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Friday Flower Fiesta (4-17-15)

Friday Flower Fiesta

Ten Photographic Art stamps created from pictures of flowers taken this past week in San Diego County.

img_0408 yellow orchid stamp

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img_0411 purple orchid stamp

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img_0417 camelia purple white stamp

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img_0434 wisteria purple stamp

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img_0538 succulent stamp

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img_0539 hibiscus yellow red stamp

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img_0544 flower stamp

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img_0545 flower stamp

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img_0551 flower stamp

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img_0558 coral tree flower stamp

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Friday Flower Fiesta (4-10-15)

Friday Flower Fiesta

Ten Photographic Art stamps created from pictures of flowers taken this past week in San Diego County.

Kangaroo paw

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Orchid

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Unknown flower

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Anthurium

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Milkweed

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Azalea

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Unknown flower

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Unknown flower

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Unknown flower

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Day lily

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Friday Flower Fiesta (4-3-15)—Most popular

Friday Flower Fiesta

I am a member of several groups at Facebook but my two favorites are Flowers Exchange and World Is Our Garden.

Both groups allow members to post one picture per day. Once that’s done, members stop by and leave LIKEs and comments.

My most popular post got 36 LIKEs and comments.

Interestingly, the Photographic Art that I thought would be most popular, wasn’t. That might not be the full story, though, because I don’t know where people are as far as time zone, what else they might be doing on any specific day, how much time they spend on Facebook, etc. Which days get more views, weekdays or weekends? However, I have noticed a distinct liking for certain effects, so that is helpful to me in my Photographic Art endeavors.

Following are eleven of my most popular posts from both groups. All of them without the stamp framing and text are available for purchase at my Photographic Art galleries at Fine Art America.

African Tulip Tree

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Aloe Flower Buds

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Anemone

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Anthurium

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Azalea

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Banksia

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Bearded Iris

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Hibiscus

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Bees and California Tree Poppy

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Bird of Paradise

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Geranium

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Friday Flower Fiesta (3-27-15)

Friday Flower Fiesta

A collection of Photographic Art stamps made from pictures taken this past week.

If there is no plant name on the stamp, that means I ain’t gotta clue what the plant name is.

Iceland poppy

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Kangaroo paw

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Unknown flower

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Unknown flower

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Unknown flower

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Unknown flower

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Iceland poppy

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Pelargoniuim

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Aloe

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Unknown flower

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Lady slipper orchid

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Friday Flower Fiesta (3-13-15)—Happy Friday the Thirteenth!

Friday Flower Fiesta

San Diego has had a very long rainy season this year, possibly the longest I’ve experienced since 1993 when I moved here. It started early this winter, with .37 inch in November 2014, 3.95 inches in December, .42 inch in January 2015, .04 inch in February, and .89 inch so far in March. We even had hail earlier this month!

The rain, spread out over several months, means that plants have a better opportunity to drink up some of that water. When that happens, every plant seems to bloom whether or not it’s that plant’s blooming season.

Here is a representative collection of Photographic Art stamps made from pictures taken this past week.

Aloe

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Golden chalice vine

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Orchid

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Aloe

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Flowering maple

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Peace lily

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Paintbrush lily

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Primrose

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Foxglove

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Bromeliad

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Rose

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Hibiscus

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Friday Flower Fiesta (3-6-15)—February flowers

Friday Flower Fiesta

A collection of Photographic Art stamps made from pictures taken in February 2015.

Red, white and blue flowers

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Flower art

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Yucca

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What is it?

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Aeonium

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Aloe

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Euphorbia

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Bromeliad

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Orchid tree

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Monkey bush

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Daisy

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Iceland poppy

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Aloe

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Aloe

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Friday Flower Fiesta (2-27-15)—LLAP

Friday Flower Fiesta

A little something different for today’s Friday Flower Fiesta.

Up until September 2004, my name was Russel Ray Kirk, and I was a fanatic about all things “Star Trek.” In fact, put “Star” in the title—e.g., “Star Wars,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” etc.—and you were assured of having at least one die-hard fan.

Throughout my youth and up until I changed my name to Russel Ray, I was also known by a nickname that was first bestowed on me in late 1966, “Captain Kirk.” I was only 11 but I couldn’t quit talking about Captain Kirk. He fascinated me, as did “Star Trek.” I anticipated each week for the next couple of years, and summers were a real bummer for me.

As I got older, my logic earned me another nickname, “Spock.”

The death of Leonard Nimoy today at age 83 takes me back to Friday, June 4, 1982, when I stood in line to be one of the first to see “Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan.” A few hours later, my thinking about “me” and “us” had changed, all because of something “Spock” said in the movie: “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” Those words spoke to me about why I pay taxes for schools (I have never had a child in school!), roads, police, fire fighters, libraries, and so much more. Today, “us” extends to the Affordable Care Act—The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Life is about more than just me and my needs or wants.

Today, as Jim was in the hospital recovering from minor surgery, the nurse asked us if we had heard about Leonard Nimoy. We had not, but he didn’t have to say anything else.

I never got to watch “Star Trek” on Thursday nights at 8:30 in September 1966. Way too late for an 11 year old with homework. Fortunately, it was shown in our little farming & ranching community on Friday afternoons at 3:30. School got out at 3:00. You know where I was from 3:30 to 4:30.

Leonard Nimoy’s death is one of the three saddest days in my life (I’m lucky, I know), the other two being the murder of John Lennon and the death of my best friend, Ken Lewis, when he was just 32.

Rest in peace, Leonard Nimoy, but may you live on through Spock for millions of future generations. May they live long and prosper.

In memory of Leonard Nimoy

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