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For theme New for 52 in 2013




That's right, I am officially doing a 52 Weeks project for 2013!

You can read more here, but generally it's not going to be a self portrait project.


This was actually taken when it was pretty much dark.

The light is from my mom's car headlights coming down the road.

I like some of the outtakes better, but this was the only photo with the light.

All the outtakes can be found here.


12/30 - 01/05

Quartz Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz often used in jewelry. The Greeks believed amethyst could prevent intoxication, while medieval European soldiers wore amethyst as protection in battle in the belief that amethysts heal people and keep them cool-headed. I just like the color. :D

In writing..... No more Cancer!

(No Chemo or Radiation needed)

We can not find peace if there are barriers between us. Open minds, open hearts. This is the way to protect what is important to us all, our children and families, our homes and our planet. If not now, when? This is my wish.


Week One - Group "52 of Twenty Eleven" - Theme "I wish"

Week # 01 = New

Taken January 6, 2013


It's a new year, and so a new attempt at a 52. Last year I got a bit behind, and then was sick becoming unrecoverable-y behind. I consider 2012 a good first try, but this I hope to be successful in completing it!


Round 1 of 52 of 2013! This is of my beautiful Christmas present from my husband. A gorgeous pearl to match a set of earrings he gave me for our wedding. I'm a lucky girl :)


Massachuetts Ave, Lawrence, KS

This is a re-edit (cropping/orientation/saturation) of a much earlier photo that I always liked but just finally figured out what drew me to the image, and how better to draw those characteristics out.

My first attempt of star trails last night also aircraft turning over our house inbound Rwy26 Arlanda Sweden. I wish these aircraft would stop flying over the house.

Our Thanksgiving dinner, perhaps like yours, ends with a special ceremony. We ceremonially placed the turkey wishbone, the "pulley bone" as my grandmother called it, on the sunlit shelf above the sink. There it remains until it's bone dry. Then we dust it off and use it for its main purpose - to bring good luck to the person who comes away with the largest piece of bone in a little tug of war for two. For anyone unfamiliar with this tradition, each person takes hold of one end of the turkey's double-pronged clavicle. They pull until it breaks. The winner gets a wish.


For 2011, I wish:

* For good health

* For relief from financial woes

* for true happiness - oh! forgot - #3 WORLD PEACE!


Dear friends, make your three wishes, too!!!


This photo was taken for 52 Weeks of Twenty Eleven's first challenge: I wish.


Thanks to Wenström for catching this photo on Explore, when Scout missed it!


Thank you Jerry, Skeletal Mess, for the textures.

When you wish upon a star

Makes no difference who you are



I wish you Health...

So you may enjoy each day in comfort.


I wish you the Love of friends and family...

And Peace within your heart.


I wish you the Beauty of nature...

That you may enjoy the work of God.


I wish you Wisdom to choose priorities...

For those things that really matter in life.


I wish you Generousity so you may share...

All good things that come to you.


I wish you Happiness and Joy...

And Blessings for the New Year.


I wish you the best of everything...

That you so well deserve.


I wish my flickr friends a Happy 2011!

A Toast To The New Year!


To all of my past and future Flickr friends:


One of the glasses above is yours ... pretend to be holding it ... the other is mine ... here is a toast to your good health and also to a joyous and prosperous New Year.


Stir the eggnog, lift the toddy, Happy New Year, everybody. ~ Phyllis McGinley


2nd Place in Week 01 Contest!!!


Please View On Black

... for Peace On Earth




1/52: New


I don't know what to do about the stupid flickr sharpening :(. Makes me want to strangle somebody.


Oh well. The first theme of this year is "new". I was thinking about what to do for a while and in the end I decided to try and somehow depict what happens after Christmas holidays. At least in the western hemisphere. It is kind of scary how right after the, initially religious, tradition that we've managed to turn into a merciless hunt for gifts, all the stores begin the new year with massive sales and people are actually willing to spend their free time greedily hoarding more useless shit. Mayan prophecy or not, we're doomed.


Of course the photo doesn't look anything like what I imagined but at least I made a spectacular show for all the neighbours - dragging a chair to the field and standing there in the wind and drizzle, holding the dresses out like a maniac. (Actually, hehe, that would be my brother, with a cast on his hand to make things more ridiculous. It was really lovely of him to come out and help me :).


And yay, I actually did the theme! :)

Just playing with long exposure and some lights

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