Fourth “X” stories voting reminder . . . and Valentine’s Day

With the “X” stories voting block on its last three days — and this being (Saint) Valentine’s Day — I can think of no better romantic activity than spending quality time with one’s loved one and reading the short stories.

And then, in addition to voting for your favorite — and if you feel like it — forwarding it to couples you might know who need a boost in their relationship’s romance quotient.  Of course, you should encourage them to read all the stories for maximum romantic effect.

No matter how one comes to the stories, if you’ve read them and voted, thank you in advance for casting a vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge X-Stories” are HERE(link). Votes will be accepted until  Noon (Central Time) on Tuesday, February 16th, 2021.

So, it’s Valentine’s Day, or Saint Valentine’s Day. Truthfully, we don’t celebrate it per see (one could argue every day is Valentine’s Day . . . as evidenced by the open box of chocolates usually on the counter). But, for them who only celebrate their relationships on special occasions, here be some flowers.

The flower photos in this post are some of my earliest digital photography efforts (from 2003).

I’m not sure what flowers are popular on Valentine’s Day. I imagine daylilies probably send the wrong message. On the other hand, few flowers have the longevity one hopes for in a relationship.

Sometimes I think the D100 had a better sensor than modern cameras . . . except for the noise and it being only 6MP (my phone take 8MB photos).

I think the lower resolution of the sensors allowed for larger individual pixels and gave a pleasing quality to the photos. Again, at the expense of other factors like noise and the ability to resolve details when aggressively cropping, and other considerations.

Like everything else in life, everything is a compromise.

Are cone flowers considered ever offered on Valentine’s Day? Being as they are perennial, you’d think so, but they don’t typically flower when encased in February’s frozen ground (for most of the Northern Hemisphere).

Roses are likely the most common Valentine’s Day flower . . .

Of course, that’s from a rose bush as opposed to long-stemmed cut roses people usually buy as gifts so that the person they care about can sit and watch them die. 

At least these flowers will live in perpetuity . . . or as long as my account and data remain live.

Here’s a gallery of the above . . .

This LINK will take you to the SmugMug gallery that has the full-size versions of the above and also photos in recent reminder posts.

Oh, and here’s a LINK offering a (long) stroll down 2013’s memory lane. 

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