Are You Compositionally Challenged?

By: BriarCraft , 10:17 PM GMT on June 22, 2014

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For those of you who like digital photography, Calpoppy and I have started a new Flickr Group, called Compositionally Challenged. We plan to have a weekly photo challenge, with members supporting others in their quest to become better photographers. This is an invitation only group, so if you would like to join us, send a WUmail or FlickrMail to Calpoppy or me. Photographers of all skill levels welcome.



Sit down, rest a bit, have a cold drink...


The other day, while I was sitting on the deck, I noticed a bird that I hadn't seen before. I slowly, quietly ducked inside, grabbed my camera and managed to snap a couple of photos before it flew off.

Name that bird???

I spent quite awhile searching around Allaboutbirds.org but I didn't find a single bird that looked quite like this little fellow. It's browner than a sparrow, but about that size or maybe a little bit bigger. For a "plain brown bird" it seemed like quite a handsome bird to me.
ADD: Calpoppy tentatively identified this as a juvenile spotted towhee.


I have a couple of miniature roses that have been giving their all lately. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen a rose bush so full of blooms for such a long time.


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62. BriarCraft
5:32 AM GMT on July 06, 2014
Between daytripping, yardening, and foolin' with photos, I have neglected my WUfriends for a few days. I hope everyone had a fun holiday and that Awful Arthur didn't ruin the fun for those of WU on the east coast. I understand some places did their fireworks a day early. There's just nothing normal about the weather any more, is there?

YOR: Yes, when you are looking for a good photo opportunity, you do look more carefully at your surroundings. I have been amazed at some of the things I notice now and wonder how much I missed seeing before I got into photography.

Poppy: I loaded up on the first Yakima peaches of the season, plus lots of greens since my garden had a bad start this year. The peaches are smallish, but oh so sweet.

GG: It was just about a perfect day, too. I should do that more often.

WW: Looking forward to your butterfly photos. We get lots of moths, but not many butterflies here. Just the occasional swallowtail. I'm glad you saw my WP blog. I meant to post here right after I finished on WP, but I got distracted. You know how it is, don't you?

Sandi: A very strange week? I'll have to get over to your blog and catch up on your happenings. It's a bit late now, but I will make a point of catching up around WUville as soon as I can.

Ylee: Our challenge for the coming week is Shadow Play. Everyone is supposed to go outside when the sun is low in the sky (early or late) and look for interesting shadows. Should be interesting.

Mike: You should be careful what you say around a shrink. You do know they are just waiting for a client to mention something weird, don't you? It's what they live for.
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4:44 AM GMT on July 06, 2014
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60. clearlakemike
8:21 PM GMT on July 05, 2014
So good to hear that there is another crazy cat person out there!! phew! uh, I mean concerned cat person! I told my shrink about the cats and you should have seen the look on his face, lol. I had a hard time keeping a straight face as I was trying to describe it all to him!
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59. Ylee
8:03 PM GMT on July 05, 2014
Briar, how's the competition coming along? I hope the whole process is going smoothly!
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58. sandiquiz
11:12 AM GMT on July 05, 2014
I've had a very strange and busy week... so looking forward to getting back to normal next week.

I must make time to pop over to read your WP entry once I have been around WU to catch up with what's been happening this last week:)

Hope you had a lovely 4th of July :)
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57. WeatherWise
4:02 AM GMT on July 05, 2014
Just saw your new blog entry on Wordpress, Daytripping to Olympia. The Farmers Market sounded really great. I always think of going to a bigger one as I am passing through cities such as Raleigh and Winston Salem, Greensboro, and others as I pass a sign that says Farmers Market. Raleigh has a state farmers market sign. That would probably be something really exciting. I never stop though. I just keep right on going. I love going to my local Farmers Market on Sat. morns and then head out on the Riverwalk Trail.

Your photo shoots were really neat! I hope you are going to post those photos on WU, too. Well, it is past bedtime on the eastern US! zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!
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56. WeatherWise
9:40 PM GMT on July 04, 2014
Hi Briar1 HOpe you had a wonderful 4th!

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55. calpoppy
3:28 PM GMT on July 04, 2014
Happy 4th!!

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54. WeatherWise
11:48 PM GMT on July 03, 2014



Hi Briar, Glad Macie made a quick recovery and am so excited to hear you are off for an early morn at the farmers market in Olympia and an exciting photo op with a fellow photographer friend. I will be curious to see what you found. My excitement for this week has been mostly with the deer and the hawk. I am waiting for the prettier large butterflies to appear. I am trying to be patient as I remember that last year it was fairly late when they showed up in my area. Everyday, I check all the butterfly bushes in hopes. I have seen a hummingbird moth two different days at one butterfly bush. As quickly as I see it, it takes off and I don't have the patience to wait in the heat for it to come back. So I have a beautiful pic in my head but not in my camera.

My iceplant is in bloom.



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53. calpoppy
8:50 PM GMT on July 03, 2014
Sorry this is a link and not the you tube video! In a hurry, but this is really funny for you cat lovers out there!

Link
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52. GardenGrrl
2:23 PM GMT on July 03, 2014
Farmers Market and Birding. Can't think of a more perfect day. Have fun :D
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51. calpoppy
1:48 PM GMT on July 03, 2014
Have fun on your day trip!! Bring back loads of veggie, fruit and of course photos!!
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50. YelloworangeRose
11:49 AM GMT on July 03, 2014
Good Luck and enjoy your travel. can't wait to see the photos you are going to bring with you when you are back . yes i see the world differently and think.. ummm that's a good picture piece. ha haha
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49. BriarCraft
6:19 AM GMT on July 03, 2014
Data: 40 and counting?! Yikes! Are you and ClearlakeMike in some sort of competition? You both have my respect for the good work you are doing. You are saving so many potential kittens from starvation. Way too many people in rural areas are just plain irresponsible when it comes to "fixing" their cats. And don't even get me started on city folk who dump unwanted pets in the country.

YOR: I am glad you've been bitten by the photography bug. There is no cure for it. Have you also started looking at the world around you in a different way?



I am heading for the Olympia area tomorrow for a photo shoot and farmers market visit. How this came about is a bit interesting. I posted the little brown bird photo into a Flickr group called Birds of Washington. A member of that group promptly identified it as a juvenile towhee, just like Calpoppy said. He also commented on a couple other photos of mine. So, of course, I went to return the favor. Turns out he does most of his photography in the Olympia area. He is an avid birder. I love his photo captions, because he says exactly where he saw the bird, sometimes writes about it's behavior, and always includes a link to the checklist he posted at ebird.org. In the last two weeks, he has posted photos of 4 birds I have never seen before.

Plus, I was looking for an excuse to take the drive up to Olympia to visit the huge farmers market there.

DH can hold down the fort. I'm off to fill the cooler with goodies from the farmers market and then, hopefully, go "shoot" some birds. Then I'll have plenty of blog fodder to share.

In case I don't see you before then, have a fun and safe Independence Day.
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48. YelloworangeRose
9:43 PM GMT on July 02, 2014
Hi Briar yep yep yep I learned a lot when i joined the group also started to appreciate more the beauty of the photographs & now see things i did not notice on a photo before like more details and etc. I am enjoying it. Sorry to hear about gracie. She will be fine after the medication it is said cats have nine lives and i think they also heal easily.
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47. DataPilot
7:53 PM GMT on July 02, 2014
Poor Gracie! I'm glad the vet was able to make her feel better, but it's still a shame that she had to go through the pain and trauma. Bully cats are never a good thing.

We trap, neuter and/or spay every cat that hangs around our property, whether they're ours or not. (We're at 40 and counting.) When we first moved into our current home and realized that it had a cat overpopulation problem, we spent a lot of time trying to find MIA owners. We thought we could talk to them, and perhaps help them get their kitties fixed. WRONG! In the 11 years that we've lived here, exactly one person has claimed their roaming cat.

We also have very little in the way of assistance from our local Animal Services. They were de-funded so badly that they had to turn over the management of their last open shelter to the Humane Society. It was either that, or close the shelter entirely. Animals that are dangerous to humans are now their primary concern, and cases of severe neglect or abuse are secondary. Roaming tomcats aren't on their radar at all.
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46. BriarCraft
6:08 PM GMT on July 02, 2014
Mike: Yes, in fact, I still need to shoot one more Reflection shot somewhere. I've got a couple ideas, though, so I'll come up with something before the week is over.

GG: There is no Animal Control here. We found that out a few years ago when a blind dog blundered onto the property and we tried to find it's owner. There is an animal shelter that will make note of "found" animals in case someone calls trying to locate their lost animal. Otherwise, a deputy sheriff might come around to shoot a vicious animal. Mostly, people take care of pest problems themselves and I do NOT want to shoot a cat. Any cat.

I'm not above taking Mr. Tough Guy to the vet and having his balls removed. That would teach him a thing or two.
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45. GardenGrrl
4:58 PM GMT on July 02, 2014
Oh poor Gracie. Glad the vet meds are working. She is such a sweet heart.
Well now that you know there is a bully cat in the area, are you going to set out a cat trap at night so you can re-home the little jerk to say, animal control?
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44. clearlakemike
4:54 PM GMT on July 02, 2014
Glad to hear that Gracie is doing better, Briar. calpoppy, are you still looking at reflections? lol...
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43. BriarCraft
4:29 PM GMT on July 02, 2014
WW: You drew that white rabbit, and the way you put the graphic together, it looks like you pasted different pieces of paper to make it. Nicely done.

Prose: I don't see any white rabbits in that graphic -- other than the words, that is. Could be you are Compositionally Challenged. 8~ D

Sandi: I do believe the shots Gracie got at the vet yesterday were magic. At 11:00, she couldn't stand. At 1:30, she was able to eat and had quite an appetite. By 3:00, she managed to finally empty her bladder in the makeshift litter box. At 5:00, she was demanding to be let out of the bedroom. This morning, she was able to push through the cat door and spent about half an hour sitting on the deck enjoying the view before she came back inside. The swelling on her leg has almost disappeared. I am happily amazed at the meds and the rapid recovery they have made possible.

Gracie says she is honored that she reminds you of Blue and she hopes Max is being especially affectionate to you on your birthday. We all still love you when you're 64!
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42. Proserpina
10:57 PM GMT on July 01, 2014
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41. sandiquiz
9:22 PM GMT on July 01, 2014
Oh, Poor Gracie....
She always reminds me of Blue, same colour and same temperament. He was nicknamed the silent shadow. He was always there, followed me around, but didn't ask for much in return. Max on the other hand wants constant attention, and if he doesn't get it, he shouts at me!!
Actually, to be fair to him, he is missing C, who went away Saturday for for two weeks. The last two days he has spent most of the day curled up on C's dressing gown, which he had left draped over a chair in the bedroom.

Max sends kisses and hugs to Gracie and hopes she is soon feeling better.
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40. WeatherWise
9:02 PM GMT on July 01, 2014



Happy Summer, Briar! I was just reading about Gracie! Sorry to hear and hope she gets better quickly.



Happy Summer to you!

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39. BriarCraft
8:55 PM GMT on July 01, 2014
YOR: Shooting photos for a challenge is fun and learning something, too, makes it a win-win. Always before, I have taken photos of things that were interesting to me. Now, I am having to be observant in a different way -- looking for a specific sort of thing. It is also interesting to see what other people post that have reflections -- lots of variety and creativity.

Sandi, GG: Thanks for the heartfelt and photographic rabbits.

Poppy: Apricot cobbler sounds more yummy than patriotic, but that's okay. I still need one more photo for the 1st challenge. This one has to be something outdoors.





When I peaked in the bedroom yesterday afternoon a bit before 2:00, I saw three cats lined up for their afternoon nap.
Ken, Wally, Gracie


The next time I passed through, around 5:00, Gracie was curled up on the floor. I didn't think anything of it at the time, but she was still there at 8:00 and she hadn't eaten her supper. I picked her up and she growled. It was then I noticed clumps of loose hair and I realized that she had been in a cat fight. When one of the boys gets too rough at play and makes Gracie feel threatened, she always goes into a defensive position on her back. Apparently that is what she did when attacked by the neighborhood bully cat, because her right front leg had been bitten.

Gracie is an amputee, so she requires her three remaining legs to get around, but one of those three was now very painful. She spent the night under the bed. I coaxed her out this morning, but she was unable to use the litter box and was uninterested in food, so off to the vet we went. The vet was very compassionate and understanding of the situation, so Gracie not only got a long-lasting antibiotic shot, she also got a shot of pain meds.

She is confined in the bedroom, so she can feel safe. A shallow box lid has been converted into a temporary low-sided litter box for her. Food and water are on the floor, next to an old blanket folded into a comfy bed. Now, two hours later, she has eaten a little and seems to be feeling better. Still, she only comes out from under the bed when I am in the room.

And of course, Wally wants nothing more than to get into the bedroom to see what is going on. Maybe later.
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38. calpoppy
1:47 PM GMT on July 01, 2014
Oh it is a Montmorency cherry, no wonder it is so full of leaves! I had one in the mountains and it would literally weep to the ground it was so full of cherries. The boys and I would pit them and freeze them. Putting enough in each package for a cherry pie. Sweet cherries are just not the same in a pie!

Off to pick apricots, plums and peaches today. I want to make an apricot cobbler for the 4th. Just sounds patriotic! Since I have no pie cherries to make a cherry pie for the 4th!

I am now done with the 1st challenge! I haven't done hardly any inside or arty photographing so this has been great!
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37. GardenGrrl
9:54 AM GMT on July 01, 2014
Generic but heartfelt "White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits!"
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36. sandiquiz
6:59 AM GMT on July 01, 2014


Wishing you a very happy, and successful photographic Month of July :)
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35. YelloworangeRose
12:01 AM GMT on July 01, 2014
I did not realize the one with an angel is part of the reflections photo! i thought it is two angels sitting side by side! it is reflection and it is very well shot. I learned a lot, and it is just the first week *wink.
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34. BriarCraft
10:27 PM GMT on June 30, 2014
Ylee: Here's a sampling of Reflections, our first photo challenge, and it's only the first day.



Jane: I think "little brown birds" are found just about everywhere. I'm lousy at native tree and plant names, too.
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33. JanesVacation
1:13 PM GMT on June 29, 2014
Interesting little brown bird. I also have several "little brown birds" here in the midwest. I googled Towhee and found out that we would have the "Eastern Towhee" living here in the summer. I can't say that I really remember seeing one - it is similar to the American robin with the reddish underside. I know a lot more about trees and plants than I do birds.
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32. Ylee
2:15 AM GMT on June 29, 2014
Hope your challenge is a success!
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31. BriarCraft
8:36 PM GMT on June 28, 2014
YOR: I'm glad you have access to lots of tasty local fruits. Isn't it interesting how different fruits are given Western names, as you describe what are called cherries, but are eaten with salt?



The Compositionally Challenged have their first challenge:
Reflections

We can start taking photos now, but nothing is to be posted until Monday. There is a limit of 3 photos per member.

If you would like to see what we're up to, stop by any time at https://www.flickr.com/groups/2652515@N24/. Our photos and discussions are viewable by anyone.

If you would like to participate, send me a WUmail and be sure to include your Flickr Handle.
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30. YelloworangeRose
3:27 AM GMT on June 28, 2014
Quoting BriarCraft:
WTS: I think I much prefer cherry pie to olive pie, too.

YOR: You may not have cherries to pick, but I think you must have some delicious tropical or semi-tropical fruits where you live. Do you have farmers markets, where small-scale farmers bring their fresh produce into the city to sell directly to consumers?

Okay, about the cherries. I had two trees, one a Rainier sweet cherry and the other a Montmorency sour pie cherry. They were planted about 20 feet apart in the same year. Both blossomed like crazy this year. Then, for some unknown reason, the Rainier suddenly died, while the Montmorency went on to produce a bumper crop.

So, Dianna, the pictured cherries are sour Montmorencies but they do have excellent flavor.

Yes, Sandi, cherries do freeze very well. I pit them, mix with sugar, and let them draw a bit of juice. Then they go into pint containers and into the freezer. For a pie, I thaw out 2 containers or sauce or compote, I only thaw 1 container.


yes lots of fruits here in fact we are planning to go there today or tomorrow to buy some fruits. we have one called cherries but they are dark in color and has seeds and yummy with salt. going to buy a fruit like your blue berry.
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29. BriarCraft
3:20 AM GMT on June 28, 2014
WTS: I think I much prefer cherry pie to olive pie, too.

Sandi: Gracie follows me everywhere. Or if I am unavailable, she stays near one of the boys. She seldom goes anywhere alone. Surprisingly, I was not particularly sore today, just a little ache in one knee.

Dianna: I won't have any raspberries this year. Mine all died last year for some unknown reason, so I replanted this spring.

Dave: Let me know if you'd like to join our challenge group.

Poppy: Cherries here typically ripen about a week before Independence Day, so mine are right on schedule. Looking forward to our first challenge!

Puget: If my little tree is any indication, this is the year of the cherry for Washington. If your life ever gets less busy, maybe you'll take part in a photo challenge or two with us.

YOR: You may not have cherries to pick, but I think you must have some delicious tropical or semi-tropical fruits where you live. Do you have farmers markets, where small-scale farmers bring their fresh produce into the city to sell directly to consumers?

Okay, about the cherries. I had two trees, one a Rainier sweet cherry and the other a Montmorency sour pie cherry. They were planted about 20 feet apart in the same year. Both blossomed like crazy this year. Then, for some unknown reason, the Rainier suddenly died, while the Montmorency went on to produce a bumper crop.

So, Dianna, the pictured cherries are sour Montmorencies but they do have excellent flavor.

Yes, Sandi, cherries do freeze very well. I pit them, mix with sugar, and let them draw a bit of juice. Then they go into pint containers and into the freezer. For a pie, I thaw out 2 containers or sauce or compote, I only thaw 1 container.
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28. YelloworangeRose
3:10 PM GMT on June 27, 2014
Quoting BriarCraft:
Guess what I did today when the drizzle finally stopped? .
Did you make a jam out of that harvest?? (my guess) I added some photo in flickr this morning but had it locked coz i have yet to edit them. Have a nice day! just stopped by before going to go sleep.
I love to eat cherries and seeing you up there, i get envious and wished i could pick my own cherries too i think it is all fun. Reminds me of our farm i think there are fruits bearing trees there too. Been long time since i went there only the caretaker is there.
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27. PugetSoundPost
2:05 PM GMT on June 27, 2014
Great rose photo, Briar! I think the roses have been nice this year. Also, your cherry picking was super successful! I read in the paper yesterday that the commercial crop from the Wenatchee area is quite large this year - large both in quantity of cherries and also the size of each cherry is much larger than normal. They say they (and maybe we, too?) had a perfect spring weather situation for all of this to occur. Looks like you could be right in line with those orchards. Always a great part of summer when the cherries start to come into markets.

It looks like you photo folks will have a good time with your group studying each other's entries. It is a fun pursuit, but one that takes time and concentration to really make a difference. I wish I had more of both to apply toward the hobby. Keep posting some of the results here, if you can!
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26. calpoppy
1:21 PM GMT on June 27, 2014
I commented on the cherry tree on Flickr, but will add here, what a nice healthy tree! Your orchard is doing very well! I need to get out to the U-Pick orchards soon. Right now they have apricots, peaches and plums. All the early fruit. I missed cherries when my son and dil were out.

Challenge will be posted on Flickr by 8:00 AM Saturday! If anyone else wants to get involved before the 1st challenge contact Briar or me via WUmail so we can invite you to the group :))
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25. Cloudyinthewest
9:26 AM GMT on June 27, 2014
Hello BriarCraft,

A photography challenge is a great idea. Good photo of the rose.


Dave
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24. osdianna
5:07 AM GMT on June 27, 2014
Are those Rainier's? Whatever you have, you did very well! I bought 2 pounds of Rainier's at Costco last week and they were so good...I just love summer fruit. My only contribution is several bushes (in containers) of raspberries, and several containers-full of strawberry plants. Both are producing very delicious berries; I'm quite proud of myself because between the deer and the slugs, I am lucky to have anything left!
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23. sandiquiz
3:57 AM GMT on June 27, 2014
I know someone who might be stiff after standing on a ladder for a good while!
Love how Gracie is watching you, and checking you are behaving and not over reaching!
So many cherries...what will you do with them? Do cherries freeze well? Jam?
Awake before five.... I blame the blackbird who sang a wake up call.....but it could also be a few aches and pains that wouldn't let me sleep :-(
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22. WatchinTheSky
3:48 AM GMT on June 27, 2014
I am pretty sure about four in the collage, struggling with two :-/
Looks like a ton of cherries on that tree! Much preferred to the five gallons of olives I got off our 'fruitless' tree ;)
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21. BriarCraft
2:45 AM GMT on June 27, 2014
Guess what I did today when the drizzle finally stopped?


Last year the harvest was less than 2 cups. Today, I picked 7½ pounds, nearly 2 gallons. I estimate that the birds took perhaps 2-3 pounds of cherries before I realized they were ripe. No matter, I'm thrilled at the first real harvest from my young orchard.
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20. BriarCraft
9:28 PM GMT on June 26, 2014
Bogon: It is darned hard to give a name to "little brown bird" or "oh, a duck", but since I got into photography and the desire to give a title to a photo, that no longer suffices for me. It becomes more challenging with juvenile birds because they often look different than adults. Still, I much prefer learning bird names to studying the tax code. ;~ }

YOR: If you are losing your marbles, then I must have lost mine long since. I see nothing wrong with standing in the middle of a road long enough to snap a picture or six -- as long as you aren't causing too much of a traffic jam, that is.

Ylee: I'll give you the names, but I won't say whose is which: Calpoppy, Sandiquiz, OSDianna, Proserpina, KozyColorado, and me. Gotta keep you guessing!

GG: We keep hoping you'll join the group. I'm pretty sure Poppy sent you an invitation, but just in case, I have now invited you, as well. Not sure yet, but I think Reflections will be the first challenge. Poppy will announce it officially on Saturday, I think.
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19. GardenGrrl
4:34 PM GMT on June 26, 2014
Hi, as from WTS's blog; "Whenever you make something perfectly clear, someone will be confused".

That said, what is the photo challenge for the week so I can try to do it during my time off here.

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18. Ylee
4:14 PM GMT on June 26, 2014
Trying to figure out whose picture in the collage is whose..... :' )
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17. YelloworangeRose
11:37 PM GMT on June 25, 2014
I joined ha ha ha now i am mentally challanged! trying to figure out the dos and don'ts and on my way to office the camera was in my pocket and when i crossed the street i stopped in the middle and took a photo of some road under construction signs. am I losing my marbles?? ha ha ha
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16. Bogon
10:48 PM GMT on June 25, 2014
I like the tentative towhee picture. Sorry I can't help with identification. We have towhees here, but they don't look like that.

Add: spent some time last night with my bird book and with Google. No joy. Too many little brown birds that look sort of like those. Eventually I was called away to dinner.

I guess that ultimately the problem may be that I'm okay with just calling them "little brown birds". They don't have to be "Cassin's Finch" or whatever. I mean, who was Cassin, anyway?
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15. BriarCraft
6:21 PM GMT on June 25, 2014
Sandi: That is one of the "frames" available in Photoscape. I like it, too, because it implies there is more to see.

WW: I miss that and don't think that the Canon software is all that great. I do not use it and find it quite irritating that it auto opens after each time I add photos from the camera. I used to get irritated at the Fujifilm software that automatically opens when I use the USB cable to add photos from my camera. My workaround for that is I open the camera, pull the memory card, and plug that into my computer. That opens Windows Explorer where it is a simple matter to move or copy photos onto my computer.

I don't think the "approvers" have relaxed any requirements and, as you say, there is favoritism in what gets approved or gets an AC. When dealing with the WU censors, I have learned it is not so much a matter of what your photo is, it's a matter of how well you are liked by the censors. Since I became an outspoken critic of NUWU, I have had trouble getting "portraits" approved by some censors, but if I wait awhile and try again, another censor will approve it. On the other hand, after I attended the West Coast Photographers Gathering last September, someone went through my old photos and gave me a couple of new ACs on photos over 90 days old. When I found a year-old photo included in the World View, I WUmailed a complaint to Admin and got a response to the effect that they don't check EXIF info and the World View selection for the week would not be changed. Because of all that and more, I now only upload blog stuff to WU.

Sorry for the rant -- not that I have any strong opinions or anything. Oops! My bad.

I use a free photo editing program -- Photoscape. It does just about everything that Adobe Photoshop does. They have great online help and tutorials, but better yet, a lot of people have made How-To videos and posted them to YouTube. Photoscape can be downloaded for free from many websites, but I know I can trust Cnet. If you want to know more:
Cnet download: http://download.cnet.com/PhotoScape/3000-2192_4-1 0703122.html
YouTube How-To: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=phot oscape
Try it. You might like it.

I've had fun following your nestbox watch. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Poppy: Glad you like it!
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14. calpoppy
4:18 PM GMT on June 25, 2014
The collage worked really well!! A great advertisement for our new group!!
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13. WeatherWise
3:51 PM GMT on June 25, 2014
Hi Briarcraft. I understand, did not know it was stitched and did not know WU would not approve it. We know there are certain folks on WU that put a photo right over another photo for the background and get ACs, World Views, and top favorites many times. So I was thinking they had relaxed the requirements. I used to have software for a lot of fancy photo work as I did a lot of webwork for my school's homepage and presentations. When I bought new computers, I pretty much lost all of my software.

I miss that and don't think that the Canon software is all that great. I do not use it and find it quite irritating that it auto opens after each time I add photos from the camera.

Well, the last baby has finally flown the coop. The box is cleaned and left open for airing drying out today. I will close it this evening and wait for them to perhaps come back for a second nesting. Who knows? Oh, they forgot to say good-bye before they left and to settle up their tab. I would probably end up owing them for all the photos that I took of them. However, I could sue them for all that divebombing in my own front yard. Have a great day!

BLUEBIRD NESTBOX WATCH IS OVER!

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12. sandiquiz
3:36 PM GMT on June 25, 2014
Love your collage.... works really well and really like the fact it seems to be three sheets of images on top of each other... that's clever!!
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