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There is something visually pleasing about this massive wheel on an old steam engine.  I like the solidity of the steel and the symmetry of the spokes.

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OK, let’s have a show of hands – how many of you remember playing with Lego Building Blocks when you were young?  (and how many will admit to still doing so now?)  I used to join in with my brother building with a basic set years ago.  When my nephew (then 17) visited me a few years ago I learned that Lego has really become a lot more advance with all of their themed sets.  Last Christmas I had the chance to try my hand at one of those new Lego sets with my young niece and all of the little parts and pieces were a bit overwhelming.  I can see how you’d spend hours trying to make those parts look like the pieces on the box.

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It doesn’t get much more rusted than this old hinge.  This isn’t the first time I’ve photographed this nice old rusty hinge – I first discovered it in 2005 and I knew I had to try and visit the hinge again to grab a shot for this theme.

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I’m sure if someone really wanted to get in they would find a way (they always do) but this looked pretty secure for keeping out the casual intruder or curiosity seeker.

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Mmmmm – fresh crabmeat, direct from the sea.  You might think this seagull was getting ready to have a nice supper, but sadly for him, he lost this crab to another seagull after he got it to the shore.

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Many of the local businesses sponsered drawings in the street festival.  I liked this colorful drawing and thought it was a fun and different way for the business to advertise.

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Today in America we take time to remember those who fought for our freedom, those who sacrificed and the fallen soldiers that have secured our liberty throughout our history.

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Yesterday we stopped by the Riverhead Street Painting Festival to check out the work of artists and local residents participating in the fundraiser put on by the East End Arts Council.  This was one of the more impressive works of chalk art underway with the painting in the background serving as her inspiration.

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A flowering chive plant isn’t my idea of a great eating establishment, but this small butterfly was sure having a good meal.  At first I was just trying to capture a good shot with it’s wings spread, but then I became fascinated with the long, thin black tongue or protrusion that seemed to be acting as his pipeline to the necter as he flitted from blossom to blossom.  Enlarge the photo for a better view of the details.

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I found this nest hidden in my Rhodedendron bush off the patio – empty now, I’m not sure if it’s been abandoned.  It is, or was, home to one of the birds that hang around our yard.

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This arrived in my in-box today and according to the e-mail, the ONE and ONLY Nano XPLC is cutting-edge innovation that has emerged for pursuit of “greener and healthier life”.  Enlarge the picture to read the full description.  I could have used this for the Not Your Mother Tongue theme too – not only for the translation, but I have NO IDEA what they are trying to sell me.  I do know, however, that it is “So powerful and intelligent, like KING KONG’s turn-up shocks the whole world, CVC Nano XPLC comes out to unlimit your expectations to the next generation of liquid chromatographic analysis.”  Whatever it does – I guess I need one to pursue a greener and healthier life!

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It’s just fizzy water, but sometimes when we go out to dinner we like to splurge on Pellagrino water to enjoy with our meal.  It’s overpriced and a bit extravagant so I’m labeling this a guilty pleasure.

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The produce department is always a good place for inspiration when searching for something to put in the lightbox to photograph.

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Nothing is better on a summer night than our local independant minor league baseball team – the Long Island Ducks.  Last night we kicked off the summer season by heading over to the ballpark.  One of the high points is watching the antics that take place between innings.  Arrive early and you can sign up for your 5 minutes of fame and a chance to win prizes during one of the on-field promotions.  These two young fellas were having a blast trying to fling balls into the net.  Quackerjack, the team mascot, did his best to help by hindering the bad guy trying to stop the balls and the good guys prevailed – they boys won a $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant.  Check out their website – The Long Island Ducks

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OK – not technically a button, but that’s what came to mind when I saw these large medalions attaching the side panels to the dock in town.  I thought they looked like big buttons added for decoration.

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I cropped this fella from a larger shot – I liked this bird the best of all that were captured even though he’s heading out of the frame.  I think think it adds to the sense of motion I get as I can feel him just lifting off of his perch.

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I’m not sure what this sentinel is guarding, but he’s clearly standing at watch, ready to challenge anything and anyone that tries to get past him.

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The chives from the my post on May 8th have opened up into these pretty purple orbs.  I was trying to improve my skills in manual settings and I was pretty pleased with the results here – particularly the way the green chives in the background made a soft yet linear background.  I like how it looks like soft brush strokes of paint.

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Every spring I’m happy to see these Solomon’s Seal plants come to life, just as my daffodils are fading.  When we moved into our house the backyard suffered from 18 years of neglect.  During the clean-up process our neighbor pointed them out among the overgown brambles and suggested we might want to transplant them.  It was a lot of extra work at the time, but I’m glad we did.  Every year the multiply and create a lovely view outside my kitchen window.

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Pastoral: having the simplicity, charm, serenity, or other characteristics generally attributed to rural areas.  I wish I could say this is my yard, but unfortunately it’s not.  I am planning to plant a lot of daffodils over the next few years though, to try and bring some of this pastoral beauty into my yard.

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