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"It Was A A Dark and Stormy Night!"

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 31 October 2013 in Abstract & Conceptual.

Today we have Halloween, here in the U.S. This "Holiday" like many Americanized holiday's has become a crazy,weird combination of "overdone" commercialism and sentimental affection. Most of us have kids, grandkids, relative kids, neighbor's kids...They all skip around in costumes, rapping on everyone's door....and looking so darn cute when we open the door that even the grizzled goblin or wicked witch that may reside in our stodgy old soul could not resist a smile and say "oohh" or "aahhh" when these little ones come to the door. In fact, just about the only thing we can do, is "laugh it off," or, run down to the basement or up to the far bedroom, turn out all the lights in the house and say "shhhhh!" ...Well, whatever you do, I wish everyone a very Happy Halloween on this "Dark and Stormy Night." :-)

OLYMPUS E-510 1/250 second F/3.5 ISO 100 18 mm

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- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
; Earth Wind and Fire

ursulakatariina from Ed, Sweden

Great shot, Denny. Just the perfect mood for the Halloween!

31 Oct 2013 5:53am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

This feels like looking into a witch's cauldron

31 Oct 2013 7:57am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Superb image Denny, more fun to go see them act scared and hand them a few treats. Happy Halloween

31 Oct 2013 8:04am

Frances Gaffey from Massachusetts, United States

Superb picture for Halloween Denny.*****

31 Oct 2013 11:37am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Perfect shot to set the mood for All Hallow's Eve! Have a great one Denny! ;-)

31 Oct 2013 1:00pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I'm spooked! Happy Halloween, Denny!

31 Oct 2013 2:12pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Beautiful photo Denny.
I was in Germany one year for Halloween, I wasn't far from, and wanted to visit Frankenstein's castle, but no one there seemed to understand why.

31 Oct 2013 3:12pm

franz from Baden, Austria

brilliant example of a perfect halloween night, denny! for about ten years now, halloween has been really popular here, too, with the stores full of halloween paraphernalia long before the day ...
and even the "trick-and-treating" has found its young friends ... ;-)

31 Oct 2013 5:00pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

I can almost se a witch flying by! Happy Halloween Denny!

31 Oct 2013 6:39pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful silhouettes and ominous clouds that you've captured here! So apropos for the holiday! Happy Halloween!

31 Oct 2013 8:13pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Wonderful drama in the sky as processed by you. Happy Halloween.

31 Oct 2013 9:40pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

A great Halloween image, Denny ... and tomorrow it will be over. ;D

31 Oct 2013 11:41pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

superb dark and dramatic looking clouds - just perfect for Halloween!

1 Nov 2013 1:34am

L'angevine from Angers, France

intéressant ce ciel dramatisant

1 Nov 2013 9:46am

LauraS from Chico, United States

Such an outstanding shot of the night sky on Halloween, Denny. I love this.

3 Nov 2013 10:24pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Awesome mood for Halloween … love your finishing!

4 Nov 2013 7:57pm

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