Last “X” stories voting reminder . . . and wildflowers

The “X” stories voting block has a little over twelve hours to go before it closes . . .

. . . and you know what that means. Yup . . . another reminder post, although I got to tell you, you ain’t got much time left.

But, if you plan on making the effort and squeak in just under the deadline, 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, wildflowers . . .

Believe it or not, those are wildflowers . . . insomuch as they grew in a wild place. But, between me and you, I think these are remnants of cultivated flowers (probably Dianthus barbatus) that might have gone wild.

One thing that surprised me about Colorado was the wildflowers. Given the short growing season, wildflowers were surprisingly abundant.

These next were my favorites.

They grew pretty much anywhere you found some uncultivated dirt. Their likes — from buds to past their prime — often graced this blog’s posts.

These were photographed outside the Woodland Park office building where I worked from 2006 until 2013. It was a good way to spend part of my lunch (when I wasn’t writing flash fiction).

Once again, these photos are from the D100 and — at the risk of sounding like a broken record — a camera that produced pleasing and well-balanced photos. I can’t exactly describe the quality in terms that even I can understand, but I can always tell when I’m looking at D100 photos versus all the other cameras I’ve own.

One of these days I plan to snap photos of the same subject with the D100 (6MP), the D200 (10MP), the D7000 (16MP), and D7500 (20MP) just to compare them. Of course, there are factors other than MP that determine the look and feel of a photo. We’ll see. 


This LINK will take you to the SmugMug gallery of photos used in these reminder posts. Meanwhile, a small gallery of the above:

So, here’s the thing . . . I used to do massive flower posts. For them curious about how massive, a wildflowers LINK and a flowerbeds flowers LINK.

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