I'M HERE TO EMPOWER YOU!

I’m an artist . . . but that’s not saying much, because I believe, and it is something that I have devoted my time heavily to convey, that art expression is an inherent property of human nature. The media may vary, but not the innate disposition.

Those that know me have heard my “talent-as-myth” diatribe all too often, and if you end up tuning in to my posts, you will encounter it soon enough. It is my goal to change the notion, which a great number of people resign to, that one needs to have “talent” to pursue the art they feel or want and am doing this on a daily basis through my program in the G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers.

With that as preface, I will probably devote a portion of my posts to inspiring artists, but I also plan to impart other conceptions that I have about life in general, with the goal of elevating, encouraging, enlivening or energizing those who read them.

Let me begin with this:

I wish for you the ability to create for yourself all that your heart desires.

Start!


➡️ fill out this form, if you’re interested in the new home for “G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers”

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You can begin by watching "The Myth of Talent" here:


"The Myth of Talent" by Robin Griggs Wood

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"Home For the Holidays"


"Home For the Holidays"
The menace of Cormorant Family Christmas materialized slowly as, one by one, two by two, the already distressed and petulant kinsfolk began arriving at the yearly gathering, bracing themselves for the hollow but requisite conventions of spurious exuberance, forced benignancy, overeating and the annual swapping of meaningless tokens and doodads.

Why did they do it?

Because it reminded them that at no other time of the year would life be quite this stressful.

Joy to all!





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#MalibuBeach   #California

Be in the Present


Be in the Present
If you are plagued by past failures or past emotional pain,
remember that you have to create that newly, each time, in the present for them to have a continued effect on you.
#foodforthought



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#ThirstyThursdayPics with thanks to  Giuseppe Basile & Mark Esguerra #thirstythursday
#BreakfastClub with huge thanks to Gemma Costa and Breakfast Club
10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS / #10000photographersaroundtheworld  with thanks to Robert SKREINER
#promotephotography with thanks to Nikola Nikolski Naghmeh Khadembashi Gittan Beheydt Milena Ilieva and Promote Photography
#LandscapePhotography with thanks to Margaret Tompkins Jim Warthman David Heath Williams Kevin Rowe and Landscape Photography


#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro #SaltonSea #California #SunsetPhotography #Sunset #Travel #TravelPhotography #Sky #Beach

"Didn't I tell you never to bother me when I'm at work?!"


"Didn't I tell you never to bother me when I'm at work?!"

Sorry about that Mr. #SeagullButtInDisguise … I thought the trashcan was "leisure time" for you … O_o

Omigosh, SO much work for me to do of late, and all I have is this ridiculous shot of a pigeon #seagullbutthidinghisbutt to offer. Of course, YOU never bother me … and I miss you all. Sending out v-hugs to everyone!




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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such theme as #SeagullButtSaturday. The following people, sometimes posting to the #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus, are actually the #FunniestNonCuratorsOnGplus.

Robin Griggs Wood Ursula Klepper Christin McLeod Sassi Sassmannshausen Lauri Novak Richard Ball Craig Szymanski Melissa Beagle Ellie Kennard Cora Triton Steve Savoie Pam Wolfe +Joy Mum Jon Cassill Tom McGowan Annie Irving Diana Boyd Debby Moran Alex Lapidus Lou McCorkle Rob Lopes Kim Smith Bette Kauffman Liz C Jacqueline Hodsdon Darion Jackman Steven Kennard Sharon Stone Dawn Siadatan Sumit Sen Jasbir S. Randhawa Gazzaroonii T. John Wade Dave Bell Swee Oh Leo Deegan Nancy Battis Vita Patrick Kelly Marilyn Benham Mari Luukkonen Lora Lee Chapman Giselle Savoie Carin Bruce David Q. Cohen Gernot Glaeser Maureen Roberson Brian Grzelewski cobalt please Darcee McCutcheon Annelies Jansen Rachel Ferris Margaret Tompkins Jan Vermeulen Christi Nielsen

Real themes:
#birds4all curated by Walter Soestbergen Ricky L Jones & Birds4All
#birdloversandwildlife curated by Robert SKREINER  BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE

Must-have hashtags (for hackling the hashtag-haters … ;o))
#SeagullButtSaturday (duh!)
#SeagullButtShots
#SeagullButts
#notatheme
#SeagullButtsInDisguise (for other birds; a fine way to use up all those bird shots you took that are "not quite what you were shooting for" and currently languishing on your hard drive.)
#Gulluminati (what the group of non-curators have come to be know as)
#FunniestNonthemeOnGplus (because, isn't it?! … ;oD)
#Splatterday (Jasbir's invention, applicable for, ahem, some conditional shots … ;o7)

#rgwoodpost  #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos #hqspbirds #birdsgallery

"You gonna eat that?!"


"You gonna eat that?!"

"Huh, Maudie? … you gonna eat all of that? 'Cuz, uh, if you're not gonna eat it all, you know, I'd be glad to help you finish it. Huh, Maudie, huh, huh, HUH?!"

"Honestly, Cloyd! This is only our first date! Can't you think about something else besides your stomach for even ten minutes?!"


#SeagullButtsInDisguise

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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such theme as #SeagullButtSaturday. The following people, sometimes posting to the #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus, are actually the #FunniestNonCuratorsOnGplus.

Robin Griggs Wood Ursula Klepper Christin McLeod Sassi Sassmannshausen Lauri Novak Richard Ball Craig Szymanski Melissa Beagle Ellie Kennard Cora Triton Steve Savoie Pam Wolfe +Joy Mum Jon Cassill Tom McGowan Annie Irving Diana Boyd Debby Moran Alex Lapidus Lou McCorkle Rob Lopes Kim Smith Bette Kauffman Liz C Jacqueline Hodsdon Darion Jackman Steven Kennard Sharon Stone Dawn Siadatan Sumit Sen Jasbir S. Randhawa Gazzaroonii T. John Wade Dave Bell Swee Oh Leo Deegan Nancy Battis Vita Patrick Kelly Marilyn Benham Mari Luukkonen Lora Lee Chapman Giselle Savoie Carin Bruce David Q. Cohen Gernot Glaeser Maureen Roberson Brian Grzelewski cobalt please Darcee McCutcheon Annelies Jansen Rachel Ferris Margaret Tompkins Jan Vermeulen Christi Nielsen

Real themes:
#birds4all curated by Walter Soestbergen Ricky L Jones & Birds4All
#birdloversandwildlife curated by Robert SKREINER  BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE

Must-have hashtags (for hackling the hashtag-haters … ;o))
#SeagullButtSaturday (duh!)
#SeagullButtShots
#SeagullButts
#notatheme
#SeagullButtsInDisguise (for other birds; a fine way to use up all those bird shots you took that are "not quite what you were shooting for" and currently languishing on your hard drive.)
#Gulluminati (what the group of non-curators have come to be know as)
#FunniestNonthemeOnGplus (because, isn't it?! … ;oD)
#Splatterday (Jasbir's invention, applicable for, ahem, some conditional shots … ;o7)

#rgwoodpost  #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos #hqspbirds #birdsgallery

Incoming!


Incoming!
It's been said that Los Angeles is the most photographed city in the world.
Here's one more.

(Well, with "embellishments" … ;o))

Today marks the close of a G+ photography theme icon, #LeadingLinesMonday . Created here by Pam Boling, it became one of the most popular themes on G+. I want to thank you, Pam, and the folks who have assisted in curating along the way, Michael B. Stuart David Murphy Andreas Levi Simos Xenakis and **, for keeping this awesome theme going for so long! (Sorry, no Hallowe'en themed image for me today … I needed something more epic to Grand-Finale this theme with … ;o))




*which may be true, if all the movies made back in the early days of Hollywood are taken into consideration


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#promotephotography
#LandscapePhotography


#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro #California #SunsetPhotography #Sunset #Travel #TravelPhotography #Sky #digitalart #digitalpainting #photoshop #photomanipulation   #mattepainting


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Please feel free to ask me,
if you would like any of my images
available for print at robingriggswood.com

If you would like to view my albums here at G+ go to
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"Still in the Planning Stages"


"Still in the Planning Stages"

OK, here's the "how to":

1. Rent a helicopter
2. Fly really close to a large city ––> get permission first, so you don't get shot down as a suspected terrorist (a common reaction in major U.S. cities)
3. Take pictures (this is a crucial step)
4. Grab one of the shots and use it for your crazy-ass idea to create an "architectural rendering" look
5. Draw lines all over your cool city-from-above image ... that will make some folks kind of squeamish, but soldier on (remember, this is a crazy-ass idea)
6. Take individual areas of your image, for the greatest control of final look, and run them through Topaz Impressions, painting portions of each layer via a layer mask over their specific area.
7. Do #6 about 20 times, over a period of an hour

And there you have it ... :o))


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Sundry hashtags:
#rgwoodpost #googleplusphotos   #mixedmediaartwork #digitalart #photoshop #photomanipulation

No More Excuses!


No More Excuses!

The primary difference between a creative person and a non-creative one is that the creative person creates because they want to have something; they visualize what they want to have and then they keep going until they have it.

You don't become an artist by thinking, "I'm going to be an artist." It isn't about the mechanics of what goes into being an artist, it's about the mechanics of creating an end-product and not stopping until you have that end-product.

That's it. It's nothing more complex or lofty than that.

Stop lying to yourself that you aren't "creative" enough … just create something.

I'd love to see it ... ;o7



#promotephotography with thanks to Nikola Nikolski Naghmeh Khadembashi Gittan Beheydt Milena Ilieva and Promote Photography
#LandscapePhotography with thanks to Margaret Tompkins Jim Warthman David Heath Williams Kevin Rowe and Landscape Photography


#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro #Malibu #Pepperdine #California #SunsetPhotography #Sunset #Travel #TravelPhotography #Sky




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if you would like any of my images
available for print at robingriggswood.com

If you would like to view my albums here at G+ go to
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"A Minor Footnote in the Apocalypse" digital composite and painting byRobin Griggs Wood


"A Minor Footnote in the Apocalypse" digital composite and painting by Robin Griggs Wood

Not to freak anyone out ... just playing with light here ... ;o7



This image available for print:
http://www.robingriggswood.com/buy/38075446_CPsjbP/3561276714_W46qXnB/


Fantastic & Surreal Photos with thanks to Gemma Costa Rob Heron #fantasticandsurrealphotos
HQSP Photo Art with thanks to Anja Wessels Enrique Pelaez #hqspphotoartmanipulation
#hqspart with thanks to HQSP Photo Art

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Please feel free to ask me,
if you would like any of my images
available for print at robingriggswood.com

If you would like to view my albums here at G+ go to
 ––> https://plus.google.com/photos/+RobinGriggsWood/albums

#rgwoodpost #amazing #color #colors #inspiration #digitalart #fantasyart #surrealart #painting
#digitalart #digitalpainting #photoshop #photomanipulation   #mattepainting #fineart #fineartpls   #conceptart
#photomanipulator #photomanipulation #artdesign #designs #fantasy #fantasyart #fantasydigitalart #digital #photoshop #creative

"Where the Spiritual World and Physical World Meet" digital compositeand painting by Robin Griggs Wood


"Where the Spiritual World and Physical World Meet" digital composite and painting by Robin Griggs Wood

Don't worry, I'm not going to be slapping large watermarks on my images from now on ... ;o7 ... I thought I might use this one to change my cover photo for a short bit.


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#SunsetSaturday
#promotephotography
#SurrealArtSaturday
  #fantasticandsurrealphotos
#hqspphotoartmanipulation
#hqspart



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Please feel free to ask me,
if you would like any of my images
available for print at robingriggswood.com

If you would like to view my albums here at G+ go to
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#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #SunsetPhotography #Sunset #inspiration #digitalart #fantasyart #surrealart #painting
#digitalart #digitalpainting #photoshop #photomanipulation #fineart #fineartpls   #conceptart
#photomanipulator #photomanipulation #artdesign #designs #fantasy #fantasyart #fantasydigitalart #digital #photoshop #creative #DigitalArtSaturday

The Epic Battle Begins


The Epic Battle Begins

You may recall the reports about a month ago where the Sea-IA uncovered a #SeagullSubversionSect rallying troops on a secluded island off the coast: https://plus.google.com/+RobinGriggsWood/posts/M1ErGY7qZWJ.
Alex Lapidus and Ellie Kennard have also been recently witness to the most gruesome carnage and demands of a propitiatory #GreatSeagullButtMasters title bestowal from the entire #Gulluminati .

Well, you can bespeak your own horror to watch events unfold here, as #seagullbuttminions are sent out to envelope a becalmed boatload of mild-mannered #Gullarazzi pursuing their avocation in their typical innocuous fashion.

We can hope that it's only a #splatterattack and not some ghastly Hitchcockian nightmare!






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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such theme as #SeagullButtSaturday . To the following people, sometimes posting to the #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus , be warned!

Robin Griggs Wood Ursula Klepper Christin McLeod Sassi Sassmannshausen Lauri Novak Richard Ball Craig Szymanski Melissa Beagle Ellie Kennard Cora Triton Steve Savoie Pam Wolfe +Joy Mum Jon Cassill Tom McGowan Annie Irving Diana Boyd Debby Moran Alex Lapidus Lou McCorkle Rob Lopes Kim Smith Bette Kauffman Liz C Jacqueline Hodsdon Darion Jackman Steven Kennard Sharon Stone Dawn Siadatan Sumit Sen Jasbir S. Randhawa Gazzaroonii T. John Wade Dave Bell Swee Oh Leo Deegan Nancy Battis Vita Patrick Kelly Marilyn Benham Mari Luukkonen Lora Lee Chapman Giselle Savoie Carin Bruce David Q. Cohen Gernot Glaeser Maureen Roberson Brian Grzelewski cobalt please Darcee McCutcheon Annelies Jansen Rachel Ferris Margaret Tompkins Jan Vermeulen Christi Nielsen

Real theme:

#SunsetSaturday with thanks to Dennis Hoffbuhr

Must-have hashtags (for hackling the hashtag-haters … ;o))
#SeagullButtSaturday (duh!)
#SeagullButtShots
#SeagullButts
#notatheme
#SeagullButtsInDisguise (for other birds; a fine way to use up all those bird shots you took that are "not quite what you were shooting for" and currently languishing on your hard drive.)
#Gulluminati (what the group of non-curators have come to be know as)
#FunniestNonthemeOnGplus (because, isn't it?! … ;oD)
#Splatterday (Jasbir's invention, applicable for, ahem, some conditional shots … ;o7)

#rgwoodpost   #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape

"Right Of Way" a digital composite by Robin Griggs Wood


"Right Of Way" a digital composite by Robin Griggs Wood

#FirstFridayArtWalk is every first Friday of each month. Click on that hashtag or view paintings and other unique works shared in the Google+ First Friday Art Walk community [https://plus.google.com/communities/117542371460000181203]



#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos
#surrealartsaturday  with thanks to Mikko Tyllinen
Fantastic & Surreal Photos curated by  Gemma Costa  & Rob Heron   #fantasticandsurrealphotos

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––> http://www.robingriggswood.com/Featured/Fine-Art-Composite/i-kpNTHzN/buy

If you would like to view my albums here at G+ go to
 ––> https://plus.google.com/photos/+RobinGriggsWood/albums

#mixedmediaartwork #digitalart #fineart #FridayFunny #digitalpainting #fantasy #surreal #surrealism #surrealart #digitalmattepainting #painting #composite #weekendartmarketplace    #TGIF

Land of the Lost


Land of the Lost

#Gulluminati beware!! The Sea-IA uncovered this shot of the #SeagullSubversionSect rallying troops on a secluded island off the coast. It has been surmised that they are donning #seagullbuttsindisguise costumes and preparing for some great onslaught on all #Gullarazzi.

As of this report, however, their plan of action has not been determined and we can only issue a general warning, All #SeagullButtShooters should carry on their person's at all times the following:

  • Protective covering (plastic film for your camera and hats and long-sleeved shirts/jackets for your person … or an umbrella)

  • Wet wipes and lens cleaners

  • A female gull "in season" to release as a distraction should the troops form in earnest about your person

The latter would be an extreme action, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Including use of the following:

 • Shark-Urine® Anti-Seagull spray (fortunately for you, we sell this in the 3-pack for $69.99, plus $12.99 s/h)

(ᴅɪsᴄʟᴀᴍᴇʀ ᴀɴᴅ ғɪɴᴇ ᴘʀɪɴᴛ: ᴀᴄᴛᴜᴀʟʟʏ, ᴡᴇ ᴊᴜsᴛ ᴘᴇᴇ ɪɴᴛᴏ ʙᴏᴛᴛʟᴇs ᴏᴜʀsᴇʟᴠᴇs, ʙᴜᴛ sᴇᴀɢᴜʟʟs ᴀʀᴇ ᴘʀᴇᴛᴛʏ sᴛᴜᴘɪᴅ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛᴇɴᴅ ɴᴏᴛ ᴛᴏ ɢᴇᴛ ᴛᴏᴏ ᴄʟᴏsᴇ ᴀғᴛᴇʀ ᴛʜᴇʏ sᴇᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ʙɪɢ ᴘɪᴄᴛᴜʀᴇ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ sʜᴀʀᴋ ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴏᴛᴛʟᴇ. ᴀʟʟ ᴄʟᴀɪᴍs ᴠᴏɪᴅ ᴡʜᴇʀᴇ ᴘʀᴏʜɪʙɪᴛᴇᴅ. ɴᴏᴛ ғᴏʀ ɪɴᴛᴇʀɴᴀʟ ᴜsᴇ. ʙᴜʀɴɪɴɢ, sᴛɪɴɢɪɴɢ, ʀᴇᴅɴᴇss, ɪʀʀɪᴛᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴏʀ ᴀ ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟᴇᴛᴇ ᴅɪsɢᴜsᴛ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴏᴜʀ ᴏʀɢᴀɴɪᴢᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ғᴏʀ sᴇʟʟɪɴɢ ʏᴏᴜ ᴛʜɪs sᴘᴇᴄɪᴏᴜs ᴘʀᴏᴅᴜᴄᴛ ᴍᴀʏ ᴏᴄᴄᴜʀ. ɪғ ᴀɴʏ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇsᴇ ᴇғғᴇᴄᴛs ᴘᴇʀsɪsᴛ ᴏʀ ᴡᴏʀsᴇɴ, sᴛᴏᴘ ᴜsɪɴɢ ɪᴛ, ғᴏʀ ᴘɪᴛʏ's sᴀᴋᴇ, ᴀɴᴅ ᴀᴠᴏɪᴅ ʙᴇɪɴɢ sᴏ ɢᴜʟʟɪʙʟᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ɴᴇxᴛ ᴛɪᴍᴇ.)




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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such theme as #SeagullButtSaturday. To the following people, sometimes posting to the #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus, cover your … um .. well, you know … ;o7

Robin Griggs Wood Ursula Klepper Christin McLeod Sassi Sassmannshausen Lauri Novak Richard Ball Craig Szymanski Melissa Beagle Ellie Kennard Cora Triton Steve Savoie Pam Wolfe +Joy Mum Jon Cassill Tom McGowan Annie Irving Diana Boyd Debby Moran Alex Lapidus Lou McCorkle Rob Lopes Kim Smith Bette Kauffman Liz C Jacqueline Hodsdon Darion Jackman Steven Kennard Sharon Stone Dawn Siadatan Sumit Sen Jasbir S. Randhawa Gazzaroonii T. John Wade Dave Bell Swee Oh Leo Deegan Nancy Battis Vita Patrick Kelly Marilyn Benham Mari Luukkonen Lora Lee Chapman Giselle Savoie Carin Bruce David Q. Cohen Gernot Glaeser Maureen Roberson Brian Grzelewski cobalt please Darcee McCutcheon Annelies Jansen Rachel Ferris Margaret Tompkins Jan Vermeulen Christi Nielsen

Real themes:
#SurrealArtSaturday with thanks to Mikko Tyllinen

#rgwoodpost #SeagullButtShots #SeagullButts #SeagullButtsInDisguise #notatheme #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos

"Message In A Bottle" fantasy composite by Robin Griggs Wood


"Message In A Bottle" fantasy composite by Robin Griggs Wood

Not the exact idea of this particular image, but I thought it would be fun to challenge you with the same challenge I gave my Arcanum apprentices ... to add something in the comments based on the following scenario:

You're walking along a beach. There, in near distance, sits the ubiquitous washed-ashore bottle. You're not close enough to it yet to see it clearly, but as you walk closer, your mind meanders over to the classical story of someone on a long distant island or sinking ship tossing it into the water with a message inside; a last, desperate plea for help or a note of enduring love to a faithful companion.

At last you arrive …
and find that there is, indeed, a curled piece of paper tucked inside the sealed bottle. It's a love letter, with the full name of the person to whom it's addressed and last known location.

How will you react: with action or indifference?

Don't read anyone else's until you've added your comment … ;o7

(I've got Sting singing in my head now ... ;o7)


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If you're so inclined ... ;o7 ... image available for print here ––> http://www.robingriggswood.com/buy/38075446_CPsjbP/3463366245_ZMSwjwZ/

SurrealArtSaturday with thanks to + 111124930081935539248 #SurrealArtSaturday
Fantastic & Surreal Photos with thanks to Gemma Costa Rob Heron #fantasticandsurrealphotos
HQSP Photo Art with thanks to Anja Wessels Enrique Pelaez #hqspphotoartmanipulation
#hqspart with thanks to HQSP Photo Art * and Rinus Bakker


#rgwoodpost #amazing #color #colors #inspiration #digitalart #fantasyart #surrealart #painting
#digitalart #digitalpainting #photoshop #photomanipulation   #mattepainting #fineart #fineartpls   #conceptart
#photomanipulator #photomanipulation #artdesign #designs #fantasy #fantasyart #fantasydigitalart #digital #photoshop #creative #DigitalArtSaturday

The Butt, The Whole Butt, and Nothing Butt the Butt


The Butt, The Whole Butt, and Nothing Butt the Butt

Well … you know this had to happen eventually … O_o
I finally found a seagull that was all butt.
You all also know my penchant for photo-manipulation, butt no post-work-head-lopping was done to this image!
Now, I'm beginning to wonder if this is a stuffed prop created by the same #seagullsubversionsect that pulled the cardboard-cutout caboose-caper on me last week … hmmm.




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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such theme as #SeagullButtSaturday. To the following people, sometimes posting to the #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus , watch out for the #haunchhoaxes !!

Robin Griggs Wood Ursula Klepper Christin McLeod Sassi Sassmannshausen Lauri Novak Richard Ball Craig Szymanski Melissa Beagle Ellie Kennard Cora Triton Steve Savoie Pam Wolfe +Joy Mum Jon Cassill Tom McGowan Annie Irving Diana Boyd Debby Moran Alex Lapidus Lou McCorkle Rob Lopes Kim Smith Bette Kauffman Liz C Jacqueline Hodsdon Darion Jackman Steven Kennard Sharon Stone Dawn Siadatan Sumit Sen Jasbir S. Randhawa Gazzaroonii T. John Wade Dave Bell Swee Oh Leo Deegan Nancy Battis Vita Patrick Kelly Marilyn Benham Mari Luukkonen Lora Lee Chapman Giselle Savoie Carin Bruce David Q. Cohen Gernot Glaeser Maureen Roberson Brian Grzelewski cobalt please Darcee McCutcheon Annelies Jansen Rachel Ferris Margaret Tompkins Jan Vermeulen Christi Nielsen


#rgwoodpost #SeagullButtShots #SeagullButts #SeagullButtsInDisguise #notatheme #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos

Duped!


Duped!

I may have to turn in my #Gulluminati badge … I got taken in by the oldest trick in the book!
Here, I thought I had struck #GullGluteusGold with this ASSorted #HeinyHorde . It wasn't until I got the image home and saw it large that I realized I'd been hind-swaggled by cardboard cutouts, with nary a #seagullbutt in sight!!

Be warned, my #FeatheredFannyFoto confrere … they've been on to us for a while, but they're getting clever!




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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such theme as #SeagullButtSaturday . The following people, sometimes posting to the #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus , possibly have had better luck than I:

Robin Griggs Wood Ursula Klepper Christin McLeod Sassi Sassmannshausen Lauri Novak Richard Ball Craig Szymanski Melissa Beagle Ellie Kennard Cora Triton Steve Savoie Pam Wolfe Joy Mum Jon Cassill Tom McGowan Annie Irving Diana Boyd Debby Moran Alex Lapidus Lou McCorkle Rob Lopes Kim Smith Bette Kauffman Liz C Jacqueline Hodsdon Darion Jackman Steven Kennard Sharon Stone Dawn Siadatan Sumit Sen Jasbir S. Randhawa Gazzaroonii T. John Wade Dave Bell Swee Oh Leo Deegan Nancy Battis Vita Patrick Kelly Marilyn Benham Mari Luukkonen Lora Lee Chapman Giselle Savoie Carin Bruce David Q. Cohen Gernot Glaeser Maureen Roberson Brian Grzelewski cobalt please Darcee McCutcheon Annelies Jansen Rachel Ferris Margaret Tompkins Jan Vermeulen Christi Nielsen

#rgwoodpost #SeagullButtShots #SeagullButts #SeagullButtsInDisguise #notatheme #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos

Strengthen Your Core


Strengthen Your Core
Several years ago I decided to change my physical condition. I had gained a lot of weight over the years and confronted it one Christmas visiting my brother -- and his bathroom scale ... ugh.

I took on a program of running and weight-lifting and changed my eating. However, after a year and a half of that, I had only managed to lose about fifteen pounds. I was healthier, sure -- probably gained more muscle weight and lost some fat -- but I was still frustrated at not being able to get to where I wanted to be.

Then ... my back went out on me like a faithless lover. I felt so betrayed. It was the first time anything that debilitating had ever happened to me. I couldn't move at all.

When I went to the doctor, he told me I had to do something like yoga or pilates (similar to yoga). I laughed to myself -- the last thing that I wanted to do was bend like that!! So, I ignored him.

Throughout the following year I was still unable to to break my plateau, but during that time I did a lot of reading on the subject from professional fitness experts. One of the key points that kept coming up was the concept of 'Core Strength'. Your core is the center of your body and the primary muscle groups there are the abdominals, back, butt and hips. The minor sit-ups I had been doing just weren't addressing that fundamental core.

One day, I was walking past a pile of DVD's on sale and one particular exercise video grabbed my attention. I had remembered my doctor's words -- "pilates". "Worth a try," I thought. Well, that step changed everything! Within mere months I had lost thirty-five more pounds. My speed and agility at running increased even! I finally had gained real control and capability with my body -- for the first time in my life.

I'm sure you are now asking "Um, Robin … what does pilates have to do with photography or art?!!"

STRENGTHEN YOUR CORE.

The Internet is a vast resource of tutorials for photography and art. As well, you probably already have applications loaded onto your systems that are applicable to your current goals, or you can get some for free or at low cost. Learn them! Learn the core of your tools and those applications. It's not the plug-ins and fancy new gadgets that will be there for you when the next 'newest, latest, greatest' hits the market. What will be there for you when the 'gotta have it' fades is your ability to work with the basic fundamentals of the tools and applications you use -- and your ability to grow and adapt, when the market need fluctuates.

If you are having difficulty fully grasping how the processes work and feel you need an add-on or fancy gadget to get a quality result, remember that the fundamentals of the tools that you are using are not unknowable. Do what you need to do to learn them thoroughly. Break out a dictionary and find out what the words mean, first in your own language, and then in the language of the application or the analog operations it represents. Experiment a bit with what is in front of you. Finally learn what all the dials on your camera are for. Then, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. (Read that as, PLAY, PLAY, PLAY ... ;o))

Strengthen your core -- and watch your speed and agility soar!


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#LandscapePhotography
#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro

"Lady, point that thing at my butt and you're gonna find out, tout desuite, what expensive glass feels like shattered into your eyeballs.


"Lady, point that thing at my butt and you're gonna find out, tout de suite, what expensive glass feels like shattered into your eyeballs.
An Epic Tale of an Epic #SeagullButtShot FAIL

It could happen to anyone … any #SeagullButtShooter, that is.

You see, we are trained to spot #seagullbuttsindisguise from a mile away!
However, even a WetWipe-carrying member of the #Gullarazzi has an off day.

This was mine.

Since this parrot was right next to the coast, it was perfectly logical for me to suspect that he was merely a #seagullbuttindisguise … granted, with an uncustomarily expensive costume. But, who knows, maybe the #seagullcontingent has started up a fund or something? What nefarious plots could they have cooked up to thwart our parodic antics on Saturdays?

I backed away quietly, with only this boring shot of my intended quarry's malignant mien.

sigh ...




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Robin Griggs Wood Ursula Klepper Christin McLeod Sassi Sassmannshausen Lauri Novak Richard Ball Craig Szymanski Melissa Beagle Ellie Kennard Cora Triton Steve Savoie Pam Wolfe Jon Cassill Tom McGowan Annie Irving Diana Boyd Debby Moran Alex Lapidus Lou McCorkle Rob Lopes Kim Smith Bette Kauffman Liz C Darion Jackman Steven Kennard Sharon Stone Dawn Siadatan Sumit Sen Jasbir S. Randhawa Gazzaroonii T. John Wade Dave Bell Swee Oh Leo Deegan Nancy Battis Vita Patrick Kelly Marilyn Benham Mari Luukkonen Lora Lee Chapman Giselle Savoie Carin Bruce David Q. Cohen Gernot Glaeser Maureen Roberson Brian Grzelewski BJ Bolender Darcee McCutcheon Annelies Jansen Rachel Ferris Margaret Tompkins Jan Vermeulen

Real themes:
#birds4all curated by Walter Soestbergen Ricky L Jones & Birds4All
#birdloversandwildlife curated by Robert SKREINER  BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE

#rgwoodpost #SeagullButtShots #SeagullButts #SeagullButtsInDisguise #notatheme #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos #hqspanimals #hqspbirds #birdsgallery #hqsplandscape

"The Celebration Hall" a composite by Robin Griggs Wood


"The Celebration Hall" a composite by Robin Griggs Wood

The hall is ready for the big celebration. It's Google+'s birthday today––three years and I still adore this place. Dave Besbris put out the call to share "Who are your people on Plus?" Well, Dave, for one … ;o7 … but, you know, I can't stop at just three, Dave. For me Google+ has been a place of wonder and immense inspiration. Today I want to invite as honored guests to the Celebration Hall all of the folks who make G+ extra special with their wonderful imaginations, their open hearts and their generous willingness to help others to grow as well. They take imagery to a whole new level, so are well worth the add, if you haven't found them yet.

You ALL make Google+ one of the most special places to be –– including alphabetically, but not limited to:
Niki Aguirre , Miss Aniela , Annette Biggers , Sam Breach , Lotus Carroll , Gretchen Chappelle , Ron Clifford , Cheryl Cooper , Gemma Costa , Scott Detweiler , Glyn Dewis , Shantha Marie Fountain , Christopher Germano , E.E. Giorgi , Andy Gray , Brian Grzelewski , Thomas Hawk , Darla Hueske , Karen Hutton , Tommy Ingberg , Jason Jakober , Mark Johnson , Derek Kind , Alex Koloskov , Jessica Lark , Andy Lee , Jeff McDonald , Baldur McQueen , Regina Pagles , David Pairé , Sandra Parlow , Jay Patel , kimberton pemberly , Tamara Pruessner , Eric Raeber , Trey Ratcliff , Mark Rodriguez , Brooke Shaden , Alan Shapiro , Mike Shaw , Adrian Sommeling , Sairam Sundaresan , Erika Thornes , Joel Tjintjelaar , Shawn Van Daele , Catherine Vibert , Von Wong ... and many more (I'll share a circle later with a larger group). Please know that I am grateful to every one of you and am so happy to have found you here on G+ ... you rock my world!

Folks, for anyone reading this, please let me know in the comments who YOU think takes imagery to a whole other level.

#plus3 #findyourpeople #GooglePlusBirthday

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"Beware Of Dog"


"Beware Of Dog"

Just having a little fun while on a road trip ... ;o7
#hootsandgiggles

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#FidoFriday with thanks to Wes Lum, Lisa Lisa & mel peifer
#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Friday #TGIF

[rant warning]


[rant warning]

An open letter to the folks I shared the highway with during my 400 mile journey down the coast yesterday:

To whom it may concern (and, more pointedly, to a few of those who think it doesn't concern you),

The 4-5 car length of space that I leave between my car and the car in front of me when I'm dashing down the highway at 65-70 miles per hour was created on purpose; it's not because I'm stupid, sleepy, frightened, nor ignorant. We call it "braking space". It's considered an act of sanity when moving at high speeds with others moving at high speeds so near. The space isn't there for you to zip your car into to show me how stupid, sleepy, frightened, or ignorant I'm being.

You might enjoy trying out this neat little tool that all cars come equipped with called a "turn signal". It's one of those levers you have typically sticking out on the steering column. This tool is what drivers use to communicate their intentions to one another on the road. Go out to your car right now and check it out. Neat, isn't it? I know! I think it's wonderful and amazing that cars have it, too. Next time you want to swerve into the braking space I've created in front of me, give that lever a try to let me know your intentions and I'll be more than happy to accommodate you.

While I'm at it, can we talk about the sign on a two-lane highway that reads "Slower Traffic: Keep Right" –– do you know what "Slower Traffic" means? That's basically the folks who need to drive below the posted speed limit for various safety reasons. It is not an open grant of right-of-way and entitlement for individuals who prefer to drive 15-40% above the speed limit. The sign does not give you a sanction for driving at a one-car-length distance from my rear bumper in an endeavor to "hint" at how wrong I am that I prefer to drive safely––or that I don't have the urge slow down and move over behind the trucks and trailers on the right for every person who comes up behind me trying to arrive 300 miles down the road 4 minutes before I do.

I would ask you to offer a good reason for your actions, however, as I think of all the possible answers, there isn't anything you could come up with that wouldn't sound lame or self-serving. If you really need to get past me, you can go through the gaps of the trucks and trailers on the right at your breakneck speed. That way, you'll be helping out the Highway Patrol to get a better view of you zipping past as they wait behind blinds alongside the road.

It would probably just be a good thing if you drove at the posted speed limit. It seems oppressive to your "exceptional skills" as a driver, I know. However, you should know that it has been everyone around you, braking as you veer in front them, speeding up as you nearly nick their bumper behind them and swerving out of your way in general, who have used their genuinely adept driving skills to give you the false impression that you have any real competence behind the wheel.

Here is something you may not have thought of: speed limits aren't there to rule over you. They are there to give prediction to everyone who uses this great invention, the car––which gives ease to our lives, but can also take lives, if used poorly. In fact, it is precisely this prediction which has added to your delusion that you are such a superior driver. If you couldn't predict that most other drivers were going to drive at a specific speed, you wouldn't have the opportunity to weave the fabric of your racing blue-ribbon amongst the rest of us.

Just some food for thought.

[end rant]

For everyone else on the road whom I shared my travels with: I will be oodles of thrilled to meet you on the road to adventure again. I look forward to it.

Sincerely,
Robin






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#ThirstyThursdayPics with thanks to  Giuseppe Basile & Mark Esguerra #thirstythursday
#CoastalThursday with thanks to David Polzine Jon Kahn Coastal Thursday

10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS / #10000photographersaroundtheworld  with thanks to Robert SKREINER
#promotephotography with thanks to Nikola Nikolski Naghmeh Khadembashi Gittan Beheydt Milena Ilieva and Promote Photography
#LandscapePhotography with thanks to Margaret Tompkins Jim Warthman David Heath Williams Kevin Rowe and Landscape Photography


#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro #California #SunsetPhotography #Sunset #Travel #TravelPhotography #TravelThursday   #Sky #Beach




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How to be loved


How to be loved

Needing a bit more love in your life?

Now, you know the way things work, to get anything you're going to have to give it. If you are feeling a lack, it isn't that you aren't lovable, it is just that you need more practice!

For anything to exist in your life you need to create it. This starts with loving others more. The more you practice, the more you open yourself to the love around you and the potential to receive then grows with it.

You can practice on those around you for whom you already feel some affinity––but to earn real love, start practicing on the tougher cases around you.

Like the garbage man who picks up your trash regularly.
Like the person who cut you off on the freeway yesterday.
Like the kid who keyed your new car.
Like the homeless man who smells of sweat and urine.

Open your heart to continue to love everyone around you despite whether you feel they've earned it or not and watch the love grow in your own life. It is one of those bits of magic in this world––and it takes practice.


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#FloralFriday with thanks to Tamara Pruessner Eustace James Beth Akerman Kiki Nelson and FloralFriday


#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Friday #TGIF #naturephotography #inspiration #FlowerFriday  #flowerphotography #floralphotography #hqspflowers
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So, I was stitching together some shots of a bougainvillea...


So, I was stitching together some shots of a bougainvillea (–– ooh, I just spelled that from memory! pats back ) ... as I was saying, I was stitching together some shots of a bougainvillea (giggle) and this happened. It just sort of sat there (like it did when it was on the wall I shot it from ... go figure), so I played ... and played some more.

I can go into the bookmark business and make my fortune now ... O_o

Maybe the fine folks of #TreeTuesday will forgive my silliness today ... :o)



#TreeTuesday (with thanks to Christina Lawrie David R Robinson  Allan Cabrera Ralph Mendoza Kim Troutman and Tree Tuesday)

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #naturephotography   #flowerphotography #floralphotography #hqspflowers #color #colors #inspiration #digitalart #photomanipulation #artdesign #designs #fantasy #fantasyart

Celestial Pigeon Offers Sage Advice to All Seagulls


Celestial Pigeon Offers Sage Advice to All Seagulls

Be at peace, my buffoony-bird brethren.
For your karma in this life, it is foretold,
should be that of being the butt of all
banter, jokes, jests, witticisms, quips, puns, gags, wisecracks, one-liners, two-liners, funny stories, rib-ticklers, knee-slappers, punchlines, tricks, pranks, larks, stunts, hoaxes, japes, spoofs, groaners, mockery, laughter, scoffing, contempt, jeers, sneers, jibes, teasing, taunts, badinage, chaffs, sarcasm, satire, kidding, ribbing, joshing, goofing, razzing, lampoons and parodies
on Saturdays.

Live this life as it was given to you and,
if you bear it well,
in the next life you will be reincarnated

as a cat

… and no longer have to suffer having your photograph taken nor be the object of derision or scorn once a week.



#SeagullButtSaturday vs. #Caturday




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Robin Griggs Wood Ursula Klepper Christin McLeod Sassi Sassmannshausen Lauri Novak Richard Ball Craig Szymanski Melissa Beagle Ellie Kennard Cora Triton Steve Savoie Pam Wolfe Joy mum Jon Cassill Tom McGowan Annie Irving Diana Boyd Debby Moran Alex Lapidus Lou McCorkle Rob Lopes Kim Smith Bette Kauffman Liz C Jacqueline Hodsdon Darion Jackman Steven Kennard Sharon Stone Dawn Siadatan Sumit Sen Jasbir S. Randhawa Gazzaroonii T. John Wade Dave Bell Swee Oh Leo Deegan Nancy Battis Vita Patrick Kelly Marilyn Benham Mari Luukkonen Lora Lee Chapman Giselle Savoie Carin Bruce David Q. Cohen Gernot Glaeser Maureen Roberson Brian Grzelewski BJ Bolender Darcee McCutcheon Annelies Jansen Rachel Ferris Margaret Tompkins Jan Vermeulen

Real themes:
#birds4all curated by Walter Soestbergen Ricky L Jones & Birds4All
#birdloversworldwide curated by Robert SKREINER  BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE
#birdsgallery  with thanks to Heinrich Wagner
#textureblendphotography  Texture Blend Photography with thanks to Gemma Costa


#rgwoodpost #SeagullButtShots #SeagullButts #SeagullButtsInDisguise #notatheme #Gulluminati #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos #hqspanimals #hqspbirds

"The Adventurers" a composite by Robin Griggs Wood


"The Adventurers" a composite by Robin Griggs Wood

Dare to imagine the unimaginable.








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#FirstFridayArtWalk
#textureblendphotography   #BreakfastClub
#rgwoodpost #mixedmediaartwork #digitalart #fineart #fineartpls #TGIF #digitalpainting #digital #colors #inspiration #creative #fantasy #surreal #surrealism #concept #conceptart #conceptual #digitalmattepainting #painting #composite


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And so it begins.


And so it begins.

#SeagullButtSaturday vs. #Caturday

( #SeagullButtsInDisguise , that is … ;o7)


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Robin Griggs Wood Ursula Klepper Christin McLeod Sassi Sassmannshausen Lauri Novak Richard Ball Craig Szymanski Melissa Beagle Ellie Kennard Cora Triton Steve Savoie Pam Wolfe Joy mum Jon Cassill Tom McGowan Annie Irving Diana Boyd Debby Moran Alex Lapidus Lou McCorkle Rob Lopes Kim Smith Bette Kauffman Liz C Jacqueline Hodsdon Darion Jackman Steven Kennard Sharon Stone Dawn Siadatan Sumit Sen Jasbir S. Randhawa Gazzaroonii T. John Wade Dave Bell Swee Oh Leo Deegan Nancy Battis Vita Patrick Kelly Marilyn Benham Mari Luukkonen Lora Lee Chapman Giselle Savoie Carin Bruce David Q. Cohen Gernot Glaeser Maureen Roberson Brian Grzelewski BJ Bolender Darcee McCutcheon Annelies Jansen Rachel Ferris Margaret Tompkins Jan Vermeulen

Real themes:
#birds4all curated by Walter Soestbergen Ricky L Jones & Birds4All
#birdloversworldwide curated by Robert SKREINER  BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE


#rgwoodpost #SeagullButtShots #SeagullButts #notatheme #Gulluminati #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos #hqspanimals #hqspbirds

Secrets From A Pro


Secrets From A Pro

Listen up, aspiring #seagullbuttshot models!
While some gulls fly and hide, other gulls are cashing in on the #seagullbutt craze and relish being placed in front of a camera (well, not their front, but you get the idea.)

Clotilde is one such clever gull, making a name for herself and becoming coast-famous for her mysterious allure. Unlike other models, Clotilde doesn't rely on tail-feather enhancement surgery or other cosmetic extremes. She's gained her distinction through her masterful poses.

Just look at the artful position of her right leg, with her toe barely gracing the rock platform. This is the consummate skill of a true professional! We think it makes for an immensely appealing image. She is so good, we cannot even quite put our wingtip on why it's so attractive!

We love this image so much, we've chosen it to be this month's cover of our magazine.

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Robin Griggs Wood Ursula Klepper Christin McLeod Sassi Sassmannshausen Lauri Novak Richard Ball Craig Szymanski Melissa Beagle Ellie Kennard Cora Triton Steve Savoie Pam Wolfe Joy mum Jon Cassill Tom McGowan Annie Irving Diana Boyd Debby Moran Alex Lapidus Lou McCorkle Rob Lopes Kim Smith Bette Kauffman Liz C Jacqueline Hodsdon Darion Jackman Steven Kennard Sharon Stone Dawn Siadatan Sumit Sen Jasbir S. Randhawa Gazzaroonii T. John Wade Dave Bell Swee Oh Leo Deegan Nancy Battis Vita Patrick Kelly Marilyn Benham Mari Luukkonen Lora Lee Chapman Giselle Savoie Carin Bruce David Q. Cohen Gernot Glaeser Maureen Roberson Brian Grzelewski BJ Bolender Darcee McCutcheon Annelies Jansen Rachel Ferris Margaret Tompkins Jan Vermeulen

Real themes:
#birds4all curated by Walter Soestbergen Ricky L Jones & Birds4All
#birdloversworldwide curated by Robert SKREINER  BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE
#SunsetSaturday with thanks to Dennis Hoffbuhr

#rgwoodpost #SeagullButtShots #SeagullButts #notatheme #Gulluminati #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos #hqspanimals #hqspbirds #hqsplandscape

Truth Revealed


Truth Revealed
I managed to find the super-secret "Q-tip® Farms"!!
Do you ever wonder where those little ear-swab thingies you probably use most days come from?
Here, I show a snap I surreptitiously caught at the farm––while ostensibly headed to the loo "to powder my nose"––of some immature buds before they were harvested and dried.

I snagged this never-before-seen view just so, the next time you're pulling crud out of your ears, you can think on where your swabs came from and their mysterious, beautiful beginnings.

It may help to visualize on something prettier during those periodic #whattheheckISthatstuff moments … ;o7






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#FloralFriday with thanks to Tamara Pruessner Eustace James Beth Akerman Kiki Nelson and FloralFriday

#BreakfastClub with huge thanks to Gemma Costa and Breakfast Club
10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS / #10000photographersaroundtheworld  with thanks to Robert SKREINER
#pixelworld with thanks to Alberto Carreras and PixelWorld
#promotephotography with thanks to Nikola Nikolski Naghmeh Khadembashi Gittan Beheydt Milena Ilieva and Promote Photography
#ColorMeWeekly ColorMe Weekly with thanks to Rosie Nixon



#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #naturephotography #FlowerFriday   #flowerphotography #floralphotography #hqspflowers  #Friday #TGIF



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