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It was a dark and stormy day...
The Smithsonian castle in Washington, DC looks especially dramatic, with seagulls and cloud formations above the turrets. Maureen Spagnolo took this shot on a moody winter day.
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Fairy's Gown? Fairy's Gown?
This delicate image of a spider's web in winter rain conjures a question. Could this be a fragment torn from a fairy's wedding dress? ~ Taken by PhotoVoyant, Maureen Spagnolo, 2013 ~ click for larger image
Government Shutdown? Everybody's cranky! Government Shutdown? Everybody's cranky!
Maureen Spagnolo took this photo the day the National Zoo re-opened, after a 2-week Government shutdown. She says this is the lion's story, from Mr. Lion's viewpoint: "There I was, strutting my stuff before my fans (who had been oddly absent of late), when the ladies converged upon me in the most malicious way. What's a guy to do? I had to growl back. Wouldn't you? I think they were jealous of all the attention I was getting."
"Summer" by Carl Larsson "Summer" by Carl Larsson
This evocative work by Swedish painter, Carl Larsson, (1853-1919) speaks of the ending summer - the tall, ripened grain and the lazy sun-drenched world. One can feel the heat of the day, hear the clop of the horse, and the swish of the felling of the crop by each pass of the cutter.
A Girl and Her Cow A Girl and Her Cow
A trip to the Montgomery County Fair in Maryland gave Maureen Spagnolo the opportunity to snap this sweet shot of two dear friends. Maureen said, "It's a joy to see animals as loved - and - cared for as the ones we saw at the Montgomery Fair this month. This particular beauty is clearly more than a 4-H project to this young lady. "
The Intricate Beauty of the Sunflower The Intricate Beauty of the Sunflower
Photo by Maureen Spagnolo. She has this to say about the shot: "These are from Antol's garden. He has a wide variety of sunflowers, and many other flowers that attract butterflies, birds, and bees - planted in such a careful way that none need to compete with another for the precious sun. He could have planted vegetables to eat for himself."
Summer Rose in Mist and Rain Summer Rose in Mist and Rain
Maureen Spagnolo had this to say about taking this shot: "It was a perfectly pristine early Sunday morning, with a light rain, and a low mist that the sun hadn't disturbed. There was no one in Bishops' Garden when I got there. I was stunned by the bejeweled roses' beauty covered in rain drops, and most, in perfect bloom. It was magical. I was afraid to breathe - in case the moment would be lost (the crowds would descend, the sun would come out and ruin the soft light). I had just enough time."
A Magical Dragonfly in the Fireworks? A Magical Dragonfly in the Fireworks?
Maureen Spagnolo took this other worldly shot at the 4th of July fireworks display at the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, DC. We think it looks like dragonflies or angels or mythical beings. Stunning!
I Hummed a Bee Sonnet While Floating Through the Currant Forest I Hummed a Bee Sonnet
While Floating Through the Currant Forest
This wonderful shot of a bee was taken by Leslie Stager. She is a freelance nature photographer/videographer,a silk painter, and a Perinatal Massage Instructor and Author.

She said about taking this photo: "One day I flew on the back of a bee into the currant bush to learn what the bee sees. I buried my nose in flower stamens and rubbed pollen over my legs. I hummed a bee sonnet while floating through the currant forest. I've never been the same since."

Visit Leslie's web page or her new website that will be live this summer: EarthReveries.com.
The Smallest Feline is a Masterpiece The Smallest Feline is a Masterpiece
~ In the words of Leonardo Da Vinci, "The Smallest Feline is a Masterpiece." Photovoyant, Maureen Spagnolo, took this shot of her exquisite cat, Kali, in front of a snowy window. ~
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