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Robin Griggs Wood

fine artist • photographer • mood elevator
August 29, 2015 26 comments 68 shares 722 plus ones
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August 27, 2015 14 comments 9 shares 46 plus ones
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If you need a boost today, you've got to watch this! +Stuart Dyckhoff shared this in our Arcanum group ... it's SO inspiring!! Even if the first part of it is mind-blowingly amazing enough, it gets even more mind-blowing further in. 
Today is a "Can!" day for me for sure! ... thanks, Stuart!

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August 26, 2015 24 comments 9 shares 218 plus ones
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OK, not those wings! ... +Laurie Rubin appropriate wings ... ;o). If you caught my post yesterday, (https://goo.gl/NnK1mu) where I explained about dragging +Karen Hutton and Laurie, along with lightdancer extraordinaire +Sassi Sassmannshausen out into the cold (well, it's Summer, so not that cold), dark (well, we were in the parking lot of the hotel, so not that dark) night and forced them to stand for hours (well, it was seconds really, but I'm sure they thought it was hours) while I stumbled through my set-up with the long-exposure and the PixelStick (www.thepixelstick.com/). I'd made wings for them both ... butterfly seemed to suit Laurie, nature-photog phenomenon that she is. 

I admit (sheepish grin), I embellished it a "skosh" ... ;o) ... because Laurie is a magic woman and I had to make sure that her true self was on the represent here, ya know?!

Thank you so much for your patience, Laurie!
I just adore this woman ... and, I've been hanging out a lot with her of late ... 
A little announcement coming up soon (with prizes!) ... <giggle>



#TreyUSA #LAphotowalk

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August 25, 2015 51 comments 5 shares 273 plus ones
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+Karen Hutton, what a trooper you are! +Sassi Sassmannshausen and I brought a PixelStick to the #TreyUSA  photowalk and during the after-party I asked Karen and +Laurie Rubin if they would be willing to be my models for an experiment: I made wings for them both, for long exposures with the lightstick. I scuttled them outside the hotel and I told Karen, "Ok, these are your wings, especially made for you; be who you would be if you weren't confined by this universe." It didn't take her more than a heartbeat to be her full self ... Karen, the "life is light" lady ... her true self is pure light!

I did say "experiment" above, as this turned out a little blurry because, to get the wings, I made her hold that pose for 13 seconds! So, it's more of an illustration right now ... ;oD. I'll get better at this! 

"Why", you may ask "not just take a shot of Karen quickly and then composite wings behind her?!" ... because ... being around 13 seconds of Karen in all her unbearable-lightenss-of-being awesomeness ... heheh, who could resist? ... ;o)

Thank you for being so wonderful, Karen!

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August 24, 2015 11 comments 6 shares 131 plus ones
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... or "Ollie Rises Above the Crowd" ... I couldn't decide which title was better ... ;o). But what I do know for certain is that +Ollie Dale has been going above and beyond in making all these awesome highlight reels for the photowalks. You rock, Ollie!! (um, but I gotta ask ... do your arms go numb? ... ;o))

#TreyUSA

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August 23, 2015 13 comments 7 shares 243 plus ones
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Not really ... just a bit of lightpainting with friends last night at the Santa Monica Pier and the #TreyUSA photowalk pack! Huge thanks to +Trey Ratcliff, +Curtis Simmons, +Ollie Dale and several other of the awesome support staff whose names elude me right now (but they are no less awesome ... ;o)) for creating such a wonderful event for everyone. A shout out of thanks too, to +Sassi Sassmannshausen for his inexhaustible supply of energy and lightpainting finesse ... the man who danced with the PixelStick for us to capture.

#TreyUSA #TreyUSAfire #lightpainting  #rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos

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August 22, 2015 42 comments 14 shares 289 plus ones
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If all goes according to plan, we'll be doing a bit of lightpainting tonight at the L.A. photowalk ... here's a sneak preview (Visit tour.treyratcliff.com for more details). 

With help from +Sassi Sassmannshausen (the light dancer ... :o)

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos   #PhotowalkLA #lightpainting   #longexposure   #SelfySunday   #SelfieSunday   #pixelstick  

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August 21, 2015 10 comments 2 shares 80 plus ones
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The #TREYUSA Photowalk, Los Angeles pre-party, walking route, and after-party are now up to date! Come say howdy and hang out with some great folks!


Photo Walk Details: http://tour.treyratcliff.com/los-angeles/

Los Angeles

Map: https://goo.gl/ZfjPOk

Date: Saturday, August 22

Connect with cool photographers in your city before and after the event to build a community together. Use the hashtag #TreyUSA for a chance to win some amazing prizes!

Facebook Event:
Click Here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1678863662342299/

Cost: Free

Starting Location: Ocean View park in Santa Monica.

The Pre-Partay:

6 PM till 7 PM. Come and join us at the starting location, for the optional pre-partay. We’ll have lots of toys and goodies out there from our sponsors, and it’s a good time just to meet and hang out! It’s a supa-chill pre-party to get us goin’!

The Photo Walk:

7 PM till 9 PM. I’ll kick things off by saying a few things, tell you about how to win the prizes, give you some photo tips, then we’ll all set out together from where the bus is parked. It’s a leisurely walk where we have lots of time to chat, stop and take photos. See the route here.

Exclusive After Party:

9 PM till 11 PM. This is a ticketed event because it’s at a smaller venue (this is the only non-free part). If we’re sold out we may have more tickets available in person if we end are able to secure a larger venue. Find out more about the After Party below.

Who is invited?

Everyone! All skill levels. It’s a family-friendly event. And, if you don’t want to come alone, you can always bring a friend. Either way, you’ll make a ton of new friends while there… Very Nice People always come to these events!

What do I bring?

You can bring whatever photography equipment you like. I’ll probably have my whole kit plus a tripod, but you can show up with just a mobile phone if you wish. It’s all good. You may want to bring some water too, as it will be the middle of summer and your mom says to drink more water.

What if there is a problem and you can’t find your fearless leader?

Along the way, I’ll have a mini-stage and speaker system so everyone should be able to hear me as I stop for occasional photos and talk through them. But let’s say you get lost or I am no where to be found, Don’t Fret! Just continue on the route. You have the map above, so keep on goin! There’s a big crowd, so simply stick to the sidewalks, respect traffic controls, allow passage for other pedestrians, etc.

How do I upload photos to share and enter this city’s special photo contests?

Google+ Community for Uploading Photos:
Click Here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/113145902577387611017
You can share the photos from the Photo Walk anywhere but you need to post them to the Google+ Photos Community for Los Angeles with the hashtag #TreyUSA by 12 Noon the following day for a chance to win some amazing prizes. Plus +Trey Ratcliff will personally be selecting his favorite shots to share publicly to a “Best of” collection for each city.

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Deets on the Exclusive After Party!

Exact Location: Viceroy Hotel

Time: 9 PM till 11 PM.

After every photo walk we wanted to have a special and more intimate event. This will be an indoor venue that is a bit smaller (thus the limited tickets) and we have a few special things planned.

We’ll set up for about 15 minutes while people get their drinks or snacks or whatever they wish to buy. Then there will be about 45 minutes of presentation with a projector. Trey will tell some stories, give some photography secrets and tips I’ve accidentally figured out, He’ll look at some live #TREYUSA hashtags from the interwebs, do some critiques, show you some cool toys, maybe even quickly process a photo. After the presentation, we can all hang around and talk more, about anything! Sometimes people like to show me their photos or take more photos or, well, whatever. It’s a party! :) 

Where’s my ticket?

Just bring your phone and have the email receipt ready to go. You can show it to the security at the door and slide right on in!

Huge Thank you to our Supporters!
Your chance to win amazing prizes…cameras, prints, trips, and more!
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August 19, 2015 28 comments 59 shares 590 plus ones
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August 15, 2015 89 comments 59 shares 1053 plus ones
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August 14, 2015 2 comments 3 shares 33 plus ones
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One year membership in +The Arcanum plus, who wouldn't want to win 50G of photog goodies?! http://5daydeal.com

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August 11, 2015 232 comments 623 shares 3447 plus ones
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For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.  ~Martin Luther



#TreeTuesday ( +Tree Tuesday ) with thanks to +Christina Lawrie, +Allan Cabrera, +Ralph Mendoza , +Kim Troutman  and +David R Robinson
#LandscapePhotography with thanks to +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Toshi Nakamura and +Landscape Photography
#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro #California #NaturePhotography

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August 07, 2015 45 comments 142 shares 1090 plus ones
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Woohoo, #FloralFriday and #FridaysAreBokehlicious  are crashing into each other again, and the result is always an explosion!!

Happy weekend, everyone!!


#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 +Art through the Apeture Photography +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)

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

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August 04, 2015 18 comments 0 shares 129 plus ones
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... and a little sheepish that I've missed replying to everyone's wonderful comments on my posts ... :o/. Work has taken up so much of my time of late! I just wanted to give a out a public "THANK YOU" to all of you who are so kind to stop and comment or plus on my posts. I appreciate it immensely! Um ... which is not an implication that you should plus or comment on this one ... I'm not fishing for plusses and comments ... ;oD ... just oodles of grateful and I want to take at least a bit of time to let you all know.

V-hugs to everyone!!

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July 31, 2015 14 comments 20 shares 287 plus ones
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OK, not really ... ;o7
I took shots of some similar flowers and then wove their petals together with layers, Blend Modes and masks in Photoshop. Now it's a party ... :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  #FlowerFriday  #flowerphotography #floralphotography #hqspflowers
#macrophotography #hqspmacro #Macro4All #MacroManiacs

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July 28, 2015 75 comments 240 shares 1667 plus ones
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July 27, 2015 4 comments 2 shares 47 plus ones
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Dubbed the "most exciting Photo Tour contest ever put together" because "one winner will receive a rather epic prize. An all expense paid trip to New Zealand to join Trey on his New Zealand Photography Workshop. All-expenses include absolutely everything from air fare, food, hotel, transportation, everything! ($8,500 value)" Did you get that? ⇒ air fare, food, hotel, transportation, everything! ... and, of course, hanging with the seriously fun +Trey Ratcliff. Don't wait, go put your best foot forward now!

http://www.viewbug.com/contests/trey-ratcliffs-put-your-best-foot-forward-photo-contest

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July 25, 2015 33 comments 32 shares 432 plus ones
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So, this happened ... ;o)
It started out as a bit of play because my boyfriend pointed out to me some cool effects a polarizing filter makes over common, crumpled cellophane (that stuff you get wrapped around blu-ray/dvd movies). Using my laptop screen (with a white background on full screen in Photoshop), which also happens to be polarized, and then turning the filter, the cellophane comes up with these crazy colors and makes for some interesting abstracts ⇒ see a screenshot of those here: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/jQr5TKXVifI8RPliM8Ab2y1PknTO_G4LH5XftUrgYVWQ=s0

I was inspired to play with them after doing a critique hangout with +Lou McCorkle ... she made these gorgeous abstract works, and there really wasn't much to "critique" with them; they were fantastic. But I think the mood of playing with abstract work stuck with me after spending time ooh-ing and ah-ing at her work ... :o). It's all your fault, Lou ... ;o)))

Layering, masking, applying textures, rearranging, applying blend modes ... 50 some layers worth of etcetera ... and voila!

I see it in my mind's eye as printed large, so it may be better for you to click on it and view it in the lightbox. 



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#SurrealArtSaturday with thanks to +Mikko Tyllinen & +SurrealArtSaturday
+Fantastic & Surreal Photos with thanks to +Gemma Costa +Rob Heron #fantasticandsurrealphotos  
+HQSP Photo Art with thanks to +Anja Wessels +Enrique Pelaez #hqspphotoartmanipulation  
#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos   #fantasy #fantasyart #fantasydigitalart #digital #photoshop #creative #hqspart #DigitalArtSaturday   #surrealart   #photomanipulator #photomanipulation

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July 24, 2015 28 comments 29 shares 489 plus ones
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You can just ignore the flower ... ;o))

Fridays are #bokehlicious  :o) … ˚ºoOoº˚
With a nod and grin to those #bokeholics, +Leo Deegan +Michael B. Stuart +Dave Besbris +Art through the Apeture Photography +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)
Michael B. Stuart +Leo Deegan +Wesly Smith & +Dave Besbris 

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July 23, 2015 27 comments 40 shares 502 plus ones
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Don't fall into negatives about yourself. Don't spend any time thinking that you have wasted time, because that is a waste in itself. Focus on now and the future only. Focus on what it possible.

Everything you need is right there in you already.

Don't make less of yourself, not ever. When you do that, you are tearing down that which you are trying to build. YOU are the best thing you have; don't forget that.


#LeavesOnThursday with thanks to +Mehdia Ridder and +Leaves On Thursday  #rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos

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July 21, 2015 9 comments 14 shares 239 plus ones
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July 18, 2015 15 comments 3 shares 170 plus ones
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Agave Bokeh for #SeagullButtSaturday
Because everybody* is doing it this weekend.**
(*erm, +Leo Deegan) … (**erm, yesterday)


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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such photography 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 +Kimmetal 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

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July 17, 2015 38 comments 65 shares 603 plus ones
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July 16, 2015 88 comments 100 shares 933 plus ones
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July 13, 2015 33 comments 25 shares 543 plus ones
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How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else. (Buckminster Fuller)

Funny, every time I look into that folder, the sky seems somehow different ... ;o)

Valley of Fire, Nevada ... um, fire-quenched ... ;o)

#tgsmu   #tgsmu2015  

#MountainMonday with thanks to +Michael Russell and +Mountain Monday
#MonochromeMonday  with thanks to +HBE +Jerry Johnson +Steve Barge +Dominique Hilbert +David Orr and +Monochrome Monday
#LandscapePhotography with thanks to +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Toshi Nakamura and +Landscape Photography

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro #Nevada #Sunrise #Travel #TravelPhotography #Sky

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July 11, 2015 36 comments 32 shares 474 plus ones
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Bright orange flippers and matching mask ($19.95 at Walmart).
Blue Speedo swimsuit ($3.00 at secondhand store).
Diving lessons over the entirety of last Summer ($99.00).

#SeagullButtInADuckCostume … priceless


#SeagullButtsInDisguise


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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such photography 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 +Kimmetal 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 #btpbirdpro #birdsgallery 

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July 10, 2015 40 comments 54 shares 686 plus ones
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July 08, 2015 10 comments 1 shares 153 plus ones
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July 06, 2015 75 comments 145 shares 1161 plus ones
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July 04, 2015 25 comments 14 shares 310 plus ones
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“Floyd?”
”Floyd?!!”

The mystery of Floyd’s disappearance will forever haunt Edna.

That doesn’t, however, trump the mystery of why Edna had car keys in the first place.



#SeagullButtInADuckCostume
#SeagullButtsInDisguise


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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such photography 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 +Kimmetal 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 #btpbirdpro #birdsgallery

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July 04, 2015 44 comments 102 shares 978 plus ones
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Happy 4th of July, America!!

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July 03, 2015 40 comments 74 shares 717 plus ones
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Wishing you all a gentle journey into your weekend ... :o).
And a happy 4th of July to all my American friends!!

#FloralFriday with thanks to +Tamara Pruessner +Eustace James +Beth Akerman +Kiki Nelson and +FloralFriday
#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Friday #TGIF #naturephotography #macrophotography #FlowerFriday  #flowerphotography #floralphotography #hqspflowers 

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July 02, 2015 62 comments 89 shares 964 plus ones
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There are some things that you can fulfill with money, but at the end of the day these are not the things that make you happy.

It is the small things that make life good.


~Sebastian Vettel


#ThirstyThursdayPics with thanks to  +Giuseppe Basile & +Mark Esguerra #thirstythursday
#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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June 29, 2015 36 comments 70 shares 617 plus ones
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An unusual find beyond the plethora of Mallards we get in our area, and I had the luck to be there when an entire flock of perhaps fifty happened upon a local park. (What will now be known to me as the "flying banana park", but that's another story <snicker>). The American Widgeon is a little bit smaller than the Mallard and seemed a gentler, less aggressive bird. I just liked their sweet faces ... :o)


#birds4all curated by +Walter Soestbergen +Ricky L Jones & +Birds4All
#birdloversandwildlife curated by +Robert SKREINER  +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE
#birdsgallery  with thanks to +Heinrich Wagner
#WhatTheDuckMonday #hqspbirds #btpbirdpro #birdsgallery
#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos

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June 27, 2015 27 comments 19 shares 287 plus ones
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A silent moment of prayer for Herschel––who was lost last night to semi truck during an ill-timed, low flight over the highway to their weekly maraud on Mrs. Jenkins' window sill and the boysenberry pies she leaves out to cool on Friday nights.

#SeagullButtsInDisguise
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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such photography 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 +Kimmetal 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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I Appreciate Because of You
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An interesting word is "appreciate."
In English, we use it in two different ways. It means, in one form, "to recognize the quality, significance, or magnitude of; to admire, be thankful or show gratitude for" and in another form, "to increase in value".
And, it is in these two forms of use, that it can also be seen as a tool for improving one's own existence. For those qualities which we most admire and are the most thankful for can serve as indicators and a template to guide our course forward to the things we want most to accomplish in life. Those qualities you appreciate are a manifestation of who you are and who you wish to become; they give you a direction to move towards to increase your own value to yourself and others.

Letting Go of Judgement

Being judgmental is often seen as a negative characteristic. "Judgement" has grown in use to being something quite different than non-conditional discernment and has taken on the color of conceit and self-aggrandizement. With this, many people hold up the idea to others of being or becoming nonjudgmental as a merit worth attaining, but they rarely talk or write about how to do that. The tool for letting go of judgement lies in the word and the concept behind "appreciation".

I constantly strive to find something to admire and appreciate in every person and everything that I encounter. And it is a very interesting activity to pursue because, in doing so and devoting oneself solely to seeing the qualities around one––even to going a step further and being grateful for them––one finds the element of negative judgement start to dissolve. The key to this lies in devoting one's focus and attention entirely to the act of appreciation.

The next time you find yourself in the position to judge someone for what they do or are, give this a try. Find something to admire or appreciate about them. Put all of your attention in your dealings with that person directly on finding something to appreciate about them. If you can, if you can find the humility, create a feeling of thankfulness in your appreciation––be grateful for that quality you found; be grateful for that person coming into your life to show it to you, to give you a model for or a confirmation of a quality in your own life; thank them in word or deed, as well … if you are brave enough.

Being judgmental is actually quite uncomfortable. As one sorts through all of the things that they dislike about another, there is a distinct feeling of being mired in negativity. This perpetuates itself as well; being carried further into the day, the week, the year, lasting far longer than the moment of being judgmental itself. The way to break this habit is to place your focus entirely on what you appreciate instead. It takes a bit of doing at times, but it is never impossible.

I appreciate you.
I appreciate because of you.
For it is you who has taught me this lesson. Every single one of you. 
I thank you from the bottom of my heart.








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#LandscapePhotography with thanks to +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Toshi Nakamura and +Landscape Photography

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

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you know what that means;
another weekend
carousing in jeans,
turning up music,
turning down work,
drinking too much
and being a jerk,
finding excuses
to not clean the attic,
shifting your synapses
off automatic,
loving your family,
laughing with friends,
taking a new road
to see where it ends.
Whatever your choice,
I hope it's worthwhile.
It can't be so bad,
if it made you smile.

Happy Friday –– happy weekend!

I'm still working on the reboot of my corporeal operating system ... ;o) ... so y'all get a redux today.

Happy #FloralFriday to all the #bokeholics ... :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 +Art through the Apeture Photography +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)

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Friday #TGIF #naturephotography #FlowerFriday  #flowerphotography #floralphotography #hqspflowers

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Happy birthday, +Lauri Novak!!

.... just recalling some good memories here .. ;oD

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Some super-ultra-mega-tiny aliens decided that a takedown on my vital personal operating system might be an entertaining diversion for their weekend so I've been lying low. But I thought I should show a sign of life before y'all sent out an APB on me.

waves howdy



#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos

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If you'e not using +Dropbox yet and would like to give it a try, use this link to get an extra 500 megs of storage space for free:

https://db.tt/rmpgiBRn

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The Lens-Flare-Splatter-Day edition ... ;o7



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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such photography 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 +Kimmetal 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 #btpbirdpro #birdsgallery

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It is where you go when the land gives out and the old-field pines encroach.

It is where you go when you get the letter saying: 'Flee, all is discovered!'

It is where you go when you hear 'thar's gold in them-thar hills'.

It is where you go when you look down at the blade in your hand and the blood on it.

It is where you go to spend your old age.


Quote by Robert Penn Warren

Valley of Fire, Nevada
#tgsmu #tgsmu2015

#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 #Nevada #Travel #TravelPhotography #Sunrise   #SunrisePhotography  

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I'm so happy to see the success of +chin ko, one of the folks that was always so appreciative of the art support I offered up way back when. He has always had tremendous skill and went on to work for the movie biz doing costume designs, character concept art, and so much more. Some of the films you may be familiar with: Hotel Transylvania 2, Captain Underpants, Trolls, How to Train Your Dragon: Gift of the Night Fury, Megamind ... it's a MUCH longer list. ... ;o)). He is a father now and has a new book out that I would love for you to take a peek at: "EveryDad" [link ––> http://goo.gl/mdTJqA], because he is a sweetheart of a human being and deserves the support ... and his illustrations are awesome! ... :o))

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Answering +Lora Lee Chapman's plea that we Gullarazzi get back to #buttbasics for today's #SeagullbuttSaturday  not-a-theme® antics. Though, you do know, Lora Lee, that they are very embarrassed by the whole thing, right? #SeagullButtDramaQueen  



If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such photography 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 +Kimmetal 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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One of the rarest bird species in the world, the California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) is the only remaining member of its genus. The largest flying bird in North America. Their wings may stretch nearly 10 feet (3 meters) from tip to tip. Condors are so large that they can be mistaken for a small, distant airplane. When in flight, these huge birds glide on air currents to soar as high as a dizzying 15,000 feet (4,600 meters). Adult condor males and females are identical in size and plumage, weigh between 17–24 pounds (7–11 kilograms). It is one of the world's longest-living birds, with a lifespan of up to 60 years.

The California Condor is currently listed as Critically Endangered, since their numbers dramatically declined in the 20th century due to poaching, lead poisoning, and habitat destruction, as well as the fact that they do not reach breeding maturity until 6-8 years old and only lay one egg every other year. They became extinct in the wild in 1987 (all remaining wild individuals were captured for conservation measures). Numbers rose through captive breeding and, beginning in 1991, condors were reintroduced into the wild. While still Critically Endangered, as of October 2014 there are 425 condors living wild or in captivity.


source: http://www.fws.gov/
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#threatenedthursday with thanks to +Threatened Thursday +Sumit Sen +Diego Cattaneo +Sandy Schepis +Anette Mossbacher 
#birds4all curated by +Walter Soestbergen +Ricky L Jones & +Birds4All
#birdloversandwildlife curated by +Robert SKREINER  +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE
#birdsgallery  with thanks to +Heinrich Wagner
#hqspbirds #btpbirdpro
#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos

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<snicker>
Don't go pondering that too far ... it's Monday, and that is stress enough for anyone ... ;o7. I was utterly captivated and transfixed by this solar farm I saw along the drive to Las Vegas ... the magpie in me screaming, "Ooooh, shiny!", over and over again like some maddened mental gif. And being the driver, I may have put my fellow travelers at a slight risk (sorry, fellow travelers ... O_o). I really could not stop staring at it; so I did the sane and socially responsible thing and pulled over and shot it. 

At home, viewed from the hard drive, the shot was as underwhelming on the monitor as the scene had been scintillating in live view. Sigh. What was I to do? So, here we have the surrealistic sci-fi impossibility of a midnight solar farm. Which I am almost certain no one has ever seen before.

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#AllThingsMonochrome with thanks to +Charles Lupica +Bill Wood +Enrique Pelaez and +All Things Monochrome 
#blackandwhitephotos and +Black and White Photos #BreakfastClub with huge thanks to +Gemma Costa and +Breakfast Club
+10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS / #10000photographersaroundtheworld #10000photographersbw with thanks to +Robert SKREINER and #10000photographersBWmonochrome at +10000 Photographers BW by +Robert SKREINER and +Joel Tjintjelaar
#LandscapePhotography with thanks to +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Toshi Nakamura and +Landscape Photography


#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro #Nevada   #Travel #TravelPhotography #bwfineart #bwphotography #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #bw #monochrome #monochromephotography #hqspmonochrome #MonochromeMonday

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