This one is not a closeup. I was not equipped with a macro lens that day as I was out shooting birds with a telephoto lens. This beauty stopped by on the top of a wall by the sea and even though I was very close to the minimum focusing distance for the lens, I had to get a picture.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
These are two pelicans doing this over and over. It is not easy to shoot as they dive so fast (under 3 seconds from top to bottom). They are certainly fun birds to watch.
Location: Bal Harbour jetty, Florida.
Nikon D300 w/300mm f/4 lens.
Hope you like them!
My system is back on working order. Had a 3-year old GeForce GTX 8800 graphics board quit on me. Have coasted for a week with barely some low-res graphics, and the second monitor off. The new GeForce GTX 480 replacement is not cheap but a wonderful addition. Took longer to get because after overnight delivery, I found they had changed the pin configuration on the power cables from two 6-pin cables to one 6 and one 8-pin. I had not noticed this discrepancy in the specs, as I had only paid attention during my research to graphics compatibility (SLI and slot issues) and that the power supply I have was sufficient (these boards are power hogs). The current power supply only provides 6-pin cables so I had to find a cable converter, then wait a few days for the brown truck to arrive.
Back in working order. Now I can start processing my backlog of photos with this one today as the start.
One advantage to all this is that come winter I will not need a heater. This card comes with one for the same price!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Having a ball with Argentina, and watching as many games as I can. Happy with all the South American teams, doing well, from powerhouses like Argentina and Brazil to Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile.
Speaking of football, John Cleese wants to make a clarification:
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Who are these yokels that pass as elected politicians? It is time they get to work, tightening the requirements, regulations, and inspections, for oil production in State waters, and pushing the Federal Government to do the same in federal jurisdiction.
State senators designated Sunday as a day for citizens to ask for God's help dealing with the oil disaster.
"Thus far efforts made by mortals to try to solve the crisis have been to no avail," state Sen. Robert Adley said in a statement released after last week's unanimous vote for the day of prayer. "It is clearly time for a miracle for us."
As Prof. P.Z. Myers says in “Louisiana gives up on the Gulf”:
“Instead of wasting your effort in making pleas to the nonexistent, go down to the beach with an eyedropper and a thimble, and pluck up a little globule of oil — and you will have accomplished more.”
I have been having computer problems for the past few days. The video board died and while waiting for UPS to bring a replacement (not cheap!) I am unable to process new photos. This one is from the archives.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Ethan Siegel, a theoretical astrophysicist with one of the coolest science blogs, named “Starts with a Bang”, has posted a great article on the newly revealed information from NASA’s Kepler mission, which is on a search for habitable planets. They released their first results with more than 700 new planets found! They now estimate there are more than 1.4 Billion planets in the galaxy! (this is a low estimate). Surely a few of those could be our size and habitable. Some may even contain life.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
The savetheinternet.com coalition is more than a million everyday people who have banded together with thousands of non-profit organizations, businesses and bloggers to protect Internet freedom. Some internet stars come out to show you why it’s important. You may not know all of them, besides Whil and Adam but that’s not important. The freedom to allow us to create, post and say what we want is very important and has to be defended.
Watch the video then go to savetheinternet.com to learn more.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
I'm all fired up. I hope my team - Argentina - wins, although we'll have to wait and see. I will also be very happy if the USA gets out of the group and they do have a good chance this time.
About the trophy: Yes, it is the real one. I shot this photo on a visit of the Cup to Miami last year.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Monday, June 07, 2010
Sunday, June 06, 2010
It was always a nonsense proposition to me, but I could not picture what they really meant in all the different religions. What? The Christian view of fire and brimstone or a boring eternity? Or are the 70 virgins promised to Muslim martyrs that desirable? In Judaism, there is little to say about what happens after you die. It focuses more on your actions now than on what you’ll do afterwards.
In any case, my dilemma on understanding the different visions were solved by reading this post today from PZ Myers. Now I see an explanation that makes sense.
Saturday, June 05, 2010
(Via Atheist Media Blog)
More on Christian nationalist history revisionist David Barton:
Friday, June 04, 2010
I don’t understand the New Yorkers that want to build a mosque near Ground Zero. Isn’t there anything more insulting to the memory of the fallen they can think of? Mayor Bloomberg even defends it! Disgraceful!
Here’s Pat Condell’s opinion on this monstrosity.
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Alun Jones, Security MVP, makes a good case that the news that Google is ditching MS Windows on security concerns has more to do with them adopting Google Chrome than with real Windows vulnerabilities.
For the details, I refer you to Alun’s article.