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June 21...   Fly high little bird. 8000 buddies are looking after you.  From our annual kite festival with thousands of participans
Blood orange  Mar 1 Still life challenge: A tasty blood orange with a hint of topaz glow!
02/28/2015
Sunday, March 1, 2015  "CELTIC EMERALD PERSIAN PAIR"  "I love to juxtapose the man-made and the natural to make people wonder and ask, Are they man-made or did they come from nature? That's a very important part of my work." ~ Dale Chihuly  My fourth and final submission for Judy Horton's (aka fotoeffects) "Still Life" Challenge (week 4 of 4)  "With their exotic, fluid shapes, Dale Chihuly's Persians swirl with kinetic energy, mimicking ancient vessels or blending into a natural landscape almost seamlessly. Celtic Emerald Persian Pair blazes with bright and vibrant color. Measuring approximately eleven inches across, the larger piece is blown through, bright green in the center to a dark, shadowy green along the edge, accented by a golden yellow lip wrap. Echoing these same colors, a smaller, coiling element rests inside looking as if it were a live garden creature reaching out to the viewer. Winding around both elements, dark and light green body wraps create a virtual glow." ~ Reprinted text from here: http://www.chihulyworkshop.com/celtic-emerald-persian-pair.html  My complete gallery of "The Gallery: Featuring Dale Chihuly" 2013 is here:  http://godschild.smugmug.com/ArtScape-1/Dale-Chihulys-Art-at-Gallery/i-tft5MVG  Thanks for proposing this challenge, Judy; I enjoyed it. The time-frame was perfect, also (not excessively lengthy).  Have a great start to a new month. I can't believe March is here already. Church, anyone?  The Gallery at City Center (Gallery Row)  Inside Crystals at City Center   3720 S. Las Vegas Blvd.   Las Vegas, NV 89109  ***#13 photo of the day*** (tied with Donna McCommon's photo)  (photo taken July, 2013)   My Homepage: www.Godschild.smugmug.com
February 26, 2015 - mountains and popcorn clouds
Monday, June 24, 2013   "MONDAY BLUES"  “The best color in the whole world is the one that looks good on you!” ~  Coco Chanel    SOOC, uncropped, flash fired   "I think a number of us agree that Mondays are the most difficult transition. Although it has the same number of hours as the rest of the days, our internal clocks naturally operate on a day that is longer than 24 hours. It seems that it takes ages to get Monday over. We just had two glorious days off free from stress and doing stuff we love to do. Now we are back at work facing piles of tasks that meeting deadlines, list of appointments or some difficult unsolved tasks that we don’t really feel like doing." ~ Reprinted texts from http://www.123Greetings.com  "Hey, come on… No matter we like it or not, we still have to get things done and to get the day over. Let's take some of the control back and make ourselves feel good by doing small things that can redirect your focus, such as share with your colleague about the fun you have over the weekend, reading some jokes, positive quotes or watch a short fun video. Let's fill up the Monday Blues with some colours." ~ Reprinted texts from http://www.123Greetings.com  Here's the final test shot of one of my favorite necklaces taken with the new 35mm lens. I placed one of my crinkled blouses underneath as a backdrop.  Someone apologized for posting a comment prior to me posting my "Starter Comment." Don't get the blues and "sweat the small stuff" regarding comments being posted prior to the "Starter Comment." I don't mind at all.  Have a beautiful "blue" Monday!  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken 6/22/2013)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Sunday, May 15, 2011   "ANTIQUE CHEVY"  (pp version)  "Keep calm and drive a Chevy!" ~ Unknown Author  Linda (aka Lgood) is one of the absolute best at capturing automobile shots and their reflections, and I immediately thought of her when I spotted this GM classic. Unfortunately, there wasn't an information card, so I am unsure as to the year of this "oldie but goodie." My hubby's guess is it's a "1930 something Chevy." The pink sign made spectators chuckle. It warned, "UNLESS YOU ARE NUDE.....PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH MY CHEVY! BUCKLES, BELTS, AND BUTTONS SCRATCH."   As you can see, I did some pp with this one, but it is uncropped. The original image can be viewed here:   http://godschild.smugmug.com/gallery/16609546_tdrqK#!i=1274849067&k=9MMHm66&lb=1&s=A  Your comments on yesterday's "Got Mail" POTD are really appreciated; you all are really a wonderful community of photographers who are also supportive and helpful.   God is and has been exceptionally kind to all of us; have a blessed and safe Sunday, everyone.  View the #1 photo here:  http://sharkbayte.smugmug.com/Photography/2011-Daily-Photos/15280496_zofpQ#1291649048_zdNjmgz-A-LB  ***#2 photo of the day and all-time***  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com  Show Your Ride Car Show  Memphis, TN  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Thursday, June 7, 2012  "DELICATE BEAUTIES"  “Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.” ~ Dr. Maya Angelou   This summer, I am only perusing and commenting on photos as my limited time permits. Although it is summer vacation, I am not idle. This is a very busy time for me, as I have embarked upon a new and very challenging endeavor.  Don't miss a blooming thing this spring! This is one of my favorite flower captures. An abundance of colors, fragrances, and scenic views await you in these gardens. Also, I read that the meaning of hibiscus is "delicate beauty;" thus, the caption. These orange hibiscuses are amazing tropical flowers that come in many shapes, sizes and varieties.  They are known for their beauty and their large, colorful blooms.  You can plant hibiscus flowers indoors, outdoors, as a shrub, or as a simple flower.  With all of the different options available, who would not want to plant this flower?   SPEAKING OF SPORTS: In the words of Reggie Miller, we watched "greatness grow up" last night as the "young guns" of OKC defeated the San Antonio Spurs in OKC and ended the series 4 - 2. OKC has advanced to the NBA Finals........woo hoo!! Tonight, Boston Celtics will host Miami Heat in game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The series is 3 - 2 with Boston leading the way. The family and I are pulling for Boston.  If Boston is victorious tonight, they will go on to face OKC in the NBA Finals - date TBD.   I truly appreciate your comments on yesterday's "Banana Tree" photo; it was the #2 photo of the day. Congrats to Maryann (aka "fotomom") for the #1 photo.  Hang in there; tomorrow is Friday.  Bellingrath Gardens and Home Mobile, AL  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken 5/26/2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
October 15, 2013  This is the remenents of one of the mining buildings located at Animas Forks.  I processed it in B&W first, but I decided I liked the sepia tones better for this shot.  At Animas Forks there are about a dozen or more buildings in varying stages of decay.  However, the good news is that they are being restored through private/public funds.  In the next few days you'll see some more shots of the buildings of Animas Forks, Colorado.  According to a sign on the site, prospectors wintered in "Three Forks of the Animas" in 1873 looking for silver and gold.  In 1875 the name was changed to Animas Forks to accomodate the Post Office Department and funds were committed by the San Juan County Commissioners to build a road between Silverton and Animas Forks to connect with the trail from Lake City, now known as Cinnamon Pass.  The town weathered the boom and bus cycles of mining until the early 1920's when metal prices fell worldwide.  That was the beginning of it's transformation into the ghost town it is today.  According to Wikipedia:  The town's first log cabin was built in 1873 and by 1876 the community had become a bustling mining community. At that time the town contained 30 cabins, a hotel, a general store, a saloon, and a post office. In 1882 a newspaper, the Animas Forks Pioneer, began publication and lasted until October 1886. Every fall the residents of Animas Forks migrated en masse to the warmer town of Silverton. In 1884 a 23-day blizzard inundated the town with 25 feet (7.6 m) of snow, the residents had to dig tunnels to get from building to building. Mining, speculation and processing mills helped Animas Forks grow.  Animas Forks, at an elevation of 11,200 feet (3,400 m) is more than two miles (3 km) above sea level.  Have a historic day today my friends,  Linda
June 18...   The job is done.  After a hard weeks work my new system is up and running. I have missed you all during this period
" SNOWTOWN"   NOT A NEW  SIGHT THESE DAYS BUT THE SIGN IS . IT TEETERED ON THE SNOWBANK TO LET US KNOW THERE WAS SOUP ! I HAD TO GET OUT FOR A CAMERA WALK THIS AFTERNOON. CABIN FEVER IS SETTING IN BUT IT STARTED TO SNOW AS I SNAPPED THIS .SLIPPERY FOOTING WITH MOST SIDEWALKS STILL NOT PLOWED. 04/02/15   This little shop is privately owned and they have nice soups and sandwiches. Kenilworth street is getting busier with more private businesses which leaves the franchises in the malls.
Also here:http://kazimiera.smugmug.com/Photography/Arabian-Horse-Show-2011/16060118_GN6phH#!i=3893790780&k=P463gfd
Day 061: Graffiti Memories - Mar 2.  Came across this old graffiti in the cement columns of an underground garage.  Not such a great photo opportunity but look close and at the top of the graffiti someone had printed Woodstock #1. The Woodstock Music & Art Fair (aka the Woodstock Festival or Woodstock) was a music festival  billed as “3 Days of Peace & Music."   It was held in New York’s Catskill Mountains at Max Yasgur's 600-acre dairy farm from August 15 to 18, 1969. An audience estimated at more than 400,000 braved crowds, rain and mud in the outdoor venue to see and hear 32 acts or performers.  Woodstock is widely regarded as a key turning point in popular music history  and to have spurred the rise of the counterculture generation. Rolling Stone listed it as one of the 50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll.  No I wasn't there.  I was a young mother with three young children then but I certainly remember the media attention that it received and the spectacular music that we all got to know and love.
My final still life depicting personal interests involves gear for getting out and walking the trails, enjoying nature.  Naturally camera equipment would be part of my gear.  That goes without saying.  And a bottle of water.  Which guidebooks I might have along with me, either on the trail, or back at the car, depends very much on location and time of year.  In addition to, or instead of the guides for birds and wildflowers, I might have guides for trees, insects, butterflies, dragonflies, fungi, ferns, or even clouds.  DP060-2015  Posted Sunday, March 1; processed Feb. 28 from photo taken ditto The bookmarks you see in the field guides are the ones that were actually in those guides when I pulled them off the shelf, plus a bunch more that I hid in the pages to keep the scene from getting too messy.  Some will note that there are bookmarks from the now defunct Borders, dating from that company's early days, when it started in Ann Arbor as a single locally owned store calling itself Borders Book Shop.  I don't throw bookmarks away until they are literally falling apart.  Title:  Trail Essentials - Still Life Challenge Week 4
11/05/09 - Historic Yates Mill Pond at Sunset  I posted a picture of the actual water wheel in my gallery earlier this year.  In this picture, you can't see the wheel, but you get this lovely reflection instead.  After Joey's flu shot, I decided to make the best of a wonderful afternoon and go for a quick hike around the mill pond.  Unfortunately, we were really there a good 30-60 minutes too late to be taking good pictures.  I had to bump up the saturation on this one to improve the color.      This is the same shot taken on 10/26 last year when the sun was better and the tree closest to the mill still had yellow leaves on it.  http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Yates-Mill-Pond/Yates-Mill-Photo-Contest-2009/7088136_34LZC#454338880_TdGL2  In both cases, the sky looks better in the reflection than in the final shot.  I'm not sure how to get around that...especially in last night's picture when the sky really didn't have much blue in it.      We still have not had a frost or freeze at my house, but it look like it's coming Friday night into Saturday.  I am storing ceramic bird baths and pots and taking in fragile plants that I can save.      I sure wish today was Friday...  HAGD,  Maryann
June 21... Fly high little bird. 8000 buddies are looking after you.
From our annual kite festival with thousands of participans

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June 21...   Fly high little bird. 8000 buddies are looking after you.  From our annual kite festival with thousands of participans
June 21... Fly high little bird. 8000 buddies are looking after you.
From our annual kite festival with thousands of participans

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