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BJ Bolender
Lives in Phoenix, AZ
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Beautiful  shot ...oops I used words 
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For #macromonday  at the suggestion of +Sandra Parlow our mini-theme today is SMOOTH.  I realized I'd not shot many macros for about 4 months now since I've been in a Mentorship program with photography, but I knew I had an old image in mind since thinking of this theme.  Back into my flickr sets I went to find this photo and here is my share.  It's an art pop-up book I got about 5 years ago.  The pages are on a hard, varnished paper stock and each page opens up to intricate wonder.  I bought it to share with my grandchildren when they were younger.  This photo shows a portion about 2" across from the spine and the shadows are cast by natural light outdoors.

Book:  How Many? Spectacular Paper Sculptures by Ron Van Der Meer
http://goo.gl/6DYQXe  Worth every penny and more!

Thanks to +Jeff Moreau and +Sandra Parlow for continuing to host this most excellent theme day!
#macrophotography   #macromonday   #curves   #papersculpture   #rainbowcolors  
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So cool!  I never would have guessed that it was from a pop-up book.  I would have guessed one of those clippy hair things.  Awesome work :)
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What an Easter sunrise!!!!
 
Happy Easter ! #Easter morning sunrise from the +International Space Station 
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Oh Yes, More More!
for #fidofriday  and +The G+ DogPark here is another photo of the cute little Teacup chihuahua I shared with you the other day here:
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After he got that drink of water he was delighted to get a cool splash/bath and rub down from Julie.  Walking dogs in Arizona can be risky for the dogs unless they get lots of water and owners are careful not to walk them on sidewalks when the surface temperature of the cement and pavement it so hot it can burn their paws.
#teacupchihuahua   #puppy   #puppylove   #puppylovers   #phoenixaz  
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Adorable! 
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Baskets at Top
#fivedayquest 
Day 4

+Debashish Samaddar  invited me to the Five Day Quest challenge, where I have to post a photo of my day for the next 5 days. Here I go with my fourth day post.

As some of my friends know, I have taken this whole week off work for a staycation to finally get through sorting all the STUFF I have in my home and my large outbuilding.  Lookee here, I can actually now walk up to this wall of shelves and get this, put a small two-step ladder up to get to the things at the very top!  Good thing I got this far, for we use these baskets for the annual Easter egg hunt when my grandchildren come for the weekend.  This image is also a joy to me for it is a trial of shooting with my new lens, a Canon 24-105mm f/4L.  I got it this week and had not been able to give it a workout.  But I found that it does well in low light with my Canon 5D Mark II body.

The second part of the challenge consists in inviting a friend every day to join the quest, so I'm asking +Laura Gibbs if she wants to join this quest. Laura, I know you don't usually post images but I bet you could choose to post a specific linked article or commentary that shows us your daily life just for five days.  She is my very favorite "professor" who I have followed a few years on G+.

If you want to, here you are the guidelines of the challenge
Five Day Quest guidelines:

- post a photo from your day for the next 5 days
- hashtag it #fivedayquest 
- tag a friend to join in, mentioning the original person who tagged you too
#springcleaning   #baskets   #monochromephotography   #fivedayquest  
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+BJ Bolender awesome photo. I like it very much!
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An Open House at the Cereus Flower - to celebrate Earth Day

Remember the pretty white cactus flowers I shared a few days ago?  Here is a close view and I was stoked that my iPhone 4S was able to capture the bee and detail.  Grand to see all the nice earth and nature images today!  I'm suspecting not all that many Plussers were alive when the first Earth Day was "born".
#cactusflower   #flowerphotography   #iphone4s   #phoenixaz   #honeybees  
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Really very nice. 
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Grandma Time at Easter
Always a joy to get new photos of my four grandchildren this time of year.  The individual photos are of each of them yesterday at my home.  There are some family favorite photos taken in earlier years added to this album.  Celebrating Easter, our family way in Phoenix, Arizona.

#easterphotos   #easterphotography   #familyphotos   #grandchildren  
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congratulations, they are all so beautiful !
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Bee-lieve it Cactus Flowers!
#fivedayquest 
Day 5

+Debashish Samaddar  invited me to the Five Day Quest challenge, where I have to post a photo of my day for 5 days. Here I go with final post!

On return from an early morning trip to pick up donuts for my grandchildren who are here with me for a short weekend visit, I had to screech to a halt and back up to jump out for photos of this magnificent blooming cereus cactus. All I had with me was my iPhone 4S so I was very happy to come away with about 15 decent photos.  This image shows a typical Phoenix view of urban nature in mid-April.  On this plant I may try to go back with my real camera tomorrow morning but I fear the majority of the blooms will be spent.  The Queen of the Night cactus plant (cereus) has blooms that last only one day and start blooming about 4 am.  Four hours later you could tell it was only me and the bees working hard at competing for the targets.

The second part of the challenge consists in inviting a friend every day to join the quest, so I'm asking +marit runyon if she   wants to join this quest. If you want to, here you are the guidelines of the challenge and be sure to get some ideas and see great fun from others who have done this by clicking on the hashtag for the quest!

Five Day Quest guidelines:

- post a photo from your day for the next 5 days
- hashtag it #fivedayquest 
- tag a friend to join in, mentioning the original person who tagged you too
#phoenixaz   #cactusflower   #floralphotography  
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nice its beauti full
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Be Kind to Little Creatures

A chance encounter with a woman walking her new puppy, a Teacup chihuahua.  Agreeing to quick photos, she and I realized that even posing in the hot sun and bright light made the heat here so much stronger. She immediately went to pull a water bottle out and give her thirsty pup a drink.  Since it has been getting to the mid nineties here in the afternoon, it is a reminder again to always be prepared when out walking, both for humans and their little pets.
#teacupchihuahua   #Gplusdogpark  +The G+ DogPark  #phoenixaz   #puppylove  
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Day 3 of #fivedayquest  
Little Man

My son waits for his van pick-up to go to his day program this morning.  He's got his lunch bag and a travel meds bag hung on the back of the chair and holds his large travel mug with ice water. Six weeks out from his surgery, he still has to use a wheelchair when he has to go more than 10 or 15 feet.  We use the gait belt when he is walking around in the house but it is still a trick since he has such center of balance issues on standing that he can fall one way or the other so easily.  We hope he will get his stamina back and he's in aquatic therapy for PT.  It just takes a long time.  And he is still losing weight so there are continuing challenges that I and his brothers worry about.

Since part of this Five Day Quest is posting photos taken daily, I have used my iPhone again.  The rest of my day was boring but effective as I am still on my staycation to completely sort and organize TOO MUCH STUFF for this household.  Tired today, maybe tomorrow I will get some excitement and energy going again.  Five days straight so far on this project.  But it is so great to be off work for so long and not off work because I am sick and can't do anything.

+Debashish Samaddar  invited me to the Five Day Quest challenge, where I have to post a photo of my day for  5 days. Here I go with my third day post.

The second part of the challenge consists in inviting a friend every day to join the quest, so I'm asking  +Richard Green  if he wants to join this quest. If you want to, here you are the guidelines of the challenge, 

Five Day Quest guidelines:

- post a photo from your day for the next 5 days
- hashtag it #fivedayquest 
- tag a friend to join in, mentioning the original person who tagged you too
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+BJ Bolender wishing your son a quick convalescence.
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