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Mike F Shaw has been at 4 events

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Lotus Carroll1,771,628This is the Event for our October Self Portrait Challenge: Your Greatest Fear. We figured we'd go beyond just a general "Halloween" theme, but still keep the "fright factor" alive. So show us something that absolutely terrifies you! Here is where you enter your ONE Self Portrait with a "Greatest Fear" theme. Your photo must have been captured during this month. This Event remains open until 11:59 CST October 31st, so you have until then to create and enter your best photo from this month. (The dates on the Event are truncated, but you can submit a photo anytime, all month long.) Please read all rules (scroll down). Not adhering to rules will get you disqualified. *Inspiration* Moderators of the Art of Self Portraiture Community are not eligible to win, but we'll be putting our photos into the Event in the hopes that you'll be inspired. If you have questions or need help, please pop into the Community http://goo.gl/M7XTQ and ask away! We have categories for questions and discussion and are happy to help with anything.  *Prizes* @100266938567862344330 Blue City Walker 20 http://goo.gl/LbDMIy $150 Gift Certificate for @108289626026839048870 http://www.borrowlenses.com @100424993750772730018 1 Year Awesome Account @101789561086090624750 Discontinued Strap http://www.capturingcouture.com/collections/the-sale-rack 1 Year of @118357019708110162087 Basic http://www.smugmug.com/photos/photo-sharing-features Please circle these sponsors - we love their products and services and it's great that they support our learning and growing together. Having them circled is a requirement to be a winner. :) There will be 5 winners. 1st place winner selects choice of 5 prizes. 2nd place selects choice of 4 remaining prizes. 3rd place selects choice of remaining 3 prizes. 4th place selects choice of remaining 2 prizes. 5th place receives the remaining prize. Winners must respond within 24 hours of being contacted or new winners will be chosen. At the end of the month, the Owners and Moderators of The Art of Self Portraiture Community will vote on the submissions and choose 1st, 2nd, & 3rd, 4th, & 5th place winners. Please note that this is subjective (art always is!) and so we'll be basing our votes purely on our own opinions. Everyone who enters a photo is already a winner, of course. :) *Please Remember These Rules:* *Enter Only Your Own Work *Enter Only ONE Photo *Only SELF PORTRAITS *Must adhere to this month's theme. *Photo Must Be Taken in October 2014 (EXIF data must reflect this) *Can Only Win Once Every 6 Months *Winners Must Respond Within 24 Hours of Contact *Circle Our Prize Sponsors *No Trickery or Spamming *We Reserve The Right To Remove Entries/Participants for Misconduct *Anything Outside Guidelines/Rules Disqualifies A ParticipantOctober Self Portrait Challenge: Your Greatest Fear2014-10-29 06:00:0093  
Lotus Carroll1,771,628This is the Event for our January Self Portrait Challenge: New Beginnings! What is meant by this? It's up to you to interpret. I know that many of us think about what we want the next year to be like (even if you don't make resolutions) and this seems like a great way to express what's been on our minds in that sense. You can interpret this way, or any other way that makes sense to you. We're looking forward to what your creative minds will come up with! Here is where you enter your ONE Self Portrait with a "New Beginnings" theme. Your photo must have been captured any time during this month. This Event remains open until 11:59 CST January 31st, so you have until then to create and enter your best photo from this month. You have about two weeks left to complete this task if you don't already have a qualifying photo that you took this month - you can do it! Please read all rules (scroll down). Not adhering to rules will get you disqualified. *Inspiration* Moderators of the Art of Self Portraiture Community are not eligible to win, but we'll be putting our photos into the Event in the hopes that you'll be inspired. If you have questions or need help, please pop into the Community http://goo.gl/M7XTQ and ask away! We have categories for questions and discussion and are happy to help with anything.  *Prizes* $150 Gift Certificate for @108289626026839048870 http://www.borrowlenses.com 1 Year Awesome Account at @100424993750772730018 http://goo.gl/CCrBlS  @100266938567862344330 Mirrorless Mover 10 Bag http://goo.gl/Z4h0IN Please circle these sponsors - they make these prizes possible, so having them circled is a requirement to be a winner. There will be 3 winners. 1st place winner selects choice of 3 prizes. 2nd place selects choice of 2 remaining prizes. 3rd place receives the remaining prize. Winners must respond within 24 hours of being contacted or new winners will be chosen. At the end of the month, the Owners and Moderators of The Art of Self Portraiture Community will vote on the submissions and choose 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners. Please note that this is subjective (art always is!) and so we'll be basing our votes purely on our own opinions. Everyone who enters a photo is already a winner, of course. :) Please Remember These Rules: *Enter Only Your Own Work *Enter Only ONE Photo *Only SELF PORTRAITS *Must adhere to this month's theme. *Photo Must Be Taken in January 2014 *Can Only Win Once Every 6 Months *Winners Must Respond Within 24 Hours of Contact *Circle Our Prize Sponsors *No Trickery or Spamming *We Reserve The Right To Remove Entries for Misconduct *Anything Outside Guidelines/Rules Disqualifies A ParticipantJanuary Self Portrait Challenge: New Beginnings2014-01-01 07:00:00137  
Lotus Carroll1,771,628This is the Event for our September 2013 Self Portrait Challenge: A Great Cell Phone Photo. Just because you use a cell phone doesn't mean your self portrait has to be of the "facebook style" mobile or reflection variety. That little guy has a camera inside it, so treat it like one! Here is where you enter your ONE Self Portrait using only a cell phone to capture and process (no computer software post processing!). Your photo must have been captured this month. This Event remains open until 11:59 CST September 30th, so you have until then to create and enter your best photo from this month. Please read all rules (scroll down). Not adhering to rules will get you disqualified. *Tutorial & Tips* Need some tips and inspiration for this challenge? Have no fear! That's why we're here. :) The amazing @110573952887886961621 made a tutorial about shooting cell phone photos to get you inspired - see it here: http://goo.gl/z3IZ23 He also posted a video of his process - see it here: http://goo.gl/vzcRHL *Remember these Do's and Don'ts to get the best photo:* *DO take the time to set up your shot thoughtfully. *DO invest time and effort and try more than once to get it right. *DO make sure your lens is clean. *DO take your photo in adequate light so it's not grainy, blurry, or dark. *DO put the cell phone down and use a timer - stop taking all your photos by holding the phone and pointing at yourself or a mirror. *DO try different angles for the best composition. *DO read the posts in our Tutorials Category and try the concepts and ideas you learn from them: http://goo.gl/uSUULE  *DO try different apps and see what works best for you. *DO be aware of your background! It makes a huge difference! Is there junk in the room behind you? If yes, it's not a good place to shoot. ETC. *DO NOT just slap a filter or cheesy effect on and call it a day - take the time to try different edits and pay attention to the elements of your photo.  *DO NOT point your phone at a mirror and take a reflection photo where we can see your phone. *DO NOT have your arms in the photo as you're holding the phone out in front of or above you. *DO NOT duckface. *DO NOT showcase your cleavage as the main subject. *Here's a list of Photo Apps you can try out:* Snapseed VSCOcam Retouch (cloning tool!) Camera+ Camera! PhotoStudio Pixlr Express Aviary InsPhoto *Prizes* 1 Year of @118357019708110162087 Basic http://www.smugmug.com/photos/photo-sharing-features @101789561086090624750 Discontinued Camera Strap - you choose from a variety available. :) http://www.capturingcouture.com Please circle these sponsors - they make these prizes possible, so having them circled is a requirement to be a winner. There will be 2 winners. 1st place winner selects choice of prizes. 2nd place receives remaining prize. Winners must respond within 24 hours of being contacted or new winners will be chosen. At the end of the month, the Owners and Moderators of The Art of Self Portraiture Community will vSeptember Self Portrait Challenge: A Great Cell Phone Photo2013-09-01 07:00:00177  
Trey Ratcliff8,275,587A special all-Europe show!  We switched around the time of the show for this special event!  Joining today are @102518365620075109973, @110258598415939907971, @112661262066626464523, @105390077271236874234,  +Serge Ramelli.  Thank you to +Dave Veffer  for setting everything up!   You can watch live here, or you can ask questions live over at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com -- see you soon!Trey's Variety Hour #59- All European Show - Special Euro Time! (8 PM London Time, not that the UK uses the Euro or anything...)2012-11-25 21:00:00255  

Mike F Shaw has been shared in 978 public circles

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Circle Connection8,554April Photographers Circle!To be included in our photographer's circles follow the instruction below.1. Add Circle Connection to your circle's.2. Share the photographers circle.3. You must be a photographer and share original content.2015-04-17 14:54:27487012
John Wood35,034This circle will add amazing, and wonderful content to you streamBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to or stay in this Circle - Share the circleIf you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next #Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#Azerbaijan #BakuBahrain #Emblem #Bahrainsvg #Bahrain #ManamaBangladesh #National #emblem #Bangladeshsvg #Bangladesh #Dhakahutan #Emblem #Bhutansvg #Bhutan #Thimphurunei #Emblem #Bruneisvg #Brunei #Bandar #Seri #BegawanBurma #State #seal #Myanmarsvg #Burma #Myanmar #NaypyidawCambodia #Coat #arms #Cambodiasvg #Cambodia #arms #Saudi #Arabiasvg 2015-04-16 11:41:21478023
Tourej Ansari45,309This circle will add amazing, and wonderful content to you streamBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to or stay in this Circle - Share the circleIf you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next #Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle! #Austin   #Texas  2015-04-14 04:31:58186011
Ryan Johnson29,473This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your #circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#religions #of #Judaism #Christianity #Islam #and #Baháí #Faith #originated #in #West #Asia #Judaism #the #oldest #of #the #Abrahamic #faiths #is #Cyprus #Georgia #and #Asian #Russia #Eastern #Orthodoxy #is #the #predominant #religion #Various #Christian #denominations #have #adherents #in #portions #of 2015-04-10 05:21:00461103
Colin Wilson22,492This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your #circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#in #East #and #Southeast #Asia #particularly #in #China #Taiwan #South #Korea #Japan #India #the #Philippines #and #Singapore #Japan #and #South #Korea #continue #to #dominate #in #the #area #of #multinational #corporations #but #increasingly #the #PRC #and #India #are #making #significant 2015-04-06 05:59:554097814
Ruta a la Patagonia25,609┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊ ☆ ┊Patagonian Gems v21 CIRCLE  ┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊☆┊_________________________________________________●❈●❈●❉●  Please Share From The Original Post! ●❈●❈●❉●▼▼▼▼ CLICK READ MORE FOR FULL CONTENT ▼▼▼▼*This is the Patagonian Gems v21 Google Plus CircleIf you want to participate please kindly frollow the following rules::-)1. Add me to your circles if you haven´t done it already2. Share this circle to Public3. Plus or coment this post so we know you wish to participate in upcoming circlesPlease note: ● You must be an active Google+ user and shares useful content.● Your posts must be family-friendly. No adult, gambling, controversial, politics, religion blogs.Have a nice day!Your blogging friends of:   +Ruta a la Patagonia  De camino al Sur el mejor hotel  para alojarte sobre ruta 5, antes de Santa Rosa La Pampa, esta en Trenque Lauquen: +Hotel Howard Johnson Trenque Lauquen Sobre ruta, con amplio parque, pileta climatizada, estacionamiento, wifi, restobar y mucho mas. Ya sea que vayas de camino a Bariloche, San Martin de los Andes, Villa la Angostura o cualquier otro destino de la cordillera o de la costa de la patagonia (por ruta 33).Consultanos en: www.hjtrenquelauquen.com.ar2015-04-03 22:17:39464121013
George Clark17,675If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well doneIf you would like to be included in the next #Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.  Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks#Japanese #currency #reached #a #record #high #of #yenUS$ #Economic #growth #in #Asia #since #World #War #II #to #the #s #had #been #concentrated #in #Japan #as #well #as #the #four #regions #of #South #Korea #Taiwan #Hong #Kong #and2015-04-02 09:46:124109518
Михаил Пушкарев973#ActiveUsers #Add #AddCircle #AddFriends #AddMeToYour #AddPeople #artcircles #artistcircle #AuthorCircle #AutoFollow #AutoFollowBack #Awesome #AwesomeArt #AwesomeCircle #awesomecircle #awesomecircles #AwesomeDay #AwesomeFace #AwesomePeople #AwesomePublick #AwesomePublickCircle #AwesomeSauce #beautiful #BeautifulPhotographs #BeautifulPictures #belarus #Best #bestcircle #bestengagers #bestgoogleplususers #bestofgoogleplus #bestofgoogleplus #BestShared #BestSharedCircle #BestSnowball #BlackSndwhitePhotography #blogger #bloggers 2015-03-30 16:23:07499415
Gailen Mapes85,014Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera S-U - 26 of 27Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to March 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting February 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-03-26 10:26:58194000
James Honzik31,158Sharers Meta-circle XI:  This is a meta-circle of active  circle sharers, focusing on photography and art. This is version XI.  It's the only circle I share, and it's a good one. (and if you could, please look at my art and photography, that's why I do this - scroll down, I have lots of new and old good things)Thanks to everyone who looked, shared, and commented.Special kudos out to those who not only share, but post their own good things.Some of my best work is now up for sale on http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/james-honzik.htmlThanks, everybody.Peace. James#circlesharer  #circle     #circles   #circlefreaks      #publiccircle     #circleshare     #circlesharing       #sharedcircles       #sharedcircle     #morefollowers      #sharingcircles      #circleshare      #endlesscircle   #sharedpubliccircles      #sharedpublicircles       #sharedcircle      #AddCircle       #FindCircles    #AwesomeCircle       #addcircle       #addpeople      #circlemeup     #circlesdiscovery      #circleshare       #circlesharing       #publiccircle      #SharedCircles   #photography #landscape   #photograph   2015-03-21 00:38:4548118511
Allan watson23,502If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#awesomecircle #circleme #to #the #south #Asian #cultures #had #no #say #in #this #system #of #deing #the #imaginary #boundaries #separating #them #from #Europecitation #needed§Asia–Oceania #boundaryThe #geographers #have #rejected #the #threecontinent #system #Europe #Africa #Asia #on #the #grounds #that #there #is #no 2015-03-18 09:52:27407467
Kenneth Nicholson21,985This circle contains people who are very active on Google+People in this Circle are top google+ engagers and great resharers. These are people that will share and re-post your circles and other content. This is a good circle to connect with each other and gain followers. I highly suggest adding each person in this Circle to your circles as they are likely to interact with youIf you want to continue or wish to get in the next version please complete 1-4 below.INSTRUCTIONS1. Add me to your circles, if you haven't done so already.2. +1 this circle.3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. Comment to inform me that you have done the above three things.#circlesharing #publiccircle #border #between #Asia #and #the #loosely #defined #region #of #Oceania #is #usually #contention #about #what #it #means #Asia #is #larger #and #more #culturally #diverse #than #Europe #It #does #not #exactly #correspond #to #the 2015-03-18 07:21:08428224
Wise Words1,0272015-03-14 18:38:04215104
Wise Words791Shared circle2015-03-08 11:07:004112011
AyJay Schibig87,948ECLECTIC CIRCLE  3.6.15 Welcome to  the latest edition of my  Eclectic Circle of Active G Plussers!  Please ReShare.#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2015-03-07 02:11:02485767789
Wise Words730Awesome people!2015-03-05 01:53:41213023
Allan watson22,056Active users on Google+. Circle Share If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#awesomecircle #circleme #malawi #lilongwe #morocco #morocco #agadir #morocco #casablanca #morocco #fez #morocco #marrakech #morocco #tangier #mozambique #mozambique #maputo #namibia #namibia #walvis_bay #namibia #windhoek #nigeria #nigeria #abuja #nigeria #lagos #rwanda #rwanda #kigali #senegal #senegal #dakar #sierra_leone #sierra_leone #freetown #bloemfontein #dur2015-03-04 06:00:51490244
Wise Words7102015-03-02 13:02:42206115
Bintri martanti316 Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!2015-02-28 18:00:54383403
Gailen Mapes79,441Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera S-U - 29 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to February 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting January 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-02-28 13:38:27194001
Colin Wilson19,787This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle #Sharedcircles #circleshare #publiccircle #followme #public #sharedpubliccircles #Em. #United #Kingdom #United #States #Uruguay #Uzbekistan #Vanuatu #Venezuela #Viet #Nam #Virgin #Islands #Wallis #& #Futuna #I. #Yemen #Zambia #Zimbabwe new_zealand #auckland #australia #brisbane # #new_zealand #christchurch #algeria #algeria #algiers #angola #angola #luanda2015-02-28 12:48:24382403866
Ercan Çakir7,073Elite Team AG Friends Circle 400Hey my friends. Good morning/evening to all! Circle brings together nice and interesting peopleIf you want to be a part of my best shared circles, this is the circle, you may want to add and share circle.Share The Circle And Boost Your Visibility On G+1. Add us to your circles, if you haven't done so already2. +1 this circle3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so we know you have done the three steps above.Please make sure you do it on the original post or I won't notice it More you share more you get!Hi everybody, here is the circle of Circle AG. They have made it to the Loyal FollowersCircle without getting tired of spreading.AG Circle contains highly active membersof GooglePlus. If you want to engage with most activemembers you should ADD this circle.I would love to thank to each and every person who have joined the ride with us.Thank you very much! Iappreciate your dedication and hard work.I don't wish to offend anyone on the internet, so if you would like to be removed from my shared circles, please send me a private message and I won't share your profile in the future. The only way being shared will affect you is that you will get notifications that people have added you. You are under no obligation to add them back to your circles. If you don't add them back, they will most likely remove you from their circles after some time.*****************************************************In the "Special Circle No. 100" will be people who share these three parts, each own circuit. So there will be only one "Special Circle"...I apologize if I made any mistake, I will correct it... Thanks again for your SUPPORT !!!*******************************************************#circle  #circleshare  #circlesharing  #circles  #sharedcircles  #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  #shared   #circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   2015-02-24 07:52:12400121023
Фёдръ Хфпёрдъ319#circle #krugi  2015-02-22 08:34:07189000
Circle Connection8,650The Google+ Photographers Circle contains some of the most talented photographer's on Google+. Circle Connection is honored to bring you our first official photography circle. Please share and add these remarkable photographer's to your circle. 2015-02-20 18:01:30290000
Colin Wilson18,327This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle #Sharedcircles #circleshare #publiccircle #followme #public #sharedpubliccircles #Em. #United #Kingdom #United #States #Uruguay #Uzbekistan #Vanuatu #Venezuela #Viet #Nam #Virgin #Islands #Wallis #& #Futuna #I. #Yemen #Zambia #Zimbabwe new_zealand #auckland #australia #brisbane # #new_zealand #christchurch #algeria #algeria #algiers #angola #angola #luanda2015-02-14 06:36:44492142123177
Circle Of The Day4,067If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2015-02-11 06:52:344249117
Dubie Bacino125,824Inspiring on Google+ Curated by +Dubie Bacino (16th Edition)This is the circle I go to when I find myself in need of beauty and inspiration. It's made mainly of photographers, but also other people who I find post intriguing, provoking, and inspiring content. This is a very colorful group. One thing they have in common, besides me, is inspiring content that will enhance your Google+ experience. -----------------------------------------When it comes to #CircleSharing, my practice is to share only two of my circles every month:  - ENGAGERS: this is a way of saying thank you to those who have interacted with me in some way (either by plussing, commenting, and/or sharing my posts, or by participating in my communities), and- INSPIRING: mainly photographers, but also other people who I find post original and interesting content.To get into my circles is real simple: either engage with my posts, or keep sharing quality content. If you want me to notice you, be active in one or all of my communities (see below).-----------------------------------------To connect with me, the best place is my appearoo page: http://appearoo.com/opajdara or http://www.opajdara.com/ -----------------------------------------If you are on #TSU, connect with me: https://www.tsu.co/opajdara. If not, check it out, it's the new social network that pays you revenue for your online activity! -----------------------------------------MY PAGES AND COMMUNITIES(Feel free to join if any of the topics interest you)MOON PHOTOGRAPHYTake a look at +Moonipulations, it's the place for all Moon lovers. Here you will find not only the photoshopped pics as the name indicates, but also the most beautiful moonscapes. If you want to jump in and share your photos,  join Moonipulations community: http://bit.ly/194vpSNROAD PHOTOGRAPHYThis is something I really love, to see an open road in front of me. If you feel the same, come join us and share your most beautiful road pics here: http://bit.ly/18rY1cnAERIAL PHOTOGRAPHYA place for those of us who like to see how earth looks from the sky. A refreshing change of perspective. Take a look for yourself: http://bit.ly/1mOSZA7MOTION PHOTOGRAPHYLook at the world around you - it's in constant motion. Stop for a moment and take a shot of it, then share it with us here:  http://bit.ly/1fI9xGqSHADOW PHOTOGRAPHYVisit the showcase of beautiful and creative shadow photography. Shadows can add a lot to a photograph. They can emphasize emotions, create surreal images, and be used in a variety of ways. If you are interested in exploring this fascinating interaction of darkness and light, please join us: http://bit.ly/16tts8kRAIN PHOTOGRAPHYBad weather can give us some of the most beautiful photography. Rain in itself is the master of special effects; from lightning strikes to water drops, mirror reflections t2015-02-09 13:20:5145012377152
John Sean12,552This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google Plus.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing #philadelphia #phoenix #san_antonio #san_diego #san_francisco #san_jose #seattle #tampa #washington #american_samoa #american_samoa #pago_pago #fiji #fiji #nadi #fiji #suva #argentina #argentina #buenos_aires #argentina #cordoba #argentina #iguaza #argentina #mendoza #argentina #rosaio #argentina #san_carlos_de_bariloche #bolivia #bolivia #cochabamba 2015-02-06 11:25:57366151927
George Clark15,373Grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:*If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:*1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.  Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks#MovieReview #Video #Review #AamirKhan #AnushkaSharma #PKmovie #MovieTrailer #YennaiArindhaal #Hindi #Online #Entourage #YouTube #Cinema #BollywoodMovies #Automotive #Cars #Ford #BMW #Auto #Ferrari #Driving #Toyota #WinterDriving #Lamborghini #DrivingSchool #WinterDrivingTips #DistractedDriving #NewYear #AutoRepair #Audi #Supercars #NewCar #UsedCars 2015-02-05 06:07:22430121220
Rok Šimec31,796This circle contains people who are very active on Google+. These are people who will share and re-post your circles and other content. This is a good circle to connect with each other and gain followers. I highly suggest adding each person in this Circle to your circles as they are likely to interact with you. #circle   #circleshare  2015-02-04 11:21:39479543488
Allan watson19,674Active users on Google+. Circle Share If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#awesomecircle #circleme #malawi #lilongwe #morocco #morocco #agadir #morocco #casablanca #morocco #fez #morocco #marrakech #morocco #tangier #mozambique #mozambique #maputo #namibia #namibia #walvis_bay #namibia #windhoek #nigeria #nigeria #abuja #nigeria #lagos #rwanda #rwanda #kigali #senegal #senegal #dakar #sierra_leone #sierra_leone #freetown #bloemfontein 2015-02-04 07:27:05451345
Gert Jan Hermus47,069One of my circles of interactive and inspiring photographers and bloggers! :-) #circle   #circleshare  Circle 2015-02-02 10:33:454238514
John Sean12,158This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google Plus.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing #philadelphia #phoenix #san_antonio #san_diego #san_francisco #san_jose #seattle #tampa #washington #american_samoa #american_samoa #pago_pago #fiji #fiji #nadi #fiji #suva #argentina #argentina #buenos_aires #argentina #cordoba #argentina #iguaza #argentina #mendoza #argentina #rosaio #argentina #san_carlos_de_bariloche #bolivia #bolivia #cochabamba 2015-01-31 07:30:48368171632
Gailen Mapes75,854Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera S-U - 30 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to January 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting December 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-01-30 11:36:21190000
Andreas Levi59,964Some of my awesome inspirators, supporters and friendsHere are some of fantastic peoples which I met on G+ and in real life, for instance on some photo walks and photo tours.You can find in this circle not only great photographers, of which I get a lot of ideas for my work, you find here many interesting nice guys (and ladies) with different interest, all very active, and - for me the most important part - all very kind peoples. With this circle I like to say a big thank you. Thanks for all your inspirations and for your kind comments, feedbacks, conversations, critiques and much more.A little note: I'm not in this circle, but if you get a notification, then you are inside^^ If you like, feel free to share this circle. Have a great day! #thankyou  2015-01-28 15:25:42470051180
Robert Connor30,306This is a shared circle of people that help G+ to grow.Share and be shared.If you like this Circle, please share this post and Circle. If you want to be in the next circle, share this circle and post a comment here!#CircleSharing #Circle #Circles #CircleOfTheDay #razil #goiania #ilheus #londrina #manaus #natal #avegantes #porto_algere #porto_seguro #porto_velho #recife #rio_de_janeiro #salvador #sao_paulo #teresina #itoria #chile #chile #santiago #colombia #colombia #bogota #colombia #cali #colombia #medellin #ecuador #ecuador #guayaquil #ecuador #quito #guyana #guyana #georgetown #paraguay 2015-01-28 06:57:55494666
Anton Danilov1,815Public Shared Circle #27Reshare or if you want to be included in next circles#Bosmolcircle #GrowthCircle  #TopEngagers  #Sharers  #circleshare #circlesharing  #TheHood #Cicle #SharedCircle  #CicleOfDay  #Circles #SharedPublicCircles   #Engagers   #SocialMedia   #EngagersCircle  #Google #SharedCircleOfTheDay   #Shared   #SEO   #SocialMediaMarketing   #Marketing  #Google+ #SharingCircles   #PublicCicle   #SharedCircle   #Engagement2015-01-26 17:07:19285000
John Sean11,366This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google Plus.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing #philadelphia #phoenix #san_antonio #san_diego #san_francisco #san_jose #seattle #tampa #washington #american_samoa #american_samoa #pago_pago #fiji #fiji #nadi #fiji #suva #argentina #argentina #buenos_aires #argentina #cordoba #argentina #iguaza #argentina #mendoza #argentina #rosaio #argentina #san_carlos_de_bariloche #bolivia #bolivia #cochabamba 2015-01-23 06:13:25493000
Mariana Lopez de Waard23,530Via +John Wood Thank you :) This circle will add amazing, and wonderful content to you stream.Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to or stay in this Circle - Share the circleIf you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!2015-01-22 08:29:014627611
John Wood26,953This circle will add amazing, and wonderful content to you stream.Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to or stay in this Circle - Share the circleIf you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circleshare #Sociology #Funny #Software #Solar #Startup #SystemsThinking #Teaching #bigdata #Technology #tsunami #Transformation #Transplendence #Trust #Water #WaterResources #pharmacognosy #love #WavePower #Web #tsu #WebAnalytics #clinical #Wind #Addcircle #addcircles #tsunation #addfriends #Addpeople #cvd #awesomecircle #awesomepeople #circle #circleoftheday #food 2015-01-22 06:44:15462485085
James Honzik29,206Sharers Meta-circle X:  This is a super circle, a meta circle of active  circle sharers, focusing on photography and art. This is version X. Leaner,  better, faster, wilder.  It's the only circle I share, and it's a good one. (and if you could, please look at my art and photography, that's why I do this - scroll down, I have lots of new and old good things)Thanks to everyone who looked, shared, and commented. (especially those who told me my last share could not be shared, sorry.)Special kudos out to those who not only share, but post their own good things.Some of my best work is now up for sale on http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/james-honzik.htmlThanks, everybody.Peace. James#circlesharer  #circle     #circles   #circlefreaks      #publiccircle     #circleshare     #circlesharing       #sharedcircles       #sharedcircle     #morefollowers      #sharingcircles      #circleshare      #endlesscircle   #sharedpubliccircles      #sharedpublicircles       #sharedcircle      #AddCircle       #FindCircles    #AwesomeCircle       #addcircle       #addpeople      #circlemeup     #circlesdiscovery      #circleshare       #circlesharing       #publiccircle      #SharedCircles   #photography #landscape   2015-01-21 20:33:274719869119
Markus Guhl24,953MY INSPIRATION CIRCLE...for the first time I share my circle of inspiration. It includes the photographers I look at on a regular basis. There is no need to share this circle to get into it...If you comment on my work and I like yours, I'm pretty sure you'll find yourself in my next circleshare.2015-01-21 19:38:1019910514
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Ekaterina Bogdanova1,337GO GO GO!!! Add me and you will be added!Hello my friends!!! Here is my weekly #daycircle. There are people who are interested in the latest #video   #news   #funny    #logistics   videos and funny prints. Also I added people who RE-shared my last #circle . 2015-01-13 00:25:2533819316
Ruta a la Patagonia14,518┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊ ☆ ┊Great Friends v20  CIRCLE  ┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊☆┊_____________________________________________________*●❈●❈●❉●  Please Share From The Original Post! ●❈●❈●❉●▼▼▼▼▼▼▼ CLICK READ MORE FOR FULL CONTENT ▼▼▼▼▼▼▼This is the Great Friends v20 Google Plus CircleIf you want to participate please kindly frollow the following rules::-)1. Add me to your circles if you haven´t done it already2. Share this circle to Public3. Plus or coment this post so we know you wish to participate in upcoming circlesPlease note:● You must be an active Google+ user and shares useful content.● Your posts must be family-friendly. No adult, gambling, controversial, politics, religion blogs.Have a nice day!Your blogging friends of: +Ruta a la Patagonia - Bariloche  De camino al Sur el mejor hotel  para alojarte sobre ruta 5, antes de Santa Rosa La Pampa, esta en Trenque Lauquen:+Hotel Howard Johnson Trenque Lauquen Sobre ruta, con amplio parque, pileta climatizada, estacionamiento, wifi, restobar y mucho mas. Ya sea que vayas de camino a Bariloche, San Martin de los Andes, Villa la Angostura o cualquier otro destino de la cordillera o de la costa de la patagonia (por ruta 33).Consultanos:  www.hjtrenquelauquen.com.ar2015-01-12 14:13:34499373554
Anton Danilov970Public Shared Circle #26Reshare or if you want to be included in next circles#Bosmolcircle #GrowthCircle  #TopEngagers  #Sharers  #circleshare #circlesharing  #TheHood #Cicle #SharedCircle  #CicleOfDay  #Circles #SharedPublicCircles   #Engagers   #SocialMedia   #EngagersCircle  #Google #SharedCircleOfTheDay   #Shared   #SEO   #SocialMediaMarketing   #Marketing  #Google+ #SharingCircles   #PublicCicle   #SharedCircle   #Engagement2015-01-09 14:50:46273001
Priya Sharma946This is a circle to say thank you. Thank you to all of you who commented or shared my work. You all are awesome and make Google Plus such a nice place to share my pictures.If you would like to be a part of my Most Engaged Circle you mustn't plus this post, comment it or share it (but you can) To be a part of the next circle you just have to interact with me by commenting or sharing my work. Not more ;-)my blog : http://kids-pic-beauty.blogspot.in@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~I don't wish to offend anyone on the internet, so if you would like to be removed from my shared circles, please send me a private message and I won't share your profile in the future. The only way being shared will affect you is that you will get notifications that people have added you. You are under no obligation to add them back to your circles. If you don't add them back, they will most likely remove you from their circles after some time.~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~2015-01-09 14:21:21461362
Gert Jan Hermus45,308Check out one of my circles of great photographers, bloggers and active plussers! ;-) #cirlceshare   #circle   #photography   #blogging  circle circleshare2015-01-09 08:21:173379731140

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2015-03-28 13:22:46 (139 comments, 33 reshares, 975 +1s)Open 

I get asked a lot what I do for the homeless people I meet and I normally say that's between me and them. Sometimes though when I put their portraits up I feel at times I have to justify why I take their portraits.

It's so they cannot be ignored, simple as that, I see people walking past without even looking down. Take Derek, homeless for five and half months with his eight month old pup Cindy. On the streets of York, it's not the best of weather. What do I do, I shake his hand and get down to talk to him and pet his dog, it makes him human again. As for how we help, we bought food for him and his dog and as he is not dependant on anything we gave him money. By we I mean Jude, my wife as well as she is with me a lot of the time and knows what is going to happen, hence the picture taken by her.

Most reshares: 100

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2015-02-28 09:20:11 (43 comments, 100 reshares, 875 +1s)Open 

Mother 

Finding her tucked away within the bushes with one of her newborn cubs was worth the backache later. 

We went to +Chester Zoo  yesterday as once again they have been successful in breeding their Sumatran tigers, this is the third year in a row. It goes to show just how good a job they are doing and how content the animals are. It will be summer this year that they will move to a massive new enclosure.

#bigcatsforever  
#caturday  

Most plusones: 2555

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2015-03-25 18:52:02 (120 comments, 80 reshares, 2555 +1s)Open 

The Crazy One!

Lilly one of our rescue cats, we believe she is a part Maine Coon but we do know she is completely insane. Don't let those eyes fool you, she would rather take your arm off than let you stroke her! 

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2015-04-17 09:21:22 (29 comments, 37 reshares, 566 +1s)Open 

Good Morning

Its not often you get big cats that will pose for you, sometimes we are lucky though.

Good Morning

Its not often you get big cats that will pose for you, sometimes we are lucky though.___

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2015-04-15 18:33:38 (18 comments, 33 reshares, 327 +1s)Open 

Let The Children Teach You 

From todays march for the homeless in Manchester.

We need to teach our children compassion, to love their fellow humans regardless of who they are or for whatever predicament they have gotten themselves into. They are the generation to change the mess we have made but we need to guide them, to show what we did wrong in the hope they too will not follow our lead.

Let The Children Teach You 

From todays march for the homeless in Manchester.

We need to teach our children compassion, to love their fellow humans regardless of who they are or for whatever predicament they have gotten themselves into. They are the generation to change the mess we have made but we need to guide them, to show what we did wrong in the hope they too will not follow our lead.___

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2015-04-14 15:54:27 (8 comments, 22 reshares, 295 +1s)Open 

All That You Have

Look around you, what do you see? A home with serveral rooms, each room filled with things you have collected over the years, some of great value, some of sentimental value. All though are yours contained within the walls of a home.

Now imagine taking all those thing and trying to gather them together so you can carry them around, you no longer have the walls of a home. What do you give up? What do you leave behind and what do you take?

When you next step outside look at the people that are doing just that, no walls of a home and all they own they carry, sometimes in backpacks, sometimes in plastic bags, they all had homes once, they all had walls to keep their things in. They were just like you and me, someones son, daughter, brother, sister, mother, father, each with a heart, a mind and should they be cut they bleed red just like you or I.
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All That You Have

Look around you, what do you see? A home with serveral rooms, each room filled with things you have collected over the years, some of great value, some of sentimental value. All though are yours contained within the walls of a home.

Now imagine taking all those thing and trying to gather them together so you can carry them around, you no longer have the walls of a home. What do you give up? What do you leave behind and what do you take?

When you next step outside look at the people that are doing just that, no walls of a home and all they own they carry, sometimes in backpacks, sometimes in plastic bags, they all had homes once, they all had walls to keep their things in. They were just like you and me, someones son, daughter, brother, sister, mother, father, each with a heart, a mind and should they be cut they bleed red just like you or I.

Open your eyes.

For those that use Facebook as well as here I have created a page called The Forgotten, it a way of trying to bring to light the issues of homeless, not just in my country but in the world.

Please take a look if you so wish:
https://www.facebook.com/thelostsoulsofsociety___

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2015-04-12 11:26:52 (28 comments, 24 reshares, 347 +1s)Open 

More Scars Than Skin

I heard this within the lyrics of a song as I tried to sleep last night, the first thing that came to mind was Jake. I recall the damage on his face and body from sleeping rough for 24 years.

Lumps, bruises and no teeth left, I wonder when the last time was he had the luxury of a simple wash, a bed and a warm meal, things we take for granted.

Maybe the simple act of listening to a song as I tried to sleep is the push I needed, maybe this is what I need to show.

More Scars Than Skin

I heard this within the lyrics of a song as I tried to sleep last night, the first thing that came to mind was Jake. I recall the damage on his face and body from sleeping rough for 24 years.

Lumps, bruises and no teeth left, I wonder when the last time was he had the luxury of a simple wash, a bed and a warm meal, things we take for granted.

Maybe the simple act of listening to a song as I tried to sleep is the push I needed, maybe this is what I need to show.___

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2015-04-06 09:58:50 (11 comments, 18 reshares, 371 +1s)Open 

The Charm Of The Red Panda

There is something about these animals that makes you want to spend the day watching them, problem is they are not the most active of animals so when you get them moving and not sleeping it all the better.

The Charm Of The Red Panda

There is something about these animals that makes you want to spend the day watching them, problem is they are not the most active of animals so when you get them moving and not sleeping it all the better.___

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2015-04-02 11:05:38 (25 comments, 14 reshares, 342 +1s)Open 

Its Fear!

I often wonder why so many people ignore the homeless, look away and pretend they saw nothing, no one was there so their conscience is clear.

Sometimes I get saddened and other times I get angry, they are alive just like you and me, they breathe as their heart pumps and should they cut they bleed red.

Since I have spent so long talking and being with street people I have also managed to watch the populace as they pass by. One thing that strikes me as to why they behave the way they do is common among as lot of them.

Its fear!
The fear that if they look at the person it may be someone they once knew, the fear that its too close to home, the bills are piling up and we can't cope, how long before we are here? The fear of looking into their eyes and seeing a real person looking back.

We as a species put so much emphasis on... more »

Its Fear!

I often wonder why so many people ignore the homeless, look away and pretend they saw nothing, no one was there so their conscience is clear.

Sometimes I get saddened and other times I get angry, they are alive just like you and me, they breathe as their heart pumps and should they cut they bleed red.

Since I have spent so long talking and being with street people I have also managed to watch the populace as they pass by. One thing that strikes me as to why they behave the way they do is common among as lot of them.

Its fear!
The fear that if they look at the person it may be someone they once knew, the fear that its too close to home, the bills are piling up and we can't cope, how long before we are here? The fear of looking into their eyes and seeing a real person looking back.

We as a species put so much emphasis on ourselves to succeed that failure is now one of our biggest fears.

Look into the eyes of the homeless just once, you will see someone just like you and me, they breathe as their heart pumps and should they cut they bleed red.___

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2015-03-31 11:39:33 (13 comments, 5 reshares, 241 +1s)Open 

Mama P.

This is Pam or as she is known on the streets Mama P, she gets the names as she helps to look after the others homeless in her area. She ended up on the streets after the breakup of her parents marriage. 

She writes poetry and you can see her holding up one of her works, people not only feed her and give her money but those that know her give her books and pens so she can carry on with her writing.

She is a lovely lady, only 47 years old but you know from talking with her she has some problems, once again our care in the community lets someone else down.

Mama P.

This is Pam or as she is known on the streets Mama P, she gets the names as she helps to look after the others homeless in her area. She ended up on the streets after the breakup of her parents marriage. 

She writes poetry and you can see her holding up one of her works, people not only feed her and give her money but those that know her give her books and pens so she can carry on with her writing.

She is a lovely lady, only 47 years old but you know from talking with her she has some problems, once again our care in the community lets someone else down.___

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2015-03-30 07:30:34 (41 comments, 15 reshares, 381 +1s)Open 

24 Fucking Years!

This is Jack and thats how angry I felt when I met him, he is 39 and about to to turn 40 in a few months but has spent 24 of those years on and off living on the streets. Thats the same time span as one of my childrens whole lifespan.

Failed by the system that was supposed to help and nurture him, abandoned as a child he was put into the care home system but instead of care and nurture he found he was sexually abused by those given the trust to look after him. On the streets since he was 15 has taken its toll, no teeth in his head, a crutch to walk with and agitation showing in the constantly moving legs as he sits there and a whole mess within his mind.

When people say to me they have a choice to live on the streets or not what choice does he have? Someone tell me how he gets to stop living on the streets and sleeping in a car park? There are only... more »

24 Fucking Years!

This is Jack and thats how angry I felt when I met him, he is 39 and about to to turn 40 in a few months but has spent 24 of those years on and off living on the streets. Thats the same time span as one of my childrens whole lifespan.

Failed by the system that was supposed to help and nurture him, abandoned as a child he was put into the care home system but instead of care and nurture he found he was sexually abused by those given the trust to look after him. On the streets since he was 15 has taken its toll, no teeth in his head, a crutch to walk with and agitation showing in the constantly moving legs as he sits there and a whole mess within his mind.

When people say to me they have a choice to live on the streets or not what choice does he have? Someone tell me how he gets to stop living on the streets and sleeping in a car park? There are only two hostels to get into and you have to get through the first to get to the other.___

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2015-03-28 13:22:46 (139 comments, 33 reshares, 975 +1s)Open 

I get asked a lot what I do for the homeless people I meet and I normally say that's between me and them. Sometimes though when I put their portraits up I feel at times I have to justify why I take their portraits.

It's so they cannot be ignored, simple as that, I see people walking past without even looking down. Take Derek, homeless for five and half months with his eight month old pup Cindy. On the streets of York, it's not the best of weather. What do I do, I shake his hand and get down to talk to him and pet his dog, it makes him human again. As for how we help, we bought food for him and his dog and as he is not dependant on anything we gave him money. By we I mean Jude, my wife as well as she is with me a lot of the time and knows what is going to happen, hence the picture taken by her.

I get asked a lot what I do for the homeless people I meet and I normally say that's between me and them. Sometimes though when I put their portraits up I feel at times I have to justify why I take their portraits.

It's so they cannot be ignored, simple as that, I see people walking past without even looking down. Take Derek, homeless for five and half months with his eight month old pup Cindy. On the streets of York, it's not the best of weather. What do I do, I shake his hand and get down to talk to him and pet his dog, it makes him human again. As for how we help, we bought food for him and his dog and as he is not dependant on anything we gave him money. By we I mean Jude, my wife as well as she is with me a lot of the time and knows what is going to happen, hence the picture taken by her.___

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2015-03-25 18:52:02 (120 comments, 80 reshares, 2555 +1s)Open 

The Crazy One!

Lilly one of our rescue cats, we believe she is a part Maine Coon but we do know she is completely insane. Don't let those eyes fool you, she would rather take your arm off than let you stroke her! 

The Crazy One!

Lilly one of our rescue cats, we believe she is a part Maine Coon but we do know she is completely insane. Don't let those eyes fool you, she would rather take your arm off than let you stroke her! ___

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2015-03-25 08:55:31 (15 comments, 26 reshares, 421 +1s)Open 

Thousands And Thousands And Thousands...

Of micro seconds will determine how long you live, the span of time between your sleep and wake, work and rest, inhale and exhale.

Whenever I watch animals I wonder what determines their time? They know it goes light and dark but what concern is that to them? Some sleep simply because they are tired and not because its the "time" to do so. Is it between  meals they determine the time required to measure their timescales.

Truth be told we are the only creature on the planet to so meticulously measure time even to the point using an atomic clock.

Ask Iblis the Asiatic lion how old he is and he would not know, what's more I have no doubt if he could speak he would not care either.

Thousands And Thousands And Thousands...

Of micro seconds will determine how long you live, the span of time between your sleep and wake, work and rest, inhale and exhale.

Whenever I watch animals I wonder what determines their time? They know it goes light and dark but what concern is that to them? Some sleep simply because they are tired and not because its the "time" to do so. Is it between  meals they determine the time required to measure their timescales.

Truth be told we are the only creature on the planet to so meticulously measure time even to the point using an atomic clock.

Ask Iblis the Asiatic lion how old he is and he would not know, what's more I have no doubt if he could speak he would not care either.___

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2015-03-21 10:32:01 (42 comments, 14 reshares, 334 +1s)Open 

What If?

You were the main breadwinner in the house as your husband struggled?

What if you lost that job?

What if you could no longer afford the rent on your home?

What if no matter what way you turned you got no help?

What if you was told you are not a priority case as you have no children?

What if your landlord evicted you as you're in the private sector?

What if you both now have to resort to carry as many of your possessions around with you as you can?

What if you have to ask strangers for money, sometimes only getting enough to buy a McDonalds Happy Meal but at least its something?

What if this took less than a few months? 

What if after you have tried so hard you find yourself on the streets, only for three weeks now but no way out?

This is reality, this is Joanne's... more »

What If?

You were the main breadwinner in the house as your husband struggled?

What if you lost that job?

What if you could no longer afford the rent on your home?

What if no matter what way you turned you got no help?

What if you was told you are not a priority case as you have no children?

What if your landlord evicted you as you're in the private sector?

What if you both now have to resort to carry as many of your possessions around with you as you can?

What if you have to ask strangers for money, sometimes only getting enough to buy a McDonalds Happy Meal but at least its something?

What if this took less than a few months? 

What if after you have tried so hard you find yourself on the streets, only for three weeks now but no way out?

This is reality, this is Joanne's and Mike's story but what if it was yours?___

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2015-03-20 08:35:08 (17 comments, 7 reshares, 224 +1s)Open 

The Souls Of The Trapped.

I have a genuine need to care for the homeless, I know my house is warm, dry and I only have to open my fridge to eat.

I have issues though when it comes to Big Issue sellers, this was a system set up to help the genuine homeless get off the streets. Time and time again I see gangs that are working the system and it has become a legalised way of mass begging. I know they have gangmasters that control them, I watch as they go from seller to seller taking money and redistributing magazines.

Then I look at those being used to do this, there is a level of exploitation, normally young girls that will evoke more sympathy and thus more money. Maybe they are trapped within a system being run by others and suffer just as much hardship as they homeless but by giving to them I know whose pockets I am lining. I would rather go search out those who... more »

The Souls Of The Trapped.

I have a genuine need to care for the homeless, I know my house is warm, dry and I only have to open my fridge to eat.

I have issues though when it comes to Big Issue sellers, this was a system set up to help the genuine homeless get off the streets. Time and time again I see gangs that are working the system and it has become a legalised way of mass begging. I know they have gangmasters that control them, I watch as they go from seller to seller taking money and redistributing magazines.

Then I look at those being used to do this, there is a level of exploitation, normally young girls that will evoke more sympathy and thus more money. Maybe they are trapped within a system being run by others and suffer just as much hardship as they homeless but by giving to them I know whose pockets I am lining. I would rather go search out those who don't even have the means to sell the Big Issue.

I know this system is flawed and needs to be looked at, maybe the Big Issue needs to readdress its core principles.___

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2015-03-19 14:19:56 (30 comments, 22 reshares, 540 +1s)Open 

Hello Spring Wallpaper

Its been a long time since I did this but its just a thank you for all the support I have gotten from my online friends in recent times, its a full resolution image so is more than big enough for any PC screen :)

Hello Spring Wallpaper

Its been a long time since I did this but its just a thank you for all the support I have gotten from my online friends in recent times, its a full resolution image so is more than big enough for any PC screen :)___

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2015-03-18 16:52:40 (13 comments, 21 reshares, 331 +1s)Open 

Is It Feeding Time Yet?

A giant otter at Chester Zoo​ being very, very vocal, I think it was close to feeding time and he wanted to know just where his food was. You can see his front webbed feet, I never really looked that close but they are in fact massive.

Is It Feeding Time Yet?

A giant otter at Chester Zoo​ being very, very vocal, I think it was close to feeding time and he wanted to know just where his food was. You can see his front webbed feet, I never really looked that close but they are in fact massive.___

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2015-03-14 10:14:54 (28 comments, 50 reshares, 610 +1s)Open 

Protection

There is no instinct as strong as the protection of a mother has for her young, her eyes tell you that her sleeping cubs are under her protection, the stance tells you she is alert, your own instincts should tell you to keep your distance.

#caturday
#bigcaturday

Protection

There is no instinct as strong as the protection of a mother has for her young, her eyes tell you that her sleeping cubs are under her protection, the stance tells you she is alert, your own instincts should tell you to keep your distance.

#caturday
#bigcaturday___

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2015-03-13 18:55:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Once again +Chrysta Rae pulls it out of the bag, what a star :)

And now, what you have all been waiting for…
HERE IS THE LINK TO THE OPENING CEREMONY VIDEO

I need to thank +RC Concepcion, +Scott Kelby, +Jay Patel, +Varina Patel, +Thomas Hawk, +Gordon Laing, +Mike F Shaw, +Karen Hutton, +Trey Ratcliff, +Brian Bonham for creating videos for us.

Thank you to each scavenger that sent me ooh ooh videos,

And a HUGE HUGE thank you to my amazing friend, Jamie Coutts for spending an entire day shooting my part of the video AND editing the whole thing. It turned out better than I ever could imagine!!

It WAS NOT the best day of my life, it was the best WEEK of my life. ___Once again +Chrysta Rae pulls it out of the bag, what a star :)

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2015-03-13 10:18:18 (23 comments, 15 reshares, 316 +1s)Open 

The Reasons?

Something I get asked a lot, why do I photograph the street people? 

Because someone has to show the rest of the world they are there, they are as human as you or me. Does it affect me? Yes, each meeting, each story I hear cuts deep and leaves a scar. 

I don't sit back and shoot with a long lens, I sit with them and we speak, its the only way I really know how to connect and sometimes that few minutes of my time is enough to make them feel human again. 

We don't ignore street people, we see them but they scare us, they themselves do not create the fear but the situation they are in. The though of suddenly losing all our home comforts terrifies us so we try and avoid looking at what could be but in doing so we avoid them.

I am asked what I do for these people, I hope I give them a voice, a place to be seen instead of beingig... more »

The Reasons?

Something I get asked a lot, why do I photograph the street people? 

Because someone has to show the rest of the world they are there, they are as human as you or me. Does it affect me? Yes, each meeting, each story I hear cuts deep and leaves a scar. 

I don't sit back and shoot with a long lens, I sit with them and we speak, its the only way I really know how to connect and sometimes that few minutes of my time is enough to make them feel human again. 

We don't ignore street people, we see them but they scare us, they themselves do not create the fear but the situation they are in. The though of suddenly losing all our home comforts terrifies us so we try and avoid looking at what could be but in doing so we avoid them.

I am asked what I do for these people, I hope I give them a voice, a place to be seen instead of being ignored. What I do on an individual basis is between me and them, these images and posts have never been about me. 

At the end of the day I'm just a bloke with a camera but I want to use that camera for something more than pretty pictures.

This is Darell from the previous image, 29, not long out of prison (six weeks) but wishes he was back, at least he was warm and could eat.___

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2015-03-11 10:15:01 (17 comments, 12 reshares, 218 +1s)Open 

Try Something With Me?

Relax and close your eyes, put your hand on your chest over your heart. Breathe deeply and feel the rise and fall of your chest, feel the beat of your heart within you and soon you will hear the rush of blood as it passes through your veins. Each breath you take allows your heart to beat further and in doing so is keeping you alive. 

Now stop breathing, tell your mind you no longer wish to breath and you want your heart to stop. You cannot, once your body feels it is under threat it goes into self survival mode and forces you to breathe once more.

Its not unique to you, at present 7.5 billion people have this self survival mode hard wired in from birth. we have so much in common with our fellow human beings, at the end of the day we are all the same species, we are all part of the human race.

For some reason though as a species we... more »

Try Something With Me?

Relax and close your eyes, put your hand on your chest over your heart. Breathe deeply and feel the rise and fall of your chest, feel the beat of your heart within you and soon you will hear the rush of blood as it passes through your veins. Each breath you take allows your heart to beat further and in doing so is keeping you alive. 

Now stop breathing, tell your mind you no longer wish to breath and you want your heart to stop. You cannot, once your body feels it is under threat it goes into self survival mode and forces you to breathe once more.

Its not unique to you, at present 7.5 billion people have this self survival mode hard wired in from birth. we have so much in common with our fellow human beings, at the end of the day we are all the same species, we are all part of the human race.

For some reason though as a species we classify everything, ourselves more than anything else. Sex, colour of skin, beliefs, wealth, celebrity, homeless, the list is endless. because we do though we decide to go to war over those differences rather than celebrate them.

A leopard does not discriminate against another leopard because the pattern of his skin is different, it simply sees another leopard.

Try holding your breath and tell your heart to stop, you are no different to another human being.___

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2015-03-10 14:50:10 (34 comments, 30 reshares, 370 +1s)Open 

How Many More?

Will we choose to ignore? I watched him wrapped up in his sleeping bag, back upon a lamppost in s busy Liverpool street, wrapped up tight to keep warm.

I sat on the opposite side of the road and photographed him, one by one they walked by, seeing but choosing not to. Invisible but as bright as a beacon, the fear of what could become. So they pass by, he begs for spare change, gruby hands holding on tight, every now and then he looks across at the man with the camera, he says nothing but his eyes say everything. Now and then looking up at those that have no time for him, asking but already knowing the answer but he will ask anyway. 

His name is Darrel, he is only 29 but he has the skin of a sixty year old, this time around its been six weeks on the street, he has been in prison and is not ashamed to say so, he also says the reason is at least he has a... more »

How Many More?

Will we choose to ignore? I watched him wrapped up in his sleeping bag, back upon a lamppost in s busy Liverpool street, wrapped up tight to keep warm.

I sat on the opposite side of the road and photographed him, one by one they walked by, seeing but choosing not to. Invisible but as bright as a beacon, the fear of what could become. So they pass by, he begs for spare change, gruby hands holding on tight, every now and then he looks across at the man with the camera, he says nothing but his eyes say everything. Now and then looking up at those that have no time for him, asking but already knowing the answer but he will ask anyway. 

His name is Darrel, he is only 29 but he has the skin of a sixty year old, this time around its been six weeks on the street, he has been in prison and is not ashamed to say so, he also says the reason is at least he has a roof and a meal when inside. When his time is up, well he is put out.

Yet we say we are a civilised society.___

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2015-03-09 17:54:36 (20 comments, 28 reshares, 435 +1s)Open 

Never Free

No one is ever born free, we are fed the delusion, illusion and beliefs that keep us in line. They say we have free speech but they stop demonstrations, censure the press and block your way.

Too few people have too much power they are scared losing control.

But like the rest us they too will wither and die on the bough, they though get the choice to free fall while the rest of us stay shackled until we are of no further use.

Is it time to refuse to be delusional, to be shrouded with the illusions so we too get the chance to at least free fall?

Never Free

No one is ever born free, we are fed the delusion, illusion and beliefs that keep us in line. They say we have free speech but they stop demonstrations, censure the press and block your way.

Too few people have too much power they are scared losing control.

But like the rest us they too will wither and die on the bough, they though get the choice to free fall while the rest of us stay shackled until we are of no further use.

Is it time to refuse to be delusional, to be shrouded with the illusions so we too get the chance to at least free fall?___

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2015-03-05 09:33:09 (29 comments, 31 reshares, 563 +1s)Open 

Bright Darkness
The eyes glisten within the dark fur, something has caught his attention as much as Goshi has caught mine.

Bright Darkness
The eyes glisten within the dark fur, something has caught his attention as much as Goshi has caught mine.___

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2015-03-04 17:53:22 (30 comments, 17 reshares, 386 +1s)Open 

Too Cold To Busk.

This is Dale, he was trying to play the harmonica on the streets of Chester today, when we set out from home the car was showing a temp of 6C, that was without the windchill factor. When I spoke with him I noticed his hands were badly cracked, his skin on his face was showing blue/purple tone people get from being out in the cold for too long. His too long had been eight months, his life is only 32 years gone.

If this is allowed to continue then Dale's and thousands of others lives will simply be wasted.

Too Cold To Busk.

This is Dale, he was trying to play the harmonica on the streets of Chester today, when we set out from home the car was showing a temp of 6C, that was without the windchill factor. When I spoke with him I noticed his hands were badly cracked, his skin on his face was showing blue/purple tone people get from being out in the cold for too long. His too long had been eight months, his life is only 32 years gone.

If this is allowed to continue then Dale's and thousands of others lives will simply be wasted.___

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2015-02-28 22:41:53 (46 comments, 23 reshares, 460 +1s)Open 

Individuality

It's a strange concept but it's a fact of life too. From the moment we leave the womb we are individual, different to everyone of the 7•5 billion other people that inhabit this rock. Each of us has a fingerprint that is unique to us, a DNA code that no one else has. We may grow up with white, brown or black pigment, blue, green or brown eyes but no one will be the same.

So what are the chances of that? Well it's 7•5 billion to 1.

Yet from the moment we are born we are classed, sorted and rammed into a round hole even though we are square pegs. We are put into uniforms and educated to conform to societies standards. Demands are made of us to be part of a civilisation that will keep on churning out more of us the same.

We are canon fodder for the governments, payees into a system we cannot escape, led to believe we are free to bewha... more »

Individuality

It's a strange concept but it's a fact of life too. From the moment we leave the womb we are individual, different to everyone of the 7•5 billion other people that inhabit this rock. Each of us has a fingerprint that is unique to us, a DNA code that no one else has. We may grow up with white, brown or black pigment, blue, green or brown eyes but no one will be the same.

So what are the chances of that? Well it's 7•5 billion to 1.

Yet from the moment we are born we are classed, sorted and rammed into a round hole even though we are square pegs. We are put into uniforms and educated to conform to societies standards. Demands are made of us to be part of a civilisation that will keep on churning out more of us the same.

We are canon fodder for the governments, payees into a system we cannot escape, led to believe we are free to be what we want but as soon as we step out of the norm we are dragged back kicking and screaming. Fed drugs to bring us back into line so the conformists can rest comfortably at night.

Maybe it's time we celebrated our differences instead of going to war over them, maybe it's time we learnt to accept what we are, who others are, before it's too late.

Be different, be free.___

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2015-02-28 09:20:11 (43 comments, 100 reshares, 875 +1s)Open 

Mother 

Finding her tucked away within the bushes with one of her newborn cubs was worth the backache later. 

We went to +Chester Zoo  yesterday as once again they have been successful in breeding their Sumatran tigers, this is the third year in a row. It goes to show just how good a job they are doing and how content the animals are. It will be summer this year that they will move to a massive new enclosure.

#bigcatsforever  
#caturday  

Mother 

Finding her tucked away within the bushes with one of her newborn cubs was worth the backache later. 

We went to +Chester Zoo  yesterday as once again they have been successful in breeding their Sumatran tigers, this is the third year in a row. It goes to show just how good a job they are doing and how content the animals are. It will be summer this year that they will move to a massive new enclosure.

#bigcatsforever  
#caturday  ___

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2015-02-27 09:07:41 (50 comments, 63 reshares, 809 +1s)Open 

The Cliche

So many people will tell you there is a lot of cliches in photography that you should avoid, selective colouring is now one of them, well at the end of the day if you like it and the results it gives you should it matter if its a cliche or not?

The Cliche

So many people will tell you there is a lot of cliches in photography that you should avoid, selective colouring is now one of them, well at the end of the day if you like it and the results it gives you should it matter if its a cliche or not?___

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2015-02-23 16:45:41 (17 comments, 15 reshares, 445 +1s)Open 

Rhino In Mud

Almost as happy as a pig in sh*t as we say here< I know its an instinctive thing to do to keep their skin protected from parasites etc but its still fun to see a fully grown adult male rhino rolling in mud 

Rhino In Mud

Almost as happy as a pig in sh*t as we say here< I know its an instinctive thing to do to keep their skin protected from parasites etc but its still fun to see a fully grown adult male rhino rolling in mud ___

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2015-02-19 13:30:18 (29 comments, 15 reshares, 407 +1s)Open 

As I have posted elsewhere since my health has started to improve a bit I should and try to get back to the cities to see how my friends from the streets are coping.

As I have posted elsewhere since my health has started to improve a bit I should and try to get back to the cities to see how my friends from the streets are coping.___

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2015-02-18 10:40:20 (22 comments, 32 reshares, 517 +1s)Open 

Coming At You!

You have seconds to react, but even if you had minutes I doubt it would be enough time, an attack from a fully grown male lion on you would not take that long.

Coming At You!

You have seconds to react, but even if you had minutes I doubt it would be enough time, an attack from a fully grown male lion on you would not take that long.___

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2015-02-17 09:48:44 (31 comments, 68 reshares, 1048 +1s)Open 

The Young And The Brave

Young cheetah surveys the horizons, forever alert, like domestic cats they never turn their hearing off even when they sleep.

The Young And The Brave

Young cheetah surveys the horizons, forever alert, like domestic cats they never turn their hearing off even when they sleep.___

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2015-02-08 17:31:29 (33 comments, 40 reshares, 698 +1s)Open 

Sometimes Its Easy

To stand alone at the edge of the world
To be as silent as the break of day
To wrap yourself in the cold awakening
To call out and no one hears

Sometimes its easy
Sometimes its hard.

Sometimes Its Easy

To stand alone at the edge of the world
To be as silent as the break of day
To wrap yourself in the cold awakening
To call out and no one hears

Sometimes its easy
Sometimes its hard.___

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2015-02-04 14:45:58 (21 comments, 34 reshares, 594 +1s)Open 

Old Green Eyes Is Back In Town!

My favourite house cat, I say that loosely as I think Montey has more houses than your average billionaire!

Old Green Eyes Is Back In Town!

My favourite house cat, I say that loosely as I think Montey has more houses than your average billionaire!___

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2015-02-02 10:24:27 (19 comments, 40 reshares, 600 +1s)Open 

Beauty Is Not Always In The Eye Of The Beholder

Sometimes it simply exists.

Beauty Is Not Always In The Eye Of The Beholder

Sometimes it simply exists.___

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2015-01-29 17:03:33 (19 comments, 44 reshares, 564 +1s)Open 

Remember Me

To your childrens children, to your history books and photographs.

Remember me to the reasons I am no longer here, for humankinds greed and incapability to be caretakers of the planet they once dwelt.

Remember Me

To your childrens children, to your history books and photographs.

Remember me to the reasons I am no longer here, for humankinds greed and incapability to be caretakers of the planet they once dwelt.___

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2015-01-26 09:48:53 (35 comments, 69 reshares, 762 +1s)Open 

Keeping Warm

A Ural Owl fluffs out its feathers to retain warmth in its down to keep warm.  

Keeping Warm

A Ural Owl fluffs out its feathers to retain warmth in its down to keep warm.  ___

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2015-01-24 10:13:05 (17 comments, 25 reshares, 430 +1s)Open 

Shall We Dance?

Flamingos can be hypnotic when in large groups preening, they have their own dance that we can only watch and admire.

Shall We Dance?

Flamingos can be hypnotic when in large groups preening, they have their own dance that we can only watch and admire.___

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2015-01-23 16:45:12 (24 comments, 14 reshares, 373 +1s)Open 

The Madonna 

Maybe the name will offend you, maybe it will not, maybe it will make you think, maybe it will not.

Art is there to provoke, to make others think, to rethink, consider or reconsider. Whether it be the Sistine Chapel or graffiti on a wall, it may outrage, it may make you dream, it may even make you fall in love. Without art we are nothing.

This image is so far off the beaten track for me, there is so much that I would have shied away from in the past, too much noise, too light tonal greys, the scratches on the wall, its only when you look at the image as a whole, with all its imperfections do you see what the image truly is. Because of its imperfections I love this image, maybe I need to realise perfection should not be an only driving force.

The Madonna 

Maybe the name will offend you, maybe it will not, maybe it will make you think, maybe it will not.

Art is there to provoke, to make others think, to rethink, consider or reconsider. Whether it be the Sistine Chapel or graffiti on a wall, it may outrage, it may make you dream, it may even make you fall in love. Without art we are nothing.

This image is so far off the beaten track for me, there is so much that I would have shied away from in the past, too much noise, too light tonal greys, the scratches on the wall, its only when you look at the image as a whole, with all its imperfections do you see what the image truly is. Because of its imperfections I love this image, maybe I need to realise perfection should not be an only driving force.___

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2015-01-22 13:20:26 (22 comments, 43 reshares, 549 +1s)Open 

Just Before Impact

That moment a snow leopard takes just before it leaps for its prey. The air is tangible with the expectation and you hold your breath while you wait, it slowly back up onto its hind legs ready for the recoil of the spring.

These are beautiful animals, their fur is theirs and designed through evolution to fit their skin, not that of humankind.

Just Before Impact

That moment a snow leopard takes just before it leaps for its prey. The air is tangible with the expectation and you hold your breath while you wait, it slowly back up onto its hind legs ready for the recoil of the spring.

These are beautiful animals, their fur is theirs and designed through evolution to fit their skin, not that of humankind.___

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2015-01-20 11:14:08 (49 comments, 76 reshares, 702 +1s)Open 

Virtue 

They tell me patience is a virtue but its something I have been lacking all my life. Instant hits, instant reactions done fast regardless.

Then I used a camera and understood that patience was a prerequisite of photography, then I started to photograph animals and it took me to my limits. They don't pose for you, they do as they please and they come with their own environment you have to deal with.

Sometimes though you get a zen moment when everything just falls into place and you see your endeavours paying off. I was never really someone for sticking with things but animals have me hook line and sinker.

Virtue 

They tell me patience is a virtue but its something I have been lacking all my life. Instant hits, instant reactions done fast regardless.

Then I used a camera and understood that patience was a prerequisite of photography, then I started to photograph animals and it took me to my limits. They don't pose for you, they do as they please and they come with their own environment you have to deal with.

Sometimes though you get a zen moment when everything just falls into place and you see your endeavours paying off. I was never really someone for sticking with things but animals have me hook line and sinker.___

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2015-01-16 09:49:50 (26 comments, 28 reshares, 447 +1s)Open 

Our Living History

Would we destroy building of historic interest?
Would we crash and ruin classic cars just for the sake of it?
Would we slash the old masters hanging in our museums?
Would we burn down the libraries containing the books of our nations?

If the answer is no then why do we insist on pushing the living history we have to the brink of extinction and beyond?

Our Living History

Would we destroy building of historic interest?
Would we crash and ruin classic cars just for the sake of it?
Would we slash the old masters hanging in our museums?
Would we burn down the libraries containing the books of our nations?

If the answer is no then why do we insist on pushing the living history we have to the brink of extinction and beyond?___

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2015-01-12 11:33:29 (34 comments, 42 reshares, 672 +1s)Open 

Just So You Know

I am keeping an eye on you!

Just So You Know

I am keeping an eye on you!___

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2015-01-10 15:53:49 (33 comments, 18 reshares, 510 +1s)Open 

We Are All Tribal 

Since taking to the streets and becoming an observer of life as it passes you by you get to read people, the soap opera of life is open to you each and every day but you need no TV to watch, just stop and see it.

Rarely though as a seeker of the real do you turn and look at yourself. Do you take the time to stop and look into a mirror to see who is looking back at you. Since the accident I have time to do this, maybe a little too much time but in the 53 years of my life the biggest transformations I have seen within myself have happened in the last ten years. Its also since the time I decided to get back on and a ride motorbikes again. 

I considered myself individual, an extrovert in regards to the way I look but and introvert in regards to how I act. I have also realised I have become part of a tribe, a sect of people that equates to millions int... more »

We Are All Tribal 

Since taking to the streets and becoming an observer of life as it passes you by you get to read people, the soap opera of life is open to you each and every day but you need no TV to watch, just stop and see it.

Rarely though as a seeker of the real do you turn and look at yourself. Do you take the time to stop and look into a mirror to see who is looking back at you. Since the accident I have time to do this, maybe a little too much time but in the 53 years of my life the biggest transformations I have seen within myself have happened in the last ten years. Its also since the time I decided to get back on and a ride motorbikes again. 

I considered myself individual, an extrovert in regards to the way I look but and introvert in regards to how I act. I have also realised I have become part of a tribe, a sect of people that equates to millions in the world that straddle a seat with an engine between their legs, within this tribe are many different sub cultures to which you will eventually fit. So your "individuality" slowly loses itself.

But being part of something is not such a bad thing, most people shun the tribe to which I consider myself a member, fear is a great driving force. Once though people pass over that threshold they find there is nothing to fear.___

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2015-01-04 12:37:29 (26 comments, 38 reshares, 706 +1s)Open 

The Electric Meerkat

Caught with the sun behind the meerkat you can see the glow from his longer hairs. As they spend a lot of time on lookout duty the older meerkats are easier to photograph than the younger ones who just want to have fun. 

These are charming animals that can transfix you with their behaviour. 

The Electric Meerkat

Caught with the sun behind the meerkat you can see the glow from his longer hairs. As they spend a lot of time on lookout duty the older meerkats are easier to photograph than the younger ones who just want to have fun. 

These are charming animals that can transfix you with their behaviour. ___

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2015-01-02 18:02:55 (40 comments, 28 reshares, 482 +1s)Open 

What Comes With Age

For me its something you will never see in youth, there is a spark in the older generation that speaks of a life lived. Through translucent skin creased with time the eyes deny the age, they have seen more than I and hold a knowledge that does not have to be spoken. 

An hour in the company of the old is a year spent in a library.

What Comes With Age

For me its something you will never see in youth, there is a spark in the older generation that speaks of a life lived. Through translucent skin creased with time the eyes deny the age, they have seen more than I and hold a knowledge that does not have to be spoken. 

An hour in the company of the old is a year spent in a library.___

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2014-12-31 11:46:56 (64 comments, 46 reshares, 717 +1s)Open 

As the sun sets upon this year and rises again in a new one.

Look back at the good, forget the bad, look forward to only the future you wish and believe in. We make our own mark on life, make yours count.
Happy new year to you all, the only way is upward and onward

As the sun sets upon this year and rises again in a new one.

Look back at the good, forget the bad, look forward to only the future you wish and believe in. We make our own mark on life, make yours count.
Happy new year to you all, the only way is upward and onward___

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2014-12-30 14:28:43 (22 comments, 12 reshares, 311 +1s)Open 

I'll Keep You Safe

So many stories can be played out if only we take the time to look and try to understand, our lives are tales that will take us from the cradle to the grave and those around us have tales to tell as they move through life. Sometimes you have to just stop for a moment and watch as those stories are told, how you interpret them is down to you.

They were in a busy shopping mall surrounded by people going about their business but he looked vulnerable, lost even and she held him close. Probably too close for others to feel comfortable in such a public gathering but something within this story told me he needed to be held, neither had eye contact with each other or anyone else, they did not speak, she just held his hand with hers while holding him close with the other. It was a sad soap opera playing out in front of me but no one else was watching, not the man... more »

I'll Keep You Safe

So many stories can be played out if only we take the time to look and try to understand, our lives are tales that will take us from the cradle to the grave and those around us have tales to tell as they move through life. Sometimes you have to just stop for a moment and watch as those stories are told, how you interpret them is down to you.

They were in a busy shopping mall surrounded by people going about their business but he looked vulnerable, lost even and she held him close. Probably too close for others to feel comfortable in such a public gathering but something within this story told me he needed to be held, neither had eye contact with each other or anyone else, they did not speak, she just held his hand with hers while holding him close with the other. It was a sad soap opera playing out in front of me but no one else was watching, not the man reading his paper or the woman sat behind them, nor the many people that simply walked by.  

I am closer to the grave than I am from the cradle, the closer I get the more I see, my mind wants to understand the stories I see each day.___

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2014-12-29 16:30:26 (23 comments, 27 reshares, 601 +1s)Open 

Observer

Sometimes you find as a photographer of animals you are as much observed as your subject, this giant otter took a great deal of interest in what I was doing.

Observer

Sometimes you find as a photographer of animals you are as much observed as your subject, this giant otter took a great deal of interest in what I was doing.___

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2014-12-23 14:23:58 (26 comments, 26 reshares, 495 +1s)Open 

Rescue Me

This is Brian, a resident cat at Warrington Animal Welfare and he is been there that long he is now a resident, he lost his tail a long time ago (most of it anyway)

This is a new folder that you will see animals that are in rescue and shelters at the moment, although Brian cannot be adopted many can and need to be, here you will find many that are looking so before you buy please look and try to rescue.

This was my first time out with the Olympus, although I have some getting used to it I have to now admit that great things come in small packets.

Issues I had, no off camera flash as of yet but that will come. trying to get the raw files to open, ended up using a DNG convertor.
This though with a few minor tweaks is as it came from the camera:
Olympus OM-D E10
F/4.9
Exposure: 1/50 sec
ISO: 500
Exposure Bias: -0.3... more »

Rescue Me

This is Brian, a resident cat at Warrington Animal Welfare and he is been there that long he is now a resident, he lost his tail a long time ago (most of it anyway)

This is a new folder that you will see animals that are in rescue and shelters at the moment, although Brian cannot be adopted many can and need to be, here you will find many that are looking so before you buy please look and try to rescue.

This was my first time out with the Olympus, although I have some getting used to it I have to now admit that great things come in small packets.

Issues I had, no off camera flash as of yet but that will come. trying to get the raw files to open, ended up using a DNG convertor.
This though with a few minor tweaks is as it came from the camera:
Olympus OM-D E10
F/4.9
Exposure: 1/50 sec
ISO: 500
Exposure Bias: -0.3 Step
Focal Length: 89mm
Metering Mode Pattern
Shot with flash.___

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2014-12-22 21:21:24 (26 comments, 3 reshares, 284 +1s)Open 

Got an early Christmas present from Olympus UK today 😄

Nice new Olympus OM-D E10 together with:
14-42 f/3.5-5.6
40-150 f/4.0-5.6
45 f/1.8
25 f/1.8
Batch of lenses to say I am happy is an understatement but boy does it all look small compared to my Canon kit (expect to see some of that Canon kit on eBay to buy more of this kit 😜)

Got an early Christmas present from Olympus UK today 😄

Nice new Olympus OM-D E10 together with:
14-42 f/3.5-5.6
40-150 f/4.0-5.6
45 f/1.8
25 f/1.8
Batch of lenses to say I am happy is an understatement but boy does it all look small compared to my Canon kit (expect to see some of that Canon kit on eBay to buy more of this kit 😜)___

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2014-12-22 08:49:59 (45 comments, 48 reshares, 687 +1s)Open 

I think I'm going to regret this but here goes :P 

In the next stage of the Olympus Protege the sections have been opened to the public to submit challenges to myself and my mentor Lindsay and this is the link you can do it in.

If you are serious though you have to be reasonable, no asking to hunt the Yeti or Bigfoot :P

http://www.olympusproteges.co.uk/Journeys/animals

I think I'm going to regret this but here goes :P 

In the next stage of the Olympus Protege the sections have been opened to the public to submit challenges to myself and my mentor Lindsay and this is the link you can do it in.

If you are serious though you have to be reasonable, no asking to hunt the Yeti or Bigfoot :P

http://www.olympusproteges.co.uk/Journeys/animals___

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