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The Wachau Valley This shot was taken from the Aggstein castle ruins (saturday's POTD), looking east.  It shows a portion of the Wachau valley of the Danube.  Small towns with vineyards and fruit trees (mainly apricots).  The Danube is low, but still has enough depth in the channel for the numerous river cruise ships and freight barges.
July 6.  Bee on Cone flower.
07.06.15  On Sunday I was talking to Jeddy on the phone and he mentioned a praying mantis we had found several years ago.  After I hung up the phone, I went into the backyard and found this praying mantis.  It felt like a connection to Jeddy.
"The Odd Case of the Missing Tail Feathers"...07/06/2015...
Dragonfly - taken near Olympia, Wa.  I really appreciate the comments!
Alms bowls of Burmese monks, Mahagandayon Monastery, Amarapura, Myanmar    The traditional alms round is a key feature of the monastic life and the alms bowl is, for all Buddhists, a symbol of the monastic order. The tradition is that monks or nuns leave the monastery in a group (or sometimes singly). As a group they walk single-file according to seniority, i.e., their ordination date, with their robes covering both shoulders. They walk barefooted into a village and then from house to house, accepting whatever food is dropped into their bowl.  Monastics are instructed not to endear themselves to the lay public with the intention of improving their intake during alms rounds, not to ask for anything directly except in an emergency,  not to express thanks for donations received, and to receive without establishing eye contact. This ritualized behavior can be seen every day in virtually any village or city in Burma.  This text was abbreviated from the fascinating longer version found here: http://bhikkhucintita.wordpress.com/home/monastic-life/feeding-the-monks/    The traditional alms round, where monks walk from house to house, does not work so well for a large monastery such as Mahagandayon Monastery, which is a teaching monastery, with many monks and no substantial village in the immediate vicinity. In such cases individual lay people come to the monastery to make large, more occasional offerings, and also local staff will prepare food on behalf of lay donors, or at least cook the rice.    Several photos of lay people preparing the monk's midday meal can be seen here: http://goo.gl/tqKb1z
2015-06-21 Raindrops on peony bud.
07/06/15:  Stealth shot from my yard to theirs.  Although, I'm sure they wouldn't have minded.  Trying out my new 400mm lens without benefit of a tripod.  Not easy.
Sunday, May 15, 2011   "ANTIQUE CHEVY" (The Metamorphosis)  "Keep calm and drive a Chevy!" ~ Author Unknown  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
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.
Day 37 - Love    Thank you for all the great comments. I was quite nervous taking this set of flower photos for a wedding catalog because the flowers were to be used for a wedding the next morning. The client was rushing me in worries that the flowers being out of the refrigerator too long and its losing freshness. It was my first job shooting flowers commercially and that was quite an experience, to say the least.
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...    *
'Blowing Bubbles'...03/30/2011...    Getting a tiny bit closer to where I would like to be...had about 30-40 minutes yesterday to roam about the yard...found this and a few other things...
Great Horned Owl - taken near Olympia, Wa.  I really appreciate the comments!

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