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Sat Jun 30, 2012, 11:15 PM

INCREDIBLE striated rainbow from the fire lookout tower.

Screw 'em. Weather phenomena are not proprietary. Besides, I'm in a real "fuck 'em" mood. Look for more posts, soon.

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Reply INCREDIBLE striated rainbow from the fire lookout tower. (Original post)
DemoTex Jun 2012 OP
Honeycombe8 Jun 2012 #1
elleng Jun 2012 #2
DemoTex Jun 2012 #9
elleng Jun 2012 #12
Warpy Jul 2012 #58
FirstLight Jun 2012 #3
Lochloosa Jun 2012 #4
DemoTex Jun 2012 #10
aquart Jun 2012 #5
Zalatix Jun 2012 #6
proud2BlibKansan Jun 2012 #7
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2012 #8
bigwillq Jun 2012 #11
Zorra Jun 2012 #13
BlueJazz Jun 2012 #14
DemoTex Jun 2012 #15
nadinbrzezinski Jul 2012 #29
Booster Jun 2012 #16
alittlelark Jun 2012 #17
DemoTex Jun 2012 #20
joshcryer Jun 2012 #18
Webster Green Jun 2012 #19
pinboy3niner Jun 2012 #21
DemoTex Jul 2012 #24
Voice for Peace Jul 2012 #22
DirkGently Jul 2012 #23
nadinbrzezinski Jul 2012 #25
aaaaaa5a Jul 2012 #26
DemoTex Jul 2012 #33
aaaaaa5a Jul 2012 #36
xxqqqzme Jul 2012 #62
A HERETIC I AM Jul 2012 #27
Skittles Jul 2012 #28
pinboy3niner Jul 2012 #30
Liberal_in_LA Jul 2012 #31
malaise Jul 2012 #32
DemoTex Jul 2012 #34
malaise Jul 2012 #52
burrowowl Jul 2012 #35
spanone Jul 2012 #37
Bozita Jul 2012 #38
freshwest Jul 2012 #39
slutticus Jul 2012 #40
DemoTex Jul 2012 #41
Lugnut Jul 2012 #42
azurnoir Jul 2012 #43
sabrina 1 Jul 2012 #44
PufPuf23 Jul 2012 #45
pinboy3niner Jul 2012 #47
dionysus Jul 2012 #46
pa28 Jul 2012 #48
PufPuf23 Jul 2012 #49
barbtries Jul 2012 #50
dipsydoodle Jul 2012 #51
Agony Jul 2012 #53
lunatica Jul 2012 #54
Yuugal Jul 2012 #55
leeroysphitz Jul 2012 #56
The Doctor. Jul 2012 #57
Melissa G Jul 2012 #59
GreenStormCloud Jul 2012 #60
xxqqqzme Jul 2012 #61
jwirr Jul 2012 #63
hay rick Jul 2012 #64
Buddyblazon Jul 2012 #65
Catbird Jul 2012 #66
rocktivity Jul 2012 #67
RebelOne Jul 2012 #68
alfredo Jul 2012 #69
DemoTex Jul 2012 #71
alfredo Jul 2012 #72
dixiegrrrrl Jul 2012 #70

Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sat Jun 30, 2012, 11:16 PM

1. Wow. That's beautiful. nt

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sat Jun 30, 2012, 11:17 PM

2. Will look.

What's with 'proprietary?'
GREAT!

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Response to elleng (Reply #2)

Sat Jun 30, 2012, 11:24 PM

9. See last night's post

I got my ass chewed over a lame - but well deserved - criticism of my government agency on FaceBook.

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Response to DemoTex (Reply #9)

Sat Jun 30, 2012, 11:27 PM

12. OH! Wasn't around last night,

storms and all that!

Power still out in DC area. I'm out of reach now, thankfully!

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Response to DemoTex (Reply #9)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 11:04 AM

58. Yeah, bosses love to surf Facebook instead of doing their jobs

They're getting a hell of a lot of flack these days for their incredibly slow response to recent wildfires here in the Rockies, so you can expect them to be hypersensitive to any criticism.

Since people who say goodbye to their lives for months at a time to live in a cramped tower out in the woods aren't exactly beating down their doors, your job is safe.

Still, that's why they're being thin skinned these days.

Snooping bosses will likely end up killing Facebook as people drop it in favor of more anonymous places to tell the truth.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sat Jun 30, 2012, 11:21 PM

3. that's so cool

thanks for sharing...how is it going up there these days? hope you and the forest are doing okay...

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sat Jun 30, 2012, 11:21 PM

4. We have you back Demo...Fuck'em

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Response to Lochloosa (Reply #4)

Sat Jun 30, 2012, 11:26 PM

10. Thank you!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sat Jun 30, 2012, 11:21 PM

5. And this is why I adore your posts.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sat Jun 30, 2012, 11:21 PM

6. Hoorah. Stand your ground.

 

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sat Jun 30, 2012, 11:23 PM

7. Good for you1

DU wouldn't be the sam without your posts every summer.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sat Jun 30, 2012, 11:24 PM

8. Hot damn, my dear DemoTex!

That is so gorgeous, it just takes my breath away!

I don't have a clue how you did it, but I'm so glad you did!

Give 'em hell!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sat Jun 30, 2012, 11:26 PM

11. Amazing!

K and R

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sat Jun 30, 2012, 11:28 PM

13. Awesome!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sat Jun 30, 2012, 11:34 PM

14. I LOVE stuff like this. Thanks!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sat Jun 30, 2012, 11:34 PM

15. When I saw this forming up, it was a "holy shit!" moment.

I grabbed the Canon 5D-MkII with the 70-200-IS lens (I have two 5D MkIIs now), snapped it on the Manfrotto monopod, and started shooting. It changed so fast, and at times it was a double rainbow. I shot about 50 frames. I'll review the others tomorrow.

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Response to DemoTex (Reply #15)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 12:12 AM

29. Burst mode, gota love it

Last edited Sun Jul 1, 2012, 12:42 AM - Edit history (1)

Aperture priority I take it? (I should leave this for photo forum)

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sat Jun 30, 2012, 11:38 PM

16. Breathtaking. Good job, DemoTex. Keep up the good work.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sat Jun 30, 2012, 11:38 PM

17. I've seen those in NM... never caught on on film!

Awesome!!!

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Response to alittlelark (Reply #17)

Sat Jun 30, 2012, 11:40 PM

20. Actually, its simple - light filtered through cloud layers

But it's my first catch on "film" too!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sat Jun 30, 2012, 11:39 PM

18. Fuck yes! That's awesome.

Best wishes DemoTex!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sat Jun 30, 2012, 11:39 PM

19. Amazing photo!

Wow, that's incredible!

Hope you keep posting!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sat Jun 30, 2012, 11:48 PM

21. If that's a POLITICAL striated rainbow you're in big trouble, my friend



Great to see you, Mac. You know I LOVE your posts and your photos. You're doing a great job taking up the mantle. You know what I mean.

Love & Peace, Brother

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #21)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 12:10 AM

24. Well, it could be looked at as Gay Rights support

But I support Gay Rights - always!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 12:02 AM

22. don't lose your job!! your lookout perspectives

are always needed here.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 12:09 AM

23. Beautiful photo!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 12:10 AM

25. Amazing.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 12:10 AM

26. Fantastic picture.



If you don't mind me asking, where was it taken?

I am going to use this as my desktop screen picture.

Great work!

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Response to aaaaaa5a (Reply #26)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 12:31 AM

33. It was taken from the East Butte fire lookout tower

East Butte fire lookout tower is located in the SE corner (high desert) of the Deschutes National Forest ( N 43 40' 1.5" W 120 59' 44.7").

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Response to DemoTex (Reply #33)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 12:56 AM

36. Thank you!NT

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Response to DemoTex (Reply #33)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 12:54 PM

62. Wow! Is there

a 'dumb waiter' sort of apparatus to get groceries & stuff up those stairs?

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 12:10 AM

27. Very cool. n/t

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 12:10 AM

28. WOW

that's breathtaking!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 12:26 AM

30. So happy to see you back, I forgot to rec

Fixed now. It's all good.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 12:29 AM

31. pretty pic

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 12:30 AM

32. I was thinking about you

what with that massive fire in Colorado. Thanks for this beautiful pic

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Response to malaise (Reply #32)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 12:33 AM

34. I have friends on temporary duty in Colorado

Five crew and a type-3 engine (whoops, I hope I didn't spill beans to the enemy!).

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Response to DemoTex (Reply #34)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 07:21 AM

52. Tell them thanks from all of us

We found out yesterday that our friend's home was spared.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 12:47 AM

35. Beautiful!

Thanks DemoTex for your service and posts!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 12:59 AM

37. k&r...

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 01:05 AM

38. Wow! ... Great pic!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 01:11 AM

39. Oh, wow, great moment you caught there. Thanks!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 01:16 AM

40. Epic!

you should put a DemoTex stamp on this and post this on george takei's Facebook page...i bet he'll repost it so millions of people can see it. This really is quite stunning.

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Response to slutticus (Reply #40)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 01:23 AM

41. Maybe Biblical?

Could that be Baby Jesus at the end of the shaft of light? Could it be the Miracle @ DU? I ask you .. you be the judge.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 01:30 AM

42. Breathtaking!

Mother Nature in all her glory. Thank you Mac....and eff 'em.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 01:42 AM

43. gorgeous thanks n/t

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 01:48 AM

44. Magnificent, it's like a beautiful painting.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 01:49 AM

45. Is "fuck 'em" mood regards to the USFS?

I was USFS from 1969 to 1986; a 460 series GS-11 Forester age 28 and resigned age 32 under Reagan.

Now live on my great great uncle and then great grandfather and then father's National Forest inholding as a senior citizen.

My adolescent rebellion was to go to work for the "Piss Fir Willies" rather than work for Dad in quarry or building road age 16 under YOC.

Graduated highest honors from a world class university and forestry program (UC Berkeley) and was a GS-11 professional age 28 that resigned age 32 under the federal corruption that was Reagan.

I would say "fuck 'em" all; the USFS, professional environmentalists (not professional scientists), and Federal. state, local, and Tribal politicians.

Broke my heart.

Siriusly (sic), I have scant respect for my (former?, as I no longer practice and years distant but still knowledgeable but am licensed and able but not active) profession.

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Response to PufPuf23 (Reply #45)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 02:20 AM

47. Sounds familiar

I also resigned from federal service under Reagan.

I wasn't FS (I worked in transportation safety, writing studies). The conservative management of my agency wouldn't allow me to do the work that I wanted to do, so as a 13, with my agency's top award and another recent award, I just up and quit.

It broke my heart, too, because I loved the agency and I had had a great experience there--especially when the guy in charge was a prominent Dem who'd been an advance man for JFK.

I left with no job lined up to go to and suffered the consequences, but I don't regret it. My only regret is that I stayed, out of a feeling of obligation, long enough to complete my final report. I should have just said, "Fuck 'em," and left them in the lurch. If I could have a do-over, that would be perfect!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 01:54 AM

46. you could publish your watchtower pics in a book, Tex. maybe you should. (hint hint)

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 02:35 AM

48. You need to stop posting this material.

Central Oregon is a state secret. It's the most beautiful place in the country and nobody knows about it. Don't blow it for those of us who live here.

Seriously though, I've shared a few of your shots with friends and family in previous years and I hope you keep 'em coming. Nice work.


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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 03:26 AM

49. Fantastic picture. Like your narratives over the last several years.

I was USFS 1969-1986 and have done consulting work in your area.

My experience in the USFS and corporate consulting grew my cynicism and despair.

There are far less USFS Lookouts than in the 1970s and aeriel technology has not kept up.

There is less local (USFS RD or Guard Stations with Engine Crews) and KV/BD crews that were also regional smokejumpers or hot shot crews as needed now than in the 1970s.

There are larger and less controlled wildfires because of negligence compared with prior to 1980 or so. One could even conclude that wildfires were allowed to grow to justify abusive timber salvage and removal of Federal lands within National Forests from Wilderness consideration. Many tracts of land have been treated post "wildfire" to preclude any economic use as timberlands and also greatly decreased the carbon storage potential within the soil and subsequent forest / vegetation for generations.

The fire suppression $$ could be more than replaced by net management $$ if silviculturists, engineers, and economists were not trumped by politics and short term cash flow.

The same is true for Tribal, BLM, and corporate forest lands with rare exceptions. Too many professionals do not even see much less comprehend their own institutional propoganda, the public is clueless for lack of understanding of scale and practice. The politics and PR trump reality.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 05:03 AM

50. beautiful.

it's great that you share your experience with us. thank you.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 06:53 AM

51. Isn't nature great

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 08:24 AM

53. nice k

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 08:31 AM

54. Another great photograph!

Thanks for sharing them with us. I look forward to your photographs every year.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 08:38 AM

55. Forest pron rocks!

TY.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 08:55 AM

56. Oh my god.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 10:49 AM

57. You post to environmentally conscious sites.

 

Tell them they can replace you with someone who doesn't care about the environment and see what happens.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 11:31 AM

59. Gorgeous! Thanks for posting

and bringing us the spectacular views from your isolated perch in the wilderness. It helps open up my world. I appreciate you.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 11:55 AM

60. Awesome. I just made it my desktop wallpaper. N/T

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 12:52 PM

61. Breathtaking.

You have shared w/ us many times your prime view of the country. Very few have your special window of the world. We are lucky indeed.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 12:57 PM

63. That must be a very rare happening. Beautiful. Your posts always give us so much to raise our

spirits. Thank you.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 01:01 PM

64. K&R

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 01:15 PM

65. Great pic, DemoTex.

Really gorgeous.

And just to let you know...those "striations" are called Crepuscular Rays. Someone taught me that as a kid.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crepuscular_rays

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 01:50 PM

66. Wow!!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 01:51 PM

67. Weren't there a couple of gay pride celebrations this week?


rocktivity

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 02:40 PM

68. The most incredible rainbow I have ever seen

was when I was flying back to Miami from Mexico. The plane flew over a rainbow. Awesome sight. I felt like breaking into the Judy Garland song "Somewhere Over The Rainbow."

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 02:41 PM

69. You should send that to weather underground. They love such events.

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Response to alfredo (Reply #69)

Tue Jul 3, 2012, 12:25 AM

71. Naw. I'll stick to the Democratic Underground

It's much more appreciated here (IMO). Besides, I've been here since early 2001. I'm loyal to my school!

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Response to DemoTex (Reply #71)

Tue Jul 3, 2012, 01:01 AM

72. Yeah, I can dig it.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 09:38 PM

70. Mother Nature supports Gay Pride week...cool!!!!

THAT is a pic to be proud of snapping.
can't wait to see the rest of them.
and ....great to see you!!

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