Photo review 2011

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A few of my favorite pictures in 2011.  These aren't pictures I consider to be my 'best' shots from 2011.  They are pictures I liked for various reasons.  I selected one for each month except a couple of times when I just couldn't make up my mind. 

Jesse and Christy sitting on the hearth looking at the fire.  It brings back so many memories.  I have spent many hours sitting around this fireplace with my mother and father.  My mother loved wood fires and she was the fire master loading and arranging the logs in fireplace.   She and I would sit on this hearth, warming ourselves and chatting.   

I do a lot of photo shoots with this family.  They have invited me into their home and lives and I am immensely grateful for their love and friendship.  This was taken the night Jesse got his first haircut.
  
There is nothing special about this wind chime display.  I just think it is really pretty.
 
Taken at the Janney Furnace Civil War reenactment.  It was the last time I went on a photo walk with the photo group I was hanging out with.  They are good guys and we had a lot of fun.
  
In 2011 I spent more time fishing than I have in years.  I went to Logan Martin Dam with Christy and Jeremy on several occasions. I tend to spend more time taking pictures than I do fishing. lol
   
These Elephant garlic were growing at this house when I moved here.  I like the way the 'flowers' look waving in the wind atop their long stems.  They remind me of the days on the farm when I had a large garden. One of the first things I planted when I moved there was Elephant garlic.  Many people plant these in their flower gardens for their beauty and pest deterring properties.
   
The road trip  Christy, Jeremy, Jesse and I went to Tennessee to see Starr art on First Friday. We stopped at several other spots during the three day marathon. This picture was taken at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.  If I'm not mistaken, the three of them are watching the miracle that is Dippin' Dots
   
 
 I don't go to rodeos often.  I had a good time taking pictures and learned a lot. Next time I'll take a monopod and a faster lens.

I took this at my daughter's wedding.  It was an amazing day by any standard.  I love her very much.
 
The looks on these young women's faces are priceless.  I've been trying for a shot like this for a few years and now I know I'll be back for more.  I can do better.
    
After a big day at Old Baker Farm, Jesse is taking a break with his pumpkin.

Every November for a long time my family has been gathering in Gatlinburg for a few days in the mountains.  This is an unknown child standing beside a fountain in The Village.
  
Not every small town can boast about having alien visitors in the Christmas parade.

This is my FAVORITE picture from 2011 and I didn't take it.  This was taken by Matthew of Sun Conure Solar and my daughter's husband.
Left to right: Starr, James, and me.  When the three of us are together you better watch out.  There is definitely some mischief afoot.  Just look at those trustworthy grinning faces. 
  
  


Too many choices

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I was watching and waiting on her for 3 or 4 minutes before I got out my phone to take pictures. She just couldn't make up her mind.  She left (without anything) when she realized I was taking pictures of her.

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Alternative Reality

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I took this with an Optio W90.  It is shot through a crystal from a chandler while I was parked in front of the bank.


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31 Photos in 31 Days: Day 28

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Reflections

My iPhone reflected in a Christmas ornament.  You've seen this ornament before here.

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31 Photos in 31 Days: Day 27

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Bird cage bars and perch
iPhone macro shot


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A new toy for Christmas

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For Christmas, my sister and brother-in-law gave me a filter/case for my iPhone.
The Holga iPhone Lens Filter Kit SLFT-IP4 is based on the Holga line of lomography cameras and comes with an array of actual filters that can add color, shapes, and vignettes.
 
This is a short clip from Fox News that shows how it looks and works. 



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Speaking of new toys, Oh So Posh Actions is having a lens give away.  Check it out here.
  
 

31 Photos in 31 Days: Day 25

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 Come let us adore him
  
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Merry Christmas

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“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.”
~ Peg Bracken
 

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
 
 
Christmas is about being good to each other.


“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.” ~ Agnes M. Pharo
 

“Ask your children two questions this Christmas. First: What do you want to give to others for Christmas? Second: What do you want for Christmas? The first fosters generosity of heart and an outward focus. The second can breed selfishness if not tempered by the first.”
~ Author Unknown
  

“Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. . .  Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.”
~Editor of New York’s Sun   
   

“Just because you can’t see something it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist.”
-  Charlie, The Santa Clause
  

 Keep believing in Santa Claus, regardless of your age.

   
  “I believe… I believe… It’s silly, but I believe.” -  Susan, Miracle on 34th Street
 
Happy Holidays!
 

31 photos in 31 days: day 24

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Eggs
The blue and yellow eggs on the right are reflections.

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Winter Swamp

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Some days I pass this swamp on the way to or from work.
 A kingfisher is there most mornings in the winter
and a mother duck raised ducklings there this summer.

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Festive Holiday Lighting

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 Christmas lights reflected in the ornament on my Christmas tree.
 
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30 photos in 30 days: day 21

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Homemade cookies

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31 photos in 31 days: day 20

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Life size nativity scene

Taken at a near by church.  
Last weekend, the wooden characters were replaced with live people and animals for a few hours on Friday and Saturday nights. 

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Some things I saw

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You can search around inside this enclosure for gemstones.  It is pretty fun.
 
One morning I went out for breakfast at Waffle House 
It wasn't a healthy meal, but I enjoyed it..  
I like to stop in the local McDonald's for an ice caramel mocha every now and then.
It is as close as it gets to Starbucks around here. You've seen several pictures I've taken here of the light/dark patterns created by the afternoon sun. 
 

I've been driving by this cemetery for years and finally stopped to walk around.
  
One of our servers failed.  That was a bad day.  :-)
I'd like to say it is completely fixed, but that isn't the case.
It is limping along on a wish and a prayer.
  
Happy
Holidays!
   

31 photos in 31 days: day 18

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 Dandelion seeds

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31 Photos in 31 Days: Day 17

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Half price sale



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31 photos in 31 days: day 16

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Jolly old Saint Nicholas,

Lean your ear this way,
Don't you tell a single soul
What I'm going to say.
Christmas Eve will soon be here,
Now you dear old man,
Whisper what you'll bring to me,
Tell me if you can.


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31 Photos in 31 days: day 15

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Almost empty
  
I've almost gotten the garage cleaned out.
May not look like it, but it is a lot better than it was.

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31 Photos 31 Days Day 14

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 O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum
  
You fill my heart with music.
 
  
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31 Photos 31 Days: Day 13

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Picnic in the park
  
Today I went with Christy and Jesse to the park for a picnic lunch.
It was a nice break from mind numbing data crunching. 

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31 Photos in 31 days: day 12

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All wrapped up
 
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