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The Hobbit Movies8,718The 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 Akerman51,876What 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 Yamamoto3,115,980We'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 16:00:0088  

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2015-07-08 03:29:14 (84 comments, 61 reshares, 545 +1s)Open 

#waterfallwednesday  +Eric Leslie 

Hi all, I'm going to post early again, hope you are not minding that since I don't know what the day will be like.  Today we were on a 20 mile bike ride that I wasn't sure if it would wipe me out but we did well.  May not get out of bed tomorrow.  LOL
Anyway, on our first full day here we went on a drive to see waterfalls.  We drove through Spearfish Canyon and this is Spearfish Falls.  All the waterfalls were flowing nicely due to the rain the area has gotten this year.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!


#waterfallphotography   #waterfall   #landscapephotography   #landscape   #southdakota   #longexposure  

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2015-07-07 03:19:50 (78 comments, 98 reshares, 625 +1s)Open 

#transporttuesday +TransportTuesday by +Gene Bowker  +Annie Irving

Well, it's Tuesday somewhere so sharing this image slightly early for the US.  :-)  We went to Sturgis where they have the huge motorcycle rally every year.  They have a great motorcycle museum there and I could share images for the next year from there.  If I could have any antique motorcycle it would be an Indian.  I've just always loved these and the styling.  This is the first one I have ever seen of this type, a military one.  Usually these were Harleys.  This is a 1943 Military Scout 741.  It was restored in the 1990s and is quite nice.  Hope you enjoy it and are having a great week!


#motorcycle   #indian   #transport   #sturgis   #southdakota   #military  

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2015-06-27 14:17:15 (80 comments, 78 reshares, 660 +1s)Open 

#TulipSaturday by +Measie Elizabeth +Marilyn Benham +Eustace James

Light My Fire

Hi all!  Haven't played in this theme in a bit.  I was able to capture a lot of tulip photos this spring as it seemed to be a good year for them.  This is one of my new ones.  I loved the light on it and was able to come up with a name.  :-)  Anyone know about tulips?  They come from bulbs but several that I planted have big seed pod heads, what are those for?  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!


#tulips   #flowerphotography   #flowercolors   #flowers   #macro   #macrophotography   #spring2015   #spring  

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2015-07-30 13:01:11 (15 comments, 3 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

#beethursday +Bee Thursday by +Dorothy Pugh

Morning!  It has finally cooled down for a bit!  Only in the mid 60sF while going to work today.  How nice.  I got this image a few weeks ago when these beautiful thistles were blooming.  The centers are a bright pink.  The Bumble Bees were sure enjoying them and I was able to get this macro of one of them.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!


#bumblebee   #bees   #macro   #macrophotography   #nature   #naturephotography   #naturephotos   #hqspmacro  

#beethursday +Bee Thursday by +Dorothy Pugh

Morning!  It has finally cooled down for a bit!  Only in the mid 60sF while going to work today.  How nice.  I got this image a few weeks ago when these beautiful thistles were blooming.  The centers are a bright pink.  The Bumble Bees were sure enjoying them and I was able to get this macro of one of them.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!


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

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2015-07-29 12:23:04 (28 comments, 20 reshares, 283 +1s)Open 

#wildlifewednesday by +Mike Spinak +Morkel Erasmus

Sheep On A Cliff

Hi all!  It's raining today and should cool down for a couple of days anyway so yay!  I took this shot in the Badlands of South Dakota.  I do have several shots of them up close but I liked this one for the expanse and natural setting it showed.  We were on a hike on the Door Trail, I believe, and this Big Horn Sheep was posing on a cliff off in the distance so I dug out my zoom and got a few shots.  Hope you enjoy it like I did.  Have a great day!



#animals   #bighornsheep   #southdakota   #badlands   #nature   #naturephotography   #naturephotos   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #landscape  

#wildlifewednesday by +Mike Spinak +Morkel Erasmus

Sheep On A Cliff

Hi all!  It's raining today and should cool down for a couple of days anyway so yay!  I took this shot in the Badlands of South Dakota.  I do have several shots of them up close but I liked this one for the expanse and natural setting it showed.  We were on a hike on the Door Trail, I believe, and this Big Horn Sheep was posing on a cliff off in the distance so I dug out my zoom and got a few shots.  Hope you enjoy it like I did.  Have a great day!



#animals   #bighornsheep   #southdakota   #badlands   #nature   #naturephotography   #naturephotos   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #landscape  ___

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2015-07-28 12:29:17 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

#transporttuesday +TransportTuesday by +Gene Bowker  +Annie Irving

Hi all!  I was thinking there was an In Motion theme today as well but must have the wrong day.  This would have fit because I took this while riding on my bike behind.  This is another shot from the Mickelson Trail in South Dakota which shows some of the lovely scenery we rode through.  The majority of the ride was along the stream you see and then you can also see the forest and rock of the Black Hills.  We had a great time though 20 miles was a bit tiring but I was very happy we did it.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!


#southdakota   #mickelsontrail   #landscapephotography   #scenery   #blackhills   #transport   #transportation   #biking   #bike   #inmotion  

#transporttuesday +TransportTuesday by +Gene Bowker  +Annie Irving

Hi all!  I was thinking there was an In Motion theme today as well but must have the wrong day.  This would have fit because I took this while riding on my bike behind.  This is another shot from the Mickelson Trail in South Dakota which shows some of the lovely scenery we rode through.  The majority of the ride was along the stream you see and then you can also see the forest and rock of the Black Hills.  We had a great time though 20 miles was a bit tiring but I was very happy we did it.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!


#southdakota   #mickelsontrail   #landscapephotography   #scenery   #blackhills   #transport   #transportation   #biking   #bike   #inmotion  ___

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2015-07-27 12:38:43 (18 comments, 1 reshares, 75 +1s)Open 

#macromonday by +Julie B +John Dusseault +Nina Katajamaki +Marilyn Benham

Morning!  This is an older image I was able to get of a Hummingbird Moth that was visiting some Milkweed blooms.  Last year was a great year for these guys as I saw a lot of them.  This year has been so hot, I haven't seen much of anything lately.   I believe these moths are technically a type of Glasswing.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!



#moth   #hummingbirdmoth   #insectphotography   #insects   #macro   #macrophotography   #naturephotography   #nature  

#macromonday by +Julie B +John Dusseault +Nina Katajamaki +Marilyn Benham

Morning!  This is an older image I was able to get of a Hummingbird Moth that was visiting some Milkweed blooms.  Last year was a great year for these guys as I saw a lot of them.  This year has been so hot, I haven't seen much of anything lately.   I believe these moths are technically a type of Glasswing.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!



#moth   #hummingbirdmoth   #insectphotography   #insects   #macro   #macrophotography   #naturephotography   #nature  ___

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2015-07-26 14:25:57 (32 comments, 29 reshares, 358 +1s)Open 

Hi all, it's #steamysunday  and co-curator +Paul Pavlinovich and I would love to see your photos of ANYTHING steamy that you have, we love it all.  Please tag us and the theme so we can find them and enjoy!
It's going to be steamy here outside, close to 100 again and it rained again.  This photo was taken on a very different type of day.  It was in the mid 60sF and was quite lovely in the hills.  This was taken while we were riding the 1880s Train or more accurate, the Black Hills Central Railroad in #southdakota  .  As we were approaching a crossing around a curve I was able to get this shot of the whistle blowing and because it was cool and a bit misty out it created a lovely bit of steam.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!  I'll be hibernating in AC again.


#steam   #steamtrain   #train   #railway   #railroad  

Hi all, it's #steamysunday  and co-curator +Paul Pavlinovich and I would love to see your photos of ANYTHING steamy that you have, we love it all.  Please tag us and the theme so we can find them and enjoy!
It's going to be steamy here outside, close to 100 again and it rained again.  This photo was taken on a very different type of day.  It was in the mid 60sF and was quite lovely in the hills.  This was taken while we were riding the 1880s Train or more accurate, the Black Hills Central Railroad in #southdakota  .  As we were approaching a crossing around a curve I was able to get this shot of the whistle blowing and because it was cool and a bit misty out it created a lovely bit of steam.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!  I'll be hibernating in AC again.


#steam   #steamtrain   #train   #railway   #railroad  ___

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2015-07-25 15:53:46 (33 comments, 36 reshares, 316 +1s)Open 

Hi all!  Wow, it's hot!  We hit 102F actual yesterday, that's about 39C.  We are headed close to there already.  Yuck.  I felt like a butterfly image today.  I have lots and could probably share one every day for weeks but I won't.  :-)  When the Bee Balm was in bloom I was able to get this shot of a Great Spangled Fritillary on it.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day! I'm probably going to hibernate in the AC.  


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

Hi all!  Wow, it's hot!  We hit 102F actual yesterday, that's about 39C.  We are headed close to there already.  Yuck.  I felt like a butterfly image today.  I have lots and could probably share one every day for weeks but I won't.  :-)  When the Bee Balm was in bloom I was able to get this shot of a Great Spangled Fritillary on it.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day! I'm probably going to hibernate in the AC.  


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

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2015-07-24 12:40:11 (22 comments, 8 reshares, 139 +1s)Open 

#birdpoker  by +Phil Armishaw 

Morning!  Going to be a scorcher today again, 102 F or about 38.5C.  We had rain early this morning so will be like a sauna as well.  Yuck.  I saw the theme for Bird Poker today was Hummingbirds so I thought I would share this older shot.  It turned out lovely and clear, just wish it was a flower and not the feeder.  Ah well, it's a sight a lot of us get to see.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!


#hummingbird   #birdphotography   #naturephotos   #nature   #naturephotography  

#birdpoker  by +Phil Armishaw 

Morning!  Going to be a scorcher today again, 102 F or about 38.5C.  We had rain early this morning so will be like a sauna as well.  Yuck.  I saw the theme for Bird Poker today was Hummingbirds so I thought I would share this older shot.  It turned out lovely and clear, just wish it was a flower and not the feeder.  Ah well, it's a sight a lot of us get to see.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!


#hummingbird   #birdphotography   #naturephotos   #nature   #naturephotography  ___

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2015-07-23 12:21:07 (38 comments, 46 reshares, 414 +1s)Open 

#thirstythursdaypics by +Giuseppe Basile +Mark Esguerra

Hi all!  Are the little avatars gone under the photos for everyone else or is it just a glitch for me?  I miss those.
We are going to be hot again, so I thought I would share this image from a cooler time in South Dakota.  I shot these Daisies along a stream while we were viewing a waterfall.  Hope you enjoy them and have a great day!


#southdakota   #daisy   #flowerpower   #flowerphotography   #flowers   #artistic   #stream  

#thirstythursdaypics by +Giuseppe Basile +Mark Esguerra

Hi all!  Are the little avatars gone under the photos for everyone else or is it just a glitch for me?  I miss those.
We are going to be hot again, so I thought I would share this image from a cooler time in South Dakota.  I shot these Daisies along a stream while we were viewing a waterfall.  Hope you enjoy them and have a great day!


#southdakota   #daisy   #flowerpower   #flowerphotography   #flowers   #artistic   #stream  ___

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2015-07-22 12:30:41 (24 comments, 11 reshares, 147 +1s)Open 

#wildlifewednesday by +Mike Spinak +Morkel Erasmus

Hi all, it's another beautiful day here!  Last one for a while I think though.  While we were in the Badlands of South Dakota there were different wildlife to see.  There were a few colonies of these guys, Prairie Dogs, who I think are just the cutest.  They get a bad reputation from ranchers but studies have shown that their tunnels keep the ground aerated and allow grass to grow better.  They actually benefit the land.  Plus, they are so cute, how can you resist them?  Their little barks are fun to listen to as well.  Hope you enjoy them and have a great day!


#prairiedog   #animals   #southdakota   #badlands   #naturephotos   #nature   #naturephotography  

#wildlifewednesday by +Mike Spinak +Morkel Erasmus

Hi all, it's another beautiful day here!  Last one for a while I think though.  While we were in the Badlands of South Dakota there were different wildlife to see.  There were a few colonies of these guys, Prairie Dogs, who I think are just the cutest.  They get a bad reputation from ranchers but studies have shown that their tunnels keep the ground aerated and allow grass to grow better.  They actually benefit the land.  Plus, they are so cute, how can you resist them?  Their little barks are fun to listen to as well.  Hope you enjoy them and have a great day!


#prairiedog   #animals   #southdakota   #badlands   #naturephotos   #nature   #naturephotography  ___

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2015-07-21 12:24:48 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

#transporttuesday +TransportTuesday by +Gene Bowker  +Annie Irving

Hi all!  I did not get a new image ready from our trip so today's goes back to the Bi-plane Fly-In that was held here in early June.  This is an image of a Stearman Bi-plane from the 1940s up close and done in a B&W processing to make more vintage.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!  We cooled down for a couple of days.  60s in the morning and mid 80s at the high.  At least a bit of relief.


#aircraft   #airplane   #biplane   #transportation   #transport   #blackandwhite   #blackandwhitephotography   #monochrome  

#transporttuesday +TransportTuesday by +Gene Bowker  +Annie Irving

Hi all!  I did not get a new image ready from our trip so today's goes back to the Bi-plane Fly-In that was held here in early June.  This is an image of a Stearman Bi-plane from the 1940s up close and done in a B&W processing to make more vintage.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!  We cooled down for a couple of days.  60s in the morning and mid 80s at the high.  At least a bit of relief.


#aircraft   #airplane   #biplane   #transportation   #transport   #blackandwhite   #blackandwhitephotography   #monochrome  ___

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2015-07-20 12:50:04 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

#nationalparksmonday +NationalParksMonday by +Juan Pons

Morning!  So this actually fits into several themes, because I was trying to be a bit artsy it also fits into #artypicoftheweek  and how I took it fits well into #depthoffieldmonday  .  :-)  So this is more Kansas state flowers, that I can't find a field of in Kansas, growing happily in the Badlands of South Dakota.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!


#southdakota   #landscape   #landscapephotography   #badlands   #artistic   #flowers   #sunflower   #flowerphotography  

#nationalparksmonday +NationalParksMonday by +Juan Pons

Morning!  So this actually fits into several themes, because I was trying to be a bit artsy it also fits into #artypicoftheweek  and how I took it fits well into #depthoffieldmonday  .  :-)  So this is more Kansas state flowers, that I can't find a field of in Kansas, growing happily in the Badlands of South Dakota.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!


#southdakota   #landscape   #landscapephotography   #badlands   #artistic   #flowers   #sunflower   #flowerphotography  ___

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2015-07-19 15:01:39 (57 comments, 55 reshares, 480 +1s)Open 

Hi all, it's #steamysunday  where we hope you will share your steamy shots with us!  Co-curator +Paul Pavlinovich and I like to see ANYTHING steamy so please tag us and the theme so we can enjoy.  Let's see some steamy shots today!
It's fairly steamy here in general, yesterday was about 38 C and today it's raining.
So last week with all the talk on another post here from the hubster: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DarrenGunderson/posts/MLVzsqJW2V5?pid=6170703669816884482&oid=112805751371649937221
about where I was during his shot, I thought I would share this today.  This is the shot I got from my vantage point at the top of those rocks.  As you can see the whistle is going off, something I did not take into consideration and should have, I was at a crossing.  SIGH  It was LOUD.  :-)  This is the Black Hills Central Rwy in South Dakota.   Hope you enjoythe image a... more »

Hi all, it's #steamysunday  where we hope you will share your steamy shots with us!  Co-curator +Paul Pavlinovich and I like to see ANYTHING steamy so please tag us and the theme so we can enjoy.  Let's see some steamy shots today!
It's fairly steamy here in general, yesterday was about 38 C and today it's raining.
So last week with all the talk on another post here from the hubster: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DarrenGunderson/posts/MLVzsqJW2V5?pid=6170703669816884482&oid=112805751371649937221
about where I was during his shot, I thought I would share this today.  This is the shot I got from my vantage point at the top of those rocks.  As you can see the whistle is going off, something I did not take into consideration and should have, I was at a crossing.  SIGH  It was LOUD.  :-)  This is the Black Hills Central Rwy in South Dakota.   Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!


#steam   #steamtrain   #railroad   #railway   #southdakota   #train  ___

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2015-07-18 15:27:32 (25 comments, 3 reshares, 113 +1s)Open 

#shroomshotsaturday +ShroomshotSaturday by +Sabeena LoBello +Patricia A +Keith Elliott

#sepiasaturday by +Renee Stewart Jackson

Shroom Buddies

Hi all, hopefully our last scorcher for a bit, 38 C today most likely again. Sigh, this is getting very old.  
Anyway, thoughts of cooler and wetter days with this image.  This was taken at the railroad I work at, I believe, one morning when we got there and it was still rainy so couldn't work much.  The color is natural, this is right out of the camera.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!


#fungus   #mushrooms   #macrophotography   #macro   #nature   #naturephotos   #naturephotography  

#shroomshotsaturday +ShroomshotSaturday by +Sabeena LoBello +Patricia A +Keith Elliott

#sepiasaturday by +Renee Stewart Jackson

Shroom Buddies

Hi all, hopefully our last scorcher for a bit, 38 C today most likely again. Sigh, this is getting very old.  
Anyway, thoughts of cooler and wetter days with this image.  This was taken at the railroad I work at, I believe, one morning when we got there and it was still rainy so couldn't work much.  The color is natural, this is right out of the camera.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!


#fungus   #mushrooms   #macrophotography   #macro   #nature   #naturephotos   #naturephotography  ___

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2015-07-17 21:30:01 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

7/17/15
The theme for my Black and White project was Bubbles.  It looked pretty cool in B&W but when I was looking at the images I liked the colors that were captured as well and thought I would share a shot here.  It's fun to play and share different things someti...

7/17/15
The theme for my Black and White project was Bubbles.  It looked pretty cool in B&W but when I was looking at the images I liked the colors that were captured as well and thought I would share a shot here.  It's fun to play and share different things someti...___

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2015-07-17 12:34:29 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 69 +1s)Open 

#bwproject26  +Tisha Montgomery +Lauri Novak +Al Chris +Brandon Luk 

Week 15 - Bubbles

Hi everyone!  Wow, the year is going fast.  Here is my take for this week's theme.  I had the hubster help me out and blow bubbles in front of a dark background.  Once we got the bubble mixture figured out and I got the right camera setting it went pretty well.  I like how some of them clustered together as well.  Hope you enjoy my take on the theme and have a great day!


#blackandwhitephotography   #blackandwhite   #bubble   #abstractart   #abstract   #blackandwhitephotos  

#bwproject26  +Tisha Montgomery +Lauri Novak +Al Chris +Brandon Luk 

Week 15 - Bubbles

Hi everyone!  Wow, the year is going fast.  Here is my take for this week's theme.  I had the hubster help me out and blow bubbles in front of a dark background.  Once we got the bubble mixture figured out and I got the right camera setting it went pretty well.  I like how some of them clustered together as well.  Hope you enjoy my take on the theme and have a great day!


#blackandwhitephotography   #blackandwhite   #bubble   #abstractart   #abstract   #blackandwhitephotos  ___

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2015-07-16 12:36:34 (27 comments, 5 reshares, 122 +1s)Open 

#beethursday +Bee Thursday by +Dorothy Pugh

Haste makes waste as they say, i forgot the photo again.  SIGH

Hi everyone!  Off out of town for a meeting this morning, starting already, sheesh.  Going to be another scorcher too, 37 C at least.  Yuck.  This is an image I got before vacation when I was shooting in the Bee Balm patch that's a bit down the road from me.  A great place to find bees and butterflies.  I caught this Bumble just after he had taken off from one of the blooms and was heading for another.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!


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

#beethursday +Bee Thursday by +Dorothy Pugh

Haste makes waste as they say, i forgot the photo again.  SIGH

Hi everyone!  Off out of town for a meeting this morning, starting already, sheesh.  Going to be another scorcher too, 37 C at least.  Yuck.  This is an image I got before vacation when I was shooting in the Bee Balm patch that's a bit down the road from me.  A great place to find bees and butterflies.  I caught this Bumble just after he had taken off from one of the blooms and was heading for another.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!


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

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2015-07-15 12:35:44 (33 comments, 1 reshares, 73 +1s)Open 

#wildlifewednesday by +Mike Spinak +Morkel Erasmus

Sheep on a Butte

Hi all!  So when we were in the Badlands of #southdakota  we were able to see a large number of Big Horn Sheep.  Most of them were a lot closer and I have other photos to show but I liked this one with the view of the landscape there.  We had read about how early pioneers used to hall equipment to the top of the buttes to cut the grass for their livestock because the livestock could not get up to the butte.  It was a big process of taking apart equipment, hauling it up, reassembly, cutting and then sending it all back down again.  Now the buttes are only used by the Sheep and other animals that can get there so it was cool to catch a glimpse of that.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!  It's best viewed large.  :-)


#naturephotography   #nature   #badlands   #wildlifeph... more »

#wildlifewednesday by +Mike Spinak +Morkel Erasmus

Sheep on a Butte

Hi all!  So when we were in the Badlands of #southdakota  we were able to see a large number of Big Horn Sheep.  Most of them were a lot closer and I have other photos to show but I liked this one with the view of the landscape there.  We had read about how early pioneers used to hall equipment to the top of the buttes to cut the grass for their livestock because the livestock could not get up to the butte.  It was a big process of taking apart equipment, hauling it up, reassembly, cutting and then sending it all back down again.  Now the buttes are only used by the Sheep and other animals that can get there so it was cool to catch a glimpse of that.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!  It's best viewed large.  :-)


#naturephotography   #nature   #badlands   #wildlifephotography   #wildlifephotos   #wildlife   #animals   #bighornsheep   #landscape   #landscapephotography  ___

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2015-07-14 12:33:38 (17 comments, 2 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

#transporttuesday +TransportTuesday by +Gene Bowker  +Annie Irving

Hi all!  This is an image from our 20 mile round trip on the historic Mickelson Trail in #southdakota  .  The trail is on former Burlington Northern tracks which last operated there in 1983 and stretches approximately 109 miles.  We rode from the Mystic Trail-head to a couple miles past the Rochford Trail-head because we wanted to see a second tunnel.  The trail goes over several trestles and through at least 4 tunnels all together.  It also goes through some lovely rock cuts in the Black Hills and this is the hubster riding through one of them.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!  Another very hot one for us.  Hope to catch up with you all tonight, had a meeting last night and then things to do.


#landscapephotography   #landscape   #bicycle   #transport   #transportation   #blackhills  #rock   #biketr... more »

#transporttuesday +TransportTuesday by +Gene Bowker  +Annie Irving

Hi all!  This is an image from our 20 mile round trip on the historic Mickelson Trail in #southdakota  .  The trail is on former Burlington Northern tracks which last operated there in 1983 and stretches approximately 109 miles.  We rode from the Mystic Trail-head to a couple miles past the Rochford Trail-head because we wanted to see a second tunnel.  The trail goes over several trestles and through at least 4 tunnels all together.  It also goes through some lovely rock cuts in the Black Hills and this is the hubster riding through one of them.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!  Another very hot one for us.  Hope to catch up with you all tonight, had a meeting last night and then things to do.


#landscapephotography   #landscape   #bicycle   #transport   #transportation   #blackhills   #rock   #biketrail   #mickelsontrail  ___

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2015-07-13 13:22:04 (42 comments, 15 reshares, 228 +1s)Open 

#macromonday by +Julie B +John Dusseault +Nina Katajamaki +Marilyn Benham

I Walk the Line

Hi all.  Taking a break from vacation images to post one I got right before we left while out trying to find bees and Butterflies.  I saw this Argus Tortoise Beetle walking this blade of grass and even came up with a title which is rare for me.  :-)
Busy first day back at work so won't be around much, hope to catch up with you all tonight though maybe not as I have a meeting.  See you all whenever.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!




#beetle   #insectphotography   #insects   #macrophotography   #macro   #hqspmacro   #naturephotos   #naturephotography   #nature  

#macromonday by +Julie B +John Dusseault +Nina Katajamaki +Marilyn Benham

I Walk the Line

Hi all.  Taking a break from vacation images to post one I got right before we left while out trying to find bees and Butterflies.  I saw this Argus Tortoise Beetle walking this blade of grass and even came up with a title which is rare for me.  :-)
Busy first day back at work so won't be around much, hope to catch up with you all tonight though maybe not as I have a meeting.  See you all whenever.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!




#beetle   #insectphotography   #insects   #macrophotography   #macro   #hqspmacro   #naturephotos   #naturephotography   #nature  ___

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2015-07-12 14:36:51 (46 comments, 38 reshares, 452 +1s)Open 

Hi everyone, it's #steamysunday  where co-curator +Paul Pavlinovich and I hope you will share some steamy shots!  We like ANYTHING steamy, not just trains, it can be steam off your coffee or tea or mist in the mountains.  Please tag us and the theme if you play so we can find and enjoy them.  Let's see some steamy shots!
So on our trip to #southdakota  we went to the 1880s Train which the hubster had fun saying nothing about it was 1880s.  The station is original and from 1889 so barely made it.  It was a nice railroad though they were a bit stringent in not allowing you to move while the train was moving.  I guess it's good for some people who are not used to it but it was one of the smoothest rides I have been on.  The locomotive they use most is this one that I had never seen before.  It's an articulated Mallet Tank engine built by Baldwin in 1928.  It can pullthe most ca... more »

Hi everyone, it's #steamysunday  where co-curator +Paul Pavlinovich and I hope you will share some steamy shots!  We like ANYTHING steamy, not just trains, it can be steam off your coffee or tea or mist in the mountains.  Please tag us and the theme if you play so we can find and enjoy them.  Let's see some steamy shots!
So on our trip to #southdakota  we went to the 1880s Train which the hubster had fun saying nothing about it was 1880s.  The station is original and from 1889 so barely made it.  It was a nice railroad though they were a bit stringent in not allowing you to move while the train was moving.  I guess it's good for some people who are not used to it but it was one of the smoothest rides I have been on.  The locomotive they use most is this one that I had never seen before.  It's an articulated Mallet Tank engine built by Baldwin in 1928.  It can pull the most cars so they use it in their busy season.  It is oil fired, they stopped using coal in the 1930s due to traveling through the Black Hills Forest.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!

#steam   #steamtrain   #locomotive   #railroad   #train   #1880strain  
#blackhills  ___

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2015-07-11 16:24:27 (33 comments, 17 reshares, 324 +1s)Open 

#silhouettesaturday +SilhouetteSaturday by +Naila z

Hi all!  Back home again after a trying trip.  Lost the main belt on the car 54 miles in due to the AC bearing freezing up.  Got back on the road but with no AC only to blow a tire on the trailer 40 mins from home and couldn't get one of the lug nuts off due to the manufacturer tightening it so much.  Had to run home and get tools then go back and finish changing the tire and then go home again.  Our cat was wondering what the heck.  Anyway, finally home.
Sharing a bit of a different image of the #southdakota  Badlands than usual.  I took this on Wednesday early evening after a rain storm that only bothered our time for a half hour that we spent in the Visitor's center.  Playing to a different theme with it and hope you enjoy it and have a great day!  We came back to HEAT!  Supposed to be 102 by Monday.  Yuck.
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#silhouettesaturday +SilhouetteSaturday by +Naila z

Hi all!  Back home again after a trying trip.  Lost the main belt on the car 54 miles in due to the AC bearing freezing up.  Got back on the road but with no AC only to blow a tire on the trailer 40 mins from home and couldn't get one of the lug nuts off due to the manufacturer tightening it so much.  Had to run home and get tools then go back and finish changing the tire and then go home again.  Our cat was wondering what the heck.  Anyway, finally home.
Sharing a bit of a different image of the #southdakota  Badlands than usual.  I took this on Wednesday early evening after a rain storm that only bothered our time for a half hour that we spent in the Visitor's center.  Playing to a different theme with it and hope you enjoy it and have a great day!  We came back to HEAT!  Supposed to be 102 by Monday.  Yuck.

#landscapephoto   #landscapephotography   #landscape   #Badlands   #silhouette  ___

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2015-07-10 02:44:50 (37 comments, 61 reshares, 505 +1s)Open 

#floralfriday +FloralFriday by +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Kiki Nelson +Eustace James

Hi all!  Tomorrow is travel day back home so posting a bit early to a theme but it's Friday somewhere.  This is a common wildflower for us in Kansas but I did a bit of an artsy take on it today.  The backdrop is a section of the Badlands from the Notch Trail which we hiked today.  Had a great time in South Dakota and would definitely return.  Hope you enjoy the image and are having a great week!

#wildflowers   #sunflower   #badlands   #southdakota   #macro   #macrophotography   #flowerphotography   #flowers  

#floralfriday +FloralFriday by +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Kiki Nelson +Eustace James

Hi all!  Tomorrow is travel day back home so posting a bit early to a theme but it's Friday somewhere.  This is a common wildflower for us in Kansas but I did a bit of an artsy take on it today.  The backdrop is a section of the Badlands from the Notch Trail which we hiked today.  Had a great time in South Dakota and would definitely return.  Hope you enjoy the image and are having a great week!

#wildflowers   #sunflower   #badlands   #southdakota   #macro   #macrophotography   #flowerphotography   #flowers  ___

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2015-07-09 16:00:02 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

7/9/15
This is an older pic from a Colorado trip.  I took this along Clear Creek Canyon.  It's a very lovely and soothing place.  Had a long day in the Badlands on Wednesday so no time to process anything new.  It was quite lovely and I took quite a lot of images ...

7/9/15
This is an older pic from a Colorado trip.  I took this along Clear Creek Canyon.  It's a very lovely and soothing place.  Had a long day in the Badlands on Wednesday so no time to process anything new.  It was quite lovely and I took quite a lot of images ...___

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2015-07-08 03:29:14 (84 comments, 61 reshares, 545 +1s)Open 

#waterfallwednesday  +Eric Leslie 

Hi all, I'm going to post early again, hope you are not minding that since I don't know what the day will be like.  Today we were on a 20 mile bike ride that I wasn't sure if it would wipe me out but we did well.  May not get out of bed tomorrow.  LOL
Anyway, on our first full day here we went on a drive to see waterfalls.  We drove through Spearfish Canyon and this is Spearfish Falls.  All the waterfalls were flowing nicely due to the rain the area has gotten this year.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!


#waterfallphotography   #waterfall   #landscapephotography   #landscape   #southdakota   #longexposure  

#waterfallwednesday  +Eric Leslie 

Hi all, I'm going to post early again, hope you are not minding that since I don't know what the day will be like.  Today we were on a 20 mile bike ride that I wasn't sure if it would wipe me out but we did well.  May not get out of bed tomorrow.  LOL
Anyway, on our first full day here we went on a drive to see waterfalls.  We drove through Spearfish Canyon and this is Spearfish Falls.  All the waterfalls were flowing nicely due to the rain the area has gotten this year.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!


#waterfallphotography   #waterfall   #landscapephotography   #landscape   #southdakota   #longexposure  ___

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2015-07-07 16:00:08 (6 comments, 6 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

7/7/15
This is a kind of fitting post today because as this posts we should be on a bike ride, though not motorized, on an old railroad route in South Dakota.  On Sunday we visited Sturgis where they hold the huge motorcycle rally every year, this year is the 75th...

7/7/15
This is a kind of fitting post today because as this posts we should be on a bike ride, though not motorized, on an old railroad route in South Dakota.  On Sunday we visited Sturgis where they hold the huge motorcycle rally every year, this year is the 75th...___

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2015-07-07 03:19:50 (78 comments, 98 reshares, 625 +1s)Open 

#transporttuesday +TransportTuesday by +Gene Bowker  +Annie Irving

Well, it's Tuesday somewhere so sharing this image slightly early for the US.  :-)  We went to Sturgis where they have the huge motorcycle rally every year.  They have a great motorcycle museum there and I could share images for the next year from there.  If I could have any antique motorcycle it would be an Indian.  I've just always loved these and the styling.  This is the first one I have ever seen of this type, a military one.  Usually these were Harleys.  This is a 1943 Military Scout 741.  It was restored in the 1990s and is quite nice.  Hope you enjoy it and are having a great week!


#motorcycle   #indian   #transport   #sturgis   #southdakota   #military  

#transporttuesday +TransportTuesday by +Gene Bowker  +Annie Irving

Well, it's Tuesday somewhere so sharing this image slightly early for the US.  :-)  We went to Sturgis where they have the huge motorcycle rally every year.  They have a great motorcycle museum there and I could share images for the next year from there.  If I could have any antique motorcycle it would be an Indian.  I've just always loved these and the styling.  This is the first one I have ever seen of this type, a military one.  Usually these were Harleys.  This is a 1943 Military Scout 741.  It was restored in the 1990s and is quite nice.  Hope you enjoy it and are having a great week!


#motorcycle   #indian   #transport   #sturgis   #southdakota   #military  ___

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2015-07-06 16:00:02 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

7/6/15
On our way to Scottsbluff we passed this fairly well known landmark so we had to stop and take a photo.  This is one of the images I got of Chimney Rock, Nebraska.  Reminds me of an arm with a finger pointing upwards.  :-)  As this picture is posting we are...

7/6/15
On our way to Scottsbluff we passed this fairly well known landmark so we had to stop and take a photo.  This is one of the images I got of Chimney Rock, Nebraska.  Reminds me of an arm with a finger pointing upwards.  :-)  As this picture is posting we are...___

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2015-07-05 02:44:08 (20 comments, 13 reshares, 194 +1s)Open 

Hi all, it's #steamysunday  where my co-curator +Paul Pavlinovich   lives so I think I'm good to post this now.  We are off to watch fireworks here in Rapid City, South Dakota shortly and then busy tomorrow morning.  Hope you all will play along in the theme though and tag us and the theme so we can enjoy them.
I shot this image of a Union Pacific 2-8-0 Consolidation type in a park in Gehring, SD yesterday.  It was surrounded by a chain link fence so I got a bit artsy with it.  the poor thing is in need of a lot of work but it was nice to see it still exists.  Hope you enjoy it and are having a great weekend!  Happy 4th to those in the states!



#steam   #train   #locomotive   #railroad   #railway   #steamtrains  

Hi all, it's #steamysunday  where my co-curator +Paul Pavlinovich   lives so I think I'm good to post this now.  We are off to watch fireworks here in Rapid City, South Dakota shortly and then busy tomorrow morning.  Hope you all will play along in the theme though and tag us and the theme so we can enjoy them.
I shot this image of a Union Pacific 2-8-0 Consolidation type in a park in Gehring, SD yesterday.  It was surrounded by a chain link fence so I got a bit artsy with it.  the poor thing is in need of a lot of work but it was nice to see it still exists.  Hope you enjoy it and are having a great weekend!  Happy 4th to those in the states!



#steam   #train   #locomotive   #railroad   #railway   #steamtrains  ___

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2015-07-04 16:00:09 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

7/4/15
Happy 4th of July to those in the United States!  We are traveling at the moment so this is an image I got last year of the fireworks in my town.  I hope to see some tonight but not sure where that would be in Rapid City, SD.

7/4/15
Happy 4th of July to those in the United States!  We are traveling at the moment so this is an image I got last year of the fireworks in my town.  I hope to see some tonight but not sure where that would be in Rapid City, SD.___

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2015-07-04 04:18:52 (51 comments, 23 reshares, 377 +1s)Open 

#sunsetsaturday by +Dennis Hoffbuhr

Hi all!  We are in Scottsbluff, Nebraska on our way to South Dakota.  Stopped off to see the area.  I got this image this evening and it's Saturday already somewhere so posting now since we will be busy at the bluff and then driving the rest of the way to our vacation spot.  This is Saddle Rock which is part of the Bluff.  Hope you enjoy it and are having a great weekend!


#landscapephotography   #landscape   #sunset   #nebraska   #scottsbluff   #bluff  

#sunsetsaturday by +Dennis Hoffbuhr

Hi all!  We are in Scottsbluff, Nebraska on our way to South Dakota.  Stopped off to see the area.  I got this image this evening and it's Saturday already somewhere so posting now since we will be busy at the bluff and then driving the rest of the way to our vacation spot.  This is Saddle Rock which is part of the Bluff.  Hope you enjoy it and are having a great weekend!


#landscapephotography   #landscape   #sunset   #nebraska   #scottsbluff   #bluff  ___

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2015-07-03 02:02:37 (30 comments, 6 reshares, 162 +1s)Open 

#bwproject26  +Tisha Montgomery +Lauri Novak +Al Chris +Brandon Luk 

Week 14 - Architecture

Hi all!  It's Friday somewhere and I am traveling tomorrow to South Dakota Black Hills and Bad Lands area for vacation so I am posting this early.  This is the upper level of one of the buildings in our town that was built in the mid 1800s.  Limestone turned out to be the primary material to build with in this area because it was readily available and cut well.  However, early buildings like this one were constructed mostly from brick with only limestone accents.  It spoke to the wealth of the builder as well since the brick had to be transported.  I liked the different textures in this and hope you enjoy it as well.  The color version will be over on my Blog tomorrow.  Have a great day and catch up with you at some point.


#architecturephotography  #architecture... more »

#bwproject26  +Tisha Montgomery +Lauri Novak +Al Chris +Brandon Luk 

Week 14 - Architecture

Hi all!  It's Friday somewhere and I am traveling tomorrow to South Dakota Black Hills and Bad Lands area for vacation so I am posting this early.  This is the upper level of one of the buildings in our town that was built in the mid 1800s.  Limestone turned out to be the primary material to build with in this area because it was readily available and cut well.  However, early buildings like this one were constructed mostly from brick with only limestone accents.  It spoke to the wealth of the builder as well since the brick had to be transported.  I liked the different textures in this and hope you enjoy it as well.  The color version will be over on my Blog tomorrow.  Have a great day and catch up with you at some point.


#architecturephotography   #architecture   #building   #kansas   #blackandwhitephotography   #blackandwhite  ___

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2015-07-02 13:04:56 (34 comments, 7 reshares, 170 +1s)Open 

#beethursday +Bee Thursday by +Dorothy Pugh

Hi all!  I caught this Bumble Bee Carpenter Bee, sorry in flight this past weekend.  He had been flying around a group of Bee Balm flowers but then seemed quite interested in this plant.  I need to look in my book what it is, it's rather tall, probably about 4 feet.  It was quite enticing to him.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!


#bees   #insectphotography   #insects   #naturephotos   #nature   #naturephotography   #macro   #macrophotography  

#beethursday +Bee Thursday by +Dorothy Pugh

Hi all!  I caught this Bumble Bee Carpenter Bee, sorry in flight this past weekend.  He had been flying around a group of Bee Balm flowers but then seemed quite interested in this plant.  I need to look in my book what it is, it's rather tall, probably about 4 feet.  It was quite enticing to him.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!


#bees   #insectphotography   #insects   #naturephotos   #nature   #naturephotography   #macro   #macrophotography  ___

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2015-07-01 12:32:05 (30 comments, 11 reshares, 143 +1s)Open 

#waterfallwednesday by +Eric Leslie

Morning!  Another scorcher for the first day of July, mid to high 90s.  UGH  I haven't had anything to play in this theme for a while, hope to rectify that next week on a vacation trip.  Anyway, back in early June when we got rain the waterfall in the new housing development  behind me started flowing.  I believe this was always there and just exposed when the development was put in.  The water cascades over natural limestone steps.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!


#waterfall   #waterfallphotography   #landscapephotography   #landscape   #landscapephoto   #kansas  

#waterfallwednesday by +Eric Leslie

Morning!  Another scorcher for the first day of July, mid to high 90s.  UGH  I haven't had anything to play in this theme for a while, hope to rectify that next week on a vacation trip.  Anyway, back in early June when we got rain the waterfall in the new housing development  behind me started flowing.  I believe this was always there and just exposed when the development was put in.  The water cascades over natural limestone steps.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!


#waterfall   #waterfallphotography   #landscapephotography   #landscape   #landscapephoto   #kansas  ___

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2015-06-30 12:55:17 (23 comments, 1 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

#transporttuesday +TransportTuesday by +Gene Bowker  +Annie Irving

Morning!  Going to be a hot one again today, mid 90s F.  Yuck.  This is an image from the Bi-plane Fly-In held back in early June in Junction City, KS.  This Mohawk Bi-plane owned and flown by a local car dealer was giving rides and raising money for an aeronautics group for young adults.  The plane was in the midst of changing riders at this point.  I decided to process it a bit different.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!


#airplane   #biplane   #monochrome   #flight   #planes   #monochromephotography   #transportation  

#transporttuesday +TransportTuesday by +Gene Bowker  +Annie Irving

Morning!  Going to be a hot one again today, mid 90s F.  Yuck.  This is an image from the Bi-plane Fly-In held back in early June in Junction City, KS.  This Mohawk Bi-plane owned and flown by a local car dealer was giving rides and raising money for an aeronautics group for young adults.  The plane was in the midst of changing riders at this point.  I decided to process it a bit different.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!


#airplane   #biplane   #monochrome   #flight   #planes   #monochromephotography   #transportation  ___

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2015-06-29 12:18:38 (25 comments, 1 reshares, 124 +1s)Open 

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

Morning!  I finally got a decent Nuthatch photo!  It's not as close as I'd like and it's actually my fault.  I was using my big lens but was so excited to see it and in a hurry to catch it I forgot to zoom in.  SIGH  Ah well, I still like it and wanted to share.  I captured this in Minnesota while I was steaming up the large scale train that I help run there.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great start to your week.


#birds   #birdphotography   #birds4all   #naturephotos   #nature   #naturephotography  

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

Morning!  I finally got a decent Nuthatch photo!  It's not as close as I'd like and it's actually my fault.  I was using my big lens but was so excited to see it and in a hurry to catch it I forgot to zoom in.  SIGH  Ah well, I still like it and wanted to share.  I captured this in Minnesota while I was steaming up the large scale train that I help run there.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great start to your week.


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

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2015-06-28 15:19:30 (24 comments, 9 reshares, 104 +1s)Open 

Hi all, it's #steamysunday  where co-curator +Paul Pavlinovich and I hope you will play along with some steamy shots!  I saw some great ones yesterday from parts of the world where it was Sunday already.  :-)  It can be ANYTHING STEAMY we love it all, even steam off your tea!  Just please tag us and the theme so we can enjoy them.
My image goes back to the archives today.  This is a double header from the Cumbres & Toltec Railway heading out of Chama #newmexico  on it's way to Antonito, #colorado  .  At this point it is a trip that is mostly uphill and you can see they are working hard.  The one in the back most likely just had coal thrown in, they are darkest right after that till the dust blows off and settles.  You can see the front one is clearing already.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!



#train   #railway   #steamtrains  #transportat... more »

Hi all, it's #steamysunday  where co-curator +Paul Pavlinovich and I hope you will play along with some steamy shots!  I saw some great ones yesterday from parts of the world where it was Sunday already.  :-)  It can be ANYTHING STEAMY we love it all, even steam off your tea!  Just please tag us and the theme so we can enjoy them.
My image goes back to the archives today.  This is a double header from the Cumbres & Toltec Railway heading out of Chama #newmexico  on it's way to Antonito, #colorado  .  At this point it is a trip that is mostly uphill and you can see they are working hard.  The one in the back most likely just had coal thrown in, they are darkest right after that till the dust blows off and settles.  You can see the front one is clearing already.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!



#train   #railway   #steamtrains   #transportation   #railroad  ___

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2015-06-27 14:17:15 (80 comments, 78 reshares, 660 +1s)Open 

#TulipSaturday by +Measie Elizabeth +Marilyn Benham +Eustace James

Light My Fire

Hi all!  Haven't played in this theme in a bit.  I was able to capture a lot of tulip photos this spring as it seemed to be a good year for them.  This is one of my new ones.  I loved the light on it and was able to come up with a name.  :-)  Anyone know about tulips?  They come from bulbs but several that I planted have big seed pod heads, what are those for?  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!


#tulips   #flowerphotography   #flowercolors   #flowers   #macro   #macrophotography   #spring2015   #spring  

#TulipSaturday by +Measie Elizabeth +Marilyn Benham +Eustace James

Light My Fire

Hi all!  Haven't played in this theme in a bit.  I was able to capture a lot of tulip photos this spring as it seemed to be a good year for them.  This is one of my new ones.  I loved the light on it and was able to come up with a name.  :-)  Anyone know about tulips?  They come from bulbs but several that I planted have big seed pod heads, what are those for?  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!


#tulips   #flowerphotography   #flowercolors   #flowers   #macro   #macrophotography   #spring2015   #spring  ___

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2015-06-26 12:21:08 (28 comments, 0 reshares, 83 +1s)Open 

#floralfriday +FloralFriday by +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Kiki Nelson +Eustace James

UGH  If I could remember to add a photo these days.  SIGH
Happy Friday!  I saw this beautiful water Iris at the railroad I work at one day a few weeks ago after a rain.  It still has some raindrops on it.  We had rain last night so I thought this was a fitting image to use today.  I bet it's going to be very humid today but at least it is supposed to cool down to the low 80s instead of 100F.  Hope you all enjoy the image and have a great start to the weekend!



#flowers   #flowerphotography   #flowercolors   #flowerpower   #iris   #macrophotography   #macro   #yellow  

#floralfriday +FloralFriday by +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Kiki Nelson +Eustace James

UGH  If I could remember to add a photo these days.  SIGH
Happy Friday!  I saw this beautiful water Iris at the railroad I work at one day a few weeks ago after a rain.  It still has some raindrops on it.  We had rain last night so I thought this was a fitting image to use today.  I bet it's going to be very humid today but at least it is supposed to cool down to the low 80s instead of 100F.  Hope you all enjoy the image and have a great start to the weekend!



#flowers   #flowerphotography   #flowercolors   #flowerpower   #iris   #macrophotography   #macro   #yellow  ___

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2015-06-25 12:26:00 (33 comments, 3 reshares, 180 +1s)Open 

#inmotionthursday +InMotion Thursday by +Scott Thomas

Morning!  This was kind of a luck shot.  I was photographing this frog who was probably waiting for lunch to fly by and got this dragonfly in the image as well.  I am guessing the dragonfly was not what he wanted on the menu.  :-)  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day.  I hope we are cooling off today, up around 100F once again.  Yuck.


#naturephotography   #nature   #frog   #dragonfly   #pond   #naturephotos  

#inmotionthursday +InMotion Thursday by +Scott Thomas

Morning!  This was kind of a luck shot.  I was photographing this frog who was probably waiting for lunch to fly by and got this dragonfly in the image as well.  I am guessing the dragonfly was not what he wanted on the menu.  :-)  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day.  I hope we are cooling off today, up around 100F once again.  Yuck.


#naturephotography   #nature   #frog   #dragonfly   #pond   #naturephotos  ___

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2015-06-24 12:37:27 (27 comments, 2 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

#widewednesdaypanorama +WideWednesdayPanorama by +Ken McMahon +David Heath Williams

Morning!  Going to be a scorcher here today again, around 100F.  Sigh, it's not even July yet.  This is from much cooler days.  This view is out on Konza Prairie as you travel around Butterfly Hill which is heading off to the left.  This is looking out over the Flint Hills of Kansas.  As you can see, #kansas  is not flat where I live.  Of course this image is best viewed large.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day.


#konzaprairie   #prairie   #tallgrassprarie   #landscapephotography   #landscape   #hqsplandscape   #panorama   #panoramic   #panoramaphotography  

#widewednesdaypanorama +WideWednesdayPanorama by +Ken McMahon +David Heath Williams

Morning!  Going to be a scorcher here today again, around 100F.  Sigh, it's not even July yet.  This is from much cooler days.  This view is out on Konza Prairie as you travel around Butterfly Hill which is heading off to the left.  This is looking out over the Flint Hills of Kansas.  As you can see, #kansas  is not flat where I live.  Of course this image is best viewed large.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day.


#konzaprairie   #prairie   #tallgrassprarie   #landscapephotography   #landscape   #hqsplandscape   #panorama   #panoramic   #panoramaphotography  ___

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2015-06-23 13:20:47 (18 comments, 2 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

#transporttuesday +TransportTuesday by +Gene Bowker  +Annie Irving

Morning!  First day back so busy busy.  :-)  This is another flyover of formation flight demonstration at the Bi-plane Fly-In a couple of weekends ago.  There is one impostor in there but it was a fun demonstration and definitely not something you see every day.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!  Hope to start catching up with you all later today.


#transportation   #airplane   #biplane   #airstrike   #aircraft   #formation  

#transporttuesday +TransportTuesday by +Gene Bowker  +Annie Irving

Morning!  First day back so busy busy.  :-)  This is another flyover of formation flight demonstration at the Bi-plane Fly-In a couple of weekends ago.  There is one impostor in there but it was a fun demonstration and definitely not something you see every day.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!  Hope to start catching up with you all later today.


#transportation   #airplane   #biplane   #airstrike   #aircraft   #formation  ___

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2015-06-22 13:35:21 (20 comments, 2 reshares, 80 +1s)Open 

Hi everyone!  It's travel day back home so thought I would share a photo from my area today.  I got this image of a Meadowlark singing out on Konza Prairie a few weekends ago.  I love to see and hear them out there and was glad to get a decent shot even though it was fairly far away.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!  Will try to catch up with you all tomorrow!


#naturephotography   #birdphotography   #birds   #nature   #kansas   #konzaprairie   #birds4all   #birdsgallery   #naturephotos  

Hi everyone!  It's travel day back home so thought I would share a photo from my area today.  I got this image of a Meadowlark singing out on Konza Prairie a few weekends ago.  I love to see and hear them out there and was glad to get a decent shot even though it was fairly far away.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!  Will try to catch up with you all tomorrow!


#naturephotography   #birdphotography   #birds   #nature   #kansas   #konzaprairie   #birds4all   #birdsgallery   #naturephotos  ___

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2015-06-21 14:59:02 (15 comments, 5 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

Hi everyone, it's #steamysunday  from the steam capitol of Minnesota!  Co-curator +Paul Pavlinovich and I hope you will share some steamy images today!  We like ANYTHING STEAMY so please tag us and the theme so we can find them.  I'll be enjoying later as I am off to do some steam related stuff.
This image is a bit different for me because I like trains but last night I went on a ride around the big pond here at the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion grounds that was put on by these 2 steam traction engines.  The one on the left is a 20HP Minneapolis engine that the hubster gets to take care of when we are here.  I rode behind that one of course.  :-)  The other is a big Rumley.  It was a lot of fun and a lovely evening for it as shown in my photo from yesterday.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!  Catch up with you all later!


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Hi everyone, it's #steamysunday  from the steam capitol of Minnesota!  Co-curator +Paul Pavlinovich and I hope you will share some steamy images today!  We like ANYTHING STEAMY so please tag us and the theme so we can find them.  I'll be enjoying later as I am off to do some steam related stuff.
This image is a bit different for me because I like trains but last night I went on a ride around the big pond here at the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion grounds that was put on by these 2 steam traction engines.  The one on the left is a 20HP Minneapolis engine that the hubster gets to take care of when we are here.  I rode behind that one of course.  :-)  The other is a big Rumley.  It was a lot of fun and a lovely evening for it as shown in my photo from yesterday.  Hope you enjoy the image and have a great day!  Catch up with you all later!


#steam   #steamtractionengine   #WMSTR   #minnesota   #transportation   ___

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2015-06-21 04:00:26 (23 comments, 8 reshares, 179 +1s)Open 

#sunsetsaturday by +Dennis Hoffbuhr

Hi all!  Been busy here in Minnesota playing steam stuff so sorry not around much.  Will have to catch up soon.  This is tonight's sunset here in the western part of the state and there were some storms in the area but we were good here.  Made for some lovely clouds though.  Hope you enjoy the image and that you had a great day!


#landscapephotography   #landscape   #landscapephoto   #minnesota   #sunset   #cloud  

#sunsetsaturday by +Dennis Hoffbuhr

Hi all!  Been busy here in Minnesota playing steam stuff so sorry not around much.  Will have to catch up soon.  This is tonight's sunset here in the western part of the state and there were some storms in the area but we were good here.  Made for some lovely clouds though.  Hope you enjoy the image and that you had a great day!


#landscapephotography   #landscape   #landscapephoto   #minnesota   #sunset   #cloud  ___

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2015-06-20 01:04:50 (29 comments, 2 reshares, 86 +1s)Open 

#bwproject26  +Tisha Montgomery +Lauri Novak +Brandon Luk +Al Chris 

Week 13 - Shallow Depth of Field

Hi all!  I had found this guy on a leaf this past weekend and thought he turned out perfect for this project.  This is an Assassin Bug on a leaf trying to look very threatening to me.  Hope you enjoy it and are having a great day!


#insectphotography   #insects   #macro   #macro   #blackandwhite   #blackandwhitephotography  

#bwproject26  +Tisha Montgomery +Lauri Novak +Brandon Luk +Al Chris 

Week 13 - Shallow Depth of Field

Hi all!  I had found this guy on a leaf this past weekend and thought he turned out perfect for this project.  This is an Assassin Bug on a leaf trying to look very threatening to me.  Hope you enjoy it and are having a great day!


#insectphotography   #insects   #macro   #macro   #blackandwhite   #blackandwhitephotography  ___

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2015-06-19 03:55:43 (13 comments, 2 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

#thirstythursdaypics by +Giuseppe Basile +Mark Esguerra

Hi all from Minnesota.  We were at the head waters of the Mississippi River today.  Lake Itasca is in the background and then water flows over those rocks and thus begins the mighty Mississippi.  I walked across the river here, the water was not near as cold as I thought it would be.  Hope you enjoy the image and are having a great day!


#landscapephotography   #landscape   #mississippi   #river   #minnesota  

#thirstythursdaypics by +Giuseppe Basile +Mark Esguerra

Hi all from Minnesota.  We were at the head waters of the Mississippi River today.  Lake Itasca is in the background and then water flows over those rocks and thus begins the mighty Mississippi.  I walked across the river here, the water was not near as cold as I thought it would be.  Hope you enjoy the image and are having a great day!


#landscapephotography   #landscape   #mississippi   #river   #minnesota  ___

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2015-06-17 20:16:26 (45 comments, 31 reshares, 501 +1s)Open 

Hi all!  Well we made it to Minnesota!  As the hubster was setting up the camper, I stayed out of his way and didn't rush him because of all the mosquitoes.  I saw the most Blue Damsels that I have ever seen in one place.  Got my macro and caught this one with lunch.  Hope you enjoy it and are having a great day!  Catch up with you later!


#damselfly   #insectphotography   #insects   #macrophotography   #macro   #naturephotography   #nature   #hqspmacro  

Hi all!  Well we made it to Minnesota!  As the hubster was setting up the camper, I stayed out of his way and didn't rush him because of all the mosquitoes.  I saw the most Blue Damsels that I have ever seen in one place.  Got my macro and caught this one with lunch.  Hope you enjoy it and are having a great day!  Catch up with you later!


#damselfly   #insectphotography   #insects   #macrophotography   #macro   #naturephotography   #nature   #hqspmacro  ___

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2015-06-16 12:44:18 (20 comments, 5 reshares, 79 +1s)Open 

#transporttuesday +TransportTuesday by +Gene Bowker  +Annie Irving

Hi all!  This is an image from the annual Bi-plane Fly-In that was held in Junction City #kansas  a couple of weekends ago.  This plane was do some fly bys of the field and putting out smoke.  I was able to get this one capture of it and lucky for me, turned out well.  :-)  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!  It's a travel one for me and then not sure how much I will be around as I will be doing steam related things in Minnesota.  Will try to catch up with you all as I can.


#airplane   #biplane   #transportation   #airshow  

#transporttuesday +TransportTuesday by +Gene Bowker  +Annie Irving

Hi all!  This is an image from the annual Bi-plane Fly-In that was held in Junction City #kansas  a couple of weekends ago.  This plane was do some fly bys of the field and putting out smoke.  I was able to get this one capture of it and lucky for me, turned out well.  :-)  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!  It's a travel one for me and then not sure how much I will be around as I will be doing steam related things in Minnesota.  Will try to catch up with you all as I can.


#airplane   #biplane   #transportation   #airshow  ___

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2015-06-15 12:40:37 (26 comments, 0 reshares, 82 +1s)Open 

#macromonday by +Julie B +John Dusseault +Nina Katajamaki +Marilyn Benham
#monochromemonday +Monochrome Monday

Morning!  I finally have a shot that works for Macro mini theme of the week of "Patterns".  I got this image if a Thistle bloom that was beginning to open.  I put a bit of +Alan Shapiro spin on it  and I hope I did it justice.  I thought the treatment worked well for this particular flower.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!  Going to be a very busy one for me again.  Ah well.


#flowers   #macrophotography   #macro   #monochrome   #flowerphotography   #monochromephotography  

#macromonday by +Julie B +John Dusseault +Nina Katajamaki +Marilyn Benham
#monochromemonday +Monochrome Monday

Morning!  I finally have a shot that works for Macro mini theme of the week of "Patterns".  I got this image if a Thistle bloom that was beginning to open.  I put a bit of +Alan Shapiro spin on it  and I hope I did it justice.  I thought the treatment worked well for this particular flower.  Hope you enjoy it and have a great day!  Going to be a very busy one for me again.  Ah well.


#flowers   #macrophotography   #macro   #monochrome   #flowerphotography   #monochromephotography  ___

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2015-06-15 00:37:42 (21 comments, 8 reshares, 74 +1s)Open 

Hi all, it's #steamysunday  where co-curator +Paul Pavlinovich and  I hope you have been sharing some steamy shots today!  I'm late today because I was off doing steamy things like running this locomotive.  I was taking a break and the hubster, +Darren Gunderson was running at the time and the guy waving is one of the owners of the locomotive.  We had a good day till it decided to pour down rain at about 3pm but it was still fun.  Hope you enjoy the image and are having a great day!


#train   #steam   #steamtrain   #largescaletrains  

Hi all, it's #steamysunday  where co-curator +Paul Pavlinovich and  I hope you have been sharing some steamy shots today!  I'm late today because I was off doing steamy things like running this locomotive.  I was taking a break and the hubster, +Darren Gunderson was running at the time and the guy waving is one of the owners of the locomotive.  We had a good day till it decided to pour down rain at about 3pm but it was still fun.  Hope you enjoy the image and are having a great day!


#train   #steam   #steamtrain   #largescaletrains  ___

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