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Robin Griggs Wood

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March 05, 2015 6 comments 6 shares 151 plus ones
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Do try and get outside and enjoy the world for a bit today.
You're not actually enslaved, you know … ;o)


#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos

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March 04, 2015 26 comments 10 shares 251 plus ones
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Happy middle-of-the-week, folks ... wishing you an easy slide to the weekend ... :o)

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos

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March 03, 2015 7 comments 0 shares 72 plus ones
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(Partly because, everything I am doing today seems to be moving so-o-o much slower ... ;o7)

Old School

Old School. Back in my day..... Google old school

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March 01, 2015 58 comments 43 shares 643 plus ones
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I had a major computer meltdown yesterday and just needed something peaceful posted here to give me a better mood. I managed to overcome most of the liabilities last night, but gave up by midnight since my body wakes up at 4am no matter what time I go to bed ... I dive back in today for another onslaught. Wish me luck! ... :o)

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos

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February 27, 2015 51 comments 28 shares 589 plus ones
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The dead opposite of a "creamy", gentle bokeh ... this is known as "The Bokeh That'll Poke-Ya!" (The cactus flower is also hiding a little buggy surprise, so it's all-around dangerville with this little one. You can look, but no-touchy! ... ;o7)

Fridays are #bokehlicious  :o) … ˚ºoOoº˚
With a nod and grin to those occasionally touchable #bokeholics , +Leo Deegan +Michael B. Stuart +Dave Besbris +paula contreras +Wesly Smith +Angie Smith  +Wendy Chase +Paul Moody +Shannon Adelson and sundry ... :o)

#FloralFriday with thanks to +Tamara Pruessner +Eustace James +Beth Akerman +Kiki Nelson and +FloralFriday 
#MacroAddict +MacroAddict with thanks to +Sandrine Berjonneau and +Didier Caron

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Friday #TGIF #naturephotography #macrophotography #FlowerFriday   #flowerphotography #floralphotography #hqspflowers #hqspmacro #Macro4All #MacroManiacs

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February 25, 2015 23 comments 27 shares 363 plus ones
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Night's candles are burnt out, and jocund day stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops. ~ William Shakespeare

... either that, or I've become convinced while processing this image that there was a UFO there I'd blithely shot ... ;o7



+Mirrors and Reflections with thanks to the wonderful +Gemma Costa  #mirrorsandreflections  
+Wet Wednesday with thanks to the wonderful +Jen Baptist  #wetwednesday  

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #winterwednesday #weatherwednesday   #Mammoth   #California 

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February 24, 2015 17 comments 8 shares 220 plus ones
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February 23, 2015 61 comments 38 shares 578 plus ones
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A Chorus Line Sorry for the redux, but this one of my favorite droplets shots (because I worked so hard on it!) and the theme for #MacroMonday  today is LINE UP! (My apologies to the macro crew, I know we should shoot new!) The workflow to get the shot –– You are currently looking at 49 images … ;oD
"Why so many, Robin? … are you really as crazy as you seem?!!" –– yes, I am … read on …

49 images?! Yes, I'm a little crazybut only a little

I had a vision for this shot and 49 shots in total (all here in this one image) is what it took to realize the final result relative to the limitations of the equipment I have. I shoot with a small camera and, because of its small sensor, I get a lot of ugly noise in my images. To combat noise, I shoot multiple shots of the same frame and exposure and stack them in layers which reduces the noise pattern while retaining image sharpness––7 per seems to be my magic number for success with noise reduction. 

"But that should make this shot made up of only 7 images, right?"

The lens that I have available to me for macro can only focus on a very tiny area, no matter what manual settings I use. To get all six of the drops in the frame and fully in focus, I had to shoot each drop separately (plus an extra shot for coverage) and then merge them together in post work. So, what you are looking at here is essentially a micro-pano. 7 shots of each of the seven shots that made up the "pano". I have no software to do automatic focus-stacking, so I blended them all together by hand. While it is not that special of an image in general, for all that effort, I personally am thrilled that I was able to pull it off!

I am curious how many people will notice the "surprise" … ;o))
There is a shy little "dancer" in my chorus line …
One of the droplets actually fell behind the feather when I was laying the drops. My first thought was, "oh crap … now I have to start again!" (I'd already placed four … and it's so tedious to get them just where you want them). But it just hung there, so I decided to go with it … ;o7

I had this little number running through my head while I was editing my little golden "dancers" … ;o))
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyZeGOsR9IA

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#MacroMonday (sub-theme: LINE UP) with thanks to +Sandra Parlow & +Jeff Moreau and new-to-the-crew +Wendy Baker and +Jules B

#macroaddict (+MacroAddict) with thanks to +Sandrine Berjonneau  +Jean-Pierre Malézieux +Christian PR +Ruth Hochholdinger and +William Banik



#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #naturephotography #macrophotography #hqspmacro #MacroAddicts           


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Please feel free to ask me,
if you would like any of my images 
available for print at robingriggswood.com

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February 21, 2015 31 comments 9 shares 218 plus ones
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#BlankStare 
#IHadToTurnAround17TimesToKeepYouFromShootingMyButt
#AnnoyedThatYouRuinedMyNap 
#AlsoSeriouslyAnnoyedThatYouRuinedMyDreamAboutClotilde

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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such theme as #SeagullButtSaturday. The following people, sometimes posting to the #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus, are actually the #FunniestNonCuratorsOnGplus.

+Robin Griggs Wood +Ursula Klepper +Christin McLeod +Sassi Sassmannshausen +Lauri Novak +Richard Ball +Craig Szymanski +Melissa Beagle +Ellie Kennard +Cora Triton +Steve Savoie +Pam Wolfe +Joy Mum +Jon Cassill +Tom McGowan +Annie Irving +Diana Boyd +Debby Moran +Alex Lapidus +Lou McCorkle +Rob Lopes +Kim Smith +Bette Kauffman +Liz C +Jacqueline Hodsdon +Darion Jackman +Steven Kennard +Sharon Stone +Dawn Siadatan +Sumit Sen +Jasbir S. Randhawa +Gazzaroonii T. +John Wade +Dave Bell +Swee Oh +Leo Deegan +Nancy Battis Vita +Patrick Kelly +Marilyn Benham +Mari Luukkonen +Lora Lee Chapman +Giselle Savoie +Carin Bruce +David Q. Cohen +Gernot Glaeser +Maureen Roberson +Brian Grzelewski +cobalt please +Darcee McCutcheon +Annelies Jansen +Rachel Ferris +Margaret Tompkins +Jan Vermeulen +Christi Nielsen

Real themes:
#birds4all curated by +Walter Soestbergen +Ricky L Jones & +Birds4All
#birdloversandwildlife curated by +Robert SKREINER  +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE
#birdsgallery  with thanks to +Heinrich Wagner

Must-have hashtags (for hackling the hashtag-haters … ;o))
#SeagullButtSaturday (duh!)
#SeagullButtShots 
#SeagullButts 
#notatheme 
#SeagullButtsInDisguise (for other birds; a fine way to use up all those bird shots you took that are "not quite what you were shooting for" and currently languishing on your hard drive.)
#Gulluminati (what the group of non-curators have come to be known as)
#FunniestNonthemeOnGplus (because, isn't it?! … ;oD)
#Splatterday (Jasbir's invention, applicable for, ahem, some conditional shots … ;o7)

#rgwoodpost #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos #hqspbirds #birdsgallery

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February 20, 2015 47 comments 12 shares 243 plus ones
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(*Secretly hopes that "Kiss a Camelid Day" becomes a Worldwide official holiday)

(p.s. ... and will try not to spit on you in the process.)

#KissACamelidDay   #CannotResistThoseBigImploringEyes   #CuteOverload   #BeCarefulCuzItSpits  

Fridays are #bokehlicious  :o) … ˚ºoOoº˚
With a nod and grin to those #bokeholics, +Leo Deegan +Michael B. Stuart +Dave Besbris +paula contreras +Wesly Smith +Angie Smith  +Wendy Chase +Paul Moody +Shannon Adelson and sundry (that may rival the non-curator list of a certain non-theme! … ;o7)

Waves to the #FarmFriday  crew, +Ellie Kennard +Steven Kennard and +Susanne Stelle (+Farm Friday)

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #alpaca    #hqspanimals   #btpanimalpro  

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February 18, 2015 27 comments 18 shares 462 plus ones
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February 17, 2015 37 comments 28 shares 487 plus ones
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February 16, 2015 54 comments 44 shares 537 plus ones
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I wish I was half as clever as those who are four times as clever as those who are half as clever as me.

However, whomsoever should forever endeavor to assever that they are clever, should also never ever dissever it whatsoever.

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#MacroAddict +MacroAddict with thanks to +Sandrine Berjonneau and +Didier Caron

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #naturephotography #macrophotography #flowerphotography #floralphotography #hqspflowers #hqspmacro

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February 14, 2015 39 comments 8 shares 229 plus ones
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Life is better when you get to spend it in the company of a kindred spirit. Have you noticed yet the little hearts that fly up when you plus someone? So fun! Happy Valentine's day to everyone, but most especially to some of my favorite Saturday kindred spirits, the #Gulluminati  folks. Life is better spent in your company ... :o)


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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such theme as #SeagullButtSaturday. The following people, the #FunniestNonCuratorsOnGplus, are some of my favorite kindred spirits.

+Robin Griggs Wood +Ursula Klepper +Christin McLeod +Sassi Sassmannshausen +Lauri Novak +Richard Ball +Craig Szymanski +Melissa Beagle +Ellie Kennard +Cora Triton +Steve Savoie +Pam Wolfe +Joy Mum +Jon Cassill +Tom McGowan +Annie Irving +Diana Boyd +Debby Moran +Alex Lapidus +Lou McCorkle +Rob Lopes +Kim Smith +Bette Kauffman +Liz C +Jacqueline Hodsdon +Darion Jackman +Steven Kennard +Sharon Stone +Dawn Siadatan +Sumit Sen +Jasbir S. Randhawa +Gazzaroonii T. +John Wade +Dave Bell +Swee Oh +Leo Deegan +Nancy Battis Vita +Patrick Kelly +Marilyn Benham +Mari Luukkonen +Lora Lee Chapman +Giselle Savoie +Carin Bruce +David Q. Cohen +Gernot Glaeser +Maureen Roberson +Brian Grzelewski +cobalt please +Darcee McCutcheon +Annelies Jansen +Rachel Ferris +Margaret Tompkins +Jan Vermeulen +Christi Nielsen

Real themes:
#birds4all curated by +Walter Soestbergen +Ricky L Jones & +Birds4All
#birdloversandwildlife curated by +Robert SKREINER  +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE
#birdsgallery  with thanks to +Heinrich Wagner
#SunsetSaturday with thanks to +Dennis Hoffbuhr

Must-have hashtags (for hackling the hashtag-haters … ;o))
#SeagullButtSaturday (duh!)
#SeagullButtShots 
#SeagullButts 
#notatheme 
#SeagullButtsInDisguise (for other birds; a fine way to use up all those bird shots you took that are "not quite what you were shooting for" and currently languishing on your hard drive.)
#Gulluminati (what the group of non-curators have come to be known as)
#FunniestNonthemeOnGplus (because, isn't it?! … ;oD)
#Splatterday (Jasbir's invention, applicable for, ahem, some conditional shots … ;o7)

#rgwoodpost #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos #hqspbirds #birdsgallery #valentinesday  #valentinesday2015 #photography #birds #hqspbirds #btpbirdpro  

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February 13, 2015 36 comments 40 shares 429 plus ones
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The micro flowers of the California Pearly Everlasting [Pseudognaphalium californicum], a native relative to the Strawflower whose blooms continue to remain in a floral pose even when the plant dies at the end of the season. Their intense aroma makes our hillsides smell of butterscotch and maple syrup in the summer.

I've adored them since I was young and when I get the occasional volunteer sprouting in the backyard, even though the plant itself is rather weedy looking, I let them stay––because, um, butterscotch and maple syrup!

Now I only need to find a plant with the fragrance of crispy morning bacon to make the perfect bouquet ... ;o7



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudognaphalium_californicum






#FloralFriday with thanks to +Tamara Pruessner +Eustace James +Beth Akerman +Kiki Nelson and +FloralFriday 
Fridays are #bokehlicious  :o) … ˚ºoOoº˚
With a nod and grin to those #bokeholics, +Leo Deegan +Michael B. Stuart +Dave Besbris +paula contreras +Elizabeth Hahn +Wesly Smith +Angie Smith  +Wendy Chase +Paul Moody and sundry more!
#MacroAddict +MacroAddict with thanks to +Sandrine Berjonneau and +Didier Caron




#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Friday #TGIF #naturephotography #macrophotography #FlowerFriday  #flowerphotography #floralphotography #hqspflowers #hqspmacro #Macro4All #MacroManiacs

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February 13, 2015 91 comments 162 shares 1506 plus ones
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I've been so busy with work, I haven't had a chance to get out to the beach so far this year. So I dug through my archives and edited one of my previous shots just to remind myself what I'm missing ... I'm hoping a little self-prodding will do the trick ... ;o7.

And, to illustrate how busy I've been with work, I was all set to post this at 5 this morning and only just now found a moment! ... ;oD



#ThirstyThursdayPics with thanks to  +Giuseppe Basile & +Mark Esguerra #thirstythursday
#CoastalThursday with thanks to +David Polzine +Jon Kahn +Coastal Thursday
#promotephotography with thanks to +Nikola Nikolski +Naghmeh Khadembashi +Gittan Beheydt +Milena Ilieva and +Promote Photography
#LandscapePhotography with thanks to +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Toshi Nakamura and +Landscape Photography


#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro #MalibuBeach #California #SunsetPhotography #Sunset #Travel #TravelPhotography #Sky #Beach

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February 11, 2015 45 comments 25 shares 358 plus ones
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Lesser minion to the Wiz.

Well, he's really just an 8-inch zoo find, whose only superpower was the ability to withstand, and hold completely still, while I tickled him with various sliders and encumbered him with blend modes until his gray-appearing skin revealed its true colors. He thinks he looks dapper, epic and far more dangerous now––ready to take on anything a wicked witch might throw at him.

And those dang flying monkeys. "Bring it!", says he.




#macroaddict (+MacroAddict) with thanks to +Sandrine Berjonneau  +Jean-Pierre Malézieux +Christian PR +Ruth Hochholdinger and +William Banik
#TextureBlendPhotography with huge thanks to +Gemma Costa and +Texture Blend Photography 

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #animals #animalphotography #hqspanimals   #btpanimalpro   #textureblendphotography  #photomanipulation 

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February 09, 2015 69 comments 58 shares 912 plus ones
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I've been in an interesting editing mode lately, feeding my "muse" with pure play and heaving caution not only to the wind, but into the swirling vortex of a supercell storm ... ;o7. It might get scary for a bit here on my stream ... 
But, you have to do that sometimes; experiment and push the envelope (example here shows pushing the envelope off a cliff! <snicker>). Really, it keeps you sane ... well, mostly sane ... ;o7

#MoodyMonday with thanks to +Philip Daly and +Moody Monday #moodymondayphoto

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #digitalart #photoshop #photomanipulation

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February 08, 2015 12 comments 5 shares 196 plus ones
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February 06, 2015 38 comments 12 shares 264 plus ones
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It's such a natural fit, combining Friday's #bokehlicious  and #SeagullButtSaturday
because Fridays are Bokehlicious and Saturdays are … well, forget it, I'm not going there … let's just say they're fun like Fridays and leave it at that, m'kay? 

Yes, I know it looks like a cormorant, but it's a #SeagullButtsInDisguise pretender for sure! 


With a nod and grin to (and hoping that I'm not, again, annoying the heck out of) those #bokeholics, +Leo Deegan +Michael B. Stuart +Dave Besbris +paula contreras +Elizabeth Hahn +Wesly Smith +Angie Smith  +Wendy Chase +Paul Moody and sundry others!

And another nod and grin to (with certainty that I am annoying the heck out of them and plan to go on annoying them for an indefinite period of time) that coterie of comedy, the #FunniestNonCuratorsOnGplus (because there is NO such theme as #SeagullButtSaturday ... ;o)):

+Robin Griggs Wood +Ursula Klepper +Christin McLeod +Sassi Sassmannshausen +Lauri Novak +Richard Ball +Craig Szymanski +Melissa Beagle +Ellie Kennard +Cora Triton +Steve Savoie +Pam Wolfe +Joy Mum +Jon Cassill +Tom McGowan +Annie Irving +Diana Boyd +Debby Moran +Alex Lapidus +Lou McCorkle +Rob Lopes +Kim Smith +Bette Kauffman +Liz C +Jacqueline Hodsdon +Darion Jackman +Steven Kennard +Sharon Stone +Dawn Siadatan +Sumit Sen +Jasbir S. Randhawa +Gazzaroonii T. +John Wade +Dave Bell +Swee Oh +Leo Deegan +Nancy Battis Vita +Patrick Kelly +Marilyn Benham +Mari Luukkonen +Lora Lee Chapman +Giselle Savoie +Carin Bruce +David Q. Cohen +Gernot Glaeser +Maureen Roberson +Brian Grzelewski +cobalt please +Darcee McCutcheon +Annelies Jansen +Rachel Ferris +Margaret Tompkins +Jan Vermeulen +Christi Nielsen

Real themes:
#birds4all curated by +Walter Soestbergen +Ricky L Jones & +Birds4All
#birdloversandwildlife curated by +Robert SKREINER  +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE
#birdsgallery  with thanks to +Heinrich Wagner


Must-have hashtags (for hackling the hashtag-haters … ;o))
#SeagullButtSaturday (duh!)
#SeagullButtShots 
#SeagullButts 
#notatheme 
#SeagullButtsInDisguise (for other birds; a fine way to use up all those bird shots you took that are "not quite what you were shooting for" and currently languishing on your hard drive.)
#Gulluminati (what the group of non-curators have come to be known as)
#FunniestNonthemeOnGplus (because, isn't it?! … ;oD)
#Splatterday (Jasbir's invention, applicable for, ahem, some conditional shots … ;o7)

#rgwoodpost #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos #hqspbirds #birdsgallery

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February 05, 2015 28 comments 3 shares 204 plus ones
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February 03, 2015 35 comments 7 shares 238 plus ones
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“In truth I suspect that merely slowing down is not a very satisfying answer. What I need has less to do with my 'pace of life' than my 'peace of life'. At any speed, I crave a deep and lasting inner peace. And if it's solace I'm after, I don't need to pace myself like a turtle, change jobs or set up house on a quiet island. It is usually frenetic, unguided living, not high energy, that robs my peace of mind.” 
― Steve Goodier


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#TreeTuesday with thanks to +Christina Lawrie +David R Robinson +Allan Cabrera +Ralph Mendoza +Kim Troutman and +Tree Tuesday
#LandscapePhotography with thanks to +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Toshi Nakamura and +Landscape Photography

#hqspmonochrome #AllThingsMonochrome #bwfineart #bwphotography #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography
#bw #monochrome #monochromephotography
 #blackandwhitephotos +Black and White Photos
#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro

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February 02, 2015 42 comments 19 shares 450 plus ones
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Remember when you were young and felt the thrill of adventure from an open field, the eager anticipation of a Saturday morning? Can you recall when you saw the promise of beauty in a box of crayons and a blank piece of paper, or spent time dreaming about the details of your beautiful and exciting future?

The characters have changed, but it is still the same story unfolding

I hope you didn't forget this secret to happiness ... :o)



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The server may not exist or it is unavailable at this time.
I can't access my server this a.m. ... :o( ... so this is a reprise for #MacroMonday (sub-theme: Dream) with thanks to +Sandra Parlow & +Jeff Moreau and new-to-the-crew +Wendy Baker and +Jules B

#macroaddict (+MacroAddict) with thanks to +Sandrine Berjonneau  +Jean-Pierre Malézieux +Christian PR +Ruth Hochholdinger and +William Banik


#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #naturephotography #macrophotography #hqspmacro #MacroAddicts #MacroManiacs #Macro4All



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Please feel free to ask me,
if you would like any of my images 
available for print at robingriggswood.com

If you would like to view my albums here at G+ go to
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February 01, 2015 118 comments 80 shares 984 plus ones
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On a long drive home after a shoot last week, we stopped at sunset to gawk at what has been dubbed the 4th scariest roller coaster in the world during one of its quieter, sublime moments at Six Flags. Well, "sublime" depending on your viewpoint, perhaps. If you're a roller coaster fan, being 20 stories up at the top of it's 200-foot drop might be your preferred perspective of sublimity. 

My preferred perspective was just this: during a tourist-free moment, feet firmly planted on the ground, taking in its epic grandeur spotlit by the waning sun. I had to shoot three shots and stitch them to a pano to show all of it to you, however.

is the world's first 4th Dimension roller coaster. If you've the proper constitution to revel in such thrills and find yourself there, "your sanity-crunching, 360-degree seats extend on wings far off the track. So while you are careening down the rails at 76 miles per hour through an unreal assortment of dives, flips and twists, as well as two ultra-rare “raven turns”––half loops that change their minds midway and become sheer drops––your body will also be flipping around 360-degrees over and over again. The forces of gravity dictate the spin, so no two rides will ever be alike. Quite simply, you will be spun into another dimension." (via https://www.sixflags.com/magicmountain/attractions/x2-coaster)

You can ride it, sans g-forces, here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WTD0Hc9anw or see the Travel Channel's video doc here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADjbTBBIOFU

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#promotephotography with thanks to +Nikola Nikolski +Naghmeh Khadembashi +Gittan Beheydt +Milena Ilieva and +Promote Photography
#LandscapePhotography with thanks to +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Toshi Nakamura and +Landscape Photography


#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro #California #SunsetPhotography #Sunset #Travel #TravelPhotography #Sky   #rollercoasterpics   #rollercoaster  

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January 31, 2015 50 comments 24 shares 504 plus ones
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I could have sworn he was a seagull
... before he flew into that phonebooth.
#MildManneredSeagullButtsInDisguise


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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such theme as #SeagullButtSaturday . The following people, sometimes posting to the #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus , are actually the #FunniestNonCuratorsOnGplus .

+Robin Griggs Wood +Ursula Klepper +Christin McLeod +Sassi Sassmannshausen +Lauri Novak +Richard Ball +Craig Szymanski +Melissa Beagle +Ellie Kennard +Cora Triton +Steve Savoie +Pam Wolfe +Joy Mum +Jon Cassill +Tom McGowan +Annie Irving +Diana Boyd +Debby Moran +Alex Lapidus +Lou McCorkle +Rob Lopes +Kim Smith +Bette Kauffman +Liz C +Jacqueline Hodsdon +Darion Jackman +Steven Kennard +Sharon Stone +Dawn Siadatan +Sumit Sen +Jasbir S. Randhawa +Gazzaroonii T. +John Wade +Dave Bell +Swee Oh +Leo Deegan +Nancy Battis Vita +Patrick Kelly +Marilyn Benham +Mari Luukkonen +Lora Lee Chapman +Giselle Savoie +Carin Bruce +David Q. Cohen +Gernot Glaeser +Maureen Roberson +Brian Grzelewski +cobalt please +Darcee McCutcheon +Annelies Jansen +Rachel Ferris +Margaret Tompkins +Jan Vermeulen +Christi Nielsen

Real themes:
#birds4all curated by +Walter Soestbergen +Ricky L Jones & +Birds4All
#birdloversandwildlife curated by +Robert SKREINER  +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE
#birdsgallery  with thanks to +Heinrich Wagner 

Must-have hashtags (for hackling the hashtag-haters … ;o))
#SeagullButtSaturday (duh!)
#SeagullButtShots 
#SeagullButts 
#notatheme 
#SeagullButtsInDisguise (for other birds; a fine way to use up all those bird shots you took that are "not quite what you were shooting for" and currently languishing on your hard drive.)
#Gulluminati (what the group of non-curators have come to be known as)
#FunniestNonthemeOnGplus (because, isn't it?! … ;oD)
#Splatterday (Jasbir's invention, applicable for, ahem, some conditional shots … ;o7)

#rgwoodpost #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos #hqspbirds #birdsgallery #hqsplandscape

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January 28, 2015 6 comments 6 shares 206 plus ones
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January 27, 2015 149 comments 159 shares 1473 plus ones
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My apologies for not replying in the last days. I hope I've not forced abandonment issues on all of you ... ;o7. I'm working a few jobs right now; one of them is not so much a job, but lot's of fun in supporting the free mentorship program, the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers. We've got one mentorship already underway this year, "Seeing Compositions" from the wonderful and generous (to give so much of her time for free), +Pam Boling. Lauds to you, Pam!! And we are working behind the scenes on a few more.

I do miss all of you, but at least you know that I'm helping to make the world a better place ... :o)
Happy Tuesday to you!



#TreeTuesday with thanks to +Christina Lawrie +David R Robinson +Allan Cabrera +Ralph Mendoza +Kim Troutman and +Tree Tuesday
#LandscapePhotography with thanks to +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +David Heath Williams +Kevin Rowe and +Landscape Photography


#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro #snow #digitalart #digitalpainting #photoshop #photomanipulation

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Stainsław Stelmaszczyk was tagged in Robin Griggs Wood's album.

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+Bill Pevlor spotted this guy on the stream the other day and gave me a shout out. What a hilarious shot!!!! I thought a certain group of folks might appreciate it ... ;o))
NOT MY IMAGE! I couldn't find the author, but I did find a version that wasn't too altered. Thanks for the find, Bill!

There is NO such theme as #SeagullButtSaturday ! ... but this guy should be the logo, IF there were such a theme ... ;o))

The following people, sometimes posting to the #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus , are actually the #FunniestNonCuratorsOnGplus .

+Robin Griggs Wood +Ursula Klepper +Christin McLeod +Sassi Sassmannshausen +Lauri Novak +Richard Ball +Craig Szymanski +Melissa Beagle +Ellie Kennard +Cora Triton +Steve Savoie +Pam Wolfe +Joy Mum +Jon Cassill +Tom McGowan +Annie Irving +Diana Boyd +Debby Moran +Alex Lapidus +Lou McCorkle +Rob Lopes +Kim Smith +Bette Kauffman +Liz C +Jacqueline Hodsdon +Darion Jackman +Steven Kennard +Sharon Stone +Dawn Siadatan +Sumit Sen +Jasbir S. Randhawa +Gazzaroonii T. +John Wade +Dave Bell +Swee Oh +Leo Deegan +Nancy Battis Vita +Patrick Kelly +Marilyn Benham +Mari Luukkonen +Lora Lee Chapman +Giselle Savoie +Carin Bruce +David Q. Cohen +Gernot Glaeser +Maureen Roberson +Brian Grzelewski +cobalt please +Darcee McCutcheon +Annelies Jansen +Rachel Ferris +Margaret Tompkins +Jan Vermeulen +Christi Nielsen

Must-have hashtags (for hackling the hashtag-haters … ;o))
#SeagullButtSaturday (duh!)
#SeagullButtShots 
#SeagullButts 
#notatheme 
#Gulluminati 
#Gullarazzi
#Splatterday

#rgwoodpost #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus

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January 23, 2015 22 comments 10 shares 280 plus ones
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The yumminess of #FloralFriday  with some  #bokehlicious  icing ... :o)



#FloralFriday with thanks to +Tamara Pruessner +Eustace James +Beth Akerman +Kiki Nelson and +FloralFriday 

Fridays are #bokehlicious  :o) … ˚ºoOoº˚
With a nod and grin to those #bokeholics, +Leo Deegan +Michael B. Stuart +Dave Besbris +paula contreras +Elizabeth Hahn +Wesly Smith +Angie Smith  +Wendy Chase +Paul Moody and sundry (that may rival the non-curator list of a certain non-theme! … ;o7)

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos

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I'm crazy busy again, but to thank you all for sticking around, even if I'm not as much ... ;o7 ... here's another Free Gift of wallpaper for your phone or desktop. I like wallpapers that have lots of open space for icons and stuff, do you? ... or do you keep icons and widgets off your main desktop?



(This file is for PERSONAL USE ONLY, NONCOMMERCIAL. "Noncommercial" means that you may not sell it, make multiple reprints of it, or make it available to others by bulk or electronic means, whether or not you make personal gain by doing so. NO "free wallpaper" sites, etc. Thank you.)
Download is here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2AGAbjLwjUcR3AzRzhMUnplUGc/view?usp=sharing

Enjoy!

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos

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January 20, 2015 41 comments 17 shares 382 plus ones
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Ephemeral beauty ...

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#MacroMonday 's sub-theme today is  "Torn". That's how I always feel this time of year: happy that the work is over; sad that I have to wait a whole year for some of the things I love most to return––the decorations, the crisp cool air and my seasonal plants. As the last of my holiday cheer, my poinsettia, drops it's larger leaves of inflorescence, I let out a little sigh.



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Love posting to themes? You might enjoy these great themes with excellent curators! Themes and hashtags are not necessarily about getting more attention, but are a valuable indexing method, which help others find relevant posts via clickable links as well as a great way to meet like-minded people. I tend to only promote those themes with active, caring curators.


#MacroMonday (sub-theme: Torn) with thanks to +Sandra Parlow & +Jeff Moreau and new-to-the-crew +Wendy Baker and +Jules B

#macroaddict (+MacroAddict) with thanks to +Sandrine Berjonneau  +Jean-Pierre Malézieux +Christian PR +Ruth Hochholdinger and +William Banik



#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #naturephotography #macrophotography #hqspmacro #MacroAddicts #MacroManiacs #Macro4All



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If you would like to view my albums here at G+ go to
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Just your garden variety –– erm, water variety –– Ring-necked duck –– erm, #seagullbuttindisguise  



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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such theme as #SeagullButtSaturday. The following people, sometimes posting to the #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus, are actually the #FunniestNonCuratorsOnGplus.

+Robin Griggs Wood +Ursula Klepper +Christin McLeod +Sassi Sassmannshausen +Lauri Novak +Richard Ball +Craig Szymanski +Melissa Beagle +Ellie Kennard +Cora Triton +Steve Savoie +Pam Wolfe +Joy Mum +Jon Cassill +Tom McGowan +Annie Irving +Diana Boyd +Debby Moran +Alex Lapidus +Lou McCorkle +Rob Lopes +Kim Smith +Bette Kauffman +Liz C +Jacqueline Hodsdon +Darion Jackman +Steven Kennard +Sharon Stone +Dawn Siadatan +Sumit Sen +Jasbir S. Randhawa +Gazzaroonii T. +John Wade +Dave Bell +Swee Oh +Leo Deegan +Nancy Battis Vita +Patrick Kelly +Marilyn Benham +Mari Luukkonen +Lora Lee Chapman +Giselle Savoie +Carin Bruce +David Q. Cohen +Gernot Glaeser +Maureen Roberson +Brian Grzelewski +cobalt please +Darcee McCutcheon +Annelies Jansen +Rachel Ferris +Margaret Tompkins +Jan Vermeulen +Christi Nielsen

Real themes:
#birds4all curated by +Walter Soestbergen +Ricky L Jones & +Birds4All
#birdloversandwildlife curated by +Robert SKREINER  +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE


Must-have hashtags (for hackling the hashtag-haters … ;o))
#SeagullButtSaturday (duh!)
#SeagullButtShots 
#SeagullButts 
#notatheme 
#SeagullButtsInDisguise (for other birds; a fine way to use up all those bird shots you took that are "not quite what you were shooting for" and currently languishing on your hard drive.)
#Gulluminati (what the group of non-curators have come to be known as)
#FunniestNonthemeOnGplus (because, isn't it?! … ;oD)
#Splatterday (Jasbir's invention, applicable for, ahem, some conditional shots … ;o7)

#rgwoodpost #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos #hqspbirds #birdsgallery

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Arcanum Master, +Frank Doorhof, just released a brand new instructional video called "Mastering the Model Shoot: the Light Meter"
It's a 70+ minute video on the use of the light meter, it's the first in a series on model photography connected to his book "Mastering the Model Shoot"

You can order it from http://www.frankdoorhof.com/site/shop-videos-etc/direct-video-downloads/

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That perfect moment you were hoping to have
is the one you missed
while trying to force a perfect moment into tomorrow. (rgw)


+Water Bird Wednesday  #waterbirdwednesday  
with thanks to +Margaret Tompkins 
+Birds GALLERY  #birdsgallery   with thanks to +Heinrich Wagner 
#birds4all curated by +Walter Soestbergen +Ricky L Jones & +Birds4All
#birdloversandwildlife curated by +Robert SKREINER  +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqspbirds #BirdPoker Carefree

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January 13, 2015 73 comments 109 shares 1545 plus ones
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I followed the last moments of the sun down the path, until both it and my eyes came to this tree.

As I watched the cantilevered ray meander lovingly up its trunk I was caught in a fairy tale moment. I couldn't help but imagine that next I might spy gnomes dashing out from under one of the bushes, followed by rabbits and squirrels, dressed in anachronistic costume (not that I know what would be "chronistic" for rabbits and squirrels … picture broad hats, doublets and, tiny swords … of course, swords!), ready to do battle for the woodland kingdom.

It was all the prompting I needed for my overdeveloped sense of processing … ;o7


#TreeTuesday with thanks to +Christina Lawrie +David R Robinson +Allan Cabrera +Ralph Mendoza +Kim Troutman and +Tree Tuesday

#LandscapePhotography with thanks to +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +David Heath Williams +Kevin Rowe and +Landscape Photography

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro #California


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#MacroMonday 's sub-theme today is  ♫♪Music♪♫
An interesting coincidence because, yesterday, before I found out what today's theme was, I finally tackled sorting through all my old music books. There's a handful I'm keeping, but the rest are packed up for the second-hand store. 

Gone are the "Mel Bay" scales-torture manuals! I really should banish them back to the hell they were spawned in, but perhaps some other kid needs to learn perseverance through agony, and why would I deprive them of that great skill? Maybe they want to be a Navy SEAL some day.

In my sorting yesterday, I finally had to confront that I'm never going to take the time to learn "How to Play the Harmonica". The fact that this music book came with a tape cassette should give you some inkling as to how long I have been NOT confronting it.

There were music books in the heap from 80s bands that––well, let's just say––I wasn't even sure if I liked the music when they played it. "Greatest Hits" books galore. Country music, high country music, back country music––I may have had a book in the pile that represented every country in the world. 

There were some hammered dulcimer music books. Have I ever even owned a hammered dulcimer?! (I must go check the attic some day.)

Well, I certainly have a few instruments laying about the house still––my guitars, my flutes, a dulcimer (that doesn't require a hammer, but may be in desperate need of a tuning wrench)––which I could have shot, zoomed in for this theme, but there were some good memories eyeing me from that handful of music books I was keeping that I needed to document for myself.

I wanted to do some water-drops on glass to show my memories to you all, but it was either put the drops on my glasses or a small magnifying glass, and I needed the glasses to see ... ;o7 (my apologies that it isn't my usual super close-up, as my actual macro lens got packed away with the camera it fits and I don't have a suitable replacement yet for my current camera.)




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#MacroMonday (sub-theme: Music) with thanks to +Sandra Parlow & +Jeff Moreau and new-to-the-crew +Wendy Baker and +Jules B

#macroaddict (+MacroAddict) with thanks to +Sandrine Berjonneau  +Jean-Pierre Malézieux +Christian PR +Ruth Hochholdinger and +William Banik



#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #naturephotography #macrophotography #hqspmacro #MacroAddicts #MacroManiacs #Macro4All



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If you would like to view my albums here at G+ go to
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Other possible captions:

–– #SeagullButtWash

–– "Between a Rock and a Wet Place"

–– "Methods For Removing Splatter Misfire #147"


For the sufficiently caffeinated and more observant of the passersby to this image, yes, that is a MUCH larger wave coming up behind the little guy way off in the background.
But, don't worry, Mr.#ConcernedAboutHisPersonalHygiene here did manage to fly off before being thoroughly inundated by the surf ... ;o7




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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such theme as #SeagullButtSaturday. The following people, sometimes posting to the #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus, are actually the #FunniestNonCuratorsOnGplus.

+Robin Griggs Wood +Ursula Klepper +Christin McLeod +Sassi Sassmannshausen +Lauri Novak +Richard Ball +Craig Szymanski +Melissa Beagle +Ellie Kennard +Cora Triton +Steve Savoie +Pam Wolfe +Joy Mum +Jon Cassill +Tom McGowan +Annie Irving +Diana Boyd +Debby Moran +Alex Lapidus +Lou McCorkle +Rob Lopes +Kim Smith +Bette Kauffman +Liz C +Jacqueline Hodsdon +Darion Jackman +Steven Kennard +Sharon Stone +Dawn Siadatan +Sumit Sen +Jasbir S. Randhawa +Gazzaroonii T. +John Wade +Dave Bell +Swee Oh +Leo Deegan +Nancy Battis Vita +Patrick Kelly +Marilyn Benham +Mari Luukkonen +Lora Lee Chapman +Giselle Savoie +Carin Bruce +David Q. Cohen +Gernot Glaeser +Maureen Roberson +Brian Grzelewski +cobalt please +Darcee McCutcheon +Annelies Jansen +Rachel Ferris +Margaret Tompkins +Jan Vermeulen +Christi Nielsen


Must-have hashtags (for hackling the hashtag-haters … ;o))
#SeagullButtSaturday (duh!)
#SeagullButtShots 
#SeagullButts 
#notatheme 
#SeagullButtsInDisguise (for other birds; a fine way to use up all those bird shots you took that are "not quite what you were shooting for" and currently languishing on your hard drive.)
#Gulluminati (what the group of non-curators have come to be known as)
#FunniestNonthemeOnGplus (because, isn't it?! … ;oD)
#Splatterday (Jasbir's invention, applicable for, ahem, some conditional shots … ;o7)

#rgwoodpost #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos #hqspbirds #birdsgallery #hqsplandscape

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It's a fun site, too ... photogs, plan to get lost there for a bit, if you click on ... ;o7. You'll be taunted by titles like "Europeans Take Crappy, Boring Photo of Rock" and "Photography Declared Not an Art, Photographers Breathe Sigh of Relief"
(Um, here are the links for those ... if, um, anyone feels like laughing some more ... ;o7 http://newcameranews.com/2014/12/01/europeans-take-crappy-boring-photo-of-rock/  ... http://newcameranews.com/2014/12/12/photography-declared-not-an-art-photographers-breathe-sigh-of-relief/

New Photographer Bullied Repeatedly Over Head with Rule of Thirds

A local man is in critical emotional condition this evening after being beaten by a gang of enthusiastic photographers. The man, whose name is being withheld, had recently purchased his first “seri...

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How is it that we can recall with infinite, droning clarity––down to the most minuscule detail––the distinct moments of our lives, but cannot seem to recall just how many times we've told it to the same person?


;o7

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #macromonday   #textureblendphotography  

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January 03, 2015 35 comments 15 shares 289 plus ones
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What "year in review" would be complete without including what we also did in our off time to break the tedium of endlessly trying to post our best work? Here's my "Best of 2014" –– my #SeagullButtSaturday Edition

#SeagullButtSaturday was, and is, our nod to one of the qualities of being human: the ability to play, laugh and poke fun at "seriousness" of it all. (OK, I admit, it also has a purpose in allowing us to use up some of those shots that ended up on our hard drive when our shutter button––or brain––malfunctioned and we snapped a few images that were never intended to see the light of the world's lightbox.)

It's the stories.
It's the hilarious comments.
It's the reason we keep wet wipes in our camera bags.

I know one thing for sure: my past year would not have been nearly so full or splendid without all of you to share in the game that is #SeagullButtSaturday . Thank you, all!!

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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such theme as #SeagullButtSaturday. The following people, sometimes posting to the #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus, are actually the #FunniestNonCuratorsOnGplus.

+Robin Griggs Wood +Ursula Klepper +Christin McLeod +Sassi Sassmannshausen +Lauri Novak +Richard Ball +Craig Szymanski +Melissa Beagle +Ellie Kennard +Cora Triton +Steve Savoie +Pam Wolfe +Joy Mum +Jon Cassill +Tom McGowan +Annie Irving +Diana Boyd +Debby Moran +Alex Lapidus +Lou McCorkle +Rob Lopes +Kim Smith +Bette Kauffman +Liz C +Jacqueline Hodsdon +Darion Jackman +Steven Kennard +Sharon Stone +Dawn Siadatan +Sumit Sen +Jasbir S. Randhawa +Gazzaroonii T. +John Wade +Dave Bell +Swee Oh +Leo Deegan +Nancy Battis Vita +Patrick Kelly +Marilyn Benham +Mari Luukkonen +Lora Lee Chapman +Giselle Savoie +Carin Bruce +David Q. Cohen +Gernot Glaeser +Maureen Roberson +Brian Grzelewski +cobalt please +Darcee McCutcheon +Annelies Jansen +Rachel Ferris +Margaret Tompkins +Jan Vermeulen +Christi Nielsen



Must-have hashtags (for hackling the hashtag-haters … ;o))
#SeagullButtSaturday (duh!)
#SeagullButtShots 
#SeagullButts 
#notatheme 
#SeagullButtsInDisguise (for other birds; a fine way to use up all those bird shots you took that are "not quite what you were shooting for" and currently languishing on your hard drive.)
#Gulluminati (what the group of non-curators have come to be known as)
#FunniestNonthemeOnGplus (because, isn't it?! … ;oD)
#Splatterday (Jasbir's invention, applicable for, ahem, some conditional shots … ;o7)

#rgwoodpost  #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos
#photography  
#happynewyear2015 #HappyNewYear  
#TopPickof2014 #bestof2014 

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January 02, 2015 38 comments 17 shares 281 plus ones
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Here's my "Best of 2014" –– my Personal Best selection, based on the personal art challenges I had for myself this past year. Not as many as in the general photography album I shared earlier––these don't come together as quickly in the workflow ... ;o7 ... a mixture of digital paint and photography.

If you missed my previous message, I want to thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for staying tuned, despite the fact that my life has gotten a bit more hectic.

This year had its trying moments, with the time in February when I almost lost my son to a near fatal traffic accident––he's doing SO well now and I couldn't have gotten through it without all your tremendously kind support!!!!

However, this year also brought some stellar moments, beginning with my Mastership in +The Arcanum where I am now the most happy Master to 30 Apprentices and I am doing what I love the most, helping others to find the artist inside themselves.

You've all been a special part of my journey this year and I can only think on you with full love in my heart.

I wish you all the best the new year has to offer you.
Happy 2015 ahead, folks!



#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos   #digitalart   #firstfridayartwalk  
#happynewyear2015   #HappyNewYear  
#TopPickof2014   #bestof2014 
     
        

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January 01, 2015 49 comments 20 shares 384 plus ones
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May you have the BEST ever!!

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Here's my "Best of 2014" –– the People's Choice selection, based on what my followers seemed to like the most during the past year. I'll try to make more stuff like this for you in 2015, gang ... ;o7
I want to thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for staying tuned, despite the fact that my life has gotten a bit more hectic.

This year had its trying moments, with the time in February when I almost lost my son to a near fatal traffic accident––he's doing SO well now and I couldn't have gotten through it without all your tremendously kind support!!!!

However, this year also brought some stellar moments, beginning with my Mastership in +The Arcanum where I am now the most happy Master to 30 Apprentices and I am doing what I love the most, helping others to find the artist inside themselves.

You've all been a special part of my journey this year and I can only think on you with full love in my heart.

I wish you all the best the new year has to offer you.
Happy 2015 ahead, folks!



#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos  
#happynewyear2015   #HappyNewYear  
#TopPickof2014   #bestof2014   #2014top14  

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