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Fancy Free

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Fancy Free
Fancy Free


These Little Thing-a-ma-boppers
Looked So Footloose To Me!
!!! HAD TO SHOOT THEM !!!
They Are Seed Pods That Come After The Flowers Are Done For The Season.
MY GUESS IS WILD CLEMATIS.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Straight From The Camera ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Canmore, Alberta, Reservoir.
CANADA

* * *
(N&L) TV 1/500, AV 8.0, ISO 200
The BG is WATER.

*** THANK YOU BP FOR CHOOSING THIS IMAGE AS FINALIST! ***
© Laura E. Swan
Nikon D90 Digital ...

 
 
 
Robert K. Bemus
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    Beautiful comp and color, Laura!!


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9/1/2010 12:31:32 AM

 
Lynne Morris
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Wow this is stunning Laura.


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9/1/2010 12:32:40 AM

 
Karen Engelbreth
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Wonderful capture, Laura...


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9/1/2010 12:37:15 AM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Hi Robert, Lynne and Karen!

Great to see you guys! Thank you for the kind comments. Glad you like it!

They were so beautiful in my eyes. Shining in the sun. :) My original that is stored in my lap top seems more sharp and shiny. (?!) They were stunning in person, too!

-Laura :)


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9/1/2010 12:44:35 AM

 
Michelle Alton
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I think you'll have a winner with this one, Laura!


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9/1/2010 1:20:34 AM

 
Tiia Vissak
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a cool close-up!


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9/1/2010 1:30:12 AM

 
Mary K. Robison
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Perfect lighting (love the little circles) and diagonal comp, Pom! That water color's wonderful, and the wispy flowers look so soft and silky. Great job!



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9/1/2010 1:43:31 AM

 
Doug Pignet
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Wonderful lighting on this lovely capture, well done


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9/1/2010 3:09:43 AM

 
Douglas Perry
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Oh, poor little Little Thing-a-ma-boppers did Miss Rose shoot you? What had you done to her?

Well, nice shot anyway Miss Rose. Nice detail and light.


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9/1/2010 3:10:28 AM

 
Gord MacEachern
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A winner in my book Laura!1


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9/1/2010 3:28:04 AM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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Another very cool find and capture Laura! Jeff


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9/1/2010 3:31:00 AM

 
Kerry Penn
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This is such a gorgeous shot. The lighting and color is wonderful.


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9/1/2010 3:40:53 AM

 
Stephen Zacker
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Really pretty. Like that bg


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9/1/2010 3:42:32 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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Wonderful shot of these thingamaboppers! I'm so happy somebody besides me says thingamaboppers!


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9/1/2010 3:54:19 AM

 
Monnie Ryan
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They're just beautiful, whatever they are! Terrific capture, Laura!


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9/1/2010 6:09:27 AM

 
Stephen Mimms
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Great capture and a very interesting subject.


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9/1/2010 6:27:06 AM

 
Nancy J. Locke
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Blows me away BEAUTIFUL, Laura!!!

STUPENDOUS AND PERFECT!!! Bet we see this again!!!

Hugs, Nancy J Locke


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9/1/2010 8:43:49 AM

 
Susan Weisensel
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Beautiful image and cool background.


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9/1/2010 10:37:09 AM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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Swanee Laura, you have outdone yourself with this one! The lighting, tones, focus, clarity, dof, b/g 7 presentation are all incredible ! I am proud of you! Winner in my book & good luck! WTG!


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9/1/2010 10:57:38 AM

 
Nancy L. Green
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WONDERFUL macro Laura, I love the fanciful feel to this, WTG!!! I also LOVE the pic you put on a comment for Patrick's image!!! <><


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9/1/2010 12:48:28 PM

 
John Connolly
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A very fitting title and a great capture Laura! This one has all the signs of being a winner!


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9/1/2010 3:07:22 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Wow you guys. I am overwhelmed with the responses to this one. I knew I loved it but had no idea you would love it this much, too! WOW! Thank you so much. All of you. I am really enjoying your feedback and it truly means more to me than you know. Cross your fingers for this one. :)

Just hope I put it in the right category. Animals and insects right? Hehe!

Your Pal and BP Sis, Miss Rose, Laura, Lala...whatever you like calling me. :)))


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9/1/2010 3:41:22 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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I LOVE this, a favorite for me :)


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9/1/2010 3:46:04 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Thanks Tammy Girl. You guys are really having me smile over this one. It was magical to shoot. I have to admit that. I knew it was special when I was capturing them and took several images at different angles. This was my FAV out of the lot!

HUGS and thanks again. To you ALL!
-Laura-looloo


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9/1/2010 3:49:36 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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P.S. Thing-a-ma-boppers are DIFFERENT than Thing-a-ma-JIGGERS just in case inquiring minds were wondering. HA!


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9/1/2010 3:51:44 PM

 
Randy D. Dinkins
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Beautiful shot, wonderful details and bg. Well done!!!


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9/1/2010 4:23:37 PM

 
Nancyj Hovey
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Fantastic capture with sparkles....wonderful! amazing! 8o)


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9/1/2010 4:27:32 PM

 
Ron McEwan
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WOW Laura, I know I would be shooting them if I were there. They are so delicate looking you captured them so well. Have fun you guys. Rained here all day over 3 inches so far and some more tomorrow. Cool off for a few days and then heat up again.


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9/1/2010 5:20:26 PM

 
Dick  W. Wyatt
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Well done !


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9/2/2010 12:59:56 AM

 
Brett Dolsen
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Sunning Laura!!That water colour,the details and the bokeh in a great composition makes a winner in my view!


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9/2/2010 1:13:40 AM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Thank you Randy, Mumj, Ron, Dick and Brett!

I REALLY appreciate the high marks you are giving this one!

-Laura


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9/2/2010 2:09:35 AM

 
Roxanne M. Bubar
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Spectacular, colorful and creative. :)


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9/2/2010 3:41:13 AM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Hi Roxanne!!! Wow! Thanks so MUCH!!! :D

-Laura


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9/2/2010 10:05:20 AM

 
Kirsten Kiki Kjaer
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OH how I LOVE this image, MSSSLala. Fan-really-beautiful-tastic image. I've only seen these once and I was so fascinated by them. They're so special.
YSSSKiki - writing to you from Calgary!!


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9/2/2010 9:45:54 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Hi Calgary Kiki! HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeeewhooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!

HEY! If we tour CANMORE together I will take you right to these Thing-a-ma-boppers! They will be two weeks OLDER by then...Humm...(Eek?)

HOW FUN! We are BOTH WRITING FROM HERE! HA!

-YVOSSSLala
See You In The Morning!!! :D


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9/2/2010 11:12:26 PM

 
Ruth E. Foster-Lindsay
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Gorgeous capture Laura! Colors and lighting are fabulous! Well done! :-)


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9/3/2010 7:07:08 AM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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Amazing image Laura, great colors and comp! Also great bokeh lights..

jo ann c.


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9/3/2010 12:28:54 PM

 
Karen Kessler
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This is gorgeous just as it is, too! These are very pretty, dainty flowers!


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9/3/2010 7:35:53 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Hi Ruth, Jo Ann and Kalena!

Thank you so very much! :D

-Laura


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9/3/2010 11:02:51 PM

 
Irene Colling
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This is a winning marco for me Laura.
The boken background perfectly gives attention to the beautifully backlit main subjects.
Excellent work Laura.


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9/5/2010 4:50:25 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Thanks so MUCH Irene!!! :)))


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9/5/2010 5:01:49 PM

 
Cindy Bendush
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Striking image Laura! Gorgeous detail, composition, and *bokeh*!!! Great work!


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9/7/2010 12:09:15 AM

 
Amanda J. Tanner
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Wonderful image Laura! A winner!


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9/7/2010 5:09:52 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Thank you everyone!!! :))))


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9/7/2010 11:27:54 PM

 
Daniella Puente
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Of course you had to shoot them! is amazing, the soft tones and the light, LOVE IT!!!


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9/8/2010 2:32:43 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Thank you Daniella! :))) Nice to see you today, too! Hope you have been well.

-Laura


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9/8/2010 2:43:05 PM

 
Renee Doyle
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Fantastic use of light and wonderful capture Laura!! Love that bokeh!!


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9/16/2010 12:02:38 AM

 
Wm Nosal
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Beautiful Shot, Laura!


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9/26/2010 12:36:08 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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Congratulations on your awesome finalist. Good luck next round :)(high five)


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11/15/2010 1:06:37 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Thank you so much Renee and Wm! :) !!!


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11/15/2010 1:07:52 PM

 
John Connolly
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Amazing light, detail and glorious color here Laura! Nice work, my friend!


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11/15/2010 1:09:20 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Hi 5 Nevada SIST-AAAAAAA! Ha! THANK YOU MUCH!!!

Thank you lots, John! :D


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11/15/2010 1:14:08 PM

 
maria I. Warren
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YAY!!!! SIS. :)CONGRATS ON THIS BEAUTIFUL AMAZING FINALIST!!!!! (((HUGS))) LOVE YA♥♥♥


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11/15/2010 1:21:29 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Thank you Sweetie!!!!! xoxo
(((HUGS))

Love you BACK!


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11/15/2010 1:25:30 PM

 
Douglas Perry
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Congrats Miss Rose!!!!!!


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11/15/2010 1:26:05 PM

 
isabel C. Zepeda
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Laura

CONGRATULATIONS WELL DONE

Ysa...


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11/15/2010 1:35:00 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Mr. Tree. One Of My Oldest Friends In The Forest! THANK YOU! :)


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11/15/2010 1:35:29 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Thank You Ysa! :)))


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11/15/2010 1:40:46 PM

 
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11/15/2010 1:42:16 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Thanks Mumj!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D


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11/15/2010 1:43:20 PM

 
Tiia Vissak
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Congratulations!


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11/15/2010 1:59:57 PM

 
Susan Fox
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Congratulations Laura!


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11/15/2010 2:16:15 PM

 
Wm Nosal
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Congratulations, Laura!


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11/15/2010 2:25:29 PM

 
Val Feldman
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LOTW! It always pays to go a-trompin' thru your wonderful woodlands - you found yourself a winner here! Beautiful work, straight from the camera, no less! I am MUCHO impressed and very, very happy for you. Let's keep fingers, eyes and toes crossed (and look a little weird:)for the next round! Wishing you a GOLD! ~Val


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11/15/2010 2:30:52 PM

 
Bojan Bencic
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Congratulations on your finalist, Laura!


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11/15/2010 2:42:02 PM

 
Kirsten Kiki Kjaer
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One of my favorite images!! I'm so proud of you, my Sister. Such a well deserved finalist.
I hope they put gold on this beauty.
Huuuuuge congratulations!!!


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11/15/2010 2:54:07 PM

 
Rona L. Schwarz
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WOW! and Wow again! Superb capture of these flower pods, Laura! And I am even doubly impressed that they are straight from the camera! It's a marvelous composition with incredible detail and clarity and wonderful color. Very happy for you - and hope to see it go gold! MANY CONGRATULATIONS on your outstanding Finalist Good luck in the next round!


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11/15/2010 3:11:54 PM

 
Renee Doyle
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Love the bokeh!!! Big Congratulations on this wonderful finalist Laura!!


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11/15/2010 3:46:21 PM

 
Carol L. Fowler
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WooHoo! Big Congrats on the Thing-a ma-jigs!


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11/15/2010 4:06:13 PM

 
Stan J. Bendkowski
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Congratulations on your great finalist, Laura!


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11/15/2010 4:13:39 PM

 
Ellen Hodges
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Huge congrats on these fluffy finalists, Laura!!! Very best luck in the next round!!!!


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11/15/2010 4:26:50 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Hi Tiia, Susan, Wm, Val, Bojan, SSSKiki, Rona, Renee, Carol, Stan and Ellen!

HA! FINALIST! :)))

Thanks for being happy with me and for all that you said! :)

-Laura


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11/15/2010 5:09:12 PM

 
Lorna Shutter
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Woo Hoo!!! WTG, SIS!!! CONGRATULATIONS on your Finalist Award for this amazing image!!! Don't remember seeing this one! ... but it's a FAVE for me now!!! Good luck in the next round!!! ... I'm rooting for you!!! Photobucket


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11/15/2010 5:24:15 PM

 
Kim Andelkovic (Kovic)
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Whoooo hoooo congratulations on a fab finalist.......amazing bokeh ;-)


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11/15/2010 5:30:21 PM

 
Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna
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WTG on this awesome finalist, Laura! :-) k


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11/15/2010 5:46:57 PM

 
Randy D. Dinkins
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Wonderful thing-a-ma-bopper finalist; congratulations!


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11/15/2010 6:33:20 PM

 
Sam Britt
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Congratulations on this cool finalist, Laura!


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11/15/2010 6:54:22 PM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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This is gorgeous!!! Big congratulations, Laura...I'm rooting for you in the next round, too!!! Good luck :)))


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11/15/2010 8:16:29 PM

 
Tommy E. Burgess
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Wow absolutely gorgeous Laura!! Hope to see you get a gold on this one!! Congratulations!!


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11/15/2010 8:23:01 PM

 
Stan Kwasniowski
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Laura, congratulations


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11/15/2010 8:52:07 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Dear Lorna, Kim, Kitty, Randy, Sam, Patti, Tommy and Stan!

Thank you so very much. For the smiles, encouragement and great comments!

I love this image and am so happy they picked it for a finalist. Thank you for being happy with me!

-Laura


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11/15/2010 8:56:49 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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My Sister and Best Friend In California Janeen made this comment:

beautiful, congrats Laura!! Yes, I saw Avatar, and yes these plants you photographed remind me of the floaty little magical things in the movie. Very very nice. You are such a good photographer.

I have to say, I love how adventurous you are with your photos, and creative with the editing, but you are BEST at your true photography, in my mind. Just capturing great images. You have the "eye".

love, j


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11/15/2010 9:59:46 PM

 
Jill Odice
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I am glad you stopped to shoot these! They do remind me of Avatar too :-) Congrats on your finalist!


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11/15/2010 10:11:40 PM

 
Dick  W. Wyatt
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Way to go Laura.


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11/16/2010 12:43:42 AM

 
Mary K. Robison
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So there it is, PomPom ~ another lovely finalist!!
CONGRATULATIONS to you about 25 xxxx, and best of luck to you and the bokeh in the next round!


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11/16/2010 1:53:43 AM

 
Michelle Alton
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This is the sort of stuff that will be rewarded every time! I'll bet it gets the GOLD in the next round. Congratulations, Laura.


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11/16/2010 2:58:45 AM

 
Stephen Zacker
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Like that backlighting and all the highlights. Congratulations


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11/16/2010 3:38:03 AM

 
Sabrina Ryan
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CONGRATULATIONS on this Beautiful Finalist image, Laura!


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11/16/2010 6:34:26 AM

 
Jessica Jenney
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Congratulations, Laura on your gorgeous finalist!


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11/16/2010 6:37:51 AM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Good Morning Jill, Dick, Mare, Michelle, Steve, Sabrina and Jessica! :)

What a great way to start my day. Well, okay I started it by shoveling snow! HA! BUT THIS MAKES UP FOR IT! :)))

Thank you all so much! I appreciate each word! Gee wouldn't gold look pretty against the black in my gallery??? :)))

-Laura


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11/16/2010 9:56:13 AM

 
Val Feldman
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(You betcha!)


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11/16/2010 11:14:25 AM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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WTG, Laura!
Gorgeous capture of these
"Thing-a-ma-boppers."
Love the magical bg!
Fingers crossed for your GOLD!
~♥~Lisa


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11/16/2010 11:16:15 AM

 
Kerry Hill
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Congratulations on this gorgeous finalist Laura!!


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11/16/2010 11:23:47 AM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Thank you Val, Lisa and Kerry!

Big smiles here! :)))

-Laura


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11/16/2010 11:25:08 AM

 
Susan Weisensel
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Congratulations Laura on your finalist. This is such a cool image. Good luck.


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11/16/2010 11:30:20 AM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Hi Susan! :) Nice to see you and THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!

-Laura


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11/16/2010 11:36:43 AM

 
Denny E. Barnes
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Big congratulations, Laura on your beautiful and awesome finalist!! Outstanding!!


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11/16/2010 1:36:18 PM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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CONGRATULATIONS & good luck on this incredible finalist, Laura Swanee! WTG!


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11/16/2010 1:43:02 PM

 
Stefania Barbier
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Huge congrats Lala!


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11/16/2010 10:22:43 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Thank you Denny, Paddy and Stef! :) !!!

Huge smile here!

-Lala Swanee :D


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11/16/2010 10:25:18 PM

 
Robert K. Bemus
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Congratulations on your Finalist, Laura!!


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11/16/2010 11:11:08 PM

 
Annette Carr
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Laura, this is amazing. Your straight from the camera photograph has taken my breath away :)
Beautiful!
Congrats on the finalist!


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11/17/2010 12:57:52 AM

 
Kathleen K. Parker
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What a beautiful photo, Laura! It also takes my breath away. There is this silvery glow about it that is incredible. Congrats on your finalist!
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11/17/2010 5:54:11 AM

 
Irene Colling
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These remind me of the hair-do on those crazy characters in a Dr Seuss book; only much more beautiful.

Great work Laura, you skillfully capture backlight just right to emphasize the intricate detail in the flower heads.

Congratulations on the finalist.


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11/17/2010 6:27:17 AM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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Congratulations on this awesome finalist Laura, good luck in the next round!

jo ann c.


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11/17/2010 7:39:01 AM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Thank you Robert, Nette, Kathleen, Irene and Jo Ann!

They were just as beautiful in person. I am so glad you like this one. Thank you for all that you said and for the warm congratulations! :)))

-Laura


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11/17/2010 8:08:06 AM

 
Jennifer L. Alder
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Such a beautiful image! big congrats, Laura, on your finalist recognition :)


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11/18/2010 10:35:13 AM

 
Merna L. Nobile
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I would personally like to congratulate you on your winning photograph for October, 2010 and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Merna Nobile


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11/18/2010 7:55:03 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Thank you Jennifer :) I appreciate your kind words!

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Hi Merna! Thank you and HAPPY THANKSGIVING to You, TOO!!! :D

-Laura


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11/19/2010 2:23:41 AM

 
Christine R. Lobsinger
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Oh Laura.... how beautiful is this!!!!
WOW! Gorgeous colours, and I love the water and 'bokeh' effect is outstanding.
A big well- deserving FINALIST APPLAUSE TO YOU and sis, and I eagerly await GOLD!!!
Stunning shot!!!!!
Smiling Chris


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11/19/2010 9:35:56 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Hi Chrissy! :D HA! Big smile here! Thanks lady. I really like this one, too.

I was thrown a belated Birthday party here at the house today and tonight. Lots of fun. NOW I AM BEHIND IN COMMENTING HOWEVER! Eek! I'll be back soon to visit you! :))) xo

-Lala


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11/19/2010 10:55:55 PM

 
Barbara Mason
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Congratulations on this spectacular image Laura this finalist really glows !!


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11/21/2010 2:48:42 AM

 
Pat and Graham Robards
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Congratulations little sister on this wonderful finalist!

Pat
xxxx


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11/21/2010 8:38:01 PM

 
Stephen Zacker
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Like those diamonds. Congratulations


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12/14/2010 2:00:35 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Photobucket Very Very Much!
I've enjoyed your comments very much and really appreciate your "Kin"ship and support!

-Laura :D


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12/14/2010 3:15:24 PM

 
Kathy Coombs
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So clear and Beautiful! Congratulations!


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12/14/2010 5:02:42 PM

 
Kathy Coombs
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I hope this wins..I really, really LOVE it!


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12/14/2010 5:14:02 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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It's a re-enter cuz I feel the same way! HA! Thanks lots Kathy! Nice to see you!

-Laura


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12/14/2010 5:20:41 PM

 
Mary K. Robison
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Gorgeous finalist, Pommers!CONGRATULATIONS! Best of luck next level!


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12/15/2010 2:01:16 AM

 
Stefania Barbier
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gorgeous finalist, congrats!!!


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12/15/2010 2:28:06 AM

 
Christine R. Lobsinger
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Fantantic Finalist my Friend!
Congratulations to you...
Smiling Chris


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12/15/2010 4:45:26 AM

 
Reynaldo D. Reyes
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So beautiful and it inspires me to say ~ I hope I can do that too. Ha! Great finalist!


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12/15/2010 8:09:59 AM

 
Patricia White
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Irene has this right came from Dr Seuss. That is the first thing that came to mind just couldn't remember what they were called. I love the bokah effect, just makes these things stand out more.


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