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#958413 - Mon Dec 31 2012 09:00 AM Happy January 2013!
ren33 Offline
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Here's a new month in a new year , Welcome all.
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#958666 - Tue Jan 01 2013 09:38 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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On Sunday, we went to the skydiving jump area not far from where we live and watched hundreds of jumpers. Planes are going up continuously dropping 10-20 people at a time. Most of these guys are experts and when they come in for landing, they come in fast to a sliding halt. It's an awesome way to spend an afternoon.

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#958679 - Tue Jan 01 2013 11:01 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Keeping with parachutes, here are some parasailors in the sound near Cape Hatteras, NC
(I was much farther away from them than you were, ClaraSue)


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#958707 - Tue Jan 01 2013 01:29 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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This is Loughborough Junction, the name of the railway crossing including the two bridges here

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#958730 - Tue Jan 01 2013 04:36 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Cool start to the year smile
Hope it's a good year for everyone! x

Here is a view of the lake from the water. This is where we put in New Year's Eve and Day. that white dot in the middle was the camp for 6 adults and 4 kids. We did reflect on how the 1.6 million people on the Sydney Harbour foreshore were doing and decided that the four kids running around with sparklers was enough of a fireworks show for us if we didn't have to share it with anyone else. smile


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#958732 - Tue Jan 01 2013 04:58 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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A lovely clear blue winter's day sky, and after what seems like weeks and weeks of rain I can't tell you how welcome a sight that is.


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#958752 - Tue Jan 01 2013 07:10 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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We have also started the year with sunshine and blue skies - and lots of snow on the ground!


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#958753 - Tue Jan 01 2013 07:29 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Very pretty Liz. Is that about the normal snow amount for the time of year?

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#958761 - Tue Jan 01 2013 07:57 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Pretty normal, though last year there was less (a lot less) and I remember an awful lot more when I was a kid, though possibly just because I was shorter then smile

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#958788 - Tue Jan 01 2013 11:41 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: spanishliz]
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#958791 - Wed Jan 02 2013 12:24 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
Copago Offline
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oh wow!

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#958794 - Wed Jan 02 2013 12:37 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: Copago]
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A family day out at Otipua Creek.


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#958803 - Wed Jan 02 2013 03:24 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Great picture Chavs.

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#958849 - Wed Jan 02 2013 08:09 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: Christinap]
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Howie, looks like mom and aunt taking the kids out. laugh

Very nice photo, Chavs.

Here's a persons first time jump in tandem with an instructor. I wish it had not been so cloudy that day, it would have been nice to have blue sky behind them. grin My two young cousins jumped that way this day, as well.


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#958886 - Wed Jan 02 2013 12:18 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Howie, you can almost hear the two adults saying things like "stay together now kids", "look out for any nasty things", just generally nagging them to behave.

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#958890 - Wed Jan 02 2013 12:54 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Especially when there is a big scary person taking photographs.....lol

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#958898 - Wed Jan 02 2013 02:12 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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moon rise


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#958903 - Wed Jan 02 2013 03:29 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: Copago]
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You caught that reflection beautifully.

Thanks for the nice comments on my red berry photo - we haven't had any snow here yet but the white wall against which the berry bush was growing gives much the same effect. Less trouble though.

Those birdlets are sweet.

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#958904 - Wed Jan 02 2013 03:30 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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I call this "The Day of the Living Vampires". It may not look much to you but every Monday morning I put everything into this, blood, sweat, tears... well, blood anyway. They may call themselves the NHS Anti-Coagulation Service, but I know what they are, vampires! Mwahahahaha!



PS I do hope no one is squeamish. wink
PPS The technician asked about my new camera so I took it in to show her and while I was demonstrating the bells and whistles, I took this by mistake, lol. Blame Jakeroo, she said she wanted to see more of my pics. tongue
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#958921 - Wed Jan 02 2013 05:14 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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That looks familiar Flopsy, I don't go every week but often enough. Yes, we call them the vampires too. In truth they are a lovely bunch of ladies and are on my Christmas card list.
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#958925 - Wed Jan 02 2013 06:01 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: sue943]
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Thanks for the nice comments on my red berry photo - we haven't had any snow here yet but the white wall against which the berry bush was growing gives much the same effect. Less trouble though.


I assumed it was snow - what kind of berry is it?
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#958929 - Wed Jan 02 2013 06:28 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Bulbs starting to pop up in one of my tubs - New Year, spring is just round the corner (says she very optimistically)


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#958937 - Wed Jan 02 2013 06:53 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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It looks rather like my nanking cherry bushes (they are small and sour but make excellent jelly/jam), but of course, there is no fruit on mine at this time of year that is that red looking lol. I always make sure not to pick them all in any case, as the birds are extremely fond of the dried ones in our harsh winters.

Copago: your shots in the last 5 months continue to amaze me (I LOVED the one of the dog and your boots - you need to get that one blown up and framed). And sorry Sue, but polishing them would have ruined the whole effect - boots need to look LIVED in lol. I also think that your version of New Year's with your family was a zillion times more meaningful than some glitzy "do" in any city.

David: do you have a fish eye function on your new camera?

Flopsy: LOL! I did say that and I meant it, so thanks for posting one! And no I'm not the slightest bit "squeamish". You have a NEW camera?? Oh my, please do post to our (also new) "review" thread called "My Camera". I think you could probably take great photos with a toothbrush lol, but it would interesting to find out what things you like/dislike in comparison to your previous "baby"

Howie: Ducklings are probably my favourite baby animal photos. Not sure why, must have had a warped childhood lol. Nice capture

ClaraSue: cool sky-jumping pics. Okay, maybe I AM "squeamish" about something after all lol.

If I missed anyone, it wasn't on purpose, all the photos are really wonderful.

Between my laptop hard drive dying an extremely early death during Christmas (the thing was less than 1.5 years old), I've lost an astonishing amount of photos (yes yes I know, put them on a cd/flash drive immediately, sadly I didn't take my own advice, sigh). Anyway, I promise to post more once I take more : )
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#958940 - Wed Jan 02 2013 07:19 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Well, it's not ultra-new, I bought it for the Olympics - small, portable, nice zoom. And yes, I'll add something to the thread in a day or so. Brand of toothbrush, quality of bristles, etc. wink
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#958955 - Wed Jan 02 2013 10:26 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Love your family of birds, Howie! How sweet! Great moon photo, stunning! I'm also loving all the parachutists - I've often thought I'd like to try that.

We used to have a "What Is This?" thread, and this photo would have fit there very well. I could pretend I took it on purpose, but that would be fibbing. I imagine most of you can guess not only what it is, but how it happened, eh? smile




[edited because I put the photo in last year's folder on Photobucket, then moved it to the right place...]


Edited by spanishliz (Wed Jan 02 2013 10:31 PM)

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