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*****Submission Tread for February Contest***** Theme: "CABIN FEVER"

I want to leave this contest wide open for interpretation. If it is a photograph you took, either in color or black and white, manipulated it in any way you choose, I will accept it.
I am looking forward to what will be presented, so please don't hesitate to submit a photograph. If you win and are not a star member you need to get a star to fulfill the awarded prize, which is that you will run the March contest for us.

For comments on the submissions go here:


17th of February close submissions

18th open preliminaries

20th close them

21st open finals

23rd close them

and post the Winners.

Contest Rules

Only one entry per person. You need to post your entry in the submission thread started by the Host of a contest. Please be sure to include a "Title" for your photograph in the Subject line of your post. The submission thread is for photo entries only, no comments, no questions. The Host will start a separate thread just for comments and questions and link it to this thread.

Once a photo is entered in a contest it is ineligible for any future contest unless the Host specifies otherwise.

Please keep your entry no larger than 1024 pixels in its longest dimension and under 500K in file size. If you need help posting a photograph or with image sizing, just ask.

The Host is the final authority in their contests.

Submissions will be limited to 30 entries.
The winner of the contest agrees to host the next month's contest (or recruit someone else to host the contest), and pick the next month's theme. The host of the monthly contest cannot enter the contest they are hosting.

The Submission & Comment threads will be posted in the Photography Group. The Preliminary polls and Final Contest poll will be posted in GD per Skinner’s permission


An entrant to this contest, by submitting a photograph, is giving permission for that photograph to be copied to Demopedia or to a linked Gallery and included in a DU Calendar that will display the photographs entered for this contest for the purpose of publicizing future contests and/or commemorating current and past contests. The entrant retains all other rights to the photograph being submitted. Neither Demopedia and/or a linked Gallery may use any photograph submitted for any purpose other than to display the photograph being submitted by the entrant, and neither gains any real or implied ownership rights to the photograph.

Check out the spring that has sprung across the street

*****The Theme for the February Photo Contest is "CABIN FEVER"*****

Go shoot or search your archives until Friday the 17th of February.
I'll run the threads for 3 days, Sat. the 18th - Mo. the 20th
the finals Feb. 21-23

I am looking forward to see what you come up with! Let your creativity reign.

*****Poll for subject and lineup of timing, FEBRUARY contest*****

I'll run this poll until Wed morning, the 8th of Feb.
Then I'll declare the theme.

We shoot or search our archives until Friday the 17th of February.
I'll run the threads for 3 days, Sat. the 18th - Mo. the 20th
the finals Feb. 21-23
and then hand it over to the winner.

From your ideas came
"Love not Hate"

"Cabin Fever"

"Simple table top still life"

"Still life found in my travels, not created by me"

I had two themes in mind - one is:
"A photo that made me happy in unhappy times"

and the other, none of you will be surprised, is:

Remember: This poll will run til Wednesday morning, and then your chance to vote is over.
Please vote your preference.

Let's go to Europe. But it must be to Germany first as the second :) This just in from there....

So let's get started for February's contest. Looking for burning desires

Does anyone have a burning desire for a theme?
Speak now, I'll leave this up til Sunday and will then put your ideas up for a vote.

Lola update! It's a month later, and look at what she owns now.

I fixed up a place for her to be hooked to the seat, and took her to Lowes Hardware to begin teaching her to come along with me. It was the third trip coming with me, and the first one she did not throw up in.

I took these with my iphone!

Architecture, Art and Reading. How much better can it get?

Yesterday I gathered my son and grandson, both graduates of UNCSA - North Carolina School of the Arts - and we went to visit the brand new library they built at what is the highest spot in the city.At night it is a hugely beautifully lit beacon in the sky, and it's in walking distance from my house.
It was not meant as a photo taking visit, but I did have my camera.

I learned that anyone can get a library card there, and among the wonderful artwork are many areas where one can sit in the streaming light and read. The last photo is at a seating area where I plan to go as a new destination, take a book, get into it, and away from everything else

Billionaire Republican donor Charles Koch likens Donald Trump's Muslim ban to Adolf Hitler's policie

Influential industrialist says travel restrictions 'wrong approach' for 'free and open societies’

Charles Koch first likened candidate Donald Trump's plan to ban Muslim immigrants to something Adolf Hitler would have done in Nazi Germany.

The billionaire industrialist and his chief lieutenants offered a more delicate response this weekend when asked about President Trump's plan to block immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. They described Trump's plan as “the wrong approach” that violated its dedication to “free and open societies.”

The criticism comes as the Koch network, among the most powerful conservative groups in the nation, works to strike a delicate balance in the early days of the new administration. The Kochs refused to support Trump's candidacy last fall, but they now see a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to influence the White House and the Republican-controlled Congress.

For all of it go here:


Scientists Baffled by McConnell and Ryans Ability to Stand Upright Without Spines -reports Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Calling it a “medical mystery of the first order,” scientists are baffled by the ability of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan to stand upright without the benefit of spines.

Doctors at the University of Minnesota Medical School, who have been studying the skeletal structures of both Republicans for months, believe that their ability to stand, walk, and even break into a brisk trot when confronted by reporters’ questions is “virtually inexplicable.”

“The fact that they can do these things without the aid of spines makes McConnell and Ryan anomalies in the animal kingdom,” said Dr. Davis Logsdon. “According to everything medical science teaches us, their bodies should be collapsing to the ground in two heaps.”

As the Minnesota scientists have struggled to solve the medical conundrum presented by the two invertebrate leaders, one theory that has gained traction is what Logsdon calls “the startled-deer hypothesis.”

“Just as a deer freezes in the headlights of a car and briefly appears statue-like, we believe that Ryan and McConnell’s bodies may retain their rigid structure out of terror alone,” he said. “In other words, fear is performing the function that a spine performs in other people.”

Calling it “just a theory,” Logsdon said that the anatomies of McConnell and Ryan require further study, and that there was growing public support for both men to be dissected.

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