Shannon Adelson2014-04-24 16:15:53
"There are always flowers for those who want to see them."
~Henri Matisse



Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting our local botanical gardens with some of my favorite Plus Peeps. Many thanks to those that joined me in exploring the beauty +Longwood Gardens has to offer. I had a wonderful time hanging out with +Rachael Switalski +Richard Ball +Alan Allum +Allan Cabrera +Katy Hinchliffe +dPHender son.

We started in the Conservatory (greenhouse), but barely made it through a third of the property. So much more to explore for next time, now that the weather is a little more moderate, and some of the outdoor gardens are just starting to fill the landscape with their colorful blooms. 
Looking forward to hanging out with you all again soon...



+HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +Kawthar A +Krystina Isabella Brion +Maria B-R +Zita Nahm +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk #hqspflowers
+FLOWER POWER curated by +Edith Kukla #flowerpower
#floralphotography   #flowerphotography  
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  • Shannon Adelson2014-04-24 16:15:53
    "There are always flowers for those who want to see them."
    ~Henri Matisse



    Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting our local botanical gardens with some of my favorite Plus Peeps. Many thanks to those that joined me in exploring the beauty +Longwood Gardens has to offer. I had a wonderful time hanging out with +Rachael Switalski +Richard Ball +Alan Allum +Allan Cabrera +Katy Hinchliffe +dPHender son.

    We started in the Conservatory (greenhouse), but barely made it through a third of the property. So much more to explore for next time, now that the weather is a little more moderate, and some of the outdoor gardens are just starting to fill the landscape with their colorful blooms. 
    Looking forward to hanging out with you all again soon...



    +HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +Kawthar A +Krystina Isabella Brion +Maria B-R +Zita Nahm +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk #hqspflowers
    +FLOWER POWER curated by +Edith Kukla #flowerpower
    #floralphotography   #flowerphotography  
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  • Shannon Adelson2014-04-24 16:15:53
    "There are always flowers for those who want to see them."
    ~Henri Matisse



    Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting our local botanical gardens with some of my favorite Plus Peeps. Many thanks to those that joined me in exploring the beauty +Longwood Gardens has to offer. I had a wonderful time hanging out with +Rachael Switalski +Richard Ball +Alan Allum +Allan Cabrera +Katy Hinchliffe +dPHender son.

    We started in the Conservatory (greenhouse), but barely made it through a third of the property. So much more to explore for next time, now that the weather is a little more moderate, and some of the outdoor gardens are just starting to fill the landscape with their colorful blooms. 
    Looking forward to hanging out with you all again soon...



    +HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +Kawthar A +Krystina Isabella Brion +Maria B-R +Zita Nahm +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk #hqspflowers
    +FLOWER POWER curated by +Edith Kukla #flowerpower
    #floralphotography   #flowerphotography  
  • 197 plusses - 23 comments - 11 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2014-04-24 16:15:53
    "There are always flowers for those who want to see them."
    ~Henri Matisse



    Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting our local botanical gardens with some of my favorite Plus Peeps. Many thanks to those that joined me in exploring the beauty +Longwood Gardens has to offer. I had a wonderful time hanging out with +Rachael Switalski +Richard Ball +Alan Allum +Allan Cabrera +Katy Hinchliffe +dPHender son.

    We started in the Conservatory (greenhouse), but barely made it through a third of the property. So much more to explore for next time, now that the weather is a little more moderate, and some of the outdoor gardens are just starting to fill the landscape with their colorful blooms. 
    Looking forward to hanging out with you all again soon...



    +HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +Kawthar A +Krystina Isabella Brion +Maria B-R +Zita Nahm +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk #hqspflowers
    +FLOWER POWER curated by +Edith Kukla #flowerpower
    #floralphotography   #flowerphotography  
  • 197 plusses - 23 comments - 11 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2014-04-24 16:15:53
    "There are always flowers for those who want to see them."
    ~Henri Matisse



    Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting our local botanical gardens with some of my favorite Plus Peeps. Many thanks to those that joined me in exploring the beauty +Longwood Gardens has to offer. I had a wonderful time hanging out with +Rachael Switalski +Richard Ball +Alan Allum +Allan Cabrera +Katy Hinchliffe +dPHender son.

    We started in the Conservatory (greenhouse), but barely made it through a third of the property. So much more to explore for next time, now that the weather is a little more moderate, and some of the outdoor gardens are just starting to fill the landscape with their colorful blooms. 
    Looking forward to hanging out with you all again soon...



    +HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +Kawthar A +Krystina Isabella Brion +Maria B-R +Zita Nahm +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk #hqspflowers
    +FLOWER POWER curated by +Edith Kukla #flowerpower
    #floralphotography   #flowerphotography  
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-10-28 22:19:29
    Z is for Zany

    According to the various urban and traditional dictionary resources I consulted, definitions range widely but include the following synonyms:  eccentric, peculiar, odd, unconventional, strange, bizarre, weird. I think this pretty much qualifies, don't you? This image was captured recently at a street festival in NYC. Maybe the folks in Manhattan think this is normal; but personally I've never seen anything like it before in my life!

    #nyc   #newyorkcity   #nycphotography   #nycphotographer  

    Many thanks to +Levi Moore for stirring everyone's creative juices during this month-long #abcproject .  I did my best to visit the profiles of my fellow participants, but if I missed anyone please feel free to drop a link to your album below in the comments and I'll go check it out ASAP. I'm grateful to be part of such a wonderfully supportive community, and we should all thank Levi for taking the time to visit each and every one of us and offer encouraging feedback. This was a really fun theme, and I'm sad to see it end.

    Here's a link to my entire #abcproject  album:
    http://goo.gl/Bt3ez7

    Until next time...
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-10-28 22:19:29
    Z is for Zany

    According to the various urban and traditional dictionary resources I consulted, definitions range widely but include the following synonyms:  eccentric, peculiar, odd, unconventional, strange, bizarre, weird. I think this pretty much qualifies, don't you? This image was captured recently at a street festival in NYC. Maybe the folks in Manhattan think this is normal; but personally I've never seen anything like it before in my life!

    #nyc   #newyorkcity   #nycphotography   #nycphotographer  

    Many thanks to +Levi Moore for stirring everyone's creative juices during this month-long #abcproject .  I did my best to visit the profiles of my fellow participants, but if I missed anyone please feel free to drop a link to your album below in the comments and I'll go check it out ASAP. I'm grateful to be part of such a wonderfully supportive community, and we should all thank Levi for taking the time to visit each and every one of us and offer encouraging feedback. This was a really fun theme, and I'm sad to see it end.

    Here's a link to my entire #abcproject  album:
    http://goo.gl/Bt3ez7

    Until next time...
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-10-28 22:19:29
    Z is for Zany

    According to the various urban and traditional dictionary resources I consulted, definitions range widely but include the following synonyms:  eccentric, peculiar, odd, unconventional, strange, bizarre, weird. I think this pretty much qualifies, don't you? This image was captured recently at a street festival in NYC. Maybe the folks in Manhattan think this is normal; but personally I've never seen anything like it before in my life!

    #nyc   #newyorkcity   #nycphotography   #nycphotographer  

    Many thanks to +Levi Moore for stirring everyone's creative juices during this month-long #abcproject .  I did my best to visit the profiles of my fellow participants, but if I missed anyone please feel free to drop a link to your album below in the comments and I'll go check it out ASAP. I'm grateful to be part of such a wonderfully supportive community, and we should all thank Levi for taking the time to visit each and every one of us and offer encouraging feedback. This was a really fun theme, and I'm sad to see it end.

    Here's a link to my entire #abcproject  album:
    http://goo.gl/Bt3ez7

    Until next time...
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-10-28 22:19:29
    Z is for Zany

    According to the various urban and traditional dictionary resources I consulted, definitions range widely but include the following synonyms:  eccentric, peculiar, odd, unconventional, strange, bizarre, weird. I think this pretty much qualifies, don't you? This image was captured recently at a street festival in NYC. Maybe the folks in Manhattan think this is normal; but personally I've never seen anything like it before in my life!

    #nyc   #newyorkcity   #nycphotography   #nycphotographer  

    Many thanks to +Levi Moore for stirring everyone's creative juices during this month-long #abcproject .  I did my best to visit the profiles of my fellow participants, but if I missed anyone please feel free to drop a link to your album below in the comments and I'll go check it out ASAP. I'm grateful to be part of such a wonderfully supportive community, and we should all thank Levi for taking the time to visit each and every one of us and offer encouraging feedback. This was a really fun theme, and I'm sad to see it end.

    Here's a link to my entire #abcproject  album:
    http://goo.gl/Bt3ez7

    Until next time...
  • 197 plusses - 30 comments - 7 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-10-28 22:19:29
    Z is for Zany

    According to the various urban and traditional dictionary resources I consulted, definitions range widely but include the following synonyms:  eccentric, peculiar, odd, unconventional, strange, bizarre, weird. I think this pretty much qualifies, don't you? This image was captured recently at a street festival in NYC. Maybe the folks in Manhattan think this is normal; but personally I've never seen anything like it before in my life!

    #nyc   #newyorkcity   #nycphotography   #nycphotographer  

    Many thanks to +Levi Moore for stirring everyone's creative juices during this month-long #abcproject .  I did my best to visit the profiles of my fellow participants, but if I missed anyone please feel free to drop a link to your album below in the comments and I'll go check it out ASAP. I'm grateful to be part of such a wonderfully supportive community, and we should all thank Levi for taking the time to visit each and every one of us and offer encouraging feedback. This was a really fun theme, and I'm sad to see it end.

    Here's a link to my entire #abcproject  album:
    http://goo.gl/Bt3ez7

    Until next time...
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-05-02 17:54:57
    This is my Gratitude Circle

    If you received a Notification about this, then you are in it!

    ***********************

    First of all, I'd like to thank +Jari Huomo from whom I borrowed this idea. He posted a similar Circle Share last June ( http://goo.gl/zWn2t ), and regrettably it has taken me far too long to finally put mine together.  Please allow me to apologize in advance if I accidentally left someone out who regularly engages here on my page.

    This was a labor of love, as I tried not only to include those that I have regular conversations with here on my own page, but who also are all actively engaging their followers on their own pages.  This is also the first time ever that I curated a circle myself.

    Many of these people you probably already have in your Circles, and might recognize from some of the following activities:

    +Chrysta Rae's Photography Scavenger Hunt 

    +Project 52 B&W 

    +FloralFriday 

    +Macro Monday 

    ...and too many more to mention individually!


    *************************

    Now, I'm sure you'd like to know how it was put together, right? Well, most of you know I have been on G+ since beta and was not a fan of Shared Circles when they were first introduced, because if you can remember back that far, Circle Sunday used to highlight individual profiles, and more importantly why you had those people in your Circles.

    As circle membership grew larger and larger, and more people shared them at random, it seemed fewer people took the time to thoroughly vet the contents.  I'd like to point out that I did not include myself in this circle, as it is meant to show gratitude for those that have enriched my experiences here in this community, not as a means of self-promotion. Sure, we all would love to have higher engagement, or more followers, or both -- but NOT at the expense of quality. One thing I've discovered in the past two years on here is that it is very difficult to maintain relationships with hundreds of people, and not have a few (hundred) slip through the cracks.  While I admit my circles are not nearly as organized or efficient as I'd like, hopefully my methods have kept me in the loop so that I don't miss too many conversations with the people I care about.

    I should point out that while a majority of this circle contains photographers, that was definitely not a requirement for inclusion. Everyone in this circle has in one way or another affected my life in a positive way. And I am long overdue in expressing my heartfelt appreciation for the plusses, shares and comments that make this place such a joy to be a part of.  *Thank you* to everyone included here, as you have truly added value to my social media adventures: offering advice, sharing wisdom, commiserating about struggles, lifting each other up on the bad days, and celebrating together on the good ones.

    ********************

    For the Public reading this post, please take the time to review each and every one of these people, as I can personally vouch for the quality of their posts, and the honesty of their engagement. All of these people post mostly their own content (for Public consumption), and are actively participating in multiple communities on a variety of topics.  Please check out their work, and show your appreciation as they have so often done for others like me!
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-05-02 17:54:57
    This is my Gratitude Circle

    If you received a Notification about this, then you are in it!

    ***********************

    First of all, I'd like to thank +Jari Huomo from whom I borrowed this idea. He posted a similar Circle Share last June ( http://goo.gl/zWn2t ), and regrettably it has taken me far too long to finally put mine together.  Please allow me to apologize in advance if I accidentally left someone out who regularly engages here on my page.

    This was a labor of love, as I tried not only to include those that I have regular conversations with here on my own page, but who also are all actively engaging their followers on their own pages.  This is also the first time ever that I curated a circle myself.

    Many of these people you probably already have in your Circles, and might recognize from some of the following activities:

    +Chrysta Rae's Photography Scavenger Hunt 

    +Project 52 B&W 

    +FloralFriday 

    +Macro Monday 

    ...and too many more to mention individually!


    *************************

    Now, I'm sure you'd like to know how it was put together, right? Well, most of you know I have been on G+ since beta and was not a fan of Shared Circles when they were first introduced, because if you can remember back that far, Circle Sunday used to highlight individual profiles, and more importantly why you had those people in your Circles.

    As circle membership grew larger and larger, and more people shared them at random, it seemed fewer people took the time to thoroughly vet the contents.  I'd like to point out that I did not include myself in this circle, as it is meant to show gratitude for those that have enriched my experiences here in this community, not as a means of self-promotion. Sure, we all would love to have higher engagement, or more followers, or both -- but NOT at the expense of quality. One thing I've discovered in the past two years on here is that it is very difficult to maintain relationships with hundreds of people, and not have a few (hundred) slip through the cracks.  While I admit my circles are not nearly as organized or efficient as I'd like, hopefully my methods have kept me in the loop so that I don't miss too many conversations with the people I care about.

    I should point out that while a majority of this circle contains photographers, that was definitely not a requirement for inclusion. Everyone in this circle has in one way or another affected my life in a positive way. And I am long overdue in expressing my heartfelt appreciation for the plusses, shares and comments that make this place such a joy to be a part of.  *Thank you* to everyone included here, as you have truly added value to my social media adventures: offering advice, sharing wisdom, commiserating about struggles, lifting each other up on the bad days, and celebrating together on the good ones.

    ********************

    For the Public reading this post, please take the time to review each and every one of these people, as I can personally vouch for the quality of their posts, and the honesty of their engagement. All of these people post mostly their own content (for Public consumption), and are actively participating in multiple communities on a variety of topics.  Please check out their work, and show your appreciation as they have so often done for others like me!
  • 82 plusses - 130 comments - 9 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-05-02 17:54:57
    This is my Gratitude Circle

    If you received a Notification about this, then you are in it!

    ***********************

    First of all, I'd like to thank +Jari Huomo from whom I borrowed this idea. He posted a similar Circle Share last June ( http://goo.gl/zWn2t ), and regrettably it has taken me far too long to finally put mine together.  Please allow me to apologize in advance if I accidentally left someone out who regularly engages here on my page.

    This was a labor of love, as I tried not only to include those that I have regular conversations with here on my own page, but who also are all actively engaging their followers on their own pages.  This is also the first time ever that I curated a circle myself.

    Many of these people you probably already have in your Circles, and might recognize from some of the following activities:

    +Chrysta Rae's Photography Scavenger Hunt 

    +Project 52 B&W 

    +FloralFriday 

    +Macro Monday 

    ...and too many more to mention individually!


    *************************

    Now, I'm sure you'd like to know how it was put together, right? Well, most of you know I have been on G+ since beta and was not a fan of Shared Circles when they were first introduced, because if you can remember back that far, Circle Sunday used to highlight individual profiles, and more importantly why you had those people in your Circles.

    As circle membership grew larger and larger, and more people shared them at random, it seemed fewer people took the time to thoroughly vet the contents.  I'd like to point out that I did not include myself in this circle, as it is meant to show gratitude for those that have enriched my experiences here in this community, not as a means of self-promotion. Sure, we all would love to have higher engagement, or more followers, or both -- but NOT at the expense of quality. One thing I've discovered in the past two years on here is that it is very difficult to maintain relationships with hundreds of people, and not have a few (hundred) slip through the cracks.  While I admit my circles are not nearly as organized or efficient as I'd like, hopefully my methods have kept me in the loop so that I don't miss too many conversations with the people I care about.

    I should point out that while a majority of this circle contains photographers, that was definitely not a requirement for inclusion. Everyone in this circle has in one way or another affected my life in a positive way. And I am long overdue in expressing my heartfelt appreciation for the plusses, shares and comments that make this place such a joy to be a part of.  *Thank you* to everyone included here, as you have truly added value to my social media adventures: offering advice, sharing wisdom, commiserating about struggles, lifting each other up on the bad days, and celebrating together on the good ones.

    ********************

    For the Public reading this post, please take the time to review each and every one of these people, as I can personally vouch for the quality of their posts, and the honesty of their engagement. All of these people post mostly their own content (for Public consumption), and are actively participating in multiple communities on a variety of topics.  Please check out their work, and show your appreciation as they have so often done for others like me!
  • 82 plusses - 130 comments - 9 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-05-02 17:54:57
    This is my Gratitude Circle

    If you received a Notification about this, then you are in it!

    ***********************

    First of all, I'd like to thank +Jari Huomo from whom I borrowed this idea. He posted a similar Circle Share last June ( http://goo.gl/zWn2t ), and regrettably it has taken me far too long to finally put mine together.  Please allow me to apologize in advance if I accidentally left someone out who regularly engages here on my page.

    This was a labor of love, as I tried not only to include those that I have regular conversations with here on my own page, but who also are all actively engaging their followers on their own pages.  This is also the first time ever that I curated a circle myself.

    Many of these people you probably already have in your Circles, and might recognize from some of the following activities:

    +Chrysta Rae's Photography Scavenger Hunt 

    +Project 52 B&W 

    +FloralFriday 

    +Macro Monday 

    ...and too many more to mention individually!


    *************************

    Now, I'm sure you'd like to know how it was put together, right? Well, most of you know I have been on G+ since beta and was not a fan of Shared Circles when they were first introduced, because if you can remember back that far, Circle Sunday used to highlight individual profiles, and more importantly why you had those people in your Circles.

    As circle membership grew larger and larger, and more people shared them at random, it seemed fewer people took the time to thoroughly vet the contents.  I'd like to point out that I did not include myself in this circle, as it is meant to show gratitude for those that have enriched my experiences here in this community, not as a means of self-promotion. Sure, we all would love to have higher engagement, or more followers, or both -- but NOT at the expense of quality. One thing I've discovered in the past two years on here is that it is very difficult to maintain relationships with hundreds of people, and not have a few (hundred) slip through the cracks.  While I admit my circles are not nearly as organized or efficient as I'd like, hopefully my methods have kept me in the loop so that I don't miss too many conversations with the people I care about.

    I should point out that while a majority of this circle contains photographers, that was definitely not a requirement for inclusion. Everyone in this circle has in one way or another affected my life in a positive way. And I am long overdue in expressing my heartfelt appreciation for the plusses, shares and comments that make this place such a joy to be a part of.  *Thank you* to everyone included here, as you have truly added value to my social media adventures: offering advice, sharing wisdom, commiserating about struggles, lifting each other up on the bad days, and celebrating together on the good ones.

    ********************

    For the Public reading this post, please take the time to review each and every one of these people, as I can personally vouch for the quality of their posts, and the honesty of their engagement. All of these people post mostly their own content (for Public consumption), and are actively participating in multiple communities on a variety of topics.  Please check out their work, and show your appreciation as they have so often done for others like me!
  • 82 plusses - 130 comments - 9 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-05-02 17:54:57
    This is my Gratitude Circle

    If you received a Notification about this, then you are in it!

    ***********************

    First of all, I'd like to thank +Jari Huomo from whom I borrowed this idea. He posted a similar Circle Share last June ( http://goo.gl/zWn2t ), and regrettably it has taken me far too long to finally put mine together.  Please allow me to apologize in advance if I accidentally left someone out who regularly engages here on my page.

    This was a labor of love, as I tried not only to include those that I have regular conversations with here on my own page, but who also are all actively engaging their followers on their own pages.  This is also the first time ever that I curated a circle myself.

    Many of these people you probably already have in your Circles, and might recognize from some of the following activities:

    +Chrysta Rae's Photography Scavenger Hunt 

    +Project 52 B&W 

    +FloralFriday 

    +Macro Monday 

    ...and too many more to mention individually!


    *************************

    Now, I'm sure you'd like to know how it was put together, right? Well, most of you know I have been on G+ since beta and was not a fan of Shared Circles when they were first introduced, because if you can remember back that far, Circle Sunday used to highlight individual profiles, and more importantly why you had those people in your Circles.

    As circle membership grew larger and larger, and more people shared them at random, it seemed fewer people took the time to thoroughly vet the contents.  I'd like to point out that I did not include myself in this circle, as it is meant to show gratitude for those that have enriched my experiences here in this community, not as a means of self-promotion. Sure, we all would love to have higher engagement, or more followers, or both -- but NOT at the expense of quality. One thing I've discovered in the past two years on here is that it is very difficult to maintain relationships with hundreds of people, and not have a few (hundred) slip through the cracks.  While I admit my circles are not nearly as organized or efficient as I'd like, hopefully my methods have kept me in the loop so that I don't miss too many conversations with the people I care about.

    I should point out that while a majority of this circle contains photographers, that was definitely not a requirement for inclusion. Everyone in this circle has in one way or another affected my life in a positive way. And I am long overdue in expressing my heartfelt appreciation for the plusses, shares and comments that make this place such a joy to be a part of.  *Thank you* to everyone included here, as you have truly added value to my social media adventures: offering advice, sharing wisdom, commiserating about struggles, lifting each other up on the bad days, and celebrating together on the good ones.

    ********************

    For the Public reading this post, please take the time to review each and every one of these people, as I can personally vouch for the quality of their posts, and the honesty of their engagement. All of these people post mostly their own content (for Public consumption), and are actively participating in multiple communities on a variety of topics.  Please check out their work, and show your appreciation as they have so often done for others like me!
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  • Shannon Adelson2014-04-10 14:43:26
    "I call architecture frozen music."
    ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



    Today I have the pleasure of participating in my very first Photography Death Match. About a week ago when +Tamara Pruessner assigned the category "Architecture" I was terrified, having never shot a single frame in this genre. I spent hours looking for tutorials on YouTube, and Googling examples of established photographers to better understand this niche.

    Like my opponent +April Hill I was challenged by Mother Nature throwing obstacles in our way. On Monday I spent the morning in Wilmington, Delaware trying to find a shot between raindrops. But the rain never let up, and when I got home to look at the images on the computer, they were all "craptastic". (Many thanks to +Christina Lawrie for enlightening me about that fabulous phrase.)

    Tuesday I spent the afternoon in Baltimore, but heavy winds and stormy skies continued to plague my outdoor adventures. I had a few monuments and landmarks that I wanted to perhaps include in this challenge, but alas, returned home with nothing I could be proud of.

    So when Wednesday arrived (the day before the match), I knew I had to get something rain or shine. I traveled to Philadelphia in hopes of finding my muse, and finally got some decent weather to work with. So the attached shot is from yesterday in Philly. This staircase is at the entryway to the Union League club on Broad Street.
    http://www.unionleague.org/

    After a week of waiting nervously, the battle has begun...
    #PhotographyDeathMatch  "Architecture #1"

    Please take a moment and click on over to see the opening punch from my opponent +April Hill as we continue our sparring throughout the day today. Her approach was quite clever, and in addition to thinking outside the box, she also included a very informative Wiki link to understand more about the nuts and bolts of our topic. The direct link to her first post is here:
    http://goo.gl/F2rQOh



    +Architectural Visions curated by +Joel Tjintjelaar +Julia Anna Gospodarou #ArchitecturalVisions
    +ARCHITECTURE YESTERDAY - TOMORROW curated by +Edith Kukla #architectureyesterdayandtomorrow
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  • Shannon Adelson2014-04-10 14:43:26
    "I call architecture frozen music."
    ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



    Today I have the pleasure of participating in my very first Photography Death Match. About a week ago when +Tamara Pruessner assigned the category "Architecture" I was terrified, having never shot a single frame in this genre. I spent hours looking for tutorials on YouTube, and Googling examples of established photographers to better understand this niche.

    Like my opponent +April Hill I was challenged by Mother Nature throwing obstacles in our way. On Monday I spent the morning in Wilmington, Delaware trying to find a shot between raindrops. But the rain never let up, and when I got home to look at the images on the computer, they were all "craptastic". (Many thanks to +Christina Lawrie for enlightening me about that fabulous phrase.)

    Tuesday I spent the afternoon in Baltimore, but heavy winds and stormy skies continued to plague my outdoor adventures. I had a few monuments and landmarks that I wanted to perhaps include in this challenge, but alas, returned home with nothing I could be proud of.

    So when Wednesday arrived (the day before the match), I knew I had to get something rain or shine. I traveled to Philadelphia in hopes of finding my muse, and finally got some decent weather to work with. So the attached shot is from yesterday in Philly. This staircase is at the entryway to the Union League club on Broad Street.
    http://www.unionleague.org/

    After a week of waiting nervously, the battle has begun...
    #PhotographyDeathMatch  "Architecture #1"

    Please take a moment and click on over to see the opening punch from my opponent +April Hill as we continue our sparring throughout the day today. Her approach was quite clever, and in addition to thinking outside the box, she also included a very informative Wiki link to understand more about the nuts and bolts of our topic. The direct link to her first post is here:
    http://goo.gl/F2rQOh



    +Architectural Visions curated by +Joel Tjintjelaar +Julia Anna Gospodarou #ArchitecturalVisions
    +ARCHITECTURE YESTERDAY - TOMORROW curated by +Edith Kukla #architectureyesterdayandtomorrow
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  • Shannon Adelson2014-04-10 14:43:26
    "I call architecture frozen music."
    ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



    Today I have the pleasure of participating in my very first Photography Death Match. About a week ago when +Tamara Pruessner assigned the category "Architecture" I was terrified, having never shot a single frame in this genre. I spent hours looking for tutorials on YouTube, and Googling examples of established photographers to better understand this niche.

    Like my opponent +April Hill I was challenged by Mother Nature throwing obstacles in our way. On Monday I spent the morning in Wilmington, Delaware trying to find a shot between raindrops. But the rain never let up, and when I got home to look at the images on the computer, they were all "craptastic". (Many thanks to +Christina Lawrie for enlightening me about that fabulous phrase.)

    Tuesday I spent the afternoon in Baltimore, but heavy winds and stormy skies continued to plague my outdoor adventures. I had a few monuments and landmarks that I wanted to perhaps include in this challenge, but alas, returned home with nothing I could be proud of.

    So when Wednesday arrived (the day before the match), I knew I had to get something rain or shine. I traveled to Philadelphia in hopes of finding my muse, and finally got some decent weather to work with. So the attached shot is from yesterday in Philly. This staircase is at the entryway to the Union League club on Broad Street.
    http://www.unionleague.org/

    After a week of waiting nervously, the battle has begun...
    #PhotographyDeathMatch  "Architecture #1"

    Please take a moment and click on over to see the opening punch from my opponent +April Hill as we continue our sparring throughout the day today. Her approach was quite clever, and in addition to thinking outside the box, she also included a very informative Wiki link to understand more about the nuts and bolts of our topic. The direct link to her first post is here:
    http://goo.gl/F2rQOh



    +Architectural Visions curated by +Joel Tjintjelaar +Julia Anna Gospodarou #ArchitecturalVisions
    +ARCHITECTURE YESTERDAY - TOMORROW curated by +Edith Kukla #architectureyesterdayandtomorrow
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  • Shannon Adelson2014-04-10 14:43:26
    "I call architecture frozen music."
    ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



    Today I have the pleasure of participating in my very first Photography Death Match. About a week ago when +Tamara Pruessner assigned the category "Architecture" I was terrified, having never shot a single frame in this genre. I spent hours looking for tutorials on YouTube, and Googling examples of established photographers to better understand this niche.

    Like my opponent +April Hill I was challenged by Mother Nature throwing obstacles in our way. On Monday I spent the morning in Wilmington, Delaware trying to find a shot between raindrops. But the rain never let up, and when I got home to look at the images on the computer, they were all "craptastic". (Many thanks to +Christina Lawrie for enlightening me about that fabulous phrase.)

    Tuesday I spent the afternoon in Baltimore, but heavy winds and stormy skies continued to plague my outdoor adventures. I had a few monuments and landmarks that I wanted to perhaps include in this challenge, but alas, returned home with nothing I could be proud of.

    So when Wednesday arrived (the day before the match), I knew I had to get something rain or shine. I traveled to Philadelphia in hopes of finding my muse, and finally got some decent weather to work with. So the attached shot is from yesterday in Philly. This staircase is at the entryway to the Union League club on Broad Street.
    http://www.unionleague.org/

    After a week of waiting nervously, the battle has begun...
    #PhotographyDeathMatch  "Architecture #1"

    Please take a moment and click on over to see the opening punch from my opponent +April Hill as we continue our sparring throughout the day today. Her approach was quite clever, and in addition to thinking outside the box, she also included a very informative Wiki link to understand more about the nuts and bolts of our topic. The direct link to her first post is here:
    http://goo.gl/F2rQOh



    +Architectural Visions curated by +Joel Tjintjelaar +Julia Anna Gospodarou #ArchitecturalVisions
    +ARCHITECTURE YESTERDAY - TOMORROW curated by +Edith Kukla #architectureyesterdayandtomorrow
  • 113 plusses - 61 comments - 13 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2014-04-10 14:43:26
    "I call architecture frozen music."
    ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



    Today I have the pleasure of participating in my very first Photography Death Match. About a week ago when +Tamara Pruessner assigned the category "Architecture" I was terrified, having never shot a single frame in this genre. I spent hours looking for tutorials on YouTube, and Googling examples of established photographers to better understand this niche.

    Like my opponent +April Hill I was challenged by Mother Nature throwing obstacles in our way. On Monday I spent the morning in Wilmington, Delaware trying to find a shot between raindrops. But the rain never let up, and when I got home to look at the images on the computer, they were all "craptastic". (Many thanks to +Christina Lawrie for enlightening me about that fabulous phrase.)

    Tuesday I spent the afternoon in Baltimore, but heavy winds and stormy skies continued to plague my outdoor adventures. I had a few monuments and landmarks that I wanted to perhaps include in this challenge, but alas, returned home with nothing I could be proud of.

    So when Wednesday arrived (the day before the match), I knew I had to get something rain or shine. I traveled to Philadelphia in hopes of finding my muse, and finally got some decent weather to work with. So the attached shot is from yesterday in Philly. This staircase is at the entryway to the Union League club on Broad Street.
    http://www.unionleague.org/

    After a week of waiting nervously, the battle has begun...
    #PhotographyDeathMatch  "Architecture #1"

    Please take a moment and click on over to see the opening punch from my opponent +April Hill as we continue our sparring throughout the day today. Her approach was quite clever, and in addition to thinking outside the box, she also included a very informative Wiki link to understand more about the nuts and bolts of our topic. The direct link to her first post is here:
    http://goo.gl/F2rQOh



    +Architectural Visions curated by +Joel Tjintjelaar +Julia Anna Gospodarou #ArchitecturalVisions
    +ARCHITECTURE YESTERDAY - TOMORROW curated by +Edith Kukla #architectureyesterdayandtomorrow
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-07-21 20:05:59
    "Go out and make some big, glorious mistakes!"

    If you've ever watched one of his hangouts on air (HOA) tutorials, then you've probably heard +Alan Shapiro say that phrase many times before. Happy Accidents are a wonderful part of the creative process. Figuring out how to convert the concepts in our imagination into some form of Art is often a confusing and challenging journey. 

    My wife and I were on vacation in Colorado a couple of months ago, and while walking around at the Boulder Creek Festival I saw this sign and just had to grab a quick snap. It was a very unusual piece created by a local artist, but immediately reminded me of Alan's advice. Sometimes I find myself worrying about getting it right, perfecting the message I want to convey with a shot, instead of living in the moment and enjoying the creative process. Once in a while, I need to be reminded to stop, look around, listen, and not be afraid to make mistakes.


    +Sign Sunday curated by +Lori Carey +Janice La Mere Hackney +Gary Posner #signsunday

    +RustySunday curated by +Rene Bechard +Gary Posner #rustysunday
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-07-21 20:05:59
    "Go out and make some big, glorious mistakes!"

    If you've ever watched one of his hangouts on air (HOA) tutorials, then you've probably heard +Alan Shapiro say that phrase many times before. Happy Accidents are a wonderful part of the creative process. Figuring out how to convert the concepts in our imagination into some form of Art is often a confusing and challenging journey. 

    My wife and I were on vacation in Colorado a couple of months ago, and while walking around at the Boulder Creek Festival I saw this sign and just had to grab a quick snap. It was a very unusual piece created by a local artist, but immediately reminded me of Alan's advice. Sometimes I find myself worrying about getting it right, perfecting the message I want to convey with a shot, instead of living in the moment and enjoying the creative process. Once in a while, I need to be reminded to stop, look around, listen, and not be afraid to make mistakes.


    +Sign Sunday curated by +Lori Carey +Janice La Mere Hackney +Gary Posner #signsunday

    +RustySunday curated by +Rene Bechard +Gary Posner #rustysunday
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-07-21 20:05:59
    "Go out and make some big, glorious mistakes!"

    If you've ever watched one of his hangouts on air (HOA) tutorials, then you've probably heard +Alan Shapiro say that phrase many times before. Happy Accidents are a wonderful part of the creative process. Figuring out how to convert the concepts in our imagination into some form of Art is often a confusing and challenging journey. 

    My wife and I were on vacation in Colorado a couple of months ago, and while walking around at the Boulder Creek Festival I saw this sign and just had to grab a quick snap. It was a very unusual piece created by a local artist, but immediately reminded me of Alan's advice. Sometimes I find myself worrying about getting it right, perfecting the message I want to convey with a shot, instead of living in the moment and enjoying the creative process. Once in a while, I need to be reminded to stop, look around, listen, and not be afraid to make mistakes.


    +Sign Sunday curated by +Lori Carey +Janice La Mere Hackney +Gary Posner #signsunday

    +RustySunday curated by +Rene Bechard +Gary Posner #rustysunday
  • 101 plusses - 25 comments - 17 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-07-21 20:05:59
    "Go out and make some big, glorious mistakes!"

    If you've ever watched one of his hangouts on air (HOA) tutorials, then you've probably heard +Alan Shapiro say that phrase many times before. Happy Accidents are a wonderful part of the creative process. Figuring out how to convert the concepts in our imagination into some form of Art is often a confusing and challenging journey. 

    My wife and I were on vacation in Colorado a couple of months ago, and while walking around at the Boulder Creek Festival I saw this sign and just had to grab a quick snap. It was a very unusual piece created by a local artist, but immediately reminded me of Alan's advice. Sometimes I find myself worrying about getting it right, perfecting the message I want to convey with a shot, instead of living in the moment and enjoying the creative process. Once in a while, I need to be reminded to stop, look around, listen, and not be afraid to make mistakes.


    +Sign Sunday curated by +Lori Carey +Janice La Mere Hackney +Gary Posner #signsunday

    +RustySunday curated by +Rene Bechard +Gary Posner #rustysunday
  • 101 plusses - 25 comments - 17 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-07-21 20:05:59
    "Go out and make some big, glorious mistakes!"

    If you've ever watched one of his hangouts on air (HOA) tutorials, then you've probably heard +Alan Shapiro say that phrase many times before. Happy Accidents are a wonderful part of the creative process. Figuring out how to convert the concepts in our imagination into some form of Art is often a confusing and challenging journey. 

    My wife and I were on vacation in Colorado a couple of months ago, and while walking around at the Boulder Creek Festival I saw this sign and just had to grab a quick snap. It was a very unusual piece created by a local artist, but immediately reminded me of Alan's advice. Sometimes I find myself worrying about getting it right, perfecting the message I want to convey with a shot, instead of living in the moment and enjoying the creative process. Once in a while, I need to be reminded to stop, look around, listen, and not be afraid to make mistakes.


    +Sign Sunday curated by +Lori Carey +Janice La Mere Hackney +Gary Posner #signsunday

    +RustySunday curated by +Rene Bechard +Gary Posner #rustysunday
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-05-17 02:54:41
    "No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich."
    ~Louis Sabin




    I had the privilege of photographing this puppy yesterday, and wanted to share the image/story with you all (a little early) for +Fido Friday.  My friend cares for multiple animals (cats, dogs, and even a horse, too). Some of them are her permanent pets family members, and others she fosters until she helps them find a new home.

    My wife and I regularly donate to local and national organizations like the Humane Society, PETA, ASPCA, etc. However, my friend brought to my attention that sometimes even more than monetary donations, these places need additional caregivers, people who love animals, and volunteer their time and compassion until these babies find more permanent homes.


    "A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog."
    ~Jack London

     
    I'm not a fan of using posts to preach on behalf of a cause, so suffice to say I have a huge admiration for people who love animals. If you are a pet owner, and you treat your animals like they are part of your family, then you are a superstar in my book.


    Special thanks to the #FidoFriday  crew:
    +mel peifer +Wes Lum +Lisa Lisa +Suhaib Ayaz 

    #dogs   #pets   #animalphotography  
    #doglovers  
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-05-17 02:54:41
    "No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich."
    ~Louis Sabin




    I had the privilege of photographing this puppy yesterday, and wanted to share the image/story with you all (a little early) for +Fido Friday.  My friend cares for multiple animals (cats, dogs, and even a horse, too). Some of them are her permanent pets family members, and others she fosters until she helps them find a new home.

    My wife and I regularly donate to local and national organizations like the Humane Society, PETA, ASPCA, etc. However, my friend brought to my attention that sometimes even more than monetary donations, these places need additional caregivers, people who love animals, and volunteer their time and compassion until these babies find more permanent homes.


    "A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog."
    ~Jack London

     
    I'm not a fan of using posts to preach on behalf of a cause, so suffice to say I have a huge admiration for people who love animals. If you are a pet owner, and you treat your animals like they are part of your family, then you are a superstar in my book.


    Special thanks to the #FidoFriday  crew:
    +mel peifer +Wes Lum +Lisa Lisa +Suhaib Ayaz 

    #dogs   #pets   #animalphotography  
    #doglovers  
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-05-17 02:54:41
    "No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich."
    ~Louis Sabin




    I had the privilege of photographing this puppy yesterday, and wanted to share the image/story with you all (a little early) for +Fido Friday.  My friend cares for multiple animals (cats, dogs, and even a horse, too). Some of them are her permanent pets family members, and others she fosters until she helps them find a new home.

    My wife and I regularly donate to local and national organizations like the Humane Society, PETA, ASPCA, etc. However, my friend brought to my attention that sometimes even more than monetary donations, these places need additional caregivers, people who love animals, and volunteer their time and compassion until these babies find more permanent homes.


    "A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog."
    ~Jack London

     
    I'm not a fan of using posts to preach on behalf of a cause, so suffice to say I have a huge admiration for people who love animals. If you are a pet owner, and you treat your animals like they are part of your family, then you are a superstar in my book.


    Special thanks to the #FidoFriday  crew:
    +mel peifer +Wes Lum +Lisa Lisa +Suhaib Ayaz 

    #dogs   #pets   #animalphotography  
    #doglovers  
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-05-17 02:54:41
    "No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich."
    ~Louis Sabin




    I had the privilege of photographing this puppy yesterday, and wanted to share the image/story with you all (a little early) for +Fido Friday.  My friend cares for multiple animals (cats, dogs, and even a horse, too). Some of them are her permanent pets family members, and others she fosters until she helps them find a new home.

    My wife and I regularly donate to local and national organizations like the Humane Society, PETA, ASPCA, etc. However, my friend brought to my attention that sometimes even more than monetary donations, these places need additional caregivers, people who love animals, and volunteer their time and compassion until these babies find more permanent homes.


    "A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog."
    ~Jack London

     
    I'm not a fan of using posts to preach on behalf of a cause, so suffice to say I have a huge admiration for people who love animals. If you are a pet owner, and you treat your animals like they are part of your family, then you are a superstar in my book.


    Special thanks to the #FidoFriday  crew:
    +mel peifer +Wes Lum +Lisa Lisa +Suhaib Ayaz 

    #dogs   #pets   #animalphotography  
    #doglovers  
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-05-17 02:54:41
    "No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich."
    ~Louis Sabin




    I had the privilege of photographing this puppy yesterday, and wanted to share the image/story with you all (a little early) for +Fido Friday.  My friend cares for multiple animals (cats, dogs, and even a horse, too). Some of them are her permanent pets family members, and others she fosters until she helps them find a new home.

    My wife and I regularly donate to local and national organizations like the Humane Society, PETA, ASPCA, etc. However, my friend brought to my attention that sometimes even more than monetary donations, these places need additional caregivers, people who love animals, and volunteer their time and compassion until these babies find more permanent homes.


    "A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog."
    ~Jack London

     
    I'm not a fan of using posts to preach on behalf of a cause, so suffice to say I have a huge admiration for people who love animals. If you are a pet owner, and you treat your animals like they are part of your family, then you are a superstar in my book.


    Special thanks to the #FidoFriday  crew:
    +mel peifer +Wes Lum +Lisa Lisa +Suhaib Ayaz 

    #dogs   #pets   #animalphotography  
    #doglovers  
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-07-04 02:37:11
    I can haz catnip?

    Yeah, I know it's not #caturday  yet, but I wanted to share with you all how I spent my afternoon today. As I might have mentioned previously, I'm not a big fan of birthday celebrations. Around age 35 I stopped really enjoying the ceremony of marking how much time has passed, compared with how much time I may or may not have ahead of me... My wife (and friends) threw a bash for me when I turned 40, and at that point I decided there wouldn't be any more birthday parties!

    So instead of a day focused on me, I chose to do something better different with my time, and focus on these adorable little creatures that can't speak for themselves. For the past couple of months, I've been volunteering my photographic services at a local animal shelter. Some of the images they were using previously were, shall we say, not really the kind that would make someone want to adopt a pet. A friend of mine works there, so I volunteered to assist them in creating better profile pics for the potential pets, to hopefully increase the adoption rates, and find these fur babies some new homes.

    If you are an animal lover, then you know these visits can be very emotional. However, I tried to separate my feelings about their current situation, in order to focus on helping them secure a better future. As a result of these efforts, some of the animals I photographed last month have since been adopted and new rescues have taken their place. So I told my friend I'll return every few weeks, and do what I can to help them create appealing imagery that improves their candidacy for finding loving homes.

    Having said that, though, I do want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who extended such thoughtful birthday messages throughout the day. I have to admit, it was kind of cool seeing my own birthday hashtag, and reading all of the wonderful comments from friends I've made here on G+ these past two years! I'm still catching up on Notifications, and I apologize if I missed anyone, but I promise I'll catch up with you soon. If you are mentioned below, then hopefully it means I already saw your message and responded with my heartfelt gratitude.

    +Christina Lihani +Ayoub Khote +Suzy Jenkins +Tawni Henlin +Stacey Heritage  +Alli M +Erin Davila-Onu +Allison Knights +Bud Hoffman  +Wade Brooks +Nora Hoffman Liberty +Tom Tran  +Elizabeth Lund +Stuart Dyckhoff +Richard Ball +Maki Silberberg  +kimberton pemberly +Christopher Germano +Teri Chall +Brian Bonham +steph wanamaker +Jaana Nyström  +Yifat Cohen +Marilyn Benham +Ralph Mendoza +Eustace James +Lauri Novak +Allan Cabrera +Isabelle Fortin +Rachael Switalski +Aura Osorio +Matt Austin +DeShaun Craddock +Karl Geiger Jr +Will Kriski   
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-07-04 02:37:11
    I can haz catnip?

    Yeah, I know it's not #caturday  yet, but I wanted to share with you all how I spent my afternoon today. As I might have mentioned previously, I'm not a big fan of birthday celebrations. Around age 35 I stopped really enjoying the ceremony of marking how much time has passed, compared with how much time I may or may not have ahead of me... My wife (and friends) threw a bash for me when I turned 40, and at that point I decided there wouldn't be any more birthday parties!

    So instead of a day focused on me, I chose to do something better different with my time, and focus on these adorable little creatures that can't speak for themselves. For the past couple of months, I've been volunteering my photographic services at a local animal shelter. Some of the images they were using previously were, shall we say, not really the kind that would make someone want to adopt a pet. A friend of mine works there, so I volunteered to assist them in creating better profile pics for the potential pets, to hopefully increase the adoption rates, and find these fur babies some new homes.

    If you are an animal lover, then you know these visits can be very emotional. However, I tried to separate my feelings about their current situation, in order to focus on helping them secure a better future. As a result of these efforts, some of the animals I photographed last month have since been adopted and new rescues have taken their place. So I told my friend I'll return every few weeks, and do what I can to help them create appealing imagery that improves their candidacy for finding loving homes.

    Having said that, though, I do want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who extended such thoughtful birthday messages throughout the day. I have to admit, it was kind of cool seeing my own birthday hashtag, and reading all of the wonderful comments from friends I've made here on G+ these past two years! I'm still catching up on Notifications, and I apologize if I missed anyone, but I promise I'll catch up with you soon. If you are mentioned below, then hopefully it means I already saw your message and responded with my heartfelt gratitude.

    +Christina Lihani +Ayoub Khote +Suzy Jenkins +Tawni Henlin +Stacey Heritage  +Alli M +Erin Davila-Onu +Allison Knights +Bud Hoffman  +Wade Brooks +Nora Hoffman Liberty +Tom Tran  +Elizabeth Lund +Stuart Dyckhoff +Richard Ball +Maki Silberberg  +kimberton pemberly +Christopher Germano +Teri Chall +Brian Bonham +steph wanamaker +Jaana Nyström  +Yifat Cohen +Marilyn Benham +Ralph Mendoza +Eustace James +Lauri Novak +Allan Cabrera +Isabelle Fortin +Rachael Switalski +Aura Osorio +Matt Austin +DeShaun Craddock +Karl Geiger Jr +Will Kriski   
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-07-04 02:37:11
    I can haz catnip?

    Yeah, I know it's not #caturday  yet, but I wanted to share with you all how I spent my afternoon today. As I might have mentioned previously, I'm not a big fan of birthday celebrations. Around age 35 I stopped really enjoying the ceremony of marking how much time has passed, compared with how much time I may or may not have ahead of me... My wife (and friends) threw a bash for me when I turned 40, and at that point I decided there wouldn't be any more birthday parties!

    So instead of a day focused on me, I chose to do something better different with my time, and focus on these adorable little creatures that can't speak for themselves. For the past couple of months, I've been volunteering my photographic services at a local animal shelter. Some of the images they were using previously were, shall we say, not really the kind that would make someone want to adopt a pet. A friend of mine works there, so I volunteered to assist them in creating better profile pics for the potential pets, to hopefully increase the adoption rates, and find these fur babies some new homes.

    If you are an animal lover, then you know these visits can be very emotional. However, I tried to separate my feelings about their current situation, in order to focus on helping them secure a better future. As a result of these efforts, some of the animals I photographed last month have since been adopted and new rescues have taken their place. So I told my friend I'll return every few weeks, and do what I can to help them create appealing imagery that improves their candidacy for finding loving homes.

    Having said that, though, I do want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who extended such thoughtful birthday messages throughout the day. I have to admit, it was kind of cool seeing my own birthday hashtag, and reading all of the wonderful comments from friends I've made here on G+ these past two years! I'm still catching up on Notifications, and I apologize if I missed anyone, but I promise I'll catch up with you soon. If you are mentioned below, then hopefully it means I already saw your message and responded with my heartfelt gratitude.

    +Christina Lihani +Ayoub Khote +Suzy Jenkins +Tawni Henlin +Stacey Heritage  +Alli M +Erin Davila-Onu +Allison Knights +Bud Hoffman  +Wade Brooks +Nora Hoffman Liberty +Tom Tran  +Elizabeth Lund +Stuart Dyckhoff +Richard Ball +Maki Silberberg  +kimberton pemberly +Christopher Germano +Teri Chall +Brian Bonham +steph wanamaker +Jaana Nyström  +Yifat Cohen +Marilyn Benham +Ralph Mendoza +Eustace James +Lauri Novak +Allan Cabrera +Isabelle Fortin +Rachael Switalski +Aura Osorio +Matt Austin +DeShaun Craddock +Karl Geiger Jr +Will Kriski   
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-07-04 02:37:11
    I can haz catnip?

    Yeah, I know it's not #caturday  yet, but I wanted to share with you all how I spent my afternoon today. As I might have mentioned previously, I'm not a big fan of birthday celebrations. Around age 35 I stopped really enjoying the ceremony of marking how much time has passed, compared with how much time I may or may not have ahead of me... My wife (and friends) threw a bash for me when I turned 40, and at that point I decided there wouldn't be any more birthday parties!

    So instead of a day focused on me, I chose to do something better different with my time, and focus on these adorable little creatures that can't speak for themselves. For the past couple of months, I've been volunteering my photographic services at a local animal shelter. Some of the images they were using previously were, shall we say, not really the kind that would make someone want to adopt a pet. A friend of mine works there, so I volunteered to assist them in creating better profile pics for the potential pets, to hopefully increase the adoption rates, and find these fur babies some new homes.

    If you are an animal lover, then you know these visits can be very emotional. However, I tried to separate my feelings about their current situation, in order to focus on helping them secure a better future. As a result of these efforts, some of the animals I photographed last month have since been adopted and new rescues have taken their place. So I told my friend I'll return every few weeks, and do what I can to help them create appealing imagery that improves their candidacy for finding loving homes.

    Having said that, though, I do want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who extended such thoughtful birthday messages throughout the day. I have to admit, it was kind of cool seeing my own birthday hashtag, and reading all of the wonderful comments from friends I've made here on G+ these past two years! I'm still catching up on Notifications, and I apologize if I missed anyone, but I promise I'll catch up with you soon. If you are mentioned below, then hopefully it means I already saw your message and responded with my heartfelt gratitude.

    +Christina Lihani +Ayoub Khote +Suzy Jenkins +Tawni Henlin +Stacey Heritage  +Alli M +Erin Davila-Onu +Allison Knights +Bud Hoffman  +Wade Brooks +Nora Hoffman Liberty +Tom Tran  +Elizabeth Lund +Stuart Dyckhoff +Richard Ball +Maki Silberberg  +kimberton pemberly +Christopher Germano +Teri Chall +Brian Bonham +steph wanamaker +Jaana Nyström  +Yifat Cohen +Marilyn Benham +Ralph Mendoza +Eustace James +Lauri Novak +Allan Cabrera +Isabelle Fortin +Rachael Switalski +Aura Osorio +Matt Austin +DeShaun Craddock +Karl Geiger Jr +Will Kriski   
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-07-04 02:37:11
    I can haz catnip?

    Yeah, I know it's not #caturday  yet, but I wanted to share with you all how I spent my afternoon today. As I might have mentioned previously, I'm not a big fan of birthday celebrations. Around age 35 I stopped really enjoying the ceremony of marking how much time has passed, compared with how much time I may or may not have ahead of me... My wife (and friends) threw a bash for me when I turned 40, and at that point I decided there wouldn't be any more birthday parties!

    So instead of a day focused on me, I chose to do something better different with my time, and focus on these adorable little creatures that can't speak for themselves. For the past couple of months, I've been volunteering my photographic services at a local animal shelter. Some of the images they were using previously were, shall we say, not really the kind that would make someone want to adopt a pet. A friend of mine works there, so I volunteered to assist them in creating better profile pics for the potential pets, to hopefully increase the adoption rates, and find these fur babies some new homes.

    If you are an animal lover, then you know these visits can be very emotional. However, I tried to separate my feelings about their current situation, in order to focus on helping them secure a better future. As a result of these efforts, some of the animals I photographed last month have since been adopted and new rescues have taken their place. So I told my friend I'll return every few weeks, and do what I can to help them create appealing imagery that improves their candidacy for finding loving homes.

    Having said that, though, I do want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who extended such thoughtful birthday messages throughout the day. I have to admit, it was kind of cool seeing my own birthday hashtag, and reading all of the wonderful comments from friends I've made here on G+ these past two years! I'm still catching up on Notifications, and I apologize if I missed anyone, but I promise I'll catch up with you soon. If you are mentioned below, then hopefully it means I already saw your message and responded with my heartfelt gratitude.

    +Christina Lihani +Ayoub Khote +Suzy Jenkins +Tawni Henlin +Stacey Heritage  +Alli M +Erin Davila-Onu +Allison Knights +Bud Hoffman  +Wade Brooks +Nora Hoffman Liberty +Tom Tran  +Elizabeth Lund +Stuart Dyckhoff +Richard Ball +Maki Silberberg  +kimberton pemberly +Christopher Germano +Teri Chall +Brian Bonham +steph wanamaker +Jaana Nyström  +Yifat Cohen +Marilyn Benham +Ralph Mendoza +Eustace James +Lauri Novak +Allan Cabrera +Isabelle Fortin +Rachael Switalski +Aura Osorio +Matt Austin +DeShaun Craddock +Karl Geiger Jr +Will Kriski   
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-04-12 08:46:22
    Project 52 B&W
    Week 15: Flower(s)
    #P52BW13   | +Project 52 B&W 
    Curated by +Tisha Craw & +Susan Porter 



    "Today is the first day of the rest of your life... Go forth and explore."



    Happy Friday, Plus Peeps!



    +Tamara Pruessner | #FloralFriday  | +FloralFriday 
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-04-12 08:46:22
    Project 52 B&W
    Week 15: Flower(s)
    #P52BW13   | +Project 52 B&W 
    Curated by +Tisha Craw & +Susan Porter 



    "Today is the first day of the rest of your life... Go forth and explore."



    Happy Friday, Plus Peeps!



    +Tamara Pruessner | #FloralFriday  | +FloralFriday 
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-04-12 08:46:22
    Project 52 B&W
    Week 15: Flower(s)
    #P52BW13   | +Project 52 B&W 
    Curated by +Tisha Craw & +Susan Porter 



    "Today is the first day of the rest of your life... Go forth and explore."



    Happy Friday, Plus Peeps!



    +Tamara Pruessner | #FloralFriday  | +FloralFriday 
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-04-12 08:46:22
    Project 52 B&W
    Week 15: Flower(s)
    #P52BW13   | +Project 52 B&W 
    Curated by +Tisha Craw & +Susan Porter 



    "Today is the first day of the rest of your life... Go forth and explore."



    Happy Friday, Plus Peeps!



    +Tamara Pruessner | #FloralFriday  | +FloralFriday 
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-04-12 08:46:22
    Project 52 B&W
    Week 15: Flower(s)
    #P52BW13   | +Project 52 B&W 
    Curated by +Tisha Craw & +Susan Porter 



    "Today is the first day of the rest of your life... Go forth and explore."



    Happy Friday, Plus Peeps!



    +Tamara Pruessner | #FloralFriday  | +FloralFriday 
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  • Shannon Adelson2012-09-04 11:07:44
    "Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life.  And everyone deserves a little sunshine."  
    ~Jeffrey Glassberg

    ********************************************

    Good Morning, Plus Peeps

    Here is another shot from my Sunflower adventures yesterday.  Luckily I had the 70-300 zoom with me, as I had to shoot it from the road, so as not to trespass on the owner's massive growing field.  Trying to dodge the raindrops, I composed my frame, fired off a few test shots, then waited for just the right light when this little wonder flew straight into the middle of the flower.  I had to quickly re-focus, but its wings were still moving (and hence a little blurry).  All in all, not a bad result from a Sunday Monday drive in the rain...
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  • Shannon Adelson2012-09-04 11:07:44
    "Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life.  And everyone deserves a little sunshine."  
    ~Jeffrey Glassberg

    ********************************************

    Good Morning, Plus Peeps

    Here is another shot from my Sunflower adventures yesterday.  Luckily I had the 70-300 zoom with me, as I had to shoot it from the road, so as not to trespass on the owner's massive growing field.  Trying to dodge the raindrops, I composed my frame, fired off a few test shots, then waited for just the right light when this little wonder flew straight into the middle of the flower.  I had to quickly re-focus, but its wings were still moving (and hence a little blurry).  All in all, not a bad result from a Sunday Monday drive in the rain...
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  • Shannon Adelson2012-09-04 11:07:44
    "Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life.  And everyone deserves a little sunshine."  
    ~Jeffrey Glassberg

    ********************************************

    Good Morning, Plus Peeps

    Here is another shot from my Sunflower adventures yesterday.  Luckily I had the 70-300 zoom with me, as I had to shoot it from the road, so as not to trespass on the owner's massive growing field.  Trying to dodge the raindrops, I composed my frame, fired off a few test shots, then waited for just the right light when this little wonder flew straight into the middle of the flower.  I had to quickly re-focus, but its wings were still moving (and hence a little blurry).  All in all, not a bad result from a Sunday Monday drive in the rain...
  • 62 plusses - 32 comments - 20 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2012-09-04 11:07:44
    "Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life.  And everyone deserves a little sunshine."  
    ~Jeffrey Glassberg

    ********************************************

    Good Morning, Plus Peeps

    Here is another shot from my Sunflower adventures yesterday.  Luckily I had the 70-300 zoom with me, as I had to shoot it from the road, so as not to trespass on the owner's massive growing field.  Trying to dodge the raindrops, I composed my frame, fired off a few test shots, then waited for just the right light when this little wonder flew straight into the middle of the flower.  I had to quickly re-focus, but its wings were still moving (and hence a little blurry).  All in all, not a bad result from a Sunday Monday drive in the rain...
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  • Shannon Adelson2014-03-26 23:26:46
    Good Evening, Plus Peeps!

    I am pleasantly surprised by how accurate this new tool defines relevance. While the Google algorithms will always remain a mystery to me, they did sort through my correspondence, contacts and circles, and correctly identified people with whom I interact regularly. Yes, there are a few other programs offering similar features. But when +steph wanamaker makes a recommendation it's definitely worth checking it out!

    Here is a list that the software from +Chris Gary says are my Top 25 followers and friends on Google+.

    1.) +Jerry Johnson
    2.) +Elizabeth Lund
    3.) +Susan Porter
    4.) +Shannon Brearley
    5.) +Erin A.D.
    6.) +Richard Ball
    7.) +Marilyn Benham
    8.) +Mae Hogan
    9.) +Ricardo Williams
    10.) +Wade Brooks
    11.) +Tom Tran
    12.) +Marc Jansen
    13.) +LaDonna Pride
    14.) +Lauri Novak
    15.) +Eustace James
    16.) +Jason Kowing
    17.) +Melissa Beagle
    18.) +Christina Lihani
    19.) +Ralph Mendoza
    20.) +Sarra Robinson
    21.) +Cora Triton
    22.) +Stuart Dyckhoff
    23.) +Julian Ortiz
    24.) +Pat Kight
    25.) +Christopher Germano

    This was posted from Relevance+ on Android. It is available on Android and Windows at http://www.deskplace.com! #Relevance+ #DeskPlace #MyTop25

    If you are like me and would love the convenience of a desktop version for Mac, make sure to let Chris know, as he said that just may appear in the near future...
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  • Shannon Adelson2014-03-26 23:26:46
    Good Evening, Plus Peeps!

    I am pleasantly surprised by how accurate this new tool defines relevance. While the Google algorithms will always remain a mystery to me, they did sort through my correspondence, contacts and circles, and correctly identified people with whom I interact regularly. Yes, there are a few other programs offering similar features. But when +steph wanamaker makes a recommendation it's definitely worth checking it out!

    Here is a list that the software from +Chris Gary says are my Top 25 followers and friends on Google+.

    1.) +Jerry Johnson
    2.) +Elizabeth Lund
    3.) +Susan Porter
    4.) +Shannon Brearley
    5.) +Erin A.D.
    6.) +Richard Ball
    7.) +Marilyn Benham
    8.) +Mae Hogan
    9.) +Ricardo Williams
    10.) +Wade Brooks
    11.) +Tom Tran
    12.) +Marc Jansen
    13.) +LaDonna Pride
    14.) +Lauri Novak
    15.) +Eustace James
    16.) +Jason Kowing
    17.) +Melissa Beagle
    18.) +Christina Lihani
    19.) +Ralph Mendoza
    20.) +Sarra Robinson
    21.) +Cora Triton
    22.) +Stuart Dyckhoff
    23.) +Julian Ortiz
    24.) +Pat Kight
    25.) +Christopher Germano

    This was posted from Relevance+ on Android. It is available on Android and Windows at http://www.deskplace.com! #Relevance+ #DeskPlace #MyTop25

    If you are like me and would love the convenience of a desktop version for Mac, make sure to let Chris know, as he said that just may appear in the near future...
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  • Shannon Adelson2014-03-26 23:26:46
    Good Evening, Plus Peeps!

    I am pleasantly surprised by how accurate this new tool defines relevance. While the Google algorithms will always remain a mystery to me, they did sort through my correspondence, contacts and circles, and correctly identified people with whom I interact regularly. Yes, there are a few other programs offering similar features. But when +steph wanamaker makes a recommendation it's definitely worth checking it out!

    Here is a list that the software from +Chris Gary says are my Top 25 followers and friends on Google+.

    1.) +Jerry Johnson
    2.) +Elizabeth Lund
    3.) +Susan Porter
    4.) +Shannon Brearley
    5.) +Erin A.D.
    6.) +Richard Ball
    7.) +Marilyn Benham
    8.) +Mae Hogan
    9.) +Ricardo Williams
    10.) +Wade Brooks
    11.) +Tom Tran
    12.) +Marc Jansen
    13.) +LaDonna Pride
    14.) +Lauri Novak
    15.) +Eustace James
    16.) +Jason Kowing
    17.) +Melissa Beagle
    18.) +Christina Lihani
    19.) +Ralph Mendoza
    20.) +Sarra Robinson
    21.) +Cora Triton
    22.) +Stuart Dyckhoff
    23.) +Julian Ortiz
    24.) +Pat Kight
    25.) +Christopher Germano

    This was posted from Relevance+ on Android. It is available on Android and Windows at http://www.deskplace.com! #Relevance+ #DeskPlace #MyTop25

    If you are like me and would love the convenience of a desktop version for Mac, make sure to let Chris know, as he said that just may appear in the near future...
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  • Shannon Adelson2014-03-26 23:26:46
    Good Evening, Plus Peeps!

    I am pleasantly surprised by how accurate this new tool defines relevance. While the Google algorithms will always remain a mystery to me, they did sort through my correspondence, contacts and circles, and correctly identified people with whom I interact regularly. Yes, there are a few other programs offering similar features. But when +steph wanamaker makes a recommendation it's definitely worth checking it out!

    Here is a list that the software from +Chris Gary says are my Top 25 followers and friends on Google+.

    1.) +Jerry Johnson
    2.) +Elizabeth Lund
    3.) +Susan Porter
    4.) +Shannon Brearley
    5.) +Erin A.D.
    6.) +Richard Ball
    7.) +Marilyn Benham
    8.) +Mae Hogan
    9.) +Ricardo Williams
    10.) +Wade Brooks
    11.) +Tom Tran
    12.) +Marc Jansen
    13.) +LaDonna Pride
    14.) +Lauri Novak
    15.) +Eustace James
    16.) +Jason Kowing
    17.) +Melissa Beagle
    18.) +Christina Lihani
    19.) +Ralph Mendoza
    20.) +Sarra Robinson
    21.) +Cora Triton
    22.) +Stuart Dyckhoff
    23.) +Julian Ortiz
    24.) +Pat Kight
    25.) +Christopher Germano

    This was posted from Relevance+ on Android. It is available on Android and Windows at http://www.deskplace.com! #Relevance+ #DeskPlace #MyTop25

    If you are like me and would love the convenience of a desktop version for Mac, make sure to let Chris know, as he said that just may appear in the near future...
  • 47 plusses - 88 comments - 3 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2014-03-26 23:26:46
    Good Evening, Plus Peeps!

    I am pleasantly surprised by how accurate this new tool defines relevance. While the Google algorithms will always remain a mystery to me, they did sort through my correspondence, contacts and circles, and correctly identified people with whom I interact regularly. Yes, there are a few other programs offering similar features. But when +steph wanamaker makes a recommendation it's definitely worth checking it out!

    Here is a list that the software from +Chris Gary says are my Top 25 followers and friends on Google+.

    1.) +Jerry Johnson
    2.) +Elizabeth Lund
    3.) +Susan Porter
    4.) +Shannon Brearley
    5.) +Erin A.D.
    6.) +Richard Ball
    7.) +Marilyn Benham
    8.) +Mae Hogan
    9.) +Ricardo Williams
    10.) +Wade Brooks
    11.) +Tom Tran
    12.) +Marc Jansen
    13.) +LaDonna Pride
    14.) +Lauri Novak
    15.) +Eustace James
    16.) +Jason Kowing
    17.) +Melissa Beagle
    18.) +Christina Lihani
    19.) +Ralph Mendoza
    20.) +Sarra Robinson
    21.) +Cora Triton
    22.) +Stuart Dyckhoff
    23.) +Julian Ortiz
    24.) +Pat Kight
    25.) +Christopher Germano

    This was posted from Relevance+ on Android. It is available on Android and Windows at http://www.deskplace.com! #Relevance+ #DeskPlace #MyTop25

    If you are like me and would love the convenience of a desktop version for Mac, make sure to let Chris know, as he said that just may appear in the near future...
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-10-18 00:47:26
    P is for Pelican

    #abcproject  by +Levi Moore 

    ==================================


    +BIRD LOVERS Worldwide curated by +Robert SKREINER #birdloversworldwide

    #birds4all : +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-10-18 00:47:26
    P is for Pelican

    #abcproject  by +Levi Moore 

    ==================================


    +BIRD LOVERS Worldwide curated by +Robert SKREINER #birdloversworldwide

    #birds4all : +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-10-18 00:47:26
    P is for Pelican

    #abcproject  by +Levi Moore 

    ==================================


    +BIRD LOVERS Worldwide curated by +Robert SKREINER #birdloversworldwide

    #birds4all : +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-10-18 00:47:26
    P is for Pelican

    #abcproject  by +Levi Moore 

    ==================================


    +BIRD LOVERS Worldwide curated by +Robert SKREINER #birdloversworldwide

    #birds4all : +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-10-18 00:47:26
    P is for Pelican

    #abcproject  by +Levi Moore 

    ==================================


    +BIRD LOVERS Worldwide curated by +Robert SKREINER #birdloversworldwide

    #birds4all : +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-12-19 02:23:27
    Who do YOU follow? #DecemberDozen  

    I saw a post over the weekend which included this hashtag, and it got me thinking about WHY we recommend people to others. Despite hearing some people call this place a ghost town, there are in fact a number of very engaging people here in the G+ community. 

    Those of you who've known me since the beta days on here know that I've never been a huge fan of Shared Circles, because too often it seems people globally add the contents without ever reviewing all the individuals contained within. And I think that's perhaps the most important part of the process. Spending time getting to know each person helps in evaluating potential for future interactions. Do we have anything in common? Are we passionate about similar topics?

    I can't deny that in terms of followers, I've definitely benefited from being included in various Circles shared among my peers, colleagues and friends. However, if you've been following me for any length of time, you already know I'm not popular, nor am I considered one of the "cool kids". But the beauty of this platform is that there's something here for everyone, and if you commit yourself to experiencing it organically, I truly believe you'll enjoy your time here.

    My December Dozen

    The people featured below are in no particular order, but grouped by me into categories I feel best describe WHY you may wish to add them to your stream. Some have millions of followers, others have far fewer, but ALL share some common elements: they embrace the good and the bad about the platform, they educate and entertain, and their leadership makes this place interesting for everyone with whom they interact.

    Photography: Education & Inspiration

    +Robin Griggs Wood has been active on G+ since the beginning, and demonstrates daily that she gets what this place is all about. But in addition to being an incredible painter and photographer, she is also an amazing mentor. Working with the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers she challenges everyone to discover their inner Artist, and in the process many learn just as much about themselves as they do about their trade. When she's not teaching or playing (or judging) in +Chrysta Rae's Photography Scavenger Hunt she can sometimes be found stalking seagulls. Despite having millions of followers to keep up with, Robin regularly makes time to interact both on her own page as well as on the profiles of those she follows. I can't imagine she isn't already in your Circles, but if not I promise you'll be glad you added her!

    +Sandra Parlow is another lovely lady I first met through the Scavenger Hunt. She has a great sense of humor, and is always there if you need a helping hand, or simply a (virtual) hug. I could describe how wonderful her images are, but that alone wouldn't provide a full picture of everything she does on G+. In addition to being one of the moderators of the +Behind the Lens: Photo Critique Group she is also a co-curator of the wildly popular +Macro Monday.  But I didn't even get to the best part yet... Sandra is a champion of the undiscovered goobies. She's got some sort of indescribable talent radar, finding unknown artists (many of whom barely have a couple hundred followers) and sharing them with her Circles and Communities. Add her to your stream, and just watch the waves of activity draw you in! (PS. Ask her if there's a particular member of the Northern wildlife she's fond of...)

    +Mark Rodriguez Otherwise known as "Godriguez", this man is not only a Photoshop guru, but an incredibly talented photographer, cartoon creator, and master of the mashup. Although I first met Mark via the Scavenger Hunt (yep, another one!), he is perhaps best known for the +Movie Mashup Tuesday theme. While his innovative designs will draw you in, it's the behind the scenes (BTS) posts that will keep you mesmerized over and over again. For even the most complicated composites, he takes the time to explain his process in bite-sized chunks that even non-photographers can digest and absorb. I'd be here all day if I continued listing his numerous achievements, so just head on over to his page and observe the magic for yourself!

    Music

    ► I could list half a dozen musicians I follow in my own personal Circles, but for the purposes of this post I chose +HEATHER FAY because she's the embodiment of humble celebrity. Just like Robin she has over a million followers, but that doesn't stop her from reaching out to interact with her G+ family on a regular basis. I'm sure she'd be successful with or without this platform, but the fact that she takes us all on the adventure with her is such a blessing for the community. Thanks to her constant sharing, we all get a front row seat as her career continues to blossom. Grab your headphones, and head on over to her post to enjoy the vids and tunes!

    Comedy & Entertainment

    ► If it's fun and/or funny, and is happening anywhere in the G+ universe, you can be sure +matthew rappaport has his finger on the pulse of trending topics. He enlightened me about how to accomplish getting my first +G+ Achievement Unlocked and also regularly coordinates +HIRL activities for NYC and beyond. I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon in person during +The Google + Two Year Anniversary Photowalk and witness his chaotic bursts of endless energy. If you've seen him on Hangouts then you know he has a magnetic personality, always willing to chat about even the most seemingly mundane topics. He's an expert on the Google ecosystem, and when I heard he'd jumped on board +The Huffington Post I knew immediately they definitely picked a winner! I encourage you to browse through his voluminous photo albums, as his unique documentary style will leave you feeling like you actually attended the same event!

    ► Do you sometimes feel like the main stream isn't giving you what you need? If the Google algorithm isn't tweaked to your satisfaction, then take matters into your own hands and add +steph wanamaker to a Circle you check daily. Way before there were hashtags like #GingerThursday  or theme-based communities, she was curating content, sharing highlights from Arts & Entertainment news, to bloopers, birthdays and more. The Ginger Ninja moderates a number of TV and movie communities, including great programming like Sherlock, The Big Bang Theory, and many more incredible Netflix offerings. If you need your daily dose of comedic relief from Canada, don't let the border stand in your way, pop into her stream and be prepared to stay there a while.

    Engaging Conversations & G+ Culture

    ► You can't even begin to have a discussion about G+ engagement without including platform pioneer: +Ayoub Khote.  Active since practically the first day, he is not only a fountain of knowledge about the network, but shares his time and energy educating others about how to enjoy their time here. Whether offering +Google+ Help to those that need it, or providing the weekly #HumpDayHint  Ayoub is constantly interacting from sunrise to sundown and beyond. Understanding the culture of G+ is about more than just posts and followers; it's also about family dynamics, and the relationships we develop while playing together in the Google sandbox. Topics of conversation vary, but after a couple of days you'll definitely find something you can relate to. Then jump right in and participate with his posse in the Question of the Day and other intellectual stimulation.

    ► If you want to know the most popular posts from the past year, or perhaps you just wanna jam out to great tunes all (Friday) night long, +Sean Cowen is your one-stop shop! Get all your news and information in the same convenient place. If you can't find exactly what you're looking for, he can definitely point you in the right direction. I've never been brave enough to wear my heart on my sleeve, but when people talk about Sean you always hear things like selfless, genuine, compassionate, supportive, inspiring. I encourage you to sift through a few of his posts, and I'm confident you will feel like you've known the guy for years. 

     ► Are you the kind of person that takes one day at a time, and lives every moment to the fullest? Or do you seek external inspiration to keep those creative juices flowing? Regardless of the challenges that come his way, +Levi Moore is the epitome of positivity, constantly overcoming any obstacle in his path. While many are probably familiar with his work leading the #abcproject , he also hosts provocative conversations on a variety of interesting topics. The more time you spend in his stream, the more you'll discover what an cool guy he is!

    ► Although barely anyone is using it anymore, +Marc Jansen got me an invitation to Schemer, where in my mind he became an instant superstar when I learned "Hangout with +Jeri Ryan" was a scheme he already crossed off his list! He is a self-proclaimed introvert, but you'd never know it by interacting on his stream. He shares a variety of content, and occasionally delves into deep philosophical debates. One of the enlightening moments for me came while reading comments in a thread he started about lifestyle priorities and career goals. The perspectives shared by all the commenters were incredibly poignant and profound, leaving me with lots of questions about my own life and the decisions guiding my personal and professional pursuits. 

    ► When someone comes to G+ for the first time, they often seek out #gplustips  to figure out the best method to navigate the complex waterway called the stream. From almost the very first day, +Jaana Nyström has been a beacon of engagement, leading by example exploring each new social media tool as it became available here on G+, then immediately sharing her extensive analysis with others, helping to improve the system through constant feedback and experimentation. If you have any questions about how this place works, or what you can hope to get out of spending time here, I highly recommend starting on her page, and you'll feel like an expert in no time!

    +Yifat Cohen is the ever-popular +G+GoTo Gal, with weekly insights about using Hangouts to improve everything from your health to your business bottom line. I find her posts and other resources so helpful because she can pretty much talk about anything to anyone from any walk of life. She is equally comfortable chatting with a regular Joe or a CEO. I haven't yet had the privilege of being coached by her, but it's on my list of goals for 2014, and after you check out the material she shares you'll probably be seeking her advice also!

    ► As co-curator of #TipsyTuesday  and #CoffeeThursday , +Jason Kowing is a man of many talents. But in addition to his photography skills, he makes my list for his entertaining banter on Jas' Question of the Day. When he suggests you interrupt your regularly flowing stream, you just might want to do what he says. The type of questions vary from week to week, but one thing is certain, the responses are guaranteed to either make you laugh or scratch your head or both!

    If you made it this far, Thank You. I hope these suggestions will keep creativity flowing throughout your stream.

    If you did your own #DecemberDozen  post, please share a link to it in the comments below, so everyone can check out your recommendations. If you're not a writer, and would rather just share a few names of folks that would top YOUR list, please feel free to share them in the comments also. Hopefully, we can all take a little time out during this busy Holiday season and get to know someone new...
  • 59 plusses - 46 comments - 9 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-12-19 02:23:27
    Who do YOU follow? #DecemberDozen  

    I saw a post over the weekend which included this hashtag, and it got me thinking about WHY we recommend people to others. Despite hearing some people call this place a ghost town, there are in fact a number of very engaging people here in the G+ community. 

    Those of you who've known me since the beta days on here know that I've never been a huge fan of Shared Circles, because too often it seems people globally add the contents without ever reviewing all the individuals contained within. And I think that's perhaps the most important part of the process. Spending time getting to know each person helps in evaluating potential for future interactions. Do we have anything in common? Are we passionate about similar topics?

    I can't deny that in terms of followers, I've definitely benefited from being included in various Circles shared among my peers, colleagues and friends. However, if you've been following me for any length of time, you already know I'm not popular, nor am I considered one of the "cool kids". But the beauty of this platform is that there's something here for everyone, and if you commit yourself to experiencing it organically, I truly believe you'll enjoy your time here.

    My December Dozen

    The people featured below are in no particular order, but grouped by me into categories I feel best describe WHY you may wish to add them to your stream. Some have millions of followers, others have far fewer, but ALL share some common elements: they embrace the good and the bad about the platform, they educate and entertain, and their leadership makes this place interesting for everyone with whom they interact.

    Photography: Education & Inspiration

    +Robin Griggs Wood has been active on G+ since the beginning, and demonstrates daily that she gets what this place is all about. But in addition to being an incredible painter and photographer, she is also an amazing mentor. Working with the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers she challenges everyone to discover their inner Artist, and in the process many learn just as much about themselves as they do about their trade. When she's not teaching or playing (or judging) in +Chrysta Rae's Photography Scavenger Hunt she can sometimes be found stalking seagulls. Despite having millions of followers to keep up with, Robin regularly makes time to interact both on her own page as well as on the profiles of those she follows. I can't imagine she isn't already in your Circles, but if not I promise you'll be glad you added her!

    +Sandra Parlow is another lovely lady I first met through the Scavenger Hunt. She has a great sense of humor, and is always there if you need a helping hand, or simply a (virtual) hug. I could describe how wonderful her images are, but that alone wouldn't provide a full picture of everything she does on G+. In addition to being one of the moderators of the +Behind the Lens: Photo Critique Group she is also a co-curator of the wildly popular +Macro Monday.  But I didn't even get to the best part yet... Sandra is a champion of the undiscovered goobies. She's got some sort of indescribable talent radar, finding unknown artists (many of whom barely have a couple hundred followers) and sharing them with her Circles and Communities. Add her to your stream, and just watch the waves of activity draw you in! (PS. Ask her if there's a particular member of the Northern wildlife she's fond of...)

    +Mark Rodriguez Otherwise known as "Godriguez", this man is not only a Photoshop guru, but an incredibly talented photographer, cartoon creator, and master of the mashup. Although I first met Mark via the Scavenger Hunt (yep, another one!), he is perhaps best known for the +Movie Mashup Tuesday theme. While his innovative designs will draw you in, it's the behind the scenes (BTS) posts that will keep you mesmerized over and over again. For even the most complicated composites, he takes the time to explain his process in bite-sized chunks that even non-photographers can digest and absorb. I'd be here all day if I continued listing his numerous achievements, so just head on over to his page and observe the magic for yourself!

    Music

    ► I could list half a dozen musicians I follow in my own personal Circles, but for the purposes of this post I chose +HEATHER FAY because she's the embodiment of humble celebrity. Just like Robin she has over a million followers, but that doesn't stop her from reaching out to interact with her G+ family on a regular basis. I'm sure she'd be successful with or without this platform, but the fact that she takes us all on the adventure with her is such a blessing for the community. Thanks to her constant sharing, we all get a front row seat as her career continues to blossom. Grab your headphones, and head on over to her post to enjoy the vids and tunes!

    Comedy & Entertainment

    ► If it's fun and/or funny, and is happening anywhere in the G+ universe, you can be sure +matthew rappaport has his finger on the pulse of trending topics. He enlightened me about how to accomplish getting my first +G+ Achievement Unlocked and also regularly coordinates +HIRL activities for NYC and beyond. I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon in person during +The Google + Two Year Anniversary Photowalk and witness his chaotic bursts of endless energy. If you've seen him on Hangouts then you know he has a magnetic personality, always willing to chat about even the most seemingly mundane topics. He's an expert on the Google ecosystem, and when I heard he'd jumped on board +The Huffington Post I knew immediately they definitely picked a winner! I encourage you to browse through his voluminous photo albums, as his unique documentary style will leave you feeling like you actually attended the same event!

    ► Do you sometimes feel like the main stream isn't giving you what you need? If the Google algorithm isn't tweaked to your satisfaction, then take matters into your own hands and add +steph wanamaker to a Circle you check daily. Way before there were hashtags like #GingerThursday  or theme-based communities, she was curating content, sharing highlights from Arts & Entertainment news, to bloopers, birthdays and more. The Ginger Ninja moderates a number of TV and movie communities, including great programming like Sherlock, The Big Bang Theory, and many more incredible Netflix offerings. If you need your daily dose of comedic relief from Canada, don't let the border stand in your way, pop into her stream and be prepared to stay there a while.

    Engaging Conversations & G+ Culture

    ► You can't even begin to have a discussion about G+ engagement without including platform pioneer: +Ayoub Khote.  Active since practically the first day, he is not only a fountain of knowledge about the network, but shares his time and energy educating others about how to enjoy their time here. Whether offering +Google+ Help to those that need it, or providing the weekly #HumpDayHint  Ayoub is constantly interacting from sunrise to sundown and beyond. Understanding the culture of G+ is about more than just posts and followers; it's also about family dynamics, and the relationships we develop while playing together in the Google sandbox. Topics of conversation vary, but after a couple of days you'll definitely find something you can relate to. Then jump right in and participate with his posse in the Question of the Day and other intellectual stimulation.

    ► If you want to know the most popular posts from the past year, or perhaps you just wanna jam out to great tunes all (Friday) night long, +Sean Cowen is your one-stop shop! Get all your news and information in the same convenient place. If you can't find exactly what you're looking for, he can definitely point you in the right direction. I've never been brave enough to wear my heart on my sleeve, but when people talk about Sean you always hear things like selfless, genuine, compassionate, supportive, inspiring. I encourage you to sift through a few of his posts, and I'm confident you will feel like you've known the guy for years. 

     ► Are you the kind of person that takes one day at a time, and lives every moment to the fullest? Or do you seek external inspiration to keep those creative juices flowing? Regardless of the challenges that come his way, +Levi Moore is the epitome of positivity, constantly overcoming any obstacle in his path. While many are probably familiar with his work leading the #abcproject , he also hosts provocative conversations on a variety of interesting topics. The more time you spend in his stream, the more you'll discover what an cool guy he is!

    ► Although barely anyone is using it anymore, +Marc Jansen got me an invitation to Schemer, where in my mind he became an instant superstar when I learned "Hangout with +Jeri Ryan" was a scheme he already crossed off his list! He is a self-proclaimed introvert, but you'd never know it by interacting on his stream. He shares a variety of content, and occasionally delves into deep philosophical debates. One of the enlightening moments for me came while reading comments in a thread he started about lifestyle priorities and career goals. The perspectives shared by all the commenters were incredibly poignant and profound, leaving me with lots of questions about my own life and the decisions guiding my personal and professional pursuits. 

    ► When someone comes to G+ for the first time, they often seek out #gplustips  to figure out the best method to navigate the complex waterway called the stream. From almost the very first day, +Jaana Nyström has been a beacon of engagement, leading by example exploring each new social media tool as it became available here on G+, then immediately sharing her extensive analysis with others, helping to improve the system through constant feedback and experimentation. If you have any questions about how this place works, or what you can hope to get out of spending time here, I highly recommend starting on her page, and you'll feel like an expert in no time!

    +Yifat Cohen is the ever-popular +G+GoTo Gal, with weekly insights about using Hangouts to improve everything from your health to your business bottom line. I find her posts and other resources so helpful because she can pretty much talk about anything to anyone from any walk of life. She is equally comfortable chatting with a regular Joe or a CEO. I haven't yet had the privilege of being coached by her, but it's on my list of goals for 2014, and after you check out the material she shares you'll probably be seeking her advice also!

    ► As co-curator of #TipsyTuesday  and #CoffeeThursday , +Jason Kowing is a man of many talents. But in addition to his photography skills, he makes my list for his entertaining banter on Jas' Question of the Day. When he suggests you interrupt your regularly flowing stream, you just might want to do what he says. The type of questions vary from week to week, but one thing is certain, the responses are guaranteed to either make you laugh or scratch your head or both!

    If you made it this far, Thank You. I hope these suggestions will keep creativity flowing throughout your stream.

    If you did your own #DecemberDozen  post, please share a link to it in the comments below, so everyone can check out your recommendations. If you're not a writer, and would rather just share a few names of folks that would top YOUR list, please feel free to share them in the comments also. Hopefully, we can all take a little time out during this busy Holiday season and get to know someone new...
  • 59 plusses - 46 comments - 9 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-12-19 02:23:27
    Who do YOU follow? #DecemberDozen  

    I saw a post over the weekend which included this hashtag, and it got me thinking about WHY we recommend people to others. Despite hearing some people call this place a ghost town, there are in fact a number of very engaging people here in the G+ community. 

    Those of you who've known me since the beta days on here know that I've never been a huge fan of Shared Circles, because too often it seems people globally add the contents without ever reviewing all the individuals contained within. And I think that's perhaps the most important part of the process. Spending time getting to know each person helps in evaluating potential for future interactions. Do we have anything in common? Are we passionate about similar topics?

    I can't deny that in terms of followers, I've definitely benefited from being included in various Circles shared among my peers, colleagues and friends. However, if you've been following me for any length of time, you already know I'm not popular, nor am I considered one of the "cool kids". But the beauty of this platform is that there's something here for everyone, and if you commit yourself to experiencing it organically, I truly believe you'll enjoy your time here.

    My December Dozen

    The people featured below are in no particular order, but grouped by me into categories I feel best describe WHY you may wish to add them to your stream. Some have millions of followers, others have far fewer, but ALL share some common elements: they embrace the good and the bad about the platform, they educate and entertain, and their leadership makes this place interesting for everyone with whom they interact.

    Photography: Education & Inspiration

    +Robin Griggs Wood has been active on G+ since the beginning, and demonstrates daily that she gets what this place is all about. But in addition to being an incredible painter and photographer, she is also an amazing mentor. Working with the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers she challenges everyone to discover their inner Artist, and in the process many learn just as much about themselves as they do about their trade. When she's not teaching or playing (or judging) in +Chrysta Rae's Photography Scavenger Hunt she can sometimes be found stalking seagulls. Despite having millions of followers to keep up with, Robin regularly makes time to interact both on her own page as well as on the profiles of those she follows. I can't imagine she isn't already in your Circles, but if not I promise you'll be glad you added her!

    +Sandra Parlow is another lovely lady I first met through the Scavenger Hunt. She has a great sense of humor, and is always there if you need a helping hand, or simply a (virtual) hug. I could describe how wonderful her images are, but that alone wouldn't provide a full picture of everything she does on G+. In addition to being one of the moderators of the +Behind the Lens: Photo Critique Group she is also a co-curator of the wildly popular +Macro Monday.  But I didn't even get to the best part yet... Sandra is a champion of the undiscovered goobies. She's got some sort of indescribable talent radar, finding unknown artists (many of whom barely have a couple hundred followers) and sharing them with her Circles and Communities. Add her to your stream, and just watch the waves of activity draw you in! (PS. Ask her if there's a particular member of the Northern wildlife she's fond of...)

    +Mark Rodriguez Otherwise known as "Godriguez", this man is not only a Photoshop guru, but an incredibly talented photographer, cartoon creator, and master of the mashup. Although I first met Mark via the Scavenger Hunt (yep, another one!), he is perhaps best known for the +Movie Mashup Tuesday theme. While his innovative designs will draw you in, it's the behind the scenes (BTS) posts that will keep you mesmerized over and over again. For even the most complicated composites, he takes the time to explain his process in bite-sized chunks that even non-photographers can digest and absorb. I'd be here all day if I continued listing his numerous achievements, so just head on over to his page and observe the magic for yourself!

    Music

    ► I could list half a dozen musicians I follow in my own personal Circles, but for the purposes of this post I chose +HEATHER FAY because she's the embodiment of humble celebrity. Just like Robin she has over a million followers, but that doesn't stop her from reaching out to interact with her G+ family on a regular basis. I'm sure she'd be successful with or without this platform, but the fact that she takes us all on the adventure with her is such a blessing for the community. Thanks to her constant sharing, we all get a front row seat as her career continues to blossom. Grab your headphones, and head on over to her post to enjoy the vids and tunes!

    Comedy & Entertainment

    ► If it's fun and/or funny, and is happening anywhere in the G+ universe, you can be sure +matthew rappaport has his finger on the pulse of trending topics. He enlightened me about how to accomplish getting my first +G+ Achievement Unlocked and also regularly coordinates +HIRL activities for NYC and beyond. I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon in person during +The Google + Two Year Anniversary Photowalk and witness his chaotic bursts of endless energy. If you've seen him on Hangouts then you know he has a magnetic personality, always willing to chat about even the most seemingly mundane topics. He's an expert on the Google ecosystem, and when I heard he'd jumped on board +The Huffington Post I knew immediately they definitely picked a winner! I encourage you to browse through his voluminous photo albums, as his unique documentary style will leave you feeling like you actually attended the same event!

    ► Do you sometimes feel like the main stream isn't giving you what you need? If the Google algorithm isn't tweaked to your satisfaction, then take matters into your own hands and add +steph wanamaker to a Circle you check daily. Way before there were hashtags like #GingerThursday  or theme-based communities, she was curating content, sharing highlights from Arts & Entertainment news, to bloopers, birthdays and more. The Ginger Ninja moderates a number of TV and movie communities, including great programming like Sherlock, The Big Bang Theory, and many more incredible Netflix offerings. If you need your daily dose of comedic relief from Canada, don't let the border stand in your way, pop into her stream and be prepared to stay there a while.

    Engaging Conversations & G+ Culture

    ► You can't even begin to have a discussion about G+ engagement without including platform pioneer: +Ayoub Khote.  Active since practically the first day, he is not only a fountain of knowledge about the network, but shares his time and energy educating others about how to enjoy their time here. Whether offering +Google+ Help to those that need it, or providing the weekly #HumpDayHint  Ayoub is constantly interacting from sunrise to sundown and beyond. Understanding the culture of G+ is about more than just posts and followers; it's also about family dynamics, and the relationships we develop while playing together in the Google sandbox. Topics of conversation vary, but after a couple of days you'll definitely find something you can relate to. Then jump right in and participate with his posse in the Question of the Day and other intellectual stimulation.

    ► If you want to know the most popular posts from the past year, or perhaps you just wanna jam out to great tunes all (Friday) night long, +Sean Cowen is your one-stop shop! Get all your news and information in the same convenient place. If you can't find exactly what you're looking for, he can definitely point you in the right direction. I've never been brave enough to wear my heart on my sleeve, but when people talk about Sean you always hear things like selfless, genuine, compassionate, supportive, inspiring. I encourage you to sift through a few of his posts, and I'm confident you will feel like you've known the guy for years. 

     ► Are you the kind of person that takes one day at a time, and lives every moment to the fullest? Or do you seek external inspiration to keep those creative juices flowing? Regardless of the challenges that come his way, +Levi Moore is the epitome of positivity, constantly overcoming any obstacle in his path. While many are probably familiar with his work leading the #abcproject , he also hosts provocative conversations on a variety of interesting topics. The more time you spend in his stream, the more you'll discover what an cool guy he is!

    ► Although barely anyone is using it anymore, +Marc Jansen got me an invitation to Schemer, where in my mind he became an instant superstar when I learned "Hangout with +Jeri Ryan" was a scheme he already crossed off his list! He is a self-proclaimed introvert, but you'd never know it by interacting on his stream. He shares a variety of content, and occasionally delves into deep philosophical debates. One of the enlightening moments for me came while reading comments in a thread he started about lifestyle priorities and career goals. The perspectives shared by all the commenters were incredibly poignant and profound, leaving me with lots of questions about my own life and the decisions guiding my personal and professional pursuits. 

    ► When someone comes to G+ for the first time, they often seek out #gplustips  to figure out the best method to navigate the complex waterway called the stream. From almost the very first day, +Jaana Nyström has been a beacon of engagement, leading by example exploring each new social media tool as it became available here on G+, then immediately sharing her extensive analysis with others, helping to improve the system through constant feedback and experimentation. If you have any questions about how this place works, or what you can hope to get out of spending time here, I highly recommend starting on her page, and you'll feel like an expert in no time!

    +Yifat Cohen is the ever-popular +G+GoTo Gal, with weekly insights about using Hangouts to improve everything from your health to your business bottom line. I find her posts and other resources so helpful because she can pretty much talk about anything to anyone from any walk of life. She is equally comfortable chatting with a regular Joe or a CEO. I haven't yet had the privilege of being coached by her, but it's on my list of goals for 2014, and after you check out the material she shares you'll probably be seeking her advice also!

    ► As co-curator of #TipsyTuesday  and #CoffeeThursday , +Jason Kowing is a man of many talents. But in addition to his photography skills, he makes my list for his entertaining banter on Jas' Question of the Day. When he suggests you interrupt your regularly flowing stream, you just might want to do what he says. The type of questions vary from week to week, but one thing is certain, the responses are guaranteed to either make you laugh or scratch your head or both!

    If you made it this far, Thank You. I hope these suggestions will keep creativity flowing throughout your stream.

    If you did your own #DecemberDozen  post, please share a link to it in the comments below, so everyone can check out your recommendations. If you're not a writer, and would rather just share a few names of folks that would top YOUR list, please feel free to share them in the comments also. Hopefully, we can all take a little time out during this busy Holiday season and get to know someone new...
  • 59 plusses - 46 comments - 9 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-12-19 02:23:27
    Who do YOU follow? #DecemberDozen  

    I saw a post over the weekend which included this hashtag, and it got me thinking about WHY we recommend people to others. Despite hearing some people call this place a ghost town, there are in fact a number of very engaging people here in the G+ community. 

    Those of you who've known me since the beta days on here know that I've never been a huge fan of Shared Circles, because too often it seems people globally add the contents without ever reviewing all the individuals contained within. And I think that's perhaps the most important part of the process. Spending time getting to know each person helps in evaluating potential for future interactions. Do we have anything in common? Are we passionate about similar topics?

    I can't deny that in terms of followers, I've definitely benefited from being included in various Circles shared among my peers, colleagues and friends. However, if you've been following me for any length of time, you already know I'm not popular, nor am I considered one of the "cool kids". But the beauty of this platform is that there's something here for everyone, and if you commit yourself to experiencing it organically, I truly believe you'll enjoy your time here.

    My December Dozen

    The people featured below are in no particular order, but grouped by me into categories I feel best describe WHY you may wish to add them to your stream. Some have millions of followers, others have far fewer, but ALL share some common elements: they embrace the good and the bad about the platform, they educate and entertain, and their leadership makes this place interesting for everyone with whom they interact.

    Photography: Education & Inspiration

    +Robin Griggs Wood has been active on G+ since the beginning, and demonstrates daily that she gets what this place is all about. But in addition to being an incredible painter and photographer, she is also an amazing mentor. Working with the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers she challenges everyone to discover their inner Artist, and in the process many learn just as much about themselves as they do about their trade. When she's not teaching or playing (or judging) in +Chrysta Rae's Photography Scavenger Hunt she can sometimes be found stalking seagulls. Despite having millions of followers to keep up with, Robin regularly makes time to interact both on her own page as well as on the profiles of those she follows. I can't imagine she isn't already in your Circles, but if not I promise you'll be glad you added her!

    +Sandra Parlow is another lovely lady I first met through the Scavenger Hunt. She has a great sense of humor, and is always there if you need a helping hand, or simply a (virtual) hug. I could describe how wonderful her images are, but that alone wouldn't provide a full picture of everything she does on G+. In addition to being one of the moderators of the +Behind the Lens: Photo Critique Group she is also a co-curator of the wildly popular +Macro Monday.  But I didn't even get to the best part yet... Sandra is a champion of the undiscovered goobies. She's got some sort of indescribable talent radar, finding unknown artists (many of whom barely have a couple hundred followers) and sharing them with her Circles and Communities. Add her to your stream, and just watch the waves of activity draw you in! (PS. Ask her if there's a particular member of the Northern wildlife she's fond of...)

    +Mark Rodriguez Otherwise known as "Godriguez", this man is not only a Photoshop guru, but an incredibly talented photographer, cartoon creator, and master of the mashup. Although I first met Mark via the Scavenger Hunt (yep, another one!), he is perhaps best known for the +Movie Mashup Tuesday theme. While his innovative designs will draw you in, it's the behind the scenes (BTS) posts that will keep you mesmerized over and over again. For even the most complicated composites, he takes the time to explain his process in bite-sized chunks that even non-photographers can digest and absorb. I'd be here all day if I continued listing his numerous achievements, so just head on over to his page and observe the magic for yourself!

    Music

    ► I could list half a dozen musicians I follow in my own personal Circles, but for the purposes of this post I chose +HEATHER FAY because she's the embodiment of humble celebrity. Just like Robin she has over a million followers, but that doesn't stop her from reaching out to interact with her G+ family on a regular basis. I'm sure she'd be successful with or without this platform, but the fact that she takes us all on the adventure with her is such a blessing for the community. Thanks to her constant sharing, we all get a front row seat as her career continues to blossom. Grab your headphones, and head on over to her post to enjoy the vids and tunes!

    Comedy & Entertainment

    ► If it's fun and/or funny, and is happening anywhere in the G+ universe, you can be sure +matthew rappaport has his finger on the pulse of trending topics. He enlightened me about how to accomplish getting my first +G+ Achievement Unlocked and also regularly coordinates +HIRL activities for NYC and beyond. I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon in person during +The Google + Two Year Anniversary Photowalk and witness his chaotic bursts of endless energy. If you've seen him on Hangouts then you know he has a magnetic personality, always willing to chat about even the most seemingly mundane topics. He's an expert on the Google ecosystem, and when I heard he'd jumped on board +The Huffington Post I knew immediately they definitely picked a winner! I encourage you to browse through his voluminous photo albums, as his unique documentary style will leave you feeling like you actually attended the same event!

    ► Do you sometimes feel like the main stream isn't giving you what you need? If the Google algorithm isn't tweaked to your satisfaction, then take matters into your own hands and add +steph wanamaker to a Circle you check daily. Way before there were hashtags like #GingerThursday  or theme-based communities, she was curating content, sharing highlights from Arts & Entertainment news, to bloopers, birthdays and more. The Ginger Ninja moderates a number of TV and movie communities, including great programming like Sherlock, The Big Bang Theory, and many more incredible Netflix offerings. If you need your daily dose of comedic relief from Canada, don't let the border stand in your way, pop into her stream and be prepared to stay there a while.

    Engaging Conversations & G+ Culture

    ► You can't even begin to have a discussion about G+ engagement without including platform pioneer: +Ayoub Khote.  Active since practically the first day, he is not only a fountain of knowledge about the network, but shares his time and energy educating others about how to enjoy their time here. Whether offering +Google+ Help to those that need it, or providing the weekly #HumpDayHint  Ayoub is constantly interacting from sunrise to sundown and beyond. Understanding the culture of G+ is about more than just posts and followers; it's also about family dynamics, and the relationships we develop while playing together in the Google sandbox. Topics of conversation vary, but after a couple of days you'll definitely find something you can relate to. Then jump right in and participate with his posse in the Question of the Day and other intellectual stimulation.

    ► If you want to know the most popular posts from the past year, or perhaps you just wanna jam out to great tunes all (Friday) night long, +Sean Cowen is your one-stop shop! Get all your news and information in the same convenient place. If you can't find exactly what you're looking for, he can definitely point you in the right direction. I've never been brave enough to wear my heart on my sleeve, but when people talk about Sean you always hear things like selfless, genuine, compassionate, supportive, inspiring. I encourage you to sift through a few of his posts, and I'm confident you will feel like you've known the guy for years. 

     ► Are you the kind of person that takes one day at a time, and lives every moment to the fullest? Or do you seek external inspiration to keep those creative juices flowing? Regardless of the challenges that come his way, +Levi Moore is the epitome of positivity, constantly overcoming any obstacle in his path. While many are probably familiar with his work leading the #abcproject , he also hosts provocative conversations on a variety of interesting topics. The more time you spend in his stream, the more you'll discover what an cool guy he is!

    ► Although barely anyone is using it anymore, +Marc Jansen got me an invitation to Schemer, where in my mind he became an instant superstar when I learned "Hangout with +Jeri Ryan" was a scheme he already crossed off his list! He is a self-proclaimed introvert, but you'd never know it by interacting on his stream. He shares a variety of content, and occasionally delves into deep philosophical debates. One of the enlightening moments for me came while reading comments in a thread he started about lifestyle priorities and career goals. The perspectives shared by all the commenters were incredibly poignant and profound, leaving me with lots of questions about my own life and the decisions guiding my personal and professional pursuits. 

    ► When someone comes to G+ for the first time, they often seek out #gplustips  to figure out the best method to navigate the complex waterway called the stream. From almost the very first day, +Jaana Nyström has been a beacon of engagement, leading by example exploring each new social media tool as it became available here on G+, then immediately sharing her extensive analysis with others, helping to improve the system through constant feedback and experimentation. If you have any questions about how this place works, or what you can hope to get out of spending time here, I highly recommend starting on her page, and you'll feel like an expert in no time!

    +Yifat Cohen is the ever-popular +G+GoTo Gal, with weekly insights about using Hangouts to improve everything from your health to your business bottom line. I find her posts and other resources so helpful because she can pretty much talk about anything to anyone from any walk of life. She is equally comfortable chatting with a regular Joe or a CEO. I haven't yet had the privilege of being coached by her, but it's on my list of goals for 2014, and after you check out the material she shares you'll probably be seeking her advice also!

    ► As co-curator of #TipsyTuesday  and #CoffeeThursday , +Jason Kowing is a man of many talents. But in addition to his photography skills, he makes my list for his entertaining banter on Jas' Question of the Day. When he suggests you interrupt your regularly flowing stream, you just might want to do what he says. The type of questions vary from week to week, but one thing is certain, the responses are guaranteed to either make you laugh or scratch your head or both!

    If you made it this far, Thank You. I hope these suggestions will keep creativity flowing throughout your stream.

    If you did your own #DecemberDozen  post, please share a link to it in the comments below, so everyone can check out your recommendations. If you're not a writer, and would rather just share a few names of folks that would top YOUR list, please feel free to share them in the comments also. Hopefully, we can all take a little time out during this busy Holiday season and get to know someone new...
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-12-19 02:23:27
    Who do YOU follow? #DecemberDozen  

    I saw a post over the weekend which included this hashtag, and it got me thinking about WHY we recommend people to others. Despite hearing some people call this place a ghost town, there are in fact a number of very engaging people here in the G+ community. 

    Those of you who've known me since the beta days on here know that I've never been a huge fan of Shared Circles, because too often it seems people globally add the contents without ever reviewing all the individuals contained within. And I think that's perhaps the most important part of the process. Spending time getting to know each person helps in evaluating potential for future interactions. Do we have anything in common? Are we passionate about similar topics?

    I can't deny that in terms of followers, I've definitely benefited from being included in various Circles shared among my peers, colleagues and friends. However, if you've been following me for any length of time, you already know I'm not popular, nor am I considered one of the "cool kids". But the beauty of this platform is that there's something here for everyone, and if you commit yourself to experiencing it organically, I truly believe you'll enjoy your time here.

    My December Dozen

    The people featured below are in no particular order, but grouped by me into categories I feel best describe WHY you may wish to add them to your stream. Some have millions of followers, others have far fewer, but ALL share some common elements: they embrace the good and the bad about the platform, they educate and entertain, and their leadership makes this place interesting for everyone with whom they interact.

    Photography: Education & Inspiration

    +Robin Griggs Wood has been active on G+ since the beginning, and demonstrates daily that she gets what this place is all about. But in addition to being an incredible painter and photographer, she is also an amazing mentor. Working with the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers she challenges everyone to discover their inner Artist, and in the process many learn just as much about themselves as they do about their trade. When she's not teaching or playing (or judging) in +Chrysta Rae's Photography Scavenger Hunt she can sometimes be found stalking seagulls. Despite having millions of followers to keep up with, Robin regularly makes time to interact both on her own page as well as on the profiles of those she follows. I can't imagine she isn't already in your Circles, but if not I promise you'll be glad you added her!

    +Sandra Parlow is another lovely lady I first met through the Scavenger Hunt. She has a great sense of humor, and is always there if you need a helping hand, or simply a (virtual) hug. I could describe how wonderful her images are, but that alone wouldn't provide a full picture of everything she does on G+. In addition to being one of the moderators of the +Behind the Lens: Photo Critique Group she is also a co-curator of the wildly popular +Macro Monday.  But I didn't even get to the best part yet... Sandra is a champion of the undiscovered goobies. She's got some sort of indescribable talent radar, finding unknown artists (many of whom barely have a couple hundred followers) and sharing them with her Circles and Communities. Add her to your stream, and just watch the waves of activity draw you in! (PS. Ask her if there's a particular member of the Northern wildlife she's fond of...)

    +Mark Rodriguez Otherwise known as "Godriguez", this man is not only a Photoshop guru, but an incredibly talented photographer, cartoon creator, and master of the mashup. Although I first met Mark via the Scavenger Hunt (yep, another one!), he is perhaps best known for the +Movie Mashup Tuesday theme. While his innovative designs will draw you in, it's the behind the scenes (BTS) posts that will keep you mesmerized over and over again. For even the most complicated composites, he takes the time to explain his process in bite-sized chunks that even non-photographers can digest and absorb. I'd be here all day if I continued listing his numerous achievements, so just head on over to his page and observe the magic for yourself!

    Music

    ► I could list half a dozen musicians I follow in my own personal Circles, but for the purposes of this post I chose +HEATHER FAY because she's the embodiment of humble celebrity. Just like Robin she has over a million followers, but that doesn't stop her from reaching out to interact with her G+ family on a regular basis. I'm sure she'd be successful with or without this platform, but the fact that she takes us all on the adventure with her is such a blessing for the community. Thanks to her constant sharing, we all get a front row seat as her career continues to blossom. Grab your headphones, and head on over to her post to enjoy the vids and tunes!

    Comedy & Entertainment

    ► If it's fun and/or funny, and is happening anywhere in the G+ universe, you can be sure +matthew rappaport has his finger on the pulse of trending topics. He enlightened me about how to accomplish getting my first +G+ Achievement Unlocked and also regularly coordinates +HIRL activities for NYC and beyond. I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon in person during +The Google + Two Year Anniversary Photowalk and witness his chaotic bursts of endless energy. If you've seen him on Hangouts then you know he has a magnetic personality, always willing to chat about even the most seemingly mundane topics. He's an expert on the Google ecosystem, and when I heard he'd jumped on board +The Huffington Post I knew immediately they definitely picked a winner! I encourage you to browse through his voluminous photo albums, as his unique documentary style will leave you feeling like you actually attended the same event!

    ► Do you sometimes feel like the main stream isn't giving you what you need? If the Google algorithm isn't tweaked to your satisfaction, then take matters into your own hands and add +steph wanamaker to a Circle you check daily. Way before there were hashtags like #GingerThursday  or theme-based communities, she was curating content, sharing highlights from Arts & Entertainment news, to bloopers, birthdays and more. The Ginger Ninja moderates a number of TV and movie communities, including great programming like Sherlock, The Big Bang Theory, and many more incredible Netflix offerings. If you need your daily dose of comedic relief from Canada, don't let the border stand in your way, pop into her stream and be prepared to stay there a while.

    Engaging Conversations & G+ Culture

    ► You can't even begin to have a discussion about G+ engagement without including platform pioneer: +Ayoub Khote.  Active since practically the first day, he is not only a fountain of knowledge about the network, but shares his time and energy educating others about how to enjoy their time here. Whether offering +Google+ Help to those that need it, or providing the weekly #HumpDayHint  Ayoub is constantly interacting from sunrise to sundown and beyond. Understanding the culture of G+ is about more than just posts and followers; it's also about family dynamics, and the relationships we develop while playing together in the Google sandbox. Topics of conversation vary, but after a couple of days you'll definitely find something you can relate to. Then jump right in and participate with his posse in the Question of the Day and other intellectual stimulation.

    ► If you want to know the most popular posts from the past year, or perhaps you just wanna jam out to great tunes all (Friday) night long, +Sean Cowen is your one-stop shop! Get all your news and information in the same convenient place. If you can't find exactly what you're looking for, he can definitely point you in the right direction. I've never been brave enough to wear my heart on my sleeve, but when people talk about Sean you always hear things like selfless, genuine, compassionate, supportive, inspiring. I encourage you to sift through a few of his posts, and I'm confident you will feel like you've known the guy for years. 

     ► Are you the kind of person that takes one day at a time, and lives every moment to the fullest? Or do you seek external inspiration to keep those creative juices flowing? Regardless of the challenges that come his way, +Levi Moore is the epitome of positivity, constantly overcoming any obstacle in his path. While many are probably familiar with his work leading the #abcproject , he also hosts provocative conversations on a variety of interesting topics. The more time you spend in his stream, the more you'll discover what an cool guy he is!

    ► Although barely anyone is using it anymore, +Marc Jansen got me an invitation to Schemer, where in my mind he became an instant superstar when I learned "Hangout with +Jeri Ryan" was a scheme he already crossed off his list! He is a self-proclaimed introvert, but you'd never know it by interacting on his stream. He shares a variety of content, and occasionally delves into deep philosophical debates. One of the enlightening moments for me came while reading comments in a thread he started about lifestyle priorities and career goals. The perspectives shared by all the commenters were incredibly poignant and profound, leaving me with lots of questions about my own life and the decisions guiding my personal and professional pursuits. 

    ► When someone comes to G+ for the first time, they often seek out #gplustips  to figure out the best method to navigate the complex waterway called the stream. From almost the very first day, +Jaana Nyström has been a beacon of engagement, leading by example exploring each new social media tool as it became available here on G+, then immediately sharing her extensive analysis with others, helping to improve the system through constant feedback and experimentation. If you have any questions about how this place works, or what you can hope to get out of spending time here, I highly recommend starting on her page, and you'll feel like an expert in no time!

    +Yifat Cohen is the ever-popular +G+GoTo Gal, with weekly insights about using Hangouts to improve everything from your health to your business bottom line. I find her posts and other resources so helpful because she can pretty much talk about anything to anyone from any walk of life. She is equally comfortable chatting with a regular Joe or a CEO. I haven't yet had the privilege of being coached by her, but it's on my list of goals for 2014, and after you check out the material she shares you'll probably be seeking her advice also!

    ► As co-curator of #TipsyTuesday  and #CoffeeThursday , +Jason Kowing is a man of many talents. But in addition to his photography skills, he makes my list for his entertaining banter on Jas' Question of the Day. When he suggests you interrupt your regularly flowing stream, you just might want to do what he says. The type of questions vary from week to week, but one thing is certain, the responses are guaranteed to either make you laugh or scratch your head or both!

    If you made it this far, Thank You. I hope these suggestions will keep creativity flowing throughout your stream.

    If you did your own #DecemberDozen  post, please share a link to it in the comments below, so everyone can check out your recommendations. If you're not a writer, and would rather just share a few names of folks that would top YOUR list, please feel free to share them in the comments also. Hopefully, we can all take a little time out during this busy Holiday season and get to know someone new...
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-12-14 14:37:41
    "In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this." ~Terry Pratchett


    ========================= 


    Here's another quick snap from our San Juan adventures recently. At the end of the trail as we exited the El Yunque rainforest, there were wild kittens wandering the parking lot, presumably looking for scraps of food left by tourists. However, this little feline had such an intense stare, something tells me she was perhaps thinking about more than just her next meal...

    Happy Caturday!


    ========================= 


    +CATURDAY! curated by +Christophe Friedli +Lee Daniels +Shantha Marie Fountain +Cicely Robin Laing #CATURDAY #caturdayeveryday  

    +HQSP Animals curated by +Claire Jennings +Krystina Isabella Brion +Delcour Eric #hqspanimals
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-12-14 14:37:41
    "In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this." ~Terry Pratchett


    ========================= 


    Here's another quick snap from our San Juan adventures recently. At the end of the trail as we exited the El Yunque rainforest, there were wild kittens wandering the parking lot, presumably looking for scraps of food left by tourists. However, this little feline had such an intense stare, something tells me she was perhaps thinking about more than just her next meal...

    Happy Caturday!


    ========================= 


    +CATURDAY! curated by +Christophe Friedli +Lee Daniels +Shantha Marie Fountain +Cicely Robin Laing #CATURDAY #caturdayeveryday  

    +HQSP Animals curated by +Claire Jennings +Krystina Isabella Brion +Delcour Eric #hqspanimals
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-12-14 14:37:41
    "In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this." ~Terry Pratchett


    ========================= 


    Here's another quick snap from our San Juan adventures recently. At the end of the trail as we exited the El Yunque rainforest, there were wild kittens wandering the parking lot, presumably looking for scraps of food left by tourists. However, this little feline had such an intense stare, something tells me she was perhaps thinking about more than just her next meal...

    Happy Caturday!


    ========================= 


    +CATURDAY! curated by +Christophe Friedli +Lee Daniels +Shantha Marie Fountain +Cicely Robin Laing #CATURDAY #caturdayeveryday  

    +HQSP Animals curated by +Claire Jennings +Krystina Isabella Brion +Delcour Eric #hqspanimals
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-12-14 14:37:41
    "In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this." ~Terry Pratchett


    ========================= 


    Here's another quick snap from our San Juan adventures recently. At the end of the trail as we exited the El Yunque rainforest, there were wild kittens wandering the parking lot, presumably looking for scraps of food left by tourists. However, this little feline had such an intense stare, something tells me she was perhaps thinking about more than just her next meal...

    Happy Caturday!


    ========================= 


    +CATURDAY! curated by +Christophe Friedli +Lee Daniels +Shantha Marie Fountain +Cicely Robin Laing #CATURDAY #caturdayeveryday  

    +HQSP Animals curated by +Claire Jennings +Krystina Isabella Brion +Delcour Eric #hqspanimals
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-12-14 14:37:41
    "In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this." ~Terry Pratchett


    ========================= 


    Here's another quick snap from our San Juan adventures recently. At the end of the trail as we exited the El Yunque rainforest, there were wild kittens wandering the parking lot, presumably looking for scraps of food left by tourists. However, this little feline had such an intense stare, something tells me she was perhaps thinking about more than just her next meal...

    Happy Caturday!


    ========================= 


    +CATURDAY! curated by +Christophe Friedli +Lee Daniels +Shantha Marie Fountain +Cicely Robin Laing #CATURDAY #caturdayeveryday  

    +HQSP Animals curated by +Claire Jennings +Krystina Isabella Brion +Delcour Eric #hqspanimals
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  • Shannon Adelson2014-04-06 23:17:47
    Are the streets of your town safe?

    Cosplay actors from all around the East Coast gathered in New Hope, Pennsylvania yesterday for the Steampunk Fantasy Faire. There was a wide variety of costumes, ranging from traditional elements reminiscent of the industrial revolution all the way to modern day steampunk pirates. 

    I attended the event with other photographers from the +Drink and Click™ Philadelphia posse, and although I didn't get much drinking done, I grabbed a bunch of character portraits. I'll be editing over the next few days to share with you all, and also looking forward to seeing the imagery from fellow shooters +Jeremy Albright +Nancy Battis Vita +Alan Allum +dPHender son and +Rachael Switalski. Unfortunately I wasn't able to stay for dinner, and missed the opportunity to catch up with +rich e. miller +reggie miller and +Stacey Heritage, a deficiency I hope to rectify in the near future.

    I knew very little about the steampunk movement before yesterday, but I learned quite a lot hanging out after the performance with the cast and crew of one of the theatre troupes. Many of the actors and actresses actually make their own costumes, which were quite interesting and detailed. I saw lots of gears and goggles, belts, buttons and weaponry of all shapes and sizes. In the coming days I'll share additional shots of what I witnessed. In the meantime, make sure to check out the streams of all the other shooters above, as I expect they'll have documented the festivities even better than I.

    If you live or work in the greater Philadelphia area, it would be awesome to see you at one of these events, so make sure to add +Drink and Click™ Philadelphia to your circles, and keep an eye on their page for updates on events and activities like the one yesterday.
    http://goo.gl/RDUmzs

    #steampunk   #steampunkfashion   #cosplay   #fantasy  
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  • Shannon Adelson2014-04-06 23:17:47
    Are the streets of your town safe?

    Cosplay actors from all around the East Coast gathered in New Hope, Pennsylvania yesterday for the Steampunk Fantasy Faire. There was a wide variety of costumes, ranging from traditional elements reminiscent of the industrial revolution all the way to modern day steampunk pirates. 

    I attended the event with other photographers from the +Drink and Click™ Philadelphia posse, and although I didn't get much drinking done, I grabbed a bunch of character portraits. I'll be editing over the next few days to share with you all, and also looking forward to seeing the imagery from fellow shooters +Jeremy Albright +Nancy Battis Vita +Alan Allum +dPHender son and +Rachael Switalski. Unfortunately I wasn't able to stay for dinner, and missed the opportunity to catch up with +rich e. miller +reggie miller and +Stacey Heritage, a deficiency I hope to rectify in the near future.

    I knew very little about the steampunk movement before yesterday, but I learned quite a lot hanging out after the performance with the cast and crew of one of the theatre troupes. Many of the actors and actresses actually make their own costumes, which were quite interesting and detailed. I saw lots of gears and goggles, belts, buttons and weaponry of all shapes and sizes. In the coming days I'll share additional shots of what I witnessed. In the meantime, make sure to check out the streams of all the other shooters above, as I expect they'll have documented the festivities even better than I.

    If you live or work in the greater Philadelphia area, it would be awesome to see you at one of these events, so make sure to add +Drink and Click™ Philadelphia to your circles, and keep an eye on their page for updates on events and activities like the one yesterday.
    http://goo.gl/RDUmzs

    #steampunk   #steampunkfashion   #cosplay   #fantasy  
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  • Shannon Adelson2014-04-06 23:17:47
    Are the streets of your town safe?

    Cosplay actors from all around the East Coast gathered in New Hope, Pennsylvania yesterday for the Steampunk Fantasy Faire. There was a wide variety of costumes, ranging from traditional elements reminiscent of the industrial revolution all the way to modern day steampunk pirates. 

    I attended the event with other photographers from the +Drink and Click™ Philadelphia posse, and although I didn't get much drinking done, I grabbed a bunch of character portraits. I'll be editing over the next few days to share with you all, and also looking forward to seeing the imagery from fellow shooters +Jeremy Albright +Nancy Battis Vita +Alan Allum +dPHender son and +Rachael Switalski. Unfortunately I wasn't able to stay for dinner, and missed the opportunity to catch up with +rich e. miller +reggie miller and +Stacey Heritage, a deficiency I hope to rectify in the near future.

    I knew very little about the steampunk movement before yesterday, but I learned quite a lot hanging out after the performance with the cast and crew of one of the theatre troupes. Many of the actors and actresses actually make their own costumes, which were quite interesting and detailed. I saw lots of gears and goggles, belts, buttons and weaponry of all shapes and sizes. In the coming days I'll share additional shots of what I witnessed. In the meantime, make sure to check out the streams of all the other shooters above, as I expect they'll have documented the festivities even better than I.

    If you live or work in the greater Philadelphia area, it would be awesome to see you at one of these events, so make sure to add +Drink and Click™ Philadelphia to your circles, and keep an eye on their page for updates on events and activities like the one yesterday.
    http://goo.gl/RDUmzs

    #steampunk   #steampunkfashion   #cosplay   #fantasy  
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  • Shannon Adelson2014-04-06 23:17:47
    Are the streets of your town safe?

    Cosplay actors from all around the East Coast gathered in New Hope, Pennsylvania yesterday for the Steampunk Fantasy Faire. There was a wide variety of costumes, ranging from traditional elements reminiscent of the industrial revolution all the way to modern day steampunk pirates. 

    I attended the event with other photographers from the +Drink and Click™ Philadelphia posse, and although I didn't get much drinking done, I grabbed a bunch of character portraits. I'll be editing over the next few days to share with you all, and also looking forward to seeing the imagery from fellow shooters +Jeremy Albright +Nancy Battis Vita +Alan Allum +dPHender son and +Rachael Switalski. Unfortunately I wasn't able to stay for dinner, and missed the opportunity to catch up with +rich e. miller +reggie miller and +Stacey Heritage, a deficiency I hope to rectify in the near future.

    I knew very little about the steampunk movement before yesterday, but I learned quite a lot hanging out after the performance with the cast and crew of one of the theatre troupes. Many of the actors and actresses actually make their own costumes, which were quite interesting and detailed. I saw lots of gears and goggles, belts, buttons and weaponry of all shapes and sizes. In the coming days I'll share additional shots of what I witnessed. In the meantime, make sure to check out the streams of all the other shooters above, as I expect they'll have documented the festivities even better than I.

    If you live or work in the greater Philadelphia area, it would be awesome to see you at one of these events, so make sure to add +Drink and Click™ Philadelphia to your circles, and keep an eye on their page for updates on events and activities like the one yesterday.
    http://goo.gl/RDUmzs

    #steampunk   #steampunkfashion   #cosplay   #fantasy  
  • 88 plusses - 17 comments - 3 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2014-04-06 23:17:47
    Are the streets of your town safe?

    Cosplay actors from all around the East Coast gathered in New Hope, Pennsylvania yesterday for the Steampunk Fantasy Faire. There was a wide variety of costumes, ranging from traditional elements reminiscent of the industrial revolution all the way to modern day steampunk pirates. 

    I attended the event with other photographers from the +Drink and Click™ Philadelphia posse, and although I didn't get much drinking done, I grabbed a bunch of character portraits. I'll be editing over the next few days to share with you all, and also looking forward to seeing the imagery from fellow shooters +Jeremy Albright +Nancy Battis Vita +Alan Allum +dPHender son and +Rachael Switalski. Unfortunately I wasn't able to stay for dinner, and missed the opportunity to catch up with +rich e. miller +reggie miller and +Stacey Heritage, a deficiency I hope to rectify in the near future.

    I knew very little about the steampunk movement before yesterday, but I learned quite a lot hanging out after the performance with the cast and crew of one of the theatre troupes. Many of the actors and actresses actually make their own costumes, which were quite interesting and detailed. I saw lots of gears and goggles, belts, buttons and weaponry of all shapes and sizes. In the coming days I'll share additional shots of what I witnessed. In the meantime, make sure to check out the streams of all the other shooters above, as I expect they'll have documented the festivities even better than I.

    If you live or work in the greater Philadelphia area, it would be awesome to see you at one of these events, so make sure to add +Drink and Click™ Philadelphia to your circles, and keep an eye on their page for updates on events and activities like the one yesterday.
    http://goo.gl/RDUmzs

    #steampunk   #steampunkfashion   #cosplay   #fantasy  
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  • Shannon Adelson2014-06-06 18:25:37
    "Thy fate is the common fate of all; Into each life some rain must fall."
    ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



    Well, it only took me two months to finally get my act together. But after encouragement from some of my colleagues here in this community, I am happy to report that I will be joining the +GenStockPhoto family as a stock contributor. Many thanks to +Matthew Shuey and +Theresa Puerto for the opportunity to participate in this stock photo journey. I am looking forward to what I'm sure will be an exciting adventure!

    I feel very blessed to have been accepted into this prestigious group of artists, and thrilled to be working along so many people I respect and admire including: +Brad Sloan +Christin McLeod +J. Rae Chip +Kelly Richards +Lauri Novak +Martin Heller +Mandy Sloan +Nancy Levan +Saji Saju +Ricardo Williams +Shantha Marie Fountain and +Tom Tran.

    Last but not least, I want to offer a special shoutout to +Erin A.D. whose incredibly sensual flower shots are a huge inspiration. I hope I'm able to rise to the demanding standards you've set in that category, making floral art that's spectacular and sexy!



     +FloralFriday curated by +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Eustace James +Kiki Nelson #floralfriday
    #flowerphotography   #floralphotography  
    +ColorsOnFriday curated by +Karsten Meyer +Britta Rogge #ColorsOnFriday
    +HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +Kawthar A +Krystina Isabella Brion +Maria B-R +Zita Nahm +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Dominik Horvath #hqspflowers
    +Rainy Day Photos curated by +Angie Davila
    +FLOWER POWER curated by +Edith Kukla #flowerpower
    +AllThingsOrange curated by +Nina Piccoli +Kenneth Williams +Lauren Kelly #allthingsorange
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