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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there! I’m baaaaaaack! ūüôā

Vacation was wonderful…11 days of bright, blue skies, temps in the mid-to-high 80’s, NO humidity, NO rain, fantastic food & drink, afternoons lazing in the sun and all the fun and activities to be had at Walt Disney World. Aaaaaahhhhhh

“Get Your Ears On” (Mickey Mouse Ears, Walt Disney World) Nikon D300, 130mm, F/5.6, 1/40s, -0.7EV, ISO 640, Built-in Front Curtain Flash, -0.7EV

For this trip I only brought two lenses forcing¬†myself¬†to view the ‘happiest place on earth’ with fresh eyes. When you’ve been as often as we have it is so very easy¬†for all the “magic” to become mundane…a ‘been there, shot that’ sort of thing. Not this time!¬†I photographed whatever looked interesting to me and came home with more than 850 images. How many¬†will be blog worthy? Well, you’ll just have to wait and see. ūüėČ

Life has been even more hectic upon our return late Saturday¬†as we are now in the midst of¬†a kitchen renovation which began early Sunday morning. Since I’m the designated project manager, I’ve been¬†meeting with the contractor and coordinating all the various subs. (As much as hubby and myself love¬†to DIY, this project is a bit too large and complicated for our experienced skill set and once you get the City Inspectors involved – yes, I’m talkin’ permits here – any of the work we’d normally feel¬†comfortable tackling ourselves now has to be performed by a ‘licensed professional’. Huh, go figure. ūüėČ )

That isn’t to say we aren’t having a hand in things. The new design is all mine and we did some of the demo work on Sunday/Monday as well as¬†moved TWO refrigerators (thanks David and Megan!). And once several plumbing pipes are relocated, electrical and central vac¬†runs¬†re-routed, walls constructed, a¬†granite counter extended,¬†custom cabinetry built and installed, and the¬†new refrigerator delivered and installed, trust me, there will be plenty of finish work for us to do.

Hmmmm, I wonder if I can get a discount if I wear my mouse ears?? ūüôā

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Still adding to my catalog of local birds and happy to report a fine capture of a¬†White-Throated Sparrow! ūüôā¬†I’d been following this species for quite some time and finally¬†all the elements (composition, lighting, subject) came together.

"Looking Back" (White-Throated Sparrow, Adult White-Striped, Zonotrichia albicollis) Nikon D300, 1000mm (600mm w/1.7x teleconverter), F/6.7, 1/60s, ISO 640, Selective Silver Efex Pro Sepia Toning

“Looking Back” (White-Throated Sparrow, Adult White-Striped, Zonotrichia albicollis) Nikon D300, 1000mm (600mm w/1.7x teleconverter), F/6.7, 1/60s, ISO 640, Selective Silver Efex Pro Sepia Toning

The males and females are identical so we shall never know which sex is shown here, but no matter. You can choose whatever one works for you. ūüėȬ†

I chose to apply¬†selective toning (once again) for this image but this time in sepia¬†since it nicely supports the bird’s natural¬†coloration.¬†

Now where’s that male Cardinal…?!!

My, what a different feel those same magnolia blossoms have in morning light!

"Morning Magnolias" (Magnolia x soulangeana aka Japanese Magnolia) Nikon D300, 200mm, F/5.6, 1/250s, +0.7EV, ISO 640, Selective Sepia Toning

“Morning Magnolias” (Magnolia x soulangeana aka Japanese Magnolia) Nikon D300, 200mm, F/5.6, 1/250s, +0.7EV, ISO 640, Selective Sepia Toning

Since the background was naturally leaning towards sepia, I opted to enhance those tones while allowing the blossoms to retain their lovely pinkish coloring.  

Works for me! ūüôā

Another spectactularshow at high tide today.

“The Beach is Closed” (High Tide Waves Crashing Over Sea Wall, Lynch Park) Nikon D300, 18mm, F/14, 1/250s, +0.7EV, ISO 500, Silver Efex Pro ‘Dark Sepia’ Filter, Selective Toning

I was so hoping to have this image in raging color but a blah, overcast sky refused to cooperate!

C’est la vie. ūüôā

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