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Sunday, September 29, 2013

"Bees" – Postcard

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This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Bees."

I made both sides of a postcard for this. This is the front side. The backside is here.

The vintage images and digital stamps are from a DuckDuckGo search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Bees" – Postcard Backside

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This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Bees."

I made both sides of a postcard for this. This is the backside. The front side is here.

The vintage digital stamps are from a DuckDuckGo search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

The fonts are:

intimacy
Pericles

Sunday, September 22, 2013

"Bicycle" – Postcard

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This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Transportation."

The vintage images are from The Graphics Fairy, The Old Design Shop, and a DuckDuckGo search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Friday, September 20, 2013

Little Egret - Photograph

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I took this photograph of a Little Egret at Southport Beach in Fairfield, CT this past week.

The sun was descending, causing the background to cast golden hues on the water.

This photo is my entry for:

Wild Bird Wednesday #62

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Fourth Full Moon of Season - Photograph

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I took this photograph of the full moon this morning. It was the fourth full moon in one season, which is an unusual event. Unfortunately I didn't get any good shots of it.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Water Takeoff - Photograph

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This is 1 of 2 posts of photographs I took at Pine Creek Marsh in Fairfield, CT yesterday.

I startled this Double-crested Cormorant as we both came into view of each other. I was barely able to raise my camera and snap this shot of him in time. I was thrilled that it came out in focus and showed multiple splash rings in the water. This was definitely one of those "once in a lifetime" shots for me.

This photo is my entry for the following:

Camera Critters #284 
I'd Rather Be Birding 
Weekly Top Shot #100 

Signs of Fall - Photograph

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This is 2 of 2 posts of photographs I took at Pine Creek Marsh in Fairfield, CT yesterday.

Fall is still a few days away, but there have already been many signs of it here where I live.

Northern Cardinal - Photographs

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I took these photographs of a male Northern Cardinal a few days ago.

This is the first time I've gotten a good enough quality photo of one of these birds to be able to post it. They have eluded me all year. This is one of my favorite birds.

"Hosiery Kit" – Moo (1.1" x 2.8")

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

The vintage dress form image is from a DuckDuckGo search.

The fonts are:

LaurenScript Thin
Honey Script Semi-Bold

Waning Summer - Photograph

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This is 1 of 3 posts of photographs I took at Mill Hollow Park in Fairfield, CT yesterday.

I thought these boats reflecting in the water conveyed the image of waning Summer.

Yellow Flowers - Photographs

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This is 2 of 3 posts of photographs I took at Mill Hollow Park in Fairfield, CT yesterday.

I think this bee was sleeping. It was early morning and very cold, relatively speaking.

Reflection - Photograph

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This is 3 of 3 posts of photographs I took at Mill Hollow Park in Fairfield, CT yesterday.

Reflections - Photograph

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I took this tree and leaf reflection photograph at Perry's Mill Pond in Fairfield, CT yesterday.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Great Egret - Photograph

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This is 1 of 3 posts of photographs I took at the Reservoir in Easton, CT yesterday.

I met a fellow photography enthusiast while I was there. You can see his collection of Egret and Heron photographs here.

Great Egret - Photographs

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This is 2 of 3 posts of photographs I took at the Reservoir in Easton, CT yesterday.

Yellow Flowers - Photographs

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This is 3 of 3 posts of photographs I took at the Reservoir in Easton, CT yesterday.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Retro Vogue – Tag

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This week's Tag Along challenge was "Polka Dots."

I created this using GIMP 2.8.6.

The vintage woman image is from a DuckDuckGo search.

The fonts are:

MaximilianAntiqua
JaneAusten

The words are from the poem Air and Angels by John Donne.

Magical Dew - Photographs

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I took these photographs at the Reservoir in Easton, CT this past week.

There was an early morning fog that was burning off when I took these. All of the marsh grass around this Green Heron was covered with dew, creating a magical look. I didn't realize the white feather was floating around until I looked at these later.

The first photo is my entry for Wild Bird Wednesday #61. I'm usually too late to post for the challenge, so this is the first time I've made it before the cutoff.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Catch - Photographs

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This is 1 of 2 posts of photographs I took at the Reservoir in Easton, CT this past week.

The second picture is the action shot of the Great Egret spearing the fish seen in his mouth in the first one.

Great Egret Reflections - Photographs

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This is 2 of 2 posts of photographs I took at the Reservoir in Easton, CT this past week.

I'm not sure how many Great Egrets live here. There are at least three Great Blue Herons at the Reservoir, but I didn't see them while I was here.

Reflections - Photographs

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I took these photographs at Riverside Park in Fairfield, CT this past week.

Dragonfly - Photograph

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This is 1 of 2 posts of photographs I took at the Woodcock Nature Center in Wilton, CT this past week.

Water Reflections - Photograph

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This is 2 of 2 posts of photographs I took at the Woodcock Nature Center in Wilton, CT this past week

Summertime Sadness – Tag


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This week's Tag Along challenge was "Bird."

I created this using GIMP 2.8.6.

All of the vintage images are from a DuckDuckGo search.

The font is Ming Imperial Semi-Bold Condensed.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Water Ring - Photograph

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I took this photograph at Perry's Mill Pond in Fairfield, CT this past week.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Autumn – Postcard

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This week’s Take A Word challenge was "Autumn."

The vintage woman image is Autumn by Mucha.

The font is FairfaxStation

The full quote is:

I saw old autumn in the misty morn
Stand shadowless like silence, listening
To silence.
-- Thomas Hood

"Sea Food" – ATC

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This week's Fun With ATCs challenge #95 was "Black/White/Red."

Here in the United States today is Labor Day, the unofficial end of Summer. The start of school for children in my part of the country used to be after today, but now a lot of schools start in late August.

I created this in GIMP version 2.8.6.

The vintage advertisement images are from a DuckDuckGo search.

The background red check tablecloth pattern is from here.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Vintage – Tag

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There is a new challenge site Tag Along and their first challenge is "Vintage."

I created this using GIMP 2.8.6.

All of the vintage images are from a DuckDuckGo search. Unlike Google, DuckDuckGo respects your privacy.

Green Heron Pose - Photograph

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This is 1 of 8 posts of photographs of birds that I took at Lakeview Cemetery in New Canaan, CT this past week.

I was thrilled when this American Bittern Green Heron flew into the pond where the Great Blue Heron was. I got many great photographs of him, and had to pare down what I posted to only a few of them.

This photo is my entry for the following:

Camera Critters #282
I'd Rather Be Birding
Weekly Top Shot #98

(Note: There are three more posts of this Bittern Green Heron.)

(Updated 2013 Sep 01: This is a Green Heron, not an American Bittern.)

Green Heron - Photographs

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This is 2 of 8 posts of photographs of birds that I took at Lakeview Cemetery in New Canaan, CT this past week.

(Updated 2013 Sep 01: This is a Green Heron, not an American Bittern.) 

"The Catch" - Photographs

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This is 3 of 8 posts of photographs of birds that I took at Lakeview Cemetery in New Canaan, CT this past week.

(Updated 2013 Sep 01: This is a Green Heron, not an American Bittern.) 

Green Heron - Photograph

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This is 4 of 8 posts of photographs of birds that I took at Lakeview Cemetery in New Canaan, CT this past week.

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Great Blue Heron - Photographs

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This is 5 of 8 posts of photographs of birds that I took at Lakeview Cemetery in New Canaan, CT this past week.

This Great Blue Heron was in the pond at the back entrance to the cemetery. I didn't get many good photos of him because he flew off unexpectedly while I was photographing the American Bittern Green Heron.

Great Blue Heron Reflection - Photographs

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This is 6 of 8 posts of photographs of birds that I took at Lakeview Cemetery in New Canaan, CT this past week.