Artist Spotlight # 24

Submitted by mimi 07/03/07 8:49 AM GMT

I am happy to announce the winner of our Artist Spotlight.
I present to you Patti, better known to us as fogz Have yourself a nice break and browse her gallery and give her some feedback on her works of art.

Was I surprised when I received a message to say I had been chosen to be featured in the spotlight section here at Caedes!! ....thank you so much my friends for nominating me! it means a lot to me to know that my photography has improved enough to make you think I deserve this honour! :)

....and now I have been asked to reveal some facts behind the name ... I think a lot of my pictures give away my feelings and thoughts, so I expect I have exposed a lot of my personality to you real name is Patti and I live in South Manchester, England! I am 55 (but still 25 in my head) and am one of seven children - the middle child, so I suspect I have middle child syndrome in triplicate! LOL! I have three children who I am very proud of as they are all sensitive caring adults - two sons 25 and 27 and a daughter 18. I work as a PA for an international Pharmaceutical Company - PA meaning Personal Assistant and I work for Global IT Managers organising their time and basically telling them what to do! I'm quite good at that! ;)

...and what do I do in my spare time? all know! ...I take photographs, not just one or two, I take as many as 250 in one afternoon! I love to walk around the beautiful countryside here in the UK and have been on a mission promoting it's beauty via this media! I think I might well have succeeded! I also like to work in Photoshop and PaintshopPro and before I took up photography I spent a lot of my time making graphics and animations. I enjoy puzzles - crosswords, numerical problems and Photoshop poses many! LOL! I love to travel - I have met some wonderful people online - not in chatrooms but whilst at sites such as this one - I have been a member at other online clubs - and even helped to manage one. I have visited a friend I met online and her family in Calgary twice, and once met up with Nancy (Scorp) who is also a member here at Caedes. I have travelled to the US, Canada, Scotland, Ireland, Austria, France, Sweden, Denmark,Holland, Chech Republic, Slovakia, Malta, Spain and the Canary Isles .....and have a long list of places I would like to see. I have plans to travel to Spain in September and am hoping to make another trip to Europe later in the year, but am undecided as to where to go as yet! when did I find Caedes? .....well like many of you I was browsing the net looking for a new desktop image. I had put Caedes in my favourites after using a Christmas image two years ago! In March last year I found the link in my favourites and started looking through the images ....well three hours later I was still looking! I could not believe how many amazing images I had found all in one place! I had always loved taking photographs but on a more casual basis and I had quite a lot of photographs already on file - I decided to post one of my own photographs - a sunset picture I had taken in Spain, but someone left a comment to say the horizon was crooked! :O ... so I quickly deleted it and thought 'how rude!' LOL! ..I soon got over that and decided that they were just helping me and that I should take their advice and repost it! ...and I haven't stopped posting since that day! I doubt whether 'Caedes' envisaged how popular and how quickly this site would grow and I admire his ingenuity in putting together what has become one of the most popular artists sites on the net! ....and I think I can speak on behalf of everyone in saying how much we appreciate the incredible job Caedes and the administrators do in keeping us all in order – sometimes we moan about rules and C-index and other minor annoyances, but it is obvious that they put a great deal of their own time and effort in keeping everything shipshape. If it was left to us there would be mutiny onboard and we would be making a few people (mandroids) walk the plank! lol!

I have been a member since March 06 and during that time my list of friends has grown and grown ..... well to cut it short, I have met a lot of wonderful people here - and you know by the comments and messages how much I appreciate your friendship.Before I joined Caedes I was using a little Nikon digicam, 3 point something pixels! LOL! I now use a Canon EOS 350D (Rebel XT in the US) recommended by PatAndre with a Tamron 18-200 lens recommended by Jerry (DigiCamMan) – I love that lens - it works well for me and I do not change it very often! I would like to upgrade to the Canon EOS 400 camera ...which I am hoping to do in the not too distant future. and my favourite picture? well I don't really have one - I only post images that I think are good enough to go on a desktop - I can spend hours looking through my images and then working on them to make them look as good as I can make them - I try to put feelings and expressions in my pictures and hope that comes across. I have to say I was thrilled when my entry into the Autumn contest was voted best image - I was smiling from ear to ear and in shock!

...It was probably not a good idea to ask me to write something as I get carried I will stop here ....and just say to all my friends here - thank you for giving me the encouragement I needed to pursue this hobby, thank you again for nominating me and thank you for enriching my life! :) where are those tissues and where is my Oscar? LOL!



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07/19/07 5:34 AM GMT
I've been waiting curiously to see who would be the next featured artist...I was so happy to see that it was you, Patti!! It couldn't have gone to a better artist/person. You've been so helpful to me personally and have always lent words of encouragement. Of course, your gallery is one of the best around...its always so interesting for me to see what life is like on the other side of the pond and you really do an amazing job at promoting your area's beauty. Congrats and please, keep the outstanding images coming!!!
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07/19/07 7:45 AM GMT
CONGRATULATIONS PATTI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! a well deserved choice, your gallery is amazing, you've taken me to many places where i've either been in my "younger" years or where I want to go.. From scenic Europe to wildlife you capture the moods and characters... Congrats again Patti, now sit back put your feet up get everyone to bring you coffee and cookies cos you wont have time when you start answering all the comments from your fans on this thread.. lol...
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MY GALLERY ........... "Live one day at a time and make it a masterpiece"
07/19/07 9:02 AM GMT
Hey Mizz Fogz I knew you would get this. I'm really happy for you, you deserve the honor. I love your pictures but don't let it go to your head. Now that you are sorta famous you can take us to one of your many pub hangouts. Congratulations and keep up the good work.
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07/19/07 9:54 AM GMT
Congratulations Patti , a fine looking gallery .

Kristof .
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....Dreamstime..... Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature. Big stock photo
07/19/07 10:00 AM GMT
~whistles & claps~

Hooray!! Way to go Patti, you deserve it!! BIG congrats!!
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Why do the pictures come out square when the lens is round?? Picture Purrrfect .
07/19/07 10:12 AM GMT
Way to go Patti! You certainly deserve it, my friend. I'm constantly in awe of your beautiful photographs. You're one of my dearest friends as well. Enjoy basking in the limelight, and keep up the great work. =)
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07/19/07 10:15 AM GMT
Congratulations Pattifogz!! This is a well deserved honour. Your photography and your friendship mean much to many. Your good eye and your good ear are both a pleasure to know :)
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The question is not what you look at, but what you see ~ Marcel Proust
07/19/07 11:24 AM GMT
I ... er, helped Patti with the writing of her mini-autobiography.

She cut it down considerably from my version. :oP

!! ~ !! Congratulations Patti !! ~ !!

You really are a model citizen of the Republic and very deserving of this accolade. Your work, time spent on the site in giving encouragement and recognition of the other members' works and overall participation has earned you your time in the spotlight ... I am very happy for you. :o))

Now then ... where's the ... uh, cake?

A corner piece works well for me. :o)

*thinks to himself ... out loud*

*sniff* ... I knew her when she had a 3 megapixel ... our baby ... has grown up ... excuse me, talk amongst yourselves ... I ... I ... I am feeling a little verklempt at the moment ...

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07/19/07 12:13 AM GMT
Well I’m not surprised to see you featured here Patti. You have a delightful gallery and a very pleasant manner with your comments. I hope you enjoy your time in the limelight, you certainly deserve it.
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There are three colours, Ten digits and seven notes, its what we do with them that’s important. Ruth Ross
07/19/07 2:57 PM GMT
Congratulations Mz Fogz (Patti). A well deserved honor. When and where's the party? ;-)
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Sorry that I haven't been commenting more. Just got lazy? But I did look at most of them. And again, thanks to all of you for your comments on mine. Steve
07/19/07 3:15 PM GMT
congrats Patti, you really deserve this spotlight, so where is the bring a toast out on you....
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07/19/07 6:17 PM GMT
I am not surprised either Patti, that you won the Artist spotlight. You gallery is truly amazing, as is your ability to share your world with all of us through your photos. You have a talent that is blessed by God. A BIG congtatulations to you. You have done youself proud. I always look forward to seeing your work.
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07/19/07 8:23 PM GMT
CONGRATULATIONS fogz. I am so happy that even more people will now check out your gallery and see what an amazing eye and talent you have in photography. You certainly deserve the recognition. Again Patti, congrats. my friend.
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Why not go out on a limb, that is where the fruit is.... Frank Scully
07/20/07 12:32 AM GMT
Congratulations Patti.. I just love it when good things happen to good people. And you're most certainly one of the best! Thanks for taking me places through your pictures that I would've never seen otherwise. Enjoy this honnor.. it is well deserved and keep up the good work.
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People will soon forget what you said or what you did, but they will always remember how you made them feel.
07/20/07 12:40 AM GMT
Congratulation Patti! It's great to see you featured. As you know, I love your work and all those beautiful landscapes that you bring up. :)
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07/20/07 2:55 AM GMT
Congrats Patti! A well deserved honor you have and I thank you for being a big inspiration to me as a beginner. I'm honored to have you as a "friend" . Keep up the amazing work.... ~Mary~
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I am probably afraid that some spectator will not understand my photography - therefore I proceed to make it really less understandable by writing defensibly about it. Ansel Adams
07/20/07 8:23 AM GMT
Why an I NOT have a wonderful talent and it shows in your love of photography!...Your posts have always been top notch and very professional..and your gallery!..many a person would be proud to take images like that!...I know I would!...Your pictures of our gorgeous countryside are always worked in a way to show us the beauty through your eyes!..
Many, many CONGRATULATIONS on receiving this accolade!....You are well worth it!....~Owd Bob~....

PS...Make mine a large scotch eh!...
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*You will have noticed that I haven't been commenting as much on your fine images!..This is because of the pains in my hands!..the constant use of the keyboard, makes this, my dear friends..I can only apologise to you all in advance!* Dunstickin's Gallery
07/20/07 5:01 PM GMT
Congrats Patti. I have seen your images once in a while, but to see the rest of your gallery blew me away. you're amazing!!! again, congratulations!
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I need your opinion please! I'm entering a photo competition. Please go to my gallery and tell me which one of these five you like the best? A.) Up Close and Personal B.) This Beetle Likes Pink C.) This Beetle Likes Pink II D.) Love Bugs E.) One Thirsty Fly If there is another image in my gallery you think I should consider, I'm open to suggestions.
07/20/07 9:49 PM GMT
CONGRATULATIONS, Fogz!! So very well deserved! The feeling you're looking for does come through in your photos, never fear. You can talk about the camera all day, but your photos are so beautiful because of the thought and time that you put into them...
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My comments will be hit and miss for the next month or so. I'm preparing to return to the U.S. on 1 Aug and will be on vacation until 20 Aug or so...I will be checking though and I look forward to your great shots! L8R...G8R
07/21/07 11:58 AM GMT
Patti, a truly well deserved honor, congratualations! So many of your photos have the comfortable feeling of allowing the viewer to be right there with you. And so many hikes you've brought us on! I haven't always had time to keep up with all your tours, but wherever you have taken me I really have enjoyed. I look forward to your presence on this site and hope you continue to grow in your art.
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Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little. - Edmund Burke
07/21/07 12:12 AM GMT
thanks everyone for the kind words of congratulations! Comments like this are what gives me the encouragement I need to keep pursuing my hobby - it is so rewarding to get appreciation of your work - that is why we keep coming back here! lol! hugzzzzz, fogz :)
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"Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile" .... mygallery
07/21/07 2:34 PM GMT
Bravo Patti.An honour well deserved for your magnificent work............Jim
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07/22/07 1:05 AM GMT
Congrats Patti, an honor well deserved. :)
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07/22/07 9:54 AM GMT
May I add my Congratulations Patti. Very well deserved - your pictures are of the highest quality and I always enjoy looking at them. Your gallery is outstanding... so this is not a surprise! Thanks for sharing all this beauty! Keep up the good work
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Are you ready for the springtime? Come on! Nature is thriving with colors...
07/22/07 4:23 PM GMT
My sincere congratulations Patti. I have enjoyed your work since day 1. Your photos are indeed superb and you always make everyone feel as though they're right there beside you. Enjoy and savor this well deserved honor my friend. Eileen
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May your walls know joy,May every room hold laughter,and every window open to great possibility: Maryanne Radmacher-Hershey
07/22/07 5:00 PM GMT
Congratulations Patti! A well deserved honor! Your photography has always been a source of inspiration to me. It's a great pleasure in seeing the beauty of the world through your eyes and camera. Thank you for the outstanding images you have shared, and enjoy your time in the spotlight! :)
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Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage. ~Catherine Douzel
07/23/07 6:36 AM GMT
Congratulations Patti on your well deserved recognition. You have a really fine touch with those wonderful landscapes. Cindy
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You will be led to the knowledge of the internal things which are invisible to you, by the external things which you see before you. . . . Even so then, we can represent to ourselves in thought the Author of all that is, by contemplating and admiring the (visible) things which He has made, and ever brings into being. - Hermes
07/23/07 6:50 PM GMT
Hello Patti....Congratulations on being in the spotlight!... You have many beautiful pictures in your gallery, thanks for sharing them with us.....You have posted some very fine pictures and are accruing a large fan base here on Caedes....Your pictures are some of the most beautiful images I have seen. The way you capture life,beauty and the colour differentiation, truly talented. I feel like I have already been to the locations through your pictures. I hope I can find all those beautiful places so lovingly captured with your camera....Your work is not just pictures of places but photographs that truly move people, images that will remain with them long after they have viewed them. Photographs that will transport the viewer to another time and another place, leave them with the feeling that they were truly there....Patti, once again many congratulations...Take care...All the best...Mick.

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07/23/07 7:33 PM GMT
Hi Patti! I'm just so 'proud' that you have been chosen to be the next artist in the spotlights, you really deserve it! I also love your pictures and i'm proud being your caedesfriend! If I may give you a hint, don't visit belgium for your next trip in Europe. There is nothing to visit here ;) But if you can't resist just give me a call and my door will be open for you!
Hope you enjoy this honour!
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07/24/07 12:52 AM GMT
Congratulations Patti, on this well deserved honor. Enjoy your time in the spotlight. I have really enjoyed the scenic views that you have shared with us. Your gallery is filled with very fine photographs and a treasure to behold. Thanks,
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Anything that excites me for any reason, I will photograph; not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual. Edward Weston
07/24/07 4:41 PM GMT
YAY PATTI!! It's very deserving for you to be featured in the spotlight! You definitely earned it my friend! Have you kept track of how many miles(km) you've walked on all those scenic photo shoots you've been on?(or how many pints you've had afterwards?? LOL) That must be your secret to looking & staying young. Keep up the great work Ms. Fogz. Congratulations!! C):-)
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THE CAMERA'S ONLY JOB is to get out of the way of making photographs. It's entirely an artist's eye, patience, and skill that makes an image. ~Ken Rockwell VISIT MY GALLERY
07/25/07 12:25 AM GMT
"Kneels" to the Queen of England. Gently and reverently kisses hand....... Well deserved and couldn't be happier for you Patti. You bring a smile to my face everyday and I thank you for that. Tries to get up from kneeling.....can you help an old lion my dear. :) Now lets have a spot of tea. :) :)John
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Always remember - Follow the Yellow Brick Road, it will lead you to the Emerald City and OZ A very nice place to be. Trust me on this one, I live there. :-)................ MY GALLERY - THE LION****Another Site I'm AT - MY DA HOMEPAGE
07/25/07 10:32 AM GMT
Hi Patti, Just saw this. Congratulations. You are deserving. My favs are full of your images. As I have informed others, your photography has graphically changed my perspective of the UK. What a beautiful country. Keep the images coming.
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07/25/07 9:26 PM GMT
Hi Patti, Nice to have you in this spotlight, you deserve it.
250 pictures in one evening, your camera shout be red hot...

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All my work in My Gallery
07/26/07 9:37 PM GMT
Hi Patti!

Gratz for being in the spotlight! Your gallery is truly full of wonderful images.

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Haunting made me do it damnit.
07/27/07 2:13 AM GMT
Congrats again, Patti. I didn't see the limelight award until tonight. It's been a while coming to you, but you more than deserve it for all the beauty and enjoyment you've sent since you started to upload in a serious manner. I always enjoy your walking tours, and you've certainly kept me in shape, my friend :) Thank you for all you do and are here on Caedes :)PJ
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"The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place; from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web." Pablo Picasso
07/27/07 6:56 PM GMT
Patti, wonderful! My congratulations. Well deserved. Thanks for all the beauty you´ve brought us and thanks for your always nice and supporting comments. Cornelius
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Please tell it to another when you like my work. If you don't like my work, please tell it me
07/28/07 12:17 AM GMT
Hi Patti,

I am so happy to be here at long last, and sharing my thoughts with you... my thoughts about your most lovely of galleries. I must admit, that I was unfamiliar with their beauty until now. Today, I changed all that, and granted myself the pleasure of perusing among those scenic beauties. I must say that your work is beautifully and skillfully crafted, Patti. :o) I am so glad I journeyed there. Your photos are distinctive, tasteful, and a pleasure to experience. You are a very talented lady, and have gifted me with treasures of England. My thoughts of the United Kingdom, have always been pleasing, but now you have allowed me your personal view of it's wonders, through your photography, and have done it well. :O)

I remembered much about it's beautiful 'Lake District', as seen often in the wonders of photograhic magazines, some of which I am lucky enough to now own... from your lovely England. I am impressed with your many travels, and what you now possess in 'the memories of your mind'..... What treasures to have placed in one's heart...'O) I applaud and congratulate you on your success here at Caedes, and as I have noticed, my feelings are shared by many...Enjoy every minute of your achievements, and let the 'spotlight' shine with music. You have earned it well.

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07/28/07 4:15 AM GMT
Big congratz to you Patti .... you most definitely deserve this honor ! <<<hugz>>>
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I've got amnesia & deja vu at the same time. I think I've forgotten this before ! ......CLICK TO SAVE LIVES ! .......MY GALLERY
07/28/07 10:36 AM GMT
I just came back from my holidays.
Congrats, Patty! Your british landscapes and your excellent technique always amaze me :-)
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07/29/07 1:53 AM GMT
congrats to a beautiful gallery...
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07/29/07 10:00 PM GMT
Well done on the spotlight thing Patti, you`ve got a great gallery and you got a great eye for what is a good shot and also the skill to pull it off.

Hugs and kisses.

Ian :)
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Save the Cheerleader......Save the World! Ians gallery
07/30/07 4:44 AM GMT
whoops..I'm a bit late to the party here. Congrats, Patti :o)
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07/30/07 9:13 AM GMT
heyy when did this happen?? lol, im late to the party too! (shows how much i read the front page huh??) . congrats Patti, well deserved!! i hope youre still smiling!
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07/30/07 8:49 PM GMT
Well, I for one am surprised... that it took this long!! Congrats Patti! You are well deserving of this honor!
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08/03/07 7:53 PM GMT
Hi, Patti

Congratulations you deserve this, you have been done fantastic work.
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"What doesn't kill us makes us stronger" - Friedrich Nietzsche
08/03/07 8:06 PM GMT
I am very pleased to see you made it in the spotlight here at caedes Patti, it is well deserved.
Not only your postings are always something to look forward for, but also your naratives.
You must be one of the most hard working members here, since i see your replies everywhere, so thank you for all your work involved !
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08/04/07 1:35 PM GMT
Congratulations on this Very Special Honor Patti, you are MOST Deserving.

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08/05/07 2:16 AM GMT
Congrats Patti, well deserved my dear. What a truly beautiful country you live in.
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"A good photograph is knowing where to stand"-Ansel Adams
08/05/07 1:44 PM GMT
Well done m8.

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08/09/07 4:32 AM GMT
Well Patti, what a stir you have made here on Caedes by taking such incredible images, sharing them with us and then being named to the "Artist Spotlight". It's been a long time coming and long overdue. PLEASE do keep sharing and as you say getting better and better all the time.
It is definitely true when you call your area of the world is a very beautiful place.
Congrats again.
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08/11/07 6:59 PM GMT
Hi Patti! I'm not surprised that you won the "Artist Spotlight".
Your images are top quality plus have good subject matter. Congradulations, and forgive me for being late in responding.
I look forward to more of your beautiful views of England and your terrific sense of humor.
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I need to catch up on things so can't comment too much. But I love all of your fine images :)
08/14/07 8:12 AM GMT
Well done Patti, sorry its a bit late, only just got around to reading the 'News'. A very deserved award.
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....and any other laden fancy, we will take her by surprise!
08/20/07 10:31 PM GMT
Congratulations, Patti! Your gallery is just beautiful. Thanks to people like you, who can capture the feeling so well so that we can travel the world by watching the desktop.
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08/28/07 4:48 PM GMT
Delayed but hearty congratulations, Patti...a most worthy nominee with your outstanding gallery of consistently beautiful, scenic images.
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Fly free and keep dancing, Pretty Peter.
08/30/07 11:57 AM GMT
This summer has been so crazy I missed you being in the spotlight til now, but I wanted to congratulate you. I always enjoy your photos! You are so talented. Hilda
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All of earth is crammed with heaven And every bush aflame with God But only those who see take off their shoes. - Elizabeth Barrett Browning<p> mygallery
09/06/07 1:36 AM GMT

I am new to this site. Are photos free to use? Can you place them in your email and on your personal website?
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09/10/07 11:46 AM GMT
Congratulations! This is really very well deseved! I have admired your talent ever since i first started out here at Caedes (wich wasn´t so long ago).

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09/14/07 2:06 PM GMT
Many congratulations, Patti.
Of course you deserve this honour.
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Look around and catch it ; the Art is there !
10/18/07 11:14 AM GMT
Congratulations Patti. Much Deserved!
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'Man as an individual is an unsolvable puzzle but in the aggregrate is a mathemaical certainty' Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Why not visit my Gallery.
10/19/07 7:07 PM GMT
Hi Patti. I'm a new member and I've just visited your site as recommended. I can tell you that it's great and that you have got another admirer. You really deserve the honour. Malteser from Malta.
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10/20/07 4:20 PM GMT
Congratulations Patti. Your work is a great contribution and you disserve it. Thank you for sharing with us your wonderful captures.
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"Happiness is a state that requires some effort once in a while."
11/13/07 8:46 PM GMT
Hi Patti! Sorry to be so far down the list - I'm slowing down in my old age, I think. Time always goes faster than I do.

What an honor to be in the artist spotlight - and in your case - a well deserved one! (For that matter, all those featured in the artist spotlights so far have been great!) I've admired and downloaded many of your beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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