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7/12/2014 ~ Hospitality  Pineapple fountain, Charleston, SC. The pineapple is an ages old symbol for hospitality/welcome long used in the South and other regions. It and the other fountain in the background are located in Charleston's lovely Waterfront Park.  Wading in the fountains is not only allowed but encouraged. The water is heavily chlorinated.   Thank you for the wonderful comments on yesterday's wildflower shot!
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07-12-2014 - The Black-Billed Magpie, also known as the American Magpie, is a bird in the crow family that inhabits the western half of North America. (Pica Hudsonia)  Shot in Durango, CO.  My thanks for ID Information from:  Jim Holmquist         Link to Photo Without Frame        Thank You for Making this Daily Photo  the #1 Pick on 07-12-2014
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01/04/10 - Circles in Blue  I went with the boys to Home Depot yesterday to buy suet.  Johnny has a thing when we go there that he insists on taking a tour of the lights, fans, sinks, and tubs:-)  Seriously, it's important to him.  That turned into me taking a few pictures of lights.  One of the clerks did come over, but he was friendly vs. in the 'put your camera away' mode.  I thought this was the coolest LED light!  So did the boys.  It's a circular light with chrome in the center, a tabletop model, and a whopping $40.  OK, it's pretty but it's not THAT pretty.  I took several macro shots and then walked away...    I see I've posted a POTD with circles 3 days straight now.  That wasn't a plan.  We'll see what tomorrow brings.      Johnny is much better after being on the antibiotic for 2 days.  I'm glad because that ear infection was very painful.  I will start off the new work year going to the doc myself.  I had hoped to avoid that, but after 10 days my throat is still very sore, so I'm going to force myself to go.  Thanks for your well wishes for both of us.      And, thank you for your comments on yesterday's POTD.  The boys always enjoy helping me take a shot and seeing that you guys have to say about the shots.  As a matter of fact, I now have another bottle of sparkling juice...Joey insists that we do that bubble POTD again:-)  I got red grape this time.  We'll see what that means.    Getting up when it's dark outside by some loud alarm clock is just cruel!    HAGD,  Maryann
12/18/09 - Rainbow Light  Let me just say that I am not having a good morning due to cable modem/router issues.  My stress level is high.  I am lucky I have gotten connected to even post.    I shot a bunch of stuff last night but was not able to upload and do the type of pp that I wanted, so I've slightly cropped this and uploaded it but I'm not sure I've really picked the one to show you that I should have.  Sigh...    This is the hat from this:  http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Nature/December-2009/10503706_iqUUs#743929984_ExpAi  I was able to push up some of the LED bulbs from the Christmas light string I've used in seveal of my photos inside of the glass Santa figure to get this effect.    Going shopping...which I like so hopefully things will improve in a little bit.    Flurries in our forecast!!!    HAGD,  Maryann
12/13/09 - All that Glitters is a...Carousel  I love bright colors and sparkling light.  How could I resist?!?  For you, Dan, here's the set-up shot:-) http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Nature/December-2009/10503706_iqUUs#739203285_eqk2m  Last year when the boys visited Santa, they got this nifty pair of glasses.  Not 3D, but ones that put this pattern on everything...particularly cool if what you're looking at is lit up.  I carried those glasses around with me for a year never trying them out after the intial day. Then yesterday I thought to get them out again.  So simply place one eye of the glasses directly over lense and shoot:-)  The boys rode the carousel, and I took pictures.    This is from Christmas 2008 the day we actually visited Santa: http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Children/Christmas-2008/10500674_sbX9J#728928612_qX428 Must have been sunny, and the skylight over the carousel must have been letting in a lot of light.  Yesterday was dark and dreary and much more limited lighting.  Joey and Johnny are in the shot exiting the teacup.  Everyone in the vicinity of the carousel heard my boys giggling in delight as they spun themselves very fast on the teacup.  I made the mistake of getting on it with them one time...whoa!    The countdown continues.  So much to do! HAGD, Maryann
01/13/10 - Candlelight  Simple but kindof pretty.  I decided to do something with candles last night, and this is what I came up with.  Simple set-up with the 3 candles on a mirror and black foamboard behind them.      Thank you all so much for your kind words yesterday on my 'Shadow' picture:-)    HAGD,  Maryann
02/18/10 - Bad Hair Day  I took some pretty neat nature shots (plants) yesterday, so I'm not sure why I took this last night or am posting it today.  I just like it.  Maybe I'll post a nature shot tomorrow.    This is a craft made out of a pencil, some glue and yarn, and some animal fur type fabric.  I made this first one seriously 30 years ago, and then about 15 years ago one year at Christmas I made a set for all my coworkers.  You twist his hair up and then roll the pencil fast between your hands and relieve your stress by giving him a bad hair day:-)    The kids wanted to do set-up shots last night (more on that in a bit), so I got out the foam board and had the inspiration to try this guy out.  In Picasa, I did a lucky filter and then in PSE glowing edges overlay on a dup of the original, merge layers, solarize that, then swirl (or is it twirl) filter, and then lucky back out in Picasa one more time to brighten it up.      The kids were watching as I transformed this guy.  We did the plastic wrap filter and made him an icicle and several other transformations.  The kids were cracking up.  It was fun.    The original is here:  http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Nature/February-2010/11119866_PgrMm#790934676_ZZQHc    The kids and I all thank you for stopping by to view our POTD.  I read them all your comments last night on the current POTD and the older pictures.  Both were very enthused.  Both took quite a few new pics.      Joey's POTD:  http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Daily-Photos/LightningFastJoeys-POTD/11187845_dd7pS#791205205_7bsP5    HAGD,  Maryann
02/28/10 - Open for Viewing  Since I'm on a role with pink, I figured I should go ahead and post a picture of the lenten rose helleborus now that the bloom is open.  As a matter of fact, there are 15-20 blooms on this plant now which are in various phases of open.  I had posted a POTD with the bloom closed on 2/19:  http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Daily-Photos/My-Best-Daily-Shots/8520201_U76qq#791845356_oHQXt  and some of you said you were interested in seeing it after it opened.    I shot the blooms for 3 days trying to get just the right one.  I was going for really great focus on the center of the flower, and I just could not get the clarity I wanted.  I tried regular shots and maco.  I tried the 3 kinds of focus available on my camera with regular and macro shots.  Yesterday I understood this is just the best I can do with my camera.      If you're interested in a place to order one of these plants, I suggest Tony Avent and his Plants Delight catelog:  http://www.plantdelights.com/  Not cheap but a great source of many wonderful varieties of helleborus.  I also have a dark flowered one that's purple black that I'll photograph once it's open.    Thank you all so much for the response on the pink camellia blossom from yesterday.  Your comments inspire me to go out and taken even better pictures.  Thank you also for the comments on Johnny's shot.  They are special to him and me.    Still fighting this cold but making the absolute most of my weekend despite it.    No shot from the kids today.    HAGD,  Maryann
02/10/10 - Camellia Blossom Post Squirrel  I looked out my home office window late afternoon to see this:  http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Nature/February-2010/11119866_PgrMm#784851650_6GJw5  Photo op!  I grabbed the tripod and camera and went out to take some pics even though the light was super low.    I like this one because of the waterdrops and detail on the flower petal.  It's also a neat contrast between flower and log.     Thanks for your comments on the haircut picture.  I enjoyed all the comments especially the ones where the shot brought back memories for some of you.  I was trying to tell a story with that picture.  Oh, and just Johnny was pictured.  Joey's haircut was at dusk in the same spot, and I did not get any pics of the inprogress work with him.  It was a before I started cutting, during the cut, and after it was done trio of Johnny.  Not the first haircut shots I have of the boys from over the years either;-)      Thanks too to those of you that left Joey a comment.  He was thrilled and motivated.  Here's a new POTD from Johnny in the kids' album:  http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Daily-Photos/LightningFastJoeys-POTD/11187845_dd7pS#785259074_XGZsc    HAGD,  Maryann
01/23/10 - Red Raindrops  This is a variety of red japonica camellia.  Although it was 40 and raining yesterday, it was 70 a few days ago, and some of the blossoms waiting for spring decided to open early...typical.  Working from home has it's advantages.  3 times yesterday I took a 10 minute break and went outside tripod in hand to try to take some pretty camellia shots with the waterdrops on them (morning, lunch, afternoon).  I tried different angles and positions.  I fought the 5-10mph wind that was blowing the blooms around as I took my pics.  The one I'm going with here is from the afternoon session.  The closest contender was from around lunchtime and is here:  http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Nature/January-2010/10839050_kGd7Z#770626544_q6gSh  So hard to pick...  I liked many for different reasons.      This bloom was very high in the 15 year old bush, so direct on shots were not possible.      Camellias are hardy to zone 7 from what I read.  Zone 8 is more practical I think.  Map:  http://www.thegardengeeks.com/home/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=71&Itemid=60  I've never seen them in NJ which is zone 7.  Newer varieties might be tougher than the ones I buy local.  The bloom is ofen mistaken for a rose.  This is an evergreen.  No fragrace from the blooms...just beautiful blossoms all over the bushes.  Likes part shade.    I did a slight correction on contrast and color and a slight crop.    Looks like our temps will stay mild, and the sun will continue to be elusive.  I guess we can't have everything...    Thanks for your comments on the red cardinal shot from yesterday.  I'll keep trying to get an even better pic.  I wish he'd been more sharp.  The low light, his movement, the window, the wind, all made for a challenge on that one.      I'm preparing photos for the kids and I to enter in the Yates Mill yearly photo contest.  The prints should be in the mail.  We need to drop them off next weekend.      HAGD,  Maryann
01/20/10 - Owl a Blaze  I was really excited over the weekend to find a small coloring changing LED base at the gift shop at Discovery Place.  I had one a few years ago from the $1 store that got broken, and I wanted to replace it.  This base is about 2.5" X 2.5" and takes 3 AAA batteries.  You can put a small crystal or glass figure on it to light it up.  It changes from blue to green to purple to red and repeats.  Very handy for things like Swarovski crystals.  One of the things I tried on it last night was this 3" tall glass owl figurine.  I also tried a candle holder and a few paperweights.  I recommend.  For about $3, you can have fun with a color changing LED base too:-)    Here's a shot of the base and the owl figure is almost out of frame on the right:  http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Nature/January-2010/10839050_kGd7Z#768867389_3dTba    I did make a small adjustment using the brush tool to the middle of his forehead to reduce the brightness and glare.      I made a few comments yesterday while logged in as challenges.  I apologize.  With multiple tabs open on Firefox, I just didn't realize the cookie on the browser would change on all my open Smug windows...  Now I know:-)      Thanks for the comments on the shadow picture from yesterday.  Shadows are fun, aren't they:-)  I should have added that we were up on a short brick style wall looking down on the shadow.      HAGD,  Maryann
This road runs east of Sierra Nevada and 5 km south of Mono Lake.  Kresten Refslund
Logo Challenge - The Big "M" is an International Symbol that Everyone should be able to Recognize...  But how many symbols do we recognize when not associated with the Name,  Business or in Context?  Suggestion for Next Sundays Challenge.  Post a Symbol/Icon without the Company Name  or Clues (should be an International company if possible so everyone can play).  Make this a short Challenge to end on the last Sunday of August...       There are three possible answers:           1: I know the Symbol and Company.           2: I have seen the Symbol before but can't connect a Name/Company to it.           3: I have not ever seen the Symbol before.        Post another image in a Gallery not associated with the Dailies Community and then provide a link similar to this one...        Link to Answer and More Details
7/12/2014 ~ Hospitality

Pineapple fountain, Charleston, SC. The pineapple is an ages old symbol for hospitality/welcome long used in the South and other regions. It and the other fountain in the background are located in Charleston's lovely Waterfront Park. Wading in the fountains is not only allowed but encouraged. The water is heavily chlorinated.

Thank you for the wonderful comments on yesterday's wildflower shot!

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7/12/2014 ~ Hospitality  Pineapple fountain, Charleston, SC. The pineapple is an ages old symbol for hospitality/welcome long used in the South and other regions. It and the other fountain in the background are located in Charleston's lovely Waterfront Park.  Wading in the fountains is not only allowed but encouraged. The water is heavily chlorinated.   Thank you for the wonderful comments on yesterday's wildflower shot!
7/12/2014 ~ Hospitality

Pineapple fountain, Charleston, SC. The pineapple is an ages old symbol for hospitality/welcome long used in the South and other regions. It and the other fountain in the background are located in Charleston's lovely Waterfront Park. Wading in the fountains is not only allowed but encouraged. The water is heavily chlorinated.

Thank you for the wonderful comments on yesterday's wildflower shot!

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