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Ten… 116/365

Ten... 116-365

One of my favorite cooking tools, cleaned, oiled and ready to go to work…another minimalistic shot to go against he complexity of my day…trying to add some zen or something like that to balance everything out…

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Conducted By… 115/365

Conducted By... 115/365

Maybe it was because I was listening to classical music on the way home tonight…and my mind was already n that frame…but as I pulled into the driveway, I was met by clouds that look like the hands of a conductor…I tried layering on a row of piano keys, but the image looked too corny to me and the natural image says more in the end without saying too much…

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Searching… 113/365

Searching... 113/365

…because that is what they look like they are doing…like eyes wide open searching through the grey…

Face First...

…yep…another bee face first in the pollen of a Cosmos flower…this time I think I did a better job of getting some depth of field, making more of the bee sharper and in focus…

Moonrise… 114/365

Moonrise... 114-365

Simplicity…about as complex as I want it at 5:30am…an image I am thinking of entering in “Competitions on the 24/7” group in RedBubble with the theme “Morning Madness” but I am not sure yet…might have to stretch it a bit to fit it into the madness part…

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Marginal VFR… 110/365

Marginal VFR... 110/365

This was the view from the side of the windscreen on out flight up to Eagle River this Friday…the scene is a rather deceptive one in that the clouds, while dark, were rather benign, there was no turbulence, in fact it was rather smooth, and although it was hazy and the light was falling, the visibility was still over 10 nautical miles…

I have Saturday’s and today’s images all set to go, but I am tired from the weekend and the flight home and will post a triple play including tomorrow night’s image.  I wanted to give all of you that visited while I was “on vacation” something for today, and rather than just slapping on the last three day’s work, I want to spend some time putting it all together nicely…

Marginal VFR... 110.5-365

Both of these images are straight from the camera with no processing…something I rarely do, but I thought it worked well with these..OK actually when I tried to process them, they started to look like crap, so in their own way they were telling me to lay off…so I did…

(By the way…the instrument panel only looks like it was a bouncy ride…the exposure was too long and I moved…a shot that I would normally throw away, but in this case there was something about it I liked…)

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Balanced Universe… 109/365

Balanced Universe... 109-365

This is kind of going along with my unplanned theme of dark background/light flower that seems to have appeared this week…the title comes from the translation of the name of the flower…Cosmos…this one just beginning to blossom…

Balanced Universe... 109.5-365

…this one at the end…

I am going to be away from the Internetfor the weekend and will not be able to upload anything until Sunday night unless by some miracle I can get the image, process it and upload it before we head out…going to be in Eagle River bad weather or no bad weather…so until then…

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They Came in a Wildflower Pack… 108/365

They Came in a Wildflower Pack... 108/365

That is what my wife said when I asked her what hey were called, so I guess that is their name…seems a bit long winded to me, but I’m not a botanist…

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Untitled… 107/365

Untitled... 107-365

I have been watching the forecast for Friday…it went from 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms this morning to 30% chance for both here and Eagle River…they cannot possibly be right this early…can they?

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Digging In… 106/365

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If the light looks a little strange on this one, it is because it was flipped upside down…It gives one less of a headache this way I think and my daughter insisted it looked better…so there…I liked this one for the way the legs seem to blend in with the stamen of the flower…as though he was really digging into it…

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These macros were not as easy to capture as some out there make it look…these little guys move…a lot…more than I thought they would…but then I guess “busy as a bee” was not coined by accident…These were the sharpest of the lot, but I am sure if I worked longer at it and shot more megabytes of images I would have captured an even better one…or maybe I am my worst critic…maybe…

Gratuitous Flower Shots:

(because you all asked for it….or maybe because I happened to take these as well today…anyway…)

 
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Yep, more of the Mexican Sunflower shots, except this time from the back of the flower rather than the front… I am finding out (by accident on the first one “Cosmos”) that a lot of flowers are just as interesting from the back of the flower as they are from the front.  More subtle, but I like the organic symmetry.  

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I also took this opportunity to play around with Lightroom 2’s new graduated filter feature…the above desaturation was created using it…a nice little feature added from the beta version I was crashing…I mean using…

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From the Center… 103/365

From the Center... 103/365

Reminds me of rays of light from the darkness…the end of a long two weeks of staff shortage at the shop…perhaps I will be wordier tomorrow but for tonight…

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Becoming… 101/365

Becoming... 101-365

A hole opened up in the overcast off to the west revealing the building clouds as a storm built itself to the west…

This is a little different of an HDR than I usually do in that I have pulled the color from it rather than saturate it…the image was almost black and white anyway so it was easy to push it a little farther and…

Becoming... 101.5-365

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Cosmos… 99/365

Cosmos... 99/365

I had a tie for tonight’s image…both  are of the back of a cosmos flower which I thought was just as interesting as the front view…

Cosmos... 99.5/365

While I am not terribly fond of orange (sorry Dana) unless it is the fruit or a soda, I did find its tone in this flower quite appealing…reminds me of a sunrise somewhat…

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Overnight in the Racine Zoo…

 Sunrise on Lake Michigan 

…See the whole set of images from the visit here…

Black and White Colobus Monkey… 97/365

Black and White Colobus Monkey (Colobus guereza)... 97/365

(Or Skunk Monkey s the scouts and their siblings liked to call them…A little bit about them here…)

That’s right, we spent the weekend on a camp out in the Racine Zoo with the rest of the scout pack.  After setting up camp, we went on a scavenger hunt through the Zoo looking for the answers to a list of questions handed to us by volunteers at the zoo and visiting the animals…after the scavenger hunt, we broke into groups and headed off to visit the zoo behind the scenes which included a visit to the lower level of the main building and also an opportunity to feed the Black Rhinoceros…after the after hours fun, we headed back to camp to make “enrichment” for the animals in the form of paper-mache balloons and painted cereal boxes and cardboard tubes (the enrichment comes from the fact that they will contain food for the animals as well as provide some fun after the food is gone)…  after the creative session, we created smores and drank hot chocolate and then tried to get the sugar rush to subside enough to maybe catch a couple of winks…all in all it was quite an experience and one worth looking into if you have a group that is looking for something to do one weekend…

Julie… 98/365

Julie... 98/365

On our first outing into the zoo (the scavenger hunt) we learned all about this little creature…Julie here is the oldest Patas Monkey in captivity in North America at 28 years old.  Her kind also claims fame for being the fastest monkey in the world with a run of about 34 MPH.  Unless told wither of these facts, one would never know it.  Of course it is hard to build up speed in a closed space, but she certainly did not act her natural age, running right up to the side of the exhibit as we approached to check us out…

Be sure to check out all of the images I uploaded from the trip…I will also be uploading them to my Smugmug account for the parents of the scouts and the scouts themselves to download from…just email me at jonosay@gmail.comand I will send you the link (in your email to me, make the subject line the name three of the women there shared (and one of the three it was her birthday as well) to verify that you were there)…for everyone else, just click on the link at the beginning of the post to go to my Flickr site and enjoy…

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Journey from the Bottle into the Darkness… 96/365

Journey from the Bottle to the Darkness... 96/365

Take the longest title I have ever assigned an image as a literal translation of what the image is or as a metaphorical statement on what the last year has felt like to me at times and you caught my meaning perfectly either way. Photo-technically (if it is not a word, it is now, so there), I was trying to match some of the light and color saturation and contrast one of my favorite photographers on Flickr has mastered. Please be sure to check his stuff out here

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