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Christin McLeod
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On the road...116 miles out!

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I sure hope so!  I am in the hunt as a first-timer now. Really an amazing bunch :) Inspiring. A wonderful weekend to you!
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With the Sweep of a Brush, She Created Her Life....
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

03/26 - Tools of the Trade

I am not a painter, but I have painted. Since I took photos of my own tools for week 1 of this project, I chose my friend's tools instead. 

I decided to go out on a pretty thick limb for processing this picture (meaning it was different for me, but still pretty safe). For the first time since I got it, I chose NOT to use Silver Efex!!! I did everything manually in Lightroom and Photoshop. It was fun. Baby steps. I still don't have much of a clue what I'm doing, but it was interesting to see what the different sliders did to the image in black and white.  :) 

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Hi +debi scott, check out this page:  +The B&W Project for project details. :D 
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Because Meerkats! 

NOT MY PHOTO!! Nope. This belongs to the magnificent +Robin Griggs Wood

Meerkats will forever remind me of you, dear Robin! You exemplify their fun loving spirit, intense focus, ability to get things done, and unwavering determination. Not to mention the compassion, patience, loving support, and encouragement that you embody as a human being!!

Your ability to see the best in all of us never ceases to amaze me. You are truly an inspiration to soooo many, myself included. I feel blessed and honored to call you friend and I can't tell you how very grateful I am that we are in each other's orbits. It is indeed a small world, is it not? ;) 

And on this very special day, the anniversary of the day you breathed in life for the first time, I salute you with this, an Irish blessing (because I love them so):

May love and laughter light your days
May good and faithful friends be yours wherever you may roam
May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures
May all life's passing seasons bring the best to you and yours


Wishing you a most joyous birthday, Robin. I love you much!!! Hugs to you. :D 
Sure, laugh at me; but I'll never be taken by surprise with a water balloon on the back of the head!

These guys just grab my "cute button" and stomp it to smithereens!!

#WildlifeWednesday with thanks to +Mike Spinak  & +Morkel Erasmus  
#WholeWildlifeWeek with thanks to +Diego Cattaneo  +Dick Whitlock +Sandy Schepis  +Anette Mossbacher 
#rgwoodpost #naturephotography #cuteoverload
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I love you, +Christin McLeod!! ... thank you so much, dear!
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One More Night In Hollywood
Hollywood, California

Project 52 B&W
Week 50: Bokeh
#P52BW13 | +Project 52 B&W
Curated by +Tisha Montgomery, +Susan Porter, & +Lauri Novak

Two in a row!! Watch out world! Look at me Go! Go! Go! 

A black and white version of my Pantages Theater picture. I like the color one better, but I do love the bokeh I captured in it much more than anything else I've gotten this year. 
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Yeah, I hate to admit that it totally was!. I've been using my phone a lot lately and really enjoying that too. 
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NOT MY PHOTO - This beauty belongs to the fabulous, the wonderful, the amazing.... +Ursula Klepper!! 

Happy birthday to you, my dear friend. You are one of the most beautiful souls I know on this planet. This picture represents you in my mind. You are a bright cheery smiling flower and I'm so happy to call you friend . 

I hope you had a spectacular birthday. You deserve it. 

An now, an Irish blessing for you:

        May the road rise up to meet you
        May the wind be always at your back
        May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
        And may the hand of a friend always be near

        May green be the grass you walk on
        May blue be the skies above you
        May pure be the joys that surround you
        May true be the hearts that love you

Happy Birthday!!! 

“It is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult must be a reason the more for us to do it”
~  Rainer Maria Rilke ~

This is a blossom of a wild strawberry.
See more of different macro blossoms here:

#floralfriday   +FloralFriday with thanks to +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Beth Akerman +Kiki Nelson
#colorsonfriday   +ColorsOnFriday with thanks to +Britta Rogge +Karsten Meyer
#breakfastclub   +Breakfast Club with thanks to +Gemma Costa
#colormeweekly   +ColorMe Weekly with thanks to +Rosie Nixon and +Betty Manousos
#turquoisethursday   +TurquoiseThursday by +Tatiana Parmeeva #macro4all   +Macro4All with thanks to +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen,   +Walter Soestbergen  +MacroManiacs  +MacroManiacs with thanks to +Sandra Deichmann  #themagicoflight   Curators +Ray Bilcliff +Hamid Dastmalchi +Paul Stein
#BTPFlowerPro   +BTP Flower Pro +Nicole Gruber+Rinus Bakker
#PhotoManiaGermany   with thanks to +Nicole Gruber & +Sandra Deichmann & +Markus Landsmann & +dietmar rogacki, +Photo Mania Germany  #hqspflowers   curated by +HQSP Flowers +Carina Marsh
#light #strawberry #macrophotography #turqouise #blossom #blossomsphotography

Wild strawberry
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Oh my!! Christin now you made my heart make a joyful leap!!! It just was such a soothing and smashing moment to read all your wonderful words! And I LOVE your Irish blessing! you are very sweet! Thank you so much!!! ♥♥♥ Love you!!! Hugs!!
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Okay, I've been absent from here long enough! So I'm playing along with +Tisha Montgomery and +Tom Tran for #feetupfriday aka #FUF.

Not exactly relaxing, here I am, strapped into the modern day torture device known as the Pilates Reformer. It's been 3 weeks since I did Pilates and I was missing it...or so I thought. ;) But I do feel good after my workout. And it was definitely worth putting my feet up for. :)

So three cheers for feet up! 
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Ah, that looks terrifying!
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Assigned, yes, but there are only window and aisle seats, and I've got aisle seats on both hops.
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Look a Little Closer
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

02/26 - Macro

For processing, I chose to add a fair amount of grain to this photo becuase it reminded me of days gone by. I guess the fonts, the colors of the letters (which, of course you can't see, but I can! :p), and my dark plastic rim glasses lent themselves to this impression. I couldn't help but think of a world that existed decades ago. 

In case you don't recognize the quote, it is:

"Always do what you are afraid to do"
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

What a smart man...I'm adopting this as my mantra for 2015. I've made it official.

#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Alison Christensen  
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Thank you +Greg Antikian and +Mary Wardell! :)
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Down to Business
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

01/26 - New Beginnings

I always love the New Year. Like so many the world over, I have such a feeling of hope and renewed energy in all things Life at this time of year.

Rebirth. Renewal. New beginnings. All that stuff.

This year is not so different from previous years in that regard. However, my goal is to maintain the forward momentum throughout the year, which is very unlike the past. I have had a passionate love affair with the big P - and I'm not talking that big P (you're so naughty!). No, I'm talking about Procrastination. Perfectionism. Pick your poison. They both result in the same outcome, which is a whole lot of nothing. 

So this year, photographically speaking, my main goal is to get down to business. I'm pulling up my big girl pants and focusing on mastering the technological wonders I have at my disposal - namely Photoshop and other digital darkroom tools.

But it's going to take breaking up with my main squeeze once and for all. I keep going back, but not this year. Nope. I'm done. I'm choosing to lovingly let go of the toxic relationship I've created. 

So long, Procrastination. Sayonara, Perfectionism.

Hello, ME!   

For this photo, I took the time to thoroughly clean off my desk, creating the space I need to work on my photography. I have my notebook for notes and ideas, my tablet for editing, my trusty laptop, and most importantly, my catalog of photos. Oh yeah, and a cup of calming tea to help me keep my head on straight as I do this thing. I know Tisha and Lauri can appreciate that. ;) 

+The B&W Project 
Curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Alison Christensen 
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May I also see how you do it +Ellie Kennard? I'm not ready to blog yet but I'd like to know how it works for when I AM ready. 
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Chihuly State of Mind
Las Vegas, Nevada

Project 52 B&W
Week 49: Glass
#P52BW13 | +Project 52 B&W
Curated by +Tisha Montgomery, +Susan Porter, & +Lauri Novak

The epitome of glass...If you know anything about anything regarding glass, you'll know the origins of this. ;) 
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Don't Look Up!

Project 52 B&W
Week 46: Stairs
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Curated by +Tisha Montgomery, +Susan Porter, & +Lauri Novak (I hope this list of curators is still correct...not that you're expecting this to begin with at this point. hehehe sheepish grin)

I made a promise to myself that I would finish the 2013 B&W Project by the end of this year. It's been slowwwwwwwwwww going for me, but I'm finally adding another to my collection. 
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Thank you +Richard Ball

And thank you +Ellie long lost friend! Oh My Gosh, I've been SOOOOO absent for so long! I sure miss you bunches. It's good to know you're still here with me. That means a lot. And you're right. I AM going to do it. I only have two more and my redo!!! I got this! :D
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For my good friends, +Christina Lihani (look! A short!), +Robin Griggs Wood and +Cheryl Cooper..

I love you girls so very much. I was enjoying this during our virtual "chat" this morning. Wish we'd all been together for it. ...someday. :-D

Created with VSCO Cam #vscocam
#coffeehealsall #lovemygirls
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Thank you +Maria Co. That's very sweet. :D
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Just a point-n-shoot girl takin' it to the next level
When I was a little girl, my dad was always snapping pictures, everywhere we went. I always wanted to be like him, taking pictures with a fancy camera! In fact, I've been fascinated by photography as far back as I can remember, thanks to him. In about 3rd grade, I got my very own Kodak Pocket Instamatic or the like. It was so cute with it's disposable flash cubes! I still have some of my very first pictures to this day! It's hard to believe they are over 30 years old now!! Man, I loved that thing!! 

And ever since then, I've owned one sort of camera or another. Capturing snippets of time is the outward expression of my memories. I cherish my photos. Almost magically, pictures have the power to transport the viewer to another time and place, to allow someone to vicariously experience the world through another's eyes, to see things that may not have been possible otherwise. All without words. Photography is a universal language. I can only dream of becoming fluent in this language. 
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