Flower of the Day: September 16, 2020

Please visit Cee Nuener’s blog for reportage of the devastating wildfires on the West Coast. So far she has posted a half a dozen entries on this subject. Smoke from the fires is creating hazy skies all the way to the East Coast. This is a crisis of major proportions. The losses are incalculable. That this is a result of climate change is recognized by all with the exception of the Flat Earth Society.

I couldn’t resist showing a closer look of this bee. His head is in the trough and he is paying no attention to me.

Ragtag Daily Prompt: Fatigue

Bed 5_20_1A secret passageway connected the King’s and Queen’s chambers to one another. That way they could travel back and forth without anyone else in the palace being the wiser. On this particular night, Queen Pirouette entered her husband bedroom to find him crouched over his desk with an overturned goblet and some wet documents. It was hardly an edifying sight.

“GarGar!” Cried the Queen. “Have you been drinking?”

“No. No. May dear,” he responded groggily, “What you seen before you is merely a study in fatigue!” Whereupon, he buried his face in his right arm, wedging the left side of his face into the wet surface of the desk.

[NEWS: GarGar caught his first mouse today!]

News: A Big Thank You!

News

Thank you so much!  This is exciting news for me.  It’s taken me some time to recuperate after my extended hiatus from photography.  Inspired by my friend, Cee Neuner, I am considering starting a blog about clinical depression.  I’m not afraid to own this problem, but starting something as big as Beautiful Photographs may be beyond my abilities.

Selfie 1Proof that I will photograph just about anything!

Wolf

Ragtag Daily Prompt: Extinction

A quick Google search provided the following data. “At least 571 species are lost since 1750 but likely many more. The main cause of the extinctions is the destruction of natural habitats by human activities, such as cutting down forests and converting land into fields for farming.”  Of course this answer was found on the font of all wisdom that is Wikipedia.  Each geological era is ushered in by a wave of mass extinction.  Scientists have gotten into the habit of calling the current era Anthropocene because of all the species that have been wiped out as a direct result of human activity.  Now that we’ve dealt with the depressing stuff, let’s look at a couple of cat photos!

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Pirouette (foreground) and GarGar

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Maxwell Maxington

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Nigel

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Attention: Yet Another Theme!

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Yet again circumstances have forced me to change the theme for Beautiful Photographs. The last theme, Monet was not functioning properly. From the homepage, it was only showing previews for a handful of posts. For the most part, all that was being displayed was a grey box with the title of the post in the center. Not very helpful. Not very attractive. To make matters worse, when I tried to change to another “premium” theme, the system kept trying to prompt me to upgrade to a business plan. As I already have a premium plan, such an upgrade should be unnecessary.

Luckily, WordPress does offer a customer support chat. I guess that because of the great distance between Maryland and WordPress HQ, there was a bit of delay between questions and responses. Despite this one drawback, the folks on the other end were able to install my new theme (Photoblog) without my having to lift a finger. Nice. I like this newest theme very much. Defaults include a search box, gallery and a navigational calendar.

Am I the only blogger experiencing difficulties with themes and functionality?

Ten Years of Beautiful Photographs!

10 years

Thank you all for your continuing support! With much love, Russell, October 4, 2019

Butterfly, September 27, 2019 Jamboree!

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Thank you, all for your support and encouragement. Happy a safe and happy weekend!

A New Look!

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Since its inception in 2010, Beautiful Photographs has had the same layout. Such conservatism is out of character for the publisher of this site. In the spirit of innovation, we’ve decided to give the WordPress theme a try. It is called Monet and is identified as a theme expressly devoted to photography. Part of my inspiration for this decision is based on a visit to the Phillips Collection on Dupont Circle, Washington DC in 1999. There I saw an exhibit of collected works by the Expressionist painter Claude Monet. It was a seminal moment in my career as an artist. Please let me know what you think. All feedback, positive or otherwise, will be greatly appreciated. Happy blogging, all! RussellButterfly Forever!