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02-28-2015 - Cortez, CO - Mesa Verde - Long House         Link to Photo  Without Frame
February 28, 2015 I love this stone work don’t you?
Pacific Golden Plover - taken on Maui.  I really appreciate the comments!
February 28, 2015  As I mentioned before in one of my POTDs recently the Safari Club International (SCI) show has a lot of booths with items for sale to attract both the males and females that visit.  Here's a booth (one of many) directed specifically at the ladies that visited the show.  Every year I go to this booth and admire the exotic leather purses that are on display.  The colors and the leathers are just exquisite.  Even though I go and look each year, I've not bought one as they are just too expensive.  I overhead the owner talking to a customer about custom designing a purse to the customer's specifications.  I can't even imagine what that would cost, but I assure you that it's not in my budget.  :-)  "I'm never without Nerds and peanut M&M's. I have a sweet tooth! I have an unlimited supply on hand at home, but the candy packs in my purse are not for sharing."  ~ Joanna Garcia  Thank you for your comments and critiques.  Have a colorful day today my friends!  Linda http://lgood.smugmug.com
Here is another sampler of filter effects applied to the same starting image.  In this case I started with an image of a hallway in the Michigan League, with a domed ceiling and lights reflecting in a polished stone floor.  All the filters are various so-called distortion filters, each of which comes with a variety of presets, and within each preset there is the ability to generate a large number of randomly chosen variations on the settings of the sliders that control the appearance of the distortion.  Great fun.  DP059-2015  Posted Saturday, February 28;  created ditto If you couldn't tell, the starting image is in the center.  I have uploaded full-sized version of it and the eight distortions here:  http://arctangent.smugmug.com/Photography/Creative-Alterations/Proj-3-Distortion-Filter-Comp/47750892_4hCc87  Starting image taken October 25, 2014  Title:  Filter Sampler - Variations on a Lighted Hallway
My best friend Clare Bear the other day was making comments on Facebook such as 'why are you staying up there'?  (I think this was in response to a typical Grotty Seaside pic.)  Well if this isn't a good enough reason, I don't know what is.  To walk along the sand at dawn or at dusk and see the winter sun aching over the beach, and marvel at it - like you're caught in the surrealism of a Pink Floyd song.    And sometimes be the only one there.  And sometimes have to prize my camera hand out of my boyfriend's 'cos he doesn't easily let go of it.  You just don't see stuff like this in London.  Maybe you just don't see stuff like this anywhere else.  (Maybe I stopped looking.)  We came up here last year for varying reasons - work related, children related, ex-wife related, and Jay took a six month secondment with his company.  Well, ten months later, we're still here and there's no sign of us leaving yet.  And we've talked about it and thought maybe, just maybe, we CBFA to go back.  There's cliches that come to mind about the pace of life being slower, and the housing market being cheaper - but at the end of the day - the hour and 45 it takes by car to get back to East London - well, you could do that getting from one side of the city to another.    And I'm writing again.  I haven't written anything for over ten years.  And I know it's better now.  And Jay is writing - he gets up in the night and has a song in his head and has to get it out - and it's better than anything.  He says he writes better songs being up here.  I was worried his music would suffer but it's gone the other way.  So, at the moment I'm happy to stay.
Under a stand of trees in the park, next door. More sunshine today but wow , it was cold! The coldest February since 1979.  Bought a navy blue, arctic temperature jacket while the sales are on, because it is warmer than the one I have now.  27/02/15
2/28/15 - Great horned owl in a park in Colorado Springs; this is one of the owls that contributed all the owl pellets that I took apart.  Yesterday's shot was taken at the Raptor Free Fly at the AZ-Sonoran Desert Museum, so, yes, I was considerably closer, although I did not have a 400mm lens.  This owl was way up in an evergreen tree and sitting right next to the trunk...very hard to pick out from the ground.  Luckily, I had my 400mm lens with me.  Otherwise, I would not have gotten much.  His, or her, mate was sitting just a couple of branches above this one.  Thanks for your comments on my closeup of the great horned owl.  Looks like smugmug is starting to get its act ack together.  Thank goodness!
The '28 and '33 Auburns driving as it was beginning to snow.
June 25...   Blif has reached school age. He is not the best in his class, but before and after lessons he loves to play around with his 7 classmates
2-28-15
It's Saturday - time for a bath Cormorant seen in Vienna
A fence & it's shadow....  I played with this shot for so long, I have no idea what I did to it so I won't be able to share that with you.  Fingers crossed that we have weathered another storm with Smugmug and that things are now back to normal. I really did think that was the farewell curtain..... and I have to say how happy I am that I was wrong!  Bye Bye February - can't say that I'm sad to see you go!!! 02.28.15
Saturday, February 28, 2015  "FENCED"  “It doesn't matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions.” ~ Jim Rohn  This was photographed from the vehicle (passenger's side) three days ago when we got four to five inches of snow between 12:15 PM and approximately 5:00 PM (nonstop). My hubby had seen this scene on his way home from work and pointed it out to me as we were riding around enjoying the snow scenes in our city. Did you notice the light in the window? I didn't until after I uploaded the photo.   The complete "Snow What Fun" 2015 gallery is here:  http://godschild.smugmug.com/Weather/Ice-and-Snow-2015/  The fourth and final Sunday of Judy's (aka fotoeffects) "Still Life" Challenge is tomorrow. I am ready; are you?  Have a safe weekend!  (photo taken 2/25/2015)
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