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1. I’ve enjoyed watching the skies change from ‘drizzily grey’ in the morning to pretty blues with wispy clouds drifting by in the afternoon … and capturing views with my camera to share here today and at Sacred Ruminations yesterday.




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2. My struggling Endless Summer Hydrangea remains small but is finally producing some lovely pink blossoms … and I’ve enjoyed creating and experimenting with filters on this mosaic … the first is straight out of the camera, in the middle is Paint Daubs (with the mosaic flipped horizontally) and at the bottom I used the Watercolor filter.



3. After enjoying and sharing photos of African Lily blossoms from around my neighborhood a couple of week ago, I was delighted to discover two buds on my own potted African Lily … and photographed them over the three day period they lasted.



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4. With tendonitis in my elbow, it’s been quite some time since I’ve been able to toss a toy for Molly to fetch … but this past week my elbow felt better and we played several days. I love trying to capture her catching the toy in the air and returning it joyfully (with her ears flying) … just for the JOY of it!




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5. I enjoyed a tasty breakfast at Mimi’s Cafe on a drizzily Wednesday morning this week and took these photos for Window Views & Weekend Reflections.


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Thought for Today
“Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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This LOVELY pink rose
didn’t last for long because
Aloha ‘gallumphed’ …

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It’s not easy to
catch crisp views of Aloha
… always on the move!

Her exuberance
often takes a toll on the
blossoms in my yard

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Walking recently
these window views caught my eye
with palm reflections

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If YOU loved PacMac the way I did, you’ll enjoy Google’s home pageΒ  … celebrating the game’s 30th anniversary! You can actually PLAY the game there … Enjoy πŸ˜‰

Thought for Today
“Inside all of us is a Wild Thing.” Maurice Sendak

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Mary the teach at Work of the Poet
has asked bloggers to share Yard Art on Thursdays …
Lots of people who live near the beach
in Southern California ‘decorate’ their yards
(often in unique ways) so I’ll have a steady supply!

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Thirteen photographs
of a sparrow hanging out
in local palm trees





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Window Reflections
near Long Beach Marina with
beautiful blue skies

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Thought for Today
“”Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”
Albert Einstein

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Raindrops and Sunshine on Roses …
Pretty in Pink





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Thought for Today
“The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything — or nothing.” Lady Nancy Astor

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Beach town … Surf City
shares it’s history in this
Surfing Museum

today’s temp’ratures
will reach the low 80s and
draw more people here


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Thought for Today
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein

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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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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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13 photographs
Dramatic skies … Window
Views and Reflections

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A playful bonus … just because
cropped then ‘screened with exclusion’ and lightened

Thought for Today
“To repeat what others have said requires education; to challenge it requires brains.” Mary Pettibone Poole

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muted blues from my
drive in the rain yesterday …
captured through windows


of my Explorer
wet and wildly windy
I’m glad to be home

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Bonus … three shifting views from this morning
snapped through my French Doors looking East …

Thought for Today
“All was silent as before –
All silent save the dripping rain.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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If I can get my
HP ‘all-in-one’ to print
this mosaic will

appear on my cards
with New Year’s greetings because
technical problems

have plagued me this year
I am tempted to give up …
but I’ll persevere

Some of these red views
may be familiar if you’ve
visited before

others are quite new
but I like the holiday
mix in my collage

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Thought for Today
“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”
Laura Ingalls Wilder

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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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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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Thirteen Mosaics

created with 13 views

straight across the street.

Amazing to me
how varied that view can be …

Note the cluster of

palm trees in each shot
underneath the various

sky vistas … then tell

me what’s strange about
the ‘view’ in the center … Do

you see something odd?


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Original – straight out of the camera

Posterized – 9

Poster Edges

Watercolor

Palette Knife

Dry Brush

Smudge Stick

Black & White – Scenic Landscape

Black & White – Scenic Landscape with Poster Edges

Photoshop ‘filters’
create ‘kewl’ effects … it’s fun
to experiment!

Invert

Black & White – Infared

Bas Relief

Zig Zag

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Thought for Today
β€œThe road to wisdom?Β  Well, it’s plain and simple to express:
Err and err again, but less and less and less.”
Piet Hein


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Window boxes filled
colorfully with summer

flowers in full bloom ;–)

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

Thought for Today
β€œA perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.”
James Dent

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