The Alphabet Challenge<<link stories and the reminders to vote once again made up the bulk of posts for July, August, and September. Note: that search result is just for the stories (in reverse order). If you want the results, click this LINK.
By July, I had (mostly) shaken my habit of mentioning COVID-19 and concentrated on writing reminders to vote for stories. It wasn’t until the middle of the month that I wrote something else . . . but I’m getting ahead of myself.
Again, I’ll begin with photos . . .
This masked opportunist gave me the first set of photos of the Third Quarter. Side note: you can use the calendar option on the sidebar to see all of the posts for a given month or individual dates.
What followed were photos of me trying to catch up with things I had been wanting to photograph. Things like rocks, seeds, insect wings, and dead flowers.
It was one of the rare times I used my lights and lightbox for a dedicated photo session, and here are the results (with subsequent variations in processing) . . .
Again, if interested, these are all from posts in the first half of July.
. . . and then, a quick foray into photo contests . . .
Honest, I always know I have absolutely no chance of winning, but it gives me the opportunity to look at my photos with an eye to meeting the theme of the contest. In this case, “Shine a light”. For them unclear on the meaning, I took it to mean “to showcase”. These were my candidates for the contest . . .
I went with the leaf in the ice. I didn’t win.
Then came some of my favorite photos of the month (and possibly the year). A fawn visited my patio and it waited long enough for me to grab my camera and photograph it through the window . . .
July is also when we repainted the master bedroom and Melisa made curtains for it. As I had mentioned, we’re in the process of repainting the whole house. The walls are not yet decorated because we’ll wait until the whole house is done before concentrating on decorations.
The photos are not that great because they were snapped with the phone in difficult light. But, you get the idea.
Other notable July posts were of my mother’s cross-stitch projects (LINK) of which I offer a sample in the following gallery . . .
July also saw a few other (meaning, besides the fawn) notable critter photos . . .
. . . and the end of July saw me getting back to documenting our 2017 (!) Alaska Cruise.
I also posted a few offerings exploring photo software, but those have a limited audience so I won’t repeat them here (they can easily be found by them who want to).
Early in August saw Part 2 of our September 2017 Juneau visit photos . . .
Aside from the Alaska post, I think there were only a few posts NOT related to asking people to vote.
Sadly, shortly after this post, I happened to be in a location with tens of Black Swallowtail butterflies flittering about. The sad part isn’t that I was there; it’s that I’ve yet to do a post about the encounter.
The other two posts had to do with blogging stuff I won’t repeat here . . . but it gave me the opportunity to put up a few cartoons. Not that I didn’t use cartoons in other posts . . . here’s a smattering of the July, August, and September cartoons.
Oh, yes, August had more critters than just the butterfly . . .
September saw — what else — lots of voting reminder posts. But there were a few non-reminder posts. One was about teasels . . .
. . . and another about two green frogs . . .
. . . and yet another about a two-striped grasshopper . . .
. . . and some cobwebs in the fog . . .
One of the most viewed posts was something I threw together for people distressed about the upcoming switch to the Block Editor. The post “Classic Editor — where is it?”<<link got me more traffic — and blessings — than I expected. In October, that prompted a few related posts, but that’s a story for another post.
In September, we also undertook the longest drive of the year and made our way to Michigan for the first time in many, many years . . . I’ll probably write about it (because, you know, I snapped a lot of photos), but I did post from the phone while traveling, returning to my roots of using Snapseed and Pixlr Express, and Paper Artist . . .
In late September we continued with the painting, in this case, the living room walls and ceilings (this is before we changed the light fixture and before melisa made new curtains for the front door). Note: these photos are as shot (no post-processing . . . sorry about that).
We still have to build out my office and decide on arrangements and decorations, but that’s where we are now.
And that brings me to the end of the third quarter . . . but I left out a number of notable photos (and artistic conversions) that were used in the reminder posts.
Readers in the know can find them in the SmugMug Galleries (plural; there are two) but, for the casual reader, here’s a sampling — in no particular order — of some of the offerings . . .
That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.
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