Happy New Year Ron!
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Instead of posting a silly graphic comparing the traffic on my blog to the Louvre, I will try to give a meaningful year end message. My blog is four years old this month. During the first year I had very little contact with other WordPress.Com bloggers. The beginning of 2013 saw a major shift in viewers of this blog from a certain large photo forum that I no longer frequent, to other WordPress.Com bloggers and other different sources. I went from about 20 followers to several thousand in a very short period of time, although the growth has since leveled off. During 2014 I regret several very active bloggers who followed my blog stopped blogging. In some cases I know why, perhaps the others became bored or worn out. About one third of the blogs…
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►Greek Mythology: “The Sphinx and her Riddle”:
The Sphinx (from the greek word Σφίγξ, meaning “to squeeze”, “to tighten up”) was a female mythical creature with the body of a lion, the breast and head of a woman, eagle’s wings and, according to some, a serpent-headed tail.
According to Hesiod, the Sphinx was daughter of Orthus and Chimaera, born in the country of the Arimi (Theog. 326).
According to Sophocles, when King Laius of Thebes was murdered, by an unknown in a Phocian road, the king’s brother-in-law Creon came to power.
It was during his regency that the Sphinx came to Thebes, as a punishment, sent by Hera, or, according to other accounts, by Hades, and and gobbling up people
The Sphinx guarded the entrance to the Greek city of Thebes, and to have asked a…
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Fun captures Laura & I like the collage you’ve created ~ Happy Holidays!
For this week’s selective color challenge, I chose to work on a bokeh image I took when my husband and I were walking through a decorated neighborhood recently. There were 150 houses all lit up. Some had music that you could tune your car radio to and the lights would move to the beat of the music. It was quite something!
Despite all the magnificent house decorations and opportunities to shoot entire lighting scenes, I went there for the sole reason of taking bokeh. This image was originally all in gold, so I changed it to black and white and then used a mask and brush to reveal the gold. I’ve included the original at the bottom in a slideshow with some other bokeh shots.
I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!
For the entire gallery, please check Leanne Cole’s blog later…
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Merry Christmas Paul!
Lovely island, lovely post Ron!
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South of Kona there are a series of nearby beaches. Place of Refuge is a Pu’uhonua o National Historic Park and it is adjacent to Two Steps Beach, a popular snorkeling and scuba diving spot. Further down the road is Hookena Beach Park where I photographed some locals and their boats.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! ❤ to you this holiday dear Indah
Fifth edition of Marine Life monthly post. Since it is almost Christmas, why not introducing a unique looking worm called Christmas Tree. It is a worm but it will not eat your Christmas tree 😉
Christmas Tree worm (spirobranchus giganteus) is a tube-building worm that lives in the stony coral. They have beautiful crowns that shaped like Christmas tree with bright color feather tentacles (radioles). These worms are regularly seen in tropical sea water like in the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific. They are very sensitive to movement and lights. They react very fast by retracting their radioles inside their tubes. For this reason I have not been able to capture their pictures perfectly with their top to make them look like Christmas Trees.
The tube of the worm is lined with appendages that aid the worm in mobility. The worm does not move outside its tube and the appendages do…
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missing Hawaii ~ thanks for the reminders of her beauty Ron!
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The Big Island is mostly covered by lava fields and volcanic ash. The beaches are no exception. Few of them are sandy. While visiting the petroglyphs, I spoke to a lady who said “I don’t do drugs, but there are some trippy looking trees up at the North end of this island. Just drive past Hawi until the road ends.” She forgot to mention the steep trail down to the beach.