Category Archives: Double R Creations

Cyber Monday 2019: 20% off all items at my Esty shop.

Double R Creations & Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos

Tomorrow will be the first Cyber Monday for which I actually have product to sell and can sell it at a discount.

Everything 20% off at my Etsy shop.

Free U.S. nationwide shipping. Media Mail for the book and First Class for the calendars.

Not shipping internationally yet; still working on that.

  • “Nature’s Geometry: Succulents” (174-page soft-cover book with over 600 pictures)
    Regularly $25.
    $20 for Cyber Monday only.
  • 10 calendars: Birds, Butterflies, Cats, Dogs, Fibonacci Flora, Flowers, Orchids, Roses, Spirals, Succulents
    All pictures are from my own camera.
    Regularly $20.
    $16 for Cyber Monday only.

Use this link to have the 20% discount applied automatically at checkout:

Double R Creations shop at Etsy

“Nature’s Geometry: Succulents” now for sale!

"Nature's Geometry: Succulents" front cover

My book, “Nature’s Geometry: Succulents,” officially is for sale now at my new Etsy shop.

Next day shipping with free shipping to anywhere in the world.

For now.

That might change as I get more experienced in shipping,
so order now while shipping is free!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/750414133/natures-geometry-succulents?ref=listing_published_alert

“Nature’s Geometry: Succulents” uses over 600 photographs to examine how the Fibonacci sequence of numbers is exhibited in Nature, particularly succulents. About 99% of the photographs are mine, and about 95% of the plants are mine, as well.

Soft cover only. 174 pages.

Covers the shape of plants, the number of plant ribs, the number of spines in areoles, golden angles, phyllotaxis (the divergent angle), golden triangles, Fibonacci triangles, golden squares, golden rectangles, circles, fractals, and, most fascinating to him, golden spirals.

Who is Russel Ray? A quick Russel Ray timeline:

  • 1962—Received his first plant, a heartleaf ivy, from his first grade teacher.
  • 1966—Got started in photography as a volunteer elementary school events photographer.
  • 1968—Created a 100-square-foot cactus rock garden in his grandmother’s yard.
  • 1973—Became fascinated with the Fibonacci sequence of numbers and how they are expressed in nature.
  • 2019—Finally published this book. (It has a real ISBN!)

I have one review so far, posted on Instagram by dr.cactus_man, the President of the Long Beach Cactus Club:

"Nature's Geometry: Succulents" review

My 2020 calendars “Nature’s Geometry: Spirals,” will be in my Etsy shop by tomorrow. Price will be $20 with free shipping to anywhere in the world.

2020 "Nature's Geometry: Spirals" calendar cover

I will have a sneak peak of the full spirals calendar tomorrow.

I also will have other 2020 calendars available by December 1: Nature’s Geometry: Succulents, for sure, and others featuring roses, orchids, cats, animals, and trains. I’m sure I’ll find more subjects as I’m browsing my huge collection of photographs.

2020 cactus & succulent calendar will be available soon!

This will be the cover picture for my 2020 cactus & succulent calendar:

Cover picture for 2020 cactus & succulent calendar

My calendars are Monday through Sunday rather than Sunday through Saturday.

Calendar page

Who came up with Sunday through Saturday, anyway?

I mean, God rested on the seventh day. Isn’t the seventh day a Sunday?

Isn’t that why people go to church on Sunday? Why people used to not work on Sundays? Why you couldn’t even buy toilet paper on Sundays in many states (Blue laws) for many decades.

I will be adding the typical events to the calendar, e.g., Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Tax Day, Memorial Day, etc.

I will be creating more calendars, too. I’ll probably at least have roses, orchids, animals, San Diego,  trains, and, of course, Nature’s Geometry.

This calendar will be available for purchase in a couple of weeks once I figure out the price. I’m leaning towards $15 with shipping free to the United States and, possibly, Canada.

Double R Creations & Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos

Nature's Geometry: Succulents by Russel Ray

Order proof book—check.

I finished my book this past Monday. I changed the cover from dark green to dark brown.

Jeff Moore’s book, Spiny Succulents, has a dark green background, courtesy of me when I was doing the final editing and design layout, so I didn’t want it to look like I copied his book.

The new cover looks like this:

Nature's Geometry: Succulents by Russel Ray

I ordered a proof book on Wednesday, but it will take a couple of weeks to get here. Meanwhile, I’ll have to find something else to do, like, perhaps, playing with Queen Olivia, if she ever decides to quit sleeping.

Queen Olivia

Double R Creations—The Spiral Aloe

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I grew one of these in Houston & College Station from 1977 to 1993.

Aloe polyphylla - Spiral Aloe

It is awesome, especially when it matures, which is when it will look like this:

Aloe polyphylla - Spiral Aloe

Those are Aloe polyphylla, the Spiral Aloe. They seem to be hard to find in the age of the Internet but one now has joined my collection.

People say I won’t be able to grow it out here in the East San Diego County boondocks because it gets too hot and dry. I don’t think it gets any hotter and drier than Houston or College Station, but I guess we’ll find out.

As an aside, my birth mother also told me when I was 10, and she was giving me up for adoption to my wise old grandmother, that I would never amount to a thing…………..

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Double R Creations—2019 Zoey the Cool Cat calendar

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It took me about a month to finish my first calendar, titled Cacti & Succulents. You saw it here:

2019 Cacti & Succulents Calendar

Of course, Zoey the Cool Cat is the subject of my second calendar. If you’re wondering why she wasn’t the subject of the first one, well, the first one was created for someone who paid money for it, and I shall be selling additional copies of it at online and at Cacti & Succulent shows. It always will be a 12-month calendar, when one month ends, I lop it off and add a month at the end.

That calendar now also acts as a template, which means that, once I have fourteen pictures, it only takes a couple of hours to create another calendar. Ergo, I created the 2019 Zoey the Cool Cat calendar while watching X2: X-men United this afternoon. Here it is:

2019 Zoey the Cool Cat Calendar

My next calendars, in no particular order, shall be trains, flowers, feral cats, landscapes, sunsets & sunrises, and cars, just off the top of my head. I also will be making custom calendars for YOU. All you have to do is send me 14 pictures and I’ll have fun making it, and you’ll have something unique. I haven’t sent a price yet because I’m still exploring printing options, both here locally in San Diego and online. But stay tuned if you like wall calendars!

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Double R Creations—I just can’t help myself

I just can’t help myself.

I just love starting companies. I guess you could call me a serial entrepreneur.

Even though I am officially retired, with the likes of Fine Art America, SmugMug, Etsy, Amazon, Facebook market places, and easily customizable web sites, I have decided to start yet another company, this one called Double R Creations. In addition to my Photographic Art at Fine Art America, I am going to use my trillions of pictures to create things like calendars, posters, notepads, post-it notes, mugs, pillows, bedding, towels…. just about anything you can imagine. I have pictures of cats, dogs, other animals, cacti & succulents, other plants, flowers, marco pictures, trains, etc.

I have wanted to do this for a long time. That time has come. Calendars for 2019 are first on my list. You have seen my first 2019 calendar, titled Cacti & Succulents. I had it printed in black & white yesterday for proofing. Found a lot of errors, corrected those, and had it printed in color. Found a few more errors and corrected those. Today I’m having one printed in color on heavier paper and stapled. That will be my final proof before printing.

The next item on my agenda are Advice inspirational posters. Here are two that I created in the past that gave me this idea to begin with:

ADVICE FROM A CACTUS—STAY SHARP

ADVICE FROM A TREE

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