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Josef Gitschthaler522Kaufrausch, Konsumzwang oder Besinnliche WeihnachtenShopping frenzy, pressure to consume or  thoughtful ChristmasBesinnliche Weihnachten / thoughtful Christmas2013-12-22 19:00:0047 
Slooh101,297Slooh Space Camera to Broadcast Annular Solar Eclipse with Ring of Fire live from AustraliaSlooh Space Camera will broadcast a free, real-time view of the Annular Solar Eclipse from Australia.  Viewers can capture a first look of the eclipse on Slooh.com, Thursday, May 9th starting at 2:30 PM PDT / 5:30 PM EDT / 21:30 UTC as the Moon’s shadow begins its journey over Australia on its way to eastern Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Gilbert Islands, and finally over the Pacific Ocean. Viewers can watch live on their PC/MAC or by downloading the free Slooh iPad app in the iTunes store and touching the broadcast icon.The Slooh broadcast team, along with Bob Berman, author of numerous astronomy books, and contributing editor and monthly columnist for Astronomy magazine, will provide live commentary. As a special treat, Slooh will broadcast an additional feed of the Sun from the Prescott Solar Observatory, a fantastic facility located in Arizona - giving viewers a unique look of the Sun from the other side of the world.Download the free Slooh iPad App: www.appstore.com/sloohSlooh Annular Eclipse Video: http://youtu.be/_MZQRFIxJiY#solareclipse   #ringoffire   #eclipse   #annulareclipse   #sun   #moon   #lunar   #slooh   #hangoutsonair  Slooh's Coverage of Annular Solar Eclipse2013-05-09 23:30:00360 

Steven Spence has been shared in 364 public circles

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Kenneth Nicholson3,806Active users on Google+. Circle Share. If you received a notification, please reshare to your circles If you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post*More you share more you get! :)Thanks!*#awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou #ShareYourCircle #epicengagers #davidromaphotography #addcircle #addpeople #affiliate #awesome #awesomecircles #awesomepeople #besocial #bestengagers #bestsharedcircle #circle #circlefriday #circlemonday2014-09-25 13:06:13485445577
Harry Day8,462Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the postMore you share more you get!#SharedCircles #weeklyreview #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle   #trustinme   #circlesharing   #circleshare #circles #circleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles  2014-09-22 10:29:33495202645
Gert Jan Hermus35,331You are in one of my circles of photographers, bloggers, circle sharers and engagers!Reshare this one for the best result ;-)#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles   #circleoftheday   #fridaycircle   #reshare   #5blkr  2014-09-19 19:00:35455182131
steph wanamaker107,379#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-09-19 15:57:0019957047
Viktor Yegorov5,233Обмен кругами#круги   #обмен  #кругляши #круглим   #круги #Google+   #SharedCircles   #circles   #circleshare   #sharedcircle   #circlesharing   #followers   #social  #circle #circles #public #publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #photography #photographer #bestphotographer #topphotographer #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome #AwesomePeople #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles 2014-09-18 04:10:261441110
AyJay Schibig72,63821ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE (1 of 2)  9.15.14 by  +AyJay Schibig Please ReShare if you wish to be in this Circle.This Circle has Active G+ members passionate about photography. Add this latest edition to circulate some great photography!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2014-09-16 01:16:55422232332
Gailen Mapes67,671Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera S - 11 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to September 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting August 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-09-11 10:29:32181224
Lexidh Solstad24,952This is my August engagers circle!  Almost everyone that has commented on my posts this month (comments tomorrow will be added to the September list, since I'm only online on my phone for a while now). Thank you for making it more fun to post here! =)2014-08-30 11:46:38192418
steph wanamaker106,513#followfriday  This is my awesome men who comment circle2014-08-29 14:59:4519872262
Michael Sargent1,469My shared circle of the week... Incredible Photography and awesome people will be seen here... Check it!!!!  Now this circle is bigger than the 500 allowed so soon I will update the circles and you can see all the people who inspire me!!!!2014-08-25 16:31:0050010311
steph wanamaker106,076#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-08-15 19:12:4919676366
Marius Kiupelis279 If you received this notification you are in this circle♚♚  If you want to be shared in this circle ♚♚♚♚♚♚♚ Then just keep sharing! ♚♚♚♚♚2014-08-03 19:05:53201036
Lynda Chervil890Add this circle of excellent engagers, thinkers, innovators, and future tech leaders. My ++Solar Power++ Circle will provide you with the latest and greatest from the world of tech innovations, especially in the renewable energy sector. Simply add this circle and then share it!If you'd like to be added to this circle, please comment below, share and add the circle. Only those who qualify with content and expertise will be added. Thanks! #Tesla   #nikolatesla   #elonmusk   #solarenergy   #innovation   #technology   #solarpower   #hydroelectric   #science   #STEM   #research   #education   #futuretech   #futuretechnology  2014-07-31 14:24:32343125
John Nuntiatio41,647#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small #smallcircle #photography #health2014-07-29 07:24:58199157
Artist , photographer , amateur or professional3,455Circle A.P.A.P. +jany viala  & +Krzysztof Felczak It his for both the creation of the circle. this weekend of rest we will reply to the message Monday You're welcome !We are happy to share your work . Thank you Jany & Krzysztof. For an upcoming sharing your work in good agreement we ask. Follow the rule Please. To add to your circle, the curator and organizer  +jany viala    & +Krzysztof Felczak  +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional  for  to follow your job+A.P.A.P.Grand talent    to promote great talent  +A.P.A.P. Cascade, montagne, paysage  & +A.P.A.P.Macro Architecture Bird  inviting for the contest Each pages, the circle! You do not follow the rules you would no longer share Thank you for your understanding.+jany viala  PS: you can share and comment +1 also!  thank you! Jany from this holiday weekend2014-07-25 09:20:20304361225
Peter Edenist31,0152014 Super Sci-FI Circle : No, the Sky is not Falling!!! Also the Gravity is not sucking you in... please +1 this post to support it or you may have to take a trip in Snowpiercer, no need to thank me. Please reshare if you think this is a worthwhile circle. If you have been notified, you are in the circle!All the people in this circle are linked to our community (see link further down). As usual, please tag and recommend anyone who you think should be in this circle. Live long and prosper!Sci-FI Community here: http://goo.gl/s1NVd  Science Fiction Pics: http://goo.gl/sOSPK5Mighty Shiny Browncoats : http://goo.gl/9osg1tDoctor Who : http://goo.gl/z3uWX3Ultimate Star Wars : http://goo.gl/Wu8bv6Ultimate Star Trek : http://goo.gl/JJPql9Science on G+ community here: http://goo.gl/46uFH #sciencefiction #sf #scifi  2014-07-24 12:58:0746211960145
steph wanamaker105,275#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle !2014-07-18 16:26:0820355655
Circles Circles Circles37,983SCIENCE CircleDo you want more science in your life? Then, be sure to add these fascinating pages and people who dwell on science daily and are actively engaging.  Enrich your stream.If you are a scientist or someone who primarily posts about science and would like to be included in this circle please make a request in the comments section below.If you have someone or an organization's G+ page to recommend please add their name in the comments section below.Note: To those included in the circle, you were added by the generous recommendation of others  -- their help is deeply appreciated. Your add back and re-share would be also deeply appreciated as it would help spread the word about science.Current Circles  Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS : http://goo.gl/o82s0mPublished Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/IkCTLPPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/nFCsGwMEN ARE FROM MARS :  http://goo.gl/tID4ZmPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD:  http://goo.gl/E6v81LOthers CirclesSCIENCE: http://goo.gl/xXWLPtTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/z3z8lh#science       #scienceeveryday       #sciencecircle       #circlesharing  2014-07-17 04:08:1710691432
Re Pete0  Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get!#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagerspeople   #engagersshowcasecircle   #engagersshowcase  #DaveBesbris  2014-07-13 03:40:02451549
Artist , photographer , amateur or professional3,370Work moderator is not easy. Very dificult to enforce. Sharing circle We can not promote people that you are not adding or added and removed in the day'm Song circles Today's comment +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional  I will be done clean cleaning circles. People who wish to return, his welcome the Know Thank you to the person who sustains us The next circle clean cleaning  +A.P.A.P.Grand talent +A.P.A.P. Cascade, montagne, paysage +A.P.A.P.Macro Architecture Bird & +jany viala I withdraw all who withdrew us Jany.Do not forget to added to your circle the Conservative +jany viala & +Krzysztof Felczak  sharing your work and also pages Thank!2014-07-11 14:37:34269361720
Gailen Mapes65,921Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera  S - 11 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes  and scroll back to July 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting June 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-07-11 12:13:05187213
Greg Strandberg942Sci-Fi and Fantasy Readers CircleWant to connect with #fantasyauthor  and #scifiauthor  ?This #circleshare  has those folks and chances are you'll get some interesting things in your feed. #circlesharing   #googleshare   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #fantasywriters   #sciencefictionfantasy   #scifi  2014-07-10 23:13:52173000
steph wanamaker104,936#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle ! Happy Weekend2014-06-27 17:07:25203661170
Arthritis Natural Remedies279Hey my friends. Good morning/evening to all! These wonderful men and women are waiting to add you. Join us in friendship !! Just add and reshare this post.Promoting all the people here - People who want to engage, share and be shared!!!! - Make it happen people !!!#diamondcircle   #awesome   #awesomesauce   #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #diamondclub   #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #public #publiccircles #publiccirclesproject #publicsharedcircles #reshare #reshared #reshareday #resharetags #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #sharing #sharingcircle #sharingmeansthankyou #topcircles #freakingawesome   #diamond   #diamondcircle   #awesomesauce   #awesomeness   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   2014-06-27 16:02:27387929
Eli Just1,549Are you an avid reader or want to connect with avid readers? Share and add this awesome circle of BOOK LOVERS who read and support authors. Lots of great connections in here that I enjoy hearing from daily.To be added to this circle--please add it, +1 it, comment on and share it!  #reader #readers #readersrocks #readingisfun #readinglist #authors #authorsupport #avidreaders #readinglist #circle #circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #sharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #isupportauthors  2014-06-27 14:09:34390200
AyJay Schibig64,87121ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE (2 of 2)  6.25.14 by +AyJay Schibig Please RESHAREThis Circle has Active G+ members passionate about photography. Add this latest edition to circulate some great photography!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia  #circlesbyayjay2014-06-25 20:29:38405241843
Peter Edenist30,747TESLA Super Science Circle 2014 - June Edition!!!! : A quality circle curated carefully and tended since 2011. Who is in this circle?  people who are either involved in science, love science or are active on the Science on G+ community. Community link is here http://goo.gl/46uFH and the Page is +Science on G+!Have you wondered where one can meet with like-minded people who love science and like to read about the real stuff? This is the ultimate SUL on science.... add and share to keep it alive.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Want to nominate someone? Please do so in comments. If you want to recommend something let us know. People who are notified are part of the circle.#science #tesla #scienceongplus #scienceeveryday 2014-06-19 13:39:49342755693
Circles Circles Circles35,732SCIENCE CircleDo you want more science in your life? Then, be sure to add these fascinating pages and people who dwell on science daily and are actively engaging.  Enrich your stream.If you are a scientist or someone who primarily posts about science and would like to be included in this circle please make a request in the comments section below.If you have someone or an organization's G+ page to recommend please add their name in the comments section below.Note: To those included in the circle, you were added by the generous recommendation of others  -- their help is deeply appreciated. Your add back and re-share would be also deeply appreciated as it would help spread the word about science.Current Circles  Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS : http://goo.gl/RPEbdlPublished Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/fmOadpPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/Oyg8RBMEN ARE FROM MARS :  http://goo.gl/9NT51gPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD:  http://goo.gl/5mT3s0Others CirclesSCIENCE: http://goo.gl/AV4WvdTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/YANzuo#science     #scienceeveryday     #sciencecircle     #circlesharing  2014-06-19 02:05:331065924
Gailen Mapes65,006Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera  S - 11 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to June 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting May 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes2014-06-11 10:28:31192817
Dina Tika0Here is a group of Active Engagers, Circle Sharers, Awesome Plus Oners, and Cool People on Google Plus!   Circle Sharing is an awesome way to increase your followers and active engagers on your profile. Some of my favorite people that I've met here on Google + through Circle Sharing.    Want to be in the next Circle of Awesomeness? Follow the Steps Below!  ☛ Add the circle ☛ Share in the Public ☛ Plus 1 the Post. ☛ Comment. 2014-06-10 05:53:52479001
Rok Šimec13,955Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get!#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagerspeople   #engagersshowcasecircle   #engagersshowcase  #DaveBesbris  2014-06-08 09:44:08497242030
Lexidh Solstad18,975May Engagers circle! Most of the people who commented on my posts in May =) Thank you for making it more fun to be here on Google+! =) 2014-06-01 16:49:472767318
Becky Collins10,439Super Science Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-05-31 05:09:154901211
Circles Circles Circles33,758SCIENCE CircleDo you want more science in your life? Then, be sure to add these fascinating pages and people who dwell on science daily and are actively engaging.  Enrich your stream.If you are a scientist or someone who primarily posts about science and would like to be included in this circle please make a request in the comments section below.If you have someone or an organization's G+ page to recommend please add their name in the comments section below.Note: To those included in the circle, you were added by the generous recommendation of others  -- their help is deeply appreciated. Your add back and re-share would be also deeply appreciated as it would help spread the word about science.Current Circles  Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS : http://goo.gl/WbY7NSPublished Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/XPSnHVPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/itFj7ZMEN ARE FROM MARS : http://goo.gl/uBBxgdPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD: http://goo.gl/f1wz2IOthers CirclesSCIENCE: http://goo.gl/MOGsxGTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/bDcYF4#science     #scienceeveryday     #sciencecircle     #circlesharing  2014-05-28 20:17:02102101219
Rok Šimec12,556Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get!#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagerspeople   #engagersshowcasecircle   #engagersshowcase  #DaveBesbris  2014-05-26 07:04:43497181025
Tourej Ansari17,611Another great circle of photographers1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post#circle   #sharedcircles   #sharecircleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles   #fashion   #fashionblogger   #fashionblog   #pinterest   #pictures   #fashionstyle   #photography   #photo   #photographer   #photooftheday   #photooftheweek2014-05-23 13:12:444527412
John Nuntiatio36,868#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle #tennis #golf #photography #health #weightloss  2014-05-20 19:22:35440236
Circles Circles Circles32,435SCIENCE CircleDo you want more science in your life? Then, be sure to add these fascinating pages and people who dwell on science daily and are actively engaging.  Enrich your stream.If you are a scientist or someone who primarily posts about science and would like to be included in this circle please make a request in the comments section below.If you have someone or an organization's G+ page to recommend please add their name in the comments section below.Note: To those included in the circle, you were added by the generous recommendation of others  -- their help is deeply appreciated. Your add back and re-share would be also deeply appreciated as it would help spread the word about science.Current Circles  Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS : http://goo.gl/Hev5GIPublished Wednesdays:BLOGGERS: http://goo.gl/Nqll1yPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/olCV0EMEN ARE FROM MARS : http://goo.gl/l58RRiPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD: http://goo.gl/oIXG1ROthers Circles:SCIENCE: http://goo.gl/voKgBxTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/bDcYF4#science   #scienceeveryday   #sciencecircle   #circlesharing  2014-05-16 02:10:07103141426
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2014-08-06 06:41:21 (78 comments, 0 reshares, 44 +1s) 

Happy Wednesday!

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

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

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

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

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

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2014-09-23 06:29:09 (20 comments, 14 reshares, 232 +1s) 

Grand Canyon

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

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

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

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2014-09-23 06:29:09 (20 comments, 14 reshares, 232 +1s) 

Grand Canyon

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

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

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

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2014-10-01 07:01:00 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 33 +1s) 

Sunrise in Vegas

I'm running late today and it's actually grey this morning, but in our little GPlus world there's nothing saying that I can't inject a bit of sunshine into the stream every once in a while.

This is the JPEG straight out of the camera. No time to get fancy with it, although the right crop would probably make it look better. 

Have a great Wednesday and may Sol smile upon you today! 

Photo: shot from our room at the Luxor.

Sunrise in Vegas

I'm running late today and it's actually grey this morning, but in our little GPlus world there's nothing saying that I can't inject a bit of sunshine into the stream every once in a while.

This is the JPEG straight out of the camera. No time to get fancy with it, although the right crop would probably make it look better. 

Have a great Wednesday and may Sol smile upon you today! 

Photo: shot from our room at the Luxor.___

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2014-09-30 07:12:16 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 60 +1s) 

Everything's better in color?

Yosemite is full of magnificent sights in color, but on my photos, I have decided that Yosemite / Half Dome are much more striking in black and white. 

We were able to visit Yosemite back in August as part of our summer vacation. We stayed at the Housekeeping Camp, which was perfect for us. That equated to "camping" without having to bring camping gear, which was very helpful considering our travels and luggage situation.

There's a lot more park than we had time for, but we did enjoy what we had time to see. Unfortunately, the water levels were down quite a bit, so that Mirror Lake was completely dry and the waterfalls were often only trickles. I probably will post a related picture in the near future.

Other than the water levels, August was a good time to go. It wasn't nearly as crowded as when I went many... more »

Everything's better in color?

Yosemite is full of magnificent sights in color, but on my photos, I have decided that Yosemite / Half Dome are much more striking in black and white. 

We were able to visit Yosemite back in August as part of our summer vacation. We stayed at the Housekeeping Camp, which was perfect for us. That equated to "camping" without having to bring camping gear, which was very helpful considering our travels and luggage situation.

There's a lot more park than we had time for, but we did enjoy what we had time to see. Unfortunately, the water levels were down quite a bit, so that Mirror Lake was completely dry and the waterfalls were often only trickles. I probably will post a related picture in the near future.

Other than the water levels, August was a good time to go. It wasn't nearly as crowded as when I went many years ago in July. I think it would be optimal if one could go in June. There should be plenty of water for the falls and all the roads are open (you don't want to miss Tenaya Lake on the Tioga Rd.) 

Have a great Tuesday!___

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2014-09-29 06:52:44 (33 comments, 1 reshares, 70 +1s) 

It's all in how you look at things

I could have been aggravated. Fog everywhere. no blue skies, no harbor views. There was something magical though in the light and how the sounds carried over the water. The fog horns sounded like some beast from the distant past. I was delighted: everything was possible. Suddenly this bridge was leading me to new lands.

Have a great day, even if it is Monday. Who knows what lies ahead? there's always potential.

It's all in how you look at things

I could have been aggravated. Fog everywhere. no blue skies, no harbor views. There was something magical though in the light and how the sounds carried over the water. The fog horns sounded like some beast from the distant past. I was delighted: everything was possible. Suddenly this bridge was leading me to new lands.

Have a great day, even if it is Monday. Who knows what lies ahead? there's always potential.___

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2014-09-26 07:32:44 (26 comments, 1 reshares, 64 +1s) 

Cephalopod Friday

may you have a tentacular day! 

This is a chambered nautilus, who was kind enough to pose for me in the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Absolutely worth a half-day or whole day visit. 

As for our many tentacled friend, I was always fascinated by their beautiful shells as a child, but of course I never saw one alive. It was a delight to observe them in the aquarium, as they floated and gracefully glided through the tank. 

A nautilus' shell is divided into multiple chambers, which are filled with a nitrogen and oxygen mixture similar to our atmosphere, but with a higher percentage of nitrogen. They have up to 90 tentacles in two concentric rings around their mouth, but unlike most cephalopods, the tentacles do not have any suckers on them. Propulsion is via a flexible tube through which they can squirt a jet of water.  Their eyes haveno ... more »

Cephalopod Friday

may you have a tentacular day! 

This is a chambered nautilus, who was kind enough to pose for me in the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Absolutely worth a half-day or whole day visit. 

As for our many tentacled friend, I was always fascinated by their beautiful shells as a child, but of course I never saw one alive. It was a delight to observe them in the aquarium, as they floated and gracefully glided through the tank. 

A nautilus' shell is divided into multiple chambers, which are filled with a nitrogen and oxygen mixture similar to our atmosphere, but with a higher percentage of nitrogen. They have up to 90 tentacles in two concentric rings around their mouth, but unlike most cephalopods, the tentacles do not have any suckers on them. Propulsion is via a flexible tube through which they can squirt a jet of water.  Their eyes have no lens and are similar to pinhole cameras in function. A nautilus feeds on crustaceans, which it can eat thanks to a beak-like structure in it's mouth. 

The nautilus shell is fascinatingly beautiful, but it is not a golden ratio as often claimed. The shell is an equiangular spiral, which does follow a logarithmic ratio. here's a good reference on the subject http://shallowsky.com/blog/science/fibonautilus.html

additional credits:
1. shot at the fabulous Monterey Bay Aquarium (a must see!)
2. information from Wikipedia  ___

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2014-09-25 06:40:59 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 45 +1s) 

Because I owe someone a chuckle. subtle hint: +Adella Wright 

I did feel a bit like Clark W Griswold when I got these socks with a moose in sunglasses. Of course, I named him Marty.

Off to enjoy Thursday and if I can't then Marty shall give me superpowers to trample over obstacles.

Have a great day!

Because I owe someone a chuckle. subtle hint: +Adella Wright 

I did feel a bit like Clark W Griswold when I got these socks with a moose in sunglasses. Of course, I named him Marty.

Off to enjoy Thursday and if I can't then Marty shall give me superpowers to trample over obstacles.

Have a great day!___

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2014-09-24 06:57:19 (15 comments, 1 reshares, 58 +1s) 

Webby Wednesday

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

I hope you have a great day!

Webby Wednesday

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

I hope you have a great day!___

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2014-09-23 06:29:09 (20 comments, 14 reshares, 232 +1s) 

Grand Canyon

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

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

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

Grand Canyon

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

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

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

Have a great Tuesday!___

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2014-09-22 06:58:18 (26 comments, 0 reshares, 52 +1s) 

Monday

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

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

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

Monday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tenk på avstand mellan platform och tåg när du stiger av

I think since everyone speaks English a simple 

mind the gap

would have been sufficient. 

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

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

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

Design

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

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

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

Some fascinating facts:

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

Design

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

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

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

Some fascinating facts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

more information:

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

 ___

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2014-09-02 15:39:47 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s) 

Surf's up

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

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

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

Surf's up

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

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

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

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2014-09-01 16:21:35 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 45 +1s) 

Pacific Sunset

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

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

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

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

Pacific Sunset

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

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

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

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

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2014-08-31 20:13:03 (12 comments, 2 reshares, 66 +1s) 

Tiger Swallowtail

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

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

Tiger Swallowtail

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

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

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2014-08-29 06:49:41 (61 comments, 3 reshares, 89 +1s) 

Due North

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

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

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

Due North

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2014-08-24 06:14:05 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 83 +1s) 

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

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

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

Always a pleasure

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

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

Always a pleasure

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

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

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2014-08-15 23:21:43 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 63 +1s) 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2014-08-13 07:33:46 (27 comments, 3 reshares, 57 +1s) 

Ready for Take-Off

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

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

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

Ready for Take-Off

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

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

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

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

Details. 

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

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

I hope your day goes well. 

Details. 

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

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

I hope your day goes well. ___

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great and hopefully sunny Monday!___

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2014-08-10 12:17:36 (39 comments, 4 reshares, 62 +1s) 

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

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

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

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

Have a great Sunday! 

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great Sunday! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Wednesday!

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Wednesday!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a wonderful weekend!

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

Have a wonderful weekend!___

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

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

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

Have a wonderful Friday!

#floralfriday  

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

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

Have a wonderful Friday!

#floralfriday  ___

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

In the Sepia Phase

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

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

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

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

In the Sepia Phase

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

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

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

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

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

Step into my office

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

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

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

Step into my office

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

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

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

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

Another one got away. 

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

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

Another one got away. 

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

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

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

Predictability

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

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

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

Predictability

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

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

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

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

Mountains on my mind

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

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

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

Have a wonderful Saturday!

Mountains on my mind

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

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

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

Have a wonderful Saturday!___

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

Following Through

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

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

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

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

Following Through

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

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

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

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

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2014-07-17 07:16:33 (17 comments, 1 reshares, 44 +1s) 

Life is a movie; death is a photograph.

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

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

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

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

Life is a movie; death is a photograph.

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

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

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

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

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

That's the spirit

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

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

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

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

or if your German is goodhere... more »

That's the spirit

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

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

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

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

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

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2014-07-15 07:16:49 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 53 +1s) 

All we are not stares back at what we are. 
W.H. Auden

I think this rose has quite some potential to become a stunning flower when in full bloom. 

Have a great Tuesday, relax and be yourself. 

All we are not stares back at what we are. 
W.H. Auden

I think this rose has quite some potential to become a stunning flower when in full bloom. 

Have a great Tuesday, relax and be yourself. ___

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2014-07-14 06:06:26 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s) 

Monday arrived too soon

I'm taking the easy way out this morning. A random photo with a random quote.

It is not enough to know, one must also apply it; it is not enough to want to, one must also do (my translation)

Es ist nicht genug, zu wissen, man muß auch anwenden; es ist nicht genug, zu wollen, man muß auch tun. (Goethe)

In short: have a great Monday and get stuff done. You know what there is to do.

Photo: fountain at the marketplace in Freudenstadt

Monday arrived too soon

I'm taking the easy way out this morning. A random photo with a random quote.

It is not enough to know, one must also apply it; it is not enough to want to, one must also do (my translation)

Es ist nicht genug, zu wissen, man muß auch anwenden; es ist nicht genug, zu wollen, man muß auch tun. (Goethe)

In short: have a great Monday and get stuff done. You know what there is to do.

Photo: fountain at the marketplace in Freudenstadt___

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2014-07-13 15:48:16 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 45 +1s) 

Today is the big day!

Fingers crossed that Germany can win it. May it be a well played, fair match. If Argentina wins, hat's off to them, but I think this is the right team at the right time for Germany to finally bring back the World Cup.

I got my son and daughter the jerseys for this year, but I'm still wearing an older one. I like the black one a lot, but I think it would look better with another star. :-) 

Today is the big day!

Fingers crossed that Germany can win it. May it be a well played, fair match. If Argentina wins, hat's off to them, but I think this is the right team at the right time for Germany to finally bring back the World Cup.

I got my son and daughter the jerseys for this year, but I'm still wearing an older one. I like the black one a lot, but I think it would look better with another star. :-) ___

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2014-07-12 05:51:11 (35 comments, 4 reshares, 59 +1s) 

#caturday  arrived whether I wanted it to or not.

It came without ting-tinglers, it came without ribbons, it came without boxes...

It came on velvet paws and smacked me in the head with a loud chirp. 

" get up! Get UP! " it said.


Beware, for today I am the Grinch. At least until I have another pot of tea.

Wishing you a lovely lie-in and an enjoyable Saturday. 

#caturday  arrived whether I wanted it to or not.

It came without ting-tinglers, it came without ribbons, it came without boxes...

It came on velvet paws and smacked me in the head with a loud chirp. 

" get up! Get UP! " it said.


Beware, for today I am the Grinch. At least until I have another pot of tea.

Wishing you a lovely lie-in and an enjoyable Saturday. ___

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2014-07-11 22:47:49 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 44 +1s) 

Rain: deal with it

There have been a lot of grey days and rain the past two weeks. You kind of get used to it. We went on a walk with friends in the vineyards between Untertürkheim and Esslingen two weekends ago. You can see the Stuttgart (Cannstadt) Stadium (aka Mercedes-Benz Arena) in the background. It was a good walk and a good time together despite the weather. It started out raining strongly, but cleared up during the walk. Sometimes you've just got to get up and go anyway.

I hope you'll have a good weekend and maybe even good weather. If not, a Norwegian friend of mine once told me "there is no bad weather, only bad clothes for the weather"...

Rain: deal with it

There have been a lot of grey days and rain the past two weeks. You kind of get used to it. We went on a walk with friends in the vineyards between Untertürkheim and Esslingen two weekends ago. You can see the Stuttgart (Cannstadt) Stadium (aka Mercedes-Benz Arena) in the background. It was a good walk and a good time together despite the weather. It started out raining strongly, but cleared up during the walk. Sometimes you've just got to get up and go anyway.

I hope you'll have a good weekend and maybe even good weather. If not, a Norwegian friend of mine once told me "there is no bad weather, only bad clothes for the weather"...___

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2014-07-10 23:27:31 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s) 

Tried something new I did.  <fixed that, because Yoda.>

Friday is here and that's worth celebrating!

I had an overwhelming desire to do something different with a photo and literally spent all evening trying to figure out how to move it in the direction I wanted it to go. Not really there, but I've got to get sleep, and as a believer in "good enough", I'm calling it done.

"Picture": some of you might have picked up that we had a Scottish group from our partner city visiting this past week. I decided to play around with one of the pictures to make it more anonymous and hopefully capture the dynamics of the Scottish dancers. This is going to be a present for them. I hope they'll like it.

Side note: I find it rather challenging to do work on a photo to this extent using just a mouse. If I ever decide to play like this again... more »

Tried something new I did.  <fixed that, because Yoda.>

Friday is here and that's worth celebrating!

I had an overwhelming desire to do something different with a photo and literally spent all evening trying to figure out how to move it in the direction I wanted it to go. Not really there, but I've got to get sleep, and as a believer in "good enough", I'm calling it done.

"Picture": some of you might have picked up that we had a Scottish group from our partner city visiting this past week. I decided to play around with one of the pictures to make it more anonymous and hopefully capture the dynamics of the Scottish dancers. This is going to be a present for them. I hope they'll like it.

Side note: I find it rather challenging to do work on a photo to this extent using just a mouse. If I ever decide to play like this again I think I'll get one of those digital drawing boards. ___

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2014-07-09 23:22:14 (42 comments, 1 reshares, 43 +1s) 

This must be Thursday   I could never get the hang of Thursdays  (Douglas Adams)

It was a long match between Argentina and the Netherlands. Congrats to both on an even match and to Argentina for winning on penalties. Nevertheless this makes for a second straight night of going into the wee hours. Therefore, you'll get another flower photo, because it's what I have handy. and you'll like it if you know what's good for you ;-)  But back to Douglas Adams, because he understood the universe, life, dolphins and everything. 

It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of allthe... more »

This must be Thursday   I could never get the hang of Thursdays  (Douglas Adams)

It was a long match between Argentina and the Netherlands. Congrats to both on an even match and to Argentina for winning on penalties. Nevertheless this makes for a second straight night of going into the wee hours. Therefore, you'll get another flower photo, because it's what I have handy. and you'll like it if you know what's good for you ;-)  But back to Douglas Adams, because he understood the universe, life, dolphins and everything. 

It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination.

This is known Khaleesi. It also explains much about Thursdays and GPlus.

I'll imagine you are having a good day. It's the least I can do and I make a habit of doing just that. for now good night!___

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2014-07-09 07:34:21 (39 comments, 5 reshares, 50 +1s) 

Mornings can be cruel

Mornings are tough enough. Even tougher when you stayed up unreasonably late. It's my own fault though so I'll let it be a lesson to me. Nothing to do now but get going and start getting things done. I'll have an extra cuppa and slog through the day as best as I can. 

Turning to you, who were not so foolish and have patiently indulged my morning mental fogginess today: may you make the most of what will hopefully be a very good day.

+Clare Cosgrove has a pretty decent philosophy that she often cites:

Peace, Love and Chocolate Cake ,

but I'm not at that level of eloquence this morning, so here:

Have a flower and do something good with the day.    

catch you later.  

Mornings can be cruel

Mornings are tough enough. Even tougher when you stayed up unreasonably late. It's my own fault though so I'll let it be a lesson to me. Nothing to do now but get going and start getting things done. I'll have an extra cuppa and slog through the day as best as I can. 

Turning to you, who were not so foolish and have patiently indulged my morning mental fogginess today: may you make the most of what will hopefully be a very good day.

+Clare Cosgrove has a pretty decent philosophy that she often cites:

Peace, Love and Chocolate Cake ,

but I'm not at that level of eloquence this morning, so here:

Have a flower and do something good with the day.    

catch you later.  ___

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2014-07-08 07:13:31 (27 comments, 0 reshares, 42 +1s) 

It's not a Ruby Tuesday, but maybe Rainbow Tuesday works for you?

It's another grey and overcast day here. Looks like the week will be cooler (20ish C) and rainy. On the other hand, rain means rainbows are possible. 

I hope you have a great day and even if it rains, maybe you'll find the proverbial silver-lining or at least be treated to a rainbow.

We had a great double-arc rainbow on June 30th. It was especially good, because the sun was low in the sky and we got a break in the clouds. 

The primary rainbow is created by water droplets refracting light at an angle of approximately 42° from the light source. (hmm 42. Douglas Adams was on to something). The secondary arc is at an angle of approximately 52°. Additionally, I may have some supernumerary arcs inside the main rainbow. Those arcs are apparently the result of interference patterns.
A... more »

It's not a Ruby Tuesday, but maybe Rainbow Tuesday works for you?

It's another grey and overcast day here. Looks like the week will be cooler (20ish C) and rainy. On the other hand, rain means rainbows are possible. 

I hope you have a great day and even if it rains, maybe you'll find the proverbial silver-lining or at least be treated to a rainbow.

We had a great double-arc rainbow on June 30th. It was especially good, because the sun was low in the sky and we got a break in the clouds. 

The primary rainbow is created by water droplets refracting light at an angle of approximately 42° from the light source. (hmm 42. Douglas Adams was on to something). The secondary arc is at an angle of approximately 52°. Additionally, I may have some supernumerary arcs inside the main rainbow. Those arcs are apparently the result of interference patterns.

A few points about the photo:

1. to capture a full arc on a 35 mm (Full Frame) camera you need a wide angle lens. 19 mm will work, but 16 mm would be better. 

2. I have a crop camera (1.6x). This was shot with an EF-S 10-22 mm lens at 10mm, which on my camera would be equivalent to 16 mm on a full frame.

3. the photo is essentially straight-out-of-the camera. I did downsize it to a 1920 format. I also added one of the frame effects from GPlus to make the edges a little more interesting. I could have really made the rainbows pop with contrast/saturation/graduation curves, but I wanted you to see it as shot.  I may have put it in landscape mode (don't remember), but I always shoot with "faithful" as my default color setting. ___

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2014-07-07 07:32:19 (18 comments, 1 reshares, 39 +1s) 

Do not lose hope

Do not lose hope -- what you seek will be found. Trust ghosts. Trust those that you have helped to help you in their turn. Trust dreams. Trust your heart, and trust your story. 
(Neil Gaiman, Fragile Things )

Back to the regular workweek. I trust you've had a good weekend. Today will be a good day and tomorrow even better. 

Photo: I love the gossamer structures of dandelion seeds. the fine "hairs" that catch the wind and improbably lift and hold the seed aloft. Of course the rigid "ribs" and "spine" contribute too, by being lightweight and ensuring the "hairs" are spread optimally, while providing a safe enclosure for the seed of the next plant. They're quite marvelous structures really. Perhaps NASA should be looking into dandelions for payloads on Mars. 

the point: there'sso... more »

Do not lose hope

Do not lose hope -- what you seek will be found. Trust ghosts. Trust those that you have helped to help you in their turn. Trust dreams. Trust your heart, and trust your story. 
(Neil Gaiman, Fragile Things )

Back to the regular workweek. I trust you've had a good weekend. Today will be a good day and tomorrow even better. 

Photo: I love the gossamer structures of dandelion seeds. the fine "hairs" that catch the wind and improbably lift and hold the seed aloft. Of course the rigid "ribs" and "spine" contribute too, by being lightweight and ensuring the "hairs" are spread optimally, while providing a safe enclosure for the seed of the next plant. They're quite marvelous structures really. Perhaps NASA should be looking into dandelions for payloads on Mars. 

the point: there's something beautiful or fascinatingly elegant to appreciate all around us. 

Have a great day!___

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2014-07-06 13:15:08 (22 comments, 13 reshares, 155 +1s) 

Forgetful me. I completely forgot that I had some pictures of a bald eagle. Belated obligatory eagle picture for the 4th. I suppose it sort of still counts as folks are celebrating the 4th of July weekend.

Bald Eagle / Google sees all your shenanigans. Have fun, but stay safe. Any utterance involving "Hey, y'all watch this" may be a clue to rethink your cunning plan. This PSA brought to you by the eye in the sky. 

Forgetful me. I completely forgot that I had some pictures of a bald eagle. Belated obligatory eagle picture for the 4th. I suppose it sort of still counts as folks are celebrating the 4th of July weekend.

Bald Eagle / Google sees all your shenanigans. Have fun, but stay safe. Any utterance involving "Hey, y'all watch this" may be a clue to rethink your cunning plan. This PSA brought to you by the eye in the sky. ___

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2014-07-06 10:40:13 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 29 +1s) 

The spice must flow

Thanks to everyone, who took time to leave a comment about possible ideas for future posts. Several got me to thinking along new paths, which is a very good thing. A mind is meant to be taken out for a walk every once in a while. Reality like space-time is malleable.

+Deyana Deco , had a simple request for a flower. I decided to go back a few months to when the crocuses (croci?) were blossoming. The spice saffron is gathered from crocus blossoms ( crocus sativus ). It's a slightly different crocus than I photographed and even closer to an iris (in my opinion). I am a great fan of saffron in risotto.  Thus closing the loop and throwing in a dash of science-fiction: the spice must flow!  

I hope you're having a great weekend! I know mine has been quite full, but satisfying. I look forward to hearing from you, whatever you're up to orthi... more »

The spice must flow

Thanks to everyone, who took time to leave a comment about possible ideas for future posts. Several got me to thinking along new paths, which is a very good thing. A mind is meant to be taken out for a walk every once in a while. Reality like space-time is malleable.

+Deyana Deco , had a simple request for a flower. I decided to go back a few months to when the crocuses (croci?) were blossoming. The spice saffron is gathered from crocus blossoms ( crocus sativus ). It's a slightly different crocus than I photographed and even closer to an iris (in my opinion). I am a great fan of saffron in risotto.  Thus closing the loop and throwing in a dash of science-fiction: the spice must flow!  

I hope you're having a great weekend! I know mine has been quite full, but satisfying. I look forward to hearing from you, whatever you're up to or thinking about.

Photos: it was meant to be about the flower, but GPlus is showing my bonus fun sci-fi selfie with equal billing. You'll find the flower is much higher quality and should be zoomable to get to details (you may need to wait a bit for them to load). ___

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2014-07-05 16:04:01 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 53 +1s) 

Ok, I'm done with Caturday (but you could go back 2 posts if you would like to see my cat, Ginger). It's back to insects on my channel. +Brigitte W. , this one is the one I've been warning about.

Thanks to those of you, who made suggestions to me for future posts. I will be looking for opportunities to react to them.

Have a great evening! I've got to get to the tele for the Argentina-Belgium match.

Ok, I'm done with Caturday (but you could go back 2 posts if you would like to see my cat, Ginger). It's back to insects on my channel. +Brigitte W. , this one is the one I've been warning about.

Thanks to those of you, who made suggestions to me for future posts. I will be looking for opportunities to react to them.

Have a great evening! I've got to get to the tele for the Argentina-Belgium match.___

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2014-07-05 11:18:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s) 

OOOPPSS I had meant to share privately, but nothing bad. just adds to Teri's notoriety. She's a very outgoing and engaging GPlusser if you want to meet someone new.  _I guess I should have had another cup of tea this morning before trying to GPlus_ 


+teri mccorquodale 

also a McCorquodale/Campbell/Argyll tartan: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clan_McCorquodale#mediaviewer/File:Campbell_of_Cawdor_tartan.jpg 

interesting to read about your clan. :-)

OOOPPSS I had meant to share privately, but nothing bad. just adds to Teri's notoriety. She's a very outgoing and engaging GPlusser if you want to meet someone new.  _I guess I should have had another cup of tea this morning before trying to GPlus_ 


+teri mccorquodale 

also a McCorquodale/Campbell/Argyll tartan: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clan_McCorquodale#mediaviewer/File:Campbell_of_Cawdor_tartan.jpg 

interesting to read about your clan. :-)___

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