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.

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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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In gratitude to our veterans.


In gratitude to our veterans.


#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #MemorialDay #NeverForget #ThankYouForYourService #AmericanSoldiers #AllGaveSomeSomeGaveAll #peace♥is♥better♥than♥war

Last Chance! ...to win a Manfrotto MKCOMPACTLT-RD Compact Tripod fromViewBug!


Last Chance! ...to win a Manfrotto MKCOMPACTLT-RD Compact Tripod from ViewBug!

It's super easy. Just post ONE favorite Animal Photo on G+ and tag it #RubinViewBug and Laurie Rubin will pick the winner.

(Submit 1 photo starting today, 5/27/16. The winner will be selected after the end of May, so be sure to post before then!)

Her legs were so long, they went all the way to heaven.


Her legs were so long, they went all the way to heaven.

Floral Fridays are #Bokehlicious ... :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 Paul Moody Art through the Aperture Photography Nicole H John Balboni Kal Pant Dave Besbris Wendy Chase Wesly Smith Angie Smith Elizabeth Hahn Michael B. Stuart Dylan Johnson Shelly Gunderson Shannon Adelson Graham Knights Sean McLean and, erm, me!

#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

Sorry, I've been so busy putting my iMac system back together, I've notposted in a bit; so I'm hoping to distract you from my derelictionwith ...


Sorry, I've been so busy putting my iMac system back together, I've not posted in a bit; so I'm hoping to distract you from my dereliction with ...
SQUIRREL!!

;o7


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

Lost In Dig Nation


Lost In Dig Nation
”Oh, you’re not getting a shot of my back end! You’d probably come up with something like #PeagullbuttSaturday to embarrass me with!”
”Oh waitI just gave you that idea, didn’t I?”

Don’t worry, Mister Peagull … we’re way ahead of you there …. ;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 ***** 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
My G+ albums: https://sites.google.com/site/rgwphotoalbums/

Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco


Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

The pre-planet-fewer-seagull-butt version ... ;o)



#LandscapePhotography with thanks to Margaret Tompkins Tony Phillips Dave Gaylord Doug Hagadorn Eric Drumm and Landscape Photography


#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro BTP Landscape Pro  #SanFranciso #California #Travel #TravelPhotography #Sky #Beach #ThirstyThursdayPics #thirstythursday

If you would like to view my albums here at G+ go to
––> https://sites.google.com/site/rgwphotoalbums/

Green Heron


Green Heron

#waterbirdwednesday with thanks to Margaret Tompkins and Water Bird Wednesday

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

He might look like an Ocellated Turkey, butt ...


He might look like an Ocellated Turkey, butt ...
Meet Harvey ... the winner of the "Best #SeagullButtsInDisguise  Costume Contest" back in 1992. (I know, who knew there were #seagullbuttsindisguise  back then?!!) Ever since that day, when he received the adoration of tens of tens #seagullbutts , he hasn't taken it off.   #stuckinthenineties   #probablyrathersmellybynow   #ifitmadethemlovemethentheywillstillloveme

OK, here's the tech deets:
I followed Harvey and shot six images of him while he was walking ( https://www.dropbox.com/s/2u6b3tzilze5vay/OccelatedTurkeyShoot_rgw_Screen-Shot-2016-05.jpg?dl=0) to focus on the feather details and then stitched them together like a pano. Did ya get that he was walking and I still managed to stitch this together?! I'll take my pat on the back now ... ;o7

But, I mean just look at those gorgeous feathers!!!!



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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
#SunsetSaturday with thanks to Dennis Hoffbuhr
#LandscapePhotography with thanks to Margaret Tompkins Tony Phillips Dave Gaylord Doug Hagadorn Eric Drumm and Landscape Photography

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

Failin' Op. Sys.


Failin' Op. Sys.
Yep, failing operating system ... my primary workstation, my lovely iMac is dying ... :o(

So, in between the many clicks of endless restarts (while holding down various key combinations), failed system restores (Time Machine, you have betrayed me!), failed OS installs (got one put on an external SSD at least, but "Mac OSX can't repair Macintosh HD") and the error messages as I clone said Macintosh HD to another drive "just in case" (24 hours later and only half copied ... O_o ...), I edited this little Phalaenopsis orchid on my laptop to buoy my spirits.

Pure coincidence that Phalaenopsis is pronounced like "failin' op sys" ... ;o7



#MacroAddict MacroAddict with thanks to Sandrine Berjonneau
#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Friday #TGIF #naturephotography #FloralFriday #FlowerFriday #flowerphotography #floralphotography #hqspflowers #btpflowerpro #hqspmacro #Macro4All #MacroManiacs #macrophotography

”Little #Seagullbutt Planet“


”Little #Seagullbutt Planet“
Anyone who has been to the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco knows how inundated it can be with these birds. So, the city decided to make a new one (since they’ve built it a couple of times already, what’s one more? … ;o)). However, this time they made one on it’s own little planet in the sky, where the hoards of birds could live happily ever after.

If you want to see some really awesome little planets, head on over to Sassi Sassmannshausen’s Collection, “Little Planets & Co.” https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/kV0vZ. His are conspicuously lacking in seagullbutts, but that’s a good thing … ;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 +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 #littleplanet #tinyplanet #littleplanetpanorama #landscape #landscapephotography #panosphere 

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

Google+ Collections celebrate their first anniversary.


Google+ Collections celebrate their first anniversary.

Such a great way to discover new interests!

#CollectionsTurn1

Good Morning, Cheetahs


Good Morning, Cheetahs

Just a little homage to one of our world's beautiful creatures.

The cheetah is considered "Threatened" (given the status of "Vulnerable" by the IUCN [International Union for Conservation of Nature]) due to habitat loss, human-wildlife conflict, illegal pet trade, poaching, loss of prey and the high mortality rate of cheetah cubs."They are extinct in 20 countries and occupy only 17% of their historical range." [Dr. Femke Broekhuis, Project Director of the Mara Cheetah Project] The Asiatic cheetah is extinct from India and only exist in Iran, but fortunately there are efforts being made to save them: http://thewildlife.wbur.org/2016/03/24/saving-the-desert-cheetahs-of-iran/

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #BTPAnimalPRO BTP Animal Pro #HQSPAnimals #catsallovertheworld #caturdayeveryday #caturday #catsbigandsmallthebest #babycheetah #cheetah #wildlifewednesday #threatenedthursday #LandscapePhotography