Category Archives: Snapshots from a Happy Life

Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge-Week 15


Welcome to week 15 of Pull up a Seat. 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.

I have a question for you all: is it helpful to have me list links to entries for the previous weeks? I do so to try and make it easy to take a look at the wide variety of photos that people enter, but it does take a little time…and the risk that maybe I miss someone, or misspell something. What do you think?

Thank you to everyone who participated this week. It is always fun to see the variety of ideas.

Here are mine for the week:

From a visit to the Arboretum at South Seattle Community College in September:

More random:

Who needs a chair when you have a tree?
…or Mama’s lap?

Over to you.


White Clematis

Wandering about as I try to backup and organize my archives and create a system for moving forward I ran into these clematis photos from last May. Since I have been experimenting with post processing in LightRoom lately, I tried out a couple of techniques.

The second picture used techniques described by Bren at Ryan Photography.

The second photo above uses a LightRoom preset from Julie Powell that is from her Sunday Stills class.

Posted for Cee’s Flower of the Day.

Squares of the Times

20181204-Times_Squares-01Advent wreaths count down to Christmas, in reality they probably predate the concept of Christmas and are part of “pagan” celebrations of the solstice. I like the idea of advent, gradually preparing for our celebration of the change from darkening to lightening (Christmas is fundamentally that: a celebration of the return of light to a dark and weary world) and have “celebrated” it in my own ways for many years now.

This year I decided that I will try to add to that celebration participation in the “TimeSquares” Photo Challenge by each week during Advent.

From our visit to London last June:

From this past week, time passes so quickly:

A vest I made last weekend for my son, beside two I made for him when he was a child.


You learn something new every day


Both the Thanksgiving and the Christmas Cactus fall under the genus Schlumbergera which I learned as Schlumbergia years ago. The Thanksgiving Cactus has little spine-like notches coming off it’s leaves (just like a crab claw hence that common name) whereas the leaves of the Christmas Cactus are smoother. The Thanksgiving Cactus is timed to flower in November/December whereas it’s December/January for the Christmas Cactus.   —From How to Grow Christmas Cactus

Today was day for learning: in addition to learning that my “Christmas Cactus” was actually a “Thanksgiving” or “crab” cactus, I learned how to ftp into my currently under construction account, and how to fix the mysterious problem of the disappearing posts within it. I am so-o ready for a good night’s sleep.

Cee’s Flower of the Day