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Sunday, November 25, 2012

"Eyes in the Sky" – 4" Diameter Military Patch


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This week’s Three Muses challenge was “Eyes.” I created a military patch with an owl mascot. I used a public domain owl image and modified it with a GIMP G'MIC filter.

The font is Uncle Bob MF.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

White Rhinoceros!!! - Pictures

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This is 1 of 6 posts of pictures I took of the three White Rhinoceros at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne FL on November 21, 2012, after work that day.

The first picture is my entry for this week's Weekly Top Shot #58.

I have loved Rhinoceros since I was a child! I had never seen one in person. Words can't describe how thrilling it was for me to see them for the first time! They are beautiful, gentle, graceful creatures.

I was in Melbourne on a business trip. My co-worker and friend Jean Marie, who is one of the most thoughtful people you could ever meet, took me to the zoo. We saw all of the exhibits, but we spent most of the time watching the Rhinoceros.

I have mixed feelings about wild animals being kept pent up in a zoo. But then I was sickened to see a story on last night's BBC news that said 8 Rhinoceros were killed by poachers in a single attack on a reserve in South Africa, bringing the total number killed this year to 570.

White Rhinoceros Sun Shower - Pictures

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This is 2 of 6 posts of pictures I took of the three White Rhinoceros at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne FL on November 21, 2012, after work that day.

The first picture is my entry for this week's Friday's Fences #59. The full write up can be seen in my first blog post.

White Rhinoceros - Pictures

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This is 3 of 6 posts of pictures I took of the three White Rhinoceros at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne FL on November 21, 2012, after work that day.

White Rhinoceros Resting - Pictures

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This is 4 of 6 posts of pictures I took of the three White Rhinoceros at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne FL on November 21, 2012, after work that day.

White Rhinoceros Mud Bath - Pictures

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This is 5 of 6 posts of pictures I took of the three White Rhinoceros at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne FL on November 21, 2012, after work that day.

Ethereal White Rhinoceros - Pictures

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This is 6 of 6 posts of pictures I took of the three White Rhinoceros at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne FL on November 21, 2012, after work that day.

Perfect Pine Cone - Pictures

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This is 1 of 3 posts of pictures I took of other things (besides the White Rhinoceros) at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne FL on November 21, 2012, after work that day. Jean Marie spotted this perfect pine cone in the tree at the Rhinoceros exhibit.

Giraffe and Birds - Pictures

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This is 2 of 3 posts of pictures I took of other animals (besides the White Rhinoceros) at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne FL on November 21, 2012, after work that day.

"The Team" before and after - Pictures

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This is 3 of 3 posts of pictures I took of other animals (besides the White Rhinoceros) at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne FL on November 21, 2012, after work that day. I joked with Jean Marie that the vultures looked like they were having a group meeting, and said it was sort of like our team meeting at the start of our work day. We later saw these alligators (crocodiles?) resting, and I joked that it looked like all of us after our work day was complete, and we were all exhausted and resting.

Ocean Waves and Sand - Pictures

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This is 1 of 3 posts of pictures I took of the ocean in Melbourne FL on November 20, 2012, before going to work that day.

Ocean Waves and Footprints - Pictures

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This is 2 of 3 posts of pictures I took of the ocean in Melbourne FL on November 20, 2012, before going to work that day.

Ocean Waves - Pictures

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This is 3 of 3 posts of pictures I took of the ocean in Melbourne FL on November 20, 2012, before going to work that day.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Aspetuck Cemetery - Pictures

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I took these pictures of Aspetuck Cemetery in Easton, CT on November 09, 2012. The snow from the Nor'easter melted a few days after this. The first picture is also my entry for this week's Friday's Fences #58.

Friday, November 9, 2012

"Christmas" - Postcard


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I know it's a little early for Christmas, but I found this beautiful red bird on the Graphics Fairy, so I couldn't resist doing something with it. I also had the day off today and ended up starting my Christmas shopping, so between that and the unexpected early snowfall, I've got the Christmas spirit!

Both images are from the Graphics Fairy. See the links on the side of my blog.

"Bette Davis" – Moo (1.1" x 2.8")


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This week’s Moo Mania challenge was "Starlet."

Bette Davis is my favorite 1940s movie star. I used a GIMP script to create the slide.

The images are from Dr. Macro, the Background Fairy, and an Internet search.

The words can be found here.

The font is A Year Without Rain.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

First Snow of the Season! - Pictures

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I took these pictures this morning, November 08, 2012. A little over one week after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the East Coast, CT got hit by a Nor'easter that was supposed to be mostly rain, according to the original forecast, but which turned into a winter storm instead. We'll be up to 65 F by Monday, so none of this snow will be around very long. As the saying goes, "If you don't like the weather in New England today, wait until tomorrow" which will be up to 50 F.

Golden Sunlit Fall Leaves - Pictures

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I took these pictures of some Fall Foliage at sunrise on November 03, 2012. Little did I know that five days later we would be snow covered by a Nor'easter that was supposed to be mostly rain according to the original forecast.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

"Flight" - Postcard


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This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Hot Air Balloons."

This is also my entry for this week's Collage Obsession challenge, "Dream or Goal." I may have a dream come true soon, but I haven't passed all of the "wickets" yet, so I can't say anything more than that it involves being airborne. (Unfortunately I was too late to enter the challenge.)

This is also my entry for this month's So Artful Challenges theme "Monochromatic or Red."

All of the images are from an Internet search.

I would also like to share with everyone pictures I took while spending Hallowe'en in Salem Massachusetts.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Rockport MA - Tourist Postcards

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These are my third and fourth replica vintage style tourist postcards.

I used pictures I took in Rockport, MA. In GIMP, I created a rounded rectangle border with a radius of 15, and a width of 50 pixels. I used an Old Paper script to give the second postcard a distressed look. The first picture was grainy due to the zoom setting, which created the look I wanted for the vintage postcard.

The font is Janda Elegant Handwriting.

Lighthouse and Seagulls - Pictures

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This is 1 of 4 posts of pictures I took in Rockport, MA on Oct 31, 2012 (Hallowe'en). Rockport is about a 20 minute drive from Salem, MA. The first picture is my entry for this week's Weekly Top Shot #55. I used the zoom feature so they came out grainy.