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DEC 17 2014 Sunset on the harbor, Maui
Yesterday I woke up at sunrise. The sun was barely over the horizon at southeast. As I looked out of my bedroom window I saw this landscape to the northwest with the full moon as a golden coin. I at once grabbed my camera, opened the window even as the temperature was minus 10° centigrade and made some shots. Here is one of them. 10 minutes later the sun was well over the horizon, the sky was lit and the moon hardly to be seen.
Thursday, December 11, 2014  "MARBLES CENTERPIECE" Abstract III  "If you look for Me at Christmas, you won’t need a special star. I’m no longer just in Bethlehem; I’m right there where you are. You may not be aware of Me amid the celebration; you’ll have to look beyond the stores and all the decorations. But if you take a moment from your list of things to do, and listen to your heart, you’ll find I’m waiting there for you. You’re the one I want to be with, you’re the reason that I came; and you’ll find Me in the stillness as I’m whispering your name.....Love, The Savior, Jesus Christ” ~ Unknown Author  Another one of my artistic creations and a personal favorite........and I'm seriously considering having it made into an actual Christmas tree ornament. It was created from the "Marbles Centerpiece" Abstract II photo that was a daily post on April 30, 2011. View it here:  http://godschild.smugmug.com/DailyPhotos/Daily-Dose-of-One-A-Day-2011-/i-3nqKQWg/A  You would be surprised at what the original photo looks like in comparison to this abstract. It is here:  http://godschild.smugmug.com/Project365/Daily-Dose-of-One-A-Day-2011/15049328_sF4n2j#!i=1188950925&k=NLLWS3q&lb=1&s=A  'Tis the season - life is too short to be anything but..........HAPPY!!!!!  ***#7 photo of the day***  (tied with Tina Gardener's- aka Sisterhoodofthebras' photo)  (abstract created 11/9/2014; original photo taken 2/15/2011)  My Homepage: www.smugmug.Godschild.com
December 21, 2010  "ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE"  “He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.”  ~ Roy L. Smith  Today is the first day of winter.   Thanks for your views and comments. SmugMuggers, you rock!  The Scottsdale Plaza Resort  Scottsdale, AZ   Official website is here: http://www.scottsdaleplaza.com/   *** #1 photo of the day and all time ***  (photo taken 12/27/2009)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
December 19, 2010  "RAZZLE DAZZLE"   “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” ~ Charles Dickens  SOOC, handheld (no tripod)  We attended the debut of this event. This walk-through holiday light and sound display with millions of holiday lights featured a holiday train and Santa's Workshop.   The complete set of holiday photos can be viewed here:  http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/10839515_xoQFZ#758071203_4AwSM  St. Nick's Lights  Scottsdale Pavilions Scottsdale, AZ  ***top 5 photos today and all time***  (photo taken 12/24/2009)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Sunday, February 20, 2011                  "O is for ORNAMENT"  "A true friend is someone who knows your faults and genuinely loves and accepts you anyway." ~ Unknown Author   This is a beautiful, crystal Christmas tree ornament that was a gift from my best friend in 2009.  I turned off the lights in the room to darken the background. Also, I intentionally did not position the camera to center the photo, because I had an "eye" for something different. Additionally, before I pushed the button to take the picture, I twisted the hanger to make the ornament spin - thus, the variations in color. Finally, as the French saying goes, "Voila!"  View the pp / remix version here:   http://godschild.smugmug.com/Project-365/Daily-Dose-of-One-A-Day-2011/15049328_xybZM#1192601505_VcwrT  Have a super Sunday, everyone!  ***#1 photo of the day and all time***   (photo taken 2/19/2011)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Tuesday, December 27, 2011     "BROKEN, BUT BEAUTIFUL"  "Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one." ~ C.S. Lewis  No flash and SOOC, other than the border.......final Christmas theme post of the year:)  It was Christmas in November when I received this!  My best friend (of 23 years) and I exchanged Christmas gifts when she (and her family) were here during the Thanksgiving holidays. I think she's started a tradition of giving me a Christmas tree ornament each year. Unfortunately, when I pulled this one out of the bag, it was broken (most likely during shipping), although you probably cannot tell in this photo. It's an angel inside the ornament that's suppose to sit atop the base and light up once the light switch is turned on. Actually, it's amazing how much I like the fact that the angel appears to be sitting at the base of the ornament holding a picture. Nevertheless, it's beautiful and I love and appreciate it. The frame was applied from PicNik.   View the 2010 ornament here:   http://godschild.smugmug.com/Project365/Daily-Dose-of-One-A-Day-2011/15049328_sF4n2j#1192553561_ebJxx-A-LB  The glass bowl in the background is the one in the Thursday, December 22, 2011 post, which can be viewed or reviewed here:   http://godschild.smugmug.com/Project365/Daily-Dose-of-One-A-Day-2011/15049328_sF4n2j#1595885649_SVSM4TJ-A-LB  I wholeheartedly appreciate your comments on my photos and I enjoy perusing your outstanding photos.   Five days until the 2012 new year.......   Have a terrific Tuesday everyone!!!  ***#6 photo of the day***  (received ornament 11/25/2011; photo taken 12/1/2011)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Hiking the Black Mountain Trails in Anthem near my home.  So much volcanic rock, makes it very difficult to plant.  My husband spent hours chipping away rock to plant a few desert bushes in our yard.
"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~
Days End at the Fishing Hole
“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
I took this picture at an exhibition of Eduard Munch's drawings. Was awarded gold medal from our national Photographic Society
The Journey begins...    Please accept my apologies if I do not get to your shot right aways.    Please let me explain.    Taking care of my mom is virtually like taking care of a toddler. She can only take a few steps and she has to have diapers. I giver her meds to her, I get her up and in the wheelchair to take her to the dinning room to eat. She can feed herself so that's good. Basically when she needs something I have to get it. So if I don't comment right away I haven't forgotten you I'm just in the middle of something.    Have a GRATEFUL day.      and smile...    *
Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs has fantastic views, throw in a thunder storm and things get real interesting. Sharp eyed viewers will spot a climber on one of the formations.
"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~
DEC 17 2014
Sunset on the harbor, Maui

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DEC 17 2014 Sunset on the harbor, Maui
DEC 17 2014
Sunset on the harbor, Maui

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