The Source of Another’s Inspiration

I was sorting out some pictures the other day, and sending one or two of them off to “YouPic”. That’s my other photography site. A wonderful site actually, which I hadn’t sent anything new to in almost a year. Despite the fact  that even though I only used their site regularly for 1 year (as opposed to this page which I’ve now had up for going on 4 years), and as I already mentioned, haven’t kept it up at all this past year, my views there, on a much smaller number of pictures, are currently in excess of 59,000. The people that see your work on YouPic can rate it, and the highest unique rating you can achieve on a picture is a “Star”, which represents a picture the viewer feels is an “Inspiration”. Of all my pictures, and those views in excess of 59,000, I’ve only ever received 1 Star. To quote Sheryl Crow, “No one said it would be easy…”. It’s interesting to note, however, that the total count of views on that picture that earned me my one and only (so far) Star, are over 2000, which is more views than I’ve garnered on this entire WordPress page in the almost 4 years that I’ve had it up and running.

So what was this amazing picture that was the source of another person’s inspiration? I’ve taken a lot of pictures, and if I had taken a guess as to which of those would have been the first to earn me this particular honor, I don’t know which I would have picked, but the more I think about it, the more I think that this picture would indeed have made it onto my “short list”. I guess that just means I might have some understanding of where the person who awarded me the Star was coming from. Hopefully, it means all this time spent with my camera attached so firmly to my hand, and the viewport almost grafted to my eye, is finally teaching me something about photography that you can’t necessarily learn from reading books. Or maybe not?! Anyway, I have published this picture here once before, and here it is once again. (Feeling inspired? Huh? Huh?….Oh well, I tried…)

Outdoor Street-Art Gallery
Outdoor Street-Art Gallery

So now that Spring has finally set in, I also realized that I forgot to post any Cherry Blossom pictures. So since I’m really late, I’ll just give you a quick look at the last of the latest, which were the only ones I was able to catch. Leaving you with those to hopefully put some Spring in your heart, I wish you all a great week. Stay  healthy, happy, and safe. See you next time.

Bunches Of Blossoms
Bunches Of Blossoms
Chatting Under The Cherry Blossoms
Chatting Under The Cherry Blossoms
Bundles and Bundles of Blossoms
Bundles and Bundles of Blossoms
Relaxing Under The Cherry Blossoms At International Village
Relaxing Under The Cherry Blossoms At International Village

 

The Source of Another’s Inspiration

A Miscellaneous Gallery Assortment

Sorry about the break here. I had a nice new assortment of pictures all ready to post, when I got a virus, and had to wipe the computer clean. Though I had almost all my older pictures backed up, I cannot say the same for the last two weeks or so, and along with those, I also lost about 3 chapters of the writing I’ve been doing (which was only a rough draft anyway). Most important of all believe it or not, and something I have to admit I never really thought of, was the loss of my Bookmarks when I had to start fresh at Chrome. I never considered the amount of time I’ve put into building up a reference library, and the extensive research materials I had organized. Those things will take me at least a year to recover. My bad. So hopefully you are already smarter than me, but if one or two of you aren’t, and you can learn from my experience to back up your Bookmarks, then it won’t be a complete waste. I also got my computer completely cleaned and refurbished, so that’s also good. At any rate, I’ll be awhile getting things back together, and then just like that MacArthur fellow (if I have the right guy), “I shall return”. (Just so everyone is aware, I got the virus up at Google+, and I wasn’t the only victim. The first sign that you are infected is that you keep ending up on incorrect pages when you click on links. If you catch it then (virus scan) I think you can get rid of it, but if you (like myself) wait too long, you turn your computer on one day and find yourself greeted with a black screen showing only a mouse curser and nothing else. At that point, you’ve got a sizable problem.)

With our weather still on-again-off-again around here in Vancouver, one has to take whatever breaks in the clouds and the rain that can be found to snap whatever pictures happen to be available. What this results in quite often is a large number of pictures that may not follow a common theme, or plan, but are still worth taking a quick look at nonetheless. So what I’ve done, and may even do again in the next little while, is put together a larger-type gallery of photos that may or may not have anything to do with each other. Some will, others won’t. Hopefully, you’ll find one or two that meet with your approval. In the meantime, I hope Spring is breaking out nicely for everyone, and I hope everyone is keeping safe and happy. Until next time, take care.

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A Photo-Study of The Cherry-Blossom

Well, we changed our clocks ahead, and the seasons seemed to jump ahead right along with them here in our fair coastal city. To prove my point, I thought I would give you all a close look at a couple of our local cherry trees, and how they reacted to the advancing of the clocks. These pictures in the following gallery were taken over a period of two days, and for myself at least, the difference just in those two days is amazing in itself. I didn’t take any pictures the day before these two days not just because it was rainy and miserable out, but because there really was nothing to take any pictures of. Then suddenly, on the first of the two days, the cherry blossoms had appeared in force, and by the second, they had literally taken over the trees. But see for yourselves.

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