Ellen Hodges level-deluxe May 27, 2013

Huge congrats and best luck on your gorgeous finalists!! #1529853

Phyllis A. Houghton level-deluxe May 29, 2013

Congratulations on your beautiful Finalist, Randy. I love it when clouds add mystery like that! #10714222

Merna L. Nobile June 01, 2013

It is such an honor to be able to congratulate each and every one of you for your winning photographs for the month of April, 2013. Merna Nobile #10718156

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Another sunset under clear skies! As the sun slipped closer to the horizon, it warped and shape-shifted continuously until it disappeared behind the horizon. The edges appeared as if there were flames leaping out from the sun. Several times the top separated from the rest of the sun, and in this photo it appeared to take the shape of a bird.

Quote of the Day: “Even as a child, she had preferred night to day, had enjoyed sitting out in the yard after sunset, under the star-speckled sky listening to frogs and crickets. Darkness soothed. It softened the sharp edges of the world, toned down the too-harsh colors. With the coming of twilight, the sky seemed to recede; the universe expanded. The night was bigger than the day, and in its realm, life seemed to have more possibilities.” –Dean Koontz

Nikon D700, 50 – 500 mm Sigma, f/4.0 – 6.3 Zoom @ 500 mm. f/7.1, 1/200 second exposure. ISO 200. 4/24/2013, 8:11 PM. Port Orford, Oregon, USA (POTD 4/26/2013 - 3264)

Exif: F Number: 7.1, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 10/2000 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 200, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 500.00 mm, Model: NIKON D700

Uploaded on April 25, 2013 Photo Contest Finalist

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