Posts Tagged ‘vacation’

Photo Friday: Old Port Festival Time

June 19, 2015

Every year, in June, Portland has their Old Port Festival.  I’ve gone for the past several years since I feel it’s a great time to do street photography.  I also post a video on my YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/apb148 check it out.

I am now going to share my favorite shots here.  I hope you enjoy.

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Photo Friday: I got a frog in my lens

June 12, 2015

The first full week of every June, I take my vacations from my full time job, so I can do my photography work.  One of the places I frequent, for some of the best nature shots, is a place called Hinkley Park.  This year, I decided to use my nature lens to get close-ups of turtles, since they are numerous, and pretty.  My fascination with turtles stems from the shell, which is a spinal chord, pelvis, and ribcage rolled into one unit, making turtles, and tortoises some of the only species’ with both an endo, and exo-skeleton.

As I got to the upper pond, I could hear the green frogs, and bull frogs croaking, so I figured, why not start with them.  I set my lens to 900 mm, and was immediately welcomed to a frog staring directly at my lens.  It was a breezy day, so I took extra pictures to get the clear ones I’m showing now.  I hope you enjoy them.

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Of course, the whole purpose was the turtles, so here are a couple I shot.

 

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2013 accomplishment recap

January 1, 2014

It’s that time of the year again; time to recap some of the highlights of 2013, and make a few plans for 2014.  Since this is my new year blog, I thought it appropriate to post it right at midnight (eastern time US) which is where I am.

In 2013, I had three primary accomplishments that coincidentally, (or not) fell in my three vacations.  In the first vacation I rediscovered my love, and ability, for drawing.  I bought the supplies, and went right to it.  It was great remembering my love for art, and it helped me develop my patience even more.

In my second vacation, I watched the movie The Secret, and started a major research project into success, leadership, and the law of attraction.  I believe this learning is just the tip of the iceberg, and I realize this may be an ongoing project for years to come; but I’m up to the challenge.

Of course this leads me up to my last vacation of the year, last October, where I learned it’s easier to start a business than I realized, and during that week, I started a business account, and a website, which I continue to try drawing business to.

These three accomplishments are the reason I’m calling 2013 “The year of learning”

I am dubbing 2014 “The year of action”.  Obviously I haven’t learned everything I need to in the area of success, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t start putting my current level of learning into action now.  No one ever got rich, or succeeded in helping others with their nose buried in a book, so I will start now in making plans, and putting them in action. Here are just a couple of my goals for 2014.  I have too many to put in this blog.

My first goal is to not only increase the amount of blogs I’m putting out, but I also plan to write a book on “self leadership”.  Next week, I’m going on my first vacation of the year, and I will be mapping out the chapters.

My second goal is to post a lot more videos to Youtube, and increase my subscribers to 100,000, at least.  This will be a part of my wish to leave my current job at Hannaford, and go full time in my passion.

My third goal for 2014 is to get back down to a healthy weight, and regain a physical strength that I used to have.  This is not a resolution, as I don’t believe in them, but a goal that I never give up on.

These are my 2014 goals, and even if I don’t succeed in these the way I think they will, I will never give up on them, and I will make it.

Thank you for your support in 2013.

Allen

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