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Robin Griggs Wood

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October 18, 2014 35 comments 7 shares 295 plus ones
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… to be caught hiding in a #seagullbuttsindisguise  costume.






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

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

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


Must-have hashtags (for hackling the hashtag-haters … ;o))
#SeagullButtSaturday (duh!)
#SeagullButtShots 
#SeagullButts 
#notatheme 
#SeagullButtsInDisguise (for other birds; a fine way to use up all those bird shots you took that are "not quite what you were shooting for" and currently languishing on your hard drive.)
#Gulluminati (what the group of non-curators have come to be know 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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October 17, 2014 18 comments 14 shares 354 plus ones
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Did you ever have one of those mornings (oh, why am I asking? I know you have!) ... I had this lovely color combo of flowers to post this morning and couldn't get past work and emails to answer in the inbox enough to say howdy to y'all!

Ah well, #FloralFriday is a perpetual party day, right? ... and there's still time to wish you a happy  #bokehlicious  weekend!

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

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

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October 16, 2014 36 comments 62 shares 742 plus ones
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'Most people try to get things out of life. This is the quickest way to push the things you want out of your reach. I wish someone had explained this to me when I was younger.

'In order to “get”, you must give. And you must give fully, with no condition or expectation of reward. Try to think of life as deal in VALUE.

'To receive value, you must first give it. Make giving value the goal of every interaction. When you are talking to someone, ask yourself “How I can give this person the opportunity to leave here better than when they came in?”

This does NOT mean people-please. When you people-please, you are not giving, you are trying to get. Get liked. Get friends. Get approval. Get a reputation as the Nice Guy.

'Giving is about ensuring that the person receives what they want, not what you want. Ask before you give help. Ask permission to serve others. Expect nothing in return.

'You will be rewarded. This reward will not be what you think you want, but it will be what you actually need.'

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~ Dan Munro; excerpt from http://addicted2success.com/life/5-secret-essentials-to-having-a-confident-mindset/


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#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 +David Heath Williams +Kevin Rowe and +Landscape Photography


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




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available for print at robingriggswood.com

If you would like to view my albums here at G+ go to
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October 14, 2014 52 comments 22 shares 316 plus ones
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OK, here's the "how to":

1. Rent a helicopter
2. Fly really close to a large city ––> get permission first, so you don't get shot down as a suspected terrorist (a common reaction in major U.S. cities)
3. Take pictures (this is a crucial step)
4. Grab one of the shots and use it for your crazy-ass idea to create an "architectural rendering" look
5. Draw lines all over your cool city-from-above image ... that will make some folks kind of squeamish, but soldier on (remember, this is a crazy-ass idea)
6. Take individual areas of your image, for the greatest control of final look, and run them through Topaz Impressions, painting portions of each layer via a layer mask over their specific area.
7. Do #6 about 20 times, over a period of an hour

And there you have it ... :o))


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Sundry hashtags:
#rgwoodpost #googleplusphotos   #mixedmediaartwork #digitalart #photoshop #photomanipulation

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October 12, 2014 83 comments 101 shares 1814 plus ones
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October 11, 2014 35 comments 17 shares 314 plus ones
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A terse, but wholly sufficient adjective for a #seagullbutt  on Saturday.

I myself am wishing for less terse and brighter days.

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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. ... and decidedly less terse ... ;o7

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

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

Must-have hashtags (for hackling the hashtag-haters … ;o))
#SeagullButtSaturday (duh!)
#SeagullButtShots 
#SeagullButts 
#notatheme 
#SeagullButtsInDisguise (for other birds; a fine way to use up all those bird shots you took that are "not quite what you were shooting for" and currently languishing on your hard drive.)
#Gulluminati (what the group of non-curators have come to be know 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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October 10, 2014 20 comments 7 shares 262 plus ones
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Is "textury" even a word?
Do I care? ... ;o7
#FloralFriday is synonymous with play, right?

#FloralFriday with thanks to +Tamara Pruessner +Eustace James +Beth Akerman +Kiki Nelson and +FloralFriday 
#TextureBlendPhotography with huge thanks to +Gemma Costa

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos

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October 08, 2014 40 comments 25 shares 390 plus ones
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Because it's #WaterDropWednesday ... ;o7

...the old song and dance ☛ HOW TO DO WATER DROPS

I'm afraid that the process in getting a successful water-drop is just as frustrating as many have described. Most of them fall off because of the weight. I have a lot of "duds" in my collection! Where I have had the best success is through the following.
-- where you place your drop must be a perfectly level surface. My setup is on the dining room table, with a desk lamp or other simple light sources and an alligator clip on a stand.
-- the drop must be very, very tiny for it not to have too much weight where it falls off the feather. That means that you will need a lot of magnification when shooting to really see it. I use one of my father's old lenses in reverse (run a search on "reverse macro technique") along with a 4x diopter lens added on at times.

I can be a hit and miss thing. Sometimes you get it just right though, and then you need to shoot fast––be all set up and ready to click, place your drop (watch it fall off a dozen times ;oD) and when you get one that is small enough to stay put, click! It helps as well to use a tripod (a small tabletop size will work for this) and a remote can be used to cut down camera shake. Don't forget to hold your breath while you're clicking!

Here's how a general workflow should go for the shot: 
Put feather into place under the desklamp;
look into viewfinder;
move feather until you see it fully sharp;
move feather at least 20 more times;
"settle" for last arrangement and cross fingers;
carefully place a single micro-drop of water onto the feather;
watch as it falls into the wrong place;
repeat;
repeat several more times;
"settle" for last placement and cross fingers;
place colorful or glittery background behind feather/water configuration;
watch as it falls onto the configuration because you didn't secure it properly;
move feather again and replace water drop that has fallen off;
don't care that it is not as perfect as it almost was the last time;
scoot background around more carefully this time;
shoot image at least 20 times, moving camera ever so slightly each time because, even in live view, you can't really tell if it is completely focused or not;
get exasperated and go get a pair of magnifying glasses and shoot the shot one more time.

Voila!
Just so easy!

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+WaterDropWednesday #WaterDropWednesday with thanks to   +Michael Albrecht +Teresa Linstead and +Valerij Karpinchik
#MacroAddict +MacroAddict with thanks to +Sandrine Berjonneau and +Didier Caron


#rgwoodpost #googleplusphotography   #googleplusphotos   #canonphotography #canonphotographer #digitalphotography #color #colors #inspiration #hqspmacro #makro #macrophotography #featherphotography #waterdropsphotography #waterdrop #waterdrops

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October 07, 2014 39 comments 31 shares 380 plus ones
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The primary difference between a creative person and a non-creative one is that the creative person creates because they want to have something; they visualize what they want to have and then they keep going until they have it.

You don't become an artist by thinking, "I'm going to be an artist." It isn't about the mechanics of what goes into being an artist, it's about the mechanics of creating an end-product and not stopping until you have that end-product.

That's it. It's nothing more complex or lofty than that.

Stop lying to yourself that you aren't "creative" enough … just create something.

I'd love to see it ... ;o7



#promotephotography with thanks to +Nikola Nikolski +Naghmeh Khadembashi +Gittan Beheydt +Milena Ilieva and +Promote Photography
#LandscapePhotography with thanks to +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +David Heath Williams +Kevin Rowe and +Landscape Photography


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




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available for print at robingriggswood.com

If you would like to view my albums here at G+ go to
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October 04, 2014 26 comments 14 shares 270 plus ones
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I got the 'ol tries-to-intimidate-me-through-direct-eye-contact stare-down while attempting to sneak a certain #seagullbuttindisguise shot.
Butt I won ... ;op

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

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

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

Must-have hashtags (for hackling the hashtag-haters … ;o))
#SeagullButtSaturday (duh!)
#SeagullButtShots 
#SeagullButts 
#notatheme 
#SeagullButtsInDisguise (for other birds; a fine way to use up all those bird shots you took that are "not quite what you were shooting for" and currently languishing on your hard drive.)
#Gulluminati (what the group of non-curators have come to be know 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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October 03, 2014 64 comments 28 shares 426 plus ones
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My thoughts on #Ello .

Firstly, let me say that I am not leaving G+! I totally love it here.
It's my home.
It's the place that made it possible for me to run a free photography mentorship program and reach out to so many people that just wanted a little boost or some creative inspiration.
It's the place where I met SO many awesome people, who continue to wow and inspire me ... Every. Single. Day. 

Here's what I'm loving about Ello …
There's no plus/like/fav button there.
I admit that I've been in the trap of "no time, but I want to leave at least some love" … and it's kind of gotten me into the mode of––> I want to reach out to so many people that I truly admire and appreciate, that it ends up getting watered down in a cascade of "plusses" as I go madly through the stream … not really giving enough love to each person. Heck, I don't even know if anybody looks at their plusses anymore to find out that I care.

At Ello, you've gotta comment … or you might as well not be on this social network at all. I've never been much of a mere "consumerist" when it comes to content; I've always been an "interactor". But I've lost my footing here in that, on the grand scale that is my circles.
Being over at Ello has made me stop and think as I look at and read what other people post … and it's bleeding over into my time at G+, too. It's a rather fascinating process to watch in oneself, and I love the change. I'm not getting to as many people as I would like, which frustrates me no end, because I don't like giving people the feeling that they are unnoticed, and I do find myself from time to time falling back into "plus-mode"––but I do like feeling that I am able to give out more "quality" love than I had been doing to those I am able to stop and take time with. It's a very interesting result coming from this whole Ello thing that quite surprised me … :o)

Facebook .. well, that's a whole different story ... ;o7

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#FloralFriday with thanks to +Tamara Pruessner +Eustace James +Beth Akerman +Kiki Nelson and +FloralFriday 
#promotephotography with thanks to +Nikola Nikolski +Naghmeh Khadembashi +Gittan Beheydt +Milena Ilieva and +Promote Photography
+Birds GALLERY  #birdsgallery  with thanks to +Heinrich Wagner 
#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Friday #TGIF #naturephotography #macrophotography #FlowerFriday   #flowerphotography #floralphotography #hqspflowers

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October 02, 2014 47 comments 43 shares 514 plus ones
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Gosh, I miss everyone here so much. It seems the day zips past and I barely get a chance to pop back here again. I hope all is good for you and that you have an exciting weekend planned ahead ... sans toe-stubbers, of course ... ;o7

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

#ThirstyThursdayPics with thanks to  +Giuseppe Basile & +Mark Esguerra #thirstythursday
#CoastalThursday with thanks to +David Polzine +Jon Kahn +Coastal Thursday

#BreakfastClub with huge thanks to +Gemma Costa and +Breakfast Club
+10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS / #10000photographersaroundtheworld  with thanks to +Robert SKREINER
#promotephotography with thanks to +Nikola Nikolski +Naghmeh Khadembashi +Gittan Beheydt +Milena Ilieva and +Promote Photography
#LandscapePhotography with thanks to +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +David Heath Williams +Kevin Rowe and +Landscape Photography


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




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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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October 01, 2014 16 comments 13 shares 223 plus ones
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Playing with the new Topaz "Impressions". Mind you, I didn't just slap it on top of a photograph; I did a lot of paint work before using the filter, and also did several layers of different types of filters. Impressions, for me, adds that touch of texture that I like to play with from time to time.

#TextureBlendPhotography & #BreakfastClub with huge thanks to +Gemma Costa and +Breakfast Club +Texture Blend Photography 
#painting #digitalart #digitalpainting #rgwoodpost

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September 30, 2014 26 comments 5 shares 118 plus ones
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September 29, 2014 32 comments 16 shares 415 plus ones
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 ¸o•*´¨ⒷⓄⓀⒺⒽlicious!°o¸¸.•
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I climbed up the door and opened the stairs.
I said my pajamas and put on my prayers.
I turned off the bed and crawled into the light.
and all because you kissed me goodnight.

Next morning, I woke and scrambled my shoes.
I shined up an egg, then I toasted the news,
I buttered my tie and took another bite.
and all because you kissed me goodnight.

By evening I felt normal, so we went out again.
You said, "Goodnight," kissed me ... and then,

I powdered my hair and pinned up my nose.
I hung up the bath and I turned on my clothes.
I put out the clock and wound the cat up tight,
and all because you kissed me goodnight.


Lyrics by Eddie Pola / George Wyle
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#MacroMonday with thanks to the lovely curators +Sandra Parlow & +Jeff Moreau





#rgwoodpost #waterdropsphotography #waterdrop #colors #explore #photography #googleplusphotos #macrophotography #hqspmacro #Macro4All #MacroManiacs #MacroAddict  #MacroPhotography #Makro #bokehlicious  

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September 27, 2014 38 comments 7 shares 231 plus ones
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(une mouette fesses dans le déguisement)

Shhh .. she believes herself to be a seagull.
With fancy "do", of course.

I shot this series back in 2009––even then it was clear my fascination with the buffoonery of seagulls had fledged to obsession––and this little canard-cloaked "seagull" wandered into the studio hoping for her fifteen minutes. I gave her three.

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

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

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

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

#rgwoodpost  #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos #hqspanimals #hqspbirds #birdsgallery
#hqspmonochrome #bwfineart #bwphotography #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography
#bw #monochrome #monochromephotography
 #blackandwhitephotos +Black and White Photos

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September 26, 2014 76 comments 67 shares 667 plus ones
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"When I'm alone, I think of so many things to say to you, but when I have a chance to tell you, I am speechless."
Sometimes the people you think don't want to talk to you, are the ones waiting for you to talk to them.



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#MacroAddict +MacroAddict with thanks to +Sandrine Berjonneau and +Didier Caron
#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Friday #TGIF #naturephotography #macrophotography #FloralFriday #FlowerFriday   #flowerphotography #floralphotography #hqspflowers #hqspmacro #Macro4All #MacroManiacs

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September 24, 2014 40 comments 35 shares 539 plus ones
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"A Minor Footnote in the Apocalypse" digital composite and painting by Robin Griggs Wood

Not to freak anyone out ... just playing with light here ... ;o7



This image available for print:
http://www.robingriggswood.com/buy/38075446_CPsjbP/3561276714_W46qXnB/


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

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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 #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

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September 22, 2014 22 comments 15 shares 318 plus ones
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Not the "Hannibal Lector" series one ... ;o7 ... and not this one, either ––> http://www.red.com/products/epic-dragon (but +Sassi Sassmannshausen can tell you more about that one ... <snicker>)

Wishing you all a great start in your week!



#TextureBlendPhotography with thanks to +Gemma Costa 

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #HQSPAnimals #textureblend  


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Please feel free to ask me,
if you would like any of my images 
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If you would like to view my albums here at G+ go to
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"Where the Spiritual World and Physical World Meet" digital composite and painting by Robin Griggs Wood

Don't worry, I'm not going to be slapping large watermarks on my images from now on ... ;o7 ... I thought I might use this one to change my cover photo for a short bit.


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#SunsetSaturday with thanks to +Dennis Hoffbuhr
#promotephotography with thanks to +Nikola Nikolski +Naghmeh Khadembashi +Gittan Beheydt +Milena Ilieva and +Promote Photography
+SurrealArtSaturday with thanks to + 111124930081935539248 #SurrealArtSaturday  
+Fantastic & Surreal Photos with thanks to +Gemma Costa +Rob Heron #fantasticandsurrealphotos  
+HQSP Photo Art with thanks to +Anja Wessels +Enrique Pelaez #hqspphotoartmanipulation  
#hqspart with thanks to +HQSP Photo Art +* and +Rinus Bakker



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#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 #DigitalArtSaturday  

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Is it possible to be too cool? Maybe when you're drunk ... ;o7
I haven't had a chance to edit my latest #seagullbuttshot, so Stan offered to do stand-in for this week. Not that standing is Stan's strong point, but, hey, any port in a storm, ya know? ... ;o7

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

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


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

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

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I'm missing my time with you all here, but I am enjoying having the opportunity to help a large group of people again. Thank you, everyone, who continues to follow me here despite my paucity of interaction ... I appreciate you all more than I get the chance to say. Have a wonderful weekend and may you find multiple opportunities to make your dreams come true and feel the crazy, good of life, too ... :o)



#FloralFriday with thanks to +Tamara Pruessner +Eustace James +Beth Akerman +Kiki Nelson and +FloralFriday 
#promotephotography with thanks to +Nikola Nikolski +Naghmeh Khadembashi +Gittan Beheydt +Milena Ilieva and +Promote Photography
#MacroAddict +MacroAddict with thanks to +Sandrine Berjonneau and +Didier Caron

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

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At least we got the room with the balcony ... and the train tracks were only just being built. Must be loaded with train-noise "charm" by now ... ;o7


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

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

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You may recall the reports about a month ago where the Sea-IA uncovered a #SeagullSubversionSect rallying troops on a secluded island off the coast: https://plus.google.com/+RobinGriggsWood/posts/M1ErGY7qZWJ.
+Alex Lapidus and +Ellie Kennard have also been recently witness to the most gruesome carnage and demands of a propitiatory #GreatSeagullButtMasters title bestowal from the entire #Gulluminati

Well, you can bespeak your own horror to watch events unfold here, as #seagullbuttminions are sent out to envelope a becalmed boatload of mild-mannered #Gullarazzi pursuing their avocation in their typical innocuous fashion.

We can hope that it's only a #splatterattack and not some ghastly Hitchcockian nightmare!






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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such theme as #SeagullButtSaturday . To the following people, sometimes posting to the #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus , be warned!

+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 theme:

#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 know as)
#FunniestNonthemeOnGplus (because, isn't it?! … ;oD)
#Splatterday (Jasbir's invention, applicable for, ahem, some conditional shots … ;o7)

#rgwoodpost   #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape

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A touching remembrance: http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/11/us/9-11-where-are-they-now/index.html
Malibu, CA; the front lawn of Pepperdine university. Image credit, Peter Duke: http://www.peterdukephoto.com/#!/index
#sept11 #Remembering911 #NeverForget #gonebutnotforgotten #911memorial   

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Empty streets were a priority, so we had an early film shoot for my boyfriend's latest movie project. I got to be the driver ... O_o. What's a gal to do while she has to wait by the illegally parked car in the alley ... but shoot the sunrise coming over the buildings? ... ;o7


#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #cityscape #candidmoodtuesday #streetpics #streetphotography #shootthestreet #peopleandlife


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+Karen Hutton's byword is "Life is Light", and she conveys that so well, in not only her photography, but in the essence of her very existence. Today is her birthday, yes, but she deserves to be celebrated every day for all the light that she brings to everyone who is graced to be around her. Wishing you a most happy birthday today, Karen!! If you get back one percent of what you give to others, you can certainly call today a "Wrap!" as fitting punctuation to the luminescence you bestow upon all of us.

A huge, my-arms-just-ain't-long-enough-for-all-the-wrappin'-I-wanna-do-with-'em HUG for you! We're so lucky to have you in this world!


#LifeIsLight   #rgwoodpost   #HappyBirthdayKaren  #happybirthdaykarenhutton  

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Lawd knows I have a bazillion #seagullbutts in my folders to pass along––though, since I've been so busy with work, without as much time to edit, I've not much to contribute to this week's #SeagullButtSaturday non-theme butt for a #BlastFromThePast moment that calls us back to the very first post that started it all … https://plus.google.com/u/0/+RobinGriggsWood/posts/6pTC2hJy4WC … when I made up a silly "theme" to tease my cohorts from a Pacific coast photowalk. This shot was edited back then, but was the least of the showy sunsets in the batch, so I've never shared it. At least it's not a reshare … ;oD.

Thank you to everyone who has made this NON-theme so much fun over these many months.
We're not done yet!!
Oh, I am sure there are many more photos to share and many more stories to tell … and I'll be back in the game again soon.
In the mean time, I'll just go and check out, and giggle, at all of your contributions to the #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus !

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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such theme as #SeagullButtSaturday. But here is the list of AWESOME, hilarious (and quite forbearing!) cast of contributors:

+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:
#birdloversandwildlife curated by +Robert SKREINER  +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE
#SunsetSaturday with thanks to +Dennis Hoffbuhr

#rgwoodpost #SeagullButtShots #SeagullButts #SeagullButtsInDisguise #notatheme #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape

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#FirstFridayArtWalk is every first Friday of each month. Click on that hashtag or view paintings and other unique works shared in the Google+ First Friday Art Walk community [https://plus.google.com/communities/117542371460000181203]



#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos
#surrealartsaturday  with thanks to +Mikko Tyllinen 
+Fantastic & Surreal Photos curated by  +Gemma Costa  & +Rob Heron  #fantasticandsurrealphotos 

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#mixedmediaartwork #digitalart #fineart #FridayFunny #digitalpainting #fantasy #surreal #surrealism #surrealart #digitalmattepainting #painting #composite #weekendartmarketplace    #TGIF

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Curious about how +The Arcanum works? +Peter Giordano is walkin' the walk!

"An amazing outcome is that although I'm in the same "Cohort" as my fellow Apprentices, with the same Leveling Guides, my experience within each Level of The Arcanum is completely different from any other Apprentice. I choose my goal and completing each Level gets me closer to my goal – Not someone else's idea of what I need to learn." 

Leveling Up My Skills in The Arcanum

This post is part of a series that provides a perspective of The Arcanum
from the "inside". In this post I dive deeper into how Magical Learning
Experience of The Arcanum comes together.  

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September 02, 2014 13 comments 5 shares 224 plus ones
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“If you want light to come into your life, you need to stand where it is shining.” – Guy Finley

Just waving howdy to the those fine +Tree Tuesday folks ... <waves to +Christina Lawrie +David R Robinson +Allan Cabrera +Ralph Mendoza and +Kim Troutman > ... :o))

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #TreeTuesday

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“The only place where your dream becomes impossible is in your own thinking.” – Robert H Schuller

Inspired by the works of +Alex Lapidus and all of his marvelous mentees in his "Blurs & Unsharp" Mentorship.


#MoodyMonday with thanks to +Philip Daly +Carol Buckwalter +*** and +Moody Monday
#ColorMeWeekly +Leavesnbloom with thanks to +Rosie Nixon
#LandscapePhotography with thanks to +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +David Heath Williams +Kevin Rowe and +Landscape Photography
#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape #unsharpphotography  

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This young seal here has an urgent plea to all #Gullarazzi , "Come quickly and distract this seagull from pecking my butt!!!"

An  #AnnoyingSeagull  inclusion, which is fitting for a day with a sometimes #AnnoyingNonTheme  based on #AnnoyingSeagullButts  captured by moderately (to severely) #AnnoyingSeagullButtShooters  (and with, in most certainly this case, #AnnoyingSeagullButtPostText )

signed, 
Annoynomous

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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such theme as #SeagullButtSaturday. To the following people, sometimes shooting for the #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus, please help soon!!! 

+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



#rgwoodpost #SeagullButtShots #SeagullButts #SeagullButtsInDisguise #notatheme #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos #hqspanimals #hqspbirds

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August 29, 2014 40 comments 29 shares 693 plus ones
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We've had some fairly high waves for our neck of the woods this past week––some as high 20 feet, with multiple reports of rescues from people who just didn't have a clue. Yesterday, they were only about 10 feet high, but still gorgeous to witness.



#LandscapePhotography with thanks to +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +David Heath Williams +Kevin Rowe and +Landscape Photography
#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro #MalibuBeach #California #SunsetPhotography #Sunset #Travel #TravelPhotography

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#Gulluminati beware!! The Sea-IA uncovered this shot of the #SeagullSubversionSect rallying troops on a secluded island off the coast. It has been surmised that they are donning #seagullbuttsindisguise costumes and preparing for some great onslaught on all #Gullarazzi

As of this report, however, their plan of action has not been determined and we can only issue a general warning, All #SeagullButtShooters should carry on their person's at all times the following:

  • Protective covering (plastic film for your camera and hats and long-sleeved shirts/jackets for your person … or an umbrella)

  • Wet wipes and lens cleaners

  • A female gull "in season" to release as a distraction should the troops form in earnest about your person

The latter would be an extreme action, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Including use of the following:

 • Shark-Urine® Anti-Seagull spray (fortunately for you, we sell this in the 3-pack for $69.99, plus $12.99 s/h)

(ᴅɪsᴄʟᴀᴍᴇʀ ᴀɴᴅ ғɪɴᴇ ᴘʀɪɴᴛ: ᴀᴄᴛᴜᴀʟʟʏ, ᴡᴇ ᴊᴜsᴛ ᴘᴇᴇ ɪɴᴛᴏ ʙᴏᴛᴛʟᴇs ᴏᴜʀsᴇʟᴠᴇs, ʙᴜᴛ sᴇᴀɢᴜʟʟs ᴀʀᴇ ᴘʀᴇᴛᴛʏ sᴛᴜᴘɪᴅ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛᴇɴᴅ ɴᴏᴛ ᴛᴏ ɢᴇᴛ ᴛᴏᴏ ᴄʟᴏsᴇ ᴀғᴛᴇʀ ᴛʜᴇʏ sᴇᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ʙɪɢ ᴘɪᴄᴛᴜʀᴇ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ sʜᴀʀᴋ ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴏᴛᴛʟᴇ. ᴀʟʟ ᴄʟᴀɪᴍs ᴠᴏɪᴅ ᴡʜᴇʀᴇ ᴘʀᴏʜɪʙɪᴛᴇᴅ. ɴᴏᴛ ғᴏʀ ɪɴᴛᴇʀɴᴀʟ ᴜsᴇ. ʙᴜʀɴɪɴɢ, sᴛɪɴɢɪɴɢ, ʀᴇᴅɴᴇss, ɪʀʀɪᴛᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴏʀ ᴀ ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟᴇᴛᴇ ᴅɪsɢᴜsᴛ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴏᴜʀ ᴏʀɢᴀɴɪᴢᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ғᴏʀ sᴇʟʟɪɴɢ ʏᴏᴜ ᴛʜɪs sᴘᴇᴄɪᴏᴜs ᴘʀᴏᴅᴜᴄᴛ ᴍᴀʏ ᴏᴄᴄᴜʀ. ɪғ ᴀɴʏ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇsᴇ ᴇғғᴇᴄᴛs ᴘᴇʀsɪsᴛ ᴏʀ ᴡᴏʀsᴇɴ, sᴛᴏᴘ ᴜsɪɴɢ ɪᴛ, ғᴏʀ ᴘɪᴛʏ's sᴀᴋᴇ, ᴀɴᴅ ᴀᴠᴏɪᴅ ʙᴇɪɴɢ sᴏ ɢᴜʟʟɪʙʟᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ɴᴇxᴛ ᴛɪᴍᴇ.)




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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such theme as #SeagullButtSaturday. To the following people, sometimes posting to the #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus, cover your … um .. well, you know … ;o7 

+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:
#SurrealArtSaturday with thanks to +Mikko Tyllinen 

#rgwoodpost #SeagullButtShots #SeagullButts #SeagullButtsInDisguise #notatheme #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
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Here tell that Alcatraz Island is haunted and does c-r-a-z-y things to the San Fran fog in the evening!
A bit of silliness, 
because I'm caught in the bokeh fever!

♫♪ There ain't no woe, in a #bokehlicious  soul ♪♫


Fridays be #bokehlicious  :o) … ˚ºoOoº˚

With a nod and grin to those #bokeholics , +Michael B. Stuart +Leo Deegan +Wesly Smith & +Dave Besbris -- featuring +paula contreras and +Elizabeth Hahn and a stellar cast of extras!

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The World Photography Day is celebrated every year on 19th August to mark the special day to honour those artists who make a picture say a thousand words.
World Photo Day 2014, marks a special anniversary for photographers across the globe. It marks the 175th anniversary of the first permanent photographic process patented and freely released to the world on August 19th, 1839.
(http://goo.gl/Dy7dy9 & http://goo.gl/48u5mc)


#LandscapePhotography with thanks to +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +David Heath Williams +Kevin Rowe and +Landscape Photography
#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #SanFrancisco
#WorldPhotographyDay #photographyday #NaturePhotography
#WorldPhotoDay #Photo #Photographer #TravelPhotography
#Tuesday #Photograph #Travel #Photographs #Wildlife #Sunset  

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My apologies for using this image, which has nothing to do with what I'm writing, to pull your eye here and hopefully to get you to read the following message…

People do not have to die from cancer.

I spent yesterday evening with my girlfriend who was diagnosed with Stage IV (metastasized, or spread to other organs or throughout the body) lung cancer with an 8cm tumor about a year ago. Because she had been with several friends over the years during their last agonizing moments––agony and dying not from cancer, but chemotherapy and radiation poisoning––she decided not to go that route. Friday, she got the results back from her most recent PET scan ––> absolutely no cancer was present.

Stage IV cancer to zero cancer.

I'm not going to go into her details here, to avoid the volley of comments from the fear-mongers, except to say that she did not treat her cancer with chemo or radiation. Instead she did quite a few things to assist her own body's immune system to fight the cancer itself. And WON. It is possible.

After having watched, myself, two other dear friends die horrible deaths after going the chemo/radiation route in the past year and a half––one who had only been diagnosed with Stage I at his early diagnosis––I feel compelled to pass this idea along. People do not have to die from cancer.

Her main message: after you get up off the floor from the horrible shock of finding out you have cancer …  stop, breathe, there is a route to beat this, and to feel better and better during the whole process––not worse and worse. While you don’t have to avoid standard medical doctors (she did not) you don't have to slavishly believe every word they say, either.

Never rule out the fact that fear can be used on many people diagnosed with cancer because cancer is BIG BUSINESS.

"Unless your doctor is constantly studying microbiology, neurology, 
endocrinology, nutrition, immunology, alternative medicine and lots more disciplines, he/she is not fully qualified to advise you on beating your cancer. No human being can read and evaluate all the information currently available."
(via http://www.thedoctorwithin.com/cancer/to-the-cancer-patient/)

If you have cancer or know of someone who does:

"The word 'cancer' in your diagnosis always creates fear. You must accept this and vow to fight it. A cancer diagnosis is not a death notice.
An Instant Survivor Hot Line 
Here’s a Cancer Hot Line for you to call right now. It is 1(800)433-0464.
Richard Bloch, a cancer survivor and co-founder of the tax-preparation firm, H & R BLOCK, INC, founded this Hot Line. In 1978, Bloch was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and given three months to live. He is still alive and well 23 years later.
The above Hot Line connects you to a volunteer group of cancer patients who take phone calls from newly diagnosed cancer patients. Call them now. Many cancer patients find support groups especially helpful. It certainly doesn’t hurt to meet people who were given death sentences 10 years ago––and are still alive."
(via Bill Henderson, author of "Cancer Free: Your Guide to Gentle, Non-Toxic Healing", who generously makes it available online for free in PDF form: http://www.beating-cancer-gently.com/support-files/cf3.pdf … and was the book that my girlfriend said helped her a great deal. It lists a vast number of methods and is not trying to sell any singular form of treatment, only pass along the idea there are other options.)

To your continued health …with love, from me.

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Not the exact idea of this particular image, but I thought it would be fun to challenge you with the same challenge I gave my Arcanum apprentices ... to add something in the comments based on the following scenario:

You're walking along a beach. There, in near distance, sits the ubiquitous washed-ashore bottle. You're not close enough to it yet to see it clearly, but as you walk closer, your mind meanders over to the classical story of someone on a long distant island or sinking ship tossing it into the water with a message inside; a last, desperate plea for help or a note of enduring love to a faithful companion.

At last you arrive …
and find that there is, indeed, a curled piece of paper tucked inside the sealed bottle. It's a love letter, with the full name of the person to whom it's addressed and last known location.

How will you react: with action or indifference?

Don't read anyone else's until you've added your comment … ;o7

(I've got Sting singing in my head now ... ;o7)


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Well … you know this had to happen eventually … O_o
I finally found a seagull that was all butt.
You all also know my penchant for photo-manipulation, butt no post-work-head-lopping was done to this image!
Now, I'm beginning to wonder if this is a stuffed prop created by the same #seagullsubversionsect that pulled the cardboard-cutout caboose-caper on me last week … hmmm.




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Wishing you a better weekend than this little one probably had ... ;o))


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