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Wes Lum has been at 6 events

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Kathy Adams718Get Well Wishes for Anielka2013-03-21 21:30:0019G+
Wes Lum0Aloha!  Join @101145980349117737014, @115105647022907007398, and @100275369366064591159 on Dec 27th (Thursday) @ 4:30PM Hawaii time @ Sandy Beach for a photowalk and, of course, some food and drink after! Where:  Sandy Beach (http://goo.gl/maps/KwDbJ) When:  December 27th, 2012 @ 4:30PM Who:  Anyone and everyone!  All levels of photographers welcomed. Cost:  FREE. *Details* We'll meet in the first parking lot @ Sandy Beach.  There will be a lot of area for us to spread out from rocky landscapes to body surfers to beach scenes.  We'll get our photography fix and then head over to The Shack - Hawaii Kai to talk story & eat some ono kine grinds (aka eat, drink and have a good time). Sandy Beach on Google Maps:  http://goo.gl/maps/KwDbJ The Shack on Yelp:  http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-shack-hawaii-kaiPhotowalk @ Sandy Beach, Oahu, Hawaii with Jay & Varina Patel2012-12-27 16:30:0030G+
The Giving Lens34,917+The Giving Lens Travel Photography Hour, Episode 2 is just one week away! After a great first episode with  #TGLcambodia  workshop leader, +Elia Locardi, the November episode features World renowned travel photographer, +Ken Kaminesky! Join +Kate Siobhan and +Michael Bonocore as we talk to Ken about his tips and tricks on how to get those perfect photos in an exotic location. How often do you get to ask questions to a photographer who has had an image on the cover of National Geographic? Please make sure to post any question you may have for Ken, or about travel photography in general, here in the event comments.After an inspiring TGL trip to Cambodia in October, The Giving Lens team is travelling to Jordan later this month, where +Ken Kaminesky and +Colby Brown share their knowledge with participants while travelling through Petra, The Dead Sea, the Wadi Rum Desert, and the beautiful city of Amman. Please feel free to ask us anything about this upcoming adventure! Want to have your travel photo critiqued by +Ken Kaminesky and +Colby Brown ?In the last 15 minutes of the show, Ken and Colby will look over three random photos from you, the viewers, and give their thoughts as to what they like, and what they would have tried to imTGL's Travel Photography Hour #22012-11-15 03:00:00108G+
Mountain Photos6,593Best Mountain Photos Contest (B/W only) | November 2012It's the first Wednesday of another month and is time to have another great fun with amazing mountain photos running for the month's Best Mountain Photos!Come enjoy this great event! If you are not able to submit a photo, feel free to vote by giving +1's for your favorite mountain photos!Theme: Mountain Photos (Black and White only)Rules for Participation–Follow (circle) +Mountain Photos theme Page (required to enable the page to interact with your posts).–Upload only one (1) entry of your original B/W photo which you own the copyright of. There is no shooting date restriction for photos, your new or older shots will do.Codes of Conduct–You should not tag your entry with any theme page.–For a fair deal, all uploads must be made afresh/anew limited from the Event page and all votes must be provided from the Event page only. (If you upload your photo directly to the event from your disk without first uploading to post or album, you can avoid plusses from outside the event).There is no occurrence of an error or violation of rules when your entry shows up in your personal stream with the intro:"Added 1 photo to Best Mountain Photos Contest (B/W only) | November 2012.–If an entry receives plusses from outside the event page, e.g. the owners profile page or albums, it will be removed without being rated.–If anyone does not abide by the rules, they will be removed from the event and they will have to ask for an invitation to participate again.Durations: Photo submission and voting will start simultaneously on Wednesday, November 7th 10:00 PM GMT when the red "+Add photos" button will be available on top of this event page. It will remain active for a three day period until November 10th, Saturday 10:00 PM GMT. During this period of 3 days, G+ users can be invited to add photos and to vote. (Use gray "Invite more people" button on the upper right side of this event page.)Voting & Assessment: The jury is the audience including the competitors themselves. Anyone can vote and invite G+ users to vote by as much as +1's to their favorite pictures. (Participants are free to vote for their own submissions.)Results: At the end of the event, most plussed 3 photos, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners (listed as Event Highlights on top of the Event Page) will be announced to public on +Mountain Photos page stream and besides, the Circle of "Best Mountain Photo Competitors | November 2012" will be shared publicly.So, get prepared for Wednesday, and have fun with this great event!Good luck and cheers,+Baki Karacay Curator of +Mountain Photos http://gplus.to/mountainphotosPS. Feel free to reshBest Mountain Photos Contest | November 2012 | by Mountain Photos Theme Page2012-11-07 23:00:00214G+
Mark Forman63,239This event is for a shot taken on the street that you feel conveys they humanity of the person photographed. Please comment on others photos liberally. Limit 1 per day.Feel the Person on the Street-1 photo per day!2012-08-31 15:00:00231G+
Lotus Carroll1,771,884Join +Juan Gonzalez and myself on June 30th for a Live, On-Air Hangout Concert with +Suite 709 in celebration of Google+ turning 1 Year Old! We'll be partying with the band in their studio and we want you all to rock out with us. :) Be here on my account at 2:30 Central and check it out. We'll be ready to party, and you won't want to miss the performance by +Suite 709 - and they say they're giving a special gift to all their Google+ friends, so be there!On-Air Hangout Concert with Suite 7092012-06-30 21:30:0064G+

Wes Lum has been shared in 209 public circles

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CH iBURATOR239112014-07-07 09:43:13501011CC G+
Ryan Johnson8,206Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post#bestsharecircle   #newcircle   #top100circle   #best500circle   #top500circle   #circleoftheday   #circledaily   #nicecircle  #photography   #photographer   #bestphotographer   #topphotographer  #AddCircle   #FindCircles   #awesome   #AwesomePeople  #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles   #addcircle   #addpeople  #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery   #circleshare  2014-06-25 08:33:4938011319CC G+
Ryan Johnson6,525Circle of FriendsTo get in, and to ensure you stay in     #circleoffriends    you need to do the following:1. Add us to your circles, if you haven't done so already.2. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.3. If possible, leave a comment on this post.#circleshared #circlesdiscovery #shared #sharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #fashion #fashionphotography #WorldCup #Software #SwiftKey #Wednesday #Files #Hyderabad  #SouthAfrica2014-06-11 12:06:07474221239CC G+
Dina Tika0Here is a group of Active Engagers, Circle Sharers, Awesome Plus Oners, and Cool People on Google Plus!   Circle Sharing is an awesome way to increase your followers and active engagers on your profile. Some of my favorite people that I've met here on Google + through Circle Sharing.    Want to be in the next Circle of Awesomeness? Follow the Steps Below!  ☛ Add the circle ☛ Share in the Public ☛ Plus 1 the Post. ☛ Comment. 2014-06-10 05:52:43484102CC G+
Michael Junghans4,995Great people on google+ Amazing information, you should watch out.#sharedcircles #publicsharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles2014-06-08 10:54:19500314CC G+
Mattias Willis9,068A nice circle of people who inspire me and are generally awesome PhotographersFeel free to share2014-05-21 20:53:06492113CC G+
Ryan Johnson5,301MY BEST OF THE BEST CIRCLETo add yourself to the circle or stay in the circle:Add me and reshare the circle PUBLICOptional: Add the circle, plus or comment the post. :)#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #empireavenue   #socialmedia     #influencers   #influencer   #influence   #influencermarketing #thursdaycircle   #thursdaycircleshared   #thursdaycircleshare   #circlethursday   #circlethursdaycircle 2014-05-21 12:34:0943016917CC G+
Wedding Dress Central4,853If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 2 - Share the circle (Publicly) 3 - Add +1 to the post 4 - Leave a comment if you've done the 3 steps above.#circle   #circleshare  #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare 2014-05-12 14:47:13401002CC G+
Tourej Ansari16,540All Kinds of People Shared CircleReshare or comment or plus to be in the next circle share!  Let me know if you want to be in the circle! Circle these plussers they are cool people! #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #public #publiccircles2014-05-10 11:00:124583111CC G+
Wedding Dress Central4,376If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 2 - Share the circle (Publicly) 3 - Add +1 to the post 4 - Leave a comment if you've done the 3 steps above.#circle   #circleshare  #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare 2014-05-08 10:01:57401004CC G+
Wedding Dress Central4,086If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 2 - Share the circle (Publicly) 3 - Add +1 to the post 4 - Leave a comment if you've done the 3 steps above.#circle   #circleshare  #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare 2014-05-05 12:29:53401001CC G+
Patty Lin537Best Quality Photography Circle II!!⇩⇩High Quality circle.⇩⇩SEE BELOW⇩Here is the second version of this circle (released on 2014 May)!You'll have every day in your stream amazing shots by google+ most skilled photographers. Get in contact with New People from all over the World and enjoy the absolutely original contents!Best Quality Photography Circle Updated!!!I update and create new circles often so, if you are a photographer and you want to be featured in my next new circle, please follow this steps:-Plus one this circle-Add this circle on your profile if you like it-Reshare the circle on your public stream-Leave a message asking for addingI'll check your profile and let you know!This way I'll be able to keep the Quality of this circle at a High Level!Even if you are not a photographer but you love to have Quality Photos in your stream please Add and Reshare pubblicly this circle!Thank You!!Patty ;-) #circle #circles #public #publiccircle #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #googleplus #googlephotos #travel #travelphotography #circleshares #circleadd #bestcircle #bestcircleshare #circlequotes #share #googlephotographers #bestphoto #googlephotography #bestcircleshare #bestcircles2014-05-05 08:51:57456003CC G+
Thomas Hawk7,121,413Updated -2,500 Kick Ass G+ Photographers Ho-MiA-Da:  http://goo.gl/4gh66cDa-Ho:  http://goo.gl/E6u9IrHo-Mi:  http://goo.gl/eVU9dwMi-Sh:  http://goo.gl/Peo77RSh-Z: http://goo.gl/FVhz462014-04-26 19:40:39495221584CC G+
Riccardo Coletto0#sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #influencers #influencer #influence #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #sundaycircle #circleshare #photographycircle2014-04-15 15:13:204857010CC G+
Sheila B. DuBois32,804+Luke Strothman  here is a circle of Photographers.... and HEY Your in it   How about that........   I have a couple more I can share with you.... Or I could just put them all in one circle and share that out but then the circle would be large to add :)         and  +Joshua Fisher  is in this one  too :)2014-04-05 05:06:0160505CC G+
Daily Photography Themes16,531Curators CircleIt's been a while since we shared the latest Curators circle. So here they all are, all 468 of 'em. #dptcurators  (pd)2014-03-14 07:44:2446826729CC G+
Природный Камень Айташ687Делюсь #share #sharedcircles  2014-02-27 10:46:11392102CC G+
Margaret Tompkins101,687>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Great Photographers With < 25,000 FollowersThe photographers here are all in my personal circles.  The choices are mine and mine alone.  No one asked, begged, or pleaded to belong.  No bribes were offered or accepted.  These are the people that I follow because I appreciate their great quality photography and their interaction.  Most I have met as I help curate several of the photography themes.  There are NO requirements to share this circle.  I would appreciate the people in this circle plus the post, leave a comment, and share the circle as public.  Each profile has been verified by me.  Most have < 25,000 followers (when they were put into the circle).  They each have high quality original photography content.  You won’t find many animated gifs!  I have included myself in the circle and also the landscape page.  Some are fairly new to G+ so please make them feel welcome!!Landscape Photography:  I invite everyone to check out the +Landscape Photography  #LandsacapePhotography theme.  If you want to impress me, that’s the place to do it!!  Post a great landscape that will get my attention.  See the About tab for all the details.I wasn’t included, what do I do?  If you meet the criteria, weren’t included, but think you should be, then leave me a comment.  Maybe I don’t know about you.  There are millions of people on G+ and I don’t know everyone.  However, I’ll be happy to have a look at your work if you will call it to my attention.  Start posting landscapes that get my attention (see above)!!There’s a really great photographer XXX that you didn’t include.  Please feel free to recommend qualified people but please only one.  I discover new people every day and would be happy to look at their work.  Please make sure that the recommended person meets the criteria.  If they don’t then that tells me a lot about you!A while back, I had a wonderful discussion about circles with +Robin Griggs Wood and +Charles Lupica .  If you don't know them, then let me introduce you to two of the finest people here on G+!    Charles is a master of monochrome!!  Robin is a master of everything and a mentor to all of us!!  Did you know that she speaks seagull!!   I hope that both Robin and Charles will look you all over and give you a share!  There aren't many quality vetted circles shared on G+.  I'm proud to say that this is one of them!!#Circleshare   #Sharedcircles  2014-02-16 03:26:0247725863164CC G+
Jack C Crawford83,338Here's a modest 300 person circle for those that are new and want to get a jumpstart here on Google+  AND, I did add myself, because I wear Google Glass and the circle looks cooler with it.  lolRequested by my good friend and circle member +Islegrooves Sherrie 2014-01-17 23:40:32300442443CC G+
Dustin W. Stout28,369The Best Photographers on Google+This is the result of part 4 of my #circlesplosion  series! Find the rest of the parts here: http://dustn.tv/circlesplosionThese brilliant artists will fill your stream with so much visual beauty that your eyes might just melt out of their sockets. If that happens, please contact a physician immediately.Add this circle by hitting the "Add people" button below and check in to the specific stream to discover your new favorite photographers and image sharers. I went through great lengths to meticulously check out every recommended photographer and found these to be the best. Have fun, and may your circles esplode with beauty! #sharedcircles  2013-11-26 16:10:4914823837CC G+
pio dal cin73,398Please welcome +Cecilia Abadie  in the #oneinamillioncircle   for making History. Today she became the first driver in US History to get a ticket for wearing the #Glass  +Tom Rolfson  and I spoke about this last night on a #Hangout  Read more here (http://goo.gl/8UHOC0)ping +Sarah Hill +Jack C Crawford +Jeris JC Miller +Al Navas +Keith Barrett  +Bradley Horowitz +CircleCount 2013-10-31 01:10:401697011CC G+
Coyeb Sundel02013-10-24 15:38:53499023CC G+
Justin Hill22,577338 Photographers :- Due to a post I saw float past in my stream today I am suddenly aware of the fact that I have not shared any of my circles for a very long time. So to rectify that here's my circle of photographers. If you are missing from this circle you are most probably in my other photography circle that is HDR based...if you are also missing from that one then I am sorry as I simply cannot add everyone that crosses my path or stream. Enjoy...2013-10-11 14:09:1333813311CC G+
Daily Photography Themes16,014Curators CircleThe latest version of our curators circle.for +Pam Boling  ;)2013-09-04 20:09:324309112CC G+
Thomas Hawk6,146,1772500 Kick Ass Google+ Photographers (part 3 of 5)This is the fifth time I've shared my photographer's circle on Google+.  I'm going to share it in 5 posts.  Last week I shared last name A-Da, and Da-Ho.  Today's , part 3 of 5, today, represents Ho-Mi.  I'll share the remaining two tomorrow and Thursday.  I originally shared my photographers circle at 500, 1,000, 1,500 and 2,000 photographers.  I'll probably share it again eventually when it gets to 3,000.A few notes about this circle.The criteria that I look for (and don't always get right) in this circle is that the photographer produce interesting and engaging photography.  I also look for people who are active in the community, post mostly their own work, and post regularly.  I'm looking more for people who post their own work and less of the noise stuff (gifs, links, non-photography, promotions, etc.).  I also like people who are positive, friendly, nice, helpful, etc. and dislike people who are mean, snarky, jerks, disrespectful, etc.I have a pretty well known bias against signatures and watermarks.  You will see very few photographers in my circles who use them.  I really hate the watermark debate and would rather not have it with folks.  I just don't like them -- it's my circle that I have to look at.  There are likely a few folks in here who use them who are friends of mine, but for the most part, this is a pretty watermark free circle.  It's totally cool if you love your watermark, it's just not something I really want to look at.  Please don't hate me for my aesthetic preference.  Finally, the photography community on Google+ is probably the best one on the internet today.  There is no way that I can possibly include all of the fine photographers worth following on G+.  There are wayyyyy too many.  These are just 2,500 that I personally have noticed.  I'm sure I left out some really amazing ones -- like you if you are not in this circle :)  I'll probably also totally kick myself when I realize that I accidentally left out a really obvious good one who may even be a friend of mine -- again, maybe even like you.  :)Stay tuned for parts 4 and 5 and thanks again to all of the great photographers on G+ who make this place such a delight to hang out.Part 1-5:  http://goo.gl/17ujpnPart 2-5:  http://goo.gl/3vn0OC*Note, Google Circles are terribly wonky.  It wouldn't let me add some photographers in my circle into these circles because of "domain errors."  If this affected you, sorry about that.2013-09-03 18:49:364857231117CC G+
Gailen Mapes41,050 Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Nikon Camera L-Q - 9 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 circles and other circle2013-08-23 10:53:313231314CC G+
Gailen Mapes39,148 Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Nikon Camera L-Q - 9 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 circles and other circles c2013-08-09 10:32:05309404CC G+
Anders Vaage1,050My photo circle #2+Shared circles +Pimp Your Circles +Circles Circles Circles +CircleHub 2013-07-25 01:30:3549920214CC G+
Gailen Mapes36,398Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Nikon Camera L-Q - 9 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 other circles created by2013-07-23 10:49:09290728CC G+
Jack C Crawford67,189So you all might remember the Angels circle, right?This one has 440 cool guys (caveat emptor ... my preferences may differ from yours ... I like all of these gentlemen).So here's to the men!G+{I added myself just because ...}2013-07-10 20:10:59441913783CC G+
Gailen Mapes34,262Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Nikon Camera L-Q - 9 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 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting June 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 #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 2013-07-09 10:22:28290605CC G+
Gailen Mapes31,921Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Nikon Camera L-Q - 9 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 15th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting June 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 #thebestcircle  Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .  Thanks for your cooperation.2013-06-23 10:57:00302117CC G+
Gailen Mapes30,402Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Nikon Camera L-Q - 9 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 #thebestcircle2013-05-23 10:43:32306726CC G+
Gailen Mapes29,751Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Nikon Camera L-Q - 9 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 #thebestcircle2013-05-09 10:50:29303005CC G+
Jack C Crawford62,698I haven't shared this circle in quite a while ... 136 Awesome GentlemenHere are guys who reside in my inner circle.  Given that I have about 2,000 guys in my circles, this is special, but in now way diminishes any dudes I may have left out.These are the men who interact with me regularly and nourish my soul.Thanks guys!2013-05-04 04:25:26136522168CC G+
Holly Ares Snyder2,324Haven't shared a circle in a while, so here you go. This is my circle of most-useful people--all worth following. Check it out. 2013-05-02 20:51:3821010012CC G+
Gailen Mapes27,724Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Nikon Camera L-Q - 9 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 #thebestcircle2013-04-23 10:43:52304103CC G+
Jack C Crawford60,726I'd like to share a special circle with you.  These folks are amazing most of the time.  When they are not, you must be patient.  They will be amazing very soon thereafter.Enjoy!(disclaimer: I added myself because I really like this group)2013-04-16 03:30:36501572755CC G+
La Bottega di Mangiar Tipico647This is a circle of Cool People that would like to be circulated in order to discover new people with similar interests and to gain more followers.If you would like to be included in the next circle please follow these steps: 1. Follow me (this is needed in order for me to add you to the circle) 2. +1 This post 3. Leave a comment 4. Share the circle publicly...#sharedcircle #publiccircles #topcommenters #circlesharing #followfriday #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleshared #followback #circleback #circlebackteam #circlebackfriday #teamcircleback #rrcircle #rrsharedcircle #circlesharing   #circleshare   #circles   #circleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #share   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharewithyou   #circlefriday   #circlethursday   #followfriday   #follow   #followme   #followers   #followback  #coolpeople #circleshare #sharedcircles 2013-04-13 06:49:281726310CC G+
Gailen Mapes26,103Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Nikon Camera L-Q - 9 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 #thebestcircle2013-04-09 10:49:13304007CC G+
Matthew Shuey2,444Meet Photographers On G+Meet active photographers and photography lovers on Google+Feel free to add and share as I am always updating this circle, #sharedcircles #circlesunday #sharedcircleoftheday  2013-04-07 21:09:0617010011CC G+
Coastal Thursday1,967Wow, last Thursday we passed the milestone of 400 unique contributors. The folks in this circle have all shared their work with +Coastal Thursday offering a wonderful look at those magical places in the world where land masses meet sea and sky. You're invited to add it to your own circles and encouraged to share it with others you believe would enjoy their work.2013-03-28 06:48:4941216714CC G+
Sumit Sen57,209A Circle ShareCircle sharing by individuals seems to passé these days, and most shares are curated circles put together on some general basis by a few. That suits me fine because I am not fashionable and pretty faded! :)This circle is not one which contains all my best friends here or all the folks whose photography I really admire. It contains members who are my engagement set. People who follow my posts and people whose posts appear on my stream on a regular basis. Part of the selection has to do with Gplus's stream feed algorithm and part of it has to do with time zones. But these 200 are part of my life on GPlus now and I meet them virtually almost everyday.I am sharing this list mainly for the benefit of my new followers who are looking for worthwhile additions to their circles. I expect that they will not be disappointed by the selection. Finally, comments are closed. You can of course share and plus if you want to :)2013-03-23 15:19:4120001580CC G+
Gailen Mapes25,341Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Nikon Camera L-Q - 9 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 #thebestcircle2013-03-23 09:57:26306222CC G+
Gailen Mapes24,796Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Nikon Camera L-Q - 9 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 #thebestcircle2013-03-10 10:43:16301313CC G+
Robert SKREINER40,860Circle 1.0 of the brand NEW Community: TOP Photos on G+of +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS  by +Robert SKREINER Link to Commununity:https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/102730381095199131702In this circle are included the first 500 Members of the NEW Community!The next  Circle 2.0 will be published with the next 500 Followers a.s.a.p.We welcome all who share this circle! Thank you in advance!All who join the Community "Top Photos on G+"are included in one of the the next circles. Please add also the moderators to your circles.Hashtag for this post and circle:   #TOPphotoscircle1  There is a chrome extension to automute Google Plus Posts by hashtag:http://code.google.com/p/nonplus/+Alan Shapiro  +Anatoliy Urbanskiy  +Andreas Levi   +Bill Wood   +Christopher Prins  +Chris Day  +Celso Carvalho  +Dana Allen  +CircleCount  +E.E. Giorgi  +Fabio Bucchieri  +Gailen Mapes  +Gerald Fischer  2013-03-04 18:21:2450012377114CC G+
Holly Ares Snyder2,042Circle Share! 210 of the most interesting, useful and fun people and companies I've interacted with on Google Plus.2013-02-26 21:07:2221015412CC G+
Gailen Mapes24,442Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Nikon L-Q - 9 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 February 15th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting February 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 #thebestcircle2013-02-24 12:35:353091215CC G+
pio dal cin69,542Please welcome +TechCrunch  to the One in a Million Circle #oneinamillioncircle   for the great posts and content they provide on the web and also here on +Google+ +CircleCount 2013-02-12 00:06:191629115CC G+
Rob Salzman18,074This circle is the second of four containing people who've commented on content I share.  They make my stream come alive with compelling, interesting discussions.  If you want your stream to be active, you won't do better then including them.   Fair warning:  Some of these people are willing to take a stand that may be different then those I'd take.  :)2013-02-01 18:23:30500537CC G+

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2013-03-21 02:04:19 (60 comments, 4 reshares, 42 +1s)

Thoughts and prayers for Anielka, please. She just went to the emergency room for appendicitis...They think it might have even burst. It's been a few days since symptoms first showed up. Doctors have been giving her various medications, but she's finally in a hospital getting a serious look. It's a little harder finding a good doctor in Nicaragua.

Most reshares: 8

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2013-03-26 20:02:51 (2 comments, 8 reshares, 25 +1s)

Equality for all!

http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/03/26/what-is-the-red-equal-sign-all-over-facebook-and-twitter/

Most plusones: 101

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2013-06-10 00:48:19 (35 comments, 1 reshares, 101 +1s)

Untold Story.

I've been pretty much absent on G+ for awhile now, and I haven't shared much of what is going on.  Truth is, I miss many of you -- the interaction and the friendships, but life has given me some truly unexpected and wonderful twists.

In the past few months, I've been in a serious relationship with a wonderful girl who I never expected to meet, and it's been an amazing journey so far.  Mix that with a lack of photographic motivation, work, my brown dog, sleep and you've got a recipe for the anti-socialness that is me.

So, I want you all to know that I miss you (just some ppl that come to mind right now +Ada M , +Elizabeth Lund, +Richard Martin, the old hangout crew, the Fido themers, my street photography regulars (+Mark Forman), and of course the landscapers! So many more people), and that I hope to be back in full force in thefut... more »

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2014-03-15 23:03:13 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

It's been awhile since I've last posted on G+, but there's a really big opportunity for +Empowerment International, and I hope you can help.

The opportunity is for EI to get 20 bikes from +Specialized Bicycles !  It'll be an amazing thing for EI's biking program, and the kids will definitely be able to make use of it.  Biking helps keep them motivated, keeps them fit, and keeps them off the streets!

It's a very simple process and voting ends on Tuesday.  EI is currently in second place...by about 300 votes.  So every vote counts!  Please click and hit like.  You don't even have to like the product page, just the image.

1. CLICK HERE: http://bit.ly/HelpEIWin20Bikes
2. LIKE THE IMAGE

Please share if possible.  Thank you so much!!  There's so much going on, that I've been pretty quiet on social media in general. Let'... more »

It's been awhile since I've last posted on G+, but there's a really big opportunity for +Empowerment International, and I hope you can help.

The opportunity is for EI to get 20 bikes from +Specialized Bicycles !  It'll be an amazing thing for EI's biking program, and the kids will definitely be able to make use of it.  Biking helps keep them motivated, keeps them fit, and keeps them off the streets!

It's a very simple process and voting ends on Tuesday.  EI is currently in second place...by about 300 votes.  So every vote counts!  Please click and hit like.  You don't even have to like the product page, just the image.

1. CLICK HERE: http://bit.ly/HelpEIWin20Bikes
2. LIKE THE IMAGE

Please share if possible.  Thank you so much!!  There's so much going on, that I've been pretty quiet on social media in general.  Let's just say it involves getting married.  :)

I hope to come back to G+ in the future, but for now, I just don't have the energy.  I do miss many friends here...I hope you are all in good health and taking beautiful photos!

Aloha,
Wes___

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2013-12-09 01:03:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

Volunteer needed.  Inquire within.

If you would like to help out a wonderful organization, please consider volunteering.  Read the full post for more information and who to contact.

Aloha!

We are looking for a volunteer to help maintain the Google+ +Empowerment International page.  It would mainly entail keeping the Facebook and Google+ pages in sync -- including posts and responding to comments.

If you are interested, please contact empowerment.international@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EmpowermentInternational and leave us a message.

Gracias!___Volunteer needed.  Inquire within.

If you would like to help out a wonderful organization, please consider volunteering.  Read the full post for more information and who to contact.

Aloha!

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2013-11-21 16:49:21 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 61 +1s)

Back in Nicaragua... And the reason I'm here. The kids. Missed them a lot! Oh hi there Google+!

Back in Nicaragua... And the reason I'm here. The kids. Missed them a lot! Oh hi there Google+!___

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2013-10-24 06:16:22 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 68 +1s)

Last Day in Japan.

I just returned from a trip to Japan with my mother, and it was a great trip!  We visited many areas of Japan, including Fukuoka, Kyoto, Niigata, Sakata, Hakodate, Aomori, Yamagata, and Tokyo.

I also realized how much I missed home.  I haven't been posting much to social media in general, but I do know that photography is something I will continue to do even though I may not share as much as I did before.  I hope you are all in good health and ready for the holiday season.

Take care of each other and until next time, aloha no!

Last Day in Japan.

I just returned from a trip to Japan with my mother, and it was a great trip!  We visited many areas of Japan, including Fukuoka, Kyoto, Niigata, Sakata, Hakodate, Aomori, Yamagata, and Tokyo.

I also realized how much I missed home.  I haven't been posting much to social media in general, but I do know that photography is something I will continue to do even though I may not share as much as I did before.  I hope you are all in good health and ready for the holiday season.

Take care of each other and until next time, aloha no!___

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2013-08-06 22:36:32 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 32 +1s)

Oh yes...I'm still here :D

Great shot by +Andrew Willard.

Have a great week everyone!

Week 31 : Silhouette

#weeklyphotoproject2013  is curated by
+Andrew Willard, +Iain Harley & +Tiina Niskanen
+Weekly Photo Project 2013

I spent too much time, getting the shot I wanted, for this weeks theme image. I've done plenty of silhouette images in b&w but  a colour rendition is always a bit allusive to me... it's not that I can't create one but I always dislike something about them. Even this image bothers me slightly, it's off centre but the shading was terrific so I ended up using it.

Mr. Roo in silhouette enjoying the late afternoon sun.

It's a little late or really early for  #fidofriday  but that's ok ;-)
+Fido Friday is curated by +mel peifer, +Lisa Lisa, +Suhaib Ayaz & +Wes Lum___Oh yes...I'm still here :D

Great shot by +Andrew Willard.

Have a great week everyone!

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2013-07-19 19:18:44 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 80 +1s)

Happy #FidoFriday!

Even when we're miles away from the ocean, +TJ the Chocolate Labrador is still dreaming of swimming...

Yes, I'm still here...sort of.  Hope you have a great weekend!

#FidoFriday  is curated by +mel peifer, +Lisa Lisa, +Suhaib Ayaz, and myself.

Happy #FidoFriday!

Even when we're miles away from the ocean, +TJ the Chocolate Labrador is still dreaming of swimming...

Yes, I'm still here...sort of.  Hope you have a great weekend!

#FidoFriday  is curated by +mel peifer, +Lisa Lisa, +Suhaib Ayaz, and myself.___

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2013-06-28 20:14:33 (23 comments, 2 reshares, 73 +1s)

#MyPlusStory

July 16, 2011.  The day I started using +Google+.  

Who would've imagined...it's almost been two years now.  So much has changed, and I've experienced so much I may not have had it not been for Google+.  

How many Google+ UI changes have we gone through?  Who remembers #WhiteSpace .  I've ranted a few times...I've shared my frustrations.  Who remembers the "SUL"?  How about all those circle shares and being left out?!?  :)  Yeah, I've had my timeout moments.  But, I still enjoyed my time on G+...

The most significant and life changing has to be my travels to Nicaragua.  When I joined Google+, my interest in photography was just starting to come back.  I saw so many amazing photos, learned so much, and met so many new people.   One of the people I met, was +Colby Brown, and he was just startinghis organizat... more »

#MyPlusStory

July 16, 2011.  The day I started using +Google+.  

Who would've imagined...it's almost been two years now.  So much has changed, and I've experienced so much I may not have had it not been for Google+.  

How many Google+ UI changes have we gone through?  Who remembers #WhiteSpace .  I've ranted a few times...I've shared my frustrations.  Who remembers the "SUL"?  How about all those circle shares and being left out?!?  :)  Yeah, I've had my timeout moments.  But, I still enjoyed my time on G+...

The most significant and life changing has to be my travels to Nicaragua.  When I joined Google+, my interest in photography was just starting to come back.  I saw so many amazing photos, learned so much, and met so many new people.   One of the people I met, was +Colby Brown, and he was just starting his organization +The Giving Lens.

I remember being so excited when I heard that I could not only take pictures but work with an organization and give back.   I had so many reservations about joining the workshop, but I just did it.  I am so glad I did.

I joined +The Giving Lens and got to travel to Nicaragua, where I connected with an amazing organization +Empowerment International.  An organization that has given me the inspiration to become a better person and see my world in a totally different way.

Today, I continue to work with EI as a volunteer and on the board.

Photography and giving back has given me a sense of pride I've never had before.  

It's funny, when I started using Google+ I had no idea why I was using it.  Was it to blog?  Was it like my journal?  Was it for marketing my photography? 

And now, 2 years later, I still don't really know.  I think I may never know.  But, it has opened doors and introduced me to people I never would have met.  I know my photography skills have gotten better.  I don't think I would've been able to capture the photo of the Milky Way a few years ago.  I think I like not knowing why I'm using Google+.  In some ways, I hope I never know!

Actually, I may be using Google+ to see pictures of Fidos!  It is Friday...Woof Woof!

Have a great weekend everyone!

#MyPlusStory  is not a unique one, I hope.___

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2013-06-27 23:42:26 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 80 +1s)

Gone Fishing.

Just came back from Molokai, Hawaii.  It was a great trip with good friends.  Friends caught a few Uluas (27 & 65lbs), and I got to take pictures!  Still not into photography the way I used to be, but I did enjoy the solitude and time spent waking up early and staying up late just to capture photos...not to mention the food and beer was awesome!

I figured I should check in and say hello as well.  I hope you are all well and ready for the weekend!

Alright, crawling back into my hole...until next time!  (Maybe next week?  Could be next month........)

For #thirstyThursday  curated by +Mark Esguerra & +Giuseppe Basile.

For #landscapephotography  curated by +Margaret Tompkins.

Gone Fishing.

Just came back from Molokai, Hawaii.  It was a great trip with good friends.  Friends caught a few Uluas (27 & 65lbs), and I got to take pictures!  Still not into photography the way I used to be, but I did enjoy the solitude and time spent waking up early and staying up late just to capture photos...not to mention the food and beer was awesome!

I figured I should check in and say hello as well.  I hope you are all well and ready for the weekend!

Alright, crawling back into my hole...until next time!  (Maybe next week?  Could be next month........)

For #thirstyThursday  curated by +Mark Esguerra & +Giuseppe Basile.

For #landscapephotography  curated by +Margaret Tompkins.___

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2013-06-10 00:48:19 (35 comments, 1 reshares, 101 +1s)

Untold Story.

I've been pretty much absent on G+ for awhile now, and I haven't shared much of what is going on.  Truth is, I miss many of you -- the interaction and the friendships, but life has given me some truly unexpected and wonderful twists.

In the past few months, I've been in a serious relationship with a wonderful girl who I never expected to meet, and it's been an amazing journey so far.  Mix that with a lack of photographic motivation, work, my brown dog, sleep and you've got a recipe for the anti-socialness that is me.

So, I want you all to know that I miss you (just some ppl that come to mind right now +Ada M , +Elizabeth Lund, +Richard Martin, the old hangout crew, the Fido themers, my street photography regulars (+Mark Forman), and of course the landscapers! So many more people), and that I hope to be back in full force in thefut... more »

Untold Story.

I've been pretty much absent on G+ for awhile now, and I haven't shared much of what is going on.  Truth is, I miss many of you -- the interaction and the friendships, but life has given me some truly unexpected and wonderful twists.

In the past few months, I've been in a serious relationship with a wonderful girl who I never expected to meet, and it's been an amazing journey so far.  Mix that with a lack of photographic motivation, work, my brown dog, sleep and you've got a recipe for the anti-socialness that is me.

So, I want you all to know that I miss you (just some ppl that come to mind right now +Ada M , +Elizabeth Lund, +Richard Martin, the old hangout crew, the Fido themers, my street photography regulars (+Mark Forman), and of course the landscapers! So many more people), and that I hope to be back in full force in the future.  I don't know when that will be, but I am still active on G+...but consider me to be a ninja Plusser for a bit.

Sadly, I will admit, I am a little more active on, don't kill me, Facebook, and you are more than welcome to friend me:  http://www.facebook.com/wesleylum

If you need to get in touch with me, please email me because I really lose track of all the G+ notifications.  If there are any I've missed in the past few months, I'm really sorry.  I am not ignoring you!

I also want to thank the #FidoFriday  team who have been picking up my slack -- +mel peifer, +Lisa Lisa, +Suhaib Ayaz!

Oh hey, I might as well submit this for a theme since the posts are so rare for me these days!

For #LandscapePhotography  curated by +Margaret Tompkins.

Have a great week plussers!  Aloha no!___

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2013-05-07 22:22:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)

The great things that +The Giving Lens does!

TGL Peru - Day One

After a hearty breakfast and coffee, the TGL Peru team packed up all of their camera gear and set out to explore the amazingly photogenic city of Cusco, Peru. From old, character filled wooden doors, to baby sheep, this city has a ton to offer our photographers while rambling down the narrow cobblestone roads. 

The afternoon led us to the real reason why the team is here. To help introduce photography to the children of +Picaflor House. After some introductions and a short performance by the children, The Giving Lens team members separated into groups and handed out the many cameras that were generously donated. The children's eyes lit up as they ran around the large play area, learning the basics of photographing flowers, people, and of course, group jumps! The team members, and of course, the children, can't wait to return tomorrow to continue the fun.

#TGLPeru   #Photography   #Travel  #Peru___The great things that +The Giving Lens does!

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2013-04-05 19:30:27 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 50 +1s)

Happy #FidoFriday everyone! 

Happy #FidoFriday everyone! ___

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2013-04-05 19:00:52 (12 comments, 3 reshares, 62 +1s)

Crazy World.

There's light up ahead.  Have a great weekend everyone!

#LandscapePhotography  curated by +Margaret Tompkins,
#ThirstyThursday  (a day late) curated by +Mark Esguerra & +Giuseppe Basile.

#hawaii  

Crazy World.

There's light up ahead.  Have a great weekend everyone!

#LandscapePhotography  curated by +Margaret Tompkins,
#ThirstyThursday  (a day late) curated by +Mark Esguerra & +Giuseppe Basile.

#hawaii  ___

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2013-04-03 00:53:19 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

Nikon D800 / D800E / D600 Firmware Update!

Just an FYI...

D800:  http://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/18257/kw/D800

D800E:  http://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/18262/kw/D800e

D600:  http://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/18267/kw/D600

I haven't tested it yet...but I just applied it.

Nikon D800 / D800E / D600 Firmware Update!

Just an FYI...

D800:  http://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/18257/kw/D800

D800E:  http://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/18262/kw/D800e

D600:  http://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/18267/kw/D600

I haven't tested it yet...but I just applied it.___

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2013-04-02 21:18:48 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 67 +1s)

Rain Dance.

This image is featured in the 2013 PNM Contemporary Photography in Hawaii exhibition.  I would like to invite you to come down and see many wonderful photographs by local Hawaii photographers.

The exhibition starts today, but the artist's reception will be on April 5th from 6-9pm with an awards ceremony at 7pm. 

The exhibition is at South Street Gallery / Frame Arts Hawaii located at:

627 South St.
Honolulu, HI 96813

The exhibition is free and open to the public from April 1st through April 20th. (Note reception is on April 5th)

Gallery hours are:

Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday, 9:30am - 1:00pm
Sunday, closed

A big mahalo to PNM and, especially, to all those who have supported me through the years.

Hope to see you there!

Rain Dance.

This image is featured in the 2013 PNM Contemporary Photography in Hawaii exhibition.  I would like to invite you to come down and see many wonderful photographs by local Hawaii photographers.

The exhibition starts today, but the artist's reception will be on April 5th from 6-9pm with an awards ceremony at 7pm. 

The exhibition is at South Street Gallery / Frame Arts Hawaii located at:

627 South St.
Honolulu, HI 96813

The exhibition is free and open to the public from April 1st through April 20th. (Note reception is on April 5th)

Gallery hours are:

Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday, 9:30am - 1:00pm
Sunday, closed

A big mahalo to PNM and, especially, to all those who have supported me through the years.

Hope to see you there!___

2013-04-02 19:57:47 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

I have a question...curious what other photographers feel about it.

In the an upcoming photo exhibition, there's a photo of a little child naked.  Not my photo.

In Nicaragua, I see this all the time, and I feel there's a way to display the situation without minimizing the dignity of a person, and more so, a child.  I always focus on presenting the situation in a respectful and dignified way, no matter how horrid the conditions maybe.

Part of me is conflicted because I do also want to share "real life" in Nicaragua, but I have my limits.  What do you think?

I have a question...curious what other photographers feel about it.

In the an upcoming photo exhibition, there's a photo of a little child naked.  Not my photo.

In Nicaragua, I see this all the time, and I feel there's a way to display the situation without minimizing the dignity of a person, and more so, a child.  I always focus on presenting the situation in a respectful and dignified way, no matter how horrid the conditions maybe.

Part of me is conflicted because I do also want to share "real life" in Nicaragua, but I have my limits.  What do you think?___

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2013-04-01 05:25:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)

Congratulations to +Jess Gibson!

I apologize to everyone who participated for being fairly inactive.  It doesn't mean I haven't been looking though.

On behalf of the #FidoFriday G+ pack leaders (aka curators) are +mel peifer, +Lisa Lisa, +Suhaib Ayaz, and myself, thanks and have a great week!

Thanks to +Jess Gibson and Maggie--here it is, our #FidoFriday cover photo of the week!  (This lighting--to die for!!)

Thanks again to everyone who participated yesterday!  We hope you're having a great weekend!

#FidoFridayCover  ___Congratulations to +Jess Gibson!

I apologize to everyone who participated for being fairly inactive.  It doesn't mean I haven't been looking though.

On behalf of the #FidoFriday G+ pack leaders (aka curators) are +mel peifer, +Lisa Lisa, +Suhaib Ayaz, and myself, thanks and have a great week!

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2013-04-01 03:07:59 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 49 +1s)

Hunting Beauty.

After a rough week, I really needed to get out.  I shot a sunrise for the first time in months, and I spent some much needed time with good friends.

No matter how hard it may be to find, there is beauty in everything.     It's just sometimes...Sometimes, it is really, really difficult to find.  This Easter, I wasn't hunting for eggs...but luckily, I was able to find a little beauty.

Have a great week everyone!

Hunting Beauty.

After a rough week, I really needed to get out.  I shot a sunrise for the first time in months, and I spent some much needed time with good friends.

No matter how hard it may be to find, there is beauty in everything.     It's just sometimes...Sometimes, it is really, really difficult to find.  This Easter, I wasn't hunting for eggs...but luckily, I was able to find a little beauty.

Have a great week everyone!___

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2013-03-29 21:09:38 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 36 +1s)

Happy birthday +Colby Brown!

To someone who changed my life, I will be eternally grateful!  Have an awesome birthday, and here's to many more wonderful years!

Happy birthday +Colby Brown!

To someone who changed my life, I will be eternally grateful!  Have an awesome birthday, and here's to many more wonderful years!___

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2013-03-27 00:32:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 33 +1s)

A great streetshot by +Thomas Leuthard.

Heavy rain is in the forecast.  I might have to find a nice puddle and get ready to capture some inspired shots!

NYC #7___A great streetshot by +Thomas Leuthard.

Heavy rain is in the forecast.  I might have to find a nice puddle and get ready to capture some inspired shots!

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2013-03-26 20:32:02 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 46 +1s)

Kurume City Hall.

Kurume, Japan.

For #RepetetiveTuesday  curated by +Ping Doherty, +Andy Q., & +Frank Schillinger.

Kurume City Hall.

Kurume, Japan.

For #RepetetiveTuesday  curated by +Ping Doherty, +Andy Q., & +Frank Schillinger.___

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2013-03-26 20:02:51 (2 comments, 8 reshares, 25 +1s)

Equality for all!

http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/03/26/what-is-the-red-equal-sign-all-over-facebook-and-twitter/

Equality for all!

http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/03/26/what-is-the-red-equal-sign-all-over-facebook-and-twitter/___

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2013-03-26 09:49:57 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)

$0.99 for 14+ hours of classical music from the Bach Guild.

You can get it for free if you read the details on the deal from +Slickdeals.  Download a free Android app, and get mp3 credit.

Enjoy & goodnight G+!

$0.99 for 14+ hours of classical music from the Bach Guild.

You can get it for free if you read the details on the deal from +Slickdeals.  Download a free Android app, and get mp3 credit.

Enjoy & goodnight G+!___

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2013-03-24 01:12:55 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 43 +1s)

Congratulations to +Light Bandit for being selected as the 3rd ever #FidoFriday  cover photo!  Thanks everyone for participating this week!

#FidoFriday  is curated by +mel peifer, +Lisa Lisa, +Suhaib Ayaz, and +Wes Lum.

Our #FidoFriday  cover photo of the week!

Speedy Gonzales by +Light Bandit

#FidoFridayCover  ___Congratulations to +Light Bandit for being selected as the 3rd ever #FidoFriday  cover photo!  Thanks everyone for participating this week!

#FidoFriday  is curated by +mel peifer, +Lisa Lisa, +Suhaib Ayaz, and +Wes Lum.

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2013-03-23 04:24:54 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 25 +1s)

This photo is by +Andrew Willard.

Thanks again everyone for a wonderful #FidoFriday  and enjoy the sun this weekend!

#FidoFriday (+Fido Friday) curated by +mel peifer, +Lisa Lisa, +Suhaib Ayaz, and +Wes Lum.

Project 52 B&W
Week 12: Uneven
#p52bw13  | +Project 52 B&W
Curated by +Tisha Craw, +Susan Porter & +David Bowden

I wasn't really sure what I was going to attempt for this weeks B&W themed image, that is until Mr. Roo did one of his famous uneven poses. Surprisingly he isn't leaning up against the cupboard, it's just his odd chihuahua stance. You will also notice that he found the tiny sliver of light coming into the kitchen... he is small enough that he just fits :-)

It's also #fidofriday  ! Woof Woof !
+Fido Friday is curated by +mel peifer, +Lisa Lisa, +Suhaib Ayaz & +Wes Lum___This photo is by +Andrew Willard.

Thanks again everyone for a wonderful #FidoFriday  and enjoy the sun this weekend!

#FidoFriday (+Fido Friday) curated by +mel peifer, +Lisa Lisa, +Suhaib Ayaz, and +Wes Lum.

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2013-03-23 00:07:38 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)

Happy #FidoFriday!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Happy #FidoFriday!

Hope you all have a great weekend!___

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2013-03-22 11:24:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 47 +1s)

What a beautiful dog!  I can't sleep...so I'm looking at all the fido posts.  I think I should try to go to bed again.

Goodnight G+!

Gustav enjoying the first rays of sun
At only eleven weeks of age and after a very long and dark winter here in Germany, Gustav really enjoys the light outside.
He is a 'Pudelpointer', a german breed of hunting dogs developed in the late nineteenth century by cross-breeding of Hunting Poodles and English Pointers.

For #FidoFriday  curated by +mel peifer +Lisa Lisa, +Wes Lum, and +Suhaib Ayaz.
+Fido Friday ___What a beautiful dog!  I can't sleep...so I'm looking at all the fido posts.  I think I should try to go to bed again.

Goodnight G+!

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2013-03-22 07:24:46 (31 comments, 0 reshares, 29 +1s)

I am honored to announce that my photo "Rain Dance" has been selected for the 2013 PNM Contemporary Photography in Hawaii exhibition, and I would like to invite you to come down and see many wonderful photographs by local Hawaii photographers.

Opening night will be on April 5th from 6-9pm with an awards ceremony at 7pm. 

The exhibition is at South Street Gallery / Frame Arts Hawaii located at:

627 South St.
Honolulu, HI 96813

The exhibition is free and open to the public from April 1st through April 20th.

Gallery hours are:

Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday, 9:30am - 1:00pm
Sunday, closed

A big mahalo to PNM and, especially, to all those who have supported me through the years.

Hope to see you there!

I am honored to announce that my photo "Rain Dance" has been selected for the 2013 PNM Contemporary Photography in Hawaii exhibition, and I would like to invite you to come down and see many wonderful photographs by local Hawaii photographers.

Opening night will be on April 5th from 6-9pm with an awards ceremony at 7pm. 

The exhibition is at South Street Gallery / Frame Arts Hawaii located at:

627 South St.
Honolulu, HI 96813

The exhibition is free and open to the public from April 1st through April 20th.

Gallery hours are:

Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday, 9:30am - 1:00pm
Sunday, closed

A big mahalo to PNM and, especially, to all those who have supported me through the years.

Hope to see you there!___

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2013-03-22 00:05:41 (25 comments, 3 reshares, 12 +1s)

Anielka's Medical Expenses

Some of you may know, Anielka had to go to the hospital yesterday after suffering from what we thought might be a burst appendix for almost 5 days.

All of the costs are coming out of +Empowerment International general fund at the moment.  They are helping out beyond just the medical bills, including paying for the transportation for Anielka's mom and sister (they can't afford it otherwise), food, etc.  It's not cheap, and EI doesn't have a lot of money to start with.  So if you have $10 or more to spare, please, please consider helping out.

I'll post updates on her status here:  http://goo.gl/uA1P0
Any messages you want to send her here:  http://goo.gl/PUZV4

We (+Empowerment International, +Kathy Adams, myself, and so many people who know Anielka) love her so much!

THANK YOU!!!... more »

Anielka's Medical Expenses

Some of you may know, Anielka had to go to the hospital yesterday after suffering from what we thought might be a burst appendix for almost 5 days.

All of the costs are coming out of +Empowerment International general fund at the moment.  They are helping out beyond just the medical bills, including paying for the transportation for Anielka's mom and sister (they can't afford it otherwise), food, etc.  It's not cheap, and EI doesn't have a lot of money to start with.  So if you have $10 or more to spare, please, please consider helping out.

I'll post updates on her status here:  http://goo.gl/uA1P0
Any messages you want to send her here:  http://goo.gl/PUZV4

We (+Empowerment International, +Kathy Adams, myself, and so many people who know Anielka) love her so much!

THANK YOU!!!

For those that sent messages to her, we are putting them together and passing them to her.  This morning, Kathy told me that Anielka was surprised at how many people care about her...Yes, you guys make a difference!

+Jay Patel +Varina Patel +Julian Ortiz +Elizabeth Lund +NUBIA RICHMAN +dara b +Michael Bonocore +Kate Siobhan Havercroft +dan boyer +Jared Youtsey +David Plowchalk +Karen Rowland Yeo +Tom Bilbro +Colby Brown +Christina Lihani +Pimanna Boonyasak +martin Miguel Casco-Robles
+Ada M +Donna McClure +Mike Culver +Houston Genaux +Abby Wood +Karin Nelson +Cynthia Pyun +michael anthony +Mark Plonsky +LaDonna Pride 

THANK YOU!!!___

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2013-03-21 22:12:32 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 28 +1s)

+Tom Tran shared a post by +Lori Friedrich about water.

Imagine living in a place where you have limited access to clean water.  How would it affect your life?

I hope you will take a look:  http://goo.gl/F8GoA

In Nicaragua, some people still lack access.  In one community served by +Empowerment International, this is still an issue.  Things are changing, slowly.  Coincidentally, while I was in Nicaragua, Santa Ana community just had a new pump installed for potable water by an organization called Living Water International.

It definitely brings comfort knowing things are improving, but there's still a lot of people in the world with no access to clean water.

#WorldWaterDay2013   #WorldWaterDay13   #WorldWaterDay  

+Tom Tran shared a post by +Lori Friedrich about water.

Imagine living in a place where you have limited access to clean water.  How would it affect your life?

I hope you will take a look:  http://goo.gl/F8GoA

In Nicaragua, some people still lack access.  In one community served by +Empowerment International, this is still an issue.  Things are changing, slowly.  Coincidentally, while I was in Nicaragua, Santa Ana community just had a new pump installed for potable water by an organization called Living Water International.

It definitely brings comfort knowing things are improving, but there's still a lot of people in the world with no access to clean water.

#WorldWaterDay2013   #WorldWaterDay13   #WorldWaterDay  ___

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2013-03-21 02:04:19 (60 comments, 4 reshares, 42 +1s)

Thoughts and prayers for Anielka, please. She just went to the emergency room for appendicitis...They think it might have even burst. It's been a few days since symptoms first showed up. Doctors have been giving her various medications, but she's finally in a hospital getting a serious look. It's a little harder finding a good doctor in Nicaragua.

Thoughts and prayers for Anielka, please. She just went to the emergency room for appendicitis...They think it might have even burst. It's been a few days since symptoms first showed up. Doctors have been giving her various medications, but she's finally in a hospital getting a serious look. It's a little harder finding a good doctor in Nicaragua.___

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2013-03-20 02:38:26 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 48 +1s)

I know, it's a little late, but here's a midweek reminder that #FidoFriday  is just around the corner!

Congratulations to +Evelyn S. Lamprey for being this week's cover photo (2nd ever) for +Fido Friday!

Hope you are all having a great week! 

BTW, if you need a midweek fido theme/page, check out #WoofWednesday  and +The G+ DogPark!

Are there other dog themes out there too??

Our cover photo of the week by +Evelyn S. Lamprey!

We can't wait for #FidoFriday  to be here already!___I know, it's a little late, but here's a midweek reminder that #FidoFriday  is just around the corner!

Congratulations to +Evelyn S. Lamprey for being this week's cover photo (2nd ever) for +Fido Friday!

Hope you are all having a great week! 

BTW, if you need a midweek fido theme/page, check out #WoofWednesday  and +The G+ DogPark!

Are there other dog themes out there too??

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2013-03-19 08:15:20 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 37 +1s)

Happy birthday +Sue Ranscht!

Sue has been one of my inspirations on G+ since it started, and I just want to thank her and wish her the best!  I hope you see this Sue!  :)

This is "Inotani by Day."  I posted a similar shot of Inotani at night last year.  This is right before I walked along the highway, through a tunnel with about a foot of space between me and cars to get to Tokoniji waterfalls.  It was an experience and I lost a step up ring because I tripped over the high curb along the road.  It was a great adventure x.x  Not to mention the old man who told me to watch out for bears at the waterfall.  I'd go back again though :)

Goodnight G+!

#LandscapePhotography  curated by +Margaret Tompkins.
#MirrorMonday  curated by +Elizabeth Edwards & +Gemma Costa.

Happy birthday +Sue Ranscht!

Sue has been one of my inspirations on G+ since it started, and I just want to thank her and wish her the best!  I hope you see this Sue!  :)

This is "Inotani by Day."  I posted a similar shot of Inotani at night last year.  This is right before I walked along the highway, through a tunnel with about a foot of space between me and cars to get to Tokoniji waterfalls.  It was an experience and I lost a step up ring because I tripped over the high curb along the road.  It was a great adventure x.x  Not to mention the old man who told me to watch out for bears at the waterfall.  I'd go back again though :)

Goodnight G+!

#LandscapePhotography  curated by +Margaret Tompkins.
#MirrorMonday  curated by +Elizabeth Edwards & +Gemma Costa.___

2013-03-18 23:29:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

This makes me sad...Known +Thomas Schwartz since early G+ days when hangouts just started.  

Wish you the best Thomas!  Things will turn around...

The Struggle is Real

 I don't know many of you personally, but I do feel as if I have created some lasting "internet relationships" with some of you.

My family has been struggling the past couple of months. My mother lost her job toward the end of 2012, and I worked seasonal for Target, but unfortunately I wasn't kept on after the season. It has been difficult for both my mother and I to find new jobs. She has been in and out of a few "on call" jobs whereas I havent been able to find a job at all.

I have gotten a few phone calls, but unfortunately no one has scheduled an in person interview with me. I have been able to stretch my last paycheck thus far, but it has been extremely difficult and it is almost gone.

I am sad that I havent been able to find a job, but I am more sad for my parents. They are almost 60 and wanting to retire, but they care more about what is best for the family. What makes it worse is that my mom is down everyday, because she feels like she is unwanted in the workplace.

What makes it more difficult for me personally is that I have an idea for a great company(as dorky as that sounds) that I feel would help my family out of its struggle, but I have no way of ever letting my idea see the light of day.

Also, the fact that finding a job for me is a dire need at this point. I have to face the fact that I might not be able to go to college next semester.

All I ask is that you guys please pray for my family and send us positive thoughts that my mom and I will be able to find jobs Thank you guys. 

#thestruggle   #struggling   #economy   #workplace   #prayer   #prayformeplease  ___This makes me sad...Known +Thomas Schwartz since early G+ days when hangouts just started.  

Wish you the best Thomas!  Things will turn around...

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2013-03-18 23:24:00 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s)

Search for yourself...automatically!

I'm always late to the party, so I'm sure everyone knows this already, but just in case you didn't know, there's a pretty cool feature under your Google account setting that automatically searches for your name on the web.

I think it's both a good security practice...and informational, too.  It'll let you keep tabs of your online profile.

1.  Go here:  https://www.google.com/settings/me
2.  Then click:  "Search for yourself" and add your names / pseudonyms.
3.  Optionally, if you to make it a regular email, click on "Manage my Web Alerts" and add your search terms there, choose how often and where to send it to.

Enjoy!

#GoogleSecurity   #AboutMe   #SearchYourself   #SearchForYourself  

Search for yourself...automatically!

I'm always late to the party, so I'm sure everyone knows this already, but just in case you didn't know, there's a pretty cool feature under your Google account setting that automatically searches for your name on the web.

I think it's both a good security practice...and informational, too.  It'll let you keep tabs of your online profile.

1.  Go here:  https://www.google.com/settings/me
2.  Then click:  "Search for yourself" and add your names / pseudonyms.
3.  Optionally, if you to make it a regular email, click on "Manage my Web Alerts" and add your search terms there, choose how often and where to send it to.

Enjoy!

#GoogleSecurity   #AboutMe   #SearchYourself   #SearchForYourself  ___

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2013-03-18 20:33:03 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Wow!  Sigma lens better than Zeiss and Nikon equivalents, and it can be had for much less $$$!

Significantly better, btw.

Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 = $1800
Nikon 35mm f/1.4 = $1500
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 = $899

Lens purchase anyone?

Wow!  Sigma lens better than Zeiss and Nikon equivalents, and it can be had for much less $$$!

Significantly better, btw.

Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 = $1800
Nikon 35mm f/1.4 = $1500
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 = $899

Lens purchase anyone?___

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2013-03-18 19:33:00 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 29 +1s)

Happy Birthday +Elizabeth Lund!

Oh wow, how did I almost miss this one!  To a truly wonderful person...Have a great day, Elizabeth!

This one was taken in Lago de Nicaragua, near the many islets of the lake.  This boat trip is a bird lovers dream.  I didn't have the best gear to take bird shots, but I tried.

With +Empowerment International & +The Giving Lens.

Happy Birthday +Elizabeth Lund!

Oh wow, how did I almost miss this one!  To a truly wonderful person...Have a great day, Elizabeth!

This one was taken in Lago de Nicaragua, near the many islets of the lake.  This boat trip is a bird lovers dream.  I didn't have the best gear to take bird shots, but I tried.

With +Empowerment International & +The Giving Lens.___

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2013-03-18 17:45:49 (11 comments, 2 reshares, 38 +1s)

Flying High.

Spent some free time roaming around Granada, Nicaragua.  Found some skateboarders doing some aerial tricks...some successful, some not so much.  They kept going even after taking some pretty mean spills.  This shot was a successful jump.

For #MidairMonday  curated by +Jeff Moreau.
#MonochromeMonday (+Monochrome Monday) Curated by +Hans Berendsen , +Jerry Johnson , +Steve Barge and guest-curators +Dominique Hilbert , +David Orr and +Martin Heller 

Flying High.

Spent some free time roaming around Granada, Nicaragua.  Found some skateboarders doing some aerial tricks...some successful, some not so much.  They kept going even after taking some pretty mean spills.  This shot was a successful jump.

For #MidairMonday  curated by +Jeff Moreau.
#MonochromeMonday (+Monochrome Monday) Curated by +Hans Berendsen , +Jerry Johnson , +Steve Barge and guest-curators +Dominique Hilbert , +David Orr and +Martin Heller ___

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2013-03-16 20:19:14 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 73 +1s)

Sunset over Volcan Masaya.

Masaya, Nicaragua.

I've temporarily lost my intrigue in sunsets and sunrises.  I don't know why.  There have been some beautiful ones in the past few days here at home in Hawaii.

When will it return?  I don't know.  But I'm not sad about it...I'm just waiting to go back to Nicaragua.

With +The Giving Lens & +Empowerment International.   #TGLNicaragua  

For #SunsetSaturday  curated by +TJ Kelly.
For #LandscapePhotography  curated by +Margaret Tompkins.
It's been awhile since my last theme post to these two!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Sunset over Volcan Masaya.

Masaya, Nicaragua.

I've temporarily lost my intrigue in sunsets and sunrises.  I don't know why.  There have been some beautiful ones in the past few days here at home in Hawaii.

When will it return?  I don't know.  But I'm not sad about it...I'm just waiting to go back to Nicaragua.

With +The Giving Lens & +Empowerment International.   #TGLNicaragua  

For #SunsetSaturday  curated by +TJ Kelly.
For #LandscapePhotography  curated by +Margaret Tompkins.
It's been awhile since my last theme post to these two!

Have a great weekend everyone!___

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2013-03-16 09:42:24 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

Thanks +Christina Lihani for sharing this.  

Goodnight G+!

NEW VIDEO - #HoldOn  - released as part of National Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence...

Well here it is, the moment I've been waiting for! I am so happy to be able to share my song #HoldOn  with you, complete with new video made from images sent in by YOU, my lovely #spits .

I was truly blown away by just how many people were involved in the making of this video - just goes to show how many people support this worthy cause - things WILL get better, you just have to hold on. To everyone who was involved, Thank you for getting behind this cause... I couldn't have done it without you. I will be doing a post later where I personally thank you all!! <3 <3

Please share the video today on +Google+ & your other social networks with hash tag #HoldOn  - lets try and make a difference to at least one person's life

#Lizzyspit   #iamaspit   #HoldOn   #AntiBullying   #NationalDayOfActionAgainstBullyingandViolence  ___Thanks +Christina Lihani for sharing this.  

Goodnight G+!

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2013-03-15 21:45:29 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 35 +1s)

Life of Pi.

So I just watched Life of Pi, and I was blown away at so many scenes.  As a photographer, I just wanted to jump in my TV and snap away.  Anyone see it?  Such a great story line too.  I can't believe this movie lost to Argo for Best Picture.

Life of Pi.

So I just watched Life of Pi, and I was blown away at so many scenes.  As a photographer, I just wanted to jump in my TV and snap away.  Anyone see it?  Such a great story line too.  I can't believe this movie lost to Argo for Best Picture.___

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2013-03-15 20:25:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)

Who are you looking at?

Woof!  Today is  #FidoFriday  by the way...

prince, nachbars dog

#fidofriday by +Wes Lum +mel peifer +Lisa Lisa +Fido Friday
#dogloversworldwide +Dog Lovers Worldwide - DLW by +Robert SKREINER 
#welovedogs +We Love Dogs!      #nikonshooters
#fotoamateur by +Britta Rogge +Karsten Meyer +Markus Landsmann +Scotti van Palm and me___Who are you looking at?

Woof!  Today is  #FidoFriday  by the way...

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2013-03-13 08:03:13 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 50 +1s)

Well, I really couldn't find a crazy picture for +Wesley Yeoh's birthday, but I know he loves monkeys.  So here's a monkey for you.

Speak no evil monkey.  Dunno what happen to the other two.

Happy birthday Wes! 

From,
The other Wes

#whackywes  

Well, I really couldn't find a crazy picture for +Wesley Yeoh's birthday, but I know he loves monkeys.  So here's a monkey for you.

Speak no evil monkey.  Dunno what happen to the other two.

Happy birthday Wes! 

From,
The other Wes

#whackywes  ___

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2013-03-11 02:14:34 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 26 +1s)

+Johnny Graterol Guevara lives in Venezuela, and his account is one that I haven't seen or read in all the news on Chavez's death.  It's something to think about.

I hope for the best for the Venezuelan people in the future.

The Hugo Chávez I knew

This has been a strange week for me. I have received condolences from some of my contacts (both in Skype and Whatsapp) about a person I didn't like, nor care too much about. I have discussed with persons from abroad about my country and our recent history, and I have been lectured about my everyday reality, or what some abroad suppose is my reality. I have been judged, called names by people that doesn't even know me, and my nationality have been put into question. And all this, while I have witnessed the birth and growing of another romantic (yet, unrealistic) legend: The one of Hugo Chávez.

The first time I ever heard of Hugo Chávez was back in 1992, during the Coup d'etat he attempted in February. That night, once defeated by forces loyal to the government of Carlos Andrés Pérez, he was forced to address the nation and his rebels, to make a call for surrender. He was nervous, it was obvious, but nevertheless made a defiant statement: Compañeros, lamentablemente por ahora, los objetivos que nos planteamos no se han cumplido (Comrades, unfortunately for now, the goals we set ourselves were not achieved)

Chávez was in every topic of conversation back then, even for us youngsters (I was 16 at the time). As a joke, and since we were in our senior year, we asked our counselor in High School to name our promotion promoción Hugo Chávez Frias (in Venezuela is or was a custom to name the promotions in High Schools and Universities after a person, and not by the year of graduation, as it is another countries). She was horrified by our request, and as the year-named graduation were being introduced that year in that Highschool, she just said: The promotion will be named '1992 promotion', and that's it . We never discussed the issue anymore, although  being the typical teenage rebels we were back then in that school, we thought our request was kind of cool. And the reaction of our counselor? Even better.

Little did we know.

The years went by, and Chávez was more and more mentioned, as events related to him become more and more news-worthy (so to speak): The campaign for his release, his presidential pardon, from president Rafael Caldera, his nomination to the 1998 election, etc. As he was poised to become the real contender against traditional parties of the old status quo (aged, and obsolete), many were prepared to give him the vote, in spite of the warnings of some historians and intellectual who viewed with distrust the nomination of this former conspirator. 

Nevertheless, I was really disinterested with this election, or its candidates. I didn't like Chávez, or Salas Römer (the other candidate with real chance). So I was in the more than 30% (36.24, according to Carter Center data) of voters that didn't bother to show to cast their ballots. I just spent the whole day watching TV.

Then the results came in. Chavez was elected president (as everyone expected). Everyone went back to their lives, business as usual.

Except, everything changed from then on. 

Changes, or course, were gradual. Drop by drop. The early Chávez, soft spoken, articulated, the one that declared in every interview that "he was willing to leave office like every previous president, in five years", dressed in conservative suits, disappeared little by little, to give place to Chávez the bully: The one dressed either in military fatigues, or red clothes and berets. The one that used curses, the one that called Venezuelans opposed to him escuálidos (a pejorative term now in Venezuela to refer opposition Venezuelans, loosely translated as either scrawny, or filthy), vende patrias (traitors), apátridas (people without country), pitiyanquis (yankee lovers). The one that didn't take no for an answer, because he was surrounded by a court of yes men. The one that went on for hours and hours on national TV, issuing threats and insults to adversaries, journalists and voters alike. 

There were changes in our lives as well. Some more sudden than others. The sell of foreign currency was put under the control of the State, and how much we were allowed to buy was limited (to this day, a Venezuelan is only allowed 400 USD per year to online commerce, and 2500 USD per year to travel). The availability of certain staple products (like milk, cooking oil, maize and regular flour) was clearly not the same. Even coffee, one of the former exports of Venezuela, was now a scarce product, difficult to find. Before Chávez, it was possible to make all your purchases in your local supermarket. Now, Venezuelans hunt basic products from one store to the next, sometimes to no avail. And when they do find what they are looking for, it's very common to find this sign: Sólo uno por persona (one per person)

http://caracaschronicles.com/2013/03/07/my-kindgdom-for-a-cake/

We suddenly found ourselves in a country that despised us, and discriminated us based on our political opinions. We found ourselves in a country that considered us traitors. We found ourselves tried and sentenced, by public officers and state funded TV shows like La Hojilla (the razor), where the Venezuelan version of Bill O'Reilly on steroids, Mario Silva, insulted, defamed and ridiculed everyone daring to oppose or criticize the Government. Mario Silva symbolized the new way of the government to deal with the opposition: Character assassination at his best, a letter of marque to defame and expose the inner secrets of his adversaries (by any means necessary). llegal wiretapped phone calls from opposition leaders and journalists were regularly broadcasted from La Hojilla . In one instance, a Web site managed by government supporters, exposed illegal wiretaps from a local known journalist (a conversation with a sexual partner of the same sex) seeking ridicule as a goal (in revealing his sexual orientation).

What is difficult to explain to people abroad, is how this is different from, let's say, the political animosity in the United States between democrats and republicans under Obama administration. Or in Spain between supporters of PSOE and PP. Although I know a lot of these countries and their political clout, I'm not sure if in any of them a person has ever been denied a job in the public sector, based on a signature placed in a recall request for a public officer. Or fired from a job in the public sector, for the very same reason (something that happened in Venezuela, on the Tascón List incident, where thousands of persons faced dismissal, because of their signing in a recall request against Chávez). Or even denied healthcare coverage, because usted firmó (you signed), as it happened with local sport reporter's father, Mary Montes. Or beaten with sticks and rocks by government supporters, just for having a t-shirt or a sign that identify them as opposition supporters. Even though I have tried to explain to those foreign supporters of Chávez that Venezuela under his rule doesn't work as a normal democracy, with check and balances, the average answer of those persons is: You are just a sore loser. 

And you know what? I wished that was the case. Me, just being pissed that my candidate lost in the last election.

But what it's actually is, is fear.

Fear of expressing your political views in certain parts of my own city (and not only because of the fear of a fist fight), or using your real name in Venezuelan political forums (several Venezuelan twitter users have been indicted for "spreading rumors" in the past). Fear of having your property (being a store, a state, or your own house) seized or confiscated by the government, as it has happened hundreds of times during Chavez administration. 

Private property is anathema for chavismo . Even though they are known for their lavish lifestyles (Chávez himself included, with his Patek Philippe watches, and his Nino Cerruti suits), hundreds of confiscations, expropiaciones , have recurred across the country. The owners, rarely compensated. And all of this happening sometimes, on national TV, in a very public manner. Can you imagine, someone like Obama, or prime minister Rajoy, yelling on a TV broadcast ¡Exprópiese! (expropiate that!)? And then, watch their aides and ministers, rushing to acomplish, and at the same time condone this lawlessness?

(I know I can't)

Chávez supporters abroad seem to (conveniently) forget that detail. Perhaps because they are abroad. Or perhaps, because they don't even know it. Something difficult to believe in the case of journalists like +Jim Naureckas. Or that guy that regularly appears in The Guardian, Mark Weisbrot.

In the end, they doesn't seem to know the Chávez I knew. For the last fourteen years.

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Enjoy the reading +Ole Olson...___+Johnny Graterol Guevara lives in Venezuela, and his account is one that I haven't seen or read in all the news on Chavez's death.  It's something to think about.

I hope for the best for the Venezuelan people in the future.

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2013-03-09 20:48:51 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 41 +1s)

I don't do this enough...visit new photographers.  Just found +Tadashi Yamashita, and his street photography is great!

東京落日 Tokyo Twilight
#streetphotography   #streetpics   #monochromephotography   #monochrome   #blackandwhitephotography   #blackandwhite   #blackandwhitephotojapan   #peopleandlife   #tokyophotography   #japanphotography  ___I don't do this enough...visit new photographers.  Just found +Tadashi Yamashita, and his street photography is great!

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2013-03-09 20:09:55 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 38 +1s)

Happy Birthday +Varina Patel!

I originally met Varina in July 2012, but since then I've gotten to know her better.  An amazing mother of six + +Jay Patel, so maybe 7 total kids lol, with a great heart and always positive.

I hope to see you guys again soon!

#TGLNicaragua  

Happy Birthday +Varina Patel!

I originally met Varina in July 2012, but since then I've gotten to know her better.  An amazing mother of six + +Jay Patel, so maybe 7 total kids lol, with a great heart and always positive.

I hope to see you guys again soon!

#TGLNicaragua  ___

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2013-03-08 21:48:46 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 52 +1s)

Generations.

To all the women out there, moms, grandmothers, daughters, sisters...have a great Women's Day!

#TGLNicaragua  

Generations.

To all the women out there, moms, grandmothers, daughters, sisters...have a great Women's Day!

#TGLNicaragua  ___

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2013-03-08 19:00:22 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 42 +1s)

Market Dog.

Found this guy in the markets of Granada, Nicaragua, quietly slumbering away with all the foot traffic passing by.  He's definitely not in the healthiest condition, but at least he's found some peace in the craziness of everything else going on.

Hope you are all having a peaceful #FidoFriday.

#TGLNicaragua  

#fidofriday  is curated by +mel peifer, +Lisa Lisa, +Suhaib Ayaz, and myself.

Market Dog.

Found this guy in the markets of Granada, Nicaragua, quietly slumbering away with all the foot traffic passing by.  He's definitely not in the healthiest condition, but at least he's found some peace in the craziness of everything else going on.

Hope you are all having a peaceful #FidoFriday.

#TGLNicaragua  

#fidofriday  is curated by +mel peifer, +Lisa Lisa, +Suhaib Ayaz, and myself.___

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2013-03-08 01:35:13 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s)

Unbelievable!  Imagine this kid in a few years!

#Basketball   #Prodigy   #HighSchool   #Varsity  

Unbelievable!  Imagine this kid in a few years!

#Basketball   #Prodigy   #HighSchool   #Varsity  ___

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2013-03-07 21:01:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)

An amazing photo by a young, aspiring photog!  (He took my current profile photo!)

By Joel.

Joel is one of the youngest photographers in our photography club. He is 12 years old. This past workshop with +The Giving Lens was the first time he joined with older photographers of the club, and he did an amazing job. Unfortunately, he had to use a smaller camera, but still came away with amazing photos and did a great job presenting. His mom was there, and shared with everyone how proud she was of her son. We are too!

#TGLNicargua  ___An amazing photo by a young, aspiring photog!  (He took my current profile photo!)

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2013-03-07 19:39:11 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)

I'm not exactly sure what +Facebook+ plans to do, but this is what I suggested to +Google+ ages ago.

I want a page that I can go on in G+ and see all updates from people in a circle.  Not a stream, but a single page that includes the last update from everyone in there.  If someone posts just a post a week, I want that to receive the same attention as someone who posted multiple times a day in that week.

Essentially, I hate missing stuff from people who post at different times and infrequently.  Those people are just as important to me as those who post a lot!

Google+ please beat FB to the punch!

I'm not exactly sure what +Facebook+ plans to do, but this is what I suggested to +Google+ ages ago.

I want a page that I can go on in G+ and see all updates from people in a circle.  Not a stream, but a single page that includes the last update from everyone in there.  If someone posts just a post a week, I want that to receive the same attention as someone who posted multiple times a day in that week.

Essentially, I hate missing stuff from people who post at different times and infrequently.  Those people are just as important to me as those who post a lot!

Google+ please beat FB to the punch!___

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