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#joinindaily - Looking Straight At You

Today's #joinindaily by +Johnny Wills theme is "Looking Straight At You".

#model #tgsmu #portrait
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#joinindaily - Circles

Today's #joinindaily by +Johnny Wills theme is "Circles".

This is a very cool thing to see and shoot. It was a fad for a while, but seems to have died down a bit. This was from several years ago. My son was doing the spinning. He's a welder now, so he gets to work with molten metal every day now.

Note that this is a huge fire hazard, so if you decide to do this, please pick somewhere sensible where you can't accidentally start a fire. You can easily find examples of idiot photographers burning down historic buildings and nearly destroying very photogenic boat wrecks from doing this on wooden structures.
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#joinindaily - Things That Float

Today's #joinindaily by +Johnny Wills theme is "Things That Float" (Not Birds Or Boats!).

It's that time of the year when fall Fairs are going on. Our local State Fair starts this week. This is a shot from one of the kids items from the fair three years ago.

#georgia #state #fair #water #fun
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#joinindaily - Walls

Today's #joinindaily by +Johnny Wills theme is "Walls".

This is the cliff and rocks walls that you will find at the Old Cape Point Lighthouse at the tip of Cape Point in Cape Town, South Africa.

#capetown #capeofgoodhope #southafrica #africa #capepoint #lighthouse
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LOL, California cracks me up
I'm in the Bay area this week. I turned the news on to see some Irma updates. The weather teaser, and no, I'm not kidding, was this "there has been an additional 15 or 20 lightning strikes, where they were coming up". Then they come on after the commercials and say "an additional 3 strikes in the last 5 minutes".

If you live in the eastern half of the country you'll know why that seems so funny.
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#joinindaily* - Weeping*

Today's #joinindaily by +Johnny Wills​​ theme is "Weeping".

I thought this shot of a Rhino that barely survived having its horn removed servaral years ago was fitting for today's theme.
Favorites of 2016: #1 - Five Years Later
I'm counting down my top 16 personal favorites from 2016 that mean the most to me for various reasons (not necessarily ones that were the most popular here on G+). These are in no particular order.

I'm starting off with an image that I haven't shared anywhere yet. When I was in Cape Town in early November, I went to a private game preserve called Fairy Glen. It is a little over an hour away from Cape Town. I didn't have time to go to Kruger National Park, so this was at a way for me to still be able to see some African wildlife while I was in South Africa. They have two Rhinos there. Higgins & Lady are their names. Back in 2011 they were drugged and had their horns removed by poachers posing as guests.

We were told by the guide that some men posed as guests, started a fire in the back of the property as a distraction and then went after the Rhinos. He old us that Rhino horns are trading at about $80,000 an ounce, so they will literally scrape the rhino down to the bone to get every single last ouch of it. It is extremely rare for a Rhino to survive as they are usually left to bleed to death. In this case, they both survived. Our guide told us they were the only two that he's ever seen survive after an incident like this. They did have to abort the baby to save the mother. As you can see from this image, even after five years the wound has still not fully healed.

This is one of my favorite shots of the year because this image to me looks like the Rhino is crying and very sad which is representative of the poaching problem that continues there. It is rather depressing that there are so few of this amazing creatures left, yet they are not safe from poachers even on a fairy small private game preserve. You can read up on why there is such a demand for their horns here: https://www.savetherhino.org/rhino_info/threats_to_rhino/poaching_for_rhino_horn

You can find other wildlife shots in my Wildlife album here: https://plus.google.com/photos/112417919317910781482/albums/5756130988482602993

For #wildlifewednesday by +Mike Spinak & +Morkel Erasmus
#capetown #southafrica #africa #rhino #wildlife
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Go Team USA!
This rocks! USA dominates the US Open women's semi-finals. 🇺🇸 🎾
#usopen #tennis #teamusa #usa
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#joinindaily - Red Vehicles

Today's #joinindaily by +Johnny Wills theme is "Red Vehicles".

I tried to pick something unique for this one. It's nearly fair season, so I thought of my favorite fair ride: the Tilt-A-Whirl. This is a Tilt-A-Whirl vehicle as seen in action while riding on another car on the opposite side of the ride.

#tiltawhirl #fair #statefair #carnival #ride
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#joinindaily - Black and White/Monochrome Photos

Today's #joinindaily by +Johnny Wills​ theme is "Black and White/Monochrome Photos".

This is one of the canons at sunrise at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Georgia.

#georgia #kennesaw #mountain #nationalpark #canon #sunrise
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#joinindaily - Beautiful Colors

Today's #joinindaily by +Johnny Wills theme is "Beautiful Colors".

This is the interior of the Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor church located on the summit of Mount Tibidabo in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

#barcelona #spain #catalonia #church #temple #colors #worship
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