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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...
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
Day 45 - The moon represents...    Update:   Thank you for all the support and comments. This shot took a lot of my patience and it pays off. I have been taking photos of this moon for the past few night until the cloud finally kicks for this capture.
November 4th, 2010 - Pretty in Pink  For IndigoDreams:  This is for your “post pink” challenge and I sincerely apologize that it is so late! I had good intentions to do this earlier but you know what they say about those! However, they also say “better late than never”, right? No excuses – this should have been posted on Tuesday.  While I have not personally met or lost someone who has had breast cancer, I certainly feel that it deserves as much time and energy as any other ailment – even one death is too many. I lost my mother to Huntington's Disease a year ago and I can understand how the drive to make other people understand and support a cause comes about (and how trying it can be) - I applaud you for your compassion and your energy.  On Display: The Copper Kettle (Laramie, Wyoming)
July 19th  HOSTA FLOWER
3-18-13 Coquille Lighthouse. I'm taking a long exposure online class and based upon feedback I reprocessed this image
For all of you that are getting snow...hope this adds a little brightness to your day! Sure wish I could get some of that snow!!
WOW...I was shocked at all the comments on my bug picture! They were some very strange and cool looking bugs..I had never seen any like that before. Thanks so much..you all are the best!    This lady bug was on a weed right next to the strange looking bugs..I will have to go back and check those weeds out again!
Dog-Tired....Exactly how I'm feeling this morning! Had a busy day yesterday and was out late...will catch up with everyone tonight!
March 1, 2011 "The Rose" this is SOOC using my new Sigma 50-500 lens, hand held and natural light through a window. I ordered it a week ago and all buyers remorse was gone after the first few shots.  The roses were sent to our office manager by her husband yesterday on their 35th ann..
Lower Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon, located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona.  Some have asked if you can see the saturated colors with the naked eye. The answer is "no."   Photos taken in this canyon, which is 50 feet or more below the surface, need to be captured with the camera on a tripod, ISO 400 and higher, and the lens stopped down to achieve as great a depth of field as possible.  Also, due to no direct light, exposures may vary from a second to over a minute. I had no idea of the proper settings but listened to the pros shooting around me.  I also had no idea of the beautiful colors in the canyon until after each photo was taken.   Another tip - if you want to get out of there alive, please do not use your flash. I didn't and I survived.  Best results are achieved when the sun is high in the sky, and from late Spring to early Fall.  Someone wanted to know if using a flash would stir up bats or some other form of wildlife.  I'm sure it could.  I was cautioned not to use a flash because of the wrath that could potentially rain down on me from other photographers.  The saturated colors that you see in photos like mine are only achieved by using time exposures.  A flash will only wash out the colors.
2009  OK everyone - I "bit the bullet" and bought my first macro lens - it's a Nikon 105 VR.  This is my daily today and it was shot hand held of the Texas Prickly Pear blooms.  Many of my shots with the new lens today weren't great - I guess I was shaking.  I didn't particularly like the comp, but loved the colors.  Still learning this new lens.  Anyway, I'm loving the experience.  Thanks for all your comments.  Have a wonderful day tomorrow.     Best viewed in Xlarge or 2X    Linda
August 20, 2010    What the heck kind of bug is this???    Whatever it is, it's truly ugly in X3, but I couldn't help snapping, then posting this photo.    Spotted this really ugly fellow on my husband's 1981 Ford truck's window wipers.  I have no idea what this guy is, but he is really, really ugly.  Let me know if you know what this guy's  name is.  Hope he gives you a laugh today.    Thanks to everyone for your comments!!!    Linda    PS - see the comments below:  Pulsman's friend thinks it's a Dance Fly (that's pretty cool, he does seem to be dancing - sort of), and Macropixels agrees with Pulsman that it is the fly family Empididae, a Empis Tesselata.  Cool to know.
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!

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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!
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!

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