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08/09/10 - Oodles of Noodles If you don't know, those long foam tubes they use to help kids learn how to swim are called noodles.  The kids and I were at the ClubWorx (gym) pool yesterday afternoon for several hours.  They had fun swimming, splashing, jumping in, and playing with the noodles.  Why you ask are they so much fun?  Well, you put them all the way under the water, let the air out, and then do your best elephant impersonation blowing in one end and water out the other hopefully in your best friend's face:-)  In this picture, the kids (L-R Johnny, Madi, and Joey) are trying to be patient during the 10 minute lifeguard break waiting for the whistle to sound so they can go back in.  I also really loved this inflight shot of Joey:  http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Nature/August-2010/13178134_KQNMz#963620895_V9m9y  and Johnny:  http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Nature/August-2010/13178134_KQNMz#963282385_v6jTg   I started out treading water in the 9' section and talking Joey and Madi into jumping in to me and then treading water/swimming back to the side.  After they got their confidence up, I got the camera, and they were jumping in on their own.  Madi even got up the confidence to run, jump in, and swim 15' to the other side.  It was such a great mom and godmother moment.  Video:  http://www.youtube.com/user/maryanngnc#p/a/u/1/L7tUDxIrhoo  I hope you had as many smiles in your weekend as I had in mine:-) HAGD, Maryann
Old lady at sunrise
Calm Juanita Bay waters and setting light bring out the colors of this male Wood Duck (Aix Sponsa). #94111234  © Payam Nashery - Photoarts
4/27/15 - Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington; I was trying to capture the extreme height of many of the trees in the rainforest.  We're back from our trip to the Dallas area to visit my brother and his wife.  We drove our '98 Newell motorhome there where it was picked up by someone from Motorhomes of Texas.  They are going to try to sell the motorhome for us, so if you know anyone who would be interested in a '98 Newell 42' motorhome, they can contact Motorhomes of Texas about it.
Beautiful colors of Oregon's Painted Hills National Monument are further enhanced by the light dusting of snow on this crisp winter day's light and inspiring a conversation with the big guy himself! #75011513  © Payam Nashery - Photoarts
Mt. Damavand at over 18400 ft. (5610 m) located in Northern Iran reaches out of the late evening clouds and mist to catch the last rays of setting sun over the Alborz mountain range. It is the highest peak in all of middle east and highest volcano in all of Asia. #74111326  © Payam Nashery - Photoarts
A hummingbird feeds one of its babies; best viewed in the largest sizes.  Thank you to those of you who commented on my photo of the female cardinal today.  I don't think too many of you even saw it, but I am especially grateful to those of you who did find it and comment.  It was a gorgeous day in the Phoenix area.  After doing some laundry this morning, we spent the afternoon visiting a bunch of galleries in Scottsdale and looking at some terrific art.  Enjoy your Sunday!
Curious Giraffe - Photographed at the Cheyenne Mt. Zoo in Colorado Springs.  In my opinion, the giraffe enclosure at the zoo is one of the most interesting to visitors, as you can purchase crackers from a vending machine and feed them to the giraffes.  You are right at the level of their heads, so it is a neat perspective.  It is a large area and the zoo has a lot of giraffes, young and old.  This fella was hoping for a cracker and wanted to check out my camera.  It it 11:00 p.m. and I just got home from shooting the wedding.  I'm anxious to look at all the hundreds of shots I took, but not tonight...just too tired.  Hope everyone has a good day...we're going to the annual Parade of Homes.  It is always lots of fun to look at the houses and furnishings.  Taken with a fisheye 10mm lens.
8/19/12 - Black bear; best viewed in the largest sizes.  Photographed at Bear Country, SD.  When I took this shot, there were probably about forty bears within the range of my camera.  They were all moving around.  It was a hot day; this one has just gotten himself wet down by a hose. I found the bears to be difficult to shoot, as their faces were so dark.  I had to use the exposure compensation to lighten the face enough to pull out the detail there.  Thanks for the comments on my daughter's cat.  Much appreciated.  Constructive criticism is always welcome.
I was inspired by Regina's (geoghanart) recent posts of variations on photos of tulips, and thought I'd try my hand.  For the basic processing (after the usual levels and contrast adjustments) I applied Topaz Labs Impression Impasto effect, with tweaks of some of the sliders.  For the framing I experimented with a diagonal linear gradient, colorized, to which I also applied the Impasto effect, followed by a Gaussian blur. The unframed filtered version can be seen here ( http://smu.gs/1HhBHSw ).  The unmodified (unfiltered and unframed) version is here ( http://smu.gs/1BgrbKv ).  DP067-2015  Posted Sunday, March 8; created ditto from photo taken March 7.  Title:  Fooling with Tulips  Thanks for all the continued support of my photos.  It brightens my day.  Today's post is one small example of how the work of others in this community inspires me and pushes me to keep trying new things.
Sunset - long exposure with 10 stop ND filter. Taken near Olympia, Wa.  I really appreciate the comments!
I waited for 6 months for the sun to go down in the midle of the road. Fortunately it did not rain that day. I brought a boy with me to wave good night to the sun.  Suddenly I saw the birds comming from the left, and got them in "the decive moment".
This road runs east of Sierra Nevada and 5 km south of Mono Lake.  Kresten Refslund
Dance on the beach.  Our small island "Fanoe" is a National park.  To celebrate this, 30 or more young people, all in white, arranged a happening on the beach. Now it is pronounced to be a World Heritage due to its unique nature. We are 3200 inhabitants and are all proud of this nomination.  Kresten Refslund
08/09/10 - Oodles of Noodles
If you don't know, those long foam tubes they use to help kids learn how to swim are called noodles. The kids and I were at the ClubWorx (gym) pool yesterday afternoon for several hours. They had fun swimming, splashing, jumping in, and playing with the noodles. Why you ask are they so much fun? Well, you put them all the way under the water, let the air out, and then do your best elephant impersonation blowing in one end and water out the other hopefully in your best friend's face:-)

In this picture, the kids (L-R Johnny, Madi, and Joey) are trying to be patient during the 10 minute lifeguard break waiting for the whistle to sound so they can go back in.

I also really loved this inflight shot of Joey:
http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Nature/August-2010/13178134_KQNMz#963620895_V9m9y

and Johnny:
http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Nature/August-2010/13178134_KQNMz#963282385_v6jTg


I started out treading water in the 9' section and talking Joey and Madi into jumping in to me and then treading water/swimming back to the side. After they got their confidence up, I got the camera, and they were jumping in on their own. Madi even got up the confidence to run, jump in, and swim 15' to the other side. It was such a great mom and godmother moment. Video:
http://www.youtube.com/user/maryanngnc#p/a/u/1/L7tUDxIrhoo

I hope you had as many smiles in your weekend as I had in mine:-)
HAGD,
Maryann

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08/09/10 - Oodles of Noodles If you don't know, those long foam tubes they use to help kids learn how to swim are called noodles.  The kids and I were at the ClubWorx (gym) pool yesterday afternoon for several hours.  They had fun swimming, splashing, jumping in, and playing with the noodles.  Why you ask are they so much fun?  Well, you put them all the way under the water, let the air out, and then do your best elephant impersonation blowing in one end and water out the other hopefully in your best friend's face:-)  In this picture, the kids (L-R Johnny, Madi, and Joey) are trying to be patient during the 10 minute lifeguard break waiting for the whistle to sound so they can go back in.  I also really loved this inflight shot of Joey:  http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Nature/August-2010/13178134_KQNMz#963620895_V9m9y  and Johnny:  http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Nature/August-2010/13178134_KQNMz#963282385_v6jTg   I started out treading water in the 9' section and talking Joey and Madi into jumping in to me and then treading water/swimming back to the side.  After they got their confidence up, I got the camera, and they were jumping in on their own.  Madi even got up the confidence to run, jump in, and swim 15' to the other side.  It was such a great mom and godmother moment.  Video:  http://www.youtube.com/user/maryanngnc#p/a/u/1/L7tUDxIrhoo  I hope you had as many smiles in your weekend as I had in mine:-) HAGD, Maryann
08/09/10 - Oodles of Noodles
If you don't know, those long foam tubes they use to help kids learn how to swim are called noodles. The kids and I were at the ClubWorx (gym) pool yesterday afternoon for several hours. They had fun swimming, splashing, jumping in, and playing with the noodles. Why you ask are they so much fun? Well, you put them all the way under the water, let the air out, and then do your best elephant impersonation blowing in one end and water out the other hopefully in your best friend's face:-)

In this picture, the kids (L-R Johnny, Madi, and Joey) are trying to be patient during the 10 minute lifeguard break waiting for the whistle to sound so they can go back in.

I also really loved this inflight shot of Joey:
http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Nature/August-2010/13178134_KQNMz#963620895_V9m9y

and Johnny:
http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Nature/August-2010/13178134_KQNMz#963282385_v6jTg


I started out treading water in the 9' section and talking Joey and Madi into jumping in to me and then treading water/swimming back to the side. After they got their confidence up, I got the camera, and they were jumping in on their own. Madi even got up the confidence to run, jump in, and swim 15' to the other side. It was such a great mom and godmother moment. Video:
http://www.youtube.com/user/maryanngnc#p/a/u/1/L7tUDxIrhoo

I hope you had as many smiles in your weekend as I had in mine:-)
HAGD,
Maryann

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