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I love these colors!!

These are by a French Canadian photographic artist, Denis Collette. I lovehis use of color, and his approach to his art. He photographs the area surrounding his home, then uses the photographs as inspiration for these impressionistic creations.

Inner Light End of Autumn Ordinary Miracles The Blue Spirit of Giverny

"First, the majority of my pictures are taken on my homeland… I use a similar approach as Thoreau… For me, photography is a metaphysical approach… I don’t decide on subjects… it’s the light who decides… and when my heart says… 'OK Woodsman'… I shoot!!! :))"-Link to an interview with Denis Collette-

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Nature Claims Some Land..

"A northeaster (nor'easter) is a winter storm that forms in the mid-latitudes between the months of September and April. Nor'easters travel northward in the Atlantic Ocean, with winds blowing towards the shore along the eastern United States and Canadian coastlines. Because of the cyclonic nature of the storm system, the winds blow in a northeastward direction, affecting long reaches of the coastline while the storm is still far to the south. Nor'easters tend to be very large and move slowly, generating high waves that attack the shoreline for long periods of time. The onshore directed winds accentuate the incoming tide, while confining the excess water at the shoreline during a low tide stage. Because nor'easters move slowly, several tidal cycles can be affected, creating a large coastal storm surge."

A nor'easter blew thru several days ago. We didn't get the worst of it in NJ, but it was a pretty dramatic storm. I couldn't resist going to see the ocean. It was churned up & lashing the shore...

The wind had been really strong the nite before. A couple of feet of sand accumulated in some places on the boardwalk...

Big chunks of this old pier broke off & washed up on the shore...

There can be a fine line between having an ocean view & being part of the ocean...

Every time a nor'easter blows thru the coastline changes as the ocean claims the land..

No matter what the weather there are surfers who'll go out...

..and crazy fishermen!

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Well this is odd..

I'm going on a date next week. My first since age 19 hahaha. This is a mighty strange feeling. Just the thought of it is cracking me up. And kinda scaring me. I'm looking forward to it tho. I think.  

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Shadow Blog IV

Winter Shadows by Betty Atkinson

This artist lives in Anchorage, Alaska and paints a lot of landscapes. The link shows more examples of her work. : ) Link

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Shadow Blog III

Peter Pan's Shadow

"I wasn't crying about mothers," Peter said rather indignantly. "I was crying because I can't get my shadow to stick on. Besides, I wasn't crying."

"It has come off?" "Yes."

Then Wendy saw the shadow on the floor, looking so draggled, and she was frightfully sorry for Peter. "How awful!" she said, but she could not help smiling when she saw that he had been trying to stick it on with soap. How exactly like a boy!

Fortunately she knew at once what to do. "It must be sewn on," she said..."

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Shadow Blog II

Some shadow photos I found on flickr.com. : )

http://flickr.com/

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Shadow Blog I

2165646196_9aee9879f6.jpg picture by seeker829 We are imperfect shadows. We are thoughts of an absent-minded god...

~Link~

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Unknown Photographer

Can't recall where I found this one, saved it awhile ago & just found it again..

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More Manga Madness

I did a couple of manga images of Ben & sent them to him. It's amusing trying to figure out the shape of the face, what features to use etc. Here he is at a family party with one of his cousins. Their friend popped out from behind just as the pic was taken, that's why he looks so maniacal & pleased with himself haha.

Here he is all grumpy after a long day's night.

Later that day lol.

Do you think it's a likeness? I think so, but then again I'm the one who did it haha. Ah, well. What can I say, I'm easily amused. : )

http://www.faceyourmanga.com/welcome.htm

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Xanadu

Xanadu

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan

A stately pleasure-dome decree

Where Alph, the sacred river, ran

Through caverns measureless to man

Down to a sunless sea

~by Samuel T. Coleridge~ 1798 Link

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