Monochromatic rock and “L” stories voting reminder

We’re almost at the halfway mark for the “L” Stories voting round. If you want to participate, you can find links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge L-Stories” HERE.<<<Link

Clicking on the above link will take you to the post with the poll where you can cast your vote. The post also contains links to the individual stories. After voting, readers can — if so moved — spread the news about the story to friends and family. Or, not. But, we hope for yes.

So . . . yesterday’s rock got treated to some Nik Collection Silver Efex Pro 2 . . .

Once again, I think the monochrome treatment enhances all that texture and shapes, making it easier to “see” faces and figures on a surface that reminds me of a representation of Dante’s Inferno.

OK, so maybe that’s just me . . . although I too struggle to see any human figures . . .but squit your eyes a bit, and back up from the screen, and you can easily see the naked suffering souls.

. . . admit it . . . you tried it, didn’t you? It was the word “naked” that did it, yes?

Actually, the naked figures are found in the inner details . . .

Alright, I admit it; there be no naked figures unless you imagine them.

But, really, how else am I going to get you to examine the details?

By the way, yesterday, I neglected to mention this is a geode <<link . . . There are a few places in Illinois where one can find them, but none are close to me. So, I was happy to find one among the rocks in my flowerbed.

Here are the monochrome versions of the closeups . . .

You can see the full-size photos in the SmugMug Gallery HERE.<<<Link

Or, you can click on the individual photos for a larger (but not-full-size) view, or just scroll through the gallery below:

I know some (mighty few) people miss my long posts . . . but, if you are one of the few, there are many posts worth revisiting. THIS POST from 2014, for example.

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