Week 26 – Becky

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Wildflower Garden

Our Alaskan Cruise ended in the seaside town of Seward, which is known as the Mural Capital of Alaska.  The town currently has 22 murals.  It was named “Mural Capital of Alaska” in 2008 when it had only 12.  I would have loved to seen all 22, but my time was limited in Seward.  You can read more about these murals here.

Shot with Olympus TG-4

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Week 25 – Becky

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Glacier Bay, Alaska

The family went on an Alaskan cruise on the ship, Norwegian Sun, that traveled from Vancouver, Canada to Seward, Alaska.  If you have never been on an Alaskan cruise, you definitely need to add it to your bucket list.  We were so fortunate that the weather was clear all six days.  It was really hard to pick a photo from the 429 I took on this trip.  The views are spectacular (especially in person).  Really going to be hard to go back to work.  I took this with my Olympus TG-4 on landscape mode.  Boosted the contrast and cropped.

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Week 24 – Becky

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Young Assassin Bug

This guy is really tiny.  Had to look hard among the leaves.  This is a very young assassin bug.  Shot with my Olympus TG4 on microscope mode.  Settings were ISO800, 18mm, f4.9 and 1/400secs.  Started my processing in Adobe Lightroom (cropping etc…) then finished processing in Adobe Photoshop.  Trying to learn how to use Lightroom.  All the photography pros keep saying how Lightroom was a game changer for them.

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Week 22 – Becky

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Got my eye on you!

Backyard findings.  These guys freak me out how they watch my every move while I am trying to get close.  Shot with Olympus TG4.  Settings f4.9, 1/100sec, iso1000, 18mm.  Applied Topaz Adjust Spicify.

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Week 21 – Becky

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Mother/Son bonding moment

Yes, this is a real tattoo on my forearm.  For years, I have always wanted to get a tattoo, but not just any tattoo.  I wanted something that meant something to me since this would be permanent.  Then my daughter had the roman numeral 3 tattooed on her forearm to represent the three most important people in her life (dad, mom and brother).  I thought that was really cool.  Simple and sentimental.  Then my son said that if he got a tattoo it would be a breast cancer ribbon to represent the memory of his gramma (my mom).  Oh man, that is also so cool. So, I said I wanted one too, but I wanted roman numerals somehow in the design with the date of gramma’s birth and the date of her death from cancer.  I would still be thinking about it if it wasn’t for my son saying lets just do it on a late rainy Saturday night.  So off we went.  As we are driving over to the tattoo parlor he looks at me and asks, “Are you nervous?”  I responded, “Heck yeah, I am nervous!”.  He said, “So am I.” That is when it hit me just how awesome this moment was…getting a tattoo with my son.  We walked in there, told the artist what we wanted and the artist drew it up with the dates as roman numerals.  Perfect.  By the way, we also both got the roman numeral 3 to represent the three most important people in our lives 🙂

Shot with Olympus TG-4.

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Week 20 – Becky

The Snail

To grass, or leaf, or fruit, or wall,
The snail sticks close, nor fears to fall,
As if he grew there, house and all
Together.

Within that house secure he hides,
When danger imminent betides
Of storm, or other harm besides
Of weather.

Give but his horns the slightest touch,
His self-collecting power is such
He shrinks into his house with much
Displeasure.

Where’er he dwells, he dwells alone,
Except himself has chattels none,
Well satisfied to be his own
Whole treasure.

Thus hermit-like, his life he leads,
Nor partner of his banquet needs,
And if he meets one only feeds
The faster.

Who seeks him must be worse than blind,
(He and his house are so combined,)
If, finding it, he fails to find
Its master.

By William Cowper (1731)

Shot with Olympus TG-4.  Settings were f4.9, 1/400sec, iso400 and 18mm.

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