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Thursday, June 10th.  Another from the Grounds for Sculpture. Beautiful birds.
2.9.2012. Two Shadows
April 6, 2012    "A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it." ~ George Edward Moore     A true statement indeed.  I have lived my entire adult life in Texas - so it is home.      But I spent my childhood in Oklahoma.      Although I have been away from Oklahoma for many, many decades it still feels a little bit like home when I return for occasional visits.  Recently, we were traveling to Oklahoma for my little sister's 50th surprise birthday party (oh gee - how much does that age me?).  It was a rainy day, and we were taking our time and exploring many small back roads to see what we'd never seen before.  As we were traveling along a railroad from northern Texas, across the Red River and into south central Oklahoma - we saw a train traveling beside us.    See tomorrow's potd of the approaching train.    We raced ahead of the train, and stopped at a small and very rural town in Oklahoma located just a mile north of the Red River and the border with Texas.  This little town (Terral, Oklahoma) had a RR crossing near the highway that provided easy access for us to get close to the train for a series of photos.      As the train came by, I was shooting the cars and attempting to show the speed at which the train was traveling.  I upped the ISO on this shot so that the darkness didn't impede the light of the shot.  All the while, the train cars "ripped" past me at high speed.    I was thrilled with this shot.  I love the way the train's speed is evident here, but I was really pleased that I was also able to catch a great "stationary" shot of the crossing sign, the road and building just past the speeding train - and what one could see between the gaps in the train cars as they flew by me.    Needless to say, our family of train nuts really liked this shot a great deal.  Particularly the 5 year old grandson, Case - he dreams of being a Train Engineer when he grows up.  :-))    Check this out in the larger sizes.    P.S. - today I once again traveled to Oklahoma and the land and towns of my childhood to attend the funeral of my beloved cousin Billy Max Stephens.  Thank you to everyone that have sent your prayers and hugs.  I really appreciate them.  Today was a difficult day, but I know he is in the arms of our Lord and this land was his life and it is a good land, made some better by his having walked over it.    I wish you all a wonderful day where all your dreams come true!    Linda
12-3-13  Strathmore
July 30, 2009  Tall grasses (landscaping - not the weeds we need to pull ;)  ) by our pool.  The background is the water from the pool.
7/1/13 - Farewell to Willoughby, our faithful friend and companion for the last 13.5 years.  We loved you so.  Thanks for your comments on my shot of the waterfall in Zion.  Today was a very sad one for us, as we had to put our sweet Willoughby to sleep.
May 9, 2011 - "Lazy Hazy Summer Days"
4th year Pic 056 - Jan 09 2012  Water lily  Alibag  (Nov 2011)  I am going to Ahmedabad tomorrow morning for three days and will try and comment when I am free from work and not taking pictures of Frisky, fish, Zazu and my nephew's grandson! If you are wondering who/what Zazu is, well wait till I return! :)  Catch you all properly from Thursday, till then Cheers!
January 17   In memory of "Vaks" who passed quietly away yesterday. He was for us a good, loyal  friend for 12 years, but as a Fox Terrier also setting his own priorities. He was our ship dog for 6 years when we were yachting in the summertime. When we moved to Fanoe his favorite  occupation was hunting rabbits. Until two year ago he caught at least one a day, and was so proud, when he returned home with his catch. This picture was taken in 2002 with my analog Leica M6 camera and later digitalized. Thank you for your comforting comments yesterday .
June 15, 2011-Catnap. Billy seems to be the king of catnaps. Seems his favorite spot is under the trees, in the shade, on top of the tractor cover. Who's better than him? (Day 166:365 @sharkbayte)
20.03.12 - Supermodel    I actually went out yesterday looking for butterflies in the sunshine, but ended up taking almost 200 photos of squirrels! The dappled light was beautiful  under the trees, but very difficult to deal with because of the huge contrast between light and dark. But by concentrating on the light patches I eventually got into a sort of flow and got the best squirrel shots I've ever taken. It helped that they seemed to be in a posing mood, rather than their usual skittish "now you see me now you don't"!    The gallery is here;  http://www.lightanddreamsphotography.com/Nature/HARTSHOLME-SQUIRRELS/22033254_X6cXPq#!i=1758123431&k=LF8GMwJ    I uploaded the gallery very late last night, and by this morning this shot had already been commented on by several people on Dgrin, so I guess it isn't just my favourite one :)
252 - Jan 30  Going home with his catch     D300 70-200mm ISO 200 f11 1/200    more pics:    http://hershy.smugmug.com/gallery/7035963_RG9it/1/456783652_BHMxG    more info:    http://www.thefortress.lk/index.html      http://www.javeri.net
May 30: Fishing during memorial weekend Big Creek Lake! Life is Good!
January 26,2013   This reminds me of a Punch and Judy show , or the curtain before a play , but it is a red painted,steel fence backing a little shed in a back yard . Looks like a potting shed, with flower pots and a few drying plants scattered about in between this chain link fence and the colorful wall. I shot a few captures, and was thinking I'd get some of those whimsical looking , artsy shots but this was the only one of clarity!   Love the brightness in a cold Winter month.   Thank you for putting me up in number one! Paul might be right about the naps , but they are actually "sleep ins" for as long as I want! Woohoo
I'm SO excited that I finally got a shot of a butterfly this summer!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I went out two days in a row for quite awhile in this heat! It is so HOT again , but it paid off today! This is taken in Gage Park where they have a garden set up with Monarch favorites!! WOOHOOO    I got lots of nice flower shots too but,,later,,,    oh and this is an early Aug.23/12 post   yay to Summer!!
Thursday, June 10th.
Another from the Grounds for Sculpture. Beautiful birds.

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Thursday, June 10th.  Another from the Grounds for Sculpture. Beautiful birds.
Thursday, June 10th.
Another from the Grounds for Sculpture. Beautiful birds.

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