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.

One-to-Three Photo Processing Challenge

One-to-three is a monthly photo processing challenge on my other web site, theSquirrelChase.com. I’d love to have you join in: The challenge is simple: take one photo and get creative with it by processing it three different ways. Then share the results, with a link to this month’s post. I’ll do a start up post on the first of each month including a round up of entries from the preceding month, so we can all share in the creativity and fun.

Here’s my December 2021 contribution:

This was a really fun little spot in Lyon: An old fashioned silk workshop. I have to say it was one of the places I never would have found on my own. Even though I am a bit of a snob about doing-it-myself travel, in this case being on a Viking tour was a great experience. I thought that the workshop was beautiful, and the silks were amazing.

I used Topaz Studio 2 for these.

An old fashioned silk workshop in Lyon, France.
Original image.
An old fashioned silk workshop in Lyon, France. Processed using the AI ReMix filter in Topaz Studio 2.
AI Remix filter in Topaz Studio 2.
An old fashioned silk workshop in Lyon, France. Processed using the Radiance filter in Topaz Studio 2.
Radiance Filter
An old fashioned silk workshop in Lyon, France. Processed using the Radiance and Impression filters in Topaz Studio 2.
Radiance and Impression filters in Topaz Studio 2
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Whatsoever is lovely…day 30

After sunset the clouds caught some colors.
After sunset: Residual sunset colors in the clouds.

Even though I posted a sunset yesterday, a sunset seemed like a good way to end this month’s project. But maybe this one with clouds just after sunset is even better. Somewhere in the shadows in the water is the turtle I’ve been watching this afternoon. Just knowing that it is there makes this photo even more lovely for me.

Gan Xingfu (chasing happiness) 赶兴福

This November I am chasing happiness by photographing and sharing one lovely thing I see each day. I do edit the photos, often with an artistic effect like the one above, because playing with a lovely thing makes me happy.

Note: My son checked with his co-workers and, while they haven’t heard the phrase gan xingfu, they thought it was just fine to use.

For more explanation about this project check out this post: Whatsoever is lovely…day 1.

This is posted for Nanopoblano.

Whatsoever is lovely…day 29

Sunset over the Pacific viewed from Waikiki.
Clouds at sunset.

It’s almost too much lovely after such a dismal month at home. Warm weather, sunshine and a beautiful sunset.

Gan Xingfu (chasing happiness) 赶兴福

This November I am chasing happiness by photographing and sharing one lovely thing I see each day. I do edit the photos, often with an artistic effect like the one above, because playing with a lovely thing makes me happy.

Note: My son checked with his co-workers and, while they haven’t heard the phrase gan xingfu, they thought it was just fine to use.

For more explanation about this project check out this post: Whatsoever is lovely…day 1.

This is posted for Nanopoblano and Cee’s Flower of the Day.

Whatsoever is lovely…day 28

An end of season rose dying. Given a watercolor style effect using Topaz Studio 2.
Fading rose

Battered by recent storms but still lovely, in a wabi-sabi kind of way.

Gan Xingfu (chasing happiness) 赶兴福

This November I am chasing happiness by photographing and sharing one lovely thing I see each day. I do edit the photos, often with an artistic effect like the one above, because playing with a lovely thing makes me happy.

Note: My son checked with his co-workers and, while they haven’t heard the phrase gan xingfu, they thought it was just fine to use.

For more explanation about this project check out this post: Whatsoever is lovely…day 1.

This is posted for Nanopoblano and Cee’s Flower of the Day.

Whatsoever is lovely…day 27

Spaniel mix dog looking out the window at ducks on a rainy day.
Ginger watching the ducks.

Gan Xingfu (chasing happiness) 赶兴福

This November I am chasing happiness by photographing and sharing one lovely thing I see each day. I do edit the photos, often with an artistic effect like the one above, because playing with a lovely thing makes me happy.

Note: My son checked with his co-workers and, while they haven’t heard the phrase gan xingfu, they thought it was just fine to use.

For more explanation about this project check out this post: Whatsoever is lovely…day 1.

This is posted for Nanopoblano.

Whatsoever is lovely…day 26

Close-up of a deep purple-blue African violet given a painterly treatment using Topaz Studio 2.
African Violet

Gan Xingfu (chasing happiness) 赶兴福

This November I am chasing happiness by photographing and sharing one lovely thing I see each day. I do edit the photos, often with an artistic effect like the one above, because playing with a lovely thing makes me happy.

Note: My son checked with his co-workers and, while they haven’t heard the phrase gan xingfu, they thought it was just fine to use.

For more explanation about this project check out this post: Whatsoever is lovely…day 1.

This is posted for Nanopoblano and Cee’s Flower of the Day.

Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge 2021-Week 48

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

Welcome to week 48 of the Pull up a Seat Challenge in 2021.

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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Whatsoever is lovely…day 25

A pale pink rose blooming in the winter. Processed using Topaz Studio 2.
My sister’s rose

Gan Xingfu (chasing happiness) 赶兴福

This November I am chasing happiness by photographing and sharing one lovely thing I see each day. I do edit the photos, often with an artistic effect like the one above, because playing with a lovely thing makes me happy.

Note: My son checked with his co-workers and, while they haven’t heard the phrase gan xingfu, they thought it was just fine to use.

For more explanation about this project check out this post: Whatsoever is lovely…day 1.

This is posted for Nanopoblano and Cee’s Flower of the Day.

Whatsoever is lovely…day 24

Coral colored new growth on an evergreen huckleberry plant.
The seasons spin around again

A little non-traditional fall into winter color: new growth on evergreen huckleberries. The color really pops against the dark green of the mature leaves. It’s similar in color to my Schlumbergia.

Gan Xingfu (chasing happiness) 赶兴福

This November I am chasing happiness by photographing and sharing one lovely thing I see each day. I do edit the photos, often with an artistic effect like the one above, because playing with a lovely thing makes me happy.

Note: My son checked with his co-workers and, while they haven’t heard the phrase gan xingfu, they thought it was just fine to use.

For more explanation about this project check out this post: Whatsoever is lovely…day 1.

This is posted for Nanopoblano and Cee’s Flower of the Day.

Whatsoever is lovely…day 23

There goes the sun da-da-da-deh. And I say: It’s all right.

Today we had sunshine much of the day. It makes a nice break. Sunrise wasn’t much, but the sunset was worth walking a couple of blocks to see.

Gan Xingfu (chasing happiness) 赶兴福

This November I am chasing happiness by photographing and sharing one lovely thing I see each day. I do edit the photos, often with an artistic effect like the one above, because playing with a lovely thing makes me happy.

Note: My son checked with his co-workers and, while they haven’t heard the phrase gan xingfu, they thought it was just fine to use.

For more explanation about this project check out this post: Whatsoever is lovely…day 1.

This is posted for Nanopoblano.

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