I'm tired of tinkering. I've sliced and diced that damn picture over and over, trying to make it into a banner that fits the Typepad template and maintains as much of the beauty of the original as possible.
Many of you have offered some wonderful, really sensible suggestions. Some I have taken, some I have tried to take and failed for whatever reason, and some I have ... well, let's just say I've set them aside for now because a good idea will still be a good idea in a few weeks or months when I go into a different theme. But I appreciate each and every one of you who paused to give all this even a moment's thought.
I especially want to thank Laura, who has a real talent for this and who nudged me away from the orange and into rust, which I much prefer. She also spent a long time working on the banner picture, just because she's nice that way.
I got many other generous offers of help, and one day I may well take yez all up on it. What great friends!
So, enough putzing around. We'll go with this.