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A view of our recent snowstorm from an upstairs window.    The reunion is over.  Our dinner party was a lot of fun, but I'm pretty wiped out.  Tomorrow, though, I'll be back to my regular routine and I hope to catch up on everyone's photos.  Have a good beginning to the week.
Sunset On The Beach  ©  2010 Colleen M. Griffith. All Rights Reserved.  This material may not be published, broadcast, modified, or redistributed in any way without written agreement with the creator.  This image is registered with the US Copyright Office.  www.colleenmgriffith.com  www.facebook.com/colleen.griffith    This San Francisco beach has the best of both worlds:  a wonderful view of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and a seemingly endless view of the majestic Pacific Ocean and Marin Headlands.    You can see more of my San Francisco photos, by going to my San Francisco gallery: www.colleenmgriffith.com/Galleries/San-Francisco/San-Francisco
Larger than lifesize sculpture of horses near the Briargate Shopping Center in Colorado Spring; shot lying on the ground looking up with a fish eye lens.  Thanks for all the comments on the shot at the skateboarding park.  It was a busy day and I didn't get around to commenting until late at night, but, as usual, there was lots to inspire and admire.  Hope your week gets off to a great start!
Hot Pink Cool Purple, Lake Sam Rayburn TX    Wow I've got a lot of info for you today, so I'll get right to it:  This is a single four minute exposure of the same composition I posted on Monday  from our Friday night outing with the dogs at Lake Sam Rayburn.  If you're interested in the technique, this one is the same as the previous except I actually metered and then added a 5 stop neutral density filter so I could make a really long exposure.  It was getting dark so I had to go to f/8 to get enough light in.  This one was taken some 5 minutes later when the light on the cloud was fading and the colors were peaking.  The colors become a lot more saturated with these really long exposures and I've read that the color builds up as it changes during a long exposure.  I'm not sure if that's really the reason, but I'll go with it until I'm convinced otherwise.      This photo made me rethink color temperature once again, and I tried to find out what the "correct" color temperature setting is at this time of day (roughly 15-20 minutes after sunset).  Along the way I found this sunrise and sunset calculator that also provides some indication of color temperature.  Scientifically I think that there is a "correct" color temperature for every kind of light, but artistically everything is subjective.  WHAT DO YOU THINK?  The color temperature I used for this photo is 4095K, but not because the color temperature chart told me to.  I just liked the combination of cool and warm colors at this color temperature.      I've got a deal for you!  A friend forwarded me this great deal on canvas prints.  It's through AmazonLocal, a subdivision of Amazon that I had never heard of before.  It seems to be something like Groupon, which I've only had limited exposure to.  Anyway, there are a lot of great deals on there.  In this case you buy a voucher redeemable for $90.00 on printing for $35.00 (and you get free shipping with the voucher too).  I bought one and used it to buy a 36x46 rolled canvas print that regularly cost $99.00 + $8.00 shipping, but I only had to spend $44.00 ($35.00 for the voucher and an extra $9.00 for the large print size I bought).  The sale runs out in 6 days or so.  I don't think I'll have my print in time to tell you how good the print quality is, but at this price I think it's worth the risk.  I love having prints made and have prints laying around all over the place.  WHAT ABOUT YOU?    Critiques always welcome.    Daily photo: September 13, 2012, taken September 07, 2012
June 19...   This week we have the 27th annual Kite Festival on our island.  Our beach is so popular for the kite-people because we have the broad beach and a steady wind from the North Sea. About 8000 people have come from all over the world, some even come from New Zeeland, but Germans are the majority.  They send up about 15.000 kites. Quite an impressive view
Springtime has finally come to our part of the world
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
Monday, July 9, 2012  "NIIJIMA FLOATS" by Dale Chihuly  "Creativity is the quality that you bring to the activity that you are doing. It is an attitude, an inner approach – how you look at things. Whatsoever you do, if you do it joyfully, if you do it lovingly, if your act of doing is not purely economical, then it is creative.” ~ Osho  SOOC, uncropped  An encounter with Dale Chihuly's works is always a spectacular reminder that glass is not just something to see through or drink out of. Up to 40 inches in diameter and 60 pounds, these large spheres have surfaces richly colored with gold and silver leaf and foil. They are named for Japanese fishing floats Chihuly found as a child on the shores of Puget Sound and the island of Niiima, Japan, which Chihuly visited around  1990.  Artist's Statement...........  "I've never done anything like the Floats. They are probably the most monumental-looking, since there's no reminiscence of a container shape. Just because they are so big, the Floats are technically, or let's say physically, the most difficult things that we have ever done. Even though a sphere or a ball is about the easiest form you can make in glass, when you get to this scale, up to forty inches in diameter, it becomes extremely difficult." ~ Dale Chihuly  Dale Chihuly's official website is www.chihuly.com  Have a marvelous Monday.  "GARDENS OF GLASS: DALE CHIHULY" 2012 @Jonsson Color Garden  Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens  Dallas, TX  http://www.dallasarboretum.org/   ***#2 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken June 29, 2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Sunday, February 26, 2012    "RED BARON SQUADRON"  "When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." ~ Henry Ford   SOOC, uncropped; flash didn't fire  Polished to perfection, and built in 1943 comes this 69 year old Stearman E75, N802RB of the Red Baron Pizza aerobatic team. It carried Boeing construction number 75-6451. The Red Baron Squadron was established in 1979 as a promotion for Red Baron Pizza. The squadron flew vintage Stearman biplanes and was the oldest civilian air team in the United States, attending airshows throughout the country and flying formation aerobatics. Their base of operations and air museum was at the Southwest Minnesota Regional Airport in Marshall, Minnesota. In 2007, after 28 years of flying, the company announced the retirement of the squadron.  Serial Number: 75-6451  MFR Year: 1943  Engine Model: P&W R-985 SERIES   Red Baron's Pizza website is here:http://www.redbaron.com/default.aspx  I appreciate your comments on yesterday's "All That Glass" photo.   Have a blessed Sunday!  UPDATE: Special thanks to Refslund for additional information regarding this aircraft. Read his comment below.  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  The Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing Aviation Museum  Falcon Field - 2017 N. Greenfield Road  Mesa, Arizona 85215 Official website: http://www.azcaf.org  (photo taken 12/28/2011)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
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
Monday, June 4, 2012     "WHAT FLOATS YOUR BOAT?"  “O God, thy sea is so great, and my boat is so small.” ~ Unknown Author  SOOC, uncropped  "This small prayer (see the above quote) is known as the Breton Fisherman's Prayer, who are fishermen from Brittany, an administrative region in western France. The Breton Fisherman's Prayer was engraved on a brass plaque and presented to President John F. Kennedy by US Navy Admiral Hyman Rickover. The admiral would subsequently present the same type of plaque to all new commanders of Polaris submarines."   Additionally, "The Breton Fisherman's Prayer is not typically used by scouting groups such as the US branches of boy and girl scouts. Some Canadian girls associations have used this and/or variations of this in their printed material, as well as this prayer being the motto of the Children's Defense Fund." Reprinted texts from here: http://www.answers.com  SPEAKING OF SPORTS: Boston Celtics defeated Miami Heat in overtime last night in Boston. The final score was 93 - 91 and the series is tied 2 - 2. Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals will be tomorrow in Miami, FL. The family and I are pulling for Boston. Tonight, San Antonio Spurs host Oklahoma City Thunder in game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. The series is tied 2 - 2. The family and I are pulling for OKC!  I genuinely appreciate you taking time to peruse and comment on my photos; it has never gone unnoticed or taken for granted.  Remember, "I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” ~ Louisa May Alcott  Safe sails, my friends!  Scene photographed from the vehicle @Ross Barnett Reservoir Ridgeland, MS   ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***    (photo taken 3/10/2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
1/4/09  ICE POPSICLES  These icy globs were created by the cold and wind and the lake spray along the Lake Erie's coast.  As the water would splash over the huge boulders holding the shore in place, some would splash over and into the grass and create all kinds of frozen wonders.  View larger for more detail :-)
2013-07-01. Ring Around the Cone Flower.    Thank you for the views and comments. They are very much appreciated!
September 10, 2011    Remember the story that I talked about yesterday where we ran into the rain storm and then came into the little town of Encino, NM and chased the train?  Well here is one of the shots of the train & a lightening strike.      We were parked within about 40 feet from the track that was elevated above the road we were sitting on.  The train was racing by and I was snapping photos.      It was raining pretty hard by this time, and I took lots of shots of the train out of the windshield of the car.  I was lucky enough to catch a lightening strike on this shot.  The sound was deafening.      This is not the best quality photo in the world, but I liked the way it turned out with the lightening, the train car and the dark sky.    Thanks so much for your wonderful and overwhelming comments on the road in New Mexico shot from yesterday.  That "road" shot was a precurser to this shot for today.    You guys rock!!!    I'm home today & part of tomorrow then  have to go to Austin TX for a week long class at the University of Texas.  I'll do my best to keep up with commenting on your wonderful photos.  I'm sure that will be WAY more fun than the homework we'll be expected to do in the evenings.  :-)).    Have a great day!  Linda
5-05: It's that time of year! This last couple of weeks we've been seeing baby geese everywhere. They grow so quickly - I think these are probably only about a week old.
A view of our recent snowstorm from an upstairs window.

The reunion is over. Our dinner party was a lot of fun, but I'm pretty wiped out. Tomorrow, though, I'll be back to my regular routine and I hope to catch up on everyone's photos. Have a good beginning to the week.

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A view of our recent snowstorm from an upstairs window.    The reunion is over.  Our dinner party was a lot of fun, but I'm pretty wiped out.  Tomorrow, though, I'll be back to my regular routine and I hope to catch up on everyone's photos.  Have a good beginning to the week.
A view of our recent snowstorm from an upstairs window.

The reunion is over. Our dinner party was a lot of fun, but I'm pretty wiped out. Tomorrow, though, I'll be back to my regular routine and I hope to catch up on everyone's photos. Have a good beginning to the week.

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