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1000 WATCHERS!!!

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 16, 2015, 3:37 PM
In under 5 years since being on deviantArt, I have reached my 1000th watcher.  My 1000th watcher was :iconlizzie--chan: so please go visit her gallery and show her your support. :deviation: 
Wow!  1000!!  To say I'm flattered, is putting it lightly, but I just don't know any other word to explain what I'm feeling right now.  :blush:  I've learned so much from my fellow photographers here on dA the past 4 1/2 years.  I've seen their work, checked out the metadata of the photos I tried to learn from and I've written them for advice or helpful hints on how to attempt the shot myself.  I never had one photography lesson in my life…so the majority of my photography "education" accrued from National Geographic photographers, reading photography how-to books, and typical trial-and-error methods.  I've come a long way since buying my first 35mm camera and a few lenses back in 1980 and I'm sitting here now 35 years later being followed by 1000 wonderful folks on dA - many of them showering me with genuine compliments on my work that makes me want to do better and better.  I've made some incredible friends here on dA…you know who you are.  ;) 

This journal is dedicated to YOU all!!  This dedication is to all my watchers who helped me along the way.  I'm gratefully humbled and I'm honored.  Thank you everyone…thank you for all your support, thank you for all your kind words, thank you for lifting up my spirits and convincing me to better myself by your sincere compliments and beautiful comments and yes, even your critiques.  I've noticed them ALL and I am forever grateful.  So with that, I'd like to feature some of the work from various watchers of mine.  I'm sorry and slightly embarrassed that I can't feature something from all 1000 of my watchers, but just know I do appreciate you tremendously no matter what.  You ALL rock!!  :nod: 

Thank you by KmyGraphic

Now, sit back and enjoy some amazing art work.

flower divider by AudraMBlackburnsArt

I Am Your Lady by SharingMyDreams

Alone In The Universe by RankaStevic  Michael-Scott by KmyGraphic  fairytale wedding by islandtime

Fall Springs Eternal by 11thDimensionPhoto  Reflective Twins in Paint by kach-back  Snail on Daisy by FallOut99 

Autumn in Northumberland by newcastlemale

In honor of our fallen by beauty-and-nature  Lynn by darkhorse11  Living Water by AmBr0

Hedwig ~ Harry Potter Owl by AStoKo

San Diego Skyline by jxsnyder

Paige Clone Painting by coreyh2  Cardinal Pair by barcon53  Smoke Over the Sun by vanwaglajam

Thrill Is Gone by DrKnowles  The Road Of Beauty by kkart

Supporting Michael aka Laskanwlf by AudraMBlackburnsArt  Pearls by pin100  The Hapiness Of Spring by Lolita-Artz

Growing Old Gracefully by GlassHouse-1

The Awakening by SchwarzWieEbenholZ  Helsinki Snowfall by Pajunen

Spring by dorolain  Thank you for the fave2 by Andorada  Fall Springs Eternal by 11thDimensionPhoto

Open Wings by mj-magic

Hazy Love by Aquilapse  Moose -A Gentle Giant by JestePhotography

Bee by BokehLight

I Walk the Line by AzureWindProductions  Ryan + Nicki by NickiDoodles  There is Hope by PaMonk

IMG 6367 by MDDahl

Good moments together by TheGalleryOfEve  [14/52] - Nourishing by Sarah-BK

spirit by NWunseen    Love by Digithalie   Tread Lightly by LAlight

Wish Upon A Star by TheGalleryOfEve

Balance by kalika31    Chestnut Top Trail 051 by slowdog294     Endless Possibilities by WishmasterAlchemist 


My Little Dragon   by LindArtz  Welcome-yellow by Jassy2012  ~fAiRy TaLe~ by Fajralam

For You My  Dear Friends and Watchers by LUCILALEYLA

Christmas day design by gigi50   My Darling Daisies by Scooby777   still by jaelise

#1 by FrancescaDelfino

Moonlight Symphony by Aenea-Jones  Last summer by Rebekka85   promises by nakedcrayon23

windmills by a-b-n  Spring by fruitpunch1  Impending Storm in the Heartland by rongiveans

Plague won by Sweetlylou

Survivor by Unkopierbar    City of Fireflies by John-Peter

Under Hallowed Sky by Corvidae65  Magic Owl's Head by SuliannH   Web of seeds by Belgerathone

Heavenly by IndigoSummerr

  Little swinging things by Morgan-Lou  Sierra Storms by StephGabler  fly into my DoF... by clochartist-photo

Bridal Veil and American Falls in Winter Garb by TomFawls

Stories of the Past by whispersoftheblue

Peaceful by Lior-Art

Golden hour by luka567  Eye Final Sketch by ajaymagdemonte  *** by Fatalv

Clear Water Vivid Flowers by CRGPhotography  We See Everything by Sasa-Van-Goth  May your dreams come true.. by Luperkalia

Composizione2456bis by claudio51  Cilaos Road -3- (Reunion island) by OlivierAccart

Rae-Bae 2015 by Lizzie--Chan

The Promise by SharingMyDreams

Valentine heart icon Valentine heart icon Valentine heart icon

Thank you handwhriting ~  F R E E S T U F F by AStoKo

Treeline: by resurgere
  • Listening to: Enya, 2002, and John Denver
  • Playing: Sweet memories over and over in my head
  • Eating: Kettle Popcorn
  • Drinking: Sweet Red Wine


Artist | Professional | Photography
United States
I started doing photography 35 years ago when I purchased my very first 35mm camera over in Germany. It was a Canon AE-1 with a 50mm f/1.4 lens, 28mm lens, and a 70-200mm Vivitar zoom lens. I taught myself using the old trial-and-error method and reading as much as I could on photography books and National Geographic photographer’s techniques. I mainly shot print film and later switched over to slides. I bought myself a Canon 500mm lens when I moved to Alaska. I traveled with that camera throughout the entire U.S. and 19 other countries and kept learning more and more about photography.

Then about five years ago, I decided to go "digital" and bought myself a Canon EOS Rebel T1i (500D) Digital SLR with a Canon 18-55mm IS lens, Canon 70-200mm zoom, a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro, and a Sigma 10-20mm super-wide angle (plus a few good Hoya filters and a solid tripod and monopod). Now I'm learning a whole new type of photography, but I've mixed 30 years of experience with the latest technology to start producing some new art from my own personal perspective. I primarily take scenic, wildlife, macro, and landscape shots from farmland to deep forest to mountains to river valleys and everything in between that captures my eye. I love nature and I love this hobby...mixing the two helps me create my own symphony of visual art - I find it very therapeutic for me. The feeling I get when I'm out in nature all alone consumes all my senses with profound euphoria.

I haven't even started on my next project of transferring all my prized slides to digital format...but when I do, I'll be posting them into my gallery here. In the mean time, I hope you enjoy my work.

Michael Donaldson
Spokane Valley, WA

Current Residence: Spokane Valley, WA
Favourite genre of music: Classic Rock, Smooth Jazz
Favourite photographer: Jim Brandenburg and Tom Mangelsen
Favourite style of art: Alaskan, Pacific Northwest, and Native-American
Favourite cartoon characters: Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam
Personal Quote: "If it ain't broke, fix it until it is"


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NYLB43 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Michael, we seem to play in the same type of playgrounds,
Love your art, lets be friends!
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COLOREDINLOVE Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the fav on the journal!! Have a wonderful night!!I send  you all my Love by KmyGraphic  Animation Thank you 1 by LA-StockEmotes  Thank You For Faving by AudraMBlackburnsArt  
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PaulWeber Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the favorite.
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BWilliamWest Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Love the personal quote...can't help but laugh at that one!
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Sublime-Feline Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Thank you so much for joining

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If you have any questions please refer to our group Faq's or feel free to note the group or myself on my personal account at any time!

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Kind Regards-
Sweetlylou Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much dear Michael for the :+fav: onThe wound is not closed yet by Sweetlylou  Anime Emoji (Yaay) by Jerikuto  Hatsune Miku-13 (Wink and Heart) by Jerikuto
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Dark-Indigo Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks 4 faving Thunder church...:) (Smile)
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015
Thanks for the :+fav:
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Aura-2 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank You for faving! :aww:
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Hurricane007 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful gallery :)
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