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Series: Blue and Gold Nature Series

Bird Islands Bask in Gold
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In my Collection, "All Creatures Great and Small" (here's the link- https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/cq-1kB ) you'll find my latest series featuring a magnificent red-tailed hawk. But I thought I'd process one hawk just for this Blue and Gold Collection...so here she is:
Blue Hawk in Winter
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Winter ... calm and blue.
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Autumn into Winter

An image created while listening to Geo. Winston's Autumn into Winter. That section (of a longer piece) ends on a long dark note, where last leaves have fallen and we finally touch winter. I like that the music, and hopefully my image, captures the transition that I'm actually living through right now. Winter came late to Chicago this year. To me, the journey from autumn into winter holds a stark beauty. Sharp, yet golden when the sun pierces through the exposed structure of the trees revealing hints of what is beyond. We have no choice to move forward, bare branches slapping at our legs, and enter the blue of winter.

Again, my thanks to +Alex Lapidus and +Heiko Mahr who's mentorship encouraged me to combine my love of music, art and the natural world.
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Blue and Gold in the Cosmos
My version of the Nov. 14, 2016 SuperMoon over Chicago.

The second orb is a kind of bokeh effect that appeared in virtually every shot, in the same place relative to the moon. I just emphasized it more in this version.

I'd like to add that, because of the Beyond Blurs Mentorship by +Alex Lapidus and +Heiko Mahr I have been challenged and encouraged to stretch myself creatively. I'm loving the process. thanks so much Alex and Heiko (and all the other participants who also encourage with amazing work).
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This is a much amended scene. I wanted the little garden to look "thicker" than it actually was. This was taken only a couple weeks ago, and Chicago's Botanic Garden was still so green in the golden Autumn light.
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Trees dripping with Autumn's Gold
Chicago Botanic Garden
Blue & Gold Nature Series

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This, from another beautiful day on Lake Michigan's shores. From the Blue and Gold Nature Series.
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The weather here in Chicago was too perfect to ignore last Sunday...besides, we were celebrating a family wedding...which was also perfect. So this is in honor of both.
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The Deep Fall Blues and Floating Yellows

Part of a study on water lily patches.
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