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Steven Spence

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nerdy; stargazer; legend in my own mind; wannabe photographer, may post occasional spider pictures - you have been warned!

Occupation: IT Manager (at a large corporation)

Location: Germany

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Cream of the Crop: 08/14/2012

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2016-04-17 11:17:29 (44 comments; 3 reshares; 147 +1s)Open 

Anyone that can ID this for me? 

I accidentally dug it up in the garden while taking out a few weeds. (location Germany: Baden-Württemberg if helpful in determining the species)

Of course I put it back in the ground and covered it again (loosely). 

Most reshares: 9

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2016-04-07 22:54:00 (21 comments; 9 reshares; 191 +1s)Open 

Buse aguia (Latin _Geranoaetus melanoleucus_ )

I like the other French name for it even better: "Aigle bleu de Chili", which is pretty much "Blue Eagle of Chile". It sounds much better to my ears than the English name I found for it: Black-chested buzzard-eagle. That's pretty ungainly. Make up your mind is is a buzzard (hawk) or an eagle? Heck, I figure when in doubt call a sharp looking one like this an eagle.

More here: (French) http://voleried.cluster007.ovh.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Buse-Aguia.pdf

Photo: seen at the Volerie des Aigles (Kintzheim, Alsace, France) a place I like to visit when I can for the raptor shows up at the old castle grounds. This one was resting between shows and I could get zoomed in nicely.  

Most plusones: 191

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2016-04-07 22:54:00 (21 comments; 9 reshares; 191 +1s)Open 

Buse aguia (Latin _Geranoaetus melanoleucus_ )

I like the other French name for it even better: "Aigle bleu de Chili", which is pretty much "Blue Eagle of Chile". It sounds much better to my ears than the English name I found for it: Black-chested buzzard-eagle. That's pretty ungainly. Make up your mind is is a buzzard (hawk) or an eagle? Heck, I figure when in doubt call a sharp looking one like this an eagle.

More here: (French) http://voleried.cluster007.ovh.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Buse-Aguia.pdf

Photo: seen at the Volerie des Aigles (Kintzheim, Alsace, France) a place I like to visit when I can for the raptor shows up at the old castle grounds. This one was resting between shows and I could get zoomed in nicely.  

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2016-04-30 13:22:42 (9 comments; 3 reshares; 79 +1s)Open 

Different Perspective: Red

Have a great weekend! I have an abundance of flowers right now. The trees are buzzing with bees. 

Since I was looking at tulips anyway, I thought this might be nice for #allthingsred  . +Liz C  :-)   
+Measie Elizabeth : if you would like it for TulipSaturday, it's yours too. 

Different Perspective: Red

Have a great weekend! I have an abundance of flowers right now. The trees are buzzing with bees. 

Since I was looking at tulips anyway, I thought this might be nice for #allthingsred  . +Liz C  :-)   
+Measie Elizabeth : if you would like it for TulipSaturday, it's yours too. ___

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2016-04-30 13:15:29 (10 comments; 8 reshares; 179 +1s)Open 

Lurid Beacon

This tulip really wants a bee to visit. 

I'm not well-versed in tulips. The coloration could have been bred like this, but I suppose it could also be from a virus that infects tulips. I planted my tulips 3 years ago and don't remember planting any bulbs of this type, but my memory is a Swiss cheese anyway. :-)

another one for #tulipsaturday   and the fabulous trio of +Marilyn Benham , +Eustace James , and +Measie Elizabeth 

Lurid Beacon

This tulip really wants a bee to visit. 

I'm not well-versed in tulips. The coloration could have been bred like this, but I suppose it could also be from a virus that infects tulips. I planted my tulips 3 years ago and don't remember planting any bulbs of this type, but my memory is a Swiss cheese anyway. :-)

another one for #tulipsaturday   and the fabulous trio of +Marilyn Benham , +Eustace James , and +Measie Elizabeth ___

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2016-04-29 22:55:46 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 49 +1s)Open 

What do we mean by saying that existence precedes essence? We mean that man cat first of all exists, encounters herself, surges up in the world-and defines herself afterward. (with apologies to Sarte)

#caturday  is here again!

Ginger running to me.

What do we mean by saying that existence precedes essence? We mean that man cat first of all exists, encounters herself, surges up in the world-and defines herself afterward. (with apologies to Sarte)

#caturday  is here again!

Ginger running to me.___

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2016-04-29 22:38:26 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 35 +1s)Open 

Winding ways

Wonderful wisteria winds its way up the wall. Welcome to the weekend!

With apologies to the letter 'W'

Winding ways

Wonderful wisteria winds its way up the wall. Welcome to the weekend!

With apologies to the letter 'W'___

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2016-04-28 22:09:13 (16 comments; 2 reshares; 47 +1s)Open 

Impossible

Sometimes when I look at you, I feel I'm gazing at a distant star. 
It's dazzling, but the light is from tens of thousands of years ago.
Maybe the star doesn't even exist any more. Yet sometimes that light seems more real to me than anything.  (Haruki Murakami)

Frustrating. I know that longing, that wishful interpretation driven by desire. And yet I know too that I'll never be able to capture and share the things as they are. The world I experience is only an impression created by the limitations of my senses and my mind. 

I'm tired. Maybe tomorrow will bring something new, unexpected, beautiful, and I can savor it for a magical moment whether it is real or not. One can hope, one can try. 


 

Impossible

Sometimes when I look at you, I feel I'm gazing at a distant star. 
It's dazzling, but the light is from tens of thousands of years ago.
Maybe the star doesn't even exist any more. Yet sometimes that light seems more real to me than anything.  (Haruki Murakami)

Frustrating. I know that longing, that wishful interpretation driven by desire. And yet I know too that I'll never be able to capture and share the things as they are. The world I experience is only an impression created by the limitations of my senses and my mind. 

I'm tired. Maybe tomorrow will bring something new, unexpected, beautiful, and I can savor it for a magical moment whether it is real or not. One can hope, one can try. 


 ___

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2016-04-28 05:14:33 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. (George Orwell)

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. (George Orwell)___

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2016-04-27 05:38:40 (18 comments; 7 reshares; 140 +1s)Open 

Resilient Bees

There are many factors placing stress on bees today. Scientists looked at one area, which was related to resiliency when bees have inadequate food supplies. +Neha Jain and the great editors at  +GotScience.org  did a great job turning the study into an approachable, informative article.

#bees  

Resilient Bees

There are many factors placing stress on bees today. Scientists looked at one area, which was related to resiliency when bees have inadequate food supplies. +Neha Jain and the great editors at  +GotScience.org  did a great job turning the study into an approachable, informative article.

#bees  ___

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2016-04-26 06:51:31 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 47 +1s)Open 

I know I am but summer to your heart, and not the full four seasons of the year.  (Edna St. Vincent Millay)









maybe a very early #tulipsaturday  post, +Measie Elizabeth ?

I know I am but summer to your heart, and not the full four seasons of the year.  (Edna St. Vincent Millay)









maybe a very early #tulipsaturday  post, +Measie Elizabeth ?___

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2016-04-24 22:29:28 (17 comments; 6 reshares; 118 +1s)Open 

Winter hunter

Not really the right season for it, but I stumbled across this picture from 2012 while I was looking for something else. 

Good night and have a good start to the week!

Winter hunter

Not really the right season for it, but I stumbled across this picture from 2012 while I was looking for something else. 

Good night and have a good start to the week!___

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2016-04-24 22:11:14 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

"I learned how to die a long time ago."

Why does this not surprise me? h/t to +Di Cleverly (fun person and GoT fan).

https://www.spotify-gameofthrones.com/mymatch

Classic Rock 55% Pop 23% Folk 22%

Beatles, Dylan, White Stripes, Of Monsters and Men, and Imagine Dragons. 

"I learned how to die a long time ago."

Why does this not surprise me? h/t to +Di Cleverly (fun person and GoT fan).

https://www.spotify-gameofthrones.com/mymatch

Classic Rock 55% Pop 23% Folk 22%

Beatles, Dylan, White Stripes, Of Monsters and Men, and Imagine Dragons. ___

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2016-04-24 22:04:57 (15 comments; 8 reshares; 137 +1s)Open 

Something tells me this owl knows too much.

Something tells me this owl knows too much.___

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2016-04-24 21:39:54 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

Helsinki Area: Sights

None of this is graffiti or street art, but there were still a few things I thought were interesting and didn't have a better category at hand. 

Helsinki Area: Sights

None of this is graffiti or street art, but there were still a few things I thought were interesting and didn't have a better category at hand. ___

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2016-04-24 20:20:39 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Eyelid Angel Prayer

This is somewhere between my attempts and those of Vogons. To be fair to Google Translate, I believe they went from Shakespeare to another language and then to English. Nevertheless it is rather amusing to me, esp. in the earnest delivery. 

Eyelid Angel Prayer

This is somewhere between my attempts and those of Vogons. To be fair to Google Translate, I believe they went from Shakespeare to another language and then to English. Nevertheless it is rather amusing to me, esp. in the earnest delivery. ___

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2016-04-24 17:51:27 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano, Switzerland___

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2016-04-24 17:28:32 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

Milan, Italy

Milan, Italy___

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2016-04-24 16:13:29 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

Böblingen, Germany

Böblingen, Germany___

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2016-04-24 15:32:00 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

One-Off from Tübingen, Germany

"Freedom dies with Security" 

If I find more from Tübingen in my folders then I may make a catalog. This was taken with an iPhone I borrowed off of someone else in the family (they all use iPhones and I'm using Android, but didn't have a good camera on mine at the time)

One-Off from Tübingen, Germany

"Freedom dies with Security" 

If I find more from Tübingen in my folders then I may make a catalog. This was taken with an iPhone I borrowed off of someone else in the family (they all use iPhones and I'm using Android, but didn't have a good camera on mine at the time)___

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2016-04-24 14:57:40 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

Basel, Switzerland

Basel, Switzerland___

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2016-04-24 14:08:16 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

Ghent, Belgium

Ghent, Belgium___

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2016-04-24 13:12:41 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 34 +1s)Open 

It's ALIVE!

My stream seems to have come back to life today. I'm seeing a lot more people's posts again. Maybe something got fixed that was creating/reinforcing a "filter bubble"? Anyway, it is very welcome (I enjoyed the posts I was seeing, but missed other people and diversity in my stream).

I'm attaching some wonderful "street art" I saw in Lugano. While these were painted on a wall, I think these were by art students.

I may even create a collection of street art type photos. 

It's ALIVE!

My stream seems to have come back to life today. I'm seeing a lot more people's posts again. Maybe something got fixed that was creating/reinforcing a "filter bubble"? Anyway, it is very welcome (I enjoyed the posts I was seeing, but missed other people and diversity in my stream).

I'm attaching some wonderful "street art" I saw in Lugano. While these were painted on a wall, I think these were by art students.

I may even create a collection of street art type photos. ___

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2016-04-23 09:39:03 (14 comments; 1 reshares; 48 +1s)Open 

They're here!

I have some lovely tulips for #tulipsaturday  that I'm pleased to share with you. In fact my garden is full of them. We've had fresh cut tulips in the house for about two weeks now. They're a really delight!

This is just a small part of the original photo cropped out as a 1920*1080 picture. I was having trouble deciding, so I flipped a coin and went for the crop today. Maybe the whole will show up another day. 


+Measie Elizabeth , +Marilyn Benham , +Eustace James 

They're here!

I have some lovely tulips for #tulipsaturday  that I'm pleased to share with you. In fact my garden is full of them. We've had fresh cut tulips in the house for about two weeks now. They're a really delight!

This is just a small part of the original photo cropped out as a 1920*1080 picture. I was having trouble deciding, so I flipped a coin and went for the crop today. Maybe the whole will show up another day. 


+Measie Elizabeth , +Marilyn Benham , +Eustace James ___

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2016-04-20 22:31:13 (20 comments; 1 reshares; 65 +1s)Open 

Fleeting Beauty

Sunsets are loved because they vanish.
Flowers are loved because they go.
The dogs of the field and the cats of the kitchen are loved because soon they must depart.
These are not the sole reasons, but at the heart of morning welcomes and afternoon laughters is the promise of farewell. In the gray muzzle of an old dog we see goodbye. In the tired face of an old friend we read long journeys beyond returns. (Ray Bradbury)

Ah, but what a delightful time of year it is; a few weeks of glorious delicate flowers destined to disappear in a flurry of petals. These bright, beautiful blossoms bring me joy while they last. 

Fleeting Beauty

Sunsets are loved because they vanish.
Flowers are loved because they go.
The dogs of the field and the cats of the kitchen are loved because soon they must depart.
These are not the sole reasons, but at the heart of morning welcomes and afternoon laughters is the promise of farewell. In the gray muzzle of an old dog we see goodbye. In the tired face of an old friend we read long journeys beyond returns. (Ray Bradbury)

Ah, but what a delightful time of year it is; a few weeks of glorious delicate flowers destined to disappear in a flurry of petals. These bright, beautiful blossoms bring me joy while they last. ___

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2016-04-20 20:08:41 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 84 +1s)Open 

Tyrannosaurs!

We're trying something new at GotScience.org: upcoming books that may be of interest to our readers. For our first book review we took a look at Dr. Dave Hone's Tyrannosaur Chronicles .  His publisher, Bloomsbury, was kind enough to give us a pre-publication manuscript. The book becomes available on 21. April.

Tyrannosaurs!

We're trying something new at GotScience.org: upcoming books that may be of interest to our readers. For our first book review we took a look at Dr. Dave Hone's Tyrannosaur Chronicles .  His publisher, Bloomsbury, was kind enough to give us a pre-publication manuscript. The book becomes available on 21. April.___

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2016-04-20 06:03:59 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 53 +1s)Open 

Skillz

I enjoy looking at old buildings, esp. where things were hand-crafted. People took pride in their work. Figures are individuals. Even the gargoyles are all different. 

Have a great Wednesday!


P.S. for those of you, who might like to download the picture as a wallpaper, this is desktop sized (1920*1080). Some people ask me, some are too shy, and others take anyway. This note was for the first two types of people. xo 

Skillz

I enjoy looking at old buildings, esp. where things were hand-crafted. People took pride in their work. Figures are individuals. Even the gargoyles are all different. 

Have a great Wednesday!


P.S. for those of you, who might like to download the picture as a wallpaper, this is desktop sized (1920*1080). Some people ask me, some are too shy, and others take anyway. This note was for the first two types of people. xo ___

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2016-04-19 05:57:18 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 39 +1s)Open 

What's in the Drinks They Sell?

I wonder what inspired this artist? Would a cup of their coffee help me to understand it. Maybe I'll order two to go. 

Have a great Tuesday!

What's in the Drinks They Sell?

I wonder what inspired this artist? Would a cup of their coffee help me to understand it. Maybe I'll order two to go. 

Have a great Tuesday!___

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2016-04-18 20:13:25 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 70 +1s)Open 

Are There Hipster Birds?

Birds are a great way to start the week. +Emily Rhode explores the results of a series of intelligence tests scientist conducted to explore urban vs. rural bird differences. There are a few unexpected and at first glance, contradictory results. 

h/t +GotScience.org and +Kate Stone 

Are There Hipster Birds?

Birds are a great way to start the week. +Emily Rhode explores the results of a series of intelligence tests scientist conducted to explore urban vs. rural bird differences. There are a few unexpected and at first glance, contradictory results. 

h/t +GotScience.org and +Kate Stone ___

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2016-04-18 20:10:34 (14 comments; 5 reshares; 137 +1s)Open 

Tough Way to Start the Day

After being caught by mist nets, the birds were put through a series of tests to assess their problem-solving skills, their boldness, their reaction to unfamiliar objects and their ability to choose between two different colors.

All kidding aside this sounds like a challenging battery of tests for the birds. +Emily Rhode does a great job of explaining the unexpected results.  

Very nice article, Emily!

h/t +Kate Stone  and +GotScience.org 

Tough Way to Start the Day

After being caught by mist nets, the birds were put through a series of tests to assess their problem-solving skills, their boldness, their reaction to unfamiliar objects and their ability to choose between two different colors.

All kidding aside this sounds like a challenging battery of tests for the birds. +Emily Rhode does a great job of explaining the unexpected results.  

Very nice article, Emily!

h/t +Kate Stone  and +GotScience.org ___

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2016-04-18 06:49:55 (16 comments; 1 reshares; 58 +1s)Open 

Wish I looked this good in the morning

<Yawn> Alas, Monday is already upon us. Here's a bright little morning flower unfolding to help get the day started on a positive note. It manages mornings much better than I do. 

Have a great start to the week!

Wish I looked this good in the morning

<Yawn> Alas, Monday is already upon us. Here's a bright little morning flower unfolding to help get the day started on a positive note. It manages mornings much better than I do. 

Have a great start to the week!___

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2016-04-18 06:42:22 (7 comments; 4 reshares; 99 +1s)Open 

Attention Seeker

At least I suppose this stork is still "advertising" his nest, although it seemed like he already had an interested female (that's part of her plumage at the very right of the picture). Or maybe he was defending his nest. I'm not up on stork nesting protocol, but it was interesting to see and hear.

Seen in the Alsace at the Écomusée : http://www.ecomusee-alsace.fr/fr/ or http://www.ecomusee-alsace.fr/de/  (sorry no English on the official site) 

Attention Seeker

At least I suppose this stork is still "advertising" his nest, although it seemed like he already had an interested female (that's part of her plumage at the very right of the picture). Or maybe he was defending his nest. I'm not up on stork nesting protocol, but it was interesting to see and hear.

Seen in the Alsace at the Écomusée : http://www.ecomusee-alsace.fr/fr/ or http://www.ecomusee-alsace.fr/de/  (sorry no English on the official site) ___

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2016-04-17 14:23:51 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 45 +1s)Open 

Fun if flawed

I snapped before fully framing. flawed, but still one of the more interesting photos I took in the crowds in front of the Duomo (Milan). 

This will be the last one for a while. I'll give you a break (hours? day or two?). I still have a boatload of photos to weed through. I also want to do a few other things than look at photos today (outrageous, I know!). 

For someone not very comfortable with "street" photography, a place like the square in front of the Duomo is very nice. You're surrounded by people and pretty much anonymous. It's a good environment for people pics. 

Fun if flawed

I snapped before fully framing. flawed, but still one of the more interesting photos I took in the crowds in front of the Duomo (Milan). 

This will be the last one for a while. I'll give you a break (hours? day or two?). I still have a boatload of photos to weed through. I also want to do a few other things than look at photos today (outrageous, I know!). 

For someone not very comfortable with "street" photography, a place like the square in front of the Duomo is very nice. You're surrounded by people and pretty much anonymous. It's a good environment for people pics. ___

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2016-04-17 13:50:15 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 37 +1s)Open 

Not bad for graffiti. At least it's a message that I can get behind. 
h/t to El Rouge, whoever you are. 

Not bad for graffiti. At least it's a message that I can get behind. 
h/t to El Rouge, whoever you are. ___

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2016-04-17 11:17:29 (44 comments; 3 reshares; 147 +1s)Open 

Anyone that can ID this for me? 

I accidentally dug it up in the garden while taking out a few weeds. (location Germany: Baden-Württemberg if helpful in determining the species)

Of course I put it back in the ground and covered it again (loosely). 

Anyone that can ID this for me? 

I accidentally dug it up in the garden while taking out a few weeds. (location Germany: Baden-Württemberg if helpful in determining the species)

Of course I put it back in the ground and covered it again (loosely). ___

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2016-04-16 10:15:58 (12 comments; 3 reshares; 67 +1s)Open 

For the #tulipsaturday  project led by  +Measie Elizabeth , +Eustace James , and +Marilyn Benham.

For the #tulipsaturday  project led by  +Measie Elizabeth , +Eustace James , and +Marilyn Benham.___

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2016-04-16 10:04:26 (8 comments; 3 reshares; 83 +1s)Open 

reshare to my Raptor Collection

I am a part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethro'
Gleams that untravell'd world whose margin fades
For ever and forever when I move. 

Ulysses by Tennyson___reshare to my Raptor Collection

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2016-04-16 01:09:26 (22 comments; 6 reshares; 63 +1s)Open 

I am a part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethro'
Gleams that untravell'd world whose margin fades
For ever and forever when I move. 

Ulysses by Tennyson

I am a part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethro'
Gleams that untravell'd world whose margin fades
For ever and forever when I move. 

Ulysses by Tennyson___

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2016-04-15 06:31:36 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 30 +1s)Open 

I Could Have

Oh, it would have been easy to go with flowers and raindrops, because I have a lot of both at the moment. I'm in a different sort of mood this morning though. A mood that appreciates: different, quirky, and a bit of attitude. I think this poster is a good fit.

Have a great Friday!

I Could Have

Oh, it would have been easy to go with flowers and raindrops, because I have a lot of both at the moment. I'm in a different sort of mood this morning though. A mood that appreciates: different, quirky, and a bit of attitude. I think this poster is a good fit.

Have a great Friday!___

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2016-04-14 06:57:34 (14 comments; 1 reshares; 55 +1s)Open 

You know what's great about G+? Meeting people I would never otherwise meet. There are so many talented people on here it amazes me. 

This photo by +Chris Korman is one of those examples where I look at it and feel like I'm a fingerpainter talking with van Gogh. Except Chris isn't excessively fond of orange and has both ears. Anyway, you get the point. 

If you don't  already have Chris in your circles, I highly recommend following. 

More Light___You know what's great about G+? Meeting people I would never otherwise meet. There are so many talented people on here it amazes me. 

This photo by +Chris Korman is one of those examples where I look at it and feel like I'm a fingerpainter talking with van Gogh. Except Chris isn't excessively fond of orange and has both ears. Anyway, you get the point. 

If you don't  already have Chris in your circles, I highly recommend following. 

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2016-04-14 06:52:44 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 53 +1s)Open 

Early flowers for the bees

These little flowers are coming up nicely in my garden. I planted them a few years ago, because they blossom early and help the bees along. Also, I like blue. The cherries and tulips are getting ready to erupt in blossom. The apples seem to be taking a bit more time this year.

Have a great Thorsday! I've got to get going, but hopefully the day won't be such a long one today. I've had weeks of 12-15 hour days and I definitely need to recharge this weekend. Catch up with you when I can!

Early flowers for the bees

These little flowers are coming up nicely in my garden. I planted them a few years ago, because they blossom early and help the bees along. Also, I like blue. The cherries and tulips are getting ready to erupt in blossom. The apples seem to be taking a bit more time this year.

Have a great Thorsday! I've got to get going, but hopefully the day won't be such a long one today. I've had weeks of 12-15 hour days and I definitely need to recharge this weekend. Catch up with you when I can!___

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2016-04-13 06:43:15 (8 comments; 4 reshares; 58 +1s)Open 

To make myself understood and to diminish the distance between us, I called out: “I am an evening cloud too.” They stopped still, evidently taking a good look at me. Then they stretched towards me their fine, transparent, rosy wings. That is how evening clouds greet each other. They had recognized me. (Rilke)

#poetryonwednesday

To make myself understood and to diminish the distance between us, I called out: “I am an evening cloud too.” They stopped still, evidently taking a good look at me. Then they stretched towards me their fine, transparent, rosy wings. That is how evening clouds greet each other. They had recognized me. (Rilke)

#poetryonwednesday___

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2016-04-12 19:43:53 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 99 +1s)Open 

+Neha Jain has an interesting article that sheds light on CO2 levels during the last deglaciation period (~20k to ~10k years ago). Yes, the ocean was a contributor, but there were a few surprises too.  

During the ice ages, ice sheets covered large parts of the Earth, unlike today, when ice sheets are found only at the poles. Our planet has been going through cycles of glacial periods (which are actually shorter periods within an ice age) featuring colder temperatures, and interglacial periods, characterized by a warmer climate, for hundreds of thousands of years.
http://www.gotscience.org/land-carbon-released-last-deglac…/___+Neha Jain has an interesting article that sheds light on CO2 levels during the last deglaciation period (~20k to ~10k years ago). Yes, the ocean was a contributor, but there were a few surprises too.  

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2016-04-11 18:50:31 (9 comments; 2 reshares; 147 +1s)Open 

A Different Kind of Pit

This article is about the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Messel, Germany. It covers: volcanoes, various fossils including insects, amphibians, reptiles, and primates among others. Additionally, a Lord of the Rings reference and special techniques to deal with these fragile fossils are in there. 
We have a new layout on some articles, so please be sure to check the second page or you'll miss out on "Ida" the most famous fossil from Messel along with a lot of pictures.

thanks for taking a few minutes to read. If I can answer questions, please leave your question in the comments section on G+ and I'll try to get back to you within a day.  

A Different Kind of Pit

This article is about the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Messel, Germany. It covers: volcanoes, various fossils including insects, amphibians, reptiles, and primates among others. Additionally, a Lord of the Rings reference and special techniques to deal with these fragile fossils are in there. 
We have a new layout on some articles, so please be sure to check the second page or you'll miss out on "Ida" the most famous fossil from Messel along with a lot of pictures.

thanks for taking a few minutes to read. If I can answer questions, please leave your question in the comments section on G+ and I'll try to get back to you within a day.  ___

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2016-04-11 12:14:40 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 37 +1s)Open 

+Shawna Mac 's tartographic magic at work. :-)

Night Scene: Milan Navigli Italy - Tarted
A tarty version of a photo by +Steven Spence  found here:
https://plus.google.com/+StevenSpence/posts/2qbqS1gpVEU___+Shawna Mac 's tartographic magic at work. :-)

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2016-04-11 06:43:52 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 50 +1s)Open 

Night Scene: Milan Navigli

My first night in Milan I didn't really know where to go, but a friend and the web said the Navigli were a good place to visit during the trip. The water was low there (apparently normal at this time of year). 

There was definitely a lot going on there. One day when I go back for another visit, I'll certainly want to see this part of town again. I imagine when the water is higher and the temperatures are warmer that the streets will be full of even more people and the reflections in the water even better.

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Landscapes and long exposures aren't my forte nor is my camera the best for this type of photography, but the old saying is "the best camera is the one you have with you". 

I found a spot on a stone bridge where I could setup with minimal vibration (although the geometry wasn'te... more »

Night Scene: Milan Navigli

My first night in Milan I didn't really know where to go, but a friend and the web said the Navigli were a good place to visit during the trip. The water was low there (apparently normal at this time of year). 

There was definitely a lot going on there. One day when I go back for another visit, I'll certainly want to see this part of town again. I imagine when the water is higher and the temperatures are warmer that the streets will be full of even more people and the reflections in the water even better.

Photo

Landscapes and long exposures aren't my forte nor is my camera the best for this type of photography, but the old saying is "the best camera is the one you have with you". 

I found a spot on a stone bridge where I could setup with minimal vibration (although the geometry wasn't exactly what I wanted). Exposure: 25 secs at f14 ISO 100 on a Canon 7D MkII.  
I asked friends on FB which version they liked better: color or bw. The majority liked color, but almost all the photographers went with bw (my feeling too, but I wasn't sure). +Eve Aebi also gave me a tip to crop out a bright billboard on the right-hand side. Thanks, Eve!!___

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2016-04-11 06:28:05 (13 comments; 1 reshares; 32 +1s)Open 

Low water in the Navigli (Milan, Italy). Free for your creativity. 

tagging +Shawna Mac  in case she is interested in working her tartographic magic, but any and all are welcome to play with the photo.

Low water in the Navigli (Milan, Italy). Free for your creativity. 

tagging +Shawna Mac  in case she is interested in working her tartographic magic, but any and all are welcome to play with the photo.___

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2016-04-07 22:54:00 (21 comments; 9 reshares; 191 +1s)Open 

Buse aguia (Latin _Geranoaetus melanoleucus_ )

I like the other French name for it even better: "Aigle bleu de Chili", which is pretty much "Blue Eagle of Chile". It sounds much better to my ears than the English name I found for it: Black-chested buzzard-eagle. That's pretty ungainly. Make up your mind is is a buzzard (hawk) or an eagle? Heck, I figure when in doubt call a sharp looking one like this an eagle.

More here: (French) http://voleried.cluster007.ovh.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Buse-Aguia.pdf

Photo: seen at the Volerie des Aigles (Kintzheim, Alsace, France) a place I like to visit when I can for the raptor shows up at the old castle grounds. This one was resting between shows and I could get zoomed in nicely.  

Buse aguia (Latin _Geranoaetus melanoleucus_ )

I like the other French name for it even better: "Aigle bleu de Chili", which is pretty much "Blue Eagle of Chile". It sounds much better to my ears than the English name I found for it: Black-chested buzzard-eagle. That's pretty ungainly. Make up your mind is is a buzzard (hawk) or an eagle? Heck, I figure when in doubt call a sharp looking one like this an eagle.

More here: (French) http://voleried.cluster007.ovh.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Buse-Aguia.pdf

Photo: seen at the Volerie des Aigles (Kintzheim, Alsace, France) a place I like to visit when I can for the raptor shows up at the old castle grounds. This one was resting between shows and I could get zoomed in nicely.  ___

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2016-04-06 06:29:33 (8 comments; 2 reshares; 62 +1s)Open 

We're so busy watching out for what's just ahead of us that we don't take time to enjoy where we are. Bill Watterson, Super Genius. verily.

We're so busy watching out for what's just ahead of us that we don't take time to enjoy where we are. Bill Watterson, Super Genius. verily.___

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2016-04-05 21:47:36 (22 comments; 4 reshares; 174 +1s)Open 

A Chance to Act

Thanks to +Kate Stone and the +GotScience.org  team for pointing me to the study announcing more orangutans than previously known. Orangutans are my favorite wild primates, so I was delighted to read about this survey. 

Doing some further reading, I learned a lot. The survey really highlights pressures on the orangutans. The good news is that when a problem is recognized we can begin working on solutions. This study and its data are very valuable steps in that direction. I hope you'll find a few minutes to read this article (one of my shortest ever!) 

A Chance to Act

Thanks to +Kate Stone and the +GotScience.org  team for pointing me to the study announcing more orangutans than previously known. Orangutans are my favorite wild primates, so I was delighted to read about this survey. 

Doing some further reading, I learned a lot. The survey really highlights pressures on the orangutans. The good news is that when a problem is recognized we can begin working on solutions. This study and its data are very valuable steps in that direction. I hope you'll find a few minutes to read this article (one of my shortest ever!) ___

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2016-04-03 23:18:47 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 65 +1s)Open 

+Max G , a fellow photographer at +GotScience.org went on a birding trip and has fantastic photos to share with you!

+Max G , a fellow photographer at +GotScience.org went on a birding trip and has fantastic photos to share with you!___

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2016-04-03 11:04:42 (31 comments; 1 reshares; 81 +1s)Open 

It took a while for us to meet, but we're finally hunting together.

Milano: Museo di Storia Naturale

It took a while for us to meet, but we're finally hunting together.

Milano: Museo di Storia Naturale___

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