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Imagine - Envision - Observe - Create
Imagine - Envision - Observe - Create

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Two incredible natural phenomena in one glorious shot: it could only happen on the island of Anglesey in beautiful North Wales and could only have been taken by the very talented nature photographer +Kris Williams.  Please direct your comments to him. 
'Bioluminescent Waves & Aurora' - Anglesey
Sept 7th, 2015 - 10:20PM (UK)

I was counting my lucky stars on this particular evening... A double-dose and truly amazing display of two natural phenomenon that I've only ever dreamed I would capture in one shot together, but this night was the night, these are the brief moments I live for... :-)

As the aurora conditions were looking good throughout the early evening, I headed out shortly before darkness to a local beach on Anglesey, and waited for the darkness and clouds to co-operate and hopefully show me some northern light... But once it got dark enough, I noticed that that the waves crashing onto the beach were sparkling and lighting up in electric-blue light.  I've seen those before and recognised what it was straight away, so I was over the rocks from my original position and onto the beach in a shot...!

While I was walking over, the pebbles under my feet were sparkling from the small dinoflagellate creatures that emit this very brief spark of blue light when they're disturbed my movement, and I watched the waves roll in for a couple of hours sparkling like lightning in the sea, while the aurora danced overhead - an amazing night on Anglesey, the island where the magic happens :-)
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Some enchanting leaf forms in my neighborhood. Camera phone crop.
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Sending warm thoughts during this frigid time to all my Canadian friends.  If it is as cold as I am hearing in the northern USA, then I shudder to think what you must be going through.

Never underestimate the potential for heat stroke


I did and I have now become the poster woman for what happens when you feel it can never happen to you.  Normally I never share negative experiences, but I am making an exception in this case because what happened to me is far from unique, although it certainly was for me.  This is summer in the Northern Hemisphere, but the same would apply equally when summer moves to the Southern Hemisphere.  What happened is that I collapsed yesterday at a train station in Boston as I was returning from an evaluation for vocal dysfunction.  I had taken a taxi from the station to the Voice Center and asked for one to be called to take me back.  Unfortunately their building isn't one that cabs stop at, so after a 20 minute wait I noticed that I could walk about a mile and get to a public transit station that would take me to the train back home to Rhode Island.  It was very nearly 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius.  I felt no discomfort from the heat so I thought everything was fine.   However upon descending to the underground platform from which the local train left was another matter entirely.  It was hot, airless, and packed with about twice as many people as it could safely hold.  The train was even worse.  As I arrived at the train station stop I discovered that the escalators were out of order so I walked up two flights of stairs, entered the train station, and collapsed.  

I was taken by ambulance to the same hospital where I had had my voice appointment, but this time, to the emergency department where I was treated for shock, nausea, and profound dehydration.  I was under hospital care until late at night, feeling like death for much of the time.  After 1 litre of intravenous saline I was finally discharged, a sadder but much wiser person.  Summer heat warnings are given for a reason.  It is NOT a sign of personal weakness to heed them, as I seem to have thought.  We only have one body and one life.  The rules of physiology apply to all of us, even me.  So I hope this long story makes you think that I was stupid to have forgotten this because you never would have.  But, if not, remember to keep hydrated, know your heat tolerance limits and take shelter before you reach them, and beware of heat prostration and avoid it like the plague that it is.

As a PS I would like to thank +lynn hughes and other anonymous friends who kindly gave me a Nexus 7 tablet.  I have installed an app that speaks for me.  If you can imagine being unable to speak in an emergency situation than you will know how grateful I am to Lynn and my other friends who provided me with a voice when I need it the most.

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Heavenly light in a landscape worthy of the Old Masters from the very talented +Dominique Dubied .
Farmer at work

It was the end of a beautiful day where the light was warming the landscape. 

I guess that the farmer was too busy to look at the beautiful scenery in front of him, but I could not help thinking that these moments are so delightful and so fugitive that we should take the time to enjoy them!

Maybe it is a photographer's obsession, what do you think?


+NatureArtThursday  curated by  +Trisha Standard +Dane Clingan #natureartthursday
+10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS  curated by  +Robert SKREINER #10000photographersaroundtheworld
+European Photo  curated by  +Janusz Brakoniecki +Jean-Louis LAURENCE +***** +Michael Muraz +Susanne Ramharter #EuropeanPhotography
+HQSP Art  curated by  +Rinus Bakker #hqsp
+HQSP Landscape  curated by  +Delcour Eric #hqsplandscape
+Landscape Photography  curated by  +Margaret Tompkins +Carra Riley +paul t beard +David Heath Williams +Bill Wood +Jim Warthman #LandscapePhotography
+Weather and Natural Forces  curated by  +Robert SKREINER #weatherandnaturalforces   #besttopphotographer  
#plusphotoextract  by +Jarek Klimek 
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Lightroom 5 opens up a whole new world of possibilities.  Since I specialize in photography at inappropriate times of the day, I chose to use a black and white conversion to emphasis the graphic elements of this mid-day composition of the city of Providence, Rhode Island with an old pier pointing towards it.  This image was captured, very appropriately from a structure known locally as the Point Street Bridge.
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What do you get when you combine a fork. a strawberry and a mystery ingredient with a camera, a flash, and Adobe software, all mixed together with creative genius: a luscious but mysteriously cracked strawberry.  Kudos to my dear friend +E.E. Giorgi for taking the tools of Photoshop and soaring into the stratosphere of the imagination.

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This is sure to be worth a listen.  I know I plan to be there, but if the time isn't convenient, it will be viewable on the Kelby Media Youtube channel either later tonight (EDT) or tomorrow.  
Today LIVE on "The Grid:" Scott responds to the comments on the Creative Cloud subscription-only model…PLUS, an interesting new idea for Adobe

It's going to be a WILD show today, as we start with a look at the feedback from this week's Adobe announcements, and then I have an interesting idea for Adobe --- something I think photographers would absolutely love, but I need your help on it. We'll be taking your questions (and comments) live, and we're going to have some cool giveaways, and a whole lot more, today at 4:00 PM ET (New York time) at http://www.kelbytv.com/thegrid  --- see you then! (also, can you share this, pass it on, give it some love, etc.). Thanks!
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Does anyone like flowers?  Lots of them??  Shot in the magnificent Pacific Northwest of the United States?  The amazing +Michael Bollino gives us his final wildflower landscape of the season, and it is absolutely glorious.  Please + Michael with your comments.
A Fond Farewell

One last image from flower season in the eastern Columbia River Gorge. Until next year!

Had a couple request for tech info so here it is:
Two shot depth of field blend for flowers: 16mm, f/16, 1/160 second, ISO 1250
A third at 1/640 for the sky.

Prints and other images from the eastern Gorge can be found here:
http://www.michaelbollino.com/Galleries/New-Images/
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Today is an evil day indeed.  My blood ran cold thinking of my dear friend Kristi, super-Mom of three year old triplets.  I bless the day I signed up for Facebook because her text to one person spread like wildfire among the rest of us with great rejoicing, if such a word has any meaning in the face of such horror.  This brings back a lot of memories for me.  I lived most of my life in the Berkeley-San Francisco area where bombings were nothing unusual.  I remember a number of emergency evacuations after bomb warnings were called in. We had to exit without even getting our keys, like it was a fire.  Nothing happened, but it makes the thought of what happened today all the most ghastly:  there was no phone call, no warning, just unmitigated cruelty.  Then, when I moved to England, there were IRA bombings. one of the biggest of which happened in Guildford, the place where I made my home.  It was before I arrived, but the memory was indelible.  I remember a bombing where a little boy, who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, was blinded in the blast.  How this helped anyone is completely beyond me, but it happened. There could not be trash cans in train stations because they could be used to place explosives.  We had a family acquaintance who died in one of the July 7th bombings on a London Transport bus.  His crime?  Going to work.  So while I am profoundly grateful that Kristi is physically all right, the trauma of this day is going to leave its mark on her and many others who made the effort to train and run the 26.5 miles of this historic course.  RIP to those who have died so shockingly.  May God comfort their grief stricken families.  As a runner's widow, my special prayers for those who will never run again.  As men and women for whom running was as much a part of their lives as breathing, the loss of this is going to be heartbreaking.  This is a oftentimes sad world - all too often, but even with that, today is special in a way that I hope never happens again.
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