In brief, these posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence. Today, two galleries associated with weather events. Specifically, winter weather events.

Before we go on, the post associated with the first gallery can be found HERE.

We begin with a blizzard from February 2015 . . .

“It looks serious . . . do you miss blizzards?”

The background for these posts can be found in THIS post.

In brief, these posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence.

Today, I offer yet more galleries from The Big Island. The first is about us just going for a stroll and me having a camera with me . . . what are the odds of that!? Before we go on, the post associated with the first gallery can be found HERE.

We begin with ‘helmet urchins‘ which are sometimes referred to as ‘shingle urchins’ . . .

“Are those real? They look like armored cars.”

The background for these posts can be found in THIS post.

In brief, these posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence.

Today, I offer more galleries from The Big Island. It’s almost all about waves . . . except for the first photo of the first gallery. Before we go on, the post associated with the first gallery can be found HERE.

As I said, it’s mostly about waves, but it begins with this photo . . .

“Really!? Instead of waving at us, you’re mooning us?”

The background for these posts can be found in THIS post.

In brief, these posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence.

Today, I offer two galleries with a total of 47 photos originally shared in these two posts (Resting Now Part 1, Resting Now Part 2).

I like photographing old cars, both in their restored states and in less well-maintained states.

The first set of photos is from the grounds of a Comfort Inn in Amarillo, Texas.

“Wow! That’s . . . that’s a bit sad, actually.”

The background for these posts can be found in THIS post.

In brief, these posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence.

Today, I continue with 76 photos originally shared in THESE eight posts. At the time, we were still in Hawaiʻi and I was using the Note 8 to generate content at least as often as the PC.

Using existing photos and merging them in Adobe’s Photoshop Mix app generated interesting combinations. That app is no longer available (the functions have been integrated into another app), but if you’re like me and had downloaded it onto your phone, then it still works.

In a nutshell . . . er . . . in a short paragraph (I’m out of nutshell), the app allowed you to ‘merge” and ‘mix’ two or more photos. Rather than explain more, let me show you with this first photo.

“Wow! That’s . . . wait; what the heck is that!?”

The background for these posts can be found in THIS post.

In brief, these posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence.

Today, I continue with 14 photos from August 2018 that were used singly in various posts, and another 64 photos originally shared in THESE posts. At the time, we were still in Hawaiʻi and I was using the Note 8. All of the photos from this gallery were snapped with the Note 8.

Anyway, on to the photos.

“Wow! That looks nice! Tell me again why you left Hawaiʻi?”

The background for these posts can be found in THIS post.

In brief, these posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence.

Today, I continue with 85 photos from June and July, 2018. The 85 photos were originally shared in THESE and THIS posts. At the time, we were still in Hawaiʻi and I was using the Note 8. All of the photos from this gallery were snapped with the Note 8.

Anyway, on to the photos.

“Is that a real turtle?”

The background for these posts can be found in THIS post.

In brief, these posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence.

Today, I offer another relatively recent gallery — from May, 2018—with 81 photos originally shared in THESE posts. At the time, we were still in Hawaiʻi and I was using the Note 8. All of the photos from this gallery were snapped with the Note 8.

Anyway, on to the gallery of 81 photos.

“Is that a panorama?”

The background for these posts can be found in THIS post.

In brief, these posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence.

Today, I offer a relatively recent gallery with 258 photos originally shared in THESE posts. That’s right, it’s the Seven Deadly Sins Challenge. For them who put the challenge out of their minds and them who never heard of it, three writers — Perry, Gary, and I — committed to writing stories for each of the deadly sins.

Arguably, it was one of our least popular writing challenges (although the jury is still out for our current challenge).

What made it so — in my opinion — was the subject matter. I wasn’t very motivated by it, and as challenges go, it’s one I struggled with the most (although the jury is still out for our current challenge).

But, as an upshot, I had lots of reminders trying to get people to vote, hence the many photos. It breaks down to more than 35 photos per sin.

Anyway, on to the gallery of 258 photos.

B29 Superfortress

“Is that the best of the photos?”

The background for these posts can be found in THIS post.

In brief, these posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence.

Today, I offer a gallery with 365 photos originally shared in THESE posts. In January 2014 I started a series entitled Untitled Posts. You can read more about the series in the Untitled Post — Epilogue post which summarizes the effort, which was an experiment of sorts. I wanted to see if daily posts would increase my readership, and I wanted to see if short posts with just photos would increase my readership.

From it, I learned that no matter what I tried, the number of actual visitors remained fairly constant at about 25 per day. Occasionally it would jump to 30, or drop to 20, and that’s still the case eight years later despite my subscriber numbers having more than tripled since then.

I learned pictures with no words got me about the same amount of engagement (comments) as some of my more elaborate and descriptive posts.

Basically, it confirmed that no matter what I did, I wasn’t going to increase readership, and that’s fine.

There are many sites that purport to advise bloggers on how to significantly increase traffic, but I don’t read their advice because it boils down to being lucky and or striking the public’s fickle interest. Only a few things reliably affect readership: porn, religion, and politics. Really, it’s only porn since religion and politics are basically different manifestations of porn.

Anyway, on to the gallery of 365 photos.

B29 Superfortress

“Why 365?”

The background for these posts can be found in THIS post.

In brief, these posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence. And, like today, relatively recent photos.

Today, I offer a gallery with 192 photos originally shared in THIS post and it’s about Pueblo’s Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, in Pueblo, Colorado.

The Museum commemorates the site of Pueblo’s WW II B-24 training base which was in operation from 1942 through 1946.

There is a lot of information, donated artifacts, and history on display in two indoor hangars and a modest outdoor display.

B29 Superfortress

I’m a sucker for air museums and this one was a pleasant surprise.

The background for these posts can be found in THIS post.

In brief, these posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence. And, like today, relatively recent photos.

Today, I offer a gallery with 252 photos originally shared in a series of posts (HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE to list a few), but if you want a good introduction to the subject, look in THIS post. Sorry, I should mention I’m talking about my Nikon D7500.

This gallery is where I often throw random photos not specifically associated with a particular post. Meaning that I might use a photo in an opinion piece, a post about an event, or an update about something, and dump it in this gallery as opposed to creating a gallery with only one or two photos.

Anyway, I’m late with this. I was going to make a joke about rising late, but instead, I’ll say Happy Easter to them who might celebrate it.

To say that I like the D7500 is . . . well, accurate. It plays well with the lenses I have, has a decent number of the features I like, and gives me little to no trouble when called into service.

The background for these posts can be found in THIS post.

In brief, these posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence.

Today, I offer a gallery with 392 photos originally shared in a series of posts (HERE), but if you want a good introduction, look in THIS post. Sorry, I should mention I’m talking about DeepDream Generator.

You can read all about it, and you can probably get lost playing with it, but the gist of it is this: making use of Google’s open-source DeepDream code, the site allows you to merge two photos to create a new one. That’s the simplistic version and you can replace “merge” with overlay, marry, join, or any descriptor you want that elicits the idea of taking textures and details from each photo and compiling them into a new photo.

It doesn’t have to be two photos; it could also be one photo and adding textures and/or styles to them (a bit like what I do with Topaz Studio and Impression, but more). However, I found that using two of my photos — judiciously picked — I could get some nifty results.

That’s a small photo, and it’s the actual size. Let me explain.

The background for these posts can be found in THIS post.

In brief, these posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence.

Today, I offer a gallery with 90 photos originally shared in THIS post.

I almost called it a “recent post” but it’s from five years ago. Anymore, I can hardly process the passage of time because — as an example of that post — it seems both “recent” and “ancient”; I can’t believe it’s been that long and it also seems like it was longer. Perhaps I’m just losing it; I hear it happens as one gets on in years.

Anyway, on to the photos, which, per the SmugMug Gallery name, are all taken with the P900 . . .

A cruise ship in Kona harbor on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi

For new readers, that’s from the time we were living in Hawaiʻi.

The background for these posts can be found in THIS post.

These posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence.

Today, I offer a gallery with 123 photos.

I normally link posts originally associated with the gallery and/or photos in the gallery, but in this case, I give you THIS link, and if you choose to follow it, you’ll get a lot of posts that begin with NNWM No. 3, and half of them are protected. Those are all the updates I did for my third NaNoWriMo effort; the book that eventually got titled Gin’s War. The protected posts are the actual novel, and they are protected to preserve the FNASR. Normally, I tell readers to email me if interested in reading the novel and ask for the password. Sadly, that ship has sailed.

It would take some convincing to have me hand the password out because it’s been seven years that I’ve been offering (the last offer as late as last year) and no one’s ever asked.

Anyway, on to the photos . . .

That’s a photo from my then Samsung Note II

Yes, Colorado offers Canine Driver’s Ed. Don’t worry, few of them pass.