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Robin Griggs Wood

fine artist • photographer • mood elevator
March 29, 2015 11 comments 14 shares 131 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 16 comments 19 shares 215 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 12 comments 1 shares 102 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 46 comments 112 shares 1658 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 17 shares 364 plus ones
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March 24, 2015 37 comments 24 shares 337 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 119 comments 193 shares 2027 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 156 comments 1 shares 217 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 103 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 

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Friday #TGIF #naturephotography #macrophotography #FlowerFriday #flowerphotography #floralphotography #hqspflowers #Spring2015 #HappinessDay #WorldHappinessDay #InternationalHappinessDay

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March 19, 2015 24 comments 20 shares 253 plus ones
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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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March 19, 2015 22 comments 20 shares 272 plus ones
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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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March 19, 2015 1 comments 2 shares 4 plus ones
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March 18, 2015 64 comments 45 shares 477 plus ones
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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)



#tgsmu15 #lasvegas 

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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 


#rgwoodpost #amazing #color #colors #inspiration #digitalart #fantasyart #surrealart #painting 
#digitalart #digitalpainting #photoshop #photomanipulation  #mattepainting #fineart #fineartpls  #conceptart
#photomanipulator #photomanipulation #artdesign #designs #fantasy #fantasyart #fantasydigitalart #digital #photoshop #creative #hqspart #textureblendphotography  




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This image available for print at http://www.robingriggswood.com/buy/38075446_CPsjbP/3938152069_db3bPDb/
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 18, 2015 3 comments 3 shares 88 plus ones
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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))

#tgsmu15 #lasvegas #rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos

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March 17, 2015 29 comments 18 shares 257 plus ones
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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!




#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos
#Green #HappyStPatricksDay #LuckOfTheIrish #StPattysDay #StPaddysDay #StPatrick #Lucky #StPattys #Happy #Clover #StPatricksDay2015

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March 15, 2015 11 comments 1 shares 110 plus ones
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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.



#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos   #googleplusphotographers

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March 15, 2015 111 comments 231 shares 2579 plus ones
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March 14, 2015 26 comments 9 shares 275 plus ones
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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 !!!!

#tgsmu15 #lasvegas #rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos

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March 13, 2015 44 comments 95 shares 1291 plus ones
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March 13, 2015 35 comments 6 shares 243 plus ones
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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?!

#tgsmu15 #lasvegas #rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos

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March 12, 2015 18 comments 10 shares 192 plus ones
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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!

#tgsmu15 #lasvegas #rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos

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March 12, 2015 20 comments 14 shares 359 plus ones
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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)

#tgsmu15 #lasvegas #rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos

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March 11, 2015 18 comments 4 shares 188 plus ones
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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)))

#tgsmu15 #lasvegas #rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos

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March 10, 2015 62 comments 4 shares 219 plus ones
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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!!!

#tgsmu15   #timesthataretoogoodtobetrue   #pinchmeImustbedreaming  

#lasvegas   #NelsonGhostTown   #Nevada  

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #HIRL  

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March 05, 2015 11 comments 7 shares 196 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 286 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 80 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 59 comments 43 shares 654 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 52 comments 28 shares 598 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 375 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 9 shares 234 plus ones
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February 23, 2015 61 comments 39 shares 592 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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available for print at robingriggswood.com

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February 21, 2015 31 comments 9 shares 227 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 251 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 469 plus ones
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February 16, 2015 54 comments 44 shares 541 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 234 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 430 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 1510 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 360 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 37 comments 12 shares 267 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 205 plus ones
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February 03, 2015 35 comments 7 shares 251 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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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
 ––> https://plus.google.com/photos/+RobinGriggsWood/albums

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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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