A to Z Theme Reveal

One year ago, I stepped off the cliff and fell into Space, Time, and Raspberries.

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Kind of a squishy, juicy landing, but — ooo! — was it ever yummy!

It was the 2016 A to Z Blogging Challenge, and I finally saw a reason to set up a site of my own. When I’d signed up for a WordPress account two years earlier, I didn’t really anticipate becoming a blogger. I only did it so I could comment on a friend’s posts. (Huh. It didn’t seem so silly back then.)

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Cosmic Photo Challenge

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That is this week’s theme for Dale and K’lee‘s Cosmic Photo Challenge. Visit both of them to see their always-amazing interpretations, and learn how to play along. They welcome your most extreme creativity from straight shots to post-processing par excellence!

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The Daily Post Photo Challenge, H20 (part 1)

Guest Host Lignum Draco suggested  Water for this week’s theme.

Smooth as Mirrored Glass

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I found no rule against using a previously published photo here, so here it is again — unless you’ve never seen it before, then it’s brand new! 

San Diego, California in the USofA, is located in a coastal desert. Authorities claim we’ve averaged 10.34″ of rainfall a year over the last 30 years, but I suspect they round up to the next inch every time they measure — real glass-half-full kinds of folks.)

Every now and then, we do get enough rain to saturate the clay-infused ground and create some splash-worthy puddles. Some last a few days. That’s what I found a couple days after one of last winter’s storms, with the wind at a complete standstill.

I do love my iPhone camera — convenient and always ready.

(Full disclosure. I previously posted this image in response to the prompt, “Water”, for Dale and K’lee’s highly interpretive Cosmic Photo Challenge.)

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Cosmic Photo Challenge

“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” William Cullen Bryant

Dale and Klee’s Cosmic Photo Challenge — oh, how I’ve missed you! Nature is just beginning to anticipate her chance to rest and recuperate from months of riotous revels reaching up to life-giving sun. To help her celebrate, Dale decided this week’s theme is The Trees. You can see Dale’s entries there, K’lee’s entries here, and how to play along on both sites.

Living in southern California, we see little of the deciduous glory so much of the world experiences. But we do have the liquid amber (Liquidambar styraciflua), commonly called the American sweetgum.

May I present, A Bit of Autumn in San Diego.

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I Hate Photos of Me

Back in the Kodachromagnon Age, when film was both alpha male and alpha female, transparencies were born as slides, but could transform — by the mystical power of Kodak Labs — into framable prints whose faces were either glossy or matte.

Without intending to, some anonymous, incompetent, color-blind photo lab worker gave me the key to understanding the eternal (since 1839 or 1840, anyway) complaint:

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