190: Somebody come and play

(Playing in Picnik.com)

The real joy of life is in its play.  Play is anything we do for the joy and love of doing it, apart from any profit, compulsion, or sense of duty.  It is the real living of life with the feeling of freedom and self-expression.  Play is the business of childhood, and its continuation in later years is the prolongation of youth.

~ Walter Rauschenbusch

When I was, oh, about 11 or so, my youngest brother received a Sesame Street album (vinyl, in those days) for Christmas.  It was his favorite thing to listen to, and it got more play time than a #1 hit on the pop charts on the radio.

(The original, pre-Picnik, version)

While going through my snow shots from yesterday, I found some photos that begged for somebody to come and play.  I took them to Picnik.com via Picasa, and while I was playing I thought of the song “Somebody Come and Play” from the Sesame Street Album.  I have a thing for song lyrics.  They stick in my head.  And I’m almost willing to bet that I know most of the song lyrics from most of the songs on that album.  (That explains, by the way, why I can’t remember simple nouns, where I put things, and people’s names.  My memory is filled with song lyrics that refuse to go into the recycle bin.)  At any rate, the song is now firmly stuck in my head.

(Pine trees marching up the hill.)

I know it is customary to reveal the secrets behind the editing.  It’s not that I want to keep secrets.  I wouldn’t mind at all telling you what I did to arrive at the final photo.  Except…  it was play.  No notes.  No cares.  No worries.  Just play.  I have no idea how I arrived at my destination with each photo, but I sure enjoyed the getting there.

(Entrance to the woods.)

I’ve been invited to play something else, too.  Perhaps I should rephrase that.  I have been honored with, and incredibly flattered by, the gift of the Versatile Blogger Award.

Who? Me? Thank you!

Rapunzel/Christine and Holly (who are well-deserved recipients of the same award) have each honored me with this award.  Thank you, thank you.  I truly am grateful that you think so much of me and my blog, and appreciate the honor of having you share this with me.

Those who have been visiting my blog for a while know I don’t play by the rules.  Once bitten, twice shy, so the saying goes.  And I have been bitten by passing on an award.  Would you believe there are some bloggers who don’t like receiving blog awards?  It’s true.  They get grumpy about this sort of thing.

So.  I will not be posting or following the rules.  I have posted 7 random facts about myself so many times that I’m not sure there are any left to share that are within my sharing limits (some things are not meant to be blogged about in any way, shape, or form).  Just in case you want to read 7 random facts (or something of that nature) about me, here are a few of my past posts on that subject:

I am now going to bestow the award on all of my blogging friends and visitors because I happen to think you are all wonderful, versatile, bloggers.  Everyone has something different and special to offer, and it would be very difficult to choose from amongst such a great group (even if I were so inclined).  Feel free to pick up your award, and follow your own rules.

Thank you, again, to Christine and Holly.  🙂

Today’s Outdoor Adventures

…were mostly about doing chores and getting a little exercise.  The day started out gray with snow flurries, but the clouds have moved in and out giving us the occasional sunny spells.  It’s warmer than it has been, too.  In the 40s.  Heat wave!

(A pair of geese on the pond.)

P.S.  I see WordPress is playing today, too.  I love the little April Fool’s joke.  Did you catch it?  I’ll give you a hint.  Look at your Dashboard.

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33 Comments on “190: Somebody come and play”

  1. Tammy McLeod says:

    That’s an amazing array of scenery and seasons.

  2. Bo Mackison says:

    Looks like the start of a great winter/Christmas card collection. Or maybe you should send them as a belated April Fools!

  3. When I glanced at my dashboard earlier today, I assumed I must have been Freshly Pressed or something–NOT! Damn, April Fools!

    • Robin says:

      I thought of Freshly Pressed too, Kathy. But it changed so quickly that I couldn’t figure out how even that would account for it.

      Ah well. It was fun. 🙂

  4. milkayphoto says:

    You play very well. 🙂

    Don’t notice anything different about my Dashboard…

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Tracy. 🙂

      Check your stats. I noticed it on the dashboard and on my stats page earlier, but now it seems it’s just on the stats page.

      • milkayphoto says:

        Ah, I see it now. Don’t typically pay all that much to stats, but I can imagine the shock and awe (and then disappointment) some must have felt today!

        On our local radio station, they were broadcasting ads for ‘ugly baby cosmetic surgery’. You would not believe the irate people calling in who didn’t GET that it was (obviously) an April Fool’s joke!

  5. I love today’s quote, Robin; it reminds me of something we talked about in one my classes a couple of years ago, and we also said that when children play they create worlds, and we as adults can do it, too. I think I’ve done it with photography. This would be a completely opposite idea from the common assumption that playing is not at all serious.
    I love the snowy shots and the look you’ve given them in Picnic. Can I be greedy and say I want more? Pretty please?

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, SunsetSeaSoul. 🙂

      I’ll see what I can do about bring you some more snowy shots. Hopefully I can pull some from the archives. I’d rather do that than have it snow again. 😀

  6. SWK says:

    These winter shots are really striking… makes me forget how miserable winter is.

  7. Anna says:

    Goodness, I love each photo and how each are processed. Lovely, lovely! You do play very well as another commented. Congrats on the award! 🙂

  8. subha says:

    i love these pictures robin. i especially like the first one and the “entrance to woods” = you are right, it is so fun to play with our pictures…which I feel like we often forget to do!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Subha. 🙂

      I know what you mean. Sometimes we take what should be fun far too seriously. Play is good for the soul. 😀

  9. Marcie says:

    These are stunning!! Wonderful April Fool’s joke – HA!

  10. ladyfi says:

    I must have missed the April Fool’s joke.

    These photos are magical!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, LadyFi. 🙂

      WordPress increased the stats for a few hours so if looked as though you had 600 hits, but if you moused over the bar on the graph, you got the “April Fool!” message with the real stats.

  11. Karma says:

    While I still say winter really and truly needs to go away, I think “Entrance to the woods” is especially lovely.
    What was the WordPress April Fool? I missed it.

    • Robin says:

      WordPress played around with the stats, Karma, making it appear as if you had 600 hits, but mousing over the bar on the graph revealed it was an April Fool’s joke.

      Thank you! 🙂

  12. penpusherpen says:

    Love the Entrance into The Woods, photo Robin, you know when Bess was able, we used to walk miles through the local woods, and there were two saplings in the middles of a rough path, and my mind decided they were a gateway to a different dimension, and we BOTH had to go though together or else be separated for ever, MY did I have fun trying to guide her through with me, she didn’t want to play my game. I often wonder, did I get through and maybe this ‘copy’ of me has changed in some way? Just a stray memory brought on by your photo’s. Now there’s one of 7 things you didn’t know about me.. completely bonkers!! 😉 xPenx

  13. Marianne says:

    Oh. My. Robin. Looks like you had a very wonderful play-time. Your photos are really interesting. I love the quote as well. Playing is definitely something I need to do more of.

  14. Kathy says:

    What lovely play! Oh you did such a good job playing. 🙂 Magical photos… I did notice that WordPress was playing jokes on us. I went over to the forums and people were grousing and carrying on saying, “THIS IS NOT A JOKE!” I giggled. I thought it was a joke, didn’t you?

    • Robin says:

      I enjoyed the WordPress April Fool’s joke immensely, Kathy. I thought it was clever. And it was nice, for a split second, to think I had all those visitors in a ridiculously short period of time.

      Thanks, Kathy. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. And the joke played on us by WP. It’s always nice to find someone who shares a laugh with me. 🙂

  15. Barbara Rodgers says:

    Loving “Entrance to the woods!”

  16. I like how they turned ou, especially the first one.


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