Flowers and Thoughts Part 2 — We’re Doomed! Doomed, I Tell You!

I started this post before the suicide bomber attacked children in Manchester, England. I took a few days off from blogging because — like most people these days — I feel the equivalent of battle fatigue and the attack put a literal and deadly stench on it. That’s also why this is a relatively short post.

There are no words I can add about the bombing that have not already been said, written, and thought, so I’ll continue with my original topic for this post which is, unfortunately, peripherally related. 

As with Part I, I’ll be putting up a few flower photos for them who are not interested in words. Some of the photos will be different versions of the same shot; first the altered shot, then the photo processed as I usually do. Of course, as usual, you can click on the photos for a larger version or go to THIS SmugMug Gallery.

For them not interested in SmugMug or scrolling through the post, there is a gallery at the bottom of the post (a fast scroll). 

Anyway, my thoughts on what’s going on out there, in the religious-political wasteland. 

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Repetition in Black and White

Please vote in the poll below. I put this here in the hope more people read past the first few lines.

This post is about the selection process for my submission to Leanne Cole Monochrome Madness weekly journey into the world of Black and White Photography. This coming week, there’s a theme: repetition. The theme post will go live this coming Thursday (Wednesday, in North America).

There is no SmugMug gallery for these since all of these already appear in existing galleries. You can, however, click on the photos to get a larger version or click on the gallery therein to view them interactively. 

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Birds of May

This will be one of them cheap posts where I throw up stuff that appeared before. That means long-time readers of the blog are a bit cheated by the offering of past offerings but new readers have a chance to discover stuff they might have missed. 

It’s nearly the end of May and had we still been living in Colorado, I would be writing about the influx of birds into my then yard. 

"Get off my lawn!"

“Get off my lawn!”

That’s him yelling, not me. In fact, that’s the neighbor’s lawn. Anyway, I figure I would link a few post for them who miss my annual review of avian antics. 
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It occurs to me . . .

. . . that a majority of people reading this blog do little actual reading. I mean, I don’t know for sure, but seeing as I’m occasionally provocative, sometimes un-funny, and nearly always long-winded, my assumption stands. 

Even so, few people ever look at all the photos . . . probably because I seldom post fewer than twenty at a time. That is in contrast to many blogs that will show one or at most two photos per post. 

Whereas that’s “art,” my approach is more like “soup.” I throw in a bunch of stuff and hope it turns out OK. 

Miniature Pineapple - Macro Photography + Blended Layers

Miniature Pineapple – Macro Photography + Blended Layers

I’m told — but don’t know for sure — some of my photos are nice to look at. I mean, not so much “art” but also not a burden to the eye. 

People who come to my blog for photos seldom click on the link that would maximize their enjoyment of said photos. Yes, I’m talking about SmugMug.

So, I thought I would do a post about SmugMug.

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Flowers and Thoughts Part 1 — We’re Doomed! Doomed, I Tell You!

Wow . . . it’s been a while since my last post. What have I been doing? 

Honest, the days just flew by. I’ll tell you a bit about them, starting with the news. Yes, it turns out I’m affected by the news even though I currently watch no news programs and only minimally read about what’s going on. The problem, you see, is that what’s in the news these days — mostly politics — leaks into non-traditional venues. Despite me avoiding it, invariably someone asks me a question or I overhear conversations or it’s mentioned in unrelated articles, blogs, or podcasts. 

By the way, I’ll be putting up a few flower photos for them who are not interested in words. Some of the photos will be different versions of the same shot; first the altered shot, then the photo processed as I usually do. Of course, as usual, you can click on the photos for a larger version or go to THIS SmugMug Gallery. 

For them not interested in SmugMug or scrolling through the post, there is a gallery at the bottom of the post (a fast scroll). 

Anyway, my thoughts on what’s going on out there, in the social-political wasteland.  

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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo – 2013

This is the fourth of three posts documenting separate visits to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Yes, I’m channeling Douglas Adams. Anyway, this being the fourth visit to the zoo, I concentrated even more on getting shots offering new perspectives on the animals and the place. That said, some of these are a tad repetitive insomuch that the animals are pretty much the same as they were on my previous visits. Boring, really.

 

These photos were taken with the Nikon D7000. If you want to see the full-size versions, they will be in THIS SmugMug Gallery. Visit the SmugMug gallery is to see all 154 photos in the series. For them not wanting to read my ramblings, there’s also a gallery at the bottom of the post.

We begin with us finally riding the chairlift that takes you . . . uh, I don’t remember where it takes you. I think there’s a small display at the top of the ride, but the attraction is the ride itself, or at least it was for me.

Here we go . . . 

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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo – 2010

This is the third of three posts documenting three separate visits to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The purpose of these posts is twofold; first, these photos were taken before I had this blog and hence have not been properly documented for posterity, and second, perhaps one can see the progression of my photographic skills, such as they are. 

These photos were taken with the Nikon D200. If you want to see the full-size versions, they will be in THIS SmugMug Gallery. Visit the SmugMug gallery is to see all 77 photos in the series. For them not wanting to read my ramblings, there’s also a gallery at the bottom of the post.

First, let me dispell fears of me repeating what I did in the first two posts . . . I will not indulge in incredibly clever storylines where animals display both a facility with the spoken language and cognitive abilities clearly above their station. 

Second, there is no “second” . . . I just like starting sentences with “First”. 

Here we go . . . 

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