The Plan

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Friends, today is a new day and so I begin to form The Plan on what to do regarding the dire situation I find myelf in. I have shed enough tears. My husband is attempting one last effort in trying to switch data plates from the damaged Passport to a new one I have. Simple yet very tricky. This is what Professional Companies do and in the process, are asking astronomical sums to do it. Due to the principal of matters, I will not pay $900-$3,000 to recover my data. That is thievery. And those who are offering monies to help me pay to retrieve my pictures, I am so grateful that my eyes fill with tears.

Some of you may think I am a fool for turning away offers of help to pay to retrieve my photographs. I call it doing the right thing by not adding to the already rampant state of greed this world is in. No, those photographs cannot be replaced. Yet, I have Talent, I have a camera, and I have a brain. So …

Back to The Plan. I will take inventory of what I do have. I have my Autumn photos, a file with all the photos of Glen Falls from the second trip, (not the first, those are gone); I have a file with all the photos I took with my iPad and then I have all the photos I have on Petals’ in my Media Library. I also have older photographs that are truly not up to my standards of today, but I intend to apply what I have learned in PS and LR to see if I can get them to look somewhere close to how I am shooting today.

Today. I am going to a Nursery to ask if I can take photographs of their flowers, explaining what happened to me. They have many enclosed green rooms, so I am hoping that I will find flowers to capture. I already asked my grocery store if I can take pictures of flowers and I never heard back from them. I take it their answer is no. There are also a few remaining flowers in my gardens, as well as my neighbor’s gardens, and let us not forget those beautiful weeds. So I do have a very full day today.

In closing, friends of mine did something that got the tears flowing again. And this is where I say a personal thank you. Leanne Cole gave me three of her original flower photographs from her Mother’s gardens to use on my blog, and Mark, my kissing cousin over in Syracuse, offered me some money to help with the costs of retrieving my photographs. A special thank you to Celia, Mary, Amy, Lisa, Ron, Yvette, and Lorrie who contacted me via email to tell me how sorry they are for what happened. Ron, I do thank you for your suggestions regarding HD and also Angel, who did the same thing. Niki, bless you for your encouragement and the words you wrote that give me HOPE, when you saw my dilemma. OH! Robin, a thank you to you for your kind words to me. Kathy, another thank you to you for your Loving words to me in the comment you left for MM and JM. If there is anyone I missed, I do apologize. For all of you who opened their Hearts to me, I am eternally grateful. Bless you!

Photography/ “The Plan” 2014Β©AmyRose

(Photograph from Petals’ Media Library)

[Comments are open but I do not know when I will be able to answer them. I also am not blogging today.]

127 thoughts on “The Plan

      1. I can see that this set-back has made you more determined to do your best and I know that your photos will be even more amazing! I’m looking forward to them! Phil

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      2. I am posting one later today, Phil. I have begun a “new'” collection of flowers. This one is special for it goes along with my post today “Our New Dawn”. Hope you enjoy what is coming!!! And thank YOU for your Loving words of encouragement to me! Without you and all the others who are rooting me on, I don’t know if I can be as strong as I am right now. (((HUGS))) Amy

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      1. GRIN! And don’t you know it! This is how much of my Life has unfolded. Test after test after trial after trial. IF you knew my entire life story, you wouldn’t believe it. Stuff a good book to inspire is made of. IF that day ever comes I do write my book … I will know. (smile) Until then, I keep doing what I do both in my Life and at Petals. Love, Amy

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    1. Thank you and Bless you, Eddie, for your Love and encouragement. I am finding a way out of this mess as of today. Wow! I just looked up out of my window and the Light is making everything look GREEN. BRIGHT GREEN. New Life! Prosperity. Healing. Thank you, Spirit, and thank you, Eddie. Love, Amy

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  1. Yes, you have Talent, I have a camera, and I have a brain. I know, you’re gong to take more pictures and even better one. We are here to support you. (((HUGS))) Amy ❀

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      1. Amy! You have me in tears again! Honey, even if you had the money to give me, I won’t bend to the greed in this world. Am I being silly, or stubborn, or foolish? I don’t know. I’m having trouble here, my friend, with my words. You have touched me so deeply. I’m crying. Love, Amy

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      2. But, you have brought so much joy to me. I’ve also learned to love nature and appreciate good photos more and better. These money can’t buy. If you let me to, I only offer money… Love, Amy

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      3. Amy, let me think about it. OK? I really have to know for sure that this is the right thing to do. I know it is only money, for that is how I feel about such matters as well, yet, to give in to this greed that is so prevelant …. I promise to think about this. Amy, I will never forget what you have done today. Never. You really have a Heart of Gold. And yes, I really do Love you! (((HUGS))) Amy

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  2. I am so sorry to hear your situation – after reading the other post. I am not sure how to help 😦 My thoughts with you and I would feel miserable if it happened to me 😦
    Can you copy all of your flower photos that posted in WordPress? Would that help? Hugs, hugs..

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    1. All of my flowers in WP are on iCloud, Indah. But not the originals. I lost those. The flower today that you see is from my Media Library. So I have lots of flowers to choose from there and with my new knowledge of PS and LR, maybe I can learn how to make them look different. I’ll see. I take each Moment as it comes. (((HUGS))) Amy

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  3. Amy, have you ever looked into either Carbonite or Dropbox? Both are off-computer storage options, and you can access them from any of your mobile devices. I have Dropbox (it’s currently full!) and Kevin and I are considering Carbonite. When we leave home for any length of time, my thumb drives are locked in a fireproof box. Just a few things to consider…..so happy to see you cheerful and with plans to go forward! Big hugs and love to you!

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    1. No, Celia, what you have suggested is new to me and I will look into it. I also plan on buying either a fireproof safe or put my HD in a safety deposit box. When I back up, I plan now on doing it twice, one on one HD and another back up on another one. And only when I KNOW 100% sure that both back ups are complete that is when I will clear the files from my computer’s HD. *sigh* So much to consider!!! But I will never go through this again. It is devastating! (((HUGS))) Amy

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  4. Your plan is a great one, Amy. Back in the photographer’s stance and build up a new collection, stored in a better drive forever and ever, my friend. And may your hubby come through with his part of the plan, too!

    Any nursery or store would be nuts not to allow you to take pictures of their product. You could say thanks by publishing their name here. Goodwill and karma by word of blogging network goes a long way in this life of ours. We’re with you, friend. Hugs from Syracuse. — MB

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    1. Oh, Mark, how endearing you are!!! Your support never ceases to amaze me, nor the size of your Heart. I again will ask at our grocery store and another one close by too. I just returned from a nursery who did allow me to take pictures and I got as many as I could in the time I could afford. Yes, I have begun, my friend. I have yet to decide which HD to choose, but you can bet on it, it will not be what I did use. That is for the circular file bin. (GRIN!) I really am so moved by your email and what you offered. I honestly don’t know what to say other then thank you, and IF these companies were not thieves, I would have accepted your offer and gone through with your idea as well. I am very very grateful that you are in my Life, Mark. (((HUGS))) Amy

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    1. Dan, you and my hubs are very much alike. The idea was mine to exchange the plates and he being very mechanical and very precise in what he does, is going to give it his best shot today. I was shocked at the outrageous sums these recovery services demand, yet when I look at the greed in this world, I am not surprised. Thank you from the bottom of my Heart for your thoughts and prayers. I shall persevere. (((HUGS))) Amy

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  5. Yes, I saw your blog yesterday and my thoughts were definitely with you. In fact, I was just thinking about you and wondering what happened this morning when I woke up, although I know that probably seems very small compared to all those people who reached out and actually offered help. Just couldn’t think of anything I could do. Anyway, so sorry you lost your babies, but it sounds like other people’s kindness have you on the road to recovery. Good luck with your shoots today. Hopefully that will work out.

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    1. Marissa, what matters to me is that you come here to Petals to view my work, and I yours. And in that time, we have become friends. Just like I said in a recent post, you really don’t know what to do to offer help or consolation. I am so grateful for your encouragement and for your ability to touch my Heart so that in turn keeps me motivated to keep doing my ultimate best for everyone here. (((HUGS))) Amy

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    1. Lisa, sounds like you are a woman after my own mold. Good for you and good for me! I won’t stay down and I will move forward to bring to Petals flowers for all. I will and I am, starting today!!! (((HUGS))) Amy

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  6. Such a test you are under, but I agree with you and think you are doing the right thing. Stay Strong, Stand Tall, Walk forward with your head held High and the most beautiful photographs you’ve ever taken will present themselves for you πŸ™‚

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      1. They are backed up in iCloud, Morgan. So I am covered with all my data that is on Petals. *SIGH* Now I am working on getting storage on my new laptop with something called iDrive. And then external back up as well. My head’s a-whirling right now, my friend. For real. Weeeeeeeee!!! xx Amy

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      2. I don’t put anything in the cloud LOL but I did see they have something new out that is like your own personal storage device. I’d trust that, but yes, its enough to make your head spin. I guess Im happily Tech-Illiterate. OR as my Ex used to say, I am a living I D 10 T error πŸ˜‰

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      3. I am no techno savy kind of person, either, Morgan, but I now must. ICloud has come to my rescue a few times, so I trust it. What’s the name of the personal storage device? I’ve gotten so many suggestions, what is one more? *sighs* I have to start educatin’ meself in order to keep me photos safe. Don’t wanna. But gotta. LOL Love, Amy

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      4. I actually think its iCloud but your own personal unit. I only saw it once on the tele, so not sure what its called. I know, I suppose we all have to move with the times lol

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  7. Amy, I am glad you have the plan. Also, you have a full support from your family and friends which is the most important thing. Your loss is huge but it is not what you can not make again. You’ll do new and more beautiful library of your shots.
    Sometime worth things happen which you can not repeat. This is a real loss. Long time ago after my parents death their house got on fire and all family archive has gone. Thanks God I had a little bit of it with me. I can not say what I felt by that time. Even now it is a huge pain for myself.
    Please, calm down! Save yourself, your Heart and Love for the future projects. I am sure it is going to be even better than before.
    Amy, sorry. May be my comment sounds a little bit cynically. Anyway, I believe in your potentiality and looking forward to see your new flowers.

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    1. Losses, any loss, are very tough to get through, Alexander. You sound like you have had your share of them and for that I truly am sorry. I have calmed down, but yesterday being the emotional woman I am, I cried my Heart out. This was a huge loss to me for the entire time I photographed this entire year, in the back of my mind was to get as many photos for winter to put on Petals. Now those are gone, but starting today I have again begun to find flowers. This time of year is really hard because the flowers are dying back due to our cold season coming in. So I go to places I know where there are flowers. Nothing like my Summer flowers, but I did find flowers. Thank you for your support. (((HUGS))) Amy

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  8. I was so sad yesterday when I heard what had happened.Glad that you have a plan and with your talent and your camera will be able to find a place that will let you take pictures. I know that it isn’t the same as the ones that you lost. Couldn’t believe the cost that they quoted you to retrieve them. That is outrageous. Hope your husband can create a miracle. One thing that we are considering doing is using “idrive” to back up our hard drive. I think the cost is $10 a month. Just a thought. Sending warm hugs and love and glad that my comments helped. β™₯ xoxo Kathy

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    1. When I get my new laptop, I am considering doing that very thing, Kathy. I have iCloud on my iPad right now which has all my work backed up but NOT originals, which were on this HD. I have returned today from shooting about 3 hours worth of flowers at a nursery that gave me permission to do so. Today I again ask at our grocery store and another one that is close by. And we also have some flowers in the gardens which I have shot. No I will not be able to replace those photos that are gone, but let me see what I can do now, in this present time. Bless you for caring and being my friend. My Heart is truly touched. Love, Amy

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      1. Yes, and think it would be worth it. We have a lot of originals with our signal flags. We are going to do it shortly. I have heard great things about idrive and glad you are considering. So happy that the nursery letting you take pics. Thanks for caring and feel blessed by our friendship also. Love, Kathy

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      2. If it were not for you, Kathy, I wouldn’t have known about iDrive. But I had heard somewhere that there was a way to back up photos on Windows, like you can with a Mac. Someone also suggested Flicker, which I know nothing about either. There is only so much brain room to wrap my head around all I have to know. I am taking these suggestions very seriously. I already know which laptop I am getting, and if my husband doesn’t order it this week, I am. I really need an excellent photography geared laptop so that I can get PS CC and LR on it, both programs I have paid for through Creative Cloud. The PS CC will not run on my iPad, but LR does. I have one at least out of the two. I wasn’t joking when I said a while ago I am on a major learning curve with my photography, and that just right there is enough to make my head spin. I LIKE the idea of iDrive because it will save me an external HD. I am not able to get iDrive now because I only have Windows XP right now on a laptop that is a dinasour and really outdated and VERY SLOW. But I still plan on having an external HD as back up to keep in a safety deposit box. Maybe it’s overkill, but I will never go through this again, Kathy. Lesson learned. ((((HUGS))) Amy

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      3. That’s why we like it also. My boyfriend has XP and I have Windows 7 Professional on 2 different computers and i-drive allows you to store from both computers and if you have anything else with just 1 account. I don’t think that it is overkill and don’t blame you in the least. I have a friend on FB that uses Flicker and believe it’s offered through Yahoo. He has had issues with people copying even though he has it marked as copy-write. Also sometimes has trouble when it’s down. HUGS Kathy β™₯

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      4. Nix Flicker. That is one down. I am looking into iDrive today, Kathy. I am assuming it uses your HD in the computer. If that is the case, I must wait for my new puter for the HD space on my old dineasaur (spelling?) has been a huge issue. When we spoke to our computer whiz, he said it is not worth buying more RAM but instead buy a new laptop. I have one all picked out and by next week, hopefully I will have it. So many wonderful people have come forth with suggestions on how to store my photos. Thank YOU for making my life a little less complicated by telling me about Flicker. No thanks. Bless you for helping me, Kathy! Love, Amy

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      5. Yes, I think so. Craig my other half has looked into it more since he is the computer one in the family although I have learned a lot over the years. We have been procrastinating and need to do it ourselves. Yours was a good wake up call. Glad your getting a new laptop and that it will arrive soon. Your pictures are so beautiful and so happy that you have gotten great advice. Love you, Kathy

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      6. Kathy, I KNOW I just replied to this comment. Please look in your SPAM. LONG comment just disappeared. Darn WP anyway! Another thing that has been bothering me … I’ve had to adjust my colors on my blog … all of a sudden they change and are nasty. Anywho … hoping this comment goes through. xx Amy

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      7. Just what you need on top of everything is WP acting up. Geeezzzz. Checked Spam and it’s not there. Yes, this comment went through. When I visited your site earlier colors looked good so must have just happened. Sending Big Hugs β™₯ xoxo

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      8. Thanks for the confirmation about my colors, Kathy. I fiddled around with them trying to get them back to where they were. As to my original LONG comment, who knows where it is now? I dunno! Have a great day, my friend! Love, Amy

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  9. aww Amy, I am so sorry that this has happened to you…I hope that someday you can get it back, (without having to pay those hefty costs!)…but I am so glad that the lady I have come to to know and admire is rising up to the challenge once more ….and I know your journey will be beautiful and inspiring and full of strength yet again…Lots and lots of love – Neha ❀ ❀

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    1. Oh, Neha, thank you and BLESS you! There still is a part of me that just wants to curl up and cry, but I refuse. After shedding copious tears yesterday and the night before, I am now focused on finding flower pictures. I found some today, and I shall continue to find others as well. Not an easy thing to do when all the flowers are getting ready to sleep for the Winter. Thank YOU for your support. I really am deeply grateful to you. Love, Amy

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      1. Bless you, Neha, for saying what you did. This makes it so much easier knowing there are such beautiful people behind me, supporting me. When the dust settles, I’ll be back to my usual blogging. This one took the stuffing out of me. I just may be posting my first “brand new flower” tomorrow that I photographed today. (smile) (((HUGS))) YOU are the best! Love, Amy

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    1. Irene, I lost all my original photographs except for a few files because I broke an external HD. You can help by cheering me on so that I keep motivated and positive to find ways to get flower photos. I do have my Fall pictures and the last set of Glen Falls, along with photos taken by my iPad …. a very tiny sliver compared to what I had. Love, Amy

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      1. I really wish for you to find a solution for this loss Amy. Our photos means so much for us. I tried to loose mine years ago…..
        You need to find all possible places to create your new photos. Wish you all the best πŸ˜‰

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    1. My techno hubby isn’t saying much right now, and I haven’t asked. In my mind those photos are gone, and now I am motivated to get as many flower photos as I can. Slim pickings right now, believe me. I got some today at a nursery and today again I ask at my grocery store. If not given permission, I will go to another grocery store that is close to our house. I can do this!!! Love, Amy

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    1. Thank you, Dany, SO much!!! My Heart is touched! I refuse to feel sorry for myself, and all the tears that were shed, that’s it. Now to put my head back on straight to figure out where to get photos. I have begun today. Love, Amy

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      1. You are a very strong woman, fighter, winner and blessed.
        I admire you. I need to learn to you :to get up , ” to put my head back on straight”
        to move forward .
        Big hugs

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      2. Dany, Luv, if I can do it, so can you. I refuse to be beaten. I mean it. If you knew my Life story, you wouldn’t believe it, because I have several episodes that I could have been down for the count IF I had decided to go that way. It is not easy, but it is easy to give into despair and disappointment. I encourage you, my friend, to do what you must do to move forward. Even if you don’t see the whole picture (I don’t) take one baby step at a time. Make one affirmative decision and stick with it. (((HUGS))) Amy

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      3. It is this reason that I admire you , you refuse to be beaten. When I fall , very hard I get up, but the worst it hurts me to see that I am disappointed. I need to change the strategy ,thank you for your advice and your example. Many hugs and God bless you.

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      4. Dany, I deliberately stay busy so that the hurt and disappointment don’t overrun me. I’m excited right now because my photography has an added something to it now, that wasn’t there before. And I am photographing things I wouldn’t have been, IF this incident did not happen. So GOOD really IS coming out of this. But, if I had stayed curled up in a ball crying my Heart out, nothing but despair would be happening. You can do anything you put your mind to, Dany. I promise you. It won’t be easy at times but come a day, you will be SO glad you made the effort. God bless you too!!!! (((HUGS))) Amy

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    1. I won’t give up, DellaAnna, I won’t. My dream is too important to me. But talk about a devastating blow! That will never happen again. I still have yet to decide which HD to get, but so many suggestions have been given to me that I have many to choose from. Thank you for being a part of my Life! Love, Amy

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    1. OH, Audrey, thank you so much. I was a mess a total wreck. Just posting this flower with this post, brought a huge lump to my throat and I almost began to cry. I said out loud NO! What is done is done! and proceeded to focus on where to find flowers. I found some today, my friend, at a nursery and I also plan on asking at my grocery store again today, and another one. If that doesn’t pan out, I will buy bouquets of flowers, one per week and I will photograph them. I am not able to get what I lost, but I can make new. And that is exactly what I am doing!!! If it were not for you and so many others, I would still be in a ball, crying my Heart out. (((HUGS))) Amy

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    1. No, no one has suggested this, but I will write this down, and seriously consider it. I am not a big fan of HD’s anymore, so I am looking at alternate ways to back up. I have several CD’s that I stored photos on, and I really like the way my data has been stored. I didn’t know about Dual layer DVD’s. I shall look into it. I really do thank you for your comment and your input. If it takes just one drop of a HD, which in reality is not too far fetched to happen, for that HD to be damaged, there has to be a better way. I’m looking into Flicker, iDrive, Flash Drives, to name a few. Also over at Leanne Cole’s site there was a post about this very subject last week with a ton of information that I still have yet to look at. Again, so much Gratitude to you. I assure you that this will never happen again. The pain is unspeakable. Love, Amy

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    2. I am correcting myself. My other photos are on DVD’s not CD’s. I just spoke to my husband about dual DVD’s and since we are buying a new laptop, we are going to make sure we are all set to go. I am pretty sure that is the route I am going. I no longer trust HD. My photos are just too precious to me. Thank you again SO much for this information. Your comment made me think how much I enjoy working with the DVD’s … they are so easy for me to use. (((HUGS))) Amy

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  10. Oh My… I am so so sorry you lost all your Data.. I too have an external hard drive the passport kind.. And have just put all of my Granddaughers photo’s on it..From birth to now as she is nearly 4..
    So I so understand how distraught you have felt.. I do have some flower photo’s to share in my Outlook One Drive.. So if you wish to take a look at any of those I will send you a link so you can down load some..
    Though I know they will be nothing like the ones you have taken..
    Sending you love.. And Good you have a Plan of sorts for now.. Much Love xx ❀

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    1. I received a Gift from you so big, I am so touched, Sue, no words. I DO LOVE YOU! And how to thank you for what you gave freely? I don’t know. Just know I am so so so grateful to you. (((HUGS))) Amy

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  11. Amy, I follow a wonderful lady which gives advice on storing photos and she had a similar experience and was able to get her photos back. She is Cee and her blog is: http://ceenphotography.com/photo-tips-and-tricks/
    Why don’t you leave her a message and see if she helps you out. Don’t give up yet… Good luck. I bought an external drive and that’s where I keep my pictures. I actually purchased two. One for home and one for when I travel and then I transfer it all to the home drive. I love it and feel pretty save with it. Take care and much love…

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    1. Thank you, Lor. Yes I know Cee and I just left her a comment explaining my dilemma. Many suggestions I have been given regarding storage which I am taking very seriously. I will not buy another HD. If it takes just one drop to damage one, (which is a very real probability) I am not going through that ever again. So, next week I plan on getting a new laptop and over the weekend make a decision as to how best to store my photos. I am looking at iDrive and then some external devices to store in a safety deposit box. Lessons have been learned. Love, Amy

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      1. Sorry to hear that you lost so much of your art, Amy 😦
        In the days of film, when you processed it and stored it safely it last for a long long time.
        Now I just buy memory and never erase it, One storage. 2nd storage is go to Cosco and make a Kodak disk. lasts a long long time. And 3d storage is a external hard drive. I never count on any cpu. Plus digital is just a magnet away from erasure.
        Hope this helped.
        Mf is the preferred way to get what you really want in focus, in my thinking.

        They say Beets eaten opens up the pathways to brain cells. So with that thought I send intention that all your next photo’s will be inspired works of art!!!!

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      2. Michael, I think the way I am going to go is this: Dual Layer DVD’s, iDrive, iCloud. I am no longer a fan of HD, but if I can find one that has an extra port just in case I run into trouble and need the photos accessed, I will get that. The way I shoot, I will be spending way too much money just on the ScanDisks to use to store my pictures. And I am not able to format, making files for easy access either. I shot over 800 images in 2 days, just to give you an idea how much shooting I do. Leanne Cole has a very indepth post all about HD’s which I intend to read and to also go through all the comments before I decide which HD to buy IF I do. This was a tough loss, BUT what I am now creating has an added dimension to it for each photo I really think about as I manually bring into focus what I want in each image. My style has changed it seems overnight. Thank YOU for your vote of confidence in me. It is people like you who motivate me to keep on bringing to Petals the Essence of my Heart and to keep improving as well. With Love, Amy

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      3. Love your journey discovering the (you) big you, out there in this life time!!!! Are you shooting in Raw? Could I ask what your average megs per shot is?
        Any way, your learning curve seems to be speeding up!!!! Enjoy.
        Every level of proficiency frees you to express more of Who You Are. What a difference from a cell phone shot and a MF shot!!!!!!! I learned to drive a car in a “63” VW bug, stick. Now I drive automatic. Less stress, but not as much control.
        Happy happy on this day!!!!!
        Smiles and hugs, Michael

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      4. I’m just beginning to shoot in RAW. (smile) Not sure on the average megs but I do know I shoot large form. Never did really shoot from a cell phone … I have only a trac fone which has a lousy camera. I am really enjoying shooting in MF yet it has its drawbacks. The “quick” shots are no longer an option. Truth be told, I did not do many quick shots, except with my cats. Now I am using my iPad camera for my cats. I drive a VW CC with 6 on the floor and my first car was a ’65 VW bug stick. How about that! LOL I LOVED that car even if the floor boards were rusting out. LOL I had more fun in that car, and today, my CC is my JOY to drive! I actually have a pic of my car on Petals where I doctored up the license plate to say LadyP. And all pink of course. Tee hee. Getting back to my camera …. it is a 16meg camera but I do know I am not shooting that large due to space. Now that I have begun to shoot RAW (the smallest format) my file is bigger. There is no need to shoot any bigger than I am now. I don’t plan on blowing my pics up to gigantic sizes. Anyways …. if I remember I will check on how many megs my originals are. My pics I show on Petals are 9×6″ with 150 mgpxl. I was told 72 would do it, but I don’t like the way my pics look at 72. Now I am off of here for the night. I took the day off and tomorrow as well. I needed it. (((HUGS))) Amy

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      5. Was that one with the engine still in the back, or front.
        No heater in my car and it was not water cooled, just air. We had a vw bus also,dark green. Small world!
        Sleep well, Dream the best that you desire!!Mβ€οΈπŸ’—πŸ’“

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      6. OK. Michael I have the answers for you. I just looked on my camera and I was shooting JPEG 15M, 4752×3168. Shooting RAW will be the same, 15M. I was mistaken. I am shooting the largest my camera will go. I also thought my cam was 16M. LOL That is how much I pay attention! I shoot that large because I feel I get a better quality picture. I think that speaks for itself by what you see on Petals. I’m glad you asked, because you got me curious. Now if someone else asks, I can respond with the correct information. I did sleep well, thank you. And now today I edit pics, experiment more with my camera, and prepare some posts for this coming week!!! Have a great Sunday! Love, Amy

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      7. Love circles back to you,let it build up to bliss!!!
        Enjoy.
        I was picking apples with a cloudy breezy day.
        Like the tart ones as Winesap and mutsu’s.
        In the future I could make pies, haven’t slowed down enough yet to learn baking!!! πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘
        Happy happy, and miles of smiles!πŸ˜„

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  12. Oh Amy, you are a warrior for sure!
    and when I saw my name on the list here I felt honored – πŸ™‚
    and just know that I continue to send warm thoughts your way at this time my friend –
    also – it is a reminder to all of us to back up our pics regularly –
    love ya my ski friend….

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    1. Love back to you my ski friend as well. This is a lesson I have learned from, because I really did taking backing up too lightly. No more. I have had many suggestions as to what to do, but one thing I do know. I will not go HD again. There are other ways to back up and one I will choose, probably over this weekend. Next week I get my new laptop (hopefully) so I can finally use PSCC on my laptop and also gain speed and space, neither that I have not much of now. So I do what I must to recover, and I am. If I stayed down, I wouldn’t get up again. (((HUGS))) Amy

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    1. This darn WP! I just lost a ver LONG reply to you. Just know, my friend, that I experienced a huge loss, and determined to not give in to the despair, I am now Creating NEW. From out of the pain of my Heart, my photography has grown and now is even better. You are doing everything by being in my Life and being my friend. For that, I am very very grateful. Love you! (((HUGS))) Amy

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  13. I can’t even begin to imagine how hard it was for you to go through that. I’m glad to hear of the generosity of so many people. I really liked what you said about replacing the photos, and how you have the talent to do so instead of perpetuating the greed in the world. Really looking forward to your future photos.

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    1. This was not an easy decision by a long shot. Yet, I live by certain principals, and one of them I just refuse to contribute to the ever growing greed in this world. I tried again today with the HD to get it open to no avail. There is one more option open, and I am really trying not to get my hopes up. In the meantime, I have been running around like an idiot getting as many macro flower photos wherever I can. I won’t give up. That I can promise you. Love, Amy

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    2. I really tried to get on your site, but I seem to be having trouble. I do my best to make the rounds of those who do come to Petals. I know it is a massive undertaking, but I really do try my best. Just wanted you to know I tried with your blog. xx Amy

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  14. Oh dear Amy! I am so behind in reading…I send you so much love!! You are an incredible artist, and though I know the loss hurts you deeply…I KNOW you will create so much more beauty!! Thank you! ❀ ❀

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    1. I am doing my best, Lorrie, trying to get as many flower pics as I can get. I’m also photographing things I would not have otherwise, one of which I am speaking of, will be posted next week on Petals. Thank you so much for your support and Love. (((HUGS))) Amy

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  15. Oh dear – what a nightmare!
    I have lost photos before. Feels so personal when that happens.
    So wonderful of all of the people that offered to help in any way.
    God bless them one & all.
    {Hugs}

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    1. David, yes I did go to this link and I commented. My first comment was eaten, my second comment not as lengthy. I feel honored and Blessed to have you following me. May we each inspire each other as we listen to our Hearts for guidance. With Love, Amy

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  16. Sometimes life forces you to start over. When that happens, we should be thankful because the chance to do so almost never comes to us.

    Terribly sorry to hear you loss. I wish you all the best in creating new cherished pictures.

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    1. I have ONE more chance to perhaps recover them. Since we are in the middle of the worst snow storm ever recorded here, I am a tad wee busy. When this is all over, hubs and I will sit down and hopefully retrieve my pics. If not, it is to be. Simple as that. Love, Amy

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