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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)

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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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Blog Love (4-27-14)

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I forgot about my new Blog Love series last week, so today’s Blog Love will cover the past two weeks. 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!

SunflowerDuring these past two weeks, I visited 1,208 blogs, an average of 86 per day. Sadly, 559 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 559 blogs, then, have been summarily deleted from my Excel spreadsheet.

Unknown flower in La Mesa, California, on January 23, 2012Out of the remaining 649 blogs, I left 2,373 LIKEs and 384 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.

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

  1. gallivanta – 57
  2. narhvalur – 29
  3. Unknown flowerrumpydog – 14
    chess – 14
    wolke205 – 14
  4. petrel41 – 11
    sparkonit – 11
    juliacastorp – 11
  5. coreen – 10

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I get the message

I livew in my own little world

I have always been a people person, generally enjoying being around people, interacting with people , visiting people….

If your blog is marked private, and I apply for a password to come visit you, and you never respond, well, I get the message.

Poop in a wheelbarrowIf the “WELCOME!” page on your blog (new since last time I camped there) says, “This is a “Like”, “Share” and “Comment” free blog and I am not big on Social Media either,” well, I get the message. I’m curious, though, about your purpose for blogging….

If, during my campout on your blog, I find several posts about how despicable and inherently evil I am because I’m gay, well, I get the message. I’m openly gay and will be celebrating my 20th anniversary with Jim on May 26, 2014. Trust me, I’m not going back in the closet for you, your fairy tale god, or anyone else. Again, though, I get the message.

Poop on them!

If everything (defined as the most recent 30 posts) you have to say on your blog is ultra-right-wing-tea-party-conservativism or ultra-religious, well, I get the message.

Effective today….

If I can’t get to your blog, can’t comment on your blog, can’t leave a simple LIKE on your blog, don’t even agree with (or LIKE) a single one out of the most recent thirty of your posts, well, I am keeping you in my Excel Spreadsheet but you will be marked in orange, the color I dislike the most.

You get the message

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I won’t be back anytime soon.
Won’t even try to visit you.
I get the message.
Do you?

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Blog love

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The end of my WordPress problems on March 29 have provided me with the daily pleasure/privilege of going blog camping again.

Morning glory, my wise old grandmother's favorite flowerMany of you who have not heard or seen me in several months have been seeing me camping out in your blogs again, even though they have been mini-campouts, defined as any combination of LIKEs and comments adding up to three.

Those of you who have been visiting here regularly, even daily, have been getting National Park-like campouts, defined as any combination of LIKES and comments adding up to four or more. My Excel spreadsheet tells me the winners for last week, defined as the recipients of the most LIKEs and comments from yours truly, Russel Ray Photos:

  1. Unknown flowerjeteliot, 26 total

What’s my purpose in providing that list? Notice that those blogs are linked? I get excellent Google juice here on my blog, so when Google, Yahoo, and Bing come by here a couple of minutes after I publish this post, their spiders will see my links to those blogs and will see the love, giving a little extra weight to them!

Unknown flower in La Mesa, California, on January 23, 2012When my WordPress problems ended, I was about four months behind in visiting the blogs of those I follow. I’m pleased to say that as of last night, I was exactly 30 days behind. If you’ve seen me in your blog this past week leaving likes and comments, that’s an excellent indication that I follow your blog and have you in my Excel spreadsheet!

Flower and rain dropsWhat all of that really means is that I have more time to do things in my blog rather than waiting on WordPress to load LIKE buttons, or load the comment box, or post the comment so I can move on. Click on my menu items and look at the submenu items. Those are the various series that I enjoy doing, and now I can get back to doing them. I re-started yesterday with my San Diego Historical Landmarks post. It had been ten months between posts in that series; I promise the next post will be in days rather than months.

Another series that I really like is my History Through Philately series. I’ll have a post in that series up later today.

Yellow Flower 4Lastly, I liked doing this Blog Love post and think I will make it a regular Sunday series. I’m even putting a Blog Love submenu item under SNIPPETS to make all of these Blog Love posts easy to find.

The cool thing here is that the top love recipients for next week will be completely different than this weeks. Once you make it into a Blog Love post, you’re ineligible until everyone has had a chance. With 3,787 followers, it will take me about 30 days to get to everyone, so those getting blog love today will have to wait about 30 days for their next chance. However, you can leave lots of blog love here because my Excel spreadsheet loves blog love!

Sunflower and clouds

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My new (and temporary, hopefully) blog camping protocol

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Now that I have solved my WordPress problems, I can go blog camping again, a bog visiting tactic that I thoroughly enjoy and which, I do believe, I invented way back in 2008 on another blogging platform.

FireMy theory behind blog camping was that I wanted to visit lots of blogs, but I also wanted to get to know the person whose blog I was visiting, and I wanted that person to get to know me. I didn’t think that reading just one post in any blog would allow me to get to know the other blogger, and I didn’t think that leaving just one LIKE or one comment would let the other blogger get to know me.

Additionally, I knew from decades of experience that the 80/20 rule that my wise old grandmother taught me probably worked in the blogging world. It does. In a nutshell, if you do unto others what you would like others to do unto you, 80% of them will do unto you that which you did unto them. The other 20% won’t.

In blogging from July 2008 to January 2012, I proved that. If I left a LIKE, the other blogger would be by soon to leave a LIKE on my blog. If I left 10 LIKEs, I’d get 10 LIKEs in return. If I commented four times, I would get four comments in return. If I followed, I was followed. I quickly realized that one way to get a huge number of followers was to follow, LIKE, and comment on blogs. When I did that, 80% of those bloggers would follow, LIKE, and comment on my blog.

I have proved it again here on my WordPress blog, which I started on January 7, 2012. Before my WordPress problems began on January 2, 2014, I was visiting hundreds of blogs a day. My world record was on September 10, 2012, when I visited 401 blogs, leaving a total of 2,388 LIKEs along with 1,433 comments.

Yes, I really do keep track.

Here’s the portion of my Excel spreadsheet showing that world-record day:

Likes and comments

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The Evelyn Woods Speed Reading course, which I took in 1973, helps, as does Dragon Naturally Speaking, which I have been using since 2001.

Notice that those statistics are in columns I through M. Column H is blank. Wonder what’s in columns A through G? Those columns contain the links to the blogs I follow, the date the other blogger first visited my blog and last visited my blog, when I last visited that blogger’s blog, and how many comments and LIKEs I left on that blogger’s blog the last time I visited it.

Fire danger in East San Diego CountyThe only problem with blog camping is that each time I leave a LIKE or comment, YOU! get an email notification. My world record for the number of LIKEs and comments left in any one blog at any one time is 66 LIKEs and 24 comments. I did have one person ask that I never visit his blog again, but if I did, not to leave LIKEs and comments because he hated getting all of those email notifications at one time. Request granted. I don’t visit his blog anymore.

My problem today is that after not being able to go blog camping for the past three months, I’m now way behind. I kind of follow the tit for tat protocol, so if someone came by my blog and left two comments and four LIKEs, when I visit that blogger, I am going to leave at least two comments and four LIKEs.

Fire Mitigation TeamSince I am so far behind, I am going to change my protocol for at least the foreseeable future to try to get to as many people as possible of those who have been by to see me these past three months. When I come by to visit these next few months, I am going to leave only a total of three, i.e., three LIKEs, or three comments, or two LIKEs and one comment, or one LIKE and two comments.

I know everyone will understand, and as soon as I go through my list of people whom I follow at least one time, I’m pretty sure I will revert to my old way since I really, really enjoyed that.

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