Storing up treasure

Closing in on my treasure. I have been presented with two blogging challenges (well, three actually, if you include the one I set myself; more of that later). I shall deal with them in reverse order, chronologically speaking that is.

First, this morning’s photoblog challenge from Michelle: to photograph something I treasure and to capture it in close-up, either by zooming in or by getting in real close.

Rose Red
Rose Red
Blue Max
Blue Max
Hoppalong Heidi
Hoppalong Heidi

There you have them – my treasures, in close-up and in Monochrome, which I hope fulfils part of the next challenge.

The second challenge comes from one of the bloggers I met started to follow through the daily assignments – my new photo101 friend, Mark, who has challenged me to the 5-post B&W challenge, which I blithely accepted without having the faintest idea what it is; either a reflection on my recklessness or an indication of the level of trust I place in my new found friend!

You can see Mark’s posting here

The third challenge is the one I have set myself, and that is, to persuade my most erudite, intelligent, witty and delightful friend Gail to start her own blog.  She says she has nothing to say. I refute that, and even if it were true, then never would saying nothing be so well expressed.

I am now going to take a leaf out of Mark’s blog (well imitation they say is the sincerest form of flattery) and open this up to you by leaving you with this question.  How would you encourage someone you knew to start writing a blog?

15 thoughts on “Storing up treasure

  1. markbialczak March 23, 2015 / 11:31 pm

    Beautiful, Roy. Rose, Max and Heidi are true treasures. Your monochrome is striking!

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    • radicalrambler March 24, 2015 / 5:40 am

      Thanks Mark. I’m particularly fond of the one of Max. The quality of light and the focus were spot on, and for once he didn’t try to jump down or lick the camera.


      • markbialczak March 24, 2015 / 11:09 am

        Yes! Trying to get Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle to sit still when she doesn’t want to is the best photography trick of all for me, too. Good work, Roy. 🙂

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  2. Capt Jill March 24, 2015 / 4:12 am

    that first shot is really excellent!
    as for your friend, maybe just tell her that it’s a great way to ‘meet’ people all over the world. 🙂

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    • radicalrambler March 24, 2015 / 5:33 am

      Thanks Capt Jill – think you are so right. I’ve met some great people from all over the world – and continuing to do so.

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      • Capt Jill March 24, 2015 / 11:04 pm

        yeah, same here. I really like that part. Also hoping to interest others in my passions too (freedom, travel, photography, sailing, reading, music, food, etc_. 😉


  3. Gradmama2011 March 24, 2015 / 1:27 pm

    Beautiful dogs and photos! The monochrome does contribute to how striking they are. 🙂

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    • radicalrambler March 24, 2015 / 2:05 pm

      It is amazing how monochrome enhances rather than diminishes.


    • radicalrambler March 27, 2015 / 2:54 pm

      I’ve never met a sheltie that wasn’t! Alas, Rosie is no longer with us, at the age of 14 she developed kidney failure and left us to join her friends Simcha and Patch. She was a grand lady who had so much love for everyone – she was not one of those shelties who holds back, you should have seen her work a room.


      • ChasetheSheltie March 27, 2015 / 2:58 pm

        Aw, sorry to hear that, I am sure she lived a well-loved and happy life with you 🙂 Rosie sounds like Joey our papillon, when people come over he puts on a show!

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  4. Kate Loveton April 11, 2015 / 12:52 pm

    What gorgeous dogs!

    My grandmother had a beautiful sheltie named ‘Babs.’ I loved the dog, and as a six year old I confused her with ‘Lassie.’

    Dogs truly own us, don’t they? Thank you for sharing these gorgeous creatures with us. Such beautiful eyes and faces.

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    • radicalrambler April 11, 2015 / 12:58 pm

      Thanks Kate. As I child it was watching “Lassie” on the TV that made me want a dog. Years later, when I was able to have a dog of my own but not able to have a large dog like a rough collie, a friend told me about Shelties. I fell in love with them straight away. I am constantly amazed by the ways in which dogs choose to bond with us humans.

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      • Kate Loveton April 14, 2015 / 10:23 am

        I’m amazed, too. Have you read the book ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ by Garth Stein? If not, I recommend you check it out. As a dog lover, I think you’d enjoy it.

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      • radicalrambler April 14, 2015 / 7:59 pm

        A friend recommended the book to me and I must admit it has sat on top of a pile of to be read books for about 2 years now! Too many books – not enough time! – Roy

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