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NOV 23 2014 Hawaiian Monk Seal,    Lahaina, Maui
11.23.14  Happy 21st Birthday my sweet Roxcy.  21 years ago tonight my daughter Roxcy Rainier was born. Rainier is her father's middle name and through his maternal line one of the daughters is always given her father's middle name. Maybe it was a Southern thing since his mom was from South Carolina? He said his middle name like Mount Rainier, but since he is 1/2 Swiss, we went with the French way, which is something like Ray-nay.  Roxcy was only with us for 21-days. 21 very short days before she returned to heaven. She was so beautiful and perfect. She was quiet and peaceful and pure in heart. I miss her very much and I look forward to the day when I will be with her again. Not yet, though, because I have EL Jay to raise.  This image was made by my X-father-in-law Heinz Helmuth Hubler. He rarely used print film, only slides. Yet, on this day after Roxcy & I were released from the hospital and we stopped at my in-laws home, he said he had bought a roll of print film that day and wanted to take pictures of the new baby. He was a professional photographer, but he rarely shot portrait type images of people. He was a travel photographer. I've always been grateful that he did this. Otherwise, I may not have ever gotten copies from his slides. He took pictures of her with everyone who was in the house, I believe.  This is the one I cherish the most, because  this is the only picture of us together. He also got a picture of Roxcy with her great-grandmama Edna Rice Miller Cartwright--who also had her father's middle name (Rice).
November 23, 2014  Antigua...  This lady seemed to be enjoying herself as she danced to the drums playing nearby.
2-23: I woke up at 5:30 Sunday morning thinking about work and a task I'm supposed to finish soon so I decided to go to work for a while. I know it sounds really sad but it did give me an opportunity to take some pictures! This was taken near the Arapaho Bend natural area just down the hill from HP. I like the morning light on the grass
September 23, 2007    Fog in the forest.
Boats on the Velikaya River bank. (6.11.2011)  Sorry I didn't have time to comment yesterday. Hope everyone has a relaxing weekend.
“In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.”   Rachel Carson 3/27/2010
11/05/09 - Historic Yates Mill Pond at Sunset  I posted a picture of the actual water wheel in my gallery earlier this year.  In this picture, you can't see the wheel, but you get this lovely reflection instead.  After Joey's flu shot, I decided to make the best of a wonderful afternoon and go for a quick hike around the mill pond.  Unfortunately, we were really there a good 30-60 minutes too late to be taking good pictures.  I had to bump up the saturation on this one to improve the color.      This is the same shot taken on 10/26 last year when the sun was better and the tree closest to the mill still had yellow leaves on it.  http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Yates-Mill-Pond/Yates-Mill-Photo-Contest-2009/7088136_34LZC#454338880_TdGL2  In both cases, the sky looks better in the reflection than in the final shot.  I'm not sure how to get around that...especially in last night's picture when the sky really didn't have much blue in it.      We still have not had a frost or freeze at my house, but it look like it's coming Friday night into Saturday.  I am storing ceramic bird baths and pots and taking in fragile plants that I can save.      I sure wish today was Friday...  HAGD,  Maryann
2-02: This is another from Saturday's sunset. Several people have asked if the colors are real (natural) in yesterday's. It was taken as three bracketed exposures but only at -1, 0 and 1. Then combined in Photomatix. Then final processing in Capture NX2 (mostly brightness and focus adjustments) I didn't change any colors. I did actually have to desaturate a little because the orange and reds tend to be over saturated sometimes. I used the same processing on today's post. This one was actually taken a few minutes before the one I posted yesterday, so the clouds are more orange than red or pink
Monday, July 21, 2008  (day 52)  Went to Eastern State Penitentiary with friends who can't join the SmugMug group on August 13th.  Plus, I filled out a survey on the way out and I have 4 free passes for the SmugMug group!  It was soooo hot and humid.  It was fun to shot there, I think (hope) I learned alot from my mistakes, don't you just love digital!!!
18.02.10 - Blowin' in the Wind  When I went out this evening it was just starting to snow, but it never got beyond the sleety stage. After the last 2 nights in town and round the Uni, I decided to cut my losses and go back to the Cathedral, which is a lot nearer anyway. This is along the south side, and is hopefully a new view for most of you. It was very difficult conditions for photography, the wind swirling in every direction, driving the sleet into every nook and cranny. I like the way the floodlights catch the sleet, and the car lights reflecting in the wet cobbles add something too.
"The River Flows"  On my way home from an appt. today I stopped at one of my favorite fishing spots on the Rockaway River in my town to grab this capture. Too bad I didn't have a set of waders in my car to get the little water fall that is located just below this scene but I have to be UNDER the bridge I was on in order to get it in the frame LOL. So you'll have to settle for this one.    I love the little water flow control house that is dilapidated here, it adds a nice rigid feel to the scene. I've watched the roof continue to collapse over the years and soon it will just fall in completely. This is one of the best trout spots around here and they stock the river just upstream weekly during trout season from the farm with tags on them so you know if you caught a wild or farm bread fish. The mountain you see in the background is part of the Picatinny Arsenal where they develop & test new weapons for the military.    Anyway, it was an overcast day here as you can see and it really brought some nice contrast into the picture that I liked. I had to make slight levels adjustments to bring the clouds out a bit more and then some selective dodging & burning to the shadow areas but not much more to this one. Oh and a slight filter applied to bring the colors up a bit since it was so dark here. 10 min. of work and it was finished. So I hope you enjoy this next addition to my fall colors month - I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and get out there to enjoy the crisp clean fall air ;)    ALTERNATE VERSION: You can see a second version in SEPIA of this image in my EXTRAS Gallery BY CLICKING HERE    Best Regards,  ~Bill~
January 15, 2012 - Sunset at  Arthur J. Ravenel Jr. Bridge, Charleston, SC     Arthur J. Ravenel Jr. Bridge is North America’s longest cable-stayed bridge. The bridge spanning the Cooper River is 1,546 feet long and connects historic downtown Charleston and Mount Pleasant.     thanks everybody for the wonderful comments on yesterday's photo of K and the birthday wishes. Both of us were quite overwhelmed ! thanks from K as well !    late edit: yes, this is taken from a moving car, K was driving :) !    edit: this shot won the dgrin challenge Angles or shapes in Jan 2012 !!
Egret, Great White      Shot at Phoenix, AZ-Alvord Lake          Link to Photo Without Frame
Signs  Back from visiting family and having a short break by ourselves too. Hope to catch up over the weekend.  This caught my eye in a lovely village called Avoca in County Wicklow on the east coast of Ireland.  August 13, 2011
NOV 23 2014
Hawaiian Monk Seal,
Lahaina, Maui

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NOV 23 2014 Hawaiian Monk Seal,    Lahaina, Maui
NOV 23 2014
Hawaiian Monk Seal,
Lahaina, Maui

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