Friday, June 30, 2006

Round Robin Challenge: Americana

Note: entries for the following Challenge should be posted on Wednesday, July 12th. PLEASE DO NOT POST EARLY! See below for details. This challenge is now closed, thank you for playing!

Hi, Robins! Great job yesterday on our most recent challenge. Ready to do it again?

Our next Challenge comes to us from Cosette of Pandora's Bazaar. I'll let her explain:

Since it's just in time for Independence Day, how about Americana, things dealing with American history, folklore, or geography, something considered to be wonderfully typical and unique to American culture.

Brightest Blessings,

Sounds great to me! America is so much more than flags and picnics and fireworks, although that's certainly part of what we think of when we read or hear the word "America." We're not perfect by any means, but there's still a lot to be proud of here, and a lot to love. What means (The United States of) America to you? Is it the majestic, almost infinitely varied landscape, desert and rivers, trees and lakes, canyons and mountains, from sea to shining sea? Is it that play your kid was in last year, the one with the Statue of Liberty costume and a fifth grader declaiming the Bill of Rights? Is it campaigning for a candidate, or writing letters to the editor? Is it Inuit and Navajo, native Hawai'ians and Onondagas? Is it Paul Bunyan and Pecos Bill, or Washington Irving and James Thurber? Is it flags and fireworks, baseball and hot dogs, not to mention apple pie and Chevrolet? What are the visual cues that get you thinking about what America is, what it was, and what it can be?

And yes, if you're from or live in another country, we'd love the equivalent about your country. Canadiana, Britannica, etc. are all fair game here, if that's your home or adopted country.

Think it over, take your pictures, and get ready to post them on Wednesday, July 12th. That's about a week after Independence Day, so here's your chance to take some good holiday pictures and use them later. Or you may want to go in a completely different direction. That's totally up to you! The one thing we do ask is that you follow a few simple rules:

1. Do NOT post your entry early. Please wait and post it on Wednesday, July 12th, any time between midnight and midnight. If you're running late, that's okay - you can post up to a week afterward if necessary. But please don't post early!

2. DO RSVP in the comments to this blog. To make everything clear and easy, the format should be exactly this:

First Name
Name of the blog of journal where you will be posting
URL of that journal

(plus anything else you want to say, such as "Hi! I'm in!").

For example:

Yes, I'm playing. Unless I jump off a bridge first.

Billie Joe
Billy Joe's Bloggie Bits

See? Easy. If you post your Round Robin entries to two blogs, be sure to list the title and URL of both. Don't make us guess!

And of course, if you have any questions, we're just an email away:


Got it? Good! As we like to say around here, go be photographers!

Karen and Carly

Round Robin Linking List
Links on the word "Posted" are to the specific entries.

Pandora's Bazaar - Posted!

Ellipsis...Suddenly Carly - Posted!

Outpost Mâvarin - Posted!

Julie's Web Journal - Posted!

RetrospectUSA - Posted!

Inside The Gilded Cage - Posted!

My Photos - Posted!

Brad ***Welcome, New Member*** - Posted!

The Daily Warrior - Posted!

New Suzanne R's Life - Posted!

(sometimes) photoblog - Posted!


Janet ***Welcome, new member***
Fond of photography - Posted!

My life and pictures - Posted!

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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Round Robin Challenge: Flower Power

This challenge is now closed! Thanks for playing! :)
Peace Beautiful Robins...

It's time to find out about our next challenge, and that challenge will be, "Flower Power" as chosen by our friend Renee, author of the journal, "TCS2." Renee, wants us to tap into our imagination and share a little about the power that flowers have had in our lives. How they brighten our worlds, how they fill our homes with aromas which, calm us, inspire our creativity, stir feelings of romance, and in general, make our lives a little more beautiful. From wedding bouquets to edible flowers, there is a secret language that can be spoken with flowers. Sometimes we can say so much with just a single one perfect rose, given to us by a lover. This will probably be one of our most colorful challenges to date! I am really looking forward to seeing all the marvelous interpretations you come up with.

The date of the challenge will be, Wednesday, June 28. As always, you can post your entry anytime between the midnights, and for up to one week after the challenge. PLEASE DO NOT POST YOUR ENTRY EARLY! If you are unsure how to play, just click on the ***WELCOME ENTRY & RULES OF PLAY*** which can be found on the sidebar. That has all the information you need to become a member of the Round Robin Challenges. Also, if you haven't already done so, please read the entry titled, "We Interrupt This Program." Karen and I are trying to refresh all the information we have on past and current Round Robin members. Simply submit the required information in the comment thread of THAT entry, and you are all set. And now just one quick reminder. When you RSVP for a challenge, please leave your information as follows...

Your First Name: Carly
The Address Of Your Blog/Journal: Ellipsis...Suddenly Carly
The Complete Address Of Where You Will Be Posting Your Entry:

See...nothing to it. I hope you will consider joining us for the fun on Wednesday, June 28. Now...make me proud...go be photographers!

Linking List
(links from the word "Posted!" are to the individual entries)

TimelessCalligraphyStudio - Posted! x2

Outpost Mâvarin - Posted!

Ellipsis...Suddenly Carly - Posted!

Retrospect USA - Posted!

Animated Seasons - Posted!

Julie's Web Journal - Posted!


Patrick's Portfolio

John ***Welcome New Member***
Personal effects - Posted!

Through The Eyes Of The Beholder - Posted!

Here, There and Everywhere - Posted!
Here, There & Everywhere 2nd Ed. - Posted!

Nancy Luvs Pix - Posted!

Robin (Gannet Girl)
Search The Sea - Posted!

Suzanne R
New Suzanne R's Life - Posted! x2

The Daily Warrior - Posted!

Julia ***Welcome New Member***
The Bohemian Eye - Posted!

Janet ***Welcome New Member***
Fond of Snape - Posted!


Paragon - Posted!

Pamela ***Welcome New Member***
Times of My Life, One Nurse's Story (Private - email for access)- Posted!

My life and pictures - Posted!

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Thursday, June 01, 2006

Round Robin Challenge: Emotions

Hello Robins :) This Challenge Is Now Closed. Thank You For Playing!

Here, as promised, is the announcement of our next Round Robin Challenge. Our friend and fellow Robin, Chris, author of the journal, "My Photographic Life," has chosen a very versatile subject to challenge us with, she has selected, "Emotions" as the topic of our next round of play. :)

We all have emotions...don't we? Well, unless you hale from the planet Vulcan. LOL. If that is the case, no FEAR dear Robins, you can still play along with the challenge, because while you may not actually have emotions, you know what they are, so I have no DOUBT that you will rise to this HAPPY occasion, with EUPHORIA, and a good deal of DESIRE, to meet the challenge with COURAGE. You already know playing along with the Round Robins, results in a lot of HOPE, HAPPINESS, and GlEE.

Terror should never be a part of the Round Robin experience. LOL. SURPRISE, maybe, ECSTASY on occasion, PATIENCE always, but FEAR, SADNESS, ANGST, or HORROR, simply do not have a place...unless they happen to be the emotion of choice for your interpretation. We humans run the gamut of emotions, as we live our lives. On any given day, we can go through the four seasons of emotions, because...well...that's what life is all about. Living! I just know that his challenge will be one of our best, because there are so many different emotions that we can find through the camera lens, and through our third eye.

The date for this challenge will be, Wednesday, June 14th. As always you may post your entry any time between the midnights of that day, or for up to one week following the challenge. Keep in mind, that you will have your best chance of having your challenge entry seen if you try to post on the actual day of the challenge. PLEASE DO NOT POST YOUR ENTRY EARLY.

Last week, Karen and I, posted a special entry. In that entry we asked for your assistance in keeping our Round Robin file up to date. If you have not stopped by that entry please go and read it now. We really do need you to leave us the following information...

Your Name
Your Journal (s) Name
Your Journal/Blog URL
Your email address

Your cooperation is vital in keeping the Round Robin Challenges flowing smoothly. We need this information so that we are up to date of all the information we need to link to you properly. Since moving here from AOL, we have lost track of some of our Robins, hopefully we can get everything back on track so that everyone has an equal opportunity to play along. Click on the link below, to read that entry and leave us your information. We appreciate it more then you know. Ok, see all of you in 2 weeks. Now go be photographers!

Carly & Karen

"We Interrupt This Program"

Round Robin Linking List:

Chris: My Photographic Life Posted!

Carly: Ellipsis...Suddenly Carly Posted!

Karen: Outpost Mâvarin Posted!

Amy: My Life And Pictures

Suzanne: Suzanne R's Life Posted!

TJ: Every Picture Tells a Story Posted!

Sara: Animated Seasons Posted!

Julie: Julie's Web Journal Posted!

Derek: Through Veal Eyes Posted!

Dorn: Through The Eyes Of The Beholder Posted!

Steve: Paparrazi By Proxy Posted!

Kat: Prima Luce Posted!

Tammy: The Daily Warrior Posted!

_rRose: WAIT-NOT YET- Posted!

Valorie: RetrospectUSA Posted!

DesLily: Here, There and Everywhere Posted!

Deb: Sassy's Eye Posted x 2!

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