Recharging the batteries


Hi folks..sorry i have been awol of late.

Truth is i am struggling with my photography..for some reason i am not happy with anything i am doing and trying to get my head around this has been hard.

I am finding problems with all my shots..and really questioning my ability..so i started looking at different ways to improve…all to no avail.

I have read and read and studied and it is as if i have never picked a camera up..things are just not working for me.

I have no idea why but it is what it is…i won’t bore you all with the ins and outs but the bottom line is i am feeling pretty down about it.

Winter has hit and the opportunities to get out and get some inspiration are limited which helps not at all.

I thought i would work on some image manipulation while the weather is like this and this has lead to frustration as well as i try and conquer new programs and ways of processing and find myself again floundering.

I have decided i need some recharge time..i need to spend some time off the computer and get some burning off done here in the bush and some reading ..i don’t feel like i have anything of value to blog about and until i get some inspiration i would just be a bore to you all.

I can’t catch up on blogs i have missed as i am tired and i feel pretty crappy about that too.

I know you will all understand as life can get in the way at times..

So i am taking some time off the blogosphere and will be back when i have something i can be proud to share with you all.

Big hugs Fozziemum

Solar plant in Bridgewater

Solar plant in Bridgewater

 

Solar station Bridgewater

Solar station Bridgewater

 

Giant panels

Giant panels

Morning dew drops on Gum leaves

Morning dew drops on Gum leaves

Succulents and dew drops

Succulents and dew drops

Moss in the bush

Moss in the bush

Avoca River

Avoca River

Ibis over the Avoca River

Ibis over the Avoca River

Sketching the roos

Sketching the roos

88 thoughts on “Recharging the batteries

    • Sweeties i get how Mum feels..i think it will be a long cold winter..we need the rain more though..hope Mum takes care too and rugs up..i am already sick of the wood fire and mess πŸ™‚ and thankyou i got a tablet and pen for my photography but have been having fun sketching and adding textures ..like an etch a sketch in a way πŸ™‚ loves Fozziemum xx

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    • Ruth thankyou..the roos are still around but the weather is too drizzly to go out and capture their pics..i will recharge i am pretty burnt out at the moment but always bounce back xxx

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  1. We’ve only got an elCheapo aim and shoot camera. So if we have anything in focus, we’re happy. Enjoy your time off. Blogging should be fun….not stressful! Curl up next to the fire…..or heater and read a good book. Pouring with rain here, today.

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    • I think point and shoot do awesome pics as well..i am super tempted to just use my phone at the moment hahahaha..will be next to that fire after i get tea ready..if you like send some rain here ..we sure need it πŸ˜‰ xx

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  2. I hope you will find something to recharge the batteries, we sadly are not energizer bunnies and need a break sometimes … seems not even the solar plant can help, because you currently have winter :o( The moss looks interesting and I love your roo-sketch :O)

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    • Thanks Easy..yes the sun has sort of missed the panels here πŸ™‚ but i will be fine..need to allow inspiration to find me instead of searching…loves Fozziemum xx

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  3. Sorry you are having a rough patch. Hope life treats you kinder soon.

    Definitely nothing wrong with your photos.

    Watch out for a little something in the post:) Sue, Polly & Honey

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    • Sue Polly and Honey thankyou..i am finding a break from the camera a bit of a blessing and just spending time not screwing my head in knots πŸ™‚ i will watch the post this sounds very intriguing πŸ™‚ big hugs and loves to all Bev xxx

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  4. A break is generally a good thing to do periodically however, I can’t help but wonder whether you are comparing yourself against some undefinable high standard? I would suggest that everyone in the creative field can (and does) look at their works very critically………… but if we stopped doing what we do because it could have somehow been better, then nothing would ever get created. Just some thoughts! πŸ™‚

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    • Truer a word Colin..i am my worst critic and always have held myself up against myself..a battle that i won’t win πŸ™‚ i believe hubby calls it procrastination πŸ™‚ thankyou for your words..they make sense πŸ™‚

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  5. I LOVE the photos and the sketch. Breaks are good things and creativity needs to be coaxed and not forced. If you are in Melb at any time lettuce know and we can meet. I was thinking of you and wondering how you were going.
    ❀ ❀ ❀

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  6. We do understand how you feel, Fozziemum. Granny says it’s something in the air, because there’s a lot of people who are feeling that way…including Granny! You take all the time you need, although we feel the same about blogging, it’s not a must, it must be a pleasure…and no obligation, but it’s hard when you have kind of responsibility feelings…we know, we know! Your pictures are outstanding, don’t ever doubt your abilities, Fozziemum. You’re good in what you do and your one of the kindest people we know. Heartshaped Pawkisses especially for you. Take care! ❀ ❀ ❀

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    • Awww sweet Little Binky you are a darling..thankyou so much for your lovely words..i do think there is something in the air making a lot of people drawn more towards their inner selves and less toward the social media..maybe we are all re energising πŸ™‚ much love to you and to Granny too! ❀ ❀ Fozziemum xxx

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  7. Taking a break sometimes is the best thing to do…..but let me just say that you might be “overthinking” the whole photography thing – getting caught up in being overly critical of your work for instance because to me – a “viewer” – especially your nature photography is spectacular. You capture it beautifully well – relax – have fun with it – this is a hobby you know and you should get joy from it. If you “overwork” it, it will be WORK and not FUN…… trust me Bev – you are an amazing photographer – now just relax and let your camera do what it does ever so well – capture the beauty around you!

    Hugs and love, Pam

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    • Pam big hugs to you for your lovely words..i agree i am a shocker at being super critical and hubby has suggested i may be procrastinating..a way of putting off my plans so i don’t get rejected..smart cookie that one..i have relaxed more and apart from Dinnermintz being unwell for awhile i am de stressing πŸ™‚ hugs and love to you all Bev xxx

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  8. have missed you Bev- sorry to hear about your photo problems- winter makes everything out of focus when it gets it grip on us. Recharging is a good plan- try not to be so hard on yourself! ❀ πŸ™‚

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  9. Crikey … no worries ….. we have missed you though. A break is good. Mum feels she needs one too. She feels the need to get back to basics with the written word in book form and POETRY. She loves Australian poetry … well any poetry really. These things have been taking 2nd place. Don’t worry about not being here. Just let us know from time to time that you are ok so that we don’t worry about you. We sure hope you’re feeling a bit better soon. You sound so down at the moment. It must be a winter thing. Your photography is wonderful and so are you. Take care of yourself, aye??

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    • Charlie i am glad Mum is taking some down time too..winter is so miserable here for pics and i guess it may be natures way of saying read a book some poetry bake a cake do some crochet! so hugs to Mum from me ok πŸ™‚ loves Fozziemum xxx

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  10. I understand, Bev. I haven’t picked up my big camera in months. It’s been so rainy and stormy here since April. But over winter I just got tired of clicking pictures and posting to my blog. Just felt like everybody had seen it all. And then Instagram… it’s ruined me for blogging and taking pictures with the dslr… in a good way though πŸ™‚ Sometimes we just need a break, and I needed to be spontaneous and live my life… what Genevieve says! Enjoy your break and have some fun! Hope your toe is getting taken care of! HUGS to you, Bev!

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    • Pix you sweetie..yep the toe is getting looked at on the 29th..yikes..i agree down time is just a must have at the moment..of course the book of face facebark or as i call it facebake is always a quick howdy πŸ™‚ loves BEV XXX

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  11. We understand the struggles my friend. But remember the most important thing during this time – be kind to yourself. And don’t worry – we know how to track you down – evil snorts. XOXO – Bacon

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  12. Hmmm, Summer is just starting here and I (Nellie’s Mum) am feeling exactly the same. And have been for 4 months. I started the Finish the Sentence Game to see if I could shake myself out of it, not quite real drawing (which has been awful) and not quite photo manipulation. It has been challenging and fun, but has not shaken me out of the blues.
    Perhaps it is how the stars are aligned….
    Take care dear friend.
    Barb

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    • Barb that really stinks for you..but all the back and forth you have been doing cannot help..it is hard to get inspired ..and for me i am so new to photography that i am impatient..i fear i skip things then get beyond my capabilities..so really i make my own problem πŸ™‚ i think the art work you have been doing is amazing and if i had a squidge of that talent..well i would be a happy girl..but artists of all types never are totally happy..i have three sons who are musicians and a daughter who is an artist..i am surrounded by self critical peeps..maybe it is a time for arty people to relax and refresh themselves….please take care and know we get how you feel big hugs and loves Bev xx

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  13. bev, I understand your need to step away from blogging; I understand your need to re fuel and re charge;
    delve into something totally different for a while; just for the fun or hellava of it

    we have tendencies to be our own worst critics; I know I am…..you are much to harsh on yourself, I’ve told you before if I had an 8th of an ounce of the talent you have at photography… I’d be speechless when I saw my own snapshot

    you look at something and see it through your eyes and the eyes of a photographer, we look at your photography and see some damn good totally awesum mega uber cool pictures; like the ones above…the dew, the moss, the river.

    breaks are good from all things, work, hobbies, etc….enjoy a break and looking forward to seeing you back here at wordpress; email when ever you want β™₯β™₯β™₯

    laura

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    • Laura you are a sweetheart and thankyou..always a lovely word of encouragement..i am my own worst enemy and coming from a long life of getting the boots in before someone else does..maybe i need to just give myself a break from ME πŸ™‚ huge loves Bev and yes i will email..just to annoy you πŸ™‚ xxx

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    • Ellen thankyou it is a very rudimentary sketch but i had fun..and i agree breaks are needed at times..funny i think maybe the furries have picked up on my mood as they all seem to be very edgy ..so time to chill πŸ™‚ big hugs and chat on facebark Bev xxxx

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    • Jan thankyou for your kind words..i am indeed having a self confidence issue..when i used the camera the other day i was almost ready to put it on auto..just had no idea what i was doing..time to crochet for awhile πŸ™‚ hugs amd loves Bev xxx

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  14. (((HUGGIES))) I totally understand you taking some time off Bev…it happens to all of us. I have missed our morning/nite time chats here tho’.
    Maybe we will continue when you are back. Take all the time you need ok?? By the way the IBIS photo is gorgeous….
    I love your Roo sketch also…you are clearly talented….
    So rest; at choccies (but not too many); read some good books & play with the canines & felines & we shall see you when we see you πŸ˜‰
    Love you Aussie Sis!!!! Sherri-Ellen ❀ ❀ ❀

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    • Sherri-Ellen my sweet Canadian sis..i miss our chats too…apart from the photography issues it is a little like living in a nursing home here..all the furries as they are getting on are doing odd things..the pups at night have been a real issue..seems they have some doo-lally moments bless them ..Doc has been a worry with wandering around the house and going outside to sleep which in the below temps has meant i had to lock the doggie door to stop him as i need him warm…Phil has been restless at night so he has been sleeping in the other room and Doc has only settled at night by spooning me in bed…Forrest the past few nights has done the same wandered around etc and last night was in and out until 3am…Dinnermintz got sick and Marbles has been smacky paw the other girls..Pickles eats then leaves her bowl at least 5 times each meal…Cleo has cracked it because it’s cold and has taken to trying to escape at every opportunity..the sheep are ok..so far! so i sleep badly with a pair of snoring old pups now..like having grandpa in the bedroom at night..Rhiannon is in Cambodia and that of course does my head in..so joy to the world hahahhahah πŸ™‚
      I need to just chill..and of course i will get some inspiration again..just need a good sleep πŸ™‚ much loves Bev xxx

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      • I had a feeling you were/are worrying about Rhiannon…it must be hard to just ‘let go’….I would be a basket case also! I am sorry the Animal Kingdom’ is a bit do lally there. I have wondered if Forrest &/or Doc were having problems. I can just picture Doc spooning you in bed!! ROFWL! Sorry Phil, hahahaha!!! I know Dinnermintz gave you a scare also. I am so relieved she is better.
        I have been so busy the past few weeks I have barely visited any blogs. It is good to be busy however I keep falling behind here>>you know how THAT is! I am hoping to get Siddhartha’s new post up tomorrow…..
        Put your feet up by the fire & have a cuppa & relax! You deserve t my Aussie Sis!
        Love an {{{hugs}}} Sherri-Ellen ❀ ❀

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          • I saw on FB where you burned off! I KNOW that was bothering you so it is food you got that accomplished! πŸ˜‰
            I have spent hours trying to make a new background for the blog site>>>OY VEY!
            I have it done for now. Plus trying to keep up with comments as there are 2 days worth. I have not even gone to anyone’s blog in days. This is ridiculous! I NEED staff>>rofwl πŸ™‚
            Miss our chats also…one day we will have time again….
            {{{{hugs}}}} an Love Sherri-Ellen

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  15. Oh Meow Ms. Bev, weez was wunnewin’ ifin yous stopped bloggin’ or stopped followin’ us or what?. Weez so glad to hear yous wechawgin’ but quite fwankly weez fink all yous fotos be pawsum. By da way, on1 was givin’ away there Photoshop 9 this week fur da furee. Weez not know ifin yous used it, or knew anyfin’ ’bout it. Mommys not so much good wiff it, but while it was furee she gwabbed it. MOL Weez sendin’ purrayers dat yous feel better soon.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

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    • Me stop following you! Never sweeties πŸ™‚ just needing a break. I bet Mum can work out the photoshop..i am still trying..urghh..i have photoshop and lightroom and there started my quest to drive myself batty πŸ™‚ will be back before you know it feeling better and more good pics..i hope πŸ™‚ loves Fozziemum xxx

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      • Aaaaaw Fanks Ms. Bev. Mommy sez dat photoshop is enuff to make an angel cuss. But weez glad yous be feelin’ better and weez’ll keep ya’ in our purrayers.

        Luv ya’

        Dezi and Lexi

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  16. Enjoy some down time but don’t be so hard on yourself. I think that you are a magnificent photographer and often show your work to my friends and family. They are always amazed and love your kangaroo videos and photographs.

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    • M.K thankyou so much..i feel very humbled by such lovely compliments and all i ever want is for people to see the beauty i do..i think some down time is a good thing..get the batteries charged up πŸ™‚ hugs and loves Bev xxx

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  17. I love the succulents with dewdrops and Roo sketch. Looks like you have skill a plenty, you just need to replenish your spirit and feed your inspiration. See you when you’re feeling better!

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    • Thankyou so much my friend..i think indeed i have been looking for inspiration as opposed to it hitting me..that is usually how i roll..i think i need to simplify the way i see things like i used too πŸ™‚ big hugs Bev xx

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  18. We all have dry patches but please know we’re thinking of you, sending loads of love down under and are hoping you come back soon. P.S. Stop being so hard on yourself-we LOVE your posts and blogs-they are fabulous! I’m already missing you. Hugs and puppy kisses from me and Sam. ❀

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    • Sweetie those hugs and puppy kisses always make me feel good πŸ™‚ thankyou for your lovely words..a few weeks maybe of crochet and book reading will see me inspired again πŸ™‚ love to you and Sam xx Bev ❀

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  19. I came on today JUST to see what you’ve been up to (meant to do it yesterday). Realized you’ve been very quiet and had to make sure all was okay. Noodle’s blog is going through a “dry spell” as well. Glad you’re okay (overall) ❀ *hug*s ~ Samantha

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    • Samantha no wonder you are having a dry spell you have had a crappy time ,,and the inspiration to be creative goes far away after such sadness..but i know that one day it will be back ..you need down time too! you need to do what fills your world with sunshine my sweets..so go do it..and i will too..we will both be back with fun and stories before you know it. Loves and hugs to you all Bev xxx ❀

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  20. Sorry to hear you’re struggling, Bev. Do what you need to do to recharge those batteries of yours, and above all, be good to yourself, okay? Sending hugs and purrs to you.

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    • Sweeties thankyou..i am sure that team Nikon will be up and running soon..at the moment the Nikon and i are having a relationship issue πŸ™‚ it’s me not him! πŸ™‚ much love to you all Bev xxxxx

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  21. I really like the moss picture, if that helps? Maybe you are just lacking good subject matter, or sunshine? Or too much sunshine πŸ™‚ I’ve not beet doing much myself, but it is more ‘real life’ getting in the way. Kinda depressing real life stuff.

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    • Thanks sweets..yes lack of sun and therefore inside activities..like being grounded…plus pushing my abilities past my knowledge hahaaah..but hey you learn by your mistakes ..i am super sorry that real life crud is hitting you..sending hugs back your way ok! xx

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  22. No worries hun, I see you on FB so can keep in touch there but I have to tell you that you are too hard on yourself. Your photos are out of this world and just looking at the photos are enough for me, don’t need to blog lots of words with a pic. A great picture is worth a thousand words that are silent. Enjoy your time off and catch up on what you need to catch up on.

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    • Sweets thankyou so much..i agree about the words and i always hope my pics tell their own story..and i am sure the stories are out there but for some reason i am not seeing them πŸ™‚ and yes we always have facebark to check in:) huge hugs and especially to the mumma to be πŸ™‚ : ) loves Bev xxx

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  23. Do recharge my friend. Although we’re heading into the hottest part of summer here — already heat indexes of at least 100F — I’m wiped. I should probably do the same but I haven’t been able to bring myself to completely disappear yet! Your photos and sketch are fabulous so I’m not sure what you mean. Granted I’m no professional, but I do know what I like! Take care of yourself and come back rarin’ to go! πŸ™‚ ❀

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    • Urgh Summer..i do miss warm days but when we get them we get 110 gir days in a row and i could scream πŸ™‚ thankyou for your lovely words..i guess we all critique ourselves..i just need to chill and let the moments be what they are..and winter has those moments..mayve soon the funghi will arrive and my camera might like that ..loves Bev xxxx

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  24. Is the Roo sketch the one who has his ribs showing and is a loner with the ear nicked. Everybody seems down. Sweet William knocked over my camera and now my lens will not even open. I got to get a new camera. We might be taking a break also.
    Take care
    Sweet William The Scot

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    • Sweet William i am sorry Lee’s camera took a tumble 😦 how annoying! I agree a lot of peeps are a bit flat..a day burning off outside has cheered me up :)..this is not the loner roo..the markings on their fur can look like ribs so this one has that look..the loner is with a mob so has family and seems healthy too πŸ™‚ …i think a break to breathe every now and then is a super idea…keep getting healthier sweetie and huge hugs to Lee too ok πŸ™‚ loves Fozziemum xxx

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  25. Hi sweetness. I also did a bit of re-charging and I know exactly how you feel. I don’t even know what to post anymore, because everything I do want to post, feels boring and inadequate to me. Why, I haven’t got a clue. Must be menopause. So, I thought I’d start blogging again and then the nasties visited again. Lucky for them their comments ends up in the spam folder because most of my blogging friends would tear them apart if they see what they write and well, I don’t want to allow those type of comments because I don’t want all that negativity and pettiness on my blog either. So, I decided to close the comments. The ones that do want to come in contact with me, sends me emails. πŸ˜†

    I think your captures are gorgeous as usual, but if you’re like me, you’ll only believe it if you feel it yourself. πŸ˜€ The moss in B&W is absolutely striking. It looks like heart. I just love it. πŸ˜€

    The Roo sketch is so adorable and I think it’s great too. πŸ˜€

    Take care hon and big hugs and kisses to you and the beasties. β™₯

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    • Darlin i do not blame you..i have never had a nasty comment …yet and i do not get why peeps have to be so..well like people πŸ™‚ you keep showing those gorgeous pictures ..they make my day..and yes i enjoyed my brief break and have found some new enthusiasm..loves and always nice thoughts from me xxx

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      • A few of the bloggers I spoke to think it’s coming from the challenges and it makes sense. Seems most of the nasties creep out of their holes there. Why some of them see it as competition I don’t know. I am not here to impress anyone or compete with them. Luckily I’ve always had more positive and beautiful comments and some days I feel I can cope with the nasties, until one creeps into my mail box again. 😦

        Thanks for the lovely words and I will do my best. πŸ˜€ Glad you enjoyed the break and can’t wait to see what you have coming up next. Love & Hugs to you and the beasties. β™₯

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        • I think insecurity makes people competetive..and nasty..no need for it we are all her to share and learn..no one is making goldmines out of this πŸ™‚ i had a lovely break took lots of day trips and have already popped a new post up..all inspired again πŸ™‚ Love and hugs to you and your beasties also..beddies for me i think πŸ™‚ xxxx

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          • I can’t see why they would feel like that on my blog. My photos are nothing special and they should then join places where people compete. Not where we share what we enjoy.

            I absolutely agree Bev. If we were making money out of it, it would be quite another matter.

            I am very glad to hear that hon and I can see you had fun as well. Absolutely stunning shots as usual. πŸ˜€

            Thanks for the love & hugs and here is 5pm but it’s cold, so I feel like going to bed early. πŸ˜†

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            • Hahaha go to bed then..its a cold and very polar wind night here and i am off to bed in a minute to rug up..waiting for hubbies beeper to go off for some emergency with the wild wind…urghhh..your photos are special because they are captures with the eye of amazement..not the eye of facts figures settings how people will admire them..taken because like me you love the natural world and respect it..some peeps need to get a life or move on πŸ™‚ nitey now darlin xxxxxx

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              • hahahah…don’t dare me. My bed is very close. LOL!

                Same here. Even Simba prefer snuggling in today. πŸ˜€

                I am glad you think so Bev and thanks for the lovely compliment and you’re right, I don’t want or need admiration. It’s just fun to share it with everyone that love seeing them.

                That we do hon. What is more beautiful than the beauty of nature around us? It’s great seeing the little miracles that nature is always waiting to show us and more greater because we can capture it with our cameras. πŸ˜€

                I wish they would. Thanks sweetness. You sleep tight. β™₯ Hugs β™₯

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