Changing Seasons

© Laura E. Swan

Changing Seasons

Mary K. Robison 11/13/2010 3:14:55 AM

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.

Gord MacEachern 11/13/2010 3:21:54 AM

Very beautiful floral image and story Laura! #9031262

Jack Gaskin 11/13/2010 3:41:30 AM

Interesting quote from a people in tune w/the world
around them.

Happy Shooting
Jack #9031305

Bojan Bencic 11/13/2010 3:46:58 AM

Beautiful light and details, Laura. Fantastic sunny image. #9031333

Freddy Bland 11/13/2010 3:47:00 AM

Beautiful image and beautiful quote, Laura!! #9031334

Douglas Pignet 11/13/2010 4:30:33 AM

Lovely floral capture with wonderful colors and lighting...Well done #9031452

Roxanne M. Bubar 11/13/2010 5:32:25 AM

Stunning light and beautiful image. #9031546

Ron McEwan 11/13/2010 6:09:00 AM

You sure nailed this one Laura and I love the verse that you put with it #9031618

Monnie Ryan 11/13/2010 6:42:59 AM

Gorgeous, Laura -- enjoyed the story as well! #9031676

Randy D. Dinkins 11/13/2010 6:59:52 AM

Cool capture and dof. I too enjoyed the story. #9031691

Amanda J. Tanner 11/13/2010 7:13:27 AM

A very beautiful tribute to Kiki! I know she will love this. Thank you Laura for sharing the image and story! A wonderful capture! #9031709

John Connolly 11/13/2010 11:37:43 AM

A beautiful floral capture Laura, the light and detail are outstanding! #9032098

Stephen Zacker 11/13/2010 1:58:03 PM

Very Pretty. Like the story #9032232

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer 11/13/2010 3:03:41 PM

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.

Laura E. Swan 11/13/2010 4:03:03 PM

Here is Michelle's Comment: :)

Michelle Alton
BetterPhoto Member
member since: 5/3/2007

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

11/13/2010 3:11:56 AM #9032380

Ellen Hodges 11/13/2010 4:17:05 PM

A beautiful tribute, Laura! So sorry to hear this, Kiki!!!!! Is it possible to reorganize under another name, same people? #9032392

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer 11/13/2010 4:20:11 PM

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. #9032398

Laura E. Swan 11/13/2010 4:21:30 PM

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 #9032401

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer 11/13/2010 5:17:20 PM

Now you really made me smile :) #9032478

Laura E. Swan 11/13/2010 5:28:05 PM

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 #9032500

Douglas Perry 11/13/2010 6:43:04 PM

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. #9032560

Patrick Rouzes 11/13/2010 6:49:26 PM

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! #9032571

Shelly A. Van Camp 11/13/2010 6:51:56 PM

Beautiful flower and capture, Laura! #9032576

Annette Carr 11/13/2010 7:06:29 PM

Beautiful photo and thought provoking statements. You are so multi talented. What a gift. #9032606

Annette Carr 11/13/2010 7:06:48 PM

Beautiful photo and thought provoking statements. You are so multi talented. What a gift. #9032607

Laura E. Swan 11/13/2010 10:45:16 PM

Thank you for all you said Mr tree, Paddy, Shelly and Annette! :))) #9032787

Dick W. Wyatt 11/14/2010 12:38:49 AM

A very nice image, Laura. #9032814

Kathy Salerni 11/15/2010 12:56:14 AM

A gorgeous floral, Laura, with superb light, clarity and POV! Beautiful tribute also! #9034543

Laura E. Swan 11/15/2010 1:45:01 AM

Thank you so much, Dick and Kathy! :))) #9034576

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer 11/19/2010 6:08:55 AM

And thank you so much, Douglas and Patrick for your kind words to me. #9050910

Laura E. Swan 11/19/2010 10:32:49 AM

Hi Sister! :))) xo #9051505

Nancyj E. Hovey 11/20/2010 4:01:07 PM

on your very deserving EFP! 8o)
Photobucket #9053947

Bojan Bencic 12/13/2010 1:17:47 PM

Congratulations on your finalist, Laura. #9097326

Laura E. Swan 12/13/2010 2:19:22 PM

What a nice surprise. Thank you Bojan!

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

-Laura #9097754

Tammy Espino 12/13/2010 2:52:29 PM

Aren't surprise's the best? :) Congrats!!! #9097937

Tammy Espino 12/13/2010 2:52:29 PM

Aren't surprise's the best? :) Congrats!!! #9097938

Tammy Espino 12/13/2010 2:52:29 PM

Aren't surprise's the best? :) Congrats!!! #9097939

Nancy J. Locke 12/13/2010 3:20:53 PM


Hugs, Nancy #9098185

Renee Doyle 12/13/2010 3:27:27 PM

Beautiful Laura!! Congratulations!! #9098233

Patti Coblentz 12/13/2010 3:44:03 PM

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Laura...WTG! #9098334

Rona L. Schwarz 12/13/2010 3:47:20 PM

Wonderful Finalist, Laura! And a beautiful tribute to Kiki - so fitting it was rewarded! May more good things come...CONGRATULATIONS! #9098357

Millie A. Talarico 12/13/2010 3:48:45 PM

Lovely finalist, Laura! #9098370

Douglas Perry 12/13/2010 3:52:19 PM

Wo Hoo!!!!! Congrats!!! #9098391

Susan Fox 12/13/2010 6:13:07 PM

Congrats Laura! #9099087

Ellen Hodges 12/13/2010 6:19:06 PM

Huge congrats and very best luck in the next round, Laura!!! #9099114

Wm Nosal 12/13/2010 6:29:38 PM

Beauty, Laura!
Congratulations! #9099186

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 12/13/2010 6:38:53 PM

WTG on this awesome finalist, Laura! Best of luck in the next round! :-) k #9099242

Mariann Kovats 12/13/2010 7:27:42 PM

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Laura! #9099586

Irene Colling 12/13/2010 7:37:59 PM

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

Congratulations on your finalist Laura. #9099673

Jessica Jenney 12/13/2010 7:51:04 PM

Congratulations, Laura on your beautiful finalist! #9099765

isabel C. Zepeda 12/13/2010 8:09:21 PM



Ysa... #9099948

Nancyj E. Hovey 12/13/2010 9:09:48 PM

on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #9100479

maria Warren 12/14/2010 12:36:14 AM

hello sis. big congrats on this beautiful finalist :) good luck on the next round love ya (((hugs)))♥♥♥ #9100889

Usman M. Bajwa 12/14/2010 12:51:42 AM

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

UB. #9100907

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer 12/14/2010 12:54:24 AM

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. #9100909

Stan J. Bendkowski 12/14/2010 1:34:58 AM

Fantastic Finalist, Laura! Big Congratulations. #9100984

Lorna Shutter 12/14/2010 4:38:27 AM

Woo Hoo!!! CONGRATULATIONS on your Finalist Award for this GORGEOUS image and dedication!!!!! Hope it goes further!!! WTG, SIS!!! :) Photobucket #9101487

Sabrina Ryan 12/14/2010 7:26:21 AM

CONGRATULATIONS on this Wonderful Finalist image, Laura! #9102184

Ann Coates 12/14/2010 9:42:29 AM

Huge congratulations on your most beautiful finalist award Laura. #9102450

Kerry Hill 12/14/2010 11:25:53 AM

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist Laura!! #9102621

Kim Andelkovic 12/14/2010 1:08:49 PM

Congratulations Laura beautiful :-) #9102972

John Connolly 12/14/2010 1:10:17 PM

A wonderful image Laura, and congratulations on your finalist award! #9102975

Nancy L. Green 12/14/2010 1:29:42 PM

CONGRATULATIONS Laura, VERY well deserved!!! <>< #9103017

Stephen Zacker 12/14/2010 2:00:02 PM

Very pretty. Congratulations Laura #9103097

Laura E. Swan 12/14/2010 3:11:29 PM

Photobucket Very Very Much Everyone!

Sure Appreciate Your Support! :)

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

-Laura #9103221

Kathy Coombs 12/14/2010 5:13:04 PM

Nice light..a big congratulations! #9103547

Sherran Andersen 12/14/2010 9:38:40 PM

Congrats Laura. #9104202

Mary K. Robison 12/15/2010 2:04:48 AM

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

Stefania Barbier 12/15/2010 2:24:14 AM

gorgeous finalist, congrats!!! #9104471

Reynaldo D. Reyes 12/15/2010 8:08:02 AM

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! #9105377

Nancy (Peaches) Harker 12/15/2010 12:59:29 PM


HUGE CONGRATS on your awesome finalist!

Photobucket #9106371

Sam Britt 12/15/2010 7:27:46 PM

Congratulations Laura! #9107750

Stan Kwasniowski 12/15/2010 7:36:21 PM

Laura, congratulations #9107778

Lyn Darlington 12/16/2010 1:03:39 AM

Congratulations Laura, this is really beautiful! #9108166

Avril Young 12/16/2010 1:26:35 AM

congrats, fantastic work, love the words...stunning...congrats on your finalists!! well done. #9108168

Renata Gusciora 12/16/2010 6:57:18 PM

Congratulations on this lovely finalist,Laura!!!:-) #9110148

Merna L. Nobile 12/17/2010 4:55:44 PM

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


Merna L. Nobile 12/17/2010 8:57:54 PM

It is my honor to congratulate and celebrate your award for November, 2010. Merna #9112273

Laura E. Swan 12/18/2010 3:31:03 PM

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 #9113578

Chris Ebben 12/19/2010 2:34:30 PM

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=^..^= #9114936

Theresa Marie Jones 12/20/2010 1:58:53 PM

Bravo! Way to go! Beautiful! #9116547

Laura E. Swan 12/22/2010 12:23:16 AM

Thank You Chris and Thank You Theresa! :D


Stan Kwasniowski 4/15/2011 9:23:58 AM

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 #9352269

Laura E. Swan 4/15/2011 9:36:05 AM

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 :) #9352285

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

Dedicated To Kiki Kjaer
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

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

Exif: F Number: 7.1, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/400 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, FocalLength: 4.60 mm, Model: Canon PowerShot SD800 IS

Uploaded on 11/13/2010 2:44:04 AM

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