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Calm Reflections Photography shares beautiful photographs that can be placed on mugs, mouse pads, canvas, puzzles, T-shirts, coasters and prints. Joanna Macaulay makes souvenirs of St. Mary’s County for tourists and local residents. Information about St. Mary’s County attractions, travel, events and photography can be found at her site. She now does pet photography as well.

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Peacock at Catoctin Wildlife Preserve May 1, 2109

I wanted to add this lovely peacock preening at Catoctin Wildlife Preserve in Thurmont MD.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Gardens in Kula Maui

We took some lovely, sometimes unusual, flower pictures in Kula, part way up the volcano.  This area is where the King protea come from, that are seen in dried flower arrangements.  There were lots of gazebos to look pretty. At the Enchanting Floral Gardens we even saw some chickens.  ( see the chick underneath)
        King protea


       Silk tree

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Maui Hawaii

We went to Maui and Molokai Hawaii May 4-19.  It was a little cooler than usual this trip.  Cooler than Maryland.  We haven't had a major vacation for 5 years, so it was nice to see some place beautiful.  I will be posting some of my favorites on the blog as I go through the thousands of pictures from beginning to end.

We started in Kula, Maui, halfway up the Haleakala Volcano, which hasn't erupted since 1790.

The gardens on the property were beautiful, with a huge purple Jacaranda tree, this curved garden and a terraced garden sloping down the back of the property.

The Kula Lodge also had a huge purple Jacaranda tree out front, similar to this one. 

The view from the Kula restaurant or a nearby property shows the west end of Maui and the island of Lanai in the background at sunset.

We spent much of the day starting at sunrise at the volcano, where it was quite cool and windy.  This panorama is actually made from eight photos, since the area is so vast.

There are quite a few silversword plants, that are unique to the area, up at the top few overlooks.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Kent Island Powerboat Show

Jim loves boats, so I voluntarily went to the recent boat show.  We visited yachts we could never possibly afford and saw plenty of useful gadgets.  There were lots of fiberglass boats and only a few wooden boats.

I like to photograph some of the small details on the boats like this boat horn.

There was an interesting repeating pattern in these posts and their reflections.

This gazebo on the grounds looked extra romantic, surrounded by spring blossoms. It was tough to get an angle without lots of cars in the parking lot!

The day ended with a lovely sunset, complete with a boat.