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At the Seattle Aquarium. Processed using Topaz Glow.
Los tres hermanos  Three young racoons, near Sandstone, MN  Other photos of these cute little guys can be seen here: http://goo.gl/W9tiHu  22/12/14 www.allenfotowild.com
Two geese a swimming!
Beenbawn Beach Dingle Peninsula
Monday, December 22, 2014  "SEARS, ROEBUCK AND COMPANY KIT HOUSE"   "I think we've taken the meaning of Christmas out. People don't stop and think about Jesus or the birth of Jesus. When they think of Christmas, they think of Santa Claus and - for the children, and they think of giving gifts and out-giving the next person of spending their time looking for the right thing for somebody who has everything." ~ Billy Graham  Countdown to Christmas.........3 days away!  This is one of four "kit" houses that I photographed. If you're interested, the collage featuring the other three houses is here:  http://godschild.smugmug.com/HolidaysHoliday-Travel/Thanksgiving2014/i-xKHSdmT/A  Did you know......."Between 1908 and 1940, Sears customers ordered about75,000 houses from Sears Roebuck and Company mail-order catalogs. Sears kit homes contained 30,000 pieces, including 750 pounds of nails,27 gallons of paint and a 75-page instruction book. Sears estimated that the average carpenter would charge $450 to assemble those 30,000 pieces of house. The painter's fee: $34.50. Sears estimated that other skilled labor would cosst$1 an hour. Prices for these built-it-yourself kit houses ranged from $600 to $6000." ~ Reprinted text from here:  http://www.oldhouseweb.com/architecture-and-design/the-houses-that-sears-built.shtml  To learn more about kit houses and how to identify them,  check out the official website of Rose Thompson, author of "The Houses That Sears Built" here:   http://www.searshomes.org  Have a marvelous Monday and don't forget to put yourself on your "to do" list!  Chambers Street Vicksburg, MS  (photo taken 11/29/2014)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
12-22-2014 - Christmas Lights 2014 - Some neighborhoods have great participation and Christmas Decorations...        Link to Photo  Without Frame
12/22/14 - This longhorn grew up on the YO Ranch in the Texas Hill Country; for some unknown reason its horns grew downward; they built special feeding and water platforms so that it could eat and drink.  I thought you all might find this interesting.  Thanks for your supportive comments on my shot of the ice!
A candid from my recent outing to Washington Crossing Pennsylvania for the rehearsal for the Christmas Day reenactment of General Washington's famous crossing.
21.12.14 - Complimentary Colours  These buildings are separated by about a mile in distance and 1,000 years in time, amazing that their architects came up with such similar colour schemes, or maybe it was just the light yesterday afternoon, I've never really noticed it before :)
At the Seattle Aquarium. Processed using Topaz Glow.

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At the Seattle Aquarium. Processed using Topaz Glow.
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Photo by: Ilene Samowitz · See photo in original gallery.

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