A(fter) and B(efore) Friday

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I’m experimenting something different for this week’s ABF. It works like this. First, I spread the candies on a sheet of paper, then place a crystal ball in the middle of these candies. I start clicking through my 50 mm prime lens.

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Through the Lightroom, I flip the image upside down, then crop/enhance and add vignette to make it look like the crystal ball was holding these colorful candies. See the after version (the first image).

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Ben’s AB is so cool! His original Idea for the picture was two splashes coming together as if thrown from two glasses. Take a look…  

Happy Friday! :)

We Have Time For Everything…

We have time …
We have time for everything

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To sleep, or to be all over the place,
To regret mistakes and do them again,
To judge others and find excuses for ourselves,


We have time to kill a dream and recreate it later,
We have time to make friends, and lose them,

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We have time to get lessons and forget them later on,
We have time to get gifts and not understand them.

We have time for everything.

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But we don’t have time for a little kindness…


~ Octavian Paler (July 2, 1926 – May 7, 2007)

a Romanian writer, politician, journalist, and civil society activist.

Back in 2014, I borrowed this poem from Seeker’s “In between times …is NOW” and make a post. I am not sure that the link of Seeker’s blog is still working. Thank you again, Seeker, wherever you are. If you want to read the entire poem, click HERE.

Time is such an inspiring theme. It enables bloggers to explore and share thoughts, sentiments, and stories. What an awesome challenge! Thanks go to .

Happy Thursday!

Garden Photography: Monochrome

 Jude’s Garden Photography challenge for February is monochrome.


Love is a flower
giving to the gardener hope after winter

~Wilfredo Derequito


If you would like to join in with Garden Photography, please visit Jude’s Garden Photography Page.

Upon Dr. Hb’s request, I’m posting the original version of the rose:




Happy Chinese New Year! :)


It takes you back in time…

The Western Heritage Parade and Cattle Drive. It’s a kick-off of the Stock Show and Rodeo in San Antonio.

The cattle drive held each year in downtown San Antonio is a nod to the city’s role in herding more than 20 million cattle from Texas to railheads in Kansas in the late 1800s.

A herd of Texas Longhorns was marching up. I couldn’t get close to take a photos. The photo below (only this one) was captured last time, it wasn’t as packed as this year.

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Later, hubby found a spot for me, I was clicking happily.

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The mile long route through the streets of downtown features Fort Hood 1st Cavalry Division, Texas A&M Parson’s Mounted Cavalry, Fort Sam Houston Caisson…

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I think this handsome horse is looking at me. :)

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The parade takes us back to the history and the heritage. It takes us back in time

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Our gorgeous Miss Rodeo of Texas!

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Wanna take a close look of Miss Rodeo? :)

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This one is for you, Simon (simonjohnsonofclowne). I want to thank Simon for his western movie review series. His reviews explain eloquently why these classic western movies are timeless and great; it also taught me to appreciate the Western History and Heritage a little deeper.

“I’ll finish by including the whole of Kipling’s famous poem as much to contradict as to illuminate the heroic viewpoint of the film. And because I like it. It’s a great poem. It’s a great movie.” Simon summed up his recent review on The Tall T.

And his review of  Shane is one of my favorites: “He is the direct descendant of Theseus and Ajax, the Knights of the Round Table, Childe Roland or Caius Kent from King Lear. After much debate I have finally come down on the side of saying that the stunning portrayal by Alan Ladd is down to his skills as an actor rather than by chance. Shane is a remarkable character who straddles the boundaries between historic narrative and mythology.” 

Simon is a remarkable writer.

Thank you for visiting. Have a wonderful week! :)

Time Travel For Weekly Photo Challenge

 is leading this week’s Photo Challenge. ” …I wanted to convey a sense of time passing against the backdrop of the sign. Time — both fleeting and infinite at once.” LD’s photo indeed has conveyed the sense of time passing and captured fleeting and infinite time at once. Amazing!

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Time travel to the past from China (1500 BC), Mexico(1600 BC), Peru (1000 BC), Roman (3rd to 4th AD), and Maya (700 AD).

Time travel–at least to the future–is theoretically possible, according to Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. But, time travel to the past remains impossible. The theory is beyond me. Nevertheless, I feel “time travel to the past” when I’m visiting a museum.

View more entries, click HERE. Thank you for the inspiring theme, Dragon (ETCETERA ETCETERA ETCETERA)!

Photos were taken at the San Antonio Museum of Art.

One Photo Focus: February

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 Stacy’s One Photo Focus is a monthly event, it’s the first Friday of each month. For this month, she lets us work on Lensaddiction’s fabulous ship photo. I did some basic retouching using the Lightroom and changed to B&W through Efex Color Pro 4, got the after result. Hope it looks good to you. :)

The above photo is after and below is Stacy’s original photo.

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Here is OPF version I did for January. I missed posting it as I was in Florida:

Take a look of 24 creative OPFs at Stacy’s One Photo Focus (http://visualventuring.com/)



Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Things that are Hot


Right before he was ready to perform on the street, he made a statement, “I have a serious message for all the kids here. Listen up!”  I thought he was going to say something like, “Don’t try it at home”. No, he didn’t.

“Go to college, Kid!”

“I did. Look at me!” He said :)


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge always brings fun themes for us to share photos. :)

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Thank you for visiting. Happy Thursday!

Thursday is the “Two Phrase Story” day. Dr. Hb provides the first phrase and we get to complete the sentence. It’s fun to see so many different directions people’s thought are taking. :)

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