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03-30-2015 - Desert Botanical Garden - (DBG) - Squirrel, Round Tailed  [Xerospermophilus Tereticaudus]        Link to Photo  Without Frame    
Abstract Reflections in Puget Sound f the Big Wheel
September 26, 2012    "Love is like wildflowers; It's often found in the most unlikely places."  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson    Indeed Yellowstone is full of wildflowers and flora of all shapes, sizes and colors.  In this shot, we were visiting the Black Sand Basin near Old Faithful and I thought these pretty little wildflowers were just stunning.  The park has wooden walk ways around all the geyser & hot springs basins to keep people safe and to protect nature from our treks through the areas.      These flowers were thriving in the most (to me at least) un-hospitable environments - near hot water springs, hot geysers, air thick with steam, soil heavy with minerals - and yet they bloomed an seemed to be quite happy in their home.  It brings to mind the old saying, "Bloom where you are planted."  These guys certainly did.    Have a wonderful and joyous day today my friends!    Linda
Crossing the river  Every year in the fall in the Pantanal they have a festival called Calvacado do Cavalo Pantaneiro (Cavalcade of Pantanal Horses) where ~150 horses and riders party and whoop it up and ride from fazenda to fazenda across the Pixaim River.  It is a ribald occasion with lots of drinking, selfies and hilarity as people fall off their horses into the river.    This girl was a good rider and made it across without falling in.  Note the sunlight freckles on her face where the light came through her straw cowboy hat.    It was difficult photography since the event took place midday with very bright contrasty light and deep shadows, so even shooting in RAW didn't completely help.  I did my best to rescue the photographs in Photoshop, but they would have been better had the event taken place later in the day.  Other photos of this occasion, plus a couple more wildlife shots, can be seen here (plus more to follow): http://goo.gl/VMlwLK  30/03/15 www.allenfotowild.com
Red-winged Blackbird - taken near Olympia, Wa.  I really appreciate the comments!
March 30, 2015  When my Mother told me as a young girl to eat my veggies, there was never one with this much color.  I might have been more inclined to try a "pretty" vegetable.  :-)  Now, I love all kinds of vegetables, and enjoy them every day.  This is a leaf from a Swiss Chard that we grew in our garden a few years ago.  Thank you for your comments & critiques.  "Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.  "Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon."  ~ Doug Larson  Have a Super Day My Friends!  Linda http://lgood.smugmug.com
Wonder if Santa knows? Taken yesterday in the park and very high up in a large tree. Hmmmm???  30/03/15
Mighty Columbia river flows near Hanford Reach National Monument in Central Washington State. Once shrouded in secrets during WWII for production of plutonium, now it is home to unique wildlife and amazing vistas. #76121399  © Payam Nashery - Photoarts
Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel - Yellowstone National Park
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Lars Loves Lollipops.  Kresten Refslund
There getting ready for a Wedding,  Grand Wailea ,  Maui         3 30 2015
3/30/15 - One of the sculptures at the Chihuly Exhibit in Seattle; I've added a touch of Topaz Glow.  Thanks for your comments on my shot of the Morgan.  I surely appreciate your taking the time to leave a comment.
Common Bedstraw (Galium aparine) and why it sticks to you Photo-a-Day 3/29/2015 Bill Stone
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Photo by: Rick Willis · See photo in original gallery.

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