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Indian bride   (003 2nd year)    This beautiful lady is my friends' daughter who got married last Monday. Two days ago I had put up a shot of her foot with Mehendi:   http://hershy.smugmug.com/photos/559107962_zckEs-L.jpg    To answer Curious Camel:  The bridegroom is holding her hand. Beetle leaf and nut are put in the hands of the bride and then the groom covers her hand with his, making it a 'union' of two people.       www.javeri.net
Wednesday, July 18, 2012  "TEXAS-SIZE BELT - 2"  "Wear a belt! It's an easy way to pull together your outfit. Just be sure to match it to your shoes." ~ Ashton Kutcher  Everything's bigger in Texas, right?   It's been a week since I've picked up my camera and taken a photo.......sigh:).  Have a wonderful Wednesday.  Fort Worth Stockyards (aka "Cow Town") Fort Worth, TX  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken June 30, 2012)
A male great blue heron brings a branch for the nest to his mate; best viewed in the largest sizes.  I don't know if this was an experienced pair or not.  The first two days I watched them, the male had a much tougher time breaking a branch off the tree.  By the third day, he was bringing branches much more quickly.  The herons do not make the nest out of branches that have fallen.  They fly to another treetop and pull and tug until they are able to break a branch off.  I watched one heron work for an hour without successfully managing to break a branch.  By the third day, this fella had learned that smaller branches were easier to break off and was regularly bringing his mate these smaller branches.  The first two days I watched them, he tended to bring larger branches that were usually forked.  Then they would have a tough time incorporating those bigger ones into the nest.  It seemed to me that the male learned a lot the first couple of days.  While the male was gone from the nest, the female would stand on the nest, work on the nest or simply nap.  However, each time, just before he would return, she would suddenly extend her neck feathers and stretch out her neck looking at something I could not see and, then, there he would be.  I learned to get ready to take a shot of him whenever she started assuming that pose.  Here, she still has the neck feathers stuck out. Several folks have asked about the crop.  The image is cropped but it is not a really big crop.  I just cropped out other branches in the tree on both sides.  I used a 400mm lens which brings the birds in pretty close.  It is an f4.0 lens and I've found I need really good light in order to avoid noise at high shutter speeds, which I use to accommodate the rapid movement of birds.  All of the days I photographed these birds (about six - eight hours over three days) were quite bright.  On the day this was shot, it was sort of overcast and the sky was whitish-blue.  On other days the sky was bright blue --- such as with the shot yesterday.  I used this lens all the time except when I was trying to capture flying birds and for that, I found I needed to be further back from the birds in order to deal with their rapid speed.  I shot a lot of these at 1/320th of a second.  I still have hundreds of these shots to process, but, as I do so I am putting them into a gallery called "Great Blue Herons" which is under the category of "Animals."  Boy, I just noticed that my other blue heron shot is #1.  That sure makes my day.  Thanks, everyone, who commented on the shot.  And, have a great Sunday!
Lizard at the Zoo - I had several images to choose from but decided on this one because of the Detail,  BG Bokeh and Composition. Thank You for Making this Daily Photo the #1 Pick on 05/13/2013     Link to Photo Without Frame
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)  Christmas in Arizona - a week's vacation   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)
2.9.2012. Two Shadows
3rd year Pic 177 - Mar 06 2011 Core...  Hollyhock, The Club - Mahabaleshwar  Best seen in large size. Leica V-20 no PP
JULY 12, 2011-Found this Robber Fly with his dinner on the lattice work. For the first time I tried tone mapping, so I am not sure if I over processed it or not, just thought it looked kinda cool. (193:365)
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)
Thursday, June 10th.  Another from the Grounds for Sculpture. Beautiful birds.
Hey daily Smugmugger's . . . I need help. I am a user of the website Picnik which helps me with my PP work. This site is going out of business. I own PS4 and can't figure it out. My computer skills are limited. I enjoyed the use of Picnik, because it was so user friendly. Does anyone have any ideas where I should turn to now? I do enjoy PP, any suggestions you can throw my way would be greaty appreciated. Thanks for any input!  Have a great day...
Tuesday, June 19, 2012    "ANTIQUE TRACTOR"   (HDR version)    “Everybody had a tractor in the '40s. There's not much farming now. In the '40s and '50s you had more farmers than you had people working in the cities.” ~ Don Davis    SURPRISE!!!! Although I rarely pp, I felt this "oldie but goodie" was worthy of Picnik's "HDR and Lomoish" effects and frames. Unfortunately, the picnik is over. As announced earlier, Picnik closed on April 19, 2012. Also, I photographed this same antique tractor during the fall of last year.    View the original photo here: http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/16276033_mPgvrt#!i=1748663179&k=sfgj9tS&lb=1&s=A    View photo taken last fall here: http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/17948199_qcLSF9#!i=1551716817&k=JXkCkhW&lb=1&s=A    SPEAKING OF SPORTS: Miami Heat will host Oklahoma City Thunder tonight in game 4 of the NBA Finals. The series is 2 - 1 with Miami  leading the way. The family and I are pulling for the "young guns" of OKC. Go Thunder!!!    Have a terrific Tuesday, my friends.    DAL Machine and Fab Company, Inc.  Lake Village, AR     ***#4 photo of the day and all-time***    (Original photo taken and HDR version created 3/13/2012)
July 30, 2009  Tall grasses (landscaping - not the weeds we need to pull ;)  ) by our pool.  The background is the water from the pool.
7/1/13 - Farewell to Willoughby, our faithful friend and companion for the last 13.5 years.  We loved you so.  Thanks for your comments on my shot of the waterfall in Zion.  Today was a very sad one for us, as we had to put our sweet Willoughby to sleep.
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  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  http://www.dallasarboretum.org/  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***   (photo taken June 29, 2012)
Indian bride
(003 2nd year)

This beautiful lady is my friends' daughter who got married last Monday. Two days ago I had put up a shot of her foot with Mehendi:
http://hershy.smugmug.com/photos/559107962_zckEs-L.jpg

To answer Curious Camel:
The bridegroom is holding her hand. Beetle leaf and nut are put in the hands of the bride and then the groom covers her hand with his, making it a 'union' of two people.


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Indian bride   (003 2nd year)    This beautiful lady is my friends' daughter who got married last Monday. Two days ago I had put up a shot of her foot with Mehendi:   http://hershy.smugmug.com/photos/559107962_zckEs-L.jpg    To answer Curious Camel:  The bridegroom is holding her hand. Beetle leaf and nut are put in the hands of the bride and then the groom covers her hand with his, making it a 'union' of two people.       www.javeri.net
Indian bride
(003 2nd year)

This beautiful lady is my friends' daughter who got married last Monday. Two days ago I had put up a shot of her foot with Mehendi:
http://hershy.smugmug.com/photos/559107962_zckEs-L.jpg

To answer Curious Camel:
The bridegroom is holding her hand. Beetle leaf and nut are put in the hands of the bride and then the groom covers her hand with his, making it a 'union' of two people.


http://www.javeri.net

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