Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Macro Bling and Posts of the Week

bracelet up close

I recently bought this colourful bracelet at a jewelry party held by my neighbour. It looks pretty clunky here but that's mostly because it was photographed fairly close up with Frank's fabulous macro lens.

Here it is, resting on my knee - a bit more dainty than it first appeared (the bracelet - not my knee).

I've decided to make a small change to the Posts of the Week. Each week, I struggle to select a solitary, and occasionally two top posts. No more. Each of the posts that I select to include in the POTW are tops to me and I'm no longer going to single out one that I think might be better than the rest. I'll continue to categorize them in no particular order as you'll see below. Each and every one of them are top Posts of the Week.

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 POTW.

A Good Read

by Frank
at Baron It All

by Jim
at Suldog

Depending on the Kindness of Strangers
by June
at Aging Gratefully

by Brian
at WayStationOne

by Elizabeth
at One Magical Moment Per Day

by Kat
at Seeking Sanity

by Wide Lawns
at Wide Lawns and Narrow Minds

Funny Stuff

by Janie
at That Janie Girl

Just Plain Good

by Ellen
at Stuff From Ellen's Head

by Gail
at Louisiana Belle

by Reena
at Missing Moments

Photographic Gems

by Bob
at Birds and Nature in the Forest of Dean

by Rocket Man
at Virginia Through My Lens

by Barb
at One Good Thing

Fairyland Part 2
by Christine
at ChristineMYoung

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.


ethelmaepotter! said...

I think your new POTW format is great. I've oftentimes wondered how in the world you manage to pick just ONE.
Great photos. I have GOT to get me one of those lenses!
Congrats to all!

Cloudia said...

it's wonderful how many great bloggers we are a part of!

"In all things in nature there is something of the marvelous."

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ADRIAN said...

I like the results you are achieving with that lens.
Hand held as well. I can't manage hand held macro at all.

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Jewelry parties are always fun! Love the colors on that bracelet. I'm honored to be mentioned. :) Looking forward to some good reads with a cup of coffee in the morning.

gaelikaa said...

Good idea, Hilary. If a post is noteworthy, then it's in a class of it's own. I couldn't pick out a winner myself. Will try to visit all of them.

It's quite a change to see a bit of bling over here. I usually associate this blog with inspiration, not bling!


Glo said...

I have been enjoying your wonderful posts throughout the summer ... although I have been very quiet about it ;) Love your knee-high colourful gem of a bracelet! I'll enjoy checking your POTW links ...

Hopefully summer will hang on a bit longer - it took so long to get here!

Anyes said...

Giving us lots to go and visit! Thank you :-)
Beautiful bracelet too

Zuzana said...

Oh Hilary, I love that bracelet, it is so "me".;) I love all the colors and stones.;)) And that macro shot is stunning.
Congratulations to all those talented writers mentioned here today, will do my best to visit, but these days real life has taken over my virtual life, so I find myself out of time constantly.;)
Have a lovely midweek,

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful, beautiful macro.

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Brian Miller said...

thank you ma'am...congrats to everyone...and that is a lovely bracelet...nice colors in it...

Kat said...

The bracelot does photograph well. I love it!

Thank you so much for the mention. I'm honored!

TexWisGirl said...

great picks, once again, dear hilary! thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

As always, Hilary, I always enjoy your picks.
And that bracelet does look yummy! Very nice macro.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for choosing the mushrooms ~ I just adore them :) And I adore that you take the time to do POTW, it's so fun to see what you pick each week.

Daryl said...

Clunky or less .. me like

Out on the prairie said...

Some nice tumbled stones on your bracelet.

Suldog said...

Thank you so much for choosing me this week! It's always a thrill to be one of the chosen here, and to be included among such great company.

Anonymous said...

Great idea to have lots of POTW!

Love that graceful bracelet...

Liz Mays said...

You amaze me in how you can make something beautiful ten times more beautiful just through your photos!

Mage said...

This is a great idea.

ellen abbott said...

Thanks Hilary. I'm always pleased to be included.

Bossy Betty said...

Love those pictures! Thanks for the good reads!

Gail Dixon said...

I am so honored to be included in your POTW. I'm all verklempt. :) Congrats to all the others featured as well. Hope to have time today to check them out.

Love your bracelet! What lovely shots of it. Enjoy!

Unknown said...

I love that image! I just discovered that you selected my Living History and I am absolutely floored. Thank you so much! This was the last thing I expected and it has made my morning..

Unknown said...

I meant to say that I love both images but the second one really grabbed me. See what you've done, getting me all flustered with the POTW selection? Thanks again!

Barb said...

Hello Hilary, I always enjoy visiting your recommendations for POTW. To be part of "the lineup" is indeed an honor. Thank you. Wear your new bracelet in good health - you'll be stylin!

cheshire wife said...

I like that bracelet. It will go with everything.

Midlife Roadtripper said...

Off to visit, although might take a while to get there. Picking one must be most difficult.

I like the bracelet. And this is the second blog I've seen today that utilizes the macro lens. Allows for such beauty.

Mimi said...

Love the bracelet; I so often wish I could wear something like that, but I come out in a rash from just a couple of hour's wear if it's not silver or gold :(
I can understand how it must be very difficult to pick one post, so your new method is great.

Mental P Mama said...

Loving the bling. Happy Birthday, Frank!!!!

Wendy said...

So many good posts, I will read them all!

I love your bracelet and that macro lens is awesome.

Frank Baron said...

Thanks for the tip of the cap. :)

King of New York Hacks said...

SO cool when I visit you Hillary and find the gems I've been missing out on...such great photos...oh and, nice knee ;)

SandyCarlson said...

Thanks for these POTWs.

Love that bling!

Anonymous said...

I love that bracelet! And I love his macro lens! Congrats to all the POTW - I'm just grateful to you for doing it however you choose! Hoping I have time this week to look at them all.

Slamdunk said...

You always select wonderful photos for your POTW Hilary. Off to look.

Claudya Martinez said...

I don't know, I think your knee is pretty dainty.

Dave said...

Nice bracelet Hilary. Very colourful. Yes, I like your new POTW format too - Dave

Hilary said...

Thank you, everyone for always being so supportive of those selected in my POTW. It's always nice when I see your kind comments both here, and on the blogs of those named. You folks are the best!

Nick said...

Nice collection, as always.