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!


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


"The Myth of Talent" by Robin Griggs Wood

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Holiday Leftovers ... for a bokehlicious Friday.


Holiday Leftovers ... for a bokehlicious Friday.

But that's OK, I hear the stuff never goes bad.
(Not sure I can say that about this cast of characters ... ;o7 ... the bokeholics. But even when they're bad, they're good ... :oD)
Leo Deegan Art through the Aperture Photography Nicole H Sean McLean Shelly Corbett Betty Habesch Kal Pant Elizabeth Hahn Michael B. Stuart Paul Moody Toshinori ABE Winnie Young Graham Knights Keith Elliott Jacek N. Kozioł Jasbir S. Randhawa David Mathre Darion Jackman John Balboni April L Hill Shannon Adelson Dylan Johnson Shelly Gunderson Robin Griggs Wood Kathleen Kent Angie Smith John Getchel Uwe Duwe Magdalena MadZ Wesly Smith Wendy Baker Dawn Siadatan wolly wolly Berit Schurse Tom Tran Eve Aebi Isabelle Fortin Liz C Cooksterz Littlefield

#FridaysAreBokehlicious  :o) … ˚ºoOoº˚ #bokehlicious #bokeholics
#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Friday #TGIF #naturephotography #FloralFriday #FlowerFriday #flowerphotography #floralphotography #hqspflowers #btpflowerpro BTP Flower Pro

Believing is Seeing


Believing is Seeing

"The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see." ... http://www.nysun.com/editorials/yes-virginia/68502/

Believe in yourself; believe in those around you. The most strong and tenacious people in the world know that trust comes first, not after.
Merry Christmas, everyone!

The Fellowship of the Kringull


The Fellowship of the Kringull
Happy Holidays to all my #SeagullButtSaturday  fellows!
May you be surrounded by like minds, that make you smile, during the season and all the new year!

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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such photography 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 Kimmetal 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 Jaana Nyström


#birdsgallery with thanks to Heinrich Wagner

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 known as)
#FunniestNonthemeOnGplus (because, isn't it?! … ;oD)
#Splatterday (Jasbir's invention, applicable for, ahem, some conditional shots … ;o7)

#rgwoodpost #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos #hqspbirds #btpbirdpro BTP Bird Pro #birdsgallery #Christmas

My G+ albums: https://sites.google.com/site/rgwphotoalbums/

Santa Claws


Santa Claws
... wishing all the bokeholics, and everyone who celebrates, a most merry little Christmas!

#FridaysAreBokehlicious  :o) … ˚ºoOoº˚
With a nod and grin to those sundry #bokehlicious #bokeholics (that may rival the non-curator list of a certain non-theme! … ;o7)
Leo Deegan Art through the Aperture Photography Nicole H Sean McLean Shelly Corbett Betty Habesch Kal Pant Elizabeth Hahn Michael B. Stuart Paul Moody Toshinori ABE Winnie Young Graham Knights Keith Elliott Jacek N. Kozioł Jasbir S. Randhawa David Mathre Darion Jackman John Balboni April L Hill Shannon Adelson Dylan Johnson Shelly Gunderson Robin Griggs Wood Kathleen Kent Angie Smith John Getchel Uwe Duwe Magdalena MadZ Wesly Smith Wendy Baker Dawn Siadatan wolly wolly Berit Schurse Tom Tran Eve Aebi Isabelle Fortin Liz C Cooksterz Littlefield

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Christmas #Friday #TGIF #nature #wildlife #naturephotography #naturephotographers #natureandwildlifephotos #animalphotography #wildlifephotography #hqspanimals #BTPAnimalPRO BTP Animal Pro

When Birds Dream


When Birds Dream

I hope you're all getting through the midweek hump without a bump ... and hasten to your holidays without a hitch.

Water Bird Wednesday with thanks to Margaret Tompkins  #waterbirdwednesday

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #naturephotography #naturephotographers #natureandwildlifephotos #animalphotography #wildlifephotography #hqspanimals #BTPAnimalPRO BTP Animal Pro

Up Above the World So High


Up Above the World So High
No diamonds, though, darn it ... ;o)

[Long Beach, CA, shot from a zeppelin]

#LandscapePhotography with thanks to Margaret Tompkins Eric Drumm Chandler L. Walker Krzysztof Felczak AJ Lim and Landscape Photography

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro BTP Landscape Pro #California #SunsetPhotography #Sunset #Travel #TravelPhotography #waterscape   #cityscape

"O" Christmas Tree 🎄


"O" Christmas Tree 🎄
Shot in Manual with my old Minolta 50mm that my Dad gave to me (back around A.D. 1 .... ;o7). I love the bokeh this lens gives!
#ItsAllAboutTheBokeh  ... and this week (and probably next ... ;o7), it's all about Christmassy bokeh! (according to Leo Deegan ... :o)))


#FridaysAreBokehlicious  :o) … ˚ºoOoº˚
With a nod and grin to those sundry #bokehlicious #bokeholics (that may rival the non-curator list of a certain non-theme! … ;o7)
Leo Deegan Art through the Aperture Photography Nicole H Sean McLean Shelly Corbett Betty Habesch Kal Pant Elizabeth Hahn Michael B. Stuart Paul Moody Toshinori ABE Winnie Young Graham Knights Keith Elliott Jacek N. Kozioł Jasbir S. Randhawa David Mathre Darion Jackman John Balboni April L Hill Shannon Adelson Dylan Johnson Shelly Gunderson Robin Griggs Wood Kathleen Kent Angie Smith John Getchel Uwe Duwe Magdalena MadZ Wesly Smith Wendy Baker Dawn Siadatan wolly wolly Berit Schurse Tom Tran Eve Aebi Isabelle Fortin Liz C Cooksterz Littlefield

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos

Family is what you make it.


Family is what you make it.

“Being genetically related doesn't make you family. Love, support, trust, honesty, protection, acceptance, security, gratitude, respect and loyalty is what makes you family.” Don't forget that, if you are in relationships that are not good for you, they are also not good for the people you're in the relationships with. It's OK to choose ... :o)

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #naturephotography #naturephotographers #natureandwildlifephotos #animalphotography #wildlifephotography #hqspanimals #BTPAnimalPRO Animal Pro 
#birdloversandwildlife #wildlifewednesday  #creative
#digitalart #fantasyart #surrealart #inspiration

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I'm not fooled!


I'm not fooled!
... even though the costumes are getting more elaborate .... ;o7
#SeagullButtInDisguise ... or African ShoeButt ... I mean Shoebill! https://goo.gl/KtJ6Bg

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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such photography 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 Kimmetal 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 Jaana Nyström

Real themes:
#birds4all curated by Walter Soestbergen Ricky L Jones & Birds4All
#birdloversandwildlife curated by Robert SKREINER  BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE
#birdsgallery with thanks to Heinrich Wagner


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 known as)
#FunniestNonthemeOnGplus (because, isn't it?! … ;oD)
#Splatterday (Jasbir's invention, applicable for, ahem, some conditional shots … ;o7)

#rgwoodpost #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos #hqspbirds #btpbirdpro BTP Bird Pro  #birdsgallery #hqsplandscape
My G+ albums: https://sites.google.com/site/rgwphotoalbums/

Social Networking


Social Networking

Let us enjoy our differences ... :o)

Hanging out in real life with Jenny Loren and Sassi Sassmannshausen.

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #BTPAnimalPRO BTP Animal Pro #HQSPAnimals #caturday   #caturdayeveryday   #tiger   #sumatrantiger   #catsbigandsmallthebest
#catsallovertheworld #wildlifeimages #NaturePhotography #wildlifephotography #herekittykitty

Buy a gift for someone you love, and help shelter animals, too!

Buy a gift for someone you love, and help shelter animals, too!
For every gift you buy, SmugMug will donate a portion of your purchase to Shelter Me Photography (http://www.sheltermephotos.org/) giving shelter pets a better chance at adoption. Through DECEMBER 4th, that's TODAY, you can buy a beautiful new print, piece of wall art, or even phone case. They're great for gifts and can be shipped anywhere in the world.

Don’t miss a chance to get some beautiful art from me and the other featured photographers. See all of the galleries here: https://smugmug.com/promo/small-business-saturday.

Here are the featured photographers (there's some great stuff here, folks!!!):

Karen Hutton — http://www.karenhuttonphotography.com
Michael Shainblum Photography - http://prints.shainblumphoto.com/PRINTS
Scott Jarvie— http://www.jarviedigital.com
Zach Grether — http://www.zgrethphoto.com
Jack Fusco Photography — http://www.jackfusco.com
Dustin Wong — http://www.dustinwongphotos.com
Andy Mann — http://print.andymann.com
Keith Ladzinski — http://ladzinski.smugmug.com
Omar Robles — http://omarrobles.smugmug.com
Richard Seeley — http://richardseeleyphotography.smugmug.com
Cameron Brooks — http://www.cameronbrooksphotography.com

Thank you, SmugMug!!
http://www.robingriggswood.com/SmugMug/Sbs/i-jzZdgkf/A

https://www.robingriggswood.com/SmugMug/Sbs


Winter


Winter

.... brrrrrr! With background music ... ;o): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPvrMpwEvgQ

I often wonder how such tiny bodies keep from freezing when it is very cold.




#FridaysAreBokehlicious  :o) … ˚ºoOoº˚
With a nod and grin to those sundry #bokehlicious #bokeholics (that may rival the non-curator list of a certain non-theme! … ;o7)
Leo Deegan Art through the Aperture Photography Nicole H Sean McLean Shelly Corbett Betty Habesch Kal Pant Elizabeth Hahn Michael B. Stuart Paul Moody Toshinori ABE Winnie Young Graham Knights Keith Elliott Jacek N. Kozioł Jasbir S. Randhawa David Mathre Darion Jackman John Balboni April L Hill Shannon Adelson Dylan Johnson Shelly Gunderson Robin Griggs Wood Kathleen Kent Angie Smith John Getchel Uwe Duwe Magdalena MadZ Wesly Smith Wendy Baker Dawn Siadatan wolly wolly Berit Schurse Tom Tran Eve Aebi Isabelle Fortin Liz C Cooksterz Littlefield

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Friday #TGIF #naturephotography

Put a Smile on Your Face


Put a Smile on Your Face

... even if you've got to push it into place ... ;o7

🎶 For those who would like some background music while they are working on their smile .... ;o)) ...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyy7lG6Me2s 🎶



#ElephantWednesday + 114924124227907582362 with thanks to Matthias Haeussler, Diego Cattaneo and Louisa Catharine Forsyth
#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #naturephotography #naturephotographers #natureandwildlifephotos #animalphotography #wildlifephotography #hqspanimals #BTPAnimalPRO BTP Animal Pro

Don't be a turkey ... be thankful!


Don't be a turkey ... be thankful!

Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate!
I'm thankful for YOU!

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Thanksgiving   #Thanksgiving2016

A #Caturday Moment


A #Caturday  Moment

Baby cheetah, hoping you're having a lovely weekend ... :o))


*Cheetahs are included on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) list of vulnerable species (African subspecies threatened, Asiatic subspecies in critical situation) as well as on the US Endangered Species Act: threatened species. ~ Wikipedia #threatenedthursday

Hanging out in real life with Jenny Loren Sassi Sassmannshausen  and Paula Contreres (Art through the Aperture Photography)

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #BTPAnimalPRO BTP Animal Pro #HQSPAnimals #catsbigandsmallthebest
#catsallovertheworld #wildlifeimages #NaturePhotography #wildlifephotography #herekittykitty

Gratitude


Gratitude
I'm rather grateful that my lips aren't long enough to scratch my butt with. What are you grateful for? ... ;o7


#SeagullButtsInDisguise

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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such photography 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 Kimmetal 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 Jaana Nyström

Real themes:
#birds4all curated by Walter Soestbergen Ricky L Jones & Birds4All
#birdloversandwildlife curated by Robert SKREINER  BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE
#birdsgallery with thanks to Heinrich Wagner
Water Bird Wednesday  #waterbirdwednesday  with thanks to Margaret Tompkins

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 known as)
#FunniestNonthemeOnGplus (because, isn't it?! … ;oD)
#Splatterday (Jasbir's invention, applicable for, ahem, some conditional shots … ;o7)

#rgwoodpost #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos #hqspbirds #btpbirdpro #birdsgallery
My G+ albums: https://sites.google.com/site/rgwphotoalbums/

Happy Halloween!!


Happy Halloween!!
I hope you've got a great mask picked out already! ... ;o7
#Googleween13 #CreateInAction

#halloween #halloween2016
#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #digitalart #fantasyart #surrealart #creative #hqspart

Fly By


Fly By
... just let it whiz past you on your browser page ... ;o)
On the news front, #SeagullButtSaturday seems to be gaining traction over the non-theme #VicarsInKnickers. So, that's something, I guess ... ;o))


#SeagullInAPelicanCostume #SeagullButtsInDisguise
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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such photography 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 Kimmetal 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 Jaana Nyström



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 known as)
#FunniestNonthemeOnGplus (because, isn't it?! … ;oD)
#Splatterday (Jasbir's invention, applicable for, ahem, some conditional shots … ;o7)

#rgwoodpost #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos #hqspbirds #btpbirdpro BTP Bird Pro  #birdsgallery #hqsplandscape
My G+ albums: https://sites.google.com/site/rgwphotoalbums/

"Luck Meets a Lady"


"Luck Meets a Lady"
#Googleween13 #CreateInAction


#TBT Back in the first year of Google+ (2011), we had great fun with "Selfie Sunday". This was my Hallowe'en entry. G+ was in prime form back then and offered creatives a superb venue for connection, engagement and play.



#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #digitalart #fantasyart #surrealart #creative #hqspart #ThrowbackThursday

Muffled Invective


Muffled Invective

It's a darn good thing I couldn't quite understand what she squawked at me when I snapped this. I'm sure it wasn't printable for a family audience. I wanted to reply with something snappy like, "Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?! but I really have no idea if #SeagullButtsInDisguise  kiss their mother's ... ;o7

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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such photography 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 * Kimmetal 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 Jaana Nyström

Real themes:
#birds4all curated by Walter Soestbergen Ricky L Jones & Birds4All
#birdloversandwildlife curated by Robert SKREINER  BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE
#birdsgallery with thanks to Heinrich Wagner


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 known as)
#FunniestNonthemeOnGplus (because, isn't it?! … ;oD)
#Splatterday (Jasbir's invention, applicable for, ahem, some conditional shots … ;o7)

#rgwoodpost #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos #hqspbirds #btpbirdpro BTP Bird Pro #birdsgallery #hqsplandscape
My G+ albums: https://sites.google.com/site/rgwphotoalbums/

Are you going to do something epic with your week?


Are you going to do something epic with your week?
If not, why the heck not?!!!
#mightbetimeforachangeofplans ... ;o7

#MountainMonday Mountain Monday with thanks to Michael Russell

#LandscapePhotography with thanks to Margaret Tompkins Eric Drumm Chandler L. Walker Krzysztof Felczak AJ Lim and Landscape Photography

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro BTP Landscape Pro #California #Travel #TravelPhotography #Sky #mountain

I hope you're looking forward to a wonderful weekend ahead!


I hope you're looking forward to a wonderful weekend ahead!

#FridaysAreBokehlicious  :o) … ˚ºoOoº˚
With a nod and grin to those sundry #bokehlicious #bokeholics (that may rival the non-curator list of a certain non-theme! … ;o7)
Leo Deegan Art through the Aperture Photography Nicole H Sean McLean Shelly Corbett Betty Habesch Kal Pant Elizabeth Hahn Michael B. Stuart Paul Moody Toshinori ABE Winnie Young Graham Knights Keith Elliott Jacek N. Kozioł Jasbir S. Randhawa ***** Darion Jackman John Balboni April L Hill Shannon Adelson Dylan Johnson Shelly Gunderson Robin Griggs Wood Kathleen Kent Angie Smith John Getchel Uwe Duwe Magdalena MadZ Wesly Smith Wendy Baker Dawn Siadatan wolly wolly Berit Schurse Tom Tran Eve Aebi Isabelle Fortin Liz C Cooksterz Littlefield

#LandscapePhotography with thanks to Margaret Tompkins Eric Drumm Chandler L. Walker Krzysztof Felczak AJ Lim and Landscape Photography

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Friday #TGIF #naturephotography #hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro BTP Landscape Pro

Let's Play


Let's Play
For this #Bokehlicious Friday the theme is Toys ... because we are all basically children at heart ... :o)). I couldn't find my toys, but I was able to find a REAL fairy out in my garden who loves to play, so that counts, right? ... ;o))

#FridaysAreBokehlicious  :o) … ˚ºoOoº˚
With a nod and grin to those sundry #bokehlicious #bokeholics (that may rival the non-curator list of a certain non-theme! … ;o7)
Leo Deegan Art through the Aperture Photography Nicole H Sean McLean Shelly Corbett Betty Habesch Kal Pant Elizabeth Hahn Michael B. Stuart Paul Moody Toshinori ABE Winnie Young Graham Knights Keith Elliott Jacek N. Kozioł Jasbir S. Randhawa ***** Darion Jackman John Balboni April L Hill Shannon Adelson Dylan Johnson Shelly Gunderson Robin Griggs Wood Kathleen Kent Angie Smith John Getchel Uwe Duwe Magdalena MadZ Wesly Smith Wendy Baker Dawn Siadatan wolly wolly Berit Schurse Tom Tran Eve Aebi Isabelle Fortin Liz C Cooksterz Littlefield

#MacroAddict MacroAddict with thanks to Sandrine Berjonneau

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Friday #TGIF #naturephotography #hqspmacro #btpmacropro  BTP Macro Pro  #Macro4All #MacroManiacs #macrophotography

The Breathing in Beauty, Creativity, & Gratitude mentorship is readyfor sign-ups!


The Breathing in Beauty, Creativity, & Gratitude mentorship is ready for sign-ups!

This program offered through the G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers  is about giving yourself permission to create space in your life for YOU. It is about practicing habits that may help you move through life a bit more smoothly - a bit more joyfully - and certainly with an emphasis on seeing more of the beauty in the world! I will be taking on a LIMITED number of people for a six week on-line mentorship program which will include lessons, stories, assignments, and sharing. Participants will have the opportunity to practice new habits & talk about their experiences in a private G+ community which I intend to nurture as a positive, supportive, encouraging, & FUN environment!

In my life I have often found myself in the role of teacher &/or student, mentor &/or mentee. I firmly believe that teachers are students and students are teachers - and that when we are open to learning from one another, everyone's experience is richer. As a teacher, there is nothing better than when someone you're working with lights up with excitement when they do something they never thought they could have done before - and as a student, there is nothing better than that moment when, because of a teacher's inspiration & belief, you do something you never thought you could have done!

My background is in education, and I taught French & Spanish for over 16 years in large public high schools. I have led numerous community education classes, book studies, & women's groups, and since moving out of depression in 2009, I have attended and led several personal development classes and have been trained as a holistic body/breath work practitioner. My belief in the power of mentorships is deepened by the fact that I have had the opportunity to work with a local art mentor for the past six years & have worked with several mentors within the Arcanum & the broader photography community for over two years. I am currently a Master in the Arcanum, I do freelance photography projects, & offer one on one mentoring as well as sessions on contemplative photography. I would never have arrived to where I am today without the guidance, teachings, & wisdom of the mentors & teachers who have inspired ME along the way! Now it's my turn to attempt to pay it forward!

PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a mentorship specifically about photography where you will learn about composition, post-processing or anything else remotely technical. Repeat, this is NOT a technical mentorship. Instead, photography will be used as a companion of sorts as you practice habits in the realms of gratitude, finding beauty, seeking space, becoming aware of your breath, taking "good" risks, & using visualization. This mentorship will not focus on the "how" of photography but will emphasize the "why" - that is, the discussion will be a journey of self-discovery centered around the meaning you may uncover during the process of practicing the habits & the process of taking pictures. Your camera (and ANY camera will do!) will simply be a tool that you use to express yourself, and your images will be a narration of the habits you will be asked to practice each week.

Sign ups begin October 5th, and selections will end October 11th for the mentorship beginning October 16th & ending November 26th.

These are the selection criteria I will be considering:

*You must be taking and posting your own photographs regularly here on G+ or other social media –– ideally with an absolute minimum of three days between public posts; more increases your chances of being selected. (The class itself will be private to the group selected except for the option of a public display album of your best work at the end.)
*You must be willing to commit to being interactive here at G+, as you will be expected to participate in this program by engaging in conversation & supporting your fellow participants.
*You have the time available to participate in this workshop - which will also include components that, for best results, are expected to be practiced on a daily basis (for a minimum of five minutes each day).
*You must be willing to "take yourself on," be willing to try new things, and share something about your experiences with others.

To be considered for selection, please comment to the ORIGINAL post only on my profile page: https://plus.google.com/109026969283554432972/posts/RP8q7bF52Ly by answering the following questions in your comment below. (PLEASE NOTE: if you apply on any reshares, your application will NOT be seen!)

1) Journaling: Do you have a current practice of journaling? If so, how often do you do it? If not, what is your initial response to the thought of doing five minutes of writing a day?

2) Meditation: Do you have a current daily practice of meditation? If so, for how long have you been practicing? If not, have you ever tried meditation? If so, what was your response to it? If not, what is your initial response to the thought of trying meditation?

3) Would you identify yourself as an artist? Why or why not?

4) What is your response to the idea of taking/making time for yourself?

5) What is a risk that you took in your life that you're really glad you took?

6) What will be your role in making sure you get the most from this mentorship?

7) What amount of time do you have available for participation?

EXAMPLE ANSWERS
1) I used to journal daily, then I did it off and on for years, but recently I have begun doing it as a daily practice again.
2) I have done daily meditation in the past but have gotten away from the regular practice. I still do it at least once a week.
3) Now I would. In the past, no. I really used to struggle with saying, "I'm an artist."
4) After burning out physically & emotionally at a past job, I try to make a greater effort to make time for myself. Sometimes I do a better job of it than others.
5) I'm glad I finally resigned from a job that, though it was stable & decent money, was making me mentally, emotionally, and physically sick.
6) I know that I will get out of this mentorship what I put into it, so I will do what I can to be engaged in the community.
7) I can definitely find fifteen minutes each day to devote to this - some days more

I look forward to working with many of you on this adventure!!

(Robin Griggs Wood , Alex Lapidus , Ron Clifford )

Breakfast Noms


Breakfast Noms

Because Fridays are #Bokehlicious ... :o)) … ˚ºoOoº˚
Caught this little one while I was out in the early morning getting shots of my current houseguest → https://www.dropbox.com/s/dsxychtajygan75/_MG_0005_0916-_rgw_web.jpg?dl=0 ... who, by the way, has been gorging herself on the buffet I laid out for her (yeah, Monarch!) ... but she is a greedy houseguest as these flowers on the plant → https://www.dropbox.com/s/8xqf8drnw3flzol/Screen%20Shot%202016-09-30%20at%2010.29.21%20AM.png?dl=0 are totally GONE today! Oh well, I planted them for her anyway. It's nice to see that she appreciated my hospitality ... ;o).



With a nod and grin to those sundry #bokehlicious #bokeholics (that may rival the non-curator list of a certain non-theme! … ;o7)
Leo Deegan Art through the Aperture Photography Nicole H Sean McLean Shelly Corbett Betty Habesch Kal Pant Elizabeth Hahn Michael B. Stuart Paul Moody Toshinori ABE Winnie Young Graham Knights Keith Elliott Jacek N. Kozioł Jasbir S. Randhawa David Mathre Darion Jackman John Balboni April L Hill Shannon Adelson Dylan Johnson Shelly Gunderson Robin Griggs Wood Kathleen Kent Angie Smith John Getchel Uwe Duwe Magdalena MadZ Wesly Smith

Birds GALLERY with thanks to Heinrich Wagner and Susan Wilkinson  #birdsgallery

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Friday #TGIF #naturephotography #FloralFriday #FlowerFriday #flowerphotography #floralphotography #btpbirdpro BTP Bird Pro  #animalphotography #hqspbirds  #wildlifephotography #wildlifephotos #naturelovers #FridaysAreBokehlicious #hummingbird

”AAARRRGH, Mateys!!”


”AAARRRGH, Mateys!!”

It all started during their typical Saturday night entertainment: rummaging through the garbage behind the local beachfront pie house. That fateful night, the proprietor came out, waving his arms and yelled at them, “Get out of here you dirty pie rats!!” One of the gang turned to the leader and said, ”Did you hear that, Cappy? He thinks we’re pirates!” That started an idea in Cappy’s micro seagullbutt mind … and the rest … well, you get the picture. (Well, you get this picture … you’ll have to use your imagination for the rest … ;o7)
Just wait until they get back to the colony with their plundered booty there … and realize they should have stolen that long, metal contraption with the round, sharp edge on it, too.
It’s going to take them a while to get back anyway, since they stole the boat in the first place and have no clue about unfurling sails to make it go faster.
Usually, they just drift home.

For anyone who’s had it dawn on them by now, yes, the entire boat is the poop deck … ;o7

♫♪ ”Yo, ho, yo, hoA pie rat’s life for me! ♪♫


Many thanks to Sassi Sassmannshausen for making the mast and rigging for me in CINEMA 4D, when my Photoshop coughed, sputtered and died during save on the first iteration and I needed an enticement to give it another go.


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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such photography 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 * Kimmetal 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 Jaana Nyström



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 known as)
#FunniestNonthemeOnGplus (because, isn't it?! … ;oD)
#Splatterday (Jasbir's invention, applicable for, ahem, some conditional shots … ;o7)

#rgwoodpost #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos #hqspbirds #btpbirdpro #birdsgallery
My G+ albums: https://sites.google.com/site/rgwphotoalbums/

Floral Fridays are #Bokehlicious ... :o))


Floral Fridays are #Bokehlicious ... :o))


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

#FridaysAreBokehlicious  :o) … ˚ºoOoº˚
With a nod and grin to those sundry #bokehlicious #bokeholics (that may rival the non-curator list of a certain non-theme! … ;o7)
Leo Deegan Art through the Aperture Photography Nicole H Sean McLean Shelly Corbett Betty Habesch Kal Pant Elizabeth Hahn Michael B. Stuart Paul Moody Toshinori ABE Winnie Young Graham Knights Keith Elliott Jacek N. Kozioł Jasbir S. Randhawa ***** Darion Jackman John Balboni April L Hill Shannon Adelson Dylan Johnson Shelly Gunderson Robin Griggs Wood Kathleen Kent Angie Smith John Getchel Uwe Duwe Magdalena MadZ Wesly Smith

#MacroAddict MacroAddict with thanks to Sandrine Berjonneau

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Friday #TGIF #naturephotography #FloralFriday #FlowerFriday #flowerphotography #floralphotography #hqspflowers #btpflowerpro #hqspmacro #Macro4All #MacroManiacs #macrophotography

Tree Hugger


Tree Hugger

Baby cheetah, giving some love to a neighbor ... :o))

#threatenedthursday
*Cheetahs are included on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) list of vulnerable species (African subspecies threatened, Asiatic subspecies in critical situation) as well as on the US Endangered Species Act: threatened species. ~ Wikipedia

Hanging out in real life with Jenny Loren Sassi Sassmannshausen and Paula Contreres ( Art through the Aperture Photography)

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #BTPAnimalPRO BTP Animal Pro  #HQSPAnimals #catsbigandsmallthebest
#catsallovertheworld #wildlifeimages #NaturePhotography #wildlifephotography #herekittykitty

Eat Dessert First


Eat Dessert First

Happy birthday to Karen Hutton! May you find yourself around many kindred spirits ... and treats, of course .... always treats! ... :o)) ... xo!

So Sad


So Sad

Poor little guy has been trying to use the new G+ ... ;o7

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #NewGooglePlus #GooglePlus

Sunrise at the "Valley of Fire", Nevada


Sunrise at the "Valley of Fire", Nevada



#LandscapePhotography with thanks to Margaret Tompkins Eric Drumm Chandler L. Walker Krzysztof Felczak AJ Lim and Landscape Photography

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro BTP Landscape Pro  #Nevada #SunrisePhotography #Sunrise #Travel #TravelPhotography #Sky #tgsmu #tgsmu2015

I hope you've had a lovely #WorldPhotographyDay ... there may still besome time to take a few last shots .... ;o))


I hope you've had a lovely #WorldPhotographyDay  ... there may still be some time to take a few last shots .... ;o))
Or, shoot something tomorrow for #SeagullButtSaturday  ... :o)))

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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such photography 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 *** Jon Cassill Tom McGowan Annie Irving Diana Boyd Debby Moran Alex Lapidus Lou McCorkle *** Kimmetal 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 cobalt please Darcee McCutcheon Annelies Jansen Rachel Ferris Margaret Tompkins Jan Vermeulen Christi Nielsen Jaana Nyström


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 known as)
#FunniestNonthemeOnGplus (because, isn't it?! … ;oD)
#Splatterday (Jasbir's invention, applicable for, ahem, some conditional shots … ;o7)

#rgwoodpost #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos #hqspbirds #btpbirdpro #birdsgallery
My G+ albums: https://sites.google.com/site/rgwphotoalbums/

Just Bee Your Awesome Self


Just Bee Your Awesome Self




#MacroAddict MacroAddict with thanks to Sandrine Berjonneau

#Macro4All with thanks to Walter Soestbergen Bill Urwin, Chris Levers and Macro4All

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #macrophotography #hqspmacro #Macro4All #MacroManiacs #MacroPhotography #Makro #btpmacropro  BTP Macro Pro #btpflowerpro BTP Flower Pro #bees #pollinators #wildlife #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #wildlifewednesday

They still haven't published a another issue!!


Oh, golly .... it's been over two years and still they haven't published a another issue!! That's because seagulls are slow readers ... ;o7

(Just popping this one into my "Hoots & Giggles" collection for posterity hilarity ... :o))

Sublime


Sublime

He, who cannot forgive a trespass of malice to his enemy, has never yet tasted the most sublime enjoyment of love. ~ Johann Kaspar Lavater


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

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Friday #TGIF #naturephotography #FloralFriday #FlowerFriday  #flowerphotography #floralphotography #hqspflowers #btpflowerpro BTP Flower Pro

The How Do You See? mentorship is ready for sign-ups!


The How Do You See? mentorship is ready for sign-ups!

This is a special program for those who are looking to add that little extra umph to their images by looking at the world around them in a different way through the G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers.

I will be taking on a limited number of people for a 6 week online mentorship program which will include lessons, assignments, and informal discussions. Everyone who participates can have fun and learn at the same time!

I have been taking photos for 40ish years (you do the math). It’s a passion and one of the things that has remained consistent throughout is my ‘photographic eye’. One of the questions I get asked most often is “how did you see that”? In college, on a trip to Greece I was shooting a flower coming through a fence when one of my fellow travelers asked what I was shooting, my reply: Don’t you SEE that? The answer was no of course they didn’t. I also have a passion for helping others and I’m hoping through this mentorship program I can help you find your photographic eye, to see the world around you in a new and different way and to help you produce images that make your viewer see something in a new way as well.

PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a technical workshop. You can use any kind of camera - phone - tablet - point and shoot - DSLR and yes, even mirrorless ;). Editing will actually not be allowed for most of this program so editing skills are not needed either! YAY!

Selections will begin Wednesday, August 17th for the mentorship beginning Sunday, August 21st.

These are the selection criteria:

• You must be taking and posting your own photographs regularly here on G+ –– an absolute minimum of three days between Public posts; more increases your chances of being selected. (The class itself will be private to the group selected except for the option of a public display album of your best work at the end.)
• You must be interactive here at G+, as you will be expected to participate in this program giving feedback and comments to others.
• You have no previous studies in this subject, since this program is designed for those who have not had the opportunity or advantage to add this skill set to their knowledge base.
• You have the time available to participate in this workshop.

To be considered for selection, please comment to the main post only, here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LauriNovak/posts/HH6RX5PmeKo

(your application will not be seen at any reshares) and answer the following questions in your comment:

1) Photography skill level
2) Photo editing software used most
3) Favorite three subjects to photograph
4) Aspirations within photography
5) Current job or profession
6) Previous art studies
7) Amount of time you have available for participation

EXAMPLE ANSWERS
1) Intermediate hobby photographer
2) Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop CS3
3) Trees, landscapes, waterfalls
4) To sell prints of my work
5) Full-time grocery store clerk
6) I have no previous art studies
7) I do have a job and two kids, but I will make the time for this

The G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers is run by program directors Robin Griggs Wood Ron Clifford and Alex Lapidus

Solitude


Solitude

“The whole value of solitude depends upon one's self; it may be a sanctuary or a prison, a haven of repose or a place of punishment, a heaven or a hell, as we ourselves make it” ~ John Lubbock


#WaterbirdWednesday with thanks to Margaret Tompkins and Water Bird Wednesday
#birds4all curated by Walter Soestbergen Ricky L Jones & Birds4All
#birdloversandwildlife curated by Robert SKREINER  BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE
#birdsgallery  with thanks to Heinrich Wagner
#hqspbirds #btpbirdpro BTP Bird Pro

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #naturephotography #Bokehlicious #birdphotography  #quoteoftheday #flamingo

Another Mentorship is on the way!!


Another Mentorship is on the way!!
How Do You See? 2nd time around!

Over the last 4 or so years I have been a member of several of the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers programs both as a mentee and also as a helper/cheerleader. These programs are one of the reasons I’ve grown so much as a photographer and also met so many amazing people who I call friends.

It’s my turn to Pay It Forward! I will be leading my very own mentorship program based around one of the questions I have been asked the most over my photographic life; “How did you see that?”

Intrigued?

The sign ups will begin Friday, August 12th around 7:00am CST and end Tuesday, August 17th at 9:00pm CST right here on my profile and will explain a little more about what the program will be about!

The program will start Sunday, August 21st.

This is the 2nd time I'm offering this!

Robin Griggs Wood Ron Clifford Alex Lapidus G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers

We've Got Mountains to Climb


We've Got Mountains to Climb

Hello Monday ... bring it!

I hope you're feeling enthusiastic about your week ahead! If not, may it be an easy one for you .... ;o)



#MountainMonday Mountain Monday with thanks to Michael Russell

#LandscapePhotography with thanks to Margaret Tompkins Eric Drumm Chandler L. Walker Krzysztof Felczak AJ Lim and Landscape Photography

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro BTP Landscape Pro #SunrisePhotography #Sunrise #Travel #TravelPhotography #Sky

"My hair never looks good anymore, since we moved to this side of theisland ... hrrupmf!"


"My hair never looks good anymore, since we moved to this side of the island ... hrrupmf!"


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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such photography 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 Kimmetal 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 Jaana Nyström

Real themes:
#birds4all curated by Walter Soestbergen Ricky L Jones & Birds4All
#birdloversandwildlife curated by Robert SKREINER  BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE
#birdsgallery with thanks to Heinrich Wagner


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 known as)
#FunniestNonthemeOnGplus (because, isn't it?! … ;oD)
#Splatterday (Jasbir's invention, applicable for, ahem, some conditional shots … ;o7)

#rgwoodpost #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos #hqspbirds #btpbirdpro #birdsgallery
My G+ albums: https://sites.google.com/site/rgwphotoalbums/

Great Blue Heron


Great Blue Heron

... waving howdy to the awesome Margaret Tompkins .... :o) ... for #WaterbirdWednesday

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqspbirds #btpbirdpro #birdsgallery

Sandy Piper strolled the strand


Sandy Piper strolled the strand
looking for her long lost band
of seagulls, but she couldn't stand
what Gullarazzi rogues had planned!

Poor Sandy ... it's hard to be at the mercy of miscreants .... ;o7

#SeagullButtsInDisguise


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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such photography 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 Kimmetal 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 Jaana Nyström

Real themes:
#birds4all curated by Walter Soestbergen Ricky L Jones & Birds4All
#birdloversandwildlife curated by Robert SKREINER  BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE
#birdsgallery with thanks to Heinrich Wagner

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 known as)
#FunniestNonthemeOnGplus (because, isn't it?! … ;oD)
#Splatterday (Jasbir's invention, applicable for, ahem, some conditional shots … ;o7)

#rgwoodpost #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos #hqspbirds #btpbirdpro #birdsgallery #bokehlicious
My G+ albums: https://sites.google.com/site/rgwphotoalbums/

"Oh no, not salad again!!"


"Oh no, not salad again!!"
Relax, kids, you're gonna love it.
Don't you know that Fridays are #Bokehlicious?!

Ornamental Cabbage, with zero restraint, and sanity, in the use of the Vibrancy slider ... ;o7

#FridaysAreBokehlicious   :o) … ˚ºoOoº˚
With a nod and grin to those sundry #bokehlicious #bokeholics (that may rival the non-curator list of a certain non-theme! … ;o7)
Leo Deegan Art through the Aperture Photography Nicole H Sean McLean Shelly Corbett Betty Habesch Kal Pant Elizabeth Hahn Michael B. Stuart Paul Moody Toshinori ABE Winnie Young Graham Knights Keith Elliott Jacek N. Kozioł Jasbir S. Randhawa ***** Darion Jackman John Balboni April L Hill Shannon Adelson Dylan Johnson Shelly Gunderson Robin Griggs Wood Kathleen Kent Angie Smith John Getchel Uwe Duwe Magdalena MadZ Wesly Smith

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