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Curious Giraffe - Photographed at the Cheyenne Mt. Zoo in Colorado Springs.  In my opinion, the giraffe enclosure at the zoo is one of the most interesting to visitors, as you can purchase crackers from a vending machine and feed them to the giraffes.  You are right at the level of their heads, so it is a neat perspective.  It is a large area and the zoo has a lot of giraffes, young and old.  This fella was hoping for a cracker and wanted to check out my camera.  It it 11:00 p.m. and I just got home from shooting the wedding.  I'm anxious to look at all the hundreds of shots I took, but not tonight...just too tired.  Hope everyone has a good day...we're going to the annual Parade of Homes.  It is always lots of fun to look at the houses and furnishings.  Taken with a fisheye 10mm lens.
Fire on the river - Connecticut River, Springfield, MA
Sunday, February 20, 2011                    "O is for ORNAMENT"    "A true friend is someone who knows your faults and genuinely loves and accepts you anyway." ~ Unknown Author     This is a beautiful, crystal Christmas tree ornament that was a gift from my best friend in 2009.  I turned off the lights to darken the background. Also, I intentionally did not position the camera to center the photo, because I had an "eye" for something different. Additionally, before I pushed the button to take the picture, I twisted the hanger to make the ornament spin - thus, the variations in color. Finally, as the French saying goes, "Voila!"    View the pp / remix version here: http://godschild.smugmug.com/Project-365/Daily-Dose-of-One-A-Day-2011/15049328_xybZM#1192601505_VcwrT    Have a super Sunday, everyone!    ***#1 photo of the day and all time***     (photo taken 2/19/2011)
Thursday, February 2, 2012    "SUNNY SIDE UP"    "Be a rose which gives fragrance, even to those who crush it. ~ Author Unknown    SOOC comes this yellow rose of...........Arizona, and not Texas:)!     According to history, yellow is  a bright, sunny color that evokes a feeling of warmth and happiness. Akin to those shared with a true friend are the warm feelings associated with the yellow rose. It is also an ideal symbol for joy and friendship, in contrast to the romantic meanings attributed to other roses. Additionally, yellow roses can send the perfect message of appreciation and platonic love without the romantic subtext of other colors. Joy and delight are representative of the color yellow and an ideal way to brighten someone's day who may be feeling down.  Finally, a yellow rose can bring out the smile in quite a way that no other flower can.     I sure do thank you all for your comments; they are very much appreciated.    Hang in there; tomorrow is Friday.    Scottsdale City Hall  Scottsdale, AZ    ***#1 photo of the day and all time***    Check out the #2 photo from yesterday that was posted by mpkonopa: http://mpkonopa.smugmug.com/Photography/General/15362358_kZWBDn#!i=1695756548&k=fQrzptC&lb=1&s=A    (photo taken 12/26/2011)
December 17, 2010    "IKEBANA DOUBLE ENDER AND ROWBOAT with NIIJIMA FLOATS" by Dale Chihuly    I've selected this one as my computer's screesaver. I am a huge admirer of Dale Chihuly's glass art. These were imported from Finland.The entire gallery of this collection can be viewed in my ArtScape folder. I appreciate all of your comments on yesterday's POTD.     What a busy week........TGI Friday!     Have a great weekend.    "Chihuly: The Collection"  Oklahoma City Museum of Art  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  www.chihuly.com    *** #2 photo of the day and all time ***    (photo taken 7/24/2010)
Saturday, April 21, 2012    "SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS"    “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi    A pair of distressed, rustic, collectible, vintage, Western tin cowboy salt and pepper shakers on the kitchen island at "my happy place."    There are not enough days in the weekend, but have a great one, my friends.    ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***    (photo taken 12/31/2011)
Tuesday, January 25, 2011    "PULLING STRAWS?"    "Remember when looking in the mirror, it is always looking back at you; the reflections seen are only ever as kind or as ill as your own projections." ~ Morrigan    I didn't have to pull straws for this one................woo hoo!!! This is MY FIRST PP IMAGE (focal b/w, uncropped, however). I stepped outside of my comfort zone. Furthermore, I am such a "visual" person. On Sunday, after creating yesterday's POTD using marbles and the mirror, I decided to see what image I could create with straws and the mirror.  Too much time on my hands? Well, all work and no play....... you know what they say.    I am overwhelmingly appreciative of your comments regarding yesterday's "Marbelicious" POTD. It landed in the #8 spot. Fellow SmugMuggers, you rock!      The original version of the photo can be viewed here: http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/15299231_BkGGq#1168324428_2gjWC    ***#6 photo of the day and all time****    (photo taken and pp 1/23/2011)
What's going on over there?  This is another image from the photoshoot last week. I think I created six different versions of it.  I'm not sure which one I prefer.  If you'd like to check out the others, they are here:  http://fotoeffects.smugmug.com/gallery/9105046_ZAAtf#606886760_Ya8PB Thanks for all the nice comments on the photo of the gloriosa daisy and the red bug.  I was surprised with all the nice comments, as it just seemed like a pretty ordinary shot to me...although I did think the bug made it a bit different.  I've spent the whole day processing shots from a wedding I shot last weekend and I'm not even half done.  Oh, well, perseverance will allow me to get them done one day soon.  Have a great day, everyone!
December 21, 2010    "ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE"    “He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.”  ~ Roy L. Smith    Today is the first day of winter. We spent last Christmas in Arizona (December 24-31, 2009) and I photographed this gorgeous tree at one of the resorts.    Thanks for your views and comments. SmugMuggers, you rock!    The Scottsdale Plaza Resort   Scottsdale, AZ     Official website is here: http://www.scottsdaleplaza.com/     *** #1 photo of the day and all time ***    (photo taken 12/27/2009)
June 23, 2010  These Mimosa blooms look so wispy and fragile, but the trees I think are very hardy.  This is best viewed in the larger formats. Today was just another day of not much time to take shots, but I wanted to play some more with my new macro lens, so this is the best I could do for today in a very little bit of time that I had to "play".    Thanks to all of you for your comments on my last couple of days of daily shots.  They are much appreciated.  I am just amazed at the talents of our Smug Mug family.  I can get lost in the galleries for hours - if only I just had hours to spare.      Have a great evening.  Linda
Friday, April 6, 2012         "WHAT IS IT?"    “Each of us, famous or infamous, is a role model for somebody, and if we aren't, we should behave as though we are -- cheerful, kind, loving, courteous; because you can be sure someone is watching and taking deliberate and diligent notes.” ~ Maya Angelou    Can you guess what this is? Special effects or not? Even I was amazed at how this turned out, as I was just playing around with various shots.  It does look like an abstract and a work of art, in my opinion.    I genuinely appreciate your comments on the table setting post yesterday; it landed in the #2 spot. Please know that I look forward to perusing and commenting on your outstanding photos, also. Each day, I am so honored to be a part of a community of people who share a like passion for photography.    Today is Good Friday and a day off for most people, including moi......woo hoo!!    Have a safe and blessed "Resurrection Weekend," my friends.    ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***    (photo taken 4/1/2012)
Here I come!  Well, you knew this was coming didn't ya? Lucy had to get her turn.
Monday, February 27, 2012       "EARLY SPRING BLOSSOMS AND BUDS"  (Japanese Magnolias)    "One of the most attractive things about the flowers is their beautiful reserve."  ~ Henry David Thoreau       First of all, I genuinely appreciate your comments on my "Red Baron Squadron" aircraft photo yesterday; it landed in the #1 (numero uno) spot. There are always outstanding posts in this community, and I never take for granted that you take the time to peruse and comment on mine. SmugMuggers rock!!!    Additionally, two days ago, I mentioned that it's been a while since I've been able to get out and take new photos. Well, yesterday evening, my hubby noticed these blooms on a tree in our backyard. The other day, I noticed that there were only buds. Isn't it amazing the changes that can occur in a few days?  Once temperatures start warming up, Japanese Magnolias on this tree always wave goodbye to winter by launching an impressive display of large, pinkish flowers.     Anyway, I grabbed my camera and took only two quick snaps; and we both liked this one best, as it shows off the flowers and buds against that deep blue evening sky. Finally, I was so elated to have the camera back in my hands:).    "Come and visit me sometime; my flowers would like to meet you." ~ Unknown Author    Happy Monday, my friends!    ***#2 photo of the day and all-time***    (photo taken 2/26/2012)
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!
Sunday, March 13, 2011    "NEWSPAPER WALL ART"  "It is the common wonder of all men, how among so many million faces, there should be none alike." ~ Thomas Browne   These are the faces of four famous icons; can you guess which ones?  OK - here's another photo from my four day job-related trip to the Gulf Coast, March 1 - 4, 2011. It's SOOC and uncropped. I love beautiful, unique and interesting art; this one is all three! It was created with newspapers; believe it or not!! It was taken either in between attending workshops or at the end of the day.  By the way, there are four people depicted here.....one of them is Elton John. Trivia question: Can you identify the other three? No cheating; LOL!   The answers will be revealed tomorrow. Unfortunately, the name of the artist was not listed.  View the numero uno photo here: http://fotoeffects.smugmug.com/Daily-shots-for-the-dailies/Dailies/6928550_kEPBm#1214370092_c5hsW-A-LB  Hard Rock Hotel Biloxi, MS  ***#2 photo of the day and all time***   (photo taken 3/2/2011)
Curious Giraffe - Photographed at the Cheyenne Mt. Zoo in Colorado Springs. In my opinion, the giraffe enclosure at the zoo is one of the most interesting to visitors, as you can purchase crackers from a vending machine and feed them to the giraffes. You are right at the level of their heads, so it is a neat perspective. It is a large area and the zoo has a lot of giraffes, young and old. This fella was hoping for a cracker and wanted to check out my camera. It it 11:00 p.m. and I just got home from shooting the wedding. I'm anxious to look at all the hundreds of shots I took, but not tonight...just too tired. Hope everyone has a good day...we're going to the annual Parade of Homes. It is always lots of fun to look at the houses and furnishings. Taken with a fisheye 10mm lens.

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Curious Giraffe - Photographed at the Cheyenne Mt. Zoo in Colorado Springs.  In my opinion, the giraffe enclosure at the zoo is one of the most interesting to visitors, as you can purchase crackers from a vending machine and feed them to the giraffes.  You are right at the level of their heads, so it is a neat perspective.  It is a large area and the zoo has a lot of giraffes, young and old.  This fella was hoping for a cracker and wanted to check out my camera.  It it 11:00 p.m. and I just got home from shooting the wedding.  I'm anxious to look at all the hundreds of shots I took, but not tonight...just too tired.  Hope everyone has a good day...we're going to the annual Parade of Homes.  It is always lots of fun to look at the houses and furnishings.  Taken with a fisheye 10mm lens.
Curious Giraffe - Photographed at the Cheyenne Mt. Zoo in Colorado Springs. In my opinion, the giraffe enclosure at the zoo is one of the most interesting to visitors, as you can purchase crackers from a vending machine and feed them to the giraffes. You are right at the level of their heads, so it is a neat perspective. It is a large area and the zoo has a lot of giraffes, young and old. This fella was hoping for a cracker and wanted to check out my camera. It it 11:00 p.m. and I just got home from shooting the wedding. I'm anxious to look at all the hundreds of shots I took, but not tonight...just too tired. Hope everyone has a good day...we're going to the annual Parade of Homes. It is always lots of fun to look at the houses and furnishings. Taken with a fisheye 10mm lens.

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