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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!
"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.
Awesome light on my favorite spot.
• Burrowing Owl  • How about my big eyes
Sunday, October 27, 2013    "P" is for PRETTY and PINK    "The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it." ~ Moliere   SOOC, uncropped, 35mm lens - Pink and White Seaform Set with Black Lip Wraps by Dale Chihuly  Photo submission for Donna McCommon's "Alphabet Challenge" and Tina Gardner's (aka "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Bras" and "IndigoStudios") "Think Pink" Challenge, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month  Millions of people around the world pay tributes to those men and women who are facing cancer, overcame cancer, and those warriors and soldiers who reside in heaven now after fighting various forms of cancer with great strength and dignity. CJMG is a survivor of that darn breast "C" word. As we continue to pray for a cure for cancer and all diseases, our hope in God will sustain us; for "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us." (Ephesians 3:20, KJV of The Bible).   Additionally, "Pink is the color of universal love. Pink is a quiet color. Lovers of beauty favor pink. Pink is a combination of red and white. The quality of energy in pink is determined by how much red is present. White is the potential for fullness, while red helps you to achieve that potential. Pink combines these energies. Pink provides feelings of caring, tenderness, self-worth, love, and acceptance." ~ Reprinted text from here: http://crystal-cure.com/pink.html  I am a huge fan of Dale Chihuly's glass art and this "Pink Seaform" work of art was my favorite in the exhibit. "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 (Reprinted text from here: http://www.chihuly.com/seaforms-artists-statement.aspx)  "Be kind; for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle " ~ Plato  Gallery Row at Crystals Place City Center Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV  ***#2 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken July 12, 2013)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
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.
March 9, 2015  This UK phone booth was discovered by Bill and I on one of our roaming vacations in Palo Pinto, Texas.  What fascinated us about it was wondering how it got to Texas?  Maybe it's not a real one?  Who knows?  But it was there in rural west Texas, and it made us scratch our heads.  I'm headed out again today for another business trip to Birmingham, Alabama.  I'll be there until Friday, then off again on Saturday for a 4 hour trip to Oklahoma to spend the weekend with my 6 grade school friends.  I'll do my best to comment.  Have a 'red-letter' day today my friends!  Linda http://lgood.smugmug.com
12-16: This is a shot standing in the middle of the road looking down the 16th street mall in Denver. It's wierd that you don't see many people, buses or carriages because the place was packed that night. In fact I was almost run over by a horse drawn carriage on the sidewalk!
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.
"Rays of hope"  This was a little risky shot with me trying to capture this shot right from my car on a dark road (with no shoulder) in between the woods after a heavy rain. I was kind of lost on this road but the sun-rays in that darkness was a nice relief.   The road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination.  ~Marian Zimmer Bradley
Colorado Balloon Classic - We went to this event very early this foggy morning.  The balloon launch was delayed several times, but eventually, around 8:30, the balloons starting launching.  There was apparently almost no wind aloft, so, after they launched, the balloons just hung around in the air over us for a long time.  This shot was early in the first wave of launches.  The shot was taken with my fisheye lens.  I still have many, many shots of this event to process, but if you'd like to see a few of the others, they can be found here in my "Colorado Balloon Classic" gallery, which is in the "Other" category:  http://fotoeffects.smugmug.com/Other/Colorado-Balloon-Classic/9540120_hQhxe#641316963_fagpa.  I actually entered a different shot from the balloon festival in the Dgrin Challenge "A Different Perspective."  I have not had any success in the challenges so far, but it is such a good learning experience that I keep trying.  My train shots were done with the thought that I might use them in the challenge.  With regard to the train shots, I actually took pics of two different trains.  The first was not moving too fast and I got pretty cocky that I was completely safe so close to the tracks.  The second train came through much faster, and, although I seemed to be fine, I must admit it was a bit more unnerving.  However, I'll probably do it again, as I really did not get the shot I was hoping for.  Thanks for the great response to my train shot.  A lot of you also looked at some of the other shots in my "Trains, Trains, Trains" gallery, under the "Other" category.  Thanks for all the comments.  I sure appreciate them.  Have a great Monday --- if that is possible?
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 :)
'UKO'...04/25/2011...    'Unidentified Klutzy Object'...KP stumbles upon the 'Prize Egg' and marvels at its reflective capacity...
01FEB2012   Big Beautiful Doll  This shot was just after a simulated bombing run, the other planes in the group were ahead and laid down the bombs prior to the Big Beautiful Doll strafing the ground here with small arms fire from the wing mounted guns. The smoke it was flying through was real dense and the craft is very low, I had to crop some heads out on the bottom of the pic. I have taken many shots at these air shows in the manual mode but lets face it, your panning on a target that is moving at a blistering pace, with changing light conditions through the shot. So the trick I have found when you are shooting action is quite simple....don't go in hard on the item you are trying to get a shot of, actually make the camera work for you, take a wider than normal shot and take the frame down in processing rather than in the field.  So the plane is rather far away in the original shot at 200mm, more importantly here though it is in focus....thats because the pan speed is correct to the speed of the plane, thats the most important thing to remember....if the pan speed is wrong....your shot is out of focus....everytime. So, I am not a big fan of autofocus, but in these conditions you just have to much going on to get the shot, try panning something today, its not as hard as you think but it is the thing that makes the difference in an action shot.....everytime.  I wish I was flying a plane but no I am on the ground.  Phil....those people are looking for the shot they want to see....I tend to see what you give me, your perspective, not what I am looking for, thats why all the work you do is great....it's your perspective that counts.....everytime!  Looks almost fake...another airshow shot from this summer.  Thanks for your comments....much appreciated! Thanks for the great questions, I hope this helps!!! #1 01FEB2012
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

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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
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

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