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Coming in From the Cold ...They Need Your Help

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 14, 2012, 11:34 PM

Where is the moment we needed the most
You kick up the leaves and the magic is lost
.stray cat. by afiq04 Beautiful Beast. by thrumyeye
Shy Stray by CoriLynn1 Stray by paloperez
They tell me your blue skies fade to grey
They tell me your passion's gone away
Another Stray by cindy1701d :thumb38587910:
And I don't need no carryin' on

You stand in the line just to hit a new low
You're faking a smile with the coffee to go
Leaning out by frecklydog
Be strong by Piitsu i'm here by Turqoose
You tell me your life's been way off line
You're falling to pieces everytime
East Valley Animal Shelter 2 by Deliquesce-Flux :thumb252961291:
stray cat by tibbet2000
And I don't need no carryin' on
Prison by jzcj5

Cause you had a bad day
You're taking one down
Head-Body-Tail by ilhaman homeless by HumanNature87
Heart of a Lion. by xXAli-StarXx All I need is to be loved just for me 2 by Piitsu
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
Stray Life by Elvandia A stray by StevenIkeguchi

You say you don't know
You tell me don't lie
Stray by OhSoJinxedHomeless cat by New-Musti
Stray Life by Elvandia Stray Cat by alkimh
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
Homeless by Ser-pounce-a-lot The stray by KellyNeale

You had a bad day
The camera don't lie
Homeless by Eibo-Jeddah
Stray dog by ON-u Stray dog curled up in snow by ashes-and-a-kiss
You're coming back down and you really don't mind
You had a bad day
Stray by Nzio-Zhaat
You had a bad day
So Sad by thrumyeye

Well you need a blue sky holiday
The point is they laugh at what you say
Homeless by Marisja
we both have rights by VintageWarmthStray by MarcusHBP
And I don't need no carryin' on
stray cat by cachealalumiere

Sometimes the system goes on the blink
And the whole thing turns out wrong
: Stray : by F-AYN-T give give give by AnnaGiladi
You might not make it back and you know
That you could be well oh that strong
stray cat. 2 by crapmighty Stray on the Steps by GeneveveX Stray Cats in Istanbul - II by jevigar
Stray by AKA-M80-TheWolf Stray Puppy by Misao606 .1175. by amosbeck
And I'm not wrong
Stray pup by bezosjecajna

So where is the passion when you need it the most
Stray Cats in Istanbul - III by jevigar
I'm still beautiful by littlerobin87 Stray by sweetartluver Tamed Lion by ToraTravels
stray cat... by bkurtisThe Dreamer by s0lz
You kick up the leaves and the magic is lost
Stray Cat by MauserGirl Stray . by Peach-chelle Seeker by alizartist
Grey Cat by Irkissad by WeddingInLasVegasKitten Cutie by barefootphotos
Cause you had a bad day
:thumb171711404: Begging Eyes by psychedeliic
You had a bad day

Homeless by HMsa

Animals have a tough time when they are homeless, especially during the winter months. Please follow the links below to see if you can help
put an end to all of the bad days.

Coming in from the Cold

Find a Shelter


SPCA International

Mikey has his own Group now!
Come Join Mikey's Cat House


Remembering Roo...My 6 year old Haley says that Roo is singing this song to us from Rainbow Bridge....

You can read about Roo Here.



A Rescuer's poem

I am an Animal Rescuer
My job is to assist God's creatures.
I was born with the drive to fulfill their needs.
I take in helpless, unwanted, homeless creatures without planning or selection.
I have bought dog food with my last dime
I have patted a mangy head with a bare hand
I have hugged someone vicious and afraid
I have fallen in love a thousand times
And I have cried into the fur of a lifeless body
too many times to count.
I have animal friends and friends who have animal friends.
I don't often use the word "pet".
I notice those lost at the road side and my heart aches
I will hand raise a field mouse
and make friends with a vulture
I know of no creature unworthy of my time.
I want to live forever if there aren't any animals in Heaven
but I believe there are
Why would God make something so perfect
and leave it behind
Some may think we are master of the animals
But the animals have mastered themselves
Something people still haven't learned
War and abuse make me hurt for the world
But a rescue that makes the news gives me hope for mankind
We are a quiet but determined army
And we are making a difference every day
There is nothing more necessary than warming an orphan
Nothing more rewarding than saving a life
No higher recognition than watching them thrive
There is no greater joy than seeing a baby play
who only days ago, was too weak to eat
By the love of those who I've been privileged to rescue
I have been rescued
I know what true unconditional love really is
for I've seen it shining in the eyes of so many
Grateful for so little
I am an Animal Rescuer
My work is never done
My home is never quiet
My wallet is always empty
But my heart is always full

Written from a wild heart by:
Annette King-Tucker, Animal Rescuer

Wild Heart Ranch Wildlife Rescue

Alley Cat Allies stamp by ibjennyjenny

The Animal Rescue Site

The people that I admire and call my friends....

:iconkkart: :iconlolly::iconscottjamesprebble::iconannaphotix::iconsrulia-nialo: :iconjayshree::iconcolt51:
:iconbaby-snakes: :iconjam-a-val: :icono0oluxo0o: :iconheyburton: :iconyukkabelle:

Friend Stamp by AnnaKirsten

My Heart....

Mikey Stamp by ibjennyjenny

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  • Listening to: the waterfall from my fish tank
  • Reading: minds
  • Watching: the most amazing watchers
  • Playing: with Mikey
  • Eating: not eating
  • Drinking: water
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Moja Moja

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 24, 2012, 1:10 PM






Moja Moja© or the origin of Little Monsters... 
Moja Moja is a Japanese onomatopoeia: a ball of hair that makes you want to fiddle with your fingers...

Made by


Check out the whole Moja Moja series on LEQUARK's profile page

...and don't forget to add him to your watchlist!


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Coffee Time

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 13, 2011, 9:58 PM
Yes!!! it's the HOT-DRINK-Season,
Winter can be very cold but lovely, and creates
cozy atmospheres everywhere..

:thumb273124077: Hot chocolate by drinkpoison Heart by lieveheersbeestje

hello you by Dark-Remorse :thumb272683103: morning love by JustynaStolyhwo

Afternoon 3 pm by bebefromtheblock Coffee delight by Alessia-Izzo cinnamon.II by Altingfest

G .. M by w6n3oshaq s i m p l i f y . by phoenixgraphixstudio

Autumn's Last Day by ShadowinLight :thumb253939072: It's Getting Cold Outside by Alyphoto

Tea for ::::one :::: by Mil7 bubble drink by arianneharris :thumb152878290:

quiet time by littl3magic :thumb257658099: ::Caution its LOVE:: by Bntuae

:thumb255832411: to be a romantic by jennafaloa 032 by w-s-n

Mocha Cupcakes by bittykate C a f e   L o v e by Somebody--else Lieb by DemonOfThorns

Warm morning by OmarAziz Having tea by CozyComfyCouch

Tea love by lena483 Love is Warmth. by violetda Love Coffee by Imaginary-Night

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  • Mood: Emotional
  • Listening to: Safety Suit- Anywhere but here
  • Reading: Born at Midnight
  • Watching: TVD
  • Playing: Not playing
  • Eating: No appetite
  • Drinking: Hot Chocolate
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Birthday feature.

Mon Nov 7, 2011, 11:38 AM
Hello everyone. It was my birthday yesterday, and so to celebrate I'm doing a rather small and quick feature of recent favourites, and possibly a small section of shameless self promotion to show off my present, which was a macro lens. So without further ado, the features.

While the world is sleeping by LuizaLazarlanding on the ground by SvitakovaEvaSeeking Water by Minigunasr2f by neoloonaticwet by JovialMilerThe Red Crystals by Tap-Photo-and-CoThe Time We Lost Our Way by LuizaLazarDead for Winter by FlorianHebelXLIII:all.through.the.night. by candymaxautumn11 by fooythLittle Creatures 104 by Frank-BeerFrom Yesterday by dizzylizz:thumb266545699:.: Russian Edition :. by Ewu69:thumb266621540:Water drop by RandallSurrealLadybug IV by NLJSchroeverstiara by augenweideGood Morning by SilvaKinzelmannLights by Jules1983Scare by blameMYGreenSoulBubble Drop 01 by Creative--Dragonhi by indojo

And the shameless self promotion:

  • Mood: Content
  • Watching: David Attenborough
  • Drinking: Tea
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Artistic Limitations?

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 12, 2011, 7:19 PM

Thankyou to all those who shared their stories and opinions on my last journal, I haven't gotten around to replying to everyone but I have read every comment.

Another topic I want to discuss? A bit of a dead-horse? but then again I haven't really had a chance to talk much about this issue and I would like to hear other peoples opinions and whether or not they agree or disagree.

Overtime I have noticed an attitude regarding artwork and peoples means of determining how talented and skilled an artists is. By this I mean people have an attitude that if an artwork doesn't feature correct anatomy or the artists doesn't practise realism then they are a novice and are limiting themselves artistically. I have lost count on how many comments I have gotten along the lines of " your art is good, but I think its time to move on to more professional stuff, start doing some still life, portraits and landscapes". Obviously I encourage going out of your comfort zone and drawing stuff you wouldn't usually draw to expand your style and skill. I guess what I am trying to say is that painting photo realistically doesn't make you a better artist than someone who is very good at drawing in a cartoon style or a very abstract style.

Also if someone does realize they are limiting their ability to only one style? then isn't having one very refined style is ok? As far as I know there are no specific guidelines or universal rules on what makes you a good artist other than the personal opinion of each individual viewer. From what I have learnt, drawing from the imagination is much more difficult than drawing from observation thought observational drawings are considered more skilled?

So..the question is? what do you think? Is creative skill or technical skill more important? or does that depend completely on the individual?

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  • Reading: 'Klamca' Jakub Cwiek
  • Drinking: tea
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  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: Animal by Nickelback
  • Eating: Chicken Pizza
  • Drinking: Monster (Energy Drink)
While photographing on location, many people have asked me how I capture action shots and how to avoid reflection when shooting through fences or glass windows at zoos and aquariums.  If you follow these simple steps, I can promise that you’ll get better results on your next trip to a zoo/aquarium:

Check your camera equipment.  Set your camera to ISO 100 or 200 for still subjects and ISO 400 (800 if necessary) and apply burst mode (if available) for action shots.  If you have a lens hood use it to block unwanted light.  Use a monopod or a tripod to minimize camera shake.  Telephoto zoom (for outdoors) and macro (for aquariums) lenses are recommended for SLR users.  Turn off digital-zoom feature on non-SLR cameras.

Spend time to study your subjects.  Wild animals are unpredictable, but sometimes there’s a pattern to their daily activities while in captivity.  Note the paths they take when pacing around their enclosure and locate ideal locations at the exhibit to shoot.  If the animals are asleep, wait a while or come back at a later time to catch them in action.

Anticipate and stand by for action.  Now that you have observed how they move, which way they turn, and where they look… just keep your finger on the trigger and shoot away when your subjects are in focus.  You only have a split second to capture the moment so be ready!

Reflections and glares usually ruin the shots through glass windows, unless that’s your artistic/conceptual intention.  I use the black side of my collapsible 5-in-1 reflector/deflector kit to solve this problem.  If you don’t have this tool, you can achieve the same effect by wearing something dark and use your body to reflect a dark spot on the glass to shoot through it.  

If you must use flash at an aquarium, try to have your lens against the glass to avoid flash light reflection.  Remember to remove the hood attached to your long lens; otherwise it will cast a shadow on your image.  If you have macro, use it to capture those fine details.  Sometimes a diffuser on your flash unit may help getting rid of that harsh shadow and soften the background.

The technique to shoot through vertical wire or chain-link fences is very simple: find any gap between the fence, zoom in through it, focus on your subject (particularly the eyes), and snap!  This works much better when you are closer to the fence while the animal is farther away from it.

You’ll find many zoo animals active during early morning when they come out on exhibit or later in the evening before they are put away.  Try to show up a bit earlier and/or stick around a little longer—you’ll have a better chance to capture unique moments.

Happy shooting and let me know if you would like more tips like this.  :)
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