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Steven Spence

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nerdy; stargazer; legend in my own mind; wannabe photographer, may post occasional spider pictures - you have been warned!

Occupation: IT Manager (at a large corporation)

Location: Germany

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2016-09-20 06:48:45 (51 comments; 8 reshares; 203 +1s; )Open 

Sharkteeth on a Powersaw

Sounds like a movie title? Maybe a follow-up to Sharknado ? Nope. It's real science. Sometimes scientists have to think creatively to come up with ways to make repeatable tests.

Sure enough, when we cut through salmon, different teeth cut differently We found a way to distinguish between this huge morphological difference we see among shark teeth in nature.

read more in +Kate Stone 's article on +GotScience.org

#sharks  

Most reshares: 18

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2016-09-25 19:04:53 (46 comments; 18 reshares; 346 +1s; )Open 

Coming for you

See the shadows marching on
Yesterday's dreams are dead and gone
Dead and gone
Hear the cheering up above
Down below it's push and shove
Yeah, push and shove
(The Offspring)

Although this squirrel looks like he's getting ready for battle, it was just an innocuous raise one leg and scratch with the other pose. We had a few minutes of playful hide and seek this morning.

Have a great finish to the weekend and a most excellent start to the new week!

Photo: European Red Squirrel seen in Remstal(1), Germany.

(1) https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remstal

Most plusones: 346

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2016-09-25 19:04:53 (46 comments; 18 reshares; 346 +1s; )Open 

Coming for you

See the shadows marching on
Yesterday's dreams are dead and gone
Dead and gone
Hear the cheering up above
Down below it's push and shove
Yeah, push and shove
(The Offspring)

Although this squirrel looks like he's getting ready for battle, it was just an innocuous raise one leg and scratch with the other pose. We had a few minutes of playful hide and seek this morning.

Have a great finish to the weekend and a most excellent start to the new week!

Photo: European Red Squirrel seen in Remstal(1), Germany.

(1) https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remstal

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2016-09-29 09:41:24 (14 comments; 2 reshares; 93 +1s; )Open 

Norwegian Sea Eagles

Photos are attached here.

Article on +GotScience.org at http://www.gotscience.org/2016/09/norwegian-sea-eagles/

Norwegian Sea Eagles

Photos are attached here.

Article on +GotScience.org at http://www.gotscience.org/2016/09/norwegian-sea-eagles/___

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2016-09-29 09:39:36 (23 comments; 6 reshares; 225 +1s; )Open 

Norwegian Sea Eagles

Photos below.

Article on +GotScience.org : http://www.gotscience.org/2016/09/norwegian-sea-eagles/

Norwegian Sea Eagles

Photos below.

Article on +GotScience.org : http://www.gotscience.org/2016/09/norwegian-sea-eagles/___

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2016-09-26 18:47:24 (31 comments; 13 reshares; 191 +1s; )Open 

Reusing a Biological Solution

Scientists in China have used a honeycomb structure to make remarkable progress in organic solar cells. Read more in +Jonathan Trinastic 's latest article on +GotScience.org !

Reusing a Biological Solution

Scientists in China have used a honeycomb structure to make remarkable progress in organic solar cells. Read more in +Jonathan Trinastic 's latest article on +GotScience.org !___

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2016-09-25 19:53:35 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

Norwegian Red

Posting for +Liz C 's #allthingsred  

I really liked the color and texture of this building in Å (technically Sørvågen), Lofoten, Norway.

Last picture for the day. I've exceeded my quota.

Norwegian Red

Posting for +Liz C 's #allthingsred  

I really liked the color and texture of this building in Å (technically Sørvågen), Lofoten, Norway.

Last picture for the day. I've exceeded my quota.___

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2016-09-25 19:04:53 (46 comments; 18 reshares; 346 +1s; )Open 

Coming for you

See the shadows marching on
Yesterday's dreams are dead and gone
Dead and gone
Hear the cheering up above
Down below it's push and shove
Yeah, push and shove
(The Offspring)

Although this squirrel looks like he's getting ready for battle, it was just an innocuous raise one leg and scratch with the other pose. We had a few minutes of playful hide and seek this morning.

Have a great finish to the weekend and a most excellent start to the new week!

Photo: European Red Squirrel seen in Remstal(1), Germany.

(1) https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remstal

Coming for you

See the shadows marching on
Yesterday's dreams are dead and gone
Dead and gone
Hear the cheering up above
Down below it's push and shove
Yeah, push and shove
(The Offspring)

Although this squirrel looks like he's getting ready for battle, it was just an innocuous raise one leg and scratch with the other pose. We had a few minutes of playful hide and seek this morning.

Have a great finish to the weekend and a most excellent start to the new week!

Photo: European Red Squirrel seen in Remstal(1), Germany.

(1) https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remstal___

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2016-09-25 17:05:46 (19 comments; 1 reshares; 88 +1s; )Open 

Flight of the Cormorants?

Hey, I'm not sure exactly what these are. I'm tentatively calling them cormorants, because that's what they look like to my unpracticed eye and because I found three of them later in the day in the River Rems.

I got up quite early this morning, because I knew it would be a beautiful day weather-wise. My goal was to get out of the house and position myself in a nature preserve area along the River Rems before dawn. My hope was to photograph a kingfisher.

I made it to my location a few minutes before sunrise. Most of my morning was quite contemplation of morning mists in the fields next to the river, the sound of birds (esp. woodpeckers), and a lot of watching for a bird to fly by. I wasn't too successful, so after 1 1/2 hours I decided to move south along the river. That was a good decision.

I surprised a little red... more »

Flight of the Cormorants?

Hey, I'm not sure exactly what these are. I'm tentatively calling them cormorants, because that's what they look like to my unpracticed eye and because I found three of them later in the day in the River Rems.

I got up quite early this morning, because I knew it would be a beautiful day weather-wise. My goal was to get out of the house and position myself in a nature preserve area along the River Rems before dawn. My hope was to photograph a kingfisher.

I made it to my location a few minutes before sunrise. Most of my morning was quite contemplation of morning mists in the fields next to the river, the sound of birds (esp. woodpeckers), and a lot of watching for a bird to fly by. I wasn't too successful, so after 1 1/2 hours I decided to move south along the river. That was a good decision.

I surprised a little red squirrel and we had quite a fun little game of "hide and seek and squawk at the primate with the big eye". Not long after that I came across a solo cormorant, but as soon as I got out of the underbrush to try to get a picture it flew off. I kept moving through the underbrush and caught up with it again. Same story. Stubborn old Steve pursued again: this time I saw two. As soon as I raised my camera : BOOM! THREE cormorants took off. There was one I hadn't seen up against the bank. I decided to let them be and went back north.

I had better luck. Several encounters with grey herons. Four encounters with kingfishers (I believe there were 2 different individuals), but all I came away with were 3 pictures of the back... I also met a couple of bussards (hawks in the U.S.)

It was a satisfying day in nature even though I didn't really come away with any photos that excited me. I'm feeling a very pleasant kind of tiredness from lots of fresh air, walking with 10-12kg equipment, and plenty of sunshine. Pretty much a perfect, pre-leaves-changing-color kind of Fall day.

I hope you had a lovely weekend!___

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2016-09-23 07:12:58 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Signal amplification.

Exhibition Title: The Windham Project
Exhibition Dates: April 15th - May 25th, 2017

The Windham Project is looking for artists to submit art proposals for public art displays!

Submission Dates: Accepting submissions starting September 19th up until November 18th, 2016

See WindhamProject.org for more information & instructions.___Signal amplification.

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2016-09-21 20:43:45 (9 comments; 4 reshares; 108 +1s; )Open 

ISMD Update Sept 20, 2016

The following is an Update from +Thea Boodhoo and the 2016 ISMD "Save Mongolia's Dinosaurs Conservation Expedition"

Due to formatting issues moving from Thea's email to GPlus I've had to attach the photos.

Thea's Update

We set off for the Gobi the morning of September 14th, a team of five. Bolortsetseg hung back in UB on official business and Binderiya, Teddy and I pooled in Gana’s car with Gamba at the reins of the museum.

We were greeted in Dalanzadgad by Tushka and Suugi, two gentlemen involved in economic development, who showed us some of the town’s public art before dinner.


As the sun went down, we pulled into the neon wonderland of a new dinosaur park replete with near-life-size animatronic dinosaurs. It opened in June, and we look forward to collaboratingwith... more »

ISMD Update Sept 20, 2016

The following is an Update from +Thea Boodhoo and the 2016 ISMD "Save Mongolia's Dinosaurs Conservation Expedition"

Due to formatting issues moving from Thea's email to GPlus I've had to attach the photos.

Thea's Update

We set off for the Gobi the morning of September 14th, a team of five. Bolortsetseg hung back in UB on official business and Binderiya, Teddy and I pooled in Gana’s car with Gamba at the reins of the museum.

We were greeted in Dalanzadgad by Tushka and Suugi, two gentlemen involved in economic development, who showed us some of the town’s public art before dinner.


As the sun went down, we pulled into the neon wonderland of a new dinosaur park replete with near-life-size animatronic dinosaurs. It opened in June, and we look forward to collaborating with them on informational materials.

On the second day, we welcomed our first special guest appearance from TV cartoon star Justin Time. Earlier this summer, we came across an episode of the eponymous kids’ show that takes place at the Flaming Cliffs, and we knew the kids who live nearby would love it–plus, it’s all about paleontology! So we got in touch with the producers at Guru Studios and they were excited to send us the episode. Thanks, Guru Studios! The kids loved it! Hopefully we can get it translated into Mongolian for next year.


We also hosted a Skype session between some Mongolian high school students and the Webb School at the Alf Museum in Los Angeles, which is a unique high school that focuses on natural history. We hope it turns into an ongoing exchange. There is very little attention paid to natural history in the curriculum here, but students in the Gobi are hungry to learn more, especially about dinosaurs.

This is even more true in Bulgan, the small town closest to Bayanzag where Teddy, Gana and I spent two days accompanied by Azaa, an English-speaking tour guide with some paleontological knowledge. She showed us several un-excavated fossil sites around the Flaming Cliffs, and we did a little prospecting.

Bayanzag’s only park ranger, Munkhsaihan, introduced us to members of Altain Hoilog, a kids’ club that meets 2-3 times a week to learn about nature, go on field trips and pick up litter at Bayanzag. They were super inspiring and we’ll be helping them out however we can.

Out of room again & I’ve barely scratched the surface. Next time: the news from Dundgovi & an introduction to Binderiya Munkhbat, our genius-at-hand.

Yours,

Thea

for more on the campaign and additional updates please visit:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/save-mongolia-s-dinosaurs-science-education/x/14676015#/___

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2016-09-20 22:29:54 (17 comments; 3 reshares; 117 +1s; )Open 

Big Red

I was quite happy to see this big red kite ( Milvus milvus ) two weekends ago. Unfortunately the birds were far away. I used an extender which worked well enough to get photos, but I didn't set things right and/or the extender contributed to a drop off in quality.

I also saw a lovely pair of red kites circling together on a thermal. It makes me happy to see them on the wing. They also know where I am when I watch them. :-)

Big Red

I was quite happy to see this big red kite ( Milvus milvus ) two weekends ago. Unfortunately the birds were far away. I used an extender which worked well enough to get photos, but I didn't set things right and/or the extender contributed to a drop off in quality.

I also saw a lovely pair of red kites circling together on a thermal. It makes me happy to see them on the wing. They also know where I am when I watch them. :-)___

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2016-09-20 06:48:45 (51 comments; 8 reshares; 203 +1s; )Open 

Sharkteeth on a Powersaw

Sounds like a movie title? Maybe a follow-up to Sharknado ? Nope. It's real science. Sometimes scientists have to think creatively to come up with ways to make repeatable tests.

Sure enough, when we cut through salmon, different teeth cut differently We found a way to distinguish between this huge morphological difference we see among shark teeth in nature.

read more in +Kate Stone 's article on +GotScience.org

#sharks  

Sharkteeth on a Powersaw

Sounds like a movie title? Maybe a follow-up to Sharknado ? Nope. It's real science. Sometimes scientists have to think creatively to come up with ways to make repeatable tests.

Sure enough, when we cut through salmon, different teeth cut differently We found a way to distinguish between this huge morphological difference we see among shark teeth in nature.

read more in +Kate Stone 's article on +GotScience.org

#sharks  ___

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2016-09-18 11:05:30 (15 comments; 4 reshares; 134 +1s; )Open 

Gull near Trollfjord, Lofoten, Norway

h/t to +Kati Lust . I saw her post in my stream and it happened to be a theme where I could play along today.

#joinindaily hosted by +Johnny Wills 

Today's theme is "Gulls"

Have a great Sunday!

Gull near Trollfjord, Lofoten, Norway

h/t to +Kati Lust . I saw her post in my stream and it happened to be a theme where I could play along today.

#joinindaily hosted by +Johnny Wills 

Today's theme is "Gulls"

Have a great Sunday!___

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2016-09-18 10:23:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

Henningsvaer, Norway (Lofoten)

Some thought provoking street art, a "motivational" saying, and a sign for a cafe.

Henningsvaer, Norway (Lofoten)

Some thought provoking street art, a "motivational" saying, and a sign for a cafe.___

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2016-09-18 10:04:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

Bergen Street Art - II

There's a lot more street art to find in Bergen. I saw some I missed near my apartment as I was leaving. Keep your eyes open, there are quite some interesting works scattered about there!

Bergen Street Art - II

There's a lot more street art to find in Bergen. I saw some I missed near my apartment as I was leaving. Keep your eyes open, there are quite some interesting works scattered about there!___

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2016-09-16 06:33:57 (14 comments; 1 reshares; 59 +1s; )Open 

Tromsø by Night

It was cold, windy, and rainy although maybe the natives think it just an average evening in the fall. I didn't travel with a tripod, but I found a pillar at the dock and setup for a long (8 seconds, F8, ISO 400 to help keep down noise) exposure. I shot several photos and this one came out best. I did do processing in the sky area to darken areas where raindrops hit my lens and made for soft, light, blurry patches.

My daughter and I walked that bridge over to the famous Ishavskatedralen, which was closed. It looks nice from the outside though, so no complaints. The walk was quite windy as the bridge (~1.5 km) is rather high for ships, so we were very exposed in the middle section. It was a good experience though that we won't forget.

Have a great Friday / great weekend!

Tromsø by Night

It was cold, windy, and rainy although maybe the natives think it just an average evening in the fall. I didn't travel with a tripod, but I found a pillar at the dock and setup for a long (8 seconds, F8, ISO 400 to help keep down noise) exposure. I shot several photos and this one came out best. I did do processing in the sky area to darken areas where raindrops hit my lens and made for soft, light, blurry patches.

My daughter and I walked that bridge over to the famous Ishavskatedralen, which was closed. It looks nice from the outside though, so no complaints. The walk was quite windy as the bridge (~1.5 km) is rather high for ships, so we were very exposed in the middle section. It was a good experience though that we won't forget.

Have a great Friday / great weekend!___

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2016-09-15 19:50:02 (33 comments; 15 reshares; 254 +1s; )Open 

A relevant story as a follow-up to +Emily Rhode 's article about right whales and threats to them from fishing gear. Here it is a humpback whale.
see Emily's article on +GotScience.org http://goo.gl/Euw0SS

A relevant story as a follow-up to +Emily Rhode 's article about right whales and threats to them from fishing gear. Here it is a humpback whale.
see Emily's article on +GotScience.org http://goo.gl/Euw0SS___

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2016-09-14 07:13:55 (20 comments; 4 reshares; 76 +1s; )Open 

A little friend

Seen on a morning walk in the woods. Unfortunately, I couldn't get a clear line of sight, but you get the idea.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

A little friend

Seen on a morning walk in the woods. Unfortunately, I couldn't get a clear line of sight, but you get the idea.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!___

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2016-09-13 19:13:18 (16 comments; 16 reshares; 253 +1s; )Open 

Only 500

Yes, right whales are recovering from their low point in 1935, but they have a low birth rate, die from collisions with ships, and most frequently from human fishing gear. More needs to be done to give them better a chance to thrive. Read about these whales in +Emily Rhode 's article on +GotScience.org .

Only 500

Yes, right whales are recovering from their low point in 1935, but they have a low birth rate, die from collisions with ships, and most frequently from human fishing gear. More needs to be done to give them better a chance to thrive. Read about these whales in +Emily Rhode 's article on +GotScience.org .___

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2016-09-12 06:49:57 (33 comments; 1 reshares; 114 +1s; )Open 

Sea Eagle

Seen near Svolvaer, Norway (Lofoten).

My excursion to see the sea eagles was actually disappointing. The weather was bad, skies grey, and the eagles weren't out much. When they were they visible it was generally far off making them a stretch even for my 100-400 mm.

On the positive side: I saw some and even got a few photos. Plus, if I ever get up that way again, I know better where to go.

Sea Eagle

Seen near Svolvaer, Norway (Lofoten).

My excursion to see the sea eagles was actually disappointing. The weather was bad, skies grey, and the eagles weren't out much. When they were they visible it was generally far off making them a stretch even for my 100-400 mm.

On the positive side: I saw some and even got a few photos. Plus, if I ever get up that way again, I know better where to go.___

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2016-09-10 21:44:55 (11 comments; 1 reshares; 42 +1s; )Open 

Sunset in Stokmarknes (Lofoten), Norway

I finally tried out time lapse photography. I shot 3 hours at one 1 photo per minute. Unfortunately due to some issue between my camera and the laptop I had on the trip (running Windows 10), I lost 30 frames (corrupted). I never had a problem with that before. Still the 150 frames are enough to make a 30 second video. The one I have posted was generated as a "Vimeo SD" (640x360) to keep the size small.

Nice little experiment for me. I learned a few things. Hopefully I can try another time lapse or two.

Have a super weekend!

Sunset in Stokmarknes (Lofoten), Norway

I finally tried out time lapse photography. I shot 3 hours at one 1 photo per minute. Unfortunately due to some issue between my camera and the laptop I had on the trip (running Windows 10), I lost 30 frames (corrupted). I never had a problem with that before. Still the 150 frames are enough to make a 30 second video. The one I have posted was generated as a "Vimeo SD" (640x360) to keep the size small.

Nice little experiment for me. I learned a few things. Hopefully I can try another time lapse or two.

Have a super weekend!___

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2016-09-08 21:35:38 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

Falcon

A Norwegian Air Force F-16 over Heddal, Norway. I was at the famous Heddal Stavkyrkje and an airshow was being conducted from a nearby airport. Mostly it was propeller planes - even a biplane, but suddenly I heard jets. Two F-16s made flybys. I don't know if they actually started at the airport or if they just flew in for the show. They made two passes over the church.

I only had my walkabout lens on (15-85 mm), as the purpose of my visit was the Stavkyrkje. If they had made a 3rd pass, I would have been bright enough to switch to bird tracking mode and put the camera on high-speed burst, but alas there wasn't another chance.

As you can see there is a lot of equipment on the plane: outer wing, radar-guided missles? left wing (from underneath) an infrared guided missle? and I'm not sure what kind of pods. My first guess was drop tanks for... more »

Falcon

A Norwegian Air Force F-16 over Heddal, Norway. I was at the famous Heddal Stavkyrkje and an airshow was being conducted from a nearby airport. Mostly it was propeller planes - even a biplane, but suddenly I heard jets. Two F-16s made flybys. I don't know if they actually started at the airport or if they just flew in for the show. They made two passes over the church.

I only had my walkabout lens on (15-85 mm), as the purpose of my visit was the Stavkyrkje. If they had made a 3rd pass, I would have been bright enough to switch to bird tracking mode and put the camera on high-speed burst, but alas there wasn't another chance.

As you can see there is a lot of equipment on the plane: outer wing, radar-guided missles? left wing (from underneath) an infrared guided missle? and I'm not sure what kind of pods. My first guess was drop tanks for additional range, but looking at the picture I suspect this may be a payload delivery system, however its just a guess.

It seems odd to me that they put the landing gear down for this pass, because the planes didn't land. After their pass they made a sweeping curve and flew off past some mountains.

As old as they are, these are still impressively graceful machines. I like the F-16 design a lot. I think of them as a jet age Spitfire.___

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2016-09-07 21:37:51 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 42 +1s; )Open 

A snapshot on a sunny day at a market plaza in downtown Oslo. I wasn't really tracking where, as I wanted to get to the harbor for a fjord cruise and make the science museum in the afternoon. The fountain caught my eye, but with the bright sun in the viewfinder I didn't quite see everything.
I'll have more to share in the next days. I'm getting my first look at the photos on a decent sized screen.
Have a great day!

A snapshot on a sunny day at a market plaza in downtown Oslo. I wasn't really tracking where, as I wanted to get to the harbor for a fjord cruise and make the science museum in the afternoon. The fountain caught my eye, but with the bright sun in the viewfinder I didn't quite see everything.
I'll have more to share in the next days. I'm getting my first look at the photos on a decent sized screen.
Have a great day!___

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2016-09-07 19:47:12 (18 comments; 5 reshares; 159 +1s; )Open 

A fun look at cats and feeding time.

A fun look at cats and feeding time.___

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2016-09-07 19:46:33 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

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2016-09-06 13:03:17 (20 comments; 0 reshares; 67 +1s; )Open 

These things happen to me a lot. Say hello to South Dakota Stan. Funny we meet in Oslo.



These things happen to me a lot. Say hello to South Dakota Stan. Funny we meet in Oslo.

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2016-09-05 19:08:19 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 54 +1s; )Open 

My pilgrimage to see Mørty Moose. :-)

My pilgrimage to see Mørty Moose. :-)___

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2016-09-03 10:50:36 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 47 +1s; )Open 

Lazy Saturday reading and enjoying rhe sunshine.

Lazy Saturday reading and enjoying rhe sunshine.___

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2016-09-01 20:47:44 (14 comments; 0 reshares; 67 +1s; )Open 

Me trying to capture something of the Svandalsfossen earlier today. I have no idea how the pictures turned out. It was like being on the bow of a small ship in stormy seas. I got soaked. The camera wouldn't autofocus in the mist because of all the water on the lens. I set it on manual, made a best guess, and clicked away. It was a great experience though. Too bad it was a rainy, cloudy day. I am sure this would have been breathtaking on a sunny day. 

Me trying to capture something of the Svandalsfossen earlier today. I have no idea how the pictures turned out. It was like being on the bow of a small ship in stormy seas. I got soaked. The camera wouldn't autofocus in the mist because of all the water on the lens. I set it on manual, made a best guess, and clicked away. It was a great experience though. Too bad it was a rainy, cloudy day. I am sure this would have been breathtaking on a sunny day. ___

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2016-09-01 15:45:41 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 52 +1s; )Open 

Panorama near Vikedal, Norway

Panorama near Vikedal, Norway___

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2016-08-31 16:44:57 (20 comments; 8 reshares; 157 +1s; )Open 

Valuable advice for telescope observations. I think Fall and Winter have some of the loveliest sights and best seeing where I live, so this is timely. Also I would like to get out my old scope and put it on a good mount for astrophotography, but time, laziness, and other priorities have made me put it off. For visual observations though it doesn't have to be as complicated. Luigi has great tips, which I will certainly follow.

Valuable advice for telescope observations. I think Fall and Winter have some of the loveliest sights and best seeing where I live, so this is timely. Also I would like to get out my old scope and put it on a good mount for astrophotography, but time, laziness, and other priorities have made me put it off. For visual observations though it doesn't have to be as complicated. Luigi has great tips, which I will certainly follow.___

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2016-08-30 20:24:40 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 51 +1s; )Open 

Seen in Bergen, NorwayI

Seen in Bergen, NorwayI___

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2016-08-30 19:13:41 (27 comments; 11 reshares; 282 +1s; )Open 

Beautiful Butterfly Lifecycle

+Yvi San​ debuts on GotScience.org with a fantastic article on pipevine swallowtails growing in her backyard. For those of you who don't know Yvi yet, she's a talented nature photographer with accents on the birds and butterflies of North Central Florida. In addition to this article, I encourage you to check out her profile and collections.

h/t +Kate Stone​ and +GotScience.org​

Beautiful Butterfly Lifecycle

+Yvi San​ debuts on GotScience.org with a fantastic article on pipevine swallowtails growing in her backyard. For those of you who don't know Yvi yet, she's a talented nature photographer with accents on the birds and butterflies of North Central Florida. In addition to this article, I encourage you to check out her profile and collections.

h/t +Kate Stone​ and +GotScience.org​___

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2016-08-29 19:51:46 (10 comments; 8 reshares; 166 +1s; )Open 

A good article on melting glaciers by +Norman Rusin​, one of our newer contributors.

A warmer climate attacks polar glaciers at both ends of the Earth.
http://www.gotscience.org/2016/08/climate-change-strikes-totten-glacier-antarctica/___A good article on melting glaciers by +Norman Rusin​, one of our newer contributors.

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2016-08-27 18:23:02 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 65 +1s; )Open 

Today's Fishing Village

Winds were 75 kmh today, so instead of a walk we went to the Viking museum in Borg. Our accomodation for the night is at the end of the road. It's a converted fishing cottage in Sorvågen/Å i Lofoten. Quite a drive, but the scenery is worth it. I hope for calmer weather and no rain so we can try a hike near here. Otherwise we'll have to start back without a hike.

Photo: LG4 smartphone. Edited with Snapseed (painted 10% brighter in harbor and mountains.)

Today's Fishing Village

Winds were 75 kmh today, so instead of a walk we went to the Viking museum in Borg. Our accomodation for the night is at the end of the road. It's a converted fishing cottage in Sorvågen/Å i Lofoten. Quite a drive, but the scenery is worth it. I hope for calmer weather and no rain so we can try a hike near here. Otherwise we'll have to start back without a hike.

Photo: LG4 smartphone. Edited with Snapseed (painted 10% brighter in harbor and mountains.)___

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2016-08-26 19:42:58 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 71 +1s; )Open 

Lurid Smartphone Sunset

The smartphone camera isn't very subtle. It is missing the pinks and purples. I hope they come out well on my normal camera. I am experimenting with it on interval timer. We'll see... Getting quite cold for August (in my book). Still above 0C, but definitely single digits. I am getting cold fingers now. :-) have a great Friday!

Lurid Smartphone Sunset

The smartphone camera isn't very subtle. It is missing the pinks and purples. I hope they come out well on my normal camera. I am experimenting with it on interval timer. We'll see... Getting quite cold for August (in my book). Still above 0C, but definitely single digits. I am getting cold fingers now. :-) have a great Friday!___

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2016-08-26 16:51:16 (22 comments; 1 reshares; 75 +1s; )Open 

The weather improved. Staying in an old fishing cottage. 

The weather improved. Staying in an old fishing cottage. ___

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2016-08-25 09:17:13 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 103 +1s; )Open 

A great photo of a bird that I will probably never see. By Phabulous +John Pham​

Red-crested Cardinal

This species is native to South America, but was introduced to the Hawaiian Islands around 1930. In Hawaii, these birds prefer parks, lawns and dry thickets in Hawaii; however, within their South American range, they can be found in subtropical or tropical dry shrub-land and degraded forests.

Kapiolani Regional Park, Oahu

#BirdsGallery curated by +Heinrich Wagner
+HQSP Birds curated by +Andy Brown +Dilip Mundkur
+Ian Calland and +Anja Wessels #hqspbirds
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by
+Lynn Wiezycki
#Animalia (+Animalia) created by +Adelphe BACHELET
___A great photo of a bird that I will probably never see. By Phabulous +John Pham​

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2016-08-24 14:40:34 (8 comments; 5 reshares; 64 +1s; )Open 

Words of wisdom or regret??

Words of wisdom or regret??___

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2016-08-24 14:38:06 (16 comments; 0 reshares; 52 +1s; )Open 

Lunch... Oslo harbor

Lunch... Oslo harbor___

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2016-08-23 17:43:58 (6 comments; 4 reshares; 69 +1s; )Open 

Truth in Advertising

I'm a bad person: I laughed.

Truth in Advertising

I'm a bad person: I laughed.___

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2016-08-22 19:32:44 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 54 +1s; )Open 

I Cannot Deny

I enjoy pad thai.

I Cannot Deny

I enjoy pad thai.___

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2016-08-22 19:23:45 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

Owl! In Oslo.

Owl! In Oslo.___

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2016-08-22 19:23:10 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 45 +1s; )Open 

Oslo

Oslo___

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2016-08-22 19:22:48 (5 comments; 6 reshares; 51 +1s; )Open 

Seen in Oslo

Seen in Oslo___

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2016-08-22 19:22:11 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 68 +1s; )Open 

Seen in Oslo

Seen in Oslo___

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2016-08-22 19:19:19 (5 comments; 3 reshares; 47 +1s; )Open 

Trey is a great source of information about bees. The law seems well intentioned, but impractical.

New FDA rules concerning beekeeping
 
Starting this January beekeepers will need to hire a veterinarian if they need to apply antibiotics to their colonies. Why would beekeepers be adding antibiotics to their hives? American and European Foulbrood are two devastating diseases of bees that are treated with antibiotics as a preventative measure. If the disease is not treated the only solution for a colony affected is destruction of the colony by fire. Yes, the entire hive is set aflame (bees are killed first), as the spores of the disease can remain viable in the wood for up to 40 years! 
 
Until the new law goes into effect beekeepers can apply their own antibiotics. Once the new year arrives a veterinarian will have to be hired to inspect the hives. The problem?  Most vets have little, or no knowledge of bees, or beekeeping. It's also unclear if all the hives a particular beekeeper owns will need to be inspected. This could be quite time consuming with large beekeeping operations.
 
The new rules are designed to keep unwanted antibiotics out of our food supply. Meat, eggs, milk, etc. often contain these antibiotics, which we then consume. Honey is different however, as it's a processed food. Honeybees add enzymes to flower nectar that help convert sucrose into fructose and glucose, which is a lot different that getting milk straight from a cow. It's unclear if these antibiotics are ever present in the honey. 
 
Photo:
By Jrmgkia - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31431865
 
#honeybee 
#beekeeping
#rules___Trey is a great source of information about bees. The law seems well intentioned, but impractical.

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2016-08-22 16:48:04 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

Reshare to Bee Collection.

Stunning Photos and Education for me

A few weeks ago +John Kimbler​ volunteered to contribute to +GotScience.org​. I was fortunate to be tapped to review his outstanding macro photography. We decided to collaborate on an article starring his "cuckoo" bee photos.

As I learned while researching the subject, ~90% of bee species are solitary and most cuckoo bee species are too. The article discusses cuckoo bees that attack solitary nests and also the more complex interactions in "cuckooing" a social bee hive (bumbleebees were the ones I read the material). I certainly learned a lot preparing this article.

Please take a few minutes when you can to view +John Kimbler​'s absolutely stunning photos.


H/t +Kate Stone​, +Jess Romaine​, and +GotScience.org​
___Reshare to Bee Collection.

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2016-08-22 16:46:08 (22 comments; 12 reshares; 206 +1s; )Open 

Stunning Photos and Education for me

A few weeks ago +John Kimbler​ volunteered to contribute to +GotScience.org​. I was fortunate to be tapped to review his outstanding macro photography. We decided to collaborate on an article starring his "cuckoo" bee photos.

As I learned while researching the subject, ~90% of bee species are solitary and most cuckoo bee species are too. The article discusses cuckoo bees that attack solitary nests and also the more complex interactions in "cuckooing" a social bee hive (bumbleebees were the ones I read the material). I certainly learned a lot preparing this article.

Please take a few minutes when you can to view +John Kimbler​'s absolutely stunning photos.


H/t +Kate Stone​, +Jess Romaine​, and +GotScience.org​


Stunning Photos and Education for me

A few weeks ago +John Kimbler​ volunteered to contribute to +GotScience.org​. I was fortunate to be tapped to review his outstanding macro photography. We decided to collaborate on an article starring his "cuckoo" bee photos.

As I learned while researching the subject, ~90% of bee species are solitary and most cuckoo bee species are too. The article discusses cuckoo bees that attack solitary nests and also the more complex interactions in "cuckooing" a social bee hive (bumbleebees were the ones I read the material). I certainly learned a lot preparing this article.

Please take a few minutes when you can to view +John Kimbler​'s absolutely stunning photos.


H/t +Kate Stone​, +Jess Romaine​, and +GotScience.org​
___

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2016-08-19 22:25:53 (28 comments; 4 reshares; 91 +1s; )Open 

Resting on a Rock in a River

A duck is a common enough sight. This one tool a break on a rock in the River Rems. You can see the typical one-footed stance. If you look closely you'll also see that the white at the front edge of the bill isn't some reflection from the water rather it is a downy feather from a grooming session.

What about the green diagonal areas at the top left and the bottom right? Simple - foliage. I photographed from the bank through the leaves of the trees lining the river. Wild animals aren't overly fond of what looks like a big black eyeball staring at them. It also helps to put the shutter on "silent" (not really, but quieter than usual) and have the sounds of the river to help mask the shutter and mirror sounds.

Resting on a Rock in a River

A duck is a common enough sight. This one tool a break on a rock in the River Rems. You can see the typical one-footed stance. If you look closely you'll also see that the white at the front edge of the bill isn't some reflection from the water rather it is a downy feather from a grooming session.

What about the green diagonal areas at the top left and the bottom right? Simple - foliage. I photographed from the bank through the leaves of the trees lining the river. Wild animals aren't overly fond of what looks like a big black eyeball staring at them. It also helps to put the shutter on "silent" (not really, but quieter than usual) and have the sounds of the river to help mask the shutter and mirror sounds.___

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2016-08-19 21:47:38 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 52 +1s; )Open 

Beauty in Imperfection

Beauty, danger, physically amazing structures, and spider webs all the way down. I caught two webs next to each other on a rare (this year) sunny day. The foreground web is imperfect yet structurally sound and fully functional. It was damaged and patched up a few times.

Beauty in Imperfection

Beauty, danger, physically amazing structures, and spider webs all the way down. I caught two webs next to each other on a rare (this year) sunny day. The foreground web is imperfect yet structurally sound and fully functional. It was damaged and patched up a few times.___

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