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17.04.10 - White Riot  Wood Anemones in Skellingthorpe Old Wood. On a beautiful sunny day I had my first proper wildflower walk of the year. The wood anemones formed a beautiful white carpet in many places, but the bluebells are late this year. For more shots from the wood go here;  http://www.lightanddreamsphotography.com/Nature/SKELLINGTHORPE-OLD-WOOD/7986469_5b324#839504135_F6NRk
Thursday, July 12, 2012  "CARNIVAL BOAT" with REEDS, MARLINS, and NIIJIMA FLOATS by Dale Chihuly  "The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most." ~ John Ruskin  SOOC, uncropped  Color my world - the sheer exuberance of a boat full of party balloons!! Here's a closeup of the boat that was in yesterday's photo. I like fab, but not drab. I LOVE color, and apparently, so does Dale Chihuly. If art is the expression of imagination, then Dale and I both dream in very vivid colors. An encounter with Dale Chihuly's works is always a spectacular reminder that glass is not just something to see through or drink out of.   "Chihuly first filled boats wit his glass elements in Nuutajarvi, Finland during the Chihuly Over Venice project in June 1995. After several days of glassblowing in the hotshop, the team made temporary installations along the Nuutajoki, the river nearby. Chihuly then filled it with Chandelier parts and other glass forms that were blown during the Finland trip." ~ Reprinted text from DA&BG's brochure  Dale Chihuly's official website is www.chihuly.com  Hang in there; tomorrow is Friday!  "Gardens of Glass: Dale Chihuly" 2012  @ A Woman's Garden Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens  Dallas, TX Official website: http://www.dallasarboretum.org/   ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken June 29, 2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Friday, July 13, 2012  "FLOAT BOAT and CARNIVAL BOAT" (with Niijima Floats, Reeds, and Marlins) by Dale Chihuly  "Colour is life; for a world without colours appears to us as dead." ~ Johannes Itten  SOOC, uncropped  My FAVORITE in this exhibit and located in the infinity pool with a view of White Rock Lake in the background.......  An encounter with Dale Chihuly's works is always a spectacular reminder that glass is not just something to see through or drink out of. The glass work transforms the area into a wonderland of colors. This dramatic Chihuly exhibit offers a spectacular display of color and plenty of unique art forms around every corner.  "Chihuly first filled boats wit his glass elements in Nuutajarvi, Finland during the Chihuly Over Venice project in June 1995. After several days of glassblowing in the hotshop, the team made temporary installations along the Nuutajoki, the river nearby. Chihuly then filled it with Chandelier parts and other glass forms that were blown during the Finland trip." ~  Reprinted text from DA&BG's brochure  Artist's Statement.........."I've never done anything like the Floats. They are probably the most monumental-looking, since there's no reminiscence of a container shape. Just because they are so big, the Floats are technically, or let's say physically, the most difficult things that we have ever done. Even though a sphere or a ball is about the easiest form you can make in glass, when you get to this scale, up to forty inches in diameter, it becomes extremely difficult." ~ Dale Chihuly  Dale Chihuly's official website is www.chihuly.com  Oh Happy Friday!  "Gardens of Glass: Dale Chihuly" 2012  @ A Woman's Garden Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens  Dallas, TX Official website: http://www.dallasarboretum.org/  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***   (photo taken June 29, 2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Monday, June 4, 2012     "WHAT FLOATS YOUR BOAT?"  “O God, thy sea is so great, and my boat is so small.” ~ Author Unknown  SOOC, uncropped  "This small prayer (see the above quote) is known as the Breton Fisherman's Prayer, who are fishermen from Brittany, an administrative region in western France. The Breton Fisherman's Prayer was engraved on a brass plaque and presented to President John F. Kennedy by US Navy Admiral Hyman Rickover. The admiral would subsequently present the same type of plaque to all new commanders of Polaris submarines."   Additionally, "The Breton Fisherman's Prayer is not typically used by scouting groups such as the US branches of boy and girl scouts. Some Canadian girls associations have used this and/or variations of this in their printed material, as well as this prayer being the motto of the Children's Defense Fund." Reprinted texts from here: http://www.answers.com  SPEAKING OF SPORTS: Boston Celtics defeated Miami Heat in overtime last night in Boston. The final score was 93 - 91 and the series is tied 2 - 2. Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals will be tomorrow in Miami, FL. The family and I are pulling for Boston. Tonight, San Antonio Spurs host Oklahoma City Thunder in game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. The series is tied 2 - 2. The family and I are pulling for OKC!  I genuinely appreciate you taking time to peruse and comment on my photos; it has never gone unnoticed or taken for granted.  Remember, "I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” ~ Louisa May Alcott  Safe sails, my friends!  Scene photographed from the vehicle @Ross Barnett Reservoir Ridgeland, MS   ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***    (photo taken 3/10/2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Monday, July 9, 2012  "NIIJIMA FLOATS" by Dale Chihuly  "Creativity is the quality that you bring to the activity that you are doing. It is an attitude, an inner approach – how you look at things. Whatsoever you do, if you do it joyfully, if you do it lovingly, if your act of doing is not purely economical, then it is creative.” ~ Osho  SOOC, uncropped  An encounter with Dale Chihuly's works is always a spectacular reminder that glass is not just something to see through or drink out of. Up to 40 inches in diameter and 60 pounds, these large spheres have surfaces richly colored with gold and silver leaf and foil. They are named for Japanese fishing floats Chihuly found as a child on the shores of Puget Sound and the island of Niiima, Japan, which Chihuly visited around  1990.  Artist's Statement...........  "I've never done anything like the Floats. They are probably the most monumental-looking, since there's no reminiscence of a container shape. Just because they are so big, the Floats are technically, or let's say physically, the most difficult things that we have ever done. Even though a sphere or a ball is about the easiest form you can make in glass, when you get to this scale, up to forty inches in diameter, it becomes extremely difficult." ~ Dale Chihuly  Dale Chihuly's official website is www.chihuly.com  Have a marvelous Monday.  "GARDENS OF GLASS: DALE CHIHULY" 2012 @Jonsson Color Garden  Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens  Dallas, TX  http://www.dallasarboretum.org/   ***#2 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken June 29, 2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
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
Monday, February 27, 2012     "EARLY SPRING BLOSSOMS AND BUDS" (Japanese Magnolias, Saucer Magnolias)  "One of the most attractive things about the flowers is their beautiful reserve."  ~ Henry David Thoreau     SOOC, uncropped, 50mm lens  First of all, I genuinely appreciate your comments on my "Red Baron Squadron" aircraft photo yesterday; it landed in the #1 (numero uno) spot. There are always outstanding posts in this community, and I never take for granted that you take the time to peruse and comment on mine. SmugMuggers rock!!!  Additionally, two days ago, I mentioned that it's been a while since I've been able to get out and take new photos. Well, yesterday evening, my hubby noticed these blooms on a tree in our backyard. The other day, I noticed that there were only buds. Isn't it amazing the changes that can occur in a few days?  Once temperatures start warming up, Japanese Magnolias (aka "Saucer Magnolias") on this tree always wave goodbye to winter by launching an impressive display of large, pinkish flowers. My favorite are the deep, dark purple ones.  Anyway, I grabbed my camera and took only two quick snaps; and we both liked this one best, as it shows off the flowers and buds against that deep blue evening sky. Finally, I was so elated to have the camera back in my hands:).  Happy Monday, my friends!  ***#2 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken 2/26/2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
'Blowing Bubbles'...03/30/2011...    Getting a tiny bit closer to where I would like to be...had about 30-40 minutes yesterday to roam about the yard...found this and a few other things...
This is my 1975 Porsche, which we had restored a year or so ago.  I took the photo at the Sonic in Woodland Park, where we had driven for a Father's Day outing.  I forgot about the photos I took that day and just rediscovered them and processed them.  I've had the Porsche for about 20 years.  Thanks to everyone who commented on my Balloon Man and Little Girl shot.  I have to admit that I thought there was something sort of universal in the interaction between them.  The week seems to be barreling along.  I hope you have a good day today!
Kayaking the Cache le Poudre River in Colorado at flood stage; best viewed in the larger sizes.  I have other shots of kayakers in which they are hitting bigger water, but I admit to liking this one because of the contrast with the kayak and the water and the way the water is boiling in the shot.  Thanks for all the comments on my shot of the aspen trunks.  Much appreciated.  Hope you have a great day!
101509 39/365 Oct 15/09 Thanksgiving Flower    Still getting milage out of the Thanksgiving bouquet.
Boundaries  POTD 6/2/2011
July 7, 2015  Appreciative Love  * It was a bit of a challenge to create this heart with food colouring in milk, but I got it! I have added the text below to this image as a wedding gift for some friends.   Appreciative love gazes and  holds its breath and is silent,  rejoices that such a wonder should exist ... ― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves  #suedes2grizzles
August 10, 2011  Hey guys, I didn't take this photo (obviously), but I thought you all might enjoy it.  This is a shot of me (left front of the photo) and my husband Bill (right front of the photo) doing the white water raft trip down the Rio Grande River in New Mexico.    This was my first rafting trip, and Bill's 47th (I think).  It was scary, thrilling & a lot of fun.  This shot is just before we hit two big rocks, and on the second slam against the rock, I went flying out of the raft.  Man, was that water cold!  Fortunately when I went out, the boat was still pretty close, and I quickly got my wits about me and grabbed hold of the rope around the outer edge of the raft.  Thank goodness for the safety talk before we started!  And, my sweetheart, Bill saved me, and pulled me out of the river, and back into the boat.  In the craziness of flipping out of the boat, I lost one of my "blingy" flip flops (I was sad).  But glad to be back in the boat.  A few miles down the river a guy in a kayak was padding upstream against the tide.  He got close to our raft and was holding up my shoe.  He said, " Did anyone loose this shoe?  It has so much bling on it that it blinded me."  I loved that I got my missing shoe back.  We laughed a lot on this trip & it was much fun.  The other couple in the raft were great & Sydney our guide was awesome.  This was shot by the raft company and I did some PP on it with Topaz adujst.  I liked the outcome.  Processing it brought back some fun memories of our trip to Taos.  Have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Linda
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17.04.10 - White Riot

Wood Anemones in Skellingthorpe Old Wood. On a beautiful sunny day I had my first proper wildflower walk of the year. The wood anemones formed a beautiful white carpet in many places, but the bluebells are late this year. For more shots from the wood go here;
http://www.lightanddreamsphotography.com/Nature/SKELLINGTHORPE-OLD-WOOD/7986469_5b324#839504135_F6NRk

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17.04.10 - White Riot  Wood Anemones in Skellingthorpe Old Wood. On a beautiful sunny day I had my first proper wildflower walk of the year. The wood anemones formed a beautiful white carpet in many places, but the bluebells are late this year. For more shots from the wood go here;  http://www.lightanddreamsphotography.com/Nature/SKELLINGTHORPE-OLD-WOOD/7986469_5b324#839504135_F6NRk
17.04.10 - White Riot

Wood Anemones in Skellingthorpe Old Wood. On a beautiful sunny day I had my first proper wildflower walk of the year. The wood anemones formed a beautiful white carpet in many places, but the bluebells are late this year. For more shots from the wood go here;
http://www.lightanddreamsphotography.com/Nature/SKELLINGTHORPE-OLD-WOOD/7986469_5b324#839504135_F6NRk

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Photo by: John Bennett · See photo in original gallery.

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