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Monday, January 30, 2012


You've been wondering, haven't you????

You have been anxious to see....
haven't you???

Well, you SHOULD!!

We had fantastic winning photos every month during 2011
of shots submitted into the contest.

Each one is extra special.

Every single one of you that submitted pictures should be very , very proud.

Every single one of you that submitted pictures that won for that month
should be even more proud!

And now?

THIS person should be the proudest of ALL:


Congratulations to



A fantastic shot!!

If you haven't stopped by her blog yet, please stop by and congratulate her
and take a look at her fantastic other photography shots there.

Oh, and add her to your FAVORITES on your blog!


We had a total of 19 "judges" (You all that commented/voted).


Second Place goes to: Pat for her Reflections shot from April
Third Place goes to: Muffy for her Autumn shot from October

so please congratulate them too!

ALL of you should be very, very proud of your wonderful art.

Keep entering 2012's contests everyone!!!!!

Thank you for giving us such joy from your talents.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Lighthouse waves!

Still more photos
out at "the cove"
at Lake Superior today, along with some of the wind breaking waves
at the lighthouse there.

These were taken in late September/early October 2011.

Over the next few weeks,,
I will go out and take some shots at the same place for you
so you  can see all the ice on the breakwater
now that it is the dead of winter!

Speaking of snow and ice....(they are WHITE, right???)
don't forget....
to send me your winning photo
for the

The theme this month is:


Send in your photo before midnight on Jan. 31st, 2012

You don't have to be a blogger to enter!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Rocks, waves, Coves and a Lighthouse!!

some more pictures of Lake Superior in
the late Autumn for you.

It was quite windy the day I headed out there to take photos:

The lighthouse at Presque Isle in Marquette, Michigan:

Can you hear the waves?:

I love going out to this place to take photos.

It changes with the weather, the wind, the light, the season....
it is one of the most photographed places in the area where I live....

I will be going out in the next few weeks to get some winter shots again of this place
to share with you soon....

Hope you have a great day!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Ishpeming and Marquette Michigan Photos!


More splashes pictures...
some were taken
around Ishpeming, Michigan
Baraga County

the others were taken
in Marquette, Michigan.

A splash of colorful leaves!:

Splashes of color on the pond's shores:

Beginning splashes of autumn showing up in early fall at Lake Angeline, near Ishpeming Michigan:

Splashes of autumn coming over the town of Ishpeming, Michigan:

A huge splash against the black rocks at Presque Isle, in Marquette, Michigan:

Another one there!:

 One of the beautiful lighthouses on Presque Isle, in Marquette, Michigan:

More splashes on the Lake Superior black rocks:

One more of the lighthouse on a day with fiesty winds!:

I hope Nature shows you
her power and beauty today too....

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Now it is YOUR turn.....YOU (My beloved READERS!!): Pick the WINNING 2011 FREE PHOTO CONTEST picture of the YEAR!!!

O.K. People!!!

It is YOUR turn!!!

I am going to display the wonderful, talented photography
each month of 2011.

YOU get to vote on the ONE WINNER OF THE YEAR.

I know.

It is not an easy task.

My Judges are giggling right now.

Because THEY have had the awful job of picking
winning photos all year long...and now it is on YOUR SHOULDERS!!

After looking at all twelve of the winning photos below,
send me your vote for only ONE winner by leaving me a comment.

I will not publish your comments.

But at the end of the voting, I will publish how many votes the top three winning photos received....

So, are you READY???

Look below and pick your ONE favorite and send in your votes ASAP!!!

I will only take votes until February 27th at which time the voting will be CLOSED!!

I will show the pictures starting with the January 2011's winner, in order through the Dec. 2011's we go:

January 2011's winning photo. Theme was: BRIDGES
This was from Bilsot. His blog is called: "Amateur Photographer".

February 2011's winning photo:  The theme was: OLD BARNS:
This was from Linda. Her blog is called: "Linda's Letters".

March 2011's winning photo. The theme was: RED
This was by Judy. She has two blogs. One is called: "The Road to Here", and the other blog is called: "Through Squirrel Eyes".

April 2011's winning photo: The theme was: REFLECTIONS:
This is from Pat H. Her blog is called: "A View from the Edge".

This is May 2011's winning photo. The theme was: "Something That Starts with an A":
(it was an Amarylis):
This is from Tes. Her blog is called: "Gardening with Soule".

This is June 2011's winning photo. The theme was: "CIRCLES":
This is by Valboy. Her blog is called: "My Girlz Got Paws".

This is July's winning photo. The theme was: BIRDS:
This was by DJan. She has two blogs. One is called: "D-Janity" and the other one is called: "Eye on the Edge".

This is August's winning photo. The theme was: "Lakes, Ponds, Rivers or Creeks":
This was by Paz.  His blog is called: "Pictures of Ireland".

This is September 2011's winning photo. The theme was: SHADOWS:
This was by Gail.  Her blog is called: "Our Life Adventures".

This is October 2011's winning photo: The theme was: THE EPITOMY OF AUTUMN:
This was by Muffy. Her blog is called: "Muffy's Marks".

This is the November 2011's winning photo. The theme was: DOGS &/OR CATS:
This was by Grandmother (Mary). Her blog is called: "Journey Into Elderhood".

This is December 2011's winning photo. The theme was: THE EPITOMY OF THE HOLIDAYS:
This was by Larry B. He has two blogs. One is called: "Larry's Creative Zone" and the other one is called: "Larry's Photo a Day".


Every photographer that entered this year's contests should now bow to our applause for their hard work and wonderful creativity!

And these monthly winners should take an EXTRA bow for a job well done also!!!

So now, dear readers....
you are the Judges.

Leave a comment, even if you have never commented before on my blog....
PLEASE vote on your favorite photo of these twelve marvelous shots.

If you want, also leave a comment as to what you loved the most about your chosen winner also as I would love to tell our winning photographer your kind comments as to why you picked their photo.

Thanks so much!!!

And hopefully, these photos will inspire you to take one of your OWN
and enter it into one of our MONTHLY


You can win for more than one month, so the more you enter, the more you have a chance to be in the PHOTO OF THE YEAR  competition/contest too.

January 2012's theme is:


Enter your photo no later than midnight, Jan. 31, 2012

You don't have to be a BlOGGER to enter!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Splashes of Waves and Color!

A poupourri of splashes of autumn color
and water today for you
I go through
the many images
I haven't yet had the pleasure of sharing with you yet!"

This is at a place called "Jasper Knob" near Ishpeming Michigan, where we lived for 14 years.
It is about 25 miles from where we live now:

Look close! There are five large birds in their early autumn flight back south: (what do you think they are?):

Lichen on rocks!:

River in color!:

Splashes on Lake Superior rocks!:

This was taken near Eagle Harbor,  Michigan
in early, early fall
before the leaves changed.  One windy day!:

I hope you make a splash today
and that you are colorful....
brighten those around you!!!

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