With the blog’s title now above the banner, I could again allow the featured images associated with the blogs to replace the banner image. After activating this feature I was surprised to see it did not work. I tried both resizing the images to slightly larger than the required size and this seemed to work though some images that were slightly smaller still didn’t show. What ultimately worked was to remove the featured images one at a time from the blogs and then add them back again.
Just because this is the last day of possible ice on the lake I’m adding another of my ice pictures as a featured image and this gallery of them all.