Diversions, Number 2: Step Into Pictures

Diversions for You and Your Friends is a new feature of the blog, which will appear every Monday. To find out more about Diversions, read the Introduction and Number 1.

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This week’s Diversions for You and Your Friends is the Step Into Pictures Intro. You can use this Diversion several ways.

1. Read today’s Diversion (PDF)  — “Step Into Pictures Intro” — online or forward the PDF for a friend to read in his or her browser.

2. Print the PDF and send it to someone. I print my cards on both sides of an 8.5” x 11” paper. Then I fold that in half and put it into a 6” x 9” envelope. (You could also just print it out and cut it into four pages, which are numbered, staple them together, and fit them into in a business-sized envelope.)

A Trip on the Douro River Offers a New Perspective on Relationships

Ladder leading to pictureThis post is part of the “Step Into Pictures” series that offers you a new way to explore both difficult relationships and those you treasure. Visit the Step Into Pictures Archive to learn more about it.

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Douro RiverIn April I joined a group of friends for a magnificent trip down the Douro River in Portugal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the next few weeks we will start to create a video called “From Pasadena to Portugal” that will be uploaded on YouTube. It will also be used as a promotion for the travel agent who organized the trip.

Although not all my pictures turned out as well as I expected, with hundreds of my mine and those of my friends, we should be able to pull together a fairly good video. This will also give me a chance to practice using a movie program by Sony that I haven’t touched in a couple years because I now want to create videos of imagery exercises for you. Read More

A Trip to Alaska Can Change a Relationship

Ladder leading to pictureThis post is part of the “Step Into Pictures” series that offers you a new way to explore both difficult relationships and those you treasure. Visit the Step Into Pictures Archive to learn more about it.

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Tomorrow I will be on my way to take pictures in places just like this. You see, I’m joining my daughter and her family for two weeks in Alaska, where I’ll have the chance to renew my acquaintance with beautiful mountains and lakes.

When I come back, I hope to have many pictures I can turn into “paintings” with the free FotoSketcher program I’ve talked about before.

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Wild Poppies Offer a New Perspective on Relationships

Ladder leading to pictureThis post is part of the “Step Into Pictures” series that offers you a new way to explore both difficult relationships and those you treasure. Visit the Step Into Pictures Archive to learn more about it.

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Poppy Preserve, Antelope Valley by Lynne Fearman

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I wholeheartedly recommend you visit the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve in the Mojave Desert near Lancaster north of Los Angeles. Each spring the valley comes alive with a mosaic of colors that changes daily. Read More

Sailing in Sydney Offers a New Perspective on Relationships

Ladder leading to pictureThis post is part of the “Step Into Pictures” series that offers you a new way to explore both difficult relationships and those you treasure. Visit the Step Into Pictures Archive to learn more about it.

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Sailing under a bridge in Sydney, Australia.

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In a Step Into Pictures post last December, I featured the bow of an Edwardian vintage two-screw steamer on Lake Wakatipu in South New Zealand. That picture was taken on the same trip Down Under when I snapped a photo in Sydney Harbor of this sailboat about to go under a famous bridge whose name I can’t remember. Read More