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Josef Gitschthaler755Kaufrausch, Konsumzwang oder Besinnliche Weihnachten Shopping frenzy, pressure to consume or  thoughtful ChristmasBesinnliche Weihnachten / thoughtful Christmas2013-12-22 19:00:0045  
Slooh187,901*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 23:30:00357  

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2015-08-13 07:14:19 (44 comments, 1 reshares, 78 +1s)Open 

Thorsday is my day

Like it or lump it, for some reason I like Thorsdays. The regular workweek is more than half over. I suppose it is a combination of having managed the challenges so far AND knowing it's not much further until the weekend.

Oddly enough though, Thorsdays are not a good day for my posts, statistically speaking. (Yes, I checked at one point on +CircleCount. they have a function somewhere in there that shows your posts by day or hour)  If I were smart I would save my little raptor friend for a post on another day, but that's not me. I like raptors: this I cannot deny!  In fact, yesterday morning driving to work I saw a buzzard catch a vole or mouse for breakfast. That put a smile on my face.

I hope you have a great day! Maybe if you're lucky you'll even see a bird of prey. Send greetings for me. :-)


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2015-08-31 19:27:15 (40 comments, 21 reshares, 203 +1s)Open 

A rare beauty

While some of you may be scratching your heads, wondering : how can he call a fossil beautiful? , the Berlin specimen of Archaeopteryx is truly exceptional. Not only is it nearly complete, but it is easily recognizable what has been fossilized. Additionally, the feather impressions are striking.

Most fossils I have seen are partial and require a fair amount of anatomical knowledge to recognize what is preserved. Not so with the Berlin example. People immediately saw a bird or a feathered dinosaur when it was first shown.

It has been a great pleasure for me to learn about Archaeopteryx and to see several specimens. I continue to be amazed by this ~150 million year old example of a dinosaur-bird. I hope you'll have a few minutes for the article.

Thanks again to Lorna (editing and humor), +Kate Stone​ (humor and encouragement) for shapingt... more »

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2015-08-31 19:27:15 (40 comments, 21 reshares, 203 +1s)Open 

A rare beauty

While some of you may be scratching your heads, wondering : how can he call a fossil beautiful? , the Berlin specimen of Archaeopteryx is truly exceptional. Not only is it nearly complete, but it is easily recognizable what has been fossilized. Additionally, the feather impressions are striking.

Most fossils I have seen are partial and require a fair amount of anatomical knowledge to recognize what is preserved. Not so with the Berlin example. People immediately saw a bird or a feathered dinosaur when it was first shown.

It has been a great pleasure for me to learn about Archaeopteryx and to see several specimens. I continue to be amazed by this ~150 million year old example of a dinosaur-bird. I hope you'll have a few minutes for the article.

Thanks again to Lorna (editing and humor), +Kate Stone​ (humor and encouragement) for shapingt... more »

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2015-08-31 19:27:15 (40 comments, 21 reshares, 203 +1s)Open 

A rare beauty

While some of you may be scratching your heads, wondering : how can he call a fossil beautiful? , the Berlin specimen of Archaeopteryx is truly exceptional. Not only is it nearly complete, but it is easily recognizable what has been fossilized. Additionally, the feather impressions are striking.

Most fossils I have seen are partial and require a fair amount of anatomical knowledge to recognize what is preserved. Not so with the Berlin example. People immediately saw a bird or a feathered dinosaur when it was first shown.

It has been a great pleasure for me to learn about Archaeopteryx and to see several specimens. I continue to be amazed by this ~150 million year old example of a dinosaur-bird. I hope you'll have a few minutes for the article.

Thanks again to Lorna (editing and humor), +Kate Stone​ (humor and encouragement) for shapingt... more »

A rare beauty

While some of you may be scratching your heads, wondering : how can he call a fossil beautiful? , the Berlin specimen of Archaeopteryx is truly exceptional. Not only is it nearly complete, but it is easily recognizable what has been fossilized. Additionally, the feather impressions are striking.

Most fossils I have seen are partial and require a fair amount of anatomical knowledge to recognize what is preserved. Not so with the Berlin example. People immediately saw a bird or a feathered dinosaur when it was first shown.

It has been a great pleasure for me to learn about Archaeopteryx and to see several specimens. I continue to be amazed by this ~150 million year old example of a dinosaur-bird. I hope you'll have a few minutes for the article.

Thanks again to Lorna (editing and humor), +Kate Stone​ (humor and encouragement) for shaping this up and publishing it on +GotScience.Org​.

P.S. a lot of sources are available. Wikipedia is a quick overview. Peter Wellnhofer's Archaeopteryx is an incredible reference. Pat Shipman's Taking Wing is also excellent in covering the origin of flight in birds.___

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2015-08-29 08:32:39 (26 comments, 1 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

A seagull up close and personal. Taken with my smartphone, so it obviously isn't as sharp as with a DSLR. I cropped it down to reduce image size due to my pitiful connectivity.

<mini rant>
Which brings me to a gripe I have with Google. What are you guys thinking? I managed to get the photo uploaded to Google Photos last night. Today when I want to share it to GPlus I get a message saying that it is downloading. C'mon guys. If I have an image on a Google service then handle the link internally please instead of me needing another copy and burning more of the roaming plan. Roaming is an anachronism that Google isn't responsible for, but definitely a pain point for me on this trip.
</mini rant>

Have a great weekend!

#birds #birdsinflight #nature #seanheffernansuncaturday ;-) #andtheotherhashtaggersimissed. :-D


A seagull up close and personal. Taken with my smartphone, so it obviously isn't as sharp as with a DSLR. I cropped it down to reduce image size due to my pitiful connectivity.

<mini rant>
Which brings me to a gripe I have with Google. What are you guys thinking? I managed to get the photo uploaded to Google Photos last night. Today when I want to share it to GPlus I get a message saying that it is downloading. C'mon guys. If I have an image on a Google service then handle the link internally please instead of me needing another copy and burning more of the roaming plan. Roaming is an anachronism that Google isn't responsible for, but definitely a pain point for me on this trip.
</mini rant>

Have a great weekend!

#birds #birdsinflight #nature #seanheffernansuncaturday ;-) #andtheotherhashtaggersimissed. :-D
___

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2015-08-28 11:02:35 (24 comments, 1 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Vrsar

Hopefully this panorama uploaded while I had a WIFI connection. It looked like I was able to get one photo uploaded during a coffee shop break.

We had stunning weather for our boat trip down the coast to Vrsar and Rovinj. In Vrsar we climbed the hill and then went on the bell tower. It was a fantastic view (i hope it will be on Gplus too. Definitely good on the device copy).

Rovinj was good too, but we were a bit short-changed on the visit, because we had to be back to the ship 30 min before the other passengers. That was because we were in the second group to eat. My daughter decided to split off and explore on her own. She got lost, went to the wrong harbour, and I had to go back for her.... All's well that ends well. We made the ship in time, still had 10 minutes for lunch, and had a lovely cruise back.

If this doesn't post in decent... more »

Vrsar

Hopefully this panorama uploaded while I had a WIFI connection. It looked like I was able to get one photo uploaded during a coffee shop break.

We had stunning weather for our boat trip down the coast to Vrsar and Rovinj. In Vrsar we climbed the hill and then went on the bell tower. It was a fantastic view (i hope it will be on Gplus too. Definitely good on the device copy).

Rovinj was good too, but we were a bit short-changed on the visit, because we had to be back to the ship 30 min before the other passengers. That was because we were in the second group to eat. My daughter decided to split off and explore on her own. She got lost, went to the wrong harbour, and I had to go back for her.... All's well that ends well. We made the ship in time, still had 10 minutes for lunch, and had a lovely cruise back.

If this doesn't post in decent quality then I will share when I get back home. Definitely recommended.

I am considering renting 2 bikes for my son and I to explore a bit while the women enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and the beach in general.

Have a wonderful Friday/start to the weekend!___

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2015-08-25 20:11:49 (26 comments, 0 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

Today has been a bad connectivity day. Here's a shot of a side street in the mostly pedestrian area of Novigrad. I tried to work in the moon too. I hope that you'll have a great Wednesday, because Tuesday is practically over.

Today has been a bad connectivity day. Here's a shot of a side street in the mostly pedestrian area of Novigrad. I tried to work in the moon too. I hope that you'll have a great Wednesday, because Tuesday is practically over.___

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2015-08-24 17:16:19 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

A very good read on forests and CO2. Also the first time I ever learned about the petagram to elephant exchange rate. Seriously, worth a few minutes to read. I even picked up a tip for composting.

+Kate Stone​ and the +GotScience.Org​ team continue to impress me with the great science they offer week in week out. I really don't know how they source and edit all the time. From my limited experience, articles can take a week, collaboratons or interviews even longer. It was a nice opportunity for +Max G​ and myself to contribute a few photos too.

Check out the article and put some science in your day!

This is a really informative piece about the relationship between climate change and forests that Nicolas Medina, an ecologist at U. of Michigan, wrote for GotScience.Org. Photos are by +Steven Spence and Max Goldberg.

#climatechange   #ecology   #environment  

http://www.gotscience.org/2015/08/24/forests-alone-cant-stop-climate-change/___A very good read on forests and CO2. Also the first time I ever learned about the petagram to elephant exchange rate. Seriously, worth a few minutes to read. I even picked up a tip for composting.

+Kate Stone​ and the +GotScience.Org​ team continue to impress me with the great science they offer week in week out. I really don't know how they source and edit all the time. From my limited experience, articles can take a week, collaboratons or interviews even longer. It was a nice opportunity for +Max G​ and myself to contribute a few photos too.

Check out the article and put some science in your day!

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2015-08-24 14:20:49 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

Novigrad

I took a walk this afternoon. Here's a shot from about 15 minutes ago. I am still at the spot enjoying the wind, waves, and occasional sunshine.

Have a great morning/afternoon depending on your timezone!

Novigrad

I took a walk this afternoon. Here's a shot from about 15 minutes ago. I am still at the spot enjoying the wind, waves, and occasional sunshine.

Have a great morning/afternoon depending on your timezone!___

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2015-08-24 08:48:56 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Mainly for +Kate Stone​. Here is my vacation library. I finished Everything is going to kill Everybody. I previously started Why the West rules for now , so I only need read the remaining 80%. ; ) Wellnhofer's Archaeopteryx is another one I have partially read and fully skimmed, but now I will have time to really enjoy it. Raising Steam has me smiling at odd moments for everyone around me. I plan to finish it next.

I hope you're having a great Monday and maybe even find time to read a chapter or two in a good book!

Mainly for +Kate Stone​. Here is my vacation library. I finished Everything is going to kill Everybody. I previously started Why the West rules for now , so I only need read the remaining 80%. ; ) Wellnhofer's Archaeopteryx is another one I have partially read and fully skimmed, but now I will have time to really enjoy it. Raising Steam has me smiling at odd moments for everyone around me. I plan to finish it next.

I hope you're having a great Monday and maybe even find time to read a chapter or two in a good book!___

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2015-08-23 21:18:33 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Gelato

Well we eventually made it to Istria in Croatia. I really like the Italian flair to it all: architecture, some of the foods, and everywhere the sound of Italian. There is also a lot of German and English. It is undeniably touristy in our little town, nevertheless it is charming. For the record so is the sound of Italian, which to my ears is possibly the most beautiful language I have heard. Sadly, I don't speak it ... I suppose that I will have to travel to other parts of Croatia on a future trip to get a more balanced impression of the country. Right now though I am content relaxing here.

Anyway getting here was an odyssey. Although we should have only needed 4 hours it took 9 thanks to jams, detours and extra stops due to the delays. To add insult to injury Slovenia was basically a parking lot after the first 5km from the Italian border. We kept speculating why.... more »

Gelato

Well we eventually made it to Istria in Croatia. I really like the Italian flair to it all: architecture, some of the foods, and everywhere the sound of Italian. There is also a lot of German and English. It is undeniably touristy in our little town, nevertheless it is charming. For the record so is the sound of Italian, which to my ears is possibly the most beautiful language I have heard. Sadly, I don't speak it ... I suppose that I will have to travel to other parts of Croatia on a future trip to get a more balanced impression of the country. Right now though I am content relaxing here.

Anyway getting here was an odyssey. Although we should have only needed 4 hours it took 9 thanks to jams, detours and extra stops due to the delays. To add insult to injury Slovenia was basically a parking lot after the first 5km from the Italian border. We kept speculating why. Was there construction ahead? Nope, it was due to border controls at the Slovenia/Croatian border...

In the end we made it. The rental is great, the weather mild, the ocean warm, the people friendly, the food good, and I can read. WI-FI / WLAN is spotty, so I had to get an extra mobile internet package due to the out-of-date roaming rules in Europe. I may be missing some of your posts, but I am trying to check.

I hope you have had a great weekend and wish you a good start to the week!


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Taken on my smartphone. I liked the dynamics of the people pointing at the ice cream. This place really comes alive at night with lots of people out and about until midnight. The ice cream here us Italian style gelato and quite tasty. My favorite so far is bacio.(chocolate and hazelnut flavour) I haven't found my absolute favorite gelato (fiori di latte) yet, but there are a lot of ice cream shops for me to try....___

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2015-08-21 20:33:01 (14 comments, 2 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Panorama in the Alps today. Some of you know how I love the mountains. ;-) feel free to zoom in. It should work.

I'll stop flooding your stream now. Have a lovely weekend! 

Panorama in the Alps today. Some of you know how I love the mountains. ;-) feel free to zoom in. It should work.

I'll stop flooding your stream now. Have a lovely weekend! ___

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2015-08-21 20:29:05 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Looking down on the fortress at Hohenwengen. Great castle to visit. We walked that path. A little exercise due to the steepness, but the good path and switchbacks made it easy enough. Caught the morning falconry show. I got one picture that I'm really happy with, but I only got smartphone photos to upload so far. Will do DSLR some other time with a faster connection.
Have a great weekend!

Looking down on the fortress at Hohenwengen. Great castle to visit. We walked that path. A little exercise due to the steepness, but the good path and switchbacks made it easy enough. Caught the morning falconry show. I got one picture that I'm really happy with, but I only got smartphone photos to upload so far. Will do DSLR some other time with a faster connection.
Have a great weekend!___

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2015-08-21 20:23:29 (16 comments, 2 reshares, 76 +1s)Open 

View from the entrance to the ice cave

View from the entrance to the ice cave___

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2015-08-21 20:22:26 (20 comments, 1 reshares, 77 +1s)Open 

I wanted to crop this so it wouldn't be such a large picture in your stream, but Google Photos wouldn't let me save. Seen today near the largest ice cave in the world. Near Wengen, Austria. The cave system is 42km long, but as a tourist you can only go in 1km. 700 steps up and the same back down. You carry lighted cave lamps and the guide burns ribbons of magnesium where he wants it to be brighter. Unfortunately no photos allowed. The tour takes good hour.
There's an ice wall many meters high and sloped 70 degrees. The ice there is 25 meters thick. There was also a huge cavern 40 meters high and 70 meters long full of ice. The oldest ice in there was 5000 years old. Lots of great stuff to see. As a bonus the ice sculptures are named after figures from the Edda.
Expensive because you also need to take a gondola up (or have a lot of time to hike up). Well worth it if you have a good... more »

I wanted to crop this so it wouldn't be such a large picture in your stream, but Google Photos wouldn't let me save. Seen today near the largest ice cave in the world. Near Wengen, Austria. The cave system is 42km long, but as a tourist you can only go in 1km. 700 steps up and the same back down. You carry lighted cave lamps and the guide burns ribbons of magnesium where he wants it to be brighter. Unfortunately no photos allowed. The tour takes good hour.
There's an ice wall many meters high and sloped 70 degrees. The ice there is 25 meters thick. There was also a huge cavern 40 meters high and 70 meters long full of ice. The oldest ice in there was 5000 years old. Lots of great stuff to see. As a bonus the ice sculptures are named after figures from the Edda.
Expensive because you also need to take a gondola up (or have a lot of time to hike up). Well worth it if you have a good guide. Ours was.___

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2015-08-20 19:33:26 (25 comments, 1 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

A little light reading for the evening. Happy Friday Eve! might as well celebrate while it's still possible

A little light reading for the evening. Happy Friday Eve! might as well celebrate while it's still possible___

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2015-08-19 08:36:32 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Grandmother, you really should floss more  (Spence reinterprets Grimm) 

Smile and have a great Wednesday!

Grandmother, you really should floss more  (Spence reinterprets Grimm) 

Smile and have a great Wednesday!___

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2015-08-18 22:46:57 (16 comments, 4 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

My mind, he said, rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me  work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation. That is why I have chosen my own particular profession, or rather created it, for I am the only one in the world.  (Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four )

I was inspired to play around with stars and starlight by a GPlus mentor (you know who you are, but I'm not sure if you want the publicity or not). this mashup felt like fun, so I leave you with this while I go and search for subjects for my camera. 

Have a great week and enjoy a good book if you get the chance!

My mind, he said, rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me  work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation. That is why I have chosen my own particular profession, or rather created it, for I am the only one in the world.  (Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four )

I was inspired to play around with stars and starlight by a GPlus mentor (you know who you are, but I'm not sure if you want the publicity or not). this mashup felt like fun, so I leave you with this while I go and search for subjects for my camera. 

Have a great week and enjoy a good book if you get the chance!___

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2015-08-18 19:53:13 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Another great account with lots of bear pictures by Max Goldberg.
Check out the article at +GotScience.Org !

Another great account with lots of bear pictures by Max Goldberg.
Check out the article at +GotScience.Org !___

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2015-08-18 06:53:03 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools , the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans , and summed up all three of them in his famous phrase: 'You can't trust any bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing you can do about it, so let's have a drink.'
(Pratchett)

His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools , the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans , and summed up all three of them in his famous phrase: 'You can't trust any bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing you can do about it, so let's have a drink.'
(Pratchett)___

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2015-08-16 16:17:09 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

Follow-up

As a follow-up to my other post (https://plus.google.com/+StevenSpence/posts/Ujs7CVGs15i) describing a bit of the Watt, I thought I would give you a view of some of the farm animals and wildlife I saw. 

It was a lovely day (back in May). I hope you're having a great weekend!

Follow-up

As a follow-up to my other post (https://plus.google.com/+StevenSpence/posts/Ujs7CVGs15i) describing a bit of the Watt, I thought I would give you a view of some of the farm animals and wildlife I saw. 

It was a lovely day (back in May). I hope you're having a great weekend!___

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2015-08-16 14:58:12 (20 comments, 3 reshares, 77 +1s)Open 

Something different

I've been really busy with real world work at my employer, a personal project and supporting an effort I feel strongly about, so I haven't been able to get out and shoot anything new for a while.

I decided to go back to a weekend in May, which I spent in Cuxhaven on the German North Sea Coast. They have a very famous area of tidal flats up there called the "Watt". A simple description is that these are flat, shallow areas along the coast which are covered and uncovered by the ocean depending on the tides. 

In the area around Cuxhaven at low tide people can take horse-drawn carriages/wagons out to the island Neuwerk and back across what is otherwise the seabed. This "Watt" is classified as an UNESCO world heritage site. Approximately 2000 species of plants and animals live in the area, while the island Neuwerk has a... more »

Something different

I've been really busy with real world work at my employer, a personal project and supporting an effort I feel strongly about, so I haven't been able to get out and shoot anything new for a while.

I decided to go back to a weekend in May, which I spent in Cuxhaven on the German North Sea Coast. They have a very famous area of tidal flats up there called the "Watt". A simple description is that these are flat, shallow areas along the coast which are covered and uncovered by the ocean depending on the tides. 

In the area around Cuxhaven at low tide people can take horse-drawn carriages/wagons out to the island Neuwerk and back across what is otherwise the seabed. This "Watt" is classified as an UNESCO world heritage site. Approximately 2000 species of plants and animals live in the area, while the island Neuwerk has a human population of only 36. It's quite interesting for biologists even with all the ships and cities around the preserve. 


additional reading
English
http://www.germany.travel/en/leisure-and-recreation/natural-landscapes/gallery-unesco-hamburg-wadden-sea-biosphere-reserve.html
https://www.unesco.de/fileadmin/medien/Dokumente/unesco-heute/uh2-07-p65-67.pdf
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamburg_Wadden_Sea_National_Park

German
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watt_(K%C3%BCste)
http://www.ndr.de/ratgeber/reise/inseln/Neuwerk-Hamburgs-Vorposten-in-der-Nordsee,neuwerk102.html
http://www.ndr.de/ratgeber/reise/wattenmeer/Mitten-im-Watt,nationalparkwattenmeerhh101.html___

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2015-08-15 06:59:21 (22 comments, 1 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

Happy Weekend!

I think I should have something with honey on it for my late breakfast. GPlus has been strangely quiet the past day or so. Any feature roll-out going on?

Sadly the skies have been cloudy, so no shooting stars at night for me. Let's see what the day brings.

Have a great Saturday!

Happy Weekend!

I think I should have something with honey on it for my late breakfast. GPlus has been strangely quiet the past day or so. Any feature roll-out going on?

Sadly the skies have been cloudy, so no shooting stars at night for me. Let's see what the day brings.

Have a great Saturday!___

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2015-08-13 07:14:19 (44 comments, 1 reshares, 78 +1s)Open 

Thorsday is my day

Like it or lump it, for some reason I like Thorsdays. The regular workweek is more than half over. I suppose it is a combination of having managed the challenges so far AND knowing it's not much further until the weekend.

Oddly enough though, Thorsdays are not a good day for my posts, statistically speaking. (Yes, I checked at one point on +CircleCount. they have a function somewhere in there that shows your posts by day or hour)  If I were smart I would save my little raptor friend for a post on another day, but that's not me. I like raptors: this I cannot deny!  In fact, yesterday morning driving to work I saw a buzzard catch a vole or mouse for breakfast. That put a smile on my face.

I hope you have a great day! Maybe if you're lucky you'll even see a bird of prey. Send greetings for me. :-)


Photo <... more »

Thorsday is my day

Like it or lump it, for some reason I like Thorsdays. The regular workweek is more than half over. I suppose it is a combination of having managed the challenges so far AND knowing it's not much further until the weekend.

Oddly enough though, Thorsdays are not a good day for my posts, statistically speaking. (Yes, I checked at one point on +CircleCount. they have a function somewhere in there that shows your posts by day or hour)  If I were smart I would save my little raptor friend for a post on another day, but that's not me. I like raptors: this I cannot deny!  In fact, yesterday morning driving to work I saw a buzzard catch a vole or mouse for breakfast. That put a smile on my face.

I hope you have a great day! Maybe if you're lucky you'll even see a bird of prey. Send greetings for me. :-)


Photo 

A common Kestrel (German Turmfalke; Latin Falco tinnunculus ) hunting over a freshly harvested grain field. It's in a hovering mode scanning an area of interest closely. 


<hashtagging and plussing bird lovers>
#birdsofprey   #birdsinflight   #birds   #birdsgallery  +Birds GALLERY +Birds In Flight +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE ___

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2015-08-12 18:16:03 (39 comments, 1 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Social Media is not really one of those things I want to get into very often. There are so many self-declared experts out there, who are looking to help make money by helping you to monetize social media. That's not why I'm here on GPlus!

I found this one relevant to my interests, because it analyzed several topics related to engagement. I enjoy meeting other GPlus users, hearing their thoughts and finding great content they publish. GPlus is right for me for multiple reasons, but two stand out:  photos and the ability to post a decent length text. 

The study didn't bash GPlus for a change. It looked at factors that will make a post more likely to get a plus, comment or reshare. Yes, it's true (corroborating a small experiment I performed) #hashtagsmatter  , but I wish someone would end hashtag abuse. 

via +Denis Labelle 

Study: How to Maximize Your Google+ Engagement

In our latest +Stone Temple Consulting big data study, I looked at over 32,000 Google+ posts to find the post factors that most and least affect engagement (+1's, replies, and reshares).

Some of the results may surprise you!

The post includes a sharable "Here's Why" video that summarizes the study findings. We also compare the factors we found for Google+ to those we discovered for Twitter in an earlier study.

If you benefit from this study, the best way to say "thanks" is to share it with others! For that, we thank you!

Read the post at stonet.co/gplusengagement___Social Media is not really one of those things I want to get into very often. There are so many self-declared experts out there, who are looking to help make money by helping you to monetize social media. That's not why I'm here on GPlus!

I found this one relevant to my interests, because it analyzed several topics related to engagement. I enjoy meeting other GPlus users, hearing their thoughts and finding great content they publish. GPlus is right for me for multiple reasons, but two stand out:  photos and the ability to post a decent length text. 

The study didn't bash GPlus for a change. It looked at factors that will make a post more likely to get a plus, comment or reshare. Yes, it's true (corroborating a small experiment I performed) #hashtagsmatter  , but I wish someone would end hashtag abuse. 

via +Denis Labelle 

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2015-08-12 07:22:01 (28 comments, 2 reshares, 81 +1s)Open 

Have some fuzzy color

It never hurts to see a bee or a flower. Enjoy them while they're here as I follow the seasons with my posts. This is about as peak summer as it gets. 


Have a great Wednesday!


#bees  

Have some fuzzy color

It never hurts to see a bee or a flower. Enjoy them while they're here as I follow the seasons with my posts. This is about as peak summer as it gets. 


Have a great Wednesday!


#bees  ___

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2015-08-11 16:50:27 (14 comments, 2 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

It looks like a great week for astronomy (one of my favorite subjects) on +GotScience.Org . Yesterday there was an article about landing on a comet. Today: meteor showers! plus a look ahead to a Super Moon in September and a Solar Eclipse in August 2017. Maybe take it into account when planning summer vacations?

I hope you have clear, dark skies for optimal viewing of the meteor shower!

It looks like a great week for astronomy (one of my favorite subjects) on +GotScience.Org . Yesterday there was an article about landing on a comet. Today: meteor showers! plus a look ahead to a Super Moon in September and a Solar Eclipse in August 2017. Maybe take it into account when planning summer vacations?

I hope you have clear, dark skies for optimal viewing of the meteor shower!___

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2015-08-10 23:13:09 (36 comments, 2 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

Crazy German Subway

My Frankfurt friends are going to be a little ticked, but all I had time for was a quick visit to the Senckenberg Museum while taking my daughter to her European Music Week up in Schlitz (near Bad Hersfeld and Fulda). I had to see the Archaeopteryx casts. It's like dangling tuna in front of a great white shark. 

Anyway, Frankfurt has a sense of humor with the U-Bahn (Subway) Station. Here are two views of the entrance to the Bockenheimer Warte station. 

Have a great Tuesday (in advance for most of you)!

Crazy German Subway

My Frankfurt friends are going to be a little ticked, but all I had time for was a quick visit to the Senckenberg Museum while taking my daughter to her European Music Week up in Schlitz (near Bad Hersfeld and Fulda). I had to see the Archaeopteryx casts. It's like dangling tuna in front of a great white shark. 

Anyway, Frankfurt has a sense of humor with the U-Bahn (Subway) Station. Here are two views of the entrance to the Bockenheimer Warte station. 

Have a great Tuesday (in advance for most of you)!___

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2015-08-09 22:48:29 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

Quick "nature" post

Adventures in the wild with a fierce ladybird (to the best of my knowledge an endemic species; black variation of Adalia bipunctata ). Actually, they are fierce predators if you're an aphid, but to me just cute little friends. 

We also dealt with "wild" blackberries. I'm not sure blackberries are ever truly wild here. They are (in my experience) always around human settlements. Perhaps untended and forgotten from some previous landowner, but definitely where people have cultivated or settled. 

Have a great start to the week!

P.S. If these photos aren't interesting enough, I may be able to dig out some of a small German village, a few fossils, weird German subways or just plain ole bee and flower photos. drop me a line if you have a wish.

Quick "nature" post

Adventures in the wild with a fierce ladybird (to the best of my knowledge an endemic species; black variation of Adalia bipunctata ). Actually, they are fierce predators if you're an aphid, but to me just cute little friends. 

We also dealt with "wild" blackberries. I'm not sure blackberries are ever truly wild here. They are (in my experience) always around human settlements. Perhaps untended and forgotten from some previous landowner, but definitely where people have cultivated or settled. 

Have a great start to the week!

P.S. If these photos aren't interesting enough, I may be able to dig out some of a small German village, a few fossils, weird German subways or just plain ole bee and flower photos. drop me a line if you have a wish.___

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2015-08-08 21:39:05 (35 comments, 1 reshares, 84 +1s)Open 

Seriously

I had no intention of doing a caturday post, but Ginger has been all over me this evening. I managed to trick her into going out of the room, but she came back more determined than ever to get attention. I think she's overstimulated though. She actually nipped at my calf while rubbing against me. I suspect it may be because I hadn't posted a picture of her. I never should have given her internet access.... 

Hope you're having a great evening!

Seriously

I had no intention of doing a caturday post, but Ginger has been all over me this evening. I managed to trick her into going out of the room, but she came back more determined than ever to get attention. I think she's overstimulated though. She actually nipped at my calf while rubbing against me. I suspect it may be because I hadn't posted a picture of her. I never should have given her internet access.... 

Hope you're having a great evening!___

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2015-08-08 01:58:29 (21 comments, 1 reshares, 64 +1s)Open 

Not Just for Bees Anymore

Bees aren't the only ones busy and they aren't the only ones to visit flowers either. Here's some kind of wasp enjoying a sunflower variety. I saw other kinds of wasps and flies visiting blossoms as well.

It has been quite a busy week. I haven't been able to post regularly, but with luck I can catch up on some things (photos, reading, writing, GPlus) this weekend.

Have a great Saturday!

Not Just for Bees Anymore

Bees aren't the only ones busy and they aren't the only ones to visit flowers either. Here's some kind of wasp enjoying a sunflower variety. I saw other kinds of wasps and flies visiting blossoms as well.

It has been quite a busy week. I haven't been able to post regularly, but with luck I can catch up on some things (photos, reading, writing, GPlus) this weekend.

Have a great Saturday!___

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2015-08-05 21:39:22 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 62 +1s)Open 

Friends

This is for +Yellow on Thursday ( #yellowonthursday  ). Also I believe I promised the pic of my one-handed shot with the bumblebee to +Cindy C. . It was windy and I decided to goof off by just grabbing the sunflower and letting the bee wander around near me. They are very gentle creatures with mild dispositions. 
The hand gives you a decent reference for the size. I threw in a second shot as a macro. 

Have a great Wednesday / Thursday depending on your timezone. I really have to get sleep. catch you tomorrow!

Friends

This is for +Yellow on Thursday ( #yellowonthursday  ). Also I believe I promised the pic of my one-handed shot with the bumblebee to +Cindy C. . It was windy and I decided to goof off by just grabbing the sunflower and letting the bee wander around near me. They are very gentle creatures with mild dispositions. 
The hand gives you a decent reference for the size. I threw in a second shot as a macro. 

Have a great Wednesday / Thursday depending on your timezone. I really have to get sleep. catch you tomorrow!___

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2015-08-05 20:59:11 (38 comments, 16 reshares, 202 +1s)Open 

Full Flare

I was lucky to enough to see one of my favorite birds. That morning my hope was to take pictures of some spiders in the grass edging a strip of flowers. I saw quite a few flowers, bees, wasps and flies, but no interesting spiders. I had my camera setup with a macro lens and settings optimized for flowers.

Then I noticed a Common Kestrel (German Turmfalke ,  Latin Falco tinnunculus ) nearby. Of course I tried a few shots with the macro, but the bird was too far away. I ran back to the car where I had my photo-backpack. I got my telephoto zoom and headed back over just in time to see the kestrel catch a mouse and then fly on to find an undisturbed spot to eat.

Although you can't see it in this photo the kestrel has a mouse in its talons. It is just about to land and has deployed all its aerodynamic surfaces for maximum drag. Essentially the... more »

Full Flare

I was lucky to enough to see one of my favorite birds. That morning my hope was to take pictures of some spiders in the grass edging a strip of flowers. I saw quite a few flowers, bees, wasps and flies, but no interesting spiders. I had my camera setup with a macro lens and settings optimized for flowers.

Then I noticed a Common Kestrel (German Turmfalke ,  Latin Falco tinnunculus ) nearby. Of course I tried a few shots with the macro, but the bird was too far away. I ran back to the car where I had my photo-backpack. I got my telephoto zoom and headed back over just in time to see the kestrel catch a mouse and then fly on to find an undisturbed spot to eat.

Although you can't see it in this photo the kestrel has a mouse in its talons. It is just about to land and has deployed all its aerodynamic surfaces for maximum drag. Essentially the kestrel was bleeding off speed until it stalled just above the ground and landed softly. The kestrel had a light lunch; I had a great experience seeing the kestrel "hover" above the field and then dive down. 

#googleplusnaturechallenge  (thanks for the invite +Chad Haney )


#birdsgallery   #birdsinflight   #birdsgallery   #birdphotography   #birds4all  ___

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2015-08-03 22:44:48 (13 comments, 3 reshares, 66 +1s)Open 

Sweet Things in Life

It was a windy day when I took this picture so it's just a wee bit off, but I like the colors and the fuzzy bee, so this is my photo for the #googleplusnaturechallenge  , which +Chad Haney was kind enough to invite me to participate in.

With no volunteers the previous two days, I propose to sacrifice +Dryade Geo for your viewing pleasure. DG, you like nature and know how to use a camera: how about it?  I'd love to see your shots.

Have a great Tuesday everyone! 

Sweet Things in Life

It was a windy day when I took this picture so it's just a wee bit off, but I like the colors and the fuzzy bee, so this is my photo for the #googleplusnaturechallenge  , which +Chad Haney was kind enough to invite me to participate in.

With no volunteers the previous two days, I propose to sacrifice +Dryade Geo for your viewing pleasure. DG, you like nature and know how to use a camera: how about it?  I'd love to see your shots.

Have a great Tuesday everyone! ___

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2015-08-03 22:39:24 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

Simple things

Sometimes simple things turn out to be some of the nicest ones. I saw this grass on a short Sunday morning walk. I liked how gracefully it swayed back and forth in the breeze. I was really only thinking about the curve of the grass, but fortunately for me I lucked into one that I can use for the #fivedaybokehchallenge  , which +Nikki C invited me to take part in.

Since I haven't had any volunteers so far, I'm going to select a victim today. +Noze P. : you know how to use a camera and you're travelling to a great location. Share some bokeh with us all please!

Have a great Tuesday! (early post, because things have been crazy lately and who knows if I'll have time later.)

Simple things

Sometimes simple things turn out to be some of the nicest ones. I saw this grass on a short Sunday morning walk. I liked how gracefully it swayed back and forth in the breeze. I was really only thinking about the curve of the grass, but fortunately for me I lucked into one that I can use for the #fivedaybokehchallenge  , which +Nikki C invited me to take part in.

Since I haven't had any volunteers so far, I'm going to select a victim today. +Noze P. : you know how to use a camera and you're travelling to a great location. Share some bokeh with us all please!

Have a great Tuesday! (early post, because things have been crazy lately and who knows if I'll have time later.)___

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2015-08-03 16:48:08 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Record Setting Fossil

It's with great joy that I can share this article with you all. While doing research (and reading for pleasure), I kept coming across Dr. Dave Hone's writings. At one point I mustered up enough courage to ask him a question about Archaeopteryx , which he kindly answered even though it was a layperson's type of question.  Eventually some discussions with him led to a collaboration, which was published today.

The photos were a challenge. This is a huge dinosaur (Guiness book of world records for largest mounted skeleton)!

I highly recommend Dave's blog:
https://archosaurmusings.wordpress.com/

Today he unveiled the book he will be publishing next year about Tyrannosaurs. That's something I'm definitely looking forward to, but do scroll through his posts. There is almost certainly something for anyone, who has... more »

Record Setting Fossil

It's with great joy that I can share this article with you all. While doing research (and reading for pleasure), I kept coming across Dr. Dave Hone's writings. At one point I mustered up enough courage to ask him a question about Archaeopteryx , which he kindly answered even though it was a layperson's type of question.  Eventually some discussions with him led to a collaboration, which was published today.

The photos were a challenge. This is a huge dinosaur (Guiness book of world records for largest mounted skeleton)!

I highly recommend Dave's blog:
https://archosaurmusings.wordpress.com/

Today he unveiled the book he will be publishing next year about Tyrannosaurs. That's something I'm definitely looking forward to, but do scroll through his posts. There is almost certainly something for anyone, who has an interest in dinosaurs.

---

Special thanks to +Kate Stone for inviting me to be part of the +Got Science team earlier this year. It's been an incredibly positive experience. I've learned and grown a lot in a short time. ___

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2015-08-03 07:16:03 (17 comments, 2 reshares, 73 +1s)Open 

Early berries for birds

Seen on Sunday morning. I am amazed at all the food sources around here for birds. Plenty of fruit trees, blackberries, worms in gardens, and some of the trees already have berries for the birds too. #googleplusnaturechallenge  (invited by +Chad Haney ).
Please let me know if you'd like to take part in the photo challenge (you post on the subject when you can). 

Have a great and productive day! 

Early berries for birds

Seen on Sunday morning. I am amazed at all the food sources around here for birds. Plenty of fruit trees, blackberries, worms in gardens, and some of the trees already have berries for the birds too. #googleplusnaturechallenge  (invited by +Chad Haney ).
Please let me know if you'd like to take part in the photo challenge (you post on the subject when you can). 

Have a great and productive day! ___

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2015-08-03 07:11:56 (15 comments, 2 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Blossoms for Monday

Mondays can be a challenge for anyone, doubly so after a weekend working. Here's a friendly picture I took for the  #fivedaybokehchallenge  (+Nikki C invited me). I'd be delighted if any of you would volunteer to take part. 

Have a great start to the week! I hope you see something in real life to make you happy this morning. 


About the photo

Normally I would have cropped this to 16:9, but for +Fototaker SF I just pulled the JPEG (instead of RAW) into Adobe PS, downsized and put my name on it. That's why it is 1920x1280 format instead of 1920x1080 (would require a crop).  Fototaker, I took the JPEG for this example instead of the RAW file, so you could see no extra image processing. I do require a minimal editing tool to do the format downsize and some way to put a "watermark/copyright" on it.

Blossoms for Monday

Mondays can be a challenge for anyone, doubly so after a weekend working. Here's a friendly picture I took for the  #fivedaybokehchallenge  (+Nikki C invited me). I'd be delighted if any of you would volunteer to take part. 

Have a great start to the week! I hope you see something in real life to make you happy this morning. 


About the photo

Normally I would have cropped this to 16:9, but for +Fototaker SF I just pulled the JPEG (instead of RAW) into Adobe PS, downsized and put my name on it. That's why it is 1920x1280 format instead of 1920x1080 (would require a crop).  Fototaker, I took the JPEG for this example instead of the RAW file, so you could see no extra image processing. I do require a minimal editing tool to do the format downsize and some way to put a "watermark/copyright" on it.___

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2015-08-02 16:48:27 (27 comments, 1 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

There was one cloud in the sky

Otherwise it has been a lovely day. Not too hot (~25°C) and sunny. I even got out for a walk!  Thanks for +Chad Haney for inviting me to the #googleplusnaturechallenge  . I've done multiple challenges and lost count of who has been in or not, so if you'd like to take part just leave a comment and you're it! I promise these challenges are fun and you can do them at your pace. Just tag me when you post a picture for this hashtag. 


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This is also taken with my smartphone as practice. It's an LG G4 if you're interested. The camera did a good job capturing the cloud. I've done an edit on this though to enhance the wispiness (mainly micro contrast adjustments to give it more impact.). Nothing added, just making what was captured show up. I think the camera shows a lot of potential.

+JacobDix ,... more »

There was one cloud in the sky

Otherwise it has been a lovely day. Not too hot (~25°C) and sunny. I even got out for a walk!  Thanks for +Chad Haney for inviting me to the #googleplusnaturechallenge  . I've done multiple challenges and lost count of who has been in or not, so if you'd like to take part just leave a comment and you're it! I promise these challenges are fun and you can do them at your pace. Just tag me when you post a picture for this hashtag. 


Photo
This is also taken with my smartphone as practice. It's an LG G4 if you're interested. The camera did a good job capturing the cloud. I've done an edit on this though to enhance the wispiness (mainly micro contrast adjustments to give it more impact.). Nothing added, just making what was captured show up. I think the camera shows a lot of potential.

+Jacob Dix , +Brett Lipton and +Lady Deidre HurlsWaterballoonsLikeAPro ___

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2015-08-02 16:41:31 (25 comments, 1 reshares, 97 +1s)Open 

Blue Day

Ok, it's debatable exactly what shade this thistle is, but I'm going with blue, because +Nikki C asked me to take part in a #fivedaybokehchallenge  . I'm not tagging anyone else in, but would be delighted if someone would volunteer. (I've had lots of these challenges recently and have lost track of who already did them.) It's a great exercise.

Photo This is a smartphone photo. Except for cropping and putting my name on it, the photo is unedited. LG G4.

The camera used may be of interest to: +Jacob Dix (mobile photography guru) , +Brett Lipton  (fellow G4 user) and I think +Lady Deidre HurlsWaterballoonsLikeAPro was looking at smartphone cameras. 

Blue Day

Ok, it's debatable exactly what shade this thistle is, but I'm going with blue, because +Nikki C asked me to take part in a #fivedaybokehchallenge  . I'm not tagging anyone else in, but would be delighted if someone would volunteer. (I've had lots of these challenges recently and have lost track of who already did them.) It's a great exercise.

Photo This is a smartphone photo. Except for cropping and putting my name on it, the photo is unedited. LG G4.

The camera used may be of interest to: +Jacob Dix (mobile photography guru) , +Brett Lipton  (fellow G4 user) and I think +Lady Deidre HurlsWaterballoonsLikeAPro was looking at smartphone cameras. ___

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2015-08-02 14:06:00 (28 comments, 2 reshares, 62 +1s)Open 

Damselfly. seen on a break this morning.

Have a great Sunday!

Damselfly. seen on a break this morning.

Have a great Sunday!___

2015-08-01 13:55:57 (16 comments, 1 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Recommendations August 2015: Talent you should get to know

Today instead of an individual write-up, I have 16 talented photographers and artists for your consideration. I think they will significantly add to the quality of content in your stream.  

In addition to original, high quality work, I try to look for people who publish regularly and may not be so widely known. This round I relaxed a bit on the last part and included some people who appear to be fairly well known on GPlus already. 

Counting like a 'c' programmer. ;-) 

0.  +Sirpa Väänänen : a "shy" Finnish photographer in Japan, Sirpa does outstanding macro photography.
 
1. +Andreas Katifes :  like his stuff. authentic. mostly Greek areas

2. +Ken Werner : know him from a photowalk. experiments with different photography mediums. a lot of southernGermany, bu... more »

Recommendations August 2015: Talent you should get to know

Today instead of an individual write-up, I have 16 talented photographers and artists for your consideration. I think they will significantly add to the quality of content in your stream.  

In addition to original, high quality work, I try to look for people who publish regularly and may not be so widely known. This round I relaxed a bit on the last part and included some people who appear to be fairly well known on GPlus already. 

Counting like a 'c' programmer. ;-) 

0.  +Sirpa Väänänen : a "shy" Finnish photographer in Japan, Sirpa does outstanding macro photography.
 
1. +Andreas Katifes :  like his stuff. authentic. mostly Greek areas

2. +Ken Werner : know him from a photowalk. experiments with different photography mediums. a lot of southern Germany, but also other locations, various subjects

3. +Kristina Mikkelson Casanova : art. a distinctive, "naive" style with simple subjects, powerful colors, but it works. be sure to scroll back a good bit, she publishes multiple times in various communities.

4. +D Jones : relatively recently caught my eye as a photographer. publishes regularly. variety of subjects, good images.

5. +Ann-Charlotte Fjærevik : very talented, but not publishing publicly often. maybe 1x week or every 10 days. 

6. +Tina Vesić : FOOD! and fun, but FOOD!

7. +Jari Pohjasmäki : photos. gets a good number of plusses already, but you should see his work if you don't already have him in your stream.

8. +Paul Pavlinovich : photography. very talented, large follower base, but definitely worth you following if he isn't in your circles.

9. +Claudia Lombardi : photography. sort of "street" / "portrait" but not limited to that. unfortunately doesn't publish publicly very often, but check her posts out anyway.

10. +Dwayne Fuhlhage : photography : autos, sports, "street". has the skillz not getting nearly the plusses/following I would expect he should. 

11. +Carissa Braun  : science / nature / photos. She's been busy lately, but expects her post frequency to pick up again. 

12. +Dylan Johnson  : he's not got a lot on GPlus, BUT read his amazing story here: http://petapixel.com/2015/07/01/my-journey-as-a-legally-blind-pro-photographer/ 

13. +Deb Yarrow  : macros, nature, science. awesome stuff and multi-talented. 

14. +Shannon Theron  : artist with a very distinctive style. sometimes I see inspiration from Klimt, but really she's doing her own thing. definitely worth checking out.

15. +DT- Photography  : another photographer. she's a recent addition to my circles, but she has the eye and can do a variety of genres macros (flowers, insects), BW, nature/birds, landscape 


Previous Recommendations

+Bo J  https://plus.google.com/u/0/117639096683289490449/posts

+Guðbjörg Ben  https://plus.google.com/u/0/117304513433664478619/posts

+Axel Pivet  https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AxelPivet/posts

+Andy Smith  https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AndySmith/posts

+Cilla C https://plus.google.com/u/0/+CillaCantrell/posts


  #loveyourwork  ___

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2015-07-30 22:26:01 (22 comments, 1 reshares, 55 +1s)Open 

Golden Yellow

This evening I learned that #yellowonthursday  is a thing. I'm late, but heck "it's Thursday somewhere"

The photo is 3840*2160 (4K). Hopefully not a problem for you folks on mobile. 

Have a great Friday* (or Thursday)!

*Your timezone may vary No lions and no Whos were harmed in the making of this photo. 

Golden Yellow

This evening I learned that #yellowonthursday  is a thing. I'm late, but heck "it's Thursday somewhere"

The photo is 3840*2160 (4K). Hopefully not a problem for you folks on mobile. 

Have a great Friday* (or Thursday)!

*Your timezone may vary No lions and no Whos were harmed in the making of this photo. ___

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2015-07-30 20:51:43 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

I wasn't planning to post on Cecil, but then I saw this post. Observe, photograph, do no harm. Sometimes you don't even take the photo, just watch. 

This is how real men shoot animals.

https://twitter.com/rickygervais/status/420988376054263808___I wasn't planning to post on Cecil, but then I saw this post. Observe, photograph, do no harm. Sometimes you don't even take the photo, just watch. 

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2015-07-30 07:14:31 (23 comments, 0 reshares, 62 +1s)Open 

Landing Pad

I saw this flower on Sunday. Among flower beacons for insects this one has got to be one of the clearest. 

As for the photo I decided to take a bit different approach with it format-wise. (2:1)  Hopefully it will still show up nicely for those of you on mobile devices. 

Have a great Thorsday folks! 

Landing Pad

I saw this flower on Sunday. Among flower beacons for insects this one has got to be one of the clearest. 

As for the photo I decided to take a bit different approach with it format-wise. (2:1)  Hopefully it will still show up nicely for those of you on mobile devices. 

Have a great Thorsday folks! ___

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2015-07-29 17:23:44 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

This is the article I was referring to in my previous post. I may not be able to get out and take any nature photos at the moment, but look at these shots by Max Goldberg! What a fantastic experience!

I'm looking forward to more of Max' work. You can also check out his photos on Flickr (maybe we'll get him over here on GPlus / Google Photos too). There's a link in article. 

+Kate Stone and +Got Science 

This is the article I was referring to in my previous post. I may not be able to get out and take any nature photos at the moment, but look at these shots by Max Goldberg! What a fantastic experience!

I'm looking forward to more of Max' work. You can also check out his photos on Flickr (maybe we'll get him over here on GPlus / Google Photos too). There's a link in article. 

+Kate Stone and +Got Science ___

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2015-07-29 06:38:27 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

Sigmaringen II

This is a view from the footbridge next to the railroad trestle across the Danube. I have enhanced this one by duplicating the picture onto a second layer and brightening the castle walls, so you can see more. The time of day wasn't great for a photo, but I had to take it when I was there.

Some of you may be wondering when I'll finally get back to nature photography. The fact is that I've been going through a really busy period in real life and haven't been able to get out for a while. I do have good news though!

Today on +Got Science a new nature photographer (Max Goldberg) will have an article go-live. I've seen his pictures on Flickr although I haven't seen the article yet. I am sure there will be excellent photos. Please check it out! It should be available here: http://www.gotscience.org/  approximately 1PM London time or8 ... more »

Sigmaringen II

This is a view from the footbridge next to the railroad trestle across the Danube. I have enhanced this one by duplicating the picture onto a second layer and brightening the castle walls, so you can see more. The time of day wasn't great for a photo, but I had to take it when I was there.

Some of you may be wondering when I'll finally get back to nature photography. The fact is that I've been going through a really busy period in real life and haven't been able to get out for a while. I do have good news though!

Today on +Got Science a new nature photographer (Max Goldberg) will have an article go-live. I've seen his pictures on Flickr although I haven't seen the article yet. I am sure there will be excellent photos. Please check it out! It should be available here: http://www.gotscience.org/  approximately 1PM London time or 8 AM New York (EDT). I'll definitely share with you later if you don't get a chance to visit. ___

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2015-07-28 20:49:06 (17 comments, 1 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

#julydailyphoto Day 28 for +Carrie Simpson 's July Challenge. 

and now that I've got that out of my system it's time to get to fun stuff: the stream, snark and a book. Have a great evening!

#julydailyphoto Day 28 for +Carrie Simpson 's July Challenge. 

and now that I've got that out of my system it's time to get to fun stuff: the stream, snark and a book. Have a great evening!___

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2015-07-28 06:17:55 (21 comments, 1 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

Happy Tuesday!

Have a dose of color and a memory of a sunny day. Not a macro shot. This was done with my "walkabout".

Catch you later!

Happy Tuesday!

Have a dose of color and a memory of a sunny day. Not a macro shot. This was done with my "walkabout".

Catch you later!___

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2015-07-27 22:12:27 (29 comments, 0 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

Glad it's Tuesday

Yesterday was a day I would like to forget, but it's history now. Ever the optimist, I'm hoping Tuesday will be a good day. 

Have something with pink, green, a dash of bokeh and a spider web. Practically everything you need for a good start to Tuesday except of course a Maniraptor in a spacesuit, but maybe Wednesday will be a lucky day for that. 

Have a great Tuesday whenever it rolls around to your timezone!

Glad it's Tuesday

Yesterday was a day I would like to forget, but it's history now. Ever the optimist, I'm hoping Tuesday will be a good day. 

Have something with pink, green, a dash of bokeh and a spider web. Practically everything you need for a good start to Tuesday except of course a Maniraptor in a spacesuit, but maybe Wednesday will be a lucky day for that. 

Have a great Tuesday whenever it rolls around to your timezone!___

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2015-07-27 17:24:52 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

I want to thank Google for these two key improvements:

a. communicating a direction to users

b. taking user feedback into account. I see that especially in this point: "Google Account will be all you’ll need to share content, communicate with contacts, create a YouTube channel and more, all across Google. YouTube will be one of the first products to make this change, and you can learn more on their blog. As always, your underlying Google Account won’t be searchable or followable, unlike public Google+ profiles."

h/t to +Moritz Tolxdorff  where I first saw this blog reference. Also to +Bradley Horowitz , who has just posted on the blog as well. 

I want to thank Google for these two key improvements:

a. communicating a direction to users

b. taking user feedback into account. I see that especially in this point: "Google Account will be all you’ll need to share content, communicate with contacts, create a YouTube channel and more, all across Google. YouTube will be one of the first products to make this change, and you can learn more on their blog. As always, your underlying Google Account won’t be searchable or followable, unlike public Google+ profiles."

h/t to +Moritz Tolxdorff  where I first saw this blog reference. Also to +Bradley Horowitz , who has just posted on the blog as well. ___

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2015-07-27 17:01:16 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

we want to make solar harvesting surfaces that you do not even know are there.

I'm hoping this will be cost efficient soon. Think of all the potential uses on buildings, cars, devices, etc.  

Totally transparent solar panels are now in production! We got in touch with the company founders who say their product is inexpensive and efficient. The invention is based on research published last year in the peer-reviewed journal Advanced Optical Materials.

http://www.gotscience.org/2015/07/27/solar-energy-that-doesnt-block-the-view/ #solarpower  ___we want to make solar harvesting surfaces that you do not even know are there.

I'm hoping this will be cost efficient soon. Think of all the potential uses on buildings, cars, devices, etc.  

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2015-07-26 22:57:44 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

The Upper Lake

A Sunday morning pre-race scene from the little town I live in. My daughter did a 5K. I went to cheer her on and shoot a photo or two for her. It was a good day. 

Have a great start to the week!

The Upper Lake

A Sunday morning pre-race scene from the little town I live in. My daughter did a 5K. I went to cheer her on and shoot a photo or two for her. It was a good day. 

Have a great start to the week!___

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