CNPA Wildlife Presentation

If you attended the CNPA-Myrtle Beach June meeting today, you were subjected to a “Wildlife” presentation from Yours Truly. If you weren’t able to attend, here is one of the wildlife images you missed and a little information about this guy —

 

Wildlife - Green Iguana

Green Iguana

 

The green iguana (Iguana iguana), also known as the American iguana, is a large, arboreal, mostly herbivorous species of lizard of the genus Iguana. It is native to Central, South America, and the Caribbean. Usually, this animal is simply called the iguana. The green iguana ranges over a large geographic area, from southern Brazil and Paraguay as far north as Mexico and the Caribbean Islands. They have been introduced from South America to Puerto Rico and are very common throughout the island, where they are colloquially known as “Gallina de palo” and considered an invasive species; in the United States feral populations also exist in South Florida (including the Florida Keys), Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.
An herbivore, it has adapted significantly with regard to locomotion and osmoregulation as a result of its diet. It grows to 1.5 meters (4.9 ft) in length from head to tail, although a few specimens have grown more than 2 metres (6.6 ft) with bodyweights upward of 20 pounds (9.1 kg).
Commonly found in captivity as a pet due to its calm disposition and bright colors, it can be very demanding to care for properly. Space requirements and the need for special lighting and heat can prove challenging to an amateur hobbyist.

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Prague Gardens

While in Prague a couple of weeks ago, my wife and I explored the Prague Castle. However, before we toured the castle we took some time to visit the gardens outside the castle. There were blooms everywhere! 

The first image you see below you may have seen on my personal FaceBook page. After looking at it I thought it might be a good candidate for Fractalius treatment. I have not played with Fractalius for a while but think I like the result, seen in the second image below. 

prague gardens

prague gardens

The Royal Gardens are historically the most valuable of all the castle gardens. Founded in 1534 by Ferdinand I. Habsburg, they were inspired by Italian designs; the current form of the garden, however, follows the English adaptation of the 19th century. One of its greatest treasures is the Singing Fountain, one of the most beautiful fountains in Renaissance Europe. The southern gardens (Paradise, Ramparts and Hartig Gardens) spreading along the southern facade of the Prague Castle offer striking views of the Lesser Quarter, Old Town and nearby Petřín.

Posted in art and entertainment, Camera phone, flowers, outdoor

Travelling Cars

A friend recently sent a link to this posting of “travelling cars”. It is from an aspiring photographer, Kim Leuenberger, who works hard on bringing something unique to the world of photography, something we do not get to see every day in the never-ending sea of imagery on the Internet. 

Go see this post yourself. I think you will find it most fascinating.

Adventures of Traveling Cars by Kim Leuenberger

 

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Different Strokes ……

We have all heard the phrase “Different strokes for different folks” or “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” or “One persons treasure is another persons junk”. All of this is true with art also. Artistic creativity has many ways of expressing itself and often is dependant on the mood of the artist at the time. Back in the days of film photography (yes I know it still exists) many folks altered their photographs in the darkroom. Nowadays the digital darkroom makes some of these manipulations easier.

Still, what one person likes another will turn their nose up at. Here are some examples. The first image below is photo almost “straight out of camera”. All that has been done to it is a little sharpening and a little increased vibrance, nothing major by any means. The images following that one are different presentations of the original. 

Not everybody will like all the variants. Some of you will most likely like several of the edits and maybe some will even like all of the presentations. Clicking on any image will allow you a larger view. Wherever your tastes may fall I hope you can enjoy them.

ursula ursula ursula ursula ursula ursula

Posted in Digital Art, Fun Stuff, photography

Pineapples of Moorea

Pineapples may be cultivated from a crown cutting of the fruit, possibly flowering in 5-10 months and fruiting in the following six months. Pineapples do not ripen significantly after harvest.

Pineapples can be consumed fresh, cooked, juiced, or preserved. They are found in a wide array of cuisines. In addition to consumption, the pineapple leaves are used to produce the textile fiber piña in the Philippines, commonly used as the material for the men’s barong Tagalog and women’s baro’t saya formalwear in the country. The fiber is also used as a component for wallpaper and other furnishings.

The flesh and juice of the pineapple are used in cuisines around the world. In many tropical countries, pineapple is prepared and sold on roadsides as a snack. It is sold whole or in halves with a stick inserted. Whole, cored slices with a cherry in the middle are a common garnish on hams in the West. Chunks of pineapple are used in desserts such as fruit salad, as well as in some savory dishes, including pizza toppings, or as a grilled ring on a hamburger. Crushed pineapple is used in yogurt, jam, sweets, and ice cream. The juice of the pineapple is served as a beverage, and it is also the main ingredient in cocktails such as the piña colada.

While on the island of Moorea last spring we took a tour that (among other places) went through a pineapple field. Below are a couple of images of what pineapples in the field look like and a third picture that I took just to be a little different. Click on the image to have a larger view. Hope you enjoy them.

pineapple

pineapple

pineapple

Posted in French Polynesia, outdoor, photography

Belin Memorial UMC Garden

I am a member of Belin (pronounced Blaine) Memorial United Methodist Church. It sits right on the inlet of Murrells Inlet and is quite a famous landmark. There is a garden area between the Family Life Center and the cemetery and this garden is tended to by a group of volunteers. These gardening volunteers do a wonderful job year round. 

Although it is still February I was surprised with all the color in our garden. Several different varieties of daffodils, gerbia daisys, and other assorted colorful blooms. 

Pictured below are some of the Gerbia Daisys I found there. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

(click on image for larger view)

yellow gerbias

 

#murrellsinlet, #belin, #discoversc, #southcarolina, #canon, #myrtlebeach, #mymyrtlebeach, 

Posted in Belin, flowers, garden, murrells inlet, outdoor, photography, South Carolina, UMC

Myrtle Beach Skywheel

SkyWheel is a 187-foot tall (57.0 m) Ferris wheel in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
When it opened on 20 May 2011 it was the second-tallest extant Ferris wheel in North America, after the 212-foot (64.6 m) Texas Star in Dallas, and the tallest wheel in the United States east of the Mississippi River.
It is similar in design to the Niagara SkyWheel on Canada’s side of Niagara Falls, and the Seattle Great Wheel, both of which are 175 feet (53.3 m) tall.
Skywheel has 42 glass-enclosed, temperature controlled gondolas described as “ballooned-out square”, each with seating for six passengers.
The wheel operates year-round. Though the wheel itself can withstand 135 MPH winds, the gondolas must be removed if high winds are predicted, a process that takes eight to ten hours.

Below are two images of the skywheel. The second one is a little “abstract” version form when I was in a playful mood recently. Click on each one for a larger view.

 

skywheel

abstract

 

#DiscoverSC #southcarolina #southernliving #myrtlebeach #mymyrtlebeach

Posted in art and entertainment, Digital Art, photography Tagged |

Full Moon Calendar 2017

Yesterday, January 12th, was the first full moon of 2017. Yesterday was also the first time this year I was asked “When is the next full moon?” 

Many cultures have given distinct names to each recurring full moon. The names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred. The Farmer’s Almanac lists several names that are commonly used in the United States. The almanac explains that there were some variations in the moon names, but in general, the same ones were used among the Algonquin tribes from New England on west to Lake Superior. European settlers followed their own customs and created some of their own names.

This is when full moons will occur in 2017, according to NASA:

Date Name U.S. East UTC
Jan. 12 Wolf Moon 6:34 a.m. 11:34
Feb. 10 Snow Moon 7:33 p.m. 00:33 (2/11)
Mar. 12 Worm Moon 10:54 a.m. 15:54
Apr. 11 Pink Moon 2:08 a.m. 07:08
May 10 Flower Moon 5:43 p.m. 22:43
June 9 Strawberry Moon 9:10 a.m. 14:10
July 9 Buck Moon 12:07 a.m. 05:07
Aug. 7 Sturgeon Moon 2:11 p.m. 19:11
Sept. 6 Harvest Moon 3:03 a.m. 08:03
Oct. 5 Hunter’s Moon 2:40 p.m. 19:40
Nov. 4 Beaver Moon 12:23 a.m. 05:23
Dec. 3 Cold Moon 10:47 a.m. 15:47

 

Other Native American people had different names. In the book “This Day in North American Indian History” (Da Capo Press, 2002), author Phil Konstantin lists more than 50 native peoples and their names for full moons. He also lists them on his website, AmericanIndian.net.

Full moon names often correspond to seasonal markers, so a Harvest Moon occurs at the end of the growing season, in September, and the Cold Moon occurs in frosty December. At least, that’s how it works in the Northern Hemisphere.

In the Southern Hemisphere, where the seasons are switched, the Harvest Moon occurs in March and the Cold Moon is in June. According to Earthsky.org, these are common names for full moons south of the equator.

January: Hay Moon, Buck Moon, Thunder Moon, Mead Moon
February (mid-summer): Grain Moon, Sturgeon Moon, Red Moon, Wyrt Moon, Corn Moon, Dog Moon, Barley Moon
March: Harvest Moon, Corn Moon
April: Harvest Moon, Hunter’s Moon, Blood Moon
May: Hunter’s Moon, Beaver Moon, Frost Moon
June: Oak Moon, Cold Moon, Long Night’s Moon
July: Wolf Moon, Old Moon, Ice Moon
August: Snow Moon, Storm Moon, Hunger Moon, Wolf Moon
September: Worm Moon, Lenten Moon, Crow Moon, Sugar Moon, Chaste Moon, Sap Moon
October: Egg Moon, Fish Moon, Seed Moon, Pink Moon, Waking Moon
November: Corn Moon, Milk Moon, Flower Moon, Hare Moon
December: Strawberry Moon, Honey Moon, Rose Moon

Here is a shot I took of last nights Wolf Moon – Aooooooooo

Wolf Moon

Wolf Moon, 1/12/17

Posted in moon, murrells inlet, outdoor, photography, South Carolina

Indoor Studio Still Life

When I feel like shooting still life, I will clean off my workbench in the garage and it becomes my indoor studio! Had some free time this morning and set things up and did a little still life shooting. I also took two of the floral shots and did an inversion on them in PS. Never had done this before but read about it somewhere and gave it a go. Some will like it, others will not. 

shells shell lily inverted lily inverted

dragons

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My Favorite Images of 2016

I had been thinking of doing a “Top Ten Images” type of thing but had been procrastinating. Then a few days ago my friend Mary Presson Roberts over at TheMerryPhotographer.com posted her “Favorite Images of 2016“. After reading her latest post, I became inspired to get off my butt (so to speak) and pick out my favorite 12 to share with you.

There is no way this was an easy task. I certainly had many images that could immediately get thrown out but, at least in my mind, I had quite a few more than twelve that I might call “favorite”. Nonetheless I have come up with what I consider my 12 favorite images from this year of 2016. I look forward to seeing your comments and if you think a different image of mine should have been included, let me know.

So now, here in no certain order, are my picks for my 12 favorite images of 2016:

bridge cross muses crater super moon soh boi fireworks marble common dolphin cornucopia

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