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I love red dots…

July 28, 2013

Yesterday we went to see the Mountains in Bloom Photography Exhibit at The Bascon Art Center in Highlands, NC. Nice display and a nice surprise. One of my two entries, Brook Reflection, had a sold red dot.

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Pink Mums on display at The Bascom

July 28, 2013

Pink Mums - Celia Durand

Simply Flowers – Professional

 Judges’ Comments:

This photograph is an example of a good use of digital manipulation, and resulted in a very interesting composition. Very well done.

Best in Show at The Bascom’s Mountain in Bloom Exhibit

July 17, 2013

I just got notice that my two entries into the Mountains in Bloom exhibit at The Bascom in North Carolina received awards.

2013 Best in Show: “Pink Mums” by Celia Durand

Come Rain or Come Shine – Professional - 2nd Place: “Brook Reflection” by Celia Durand


Pink Mums

Pink Mums

Brook Reflection

Brook Reflection


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New PixelGraphs: Fading Memories

July 16, 2013

My photo studio

July 9, 2013

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2013 Indian Hills Fireworks

July 8, 2013

Just beautiful.

More pictures in my facebook page.


Blue Dragonfly

July 1, 2013

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July 1, 2013

In Search of a Picture

July 1, 2013

On Saturday morning we went with a group from the Roswell Photographic Society to the Sunflower Farm in Rutledge. Our day started at a very ungodly hour; everybody who knows me knows that I’m not a fan of the early hours of the morning, preferring to work late at night and sleep late the next day.

It started cloudy but somehow it got sunny around mid morning. I didn’t get to see or photograph the dawn as I was planning. After all, making such an effort should at least count towards getting one of my rare dawn pictures.

Once there, as you can imagine, there were sunflowers everywhere, tons of them ranging from a soft yellow to a dark orange, 15 acres full of sunflowers. And almost as many photographers with cameras and tripods.

LRES sunflowers

In the pursuit of my artistic endeavor I was bitten on my left hand by a small spider. Very itchy and two small blisters but nothing major.


On our way back home we saw a sign about a "Wildlife Center" and, of course, we decided to explore it. Twelve miles off Route 20 is the Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center in Mansfield. About 6,400 acres where you can fish, hunt, camp, fire your gun or rifle at its open range, walk its trails or take photographs. Guess which of these activities we did?

We took lots of photos of a flock of geese. And, as it's customary, the closer I tried to get to them, the further they went from me. Even so I think I got a couple of nice shots, if you like photos of birds and of geese in particular. I also took some photos of textures to use as backgrounds. No bites there, no even a mosquito bite. But wait, there is more.

The photo of the day, I'm sure, will be one of the many I took of blue dragonflies at one of its ponds. Like any other accomplishment in life you have to pay the price and it seems that I did. Trying not to fall into the water and not paying much attention to anything else, I stepped on an ant hill.

My right foot soon became aware of my blunder. More blisters and more itch. This time the itching was worse and I'm still suffering it. If memory serves, it’s going to take some time for it to subside. By now I’m sure you realize that this was not my first time and probably will not be the last one.

After this long story I'm sure you're itching (no pun intended) to see the photos! 🙂