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A bee gathering on purple coneflower – Totes, Mugs, Smartphone Cases, Tops and Much More!

May 31st, 2017 Comments off

 A bee gathering on purple coneflower - Totes, Mugs, Smartphone Cases, Tops and Much More!

A bee gathering on purple coneflower - Totes, Mugs, Smartphone Cases, Tops and Much More!

A bee gathering on purple coneflower

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Two different species of bees work this purple coneflower (Echinacea) in an Ohio garden.

 

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7 Cheap Photo Hacks Using Common Household Items That Will Improve Your Photography (VIDEO) via Shutterbug

May 31st, 2017 Comments off
Some more cheap tricks to kick your photography up a notch. My favorites are using a beer cozy to protect an unused lens and using the cheap circular fluorescent to create a large ring light. — Douglas
 
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The Best Photography Advice You Never Got via 500px

May 29th, 2017 Comments off

Some interesting collective wisdom in this round up of tips from 500px and their Twitter followers. For me, one thing I need to return to us shooting in RAW mode again. Problems with RAW in Photos on the Mac had me turn it off for a while, but I think those issues are solved and signal a return. — Douglas

If you’re anything like me, then you tend to learn things the hard way—through personal experience. I’ve learned that life will continue to present you with the same lesson until you learn it.

We took to Twitter to ask 500px followers: What’s the best photography advice you wish you knew when you were a beginner? The 500px community jumped at the opportunity to share their photography wisdom.

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Looking up in the garden

May 29th, 2017 Comments off

Looking up in the garden

Blue sky above the garden green

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On YouTube: Simon’s Cat – Dinner Date: Just Desserts

May 27th, 2017 Comments off

A recent addition on of our favorite online animated cartoons via YouTube. Especially funny for cat owners! — Douglas

On YouTube: Simon's Cat - Dinner Date: Just Desserts

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It’s finally time for Simon to serve dinner to his date but Simon’s Cat seems to have other plans! In his cheekiest move yet the cat brings a special guest to join the couple at the table…WATCH NOW to discover who.



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The transformative power of doing absolutely nothing via Quartz

May 24th, 2017 Comments off
Something to remember when life gets a bit too crazy. — Douglas
 
 
On a recent Sunday, I found myself overwhelmed. It was my last free day between several consecutive weekends of travel, visitors, and weddings. The morning had ticked away, and my boyfriend and I had groceries to buy, paperwork to file, a house to tidy, and something to do at Home Depot. As I contemplated how to productively use the afternoon, my chest tightened. I stepped outside for a gulp of fresh air. There, an idea struck.

“Let’s go to the beach for two hours,” I said. “Then we can do our stuff.”

I was still feeling stressed while I packed my bag, and even while we sought out a spot on the sand. But eventually—maybe when I spotted some dolphins past the breakers, or dunked into a cold, oncoming wave—the stress dissipated. I didn’t do much reading at the beach, or really much of anything. I mostly stared at the water, got wet, laid on a warm blanket, then moved to a chair. After two hours, we folded up our blanket, drove home, and divided and conquered our tasks for the rest of the afternoon. And you know what? They weren’t so painful. It was actually kind of pleasant to surrender to the rhythm of paperwork, while the sun sank lower in the window.
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Orchids

May 24th, 2017 Comments off

Orchids

Orchids

Lovely, yet alien-like, flowers of the orchid family

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Nature reclaims all

May 23rd, 2017 Comments off

Nature reclaims all

Nature reclaims all

A vine climbs a wall at Monastario di San Nicolo in Parco dell’Etna, Sicily

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Monastario di San Nicolo La Rena, Parco dell’Etna, Sicily

May 23rd, 2017 Comments off

Monastario di San Nicolo La Rena, Parco dell'Etna, Sicily

Monastario di San Nicolo La Rena, Parco dell’Etna, Sicily

Architecture and nature on Mount Etna

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12 Ways to Take Brownies Where They’ve Never Been Before via Food52

May 22nd, 2017 Comments off

Check out these ways to kick up your brownie game. — Douglas

 
Where do your brownie loyalties lie? Are you Team Fudgy, Team Cakey, or Team In-Between-y?

I’m a fudgy-as-a-truffle gal myself (Alice Medrich’s Best Cocoa Brownies are my old faithful, preferably straight from the freezer)—but today, we’re not here to discuss that age-old question.

Instead, we’re here to take you brownie purists and turn you into brownie hedonists!!!! eccentrics. Your ordinary brownies might be extraordinarily good, but consider these tweaks—in the form of swirls, sprinkles, drops, and swooshes (smears, if you prefer)—for when you want to give your brownie a night on the town, complete with facial glitter (that’s still a thing, right?) and a thick coat of mascara.
 
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