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There is a late Victorian train station in the small town of Durand, Michigan, which now serves a dual role as a railroading museum and an unattended Amtrak station.  Each Christmas the community supplies lavish decorations in the form of trees, each decked out by a different organization, and overall room decor.  This year's room theme was candy and snowflakes.  I've tried to provide a little sense of the overall space with this montage.  DP354-2014  Posted Saturday, December 20; created ditto from photos taken December 13 The top two images in the montage show decorations along the top of the former ticket booth;  the lower two show decorations at the tops of the main columns in the room and across the ceiling.  You get a glimpse of some of the trees in the shot in the lower right.  All told, throughout this room and the rest of the building, there were probably a couple of dozen trees.  Full frames views of these shots can be seen starting here:  http://smu.gs/13nziqs  Title:  Snowflakes and Peppermint Candy at Durand
12-21-2014 "Emme is One"  We had a wonderful birthday celebration for our sweet Emme.  As you can see in the background she got lots of presents and in 4 days it's Christmas.  If I have any say in the matter, LOL, she will always have a BIG birthday.  My birthday is 3 days after Christmas and I know what it's like to have it and Christmas all in one week.    Thank you so very much for the comments on my faries.   Donna
12-20-2014 "Keeping Watch"  My sister started me a collection of Mark Roberts Faries the first Christmas after Sutton was born. She also started Sutton a collection.  I get the large one and Sutton gets the smaller one.  There are only a couple that we do not have that are exactly alike.  We hang Sutton's on my tree.  Mine are displayed on the entrance table to my home.  These are two of the ten I have.  Each year Sutton and I can't wait to see what the new ones will be.    Please meet "Chocolate Truffle Fairy" and "Fairy of Presents."   You will probably see more of them between now and Christmas.  Today is Emme's first birthday and the party is at my house.  I'll post photos!!!  The theme is "Emme in Onederland!"  Your comments and critiques are always welcome and appreciated. Donna
12-23-2014 - Christmas Decorations at Anthem, AZ        Link to Photo  Without Frame         Thank You for Making this Daily Photo  the #1 Pick on 12-23-2014
See  my favorite music box? Rob got it for me during the summer . The little girl is wearing Santas' hat, Overexposed with the flash ,It's getting closer to Christmas!! YAY! 22/12/14
December 25, 2014  May your day be filled with joy and laughter, and may you and your family be blessed beyond your wildest dreams.  Merry Christmas Friends!  Linda http://lgood.smugmug.com
October 17, 2013  As I've said before, I love Aspen trees.  I would have loved to have been in Colorado at the time of their leaves turning that brilliant, golden yellow color.  Nevertheless, I enjoyed them in their late summer stage too.  I loved that this stand was so thick & I could see deep into their world and find their unique markings far from the front set of trees.  This thick stand of Aspens brought to mind many of Bev Doolittle's prints.  I am a big fan of Bev Doolittle.  This shot reminded me most of her "Sacred Ground" print.  Also, the triptych "Two More Indian Horses" (which hangs in my living room).  I would highly recommend that you google her Sacred Ground Print, and I think you'll see why this shot put me in mind of that piece of art.  Have a strong and steady day!  Linda
12-24-2014 - Glendale, AZ - Glitters - Downtown Park        Link to Photo  Without Frame         Thank You for Making this Daily Photo  the #1 Pick on 12-24-2014
Montezuma Castle National Monument  Located North of Camp Verde-AZ.
October 1, 2013  October already?  I had a hard time captioning this photo.  I considered:  "On top of the world" "Mountain's Majesty" "Textures in Blue" "Above the Tree Line" "America the Beautiful"  How would you caption this shot?  This shot is high on the top of a peak in Colorado on one og the many trails that we rode on our Jeep/4 wheel trips.  I think we were at about 13,000 feet here.  "It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe." ~ Muhammad Ali   Have a majestic day my friends! Linda
Cactus...  Trusting everyone had a great Christmas!  Thank you for your views and comments! I appreciate every one! Critiques welcome...  BTW, I'm thinking of converting to the "NEW" SmugMug but not sure how to maintain access to the DPC. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!    26 December 2014
12.13.14  WOW. Thank you from El Jay and me. His image yesterday made it into the top five photos.   When you are in Central Utah at Christmas-time, what do you do? You go to Temple Square to see the lights.   El Jay had never gotten  this close to the Temple before and said, "Mom, it looks like a castle." I replied, "Did you know the temple was designed by an Angel? (Truman O. Angel.)  This was the first photo outing I've been on in a while. In August, I could barely walk from the house to the mailbox and back. Wednesday night we spent an hour at Temple Square walking around. I could have spent more time there, alone, trying to get the perfect images. The lights are so mesmerizing.  Gardner History Lesson #121014. I was reading a blog recently about my great great grandfather Archibald Gardner. The woman very proudly stated that Archibald had helped retrofit the Salt Lake Temple to make it earthquake proof. Interesting way to explain the story, I guess.   Brigham Young selected the location to build the Salt Lake Temple on shortly after the Saints entered the Salt Lake Valley in July 1847, but construction did not begin until 1853. In 1857 when Brigham Young heard that the United States government was sending an army to Utah, he ordered that the temple be buried. At that time they had only gotten as far as the foundation blocks. The temple was covered with dirt and Salt Lake City and neighboring communities were evacuated. After tensions had eased, in 1858, the temple was uncovered and work resumed. However, it was discovered that the heavy chunks of rock that had been used for the foundation had slipped. Brigham was shown the damage and asked what he wanted done. He talked with several people involved in the building process and no one knew how to resolve the problem. Brigham Young decided to sit on a bench at the construction site. He said he would stay there praying until he received an answer.  That morning in West Jordan, Utah, my great great grandfather, Bishop Archibald Gardner was helping load a wagon for the ward clerk to take to the Bishop's Storehouse in SLC. The clerk suddenly got ill and Archie said he would go instead. He drove to the city and while the wagon was unloaded, he walked over the the construction site and there he saw Pres. Young sitting. Archie greeted him and asked what the problem was.  Brigham quickly explained and then asked Archie if he could help. Archie replied that they had used too much mortar, thus causing the blocks to slide. He said they would have to start completely over with new rock and went on to explain how to cut the blocks of stone and fit them together. Archie's answer was Brigham's answer to prayer.   The temple was completed and dedicated in 1893. It has been over 150 years since Brigham Young asked Archibald Gardner how to solve the problem with the temple foundation and the temple is still standing. I don't think either Brigham or Archie were even thinking about earthquakes, but I  guess that is a good explanation for why the foundation needed to be strengthened.
Merry Christmas Eve!  This wreath hangs on our front porch...  Thank you for your views and comments, very much appreciated! Critiques welcome...  24 December 2014
This tree, decorated predominantly with felt appliqué ornaments, was one of my favorites.  I thought I'd give you a chance to guess what country is represented.  See the full resolution versions of these and other shots of this tree, and learn the country's identity, starting here:  http://smu.gs/1AKBXFM  DP352-2014  Posted Thursday, December 18; created ditto from photos taken December 11  Christmas display at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan  Title:  Guess the Country of Origin for These Ornaments
Hope the Fat guy made it to your House. You would think he would clean the snow off them boots before walking all over the living room.  Got the water cleaned up. Good Morning and Merry Christmas.
There is a late Victorian train station in the small town of Durand, Michigan, which now serves a dual role as a railroading museum and an unattended Amtrak station. Each Christmas the community supplies lavish decorations in the form of trees, each decked out by a different organization, and overall room decor. This year's room theme was candy and snowflakes. I've tried to provide a little sense of the overall space with this montage.

DP354-2014 Posted Saturday, December 20; created ditto from photos taken December 13
The top two images in the montage show decorations along the top of the former ticket booth; the lower two show decorations at the tops of the main columns in the room and across the ceiling. You get a glimpse of some of the trees in the shot in the lower right. All told, throughout this room and the rest of the building, there were probably a couple of dozen trees. Full frames views of these shots can be seen starting here: http://smu.gs/13nziqs

Title: Snowflakes and Peppermint Candy at Durand

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There is a late Victorian train station in the small town of Durand, Michigan, which now serves a dual role as a railroading museum and an unattended Amtrak station.  Each Christmas the community supplies lavish decorations in the form of trees, each decked out by a different organization, and overall room decor.  This year's room theme was candy and snowflakes.  I've tried to provide a little sense of the overall space with this montage.  DP354-2014  Posted Saturday, December 20; created ditto from photos taken December 13 The top two images in the montage show decorations along the top of the former ticket booth;  the lower two show decorations at the tops of the main columns in the room and across the ceiling.  You get a glimpse of some of the trees in the shot in the lower right.  All told, throughout this room and the rest of the building, there were probably a couple of dozen trees.  Full frames views of these shots can be seen starting here:  http://smu.gs/13nziqs  Title:  Snowflakes and Peppermint Candy at Durand
There is a late Victorian train station in the small town of Durand, Michigan, which now serves a dual role as a railroading museum and an unattended Amtrak station. Each Christmas the community supplies lavish decorations in the form of trees, each decked out by a different organization, and overall room decor. This year's room theme was candy and snowflakes. I've tried to provide a little sense of the overall space with this montage.

DP354-2014 Posted Saturday, December 20; created ditto from photos taken December 13
The top two images in the montage show decorations along the top of the former ticket booth; the lower two show decorations at the tops of the main columns in the room and across the ceiling. You get a glimpse of some of the trees in the shot in the lower right. All told, throughout this room and the rest of the building, there were probably a couple of dozen trees. Full frames views of these shots can be seen starting here: http://smu.gs/13nziqs

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