Mostly happy, never grumpy, smile alot, work for myself, love my employees.....pretty much perfect.........................

I am an amateur photographer totally in love with the art, but with so much to learn. If and when I retire, I might start a new career within this wonderful art form.

I thank all of the flickr people for everything I learn and I am thankful for the fun of being part of so many groups in this community.

Thank you so much for comments and favorites!

When I favor your photos, I do it so I can have memories.
I often go back and look at the favorites to refresh myself
about certain thought or feelings your photos generated
for me. Beauty is many-sided and esoteric and perfectly
private and in the eye of the beholder.
I love all the photos and more, that I favor.

Also, for those of you that choose not to have photos available for me to view, no profile for me to read, are faceless, predominantly fave photos of little kids or fave mostly tasteless stuff, I will block you if you favor any of my photos.

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    gr33ncat says:

    "a beautiful spirit
    wonderful and colorful array of photos
    capturing true beauty in a single click

    glad to have found you on here :)"

    March 9th, 2008

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    myla kent says:

    "Tollen is an absolute sweetheart.

    (and I love seeing the world through her eyes)."

    January 26th, 2008

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    tintinian says:

    "To me tollen is a great and warmhearted friend and a fine photographer. I am proud that she calls me a friend ! She makes her groups bertter thanks to her kindness and her vision in art and photography and she is a great photographer herself..."

    August 7th, 2007

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    Muzzlehatch says:

    "When some day I grow up as a photographer, I hope that I'm able to make images as stunning, evocative, and well-crafted as Tollen's. She never fails to impress and delight."

    April 17th, 2007

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    MakingMemories(Deja-Vu photography) says:

    "Tollen has to be the sweetest person I know on flickr..she always makes comments that inspire others..Her love for her family and nature shows in her photos..She is absolutely a luv to have for a friend..Thank you so much Tollen for letting me have the honor of being your contact..You are the best girl!!! hugs!!"

    April 4th, 2007

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    Jocelyn_ says:

    "Of all the people I've known in my life, few have the magical ability to lift you up by their sheer spriit.

    Tollen is one of them."

    February 5th, 2007

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    The Pack says:

    "Tollen's kind soul is evident in her abundant presence here on Flickr. Her images thrive with the joys of nature and the simple pleasures of life. She has a way of making what is magnificent more real, more tangible. When I see her images it's as if there is no distance between her picture and me. I'm there, feeling the power and beauty and caring in the shot. When I speak of her presence on Flickr, I can not stop with just her images. Her comments have brought me uncountable happiness, and I can always find a smile when I think about her long-distance "love affair" with Mercury. :-) Tollen, you bring happiness to this world, and I always look forward to what's new from you."

    December 27th, 2006

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    mssharondawn says:

    "Her work is such an inspiration...I just found her recently among so many other "flickr" stars shining so brightly....Tollen you are brilliant~
    My friend, I thank you for sharing your creative photos and showing us life is good.....
    ~peace & love~"

    December 2nd, 2006

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    Infinity Rain says:

    "Tollen *smiles* A constant joy to be around. The kind of friend you want everyone to be, she tells it like it is, you never have to wonder if she means what she says. If she gives you a compliment....take it, it's meant. She has a wonderful eye for the beauty that is all around us and a beautiful soul that shines through in all her actions. I'm so blessed she is in my life! :)"

    September 10th, 2006

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    My Symbiosis says:

    "To me, Tollen represents the best of humanity; her kindness, respect and decency to others is truly inspiring! Tollen was the first person to befriend me when I first joined flickr. Her comments to a shy, very raw amateur photographer, were friendly, upbeat and offered with good humor and cheer, and I began to feel comfortable amidst a group of her friendly contacts, and then grew confident finally enough to start making my own.

    I watched how Tollen interacted with others, and I saw this family of flickerites that surrounded her, laughing, smiling, grieving, sad, pensive...all the things that make a family special, and thought, wow, this is an amazing person! How very special to get to know her, how priviledged I am. We clicked immediately, as those who sometimes share a kindredness of soul can, and this feeling continues.

    Some of you may know that I created a weekly thread a while ago called the "Friendliest Person of the Week." Many of you will not know that it was Tollen who inspired the thread idea. And as the final selection as admin for that group, I was lucky enough to be able to choose my inspiration and honor her with this small gift of love and respect.

    Of course, without question I admire Tollen's photography immensely, not only because she is fantastic at her art, but because I find myself drawn to her images by feelings of the heart expressed unseen by mere vision. To me, that's the very best art has to offer. A sharing of emotion and thus, a sharing of thought.

    Thank you Tollen, for sharing."

    September 5th, 2006

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    !fatima says:

    "Adoooorrrreeee you sooooo much. sooo very much."

    April 27th, 2006

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    Leley says:

    "Love HER. Love her work. And she is a true isnpiration to keep on taking pictures. Yes You.. You are..."

    April 7th, 2006

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    ccccssss says:

    "you are a good photographer that i very love your shots ,photos. thanks"

    January 29th, 2006

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    Drops of Ruby says:

    "i think that tollen got a great talent.
    the shot of flowers are so great, romantic ...well in a worf FANTASTIC!! and the cat, oh they are so cute. But all the shots are great:)
    thanks a lot :D"

    January 20th, 2006

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    Pinklaine says:

    "tollen_is a person with such great personality and talent. There is always a unique touch of creativity in all of her masterpieces. On the other side of her...she is sweet, thoughtful and kind...with a generous heart as lovely as a precious gem, and she is one person i will cherished for a lifetime. :o)"

    January 20th, 2006

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