Xingfu means blessed.

Xingfu means happy and blessed in Chinese. Even though 2014, the year I started this blog, was a busy and, at times, difficult year that is the word I thought of for this space. Mama not because I have many children but because I seem to fall into a caregiving role. Sometimes I feel like Mama to the world.

The name XingfuMama means Happy Mama with undertones of being blessed.

Fall way

I applied a bit of an Orton-ish effect to this.

These are from our meander through the Chinese Garden and Arboretum at South Seattle College this past week. Lucky we got there when we did, winter is closing in a bit early.

For Alive and Trekking’s Which Way Challenge and Weekly Prompts’ Autumn Stroll.

Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge 2020-Week 43

A PHOTO CHALLENGE OF PLACES WE SIT…OR MIGHT SIT…OR ART ABOUT SITTING

Welcome to week 43 of the Pull up a Seat Challenge in 2020.

Take a load off and share a favorite perch by linking your post to this one, either with a comment or ping-back. For more detailed directions go to Pull Up a Seat page.

It is always fun to see the variety of ideas this theme evokes.

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Rosemary

Some rosemary for Cee’s Flower of the Day. I took this picture a couple of days ago when I was walking the dogs.

Topaz Studio 2 “Chiaroscoro” effect.
Topaz Studio 2 “Vibrant Grunge” effect.
Topaz Studio 2 “Line and ink” effect

I realized the other day that I hadn’t used my Topaz Studio software in a very long time, so I thought I’d give it a whirl with this close-up of a rosemary blossom.

I am thinking about starting a monthly photo processing challenge to take one image and process it three ways. It might be fun to see all the different creative ideas people have and learn about all the amazing techniques and software available. Would you be interested?

Words and more

Sometimes it’s a chat…

A shared laugh….

The universal language of music…

And sometimes something more…

A quick snarl from this lioness sent the cubs obediently off. I wish my kid had been so obedient…

My dog, Ginger (the smaller one, she belonged to my grandma at the time) and my Dad’s dog Sam (now deceased) were really good friends. One visit when Ginger espied Sam she raced off and they looked like they were hugging. I managed to grab a picture of them hugging on our arrival before they ran toward me to say hi to me.

For the Lens Artists’ Challenge: Communication.

Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge 2020-Week 42

A PHOTO CHALLENGE OF PLACES WE SIT…OR MIGHT SIT…OR ART ABOUT SITTING

Welcome to week 42 of the Pull up a Seat Challenge in 2020.

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It is always fun to see the variety of ideas this theme evokes.

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