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07-25-2014 - Not much left of this old Wagon        Link to Photo Without Frame
July 25.  This is the Black Swallowtail from yesterday but now you can see the beautiful wings.  Thanks for your comments on this guy yesterday.
Ferruginous Hawk - near Kuna, Id.
July 25, 2014  This is the fifth in a series of 12 quilts located in Carroll County Maryland and part of the American Quilt Trail  Movement.  This is one of my favorite quilts so far.    The Sunflower Quilt is located at: Gardener’s Gourmet ~ 3201 Uniontown Rd, Westminster   To see if the movement is in your town go to: http://barnquiltinfo.com  Thank you for all the wonderful comments yesterday :)
07-25-2014 "Gaited Mule"  To me this looked like a horse with big ears.  I learned it is a gaited mule and has a very smooth ride.  It has characteristics of a horse and a donkey.  For the mule to be gaited, both parents must be gaited.  I had never heard of this particular breed.  Once again, photography has been a source of learning for me.  Thanks for your comments on the baseball bats. Comments and critiques are always welcome and appreciated. Donna
7/25/2014 ~ Sand and Dunes  Oil Paint version of the sand dunes at Pensacola Beach, Florida. Oil Paint is a fun filter but easy to go overboard with! I think it works best with long, curvy lines, such as these blades of grass.   Thank you so very much for the wonderful comments on yesterday's shot of the table in the rain. My apologies if I missed you in commenting in return! Yesterday turned out to be a very busy day, running until late into the evening.   Happy Friday!  Edited to add: In answer to fotoeffects question, no, the entire photo has the Oil Paint filter applied to it in the same strength. If you look at the sky in 3x you can see the effect, but it is not as strong. I have noticed that with this filter that very contrasty lines which already have a curvaceous style seem to be effected more readily. The more contrasty and curvy the area, the more pronounced the Oil Paint effect. It's especially noticeable on fur, wood, grass, etc. The effect can be controlled by multiple sliders within the program. This program is built into CS6, but I had in a previous PS version as an extension called Pixel Bender. I actually liked Pixel Bender better, as it seemed to do more with less contrasty-textured areas, and had different effects.
Sunrise over the Baja Penninsula from Isla Carmen, Sea of Cortez, Baja, Mexico (best larger)  Blue footed boobies, sea gulls, pelicans and cormorants are silhouetted on the jagged ridge of an off-shore rock.  Other photos from the Sea of Cortez can be seen here: http://goo.gl/vgIFF0
July 25 2014 Forty four years ago today  We're back home now celebrating our 44th anniversary.
July 25, 2013  Turkey Vulture enjoying the sun
7/25/14 - Labradoodle?  I thought his light brown eyes were beautiful.  Thanks for your comments on my latest kaleidoscope.
Douglas A-1E(AD-5) Skyraider...  The Douglas A-1 Skyraider (formerly AD) was an American single-seat attack aircraft that saw service between the late 1940s and early 1980s. It became a piston-powered, propeller-driven anachronism in the jet age, and was nicknamed "Spad", after the French World War I fighter. The Skyraider had a remarkably long and successful career, even inspiring its straight-winged, slow-flying, jet-powered successor, the A-10 Thunderbolt II. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_A-1_Skyraider  Planes of Fame Air Show, May 3-4, 2014 Chino Airport Chino, CA  http://planesoffame.org/  Thanks for your views and comments, much appreciated!  Critiques welcome...  25 July 2014
On Deck: For Donna McCommon - Not as good as yesterday's baseball bat post from Donna. FYI - I'm going be on vacation for 2 weeks !!- I won't be able to comment or post.  I'll be back on the 5th of August - I'm looking forward to posting pics from the beach!!! Take care!!!  07/25/2014
07/24/14 - Spiderweb at the Linn Cove Viaduct  My Blog  I was able to take this neat spiderweb shot with the help of Donnie's finger to get the focus right.  This web is soooooo tiny and delicate, and the light was very low.  I'm glad I had the help!  What an odd square shape but interesting natural pattern.     SmugMug Link  The spiderweb shot was taken while walking on the Tanawha Trail under the Linn Cove Viaduct.  What a fascinating engineering feat and beautiful spot in nature.     SmugMug Link  HAGD  Maryann

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