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Gretchen Chappelle has been shared in 183 public circles

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Rusty Ferguson0۝►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►The Power Ball, V7 from +Rusty FergusonNew Version 4-24-14 To Improve Your Engagement & Stream◄◄◄◄◄◄◄◄◄◄◄◄◄◄◄◄◄◄◄◄۝A good shared circle will not only help you to grow your following and increase your engagement, it will also provide you with some quality people that you will be happy to have in your stream. For that reason, I have about 100 people in this circle that I would almost bet you will not share this circle. I also will not add everyone that shares my circle to my shared circles. I have a massive database of trolls and spammers. I am constantly updating that.  They are not here.  It includes about 4000 people. It is constantly updated.  Send people in my circles or communities invites and other spam and you’ll soon find yourself blocked. If they are not following you, I really dislike that.  If you’re doing it, I will know and you will soon be gone.I don’t need to be the number one most shared circle to the point that it means loading you up with a ton of people I wouldn’t follow. I won’t do it.This is a circle made up of mostly of those that are known to share circles. However there are also over 100 profiles with incredible content or promote worthy causes. Most profiles are from those that have shared my circles in the past.To remain in this Circle do this:Plus this post.   Comment on this postShare this CircleAdd this Circle to your circles When you get re-shares of circles that you share, you’ll find that you are in more circles.  It is in your best interest to share it to your stream and tell others about the benefits of shared circles. Are You New to Circle Sharing?Here are some quick tips for you. When you add a circle, many of the people in it will add you back.  Many more will if you have a profile picture of your face. To further improve on that complete your tagline and employment fields found in your profile. Instead of saying you work for IBM or Walgreen’s tell us something about you in that field. What you do at your job or what you’d like to do. It doesn’t matter. What I want to know is what you are interested in on Google Plus.  You’re profile should tell us about what kinds of post you make.The other day, someone told me some of the people that add the circle will delete it. She’s right, they will. So what you need to do is engage with the people you add. Leave comments on their post. When you do your name shows up and if you keep doing it you will get their attention and even those that delete will keep you in their circles more often. Those that don’t, probably are not worth your efforts.Also, for those post that you like or think your audience (followers and potential followers) will enjoy, share those post. When you share another person’s post you should plus tag the person that shared and it and the person that originally posted it. If you don’t do this, they will likely never know you shared it. If they do know they might come by and plus or comment on your share. How do you plus tag? Type the plus sign and then without a space start typing their name. This works best if you add them to your circles before you plus tag them. As you type their name, G+ will offer suggestions of people on G+. When it finds the person you just circled, click their name and you’re done. Now they should get a notification that you mentioned them in a post and they can go straight to your post and view your profile. Google wouldn’t be showing us the number of profile views if it wasn’t important. Google is trying to get us to improve our postings. I believe that’s the main reason they recently add2014-04-24 14:03:33454124110119CC G+
Gailen Mapes0Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera  C-E - 24 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to April 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting March 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-04-24 10:21:54178001CC G+
John Nuntiatio0#circles #share #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news 2014-04-17 06:46:35484247CC G+
steph wanamaker101,611#followfriday   #australianpeeps  thanks very much to paul sneddon for sharing his circle with me ! any australians I didn't include let me know!Happy Friday!2014-04-11 20:35:49202305CC G+
Photo Mania Global7,781Here is the +Photo Mania Global   Best of the Best Photographers circle for March.All photographers in this circle had their incredible photographs selected and shared on one of the following theme pages (+Photo Mania Australia , +Photo Mania Canada , +Photo Mania France , +Photo Mania Germany , +Foto Mania Italia , +Photo Mania Japan , +Photo Mania Poland , +Photo Mania Portugal , +Photo Mania South Asia , +Photo Mania Schweiz and +Photo Mania USA ). Then from those daily streams, one best of the best photos was selected from each country to be shared on the +Photo Mania Global page.If you want to follow amazing photographers, we highly recommend that you add this circle. Also included in this circle are all of the excellent and hard working Curators of these fine pages and Photo Mania Global.Enjoy have fun & be happy :))Chandro Ji2014-04-01 03:04:54232141515CC G+
Gailen Mapes61,224 Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera  C-E - 24 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to March 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting Feburary 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-03-24 10:48:341686111CC G+
Gene Bowker66,115 The   #Alphabetcircles   Gene's Active Photographers on G+ Part Two: First Name D-GMeet 250+ more ACTIVE G+ photographers with First Names betweenD and G.It's that time again, I've been doing Spring Cleaning even though it isn't Spring officially yet here and going through my photography circles again to check out what folks have been sharing and see who is still active on G+.I've visited each of the folks included in this circles within the last week and they have been active in the last month (or so) and regularly post their OWN photography.They come from all over the world and their styles vary as much as their choice of equipment and subject matter.There are a lot of folks in here that I've been friends with for years, but there are also a lot of newer folks who you've probably not met yet and who I am looking forward to getting to know better myself.My Selection Criteria1. Actively posting photos on G+2. We circle each other3. Primarily post their OWN photography (that's a judgement call on my part)4. "Safe for work" (another judgement call)Why you should follow them?1. Add active photographers to your stream without a lot of inactive accounts.2. Find some new folks to interact with who are ACTIVE on G+As always.. if you do add them.. the best way to do that is to create a new circle and that way you can watch it and decide if they fit with you or notNot in here?1. Maybe we haven't met yet?  If so, I'd love to hear from you and I'll be sure to check out your stream. Be sure to circle me if you haven't as I check those who add me regularly.2. Maybe you don't post public? If not, there is a good chance that you looked inactive to me.3. Maybe you don't post "primarily" photography... once again that is subjective.Feel free to reshare with your friends if you want, but there are NO requirements to be in this circle except for the criteria above.I'm slowly going through the rest of the Alphabet and as I complete each section I'll be sharing them in this series.  If you follow along you can easily add 1000+ photographers to your stream too.Gene Bowker+Rusted Rail Images Part One: A-C https://plus.google.com/u/0/111112809838472063992/posts/1KejHoGGhBz2014-03-12 11:15:49268881774CC G+
Nick Scholl2,797Are you a musical person? Do you like musical people? Then this is the  #sharedcircle for you! #musicmonday   #musicians   #googleplusmusic   #indiemusic   #music   #sharedcircles   #awesomepeople   #circleshare   #circlesharing  2014-03-10 21:29:16234012CC G+
Природный Камень ★★★ Айташ ★★★0Делюсь #share #sharedcircles  2014-02-27 10:46:11392102CC G+
Gailen Mapes59,979Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera C-E  - 24 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to January 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting December 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-02-24 12:13:22162609CC G+
Eric Hege19,678Photographers Circle A-JThis is A-J (last names) of my current Photography Circle. Most of these people should be very active, and they post some really great images encompassing about any subject matter you could think of!Add them to your circles, and feel free to share this circle. I'll publish K-Z of my Photography Circle tomorrow.2014-02-18 22:01:3135412112CC G+
Scott Dawson4,241It's the weekend! Here's my Circle of New People on Google+  to share with all of you. This Circle is made up of new people I've circled in the past few weeks on Google+.To help build some engagement on Google+ & this Circle I ask that everyone who is in this circle share a recent post of their own, or one you've shared in the last week by adding a link to it in the comments.Doing so, will give us all an opportunity to connect and share with other active Google+ users.If you were notified then you are in this circle.I look forward to checking out your favorite posts that I might have missed!There's no requirement to share, +1 or Comment but it's always appreciated if you do.Have a great Saturday everyone!#sharedcircles  2014-02-08 15:06:03462241430CC G+
Scott Dawson3,845Happy Superbowl Sunday everyone!  Here's a Circle of New People I've circled recently on Google+  to share with all of you.To help build some engagement on Google+ & this Circle I ask that everyone who is in this circle share a recent post of their own by adding a link to it in the comments.Doing so, will give us all an opportunity to connect and share with other active Google+ users.If you were notified then you are in this circle.I look forward to checking out some of your favorite posts that I might have missed!Enjoy your Sunday!#sharedcircles  2014-02-02 14:35:09476291733CC G+
Corlis Gray97+Scott Dawson shared this circle of new people.Add them and many will follow you back. #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedpublicircles  2014-01-25 20:29:53483141121CC G+
Gailen Mapes58,610Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera C-E - 24 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to January 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting December 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-01-24 11:43:33167526CC G+
Artur M.36,029A Very Social CircleКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+circle of people, with active life position in Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра. #forfriends  2014-01-23 12:29:58459502977CC G+
Daniel Mihai Popescu33,142An Experiment!I have the feeling that this is a very valuable circle :) #danielmihaipopescusharedcircle #maximumsharing [don't think please, that my other circles aren't valuable :)]You see, it is full, so the chances for this circle are greater to decrease, than to increase its membership :)2014-01-18 22:20:01500342642CC G+
Artur M.34,522A Very Social CircleКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+circle of people, with active life position in Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.#forfriends  2014-01-10 16:26:54459582681CC G+
Jorgen Poulsen29,705Everyone's a winner shared circleYou know the drill :)1. Plus the circle2. Make a comment3. Share to Public, Your Circles and Extended Circles. #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  2014-01-09 20:30:21496856491CC G+
Gailen Mapes56,821Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera C-E - 24 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to December 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting November 15th.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.      I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...           Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:           https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about            #circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2013-12-24 11:28:25171207CC G+
Brett Gibson5,754It's been a while since I've shared my "Australia" circle (probably 12 months) - *But I do keep it up to date. *Inactive people or Brands are kicked out. New ones are added. So here are the 100+1 (me) Australian's I think that are worth following on G+cc: +Paul Snedden +Kamal Tailor Cheers Gibbo.2013-12-12 03:08:26101938CC G+
Jacob Dix22,896Mobile PhotographersMobile Photography -- or as I call it  #Mobilography  -- is an artform that, happy to report, has flourished here on Google+. This circle of mobile photographers is not food and cats. It is art, it is creativity, it is beauty and content. Some of the individuals in this circle are film and DSLR photographers as well. The phone camera though is a regular and equally legitimate camera to use in their photography and documentation of their worlds.If you have been notified of this post, you are in the circle.Crowd SourcingI am taking suggestions for people to add to this circle for the future. If you are a mobile photographer, or know a mobile photographer, that isn't in this circle, please mention them here and include a link to a gallery of work.You are not required to share this circle to get into it. I can't stand that gimmick. Share it if you want people to know about our work. #MobilePhotography   #Mobilography   #Mobilographers   #MobilePhotographers   #CircleShare   #SharedCircle  2013-10-25 11:22:57237871256CC G+
Robert SKREINER1,091,242Interim CIRCLE of ❶st Contest of +Fantastic & Surreal Photos #fantasticandsurrealphotos  by +Gemma Costa & +Robert SKREINER  - +Circle 4 You including all photographers who have already uploaded photos!Who wants to be included in the next circle again, please share this circle. This is only a fair rule. Who wants to be promoted must also concede this to the others.░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░►►► How to get also into the next circle? - It's very easy:1) Please share this circle publicly  in your stream!2) Add the pages +Fantastic & Surreal Photos & +Circle 4 You      *and the curators to your circles:*    +Gemma Costa & +Robert SKREINER 3) Join the NEW Community ►Top Photos on Google+◄https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/102730381095199131702      and share your best photos also to the Com+munity.4) Sign in to the ❶st Contest – +Fantastic & Surreal Photos  here: https://plus.google.com/117000139571713536948/posts/jDMhPveEQNp5) It is probably easy to understand that we leave off in new circles alwaysthose who have not publicly shared a circle in their streamin which they were included░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░+10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS   - +10000 Photographers BW +Nature Photos  +Landscape Pho2013-10-09 20:27:32498215154181CC G+
Matt Gibson920,723Ok so we are going to try something different here...As you may have noticed, I am sharing a circle of really cool people and pages for you to add to your circles.  If you want cool content from cool people - add the circle!  It's that simple!  If YOU would like your profile to be shared to almost 1 million people, leave me a comment that tells me a little bit about YOU.  What do you like?  What is your favorite music?  Where do you live?  Let's get to know each other!  What are your social network or website addresses (simply posting a link without telling me about YOU won't make the cut btw)?Here is an example:Hi!  My name is +Matt Gibson and I am an independent artist working on my 1st album!  I like all forms of music but I tend to lean towards metal.  I play guitar, piano, drums and saxophone as well as sing!  You can check out my website at www.crimsonsymphony.com and you can subscribe to my +YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/crimsonsymphonymusicI like books by great authors like Tolkien, +TERRY BROOKS  and Raymond Feist among others.  I read a lot of non-fiction as well on subjects like business, marketing, antiques and tech.I am an amateur gardener and I aspire to own my own beehives.I like reading your posts because you are such a handsome fellow with that long wavy hair and manly beard and....ahem ok you can skip that part unless you really mean it LOL.Now that's not hard is it?  Tell me about yourself and get your profile shared to a million people!  Not a bad deal eh?New and OLD friends can participate but no cheating or dumb comments like "add me" or "hi".  You should all thank +Amanda Blain for giving me this idea to steal for our benefit btw... so let the fun and networking begin!!PS If your comment is really cool you may find yourself in the next Cool People circle and who knows, maybe we will become friends or colleagues? 2013-10-03 00:47:03249731342CC G+
Gailen Mapes41,308 Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera A-F - 11 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to August 15th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting JAugust 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday  #sharedcircles  #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle  #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle  #handpickedcircles Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these 2013-08-25 11:13:20395605CC G+
Gailen Mapes39,262 Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera A-F - 11 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to August 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting July 15th.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday  #sharedcircles  #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle  #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle  #handpickedcircles Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these cir2013-08-11 10:35:17379934CC G+
Dallas McMillan7,412Circle from the land downunder - Australia's top 200 PlussersWho are Australia's most followed people on Google Plus?I've put together this circle of Australia's top 200 profiles (by follower numbers - not engagement - some aren't particularly active) on Google Plus.It's pretty interesting to see the types of profiles which make the cut.Here is my quick overview:By far the most dominant characteristic of the top 200 are photographers - professional and amateur.The other notable individuals are a couple of cricketers in the top 10, a smattering of celebrity chefs, musicians, writers, artists, models and other celebrities.There are also fair numbers of Google employees, IT workers, social media and marketing types as well as a decent number of scientists and mathematicians. The only politician I noticed was Malcolm Turnbull - the Prime Minister and Leader of the opposition are conspicuous by their absence.I got the list from +CircleCount http://www.circlecount.com/au/profileslist/ and I've made a few tweaks - removing a couple of profiles that were inactive or had moved away from Australia. There were a number of others which probably don't belong as they now work in the USA or elsewhere.  #australia   #australianphotographers   #circleshare  I've notified members of the circle - let me know if you don't want to be listed.2013-08-04 14:24:522009213CC G+
Jorgen Poulsen17,467############################################                        Everyone's a Winner Shared Circle############################################Steps for people in the circle1. SHARE Circle2. Plus circle3. Leave a commentFor people wishing to get in it1. SHARE circle2. Plus circle3. Leave a comment4. Add circleIf I can ask for anything that would be to circle +Top Pinterest Pins #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #empireavenue #socialmedia2013-07-31 18:21:49434301527CC G+
Gailen Mapes36,767Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera A-F - 11 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to July 15th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting July 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday  #sharedcircles  #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle  #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle  #handpickedcircles Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and 2013-07-25 10:37:1636412310CC G+
Gailen Mapes31,312Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera A-F - 11 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to June 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting Msy 15th.)I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at: https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #handpickedcircles   #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2013-06-11 10:44:4737813211CC G+
paula contreras2,511The BestBeen on G+ for about a year now and have met some of the most amazing people.  Photographers, Story Tellers, and now some of them friends.Well I don't usually do this, in fact other than sharing a single person at a time, I have never shared a circle.  High time I did and just wanted especially those just starting out on G+ to have a glimpse of some of the best.The best you say, yes the best.My circle count consists mostly of photographers and I am pretty picky about who I circle, but there are a couple of people in this list who are just awesome and appreciate photography so much that you will definitely get shared a lot if nothing else.  These people are also the ones that interact on G+ the most, so if you want content in your stream, than here ya go.So take a look, take the whole circle or just peruse through and find your best peopleShow less2013-06-10 20:31:3220057319CC G+
Gailen Mapes30,514Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera A-F - 11 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to May 15th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting Msy 1st.)I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #handpickedcircles   #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle2013-05-25 10:37:513766216CC G+
Rome Heels737Most followed active photographers and friends sharing content on G+ Thanks to +Charles Lupica for the sharing. #sharedcircle #sharedicircles  2013-05-17 09:23:345001110CC G+
Charles Lupica66,461             Top 1000 most followed active        photographers sharing content on G+                  Circle One: A to JThis  is the first of two circles,  I'll share the second circle this weekend so that they're not so on top of each other.  The circles have been divided alphabetically to help give more exposure to people with fewer followers.Please plus, comment and share.  This circle has no requirements for future participation but your support and encouragement is appreciated. It has been two weeks since I announced my intent to update my circle of the 500 most followed photographers on G+.  I decided to do things a bit differently this time and so I'll share the top 1000.   To build the circles and the list I enlisted the aid of +Bill Wood +Gemma Costa +Jen Baptist +Kat Scan and +Margaret Tompkins.  They built circles and vetted profiles.  My starting point for this was a list of 2000 names generously provided to me by +CircleCount.  Thank you all for all of your help.I have chosen the name of the circle carefully to try to accurately represent the contents of what will be in the two circles. The script / finding namesThe script is provided by CircleCount and looks through the tagline of every profile on CircleCount to find the word "photo" or "foto".  If a photographer doesn't have a CircleCount profile they won't be found.  If one of these two words isn't in their tagline, they won't be found.  A few people I know have fallen into this flaw in my thinking.  To fix this, CircleCount has asked me to provide a "whitelist" of names that the script misses.  The white-list list adds another 30 or so names to the result. How was the list processedThe list was sorted by the level of activity.  People that hadn't posted in the last month (approximately April 5 to May 5th) were removed from the list.  This included people that hadn't posted or people that had posted only once in the past 4 weeks.  Again, this has some flaws but I'm mostly happy with the results.  People who are posting only in private communities or people that interact a lot with other people but don't post their own work will get filtered out along with the people that aren't really active.  ValidationThese two circles were very heavily vetted.  Of the original 2000 names, nearly 35% do not appear in either circle.  This is a result of the filtering I mentioned above and vetting of ever single profile in the list until we had enough names to make a list of 1000 names.  The list was divided into 6 parts with Bill Wood, Gemma Costa, Jen Baptist, Kat Scan, Margaret Tompkins and me each taking a group of names.  I tried to assign the list so that the pe2013-05-16 16:41:2850113082147CC G+
Gailen Mapes29,887Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera A-F - 11 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see: https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to May 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting April 15th.)I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #handpickedcircles   #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle2013-05-11 10:29:563691046CC G+
Stephanie Calahan842FABULOUS WOMEN ON G+ Part 2 of 4My goal was to crowdsource a list of Fabulous Woman on G+ that are Actively posting and Engaging on Google+.  I had originally expected maybe 50 names.  Much to my surprise and #Gratitude, I received over 400+ comments filled with love and positive energy to help curate this list of well over 1311 beautiful people. I would say this was a success and now I'm sharing with everyone PUBLIC.  I hope you will share it far and wide too.  #Google+ will only allow me to share 500 at a time, so the list has been broken down in to 4 circles.  Groups 1-4 do not indicate any specific preference to any woman.  I would have shared one massive circle if I was allowed.Fabulous Women on G+ Part 1 Can be found here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/117590169633617507930/posts/Srvv4xzeuYmWhat You Can Do Now------------------------------------* Add these circles to your own circles by pressing the "View shared circle" button below. Then you can either add it to an existing circle of yours or add it as a new circle by giving it a new name. I've labeled mine "Fabulous Women on G+".  (You won't be able to see the circle on mobile or ipad -- you must be on a desktop or laptop.)  See other G+ quirks below.* Once you've added it, I recommend visiting the stream for this circle and browsing through it to see what you find interesting, encouraging, and enlightening. Then, share some love by commenting, +1ing or sharing the posts of your sisters!* Please note, this is a very diverse group of women.  You're likely to see some people in these circles who will see, understand, or experience things differently than you.  They may or may not share your similar interests.  With that in mind, a few suggestions:     -- If you disagree with someone's views, you can very easily remove them from your circle.     -- Please post public vs to these circles directly.  Each of us has separate preferences on notifications and we want to lift one another up, not bog down notifications.  I hope you all see some increased activity, make some new and inspired connections, and lift one another up as we share each other's brilliance.#fabwomenonG+ #womenongplus #womenonline #womenongoogleplus #women #activeusers #activedirectory #activeengagers #fabfems #googleplusengagers #femalesongoogleplus #female 2013-05-09 17:30:57362381135CC G+
Peter Tom11,275 My general photography circle has been updated.  If you're a photographer of any type and would like to be in this circle, please leave a comment.  I will check your stream for original images (original meaning they are your images) and add you if appropriate.#circleshare #photographers #photography2013-05-09 10:25:58479832391CC G+
Gailen Mapes27,980Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Other or Unknown" Camera A-F - 11 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to April 15th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting April 1st.)I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #handpickedcircles   #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle2013-04-25 10:40:5237423211CC G+
Peter Tom10,783My general photography circle has been updated.  If you're a photographer of any type and would like to be in this circle, please leave a comment.  I will check your stream for original images (original meaning they are your images) and add you if appropriate.#circleshare #photographers #photography2013-04-21 01:13:21474811980CC G+
Peter Tom10,631My general photography circle has been updated.  If you're a photographer of any type and would like to be in this circle, please leave a comment.  I will check your stream for original images (original meaning they are your images) and add you if appropriate.#circleshare #photographers #photography2013-04-16 21:16:47464842181CC G+
Gailen Mapes26,221Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera A-F - 11 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to April 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting March 15th.)I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #handpickedcircles   #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle2013-04-11 10:58:3937616213CC G+
Peter Tom10,395My general photography circle has been updated.  If you're a photographer of any type and would like to be in this circle, please leave a comment.  I will check your stream for original images (original meaning they are your images) and add you if appropriate.#circleshare #photographers #photography2013-04-10 07:21:49451721377CC G+
Pierre Beaubié291Active Canon Photographers===========================This is a public circle of talented, gifted, generous, kind, awesomeCanon Photographers on G+!Look at their work, communicate and learn from them.If you would like to be circulated here in order to discovernew people with similar interest and to gain more followers,please follow these steps:HOW TO BE PART OF IT:====================1) Add this circle to your circles - Add circle2) Share added circle with option "include yourself in shared circle" and original text + hashtags (copy, paste). Done -#cercle #Circle   #Circles   #Public   #PublicCircle   #CircleShare   #CircleSharing #SharePublicCircle   #QSC#circleoftheday #publicsharedcircles   #publiccirclesproject   #sharedcircleoftheday #fullcircleshare   #addmetoyourcircles   #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #awesome     #awesomepeople   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles2013-04-08 09:43:3050113112CC G+
Peter Tom10,277My mobilographers circle has been updated.  If you're a mobilographer and would like to be in this circle, please leave a comment.  I will check your stream for original images (original meaning they are your  images) and add you if appropriate.*mobilographer = you use a mobile device for making your images.2013-04-05 23:32:4422522322CC G+
Peter Tom10,251My general photography circle has been updated.  If you're a photographer of any type and would like to be in this circle, please leave a comment.  I will check your stream for original images (original meaning they are your images) and add you if appropriate.#circleshare #photographers #photography2013-04-03 05:25:07428891888CC G+
Peter Tom10,189My mobilographers circle has been updated.  If you're a mobilographer and would like to be in this circle, please leave a comment.  I will check your stream for original images (original meaning they are your  images) and add you if appropriate.*mobilographer = you use a mobile device for making your images.2013-03-28 08:01:3222224232CC G+
Peter Tom10,182My general photography circle has been updated.  If you're a photographer of any type and would like to be in this circle, please leave a comment.  I will check your stream for original images (original meaning they are your images) and add you if appropriate.#circleshare #photographers #photography2013-03-26 04:00:02417631478CC G+
Gailen Mapes25,410Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Other or Unknown Camera A-F - 11 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to March 15th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting March 2nd.)I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #handpickedcircles   #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle2013-03-25 10:23:15376839CC G+
Gailen Mapes24,857Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Other or Unknown" Camera A-F - 11 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to March 2nd for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting February 15th.)I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #handpickedcircles   #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle2013-03-11 10:13:55366947CC G+
Peter Tom9,911My general photography circle has been updated.  If you're a photographer of any type and would like to be in this circle, please leave a comment.  I will check your stream for original images (original meaning they are your images) and add you if appropriate.#circleshare #photographers #photographyPlease note that I will only add you to my photography circles if I am in your circles.2013-03-08 07:35:19413411371CC G+


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2014-04-24 23:16:48 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 39 +1s)

The Digger~

There stands a Digger's statue on either side of the Anzac bridge. Their heads forever solemnly bowed.  We speedily drive by & rarely notice.

This photo was captured during bushfire season last year when the smoke hung heavy in the Sydney skies.

Aussies love the extended weekend  Anzac Day brings ... let us remember, the holiday was hard won.

Below is an excerpt from: On Active Service by John Harold Falconer

"When I realised that I was wounded, and that I was alone, I slid off my equipment & threw away my rifle, and started to crawl on my stomach in the direction I thought we had come.  The sights I passed out there I shall never forget.  But still I had only one thought to get back to some shelter.  My arm was now useless and paining intensely and my head commenced to swim.  After crawling around out there, for asnear ... more »

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2014-04-24 05:48:34 (11 comments, 18 reshares, 140 +1s)

My photo for Earth day - Mount Fitzroy, Patagonia, Argentina
#MyBeautifulEarth

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2014-04-22 02:13:35 (17 comments, 31 reshares, 276 +1s)

#MyBeautifulEarth  :: Kangaroo Valley :: Australia :: Solace~

Wherever you are, I hope the beauty & wonder of our planet touches your heart & soul. 

+Google+ is teaming up with TIME to celebrate #EarthDay TIME will be featuring select images on their website on April 22nd. More details @ https://plus.google.com/116899029375914044550/posts/bCuYqQzVgPo

April 22nd is also the birthday of my first born child. He's a beautiful, gentle hearted soul who's always had an affinity for animals ... I feel so blessed to have him in my life.  On that note,  I'm off to bake a birthday cake & spend time with my teenage son :)
 
#HappyEarthDay Have a great week! 

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2014-04-19 23:43:59 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 116 +1s)

How to Save a Life~

Hopefully you've already heard this story. This video will save a little girl's life: #SavingEliza If not, here's your chance to help by sharing the video or purchasing a limited edition print for yourself or someone you love at http://savingeliza.smugmug.com/Featured/  ...so many amazing contributions - we're spoilt for choice! If you're a fan of my style you can find the below image  "Two Ships" for purchase at http://savingeliza.smugmug.com/Featured/i-zcgFqdb/A 

#SavingEliza 

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2014-04-17 23:17:55 (42 comments, 65 reshares, 541 +1s)

Man at Sea~

“hark, now hear the sailors cry, 
smell the sea, and feel the sky 
let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic...” 
                                                                               ~ Van Morrison

From last year's archives. I think this was one of my first attempts at compositing.  Somewhat reminiscent of #EarnestHemingway 's book The Old Man and The Sea   

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2014-04-15 00:02:44 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 66 +1s)

"Show your true colours. Those who truly love you will see a painting."  ~anon

Some frivolous fun I created for +Selfy Sunday!  At first glance this skirt appears to be a plain black maxi. And it is,  until you kick up your heels! There's something quite fabulous about knowing you have the potential to be utterly flamboyant at a moments notice ;) 

Have a great week lovelies! I dare you to dance with abandon & show your true colours. Those who matter most will love you all the more for it.

#selfportrait   #selfportraitphotography   #cancan   #selfysundayproject  

2014-04-14 06:42:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)

Added photos to The Selfy Sunday Project.

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2014-04-13 14:57:49 (18 comments, 42 reshares, 122 +1s)

Up in the Blue~

Billie Holiday - Moonglow 1952 - Irving Mills

"We seemed to float right through the air ...
now when there's moonglow
Way up in the blue
I always remember that moonglow gave me you..."

#lyricallyinspired  w/thx to +Jason Jakober +Tara Romasanta +Rachel Tine & +Amanda Recker 

#moodymonday w/thx to +Philip Daly  & +Annelies Jansen 

#sydney   #sydneyphotography   #sydneyoperahouse   #operahouse  
#moon   #moonglow   #billyholiday  

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2014-04-11 22:43:25 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 73 +1s)

Bliss :: The story behind the wallpaper we'll never forget

A good old fashioned sense of timing & foresight combined with quality film,  camera choice  and  a talented eye for composition  - no photoshop required!

Photographer Charles O'Rear shares the story behind the world's most iconic desktop image & waxes lyrical about the end of an era.

#bliss   #wallpaper   #microsoft   #microsoftxp  

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2014-04-10 01:39:05 (23 comments, 25 reshares, 241 +1s)

A Path Through the Mangrove Forrest :: Australia

"As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives." ~Henry David Thoreau

And sometimes we need to build that path plank by plank to prevent the murky regrowth from seeping in.

Cheers to thinking good thoughts! There's a beautiful open clearing only a hundred meters from this vantage point :)

#buffalocreekreserve   #mangroveforest   #lanecovenationalpark  

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2014-04-07 04:14:01 (8 comments, 11 reshares, 153 +1s)

The Trapezists Dream~

"  ... Faith, and Trust, and Pixie Dust.”  ~Peter Pan /J.M. Barrie

Life's a bit like this right now!  I'm on a bridge between two life chapters. Holding on & letting go. Self generating inertia and leaping from one perspective to the next. In non figurative form > my day job of past three years came to a close Saturday and I'm STILL searching for a place to live. Countdown to demolition on our current rental = 23 days! I'm really under the gun here but it always  seems to work out in the end. Usually at the 11th hour  ... are we there yet??? lol

On one hand it's exciting to see a new chapter opening up. On the on the other? Well,  it's faith, trust and a whopping dollop of elbow grease mixed in with that pixie dust!

While I'm still channeling creativity through Music & Art I've had verylittle ... more »

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2014-04-07 04:03:41 (56 comments, 6 reshares, 166 +1s)

Curiosity finally got the better of me! 

While my philosophy and purpose for participating and posting here on +Google+ has always been (and will remain) the same, the platform (which I believe is still in it's infancy), continues to develop and expand.  Less than three yeas ago I'd never made a public post on the interwebs. Today, I have the most viewed G+ content in Australia.

I'd recently seen a few posts via +Mike Shaw, +Scott Jarvie & +Yonatan Zunger about the new "views" feature . So, I checked some stats - it's not something I've concerned myself with in the past. From what I can see the new feature is an improved indicator of engagement than the "followers" figure. But the TRUTH (at least from my perspective) remains > this place is what YOU make of it! Be authentic, share something original & reach out to people withgenuin... more »

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2014-04-06 00:13:03 (23 comments, 11 reshares, 197 +1s)

Sunday at the Park~

"The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. " ~Albert Camus

#textureblendphotography  

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2014-04-05 00:40:51 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 23 +1s)

Honey Maid just made me a customer for life. Seriously. This is their amazing response to those who attacked the company's ads depicting gay couples with their children. Powerful. Emotional. Brilliant.

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2014-04-04 21:19:42 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 139 +1s)

the time has come to stand in silence again ... 

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2014-04-01 02:09:21 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 78 +1s)

The Strange Thing :: Coral Beach :: Shutehaven :: Australia

Last year I made 2 separate  trips to Coral Beach. When I returned on the second trip I found it totally amusing the way this drift wood had changed & marched along the shoreline. In the top image the wood looked kind of like a sloth heading towards it's cave in the mangroves. Months later is appeared more like a newborn Giraffe trying to stand on it's feet for the first time.  It really is a curious bit of natural "Art in Progress".  If I ever make the trek  to Shute Harbour again I'll definitely make a point of checking in on this "Strange Thing". No doubt, by then I'll surely be looking a little more weathered too ;) 

Have a great week everybody!
All the best from Oz~

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2014-03-29 23:49:12 (16 comments, 1 reshares, 143 +1s)

Standing at the Shore~

10 days ago I launched a little experiment. Now just over 1 hour remains on the clock for your chance to own a museum quality print of one of my images at a super bargain price! Check it out if you like > http://www.32auctions.com/World-First . 

I set up the auction as a birthday gift to myself in a bid to raise travel funds for a family trip to the USA . My little brother's getting married :) The children are growing up so fast ... in the 17 years I've lived here I've made the trip back home 3 times. Although I'm very blessed with a beautiful life my day jobs have only ever afforded the basics. It's a classic tale of save up and break the piggy bank for that unexpected event rather than travel. Now that my children are a bit older I'm working on changing that. But, be warned: if you've ever considered moving here > Sydney... more »

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2014-03-29 23:06:02 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 94 +1s)

Happy Birthday +Colby Brown!

This man really needs no introduction. Most of you are already familiar with Colby's photography and  +The Giving Lens. Last year many of us here in Oz spent a little time photo walking with Mr. Brown along the Australian shoreline. He's truly a Kind Hearted & Gentle Giant. 

Wishing you all the best  Colby, we look forward to your Aussie travels in May and hope you're having a super fantastic day with your ADORABLE son & BEAUTIFUL wife. Happy Adventures Mate!

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2014-03-28 03:27:55 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 92 +1s)

Lakshmi Dances~

Light, Beauty, Wealth :: Lakshmi is a Universal Goddess of both material & spiritual good fortune. She's the deity that came to mind when I captured this image during a light show projected onto fountains of water at Vivid 2013 :: Sydney, Australia

Today's addition to http://www.32auctions.com/World-First .
This image, along with a small selection of my   #lifeinstillmotion  series is available via the auction link above until Sunday  March 30th. Auction closes @noon Sydney time.

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2014-03-27 23:14:46 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 93 +1s)

everything will be okay in the end..
if it’s not okay, it’s not the end.
.JaredLeto.
(^ Lynn's future husband) gigglesnort

HaPPyBirThDaY +Lynn Langmade & +lane langmade 
may you both have a day life filled with happiness, love and serenity.

xxoo

#PurpleCircle  
+PurpleCircle 

2014-03-26 11:00:32 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)

So, here it is!

My first "official" track... far from perfect but good enough for now!

Honest feedback, constructive criticism, thoughts on genre realms and the names of any other artists that come to mind much appreciated xx

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2014-03-23 08:42:52 (24 comments, 28 reshares, 211 +1s)


Art by Steve De lamare

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2014-03-23 04:08:40 (22 comments, 14 reshares, 213 +1s)

Big dreams, Little Wonders~

Today's addition to http://www.32auctions.com/World-First. I'm auctioning off the  #1 print of some of my most loved works. This is the chance to own a signed, limited edition, museum quality print. Auction closes March 30th.  

Do you remember a time when every little thing was full of wonder & your dreams were big? It's so important to keep that spirit alive in our hearts no matter what our age. 

Is there a dream you're working toward? Are you setting the wheels in motion to make it true? Please, feel welcome to post your dream in the thread below & I'll spend a few moments visualising  it as your reality :)

Many Blessings~
G

#32auctions   #boy   #beach   #sailing   #sailboat   #lifeinstillmotion  

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2014-03-21 02:44:52 (22 comments, 21 reshares, 222 +1s)

Wonder at the Shore~

A heartfelt thank you for all the wonderful birthday wishes!!! I'm standing on the shore of a vast and unknown sea ... this year I'm truly diving in and chasing my "white whale".

I'm adding this image to http://www.32auctions.com/World-First . By sharing the link, "liking" or tweeting you may help people who'd love to own a limited edition signed print find my work.  New images added daily until close of auction March 30th.

For the next 24 hours ONLY I'm taking orders for any print from my archives for only $172. That includes shipping & packaging anywhere in the world. Just send a screenshot of the image to info@gretchenchappelle.com. All funds raised are going towards a camera upgrade & airfare to visit ailing family back in the US.

Many Blessings to All. You make my days brighter :D 

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2014-03-19 09:33:40 (25 comments, 22 reshares, 239 +1s)

Alternate Realities ~

After much deliberation ...
my submission for this year's +Plus One Collection.  I thought this image suited the “Our World” theme, choosing a subcategory from   “Our Planet”, “Our People” and “Our Creations”  puzzled me for a few moments. Haha,  this tiny world contains all three!

The new edition will be absolutely chock full of AWESOME! If this photograph makes the book  I will consider it a great honour to be among such talent. Many thanks to +Ivan Makarov & the team of supporters who work so hard putting book together each year.

The Samburu Project (this year's charity), provides access to safe, clean drinking water to Kenyan communities. During my youth I had the daily chore of hauling fresh water from a nearby stream to our remote cabin ... bloody hard yakka! A source of reliable clean water is such a simpleyet profound gift.... more »

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2014-03-18 23:11:09 (7 comments, 7 reshares, 174 +1s)

#wordlessonwednesday  

©Gretchen Chappelle [CC BY-NC-ND]

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2014-03-17 00:54:23 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)

ANNOUNCING PLUS ONE COLLECTION III CHARITABLE CAUSE

It's with great pleasure and honor that I'd like to introduce you to the cause we'll be supporting with this year's proceeds from the sale of the Plus One Collection photobook we're putting together. The cause we chose is The Samburu Project, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides access to safe, clean and drinking water to communities in Kenya. 

What's one thing we all have in common as people in the world? We all need water to survive. While good water is easily accessible to most of us in the developed world, it's a luxury for many people elsewhere and it affects their health, their opportunities and the length of their lives. Let's help!

What are we going to do? We'll use the proceeds to build one water well that will bless the lives of many. 
more »

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2014-03-17 00:41:08 (13 comments, 30 reshares, 249 +1s)

Falling for you turned my world upside down~

The view from Lady Macquarie's Chair :: Sydney :: Australia

Cheers from Oz lovelies! 


©Gretchen Chappelle [CC BY-NC-ND]
#oculus   #oculusimages #ladiemacquarieschair #sydneyphotography   #sydneyharbour   #sydneyoperahouse   #sydneyharbourbridge  

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2014-03-15 23:06:22 (18 comments, 3 reshares, 122 +1s)

Vert ~

Just a spot of soothing colour I found in the tropics of North Queensland.
Love the intricate details that come to life with the light of the sun shining through.

Cheers form OZ~

#green   #tropical   #macrophotography  ©Gretchen Chappelle [CC BY-NC-ND]

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2014-03-15 11:43:43 (12 comments, 11 reshares, 170 +1s)

"... journeys do not begin or end, they merely change form" 
                                                                                                          ~Robyn Davidson

Tracks Official Trailer #1 (2013) - Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver Movie HD 

I've just seen Aussie film "Tracks" based on the true story of Robyn Davidson's solo trek across the Australian desert to the Indian Ocean during the 1970's. Stunning cinematography, great story & authentic performances. If you like an actioned packed movie this may not float your boat.  But if picturesque scenery,  a human story & relaxed pace adventure appeals,  this film is well worth the price of admission.

Below is one of the original images by +Rick Smolan that appeared in National Geographic Magazine circa 1977.
#tracks   #RobynDavidson #camel   #indianoc... more »

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2014-03-15 04:45:16 (19 comments, 3 reshares, 180 +1s)

Life feels safer BEHIND the lens!

As much as I like to hide behind my camera ... in recent weeks I've had to re-acquaint myself with the flip side & step out of the comfort zone.

What's that saying?

"...grant me the serenity 
to accept the things I cannot change; 
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference."

Yep, that's the one!

Cheers to knowing the difference. Have a wonderful weekend +kins :)

#selfportrait   #selfportraitphotography   #serenityprayer  ©Gretchen Chappelle [CC BY-NC-ND]

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2014-03-12 11:49:13 (15 comments, 66 reshares, 182 +1s)

A Wise Little Penguin :)

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2014-03-10 03:35:57 (10 comments, 15 reshares, 209 +1s)

North Narrabeen :: New South Whales :: Australia

Headed up the Northern Beaches yesterday afternoon to re-charge & spend the evening catching up with extended family. Before filling our bellies the children & I ran down to the shore to fuel our souls.

The sea invites, simply. By being~

The texture & squeak of dry sand mingled with the smell of humidly salty air as we walked down the dune seeking comfort in the buoyantly warm Southern sea. The expression of content solitude on my son's face as his feet sank deeper, and deeper into the shoreline with the pull of every receding wave. The joy of my daughter's laughter (barely audible above the crashing tide) as we ran, hand in hand through the whitewash of breakers.  For an hour time suspended itself and became still in the swell of constant motion. The ocean, in all it's complex simplicity, reminding... more »

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2014-03-09 01:17:23 (13 comments, 7 reshares, 182 +1s)

Golden Sand :: Southern Sea :: Sydney :: Australia 

"We've golden soil and wealth for toil,
Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in Nature's gifts
Of beauty rich and rare ... "  Advance Australia Fair

©Gretchen Chappelle [CC BY-NC-ND]

#sydneyharbour   #sydneyphotography   #australia   #harbourbridge   #austrianphotographers  

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2014-03-08 01:43:04 (7 comments, 5 reshares, 138 +1s)

Lesser Known Shores :: Vaucluse :: Sydney :: Australia

It's a beautiful sunny afternoon here in Sydney.  One of the long term projects I'm working on is a collection of images from  "the lesser known shores"...  counter balancing all those iconic photos of the Bridge & Opera House  ;) This is the view seen from the banks of Rose Bay as you look back toward the hills of Vaucluse. If you're in Sydney the bush walk between Rose & Watsons Bay is def' worth exploring.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

©Gretchen Chappelle [CC BY-NC-ND]

http://www.woollahra.nsw.gov.au/recreation/walks_in_woollahra/harbour_walk_-_rose_bay_to_watsons_bay

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2014-03-04 00:58:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)

Soundscape :: Intermission :: Angel Place

Thought it would be fun to combine street photography & a musical improvisation in a short clip.

#moodymonday   #streetphotography #blackandwhite #angelplace #sydney #australia #soundscape #moody #music #thumbjam

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2014-03-03 00:19:29 (25 comments, 15 reshares, 291 +1s)

Father & Son :: Manly Beach :: Sydney :: Australia

"Everyday, every day
my feet touch the ground
and I go running
just to slow me down"   ©Gretchen Chappelle

These lyrics are from one of my original songs. If you're into music and want to hear the song in full one day.... feel welcome to follow my journey through sound @ +Moonperle :)

This is the partner image to https://plus.google.com/108729164162563480433/posts/9XjXtTwYyX7  posted a little while back.  My photographs are © [CC BY-NC-ND] = Creative commons w/attribution (credit & links to my profile or website) non-commercial  - no derivatives! 

#lyricallyinspired  w/thx to +Jason Jakober +Tara Romasanta & +Amanda Recker 

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2014-03-02 12:26:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)

Enjoy~

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2014-03-01 02:46:50 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 39 +1s)

Slaying Dragons to play with the Muse~

It's been a long time coming, but I'm finally well & truly stuck into recording my first album!!!  I'm here at Love Hz Studios in Sydney working  with the musical genius of Matt Fell http://www.mattfell.com/ ... living the dream :)

I can't even begin to tell you how harrowing, exciting & fun it is to commit, break through the resistance & progress! This studio feels like coming home & I genuinely look forward to sharing the magic with you when the time is right ... stay tuned!   

Oh, & I herby declare today #sonicsaturday ! An open invitation for anyone to post images related to sound  & the making of it with the # tag. No moderators, just a fun theme ;)

Why, you ask?  Well, because surely there are enough  #caturday pix on the interwebs without us musically inclinedphotog... more »

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2014-02-28 23:27:01 (7 comments, 7 reshares, 147 +1s)

Post Yoga Practice ::  Bliss on a Rainy Day...

The sweet jasmine smell of these tiny little flowers hangs heavily in the earthy air.

Have a great weekend everybody :)

#mobilography
#floralfriday  
©Gretchen Chappelle [CC BY-NC-ND]

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2014-02-28 00:14:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)

One of one the world's great storytellers,  Baz Lurhmann, talks creative process & collaboration.

NOT spruiking for ABSOLUT, just thought a few of you might enjoy this :)

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2014-02-27 02:30:19 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 19 +1s)

Let’s Publish Plus One Collection III - SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW ACCEPTED!

Want to be in the next volume of Plus One Collection charity book? Read on and act now!

Ever since Google+ launched, we’ve been publishing photography books that contained some of the best photographs you shared. We published two volumes so far. It wasn’t just a nice coffee table book - but all proceeds from the sale went to great causes. Two years ago we raised over $10,000 for Kiva. A year ago we raised over $13,000 for the Kilgoris Project and we bought cameras for kids in Kenya. This year’s cause will soon be announced, but as usual, all proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit a charitable cause. 

You can see more here (though the website will soon be updated to include this year’s information) - http://plusonecollection.com/

Who can get published? Anyone! Wehope to ge... more »

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2014-02-26 21:33:29 (15 comments, 20 reshares, 228 +1s)

Sydney Harbour Bridge ::  Australia

 
“There's a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they're absolutely free. Don't miss so many of them.”  ~Jo Walton

Simple pleasures~

©Gretchen Chappelle [CC BY-NC-ND]

#sunset   #sydney   #harbourbridge   #australia  

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2014-02-26 09:49:34 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 38 +1s)

We Are All Equal Under The Sun~ ABSOLUT launch :: Sydney, Australia

I met Baz Luhrmann today ... fun!    

He and his wife, Catherine Martin, teamed up with Absolut to create the inaugural "limited edition bottle" celebrating Australia. “Absolut Oz is a distillation of the unifying truth that we are all equal under the sun.”

My husband,  +Ben Davidson, is the mixologist behind the featured recipes included with each limited edition bottle.  He worked closely with Baz who titled the cocktails as an ode to Australian beaches.

“While creating the drinks which feature and celebrate Absolut Oz, we reflected on that moment when the sun dips below the horizon and, as we say in the movies, the magic hour is upon us.”   BAZ
  
http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/02/baz-luhrmann-launches-absolut-oz-vodka/  
http://www.cath... more »

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2014-02-25 03:09:57 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 21 +1s)

I'm not sure how far the waves of  New Zealand born, Australian +Charlotte Dawson's recent death have sounded.

What HAS arisen in her wake is a campaign for better legislation on cyber bullying. If you're on any online platform you're probably already aware of the effect cyber bulling can have on one's personal life and career. Rather than delete/retreat Charlotte stood up to trolls on #twitter . Ultimately this had devastating consequences to her mental health that cost her her life.

Below is the +Change.org link for those of you interested in signing.
If you want to learn more before doing so you can read  ... http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/antibullying-campaigner-says-police-need-more-training-on-cyberbullying-laws-in-wake-of-charlotte-dawsons-death/story-fneuzlbd-1226836047300#ooid=4yZ3Nzazoz0Aej83OveDvvF5zcWy129l

#charlottedawson   ... more »

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2014-02-24 00:58:25 (28 comments, 26 reshares, 350 +1s)

"Life is a journey, not a destination"~

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2014-02-20 01:24:45 (24 comments, 24 reshares, 325 +1s)

#wordlessonwednesday  

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2014-02-19 01:37:31 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

 Two minds are better than one!

Let's face it, creatives in today's world MUST be savvy about running their own business. 

+Danielle LaPorte and Marie Forelo team up tomorrow at noon for a rapid-fire #spreecast  to answer your burning questions about business and making the most of what you have to offer.

+Danielle LaPorte  is the genius behind #truthbombs and #deisiremaps - fresh off an event with Eve Ensler and Marie Forleo is an amazing entrepreneur of entrepreneurs. She's led over 8000 women to big success with her highly inspirational b-school
( +Richard Branson is a fan and brand partner). Both women are shaking it up in the world in an empowered and feminine way. 

Sign up! This is the freebie with a big ROI! 

#entrepreneurship  

2014-02-18 01:02:39 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)

The Wisdom of Martha Graham ~

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action.

And because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.

And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.

It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable it is, nor how it compares with other expressions.

It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.

You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work.

You have  to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you.

Keep the channel open."                 ~Martha Graham 

#quote   #quoteoftheday   #quotestoliveby   #marthagraham  

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2014-02-16 01:34:04 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 48 +1s)

Clair De Lune~

If I would know you, would you know me ...
Don't go, tell me that the lights won't change
Tell me that you'll feel the same, and we'll stay here forever

Flight Facilities - Clair De Lune (feat. Christine Hoberg)

#streetart  
#streetartsunday
#bondi   #australia  
#lyricallyinspired  w/thx to +Jason Jakober +Tara Romasanta & +Amanda Recker 
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