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A bit late but here is my weekly selection. Enjoy this beautiful image of  +Renee Hawk 

(+José Juan Escudero )
der Rabe

... Und der Rabe rührt' sich nimmer, sitzt noch immer, sitzt noch immer
auf der bleichen Pallas-Büste überm Türsims wie vorher;
und in seinen Augenhöhlen eines Dämons Träume schwelen,
und das Licht wirft seinen scheelen Schatten auf den Estrich schwer;
und es hebt sich aus dem Schatten auf dem Estrich dumpf und schwer ...

*Edgar Allan Poe

#close2home +Close2Home by +Brett Sivits  +Rebecca Johnson +Pia Raben  +Shaun Stewart +José Juan Escudero +Howard Weitzel +john adams
#silhouttesonthursday by +Siddharth Pandit
#urbanthursday +Urban Thursday by +Laurent Chades
#hqspurbanandstreetphotos +HQSP Urban & Street Photos by +Rhea Surgimath +Michael Sonntag +Оксана Крысюкова
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD LOVERS Worldwide by +Robert SKREINER
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Gorgeous colours.
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For this week i selected this great shot of +Giselle Savoie . Enjoy with this beautiful and creative shot.

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Dressed for the occasion.    On monday  we had a familly gathering, we noticed a strom rolling in and all watched the show from my back yard. I notice that one of my grand-daughters dress matched the colors in the sky.

#hqsplandscape  +Terrie Gray +Johnny Minor +Nicolai Neijhoft +Lani Banadera +Aamir Shahzad +HQSP Landscape member of
#close2home  +Brett Sivits +David Pond +Pia Raben +Howard Weitzel +john adams +Close2Home 
#bellesphotos  +Jean-Louis LAURENCE +Claudya Bonnet +Belles photos 
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Thank you very much +Close2Home +José Juan Escudero  much appreciated! 
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This week I select this wonderful shot of +John Dunne . Enjoy the feeling of tranquility that transmitted this photograph of the Emerald Isle.

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Being solitary is being alone well: being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your own presence rather than of the absence of others. Because solitude is an achievement. ~ Alice Koller

Title: Peace and Solitude

This was my first visit to Clogleagh woods near Blessington Lakes but I was absolutely stunned  when I arrived. The woods could only be described as lush bedecked as they were in a rich vibrant spring green. The only sound was the gentle river running over tiny little waterfalls. In fact the entire morning I was there I did not see another soul. I had several hours of blissful solitude.

I came away with a number of compositions I was happy with and thought I would share this one with you today. There are times I wish I travelled with wellingtons and this was definitely one of those occasions. With the camera set on a tripod with the lens mere inches from the water I was doing my best to keep myself out of the water... and failed miserably. Thankfully I have learned my lesson from past outings and always travel with a spare pair of socks :-)

As always you can find out more over my blog

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS
Exposure: 2.5 secs
Aperture: f/8
Focal Length: 70mm
ISO Speed: 100

#ThirstyThursdayPics by +Giuseppe Basile 
#lowanglephotography +Low Angle Photography curated by +Jeremy Lavender
#close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel and +john adams

#Ireland   #Wicklow   #waterfall   #blackandwhitephotography  
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Thank you very much for sharing :-)
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This week I selected this photograph, other than for its quality, which meets one of the functions of photography, there are things that remind us that although we do not see or do not want to see exist and are very real. Enjoy with the great work of +Aamir Shahzad 
(+José Juan Escudero )
A patient of leprosy in special centers. Though a treatable disease now, there is still a lot of social stigma associated with this diagnosis. These patients are abandoned by relatives out of fear of acquiring disease themselves. Physically disabled,( you may see his amputated fingers/ toes due to disease) crippled and socially isolated, there life is limited to four wall of leprosy centers. This man is reading Quran to pass the time.
What is their future? 
#rawalpindi   #punjab   #pakistan   #pixelworld  by +Alberto Carreras  #hqspnaturalother  by +Delcour Eric +Blake Harrold +Valesa Diamontes  #breakfastclub  +Gemma Costa  #streetphotography  +StreetPhotography curated by +Tatiana Parmeeva +Maria Roco #streetpics   curated by +Arnold Goodway, +Pablo Luis Gonzalez, +urszula masilela and +Monika Pia #close2home  +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel and +john adams #socialsaturday  by +Baki Karacay +Naghmeh Khadembashi  #trueportraits  +Ray Bilcliff  #hqspmonochrome  by +Luis Vivanco +Dennis Freeland and +Johnny Minor 
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Should I say that I am delighted to be shared at +Close2Home ? I feel honored.
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My selection for this week is the fantastic capture of +Shawn McClure .  Enjoy with this envoy of Cthulhu what indicating her next arrival

+José Juan Escudero 
The Zombie Apocalypse Is Now -- Bingham, Illinois
"We shall see that at which dogs howl in the dark, and that at which cats prick up their ears after midnight."
-- H. P. Lovecraft

A freshly vacated cicada shell and some night photography with diffused light from two opposing flashes makes for some interesting ambiance. Not to mention the fact that I was hanging upside down like a bat from a higher branch to get this shot.

( Okay, so I'm kidding about that last part, but the rest is true. ;)

For #MonochromeMonday (+Monochrome Monday) Curated by +Hans Berendsen , +Jerry Johnson , +Steve Barge, +Dominique Hilbert , +David Orr and +Martin Heller, and the +Monochrome Arty Club / #MonochromeArtyClub, curated by +abhishek chamaria, +JR Snyder Jr, +June Penn, +Seth Mayer, and +Steve Tang, and +Monochrome World / #MonochromeWorld, curated by +andi rivarola, and +All Things Monochrome / #AllThingsMonochrome, curated by +Charles Lupica and +Bill Wood, and +Macro Monday / #MacroMonday, curated by +Kerry Murphy, +Jennifer Eden, +Kelli Seeger Kim, and +Jake Easley, and #Macro4All  by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Mark O'Callaghan   +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and +HQSP Macro / #HQSPMacro , curated by +Vinod Krishnamoorthy, +Vishal Kumar, and +Rinus Bakker, and #BuggyFriday +Buggy Friday Curators +Ray Bilcliff +Dorothy Pugh +Victoria Etna, and +BugsEveryday / #BugsEveryday  curated by +Chris Mallory, and #hqspnaturalother +HQSP Natural Other curated by +Valesa Diamontes, +Delcour Eric and +Vincent Dale, and #PlusPhotoExtract curated by +Jarek Klimek, and #WholeWildlifeWeek curated by +Diego Cattaneo, +Anette Mossbacher, +Dick Whitlock, and +Sandy Schepis, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub, curated by +Gemma Costa, and the +Breakfast Art Club / #BreakfastArtClub, curated by +Simply Arlie, and +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER, and +Everything Is Beautiful / #EverythingIsBeautiful  curated by +Brad Buckmaster, +Gene Bowker, and +Lynn Langmade, and #close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel, and +DOFMonday / #DOFMonday, curated by +Mara Acoma, +Mark Hall, +Alan Gurling, and +Nigel Smith, and +Horrorpoker Monday / #HorrorPokerMonday, curated by +David Murphy, +J.L. Btwee, and +Jimmy S, and +Moody Monday / #MoodyMonday  curated by +Philip Daly, +Carole Buckwalter, and +Annelies Kroen...
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xo funy
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My selection for this week is this beautiful shot of +usha lavanya, enjoy with the soft tones and great details.

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Dream flower!!!

#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers +Werner Polwein +Larry Henley +tamam Newman +Vincent Dale +
#flowerpower +FLOWER POWER +Edith Kukla
#macro4all +Macro4All +Walter Soestbergen
#close2home +Close2Home +Brett Sivits
#themagicoflight +Ray Bilcliff
#paintitclub +PaintIt Club +Richard D Mabb
#mobileartphotography +Jummey Fisher
#coloemeweekly +ColorMe Weekly +Rosie Nixon
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Thank you s....o..o..o..oo much +Jose Juan Escudero +close2home. You made me achieve my dreams. I am really very very happy. Thank you once again.
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My selection for this week is this great shot of +Sandra Deichmann . Enjoy with the great composition and use of the light.

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This is wonderful :))
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My selection this week is this fabulous shot of +Stefan Kierek . Enjoy with this beautiful path to  walk and enjoy nature to covered in the summer heat.

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This week we note that the good weather is starting to get to the northern hemisphere, one of the symptoms is that there are many more photos of the blue hour than usual, which for me is good news.
This week I selected this photo of +Brian Grzelewski  , with that solid blue, I find it very relaxing, enjoy the photo.

+José Juan Escudero 
Coming into Aberdeen Harbor, late at night,
after a long day, I'm tired and I'm just...

Floating Along 


For #CoastalThursday +Coastal Thursday curated by +David Polzine & +Jon Kahn

#close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Rebecca Johnson, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel and +john adams
#ukphotographycommunity  +UK Photography Community 
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Hey, thanks a bunch +José Juan Escudero .  True, the weather is getting nice and the sunsets are long.  Also, the sunset is at 10pm - well after the kids are asleep.  :)  
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Any style, any subject, just make sure its close 2 home
Photographers roam the world in search of the perfect shot.  +Close2Home challenges photographers of all styles and experience to find the beauty and drama in your own neighborhood. 

No hard and fast rules but let's consider the 1mi/1.60934k guideline. 

Our intent is to get a glimpse of your world and encourage you to train your creative eye at the world right around you.

Like most Daily Themes we will comment and plus your submission but every Thursday the +Close2Home team will also review the submissions and each curator will select at least one shot for the page. (must add +Close2Hometo your circles)


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