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Sat May 02, 2015 at 06:19 PM PDT

April White House Photo Diary

by bsegel

Reposted from White House Photo Diaries by Pam from Calif

April 2015

Celebrating another month of incredible work from the White House Photographers. A look inside the White House for the months of April. All photographs were taken by the White House Photography staff lead by Pete Souza.

President Barack Obama goes over his statement on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action regarding Iran’s nuclear program that was decided in Lausanne, Switzerland, with Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, in the Oval Office, April, 2, 2015.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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Just some photos from an afternoon sitting on the Tampa Bay seawall in St Petersburg, FL.

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Fri May 01, 2015 at 10:17 PM PDT

1/12th of 365 (Part 3)

by Eddie C

Reposted from Eddie C by Pam from Calif

New Month, new photos but it's the same deal as the last two. Below are thirty photos, one from each day in April. It's a retirement activity for me. The object being to get out there and take one decent photo each day.

I guess I'm into red this month because my favorite three from April are On the Streets of New York, Wild and Precious Life and Gumshoe Art.

Please enjoy the show and click on any that you might want a better look at.

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Reposted from Kitchen Table Kibitzing by Pam from Calif
Kitchen Table Kibitzing is a community series for those who wish to share part of the evening around a virtual kitchen table with kossacks who are caring and supportive of one another. So bring your stories, jokes, photos, funny pics, music, and interesting videos, as well as links—including quotations—to diaries, news stories, and books that you think this community would appreciate. Readers may notice that most who post diaries and comments in this series already know one another to some degree, but newcomers should not feel excluded. We welcome guests at our kitchen table, and hope to make some new friends as well.
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The LeMay—America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington includes a collection of motorcycles. Photographs of some of the British motorcycles in their collection are shown below the orange exhaust symbol.

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Reposted from Street Prophets by Pam from Calif

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Welcome to the Tuesday edition of the Coffee Hour at Street Prophets. This is an open thread where we can discuss what’s happening in our lives, what we’ve been working on, and our opinions on current events. While camping in Glacier National Park recently, we had an exceptionally beautiful day and so we took a short stroll along the beach at Lake McDonald.

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Reposted from behind blue eyes by Pam from Calif

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Reposted from Life in Wisconsin by Ojibwa

Not all is politics. When I'm not working, or being a political geek, I like getting outdoors, taking photos, running. But sometimes the political and the personal intersect. There are some, today, that think that state parks aren't important. There are some that look to sell off state land - land we all own - to pay off short-term debts.  Debts incurred to cut taxes for the so-called "job creators".

Earlier today I posted photos from March of the Kinnickinnic River as it passed through the city of River Falls. Today I went to Kinnickinnic State Park, where the Kinni meets the St. Croix River, just miles before the St. Croix joins with the Mississippi:

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Reposted from Street Prophets by Ojibwa

Mountains have always been an important part of my life: they are magnificent to look at and sometimes fun to hike in. Join me below the great orange peak for a photo excursion into a recent encounter with the snow covered mountains of Glacier National Park.

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Reposted from Life in Wisconsin by Mike Kahlow

The South Fork of the Kinni - in the University of Wisconsin - River Falls campus.

It's a gorgeous day here in Wisconsin, and I'm off to enjoy the outdoors.

About a month ago, I took my camera out and took some photos of the Kinnickinnic River (and its tributary, the South Fork) here in River Falls, WI. The Kinnickinnic is a real jewel, one of the few remaining streams with a naturally reproducing trout population.

I used a polarizer on my lens to emphasize the reflections off the melting snow and water.


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Reposted from Saturday Morning Garden Blogging by Ojibwa

Good morning everyone and welcome to SMGB, the Death Valley in Bloom Edition. It's Ed in Montana here, having returned from our second Winter season of campground hosting in Death Valley National Park, and wow was it a spectacular season!

Ten years ago last month, I escaped Montana’s dismal weather and drove to Death Valley for the first time to witness the Big Bloom of 2005. Wildflowers were everywhere. The entire southern third of the park (and Death Valley is an immense park; the largest park in the lower 48 states) was one continuous carpet bloom of Desert Gold. Seeing this amazing natural event started my love affair with Mojave Desert wildflowers, and I have been back every Spring since.

Big Blooms do not happen often, maybe once every ten years, and 2005 may have been the biggest bloom of them all. The wildflower bloom of 2015 was not as big as 2005, but it was the biggest display of wildflowers in the ten years since the Big Bloom of 2005.

Join me at our little travel trailer in the desert below the orange squiggle for more on desert wildflowers.

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Reposted from Street Prophets by Marko the Werelynx

Greetings and welcome to a quiet corner of the great, greasy interwebs. I'm Marko the Werelynx and I'll be starting the slideshow this week just as soon as the bulb in the projector warms up.

Last weekend I went for a lovely walk in a park in Prague that I hadn't visited for over 20 years. It's a park associated with an old Czech legend that pretty much all the websites in English, that I've bothered to look at, in hopes of shortening this introduction with a simple link, have failed to provide the goods.

But the Czech Radio site has about the best discussion of the legend of Šárka and the Maiden's War.

The story most Czechs carry around in their heads is an amalgam of many versions of the story, including Jaroslav Vrchlický's epic poem "Šárka"and Alois Jirásek's book of Old Czech Legends.

My own short version of the story is that once upon a time, during the reign of Prince Přemysl, there was a woman's rebellion led by Vlasta. The women built a fortification at Děvín across the Vltava river from Přemysl's fortification at Vyšehrad. Ctírad was some flavor of minor royalty and an officer in Přemysl's manly army who essentially tries to rape Šárka, who joins the rebellion and lays a trap for Ctírad...

... and a score of his men as they troop through the area I walked in last Saturday.

Oh, I'd better get going with these photos or we'll never get through this. So, photos without commentary interspersed with bits of the story. Additional fluffy commentary may appear in the occasional hover.

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