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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 
Slooh109,524Slooh 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 

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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 11:21:21182001
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 13:06:13485445577
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 01:16:55422232332
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 12:58:0746211960145
steph wanamaker105,275#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle !2014-07-18 16:26:0820355655
Circles Circles Circles37,983SCIENCE 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/o82s0mPublished Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/IkCTLPPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/nFCsGwMEN ARE FROM MARS :  http://goo.gl/tID4ZmPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD:  http://goo.gl/E6v81LOthers CirclesSCIENCE: http://goo.gl/xXWLPtTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/z3z8lh#science       #scienceeveryday       #sciencecircle       #circlesharing  2014-07-17 04:08:1710691432
Re Pete0  Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost 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 post*More you share more you get!#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagerspeople   #engagersshowcasecircle   #engagersshowcase  #DaveBesbris  2014-07-13 03:40:02451549
Artist , photographer , amateur or professional3,370Work moderator is not easy. Very dificult to enforce. Sharing circle We can not promote people that you are not adding or added and removed in the day'm Song circles Today's comment +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional  I will be done clean cleaning circles. People who wish to return, his welcome the Know Thank you to the person who sustains us The next circle clean cleaning  +A.P.A.P.Grand talent +A.P.A.P. Cascade, montagne, paysage +A.P.A.P.Macro Architecture Bird & +jany viala I withdraw all who withdrew us Jany.Do not forget to added to your circle the Conservative +jany viala & +Krzysztof Felczak  sharing your work and also pages Thank!2014-07-11 14:37:34269361720
Gailen Mapes65,921Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera  S - 11 of 30Note: 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 July 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting June 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 +2014-07-11 12:13:05187213
Greg Strandberg942Sci-Fi and Fantasy Readers CircleWant to connect with #fantasyauthor  and #scifiauthor  ?This #circleshare  has those folks and chances are you'll get some interesting things in your feed. #circlesharing   #googleshare   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #fantasywriters   #sciencefictionfantasy   #scifi  2014-07-10 23:13:52173000
steph wanamaker104,936#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle ! Happy Weekend2014-06-27 17:07:25203661170
Arthritis Natural Remedies279Hey my friends. Good morning/evening to all! These wonderful men and women are waiting to add you. Join us in friendship !! Just add and reshare this post.Promoting all the people here - People who want to engage, share and be shared!!!! - Make it happen people !!!#diamondcircle   #awesome   #awesomesauce   #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #diamondclub   #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #public #publiccircles #publiccirclesproject #publicsharedcircles #reshare #reshared #reshareday #resharetags #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #sharing #sharingcircle #sharingmeansthankyou #topcircles #freakingawesome   #diamond   #diamondcircle   #awesomesauce   #awesomeness   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   2014-06-27 16:02:27387929
Eli Just1,549Are you an avid reader or want to connect with avid readers? Share and add this awesome circle of BOOK LOVERS who read and support authors. Lots of great connections in here that I enjoy hearing from daily.To be added to this circle--please add it, +1 it, comment on and share it!  #reader #readers #readersrocks #readingisfun #readinglist #authors #authorsupport #avidreaders #readinglist #circle #circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #sharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #isupportauthors  2014-06-27 14:09:34390200
AyJay Schibig64,87121ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE (2 of 2)  6.25.14 by +AyJay Schibig Please RESHAREThis 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  #circlesbyayjay2014-06-25 20:29:38405241843
Peter Edenist30,747TESLA Super Science Circle 2014 - June Edition!!!! : A quality circle curated carefully and tended since 2011. Who is in this circle?  people who are either involved in science, love science or are active on the Science on G+ community. Community link is here http://goo.gl/46uFH and the Page is +Science on G+!Have you wondered where one can meet with like-minded people who love science and like to read about the real stuff? This is the ultimate SUL on science.... add and share to keep it alive.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Want to nominate someone? Please do so in comments. If you want to recommend something let us know. People who are notified are part of the circle.#science #tesla #scienceongplus #scienceeveryday 2014-06-19 13:39:49342755693
Circles Circles Circles35,732SCIENCE 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/RPEbdlPublished Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/fmOadpPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/Oyg8RBMEN ARE FROM MARS :  http://goo.gl/9NT51gPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD:  http://goo.gl/5mT3s0Others CirclesSCIENCE: http://goo.gl/AV4WvdTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/YANzuo#science     #scienceeveryday     #sciencecircle     #circlesharing  2014-06-19 02:05:331065924
Gailen Mapes65,006Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera  S - 11 of 30Note: 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 June 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting May 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.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 +Gailen Mapes2014-06-11 10:28:31192817
Dina Tika0Here is a group of Active Engagers, Circle Sharers, Awesome Plus Oners, and Cool People on Google Plus!   Circle Sharing is an awesome way to increase your followers and active engagers on your profile. Some of my favorite people that I've met here on Google + through Circle Sharing.    Want to be in the next Circle of Awesomeness? Follow the Steps Below!  ☛ Add the circle ☛ Share in the Public ☛ Plus 1 the Post. ☛ Comment. 2014-06-10 05:53:52479001
Rok Šimec13,955Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost 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 post*More you share more you get!#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagerspeople   #engagersshowcasecircle   #engagersshowcase  #DaveBesbris  2014-06-08 09:44:08497242030
Lexidh Solstad18,975May Engagers circle! Most of the people who commented on my posts in May =) Thank you for making it more fun to be here on Google+! =) 2014-06-01 16:49:472767318
Becky Collins10,439Super Science 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 ?2014-05-31 05:09:154901211
Circles Circles Circles33,758SCIENCE 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/WbY7NSPublished Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/XPSnHVPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/itFj7ZMEN ARE FROM MARS : http://goo.gl/uBBxgdPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD: http://goo.gl/f1wz2IOthers CirclesSCIENCE: http://goo.gl/MOGsxGTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/bDcYF4#science     #scienceeveryday     #sciencecircle     #circlesharing  2014-05-28 20:17:02102101219
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2014-08-06 06:41:21 (78 comments, 0 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

Happy Wednesday!

Did you miss me? There's a simple explanation: I was busy tracking down the not-so-mythical 5kg nutella jar. 

I leave interpretations of this encounter to your vivid imaginations. Please feel free to leave your short stories in the comments section below....

Or do you prefer this version of where I've been?

I ran out of gas. I... I had a flat tire. I didn't have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn't come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts! 

The fact is that I missed the fun on GPlus and will try to catch up a bit over the next days. 

Most reshares: 14

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2014-09-23 06:29:09 (20 comments, 14 reshares, 231 +1s)Open 

Grand Canyon

I believe this was from Navajo Point on the Desert View Drive. We had quite mixed weather while at the Grand Canyon. Our first day started out with rain, but we went out anyway, however lightning strikes were happening nearby and the Park closed all the trails and paths along the South Rim in the area we were in. A few hours later we were able to go out again, but it seriously affected what we could walk given the daylight we had remaining. 

On the upside temperatures were mild. I had been expecting to bake in the sun at the Grand Canyon, but with the weather on our side, it was quite enjoyable. I think temperatures only hit in the 70sF / low 20s C.  It was very impressive and a single picture doesn't do it justice, but at least you get an impression.

If there's a next trip to the Grand Canyon, I'd like to have more time, so we could go down to theC... more »

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2014-09-23 06:29:09 (20 comments, 14 reshares, 231 +1s)Open 

Grand Canyon

I believe this was from Navajo Point on the Desert View Drive. We had quite mixed weather while at the Grand Canyon. Our first day started out with rain, but we went out anyway, however lightning strikes were happening nearby and the Park closed all the trails and paths along the South Rim in the area we were in. A few hours later we were able to go out again, but it seriously affected what we could walk given the daylight we had remaining. 

On the upside temperatures were mild. I had been expecting to bake in the sun at the Grand Canyon, but with the weather on our side, it was quite enjoyable. I think temperatures only hit in the 70sF / low 20s C.  It was very impressive and a single picture doesn't do it justice, but at least you get an impression.

If there's a next trip to the Grand Canyon, I'd like to have more time, so we could go down to theC... more »

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2014-10-20 06:53:31 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +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 (20 comments, 1 reshares, 45 +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, 40 +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, 81 +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, 59 +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, 30 +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, 49 +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, 40 +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, 41 +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, 41 +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, 37 +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, 113 +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, 5 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, 23 +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, 56 +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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2014-10-01 07:01:00 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 54 +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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2014-09-29 06:52:44 (33 comments, 2 reshares, 74 +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, 65 +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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2014-09-24 06:57:19 (15 comments, 1 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

Webby Wednesday

My last morning in Stockholm (last Friday) was foggy, but I got out anyway and took some shots before heading to the airport. The fog was actually beautiful and almost mystical. One of the big benefits to me was that spider webs were covered in pearls of dew. Too bad I didn't have a real macro lens with me, but you get the idea. 

I hope you have a great day!

Webby Wednesday

My last morning in Stockholm (last Friday) was foggy, but I got out anyway and took some shots before heading to the airport. The fog was actually beautiful and almost mystical. One of the big benefits to me was that spider webs were covered in pearls of dew. Too bad I didn't have a real macro lens with me, but you get the idea. 

I hope you have a great day!___

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2014-09-23 06:29:09 (20 comments, 14 reshares, 231 +1s)Open 

Grand Canyon

I believe this was from Navajo Point on the Desert View Drive. We had quite mixed weather while at the Grand Canyon. Our first day started out with rain, but we went out anyway, however lightning strikes were happening nearby and the Park closed all the trails and paths along the South Rim in the area we were in. A few hours later we were able to go out again, but it seriously affected what we could walk given the daylight we had remaining. 

On the upside temperatures were mild. I had been expecting to bake in the sun at the Grand Canyon, but with the weather on our side, it was quite enjoyable. I think temperatures only hit in the 70sF / low 20s C.  It was very impressive and a single picture doesn't do it justice, but at least you get an impression.

If there's a next trip to the Grand Canyon, I'd like to have more time, so we could go down to theC... more »

Grand Canyon

I believe this was from Navajo Point on the Desert View Drive. We had quite mixed weather while at the Grand Canyon. Our first day started out with rain, but we went out anyway, however lightning strikes were happening nearby and the Park closed all the trails and paths along the South Rim in the area we were in. A few hours later we were able to go out again, but it seriously affected what we could walk given the daylight we had remaining. 

On the upside temperatures were mild. I had been expecting to bake in the sun at the Grand Canyon, but with the weather on our side, it was quite enjoyable. I think temperatures only hit in the 70sF / low 20s C.  It was very impressive and a single picture doesn't do it justice, but at least you get an impression.

If there's a next trip to the Grand Canyon, I'd like to have more time, so we could go down to the Colorado River and see the canyon from there. To be honest though, I think I would like to see Arches and Bryce Canyon first. They're smaller, but maybe easier to explore.

Have a great Tuesday!___

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2014-09-22 06:58:18 (26 comments, 0 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

Monday

what could be a better way to start off a Monday than with a otter enjoying a snack? This one was seen in Morro Bay, California on our summer vacation trip.

dedicated to +Knut Torgersen and anyone else, who could use a cheerful, playful otter today. 

I hope it'll be a good day for you!

Monday

what could be a better way to start off a Monday than with a otter enjoying a snack? This one was seen in Morro Bay, California on our summer vacation trip.

dedicated to +Knut Torgersen and anyone else, who could use a cheerful, playful otter today. 

I hope it'll be a good day for you!___

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2014-09-21 13:30:01 (27 comments, 0 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Mind the Gap or how I silently navigated a foreign capital and liked it

I was fortunate enough to have a business trip to Stockholm (technically Kista) last week. Most of the time I was in meetings or the hotel, but Thursday afternoon, I got a chance to head into to Stockholm. I was able to catch the last tour boat (16.30) and then walk around town for a bit. Here's a shot I took with my mobile phone that evening, as I was going into the old part of town for dinner with some of the other meeting participants. 

Stockholm is a lovely city and while pricey, not as bad as I thought it would be. I definitely would like to go back. Most places greeted me in Swedish, so if I could just manage a few basics in Swedish, I think I could move around as if I were a Swede. One of the things I learned is that Swedes don't talk much. You generally just politely move around each other... more »

Mind the Gap or how I silently navigated a foreign capital and liked it

I was fortunate enough to have a business trip to Stockholm (technically Kista) last week. Most of the time I was in meetings or the hotel, but Thursday afternoon, I got a chance to head into to Stockholm. I was able to catch the last tour boat (16.30) and then walk around town for a bit. Here's a shot I took with my mobile phone that evening, as I was going into the old part of town for dinner with some of the other meeting participants. 

Stockholm is a lovely city and while pricey, not as bad as I thought it would be. I definitely would like to go back. Most places greeted me in Swedish, so if I could just manage a few basics in Swedish, I think I could move around as if I were a Swede. One of the things I learned is that Swedes don't talk much. You generally just politely move around each other and maximize the available personal space. It was like an algorithm.

As an example, in the hotel, the elevator required you to put your card in first and then select your floor. I got into the elevator on the lobby level with two women. We all did the insert card, select floor trick and then without a word, we sorted ourselves into the order we would get out AND moved to the corners/sides in such a way that space was maximized. It made me smile ;-)  Finally, a culture where I instinctively fit in! 

Actually, Swedish is fairly easy to read: at least what was on the trains, headlines, etc. Even announcements were generally something I could follow, but when a real Swede speaks to me or had a conversation in Swedish next to me, I was lucky to get some of the words. Fortunately, they all speak excellent English, so I had no trouble getting help when I needed something. 

One thing I really noticed on the commuter train (pendeltåg) was that they had a really long way of telling you something simple, because they are too polite. The Swedish was something (from memory) like:

Tenk på avstand mellan platform och tåg när du stiger av

I think since everyone speaks English a simple 

mind the gap

would have been sufficient. 

Lovely city, nice people, good food. Definitely on my list for another visit, where I'll have some time. I think at least 4 days would be my goal, as I like to walk around cities. 

Photo: from my S3. That's the stadhuset (city hall) in the background. I'm on a bridge walking into the Gamle Stan (old town). ___

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2014-09-04 16:31:48 (20 comments, 1 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

Design

While at Pismo Beach, I saw a lot of marine animals, shells, kelp/seaweed washed up along the beach. I think this is actually a positive sign of a healthy ecosystem. One very unusual sighting for me were hundreds of these odd creatures, which I had never seen before.

After a bit of poking around on the internet, it turns out these are Velella, a type of hydrozoan and related to the Portugese Man of War. The sting of these velella is supposedly harmless (mildly irritating) to humans, but I didn't put it to the test.

As a hydrozoan, the velella, has a complex life-cycle. The sailing phase, which I photographed, is actually a polyp phase.  These polyp colonies are either all female or all male. They will reproduce and the offspring will be jellyfish (approximately 1 mm in diameter).

Some fascinating facts:

° they live at the surface oft... more »

Design

While at Pismo Beach, I saw a lot of marine animals, shells, kelp/seaweed washed up along the beach. I think this is actually a positive sign of a healthy ecosystem. One very unusual sighting for me were hundreds of these odd creatures, which I had never seen before.

After a bit of poking around on the internet, it turns out these are Velella, a type of hydrozoan and related to the Portugese Man of War. The sting of these velella is supposedly harmless (mildly irritating) to humans, but I didn't put it to the test.

As a hydrozoan, the velella, has a complex life-cycle. The sailing phase, which I photographed, is actually a polyp phase.  These polyp colonies are either all female or all male. They will reproduce and the offspring will be jellyfish (approximately 1 mm in diameter).

Some fascinating facts:

° they live at the surface of the ocean, usually in deep water in the middle of the Pacific

° the blue polyp colony consists of individuals, which have a communal digestive system.

° as you can see in the picture, they have a small, stiff sail structure to propel them across the surface of the ocean.

° according to wikipedia the sail aligns with the wind, acting as an airfoil (wing)

° they catch their prey (typically plankton) by use of tentacles armed with nematocysts, which inject toxins. 

This is my first encounter with them. From what I've read they have been appearing all along the West Coast this summer, but it was 8 years prior to that when the last notable sighting on beaches occurred. 

edit: the most fascinating thing to me is the simplicity and elegance of the design.

more information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velella
http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/accounts/Velella_velella/

 ___

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2014-09-02 15:39:47 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Surf's up

Have a great day and make the most of whatever chances come your way today. That's all we can do.

Last night's sunset was a bit disappointing for me, because of a low bank of clouds offshore, which kept me from getting the sun as it disappeared below the horizon. This shot will give you an idea of what I was hoping to do: namely, catch surfers near or in front of the setting sun. At least you can see the golden color. That has been great both evenings and definitely worth being out there with or without a camera.

Photo: I've used the GPlus editor and made 10% changes to contrast and saturation and added a crop (4:3 ratio) and a frame. As always, you can see the original by clicking on the "edited" button.

Surf's up

Have a great day and make the most of whatever chances come your way today. That's all we can do.

Last night's sunset was a bit disappointing for me, because of a low bank of clouds offshore, which kept me from getting the sun as it disappeared below the horizon. This shot will give you an idea of what I was hoping to do: namely, catch surfers near or in front of the setting sun. At least you can see the golden color. That has been great both evenings and definitely worth being out there with or without a camera.

Photo: I've used the GPlus editor and made 10% changes to contrast and saturation and added a crop (4:3 ratio) and a frame. As always, you can see the original by clicking on the "edited" button.___

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2014-09-01 16:21:35 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Pacific Sunset

Last night's sunset was not spectacular with clouds lit up in all different colors, but I did have a very golden horizon.  I enjoyed the view and even had an occasional constellation where people moved in an interesting configuration, like with this fellow taking his own sunset photos (or of the sandpiper?) and people moving in from the left and right.

I'm definitely going to give sunset another try this evening. I'd like to get the stars too, but last night was overcast. We'll see how it goes tonight. 

Have a beautiful day wherever you are. If you're in the US, enjoy your extra long Labor Day weekend!

Photo: This is from the JPEG (not RAW) as I don't have my editing software with me. I cropped in a 4:3 ratio using GPlus tools and enhanced the details with a GPlus preset, so that you can see the waves/water a bitb... more »

Pacific Sunset

Last night's sunset was not spectacular with clouds lit up in all different colors, but I did have a very golden horizon.  I enjoyed the view and even had an occasional constellation where people moved in an interesting configuration, like with this fellow taking his own sunset photos (or of the sandpiper?) and people moving in from the left and right.

I'm definitely going to give sunset another try this evening. I'd like to get the stars too, but last night was overcast. We'll see how it goes tonight. 

Have a beautiful day wherever you are. If you're in the US, enjoy your extra long Labor Day weekend!

Photo: This is from the JPEG (not RAW) as I don't have my editing software with me. I cropped in a 4:3 ratio using GPlus tools and enhanced the details with a GPlus preset, so that you can see the waves/water a bit better. the colors are untouched. ___

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2014-08-31 20:13:03 (12 comments, 2 reshares, 67 +1s)Open 

Tiger Swallowtail

This example was spotted at the Desert View Tower on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. I saw a lot of wildlife, but didn't always have my camera at the ready or at night, I just couldn't get a decent shot, even though I could see the animals (grey fox, raccoons). 

A lot of people in the US are enjoying a long weekend (Labor Day). I wish them a great weekend! For everyone else, I hope your week gets off to a good start!

Tiger Swallowtail

This example was spotted at the Desert View Tower on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. I saw a lot of wildlife, but didn't always have my camera at the ready or at night, I just couldn't get a decent shot, even though I could see the animals (grey fox, raccoons). 

A lot of people in the US are enjoying a long weekend (Labor Day). I wish them a great weekend! For everyone else, I hope your week gets off to a good start!___

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2014-08-29 06:49:41 (60 comments, 3 reshares, 89 +1s)Open 

Due North

The weather while we were at the Grand Canyon was quite mixed. In the morning we literally got washed out by rains and had to leave the trail. In fact the entire rim and the trailheads were shut down because of lightning strikes. Afterwards it cleared up enough we could go out again. We had some cool, cloudy views of the Canyon. At night the weather on the South Rim was better and I could see stars, so I headed out to look for a dark spot to shoot a few photos. 

This one is lined up approximately on Polaris in the Little Dipper (Ursa Minor). Go straight up from the left hand post of the Bright Angel Trailhead sign until you find a bright star with almost no star trail and you'll have it.  It's not exactly polar north, but very close.

You can also see a shooting star on the left side (vertical) and the intermittent lights of a plane crossing fromE... more »

Due North

The weather while we were at the Grand Canyon was quite mixed. In the morning we literally got washed out by rains and had to leave the trail. In fact the entire rim and the trailheads were shut down because of lightning strikes. Afterwards it cleared up enough we could go out again. We had some cool, cloudy views of the Canyon. At night the weather on the South Rim was better and I could see stars, so I headed out to look for a dark spot to shoot a few photos. 

This one is lined up approximately on Polaris in the Little Dipper (Ursa Minor). Go straight up from the left hand post of the Bright Angel Trailhead sign until you find a bright star with almost no star trail and you'll have it.  It's not exactly polar north, but very close.

You can also see a shooting star on the left side (vertical) and the intermittent lights of a plane crossing from East to West. In the distance you can glimpse the North Rim, some clouds and a lighter area where there was still lightning.

We're having a great time. I hope your week is going well for you too. Since, I was delayed in posting, Happy Friday for most of you!

Photo: I have a copy of Lightroom on a laptop, which helped me reduce the size of the file. It should still be zoomable (I think), but the filesize is about 20% of the original jpeg.  I guess it dropped some "unneeded" bits...___

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2014-08-25 14:58:33 (20 comments, 6 reshares, 124 +1s)Open 

We made it through Death Valley just fine, but the road through seemed to go on forever. It was 113°F / 43°C when I checked at the Furnace Creek Ranger Station in the late afternoon. Not a record, but certainly hot enough.

The landscape was varied. You had mountains and several valleys. Some of the mountains were clearly sedimentary and had been folded (possibly creating metamorphic rocks). More than once we were under sea level only to be climbing to 1000´ or 2000´ just a few minutes later. The passes were about 4000´ (~1300 m).

There was very little traffic in the West to East direction we drove. Perhaps 3 or 4 times as much in the East to West direction. I don't know if that is typical or something specific to the day or time of day. Often we had a stretch of road with no car in sight for miles ahead and behind us. With no mobile phone coverage, you wondered a bit whatwoul... more »

We made it through Death Valley just fine, but the road through seemed to go on forever. It was 113°F / 43°C when I checked at the Furnace Creek Ranger Station in the late afternoon. Not a record, but certainly hot enough.

The landscape was varied. You had mountains and several valleys. Some of the mountains were clearly sedimentary and had been folded (possibly creating metamorphic rocks). More than once we were under sea level only to be climbing to 1000´ or 2000´ just a few minutes later. The passes were about 4000´ (~1300 m).

There was very little traffic in the West to East direction we drove. Perhaps 3 or 4 times as much in the East to West direction. I don't know if that is typical or something specific to the day or time of day. Often we had a stretch of road with no car in sight for miles ahead and behind us. With no mobile phone coverage, you wondered a bit what would happen if you should be unfortunate enough to have a breakdown. Luckily, we didn't have to deal with that eventuality.

I'll post more photos when I'm back. Among other ideas, I'm hoping to create (with GPlus' "auto awesome" help) a panorama of Yosemite (Half Dome and El Capitain from the Sentinel Dome). I'm also going to try to catch some starry skies. I could see Scorpio and Saggitarius clearly while driving, but we needed to get to our next stop, so there was no time to take pictures. Hopefully, I'll get a chance in the Grand Canyon. Death Valley is a dark sky location, but maybe the Grand Canyon has more light pollution. Fingers crossed.

Have a wonderful start to the week! I'll try to keep up as connectivity and the time constraints of our iteniary allow. ___

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2014-08-24 06:14:05 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 84 +1s)Open 

A quick sign of life from me. This was shot on my mobile phone at the Housekeeping Camp in Yosemite. I think that I got some good ones of the park with my DSLR, but it will be a while before I can post them. I hope you are having a great weekend! 

A quick sign of life from me. This was shot on my mobile phone at the Housekeeping Camp in Yosemite. I think that I got some good ones of the park with my DSLR, but it will be a while before I can post them. I hope you are having a great weekend! ___

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2014-08-20 05:22:33 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

Always a pleasure

Spending time in the Bay area is a real treat for me. I'm happy when I can even if the weather doesn't always cooperate. It'll be a while before I can really go through my photos, but here's a little "auto awesome gif" for your amusement. I took a series of photos (24) when I saw a sailboat about to cross our wake. GPlus did the rest.

While I haven't been able to keep up with your posts, comments and chats, like I would like, I certainly am thinking of you. Take care and have a great day!

Always a pleasure

Spending time in the Bay area is a real treat for me. I'm happy when I can even if the weather doesn't always cooperate. It'll be a while before I can really go through my photos, but here's a little "auto awesome gif" for your amusement. I took a series of photos (24) when I saw a sailboat about to cross our wake. GPlus did the rest.

While I haven't been able to keep up with your posts, comments and chats, like I would like, I certainly am thinking of you. Take care and have a great day!___

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2014-08-15 23:21:43 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 64 +1s)Open 

There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want  
Bill Watterson

I hope you're having a lovely weekend, enjoying a rest from the week, the warmth of the sun, some colorful flowers and the sound of laughter. 

Tachyons are indifferent, so make the most of what you have:

And you are young and life is long
And there is time to kill today
And then one day you find
Ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run
You missed the starting gun
(Pink Floyd, Time )

I'll be off to do some thinking, dreaming, reading and imagining. 

There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want  
Bill Watterson

I hope you're having a lovely weekend, enjoying a rest from the week, the warmth of the sun, some colorful flowers and the sound of laughter. 

Tachyons are indifferent, so make the most of what you have:

And you are young and life is long
And there is time to kill today
And then one day you find
Ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run
You missed the starting gun
(Pink Floyd, Time )

I'll be off to do some thinking, dreaming, reading and imagining. ___

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2014-08-13 07:33:46 (25 comments, 3 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

Ready for Take-Off

Hey, I've been busy, have a full house of guests, deadlines, etc., so this morning I had to resort to a fallback kind of photo. Here's one of a bee getting ready to takeoff to another lavender blossom. Those of you, who have followed me for a while know that I am a huge fan of lavender and bees (they like my cherry and apple blossoms too). 

Busy is good as long as you can keep up and presently I can. 

I hope you have a great day! I'll catch up with you in breaks or tonight. got to run for now. ( maybe I should have just reused my Mad Hatter photo ) 

Ready for Take-Off

Hey, I've been busy, have a full house of guests, deadlines, etc., so this morning I had to resort to a fallback kind of photo. Here's one of a bee getting ready to takeoff to another lavender blossom. Those of you, who have followed me for a while know that I am a huge fan of lavender and bees (they like my cherry and apple blossoms too). 

Busy is good as long as you can keep up and presently I can. 

I hope you have a great day! I'll catch up with you in breaks or tonight. got to run for now. ( maybe I should have just reused my Mad Hatter photo ) ___

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2014-08-12 07:18:39 (21 comments, 1 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

Details. 

Today felt like a change of pace, so here, have a macro of a willow blossom (I think) from back in March.

I'm feeling uninspired and there are grey skies today, but not every day has to be blue skies and feeling like you're on top of the world. It's normal and sometimes even dreary days that make the other days standout so positively.

I hope your day goes well. 

Details. 

Today felt like a change of pace, so here, have a macro of a willow blossom (I think) from back in March.

I'm feeling uninspired and there are grey skies today, but not every day has to be blue skies and feeling like you're on top of the world. It's normal and sometimes even dreary days that make the other days standout so positively.

I hope your day goes well. ___

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2014-08-11 07:30:38 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

Sunshine is the way to beat winter depression, jet lag and hopefully all you need to get off to a good start on a Monday morning. well, in addition to your hot caffeinated beverages

This is the last of the pictures that I plan on posting from the hike with my daughter 1.+2. August. 

It's quite a flawed picture, but you can tell it was a bright, sunny afternoon. You can also draw some conclusions about the camera from the lens flare. This is a Canon G16, which I gave to my wife and borrowed for the hike, as it is much lighter and compacter than my DSLR. 

The G16 has a 28-140 mm equivalent f1.8-2.8 zoom lens. That's fast and good enough for wide-angle or beginning telephoto ranges. It "only" has 12 megapixels, but from my limited experience with it, that's plenty. The main thing that catches my attention is that the 12 megapixels are all veryg... more »

Sunshine is the way to beat winter depression, jet lag and hopefully all you need to get off to a good start on a Monday morning. well, in addition to your hot caffeinated beverages

This is the last of the pictures that I plan on posting from the hike with my daughter 1.+2. August. 

It's quite a flawed picture, but you can tell it was a bright, sunny afternoon. You can also draw some conclusions about the camera from the lens flare. This is a Canon G16, which I gave to my wife and borrowed for the hike, as it is much lighter and compacter than my DSLR. 

The G16 has a 28-140 mm equivalent f1.8-2.8 zoom lens. That's fast and good enough for wide-angle or beginning telephoto ranges. It "only" has 12 megapixels, but from my limited experience with it, that's plenty. The main thing that catches my attention is that the 12 megapixels are all very good quality. That may be due to advances in the sensing chip, but definitely has something to do with the Digic 6 processor used to prepare the image in the camera. It seems to be quite a jump up from the Digic 4 in my EOS 60D, which makes me look forward to the 7D Mk II (long rumored). 

As for the lens flare: obvious mistake by the photographer, but you can clearly see that the G16 uses a 6 blade design on the aperture. Note the strong rays on the sun and the hexagonal internal reflection. Also, I think there are at least 3 lens interfaces judging by the number of internal reflections. Finally, there's a nice refraction spectrum at the bottom of the frame. This may be somewhat "off" from what we typically see (think rainbow) due to lens coatings and/or chip sensitivity to particular wavelengths.

So even though this is a pretty bad photo technically, you get:

a. sunshine
b. big sky
c. learn a bit from my mistake

for a simple overview of lens flare (for the dedicated readers among you), please see: http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/lens-flare.htm

Have a great and hopefully sunny Monday!___

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2014-08-10 12:17:36 (39 comments, 4 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

A Sunday post that lets me combine two of my favorite things: wit and nature. In this case, Bill Watterson ( Calvin and Hobbs ) provides the wit:

Like delicate lace,
So the threads intertwine,
Oh, gossamer web
Of wond'rous design!
Such beauty and grace
Wild nature produces   ...
Ughh, look at the spider
Suck out that bug's juices!

Below is a black and white portrait of the lovely little cross spider that I met yesterday while mowing the grass. Unfortunately, I had to break her web in order to get where I was going, but I made sure she was safe.

Also, I thought Black and White might be a bit less threatening for some of you than seeing her in full color. Sort of a "distancing" effect, because it looks like in an old book. my hope at least.

Have a great Sunday! 

P.S. the picture is large enough thaty... more »

A Sunday post that lets me combine two of my favorite things: wit and nature. In this case, Bill Watterson ( Calvin and Hobbs ) provides the wit:

Like delicate lace,
So the threads intertwine,
Oh, gossamer web
Of wond'rous design!
Such beauty and grace
Wild nature produces   ...
Ughh, look at the spider
Suck out that bug's juices!

Below is a black and white portrait of the lovely little cross spider that I met yesterday while mowing the grass. Unfortunately, I had to break her web in order to get where I was going, but I made sure she was safe.

Also, I thought Black and White might be a bit less threatening for some of you than seeing her in full color. Sort of a "distancing" effect, because it looks like in an old book. my hope at least.

Have a great Sunday! 

P.S. the picture is large enough that you should be able to zoom in a bit. 

P.P.S. #spidersunday  , +Lerato Majikfaerie , +Kimberly Hosey ___

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2014-08-09 09:38:44 (21 comments, 2 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Hey, I know it's that furry critter's day, but I've got mountains, so chill. 

Have a great and relaxing weekend. I've got to pull some weeds and cut the grass before it rains, but after that, the rest of the day is mine to goof off with. I excel at goofing off. 

I hope you have a great weekend. If you feel like it, leave a comment and let me know what you're up to. Or ask a question. just about anything goes.

Photo: this is the Laubkarsee on the way up the mountain. if I had had my regular camera with the 10-22 mm it would have been a fantastic shot, but that was just too heavy for me to lug it uphill for so many hours. processing: set temperature up a few 100 K from the automatic, chose "landscape" added linear graduation, "sandwiched" at 5% (like old school laying 2 negatives on top of each other) and downsized to 1920*1440, so itw... more »

Hey, I know it's that furry critter's day, but I've got mountains, so chill. 

Have a great and relaxing weekend. I've got to pull some weeds and cut the grass before it rains, but after that, the rest of the day is mine to goof off with. I excel at goofing off. 

I hope you have a great weekend. If you feel like it, leave a comment and let me know what you're up to. Or ask a question. just about anything goes.

Photo: this is the Laubkarsee on the way up the mountain. if I had had my regular camera with the 10-22 mm it would have been a fantastic shot, but that was just too heavy for me to lug it uphill for so many hours. processing: set temperature up a few 100 K from the automatic, chose "landscape" added linear graduation, "sandwiched" at 5% (like old school laying 2 negatives on top of each other) and downsized to 1920*1440, so it would be easier for people to view on mobile devices.___

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2014-08-08 06:55:06 (32 comments, 2 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

It's Friday and there's sunshine, so I feel like spreading the good mood.

Enjoy the view from the top! (it's all relative of course). 

Have a great day and a great slide into the weekend!

Photo: made using a Canon G-16, because I didn't feel like lugging an SLR to the top. cropped slightly to give a "4k" image (2x HD in each direction) in full pixel glory. view is from the Hochstubaihütte in Austria near Sölden. 

It's Friday and there's sunshine, so I feel like spreading the good mood.

Enjoy the view from the top! (it's all relative of course). 

Have a great day and a great slide into the weekend!

Photo: made using a Canon G-16, because I didn't feel like lugging an SLR to the top. cropped slightly to give a "4k" image (2x HD in each direction) in full pixel glory. view is from the Hochstubaihütte in Austria near Sölden. ___

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2014-08-07 07:18:59 (47 comments, 0 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

It's Thorsday, which is almost my favorite day of the week. I hope it will be a great day for you!

Today I decided to share with you one of the events that made me a bit rare on GPlus lately. It's also the location of the 5kg Nutella stash in yesterday's photo. 

I thought I'd give you a #throwbackthursday   or #thenandnow    view of things. Probably the main difference you'll notice is that the digital cameras have gotten a lot better since 2004. 

Anyway, I had a promise to keep to my daughter, so I took her up a "real" mountain (the one I did with her 2 years ago was too easy for her taste). My pride got a bit wounded on this trip, as I was not in good enough shape and the hike up was pretty slow. We also got caught in an afternoon storm. I let my daughter go ahead, because we were almost at the top and she had the refuge in sight. Ittook... more »

It's Thorsday, which is almost my favorite day of the week. I hope it will be a great day for you!

Today I decided to share with you one of the events that made me a bit rare on GPlus lately. It's also the location of the 5kg Nutella stash in yesterday's photo. 

I thought I'd give you a #throwbackthursday   or #thenandnow    view of things. Probably the main difference you'll notice is that the digital cameras have gotten a lot better since 2004. 

Anyway, I had a promise to keep to my daughter, so I took her up a "real" mountain (the one I did with her 2 years ago was too easy for her taste). My pride got a bit wounded on this trip, as I was not in good enough shape and the hike up was pretty slow. We also got caught in an afternoon storm. I let my daughter go ahead, because we were almost at the top and she had the refuge in sight. It took me a bit longer and it was snowing by the time I made it in. Twenty minutes later and it was sunshine and blue skies again....  The view was worth it. 

for those interested, here is a link in German:
http://www.hochstubaihuette.at/___

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2014-08-06 06:41:21 (78 comments, 0 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

Happy Wednesday!

Did you miss me? There's a simple explanation: I was busy tracking down the not-so-mythical 5kg nutella jar. 

I leave interpretations of this encounter to your vivid imaginations. Please feel free to leave your short stories in the comments section below....

Or do you prefer this version of where I've been?

I ran out of gas. I... I had a flat tire. I didn't have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn't come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts! 

The fact is that I missed the fun on GPlus and will try to catch up a bit over the next days. 

Happy Wednesday!

Did you miss me? There's a simple explanation: I was busy tracking down the not-so-mythical 5kg nutella jar. 

I leave interpretations of this encounter to your vivid imaginations. Please feel free to leave your short stories in the comments section below....

Or do you prefer this version of where I've been?

I ran out of gas. I... I had a flat tire. I didn't have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn't come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts! 

The fact is that I missed the fun on GPlus and will try to catch up a bit over the next days. ___

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2014-07-26 10:02:40 (42 comments, 6 reshares, 82 +1s)Open 

Enjoying a laid back #caturday  . Ginger sometimes drops by to stare at me. I think she is amazed at some of the things posted on GPlus.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Enjoying a laid back #caturday  . Ginger sometimes drops by to stare at me. I think she is amazed at some of the things posted on GPlus.

Have a wonderful weekend!___

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2014-07-25 07:17:16 (20 comments, 0 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Friday is apparently about flowers. Have a "wild" rose from a slighty different perspective. 

It's another beautiful day here. With luck I can wrap up early this afternoon and take advantage of the good weather. I also hope this weather holds, because we've got a canoe trip planned for Sunday. What about you? Anything you're looking forward to the next few days? 

Have a wonderful Friday!

#floralfriday  

Friday is apparently about flowers. Have a "wild" rose from a slighty different perspective. 

It's another beautiful day here. With luck I can wrap up early this afternoon and take advantage of the good weather. I also hope this weather holds, because we've got a canoe trip planned for Sunday. What about you? Anything you're looking forward to the next few days? 

Have a wonderful Friday!

#floralfriday  ___

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2014-07-24 06:58:48 (22 comments, 1 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

In the Sepia Phase

#throwbackthursday  of me in one of the U.S. National Parks. I think it was Glacier, but to be honest, I don't remember anymore. It's a scan from a slide. I did a bunch of them in a hurry, because I had to clean out some space at the time. This picture would have been from 1991.  

Today I have outsourced all attempts at humor to Bill Watterson, so you're in the best possible hands. 

I hope Thorsday goes well for you. It's starting off beautiful here. Lush green (we've had lots of rain lately), clear blue skies and golden sunlight (not too harsh yet). 

I hope you'll have a great day and if you feel like sharing any memories, plans or humor, I'd be delighted to hear from you.

In the Sepia Phase

#throwbackthursday  of me in one of the U.S. National Parks. I think it was Glacier, but to be honest, I don't remember anymore. It's a scan from a slide. I did a bunch of them in a hurry, because I had to clean out some space at the time. This picture would have been from 1991.  

Today I have outsourced all attempts at humor to Bill Watterson, so you're in the best possible hands. 

I hope Thorsday goes well for you. It's starting off beautiful here. Lush green (we've had lots of rain lately), clear blue skies and golden sunlight (not too harsh yet). 

I hope you'll have a great day and if you feel like sharing any memories, plans or humor, I'd be delighted to hear from you.___

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2014-07-23 07:03:04 (22 comments, 2 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

Step into my office

Yesterday, I was informed my posts were seriously lacking in raptors. Most people seem to like the flowers and winged insects, but I certainly understand the need for balance.

Nothing special planned for me today, which is good. That way the really special days stand out more. If you're off on vacation or doing something you consider special then I hope this will be a great and memorable day for you. For the rest of you and myself, just another successful, but "normal" day on the way to the weekend. 

Photo: from my visit to the Volerie d'Aigles in Alsace, France (near Kintzheim) this April.  

Step into my office

Yesterday, I was informed my posts were seriously lacking in raptors. Most people seem to like the flowers and winged insects, but I certainly understand the need for balance.

Nothing special planned for me today, which is good. That way the really special days stand out more. If you're off on vacation or doing something you consider special then I hope this will be a great and memorable day for you. For the rest of you and myself, just another successful, but "normal" day on the way to the weekend. 

Photo: from my visit to the Volerie d'Aigles in Alsace, France (near Kintzheim) this April.  ___

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2014-07-22 07:12:49 (31 comments, 0 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Another one got away. 

Rain again today, so it's back to a picture from Saturday when there was a bit of sunshine and butterflies were flitting about freely. The lavender is getting long in the tooth: the bees pollinated it well, so now it is making seeds. It's no longer lavender colored, but a greyish-brown in most places. There are still a few blossoms, so I see a bee or two, although no butterflies in this rain.

I hope the weather is friendlier where you live. Have a great Tuesday!  

Another one got away. 

Rain again today, so it's back to a picture from Saturday when there was a bit of sunshine and butterflies were flitting about freely. The lavender is getting long in the tooth: the bees pollinated it well, so now it is making seeds. It's no longer lavender colored, but a greyish-brown in most places. There are still a few blossoms, so I see a bee or two, although no butterflies in this rain.

I hope the weather is friendlier where you live. Have a great Tuesday!  ___

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2014-07-21 07:15:20 (27 comments, 1 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

Predictability

We all saw it coming and sure enough another Monday has dawned. While I know that it is a theme, not everything has to be monochrome or predictable on Monday. May your Monday have a few pleasant surprises to make it more interesting for you.

Saturday, just before I cut the grass, I saw this butterfly. It was a bit frustrating trying to take a picture of it, because it was so chaotic. In fact this shot is pure luck, because at the point I decided to push the release button the butterfly was actually on a lavender blossom. By the time my finger got the impulse and took action, the mirror flipped up, and the photo was taken, the butterfly was already airborne again. It was a nice surprise to see it this morning when I copied the photos to my computer. 

For ease of viewing I've cropped the original down to a modest 1920*1440. 

Predictability

We all saw it coming and sure enough another Monday has dawned. While I know that it is a theme, not everything has to be monochrome or predictable on Monday. May your Monday have a few pleasant surprises to make it more interesting for you.

Saturday, just before I cut the grass, I saw this butterfly. It was a bit frustrating trying to take a picture of it, because it was so chaotic. In fact this shot is pure luck, because at the point I decided to push the release button the butterfly was actually on a lavender blossom. By the time my finger got the impulse and took action, the mirror flipped up, and the photo was taken, the butterfly was already airborne again. It was a nice surprise to see it this morning when I copied the photos to my computer. 

For ease of viewing I've cropped the original down to a modest 1920*1440. ___

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2014-07-19 10:41:25 (53 comments, 0 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

Mountains on my mind

It has been a busy morning getting lots of necessary stuff done in the yard before it got too hot, but it was still hot enough for me. I'm thinking about going to the mountains now. That's where I'm happiest, whether the weather is sunny or cloudy. The mountains have character and are majestic. There's also an ultimate honesty in the mountains. They make you pay for every step up, but they also reward you when you get above the tree line.

I think I'll spend the rest of the day taking it easy. A nice shower, fresh clothes and an afternoon reading or gaming. Maybe cooking something on the grill in the late afternoon.

What's up with  you? Any plans? Enjoying a beautiful day? Or stuck inside with rain? Whatever the case, I'm always happy to hear and learn from you.

Have a wonderful Saturday!

Mountains on my mind

It has been a busy morning getting lots of necessary stuff done in the yard before it got too hot, but it was still hot enough for me. I'm thinking about going to the mountains now. That's where I'm happiest, whether the weather is sunny or cloudy. The mountains have character and are majestic. There's also an ultimate honesty in the mountains. They make you pay for every step up, but they also reward you when you get above the tree line.

I think I'll spend the rest of the day taking it easy. A nice shower, fresh clothes and an afternoon reading or gaming. Maybe cooking something on the grill in the late afternoon.

What's up with  you? Any plans? Enjoying a beautiful day? Or stuck inside with rain? Whatever the case, I'm always happy to hear and learn from you.

Have a wonderful Saturday!___

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2014-07-17 21:24:16 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Following Through

I'm not sure when, but maybe a week or two ago, people reacted to one of my posts with poems or quotes that they would like me to react to.

I'll start out with +Aleta Curry 's suggestion. Unfortunately, I don't know who wrote the poem, but the text is as follows:

Yet churlish winter
I see thee to Spring
My heart surrender
Blossoms are budding on hedge and on tree
So fair and tender
Once more the icefields, by Spring set adrift,
Break loose with a quiver
Snow bonds relax, and the waterfalls swift
Dash down to the river
Once more the meadows their flow’rs to the spring
As tribute are bringing
Once more the lark as she soars on the wing
To Summer is singing.

Photo: this was taken in May 2013, but it was a really horrible year. Grey, cold and rainy far too long.Wh... more »

Following Through

I'm not sure when, but maybe a week or two ago, people reacted to one of my posts with poems or quotes that they would like me to react to.

I'll start out with +Aleta Curry 's suggestion. Unfortunately, I don't know who wrote the poem, but the text is as follows:

Yet churlish winter
I see thee to Spring
My heart surrender
Blossoms are budding on hedge and on tree
So fair and tender
Once more the icefields, by Spring set adrift,
Break loose with a quiver
Snow bonds relax, and the waterfalls swift
Dash down to the river
Once more the meadows their flow’rs to the spring
As tribute are bringing
Once more the lark as she soars on the wing
To Summer is singing.

Photo: this was taken in May 2013, but it was a really horrible year. Grey, cold and rainy far too long. What made this photo special to me and connected it to the poem, was that vegetation was in Spring mode, but winter made a last gasp effort to dump snow and sleet on us. It melted, but the temperature was only 2°C or 3°C at the time. Spring came anyway, as did a short summer. ___

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2014-07-17 07:16:33 (17 comments, 1 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Life is a movie; death is a photograph.

All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt. (Susan Sontag)

Enjoy Thursday. There is no rewind button. We may capture memories or photos of something during the day, but they are only external echos of how something was at an instant. Yes, it's a banal thought, but at the same time I find it thought provoking. Existence is only a wafer-thin slice of time. What is reality and what is truth? Who defines it? Who retells it? 

Well, we all have to get going and make our days and our histories. I hope you'll have a great day!

Photo: you may want to click on it, so you can view it without the GPlus editfuncti... more »

Life is a movie; death is a photograph.

All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt. (Susan Sontag)

Enjoy Thursday. There is no rewind button. We may capture memories or photos of something during the day, but they are only external echos of how something was at an instant. Yes, it's a banal thought, but at the same time I find it thought provoking. Existence is only a wafer-thin slice of time. What is reality and what is truth? Who defines it? Who retells it? 

Well, we all have to get going and make our days and our histories. I hope you'll have a great day!

Photo: you may want to click on it, so you can view it without the GPlus edit function too. All I did was set the temperature to daylight and downsize to 1920*1280 on the original. I used an "old lens", and one of the "musician (Wes??)" filters plus slapped a frame on it in GPlus's photo editor. Reality is a malleable illusion, n'est-ce pas?___

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2014-07-16 06:27:53 (35 comments, 1 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

That's the spirit

A bombus lapidarius enjoying the lavender in my garden. Otherwise known as a "Steinhummel" or a "red-tailed bumblebee".  These bumblebees live in small colonies of 100 to 300 bees, frequently in stone walls or under stones, thus the German name which would literally be "stone bumblebee". 

The "red-tailed bumblebee" was insect of the year in 2005 in Germany. As you can see this example also has golden pollen packets on its legs. It seems to be celebrating the World Cup Championship, as it is all decked out in black, red and gold, which are the German colors. 

Have a great Wednesday and don't forget to stop and smell the lavender. 

More information (including a great picture of a male mating with a queen): http://www.bumblebee.org/lap.htm

or if your German is goodhere... more »

That's the spirit

A bombus lapidarius enjoying the lavender in my garden. Otherwise known as a "Steinhummel" or a "red-tailed bumblebee".  These bumblebees live in small colonies of 100 to 300 bees, frequently in stone walls or under stones, thus the German name which would literally be "stone bumblebee". 

The "red-tailed bumblebee" was insect of the year in 2005 in Germany. As you can see this example also has golden pollen packets on its legs. It seems to be celebrating the World Cup Championship, as it is all decked out in black, red and gold, which are the German colors. 

Have a great Wednesday and don't forget to stop and smell the lavender. 

More information (including a great picture of a male mating with a queen): http://www.bumblebee.org/lap.htm

or if your German is good here: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steinhummel___

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