Thank You

Thank You

I’ve been honored by several bloggers over the past couple of months to be nominated for awards, and I wanted to send out a Thank You to all of you. I don’t have the time to pay them forward properly so will have to excuse myself from the process. I appreciate the thoughts though. I also appreciate everyone who has read, liked, and followed my random thoughts and images.

Hubby and I are going on vacation in a few days, and I won’t be posting my photo challenge pictures as much as I have so far. I’ll be taking the pictures but won’t have regular access to a computer for awhile. I’m honestly feeling a little burned out from social media. It’s time for a break and I’m looking forward to reassessing my goals for the New Year. Have a happy holiday season everyone and hopefully, I’ll be back in January.

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Daughter #1 has been looking for a new place to live. When we stopped by this condo unit, these beauties were watching us from the 2nd floor balcony and I caught them with my phone.

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Along with an oil change for my car this morning, I got a free automatic car wash. This may be a weird place to take pictures, but I had my camera with me as always. And then this rainbow appeared as I started into the wash.

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Taking the “path less traveled” today in my neighborhood, I found an old rusty gate with this lock and chain attached. There are a lot of nice contrasting textures here.

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I stopped by Smith’s Woods in Eastampton this morning after getting my car inspected (I was only 8 days late this time, which is a record for me). I didn’t spend much time there since I have many errands to do as we head into the holiday season. The sun was shining and it’s not that cold, especially for December in New Jersey. These leaves looked especially pretty in the light. I’ll have to go back sometime next spring to hike the trails and check out the historic Smithville Mansion.

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This stand of trees was almost devoid of color anyway, so I went with the black and white image. I over processed it to give it a stark, high contrast look. It became another semi-abstract texture, which I like.

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Every year, we put up the same tree with the same ornaments and take a picture of it. Seems silly since it’s the same year to year, but we do it anyway. Tradition I guess. On Christmas Eve, I’ll take a picture of it with the presents under it, same as last year… again. 🙂

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Admittedly, this isn’t a great picture, but I’ve been trying to shoot in digital RAW format with my Nikon. In the editing software, I found that I could make this cool vignette with either white or black.

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Most of southern New Jersey is fairly flat, but Mt. Laurel has built up a big hill in the middle of Laurel Acres Park to provide a place for sledding in the winter. You can see the plastic orange fencing that has already been put in place, ready for the first snowfall. The hill also has a wonderful staircase on the other side that I use to sprint up in warm weather. A path wraps around the pond, and multiple playgrounds make it a favorite spot for parents and children in the summer.

Spam

Spam

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