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Josef Gitschthaler757Kaufrausch, Konsumzwang oder Besinnliche Weihnachten Shopping frenzy, pressure to consume or  thoughtful ChristmasBesinnliche Weihnachten / thoughtful Christmas2013-12-22 19:00:0045  
Slooh246,825*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 23:30:00356  

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2015-12-24 22:58:52 (39 comments; 3 reshares; 86 +1s)Open 

Holiday Salticidae

Greetings from this friendly jumping spider. I had fun doing this photo-manipulation back in 2012.

Have a Happy Christmas! 

Most reshares: 19

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2015-12-01 18:20:48 (14 comments; 19 reshares; 218 +1s)Open 

Max Goldberg didn't just photograph grizzly bears on his trip to Alaska. Today he shares Bald Eagle photos with us through +GotScience.Org .

Kodiak Raptors!





hashtags to help it be seen
+Kate Stone  #birds4all   #birdsgallery   #birdsinflight   #raptors   #science   #photography  

Most plusones: 327

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2015-12-05 15:30:21 (29 comments; 15 reshares; 327 +1s)Open 

Not enough raptors in my stream!

Raptors and I connect somehow. I've not had time to post or write about them in a while, but that's what I like and what I'm good at. I'm not going to downsize this one to make it easier for a mobile device either. I've done that far too often lately.

According to my sister, this is a female "rehabilitation" bald eagle at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. I did some searches on the internet to find out more about it. She is apparently named Athena (love it!) and was brought to the zoo 27 years ago. Athena and the other eagle in the enclosure were brought in after being shot. They recovered but were not fit enough to be released back into the wild. Fortunately, they found a good home.

In the wild bald eagles may live to be about 30 years, but thanks to better nutrition, veterinary care, and shelter,... more »

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2016-02-06 23:12:55 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 43 +1s)Open 

Got Stuck

This evening I was listening to my playlist and got stuck on Your Bones by Monsters and Men. I really like the text. I played it in a loop and let my mind wander. I think there would be a great story in this (if it isn't derived from a saga anyway)- 

Your Bones  (Monsters and Men)

In the spring we made a boat 
out of feathers, out of bones
We set fire to our homes, 
walking barefoot in the snow
Distant rhythm of the drum 
as we drifted towards the storm
Baby lion lost his teeth 
now they're swimming in the sea

Troubled spirits on my chest 
where they laid to rest
The birds all left, my tall friend,
as your body hit the sand
Million stars up in the sky 
formed a tiger's eye
That looked down on my face, 
out of time and out of place
So hold on, hold on... more »

Got Stuck

This evening I was listening to my playlist and got stuck on Your Bones by Monsters and Men. I really like the text. I played it in a loop and let my mind wander. I think there would be a great story in this (if it isn't derived from a saga anyway)- 

Your Bones  (Monsters and Men)

In the spring we made a boat 
out of feathers, out of bones
We set fire to our homes, 
walking barefoot in the snow
Distant rhythm of the drum 
as we drifted towards the storm
Baby lion lost his teeth 
now they're swimming in the sea

Troubled spirits on my chest 
where they laid to rest
The birds all left, my tall friend,
as your body hit the sand
Million stars up in the sky 
formed a tiger's eye
That looked down on my face, 
out of time and out of place
So hold on, 
hold on to what we are, 
hold on to your heart

Awaken by the sound 
of a screaming owl
Chasing leaves in the wind 
going where we've never been_
Said goodbye to you my friend 
as the fire spread
All that's left are your bones, 
that will soon sink like stones
So hold on, 
hold on to what we are, 
hold on to your heart

Radical beginnings, a great journey, a storm, a loss, and memories. There's a lot to work with there. 

Photo : Anne Burgess (1973) Up Helly: Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike license 2.0___

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2016-02-06 14:18:27 (28 comments; 1 reshares; 53 +1s)Open 

It's that day again

Since some people I know aren't fans of cat photos, I have them off in a collection. I posted one today, it being THAT day ( +Sean Heffernan : your favorite day!), but it was downsized significantly. Below is an excerpt from the original at full size. I think it is neat what detail an SLR captures. I can even see a high-level project plan from a printout I had lying on my desk reflected in Ginger's eye.

Today has gotten off to a good start. I got a lot done in the garden. I've decided Winter had its chance and I'm declaring Spring about 5 weeks early this year. I hope I'm right, because my tulips are all emerging already. 

I hope you're having a good weekend! If you have time let me know what you're up to in the comments below.

It's that day again

Since some people I know aren't fans of cat photos, I have them off in a collection. I posted one today, it being THAT day ( +Sean Heffernan : your favorite day!), but it was downsized significantly. Below is an excerpt from the original at full size. I think it is neat what detail an SLR captures. I can even see a high-level project plan from a printout I had lying on my desk reflected in Ginger's eye.

Today has gotten off to a good start. I got a lot done in the garden. I've decided Winter had its chance and I'm declaring Spring about 5 weeks early this year. I hope I'm right, because my tulips are all emerging already. 

I hope you're having a good weekend! If you have time let me know what you're up to in the comments below.___

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2016-02-06 14:12:04 (15 comments; 3 reshares; 80 +1s)Open 

Available Light

Our cat was demanding attention from me: back and forth in front of my keyboard, jumping up on the window sill then back down, repeat... I decided to get out the camera, but of course the flash is too harsh, so here's a snapshot with light from the window. Not ideal lighting, but a very typical pose for her.

Have a great #Caturday!

Available Light

Our cat was demanding attention from me: back and forth in front of my keyboard, jumping up on the window sill then back down, repeat... I decided to get out the camera, but of course the flash is too harsh, so here's a snapshot with light from the window. Not ideal lighting, but a very typical pose for her.

Have a great #Caturday!___

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2016-02-03 21:59:51 (11 comments; 2 reshares; 94 +1s)Open 

reshare to my "Science and Nature" collection. 

Remember when +Kate Stone wrote about this concept last year? As +Jonathan Trinastic tells us in today's article now it's a reality with the first 50 houses up for sale. I love the idea and hope they'll be very successful.

via +GotScience.org ___reshare to my "Science and Nature" collection. 

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2016-02-03 21:55:33 (5 comments; 6 reshares; 87 +1s)Open 

Xenoturbella or as the U.S. Air Force used to say: "a weather balloon" 

Believe it or not, what you see isn't a sock or a weather balloon, but an animal. 

_The animal, called Xenoturbella, is so bizarre that for 60 years researchers could not work out what it was - or where it fitted into the family tree.
But the discovery of four new species in the Pacific has enabled scientists to conclude that this animal belongs to one of the earliest branches of life._ 

If you have access to Nature the article is available here: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v530/n7588/full/nature16545.html

h/t to +Adrian Parsons for sharing.

record for oddest entry in  #sockwars   :-)

Mystery of deep-sea 'purple sock' solved - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35482467___Xenoturbella or as the U.S. Air Force used to say: "a weather balloon" 

Believe it or not, what you see isn't a sock or a weather balloon, but an animal. 

_The animal, called Xenoturbella, is so bizarre that for 60 years researchers could not work out what it was - or where it fitted into the family tree.
But the discovery of four new species in the Pacific has enabled scientists to conclude that this animal belongs to one of the earliest branches of life._ 

If you have access to Nature the article is available here: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v530/n7588/full/nature16545.html

h/t to +Adrian Parsons for sharing.

record for oddest entry in  #sockwars   :-)

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2016-02-03 20:14:55 (5 comments; 4 reshares; 41 +1s)Open 

Remember when +Kate Stone wrote about this concept last year? As +Jonathan Trinastic tells us in today's article now it's a reality with the first 50 houses up for sale. I love the idea and hope they'll be very successful.

via +GotScience.org 

Remember when +Kate Stone wrote about this concept last year? As +Jonathan Trinastic tells us in today's article now it's a reality with the first 50 houses up for sale. I love the idea and hope they'll be very successful.

via +GotScience.org ___

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2016-02-03 07:38:43 (20 comments; 2 reshares; 75 +1s)Open 

A Cautious Visitor

My best guess is that this is a young female common blackbird ( Turdus merula or in German Amsel ). I couldn't get a good picture, as opening my window would have scared it off, so I moved slowly and took the picture through my office window.

I hope the week is going well for you. We don't have any snow currently. I've got tulips 3 cm out of the ground... way too early. I hope a freeze doesn't wipe them out.

Have a great Wednesday! 

A Cautious Visitor

My best guess is that this is a young female common blackbird ( Turdus merula or in German Amsel ). I couldn't get a good picture, as opening my window would have scared it off, so I moved slowly and took the picture through my office window.

I hope the week is going well for you. We don't have any snow currently. I've got tulips 3 cm out of the ground... way too early. I hope a freeze doesn't wipe them out.

Have a great Wednesday! ___

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2016-01-28 00:10:01 (35 comments; 1 reshares; 127 +1s)Open 

Great Concert

My daughter plays the violin and the piano. Recently she had her birthday and one of the presents was to attend tonight's Wiener Symphoniker and Hilary Hahn concert[1].

EDIT: the photo is of Hilary Hahn.

Hilary is a fantastic violinist, but in addition, she struck me as very engaged with the orchestra and her fans. She took lots of time to autograph items (yep - I got her complete Sony sessions autographed for my daughter!). She also took time to pose for photos with fans. Also, Hilary speaks quite good German, which I didn't know.

It was a great concert and my daughter was floating on a cloud. Makes a dad happy!


[1] since I know someone will ask, here's what was played

Two works by Antonin Dvorak :
Overtüre "Karneval" A-Dur op. 92
Konzert für Violine und Orchester a-Moll op. 53(... more »

Great Concert

My daughter plays the violin and the piano. Recently she had her birthday and one of the presents was to attend tonight's Wiener Symphoniker and Hilary Hahn concert[1].

EDIT: the photo is of Hilary Hahn.

Hilary is a fantastic violinist, but in addition, she struck me as very engaged with the orchestra and her fans. She took lots of time to autograph items (yep - I got her complete Sony sessions autographed for my daughter!). She also took time to pose for photos with fans. Also, Hilary speaks quite good German, which I didn't know.

It was a great concert and my daughter was floating on a cloud. Makes a dad happy!


[1] since I know someone will ask, here's what was played

Two works by Antonin Dvorak :
Overtüre "Karneval" A-Dur op. 92
Konzert für Violine und Orchester a-Moll op. 53 (Hillary Hahn)

<intermission>

Robert Schuhmann:
Sinfonie Nr. 2 C-Dur op. 61___

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2016-01-26 22:15:04 (9 comments; 3 reshares; 109 +1s)Open 

New Contributor, Dakotaraptor , and Emily Willoughby Artwork

Today +David Blagic, an amateur paleontologist from Serbia, writes about Dakotaraptor steini accompanied by +Emily Willoughby's artwork.

David is only 14 years old, but already well-known for his interest in vertebrate paleontology. He has written prolifically about the behavior, morphology, phylogeny, and evolution of dinosaurs, particularly Theropods such as Maniraptorans and Carnosaurs. In 2015, David was featured in the Serbian science magazine Politikin Zabavnik . He participated in the making of an international documentary about the evolution of life on Earth and was a keynote speaker at the Belgrade Science Fair. 

Please connect with David here on GPlus or on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-o5vTKCJkBvJRRYiwwlv0Q .

+GotScience.org +Kate Stone 
... more »

New Contributor, Dakotaraptor , and Emily Willoughby Artwork

Today +David Blagic, an amateur paleontologist from Serbia, writes about Dakotaraptor steini accompanied by +Emily Willoughby's artwork.

David is only 14 years old, but already well-known for his interest in vertebrate paleontology. He has written prolifically about the behavior, morphology, phylogeny, and evolution of dinosaurs, particularly Theropods such as Maniraptorans and Carnosaurs. In 2015, David was featured in the Serbian science magazine Politikin Zabavnik . He participated in the making of an international documentary about the evolution of life on Earth and was a keynote speaker at the Belgrade Science Fair. 

Please connect with David here on GPlus or on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-o5vTKCJkBvJRRYiwwlv0Q .

+GotScience.org +Kate Stone 

hashtags
#dinosaurs   #paleontology   #artwork   #dakotaraptor  ___

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2016-01-25 20:02:37 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 71 +1s)Open 

+Jonathan Trinastic has written an article about the atomic structure of perovskites[1], a very promising material for solar power. Perovskites are simple to make and demonstrate high efficiency. Unfortunately, they break down quickly in moist environments. They also demonstrate instability. Understanding the arrangement of the atoms in a crystal structure may help scientists to unlock their potential.

Jonathan explains it all and includes photos from scanning tunnel microscopes to show you how everything is organized.

Bonus: the sun photo was from my backyard a few summers ago.

via +GotScience.org / +Kate Stone

[1] as explained in the article perovskites have a general structure of ABX3(A = CH3NH3), a lead ion (B = Pb), and a halide (X=Br or I or Cl), e.g. CH3NH3PbBr for bromide version. 

hashtags
#perovskite #scanningtunnelmicroscope#... more »

+Jonathan Trinastic has written an article about the atomic structure of perovskites[1], a very promising material for solar power. Perovskites are simple to make and demonstrate high efficiency. Unfortunately, they break down quickly in moist environments. They also demonstrate instability. Understanding the arrangement of the atoms in a crystal structure may help scientists to unlock their potential.

Jonathan explains it all and includes photos from scanning tunnel microscopes to show you how everything is organized.

Bonus: the sun photo was from my backyard a few summers ago.

via +GotScience.org / +Kate Stone

[1] as explained in the article perovskites have a general structure of ABX3(A = CH3NH3), a lead ion (B = Pb), and a halide (X=Br or I or Cl), e.g. CH3NH3PbBr for bromide version. 

hashtags
#perovskite #scanningtunnelmicroscope #solarpower #solar #physics___

2016-01-23 12:41:18 (27 comments; 3 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

Update on "Mountain View we have a Problem"

Roughly 9 months ago (36 weeks) my frustration level with GPlus reached such a level that I went on a multipage rant (the birth of this odd "collection"). What's happened since then?

Giving Google its due

Google / GPlus has continued to undergo radical change with the introduction of the new UI being the most obvious example. Google is acting differently now though (at least in my interpretation of this virtual reality).

1. The UI change was one that actually went out to a broad group of users. I have worked with it a while. For mostly desktop users like myself it hasn't been a great experience, but the important thing is that Google really got it in front of users and has been listening to them. WELL DONE!

2. Another beef I had was that I didn't feel original... more »

Update on "Mountain View we have a Problem"

Roughly 9 months ago (36 weeks) my frustration level with GPlus reached such a level that I went on a multipage rant (the birth of this odd "collection"). What's happened since then?

Giving Google its due

Google / GPlus has continued to undergo radical change with the introduction of the new UI being the most obvious example. Google is acting differently now though (at least in my interpretation of this virtual reality).

1. The UI change was one that actually went out to a broad group of users. I have worked with it a while. For mostly desktop users like myself it hasn't been a great experience, but the important thing is that Google really got it in front of users and has been listening to them. WELL DONE!

2. Another beef I had was that I didn't feel original content was being featured / promoted enough. Google actually put a team together that went through collections, curated them and then "featured" them. While I'm not a fan of collections due to several reasons (compartmentalization, lack of meaningful engagement: at least for me), I certainly applaud Google being active here. Another +1

3. Google and user feedback. Google doesn't acknowledge user feedback directly as far as I can tell, but it does seem to listen. Google is a data driven organization, so I'm sure there is heavy reliance on what the data tells Google about usage of the platform. I still believe having a User Group of some kind that could provide feedback to Google through an official channel would be beneficial to Google and both casual and "power" users. I'll give GPlus a pass on this one, because it seems like there is some improvement.

This isn't a saga

I'm keeping this short today compared with the original rant. I still have a few gripes that really irk me.

1. filter bubble: Some version of the old "incoming" stream would be good. Maybe the volume control on it needs to be low 5%, 10%, but let me see some new and unexpected feeds occasionally. Otherwise the system becomes a closed community (my local arm of the Milky Way? in the Googleverse). I like a little chaos in the stream to provide some spice. It doesn't mean I don't love seeing things from the people that I already follow. It does mean I like to stumble across something new without having to search via a hashtag or scroll through communities.


2. "The Algorithm" : related to filter bubble, but this criticism isn't about discovering, it's about seeing who/what I want to see. Because I don't have insight into how GPlus works, I chalk up most of what shows up into my stream as a combination of my circle settings and Google's relevance algorithm.

My stream has varied a lot of the last 36 weeks. I believe that the algorithm to show "relevant" posts in my stream was responsible for most of the variance. Anecdotal evidence: days would go by without me seeing posts from users that I normally knew previously posted multiple times a week. Eventually I went out and started checking a few. Sure enough a few people had gaps, but most of the people were posting. I gave a few +1s and they showed up in my stream again. Most recent example: Jonathan Zunger (in my "Goes to 11" circle). Really Google, I had a pretty good system to see posts from people I wanted to. I don't know if GPlus is breaking it on purpose or unintentionally, but I ought to be able to maintain the priorities.


3. Engagement : ok. This could be me being in the minority of users, but one of the things I really found fun in the first year or so of GPlus was the interaction on posts. I don't mean plusses or shares although they are welcome. I mean the real back and forth in comments. Maybe this isn't due to Google anymore (the YouTube stunt certainly destroyed a lot and I do hold Google accountable for that). Maybe the new and shiny wore off. Maybe my posts need to be funnier and snarkier. Nevertheless, the number one thing that would make Google more fun for me again would be having the experience of polite, thoughtful interaction on posts like in the early days.

4. Communities, Collections:

Communities haven't worked out great for myself/my user profile. I joined a lot initially, but it mostly fragmented GPlus for me. I hardly ever go to a community anymore and I can't remember the last time I accepted an invitation to join yet another one. Who has time for that? Just because it isn't a fit for me doesn't mean it isn't a good idea or doesn't have it's place. Nevertheless for someone with a similar personality to mine, I believe that communities didn't bring us closer together they just narrowed people down to discrete topics.

Collections: I still think this is turning into a Pinterest feature. I guess lots of users are happy with it. I also saw Google put a real effort into curating collections and featuring them. In fact, in terms of full disclosure I benefited significantly with two of my collections. My "Birds including Raptors" and "Science and Nature" collections have taken off like wildfire. That's due to Google. My organic growth in the 36 weeks has taken me from just under 17k followers to 18.5k followers or roughly 1.5K in 9 months. My two featured collections have shot through the roof in the few months (3? 4?) since they were featured. I have 49k in "Science and Nature" and 33k following "Birds including Raptors". So what am I complaining about?

a. The plusses and reshares are nice, esp. for the Science articles. I want to help share science, but comments are lacking. If and when I get them they are often "cool", "lol", etc. Of course, I recognize that maybe the problem is that I need to figure out something more engaging, but I got a good bit of interaction before the collection, so I would have expected more given the growth in number of followers.

b. People following my featured collections only see that one narrow view of me. This is why I think maybe it works like Pinterest for most people. The scan a collection, plus some posts and move to the next collection. It's compartmentalization to maximize consumption efficiency.


5. Photos / new UI

Google, making Photos a separate product is fine. Why do I have to upload there before I can attach to my native posts on GPlus? That's just inefficient. I still post here, but man has the experience of posting, esp. multiple photos, really gone downhill. I would think Google would want to make it as easy as possible for people to use GPlus. As a desktop user, I sure don't feel the love.


End of State of the Plus

That's where I am today (Jan. 2016) in my relationship with the GPlus offering. It's a mixed bag, but I do recognize that Google has listened. It may have drawn different conclusions about what is a good product, good for most users, but I do see some signs of Google listening and taking action. I hope for more. I still haven't found a better platform for how I like to post/interact. It could be even better with some collaboration with users. ___

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2016-01-23 11:16:17 (24 comments; 11 reshares; 177 +1s)Open 

Prometheus Talked

I suppose it's inevitable that you'll tell everything you know to make the giant eagle stop eating your liver day after day. (1)

What is Steven talking about?

We're not the only tool using species on the planet. it is known (2)

We thought we were the only species to use fire. give me the secret of man's red fire (3) Well there is very strong anecdotal evidence that Australian kites and falcons have figured out how to spread fires in order to drive more prey into the open. I'm hoping an intrepid photographer or two will capture evidence. I guarantee you that if I lived down in Australia, you could count on me to devote a few weekends to the effort. I'm sure some Australian photographer will be on top of this in no time at all, but STAY SAFE! those wildfires can be very dangerous and unpredictable, perhaps... more »

Prometheus Talked

I suppose it's inevitable that you'll tell everything you know to make the giant eagle stop eating your liver day after day. (1)

What is Steven talking about?

We're not the only tool using species on the planet. it is known (2)

We thought we were the only species to use fire. give me the secret of man's red fire (3) Well there is very strong anecdotal evidence that Australian kites and falcons have figured out how to spread fires in order to drive more prey into the open. I'm hoping an intrepid photographer or two will capture evidence. I guarantee you that if I lived down in Australia, you could count on me to devote a few weekends to the effort. I'm sure some Australian photographer will be on top of this in no time at all, but STAY SAFE! those wildfires can be very dangerous and unpredictable, perhaps due to our feathered friends.

Now: read the article and have a great weekend!


Footnotes to explain perhaps puzzling quotes

(1) In Greek mythology Prometheus (a Titan!) stole fire from the gods and gave it to mankind. As a punishment Zeus had him chained to rock. A giant eagle came every day to dine on his liver which regrew overnight. raises the interesting question of whether the Greeks knew that the liver, alone among human organs, could regrow

(2) Borrowed from Game of Thrones : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foqUPiwMiOM

(3) reference to the song in the Disney version of the Jungle Book, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKnQoWWySm8


*Hashtags for search / reference *
#australia #fire #blackkite #falcon #raptor #tools #animalintelligence


http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/australian-raptors-may-be-playing-fire___

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2016-01-23 10:54:20 (12 comments; 4 reshares; 34 +1s)Open 

Social Spiders

h/t to +Lerato Majikfaerie (Queen of Spiders)

The headline implies armies of spider, but these spiders don't move a lot. They aren't rampaging through the jungles like army ants or the spider minions of Sauron in Mirkwood.

Social behavior in otherwise solitary insects is very intriguing. Societies in spiders show marked differences from other social insects like ants and bees: no castes; sexual reproduction.

It's truly a fascinating article that broadened my knowledge of spiders in unexpected ways. Enjoy!

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160122-meet-the-spiders-that-have-formed-armies-50000-strong

Social Spiders

h/t to +Lerato Majikfaerie (Queen of Spiders)

The headline implies armies of spider, but these spiders don't move a lot. They aren't rampaging through the jungles like army ants or the spider minions of Sauron in Mirkwood.

Social behavior in otherwise solitary insects is very intriguing. Societies in spiders show marked differences from other social insects like ants and bees: no castes; sexual reproduction.

It's truly a fascinating article that broadened my knowledge of spiders in unexpected ways. Enjoy!

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160122-meet-the-spiders-that-have-formed-armies-50000-strong___

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2016-01-21 22:10:57 (11 comments; 7 reshares; 171 +1s)Open 

“Don't look at them directly otherwise they get suspicious.”

+Emily Willoughby was asked to provide illustrations for the Nature article.

The article and study focus on how evolutionary biologists investigate changes in feral domestic animals and their genes as a response to natural pressures encountered in the wild.


#science #genes #evolution #feral #illustration

“Don't look at them directly otherwise they get suspicious.”

+Emily Willoughby was asked to provide illustrations for the Nature article.

The article and study focus on how evolutionary biologists investigate changes in feral domestic animals and their genes as a response to natural pressures encountered in the wild.


#science #genes #evolution #feral #illustration___

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2016-01-20 07:52:45 (31 comments; 1 reshares; 64 +1s)Open 

Sign of Life

I was reminded today that I haven't been very present on GPlus lately. It's a combination of a very full schedule and frankly boredom with GPlus. The collection move seems to have killed the fun interaction on here for me. I also think Google manipulated the matrix again: my stream is conspicuously missing people who are posting - I checked a few profiles. Nevertheless, I haven't found a better alternative and there are many people on here that I truly enjoy following, so I'll stay and hope for the best. Maybe it will get interesting again.

Happy Wednesday!

About the photo

We were having snow and the skies were grey hours for several when there was a sudden break in the clouds. I almost missed it in fact (you can see the next band closing in on the sun). I had a request to make a "sun" photo, but in the winter... more »

Sign of Life

I was reminded today that I haven't been very present on GPlus lately. It's a combination of a very full schedule and frankly boredom with GPlus. The collection move seems to have killed the fun interaction on here for me. I also think Google manipulated the matrix again: my stream is conspicuously missing people who are posting - I checked a few profiles. Nevertheless, I haven't found a better alternative and there are many people on here that I truly enjoy following, so I'll stay and hope for the best. Maybe it will get interesting again.

Happy Wednesday!

About the photo

We were having snow and the skies were grey hours for several when there was a sudden break in the clouds. I almost missed it in fact (you can see the next band closing in on the sun). I had a request to make a "sun" photo, but in the winter the sun is quite low on the horizon here (this is ~3pm local time). I decided to try and get ray effects by using a very small aperture and short manual exposure [f18, 1/2500s @ ISO 100]. It made for a very dark picture, but the sun was like I wanted. To get this picture how you see it now, I had to do major brightening in Adobe Photoshop. Obviously it's not good quality, but it shows what is possible with a decent camera and modern software.

I thought the "star" or "sunray" technique might be interesting to some of you. If you have other ways to achieve the effect without a filter on the lens please let me know in the comments. This was an experiment that I learned something from, but I'm very open to learning from people who have more experience or other techniques. ___

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2016-01-19 20:43:17 (6 comments; 3 reshares; 80 +1s)Open 

+Neha Jain's debut article on +GotScience.org explains how Greenland's ice sheets are affected by extreme summers like the one in 2012.



Keep it up Neha; you're off to a great start!

The latest on melting ice and rising sea levels:

http://www.gotscience.org/2016/01/19/greenland-ice-sheets-losing-ability-to-absorb-meltwater/___+Neha Jain's debut article on +GotScience.org explains how Greenland's ice sheets are affected by extreme summers like the one in 2012.



Keep it up Neha; you're off to a great start!

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2016-01-17 15:42:30 (20 comments; 0 reshares; 52 +1s)Open 

Been a while

I know that I have been rare on here lately. There has been a lot to do. Here are a couple of photos from my "exile". I had a great pizza at a new Italian restaurant. It's probably the best I've had since Italy. :-) Also I had fun with the "Ch'tis"(1) including the right beer to accompany it.

Have a great Sunday!

(1) original French title Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis ; German is Willkommen bei den Sch'tis ; English (worldwide) Welcome to the Sticks


Been a while

I know that I have been rare on here lately. There has been a lot to do. Here are a couple of photos from my "exile". I had a great pizza at a new Italian restaurant. It's probably the best I've had since Italy. :-) Also I had fun with the "Ch'tis"(1) including the right beer to accompany it.

Have a great Sunday!

(1) original French title Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis ; German is Willkommen bei den Sch'tis ; English (worldwide) Welcome to the Sticks
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2016-01-12 06:50:14 (19 comments; 3 reshares; 112 +1s)Open 

+Kate Stone  found some very interesting information about when and why snakes lost their legs. Plus there's original artwork from +Emily Willoughby .

+Kate Stone  found some very interesting information about when and why snakes lost their legs. Plus there's original artwork from +Emily Willoughby .___

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2016-01-05 22:47:05 (34 comments; 6 reshares; 254 +1s)Open 

Photography and the Environment

While researching on moss covered turtles, I had the opportunity to have a few exchanges with Chris Van Wyk. You may recall him from his world famous pictures of the Mary River Turtle, which we looked at in December.

+Kate Stone and Jess R. from the +GotScience.Org team have done a bang up job preparing this article reflecting Chris' thoughts on ethical obligations of nature photographers. I definitely share his thinking regarding photography and conservation efforts. 

I hope you'll find a few minutes to read the article. 


#photography #nature #photos #conservation #ethics  #science #turtles

Photography and the Environment

While researching on moss covered turtles, I had the opportunity to have a few exchanges with Chris Van Wyk. You may recall him from his world famous pictures of the Mary River Turtle, which we looked at in December.

+Kate Stone and Jess R. from the +GotScience.Org team have done a bang up job preparing this article reflecting Chris' thoughts on ethical obligations of nature photographers. I definitely share his thinking regarding photography and conservation efforts. 

I hope you'll find a few minutes to read the article. 


#photography #nature #photos #conservation #ethics  #science #turtles___

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2015-12-24 22:58:52 (39 comments; 3 reshares; 86 +1s)Open 

Holiday Salticidae

Greetings from this friendly jumping spider. I had fun doing this photo-manipulation back in 2012.

Have a Happy Christmas! 

Holiday Salticidae

Greetings from this friendly jumping spider. I had fun doing this photo-manipulation back in 2012.

Have a Happy Christmas! ___

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2015-12-23 10:20:03 (17 comments; 0 reshares; 169 +1s)Open 

Science can be beautiful

While seeing a recent fish skeleton prepared like this wasn't on my agenda during my visit to the fossil site at Messel, Germany, it was impossible to overlook this bright skeleton in the museum.

If you are interested in learning more about the technique of diaphonization aka "clearing and staining" here's an article to give a quick overview:

http://www.gotscience.org/2015/07/20/the-artful-science-of-diaphonization/
. 

Science can be beautiful

While seeing a recent fish skeleton prepared like this wasn't on my agenda during my visit to the fossil site at Messel, Germany, it was impossible to overlook this bright skeleton in the museum.

If you are interested in learning more about the technique of diaphonization aka "clearing and staining" here's an article to give a quick overview:

http://www.gotscience.org/2015/07/20/the-artful-science-of-diaphonization/
. ___

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2015-12-23 10:02:18 (28 comments; 9 reshares; 230 +1s)Open 

Sharing

For some reason the tits only come one at a time to this nut feeder. I can see them get "in line" though as they move from perch to perch until it is their turn.



Sharing

For some reason the tits only come one at a time to this nut feeder. I can see them get "in line" though as they move from perch to perch until it is their turn.

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2015-12-21 23:57:27 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 34 +1s)Open 

The last set. Be sure to find the special Christmas Hat picture. :-)

The last set. Be sure to find the special Christmas Hat picture. :-)___

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2015-12-21 23:55:11 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 41 +1s)Open 

My excursion into Finland. There's a Finnish "Christmas village" at the market each year. Very good food and friendly people. 

Some of my favorite photos are in this album.

My excursion into Finland. There's a Finnish "Christmas village" at the market each year. Very good food and friendly people. 

Some of my favorite photos are in this album.___

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2015-12-21 23:53:55 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 32 +1s)Open 

More impressions of stands and the crowds

More impressions of stands and the crowds___

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2015-12-21 23:52:41 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 48 +1s)Open 

People all around. 

People all around. ___

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2015-12-21 23:51:07 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

This family owned stand was very Swabian. I tried one of the Bratwurst made from goose. 

This family owned stand was very Swabian. I tried one of the Bratwurst made from goose. ___

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2015-12-21 23:50:34 (14 comments; 0 reshares; 46 +1s)Open 

One of the many food stands. I believe these are makrel mackerel .

Edit: I swear I corrected that spelling before posting! :-)

One of the many food stands. I believe these are makrel mackerel .

Edit: I swear I corrected that spelling before posting! :-)___

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2015-12-21 23:49:50 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 38 +1s)Open 

The moon was out and added to the atmosphere. 

The moon was out and added to the atmosphere. ___

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2015-12-21 23:49:10 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

A few stands at the market.

A few stands at the market.___

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2015-12-21 23:48:07 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 30 +1s)Open 

Christmas Lights

Lights are a big tradition in Germany. Partly it has to do with Christmas being around the winter solstice, which is the darkest time of the year. Partly it is about the "Star of Bethlehem". Either way, I enjoy the lights and colors.

Christmas Lights

Lights are a big tradition in Germany. Partly it has to do with Christmas being around the winter solstice, which is the darkest time of the year. Partly it is about the "Star of Bethlehem". Either way, I enjoy the lights and colors.___

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2015-12-21 23:46:57 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

On the Königsstraße¹ in Stuttgart. The little boy in the background was fascinated by the keyboard player.

¹ yes, for you fans of The Avengers there really is one. Königstraße 28 is the old stock exchange building. It's across from the Schlossplatz in front of the "new" residential palace (now used by the Finance ministry) 

On the Königsstraße¹ in Stuttgart. The little boy in the background was fascinated by the keyboard player.

¹ yes, for you fans of The Avengers there really is one. Königstraße 28 is the old stock exchange building. It's across from the Schlossplatz in front of the "new" residential palace (now used by the Finance ministry) ___

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2015-12-18 08:05:35 (31 comments; 5 reshares; 71 +1s)Open 

Beach grass

I loved the way this grass looked reddish in the evening sun. It was just a brief moment in 2015, but one I enjoyed.

Have a great Friday and an enjoyable weekend!

Beach grass

I loved the way this grass looked reddish in the evening sun. It was just a brief moment in 2015, but one I enjoyed.

Have a great Friday and an enjoyable weekend!___

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2015-12-16 17:20:56 (5 comments; 3 reshares; 102 +1s)Open 

Blown away

Yep, I'm blown away by +Sebastien Enault 's work.  I highly recommend taking a few minutes to read his article and view the gorgeous skeletons he shares with us. His techniques to prepare specimens make a tremendous visual impact and greatly aid in understanding the anatomy of animals.  

Blown away

Yep, I'm blown away by +Sebastien Enault 's work.  I highly recommend taking a few minutes to read his article and view the gorgeous skeletons he shares with us. His techniques to prepare specimens make a tremendous visual impact and greatly aid in understanding the anatomy of animals.  ___

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2015-12-15 23:53:50 (18 comments; 1 reshares; 64 +1s)Open 

Three o’clock Wednesday is always too late or too early for anything you want to do. (Sartre after a fashion)

A more in your face treatment of a photo from the summer.

Globe thistles: I can't decide if they are beautiful, sci-fi flowers or "passive aggressive" opportunists.



Three o’clock Wednesday is always too late or too early for anything you want to do. (Sartre after a fashion)

A more in your face treatment of a photo from the summer.

Globe thistles: I can't decide if they are beautiful, sci-fi flowers or "passive aggressive" opportunists.

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2015-12-15 00:04:07 (18 comments; 0 reshares; 53 +1s)Open 

End of the Year Crush

There's so much to get done before the holidays at work and privately. I'm going to be late with things this year. Oh well...

One of my year end tasks is always going through the photos from the year. Here's one I don't think I shared before.

A selfie in the Eisriesenwelt (an ice cave in Austria) 21. Aug.

Have a great Tuesday!

Edit: added information about the Eisriesenwelt
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eisriesenwelt

End of the Year Crush

There's so much to get done before the holidays at work and privately. I'm going to be late with things this year. Oh well...

One of my year end tasks is always going through the photos from the year. Here's one I don't think I shared before.

A selfie in the Eisriesenwelt (an ice cave in Austria) 21. Aug.

Have a great Tuesday!

Edit: added information about the Eisriesenwelt
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eisriesenwelt___

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2015-12-13 14:26:51 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 40 +1s)Open 

Follow-up post at full resolution

+William Parmley was interested in the detail available, but the other photo was extremely downscaled (only 1080*720 pixels), because of me trying to make it quick to load on mobile devices.

The original photo was 5472*3648 pixels. I've uploaded it full size if you want to scan it. As an example of the difference, I cut out a section from the full-sized photo at the same size as the first downscaled post.

Note: second time I posted this, because the first time I forgot the excerpt. 

Follow-up post at full resolution

+William Parmley was interested in the detail available, but the other photo was extremely downscaled (only 1080*720 pixels), because of me trying to make it quick to load on mobile devices.

The original photo was 5472*3648 pixels. I've uploaded it full size if you want to scan it. As an example of the difference, I cut out a section from the full-sized photo at the same size as the first downscaled post.

Note: second time I posted this, because the first time I forgot the excerpt. ___

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2015-12-13 14:07:48 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

A Little Fun

Yesterday I had to make the dreaded pre-Christmas visit to the local shopping center. I did find some nice things in the bookstore.

I saw a couple of humorous signs and took a sunset photo. These were all shot with my smartphone.

1. Pizza.

2. "Iss Doch Wurschd" << a funny play on words in the local dialect. This sounds like "ist doch wurscht" in normal German = "it doesn't matter", but it is actually saying "eat some sausage" to people around here. I took this photo from the escalator as I was going down past the shop.

3. I found a spot to get away from people and have a view of the sunset from the top of the parking garage.

The sign photos were edited in Google Photos (cropping, autolighting). The sunset is "as shot".

mini rant: I have no idea how... more »

A Little Fun

Yesterday I had to make the dreaded pre-Christmas visit to the local shopping center. I did find some nice things in the bookstore.

I saw a couple of humorous signs and took a sunset photo. These were all shot with my smartphone.

1. Pizza.

2. "Iss Doch Wurschd" << a funny play on words in the local dialect. This sounds like "ist doch wurscht" in normal German = "it doesn't matter", but it is actually saying "eat some sausage" to people around here. I took this photo from the escalator as I was going down past the shop.

3. I found a spot to get away from people and have a view of the sunset from the top of the parking garage.

The sign photos were edited in Google Photos (cropping, autolighting). The sunset is "as shot".

mini rant: I have no idea how this will share from Google Photos. All I see when posting is one photo, but I should be sharing an album of three photos. I sure wish things would work a bit more like they used to when I wanted to create a post on GPlus ___

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2015-12-13 11:03:46 (24 comments; 0 reshares; 67 +1s)Open 

Just trying out something a bit different. I normally stick to nature, but every once in a while I travel somewhere. This was a picture I took in color as a tourist in Rovinj(?), Croatia. It's not exactly "street", but I tried to give it a bit of that feel by converting to black and white and making some additional detailed adjustments to lighting and grain.
Every once in a while I need to just fiddle with things or I get bored.

I hope you have a great Sunday! 

Edit: maybe this wasn't Rovinj. It might have been Vrsar, but in any event it was in Istria along the coast. 

Just trying out something a bit different. I normally stick to nature, but every once in a while I travel somewhere. This was a picture I took in color as a tourist in Rovinj(?), Croatia. It's not exactly "street", but I tried to give it a bit of that feel by converting to black and white and making some additional detailed adjustments to lighting and grain.
Every once in a while I need to just fiddle with things or I get bored.

I hope you have a great Sunday! 

Edit: maybe this wasn't Rovinj. It might have been Vrsar, but in any event it was in Istria along the coast. ___

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2015-12-13 00:27:24 (18 comments; 0 reshares; 37 +1s)Open 

Browsing through this year's photos

When the game is over the king and the pawn go into the same box (said to be an Italian proverb)

Alla fine del gioco, il Re ed il Pedone, tornano nella stessa scatola. (possibly the original Italian version. I'm not sure, but it looks plausible to me).



Browsing through this year's photos

When the game is over the king and the pawn go into the same box (said to be an Italian proverb)

Alla fine del gioco, il Re ed il Pedone, tornano nella stessa scatola. (possibly the original Italian version. I'm not sure, but it looks plausible to me).

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2015-12-11 08:15:13 (27 comments; 3 reshares; 64 +1s)Open 

Happy Friday

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.
or another version is:
Our life is what our thoughts make it. (both by Marcus Aurelius)

I had a poor night's sleep, but thankfully it is Friday, so all I have to do is keep a good attitude, mobilize a few reserves, and power through to the weekend.

I hope you have a great day and a fantastic start to your weekend!



Happy Friday

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.
or another version is:
Our life is what our thoughts make it. (both by Marcus Aurelius)

I had a poor night's sleep, but thankfully it is Friday, so all I have to do is keep a good attitude, mobilize a few reserves, and power through to the weekend.

I hope you have a great day and a fantastic start to your weekend!

___

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2015-12-09 19:21:38 (14 comments; 8 reshares; 129 +1s)Open 

Best Looking Turtle in the World

Please join me for a few minutes to explore the advantages and disadvantages of animal cuteness. Trust me, this article is not turtles all the way down, despite the title photo. 

Also, in case you're wondering, this isn't the same turtle as in Part I. It's his world-famous cousin from Australia. Chris Van Wyk took this picture, which went viral on the internet positively impacting conservation efforts in Queensland. 


+Kate Stone and Jess R. of +GotScience.Org got Part II out the door much faster than I anticipated. 


Hashtags for reference
#science  #animals #cute #conservation   #naturephotography   #nature   #turtles   #cuteanimals  

Best Looking Turtle in the World

Please join me for a few minutes to explore the advantages and disadvantages of animal cuteness. Trust me, this article is not turtles all the way down, despite the title photo. 

Also, in case you're wondering, this isn't the same turtle as in Part I. It's his world-famous cousin from Australia. Chris Van Wyk took this picture, which went viral on the internet positively impacting conservation efforts in Queensland. 


+Kate Stone and Jess R. of +GotScience.Org got Part II out the door much faster than I anticipated. 


Hashtags for reference
#science  #animals #cute #conservation   #naturephotography   #nature   #turtles   #cuteanimals  ___

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2015-12-08 23:46:59 (13 comments; 1 reshares; 65 +1s)Open 

Happy Wednesday!

No, there aren't any flowers blossoming right now - at least not where I live. Some days you have to roll a hard six, other days should be easier. Let's hope Wednesday is a good day for all of us. 

Happy Wednesday!

No, there aren't any flowers blossoming right now - at least not where I live. Some days you have to roll a hard six, other days should be easier. Let's hope Wednesday is a good day for all of us. ___

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2015-12-07 18:16:32 (9 comments; 6 reshares; 186 +1s)Open 

This Turtle has a Hair-Style

Actually, it isn't hair rather algae. Several weeks ago I published a photo of the turtle from a zoo visit. There were quite a few inquiries about it, so I did some research, which led to a much broader article than I originally anticipated.  

In addition to finding out more about the "hairstyle", I invite you to learn about this species' unique mother-hatchling communication. Looking ahead we've definitely got more in store for you including an internet star in the upcoming installments.

Special thanks to +Kate Stone  and Jess R. for guidance and editing prowess during the publication process.


Hashtags

#nature   #naturephotography   #turtles   #endangeredspecies   #science   #arrauriver   #zoo   #photography   #animals  

This Turtle has a Hair-Style

Actually, it isn't hair rather algae. Several weeks ago I published a photo of the turtle from a zoo visit. There were quite a few inquiries about it, so I did some research, which led to a much broader article than I originally anticipated.  

In addition to finding out more about the "hairstyle", I invite you to learn about this species' unique mother-hatchling communication. Looking ahead we've definitely got more in store for you including an internet star in the upcoming installments.

Special thanks to +Kate Stone  and Jess R. for guidance and editing prowess during the publication process.


Hashtags

#nature   #naturephotography   #turtles   #endangeredspecies   #science   #arrauriver   #zoo   #photography   #animals  ___

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2015-12-06 23:43:07 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 52 +1s)Open 

Airflow

This is a tiny section of a photo I took in October. I happened to be out at the beach looking to photograph birds. To the south of my position the Blue Angels were performing an airshow. I took this photo of one flying back to base alone after the show.

I think it might be a two-seater version of the F-18. Maybe an F-18D?? What I liked about the photo was the distorted image of the plane caused by the turbulence in its wake. It really emphasizes the distance to me.

Photo

My normal processing is generally color correction and contrast enhancement. This time I did more to bring out some of the clouds better. The photo has also been multiplied. Additionally I used a tool to burn parts of the image (as in dodge and burn technique). 

Airflow

This is a tiny section of a photo I took in October. I happened to be out at the beach looking to photograph birds. To the south of my position the Blue Angels were performing an airshow. I took this photo of one flying back to base alone after the show.

I think it might be a two-seater version of the F-18. Maybe an F-18D?? What I liked about the photo was the distorted image of the plane caused by the turbulence in its wake. It really emphasizes the distance to me.

Photo

My normal processing is generally color correction and contrast enhancement. This time I did more to bring out some of the clouds better. The photo has also been multiplied. Additionally I used a tool to burn parts of the image (as in dodge and burn technique). ___

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2015-12-06 16:38:27 (31 comments; 4 reshares; 91 +1s)Open 

Making a Nut Pie for Kitchen Slackers

I make no secret of the fact that I like to eat. This invariably leads me to the kitchen sometimes, because that's where the food is. If nobody else has started making what I crave then I sometimes give in and throw ingredients together in the hopes the product will be edible. Not wanting to leave things to chance, I also turn around clockwise three times and ask the cooking things (ovens, stoves, microwaves, and teapots) to please cooperate.

Since you are still reading this, you may have surmised that I used the kitchen as an experimental laboratory again today.

Here's how I made my Winter Nut Pie

Crust

Who's got time for making dough? Or skills? Not me.

1. smear butter in a baking pan / dish
2. steal the cookie dough you found in the refrigerator.
3. roll... more »

Making a Nut Pie for Kitchen Slackers

I make no secret of the fact that I like to eat. This invariably leads me to the kitchen sometimes, because that's where the food is. If nobody else has started making what I crave then I sometimes give in and throw ingredients together in the hopes the product will be edible. Not wanting to leave things to chance, I also turn around clockwise three times and ask the cooking things (ovens, stoves, microwaves, and teapots) to please cooperate.

Since you are still reading this, you may have surmised that I used the kitchen as an experimental laboratory again today.

Here's how I made my Winter Nut Pie

Crust

Who's got time for making dough? Or skills? Not me.

1. smear butter in a baking pan / dish
2. steal the cookie dough you found in the refrigerator.
3. roll purloined cookie dough very thin
4. line baking thing with cookie dough

Filling

1. crack 3 eggs into a big bowl
2. throw in 3 pinches of salt
3. throw in 2 handfuls of brown sugar
4. beat the mixture at high speed until it gets bubbly
5. taste. is it sweet enough? does it have a bit of salt? would some other seasoning make it taste better? act accordingly.
6. hmm, let's make this a bit more caramelly. add some melted butter
7. oops, looks a bit runny. sift in a bit of flour (about 2 tablespoons).
8. mix again
9. add a shot of amaretto (or whisky. on second thought put the amaretto in the pie and have a shot of whisky while you finish things)
10. add in 2 shots of milk (let's measure consistently here folks!)

Topping

Bring out your inner Hulk here. Or be Thor-like and swing a hammer. You could even add more cowbell, except here we aren't actually using cowbells, but if you think of nuts instead of cowbells, you'll be on the right track.

1. smash walnuts (no shells in mix though)
2. smash cashews (they're soft)
3. get a handful of sliced almonds (they were around and see "more cowbell" rule)

You need enough broken nuts for 5 or 6 handfuls to sprinkle on the pie

Cooking

Heat oven to 190°C. (seemed hot enough to me, so I went with that. If you have a better idea or favorite temp, roll with it. )

Did you line the baking thing with the cookie dough? Good.

Pour the bowl of filling into the baking thing. Grab handfuls of the crushed/sliced nut mixture and randomly distribute on top of the filling. Continue until all the nuts are used.

Cooking time

Cook until a lovely brown. Then give it 5 more minutes to be sure.


Photos

At the time of writing this I'm not sure what order they will show up in on GPlus nor do I know if I can still add captions in this new-fangled GPlus interface, therefore, a brief description of the photos below.

Slice = finished product shortly before it got in my belly.

Brown pie in oven << this is when I decided it probably was done. I baked it 5 minutes more just to be sure

Pale pie << what the mix looked like when first shoved into the oven.

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2015-12-05 15:30:21 (29 comments; 15 reshares; 327 +1s)Open 

Not enough raptors in my stream!

Raptors and I connect somehow. I've not had time to post or write about them in a while, but that's what I like and what I'm good at. I'm not going to downsize this one to make it easier for a mobile device either. I've done that far too often lately.

According to my sister, this is a female "rehabilitation" bald eagle at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. I did some searches on the internet to find out more about it. She is apparently named Athena (love it!) and was brought to the zoo 27 years ago. Athena and the other eagle in the enclosure were brought in after being shot. They recovered but were not fit enough to be released back into the wild. Fortunately, they found a good home.

In the wild bald eagles may live to be about 30 years, but thanks to better nutrition, veterinary care, and shelter,... more »

Not enough raptors in my stream!

Raptors and I connect somehow. I've not had time to post or write about them in a while, but that's what I like and what I'm good at. I'm not going to downsize this one to make it easier for a mobile device either. I've done that far too often lately.

According to my sister, this is a female "rehabilitation" bald eagle at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. I did some searches on the internet to find out more about it. She is apparently named Athena (love it!) and was brought to the zoo 27 years ago. Athena and the other eagle in the enclosure were brought in after being shot. They recovered but were not fit enough to be released back into the wild. Fortunately, they found a good home.

In the wild bald eagles may live to be about 30 years, but thanks to better nutrition, veterinary care, and shelter, eagles may live up to 50 years in captivity.

About the Photo

Raptors make no compromises, unfortunately, I needed to in order to walk away with a photo. It was very overcast and dim that day. I didn't have a tripod, so I cranked up the ISO values in order to keep the exposure short. That meant I got a lot of noise. I have tried to eliminate the worst of the noise while still maintaining decent detail. I'd love to see Athena again on a good day.

Additional information

https://www.facebook.com/JacksonvilleZooandGardens/photos/a.123741623335.124975.10621928335/10153654746773336/ (A post about Athena)

http://www.jacksonvillezoo.org/listingDetails.aspx?listingID=6983&pageID=15580 (general information on bald eagles)


Hashtags for better visibility on GPlus
#birds #raptors #eagles
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2015-12-04 08:18:51 (18 comments; 1 reshares; 60 +1s)Open 

Seen in Jacksonville, Florida. Anyone have an idea what spider this might be? The orange makes me think that it is a warning to birds or other predators that it would be poisonous to eat this spider.

Seen in Jacksonville, Florida. Anyone have an idea what spider this might be? The orange makes me think that it is a warning to birds or other predators that it would be poisonous to eat this spider.___

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2015-12-03 23:07:57 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 40 +1s)Open 

Just when you thought this show was terrible something wonderful happens.

What?

It ends

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Possibly transfers to this week.


Photo: Someone who knows me well gave me these socks as a present. I thought they were perfect to break in a new piece of photo editing software, Topaz Textures. Naturally, I wasn't pleased with the presets, but when you go in full manual and throw in a bit of multiplication, the photo just reeks of grumpiness. and possibly socks


And for a really cantankerous mash-up, may I recommend this odd video featuring Statler, Waldorf, and the Swedish chef lipsynching to Black Betty . (I cook a bit like him too.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPrIk0w5Fi4

Waldorf and Statler discover the Internet:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpgGwGIqccc

Have a... more »

Just when you thought this show was terrible something wonderful happens.

What?

It ends

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Possibly transfers to this week.


Photo: Someone who knows me well gave me these socks as a present. I thought they were perfect to break in a new piece of photo editing software, Topaz Textures. Naturally, I wasn't pleased with the presets, but when you go in full manual and throw in a bit of multiplication, the photo just reeks of grumpiness. and possibly socks


And for a really cantankerous mash-up, may I recommend this odd video featuring Statler, Waldorf, and the Swedish chef lipsynching to Black Betty . (I cook a bit like him too.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPrIk0w5Fi4

Waldorf and Statler discover the Internet:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpgGwGIqccc

Have a grumptastic Friday!

h/t to +Adella Wright , +Raymond Ward and #sockwars folks___

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2015-12-01 18:20:48 (14 comments; 19 reshares; 218 +1s)Open 

Max Goldberg didn't just photograph grizzly bears on his trip to Alaska. Today he shares Bald Eagle photos with us through +GotScience.Org .

Kodiak Raptors!





hashtags to help it be seen
+Kate Stone  #birds4all   #birdsgallery   #birdsinflight   #raptors   #science   #photography  

Max Goldberg didn't just photograph grizzly bears on his trip to Alaska. Today he shares Bald Eagle photos with us through +GotScience.Org .

Kodiak Raptors!





hashtags to help it be seen
+Kate Stone  #birds4all   #birdsgallery   #birdsinflight   #raptors   #science   #photography  ___

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