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“The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery.  There is always more mystery.”  Anais Nin

I’m falling a bit behind in my 365 . . . so am playing catchup.  I am playing around with focusing on my D800 and the 105mm lens.  It’s not as easy as it might seem!  I managed to get the leaf on the plant in great focus . . . so decided that I’d add a bit of texture (Kim Klassen “tapededge.jpg) to create a bit of mystery . . .   

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“A lake is a landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.”  Henry David Thoreau

I snapped this shot off the end of the dock with my point and shoot camera.  I’m amazed at the clear reflection of the blue sky and clouds . . . it’s processed with a mosaic texture in Photo Shop.

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“The Peace Arch is a monument situated on the Canad-United States border between the communities of Blaine, Washington and Surrey, British Columbia. The Peace Arch, which stands 20.5 metres (67 ft) tall, was built by Sam Hill and dedicated in September 1921, and commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Gent in 1814. The monument is built on the exact United States-Canada boundary, between Interstate 5 and Highway 99,  in the grass median between the northbound and southbound lanes. The Peace Arch has the flags of the U.S. and Canada mounted on its crown, and two incriptions on both sides of its frieze. The inscription on the U.S. side of the Peace Arch reads “Children of a common mother”, and the words on the Canadian side read “Brethren dwelling together in unity”. Within the arch, each side has an iron gate hinged on either side of the border with an inscription above reading “May these gates never be closed.  Peace Arch Park consists of Peace Arch Provincial Park on the Canadian side and Peace Arch State Park on the American side of the border. Within the park is a major border crossing (between Interstate 5 on the U.S. side and British Columbia Highway 99 on the Canadian side) which has never closed, symbolizing a long history of peace between the two nations. In Canada, the crossing is officially named Douglas in honour of Sir James Douglas, the first governor of the Colony of British Columbia. Because of the Peace Arch monument, however, the border crossing between Surrey and Blaine is popularly known as the “Peace Arch Border Crossing”, one of the busiest border crossings between Canada and the United States. It is the busiest such crossing west of Detroit.”  Wikipedia

I took my Grandson to see the border crossing . . . and get a few pics.  We found the actual border marker, so he stood on the US side trying to look really cool, while I stood on the Canadian side.  I poked him trying to get him to smile . . . but cool guys don’t smile!  

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“I believe things happen that can’t be explained, but so many people seem intent on explaining them. Everyone has an answer for them. Either aliens or things from the spirit world.”  Harold Ramis

I shot my reflection in the window glass of my husbands truck canopy.  I had my 50mm 1.8 lens mounted with a 12mm macro extension tube – hence the very fuzzy shadowy outline.  I played with all the sliders in Lightroom to really bring out the lights and darks, then added a few textures and effects in Lightroom.  It looks very “otherworldly” . . . 

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“salmonberry(n.)ˈsæm ənˌbɛr i:    the salmon-colored, edible fruit of a raspberry, Rubus spectabilis, of the Pacific coast of North America.”   http://www.definitions.net

Took the kids for a walk in the park behind our property today . . . first time I’ve been in the park this spring.  It is lush, green and somewhat overgrown with all the rain we’ve had recently.  It was a real treat to find the Salmon-berries ripe and ready to be picked.  Yum!  I took the first shot with my 35mm 1.8 lens ISO 400 and 1/1600 (overcast day and  a steady breeze). Then I added the 20mm Macro Extension Tube for the second shot . . . 

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“If I saw something in my viewfinder that looked familiar to me, I would do something to shake it up.”   Garry Winogrand

I’m playing around with my new Macro Extension tubes.  I really want to do some Macro Photography because I like the abstractness that can be achieved.  I really didn’t do much to this photo other than boost the clarity a bit.  I used my 35mm 1.8 Prime lens with the 20mm extension tube.  Wow!  I’m kind of blown away with how much detail you can capture in an image . . . so anxious to do some more experimenting!  Can you guess what this is?  (Hint: it is a self portrait)

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