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1 hour ago, Matt Ashmore said:

I love the contrast between the yellow and blue!

 

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Nice colours !

 

Blue and yellow sit opposite each other on the colour wheel, so they are a good combination when used together (Ikea use blue & yellow in their colour scheme)

Other colours that work well together being green and magenta, or red and cyan.

 

bedtime reading !

 

You may know this already tho.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, AlbertSnapper said:

You may know this already tho.

 

I did indeed! My initial aim was to use my extension tubes to take some close up shots of the flowers but when I finally noticed the yellow against the blue sky, it was a no-brainer to remove the extension tube and take some of the yellow forsythia against the blue sky.

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Taken last night - this was one of two helicopters tasked with airlifting 7 fishermen off a trawler which had no power and was taking on water.

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2 hours ago, Colblimp said:

Taken last night - this was one of two helicopters tasked with airlifting 7 fishermen off a trawler which had no power and was taking on water.

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It may not have been a choice you had, but anyway well done for not stopping the motion of the blades.

Whenever I see that I'm tempted to look for the string.

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2 hours ago, spacecadet said:

It may not have been a choice you had, but anyway well done for not stopping the motion of the blades.

Whenever I see that I'm tempted to look for the string.

Thanks - the blade movement was what I aimed for, as well as the winchman looking out the door. 

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19 hours ago, Colblimp said:

Thanks - the blade movement was what I aimed for, as well as the winchman looking out the door. 

Maybe shutter speed a tad slower Andy?

Tenterden, Kent, UK. 15th May, 2019. A Kent Surrey Sussex air ambulance has been dispatched to an incident in the town centre. Medical staff are at scene. The emergency has taken place at the Old Dairy Brewery just off the high street in the town centre. The MD902 Explorer helicopter takes off into the air. Credit: Paul Lawrenson 2019, Photo Credit: Paul Lawrenson/Alamy Live News Stock Photo

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2 minutes ago, PAL Media said:

Maybe shutter speed a tad slower Andy?

Tenterden, Kent, UK. 15th May, 2019. A Kent Surrey Sussex air ambulance has been dispatched to an incident in the town centre. Medical staff are at scene. The emergency has taken place at the Old Dairy Brewery just off the high street in the town centre. The MD902 Explorer helicopter takes off into the air. Credit: Paul Lawrenson 2019, Photo Credit: Paul Lawrenson/Alamy Live News Stock Photo

You’re right, Paul. However, I did t want to go too slow in case I made a mess of the shot - the story was important. 

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1 minute ago, Colblimp said:

You’re right, Paul. However, I did t want to go too slow in case I made a mess of the shot - the story was important. 

You can't mess up with a D5 :D

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22 minutes ago, Colblimp said:

I can and I have, many a time 😂

 

7 hours ago, PAL Media said:

You can't mess up with a D5 :D

I don't call them mistakes, I refer to them as learning opportunities.

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1 hour ago, Rico said:

 

I don't call them mistakes, I refer to them as learning opportunities.

I call them monumental f**k ups lol

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On 21/03/2021 at 02:25, Sally R said:

 

Ha ha! 🤣  I should have attached a speech bubble with "We shall fight on the beaches..."

 

I once knew a cat who went by two names, either Winston or Churchill. He lived on my brother's street and was much more like a dog. He was a big fluffy thing who would go up to complete strangers and roll onto his back for a tummy rub. He was later run over by a car and lost a leg but it didn't dampen his spirits at all, and he still galumphed up to people on his three legs for tummy rubs.

 

 

Every cat I ever had or petted would only tolerate a stroke or two on the belly before teeth and claws came out. I learned that lesson when I was 8, but still tried a few more times. After all, they offered the tummy!!!  Suckered me in!
Winston surely was an extraordinary cat.

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3 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

Every cat I ever had or petted would only tolerate a stroke or two on the belly before teeth and claws came out. I learned that lesson when I was 8, but still tried a few more times. After all, they offered the tummy!!!  Suckered me in!
Winston surely was an extraordinary cat.

 

I'm having to spray on and rub in antibiotic gel twice a day to Belle, my first acquired cat.  She can tell when I'm even thinking about picking her up or restraining her to do the treatment, but at least she's not beating me up.  She punched through a seam on a leather glove to get my helper once.  After he came back from a vet trip with her another time, I had to hand him a betadine bottle and gauze. 

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1 hour ago, MizBrown said:

 

I'm having to spray on and rub in antibiotic gel twice a day to Belle, my first acquired cat.  She can tell when I'm even thinking about picking her up or restraining her to do the treatment, but at least she's not beating me up.  She punched through a seam on a leather glove to get my helper once.  After he came back from a vet trip with her another time, I had to hand him a betadine bottle and gauze. 

I have no idea what was in the mind of cats attacking so soon with the belly rub, but I often thought it felt so good they couldn’t handle the emotion of it.  Once my husband was sweet talking my parrot while she sat on her stand. She loved it, bobbed her head. Then her pupils started pinning and I told Bob to back off, she was getting too emotional. He thought I was crazy and kept at it until he got a severe bite on the lip. Echo had an emotional overload she couldn’t handle.

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9 minutes ago, Betty LaRue said:

I have no idea what was in the mind of cats attacking so soon with the belly rub, but I often thought it felt so good they couldn’t handle the emotion of it.

 

Jackson Galaxy (a cat behaviorist, see YouTube) said that we misinterpret what exposing the belly means to cats -- most of them are not really inviting a belly rub, just showing that they're willing to be vulnerable to us.  Belly is a target in cat fights -- Belle's infections came after one of the roof cat bit her in the belly.  An earlier young altered male cat I owned was attacked by an older intact tom who put my cat on his back and began ripping out fur, but who ran when I showed up.  A fox was observing the fight from around 50 feet away, ready to take the loser.  So exposing the belly may be cat for "I trust you not to rip me open" rather than an invitation for a petting by most cats.

 

Parrots are just weird, but one theory with them is that they allow their life partner to do things that more casual acquaintances are not allowed to do. 

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12 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

Every cat I ever had or petted would only tolerate a stroke or two on the belly before teeth and claws came out. I learned that lesson when I was 8, but still tried a few more times. After all, they offered the tummy!!!  Suckered me in!
Winston surely was an extraordinary cat.

 

7 hours ago, MizBrown said:

Jackson Galaxy (a cat behaviorist, see YouTube) said that we misinterpret what exposing the belly means to cats -- most of them are not really inviting a belly rub, just showing that they're willing to be vulnerable to us.  Belly is a target in cat fights -- Belle's infections came after one of the roof cat bit her in the belly.  An earlier young altered male cat I owned was attacked by an older intact tom who put my cat on his back and began ripping out fur, but who ran when I showed up.  A fox was observing the fight from around 50 feet away, ready to take the loser.  So exposing the belly may be cat for "I trust you not to rip me open" rather than an invitation for a petting by most cats.

 

Yes Winston was like no other cat I have come across. The showing of the belly may have been the "I trust you to not rip me open" message, but he did seem to actually like it and it was so unusual for a cat that he approached strangers and did this behaviour. He was very tolerant of being picked up too. He was a visitor to my brother's house but my Mum was allergic to cats, so if she was coming over he was so easy to pick up and take outside and you could give him cuddles and he was ok with that too. I'm sometimes scared with cats they will scratch if you have to pick them up and I'm much more used to dogs, but Winston was just so easygoing with everything. In fact, if I ever find myself getting stressed about anything I should just think of Winston as he was so chilled and took everything in his stride.

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14 hours ago, MizBrown said:

 

Jackson Galaxy (a cat behaviorist, see YouTube) said that we misinterpret what exposing the belly means to cats -- most of them are not really inviting a belly rub, just showing that they're willing to be vulnerable to us.  Belly is a target in cat fights -- Belle's infections came after one of the roof cat bit her in the belly.  An earlier young altered male cat I owned was attacked by an older intact tom who put my cat on his back and began ripping out fur, but who ran when I showed up.  A fox was observing the fight from around 50 feet away, ready to take the loser.  So exposing the belly may be cat for "I trust you not to rip me open" rather than an invitation for a petting by most cats.

 

Parrots are just weird, but one theory with them is that they allow their life partner to do things that more casual acquaintances are not allowed to do. 

Having had three parrots, I can attest that they bond to one person. That person can stroke them anywhere, at least ours were that way and Echo, my remaining parrot (African Gray) continues that behavior. The other person usually could pick them up on a hand but weren’t allowed to touch them anywhere else. One we had was very jealous. If I got close to my husband when he had the conure on his shoulder, the conure would deliver a bite to my husband’s neck as a warning to have nothing to do with me. It was a rascal.

Echo respond to my daughter talking to her with coos and happy sounds, but still would not tolerate anything more than a stepping up on her hand.

I re-homed the male African Gray, an extremely talented talker (in my voice) who was bonded to my husband, because he was equally fascinated with me (my voice) yet vicious to me. Because that behavior was ingrained, after my husband died, he wouldn’t re-bond to me. So he got a chance with a new person, and started with a clean slate. He needed that bond with someone. Grays can begin feather-plucking if their emotional needs aren’t met and that is a very sad thing.

The Nanday conure? Re-homed years ago because its natural behavior of screaming at a painful decibel was affecting our hearing and causing our family to not want to visit us. I usually carefully research, but the conure was an impulse buy for my husband at a bird fair. It’s cute little orange thighs, green body, black head and playful demeanor captivated us both! 😁

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Trying again with food: 

 

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Nacatamal with tortillas on a banana leaf and edge of coffee cup -- a typical Sunday breakfast in Nicaagua.

 

 

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Baked whole grain corn crackers with chia and flax seeds spread with Nicaraguan peanut butter made with honey as the sweetener rather than sugar. 

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4 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

Having had three parrots, I can attest that they bond to one person. That person can stroke them anywhere, at least ours were that way and Echo, my remaining parrot (African Gray) continues that behavior. The other person usually could pick them up on a hand but weren’t allowed to touch them anywhere else. One we had was very jealous. If I got close to my husband when he had the conure on his shoulder, the conure would deliver a bite to my husband’s neck as a warning to have nothing to do with me. It was a rascal.

Echo respond to my daughter talking to her with coos and happy sounds, but still would not tolerate anything more than a stepping up on her hand.

I re-homed the male African Gray, an extremely talented talker (in my voice) who was bonded to my husband, because he was equally fascinated with me (my voice) yet vicious to me. Because that behavior was ingrained, after my husband died, he wouldn’t re-bond to me. So he got a chance with a new person, and started with a clean slate. He needed that bond with someone. Grays can begin feather-plucking if their emotional needs aren’t met and that is a very sad thing.

The Nanday conure? Re-homed years ago because its natural behavior of screaming at a painful decibel was affecting our hearing and causing our family to not want to visit us. I usually carefully research, but the conure was an impulse buy for my husband at a bird fair. It’s cute little orange thighs, green body, black head and playful demeanor captivated us both! 😁

 

This is a wonderful film about the wild conures who showed up in San Francisco. A terrific film for bird lovers but very special for everyone, I think.

 

 

Paulette

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