Pictures taken from an "optimystical" point of view.

I have a photoblog, which features different photos than the ones seen here on flickr. See the link below and feel free to visit "Ladybug's Leaf".

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Photos of Lady-bug (7)

  • hey You!!! by @petra
  • BPM040509:  Let's Walk & Talk by DianeJoyPhotography
  •  by joka2000
  • walking into the best thoughts... by @petra
  • Glamour by remorse26
  • Prime Lens Sunday by alohadave
  • DSC_5022 by On2Wheeels

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    Hello, It's Me says:

    "Lady-bug was one of the first people who checked out my photos and made encouraging comments. This was and continues to be a source of wonder (or amusement), since her photography is far superior and one of my many sources of inspiration. When I joined flickr, I did so with the goal of becoming a better photographer, both technically and artistically. Lady-bug is one of the 'real' photographers who has helped and encouraged me. Thanks."

    September 20th, 2008

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    knotty ring says:

    ""your photographs really leaves me speechless each time i view them! with each photo a story is told and left to the mind of the viewer to imagine... not all photographers can achieve this element of mystery in their work! but i congratulate you because you are gifted with this talent!
    i love all your works! your just so amazing! ^_^ "


    February 1st, 2008

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    Buntekuh says:

    "Lisa is such a lovely person and a fine photograhper. I like her own view of different things in life but most of all I love her sence of humor and her sensetivity."

    January 17th, 2007

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    truculent condition says:

    "I was so glad to meet Lisa on flickr - she is a very talented artist, and her work is amazingly beautiful - but beyond that, Lisa is a very sensitive and wonderful person, very generous and supportive to all of her flickr friends. She has a special vision and a great love of nature, which is very clear in the stunning photographs she has in her photostream. The way she presents the photos as well, with excellent quotes and perspectives, is very interesting and endearing. I am proud to call Lisa a contact! :)"

    January 16th, 2007

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    Winged Foot says:

    "From the first day I found Lisa's photographs on Flickr, Lisa has always impressed me with her ability to transcend the scene or subject she has photographed for her compositions; she looks beyond and above what she's captured. 90% of the art is seeing the final result before and during the act of photographing. I really admire all her work as a photographer, and her intellect, thoughtfulness, and heart-felt intutition for finding the proper presentation, right words and thoughts to perfectly match her intended composition. Just awesome and uplifting work that makes one's spirit soar. I'm great fan of her work and appreciate and am grateful for her very kind and thoughtful support of my work as well. Keep up the wonderful work, Lisa!"

    December 31st, 2006

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    jon fobes says:

    "The range of Lisa's subjects is exceeded only by her ability to capture them with creativity and freshness that continues to delight. If her self-described "optimystical" point of view is the engine of all this creativity, then more of us should adopt it. Keep up the good work, Lisa!"

    September 22nd, 2006

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    7meteor says:

    " I like Lady-bug's photos. You can find a lot interested frames. Also, the most pictures give me tranquil feeling. I've had many photos to be my fave. Lady-bug own great view that lead us to see more different world. ."

    August 25th, 2006

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    colinjcampbell says:

    "Lisa captures two of my passions in her photostream - images and quotations! I absolutely love her stunning photography and text couplings which never cease to edify and instigate a moment's pause in the busyness of the day. Thank you Lisa for being so brilliant at capturing in word AND picture the beauty that awaits us. – Colin."

    July 11th, 2006

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    @petra says:

    ""Lisa is one of the nicest persons I met on Flickr just a few weeks ago. I had a lot of doubts about how things work here and she was always helpful when I needed her.
    Her comments are lovely and encouraging all the time. Can´t wait to read them every day.

    Lisa has a beautiful soul. She loves nature and her photos, combined to amazing quotations, show that so well.

    Spend some time on her photo stream and give yourself some moments of delight.

    Lisa, I also feel so blessed to have met you, my dear friend.

    Thank you so much for your pacience, for your help and for being the way you are."


    June 1st, 2006

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    Claire DeLand ~ "GA Music Maker" says:

    "If it was possible to "FAV" a whole PERSON, and/or a Photostream, I think I'd start with Lisa's!

    From her use of quotes with her work, I have learned a lot about both photography AND the human spirit - my own, in particular.

    Keep 'em coming, Lisa! You can't know how many times something from you has "made my day"!


    April 22nd, 2006

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    Laurence & Annie says:

    "Lisa has wonderful pictures with wise quotes. This is a quiet place for your soul. Enjoy them!"

    March 26th, 2006

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    enjae says:

    "Optimystical is the perfect word for Lisa! Not only does she have an eye for great shots, but her photos shine with an appreciation for the world around us and a true generosity of spirit. I love seeing the world through Lisa's perspective!"

    February 5th, 2006

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    Patrick Houlihan says:

    "Lisa was the first person to add a comment to one of my Flickr photos. I didn't yet know what Flickr was about, but getting a Lady-bug comment taught me how friendly and encouraging Flickr members are. It also showed me that Flickr isn't merely a site, but a community.

    Before long, I discovered Lisa's photos and those wonderful quotations. Her photographic skill is extraordinary, her images offer an uncommon serenity and optimism, and her ability to find just the right quote for a photo is nothing short of amazing. Lisa is one of those members who makes Flickr special."

    January 9th, 2006

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    mimbrava says:

    "Few can combine image and text with Lisa's skill, and she does it time after time, and each time she brings calm, serenity and peace to our sometimes frazzled lives. Thank you, Lisa, for doing that and for being so supportive and encouraging in your comments. Flickr is lucky to have you as a member of the community."

    December 26th, 2005

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    quaint thumb says:

    "Lisa's art is one of Flickr's true treasures. Her poetic combinations of word and image never fails to move me; sometimes to laugh, sometimes to cry, but always with an inward smile for guiding me to learn something, to SEE something in a more wonder-ful way. I cannot thank her enough for sharing her sight and soul so openly, and pray she realizes how much her visions influence our lives every day, always giving us some new treasure to learn from."

    October 31st, 2005

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    dave witmer says:

    "Lisa is a great asset here on Flickr. Her pictures are well shot and always a pleasure to look at. Also, she seems to be one of the nicest people You could "meet". Whenever i upload pictures, no matter how bad i think they are, Lisa is usually the first to leave a comment and always points out the good things about them and is just overall encouraging. While i've never met her, i could easily consider Lisa to be a true friend."

    October 2nd, 2005

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    steady observation says:

    "Lady-bug's work gives me a feeling of complete serenity and peace. In our everyday world of stress and "hecticness" (is that a word?) I find myself longing for the calm that Lady-bug offers."

    September 27th, 2005

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    kurchian says:

    "I've had an opportunity to review many of the photos that Lady-bug has posted on flickr.
    I'm not a professional photography reviewer, but I know what I like and I like Lady-bug's photos.
    I particularly enjoy her nature selections. The unique views and wonderful vantage points are pleasing to the eye. They make you want to be there! top it off......she likes White Mountain hiking!
    Tell me she is a Red Sox fan and she goes straight to my Hall of Fame!


    September 23rd, 2005

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    impartial slip says:

    "It's rare that you find great talent, sensitivity and a wonderful personality in one person, but Lisa possesses all of these attributes and more. Her photographs are always excellent, and she has a knack for finding interesting and intriguing quotations to go with them."

    September 13th, 2005

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    Pureen says:

    "as sweet as candy!!
    I love her photo-stream it always draws a wide smile on my face, not forgetting her sweet presence.

    Keep shining Lady-bug *_*"

    June 13th, 2005

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    Buddha's Elf says:

    "I like to think of the internet as my real family, my biological one is so corrupt. I like to think of this wonderful collection of flickr friends very special to me. I get around even though I am disabled, and all of my wonderful friends at flickr have rewarded me with love and friendship, but none more than Lady-Bug, who, with her stunning collection of masterful pictures, and her kind heart, has given all of us hours of endless entertainment, wonder, and truly artistically high-end work.

    I just felt the sudden urge to tell everyone at flickr what kindness and artistic excellence make up the person we love to call Lady-Bug.

    Thank you forever..."

    April 19th, 2005

Lisa Ruokis
September 2004
Cambridge, Massachusetts
I am:
Female and Taken
Ladybug's Leaf