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Nature Tales issue #35 -- Share And Tale
February 13, 2009

Tips and Tricks For Taking The Best Nature and Flower Pictures You Have Ever Taken


Welcome to Nature Tales, the newsletter with insider tips for getting the most from your nature photographs. I will be sharing some of my secrets and strategies for better pictures and some don'ts for those not so good shots. And on occasion you will see articles by readers and other special guests.

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February 13, 2009 Issue #35

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Table of Contents:
  • New Feature - It's Your Turn

  • Download - Winter in Illinois 2009

  • Weekly Tele-Seminar - Monday's Speaker

Comments? Do you have a story you would like to share? Feedback? Let me have it, right between the eyes! I'd love to hear from you. Just reply to this newsletter and tell me what you really think!

Nothing is formed, Nothing Dies, Everything is simply in transition...Wayne Dyer

Calling All Artists, Photographers,
Photo Enthusiasts,
Poets, Story Tellers And Fellow Travellers!

I love a walk in the park especially when I come across that pretty little tiny flower hidden under a leaf. You know the ones that are so easily missed? I love to catch a glimpse of squirrels playing in the trees, or birds flitting from tree branch to tree branch. And then I love sharing those hidden treasure with you. You might say it's my passion.

I could fill a library with my stories and pictures. But now I would like to hear your stories. What's your passion? Now it's your turn to tell your tales and share your pictures.

Announcing! - The New Interactive
Nature And Flower Pictures

How about it? Do you have a story to tell? The most popular section of Nature And Flower Pictures is Pictures of Lilies. I often get tips and questions from readers. Recently I have been receiving some beautiful pictures and the stories to match.

Kenric from Connecticut shares his Pink Sacred Water Lily and how he made a special trip to capture it in the best light. And more recently I got a note from Larissa in New Zealand who wanted to share Pictures From Her Garden and an interesting purple lily called Snakes Tongue. Check it out and you'll see why it was given this name.

Kenric also shared with me a beautiful Allium Lucy Ball and how he loves taking pictures while on vacations around different areas of the US. I hope he will continue to share those lovely shots with us. Don't you? Just like this beautiful Southern Magnolia Flower he took while visiting the Norfolk, VA Botanical Gardens.

One of my favorite contributions comes from a light in my own heart. My granddaughter Jessica shares a few Photos of Roses that she took at the age of eleven. Maybe I could convince her to share how she got such an eye for beauty. She is a natural. Don't take my word for it, see for yourself.

But I couldn't call the site Nature And Flower Pictures if I didn't tell you about some of the awesome stories and poems sent in by other readers. Take for example this cute little story with photos sent in all the way from Norway. Sharleen tells us about hedgehogs in a way that I never could, especially since I have never seen one. Read her Little Hedgey Buddy story and you'll see what I mean. These guys are a cross between a porcupine and a possum. She doesn't stop there though. She shares some beautiful scenes of Norway that make you want to schedule the next flight over to this lovely country.

What respectable site would leave off those elusive butterflies? When I first started this site I could never seem to capture a butterfly with my camera. When I had nearly lost all hope I received a gift from my sister who was living in Virginia at the time. Dodie graciously shared with me these Yellow Swallowtail Butterflies that she captured in her Zenia flower bed. And I was really excited when Darlene from WV sent in this Luna Moth Picture she captured on her early morning walk.

Another popular section is Bird Pictures and who doesn't love baby birds. Stephanie from WV spent a good part of her summer following a nest of Baby Robins till they flew the coop. And Michelle, Stephanie's daughter did the same with a nest of Baby House Wrens from egg to filling the nest that she found in the corner of her garage.

You've heard the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words? Well Sharleen from Norway tells that story very well in her Magpies And The Bread Story. Sharleen is also quite the poet as she shares a poem with us here, Magpies Poem And Pictures.

Now you can see why I am so excited about this new feature. So what do you say? Do you have a passion or story you would like to share? I invite you to tell me your Nature Tales and I will create a page just for you. Or maybe you have a special question or tip you'd like to share about digital photography? Come on, you know you want to.

Winter in Naperville, Illinois, 2009

This months image goes along with the season. We have had some beautiful snow this winter. And I thought I would celebrate by sharing this winter scene with you. The photograph was taken at the Naperville, Riverwalk in Naperville, Illinois. I like walking in this park in the winter because they keep the walks clean. It can get quite challenging walking in the Forest Preserves when the snow is deep and the temperatures are frigid.

But the pictures are fun to look at, huh?

Weekly TeleSeminars

Just a quick note for those of you following the weekly TeleSeminars, coming up on Monday is Sandie Sedgbeer, founder of Children of The New Earth

Her mission is to provide multi-platform media opportunities to assist people in their spiritual growth and introduce parents and families to the truth of who their children are and how to empower them to achieve their full potential as spiritual beings enjoying a human experience in a world that is on the verge of major transition.

If you haven't registered for these interviews yet, why not come on this adventure with me? It's not too late to register at

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