Thorny Lyre and “O” stories voting

The Alphabet Challenge “O” Stories round is almost at the halfway mark with only eight more days left before voting closes. For whatever reason, it’s still progressing at a glacial pace . . . uh . . . actually, glaciers are probably melting faster than votes are accumulating.

Also, for once, I’ve already started on my “P” story offering. Meaning, I hope to be done well ahead of the publishing deadline. I say “hope” because starting is not the same as writing. It could be the thing sits there for the next seven days, gets scrapped, and then, with a few hours to go, I write a completely different “P” story.   

Anyway, enough about me . . . if you’ve not already done so, consider reading the stories and then voting for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge O-Stories” are HERE.<<link

A few days ago I posted the “dragon wing” photo and I had a few decent — but incorrect — guesses as to what it might be. Today, I give you a bit more to go on . . . in the form of a thorny lyre . . .

OK, it’s not exactly a lyre unless lyres only have one string, failed flowers a soundbox, an insect wing resting on what might be the bridge, misshapen arms, and no crossbar . . .

. . . but, go with me here; lyre is what came to mind when I snapped this photo.

Those are leaves, of course, and I tried a few versions to bring out more of their texture, as well as the details of the failed flowers and insect wing.

. . . nice, but you know what I really want is to play with Topaz, right? 

Hey! before I do that, that looks like a double lyre!

. . anyway, due to the color (or absence of color), the first thing I do is play with either the Topaz Restyle plugin or the AI Remix option in Topaz Studio. And then, as usual, bring in some Topaz Impression and finish up with the Digital Frame option in Studio.

This was my first attempt, and it’s OK . . .

. . . but, what I really had in mind — and realized with my second attempt — was something like this. Well, not something; this . . .

I often drift into more dramatic looks and avoid pastel-like treatments, but these colors combination struck me as interesting, as did the Impression treatment. 

Few people ever comment on these offerings, so I don’t know if it’s only two or three people who like (or even look at) these, or if there is a hidden subculture of people raving about these types of offerings.

Wouldn’t that be something? Large gatherings of people coming together to discuss my photo treatments? I can see them now, wearing yellow and purple MAGA (Make Art Great Again) hats and waving placards with nifty slogans like “Disperser for a more colorful future!”  

Here’s a cartoon — or more — to wipe that image from your mind . . .

This next cartoon seems to reflect more the norm than not . . .

. . . as does this cartoon (my not-so-secret identity) . . .

. . . and since the season is almost upon us . . .

. . . and, because everyone should have one of these . . .

. . . and because I just find this one funny . . .

. . . and I’m ending on a funny/sad note . . .

The Smugmug Gallery of reminders photos is HERE<<<Link. You can see the full-size photos and you can see more of the details there than here.

For them who have already read and voted, a different kind of treat . . .

. . . I mentioned I had already done a 365 project (sort of). What I actually did was a series of Untitled Posts that shpwcased photos that totaled 365 (one per each day of the year but compressed down to just four months). The epilogue for the effort is HERE<<link complete with commentary that readers shouldn’t take as me complaining — but that some will.

. . . if you only want to explore the photos, there’s a Smugmug gallery HERE<<link.

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