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Mary the teach at Work of the Poet
has asked bloggers to share Yard Art on Thursdays …
Lots of people who live near the beach
in Southern California ‘decorate’ their yards
(often in unique ways) so I’ll have a steady supply!

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Thirteen photographs
of a sparrow hanging out
in local palm trees





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Window Reflections
near Long Beach Marina with
beautiful blue skies

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Thought for Today
“”Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”
Albert Einstein

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Sunrise this morning
beautiful to say the least …
colorfully PINK!




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Finding Beauty, Color Carnival and Pink Saturday

Thought for Today
“An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it.” Bill Bernback

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13 photographs
puffy clouds on lovely blue
skies between rainstorms

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Thursday Thirteen, Haiku Friday, and Sky Watch

Thought for Today
“Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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13 photographs
Dramatic skies … Window
Views and Reflections

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A playful bonus … just because
cropped then ‘screened with exclusion’ and lightened

Thought for Today
“To repeat what others have said requires education; to challenge it requires brains.” Mary Pettibone Poole

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muted blues from my
drive in the rain yesterday …
captured through windows


of my Explorer
wet and wildly windy
I’m glad to be home

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Bonus … three shifting views from this morning
snapped through my French Doors looking East …

Thought for Today
“All was silent as before –
All silent save the dripping rain.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Camera Critters and Pet Pride this week

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… not as beautiful
as the sunrise mosaic
at Small Reflections

of course I’m using
my Casio Exilim …
(Nikon’s in the shop)


yearly cleaning and
‘adjustments’ … recommended
by those in the know


suffering a bit
of ‘withdrawal’ and I hope
they’ll be finished soon

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Sky Watch, Haiku Friday and Pink Saturday

Thought for Today
“Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.” Moshe Dayan

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Returning from a
sunset ‘photo shoot’ my eyes
spotted reflections

in the windows of
these houses facing the beach
… sunset with palm trees.

The older I get
I find traditions changing
each and ev’ry year

but it seems we will
gather as a family
once again this year 😉

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Experimenting
in Photoshop Elements
I came up with two

versions that I found
pleasing to my own eyes and
decided to share

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Multi-tasking at
busy times of year is the
best that I can do

Wishing everyone
joyful celebrations with
family and friends

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Thought for Today
“Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.”
Bill Watterson

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It’s been warm this week
lots of blue skies everywhere
as you can see here

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Thought for Today
“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” Thornton Wilder

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My Peace Globe is in the next post

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Belatedly here …
I hope you enjoy thirteen
skies collaged below

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Thursday Thirteen, Sky Watch and Haiku Friday

See my other 2009 Peace Globes at

Thought for Today
“You are the storyteller of your life and you can create the legend or not.” Isabel Allende

 

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13 Sky Views from
my sister in Oregon
RV traveling

Collaboration..
I create the mosaics
then share on my blogs.

First mosaic has
13 pictures ‘stroke-outlined’
but no ‘layer styles’

Second Mosaic
features soft drop shadows and
beveled edges too

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Watery Wednesday (a little bit late)
Thursday Thirteen

Sky Watch and Haiku Friday

More variations
can be seen by clicking
the two links below

Sacred Ruminations

Thought for Today
“If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.” Chinese Proverb


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Above, my SKY view
is a favorite, but the

‘pinkish’ view below

is a close second …
Photoshop Experiments

yielded these results:


Accented Edges

Poster Edges

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Dramatic shifts
to my ‘pinkish’ skies emerged

with these two filters:

Solarize

Equalize

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Color Carnival


Thought for Today
“To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela

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Sky photographs from
my sister in Alaska

RV traveling

Collaboration..
I create the mosaics

then share on my blogs.

Skies around Petersburg, Alaska


Straight Out of the Camera

Poster Edges

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Sky Watch, Haiku Friday and Scenic Sunday

see also my lovely sunset views at Small Reflections today.


Thought for Today
“No man is an island entirely to himself; each man is a piece of the continent.” John Donne

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13 more photos
from my sister on the road …

RV traveling


Collaboration..
I create the mosaics

then share on my blogs.

Bald Eagles in trees
Canadian Geese in flight

Soaring Hawks and more …

Straight Out of the Camera

Poster Edges

Poster Edges – Pinched

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Thursday Thirteen, Sky Watch and Haiku Friday

Thought for Today
“Never interrupt someone doing something you said couldn’t be done.” Amelia Earhart

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scattered wispy clouds
return along with blue skies

backdrop for Palm Trees ;–)

Straight out of the Camera

Accented Edges

Poster Edges

Black & White – Scenic Landscape

Black & White – Infared

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Sky Watch and Haiku Friday

Thought for Today
“The essence of pleasure is spontaneity.” Germaine Greer

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13 photographs
Southern California skies

Thursday Mosaic

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usual blue skies
with a touch of wispy white

heavy now with smoke

from the wildfires
burning in the Angeles

Forest uncontrolled

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Thursday Thirteen, Sky Watch and Haiku Friday

Thought for Today
“Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.” the Dalai Lama

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