2014 WPC Hightlights

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Here are a few posts that were liked by you, my blog friends, and viewers. 

This was my very first dragonfly capture, I shared it via the minimalist post (# 7):

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Through the Frayed post, I mentioned some of the facts of milkweed. One of the facts is that it’s the primary food source for the Monarch caterpillar (# 6):

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Transmission of Light is a rare scene that I captured through a window of the hotel (# 5):

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 Using the Between theme, I posted the famous 2000-year-old aqueduct in Segovia, Spain (# 4):

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Signs of fall: “Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” ~ William Cullen Bryant. Indeed. (# 3):

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Gone, But Not Forgotten, here we shared our concerns of the danger of the annual butterfly disappearing (# 2):

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Raindrops Twinkle On Leaves generated some unexpected traffic last week… (# 1)

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We have time for everything…  But we don’t have time for a little kindness is one of the few non-challenge posts I did. It got many clicks and hits. :)

I was inspired by the quote posted by my friend Perpetua’s through her Seeker blog.  I love all the encouraging comments for this post. Doda left an eloquent comment, “I let your sweet sentiments and your strong feelings sink deep into my soul…”, and I was touched by her words.

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Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.    ~ Marcel Proust

Thank you for spending time here to read, comment, and click likes. I enjoy viewing your beautiful photos and reading your thought, stories, and insights. 

If you are Yvette (Priorhouse Blog) follower, you know how talented she is. Look at this one, she went through all the trouble posting Amy’s picture on the billboard  :)  It looked like the town policemen were going to arrest Amy, and the birds, biker, and limousine taxi, and van drivers all were anxious to know what was going on. :D  

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Sriram doesn’t publish very often, but when he does… It leaves you speechless. This one brought tears in my eyes.  Click HERE…  Thank you, Sriram! 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Landscape/Seascapes

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 There is pleasure in the pathless woods,

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there is rapture in the lonely shore,

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there is society where none intrudes,

by the deep sea, and music in its roar;

I love not Man the less, but Nature more.

~ Lord Byron

I want to take this opportunity to thank Jet Eliot for introducing so many beautiful, exotic birds. Through her posts, I have learned much about birds and have enjoyed her beautiful bird photos.  Click HERE to view… 

Cee has some cool Landscape or Seascape photos. Take a look

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 Thank you for visiting. Have a great day! :)  

Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge: Black and White (Museum)

 

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Both photos were taken at the Kimbell Art Museum (Fort Worth, Texas) with iPhone 6.

Sally said, “Black-and-white photography is a time-honored visual art form. It’s humble beginnings are well documented and its history recorded.. ” Read more and view this week’s Phoneography, click HERE

Thank you for visiting. Happy Tuesday :) 

A Walk Through My Monday Walks

Jo’s Monday Walk is an inspiring and fun theme. Since March 23, 2014, I have submitted 30 posts. 11 were in the nature category, another 11 Texas, and 8 garden. This week, I am giving a short walk through of my Monday walk posts of 2014 based on the likes. If you click the photo, it’ll take you to the original post. 

In the nature category, the “Its Last Beauty (8 photos) had more hits than others, 

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Yoga On Water (5 photos) was the second, only 2 like clicks short, 

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and Birds Were Waiting at the park (9 photos) was the third.  Birds will be flying up and down when they hear the result. :)     

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The Enchanted Rock (6 photos) had more likes i than other 10 Texas posts:

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And, the Cibolo Nature Park (6 photos) was the second. The Texas Parks and Wildlife will be pleased.

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Yea, among all 8 garden posts, you liked the Lan Su (7 photos), Alcazar (7 photos), and Portland Japanese Gardens (6 photos).  Click the photos to see the post.

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Every single “like” click made me smile. For me, they are the symbols of applauds and cheers from you.  I always cherish your comments and support. Thank you for spending time here! 

Jo’s Monday Walk is a beautiful virtual place where we can take a walk with our blog friends and share our own walking experience, stories, and thoughts. Thank you, Jo! I Know Jo will continue leading the walk, and hope you will join us. This week Jo takes us to Stokesley

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Last, but not the least, I want to thank my hubby for being patient with me when I stopped dozens of times to take photos of trees, buildings, people… while traveling. Thank you for sacrificing some of your Sunday sports (golf, football games, and more) and being my chauffeur so I could take fall maple leaves or wildflowers. Thank you for dropping off what you were doing when I asked, “wanna see my cool shots?”.  Thank you for your understanding when I rushed out of the restaurant and ran across the street…to capture a beautiful bride with my camera; you had to wait at the restaurant for 40 minutes, but didn’t complain. Thank you for taking care of chores quietly when I am blogging or posting. Hubby doesn’t stop here at all, so I’ll find a time to read my thank note to him. :)    

Raindrops Twinkle On Leaves…

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WPC Twinkle…

Thank you for visiting. ) 

The Orples Go To Church

Originally posted on orples:

Okay, I lied, I admit it. Church is an understatement when you compare your little neighborhood gathering place to the breathtaking architecture to be found in this cathedral. Okay, so I lied again, since the orples are looking at a model of the cathedral, not the cathedral itself. If you want to see photos of the real deal then you’ll have to check out Amy, who thinks The World is a Book, and admire some of the spectacular photographs she has shared on her blog.  This photo was pulled from part 2 of her theme. Be sure to check out part 1 as well, while you are visiting Amy.

The Orples checking out a model of the Sagrada Familia.

The Orples checking out a model of the Sagrada Familia.

As for those of you who are unfamiliar with the orples, Oscar and Olivia, and where they’ve been over the past month or two, you may want to

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The Stone Bridge For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

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The Ponte Pietra (Stone Bridge) is the oldest bridge in Verona, Italy. It was built in 100 BC, then replaced by a stone bridge by Roman. In the Middle Ages, the bridge was destroyed several times by floods, and rebuilt time and again.

During World Ware II, the bridge was blown up by retreating German troops. After the war, citizens of Verona fished out all the bricks from the river and rebuilt as it was, in 1959; they decided to leave white color of these bricks as they were from the water.

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 Notes:

The two central arches of the Ponte Pietra are remnants from the Middle Ages. The bridge’s eventful history and the preservation/restoration of elements, from ancient times to the present, have made the bridge a symbol of Verona’s history. — zainoo.com

Please visit Cee’s awesome bridge photos and great varieties of entries!

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 Happy Thursday :)