New Camera Contest: Win A Canon 5D Mk III or Nikon D800 from LensRentals.com

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You’ve seen our recent announcements about our partnership with LensRentals.com and the exciting value they bring to the content of Photofocus.  LensRentals.com was the very first photographic rental company to offer an optional damage waiver program to its customers. Since then, they have continued to develop innovative options for renters.

LensCapToday, they announced the exciting Lenscap and Lenscap+ protection plans that limit renters liability in case of a covered event causing damage or total loss of products on your rental.

And now to celebrate their new optional add-on plans, LensRentals.com will be giving away a hot new camera to one lucky winner!  This winner will get the chance to choose either a brand new Canon 5D Mk III or a brand new Nikon D800.

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Welcome to the next Photofocus contest. This contest starts April 16, 2014 and ends June 30, 2014. The winner gets the choice between a brand new…

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Sponsored Post Learn from the experts: Create a successful blog with our brand new courseThe WordPress.com Blog

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We are looking forward to reading your new blogs soon!

What an Amazing World!

The Pool of Statues The Pool of Statues

A towering water fountain stands amid decorated pools, water flows from one pond to another, carps meander around beautifully-laid stepping stones, all under the beautiful morning sun and skies. As we enter the grounds of the water garden a pool welcomes us, rimmed by intricately sculpted statues of real and mythological beasts, and dotted with beautiful figures from the Hindu epic of Mahabharata. Meanwhile lush forest, rice paddies and springs surround the man-made garden, enveloping it with peace and serenity.

Tirta Gangga, named after tirta – blessed water – and Gangga – from the holy River Ganges in India, was another brainchild of I Gusti Gede Bagus Jelantik (Anak Agung Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem) who was also responsible for the construction of Taman Ujung Sukasada. Exploiting the abundance of water and picturesque landscape near the village of Ababi in eastern Bali, the last king of…

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Kitchen Garden Experts Book Review

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Kitchen Garden Experts

Kitchen Garden Experts combines growing tips and delicious recipes by celebrated chefs and their head gardeners at twenty of the UK’s most exciting restaurants, hotels, pubs and cafés, making this a must have book for foodies and growers too. Published 1st May 2014 by Frances Lincoln, foreword by Raymond Blanc, author Cinead McTernan is a horticulturally trained writer and gardening editor of The Simple Things magazine. The book boasts beautiful and inspiring photography throughout by award-winning photographer Jason Ingram, who has worked on numerous garden and food magazines.

This insightful book throws open the gates to the kitchen gardens of Britain’s best chefs and their head gardeners, from Terence Conran and Raymond Blanc to River Cottage and L’Enclume. Each chef and gardener welcomes you to explore their beautiful kitchen gardens through Jason’s superb photographs, and to discover the growing tips and methods used to produce the fruit and vegetables appearing on their menus.

Photographer: Jason Ingram Photographer: Jason Ingram

Tried and trusted kitchen garden secrets are revealed from each restaurant…

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My Favorite Jacket EVAR!!!

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MYNT 1792 Moto Jacket - Size 4XMYNT 1792 Moto Jacket – Size 4X

I just had to write this post tonight. I got this MYNT 1792 jacket in the mail today, and it may be my FAVORITE piece of clothing EVER, and I could not wait for you to see it because it is on sale, and the Size 4X is already gone. I think it runs true to size, the 4X fits me perfectly unzipped, but a little snug when I zipped it, and I am a Size 26 – 28.

To compare my measurements to yours, click HERE.

Blogger Nicolette Mason designed this jacketBlogger Nicolette Mason designed this jacket

The jacket is soft and light, the weight is perfect for California, or for spring in the East, and it feels really soft to wear.

Detail of the Front of the Jacket Detail of the Front of the Jacket

And yes, those are little gold studs on the front of the jacket. It is so amazing…

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