Story Challenge: Letter “O”

This week’s challenge is the letter “o” as in, “OH MY GOD”. This weekend the US Navy Blue Angels ruled the skies over San Francisco as a part of the 2012 Fleet Week. Here is an order of International Orange with a side of OMG.

Blue Angel over South Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge.

US Navy Blue Angel
San Francisco Fleet Week 2012
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Story Challenge: Letter “O”

Travel theme: Animals

In honor of World Animal Day on October 4th, Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is Animals. The critters featured below, and their cousins, have been frequent visitors to our “Backyard Salad Bar” for years. Last year we finally put up a fence around the backyard and now we have vegetables and flowers and no deer (Oh, dear!).

Two deer in a backyard.

Intruder Alert!
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Travel Theme: Animals

Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy

The subject of this week’s challenge is happy, and to make it interesting we were encouraged to use one of the three new Gallery formats to display our photos. Here are some things that make me happy:

You can scroll across the photos for captions, or click on a photo to enlarge it.

Story Challenge: Letter “N”

This week’s Story Challenge is the letter “N” and my mind immediately goes to NO, NEVER, do NOT— I think you get the picture here.

I decided to take a look at the warning signs around my workplace to show how many things workers canNOT do. As it turned out, there are a lot of helpful warning signs that are cautionary in nature and only a few signs that are flat-out NO, or NEVER messages.

This exercise made me realize that my reaction to many suggestions has been to turn them into rules and that is a problem. I can take a suggestion, but I don’t especially like following a rule. Hmmmmph, a mental change is required at this point (my boss will be thrilled…).

Thank you, Frizz, for this challenge and this experience of personal growth.

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Whatchacallit? — iPhoneography continued

I took this photo with my iPhone4…

image of GGB East Plaza.

East Plaza of Golden Gate Bridge
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…and edited it with the Camera Awesome app into this photo.

Edited image of GGB East Plaza.

A nostalgic view.
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I am unsure whether to call this second image a photograph or something else — an iPhoto, an edPhoto? It looks like an old postcard to me, like something from 30 years from now.

Is there a word out there already or will we have to come up with a term to define these photographs that have been edited into another form?

Please share your thoughts on this subject. I am eager to learn what you think.

Related post: iPhoneography Rocks!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Mine

The subject of this week’s Photo Challenge is “mine”, as in a place, object, or view that’s entirely yours, or you’re a bit selfish or possessive about.

What’s mine is now yours, enjoy.

Closeup of a dahlia.

“The earth, like the sun, like the air, belongs to everyone and to no one.”–Edward Abbey
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The Tag Blogathon

I received a tag from Brad @ for a Tag Blogathon. This is a new experience for me, but I am willing to give it a shot, so here are the rules: Each person tagged must post 11 things about themselves. They must also answer the 11 questions the ‘tagger’ has set for them. They must create 11…

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