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Where fairies dwell

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In the misty morning light

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Among fields of white fluffy sproutlings

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In little nooks and crannies in moss and lichen covered roots

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In leaves that catch and hold onto sunshine

 

Where do you find fairies and magic?

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Time for a photowalk, with images that caught my eye and made me happy today.

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Gray morning, after a windy, rainy week, but a few leaves are still clinging on.

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Fuzzies and bright leaves on one branch

 

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Would you like an apple, little girl?

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The WonderPup, although she makes me happy every day!

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Why, yes, Bliss is spelled Cupcake! And the other sign…Books. Cats. Life is Good. Why, yes it is, especially when you have all those things!

 

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I can not properly explain how much I love streets like this!

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Top of a birdhouse. I would be pretty darn psyched if I was a bird.

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Ha! A rather ineffective sign, it would appear

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Free wireless with hookah session. Good to know.

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The writing is on the wall. Even if it is a very small wall.

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MUST. EAT.HERE.

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Side of the wall of the above restaurant

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Yes, please. Times 50,000.

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Ha!!!!!! You want a piece of me? David’s ear, $29.99 Ha!(my father-in-law, shouldn’t that be van gogh? Double Ha!)

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Fresh pita from local, organic ingredients. Just because I can’t eat this doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the awesomeness.

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The sign is empty, but still so beautiful!

Thanks for coming on my happy trip today!

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Meet ShutterCal – a really awesome day-in-the-life social photo calendar site. The goal is for people to shoot every day, post it on the site, and see what your year looks like. There is no general theme, just to keep shooting, and share what you find.

I’ve wanted to get in the habit of shooting every day, and always having a camera on me. The iPhone, and the built-in camera, definitely help, but I want to just get in the habit of playing with my camera daily. It will help me grow as a photographer, and I really love photography, why not make it part of my daily life?

So, I joined ShutterCal and will be posting daily photos there.

Now, this week (when I started), I cheated slightly because not all these pictures were taken this week. But all of them were photo-edited this week in some way. The pumpkins, cranberries and light fixture were all taken this week, and the San Pedro and mermaid pictures were modified using iPhone apps this week.

I’m excited for this, and to see what I find when I make photography a daily habit 🙂

My ShutterCal page is here:

http://shuttercal.com/calendar/FlyingMermaid/

 

Happy clicking 🙂

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Had a lovely little photo adventure today in Chapel Hill

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Lovely trees and lights

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lovely light, my favorite

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quite possibly the best name of a restaurant ever

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Neat oil and spices in a fabulous Mediterranean deli

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I think the fountain bird would quite like this nest that was part of a window display

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Hookahs. Didn’t see a hookah-smoking caterpillar though.

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The leaves stay dressed up in fall colors longer down here

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Perfect light, gorgeous afternoon, photo adventure, yes it is bliss!

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I adore shooting light fixtures

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Perfect happy street

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this clock and staircase were just incredible

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See? how awesome is this?? I want a house with these stairs

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Light, angles, brick, i will shoot stuff like this every day of the week happily

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Need a hand? Apparently a giant lives in Chapel Hill, and is a graffiti artist

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Exceptionally Chapel Hill

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Memories…of chicken butts, I guess

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Yes please

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I’m confused. Am I supposed to walk across the street backwards? Because the arrow is pointing in the direction you would be pushing the button for.

Thanks for walking around Chapel Hill with me!

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Meet BatManuel

For the past almost five years, I’ve been driving a toaster. A Scion Xb toaster to be specific. Exceptionally good at being square and holding lots of things, not so exceptional at accelerating, turning, driving, being quiet, being fun.

But as of Friday, I no longer drive a toaster – I drive the BatMobile (named BatManuel – bonus points if you get the reference!)

Husband and I bought a 2010 Ford Fusion, and it is so much fun to drive! And it has Sync — it syncs with my phone, and it is voice activated, so I can tell it call B, and it does! And it connects to my iPod (iPhone) so I can tell it to play Van Morrison, and it does! I’ve never had a car that talks to me, hence the batmobile 🙂

It also has heated seats, hooray!!! That was my biggest requirement in a new car (well, and one that accelerates properly!). As far as I’m concerned, you can never be too warm. 🙂

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Pretty good looking, isn’t he?

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Console of many buttons!

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The steering wheel buttons that activate the voice controls, and I can also control the volume, change radio stations and such, all from the wheel. Very convenient.

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Fun, cockpit-like dashboard

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It also has Sirius radio, which I am loving! It also has dual climate control, shows the outside temperature, lists the name and artist of the song that is playing, and shows what direction you are going. My car is very smart.

 

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The past month, and longer, I’ve not been myself, trapped in being unwell, with no energy left for anything I normally do. The fog is lifting, sun is breaking up the shadows and I am feeling much more like my usual mermaid self.

Some recent-ish photos that I love, and that make me feel happy, just because. Small slices of happiness are worth sharing! And the story of what’s been going on with me will be coming soon. It’s nice to feel I’m coming out the other side of it now.

 

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Spiderwebs and glowing light. Nature’s art.

 

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I adore old books!

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This was actually set up for a photo shoot I was working on with Husband, he was doing an interview and thought he wanted the chair. I just loved this shot I took as I was setting up. No reason. It just spoke to me.

 

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playing around, waiting for another photo shoot to start. I think I want to get this one framed.

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Rich color and contrasts. Swoon.

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A happy little flower, content with its face in the sun, and not afraid of the dark behind it. Yes.

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yes please – sunshine and green and a proud little flower.

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I also downloaded an app for the iPhone that lets you make pictures into Polaroid-like images (not actually a Polaroid product)

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And an app that acts like many different camera styles, so you can get cool, pop art pictures like this:

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This is the original of that shot:

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or a fish-eye lens view:

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Uh oh, Clive the Pocket Lion and Ducky are at the door. That can only mean trouble.

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