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There are folks out there who like to steal your content with the excuse that they can take it and use it freely because of the RSS feed that we have on our WordPress Blogs.

Recently, twice in the last few months, I have had blogs swiped without permission. My copyright notice on my blog indicates that you need written permission to use any of my content. And anyone who does use my content without my written permission is stealing from me.

What these thieves look for on your blog are commonly used tags. My “Stuck in the Clouds” blog had travel as a tag. My other blog about the “2nd Amendment…” had a politics as a tag.

These folks try to fool you with their disclaimer. Here is the link to the thieves website regarding copyright…Destinary.com Copyright BS. Your copyright still holds, and if you indicate that they need your permission, they have to get it first or they are stealing your content.

Both times my content was stolen by folks who use the web host Unified Layer. I discovered this information by using a site called: WhoIsHostingThis.com. Going to this site to see who they are hosted by, only because I cannot get any information on Unified Layer, indicates that they are hosted by GoDaddy. There is information on WordPress with regard to copyright infringement. This page is useful too. Content Theft – What to Do

People and sites that steal your content have nothing better to do than steal other peoples copyrighted items. Why? It is because they have no imagination, no creative abilities, no morals, no talent. They set up a computer at their location which uses an automated software that looks for certain words in your tags and pull those posts that have those tags.

The problem with these folks, is that they are hard to find and track.

I am pulling my post from today. Their site will give them a 404 error that the content cannot be found.

As a group of bloggers is there anything we can do worldwide to block these lazy a**es that have nothing better to do than steal? Maybe a worldwide protest of companies that host these folks? Suggestions anyone?

Oh, by the way, any use of the content in this email without express written permission will lead to prosecution as can be done as dictated by worldwide copyright law.

Can you afford to do this? Think twice before you do.

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This week, Jen H. at WordPress chose the topic Shadowed for this week’s photo challenge! Here is my interpretation for this challenge!

Casting shadows

Casting shadows

On deck

On deck

Shadow on the water

Shadow on the water

A glacier in shadow

A glacier in shadow

Shadows on the mountains contrast the lovely fall colors

Shadows on the mountains contrast the lovely fall colors

Mountains shadowed by clouds

Mountains shadowed by clouds

So, there you have it. Did I meet this challenge? 🙂

Have a fantastic Friday! Thanks for stopping by, and be well! ^..^

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I am taking part in Rochelle Wisoff-Fields writing challenge: Friday Fictioneers. This writing challenge dictates that I write a story that has a beginning, a middle and an end using 100 words or less. Today I take on this challenge, and for the sake of this story, I went over by one word…Ready for my story?

Route 66 - Photo by Jean L. Hays

Route 66 – Photo by Jean L. Hays

I was at the corner of Lakeshore Drive and Jackson Boulevard in Chicago, where Route 66 begins. I wondered if this was a wise journey for me. The trip would be 2,448 miles. Could I do it? It would take quite a bit of time, but I was determined.

I have with me a tent, sleeping bag, minimal clothing, some toiletries, and snacks for on the road between stops. A team of people would be with me to monitor my progress and me.

I looked at everyone. “Ready?” I asked. There were nods of assent. I got my wheelchair in motion.

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I hope that you liked my little bit of flash! Thank you for dropping by! Have one heck of an amazing Thursday! Be well! ^..^

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Michelle at WordPress has chosen the topic “New” for this week’s photo challenge. She asks that we feature something that will be new for me in 2015. With that, I will be finally launching a website to sell my photographs! While the site is not up and running yet, we are hoping to get it launched as soon as the dust settles in the house from construction! The website address is: BWBPhotos.com

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Stay tuned for the notice of the site going live!

Have a great Friday and be well! ^..^

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Happy new year 2015!

Happy new year 2015!

I hope that everyone rang in the New Year with good friends and family!

I wish to thank everyone for making 2014 a great year for my blog! My stats for 2014: “The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 48,600 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 18 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.”

The day with the most traffic was “April 20th with 322 views. The most popular post that day was Maple Glazed Rotisserie Ham.” My visitors came to my site from 145 countries!

Thank you to all, and may 2015 be a year filled with good health, prosperity, love, and happiness! Be well! ^..^

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Ben Huberman over at WordPress has chosen the topic warmth for this week’s challenge! Let’s see if you can feel the warmth in these photos!

Strolling along the white sand beach, the warm air kisses my skin.

A white sand beach at Honaunau Bay on the Island of Hawai'i

A white sand beach at Honaunau Bay on the Island of Hawai’i

Heat greets us in Cabo San Lucas!

The wharf in Cabo

The wharf in Cabo

A campfire sure warms up a cold night when camping!

A campfire

A campfire

Standing near the Grand Prismatic Pool in Yellowstone, the warmth of the water produces steam as it comes in contact with cooler air.

Steam rising

Steam rising

From a different side, there is nothing better to warm you up than a bowl of Hot Sour Soup!

Hot Sour Soup

Hot Sour Soup

Or, even a bowl of chili!

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

There you have it! Visions of Warmth!

Thanks for stopping by today and be well! ^..^

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Yesterday, I wandered outside and was sitting in front of the house when I noticed there were no birds around. We always have birds in our yard, particularly around the bird feeder, and there was not a one to be found. Then a movement off to my left caught my eye. It was a turkey buzzard. Then I realized there was more than one. Now recently we had a fox die across the street from our house, and the janitors finely showed up to clean it up! I headed back into the house to grab my camera and my 55/250 lens. So, today, I wanted to share the photos I caught of these birds of which there were about a half dozen.

One of these huge birds was perched on the power pole watching over the fox remains.

Standing watch from the power pole

Standing watch from the power pole

There were a couple of them in the trees surrounding the area where the fox lay.

Watching from a pine tree

Watching from a pine tree

Sitting on top of the world

Sitting on top of the world

As I got closer, a number of them flew off. One remained on a branch and as I watched it prepared to take flight. This next series of photos I snapped are one after another.

Ready?

Ready?

Set

Set

Go!

Go!

As this bird began to fly I caught this next series of photos…

Heading out of the trees

Heading out of the trees

Getting lift

Getting lift

Gaining momentum

Gaining momentum

Soaring!

Soaring!

The bird joined another in flight, circling, circling, circling, willing me to move away from the area so that they could continue to feed.

Joining another to circle

Joining another to circle


This is Life in the Foothills! One never knows what one will see, discover and get to enjoy! I hope that you liked this series of one of the locals in our area!

May you have an amazing day and thank you for stopping by! Be well! ^..^

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Lines always seem to catch my eye.  They can make for some amazing photos! Your eye travels along each line looking to see where it begins and where it ends. Today I thought that I would share with you some lines, lines and more lines…

They continue on to where?

Glass panels

Glass panels

These lines are under water!

Tile work

Tile work

The sun always adds interest…

The sun shines through

The sun shines through

A net on water glimmers!

Net on water

Net on water

Shadows create interest on air vents.

Air vents

Air vents

A wet deck and crisscrossing lines makes your eyes travel!

Water on deck

Water on deck

Do you notice lines too?

Happy holidays to you and have one heck of an amazing Tuesday! Thanks for stopping by! Be well! ^..^

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There is something so very delicate looking about jellyfish. They gather up the water creating a balloon effect and then release moving forward. I wanted to share with you today some of the jellyfish that I saw when I was in Alaska! I saw two different kinds: One was a bright orange with long tentacles, the other was white with very short tentacles.

This one was in the bay at the town of Ketchikan. It was the bright color that drew my eye as I looked down on it!

Glowing jellyfish

Glowing jellyfish

Long tentacles

Long tentacles

It’s a real beauty!

Fanning out

Fanning out

This next one is quite different in not only size, but color.

Full of water

Full of water

This jellyfish was also in the bay at Ketchikan.

Release

Release

This last shot is of the same kind of jellyfish, but this one was shot in Glacier Bay!

Swimming along

Swimming along

Aren’t they neat?

Well, I wish you a wonderful Wednesday! Have one heck of an amazing day, and thank you for stopping by! Be well! ^..^

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When we went on a cruise, one of the things that I noticed was that there was artwork everywhere! It was in the hallways, staircases, and in the main gathering areas. I wondered what it would be like to have a cruise line want to use your art. Imagine? For today, I wanted to share the variety of the art that we saw! Ready?

I love this artist’s work that we saw on the outer wall of the art gallery on board.

Landscape at the art gallery

Landscape at the art gallery

At ceiling level, near the elevator, was this bit of metal artwork.

Hanging from the ceiling

Hanging from the ceiling

On the walls in one of the corridors I found these next two pieces which are of ships…

Painting of a cruise ship

Painting of a cruise ship

Ships

Ships

Outside one of the restaurants, this piece was on the wall.

From outside one of the restaurants

From outside one of the restaurants

Art could be found on the floors too! Check out this floor!

Tile work on the floor

Tile work on the floor

Now if I could only get them to feature my photography…. 🙂

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for dropping by today! Be well! ^..^

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