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Sally R

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  1. I heard a nice story on the radio this morning. Grape growers whose crops are not usable for wine because of the smoke from bush fires here in Australia, have instead used those grapes to make hand sanitiser which is much in demand in the moment. So I guess still a form of alcohol that disinfects, and something good coming out of something bad πŸ™‚
  2. Thanks MDM. I look forward to experimenting with focus stacking in the future. Amazing to see the sample shots posted here. Also, hope you get well soon! Thanks Paulette, now I know what to do!
  3. I love peacock spiders! In the place I was renting until a few months ago I had a peacock spider that loved my kitchen. By photographing him with my macro lens I was able to see his patterns closely and found he was a Dunn's Peacock Spider. I put him outside several times thinking maybe he would be better outside, but he just kept coming back into the kitchen again and again (assuming it was the same spider). My images were extremely grainy so I won't try and upload them here. They are so small and it is so amazing the beautiful patterns that are less noticeable unless you look really closely.
  4. Thanks Ed. That's great you got to travel with your work with PanAm. It would have been something of an adventure to travel and see the world. I'm glad you got to cuddle a koala and see the turtles lay their eggs. I wonder if the woman talking about baby cobras in her garden was telling a bit of a tall story? Australians are somewhat known for tall stories about dangerous animals, and as far as I'm aware we don't have cobras in Australia, unless they were pets? But we do have quite a number of other venomous snakes. The main two around Perth are the Dugite and Tiger Snake. I see them quite a b
  5. This was actually several days ago, but a kind neighbour brought around some toilet paper. We were close to running out and could not get any at the shops but we hadn't told her that. She just thought of us and offered it if we needed it.
  6. I've found if I drag and drop from the Alamy website they appear distorted on my iPhone, but if I go into AIM, click on enlarge, and then drag and drop from there they are ok. But yes, they look ok from the computer. Ten years ago Stanley and Kaisa Breeden published a book of wildflower images from Western Australia called Wildflower Country using focus stacking. The wildflowers here are often intricate and trying to capture a macro image with a decent depth of field is tricky. Using a tripod to increase exposure time for greater depth of field usually creates problems because ther
  7. Thank you so much Ed 😊 I absolutely love birds. Our garden is full of them at the moment. They are being attracted by grevillea plants in flower. Hoping to get some pics in the next few days. DD mentioned the other day that he is also in Perth. It is great to know there is another West Australian on the forum πŸ™‚ Thank you for your kind wishes. I hope we can all weather this storm worldwide. Already peoples' livelihoods are gone in many cases, and the impact on human health and life is devastating. The world is going to be remade in ways yet to be determined, but hopeful
  8. Pictures pleaseπŸ˜€ Darn! I missed my chance for a cockroach selfie πŸ˜‚
  9. Don't worry Allan, I had a conversation with a friendly looking cockroach in the laundry the other day (though that is not unusual for me 😜 I'm no good at killing anything and usually just chat to little creatures instead). I think the amazing thing is how we can talk to one another across the world while all going through similar experiences. I can't help thinking of people in the 1918 flu pandemic having nowhere near the level of communication with others that we have across the internet. So much unknown, including about loved ones in WWI. Now the whole world is going through muc
  10. Landscope Magazine - WA's (Western Australia's) Parks, Wildlife and Conservation Magazine - Vol 35, no. 3 Autumn 2020 - p. 17 steep wall at oxer lookout at weano gorge in the desert of karijini national park, western australia Contributor: Christian B. / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: RJPKC0
  11. I was curious to see if garden centres are now shut here also, given the recent reports of stores having trouble keeping up with demand for seeds and seedlings. The main chains I looked at still seem to be open. I have relatives who run a nursery and they are now closed to the public, but people can come in their car, phone for what they want, and staff will bring it out to them. They are now talking about the possibility of a stage 3 lockdown here, which I think will be the same as the UK if it goes ahead.
  12. I hope your staff stay well DD and can continue with the in-home support. I have study commitments which I can do entirely from home, so that is keeping me busy, but I also hope during this extended period at home to be able to plant out some unusual varieties of vegetable seeds I bought some time ago (hope they still grow and are not too past their use-by date). I have compost ready I can spread out to make a garden bed. Apparently there has been a rush on buying seeds and seedlings here, with many people planning to grow more of their own food. It's like going back to a time when
  13. I've lived with dogs over the years and for them it has always meant "scratch my belly please" accompanied by enthusiastic tail wagging. But yes cats are different and I've gotten nipped when I've assumed what they do is similar to a dog. Apparently they also like pawing you with their claws because this is what they did to their mothers as kittens to get milk.
  14. I had this exact thought today. We have grevillea plants at the front, side and back of the house. They have all started flowering at once and lots of white-cheeked honeyeaters have come to feed on the nectar. I can't help thinking how life goes on for them, and they have been so chirpy and happy all day. I feel like with us humans lying low at the moment, the other creatures have the world more to themselves.
  15. Sending good wishes to you and your daughter Betty. I hope Kim is able to rest up well and recover soon. All the best!
  16. Thanks Steve, beautiful and stunning images!
  17. Glad you stuck up for the birds Betty! I'm so enjoying the nature images. Here's one of an egret in flight: A young Sooty Oystercatcher: A White-capped Mollymawk in NZ (kind of albatross)
  18. Running to Stand Still by U2 - what happens when you run out of space to exercise in the living room. Once in a Lifetime by Talking Heads - this is meant to be a once in one hundred years events, so seems to fit (except for those of us with extraordinarily long life spans).
  19. Life on Mars - David Bowie - where we may have to go to escape Covid-19 Man on the Moon - REM - if the moon becomes a quarantine station for those with Covid-19 Don't Give Up - Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush
  20. Lovely idea! While a lot of Western Australia is very dry, we have some wetter areas with tall forest in the south-west. In this photo the tall trees are karri trees, and these forests are full of bird song high up in the canopy: In 2015 I travelled to Bhutan which is a beautiful country of mountains, valleys and forests. This scene is in western Bhutan: This is a quokka, a cute marsupial that lives on Rottnest Island off the coast of Perth:
  21. Baker in New Orleans making toilet paper cakes... https://www.bakemag.com/articles/13201-new-orleans-bakery-creates-toilet-paper-cakes
  22. That sounds like a very nice lens that as well as macro would work well as a walk around street photography lens, and I imagine would work well for portraits too. I like the idea of sometimes just having a prime lens. It kind of simplifies things and can help to think creatively when you don't have the convenience of a zoom. And yes, I think many of us are going to be photographing things at home for a while, but hopefully not too far in the future daily life will return to normal and we can capture some street life imagery again πŸ™‚
  23. Some beautiful photos Lulia. I especially love the drone view of Maneciu Lake. I'm also wanting to practice street photography more. I have a Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 lens that is quite good, but I think having a bit extra focal length is a good idea too. The 70-200mm range seems to be good for more discrete street photography where you don't feel you are pointing the lens too close to people. I'm not sure what is available for Pentax, but I know Tamron and Sigma both have 70-200mm f2.8 lenses that seem to be pretty good from what I've read about them. I'm keen to purchase a lens in this
  24. Wow, I love his photos! I especially love the one on the road with the redwoods and the sunlight filtering through, but they're all great. Really great portraits of Ray Charles. I remember watching him and Dolly Parton singing Islands in the Stream on TV when I was little.
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