Thursday, July 30, 2009
The Clark's Nutcracker has a special pouch under its tongue that it uses to carry seeds long distances. The nutcracker harvests seeds from pine trees and takes them away to hide them for later use. The Clark's Nutcracker hides thousands and thousands of seeds each year. Laboratory studies have shown that the bird has a tremendous memory and can remember where to find most of the seeds it hides. It feeds its nestlings pine seeds from its many winter caches. Because it feeds the young on stored seeds, the nutcracker can breed as early as January or February, despite the harsh winter weather in its mountain home. The male nutcracker actually develops a brood patch on its chest just like the female, and takes his turn keeping the eggs warm while the female goes off to get seeds out of her caches.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
A fraction of the flow is released into a small pool directly below the bridge.
The remainder of the diverted water surges back to the surface and is visible from the viewpoint bridge.
The largest of these angles out from under the east bank into the main channel, returning the river to its full strength.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
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On the surface the rule of thirds doesn’t really make a ton of sense, I mean why would a composition broken up into three equal parts be innately more appealing than any other random spattering in a composition? Well what if I told you that nature actually does instinctively, and inexplicably seem to have a naturally occurring preference towards a specific ratio, a peculiar number, a divine ratio if you will?
To find the real story behind the “rule of thirds” we need to go back in time, not to the renaissance, not to the Greeks, and not even to Adam nor Eve… even further. We need to go to the creation of the universe, why is that? Well I’ll tell you why. There is a number that determines how a sunflower’s seeds grow, it determines the path a hawk takes when diving at it’s prey, it is echoed in the breeding habits of rabbits and it even determines how the spirals in a spiral galaxy are laid out. It’s all very simple in it’s beauty and best of all, it’s all true. If you want to wrap your head around it further then I highly recommend the book The Golden Ratio by Mario Livio (Check it out here The Golden Ratio: The Story of PHI, the World’s Most Astonishing Number).
Interestingly enough this mathematical principle has been seen in artwork as early as 400 B.C., today we refer to this line by several names: the Golden Ratio, the Golden Mean, The Divine Proportion, but whatever you call it you should notice that it does not line up with the rule of thirds. Almost but not quite…
In other words, if you want to construct a composition where the main points fall on lines used by nature in absolutely mind-blowingly different ways then follow the Golden Mean. However, if you want to fold up the paper into thirds and have your composition line up with that then by all means, follow the rule of thirds.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
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Sunday, July 12, 2009
This is our golden retriever, Yogi. He is very camera shy but I have found that with a long lens I can finally photograph him without his knowledge. If he know you are taking his photo, he either runs or looks like he is being abused. This is the first reasonable good photo I have even gotten in his 8 years.
Friday, July 10, 2009
This is my friend John who generously posed for this photo shoot which was held in my friend Jerry's studio. Jerry is a retired wedding photographer and made the photos what they were due to his expert use of lighting. John and I learned a lot and had a wonderful afternoon.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
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European folklore also gives garlic the ability to ward off the "evil eye".
Dreaming that there is "garlic in the house" is supposedly lucky; to dream about eating garlic means you will discover hidden secrets.
The herbalist Culpepper linked garlic with the planet Mars, a fiery planet also connected with blood.
Roman soldiers ate garlic to inspire them and give them courage; Egyptian slaves were fed garlic to keep their strength up.
Homer reported that Ulysses owed his escape from Circe to "yellow garlic".