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Malaquite Morning
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Malaquite Morning
Malaquite Morning
~Malaquite Beach~
Padre Island National Seashore

Malaquite Beach is but a small part of the 70 mile stretch of sandy beaches that comprise the Padre Island National Seashore in Corpus Christi, TX - the longest stretch of barrier island in the world. We watched the sun rise on a cold, windy (gusts to 50 MPH) morning in late January...and it was very cold...but very beautiful, as well...
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Anita N. Hogue
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    A beautifully composed image, Valarie! I love the solitude and that gorgeous sky!

2/27/2010 6:42:27 AM

 
Jim Huffield
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WOW, Valarie this is gorgeous. Jim

2/27/2010 6:47:14 AM

 
Amy M. Wilson
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Beautifully composed and captured... love the colors, dramatic sky and the line of birds in the distance; great work, Valarie!

2/27/2010 6:50:49 AM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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Hi Valaire,I hear that is a very beautiful beach.Great capture my friend,stunning sunrise!!!

2/27/2010 6:58:01 AM

 
Monnie Ryan
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Absolutely gorgeous, Valarie!

2/27/2010 7:06:56 AM

 
Doug Pignet
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Love your leading line and capture here, great lighitn and comp,well done.

2/27/2010 7:16:52 AM

 
Marilyn Cornwell
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Wow - you really got a lot into this image!! Beautiful work!

2/27/2010 8:03:45 AM

 
Tammy M. Anderson
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Outstanding composition, lighting and capture, Valarie. This is gorgeous.

2/27/2010 9:34:54 AM

 
Hal Bambrick
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Just STUNNING Everything Val!!!!!!!.

2/27/2010 10:46:38 AM

 
Carol L. Fowler
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Beautiful image- love the composition, color and especially the detail of the flying flock in the distance.

2/27/2010 10:59:21 AM

 
Gina Cormier
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OK...this is just spectacular!!! I love this image with the line of pilings and the orange line of the sun breaking....gorgeous! I hear this area is just beautiful!! 50mh winds? LOL I would have been in the car!!!

<-----chicken cluck cluck
damn...where did I put that straw.....

2/27/2010 11:54:02 AM

 
Ann Coates
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Wow Valarie, a truly beautiful scene here. The sky is so dramatic and of course there are the birds there too.

2/27/2010 12:00:35 PM

 
Karen Engelbreth
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Wonderful capture, Valarie...

2/27/2010 1:55:22 PM

 
Patricia Seidler
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This was so worth getting up for Valarie and braving the wind. Great color, lighting and tones!

2/27/2010 2:08:38 PM

 
Ron McEwan
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You have everything in this one Valarie. Birds, sun rays, like the way the pilings lead the eye, excellent foreground to give perspective WTG

2/27/2010 2:43:10 PM

 
Michelle Alton
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Valarie, your photographic mastery is awesome, as proven by this gorgeous shot!

2/27/2010 2:45:45 PM

 
Val Feldman
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Appreciative thanks, everyone, for stopping by and commenting! Hope you all have a great weekend! ~Val

2/27/2010 5:43:36 PM

 
Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna
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Breathtaking image, Val!!! :-) k

2/27/2010 5:58:38 PM

 
Val Feldman
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Thank you bunches, Ms. Kitty!

2/27/2010 6:08:22 PM

 
Maria A. Gonzalez
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Hi Val....I absolutely love this sunrise image...The sun rays and the birds on the left,the amazing sky to create an incredible mood...The waves and footprints created by the sand,the pillars line up to guide you to this amazing beach..Ah... the orange line showing that morning has arrived...
Stunning combination of elements and a a beautiful seascape...WOW...
Your composition is awesome,you have created an amazing image with a lot of feelings...I truly love what this sunrise evokes.Very well done,my friend.
Have agreat weekend...

2/27/2010 7:04:16 PM

 
Maria A. Gonzalez
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Definatelly a favorite...

2/27/2010 7:12:53 PM

 
Ellen Hodges
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Soooo many beautiful pieces of this gorgeous image! All together - perfect! Fav'd.

2/28/2010 7:13:56 AM

 
Julie Burnett
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Wonderful mood created here, Val. Your composition is fantastic, as are the colors and lighting. Excellent!!

2/28/2010 7:42:41 AM

 
Candice C. Calhoun
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I have never seen this from the Corpus Christi side, but have many times from the Padre Island side! Fabulous sunrise view, love your low pov!

ccc

2/28/2010 8:15:09 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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Such a sense of peace in this lovely scenic, Valarie.

2/28/2010 8:22:38 AM

 
Summer A. Kozisek
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Gorgeous image Valarie, beautiful comp, lighting, and clarity!!

3/1/2010 12:26:14 AM

 
Val Feldman
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Thanks so much Maria, Ellen, Julie, Candice, Mitch and Summer for your comments - as always, they're much appreciated! ~Val

3/1/2010 7:40:47 AM

 
Julianne Bradford
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What a glorious sunrise Valarie! I wish I could have been there with you but you have captured it's essence so beautifully, I feel I didn't miss a thing!

3/1/2010 10:16:50 PM

 
Marty Straub
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Wow, you are a master at crafting the best photos, Valarie. Looking at this scene I can imagine many different angles and comps but your eye has come up with the very best. Every element seems perfectly placed within the waving lines and glorious background. There is a creative muse attached to your being, and you capture it in every photo.

3/2/2010 10:58:16 AM

 
Sabrina Ryan
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Beautiful capture, Valarie.

3/2/2010 5:45:18 PM

 
Val Feldman
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Thanks so much Julianne, Marty and Sabrina!

3/6/2010 9:20:20 AM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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Oh Valarie...this is just beautiful! The colors, tones, lighting, and quiet movement couldn't be nicer...and I love the composition...a beautiful morning experience and capture!

Patti

3/7/2010 4:58:09 AM

 
Dianna Murphy
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REally beautiful, love the light and tones. Great composition. A winner to me.

3/9/2010 8:18:04 AM

 
Don Christiana
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Valarie,
This streach of beach several years ago was my favorite places to fish, walk the beach/dunes to enjoy nature with the family. Thanks for bringing back the memories with this beautiful image.

3/18/2010 12:09:45 PM

 
Ellen Hodges
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Congrats on a fabulous finalist, Val!! Best luck!!

3/26/2010 1:20:55 PM

 
Karen Engelbreth
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Congratulations...

3/26/2010 1:27:47 PM

 
Mary E. Lake
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Congratulations on this wonderful Finalist!! :)

3/26/2010 1:43:23 PM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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Congratulations on this beautiful finalist,Valarie!!!!

3/26/2010 1:48:50 PM

 
Valentin M. Armianu
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Congratulations on your wonderful finalist,Valarie!

3/26/2010 2:11:28 PM

 
Ann Coates
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Congratulations on your gorgeous finalist Valarie.

3/26/2010 2:19:51 PM

 
Daniella Puente
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Wonderful photo! congrats Valarie :))

3/26/2010 2:35:59 PM

 
Gina Cormier
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OMG VAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Congatulations my friend!!!!!!!!!!!
See...you have your own beach scenes with your own colors.... ;-)

3/26/2010 2:57:22 PM

 
Stefania Barbier
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congratulations on your gorgeous finalist!

3/26/2010 3:10:21 PM

 
Jeana Clark
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Oh So Beautiful Val!!!!!!!!!!
I Love This!!!!
sorry I missed it the first time...
but I am hoping that this goes
on!!!
CONGRATS MT FRIEND!!!

~J~

3/26/2010 3:11:11 PM

 
Julie Burnett
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HUGE congrats Val, on this fantastic finalist, and "fingers crossed" on the next round!!

3/26/2010 3:14:11 PM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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Such a beautiful series of your Malaquite Beach images, Valarie...your heart was obviously in each of them...congratulations!!

Patti

3/26/2010 3:14:40 PM

 
Maria A. Gonzalez
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Congratulations,Val..I really liked the mood in this image from the moment I saw it..Great job..

3/26/2010 4:40:35 PM

 
Don Christiana
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Congratulations on capturing a perfect moment in time. Great Finalist....a true winner.

3/26/2010 4:53:34 PM

 
Ron McEwan
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Congratulation Valarie, I knew we would see this one again. Well done.

3/26/2010 4:55:19 PM

 
Marilyn Cornwell
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Congratulations Valarie from Marilyn (hiding as Barbara, ha ha!) I love this image! Congratulations!

3/26/2010 4:57:24 PM

 
Michelle Alton
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Another fantastic work of art, Valarie!Congratulations!

3/26/2010 5:16:31 PM

 
Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna
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WTG on your awesome finalists, Val!!! WHOOOO HOOOO!!! :-) k

3/26/2010 5:54:20 PM

 
Thomas E. Hinds
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Valarie, this is so well constructed and delivered! A worthy Finalist! Congratulations on your fine work!

3/26/2010 6:12:39 PM

 
Amy M. Wilson
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What a fabulous month you had and it's no surprise that this beauty is a Finalist - HUGE congrats, Valarie!!!

3/26/2010 6:50:14 PM

 
Courtenay Vanderbilt
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Awesome, Valarie! Big Congratulations!!

3/26/2010 7:04:38 PM

 
Diane E. Deming
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You are just getting better and better! Congratulations on all of your finalists! They are fantastic!

3/26/2010 7:06:08 PM

 
Julianne Bradford
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Wonderful beach scene with terrific comp Valarie. Congrats well deserved!

3/26/2010 8:37:48 PM

 
Doug Pignet
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Congrats on your finalist, well done

3/27/2010 4:03:14 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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Congratulations on your finalist, Valarie!

3/27/2010 6:23:50 AM

 
Jack Ryan
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Congratulations, Valarie...very deserving!

3/27/2010 6:29:17 AM

 
Patricia Seidler
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Congratulations Valarie!

3/27/2010 7:23:20 AM

 
Debra R. Harder
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This is sooooooooo BEAUTIFUL, Valarie!! Huge congratulations on your superb finalist!! Deb

3/27/2010 8:20:02 AM

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

3/27/2010 8:20:56 AM

 
Carol L. Fowler
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Wonderful FInalist! Congratulations on this beauty!

3/27/2010 11:20:47 AM

 
Margaret R. Barry
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Congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Valarie!

3/27/2010 12:27:10 PM

 
Karen Bacon
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Congrats on this wonderful finalist,Valerie!

3/27/2010 2:40:18 PM

 
Lori Carlson
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I LOVE this image, Valarie!! Breathtaking!! And thanks for sharing the moment!! Congrats!! =)

3/27/2010 10:06:59 PM

 
Barbara Waldoch
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Congratulations on this beautiful Finalist, Valarie!

3/28/2010 12:15:20 AM

 
Kathy Cline
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HEY VAL

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3/28/2010 4:58:35 AM

 
Linda D. Lester
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Congratulations on your awesome finalist! Good luck in the next round!

3/28/2010 5:48:47 AM

 
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Congratulations on a fantastic Finalist, Val.

3/28/2010 12:20:06 PM

 
Anita N. Hogue
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Congratulations on this gorgeous finalist, Valarie!

3/28/2010 1:45:47 PM

 
Sabrina Ryan
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Congratulations on this Excellent Finalist, Val!

3/28/2010 2:58:37 PM

 
Dianna Murphy
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This is my fav of your four awesome finalists! Hope we see it again. Fingers crossed!

3/28/2010 5:12:47 PM

 
Kerry Hill
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Huge congratulations on this awesome finalist Valarie, best of luck in the next round!!

3/28/2010 7:46:13 PM

 
Nancy J. Locke
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SUPER CONGRATS, VAL!!! AWESOME!!!

Hugs, Nancy J Locke

3/29/2010 11:04:50 AM

 
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