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Cốc Pài, Xí Mần, Hà Giang

Viet Nam 40th reunification anniversary

Didcot Railway Centre


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Finally..I got a shot of this bittern flying...been seeing him around the wetlands last week or so..but hadn't been able to get him in flight til the other day...


SOOC except cropped in..Happy Feathery Friday...and Shades of Yellow Friday too!


Licensed via Getty Images January 2011

Just messing around with my stuff..really..I am tired..have to get to sleep...there is more maybe I should do here..but alas..I am posting it anyway!

Glorious Nature Art Overlay (Col. II) "Angelic Vintage" clouds and Florabella Actions Sunlight and sharpen/defog..Distressed Jewel Texture ..Entrance to Heaven...


Good Morning to all.... Last night I just felt that I didn't quite get that flood effect many straight lines instead of wavy ones..and the cloud area I had cloned in where it meets the water..looked kinda messed up around the wings of the heron...But maybe I was just staring at it too long! ;-D You guys and gals are so sweet..have a wonderful day! Thanks for so many wonderfully supportive comments!




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Brighton Bandstand, the Birdcage sitting on the city seafront, designed by Phillip Lockwood and completed in 1884 is designated as a Grade II Listed Building of Architectural importance.


It fell into a bad state of disrepair and was re-opened in summer 2009, having undergone a major restoration project to return the building to its Victorian splendour.

Taken while visiting Herefordshire in June

Commerce is a division of trade or production which deals with the exchange of goods and services from producer to final consume.


Here we see an old Thames barge, used for moving and selling goods up and down the Thames. Behind Canary Wharf


Canary Wharf is a major business district in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, England. Rivalling London's traditional financial centre, the City of London, Canary Wharf contains many of the United Kingdom's premier office spaces and tallest buildings


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Not my garden, but I wish it was!


Mellerstain was Sir Reginald Blomfield’s (1856 – 1942) grandest commission. He was employed by Lord and Lady Binning to creat a formal garden on the south front of the Adam mansion. He laid out a series of three balustraded terraces leading to a sweeping lawn which descends to the lake with the Cheviot Hills in the distance. The upper terrace with lawns and clipped yews leads viadivided flights of steps over the roof of a pillared loggia (Blomfield called this a ‘crypto – porticus’) down to the middle and largest terrace. The middle terrace is laid out with an intricate parterre on either aide of a central pavement with a raised ballustraded lawn at each end. The pavement leads to another divided flight of steps, around a fish pond, and down to the smaller third terrace and then to the lawn sloping down to the lake.


RF image licensed via Getty Images in May 2010 and again in January 2011

These two Western Bluebirds were having a bit of a romp on the hood of a City of Huntington Beach Service Truck's hood...Reminding me of the olden days when we would go to see a movie at the Drive-in Theater...

Just kidding..but seriously they are on the hood of the vehicle .. I took a bunch in a row with them in different "positions"...Plus earlier the male was showing off his territorial rights by flying into the side view mirrors of the truck. I have a lot of shots of that too. When the worker came out of Shipley Nature Center (where his truck was parked in front of their gate)...he told me that his truck is regularly assaulted by these bluebirds. His driver's side window was open. I pointed that out and wondered if he ever finds a bird inside his truck. He said "No, but the male does like to sit on the door edge", (which I know cuz I have shots of that too). Then he grabbed a towel to clean up the inside of his door! ;-D It was especially funny cuz earlier I had asked one of the volunteers inside Shipley about why I never seem to see any bluebirds inside Shipley's boundaries. He told me to bring a mirror, that bluebirds love mirrors. This was news to me! Well, then I left cuz they were closing and the first thing I saw was this male bluebird flying into the truck's side view mirror! What a coincidence!


Almost SOOC! except crop and Florabella Actions "Lighten and Brighten" and "Sharpen/Defog"


PS: I actually took the day off today, as I did not have a bunch of work and since I am a bit ill..But it was a perfect day out and I have been wanting to go to Shipley for so long...haven't been for awhile. So 700 pictures later (deleted at least 1/2)...I went home. And then cleaned my patio which was a mess from all our recent rains. Well, tonight I have laryngitis..gr8! Well worth it though. I got a lot of good shots today...and even some of a Red-Shouldered Hawk which I don't think I have gotten before. He was circling around and making quite a bit of noise the whole time I was at Shipley. OH and Northern Flickers..I sorta got one in flight, when he took off from a branch, but he is behind the twigs so not totally in focus..maybe next time!


2/12/10: edited..replaced image with the uncropped version..maybe better..looks better large it seems


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Taken just outside the New City Hall looking towards Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. In a heavy shower. I have pushed the colours up to give a bit of brightness on a wet grey day.

Great Egret at the wetlands..with some autumnal bokeh! HBW! and HWWW too!


I used Florabella PS Action: Milk and 88% and masked the egret so that he remains the same, just the background is enhanced....;-D Thanks Shana!


RF image licensed via Getty Images in April 2010 and used in the June 14, 2010 edition of Woman's Day Magazine in an article about places to visit in Orange County...specifically Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve.

Viet Nam 40th reunification anniversary

Not a macro. Shot with a very NON MACRO EF200mm f/2.8L USM

Another view and different processing. No HDR, just a bit of digital blending.


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Thanks for all the most generous comments, faves, awards and invites. My 29th EXPLORE on 4th May 2008, This photo reaches #62 at its highest position on Explore!

I had to pretend I was not taking this shot. Security tend to get upset with photographers taking photos of the London Eye. If you have a small compact then no problem, But as soon as you point a large DSLR at it they can get quite nasty.


This was near Abbotsford House. Home of Sir Walter Scott.


"It was so quiet a day that the sound he best loved, the gentle ripple of the Tweed over its pebbles"


(Sir Walter Scott)


I did get a wet bum doing this shot, much to Clare's amusement. I sat on the rocks with tripod legs out as wide as possible with the centre column removed.


A bit of a cliech, but here I think it works.


In another part of Chatham Dockyard

The Craig Goch Dam, often called the Top dam, is a masonry dam in the Elan Valley of Wales and creates the upper-most of the Elan Valley Reservoirs. Construction on the dam began in 1897 and it was complete in 1904. The primary purpose of the dam and the other reservoirs is to supply Birmingham with water. In 1997, a 480 kW hydroelectric generator began operation at the dam.


Great Blue Heron flying low over the wetland waters...

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