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Zoey the Cool Cat

Gratuitous pictures of the Queen

I livew in my own little world

THE BIG MOVE is occurring today and tomorrow.

Beds, desks, computers, and all the small stuff is moving today.

Unfortunately, though, it appears that one cannot get appropriate Internet assistance from the company that provides Internet connection to the 24/7 Internet world.

That just doesn’t make sense to me…….smh.

Thus, as soon as I disconnect the computers I won’t have Internet access until sometime tomorrow, and you know how those windows work with companies in today’s world….

“You should be re-connected between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.”

Well that’s of great help…..smh…….again.

Fortunately, to help get us through this time off the grid, we have WordPress to let us schedule a post in the future, so this post is being scheduled for tonight at one minute past midnight.

Of course, we also have Zoey the Cool Cat to entertain us during this downtime when we’re not being entertained by the news stories about the Republicans….

So here are some gratuitous pictures of the Queen during her seven years here:

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Zoey the Cool Cat in her new sack

Zoey the Cool Cat stalking a mourning dove

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Zoey the Cool Cat stamp

Zoey the Cool Cat spiral bound book

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Zoey the Cool Cat soccer ball

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Zoey the Cool Cat and her red ring

A wet Zoey the Cool Cat

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Zoey the Cool Cat on the desk

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Zoey the Cool Cat, Olympic boxing champion

Zoey the Cool Cat Rounder

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Zoey the Cool Cat exploring the books

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The beauty comes right after the ugly

Picture of the Moment

And on the eighth day, God created Photoshop.

I have never owned a fish-eye lens. There’s just something about the distorted pictures they produce that I don’t like. I do realize that they have their place in the world, such as when one can’t get far enough away from something to take a complete picture of that something.

Photoshop let me create this:

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That’s a panorama created using four individual pictures. Because of the slippery rocks and the ocean behind me, I couldn’t get far enough away to take one all-encompassing picture. So I took four pictures, each of a different area but overlapping some, and then had Photoshop stitch them together to create the monster panorama you see (click on the image to get a monsterer image). The panorama, I believe, better shows just how massive those sandstone bluffs are.

The pictures were taken during an ultra-low, low tide in La Jolla, California, about 20 miles north of San Diego, on March 2, 2015. Just 24 hours earlier we had overcast skies with heavy rain and hail! Hail in San Diego? Yeppers.

As I discovered while growing up in Kingsville, Texas, with my wise old grandmother, sometimes Mother & Fathers Nature are at their most beautiful right after being at their ugliest.

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Friday Flower Fiesta (5-8-15)

Friday Flower Fiesta

Yesterday when I was up in North County, I stopped by one of the malls that I rarely visit simply because I can’t afford anything at any of the stores. I can’t even afford to look….

One of the stores was selling photographs. Very large photographs. Made into panels of three to five sections. They were pretty neat. I thought panels might be a good subject for today’s Friday Flower Fiesta.

The last one is my favorite. I like the wide panel borders.

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Need for speed

How I Did It

As I was cataloging pictures this morning, I came across this one:

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It’s a pretty lousy picture because it was taken through a windshield in the rain. Ooogy colors, ooogy sky, just ooogy all the way around. However, I thought it had potential so I put it in my “See-if-you-can-do-something-with-this” folder.

The kayak looks rather fast, but I don’t think it can go as fast as that van. Nonetheless, I wanted to see if I could do something that portrayed speed. Here’s what I came up with:

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First I took the original file to Photoshop to see if I could do something with Photoshop’s filters. I didn’t find anything I liked so I went to my Topaz Labs plug-ins. After working my way through several of them, I found a setting in Topaz Glow that I liked, and that’s what you see.

Time required to find the right filter: About 4 hours.

Time required to create the picture after finding the right filter: About 4 seconds.

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Friday Flower Fiesta (5-1-15)

Friday Flower Fiesta

Ten Photographic Art stamps created from pictures taken in January in San Diego County.

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Cycadimg_0891 stamp

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Yellow Cliviaimg_0889 stamp

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I felt honored

Picture of the Moment

The Pacific Photographic Society (PPS) to which I belong is a Meetup group.

That’s how I found out about it.

After each event—and we have billions and billions of events!—each event attendee is allowed to upload no more than ten photos to our Meetup photo album for that event.

Everyone browses the pictures and sometimes comments.

Along with the picture of Cleo (see this post), this picture got the most comments:

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The owner of the garden, herself an extremely good photographer with equipment far superior to mine, and a member of PPS, had this to say:

“This is an interesting interpretation of this subject. I like what you have done with the texture.”

I felt honored.

The original picture was all drab, some of it having to do with it being a dull, drab, overcast, gray, rainy day. However, I have discovered that within those dull, drab, My wise old grandmothergray colors are many other colors wanting to get out. Photoshop to the rescue!

As my wise old grandmother (picture ►) would say:

“What comes out of the camera is just the basics to start with.”

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Stairs to the birdhouse

Picture of the Moment

From a photo shoot this morning in a private garden. Click on the picture for a huger version.

Stairs to the birdhouse

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