With Gratitude

© William C. Raco

With Gratitude

William C. Raco Student 11/24/2004 2:59:18 AM

With this month's theme being gratitude, and with Thanksgiving arriving tomorrow, I am well aware of all the blessings I've received in my life.
One of those bright spots is the Better Photo community and all the fine folks that inhabit this site.
I have been treated so incredibly well by all of you.
I am still overwhelmed by the gracious posts and well wishes from so many of you on my recent birthday.
I have all of you to be so thankful forů..

And that brings me to someone to whom I am most grateful
The woman who has become my mentor and my friend.
Any improvement I have made as a photographer in the past year is a direct reflection of her advice, her teaching and her assistance.
She inspires me daily with her work, her artistry, her heart and her friendship.
With appreciation, with admiration, and with gratitude, I dedicate this photo of your favorite Calla Lilies to you, Kathleen Clemons
Thank you,

bill #191084

Janet L. Skinner 11/24/2004 3:05:18 AM

How beautiful, Bill.... #934892

Paul C. Gazzanigo 11/24/2004 3:09:55 AM

Simply beautiful, Bill. Wonderul and touching sentiment ... it's nice to see class. #934897

Alan L. Borror 11/24/2004 3:12:55 AM

Great photo and great post, Bill!!! #934904

Alan L. Borror 11/24/2004 3:13:18 AM

Great photo and great post, Bill!!! #934907

Tom Andersen 11/24/2004 3:19:42 AM

Marvelous photo and tribute, Bill! #934920

Kathleen Clemons 11/24/2004 3:19:53 AM

This is an incredible find, Bill, and a lovely photo. When I am rich and famous, I'll have to order a gate like this. Thank you very much for your kind words. :) #934922

Sharon Day 11/24/2004 3:51:49 AM

Beautiful shot, Bill!!! Wonderful tribute to friendship and blessings! #934995

Dolores Neilson 11/24/2004 3:52:03 AM

bill...this is beautifully composed with wonderful graphical appeal.

Your sentiment is so very touching, it brought tears to my eyes. Yes, Kathleen is a special person indeed and an amazing photographer. Wishing you both a wonderful Thanksgiving. #934996

Paul Michko 11/24/2004 3:53:56 AM

Bill, you've brought a tear to my eyes. This is by far the best tribute to a fantastic lady and excellent Photographer. Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone. #935002

Joy Brown 11/24/2004 4:04:34 AM

Wonderful image and tribute, Bill! #935034

Cathy Gregor 11/24/2004 4:18:31 AM

Beautiful image, Bill!
-cathy #935072

Ronald Balthazor 11/24/2004 4:41:19 AM

You've brought home the flowers this time, Bill. Nice message and tribute. #935146

Karma Wilson 11/24/2004 4:42:25 AM

Beautiful tribute!

Karma #935149

S J 11/24/2004 5:08:19 AM

Beautiful image with nice light, composition and details, Bill! Very nice dedication! #935246

Deborah C. Lewinson 11/24/2004 5:11:48 AM

Beautiful image and tribute to Kathleen, Bill! I, and am sure many other BP Photographers, share in your admiration of her, her fine work, and support to others.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Debby #935253

Cathy T. Vettes 11/24/2004 5:12:58 AM

The photo is absolutly beautiful Bill.. I love it..And your words are just as beautiful and fitting. Have a wonderful Holiday!! #935257

Marie Fields 11/24/2004 5:18:33 AM

Wonderful image and special sentiment, Bill! Happy Thanksgiving! #935282

Donna W. Neal 11/24/2004 5:19:56 AM

Very nice photo and wonderful tribute from one fine photographer to another!

Happy Thanksgiving Bill...:) #935288

Mellanie 11/24/2004 6:15:55 AM

What a great shot and fantastic tribute, Bill! #935455

Charlene Bayerle 11/24/2004 6:16:32 AM

This is beautiful Bill and a wonderful tribute to Kathleen!!!! #935457

Karen Engelbreth 11/24/2004 6:44:57 AM

Beautiful image and tribute to Kathleen, bill! #935515

Murry Grigsby 11/24/2004 7:41:20 AM

Nice find, image and tribute Bill! I have to agree, Kath is the best darn photographer in Harpswell, Maine :0) #935628

Jeff W. Robinson 11/24/2004 8:29:16 AM

Nicely done Bill.... A great find! Jeff #935733

Michael Allen 11/24/2004 8:29:52 AM

A wonderful Thanksgiving shot and warm tribute, Bill.

Terrific job on that beautiful gate!

..mike ;-] #935736

cj patterson 11/24/2004 8:39:04 AM

wonderful shot! and fantastic tribute...you speak so eloquently bill...very nice sentiment!!! #935762

Donna J. Taff 11/24/2004 9:54:44 AM

This is so beautiful, Bill!!!! #935860

Dan J. Holm 11/24/2004 10:23:58 AM

Beautiful shot and a wonderful tribute, Bill! Excellent shot and presentation! #935913

Shirley L. Carpenter 11/24/2004 11:01:04 AM

Beautiful image and words Bill!! Excellent!! #935971

Susan T. Evans 11/24/2004 1:19:22 PM

Awesome Image Bill, beautiful words, Happy Thanksgiving. #936171

Stephen Zacker 11/24/2004 5:28:34 PM

Wonderful image and nice words Bill! #936452

William C. Raco 11/24/2004 5:37:23 PM

Thank you all so much for the kind words about the photo, and of Kathleen.
You are such a great group of photographers and friends.
My very best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving to each of you and your families.

bill #936466

Janet Detota 11/24/2004 7:51:54 PM

Such an amazing capture and wonderful message! Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, Bill!! #936611

Diane Addonizio 11/24/2004 8:08:41 PM

Beautiful tribute, Bill! #936629

Terry R. Hatfield 11/24/2004 8:51:44 PM

Beautiful Image And Find Bill Nice Tribute:-)
You And Your Family Have A Great Thanksgiving! #936662

Brenda W. LaFleur 11/24/2004 9:01:14 PM

Lovely, Bill. Your words are so touching.

Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving! #936673

Paula Showen 11/24/2004 10:10:05 PM

What a beautiful image and message, Bill.

Have a very wonderful Thanksgiving! #936725

Amy N. Cappelli 11/25/2004 7:36:23 AM

Bill, Happy Thanksgiving! You are a true example of living life through empathy, compassion, beauty and above all gratitude. You are the great teacher for all of us. I could easily sing your praises as an artist; but today, a day of Thanksgiving, I must tell you that my heart has expanded even more and so happily since I have been welcomed into this circle of friends. Bill, thank you so much for the art of your photography and the art of your friendship.
This is a lovely image :-) #937248

William C. Raco 11/25/2004 8:19:17 AM

Thank you all so much.
Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

bill #937338

Donna LaMattino Pagakis 11/25/2004 9:14:42 AM

Hi Bill!! What a most beautiful tribute!! I am teary eyed. Great image!! Take care and have a most wonderful day!! #937452

Elisabeth A. Gay 11/26/2004 3:44:32 PM

Beautiful sentiment, and a really super shot.
Ann #939474

William C. Raco 11/26/2004 3:46:52 PM

Thank you very much, Donna and Ann!
I hope you both had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day

bill #939478

Lucia De Giovanni 11/26/2004 7:43:40 PM

Bill, you exemplify the reason why people are so thrilled to be a part of this community - it's such talented and humble people like you who keep the spirit of Thanksgiving alive - thank you, for your support, your kind words, for always being there - and for sharing your beautiful photographs! #939866

William C. Raco 11/27/2004 5:35:06 AM


Thank you so much for the very kind comments, Lucia.
best wishes,

bill #940405

Mary K. Robison 11/27/2004 1:06:54 PM

Bill, the gate was an amazingly beautiful find.
Your lighting and composition brought out that beauty to a wondrous degree.

Your tribute to Kathleen surpasses it all.
Thank you for being such an integral, supportive part of this great betterphoto community.
May your holiday season be a joyful one from Thanksgiving until 2005 begins! #941016

William C. Raco 11/27/2004 1:22:28 PM

Thank you, Mary.
You are very kind and generous.
I appreciate your comments so much!

bill #941034

Eric Highfield 12/15/2004 10:51:20 PM

Congratulations, Bill! on this wonderful Tribute and Finalist!! #974450

Lucia De Giovanni 12/15/2004 11:00:26 PM

Congratulations on your Finalist Bill! #974496

Mary K. Robison 12/15/2004 11:04:14 PM

SO well deserved, Bill ~
CONGRATULATIONS! #974516

S J 12/15/2004 11:22:08 PM

Congrats again, Bill! This is so beautiful!!! #974609

Carol Brill 12/15/2004 11:48:58 PM

What an inspiring presentation, Bill, I'm sorry I missed it the first time around! Congratulations on reaching the finals and best of luck to you! #974712

Patricia Marroquin 12/16/2004 12:13:54 AM

Wow, I missed this lovely tribute to Kath last month. This is so beautiful; the detail is amazing. Congrats, Bill! #974806

Alan L. Borror 12/16/2004 1:55:18 AM

Congratulations, Bill and good luck in the next round! #974964

Kathleen Clemons 12/16/2004 2:46:55 AM

As you might expect, I am sooooo happy to see this in the finals! Congratulations, and thank you once again for your kind and thoughtful words. #975029

Diane Addonizio 12/16/2004 4:03:37 AM

Congratulations, Bill! #975283

Amy N. Cappelli 12/16/2004 4:19:47 AM

Congratulations Bill! #975405

Deborah C. Lewinson 12/16/2004 4:31:31 AM

Congratulations on another wonderful finalist, Bill!

Best Wishes,
Debby #975474

Patricia A. Kuniega 12/16/2004 4:41:12 AM

As soon as I saw the calla lilies I knew who the dedication was for! Still a beautiful and heartfelt statement! Congratulations and good luck, Bill!

p.s. I can't imagine finding such a beautiful fence. It's really incredible! #975519

Claudia Kuhn 12/16/2004 4:54:50 AM

Missed this one the first time around, wonderfully taken and said Bill, congratulations! #975599

Gail Vitikacs 12/16/2004 6:09:37 AM

Congratulations Bill! #975931

Donna J. Taff 12/16/2004 6:40:44 AM

Congrat's, Bill!!! #976115

Dolores Neilson 12/16/2004 7:03:48 AM

Yep...this is a winner! Congrats on your superb finalist! #976231

Jessica McCollam 12/16/2004 7:32:40 AM

Very touching and beautiful, William. Congratulations! #976375

Patrick Campbell 12/16/2004 8:22:04 AM

Congrats Bill on your lovely fence photo making the finals. Your comments about Kathleen are very special. I agree that she is one talented and nice lady! I would know, having been in some classes here with her. #976559

Cindy Paquette 12/16/2004 8:24:32 AM

So well deserved Bill! Congratulations! #976573

Stacey A. Bates 12/16/2004 8:54:02 AM

Simply Beautiful Bill, many congratuations to you!! #976697

Donna W. Neal 12/16/2004 9:05:55 AM

Bill,
Congratulations on this well deserved image. Good luck on the next round #976761

Terry R. Hatfield 12/16/2004 9:42:15 AM

Congratulations,On A Great Finalist Bill:-) #977026

Susan T. Evans 12/16/2004 10:04:22 AM

Congrats Bill on this awesome finalists and all you many other finalists!!!!! Yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!! well deserved!!!! #977153

Tom Andersen 12/16/2004 1:52:22 PM

Congratulations, Bill! #978147

Karen Bacon 12/16/2004 3:37:25 PM

Congratulations on this beautiful finalist Bill! #978451

Elisabeth A. Gay 12/16/2004 4:03:44 PM

Congratulations Bill!!
Ann #978597

Donna L. Cuic 12/16/2004 4:50:55 PM

Beautiful image William. Congrats! #978846

Kathleen F. Greer 12/16/2004 5:13:55 PM

Big Congrats Bill!!! #979019

William C. Raco 12/16/2004 5:17:12 PM

Thank you!
You are all so kind!

bill #979041

Stan J. Contrades 12/16/2004 5:36:29 PM

Huge CONGRATULATIONS on another excellent image and Finalist, bill! The expression of gratitude for Kathleen is ingrained in your character! Thanks again for all of our wonderous and masterful images!!
Much Aloha,
Stan #979160

Gen Nagase 12/16/2004 6:53:39 PM

Many congratulations, Bill!!!
#979472

Brenda W. LaFleur 12/16/2004 8:14:18 PM

Congrats, Bill. Well deserved! #979727

Evy Johansen 12/16/2004 10:03:46 PM

Many congratulations and good luck, Bill! #980031

Debra Booth 12/17/2004 5:33:58 AM

Beautiful image and sentiment, Bill! Congrats!! #980710

Sharon Day 12/17/2004 6:07:30 AM

Congratulations, Bill! Good luck next round! #980828

Lee Ann Sahagun - Poling 12/17/2004 7:18:56 AM

Gosh, this is gorgeous! Congrats on making here so far... I'm sure you will be going further. Excellent image! #981106

William C. Raco 12/17/2004 3:16:51 PM

Thank you all so much!!!
Happy Holidays to each of you and yours.

bill #981822

Colette M. Metcalf 12/18/2004 9:10:58 AM

Beautiful image!! Congratulations, Bill!!! #984697

Janet Detota 12/18/2004 9:18:44 AM

Congratulations!!! #984723

Jennifer Rennison 12/20/2004 5:32:30 PM

Beautiful tribute Bill, Congratulations on your finalist!! #988664

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