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Robin Griggs Wood

fine artist • photographer • mood elevator
May 23, 2015 106 comments 114 shares 1013 plus ones
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Getting My Ducks In A Row

Tell me you saw that one coming .... ;o7

Happy #SeagullButtSaturday .

#TheresAlwaysAtLeastOneGuyWhosGottaSay    #ThoseArentSeagulls   #ThoseAreDucks  

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+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 #hqsplandscape

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May 21, 2015 107 comments 130 shares 1380 plus ones
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.... who is thinking that it is a very good day to be Southern, bald and an Ibis ... ;o)



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

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May 20, 2015 15 comments 14 shares 181 plus ones
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May 20, 2015 33 comments 105 shares 1097 plus ones
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We had a heavy marine layer the other evening, so I was able to photograph the sun filtered by the thick fog and a couple of my "neighbors" ... ;o). I hope y'all had a lovely #TreeTuesday  ... :o)


#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


#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro #SunsetPhotography #Sunset

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May 19, 2015 127 comments 127 shares 1354 plus ones
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Composite by Robin Griggs Wood

Admittedly, a lot of my works are based merely on play ... playing with light, color and mood; some of my most favorite things to see in imagery.

I hope that your week allows you a bit of time to play with whatever your most favorite is, too ... :o)


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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
––> https://plus.google.com/photos/+RobinGriggsWood/albums

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #SunsetPhotography #Sunset #inspiration #digitalart #fantasyart #surrealart #painting
#digitalart #digitalpainting #photoshop #photomanipulation #fineart #fineartpls   #conceptart
#photomanipulator #photomanipulation #artdesign #designs #fantasy #fantasyart #fantasydigitalart #digital #photoshop #creative 

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May 16, 2015 53 comments 81 shares 1262 plus ones
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I didn't want to be presumptuous and call it the "best of the bunch" ... <snicker>.
Wishing you all a bunchy-best weekend!


#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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May 13, 2015 45 comments 93 shares 971 plus ones
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May 11, 2015 22 comments 36 shares 536 plus ones
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May 09, 2015 67 comments 100 shares 830 plus ones
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... a #SeagullButt on a Saturday ... ;o7


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

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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May 07, 2015 85 comments 104 shares 1670 plus ones
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A couple of trailer travelers enjoying their hard-earned time on the coast.
I love vignettes like this; and I was momentarily wishful of having the time to simply travel my land with this level of leisure.



#ThirstyThursdayPics with thanks to  +Giuseppe Basile & +Mark Esguerra #thirstythursday
#CoastalThursday with thanks to +David Polzine +Jon Kahn +Coastal Thursday
#LandscapePhotography with thanks to +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Toshi Nakamura and +Landscape Photography


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

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May 06, 2015 8 comments 2 shares 50 plus ones
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Have you created some #Collections  yet? I think they are really great for aggregating similar posts, for those that follow you for a specific reason. I made a few while I was in the beta program. This is one that has many of the posts I wrote to inspire artists and some just to inspire anyone. I'm still searching for the others ... ;o). Find your collections here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection and make some, if you haven't yet.

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May 06, 2015 30 comments 53 shares 571 plus ones
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May 04, 2015 78 comments 81 shares 1655 plus ones
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Macro Monday's mini-theme today is "loopy" ... yeah!
It was either this, or take a selfy ... ;oD



         
#MacroMonday (sub-theme: Loopy) 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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May 04, 2015 0 comments 0 shares 2 plus ones
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Macro Monday's mini-theme today is "loopy" ... yeah!
It was either this, or take a selfy ... ;oD



#MacroMonday (sub-theme: Loopy) 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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May 02, 2015 31 comments 41 shares 508 plus ones
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Aviarus Raticus began his humble origins as a lowly courtyard muffin-crumb picker; under the shadows of the courtyard trees, tables and chairs; between the shadows of the courtyard diner's ankles; barely missing the menacing and quick shadows of the small diners and those barking, furry, snapping creatures they called "Fluffy", "Sweetums", and "Mommy's Wittow Pwecious".

He was ... 
Just. Like. Everyone. Else.

No one knows what made him move from the safety of the shadows that day. Perhaps it was one too many snappings from "Mommy's Wittow Pwecious", but move he did and landed atop the courtyard fountain. It was like a veil of perpetual darkness and fear had been lifted  from him, as he perched there, bejeweled by the flickering reflections of the sun embraced fountain. He felt strong and free; the master of all he surveyed.

In awe, his fellow lowly courtyard muffin-crumb pickers gazed up at him, resplendent upon his glittering throne. "Epicus" they named him that day; the High Caesar of the "Bonny Hills Vacation Villa Food Courtyard".

And he lived happily ever after.



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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 #hqspbirds #birdsgallery #hqsplandscape

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May 01, 2015 32 comments 34 shares 464 plus ones
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Something that I've been working on for a while. I'd get a bit done on it and then have to go work, get a bit more done, etc. I finally just made myself get it to some sort of completion. Is it done? ... probably never ... ;o7

#firstfridayartwalk #rgwoodpost #mixedmediaartwork #digitalart #fineart #fineartpls #TGIF #digitalpainting #digital #colors #inspiration #creative #fantasy #surreal #surrealism #concept #conceptart #conceptual #digitalmattepainting #painting #composite 


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This image available for print at robingriggswood.com
––> http://www.robingriggswood.com/buy/38075446_CPsjbP/4028543476_hQf6Q4C/

If you would like to view my albums here at G+ go to
––> https://plus.google.com/photos/+RobinGriggsWood/albums

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April 29, 2015 26 comments 30 shares 548 plus ones
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April 27, 2015 90 comments 138 shares 1881 plus ones
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April 25, 2015 34 comments 63 shares 752 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 71 comments 120 shares 1373 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 48 comments 64 shares 729 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 159 shares 1653 plus ones
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April 20, 2015 37 comments 76 shares 713 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 17 shares 303 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 58 comments 90 shares 1126 plus ones
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April 15, 2015 46 comments 89 shares 1065 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 87 comments 103 shares 1081 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 65 comments 74 shares 1117 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 110 shares 818 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 104 shares 1379 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 543 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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¸✰´ ¯ `✰˛. . . . . . . .C(” .) .)
. . . . . . . . ¸✰´ ¯ `✰˛ ¯\„)\„)
´”´”`´”```”`´”´”`´”``”´”`´”``”´”`´”``….. #Spring 


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April 04, 2015 50 comments 46 shares 749 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 1013 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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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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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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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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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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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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... 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 271 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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A selection of my artwork, including a few with behind-the-scenes of how they were done. 

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