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3April11 - Speedy. A Galápagos giant tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra), Speedy was brought to the San Diego Zoo along with another 10 or so specimens in 1923 (at the time his estimated age was 20)--so Speedy has been somewhat of a celebrity on display for about 88 years. Still spry and quite active, he's just barely hitting his stride. Galápagos tortoises live around 100 years in the wild, but well over 160 years in captivity. Speedy will continue to delight and educate crowds long after I'm gone. SMCP-DFA 100mm WR f/2.8 + SMCP-F 1.7X TC.
01/30/11 - Swaying in the Breeze  I took this shot at Crowder Park's wetland area yesterday.  It was very windy and very sunny.  The bokeh is the water behind the ornamental grass moving in the wind.  I took as many shots as the boys would tolerate and thought this one was best.  I was like a kid in a candy store with the light dancing around the lens.  Some frames the wind blew the grass right out of the frame!    Picasa Lucky adjustment and square crop.    This was over at Lake Wheeler a bit later:  http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Nature/January-2011/15307871_7ekG3#1171580836_ivuFo The water just would not stop glistening yesterday:-)  We hit 3 parks total meeting up with friends at the last park for some more fun.  Would have felt warm if the wind hadn't been blowing so bad.   Favorite kid shot of the day:  http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Nature/January-2011/15307871_7ekG3#1171565216_xnHPr That's Joey and his new made friend Georgie on the Good Ship Crowder:-)  I did more sitting on the sidelines yesterday than I wanted, but it was a good day for the kids.  The fever was gone most of the day but seemed back at bedtime again:-(  Couldn't be that I over did it.  Not me!  So far today I feel OK.  Dogs just won't ever let me sleep in.  In another life Sugar and Honey must have been roosters.    HAGD, Maryann
4.11.08 - Magic?  This image is a strange combination of my last three Dailies. Taken at dusk, traffic light streaks, Autumn colours and mist. I love experimenting with long exposures, you never know quite what you're going to get, but you often get something magical. Apart from the obvious effects on movement you tend to get lovely rich colours. This is pretty much straight out of the camera.  Mind you, I nearly got a lot more than I bargained for! Sadly, this bridge is a popular suicide spot as well as being a great viewpoint. I've taken many photos from here, and so has every local photographer that I know. But today a passing motorist spotted this guy on the bridge and phoned the Police because he thought the guy was a "jumper". One Police car appeared below, stopped the traffic and asked if I was OK, while a Police van stopped alongside me and suddenly I had the undivided attention of four Police Officers! Luckily they quickly realised that I was only taking photos and we had a laugh about it, but it does make you think!!!  Here is an alternative view from the bridge that was a close contender today;  http://johnloguk.smugmug.com/gallery/4053630_nJYqk#410154110_DiLxk
It's a Bee's Butt photo!    Just running through some old photos - and this one of the bee's butt in the cactus flower made me laugh.  You've heard about 'bee's knees' but you don't get to see a bee butt very often  I hope it makes you laugh too.    Best viewed in X2
Curve    This was taken on Wicklow Town Docks last Thursday. The top fish box was from Killybegs, Co Donegal which is my hometown.    Looks like we might get our way and eventually be able to migrate and keep our communities, friends/family list and click on commentators name to get to their site    Copy of reply I got asking why these features couldn't be retained if I  as an enthusiast migrate     Hi Mary,    Thanks for contacting SmugMug and for your feedback! We really do take it to heart.    Please don't think we've just abandoned all of these things. We haven't, but due to time constraints, we weren't able to ship new SmugMug with some things we would have liked to. We very much needed to get the 'foundation' in place, launched, and any issues resolved, to continue building upon it.     Your Legacy SmugMug site will continue to function as it has, so there's no urgency in Unveiling new SmugMug to your visitors. We are still very focused and committed to Moms and Dads, hobbyists and enthusiasts, and aspiring pros alike, and hope to be able to reintroduce or reinvent the things important to you on the new SmugMug platform.    We're sorry for your disappointment, Mary. Please stay tuned!    All the best,    Steve Mills   SmugMug Support Manager   Image Specialist & Pro Concierge   BizDev Account Manager   http://www.smugmug.com/help    Thursday 1 August 2013
5.20.2011. Tulip on the inside.   Billie
Yellow columbine; best viewed in the largest sizes.  I admit I like the detail and the light on this one.  Thanks for the comments on the flying shot of the hawk.  I always appreciate that folks take the time to comment.  It really keeps me encouraged and inspired.
Sep.22,2006  To smile or not to smile  Wanted to capture the drop reflections again. Was experimenting with how many smilies I can squeeze into the drop based on how far away the drop was from the background. This seemed optimal without cluttering up the drop too much. Wish I got this a bit more in focus.  Here's the levels corrected version based on all the comments.
November 7, 2009 - Reflections at a local Madison park.     a short trip to Madison,Wisconsin on a beautiful, sunny weekend
Happy Monday....    Thanks so much for all the comments on Mr.Grumpy! Maybe that will cheer him up!!
Its been so hot outside and our air conditioner at work has been out for the last two days...but I made myself get out in the yard for a few minutes and I'm glad I did or I wouldn't have seen this beautiful butterfly!
Queen:Oct.27, 2010 [Taken Oct. 24, 2010]    I took this shot in Colorado Bend State Park, TX. There is a grassland along the trail and many Queens and some Monarches were there.  They perched together and looks so busy. It was a wonderful place.   I took some photos of a Monarch and some Queens on the same flowers. But I couldn't get any good shots. Monarches seemed to be more cautious than Queens.
Spider with cross
07-09-2011 "Brotherly Love"  These are the boys of friends of ours who were also in Florida while we were.  I took many photos of the family and have been editing to show options of processing.  I liked this one after I played in Topaz Adjust.  I hope they like what I've done with some of the shots.  Comments are always appreciated. Donna
The guide poles show how low the lake level was when photographed.
3April11 - Speedy. A Galápagos giant tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra), Speedy was brought to the San Diego Zoo along with another 10 or so specimens in 1923 (at the time his estimated age was 20)--so Speedy has been somewhat of a celebrity on display for about 88 years. Still spry and quite active, he's just barely hitting his stride. Galápagos tortoises live around 100 years in the wild, but well over 160 years in captivity. Speedy will continue to delight and educate crowds long after I'm gone.
SMCP-DFA 100mm WR f/2.8 + SMCP-F 1.7X TC.

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3April11 - Speedy. A Galápagos giant tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra), Speedy was brought to the San Diego Zoo along with another 10 or so specimens in 1923 (at the time his estimated age was 20)--so Speedy has been somewhat of a celebrity on display for about 88 years. Still spry and quite active, he's just barely hitting his stride. Galápagos tortoises live around 100 years in the wild, but well over 160 years in captivity. Speedy will continue to delight and educate crowds long after I'm gone. SMCP-DFA 100mm WR f/2.8 + SMCP-F 1.7X TC.
3April11 - Speedy. A Galápagos giant tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra), Speedy was brought to the San Diego Zoo along with another 10 or so specimens in 1923 (at the time his estimated age was 20)--so Speedy has been somewhat of a celebrity on display for about 88 years. Still spry and quite active, he's just barely hitting his stride. Galápagos tortoises live around 100 years in the wild, but well over 160 years in captivity. Speedy will continue to delight and educate crowds long after I'm gone.
SMCP-DFA 100mm WR f/2.8 + SMCP-F 1.7X TC.

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