Wednesday, June 13, 2012

For Mummy

For Mummy, originally uploaded by !efatima.


Intricate, originally uploaded by !efatima.

Traditional Jewelry

Traditional Jewelry, originally uploaded by !efatima.

Lace Edging

Untitled, originally uploaded by !efatima.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Red Glasses

Red Glasses (6411), originally uploaded by fruvous2.

World Orchid Convention 2011 (1)

Friday, October 07, 2011


Adore, originally uploaded by !efatima.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

In the heat of the moment

In the heat of the moment, originally uploaded by !efatima.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

bandera in the breeze.

bandera in the breeze., originally uploaded by matt.hintsa.

Xelyah Cordón

Xelyah Cordón, originally uploaded by Xelya.


Untitled, originally uploaded by UAE.eyes.

.. Qatar national day - 18 - Dec

.. Qatar national day - 18 - Dec, originally uploaded by No.Over.

Red, White and Blue Jeans

I lost my thread.

I lost my thread., originally uploaded by SophieMuc.

Burgundy ( Wine Red ) Satin Spring Blossom Flower Bobby Pin Set

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Pakistani bride

Pakistani bride, originally uploaded by

Monday, January 24, 2011

Bit of Noor - Love you Mom

Bit of Noor - Love you Mom, originally uploaded by !efatima.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Sita, originally uploaded by Paul V Specht.

"Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad." ~Author Unknown

Friday, February 05, 2010

türkis verspannt

türkis verspannt, originally uploaded by stemerk44.


, originally uploaded by Jennerally.

Laundry Can Be Beautiful Too

Laundry Can Be Beautiful Too, originally uploaded by stevetoearth.

Felted Sage Green Nesting Bowls - Set of 3

Friday, January 08, 2010

The Last Leaf

The Last Leaf, originally uploaded by !efatima.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

The show at Tropicana, Havana.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

The Forest

The Forest, originally uploaded by joe sampouw.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Jumper Sandwich

Jumper sandwich, originally uploaded by chrisgannon.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Colors / Argentina

Colors / Argentina, originally uploaded by JohannRela.

Hand Painted Silk Handbag

See more of this fine work at this Silk Art From Brazil's Etsy shop!

tribes of kenia

tribes of kenia, originally uploaded by retlaw snellac.

Cherry Pie Ala Mode Earrings

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Now that's a lot of beadwork!

asakusa samba festival, originally uploaded by mAi_1227.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Angela & Sandro #1

Angela&Sandro #1, originally uploaded by [d.o.c.].


Feelings, originally uploaded by Paulo Dias de Souza.


Lluvia, originally uploaded by chαblet.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Estudio: Candle

Estudio, originally uploaded by Giovanni Peña.

Peru March 2008

Peru March 2008
Peru March 2008, originally uploaded by Michelle Constant.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Blue & Gold

Blue & Gold, originally uploaded by Brantford Selections.

Sunday, May 03, 2009


bothkokeshi, originally uploaded by Mommysaurus.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

e da lasciarti ho solo i consigli di un pirla

Happy Bear Bokeh Wednesday

happy bear bokeh wednesday, originally uploaded by miumiulina.


X, originally uploaded by HanaS..

Tuesday, February 03, 2009


بازماندگان..., originally uploaded by matiya firoozfar.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Fantasy, originally uploaded by HalesiaDesigns.

"Game Fish"__Close-up

"Game Fish"__Close-up, originally uploaded by catface3.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Macworld Conference & Expo 09

Macworld Conference & Expo 09, originally uploaded by !efatima.

Monday, December 29, 2008

CARF's 2008 Flickr 'Reach For A Star' Campaign

- Do Good!

Cyber Giving Week is the last week of the year - a week during which most people make their tax deductable online charity donations.

Consider this your reminder to donate, BEFORE December 31, 2008, to causes you care passionately about!

Causes like CARF's 2008 Flickr 'Reach For A Star' Campaign...

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Won't You consider making a $10.00 donation to this incredibly worthy cause?

Reaching for a star campaign 2008

Children of the Hummingbird Project in São Paulo, Brazil.
Gregory J. Smith
Children At Risk Foundation - CARF

- CARF says:

Never to die in vain...

It was two months ago today that we buried Claudiney, only five months after his younger brother Roney was brutally murdered. Much has happened since then . . . . . .

Our new community prevention centre opened on July 6th. against incredible odds, just one week after Claudiney’s death. We dedicated the new centre to their memory, a tribute not only to these two beloved street kids who didn’t make it, but also to all the other street kids in Brazil who have suffered before them.........

During the opening ceremony and in the presence of community leaders, the municipal government’s Mayor and other leading politicians, family members and CARF’s trustees and patrons, I presented Roney and Claudiney’s tragic story to the multitude present for the occasion, most of whom were humble members of the extremely poor community that will benefit form this important initiative, which we have created to prevent other kids from reaching such a tragic destiny.

Photo Copyright © Tatiana Cardeal. All rights reserved.
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With the two boys heavily in my thoughts today, I spent time browsing through all my portraits of Roney and Claudiney, reading through my captions and comments. There have been many, far too many to list here, but I have chosen some that I would like to share with their beloved memory:

“Roney's past life experiences will definitely determine his future, but I'm not sure he'll survive to have one.............”

“I have always kept contact with these kids, during the good times and the bad times, that's part of my compromise with them. That's what makes Roney's death so sad as I didn't manage to stop that from happening and I won't be able to stop whatever could happen to Claudiney if he doesn't wake up to reality soon...............”

“Claudiney is enjoying being in control of his life, even if I would have preferred him participating for full in the program, which would only help him in the right direction. Patience is always a keyword in my work as it takes many years to recuperate any kid from the streets.............”

“For each positive step taken in the right direction in Claudiney's life, there are at least five negative ones being taken against him. We can only protect our kids during the hours we are together, but it is an impossible task for us to live their lives for them 24 hours a day............”

“It hurts me a lot to see how confused Claudiney is at the moment, but I cannot impose upon him the solution. He must experience the pathways to a new life that we feel we can offer him and at the same time be allowed to fail along the way..........”

“Each choice he makes, either positive or negative, will have consequences on his life, but he is the one who needs to experience the difference. What worries me most is that there are others out there who would love to see Claudiney back on the streets; those very same people responsible for his brother's cold-blooded murder............”

“Claudiney needs an army of angels to protect him against all the evil odds in our society..............”

“I must admit, it was with great pride that I peeped into his classroom last night and observed him engaged in his books. I know how delicate his situation is at this moment and how his own life is balancing on a very fine thread.............”

“His first thoughtful sigh to me after school, on our way back home to his grandma's was: "Roney should have been here with me"..........”

“It will be nothing less than a miracle if Claudiney manages to stay in school because the family network around him is an extremely fragile one and he will need a lot of support if he is to manage this demanding situation. We will of course be there to strengthen that network through his participation at Hummingbird, but as I always emphasize with such kids, we cannot live their lives for them..........”

“I am happy for each day that I can follow Claudiney to- and from school and the fact that he hasn’t missed a single lesson since we started out on this tough journey to recovery; he has 8 years to catch up on and no time to waste.
I am happy listening to his teachers telling me how interested he is in learning........
I am happy to see the changes in his social attitude towards those who surround him.........
I am happy sharing his desires for the future, something we never managed before; living today – gone tomorrow!
I am happy observing his positive social integration with all the other kids at Hummingbird........
I am happy that everyone who knows him is also happy about his positive development.......
....and I am very happy that he is still alive.................”

“If Claudiney manages to follow our program through the next 30-40 days I believe it may work for him, but I'm really hoping for a miracle because I know what we are up against...............”

“Claudiney is really a soft-hearted kid and if he had his own way he would stay put at Hummingbird. That's his real desire. He seems comfortable in the security of an organised home, where rythme and rules have a positive effect on him. I suppose, as with most kids, a feeling of security is really the most important thing in their lives...........”

“Roney is the more energetic of the two. He loves disturbing any peaceful moment if it's not to his liking. If there is not enough action going on, Roney will soon make sure there will be.........”

“Motivating brothers or sisters with such contrasting personalities and who still live on the streets together is no easy task. Their survival on the streets makes them totally dependent on each other and in their case life is like a continuing battle between the good and the bad, represented strongly in both their personalities.........”

“Roney and Claudiney are far too sceptical to believe that their luck is in, and if they confide, they know the going will get very tough (in a different way than on the streets) and they are very insecure when it comes to weighing up the odds...........”

“Street kids get into all kinds of trouble, serious trouble; trouble with the wrong kind of people. Drugs and thieving are the more provocative problems involving others.
In Brazil, lives are not worth a shit, no matter what age!
Claudiney and his brother Roney get on these people's nerves and these people are killers by custom. That is the way they resolve their little problems. It is real and frightening because it could happen at any moment. Nobody is safe from these kinds of thugs...........”

“My dad is not very happy with me now (because of the situation I got him in), but then again, he never has been! I can understand why though. Have you ever had a gun stuck in your ear or up your nose before? I have, many times! You never know if the guy will pull the trigger............” - Roney.

“The thugs raided my dad’s house in the middle of the night and stuck a big gun in his ear, then asked him where I was. He cried and told them he didn’t know (which was pretty true!)
They beat him up instead of shooting him, but next time........?” - Roney.

“Impunity is the worse medicine for recuperating anyone but punishment alone is useless and that is why my job will be important following them through this new situation if they are sentenced on November 13th., when their case comes up for hearing in the criminal courts.
In their particular case I see this as an opportunity to finalize the work I started three years ago, otherwise I don't give them more than two more years to live................”
(Note: Unfortunately, the courts did not follow our advice).

“You don't realize how hard it is to relax knowing these kids are on the streets and not knowing what's happening next in their lives. Anything can happen - at any time . . . . . . . . .”

- Gregory

Remembering the dead...