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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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This week’s theme is – WALKING
linked with Camera Critters

This is my 63rdMisty Dawn started the meme and explains the rules here.

This crow is walking in the grass, looking for food.

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Thought for Today
“Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.”  Steven Wright

This week’s theme is – PURPLE
linked with Today’s Flowers
I share these purple flowers
from my neighborhood …

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Click to see my other Purple Photo Hunt/Today’s Flowers

Thought for Today
“The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size.” Gertrude S. Wister

This week’s theme is – FOUR
Linked with Camera Critters here,
I share these ‘four-pawed’ canines
walking with their people …

This is my 51stMisty Dawn started the meme and explains the rules here.



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See also Bird Collages shared previously here, here and here.

Thought for Today
“Properly trained, a man can be dog’s best friend.”  Corey Ford

This week’s theme is SPACE


can feel crowded often, but
living at the beach

provides regular
opportunity to walk
this uncrowded space

taking in these skies
ever changing views and hues …
quite remarkable.


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Thoughts for Today
“I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.”  George Washington Carver

“I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.”  Henry David Thoreau

“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play in your hair.”  Kahlil Gibran

This week’s theme is bridge(s) …

This ‘apparent stairway’ leads to a 2nd bridge across the same stream on the grounds of the Mabel Dodge House in Taos, New Mexico seen spanned by a flatter wooden structure (in similarly various forms) at Sacred Ruminations in another Photo Hunt this weekend.  The ‘original photo’ at the top was snapped with my Casio Exlim ‘point & shoot’ while attending the 2007 Writers Retreat during the summer.  Below are 9 variations using filters in Photoshop Elements …

Original Snapshot


3-D Transform


Accented Edges


Smudge Stick


Ink Outlines


Ink Outlines & Find Edges


Fresco Filter


Glowing Edges


Poster Edges




Click images to ’embiggen’ for better viewing.  Which do YOU like best & why?

This is my 3rd effort at Creative Photography (my 1st is at Small Reflections). Click for others participating in Creative Photography and Photo Hunt this week.

Thought for Today
“A good snapshot stops a moment from running away.” Eudora Welty

This week’s theme is … Aftermath
Last week I shared 7 photos of a lovely red rose
in a collage at Sacred Ruminations Haiku Friday#102,
Today’s collage below illustrates it’s gradual demise.


Currently Santa Ana winds are blowing outside and are predicted to gust for the next few days. I’m hoping they won’t wreak havoc on the Apricot Rose still in full bloom in my front yard, here in Southern California.

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Haiku Sky Watch Friday is in the next post and at Sacred Ruminations too.

Thought for Today
“Change is inevitable — except from a vending machine.” Robert C. Gallagher

This week’s theme is … HOPE
After blue skies on New Year’s Day & fog yesterday …
shared yesterday in Haiku Sky Watch Friday,
I’m HOPING that today’s rain showers
won’t wreak havoc on the Apricot Rose currently blooming
in my front yard, here in Southern California


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in Photo Hunt and Today’s Flowers
and for my second collage of a different rose in
Today’s Flowers at Sacred Ruminations.


Thought for Today
“I will be the gladdest thing under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one.
Edna St. Vincent Millay, Afternoon on a Hill

This week’s theme is ‘Breakfast’


I confess that I
didn’t take these photos but
I created the

Photoshop Collage
with three pictures from
Overload Press and

one Photobucket
image … ‘four dif’rent breakfast
views’ to share today.

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Thought for Today
“All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.” John Gunther

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I'm a happily retired teacher. Originally blogging as storyteller, I've changed my avatar early in 2010 to reflect my recent growing interest in photography. You might recognize me from one of my three original Blogger-based sites:

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