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June 16th, 2015
According to Microsoft Personalization Gallery expert Jennifer Shepard commented that Brook Burling's Painted Skies Windows theme has been on the gallery since Mid November and is doing great! In fact, out of about 275 themes total, Brook's theme was for a while the 7th most popular theme worldwide (this was from December 5th through January 25th). In fact in the United States, it is in 3rd place!
From its November 19th launch to January 25th, theme has been downloaded 807,655 times. Also, users are able to rate content on the Windows site, and users rated Brook's theme extremely high and it has been getting an 85.5% percent approval rating, which is almost 15% higher than the average approval rating on pages in the Personalization Gallery! You can download this theme by entereing this link into your web browser: windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/painted-skies-download-theme
April 17th, 2014
4/10/2014 Brook Burling, of Wisconsin Rapids, was named the Northwoods Wildlife Center’s Artist of the Year after her photograph, “Cruising,” won first place in the North American Wildlife category of the center’s recently-held photography contest.
Burling, a self-taught photographer who got hooked on the hobby about 10-12 years ago, said she took some time to get the winning shot but that it wasn’t done with any contest in mind.
“We have a small pond on our property here in Wisconsin Rapids and the wood ducks were starting to come in so we set up a duck blind on the edge of the pond,” she said.
“It was a cool morning – probably in the 30s and sunny – when I got the shot. I remember my fingers were getting pretty cold at the time.”
However, the short-term chilly fingers were well worth the effort, she said.
“I heard about the [NWC] contest from a gal in Woodruff and then I looked it up online and decided to enter. It’s a great organization...