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Robin Griggs Wood

fine artist • photographer • mood elevator
January 28, 2015 4 comments 4 shares 176 plus ones
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January 27, 2015 143 comments 156 shares 1469 plus ones
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My apologies for not replying in the last days. I hope I've not forced abandonment issues on all of you ... ;o7. I'm working a few jobs right now; one of them is not so much a job, but lot's of fun in supporting the free mentorship program, the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers. We've got one mentorship already underway this year, "Seeing Compositions" from the wonderful and generous (to give so much of her time for free), +Pam Boling. Lauds to you, Pam!! And we are working behind the scenes on a few more.

I do miss all of you, but at least you know that I'm helping to make the world a better place ... :o)
Happy Tuesday to you!



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


#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro #snow #digitalart #digitalpainting #photoshop #photomanipulation

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January 25, 2015 0 comments 1 shares 56 plus ones
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Stainsław Stelmaszczyk was tagged in Robin Griggs Wood's album.

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January 24, 2015 30 comments 8 shares 153 plus ones
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+Bill Pevlor spotted this guy on the stream the other day and gave me a shout out. What a hilarious shot!!!! I thought a certain group of folks might appreciate it ... ;o))
NOT MY IMAGE! I couldn't find the author, but I did find a version that wasn't too altered. Thanks for the find, Bill!

There is NO such theme as #SeagullButtSaturday ! ... but this guy should be the logo, IF there were such a theme ... ;o))

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 
#Gulluminati 
#Gullarazzi
#Splatterday

#rgwoodpost #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus

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January 23, 2015 22 comments 10 shares 273 plus ones
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The yumminess of #FloralFriday  with some  #bokehlicious  icing ... :o)



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

Fridays are #bokehlicious  :o) … ˚ºoOoº˚
With a nod and grin to those #bokeholics, +Leo Deegan +Michael B. Stuart +Dave Besbris +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

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January 22, 2015 21 comments 24 shares 317 plus ones
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I'm crazy busy again, but to thank you all for sticking around, even if I'm not as much ... ;o7 ... here's another Free Gift of wallpaper for your phone or desktop. I like wallpapers that have lots of open space for icons and stuff, do you? ... or do you keep icons and widgets off your main desktop?



(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/0B2AGAbjLwjUcR3AzRzhMUnplUGc/view?usp=sharing

Enjoy!

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos

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January 20, 2015 41 comments 17 shares 378 plus ones
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Ephemeral beauty ...

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January 19, 2015 18 comments 12 shares 310 plus ones
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#MacroMonday 's sub-theme today is  "Torn". That's how I always feel this time of year: happy that the work is over; sad that I have to wait a whole year for some of the things I love most to return––the decorations, the crisp cool air and my seasonal plants. As the last of my holiday cheer, my poinsettia, drops it's larger leaves of inflorescence, I let out a little sigh.



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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.


#MacroMonday (sub-theme: Torn) with thanks to +Sandra Parlow & +Jeff Moreau and new-to-the-crew +Wendy Baker and +Jules B

#macroaddict (+MacroAddict) with thanks to +Sandrine Berjonneau  +Jean-Pierre Malézieux +Christian PR +Ruth Hochholdinger and +William Banik



#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #naturephotography #macrophotography #hqspmacro #MacroAddicts #MacroManiacs #Macro4All



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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

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January 17, 2015 53 comments 48 shares 515 plus ones
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Just your garden variety –– erm, water variety –– Ring-necked duck –– erm, #seagullbuttindisguise  



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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 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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January 16, 2015 6 comments 1 shares 39 plus ones
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Arcanum Master, +Frank Doorhof, just released a brand new instructional video called "Mastering the Model Shoot: the Light Meter"
It's a 70+ minute video on the use of the light meter, it's the first in a series on model photography connected to his book "Mastering the Model Shoot"

You can order it from http://www.frankdoorhof.com/site/shop-videos-etc/direct-video-downloads/

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January 15, 2015 26 comments 31 shares 637 plus ones
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January 14, 2015 23 comments 19 shares 250 plus ones
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That perfect moment you were hoping to have
is the one you missed
while trying to force a perfect moment into tomorrow. (rgw)


+Water Bird Wednesday  #waterbirdwednesday  
with thanks to +Margaret Tompkins 
+Birds GALLERY  #birdsgallery   with thanks to +Heinrich Wagner 
#birds4all curated by +Walter Soestbergen +Ricky L Jones & +Birds4All
#birdloversandwildlife curated by +Robert SKREINER  +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqspbirds #BirdPoker Carefree

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January 13, 2015 73 comments 107 shares 1543 plus ones
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I followed the last moments of the sun down the path, until both it and my eyes came to this tree.

As I watched the cantilevered ray meander lovingly up its trunk I was caught in a fairy tale moment. I couldn't help but imagine that next I might spy gnomes dashing out from under one of the bushes, followed by rabbits and squirrels, dressed in anachronistic costume (not that I know what would be "chronistic" for rabbits and squirrels … picture broad hats, doublets and, tiny swords … of course, swords!), ready to do battle for the woodland kingdom.

It was all the prompting I needed for my overdeveloped sense of processing … ;o7


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

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro #California


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January 12, 2015 65 comments 62 shares 788 plus ones
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#MacroMonday 's sub-theme today is  ♫♪Music♪♫
An interesting coincidence because, yesterday, before I found out what today's theme was, I finally tackled sorting through all my old music books. There's a handful I'm keeping, but the rest are packed up for the second-hand store. 

Gone are the "Mel Bay" scales-torture manuals! I really should banish them back to the hell they were spawned in, but perhaps some other kid needs to learn perseverance through agony, and why would I deprive them of that great skill? Maybe they want to be a Navy SEAL some day.

In my sorting yesterday, I finally had to confront that I'm never going to take the time to learn "How to Play the Harmonica". The fact that this music book came with a tape cassette should give you some inkling as to how long I have been NOT confronting it.

There were music books in the heap from 80s bands that––well, let's just say––I wasn't even sure if I liked the music when they played it. "Greatest Hits" books galore. Country music, high country music, back country music––I may have had a book in the pile that represented every country in the world. 

There were some hammered dulcimer music books. Have I ever even owned a hammered dulcimer?! (I must go check the attic some day.)

Well, I certainly have a few instruments laying about the house still––my guitars, my flutes, a dulcimer (that doesn't require a hammer, but may be in desperate need of a tuning wrench)––which I could have shot, zoomed in for this theme, but there were some good memories eyeing me from that handful of music books I was keeping that I needed to document for myself.

I wanted to do some water-drops on glass to show my memories to you all, but it was either put the drops on my glasses or a small magnifying glass, and I needed the glasses to see ... ;o7 (my apologies that it isn't my usual super close-up, as my actual macro lens got packed away with the camera it fits and I don't have a suitable replacement yet for my current camera.)




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#MacroMonday (sub-theme: Music) with thanks to +Sandra Parlow & +Jeff Moreau and new-to-the-crew +Wendy Baker and +Jules B

#macroaddict (+MacroAddict) with thanks to +Sandrine Berjonneau  +Jean-Pierre Malézieux +Christian PR +Ruth Hochholdinger and +William Banik



#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #naturephotography #macrophotography #hqspmacro #MacroAddicts #MacroManiacs #Macro4All



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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

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January 10, 2015 86 comments 40 shares 611 plus ones
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Other possible captions:

–– #SeagullButtWash

–– "Between a Rock and a Wet Place"

–– "Methods For Removing Splatter Misfire #147"


For the sufficiently caffeinated and more observant of the passersby to this image, yes, that is a MUCH larger wave coming up behind the little guy way off in the background.
But, don't worry, Mr.#ConcernedAboutHisPersonalHygiene here did manage to fly off before being thoroughly inundated by the surf ... ;o7




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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


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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January 09, 2015 14 comments 3 shares 51 plus ones
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It's a fun site, too ... photogs, plan to get lost there for a bit, if you click on ... ;o7. You'll be taunted by titles like "Europeans Take Crappy, Boring Photo of Rock" and "Photography Declared Not an Art, Photographers Breathe Sigh of Relief"
(Um, here are the links for those ... if, um, anyone feels like laughing some more ... ;o7 http://newcameranews.com/2014/12/01/europeans-take-crappy-boring-photo-of-rock/  ... http://newcameranews.com/2014/12/12/photography-declared-not-an-art-photographers-breathe-sigh-of-relief/

New Photographer Bullied Repeatedly Over Head with Rule of Thirds

A local man is in critical emotional condition this evening after being beaten by a gang of enthusiastic photographers. The man, whose name is being withheld, had recently purchased his first “seri...

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January 08, 2015 61 comments 62 shares 563 plus ones
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January 07, 2015 16 comments 4 shares 242 plus ones
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January 06, 2015 36 comments 16 shares 363 plus ones
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January 05, 2015 13 comments 7 shares 193 plus ones
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How is it that we can recall with infinite, droning clarity––down to the most minuscule detail––the distinct moments of our lives, but cannot seem to recall just how many times we've told it to the same person?


;o7

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #macromonday   #textureblendphotography  

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January 03, 2015 35 comments 15 shares 289 plus ones
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What "year in review" would be complete without including what we also did in our off time to break the tedium of endlessly trying to post our best work? Here's my "Best of 2014" –– my #SeagullButtSaturday Edition

#SeagullButtSaturday was, and is, our nod to one of the qualities of being human: the ability to play, laugh and poke fun at "seriousness" of it all. (OK, I admit, it also has a purpose in allowing us to use up some of those shots that ended up on our hard drive when our shutter button––or brain––malfunctioned and we snapped a few images that were never intended to see the light of the world's lightbox.)

It's the stories.
It's the hilarious comments.
It's the reason we keep wet wipes in our camera bags.

I know one thing for sure: my past year would not have been nearly so full or splendid without all of you to share in the game that is #SeagullButtSaturday . Thank you, all!!

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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



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
#photography  
#happynewyear2015 #HappyNewYear  
#TopPickof2014 #bestof2014 

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January 02, 2015 38 comments 17 shares 281 plus ones
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Here's my "Best of 2014" –– my Personal Best selection, based on the personal art challenges I had for myself this past year. Not as many as in the general photography album I shared earlier––these don't come together as quickly in the workflow ... ;o7 ... a mixture of digital paint and photography.

If you missed my previous message, I want to thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for staying tuned, despite the fact that my life has gotten a bit more hectic.

This year had its trying moments, with the time in February when I almost lost my son to a near fatal traffic accident––he's doing SO well now and I couldn't have gotten through it without all your tremendously kind support!!!!

However, this year also brought some stellar moments, beginning with my Mastership in +The Arcanum where I am now the most happy Master to 30 Apprentices and I am doing what I love the most, helping others to find the artist inside themselves.

You've all been a special part of my journey this year and I can only think on you with full love in my heart.

I wish you all the best the new year has to offer you.
Happy 2015 ahead, folks!



#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos   #digitalart   #firstfridayartwalk  
#happynewyear2015   #HappyNewYear  
#TopPickof2014   #bestof2014 
     
        

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January 01, 2015 49 comments 20 shares 384 plus ones
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May you have the BEST ever!!

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December 31, 2014 38 comments 15 shares 204 plus ones
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Here's my "Best of 2014" –– the People's Choice selection, based on what my followers seemed to like the most during the past year. I'll try to make more stuff like this for you in 2015, gang ... ;o7
I want to thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for staying tuned, despite the fact that my life has gotten a bit more hectic.

This year had its trying moments, with the time in February when I almost lost my son to a near fatal traffic accident––he's doing SO well now and I couldn't have gotten through it without all your tremendously kind support!!!!

However, this year also brought some stellar moments, beginning with my Mastership in +The Arcanum where I am now the most happy Master to 30 Apprentices and I am doing what I love the most, helping others to find the artist inside themselves.

You've all been a special part of my journey this year and I can only think on you with full love in my heart.

I wish you all the best the new year has to offer you.
Happy 2015 ahead, folks!



#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos  
#happynewyear2015   #HappyNewYear  
#TopPickof2014   #bestof2014   #2014top14  

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December 28, 2014 21 comments 6 shares 321 plus ones
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December 28, 2014 22 comments 2 shares 81 plus ones
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I'm very excited about my Christmas present, a "tripod" replacement from +edelkrone. I know, it looks nothing like a tripod replacement ... ;o7. The thing is, even though I always carried a tripod with me, even the nice lightweight one from Manfrotto I have, I tended to leave it in my bag and just shoot when a shot came up. But I really need to use something, because I end up with a lot of blurry shots (too much coffee over a lifetime? ... ;o7)

Even though it was built for small video cams, I tightened the joints with the supplied tool, as they suggest, and it holds my DSLR with lens solidly. I really love the clever design, which I can use either as a shoulder brace or hooked on my belt. (Maybe I'll catch more #seagullbutt  shots ... ;oD.) And I won't have to bend over for low shots, using it as a handle .. ;o7
I'll bring a small tripod with me anyway ... the device has two attachments and I've already added my quick release base to the other one to click the whole thing onto my tripod quickly, in case I want to shoot LE, multiple exposures for HDR or am feeling unsteady one day
You can check it out here, along with their other awesome designs: http://www.edelkrone.com/p/100/pocket-shot

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December 27, 2014 24 comments 5 shares 178 plus ones
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The after-holiday exhaustion has eclipsed his general annoyance of #seagullbutt photographers.
Of course, a nap is always a good decision. ... ;o7
I hope you're getting a couple in this weekend, too!


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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 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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December 27, 2014 23 comments 10 shares 387 plus ones
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Well, what's left to do when you're hanging around at Christmas having eaten the last remnants of candy from the bottom of your sock? ... you shoot the tree, of course .. ;o7
Thank gawd Fridays are #bokehlicious!  :o) … ˚ºoOoº˚
With a nod and grin and happy holiday wishes 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)

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;o7
My once yearly gif image ... ;oD. I wish you all the best the season has to offer you. V-hugs, everyone!!

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This is so thrilling to see!! You've got to watch the latest entry from +SmugMug *Films* ... wow!

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The menace of Cormorant Family Christmas materialized slowly as, one by one, two by two, the already distressed and petulant kinsfolk began arriving at the yearly gathering, bracing themselves for the hollow but requisite conventions of spurious exuberance, forced benignancy, overeating and the annual swapping of meaningless tokens and doodads.

Why did they do it?

Because it reminded them that at no other time of the year would life be quite this stressful.

Joy to all!





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#rgwoodpost #googleplusphotos #canonphotography #canonphotographer #digitalphotography #naturephotography #inspiration #color #colors #landscapeart #light #landscapephotography   #hqsplandscape   #btplandscapepro  #sunset #sunsetphotography 
#MalibuBeach   #California  

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December 20, 2014 33 comments 19 shares 215 plus ones
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The kind, benevolent and oh-so-famous, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has requested––in his kind, benevolent way, but with the full force of his oh-so-famous-ness––that all #Gullarazzi participate in the global-wide moratorium on the shooting of #seagullbutts during the holidays.

(Fortunately, a #Gulluminati secret agent intercepted this message just before it was sent out! ... find out the truth about the ersatz message of this "celebrity reindeer" here!
Click this link––▶▶▶ https://plus.google.com/u/0/+RobinGriggsWood/photos/photo/6094758527424109618?pid=6094758527424109618&oid=103698889037599783920 


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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

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 #hqspanimals 

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Bocus –– that's when your shooting focus is all about the bokeh! (Also known as the "bocal point" ... ;o7) Happy #Bokehlicious Christmas to those #bokeholics, +Michael B. Stuart +Leo Deegan +Dave Besbris +Wesly Smith +Angie Smith +paula contreras +Paul Moody +Elizabeth Hahn +Wendy Chase +Lauri Novak +Shannon Adelson ... and a cast of, oh, I'm sure it's thousands by now ... ;o7

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December 19, 2014 15 comments 5 shares 147 plus ones
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A little butterfly wallpaper for your phone? ... make a card for Mom or Grandma? Please accept this gift from me to you ... :o)


(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/0B2AGAbjLwjUcbjBJeDhtNHI1Yms/view?usp=sharing

Enjoy, and happy holidays to you!

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Well, have you signed up for +Colby Brown's #CBholidaygiveaway yet?!

The Colby Brown 2014 Holiday Giveaway

Join landscape, travel and humanitarian photographer Colby Brown as he gives away 4 Sony a6000's, Wacom Intuos Tablets, onOne Software Suites and more each week

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December 16, 2014 42 comments 87 shares 886 plus ones
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I haven't said "howdy" to my +Tree Tuesday friends in the longest time (I've hardly had any time to edit anything). So, a big wave to and thanks to +Christina Lawrie +David R Robinson +Allan Cabrera +Ralph Mendoza and +Kim Troutman. And to dear +Gemma Costa for +Mirrors and Reflections ... :o)

I hope you all have some lovely holiday time planned ahead.


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December 16, 2014 26 comments 8 shares 265 plus ones
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Southwestern holiday decorations with lights. 
In case you're not in a holiday mood yet ... ;o))





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December 14, 2014 17 comments 3 shares 195 plus ones
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.... feathers! ... ;o7
I've gotten a request from El Kiddo for Mom's help with his Christmas shopping today, so my "good day" is laid out. I hope you're having a good day, too!

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The story goes thusly: One Gerald McCloy, at 2 years old begins "talking" in the form of sound effects, his first word being the titular "boing boing." His panicked father calls the doctor, who informs him that there's nothing he can do about it. As the boy grows up, he picks up more sounds and is able to make communicative gestures, but is still incapable of uttering a single word of the English language. Despite this, he is admitted to a general public school, where he is chided by his peers and given the derogatory name "Gerald McBoing Boing." After startling, and angering, his father, he decides to run away and hop a train to an unknown location. However, just before he catches the train, a talent scout from the NBC Radio Network discovers him. He is then hired as NBC's foley artist, performing shows for a division of the company labeled "XYZ" on the microphones, and becomes very famous, with the last scene showing him riding with his parents in a very expensive automobile among throngs of fans.

This is not that Gerald.

This is Gerald McByrd, a lowly #SeagullButtInDisguise , who thought perhaps that you might be more interested in the story above than his story: the fact that he has difficulty coping with the tremendous weight of the pelican schnabel and is about ready to give up this whole business of hiding and accept his fate. … hrumpf!



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_McBoing-Boing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNsyQDmEopw

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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 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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Well, I only just made it through my notifications here at G+ to thank everyone ... then I clicked on this.
I'm going to have a long night ... O_o
;oD

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I've been a mucho-sicko for the past week; please forgive my absence ... I'm happy to be feeling chipperish again! A brief thank you here for the folks that sent out wishes for my day yesterday. That is, until I find each of your posts for a more thorough thank you ... I have hundreds of emails to go through ... ;oD
For now, a chipperish howdy to those #bokeholics , +Leo Deegan +Michael B. Stuart +Dave Besbris +paula contreras +Elizabeth Hahn +Wesly Smith +Angie Smith  +Wendy Chase +Paul Moody ... and I've lost track ... ;o7

Fridays are #bokehlicious !!  :o) … ˚ºoOoº˚

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Another minor respite in the otherwise manic and frenzied existence, fraught with daily confusion, turmoil and the escaping butts of other birds with the opposite end wrapped around one's intended feast.

Here, a gathering of #seagullbutts  and #seagullbuttsindisguise as they take a quiet moment enjoying, yet again, the seashore sunset. A silent plea to all of you, as the holiday season swells vigorously towards it's frenzied crescendo, to stop and remember the good things; enjoy them when you have them.

This has been a Public Service Message 

brought to you by 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

 If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such theme as #SeagullButtSaturday!
Real themes:
#SunsetSaturday with thanks to +Dennis Hoffbuhr

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

#rgwoodpost  #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape #sunset #sunsetphotography 
#MalibuBeach   #California  

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Fun stuff, from +Colby Brown ... don't miss out!

#CBholidaygiveaway

The Colby Brown 2014 Holiday Giveaway

Join landscape, travel and humanitarian photographer Colby Brown as he gives away 4 Sony a6000's, Wacom Intuos Tablets, onOne Software Suites and more each week

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I found the cell where they incarcerated +Chrysta Rae during her short stay in the Yuma Prison (check out these posts for proof of her harrowing event: http://goo.gl/RtjVYhttp://goo.gl/RtjVY) How did I know it was Chrysta's cell?! …

Why, the very neatly organized bookshelf, of course.
Only Chrysta would leave a place that well arranged when she left.
Even the pot was clean and shiny, like it was done up for an interior photoshoot … ;o7

Hear tell that her incarceration was a short one because the warden found out that she was improving the quality of life of the other prisoners by organizing a scavenger hunt … and they rushed her parole hearing from the three decade standard to an unprecedented three hours! 

As a side note: even though Chrysta has been paroled (for behavior that was too good), the inmates have decided to continue on with their scavenger hunt … ;o7.



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December 02, 2014 37 comments 7 shares 270 plus ones
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During the morning launch, at the Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival, Yuma, AZ, I spied this lovely lady helping with her whole family to get their balloon filled with air. I was fascinated by her long tresses whipping in the wind and was content to have captured that as she was intent upon the task at hand ... and then she looked right at me ... click!


+PortraitTuesday #portraittuesday  (waves howdy to +Laura Balc and +Tana Teel ... :o))
#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Travel #TravelPhotography #arizona #arizonastate #yuma #balloon #balloonfest #hqspportraits #portraitgallery #trueportraits #hqspportraits

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December 01, 2014 19 comments 12 shares 215 plus ones
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As large as hot-air balloons are, they seem even larger at night.
At one point during the fest, I got up next to the basket (with permission ... ;o7) and shot up into the interior while they were firing off the propane blast ... oh wow, that was hot!!! I don't know how they do that repeatedly when aloft without singeing eyebrows.

And I checked my lens hood when I was done just to make sure I hadn't melted it ... ;oD


#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Travel #TravelPhotography #arizona #arizonastate #yuma #balloon #balloonfest

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November 29, 2014 32 comments 18 shares 268 plus ones
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... the dinner that got away.
Adding #seagullbuttsinaction and #seagullbuttcapers to the ever growing list of #hashtagsthatarenotreallyallthatuseful


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

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

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

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