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9 Months LaterLong Slice 'o GuinessRibbon Metallic BlurNasturtium Macro (With Links)A Shout Out from NasturtiumLA: Clivia Orange PizazzYellow Ruffles - Katrina Relief Auction OfferingThe It Clown - Reminds me of Stephen King ClassicOrganic GlowPlaying With FireMesquite, Drama in the DetailsMy Day is Shades of GrayCan You Believe This is A Plastic Shopping CartSelf-Portrait in Chrome with Wood FloorRed Classic Truck, DefunctTimothy K Big RedPoppy WreathPop Goes the PoppyThe Soft and FuzziesPalm Trunk Braid CloserCar Restoration in Progress, PhoenixMore of that Hubcap, Not a SquircleSweet Buds GroupingHead On Cactus BloomFound:  Lost Shaker of SaltOoooh, It's My New LanternStunning Plate, UneditedRock Star, SeleniteAn Outstretched HandThe Knee EnrobedBlue ShimmerValley PurpleOn My LapCobalt Paperweight SquircleCobalt Glass RaysBlued and Amorphous

cobalt's Color Directory (Part 2)

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Second half of my complete color directory in my flickr set. See the first part here: http://flagrantdisregard.com/flickr/slideshow.php?id=6077

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9 Months Later

Just one poppy has appeared in the Tonto National Forest, east of Cave Creek, Arizona, 9 months after a wildfire decimated the area. This is a place where I've found to collect great rocks for my garden and for creating inukshuk guardian statues. In this area, the dirt and dust is all gray, with even the rocks in the wash covered with the debris and ash. Suprising to find this ONE flower blooming there on Sunday! The color of the petals is accurate - that is how much it stands out. The color of the soil and ash is still very gray. For some reason, my camera picked up more blue to the gray ash, but here it is, as a striking image of beauty amid the devastation.

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Long Slice 'o Guiness

Layers of tone and bubbles - slurp!

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Ribbon Metallic Blur

Have a number of images from this one display in the LDS Visitor's Center in Mesa during the annual Christmas lights festival.

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Nasturtium Macro (With Links)

Taken this morning in my neighbor's garden - one of a multitude of amazing nasturtuims there. I wish I hadn't set my exposure so low as it took some Photoshop to get this to look as I saw it. The composition is what I saw too, so yeah for that. She has soooo many that I am thinking of asking her for a cuppa blooms to try out recipes I've found online. Here are some nice links to growing this plant and using for recipes:
www.seedsofknowledge.com/nasturtiums2.htmlwww.herbalgardens.com/archives/articles-archive/nasturtiu...

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A Shout Out from Nasturtium

Yes, it is this intense in early Phoenix light. From Kris' garden. I was amazed the intense orange color came through so strong in the digital image.

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LA: Clivia Orange Pizazz

Orange is not one of my favorite colors, yet this year some of my best photos have had orange singing vibrant and commanding. This is the best image I got of all the clivia shots I took. No flash or color manipulation, just bright LA light. These plants were blooming right outside my hotel room door at the Travelodge near the LAX airport. The entire facility features many gardens and a few atriums. This is the same group of clustered orange blooms where I found the snail(previous image on my stream) and the other shots too. I found that one must get up very early and catch these on the first morning of the bloom to get the best color and freshness. Fun project for me!

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Yellow Ruffles - Katrina Relief Auction Offering

First time I could capture the strong light through the yellow ruffles of this flower and not have it too fuzzy. Been taking hundreds of photos of this type of plant for 9 months now, and finally, some success. I looked for the brightest, most cheerful version to share on flickr today, for the news and situation in our US Gulf states is so devastating and depressing.

This photo and any other photos I have in my photostream are offered in a CD suitable for use as a screensaver to the highest bidder in the Katrina Relief Auction. For details, look at the topic within that thread. It is my hope that someone will appreciate a simple CD filled with images of light and beauty to color a world often overshadowed in dark times.

Today it has reached page 3 of the "Interestingness" feature in the Explore pages. Hopefully people can follow the links provided with this image to see the 300+ artworks that are being offered for bidding completely going 100% to the American Red Cross. There is over $4,500 pledged so far at this point in time, Sept. 2. Let's keep it going!

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The It Clown - Reminds me of Stephen King Classic

The other pinball machine in the bar is a circus theme one with a rather sinister clown...

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Organic Glow

From below, a hanging lamp at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, in Phoenix, Arizona.

I must be into glow, shadows and reflections lately. Didn't know that until tonight as I looked over about 200 more images shot today on breaks from the conference.

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Playing With Fire

A legal fire in a public park, Dreamy Draw. Nice to have almost a bonfire in the sunset while we were there enjoying the mountain beauty in a quiet, serene place just three miles north of my home.

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Mesquite, Drama in the Details

See the previous two images for what this wood looks like when dry. It snowed the morning I took this photo, so this one has much more color, especially the natural red coming out. Other previous images show stacked limbs and burls ready for the woodworker's art.

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My Day is Shades of Gray

Yep, this is how I feel today. Several bureaucratic meetings, mundane job tasks, housework aplenty that is putting one foot in front of the the other to get through, the usual malaise with US government "news"... hey I could go on an on here. Hopefully I will have something bright and perky to match my mood and upload for later today in flickr. In the meantime, a decent image for a background perhaps? This is a weathered and painted post in the parking lot of Guayo's Mexican Restaurant in Globe, Arizona.

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Can You Believe This is A Plastic Shopping Cart


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Self-Portrait in Chrome with Wood Floor

I just like the cool chrome tones with the contrasting warm wooden floor. Upstairs gallery display room.

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Red Classic Truck, Defunct

At the Goldfield Ghost Town Mine, near Apache Junction, Arizona.

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Timothy K Big Red

Stong late afternoon light through a window with blinds. The art glass plate was even more interesting with the lines breaking through the texture of the glass. Unedited.

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Poppy Wreath


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Pop Goes the Poppy

My favorite of these last three macros, taken of the red poppy's in Kristen's garden.

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The Soft and Fuzzies

Some type of ornamental grass, found in a neighbor's yard a week ago. From the same yard and garden as the previous images in my photo stream of the pyracanthus berries and sunflowers.

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Palm Trunk Braid Closer

A section of the palm tree trunk up a little higher than the previous one in my photostream. This part shows the color coming into the trunk. On higher there is even more color. See largest view and note on image if you are interested.

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Car Restoration in Progress, Phoenix

This is the image I wanted to capture, but you will see the owner and the details in the previous images. That is, if you really really want to see details you may not want to see...

This looks really fine in all the sizes, even the largest. A very large upload file for cobalt here.

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More of that Hubcap, Not a Squircle

At night, on the patio, this hubcap still gets my attention. If I were still a printmaker, I'd make an etching of one of these hubcap images.

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Sweet Buds Grouping

Cropped from the previous image, I like the colors and stages of the buds from pre-open to finish. This is horseweed, a common wildflower weed in Arizona. The set of all the variations of this particular plant is here and they have provided much entertainment over the months. And to be learning photograph with them - fun!

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Head On Cactus Bloom


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Found: Lost Shaker of Salt

Jimmy, is it one of these you are looking for?

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Ooooh, It's My New Lantern

I wish I could post it HUGE like the 2200 pixel wide plus, but that would not show up well in the one that appears in the photostream, so here this is in a more reasonable size. For someone who admires glass, and loves the blues, this is very appealing to me.

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Stunning Plate, Unedited

I loved this one, but I also love the tweaked one here.

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Rock Star, Selenite

This was a specimen I drooled over at the Tucson Rock and Gem Show last Friday. I just had a peak for a few hours at a wholesale dealer exhibition area. This is the largest rock and gem show in the world, with over 1,900 dealers and shows in about 55 sites all through the city. It's so big that the entire city is taken over for it, from January 27 to February 10 or so.

For a mere $160 I could have had this selenite beauty, but I settled for a vertical, thin slice of selenite in a wood base. That will appear later on. This is uploaded in a very large size and file size, for it is great to look at the large and original size to see the detail in the front ice-like layers as well as the translucent areas in the back. It was about 20" inches long and 8" tall, weighing about 9 pounds. Other specimens from the same area are around the crystal. The Rock our World dealer has wood bases cut with a laser to exactly fit the irregular base of each specimen. Sweet!

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An Outstretched Hand

Could be anyone, any faith, but this is the statue of Jesus at the LDS Visitor Center in Mesa.

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The Knee Enrobed

See the previous image in my photo stream for more of this religious statue. One of the first tries I've had with photographing sculpture. Lovely colors in the gracefull drapes. My favorited photograph of this week.

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Blue Shimmer


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Valley Purple


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On My Lap

Bright sun streams through the car windshield, creating suddenly interesting shadows, shapes and blues for this cobalt lady.

My $2 wonder shades do the job. And now I think it was worth the two bucks just to get a photograph I enjoy, ha ha!

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Cobalt Paperweight Squircle

I moved my glass shelves with part of my cobalt glass collection nearer to the front picture window. Along with the dusting and cleaning, of course I had to take some photos...

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Cobalt Glass Rays

Of the three in this group uploaded late tonight, I like each in different ways. This one is a different cobalt blue mug than the previous two images show. I like the radiating bands of wavering color here. You can see the detail of the sharp cut glass angles that are on the exterior bottom of this mug.

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Blued and Amorphous

A different crop, all the way to the left side of the previous image. This one also allows the abstraction to reveal the photorealism origin, the interior of this glass mug.

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