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Day's Beginning
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Day's Beginning
Day's Beginning

Lake Marmo

Morton Arboretum
Lisle - Illinois - USA

Comments welcome and appreciated!

© Mike Umbreit
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Anita J. Luellen
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    Stunning image! Terrific composition...beautiful light.

11/9/2009 8:22:20 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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A remarkable view, I love the reflections and mist on the water. Wow, what a way to start the day Mike!

11/9/2009 8:38:09 PM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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Gorgeous, Mike!
Great colors and light!
Love the mist on the water and the rays of the sun. A GREAT way to start the day!
~♥~Lisa

11/9/2009 8:42:03 PM

 
Daniella Puente
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Wow Mike this is amazing...

11/9/2009 9:01:40 PM

 
Summer A. Kozisek
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Amazing sky and reflections Mike, gorgeous capture!!

11/9/2009 9:27:17 PM

 
Usman Bajwa
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Wonderful composition and super reflections in the lake will take this higher, Mike! Good Luck!

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11/9/2009 9:31:09 PM

 
Jim Kinnunen
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Gorgeous landscape, excellent comp and light, Mike!:)

11/9/2009 10:22:48 PM

 
Kathy Salerni
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Beautiful landscape with terrific reflections and light!

11/9/2009 10:59:58 PM

 
Kerry Hill
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Gorgeous scene and capture, Mike!!

11/10/2009 1:24:00 AM

 
Carolyn Morgan
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So eye-catching - wonderful

11/10/2009 1:24:41 AM

 
Michelle Alton
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Gorgeous...awesome.

11/10/2009 3:35:46 AM

 
Tess L. Yee
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As they say on BP...straight into my faves! Gorgeous, fabulous, stunning image, Mike!

11/10/2009 3:37:12 AM

 
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Wonderful image! We will see this again!

11/10/2009 5:16:08 AM

 
Mike Clime
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Beautiful capture! Like the mist and the reflection!

11/10/2009 11:54:19 AM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Thanks so much for all of the very kind comments! I knew that something special was happening that morning and I hoped to do it justice with my HDR work. :-) Mike

11/10/2009 5:26:23 PM

 
Kara Hendricks
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Oh Mike... This is a winning shot... What powerful light and comp. you have here...:) I love this!!

11/10/2009 8:55:45 PM

 
Karen E. Baumann
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This is beautiful, Mike! The HDR was definitely the right choice. Love the comp, POV, colors, lighting... all of it!

11/11/2009 3:30:22 AM

 
John E. Steinway
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Gorgeous capture Mike. Just perfect.

11/11/2009 3:27:18 PM

 
Leslie McLain
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Stunning image, colors, and light, Mike.

11/11/2009 5:58:09 PM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Thanks!!! You are all so kind!! :-) Mike

11/13/2009 8:02:21 PM

 
Karen Engelbreth
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A big congrats on your POTD, Mike ...

11/25/2009 12:31:21 AM

 
Kathy Coombs
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That has to be one of the most stunning pictures I have ever seen. .

11/25/2009 12:33:06 AM

 
Darryl Wilkinson

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Beautiful photograph, Mike - congrats!

11/25/2009 12:47:02 AM

 
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Congratulations Mike on this stunning capture and POTD!!

11/25/2009 12:52:09 AM

 
Usman Bajwa
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Just as expected. CONGRATZ Mike on the POTD Award!

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11/25/2009 12:58:09 AM

 
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Stunning N&L picture Mike! Huge congrats on your well-deserved POTD!

11/25/2009 12:59:40 AM

 
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WOW congrats on your POTD!

11/25/2009 1:15:52 AM

 
Mary K. Robison
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Gorgeous capture, Mike! Congratulations on a well-earned POTD!

11/25/2009 1:49:23 AM

 
Mike Clime
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Congratulations on this beautiful POTD!

11/25/2009 1:54:22 AM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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Great scenery and congratulations on your POTD, Mike.


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11/25/2009 2:15:27 AM

 
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What a wonderful place to greet a new day! Congratulations on the POTD, Mike. Lovely capture....

11/25/2009 3:04:31 AM

 
Michael G. Marshall
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Outstanding image, Mike! Congratulations on your POTD! Michael

11/25/2009 3:43:00 AM

 
Judy V. Kennamer
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Congrats on your beautiful POTD Mike! I love this shot! The light and colors - wonderful!!! I love the reflections and the beautiful sunbeams! I just love everything about it!

11/25/2009 3:46:52 AM

 
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BIG Congrats on a stunning POTD!!

11/25/2009 3:48:46 AM

 
Ed Heaton
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Outstanding work Mike! Congrats on the awards :-)

11/25/2009 3:57:05 AM

 
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What a moment! What a POTD!! Big congrats on your timing, exposure & your deserved recognition!! =)

11/25/2009 4:02:20 AM

 
Melinda F. Schneider
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Gorgeous morning scene.
The rays of sun are stupendous!
Congratulations Mike!!

11/25/2009 4:27:08 AM

 
Leslie McLain
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Congrats on your stunning POTD, Mike.

11/25/2009 4:30:54 AM

 
Carolyn Morgan
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More congratulations echoing from here.
Absolutely wonderful!

11/25/2009 4:44:10 AM

 
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Awesome! One perfect shot for sure, congrats on this well deserved POTD!

We should see this one again for sure Mike!

jo ann c.

11/25/2009 4:52:02 AM

 
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Great capture and fantastic work, Mike!! Congratulations on your POTD!!!

11/25/2009 4:55:14 AM

 
Daniella Puente
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Congratulations on this wonderful POTD Mike!

11/25/2009 4:56:00 AM

 
Cathy Barrows
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gorgeous...congrats on your POTD

11/25/2009 5:00:15 AM

 
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Spectacular. Confrats on POTD, Mike.

11/25/2009 5:09:45 AM

 
Courtenay Vanderbilt
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Stunningly beautiful, Mike! CONGRATULATIONS!

11/25/2009 5:11:03 AM

 
Nancyj Hovey
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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
on your very deserving POTD! 8o)

outstanding image... WOW!!!

11/25/2009 5:16:39 AM

 
Kimber Wallwork-Heineman
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Amazing capture and post processing - Congrats

11/25/2009 5:24:48 AM

 
Sabrina L. Ryan
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Spectacular photo, Mike! Congratulations on this well deserved POTD!

11/25/2009 5:26:46 AM

 
Anthony L. Mancuso
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Beautiful image Mike. Congrats on the POTD..I'm sure we will see this one again next month...

11/25/2009 5:49:20 AM

 
Janet L. Malsam

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This is absolutely breathtaking!! I don't take the time to comment on many of the photos I see each day but this one is in the top ten best photos I've ever seen in my life. Great job!! I could stare at it all day :)

11/25/2009 5:54:41 AM

 
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WOW!!! What a beauty...Congratulations on your POTD!!!

11/25/2009 5:55:50 AM

 
Eivor Kuchta
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Stunning, Mike! Congratulations on the POTD award! Hope to see this again!!!

11/25/2009 6:02:45 AM

 
Ryan Murphy
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This is stunning, Mike. Congrats.

11/25/2009 6:31:36 AM

 
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Breathtaking! Congratulations!

11/25/2009 6:32:48 AM

 
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Congrats on your POTD selection!

11/25/2009 6:44:20 AM

 
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congrats on the POTD

11/25/2009 7:05:39 AM

 
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Wonderful Mike! Congrads!

11/25/2009 7:19:00 AM

 
Ronald F. Fischer
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What a spectacular HDR capture, Mike!!! Congrats on the well deserved POTD!!!

11/25/2009 7:23:47 AM

 
Pamela L. Moore
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Wow - I just want to be there!! Congrats on your POTD!! Well deserved.

11/25/2009 7:26:54 AM

 
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Stunning, Mike!! Big congratulations on your POTD!

11/25/2009 7:28:34 AM

 
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Wonderful light and color.
Many congrats on your fantastic POTD.

11/25/2009 7:42:43 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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Marvelous, Mike. Congratulations on the POTD.

11/25/2009 7:42:54 AM

 
Susana Heide
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I'm not surprised this was chosen as a POTD!!! It is such a REMARKABLE image in every detail! CONGRATS Mike!!

11/25/2009 7:59:45 AM

 
Casey A. Hanson
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Om my....this is outstanding. Beautiful catch, Mike. Congrats!!

11/25/2009 8:09:01 AM

 
H. Jeremy Wu
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Wow, beautiful shot! Caught my eyes right away!! Congrads!!

11/25/2009 8:27:19 AM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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Big congratz, Mike, on this marvelous POTD!
~♥~lisa

11/25/2009 8:31:00 AM

 
Cesar J. La Rosa
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Congratulations on this BEAUTIFUL and well-deserved POTD, Mike!!!
Cesar

11/25/2009 8:41:02 AM

 
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Mike,
Beautiful comp. & colors on this sunrise shot; killer reflection really makes it. Congrats on POTD! Louie

11/25/2009 8:45:11 AM

 
PiperAnne L. Worcester
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Stunning Photo...

11/25/2009 9:03:41 AM

 
Becky J. Parkinson
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Incredible, stunning morning sunrise, Mike!! Congratulations on the much deserved POTD!!

11/25/2009 9:14:43 AM

 
Elizabeth W. Shumka

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Wow, beautiful. Congratulations

11/25/2009 10:18:07 AM

 
Anne McKinnell
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Outstanding shot Mike! Love the morning mist and the stunning reflection.

11/25/2009 10:55:21 AM

 
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Mike, This is Gorgeous! Beautiful Colors!

11/25/2009 1:02:58 PM

 
Jeffrey R. Bange
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Beautiful capture and well deserved POTD, the clarity of the reflection on the water is absolutely perfect.

11/25/2009 1:16:12 PM

 
Ivan Chacon
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Wonderful way to begin your day! Congrats on your POTD! :)

11/25/2009 3:05:14 PM

 
Kathleen M. Rinker
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Beautiful image Mike, huge congrats!!

11/25/2009 3:20:26 PM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Wow!! Thanks so much!! I was wondering why I had so much email! I do appreciate all of the comments! You are all so kind!! That image depicts a great start to the day and now it has made for another great day. :-) Mike

11/25/2009 3:22:55 PM

 
Lindley Johnson
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Absolutely stunning, Mike! Gorgeous light, wonderful relections, and terrific composition. Congratulations on your very well-deserved POTD!

11/25/2009 4:20:09 PM

 
Susie Peek-Swint
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Stunning seems to be the only word fit for this beautiful capture Mike ~ what a way to start the day! Many congrats on your POTD ~ I predict a winner too!

11/25/2009 4:26:17 PM

 
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Congrats Mike on your beautiful POTD. :O)

11/25/2009 6:04:33 PM

 
Tamara K. Walker
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WOW!!! Congratulations!

11/25/2009 6:59:01 PM

 
Philippe Vieux-Jeanton
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Very good!! Congrats (For the present and the futur!)

11/25/2009 7:39:26 PM

 
Cindy Bendush
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Heavenly Mike - Fabulous color and composition! Congrats on this beautiful POTD!

11/25/2009 7:51:55 PM

 
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Congrats Mike on your Beautiful POTD!! Jeff

11/26/2009 5:30:22 AM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Thanks so much for the very kind comments! I hope everybody is having a great Thanksgiving! - Mike

11/26/2009 8:51:35 AM

 
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Congratulations, Mike. Truly a beautiful image. Well done.

Rick

11/26/2009 9:18:44 AM

 
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Aloha Mike,
Now that you have captured THE PERFECT sunrise -- how do you think that makes the rest of us feel? (Just pack up your gear, Mike already did the sunrise.)

This is stunning, lovely and captured perfectly.

11/27/2009 9:25:03 AM

 
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Congratulations, Mike, on your BEAUTIFUL POTD!! SUPERB!! Deb

11/27/2009 10:24:11 AM

 
Janice Mezzacappa
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Spectacular capture Mike awesome POTD!!
Huge Congrats!!

11/27/2009 2:54:22 PM

 
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Wonderful Image! Congrats on POTD.

11/29/2009 10:39:44 AM

 
Dianna Murphy
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Wow, should be a winner. Beautiful. Congrats.

12/3/2009 10:24:21 AM

 
Alex T. Mizuno
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Really breathtaking sunrise image! Congratulations on POTD Mike!

Besides HDR, did you also use GND and C polarizer?

12/3/2009 3:38:09 PM

 
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Thanks so much for the very kind comments! I did use a C polarizer when taking this shot. :-) Mike

12/5/2009 8:43:27 AM

 
Alex T. Mizuno
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Thank you for the info Mike!

12/6/2009 10:58:39 PM

 
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Alex - You are welcome! - Mike

12/12/2009 8:50:15 AM

 
Eivor Kuchta
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Congratulations on your finalist, Mike!

12/15/2009 2:30:16 PM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Eivor - Thank You! - Mike

12/15/2009 4:15:52 PM

 
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Mike - Beautiful shot, worthy of all the kudos here. Congrats. Randy

12/15/2009 4:37:02 PM

 
Janice Mezzacappa
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Fantastic finalist Mike huge congrats and hope to see again!!

12/15/2009 4:42:36 PM

 
Michelle Alton
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Congratulations Mike, on this and your other Finaist! They are magnificent.

12/15/2009 5:10:39 PM

 
ROLAN NARMAN
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Congratulations on your fantastic Finalist Mike!

12/15/2009 7:13:38 PM

 
Usman Bajwa
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CONGRATZ again Mike on this very beautiful Finalist! Good Luck in the next round!

UB.

12/15/2009 8:01:28 PM

 
Kara Hendricks
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I really do see this one going double gold for you Mike... I love it!!!

Congrats!!!

12/15/2009 8:42:52 PM

 
Stefania Barbier
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congratulations on your gorgeous finalist!!!

12/16/2009 12:07:51 AM

 
Renata Gusciora
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Gorgeous,Mike!Huge congratulations on your finalist!!!:-)

12/16/2009 3:25:38 AM

 
Linda A. Braddock
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Mike, Congratulations on this beautiful Finalist!

12/16/2009 8:00:15 AM

 
Dianna Murphy
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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S on your wonderful finalist, best of luck in the Gold round. Dianna

12/16/2009 8:38:29 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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Congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Mike.

12/16/2009 9:15:42 AM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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Congrats Mike on your Beautiful Finalist!! Jeff

12/16/2009 9:40:30 AM

 
Leslie McLain
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Congrats on your beautiful finalist, Mike.

12/16/2009 11:11:29 AM

 
Janice Mezzacappa
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Huge Congrats Mike on your amazing finalist...I see the Gold :)...Good Luck!

12/16/2009 11:18:15 AM

 
Mary Beth Aiello
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Just spectacular, Mike. Huge congrats on this beauty.

12/16/2009 11:27:00 AM

 
Tiia Vissak
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Congratulations!

12/16/2009 12:18:11 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Gorgeous Mike! Congratulations on your finalist!

12/16/2009 12:49:15 PM

 
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Congratulations on this wonderful Finalist, Mike!

12/16/2009 7:05:36 PM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Thanks again for all of the very kind comments!! It has been a long time since one of my images has drawn this much attention. I do have a canvas of this image hanging on my wall so I guess I think it is special too as I don't get much printed. :-) Mike

12/17/2009 6:56:36 AM

 
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This is so BEAUTIFUL, Mike! Congratulations on your SUPERB finalist!! Deb

12/17/2009 9:24:37 AM

 
Bojan Bencic
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Congratulations on your finalist, Mike.

12/17/2009 1:32:45 PM

 
Glenn E. Traver
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Beautiful well captured Scene Mike, Congratulations on this wonderful Finalist ~ GT

12/17/2009 6:29:14 PM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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CONGRATULATIONS on this incredible WINNER, Mike! WTG!

12/17/2009 7:55:51 PM

 
Sam Britt
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Big congratulations on your Second Place win, Mike!

12/17/2009 7:57:54 PM

 
Renee Doyle
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Just superb!!! Big congratulations to you Mike!!

12/17/2009 8:12:24 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Congratulations on the win,, Mike -- this is so beautiful

12/17/2009 8:16:01 PM

 
Jennifer L. Alder
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Big congrats on your beautiful winning image, Mike!

12/17/2009 8:38:24 PM

 
Usman Bajwa
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WTG Mike. CONGRATZ. on getting in the Winners Circle. Seasons Greeting too!

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12/17/2009 9:45:42 PM

 
Katarina Mansson
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Congratulations on another badge for this beauty Mike!

12/17/2009 11:02:40 PM

 
Tiia Vissak
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Congratulations!

12/17/2009 11:04:40 PM

 
Stefania Barbier
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congratulations on your gorgeous winner!!!

12/18/2009 12:23:04 AM

 
Renata Gusciora
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HUge congratulations on this awesome winner,Mike!!!:-)

12/18/2009 12:39:47 AM

 
Michelle Alton
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This was a HUGE winner from the beginning, Mike. Congratulations!

12/18/2009 1:54:17 AM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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Congratulations Mike on your Win!!!

Dominick

12/18/2009 2:04:42 AM

 
Kara Hendricks
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CONGRATULATIONS Pictures, Images and Photos

12/18/2009 3:17:43 AM

 
Julie Burnett
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WOW, Mike, a spectacular image!! Congratulations on your win!! It's gorgeous!!

12/18/2009 5:07:37 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Beautiful winner, Mike; congratulations!

12/18/2009 5:34:02 AM

 
Bojan Bencic
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Congratulations, Mike. Beautiful photo.

12/18/2009 7:03:30 AM

 
ROLAN NARMAN
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Huge congratulations Mike on your gorgeous winner!

12/18/2009 7:14:54 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
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CONGRATULATIONS

On your wonderful win

12/18/2009 7:31:07 AM

 
Pat and Graham Robards
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Beautiful POV Mike, congratulations. ~Pat

12/18/2009 9:03:13 AM

 
Nancyj Hovey
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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
on your 2nd Place WINNER! 8o)

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12/18/2009 5:04:03 PM

 
Max Aureli
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Congratulations on this fantastic Winner, Mike!!

12/18/2009 6:21:58 PM

 
Dianna Murphy
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Congratulations on your marvelous image and much deserving winner!

12/18/2009 7:28:22 PM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Wow! Thanks so much once again for the very kind comments!! I have only taken a quick look at the winners but I noticed some amazing work! Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists!! - Mike

12/18/2009 7:43:25 PM

 
Claudine Grove
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Congrats on this stunning win!

12/18/2009 7:43:52 PM

 
Paula Showen
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Beautiful reflections and scenery! Congratulations!

12/18/2009 8:37:53 PM

 
Phyllis Burchett
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Beautiful capture, congrats on your win!

12/18/2009 8:40:23 PM

 
Karen E. Baumann
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I LOVE this image!!! WAY to go, Mike! I knew it would be a winner!!!!!!!!!

12/18/2009 10:16:41 PM

 
Kimber Wallwork-Heineman
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Congratulations!!!!!!!!

12/19/2009 6:13:00 AM

 
Mary Beth Aiello
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Just gorgeous, Mike. Huge congrats on this beautiful GOLD.

12/19/2009 7:23:59 AM

 
Erica Murphy
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Congratulations on your beautiful winner MIke!!!

12/20/2009 7:49:44 AM

 
Cindy Bendush
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Love this one Mike! Congrats on your win!

12/21/2009 11:53:21 PM

 
Susana Heide
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I remember this so well Mike and it so deserves this recognition! I could stare at this for HOURS!!! The grass in the foreground gives it that extra special touch for me... A beauty all the way around! CONGRATS!!!!

12/22/2009 10:31:46 AM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Thanks so much! I appreciate all of the comments!! I have not been out shooting for nearly a month so this image is still one of the highlights of my day. - Mike

12/22/2009 3:51:55 PM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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Congratulations on your 2nd place win, Mike! Beautiful photo!

12/22/2009 8:09:50 PM

 
Inge Johnsson
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Great image, and congrats on your 2nd place win!

12/28/2009 9:24:05 AM

 
Cynthia M. Yarde-Kiernan
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WOW!! Amazing capture!!!

Congrats on your win...well deserved

12/30/2009 7:24:15 AM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Susan/Inge/Cynthia - Thanks to each of you for the comments! I do appreciate each and every one! :) Mike

1/1/2010 9:46:26 PM

 
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