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Zebra coming at ya...    I find these animals facinating. I have had a terrible time trying to get a decent shot of them. Trying to hold the camera steady when your on a wagon and not only is it bouncing all around but so is the zebra.
September 16, 2011 - featured today on Scenic USA   http://www.scenicusa.net/091611.html  May 8, 2011 - "Sapelo Island Lighthouse"  Sapelo Island can only be reached by boat.  The island has a very interesting historical background.  5/4/2011 -  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapelo_Island_Light  "Sapelo Island Lighthouse is a lighthouse in Georgia, United States, near the southern tip of Sapelo Island, Georgia. It is the nation's second-oldest brick lighthouse and the oldest survivor of Winslow Lewis lighthouse projects.  Sapelo Island Lighthouse was built in 1820. It was designed and built by Winslow Lewis. It had a fifteen Lewis lamps with 16 in (41 cm) reflectors. In the 1850s, the tower was raised by 10 ft (3.0 m) and a fourth-order Fresnel lens was installed in 1854. During the Civil War, the lens was removed. It was extensively repaired after a 1867 storm and relit in 1868. The tower was damaged by a hurricane in 1898. The lighthouse was replaced in 1905 by the a pyramidal 100 ft (30 m) skeletal tower with a third-oder Fresnel lens. This tower was dismantled and relocated in 1934 to South Fox Island, Michigan. Sapelo Island Lighthouse was inactive from 1905 to 1998, and is now privately maintained and unofficial. The original lighthouse was renovated to its 1890 appearance in 1998 when it was relit."
9.11.09 - Fog Lights  Today has been a beautiful one, fantastic weather, nice sunset, but the fog tonight was an extra surprise. When I came off the squash court at about 9.30pm I was hardly dressed for photography in near freezing fog, but I've been waiting too long for some fog to waste this opportunity. So instead of going home for a hot shower I drove straight to the Cathedral Quarter looking for photo opps! Needless to say I was the only person in shorts!!  I got a few good shots of the fog and the golden glow from the Cathedral floodlights, but this one was a real stroke of luck. This is one of my favourite shooting positions, but for 10 minutes I froze waiting for someone to come along and be a "ghost" for me. So I wandered around for a while, and was on my way back to the car when I spotted these two guys heading for my spot. I raced ahead of them (you see the shorts were useful!) and fired 3 quick shots as they approached. One was out of focus, one had lousy comp, but this one turned out OK I think. Straight out of camera, not even a crop, just a touch of in camera sharpening and low light noise reduction. This is a beautiful spot, but when the fog descends it becomes utterly surreal. I'm one photog hoping for more fog this winter :)  Thanks for the great response to my model railway shots, you guys blow me away!
Water Fountain in Friedrichshafen, Germany - 13 April 09    WINNER!!! of the DSS23 contest: "Saturated or Parched"
September 11, 2008 Our cats, Jake and Joey.  They are brothers - 11 years old.  We got them from a shelter when they were just a few weeks old.  They are great buddies and most mornings look out our front window like this.  I used to shoot a lot of pictures of them (before grandkids) but not much lately.  I like this one - it represents how close they are.
day 108: "the hills have eyes—south jersey". we drove to canton, nj to visit my brother and he took us on a quick tour down an isolated marsh-surrounded road. i loved the area as there are no wires or telephone polls. just a nuke cooling tower in the background... and a strange shack in the middle of the marsh... and NO cell reception... and, uh, it was kinda freaky actually. i hopped out of the van and ran half way up the planked entrance to take this shot ignoring the "no trespassing" sign and the full-on assault of green head flies. in mid-shot my brother beeped the horn and drove away leaving me. funny guy. he drove back. i may be heading back here to sneak closer next time. curiosity has me cranked to check out the shack.
3-06: I was in a precarious position while taking this shot so I didn't get it framed quite the way I wanted. This is the keyhole in the Devils Backbone. You can see where it is in the picture I posted for 3-02. My nerve is not what it used to be.
October 17, 2008    Another mountain shot from Banff-    A little bit of a funny story with this pic...I was traveling very light on this trip...one camera, one lens...no tripod, no shutter release, no beanbag...I really wasn't expecting to take any night shots, but when I saw this, I couldn't resist.      This was taken just off a small dead end access road (almost no traffic) with a few parking spots to pull off and admire the scenery.  Unfortunately, none offer a view in this direction, so I had to basically just park on the side of the road.  And, not having a tripod or beanbag, I had to find something to prop the camera on...I'm not even going to go over the list of items that I tried, but I finally settled on a spare shoe from my suitcase---It actually held the camera pretty well...  To make matters worse, I couldn't find anywhere to put the camera that would give me a view close to this...  I ended up having to back the car up a little and put the camera (in its shoe) on the roof of the car---again, it actually worked pretty well.  It was a tad embarrassing, but only two cars drove by...    Unfortunately, the shoe isn't sturdy enough to hold the camera while I press the shutter release, so I have to resort to the 10 second timer.  That really drug things out....and it wasn't exactly what you'd call warm.    I don't think I'll travel quite as light next time...    Not a lot of post on this shot--it's an HDR merge of two shots, trying to bring the moon back in a little, but it didn't really work...cropped a bit off the bottom, and a high pass filter blended to bring out some detail in the mountains.  The exposure is pretty close to how it came out of the camera.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012      "HUMPTY DUMPTY" by  Kimber Fiebiger   "Love all; trust a few; do wrong to none." ~ Unknown Author  And the nursery rhyme goes like this............  'Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall:  Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.  All the King's horses and all the King's men  Couldn't put Humpty Dumpty back together again.'  Well, Kimber Fiebiger of Minneapolis, Minnesota made this delightful sculpture because she, "Just loves to put a smile on people's faces." Looks like Humpty Dumpty has been put back together again and is back on his throne, which I hope brings a smile to your face.   Kim's official website is here: http://www.joanofart.com/?page_id=30  In the words of a great gospel song by Donnie McClurkin, "We fall down, but we get up!"   Actually, Oprah Winfrey may have said it best: "If you should happen to fall, turn your wounds into wisdom."  Finally, this is the last of the public art series in Mesa, AZ. Thank you for your appreciation and patience.  A few more public art pieces can be viewed here:   http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/20517416_FzGW22#!i=1656884744&k=fw75TPW  Have a "well put together" and terrific Tuesday, my friends.  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken 12/28/2011)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
'Alighting'...06/13/2011...
Came up on this warbler,while we were out hiking!!
A hummingbird feeds one of its babies; best viewed in the largest sizes.  Thank you to those of you who commented on my photo of the female cardinal today.  I don't think too many of you even saw it, but I am especially grateful to those of you who did find it and comment.  It was a gorgeous day in the Phoenix area.  After doing some laundry this morning, we spent the afternoon visiting a bunch of galleries in Scottsdale and looking at some terrific art.  Enjoy your Sunday!
A Flower for You - Apr 03 2009  After 5 days of sunny weather and spring temperatures we have flowers popping up everywhere... I like to take the opportunity to offer you this little blueish flower for your continuous support and comments and I wish you have a great weekend!!
05/09/11 - Wilow the Red-Tailed Hawk  The boys and I went to Noah's Landing  in Coats, NC yesterday for their Mother's Day special event.  Along with the usual animals, the wonderful people with the Wildlife Rescue Center in Sanford were there.  If I counted correctly, they had 8 birds onsite yesterday including this beautiful red-tailed hawk named Willow.  As usual, I spent quite a few minutes taking pictures of the birds and talking to the volunteers.    Link to the Noah's Landing gallery:  http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Noahs-Landing/Noahs-Landing-050811/16970760_jTvbsT#1283151623_d2tLKHr  If you missed the picture of Johnny with the ball python on Facebook, it's here:  http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Nature/May-2011/16865229_xX2Jk5#1283085882_92NPr6n   And with the tarantula:  http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Noahs-Landing/Noahs-Landing-050811/16970760_jTvbsT#1283142894_XdhQM4T  We did remind him not to pick up things in the yard that he doesn't know what they are like an inch worm.  He's not afraid, and he is curious.    Thanks for all the Mother's Day well wishes and for the comments on my iris picture.  HAGD, Maryann
Monday, July 2, 2012  "COBALT MARLINS and TRUMPET FLOWER FIORI" by Dale Chihuly (2009)  "I'm very interested in transformation and how objects are transformed. Reflected images will become as substantial as real works. It's not about the object; it's about form, color, light and shape." ~ Therman Statom, American Studio Glass artist  I absolutely love color; and Dale Chihuly's glass art is full of it! I wish I could click my heels together and be transported to every city in the world where his art is exhibited and take photos. Wishful thinking?    Well, here's a SOOC (no flash) shot of the centerpiece of attention measuring 96 x 96 x 96 inches; it is MY FAVORITE in this exhibit of hand blown glass among his current exhibits. Dale Chihluy, the artist, describes it as "a visual feast of exuberant color and daring form - brilliant, indoor garden created with blown glass flowers and daring verticals that reach almost nine feet above their base."   Additionally, thank you for your comments on the "Spearmint Seafoam Set with Cinnamon Red Lip Wraps" yesterday. Each day, there are superlative photos posted in this community. Although my time perusing and commenting on photos is very limited this summer, I genuinely appreciate you taking time to peruse and comment on mine. It has never gone unnoticed or taken for granted.   Disclaimer: Although I post what I like (emphasis on "I"), I'll try not to bore you; there's more photos of Dale Chihuly's glass art forthcoming:).  Dale Chihuly's official website is www.chihuly.com  Have a marvelous Monday.  Dale Chihuly: "Recent Works and New Forms" Exhibit" 2012 Talley Dunn Gallery 5020 Tracy Street Dallas, Texas 75205  ***#2 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken June 29, 2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Zebra coming at ya...

I find these animals facinating. I have had a terrible time trying to get a decent shot of them. Trying to hold the camera steady when your on a wagon and not only is it bouncing all around but so is the zebra.

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Zebra coming at ya...    I find these animals facinating. I have had a terrible time trying to get a decent shot of them. Trying to hold the camera steady when your on a wagon and not only is it bouncing all around but so is the zebra.
Zebra coming at ya...

I find these animals facinating. I have had a terrible time trying to get a decent shot of them. Trying to hold the camera steady when your on a wagon and not only is it bouncing all around but so is the zebra.

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