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I greatly appreciate all those who followed my Photo of the Week series in 2012. Your ‘likes’ and star ratings helped select the 12 monthly finalists from which determined the No. 1 Readers’ Choice worthy of the 2012 Photo of the Year award.

Lola Girl

Lola Girl of 16/52 Whatever Lola wants … takes No. 1 honors with 33 ‘likes’ and 3 five-star ratings. She won April Photo of the Month honors paws down.

Beauty of 39/52 Beauty and the beasts was a close second with 32 ‘likes’ and 3 five-star ratings.

My dying friend in 21/52 Singin’ the blues came in third with 29 ‘likes’ and 5 five-star ratings.

I thank you and  Lola thanks you for your readership, your friendship and your WordPress kinship.

We wish a healthy, prosperous and Happy Blogging New Year to all!


I met “Mr. Tampa” the first morning I took my camera down to Lake Hancock to catch an Orlando sunrise. He was launching his flat bottom boat at the Thousand Trails Orlando RV Resort and Campground, and dad gummit, my Nikon battery was ‘dead in the water’ so to speak. By the time I returned with my Kodak, “Mr. Tampa” was half way across the lake.

We talked for the longest time on the day he agreed to be profiled, but we never exchanged names, only where we lived. Thus, the name. We talked of retirement and the RV lifestyle. He shared his secret to catching fish – shrimp. And he warned of the two 3-foot gators he had seen skimming the placid waters at dawn and in the beam of a flashlight in the cloak of darkness.

As you can see in the reflections, my daughter and her friend hung on every word.

Photo of the Week series: Every Sunday in 2012 I will either share a photo from my archives or something new I just can’t wait to get feedback on for future art shows/exhibits.

Blogger participation: My hope is to receive enough input on each week’s photo to later post a Bloggers’ Choice of the Month and wrap up 2012 with a Bloggers’ Choice of the Year.


I have yet to produce a blue ribbon quality people/portrait entry for our county fair this summer. I have what I believe are contest quality photos for the insect/animal, scenery/landscape, flower, human interest and unclassified categories but … my people skills suck! My granddaughter is most cooperative and very photogenic, but to achieve a really good portrait, I knew her smiles had to be spontaneous and not forced. So I planned an Easter egg hunt in a park setting where the deep blue sky and lush green grass of an early spring would complement her pretty pink and white outfit. Not!!! Mother Nature was most uncooperative. The temp turned chilly so my model shivered throughout the entire shoot. The afternoon sun muted the landscape.  One idea did work well. Instead of filling her eggs with candy, I used Peeps for an element of surprise. This is my pick of the day; if you think one of photos in the gallery is better, let me know. Feel free to comment, critique …  share advice, tips, tutorials … help!

Photo of the Week series: Every Sunday in 2012 I will either share a photo from my archives or something new I just can’t wait to get feedback on for future art shows/exhibits.

Blogger participation: My hope is to receive enough input on each week’s photo to later post a Bloggers’ Choice of the Month and wrap up 2012 with a Bloggers’ Choice of the Year.