(Breathing in deep) I love the outdoors! The fresh air, the open areas, the sounds of…… Oh! Hello there my dear friends. Many of you know that I have been looking for work as I await the start of a new career in photography. Well I have found some part time work which is perfect for me. I love the outdoor environment, and it allows me to interact with the community in one on one engagements. I am a real people person. Well, whilst you are here, I want to share some news with you so very much. I have new features, a few top ten’s, some sales of my work, and some other wonderful honours. Wait! Just a moment please. I see some people over there, Hello there! Hope you are having a good day! You want to…….. Oh never mind. They must have something to do. Anyway, let me tell you about the features I have had in the past couple of months or so. Both my photos “In Loving Memory” and “Creation of Colour” were featured in Canon DSLR, and “Let’s Race" was featured in Amazing Orton Effect. Four of my photos, "Morning Glow,” "Autumn’s Water Fall in Red,” "Barn Beautiful,” and “Yew Tree Promenade” were all featured in Rural Around The Globe. “Watery Apparition” was featured in DSLR Users Only – 3 A Day, “Fence lines, Farms, and Furrows” was featured in A Garden Somewhere, “Book of the Dead” was featured in ImageWriting, both “Comedy Club” and “Left Standing” were featured in Alphabet Soup, “Dusk” was featured in Dimensions, “Morning’s Display" was featured in Bits and Pieces, and “Flowing Silk” was featured in Lakes and Inland Waterways. Wheeew! Let me catch my breath. (breathing deeply) Here comes some more people. _ Excuse me! Hey, I’m over here! Come over and……. Oh, Ok! Perhaps later then?_ Where was I? Oh yeah! Both “Standing Proud” and “Morning Display” were featured in Art By Bubble Host, “Morning’s Display” was also featured in Photography 101, “All Aboard” was featured in the #12 Great Features group, “How Cameras Play Tag” was featured in Domestic Art – Home is Where the Art is, “The Long Rest” was featured in the Derbyshire, UK group, “Footbridge over the Hayburn” was featured in the Stream Crossings group, “Staithes, North Yorkshire” was featured in Smugglers Havens, “Smuggler’s Cove” was featured in both the Top Shelf Wildlife & Nature and in the As Is group, “A Smuggler’s Waterfall” was featured in Yorkshire Grit, “A Beautiful Thatch” was featured in Cottage Style, “The Long Rest” was featured in Heritage in Stone, “Morning Glow” was featured in The Compact Group, and both “Autumn’s Water Fall in Red” and “Country Road” were featured in A Garden somewhere, as well as both “Antique Window” and “Open Windows” being featured in the SHOPFRONTS group. “Row Boat” was featured in Nostalgic Art and Photography, and wonderfully, one of my artwork has been featured as well. “Homeless” was featured in the For The Love Of Jesus group. “A Beautiful Thatch” was featured in Nostalgic Art and Photography, “Country Road” was featured in COUNTRY ROADS / around the world, and “Quick Sand” has been featured in both the ImageWriting group and in Alphabet Soup. “The Greenhouse” was featured in Art By Bubble Hosts, “Autumn Shade” was featured in A Garden somewhere, and “All Aboard” was featured in the Nostalgic Art and Photography group. Wheeew!
It is really getting hot out here. Hey! Here comes some other people. Hello there. Hello! Over here! Would you like to have a go. It is 3 balls for a dollar…. Are you sure? OK!
Now then, that is all my features up to now. That is 42 features, but then it has been a while. I believe that takes it up to 183 features in total. WOW! But there is a lot more besides. I have had a few top tens, a couple of featured artist, some sales of my work, and some special milestone accomplilshments. Now for my TOP TENS. “All Aboard” placed 2nd in the challenge Planes, Trains & Automobiles in the #12 Features group, "Morning Bridge into Bakewell” got 3rd place in the Derbyshire Bridge or Bridges in the Derbyshire group, “How Cameras Play Tag” placed 7th in the Technology as Art challenge in Domestic Art – Home is Where the Art Is, “The Door At The Top" placed 7th in the Doors to Nowhere challenge in the Windows and Doors group, “Yew Tree Promenade” placed 7th in the Orton Effect challenge in the group Mood & Ambience – Strictly Photos, “Country Road” placed 6th in the TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROAD challenge in the Country Bumpkin group, and “This Little Piggy Went To The Market…” placed 5th in the Faceless Personality challenge in Mood & Ambience – Strictly Photos.
Hold on a moment guys. I will be right back with you! Yes. Of course you can. It is 3 balls for a dollar. Take your best shot…….. What a rubbish throw! You couldn’t hit the target if you were standing right in front of it. That is just pathet… (SPLASH….. gurgle… spitting out water) Ok, that was a good shot. Oh, that was refreshing. Give her the big teddy bear.
Let me just reset my chair now. Right! Now, where was I? Oh I wanted to share a bit more news. I reached another milestone in my total views of my work. I have reached and passed 30,000 views. It now stands at 32,500 so I am creeping up to 33 thousand. When I was looking through the views of the individual images, I discovered another amazing fact. one of my pictures, “Autumn’s Water Fall in Red” boasts over 3,000 views alone. WOW!!! Also, I wanted to share a sale of some of my work. Back in June, a wonderful person, catherineellis6, bought four greeting cards and a laminated print of my “Lowdham Station House”, and another greeting card of “Lowdham Load”. I was and continue to be… Yooow (Splash) Now that was just uncalled for! Can’t you see that I am taking with my friends? Sorry about that. As I was say…. (Splash) Phheeeww OK. That is just rude. YEAH! YOU BETTER RUN YOU PESTS!!! YOU DIDN’T EVEN PAY! Sorry again. I think they’re gone. Let me just reset my chair. OK! As I started out to say, I am and continue to be so thankful and grateful for the sales. Apparently, they bought the cards and print because that house in my photo is their parents house, and they got it for their father for a Father’s Day present. I am thrilled!! I hope they are enjoying the shots.
Now lastly but certainly not the least of all that I wanted to share with you is that I have had the honour of being a featured member in a couple of wonderful groups lately. I was a featured user in the COUNTRY ROADS / around the World group, and in the Nostalgic Art and Photography.group. A huge, big hug and Thank You to all you my dear friends and to the hosts of the groups. You are all inspirations in your kind words of encouragement and in your talent I see in your works.
Oh! Here comes some more customers! Hold on a moment. Hello there! Have a go and see if you can knock me in. You have three balls. Give them three balls please Thomas….. HEY! You’re supposed to be aiming at the target, not at me! (Bang) OUCH! That hurt. I know you don’t I? Your that… (CLONK!) Oh my head. Have a look at my… little birdies… Uh, I mean the photos we have been talking about. Nice little birdies… you are so purple and green and blue and orange…. tweet tweet! (SPLASH).