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#457721 - Fri Feb 13 2009 04:03 PM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2009
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Copago, so glad to see you posting. From the news pix Australia looked under siege by flame. Quite scary. I hope you were far from harm's way.




Thanks Tredici, yes, we're well out of harm's way. Not much to burn around my way I'm afraid. Even though we'd be about 1,000 kms from where the bushfires are we did get a smoke haze as the wind was in the right direction - made for a stunning sunset.




HERE is another one from the same night - was zoomed in a fair way so it distorted the colour a bit but it was still spectacular.

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#457722 - Fri Feb 13 2009 04:14 PM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2009
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Wow, that's beautiful, Copago.

In the desert in California, there's a nice rock mountain. At the base you will find this nice cool pool.



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#457723 - Fri Feb 13 2009 05:35 PM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2009
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Anyone over 40 will remember these all over the UK, I found this one just round the corner although they are now very rare.

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#457724 - Fri Feb 13 2009 05:38 PM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2009
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PDAZ, that is one long, lean cat.

Glad you are still safe, Copago, and those are stunning shots, wow! Has the smoke bothered your animals at all?

That is very neat, ClaraSue. Makes me want to dip my toes in.

Seagulls do stand on one leg a lot and I'd like a shot of lioness doing it too.
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#457725 - Sat Feb 14 2009 03:10 AM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2009
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An interesting feature window at Hertingfordbury Cowper primary school, in the nearby village of Birch Green.
The school's name is curious as there is another village in the area actually called Hertingfordbury, and I presume 'Cowper' was a local personality or benefactor
Note also the old Victorian era wall mounted postbox at the lower left.



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#457726 - Sat Feb 14 2009 10:21 AM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2009
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That is one neat building, picqero, and rarely see architecture like that so well preserved. I looked on the site and am also commenting on the photo of the entire building view. The triple-stack chimneys, roofline, and all the keylink brickwork is wonderful.
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#457727 - Sat Feb 14 2009 11:32 AM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2009
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This is the church just down the road from me, and can hear the bells although not as much since I've had the double glazing put in my bedroom.

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#457728 - Sat Feb 14 2009 12:23 PM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2009
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I've been catching up on the photos. I really like the variety on display here. And the shots are all so well done. You are all amazing photographers.



Water buffalo topiary at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. The Bellagio has a beautiful indoor botanical garden which they change several times a year. This topiary is part of their celebration of the Chinese New Year.
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#457729 - Sat Feb 14 2009 01:47 PM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2009
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Happy Valentine's Day

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#457730 - Sat Feb 14 2009 02:05 PM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2009
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Really, we couldn't even smell the smoke - it was just a haze. I hate to think what it is like in those areas if this is what it's like so far away.

Beautiful rose, Blithe!

Here is a wedge tail eagle. THey stand I guess about 18 inches tall. Beautiful majestic bird but as a farmer they can cause problems with eating lambs some seasons.


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#457731 - Sat Feb 14 2009 09:39 PM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2009
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What a majestic bird' I'd love to see one that close! No question they will ocasionally eat lambs, but have you ever seen them kill a healthy lamb? Like most eagles, they will eat carrion, and are blamed for killing animals which are already dead. I reckon their ability to kill rabbits, as this article states, greatly outweighs their 'bad' reputation!

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#457732 - Sat Feb 14 2009 10:30 PM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2009
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Beautiful photos. The eagle, and Clara Sue your geese are so still and peaceful looking. Exciting places and charming kitties ... thanks everyone.
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#457733 - Sat Feb 14 2009 10:35 PM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2009
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"me and my shadow"



saw this on a break from class on Friday, loved the light that afternoon,
at its' angle this time of year, it makes for good strong shadows.
This was just one aspen among several beside the building.
Even better, it felt like spring!

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#457734 - Sun Feb 15 2009 12:00 AM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2009
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Greetings Everyone, It has been quite some time. Here is an elephant from a wildlife park in Indonesia


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#457735 - Sun Feb 15 2009 12:26 AM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2009
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Clarasue, the rock mountain is so beautiful. And your rose too, Blithe.

This was sent to me by my 8 year old cousin for Valentine's Day.

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#457736 - Sun Feb 15 2009 01:31 AM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2009
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A little bit of info on William Cowper (Piqero) - seems to have been quite famous in Hertfordshire during his lifetime.

http://www.mkheritage.co.uk/cnm/htmlpages/cowperintro.html
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#457737 - Sun Feb 15 2009 02:10 AM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2009
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What a majestic bird' I'd love to see one that close! No question they will ocasionally eat lambs, but have you ever seen them kill a healthy lamb? Like most eagles, they will eat carrion, and are blamed for killing animals which are already dead. I reckon their ability to kill rabbits, as this article states, greatly outweighs their 'bad' reputation!




Well, I can only speak from personal experience and don't really want to disagree with the CSIRO but I have seen them take lots of lambs and not always the sick ones. Mostly it has been in poorer seasons where rabbit numbers are low which makes sense. There was one time we were watching a ewe give birth from a distance - she'd already had one and was having a second when an eagle swooped down and took the first one. What can you do? Of course lambs have other things to look out for as well such as foxes and pigs and crows.

That link is great - the bottom of it where it says that eagles were trapped .. we still have a couple of traps on the place although I can't tell you the last time they were used. If I have time I'll pop down to where I know a nest is a take a pic tomorrow -if you're interested, Pic?

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#457738 - Sun Feb 15 2009 02:13 AM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2009
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"me and my shadow"


saw this on a break from class on Friday, loved the light that afternoon,
at its' angle this time of year, it makes for good strong shadows.
This was just one aspen among several beside the building.
Even better, it felt like spring!

Vancouver Island University
Nanaimo, B.C.




It is photos like that one that make me think that the most expensive camera equipment in the world won't give you a great photo if you don't know what to look for. There is no way in the world I would see a tree casting a shadow and think it would turn out as wonderfully as that.

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#457739 - Sun Feb 15 2009 10:02 AM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2009
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Cheers!!


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#457740 - Sun Feb 15 2009 02:34 PM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2009
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Welcome back Onimisi! And good to see a picture of your latest trip you called me from. I prefer to sit back in a chair and look at other countries nowadays but covered quite a few first before I slowed down.

Here's another tree one, here are the woods which go on for miles in Pirbright, Surrey, on my latest trip looking for old signs (I got five!).

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#457741 - Sun Feb 15 2009 08:56 PM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2009
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Ok, my first post. Got a camera from my husband for Christmas and took some pics that I liked today.



This is my kitchen window. The containers on the window sill are from my cousin's wedding.


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#457742 - Sun Feb 15 2009 09:11 PM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2009
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Ladymacb, I love the picture--mainly because it reminds me of my own kitchen window. Candles left over from weddings (or baby showers, as in my case) can always be useful as "window sill fillers".

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#457743 - Sun Feb 15 2009 10:08 PM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2009
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Welcome ladymacb! Loving all the photos as usual, and I'm another who is very relieved to know that Copago and family aren't too close to the fires!

This funny little tree caught my eye when I was out walking. Thought he looked a bit lonely.


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#457744 - Mon Feb 16 2009 04:46 AM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2009
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man, i could learn to like a long cool beer when i see that!

such nice words copago. these were particularly strong shadows (was a little after noon time). i think everyone learns to "see differently" over time as you take photos ... it is just second nature now as i look around me to "see" photo ops, something that just happens automatically in my brain ...

so, was playing around yesterday, it has been awhile i've had time to hold a camera ... and my hands were lonesome for it ...nothing was safe around the house,

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#457745 - Mon Feb 16 2009 01:27 PM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2009
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That is a lonely looking tree liz.
Another nice pic from you as well, shellie.



Las Vegas, looking toward Caesar's Palace across the Bellagio fountain pool. A nice break from winter.
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