Artist Spotlight # 42

Submitted by mimi 08/02/09 11:08 PM GMT

Our next artist to be spotlighted is known around the neighborhood of caedes for his narratives on photographs that he post. Elected by popular vote, I give you 0930_23 aka Tick. Please take a moment to visit his varied gallery and leave a word or three of congrats.

I find it hard to believe I am being given this honor. There are so many great photographers on this site, and to be considered somewhat in their class is mind boggling. I am “almost” at a loss for words. There are so many people to thank and I will get to that later. I was asked to be as brief as possible. Evidently they are familiar with the narratives that accompany my photos.

My full name is Ronald Lee Morgan and I am 66 years old. I was born in the great Show Me State of Missouri and that is where I make my home. I have not lived in Missouri all my life, but it was the beginning and will be the ending for me. I will tell you a little bit about the middle.

My wife Dianna and I have been married for 34 years. We were both previously married and had children by that marriage. Dianna had two sons, I had one son and we have one daughter. Her boys were ten and eight when we married and my son was five. They all lived with us and we became one big happy family. I have two granddaughters, five grandsons, two great-granddaughters and one great-grandson. I only have three grandsons that live close to me. You have probably read about them. The others live in either Florida or California. The grandsons that live close by are my daughter’s sons.

A bit (briefly) about my background. I served in the United States Air Force as a radio operator and later a photogrammetrist. I have had several jobs some of which includes; San Diego Police Office, manager of a Shakey’s Pizza, real estate salesman, newspaper editor, columnist, photographer and circulation manager. I have a BSE degree in English with a minor in journalism. I am currently the Public Administrator for the county where I live. It is an elected position and I oversee people that do not have anyone, or are incapable of managing their own affairs. The court appoints me as guardian or conservator or both. I also write short stories and songs, but have never tried to get anything published. I appreciate everyone who reads my narratives. I like to think they are an extension of my photos. Golf is a passion as well but that is another story.

I first became interested in photography when I began working for the newspaper as Sports Editor. I was also the Sports Editor of the College newspaper at the time. The newspaper had camera equipment and I used it and worked with just black and white. I learned to develop the film and do some effects in the darkroom. Later I bought a Canon 35 mm camera and eventually purchased a telephoto lens. I bought that lens while vacationing in France, Germany and Switzerland. I used that until my wife bought me a Kodak DX4530, five mega pixel digital camera. That was what I was using when I discovered Caedes. I remember when I got it for Christmas. I told her I didn’t need a digital camera. I didn’t come willingly into the digital world. I currently use a Canon Rebel xi with a Sigma 18-250 lens.

I was looking for a wallpaper site when I stumbled across Caedes. If you knew my computer skills, you would realize stumbled is the correct word. I found some I liked and kept coming back and spent a lot of time admiring the artists and their works. I finally joined and jumped in with both feet. I was eager to learn and found many that were kind enough to help me. I hate to try and name them because I might forget someone, but following are some who helped. The first were; tigger3, (Tigz), dunstickin (Old Timer),cynlee (COG), phasmid (PJ),corn growth (C), fogz (Patti) and nigel moore (Sir Nigel).Jimbob Edsel (Jimbob) case chaser (Shads) and I joined around the same time and we have learned together. This award makes a great anniversary gift. It will be two years August 20. Since then there have been many more like; BTK, Raj, Huck, Opie, GBR, Jo, Poco, Ace, Jethro, SAM, E~, Colleen, HF, The Lion, Mimi,, Sherree, Mich, Mick, Sheedy, Antonio, Diane, Garrett, Wayne, Dr. Quinn, Owd Momma, Dimps, Skates, Snoopy, Rocker, WC, Laura, Joy, Kirby, Yogi, Ami, Pam, Gabi, Les, Susanne, Eggz and Count B who have given me suggestions, ideas and great photos to look at and learn. If I left anyone out it is because I am old. Thank you all.

My favorite photo is hard to choose because they are like children but I guess Makes Good Horse Sense was the first one I got really excited about. The permanent gallery has always been my goal and I thought this one was the best chance I had to get one included. It didn’t make it but that just spurred me on. Everyone that posts on this site inspires me and opens up many ideas for me to try. I really enjoy the friends I have made and the constructive critiques I have received. I belong to no other sites and don’t plan on it. If I didn’t mention you, I apologize. I am just so excited. I also apologize for my lack of “brevity” but I will leave you with what my grandson taught me. I asked him what he thought about one of my photos. After he answered I asked him why he liked it. “I like the way it looks,” was his answer. From that day on it is why I post what I do.

Thanks again to everyone who made this possible.
(a name given to me from a song I wrote)


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08/17/09 6:38 AM GMT
ooh! i might be first on this one. you are such an important member of this group. you never fail to say something nice and/or encouraging to each of us. i've enjoyed your photographs because they're about where you live and what you enjoy. your writing has put a smile on all of our faces. enjoy this time in the limelight..........wc
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AVATAR BY PJ............... i am always extremely grateful for the kind comments and suggestions that you make. Please Visit My Gallery
08/17/09 9:27 AM GMT
yay gramps, congratulations, you are truly a nice guy, i love
the stories that go with your shots too! enjoy your time
in the spotlight and its nice to know a bit more about
your varied life! good on ya Tick. :-)
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08/17/09 9:35 AM GMT
wOOt!! wOOt!!

Way to go Tick 'ol boy!! You always bring sooo much to the table and have such grrreat fun!! Congrats on this spolight!!
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Why do the pictures come out square when the lens is round??
08/17/09 1:04 PM GMT
Excellent! So glad to see you got this honor Tick! Your photos
and the narratives to go with them are are true delight! Way
To Go Tick!! Congrats my friend! :o)

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“Won't you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you” - Richard Brinsley Sheridan
08/17/09 1:15 PM GMT
Yay Ron, well done!!! Loved reading your story there and your favourite image is certainly a stunner. Congratulations on the award and your gorgeous gallery in general:)
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08/17/09 1:25 PM GMT
Congratulations OFT (Owd Fellow Tick) for becoming a member
of the Caedes Hall of Fame.
Very well deserved my friend.
Think it's the first time that an artist is rewarded for not only his
or her images, bur for the narratives as well.
It causes a smile at my face too, as you can't quit writing now
the perfect narratives we got used to.
Have to be serious now Ron: thank you very much for all the
effort you've done to enjoy us with your great images and stories.

Best regards, your Dutch friend Cornelius.
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Cornelius was here either to enjoy your image or say 'thank you' for your interest in my gallery. In the first case, please CLICK HERE to see my work!
08/17/09 1:42 PM GMT
I tried to edit and put in Caruso, but alas it was too late. So this is for your great help Caruso. Sheedy should be Sheddy. I was excited OK!


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Insure what you touch during your lifetime, is not coated with the fingerprints of apathy....Tick
08/17/09 3:01 PM GMT
Why you Ol' dog you. :) Many congrats on the Spotlight award.........they'll send ya your trophy (cod) and don't fall for that check in the mail won't come. ROFL All kiddin' aside my friend I'm just pleased as punch for ya. You deserve it "Tick".......I always look forward to the world you bring to us through your photos. You do a fine job. :) John
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Always remember - Follow the Yellow Brick Road, it will lead you to OZ and the Emerald City. A very nice place to live. Trust me on this one, I live there. The Lion **** MY CAEDES GALLERY****Another Site I'm AT - MY DA HOME PAGE
08/17/09 3:43 PM GMT
Congratulation, Good buddy. A well deserved honor. You have such a great diverse gallery full of outstanding images. You were my first friend on here too. It's a pleasure to be on your list. Good luck in the future with your photography.

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08/17/09 3:50 PM GMT
Congradulations Tick, a well deserved honor
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I am no artist,just a photographer,I capture what I see...
08/17/09 3:51 PM GMT
Congratulations Ron,it is well deserved,you have some beautiful photos and you are a nice and correct person as well.
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08/17/09 4:11 PM GMT
Congratulations my dear Tick! I'm so happy you finally got this cause you certainly deserve it! You're one of the best around buddy! I'm happy to finally learn more about you too. Like you're real again good going hun!
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Love and live.
08/17/09 5:48 PM GMT
Congratulations, Tick !
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-*A Wallpaper is worth a million words - And I leave them Speechless!*- ...
08/17/09 7:39 PM GMT
Congrats, Tick. Very well deserved.

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08/17/09 8:28 PM GMT
About darned time! lol I like that favorite of yours too. When you
first began here, I was annoyed at your long narratives.
It meant that I had to read through before I could comment
and move onto the next post.
Now, I anticipate your stories whenever
you post. My favorite photo of yours.

Congratulations on your being recognized by this community
for your delightful, excellent contributions of photos
and stories that remind us of the things that make us proud,
make us cry or make us laugh.
And Happy Anniversary.
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“Life is precious; therefore, do not waste it by doing things mechanically without love. We should try to put love into everything we do.” - Amma
08/17/09 9:36 PM GMT
I never knew you were nominated for AOM so that's why this comment is late honest Tic ! Speaking of cameras I too came reluctantly into the digital age, it seems two great minds think alike. (o:

Large congratulations to you Sir, & pray tell us can we expect to see Chip again ?
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08/17/09 10:23 PM GMT
Well, I don't know what to mean the world to me Tick.......more than I think you will ever know. I am so honored to be your friend and so happy for you that you are FINALLY recognized for your work.

It's a well deserved honor to the nicest person I know. Enjoy your spotlight because you deserve it my good friend.

Thanks for all that you do and making me smile when I just don't feel like it at times.

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Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter. - Ansel Adams....... My Gallery
08/17/09 11:00 PM GMT
Congratulations, it couldn't happen to a better man. Well, it probably could, but it hasn't so we'll just have to go with what we've got!

Sorry, Tick, a bit a English humour creeping in there. Well done! You really do deserve this accolade which will allow a wider audience to see your gallery and enjoy your terse and pithy narratives.

Thanks for being a good friend to both me and to very many others on here.

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"If at first you don't succeed, try again. Then quit. There's no use being a damn fool about it." W.C. Fields. So, keep trying to see My Gallery.
08/17/09 11:51 PM GMT


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This Image GRABBED my EYE. That's Why I Stopped By. Thanks For Sharing ! Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience
08/18/09 12:50 AM GMT
Congratulations Grandpa Tick! You've had a number of top notch
images, one of my favorites being this. Enjoy your moment in the sun!
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Much of the beauty in life is found in people who care.
08/18/09 2:02 AM GMT
Congrats Tick!! I've always enjoyed following your work and talking a bit of baseball along the way (I'm ready for a Philly v. Cards NLCS aren't you!) I really like your grandson's point of view...It's amazing how much we "adults" tend to over-complicate things.
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08/18/09 5:51 AM GMT
Oh, hey! it's your month to shine, Mr. Tick! Enjoy and Congratulations... Your images and your narratives are both so
enjoyable... now I know you come by it naturally, by way of newspaper work. (I worked for a newspaper too, as proofreader, copy editing and the occasional published photograph.) I think I'm partial to your wide open country images, and especially your barn series... Once again, congratz and enjoy!
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"Never let your studies interfere with your education." - Pete Seeger
08/18/09 8:10 AM GMT
Congrats Ron!
This one is my favorite into your gallery. A perfect composition...
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08/18/09 11:39 AM GMT
Congratulations Tick! You deserve this spotlight! Your work is superb and so enjoyable! Love the stories too~they add so much to each capture! Bravo for your moment of honor! :)Ami
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Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849), "Eleonora"
08/18/09 4:41 PM GMT
From the first time I came across one of your photos, and read
your story to go with it, I was ´hooked` :-), I had to see and
read moore! I have enjoyed your posts since that day.
Congratulations Tick! You deserve this honor my friend!
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08/18/09 8:23 PM GMT
WOW! This is great! Way to go Tick! You are most deserving!
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08/18/09 11:02 PM GMT
belated congrats!
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08/19/09 2:28 PM GMT
Congrats with this honor, you deserve it Tick, your gallery is good looking and my fav is the same as from Pierre and Alexis.

Enjoy your time in the spotlights:))
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Carpe Diem
08/19/09 4:35 PM GMT
Good God!'d the hell did I miss this!!...

So sorry my friend...

A worthy nomination indeed, your writing skills paid off with the intro's to your posts!...Many's the time you had me in stitches and a few coffee cups being spilt!

reap the rewards my mate....yer worth it!....
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* Owing to the deterioration in my hands, I find that I cannot comment as much as I should..But please know...I do look at all your posts!..and will leave my 'moniker' >OB< when I do so!...Thank you all * OwdBob'sGallery
08/20/09 10:20 PM GMT
Congratulations Tickamondo! A very well desereved honor and you get to wear that big blue ribbon around your n..... Wait! Forget the blue ribbon I was thinking of somethine else.
I glad you were recognized for your photographic and photojournalist skills. Hummmm! Maybe that was a yellow ribbon?? No! that was around the old oak tree. I know I bet you get a cookie or apple fritter. I agree with Owd Bob on the Good God!'d the hell did I miss this!!...

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Enjoy nature, Take nothing but photographs and leave nothing but footprints
08/21/09 1:51 AM GMT
Congratulations Tick! I enjoyed reading your story. A most deserving honor! Enjoy your time in the spotlight :)
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*Tea is a cup of life*
08/21/09 1:28 PM GMT
I am so glad for you Tick. You know I love your work, and your story telling. It is nice to learn more about your life in your bio. Another winner from Missouri, we rock. Keep the photos and stories coming. (thanks for the mention) Eggz...
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08/21/09 2:33 PM GMT
Congratulations Tick - no one is more deserving of this honour.
Loved reading your bio as well.
I love reading your stories and am often inspired by your photos.
Enjoy your spotlight Tick.
I dont know how I missed this either - must have been too busy reading my favourite stories on caedes :)
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The question is not what you look at, but what you see ~ Marcel Proust
08/21/09 3:46 PM GMT
Oh Tick, I'm so late in my congratulations to you! I must have overlooked this, so very sorry.

I'm thrilled to see you in the spotlight, you have grown so much and your efforts have paid off! . I really enjoyed reading your wonderful bio. You are a wonderful friend, and thanks so much for the mention. Your a real sweetie and keep with the superb postings and excellent stories. I'm truly honored that we became good friends. I'll give you my Marty yell - Whohooooooooooo!! Lol! ♪ ♫ :)Tigz♪ =^..^=

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Nature in all her glory is my uplift on life and so is my love of photography. sandi ♪ ♫
08/22/09 7:28 AM GMT
Hello TicToc...remember me? (wink) Kidding with you. You're a very dear friend a good person, I admire that in you, and your photos and things you write are much enjoyed by yours truly. You've been a friend to everyone here, and that says it all. Obviously you care.You deserve this place of honor for sure.
You shine in your spotlight...and you're a humble man, so that's always a good thing. Thank you for the many good words you've shared with me, things that helped me thru the things I'm dealing with at the moment. I'm proud for you in receiving this honor . Many warm hugs to you. Verena
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You don't take a photograph, you make it. ~Ansel Adams
08/22/09 3:00 PM GMT
I knew I would leave someone off and it was the lady above. Verena or X as I call her. Sorry X.

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Insure what you touch during your lifetime, is not coated with the fingerprints of apathy....Tick
08/23/09 12:17 AM GMT
So I get to say you are 'old' now eh??!! Silly man! Trix are for kids dontcha know?!! (((hugs to ya))) V ((oops I mean X?) smile to ya
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You don't take a photograph, you make it. ~Ansel Adams
08/23/09 3:31 PM GMT
Congratulations Tick ... love your images & how you give them a humorous or special or meaningful story with them. Enjoy your time in the spotlight ... it is so well deserved.
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This is it! ... MJ
08/24/09 12:17 AM GMT
Congratulations Tick!.. Always enjoying your work and stories : ) Mich
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08/24/09 7:33 PM GMT
Congratulations, Tick! What a well-deserved honor! Way to go! Wish I could hear the song you wrote that gave you your name!
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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
08/26/09 2:37 AM GMT
As usual, I am a little late at arriving at the dance!!
Congratulations. I LOVE your narratives, too.
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08/26/09 3:49 AM GMT
Congratulations, Tick! And let's not forget Curly, Larry, and Moe. Your combination of wonderful imagery and highly entertaining narratives make you most deserving of this recognition and always a pleasure to view and read. Bravo to you and your 3 cohorts.
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"Life is not about waiting for the storms to's about learning how to dance in the rain."
08/26/09 5:51 PM GMT
Congrats Tick! You absolutely deserve this!
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08/27/09 12:39 AM GMT
Well I'm back Tick, now that the Margin Monster has been remove.


I was very excited to see your name up in Lights! Well Deserved !
Loved reading your Bio. I see we have a lot in common as for as working history goes. My friends use to say I could not hold down a job and I said I haven't found one yet I like enough to stay with.

You're a Great Friend to have and in the time I've known you I can tell you're a Man of Your Word, and that's what I like Best about you.
Of course your stories are Outstanding also. LOL.

Congrats Again Buddy!


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This Image GRABBED my EYE. That's Why I Stopped By. Thanks For Sharing ! Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience
08/27/09 11:34 PM GMT
Congratulations Tick!!! I must be walking around with my eyes shut not to notice that you were in the spotlight! Very much deserved! - your photography is as good as your story telling is entertaining - well done my friend! Enjoy the limelight!
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..thanking you in advance for your comments. Please know that all your comments are appreciated....." Live well, love much, laugh often!" .... mygallery
08/29/09 2:41 AM GMT
Congratulations Tick! A totally fascinating bio! It is so nice to learn more about you. I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite photo. One thing that always impresses me is the thought and details that always accompany your images. A man of mucho character and it comes through!
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08/30/09 2:32 AM GMT
Hello Ron,

Your bio was fascinating to read you have done so many interesting things in your life. Your talent for story telling combined with your wonderful photo's are a true slice of life in Mid America...I really enjoyed learning about the Rock Island Line, I knew of it but never heard the background before. Congratulations! this is truly a well earned honor and look forward to many more years of hearing your delightful yarns along with prize winning photo's.
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08/30/09 1:10 PM GMT
Hello Tick!
Congratulations, your gallery contains lots of great and inspiring shots and you really deserve it :o)
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Take Nothing But Pictures - Leave Nothing but Footprints - Kill Nothing But Time --- © Patrick Di Fruscia
09/03/09 12:24 AM GMT
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Always Believe in yourself no matter what
09/03/09 10:27 AM GMT
Congratulations Tick!!
A well deserved honor. And I too would like to thank you for insiring and helping me.

Hugs Gabrielle
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When you're through with life and all hope is lost. Hold out your hand 'cos friends will be friends - right till the end.
09/04/09 1:56 AM GMT
This website is very help to me to find friends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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09/05/09 7:55 AM GMT
Many congratulations Tick and thanks too for all the inspiration and many laughs you've given me over the last couple of years. This is a well-deserved honour.
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"A camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera." Dorothea Lange
09/05/09 10:32 PM GMT
Tick...I have not been online here at Caedes lately so a belated congratulations...I am very happy for you and is well deserved...for photographing and storytelling!! the wy it appears that there could be a repeat of 2006 World Series...Cardinals and Tigers look as though will be in post season...gerry
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"The more we come in contact with animals, and observe their behaviour, the more we love them, for we see how great is their care for their young." - philosopher Immanuel Kant
09/09/09 8:14 AM GMT
Hi Tick. This is the second time that this has happened to me - that I did not notice that one of my Caedes friends has been chosen as "Artist of the Month". This happens because I go straight to the images without looking at the first page. Anyway, better late than never. You definitely deserve this honour. Your photos have always had a subtlety about them and you know that I am a fan of your stories. Hearty congratulations, Tick and I say : "Keep them coming"!
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If practice makes perfect and nobody is perfect, then why practice?
09/10/09 9:10 PM GMT
Congratulations, Tick.

Your time and efforts spent towards and within our community ... artistic or otherwise ... just got done noticed. :o)

One of my personal fav of yours?


A very professional image and one that I do enjoy very much.

Again, congratulations and here's to many more words and images coming from you. :o)
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"An eye for an eye, and soon the whole world is blind." - Mahatma Gandhi
09/13/09 7:31 AM GMT
Congrats Ron.
Thanks for your suggestions and encouragement in trying brand new techniques.
Thank you also for your posts framed always by interesting stories.
Thanks because you lived in Italy and still keep my Country in your heart.
Thanks my friend.
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09/29/09 8:53 PM GMT
Congratulations Tick - a very-well deserved honor. Sorry I just saw this and am commenting so late, been so busy lately haven't been spending as much time on Caedes as I'd like to.

Your gallery is definitely something to be proud of, and I am honored to call you my friend!!!

Kudos - Pam!
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"Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you" ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
10/14/09 4:49 AM GMT
congrats! and as people helped you grow as a photographer, thanks for helping me along the way. good things should happen to good people. your honor is well deserved. congrats again

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