Still pining for “M” stories votes

The Alphabet Challenge M-Stories voting has stagnated . . . Yes, it sometimes gets a second wind near the end, but why wait?

If you’ve not already done so, you can read the stories and cast your vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge M-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link

Here are a few photos reworked and presented as a thank you for your participation . . .

That’s from the Old Kona Airport on the Big Island.

These versions were processed using Topaz Studio 1.0 with the Impression 2.0 and Restyle (Topaz Labs) plugins.

Ah, the good ole days of eating breakfast at the Hawaiʻian Style Cafe . . . it may not look like it, but those pancakes are as large as frisbees, and you get a couple of them.

Pretty much, wherever you go in Hawaiʻi, the vegetation offers up a photo-op. This was treated to a bit of Da Vinci sketch processing.

In a yard near Volcano Village . . . which is near Volcano Nation Park . . . and also near where the caldera’s floor dropped a few hundred feet after coughing up a few boulders and lots of ash.

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

I know some (mighty few) people miss my long posts . . . apparently, THIS POST<<link from 2017 was one of the better ones. Make sure you hit the bathroom before you start in on it.

Or, you could read THIS POST<<link where I dumped nearly my entire collection of unpublished Deep Dream efforts.

Side Note: it’s occasionally sad to revisit these posts because I come across comments from people that have since passed away. There are two such people on that post; Tedious Ted and ElBob, both people I considered friends. In the case of Tedious Ted, that comment was five months before he unexpectantly died from medical complications. Unfortunately, I didn’t find out until four fourteen months after that, when his girlfriend contacted me. (Edited to Add: TT, whose name was Roar and lived in Norway, passed away in Feb. 2018, and I didn’t hear about it until June of 2019.) It’s one of the reasons I want to have a “goodby post” at the ready. And lest people think it’s not needed, we should all remember that each and every one of us can be gone at a moment’s notice. This is not meant to depress, but rather to help people consider the preciousness of the time we have. And with that . . . 

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