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Robin Griggs Wood

fine artist • photographer • mood elevator
April 25, 2015 29 comments 43 shares 547 plus ones
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"Alright, Squadron! Gullarazzi spotted at 10 o'clock! ARROW FORMATION!!"
"Wait; what is that? ... a SPOON formation?!!" <groan>
#LethalSpoonFormation #YoureNotDoingItRight


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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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April 24, 2015 70 comments 102 shares 1200 plus ones
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... because "Still Life With Oil Decanter and Three Daisies" just isn't doing anything for me today ... ;o7

But, it is Friday! ... yippee! And this image means I get to hangout with both the #Bokehlicious gang and the #FloralFriday crew ... :o))
Happy Friday, to everyone. I wish you a most wonderful weekend!


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

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April 22, 2015 44 comments 57 shares 703 plus ones
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"Whatever befalls the earth befalls its sons. The earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth. He did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children." [attributed to Chief Seattle]



#Earthday #earthday2015 
#tgsmu15 #lasvegas
#LandscapePhotography with thanks to +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Toshi Nakamura and +Landscape Photography
#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro #Nevada #Travel #TravelPhotography

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April 21, 2015 85 comments 153 shares 1557 plus ones
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April 20, 2015 37 comments 75 shares 701 plus ones
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No "flare" for today's #MacroMonday ... at least in terms of "light flare". I do think this little damselfly does have a flare in his sartorial expression, however ... ;o)). Familiar Bluet Damselfly [Enallagma civile]



#MacroMonday (sub-theme: Flare) with thanks to +Sandra Parlow & +Jeff Moreau and new-to-the-crew +Wendy Baker and +Julie 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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April 18, 2015 19 comments 16 shares 297 plus ones
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"Lenny is doing his 'arrow dive' again!"
#SeagullButtInDisguise  
#DuckDisguisesCannotHideSeagullBuffoonery

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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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April 17, 2015 59 comments 89 shares 1123 plus ones
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April 15, 2015 44 comments 80 shares 1021 plus ones
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I have so many images from my desert visit that I stopped sharing them for a while thinking y'all would divorce me if you had to look at one. more. desert. image. ... ;o). But, golly, it was so beautiful there. The Valley of Fire earns its name well as the grounds glow with ember-y shades. 

This is another pano stitch: 4 images, top to bottom, exposed for light level at each turn of the camera––done rapidly, as the light changed even more so, using shutter speed ... and I definitely used a tripod.

#tgsmu15 #lasvegas

#LandscapePhotography with thanks to +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Toshi Nakamura and +Landscape Photography
#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro #Nevada #SunrisePhotography #Sunrise #Travel #TravelPhotography #Sky

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April 13, 2015 86 comments 101 shares 1039 plus ones
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for so many years
bent by the weight
of her burden of tears
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We women have certain chemicals in our systems that can make us cry at the drop of a hat (or the destruction of our favorite shoes, if you prefer a less hackneyed phrase.) It's not that men don't feel or cry, it's just that we gals are wired to shed tears for even the littlest things. I sometimes get teary writing heartfelt posts (excuse me a minute while I dry my keyboard off … )

So when a kid gets rescued finally on the news, the dog returns after four hours missing, those heirloom rose cuttings from grandma pop out with their first blooms, or we take 400 shots and we're not happy with a dang one, we tear up.

Add to those the genuine woes that make us bawl in earnest –– and force us to keep tissue boxes in almost every room of the house (not to mention the various nooks and crannies of our pockets, pouches, packs and sacks) –– and you have one fairly damp existence.

So here's to the ladies who cry.
I, for one, wouldn't take back a moment of it. ... :o)

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#MacroMonday (sub-theme: Reflections) with thanks to +Sandra Parlow & +Jeff Moreau and new-to-the-crew +Wendy Baker and +Julie 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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April 11, 2015 66 comments 74 shares 1115 plus ones
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"I can't even begin to convey the depth of humiliation that I feel in the fact that you went ahead and took my portrait knowing full well that Leland was behind me picking his armpit."
#TheDepthOfSeagullButtHumilation  


With grins to the #Gulluminati  gang ... :o)



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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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April 09, 2015 35 comments 111 shares 802 plus ones
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I was reminded of this incredible woman, Ernestine Shepard, who, in her mid-seventies, became the oldest world female body-building champion. (http://goo.gl/gsv7) And she didn't start her journey of success until late in life.

For anything to exist in your life, it needs to be created.

This includes your health -- good or bad.
This includes your ability -- good or bad.
This includes your emotional reactions -- good or bad.
This includes your relationships -- good or bad.

We create the bad stuff as much as the good.

The truth is, many people don't take responsibility for what happens in their lives -- oftentimes believing that the choices they make in life are thrust upon them by "others" or circumstance. They forget that they are the ultimate cause in the forces of their own lives. 

Sure, we get strapped down by mortgages, kids, medical liabilities and distressed family members. But the day that we walk out the door and say, "I, me, and only me, am going to do something about this today!" is the day where life begins.



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#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #inspiration   #landscapephotography  

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April 07, 2015 66 comments 103 shares 1365 plus ones
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This tiny butterfly is called a "Fiery Skipper" (Hylephila phyleus) and is only about 1 cm long. He was the dickens to catch (in a shot), too, because he would dash off as soon as I got near enough to catch him in macro ... ;oD



#MacroAddict +MacroAddict with thanks to +Sandrine Berjonneau and +Didier Caron
#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #butterfly #Nature #Butterflyphotography #Insects #MacroPhotography #NaturePhotography #Macro #Lepidoptera #Papillon #hqspmacro #Macro4All #MacroManiacs

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April 05, 2015 41 comments 57 shares 534 plus ones
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ahem –– is this microphone on?
Easter is a busy, busy time of year and with the population grown as it is, the Easter bunny can become overworked.

Please remember that family pets can be pressed into service on short notice, thus avoiding embarrassment for yourself at the annual egg hunt and teary recriminations from the wee ones in your household.

You're welcome.

Happy Easter! ... to those of you who celebrate ... :o)



#rgwoodpost #amazing #color #colors #inspiration #Easter #digitalart #fantasyart #surrealart #painting  


boing, boing, boing ....
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. . . . . . . . ¸✰´ ¯ `✰˛ ¯\„)\„)
´”´”`´”```”`´”´”`´”``”´”`´”``”´”`´”``….. #Spring 


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

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April 04, 2015 50 comments 46 shares 750 plus ones
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*Yet another #SeagullessSaturday *
Though, I did happen to find a woodpecker out in the front garden––bludgeoning the begeezus out of my tree with his fore-borer there––whom I am almost certain is a #SeagullButtSpy  sent to confirm whether or not I might be dead and no longer a threat to the dignity of Seagulls the world over.
Spy or no, he was doing enough damage out there that I called out "wood pecker!" in a derisive way at him. He probably didn't get the entendre ... ;o7

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 , really, I don't know WHAT they are thinking?!!

+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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April 03, 2015 77 comments 70 shares 1004 plus ones
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I drove to a business meeting out of town yesterday and these were on the table by the window of the little cafe we dined at. They were so cheery, they just seemed to say "hi there!" when we sat down ... :o)


FREE WALLPAPER
For those loyal followers that actually read all of my posts (most likely because I might say something funny about once every 6 months and you don't want to miss it .... ;o7), please accept this image as my gift to you for your desktop, mobile device or to cover that hole you made in the bathroom wall when you opened the door too fast and slammed the knob into the plaster. However, I recommend you print it out on sheet metal, if you're going to use it for the latter.

For those of you who aren't all that loyal, but stumbled down to this text by pure accident or because you're on the toilet, wanted some reading material and this post just happened along in the G+ stream––and now you're eyeing that hole you made in the plaster ages ago and thought, "brilliant!", when you read my text above about using this image to cover it up––the following caveat is for you:
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/0B2AGAbjLwjUcc3lHY2xUNHpXWHc/view?usp=sharing


#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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April 02, 2015 19 comments 15 shares 291 plus ones
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There are at least 50 species of Yucca within the Agavaceae species, I believe this one might be the southwestern "Yucca baccata" [embellished .. ;o7].
Really, I just want to print it out in ginormous size and put it on an entire wall ... or maybe the bedroom ceiling –– that sure would get me out of bed in the morning!! ... ;oD

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

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April 01, 2015 38 comments 61 shares 696 plus ones
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March 31, 2015 37 comments 61 shares 803 plus ones
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Do you have a dream? What or who would you like to be in the next year, the next ten years? What do you need to extricate from your life to become that?
Are you willing to sacrifice who you are right this very minute?

The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice that which we are for what we could become. ~Charles DuBois


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+Tree Tuesday  with thanks to  +Christina Lawrie +Allan Cabrera +Ralph Mendoza +Kim Troutman +David R Robinson #TreeTuesday 
#tgsmu15 #lasvegas
#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos   #SunsetPhotography #Sunset

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March 30, 2015 19 comments 17 shares 385 plus ones
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March 29, 2015 29 comments 64 shares 521 plus ones
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I'm out for a bit today to visit with my son, but I just wanted to pop in and wish you all a glorious day and evening ... :o))

#tgsmu15 #lasvegas

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


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

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March 27, 2015 22 comments 24 shares 273 plus ones
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Sorry folks, but my desert trip is just what happens to be open in Lightroom right now ... <snicker>. For those of you in snowy and cold climes, just move a little closer to your monitor and feel the heat ... :o))


#tgsmu15 #lasvegas #rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos

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

#hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro #Nevada #Travel #TravelPhotography

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March 26, 2015 15 comments 1 shares 111 plus ones
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Here is one person who is high on my list of favorite Googlers. I first truly got to know +Ron Clifford after I was invited onto the show "Life Through the Lens" with Karen, Kerri, Kelli, Anna, Tana and Tam … and then there was Ron, always a trailblazer, even willing to voice his unique view as the only male member of a show about inspiration. He could hold his own there, and continues to hold his own, to be an ongoing inspiration wherever he happens to be.

Ron and I are kindred spirits––in changing the world, one artist at a time (I think we have a catch phrase there, Ron … ;oD)–– in genuinely caring about others and helping those to do the same, not only in our words, but in our actions. He's helped me to make the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers a thriving volunteer action that continues to help the G+ photography community become a stronger, more active and more creative group. The world is truly a better place because Ron Clifford is in it and I can only wish for you the same good fortune that I have had in getting to know him better.

#rgwoodpost

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March 25, 2015 49 comments 116 shares 1716 plus ones
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Sunrise at the Valley of Fire, Nevada.


("artistic license" notes: this is more representative of my experience there ... the moon I shot was actually at my right shoulder when the sun broke, but the foreground wasn't as nice so I "spliced" ... ;oD)




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#tgsmu15 #lasvegas #rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos

#LandscapePhotography with thanks to +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Toshi Nakamura and +Landscape Photography
#hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro #California #SunrisePhotography #Sunrise #Travel #TravelPhotography 

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March 25, 2015 24 comments 18 shares 375 plus ones
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March 24, 2015 37 comments 27 shares 384 plus ones
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I was talking with another Arcanum fellow yesterday who mentioned at one point, "I'm someone who sees being called 'weird' as a compliment." I laughed from a resonating viewpoint. "Me, too!!" There are days that I'll just have the quirkiest ideas (this being one of them) and must follow through.

Some will only shake their heads and say, "Robin, you're weird!" and I'll say, "Aw, golly––you're just saying that to be nice. Thanks!"

... ;o7

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

+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 #digitalart #fantasyart #surrealart #photoshop #photomanipulation

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March 23, 2015 121 comments 191 shares 2034 plus ones
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... 'cuz I'm feeling the sun peeking through today ... ;o)




(Oh, and Flood, +Christina Lihani and +Pat Kight ... just sayin' ... great with any mountain or, say, red rock photos you might have lying around ... you know, in case you have any of those ... ;o7)

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#MoodyMondayPhotos  with thanks to +Philip Daly & +Moody Monday 
+Fantastic & Surreal Photos with thanks to +Gemma Costa +Rob Heron #fantasticandsurrealphotos 
#LandscapePhotography with thanks to +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Toshi Nakamura and +Landscape Photography


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


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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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March 21, 2015 160 comments 1 shares 221 plus ones
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My beautiful mother passed away only a couple hours ago. She's the lovely little lady in the middle there, between my brother and I. She'd suffered a very long time and I can ameliorate my sadness temporarily knowing that her pain has ended and that she has what she has prayed for, for so long––to be with her father and her husband finally.
I share this, not for words of sympathy (please don't do that), but to celebrate a love and life dedicated to loving and giving to others.
Rest in the peace I know you now have, my dear Mother.
Barbara C. (Griggs) Pierce, 1937-2015

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March 20, 2015 53 comments 105 shares 1161 plus ones
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... with the flower of a Beavertail Cactus (Opuntia basilaris). It never ceases to amaze me how something so exquisitely designed to repel all but the most desperate, pain-oblivious creatures can have a flower so exquisitely designed to attract.

While some varieties of cacti have long, sharp spines, this variety has small tufts of no less skin-threatening barbs that require hours of careful attention to remove should you be so unfortunate as to touch one.

Though, this one was found in the Nevada Desert, we also have them local to our California mountains ... they are abundant in many deserts south of the border as well. If you know how to handle and prepare them, they can be a valuable food source, should you be caught out in the wild. Using a large knife to cut and hold them with, you put them over your campfire to burn off the tufts of barbs. Then they can be sliced and used like any vegetable, cooked or in salads.

They taste a bit like a green bell pepper (yes, I've actually prepared and eaten them in the wild ... ;o)), but some folks don't like the fact that, unlike green peppers, they are a bit "slimy" in texture, like okra. Still, a valuable food (and moisture) source, if you happen to be lost in the desert. The younger, new pads sprouting from older cacti are more palatable than older growth. In some hispanic cultures, this cactus, "Nopal", is prepared and pickled to make "Nopales", a popular relish or entremets.


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

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EDIT: Oh, gosh, I didn't mean to spam the stream ... I was just trying to get organized and pushed the wrong button ... O_o

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A selection of my artwork, including a few with behind-the-scenes of how they were done. 

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We stopped by "Arch Rock" in the Valley of Fire, Nevada. I was thinking "epic arch" in my mind as we drove to it, but I was underwhelmed due to it's size. It's not that it isn't cool, I just had other ideas about it. Well, lemons and lemonade, you know ... as every element I shoot gives me new ideas for composites and an archway does make a nice frame for a winged damsel seeking a soulmate ... :o)



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+Fantastic & Surreal Photos with thanks to +Gemma Costa +Rob Heron #fantasticandsurrealphotos 
+HQSP Photo Art with thanks to +Anja Wessels +Enrique Pelaez #hqspphotoartmanipulation 


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+Scott Jarvie, King of the Mountain
This is the perfect disposition for Jarvie; he's fun and funny, and a consummate ham in front of the cam, which is one of the best parts about him. He's so playful and laid back. We were both speaking at an event last week, so it was my opportunity to meet him in person finally and see him at his best––this guy, who seems happiest when he can amuse everyone and make them smile. 
Yep, I surely did smile, Scott. Thanks for putting your awesome out there for us all ... :o))

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Well, best of luck to you for all you hope to accomplish today anyway!
Happy St. Patrick's Day, for those who celebrate!




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+Alan Shapiro and the Red Rock Canyon Mountains
There wasn't enough time! Oh, to have had the luxury to be able to sit long and fully take in the grandeur, the beauty, the spirit, the immense sublimity of it all!
(And the mountains were nice, too … ;o))

I finally got the opportunity to meet––and give a long-deserved hug to––a man to whom we all go to for inspiration on a regular basis. He's exactly the same in person as he is online; caring, giving, considerate, funny, fun and his heart is ten times larger than you may have thought … I don't know how he fits it all into his corporeal self … the man is a wizard, I tell you … :o)

Thank you, Alan. The moments that we had to sit and chat––about inspiring others and to giggle over nonsensical stuff, too––were one of the biggest highlights to a weekend jam-packed with highlights. If I kept a journal, the pages I filled about my time with you I would have covered with stickers, hearts and glitter by now.
Yes, that good … :o))

Looking forward to more adventures with you!
... my co-conspirator in changing the world one heart at a time.



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There's a dearth of seagulls in the desert ... only obvious for their severe lack. I've no #seagullbutt  to share with my #seagullbuttsaturday  gang today, so I can't even plus-mention them into this post––and they probably think I don't love them anymore because I was off in the desert last Saturday, too! Except +Sharon Stone, I can mention her because she never shows up anyway. She's obvious as heck when she's not here ... ;o))

+Sunset Saturday  #SunsetSaturday  with thanks to +Dennis Hoffbuhr 

#bokehlicious !!!!

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For anyone already enamored of the talented +Sam Breach, your crush is going to be much deeper when you look at this ... what a beauty, eh?!

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When we first stopped by this trailhead, I was curious how the area got its moniker of "Rainbow". While, according to a Google search, there is a vista point along the trail that reveals a particular rock with striations that resemble a rainbow, I was convinced at the time that the titular "rainbow" had more to do with the colors in the entire area. This is a stitched pano of a large section of it and, when I counted all the colors I could see, it seemed to encompass the rainbow––red, orange, yellow, green, blue-green (there were some bushes there that had this amazing blue-green color!) and the blues of the sky. Whatever the "rainbow" that was called to mind for the people who named it, "beautiful" was my word!

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Valley of Fire and +Ricardo Williams stealing the limelight from the focal point at the end of my leading-lines shot. That's OK, he's far more epic than any silly ol' mountain anyway (and almost as tall! ... ;oD). If you get a chance to meet him in person, hug him ... you won't regret it ... :o)

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We got up in the wee hours (3 A.M.!!!) to be at the Valley of Fire and shoot the sunrise on Saturday. The whole morning was epic due in part to the incredible landscape there, but MOSTLY because we ended up with these traveling companions to shoot almost the whole valley with for the day. The delightful +Yvette van Teeffelen, her wonderful hubby, Pascal, the always-awesome +Ricardo Williams and the fascinating-filmmaker +Sassi Sassmannshausen. What a treat! (Yes, I know we could have made this shot more epic had we climbed all the way to the top, but did I mention 3 A.M.?!!! #TooSomnolentToScramble ... ;o)))

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Sorry I abandoned y'all for a few days here at G+ ... I was off HIRLing this past weekend with, among many other fine folks, a handful of my "kids"––alumni from my art mentorships and current Arcanum peeps ... these are some of my most favorite people on the planet ... :o))

Whether we actually do manage to take our act on the road or not remains to be seen, it's hard to fit this much awesome into a bus even that big ... ;o7.

(left to right: +Lou McCorkle +Elizabeth Hahn +Elizabeth Lund +Rachael Switalski +Christopher Germano +Brian Grzelewski +Melissa Beagle +Christina Lihani +Shannon Adelson; above, +Lauri Novak +Ricardo Williams & +Sam Breach; not pictured––because they had to hit the road early this past weekend––the equally HIRL-worthy, +Pam Boling +Kyla Palin and +Christin McLeod) I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!

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#lasvegas   #NelsonGhostTown   #Nevada  

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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)


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Happy middle-of-the-week, folks ... wishing you an easy slide to the weekend ... :o)

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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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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)

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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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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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