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February 10...  Beach #4.  Almost every day I take Blif for a walk along the beach. Especially in autumn and winter the sky puts up magnificent shows. The other day this sky came up covering most colors even a bit of green at the left. The show went on for app. 10 minutes, and then it was all over.
01-29-2015 - Prescott, AZ - Granite Dells       Link to Photo  Without Frame       Thank You for Making this Daily Photo the #1 Pick on 01-29-2015
01-30-2015 - Moose - Shot at Rocky Mountain National Park near Onahu Trailhead       (A REMINDER - One Comment with Stars per Photo on the same day.      If you receive more than One comment with five stars (5*) from the same individual then as the recipient you need to delete the additional comment(s) till the requirement is met...      If you wish to make additional comment(s) on the same photo then do so without stars.)         Link to Photo  Without Frame        Thank You for Making this Daily Photo the #1 Pick on 01-30-2015
Single color . If you look at the horizon line you will see a number of windmills.  We have a lot of offshore windmill parks around our country and they produce 30 % of our total power consumption and this percentage is increasing from year to year
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
Friday, April 6, 2012       "WHAT IS IT?"  “Each of us, famous or infamous, is a role model for somebody, and if we aren't, we should behave as though we are -- cheerful, kind, loving, courteous; because you can be sure someone is watching and taking deliberate and diligent notes.” ~ Dr. Maya Angelou  Can you guess what this is? Special effects or not? Even I was amazed at how this turned out, as I was just playing around with various shots.  It does look like an abstract and a work of art, in my opinion.  I genuinely appreciate your comments on the table setting post yesterday; it landed in the #2 spot. Please know that I look forward to perusing and commenting on your outstanding photos, also. Each day, I am so honored to be a part of a community of people who share a like passion for photography.  Today is Good Friday and a day off for most people, including moi......woo hoo!!  Have a safe and blessed "Resurrection Weekend," my friends.  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken 4/1/2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Tuesday, June 12, 2012  "TIMELESS TULIPS" Abstract  "Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way." ~  Edward de Bono  What a difference a day makes! Here's the  "remix" version of yesterday's "Timeless Tulips" photo created with a Picnik effect. Unfortunately, the picnik is over. As announced earlier, Picnik closed on April 19, 2012.   To compare and contrast the original and the abstract version, click here to view the original photo:   http://godschild.smugmug.com/Project365/Daily-Dose-of-One-A-Day-2012/19925393_swcnH9#!i=1748517744&k=QqZVQwJ&lb=1&s=A  Speaking of sports.....Game 1 of the NBA Finals between Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat is tonight in OKC at 8:00 PM CST. The family and I are pulling for the "young guns" of OKC. Go Thunder!!!  Have a terrific Tuesday.  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (abstract version created and original photo taken on 3/13/2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Wednesday, July 4, 2012  "RED, WHITE, BLUE..........and YOU"  "Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country." ~ John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States of America (USA)  Also, in front of the nearby courthouse were 98 "Flags of Heroes" - representative of veterans of their county. Photo is here:   http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/23332140_T6MdZL#!i=1922274706&k=SmVm9Kp&lb=1&s=A  Independence Day honors the birthday of the United States of America and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Thomas Jefferson, is the author of the Declaration of Independence. He led a committee that crafted the declaration between June 11-28, 1776. Jefferson and other discontented representatives from the thirteen colonies, voted and approved it on July 4, 1776. The document declared freedom for the 13 colonies from British rule. It currently resides in the Exhibition Hall of the National Archive in Washington, D.C. Did you know that The Declaration of Independence was not signed by all representatives until August, 1776. To make it official, John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress signed it. Now, can anyone guess where the saying "put your John Hancock on it" came from? Red, white, blue, and you............God bless America and its people!  Have a wonderful Wednesday and a safe 4th of July holiday.  Chicot County Veterans of War Memorial  Lake Village, AR   ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken 5/31/2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
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)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Thursday, June 7, 2012  "DELICATE BEAUTIES"  “Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.” ~ Dr. Maya Angelou   This summer, I am only perusing and commenting on photos as my limited time permits. Although it is summer vacation, I am not idle. This is a very busy time for me, as I have embarked upon a new and very challenging endeavor.  Don't miss a blooming thing this spring! This is one of my favorite flower captures. An abundance of colors, fragrances, and scenic views await you in these gardens. Also, I read that the meaning of hibiscus is "delicate beauty;" thus, the caption. These orange hibiscuses are amazing tropical flowers that come in many shapes, sizes and varieties.  They are known for their beauty and their large, colorful blooms.  You can plant hibiscus flowers indoors, outdoors, as a shrub, or as a simple flower.  With all of the different options available, who would not want to plant this flower?   SPEAKING OF SPORTS: In the words of Reggie Miller, we watched "greatness grow up" last night as the "young guns" of OKC defeated the San Antonio Spurs in OKC and ended the series 4 - 2. OKC has advanced to the NBA Finals........woo hoo!! Tonight, Boston Celtics will host Miami Heat in game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The series is 3 - 2 with Boston leading the way. The family and I are pulling for Boston.  If Boston is victorious tonight, they will go on to face OKC in the NBA Finals - date TBD.   I truly appreciate your comments on yesterday's "Banana Tree" photo; it was the #2 photo of the day. Congrats to Maryann (aka "fotomom") for the #1 photo.  Hang in there; tomorrow is Friday.  Bellingrath Gardens and Home Mobile, AL  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken 5/26/2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Sunday, June 17, 2012  "NECKTIES"  "Neckties satisfy modern man's desire to dress in art." ~ Harry Anderson  "Fathers are the biggest source of strength for a child. The innocent eyes of a child perceive father as the all-powerful, most knowledge, truly affectionate and the most important person in the family. For daughters, fathers are the first men they adore and fall in love with. While for sons, their fathers are the strongest person they know and someone they aspire to emulate. Even for the grownups, fathers are someone whom they look up to for the most experienced and honest advice that is always in the best of our interest. For this great figure in our life that we know as father - it becomes our utmost duty to pay our humblest tribute on the occasion of Father's Day." ~ Reprinted text from here: http://www.fathersdaycelebration.com/tribute-to-father.html  Happy Father's Day to biological and surrogate (one who takes the place of another) fathers, father-figures, Godfathers, and mentors - both natural and spiritual.  Speaking of sports..........Miami Heat will host Oklahoma City Thunder in game 3 of the NBA Finals tonight. The series is now 1 - 1. Go "young guns" of OKC!  I'm appreciative of your comments on yesterday's "Cherry Blossoms" (remix) photo.   Be blessed and share the rest!  ***#1 photo of the day and all time***  (photo taken 4/4/2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Sunday, April 22, 2012  "THE PHOENIX"   "Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." ~ Langston Hughes   SOOC........a different twist, but nevertheless, here's my contribution to fellow SmugMugger L. Perry Fuqua's "Earth Day" Challenge.   Of course, the colors were the initial attraction to this work of art.  This photo was taken as we were walking through the airport to await the boarding of our flight for home from Phoenix, AZ to Houston, TX. Unfortunately, I didn't get the artist name.  DISCLAIMER: The following views are not my personal views, opinions, or beliefs. The texts are included as background, informational purposes only. A card was given to me by a young man who was standing in the store after I snapped this picture. The following texts were written on it. Coincidentally, when I uploaded the Arizona photos and started putting the dates on them, this one just so happened to fall on today. With that said........  "The Phoenix" is associated with triumph over adversity, and that which rises out of ashes. It is symbolic of hope, purity, faith, eternity, and light. The Phoenix not only represents immortality but also an individual who stands apart from the rest, a person of rare qualities." ~ Reprinted text from the information card that was sitting on a nearby table  Additionally, "Only one Phoenix exists at a time. When the mystical bird felt its death was near, it would rebuild a nest of aromatic twigs in which it burned from the heat of its own body. The Phoenix would be consumed by the flames and then would resurrect from the ashes. The Phoenix's flight has been said to represent the capacity to leave the world and its problems behind, flying toward the sun in clear pure skies." ~ Reprinted text from the information card that was sitting on a nearby table  Thanks for your comments on the collectible "Salt and Pepper Shakers" that landed in the #1 spot yesterday.  Have a beautiful and blessed Sunday.  Sky Harbor International Airport Phoenix, AZ  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken 12/31/2011)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Monday, April 16, 2012       "FOUNTAIN"  “A strong man and a waterfall always channel their own path.” ~ Unknown Author  I appreciate your comments on yesterday's one pound (6,120 calories) "Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar," but after the milk chocolate bar and the five-pound gummy bear, no sweet treats for today. Instead, here's some much needed water.  Also, my hubby spotted this beautiful fountain and suggested that I photograph it. SOOC, this was taken at an office complex located on Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Unfortunately, I did not get its name.   By the way, Phillip, this is a result of long exposure; I held my breath and the shutter button down for a few seconds while counting and then released it:). I've owned a tripod for approximately two years, but it remains packaged to this day and I have never opened or used it.  Have a marvelous Monday and a great start to the week.  ***#3 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken 12/30/2011)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Sunday, December 30, 2012  "LIGHTS AND REFLECTIONS"  "How much you climb up the mountain is just as important as how you get down the mountain. And so it is with life, which, for many of us becomes one big gigantic test followed by one big gigantic lesson. In the end, it all comes down to one word.....grace. It's how you accept winning and losing, good luck and bad luck, the darkness and the light." ~ Philosophy  SOOC, other than the frames, which were created with Picnik. Unfortunately, the picnik is over. As announced earlier, Picnik closed on April 19, 2012.   The complete "Christmas in Arizona" 2011 gallery is here:   http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/19881997_k7vHJ6#!i=1595885649&k=SVSM4TJ  Two days until New Year's Day (2013)......  Scottsdale Quarter Scottsdale, AZ  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken 12/30/2011)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
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