Two more days . . . that’s how much longer the Alphabet Challenge “R” Stories voting round is open.  

If you are a reader of our stories and someone who votes, 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 R-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link Votes will be accepted until noon on October 20th.

And now, onto a few photos . . .

I’m really sleepy, so just one more . . .

The Alphabet Challenge “R” Stories voting round is heading into the final four days of voting, still stalled. We’re hoping for a few more votes to come in, but (being busy myself) I understand why votes (and voters) may lag. 

Regardless, if you are a reader of our stories and someone who votes, 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 R-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link Votes will be accepted until noon on October 20th.

And now, onto an eclectic mix of photographs . . .

You’re looking at the balloons for a balloon drop event on the Coral Princess during our 2017 Alaska cruise. Said cruise is still being documented . . . maybe I should get back to doing that and put it to bed since there are photos from two other cruises that still need processing (Panama crossing, and New England & Canada cruises).

The Alphabet Challenge “R” Stories voting round is undergoing its usual midway stall in what has become a regular pattern . . . half the votes come at the beginning of the voting period, and the rest as we near the end of the voting period. 

Regardless of when, if you are a reader of our stories and someone who votes, 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 R-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link Votes will be accepted until noon on October 20th.

I’m still kind of busy, so this will be yet another short post.

Within, I hope to offer calming photos for people to contemplate.

small tiered waterfallThis serene scene is found along hwy. 24 heading up to Woodland Park from Colorado Springs.

The Alphabet Challenge “R” Stories voting round is nearly at the halfway mark.

If you are a reader of our stories and someone who votes, 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 R-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link Votes will be accepted until noon on October 20th.

I’m kind of busy, so this will be an extra-short post.

Driftwood on a beachSince few agreed with my interpretation of the last piece of driftwood I shared, I leave it to anyone who might want to comment to suggest what this piece resembles.

The Alphabet Challenge “R” Stories voting round continues on its two-week journey.

If you are a reader of our stories and someone who votes, 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 R-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link Votes will be accepted until noon on October 20th.

I’m still using the Classic Block (in the Block Editor environment) and I’m having no issues with it. Yes, there are a few things different, but if I can adapt to having Trump as President . . . let’s just say this is trivial in comparison.

So, a few photos . . .

A little bit of background as to why I snapped this photo (in addition to, you know, swans).

The Alphabet Challenge “R” Stories voting round is off to a slow start, and that’s understandable . . . to everyone but us writers.

OK, that’s a joke. I shouldn’t have to explain that, but these days it’s best to make things perfectly clear; I’m kidding.

I know our regular readers likely will get around to reading and voting, and we writers want you to know we are thankful for each and every one of you. Oh, yeah . . . also the irregular readers who stop by and contribute to the voting.

If you are a reader of our stories and someone who votes, 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 R-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link Votes will be accepted until noon on October 20th.

Believe it or not, I’m using the Classic Block editor as opposed to the Classic Editor to compose this post.

Wanna know why? Because in the course of writing the guide to the Classic Block, I got used to it and it’s not functionally different from the Classic Editor (except for how I insert photos).

Speaking of photos . . .

Seagull walking along the beachYes, that’s a seagull out for a stroll on a Michigan beach (that’s Lake Michigan in the background).

For them not interested in reading, you can see the photos in THIS<<link SmugMug Gallery.  

For a SmugMug slideshow, click HERE<<link. When you click the link, it will open in a new window and you have two options:
1) Manually scroll through the photos by clicking the “<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos.
2) There’s a PLAY/PAUSE button at the top-left of the screen with the transition set at about 5 seconds. Note: the symbol above the PLAY arrow will switch to a full-screen slideshow . . . which I advise for the best experience (press Esc to exit). You can then still use the”<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos as this will pause the slideshow.

If you want the full experience, keep reading.

Fallen Autumn Leaves
As shot (Camera Flat setting) with a bit of noise reduction and sharpening (Topaz DeNoise AI)

The Alphabet Challenge “Q” Stories voting round is entering the last 48 hours before it closes.

Some readers voted within a day of the stories going live, while others have a habit of getting in under the wire.

Regardless of which reader and voter you are, thank you in advance for eventually reading our stories and for eventually casting a vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge Q-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link Votes will be accepted until noon on October 5th.

These posts will be very short because of stuff, but still at least two photos, and in these posts, they are photos from past posts, reworked using Topaz Impression 2.0 and Topaz Studio 1.0 . . .

A praying mantis photo from THIS<<link post. That’s one massively buggy post.

In THIS<<link post I briefly explained why I don’t follow opinion blogs.

. . . but mentioned  I follow many some photo blogs. Two such blogs are lightscatter<<link and 2clicksaway<<link, both run by oneowner, a. k. a. Ken Bello<<link.

I follow them because they offer ideas for subjects and composition and because of the often interesting post-processing and treatments of the photos. One recent post<<link had me attempt to duplicate one of his compositions . . .

OK, so I wasn’t overly successful.

The Alphabet Challenge “Q” Stories voting round is . . . well, I don’t know what it’s doing. Let’s assume it’s doing well and I’m here to thank you. Thank you.

Readers might wonder why I’m posting posts ahead of time. Well, I’m not posting them ahead of time; I’m writing them ahead of time and scheduling them. Other readers don’t care about the how or why; they just want a reminder and some photos.

Regardless of which reader and voter you are, thank you in advance for eventually reading our stories and for eventually casting a vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge Q-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link Votes will be accepted until noon on October 5th.

These posts will be very short because of stuff, but still at least two photos, and in these posts, they are photos from past posts, reworked using Topaz Impression 2.0 and Topaz Studio 1.0 . . .


Yes, another photo from THIS<<link post. One of my favorites from that post.

The Alphabet Challenge “Q” Stories voting round is doing something, I’m sure, and I might even know what it is when you read this, but I don’t know what the “Q” round is doing because I’m writing these posts ahead of time.

Some readers will be offended by my scheduling reminder posts. Other readers will think it’s a good idea.

Regardless of which reader and voter you are, thank you in advance for eventually reading our stories and for eventually casting a vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge Q-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link Votes will be accepted until noon on October 5th.

These posts will be very short because of stuff, but still at least two photos, and in these posts, they are photos from past posts, reworked using Topaz Impression 2.0 and Topaz Studio 1.0 . . .

Both this and the next photo are from THIS<<link post.