Saturday, January 30, 2010

Round Robin Challenge: Water

From For Ellipsis

"I believe that water is the only drink for a wise man."

-Henry David Thoreau

RRC: Water
Suggested By, Angela, of the blog, Chocolate Syrup For The Soul, (Private)

I just had to smile when Karen posted the announcement entry for our current topic. You see, it has rained, here in the Bay Area, almost nonstop since the beginning of January, and so I know a little something about water! LOL. I didn't get out to get the photos I had planned to, arthritis doesn't do well in cold, wet weather, but in the archives I had some photos which haven't been posted for a while, as well as one photo taken recently, which I hadn't had a chance to post. Enjoy!

Golden Gate Park...
From For Ellipsis

Golden Gate Park (Near the Pavilion)
From For Ellipsis

A Simple Leaf in Water
From For Ellipsis

From For Ellipsis

Sugar Water (Peppermill Casino, Reno, Nevada)
From For Ellipsis

The Round Robin Photo Challenges has some awesome photographers participating, be sure to go and see what everyone else came up with! Just follow the links below...

Linking List




ellen b.

Suzanne R







Carolyn USA



Manang Kim** Welcome, New Player!



Nesa**Welcome, New Player!




Remember, there is still time to play along, see the official Round Robin blog for all the details! And don't forget to check back tomorrow, to find out what our next challenge will be!


PS: If you like the Round Robin Challenges, why not give our other projects a try?

Monday Photo Shoot: This week's assignment is "Houses of Worship"
Closes Sunday night at 9:00 PM ET

Weekend Assignment: To Tweet or Not To Tweet! (Karen) Outpost Mavarin.

Friday, January 29, 2010

A Sure Sign Of Spring

From For Ellipsis

"Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see a bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses."

-Dale Carnegie

Mrs. Robin

From For Ellipsis

The rain has lifted a bit here in the Bay Area, so I spend a little bit of time in the backyard, photographing the beautiful birds. My yard has just been filled with them lately, it's a very nice indication that soon spring will be here! I spotted a Robin couple to photograph. Very cute. I wish their nest was in my yard so I can see the babies, but alas I think they are building it in the next yard, way up in the Poplar tree. Is there anything cuter then a baby bird?


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Weekend Assignment #303: To Tweet Or Not To Tweet

From For Ellipsis

"If computers get too powerful we will organize them into committees. That will do them in." -Unknown

Weekend Assignment #303: Do you tweet, why or why not?

Extra Credit:If you use Twitter, how many people follow you? How many do you follow?

-Karen, author of the blog, Outpost Mavarin

To Tweet Or Not To Tweet... Good Question.

Ok, I admit it. When I first heard about Twitter I had to wonder what the big deal was. Ok, so you can find out in real time that "Henry" in Boise, has just milked his cow. Or maybe you could find out within a matter of seconds that "Simone" in Fairbanks has just finished her breakfast, but really, why would I care? Ok, it did intrigue me that someone famous could share their day, I mean that would be pretty glamorous right? I mean, it's going straight to the source, without all those pesky tabloids to make it all up, or airbrush the heck out of it. So, ok, I could see that as fun. Hmmm, I thought, maybe there was something to it.

So, one day last summer, in a fit of absolute boredom, I decided to check things out on Twitter. I created an account and took a look around. I found a couple friends, such as Karen, had an account, so I "followed" her. Then I found a couple other folks that I knew and I "followed" them, and then, just for fun, looked around to see who else was on Twitter. Anderson Cooper... cool! Regis and Kelly... cool! Oooh... maybe there are Soap Opera stars on here!

Yep. I found a couple soap stars. I am currently following a left leaning diva, and a right leaning diva, and to my profound surprise, enjoying both sides very much. I even had an small interaction with the left leaning diva, which was really pleasant, because she actually asked my opinion on something to do with the state we both reside in. She asked... my... opinion. It was nice to feel of value for a moment to someone I have admired for so many years. Just nice. You know? It was like standing in line at the grocery store, or at Starbuck's, except better, because should I turn around while in line at either of those two places, and see a soap diva, I don't think I would be likely to speak my mind. Believe it or not, I am basically a shy girl, but I do try to overcome it. Every time I step out on the ledge, and the ledge doesn't come crashing to the earth, means I have grown a little bit.

So I guess what I am saying is, what began as an experiment has become yet another way to reach out and experience life. Like being on the Internet in general. People are just people, but we humans do tend to put up lots of walls. I know about walls, but allowing myself new experiences proves my insecurities wrong, and that feels good. Does that make sense?

So to answer your question Karen, YES. I TWEET.

Extra Credit: I follow 151 and I have 41 followers.



Monday, January 25, 2010

Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot #74: Houses Of Worship

"There are three forms of visual art. Painting is art to look at, Sculpture is art you can walk around, and Architecture is art you can walk through."

-Dan Rice

The art of Architecture fascinates me, and some of the most beautiful examples of that art seem to be HOUSES OF WORSHIP. So, for this week's assignment, please show me the HOUSES OF WORSHIP in your area. From simple country churches, to big city cathedrals, to mosques, or temples ... it's all good. And yes, feel free to show me an archived photo this week, but please make sure it's one you haven't previously displayed in at least 6 months or so.

Extra Credit: Show me a Stained Glass Window.

**PLEASE READ** This Monday Photo Shoot assignment closes next Sunday evening at 9:00 PM ET. So, you have until then to submit your photo for the assignment by uploading it to your blog, journal or website, and comeback here with the link back to it. Please remember, the link you leave in the comment thread, must be a link which goes back to an entry which is specific to this week's assignment. NO HYPERLINKS ACCEPTED! Also, please add a link back to this assignment in your entry, so other folks can find the assignment and play along with us.

Linking List for EMPS #73: Winter Landscapes 01/18/10


1. Jama

2. Maria Berg

3. Spiderdama

4. Sherrie

5. Suzanne

6. Greg

7. Liz

8. Nesa

9. Mike

10. Karen

**Please Note: I am continuing to have a lot of difficulty with my computer. Ugg! I hope to have the problems resolved soon, but until I can get it fixed things remain tentative. If you don't see your name on the Linking List, it's because of my computer woes and I apologize. I have scheduled the next several Monday Photo Shoot assignments in case I have to temporarily leave the Internet. So, if I am not here, no worries, an assignment will be here! Just play amongst yourselves, and I will be back as soon as possible. I promise. :)

**There is a Round Robin coming up this Saturday, and I have some things going on this week so Saturday is probably the day I will be by to see your Monday Photo Shoot entries. I promise I will be by, barring any computer problems! :)

Good job everyone! See you next Monday with an all new Monday Photo Shoot assignment.


**If you enjoyed the Monday Photo Shoot, be sure to check out...

The Weekend Assignment, brought to you by Karen at Outpost Mavarin

The Round Robin Photo Challenges (Our next challenge is this coming Saturday!)