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May 1, 2014, Thursday
May 1, 2014, Thursday
May 13, 2014, Tuesday
Strawberries and Arugula    105vr  
May 13, 2014, Tuesday
May 15, 2014, Thursday
5 Strawberries    105vr  
May 15, 2014, Thursday
May 16, 2014, Friday
Hand over your lupins!    105vr  
May 16, 2014, Friday
May 18, 2014, Sunday
Stonecrop    105vr  
May 18, 2014, Sunday
Oct 9, 2014, Thursday
Webs    105vr Photography  
Oct 9, 2014, Thursday
May 7, 2016, Saturday
Spring    105vr  
May 7, 2016, Saturday
Apr 25, 2017, Tuesday
Apr 25, 2017, Tuesday
May 9, 2017, Tuesday
Spring Flower    105vr Flower  
May 9, 2017, Tuesday
May 11, 2017, Thursday
May 11, 2017, Thursday
Jul 13, 2017, Thursday
Succulent    Flower, 105vr  
Jul 13, 2017, Thursday
Sep 9, 2017, Saturday
Finally some rain    105vr  
Sep 9, 2017, Saturday
May 23, 2018, Wednesday
May 23, 2018, Wednesday
Jun 4, 2018, Monday
Spring    Flower, Gardening, 105vr  
Jun 4, 2018, Monday
Sep 9, 2018, Sunday
Finally, rain    Flower, 105vr  
Sep 9, 2018, Sunday
 
 
 

Eagles over the Matterhorn

 
May 1, 2014   105vr
 
 

Yesterday I hiked to the top of the Matterhorn, a rocky outcrop on southwestern Vancouver Island. I was looking at a patch of orange lichen growing on the rock and had a macro lens on my camera. An eagle appeared from the southeast, flying along the coast to the northwest. I shot these with a 105 mm at f/9 and 1/500 sec. Shots 1, 2, and 3 are cropped, 4 is the original 1.   

 
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Strawberries and Arugula

 
May 13, 2014   105vr
 
 

A corner of the greenhouse is occupied by strawberries and the warm sunny spring has brought in a big crop. And as you can see in the photos, the succulents are getting ready to flower and the arugula is popping out. All were shot handheld with the 105vr.

Song of the day: That’s Not My Name by the Ting Tings

 
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5 Strawberries

 
May 15, 2014   105vr
 
 

Strawberries. The first is a B&W with some color added back, the second is the original.

Song for the day: On Green Dolphin Street by Miles Davis and John Coltrane.

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Hand over your lupins!

 
May 16, 2014   105vr
 
 

Lupins always bring to mind a Monty Python sketch. In the sketch we see John Cleese playing Dennis Moore who is holding up a stagecoach. After a discussion of Moore's prowess with a firearm and a tree that may or may not be a willow, the highwayman demands the passengers hand over their lupins.

This lupin is growing in my garden, an escapee - so far - from the deer and peacocks that like to lunch there. I grew it from seed last summer so this is its first flowering. I wish I'd cut the green leaf that runs across the lower right of the pic, but I can't go out and re-shoot as the wind has picked up. I like shooting flowers, especially the colorful and complex ones, as they don't mind posing, though you gotta catch 'em on a still day. The occasional bee or hummingbird only adds more interest.

Song of the day: The Ghost in You by The Psychedelic Furs

105vr, f/13, 1/6 sec, tripod.

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Stonecrop

 
May 18, 2014   105vr
 
 

Stonecrop is one of several succulents that thrive on the island. I suppose they earned the name stonecrop  because they resemble a pile of furry grey stones, with just a dusting of purple. The stonecrop are at their best right now as they are coming into flower, bulging with yellow tubers between the stones. 

Song for the day: Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major performed by Yo Yo Ma.

105mm at f/10, 1/20 sec, tripod. Liveview works really well as it lets you zoom in to check focus.

 
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Webs

 
October 9, 2014   105vr, Photography
 
 

Autumn is spider time on the island. The spider webs re-appear each morning and ensnare me as I walk. Actually, after a couple times I saw the pattern. The ones attached to the house block my path so I brush them away, but I leave the others be.

I envy a spider's opportunity to re-spin its web almost daily. Does a spider tweak its web design based on what it has learned over the course of twenty-four hours? I would like to be able to whip out a clean-sheet-of-paper re-write of my code at will. 

I've made progress adapting the land trust web site to iOS. With one change, replacing max-width and min-width with max-device-width and min-device-width, jdflandtrust.ca looks ok on iOS 8's safari and chrome. The downside is as expected, the site is no longer responsive on the pc which isn't good so I've more to do. While the site was opened up on the table I took the opportunity to simplify the mobile ui a bit. Now it looks good on iOS 8 though it somehow looks less good on Android. 

While in the app store I ran across Transmit iOS, an ftp client. I installed it to push photos from phone to blog. I know that if I used an off-the-shelf solution like Wordpress this would be easy but what would be the fun in that. Of course there is a price to be paid when you do it yourself and in this case I've yet to find the magic words to make the iPhone talk to the server. 

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Spring

 
May 7, 2016   105vr
 
 

Spring brings lots of flower photo opportunities, which is good if you like bright colors and wild details. I like this flower for its orange petals set against green leaves that are detailed with a red-dot border. Note that even at f/25 there are out of focus areas, something focus stacking would solve.

 
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Thinking about the Unthinkable

 
April 25, 2017   Travel, Flower, 105vr
 
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Paris is always a good idea. Audrey Hepburn

Should one avoid a place because it's associated with violence? And if if so, what's left? But before I look for those places that are left I've decided to revisit places I've been. (And note that I'm jumping over lots of history; this isn't comprehensive, just what comes to mind.)

I'll start with the most recent place, Bali. It's had a bombing or two recently, then prior to that battles between pro- and anti- communists, and then before that were occupations by the Japanese and before that the Dutch.

Spain. I passed through Madrid's Atocha station several times, a bomb target not long ago. I marveled at Picasso's Guernica (the fascist Franco) and read about the Inquisition.

I've ridden London's underground, which has been bombed. I've also been to Paris, Istanbul, and Nice, all sites of recent attacks. Of course there are reminders of the Nazis in much of Europe and of communist occupations in the east, such as Prague. And while in South America I saw monuments to the disappeared in Argentina and Chile. The list of places with a violent history just goes on and on.

As to the US, I lived in Boston (marathon bomber), Madison (UW bomber), and traveled to NYC (9/11) and DC (ditto).

And I can't forget Texas. Netflix recently reminded me of this act of violence when they dropped a movie about my high school friend Garth, his mom Madalyn, and his sister Robin. It's their story, most of it is in Austin, and it ends with their murders.

Also in Austin, but going back a bit, on 1 August 1966 I was with my family driving to the university when we found ourselves a mere car length from people crouching in fear of Charles Whitman's bullets raining down from the tower above. (We were shielded by a building.) A mass murder that dominated headlines at the time but now seems rather ho hum.

And, still in Texas, there was 22 November, 1963. My father was on his way home, stuck in Dallas traffic. A cool fall day, he had his windows down when he heard the distinct sounds of gunshots echo through downtown.

I'm thinking I shouldn't worry.

 
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Spring Flower

 
May 9, 2017   105vr, Flower
 
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Green vs Orange vs Blue

 
May 11, 2017   Politics, Flower, 105vr
 
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What is my point?

Tuesday was election day in BC. Canadian politics, of course, is such weak tea compared to the goings on down south that you've probably not heard about it. So today I'll explain and recap.

BC has three parties (with colors of green, orange, and blue) vying for control of the province, three parties so similar they'd all fit comfortably within the US Democratic party. The election started with a dissolution of the legislature. This was followed by several weeks of vigorous campaigning during which time the in-power party lavished the voters with gifts bought from a new-found pot of gold, a vote-buying attempt so blatant as to make this jaded American blush. Also during this time one of the opposition parties promised gifts from their expected-to-be-found pot of gold. Then last Tuesday we voted. Finally, the votes were counted and I volunteered to observe - scrutineer they call it - the vote count.

What did I observe, err, scrutineer? Well, I found ballot counting in BC to be a charmingly no-tech process. Each ballot is counted by hand by being placed into one of five piles, five being the number of candidates in the running. I know I mentioned three parties earlier, I should have said three major parties. As I watched the counting I couldn't help feeling appreciation for this process that lays the foundation for our system of governance. I also couldn't help thinking that this particular implementation wouldn't work in a jurisdiction with more than one contest on a ballot, such as California where my last ballot had over thirty contests.

And what are the results? At the moment it looks like no one got a majority, though we won't know for sure for something like ten or eleven days. It turns out not all votes get counted on election night and since the election was so close these uncounted votes could swing the election. And why such a delay? That is because BC allows a voter to cast a vote anywhere in the province but it has to be counted in their home precinct and the snail they use to move the ballots takes, um, a week to transit the province. Because mountains and snow I guess.

Whoever wins, BC won't change much. Both because of the closeness of the results and because the parties just aren't that different. Not that the differences aren't material - a forest here, a hydro dam there, an oil pipeline somewhere else - but because no one party seems to have all the answers. And none of them appear to be evil, like you-know-who.

Anyway, spring is here, the days are longer, the temperatures rising, and the flowers are popping out everywhere. I really like the color and details shown by this flower as it gradually unfurled its petals and opened to greet the sun.

 
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Succulent

 
July 13, 2017   Flower, 105vr
 
 

 
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Finally some rain

 
September 9, 2017   105vr
 
 

 
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An examination of an orange flower

 
May 23, 2018   105vr, Flower, Books
 
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Speaking in full frame terms, I feel that we 'sense' in 21 mm, we 'perceive' in 28 mm, we 'see' in 35-40 mm, we 'look at' in 50 mm, and we 'examine' in 75-90 mm. Jim Simmons

I guess I'm examining this flower since it was taken at 105 mm.

I'm listening to Madame Bovary, read by Juliet Stevenson. It's one of those books I picked up just because it's a classic, it's a story I feel I know without having read it. Lolita is another book like this, and boy was the book different from my imagining of the book.

Stevenson has a wonderful voice and, fortunately for me, she has recorded many audio books. Her Mrs Dalloway, for example, is a sublime listen. It feels like it's an examination of consciousness, like a lens pointed on a character, and as the story progresses the lens moves and re-focuses, all so fluidly, as it examines one character then slides over to examine another.

 
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Spring

 
June 4, 2018   Flower, Gardening, 105vr
 
 

I do love this time of year, if only for the flowers. The very blue sage is my favorite, and it'll bloom until fall. The bright orange poppy, on the other hand, provides the briefest of shows. The fragile flowers quickly fall apart from the wind.

 
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Finally, rain

 
September 9, 2018   Flower, 105vr
 
 

 
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