Blurred Lines

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BLUR

On a recent stay in a hotel, I walked by the pool and became fascinated with the way the surface of the water looked. I took this shot because I liked how the water distorted the lines of the steps. – Diane

Warms the Soul

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WARMTH

The first thing that popped into my mind for this theme was my mug and its sweater.  My second thought was to capture some steam rising from the cup like I see in so many Pinterest photos. Now that I have the coffee and the cookies I just need a great book and a comfy chair to recline in. So relaxing and good for the soul. – Diane

Lovely

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Aunt Judy

Photo Friday Theme – Portrait by Kim O’Neill

A beautiful moment of my Aunt Judy with her grandson.

She and my Uncle were celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary.

A very special day!

Simplicity is Beauty

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Theme – Simplicity by Kim O’Neill

“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating;

to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter. . .

to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring

– these are some of the rewards of the simple life.”
–  John Burroughs

Sky Canvas, Summerland Key

Tiptoe through the Aviary…

Wood duck

Photo Friday Theme – Explore by Kim

Diane and I took a photo field trip to Flamingo Gardens in Davie, Florida. It was a beautiful day out and enjoyed all the different flora and animals we encountered. We both were tentative about entering the aviary with birds all around and ABOVE. So we tiptoed around the path taking shots of pelican, wood stork, ibis, egrets, and of course ducks. We found this pretty wood duck on top of the feeder but flew away when we took out our cameras. As we explored further, we tracked him down in the trees on our way out. I got the shot I wanted and avoided getting hit from above.

PS: For all my watercolor friends that take classes at Flamingo Gardens, I did hang out by the building to see if there was class that Wednesday, but sadly no signs of my class that day! You can visit Flamingo Garden’s web page at www.flamingogardens.org.

Panoramic Paradise

photo friday theme – scenic

summerland panoramic

This theme was “scenic wonder” and I decided to take off wonder. I have many landscape shots but I must admit it has been some years since I have stood before scenic wonder – that view that says “majestic” or “breathtaking”. It could also be that I may be a bit spoiled from many beautiful sunsets in Florida… it could be that I take some things for granted.

This shot is a panoramic from our last trip to Summerland Key. I chose it because of the colors in the sky and the perfectly reflective Atlantic reflecting the sky above. I hope to someday that Johnny and I have a home with a panoramic like this to wake up to!

Kim

The Early Bird

= early morning fishing trip on Topsail 6/22/2012 = first light theme

FIRST LIGHT

The early bird catches the worm. The early photographer catches amazing light.

As I was going through my archives to find a suitable photo for this theme, I realized I need to get up earlier and take advantage of that gorgeous golden hour more often. The world seems so peaceful when you are one of the few awake to see the beauty of a sunrise.

This was taken on vacation during an early morning fishing trip.  – Diane