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Heidi Anne Morris66,722#birdweekend NOVEMBER ! 21st & 22nd Please post some pictures of birds (feathers not flesh) ! :)  Event starts Saturday morning (gmt) ends Sunday night *MUST BE YOUR OWN PHOTO* No limit to the amount of images. *PLEASE try NOT to post whole albums at once* This is a weekend long event open to all. There will be another event 3rd weekend in December if you miss out on this one. _(this event will run every third weekend of the month)_ *PLEASE KINDLY SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS*  Share with us *:)) it's #birdweekend on Google Plus  You can post a picture in the event or if use the tag   #birdweekend  (your pictures won't show up in the event stream unless you post them directly there - BUT - if you use the   #birdweekend tag and post public - everyone will get to enjoy them)  :)))  IT'S BIRD WEEKEND ON GOOGLE PLUS2015-11-21 10:00:0040  
The Hobbit Movies8,701The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - in theaters December 2013! Get your tickets now! http://goo.gl/47YSi4 Main trailer: http://goo.gl/Ghd49X Worldwide release dates: http://goo.gl/9Etkt Join our Google+ community: http://goo.gl/NJkmMThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Opening Week2013-12-10 12:00:00777  
Beth Akerman51,631What are leaf portraits?  Well they are getting up close to a leaf or a group of leaves and seeing the details and characteristics of them, and presenting them in some artistic sort of way, either through photography or artwork, such as drawings, paintings, prints, digital art, etc.  So show us your Leaf Portraits, Fall or not.  Up to 3 uploads per person.  Feel free to invite others and comment and plus each others submissions.  This is just for fun.  Let's See Some Leaf Portraits2013-10-24 15:00:0044  
Takahiro Yamamoto3,229,539We'll finish our 366 project in several days! Are you happy about it? Or are you sad? Anyway, who not celebrate the fact that we're completing our missions! You can share two shots this time. *Please remember just two images!* 1) Your best or most favorite shot you took in the fourth quarter of 2012 (October- December). Add #Bestof4Q12Creative366  in the comment section after you post the image! 2) Your best or most favorite shot you took for the project this year. Add #BestofCreative366Project  in the comment section after you post the image! If you think those two tags are too complicated, forget them and just two of your images! But please add your comment in the comment section after you have posted them. *And if you are the one who failed to complete the mission and are thinking you are going to do it again next year, you can add your fav one you took for the project here!* One last thing: I have made this event "public." I might have missed inviting those who are participating this +Creative 366 Project, so if you know anyone who isn't here but is doing his/her project, please invite them! 366プロジェクトもあと数日で終わりです。うれしいですか。それとも、悲しい? どちらにしても、長かったミッションの終わりを皆で祝いましょう! 今回は写真を2枚シェアしてください。 *2枚だけです!* 1.10月~12月にプロジェクト用に撮った写真から、お気に入りの写真かベストの写真を1枚選んで投稿してください。 #Bestof4Q12Creative366  のタグを投稿後にコメント欄に入れてください。 2.プロジェクトのために撮った写真から、今年のベスト(もしくはお気に入り)! の写真を1枚選んで投稿して下さい。  #BestofCreative366Project  をタグとします。 タグが面倒なら、ただ2枚を選んで投稿してくださるだけで結構です。写真のコメント欄に、その写真の思い出などを書き添えていただけるとうれしいです。 そして、このプロジェクトに参加したのに途中で挫折した!来年こそは!という方も、ぜひこのイベントにご参加ください。挫折するまでに撮った写真をシェアしていただければ結構です。もちろん、来年への抱負も添えてくださいね!The Best of Your 3662012-12-30 16:00:0087  

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2016-01-19 13:59:18 (74 comments; 39 reshares; 694 +1s)Open 

Morning!  Very cold here and possible snow so I am thinking summer thoughts.  Someone asked me if I had ever photographed a blue butterfly.  I have, of several types and this is one of the more lovely blue ones.  It was a bit tattered but one of the very few that have ever sit still long enough to photograph of this type.  It is called a Common Blue Morpho and I photographed it at a Butterfly house outside of Denver, Colorado.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!




#butterflies   #butterfly   #naturephotography   #naturephotos   #nature   #macro   #macrophotography   #commonbluemorpho   #denver   #colorado   #butterflyhouse  

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2016-01-14 14:51:35 (64 comments; 41 reshares; 589 +1s)Open 

Hi all!  Having a busy morning.  Taking a moment to post.  These 2 days have been warm but I am still dreaming of summer.  This is an image I captured this summer of a Viceroy Butterfly sitting on a leaf.  You can tell it's a Viceroy due to the line that runs along the bottom wings, Monarchs do not have this.  I hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!




#butterfly   #butterflies   #nature   #naturephotos   #macro   #naturephotography   #macrophotography   #viceroy  

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2016-01-19 13:59:18 (74 comments; 39 reshares; 694 +1s)Open 

Morning!  Very cold here and possible snow so I am thinking summer thoughts.  Someone asked me if I had ever photographed a blue butterfly.  I have, of several types and this is one of the more lovely blue ones.  It was a bit tattered but one of the very few that have ever sit still long enough to photograph of this type.  It is called a Common Blue Morpho and I photographed it at a Butterfly house outside of Denver, Colorado.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!




#butterflies   #butterfly   #naturephotography   #naturephotos   #nature   #macro   #macrophotography   #commonbluemorpho   #denver   #colorado   #butterflyhouse  

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2016-02-10 14:28:49 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

#waterfallwednesday  

Hi!  What a wacky day.  Taking a break for a moment to post.  This is from the archives and a trip to West Virginia to ride trains and see waterfalls.  This is a view of Elekara 104.  I was lucky that it was a good viewing time, as there had been rain and the falls were flowing pretty nicely.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!


#waterfallphotography   #waterfalls   #westvirginia   #landscape   #landscapephoto   #landscapephotography   #longexposure  

#waterfallwednesday  

Hi!  What a wacky day.  Taking a break for a moment to post.  This is from the archives and a trip to West Virginia to ride trains and see waterfalls.  This is a view of Elekara 104.  I was lucky that it was a good viewing time, as there had been rain and the falls were flowing pretty nicely.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!


#waterfallphotography   #waterfalls   #westvirginia   #landscape   #landscapephoto   #landscapephotography   #longexposure  ___

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2016-02-09 13:33:41 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 42 +1s)Open 

Hello!  I decided to share something with lots of color since we are in the dull and drab season here.  This is from the Huff N Puff Balloon Event in Topeka, Kansas that I got to see this past late summer.  This is from their Balloon Glow Event that was quite lovely to see.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!



#balloons   #hotairballoon   #balloonglow   #huffnpuff   #topeka   #kansas   #colorful   #nightphotography   #night  

Hello!  I decided to share something with lots of color since we are in the dull and drab season here.  This is from the Huff N Puff Balloon Event in Topeka, Kansas that I got to see this past late summer.  This is from their Balloon Glow Event that was quite lovely to see.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!



#balloons   #hotairballoon   #balloonglow   #huffnpuff   #topeka   #kansas   #colorful   #nightphotography   #night  ___

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2016-02-08 13:31:35 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 49 +1s)Open 

#mountainmonday  

Hi all!  There used to be a Mountain Monday, not sure what the themes are any longer.  I think there is still a Monochrome Monday too.  Even if there isn't, I like this photo and decided to share.  This is a re-worked image from the archives and a trip to the Black canyon of the Gunnison.  There were some stunning views there of which this is one and also thought it worked well in B&W because of the canyon's name.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!



#landscape   #landscapephoto   #landscapephotography   #colorado   #blackandwhitephotography   #blackandwhite   #mountainphotos   #mountains   #monochromemonday   #monochromephotography   #monochrome  

#mountainmonday  

Hi all!  There used to be a Mountain Monday, not sure what the themes are any longer.  I think there is still a Monochrome Monday too.  Even if there isn't, I like this photo and decided to share.  This is a re-worked image from the archives and a trip to the Black canyon of the Gunnison.  There were some stunning views there of which this is one and also thought it worked well in B&W because of the canyon's name.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!



#landscape   #landscapephoto   #landscapephotography   #colorado   #blackandwhitephotography   #blackandwhite   #mountainphotos   #mountains   #monochromemonday   #monochromephotography   #monochrome  ___

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2016-02-07 15:41:26 (14 comments; 8 reshares; 194 +1s)Open 

Hi, It's #steamysunday  and Co-curator +Paul Pavlinovich and I want to see your steamy shots today!  Let's see those steamy shots of ANYTHING steamy you like, we enjoy it all.  Tag us and the theme so we can find and enjoy.
My shot for today goes back to South Dakota and the Black Hills Central Railroad or 1880 Train even though there is really nothing 1880 about it.  :-)  This is from an almost a worm's eye view but definitely different of the articulated Mallet #110 that the railroad uses most and pulled our train.  I was chasing it at this point in time to get photos at various points.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!



#steam   #train   #railroad   #railway   #southdakota   #steamtrain   #locomotive   #steamlocomotive   #blackhillscentral   

Hi, It's #steamysunday  and Co-curator +Paul Pavlinovich and I want to see your steamy shots today!  Let's see those steamy shots of ANYTHING steamy you like, we enjoy it all.  Tag us and the theme so we can find and enjoy.
My shot for today goes back to South Dakota and the Black Hills Central Railroad or 1880 Train even though there is really nothing 1880 about it.  :-)  This is from an almost a worm's eye view but definitely different of the articulated Mallet #110 that the railroad uses most and pulled our train.  I was chasing it at this point in time to get photos at various points.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!



#steam   #train   #railroad   #railway   #southdakota   #steamtrain   #locomotive   #steamlocomotive   #blackhillscentral   ___

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2016-02-06 15:28:22 (10 comments; 10 reshares; 227 +1s)Open 

#sunsetsaturday  

Hello!  This is an older image from a trip to Yellowstone National Park.  I got to witness a lovely sunset over Yellowstone Lake as did the duck in the water as well.  :-)  I had shared a bit later view from this vantage point quite a while back but I always liked this one with the light and color and reflections.  Hope you enjoy it as well and have a great day!



#sunsetphotos   #sunset   #sunsetphotography   #landscape   #landscapephotography   #yellowstone   #wyoming  

#sunsetsaturday  

Hello!  This is an older image from a trip to Yellowstone National Park.  I got to witness a lovely sunset over Yellowstone Lake as did the duck in the water as well.  :-)  I had shared a bit later view from this vantage point quite a while back but I always liked this one with the light and color and reflections.  Hope you enjoy it as well and have a great day!



#sunsetphotos   #sunset   #sunsetphotography   #landscape   #landscapephotography   #yellowstone   #wyoming  ___

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2016-02-05 14:08:13 (21 comments; 2 reshares; 101 +1s)Open 

Hi all, so it's +FloralFriday and #bokehfriday  .  I have an image that works for both.  The bokeh is for fellow fans +Leo Deegan +Robin Griggs Wood +Shannon Adelson +Nicole H +Elizabeth Hahn +Dylan Johnson and  +John Balboni .  This is my Toad Lily in bloom from a while back.  A very unique looking flower.  I did not get to see it bloom this year as something ate the bud off, I am guessing an evil pack rat.  I intend to move the plant this spring.  Anyway, hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!


  #flowerphotography   #flowersphotography   #flowers   #bokeh   #toadlily   #orchids   #macrophotography   #macro  

Hi all, so it's +FloralFriday and #bokehfriday  .  I have an image that works for both.  The bokeh is for fellow fans +Leo Deegan +Robin Griggs Wood +Shannon Adelson +Nicole H +Elizabeth Hahn +Dylan Johnson and  +John Balboni .  This is my Toad Lily in bloom from a while back.  A very unique looking flower.  I did not get to see it bloom this year as something ate the bud off, I am guessing an evil pack rat.  I intend to move the plant this spring.  Anyway, hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!


  #flowerphotography   #flowersphotography   #flowers   #bokeh   #toadlily   #orchids   #macrophotography   #macro  ___

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2016-02-04 13:16:25 (23 comments; 3 reshares; 207 +1s)Open 

Morning all!  Finally started to catch a breath and get caught up with you all last night.  Will be nice if things settle down a bit more.  Anyway, today I felt like sharing a butterfly.   This is a Painted Beauty on a Zinnia from a while back that I captured in the yard.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!




#butterflies   #butterfly   #naturephotos   #naturephotography   #nature   #paintedbeauty   #zinnia  

Morning all!  Finally started to catch a breath and get caught up with you all last night.  Will be nice if things settle down a bit more.  Anyway, today I felt like sharing a butterfly.   This is a Painted Beauty on a Zinnia from a while back that I captured in the yard.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!




#butterflies   #butterfly   #naturephotos   #naturephotography   #nature   #paintedbeauty   #zinnia  ___

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2016-02-03 13:34:22 (16 comments; 0 reshares; 45 +1s)Open 

Morning all!  A quick post and run again.  The crazy busy never stops these days.  Sigh.  Anyway, this is from the trip to South Dakota this past summer and the bike ride along the Mickelson Trail.  I chose the section we rode on because it had a waterfall and tunnels.  This is an image of the waterfall along the trail.  I was using the hubster's bike seat as a tripod because my bike doesn't have a kickstand and did a bit of a long exposure on it with an ND filter.  It was a bright day but I liked the milky look to it.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!



#waterfallwednesday   #waterfallphotography   #waterfalls   #southdakota   #mickelsontrail   #landscapephoto   #landscape   #landscapephotography  

Morning all!  A quick post and run again.  The crazy busy never stops these days.  Sigh.  Anyway, this is from the trip to South Dakota this past summer and the bike ride along the Mickelson Trail.  I chose the section we rode on because it had a waterfall and tunnels.  This is an image of the waterfall along the trail.  I was using the hubster's bike seat as a tripod because my bike doesn't have a kickstand and did a bit of a long exposure on it with an ND filter.  It was a bright day but I liked the milky look to it.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!



#waterfallwednesday   #waterfallphotography   #waterfalls   #southdakota   #mickelsontrail   #landscapephoto   #landscape   #landscapephotography  ___

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2016-02-02 13:43:19 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 61 +1s)Open 

Morning!  Well today was supposed to be our big snow storm but that turned into just rain which turned into basically nothing.  I'll catch up with you all one of these days I promise.  Sigh.  In the meantime, here is part of a tree for #treetuesday  with some lovely autumn color that I was able to capture this past year.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!




#treesphotography   #trees   #leaves   #colorful   #autumn   #autumnphotography   #naturephotography   #nature   #yellow   #orange  

Morning!  Well today was supposed to be our big snow storm but that turned into just rain which turned into basically nothing.  I'll catch up with you all one of these days I promise.  Sigh.  In the meantime, here is part of a tree for #treetuesday  with some lovely autumn color that I was able to capture this past year.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!




#treesphotography   #trees   #leaves   #colorful   #autumn   #autumnphotography   #naturephotography   #nature   #yellow   #orange  ___

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2016-02-01 13:56:07 (19 comments; 1 reshares; 54 +1s)Open 

+Backyard Birding Monday #BackyardbirdingMonday 

Morning!  Well, the snow day I was hoping for looks like it's a bust so hope to squeeze in some time to catch up with you all.  My image for today is a Vesper Sparrow I believe, at least it matched that in my book.  If anyone knows differently please feel free to correct.  I caught it sitting in the Mulberry tree outside the window.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!



#birds4all   #birds   #birdsgallery   #birdphotography   #nature   #naturephotos   #naturephotography   #sparrow  

+Backyard Birding Monday #BackyardbirdingMonday 

Morning!  Well, the snow day I was hoping for looks like it's a bust so hope to squeeze in some time to catch up with you all.  My image for today is a Vesper Sparrow I believe, at least it matched that in my book.  If anyone knows differently please feel free to correct.  I caught it sitting in the Mulberry tree outside the window.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!



#birds4all   #birds   #birdsgallery   #birdphotography   #nature   #naturephotos   #naturephotography   #sparrow  ___

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2016-01-31 15:50:01 (14 comments; 4 reshares; 133 +1s)Open 

Hi, it's #steamysunday  !  Co-curator +Paul Pavlinovich and I hope to see your steamy images today.  They can be ANYTHING steamy we like it all!  Please tag us and the theme so we can find and enjoy them.  Let's see those steamy shots!
So here today it's a bit steamy for the last day of January, 50 F or 10 C.  That changes tomorrow and we are predicted for a snow storm but enjoying it while it lasts.  My image for today goes back to a friend's place in Minnesota and his large scale steam locomotives.  This is his Challenger type locomotive just after it has crossed a bridge alongside the pond.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!



#train   #steam   #steamtrain   #steamlocomotive   #railroad   #railway   #largescaletrains   #challengerlocomotive   #largescalerailroading  

Hi, it's #steamysunday  !  Co-curator +Paul Pavlinovich and I hope to see your steamy images today.  They can be ANYTHING steamy we like it all!  Please tag us and the theme so we can find and enjoy them.  Let's see those steamy shots!
So here today it's a bit steamy for the last day of January, 50 F or 10 C.  That changes tomorrow and we are predicted for a snow storm but enjoying it while it lasts.  My image for today goes back to a friend's place in Minnesota and his large scale steam locomotives.  This is his Challenger type locomotive just after it has crossed a bridge alongside the pond.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!



#train   #steam   #steamtrain   #steamlocomotive   #railroad   #railway   #largescaletrains   #challengerlocomotive   #largescalerailroading  ___

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2016-01-30 15:31:18 (23 comments; 0 reshares; 56 +1s)Open 

Hello all!  Gads I wish things would settle down.  Busy busy.  Maybe if we get our snow storm Tuesday I will catch a break, how ironic.  Anyway, it's been ages since I shared a lovely sunrise.  We had one on the 11th of January that I got a shot of on the way in to work.  I loved how the pink was caught on the clouds across the sky as well as the intense color on the horizon.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!



#sunrisephotography   #sunrise   #landscapephotography   #landscape   #sunrisesaturday   #kansas  

Hello all!  Gads I wish things would settle down.  Busy busy.  Maybe if we get our snow storm Tuesday I will catch a break, how ironic.  Anyway, it's been ages since I shared a lovely sunrise.  We had one on the 11th of January that I got a shot of on the way in to work.  I loved how the pink was caught on the clouds across the sky as well as the intense color on the horizon.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!



#sunrisephotography   #sunrise   #landscapephotography   #landscape   #sunrisesaturday   #kansas  ___

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2016-01-29 13:31:51 (16 comments; 3 reshares; 87 +1s)Open 

+FloralFriday  #floralfriday  

Morning!  We are going to be in the low 60s today!  Crazy.  I can see Daffodils poking through in the front garden already.  Not good.  For my photo today, I had bought an Amaryllis bulb.  I had gotten one in a flower gift before but it never produced a flower.  This one did and it is quite lovely and I have been playing with it in different types of light.  Here is one example.  I thought the light in this one made the other bloom look like a reflection which I thought was kind of cool.  :-)   Hope you enjoy it and have a great day.  I hope to catch up with you all one of these days.  Can't believe how crazy it has been.  Sigh.




#amaryllis   #flowersphotography   #flowerphotography   #flowers   #macrophotography   #macro   #hqspmacro   #btpmacropro  

+FloralFriday  #floralfriday  

Morning!  We are going to be in the low 60s today!  Crazy.  I can see Daffodils poking through in the front garden already.  Not good.  For my photo today, I had bought an Amaryllis bulb.  I had gotten one in a flower gift before but it never produced a flower.  This one did and it is quite lovely and I have been playing with it in different types of light.  Here is one example.  I thought the light in this one made the other bloom look like a reflection which I thought was kind of cool.  :-)   Hope you enjoy it and have a great day.  I hope to catch up with you all one of these days.  Can't believe how crazy it has been.  Sigh.




#amaryllis   #flowersphotography   #flowerphotography   #flowers   #macrophotography   #macro   #hqspmacro   #btpmacropro  ___

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2016-01-28 13:40:45 (29 comments; 1 reshares; 70 +1s)Open 

Hi all!  I've been crazy busy lately so hope to catch up with you all soon.  It's going to be warm here so I can share an image like this today.  This is from when we had the very cold day, 0 F a couple of weekends ago.  It is frost patterns on the storm door which I thought looked very fern like and lovely.  Best viewed larger on this one.  :-)  Hope you enjoy them as well and have a great day!



#abstractphotography   #frost   #abstractart   #abstract   #macro   #macrophotography   #monochromephotography   #monochrome  

Hi all!  I've been crazy busy lately so hope to catch up with you all soon.  It's going to be warm here so I can share an image like this today.  This is from when we had the very cold day, 0 F a couple of weekends ago.  It is frost patterns on the storm door which I thought looked very fern like and lovely.  Best viewed larger on this one.  :-)  Hope you enjoy them as well and have a great day!



#abstractphotography   #frost   #abstractart   #abstract   #macro   #macrophotography   #monochromephotography   #monochrome  ___

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2016-01-27 13:43:17 (27 comments; 10 reshares; 332 +1s)Open 

So I shared one Blue Butterfly I have seen last week, this one is another type.  I was able to view these in the Butterfly Pavilion that is outside Denver, Colorado.  A great place and amazing with all the flowers and butterflies flying and sitting about.  This one is called a Metallic Blue Wave.  It was nice enough to sit still for a moment.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!



#butterflies   #butterfly   #naturephotos   #naturephotography   #nature   #macrophotography   #macro   #denver   #colorado   #butterflypavilion  

So I shared one Blue Butterfly I have seen last week, this one is another type.  I was able to view these in the Butterfly Pavilion that is outside Denver, Colorado.  A great place and amazing with all the flowers and butterflies flying and sitting about.  This one is called a Metallic Blue Wave.  It was nice enough to sit still for a moment.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!



#butterflies   #butterfly   #naturephotos   #naturephotography   #nature   #macrophotography   #macro   #denver   #colorado   #butterflypavilion  ___

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2016-01-26 13:35:18 (21 comments; 4 reshares; 100 +1s)Open 

Morning all!  I am dreaming of spring and my Sis-in-law is helping me out.  She got me a wonderful gift for Christmas of baskets of bulbs for the 3 worst months of winter that are so dull and dreary.  The first one was a basket of daffodils that came earlier this month and on Sunday, bloomed for the first time.  I shot this macro of one of the blooms.  So nice to have some signs of life in this cold and blah time.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!



#spring   #spring2016   #daffodils   #flowersphotography   #flowers   #flowerphotography   #macro   #macrophotography   #yellow  

Morning all!  I am dreaming of spring and my Sis-in-law is helping me out.  She got me a wonderful gift for Christmas of baskets of bulbs for the 3 worst months of winter that are so dull and dreary.  The first one was a basket of daffodils that came earlier this month and on Sunday, bloomed for the first time.  I shot this macro of one of the blooms.  So nice to have some signs of life in this cold and blah time.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!



#spring   #spring2016   #daffodils   #flowersphotography   #flowers   #flowerphotography   #macro   #macrophotography   #yellow  ___

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2016-01-25 13:23:30 (21 comments; 8 reshares; 144 +1s)Open 

#macromonday  

Morning all!  Drizzly dreary morning.  Definitely dreaming of Spring today.  My Christmas Cactus is in bloom in the kitchen and I took this macro shot of one of the blooms.  It's nice to have flowers during this dreary time of year.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!



#flowers   #flowersphotography   #flowerphotography   #macro   #macrophotography   #christmascactus   #succulents  

#macromonday  

Morning all!  Drizzly dreary morning.  Definitely dreaming of Spring today.  My Christmas Cactus is in bloom in the kitchen and I took this macro shot of one of the blooms.  It's nice to have flowers during this dreary time of year.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!



#flowers   #flowersphotography   #flowerphotography   #macro   #macrophotography   #christmascactus   #succulents  ___

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2016-01-24 15:44:45 (44 comments; 39 reshares; 604 +1s)Open 

Hi all, it's #steamysunday  even if it's not so steamy outside most places.  Let's warm everyone up with some steamy shots of ANYTHING steamy you like, we enjoy it all.  Please tag me and co-curator +Paul Pavlinovich and the theme so we can find them and enjoy them.
Let's see those steamy shots!
My image today goes back to a trip to the Durango & Silverton Rwy in southwestern Colorado.  These 2 locomotives were sitting in Durango.  The closest one was just about to leave the station with the morning train before ours.  The locomotive in the background was ours steamed up and ready to hook on to it's train.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!



#railroad   #railway   #steam   #steamtrain   #steamengine   #locomotive   #steamlocomotive   #colorado   #durangoandsilverton   #train  

Hi all, it's #steamysunday  even if it's not so steamy outside most places.  Let's warm everyone up with some steamy shots of ANYTHING steamy you like, we enjoy it all.  Please tag me and co-curator +Paul Pavlinovich and the theme so we can find them and enjoy them.
Let's see those steamy shots!
My image today goes back to a trip to the Durango & Silverton Rwy in southwestern Colorado.  These 2 locomotives were sitting in Durango.  The closest one was just about to leave the station with the morning train before ours.  The locomotive in the background was ours steamed up and ready to hook on to it's train.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!



#railroad   #railway   #steam   #steamtrain   #steamengine   #locomotive   #steamlocomotive   #colorado   #durangoandsilverton   #train  ___

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2016-01-23 16:01:39 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 52 +1s)Open 

#ruralsaturday  

Morning!  Hope everyone on the upper eastern part of the US are OK with the snow storm.  My dad in Pennsylvania was supposed to get over a foot.  Yikes, makes our 5 to 6 very puny.  Today's image is another from a trip out to PA and out looking for covered bridges.  This is one I reprocessed in #silverefexpro  and is an image of the Mount Pleasant covered bridge in central PA.  This one had not been recently restored and had lost a lot of the red paint so thought it a good candidate to turn into a monochrome image.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!


#coveredbridge   #pennsylvania   #blackandwhitephotography   #blackandwhite   #monochromephotography   #monochrome   #landscapephoto   #landscapephotography   #landscape   #btpmonochromepro  

#ruralsaturday  

Morning!  Hope everyone on the upper eastern part of the US are OK with the snow storm.  My dad in Pennsylvania was supposed to get over a foot.  Yikes, makes our 5 to 6 very puny.  Today's image is another from a trip out to PA and out looking for covered bridges.  This is one I reprocessed in #silverefexpro  and is an image of the Mount Pleasant covered bridge in central PA.  This one had not been recently restored and had lost a lot of the red paint so thought it a good candidate to turn into a monochrome image.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!


#coveredbridge   #pennsylvania   #blackandwhitephotography   #blackandwhite   #monochromephotography   #monochrome   #landscapephoto   #landscapephotography   #landscape   #btpmonochromepro  ___

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2016-01-22 13:32:10 (23 comments; 10 reshares; 237 +1s)Open 

#floralfriday  +FloralFriday 

Morning!  We ended up with between 5 and 6 inches of snow.  I am glad it was not more, that was enough.  I feel for the people on the upper east coast.  Hope you don't get as much as predicted.   Here's a little view of summer and one of my mini Allium blooms and some nice bokeh.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!




#allium   #flowersphotography   #flowerphotography   #flowers   #macro   #macrophotography   #bokeh  

#floralfriday  +FloralFriday 

Morning!  We ended up with between 5 and 6 inches of snow.  I am glad it was not more, that was enough.  I feel for the people on the upper east coast.  Hope you don't get as much as predicted.   Here's a little view of summer and one of my mini Allium blooms and some nice bokeh.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!




#allium   #flowersphotography   #flowerphotography   #flowers   #macro   #macrophotography   #bokeh  ___

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2016-01-21 13:55:31 (27 comments; 1 reshares; 128 +1s)Open 

Morning!  It's snowing and we are at work.  What the heck.  We have had at least 4 inches and another inch since I left for work about an hour ago.  Sigh.  So dreaming of summer.  Here is an image I captured of a lovely fuzzy Bumble on a Marigold flower.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!



#bumblebee   #bees   #nature   #naturephotography   #macro   #macrophotography  

Morning!  It's snowing and we are at work.  What the heck.  We have had at least 4 inches and another inch since I left for work about an hour ago.  Sigh.  So dreaming of summer.  Here is an image I captured of a lovely fuzzy Bumble on a Marigold flower.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!



#bumblebee   #bees   #nature   #naturephotography   #macro   #macrophotography  ___

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2016-01-20 16:50:06 (42 comments; 22 reshares; 371 +1s)Open 

Hi all!  Having a crazy morning with a Government review so busy finding stuff needed for that.  Taking a moment to post.  This is another image from the archives from a trip to Minneapolis, MN and a view of Minnehaha Falls.  This was taken during the drought so not a real strong flow but still a lovely falls I thought.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!





#waterfallwednesday   #waterfallphotography   #waterfalls   #minnehaha   #minnesota   #minneapolis   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #landscape  

Hi all!  Having a crazy morning with a Government review so busy finding stuff needed for that.  Taking a moment to post.  This is another image from the archives from a trip to Minneapolis, MN and a view of Minnehaha Falls.  This was taken during the drought so not a real strong flow but still a lovely falls I thought.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!





#waterfallwednesday   #waterfallphotography   #waterfalls   #minnehaha   #minnesota   #minneapolis   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #landscape  ___

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2016-01-19 13:59:18 (74 comments; 39 reshares; 694 +1s)Open 

Morning!  Very cold here and possible snow so I am thinking summer thoughts.  Someone asked me if I had ever photographed a blue butterfly.  I have, of several types and this is one of the more lovely blue ones.  It was a bit tattered but one of the very few that have ever sit still long enough to photograph of this type.  It is called a Common Blue Morpho and I photographed it at a Butterfly house outside of Denver, Colorado.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!




#butterflies   #butterfly   #naturephotography   #naturephotos   #nature   #macro   #macrophotography   #commonbluemorpho   #denver   #colorado   #butterflyhouse  

Morning!  Very cold here and possible snow so I am thinking summer thoughts.  Someone asked me if I had ever photographed a blue butterfly.  I have, of several types and this is one of the more lovely blue ones.  It was a bit tattered but one of the very few that have ever sit still long enough to photograph of this type.  It is called a Common Blue Morpho and I photographed it at a Butterfly house outside of Denver, Colorado.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!




#butterflies   #butterfly   #naturephotography   #naturephotos   #nature   #macro   #macrophotography   #commonbluemorpho   #denver   #colorado   #butterflyhouse  ___

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2016-01-18 15:31:47 (27 comments; 3 reshares; 97 +1s)Open 

+Backyard Birding Monday #BackyardbirdingMonday 

Morning!  I actually got this image in the "side" yard.  :-)  I don't often get Nuthatches visiting and when I do, they are usually moving so quickly you can't get a shot of them that isn't blurred.  This guy kept coming back to a similar spot and I was patient and finally able to capture a shot of it posed on the trunk of the Mulberry tree.  I believe he was in the process of caching a store of Sunflower seed in the trunk. Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!



#birds   #birdsgallery   #birdphotography   #naturephotography   #naturephotos   #nature   #nuthatch  

+Backyard Birding Monday #BackyardbirdingMonday 

Morning!  I actually got this image in the "side" yard.  :-)  I don't often get Nuthatches visiting and when I do, they are usually moving so quickly you can't get a shot of them that isn't blurred.  This guy kept coming back to a similar spot and I was patient and finally able to capture a shot of it posed on the trunk of the Mulberry tree.  I believe he was in the process of caching a store of Sunflower seed in the trunk. Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!



#birds   #birdsgallery   #birdphotography   #naturephotography   #naturephotos   #nature   #nuthatch  ___

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2016-01-17 15:34:30 (16 comments; 5 reshares; 154 +1s)Open 

Hello, it's #steamysunday  and co-curator +Paul Pavlinovich and I want to see your steamy shots!  I really do because I need them to warm me up with a high of only 14F or  minus10C today.  Yuck!  Anyway, we hope you will post shots of ANYTHING steamy you like, we enjoy it all!  Please tag us and the theme so we can find and enjoy them.  Let's see your steamy shots!
My image goes back to this past September and the Western Minnesota Steam Thresher's Reunion in Rollag and the Wagner steam locomotive I get to help operate for 3 hours a day during the show.  It's a 14 and 3/4 inch gauge, kind of odd.  The locomotive used to operate out at Niagara Falls and was built in the late 40s.  I have a couple of photos I found of it back in the day.  This is one of the other operators, Becky, and we used to have an all female team until this year on our shift when we let a guyjoin us.  :... more »

Hello, it's #steamysunday  and co-curator +Paul Pavlinovich and I want to see your steamy shots!  I really do because I need them to warm me up with a high of only 14F or  minus10C today.  Yuck!  Anyway, we hope you will post shots of ANYTHING steamy you like, we enjoy it all!  Please tag us and the theme so we can find and enjoy them.  Let's see your steamy shots!
My image goes back to this past September and the Western Minnesota Steam Thresher's Reunion in Rollag and the Wagner steam locomotive I get to help operate for 3 hours a day during the show.  It's a 14 and 3/4 inch gauge, kind of odd.  The locomotive used to operate out at Niagara Falls and was built in the late 40s.  I have a couple of photos I found of it back in the day.  This is one of the other operators, Becky, and we used to have an all female team until this year on our shift when we let a guy join us.  :-)  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!



#wagnerlocomotive   #steam   #steamtrain   #steamlocomotive   #largescalerailroad   #train   #railroad   #railway   #minnesota   #rollag   #WMSTR   #locomotive   #steamengine  ___

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2016-01-16 20:31:17 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 43 +1s)Open 

Hi all!  Posting late today as I was out at Konza Prairie for a presentation.  I thought I would post another image I took there one evening from another area than the one I shared a while back.  This is looking up the hill from the main house on the grounds on a beautiful clear night which was rather windy as well so I was really glad it turned out as well as it did.  The light on the grass is from the porch light of the house.  Hope you enjoy it and are having a great day!



#konzaprairie   #landscape   #landscapephoto   #stars   #night   #landscapephotography   #nightphotography   #milkyway   #longexposure  

Hi all!  Posting late today as I was out at Konza Prairie for a presentation.  I thought I would post another image I took there one evening from another area than the one I shared a while back.  This is looking up the hill from the main house on the grounds on a beautiful clear night which was rather windy as well so I was really glad it turned out as well as it did.  The light on the grass is from the porch light of the house.  Hope you enjoy it and are having a great day!



#konzaprairie   #landscape   #landscapephoto   #stars   #night   #landscapephotography   #nightphotography   #milkyway   #longexposure  ___

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2016-01-15 13:58:23 (17 comments; 1 reshares; 67 +1s)Open 

#floralfriday  +FloralFriday 

Morning!  We had a couple of nice days but bitter cold is on the way.  This is an image I got on a lovely summer day in southern Missouri.  These are some Teasel's that were growing alongside the road that I saw while we were stopped for gas on a trip back home.  I love these and have tried to grow them.  They have come up but not sent up a flower yet.  Maybe this year.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!



#flowerpower   #flowersphotography   #flowerphotography   #flowers   #wildflowers   #teasel   #backlighting  

#floralfriday  +FloralFriday 

Morning!  We had a couple of nice days but bitter cold is on the way.  This is an image I got on a lovely summer day in southern Missouri.  These are some Teasel's that were growing alongside the road that I saw while we were stopped for gas on a trip back home.  I love these and have tried to grow them.  They have come up but not sent up a flower yet.  Maybe this year.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!



#flowerpower   #flowersphotography   #flowerphotography   #flowers   #wildflowers   #teasel   #backlighting  ___

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2016-01-14 14:51:35 (64 comments; 41 reshares; 589 +1s)Open 

Hi all!  Having a busy morning.  Taking a moment to post.  These 2 days have been warm but I am still dreaming of summer.  This is an image I captured this summer of a Viceroy Butterfly sitting on a leaf.  You can tell it's a Viceroy due to the line that runs along the bottom wings, Monarchs do not have this.  I hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!




#butterfly   #butterflies   #nature   #naturephotos   #macro   #naturephotography   #macrophotography   #viceroy  

Hi all!  Having a busy morning.  Taking a moment to post.  These 2 days have been warm but I am still dreaming of summer.  This is an image I captured this summer of a Viceroy Butterfly sitting on a leaf.  You can tell it's a Viceroy due to the line that runs along the bottom wings, Monarchs do not have this.  I hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!




#butterfly   #butterflies   #nature   #naturephotos   #macro   #naturephotography   #macrophotography   #viceroy  ___

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2016-01-13 13:33:31 (16 comments; 0 reshares; 41 +1s)Open 

Morning all!  So over my break I was processing older images in a new way with +ON1 software which I did not have when I originally took some of these shots.  This is one of Rifle Falls in Colorado, a very cool place with these 3 falls.  We were there in July one year and they were all flowing very nicely.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!



#waterfallwednesday   #waterfallphotography   #waterfalls   #colorado   #riflefalls   #landscapephotography   #landscape  

Morning all!  So over my break I was processing older images in a new way with +ON1 software which I did not have when I originally took some of these shots.  This is one of Rifle Falls in Colorado, a very cool place with these 3 falls.  We were there in July one year and they were all flowing very nicely.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!



#waterfallwednesday   #waterfallphotography   #waterfalls   #colorado   #riflefalls   #landscapephotography   #landscape  ___

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2016-01-12 14:01:25 (21 comments; 2 reshares; 59 +1s)Open 

Morning!  Back to posting other things than wildlife though I really enjoyed that challenge.  I have been dipping into the archives and playing with older images.  This is another of the Pennsylvania covered bridges that I saw on a trip to photograph several of them a few years ago.  This is Adairs Bridge in Central PA.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!



#bridge   #coveredbridge   #americana   #structure   #pennsylvania   #landscape   #landscapephoto   #landscapephotography  

Morning!  Back to posting other things than wildlife though I really enjoyed that challenge.  I have been dipping into the archives and playing with older images.  This is another of the Pennsylvania covered bridges that I saw on a trip to photograph several of them a few years ago.  This is Adairs Bridge in Central PA.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!



#bridge   #coveredbridge   #americana   #structure   #pennsylvania   #landscape   #landscapephoto   #landscapephotography  ___

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2016-01-11 13:35:54 (23 comments; 4 reshares; 119 +1s)Open 

Morning!  It's Day 7 and the final day of my 7 Day Wildlife Challenge I was invited to by +Shawn McClure .  Some of you may have noticed that I skipped a day for Steamy Sunday but it's all good right.  :-)  So my last image for this challenge is of a bird that I get quite a few of in my yard both front and back.  This male Cardinal was showing quite brightly in the bare branches one morning a little over a week ago now.  I decided to process the image as I did with the Blue Jay as I liked how it worked with the winter scene.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!
This image and many more are available at my Fine Art site.  :-)  http://mpgphotocreations.artistwebsites.com/




+Backyard Birding Monday #BackyardbirdingMonday 
#birdsgallery   #birdphotography   #birds   #cardinals   #kansas   #naturephotos   #naturephotography   #nature  #wildlife   #wildl... more »

Morning!  It's Day 7 and the final day of my 7 Day Wildlife Challenge I was invited to by +Shawn McClure .  Some of you may have noticed that I skipped a day for Steamy Sunday but it's all good right.  :-)  So my last image for this challenge is of a bird that I get quite a few of in my yard both front and back.  This male Cardinal was showing quite brightly in the bare branches one morning a little over a week ago now.  I decided to process the image as I did with the Blue Jay as I liked how it worked with the winter scene.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!
This image and many more are available at my Fine Art site.  :-)  http://mpgphotocreations.artistwebsites.com/




+Backyard Birding Monday #BackyardbirdingMonday 
#birdsgallery   #birdphotography   #birds   #cardinals   #kansas   #naturephotos   #naturephotography   #nature   #wildlife   #wildlifephotos   #wildlifephotography  ___

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2016-01-10 15:29:22 (26 comments; 12 reshares; 168 +1s)Open 

Hello, it's #steamysunday  and co-curator +Paul Pavlinovich and I hope to see your steamy shots today!  I see some of you are playing already and will take a look shortly so thanks much!  We want you to play along with ANYTHING steamy you like, we enjoy it all!  Let's see those steamy shots it's only about 4F or 16C here so I need to warm up!  :-)
My image for today goes back to a trip to Colorado and a shot I got at the Georgetown Loop that I played around with in Silver Efex Pro 2 and liked the result. This is the train on the Devil's Gate High Bridge out of Georgetown headed back to Silver Plume.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!



#train   #steam   #steamtrain   #railroad   #railway   #colorado   #georgetownloop   #devilsgatehighbridge  

Hello, it's #steamysunday  and co-curator +Paul Pavlinovich and I hope to see your steamy shots today!  I see some of you are playing already and will take a look shortly so thanks much!  We want you to play along with ANYTHING steamy you like, we enjoy it all!  Let's see those steamy shots it's only about 4F or 16C here so I need to warm up!  :-)
My image for today goes back to a trip to Colorado and a shot I got at the Georgetown Loop that I played around with in Silver Efex Pro 2 and liked the result. This is the train on the Devil's Gate High Bridge out of Georgetown headed back to Silver Plume.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!



#train   #steam   #steamtrain   #railroad   #railway   #colorado   #georgetownloop   #devilsgatehighbridge  ___

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2016-01-09 16:07:28 (13 comments; 1 reshares; 52 +1s)Open 

Morning!  My first week back at work wore me out and I slept the longest I have in a while!  LOL  Anyway, it's Day 6 of my 7 Day Wildlife Challenge I was invited to by +Shawn McClure .  This image is from a trip to Squaw Creek Wildlife Refuge in Missouri earlier this year.  This is a group of Pelicans on a mound discussing the disguise of the butts next to them and of the various others in the water around them for that theme that shall not be named and does not exist.  They were deciding that a lot of the disguises were pretty sad and they had better be working on them.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!



#seagullbuttsaturday   #seagull   #pelican   #waterbirds   #nature   #naturephotos   #naturephotography   #wildlifephotos   #wildlife   #wildlifephotography   #missouri   #squawcreekrefuge  

Morning!  My first week back at work wore me out and I slept the longest I have in a while!  LOL  Anyway, it's Day 6 of my 7 Day Wildlife Challenge I was invited to by +Shawn McClure .  This image is from a trip to Squaw Creek Wildlife Refuge in Missouri earlier this year.  This is a group of Pelicans on a mound discussing the disguise of the butts next to them and of the various others in the water around them for that theme that shall not be named and does not exist.  They were deciding that a lot of the disguises were pretty sad and they had better be working on them.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!



#seagullbuttsaturday   #seagull   #pelican   #waterbirds   #nature   #naturephotos   #naturephotography   #wildlifephotos   #wildlife   #wildlifephotography   #missouri   #squawcreekrefuge  ___

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2016-01-08 13:31:13 (17 comments; 1 reshares; 66 +1s)Open 

Morning all!  Today is Day 5 of the 7 Day Wildlife Challenge I was invited to by +Shawn McClure !  I captured this little guy while taking a rest break on the Mickelson Trail in South Dakota while on our 20 mile bike ride.  There were a couple of these cute Chipmunks running around the area and this one was nice enough to stop a moment and pose before dashing off.  Hope you enjoy him and have a great day!  If you would like to take on the Challenge, feel free and consider yourself invited.  It's fun!



#chipmunk   #wildlifephotography   #wildlifephotos   #wildlife   #nature   #naturephotos   #naturephotography   #southdakota   #mickelsontrail  

Morning all!  Today is Day 5 of the 7 Day Wildlife Challenge I was invited to by +Shawn McClure !  I captured this little guy while taking a rest break on the Mickelson Trail in South Dakota while on our 20 mile bike ride.  There were a couple of these cute Chipmunks running around the area and this one was nice enough to stop a moment and pose before dashing off.  Hope you enjoy him and have a great day!  If you would like to take on the Challenge, feel free and consider yourself invited.  It's fun!



#chipmunk   #wildlifephotography   #wildlifephotos   #wildlife   #nature   #naturephotos   #naturephotography   #southdakota   #mickelsontrail  ___

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2016-01-07 14:14:32 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 41 +1s)Open 

#waterbirdwednesday  

Morning all!  A dreary, rainy day here.  Glad it's not snow.  It's day 4 of my Wildlife Challenge that I was invited to by +Shawn McClure and I thought I would share one that I was rather happy to get.  I had not been able to get a, what I felt with my equipment, a decent shot of an Egret until this year.  I saw a couple of them on this particular day.  This one obviously took off as I approached and I was very happy to get it in focus as it flew out across the water.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day.  Oh and I realized I should probably be inviting people to play but I shall keep it general.  It's fun and if you would like to do, consider yourself invited.  :-)




#waterbird   #naturephotos   #naturephotography   #nature   #egret   #wildlifewednesday   #wildlifephotography   #wildlifephotos   #wildlife  #birdphotography   #... more »

#waterbirdwednesday  

Morning all!  A dreary, rainy day here.  Glad it's not snow.  It's day 4 of my Wildlife Challenge that I was invited to by +Shawn McClure and I thought I would share one that I was rather happy to get.  I had not been able to get a, what I felt with my equipment, a decent shot of an Egret until this year.  I saw a couple of them on this particular day.  This one obviously took off as I approached and I was very happy to get it in focus as it flew out across the water.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day.  Oh and I realized I should probably be inviting people to play but I shall keep it general.  It's fun and if you would like to do, consider yourself invited.  :-)




#waterbird   #naturephotos   #naturephotography   #nature   #egret   #wildlifewednesday   #wildlifephotography   #wildlifephotos   #wildlife   #birdphotography   #birds  ___

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2016-01-06 13:28:50 (25 comments; 2 reshares; 89 +1s)Open 

Hi all!  It's day 3 of the 7 Day Wildlife Challenge I was invited to by +Shawn McClure .  The wildlife I usually get to photograph is birds so another bird image today.  I took this one at the very end of December at the in-laws of a Blue Jay sitting in their Ornamental Pear tree.  I would have liked to have gotten closer but it was a dreary day and my 300mm was blurring already so figured a 500 would be worse.  Anyway, I liked how this one turned out and hope you do too.  Have a great day!  It's raining here, glad it's not snow.





#bluejay   #birds   #birdsgallery   #birdphotography   #nature   #naturephotos   #naturephotography  

Hi all!  It's day 3 of the 7 Day Wildlife Challenge I was invited to by +Shawn McClure .  The wildlife I usually get to photograph is birds so another bird image today.  I took this one at the very end of December at the in-laws of a Blue Jay sitting in their Ornamental Pear tree.  I would have liked to have gotten closer but it was a dreary day and my 300mm was blurring already so figured a 500 would be worse.  Anyway, I liked how this one turned out and hope you do too.  Have a great day!  It's raining here, glad it's not snow.





#bluejay   #birds   #birdsgallery   #birdphotography   #nature   #naturephotos   #naturephotography  ___

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2016-01-05 13:21:23 (16 comments; 1 reshares; 70 +1s)Open 

Morning!  I was invited to the 7 Day Wildlife Challenge by +Shawn McClure and this is my image for Day 2.  :-)  I was working on some older images over the holidays and this is one of them that I hope it's OK to use for this, I didn't see a time frame limit.  Anyway, this is a beautiful Elk I was able to see and take lots of photos of as it wandered through some previously burned out forest in Yellowstone National Park eating new growth.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!




#elk   #animals   #wildlifephotos   #wildlifephotography   #wildlife   #naturephotography   #nature   #yellowstone  

Morning!  I was invited to the 7 Day Wildlife Challenge by +Shawn McClure and this is my image for Day 2.  :-)  I was working on some older images over the holidays and this is one of them that I hope it's OK to use for this, I didn't see a time frame limit.  Anyway, this is a beautiful Elk I was able to see and take lots of photos of as it wandered through some previously burned out forest in Yellowstone National Park eating new growth.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!




#elk   #animals   #wildlifephotos   #wildlifephotography   #wildlife   #naturephotography   #nature   #yellowstone  ___

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2016-01-04 14:06:35 (27 comments; 8 reshares; 139 +1s)Open 

Morning all!  I was invited to a 7 day Wildlife challenge by +Shawn McClure who gave me a very nice compliment while doing it so I guess I should take him up on it.  :-)  It took me a while to get started but here we go.  I'll start off with an image I got a week ago on the day after it snowed.  This is a Goldfinch in winter plumage that was pecking around in the snow and looking rather cute.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day.




#birds   #backyardbirdingmonday   #birdsgallery   #birdphotography   #wildlifephotography   #btpbirdpro   #hqspbirds   #goldfinch  

Morning all!  I was invited to a 7 day Wildlife challenge by +Shawn McClure who gave me a very nice compliment while doing it so I guess I should take him up on it.  :-)  It took me a while to get started but here we go.  I'll start off with an image I got a week ago on the day after it snowed.  This is a Goldfinch in winter plumage that was pecking around in the snow and looking rather cute.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day.




#birds   #backyardbirdingmonday   #birdsgallery   #birdphotography   #wildlifephotography   #btpbirdpro   #hqspbirds   #goldfinch  ___

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2016-01-03 15:11:42 (21 comments; 20 reshares; 301 +1s)Open 

Morning everyone, it's the first #steamysunday  of 2016!  Co-curator +Paul Pavlinovich and I hope you will play along today and this year as we enjoy seeing your shots of ANYTHING steamy, we like it all.  So let's see those steamy shots and be sure to tag us so we can find them.
My first image for the new year goes back to my favorite tourist railroad, the Cumbres & Toltec.  I like this shot because it shows the vastness of the landscape you travel through and shows off the whole train as well.  It is on a loop of track after just passing an original Rio Grande water tank.  On a side note, you can't see them in this shot but there are 3 or 4, and all the homes built here have to bring their own electricity and wells for water, this area is undeveloped in that way for living.  It is a beautiful setting and I can see why they would want to live in this area.  Hope youenjoy th... more »

Morning everyone, it's the first #steamysunday  of 2016!  Co-curator +Paul Pavlinovich and I hope you will play along today and this year as we enjoy seeing your shots of ANYTHING steamy, we like it all.  So let's see those steamy shots and be sure to tag us so we can find them.
My first image for the new year goes back to my favorite tourist railroad, the Cumbres & Toltec.  I like this shot because it shows the vastness of the landscape you travel through and shows off the whole train as well.  It is on a loop of track after just passing an original Rio Grande water tank.  On a side note, you can't see them in this shot but there are 3 or 4, and all the homes built here have to bring their own electricity and wells for water, this area is undeveloped in that way for living.  It is a beautiful setting and I can see why they would want to live in this area.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!





#train   #railroad   #railway   #steam   #steamtrain   #cumbresandtoltec   #colorado   #newmexico   #tourist  ___

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2016-01-02 17:00:46 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 44 +1s)Open 

Morning!  Hmm, the theme calendar is gone.  Is it because we are in a new year?  I didn't check yesterday to use it.  +Ellie Kennard you are caretaker of correct?  
Well, anyway, my image today is of a rural setting which I know +Linda Stokes likes.  This is a panorama of 4 images if I remember correctly of some storm clouds moving in on Konza Prairie.  This was taken on a much warmer day in June.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!  It's, of course, much better when viewed large.  :-)



#konzaprairie   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #rural   #landscape   #prairie   #tallgrassprairie   #panoramic   #panorama  

Morning!  Hmm, the theme calendar is gone.  Is it because we are in a new year?  I didn't check yesterday to use it.  +Ellie Kennard you are caretaker of correct?  
Well, anyway, my image today is of a rural setting which I know +Linda Stokes likes.  This is a panorama of 4 images if I remember correctly of some storm clouds moving in on Konza Prairie.  This was taken on a much warmer day in June.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!  It's, of course, much better when viewed large.  :-)



#konzaprairie   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #rural   #landscape   #prairie   #tallgrassprairie   #panoramic   #panorama  ___

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2016-01-01 15:49:45 (20 comments; 1 reshares; 58 +1s)Open 

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016!  May this one be better than the last!  Hope you all have a great day and a great start to the New Year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016!  May this one be better than the last!  Hope you all have a great day and a great start to the New Year!___

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2015-12-31 15:32:56 (15 comments; 0 reshares; 44 +1s)Open 

Hi all!  Happy New Year's Eve!  Hope the next one will be better, this one wasn't that great at times.  Anyway, I have been working on older images since I have been uninspired to shoot anything other than birds and some of those haven't been great.  :-)  I joined G+ in August of 2011.  In March of that year I had gone out with my brother and shot some covered bridges in Pennsylvania.  This is one of them.  It's now privately owned but still in great shape and one of the more picturesque ones with the waterfall that you can see in the background.  It is called Waggoners Bridge.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!




#coveredbridge   #pennsylvania   #landscapephotography   #landscape   #americana   #structure   #architecture   #bridge  

Hi all!  Happy New Year's Eve!  Hope the next one will be better, this one wasn't that great at times.  Anyway, I have been working on older images since I have been uninspired to shoot anything other than birds and some of those haven't been great.  :-)  I joined G+ in August of 2011.  In March of that year I had gone out with my brother and shot some covered bridges in Pennsylvania.  This is one of them.  It's now privately owned but still in great shape and one of the more picturesque ones with the waterfall that you can see in the background.  It is called Waggoners Bridge.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!




#coveredbridge   #pennsylvania   #landscapephotography   #landscape   #americana   #structure   #architecture   #bridge  ___

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2015-12-30 15:46:55 (28 comments; 9 reshares; 446 +1s)Open 

Hi all!  Well, apparently we can't have 2 sunny days in a row.  It's all cold and dreary out.  Thought I would brighten things up with a butterfly I saw and photographed on the Mickelson Trail in South Dakota.  Apparently it was a traveler too as i can't find what type it is, it was not in the list of SD butterflies.  The head and wing shape are very Monarch like but the colors are definitely not that.  Would appreciate an ID if anyone knows.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!




#butterflies   #butterfly   #southdakota   #mickelsontrail   #nature   #naturephotos   #naturephotography   #macrophotography   #macro  

Hi all!  Well, apparently we can't have 2 sunny days in a row.  It's all cold and dreary out.  Thought I would brighten things up with a butterfly I saw and photographed on the Mickelson Trail in South Dakota.  Apparently it was a traveler too as i can't find what type it is, it was not in the list of SD butterflies.  The head and wing shape are very Monarch like but the colors are definitely not that.  Would appreciate an ID if anyone knows.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!




#butterflies   #butterfly   #southdakota   #mickelsontrail   #nature   #naturephotos   #naturephotography   #macrophotography   #macro  ___

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2015-12-29 15:33:31 (24 comments; 0 reshares; 56 +1s)Open 

#treetuesday +Tree Tuesday by +Christina Lawrie  +Allan Cabrera +Ralph Mendoza +Kim Troutman +David R Robinson

Morning!  We finally have a sunny day today so I can post this image.  This is an image I took a few weeks ago of a lonely tree on some farmland near where I live.  It was a cloudy day and I love how the rays shone through them and created a cool mood.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!





#trees   #landscapephotography   #landscape   #monochrome   #monochromephotography   #blackandwhitephotography   #blackandwhite   #hqspmonochrome  

#treetuesday +Tree Tuesday by +Christina Lawrie  +Allan Cabrera +Ralph Mendoza +Kim Troutman +David R Robinson

Morning!  We finally have a sunny day today so I can post this image.  This is an image I took a few weeks ago of a lonely tree on some farmland near where I live.  It was a cloudy day and I love how the rays shone through them and created a cool mood.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!





#trees   #landscapephotography   #landscape   #monochrome   #monochromephotography   #blackandwhitephotography   #blackandwhite   #hqspmonochrome  ___

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2015-12-28 15:40:56 (13 comments; 3 reshares; 58 +1s)Open 

#backyardbirdingmonday +Backyard Birding Monday #BackyardbirdingMonday by +Celeste Odono +Ricky L Jones +Marilou Aballe 

Hi all!  Winter has finally arrived to Kansas with a vengeance.  It's currently snowing and will only be highs in the 20s all week.  Yuck.  I knew it was coming but I don't like it.  My image for today is from over the weekend.  I was at the in-laws and they were feeding the birds peanuts.  This is the best shot I was able to get of one Blue Jay with it's prize.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!



#birdphotography   #birds   #bluejay   #naturephotography   #nature  

#backyardbirdingmonday +Backyard Birding Monday #BackyardbirdingMonday by +Celeste Odono +Ricky L Jones +Marilou Aballe 

Hi all!  Winter has finally arrived to Kansas with a vengeance.  It's currently snowing and will only be highs in the 20s all week.  Yuck.  I knew it was coming but I don't like it.  My image for today is from over the weekend.  I was at the in-laws and they were feeding the birds peanuts.  This is the best shot I was able to get of one Blue Jay with it's prize.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!



#birdphotography   #birds   #bluejay   #naturephotography   #nature  ___

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2015-12-27 16:54:15 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

Hi all!  For those not into trains, I posted a lovely Spring Butterfly over on my Blog today.  




#butterflies   #butterfly   #naturephotography   #nature   #spring   #kansas  

Hi all!  For those not into trains, I posted a lovely Spring Butterfly over on my Blog today.  




#butterflies   #butterfly   #naturephotography   #nature   #spring   #kansas  ___

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2015-12-27 16:46:31 (11 comments; 3 reshares; 78 +1s)Open 

Hi all!  I know there is no official #steamysunday  today but I couldn't resist sharing a train photo anyway.  I have seen some of you playing in the theme and thanks for that, I have enjoyed the images!  My image today is what I put on my Christmas cards this year.  I took this image of my Live Steam Mimi and it's cars in front of a miniature Yew that had ice on it from the ice event we had in November.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!  



#train   #gscaletrain   #steamtrain   #livesteam   #railroading   #railroad   #railway   #gardenrailway  

Hi all!  I know there is no official #steamysunday  today but I couldn't resist sharing a train photo anyway.  I have seen some of you playing in the theme and thanks for that, I have enjoyed the images!  My image today is what I put on my Christmas cards this year.  I took this image of my Live Steam Mimi and it's cars in front of a miniature Yew that had ice on it from the ice event we had in November.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!  



#train   #gscaletrain   #steamtrain   #livesteam   #railroading   #railroad   #railway   #gardenrailway  ___

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2015-12-26 19:59:09 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

Hi all!  Shared a bird photo over on my Blog today if you care to check it out.  Hope you all are having a great day!



#cardinals   #birdphotography   #birds   #naturephotography   #nature  

Hi all!  Shared a bird photo over on my Blog today if you care to check it out.  Hope you all are having a great day!



#cardinals   #birdphotography   #birds   #naturephotography   #nature  ___

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2015-12-25 17:15:15 (15 comments; 1 reshares; 58 +1s)Open 

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate and Merry Day to everyone else!  I hope you all have a wonderful day!  This is my Christmas tree and village with my American Flyer train that circles it.  Hope you enjoy the image!



#christmas2015   #christmas   #christmasday   #christmasdecorations   #christmasdecor   #decoration   #americanflyer  

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate and Merry Day to everyone else!  I hope you all have a wonderful day!  This is my Christmas tree and village with my American Flyer train that circles it.  Hope you enjoy the image!



#christmas2015   #christmas   #christmasday   #christmasdecorations   #christmasdecor   #decoration   #americanflyer  ___

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2015-12-24 17:19:03 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 42 +1s)Open 

Hi everyone!  Continuing on with my holiday celebration. I saw that there was a hashtag  for this, #feelingfestive  .  :-)  This is another image from Saint Joseph, Missouri from last year.  I was at the park that they decorate with different displays.  This one was right up my alley.  :-)  I hope you enjoy it and have a Very Merry Christmas.



#christmas2015   #christmas   #christmasdecorations   #christmasdecor   #christmaslights   #nightphotography   #festive   #festiveseason  

Hi everyone!  Continuing on with my holiday celebration. I saw that there was a hashtag  for this, #feelingfestive  .  :-)  This is another image from Saint Joseph, Missouri from last year.  I was at the park that they decorate with different displays.  This one was right up my alley.  :-)  I hope you enjoy it and have a Very Merry Christmas.



#christmas2015   #christmas   #christmasdecorations   #christmasdecor   #christmaslights   #nightphotography   #festive   #festiveseason  ___

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