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November 7, 2009 - Reflections at a local Madison park.     a short trip to Madison,Wisconsin on a beautiful, sunny weekend
Iris with raindrops; best viewed in the largest sizes.    Thanks so much for your comments on my shot of the fly.  It is good, although not at all surprising, to learn that so many of you also take your camera into bathrooms.  We truly are fanatics!  Enjoy your day!
Its been so hot outside and our air conditioner at work has been out for the last two days...but I made myself get out in the yard for a few minutes and I'm glad I did or I wouldn't have seen this beautiful butterfly!
Waiting... dreaming... - Mar 2 2009  What do we do when we just have to wait... dreaming of a better life? I haven't got a clue what this man was thinking about while he was waiting to give the 'all aboard' signal.
Happy Monday....    Thanks so much for all the comments on Mr.Grumpy! Maybe that will cheer him up!!
3rd year Pic 212 - Apr 23 2011 Bubbles 2  Thank you for your comments on my yesterday's picture.  This is the same man but taken head-on with the light on his right. The background is one of the posters hung up on the wall behind him and thought it added a bit of a drama to the shot!   ADDED: The man was selling the kit for making bubbles,  the liquid in a bottle and a simple contraption to blow the bubbles.   This is best seen in large size.  The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is an annual festival, usually around nine days long, held in late January or early February, in the Kala Ghoda area of South Mumbai, India. The Festival is organised by the Kala Ghoda Association (a non-profit organisation that states its objectives as "physically upgrading the Kala Ghoda sub-precinct and making it the Art District of Mumbai") and curated by teams handling each of the sub-festivals. The sub-festivals feature the visual arts, dance, music, theatre, cinema, literature, lectures, seminars and workshops, heritage walks, special events for children, and a vibrant street festival. Entry to all events is free to all (only restricted by the size of the venues) and costs are met through corporate sponsorship. http://www.kalaghodaassociation.com/OpinionPollAns.aspx http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kala_Ghoda_Arts_Festiva
Sep.22,2006  To smile or not to smile  Wanted to capture the drop reflections again. Was experimenting with how many smilies I can squeeze into the drop based on how far away the drop was from the background. This seemed optimal without cluttering up the drop too much. Wish I got this a bit more in focus.  Here's the levels corrected version based on all the comments.
The guide poles show how low the lake level was when photographed.
04/03/10 - Sarah P. Duke Gardens I really wanted to see the tulips this year at Duke Gardens, and after missing the botanical gardens at the River Banks Zoo earlier this week due to time constraints, I was pretty determined not to miss Duke this year too.  So, I headed over with the kids yesterday.  I know it wasn't the most fun thing for them, and on top of that it was out right HOT, but they were real troopers for me, and I took them to Lake Crabtree to play afterward and threw in a Frosty to boot.  Actually, I think they had a good time except for the heat.  There are rocks and bridges to climb on there, it was pretty to them too, lots of dogs to stop and pet along the way, and plus they do all these make believe games on all our walks.  The gardens, as you would expect, are just beautiful this time of year.  The daffodils and camellias were finishing up, but the tulips and many flowering trees were gorgeous.  I didn't have as much time as I wanted to take pics, but I took enough.  We even got to see the GBH on the side of the bigger water area.  That is one social bird!  I like the intense color in this shot.  Joey said it looked like cartoon tulips:-)  I tweaked it just a tad across the bottom to get rid of a few distracting spots and I did an auto contrast.  It's very close to sooc.  The blue color is pansies.    More Duke Garden shots from yesterday are here: http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Duke-Gardens/Duke-Gardens-040210/11706535_gUsTb#826083083_ahUEh  Glad you all enjoyed the shot of Johnny having fun in the water minus knowing how cold it was.  They were out in the kiddie pool yesterday afternoon reliving their water fun from the day before.  HAGD, Maryann
Queen:Oct.27, 2010 [Taken Oct. 24, 2010]    I took this shot in Colorado Bend State Park, TX. There is a grassland along the trail and many Queens and some Monarches were there.  They perched together and looks so busy. It was a wonderful place.   I took some photos of a Monarch and some Queens on the same flowers. But I couldn't get any good shots. Monarches seemed to be more cautious than Queens.
Simple Beauty - Jun 4 2009  Many thanks for the nice comments on my butterfly shot! This rose would have been yesterdays DP, but I was too excited about those dazzling butterflies. I gladly offer this beauty to all you who visit my daily gallery, you're the best!!!
Four in a row - Dec 3 2008  Finished work quite early today and the sun was in a good mood... so I drove by a little harbor to try my luck with some ships/boats. But these were way to cute to pass. Told you already that I have a thing with animals ;-)
11/15/09 - Escape Into an Alternate Reality (or something like that)  I've been wanting to take pictures of the box cars in Fuquay for a while now.  Yesterday I finally stopped to do so.  Always something neat about trains to me.  I've been staring at this car with the open doors for quite some time.  It hasn't moved for months.  Anyway, I grabbed some pictures of it and it's buddies and played around with them last night.  With no special effects, I guess they are just orange box cars:-(  So I converted to B&W and played with settings.  Still boring.  Then I decided to try and do a 'Wizard of OZ' kindof thing where it's B&W on one side but color through the door.  I tried 5 pictures for the color one at least and different processing of them too.  I'm not really happy with the outcome, but it's what I worked on last night, so I'll upload it today anyway.  The sci fi girl in me keeps thinking wormhole or Stargate and that I need movement between the sides.  But then the City on the Edge of Forever didn't have too much motion I don't think in that door.  That said, maybe I needed to wave the inserted picture.  Well, I twirled it anyway.  Something to think about some more!    Some other trials and the original are in my November gallery here:    http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Nature/November-2009/10198920_oRbHf#713619436_AGvdo    Poor Johnny caught the stomach bug that Joey had and he and I missed the birthday party yesterday...just heartbreaking.  Hopefully he is some better today.    Have a great Sunday!  Maryann
5-29-12. "Drying Off After the Storm". A Red Shouldered Hawk dries its wings after tropical storm Beryl. Gainesville, Florida. 2012.
5/8/12 - Tree swallow; best viewed in the largest sizes.  I'm going to try to add the date for Art, but I have a lot of trouble remembering, plus I often don't even know what date is it.  Dates are just something I don't notice.  Thanks for all your comments on the photo of Domino watching the moth.  It would have been neat if I could have gotten the moth in the same shot.  Hope everyone is having a good week so far!
November 7, 2009 - Reflections at a local Madison park.

a short trip to Madison,Wisconsin on a beautiful, sunny weekend

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November 7, 2009 - Reflections at a local Madison park.     a short trip to Madison,Wisconsin on a beautiful, sunny weekend
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