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Who am I?

I livew in my own little world

My wise old grandmotherMany decades ago, when I was but a teenager living with my wise old grandmother in South Texas, I got into a lot of trouble. They say that I was a juvenile delinquent. Eventually (finally?), my wise old grandmother took me to a child psychiatrist in Corpus Christi, Texas. Dr. Goodenough. I’ll never forget his name because, although it was pronounced good-no, I always pronounced it just like it’s spelled, good enough. Was he good enough to figure me out?

Not until I was 38 did I find out the results of my sessions with the good ol’ doctor. The prognosis was that I was a “bright, hyperactive child.” The solution: “Keep him occupied.”

I also found out that he was being paid $100 an hour in 1968. I was 38 in 1993 when all the papers were given to me, and oh how I wanted to go back to school to become a psychiatrist. $100 an hour over the course of a year (every Thursday afternoon) to tell my wise old grandmother that I was a bright, hyperactive child and to keep me occupied. $100 an hour in 1968…. $100 an hour in 1968……….

Although I never became a psychiatrist, psychiatry and psychology have always interested me since that day. In honor of all those bright, hyperactive children everywhere, I present to you a special personality test to help determine just who YOU are.

Answer the following ten questions truthfully and as quickly as possible—don’t think about them—and then click on the link to see what kind of personality you have, just who YOU are.

  1. Beatles or Rolling Stones?
  2. Never belittle the comfort offerd by a catPC or Mac?
  3. Dogs or Cats?
  4. Blue or Red?
  5. Coffee in the morning?
  6. Do you tweet at Twitter?
  7. City slicker or country bumpkin?
  8. Rose or orchid?
  9. Sun bunny or snow bird?
  10. Ford Mustang or Chevy Camaro?

Now, find out who you are by clicking on the link:

WHO AM I?

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From Julian: We Have A Twitter Now, Too

I livew in my own little world

Julian Rey Saenz, Muisican and Partner of Russel Ray Photos

Hello everyone, Julian here, >>

#2 over at Russel Ray Photos.

This is my second post on Russel’s Southern California blog, and it will look very similar to my first post regarding our Russel Ray Photos Facebook page.

As a teenager and an active member in social networking, I understand the importance of the Internet and its applicableness in today’s world. For that reason, I concocted a “brand new” Twitter page for Russel Ray Photos (it’s actually been around for a few weeks now, we only recently learned how to make it “fine, fine, fine” as Russel would say).

Russel and I, as always, appreciate your continued support, and we would love you even more if you stopped by to follow us on Twitter!

Thank you!

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Blog Love (6-22-14)

I livew in my own little world

Really tall treeIf you missed my initial post about Blog Love, you can read it here. If you get mentioned in my Blog Love series, it’s a sure bet that I’m following YOU!

During these past two weeks, I had to slow down my blog camping since so many people don’t publish daily posts like I do. It’s difficult to camp out in someone’s blog when they have published only a couple of blog posts since last time I camped out. In some cases, people hadn’t published anything!

I left 2,200 LIKEs and 415 comments since June 4. The blogs where I left a total of at least ten LIKEs/comments are listed below.

Those bloggers who post pictures with very little text to read get the most LIKEs and comments, so it’s not unusual to find pet blogs and photography blogs high on the Blog Love list each week.

Click on the link to go visit them, and be sure to tell them that Russel Ray sent you their way!

  1. Help Us Help Our 4-Legged Frynds – 64
  2. kanzen sakura – 60
  3. Violet’s veg*n e-comics – 59
  4. Sand Spring Chesapeakes – 45
  5. Vit Peyr – 39
  6. FlowerEnchanted Seashells – 34
  7. Adventures and musings of an arch druidess – 31
    Realistic Cooking Ideas for Busy People – 31
  8. retireediary – 29
    Chronic Conditions and Life Lessons – 29
  9. Free View – 24
  10. rubicorno – 23
  11. Zoey the Cool Cat bookShaking the tree – 21
  12. RABIRIUS – 19
    Penlateral – 19
  13. Loving food, fashion, and life – 17
  14. wordsfromanneli – 16
  15. West Virginia Mountain Mama – 15
  16. Not just sassy on the inside – 13
  17. Friendly Fairy Tales – 12
  18. Pride in Photos Photography – 10

 

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Leave room in your garden for the fairies to dance

Out & About

I belong to several meetup.com groups which give me the opportunity to meet people, and to do new and different things. Probably the best meetup.com group I belong to is the Pacific Photographic Society. As of this very minute (which will be a minute in the past by the time you read this), we have 1,423 members.

Last Wednesday, being a member got me into a private garden to walk around, admire, and take pictures. This wasn’t just any garden, though. The owners have been there since 1978, spending 36 years creating a fairy tale garden of beauty and whimsy. They call it Bird Song.

I took 105 pictures in just 65 minutes, a little under my average per minute, but I had to take time to dance like a fairy.

Leave room in your garden for the fairies to dance

I never did find a good vantage point to take a picture of the house. The following is the best I got, and it’s a photomerge of four photos:

Bird Song

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We were invited to walk around at our own leisurely pace or join a tour led by the master creator of the gardens. I decided to walk around, albeit at a faster pace—I have found that being first allows me to get more pictures since I don’t have to wait my turn while others take their pictures.

Following is a collection of Photographic Art based on pictures of Bird Song. They don’t do justice to the gardens but they do show you some of the fantasy, whimsy, imagination, fun, and fairy tales of these beautiful gardens.

First up are some of the plants, for to be a garden, there must be plants!

Bird Song plants

Bird Song plants

Bird Song plants

Bird Song plants

Bird Song plants

Bird Song plants

Bird Song plants

Bird Song plants

Bird Song plants

Bird Song plants

Bird Song plants

Bird Song plants

Bird Song

There was a pond with koi, a beautiful spa, and a water fall, which won me over. Listening to running water is so relaxing.

Bird Song waterfall

The best part of the gardens for me was the imagination and fantasy that was on display. These rock ants were awesome:

Bird Song rock ants

Bird Song rock ants

The wildlife was everywhere, not surprising for such beautiful gardens.

Bird Song frog

Bird Song frog

Bird Song frog

Bird Song lizard

Bird Song cat

Bird Song covey of quail

Bird Song fish

Bird Song goat

Bird Song snail

Bird Song  butterflies

Bird Song bird

Picture opportunities were here, there, and everywhere.

Bird Song bottles

Bird Song

Bird Song birdhouse

Bird Song  bench and pillows

Bird Song  stairs

Bird Song

Bird Song

Bird Song

Sometimes the plants helped complete the fantasy, as with the “hair” in these two Photographic Art:

Bird Song

Bird Song

Alice and her cohorts were present in their own Wonderland.

Bird Song

Bird Song

I am a home inspector in one of my professions, so the propane tank caught my attention, ranking as the most beautiful propane tank ever!

Bird Song propane tank

As I was rushing to leave, I saw one final picture opportunity at the gate:

Bird Song

I have known about Bird Song for a couple of decades now but have never had the opportunity to visit. Thus, I would be remiss if I did not thank the Pacific Photographic Society and Maxine Hesse for making it possible. Of course, a special thanks to Frank and Susan Oddo for letting 28 photographers traipse around their gardens for a few hours. The memories will last much longer than the experience itself.

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From Julian: We Have A New Facebook Page

I livew in my own little world

Julian Rey Saenz, Muisican and Partner of Russel Ray Photos

Hello everyone, Julian here, >>

#2 over at Russel Ray Photos.

This is my very first post on Russel’s Southern California blog, and I come here with important news.

As a teenager and an active member in social networking, I understand the importance of the Internet and its applicableness in today’s world. For that reason, I concocted a “brand new” Facebook page for Russel Ray Photos (it’s actually been around since 2007, Russel just forgot to ever publish it).

Russel and I, as always, appreciate your continued support, and we would love you even more if you stopped by to like our new Facebook page!

Thank you!

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My new memes for (most) Republicans

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Many decades ago (1966, to be exact), I discovered Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations. It was on my wise old grandmother’s telephone stand (smile if you remember telephone stands).

The process of creating Photographic Art for my galleries at Fine Art America allows me to explore my own creativity, which sometimes means that I’m simply looking for a faster, easier way to do something. Such has been the case with taking pictures and adding quotations to them, and recently I discovered not only how to add quotations quickly and easily, but how to customize them beyond the default formats that Photoshop provides.

Following are some recent pictures to which I added quotations. I’ll be able to use these over on Facebook whenever needed, usually in response to something someone in this current crop of Republicans has said.

Help! These stupid people are driving me crazy!

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Oh no! A stupid person!

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OMG! Did she really say that?

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Blog Love (5-11-14)

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Blue hibiscusHappy Mother’s Day to all mothers everywhere!

If you missed my initial post about Blog Love, you can read it here. If you get mentioned in my Blog Love series, it’s a sure bet that I’m following YOU!

During these past two weeks, I visited 976 blogs, an average of 69 per day, down from my usual average because I was at the Cat House on the Kings fundraiser last Friday and Saturday, and I have had nothing but computer problems this past week…. computer problems are ongoing. Sadly, 301 of those were no longer active (defined as no more than two blog posts for all of 2014), were now marked private, or were so religious or so political that I couldn’t read more than a paragraph in the most recent post without needing a margarita. Those 301 blogs, then, have been summarily deleted from my Excel spreadsheet.

AnemoneOut of the remaining 675 blogs, I left 2,517 LIKEs and 321 comments. The blogs where I left at least ten LIKEs and/or comments are listed below. Those bloggers who post pictures with very little text to read get the most LIKEs and comments, so it’s not unusual to find pet blogs and photography blogs high on the Blog Love list each week.

Click on the link to go visit them, and be sure to tell them that Russel Ray sent you their way!

  1. Lily of the Nileavian101photography – 106
  2. avian101 – 40
  3. esther – 38
  4. jmgoyder – 30
  5. darrell steele – 27
  6. simon682 – 21
  7. evan falls – 19
  8. sixpuns – 15
    ivonprefontaine – 15
  9. scrapydo – 13
    ferrer joey palomar fesico – 13
  10. lindalitebeing – 12
  11. forget the viagra…pass me a carrot! – 10
    talent flush – 10

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