Guest Blog Post: “An Accomplishment” by Robert

Man and Dogs Playing Cards by Ryan McGuire of Gratisography
Thanks much, Ryan McGuire of Gratisography.com

Too many days, I lie awake at night worrying that I didn’t get enough done. How about you? If you’re like me, RobertLovesPi is here to reassure us that it’s all good…

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Guest Blog Post: Reconnecting via Photography by Richard Keys

Puffin (Bempton)
Photo courtesy by Richard Keys of Photosociology.wordpress.com

Fellow blogger Richard’s photos are stunning! Here he describes his process and how photography can heal…

Dandelion: Photos courtesy by Richard Keys of Photosociology.wordpress.com

Introduction
Hey, I’m Richard, and my blog is photosociology.wordpress.com. To be honest, I’m surprised that my blog is followed by others, I’m just a guy with mental health problems, which photography helps me to cope with. Initially, it got me going outside when I was too scared to do so. Basically, I’m a middle-aged guy, trying to grow up and find a way to live in this confusing world.

Close up of a fly courtesy by Richard Keys of Photosociology.wordpress.com

Reconnecting
Although I am a student photographer and use photography to explore social issues, such as inequality, mental health, and diversity (and more), I also thoroughly enjoy photography. Macro photography and photographing birds are my joy and my peace, especially when I am having a day of intense anxiety, panic attacks, and paranoia.

When photographing birds, flowers, bees, and bugs, I have to slow down. I mean really slow down. I’m not here to take a quick photo and walk on. I want to make a great photo and that means searching. Seeking out the best angle, ensuring that the background doesn’t distract from the subject, checking the focus, and making sure the exposure is correct. When it comes to bugs, bees, and butterflies, I have to slow down even further, firstly to spot them and then to ensure great focus by getting close without scaring them off.

Having a mental illness brings challenges with living, over-thinking, analyzing, being busy because I’m scared of my feelings, and being suspicious and paranoid about people. At first, I was scared of slowing down because I thought these difficulties would overwhelm me, but the opposite is true.

Slowing down is vital for my mental health, it refreshes me, recharges me, helps me to stop running from my emotions and thoughts, and allows whatever is there to be allowed to be, as it is. The process of connecting with nature means that I reconnect with myself, and all is surprisingly well.

Richard Keys

Guest Blog Post: Help Wanted: Book Reviewers for Indie Blu(E)

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Ryan McGuire of Gratisography.com has a unique perspective…

Love books? Do gorillas have hands or paws? Enjoy telling others about books? Indie Blu(E), “a collective of indie-published writers and readers who want to discover them,” needs you…

Indie Blu(e) Publishing

Six good reasons to write book reviews for Indie Blu(e):

  • Free copies of books by great indie writers
  • Advanced access to new releases
  • Further development of your writing and reviewing skills
  • Increased exposure for your writing
  • Opportunity to network with indie writers & indie publishers
  • Opportunity to support & promote indie writers

Intrigued? Contact us at indieblucollective@gmail.com

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Bearded Baby Boy Dragon Bromance by da-AL

“Introduced as pets to the US during the 1990s, they are a popular exotic species pet even though Australia, from the 1960s onward, banned the sale of its wildlife to the pet trade.” Wikipedia

These little lizards can become big. Instead of hibernating, bearded dragons brumate.

This interesting image is the recent result of a visit to a pet store for some writing research (for my novel)!

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Bearded Dragon Baby Boys by da-AL

Guest Blog Post: “Fes, Morocco’s Imperial City,” in Nilla’s exact words

Stone engraver, Fes, Morocco, AfricaStunning world photography is the cornerstone of each of fellow blogger Nilla’s post. Here she takes us to Fes, Morocco…

Image Earth Travel

March, 2011

Lose yourself in antiquated winding alleys whilst you crisscross your way along one of Morocco’s vibrant imperial cities, fabulous Fes.

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Guest Blog Post: “When Fashion and Nature Collide,” in Roda’s exact words

photo of nature

Color everywhere! Blogger Roda shares her artful view of the world…

photo of Roda & donkey
Photos courtesy of GrowingSelf.blog

Guest Blog Post: “Oh Deer! Where Did You Come From?!” in Lloyd’s exact words

Black and white photo of a deer by Lloyd's Lens Photography LLC
Photo by Lloyd’s Lens Photography LLC

People, animals, or landscapes, fellow blogger and photographer Lloyd’s pictures always go straight to the soul. Here he’s captured the quizzical face of a dear deer. The West Virginia resident writes, “She’s shedding her winter coat but it like she has “bed head”…

LLOYD'S LENS PHOTOGRAPHY LLC

Living close to nature means interesting neighbors. They are generally good natured and tend to keep to themselves. Oh sure there’s the occasional dispute over who owns the garden but for the most part they don’t bother anyone. Being the outgoing personality that I am, I decided to walk over and check on her after a long hard winter. However, she didn’t seem to be happy that I interrupted her breakfast. In fact, she looked downright stressed that I was there. “Hello, how’s it going?” I spoke in a nice soft tone. She refused to answer. Once more I tried to start a pleasant conversation. “I see you made it through the winter ok.” Can you believe that she just stomped her foot and snorted off? How rude was that? But in her defense I was there unannounced and she probably hadn’t had her morning coffee 😉

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Guest Blog Post: “Seaweeds of the Irish Coast,” in the exact words of GaiaInAction

Photo of Irish seaweeds by GaiaInAction

Love eating seaweed (aka sea veggies)? They’re delish and massively awesome for us. Leave it to former branch librarian GaiaInAction to capture their beauty…

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Yesterday saw a whole bunch of us interested folks going to explore the arboretum at Ardnagashel in Glengarriff, West Cork, but apart from admiring the wonderful trees we also received lots of information on the seaweeds and lichens along this stretch of coast. Ardnagashel was established by the Hutchins family and it was as part of the Heritage Week of Ireland that these activities took place, in memory of Ellen Hutchins (1785-1815)who was a remarkable Irish Botanist. The talks on the lichens and seaweeds were given by Howard Fox, who is the State Botanist (National Botanic Gardens) and by Maria Cullen. This ‘life’ introduction to the seaweeds and the lichens of the coast of Bantry Bay was so very interesting. a true first introduction in this field for me. Later in the afternoon Madeline Hutchins (Ellen’s great great grand niece) took us through the forested area of this garden and…

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Love is everything by da-AL with Video by Mengwen Cao

Mengwen Cao
Mengwen Cao

Listening … Loving … Accepting … Understanding … Courage …

Love demands ongoing practice and desire. Not always easy, but always rewarding.

Watch how Mengwen Cao comes out to her parents and how they respond. She’s a photographer, videographer, and multimedia producer. Born in Hangzhou, China, she came to the United States in 2012.

 

Guest Blog Post: “Paris: A Photo-Essay,” by dynamicstasis

Paris by dynamicstasis
Paris by dynamicstasis

30 stunning photos of lovely Paris by dynamicstasis. Enjoy …

DynamicStasis

Thirty photographs from our flânerie through Paris.

0001 Paris.

0002 Sunday breakfast in the Jardin des Tuileries.

0003 The west façade of Notre-Dame Cathedral. Wonky composite of twelve photographs.

0004 Notre-Dame Cathedral. Detail 01, west façade.

0005 Notre-Dame Cathedral. Detail 02, west façade.

0006 Notre-Dame Cathedral. Detail 03, north façade.

0007 Notre-Dame Cathedral. Interior.

0008 Notre-Dame Cathedral. North façade Rose Window.

0009 Looking south from Montmartre.

0010 Detail.

0011 Montmartre street.

0012 Pont de l’Archevêché.

0013 Louvre approach through the Passage Richelieu.

0014 “Was it busy?”… “Yeah, quite busy.”

0015 Jardin des Tuileries.

0016 Chair. Terrasse du Bord de l’Eau.

0017 Musée d’Orsay.

0018 Poster.

0019 Pompidou Centre / Rue du Renard.

0020 Pompidou Centre / Place Georges Pompidou.

0021 Wall / Art.

0022 Love / Heart.

0023 Arc de Triomphe 01.

0024 Arc de Triomphe 02.

0025 Avenue des Champs-Élysées.

0026 Avenue d’Iéna.

0027 Rue de Buenos Ayres.

0028 Tour Eiffel 01.

0029 Tour Eiffel 02.

0030 River Seine / from the Tour Eiffel.

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