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An Ethereal Moment (Standard Poodle, Lisette, rhododendron flowers)

Lisette, my almost 12 yr. old standard poodle, on our morning walk when we were in the NC mountains. The rhododendrons were in full bloom. They grow naturally, on many of the higher mountains. The Western North Carolina mountains are the tallest in the US east of the Mississipi, and are some of the oldest and most biologically diverse mountains on earth.


candidate for 12 months for dogs for June. Maybe I'll add another in the first comment below.


Another Spring by Kenneth Rexroth (One Hundred Poems from the Chinese)


"The seasons revolve and the years change

With no assistance or supervision.

The moon, without taking thought,

Moves in its cycle, full, crescent, and full.


The white moon enters the heart of the river;

The air is drugged with azalea blossoms;

Deep in the night a pine cone falls;

Our campfire dies out in the empty mountains.


The sharp stars flicker in the tremulous branches;

The lake is black, bottomless in the crystalline night;

High in the sky the Northern Crown

Is cut in half by the dim summit of a snow peak.


O heart, heart, so singularly

Intransigent and corruptible,

Here we lie entranced by the starlit water,

And moments that should each last forever


Slide unconsciously by us like water."


All critiques very welcome. I'm not thin-skinned. I am looking for a camera with a bigger sensor- maybe a real DSLR.


I'm looking at the Nikon D5100 (because it has a swivel screen) and the Sony Nex 5 (because it's so lightweight-- this may clench the deal for me) and has a CMOS sensor, and a movable screen. I welcome all camera advice also. Heavy just won't work for me, as I like to hike and walk my dogs and take my camera with me. But I want the best sensor I can get, and a camera that does better in low light and in-doors and takes clearer photos.


Taken 6/10/11, Uploaded 6/25/11, 2011 06 10_zR72 Flip Enhance inversionMorningLizzyflowers_9985


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Taken on June 10, 2011