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Found this little guy at (where else?) beautiful Zilker Botanical Gardens here in Austin. Seems to be my home away from home anymore...not that I'm complaining! :)

Make it a great day everyone!! (I'm sorely behind in commenting - will catch up with all of you soon!)

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Alan L. Borror
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    Fantastic macro, Val! The "eye" has it.


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6/2/2011 4:16:21 AM

 
Amy M. Wilson
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Outstanding close-up... love the subject, details, dof; beautiful work, Val!!


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6/2/2011 4:29:33 AM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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Fantastic, Val!
Great title, too.
~♥~


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6/2/2011 4:41:14 AM

 
Sabrina Ryan
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So cute, Val! Fabulous capture with great light, details and composition!


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6/2/2011 4:48:20 AM

 
Gina Cormier
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Great capture Val!!! Green on green. Awesome detail as usual and that garden of yours sounds divine!!!


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6/2/2011 4:50:24 AM

 
Monnie Ryan
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He's sure got his eye on you, Val -- few more visits and you'll be great friends! Terrific job!


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6/2/2011 5:00:07 AM

 
Tammy M. Anderson
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Excellent dof, comp. and capture, Val. Love this.


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6/2/2011 5:25:23 AM

 
Danny B. Head
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Outstanding close up capture!


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6/2/2011 5:36:39 AM

 
Terry Cervi
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Morning Ms V! What fantastic dof, detail and color! Plus he's an awfully cute little guy to boot! Super work, Ms V!


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6/2/2011 5:50:04 AM

 
Ron McEwan
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Amazing detail Val so sharp and crisp. Outstanding pose WTG


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6/2/2011 5:56:56 AM

 
Gord MacEachern
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Hi Val, I am sure we will see this cute little guy show up again. You sure nailed this capture, the detail, lighting, and the lovely green tones are fabulous!!


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6/2/2011 6:03:14 AM

 
Julianne Bradford
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I agree with Gord and I hope the judges agree with us Valarie. What a great portrait of this little guy!


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6/2/2011 6:29:10 AM

 
Holly Hitchcock
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I smell a WINNER!!!!!!!!!! FABULOUS!


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6/2/2011 9:19:10 AM

 
Doug Pignet
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lovely capture with great clarity and colors...nicely done


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6/2/2011 9:19:25 AM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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Hi Valarie,LOL!!My friend.Those China Geese can be mean birds at times.Beautiful macro,excellent detail and color.Down here in the desert waiting on the monsoon to start!!!


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6/2/2011 9:22:46 AM

 
Ann H. Belus
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Totally awesome! Fantastic detail and clarity in this close-up, great DOF, and I love the green on green...fabulous color! Great job, Val!


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6/2/2011 10:49:09 AM

 
Don Christiana
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Great photo Val ... I have chased those little critters all over my yard to get shot. Congrat on a super image and a willing subject.


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6/2/2011 11:45:03 AM

 
Rony Sagy
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What an amazing capture, Val. I miss Zilker Botanical Gardens.


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6/2/2011 11:59:17 AM

 
Agnes Fegan
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Seems like a good place to hang out with your camera! He's a cutie and I love the dof and pretty greens!

You always write the most thoughtful comments Val :)


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6/2/2011 1:17:07 PM

 
Linda D. Lester
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What a fun guy to play with....great greens too!


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6/2/2011 1:23:00 PM

 
Kathy Salerni
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Wonderful capture of this camouflaged green little lizard, Val! Well seen and I think he may pop up again!


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6/2/2011 1:54:04 PM

 
Emile Abbott
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If I lived in Austin I would be there every chance I could as well. Photographic opportunities everywhere. Green on Green not an easy capture but you were right on target with this. Nice work Val Keeping Texas Green.


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6/2/2011 3:34:16 PM

 
Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna
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Fabulous portrait of this cute little critter, Val! Awesome selective focus and the colors are awesome! :-) k


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6/2/2011 3:51:51 PM

 
Ann Coates
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Wow, incredible shot Val. Love the green on green.


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6/2/2011 4:35:25 PM

 
Courtenay Vanderbilt
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Outstanding SF, Val! Love the details and colors in his eye!


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6/2/2011 4:51:08 PM

 
Heather Loewenhardt
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I love these little guys but they can be a bit skittish. Beautiful perspective and expression.


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6/2/2011 5:54:40 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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Wish our lizards were green like this, he's so cute!! :) A great capture!!!


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6/2/2011 9:39:54 PM

 
Mary Dimitriw
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This is so good Val!! Excellent macro, colours, details...the works!


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6/3/2011 3:15:06 AM

 
Nadia Paul
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Wonderful close-up of this cute little guy who seems to be posing for the camera! Beautiful greens and great detail and DOF my friend - beautiful work as always!


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6/3/2011 4:22:28 PM

 
Carol L. Fowler
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Hey- if you send of few of these guys down my way, I will send you a few breeding pairs of those hoverflies! This one is fantastic- love the eye detail and color


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6/3/2011 4:25:08 PM

 
Phyllis Burchett
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Wonderful find and awesome capture Val!


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6/3/2011 6:20:16 PM

 
Ellen Hodges
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Absolutely super beautiful in every way, Val! Wow detail and pose!!


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6/3/2011 6:26:36 PM

 
Joannie M. Bertucci
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Nothing like being up close and personal with your subjects! :-) Marvelous image Val, with beautiful light green hues, details and composition!


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6/3/2011 10:16:39 PM

 
Julie Burnett
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Gorgeous, Val, you nailed the focus, (who'd of thought?) The colors, lighting and composition are just perfect!!


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6/5/2011 5:43:58 AM

 
Deborah C. Lewinson
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He is a beauty, Val, the head turn, lighting, and DOF make it outstanding!

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6/5/2011 5:37:52 PM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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Great timing and capture Val!

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6/8/2011 8:40:38 AM

 
Thomas E. Hinds
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Beautiful image, Val! These guys are so much fun to watch and not always that easy to capture! Nice work!


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6/10/2011 6:01:13 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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This is a wonderful close-up, Val! Love that dark eye in a sea of green!


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6/13/2011 7:27:15 AM

 
Freddy Bland
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What a lil cutie he/she is!! A beautiful capture, my TX friend!!


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6/15/2011 9:45:33 AM

 
Tammy Espino
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Congratulations on your awesome finalist,Val! Good luck next round :)Woot-woot!!


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7/28/2011 7:17:07 PM

 
Thomas E. Hinds
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Wonderful and deserving Finalist, Val! WTG, my friend!


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7/28/2011 7:20:16 PM

 
Deborah C. Lewinson
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Congratulations on your finalist,Val, for this fabulous image!

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7/28/2011 7:30:00 PM

 
Ellen Hodges
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Huge congrats and very best luck on this fabulous finalist, Val!!


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7/28/2011 7:33:18 PM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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A big congratulations my friend,WTG Valarie!!!!


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7/28/2011 7:44:06 PM

 
Amy M. Wilson
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Sure hope this fantastic Finalist goes gold... big congrats, my friend!!!


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7/28/2011 8:41:35 PM

 
Carol L. Fowler
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Congrats on this wonderful Finalist


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7/28/2011 8:58:46 PM

 
Reynaldo D. Reyes
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Congratulations on your wonderful finalist!


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7/28/2011 10:51:47 PM

 
Freddy Bland
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He is so cute!!! Congratulations on yet another wonderful Finalist!!!


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7/29/2011 1:36:28 AM

 
Ann Coates
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Congratulations on your fantastic finalist Valarie.


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7/29/2011 2:33:06 AM

 
Julie Burnett
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Congratulations again, Ms V, on another fantastic finalist, so well deserved!!


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7/29/2011 4:49:50 AM

 
Heather Loewenhardt
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Congratulations Val on another excellent finalist entry. Good luck.


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7/29/2011 5:06:46 AM

 
Patricia Seidler
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Great finalist Val!


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7/29/2011 6:20:27 AM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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Hey Val, Congratulations & good luck with the amazing finalist!


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7/29/2011 6:36:58 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Congratulations, Val!!


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7/29/2011 6:59:42 AM

 
Phyllis Burchett
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BIG congrats Val!!!


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7/29/2011 7:24:09 AM

 
Linda D. Lester
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I love going to our gardens too! This is awesome! Congratulations!
I have been looking for one of these!


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7/29/2011 8:26:08 AM

 
Don Christiana
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Val, A "HUGE" Congrats on being a Finalist with your great capture. Have a great day.


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7/29/2011 9:18:28 AM

 
Karen Bacon
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Congratulations on this fantastic finalist Val!


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7/29/2011 9:44:21 AM

 
Diane E. Deming
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I love the selective focus on this photo, Val. It works so well with your composition.Congratulations on this wonderful finalist!


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7/29/2011 9:58:03 AM

 
Bojan Bencic
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Congratulations on your finalists, Val.


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7/29/2011 11:16:21 AM

 
Courtenay Vanderbilt
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Happy to see him as a Finalist, Val! Congratulations!


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7/29/2011 12:00:12 PM

 
Leslie McLain
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Congrats on your amazing winner, Val.


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7/29/2011 1:10:38 PM

 
Linda D. Lester
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WTG!!! What an awesome first place win!
Congratulations!


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7/29/2011 1:17:03 PM

 
Bojan Bencic
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And on your win, Val.


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7/29/2011 1:17:19 PM

 
Phyllis Burchett
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BIG congrats Val on your WIN!!!


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7/29/2011 1:18:46 PM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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Yea, Val....big congratulations on this amazing 1st place win!!


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7/29/2011 1:19:50 PM

 
Courtenay Vanderbilt
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I haven't even finished with the Finalists yet! Congratulations on your Win, Val!


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7/29/2011 1:24:48 PM

 
Michelle Alton
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Totally extraordinary moment, Val!
Congratulations on this very well-deserved honor! Bravo!


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7/29/2011 1:29:39 PM

 
Ermanno Radice
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Many congrats on a gorgeous first place win!!!!


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7/29/2011 1:35:26 PM

 
Danny B. Head
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Congrats on a great first place win!


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7/29/2011 1:44:58 PM

 
Ron McEwan
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Big congrats on your Gold Val


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7/29/2011 1:45:11 PM

 
Monnie Ryan
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Wowee - green turned into gold! WTG, Val!


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7/29/2011 1:46:44 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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What a terrific catch and a very well deserved First Place, Val. CONGRATZ!!!

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7/29/2011 1:48:45 PM

 
Agnes Fegan
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Wowzer...way to go Val! Congratulations!!!


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7/29/2011 2:03:15 PM

 
Tammy M. Anderson
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Congrats Val on your first place winner. WTG!


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7/29/2011 2:36:49 PM

 
Marsha S. Smith
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Congratulations! These little guys are some of my favorite subjects and the judges here seem to appreciate shots of them.
Wonderful image!


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7/29/2011 2:39:13 PM

 
Val Feldman
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Thank you so much everyone...I'm a happy camper tonight! :):)


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7/29/2011 2:51:31 PM

 
Diane E. Deming
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Another well-deserved win, Val. A BIG CONGRATULATIONS!


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7/29/2011 3:09:54 PM

 
Lydia Williams
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Congratulations on your golden win..Well done, Val!


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7/29/2011 3:10:50 PM

 
Anita Hogue
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A big congratulations for a very fabulous image, Val!


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7/29/2011 3:25:22 PM

 
Diane L. Thomas
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Congratulations Val for your 1st place winner. It is an awesome shot.


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7/29/2011 3:25:25 PM

 
Renee Doyle
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Congratulations on this excellent First Place Winner Val!!


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7/29/2011 3:54:41 PM

 
Rona L. Schwarz
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So FANTASTIC, Val! Love the green on green and he is so cute! HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on this superb FIRST PLACE GOLD WINNER!


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7/29/2011 3:56:03 PM

 
Michele Peterson
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Congratulations!! Love this close up of this little guy!!


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7/29/2011 4:09:02 PM

 
Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna
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Fabulous winner! WTG Val! :-) k


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7/29/2011 4:19:21 PM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your first place winner, Val. Love all the green.


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7/29/2011 4:24:04 PM

 
Reynaldo D. Reyes
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Congratulations Val on this Winner!


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7/29/2011 4:28:39 PM

 
Nadia Paul
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Congrats on your gorgeous and most deserving winner my friend - WTG!!!!


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7/29/2011 4:31:39 PM

 
Debra R. Harder
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WTG, Val! Huge congratulations on your OUTSTANDING FIRST PLACE WINNER! Deb


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7/29/2011 4:54:26 PM

 
Thomas E. Hinds
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A wonderful Winner, Val! Big congratulations on this first placer! I'm very happy for you!


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7/29/2011 5:11:39 PM

 
Gina Cormier
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WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!! So deserving young lady! :-)


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7/29/2011 5:18:47 PM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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Congratulations on your FIRST PLACE WINNER Val!

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7/29/2011 5:23:15 PM

 
Mary Dimitriw
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I told you this was so good in every way Val!! A huge congrats on this amazing First Place Winner!!


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7/29/2011 6:03:27 PM

 
Amy M. Wilson
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WOW... this could not be any more well-deserved!!! So very happy for ya, my friend - huge congratulations on your awesome First Place, Val!!


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7/29/2011 6:33:45 PM

 
R. J. Laudenbacher
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Whoo hooo...WTG Val! A big congratulations to you on this wonderful First Place Winner.


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7/29/2011 6:49:51 PM

 
Sabrina Ryan
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CONGRATULATIONS on this Awesome Winning image, Val!


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7/29/2011 7:22:49 PM

 
Ann Coates
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Huge congratulations on your Gold Valarie.


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7/29/2011 7:43:47 PM

 
Julianne Bradford
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Val..I'm so glad to see this little green guy go Gold! Congratulations!


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7/29/2011 7:55:20 PM

 
Kathy Cline
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I can never get this close. You were so lucky Val.
Congratulations on a well deserved award!


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7/29/2011 7:55:48 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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Congrats on this win, Val :) YAY


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7/29/2011 8:32:52 PM

 
Rony Sagy
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Huge congratulations on your wonderful well deserved win, Val.


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7/29/2011 8:55:03 PM

 
Kathy Salerni
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I just knew this little guy would pop up again, Val! AWESOME First Place Winner!


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7/29/2011 10:58:41 PM

 
Kerry Hill
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Congratulations on your awesome win Val!


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7/29/2011 11:02:46 PM

 
Alan L. Borror
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Congratulations on a wonderful winner, Val!


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7/30/2011 2:02:04 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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...and congratulations once again for taking home the gold!


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7/30/2011 4:51:45 AM

 
Deborah C. Lewinson
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Hooray, Val, such a well deserved First Play Winner!

Hardy congrats!
Debby


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7/30/2011 5:19:55 AM

 
Julie Burnett
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Congratulations on your First Place Win, Val!! :) :) :)


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7/30/2011 5:45:32 AM

 
Karen Slagle
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Wow Val, what an incredible winning image. Huge congrats and very well deserved. Your composition and details are right on. I want to thank you for having a look and for leaving your very kind comments on mine.


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7/30/2011 5:51:53 AM

 
Melissa Olsen
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I agree with Karen...this is a incredible image. A well deserved congrats coming your way!


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7/30/2011 6:11:01 AM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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Val, Congratulations on your well-deserved Gold Medal Winner!


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7/30/2011 7:14:27 AM

 
Val Feldman
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Thank you all so very much. You people are the best and I don't think there's enough words to thank you all for your encouragement and kind support...course, I could always try and ramble on here in my usual manner for the next 5 minutes... :) :) :) Have a great day and rest of the weekend - and thanks... ~Val


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7/30/2011 7:23:49 AM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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A big congratulations,Valarie.Beautiful capture!!!


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7/30/2011 7:47:20 AM

 
Don Christiana
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Val, Congratulation on your FIRST PLACE win, and thank you for providing the BP Members and myself with a great example of beautiful macro photography.


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7/30/2011 7:48:40 AM

 
Karen Bacon
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A big congratulations on this fantastic winner Val!


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7/30/2011 9:06:40 AM

 
Bunny Snow
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Congratulations on your first place gold medal win!!

Well done selective focusing on this very interesting creation. Your composition, the colors and tonality are just right. And, the anolie's expression is priceless!

Well done!


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7/30/2011 9:09:41 AM

 
Amanda J. Tanner
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Congratulations Val on this wonderful Winner! Nice Work!


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7/30/2011 4:25:17 PM

 
Ellen Hodges
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Very huge congrats on this fabulous and well deserved winner, Val! Yeah!!!!


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7/30/2011 6:42:01 PM

 
Freddy Bland
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Many congratulations, Val!! Super First Place winner!!


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7/31/2011 1:17:07 AM

 
Val Feldman
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Once again, thank you all so much for your kind congrats....and as always, your visits here are much appreciated! Have an enjoyable Sunday! ~Val


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7/31/2011 4:25:30 AM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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Congrats Val on this Fantastic 1st Place Win!!


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7/31/2011 5:11:25 AM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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Congratulations Val on your Win!!!


Dominick


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7/31/2011 12:09:43 PM

 
Allen O. Howard
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Big Win!!! Congratulations Val!


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7/31/2011 2:16:23 PM

 
Emile Abbott
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YEH HA WTG Val. Awesome win Congrats.


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7/31/2011 2:50:25 PM

 
Gord MacEachern
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A big congratulations on the beautiful 1st place GOLD Val, very well done. I am not surprised one little bit by this big win, excellent photography my friend!! My wireless internet is still down, using another location for an hour or so.


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7/31/2011 2:53:10 PM

 
Richard B. Hallick
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Congratulations on your first place award. This is a great image. Well done.


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7/31/2011 4:24:41 PM

 
Dayna Cain
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This is an amazing image and well deserving of that awesome 1st place gold! Great job and congratulations!


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8/1/2011 5:15:53 AM

 
Ann H. Belus
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Congratulations on this awesome winning image, Val!


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8/2/2011 8:35:29 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Congratulations on your very cool and beautiful FIRST PLACE win Val!


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8/2/2011 9:19:12 AM

 
Patricia Seidler
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Congratulations Val on this terrific winner!


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8/3/2011 7:45:46 AM

 
Mary Beth Aiello
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Val -- Huge congrats on this gorgeous Gold.


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8/3/2011 10:08:51 AM

 
Merna L. Nobile
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Imagine it. Feel it. Receive it. Congratulations, your entry was very special and thanks for sharing it with all of us. Merna Nobile


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8/5/2011 2:44:36 PM

 
Carmody Baker
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Congratulations Val. Love the focus!!!.....still dreaming of the bluebonnets too!!! :))


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8/8/2011 5:00:21 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Congratulations on the first place win, Val, for this beautifully composed, focused and exposed image. Wonderful work.


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8/10/2011 4:21:04 PM

 
Ruth E. Foster-Lindsay
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Congrats Val! Awesome capture!


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8/25/2011 4:46:40 PM

 
Karen Slagle
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Wow Val, I can see why this is a winning image. The depth of field, composition and details are incredible. Belated congrats on this beauty.


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1/4/2012 1:53:19 PM

 
Bill Houghton
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Val, This is an outstanding shot of this beautiful winner. It has great sharpness, DOF and detail. Good capture. Have a great day, Bill


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1/18/2012 5:56:23 AM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Coming to you gallery is always a visual delight, Val! LOOK AT THIS LITTLE GUY LOOKING AT YOU! I bet he even says "Val!" in his own language when he sees you coming! HeeHee! :D

I love your work. I wish I had a HANG OUT that gifted me winner after winner. I love the woods and am the lady of them yet the botanical gardens sound like a great place to be! :)))

ON YOU FIRST PLACE WIN. WOWZA!

-LOTW,
Laura :D xo


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