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Village Weaver feeding on Nectar (Ploceus cucullatus), The Gambia

 

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An old 35mm scan of the Copper Canyon (Barranca del Cobre) in northern Mexico, which is deeper than the Grand Canyon in the USA

 

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19 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

@Sally R how you identified that is a miracle, but luckily the name of the plant helped?

 

Hi Betty, yes I think it helped. From memory I googled something like 'native wasp banksia'. I first thought it was a wasp rather than a bee. Then I chose to look at google images specifically  as I find I need a picture to match things up. I found an insect that looked exactly the same, did several more searches on that species, and then was able to confirm it is a Banksia Bee. I find I learn a lot from needing to tag the images in AIM, so I find keywording quite interesting and kind of fun as it's like a bit of a detective mission.

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Aquiligia. (Grannies bonnet).

 

 

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Yesterday I cycled "Banff Legacy Trail" between Canmore and Banff, then onto gated Lake Minnewanka road.   (For more information about Banff Legacy Trail, click this link to official Parks Canada Site).   Lake Minnewanka is one of busiest spots in Banff vicinity, but now totally deserted and I had it to myself!   Ditched bike, and went for little hike in total solitude before returning back via Two Jack lake road;  total ~50km of cycling and ~4km hiking.   Couple of images:

 

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[Wide Panorama (4 frames, Canon EOS 6D, 24-105L lens at 24mm, F8, ISO 125,  1/160sec exposure, handheld, stitched and post-processed in CS6);  still frozen lake surface, usually ice-free by mid-April. In season there is tourist boat that takes guests for a ride]

 

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[Red Adirondack chairs Parks Canada has been placing on scenic viewpoints throughout National Parks.  Usually  someone sitting here, but now deserted and I had lunch right here;  not too bad for lunchtime view!  This is very sweet photography spot, and I've sold many images taken here, but I always keep coming back for more!]

 

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[Goats are roaming parking lots and reclaiming their space now that humans are away!]

 

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[Beautiful Two Jack lake with distant Rundle Range on Horizon on return]

 

I am now trying to decide if I should upload any of these to Alamy -- any suggestions? (They are all technically good, except for the goat which was quick snap with Rx100 while I was on bicycle, no I did not flip LOL)

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I am not sure if this qualifies as a 'beautiful nature picture', in fact it's rather gruesome when you realise that the paralyzed caterpillar will be food for the babies,  but I was thrilled to have witnessed it and first of all photographed it.

 

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Autumn sky, those are beautiful and I sure would upload them.

Gen, that is a nature shot. I don’t find it objectionable at all. In fact, I think it’s a brilliant capture, myself. It’s an insect. I send some of them to insect heaven.

 

But please no dead birds! 😁😊😂 I cry over those, lol. I gave away my cat because it killed a bird. The last straw was when it sprang for my parakeet in its cage. Cats are hunters. That’s what they are and made to be. it took me awhile to come to terms with that because I thought they were made to be a pet. That was the time when it was unheard of to keep a cat indoors with a litter box. I don’t have to see them kill birds when it upsets me so much.

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10 hours ago, Allan Bell said:

 

Aquiligia. (Grannies bonnet).

 

 

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Beautiful, Allan. I got a black background for some flowers once because the light was so bright I had to use a very high shutter speed. Is that how you got this? Very dramatic.

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I thought I would share a photo I took in winter last year. I like the winter for photography because I don't have to get up so early to capture the sunrise 🙂 The beach is one of the places I like to go, and as the ocean is west here, I tend to head to the beach if the eastern sky is not showing promising sunrise clouds. Often when I'm there all rugged up setting up my tripod, someone comes along in their bathers and dives straight in, and I feel like a wimp with all my warm clothes. I'm sure there's something health giving about diving into the ocean on a winter morning, as the usually 60 plus age group who do it always look exceedingly fit, healthy and happy.

 

Anyway, this shot of a wave breaking came out kind of like a painting with the slightly longish shutter speed, and I thought it might be a nice one to share in this nature thread:

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9 hours ago, Autumn Sky said:

Yesterday I cycled "Banff Legacy Trail" between Canmore and Banff, then onto gated Lake Minnewanka road. 

 

What amazing places to be able to cycle and hike to - beautiful images! So wonderful to have the opportunity to have those places to yourself too. I would love to visit Canada one day, but know many of the places I'd like to go are very popular. I was reading about Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario and the queues of traffic as people head there to see the colours in the autumn. I imagine the locals there too right now may be enjoying their beautiful places when they are quieter than usual. It does give nature some space too. I was reading about beaches in Thailand at the moment where many more turtle hatchlings are surviving than usual because of the lack of tourists on the beaches. 2020 may be a good year for nature in many places.

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8 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

Beautiful, Allan. I got a black background for some flowers once because the light was so bright I had to use a very high shutter speed. Is that how you got this? Very dramatic.

 

Actually the background was dark but you could see it in the original image which made it look rather confused so I did a some manipulation in LR and PSE to turn the background black.

 

I was thinking of turning it white but the lighter coloured flowers would not show up so well on white.

 

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25 minutes ago, Sally R said:

I thought I would share a photo I took in winter last year. I like the winter for photography because I don't have to get up so early to capture the sunrise 🙂 The beach is one of the places I like to go, and as the ocean is west here, I tend to head to the beach if the eastern sky is not showing promising sunrise clouds. Often when I'm there all rugged up setting up my tripod, someone comes along in their bathers and dives straight in, and I feel like a wimp with all my warm clothes. I'm sure there's something health giving about diving into the ocean on a winter morning, as the usually 60 plus age group who do it always look exceedingly fit, healthy and happy.

 

Anyway, this shot of a wave breaking came out kind of like a painting with the slightly longish shutter speed, and I thought it might be a nice one to share in this nature thread:

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I absolutely love your image. I also got up many times before dawn to photograph a sunrise. Likewise, once in Kiama, NSW, I was all rugged up by the rock pool when several people were already swimming. Not for me!! This is one of the images I'm thinking about. The person diving actually saw me taking pictures and asked me if he could have one. I did send it to him. He loved it, used it as his screensaver and invited me for a coffee should I travel through his town. He was only a visitor.

 

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Yes, the wave image does have a painterly look, it’s beautiful. I love water images. It’s amazing how a boat on dead-clear water looks like it’s floating in the air. I always stare and stare, trying to make sense of it.  In this case, the shadow looks like it should be on the top of the water, boat above.

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9 hours ago, Sally R said:

 

What amazing places to be able to cycle and hike to - beautiful images! So wonderful to have the opportunity to have those places to yourself too. I would love to visit Canada one day, but know many of the places I'd like to go are very popular. I was reading about Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario and the queues of traffic as people head there to see the colours in the autumn. I imagine the locals there too right now may be enjoying their beautiful places when they are quieter than usual. It does give nature some space too. I was reading about beaches in Thailand at the moment where many more turtle hatchlings are surviving than usual because of the lack of tourists on the beaches. 2020 may be a good year for nature in many places.

Sally - nature has began healing process.   There are reports from all over the world.   As if, from level we can not understand,  human race has been given a warning with this pandemic:  "Shape up, or else..."

 

Yes, major tourist places are always busy anywhere in the world.  But you just need to know where (and when) to go.  Lake Minnewanka I cycled to is one of these busy places in full tourist season.  But as soon as you move 1km away you can pretty much have it to yourself.  There is 30km trail on north side of the lake, with several back-country campgrounds, running all the way to east boundary of Banff National Park in Alberta Foothills.   Here are couple of nicer images I did over the years:

 

First aerial view from now abandoned Fire Lookout where you can appreciate the size of the lake;   tourist area I cycled to the other day is far right end of photo.  Pic taken early May, you can see left side still partially frozen:

 

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And this moonshine long-exposure shot, late November timeframe few years back not far from parking area;  early snow but lake still not frozen:

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10 hours ago, Sally R said:

I thought I would share a photo I took in winter last year. I like the winter for photography because I don't have to get up so early to capture the sunrise 🙂 The beach is one of the places I like to go, and as the ocean is west here, I tend to head to the beach if the eastern sky is not showing promising sunrise clouds. Often when I'm there all rugged up setting up my tripod, someone comes along in their bathers and dives straight in, and I feel like a wimp with all my warm clothes. I'm sure there's something health giving about diving into the ocean on a winter morning, as the usually 60 plus age group who do it always look exceedingly fit, healthy and happy.

 

Anyway, this shot of a wave breaking came out kind of like a painting with the slightly longish shutter speed, and I thought it might be a nice one to share in this nature thread:

wave-breaking-at-dawn-at-leighton-beach-in-north-fremantle-western-australia-2ATMDAD.jpg

 

Sally, your photo reminded me of Andreas Gursky's Rhine II.  Now if Alamy could get the prices that his photos sell for.  I like yours more.

https://theculturetrip.com/north-america/usa/new-york/new-york-city/articles/andreas-gursky-the-world-s-most-expensive-photographer/

 

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16 hours ago, gvallee said:

I absolutely love your image. I also got up many times before dawn to photograph a sunrise. Likewise, once in Kiama, NSW, I was all rugged up by the rock pool when several people were already swimming. Not for me!! This is one of the images I'm thinking about. The person diving actually saw me taking pictures and asked me if he could have one. I did send it to him. He loved it, used it as his screensaver and invited me for a coffee should I travel through his town. He was only a visitor.

 

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Thanks Gen. I love your image of the early morning swimmer diving in too. That was a nice way to connect with the swimmer by sharing the image. The rock pool looks a good, safe place to swim too. I haven't been to NSW, but a few years ago was reading about coastal towns such as Kiama, Narooma and Eden. They all sound lovely and would love to visit them one day. 

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13 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

Yes, the wave image does have a painterly look, it’s beautiful. I love water images. It’s amazing how a boat on dead-clear water looks like it’s floating in the air. I always stare and stare, trying to make sense of it.  In this case, the shadow looks like it should be on the top of the water, boat above.

 

Thank you Betty. It's almost a bit of a confusing image in a way, as there is a wave that has already broken and the white water is coming towards me, and then another wave that is the greenish colour about to break. The exposure time was 2.5 seconds, so that creates the painterly effect. I know what you mean about things looking like they are floating in the air. There is an island off the coast here called Rottnest Island, and sometimes it definitely appears to be floating above the water. I think it is to do with something called a temperature inversion that creates the mirage-like effect.

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6 hours ago, Autumn Sky said:

Sally - nature has began healing process.   There are reports from all over the world.   As if, from level we can not understand,  human race has been given a warning with this pandemic:  "Shape up, or else..."

 

Yes I think this is true. It is like the saying that for every action there is an opposite reaction. If things get increasingly out of balance there has to be a consequence at some point. I feel like nature is fighting back and is being revitalised now it has a chance. People in Delhi in India are seeing the view to the Himalayas for the first time from their homes, when normally pollution prevents this. For some people this is the first time in their life it has been possible.

 

I love your two other photos posted there, especially the moonshine long exposure. It would have been a magical atmosphere being there. Our landscape is so flat here, so it is wonderful to see mountain images and so great you can cycle and walk to them. We have our hills here in Perth which are tiny by comparison, and are basically a low escarpment inland from the coastal plain.

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6 hours ago, Johnnie5 said:

Sally, your photo reminded me of Andreas Gursky's Rhine II.  Now if Alamy could get the prices that his photos sell for.  I like yours more.

https://theculturetrip.com/north-america/usa/new-york/new-york-city/articles/andreas-gursky-the-world-s-most-expensive-photographer/

 

Thanks Johnnie, that's really kind 😊 I don't think mine will be selling for $4.3 million. I would be set for life if it did!

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14 hours ago, Olivier Parent said:

Calanques de Cassis national park near Marseille (France)

 

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These are beautiful Olivier. I love the colour of the water and the contrast with the light grey almost white rocks.

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Thank you Sally!

As you can see on the last picture above (and the last one below), a few swimmers also enjoy the clear (but quite cool) turquoise waters of the calanques.

The cliffs of Calanque d'en Vau are steep and high, so the sun hits the surface of the water inside the calanque only a few hours a day.

In the heart of winter, the sun does not get high enough in the sky to light the bottom of the calanque.

This is one of my favorite places near Marseille. Here are a few more pictures.

 

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