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July 6.  Bee on Cone flower.
07.06.15  On Sunday I was talking to Jeddy on the phone and he mentioned a praying mantis we had found several years ago.  After I hung up the phone, I went into the backyard and found this praying mantis.  It felt like a connection to Jeddy.
3 little daisies, drooping in the heat... 07 06 15
The Wachau Valley This shot was taken from the Aggstein castle ruins (saturday's POTD), looking east.  It shows a portion of the Wachau valley of the Danube.  Small towns with vineyards and fruit trees (mainly apricots).  The Danube is low, but still has enough depth in the channel for the numerous river cruise ships and freight barges.
a couple boats at ancor in the still of the morning light in Hamptom creek just prior to the morning light.
Day 184: NYC Macy Fireworks - July 5.  Super busy weekend with family visiting from out of state.  A view of Macy fireworks display from New Jersey.  Will catch up on commenting tomorrow.
Sunday, May 15, 2011   "ANTIQUE CHEVY" (The Metamorphosis)  "Keep calm and drive a Chevy!" ~ Author Unknown  Linda (aka Lgood) is one of the absolute best at capturing automobile shots and their reflections, and I immediately thought of her when I spotted this GM classic. Unfortunately, there wasn't an information card, so I am unsure as to the year of this "oldie but goodie." My hubby's guess is it's a "1930 something Chevy." The pink sign made spectators chuckle. It warned, "UNLESS YOU ARE NUDE.....PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH MY CHEVY! BUCKLES, BELTS, AND BUTTONS SCRATCH."   As you can see, I did some pp with this one, but it is uncropped. The original image can be viewed here:   http://godschild.smugmug.com/gallery/16609546_tdrqK#!i=1274849067&k=9MMHm66&lb=1&s=A  Your comments on yesterday's "Got Mail" POTD are really appreciated; you all are really a wonderful community of photographers who are also supportive and helpful.   God is and has been exceptionally kind to all of us; have a blessed and safe Sunday, everyone.  View the #1 photo here:  http://sharkbayte.smugmug.com/Photography/2011-Daily-Photos/15280496_zofpQ#1291649048_zdNjmgz-A-LB  ***#2 photo of the day and all-time***  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com  Show Your Ride Car Show  Memphis, TN  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Dragonfly - taken near Olympia, Wa.  I really appreciate the comments!
Monday, December 17, 2010  "IKEBANA DOUBLE ENDER AND ROWBOAT with NIIJIMA FLOATS" by Dale Chihuly  "Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up."  ~ Allen Klein  I've selected this one as my computer's screesaver. I am a huge admirer of Dale Chihuly's glass art. These were imported from Finland. The entire gallery of this collection can be viewed in my ArtScape folder.   The complete "Chihuly: The Collection" gallery is here:   http://godschild.smugmug.com/ArtScape-1/Chihuly-The-Collection-2010  I appreciate all of your comments on yesterday's photo.   What a busy week........TGI Friday!   "Chihuly: The Collection" Oklahoma City Museum of Art Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Dale Chihuly's official website is here: www.chihuly.com  *** #2 photo of the day and all time ***  (photo taken 7/24/2010)  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
Monday, June 24, 2013   "MONDAY BLUES"  “The best color in the whole world is the one that looks good on you!” ~  Coco Chanel    SOOC, uncropped, flash fired   "I think a number of us agree that Mondays are the most difficult transition. Although it has the same number of hours as the rest of the days, our internal clocks naturally operate on a day that is longer than 24 hours. It seems that it takes ages to get Monday over. We just had two glorious days off free from stress and doing stuff we love to do. Now we are back at work facing piles of tasks that meeting deadlines, list of appointments or some difficult unsolved tasks that we don’t really feel like doing." ~ Reprinted texts from http://www.123Greetings.com  "Hey, come on… No matter we like it or not, we still have to get things done and to get the day over. Let's take some of the control back and make ourselves feel good by doing small things that can redirect your focus, such as share with your colleague about the fun you have over the weekend, reading some jokes, positive quotes or watch a short fun video. Let's fill up the Monday Blues with some colours." ~ Reprinted texts from http://www.123Greetings.com  Here's the final test shot of one of my favorite necklaces taken with the new 35mm lens. I placed one of my crinkled blouses underneath as a backdrop.  Someone apologized for posting a comment prior to me posting my "Starter Comment." Don't get the blues and "sweat the small stuff" regarding comments being posted prior to the "Starter Comment." I don't mind at all.  Have a beautiful "blue" Monday!  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken 6/22/2013)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Sunday, July 28, 2013     "C" is for CHIHULY'S CLUSTERS CENTERPIECE  "I tend to do things on a huge scale because it's exciting. I like to push things in new and different ways," Chihuly said. "My philosophy is: when one is good, a dozen is better." ~ Dale Chihuly  SOOC, uncropped, flash fired  Photo submission for Donna McCommon's "Alphabet Challenge"  We recently took a quick break from our vacation in Arizona and drove to Las Vegas, NV. There have been numerous additions and attractions to the Las Vegas Strip (my favorite being City Center) since my first / last visit in 2006.  Also, I was torn between posting chimes, chocolate, cake, car, or Chihuly - but, of course, Chihuly won!  I've been an admirer of Dale Chihuly's glass art since viewing (at the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library & Museum in Little Rock, AR in 2006) the chandelier that he designed for the Clinton's Millennium Christmas at The White House. A photo of it is here:   http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/11041770_4sVsXc#!i=772526419&k=9zCpKh3&lb=1&s=A  Furthermore, it's official name is "Clusters Persians Centerpiece," and it features Persian blown glass elements which are open, disc-like forms with striations (called “body wraps”). I had to quickly "point and shoot" in an effort to avoid people's heads being in the photo; as you can imagine, there were several admirers photographing this work of art. Although the lighting is very limited surrounding Chihuly's glass art, if you get to the area, take the time to peruse the artwork; it is beyond amazing.  Additionally, I must admit that although I prefer uploading and posting my photos in the order which they were taken, I delved into my "Vegas Baby, Vegas" 2013 gallery to post this one for Donna McCommon's "Alphabet Challenge" today. You'll be seeing my Las Vegas photos in future posts, but for now, you can view my complete "Vegas Baby, Vegas" 2013 gallery (minus the photos that are "in the can") here:   http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/30144066_H5mkzM#!i=2633507079&k=DfBcTDh  Dale Chihuly's official website is here: www.chihuly.com  As always, I appreciate you taking the time to peruse and comment on my photos.  Finally, be blessed and share the rest!  Bellagio Bellagio Baccarat Lounge (just off the Bellagio lobby) 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken July 11, 2013)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Monday, May 16, 2011  "442 CUTLASS OLDSMOBILE" (The Metamorphosis)  "It allows you to say things that sound very dramatic and get away with it. If you had characters in modern fiction say the same things as they're driving down the street in an Oldsmobile, they'd sound ludicrous." ~ Terry Goodkind  Slight pp; uncropped  Here's another Lgood inspired automobile capture. This cobalt blue baby was one of my hubby's favorites in the show. Unfortunately, there was not an information card, but while we were at the car show, my hubby (who loves antique cars) informed me that this is a "442 Cutlass Olds." He also stated that the chrome on the rear bumper, in all likelihood, has been redone. You can see a glimpse of my black / white animal print jacket and red cape in the bumper. There was a chilly breeze and the temps had dropped to mid 50s. Yes, I did some pp with this one, but it is uncropped.   The original can be viewed here:   http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/16609546_tdrqK#1274849706_xFHRmdP  Also, I did some research and according to Wikipedia, "The Oldsmobile 442 (pronounced four-four-two) was a muscle car produced by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors. It was introduced as an option package for F-85 and Cutlass models sold in the United States beginning with the 1964 model year. It became a model in its own right from 1968 to 1971, then reverted to an option through the mid-1970s. Oldsmobile revived the name in the 1980s on the rear-wheel drive Cutlass Supreme and early 1990s as an option package for the new front-wheel drive Cutlass." (Reprinted text from here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oldsmobile_442)  Furthermore, I am overwhelmingly and humbly appreciative of your comments on yesterday's "Antique Chevy." It landed in the #2 spot.   Congrats to my friend sharkbayte whose "Clouds" pic was #1. View it here:   http://sharkbayte.smugmug.com/Photography/2011-Daily-Photos/15280496_zofpQ#1291649048_zdNjmgz  Enjoy today; a "blue" Monday may not be so bad after all (smile).  ***#1 photo of the day and all time***  Show Your Ride Car Show  Memphis, TN  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Alms bowls of Burmese monks, Mahagandayon Monastery, Amarapura, Myanmar    The traditional alms round is a key feature of the monastic life and the alms bowl is, for all Buddhists, a symbol of the monastic order. The tradition is that monks or nuns leave the monastery in a group (or sometimes singly). As a group they walk single-file according to seniority, i.e., their ordination date, with their robes covering both shoulders. They walk barefooted into a village and then from house to house, accepting whatever food is dropped into their bowl.  Monastics are instructed not to endear themselves to the lay public with the intention of improving their intake during alms rounds, not to ask for anything directly except in an emergency,  not to express thanks for donations received, and to receive without establishing eye contact. This ritualized behavior can be seen every day in virtually any village or city in Burma.  This text was abbreviated from the fascinating longer version found here: http://bhikkhucintita.wordpress.com/home/monastic-life/feeding-the-monks/    The traditional alms round, where monks walk from house to house, does not work so well for a large monastery such as Mahagandayon Monastery, which is a teaching monastery, with many monks and no substantial village in the immediate vicinity. In such cases individual lay people come to the monastery to make large, more occasional offerings, and also local staff will prepare food on behalf of lay donors, or at least cook the rice.    Several photos of lay people preparing the monk's midday meal can be seen here: http://goo.gl/tqKb1z
July 6. Bee on Cone flower.

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July 6.  Bee on Cone flower.
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