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small bloom of my cherry tree in the front yard
11/23/10 - Tree in the Fog  I have been watching and studying this tree for a couple of years now.  Whenever there is fog, it seems to stand out from the backdrop...a solitary, lonely figure.  I finally made up  my mind yesterday to figure out where to park the car to get out to take a picture...not a small feat.  I do try to stay safe, but this location is more precarious than some.  Most days I am joyful as I spend time with the kids.  My life is full of laughter and color; it's vibrant and full of life like many of my pictures.  But some days at least deep inside it is like this too.  I guess a bit of that side is slipping through today.  I stopped to think about my mother for a few minutes when I took this.  She was involved in a horrible traffic accident with a tractor trailer on a foggy morning in November just before Thanksgiving in 1985.  For me, the fog will always be more than just the fog.  Back to bright and cheery tomorrow I promise...  Thanks for your comments on Johnny and the Jon boat.  It was as serene out there as you thought.  Little wind, warm sun on our skin, very few boats out on the lake...a calming hour without the chaos of life.  HAGD, Maryann
05.05.15  Saturday we were told there was another park just up the road from the park we were at. We went there Sunday and it has a great playground (Yes, the Boy says we can return) and a big soccer field. There were a lot of people there playing soccer. I have to say, because this is part of the story, that I may have been the only non-hispanic there.......  These two girls came over and wanted to pet Champ. Then they wanted to walk her. I said OK. The older girl said, "My name is Stephanie and my sister is Ashley."  I said, "My son's name is Logan Julio" (El Jay. LJ.)  She gave me an odd look. Then looked at El Jay and said, "But Julio is an Hispanic name."  I wanted to say, well, Ashley and Stephanie aren't Hispanic names and you are Hispanic, but I said, "He is part Mexican and part Apache."  She looked me up and down and replied, "What are you?" (Scottish and Swedish and Welsh and Spanish and Swiss and....a melting pot.)  "I'm American."  A few minutes later, she went over to EL Jay and said, "Hi, I'm Stephanie."  He said, "Hola, I am Logan Julio Reyes."  She said, "¿Cómo estás?"  He answered, "Bien."
The Male Peacock (Peafowl) Los Angeles County Arboretum  There is a large population of peacocks at the Arboretum.  The story is EJ Baldwin saw his first peacock in India during his world tour in 1867.  He later had a huge windfall from a stock increase and when the stock was sold he imported the peafowl in 1880.  This gentleman posed for quite some time with his beautiful plumage!   Their feathers have a natural iridescent color and the detail is quite amazing!
May 5, 2015  Here's the backstory of this shot:  After having been on a business trip all last week, I landed at Love Field Friday afternoon around 3:30.  Friday afternoon traffic is ALWAYS bad, but this past Friday it was hideous!  There were to protest rallies downtown and the sky was filled with news helicopters, I-35 was just inching along.  So as a way to get around the freeway, I took a route that I normally don't travel.  This took me under the fantastic Margaret Hunt Hill bridge which I think is stunning in it's design.  As I was slowly creeping under the bridge, I pulled out my point & shoot that stays in the car all the time, and just held it up through the windshield.  I didn't really know what kind of shot I would get, but I liked several of them.  This is the one that I liked best.  Rather than a "drive by" shot, it's a "drive under" shot.  "Bridges become frames for looking at the world around us." ~ Bruce Jackson  Thank you for your comments and critiques.  I'm off again this morning for another week away from home (sigh), but will comment as much as I can.  Have a great week friends!  Linda http://www.smugmug.com
Revisiting and processing Jasper files. Woke up to at least 4 inches of snow this morning and a new government!
Not the best but i love the clouds.  Maui 5 4 2015
05.02.15  Water color  El Jay is feeling better. I need to get out and take new pictures soon.
Blog about this portrait coming soon http://blog.paulbellinger.com
ART-Prismatic Fish     Link to Photo Without Frame
May 6, 2015  Waterfall in Waterton  Waterton National Park, Alberta
After dark. May 5, 2015
Jalapenos May 4, 2015
"Heavenly Swing"   “The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch swing with, never say a word, then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation that you ever had.”~Anonymous~
small bloom of my cherry tree in the front yard

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