Artist Spotlight # 28.

Submitted by mimi 01/03/08 9:07 PM GMT

I introduce to you the first artist to be spotlighted in 2008. Bet everyone can guess the origin of her username=) It is a delight to present to you Hilda, more commonly known around here as Wheedance.

So as the New Year comes in, take some time to dance through her gallery of images and leave some feedback and maybe even comment on your favorite image that she posted.

Here is Hilda’s biography.

My name is Hilda Ostby and I’ve been married to the most wonderful man, Steven, for almost 35 years. We have 6 kids, 11 grandchildren and 3 dogs so life is never dull. (I have a link to our family web page on my profile here on Caedes). As you can probably guess by my user name we both love to ballroom dance – a hobby we started about 12 years ago.

I first heard about Caedes through Kim Komando and I have to say I was hooked from the first time I came to the site. This is one addiction I really enjoy so I don’t plan to seek treatment any time soon! I have been a member since February of 06, almost 2 years now. What first attracted me were the amazing photos from all over the world and all of the beauty I could see! I also liked the idea that people could comment on each other’s photos and learn from one another. I began by checking out the images daily and got a little itch to try taking some photos to post. The whole reason I was drawn to this new hobby of photography was my interest in this web site.

Wow, what a joy it is! I love the new ‘vision’ photography has given me. I love to go treasure hunting for the beauty around me and it seems I ‘see’ so much more than I used to. I’m especially drawn to the close up view of things and would love to improve my macro photography. I’m amazed at how much more you notice when you take time to look more closely at the world. That is what inspires me most – the beauty in the world around me.

What has kept me at Caedes is the people I have met here. One of the first people I met was PJ (Phasmid). I couldn’t believe how kind, helpful and supportive she was (and is!). From the very beginning if I had a question and asked someone they were always very kind to help out with information. If I see a technique I like I usually ask the photographer about it and they are gracious to respond. When I was new Cynlee put up a monarch picture and dedicated it to me because she knew I liked monarchs – that blew me away. People are so warm and welcoming here!

I really never imagined myself being chosen as Artist of the Month. There are so many fine photographers on this site and I don’t feel I come close to most of them, but I hope to continue to learn and improve. I know the people here on Caedes will help me in that regard.

Two years ago I would never have imagined myself:

  1. Getting up before dawn on a regular basis to see the sun rise.
  2. Going out in wind chills -6 (Fahrenheit) to get pictures of ice formations.
  3. Braving hordes of mosquitoes (they were in my eyes, ears, mouth and hair) to visit a monarch waystation trying to catch migrating monarchs clustering on their trip south.
  4. Spending a day traipsing around in the freezing cold trying to catch pictures of migrating tundra swans (they fly away as soon as they see you so Steve and I were crawling on our bellies through the grass – that was a sight to see!)
  5. Spraining my ankle while taking pictures. I was trying to get as close as I could to the frost on a plant and I didn’t see the rock I tripped over. Ouch! What was my first thought? Save the camera! (I thought photography would be a pretty safe hobby and would never hamper my dancing. Wrong! Not to worry, though, I’m back at it.)
  6. Taking my camera out on a kayak so I could get a shot of a loon.
  7. Spending so much money on a camera! I’m very thankful for the support of my husband in that regard. He also ‘treasure hunts’ with me! I have a Nikon D80 SLR camera. Digital photography has definitely been a huge reason I enjoy taking pictures. I can take all the shots I want, get rid of the bad ones and choose my favorites. I started off with a very poor quality little point and shoot. Pictures in my gallery after Nov. of 07 were taken with my D80. Having a nice camera helps a lot!

I would say that right now my favorite photo on Caedes is the Monarch on Asters. Probably because I have a passion for monarchs and because one of my goals for this year was to get a picture of a monarch that I could be proud of. I’m proud of that one.

There are so many things I never would have seen or done if I hadn’t wanted to get out and take pictures to share on this site. I’ll always be grateful to Caedes for that!


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01/04/08 5:45 AM GMT
Congratulations, Hilda. I feel honored to be able to pat you on the back first. You really deserve this for all the time and effort and support you give all of us here, no matter how busy you are, and busy you definitely are, not to mention all of your beautiful images.

I look forward to many more of your uploads and visions of the world and your help and support.

Your Friend, :)PJ
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01/04/08 7:04 AM GMT
Monarch on Asters .. by Wheedance

I loved reading your biography, it is truly inspiring and illustrative of the imaginative spark that ignites in the creative person ... thank you for sharing your visions, your hunted treasures
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01/04/08 7:55 AM GMT
Many Congratulations on this accolade dear Hilda...couldn't have happened to a nicer person!...
As one who has been 'here' the excitement of being picked is overwhelming!....

Enjoy your status as A.O.T.M. honey, you are worth it!...

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01/04/08 9:07 AM GMT
Well deserved Hilda. Congratulations and keep shooting .

Kristof .
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01/04/08 9:40 AM GMT
Well now ... :o)

Congratulations Hilda, your work behind the camera and your inner spirit, which shows through in all that you do ... has brought you to this special place of honour.

Enjoy your time in the spotlight, you are a most delightful member and a wonderful artist.

Care to step into the time machine and go back two years?

Nahhh ... didn't think that you would. :o)
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01/04/08 10:54 AM GMT
Fantabulous and a BIG congrats Hilda!! Well deserved!! Keep up the grrreat work!!
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Why do the pictures come out square when the lens is round?? Picture Purrrfect .
01/04/08 12:36 AM GMT
I would LOVE to hear what people's favorites are in my gallery. I'm so honored! Thanks to everyone!
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01/04/08 1:43 PM GMT
Congratulations Hilda!! Well deserved and I also enjoyed reading your biography - an inspiration :)
You ask for our favourites from your gallery - that is a big ask! My all time fave is Tea for Two, I think it is wonderful but I have a great affection for Here's Looking at You - the velvety texture of its wings is beautiful.
Keep clicking dear friend, we are privileged to see your talented works.
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01/04/08 2:15 PM GMT





You asked us to list a few of our faves of yours and this just gets me warmed up. I love the pics of the newborn reaching out to touch as well. It's hard to pick as you have so many quality photos.


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01/04/08 2:22 PM GMT
Hilda, I so happy for you! Such a well deserved honor. Your joy of the hobby always come through in your images. I have so many of your shots on my HD both at home and at work. One of favorites, Guardian! I look forward to seeing many more of your treasures as well as those of all the people you have inspired. Alexis
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01/04/08 2:30 PM GMT
Hilda I'm soooo proud of you, you are an inspiration to us all. While I'm not the photo buff (can't take a picture) LOL I'm always amazed at the photos that people post on this site. I luv the monarchs too and always look forward to your posts. You bring such a nice feeling and insight with your photos and always have a great description of what you see and what you mean by your captures along with the great job you've done yourself. You are well deserving of this honor and I'm just smiling from ear to ear :) for you. Congrats and you just keep it up (please) I treasure you as a friend and I LUV your posts. (((HUGS))) John
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01/04/08 2:56 PM GMT
Congratulations, Hilda. It's such a pleasure to look at your images. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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01/04/08 3:31 PM GMT
... 6 kids, 11 grandchildren and 3 dogs!!! How can you manage? ;-)
I was amazed by your aquarium/jellyfish series.
Congrats and Happy New Year :-)
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01/04/08 6:08 PM GMT
Congratulations Hilda! Well deserved :)
I love to see your images and apriciate the effort to get some of them!
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01/04/08 7:22 PM GMT
Hilda, I'm impressed by your biography and your work. Congratulations with your election as Artist of the Month. Well Deserved!
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01/04/08 7:36 PM GMT
Congratulations Hilda ! This is a well deserved honor hon ! Enjoy it to the fullest !
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01/04/08 10:08 PM GMT
Congratulations Hilda! Your gallery is amazing! I got lost looking at your photos! :)
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01/04/08 10:17 PM GMT
Congratulations, dear lady. Your enthusiasm for the beauty around you has brought you into this spotlight and your progression of images over the last two years has been most impressive. In addition to your photography I most admire your kind responses and cheerful attitudes in all of your comments. You deserve these accolades and recognition for such fine work and for your positive influence on others. To pick a favorite of your images would be most difficult so I will say that I love your babies and your butterflies most! I am also impressed that you have eleven grand babies! :)
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01/04/08 11:27 PM GMT
Hilda! I'm so pleased to see you here in the spotlight! I'm one of your ardent fans and am so happy to say congratulations my dear friend, you sooo deserve it! You're consistent and ever so vigilent in getting back to me with thanks for any small comments I might offer... You're tops in my book and I'm always looking to see if you've posted - Cheers my dear!


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01/05/08 3:57 AM GMT
Congrats, dear Hilda! You certainly deserve this spotlight! I love reading your bio and of your growth as a photographer. Your words and works are inspiring. Josette :)
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01/05/08 4:36 AM GMT
Congratulations Hilda!! You definitely deserve the spotlight...your gallery is filled with such brilliant colors and outstanding scenes. Your macro shots, especially your butterflies, are fantastic..but I really do have to say that my favorite shot of yours would have to be "What do you do". There's just something about that shot that is so warming....anyway, it also good to hear somebody else fell down while "treasure hunting"!!
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01/05/08 1:59 PM GMT
A very wise and deserving choice for Artist of the Month. Congratulations Hilda !
I love all your photos, from the Jellyfish series to heart felt shots such as "Holding Hands". My two favorites would be "Tea for Two" and "Better Than A Weed Whacker".
Hope your eyes and finger continue to Dance on Caedes for years to come.
Your Friend and Admirer

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01/05/08 2:35 PM GMT
Congratulations, Hilda on becoming artist of the month. I have been going through your gallery - You have some wonderful flowers there. I also like your sunset/rise photos and the frost photos are superb! Keep dancing and snapping :) - Raj
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01/05/08 10:41 PM GMT
Congratulations Hilda on an honor richly deserved. I'm relatively new to the site and my favorite is the first one that drew me to your gallery. It's titled Hidden Valley and I still love it. I asked you some questions about it and you were kind enough to answer. You're my neighbor to the north and I'm glad you are being honored.

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I'll meet you at the edge of the sunlight, just behind the shadows. The Ghost
01/06/08 12:21 AM GMT
WOW Hilda, I am so happy for you, you sure do deserve this award. You have an outstanding gallery, and I love your Monarch photos. You have helped me several times with my Monarch postings, your comments are always so nice and helpful to me. I am so glad I learned more about you in the story you told. Keep up the great work....Gregg
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01/06/08 12:53 AM GMT
Hi Hilda - "Congratulations" are very deserved! Like your monarchs a lot! Thank you for all your pics and comments, am looking forward to more. BTW, just noticed you and I joined on the same day, and from the same referral source!
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01/06/08 4:39 AM GMT
Congratulations Hilda...way to go!
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01/06/08 4:13 PM GMT
Hello Hilda....Congratulations on your honour...I really enjoyed reading your bio, and you have many beautiful photos in your gallery.....Your gallery is fantastic and so wonderfully diverse. Each shot shows that you are putting a lot into each shot.....Keep posting those early morning shots...Once again....congratulations....Take care....All the best....Mick.
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01/06/08 7:02 PM GMT
concrats Hilda well deserved and the photography is keeping you young as I have been reading.....getting up before dawn....going out in the freezing cold and laying on your tummy to get a ice them coming my dear and once again well deserved!!
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01/06/08 8:08 PM GMT
Hello Hilda and be very big CONGRATULATIONS on being chose for this honor. It is well deserved.
After reading your Bio I went to your "Gallery" and sorted by date and watched as you started to develop your eye for the beauties around you and also your ability to take that beauty and translate it into your own vision.
When I first started to learn photography one of my instructors told me that I was spending too much of my time trying to learn from great photographers and that I needed to through a lot of the things I had picked up from them and go shoot what and how I wanted to until I had found my own style. It took me way too long to do that because of all the training ingrained in me.
You on the other hand started the way I should have and you have already developed your own style and it is a beauty to behold. Keep up the very good work.

I think my favorite images of yours and I limited myself to 6 are:

For Owd Bob

Two of a Kind

Good fortune

Dynamic Duo

Coronation, and

Flip Out
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01/06/08 10:03 PM GMT
Congrats Hilda on making the artist spotlight! You deserved it as you have very nice photos in your gallery :-]
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01/07/08 12:18 AM GMT
Many congratulations, you deserve it. You have been done an wonderful work.

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01/07/08 2:01 AM GMT
Congratulations Hilda! I'm delighted for you. A well deserved honor, indeed. And I so enjoyed reading your biography...truly inspiring! You have a very impressive gallery, and I had a difficult time choosing just one favorite, so I have chosen, "Fruit of the vine", and your fog images. Best wishes to you Hilda, and enjoy! :)

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01/07/08 7:53 PM GMT
Hear! Hear! ... And what a pleasant surprise to find Wheedance chosen for the Artist Spotlight. Pleases me no end when a good friend ... a deserving friend is given such recognition. Enjoy your moment in the spotlight Hilda. I'm grinning picturing you dancing a jig of excitement. As for picking a favorite from your gallery I'd have to go with "Tea For Two". Not an easy choice by any means as you have an eye for finding the beauty in what some might consider the mundane, capturing that beauty and presenting it to Caedes in so many of your postings. Congratulations dear Lady ... Hear! Hear!
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01/07/08 9:39 PM GMT
I am very happy for you Hilda!! You deserve this...I like what you say in your biography about people here at Caedes...the friendship, comradship and sincerity of people here is what makes this place such a great place. You are also right that it makes one a better photographer...I know it has for me...gerry
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01/08/08 2:55 AM GMT
Many congratulations Hilda, one of the highlights of Caedes for me has been getting to know you and seeing the wonderful work you share. Like you, Caedes and photography have got me out doing things I would never have dreamt of previously. Here's to lots more learning and sharing in 2008. Thanks for all that you do to make this a special site.
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Thanks to all my friends for the wonderful images I get to look at and learn from on Caedes every day. I always have something to say about them, but don't always have the time to record it. Please forgive me if I can't comment on all of your uploads.
01/08/08 6:53 PM GMT
Congrats on the honor and thanks for sharing your talents.
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01/09/08 2:45 AM GMT
Congratulations Hilda! Not only does your work deserve this honor, your inspiration to us all; daring to leave a comment when almost no one else has, with a tone of encouragement always. Congratulations once again, Hilda.

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01/09/08 4:43 AM GMT
Hey, Hilda! Congrats for this well-deserved recognition and honor! When I look through your gallery I think: You make the 'hard work' of getting such creative and lovely images seem easy... when I know you're up to ^here^ in mosquitoes, or crawling through reeds to get a good shot of a swan, or getting wounded in action... All these are signs of a true artist 'going for the gold'.

p.s. I have a Nikon D80 too. Love it!
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01/09/08 5:02 AM GMT
Congratulations, Hilda...You do have some wonderful images posted...You've been very busy in the last two years, indeed! Thank you for being a part of the Community!

P.S...and I've always liked the avitar, too! (LOL)
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01/10/08 11:34 AM GMT
Congratulations, Hilda. You have a very fine gallery of images and enjoy them very much. Though I haven't had the time to spend in caedes and comment like I'd like to I want you to know your photography is an inspiration and I appreciate your kind support of my images. Enjoy your time in the spotlight.
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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
01/11/08 11:54 AM GMT
Congratulations Hilda, your gallery is incredibly beautiful and a joy to visit and you deserve all the praise which comes your way. Thanks for bringing beauty to our days and best of luck with all your future images. Well done, Kelcey.
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01/12/08 3:28 AM GMT
Congratulations Hilda for making Artist of the Month have a fine gallery of which i downloaded in to my Favorites...well done
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01/13/08 12:57 AM GMT
Congrats, Hilda!!!!! Your beautiful work and talent finally in the spotlight! Great job!
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01/14/08 3:29 PM GMT
Congratulations Hilda!! I was happy to see you were chosen for Artist of the Month. You really deserve it, your gallery of wonderful images proves it. Enjoy your month and have a great time :-)! I am looking forward to see more of your work!
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01/14/08 8:28 PM GMT
I'm delighted to see that you received such deserved recognition Hilda. You have a wonderful eye for the lens. Take care and congrats.
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You my Caedes friends post the most wonderful images out here. Full of beauty, life and gorgeous colors. For that, you have my heartfelt 'thanks'. I love 'browsing them' and wish there was more time to personally comment on every one of them.
01/15/08 7:57 AM GMT
Congratulations! :-) a well deserved honour!! Your biography made me smile!! Keep shooting! :-) Jan
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01/20/08 6:59 PM GMT
Hilda, you are an inspiration...not to mention that I love, love, love your pics!
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"The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne, Thassay so hard, so sharp the conquering..." Chaucer
01/22/08 1:49 AM GMT
~ Hilda I rarely go to the home page and am so glad I did tonight to see that you are in the spotlight this month! Congratulations dear friend and soooo deserved! Loved your bio! You and PJ were the first ones to make me feel right at home here and I love the way your sweet personality shines so bright here at Caedes. Your photos are simply wonderful! To choose my favs from your gallery is practically impossible since there are so many great ones... but I loved the monarch series the best and really enjoy them when they come up on my DT. I'm a beginner and still saving for my dream camera, but you are inspiring me immensely with your keen eye for great shots and the length you go to at times to capture them!
Congrats again!
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01/28/08 5:39 AM GMT
Congratulations! I haven't had much time of late to visit here, but I really enjoyed your statement above and concur with the sentiments it expresses about this site. My favourite images from yoour gallery are winter ones such as "hoary", and your white rose - "pure delight". It makes a subtle and beautiful desktop.
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02/04/08 12:11 AM GMT
Hilda, Sorry I'm so late but congratulations lady. I do enjoy your images and after reading about you I can appreciate them even more. I love the Monarch shots you show us. sandi
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02/05/08 7:00 PM GMT
Hello Hilda...

I was 'waltzing' through your lovely while doing so...stopped to visit many of your lovely that told me much about you...the things you and 'butterflies'....I discovered that it featured many human interest stories...stories that deal with family...very touching images such as 'Welcome to the Family'....I just loved that one...and many more......

Among them are 'Red Lilly Heart'...incidentally...that was a good book Hilda...controversial...somewhat though...contained many lessons we could all benefit from learning....;o) I also loved 'For Owd Bob'...I am positive that lovely man... adored your tribute to him!! He is a very appreciative man! These images and others demonstrate your skills...and very well!! are a great little photographer...While I don't know you well...of the many who do...I see and read many wonderful things about you...your fans love you....this makes you a 'wealthy' know....smiling...

I read your delightful 'Bio'...and learned much about you as a person....among the things that impressed me the most.. was your large extended family....another impressive comment you made...was that of how dramatically... the learning of photography has altered your very grandmas need these extracurriculars...don't we? matter how enduring our families are to us....our families then view us from a different perspective....Lol!! ;o) deserve the position you now hold...a celebrity you are indeed...enjoy every minute of your glory...and have fun along the way....!!

Sending my best to you....

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02/14/08 2:18 AM GMT
Congratulations Hilda ~ a well deserved honor. You are an inspiration to everyone & your talent shines through each & every image in your gallery. The butterfly images are my favorites. Best wishes, Sherree
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02/20/08 2:20 AM GMT
I know I'm very late with this Hilda, but at least I am doing it finally! and I'm so happy for you! You truly deserve this dear friend. Your photos are marvelous! Keep up with your dreams and finding these wonderful works of art you find!
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02/21/08 11:47 AM GMT
I am so happy for you Hilda! So great to see you in limelight dear friend. This is an honor that you definitely deserve. Thank you for the insight you've given us to the amazing world of nature. There is always something inspiring in your works for me to find: catching subject, intriguing atmosphere or good sense for color. To name only a few of my favourites: Flip out and Generations.

I hope this success will encourage you to go on with posting your beautiful photos!

Hugs from Ewa
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