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Beauty is in the details - 06/29/11 07:53 PM
Beauty is in the Details When taking photographs, think outside the box. Learn to look at things a little differently and see how the camera sees them and you will find yourself taking interesting and unique photos. Sunsets, mountains, rivers and flowers are some of my favorites, but I also find great photos in the oddest places too. These are all different varieties of cacti and I thought they would make beautiful photos....and they did! Sometimes the beauty is in the small details, not just the bigger picture.... Hope you find inspiration in these photos! And, if you want to learn (34 comments)
So you take a photo and download it to your computer only to find it didn’t come out as you had hoped – lighting’s not good, it’s crooked, washed out or it’s too dark, not a lot of vivid colors. We’ve all been there, but there is hope and that is where Picnik comes to the rescue!
Below you will see how I took a bleached out, crooked photo and turned it into a great photo....
1. Go to Picnik and you will see “upload photo” – you (147 comments)
Nature Puts it All In Perspective - 06/28/11 03:07 AM
Want to feel better, more alive and rejuvenated – get outside, go for a hike or take a walk and look around at all the beauty there is. Whether it’s your local park, a nearby hiking trail, or your own backyard, if you take the time and look, you will find something special that will bring a smile to your face - I guarantee it. And bring your camera along – it doesn’t have to be a top of the line one, just a simple one will do. My next post (I’m still working on it) will show you how (40 comments)
New Jersey - There’s a Reason They Call it the Garden State - 06/27/11 02:12 AM
New Jersey - There’s a Reason They Call it the Garden State I woke up this morning, worked on staging consults, posted on Active Rain and commented…..and through my office window looked out at the bright and sunny day. For those of you that live in the North East, it’s rained……a lot! So, I grabbed my camera and set out to capture some photos of nature – the way a Sunday (IMHO) should be spent – outdoors in nature. Now I am ready for a busy week, feeling revived, refreshed and happy!
Memories of the Serengeti I’m a pretty pragmatic person, however when I visited the Serengeti it brought out the more philosophical side of me and warranted prose from the heart, not the head, to describe it’s raw and unrivaled beauty. As soon as we passed through the Serengeti’s stone gates entrance, we could see rolling savannas and legendary acacia trees, where out of vast grasslands, Kopjes rose like lush tropical islands set on giant granite boulders that erupted through the earth’s crust millions of years ago. Candelabra trees created a perfect oasis for a pride of lions. Waves of (10 comments)
Professional home staging can be anything from a Do-it-Yourself report, listing the most effective improvements a buyer should make to prepare their home for sale, to full vacant staging, redesign and everything in between.
These are some example of Elite Staging and Redesign jobs illustrating all the options you have to choose from depending on your budget, time-frame and personal needs to get your home showroom ready for the market and increase traffic at showings. Simple changes, big impact...
An awkward, undefined space becomes functional and beautiful...
A Grammar Lesson With Humor – Learn From My Mistakes! In my haste to get a post out quickly some days, these are some examples of common words that spell check didn’t catch on my posts – luckily I proof read and caught some of them before hitting the submit button for all of AR to see! You can really change the meaning of a post when you inadvertently use the wrong word…………….. that and look a little foolish:
Message/massage Definite/defiant Recourse/resourse Principle/principal Write/right Effect/affect Example of how these mistakes can impact (46 comments)
Living in The Moment - 06/22/11 09:15 AM
Living in The Moment As I gain wisdom over the years, I’ve come to realize that I have to live life on life's terms or I won’t find peace. Once I accept what is, and not what I want it to be, I’m free to live in the day and see the beauty all around me because I’m not missing it worrying about what may or may not happen in the future. Life is happening right now, this moment. Today I choose to live life with open eyes and a grateful heart for all the blessings I have in (45 comments)
Like it or not, most of us are visual creatures with short attention spans. With all the posts being generated every day on Active Rain, you want yours to stand out, get noticed and read!
I’ve seen many great posts that were feature worthy not get recognized because they had no graphics, white space in between paragraphs or were a little too long to read with the daily time constraints we have to spend in the Rain.
A blog post should be between 200-500 words to keep (87 comments)
Lessons Learned from Lemonade Stand - 06/20/11 08:30 AM
This is a must read post by Mary Yonkers - a fun read that gets across a great point about good customer service and the bottom line - who is bringing in the money! Enjoy and learn! Via Mary Yonkers (Howard Hanna/Alan Kells Schools of Real Estate): Lessons Learned from Lemonade Stand
Summer and no school means the lemonade stands (see post by Donna Foerster) are beginning to pop up in many neighborhoods. Maybe you remember the one you had oh, so many years ago. How much money did you make?
Did you have competition from the kids down (21 comments)
Nature, Passion and Photography - 06/18/11 10:01 PM
Nature, Passion and Photography Nature always brings me balance and has a calming effect on me – reminding me I’m just one small part of a much bigger picture. Whether I'm in my garden, yard, on a vacation or out hiking - I always find beauty and do my best to capture it in a photograph. The truth is, I don't know a lot of the technical aspects of photography - I save that for Michael Thornton, William Johnson, Rob Thomas and Vegas Bob - they are the experts! But what I do have is a passion for photography - to (42 comments)
Gardens and Architecture in Morris County - 06/16/11 09:25 PM
Gardens and Architecture in Morris County Today was a long day - I got up at 5:30 to be at my BNI (Business Networking International) meeting at 6:45 a.m., follow by ½ day of de-staging a home. As I was driving home I passed a public arboretum and volunteer park dedicated to horticultural education through a series of programs called the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morristown, NJ. Being an avid gardener with a passion for historic architecture, I decided to stop by (after all, it is only 3 miles from my home) and luckily I had my Cannon (wish I'd had my (45 comments)
Tuesday Inspirational Quote - 06/14/11 08:18 AM
Tuesday Inspirational Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson.... "Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old." - Emerson
Sometimes you meet someone in the Rain that's so special, you just have to share it with other members. For me that person is Robert Twaron from San Antonio, Texas. From the very beginning when I joined Active Rain, Robert has always supported me and we've become good friends. We talk on the phone at least once a week. This started when I was going through a very tough time having lost a loved one. Robert called me to see how I was and we've been friends ever since. He has (35 comments)
What is Your Active Rain Networking Style? - 06/11/11 10:36 PM
What is Your Active Rain Networking style? We all have a different technique for how we network and comment in the Rain - for me, first I go straight to my subscribers – people I corresponded with through comments on an almost daily basis and check in with them. Why – I chose these members over time because of their great content, funny humor, wealth of knowledge and we became friends. I email many and talk to them on the phone – they are part of my close AR circle. We support each other – that’s what family does! Next, I (88 comments)
This is 'Faith' He was born on on Christmas Eve, 2002 with only 3 legs - 2 healthy hind legs and 1 abnormal front leg which would have to be amputated. He of course could not walk and even his mother didn't want him. His owner also didn't want to deal with his handicap and was going to euthanize him. Jude Stringfellow met and fell in love with the no-named puppy and asked if she could have him. Jude was determined to teach him to walk by himself, hence the name "Faith".
I came home yesterday and there was a package sitting on my porch addressed to me. I didn't remember ordering anything, but was eager to open it and see what it was. When I tore opened the package this is what I found...a Tree of Life Pendant. It was such a thoughtful gift and kind gesture, I had to find out who this beautiful gift was from...
As some people know, I'm donating my kidney, (of course I blogged about it - I blog (68 comments)
My June Garden - 06/07/11 12:30 AM
My June Garden Spending time tending to my garden is my way of relaxing and decompressing. It's not for everybody - you can't be bothered by dirt, bugs, bees, slugs and all the other pests that live in my little eco zone. I love the challenge of growing plants, keeping them healthy and making sure that something is always in bloom from early spring until the first frost. The colors are always changing as the summer months pass - this are peek June colors. Next month it will look different as new flowers bloom while others stop flowering until the next season... (50 comments)
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