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Josef Gitschthaler522Kaufrausch, Konsumzwang oder Besinnliche WeihnachtenShopping frenzy, pressure to consume or  thoughtful ChristmasBesinnliche Weihnachten / thoughtful Christmas2013-12-22 19:00:0047 
Slooh117,152Slooh Space Camera to Broadcast Annular Solar Eclipse with Ring of Fire live from AustraliaSlooh Space Camera will broadcast a free, real-time view of the Annular Solar Eclipse from Australia.  Viewers can capture a first look of the eclipse on Slooh.com, Thursday, May 9th starting at 2:30 PM PDT / 5:30 PM EDT / 21:30 UTC as the Moon’s shadow begins its journey over Australia on its way to eastern Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Gilbert Islands, and finally over the Pacific Ocean. Viewers can watch live on their PC/MAC or by downloading the free Slooh iPad app in the iTunes store and touching the broadcast icon.The Slooh broadcast team, along with Bob Berman, author of numerous astronomy books, and contributing editor and monthly columnist for Astronomy magazine, will provide live commentary. As a special treat, Slooh will broadcast an additional feed of the Sun from the Prescott Solar Observatory, a fantastic facility located in Arizona - giving viewers a unique look of the Sun from the other side of the world.Download the free Slooh iPad App: www.appstore.com/sloohSlooh Annular Eclipse Video: http://youtu.be/_MZQRFIxJiY#solareclipse   #ringoffire   #eclipse   #annulareclipse   #sun   #moon   #lunar   #slooh   #hangoutsonair  Slooh's Coverage of Annular Solar Eclipse2013-05-09 23:30:00360 

Steven Spence has been shared in 387 public circles

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Amaresh Singh11Circle Of the DayTo be considered for this circle, please:1- Share this circle in your stream.2- Ask to be included in the comments section of the original post.3- Make sure you've added our page to your circles.4- You must post your own original work in your stream.2014-11-21 09:58:32238546
Circles Circles Circles45,721SCIENCE CircleDo you want more science in your life? Then, be sure to add these fascinating pages and people who dwell on science daily and are actively engaging.  Enrich your stream.If you are a scientist or someone who primarily posts about science and would like to be included in this circle please make a request in the comments section below.If you have someone or an organization's G+ page to recommend please add their name in the comments section below.Note: To those included in the circle, you were added by the generous recommendation of others  -- their help is deeply appreciated. Your add back and re-share would be also deeply appreciated as it would help spread the word about science.Current Circles   Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS: http://goo.gl/pOzhN7Published Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/mlXh9WPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/DgeQIAMEN ARE FROM MARS : http://goo.gl/hhJPlSPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD:  http://goo.gl/Ik2RfOOthers CirclesCREATIVES: http://goo.gl/Ahy2X9SCIENCE: http://goo.gl/pzaC4yTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/a1jWG6G+ Pages: http://goo.gl/9v2o43        #sciencecircle   #circleshare   #sharingcircles  2014-11-19 18:04:35106205
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,950SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS : CIRCLE V.8; maintained by +Atanas Georgiev Atanasov  ; You can learn more about my personal scientific research at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science   #Research   #Technology   #NASA    #Space   #Innovation   #Engineering   #NIAC   #nutrition   #Entrepreneur   #Commercial #ScienceSunday   #Sundayscience   #Science   #Research   #Tech #GameTech   #GameTechnology   #Gaming   #VideoGaming   #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch    #innovation   #Inflammation   #Brain #mindcontrol   #photography   #tech   #socialmedia   #googleplus #naturalproduct   2014-11-17 05:24:223625111
Serkan Mutan2,680My gOOOOgle Friends....#teamcircleshare #circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer   #topphotographer   #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome   #AwesomePeople   #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #weeklyreview #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle 2014-11-14 15:13:26495013
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,633SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS : CIRCLE V.7; maintained by +AtanasGeorgievAtanasov ; You can learn more about my personal scientific research at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science   #Research   #Technology   #NASA    #Space   #Innovation   #Engineering   #NIAC   #nutrition   #Entrepreneur   #Commercial #ScienceSunday  #Sundayscience   #Science   #Research   #Tech #GameTech  #GameTechnology   #Gaming   #VideoGaming   #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch   #innovation   #Inflammation   #Brain #mindcontrol  #photography   #tech   #socialmedia   #googleplus #naturalproduct  #artists   #foodies   #cars2014-11-13 05:47:40346101
Gailen Mapes71,115Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera 5 - 11 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to November 7th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting October 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-11-11 11:53:11177003
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,490SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS of it : CIRCLE V.6; maintained by +AtanasGeorgievAtanasov ; You can learn more about my personal scientific research here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science   #Research   #Technology   #NASA    #Space   #Innovation   #Engineering   #NIAC   #nutrition   #Entrepreneur   #Commercial #ScienceSunday  #Sundayscience   #Science   #Research   #Tech #GameTech  #GameTechnology   #Gaming   #VideoGaming   #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch   #innovation   #Inflammation   #Brain #mindcontrol  #photography   #tech   #socialmedia   #googleplus #naturalproduct  #artists   #foodies   2014-11-10 06:22:16330011
Cableicous3,142Thanks for all teh cablezThanks muchly to all those who have contributed their #Cableicous  imagery for another grand week of beautaliciousness.And a new week begins...#photography #cables #cableicous #circleshare #2014 #cableriacirculus2014-11-08 23:50:11262011
Ankit Gajjar1,967Awesome Photography Circle Share - Add yourself and pass it on...Note this circle share post will be deleted with in 24hrs.2014-11-08 13:35:50461001
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,228SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS of it : CIRCLE V.5; maintained by +AtanasGeorgievAtanasov ; You can learn more about my personal scientific research here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science  #Research #Technology #NASA  #Space #Innovation #Engineering #NIAC #nutrition #Entrepreneur #Commercial#ScienceSunday #Sundayscience #Science #Research #Tech#GameTech #GameTechnology #Gaming #VideoGaming +Microsoft#MicrosoftResearch  #innovation #Inflammation #Brain#mindcontrol #photography #tech #socialmedia #googleplus#naturalproduct #artists #foodies #cars #sharingiscaring  #Liver#sharingmeansthankyou #socialmedia  #sports #Smartphones#tablets 2014-11-06 08:10:34369051
Sharon Caroline1,629Hello my friends, good morning/evening for you all!Boost Your visibility On Google+!Shared and be shared. :)Thank you for sharing and promoting this.#circleshare #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedcircleoftheday2014-11-05 08:31:58463000
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,228SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS of it : Circle V.3, maintained by +AtanasGeorgievAtanasov To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   You can learn a bit more about my personal scientific research from these links: https://plus.google.com/115938908270684192009/posts/MGt3zvEtTgq  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science  #Research #Technology #NASA  #Space #Innovation  #Engineering #NIAC #nutrition #Entrepreneur #Commercial #ScienceSunday #Sundayscience #Science #Research #Tech #GameTech #GameTechnology #Gaming #VideoGaming +Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch  #innovation #Inflammation #Brain #mindcontrol #photography #tech #socialmedia #googleplus #naturalproduct #artists #foodies 2014-11-05 07:02:42362101
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,127Science and Technology +Friends: Circle 2014 V.2 To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   You can learn a bit more about my personal scientific research from these links: https://plus.google.com/115938908270684192009/posts/MGt3zvEtTgq  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science  #Research #Technology #NASA  #Space #Innovation  #Engineering #NIAC #nutrition #Entrepreneur #Commercial #ScienceSunday #Sundayscience #Science #Research #Tech #GameTech #GameTechnology #Gaming #VideoGaming +Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch  #innovation #Inflammation #Brain #mindcontrol #photography #tech #socialmedia #googleplus #naturalproduct #artists #foodies #cars 2014-11-04 06:51:44407101
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov982Science and Technology Circle 2014 To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   You can learn a bit more about my personal scientific research from these links: https://plus.google.com/115938908270684192009/posts/MGt3zvEtTgq  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science  #Research #Technology #NASA   #Space #Innovation   #Engineering #NIAC #nutrition #Entrepreneur #Commercial #ScienceSunday #Sundayscience #Science #Research #Tech #GameTech #GameTechnology #Gaming #VideoGaming #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch   #innovation #Inflammation #Brain #mindcontrol #photography #tech #socialmedia #googleplus #naturalproduct #artists 2014-11-02 08:37:19453101
Cableicous3,143Thanks for all teh cablezThanks muchly to all those who have contributed their #Cableicous  imagery for another grand week of beautaliciousness.And a new week begins...#photography #cables #cableicous #circleshare #2014 #cableriacirculus2014-11-01 22:26:2730000
Lexidh Solstad26,869October engagers circle! =) These are most of the people that has commented on my posts in October. Thank you for making it more fun to be here! 2014-11-01 10:35:46163000
Cableicous3,139Thanks for all teh cablezThanks muchly to all those who have contributed their #Cableicous  imagery for the 15th circle of 99 #cableicous  contributors - thank you, thank you and thank you.And a new week begins...#photography #cables #cableicous #circleshare #2014 #cableriacirculus2014-10-31 09:21:3499000
AyJay Schibig77,521ALL KINDS CIRCLE  10.29.14  by  +AyJay Schibig RESHARE if you wish to be included.Add this mix of All Kinds of Active G+ members and pages  to give some variety to your circles!  #tsu  is a new social network that pays you for your content. If you  would like to join here is an invitation                http://www.tsu.co/ayjayphoto#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia  2014-10-30 06:29:23498434464
jany viala22,314Two circle, photographer who have been share with #artistphotographeramateurorprofessional    +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional  By +jany viala   by  +Krzysztof Felczak  and by +Chauvin Gene  and  +Dorma Wiggin  For a selection with +A.P.A.P.Grand talent  by sharing +jany viala  Nouveau For amateur or professional photographer black and white . Post New page +A.P.A.P.Noir et Blanc, Black and White Monochrome  Organizer  +jany viala   Pour une sélection avec +A.P.A.P.Grand talent  par le partage + Jany For French photographer, or friends who come photographer visited France Post Sharing with New page  +A.P.A.P.Photo de France  Organizer by +jany viala  Pour une sélection avec +A.P.A.P.Grand talent  par le partage +jany viala  two great circle photographer +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional  for a great selection  +A.P.A.P.Grand talent   thank you .ki2014-10-26 18:59:54337224
steph wanamaker108,346#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-10-17 13:48:5620335337
Becky Collins17,500Top Active Engager's Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-10-13 05:05:40478002
Gailen Mapes68,908Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera S - 11 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to October 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting September 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-10-11 11:21:21182217
Lexidh Solstad25,608My September Engagers circle! Thank you for making it more fun to be here on Google+ =) 2014-10-01 13:11:32180001
Kenneth Nicholson3,806Active users on Google+. Circle Share. If you received a notification, please reshare to your circles If you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post*More you share more you get! :)Thanks!*#awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou #ShareYourCircle #epicengagers #davidromaphotography #addcircle #addpeople #affiliate #awesome #awesomecircles #awesomepeople #besocial #bestengagers #bestsharedcircle #circle #circlefriday #circlemonday2014-09-25 13:06:13485455179
Harry Day8,462Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the postMore you share more you get!#SharedCircles #weeklyreview #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle   #trustinme   #circlesharing   #circleshare #circles #circleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles  2014-09-22 10:29:33495202645
Gert Jan Hermus35,331You are in one of my circles of photographers, bloggers, circle sharers and engagers!Reshare this one for the best result ;-)#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles   #circleoftheday   #fridaycircle   #reshare   #5blkr  2014-09-19 19:00:35455182131
steph wanamaker107,379#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-09-19 15:57:0019957047
Viktor Yegorov5,233Обмен кругами#круги   #обмен  #кругляши #круглим   #круги #Google+   #SharedCircles   #circles   #circleshare   #sharedcircle   #circlesharing   #followers   #social  #circle #circles #public #publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #photography #photographer #bestphotographer #topphotographer #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome #AwesomePeople #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles 2014-09-18 04:10:261441110
AyJay Schibig72,63821ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE (1 of 2)  9.15.14 by  +AyJay Schibig Please ReShare if you wish to be in this Circle.This Circle has Active G+ members passionate about photography. Add this latest edition to circulate some great photography!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2014-09-16 01:16:55422232033
Gailen Mapes67,671Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera S - 11 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to September 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting August 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-09-11 10:29:32181224
Lexidh Solstad24,952This is my August engagers circle!  Almost everyone that has commented on my posts this month (comments tomorrow will be added to the September list, since I'm only online on my phone for a while now). Thank you for making it more fun to post here! =)2014-08-30 11:46:38192418
steph wanamaker106,513#followfriday  This is my awesome men who comment circle2014-08-29 14:59:4519872262
Michael Sargent1,469My shared circle of the week... Incredible Photography and awesome people will be seen here... Check it!!!!  Now this circle is bigger than the 500 allowed so soon I will update the circles and you can see all the people who inspire me!!!!2014-08-25 16:31:0050010311
steph wanamaker106,076#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-08-15 19:12:4919676366
Marius Kiupelis279 If you received this notification you are in this circle♚♚  If you want to be shared in this circle ♚♚♚♚♚♚♚ Then just keep sharing! ♚♚♚♚♚2014-08-03 19:05:53201036
Lynda Chervil890Add this circle of excellent engagers, thinkers, innovators, and future tech leaders. My ++Solar Power++ Circle will provide you with the latest and greatest from the world of tech innovations, especially in the renewable energy sector. Simply add this circle and then share it!If you'd like to be added to this circle, please comment below, share and add the circle. Only those who qualify with content and expertise will be added. Thanks! #Tesla   #nikolatesla   #elonmusk   #solarenergy   #innovation   #technology   #solarpower   #hydroelectric   #science   #STEM   #research   #education   #futuretech   #futuretechnology  2014-07-31 14:24:32343125
John Nuntiatio41,647#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small #smallcircle #photography #health2014-07-29 07:24:58199157
Artist , photographer , amateur or professional3,455Circle A.P.A.P. +jany viala  & +Krzysztof Felczak It his for both the creation of the circle. this weekend of rest we will reply to the message Monday You're welcome !We are happy to share your work . Thank you Jany & Krzysztof. For an upcoming sharing your work in good agreement we ask. Follow the rule Please. To add to your circle, the curator and organizer  +jany viala    & +Krzysztof Felczak  +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional  for  to follow your job+A.P.A.P.Grand talent    to promote great talent  +A.P.A.P. Cascade, montagne, paysage  & +A.P.A.P.Macro Architecture Bird  inviting for the contest Each pages, the circle! You do not follow the rules you would no longer share Thank you for your understanding.+jany viala  PS: you can share and comment +1 also!  thank you! Jany from this holiday weekend2014-07-25 09:20:20304361225
Peter Edenist31,0152014 Super Sci-FI Circle : No, the Sky is not Falling!!! Also the Gravity is not sucking you in... please +1 this post to support it or you may have to take a trip in Snowpiercer, no need to thank me. Please reshare if you think this is a worthwhile circle. If you have been notified, you are in the circle!All the people in this circle are linked to our community (see link further down). As usual, please tag and recommend anyone who you think should be in this circle. Live long and prosper!Sci-FI Community here: http://goo.gl/s1NVd  Science Fiction Pics: http://goo.gl/sOSPK5Mighty Shiny Browncoats : http://goo.gl/9osg1tDoctor Who : http://goo.gl/z3uWX3Ultimate Star Wars : http://goo.gl/Wu8bv6Ultimate Star Trek : http://goo.gl/JJPql9Science on G+ community here: http://goo.gl/46uFH #sciencefiction #sf #scifi  2014-07-24 12:58:0746211960146
steph wanamaker105,275#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle !2014-07-18 16:26:0820355655
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2014-10-23 07:04:54 (39 comments, 0 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Thorsday!

Today is going to be an awesome Thorsday. Not only is it Day 4 out of 5 for my participation in  the #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge , but folks in North America are going to have the chance to see a partial solar eclipse. I'm looking forward to the photos.  

Today's subject? Squirrel. An online friend decided to name a company Squirrel, so why not roll with that? Also, serves as effective misdirection.

My asking for volunteers to participate in the 5-day challenge hasn't worked so well. I do know lots of photographers, who quite possibly have already done the 5 day challenge before it got to me, so I hesitate to call on them. I certainly try to catch people regularly, but I probably miss more posts than I should.

Anyway, since no one has volunteered so far, I nominate the following lucky souls to participate:

+AndreasK... more »

Most reshares: 18

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2014-11-10 08:26:47 (20 comments, 18 reshares, 198 +1s)Open 

Everything that exists is in a manner the seed of that which will be.

Marcus Aurelius

How fitting that even as a tree prepares seeds for the next Spring, its leaves have a glorious last moment in the sun.

Most plusones: 468

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2014-11-11 07:47:15 (25 comments, 12 reshares, 468 +1s)Open 

More Fall colors

I like the fact that not all the trees change color at the same time in the Fall. It makes some really standout.

I would type more, but perhaps brevity is better, esp. since Ginger, our cat, is demanding to be petted. she seems jealous of the keyboard. must go before she nips my fingers.

Have a great Tuesday!

photo: straight out of camera JPEG. I am using it as my desktop wallpaper currently :-)

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2014-11-21 08:35:01 (22 comments, 3 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

At long last, Friday

The leaves are almost all gone now. Still I have the memories of their ephemeral beauty. 

I'm glad Friday rolled around for more reasons than usual this week. Hopefully, you'll have a great Friday and an even better weekend!

At long last, Friday

The leaves are almost all gone now. Still I have the memories of their ephemeral beauty. 

I'm glad Friday rolled around for more reasons than usual this week. Hopefully, you'll have a great Friday and an even better weekend!___

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2014-11-18 00:22:05 (21 comments, 1 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

Sunday shots, Part II

Before going into the photo information, let me wish you a great Tuesday! 

Photo stuff

As mentioned in Monday's post, I had a brief window of sunlight Sunday afternoon. After the shots at the pond, I was on my way to another part of town and saw some flowers still looking nice, so I had to stop and see how my macro worked with the AF on the 7D MkII. 

I'm quite happy. This was a sloppy one-handed shot and it's still a nice shot by my standards. I had to use my left hand to hold the flower so that it caught the light and shoot with my right hand while crouching down for the shot. The lens has no image stabilization (I thought I was being smart and saving money, but it wasn't a good decision. I should have gotten the one with IS...)  It turned out well anyway, which I attribute to the better AF and better sensorco... more »

Sunday shots, Part II

Before going into the photo information, let me wish you a great Tuesday! 

Photo stuff

As mentioned in Monday's post, I had a brief window of sunlight Sunday afternoon. After the shots at the pond, I was on my way to another part of town and saw some flowers still looking nice, so I had to stop and see how my macro worked with the AF on the 7D MkII. 

I'm quite happy. This was a sloppy one-handed shot and it's still a nice shot by my standards. I had to use my left hand to hold the flower so that it caught the light and shoot with my right hand while crouching down for the shot. The lens has no image stabilization (I thought I was being smart and saving money, but it wasn't a good decision. I should have gotten the one with IS...)  It turned out well anyway, which I attribute to the better AF and better sensor compared with my old 60D.

The three photos are actually all the same shot. The original is where you see me holding the flower. Then I cropped it a bit. Finally, I cropped it again to make the "close up" (at least it should look like one on your screen).  ___

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2014-11-17 07:56:28 (16 comments, 2 reshares, 55 +1s)Open 

short window of light

This weekend was quite full. I did have a brief window of sunshine on Sunday afternoon around 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm, which I could use. I decided to try and do a few different things.

Reflections were one of the things I tried along with learning to use the camera's exposure bracketing function. I learned that I really needed to underexpose compared to what my metering was telling me to get a picture that I liked. (also has to do with type of metering, in this case I was working with spot; if I had chosen a different type of the whole scene, I probably would have done better, but not learned as much)

I hope you'll have a great week! I'm not looking forward to my Monday workload, but let's get it behind us, right?. 

short window of light

This weekend was quite full. I did have a brief window of sunshine on Sunday afternoon around 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm, which I could use. I decided to try and do a few different things.

Reflections were one of the things I tried along with learning to use the camera's exposure bracketing function. I learned that I really needed to underexpose compared to what my metering was telling me to get a picture that I liked. (also has to do with type of metering, in this case I was working with spot; if I had chosen a different type of the whole scene, I probably would have done better, but not learned as much)

I hope you'll have a great week! I'm not looking forward to my Monday workload, but let's get it behind us, right?. ___

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2014-11-15 18:02:39 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Late posting today. It's been one of those days where there hasn't been much free time and one or the other challenge to deal with technically, in this case power supply problems and no open computer store (when I was able to go), but I was able to find a workaround by reducing loads. I think I'll be building a new computer for Christmas, which will actually be fun. 

Anyway, I hope you're having a great day!

Enjoy a bit more of my Fall foliage collection. I hope you're not tired of it, but at the moment it's all I have to offer. With luck tomorrow will be a better day and the sun will shine for me. Maybe I'll get some new shots. 

Late posting today. It's been one of those days where there hasn't been much free time and one or the other challenge to deal with technically, in this case power supply problems and no open computer store (when I was able to go), but I was able to find a workaround by reducing loads. I think I'll be building a new computer for Christmas, which will actually be fun. 

Anyway, I hope you're having a great day!

Enjoy a bit more of my Fall foliage collection. I hope you're not tired of it, but at the moment it's all I have to offer. With luck tomorrow will be a better day and the sun will shine for me. Maybe I'll get some new shots. ___

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2014-11-13 23:59:43 (15 comments, 4 reshares, 126 +1s)Open 

Friday: Last Leaves?

It's early in the morning Friday. I got side-tracked with Internet articles... 

The colorful leaves are mostly gone from the trees where I live, so I'll need to look for new subjects during the next break in the weather.

Have a great Friday and an even better weekend!

Photo: probably the last of the Fall "leaf" series from me, although I'm thinking of making a set of 1920*1200 (or 1280) photos for people to use as wallpaper if they like. 

Friday: Last Leaves?

It's early in the morning Friday. I got side-tracked with Internet articles... 

The colorful leaves are mostly gone from the trees where I live, so I'll need to look for new subjects during the next break in the weather.

Have a great Friday and an even better weekend!

Photo: probably the last of the Fall "leaf" series from me, although I'm thinking of making a set of 1920*1200 (or 1280) photos for people to use as wallpaper if they like. ___

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2014-11-13 08:11:37 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

mid-November Thorsday

What's not to love about Thorsday? Named after a Nordic god with a simple approach to life, it's a day I can get behind.

Neutronium hammer to solve problems?   .check.
Plays with lightning like Tesla?  .check.
Enjoys a good beer?  .check.
Straightforward like an Über Ned Stark?  .check.

Actually, I like Thorsdays, because I tend to frontload the work in my week. By the time I make it to Thorsday, I'm generally wrapping up many of the tasks I set for myself and refocusing on things I think will be important. Of course, curve balls and fire drills come in, but this is more time I can direct and less of dealing with the must-dos. 

Switching gears to the weather, I still have dreary grey skies, but last weekend there were a few sunny hours on Saturday and Sunday. As you know by now, I used them toget s... more »

mid-November Thorsday

What's not to love about Thorsday? Named after a Nordic god with a simple approach to life, it's a day I can get behind.

Neutronium hammer to solve problems?   .check.
Plays with lightning like Tesla?  .check.
Enjoys a good beer?  .check.
Straightforward like an Über Ned Stark?  .check.

Actually, I like Thorsdays, because I tend to frontload the work in my week. By the time I make it to Thorsday, I'm generally wrapping up many of the tasks I set for myself and refocusing on things I think will be important. Of course, curve balls and fire drills come in, but this is more time I can direct and less of dealing with the must-dos. 

Switching gears to the weather, I still have dreary grey skies, but last weekend there were a few sunny hours on Saturday and Sunday. As you know by now, I used them to get some of the Fall foliage. This one is my favorite shot from the weekend, but really only shows up best on a large screen. I saved it for Thorsday, because it was my favorite.

Have a lovely Thorsday and a little fun along the way too! 

Photo: JPEG from the camera. I'm curious what it  will look like when I have a RAW converter. Actually, I do with DPP 4.1, so what I should say is that I'm curious what it will look like when I can get it into LR or PS. ___

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2014-11-12 08:04:06 (17 comments, 5 reshares, 168 +1s)Open 

Cherry in the Fall

My cherries (this one is decorative) delight me twice a year. In the Spring, there are myriad glorious delicate white and pink-tinged flowers. In the Fall they consistently give me some days of lovely reds, oranges and yellows. They also make me rake the yard multiple times, but there's a price for everything, right?  

I hope you'll have a great Wednesday, full of light and color. It's grey here again today, but I had some good light last weekend and can savor that. 

Photo:

this one was cropped, because I wanted to emphasize the leaf patterns. It was shot with a zoom. I wasn't carrying the macro with me that day, because I was looking for colorful trees, which I generally either took with a wide angle to get them in their entirety or more often with a telephoto, so I could stand off and isolate leaves at a flata... more »

Cherry in the Fall

My cherries (this one is decorative) delight me twice a year. In the Spring, there are myriad glorious delicate white and pink-tinged flowers. In the Fall they consistently give me some days of lovely reds, oranges and yellows. They also make me rake the yard multiple times, but there's a price for everything, right?  

I hope you'll have a great Wednesday, full of light and color. It's grey here again today, but I had some good light last weekend and can savor that. 

Photo:

this one was cropped, because I wanted to emphasize the leaf patterns. It was shot with a zoom. I wasn't carrying the macro with me that day, because I was looking for colorful trees, which I generally either took with a wide angle to get them in their entirety or more often with a telephoto, so I could stand off and isolate leaves at a flat angle. ___

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2014-11-11 07:47:15 (25 comments, 12 reshares, 468 +1s)Open 

More Fall colors

I like the fact that not all the trees change color at the same time in the Fall. It makes some really standout.

I would type more, but perhaps brevity is better, esp. since Ginger, our cat, is demanding to be petted. she seems jealous of the keyboard. must go before she nips my fingers.

Have a great Tuesday!

photo: straight out of camera JPEG. I am using it as my desktop wallpaper currently :-)

More Fall colors

I like the fact that not all the trees change color at the same time in the Fall. It makes some really standout.

I would type more, but perhaps brevity is better, esp. since Ginger, our cat, is demanding to be petted. she seems jealous of the keyboard. must go before she nips my fingers.

Have a great Tuesday!

photo: straight out of camera JPEG. I am using it as my desktop wallpaper currently :-)___

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2014-11-10 08:26:47 (20 comments, 18 reshares, 198 +1s)Open 

Everything that exists is in a manner the seed of that which will be.

Marcus Aurelius

How fitting that even as a tree prepares seeds for the next Spring, its leaves have a glorious last moment in the sun.

Everything that exists is in a manner the seed of that which will be.

Marcus Aurelius

How fitting that even as a tree prepares seeds for the next Spring, its leaves have a glorious last moment in the sun.___

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2014-11-09 21:36:36 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

It's been a busy weekend and only partially for things I expected to be busy with. The weather cooperated for a few hours on Saturday and Sunday, so I got out and tried things with my new toy. I'm having a lot of fun with it so far.

I hope the weekend has been kind to you and wish you a good start to the week. 

It's been a busy weekend and only partially for things I expected to be busy with. The weather cooperated for a few hours on Saturday and Sunday, so I got out and tried things with my new toy. I'm having a lot of fun with it so far.

I hope the weekend has been kind to you and wish you a good start to the week. ___

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2014-11-07 22:39:35 (37 comments, 0 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

First shots: Canon EOS 7D Mark II

tl;dr
New camera with great features for an amateur like myself. It's especially attractive for sports/wildlife, because of the excellent AF and high speed photography (10 frames per second). I'm impressed with the 7D MkII and think it's a huge step up from my previous DSLR. I have only used a few features and made a few shots, but I like the results very much. 

Introduction

Friday, October 30, I was extremely surprised that the local photo store contacted me to let me know the 7DMkII was already in. They let me have a hands on "preview" of one of the two cameras they had just gotten. I was not expecting to see this camera before the middle of November.

Due to some work obligations it wasn't until Wednesday afternoon that I could get back there and purchase the camera. I have... more »

First shots: Canon EOS 7D Mark II

tl;dr
New camera with great features for an amateur like myself. It's especially attractive for sports/wildlife, because of the excellent AF and high speed photography (10 frames per second). I'm impressed with the 7D MkII and think it's a huge step up from my previous DSLR. I have only used a few features and made a few shots, but I like the results very much. 

Introduction

Friday, October 30, I was extremely surprised that the local photo store contacted me to let me know the 7DMkII was already in. They let me have a hands on "preview" of one of the two cameras they had just gotten. I was not expecting to see this camera before the middle of November.

Due to some work obligations it wasn't until Wednesday afternoon that I could get back there and purchase the camera. I have had only a little time with it, but I thought I could share some first impressions with you.

Stepping Up

For me the Canon EOS 7D Mk II  is quite a step up from my EOS 60D. Back in 2011 when I was trying to decide between the 60D and the first generation 7D  I opted for the 60D, because I wasn't sure that I would actually use all the features of the 7D. The 60D seemed like a very good camera at a good price point and would be good enough for me. It certainly has been a fun camera. Over the years though I've slowly become aware of a few things as I shoot and try to find nice images to share on GPlus. I began to notice limitations and wishing I could do a few things differently. The past year I've held off on getting a new camera, because there were rumors of a 7D MkII coming out. If it hadn't, I probably would have stepped up to a 6D or maybe even a 5D MkIII

What makes the 7D MkII attractive to me?

1. it's APS-C. I'm not tied to my APS-C lenses, although I do like the EFS 10-22mm. I would take a bit of a loss moving to Full Format (FF), but the main consideration for me is the great reach the APS-C crop gives me. When I put on the EF 100-400 mm zoom to go and photograph raptors, I get an effective focal length of up to 640 mm thanks to the 1.6x crop factor vs. FF.

2. The Auto Focus system had 65 cross points. It's phenomenal and a world of difference to anything I've ever used before. Quick, crisp, precise. It's still easy to pick the wrong part of the picture to focus on,  but it's also easy to find just that one spot you want to get. 

3. Auto Focus for raptors. I am told, but have not yet tried it out, that the camera has excellent tracking for birds in flight. I'm eager to use this feature once I know what I'm doing in the various modes.

4. Up to 10 frame/sec. I think I'll have some nice pictures of raptors if I use this and the auto focus well. 

5. Dual memory cards. One is CF and one is SD. I like this a lot. I'm putting the RAW files on the CF and JPEG on the SD card in parallel. 

6. the shutter. This may sound odd, but the shutter, while not silent is a lot quieter. I like that a lot. It also feels lighter/more responsive. I can't explain that, because we're talking about me as a human holding a few kilos of camera and lens and claiming to notice a difference, but it still feels different to me even if I can't quantify it. 

7. Better chip. It's a new generation chip with dual pixels. I think that gives an advantage to people using it for filming, but it also makes a difference in the AF for stills. At least I'm attributing a lot of the focus improvement to that.

8. Better ISO. I wouldn't dream of pushing my 60D past ISO 1600. Usually I would limit it to 800 max. Just too noisy. The 7DMkII is advertised as better and I will agree from what I've seen. It's not going to be the equal of a 6D (Full Format), which is probably the best in terms of noise in Canon's lineup and certainly the Sony sensors are even better, but it's good enough. I can think about 1600 or maybe even 3200 with this camera.

9. Build quality. This thing is a tank. I was skeptical about the 4x better weather-proofing until I saw a teardown of the camera. I'm not worried about being out in the elements with this baby. Also, the shutter is rated for 200000 shots, which is 1/3 more than the 60D. 


Cons

Not many for me really, but I'll list a few from my perspective.

1. No WiFi. Not don't get me wrong! I don't want WiFi to transfer my files. What I would like though is for the camera to come with WiFi or at least BlueTooth, so that I could control it from my mobile phone. I have a scenario where I like to setup a tripod and put the camera on it to take long exposure star photos. I might expose for 15 or 30 seconds. It would be nice to not touch the camera at all for fine focusing. The Live View mode with 5x magnification is great (at least on the 60D. I assume so here too). I can use a remote and self-timer, but I don't like having to touch the camera to review and adjust. Thus Wifi plus an application on my laptop or on my mobile phone would be ideal. There is a WiFi add-on, but it is outrageously priced.

2.  I get that Canon opted for a fixed no-touch display in order to make it more rugged, but I really liked my articulated display on the 60D. I could take some shots at odd angles and use the live view mode to focus on the display (I normally use the optical viewfinder). When I'm in star-shooting mode, I'm going to have some awkward angles for my neck since this screen is fixed.... 

3. the price. It's pretty steep for someone who shoots as a hobby, but I'm sure it will come down. I didn't have to be an early adopter. For me this camera was a no-brainer, but I still would have liked it for a couple of hundred less. On the other hand, I'm getting a lot for the money. It's a fair deal as far as I'm concerned, but not one everyone will be comfortable with. That's where either the 6D (FF) or the 70D (APS-C) are attractive alternatives. 

4. For now, I can't use Adobe products to work on the RAW files. I did briefly look into the Digital Photo Professional software from Canon. You can open the RAW files and transfer them into Adobe as a TIFF, so it works, but it's not my desired "workflow". I don't particularly care for DPP, but for a few weeks I may work with it. 

5. It's still noisy. Very much improved over the 60D, but not as much as I had hoped. If you're serious about portraits, studio, product photography then you probably have to go Full Format in the Canon line-up. The 6D is good. Sony chips (in Nikon and Sony alphas) are even better in this regard. 

About the Photos

You're getting straight-out-of-the-camera (SooC) JPEGs. I believe I uploaded them at full size ( need to check EDIT. I did upload them with Google's default limit of 2048 x 1365 on.). My apologies to mobile users. I usually downsize so the load times are reasonable, but for purposes of sharing samples, I need to show these AS SHOT. 

I have only stepped in and taken control of exposures one or two times in these shots. Partly, that's because I'm not that familiar with all the controls (there is a learning curve coming from the 60D), but it's also deliberate. I want to understand how this camera reacts to different conditions before I start to override.

Lenses used:

1. a few shots with my EF 50 mm 1.4 lens. 
2. everything else with the EFS 18-135 mm IS (not STM), which I got as a kit lens with the 60D.

ISO ranges in the shots are anywhere from 100 all the way up to 6400. I wouldn't use the high ISO, because they are too noisy still, but they are ok for "snapshots".  

Other features of note

I haven't touched on some items that I think are attractive features of the camera. They don't deserve paragraphs, but I like them. 

1. Better metering 
2. Dual Digic 6 chips. I think this is the most processing power Canon has put into one of it's DSLRs. It shows. The camera is always there. I don't wait with this one. 
3. Intervalvometer. This one excites me. I think I may actually do something creative with this feature. 
4. GPS. Not an important feature for me, but who knows? I might be glad to use it to track where I shot photos while on vacation. 
5. Battery compatibility with the older LPE6 batteries like my 60D uses. 
6. Control layout. I especially like the depth-of-field preview button placement, but also the different control dials and the toggle. Very good ergonomics as far as I'm concerned.

Conclusion

Keep the reviewer's use case in mind. I'm an amateur. I tend to take a lot of outdoor shots: landscapes, buildings, wildlife. This camera is especially exciting to me for the possibilities it offers me when photographing birds in flight, but I think it's quite solid in other use cases too. 

This camera is great at what it does, but it's not a substitute for full format in certain aspects: noise, depth of field, bokeh, etc. The APS-C crop factor of the 7DMkII is excellent for me and my use cases though. 

Would I recommend this camera? Absolutely. I'm delighted with it. I do think there are a few good alternatives to look at though.

If you're looking at Canon cameras and thinking full frame then the 6D looks like an excellent choice for advanced amateurs or even pros. If you're in APS-C then the 70D is a lot of camera at a good price. It's the follow-on model to the 60D, which I used for years and can highly recommend for most amateurs like myself.  There are also excellent cameras by Sony and Nikon and others worth consideration as well, but since I've only used Canon and Minolta (sadly gone, although one could argue they live on in Sony camera), I'll stick to only writing about the Canon models.

Thanks for reading this far. As you can tell, I'm excited about the camera. I look forward to your comments.  


#canon   #canonphotography   #canonphotographers   #canonusers   #eos7dmarkii  ___

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2014-11-07 08:45:59 (28 comments, 0 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Friday and how I spent an hour reading Nietzsche quotes

There's a backstory to this, which involves a brilliant blogger, her socks, cereal bowls and Nietzsche, but alas that effort did not bear fruit. Still the idea was delicious until I actually began to speed read Nietzsche quotes and build up a picture of him. Some brilliant thoughts, some misogynist thoughts, some absolutely horrible ideas as they were misinterpreted later, etc.

In the end, I decided this was perhaps the most appropriate quote both in terms of Nietzsche's works and his teachings:

Zur Meisterschaft eines Meisters gehört es, seine Schüler vor sich zu warnen.  

[freely translated] Part of the mastery of a master is to warn his followers about himself 

We could go on, but the real world calls me and tells me that I am late for the mundane tasks which must be done. Ido ... more »

Friday and how I spent an hour reading Nietzsche quotes

There's a backstory to this, which involves a brilliant blogger, her socks, cereal bowls and Nietzsche, but alas that effort did not bear fruit. Still the idea was delicious until I actually began to speed read Nietzsche quotes and build up a picture of him. Some brilliant thoughts, some misogynist thoughts, some absolutely horrible ideas as they were misinterpreted later, etc.

In the end, I decided this was perhaps the most appropriate quote both in terms of Nietzsche's works and his teachings:

Zur Meisterschaft eines Meisters gehört es, seine Schüler vor sich zu warnen.  

[freely translated] Part of the mastery of a master is to warn his followers about himself 

We could go on, but the real world calls me and tells me that I am late for the mundane tasks which must be done. I do suspect I shall explore these thoughts further.

In the meantime, have a great Friday and don't get so caught up following the path that you lose sight of your goal. 

h/t +Adella Wright 

Photo: up on the Nebelkogel in Austria. nice view and a different perspective on things, attained with leg and lung power. :-)___

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2014-11-06 08:01:29 (23 comments, 0 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

Big Sur

Don't ask me where exactly as I didn't take notes, but just enjoyed the drive. There were some lovely old bridges and vistas along the Pacific Coast. Occasionally, I also saw a trail or two. All we had time for was to drive through, but maybe it would be worth going back for a day or two just to explore it more.

I bring you exceedingly good tidings: today is #Thorsday and the weekend approacheth. Enjoy the day!

Big Sur

Don't ask me where exactly as I didn't take notes, but just enjoyed the drive. There were some lovely old bridges and vistas along the Pacific Coast. Occasionally, I also saw a trail or two. All we had time for was to drive through, but maybe it would be worth going back for a day or two just to explore it more.

I bring you exceedingly good tidings: today is #Thorsday and the weekend approacheth. Enjoy the day!___

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2014-11-05 08:23:03 (16 comments, 3 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

Time for a change

It's grey, rainy, dreary and the past two days have been rather challenging. Mentally, I'm switching gears from slogging through mode to this is Sparta! mode. 

In case that's a little over the top, how about a little sunshine to contemplate? Not only is it Wednesday, which means half of the work-week will be behind us, but it's also +Dryade Geo 's birthday. She's made me laugh quite a few times with her GPlus posts. DG likes birds, so here's a pelican for you DG. DG also likes puns, but I'll pun her privately and spare you.

Have a great Wednesday!


 

Time for a change

It's grey, rainy, dreary and the past two days have been rather challenging. Mentally, I'm switching gears from slogging through mode to this is Sparta! mode. 

In case that's a little over the top, how about a little sunshine to contemplate? Not only is it Wednesday, which means half of the work-week will be behind us, but it's also +Dryade Geo 's birthday. She's made me laugh quite a few times with her GPlus posts. DG likes birds, so here's a pelican for you DG. DG also likes puns, but I'll pun her privately and spare you.

Have a great Wednesday!


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2014-11-03 23:43:01 (20 comments, 0 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

One and a half interesting men

Monday was suboptimal, but I survived it. Just in case Tuesday isn't any better, I'm getting in a picture post early today (~0040). 
May Tuesday go smoothly for you!

Picture: unexpected things happen on trips sometimes. the location? The Cool Cat Cafe in Pismo Beach, California. The photo op was too good to pass up.  

One and a half interesting men

Monday was suboptimal, but I survived it. Just in case Tuesday isn't any better, I'm getting in a picture post early today (~0040). 
May Tuesday go smoothly for you!

Picture: unexpected things happen on trips sometimes. the location? The Cool Cat Cafe in Pismo Beach, California. The photo op was too good to pass up.  ___

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2014-11-03 07:43:15 (17 comments, 3 reshares, 62 +1s)Open 

Hitchcock

I saw these birds on a boat ( Irene's Way ) in the harbor of Morro Bay, CA. and knew I had to take a picture. What I also noticed was that some boats and houses had an outdoor statue of an owl on the roof or otherwise displayed prominently in an effort to scare the birds away. It seemed to work. Maybe Irene should think about becoming friends with owls. Who doesn't like owls?

Last week I also found out that there's a group on GPlus, which likes pictures of cables. therefore I'm tagging in +Cableicous  #Cableicous 

Have a great start to the week!

Hitchcock

I saw these birds on a boat ( Irene's Way ) in the harbor of Morro Bay, CA. and knew I had to take a picture. What I also noticed was that some boats and houses had an outdoor statue of an owl on the roof or otherwise displayed prominently in an effort to scare the birds away. It seemed to work. Maybe Irene should think about becoming friends with owls. Who doesn't like owls?

Last week I also found out that there's a group on GPlus, which likes pictures of cables. therefore I'm tagging in +Cableicous  #Cableicous 

Have a great start to the week!___

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2014-11-02 09:46:57 (25 comments, 3 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

Morning Light

Fall is a wonderful time, full of light and colors. It's warm; it's crisply cool. Contrasts, echoes and foretastes of what was and what will be. I enjoy it perhaps the most of all the seasons, although I certainly try to savor them all. Little things still hold beauty and wonder for me.

Here's my offering to you today. I hope you have a relaxing day and enjoy it however you can. Maybe it will be with family, friends, a faithful pet, a book, listening to music, a day outdoors, etc...  Happy Sunday!

Morning Light

Fall is a wonderful time, full of light and colors. It's warm; it's crisply cool. Contrasts, echoes and foretastes of what was and what will be. I enjoy it perhaps the most of all the seasons, although I certainly try to savor them all. Little things still hold beauty and wonder for me.

Here's my offering to you today. I hope you have a relaxing day and enjoy it however you can. Maybe it will be with family, friends, a faithful pet, a book, listening to music, a day outdoors, etc...  Happy Sunday!___

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2014-10-31 07:54:42 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Happy Friday!

I know in the US and a few other places people are celebrating Halloween, but I think Friday is reason enough to be happy. This anthropomorphic mouse concurs with my assessment. 

Seen on my Sunday photo-walkabout my small town while I was shooting for +Wanda Howe 's #HoweInspired  "challenge". As for the mouse, I think  Britta and Chris did a pretty good job copying Uli Stein's original. 

About the photo:
It was already almost dark by the time I passed this garage on my mini-photowalk. Since I was doing handheld shots, I had to boost the ISO to 3200, which is rather grainy. I've cropped it and adjusted temperatures and tried to reduce noise using the luminescence control during the PS import from the RAW file. There's no substitute for good light.... 

Happy Friday!

I know in the US and a few other places people are celebrating Halloween, but I think Friday is reason enough to be happy. This anthropomorphic mouse concurs with my assessment. 

Seen on my Sunday photo-walkabout my small town while I was shooting for +Wanda Howe 's #HoweInspired  "challenge". As for the mouse, I think  Britta and Chris did a pretty good job copying Uli Stein's original. 

About the photo:
It was already almost dark by the time I passed this garage on my mini-photowalk. Since I was doing handheld shots, I had to boost the ISO to 3200, which is rather grainy. I've cropped it and adjusted temperatures and tried to reduce noise using the luminescence control during the PS import from the RAW file. There's no substitute for good light.... ___

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2014-10-30 08:14:52 (22 comments, 1 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

Cresent Moon and Birch

Another shot from around my little town as part of my #howeinspired  series (+Wanda Howe ). Some evenings I have great sunsets here even though the sun itself is blocked by buildings. I still get the colors and dramatic clouds.

Have a great #Thorsday !

Cresent Moon and Birch

Another shot from around my little town as part of my #howeinspired  series (+Wanda Howe ). Some evenings I have great sunsets here even though the sun itself is blocked by buildings. I still get the colors and dramatic clouds.

Have a great #Thorsday !___

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2014-10-29 08:17:55 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

#wordlessonwednesday   #howeinspired  ( +Wanda Howe )

#wordlessonwednesday   #howeinspired  ( +Wanda Howe )___

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2014-10-28 08:24:30 (25 comments, 0 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

Another picture from around my little town.

Under time pressure today, so not much to say about it. This is the upper lake with a view towards the town hall (Rathaus) a little left of the middle and the city church a bit to the right.

Have a great Tuesday!

second in #howeinspired  by +Wanda Howe 

Another picture from around my little town.

Under time pressure today, so not much to say about it. This is the upper lake with a view towards the town hall (Rathaus) a little left of the middle and the city church a bit to the right.

Have a great Tuesday!

second in #howeinspired  by +Wanda Howe ___

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2014-10-27 21:04:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Insightful, thoughtful, personal and powerful. 

It's rare that I'll share someone else's articles, but I think this one on the topic of bullying is definitely an article that should reach a wider audience. 

Please plus and comment on the original post by +Jacob Dix , so that you're part of the discussion there and so that Jacob has an easier time responding. 

Bully Free Zone

I had the chance this summer to pass by my old elementary school, Gonzalvez Elementary, in Cerritos, CA, where I was bullied every single day as a kid. While there, I saw this sign – “bully free zone”. Part of me doesn’t believe a word of it. Part of me – and I’m a high school teacher – hopes they took real steps to mean what those words say. That was over 30 years ago. It’s still a tough image.

http://www.mobilography.net/bully-free-zone/

Site || www.mobilography.net
Page || +Mobilography
Community || http://goo.gl/ROrYI0
Tags || #Mobilography #MobilePhotography #SmartphonePhotography #Bullying #BullyPrevention ___Insightful, thoughtful, personal and powerful. 

It's rare that I'll share someone else's articles, but I think this one on the topic of bullying is definitely an article that should reach a wider audience. 

Please plus and comment on the original post by +Jacob Dix , so that you're part of the discussion there and so that Jacob has an easier time responding. 

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2014-10-27 08:18:46 (25 comments, 1 reshares, 62 +1s)Open 

I've got nothing

Seen about town. I have no idea what inspired this display, but hey there are lines and a surreal sense of mobility. I like the touch of leaving a tire pump on the bike. 

Have a great Monday and may a little weekend unconventionality carry over for you.

+Wanda Howe : it's not Stuttgart, but starting with my little town and its quirks is a start... #HoweInspired

I've got nothing

Seen about town. I have no idea what inspired this display, but hey there are lines and a surreal sense of mobility. I like the touch of leaving a tire pump on the bike. 

Have a great Monday and may a little weekend unconventionality carry over for you.

+Wanda Howe : it's not Stuttgart, but starting with my little town and its quirks is a start... #HoweInspired___

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2014-10-26 09:59:25 (29 comments, 1 reshares, 78 +1s)Open 

Fragmented Time and Space

How appropriate that I should stumble upon a distorting window, showing the world in flux, on the day that we have a time change. ( Ok technically it happened in the wee hours of the next day, but humor me )

The effect you're seeing is due to glass. I noticed a fabulous window that had all kinds of patterns. I think with a real camera (this was a smartphone shot), I could have focused on the glass surface itself, but the distortion of the world outside should give you an idea.

I'm not well versed in types of glass, but this seems to be "reamy" glass. As I understand it one method is: a cylindrical tube of glass is blown then cut, then reheated until it lies flat. Another company calls it "Baroque glass" and says they make it by making a mixture of two different kinds of glass.  Whatever it is, I loved the swirls... more »

Fragmented Time and Space

How appropriate that I should stumble upon a distorting window, showing the world in flux, on the day that we have a time change. ( Ok technically it happened in the wee hours of the next day, but humor me )

The effect you're seeing is due to glass. I noticed a fabulous window that had all kinds of patterns. I think with a real camera (this was a smartphone shot), I could have focused on the glass surface itself, but the distortion of the world outside should give you an idea.

I'm not well versed in types of glass, but this seems to be "reamy" glass. As I understand it one method is: a cylindrical tube of glass is blown then cut, then reheated until it lies flat. Another company calls it "Baroque glass" and says they make it by making a mixture of two different kinds of glass.  Whatever it is, I loved the swirls and breaks. I think I could go back there one day with my DSLR and if the sunlight is right, get a fantastic shot of a tree through this glass. At least in my mind's eye it is a beautiful image to be.

I like it when something unexpected catches my eye and ignites my imagination. It was a good day.

Here's hoping that a similar, pleasant surprise happens to you today! ___

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2014-10-25 09:44:44 (33 comments, 2 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

That Day Again

Have a great start to the weekend and enjoy all those cats in your stream, because it's that day again. I'm joining in, because I feel lazy today.

My BW challenge was fun, but interactions are down. I'm not sure if it was the BW, the photos were just "meh" for the beholders, maybe it was due to the Google outage (some calling it a glitch, but for me it was an outage) or maybe they changed the matrix algorithms again. In any event, I'll let Ginger do the talking today and see how things go. 

For those of you, who read this far, I need some inspiration. Any ideas for me? Extra motivation?

Off to Stuttgart to celebrate my son's birthday and get him winter clothes.... catch you later.

Ginger, you have the conn

That Day Again

Have a great start to the weekend and enjoy all those cats in your stream, because it's that day again. I'm joining in, because I feel lazy today.

My BW challenge was fun, but interactions are down. I'm not sure if it was the BW, the photos were just "meh" for the beholders, maybe it was due to the Google outage (some calling it a glitch, but for me it was an outage) or maybe they changed the matrix algorithms again. In any event, I'll let Ginger do the talking today and see how things go. 

For those of you, who read this far, I need some inspiration. Any ideas for me? Extra motivation?

Off to Stuttgart to celebrate my son's birthday and get him winter clothes.... catch you later.

Ginger, you have the conn___

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2014-10-24 06:52:34 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

The Dark Side is the Best Side

While the Dark Lord found my lack of faith in England's football team disturbing, he does have good taste in music.

Hey, it's finally Friday, so cut loose and have a bit of fun!

Day 5 of the #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge . Which means that you're safe from anymore. Thanks to Lord Vaderwannabe, I didn't have to resort to a selfie. 

Photo: my best friend, who I have known since 8th grade, was kind enough to give me permission to share this photo. It was just a snapshot while we were clowning around at his house. I saw the Darth Vader helmet and asked him to pose for me next to the Pink Floyd poster. Quite a wit and probably the smartest person I know in real life.

The Dark Side is the Best Side

While the Dark Lord found my lack of faith in England's football team disturbing, he does have good taste in music.

Hey, it's finally Friday, so cut loose and have a bit of fun!

Day 5 of the #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge . Which means that you're safe from anymore. Thanks to Lord Vaderwannabe, I didn't have to resort to a selfie. 

Photo: my best friend, who I have known since 8th grade, was kind enough to give me permission to share this photo. It was just a snapshot while we were clowning around at his house. I saw the Darth Vader helmet and asked him to pose for me next to the Pink Floyd poster. Quite a wit and probably the smartest person I know in real life.___

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2014-10-23 07:04:54 (39 comments, 0 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Thorsday!

Today is going to be an awesome Thorsday. Not only is it Day 4 out of 5 for my participation in  the #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge , but folks in North America are going to have the chance to see a partial solar eclipse. I'm looking forward to the photos.  

Today's subject? Squirrel. An online friend decided to name a company Squirrel, so why not roll with that? Also, serves as effective misdirection.

My asking for volunteers to participate in the 5-day challenge hasn't worked so well. I do know lots of photographers, who quite possibly have already done the 5 day challenge before it got to me, so I hesitate to call on them. I certainly try to catch people regularly, but I probably miss more posts than I should.

Anyway, since no one has volunteered so far, I nominate the following lucky souls to participate:

+AndreasK... more »

Thorsday!

Today is going to be an awesome Thorsday. Not only is it Day 4 out of 5 for my participation in  the #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge , but folks in North America are going to have the chance to see a partial solar eclipse. I'm looking forward to the photos.  

Today's subject? Squirrel. An online friend decided to name a company Squirrel, so why not roll with that? Also, serves as effective misdirection.

My asking for volunteers to participate in the 5-day challenge hasn't worked so well. I do know lots of photographers, who quite possibly have already done the 5 day challenge before it got to me, so I hesitate to call on them. I certainly try to catch people regularly, but I probably miss more posts than I should.

Anyway, since no one has volunteered so far, I nominate the following lucky souls to participate:

+Andreas Katifes 
+Shawna Mac 
+Sirpa Väänänen 
+Siri Sieber 
+Terence Petersen-Ajbro  

Wow us with your photos, wits or both! Also, please tag me in your posts, so I can ensure daily plus love for your efforts.

Now, everyone go out and have a great Thorsday!___

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2014-10-21 22:34:57 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Everything is only for a day, both that which remembers and that which is remembered. (Marcus Aurelius)

Day 3 of the  #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge

Who in my circles wants to play? 

Everything is only for a day, both that which remembers and that which is remembered. (Marcus Aurelius)

Day 3 of the  #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge

Who in my circles wants to play? ___

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2014-10-20 21:50:21 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Pattern Matching

"What is that?" you ask as you begin to see different images within the photo below. Your wonderful brain is simply trying to make sense of what it sees. Your brain really is incredibly gifted at interpreting the world around us, but it takes shortcuts all the time, by relying on pattern matching. 

Patternicity is a short article on finding patterns in meaningless noise. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/patternicity-finding-meaningful-patterns/  (Michael Schermer)

I think there are some very good patterns in the photo, esp. for October. see what I did there? I primed you

Photo: I had the pleasant experience of watching dew evaporate off of a chair on my terrace on a sunny morning this weekend. It was a sublime and ephemeral experience with the patterns changing in the blink of an eye. If you ever run across thisp... more »

Pattern Matching

"What is that?" you ask as you begin to see different images within the photo below. Your wonderful brain is simply trying to make sense of what it sees. Your brain really is incredibly gifted at interpreting the world around us, but it takes shortcuts all the time, by relying on pattern matching. 

Patternicity is a short article on finding patterns in meaningless noise. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/patternicity-finding-meaningful-patterns/  (Michael Schermer)

I think there are some very good patterns in the photo, esp. for October. see what I did there? I primed you

Photo: I had the pleasant experience of watching dew evaporate off of a chair on my terrace on a sunny morning this weekend. It was a sublime and ephemeral experience with the patterns changing in the blink of an eye. If you ever run across this phenomenon, please do take a minute to watch it closely, I promise it is worth it!

To make it easier to see what was going on, I copied the photo into itself with Photoshop, essentially stacking it the same as if I had made a print from two identical negatives placed on top of each other in the ancient analog world. ;-) For purposes of this exercise, I also optimized the BW conversion with use of a yellow channel filter.


Day 2 of the  #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge . 
Edit: I'm still taking volunteers to participate. ;-) ___

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2014-10-20 06:53:31 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Day 1

Thanks to +Kim Sinclair for tagging me into the #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge   . I like BW, so I'll give it a try.

I think the first photo subject is something that Kim will like. Those who normally averse to the subject also probably will be ok with this, as it's just a detail.

Now onwards and upwards, it's Monday and it's going to be a good week! I'm an incorrigible optimist 

P.S.
One part of the #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge  is that I'm supposed to tag a person each day to also participate. Instead, I'm going to leave it up to you to volunteer. Just leave a comment if you'd like to take part. Should more than one brave soul decide to play, they will get tagged in subsequent posts.

Day 1

Thanks to +Kim Sinclair for tagging me into the #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge   . I like BW, so I'll give it a try.

I think the first photo subject is something that Kim will like. Those who normally averse to the subject also probably will be ok with this, as it's just a detail.

Now onwards and upwards, it's Monday and it's going to be a good week! I'm an incorrigible optimist 

P.S.
One part of the #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge  is that I'm supposed to tag a person each day to also participate. Instead, I'm going to leave it up to you to volunteer. Just leave a comment if you'd like to take part. Should more than one brave soul decide to play, they will get tagged in subsequent posts.___

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2014-10-18 16:02:06 (21 comments, 1 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

Contemplation

Oh yes, Ginger is contemplating. I'm not sure what. Perhaps the best way to get an underling to bring offerings of paper balls. Perhaps that the Cheshire cat was a tachyon maestro. My personal bet is that she is thinking the fellow pointing that big black eye at her may have fallen on his head once too many times, but is generally decent enough at providing fresh treats like duck or rabbit. 

Happy #caturday  

Copernicus had those Renaissance ladies
Crazy about his telescope
And Galileo had a name that made his
Reputation higher than his hopes
Did none of those astronomers discover
While they were staring out into the dark
That what a lady looks for in her lover
Is Charm, Strangeness and Quark
(Hawkwind)

I had a little fun with Ginger's portrait. Have a lovely weekend, folks!

Contemplation

Oh yes, Ginger is contemplating. I'm not sure what. Perhaps the best way to get an underling to bring offerings of paper balls. Perhaps that the Cheshire cat was a tachyon maestro. My personal bet is that she is thinking the fellow pointing that big black eye at her may have fallen on his head once too many times, but is generally decent enough at providing fresh treats like duck or rabbit. 

Happy #caturday  

Copernicus had those Renaissance ladies
Crazy about his telescope
And Galileo had a name that made his
Reputation higher than his hopes
Did none of those astronomers discover
While they were staring out into the dark
That what a lady looks for in her lover
Is Charm, Strangeness and Quark
(Hawkwind)

I had a little fun with Ginger's portrait. Have a lovely weekend, folks!___

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2014-10-16 07:00:48 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Thorsday returns

Here are a couple of pictures from a nifty little stop on Route 66 in Seligman, Arizona. Lilo's Cafe is run by a German woman and her American husband. They have good food, huge slices of pie and a very personalized interior. Also German food and often German conversations with the owner or other guests. It's definitely worth visiting if you happen to be passing by the area.

If Thor were to drop by, I imagine he would probably snack his way through the entire menu and leave with an approving grunt of satisfaction. Since Thor wasn't around that day, I did my best to fill in for him. The plates set before me were all cleaned off until there wasn't even a morsel big enough for a mouse. 

Have a great Thorsday!

Thorsday returns

Here are a couple of pictures from a nifty little stop on Route 66 in Seligman, Arizona. Lilo's Cafe is run by a German woman and her American husband. They have good food, huge slices of pie and a very personalized interior. Also German food and often German conversations with the owner or other guests. It's definitely worth visiting if you happen to be passing by the area.

If Thor were to drop by, I imagine he would probably snack his way through the entire menu and leave with an approving grunt of satisfaction. Since Thor wasn't around that day, I did my best to fill in for him. The plates set before me were all cleaned off until there wasn't even a morsel big enough for a mouse. 

Have a great Thorsday!___

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2014-10-15 07:27:51 (38 comments, 4 reshares, 86 +1s)Open 

A to Z

it seems to me that I don't see as many people from my circles in the stream as I used to. I'm not sure if people just aren't posting as much or if the GPlus algorithms have slowly changed rankings, etc. As an experiment, I went to the search bar, typed in a letter and visited the profiles of the top results from my circles. I may have spread a little pluslove along the way. We'll see if that gets those people to show up in my stream more often.

Photo: I felt like something bright today. Here's a sunset over the Grand Canyon. I didn't get magical canyon colors, but I liked the sky. 

A to Z

it seems to me that I don't see as many people from my circles in the stream as I used to. I'm not sure if people just aren't posting as much or if the GPlus algorithms have slowly changed rankings, etc. As an experiment, I went to the search bar, typed in a letter and visited the profiles of the top results from my circles. I may have spread a little pluslove along the way. We'll see if that gets those people to show up in my stream more often.

Photo: I felt like something bright today. Here's a sunset over the Grand Canyon. I didn't get magical canyon colors, but I liked the sky. ___

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2014-10-14 06:41:31 (20 comments, 0 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

Black Sails

Is it common to use black sails? I thought it was quite a striking boat and followed it for a bit. It made a sharp turn and I got one of my favorite shots of our vacation. I really like the foggy Golden Gate bridge and gull in the background. 

I hope you'll have a steady wind and be able to use it to your advantage today. If you know how to tack, you probably don't care which way the wind is blowing, but for those who don't, may the wind be at your back. 

Black Sails

Is it common to use black sails? I thought it was quite a striking boat and followed it for a bit. It made a sharp turn and I got one of my favorite shots of our vacation. I really like the foggy Golden Gate bridge and gull in the background. 

I hope you'll have a steady wind and be able to use it to your advantage today. If you know how to tack, you probably don't care which way the wind is blowing, but for those who don't, may the wind be at your back. ___

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2014-10-12 20:05:59 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Whatever comes up weekend

It's been a lazy weekend with mixed weather. I pretty much just took things randomly. If I went out for a walk and saw something I liked, I pulled out my mobile phone, which explains two things:

1. the low resolution and high noise (8MP Galaxy S3)
2. the poor pictures when the light was low

I have no explanation for the sorting order of the preview here. I can choose the album cover, but not much beyond that.

Enjoy some sights from my little town on this October weekend. Also, through in a selfie to let you see a current pic.

I hope you're weekend has gone well and wish you a great start to the week.

Photos: in case you don't want to click/don't have time, there are pictures of the sailboats, some flowers, a few leaves turning colors, a bee, a spider and yours truly.

Whatever comes up weekend

It's been a lazy weekend with mixed weather. I pretty much just took things randomly. If I went out for a walk and saw something I liked, I pulled out my mobile phone, which explains two things:

1. the low resolution and high noise (8MP Galaxy S3)
2. the poor pictures when the light was low

I have no explanation for the sorting order of the preview here. I can choose the album cover, but not much beyond that.

Enjoy some sights from my little town on this October weekend. Also, through in a selfie to let you see a current pic.

I hope you're weekend has gone well and wish you a great start to the week.

Photos: in case you don't want to click/don't have time, there are pictures of the sailboats, some flowers, a few leaves turning colors, a bee, a spider and yours truly.___

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2014-10-12 08:45:10 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Drop Off

Seen at the rim of the Grand Canyon. The drop off there was pretty good: probably 30 m or so almost straight down. I assume this made for a good social media post for the young woman in orange. 

Taking it easy today. I really need to buckle down and do a bit of Icelandic. I got my book last Monday, but I haven't even done one page yet. Also, I need to get back to my Odysseus book. Lunch will be at an Asian style (all over the map) place. I'm thinking that I'll go with a Pad Thai.  Then there will be a comedy in the afternoon The Hundred-Foot Journey (Helen Mirren. In German Madame Mallory und der Duft von Curry). Tonight? who knows how I'll goof off, just that I'm good at it. 

Have a great Sunday! And if you feel like it, drop me a line to let me know how you're enjoying the day or the weekend. 

Drop Off

Seen at the rim of the Grand Canyon. The drop off there was pretty good: probably 30 m or so almost straight down. I assume this made for a good social media post for the young woman in orange. 

Taking it easy today. I really need to buckle down and do a bit of Icelandic. I got my book last Monday, but I haven't even done one page yet. Also, I need to get back to my Odysseus book. Lunch will be at an Asian style (all over the map) place. I'm thinking that I'll go with a Pad Thai.  Then there will be a comedy in the afternoon The Hundred-Foot Journey (Helen Mirren. In German Madame Mallory und der Duft von Curry). Tonight? who knows how I'll goof off, just that I'm good at it. 

Have a great Sunday! And if you feel like it, drop me a line to let me know how you're enjoying the day or the weekend. ___

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2014-10-11 09:23:52 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Weekend

A relaxing weekend for a change. Sometimes it's nice to just kick back and let things happen. You can get experience very lovely surprises that way. Like this sunset picture my wife shot out of the car as I was driving up to the Grand Canyon during our August vacation. I think she did a darn good job.

Have a great weekend, kick back a bit, treat yourself to something nice to eat, see a show, listen to a concert, watch a sporting event, read a book, walk in nature and admire the leaves or whatever it is that you enjoy! 

Weekend

A relaxing weekend for a change. Sometimes it's nice to just kick back and let things happen. You can get experience very lovely surprises that way. Like this sunset picture my wife shot out of the car as I was driving up to the Grand Canyon during our August vacation. I think she did a darn good job.

Have a great weekend, kick back a bit, treat yourself to something nice to eat, see a show, listen to a concert, watch a sporting event, read a book, walk in nature and admire the leaves or whatever it is that you enjoy! ___

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2014-10-10 07:13:31 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Indecision: Friday edition

The title doesn't have much to do with the photo. I couldn't make up my mind what to share today, so I chose something a bit colorful and I'm moving on. 

Have a great Friday: you've almost made it to the weekend!

Photo: Chinatown, San Francisco from my vacation in August. Car tags have been blurred.

Indecision: Friday edition

The title doesn't have much to do with the photo. I couldn't make up my mind what to share today, so I chose something a bit colorful and I'm moving on. 

Have a great Friday: you've almost made it to the weekend!

Photo: Chinatown, San Francisco from my vacation in August. Car tags have been blurred.___

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2014-10-09 06:47:53 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite

TL;DR
Have a great Thorsday! Long zoom picture of Bridalveil Falls on 22 August 2014, but water levels were way down. Even the Hubble telescope would have been proud of this shot (but you have to read to see why).

For folks with a bit more time

As mentioned on one of my previous posts, we had a great time visiting Yosemite the latter part of August. The one thing that was a bit disappointing was that water levels were down at the various lakes and falls. Of course, that's to be expected since the snowmelt happens earlier, but I was still surprised at how little water there was. 

These two shots of Bridal Veil Falls (top) give you an idea of what it could look like, but this is only a tiny fraction of the water it normally carries. I'm especially partial to the one I shot at 400 mm and isolated to have a dark... more »

Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite

TL;DR
Have a great Thorsday! Long zoom picture of Bridalveil Falls on 22 August 2014, but water levels were way down. Even the Hubble telescope would have been proud of this shot (but you have to read to see why).

For folks with a bit more time

As mentioned on one of my previous posts, we had a great time visiting Yosemite the latter part of August. The one thing that was a bit disappointing was that water levels were down at the various lakes and falls. Of course, that's to be expected since the snowmelt happens earlier, but I was still surprised at how little water there was. 

These two shots of Bridal Veil Falls (top) give you an idea of what it could look like, but this is only a tiny fraction of the water it normally carries. I'm especially partial to the one I shot at 400 mm and isolated to have a dark background, but that wouldn't give you and context, which is why I posted the second picture.

Fun note: the camera data said that I took the 400 mm shot at a distance of 4,294,967,295 meters. That would be about 3x the distance to the Earth-Sun LaGrange point. ;-)  Or maybe I entered into a distorted space-time and took a picture of Bridalveil Falls on The Long Earth  (Pratchett, Baxter). 

Have a wonderful Thorsday and please notify me if you see Bifröst!___

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2014-10-07 22:10:30 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

Sentinel Dome Views

It's an early Wednesday post for me, because I have to be up at 0-dark-thirty and won't have time or a coherent thought at that time.

Since I posted a raptor photos the past two days, I thought it would be good to switch back to something else. In this case, a batch of pictures from our summer vacation. These are all from our walk up to Sentinel Dome in Yosemite. We had nice views, chipmunks and lots of wind up there. Definitely worth the walk!

Have a great Wednesday and this being the middle of the week, remember that you've done the hard work and are standing at the top. Tell yourself that it's all downhill/easy from here to the weekend... sometimes it helps. ;-)

Sentinel Dome Views

It's an early Wednesday post for me, because I have to be up at 0-dark-thirty and won't have time or a coherent thought at that time.

Since I posted a raptor photos the past two days, I thought it would be good to switch back to something else. In this case, a batch of pictures from our summer vacation. These are all from our walk up to Sentinel Dome in Yosemite. We had nice views, chipmunks and lots of wind up there. Definitely worth the walk!

Have a great Wednesday and this being the middle of the week, remember that you've done the hard work and are standing at the top. Tell yourself that it's all downhill/easy from here to the weekend... sometimes it helps. ;-)___

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2014-10-07 07:03:19 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Scanning

Since I had to go back and poke around in my shots from April to find the owl yesterday, I thought I'd go ahead and share this black kite (Milvus migrans) before I forget it. Yes, I am easily distracted. ;-)

This was also shot at the Volerie des Aigles (Kintzheim, France) during the falconry show. While people seem to like the eagles, falcons and owls more, I do enjoy watching the kites as they scan, turn and catch tidbits of meat in the air during the exhibition. I'm also rather partial to them, because I frequently encounter them (and the occasional Kestrel/Turmfalke/Falco tinnunculus) in the fields and woods where I live.

I hope you have a wonderful day with blue skies, a light breeze and plenty of focus.  

EDIT: P.S. that black spot above the kite is not a dirty lens. Some bug was in between me and the kite. :-)

Scanning

Since I had to go back and poke around in my shots from April to find the owl yesterday, I thought I'd go ahead and share this black kite (Milvus migrans) before I forget it. Yes, I am easily distracted. ;-)

This was also shot at the Volerie des Aigles (Kintzheim, France) during the falconry show. While people seem to like the eagles, falcons and owls more, I do enjoy watching the kites as they scan, turn and catch tidbits of meat in the air during the exhibition. I'm also rather partial to them, because I frequently encounter them (and the occasional Kestrel/Turmfalke/Falco tinnunculus) in the fields and woods where I live.

I hope you have a wonderful day with blue skies, a light breeze and plenty of focus.  

EDIT: P.S. that black spot above the kite is not a dirty lens. Some bug was in between me and the kite. :-)___

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2014-10-06 06:52:24 (35 comments, 10 reshares, 114 +1s)Open 

Nocturnal Raptor

It has been about six months since I went to a "falconry" show in the Alsace (Volerie des Aigles), but +Peter Barrett reminded me that Mondays are better with raptors. I suspect he was looking for one of the classic diurnal raptors. 

I believe this is the Eurasian eagle-owl (latin bubo bubo, German Uhu), but am no expert: I just admire the birds.

Owls are impressive not only for their ability to hunt at night thanks to fantastic eyesight and keen hearing, but also, because of their virtually silent flight. They have a combination of feathers which help to reduce noise significantly by either breaking up the vortices or by absorbing/dampening the sound.

more here:
(3 feather types: illustration)
http://animals.howstuffworks.com/birds/owl-fly-silently1.htm

(leading edge serrations)more »

Nocturnal Raptor

It has been about six months since I went to a "falconry" show in the Alsace (Volerie des Aigles), but +Peter Barrett reminded me that Mondays are better with raptors. I suspect he was looking for one of the classic diurnal raptors. 

I believe this is the Eurasian eagle-owl (latin bubo bubo, German Uhu), but am no expert: I just admire the birds.

Owls are impressive not only for their ability to hunt at night thanks to fantastic eyesight and keen hearing, but also, because of their virtually silent flight. They have a combination of feathers which help to reduce noise significantly by either breaking up the vortices or by absorbing/dampening the sound.

more here:
(3 feather types: illustration)
http://animals.howstuffworks.com/birds/owl-fly-silently1.htm

(leading edge serrations)
http://www.asknature.org/strategy/938e8c4d8e2bf786fa5c9922d181273e#.VDI56Pl_t8E  

Mythologically, at least in the West, owls are frequently associated with wisdom. Athena is one of the oldest and best known examples of this association. She inspired Odysseus at key points throughout his life.

May we all have a good start to the week, with an extra dose of wisdom!  ___

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2014-10-04 22:00:36 (23 comments, 4 reshares, 110 +1s)Open 

Ready to sail

The fog made me think of a mysterious journey to come. It also made me think of crossing into another world, so Tolkien's Grey Havens came to mind:

To the sea, to the sea! The white gulls are crying,
The wind is blowing, and the white foam is flying.
West, west away, the round sun is falling, 
Grey ship, grey ship, do you hear them calling, 
The voices of my people that have gone before me? 
I will leave, I will leave the woods that bore me;
For our days are ending and our years failing.
I will pass the wide waters lonely sailing.
Long are the waves on the Last Shore falling,
Sweet are the voices in the Lost Isle calling,
In Eressea, in Elvenhome that no man can discover,
Where the leaves fall not: land of my people forever!

special shout out to +Lambert Schlumpf , for voting for a foggypic... more »

Ready to sail

The fog made me think of a mysterious journey to come. It also made me think of crossing into another world, so Tolkien's Grey Havens came to mind:

To the sea, to the sea! The white gulls are crying,
The wind is blowing, and the white foam is flying.
West, west away, the round sun is falling, 
Grey ship, grey ship, do you hear them calling, 
The voices of my people that have gone before me? 
I will leave, I will leave the woods that bore me;
For our days are ending and our years failing.
I will pass the wide waters lonely sailing.
Long are the waves on the Last Shore falling,
Sweet are the voices in the Lost Isle calling,
In Eressea, in Elvenhome that no man can discover,
Where the leaves fall not: land of my people forever!

special shout out to +Lambert Schlumpf , for voting for a foggy picture.

Have a wonderful Sunday! 

Photo: a September morning in Stockholm's harbor. special tip for the eagle-eyed among you: there's a person on one of the spars off the mast. ___

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2014-10-04 14:10:22 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Caturday

seen in Vegas. I'm not sure whether this was for a club or for other reasons, but these young ladies were walking up and down the strip and passed by several times. 

Have a great weekend!

P.S. Any preferences on what I should share next? More landscapes? Fog (Stockholm)? Sunsets? Butterflies? B&W? other?

Caturday

seen in Vegas. I'm not sure whether this was for a club or for other reasons, but these young ladies were walking up and down the strip and passed by several times. 

Have a great weekend!

P.S. Any preferences on what I should share next? More landscapes? Fog (Stockholm)? Sunsets? Butterflies? B&W? other?___

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2014-10-03 14:35:43 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 55 +1s)Open 

A late post for Friday

Hey, it's a holiday here (Germany) today: National Reunification Day. The weather has turned out to be beautiful, but I haven't really been out and done anything today. With luck it will be just as nice tomorrow.

Why haven't I been out? Well, I had a little bit of work that still needed doing, so I got that out of the way this morning. Then I was under time pressure to finish the second batch of pictures from our US vacation, so that my in-laws could see them today. I did get to take part in a cook-out at my brother-in-laws, so that was quite a tasty way to spend the afternoon. 

I hope you're enjoying a great Friday and that the weekend will be full of sunshine, good food, friends and laughter!

Photo: I like the stars, but where I live there's a lot of light pollution and not that many clear nights. While on vacation in... more »

A late post for Friday

Hey, it's a holiday here (Germany) today: National Reunification Day. The weather has turned out to be beautiful, but I haven't really been out and done anything today. With luck it will be just as nice tomorrow.

Why haven't I been out? Well, I had a little bit of work that still needed doing, so I got that out of the way this morning. Then I was under time pressure to finish the second batch of pictures from our US vacation, so that my in-laws could see them today. I did get to take part in a cook-out at my brother-in-laws, so that was quite a tasty way to spend the afternoon. 

I hope you're enjoying a great Friday and that the weekend will be full of sunshine, good food, friends and laughter!

Photo: I like the stars, but where I live there's a lot of light pollution and not that many clear nights. While on vacation in the Grand Canyon, I found a nice rock wall to position the camera on and took a long exposure back towards the Maswick Lodge. You can see the Milky Way quite well. Although it was a long exposure at a high ISO, it still needed a good bit of processing to get it where you could see this much. It was a good learning experience for me. ___

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2014-10-02 07:03:34 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

Making Do

One of the great things about travel is that you will see something new and unexpected. Sometimes that means conditions aren't optimal.

I had planned to go up to the Marin Headlands around Hawk Hill and take awesome shots of the Golden Gate bridge. At least that was my pre-trip fantasy. Unfortunately, the weather was foggy and cloudy, so it didn't work out well on my only day for the shots. I did get a break in the clouds allowing me to use a telephoto and see part of San Francisco, but it just wasn't a good day in terms of lighting.

I don't regret it though. I had a great time and a great view, but not one that made for great photos.  It makes me that much happier when things work out and I do get a nice shot.

If you happen to be in the San Francisco area, I do recommend the Marin Headlands for a stroll and photo opportunity. If... more »

Making Do

One of the great things about travel is that you will see something new and unexpected. Sometimes that means conditions aren't optimal.

I had planned to go up to the Marin Headlands around Hawk Hill and take awesome shots of the Golden Gate bridge. At least that was my pre-trip fantasy. Unfortunately, the weather was foggy and cloudy, so it didn't work out well on my only day for the shots. I did get a break in the clouds allowing me to use a telephoto and see part of San Francisco, but it just wasn't a good day in terms of lighting.

I don't regret it though. I had a great time and a great view, but not one that made for great photos.  It makes me that much happier when things work out and I do get a nice shot.

If you happen to be in the San Francisco area, I do recommend the Marin Headlands for a stroll and photo opportunity. If you're lucky with the weather, I think you'll walk away with a great shot. If you're not, you'll still have a different perspective on the bridge and the city. Also, you're well on your way to Muir Woods (HIGHLY recommended).

Have a wonderful Thorsday and be careful where you bring the hammer down!___

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2014-10-01 07:01:00 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

Sunrise in Vegas

I'm running late today and it's actually grey this morning, but in our little GPlus world there's nothing saying that I can't inject a bit of sunshine into the stream every once in a while.

This is the JPEG straight out of the camera. No time to get fancy with it, although the right crop would probably make it look better. 

Have a great Wednesday and may Sol smile upon you today! 

Photo: shot from our room at the Luxor.

Sunrise in Vegas

I'm running late today and it's actually grey this morning, but in our little GPlus world there's nothing saying that I can't inject a bit of sunshine into the stream every once in a while.

This is the JPEG straight out of the camera. No time to get fancy with it, although the right crop would probably make it look better. 

Have a great Wednesday and may Sol smile upon you today! 

Photo: shot from our room at the Luxor.___

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2014-09-30 07:12:16 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 64 +1s)Open 

Everything's better in color?

Yosemite is full of magnificent sights in color, but on my photos, I have decided that Yosemite / Half Dome are much more striking in black and white. 

We were able to visit Yosemite back in August as part of our summer vacation. We stayed at the Housekeeping Camp, which was perfect for us. That equated to "camping" without having to bring camping gear, which was very helpful considering our travels and luggage situation.

There's a lot more park than we had time for, but we did enjoy what we had time to see. Unfortunately, the water levels were down quite a bit, so that Mirror Lake was completely dry and the waterfalls were often only trickles. I probably will post a related picture in the near future.

Other than the water levels, August was a good time to go. It wasn't nearly as crowded as when I went many... more »

Everything's better in color?

Yosemite is full of magnificent sights in color, but on my photos, I have decided that Yosemite / Half Dome are much more striking in black and white. 

We were able to visit Yosemite back in August as part of our summer vacation. We stayed at the Housekeeping Camp, which was perfect for us. That equated to "camping" without having to bring camping gear, which was very helpful considering our travels and luggage situation.

There's a lot more park than we had time for, but we did enjoy what we had time to see. Unfortunately, the water levels were down quite a bit, so that Mirror Lake was completely dry and the waterfalls were often only trickles. I probably will post a related picture in the near future.

Other than the water levels, August was a good time to go. It wasn't nearly as crowded as when I went many years ago in July. I think it would be optimal if one could go in June. There should be plenty of water for the falls and all the roads are open (you don't want to miss Tenaya Lake on the Tioga Rd.) 

Have a great Tuesday!___

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2014-09-29 06:52:44 (33 comments, 2 reshares, 75 +1s)Open 

It's all in how you look at things

I could have been aggravated. Fog everywhere. no blue skies, no harbor views. There was something magical though in the light and how the sounds carried over the water. The fog horns sounded like some beast from the distant past. I was delighted: everything was possible. Suddenly this bridge was leading me to new lands.

Have a great day, even if it is Monday. Who knows what lies ahead? there's always potential.

It's all in how you look at things

I could have been aggravated. Fog everywhere. no blue skies, no harbor views. There was something magical though in the light and how the sounds carried over the water. The fog horns sounded like some beast from the distant past. I was delighted: everything was possible. Suddenly this bridge was leading me to new lands.

Have a great day, even if it is Monday. Who knows what lies ahead? there's always potential.___

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2014-09-26 07:32:44 (26 comments, 1 reshares, 67 +1s)Open 

Cephalopod Friday

may you have a tentacular day! 

This is a chambered nautilus, who was kind enough to pose for me in the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Absolutely worth a half-day or whole day visit. 

As for our many tentacled friend, I was always fascinated by their beautiful shells as a child, but of course I never saw one alive. It was a delight to observe them in the aquarium, as they floated and gracefully glided through the tank. 

A nautilus' shell is divided into multiple chambers, which are filled with a nitrogen and oxygen mixture similar to our atmosphere, but with a higher percentage of nitrogen. They have up to 90 tentacles in two concentric rings around their mouth, but unlike most cephalopods, the tentacles do not have any suckers on them. Propulsion is via a flexible tube through which they can squirt a jet of water.  Their eyes haveno ... more »

Cephalopod Friday

may you have a tentacular day! 

This is a chambered nautilus, who was kind enough to pose for me in the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Absolutely worth a half-day or whole day visit. 

As for our many tentacled friend, I was always fascinated by their beautiful shells as a child, but of course I never saw one alive. It was a delight to observe them in the aquarium, as they floated and gracefully glided through the tank. 

A nautilus' shell is divided into multiple chambers, which are filled with a nitrogen and oxygen mixture similar to our atmosphere, but with a higher percentage of nitrogen. They have up to 90 tentacles in two concentric rings around their mouth, but unlike most cephalopods, the tentacles do not have any suckers on them. Propulsion is via a flexible tube through which they can squirt a jet of water.  Their eyes have no lens and are similar to pinhole cameras in function. A nautilus feeds on crustaceans, which it can eat thanks to a beak-like structure in it's mouth. 

The nautilus shell is fascinatingly beautiful, but it is not a golden ratio as often claimed. The shell is an equiangular spiral, which does follow a logarithmic ratio. here's a good reference on the subject http://shallowsky.com/blog/science/fibonautilus.html

additional credits:
1. shot at the fabulous Monterey Bay Aquarium (a must see!)
2. information from Wikipedia  ___

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