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Happy 18th Birthday

Today is my little girls 18th birthday!! I can’t believe how fast time has gone.  She’s an amazing girl woman who brings joy to everyone that she touches.  She has a smile that brightens the world around her.  I’m so proud to be her Momma and I’m honored that God chose me to take care of this angel.  

She has hopes and dreams….and I have no doubts that she’ll accomplish all of the, one way or the other.  She gives it her all in everything that she does.  She has a faith that runs deep and never doubts what God has planned for her.

As I reflect on the past 18 years, all I have is love and joy.  I know she’s not perfect, she is mine after all.  She’s truly a great kid woman and has a bright future.  I remember being told I couldn’t have kids and I remember the day I found out that I was pregnant.  Life would never be the same!!  She has always done things her way and she has amazing strength….and some that she doesn’t even know she has.  She was my partner all the times that hubby was gone due to military life.  Her dad is her buddy and they enjoy getting in trouble together.  Through it all, she knows that we’re her parents and love her unconditionally.

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Happy Birthday sweet girl young lady!!  Daddy and I wish you all the best today….and every day of your life to come.  We can’t wait to see what lies ahead!!  You may be grown up, but you’ll always be our little girl!!  😀

 

 

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Foto Finish: Heading to the Water

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This guy was heading toward the water at the Wildlife Refuge.  I just loved him and how casual he was.  He was definitely ready for a swim!!

Here’s my Foto Finish…..

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What’s your best or favorite shot of the week….or any time??  Please join in Foto Finish and show it off!!  Want to know more about Foto Finish, just click here.  Grab the button above, link it to this post on your blog (or wherever you share your photos), and enter the linky below.

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I can’t wait to see what your Foto Finish is and be sure to check out other Camera Critters!!  

 

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Macro: Mushroom

 

 

It’s time for another macro for Monday.  I went back in time for this one.  This is about 2 years old and was taken at my parents house.  They’d been having a rainy year, so there was all kinds of mushrooms all over their yard.  

Check out this brightly colored mushroom….

Macro - AR Mushroom byElaineG

Be sure to check out the other macro photography here….

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Be sure to come back here on Saturday and join in Foto Finish, where you can link up and share your favorite or best shot of the week!!  To find out more about Foto Finish, just click here.

 

 

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Foto Finish: Fireworks

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This is my first week back with Foto Finish, so I wanted to share a photo that I’ve really been working on.  Well, I’m really trying to capture lightening, but I also love fireworks.  Since we just celebrated the 4th of July last week, I thought I’d share a photo that I took of fireworks.

Here’s a shot of a fireworks display that I took….

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This was a display put on by the local golf course and it was taken from my backyard.  We are about a mile or 2 from the golf course.  It’s gotten more challenging because the trees have really grown up around all the houses, so I really had to try to capture the “big ones”

What’s your best or favorite shot of the week….or any time??  Please join in Foto Finish and show it off!!  Want to know more about Foto Finish, just click here.  Grab the button above, link it to this post on your blog (or wherever you share your photos), and enter the linky below.

I can’t wait to see what your Foto Finish is!!

 

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Longhorns

I just downloaded these from my camera and I just had to share at least one of them!!

We went to the Wildlife Refuge after the rains. It was amazing to see everything to alive and bright since we’ve had a drought the past couple of years. There were huge herds of longhorns enjoying the green grass. Some were grazing and some were just laying around.

Longhorns byElaineG

Check out the other “critters” being shared at….

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Also, I’m going to be bringing back Foto Finish this weekend. I hope that you’ll join in and link up!! If you’d like to find out more about Foto Finish, just click here.

 

 

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Foto Finish: Dainty Yellow Flower

It’s time for another Foto Finish!!  This week’s optional theme is…..YELLOW.  That means that you can post a photo with that theme….or anything else that you choose to share!!

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Once again, I’m posting a photo that I took at the Wildlife Refuge.  I thought that this was just so pretty….and dainty.

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What do you think??

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If you’d like to learn more about Foto Finish, please click here to read all about it.  Next week’s optional theme will be HANDS.  If you’d like to join in Foto Finish, just link up below.

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Foto Finish: Friendly Prairie Dog

I’ve been away from Foto Finish for awhile, but I’m ready to get back at it and I hope that you are too!!

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Today, I just had to post this cute little prairie dog that we saw.  My parents were here visiting and we couldn’t miss an opportunity to head out to the Wildlife Refuge.  As we were leaving, I stopped to get some photos of some geese that were nearby.  However, this friendly little prairie dog spotted my dad watching him out the window and he couldn’t help but to pose for us.  

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Isn’t he just adorable!?!?  We had so much fun getting shots of him and my dad couldn’t resist talking to him and getting the little guy to show off.

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“Foto Finish” is on Break

As much as I’ve tried, I just can’t keep up with Foto Finish right now.  Life just keeps happening and then I don’t get is posted or the linky open.  It makes me sad and disappointed when I don’t get to it.  I can honestly say at this point that I know we have a lot going on this Spring.   I have things going on like a close Uncle that’s been diagnosed with cancer and doesn’t have long to live, our 25th anniversary, Spring Break, and several other things. 

Right now, it’s my goal to restart Foto Finish on 5 April 2014.  That will get me past all the activities that we have going on.  I do hope that you’ll come back and join in the photo meme at that time.  I’d love to see it thrive when it returns as it’s a fun photography challenge for me.  I’m already pre-planning some themes for Foto Finish and I hope that you’ll like them.

When it does return, our Foto Finish theme will be BLUE.  Remember, the theme is optional and you may post photo that you choose for Foto Finish.  Our theme is just there to give us an idea of a photo to take or dig out for the meme.  If you’d like to read more about Foto Finish, please click here to check it out.

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Foto Finish: Birds

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Welcome back to Foto Finish!!  This week’s (optional) theme is birds.  I didn’t choose this topic for any certain reason.  I do miss the amount of birds that visit during the summer.  All the ones now are just plain hungry and don’t really visit.

Since birds are also “critters”, I’ll be linking up with Camera Critters and Saturday’s Critters as well.  After you’re done with Foto Finish, please click the buttons at the end of the post and visit some of their great photography as well!!

This is a pair of mourning doves that were in love.  They went everywhere together!!  Here’s my submission for this week’s Foto Finish, Camera Critters, and Saturday’s Critters….

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 Our (optional) theme for next week will be….

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Foto Finish: Icy Weather

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Welcome back to Foto Finish!!  This week’s (optional) theme is weather.  I chose this topic because it seems to be the story all over the US and I think even other countries are having to deal with it this year.

We’ve had more snow and ice here so far this winter than any that I’ve lived here.  In early December, we had an ice storm.  Made for great photos, but I’d rather not have it!!  Here’s my submission for this week’s Foto Finish….

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Macro: Encased in Ice


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This has been one of the coldest winters we’ve had since I’ve lived here.  That’s like 20 years now!!  Typically, we have a little snow or ice, but it’s usually in the new year.  We’ve of course, had snow and ice in December, but not like this year.  In December, we not only had snow (a couple times), but we had an ice storm as well.  This is a little bud that I found encased in the ice.

Here’s my Macro Monday and I Heart Macro (click to enlarge)…..

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I hope that you enjoy my Macro Monday and I Heart Macro!! If you do, please check out this week’s I Heart Macro and Macro Monday 2 participants for more great photography!!

Also a reminder that Foto Finish will be returning this Saturday!!  If you’d like to find out more, please click here and if you’d like to find out what Foto Finish is, just click here.  I hope to have some of you participating and joining in as I restart this for the new year!!


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Macro: Ant on a Mushroom


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I recently took a trip to my parents house and they had every kind of mushroom imaginable growing in their yard.  They were quite interesting and kept me busy getting shots of ALL of them!!  This particular one was nibbled on my a deer overnight and the ants were starting to move in by the light of day.

Here’s my Macro Monday and I Heart Macro (click to enlarge)…..

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