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Fin Fatale
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Fin Fatale
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~Lion Fish~

Entered into DD

So many beautiful, colorful fins but it's those venomous top dorsal spines you have to watch out for! (Altho, contrary to popular belief, the venom of the lion fish is usually not fatal to human beings but it will make you very sick.) Photo taken at the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, TX.

Been absent for a while - besides the usual holiday rush, both of our mothers (ages 90 and 93) had bad cases of laryngitis plus chest colds -both are on the mend now, thankfully! Have missed many of your wonderful photos - I'll try to catch up!

Happy Holidays Everyone and the very best to all of you in 2010!!!
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Agnes Fegan
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    Wonderful capture and details! Glad the moms are on the mend. My mother-in-law is right in the middle at 91!

Happy Holidays to you too Valarie!

12/21/2009 4:33:03 AM

 
Gord MacEachern
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Superb capture of this guy Valarie, colors and detail are awesome. Glad to hear the venom is not "usually" deadly lol..
Nice to hear that your mothers are doing well, Texas must be a healthy climate.

12/21/2009 4:45:31 AM

 
Tammy M. Anderson
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Details, clarity and colors are superb, Valarie. Glad the mothers are feeling better and Merry Christmas!!!

12/21/2009 4:46:10 AM

 
Courtenay Vanderbilt
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Stunning capture and treatment, Valarie! These fish are just so gorgeous! Glad to hear you guys are OK!

12/21/2009 4:49:40 AM

 
Michelle Alton
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A spectacular aquarium shot, Valarie!
Beautiful. Whatever holidays you are celebrating, I wish you warmth (even though it's not SO cold where you are), joy, light, and a wonderful and prosperous New Year. [Prosperous might be tough for a while in the U.S.]

12/21/2009 4:49:42 AM

 
Amy M. Wilson
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Gorgeous comp, colors, details and love the title, Valarie!! So glad your mom's are on the mend, I'm wishing you all a wonderfully blessed holiday season filled with lots of love!

12/21/2009 4:50:03 AM

 
Jim Huffield
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Stunning work, Valarie. Jim

12/21/2009 6:12:18 AM

 
Jack Ryan
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Awesome...wonderful detail and color...and a very clever title...excellent photo.

12/21/2009 6:28:35 AM

 
Robert Jensen
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Superb - I hope to see this as a winner this month

12/21/2009 6:44:45 AM

 
Ron McEwan
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Beautiful shot Valarie, looks like it came out of a National Geographic.

12/21/2009 6:46:48 AM

 
Nina Shields
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Valerie, first of all, I hope your Mothers' are on the mend and are healing up quickly, heading towards restored health! The photo is amazing as I've always found any type of aquarium shooting very challenging; Congratulations, in advance, for this image, worthy of much recognition!

12/21/2009 7:25:38 AM

 
Carol L. Fowler
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Great shot. These guys are difficult to capture through the glass but you did a marvelous job. Hope everyone is getting better and Merry Christmas to the whole clan!

12/21/2009 7:28:11 AM

 
Cathy Barrows
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i love these beautiful guys...we have a new exhibit of these at the ga aquarium...they are amazing

12/21/2009 7:34:18 AM

 
Gina Cormier
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Another magnificent image!! I tried to shoot fish but...didn't get any that I like. They swim around too much!! lol

Love the title...

12/21/2009 7:43:55 AM

 
Kathleen M. Rinker
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Awesome image!!

12/21/2009 8:06:07 AM

 
Ann Coates
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You mentioned about my duck expressions.
Well, look at the expression on this beautiful guy's face. This is outstanding Valarie. I am sure we will see this again. I'm glad to hear your mothers are on the mend. Wishing you and your family a happy and relaxing christmas and all the best for 2010.

12/21/2009 9:44:39 AM

 
Walter H. Wiesbeck
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Beautiful capture,realy love the detail and color,Valarie,hope everthing go OK,and also have a Merry Christmass and a Happy New Year!!

12/21/2009 10:50:11 AM

 
Doug Pignet
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Wonderful shot Val, hoipe to see this one again,Doug

12/21/2009 11:14:39 AM

 
Hal Bambrick
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Very NICE Capture!!,Hope Everybody is Well!!!!!.

12/21/2009 11:38:00 AM

 
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Outstanding capture, Val! Awesome color and comp! Super, super work!

12/21/2009 11:47:06 AM

 
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Outstanding capture, Val! Awesome color and comp! Super, super work!

12/21/2009 11:47:07 AM

 
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Added to favs! (sorry for duplicate post)

12/21/2009 11:48:13 AM

 
Ken R. Frischkorn
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Awesome photo with beautiful color and clarity.

12/21/2009 12:20:16 PM

 
Jim Baines
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Ahhh, Texanna, one of my favorite exhibits at Cameron Park! Just love the lighting, sharp crisp details and the perfect background! Did you have snorkel and flippers? I trust you and all your family are on the mend! Merry Christmas .. be safe!

12/21/2009 4:47:00 PM

 
Patricia Seidler
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Fabulous detail, color, and title Valarie.

12/21/2009 5:25:57 PM

 
Sam Britt
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Terrific detail, color & lighting, Val. I wish your moms a speedy recovery!

12/21/2009 7:26:19 PM

 
Julianne Bradford
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How wonderful to have both mom's. I'm with Samantha..a speedy recovery to both mom's and wonderful holidays and a healthy New Year!

12/21/2009 10:23:08 PM

 
Julie Burnett
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Gorgeous capture, Val!! The colors and composition are outstanding!! Merry Christmas!! And I'm very happy the mom's are on the mend!

12/22/2009 4:09:05 AM

 
Tommy E. Burgess
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Stunning capture with superb details, colors, and composition Valarie!! But I'm still afraid to go in the water lol.

12/22/2009 4:49:05 AM

 
Maria A. Gonzalez
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Hi Val...My wish for the best for you and your family for the holiday and a speedy recovery of the moms on the mend..Celebrate,my friend....
Beautiful close-up with amazing detail and clarity...Excellent work with this one,it is awesome...The colors and composition are amazing too.WTG.

12/22/2009 4:49:10 AM

 
Nancy J. Locke
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{{{HUGS}}} for your family, Valarie. I pray your moms are better soon.

A MASTERPIECE!!! Beautiful capture.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, dear friend.

Nancy J Locke

12/22/2009 5:40:32 AM

 
Marty Straub
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What a scarry looking creature, and you did a fine job capturing all of its interesting detail, Valarie. Yes, I've been out awhile, too, but have missed your personality. It's like coming to school and looking over to see your empty desk again. 90 and 93!?

12/22/2009 9:35:02 AM

 
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Thank you all for your comments on this one - as always, your stopping by and taking the time to comment is always appreciated! Happy Holidays!!! ~Val

12/23/2009 6:25:31 AM

 
Karen Bacon
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This is fabulous Valerie! I tried so hard to get a sharp image of one these guys recently-but it did'nt happen.Great job on this difficult capture!

12/27/2009 8:43:01 AM

 
Dianna Murphy
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Glad everyone is on the mend! Beautiful image. They say a sting from these guys equals the pain of child birth! That's pretty scary!

12/27/2009 9:45:50 AM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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This is absolutely beautiful, Valatie...such sharp details, vivid colors, and lovely movement...fabulous work!

Happy New Year to you and your family :)
Patti

12/27/2009 7:57:28 PM

 
Thomas E. Hinds
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Stunning colors, Valerie! Terrific capture of this beautiful but poisonous fish! I like all of his spines and fins!

12/29/2009 5:50:43 PM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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A big Congratulations Valarie!!!

4/18/2010 6:59:26 PM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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This is so fantastic...congratulations, Valarie!

Patti

4/18/2010 7:40:39 PM

 
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WOWZERS!!!!! Great Shot Val!!
Congratulations on
this Awesome finalist!!!

~J~

4/18/2010 9:08:51 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Good Lord Woman! You have gotten 6 finalists in ONE MONTH!? HA! I just thought I'd mosey on over and look to see if you had gotten one this month...Nearly fainted! So impressive and to think you even talk to a little peon like me! :)

HUGE CONGRATS for ALL of your beautiful images!!! You have a high standard of excellence and it shows!

-Laura :)

4/18/2010 11:39:43 PM

 
Julie Burnett
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I do believe Laura said it all, Val!! HUGE congrats once more!!

4/19/2010 4:31:14 AM

 
Amy M. Wilson
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A truly wonderful month for you and so well deserved... another fabulous Finalist, my friend!!! WTG Valarie!!!

4/19/2010 11:11:44 AM

 
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Very colorful and artistic!

4/19/2010 2:15:49 PM

 
Sam Britt
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Big Congratulations on this terrific finalist, Val!

4/19/2010 2:26:52 PM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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CONGRATULATIONS on this incredible finalist, Valarie! WTG!

4/19/2010 2:42:04 PM

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

4/19/2010 3:21:44 PM

 
Courtenay Vanderbilt
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Big Congrats on this beauty, Valarie!

4/19/2010 7:15:34 PM

 
Ann Coates
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Congratulations on your beautiful finalist Valarie.

4/20/2010 3:30:45 AM

 
Dianna Murphy
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Wow girl, great month! So happy for you. You know I'm you're biggest fan!

4/20/2010 8:44:33 AM

 
Carrie M. Groseclose
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Congratulations Valarie on your awesome WINNER!!

4/20/2010 3:54:57 PM

 
Carol L. Fowler
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Here you go AGAIN! WIN!

4/20/2010 4:12:22 PM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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Congratulations on this beautiful win to,Valarie!!!

4/20/2010 4:19:18 PM

 
Maria A. Gonzalez
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Congratulations,Val..Awesome image and amazing detail...Felicidades on your Second Place Winner...Very well done...

4/20/2010 4:20:14 PM

 
Julie Burnett
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Why am I not surprised to see you here again, Cuz???? CONGRATS on this spectacular gold winner!!! :)

4/20/2010 4:27:26 PM

 
Linda D. Lester
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Awesome....Congratulations!!!!!!! :)

4/20/2010 4:36:26 PM

 
Monnie Ryan
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Absolutely fantastic image, Valarie -- congratulations once again!

4/20/2010 5:08:08 PM

 
Amy M. Wilson
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You go, girl!!! HUGE congratulations on your fantastic win, Valarie!!!

4/20/2010 5:44:23 PM

 
Val Feldman
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Thank you all so very much for your kind words and encouragement....I'm a happy camper tonight! Thanks again - you are all THE BEST!!! ~Val

4/20/2010 6:11:19 PM

 
Sabrina L. Ryan
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CONGRATULATIONS, Valarie!

4/20/2010 6:50:12 PM

 
Renee Doyle
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Double Gold!!! That is awesome!! Huge congrats once more Valarie!!

4/20/2010 7:11:54 PM

 
Julianne Bradford
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A double congratulations for this great winner Valarie!

4/20/2010 8:48:44 PM

 
Tommy E. Burgess
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Huge congratulations on your stunning winner Valarie!!!

4/20/2010 10:12:46 PM

 
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CONGRATZ. on your Golden Win, Val.

UB.

4/21/2010 1:38:56 AM

 
Ron McEwan
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You are racking in the chips this month, congrats on another beauty Valarie

4/21/2010 6:16:46 AM

 
Gina Cormier
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WOWIE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats Val!!!!!!!!! So happy for you. Bet you;re glad you resubmitted this again!! lol

4/21/2010 6:58:24 AM

 
Margaret R. Barry
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Congratulations on another fantastic winner, Valarie!

4/21/2010 7:11:33 AM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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CONGRATULATIONS on this incredible Winner, Valarie! WTG!

4/21/2010 8:43:04 AM

 
Gord MacEachern
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Another very well deserved GOLD Valarie!!!

4/21/2010 9:41:50 AM

 
Jean-Pierre Ducondi
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Congrats again. WTG.
JP

4/21/2010 10:22:51 AM

 
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WTG, Valarie! Huge congratulations on this brilliant and outstanding GOLD WINNER! Deb

4/21/2010 11:51:45 AM

 
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Another Big congratulations Valarie!!! Beautiful capture and fitting title. Well done!

4/21/2010 1:48:28 PM

 
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Again, Huge Congratulations, on the Gold!

4/21/2010 2:02:13 PM

 
Gail Vitikacs
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Incredible details! Congratulations!

4/21/2010 4:24:21 PM

 
Carol Eade
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Another congratulations, Valarie!

4/21/2010 7:21:59 PM

 
Ann Coates
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Congratulations again Valarie, another stunning winner.

4/21/2010 10:16:36 PM

 
Val Feldman
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Thank you all...from the bottom of this ol' heart...you're all the best!!! ~Val

4/22/2010 4:27:44 PM

 
Erica Murphy
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Congratulations to you on this wonderful winner Valarie!

4/22/2010 5:06:40 PM

 
Courtenay Vanderbilt
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Big Congratulations, Valarie! Well deserved!

4/23/2010 11:28:47 AM

 
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Beautiful! Congratulations on your win!

4/24/2010 8:59:13 AM

 
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