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6/06/11 Meet Bracken - Bracken is a Tawny owl and lives with his partner Willow in the barn you can see reflected in his eyes. These are the owls whose famous call is shared between them ' Toowit - hoo'   Many thanks to everyone who commented on the shot of Fern yesterday and special thanks to Sandra for introducing me to her wonderful barn and it's inhabitants. I'm currently working through my day's photos which are slowly uploading to http://nixpix.me/Vacation/North-East-Norfolk-All-in-a/17394177_zB9Sjx
3rd year Pic 174 - Mar 03 2011 awaiting...  Mahabaleshwar Market  This is old lady was asking for alms at the weekly market.     Her belly looks big because poor women tend to keep their precious belongings or day's earnings in a small pouch tied to the waist and then covered by the saree.   B&W version:  http://hershy.smugmug.com/Travel/Mahabaleshwar-2011-ppl/15755187_HtDGn#1178269417_E8Yzi-A-LB  another pic: http://hershy.smugmug.com/Travel/Mahabaleshwar-2011-ppl/15755187_HtDGn#1178268088_Qis3T-A-LB  B&W version:  http://hershy.smugmug.com/Travel/Mahabaleshwar-2011-ppl/15755187_HtDGn#1178280050_xVvM2-A-LB
08/29/09 - I took more candle shots last night.  This is the same set-up as the night before, but I used a different candle style.  What I was going for was the perspective of high in the front and low in the back.  Not just a curve but a curve with an interesting height perspective in it.  Mostly I was just having fun with glass and reflections and seeing if I could produce a pretty picture...maybe something for a romantic greeting card.  But, coming up with catchy titles is not my thing, so, here you have it title free:-)      Dirkster, here's the set-up:  http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Art/Glass-Appeal-16/9421013_LHGKh#633028939_z3Uuy  Yes, I was bathroom shooting.  To get this effect, you need two mirrors that are reasonably parallel to each other.  I just happen to have a small medicine cabinet with a mirror door on the right wall and another mirror over the sink.  You open the medicine cabinet door and waa laa you have two roughly parallel mirrors.  Nice thing about this set-up is that it was at a normal height for shooting without a lot of bending.      Complications:  The darn flame was ALL OVER THE PLACE despite me doing everything I could to keep the air in the room from moving.  Sometimes if I'd wait a minute or two between shots it would cycle straight and still for 3-5 seconds and then resume it's dance.  I'd try to take my pic when it was more or less still but that was hard.    Amazing how you stop breathing when trying to take a 3 second picture.      Joey was with me around 8PM for 45 minutes helping me, and Johnny popped in and out a few times.  Joey has gotten pretty good about gently taking the pic and understands why we can't move the camera.    This was Party Lite candle wax, and at the right temp, it melts completely liquid.  I put the candle holder in the oven at 175 to to melt the wax quicker.  But, in the bathroom, over time the wax started to get solid again.  I have one great all liquid shot, but there are a few things about that pic that bother me, so I chose not to post it.  But, I thought the liquified wax was pretty cool.  http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Art/Glass-Appeal-16/9421013_LHGKh#633186200_Ddoh7      Anyway.......................    You guys have a great weekend!  2 more days and I will be off call and much happier...    Maryann
Sunday, July 21, 2013    "B" is for BATHTUBS  "Every tub has to sit on its own bottom." ~ Title of a book written by Zora Neal Hurston  Photo submission for Donna McCommon's "Alphabet Challenge"   Here's one of Mississippi's quirkiest offerings. For some reason, when I saw this scene, I was reminded of the scene in "The Help" movie where the commodes (toilets), as opposed to bathtubs, were in the front yard of Hilly Hollbrook's house:). Irrespective of how bad they appear, they can be beautifully restored to look new ("beautiful" being the operative adjective here).  Have a wonderfully blessed day, my friends!  Southern Tubs 23869 Highway 6 East Batesville, MS  Official website is here: http://www.southerntubs.com  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken 3/13/2013)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Tuesday, July 17, 2012     "AFFECTION"  "Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people."  ~ W.C. Fields  Update: After reading Wilma's comment, I changed the caption from "Bonding" to "Affection." Thanks for the inspiration, Wilma!  I am told that horses are extrememly affectionate and that when a horse gently brings its head even slightly in your direction, it is a sign of affection and acknowledgement.........such was the case here. You all know that I rarerly post "people shots," but I was walking by and spotted this scene and thought, "photo opp and future daily post." I was hoping she wouldn't leave before I was able to get my camera out of its bag and capture the moment.   Thanks for your comments and have a terrific Tuesday.  Rodeo Plaza Fort Worth Stockyards Fort Worth, TX Official website: www.fortworthstockyards.org  ***#2 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken June 30, 2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Blif is eager to learn, but as a puppy he also like to play and test our patience. Today we had  a 3 km walk on the beach without leach but with lots of tidbits. the only incident was when we met another dog. then all education was forgotten. Well the other dog was friendly and they played around for a time and then he joined me again
December 19, 2010  "RAZZLE DAZZLE"   “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” ~ Charles Dickens  SOOC, handheld (no tripod)  We attended the debut of this event. This walk-through holiday light and sound display with millions of holiday lights featured a holiday train and Santa's Workshop.   The complete set of holiday photos can be viewed here:  http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/10839515_xoQFZ#758071203_4AwSM  St. Nick's Lights  Scottsdale Pavilions Scottsdale, AZ  ***top 5 photos today and all time***  (photo taken 12/24/2009)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
4th year Pic 217 - Sep - 21 2012. Yellow Rose -  Taj Gateway Hotel, Coonoor  This is a close crop of yesterday's picture. I am greatly impressed with the D800's Dynamic Range and detail capturing.   Critiques welcome!    Have you people heard of subscription price increase at Smugmug? Mainly for Pro & Business accounts?
July 27th, 2010    Just playing with fruit!   Thank goodness it's Tuesday!  Hope you all have a great day.
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.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013  "FOUNTAINS OF BELLAGIO"  "The knowledge of man is as the waters, some descending from above, and some springing from beneath; the one informed by the light of nature, the other inspired by divine revelation." ~ Francis Bacon  SOOC, uncropped, handheld (no tripod); 35mm lens   There's always one......Dycasstudios requested to see the camera settings. You can view them here under "Comments (see Godschild): http://dycasstudios.smugmug.com/DailyGallery-1/2013-Daily/27377083_2KC9tv#!i=2805356469&k=7S5q8Rs  In July, we spent a week in Arizona at "my happy place."  While there, we decided to drive to Las Vegas. Although I was first and last in Las Vegas in June (2006) with my best friend, it was my hubby's first trip to Vegas. Upon our arrival, we parked in the Bellagio's parking garage and headed straight for the water show that was just about to start. This is one of the first photos that I took.  A refreshing addition to entertainment options, the Fountains of Bellagio were destined to romance the senses during the day and night. We viewed this thoughtfully interwoven complimentary Las Vegas show of water, music, and light. Each dynamic performance is unique in its expression and interpretation. It is truly the most amusing, amazing, ambitious, choreographically complex water feature ever conceived against the beautiful backdrop of Las Vegas's sky. I fell in love all over again with the stunning nature of this aquatic accomplishment while listening to a clever concert of opera, classical, and Broadway tunes.  View the complete "Vegas Baby, Vegas" 2013 gallery here:  http://godschild.smugmug.com/TravelOhthePlacesWeveBeen/Las-Vegas-Nevada-2013  View the complete "Viva, Las Vegas" 2006 gallery here:   http://godschild.smugmug.com/Girlfriend-Get-Her-Ways/Las-Vegas-NV-June-2006  Have a wonderful Wednesday!  Bellagio Las Vegas, NV  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken July 11, 2013)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Fire in the Sky October 2009 Another day in southwest Montana and another gorgeous sunrise to share.  This little cabin is a favorite of mine and I photograph it whenever I visit Big Sky Country. That is an outhouse on the left.  This is about as rustic as it gets in the 21st century.
crossing over
Nov.07,2010 Great Blue Heron at Henderson Bird Preserve, Henderson, Nv.
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!!)
6/06/11 Meet Bracken - Bracken is a Tawny owl and lives with his partner Willow in the barn you can see reflected in his eyes. These are the owls whose famous call is shared between them ' Toowit - hoo'

Many thanks to everyone who commented on the shot of Fern yesterday and special thanks to Sandra for introducing me to her wonderful barn and it's inhabitants.
I'm currently working through my day's photos which are slowly uploading to http://nixpix.me/Vacation/North-East-Norfolk-All-in-a/17394177_zB9Sjx

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6/06/11 Meet Bracken - Bracken is a Tawny owl and lives with his partner Willow in the barn you can see reflected in his eyes. These are the owls whose famous call is shared between them ' Toowit - hoo'   Many thanks to everyone who commented on the shot of Fern yesterday and special thanks to Sandra for introducing me to her wonderful barn and it's inhabitants. I'm currently working through my day's photos which are slowly uploading to http://nixpix.me/Vacation/North-East-Norfolk-All-in-a/17394177_zB9Sjx
6/06/11 Meet Bracken - Bracken is a Tawny owl and lives with his partner Willow in the barn you can see reflected in his eyes. These are the owls whose famous call is shared between them ' Toowit - hoo'

Many thanks to everyone who commented on the shot of Fern yesterday and special thanks to Sandra for introducing me to her wonderful barn and it's inhabitants.
I'm currently working through my day's photos which are slowly uploading to http://nixpix.me/Vacation/North-East-Norfolk-All-in-a/17394177_zB9Sjx

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