art by others" gallery!
11-22-10  Look... I asked nicely for some privacy and you just couldn't resist peeking on me you pervert !!    I hope no one is offended by this interpretation of what the hawk is doing.  EDIT: To answer Donna L's question, the bird bath is 19" across and holds 2 gal of water.   No pp was done to enhance this gesture.  It's 100% what the Coopers Hawk gave me.
5-29-12. "Drying Off After the Storm". A Red Shouldered Hawk dries its wings after tropical storm Beryl. Gainesville, Florida. 2012.
2013-04-28. Cone flower in bloom. Processed with Topaz Black and White Effects. The color version is in my flower gallery.  Here's the link:  http://kjakes1.smugmug.com/Nature/Flowers/i-MmLxthF/2/XL/_MG_0559a-XL.jpg  Thank you to Photopondering for suggesting black and white.  Also, Thanks for your comments on my smoke tree photo    ADDED NOTE on 4/29: This (#10 spot) photo marks the end of my 6th month in the Daily Community. I know there are gaps and many of my pictures are off as I have a long way to go. I am grateful to you all for inspiring me to take better pictures. This has been an unforgettable experience. Now it's time to take a break and take care of my family.
"Don't call meeee  fat."   Aug.12/12 post   Got some things at a yard sale and the lady put them in this shoe box. The moment the tissue was unfolded with the box on the floor , my kitty got into it. She is sitting in the middle of the floor so we are having to walk around her ,but the look we get when we approach is, "no joke." She will not be disturbed!  She is getting a little chunky but eats her sister's food during her cat naps .   Have you ever stopped at a yard sale and thought WOW , I think that is fine China from Windsor castle ! Well , you know what I mean.  We got this shoe box full of lovely little things and we thought woohoo , " just like pirates with the treasure chest".   Got home and e bay has the stuff on sale for 35 dollars US. Thought we had a teapot fit for Royalty ,or as Mrs. Bouquet would say " Oooh I'll serve it on my Royal Dolton!"!   Oh well, It's pretty vintage china and looks nice on the shelf.
1.3.09 - Phew that was close!  I spent all afternoon on a photo shoot in the nearly town of Newark-on-Trent, as opposed to "Nork Noo Joyzee". Don't worry this is a private joke between Bill Pador and me :)  I've got over 300 pics to process now, most of which I'm really pleased with, so it will probably take all night. It should be worth it, the light was great and I hope you like them when I post them. I took this when I was almost back home, how often does this happen? I've cropped it a bit, but otherwise it is straight out of camera.
Thursday, July 12, 2012  "CARNIVAL BOAT" with REEDS, MARLINS, and NIIJIMA FLOATS by Dale Chihuly  "The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most." ~ John Ruskin  Color my world - the sheer exuberance of a boat full of party balloons!! Here's a closeup of the boat that was in yesterday's photo. I like fab, but not drab. I LOVE color, and apparently, so does Dale Chihuly. If art is the expression of imagination, then Dale and I both dream in very vivid colors. An encounter with Dale Chihuly's works is always a spectacular reminder that glass is not just something to see through or drink out of.   "Chihuly first filled boats wit his glass elements in Nuutajarvi, Finland during the Chihuly Over Venice project in June 1995. After several days of glassblowing in the hotshop, the team made temporary installations along the Nuutajoki, the river nearby. Chihuly then filled it with Chandelier parts and other glass forms that were blown during the Finland trip." ~ Reprinted text from DA&BG's brochure  Dale Chihuly's official website is www.chihuly.com  Hang in there; tomorrow is Friday!  "Gardens of Glass: Dale Chihuly" 2012  @ A Woman's Garden Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens  Dallas, TX Official website: http://www.dallasarboretum.org/   ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken June 29, 2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Awesome light on my favorite spot.
A total eclipse of the full moon, which occurred began in Dec. 20, 2010 and finished on Dec. 21,  2010, the winter solstice.  There have been many excellent shots of the lunar eclipse already posted on smugmug and quite a few terrific composites.  Mine is certainly no better than those, but I'm going to post mine anyway.  A case of "I photographed it", so "I'll post it," I guess.  Since I stayed up so late last night photographing the eclipse, I'm going to post a bit early and go to bed.  Thanks, as always for your support and comments.  Only a few more days until Christmas.  I hope everyone is nearly finished with their preparations.  I'm getting there, too.  Oh, I forgot to tell everyone what the last two kaleidoscopes were created from.  The first was part of a closeup of a motorcycle and the second was part of a shot of the glass house at the Denver Botanic Garden.
Another shot today of the Canna blooms that are still unfurled.  They have such great color it's hard not to frequently shoot & post lots of Canna photos.  No PP on this - just great evening light.  Thanks to everyone for their wonderful comments on my photos.  HAGD - Linda.
A black-chinned hummingbird; best viewed in the larger sizes.  This shot was also captured at Teal Campground in southern Colorado --- about 25 miles outside Pagosa Springs.  I sure appreciated all the comments on my shot of the damselflies mating.  Thanks so much!  Hope you are having a good week.
2.11.08 - November    You don't hear many nice things said about November (unless you live in Oz), grey, wet and windy are the sort of words usually associated with this time of year. September and October are associated with beautiful Autumn colour. December has Christmas, and January and February are often bright and frosty. But November? Nah, best to stay indoors!    But then again, you never know what you might miss. Yesterday was everything you associate with November, it was a horrible day. But mid-afternoon I decided to go for a walk and get my Daily. The last time I visited Riseholme Hall it was a blustery summer's day of big clouds and blue skies, but yesterday was wet and nasty. Until I started to really look around me.    Despite the mist and rain the colours were rich. The reflections in the lake were beautiful, and it is a very photogenic place to go for a walk anyway. I took nearly 100 photos in less than an hour of ducking and diving between trees in the rain, and was looking forward to processing them.     But then my troubles started, Elements just refused to save anything! I started to think that it would never work, but this morning everything is working again, weird! I hate to be a slave to PP, but I really was lost without it last night. I'm rarely totally satisfied with images straight from the camera, and always like to tweak things slightly, even if it is only a small crop. Having said that, the D50 copes very well with these light conditions and most that was needed was an unsharp mask to deal with the mist.    Today is bright and sunny, so if I get chance I'd like to get out to Riseholme again and take some shots in very different conditions. Then I'll upload them all into a new gallery which should be really nice. These could be the last shots of Autumn before all the leaves are gone, but I'm glad I dragged my carcass out into the rain yesterday, it was much nicer than I thought it was going to be. Don't underestimate November :)
Here I come!
Well, you knew this was coming didn't ya? Lucy had to get her turn.

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Here I come!  Well, you knew this was coming didn't ya? Lucy had to get her turn.
Here I come!
Well, you knew this was coming didn't ya? Lucy had to get her turn.

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