IMAGES for 2012….if we make it thru to the end of the year that is.  You know what the MAYAN CALENDAR says….December 21st we’re in for some big changes!  Let’s hope not or that they’re at least positive anyway.  In the meantime, I hope you’ll have the opportunity to follow IMAGES throughout the year and please remember, comments and critiques are always welcomed and encouraged.  My other sites are WALK WITH ME (2010) and IMMAGINI ANCORA (2011) if you’d like to check them out.  All the images on this site are from 2012 except for the majority of those in the Weekly Challenge.  Also, as an update, my site for 2013 is PIXELICIOUS.


Posted December 31, 2011 by Madelaine in Posts by Madelaine

FIN   10 comments

A sincere thank you to everyone who has visited my blog throughout the year!  May you all have a blessed, happy, healthy and prosperous 2013!  See you next year!!!

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Posted December 31, 2012 by Madelaine in Posts by Madelaine

ACHILLES   6 comments

A little doggie humor………

Posted December 29, 2012 by Madelaine in Posts by Madelaine

FULL   9 comments

There’s no room left in the wagon that’s taking everyone on a hay ride.  Not to worry though, there was another one not too far behind it.

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Posted December 14, 2012 by Madelaine in Photography by Madelaine Cappuccio

OVERCAST   9 comments

The only hint of sunshine on this dreary, overcast day was this sailboat.  It just called out for selective coloring!

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Posted December 13, 2012 by Madelaine in Photography by Madelaine Cappuccio

RURAL   10 comments

I think I must have been a farmer in one of my former lives although I did have a past life regression and that didn’t come up.  Still, there’s something about farms and being in the country that just draws me in.  You do understand though, that I would have been wealthy enough not to have done the actual work myself…….there would have been farm hands for that!  :mrgreen:

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Posted December 11, 2012 by Madelaine in Photography by Madelaine Cappuccio

OPEN   3 comments

The Court Street Bridge is officially open!  It only took over 2 years and almost $20 million dollars but hey, what can you do?  lol  I took this back in September, a day or so after it re-opened and before most people realized the bridge was finished, so it’s gorgeous and brand spanking new.  I’ll have to take note the next time I cross it as to what it looks like now…..it hadn’t occurred to me to do that before!

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Posted December 10, 2012 by Madelaine in Photography by Madelaine Cappuccio

RELIGION   7 comments

I clearly remember the first time I saw this structure a few years ago, which is unlike anything else in the area. I thought it was so beautiful and unusual and wondered what it was doing in its location…… in the backyard of a church, kind of in the parking lot.  After awhile, I just got used to seeing it and never thought twice about it again.  While looking at the theme list, I came across ‘religion’ and thought about what I could use to fill it.  A church?  A synagogue?  Angel?  Well, I passed it again and immediately thought it would be perfect for the theme.  I decided to see if I could find out a little about it so I called the rectory.  Of course there’s a story behind it!!  I should have known something so unique would have one!

What I was able to find out is that the stones came from when the cliffs along The Palisades in Fort Lee, New Jersey were blasted out beginning in 1927 when work began on the construction of the George Washington Bridge.  There were many parishioners who worked on the site and they sometimes brought some of the stones and rocks back to the Village until the bridge was completed in 1931.  I’m not clear if their original plan was to build this or the idea just developed, but they built this Grotto of Our Lady of Fatima, a name given to the Virgin Mary after she reportedly appeared in apparitions to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, and gave them the THREE SECRETS OF FATIMA.  The church was founded in 1890 and the visions appeared to the children in 1917, only 10 years before work on the bridge was started, so it may have been their original plan from the beginning but, unfortunately, no one is around anymore to ask such a specific question.

People go there daily to pray and reflect.  They bring flowers and offerings and the upkeep and repairs are done by volunteers from the parish.

Isn’t that an amazing story?  Right in my own backyard (so to speak) and I didn’t even know about it!

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Posted December 8, 2012 by Madelaine in Photography by Madelaine Cappuccio