Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Circles and Posts of the Week

What do you suppose this is? A series of rings left by a drippy coffee cup? Crop circles? A game of ring toss played in quicksand? Nah, it's just me messing around with Photoshop again. The original photo isn't textured and it's not sandy in colour - it's blue.

And it's simply the rings created by a handful of cedar bits which Frank threw into a pond.

And now, without further delay, here are the Posts of the week. The icon below is yours for the taking if if your blog post is named as a Post of the Week - either as top post or as a runner up.

Edit: Sorry for the mis-introduction, Beth and everyone else. The greatest Thanksgiving story belonged to Cricket's excellent post last week. I used that post as a template for this one and forgot to edit the intro. My apologies, to one and all.

This week's top post is about a farewell to Autumn. It goes to:

As The Wind Blew In
by Beth
at Be Yourself

Other wonderful posts are categorized below (they may well fit into more than one category but I'm only selecting one for each):

RM, A Quirky Co-worker
by Linda
at To Behold the Beauty

A Lost Ship Remembered
by Grizz
at Riverdaze

The Eleventh Hour
by Elizabeth
at One Magical Moment Per Day

Oh What Freedom
by Kerri
at A Little Piece of Me

November Still Life
by Cheryl
at Lake Mary Musings

by Maggie
at Postcards

My Near Death Experience
by Susie
at A Slice of My Life

Remembering Once Again, For Always
by Kcinnova
at Kcinnova's World

Omaha Beach and Other True Stories
by Steve
at Take A Look Around

Reminiscent Sketches
by Redbush
at Redbush's Brambles

Recommended by: TSAnnie
It Gets Better

by MPM

at Mental Pause Mama

Please drop by their blogs for a visit and leave a kind comment if you have the time. Also, please feel free to add your own choices (for any blog except this one) for a specific blog post in the comments section below, where others can see them.

Thank you.


Dawn said...

Thanks for the reads....I needed some on this wintery evening:))
Like your "playing" with the ripple effect!

Zuzana said...

I love to play around with images in photoshop as well.;)
Thank you again so much for bringing beuatiful pieces of writing to our attention.;)

Maggie May said...

Those rings are amazing! Looked like crop cirles at first!
maggie x

Nuts in May

Unknown said...

You know, I've never learned Photo Shop. I admire those who know it and often wonder how they learned it. My thoughts went to the UFO site photos published from a farm in the Mid-Western part of the U.S. with these circles. Very Nice! :)

Anonymous said...

Wonderful rings in the water. And thanks for lots more reading tips this week!

Dawning Inspiration said...

Cool circles Hilary!
looking forward to checking out the POTW!!

Bob Bushell said...

Nice rings from outer space.

Brian Miller said...

nice. love the ripple shots and lots of stuff to check out this week...congrats all...

Sueann said...

Looking forward to reading the posts of the week...thanks! Lovely photo!!

Nessa said...

It is amazing what Photo Shop and a few little changes can do.

Indrani said...

Had you not mentioned I would have imagined the first shot from a desert. :)
Good creativity.

Kerri Farley said...

You honor me my friend! Thank you so much!

And it really looked like circles in the sand .... I thought maybe those aliens had been back making those circles :)

Hope you have a FABULOUS day!

Anonymous said...

Circles in gold...

I am honored to be on your list, Hilary.
Off to read many blogs!

MaggieGem said...

Very creative photo... I thought it was circle in the sands.

Wonderful choices this week for POTW, thanks for sharing them!

beth said...

once again, you have filled my heart up and now it's overflowing....

thank you so much for loving my words and my photos....

you are so special !

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Neat, I love the rings. So much fun to look at!

Elizabeth Grimes said...

And thank you also for linking my blog! I'm absolutely flattered!

Lori said...

I am really thankful that had this time to make my rounds to your POTW picks...great choices Hilary. I also like your ripple pictures. :) Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday Hilary. XX

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Hilary! Thank you so much for the honor of being listed among your Posts of the Week! This could go to my head. :)

You had me going with the "sand" circles. I'm going to have to make myself sit down and learn Photoshop.

Mental P Mama said...

Thank you and Annie for the honor. I am humbled by the company I'm in....

Cheryl Kohan said...

You are such a sweetie, Hilary. Thank you so much for the POTW mention. I'm eager to read the others.

I just love that photograph of the ripples. Both versions. Frank did a superb job of tossing those cedar bits into the water and you were brilliant to capture the effects.

Mage said...

Well, thank you dear you. I was so surprised to see all those new folks leaving notes on my blog. Then I saw your name, and all was revealed. Those are pretty average shots of a stunning bit of architecture. Thanks for stopping by.

Nice water rings too. Took me a minute. :)

Grizz………… said...

What a nice surprise! Thank you so much for selecting a Riverdaze post for your list. I'm honored to be a part.

Bossy Betty said...

Ah....what a lovely picture--in any color! Congrats to your POTW people! Off to read!

Scott Law said...

I like those circles especially after you played with it in Photoshop.

Daryl said...

Nice selection and I agree with TSAnnie, Mama's post was superb but if you know her, its really who she is .. someone who cares AND gets involved ..

Cricket said...

Thanks, and wonderful choices, as always.

Love the "sand rings."

Out on the prairie said...

I had fun going through your picks again.Favorites for me were Serendipity and To behold The Beauty.

Unknown said...

What a great list this week. Thank you for sharing! : ) You always brighten my day.

Sandra said...

Oh, Hilary, I'm so tickled that you made Linda's RM story one of your posts of the week. I may be a little biased but I think she has a great future in blogging, and I love it that your recognition will encourage some more readers for her. You are such a dear friend to both of us. :)

deb did it said...

I am so happy to stumble upon you here via beth....what a huge heart you have to share others with us.....thank you

steviewren said...

Loved seeing your playing around really looked like lines in sand to me.

Cloudia said...

Now for some reading...from your charmed circle!

Aloha from Waikiki :)

Comfort Spiral



SandyCarlson said...

I will have a look, to be sure. Thanks, Hilary.

Your photos make me think of Celtic art, and you make me think of the inspirations in nature. Thank you.

Hilary said...

Thanks for stopping by here and at the POTW blogs, everyone. Your kindness and supportive words are so appreciated. And welcome to the new folks in town. :)

Joanna Jenkins said...

I'm loving your circles-- in both colors :-)

Thanks for another round of blogs to checkout. Many of these are now bloggers to me but the posts are terrific.

Cheers, jj

ds said...

Beautiful rings in any color! Awesome choice for POTW (I agree about Cricket, also). More reading :)

Steve Gravano said...

Thanks for the mention, I'm in company I don't deserve to be with.
Your POTW is to the blog world as the New York Times Book Review is to books!

Maria said...

Those circles have what you might call a hypnotic effect. I could get lost in them.

I enjoyed visiting your potw list. They were a lovely variety of reading. Good work, Hilary!

Land of shimp said...

Hello, hello! I'm off to read and comment, I promise. I missed last week's roundup and therefore still owe you a Thank You :-) Sorry about that Hilary, my son has been driving me a bit crazy.

By the way, one of the things I'm giving myself for Christmas? I'm getting my landline back...this hazy, fuzzy, "dropping calls left and right" stuff is for the birds.

Christine said...

such a treat to stop by your blog ~ it's like getting everything done at a giant supermarket, whatever my mood, there seems to be an aisle to go down that has just what i need ~ thank you