More Than A Bloom

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A Dandelion is more than a bloom; it’s delicate structure is made for several stages of life, during which it changes forms continuously until it departs altogether.

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More photographic history of the Dandelion may be found at:
http://www.myspecialphotos.wordpress.com (Dandelion Gang)
and at:
http://www.photosandbeyondwordpress.wordpress.com/2017-05-17/dandelion-delight
by the same blog author.

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Credit:
Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Special Color Camera Settings

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One of the features my Nikon CoolPix L830 has which my Canon PowerShot SX410 IS does not is a color setting. Red only, yellow only, green only, etc., plus cross-over features are built into my “auto” Nikon.

Separate settings available on a digital “auto” pilot camera do enhance the features.

The ABOVE photo was taken with cross-over, featuring yellow. BELOW is a red only Tulip:

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Next (BELOW) is a yellow with green cross-over image:

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My PowerShot, however, offers a fun “fisheye” view which my Nikon lacks. Take a look (BELOW):

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The clouds received a swirled look through the “fisheye” lens. It’s a fun feature that also can produce a luscious difference in a well done photo, or an abstract image.

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All Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

(View more of the author’s photography at the blogs below:
http://www.myspecialphotos.wordpress.com
http://www.photosandbeyondwordpress.wordpress.com
http://www.abstractphotoartblog.wordpress.com )

 

 

 

Spring Tulips

They come and go quickly in the Spring, these wonderful, colorful marvels of our plant world — Tulips!

Using different settings on my Nikon CoolPix L830, I photographed the Tulips in the circle garden at the Veterans Park at the Bridge across the street from my apartment building.

The top right photo is Yellow Tulips in black and white; below that photo is Yellow Tulips in sepia.

The photo at the top right is Yellow Tulips in black and white. Below it is a Red Tulip in a red only setting.

Close-ups are, from left, red only, red in black and white, and yellow in a yellow only setting.

 

 

And then, they begin to fade, and break away, to seed for another day:

Hooray for Tulips!

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Credit:
Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

(More photos from the author can be seen at:
http://www.myspecialphotos.wordpress.com and at:
http://www.photosandbeyondwordpress.wordpress.com )

An Easter Lily

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Living ten miles from my home church without transportation, I rarely get to attend Sunday services. And because the complication of a breathing disability limits my travel, I am listed on the church roster as a “shut-in”.

Something quite nice happens to shut-ins in the way of church membership acknowledgements. Each Easter and Christmas, an Easter Lily, or a Poinsettia, is delivered to shut-ins after these plants have graced the church sanctuary for the appropriate season.

The photographs in this post, with different color and tone camera settings, are of the Easter Lily presented to me Easter Sunday afternoon. Thank you, St. Peter’s!

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Credit:
Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Moon Tosses Out Green Yellow Orange and Red

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About 10:30 p.m. on April 10, the Moon began to put on an unusual show and glow, tossing colors into the sky with each click of the camera! The orb started out looking like the (ABOVE) picture, with rings of green, yellow, orange, and red.

Then black clouds bringing rain broke the rings into splashes of colors reflected from the moon’s surface and into the surrounding sky (BELOW):

Finally, the entire sky seemed to get swallowed by the stupendous colors being tossed around, while to the far upper right of the moon could be seen a bright, star-like speck (BELOW).

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Was the “speck” the Red Planet — Mars — adding its signature color to the spectacular array of reflection?

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Credit:
Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Other photos from the author may be seen at:
http://www.myspecialphotos.wordpress.com

 

 

It Is Nearly Spring and —

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Night time snow removal after peak traffic hours

This post is for the snowplowing cowboys who jumped into action a few days ago around the county, and who will be called on again soon in Spring-timeless areas! You come out from everywhere with every type of equipment to lend a hand, and you’re so appreciated! Thank you all !!

Another light snow storm is expected to wind itself down into Ohio and bordering states tomorrow. The Buckeye State just suffered a late blooming Winter blast that brought snowplowers out of their deep sleep and back into road-clearing action the first of this week. Their idleness for the most part this Winter season nearly sent them into rust mode, until Mother Nature decided to finally wake everyone up late into the Winter swoon by sending a few feet of white stuff to challenge them.

Oh, yes, that was six days ahead of Spring! Now we’ll get another delayed treat of Winter Wonderland two days before bud-pooping season.

Some of us must live in Ohio!

Thanks again to all snowplow cowboys and snow-removal jockeys everywhere!

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Credit:
All Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

From the Universe

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Out of the mysteries of the moon and stars, planets, and universe, comes beliefs of eternity and more mysteries of the cosmos.

Out of the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story contest, Kelly Dowling won first place with her story entitled The Vows. The story deals with the loss of a loved one and the one left behind speaking at his funeral. What to say?

She speaks of his asking if they are “alone in the universe” one night and that he wanted “to be ground into dust and scattered beneath the moon” upon his death.

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She believes he is now “among the stars”, in “the cosmos that first led (her) to (him)”.  Adding “the universe called you home too soon”, she says she “will let the universe eulogize you” now.

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Are you among those who believe we come from and return to the stars, the cosmos, the universe?

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Credit:
Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg