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Though the blossoms and chartreuse greens in the landscape say 'spring' -- our sudden plunge into into freezing temperatures suggest that we're back to fall ...! With a sweatshirt back on and a chill in the air, I was inspired by Sharon's wonderful capture of a fall river walk and she graciously permitted me to use her photo as a reference for this painting!




I love Sharon's work -- from flowers to landscapes - each image is so beautiful and inspirating!!! Take a look yourself!


I spent the last few days preparing for the plant sale, repotting plants, cleaning bits of the greenhouse, making signs, and all the minute details that go into a 'sale-a-bration' fundraiser. I'll be as busy next week as well - so my computer time has been shortened indeed.


Today our volunteers return and despite the last few cool days, our kale, chard, lettuce are ready for harvest for the hungry. We'll also work a bit outdoors to tidy up the grounds -- so again, a busy day.


Hope your day is great ... Stay warm ....!

Handsome Jake is back, this time with part 2 of his increasingly popular series of well-mannered rock star travel tips!

Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;

Lengthen night and shorten day!

Every leaf speaks bliss to me,

Fluttering from the autumn tree...

~Emily Brontë


A beautiful copper beech draped over the River Thames with a touch of texture by Joel Olives.




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This wildflower, or weed, depending on your point of view, is abundant along roadsides in Ohio during the late summer. This was shot on a chilly and windy October morning, using off-camera flash at 1/32 power to shorten the effective shutter speed.

Cold wind and rain mixed with ice forced me to shorten the trip.

To shorten winter, borrow some money due in spring .

--W.J. Vogel


Thanks for the visit ...... have a great weekend :-)


These are more pollard willows whose trunk has been shortened as a young tree at a height of approximately 1 to 3 meters and whose branches are cut regularly.

Since branches of willows were often used as piles for the construction of fences, new plants emerged from these piles due to the enormous regenerative capacity of the willows. For this reason, pollard willows often occur (e.g. in the Lower Rhine area) in a row.


Today, there is now economic use of willows, as industrial substitute products have been established. This is why pollard willows are no longer cultivated nowadays.


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Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (usually shortened to Chamonix) is a resort area near the junction of France, Switzerland and Italy. At the base of Mont Blanc, the highest summit in the Alps, it's renowned for its skiing. Year-round, cable cars take visitors up to several nearby peaks with panoramic views, including Aiguille du Midi above town, and Pointe Helbronner, across vast glacier fields on the Italian border.

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Increased the ISO and shortened the shutter time so that the clouds and water could be captured without a lot of movement ... I think this time of day was very pretty without doing the long exposure, so made the adjustments for this capture.


Also zoomed in to 105mm to pick up details on those homes across the river ... as those folks there settle into night ;)

"Do not shorten the morning by getting up late; look upon it as the quintessence of life, and, to a certain extent, sacred."

~Arthur Schopenhauer in "Counsels and Maxims

Calm weather for one day in Iceland, and still the day shortens and the sun bearly rises.

Length contraction is the phenomenon of a decrease in length of an object as measured by an observer who is traveling at any non-zero velocity relative to the object. For standard objects, this effect is negligible at everyday speeds. As the magnitude of the velocity approaches the speed of light, the effect becomes dominant.


Camera: Ežys phone SIM card box (equivalent to Altoids, Barkleys tins)

Film: ortho photocopy, 6x9 cm

Exposure: 10 min

Developer: old D-76

Scanner: CanoScan 9950f


"To shorten winter, borrow some money due in spring."

WJ Vogel


Hmmm!! :))


Edit: It seems this made it to Explore rather surprisingly, thanks everyone :)


the groundhog didn't see his shadow in canada so we are hopeing

MORE RECENT STILL: Elfdoll Rita head on Feeple60 small bust body. I did shorten the neck, but not in theses pics. The head is a good size for the body and of course she could pose realy well.

A 7.62x39mm shortened assault rifle, equopped with a 30mm grenade launcher. Used by tankers and special forces.

“Mid snow and hail they shorten sail;

The bark blows 'neath the blast;

And as the billows rise and break,

She's borne to leeward fast. The straining ship drives through the seas,

Close lying to the wind;

The spray, on all where it doth fall,

Becomes an icy wind.”-- "Wreck of the Seguntum"

By James Kennard Jr. (1849)

"What is this?! An... an - an upload?!"


Yes, yes, I know what you're thinking! I'm back! I've been editing through my Florence photos (managed to shorten my favourites list to just 1,000, yes!)

I had the most amazing two weeks - it really was fantastic. And as ever, I couldn't possibly have asked for better company. We watched sunset over the Arno, climbed to the top of every tower in the city, saw almost every museum and church, sat in on a service at San Miniato al Monte then watched the night fall and the city illuminate, spent a night watching an open-air performance of Romeo and Juliet in an atmospheric private gardens in the cover of darkness, walked miles and miles, cycled the city walls of Lucca, explored to Fiesole, and took an impromptu trip to Pisa (to see the surprisingly small leaning tower!).

We saw David (who was surprisingly large, and breathtakingly perfect!), the Uffizi, palaces, chapels, and so much beauty and ornateness that I almost can't comprehend it was real. And that doesn't even begin to describe the trip!


I have kept up to date with my 99 days project. If you'd like to take a look, check it out here.


I also had to begin a new blogspot page as I'd filled my other two up entirely. This time I'll make it my mission not to upload the photos directly to the page as it can't handle it, but use URLs from other hosting sites instead. See it here! I'll upload my Florence photos (or a small selection of them) when I'm done in photoshop!


Best wishes and have a great summer. I hope to fall back in love with being behind the camera, but also being in front of it, as I used to adore self portrait therapy but have simply felt disinterested towards it for a long time now (thank you, kind A-levels!). If anyone has any rediscovering inspiration tips, you know what the comment box is for! And I'm sorry if you don't like being tagged, I simply picked a few flickr friends or those I admire as a way of apologising for absence and saying hello, I suppose :)


Lou x



Florence photos, part 1/14! :)

99 days of summer





*Pistol grip more plausible * Shortened receiver to reasonable length * Tweaked the stock * Redesigned connection point between RIS and receiver * longer magazine * played around with the RIS and trigger group area.




Throw Lever: Shock

Davidman: Text

Braydenmaine: XPS3

Wiikling: Textures

Wes: Rails

Keeb: Kong logo


I wasnt sure how best to make this the caliber the guy on deviantart had it, so i kind of went in the middle.


The KX212 is a sleek, comfortable carbine designed for close quarters combat and personal security detail. Engineers at Kong used high quality polymer for the receiver and stock, this keeps the KX212 light and very durable.

The receiver is rigged with a recoil dampener behind the bolt-this paired with the foregrip and added weight of the suppressor provides for extreme controlability, even in the full automatic fire mode.

A left side hinged folding and telescoping stock with a rubberized no slip canted cheek rest provides maximum comfort for the user.

The weapon can be chambered in .300 Blackout or 7.3X40mm [105 grain] (shown here) ammunition-available in either Supersonic or Subsonic. Subsonic ammunition paired with a 45 round free fall polymer magazine and QD suppressor makes the KX212 both silent and deadly.

This robust carbine also features a Kalashnikov style bolt, charging handle, and gas piston system.

An exposed CCW threaded barrel bolt allows for the user to remove the barrel for maintenance or to exchange for different lengths without disassembling the receiver.

The bolt release lever is located just forward of the user's trigger finger allowing for quick magazine changes and easy operation.

Topped off with a custom QD stubby grip, EoTech XPS3 Holographic, and finished in Kong two tone Honey/Charcoal.

MORE RECENT STILL: Elfdoll Rita head on Feeple60 small bust body. I did shorten the neck, but not in theses pics. The head is a good size for the body and of course she could pose realy well.

Shortened FAMAS chambered in 6.8mm.

Comes with a 40 round polymer magazine, specialized grips with an integrated flashlight, RIS, and a suppressor.

Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;

Lengthen night and shorten day;

Every leaf speaks bliss to me

Fluttering from the autumn tree.

I shall smile when wreaths of snow

Blossom where the rose should grow;

I shall sing when night’s decay

Ushers in a drearier day.


Emily Brontë


dedicated to my sister, Barbara Bowman Durning, born on this day in 1950, and Tom Magliozzi (half of NPR's Car Talk), who died yesterday



Happy Mobile Bench Monday ... shortened the shutter speed here and panned with the jet skier.

Needed a photo fix so went out this morning. However, the rain came along and shortened my enjoyment!

MORE RECENT STILL: Elfdoll Rita head on Feeple60 small bust body. I did shorten the neck, but not in theses pics. The head is a good size for the body and of course she could pose realy well.

Fall, leaves, fal, die, flowers, away,

Lengthen night and shorten day,

Every leaf speaks bliss to me

Fluttering from the autumn tree.

I shall smile when wreaths of snow

Blossom where the rose should grow.

I shall sing when night’s decay

Ushers in a drearier day (Emily Brontë)


All my images are protected under international authors copyright laws and may not be downloaded, reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without my written explicit permission. All rights reserved. Copyright 2013 © Jacques Freund

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Ada Ciganlija, colloquially shortened to Ada, is a river island that has artificially been turned into a peninsula, located in the Sava River's course through central Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. The name can also refer to the adjoining artificial Sava Lake and its beach. To take advantage of its central location, over the past few decades, it was turned into an immensely popular recreational zone, most notable for its beaches and sports facilities, which, during summer seasons, can have over 100,000 visitors daily and up to 300,000 visitors over the weekend. Due to this popularity, Ada Ciganlija has been commonly nicknamed "More Beograda" ("Belgrade's Sea"), which was officially accepted as an advertising slogan in 2008, stylised as More BeogrADA.


Formerly an island, Ada Ciganlija is now an elongated peninsula, stretching for 6 km from west to east and 700 m from north to south at its widest, and covering an area of 2.7 km2. The entire Ada Ciganlija ecological complex, which stretches into the municipality of Novi Beograd, covers an area of 8 km2, including the islands of Ada Ciganlija and Ada Međica, waterways between the two Adas and Sava Lake, and some of Makiš itself. Sava Lake, formerly a branch of the Sava, was turned into a lake with two dams, while the remaining section on the northeast was turned into Čukarica Bay. There is another small lake on Ada Ciganlija itself, known as Ada Safari.


moonrise, Chilung Island



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Saint Valentine's Day (commonly shortened to Valentine's Day) is an annual holiday held on February 14 celebrating love and affection between intimate companions. The holiday is named after one or more early Christian martyrs named Valentine and was established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD. It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"). The holiday first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

Modern Valentine's Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have largely given way to mass-produced greeting cards.


Autumn colours with the days shortening.


Namadgi National Park, A.C.T.

... somewhere in Newcastle upon Tyne ...


Newcastle upon Tyne (often shortened to Newcastle) is a city and metropolitan borough of Tyne and Wear, in North East England. Situated on the north bank of the River Tyne, the city developed in the area that was the location of the Roman settlement called Pons Aelius, though it owes its name to the castle built in 1080, by Robert II, Duke of Normandy, the eldest son of William the Conqueror.


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Roker pier and lighthouse again, but this time through the round window. Used my 150-600 to shorten the perspective.

Chromed receiver and Eotech, shortened barrel, AR15 stock adapter, QD sling attachment point, HK416 style pistol grip, enlarged trigger guard, match trigger, polymer magazine, and compact GL.


Also, any of my brothers wanna check out a local hardcore band?

Saw them live a couple days ago and they blew my mind.

Some serious skill, and their music is produced pretty damn well.

All Saints' Day (in the Roman Catholic Church officially the Solemnity of All Saints and also called All Hallows or Hallowmas[3]), often shortened to All Saints, is a solemnity celebrated on 1 November by parts of Western Christianity, and on the first Sunday after Pentecost in Eastern Christianity, in honour of all the saints, known and unknown.


In Western Christian theology, the day commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven. It is a national holiday in many historically Catholic countries. In the Roman Catholic Church and many Anglican churches, the next day, All Souls' Day, specifically commemorates the departed faithful who have not yet been purified and reached heaven. Christians celebrate All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day in the fundamental belief that there is a prayerful spiritual bond between those in the state of grace who have burned and are either being purified in purgatory or are in heaven (the 'Church Suffering' and the 'church triumphant', respectively), and the 'church militant' who are the living. Other Christian traditions define, remember and respond to the saints in different ways; for example, in the Methodist Church, "saints who have helped extend and enliven God's kingdom" are remembered—that is—the entire Church universal and those significant to a particular local congregation.[2]


Shortened B.A.R. for reduced weight and portability.


ALL work is my own, no credit owed.


wish the handguard came out better though

... in Newcastle upon Tyne ...


Newcastle upon Tyne (often shortened to Newcastle) is a city and metropolitan borough of Tyne and Wear, in North East England. Situated on the north bank of the River Tyne, the city developed in the area that was the location of the Roman settlement called Pons Aelius, though it owes its name to the castle built in 1080, by Robert II, Duke of Normandy, the eldest son of William the Conqueror.


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“Nothing makes time pass or shortens the way like a thought that absorbs in itself all the faculties of the one who is thinking. External existence is then like a sleep of which this thought is the dream. Under its influence, time has no more measure, space has no more distance,”~ Alexandre Dumas

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Akihabara is a district in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo, Japan. The name Akihabara is a shortening of Akibagahara (autumn leaf field), which ultimately comes from Akiba, named after a fire-controlling deity for a firefighting shrine built after the area was destroyed by a fire in 1869.


Akihabara gained the nickname Akihabara Electric Town (Akihabara Denki Gai) shortly after World War II for being a major shopping center for household electronic goods and the post-war black market.


Nowadays, Akihabara is considered by many to be an otaku cultural center and a shopping district for video games, anime, manga, and computer goods. Icons from popular anime and manga are displayed prominently on the shops in the area, and numerous maid cafés are found throughout the district.


The area that is now Akihabara was once near a city gate of Edo and served as a passage between the city and northwestern Japan. This made the region a home to many craftsmen and tradesmen, as well as some low class samurai. One of Tokyo’s frequent fires destroyed the area in 1869, and the people decided to replace the buildings of the area with a shrine called Chinkasha, meaning fire extinguisher shrine, in an attempt to prevent the spread of future fires. The locals nicknamed the shrine Akiba after a deity that could control fire, and the area around it became known as Akibagahara and later Akihabara.


In 1890, the Akihabara Station became a major freight transit point, which allowed a vegetable and fruit market to spring up in the district. Then, in the 1920s, the station saw a large volume of passengers after opening for public transport, and after World War II, the black market thrived in the absence of a strong government. This disconnection of Akihabara from government authority has allowed the district to grow as a market city and given rise to an excellent atmosphere for entrepreneurship. In the 1930s, this climate turned Akihabara into a future-oriented market region specializing in household electronics, such as washing machines, refrigerators, televisions, and stereos, earning Akihabara the nickname "Electric Town".


As household electronics began to lose their futuristic appeal in about the 1980s, the shops of Akihabara shifted their focus to home computers at a time when they were only used by specialists and hobbyists. This new specialization brought in a new type of consumer, computer nerds or otaku.


The market in Akihabara naturally latched onto their new customer base that was focused on anime, manga, and video games. The connection between Akihabara and otaku has survived and grown to the point that the region is now known worldwide as a center for otaku culture, and most otaku even consider Akihabara to be a sacred place.

Piazza Bra, often shortened to Bra, is the largest piazza in Verona, Italy, with some claims that it is the largest in the country. The piazza is lined with numerous cafés and restaurants, along with several notable buildings. The Verona Arena, originally an amphitheatre built nearly 2000 years ago, is now a world-famous music venue with regular operatic and contemporary music performances.


Cancer not only shortens one's life unexpectedly, but affects family and their loved ones. I believe every single human being on this planet knows someone who was affected by cancer in some manner. Glamora is joining in on the battle to end cancer on behalf of Passport to Hope: Relay for Life 2017.


"Faith Vintage" is an absolutely gorgeous classic dress that Audrey Hepburn would be proud to wear any day! In Maitreya and Slink sizing only. All proceeds of "Faith Vintage" will go to Passport to Hope: Relay for Life 2017.


Glamora for Passport to Hope: Relay for Life 2017:

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