As you are most likely aware, I take lots of photos.
Like the new flowers on my kitchen table.
I take them mostly for my blog, but then I tend to keep them. With my iPhone they are downloaded automatically to my iCloud photo storage and my computer. I organize then into files.
Alas, with so many photos stored on my phone, I was cleaning up a year or so ago before I realized that the phone storage is connected to the computer storage is all connected to the iCloud, and it you remove photos from one device, you remove them from all. I found empty files where I had so carefully "saved" photos.
For the last week I have been editing my photo files and then saving them to an external hard drive, where we saved photos in the past. Now I have cleaned most photos off my phone and have learned, I hope, how to plug in my phone to the computer and save the newest photos on my actual computer drive, not just the iCloud. I am in the process of setting up new files there.
I have yet to decide if I will still automatically connect to the iCloud. I think I can do both and it is very convenient, but I won't use that for permanent storage.
I can also go back in my blog archive and right click and recapture photos there that I lost on the cloud, as long as I keep paying my Google storage.
Today the weather is REALLY nasty, currently 35 degrees and raining, after snow showers earlier. It's good to have projects on a day like today. I think maybe we'll light up the fireplace again this evening. It's time to work on being cozy.