Alphabet stories — one more day to vote.

The Alphabet Challenge “S” Stories seems to mirror another race that’s going on, with the lead changing hands almost daily. For a while, only one point separated the three stories. As of this writing, two points. As I wrote this, one story surged ahead and taken a three-votes lead. Impressive move this late in the round.

Regardless of who wins this round, it’s nice to see a good turnout at a time when people’s lives have many other pressing considerations.

I’ve been meaning to let all the procrastinators know of the impending deadline, but I’ve been putting it off . . . until now.

At noon tomorrow, this race will be called. If you plan to vote, please engage your posterior and get a move-on.  

If you are a reader of our stories and have a strong opinion about which of the stories you liked the best (or disliked the least), and if you participate in the poll, thank you in advance. Links to the stories and the poll for the “Alphabet Challenge S-Stories” are HERE(link) Votes will be accepted until noon (Chicago time) tomorrow.

Yesterday I posted a few “Westernized” photos. The bold colors are a big part of the characterization . . . but would they still be Western landscapes in monochrome? Well, let’s see . . .

Western scenery in monochrome
. . . You know what? It still do looks kinda Western-like . . . in fact, it reminds me a bit of the Tex Willard(link) comics I used to read.

Those comics sent me on my way to becoming what some uncharitable people classify as a “gun nut”. This next scene is a bit less “western” without the colors.

Colorado forest and mountains in monochrome
I think the headwaters of the Rio Grande(link) below still look pretty good in monochrome. To be honest, it’s the fence that makes that shot, both in yesterday’s color versions and today’s monochrome rendition.

Headwaters of the Riao Grande in monochrome
I had to make hunt around for a monochrome version of the railroad tracks below that I was satisfied with . . . but I found a treatment I liked.

Railroad and river in monochrome

If you want to see the originals of these photos-turned-into-paintings, they’re HERE(link).

For them keeping track, I’m still happy with the theme. The only thing I might tweak is to make the menu area a bit narrower.

Stay safe out there . . . I don’t think we’ve begun to see the crazy and — coupled with the COVID-19 surge — I expect things will get worse before they get better.

Here are a couple of links to other (older) posts for anyone wanting to check out how this theme does with a few previous posts (warning: both are long posts):

The Nikon P900 — Decision Time (link)
2015 Review — Photos (link)

The SmugMug Gallery containing the above photos is  HERE(link).

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