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for July 23 post.   On the hottest day of the year , I get the idea that a walk along the trail near me will be cooler due to the tree canopy. Well it wasn't ,and the bugs were "not a pretty sight". I used SP night on my camera for this one and was hanging over a log and drenched in sweat. It could be sharper but I like the underside effect.and the effort it took merited a post.  Where have all the crickets gone?
4/4/11 - Stare way to....!  -  Taken whilst out for an evening stroll around Greetwell Hollow with my niece and Pip.  This is a 4 shot stitch with a touch of cloning around the edges/corners and just a tweak to levels. Probably the most dramatic sunset I've ever caught. view as large as your screen lets you! A shot with the quarry area taken minutes before this can be seen here  http://nixpixme.smugmug.com/Landscapes/Landscapes-locations-and-light/13299714_nVHpT/#1239240939_yxmJ2 My first try at stitching these shot can be seen http://nixpixme.smugmug.com/Landscapes/Landscapes-locations-and-light/13299714_nVHpT/#1240017688_Y8qWq
White on White - Jan 11 2010  A white flower dissolves in to the white background.
"76 takes and Phhewwww....."   I have been planning to take a shot of spalsh for a while and today was the day. Though I didn't achieve the kind of shot I wanted to take , I felt this shot was decent enough . I took this shot near my kitchen window for good lighting and not sure if it's a good idea for such shots.I felt I need to practice these water shots to get good at accuracy. I will continue this experiment sometime in future. For now .oohoo, this is it :-)  Have a happy sunday everyone !   Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson ~
Beach #8.  This time I avoided to include the sun in the picture as I wanted to concentrate attention to all the colors in the sky. The subject for the series is "Beach, Sea and Sky". The sky, however, have  been dominating as I was astonished how it changed during the day, and from day to day depending air pressure, humidity and wind. Thanks so much for your comments on yesterday's picture
May 10, 2011-Coming out of it's shell.  I never actually seen this stage and thought it was cool to see it as it was actually happening. (Day 130:365 @sharkbayte)
May 8, 2009 - "A Distant Scene" - My wife captured these wonderfully textured arches funneling to a mini scene in the distance.  For more of her photos from our Austin trip last week go to this gallery    http://dakotacowboy.smugmug.com/gallery/8113712_sBWkb/1/528954472_gwiNX    Arches photographed at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - http://www.wildflower.org/
• Location - Moccasin Island Tract • Is that future Rockettte?????
"Photo 365"        Well,I am little nervous as this is my first SP in dailies and equally excited as I completed one year with my Daily Showcase. I also couldn't get the results as I wanted with my SP due to bad lighting, focus and other issues. I gave a thought for a while before posting but going ahead and finally posting one of the many shots I tried.     A BIG thank you to everyone personally in the daily community who encouraged me with many wonderful comments and valuable suggestions all year round. I wasn't keen on continuing after 2-3 months of posting the dailies due to lack of time , but I kept going just because of everyone's support in the daily community.    I would be stepping into my 2nd year of dailies with a new gallery  and I hope I will take wonderful shots and equally enjoy more beautiful pictures in the daily community posted by everyone of you in days to come.    Thank you everyone !          When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs.  When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.  ~Ansel Adams
Mammatus clouds at sunset, just after the storm, which had included some hail.  Mammatus clouds seem to be relatively rare and usually occur in association with fairly severe storms.  I've only seen them a few times and this is the first opportunity I've had to capture them in a photo.  It was nice that they occurred as the sun was setting.  I do appreciate all the comments on my shot of the clematis bud.  You folks are great!
1/18/13 - Great horned owl  Thanks so much for your comments on my shot of the coyote.  What an amazing variety of shots today on smugmug!  I really enjoyed browsing through them.  You guys sure know how to keep me inspired!
3rd year Pic 212 - Apr 23 2011 Bubbles 2  Thank you for your comments on my yesterday's picture.  This is the same man but taken head-on with the light on his right. The background is one of the posters hung up on the wall behind him and thought it added a bit of a drama to the shot!   ADDED: The man was selling the kit for making bubbles,  the liquid in a bottle and a simple contraption to blow the bubbles.   This is best seen in large size.  The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is an annual festival, usually around nine days long, held in late January or early February, in the Kala Ghoda area of South Mumbai, India. The Festival is organised by the Kala Ghoda Association (a non-profit organisation that states its objectives as "physically upgrading the Kala Ghoda sub-precinct and making it the Art District of Mumbai") and curated by teams handling each of the sub-festivals. The sub-festivals feature the visual arts, dance, music, theatre, cinema, literature, lectures, seminars and workshops, heritage walks, special events for children, and a vibrant street festival. Entry to all events is free to all (only restricted by the size of the venues) and costs are met through corporate sponsorship. http://www.kalaghodaassociation.com/OpinionPollAns.aspx http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kala_Ghoda_Arts_Festiva
01/28/12 - Rainbows  My Blog:  http://maryanng.blogspot.com/2012/01/rainbows.html  Today's daily is both inspired, pretty, and scientific.  What you're looking at is a macro of a CD (really a DVD) that was put in the microwave for 7 seconds.  A special thanks to Vandana and Dianne Ward for their inspiration.  I saw their beautiful photos yesterday and was motivated to give it a try myself.    If you're wondering more about why CDs reflect rainbows, here's a geeky explanation that I understood.  I took about 250 pics, and the hardest part was holding everything still so as to not blur the images and actually taking images with the rainbow color that did not also contain a SP.  Hi!  SmugMug Link  This is the CD after 7 seconds in the microwave on high (my microwave is pretty powerful).  Don't let the chemicals quickly igniting and burning out around 5 seconds cause you to jump too bad!  It's just a small flash.  Turning the fan hood on the stove on is a good idea too as there is a bit of a chemical smell for a few minutes.   SmugMug Link  A couple other pics that I liked:  SmugMug Link  SmugMug Link  SmugMug Link  If you want to give this a try, experiment a lot with the angle you hold the CD relative to the lens.  You can make it look like lightning or veins in the body or cracks in ice or wherever your imagination takes you. Most of all if you try it, have fun!  Even Donnie was getting in on the act!  SmugMug Link  My shots were mostly taken under a compact fluorescent light.  It might be worthwhile to go out in the sun or try halogen or some other light source.  Water or maybe oil on top might produce nice results too!  The comments you guys left on my B&W tree yesterday made my day.  Thanks!  HAGD, Maryann
Low Tide  ©  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    This northern pacific coast lighthouse is located just south of Half Moon Bay, a cute little coastal town easily accessible from San Francisco, California.  I captured this sunset photo during a mild low tide.  There was heavy surf, very large waves, and high wind that day, so there was a lot of mist in the air.  This mist softened the lines of the lighthouse and hostel buildings in the background lending a bit of a dreamy quality to the composition.  (Note: the surf was so unusually high, that the Maverick's surf contest was held that morning (it's a world famous contest that is held only one day a year, on the day when the waves are expected to be the highest, and it attracts the world's best big-wave surfers).      You can see more of my California Coast shots via www.colleenmgriffith.com/Galleries/California/California-Coast
Thar's frost on the pumpkin and on the window - We rarely have frost on any of our windows, so I was quite excited to see it on the storm door one morning not long ago.  I rushed to get my camera and captured a few shots.  You really need to view this in the largest sizes to see the wonderful patterns.  Thanks for the comments on my power stack pic.  Hope your holiday weekend is going well.  Glad to hear that many of you are no more ready for Christmas than I am.  We slackers like to hear that we are not the only ones!
for July 23 post.
On the hottest day of the year , I get the idea that a walk along the trail near me will be cooler due to the tree canopy. Well it wasn't ,and the bugs were "not a pretty sight". I used SP night on my camera for this one and was hanging over a log and drenched in sweat. It could be sharper but I like the underside effect.and the effort it took merited a post. Where have all the crickets gone?

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for July 23 post.   On the hottest day of the year , I get the idea that a walk along the trail near me will be cooler due to the tree canopy. Well it wasn't ,and the bugs were "not a pretty sight". I used SP night on my camera for this one and was hanging over a log and drenched in sweat. It could be sharper but I like the underside effect.and the effort it took merited a post.  Where have all the crickets gone?
for July 23 post.
On the hottest day of the year , I get the idea that a walk along the trail near me will be cooler due to the tree canopy. Well it wasn't ,and the bugs were "not a pretty sight". I used SP night on my camera for this one and was hanging over a log and drenched in sweat. It could be sharper but I like the underside effect.and the effort it took merited a post. Where have all the crickets gone?

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