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Changing Seasons

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Changing Seasons
Changing Seasons


As One Season Closes
Another Season Will Open.
It Is The Law Of Faith.
-Laura Swan

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Dedicated To Kiki Kjaer
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You have noticed that everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round..... The Sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in it's greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours....

Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves.

- Black Elk Oglala Sioux Holy Man
(1863-1950)

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MACRO Hand Held TV 1/400, AV7.1 (DM)
FOR MY VOSSS.

© Laura E. Swan
Nikon D90 Digital ...

 
 
 
Mary K. Robison
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    I love the bright sunshine on this beautiful flower, Pom! A gorgeous dedication for Kiki.
Your poem really captures the spirit of the American Indian. In fact, it joins all of us together, from the beginning through to the end.
Thanks for sharing the photo and the story.


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11/13/2010 3:14:55 AM

 
Gord MacEachern
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Very beautiful floral image and story Laura!


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11/13/2010 3:21:54 AM

 
Jack Gaskin
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WONDERFUL FLORAL
Interesting quote from a people in tune w/the world
around them.

Happy Shooting
Jack


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11/13/2010 3:41:30 AM

 
Bojan Bencic
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Beautiful light and details, Laura. Fantastic sunny image.


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11/13/2010 3:46:58 AM

 
Freddy Bland
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Beautiful image and beautiful quote, Laura!!


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11/13/2010 3:47:00 AM

 
Doug Pignet
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Lovely floral capture with wonderful colors and lighting...Well done


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11/13/2010 4:30:33 AM

 
Roxanne M. Bubar
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Stunning light and beautiful image.


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11/13/2010 5:32:25 AM

 
Ron McEwan
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You sure nailed this one Laura and I love the verse that you put with it


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11/13/2010 6:09:00 AM

 
Monnie Ryan
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Gorgeous, Laura -- enjoyed the story as well!


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11/13/2010 6:42:59 AM

 
Randy D. Dinkins
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Cool capture and dof. I too enjoyed the story.


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11/13/2010 6:59:52 AM

 
Amanda J. Tanner
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A very beautiful tribute to Kiki! I know she will love this. Thank you Laura for sharing the image and story! A wonderful capture!


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11/13/2010 7:13:27 AM

 
John Connolly
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A beautiful floral capture Laura, the light and detail are outstanding!


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11/13/2010 11:37:43 AM

 
Stephen Zacker
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Very Pretty. Like the story


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11/13/2010 1:58:03 PM

 
Kirsten Kiki Kjaer
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Oh, Sweety. This is so wonderful of you.
What a beautiful flower and image. Fantastic in every way!
You always know how to comfort me and this goes right to my heart. I also know this to be true.
Thank you so much, my SSSLala. I love it so much. And I love you.

To those who are wondering what this is about: I'm going to lose my job that I've had for the past year and worked so hard for. A job that I really loved as I loved the people I worked for and with.
An investor has made a coup against the management. As a result of that the company is closing, which means that I will be out of a job. That's why I'm so sad and this is why my wonderful Sister has dedicated this to me for comfort and to help me get passed this.
I just couldn't ask for a better Sister and Friend.


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11/13/2010 3:03:41 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Here is Michelle's Comment: :)

Michelle Alton
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Beautiful image...gorgeous quotation, and a lovely tribute to Kiki.

11/13/2010 3:11:56 AM


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11/13/2010 4:03:03 PM

 
Ellen Hodges
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A beautiful tribute, Laura! So sorry to hear this, Kiki!!!!! Is it possible to reorganize under another name, same people?


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11/13/2010 4:17:05 PM

 
Kirsten Kiki Kjaer
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Thank you, Ellen. No, I don't think anything can be done about it. I will, however know more on Monday. I'll keep you informed.


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11/13/2010 4:20:11 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Thank You First but not last Michelle!

:) Also thank you Mare, Gord, Jack, Bojan, Freddy, Doug, Roxanne, Ron, Monnie, Randy, Amanda, John and Steve!

You know sometimes we joke and say we are going around in circles...but really, arent we always??? :D

Thanks so much. Each of you. And SSSKiki, all of us on BP know how hard you have been working. We were once totally spoiled by your beautiful posts each day or so...and you have been very missed.

Welcome home. :) Your BP Family is here.

-YVOSSSLala


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11/13/2010 4:21:30 PM

 
Kirsten Kiki Kjaer
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Now you really made me smile :)


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11/13/2010 5:17:20 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Hey, you and Ellen sneaked in and had a party while I was pecking away here at the key board. :D

Good to have you both here. Thank you Ellen! :)))

Kiki...SLEEP LIKE A LOG TONIGHT. Okay? Then come back to us tomorrow!

Night night to you there!

-SSSLaura


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11/13/2010 5:28:05 PM

 
Douglas Perry
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To have a job you liked so much for a year seems like a dream to the vast majority of people who just go through the motions at whatever it is that they do. However, I believe wherever you are will be a wonderful place to work for you will be there. Hang in there Miss Kiki my best wishes to you that things will work out. To every thing there is a season.


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11/13/2010 6:43:04 PM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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Beautiful dedication to Kiki & love & agree with the philosophy of the quote!

Outstanding tones, colors, lighting, clarity, focus, dof & presentation! Seems liek your are getting to know your camera! WTG,Laura Swanee!

Kiki, things ususally work out- do not despair! Good luck!


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11/13/2010 6:49:26 PM

 
Shelly A. Van Camp
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Beautiful flower and capture, Laura!


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11/13/2010 6:51:56 PM

 
Annette Carr
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Beautiful photo and thought provoking statements. You are so multi talented. What a gift.


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11/13/2010 7:06:29 PM

 
Annette Carr
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Beautiful photo and thought provoking statements. You are so multi talented. What a gift.


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11/13/2010 7:06:48 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Thank you for all you said Mr tree, Paddy, Shelly and Annette! :)))


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11/13/2010 10:45:16 PM

 
Dick  W. Wyatt
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A very nice image, Laura.


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11/14/2010 12:38:49 AM

 
Kathy Salerni
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A gorgeous floral, Laura, with superb light, clarity and POV! Beautiful tribute also!


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11/15/2010 12:56:14 AM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Thank you so much, Dick and Kathy! :)))


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11/15/2010 1:45:01 AM

 
Kirsten Kiki Kjaer
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And thank you so much, Douglas and Patrick for your kind words to me.


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11/19/2010 6:08:55 AM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Hi Sister! :))) xo


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11/19/2010 10:32:49 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 EFP! 8o)
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11/20/2010 4:01:07 PM

 
Bojan Bencic
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Congratulations on your finalist, Laura.


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12/13/2010 1:17:47 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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What a nice surprise. Thank you Bojan!

I just got home from hustle bustle shopping. This made my day!

-Laura


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12/13/2010 2:19:22 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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Aren't surprise's the best? :) Congrats!!!


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12/13/2010 2:52:29 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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Aren't surprise's the best? :) Congrats!!!


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12/13/2010 2:52:29 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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Aren't surprise's the best? :) Congrats!!!


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12/13/2010 2:52:29 PM

 
Nancy J. Locke
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SUPER SUPER CONGRATS, LAURA!!!

Hugs, Nancy


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12/13/2010 3:20:53 PM

 
Renee Doyle
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Beautiful Laura!! Congratulations!!


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12/13/2010 3:27:27 PM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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Congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Laura...WTG!


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12/13/2010 3:44:03 PM

 
Rona L. Schwarz
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Wonderful Finalist, Laura! And a beautiful tribute to Kiki - so fitting it was rewarded! May more good things come...CONGRATULATIONS!


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12/13/2010 3:47:20 PM

 
Millie A. Talarico
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Lovely finalist, Laura!


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12/13/2010 3:48:45 PM

 
Douglas Perry
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Wo Hoo!!!!! Congrats!!!


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12/13/2010 3:52:19 PM

 
Susan Fox
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Congrats Laura!


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12/13/2010 6:13:07 PM

 
Ellen Hodges
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Huge congrats and very best luck in the next round, Laura!!!


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12/13/2010 6:19:06 PM

 
Wm Nosal
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Beauty, Laura!
Congratulations!


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12/13/2010 6:29:38 PM

 
Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna
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WTG on this awesome finalist, Laura! Best of luck in the next round! :-) k


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12/13/2010 6:38:53 PM

 
Mariann Kovats
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Congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Laura!


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12/13/2010 7:27:42 PM

 
Irene Colling
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"Naturally" beautiful Laura. The single cosmos is perfectly placed and your shallow DOF nicely gives the flower promanance.

Congratulations on your finalist Laura.


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12/13/2010 7:37:59 PM

 
Jessica Jenney
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Congratulations, Laura on your beautiful finalist!


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12/13/2010 7:51:04 PM

 
isabel C. Zepeda
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Laura

CONGRATULATIONS :)

Ysa...


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12/13/2010 8:09:21 PM

 
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 FINALIST! 8o)


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12/13/2010 9:09:48 PM

 
maria I. Warren
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hello sis. big congrats on this beautiful finalist :) good luck on the next round love ya (((hugs)))♥♥♥


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12/14/2010 12:36:14 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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Huge CONGRATZ Laura on this beautiful floral capture and Finalist. Good luck up next!

UB.


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12/14/2010 12:51:42 AM

 
Kirsten Kiki Kjaer
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Hi MSSSLala! Congratulations on your most well deserved finalist!! I'm so proud of you. And I'm so proud that you dedicated this beauty to me. It is indeed so beautiful and so appealing. It's like the flower is reaching out.


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12/14/2010 12:54:24 AM

 
Stan J. Bendkowski
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Fantastic Finalist, Laura! Big Congratulations.


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12/14/2010 1:34:58 AM

 
Lorna Shutter
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Woo Hoo!!! CONGRATULATIONS on your Finalist Award for this GORGEOUS image and dedication!!!!! Hope it goes further!!! WTG, SIS!!! :) Photobucket


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12/14/2010 4:38:27 AM

 
Sabrina Ryan
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CONGRATULATIONS on this Wonderful Finalist image, Laura!


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12/14/2010 7:26:21 AM

 
Ann Coates
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Huge congratulations on your most beautiful finalist award Laura.


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12/14/2010 9:42:29 AM

 
Kerry Hill
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Congratulations on your beautiful finalist Laura!!


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12/14/2010 11:25:53 AM

 
Kim Andelkovic (Kovic)
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Congratulations Laura beautiful :-)


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12/14/2010 1:08:49 PM

 
John Connolly
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A wonderful image Laura, and congratulations on your finalist award!


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12/14/2010 1:10:17 PM

 
Nancy L. Green
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CONGRATULATIONS Laura, VERY well deserved!!! <><


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12/14/2010 1:29:42 PM

 
Stephen Zacker
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Very pretty. Congratulations Laura


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12/14/2010 2:00:02 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Photobucket Very Very Much Everyone!

Sure Appreciate Your Support! :)

Good Luck In The Next Round To So Many Of You, Too!

-Laura


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12/14/2010 3:11:29 PM

 
Kathy Coombs
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Nice light..a big congratulations!


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12/14/2010 5:13:04 PM

 
Sherran Andersen
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Congrats Laura.


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12/14/2010 9:38:40 PM

 
Mary K. Robison
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Liked it then, like it even more with a finalist medal, Ms. PomPom!CONGRATULATIONS, and best of luck next level!


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12/15/2010 2:04:48 AM

 
Stefania Barbier
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gorgeous finalist, congrats!!!


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12/15/2010 2:24:14 AM

 
Reynaldo D. Reyes
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Beautiful image and beautiful thoughts. It's the feelings we impart that make the images sing and affect us in so many different ways. It makes you and everyone else feel special Laura... thanks for being a fatihful BP friend. Congrats too on this finalist!


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12/15/2010 8:08:02 AM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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WOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
HUGE CONGRATS on your awesome finalist!

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12/15/2010 12:59:29 PM

 
Sam Britt
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Congratulations Laura!


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12/15/2010 7:27:46 PM

 
Stan Kwasniowski
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Laura, congratulations


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12/15/2010 7:36:21 PM

 
Lyn Darlington
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Congratulations Laura, this is really beautiful!


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12/16/2010 1:03:39 AM

 
Avril Mrs Young
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congrats, fantastic work, love the words...stunning...congrats on your finalists!! well done.


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12/16/2010 1:26:35 AM

 
Renata Gusciora
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Congratulations on this lovely finalist,Laura!!!:-)


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12/16/2010 6:57:18 PM

 
Merna L. Nobile
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I really like Macro images because of the center of the flower and the shadow and pattern of the petals, nicely done.


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12/17/2010 4:55:44 PM

 
Merna L. Nobile
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It is my honor to congratulate and celebrate your award for November, 2010. Merna


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12/17/2010 8:57:54 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Thank you Kathy, Sherran, Mare, Stef, Rey, Peaches, Sam, Stan, Lyn, Avril, Renata and Merna! :)

I appreciate your congratulations and support very much!

-Laura :D


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12/18/2010 3:31:03 PM

 
Chris Ebben
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Well nothing much left for me to say...
This one will surely cheer Kiki up though & keep her going until something better comes along. A beautiful tribute=^..^=


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12/19/2010 2:34:30 PM

 
Theresa Marie Jones
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Bravo! Way to go! Beautiful!


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12/20/2010 1:58:53 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Thank You Chris and Thank You Theresa! :D

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU BOTH!!!


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12/22/2010 12:23:16 AM

 
Stan Kwasniowski
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Laura, wonderful image and story, I learned from an Indian friend that when you enter a tipi, you always go left to whereever you plan on sitting. The entrance alsways faces East, the Sun rises in the east and sets in the West


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4/15/2011 9:23:58 AM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Wow. That is so interesting, Stan. Come to think of it, the Tipi at Heritage park opens east and the man inside escorted us left! WOW! I had no idea! Wonderful.

He had a fire going and it was so hot in there I had to get out of there...Lol...BUT AMAZING and I'd have appreciated it totally had it been winter time.

Thanks for the wonderful visit!

-Laura :)


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4/15/2011 9:36:05 AM

 
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