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03-02-2015 - World Championship Hoop Dance Contest 2015 - Heard Museum - Phoenix, AZ         Link to Photo  Without Frame
Gold Dust Day Gecko - taken on Maui.
3/2/15 - I took a couple of tomatoes and plopped them into the snow.  I like the contrasts and simplicity.  Thanks for your warm response to my still life challenge shot.  I appreciate your taking the time to leave your thoughts.
3-2-15
Red-tailed Hawk taken at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.
March 2, 2015  I took this photo on the evening of February 21st while I was grilling steaks on the patio around 8:00.  That was before our little cold, snowy and then rainy weather blew in the next day.   While working on the grill,  I just happened to notice how the sliver of moon looked so cool between the branches of one of our Red Oak trees.    Then, I noticed the bight star just below it & to the right was shining so clearly, so I ran in the house, grabbed the camera, and  took this photo.    It's a hand-held shot and grittier than I would have liked, but I think it turned out ok for a quick experimental shot.  After a short Internet search of Earthsky, I determined that the bright star to the lower right (if the moon is 12:00, Venus is at about 4:30) was the planet Venus.  Cool, huh?  I've never had any luck at all getting good moon shots, so for me I liked this one pretty well.  Far from the great shots many of you have put up, but this is the first shot that I've taken & sort of liked.  "Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars." ~ Les Brown  Thank you for your comments on my corny still life yesterday, they were very much appreciated.    Have a day full of delight and mystery!  Linda http://lgood.smugmug.com
Monday, March 2, 2015  "SNOW BITTEN"  "Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, 'I'm going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that's tough. I am going to snow anyway." ~ Dr. Maya Angelou  Here's another photo from the four to five inches of snow that fell in our city last Wednesday - this time, trees in our backyard heavy laden with snow. I noticed the small pieces of ice hanging from the thin branches, also. Whenever we get snow, it's a big deal. Photo is SOOC at 50mm, Manual (exposure program) - although my camera does have a Scene mode for beach/snow).   The complete "Snow What Fun" 2015 gallery is here:  http://godschild.smugmug.com/Weather/Ice-and-Snow-2015/  Have a marvelous Monday!  (photo taken 2/26/2015)  My Homepage: www.Godschild.smugmug.com
March 1, 2015  Saturday my husband and I went on a quick day trip to take photos of covered bridges in Lancaster County.  We thought we were prepared but it turns out we were not.  Next time I will get cross street address of each bridge.  We did manage to find 4.  This bridge was almost lost to fire in November of last year.  A neighbor of the bridge was up tending to a sick child when he spotted a small fire in the bridge and immediately called 911 Below is a bit of history on the bridge.    Herr’s Mill Covered Bridge “The Kissing Bridge"  The original bridge, built in 1844 by descendants of Hans Herr at a cost of $1,787, evidently was destroyed. The existing span was built in 1875 for $1,860 and repaired in 1955 after Hurricane Hazel blew off its roof. The wind dropped the roof, intact, directly across the creek, creating a second span across the Pequea. Amish children, it was reported, used the roof as a foot bridge on their way back and forth to school. The current bridge was renovated in 1972 and again in 1978. The Herr's Mill Bridge is the county's longest covered bridge at 178 feet. It crosses both Pequea Creek and the mill race that once drove the waterwheel that turned the mill's grindstones. The bridge is the only double-span covered bridge in the county and one of very few anywhere in the country.  http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/parent-tending-sick-child-discovers-fire-at-historic-herr-s/article_b6b2e32e-6e49-11e4-a4c5-cb8a4e3a7897.html
An alternate for yesterday's Still Life challenge....  I added a little more processing for this one, leaning in the direction of a more painterly effect.  Thank you so much for all your comments on my roses yesterday, you are so kind & encouraging, I'm so very grateful!  Terrific challenge, Judy, so glad you suggested it... we'll need to have another one soon ... :) 03.02.15
I'm continuing my exploration of what is available in my various new photo-editing toys.  It would take a lifetime to learn all the capabilities, but as long as each day brings a new experience, I'm happy.  This is a rather ordinary scene of late-blooming zinnias and verbena rendered more dramatic with the application of one of the styles or effects or filters in the Topaz Labs Impression package.  The effect is 'Chiaroscuro', with some tweaking of the sliders and a blend mode change within that package, as opposed to being within Photoshop.  Back in PS, I added a tiny touch of poster edges, which brings up the brush strokes in the underlying filter.  For comparison, see the regular version here: http://smu.gs/1AsPCzc   DP061-2015  Posted Monday, March 2;  processed March 1  Taken at the Gateway Garden at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, October 6, 2014  Title:  Chiaroscuro - Light and Shadow
Blizzard of 2015  Mar 2 In NC,  2 inches of snow can shut down the state. Last week we had 7.5 inches! It has now been coined the "Blizzard of 2015", LOL  This is a view of my backyard.
Lawn Light beside a walkway.  Maui Hawaii,  3 2 2015
03.04.15  While on Antelope Island I thought it would be an ideal location for a photo shoot, especially a wedding.  No sooner than I thought that and I looked up and there was a photographer with a bride & groom. I quickly snapped this. It was not in sharp focus, so  I used the watercolor filter to give it a softer look. I like how it turned out. Partially because the people are anonymous. You know it is a bride & groom, but you do not know who they are.  I am slowly getting a list together of great Utah photo locations. This image just looks like a desert, but it is an island and from a better angle you can see the water (I'll be posting other images in this series, too.)
I'M GONNA KEEP SNACKING FOR AWHILE. THE SQUIRRELS SEEM TO KNOW HOW LONG IT TAKES THE SNOW TO HIDE THEIR SNACKS. WE HAVE A POSSUM WHO COMES OUT AT NIGHT TOO. 02/03/15
1966 Ferrari 365P “Tre Posti” Berlinetta Speciale - This is the second of two of this special design by Pininfarina. The first was a "concept car" for the European and North American auto show circuit.   The term "Tre Posti" refers to the three seat configuration with the driver in the center and a passenger on the driver's right and left. The center driving position was considered optimal and you may notice that the car is somewhat wider than a usual Ferrari to accommodate the three across seating. The joke at the time was the driver could have his wife on one side and his mistress on the other. The McLaren F1 would become famous for this innovative seating configuration 26 years later.  This particular vehicle was built in '67 specifically for and by special request from the President of Fiat.   Although many innovations were taken from this model into future racing cars, Ferrari declined to further develop the "Tre Posti".
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