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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
03-30-2015 - Desert Botanical Garden - (DBG) - Squirrel, Round Tailed  [Xerospermophilus Tereticaudus]        Link to Photo  Without Frame    
Wonder if Santa knows? Taken yesterday in the park and very high up in a large tree. Hmmmm???  30/03/15
Red-winged Blackbird - taken near Olympia, Wa.  I really appreciate the comments!
03.30.15  Cherry Blossoms in Morning Light  Today is more packing and moving. Not a lot and mostly small stuff. yesterday became a day of rest, because i got a migraine.
Watching darkness spread over the canyon, you see more clearly than in full daylight which are the highest points and what are the spatial relationships among the various fins, peaks, buttes, ridges, etc.  DP089-2015  Posted Monday, March 30 A few words about leveling or straightening photographs of this part of the world.  There are two very large problems with using features in the photos themselves as references.  One is that the Colorado Plateau itself is not level.  Using a distant horizon can be misleading.  The other is that in viewing the Grand Canyon, very rarely are rock faces in which there are strata which might be roughly level oriented in planes parallel to the camera's focal plane.  It becomes a big guessing game.  I use a spirit level mounted to my camera, but don't always remember to check it.  My guess is that this panorama is a few degrees off level, but not more than that.  I chose not to make any further adjustments, since that always produces loss of the image content.  Panorama of a Grand Canyon sunset, seen from Yavapai Point. Stitched from two handheld shots (shared camera settings:  f/8, 1/80 sec, ISO 200, focal length 23 mm (equiv. to ~ 37 mm in 35 mm format))  Title:  A stitch in time - Panorama of a slice of geologic time, the Grand Canyon
Grackle Takeover  Mar 30 Noisy grackles are bombarding the birdfeeder now. The other poor little birds have to wait their turn and pickup the leftovers off the ground below.
There getting ready for a Wedding,  Grand Wailea ,  Maui         3 30 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015  "AMERICAN QUEEN STEAMCOACH" (The Metamorphosis)  "The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see."  ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton  Yep, the popular riverboat now has three personalized steamcoaches decorated to look like their namesake. And they sure are getting second looks whenever they pass by. The colorful motorcoaches are painted to closely resemble the exterior of the American Queen, complete with the big red paddlewheel and “passengers” waving from the decks." ~ Reprinted text from here:   http://www.examiner.com/article/steamcoaches-add-to-american-queen-shore-stop-excursions  After church, we traveled to see the American Queen Steamboat that was moored at Lake Ferguson in Greenville, MS, a city approximately two hours from Jackson, MS, the state's capitol. If you recall, we made an attempt to see The Queen of the Mississippi last year (8/20/2014), only to arrive and discover that she had departed the night before. En route to see the American Queen, I spyed this tour bus at one of the local venues. Of course, I couldn't resist pulling over and taking a photo.....or two, but I favored this one. It was one of the very rare occasions that I thought I had packed my camera, but hadn't. I am not fond of taking photos with cell phones. Slightly cropped and PM's HDR effect applied.  View the original photo here:  http://godschild.smugmug.com/Miscellaneous/Here-There/i-HBtB53V/A  I am very appreciative that you take the time to peruse, comment on, and/or give my photos a "thumbs up."  Have a marvelous Monday!  Montage Marketplace (parking lot) 3227 B Highway 82 East Greenville, MS 38701  (photo taken by me on 3/22/2015 with hubby's cell phone; HDR effect applied 3/29/2015)  My Homepage: www.Godschild.SmugMug.com
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.
1932 Ford Roadster...  WACC Classic Car Show 2015 Whittier Area Community Church (WACC) Whittier, CA  http://www.wacc.net/  Thank you for viewing and commenting, I appreciate it! Critiques welcome...  March 30, 2015
Tulips & still life… just go together naturally. 03.30.15
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) inhospitable of environments - near hot water springs, hot geysers, air thick with steam, soil heavy with minerals - and yet they bloomed and 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
Abstract Reflections in Puget Sound f the Big Wheel
Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel - Yellowstone National Park
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 http://www.allenfotowild.com

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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
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 http://www.allenfotowild.com

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