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Josef Gitschthaler668Kaufrausch, Konsumzwang oder Besinnliche Weihnachten Shopping frenzy, pressure to consume or  thoughtful ChristmasBesinnliche Weihnachten / thoughtful Christmas2013-12-22 19:00:0046  
Slooh140,715*Slooh Space Camera to Broadcast Annular Solar Eclipse with Ring of Fire live from Australia* Slooh 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/slooh *Slooh 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 23:30:00358  

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Cableicous3,746Thanks for all teh cablez: year 3Thanks muchly to all those who have contributed their #Cableicous  imagery for another grand year of beautalicious cableicousness - our third.Your cables are much appreciated and your continued contributions give me much pleasure.Thank you!.And a new year begins.#photography #cables #cableicous #circleshare #2015 #cableriacirculus2015-03-27 10:42:1422220269
Allan watson24,441Active users on Google+. Circle ShareIf you received a notification, please reshare to your #circlesIf 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#by #the #scholar #John #Chadwick #A #major #cache #discovered #by #Carl #Blegen #at #the #site #of #ancient #Pylos #included #hundreds #of #male #and #female #names #formed #by #different #methodsSome #of #these #are #of #women #held #in #servitude #as #study #of 2015-03-25 06:54:49432145
Camila Pedraza0Great people who love to like and have friends,this is my elite circle and i want to shared with you.2015-03-22 13:48:15110000
John Hannah16,192Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and #share this #circle!#from #sa #but #ancient #transitions #due #to #the #lack #of #literary #contexts #are #difficult #to #catch #in #the #act #The #most #likely #vehicles #were #the #ancient #geographers #and #historians #such #as #H #ere #all #Greek #Roman #civilization #Hellenized #extensively2015-03-20 10:46:374848711
Random Art977Shared circle with active people#art #abstract #quotes   #fractal   #mandala  #artists2015-03-18 02:06:50314000
Mamy Shimomatsu2,879#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 5.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:28:11328000
Mamy Shimomatsu2,879#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 5.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:27:39328000
Mamy Shimomatsu2,879#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 5.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:27:02328000
Mamy Shimomatsu2,879#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 5.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:26:42328000
Gailen Mapes81,161Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera S - 8 of 27Note: 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 March 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting February 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-03-08 10:41:00176000
Cableicous3,675Thanks for all teh cablezThanks muchly to all those who have contributed their #Cableicous  imagery for another grand week of beautaliciousness.And, yet again, it's another circle of 23.And a new week begins...#photography #cables #cableicous #circleshare #2015 #cableriacirculus #23s #twentythrees #twentythree2015-03-07 23:53:1723000
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker113,300#followfriday  my awesome men who comment circle2015-03-06 20:08:2521069463
Random Art5642015-03-02 10:53:37307000
Vinod Kalathil9,526My Morning Circle - February 2015 EditionAs many of you know I started this rolling circle of photographers whom I reshared in the last 12 months. I have learned so much from these photographers and it has helped me come a long way. Here are some of my favorites from February 2015.A beautiful winterscape from +Nicole Botembe https://plus.google.com/110063128841143711459/posts/YYY47ijATYfAn ethereal scene from +Susanne Barczyk https://plus.google.com/110063128841143711459/posts/WjTFc26sBgKA beautiful sunset from +Howard Grill https://plus.google.com/110063128841143711459/posts/h2ZPMKTVZdzIf you get a notification, you are in this circle. To stay in the circle, you don’t need to do anything other than keep posting beautiful shots! However, any plusses and reshares will be most appreciated to spread the word. If you add the people in this circle, you can be rest assured that you will discover some great talent. If you do not want to be a part of this circle, please send me a personal message and I will remove you from this and future circles.2015-03-01 16:22:5929922727
Lexidh Solstad29,791February engagers circle! These are (most of) the people who commented on my posts in February! Thank you for making it even more fun to be here on Google+ =)  #circleshare   #engagers   #appreciationcircle   #february  2015-03-01 14:34:15157102
Rok Šimec33,177This circle contains people who are very active on Google+. These are people who will share and re-post your circles and other content. This is a good circle to connect with each other and gain followers. I highly suggest adding each person in this Circle to your circles as they are likely to interact with you.2015-02-27 20:04:13492523680
AyJay Schibig86,473ALL KINDS CIRCLE  2.18.15  by +AyJay Schibig Add this mix of All Kinds of Active G+ members and pages  to give some variety to your circles!  Please ReShare.#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia  2015-02-19 04:56:22500424953
steph wanamaker112,626#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle !2015-02-13 17:59:3220547252
Gailen Mapes78,631Hand 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 February 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting January 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-02-11 11:28:23173100
steph wanamaker111,805#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle 2015-01-23 18:05:3322064453
Circles Circles Circles49,036SCIENCE 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/fVX5bZPublished Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/GNkGJhPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/s9RkeEMEN ARE FROM MARS : http://goo.gl/W8VDbBPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD: http://goo.gl/5mr38oOthers CirclesCREATIVES: http://goo.gl/9c5A3XSCIENCE: http://goo.gl/4UAeINTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/whvLzNG+ Pages: http://goo.gl/jNZdWf#circleshare   2015-01-22 16:19:121067218
Bettina M.671This circle contains wounderful people who really are interesting and active on Google+.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!My favorite Communities:Canary and friendsMoments of Art#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #news #update #birds 2015-01-21 20:14:12413229
steph wanamaker111,441#followfriday  Here is my awesome  men who comment circle 2015-01-16 16:20:1121960566
Gailen Mapes75,138Hand 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 January 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting December 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-01-11 12:18:06173000
Review Car Models0BEST CIRCLE 10 JANUARY 2015------------------------------------------------                BEST Circle Share By Review Car Models                          New Year Share and Be Shared                    If you want to be shared in this circle                          Boost your visibility on Google+                 Watch entertainment video                    FULL Car Models                                   Car PICTURE                2015 Car VIDEO                   Share the circle! GET MORE QUICKLY CIRCLE AND FOLLOWER ON GOOGLE+HERE'S OF MY SHARED PUBLIC CIRCLE------------------------------------------------Hope that you have been having a great week on Google+. Thank you for sharing and promoting this and for connecting up with all the great accounts I have included. Great With This Cilcle!!,Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!Boost 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 +1 this circle4 Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles. ( dont forget share the circle and include yourself )5 If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above (I say "if possible" as my circle comments more often than not hit the 500 comment limit).6  So I can easily find your share, always publicly share my original shared circle. You'll know if you're sharing the original one because you won't see "Jason Levy originally shared" above here. If you do see it, click on "originally shared" and it will bring you to this post.-------------------------------------------------FOLLOW ME TO GET MORE CIRCLE AND FOLLOWER HERE http://goo.gl/k1HNfE-------------------------------------------------    #Automotive    #Cars    #Ford    #BMW    #Toyota    #Audi    #Ferrari    #Vehicle    #Honda    #UsedCars    #Auto    #AutoRepair    #Lamborghini    #Chevrolet    #Driving    #ClassicCars    #Nissan    #CES2015    2015-01-09 21:41:24500324
Frank Gainsford53,086A circle of people who either post or share stuff that is about science 2015-01-09 10:11:403392513
Ryan Johnson22,911This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf 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#circle #Sharedcircles #circleshare  #sri_lanka #colombo #australia #adelaide #australia #cairns #australia #darwin #australia #hobart #new_zealand #auckland #new_zealand #wellington #papua_new_guinea #papua_new_guinea #awesome #AwesomePeople #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing #publiccircle #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles #weeklyreview #sharedcircle #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday 2015-01-09 09:58:40478114
Dirk Müller20,345Circle, circle in the stream, who are my most engagers these daysThis is a circle to say thank you. Thank you to all of you who commented or shared my work. You all are awesome and make Google Plus such a nice place to share my pictures.If you would like to be a part of my Most Engaged Circle you mustn't plus this post, comment it or share it (but you can) To be a part of the next circle you just have to interact with me by commenting or sharing my work. Not more ;-)#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #topengagers #awesomepeople2015-01-09 09:00:1549912929177
John Cleese9,872Hey my friends. Good morning/evening to all! Circle brings together nice and interesting peopleIf you want to be a part of my best shared circles, this is the circle, you may want to add and share circle.Share The Circle And Boost Your Visibility On G+1. Add us to your circles, if you haven't done so already2. +1 this circle3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so we know you have done the three steps above.Please make sure you do it on the original post or I won't notice it More you share more you get!#circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #socialnetworking #xeeme #marketing #mlm #affiliate #internet #internetmarketing #mlm #google #googleplus #community #communities #ripples #ripplescircle #circuloscompartidos #circulocompartido #cerchiacondivisa #cerchia #bestengagers #chiudiilcerchio #closethecircle #shared4shared #thebigcommunity #kingcircle #topcircleshare #Science #Research #Technology #NASA #Space #Innova2015-01-08 12:52:18494292444
Jan Havrda44,066*Zombie Attack!*Grab this circle in case of the emergency. This is an essential group of people you need for a fight with bloody enemies of any kind. Even immortals.This is *Not-A-Zombie* circle made of meatpopsicles. #NotAZombieCircle   #NotAZombie   #Circle   #Not   #A   #Zombie  2014-12-27 23:35:094068229119
John Hannah8,729Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #Ohio  #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #topsharedcircle  #circleoftheday  #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle  #socialmedia #SEO #socialmediamarketing #wisata #WisataIndonesia #Travel #IndonesiaOnly #Liburan #TOUR #Indonesia #Bali #WisataBandung #Paket #Pulau #FotoKita #PROMO #Pantai #Jogja #Bandung #Yogyakarta #WisataLombok #BOGOR #Jakarta 2014-12-26 10:57:45494241838
Cableicous3,424Thanks for all teh cablezThanks muchly to all those who have contributed their #Cableicous  imagery for the 16th circle of #Cableicous  contributors.And a new cirlce begins...#photography #cables #cableicous #circleshare #2014 #cableriacirculus2014-12-26 01:16:0199000
Alessandro Folghera55,894TOP VIP SEO Circle #TopSEOSharedCircle #sharedcircle #SEO  #SEOMonsters  #SEOMasters #SearchEngineOptimization  Join me on:Linkedin : http://it.linkedin.com/pub/dir/alessandro/folgheraTwitter : https://twitter.com/folgheraFacebook : https://www.facebook.com/afolgheraFoursquare : https://it.foursquare.com/folgheraPinterest : http://www.pinterest.com/folghera/Instagram : http://instagram.com/folghera/To be included in my weekly share, just:1 - Engage me2 - do +1 t the post3 - comment the post and give me the category you would prefer to belong (marketing, seo, photography, fashion ...)4 - include the circle among your circles5 - share the circle (include yourself)#SEO   #circleoftheday   #myseoissocial #sharedcircle #trustinme  #circlesharing   #circleshare        #circles        #circleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircles    #share  #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday   #afo   #folghera         #sharewithyou        #circlefriday   #circlethursday  #followme     #followers #followback 2014-12-21 08:43:39501251938
Doris Scott284#circleshare #circle #circlesharing #circlesunday   2014-12-14 13:58:08500639
steph wanamaker110,672this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-12-12 18:57:5221166266
Gailen Mapes73,436Hand 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 December 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting November 7th.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-12-11 11:51:41177229
Serkan Mutan3,573"My Special Circle" 1. Add me to your circles ,if you haven’t done already2. Plus & share this circle in public3. Leave a comment ! warm regards....*☆´¨)  . ¸.•´ ¸.•*´¨) Special Circle (.¸.•´ (¸.•`☆*+Abdul Rahman Mohammed +Aheste Beste +Allan Raymundo +Andrew Smith +angelic labru +Adevarata Romanca +Ahmet Bogush +Andreas Bradtke +Andrey Bogdanov +Angelika Wicke +Bernd Flicker +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +Artem Kashkovskiy +Basia Schwartz +Beena Limaye +Bernd Hau +Birgit Backlund-Palander +Cyrelle K. +2014-12-07 21:03:46417457
steph wanamaker110,550#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle! hoop em up and your stream will be perfect!#circleshare2014-12-05 17:06:0120851261
steph wanamaker110,421#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!  circle them up and your stream will be perfect !2014-11-28 17:04:4720324026
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov2,751SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FRIENDS : Circle V.1.11. Link to my own scientific research topic: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4212005/  To be included in future circle-editions, please ENGAGE: add me to your own circles/+1/re-share/comment on the original circle-post, or on some of the other science-related posts on my wall (this is needed since the number of people that could be circled is limited from Google – and therefore I am forced to keep included just the most active users). Currently featured science-related GOOGLE PLUS post:https://plus.google.com/115938908270684192009/posts/8LU6LVz75jxI would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science   #Research   #Technology   #NASA    #Space   #Innovation   #Engineering   #nutrition    #ScienceSunday   #Sundayscience   #Science   #Research   #Tech #GameTech   #GameTechnology    #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch    #innovation   #Inflammation   #Brain #mindcontrol   #photography   #tech   #socialmedia   #googleplus #naturalproduct   #artists   #foodies   #cars   2014-11-27 06:30:22451423271
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2015-02-21 12:39:40 (106 comments, 57 reshares, 911 +1s)Open 

I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
Death thought about it.
CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE
(Terry Pratchett, Sourcery )

Another #Caturday has rolled around. The weather is not nice enough today for me to do any photos. It was lovely on Friday, but of course, I had work (which is good) and couldn't take advantage of the nice weather. Maybe tomorrow will be better for outdoor photos. If not, I'll just have to drink a cuppa tea and come up with some new macro ideas. 

What's your plan for the weekend? Anything interesting going on? Ideas or recommendations for me?

Have a great weekend!

photo: Ginger in my office window a few of weeks ago, while we still had snow everywhere. Only tiny patches of ice are left now.  

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2015-02-21 12:39:40 (106 comments, 57 reshares, 911 +1s)Open 

I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
Death thought about it.
CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE
(Terry Pratchett, Sourcery )

Another #Caturday has rolled around. The weather is not nice enough today for me to do any photos. It was lovely on Friday, but of course, I had work (which is good) and couldn't take advantage of the nice weather. Maybe tomorrow will be better for outdoor photos. If not, I'll just have to drink a cuppa tea and come up with some new macro ideas. 

What's your plan for the weekend? Anything interesting going on? Ideas or recommendations for me?

Have a great weekend!

photo: Ginger in my office window a few of weeks ago, while we still had snow everywhere. Only tiny patches of ice are left now.  

Most plusones: 911

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2015-02-21 12:39:40 (106 comments, 57 reshares, 911 +1s)Open 

I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
Death thought about it.
CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE
(Terry Pratchett, Sourcery )

Another #Caturday has rolled around. The weather is not nice enough today for me to do any photos. It was lovely on Friday, but of course, I had work (which is good) and couldn't take advantage of the nice weather. Maybe tomorrow will be better for outdoor photos. If not, I'll just have to drink a cuppa tea and come up with some new macro ideas. 

What's your plan for the weekend? Anything interesting going on? Ideas or recommendations for me?

Have a great weekend!

photo: Ginger in my office window a few of weeks ago, while we still had snow everywhere. Only tiny patches of ice are left now.  

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2015-03-29 23:13:59 (28 comments, 1 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

Carried in my heart

I've been a bit technical and tending a slightly towards shadows lately. Today I'll go with a lighter image and poetry to show another approach to tulips. I had no idea how many people like tulips until this weekend

i carry your heart with me

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in_
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
                                                     
i fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet)
i want no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the budand the sky of the sky of ... more »

Carried in my heart

I've been a bit technical and tending a slightly towards shadows lately. Today I'll go with a lighter image and poetry to show another approach to tulips. I had no idea how many people like tulips until this weekend

i carry your heart with me

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in_
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
                                                     
i fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet)
i want no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)
                                                  e.e. cummings

e.e.'s poem made me think of a simpler medieval German poem with similar sentiments. English translation and all associated errors mine:

Dû bist mîn

Dû bist mîn, ich bin dîn.
You are mine, I am thine

des solt dû gewis sîn.
You should be sure of that.

dû bist beslozzen
You are locked

in mînem herzen,
in my heart

verlorn ist das sluzzelîn:
the key has been lost

dû muost ouch immêr darinne sîn.
you must remain in there forever. 

Thanks for reading so far. I have a few other shots ready to share (no fear, I can do something besides tulips). I have some cherry blossom buds, two cherry blossoms (first I have seen), a daffodil or the possibility to switch to other subjects (dramatic clouds and more). Any preferences?? please let me know in the comments below.

Have a great start to the week! Wishing you love, light and something beautiful to make your day better.

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This one includes background bokeh (diffuse "blobs" of light). I was able to isolate the foreground tulip with a dark background while getting lots of light around the tulip in the background at the lower right. I liked the "echoing" between the two and that they seem to be leaning in towards each other. Photography is mostly interpretation in my book.___

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2015-03-29 10:27:19 (40 comments, 8 reshares, 128 +1s)Open 

Tulip Tip or Two

If you're a beginner and wondering about taking a flower photo, maybe this will help with a few things. 

Ramblings of an amateur

Let's get this straight first: I'm a shutter bug not an expert. There are much better photographers, who can blow away anything I do both creatively and technically. However, I can share a few things I've picked up that might help at least technically if you're beginning.  

Basics

1. It's not about your equipment. I can point you to photographers, who do superior work on mobile phones to people with expensive DSLRs. Find something you like and photograph it. Don't worry about which brand of camera, etc. The more you shoot, the more you'll learn. Soon you'll get what you set out to get most of the time!

2. Look for light and color. Light ands... more »

Tulip Tip or Two

If you're a beginner and wondering about taking a flower photo, maybe this will help with a few things. 

Ramblings of an amateur

Let's get this straight first: I'm a shutter bug not an expert. There are much better photographers, who can blow away anything I do both creatively and technically. However, I can share a few things I've picked up that might help at least technically if you're beginning.  

Basics

1. It's not about your equipment. I can point you to photographers, who do superior work on mobile phones to people with expensive DSLRs. Find something you like and photograph it. Don't worry about which brand of camera, etc. The more you shoot, the more you'll learn. Soon you'll get what you set out to get most of the time!

2. Look for light and color. Light and shadows if you are going for black and white

3. Flower macros are best with morning sun or a late afternoon sun. The sun will be low and let you work with side lighting and shadows. It's also less harsh than midday. (there are always exceptions, i.e. a sunflower or similar). If you want dew then you must get up "early" in the morning (seasonally dependent).

4. Patience helps: take time to look for an interesting flower / angle / background.

5. A tripod is advisable. A tripod minimizes, changes in distance, allows for longer exposures, etc.. That being said, maybe you're lazy like me and want to shoot handheld. Possibly the physical constraints of the place you want to shoot (like in this case) preclude a tripod setup. It can be done, but you still may want to look at a monopod or find some surface to lean against. 

Camera settings

I assume you have some control over your camera settings. If you don't, don't worry: shoot something nice and skip to "post processing". 

1. Know what you want. You can shoot everything on automatic, but if you want a particular depth of field, you'll probably want to adjust the Aperture

a. Do you want those creamy blobs of light (aka bokeh) in the background? Open up the aperture as wide as you can. Anything with an f1 or f2 will probably work, e.g. f1.4, f2.8.

b.  Do you want everything in focus? Macro shots often have very shallow depth of field. If you don't want that then you want to use a small aperture like f11. You'll almost certainly want a tripod or surface to help you with the longer exposure.

2. Setting the exposure time . If you are shooting wide open (f1.x or f2.x) you'll probably need a very short time to avoid overexposure. Likewise if you are shooting at f11+ you'll probably need a long time to get enough light. In either of those cases, I recommend a tripod.

For handheld shots the middle apertures (f3 to f8) usually work. A good rule of thumb is to shoot at least as fast as 1 / focal length . Example: you use a 100mm lens then you would want at least 1/100 sec to minimize blur due to moving. If you use a 50mm then 1/50 sec works. Of course if you can shoot at 1/200 sec then your image is even less likely to be blurry.

3. If your camera supports it, I highly recommend shooting with RAW enabled. The camera captures a lot more information in a RAW file than goes into the JPEG.

Post Processing

There are a lot of options here. GIMP, Photoshop Elements, DXO, Lightroom, Photoshop, etc. I'm not going to go into that or special types of processing like stitching photos together, stacking and focus stacking. Other people do that better and the scope exceeds what I can do in a single post anyway.

Please take a look at my photo for a practical discussion.

On the left you have the tulip as I shot it. This is the JPEG from the camera. It's ok, but it doesn't match what I saw and certainly not what I want the end result to look like.

In the middle you have the RAW image imported into Photoshop (but any program that can handle RAW files would work). PS has a default of applying an "Adobe Standard" to files. It's good for a lot of things, but I feel it punches up my images in some cases. It makes them brighter than I like. In such cases, I go to the tab and select "Camera Faithful", which reflects what the camera captured. Note how much more detail is available in the image than the JPEG straight out of the camera. (This is far more apparent on the full sized images than on these downsized ones). 

On the right, you see the image after I did my post processing. Certainly this is a matter of taste and you may have chosen a different effect (or none at all).

What did I do here? I used a very simple effect that lets you combine the image with a duplicate image layer. You can control the intensity of the effect by changing the "Opacity" slider on a scale of 0 to 100%.

The effect I chose is the "multiply" effect. Essentially the pixels in the two images are multiplied then divided by 255 (8 bits). The net result is a darkening of the image, which let me essentially create a uniform dark background and isoltate the tulip in the foreground. It also helped a bit with seeing the texture and the dew drops. 

Conclusion

I've learned a lot from others, so I tried to share a few things I do, which might be helpful to other hobbyists and beginners. Here are the key points:

1. Know what you want:
a. shallow depth of field and creamy bokeh,
b. intermediate depth of field
c. extensive depth of field and no bokeh

2. find a good combination of light and color or light and shadows

3. use the 1 / focal length rule to minimize blurry shots

4. shoot and edit RAW when you can. there is more information to work with. 

5. try things out in post processing. you can be creative and have fun experimenting. 

Finally, photography is a fun hobby. enjoy yourself!

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Bonus photo information for those who really want details:

Camera: Canon EOS7D MkII
Lens: EF 100 mm f2.8 macro  (no image stabilizer, not the "L" version)

Program Mode ("P" on the dial) <<< note that I just used an automatic mode and drove the exposure by selecting the focus point and using

Spot metering  <<< I choose a single point and let that drive the exposure

ISO 100  <<< this is as low as my camera goes. it minimizes noise and improves image quality in good light. 

f5 <<< I did check this in the viewfinder before shooting. I know in the f5 to f8 range that my lens is sharp and I get more than just a narrow strip in focus, so I was happy with this choice by the camera's P mode. 

1/400 sec  <<< this was great. I knew there would be limited shake while handholding

no flash  <<< I definitely didn't want additional light in this case. 

Original image size 3648 x 5472 pixels. <<< I shoot at full resolution then crop or downsize images to share on GPlus. 

#MacroPhotoTips   #BeginnerPhotoTips  ___

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2015-03-28 08:22:01 (51 comments, 32 reshares, 335 +1s)Open 

Alternative to Caturday

Thanks to +Measie Elizabeth , +Eustace James and +Marilyn Benham we have #TulipSaturday  as an alternative to more cats. Variety, spice, the spice must flow and all that...

Thanks to Persephone, I finally have the first tulips preparing to unfold their petals in my garden. Right now, I count four small, tightly wrapped tulips, but more will be on the way. I also saw my first cherry blossom in town yesterday. My trees still appear to need a few more days, but it can't be long now. 

Have a great start to the weekend!


Photo
vertical photos are not optimal on GPlus, but I didn't want to compromise with a wider shot to fit it in horizontally. Handheld shot from my basement window with an EF100mm macro on 7DMk2 on Friday morning. 


Post Processing Info 

If you areinteres... more »

Alternative to Caturday

Thanks to +Measie Elizabeth , +Eustace James and +Marilyn Benham we have #TulipSaturday  as an alternative to more cats. Variety, spice, the spice must flow and all that...

Thanks to Persephone, I finally have the first tulips preparing to unfold their petals in my garden. Right now, I count four small, tightly wrapped tulips, but more will be on the way. I also saw my first cherry blossom in town yesterday. My trees still appear to need a few more days, but it can't be long now. 

Have a great start to the weekend!


Photo
vertical photos are not optimal on GPlus, but I didn't want to compromise with a wider shot to fit it in horizontally. Handheld shot from my basement window with an EF100mm macro on 7DMk2 on Friday morning. 


Post Processing Info 

If you are interested in the details, the photo was edited as follows:

1. imported into Photoshop using camera RAW
  a. selected camera faithful instead of Adobe's punched up standard
  b. set clarity +10 
2. cropped to a 3840x2160 format to prepare for an HD share
3. applied multiply 100  (makes the background darker. the original was ok, but I thought this helps concentrate on the tulip)
4. resized the photo down to 1920x1080
 
In this case it is the multiply function that really makes the big difference between what I shot and what you see posted. Consider it artistic license with disclosure. ___

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2015-03-26 07:19:40 (31 comments, 4 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

Something other than crocuses

It's been a challenging week so far. Hoping things improve soon. On the upside, the weekend is near.

Have a great Thursday!


Photo: shot with a telephoto through a fence one afternoon when I was chasing raptors. Not your classic flower photo, but at least it's an alternative to more crocuses. Reasonably soon, I should have tulips and cherry blossoms and apple blossoms, but right now: crocuses are the only blossoms in my yard. 

Something other than crocuses

It's been a challenging week so far. Hoping things improve soon. On the upside, the weekend is near.

Have a great Thursday!


Photo: shot with a telephoto through a fence one afternoon when I was chasing raptors. Not your classic flower photo, but at least it's an alternative to more crocuses. Reasonably soon, I should have tulips and cherry blossoms and apple blossoms, but right now: crocuses are the only blossoms in my yard. ___

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2015-03-24 07:26:52 (35 comments, 14 reshares, 114 +1s)Open 

Updated Eclipse Animation

this was taken near Stuttgart, Germany therefore it is only a partial eclipse (~71% at maximum)

I did not do a time lapse nor did I film the eclipse, however I have created a short animation out of 124 photos. I mainly did this to share with the folks at the office, who came over to watch the eclipse with me. As it may not load fast enough to be easy to view if I use a higher resolution, I've chosen to upload a 360x360 pixel version. UPDATE: this is a new post as +Gizmo the Sane reworked the animation to create a less jittery sequence. Thank you, +Gizmo the Sane !

I'll disable new comments on the older post, because I didn't see a way to replace the photo. 

Updated Eclipse Animation

this was taken near Stuttgart, Germany therefore it is only a partial eclipse (~71% at maximum)

I did not do a time lapse nor did I film the eclipse, however I have created a short animation out of 124 photos. I mainly did this to share with the folks at the office, who came over to watch the eclipse with me. As it may not load fast enough to be easy to view if I use a higher resolution, I've chosen to upload a 360x360 pixel version. UPDATE: this is a new post as +Gizmo the Sane reworked the animation to create a less jittery sequence. Thank you, +Gizmo the Sane !

I'll disable new comments on the older post, because I didn't see a way to replace the photo. ___

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2015-03-23 23:57:01 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

Eclipse animation EDIT: PLEASE VIEW NEWER LESS JITTERY VERSION INSTEAD. 

this was taken neat Stuttgart, Germany therefore it is only a partial eclipse (~71% at maximum)

I did not do a time lapse nor did I film the eclipse, however I have created a short animation out of 124 photos. I mainly did this to share with the folks at the office, who came over to watch the eclipse with me. As it may not load fast enough to be easy to view if I use a higher resolution, I've chosen to upload a 360x360 pixel version.

I hope you had a good Monday and wish you an even better Tuesday!

Eclipse animation EDIT: PLEASE VIEW NEWER LESS JITTERY VERSION INSTEAD. 

this was taken neat Stuttgart, Germany therefore it is only a partial eclipse (~71% at maximum)

I did not do a time lapse nor did I film the eclipse, however I have created a short animation out of 124 photos. I mainly did this to share with the folks at the office, who came over to watch the eclipse with me. As it may not load fast enough to be easy to view if I use a higher resolution, I've chosen to upload a 360x360 pixel version.

I hope you had a good Monday and wish you an even better Tuesday!___

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2015-03-23 07:59:12 (41 comments, 3 reshares, 104 +1s)Open 

On your six

There are actually three birds involved in this aerial pursuit. There's a crow off the image to the right being pursued by the red kite and another crow is coming in as "wingman" behind to kite. It was quite interesting to watch them turning and chasing each other. When the kite got tired of it, it tucked in its wings and accelerated away in a dive. 

I thought the image was dramatic enough to share despite some technical flaws. I couldn't decide whether to go with color or switch to BW on this one, but eventually left it in color. Technically, the image wasn't as clean as I would have liked (not sharply focused and noisy). That's mostly because it was my first outing with an extender (1.4x) and obviously, I have a learning curve on how to deal with the slower focus and loss of light. I'll get there with a bit more practice. I tried tou... more »

On your six

There are actually three birds involved in this aerial pursuit. There's a crow off the image to the right being pursued by the red kite and another crow is coming in as "wingman" behind to kite. It was quite interesting to watch them turning and chasing each other. When the kite got tired of it, it tucked in its wings and accelerated away in a dive. 

I thought the image was dramatic enough to share despite some technical flaws. I couldn't decide whether to go with color or switch to BW on this one, but eventually left it in color. Technically, the image wasn't as clean as I would have liked (not sharply focused and noisy). That's mostly because it was my first outing with an extender (1.4x) and obviously, I have a learning curve on how to deal with the slower focus and loss of light. I'll get there with a bit more practice. I tried to use some processing techniques, which I saw in photography circles to improve it (second layer with high pass filter, noise reduction, sharpening), but there too I'm a beginner. We all are at one time though, right?

I hope you have a good start to the week! ___

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2015-03-22 14:20:42 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Running crab spider

I imagine a few of you are running. What a shame, because this harmless spider actually helps keep away pests.

The spider pictured caught my eye during the eclipse on Friday. Yes, I actually looked around and not just at the sky. It was on a concrete support on the park deck near where I setup my tripod. At first I thought it was an odd looking crab spider, because of how it held itself prior to the picture, but the more I looked the more I wondered what it was. 

After some internet research, I think it may be a Philodromus dispar known in English as a "Running crab spider". My guess is that it wound up on top of the park deck as a spiderling by "ballooning", a technique hatchlings use to disperse. They hold their abdomen in the air and eject multiple strands of silk. The spiders are then carried off on the wind. Once it... more »

Running crab spider

I imagine a few of you are running. What a shame, because this harmless spider actually helps keep away pests.

The spider pictured caught my eye during the eclipse on Friday. Yes, I actually looked around and not just at the sky. It was on a concrete support on the park deck near where I setup my tripod. At first I thought it was an odd looking crab spider, because of how it held itself prior to the picture, but the more I looked the more I wondered what it was. 

After some internet research, I think it may be a Philodromus dispar known in English as a "Running crab spider". My guess is that it wound up on top of the park deck as a spiderling by "ballooning", a technique hatchlings use to disperse. They hold their abdomen in the air and eject multiple strands of silk. The spiders are then carried off on the wind. Once it landed on the park deck it must have found enough insects near the lights to prosper. 

Based on the coloring this appears to me to be a female. The male is darker (almost black on top) and has a white underside. (male vs female c.f. jorgenlissner.dk site below). 

One of the features of these Philodromidae spiders is that the second pair of legs is longer than the first pair. The spiders can spin webs, but are known as running spiders, because they actively hunt their prey.  There is a distinction between the genus Philodromus and the similar shaped (to me) Thanatus , which has to do with the eyes. "Posterior lateral eyes situated on tubercles" vs. "Posterior lateral eyes not elevated on tubercles."  (cf. research.amnh.org below)


Links

English 
http://www.jorgenlissner.dk/Philodromidae.aspx
http://research.amnh.org/iz/blackrock2/families/philodromidae.htm
http://srs.britishspiders.org.uk/portal/p/Summary/s/Philodromus+dispar
http://ednieuw.home.xs4all.nl/Spiders/Philodromidae/Philodromidae.htm

German
http://wiki.spinnen-forum.de/index.php?title=Philodromus_dispar 
http://www.spiderling.de/arages/Fotogalerie/Fotogalerie.htm
http://insektoid.info/spinnentiere/laufspinnen/#bid1381

#spidersunday  +Lerato Majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey +Mandy Allen ___

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2015-03-21 12:59:11 (34 comments, 0 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

First day of Spring

Enjoy a bit of Spring from my garden. Of course we may still have cold snaps; I suppose even a bit of snow could surprise us, but we're definitely moving into a warmer season.

I hope you have a lovely, restful weekend. Maybe the weather will be nice enough that you can spend time outdoors enjoying nature and sunshine for at least a few hours!

First day of Spring

Enjoy a bit of Spring from my garden. Of course we may still have cold snaps; I suppose even a bit of snow could surprise us, but we're definitely moving into a warmer season.

I hope you have a lovely, restful weekend. Maybe the weather will be nice enough that you can spend time outdoors enjoying nature and sunshine for at least a few hours!___

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2015-03-20 15:07:34 (17 comments, 7 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

Partial Eclipse

We lucked out with the weather and had clear skies this morning. I wasn't as fast at posting pictures as many other folks, but I think I found a way to give you a sample of what it looked like where I live with just one picture.

I used an astronomical film sheet and made my own stick-on filter for the camera with cardboard, paper and tape to hold the sheet in place. It worked so well that all I could see through it was the sun. Colors were odd and I couldn't salvage them, so the colors you see here are an approximation with a dose of artistic license thrown in. 

I only saw one sunspot. It probably was the size of the Earth, but I was surprised that there weren't more. I think that could have helped me with focusing.

About the photo montage:

image #1 is the sun prior to the eclipse beginning

image #2 is the... more »

Partial Eclipse

We lucked out with the weather and had clear skies this morning. I wasn't as fast at posting pictures as many other folks, but I think I found a way to give you a sample of what it looked like where I live with just one picture.

I used an astronomical film sheet and made my own stick-on filter for the camera with cardboard, paper and tape to hold the sheet in place. It worked so well that all I could see through it was the sun. Colors were odd and I couldn't salvage them, so the colors you see here are an approximation with a dose of artistic license thrown in. 

I only saw one sunspot. It probably was the size of the Earth, but I was surprised that there weren't more. I think that could have helped me with focusing.

About the photo montage:

image #1 is the sun prior to the eclipse beginning

image #2 is the first contact (upper right of the sun)

image #3 the moon is sliding across from the right 

image #4 is when I thought the eclipse was at its peak. according to a table I looked up, I missed it by one minute, but we'll call it close enough

image #5 the moon is sliding off now to the left

images #6 and #7 : what luck! just as I was wrapping up with my "last contact" photo a plane came across. remember that i was looking through the filter and not at the sky. I reacted as quickly as I could and didn't get it in the middle of the sun, but it still makes for an interesting finish to the eclipse.

+EH Science  #sun #eclipse

EDIT: camera = EOS7Dmkii ; lens EF 100-400 IS L, 1.4x converter. effective focal length 896 mm___

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2015-03-19 07:29:34 (51 comments, 2 reshares, 91 +1s)Open 

Simplicity

The crocus is a small, simple flower. It's not a stunning rose or a delicate cherry blossom, but it has much to commend it in its own right. I have to appreciate these flowers in different ways. It takes more time with a crocus, but it is just as satisfying.

Shifting gears: does it feel like there is less activity and less engagement on GPlus lately? I've got some great people in my stream, but it doesn't seem as broad and varied as it used to be. This could be selective perception. 

Have a beautiful Thorsday ! 

Simplicity

The crocus is a small, simple flower. It's not a stunning rose or a delicate cherry blossom, but it has much to commend it in its own right. I have to appreciate these flowers in different ways. It takes more time with a crocus, but it is just as satisfying.

Shifting gears: does it feel like there is less activity and less engagement on GPlus lately? I've got some great people in my stream, but it doesn't seem as broad and varied as it used to be. This could be selective perception. 

Have a beautiful Thorsday ! ___

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2015-03-17 23:17:14 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Flyby

#wordlessonwednesday  

+Alanda J. Calmus 

Flyby

#wordlessonwednesday  

+Alanda J. Calmus ___

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2015-03-17 07:57:04 (15 comments, 1 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Watchfulness

Keeping a close eye on a red kite as it pursues another crow.

Raptors are wonderful animals to watch unless you're their prey. I imagine that's what it's like in the fantasy novels for the heroes, who go out to face dragons. Dragons are wondrous, magical creatures: magnificent in tales told with a mug of beer sitting with friends around a warm fire, terrifying to face when you're alone, mired in the cold mud and one sweeps overhead. But dragons are metaphors, red kites are real. 

Thus ends my excursion for the morning. I did look for quotes and poems, but didn't find anything that felt right for the photo.   

 Have a great Tuesday and if you come up with something you think is fitting, please leave it in the comments.

Watchfulness

Keeping a close eye on a red kite as it pursues another crow.

Raptors are wonderful animals to watch unless you're their prey. I imagine that's what it's like in the fantasy novels for the heroes, who go out to face dragons. Dragons are wondrous, magical creatures: magnificent in tales told with a mug of beer sitting with friends around a warm fire, terrifying to face when you're alone, mired in the cold mud and one sweeps overhead. But dragons are metaphors, red kites are real. 

Thus ends my excursion for the morning. I did look for quotes and poems, but didn't find anything that felt right for the photo.   

 Have a great Tuesday and if you come up with something you think is fitting, please leave it in the comments.___

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2015-03-16 19:39:11 (23 comments, 2 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Asking your indulgence

Today, I'm really excited! Those of you, who know me a bit better, know that I'm interested in science. My first bee of the year photo got noticed and to make a long story short, I'm very happy to have made at least one contribution to a great new Science news startup. 

If you could take a look at http://ehscience.co/ and maybe follow them here on GPlus +EH Science , I'd be delighted. I feel good about them and hope you'll add them to your science circles and shares. 

While I feel a little conflicted about self promotion, ultimately, I'm too excited not to share. 

Have a great day and thanks for your time today!

Asking your indulgence

Today, I'm really excited! Those of you, who know me a bit better, know that I'm interested in science. My first bee of the year photo got noticed and to make a long story short, I'm very happy to have made at least one contribution to a great new Science news startup. 

If you could take a look at http://ehscience.co/ and maybe follow them here on GPlus +EH Science , I'd be delighted. I feel good about them and hope you'll add them to your science circles and shares. 

While I feel a little conflicted about self promotion, ultimately, I'm too excited not to share. 

Have a great day and thanks for your time today!___

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2015-03-15 21:15:49 (28 comments, 28 reshares, 199 +1s)Open 

Focal Length Overview - field of view

This album might be helpful for any other hobby photographers out there, who are interested in focal lengths and how they change the field of view.

Photos were taken with an EOS 7DMkII  (except for the one with the telescope. That was an EOS 60D). If you don't use Canon or you have FF then consider that the 7D and 60D are Canon APS-C with a crop factor of 1.6x. Thus if I used a lens at 10mm it is the same as a full frame at 16 mm

Photos have not been processed, except to downsize to 1920*1280 pixels and add in focal length information as text. You'll see variation between the lenses and how the image quality degrades with the longer focal lengths through extender or the telescope.

List of Photos (assuming the order remains as I uploaded them):

1. Overview 10mm to 100mm [16mm to 160mm FF... more »

Focal Length Overview - field of view

This album might be helpful for any other hobby photographers out there, who are interested in focal lengths and how they change the field of view.

Photos were taken with an EOS 7DMkII  (except for the one with the telescope. That was an EOS 60D). If you don't use Canon or you have FF then consider that the 7D and 60D are Canon APS-C with a crop factor of 1.6x. Thus if I used a lens at 10mm it is the same as a full frame at 16 mm

Photos have not been processed, except to downsize to 1920*1280 pixels and add in focal length information as text. You'll see variation between the lenses and how the image quality degrades with the longer focal lengths through extender or the telescope.

List of Photos (assuming the order remains as I uploaded them):

1. Overview 10mm to 100mm [16mm to 160mm FF equivalent]
2. Overview 100mm to 1900 mm [160mm to 3040mm FF equivalent]
3. 10 mm
4. 14 mm
5. 18 mm
6. 22 mm (EFS 10-22mm)
7. 22 mm (EFS 18-135mm)
8. 33 mm [misdialed 35mm]
9. 47 mm [misdialed 50mm]
10. 50 mm (EF 50mm f1.4 prime)
11. 79 mm (misdialed 85mm)
12. 100 mm (EF 100mm macro prime: non "L")
13. 100 mm (EF 100 to 400 mm)
14. 135 mm (EFS 18-135mm)
15. 150 mm 
16. 200 mm
17. 300 mm
18. 400 mm
19. 560 mm (EF 100 to 400 mm @ 400mm + 1.4x extender)
20. 1900 mm (ETX 125 telescope)
 
It was helpful for me to do the exercise and maybe one or the other of you can use the information too. The main reason I did it, was that I wanted to see if I could use the telescope to take photos, because I am hoping I might be able to use it for pictures of the partial solar eclipse on March 20. 

#focallength   #photography #lenses #Canon___

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2015-03-14 11:28:20 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Because not all Saturdays are created equal

Sometimes it's harder than usual to get going. On the other hand, time is overrated and subjective anyway. 

Have a good start to the day (whenever you define starting)!

Because not all Saturdays are created equal

Sometimes it's harder than usual to get going. On the other hand, time is overrated and subjective anyway. 

Have a good start to the day (whenever you define starting)!___

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2015-03-13 08:25:52 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 55 +1s)Open 

It's still magic even if you know how it's done.
(Terry Pratchett)

I've used Terry Pratchett's witty quotes before, but today it was a must.

As for the photo, I believe this falls into a particular style that seems to be emerging among my shots. I'm not saying it's the right style or one that will appeal to everyone, but it is a style that lets me work with light magic in a way that I feel comfortable with. 

Yes, there is purpose to the juxtaposition of a leaf from the Fall and Spring flowers. 

Have a wonderful, Friday and read some Pratchett if you can find time for it. If you can't please do try to find a few minutes to use your imagination. Terry would approve:

It was quite impossible to describe.

Here is what it looked like.

It looked like a piano sounds shortly after being dropped downa... more »

It's still magic even if you know how it's done.
(Terry Pratchett)

I've used Terry Pratchett's witty quotes before, but today it was a must.

As for the photo, I believe this falls into a particular style that seems to be emerging among my shots. I'm not saying it's the right style or one that will appeal to everyone, but it is a style that lets me work with light magic in a way that I feel comfortable with. 

Yes, there is purpose to the juxtaposition of a leaf from the Fall and Spring flowers. 

Have a wonderful, Friday and read some Pratchett if you can find time for it. If you can't please do try to find a few minutes to use your imagination. Terry would approve:

It was quite impossible to describe.

Here is what it looked like.

It looked like a piano sounds shortly after being dropped down a well. It tasted yellow, and it felt Paisley. It smelled like the total eclipse of the moon.  
(Sourcery)___

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2015-03-12 19:25:43 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

quick post. this was sunset when I went home from work. ok, missed the sunsetting part, but got the afterglow and some power cables too...

Have a great evening!

quick post. this was sunset when I went home from work. ok, missed the sunsetting part, but got the afterglow and some power cables too...

Have a great evening!___

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2015-03-12 00:20:38 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Blackbird and Robin

This makes a lot more sense than it seems at first glance. The photo attached to this post is of a male Common Blackbird (German "Amsel" ; Latin Turdus merula )of the Thrush ( Turdidae )  family.

The North and Central American "blackbird" (usually red-winged blackbird where I have encountered them) is in the Icteridae family. Its Latin name is Agelaius phoeniceus .

A better New World "equivalent" to the  Common Blackbird is the American Robin (Latin Turdus migratorius ). 

Why this excursion into names? Sometimes common names are misleading. The blackbird visiting my garden has much more in common with the American robin than the red-winged blackbird. I enjoy the visits and their song is part of early Spring for me. 

Here's asou... more »

Blackbird and Robin

This makes a lot more sense than it seems at first glance. The photo attached to this post is of a male Common Blackbird (German "Amsel" ; Latin Turdus merula )of the Thrush ( Turdidae )  family.

The North and Central American "blackbird" (usually red-winged blackbird where I have encountered them) is in the Icteridae family. Its Latin name is Agelaius phoeniceus .

A better New World "equivalent" to the  Common Blackbird is the American Robin (Latin Turdus migratorius ). 

Why this excursion into names? Sometimes common names are misleading. The blackbird visiting my garden has much more in common with the American robin than the red-winged blackbird. I enjoy the visits and their song is part of early Spring for me. 

Here's a soundbite: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/91/Amselrp.ogg (19 seconds)

Other thoughts:

1. I'm going to try to figure out a way to get closer to the raptors
2. there is a solar eclipse on the 20th. it's only around 70% where I live, but with luck I might be able to get some photos. it mainly depends on the weather and how much cloud cover we have. 
3. regarding points 1 and 2, I'm contemplating getting a t-adaptor and using an old telescope as a lens. I'm not sure how well that will work, but I wouldn't be out much for the adapter.

Thanks for reading through to the end. Your diligence deserves a reward.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ehhZ53zysQ 

Have a lovely day!___

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2015-03-11 08:16:23 (36 comments, 2 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

Decisions, decisions

It's one of those days when I'm not clear on what I have in front of me. What I am clear on is that there are some very smart, very talented people on GPlus that I can learn a lot from. I even went through several quotes, but discarded them, because somehow they didn't feel just right or might be misinterpreted. I suppose misinterpretation is inevitable. Time is a stern task-master: I have burned up all my time this morning and still not found the right text....

If you look for perfection, you'll never be content.  (Tolstoy)

Indecision due to looking for perfection. Well, my conclusion is that perfection isn't possible today, so better to get something out the door and move on.

I hope you have a good Wednesday and are on course for a great second half of the week!

Photo: same problem here. I am learning... more »

Decisions, decisions

It's one of those days when I'm not clear on what I have in front of me. What I am clear on is that there are some very smart, very talented people on GPlus that I can learn a lot from. I even went through several quotes, but discarded them, because somehow they didn't feel just right or might be misinterpreted. I suppose misinterpretation is inevitable. Time is a stern task-master: I have burned up all my time this morning and still not found the right text....

If you look for perfection, you'll never be content.  (Tolstoy)

Indecision due to looking for perfection. Well, my conclusion is that perfection isn't possible today, so better to get something out the door and move on.

I hope you have a good Wednesday and are on course for a great second half of the week!

Photo: same problem here. I am learning from so many talented people on here that I clearly see that I need to step up my game, but today I couldn't even find a good picture or a good crop. And so this one is at an oddball size and with a leaf spiking the picture. Make do, move on and hope to make it better the next opportunity I get. ___

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2015-03-10 20:35:07 (16 comments, 1 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Austria is one of my favorite places to visit. Good food, nice people and great hikes, plus a long list of other things (history. music, art, culture, coffee houses, etc.)

The video is only 2:54 and is available on Vimeo, but I encourage you to read the article on PetaPixel. 




+PetaPixel , +Elisabeth Schabus 

Austria is one of my favorite places to visit. Good food, nice people and great hikes, plus a long list of other things (history. music, art, culture, coffee houses, etc.)

The video is only 2:54 and is available on Vimeo, but I encourage you to read the article on PetaPixel. 




+PetaPixel , +Elisabeth Schabus ___

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2015-03-10 07:31:09 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Surfing the vortex

The distinctive V-shape of birds in flight was conclusively analyzed in 2011 by scientists from the UK's Royal Veterinary College. Dr. Steven Portugal's team was able to work with the Austrian Waldrapp team (Waldrapp is the German name for the Northern Bald Ibis; Latin Geronticus eremita ), which is trying to reintroduce the Northern Bald Ibis into Europe.

The Waldrapp team works with zoos to hand raise the ibises and have them imprint on their two human trainers. The trainers then teach the birds to migrate south into the warmer climate of Italy. The birds follow their human, who is flying an ultralight aircraft to the south. The birds only need to be shown the path once. In the Spring they fly back to Austria without any human assistance. 

Dr. Portugal's team took advantage of this migration training flight to precisely measure flight... more »

Surfing the vortex

The distinctive V-shape of birds in flight was conclusively analyzed in 2011 by scientists from the UK's Royal Veterinary College. Dr. Steven Portugal's team was able to work with the Austrian Waldrapp team (Waldrapp is the German name for the Northern Bald Ibis; Latin Geronticus eremita ), which is trying to reintroduce the Northern Bald Ibis into Europe.

The Waldrapp team works with zoos to hand raise the ibises and have them imprint on their two human trainers. The trainers then teach the birds to migrate south into the warmer climate of Italy. The birds follow their human, who is flying an ultralight aircraft to the south. The birds only need to be shown the path once. In the Spring they fly back to Austria without any human assistance. 

Dr. Portugal's team took advantage of this migration training flight to precisely measure flight patterns of the Ibises. The team instrumented the flock with specially developed GPS receivers and accelerometers, which logged position 5 times per second, enabling the scientists to precisely capture the spacial location and timing of every wingbeat. Previous studies with pelicans had indicated energy savings was a reason for flying in formation. In those studies pelicans were shown to have a lower heart rate due to efficient formations. 

After analyzing the data Dr. Portugal's team wrote a scientific paper in 2013 (published in Nature in early 2014), which proved that the ibises were actually positioning themselves to ride the upwash of the vortex created by the wingtips of the bird ahead of them. More research still needs to be done into how the birds can be so spatially aware of the air movements. There is some speculation that special feathers may act as sensors, but the actual mechanism is not currently known. 

Photo 
A GIF I created from 3 photos of ducks, which flew by me on Sunday afternoon. I only shot 3 photos total, but when I looked at them at home, I noticed a pattern, which inspired me to learn more about what was going on. For example: if you look closely, you'll see that the pair in the second position beats their wings approximately synchronously with each other and offset from the lead duck's cycle. 


Sources

Northern Ibis reintroduction project:
http://waldrapp.eu/index.php/de/ 

BBC News report on the Nature study:
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-25736049

Nature article
http://www.nature.com/news/precision-formation-flight-astounds-scientists-1.14537

Nature scientific paper abstract:
Upwash exploitation and downwash avoidance by flap phasing in ibis formation flight Portugal, et al 
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v505/n7483/full/nature12939.html ___

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2015-03-09 08:14:25 (17 comments, 1 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Take time

Nobody sees a flower, really; it is so small it takes time. we haven't time and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time. (Georgia O'Keeffe)

Both of these topics (seeing and friendship) are spiraling around in my thoughts. Sometimes they surface; most of the time they are undercurrents a level below conscious, focused thought. I suspect there will be a longer post on one or both topics in the future. Monday mornings aren't really the time for long posts though.

Have a beautiful start to the week and when you can take some time for yourself to just sit and look and listen. It may only be five minutes or it may be you can find 30 minutes, but either way, I am sure that you will be able to perceive a lot more around you if you take the time.

Photo : another crocus in my yard. They're the only blooming things I have... more »

Take time

Nobody sees a flower, really; it is so small it takes time. we haven't time and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time. (Georgia O'Keeffe)

Both of these topics (seeing and friendship) are spiraling around in my thoughts. Sometimes they surface; most of the time they are undercurrents a level below conscious, focused thought. I suspect there will be a longer post on one or both topics in the future. Monday mornings aren't really the time for long posts though.

Have a beautiful start to the week and when you can take some time for yourself to just sit and look and listen. It may only be five minutes or it may be you can find 30 minutes, but either way, I am sure that you will be able to perceive a lot more around you if you take the time.

Photo : another crocus in my yard. They're the only blooming things I have at this time. I enjoy them while they last.  The photo has been downsized from the original to a more web friendly size. It has also been slightly cropped to fit a 16:9 format  (1920*1080) 

Quote : i had to slightly modify the quote due to GPlus' markup language, which will strike through text with dashes. hopefully, my punctuation keeps the essence of the quote intact. punctuation and grammar are not my strong points. the original quote is here:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/140943.Georgia_O_Keeffe?page=1 (third from the top)___

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2015-03-08 11:42:16 (58 comments, 40 reshares, 352 +1s)Open 

First visitors

Friday I had the first visit from a bee this year. Right now all that is in blossom around my place are crocuses, but that seems to be good enough for the first bees.

Bees have different life-cycles at different times of the year. This is a Winter bee, which lives longer than the Spring and Summer bees. A winter bee is one born in August or September that is intended to live until roughly April. The Spring / Summer bees are born in the period April to July and are there to bring in as much nectar for honey as possible. A typical bee hive will need 20kg of honey to survive the winter.

In order to survive the Winter, the bees pull back into their hives and use their body heat to maintain an acceptable internal temperature. They rely on honey, which they stored up previously, to keep up their energy levels. When it is very cold, the bees actively... more »

First visitors

Friday I had the first visit from a bee this year. Right now all that is in blossom around my place are crocuses, but that seems to be good enough for the first bees.

Bees have different life-cycles at different times of the year. This is a Winter bee, which lives longer than the Spring and Summer bees. A winter bee is one born in August or September that is intended to live until roughly April. The Spring / Summer bees are born in the period April to July and are there to bring in as much nectar for honey as possible. A typical bee hive will need 20kg of honey to survive the winter.

In order to survive the Winter, the bees pull back into their hives and use their body heat to maintain an acceptable internal temperature. They rely on honey, which they stored up previously, to keep up their energy levels. When it is very cold, the bees actively "shiver" and take turns rotating on the edge of the swarm where it is coldest. The hive can survive with a temperature of 19°C.

In the Spring, the bees begin to come out when the outside temperature reaches 10°C. They need to bring in more food, as the first broods of Spring bees have to be maintained. According to what I have read the internal hive temperature needs to be kept at 34°-35°C for the new bees to hatch in April. That means keeping the hive significantly warmer than is required to just make it through the winter. By this time the honey reserves are dwindling. Early blossoming flowers like crocuses can be helpful for the hives, because they can begin to replenish their stores with the nectar from the flowers. Fortunately, there are plenty of wild crocuses in the fields near my house and I plant them too in my yard. 

Additional reading / sources :

German
http://de.wikibooks.org/wiki/Einf%C3%BChrung_in_die_Imkerei/_Das_Bienenjahr

http://www.zeit-fragen.ch/index.php?id=664 

English

http://www.bbka.org.uk/files/library/spring_feeding_for_web_18_may_1337335404.pdf 

Special thanks
+Adella Wright , +Brigitte W. , who picked this photo from several I asked them to review. ___

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2015-03-07 00:07:12 (27 comments, 0 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

She rules the night

I take what Nature gives me. Tonight it was an irresistible moon, which was impossible for me to ignore.

If the night starts out this well, perhaps tomorrow will bring good light and lovely sights to share as well.  

Until the morrow. 

She rules the night

I take what Nature gives me. Tonight it was an irresistible moon, which was impossible for me to ignore.

If the night starts out this well, perhaps tomorrow will bring good light and lovely sights to share as well.  

Until the morrow. ___

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2015-03-06 08:18:33 (27 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

A Secret

Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time?  (Hermann Hesse)

TL;DR : skip to the end for a surprise

For the patient

The thing about this picture is that it could be anytime, any age, past or future. Water, rocks and plants looked much like this before we were around and will look like this after we are gone. We carve up our days into tiny units of time and make ourselves slaves to schedules. Nature runs on its own schedule, patiently moving, flowing, changing little by little. 

Enjoy Friday and the weekend. Take a bit of time for yourself without the pressures of the clock: you're worth it!


The End is Near

Taking a completely different vector, because I promised a surprise: I went off on a tangent last night due to someone on the Plus inadvertentlyt... more »

A Secret

Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time?  (Hermann Hesse)

TL;DR : skip to the end for a surprise

For the patient

The thing about this picture is that it could be anytime, any age, past or future. Water, rocks and plants looked much like this before we were around and will look like this after we are gone. We carve up our days into tiny units of time and make ourselves slaves to schedules. Nature runs on its own schedule, patiently moving, flowing, changing little by little. 

Enjoy Friday and the weekend. Take a bit of time for yourself without the pressures of the clock: you're worth it!


The End is Near

Taking a completely different vector, because I promised a surprise: I went off on a tangent last night due to someone on the Plus inadvertently triggering an excursion into the depths of Futurama. 


TL;DR: Landing Zone
 
You seem malnourished. Are you suffering from internal parasites? (Zoidberg)

If you TL;DRed in here, you have no clue why I dropped that in here. Chalk it up to me messing with your mind. If you actually read everything, you probably also find it odd that I dropped that quote in. Chalk it up to me having a messed up mind.

Have a great Friday, folks!___

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2015-03-05 00:03:13 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Seeing the Watcher

What use is care? What good is watching for that matter? People are forever watching things. They should be seeing. I see the things I look at. I am a see-er.
(Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man's Fear)

I guess I need a longer lens to sneak up on birds. They always seem aware of my attention. I suppose they are used to people passing by without really noticing them; people strolling after dinner,  people talking to each other, people walking their dogs, people going places. How often does someone one stop, listen and look?

On another note: I can highly recommend Patrick Rothfuss' writing.

The Name of the Wind was his brilliant debut.,

The Wise Man's Fear is the second in a yet to be completed trilogy. I suspect he will be faster than GRR Martin concludes his epic.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a... more »

Seeing the Watcher

What use is care? What good is watching for that matter? People are forever watching things. They should be seeing. I see the things I look at. I am a see-er.
(Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man's Fear)

I guess I need a longer lens to sneak up on birds. They always seem aware of my attention. I suppose they are used to people passing by without really noticing them; people strolling after dinner,  people talking to each other, people walking their dogs, people going places. How often does someone one stop, listen and look?

On another note: I can highly recommend Patrick Rothfuss' writing.

The Name of the Wind was his brilliant debut.,

The Wise Man's Fear is the second in a yet to be completed trilogy. I suspect he will be faster than GRR Martin concludes his epic.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a beautiful novella from the perspective of Auri, one of his characters from the other two books. It's haunting, sad and insightful. A tale for the broken.  

more here: http://www.patrickrothfuss.com/content/books.asp ___

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2015-03-04 07:44:34 (48 comments, 8 reshares, 68 +1s)Open 

Lucky little ladybird = lucky day

Yesterday when I came home, I saw no one had gotten the paper or the mail. I also saw that the little maple we have in a planter could use a bit of water, so I left the door open a few minutes and got a bucketful. When I closed the door, a tiny spot of color on the white wall in the hallway caught my eye. Yes, this little ladybird. I've never seen one this early in the year.

By the time I got back with a glass and a piece of paper to transfer it downstairs to my office, she had managed to get caught in a tiny cobweb that I hadn't even noticed. The ladybird knew about spiderwebs and started pumping out some noxious yellow gunk, which I have read is a defense against predators. Anyway, I got her out safely and took her down to my office, so I could try to get some shots with the macro.

The photo you see was the last one I got.... more »

Lucky little ladybird = lucky day

Yesterday when I came home, I saw no one had gotten the paper or the mail. I also saw that the little maple we have in a planter could use a bit of water, so I left the door open a few minutes and got a bucketful. When I closed the door, a tiny spot of color on the white wall in the hallway caught my eye. Yes, this little ladybird. I've never seen one this early in the year.

By the time I got back with a glass and a piece of paper to transfer it downstairs to my office, she had managed to get caught in a tiny cobweb that I hadn't even noticed. The ladybird knew about spiderwebs and started pumping out some noxious yellow gunk, which I have read is a defense against predators. Anyway, I got her out safely and took her down to my office, so I could try to get some shots with the macro.

The photo you see was the last one I got. The Ladybird was walking around on my desk and found a small, green-handled screwdriver to climb up on. I took quite a few photos and was lucky enough to get the moment she flicked her wings out before taking off and flying out the window. Hopefully, she'll lay eggs on one of my cherries or the apple tree. Ladybirds are fantastic at controlling pests.

Have an extra portion of good luck this Wednesday courtesy of my pretty visitor!


photo: shot with a +4 close up lens on an EF 100mm macro on my 7D mk ii. I cropped a section of the original into a 4k size, color balanced and added some clarity and noise reduction. the image here was downsized to 1920x1080 for GPlus. It's actually quite striking in Black and White too. ___

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2015-03-03 08:06:29 (27 comments, 2 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Take one if you need it

Keeping it short today: a few folks in my circles sound like they could use a bit of a lift.


photo: test I did with a macro using a post card. 

Take one if you need it

Keeping it short today: a few folks in my circles sound like they could use a bit of a lift.


photo: test I did with a macro using a post card. ___

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2015-03-02 23:12:55 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Since I've seen tons of post on that dress (No, not Monica Lewinsky's although in UV it would be interesting)  and a few posts showing a spectrum test, here's a suggestion if you want to try your color accuracy.  
0 (Null) is the best score possible. My result was 3. I was slightly deficient in a particular exercise in a blue-green part of the spectrum.

Let me know how you do and where you have challenges (if any). 

Since I've seen tons of post on that dress (No, not Monica Lewinsky's although in UV it would be interesting)  and a few posts showing a spectrum test, here's a suggestion if you want to try your color accuracy.  
0 (Null) is the best score possible. My result was 3. I was slightly deficient in a particular exercise in a blue-green part of the spectrum.

Let me know how you do and where you have challenges (if any). ___

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2015-03-02 07:43:13 (31 comments, 5 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

Herald of Spring

Spring's banner is a crocus at my house. The first reliable sign that Winter is retreating to the far North has shown it's face this weekend. That and the noticeably longer days do wonders for my mood: even on a Monday and even when it is grey and drizzling.

I hope your week gets off to a great start!

Herald of Spring

Spring's banner is a crocus at my house. The first reliable sign that Winter is retreating to the far North has shown it's face this weekend. That and the noticeably longer days do wonders for my mood: even on a Monday and even when it is grey and drizzling.

I hope your week gets off to a great start!___

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2015-03-01 10:38:32 (24 comments, 4 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

Get off of my cloud

Hey! You! Get off of my cloud
Don't hang around 'cause two's a crowd
(Rolling Stones)

This was the other decent shot I got of the Common Buzzard (DE: Mäusebussard ; LAT:  Buteo buteo ). I was tracking them for several hours and several kilometers through the fields, mush, slush, ice and snow, but it was worth it to see them wheel in the sky. This one decided I was worth a closer look. 

As for this weekend, Saturday started with a sleep deficit. Then it was Ikea hell. The place was overflowing. Scout's honor we had at least 100 m of lines to the cash registers. It was incredibly hard to even move to the rows where they had the stock.

IF I were to rewrite Dante's Inferno the people in charge of Ikea's labyrinth would be roasting in the 6th circle or thereabouts. Oh, I'm sure their strategy pays offat... more »

Get off of my cloud

Hey! You! Get off of my cloud
Don't hang around 'cause two's a crowd
(Rolling Stones)

This was the other decent shot I got of the Common Buzzard (DE: Mäusebussard ; LAT:  Buteo buteo ). I was tracking them for several hours and several kilometers through the fields, mush, slush, ice and snow, but it was worth it to see them wheel in the sky. This one decided I was worth a closer look. 

As for this weekend, Saturday started with a sleep deficit. Then it was Ikea hell. The place was overflowing. Scout's honor we had at least 100 m of lines to the cash registers. It was incredibly hard to even move to the rows where they had the stock.

IF I were to rewrite Dante's Inferno the people in charge of Ikea's labyrinth would be roasting in the 6th circle or thereabouts. Oh, I'm sure their strategy pays off at the cash register. My wife enjoys wandering through the place, but all I want to do is get the effin' shelves and get out of there. I will say that the kjöttbullar and lingonberries took a bit of the edge off of the ordeal, but considering we went in at 11 something and only finally got out at 16 something, it was more than enough for me.

On the upside, the repair work in our downstairs pantry is finally done. [long story, but we had flood damage 2 summers ago that insurance wouldn't cover, so I've been doing room by room repairs] Friday was replace the old refrigerator (from 1991) with a new energy efficient model, which I hope will show up on the electric bill soon. Saturday was Ikea and get the shelves up. Today is leave me alone day. :-)

I'll be kicking back and doing some world-class goofing off today.

I hope you have a great Sunday and thanks for reading this far!___

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2015-02-27 09:25:51 (25 comments, 2 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Free Friday

Good news: I have the day off today.
Bad news: it's raining snow. that's the best way I know to describe it. Grey, cool, wet, blehhhh.

Ok, not really bad news, because there are a ton of things I can do, esp. read or possibly write if I screw up the courage to face myself and deal with my inadequacies as writer, by "just doing it". Sometimes that's the only way to grow, but I do take the easy way and avoid challenges sometimes.

I hope you're having a good Friday! I send greetings from this blue and gold horse I photographed earlier in February on a nicer day than today. :-)

Photo: Straight out of the camera except for cropping to a smaller size (still 4K) for posting. This is what it looks like on an overcast day.  What?! you don't see blue and gold? tsk, tsk. off to the local dress shop with you or to a green... more »

Free Friday

Good news: I have the day off today.
Bad news: it's raining snow. that's the best way I know to describe it. Grey, cool, wet, blehhhh.

Ok, not really bad news, because there are a ton of things I can do, esp. read or possibly write if I screw up the courage to face myself and deal with my inadequacies as writer, by "just doing it". Sometimes that's the only way to grow, but I do take the easy way and avoid challenges sometimes.

I hope you're having a good Friday! I send greetings from this blue and gold horse I photographed earlier in February on a nicer day than today. :-)

Photo: Straight out of the camera except for cropping to a smaller size (still 4K) for posting. This is what it looks like on an overcast day.  What?! you don't see blue and gold? tsk, tsk. off to the local dress shop with you or to a green grocer to get a bunch of carrots, because your eyes need the vitamins. :-)

thanks for reading this far and thanks too for the laughs. I've seem quite a few funny posts about that horrible dress. ___

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2015-02-26 00:56:00 (17 comments, 9 reshares, 208 +1s)Open 

Empty with nothing but dreams

Sometimes there's things a man cannot know
There's no place to run and no gasoline
In a world gone shallow
In a world gone lean

Where the lights don't move and the colors don't fade
Leaves you empty with nothing but dreams
I will stay with you tonight
I've been waiting all my life
To feel your heart as it's keeping time

There is a truth
The way I feel is the way I write
Dawn is coming, Open your eyes

Some lines in a new order from the lyrics of Stay Alive (Ryan Adams, Theodore Shapiro). It's a song that really resonates with me. I first encountered the song as performed by José González in the soundtrack of the Walter Mitty film, which impressed me with incredible vistas (Greenland, Iceland, Himalayas).  If only I could express myself half as well asAd... more »

Empty with nothing but dreams

Sometimes there's things a man cannot know
There's no place to run and no gasoline
In a world gone shallow
In a world gone lean

Where the lights don't move and the colors don't fade
Leaves you empty with nothing but dreams
I will stay with you tonight
I've been waiting all my life
To feel your heart as it's keeping time

There is a truth
The way I feel is the way I write
Dawn is coming, Open your eyes

Some lines in a new order from the lyrics of Stay Alive (Ryan Adams, Theodore Shapiro). It's a song that really resonates with me. I first encountered the song as performed by José González in the soundtrack of the Walter Mitty film, which impressed me with incredible vistas (Greenland, Iceland, Himalayas).  If only I could express myself half as well as Adams/Shapiro did. 

My sleep cycle is off at the moment, thus a very early Thorsday post in the wee hours. I hope you have a great day!

Photo: Dawn on Fuertaventura (2013)___

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2015-02-25 00:40:55 (23 comments, 0 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Basking in the light

I'm a lover of light, but to appreciate it, I need shadows and colors. Light can be subtle or it can be dramatic. Both can be quite pleasing if you're lucky enough to catch a good moment.

While I was in the fields this past weekend watching for raptors, the clouds started rolling in. What had started as a clear morning rapidly became overcast. There were some exceptional views though as clouds slid past each other and partially blocked the sunlight.

Nature sometimes provides unexpected inspiration. 

Photo: it would have been better on a full format camera, but you use what you have. mine is a crop with great tracking, which is ideal for trying to birds in flight, but I think it did a decent job on the sky too. 

Basking in the light

I'm a lover of light, but to appreciate it, I need shadows and colors. Light can be subtle or it can be dramatic. Both can be quite pleasing if you're lucky enough to catch a good moment.

While I was in the fields this past weekend watching for raptors, the clouds started rolling in. What had started as a clear morning rapidly became overcast. There were some exceptional views though as clouds slid past each other and partially blocked the sunlight.

Nature sometimes provides unexpected inspiration. 

Photo: it would have been better on a full format camera, but you use what you have. mine is a crop with great tracking, which is ideal for trying to birds in flight, but I think it did a decent job on the sky too. ___

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2015-02-24 08:03:15 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

An Understanding

Unspoken, unbidden
Into her realm I press forward

Halt! By what right dare you enter here?

We are kin you and I
You sit above the world
See and remember all
Yet I know, I know your secret
I too can see far and wide
past and present
See what you are
What you were
What you wish to be
Yes, yes I dare enter here

Two of a feather you and I
Let us make peace on this day
Dark and light
Scratch the surface
Far deeper are the depths of grey 

Photo

I believe this is a "Rabenkrähe" (aka "Feldrabe", Carrion Crow or corvus corone ) Best viewed full size. :-)

The all-black carrion crow is one of the cleverest, most adaptable of our birds. It is often quite fearless, although it can be wary of man. They are fairly solitary,u... more »

An Understanding

Unspoken, unbidden
Into her realm I press forward

Halt! By what right dare you enter here?

We are kin you and I
You sit above the world
See and remember all
Yet I know, I know your secret
I too can see far and wide
past and present
See what you are
What you were
What you wish to be
Yes, yes I dare enter here

Two of a feather you and I
Let us make peace on this day
Dark and light
Scratch the surface
Far deeper are the depths of grey 

Photo

I believe this is a "Rabenkrähe" (aka "Feldrabe", Carrion Crow or corvus corone ) Best viewed full size. :-)

The all-black carrion crow is one of the cleverest, most adaptable of our birds. It is often quite fearless, although it can be wary of man. They are fairly solitary, usually found alone or in pairs.  (ww.rspb.org.uk)


English language information (German at the end of the post):
http://www.birdsofbritain.co.uk/bird-guide/carrion-crow.asp

http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/discoverandlearn/birdguide/name/c/carrioncrow/


German links
http://www.jagd.bz/voegelkunde/rabenkraehe/

https://www.staff.uni-giessen.de/~gf1299/raben/rabe1_01.htm___

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2015-02-23 08:10:33 (23 comments, 0 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Pursuing a raptor

TL;DR

Part 1: raptor description
Part 2: photographer's ramble
Part 3: Have a great start to the week!

Part 1: Raptor in Question 

I believe this to be a buteo buteo or Common buzzard (Mäusebussard) 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_buzzard
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A4usebussard  (the German has more information)



Part 2: Photographer's rambles

I spent several hours watching 5 raptors, but it was quite difficult to get close. I walked somewhere around 3.5 km (a bit over 2 miles) through mud, snow, over ice patches, fields and even on pavement trying to get where they were or where they seemed to be going.

Even then, much of the time it looked like I would only be able to observe them pivoting high in the sky as tiny specks most peopledid... more »

Pursuing a raptor

TL;DR

Part 1: raptor description
Part 2: photographer's ramble
Part 3: Have a great start to the week!

Part 1: Raptor in Question 

I believe this to be a buteo buteo or Common buzzard (Mäusebussard) 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_buzzard
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A4usebussard  (the German has more information)



Part 2: Photographer's rambles

I spent several hours watching 5 raptors, but it was quite difficult to get close. I walked somewhere around 3.5 km (a bit over 2 miles) through mud, snow, over ice patches, fields and even on pavement trying to get where they were or where they seemed to be going.

Even then, much of the time it looked like I would only be able to observe them pivoting high in the sky as tiny specks most people didn't even notice. It was quite interesting to see them tumbling with each other and also being harassed by crows or ravens. I had no idea crows/ravens would engage in aerial dogfights with raptors at those heights. I had only seen it near trees at low altitudes.

With my fingers numb and the battery in the camera down to one bar (out of 4), I had a lucky break. They started spiraling down near where I was tracking them from. As you can see, I got lucky that one came reasonably close, but the light was at a bad angle and I had to shoot fast to try and stop the motion (I panned too). 

What I'm sharing with you shows a cropped area as shot. You can also see what it looks like after processing to show the plumage.

Why share such a crappy shot? I thought it could be interesting to see reality vs. final product. This is an extreme case for me, but there wasn't much to work with. I will keep trying and will eventually capture a good shot

A feeling for scale: I shot this on a Canon 7DMkii, which has a crop factor of 1.6x. The lens was zoomed to 400mm, which makes this a 640mm equivalent on full frame. The actual image shot was 5472*3648, but I only am sharing a crop of 1920*1080 with you (~35% of the original image).

Depending on which measure you use, the human eyes perceive a field of view roughly equivalent to 43 mm on a full frame camera. 640 mm / 43 mm = 14.8. Thus my original is using a narrower field of view and zoomed about 15x. When I crop in to only one third of the image to share this with you then I'm pretending to be zoomed in about 3*15 = 45x. This is not completely accurate, but it may give a general idea.

Regardless of the photos, I had a great time being outside and observing the birds, watching them wheel and listening to their cries.

Part 3: The end is near!

Thanks for your patience with the long post. I hope you have a wonderful start to the week!___

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2015-02-21 12:39:40 (106 comments, 57 reshares, 911 +1s)Open 

I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
Death thought about it.
CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE
(Terry Pratchett, Sourcery )

Another #Caturday has rolled around. The weather is not nice enough today for me to do any photos. It was lovely on Friday, but of course, I had work (which is good) and couldn't take advantage of the nice weather. Maybe tomorrow will be better for outdoor photos. If not, I'll just have to drink a cuppa tea and come up with some new macro ideas. 

What's your plan for the weekend? Anything interesting going on? Ideas or recommendations for me?

Have a great weekend!

photo: Ginger in my office window a few of weeks ago, while we still had snow everywhere. Only tiny patches of ice are left now.  

I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
Death thought about it.
CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE
(Terry Pratchett, Sourcery )

Another #Caturday has rolled around. The weather is not nice enough today for me to do any photos. It was lovely on Friday, but of course, I had work (which is good) and couldn't take advantage of the nice weather. Maybe tomorrow will be better for outdoor photos. If not, I'll just have to drink a cuppa tea and come up with some new macro ideas. 

What's your plan for the weekend? Anything interesting going on? Ideas or recommendations for me?

Have a great weekend!

photo: Ginger in my office window a few of weeks ago, while we still had snow everywhere. Only tiny patches of ice are left now.  ___

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2015-02-20 08:19:24 (15 comments, 1 reshares, 68 +1s)Open 

The wars of kites and crows

Apologies to Milton, who wrote on that subject in a different context and in a dismissive tone given his actual subject:

Such bickerings to recount, met often in these our writers, what more worth is it than to chronicle the wars of kites or crows flocking and fighting in the air? (Milton, The History of England, Book IV )

As some of you may recall, I had a busy photo day last Sunday. One of the things I tried was to find my raptor friends. Sure enough there were a few out in the general area, but try as I might, I couldn't get close enough to get good pixels on them. Still, it was rewarding, as I saw and heard them, esp. when they were being mobbed by crows. Oh, I also saw a murder of crows (isn't that a great name for a flock?!) in a field.

Like all birds of prey, kites are often seen being mobbed by members of the... more »

The wars of kites and crows

Apologies to Milton, who wrote on that subject in a different context and in a dismissive tone given his actual subject:

Such bickerings to recount, met often in these our writers, what more worth is it than to chronicle the wars of kites or crows flocking and fighting in the air? (Milton, The History of England, Book IV )

As some of you may recall, I had a busy photo day last Sunday. One of the things I tried was to find my raptor friends. Sure enough there were a few out in the general area, but try as I might, I couldn't get close enough to get good pixels on them. Still, it was rewarding, as I saw and heard them, esp. when they were being mobbed by crows. Oh, I also saw a murder of crows (isn't that a great name for a flock?!) in a field.

Like all birds of prey, kites are often seen being mobbed by members of the corvid family such as crows, jackdaws, magpies, etc. There are various reasons for this: the kite may be seen as a threat to the young crows, etc.; perhaps mobbing is educational, teaching the younger birds that the kite is seen as a threat or they could be attempting to steal food from the Kite. The kite will usually ignore the mobbing for a short while, and move away from the area. Their patience does wear thin however, and they will often be seen turning and showing their talons to the smaller birds, which is usually sufficient warning for the mobbing to cease.  (see: http://www.redkites.net/section72403_50285.html) 

It's Friday, which means with a little luck, esp. weather-wise, I'll have two days to look forward to trying to get photos of kites or kestrels. That gets my spirits up for today.

Have a great Friday and get ready for a great weekend! ___

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2015-02-19 08:18:10 (34 comments, 3 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

A flower in the winter

Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, and the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.  (Wassily Kandinsky)

In a few weeks we'll have real flowers, but I decided to make my own using the colored pencils available to me. I also wanted to write a bit about colors, but there is no "a bit". It's a subject that once you start on it, you can easily wind up going down a proverbial rabbit hole.

Colors are complex and the more you look into them, the more aspects there are to consider. Scratching the surface there are : light, reflection, absorption, additive colors, subtractive colors, primaries, complimentaries, retinal perception, neural processing, trichromes and tetrachromes, etc.. Then there are color theories from various... more »

A flower in the winter

Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, and the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.  (Wassily Kandinsky)

In a few weeks we'll have real flowers, but I decided to make my own using the colored pencils available to me. I also wanted to write a bit about colors, but there is no "a bit". It's a subject that once you start on it, you can easily wind up going down a proverbial rabbit hole.

Colors are complex and the more you look into them, the more aspects there are to consider. Scratching the surface there are : light, reflection, absorption, additive colors, subtractive colors, primaries, complimentaries, retinal perception, neural processing, trichromes and tetrachromes, etc.. Then there are color theories from various artists. You could easily spend days reading about color; it's absolutely fascinating.

Or you could simply enjoy some colors right now. 

If you do have some thoughts, perhaps emotions or reactions to particular colors, I'd love to hear about them.

In the meantime, don't worry about coloring between the lines. 
Have a great #thorsday  ! ___

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2015-02-18 07:04:47 (38 comments, 7 reshares, 160 +1s)Open 

Perspective

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.  (Douglas Adams, THHGG)

It's easy to lose perspective on things. We really live short, fleeting lives on a tiny lifeboat of a planet circling an insignificant star in a backwater of a medium sized spiral galaxy. Sometimes it's good to get a different view of things. For me that means some time in nature without looking at a clock: in a field, the woods, maybe on a hillside or a mountain or perhaps at night looking at the stars. 

I must be going as I have a brief presentation tod... more »

Perspective

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.  (Douglas Adams, THHGG)

It's easy to lose perspective on things. We really live short, fleeting lives on a tiny lifeboat of a planet circling an insignificant star in a backwater of a medium sized spiral galaxy. Sometimes it's good to get a different view of things. For me that means some time in nature without looking at a clock: in a field, the woods, maybe on a hillside or a mountain or perhaps at night looking at the stars. 

I must be going as I have a brief presentation to deliver, but before I do let me wish you a wonderful Wednesday!


Photo: another macro shot from the weekend, this time with a common object to give a sense of scale. 

Edit: Update since I got some new engagers today that probably didn't see my previous posts. The objects are black pepper peppercorns, a cinnamon stick, Atlantic sea salt (don't ask me if Pacific looks different, but it was sold as "Atlantic"), red chili flakes and a ballpoint pen for scale. ___

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2015-02-17 07:37:43 (21 comments, 3 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Savory

Add a dash of spice to your life: sea salt, black pepper and chili flakes scattered on the table.

There are other things I'm thinking about, but they're better off in a different post, so I'll keep this one short.

Have a spicy day today! 

Savory

Add a dash of spice to your life: sea salt, black pepper and chili flakes scattered on the table.

There are other things I'm thinking about, but they're better off in a different post, so I'll keep this one short.

Have a spicy day today! ___

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2015-02-16 08:26:48 (22 comments, 2 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Illusions

How often, you wonder, has the direction of your life been shaped by such misunderstandings? How many opportunities have you been denied or, for that matter, awarded, because someone failed to see you properly? How many friends have you lost, how many have you gained, because they glimpsed some element of your personality that shone through for only an instant, and in circumstances you could never reproduce? An illusion of water shimmering at the far bend of a highway.   (Kevin Brockmeier)

I stumbled across the quote above, because I was looking for something else. 

What do you see in this photo? If I let my imagination go, I could imagine lots of things, like icebergs on a glass clear sea with the distant lights along a shoreline in the far background. 

Of course this is something far more mundane, but I'm happy with it anyway. I thinkI&... more »

Illusions

How often, you wonder, has the direction of your life been shaped by such misunderstandings? How many opportunities have you been denied or, for that matter, awarded, because someone failed to see you properly? How many friends have you lost, how many have you gained, because they glimpsed some element of your personality that shone through for only an instant, and in circumstances you could never reproduce? An illusion of water shimmering at the far bend of a highway.   (Kevin Brockmeier)

I stumbled across the quote above, because I was looking for something else. 

What do you see in this photo? If I let my imagination go, I could imagine lots of things, like icebergs on a glass clear sea with the distant lights along a shoreline in the far background. 

Of course this is something far more mundane, but I'm happy with it anyway. I think I've leveled up. :-)  inspired by a prompt from  +les collier <<< thank you! 

Thanks for taking time to read and have a great start to the week!

Photo: 
Atlantic sea salt on a breakfast bar counter-top of labrador blue granite. the sea salt was illuminated from two camping lanterns. The foreground color is ambient light from the kitchen illuminating an aluminum edge.  

suitable for  #macromonday  or #macroaddict  ?___

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2015-02-15 22:30:02 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Good day

TL;DR
the photo is a crop from a test shot. Have a great Sunday/Monday depending on where you are!

Long version
I got up and took lots of photos today. The bad news is that the first batch was pretty much a flop. On the other hand, I learned some weaknesses in my technique. Also, I discovered that I wasn't capturing anything in "raw". Either that software I used the other day to do a tethered shoot reset my "raw" to "small jpeg" or I really fat fingered settings. (since it was a test version the "small jpeg" possibility is plausible to ensure I couldn't get "raw" with the test version)

My second attempt: I went out and tried to get pictures of birds. That also didn't work out so well. I saw some, but they were too far away for good photos. 

Not giving up though... more »

Good day

TL;DR
the photo is a crop from a test shot. Have a great Sunday/Monday depending on where you are!

Long version
I got up and took lots of photos today. The bad news is that the first batch was pretty much a flop. On the other hand, I learned some weaknesses in my technique. Also, I discovered that I wasn't capturing anything in "raw". Either that software I used the other day to do a tethered shoot reset my "raw" to "small jpeg" or I really fat fingered settings. (since it was a test version the "small jpeg" possibility is plausible to ensure I couldn't get "raw" with the test version)

My second attempt: I went out and tried to get pictures of birds. That also didn't work out so well. I saw some, but they were too far away for good photos. 

Not giving up though and thinking "third time's the charm", I went back to the idea I had in the morning to try it again. As part of my preparation, I decided to do a few test shots to make sure that my viewfinder dioptrin was adjusted to correctly match what the camera had when in focus. (those little dials get moved by accident sometimes). Since I planned to do some macro photos, I wanted to make sure my manual focusing would not be off due to my viewfinder setting. Yes, I prefer the viewfinder for most shots, although using live view and fine focusing at 5x is helpful on a tripod.

The photo below is a cropped and downsized version from my test shot. I like the design and the colors. The tea isn't bad either. :-)

Thanks for taking time to read and have a wonderful day!___

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2015-02-14 12:10:41 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

Lazy Day

I've got nothing today and I don't care.  

Intellectually destitute and apathetic is no way to go through life, son  (my inner Dean Wormer voice. what?! doesn't everyone have one? )

Have a good Caturday, Saturday, Valentine's Day or Lupercalia or just enjoy the weekend!

NB:  Must be the Finnish Flu. I blame +Henni Tenhunen  for spreading this virulent laziness.
h/t to +Mara Mascaro for Lupecalia. 

Lazy Day

I've got nothing today and I don't care.  

Intellectually destitute and apathetic is no way to go through life, son  (my inner Dean Wormer voice. what?! doesn't everyone have one? )

Have a good Caturday, Saturday, Valentine's Day or Lupercalia or just enjoy the weekend!

NB:  Must be the Finnish Flu. I blame +Henni Tenhunen  for spreading this virulent laziness.
h/t to +Mara Mascaro for Lupecalia. ___

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2015-02-13 00:34:35 (24 comments, 1 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Old friends

He stared up at the stars: and it seemed to him then that they were dancers, stately and graceful, performing a dance almost infinite in its complexity.

He imagined he could see the very faces of the stars; pale, they were, and smiling gently, as if they had spent so much time above the world, watching the scrambling and the joy and the pain of the people below them, that they could not help being amused every time another little human believed itself the center of its world, as each of us does.
(Neil Gaiman, Stardust )

Ultimately, I am a stargazer, a dreamer, a foolish wanderer far from home. It's not so clear how I got here or where I am going, but my heart is content when I can sit and watch the stars glide across the sky.

Winter is an especially good time for looking at the stars. Cold, clear nights make for good seeing conditions.... more »

Old friends

He stared up at the stars: and it seemed to him then that they were dancers, stately and graceful, performing a dance almost infinite in its complexity.

He imagined he could see the very faces of the stars; pale, they were, and smiling gently, as if they had spent so much time above the world, watching the scrambling and the joy and the pain of the people below them, that they could not help being amused every time another little human believed itself the center of its world, as each of us does.
(Neil Gaiman, Stardust )

Ultimately, I am a stargazer, a dreamer, a foolish wanderer far from home. It's not so clear how I got here or where I am going, but my heart is content when I can sit and watch the stars glide across the sky.

Winter is an especially good time for looking at the stars. Cold, clear nights make for good seeing conditions. There are also some bright, well-known asterisms. Orion, Canus Major, Taurus are high in the sky now. One of my favorite groups is M45 (Messier's Catalog of non-comets) better known as the Pleiades and sometimes as the "Seven Sisters".  They are an open cluster of relatively young (~100 million years vs. the sun's 4.6 billion) blue stars. 

I hope you have star-kissed dreams and a great start to the weekend.

Photo: 
It's a composite of multiple images stacked together. This is their statistical mean. These images were shot at varying exposures (time) and ISOs. The focal length was approximately 180mm on my EF 100-400 lens. Maybe I'll try at 400 mm another night, but it's challenging to frame and focus. Also the longer the focal length, the longer an exposure and the more movement I get. A telescope mount would be the answer, but for now I'll make do with my tripod. ___

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2015-02-12 07:54:33 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Receive without conceit, release without struggle.

Marcus Aurelius helping to get the day started.

Have a great Thursday and enjoy the little things that make the world beautiful!

Receive without conceit, release without struggle.

Marcus Aurelius helping to get the day started.

Have a great Thursday and enjoy the little things that make the world beautiful!___

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2015-02-11 06:50:11 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 55 +1s)Open 

#wordlessonwednesday  

#wordlessonwednesday  ___

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2015-02-10 07:55:01 (21 comments, 1 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Impatient madman

Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,
Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
More than cool reason ever comprehends.
The lunatic, the lover and the poet
Are of imagination all compact:
One sees more devils than vast hell can hold,
That is, the madman: the lover, all as frantic,
Sees Helen's beauty in a brow of Egypt:
The poet's eye, in fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
(Shakespeare, "A Midsummernight's Dream")

This morning, I saw someone else post about rabbit holes (+J. Hancock ) and following your unbidden thoughts. Today's image is the result of something... more »

Impatient madman

Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,
Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
More than cool reason ever comprehends.
The lunatic, the lover and the poet
Are of imagination all compact:
One sees more devils than vast hell can hold,
That is, the madman: the lover, all as frantic,
Sees Helen's beauty in a brow of Egypt:
The poet's eye, in fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
(Shakespeare, "A Midsummernight's Dream")

This morning, I saw someone else post about rabbit holes (+J. Hancock ) and following your unbidden thoughts. Today's image is the result of something similar, but I didn't get there. My lack of PS skills and lack of patience limited me. I'll give myself credit for baby steps.

Have a beautiful day!

Image: 
composed of a crop of the Trifid nebula (from a GIS), a NASA image of the earth, a pair of Alpendohlen (Alpine Chough). My seething, wormhole-ridden brain had some random electrical discharges (and I cursed a few times as I threw things away and restarted) You're free to interpret: I won't lead you in a particular direction by stating intent. ___

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2015-02-08 18:21:25 (18 comments, 6 reshares, 99 +1s)Open 

Skytsengelen
Guardian Angel

Jeg er fuglen som banker på vinduet til dig om morgenen
I am the bird which pecks at your window in the morning
og følgesvennen din, han du ikke kan vite,
and your companion, who you can not know,
blomstene som lyser for den blinde.
blossoms of light for the blind.

Jeg er brekronen over skogene, den blendende
I am the glacier's crest above the woods, blindingly bright
og malmstemmene fra katedralens tårn.
and brassy voices from the cathedral's tower.
Tanken som plutselig faller ned over dig midt på dagen
A thought which suddenly falls upon you in the middle of the day
og fyller dig med en besynderlig lykke.
and fills you with a special happiness.

Jeg er en du har elsket for lenge siden.
I am the one you have loved a long time ago.
Jeg går ved siden avdig ... more »

Skytsengelen
Guardian Angel

Jeg er fuglen som banker på vinduet til dig om morgenen
I am the bird which pecks at your window in the morning
og følgesvennen din, han du ikke kan vite,
and your companion, who you can not know,
blomstene som lyser for den blinde.
blossoms of light for the blind.

Jeg er brekronen over skogene, den blendende
I am the glacier's crest above the woods, blindingly bright
og malmstemmene fra katedralens tårn.
and brassy voices from the cathedral's tower.
Tanken som plutselig faller ned over dig midt på dagen
A thought which suddenly falls upon you in the middle of the day
og fyller dig med en besynderlig lykke.
and fills you with a special happiness.

Jeg er en du har elsket for lenge siden.
I am the one you have loved a long time ago.
Jeg går ved siden av dig om dagen og ser ufravendt på dig
I walk at your side in the day and watch closely over you
og legger munnen på hjertet ditt,
and touch my lips to your heart,
men du vet det ikke.
but you don't know it. 

Jeg er den tredje armen din og den andre
I am your third arm and the second
skyggen din, den hvite,
shadow of yours, the white one,
som du ikke har hjerte til
whom you have not the heart for
og som ikke kan glemme dig mere.
and who can not forget you anymore.

(Rolf Jacobsen; translation and any mistakes mine;
for a professional translation see the link section below)

Another poem, another contemplation of the words, what they mean superficially and what they mean together. Life is interpretation, doubly so when reading someone else's works. 

I've also read a little about Rolf's life. While his poetry is beautiful, his life had a dark and problematic chapter, as he supported the Nazis during their occupation of Norway. He paid a price for his actions: hard labor after his conviction for treason. That was enough for Norway, it will certainly be enough for me, but it is something to be aware of. 

Have a beautiful close to the weekend and a great start to the week!

Links

A professional translation here:
http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/390357.html

I found the poem in Norwegian here: 
http://home.online.no/~arisol/dikt8.htm

More about Rolf Jacobsen here:
http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/jaco.htm 

Photo
as usual mine, but I have used multiplication in PS to darken the background and make the petals stand out more. ___

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