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BJ Bolender
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Bee-lieve it Cactus Flowers!
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Day 5

+Debashish Samaddar  invited me to the Five Day Quest challenge, where I have to post a photo of my day for 5 days. Here I go with final post!

On return from an early morning trip to pick up donuts for my grandchildren who are here with me for a short weekend visit, I had to screech to a halt and back up to jump out for photos of this magnificent blooming cereus cactus. All I had with me was my iPhone 4S so I was very happy to come away with about 15 decent photos.  This image shows a typical Phoenix view of urban nature in mid-April.  On this plant I may try to go back with my real camera tomorrow morning but I fear the majority of the blooms will be spent.  The Queen of the Night cactus plant (cereus) has blooms that last only one day and start blooming about 4 am.  Four hours later you could tell it was only me and the bees working hard at competing for the targets.

The second part of the challenge consists in inviting a friend every day to join the quest, so I'm asking +marit runyon if she   wants to join this quest. If you want to, here you are the guidelines of the challenge and be sure to get some ideas and see great fun from others who have done this by clicking on the hashtag for the quest!

Five Day Quest guidelines:

- post a photo from your day for the next 5 days
- hashtag it #fivedayquest 
- tag a friend to join in, mentioning the original person who tagged you too
#phoenixaz   #cactusflower   #floralphotography  
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+BJ Bolender I think it is a combination of this being such a refreshing and beautiful image, and people being ready to let the sun shine in:) Pretty blooms lift the spirits, thank you for sharing!
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Be Kind to Little Creatures

A chance encounter with a woman walking her new puppy, a Teacup chihuahua.  Agreeing to quick photos, she and I realized that even posing in the hot sun and bright light made the heat here so much stronger. She immediately went to pull a water bottle out and give her thirsty pup a drink.  Since it has been getting to the mid nineties here in the afternoon, it is a reminder again to always be prepared when out walking, both for humans and their little pets.
#teacupchihuahua   #Gplusdogpark  +The G+ DogPark  #phoenixaz   #puppylove  
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Saguaro on the Move
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Day 2

+Debashish Samaddar  invited me to the Five Day Quest challenge, where I have to post a photo of my day for the next 5 days. Here I go with my second day post.

Driving back home from Mesa to Phoenix today I noticed there was a rather slow truck in front of me and I was trying to figure out how to get past when I thought, "Hey that is really an ugly load, what's the guy carrying?"  Eek, a giant saguaro cactus!  Instead of passing I tried to stay steady behind and balance my iPhone 4S on the steering wheel as I took photos.  Carefully driving all the while, of course, LOL.  

The second part of the challenge consists in inviting a friend every day to join the quest, so I'm asking +Sara Wheatcroft  if she wants to join this quest.

If you want to do this, these are the guidelines of the challenge, and you can see other posts by clicking on that hashtag.  Some fun IRL photos are coming out and I wanted +Bobbie Today to see this post for I was inspired by her recent Five Day Quest!

Five Day Quest guidelines:

- post a photo from your day for the next 5 days
- hashtag it #fivedayquest 
- tag a friend to join in, mentioning the original person who tagged you too

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#iPhone4S   #phoenixaz   #saguaro   #saguarocactus   #whiledriving  
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These live 100 years. If you transplant one and it lives 20 would you still call it surviving? 
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#fivedayquest  
Day 1
PSA, Box Assembly

+Debashish Samaddar  invited me to the Five Day Quest challenge, where I have to post a photo of my day for the next 5 days. Here I go with my first day's post.

Consider this a PSA for those who don't know how to build a box, as in assembling it and sealing it up.  I am not kidding at all here:  most people do the weird overlap folding thing and it drives me crazy. The carton is made to be strongest when folded on the actual folds and have flaps taped or glued FLAT.  All the strength of a corrugated board comes from the "flutes" being in line vertically.  And any fold is fine but the ribs on the interior need to stay vertical or exactly perpendicular.  So TAPE the darn thing, ok?  How do I know?  I was a "Samplemaker" for St. Regis a long time ago.  Yep, I designed boxes for a living.  Bet you didn't know that you could get such a glamorous job with an art degree, LOL.

Well, since each day is to reflect something about my daily life, here is what I am doing on my week of "staycation"!  Yes, I took off a whole week to just go through my home and throw out stuff.  Sort/clean/organize - something I rarely have a chance to do. And since space is at premium here, when I stack the stored things up I want the pile to be steady.  You can only do that if you build the boxes the right way.  BTW, Home Depot rocks on the price: 74¢ on the small cartons.  "Be Orange.  Think Green." Kinda catchy as we approach Earth Day.

The second part of the challenge consists in inviting a friend every day to join the quest, so I'm asking +Mike Fetterer   he wants to join this quest.  If you want to, here you are the guidelines of the challenge, which I'm copying from someone's first day post:

Five Day Quest guidelines:

- post a photo from your day for the next 5 days
- hashtag it #fivedayquest 
- tag a friend to join in, mentioning the original person who tagged you too
#boxes   #cartons   #assembly   #PSA  
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Apparently only to the very very tiny percentage of people who have actually designed boxes, LOL +Debashish Samaddar 
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Eternal Opposition

Contrast of fast water and slow rocks - contrary to what more and more photographers are doing to use long exposures to slow the water down, I wanted the tiny waves of this tide at La Jolla Cove to be caught in time and the steadfast moss-covered rocks to appear as small green hills.  This is a crop of a much larger frame.
#lajollacove   #lajollaphotography   #seascape   #seascapephotography   #californiaphotography   #californiacoast   #waves   #nature   #naturephotography  
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someone mentioned to me recently that they were getting tired of "candy floss" falls..  i am waiting to get out and do some high speed stuff as well.....you are brave for taking such a bold step....(LOL)
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Have her in circles
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Oh Yes, More More!
for #fidofriday  and +The G+ DogPark here is another photo of the cute little Teacup chihuahua I shared with you the other day here:
http://goo.gl/knV3By

After he got that drink of water he was delighted to get a cool splash/bath and rub down from Julie.  Walking dogs in Arizona can be risky for the dogs unless they get lots of water and owners are careful not to walk them on sidewalks when the surface temperature of the cement and pavement it so hot it can burn their paws.
#teacupchihuahua   #puppy   #puppylove   #puppylovers   #phoenixaz  
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yes!! poor  pups sweat glands are in their paws so intense heat (or cold) in there can be nasty.. as they're furry in there, usually cold isn't that much of a problem, but heat absolutely is esp in the summer anywhere. always good besides giving them water (and trying to walk in shade) is wetting down their feet once in awhile.
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Baskets at Top
#fivedayquest 
Day 4

+Debashish Samaddar  invited me to the Five Day Quest challenge, where I have to post a photo of my day for the next 5 days. Here I go with my fourth day post.

As some of my friends know, I have taken this whole week off work for a staycation to finally get through sorting all the STUFF I have in my home and my large outbuilding.  Lookee here, I can actually now walk up to this wall of shelves and get this, put a small two-step ladder up to get to the things at the very top!  Good thing I got this far, for we use these baskets for the annual Easter egg hunt when my grandchildren come for the weekend.  This image is also a joy to me for it is a trial of shooting with my new lens, a Canon 24-105mm f/4L.  I got it this week and had not been able to give it a workout.  But I found that it does well in low light with my Canon 5D Mark II body.

The second part of the challenge consists in inviting a friend every day to join the quest, so I'm asking +Laura Gibbs if she wants to join this quest. Laura, I know you don't usually post images but I bet you could choose to post a specific linked article or commentary that shows us your daily life just for five days.  She is my very favorite "professor" who I have followed a few years on G+.

If you want to, here you are the guidelines of the challenge
Five Day Quest guidelines:

- post a photo from your day for the next 5 days
- hashtag it #fivedayquest 
- tag a friend to join in, mentioning the original person who tagged you too
#springcleaning   #baskets   #monochromephotography   #fivedayquest  
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+BJ Bolender awesome photo. I like it very much!
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Day 3 of #fivedayquest  
Little Man

My son waits for his van pick-up to go to his day program this morning.  He's got his lunch bag and a travel meds bag hung on the back of the chair and holds his large travel mug with ice water. Six weeks out from his surgery, he still has to use a wheelchair when he has to go more than 10 or 15 feet.  We use the gait belt when he is walking around in the house but it is still a trick since he has such center of balance issues on standing that he can fall one way or the other so easily.  We hope he will get his stamina back and he's in aquatic therapy for PT.  It just takes a long time.  And he is still losing weight so there are continuing challenges that I and his brothers worry about.

Since part of this Five Day Quest is posting photos taken daily, I have used my iPhone again.  The rest of my day was boring but effective as I am still on my staycation to completely sort and organize TOO MUCH STUFF for this household.  Tired today, maybe tomorrow I will get some excitement and energy going again.  Five days straight so far on this project.  But it is so great to be off work for so long and not off work because I am sick and can't do anything.

+Debashish Samaddar  invited me to the Five Day Quest challenge, where I have to post a photo of my day for  5 days. Here I go with my third day post.

The second part of the challenge consists in inviting a friend every day to join the quest, so I'm asking  +Richard Green  if he wants to join this quest. If you want to, here you are the guidelines of the challenge, 

Five Day Quest guidelines:

- post a photo from your day for the next 5 days
- hashtag it #fivedayquest 
- tag a friend to join in, mentioning the original person who tagged you too
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+BJ Bolender wishing your son a quick convalescence.
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Finally finally finally.  Recognition for the bravery and necessity of so-called "whistle-blowing" and the need for the public to know things that affect world citizens in such expansive and restrictive ways.  The People can support secrecy, take an active role in decisions made or question "the Powers That Be".   Wouldn't it be nice if "Question Authority" was a only a quaint phrase from the past.

http://boingboing.net/2014/04/14/a-vindication-for-the-public.html
I am grateful to the committee for their recognition of the efforts of those involved in the last year's reporting, and join others around the world in congratulating Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Barton Gellman, Ewen MacAs...
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Twisted

For #macromonday  on the theme of "twisted".  I so enjoy it when a theme day I participate in frequently comes up with a theme that reminds me I have photos "in the can" that I never got around to editing or posting and yet they were enough in my memory even though from many months back. Taken with my trusty P & S Canon G10, a very close look at weathered barbed wire in rural New Mexico.  That red background is the actual color of the red dirt near my friend's home on Lower Canones Road near Abiquiu.
#macromonday  curated by +Jeff Moreau and +Sandra Parlow 
#barbedwire   #twisted   #wire   #weathered   #rusted  
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Its a man. I Will Call him Bob.
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