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Cox Arboretum Bridge
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Cox Arboretum Bridge
Cox Arboretum Bridge
Colored and added effects in PSE.

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© Nicole Kessel
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Paula Kelly
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    Vert nice shot I like this photo and the effects.

11/16/2005 6:04:36 AM

 
Mary Dimitriw
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Nice effect work. I just love this whole scene, it's so mystical looking.

11/16/2005 6:05:47 AM

 
Dr Silly
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Like the mysitical look. Wonderful effects. :o)

11/16/2005 6:36:58 AM

 
Michelle Lea  Guinn
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Gorgeous image Nicole!! Love the effects!! mlg~

11/16/2005 7:15:41 AM

 
Jill Flynn
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LOVE the way this looks Nicole ... magical and dreamy. The tones are GORGEOUS. WOW!!!!

11/16/2005 9:22:42 AM

 
Alisha L. Ekstrom
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OMGOSH Nicole...I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS!!! WOW....GORGEOUS!!! Awesome reflection & the effects you did are splendid!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!!!

11/16/2005 10:01:11 AM

 
Deb Holmes
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What a magical look you have given this, Nicole, awesome job!

11/16/2005 11:21:51 AM

 
Goshka G.
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Absolutely beautiful scene, Nicole, with really lovely effects!!

11/16/2005 12:44:04 PM

 
Randy A. Myers
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Fantastic job on this one. Two thumbs up from me. RAM

11/16/2005 5:41:21 PM

 
Lisa Clark
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Stunning image and PS work. Looks like a winner!!

11/16/2005 9:15:42 PM

 
Nicole Kessel

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Thank you Paula, Mary, Dr. S, Michelle, Jill, Alisha, Deb, Goshka, Randy, and Lisa! I appreciate all of your wonderful comments so very much!! :)

11/16/2005 9:50:28 PM

 
Desiree M. Bento
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WOW! Nicole, this BW and effects are just amazing!

11/16/2005 10:05:51 PM

 
Nicole Kessel

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Thank you, for your kind comments, Desiree! :)

11/16/2005 10:23:51 PM

 
Mary Timman
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This is awesome Nicole. I love the image and the tones. Wow...

11/19/2005 1:38:00 PM

 
Cathy M. Gromball
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Wonderful photo and effects, Nicole!

Cathy :)

11/19/2005 6:12:14 PM

 
Nicole Kessel

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Thank you Mary and Cathy!

11/19/2005 9:37:05 PM

 
Sandra Freyler
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WOW! Beautiful image, Nicole! Great work!

11/20/2005 5:22:54 PM

 
Nicole Kessel

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Thank you, Sandra! :)

11/21/2005 2:52:42 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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You've created a beautiful fairy scene Nicole ! Gorgeous use of effects :o)

11/21/2005 10:06:27 PM

 
Nicole Kessel

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Thank you very much, Sylvia! :)

11/22/2005 10:39:36 AM

 
Connie J. Bagot
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This is lovely and mysterious Nicole---I really really like it. Beautiful toning as well.

11/22/2005 2:02:54 PM

 
Nicole Kessel

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Thank you so much, Connie!

11/22/2005 8:31:27 PM

 
Marvin H. Gohlke Jr.
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I love the setting, tones, and effects you have done to this shot. Wonderful work!!

11/23/2005 6:34:15 AM

 
Nicole Kessel

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Thank you very much, Marvin for your very nice comments!

11/23/2005 7:04:02 PM

 
Bill Houghton
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This is a beautiful image Nicole. Great shot. Thanks fo your comments on my photo.
Bill

11/25/2005 8:58:33 AM

 
Nicole Kessel

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Thank you, Bill!

11/25/2005 6:32:30 PM

 
Katrina Diaz
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This is lovely, Nicole! I've been here a few times and the bridge is really very nice! Your effects work wonders here...great work! ; )
~K

11/27/2005 9:32:56 AM

 
Nicole Kessel

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Thank you, Katrina! It is definitely one of my favorite places to photograph!

11/27/2005 2:57:13 PM

 
Kiran Voleti
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Wonderful Capture....
-k@n

11/27/2005 8:09:18 PM

 
Nicole Kessel

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Thank you, Kiran!

11/28/2005 8:58:46 AM

 
Wayne Nolting
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Very nice capture and I like the filter(s) you used. Which filter did you select to give it that "dreamy" look?

12/17/2005 9:32:01 AM

 
Nicole Kessel

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Thanks Wayne. I used a combination of filters on this one. I still have to apply the effects to the original file. I was just playing around with the smaller version. So unfortunately, I don't really remember. Once I pull out the original and work on it I'll let you know if I can achieve the same results. I know I used a combination of gaussian blur, diffuse glow, dodge and burn, as well as some filter from virtual photographer. I'm glad you like it! :)

12/19/2005 1:29:19 PM

 
Chris Macer

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Congrats on the finalist, Nicole!

12/20/2005 8:37:20 AM

 
Cathy M. Gromball
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Congratulations on this wonderful finalist, Nicole!

Cathy :)

12/20/2005 8:57:14 AM

 
Dr Silly
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CONGRATULATIONS NICOLE. :o)

12/20/2005 9:02:05 AM

 
Jill Flynn
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I remember this stunning and beautiful image Nicole. Congratulations on your win and good luck in the next round!

12/20/2005 9:39:45 AM

 
Deborah  Sandidge
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Love the effects, Nicole, congratulations!

12/20/2005 9:41:34 AM

 
Sandy Landon
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Love the effects on this!! Gorgeous!! Congrats!!

12/20/2005 10:02:37 AM

 
Terry L. Ellis
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Wonderful congratulations, Nicole, on this wonderful finalist!

12/20/2005 10:35:37 AM

 
Mary Timman
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Told you it was beautiful. Congratulations and good luck!

12/20/2005 11:05:27 AM

 
Cathy Barrows
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Congrats on your finalist...beautiful

12/20/2005 12:04:34 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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Congratulations Nicole :o)

12/20/2005 1:09:11 PM

 
Jenny Bosmans
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Congratulations on this beautiful finalist, Nicole!!

12/20/2005 3:37:25 PM

 
Donna J. Taff
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Congratulations, Nicole on this beautiful finalist win!!!!

12/20/2005 5:44:53 PM

 
Marie Fields
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Congratulations, Nicole! Beautiful!!

12/20/2005 8:26:45 PM

 
Deb Holmes
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Congratulations Nicole, way to go!

12/21/2005 6:53:02 AM

 
Goshka G.
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Big congrats, Nicole!!

12/21/2005 3:38:44 PM

 
Nicole Kessel

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Chris, Cathy, Dr S, Jill, Deborah, Sandy, Terry, Mary, Cathy B., Sylvia, Jenny, Donna, Marie, Deb, and Goshka...

Thank you all for your incredible support! I appreciate everyone's comments so very much!

12/21/2005 5:11:56 PM

 
Don Holland
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Congratulations, very deserving! Wonderful PSE work!

12/21/2005 6:57:19 PM

 
Rakesh Syal
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Congratulations on this well deserved finalist, Nicole!!!

12/21/2005 10:03:47 PM

 
Gen Nagase
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So beautifully done!!!
Congratulations, Nicole, on your finalist.
Best of luck on the next round.

12/22/2005 9:00:58 AM

 
Nicole Kessel

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Thank you Don, Rakesh, and Nobi for all of your nice comments! :)

12/22/2005 8:14:22 PM

 
Sandy Landon
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Congrats on your win!! Fantastic

12/22/2005 10:57:16 PM

 
Mary Timman
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Well deserved Nicole. Congratulations.

12/23/2005 5:30:32 AM

 
Marie Fields
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Congratulations, Nicole!!

12/23/2005 6:01:41 AM

 
Dr Silly
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Nicole congratulations on your big win.:o)

12/23/2005 6:25:37 AM

 
Barbara Helgason
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Congratulations Nicole on this win. It is STUNNING, I love it, well deserved!

12/23/2005 6:43:03 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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Congratulations Nicole !!!!! :o)

12/23/2005 6:56:57 AM

 
Chris Macer

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Congrats on the win, Nicole! Way to go! :)

12/23/2005 7:09:19 AM

 
Jill Flynn
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This is so beautiful Nicole. I LOVE this!!!! Congratulations on your win!

12/23/2005 7:56:04 AM

 
Deborah  Sandidge
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Beautiful work, congratulations Nicole!

12/23/2005 7:56:45 AM

 
Terry L. Ellis
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Super congratulations, Nicole, on this fabulous second place win!

12/23/2005 10:15:09 AM

 
Hendrik Storme
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Congratulations!!!!Well deserved!!!!

12/23/2005 11:35:22 AM

 
Katrina Diaz
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Congratulations, Nicole!!! ; )
~K

12/23/2005 12:23:24 PM

 
Jenny Bosmans
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Congratulations on this wonderful winner, Nicole!!

12/23/2005 6:03:03 PM

 
Gen Nagase
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Congratulations, Nicole!!!
Fabulous win!!!

12/23/2005 7:07:26 PM

 
Cora Miller
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The ethereal mood you've created is wonderful. Congratulations on your win!

12/23/2005 9:41:36 PM

 
Candice C. Calhoun
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Congratulations on your excellent win! Merry Christmas!

ccc

12/24/2005 1:51:45 AM

 
Alison Greenwood
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Congratulations on your fabulous winner Nicole! Superb work! :o)

12/24/2005 2:11:06 AM

 
Deb Holmes
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Congratulations on this beautiful winner Nicole, Bravo!

12/24/2005 4:35:10 AM

 
Terry  R. Hatfield
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Very Pretty Nicole!!Congratulations On Your Win!!

12/24/2005 4:42:00 AM

 
Donna W. Neal
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Congratulations on this awesome winner Nicole

12/24/2005 9:32:04 AM

 
Nicole Kessel

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Sandy, Mary, Marie, Dr S, Barbara, Sylvia, Chris, Jill, Deborah, Terry, Hendrik, Katrina, Jenny, Nobi, Cora, Candice, Alison, Deb, Terry, Donna, Everyone...

Thank you all for wonderful notes of congrats and fabulous comments! Everyone has given me such great support at BP and it is always appreciated! I hope everyone has a terrific holiday and a wonderful New Year!

12/24/2005 12:54:55 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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Congratulations on this outstanding win, Nicole!!! I love the tones and effects! Well done! Merry Christmas!

12/24/2005 5:40:55 PM

 
Nicole Kessel

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Thank you, Sharon! Merry Christmas to you, too!

12/24/2005 9:52:47 PM

 
Tracy Reehal
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The effects give this photo sort of a noirish ambience...I really like this. You've created/captured a wonderful mood photo...emotionally provoking. Awesome PS work. Congrats to you for a well-deserved win!

12/25/2005 2:09:19 PM

 
Nicole Kessel

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Thank you Tracy for your comments! I appreciate the great feedback!

12/25/2005 4:26:37 PM

 
Terrill Province
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So happy for you on your win! Love this image ~ CONGRATULATIONS MY FRIEND!!!

12/26/2005 7:53:42 PM

 
Nicole Kessel

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Thank you, Terrill! :)

12/27/2005 11:57:16 AM

 
William Moore
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great work and congrats on all your winning photos and finalists

12/29/2005 7:30:08 AM

 
Nicole Kessel

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Thank you, William! I appreciate your comments!

12/29/2005 8:33:16 AM

 
bob cornelison
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Nice work!
Congrats!
~:O)

12/29/2005 5:01:37 PM

 
Nicole Kessel

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Thanks so very much, Bob!

12/31/2005 4:31:00 PM

 
Debra P. Chenault
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Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Love the effects!!!!

12/31/2005 7:56:30 PM

 
Nicole Kessel

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Thank you Debra for your great comments!

1/1/2006 6:27:39 PM

 
Alton I. Vance
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Beautiful work, congratulations on your win! Well deserved.

1/9/2006 1:19:52 AM

 
Nicole Kessel

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Thank you, Alton!

1/10/2006 7:44:03 AM

 
Karen Slagle
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Nicloe, I have always admired this winning image. Many times I have looked at it and wondered what filters you used for some to be in focus and some not. Hope you will give me a clue. I love it and think it is your best work.

1/19/2006 7:18:23 AM

 
Cathy M. Gromball
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Congratulations on your Second Place win, Nicole!

Cathy :)

1/19/2006 12:18:09 PM

 
Nicole Kessel

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Thanks very much for the nice comments, Karen and Cathy!

Karen, I use what I like to call an artistic approach when digitally enhancing an image. I just keep applying different filters and effects until I get the look I'm going for. Kind of like working on a painting. So, I don't recall the exact steps but, I will email you what I remember. Thanks again!

1/19/2006 12:33:58 PM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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Excellent image...belated congrats.

2/10/2006 10:21:24 PM

 
Nicole Kessel

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Thanks, Corinne!

2/13/2006 10:07:18 AM

 
Brenda M. Wolfensberger
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Nicole, I just found this image and wanted to congratulate you on such an amazing capture. It's a breathtaking image and very well deserved win. Congrats!

3/6/2006 8:15:46 PM

 
Nicole Kessel

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Thanks very much, Brenda!!

3/10/2006 6:36:25 AM

 
Jill Odice
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Nicole, don't know how I missed this gorgeous shot! Glad the judges didn't miss it! :-) I love everything about this, I bet it would be incredible framed and hung!

3/15/2006 7:49:07 AM

 
Nicole Kessel

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Thank you so much, Jill!! :)

3/23/2006 6:25:27 PM

 
Nadya Johnson
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Totally stupendous, Nicole! Such a perfect shot! Congratulations on this gorgeous image and on your other placements, too!

3/27/2006 11:36:57 AM

 
Nicole Kessel

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Thank you Nadya for your very nice comments!!

3/29/2006 7:16:58 PM

 
Cheryl E. Davis
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Hi Nicole, this is an awesome image! Love your PS work! I'm new to Better Photo and really have enjoyed looking through all the awesome galleries. Yours is one of them! :-) Can you give me some instructions on achieving a look like this? Thanks!

8/4/2006 1:04:14 PM

 
Cheryl E. Davis
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Hi Nicole, this is an awesome image! Love your PS work! I'm new to Better Photo and really have enjoyed looking through all the awesome galleries. Yours is one of them! :-) Can you give me some instructions on achieving a look like this? Thanks!

8/4/2006 1:05:14 PM

 
Cheryl E. Davis
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Well, didn't mean to send the same comment twice! It said there was an error sending and try again. :-) Well, it just tells you how much I like the image! lol

8/4/2006 1:07:02 PM

 
Nicole Kessel

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Thank you so much, Cheryl! You are incredibly sweet! It's been so long I can't say I remember what exactly I did to this photo. I mentioned in a comment above some of the things I applied to it. I hope that helps a little! I really appreciate your taking the time to comment! :)

8/4/2006 5:50:30 PM

 
Roxanne M. Bubar
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Gorgeous.

10/5/2006 12:26:37 PM

 
Nicole Kessel

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Thank you, Roxanne!

10/9/2006 7:47:49 PM

 
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