Chinese Rose


This is a Chinese Rose. I’d never heard of such a thing until a little debate broke out on Instagram. Someone posted a picture of a flower that he called a Chinese Rose.

It wasn’t.

Even with my lack of knowledge about flowers I knew that. So off to Google we went. It turns out that this picture is of a Chinese Rose. It looks nothing like the picture on Instagram. It also turns out that the flower isn’t named because of its color. There are many colors.

My neighbor has a bunch of them growing as bushes. I just thought that they were roses. You learn something everyday.

At least you better.

Life long learning is a partial key to my life. It makes a big difference. I’m not talking about reading the news or staying online too long. Both just barely scrape the surface. Just like Googling. It worked fine for the flower, but it ain’t research.

I think that you have to get as close to the original source as you can possible get. It’s one reason that I don’t use Web MD.

Aside from the notion that you either have a sprained wrist or cancer using a Web MD diagnoses, The Mayo Clinic or John Hopkins have real live researchers who add to the data base well after their work has been peer reviewed.

One more thing about this medical stuff. If you don’t know what you have don’t self diagnose. You’ll be wrong 98% of the time. I use it to learn more about my doctor’s diagnosis or what meds he’s given me to combat it.

That works.

I put a lot of work into this picture. My smartphone still isn’t right.

Nothing was tack sharp. I reasoned that since everything was a little soft that I could make corrections in post production.

Most of those modifications did barely okay.

But, I have a trick. There is a setting in Snapseed called Drama. If I use one of two dark settings, add color and work from there I can sharpen images to the point of hyper sharpening them.

I don’t like doing it a lot because it can make things weird.

I used it this time. Everything that should be sharp is sharp. Still the picture looks a little strange.

I suspect that’s the limitation of a phone. I don’t know, but it’s time to use at as a phone, which is its worst characteristic.

Back to a Nokia flip phone for me. The new ones are trying to compete in the phone market after being left for dead by Apple and Samsung. They make new flip phones for nowhere near the cost of the current smartphones and they do what I really need them to do.



6 responses to “Chinese Rose”

  1. rothpoetry Avatar

    Nice image! Almost psychedelic!!


    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you. It’s smartphone issues.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Judi Castille Avatar

    I loved all my Nokia phones…initiative. I totally agree Google is not research. It’s just like browsing in a library. You have to get the books out, dig deep in the chapters and read. I am a culprit of buying books that remain unread for too long. When I finally settle in to open the pages I learn and regret not having done that sooner.
    Same as online. Some courses are thin on detail, others work and stimulate. I still like Snapseed. Filter combinations work but some pictures just have a bad day.

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      I can’t seem to focus on long form reading. It could be a combination of age, two much short internet reading and just plain old lack of focus. You can dig into the books via Google, but you have to follow the threads of what first surfaces. The new Nokia phones look really good. As a camera they have a 42 mp file, which is use even expanded in computational photography. Snapseed is fine. I wish it was available as a desktop app.


      1. Judi Castille Avatar

        Me too…snapseed is great. But it’s like the whole silly issue of not having sim cards for tablets or no USB port on mobiles that you can plus a USB stick into and have software to move files…its all so complicated with leads and extensions. I do have a long attention span. My husband doesnt. It leads to a few heated moments. 😋


  3. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

    No, no, no… You can either email yourself with the files. Or, subscribe to a cloud service. We use Amazon Prime for a lot of things. Free cloud service comes with it. Unlimited storage. Any size file. Upload data from one device. Download it to another.


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