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Cabo de Trafalgar, Caños de Meca (Cádiz - Andalucía)


Sony A900 + Carl Zeiss16-35mm + Cokin filters: X121S


Please don't use this image on websites, blogs or other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Dedicated to Annamaria she is always so sweet with me and has a superb photostream, check it out!

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I was shooting this beautiful setting at Dunedin Beach when a beautiful grey egret landed down near where I was sitting on the beach sand by my camera mounted on a tripod. She wandered around a bit, then I could see she was going to stride right in front of the setting sun. I had a 6-stop neutral density filter affixed to my lens and was in manual mode, so I did not have much time to react - no time to remove the ND filter!


So I quickly changed my lens setting to f 1.8, and manually focused on the egret with my camera still affixed to the tripod. That wasn't easy! Pretty much every shot of the egret was blurry, but the focus was just right as the egret passed across the setting sun. What good luck - I had one keeper, the shot I was aiming for. I would have preferred to have more of the foreground in focus, but hey, that was f 1.8 - can't expect everything!


A few minutes later, two "angelic" pure-white egrets descended down from the heavens into the water right near me. Unfortunately, I had no time to react before they flew off. I missed a magic moment there, but still, I truly enjoyed the beauty on this inspirational shoot!



Optical Excellence

Optical Excellence Admin Special Double Award [2X]

Exhibition of Talent

The Look Level 8 - Gold

Rainbow of Nature Hall of Fame

Freedom Hawk L2

Freedom Excellence L2

Into Your Heart L3

This is Magic L2


Magpie mine on a windswept afternoon.....the conditions and clouds made for a very evocative scene....must thank good friend Tracey Whitefoot for calling me over to show this view, Tracey thought it would make a wonderful composition and of course she was spot on....

View On Black Explore #99 @ 07-04-09


The dawn is breaking, a light shining through

I'm open, you're closed, where I follow, you'll go

I worry I won't see your face, light up again


Even the best fall down sometimes

Even the stars refuse to shine

Out of the back you fall in time

I somehow find

You and I collide


Howie Day - Collide


I was chatting to this monkey on the common, he's called Barry, and halfway through his rather interesting suggestion about the benefits of hair straighteners he just fell silent....stared straight passed me.....said, "Fuck... me!" and scampered off into the distance...

My beautiful Sis Kelsea ♥


Pose by .click - Dandelion

I’m afraid Cinderella is late to the ball and there’s no sign of those mice and their carriage. Looks like I’ll have to pick up my skirts and walk! This is a seriously beautiful satin ballgown from Junbug that you can still get for a few days more from the Enchantment event. If you’ve got any sense you’ll go and buy it!!



These are a few of my favorite things:

a lovely friend and

her beautiful daughters (my models, smile);

the beach, the sea, the sun,

and The wonderful Island...


When the dog bites

When the bee stings

When I'm feeling sad

I simply remember my favorite things

And then I don't feel so bad


"My Favorite Things"


Inspired by the song R E L E A S E M E/Oh Laura …..


“I am the wilderness locked in a cage

I am a growing force you kept in place

I am a tree reaching for the sun

Please don't hold me down

Please don't hold me down


I am a rolling wave without the motion

A glass of water longing for the ocean

I am an asphalt flower breaking free but you keep stopping me

Release me

Release me


I am the rain that's coming down on you

That you shielded yourself from with a roof

I am the fire burning desperately but you're controlling me

Release me

Release me”


Dedicated to any woman with respect who loves Freedom and fights for it……

Dedicated to any man with respect who understands Freedom and fights for it……



This is the second shot which i took of a man wearing long coat, walking with an umbrella. I have posted 2 images of him entering this passage and walking out. I was really lucky to click 3 shots when it was raining in Coorg and all the three came out quite good and very artistic too. Whenever i look at this image, it takes me to the different artistic world where a story can be told or written just by looking at it. The image which can drown me down memory lane thinking of the past. A very strong and Nostalgic image which makes me to look at it again and again. Sometimes i really get lucky to click these kind of images and i always love to click images with light and shade which looks very artistic. When i was in my native Coorg recently i was able to click a young lady walking without holding an umbrella. And this place is one of my favorite place in Coorg to click artistic images specially in the rainy season. Or maybe even in the early morning mist. Hope i will be able to click more of these kind of images when i visit my native Coorg shortly.


''If you seek creative ideas go walking.

Angels whisper to a man when he goes for

a walk.”

― Raymond I. Myers

For my family, my health, a nice soft bed

My friends, my freedom, a roof over my head


I'm thankful right now to be surrounded by those

Whose lives touch me more than they'll ever possibly know

---Scott Wesemann





Estoy agradecida....

Por mi familia, por mi salud, por mi cama suavecita

Por mis amigos, mi libertad, por el techo sobre mi cabeza


Estoy agradecida por estar rodeada de aquellos

cuyas vidas me han tocado mas de lo que se puedan imaginar




We've let a clematis climb into the Magnolia Lilliflora Nigra (a late flowering magnolia) and for a short time both flower simultaneously.

The 'Chinese' of course refers to the Oriental origins of magnolia.


Dedicated to my dear friend Hadassah28 (Sheree), for always being there (even in the middle of the ocean!). Visit her wonderful stream here:

Matterhorn, Riffelsee Lake, Switzerland.


My friends, wish you have a happy week@

My Fair Lady


'I've grown accustomed to her face.

She almost makes the day begin.

I've grown accustomed to the tune that

She whistles night and noon.

Her smiles, her frowns,

Her ups, her downs

Are second nature to me now'


This very shy female Bullfinch finally came out from the shade of the tree and into the sunlight. Such a variety of tones in her plumage from shade to sunlight...she's beautiful in both.


Carsington Water, Derbyshire. Valentin's day.

I recently visited an university for a try-out day where I followed a couple of lectures for philosophy. It was a rather interesting experience. Though I admittedly did not find all the lectures particularly interesting, there was one that stuck by me. [read more...]



Oh, and don't forget to take a look at Cyanna's version! ♥


Details ▸

I'm gonna get that fish! Crazy faced Pelican!

This is my eye :))

I took this photo with my kit lens 18-55mm on 52mm (f/8) and in front of it I put my 50mm ( reversed at f/1.8 ). This is pretty good combination for a macro lens (if you don't have one).

I had some trouble with the focus , non only because it was manual but because is so difficult to focus manually when you are in front the lens :D .

Any way I succeed to make this one :)





I have become quite fond of The Rock since living in Castle Rock this past year. I confess I am terrible with directions and have the worst time learning new places. It takes me forever to learn new routes and memorize a new city. We live very close to The Rock, within walking distance and whenever I would get lost or misplaced while driving I could look up and see it and at least always know my way home. I'm pretty familiar with the town now but still enjoy seeing The Rock from pretty much any vantage point! I love going down to these train tracks on warm days. I've recently gained some inspiration from a great train photographer here on Flickr - Curt at Trains & Trails. He has an awesome variety of trains and it's made me interested in getting closer to the ones around me. His page is definitely worth looking through. If you look in the far distance the train is coming 'round the bend. I get nervous when a train is coming at me so I moved pretty quick after this shot :-D Hope you are all having an amazing week so far!!

"Oh I get by with a little help from my friends,

mm, I get high with a little help from my friends!"



...just a way to say "thank you"...for your friendship!!!

Thanks all! :-)


....xoxoxox :)


I am still sadly behind in my commenting....

I PROMISE to catch up within the next few days.


Have a beautiful week!!! xo

Thank you all (!!!) for so many views, comments and faves!! :)) This is now one of the most commented photo here in Flickr!!


Canon EOS 400D + Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM


Follow me:!/MarkoIkonen

I let you off lightly for Valentines Day but now let the mushfest continue.

Ciao alla MAMMA !!

Thank my love for all this !!!!!!!!!!!

I thought I would end this week with one my own personal favourite from the series of reflection shot!


The top half is the original and the rest is obviously photoshopped but I feel that this is more the direction that I am heading for, making my photography more of an art form than just a straightforward image, some of you may not care for this type of vision but please let me know what you think?


sorry guys ... for me there's no monotony in lillies. i simply love them.

"My heart has chosen you,

On this magical day of love-

To share and dwell upon,

The beauty of its touch

How sweet and blissful is,

The humming of its song-

The wonders that it brings

I, knowing you're the one

It has invited me

Into its world of inspirational dreams-

A place called paradise,

Where love and laughter sings

My heart has chosen you

And my soul agrees as well

You are the splendid light

Of true loves magical spell..."


(A Valentine's Day Poem by Maria I. Carmona)




~~The Look~~

Gown: GLITTER - Grace Roses Gown With Hoop on Hair Red (Valentine's Day 2017 gift - mesh);

Pose: ::WetCat:: - Heart Pose 02 (PurpleMoon Creations Valentine's Day Hunt 2017 - hunt item);

Mesh body: Slink Physique;

I-25 in Colorado Springs, from the Bijou Street overpass

To my Flickr friends.


I LOVE this place because it stands strong no matter what gets thrown at it.. Storms, wind, battered by sea.. Bits fall away but it's rugged and beautiful to me.. It's my place, when I'm here nothing else matters..


I have a busy week ahead with lots of things happening, hospital appointments etc so I'll be taking a break from Flickr.


Just want to say thank you to you all for taking time to comment and favourite my posts. It means a lot to me and it's you that inspire me to pick up my camera even on days where I'm not feeling strong.


Thank you!

Take care everyone and I'll see you in a while xx

'I'll take the long way around,

I'll find my own way down.'


Raw shot, with added borders.


Ben Howard - Oats in the Water

If you move

I may fall

If you touch

I may fall

How long do I long to last

Suspended …

How long do I hold to last

Suspended …

If you look

I would hold

If you click

I would last


And click I did

And she did last!!!!!

Pops On Black


I like longing

climbing up the railings of sound and color

catching into my open mouth

the frozen scent

I like my loneliness

suspended higher

than a bridge

embracing the sky with its arms

and my love walking barefoot over the snow


Poem by Halina Poświatowska

I am very talented artist.................. ?????

Ha, ha, ha ..................

I want to

I want to be someone else or I'll explode

Floating upon this surface for the birds

The birds

The birds


You want me?

Fucking well come and find me

I'll be waiting

With a gun and a pack of sandwiches

And nothing





You want me?

Well come on and break the door down

You want me?

Fucking come on and break the door down

I'm ready

I'm ready

I'm ready

I'm ready

I'm ready

I'm ready


All my photos are © all right reserved


No Appointment Necessary. - -

- -

I am being forced to drive a white mustang convertible while my car is in the shop

* Office hours may vary - but somewhere between 12pm and 2pm is a pretty good time

As long as I love nature ,,

It shows me always the best of it

to do my job & transfer that view to people ..


Fahad Aldaajani ~

I had this military style shirt that I'd bought for Christmas. I wanted to upload new content onto my Flickr and decided to do another self portrait with my new shirt as the main subject. The photo was taken in black and white to stand out.

Dima Manuel

I wanted to teach myself how to do eyes in photoshop, this was my first attempt... at my own eyeball, wheeee

I love this time of year when hearts--and chocolate are everywhere! :yum: Happy Valentines Day and HMM!

(Macro Mondays Theme: Heart)

I've learned one thing from the Steller's Jays, don't mess with them if they have a peanut in their beak, You'll get the evil eye!!


Hit L to view on Black.

I haven't done these macros for awhile so...


Wanted to try out some drop replacement this morning...I read about it take a small cyringe thingy and put drops on leafs and what not to give that "nice touch" I did...except the leaf is dead...and it's not attached to a plant...and I used more than one did I go wrong...;)


Anywho...I took the shot so there it is!...Any thoughts?....Anybody...somebody...nobody?...:D


I recommend, as usual, the View On Black


If you like this one you might want to check out my most interesting works set:


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Impossible Project PX 70 Colour Shade.


It's hard to feel sad when you're wearing a dress covered in horses.


I'll describe the way I feel...

I love the smell of lavendar....



I got this photo by keeping camera on a beach chair and rushed to my wife. loved to have this photo. special thanks for my wife.At last my own photo came to be in my photos.

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