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Curiouser and curiouser  (I don't think Alice knows.)    DP128-2013  Posted May 8; processed ditto    I believe this is a cluster of mushrooms before they have grown their caps.  If anyone can add to or amend this supposition, I'd appreciate the info.  Here is a link to a picture of the type of mushroom I think it might be, when it grows up.  http://www.rogersmushrooms.com/gallery/loadimage.asp?did=19772&blockName=Hypsizygus%20tessulatus  .  Conservatory, Matthaei Botanical Gardens  Ann Arbor, Michigan  May 6, 2013  (For those curious about the lighting, it's all natural.  The light came through the glass roof of the conservatory, through an opening in the foliage of taller plants in the Tropical House portion of the conservatory.  I under-exposed a little, adjusted the white point in Lightroom 4 and darkened the background a little in Photoshop with the Levels slider, and that was pretty much it.)
For Aug. 10,   These beauties are from the university gardens. Are they gardenias, do you think...
My granddaughter, Quinn, posed for me after Christmas.  Hope you are all enjoying the holiday weekend!
Tranquility  ©  2011 Colleen M. Griffith. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, modified, or redistributed  without written agreement with the creator.  This image is registered with the US Copyright Office.  www.colleenmgriffith.com  www.facebook.com/colleen.griffith    You can see more of my San Francisco Bay Bridge photos in my panoramics gallery:  www.colleenmgriffith.com/Galleries/San-Francisco/Panoramics
Friday, July 13, 2012  "FLOAT BOAT and CARNIVAL BOAT" (with Niijima Floats, Reeds, and Marlins) by Dale Chihuly  "Colour is life; for a world without colours appears to us as dead." ~ Johannes Itten  SOOC, uncropped  My FAVORITE in this exhibit and located in the infinity pool with a view of White Rock Lake in the background.......  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. The glass work transforms the area into a wonderland of colors. This dramatic Chihuly exhibit offers a spectacular display of color and plenty of unique art forms around every corner.  "Chihuly first filled boats wit his glass elements in Nuutajarvi, Finland during the Chihuly Over Venice project in June 1995. After several days of glassblowing in the hotshop, the team made temporary installations along the Nuutajoki, the river nearby. Chihuly then filled it with Chandelier parts and other glass forms that were blown during the Finland trip." ~  Reprinted text from DA&BG's brochure  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  Oh Happy Friday!  "Gardens of Glass: Dale Chihuly" 2012  @ A Woman's Garden Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens  Dallas, TX Official website: http://www.dallasarboretum.org/  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***   (photo taken June 29, 2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Saturday, July 2, 2011                    "1955 FORD FAIRLANE TOWN SEDAN" (The Metamorphosis)  “Vision without execution is just hallucination.” ~ Henry Ford  Here's my very 1st HDR pp image........best viewed in XLarge!!   A special thanks to Lgood's husband Bill (owner of a Ford Fairlane) who stated that this is "a 1955 (maybe a '66) but nearly certain it is a '55."  This multi-colored Ford Fairlane Town Sedan was my favorite in the show. I love the bright colors that changed depending upon the angle from which it was viewed. If you look real close, you will see reflections galore in this one, most notably a red Chevy pickup that was parked beside it.    According to Wikipedia, "The Ford Fairlane was an automobile model sold between 1955 and 1970 by the Ford Motor Company in North America. The name was taken from Henry Ford's estate, Fair Lane, near Dearborn, Michigan. Over time, the name referred to a number of different cars in different classes; the Fairlane was initially a full-size car but became a mid-size car from the 1962 model year. The mid-sized model spawned the Australian-built Fairlane in 1967, although it was considered a large car there." (Reprinted text from here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Fairlane_Americas)   Check out the original here:   http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/17330226_SSNF6P#1361726886_85RFQx2.  Your comments regarding my pp work on yesterday's T-Bird were both inspiring and appreciated. By the way, my hubby and our two sons are the "vintage vehicle/car buffs."   ***#4 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken 6/11/2011)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
081010  Trap Pond Turtles    I finally got the kayak I bought over the winter in the water. I was a bit nervous taking the camera out on the water but we did ok. I was able to drift in on these turtles and got within about 5 feet. I need to learn how to stabilize the boat and camera but I was happy with my first attempt.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012  "RED, WHITE, BLUE..........and YOU"  "Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country." ~ John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States of America (USA)  Also, in front of the nearby courthouse were 98 "Flags of Heroes" - representative of veterans of their county. Photo is here:   http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/23332140_T6MdZL#!i=1922274706&k=SmVm9Kp&lb=1&s=A  Independence Day honors the birthday of the United States of America and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Thomas Jefferson, is the author of the Declaration of Independence. He led a committee that crafted the declaration between June 11-28, 1776. Jefferson and other discontented representatives from the thirteen colonies, voted and approved it on July 4, 1776. The document declared freedom for the 13 colonies from British rule. It currently resides in the Exhibition Hall of the National Archive in Washington, D.C. Did you know that The Declaration of Independence was not signed by all representatives until August, 1776. To make it official, John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress signed it. Now, can anyone guess where the saying "put your John Hancock on it" came from? Red, white, blue, and you............God bless America and its people!  Have a wonderful Wednesday and a safe 4th of July holiday.  Chicot County Veterans of War Memorial  Lake Village, AR   ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken 5/31/2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
28.12.10 - Through the Looking Glass  This is a shot from early evening in the fog. I love shooting in fog at night, with the wet cobbles reflecting all the lights, but it gets very hard to find new perspectives in an area you know so well. I've done this 2/3s split in a shop window before, but hopefully the bleach bypass treatment gives it a different feel. The original is here with a few more shots from this evening;    http://www.lightanddreamsphotography.com/gallery/4222541_LCXPH#1139857573_5JP5r  I'm already wondering if this would work well for the new Dgrin Challenge theme "Glass"?
THE QUEEN!!! (September 26, 2010)    She is such a beauty & is poised so delicately on this wildflower in North Texas.    Hope all the SmugMuggers enjoy this butterfly pic.  Found her while tromping around the woods near our house today.    Thanks for all the wonderful comments on the twins "swinging" shot last night.    Have a great Sunday evening.    I'll be back on the road tomorrow (a 7:20 a.m. flight from Dallas) and not back to Big D until Wednesday, October 6th.      But I'm taking my camera to Birmingham, AL and Louisville, KY.  I figure the Louisville portion of the trip may give me some opportunities for photographs.    I'll try to comment while I'm on the road, but won't be able to post pics.    Take care,    Best regards,    Linda
April 4, 2009 - "Doors and Stairs"
May 5 1945 Denmark was liberated by the British  from Nazi occupation, later American forces joined in. The picture is from my parental home where my parents gave accommodation to these two soldiers for about a fortnight as few accommodations were available. The soldier on the right is British and the one to the left I think was American.  I am the boy in between. My memory of these days are vague, but I remember that one of them had a jeep parked in front of the house and I had great pleasure of learning to drive by repeatedly use of the self-starter and thus moving  the jeep half a block away. As my father caught me in the act I was at once send to bed. The picture was taken by my father with his prewar Contax
Best friends   Marlice and her cheetah at sunset, Na'ankuse, Namibia. Cheetah are the most 'tameable' of the big cats when raised from a very young age, as this one was, but they are still wild animals.  Marlice and her colleagues at the Na'ankuse Foundation have the skills and the proper facilities to take good care of the cheetahs and to rehabilitate them for release into the wild. (They have the loudest, most fantastic purr I have ever heard!!)
Sunday, July 28, 2013     "C" is for CHIHULY'S CENTERPIECE CLUSTERS  "I tend to do things on a huge scale because it's exciting. I like to push things in new and different ways," Chihuly said. "My philosophy is: when one is good, a dozen is better." ~ Dale Chihuly  SOOC, uncropped, flash fired  Photo submission for Donna McCommon's "Alphabet Challenge"  We recently took a quick break from our vacation in Arizona and drove to Las Vegas, NV. There have been numerous additions and attractions to the Las Vegas Strip (my favorite being City Center) since my first / last visit in 2006.  Also, I was torn between posting chimes, chocolate, cake, car, or Chihuly - but, of course, Chihuly won!  I've been an admirer of Dale Chihuly's glass art since viewing (at the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library & Museum in Little Rock, AR in 2006) the chandelier that he designed for the Clinton's Millennium Christmas at The White House. A photo of it is here:   http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/11041770_4sVsXc#!i=772526419&k=9zCpKh3&lb=1&s=A  Furthermore, it's official name is "Clusters Persians Centerpiece," and it features Persian blown glass elements which are open, disc-like forms with striations (called “body wraps”). I had to quickly "point and shoot" in an effort to avoid people's heads being in the photo; as you can imagine, there were several admirers photographing this work of art. Although the lighting is very limited surrounding Chihuly's glass art, if you get to the area, take the time to peruse the artwork; it is beyond amazing.  Additionally, I must admit that although I prefer uploading and posting my photos in the order which they were taken, I delved into my "Vegas Baby, Vegas" 2013 gallery to post this one for Donna McCommon's "Alphabet Challenge" today. You'll be seeing my Las Vegas photos in future posts, but for now, you can view my complete "Vegas Baby, Vegas" 2013 gallery (minus the photos that are "in the can") here:   http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/30144066_H5mkzM#!i=2633507079&k=DfBcTDh  Dale Chihuly's official website is here: www.chihuly.com  As always, I appreciate you taking the time to peruse and comment on my photos.  Finally, be blessed and share the rest!  Bellagio Bellagio Baccarat Lounge (just off the Bellagio lobby) 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken July 11, 2013)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Humming Bird Shot at Rio Salado in Phoenix, AZ     Link to Photo Without Frame
Curiouser and curiouser (I don't think Alice knows.)

DP128-2013 Posted May 8; processed ditto

I believe this is a cluster of mushrooms before they have grown their caps. If anyone can add to or amend this supposition, I'd appreciate the info. Here is a link to a picture of the type of mushroom I think it might be, when it grows up. http://www.rogersmushrooms.com/gallery/loadimage.asp?did=19772&blockName=Hypsizygus%20tessulatus
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Conservatory, Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Ann Arbor, Michigan
May 6, 2013
(For those curious about the lighting, it's all natural. The light came through the glass roof of the conservatory, through an opening in the foliage of taller plants in the Tropical House portion of the conservatory. I under-exposed a little, adjusted the white point in Lightroom 4 and darkened the background a little in Photoshop with the Levels slider, and that was pretty much it.)

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Curiouser and curiouser  (I don't think Alice knows.)    DP128-2013  Posted May 8; processed ditto    I believe this is a cluster of mushrooms before they have grown their caps.  If anyone can add to or amend this supposition, I'd appreciate the info.  Here is a link to a picture of the type of mushroom I think it might be, when it grows up.  http://www.rogersmushrooms.com/gallery/loadimage.asp?did=19772&blockName=Hypsizygus%20tessulatus  .  Conservatory, Matthaei Botanical Gardens  Ann Arbor, Michigan  May 6, 2013  (For those curious about the lighting, it's all natural.  The light came through the glass roof of the conservatory, through an opening in the foliage of taller plants in the Tropical House portion of the conservatory.  I under-exposed a little, adjusted the white point in Lightroom 4 and darkened the background a little in Photoshop with the Levels slider, and that was pretty much it.)
Curiouser and curiouser (I don't think Alice knows.)

DP128-2013 Posted May 8; processed ditto

I believe this is a cluster of mushrooms before they have grown their caps. If anyone can add to or amend this supposition, I'd appreciate the info. Here is a link to a picture of the type of mushroom I think it might be, when it grows up. http://www.rogersmushrooms.com/gallery/loadimage.asp?did=19772&blockName=Hypsizygus%20tessulatus
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Conservatory, Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Ann Arbor, Michigan
May 6, 2013
(For those curious about the lighting, it's all natural. The light came through the glass roof of the conservatory, through an opening in the foliage of taller plants in the Tropical House portion of the conservatory. I under-exposed a little, adjusted the white point in Lightroom 4 and darkened the background a little in Photoshop with the Levels slider, and that was pretty much it.)

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