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Day 353- Christmas Greetings - Dec 24.   On this Christmas Eve, sending my warmest wishes to everyone that your holidays are filled with the spirit of them - Peace, Family, Community, Culture, Love, Joy, Good Will and Belief in the good in the world,
Winter theme at Bellagio hotel, Las Vegas.  This Italian villa-like look is the background of the front desk of the Bellagio hotel and it changes its decorations every season.
I think he found us!! Merry Christmas  December 25,2014
July 18, 2012 - '58 Corvette    From a recent client commissioned shoot..  We delivered 49 proofs last night...  This was without a doubt the most rewarding automotive shoot I've done in a long time..  This beautifully restored 'resto-rod' has been upgraded in all the right places and shows so very well..      You can see over 30 additional images here: http://smu.gs/Ph9Mco    HAGD,        HB
Frosty, the Devil and a Christmas Tree    Another shot from the Devil's Garden:  this one reminded me of a snowman (even with a belly button).
September 7, 2013  This is a shot from underneath the Mesa Arch - shot after having been there well before sunrise, but the cloud cover didn't give us the glowing red of the iconic shots you've seen.    Me, and 5 other photographers from all over the world waited for the sun to rise. One man was there from Sweden - he was certainly the one that traveled the furthest of the group gathered there that morning.  After realizing that we weren't going to get the iconic shot we started to pack up and leave,  But me and some of the others started taking different shots from and around the Mesa Arch.  For this shot, I was "sitting" on the rocks at the bottom of the arch.  I hope you can see the formation in the distance that is called The Old Washerwoman (check this photo out in Xlarge).    From this vantage point, it's pretty easy to imagine that the structure in the distance does in fact look like a woman washing laundry on a rock.    Constructive critiques are welcome  Have a great day!  Linda
12/27/14 - My granddaughter, Quinn, as Arabian Coffee in the Nutcracker, Dec. 2014; she's 16.  The situation was difficult, as the light was generally quite low, she was moving, my vantage point was far on the left side, and I was handholding the camera and not using the flash.  I was pretty pleased with most of the images, given the difficult shooting conditions.  Thanks for your comments on my shot of the door handle.  Much appreciated!
Sunrise at Raquette Lake in the Adirondack Park New York.
Mongolian throat singer in traditional dress, Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia    Mongolian throat singing (hoomii or hooliin) is an ancient tradition that allows the singer to create anywhere from two to four notes at the exact same time.  It is fascinating and unique to listen to: an example of male throat singing can be heard here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wHbIWH_NGc or go here for a female throat singer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qNFSB4PnVPI    Interestingly, the male throat singer in the link was filmed in Ulaan Baatar at the same theatre where I took my photos.    The last few pics featuring Mongolian performers in traditional dress, singing traditional songs, and playing traditional instruments (none of which I'd ever heard of before), can be seen here: http://goo.gl/hCJpFX    23/12/14 www.allenfotowild.com
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
12-23-2014 - Christmas Decorations at Anthem, AZ        Link to Photo  Without Frame         Thank You for Making this Daily Photo  the #1 Pick on 12-23-2014
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
12-24-2014 - Glendale, AZ - Glitters - Downtown Park        Link to Photo  Without Frame         Thank You for Making this Daily Photo  the #1 Pick on 12-24-2014
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.
Day 353- Christmas Greetings - Dec 24. On this Christmas Eve, sending my warmest wishes to everyone that your holidays are filled with the spirit of them - Peace, Family, Community, Culture, Love, Joy, Good Will and Belief in the good in the world,

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Day 353- Christmas Greetings - Dec 24.   On this Christmas Eve, sending my warmest wishes to everyone that your holidays are filled with the spirit of them - Peace, Family, Community, Culture, Love, Joy, Good Will and Belief in the good in the world,
Day 353- Christmas Greetings - Dec 24. On this Christmas Eve, sending my warmest wishes to everyone that your holidays are filled with the spirit of them - Peace, Family, Community, Culture, Love, Joy, Good Will and Belief in the good in the world,

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