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Thursday, June 10th.  Another from the Grounds for Sculpture. Beautiful birds.
12-3-13  Strathmore
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
for July 23 post.   On the hottest day of the year , I get the idea that a walk along the trail near me will be cooler due to the tree canopy. Well it wasn't ,and the bugs were "not a pretty sight". I used SP night on my camera for this one and was hanging over a log and drenched in sweat. It could be sharper but I like the underside effect.and the effort it took merited a post.  Where have all the crickets gone?
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.
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!
May 9, 2011 - "Lazy Hazy Summer Days"
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!
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
Flagstaff, Arizona Aspens      Thank You for Making this Daily Photo the #1 Pick on 01/05/2013      Link to Photo Without Frame
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
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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