Monday, April 23, 2012

RRPC2.0: Flowers for Steven

Hi, Robins, all past and future participants!

We have two announcements to make tonight: one about the new topic and the reason for it, and one about a major change to the ways people can participate in this meme moving forward. Stay tuned for the latter, because I think it's really going to shake things up, and make it more fun for everyone. First though, let's announce the topic for Saturday, May 5th:

Quince Blossom by Carly (OndineMonet)
Flowers for Steven

Anyone who played along on the Round Robin Photo Challenges in its early years, anyone who loves blogging pictures of cats and anyone who appreciates really great floral photography will probably remember Steven, aka sepintx of (sometimes)photoblog. Steven used to co-host the RRPC with Carly and me, but took a break from blogging after the death of his beloved cat, Pickle. Carly and I lost track of him after this, so we never learned until very recently that he died on October 10, 2009. Steve's contribution to this meme and others, and photoblogging in general, is immense, and his friendship was much valued as well. So it's fitting that we should offer this belated tribute to him, gathering photographic flowers in his name. Flowers were one of Steven's favorite subjects, so let's honor his memory with flower shots of our own!

Now for the second announcement: how to participate:

Starting with this Challenge, there will be a variety of ways you can play along in the RRPC:

Option One: The Traditional Method. Post one or more flower pictures in your blog on May 5th, link back to this blog, and leave a comment to this entry with your name and URL to let us know to come see your work. It will be helpful if you tag your entry "RRPC2" and "FlowersForSteven".

Option Two: The Twitter Method. Post one or more flower pictures to YFROG, TwitPic or some other microblogging photo service on May 5th, and Tweet a link with the hashtags "#RRPC2" and "#FlowersForSteven". People can follow the result with a hashtag search in Twitter, and I will retweet every entry I find.

Option Three: The Pure Photoblog Method. Post your flower photo(s) directly to your Photobucket, Flickr, Picasa, Tumblr or even Facebook (etc.) on May 5th with the tags "RRPC2" and "FlowersForSteven". Just to be extra sure people find you, please either tweet the result or leave a comment below.

Many thanks to Carly this week for the info on Steven and the great idea for transitioning RRPC to the age of microblogging. Feel free to email me with any questions, and we'll have a fun "treasure hunt" looking for your entries on Saturday, May 5th! Go be photographers!


Linking List
as of Saturday, May 5th
@ 10:57 PM MST
(Please note: my cable connection is down at home so I have no internet access there until Sunday evening. Sorry for the delays in posting comments and links! --Karen)

Karen - Posted!
Outpost Mâvarin

Carly - Posted!

Jama -  Posted!
Sweet Memories

Notes from the tiny napping house

Julie - Posted!
Julie's Journal

Shelly - Posted!
Creative Endeavors

Kat - Posted!
In My Dreams I Can Fly

Duane - Posted!

Teri - **Welcome new participant!** - Posted May 9th
Teri H Hoover Photography

P.S. For Steven's online obituary and places to leave your own (non-floral) tributes, check out the following pages:

Steven's obit on

Steven's obit on

Steven's last photo on Flickr, with comments


Karen Funk Blocher said...

I will be sending flowers!

Outpost Mâvarin

Carly said...

Hi Karen

I will be there for my friend Steven. I will post to my blog on the challenge day, and on Twitter. I will be looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.


Jama said...

I will be sharing my flowers photos in memory of Steven, sorry miss out on last challenge, totally slip my mind till today!

Sweet Memories

Kara said...

I will be posting flowers for Steven on my blog on the challenge day.

barrettmanor said...

For some reason this doesn't always show up in my feed. I'm glad it did today. I was thinking of Steven just the other day when I saw a gekko (he took a lot of gekko pictures when he lived in Houston), wondering what happened to him. I'll post some flowers.


Carly said...

I have posted my "Flowers For Steven"


Shelly said...

Hi, Karen,

I was shocked to hear the news and had to participate. My photo is here:

With your new ways of participating, I'll try to join in from now on.

I'd been wondering about Steven on and off over the last couple of years, but I never dreamed he'd died. It's so sad. Does anyone know what happened? The obits didn't say.

sunflowerkat321 said...

I have posted.

fdtate said...

I've posted Flowers for Steven.


teri said...

This is my first time joining in on your photo challenge. I realize it may be too late to be included on this challenge but I thought I would like to add my flowers for Stephen anyway. I will not be posting until late May 9th. My blog url is -

I look forward to next weeks challenge- so nice to meet you. teri

MyMaracas said...

I'm just catching up on my blog reading, and was so sad to hear that Steven passed away. He was a host when I first joined Round Robins, which was my first photo meme, and he was such a help and inspiration. I'm really sorry I missed this one.

Steven, wherever you are ... thanks, and Godspeed.