Photo: co-existing
if you could communicate w/any lifeform, what would you want to know, and from whom?

a fin's length of glass separates us from another world
a flick of our tails brings us closer together
you taught us colors and voice signals, and you gave us free health care
we don't know what we can teach you
but we can show you that it is possible to coexist...


...as long as you feed us first. fun fact- whale sharks are filter feeders and they will not eat the other fish :)

+Charles Lu
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thoughts others have shared:

+Serge Ivanov So it took me a while to gather my jaw from the floor after being blown away by the deep blue and million aquatic lifeforms...

As for your question...

Each life form seems to have its physical and biological limits, and what I really would want to know is if we are the only ones that dream of breaking them.

Birds enjoy incredible freedom of movement, but even so are ultimately trapped on this planet.
I would probably ask a bird if it was aware of this, and if so, how it felt about it. I would want to know if the bird was aware of something beyond our atmosphere, or if it even cared at all. Somehow I suspect it would be far more interested in finding some food than philosophizing such things.

+Fabio Bucchieri I'd love to be able to communicate with trees and plants in general. I have this theory about all plants on earth being able to form a sort of network through their roots that could act like an interface via which they can share all kinds of information....if I was able to interact with them I would also want to feel the pain that they share when another tree (or a group of them) is destroyed.......I must now go and take my daily dose of antipsychotics... :)
I love this post +shirley lo and the image is breathtaking!!

+anne-marie Janssen fabulous shot and good question! In general I like to observe the animals, but every time the geese fly over I wonder where they heading. I sometimes say it out loud. Their response is: "gak gak". ;-)

+Tim Behrens Such a beautiful photograph, and such a great question to go with it.

I think, in so many ways, that other lifeforms are communicating with us all the time. We just expect that, for something to resonate, it must be with words. Any question I could ask would be contrary to the power of simplicity, the all pervasive now, the instinctual drive to exist, and the ease with which most creatures do it.

If they could communicate with us, I think they would ask why we worry so much about the things we have no control over and stand by in ignorance of all the things we do, why we take so much more than we need while surrounded by others who need it more, and why is it that a species that spends so much of it's time pondering the future while forsaking the present is so blind to the what our disconnect from the world, and inability to live in harmony, will eventually bring.

Yet, in this picture, I see hope, peace, awakening... if we could just hang on to it when it wasn't right before us.

+James Merritt this is fantastic.
I have no questions for other species but I have tons for my own

+Wes Lum +shirley lo first I would have to master this communicating with humans thing, but second on the priority list would be communicating with dogs! :)

I wish we didn't have to worry about feelings and people could communicate honestly without that fear. I wish people could not get hurt by honesty.

As far as what I would want to know from my dog? What he's thinking when he's looking at me waiting for something...then again, maybe it's better that I can't communicate so easily :)

+Mailis Laos so beautiful
I would like to ask dolphins if any human have ever guessed right what they were saying.

honestly, +shirley lo, most of my questions stem from the fact that we wrap ourselves up in the cotton of our first person perspective. I wonder how much is learned habit, how much innate and how much can be short circuited.

I don't believe in the separation (gender, race, etc) most people tend to look on as fact and I find it disheartening when people divide themselves up in camps because they completely reduce their experiences. I'd like to see ego geography erode more.

+Dhopy Nepp I especially want to communicate with plants, mainly trees.
I think they should have many things to teach ...

+pam kelso Sit quietly with them, blank your mind and a connection will form. In emergencies, although it sounds stupid, I've asked for my guardian angels to connect with theirs to help find out their needs in that moment. It always worked, but again, it does sound stupid and it's probably best not to do it out loud.

+Melody Migas Beautiful photo and post.
Probably a dolphin from the gulf. I'd ask how they and their neighbors are really doing after the BP oil spill.

+Hans Huether Trees. They live longer then us naturally but not when it comes to industrially. They watch the same place all the time so they know the changes of that area more then anyone. They can tell us if over the years their photosynthesis process has changed with an increase in O2/CO2. :) Wow I sound like a Tree Huger...lol

+boo Jay I just wanna know why my dogs sniff each other's butts. I can think of much more hygienic ways to say hello.

+Meg Rousher Wonderful Image
I thought I'd like to ask an old living creature where it's been. Then I found out it's a tortuous and thought they move so slow I've probably been more places than it has. Then I thought maybe ask the oldest tree what it's seen & thought it's probably in the woods somewhere and hasn't seen much. Then I thought ask a creature from another planet what it's like out there in the universe and thought they don't talk to us just experiment on us & don't want any part of that. So I guess I'd want to talk with God and ask where he came from and how many universes there are.
Another great question Shirley. Thanks for keeping our minds going :)

+PJ Ammidon You inspire such great communication with your posts! Amazing photos & thought provoking words. I just can't keep from giggling with this one though, because ... I'm thinking... do teenagers count as another lifeform? ;) Otherwise, I'd like to know what it feels like to glide through the air like a hawk.

+Stephen Zacharias Well I think +Wes Lum made a good point. I think many of us humans aren't even that great when it comes to communicating well with each other.

As for another life form that's really hard to say! I think we could so learn so much from a variety of them. I think perhaps I would have to say the majestic American Bald Eagle.

+Amine Yorke so magic vision and really emotive ! i wish i could comunicate with trees so I could earn more time by sharing some of my time with them ;) cheers, your photos are really beautiful ! +shirley lo

+Kyla Glaser ESQ. I think I would want to talk with humming birds and find out what each flower tastes like and which one tastes the best.

+Scott Mc This photo caught my attention right away. The scale, the silhouettes, the fish each keeping to their own schools, the dress, and the variety of species. It looks less like a couple at an aquarium and more like they are looking through a glass wall of the ocean. I’m not a photographer, just someone that was drawn in by this photo. Mesmerizing, thanks for the perspective.

+Victoria Gonzalez i'd like to talk to a blue whale. i imagine they're wise fellows.

+Lupe M. Luevano This is very awesome capture...Like the ocean was sliced open...It shows how small the human race is...... My communication is to human species.... Why can't you extend a little kindness to the people you come in contact with no matter in what type of contact...not necessarily charity... for that is easy to do... why not be open to your fellow human and not cocoon yourself in what you feel is your safe world... That little kindness could make a tremendous difference to the person you extend it to...And you would be surprised how it makes you feel good... Thank you +shirley lo for bringing this wonderful work..... : )

+Darryl Van Gaal Great question.
I'll give the (what I think to be) most obvious answer. As a dog lover, I'd love to know exactly what they are thinking at any given time. We think (or at least I do) that I'm giving him what he needs, but you never know. As humans we assume a lot of things... and you know what happens when you assume!
+Mark Esguerra Hmm, I think if I had to pick an animal to communicate with I'd pick a bird. Maybe a hawk or eagle. I'd love to hear their thoughts on how beautiful the view is from up there. ;-)

+Lavina Street the earth. and we would sit together and cry...

+Luke Storer I'd have to go with Trees as well, or buildings but they aren't strictly a lifeform they'd still have some pretty amazing stories to tell...

+Keith Dixon Aliens: and I would ask where the hell have you been, we need your help!!

+Chris Hoffmann Such a calm and peaceful scene! I'd love to speak with a turtle (leatherback, tortoise, or any other). They've been around for so long and seen many things, and still they manage to move slowly and thoughtfully in all that they do. I wish I was a little better at that! :)

+Michelle Torio Wow! Truly eye-catching photo...I love the blue and I'm in love with that gorgeous fish tank! :)
Well, I'd like to talk with the bees, if I can, and find out what's buzzing around and know what it feels like to be 'busy as a bee'!

+Philipp Weimer I would simply love to see the world the way they do.

Feeling the wind under my wings... the colors of the sea, smelling the deer a mile away, or to see in darkness without using eyes.

We would treat them better then, I think.

OH and - once again, a marvelous picture you give us here :)

+Jerry Johnson Couldn't think of a better way of concluding my G+ day, then with a wonderful post and amazing photo from the talented and kind +shirley lo!

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Photo: sharing spring

so many different spring photos from all over the world!
feel free to look at each others photos (expand the post)
and connect with each other!

what does spring look like for you?
bears wake up from hibernation
birds return from their migration
grasses getting fresh hydration
as we enjoy a spring vacation! :)
+Charles Lu #WHPhotowalk 

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Arizona
+Yasmin Simpson You are a sweetheart +shirley lo thank you very much for taking the time to ask about our Spring.
Here in Scottsdale Arizona, most of the year is sunny and beautiful (love warm weather). Spring is my favorite season, the weather is one of the most perfect ones around 70-80's F (room temperature) and like almost around the world the flowers start blooming more than before and the sunsets are incredible... :).
This link shows how lucky we were receiving the Spring in our city... http://goo.gl/aBaXn
and here they are some of our flowers & cactus...http://goo.gl/ijB5S Have an awesome week!

+Serge Ivanov I have no idea how I missed this image my friend! I even have you in the main circle I check everyday... Weird...
Unfortunately I do not have any spring shots to share yet, but this one certainly makes me want to change that! The very light pink and luscious green are fantastic.

It's hard to describe spring without writing out a cliche. But that isn't by accident; spring really is rejuvenation and rebirth. Winter can be tough on one's soul and mind, especially when living in northern climates. We come out of our shell and wash away our woes and discontent of winter with rain that will be followed by the brilliant sun of summer. It is a time when one's sunlight deficiency-inspired frown is replaced by the grin of possibility and optimism!

California
+Vic Gundotra Beautiful reminder that it's spring :-) Beautiful shots collected in this group! http://goo.gl/GPhhS

Russia
+Sergyum Shapowalow The Urals, the day before yesterday with his son skiing, added a few photos. http://goo.gl/A1G6u
Here's such spring! I came home after work, outside the window it is snowing, 10 degrees Celsius, the wind gusting up to 20 meters per second ... The usual weather for March ... Sorry for the quality, I am - an amateur, a camera - a simple ...
Urals - in the sense of - of the mountain. and the city of Nizhny Tagil. Thank you for your attention, he added a new album. we have go also spring. http://goo.gl/mZ0p9
London
+Laurence Taylor Spring in Crystal Palace park, London. http://goo.gl/aSpWB

Tokyo
+Jeff Austin Spring is the most beautiful time of the year in Japan with both Ume and Sakura blossoming. This is from a garden in Tokyo, taken february 29th 2012: http://goo.gl/xit4q
I would love to share this with all of you and of course my family in Canada.

India 
+Sumit Sen What a lovely shot Shirley! It so symbolizes Nature springing back to life after taking a well-deserved winter break. Spring for me, is also all about colours and new leaves and flowers and birds breaking into song! It is as if stored energy is unleashed with the promise of new life.
I'll be adventurous and share two links to my posts here. The 1st depicts Nature's splendour: http://goo.gl/s1cKk
and the 2nd is of a traditional spring festival in India - Holi, teh Festival of Colours: http://goo.gl/YxDVA
As far as seeing spring images go, I'd love to see an Arctic spring image from anyone :)

+Jasbir S. Randhawa That is an awesome depiction of Spring, Shirley! 
Sumit Sen has put it across beautifully. For me, Spring in India is the altogether brief period between when we stop wearing woollens and when we start using ceiling fans and air conditioners! During this period, everything turns green, trees sprout fresh leaves rapidly, fruit trees are in bloom, and the mating calls of birds can be heard all day long, and birds and squirrels can be seen collecting nesting material, and insects abound! :)

Florida
+Kéifus Mathews The tree's look about the same here in Florida, It's been a few days here with perfect weather, How I love this time of year here...I love looking at your pictures, thanks again and blessing to you and yours...

Finland
+Marko Haatanen I'm in Oulu Finland. I took this one a few days ago. It's not from Oulu, but still from Finland. http://goo.gl/qDPdC

Sweden
+Benny Sjöstrand - What lovely view, that tree with all flowers is beautiful :) Japanese Sakura tree, if I'm not wrong(?)
I have no spring photos ready for 2012 yet, but they are coming soon, most likely in HDR :)
Some selections from previous springs in Gothenburg http://goo.gl/u8A0M

I'll certainly publish more castle photos :) There quite many castles here in Sweden.
This one in particular has not been used by military, it's more like a big summer house, with big beautiful garden, for amusement. The history is better described here http://goo.gl/2ozbX

San Francisco Bay Area
+Richard Hay Cherry Blossom day http://goo.gl/Yg69L

China
+John Wesche Great pictures, love them all. I didn't see one from china in there though and I lived there for a while so I thought I would link one.
black dragon pool yunnan china http://goo.gl/VbxxP

Sicily
+Fabio Bucchieri my last spring shot is here: http://goo.gl/NiEGt
and I would love to see some spring photos by +Heidi Anne Morris :)

Japan
+Jeff Matsuya Spring has been slow in coming here in Japan, but the sakura (cherry) blossoms are pretty much synonymous with spring for us, and I was lucky to find one tree blooming a couple of weeks back: http://goo.gl/tZYu0
I do expect a lot more in the coming weeks, similar to this one I took last year :) http://goo.gl/GFmwr

Oklahoma
+Jerry Johnson I finally put together a small album of a few flowers I found "hanging out" around our house. :-) Springtime flowers, and the color they bring, are a big part of our family's celebration of this season of newness! http://goo.gl/GP2LQ

+D. DeMonteverde Hi +shirley lo, here's my latest post of spring flowers. I've been challenging myself to take more spring blooms, especially the trees but it's been challenging because of the wind. Love your picture a whole lot!
http://goo.gl/3pj3Q

Colorado
+Michael Ace Very nice Shirley! Here is a "Springy" photo I have taken: http://goo.gl/iqClg
Enjoy! :)

New Mexico
+Bill Murray As you have seen of some of the photos in my collection of wonderful artists I enjoy the touch and texture of photos..My spring...and fall ....on the road to Timberon ,New Mexico..there is a section of the hiway that is lined on both sides with shimmering Aspen trees..In fall the golds are soooo bright one has to wear sun glasses to view them..in Spring..Lush greens and silver absolute nirvana!T hanks for sharing....Bill http://goo.gl/wQrHz

Boston
+Kenneth Straka Some spring photos from the Boston area. New life and new beginnings! http://goo.gl/ag3aw

Taiwan
+Toshi Lin 
I will describe the location I took them later in my photo album. :) http://goo.gl/6Ba3r
yes, how about this one? http://goo.gl/2jf98
Or this one? It's a kind of wildflowers.
蘭崁馬藍 Strobilanthes rankanensis http://goo.gl/0TGJO

Northeastern Pennsylvania in the Appalachian Mountains
+Michael Mazza a photo of an early spring being enjoyed by my niece and I. http://goo.gl/S4Vxi
Mine is from the Northeastern Pennsylvania in the Appalachian Mountains. Also, in response to your question, +shirley lo, the visible thing/things on the tree trunk consist of a yellow, deflated, smiley-face-ball and a large, gray, turned-over Rubbermaid storage tote..

Florida
+Meg Rousher Yes I do. http://goo.gl/t334P
This shot of an American Bumble Bee was taken last week in SW Florida.

New Hampshire
+Rick Castillo Spring blossoms and bumbles in Newbury, New Hampshire for +shirley lo http://goo.gl/Vomcv

Maryland
+Marty Katz The crocus were an early spring surprise in Maryland, worked hard to get the light coming through just as you did with the cherry blossoms at top. http://goo.gl/4n696

New Jersey
+Lupe Luevano Murillo Ok this is my first Spring picture of 2012 no flowers just trees which I love...
Ramsey New Jersey now....but I am so close to New York
Thanks :) ~ Hope it works ~http://goo.gl/XaUL0

+Anne-Marie Janssen what a Fantastic Idea to post all these links about Spring! +shirley lo It's a joy to see all these lovely images. Spring means new energy...use it with passion :-D thanks for the connection! +shirley lo here's an image of a "blooming" willow....first sign of Spring Happy Thursday! http://goo.gl/4OzrL

New York City

+***** spring time in Central Park last week. http://goo.gl/WHaOE

+PJ Ammidon Love, love, love Spring +shirley lo . New beginnings are such a blessing ;) http://goo.gl/Wrw6X
Taipei
+Toshi Lin Actually the relative position of Venus, the Moon & Jupiter is a bit different here in Taiwan. In the following link, it is a photo took by my friend. You can see the Moon is about in the middle of Venus & Jupiter. Every day the Moon roughly moves 12.2 degrees to the East in the celestial sphere. So, it will be about 6.1 degrees difference between Washington DC & Taiwan, because the time difference is 12 hours. http://goo.gl/EgFGt

Tokyo
+holger feroudj Here's another spring photo from Tokyo, Japan. It shows the Shinjuku Metropolitan Offices in the background and a blossoming sakura tree in the foreground. http://goo.gl/eI4sX

DC

+Marilou Aballe Happy spring +shirley lo and fabulous spring image! Every spring I always try to visit the cherry blossoms in the Tidal Basin, Washington DC. Here is a shot of the Tidal Basin inlet bridge under a canopy of blooming cherry blossom that I took when I went there more than a week ago on 3/19/12:
https://plus.google.com/115590741447197562412/posts/KuZRSKrnbWf
+Christa Laser Here is one of mine of the cherry blossoms! http://goo.gl/fNjC7 

Arkansas
+Tisha Luk Oh ok, +shirley lo. I can link to a few Spring photos. :) http://goo.gl/4l6Xp http://goo.gl/ln553 http://goo.gl/n8HiK

Germany/Nuremberg
+André
Photo: shake your tail feathers!

what are your hidden talents?

we have a talented bunch on g+! :) (expand post to see everyone's special talents!)
they say don't judge a book by its cover, nor a bird by its color.
oftentimes, what makes us special is not immediately discernible.
what if we could see everyone's inner selves readily? :)
+Charles Lu
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we have a talented bunch on g+ ! :)

+Ron Bearry I have studied the martial arts for many years. I earned my black belt in Kenpo Karate in 1992. I've learned many things about myself (and motivation) along the way. I've learned that a person can accomplish anything they wish as long as they are willing to work for it!   I once participated in tournaments for fun but I don't do that now. One of the things I learned had to do with the process of learning itself. When I was much younger I didn't learn very well. While studying the Martial Arts, I came across some excellent teachers that helped me to understand that everyone learns differently and that each person has to find out how they learn and understand things. After that discovery, I decided that I can learn anything I want!

+Kathryn Brown - I am an expert four leaf clover finder. Have found literally hundreds in my lifetime - in high school, I found one for every person in my grade (84 people, small school!) and gave them out at exam time. It's not something that fits easily on the resume, but does come in handy when you need something to brighten a friend's rotten day! :) I do get a feeling when there's one around, but there's no one setting that's better for them than any other. However, once you find a 4 leafer in a particular spot, that plant has a higher percentage chance of yielding future ones, so I make note of them when finding one and return every so often. For example, most of the ones from high school I mentioned in the post above came from a single large field in VA that unfortunately has since been developed. But even those plants only have a few that are four leafers - I recently transplanted two plants which I've been picking from for years here in LA, and they've only produced two new four leaf clovers so far, the rest are regular three leafers.
Stumbled upon this talent early in life when I used to spot them while riding my horse through fields. If you can spot them at a trot, finding them on the ground is easy! ;)

+Adam Lasnik Whoa! What a massive and smile-inducing thread! (not surprising coming from you, Shirley ;-).

And to share my talents...
- More serious: Pianist :) You can catch some of my piano-playing videos at goo.gl/WVdBW and some of my older compositions at goo.gl/7Mvjq

- Less serious: Cheek percussionist. I am one of the few people in the world who can bang out fairly pitch-accurate and varied tunes by lightly slapping my (face!) cheeks with my hands. No, no YouTube videos. I have a reputation to protect :D

+Matthew Neason The spots of the peacock resemble innumerable eyes, each equally beautiful and each searching within those enamored by their beauty. Searching for the beauty that lies beyond the darkness. I wonder why beauty, not lust, but beauty transfixes us so? Perhaps our soul finds a match in the physical world, and when gazing upon something real that reflects the inner self, we become more connected with our collective conscious. The beautiful blue eyes can see the soul we pin down within us, the slave of our flesh and the saving grace of humanity. Maybe our talents, however impractical, are the only other means of portraying the marvelous essence of the soul upon one another. Nature's beautiful, yet false eyes, freeing the brave, reckless gods within us all.

+Jerry Johnson this is yet another fascinating post and the photo is superb! I will ask you to forgive me for not shaking my tail feathers though, as I didn't want to hurt my back! :-)
Hidden talent... Hmmm... I would have to say that I remember peoples faces very well for some reason. If I have had even a brief interaction with you, I will remember your face for years. I don't know why this is, but it has been there most of my life. As I've gotten older, I have learned to be selective in approaching people in airports or other public locations to figure out why I remember their face, because it can freak them out if I am not careful (too many stalkers in the news). But unfortunately the names don't always come along with the faces!!

+PJ Ammidon  I'd say one of the most useful talents I've developed in the past few years is doing medical research on the internet. Unfortunately, out of necessity, I've had to research several rare diseases and help those I love decide on treatment plans. From brain cancer, breast cancer, blood cancer to degenerative brain disease, rare diseases are particularly difficult for those that have them. There is often no clear choice for treatment and the decision about how to proceed often lies squarely on the patient's shoulders. It's unfortunate that the information about new treatments does not trickle down to local doctors for years. Thankfully, the information is out there... if you can find it.

+Tim Behrens - I have an innate ability to recognize a great picture when I see it. I recognized this one right away. :)
I'm not as good at it as I used to be, but I've been told I can be a calm in the storm. I'm fairly soft spoken and good at maintaining a peaceful air in stressful situations. Not always true, but it's something I still strive for.

+Margaret Tompkins  I support animal shelters. It's not a "hidden" talent but it's not real public either. I'm more of a "behind-the-scenes" kind of person. I'm creating a G+ page for the Brown County Humane Society to see if we can help find forever homes for all those dogs and cats that need them. I love the posts that have already been made! You are so right Shirley that G+ people are VERY talented!!

+John Hauxwell  I can put the letters in candy rock :)
Oh it was years ago +shirley lo Used to work in a sweet factory. Made lettered rock for various seaside towns around the UK and elsewhere. Blackpool, England made their own, but we used to make it for Blackpool in Australia!

+Aaron GTV with my band "Omni-" i play Ambient Rock, but by myself i play this:
this is a song i wrote called "Since i Met You"
Since i Met You "Live" acoustic video recording
and a cover of the song "Iris" goo.gl/mJoWY

+Robert SKREINER  I can communicate with animals, specifically dogs, cats, horses and birds, because I love all animals. So I understand the true nature, or rather, I have learned to understand the nature and admire. This is also reflected in my photos. goo.gl/vVWC9 goo.gl/745j1 goo.gl/yHj4v

+Amanda Torbitt Hi +shirley lo! Beautiful photo! I love the colors and the close up detail. ^^ Great question too.
Hidden talents... Empathy maybe? I'm always sensitive towards others emotions, which isn't always a good thing because I can find myself angry for example without it really being my anger(emotions can be contagious)... lol. But it's also useful in some ways to, helps me to help people which I love to do. I also forgive pretty easily. I'm better at listening than talking. So much of my talents lie in the emotional rather than otherwise. I'm okay in drawing and art related stuff, but I've yet to find what I'm exceptional at in that area. I also like trying new things. :)
If I can bring peace and happiness to people, it's one thing that gives me joy. I like to draw all sorts of things, buildings/still-life, dogs, anime/cartoon like people, other things too though those are some examples. I may post some on Google+ someday. :) I want to try pottery sometime soon. I just now tried a mango fruit(I have only had mango drinks before but not the fruit), and it was good. I will probably try the new "Sobe Water with coconut water" sometime, as I keep wanting to like coconut water for some reason, lol. :)
Currently I'm trying out a new website called Day Zero (goo.gl/3yJJe ). It's interesting so far, and seems good for goals with or without a set time limit. My list on there is here-  goo.gl/GSsVV, if you want to see it. ^^

+Serge Ivanov Fantastic color and detail +shirley lo! I have no idea how I missed this one. I think every post you make feels like a treat for all of us :) Hidden talents... My talents are so hidden that even I haven't discovered them yet! On a more serious note, I believe that I am a pretty good listener. It sounds simple enough, but apparently isn't that common. It doesn't feel like a talent because generally I am just genuinely interested in what people have to say. I find it hard not to relate in some way with someone.

+Tsegaye Hidru - This is interesting, +shirley lo. Peacock looks so beautiful.
Hidden talents: Huh! I don't know what to say. I may edit this post/comment when I remember them all :) I have excellent reflex. I'm so quick that I don't drop things. E.g. I have a record of not losing a bar of soap in the shower. :) Plus, great memory. I remember words, people, actions, etc

+John Orr  +shirley lo I try to always be conscious of others feelings and try to be as unselfish as I can. Being human it is a daily struggle but one I am happy to take on.

+Toshi Lin - Hidden talents? Interesting! ^^
I don't know if this is a talent...I feel some of my friends would like to share their secrets with me, especially those secrets they dare not to talk to any other one in the world. Probably not just some...
Another one...I don't know if it's a talent either...I didn't get mad for about 7.5 years. Yea...I think I am very calm most of the time. No, I don't do yoga nor tai chi. But I read a lot of Osho, also I like 莊子(Zhuangzi). Probably that's one of the reasons? Your questions are very interesting. I sometimes raised some questions on my facebook too. For example: What is self-confidence? What is the source of self-confidence? Do
Photo: the gathering place
what's your idea of a perfect day?

turquoise waters on one side, green mountains on the other
refreshed by liquid sunshine and rainbows aplenty.
ukulele melodies waft through the air
sharing laughs, lau lau, and lomi-lomi salmon
+Charles Lu
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thoughts others have shared:

+boo Jay So +shirley lo asked me (and many others) a fairly innocent question which I never stopped to think about before. Of course, being able to enjoy the stunning, dream-like visions she shares in any of her masterful photographs would be exquisite, but seeing as how that's not my life at the moment, I thought about my perfect day as it applies to my current lifestyle and it was as easy as pie, I just never realized it.

My perfect day is pretty unexciting. It would start off with me sleeping in, my dogs serving as my blankets and pillows, waking up fresh and recharged to expend all that energy on some physical activity for hours and hours until I'm completely spent (these days that would have to be tennis). Afterwards, I'd like to go out with some friends/family (yes, AYCE sushi +Kari Kari :P), share some inappropriate laughs, old stories, and later catch a highly anticipated movie I've been dying to see. After secretly geeking out the entire time, I'll want to overanalyze the shit out of it even if there was no deeper meaning. I'll probably debate, critique, and read countless analyses until I'm satisfied that there's nothing more I could possibly want to know.

When I finally get home, I'll likely be greeted with irrational enthusiasm by my seven dogs as though they haven't seen me for years, which is the greatest feeling I've ever had and I don't know why, but I'm lucky enough to experience it everyday. Honestly, even the worse day becomes a bearable one when that happens. Eventually, I'll make my way to the couch and either have music or the TV playing in the background as one by one my little ones gather around and on top of me to keep me warm, which, like clockwork, causes me to drift away to end the perfect day.

+Kari Walker That is a perfect day!! Analyzing a movie and/or everything to death is EXACTLY what I do too and it drives everyone around me crazy!! And I only have 2 wonderful pets but it's amazing how spiritual (I think) animals are and they have such an amazing energy and the unconditional love too. Perfect day....would include going somewhere fun...oh wait, warm weather...going somewhere fun with my girls...like a park or something...learning something new and a teensy bit mind blowing....coffee/drinks or chatting on G+ with friends...and um my cat and dog. Wow, your story is SO much better and more complete Jay ;)

+Sean Green Your perfect day is a lot more precise than mine. Not working, vegging out on games, spend time with wife and cat.

+Loc Trane I can't get over the 7 dogs. Someone needs a woman in his life. ;-) I'll have to pass for now. Maybe another time as I'm in a middle of a bit of a hectic weekend. I'm sure it is on a white sand beach surrounded behind by tall windswiped green cliffs, in front a little beyond is the slow curls of blue-green ocean waves rocking a little sail boat, and next to me are my beautiful wife smiling knowingly along with me as our children running and laughing between us. Yeah, something like that will do nicely.

+Michael Mazza Unlimited money to spend with the finest of people in the most wonderful places on the Earth. Eating the greatest home-cooked meals, and sleeping in the most comfortable bed with the most beautiful woman. It suffices in fantasy and hopefully one day in reality.It's nice to imagine that "Perfect Day" and sharing it with you.

+Matthew Neason The vibrant colors of nature cascade about the dull gray buildings of man's endeavors to civilize it. The colors operate in defiance of their boundaries, and their resplendent hue invades the awkward looking buildings with it's simple perfection. A storm of opposition, where man operates in spite of the beauty ll around and nature reflects more perfectly when offered the feeble hand of man's creation to compete against. Resplendent beauty defying the walls that hold it, flaunting it's obvious superiority in humble tranquility. Rather than fighting against progress, or compromising itself, nature simply exists, and swallows the iniquities of the world, burping out sunshine.

+Michael Menefee A perfect day? Good friends, my lover, sunrise on the beach, hiking into the rainforest during the day and enjoying the sunset and stars with said company on top of a peak overlooking it all. Of course, there just happens to be a perfect secluded camping spot nearby. Maybe throw in a cool astro-show of some sort, say the Perseid Meteor Shower, some adult beverages and/or coffee and things are looking pretty darned good! ;-)))

+Duff Ashfox A perfect day would be a day of standing in a place, akin above; while the gentle blow of the wind touches once face, and heartwarmingly feeling the fine moment that it brings...

+Bill Murray - Being in the duggouts you saw, n tending fishing traps, then coming home to prepare what has been provided..and share in "family" be it extended,or just us,by campfire..Ahhhh..I can smell the hickory now..mmmm!

+Tsegaye Hidru This is so beautiful +shirley lo. Would love to sit down and see this blown up in a big screen/canvas in front of me.

Other thoughts: Mix of divine/earthly masterpiece: Most of our creations are square/rectangular form as you can see in the buildings, and the devine is more circular/curvy as you can see the roundness on the ocean and the sky. vitruvianman

+Serge Ivanov Absolutely breathtaking view!
Usually I seem to be able gather up my thoughts quickly and answer your questions but this time... it feels like I don't really know! I think something simple like spending time with family and friends away from work and the routine of everyday life would be my idea of a perfect day.
I completely agree. Life is complicated as it is, so escaping that for a while with those I love seems like the way to go.

+Margaret Tompkins
Incredibly beautiful! I love the wonderful sky and ocean and nothing beats Honolulu!! My perfect day is on the beach on the North Shore (summer - I'm not a surfer), shave ice and dinner at Pizza Bobs! If in Honolulu, then it's Alan Wong!! Oh, this photograph is so making me want to be there!! It's wonderful!!

I've never actually had pizza at Pizza Bobs in Haleiwa. They have some fantastic dishes involving fresh fish, pasta, pineapple and other yummy things! Another great day on the North Shore of Oahu is the Polynesian Cultural Center including a wonderful luau and fantastic show! You have me REALLY wanting to get back to Hawaii!! Many thanks!!

+Simon Doughty My perfect day would be one involving my girls, although a hike to take in this stunning vista and to be lucky enough to find an Eames lounge chair at the top would come a very close second. One day maybe! spectacular shot.

+Klomwang Hwang My perfect day is that I hunt for paradise with no sorrow and sufferings at all, Make the world beautiful with your hands .. with pretty Shirley o_o

+Shang Heng Wei My idea of a perfect day is spending time with family and enjoying the time together in a place like the one in +shirley lo's post photo. I used to think it is an easy thing to do. But now I realize it's easier said than done as I get older...

+Steve Anthony Herrera +shirley lo My first instinct... waking up in the place where the vista from that photo exists. Second instinct.... having someone to share that day with. ;-)

+Lupe M. Luevano The capture is so beautiful and inviting....My perfect day is to be a able enjoy a day without feeling like I have a alarm clock/time clock about to go off and I have to do everything at the speed of light... :) Otherwise I would love to be able to spend at least one day in Scotland.....

+Michelle Torio So beautiful! I love nature and it's always refreshing to see pictures like this..so jealous now.. :)
Well, a perfect day for me would always be beside loved ones in a quiet place like the beach, taking lots of pictures and eating ice cream. ;-)

+lavina street beautiful. wouldnt mind going there one day...i wish!!!my perfect day would be to have a good breakfast, then jump in the car, or (dreaming) truck, go up in the mountains,preferably yosemite, and have a picnic, take pictures, then spend the night there looking at the stars...like i said, im just dreaming here...

+Paras Shah I am seriously debating between two ides for a perfect day :D One involving food that i'm not going to mention here, but other one involve bit of a traveling... I love to go on long drive with my lovely wife, roam around on a place like Yellowstone NP, probably do some campfire and enjoy the night out there...Always love to stay close to mother-nature :))
Food, hmmmm don't get me started +shirley lo :)) Well, i can't get enough of Indian Veg food. Some spicy curry, milk sweets or mango pulp, puri (indian bread)...I guess missing some authentic taste now ;))

+Sumit Sen Outstanding shot with great clarity and depth and brilliant hues.
My perfect day would be sit alone by the side of a crystal clear river in the Himalayan foothills and see the mist rise to reveal surprises that Nature has in store for me that day :-)

+Dino Morrow Aloha +shirley lo ! Lovely shot that really captures the majesty of the diamondhead view! And for the perfect day...it seems like tomorrow's photowalk in Waikiki will qualify for me...I'm very excited to be able to pop over from Big Island and meet everyone!

+Benny Sjöstrand My perfect day is spending time doing some activity with family and best friends. Just something simple and humble, for example just having a dinner and chatting. Spending a day helping friends and family can also be a perfect day. I think those beauty moments are very few in life, we
Photo: resilience
what experience in your life seemed awful at the time,
but in hindsight, was actually a very good thing for you?

these trees have been standing here for over a millenium
and withstanding forest fires has long since become routine.
fire helps clear the ground for new trees
and open pine cones so that the seeds can grow.
sometimes, things that cause destruction may lead the way to new life

+Charles Lu 
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some thoughts others have shared:

+PJ Ammidon There's almost always a silver lining +shirley lo :) Just sometimes have to look a little harder & longer for it!

+Tom Anderson Another SL + CL classic :-) I wish living without regret could be taught - some people seem to be able to see the past as constructive, others don't...

+biswas shrestha there are only some people who can actually feel the rain, while other get wet..the pic of urs show s the brighter perspective toward the life

+Fabio Bucchieri I am a bit ashamed to admit that the first 3 days after my daughter Luna was born and we figured out she had Down Syndrome were a bit awful......Mainly 'cause it was totally unexpected. But if you ask me now if there was something in my life that I would like to change I will tell you that there are a few things but surely Luna is not one of them. After those first few days, she changed me (and my wife) in ways that I cannot even explain (all for the best of course :) ) properly. For instance I have started to REALLY enjoy life and appreciate everything we have, and the amount of love and affection that little Luna has been able to take out of me has surprised even myself. In short, Luna has definitely made a better person of me.
If you have the time and you want to see Luna I have a few photos of her in my "People" album.

And what a splendid image once again! I love your style +shirley lo

+Dino Morrow Such a beautiful moment...that I can feel! ...just getting use to failure and mistakes as a truly good learning phase/experience.

+Meg Rousher Beautiful Shot
This question is very easy for me. I moved to Florida because one of my brothers told me how great Florida was and if I moved here I could stay with him and his family. I packed up my stuff & drove half was across the country, found a job & paid him the rent he asked for. I don't know what he did with the money but it wasn't long after I moved here when he came to me and said we are getting kicked out and I was on my own. I was devastated. I had no idea where I was going to live & had no friends or other family members in the state or this side of the country. It was the best thing that ever happened to me because it taught me to pay my bills before anything else or be homeless. It's been a long time since that happened but I can still remember it like it was yesterday. Amazingly I do have fond memories of those peanut-butter years :)

+Jerry Johnson You have brilliantly captured a timeless peace in your photo +shirley lo!

My difficult departure from a 19 year career in corporate american opened up a door to my volunteer work in a nonprofit organization in Egypt. I can't imagine my life without the Egypt experiences...

+Ron Bearry In 2001 I was layed off from my job as the dotcom days fizzled. What I've learned is that when one door closes another one always opens.

The important thing is to remain creative and engaged so that you see that door opening. If you get in a funk or become too jaded you will miss it.

I have a better job now and even found time to finish my MBA. Great photograph!

+Jon Gauntt Sometimes you have to spend the time growing so you can be appreciative later. In the last year we moved my wife's grandparents in with us and then along came her mother. Two with diabetes (that do their best to ignore it), one with middle stages alzheimers and one that just won't quit! We love the grandmother that just won't quit (she ran a daycare until she was 81 and we forced her to change) and we are building character with the others. Life is full of opportunities and there is always a brighter side to anything. Learn to say no to yourself and say yes to others and you'll find that life had more in store for you than you ever imagined.

An interesting thing I learned about redwoods recently is that they do not have a taproot like most of the trees I am familiar with. Instead of sending their roots down, they send them out. With roots reaching out as long as the tree is tall it doesn't take long before there is a network of roots with other trees. The tree doesn't hold itself up, the whole community holds all of the trees up together. Make sure you take time to send out your roots to others, you never know when you will need them.

+Chris Mcadams Everytime we fail. It can seem like a disaster at the time, but its not normally as bad as we think. It might end up taking you down a different path in life, but you never know who you'll meet along that path.

+Suze P Reminds me of that quote from Eat, Pray Love.. "Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation" :O)

+Kirsten Bowers they say what doesn't kill us makes us stronger :-))
a lesson learned in hindsight, when enough time has passed and healing is well under way...
a beautiful image +shirley lo ... i love the mood, looking forward to the light...

+Boris Bax 
+Elizabeth Snader i like thinking yes, they do. Why not?
+PJ Ammidon totally agree
+Tom Anderson relating to your past is quite difficult, anyone has a personal way to live on it, imho.

still looking at the picture...

+Josh Walker +Tom Anderson i usually find the past isn't too hard to see as constructive. I have trouble with the present sometimes, though. O.o

+shirley lo thanks for the reminder :)

+* Experiences...all i think of at this time is when i was going to school, people used to pick on me alot. i was a total loner. had few friends. riding the bus was traumatizing also...finally in high school, my mom had to drive me and pick me up because it got so bad...the good thing from that is that it made me appreciate the person who i am now. i went thru alot of crap. depression, alcoholism, lonliness, but im better...i have became the person i always wanted to be...i wish that my momma was here to see it, maybe she is...im glad i have my family here to support me. and friends who i trust and love...i never had that before. learning alot about the real life im supposed to live...having sober adventures like never before...ive learned about honesty and trust...and caring for someone which i thought was never possible...never knew i had it in me.

+Ajeesh Kumar i feel like i would go and hug that tree.... he's like a very very very very very old grandfather ain't he? i would want to feel the peace, calmness and joy that his spirit spreads around him for all beings... want to sit in the coolness of his shadow imagining his life through the histories... imagining how his obstacles gave him power to overcome, imagining how God has given his attributes to him and others alike to sustain themselves, which actually is the key factor how we are having a sustained living now..., gracefully... :)

+Serge Ivanov I love how it seems like you two are making a fascinating discovery in this shot!

I didn't really know how to answer the question right away. What comes to mind now is how awful I thought it was moving away from the city as a teenager. Since I lacked a car, there weren't many things to do that I found interesting. Because of the lack of audiovisual stimulation of big city lights I had to create my own.

I explored writing, drawing, and more recently, photography. It also helped me concentrate on maths and sciences which led to my job in the technology industry. I can't really say that the experience made me good at any one thing, but I think it allowed me to explore different interests and developed me into a well-rounded and slightly more interesting individual than if I had stayed in the city.

Now that I am back among the skyscrapers, I am better able to appreciate all of the sights and sounds. I find aesthetic and mathematical beauty in everything I see, and I believe this ability enriches my life profoundly.

+John Freeman What happened in my life; to my life 22 years ago, seemed completely devastating. Yet, now, it has enriched me, life and my love for my fellow human beings, the ecological system, the Earth, and even the Universe. For all that “I” Built was torn down and destroyed. Now I have it all! I could never have generated this life on my own. Only the “Creator’s Universe” could have done this for me. The “fire” renewed my forest and gave new life to my “Tree of Life” for now “I AM”.

+Matthew Neason Destruction is a form of creation; an art form woven into the souls of mankind. We all become stronger through strife and difficulty, but only the strongest and luckiest trees resist the flames and catch the glinting sunlight anew.

+Randall Sanger Beautiful image, I've enjoyed reading all the wonderful comments . . . this speaks to me, reminds me of the new direction my life took a few years ago, and it's been an amazing journey!

+Sumit Sen We have a very old Banyan tree in our city (Kolkata, India) called the Great Banyan Tree. It is the largest Banyan tree in the world in terms of area covered and has a circumference of 1 kilometre. The main trunk died many years ago, but the aerial roots that had spread out kept the tree alive and well. Life is like that. It begets new life and the cycle continues.
Lovely image.

+Scott Durham 
if at any time you think your world is coming down around you...
the smoke is choking the life out of you
the fire is chars you flesh
the light of day diminishes more with every passing second...
remain resilient stay strong
never ever give up...
the light of day will shine upon your face once more

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thanks everyone for the great company +Trey Ratcliff +Tina
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if you could communicate w/any lifeform, what would you want to know, and from whom?

a fin's length of glass separates us from another world
a flick of our tails brings us closer together
you taught us colors and voice signals, and you gave us free health care
we don't know what we can teach you
but we can show you that it is possible to coexist...


...as long as you feed us first. fun fact- whale sharks are filter feeders and they will not eat the other fish :)

+Charles Lu
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thoughts others have shared:

+Serge Ivanov So it took me a while to gather my jaw from the floor after being blown away by the deep blue and million aquatic lifeforms...

As for your question...

Each life form seems to have its physical and biological limits, and what I really would want to know is if we are the only ones that dream of breaking them.

Birds enjoy incredible freedom of movement, but even so are ultimately trapped on this planet.
I would probably ask a bird if it was aware of this, and if so, how it felt about it. I would want to know if the bird was aware of something beyond our atmosphere, or if it even cared at all. Somehow I suspect it would be far more interested in finding some food than philosophizing such things.

+Fabio Bucchieri I'd love to be able to communicate with trees and plants in general. I have this theory about all plants on earth being able to form a sort of network through their roots that could act like an interface via which they can share all kinds of information....if I was able to interact with them I would also want to feel the pain that they share when another tree (or a group of them) is destroyed.......I must now go and take my daily dose of antipsychotics... :)
I love this post +shirley lo and the image is breathtaking!!

+anne-marie Janssen fabulous shot and good question! In general I like to observe the animals, but every time the geese fly over I wonder where they heading. I sometimes say it out loud. Their response is: "gak gak". ;-)

+Tim Behrens Such a beautiful photograph, and such a great question to go with it.

I think, in so many ways, that other lifeforms are communicating with us all the time. We just expect that, for something to resonate, it must be with words. Any question I could ask would be contrary to the power of simplicity, the all pervasive now, the instinctual drive to exist, and the ease with which most creatures do it.

If they could communicate with us, I think they would ask why we worry so much about the things we have no control over and stand by in ignorance of all the things we do, why we take so much more than we need while surrounded by others who need it more, and why is it that a species that spends so much of it's time pondering the future while forsaking the present is so blind to the what our disconnect from the world, and inability to live in harmony, will eventually bring.

Yet, in this picture, I see hope, peace, awakening... if we could just hang on to it when it wasn't right before us.

+James Merritt this is fantastic.
I have no questions for other species but I have tons for my own

+Wes Lum +shirley lo first I would have to master this communicating with humans thing, but second on the priority list would be communicating with dogs! :)

I wish we didn't have to worry about feelings and people could communicate honestly without that fear. I wish people could not get hurt by honesty.

As far as what I would want to know from my dog? What he's thinking when he's looking at me waiting for something...then again, maybe it's better that I can't communicate so easily :)

+Mailis Laos so beautiful
I would like to ask dolphins if any human have ever guessed right what they were saying.

honestly, +shirley lo, most of my questions stem from the fact that we wrap ourselves up in the cotton of our first person perspective. I wonder how much is learned habit, how much innate and how much can be short circuited.

I don't believe in the separation (gender, race, etc) most people tend to look on as fact and I find it disheartening when people divide themselves up in camps because they completely reduce their experiences. I'd like to see ego geography erode more.

+Dhopy Nepp I especially want to communicate with plants, mainly trees.
I think they should have many things to teach ...

+pam kelso Sit quietly with them, blank your mind and a connection will form. In emergencies, although it sounds stupid, I've asked for my guardian angels to connect with theirs to help find out their needs in that moment. It always worked, but again, it does sound stupid and it's probably best not to do it out loud.

+Melody Migas Beautiful photo and post.
Probably a dolphin from the gulf. I'd ask how they and their neighbors are really doing after the BP oil spill.

+Hans Huether Trees. They live longer then us naturally but not when it comes to industrially. They watch the same place all the time so they know the changes of that area more then anyone. They can tell us if over the years their photosynthesis process has changed with an increase in O2/CO2. :) Wow I sound like a Tree Huger...lol

+boo Jay I just wanna know why my dogs sniff each other's butts. I can think of much more hygienic ways to say hello.

+Meg Rousher Wonderful Image
I thought I'd like to ask an old living creature where it's been. Then I found out it's a tortuous and thought they move so slow I've probably been more places than it has. Then I thought maybe ask the oldest tree what it's seen & thought it's probably in the woods somewhere and hasn't seen much. Then I thought ask a creature from another planet what it's like out there in the universe and thought they don't talk to us just experiment on us & don't want any part of that. So I guess I'd want to talk with God and ask where he came from and how many universes there are.
Another great question Shirley. Thanks for keeping our minds going :)

+PJ Ammidon You inspire such great communication with your posts! Amazing photos & thought provoking words. I just can't keep from giggling with this one though, because ... I'm thinking... do teenagers count as another lifeform? ;) Otherwise, I'd like to know what it feels like to glide through the air like a hawk.

+Stephen Zacharias Well I think +Wes Lum made a good point. I think many of us humans aren't even that great when it comes to communicating well with each other.

As for another life form that's really hard to say! I think we could so learn so much from a variety of them. I think perhaps I would have to say the majestic American Bald Eagle.

+Amine Yorke so magic vision and really emotive ! i wish i could comunicate with trees so I could earn more time by sharing some of my time with them ;) cheers, your photos are really beautiful ! +shirley lo

+Kyla Glaser ESQ. I think I would want to talk with humming birds and find out what each flower tastes like and which one tastes the best.

+Scott Mc This photo caught my attention right away. The scale, the silhouettes, the fish each keeping to their own schools, the dress, and the variety of species. It looks less like a couple at an aquarium and more like they are looking through a glass wall of the ocean. I’m not a photographer, just someone that was drawn in by this photo. Mesmerizing, thanks for the perspective.

+Victoria Gonzalez i'd like to talk to a blue whale. i imagine they're wise fellows.

+Lupe M. Luevano This is very awesome capture...Like the ocean was sliced open...It shows how small the human race is...... My communication is to human species.... Why can't you extend a little kindness to the people you come in contact with no matter in what type of contact...not necessarily charity... for that is easy to do... why not be open to your fellow human and not cocoon yourself in what you feel is your safe world... That little kindness could make a tremendous difference to the person you extend it to...And you would be surprised how it makes you feel good... Thank you +shirley lo for bringing this wonderful work..... : )

+Darryl Van Gaal Great question.
I'll give the (what I think to be) most obvious answer. As a dog lover, I'd love to know exactly what they are thinking at any given time. We think (or at least I do) that I'm giving him what he needs, but you never know. As humans we assume a lot of things... and you know what happens when you assume!
+Mark Esguerra Hmm, I think if I had to pick an animal to communicate with I'd pick a bird. Maybe a hawk or eagle. I'd love to hear their thoughts on how beautiful the view is from up there. ;-)

+Lavina Street the earth. and we would sit together and cry...

+Luke Storer I'd have to go with Trees as well, or buildings but they aren't strictly a lifeform they'd still have some pretty amazing stories to tell...

+Keith Dixon Aliens: and I would ask where the hell have you been, we need your help!!

+Chris Hoffmann Such a calm and peaceful scene! I'd love to speak with a turtle (leatherback, tortoise, or any other). They've been around for so long and seen many things, and still they manage to move slowly and thoughtfully in all that they do. I wish I was a little better at that! :)

+Michelle Torio Wow! Truly eye-catching photo...I love the blue and I'm in love with that gorgeous fish tank! :)
Well, I'd like to talk with the bees, if I can, and find out what's buzzing around and know what it feels like to be 'busy as a bee'!

+Philipp Weimer I would simply love to see the world the way they do.

Feeling the wind under my wings... the colors of the sea, smelling the deer a mile away, or to see in darkness without using eyes.

We would treat them better then, I think.

OH and - once again, a marvelous picture you give us here :)

+Jerry Johnson Couldn't think of a better way of concluding my G+ day, then with a wonderful post and amazing photo from the talented and kind +shirley lo!

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