Fav Foto Friday #27

Fav Foto FridayShare each Friday, on your own blog, one photo…or maybe even a gallery of some of your favorite photos that you have taken during the week, that make you smile or that was a great photo capturing opportunity…anything really!  And as photographers are often known to say, “The best camera is, the one that you have with you!”

Whether you are a pro-photographer or just venturing into photography…or maybe you are like me and just whip out your cell phone when you are going about your day…take those photos and share them! Feel free to add any camera info and shooting info that you may have on your photos as well.

Don’t forget to link back (pingback) here and add a #FavFotoFriday tag so that I can enjoy all your Favorite Fotos too!

This week’s edition of Fav Foto Friday is one of my all time favorite photos that I took last year shortly after getting my ‘big girl’ camera. I am actually surprised that I had not added this photo to Fav Foto Friday already. But I happened to receive an email from a photography site, Pixoto, that I occasionally add photos to, letting me know that one of my photos had received an award.

Pixoto is an online community where photographers compete to have the best images in their category. Submitted images are matched against each other in the ImageDuel system and voted on by other community members. The winners advance on the Image Leaderboards and vie for the coveted top spot.

So upon further investigation, I found out that this photo was in the “Top 5% in Animals for 2015”!! Which as you might imagine is pretty exciting!

Back in May 2015, when I originally took this photo, I had submitted it in a weekly contest on the site within the Animal category, and it ended up with a “Top 10%” award for that particular contest, along with the comment below from the coordinator/host of the contest, which was a pretty big deal at the time too.

This is one of the cutest squirrel images that I’ve seen, Sandy. I’m pleased that it outperformed more than 480 images in Your Best Pixoto Uploads from May 15th-21st, 2015 to win a Top 10% award. That’s an impressive accomplishment. Congratulations.

My original intention when grabbing my camera on this particular day was to take some photos of the birds out at my new bird feeders but instead I got the amusing shenanigans of this adorable ‘Squirrel Thief.’ I got lots of shots of this cutie, but this is my favorite of them all. Lucky for him, I am an equal opportunity wildlife feeder, so he got to get a belly full of the bird food.

Squirrel Thief

If you would like, you can see more of my photos by going to Pixoto and checking out this photo and others.

Hope you have enjoyed today’s Fav Foto Friday selections! Join me and share some of your favorite images! Don’t forget to tag your post #favfotofriday.

The Creative Blogger Award

The Creative Blogger Award

I was nominated by Michelle Cook over at Putting My Feet In The Dirt for The Creative Blogger Award. Thank you Michelle for the nomination and am honored that you have even taken the time to check out my blog.

The RULES are:

  1. Nominate a few bloggers and contact them with the amazing news.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. Post five (5) facts about yourself.

Five Facts About Me:

  1. I have now lived in Connecticut (20 years, sadly) longer than I have ever lived anywhere else. Yet my heart still aches for and will always love New Hampshire best….I lived in NH from college at the University of New Hampshire til I eventually graduated in 1995.
  2. My favorite foods in most ethnicities is some version of Chicken & Rice.
  3. Although I don’t watch much tv, I have a few favorite shows or movies which is evidenced in some of the names of my pets…my old dog was named Brandon (from 90210), 2 parrotlets named Rory & Logan (Gilmore Girls), bearded dragons named Harry Potter, Weasley, Hermione and Sirius Black (Harry Potter books/movies), and one of my ferrets is named Gibbs (NCIS).
  4. When I was younger I used to have to walk to and from school and many (many) times I had kicked a particular rock all the way home and ended up having to keep that rock because I felt bad because I had kicked him too far away from all his rock family and friends so he would be sad because he was so far from home. (I know…I need help!).
  5. I am a dork! When I get a new pet or want to learn about something new (yoga, various crafts, photography, computer stuff etc) I end up spending lots of time (and money) reading about my new found interest

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Sunshine Blogger Award

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I  just have to say…I am so enjoying this blog!! And I really enjoy participating in these blogging award challenges!

I have been nominated by itsgoodtobecrazysometimes over at My Crazy Life. Thank you for the nomination and it has been a privilege getting to know a little more about you through your blog!

The Sunshine Blogger Award is a way for bloggers to get to know each other and also get other bloggers to connect with each other. Continue reading

Brotherhood of the World Bloggers Award

brotherhood-awardThank you my friend, amanpan for nominating me for the Brotherhood of the World Bloggers Award. I truly appreciate it and accept it graciously. Be sure and check out her blog at Brew & Spew

There are five steps to be taken, which was so nicely outlined by Brew & Spew in her nomination blog post to me.

The RULES:

  • Thank and link back to the person who nominated you for the award.
  • List the Rules and Display the Brotherhood of the world Award logo to your post and/or blog.
  • Answer the questions set to you.
  • Nominate around ten bloggers.
  • Create your set of questions for your nominees.

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