Some of you may have noticed that I just recently added a picture of Nancy and a few mountain gorillas to an earlier blog post (We just got back from a two-week trip to Africa), and then added a picture of the two of us with our porters to a related article (A Case Of Over-planning On Our Africa Trip?), and we are even having a caption contest right nowlink for a picture of me near a silverback mountain gorilla. So you may have guessed that I finally just began processing the images from that trip. Now I’d like to announce that we have added three new images to our regular collection.
OK, so it’s actually been almost 27 months since our first caption contestprevious. The photograph this time is not part of our regular collection, nor will it ever be, most likely. Nancy took this picture on our trip with Natural Habitat Adventures to Uganda and Rwanda in 2015 to photograph mountain gorillasdetails. As you can see, we found some. We are just starting to process those pictures now.
This shot was taken at Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. We were told that we weren’t supposed to get within seven meters (23 feet) of a gorilla on this hike. I’m as far off the trail (which goes off to your left) as I can get, unlike the other three gentlemen, and I’m wishing I had a wider lens. The other three managed to get out of the silverback’s way just after this photo was taken, and we all lived happily ever after.
The winner of this contest will get ten dollars off any print or service of Bee Happy Graphics. Here’s how the contest will work:
For at least the next three weeks, you can enter your caption idea into the comments of this article below.
I will announce the close of the competition and the beginning of the voting process in another comment to this blog post. I may have a plug-in for that by then and will explain the voting process in that same comment.
At least two weeks after that last announcement a winner will be announced. If any entry has three or more votes, the one with the most votes will be the winner. If no entry has that many votes, then I will take an informal survey among my closest family and friends, and pick the winner. The decision of the judges (as defined above) is final. This prize may be combined with other promotions.
Our first regular two-day art festival began April 24, 2010, at Pioneer Days in High Springs. We had just bought our Trimline tent.
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We had done a few one-day trials locally, starting October 31, 2009, with the EZ-Up tent we had used with our scout troop and some easels we borrowed from our camera club. You can click on (booth) whenever you see it in the left column of Where To Find Us to see the evolution of our booth.
Our last festival of 2018 in Lutzannounced was our 100th regular two-day festival. Although that averages to a little over ten shows a year, we did seventeen festivals in the year before we reached this milestone (which may be a little too much). All one hundred shows were in Florida, where the art festival season runs from the beginning of October to the beginning of May. I can’t give any estimate on how long it will take us to complete the next 100 festivals (or if we will ever make it).
Shortly after getting my first smartphone, I noticed a problem with our menusblog. I believe I have now fixed the problem, meaning that people with smartphones should be able to use the menus of at least 95% of the pages on the Bee Happy Graphics website. The aesthetics of the page may have suffered slightly, but that might be only temporary. I will continue to work on the last 5%, and I still need to implement the changes prompted by your inputcontest. I might even be changing our hosting service to something easier and less expensive. But for now, enjoy the new functionality! If you find a page where the menus don’t work, or see another problem, let me know. Thanks!
After sending a few people the original drawings and notes I made to build the panels we hang our pictures on at art festivals, upon request, I looked at them again closely and it occurred to me that to the unaided eye, they were probably meaningless (and my friends are way too polite). I’ve been promising to organize the plans ever since (I’m not going to tell you how long that’s been).
Well, I just finished. The article is on our website (www.beehappygraphics.com/panels.html). You can even download a printable version (.pdf file) of the plans. Enjoy! If you try to use them and have any trouble, or have any suggestions for making them clearer, please let me know. Thank you.
Less than four months after creating our “Pupating Monarch” imageblog, the new posters are ready. We first mentioned these four years ago in Teacher’s Special – Laminated Poster Of “Emerging Monarch” Is Ready!. They are the same size, specifications, and price as our original poster ($15 for 17″ by 28″ signed poster, laminated on both sides). Like the “Emerging Monarch” poster, they can’t be displayed in our booth during art festivals so you may have to ask for them (or you can contact us directly anytime and we will mail them).
The August 8th announcement about our return to Maitland was our 200th blog post, and it’s time to do a little reflection.
First, Some Statistics
Our first post was on January 25, 2011, two weeks before we had a website (I have no statistics about our first website to bore you with). It took 44 months to publish the first 50 posts, 40 of which were about upcoming events. We moved the blog from Blogspot to our own website on October 10, 2015, and published our hundredth post in May 2016. That second 50 posts took less than 20 months to produce. By then, the overall proportion of our posts that were about upcoming events dropped to 66%. Our second 100 posts took just 27 months. Our overall upcoming-event percentage is down to 53% (and dropping). At the same time, 15% of our posts have been about our images and 14% had website news. The categories of recognition, post-processing, and business were each discussed in over 6% of our posts. The other nine categories were covered in fewer than ten posts each.
So Now What?
I expect that our production rate will level out at less than four posts a month. I’d like the overall proportion of upcoming-event posts to drop toward 40%, while each of the other 14 categories gets good coverage. I keep coming up with new ideas but have trouble finding time to develop them. I’m working on that. Stay tuned.