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A little Monet to brighten your day!   Such fun I had yesterday at a swamp on the side of the road. The flower head is a fading dahlia from the Cotley Hill shoot. This is not processed either, just cropped. The brilliant color is the reflection of the surrounding swamp growth which is very colorful when shot this way. The one I'm working on for printing will be cleaned up.
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!!)
Humming Bird Shot at Rio Salado in Phoenix, AZ     Link to Photo Without Frame
October 5, 2009 - "Grand Teton Sunrise"    Our first day in Jackson, Wyoming we left the hotel at 630 am to get some sunrise shots.  It was cold and dark waiting for the sun to appear first on the mountains and then on this barn.  There was some light smoke in the air from area controlled burns.    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia  Mormon Row Historic District  Mormon Row is a line of homestead complexes along the Jackson-Moran Road near the southeast corner of Grand Teton National Park. The rural historic landscape's period of significance includes the construction of the Andy Chambers, T.A. Moulton and John Moulton farms from 1908 to the 1950's. Six building clusters and a separate ruin illustrate Mormon settlement in the area and comprise such features as drainage systems, barns, fields and corrals.  The district occupies a spectacular site in Jackson Hole with the Teton Range rising in the background.
July 8, 2010    Hey All!    After a couple of days on the road for business  and no opportunity to shoot photos -  I was fortunately able to get out and take some pictures this afternoon late before the sun went down.      This is a picture of the beautiful butterfly that I spotted.  (Chika or Papa - help me with the name of this beauty?)       Post script - Chika says this is a "Queen" butterfly.  Chika rocks - she knows her butterflies.  Thanks Chika.    This beauty was sitting on a wildflower out in a field near my house.  It was a difficult shot to get because the wind was blowing so hard that the flower stalk was swaying backwards and forwards pretty violently the whole time I was trying to take the photo.  But I got lucky on this one when the wind died for just a second.  Otherwise, I have maybe 2 more good pictures of the queen, and the rest are blurry due to the high winds.      There's a hair of a crop on this picture, but it's very tiny.  I just got lucky on this shot.     We've been having high winds & late afternoon/evening thunderstorms here, so this was a lucky catch.  With all the storms around my trip to & from Minnneapolis was fraught with delays.  I finally got home last night around 1:30 a.m.  Makes for a long day - but I'm very happy to have a job.  :)    Thanks to everyone for your kind comments on my photos - even though I've been off line for several days.    Have a great Friday tomorrow,    Linda    This photograph is protected by the U.S. Copyright Laws and shall not to be downloaded or reproduced by any means without the formal written permission of L Good - noelxgood@sbcglobal.net
A Mother's Love. I just love watching the interaction between the deer. This doe was cleaning one of her fawns. The other fawn was out of frame. He was cleaned shortly after she finished this one. The deer roam in our yards like a cat or dog would. So when I say they sleep in my yard, maybe I should say I live in their yard. As the woods are very thick in the park. The only thing I miss is open sky. Day 7 (2011.01.07) #365Project @sharkbayte
Tuesday, February 15, 2011  "LINES AND SWIRLS" (The Metamorphosis)  "Bright colours or dark ones, sparkling clarity or misty atmosphere, landscape, still life, portrait - I haven't met a subject, style, or mood yet that can't be portrayed beautifully in pastel."  ~ Dave Beckett  By date, this is my 10th pp creation! Here's a link to the original:    http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/15299231_BkGGq#1188286892_VWMmf  Thanks a million for your shout-outs on yesterday's Valentine's Day post; it landed and remained in the #3 spot. You all really showed me some "love!" Also, I "loved" perusing your beautiful photos!    Have a "Terrific Today," everyone!  ***#1 photo of the day and all time***  (original photo taken 1/23/2011 and pp 2/14/2011)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Dragonfly,  Blue Dasher         Link to Photo Without Frame         Thank You for Making this Daily Photo the #1 Pick on 07-24-2013
04/20/10 - Bachelor Buttons Shot on NC 200 about 20 miles North of Monroe.  I saw them on the way into town on Saturday but was out of time to stop.  So, on the way out of town yesterday, I was determined to find a spot to pull over and take some pics.  They were only growing in a small 3 miles stretch of road, and many of the spots were on a curve, no wide shoulder or otherwise safe place to pull over.  Finally I found a spot and on top of the bachelor buttons, there were these yellow flowers in the field too.  Wheat growing around them both, I was able to snap quite a few pics as the boys entertained themselves with their DVD.  I have some shots with the bachelor buttons set against just green and some with the background more a yellow blur vs. retaining some of the yellow flower detail like this shot does.  What a joy to find, see, and take pics of.  Thanks to those of you that stopped by to view my pics over the weekend and to leave comments and say hi.  I really appreciate your support.  I only got about 30 minutes a day at the computer due to all I was trying to accomplish at Dad's house while I was there.  I can be content about what I did, but much more to do like find someone to blow the roof, clean the gutters, and power wash the front and back porches and windows.  I will start churning through the pile of paperwork I brought back with me too.    Dad continues to improve each day.  He wants to come home immediately.  We, me and 4 of the rehab facility people, talked him into being patient another week (or two).  Trying to set up some help at the house for him so coming home might work.    So much to do.  Where to begin?!?  HAGD, Maryann
3/19/13 - Old locomotive at Old Town Tucson.  Thanks so muich for your warm response, making my shot of the Presidio arches the #1 shot for the day.  A few more of you preferred the color version, but quite a few thought the b/w version was better.  Thanks for sharing your opinions with me!
Friday, July 6, 2012  "VERONA YELLOW PERSIAN SET with KOHL BLACK LIP WRAPS" by Dale Chihuly (1999)  "Color is like food for the spirit - plus it's not addictive or fattening." ~ Isaac Mizrahi  SOOC, uncropped, hand blown glass; 15 x 19 x 18 inches  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.   Artist's Statement.........."The Persians started out as a search for new forms. I set up Martin Blank and Robbie Miller in a corner of the hotshop at Pilchuck. I would make large pencil drawings for them with a couple of dozen small forms, and then I would put an X under the ones I wanted them to go for. Over the next year, we made more than 1,000 miniature experimental forms." ~ Dale Chihuly  Thanks for your overwhelmingly kind comments regarding yesterday's photo. I am elated that you are enjoying this series. I'll post a few more Chihuly masterpieces and then I'll post another subject:).  Dale Chihuly's official website is www.chihuly.com  Dale Chihuly: "Recent Works and New Forms" Exhibit" 2012 Talley Dunn Gallery 5020 Tracy Street Dallas, Texas 75205  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken June 29, 2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Friday, December 31, 2010  "DESERT WILDFLOWER TOWERS" by Dale Chihuly  "As I have practiced it, photography produces pleasure by simplicity. I see something special and show it to the camera. A picture is produced. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs." ~ Sam Abell  First of all, Donna McCommon, this is why I was so excited about your POTD yesterday; I had already chosen this picture to be my final post of the year when I arrived home from Arizona. This is SOOC without flash. I am a huge Dale Chihuly fan; great minds think alike!   Secondly, I would like to thank you, fellow SmugMuggers, for your inspiring comments on my 2010 POTDs. I learned so much from many of you, made some new friends along the way, improved my photography skills immensely, and even had a photo (12/21/2010) to land in the #1 spot, two photos (12/17/2010 and 12/29/2010) to land in the #2 spot, and several to land in the top five. Who knew that posting a photo a day would render such rewards for a self-described "advanced amateur?"    Moreover, I am so excited about perusing all of your 2011 fabulous photos, posting comments, and giving you a thumbs up. You ladies and gentlemen are meticulously discerning. I wish I could meet each of you on my route during this lifetime.   Finally, as the world turns, we only have one life to live. May the guiding light that leads to another world keep us young at heart, unrestless, and out of General Hospital. My prayer for each of you is a safe, blessed, healthy, fun, and happy 2011. In spite of the bumps and bruises, God has been exceptionally kind to all of us.   The complete "Chihuly in the Garden" 2013 gallery is here:   http://godschild.smugmug.com/ArtScape-1/Chihuly-in-the-Garden-2013  Visit Dale Chihuly's official site here:    http://www.dalechihuly.com  Cheers, Godschild  Chihuly in the Garden / Las Noches de la Luminarias  Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix, AZ  ***all-time***  (photo taken 12/26/2010)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Thursday, July 12, 2012  "CARNIVAL BOAT" with REEDS, MARLINS, and NIIJIMA FLOATS by Dale Chihuly  "The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most." ~ John Ruskin  SOOC, uncropped  Color my world - the sheer exuberance of a boat full of party balloons!! Here's a closeup of the boat that was in yesterday's photo. I like fab, but not drab. I LOVE color, and apparently, so does Dale Chihuly. If art is the expression of imagination, then Dale and I both dream in very vivid colors. 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.   "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  Dale Chihuly's official website is www.chihuly.com  Hang in there; tomorrow is 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
Canyon Magic  August 2011
Pretty in Red  Sat. November 1, 2008 (DAY 201)    Meet Miranda...  I had a photo session for her sweet 16.  We had a great time and the weather was gorgeous;  One perfect day to take outdoor shots.  April set up the location at Forbidden Garden,  complete with the Lion Dancer!  Thanks April, that was fun!!    This photo is SOOC (straight out of camera).  I'm still working on  the rest of the pics, that I think need some touch ups.    My hubby helped me (again) with the reflector.  Thank you dear!
A little Monet to brighten your day!
Such fun I had yesterday at a swamp on the side of the road. The flower head is a fading dahlia from the Cotley Hill shoot. This is not processed either, just cropped. The brilliant color is the reflection of the surrounding swamp growth which is very colorful when shot this way. The one I'm working on for printing will be cleaned up.

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A little Monet to brighten your day!   Such fun I had yesterday at a swamp on the side of the road. The flower head is a fading dahlia from the Cotley Hill shoot. This is not processed either, just cropped. The brilliant color is the reflection of the surrounding swamp growth which is very colorful when shot this way. The one I'm working on for printing will be cleaned up.
A little Monet to brighten your day!
Such fun I had yesterday at a swamp on the side of the road. The flower head is a fading dahlia from the Cotley Hill shoot. This is not processed either, just cropped. The brilliant color is the reflection of the surrounding swamp growth which is very colorful when shot this way. The one I'm working on for printing will be cleaned up.

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