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Last call for Holiday Cards. Week 14 – Theme #15 Leading Lines

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Just got back from Stormville, NY where I spent Christmas with my sisters celebrating my mom’s 75th birthday on Christmas Eve. We had a white Christmas Eve with the snow disappearing right around lunch time. Before it melted, I took a picture of the road outside my sister’s house. I like the way the road leads my eye to the mail box. I used to have this kind of mailbox growing up and still remember how much I loved to run down and check for holiday mail (cards, gifts, catalogs) in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

Week 31 – Theme #51 Rule of Odds

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I spent Saturday – Tuesday at a professional conference in Chicago. I have only been to Chicago one other time, about 20 years ago in the middle of August. I had no memories other than it was too hot to do too much of anything. What an amazing trip this time around! I went on an architectural river cruise and could have kicked myself for being too lazy to bring the “good” camera. The buildings were incredible and so beautiful! The weather was perfect and the tulips planted all through the city were in full bloom. This picture is “straight out of the iPhone.” I did absolutely nothing with the color or lighting.

Week #30 – Theme 21 – Wild Side

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I spent the weekend at the Long Boat Key Resort, a special treat for my mother who was visiting from Buffalo. I had my camera with me to capture sunsets at the beach but was disappointed with most of them. At one point, I left the beach and took a walk on the “wild side” otherwise known as the lagoon and managed to capture what I believe to be a juvenile Night-Heron snacking on a turtle.

Week 29 – Theme 34 – Squares

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Yesterday, we were invited by friends to an afternoon performance by the Sarasota Orchestra. We got to hear “Hollywood Hits” which featured music from classic and popular movies. It was a fantastic performance! Before the show, we had lunch at the rooftop of the Westin which has a bar, eating area and swimming pool. The view is amazing. The weather did not cooperate completely, plenty of clouds and very gray but no rain. I brought my “good” camera with me to take pictures of the views.

Week 28 – Theme 33 – Water Drop

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When I first saw the theme “Water Drop”, I thought “Oh, that will be an easy one, when I get to our vacation cottage in Western North Carolina, I’ll submit a picture of one of the beautiful waterfalls that the area in known for.”  After reading some of the other bloggers posts and seeing what they have done, I soon realized that this is called a “challenge” for a reason and I had some work to do.  I Googled “water drop photography” and all sorts of amazing images showed up. Luckily, my neighbor recently gifted me with  a Sony DSLR -A 300, it is an older model but I have been having some fun with it. I thought before I get out the tripod, eyedropper and food coloring, let me see what I can do with a dripping faucet. Viola! I am happy I got a shot of the drop hitting the puddle in the sink. I think I am going to consider this challenge met and move on. While I found the images of water drop photography very impressive, I do not think it is my thing. I will stick to birds and nature :).

Week 27 – Theme 26 – Loneliness

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You are probably thinking what does a picture of a Florida Cooter AKA Coastal Plain Cooter have to do with the theme loneliness? Let me explain…. we were driving home from lunch on Saturday when I saw somewhere between 9 – 13 Cooters all lined up enjoying an afternoon in the sun. I’d never seen that many at once and thought “what a photo op for the rule of odds.” I grabbed my camera, decided to walk all the way back to the pond I passed outside my neighborhood (which was at least a mile or two) and was so happy to see them still lined up! As soon as I got as far as the median in the road, one by one, they disappeared before my eyes plunking into the water. Well, the walk sure didn’t hurt me and I was able to photograph a gator but nothing really outstanding came of it. I was pleasantly surprised to see that after I turned my attention away from the gator and started to walk home, one lonely Cooter was back out :).