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  1. Hi Jill, lovely image. Could this be a Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)? https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Field_Sparrow/id I'm actually from Australia so not very familiar with Canadian birds, but I did a bit of a search for small birds in your region and this one looks like it might be it. More info here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_sparrow
  2. Presentation or newsletters. Low $$. This is a Holly-leaved Banksia, one of the many varieties of wildflowers found in Western Australia. This one is at the budding stage so flowers not opened up yet.
  3. Science 2 April 2021 https://science.sciencemag.org/content/372/6537/43.1/tab-figures-data "Steller sea lions congregate on the rocks in the view of a fishing trawler." Contributor: Mike Scharer / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: BE3W4M
  4. I was happy with this juxtaposition of a bronze sculpture of a lobster fisherman and the fishing boat in the background at Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour. It was early in the the day so the light was nice. Taken with the little Sony RX100.
  5. I was very excited to discover this rare Giant Pink Flamingo in Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour
  6. Nature 2 April 2021 https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00771-z rafters on the Alsek river, Alaska, United States Contributor: Whit Richardson / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: AXN8BX
  7. Oh ok sorry Ed!! That's good to know. I was looking at a dock with additional USB ports which I thought might be useful, but that reader is better for just an SD.
  8. As I guessed, this was refunded and sold again to same buyer at lower price. Is this the new normal...? Not that I care, I have lost my interest to Alamy.... itΒ΄s their business and they do what they want. It's no consolation for the low price, but your photo did send me down memory lane of the first computer our family had. I loved playing International Karate Plus, Space Invaders and Bug Blaster. Computer games seem too complicated to me now. What I would hope with the smaller license fees coming through is that there are more of them to compensate, but time will tell. Just rea
  9. Good on your Mum for sticking up for you Betty. Those early experiences of bullying by teachers can have a lasting effect, so having your Mom step in would have helped you to feel safe and supported and mitigate against future harm. I am only 5'1" and a quiet, gentle person. I was super quiet and shy in school. But if I see someone vulnerable being bullied or mistreated a kind of ferocity kicks in and I have a strong instinct to go in and defend/protect, and I imagine you are similar. I think sensitive people with strong nurturing instincts really care about the sanctity of life and so instinc
  10. What a horrible teacher, but I'm so glad your mother 'straightened her out'. Would love to know her methods 🀣 Luckily I wasn't given a hard time for left-handedness. On the topic of new Macs, you may be just fine with one of the latest Intel Macs. The OS on each model of Mac eventually becomes no longer upgradeable (after several years), but the recent Intel Macs should last you a while. If you wait about 6 more days you will at least have a sense of what the new M1 Macs are about, and then can make a decision from there. I'm just keen for M1 as I can see my photo processing needs
  11. That sounds like a good plan Ed. If you ever want a bigger screen in the future you can use the M1 MacBook Air with an external monitor. I have thought about doing this so I have the flexibility of a laptop but the option of also using it with an external monitor. The current M1 MacBook Airs don't have an SD card slot, but if that is your preferred method of transfer of photos between camera and computer you can buy a docking station or USB hub which is not expensive, and people at the Apple Store could advise you on that. There is quite a good review of the M1 MacBook
  12. Betty, I just watched this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rc6Hxg5cj3w The guy presenting seems pretty confident both size iMacs will be announced on the 20th. He is predicting a 24 inch model for the smaller iMac and 30 or 32 inch for the larger one. Of course still not known for sure, but seems encouraging. Funny about the feather dust πŸ˜‚ Glad your Mac will be back in business πŸ‘ I'm left handed too.
  13. 3 images in this article from the New York Times 12 April 2021 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/12/science/fairy-circles-australia.html Fairy Circles, Twyfelfontein, Namibia, Africa Contributor: MJ Photography / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: HR6G6W Africa Namibia Sossusvlei. Aerial view of fairy circles dotting the landscape of the Namib-Rand Nature Reserve. Contributor: Danita Delimont Creative / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: BMM1MB Photographer: Kymri Wilt / Danita Delimont Circular spinifex growing in the Outback near Al
  14. Thanks Michael! Yes I think the iMac screen will probably do the trick. I'll do a bit more research before making a definite decision but I'm thinking that's the way to go for me.
  15. It does sound a bit like abdominal migraine Allan if you only had the headache initially but not after that. It must have been a bit scary the first migraine at 17 with the eyesight disappearing. I'm also affected on just one side but can't look out of one eye more from extreme light sensitivity and pain than from loss of eyesight. The weird thing is it sometimes transitions from one side to the other, and I can actually feel the pain creeping across my head. At least the tortured side gets a rest then! But getting them so much less now so life is much, much better!
  16. Hi Michael. Some time back I was planning to do what Ed is planning to - to get a Mac mini and buy a separate monitor. I was considering a BenQ. Now I am not so sure that opting for a wide gamut monitor is necessary in my case, and that the iMac screen might be sufficient. I rarely print anything and I imagine a significant benefit of calibrated wide gamut monitors is the ability to get accurate prints. If I do get into printing it may make more sense, but I'm not sure that's in my future. I do have a Spyder calibration tool so that my suffice going forward with my calibration needs. I just th
  17. Hi Betty, Apple will apparently have an event on 20th April, so you will at least be able to find out then if a new iMac is announced. It may, however, only be the smaller one if it does get announced. You may have to wait a couple more months to find out about the larger iMac. But hopefully, either way, it will be a bit clearer what the future holds for the latest generation iMacs.
  18. Red wine and spirits are triggers for me too Allan. My last red wine consumption was aged 20. I was on a camping trip with a group and on the last night we drank red wine. I had just half a cup. The most horrific migraine started within half an hour. Returning the following day in the van we were travelling in, the driver had to stop intermittently for me to throw up on the side of the road. That plus a bad vodka and orange induced migraine have kept me off red wine and spirits. I was therefore only a very occasional social drinker of milder things, and now with a recently diagnosed autoimmune
  19. The Third Pole 8 April 2021 https://www.thethirdpole.net/en/nature/can-the-global-economy-support-nature/ Forest around Tiger's Nest, Paro, Bhutan. Contributor: Michal Sikorski / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: F39ACJ The Third Pole 7 April 2021 https://www.thethirdpole.net/en/pollution/in-kyrgyzstan-toxic-dust-from-lead-dumps-blows-across-region/ Fergana Valley close to the border to Uzbekistan. Asia, central Asia, Kyrgyzstan Contributor: REDA &CO srl / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: 2E2679M Photographer: Reda and Co
  20. Here is a rhododendron I photographed in Bhutan. I was lucky to be there in spring and see the various pink, white, red ones etc. This one was photographed at a mountain pass during light rain. It was recently zoomed so I hope it may have licensed, but if it does license there is no way to know for sure if it is linked to the zoom.
  21. That's great to know you have found a solution to the Type 2 Diabetes Ed. These things are not always a one way street and it's great to be able to turn things around. It's often a case of trial and error combined with research to find out what works. I have had chronic migraines since I was 13. In about September last year I went gluten free and I have gone from the regular migraines I've had all my life to almost none. The difference is dramatic. Instead of 2 or 3 a week I'm down to 1 or 2 a month. I've always had to worry about making sure I have pain killers with me when I go o
  22. Science News 7 April 2021 https://www.sciencenews.org/article/psychology-numbers-people-add-default-subtract-better Upward spiral construction or staircase of interlocking Lego bricks on a blue Lego base plate. Contributor: Niels Quist / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: HR9P1R
  23. I understand the frustration. I briefly joined the agency that rhymes with what you hit when playing badminton in 2019 when I knew very little about stock. After about 3 months I had joined Alamy and two months after that chose to leave the microstock agency, wanting to support an agency that remunerated contributors better and get away from micro prices. I respected the view that just a few cents for an image is not valuing photographers and also leads to the dragging down of the whole industry. I can only think that this is what Alamy believes they have to do to compete now. I have not recei
  24. I had never heard of the Toyo 45A so I just googled it and it looks like a very interesting piece of camera equipment. I then came across this article https://www.alexburkephoto.com/blog/2018/2/13/choosing-a-4x5-camera-and-lenses which mentions a recent growth in interest in large format film cameras. It is like another whole craft in itself. The article has some nice sample images. I think because I learned photography on a film camera, that might be why I am still inclined towards using filters in-camera now. I agree that images with filters may be best oriented towards POD sites
  25. It is always sad when a cherished item breaks 😒 . I hope you can find another tea mug to replace it. I have a favourite tea mug and it is funny how all the other mugs simply aren't the same. You will have to find one that you can bond with. Years ago I was telling my housemate how much I loved my mop bucket, that it was the favourite one I'd owned, had an ergonomic handle etc etc. He then said, "I can just see you and your mop bucket watching the sunset together" πŸ˜‚
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