Zero to Hero: Day 24 – dedicated to a fallen hero

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…I would like to dedicate my post and photos today to a real life hero, Tim Jones, who died suddenly and unexpectedly last Sunday .  Whilst I never knew him personally, like so many others, I was aware of his remarkable leadership and heroism. He had been a volunteer with Vancouver’s North Shore Mountain Rescue Service since 1987 and over the past nearly thirty years involved in over 2000 rescues. I would encourage you to read about his life and the people whose lives he saved.  Today he is being honoured with a parade through the streets of North Vancouver followed by a memorial service.

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To the memory of Tim Jones, 1956 -2014, together with all our other fallen heroes

Zero to Hero: Day 23

Day 23: Publish a roundup post that links to posts on at least three other blogs, and tell us why you love the posts — and why we should read ‘em.

In response to today’s assignment, I would like to highlight what has become one of the pleasures of this 30 day journey in blogging improvement: the opportunity to meet new bloggers and to learn so many new skills.  Yesterday’s post introduced me, and you, to Sonel’s Photo-Editing Challenge, and through it a whole list of talented photographic bloggers. Here are just a few of them but to see a complete list visit Sonel’s blog.

…so the journey continues with seven more days to go…

Zero to Hero: Day 22

Day 22: Find a blogging event and throw your hat into the ring.

Through the Blog Events Listing I discovered the perfect event to throw my would-be hero’s “hat in the ring”:  Sonel’s Corner Photo-Editing Challenge.  This is Week 12 of the challenge and is entitled Unusual Anglesphotos taken at an unusual or extreme angle or vantage point.  Since I already regularly submit to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge,  I shall look forward to making future submissions to Sonel’s Corner.

My submission today is a photograph taken at the Vancouver Convention Centre and edited in Adobe Photoshop Elements, a program in which I do all my photo editing.

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Zero to Hero: Day 21

Day 21: publish a post inspired by your post from Day 19, and publicize it on one or more of your social networks.

…Since I have already tweeted my Day 19 post to twitter, @changingpalette, and in keeping with the spirit of today’s assignment, I thought I would post a painting that was inspired by my visit to the Asklepion and the Temple of Apollo on the Island of Kos and which I gave as a gift to the medical Class of 2002 at their graduation ceremony…


Zero to Hero: Day 20

Day 20: Today’s assignment: add a new page to your blog.


Another “small step for man,” although definitely not a “giant leap for mankind”. There are now menu items in addition to my about page as you can see. The benefit of having a Test blog, which is private fortunately, has allowed me to troubleshoot this whole process over the past three hours! The Zero to Hero posts can now be visited sequentially; the Weekly Photo Challenge and Travel are highlighted; and there is a link to my other site, thechangingpalette.  I would call this a successful day.

A final accolade was receiving a warm and wonderful comment from “big brother’ who is always caringly watching over us.  It notes that the stats on my “Test Blog” are “booming” with over 40 hourly views.  I think this notification is deserving of a special quotation,

Your stats are booming! Looks like “My Test Blog” is getting lots of traffic.

The question is whether or not to admit to the traffic being all me!

The photograph of Buzz Aldrin descending from the lunar module is 
courtesy of NASA

Zero to Hero: Days 17 & 18

Siena revisited

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Having commented and activated a link to my twitter account I thought I would post something that came out of a happy meeting from my blog travels and comments yesterday.  Siena is a city we love and have visited on two separate occasions.  Its history, beauty, art and people make it a very special place indeed. How happy I was to come across Magdalena’s wonderful blog Just Visit Siena ! Everything you could ever want to know about this beautiful city is here.  Explore Magdalena’s blog and you will be on the next plane, train or automobile!

Here is my comment to Magdalena:

So happy to have found your blog of one of my favourite cities; so many wonderful memories. I will never forget the remarkable frescoes by Domenico di Bartoli in the Ospedale Santa Maria della Scala. Looking forward to following you and to returning to your beautiful city again one day.

And here are a few of our photo memories to encourage you to go: