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I really like the look of aged, layered, peeling paint.  This was on the side of an old wooden boat hull.

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I think my friend needs to trim her toenails!

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The Hydrangea bushes are among my favorites in my garden, especially when they first start blooming and you have the mix of colors with the rich purple and blue hues of the more mature flowers against the shades of green found in the younger blossoms.

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My friend Frank turned 50 this week.  Frank LOVES Hot Dogs (and yes, that’s his real name – fits perfectly, doesn’t it?).  Of course his party tonight was a Hot Dog theme – hot dog cart, hot dog decorations and cake and helium filled hot dog balloons.  The kids decided at some point in the evening that a few of the hot dog balloons needed to be released with a note in celebration Frank’s milestone birthday.  Here they are as they sailed away into the sky.

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I decided to post this shot and call it Microstock because I recently decided to try my hand at joining some of the Microstock sites to see if I could sell any of my photos.  I decided to try my hand at setting up a few shots including this one.  Not entirely happy with this shot so I plan to try and improve on it this weekend.  It’s been an interesting experience so far.  Istockphoto – one photo accepted, two more to go before I can join and start selling; Shutterstock – Accepted – first attempt!!!  (funny thing is, they rejected the one shot accepted at istockphoto).  Fotolia, two shots accepted – rejected several that had been accepted by Shutterstock.  Dreamstime, photos in the que, waiting for a response.  Sold my first 3 photos this week on Shutterstock – $2.38 total sales so far – LOL – not retiring any time soon, but it’s more than I made with them sitting on my hard drive.

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Watch your step – especially that last one!

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This is more what I had in mind with yesterday’s shot.  A little bit of effort and I was able to grab the seaside ambiance while leaving out the garbage seen in yesterday’s shot.  Just goes to show that a little effort in the field and you can find  the right angle to take the shot.  I’m wondering what these cages are for, with the wide slats.  They don’t look like lobster traps I’ve seen, and the crab traps I’m used to seeing look different too.  Anyone know what these are waiting to catch?

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Last week I spotted a nice rustic scene with some fishing boats and I made a mental note to go back when I had my camera.  Looking over the bridge I saw that my rustic seaside shot had some mismatched garbage marring the shot.  Oh well, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!  So I decided to make the best of it and grab a shot of the garbage juxtaposed with the charm.

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I should have brought a ladder to get a better shot of at least a portion of all the cars they have on the lot.  When I first saw this place I did a double-take, knowing that the company had gone out of business some 25 years before.  They have dozens of cars in two fenced lots, and in a couple of garages as well.  I did a little research, it looks like the going rate is between $25,000 and $40,000 if you’re in the market.  Ron – I doubt this includes shipping.

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And of course no shot of a DeLorean would be complete without one showing this after-market addition – a Flux Capacitor – necessary for that time-travel!

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The DeLorean became well known to the world when it starred in the movie “Back to the Future” where it played the feature roll as the vehicle used for time travel, though growing up in Detroit, I knew of it before the movie.

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Billz – This series over the next few days is for you!  Not too far from my home is PJ Grady DeLorean, dedicated to the sales and service of the DeLorean.   John DeLorean’s dream didn’t last long – you can read about the history of the DeLorean here.  This shot shows 3 of the cars with their signature gull-wing doors and stainless steel body.

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Lots of flags and banners proudly displayed during the parade, announcing the various organizations including the dance group and choral group.  My friend’s mother has been a member of the choral group for years and it was fun to finally have a chance to see her perform.

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This little tyke was an absolute motion machine – he was all over the park.  The sandals might not be traditional but those socks were just too cute to pass up.

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The adult folk dancers had some pretty interesting leggings and footwear as part of their costumes too.   You don’t see too many men walking around sporting socks and shoes like these anymore – at least not around my neck of the woods.

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These adorable children were performing at the Gottscheer picnic we recently attended, showing the crowds some traditional German folk dancing.  In addition to some great food I knew I’d have an opportunity to fulfill a few of the themes!

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Century – One Hundred Years…  I found this one the side of a classic boat at the antique boat show at the Maritime Museum.  Just one more example of how this challenge is making me look closely at the little details of my world.

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I remember when this style of rollerskates, with the wrap-around toe grips, were the lastest innovation.  They stayed on your foot so much better than the small grips that grabbed the sole of your shoes.  Quite a difference from today’s rollerblades!

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With all those ropes on a sailboat it’s important to make sure they are organized or you’ll end up with a big tangled mess!

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There is something very pleasing about these wooden rings on the mast of this old sailboat – one dozen rings just waiting to have a sail attached.

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