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04-19-2014 - Just Hanging Around...          Link to Photo Without Frame
Sunset at Smith Rock
April 19, 2014   Row, row, row your boat...
Juvenile Barn Swallows - near Olympia, Wa. Taken in 2010.  Since I haven't had much time for photography lately I sent my camera in for much needed cleaning and service. Hopefully I will have it back in a few weeks.
Saturday, April 19, 2014  "SILLY RABBIT...."  I would have posted this one tomorrow (Easter Sunday), but tomorrow is "N" day of Judy's (aka fotoeffects) "Alphabet Shapes Challenge" and I want to stay in sync.  I am ready; are you?  Have a safe weekend!  (photo taken 4/16/2014)
Granite boulders, Tajung Tinggi Beach, Belitung Island, Sumatra, Indonesia  There's something special about a beach that has large granite boulders, which are not that common.    The photos posted today are the last few of the photos that I took on my trip that circumnavigated the large island of Sumatra.  The rest of the last photos can be seen here: http://goo.gl/0BIfK9  The entire set of 14 galleries from the Circumnavigation of Sumatra can be seen here: http://goo.gl/XxOepw  19/04/14 www.allenfotowild.com
18.04.14 - In The Pink  These are Cuckoo Flowers, a beautiful delicate little wildflower that I found yesterday. Thanks to Mary McCahill who corrected me when I mistakenly called them "water violets" on Facebook yesterday :)  Today is the first of several days filming "Tell Them of Us", it is going to be a very busy week!
Old Anchor Exploris Aquarium Portaferry County Down Post Date: 19th April 2014 Pictured By Michelle
April 19, 2014  This was a huge display at the Safari Club International, another taxidermy promotion at SCI.    The bear, the walrus (I think) and the wolves were once alive, and now sadly not.  The backdrop was painted.    I really have appreciated the comments and thoughts about the last several photos that I've posted from the safari show - are they controversial..........yes they are.  I don't agree with killing animals - but many people do.    I've shared my last few days of photos with you to spur conversation and not offend.  I have appreciated your comments very much.  We all do what we have to do to make a living.  This world was Bill's first successful product, so we still pay homage to it.      For me, I couldn't shoot an animal, but I would so love to go on a safari armed with just my camera.  In years past, I've pretty much avoided showing you the taxidermy examples unless they were in a crowd seen, but that's not giving you the full measure of the show.  It's really almost unbelievable that so many people come to this show, but so they do.  This is the last photo of a mount that I will post.    You may see random animal mounts in the shots that I will share of the craziness that is the moving out of the displays as soon as the final bell is rung.  Thanks for your comments.  I'm looking forward to the alphabet challenge tomorrow."    "Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit." ~ Baltasar Graciana  Give a loved one a bear-hug today my friends.  Linda http://lgood.smugmug.com
April 19, 2014  "Pretty Bird"  Captured at the Moody Garden Rainforest - sorry but the species name was not in the brochure provided.
April 19, 2014 I went back to the Dallas Arboretum Thursday.  What an amazing place!  They were removing, cataloging and bagging the 500k + spring bulbs from the beds and replanting for the summer weather to come. The trees were leafed out and the azaleas stunning.     This very handsome guy was in one of the lower ponds.    I knelt at the edge of the pond and ultimately ended up on my elbow to get lower for the shot.  Thankfully I was with a friend who didn't mind that I had dirty knees and elbows for the rest of the day.  ;-)  No one at lunch seemed to  notice the mud or they were just too polite to point.   Either way it was worth the muddy knees!  Thank you so much for your information  and  comments concerning the Iris shot and the ring flash.  I plan on taking Byron's suggestion of renting one.  What a great way to experiment with new equipment   Have a beautiful weekend Jeanne
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Dunedin Aviary New Zealand. I took this through solid wire mesh so I know it's not the greatest shot, but I love the colors and the Parrot kept saying "Want a cup'a tea! " How could I not take its  picture!  From their published  info: The aviary breeds native birds for release for the Otago Natural History Trust, which is creating an ecological sanctuary.  The Aviary is a member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association, formerly the Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria (ARAZPA). This is the organisation for conservation-minded zoos and aquaria in the Australasian region. The Aviary participates in two Captive Management Programmes - the South Island Kaka Parrot and the Kea Parrot Programmes. Data on all our native birds are submitted to ARAZPA on an annual basis.
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