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November 29, 2010 - "Bridge of the Devil"    This is the first of a photo series this week that were shot in the rain and fog.  All the images were shot from on or adjacent to this bridge on the Serchio River in Italy.  The rain drops on the river are visible in the enlarged version.    "Ponte della Maddalena (Italian: "Bridge of Mary Magdalene") is a bridge crossing the Serchio river near the town of Borgo a Mozzano in the Italian province of Lucca.[1][2]. One of numerous medieval bridges known as Ponte del Diavolo, the "Bridge of the Devil", it was a vital river crossing on the Via Francigena, an early medieval road to Rome for those coming from France that was an important medieval pilgrimage route.  The bridge is a remarkable example of medieval engineering, probably commissioned by the Countess Matilda of Tuscany circa 1080-1100. It was renovated circa 1300 under the direction of Castruccio Castracani. The largest span is 37.8 m. The bridge is also described in a 14th century novella by Giovanni Sercambi of Lucca.  Circa 1500 it took on the name of Ponte della Maddalena, from an oratory dedicated to Mary Magdalene, whose statue stood at the foot of the bridge on the eastern bank."    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - November 28, 2010
Warm Grass, Lake Sam Rayburn TX  I love the way that a sunset can light up a foreground!  This glowing grass caught my eye as I was looking for a new foreground composition that included the reflection pool.  We hope to get back to the lake this weekend and maybe even today!  This is a three exposure HDR.  I haven’t made many HDR photos lately, but still find it to be a handy technique when I have to shoot into the sun without any filters.  The only filter used here is the circular polarizer.  CreativeLIVE is live and FREE today with Jen Rozenbaum and workshop titled “Building a Successful Boudoir Business.”  Check it out FOR FREE 24hrs a day for the next two days at www.creativeLIVE.com/live  Critiques are always welcome.  Daily photo: February 15, 2013, taken January 21, 2013
September 2, 2010    COMING IN FOR A LANDING!      I think the hummer was saying to him/herself, "Whoa, whoa, whoa - slow down, there's danger ahead!"     This shot was not the greatest quality, but it made me smile.  I laughed at the hummer's position coming in for a landing.     I think perhaps the hummingbird has seen the wasp on the other side of the feeder at the last minute & is trying hard to "put on the brakes" before encountering that scary little flying stinger on the other side of the feeder.    The end of the story is that the hummingbird scared the wasp away and he/she got her fill at the feeder.  When the hummer left, the wasp came right back immediately & parked itself on the feeder again.    I hope this gives all the SmugMuggers a smile today.  Thank you all for you comments on my shot of Chika in Bill's 1966 Fairlane.  It sure was fun meeting she & Hiro & Papamugger.    Have a wonderful evening!    Linda
“The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of that which is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope”  Unknown 4/8/10
Excelsior Geyser, which is inactive, fills a huge crater and produces some of the most prodigious overflows found.  The crater measures 250 by 300 feet.  The constant streaming overflow has been measured at about 4,000 gallons per minute.  The overflow is discharged into the Firehole River.  This picture is actually of Grand Prismatic Spring which is adjacent and which is the largest spring in the park.  This photo shows the runoff channels of the spring.  The brilliant colors are caused by the tiny thermophilic organisms that live in the spring.  It was a beautiful afternoon when I shot this and I loved the reflections in the spring.  I hope you all enjoy the shot.  Thank you to everyone who commented on my shot of the bison in Yellowstone.  It is really a wonderful thing to be able to post a photo and be able to share it with so many fantastic photographers.  I was sure impressed with the quality of the shots on smugmug today...even better than usual, I thought.  You guys keep me motivated!  Hope you enjoy your day!
01-18-09 *edit : forgot to give a -good- title* "Little lamb, who made thee ?"    I finally took the time to photograph some lambs (not so young anymore of course) this afternoon in order to get possible entries for Dgrin challenge on the theme "Hair". This one is my favorite picture for now. Let's hope it fits the theme... Still have to find a good title though.     I used a single wireless strobe placed in front of his head.     Hope your week end was great !
Tuesday, June 9th. Southern Magnolia.
June 6, 2011-A hummer sitting still for a what seems like a nanosecond. (Day 157:365 @sharkbayte) Thank you for all the terrific comments on my photo yesterday.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013  "FOUNTAINS OF BELLAGIO"  "The knowledge of man is as the waters, some descending from above, and some springing from beneath; the one informed by the light of nature, the other inspired by divine revelation." ~ Francis Bacon  SOOC (no pp), uncropped, 35mm lens   There's always one......so, you can view the camera's factory settings here under "Comments" per Dycasstudios's request (see Godschild): http://dycasstudios.smugmug.com/DailyGallery-1/2013-Daily/27377083_2KC9tv#!i=2805356469&k=7S5q8Rs  In July, we spent a week in Arizona at "my happy place."  While there, we decided to digress and drive to Las Vegas. Although I was first and last in Las Vegas in June (2006) with my best friend, it was my hubby's first trip to Vegas. Upon our arrival, we parked in the Bellagio's parking garage and headed straight for the water show that was just about to start. This is one of the first photos that I took.  A refreshing addition to entertainment options, the Fountains of Bellagio were destined to romance the senses during the day and night. We viewed this thoughtfully interwoven complimentary Las Vegas show of water, music, and light. Each dynamic performance is unique in its expression and interpretation. It is truly the most amusing, amazing, ambitious, choreographically complex water feature ever conceived against the beautiful backdrop of Las Vegas's sky. I fell in love all over again with the stunning nature of this aquatic accomplishment while listening to a clever concert of opera, classical, and Broadway tunes.  View the complete "Vegas Baby, Vegas" 2013 gallery here:http://godschild.smugmug.com/TravelOhthePlacesWeveBeen/Las-Vegas-Nevada-2013  View the complete "Viva, Las Vegas" 2006 gallery here: http://godschild.smugmug.com/Girlfriend-Get-Her-Ways/Las-Vegas-NV-June-2006  Have a wonderful Wednesday!  Bellagio Las Vegas, NV  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken July, 2013)
03/29/11 - Looking Upward  My neighbor's very red dogwood is blooming:-)  A darker petal than the shot of the pink dogwood from Duke Gardens on Saturday.  I thought the view from the underside of the dogwood petals was equally interesting as the topside view, and I focused my shooting from that perspective yesterday.   The siding on the house is a very light green, and that's what's making the pretty background for this shot.  I took quite of a few shots, and then of course it was quite hard to pick.  If you'd like to see other views, they are around here:  http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Nature/March-2011/16046070_gZarf#1232597388_x6Qap  The colors in this are unedited.  I cropped just a tad smaller than maximum 8X10 and removed a few white dots from the darker stem area.  It's very close to the original.    Thank you all very much for your comments on yesterday's dogwood shot...  The kids started an indoor soccer class last night.  Abysmal lighting, but I tried to catch a few shots.  Looks like it's going to be a lot of fun for them.  HAGD, Maryann
Dash  2 March 2010 (shot July 2009 Pic: Sharookh)  Today was a sad day for our family when our beloved Dash passed on after enriching our lives for 16 years.   I've created a special gallery of his shots with a small message and request you to visit it at    http://hershy.smugmug.com/Nostalgia-Family/Dash-1994-2010/11393699_GnfDc#800789596_ecH4u  www.javeri.net
This is the DCU Info Center's Rubber Chicken. He first lived with the incomparable Chip Colwell, who passed him along to Rich "Money" Meservey upon his departure. When Rich left the department, he left the chicken with me. Now, I'll need to find a new, worthy home for this guy before I leave DCU next Friday. 6/3/10
Please view the detail of this hippo's mouth in the largest sizes...quite interesting.  Photographed at the Cheyenne Mt. Zoo in Colorado Springs.  Thanks for all your nice comments on my parade of homes basement bar pic.  Hope everyone has a good day today!
June 23, 2010 - "Sam Clemente Sunset"  Processed this image recently that was shot at San Clemente Pier.  "Constructed in 1928 by a group of men and teams of mules, it was a gift from Ole Hanson to the city.  1928 the 1,200 foot long wooden Municipal fishing and pleasure pier was constructed at no cost to local citizens. In 1939, and again in 1983, strong storms damaged the pier requiring it to be rebuilt. A bait and tackle shop, restrooms and a restaurant greets visitors at the entrance to the pier. The pier itself is located near the end of Del Mar Street and it's difficult to find if you don't know where to look. Amtrak trains run adjacent beach, providing drop off for coastal travelers.  The San Clemente Pier was once one of Orange County's entry points (Seal Beach was another) for smuggling of liquor during the U.S. prohibition era of the early 1900's. A hurricane in 1939 destroyed the pier which included a cafe, tackle shop and Owl Boat Co. Rebuilt for $40,000, storms that affected many of the coastal landmarks in 1983 tore 400 feet from the end of the pier and 80 feet from its mid-section beyond the surf area. Repairs in 1985 $1.4 million was spent to repair San Clemente Pier in 1985 with a higher end section and polyethylene-coated steel piles. Once the home to sportfishing operations, Dana Point Harbor nearby provided a better alternative."  6/22/2010 - http://wikimapia.org/6096/San-Clemente-Pier
9-3-2010...  Glow Buddy...
November 29, 2010 - "Bridge of the Devil"

This is the first of a photo series this week that were shot in the rain and fog. All the images were shot from on or adjacent to this bridge on the Serchio River in Italy. The rain drops on the river are visible in the enlarged version.

"Ponte della Maddalena (Italian: "Bridge of Mary Magdalene") is a bridge crossing the Serchio river near the town of Borgo a Mozzano in the Italian province of Lucca.[1][2]. One of numerous medieval bridges known as Ponte del Diavolo, the "Bridge of the Devil", it was a vital river crossing on the Via Francigena, an early medieval road to Rome for those coming from France that was an important medieval pilgrimage route.
The bridge is a remarkable example of medieval engineering, probably commissioned by the Countess Matilda of Tuscany circa 1080-1100. It was renovated circa 1300 under the direction of Castruccio Castracani. The largest span is 37.8 m. The bridge is also described in a 14th century novella by Giovanni Sercambi of Lucca.
Circa 1500 it took on the name of Ponte della Maddalena, from an oratory dedicated to Mary Magdalene, whose statue stood at the foot of the bridge on the eastern bank."

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - November 28, 2010

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November 29, 2010 - "Bridge of the Devil"    This is the first of a photo series this week that were shot in the rain and fog.  All the images were shot from on or adjacent to this bridge on the Serchio River in Italy.  The rain drops on the river are visible in the enlarged version.    "Ponte della Maddalena (Italian: "Bridge of Mary Magdalene") is a bridge crossing the Serchio river near the town of Borgo a Mozzano in the Italian province of Lucca.[1][2]. One of numerous medieval bridges known as Ponte del Diavolo, the "Bridge of the Devil", it was a vital river crossing on the Via Francigena, an early medieval road to Rome for those coming from France that was an important medieval pilgrimage route.  The bridge is a remarkable example of medieval engineering, probably commissioned by the Countess Matilda of Tuscany circa 1080-1100. It was renovated circa 1300 under the direction of Castruccio Castracani. The largest span is 37.8 m. The bridge is also described in a 14th century novella by Giovanni Sercambi of Lucca.  Circa 1500 it took on the name of Ponte della Maddalena, from an oratory dedicated to Mary Magdalene, whose statue stood at the foot of the bridge on the eastern bank."    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - November 28, 2010
November 29, 2010 - "Bridge of the Devil"

This is the first of a photo series this week that were shot in the rain and fog. All the images were shot from on or adjacent to this bridge on the Serchio River in Italy. The rain drops on the river are visible in the enlarged version.

"Ponte della Maddalena (Italian: "Bridge of Mary Magdalene") is a bridge crossing the Serchio river near the town of Borgo a Mozzano in the Italian province of Lucca.[1][2]. One of numerous medieval bridges known as Ponte del Diavolo, the "Bridge of the Devil", it was a vital river crossing on the Via Francigena, an early medieval road to Rome for those coming from France that was an important medieval pilgrimage route.
The bridge is a remarkable example of medieval engineering, probably commissioned by the Countess Matilda of Tuscany circa 1080-1100. It was renovated circa 1300 under the direction of Castruccio Castracani. The largest span is 37.8 m. The bridge is also described in a 14th century novella by Giovanni Sercambi of Lucca.
Circa 1500 it took on the name of Ponte della Maddalena, from an oratory dedicated to Mary Magdalene, whose statue stood at the foot of the bridge on the eastern bank."

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - November 28, 2010

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