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06/24/10 - Flaming Sun I stopped by the Garden Hut yesterday morning for a few minutes.  They have some sunflowers growing out front, and I wanted to try to take a few pictures of them especially since they had about 5 different pretty varieties to enjoy.  This is my favorite of the pics that I took.  Something about the colors and light coming through the reddish petals.  I removed a hint of another flower in the far lower left, but otherwise it's unedited.    We're gonna break a record at 101 today.  Yep, you read that right...Raleigh is gonna have record heat today.  We've been near 100 certainly with a head index of 100 for 3 days already.  Whew!  I haven't been out in that heat too much.  You basically walk out the door and melt at those temps here with the super high humidity.  But I love Raleigh weather and this too will pass.  We did get a brief sprinkle yesterday afternoon for a welcome and quick 15 degree cool down.    Thanks for your comments on the Queen Anne's Lace shot from yesterday:-)  HAGD, Maryann
7.7.09 - "Darkness on the Edge of Town"  I was driving down a small lane just outside town this afternoon when I had to stop and try to capture this view. The sky looks so threatening, but so far has produced little rain, and small shafts of light were illuminating the wheat. I'm really happy how this has turned out as a photo, and it is also very symbolic of the next few weeks for me. There are a lot of storms for me to ride out, wish me luck guys :)  Apologies yet again for my rather patchy commenting recently. Most of my spare time is being spent trying to earn money in these difficult days, but I still try to look in and give a few thumbs up.  Late Edit; this is pretty much straight out of camera, just an unsharp mask applied and some specks on the sensor cloned out.
"Beauty"    It has been a long stressful day professionally, so I thought the best way to relax is by doing some SC :-)  The b&w represents dull side of life and the colorful parrot represents my passion for photography and life.      Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments on my daily yesterday :-)      “The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.” ~ John Ruskin~
24.3.09 - "Tennyson"  l
8-08: This was taken in front of a restaraunt along Harmony road in Fort Collins after dinner on our way to a movie. I drive by this little waterfall display every day on my way home from work and I've wanted to take some pictures here.
January 12, 2008    Lonely Horse-
smile pretty for the camera
This is some type of Gecko.  My husband and my Mom, yep, that's right my Mom and I went to the reptile show in Cleveland.   I have been wanting a "Red Eyed Tree Frog" for a long time but didn't expect to find on there but was pleasantly surprised.  There are so many fascinating critters there and lots of fun taking pictures of them. Most of the sellers don't seem to mind.   I will probably go again next month since my grandson Gregory seen Lucy he wants to go.
1.03.10 - Back Light  At the end of a busy day I was just winding down. I'd visited my last two customers and had just driven into the car park at my local shops. The sky was dark and heavy, then suddenly the sun dropped below the bank of cloud and sat there just above the horizon. From the shops it was some way off to the right of the cathedral, but I knew if I could get to the quarry quickly I could find a viewpoint were the sun would be directly behind it. Luckily the quarry was only a few hundred yards away, and I just got there in time to catch this!
14.11.08 - Escapism    Some days drive you mad, and then there was today! What could go wrong did go wrong, and what didn't go wrong didn't matter anyway. For the fifth week running my courier messed up and my brain exploded. I'm normally such a placid, philosophical and pragmatic guy, but repeated incompetence sometimes needs a rant to get the message across. Next Friday will tell whether or not the rant was worth it, I wait with baited breath.    You will have noticed from past Dailies that when I'm really p****d off I retreat into my head and beautiful high mountains. This is one of my favourite places, it has featured here before, but this is a new panoramic image that I created this evening to cheer myself up. This is Taweche Towers, at about 18,000', looking south across the Khumbu Valley in Nepal. Mount Everest is back over my left shoulder. Considerably less people have stood on the summit of Taweche Towers than have summitted Everest itself, this is a magical place. I wish I could take you all there.    And yes, I'm feeling much better now thanks :)
05.02.10 - Eclipse  We had a big orange hazy sunset this evening. I was trying to avoid my usual big sky type of sunset photo, so I put the long lens on and had a play around with silhouettes. This one took my fancy :)  There is a slightly different version here;  http://www.lightanddreamsphotography.com/Photography/INSPIRATION/10329875_Lpojy#781730475_NvGeX
This is Willie, my neighbor's cat. Willie is 13 years old and has a mean streak in him. He will let you pet him, but, only three times and then he attacks you. His owner can't even pet him. And apparently Willie has a great memory. Day 16:365 @sharkbayte  I am hoping Wilie stays up on the board this time around. Seems he has been removed a few times already. He's really a nice cat! I swear!
June 30th  YOU'RE ONE IN A MILLION  My first attempt at selective coloring!  What fun!  Three tries and two hours...not bad for a beginner :-) Here's the unframed version for those that don't like the added dimension:  http://Mom4squirrels.smugmug.com/gallery/2452453_zuNLx#322255038_Fzncz  Today is our 7th anniversary...  This one is for you honey, because you ARE  "one in a million!"
October 23, 2009 - Leaves of gold
06/24/10 - Flaming Sun
I stopped by the Garden Hut yesterday morning for a few minutes. They have some sunflowers growing out front, and I wanted to try to take a few pictures of them especially since they had about 5 different pretty varieties to enjoy. This is my favorite of the pics that I took. Something about the colors and light coming through the reddish petals.

I removed a hint of another flower in the far lower left, but otherwise it's unedited.

We're gonna break a record at 101 today. Yep, you read that right...Raleigh is gonna have record heat today. We've been near 100 certainly with a head index of 100 for 3 days already. Whew! I haven't been out in that heat too much. You basically walk out the door and melt at those temps here with the super high humidity. But I love Raleigh weather and this too will pass. We did get a brief sprinkle yesterday afternoon for a welcome and quick 15 degree cool down.

Thanks for your comments on the Queen Anne's Lace shot from yesterday:-)

HAGD,
Maryann

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06/24/10 - Flaming Sun I stopped by the Garden Hut yesterday morning for a few minutes.  They have some sunflowers growing out front, and I wanted to try to take a few pictures of them especially since they had about 5 different pretty varieties to enjoy.  This is my favorite of the pics that I took.  Something about the colors and light coming through the reddish petals.  I removed a hint of another flower in the far lower left, but otherwise it's unedited.    We're gonna break a record at 101 today.  Yep, you read that right...Raleigh is gonna have record heat today.  We've been near 100 certainly with a head index of 100 for 3 days already.  Whew!  I haven't been out in that heat too much.  You basically walk out the door and melt at those temps here with the super high humidity.  But I love Raleigh weather and this too will pass.  We did get a brief sprinkle yesterday afternoon for a welcome and quick 15 degree cool down.    Thanks for your comments on the Queen Anne's Lace shot from yesterday:-)  HAGD, Maryann
06/24/10 - Flaming Sun
I stopped by the Garden Hut yesterday morning for a few minutes. They have some sunflowers growing out front, and I wanted to try to take a few pictures of them especially since they had about 5 different pretty varieties to enjoy. This is my favorite of the pics that I took. Something about the colors and light coming through the reddish petals.

I removed a hint of another flower in the far lower left, but otherwise it's unedited.

We're gonna break a record at 101 today. Yep, you read that right...Raleigh is gonna have record heat today. We've been near 100 certainly with a head index of 100 for 3 days already. Whew! I haven't been out in that heat too much. You basically walk out the door and melt at those temps here with the super high humidity. But I love Raleigh weather and this too will pass. We did get a brief sprinkle yesterday afternoon for a welcome and quick 15 degree cool down.

Thanks for your comments on the Queen Anne's Lace shot from yesterday:-)

HAGD,
Maryann

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