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The Second Time Around
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The Second Time Around
The Second Time Around
Free from her chrysalis only 5 hours previously, this beautiful and dainty Painted Lady butterfly was the last to emerge from her cocoon from the 13 caterpillars given to me by a wonderful and thoughtful friend who knew I had never witnessed this amazing process from beginning to end. And it was truly an amazing experience. Unlike her 12 other brothers and sisters already scattered to the four winds, this little beauty took her time leaving my yard but with her wings finally dry, she slowly lifted off the flower and floated up and over our backyard fence ..and took a bit of my heart with her...I'm feeling a bit like an "empty-nester" right about now! :)
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Maria A. Gonzalez
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    A beautiful capture of one of your babies,Valerie...The lighting is beautiful so are the colors..Excellent detail and composition..Isn't wonderful to be able to see the transformation of these beautiful and loved creatures...It is like magic and such an incredible experience...
Don't be sad they know you took good care of them and they may return to see you soon,never know..
Have a great day,my butterfly loving friend.

6/7/2010 4:13:05 AM

 
Doug Pignet
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Everything about this image is there, right light,colors and comp. Very well done

6/7/2010 4:23:45 AM

 
Ellen Hodges
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Exquisite capture, Val! The detail and beauty are extremely beautiful!! Have a great Monday! Nice story, too!

6/7/2010 4:35:10 AM

 
Anita N. Hogue
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WOW, she's gorgeous!

6/7/2010 4:41:34 AM

 
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Pretty capture, proud Mama!

6/7/2010 4:44:19 AM

 
Patricia Seidler
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What a beauty Valarie. Terrific color, lighting and incredible detail. Your narrative is also a masterpiece. Im sure we will see this one again.

6/7/2010 4:49:25 AM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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A wonderful capture and experience Valarie! Thanks for sharing it with us! Jeff

6/7/2010 4:58:18 AM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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Hi Valarie,Those little butterflies seem to be everywhere.We have a lot of them out here.Beautiful capture my friend.Wonderful lighting and deail!!!

6/7/2010 5:00:41 AM

 
Melissa A. Olsen
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Well, this is a winner if I ever saw one. Totally amazing!

6/7/2010 6:13:37 AM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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I am in total agreement with Melissa!
What a great experience, Val..to watch them as they take naturally to the environment around them...wish I could have done this with you! A beautiful capture here!

Patti

6/7/2010 6:44:00 AM

 
Husain Akhtar
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Excellent record of life - outstanding capture!

6/7/2010 6:49:25 AM

 
Linda D. Lester
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This is a winner if I have ever seen one.....what a beauty!!!

6/7/2010 7:02:48 AM

 
Gina Cormier
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<----grovel.....grovel....grovel.....
Damn...my knees are killing me!!

Exquisite presentation of this beautiful butterfly and floral. I love the soft color and tones to this one. I too was given some cocoons last year and we had so much fun watching them. We let the monarch butterflies emerge in my gazebo with the screens down. Then when they were ready, we opened and let them fly out. Only one stayed behind and I left her there until she wanted to leave. So cool!!!!! :-)

6/7/2010 8:29:39 AM

 
Ron McEwan
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Stunningly beautiful Val and the narrative is special well done in every way.

6/7/2010 8:38:57 AM

 
Julianne Bradford
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Truely exquisite capture of this beauty Valarie! I'm sure she'll flit back sometime, but you have captured her forever to share with everyone. What an act of love :-) Thanks!

6/7/2010 9:38:11 AM

 
Leslie McLain
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Amazing capture.

6/7/2010 10:14:57 AM

 
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Totally agree. This is no doubt a fantastic winner. What a spectacular capture and wonderful story. It really touched my heart.

6/7/2010 10:43:23 AM

 
Kathy Salerni
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What a wonderful story, Val! The clarity and details on this butterfly are stunning! I love the way you can see all the upper body hairs! Great job on this!

6/7/2010 11:31:09 AM

 
Kerry Hill
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So beautiful Valarie! What a fantastic natures wonder to watch!

6/7/2010 1:24:36 PM

 
Gord MacEachern
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Isn't nature beautiful Valarie, and you captured a fabulous result of ma nature at her finest.
Great capture as always!!

6/7/2010 3:46:55 PM

 
Carol L. Fowler
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Be strong, Mom. They will remember you and perhaps return with broods of their own! Beautiful capture, indeed.

6/7/2010 4:05:19 PM

 
Karen Engelbreth
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Wonderful image and story, Valarie...

6/7/2010 4:11:54 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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What a wonderful story and capture!

6/7/2010 5:42:54 PM

 
Carol Eade
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Beautifully captured, Valarie, the colors are so perfect!

6/7/2010 6:23:52 PM

 
Barbara Waldoch
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Beautiful shot, Valarie!
Congratulations on your Finalists!

6/8/2010 2:10:00 AM

 
Val Feldman
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Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments on this pretty little lady...I appreciate! ~Val

6/8/2010 6:46:38 AM

 
Dianna Murphy
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What a great story and how sad to see her go, maybe she'll return. I know this image will return next month in the finals!

6/8/2010 1:04:39 PM

 
Val Feldman
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Thanks so much, Dianna!

6/9/2010 7:48:10 AM

 
Ruth E. Foster-Lindsay
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Wow Valarie! Beautiful capture! The colors are so gorgeous it looks like a painting! What a wonderful gift from your friend!

6/9/2010 2:23:36 PM

 
Val Feldman
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Ruth, you're a sweetie! Thank you!

6/9/2010 3:36:29 PM

 
Julie Burnett
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Val, you amaze me with your talent. Perfectly composed with excellent clarity, a sure winner, and what a wonderful story!!

6/11/2010 4:17:30 AM

 
Marty Straub
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Wonderful story and a very special capture, Valarie. Your inner beauty is written all over both.

6/11/2010 6:21:17 AM

 
Daniella Puente
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Beautiful Valarie...

6/11/2010 11:46:47 AM

 
Nadia Paul
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How very beautiful and special Valarie - wonderful image!

6/11/2010 5:57:37 PM

 
Val Feldman
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Thanks so much Daniella, Julie, Marty and Nadia for stopping by and commenting - much appreciated!!

6/12/2010 8:43:18 PM

 
Ann H. Belus
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Exceptional detail and clarity captured here, Val...this is really beautiful! Thanks for the story too, I can more fully appreciate these amazing creatures.

6/19/2010 12:58:32 PM

 
Val Feldman
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Thanks, Ann!

6/25/2010 6:24:03 AM

 
Tammy Espino
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Congrats on your awesome finalist!! :) I see gold ~ Good luck next round my friend!!

1/24/2012 2:42:16 PM

 
Deborah C. Lewinson
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Beautiful and excellent finalist, Val!

Congratulations!
Debby

1/24/2012 2:49:46 PM

 
Kathy Salerni
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Huge congrats on your well deserved Finalist, Val!

1/24/2012 3:23:04 PM

 
Karen Bacon
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A huge congratulations on this excellent finalist Val!Good luck in the next round and hope to see this wearing gold!

1/24/2012 3:50:21 PM

 
Don Christiana
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How did I miss the beautiful entry? Val, a big CONGRATS on your Finalist and yes...we will see this in the winners circle. Have a great day.

1/24/2012 4:28:39 PM

 
Tammy M. Anderson
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A perfect finalist, Val.

1/24/2012 4:51:27 PM

 
Sabrina Ryan
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Congratulations on your beautiful Finalist, Val

1/24/2012 5:03:35 PM

 
Emile Abbott
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OH Val I only missed this due to December. What an awesome finalist my Texas friend. Congrats.

1/24/2012 5:14:02 PM

 
Renee Doyle
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Awesome!! Congratulations Val!

1/24/2012 5:20:25 PM

 
Phyllis A. Houghton
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Congratulations on your finalist, Val. What beautiful detail.

1/24/2012 5:29:04 PM

 
Lorna Shutter
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Woo Hoo!!! WTG, MS. VAL!!! CONGRATULATIONS on your well-deserved Finalist Award!!!!! Good luck in the next round!!! :)
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1/24/2012 5:35:24 PM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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Hey, Val, Congratulations & good luck on this amazing Finalist! WTG, my friend! That's me dancing!

1/24/2012 5:45:30 PM

 
Cheryl Winn

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Amazing capture, Val! Exquisite!

1/24/2012 6:15:30 PM

 
Lorna Shutter
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Yep, I taught Patrick everything I know! LOL! :D

1/24/2012 6:19:32 PM

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

1/24/2012 6:25:39 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Nicely done! Congratulations!

1/24/2012 6:29:55 PM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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Congratulations on this outstanding finalist Val!

jo ann c.

1/24/2012 6:36:56 PM

 
Phyllis Burchett
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That must have really been something to witness Val, BIG congrats!

1/24/2012 6:53:29 PM

 
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Very nice!

1/24/2012 7:02:06 PM

 
Mary Dimitriw
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Congrats Miss Val!! Another outstanding macro Finalist!

1/24/2012 7:16:00 PM

 
Ellen Hodges
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Huge congrats and very best luck with this gorgeous finalist, Val!! the writing of the story should get a finalist, too!!! Verrry lovely!!! Regards to Mom!!!

1/24/2012 7:54:59 PM

 
Terry Cervi
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Congrats on your stunning finalist, Ms. V!

1/24/2012 8:04:10 PM

 
Heather Loewenhardt
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Wow so beautiful Val, both the story and the image. Glad to see it recognized by the judges. Good luck in the next round.

1/24/2012 8:11:16 PM

 
Carol L. Fowler
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Wonderful capture and story! Big Congrats Val!!

1/24/2012 8:35:56 PM

 
Ann Coates
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What a fascinating process to watch from start to finish. Congratulations on your fabulous finalist Valarie.

1/24/2012 8:43:56 PM

 
Agnes Fegan
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A beautiful image and I enjoyed reading your story too! Congratulations!

1/24/2012 9:44:27 PM

 
Usman Bajwa
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Beautiful macro capture, Val. CONGRATZ on the Finalist badge and good luck!!!

UB.

1/24/2012 10:17:59 PM

 
Gord MacEachern
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Big congratulations on your wonderful finalist Val!!

1/25/2012 3:00:03 AM

 
Michelle Alton
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Somehow I missed this when first posted, Val. Wow! This is stunning, and what an amazing story. Congratulations. I don't think this is the end of the story!

1/25/2012 3:29:12 AM

 
Leslie McLain
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Congrats on a beautiful finalist, Val.

1/25/2012 4:27:24 AM

 
Bojan Bencic
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Amazing. Congratulations on your finalist, Val!

1/25/2012 4:47:31 AM

 
Val Feldman
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Thank you all - very much!!!

1/25/2012 6:20:52 AM

 
Karen Slagle
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Fantastic details in your wonderful finalist, Val. Best of luck next round.

1/25/2012 7:15:20 AM

 
Julianne Bradford
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Such beauty is well worth revisiting. Congratulations Valarie..I hope she sports a badge of gold the next time we see her

1/25/2012 8:57:32 AM

 
Anita N. Hogue
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Oh, soooooo lovely! Congratulations, Val!

1/25/2012 12:03:09 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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Congratulations on your win :)

1/25/2012 2:50:32 PM

 
Renee Doyle
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Big congrats on this excellent winner Val!!

1/25/2012 2:56:05 PM

 
Lorna Shutter
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Woo Hoo!!! CONGRATULATIONS on your 2nd Place Win, Val!!!!! WTG!!! :)
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1/25/2012 2:56:10 PM

 
Kathy Salerni
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Big congrats on your Gold Winning image, Val! WTG!

1/25/2012 3:01:04 PM

 
Joannie M. Bertucci
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Val, she stradles those flowers like a true Texan! :-) This is just stunning and what a wonderful experience this must have been! Congrats on your well deserved gold badge!

1/25/2012 3:06:37 PM

 
Heather Loewenhardt
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Congrats on this beautiful image becoming a winner but then all your photos are winners. You are a very skilled photographer. Congrats again.

1/25/2012 3:08:11 PM

 
Terry Cervi
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Congratulations on your beautiful win, Ms V!

1/25/2012 3:31:22 PM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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Congratulations my friend!!!!

1/25/2012 3:40:55 PM

 
Amy M. Wilson
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A hearty congratulations on your STUNNING Gold winner... simply perfect, Val - love it!!!

1/25/2012 4:24:48 PM

 
Monnie Ryan
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Gorgeous, Val -congratulations!

1/25/2012 5:03:56 PM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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Congratulations on this exceptionallly beautiful Winner, Val! WTG, my friend!

1/25/2012 5:10:49 PM

 
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Thanks so much everyone for your kind congratulations! I'm a happy camper tonight! :) As always, the biggest win at BP is the encouragement and support so generously given by it's wonderful members... and for that, I thank you all from the bottom of this ol' TX heart.

1/25/2012 5:39:50 PM

 
Leslie McLain
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Congrats on a beautiful finalist, Val.

1/25/2012 5:50:43 PM

 
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WTG, Val. A big congratulations to you on your fantastic winner!

1/25/2012 5:56:45 PM

 
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Congratulations on a beautiful image and winner, Val.

1/25/2012 6:01:05 PM

 
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CONGRATULATIONS on your beautiful Winning image, Val

1/25/2012 7:00:20 PM

 
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Huge congrats on a fabulous winner, Val!!! Soooo glad to see this beauty as a winner!!

1/25/2012 8:56:30 PM

 
Rona L. Schwarz
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How could I have missed this the first time around?! And I didn't even make it through all the Finalists yet...Simply stunning, Val - another one of your spectacular macros - this one is extra special because it is so rarely seen. What an incredible experience this must have been. Thanks for sharing this special moment. Big Congrats on this brilliant Winner!!!

1/25/2012 9:29:03 PM

 
Alan L. Borror
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Huge congratulations on your wonderful winner, Val!

1/26/2012 1:57:51 AM

 
Usman Bajwa
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HUGE CONGRATZ on getting in the Golden Circle !!!

UB.

1/26/2012 3:16:50 AM

 
Bojan Bencic
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Beautiful. Congratulations on your win, Val!

1/26/2012 3:29:46 AM

 
Julie Burnett
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HUGE congratulations on this fabulous winner, Val!!

1/26/2012 3:52:20 AM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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Congratulations on your beautiful winner, Val...and hello :)

1/26/2012 4:07:33 AM

 
Kathy Cline
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Congratulations Val,
well deserved

1/26/2012 5:16:14 AM

 
Cathy a. Rose
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Beautiful capture!! Congratulations!!! Well deserved!!

1/26/2012 5:25:58 AM

 
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A truly beautiful winner. Congrats!

1/26/2012 6:56:35 AM

 
Linda D. Lester
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Congratulations on your awesome win!

1/26/2012 9:00:57 AM

 
Claudine Grove
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What a beauty! Congrats on your Gold Win!

1/26/2012 9:11:52 AM

 
Don Christiana
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Congratulation Val for your big win. The image is beautiful and so was your story you provided about this wonderful natures process. I hope you have a great day...

1/26/2012 11:42:30 AM

 
Deborah C. Lewinson
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I loved this the first time, but now I'm swept away by your wonderful composition!

Hardy congrats on your win, Val!
Debby

1/26/2012 3:44:39 PM

 
Emile Abbott
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Glad to see this in the winner column Val. Congrats on the Gold.

1/26/2012 3:47:21 PM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Val - Congratulations on your winning image!! - Mike

1/27/2012 5:43:50 AM

 
Ann Coates
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Congratulations on your beautiful Gold win Valarie.

1/27/2012 12:21:54 PM

 
Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna
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WTG on your wonderful winning photo! :-) k

1/28/2012 3:56:40 PM

 
Bonnie C. Lackey
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Congratulations, Valarie. It's always hard when a little one leaves home but you'll always have this winner!

1/28/2012 4:33:08 PM

 
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Congrats on your outstanding winner Val !!

1/28/2012 4:38:36 PM

 
Patricia Seidler
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Congratulations Val on this terrific winner! I knew we would see this again!

1/29/2012 8:04:14 AM

 
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You can feel it in the air, the anticipation of waiting for the awards to arrive. The talent that is on display for all to see and share is amazing. Congratulations to all the January, 2012 winners. Merna

2/3/2012 11:02:13 AM

 
PATRICIA A. CASEY
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Alright...# 5...and I'm going to stop counting and sending you notes (maybe)...congratulations on this win....it also is a beauty....guess they thought so too at BP.....

5/22/2013 5:34:10 AM

 
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