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My PINK roses here
RED ones on my other blogs …
ending with ‘pastel’

climbing roses … small
and short-lived but abundant
yellow, peach, and pink

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and for others participating in Pink Saturday,
Today’s Flowers, Shadow Shot Sunday,
Color Carnival and Mosaic Monday

Ohmygosh … it’s been a WHOLE WEEK since I’ve posted anything here, and even longer since I’ve visited anyone in the Blogosphere! Real life activities have kept me busy and away from the computer lately. Thanks to everyone for your continued visits and comments in the face of my absence. My ‘reader’ is collecting your posts and hopefully I’ll find time soon to begin catching up.

Last Wednesday I published my first ‘Mr. Lincoln’ rose of the season at Small Reflections and yesterday I shared my first Veteran’s Honor roses at Sacred Ruminations (along with some Beauty, Skies, Window Views, Reflections, FAVES & musings … Just for the JOY of it) … and I’m hoping to update my gratitude list then publish Camera Critters and Pet Pride at Small Reflections later today.

Soon I’ll share my ‘apricot’ Just Joey Roses
I hope you’re each enjoying a wonderful weekend 😉

Thought for Today
“An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field.” Niels Bohr

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Pink Saturday, Today’s Flowers, & Color Carnival
and a brief personal update

one photograph for
Window Views, Reflections and
Sunday Shadow Shots

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Weekend Reflections, Shadow Shot Sunday and Window Views

Brief Update about my Computer Issues

I’m pleased to report (to those following my ‘computer challenges’ lately) that after spending several hours on the phone with Dell Tech Support yesterday afternoon, things seem to be working better already. There have been NO BLUE SCREEN CRASHES today and the promised replacement keyboard arrived in today’s mail. THAT was FAST!!!

I’ve removed the old ‘sticky’ one and installed the ‘refurbished’ keyboard. All the keys seem to work normally, though the ‘feel’ is a bit different. I suspect I’ll get used to it quickly and I’m quite relieved to not have to go back and FIX words any longer.

I don’t know the name
of these bushes with dainty
pink blossoms … if YOU

have an idea what
they might be please let me know
below in comments


colorful blooms from
South Coast Plaza Mall near the
door to Z’Tejas

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Today’s Flowers, and Color Carnival

Thought for Today
“You have the opportunity to be a powerful influence on the lives of other people, no matter your position in life.” V.J. Smith

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Sunrise this morning
beautiful to say the least …
colorfully PINK!




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for others participating in Haiku Friday, Sky Watch,
Finding Beauty, Color Carnival and Pink Saturday

Thought for Today
“An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it.” Bill Bernback

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I confess I don’t
know the name of the lovely
pink blossoms below

but I’m sure that the
orange and purple ones are called
Bird of Paradise.

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Color Carnival and Today’s Flowers

Thought for Today
“As you grow older, you’ll find the only things you regret are the things you didn’t do.” Zachary Scott

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My World, Macro Monday and Monochrome Weekend
are in the next post

Enjoying the rain
here in California …
watching TENNIS too 😉






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(Almost) Wordless Wednesday
Ruby Tuesday, Watery Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday,
Color Carnival, Weekend Reflections, Shadow Shot Sunday

Thought for Today
“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Weekend Reflections is in the Next Post

Colorful blossoms …
subtle shadows photographed
on a recent walk


Straight out of the camera above and Poster Edges below

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Pink Saturday and Today’s Flowers


Straight out of the camera above and Poster Edges below

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Color Carnival and Shadow Shots

Thought for Today
“Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.” Walt Whitman

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Click for my Weekend Reflections,
Camera Critters and Pet Pride this week

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… not as beautiful
as the sunrise mosaic
at Small Reflections

of course I’m using
my Casio Exilim …
(Nikon’s in the shop)


yearly cleaning and
‘adjustments’ … recommended
by those in the know


suffering a bit
of ‘withdrawal’ and I hope
they’ll be finished soon

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Sky Watch, Haiku Friday and Pink Saturday

Thought for Today
“Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.” Moshe Dayan

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Weekend Reflections is in the Next Post

Neighborhood blossoms …
pink flowers I photographed
on a recent walk

Straight out of the Camera

Poster Edges, lightened just a bit

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Pink Saturday, Today’s Flowers and Color Carnival

Thought for Today
“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.” Hal Borland

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After Christmas Sales
are YOU out there exchanging
gifts … seeking bargains?

South Coast Plaza Mall
views during the holiday
season … delightful

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and to see more South Coast Plaza Views shared previously
at Small Reflections and Sacred Ruminations

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My World, Ruby Tuesday and Color Carnival

Thought for Today
“Next to a circus there ain’t nothing that packs up and tears out faster than the Christmas spirit.” Kin Hubbard

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Returning from a
sunset ‘photo shoot’ my eyes
spotted reflections

in the windows of
these houses facing the beach
… sunset with palm trees.

The older I get
I find traditions changing
each and ev’ry year

but it seems we will
gather as a family
once again this year 😉

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Pink Saturday, Weekend Reflections and Window Views

Experimenting
in Photoshop Elements
I came up with two

versions that I found
pleasing to my own eyes and
decided to share

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Multi-tasking at
busy times of year is the
best that I can do

Wishing everyone
joyful celebrations with
family and friends

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Thought for Today
“Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.”
Bill Watterson

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Holiday decor
around town and neighborhood
for Pink Saturday

Hand painted window
displays entice shoppers to
enter, browse and buy

Straight out of the camera above …
Poster Edges below

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Window Views, Color Carnival and Mosaic Monday

As usual I’ve also shared Monday Mosaics at
Small Reflections and Sacred Ruminations

Thought for Today
“It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.” W.T. Ellis

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Scroll down for Blue Monday, Ruby Tuesday,
My World
and Wordless Outdoor Wednesday too

After being sick
last week I am catching up
by multi-tasking


Here in Southern Cal
we don’t see many color
changes, but walking

recently I found
colorful deciduous
trees and snapped a few

photographs to share
in mosaics … splendidly
this week, just because

Originals … straight out of the camera

Palette Knife
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Accented Edges, lightened

Invert

Accented Edges Solarized

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Accented Edges

Poster Edges

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ALMOST

Colored Pencil

Solarized

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Thought for Today

“Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.” Dalai Lama



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This week’s theme is – BAGS


Walking yesterday
through the weekly ‘craft event’

I photographed these ;–)

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Photo Hunt and Color Carnival

See my other colorful posts this week at
Small Reflections and Sacred Ruminations

Thought for Today
“Joy is not in things!  It is in us!”
Benjamin Franklin

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Pretty pink blossoms
photographed by me last week …

Diplodania

Until embiggened
dif’rences seem minimal …

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Originals – Straight out of the Camera

Poster Edges

Ink Outlines, Lightened

Craquelure

Polar Coordinates

Invert

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Thought for Today
“The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers.” Basho

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Above, my SKY view
is a favorite, but the

‘pinkish’ view below

is a close second …
Photoshop Experiments

yielded these results:


Accented Edges

Poster Edges

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Dramatic shifts
to my ‘pinkish’ skies emerged

with these two filters:

Solarize

Equalize

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Color Carnival


Thought for Today
“To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela

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