Throwback Thursday: Flight Paths of Fireflies

For nearly a decade, amateur photographer Tsuneaki Hiramatsu spent his summer evenings in the forests outside Niimi, in Japan’s Okayama prefecture.

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He was intent on capturing the spectacle of firefly mating season, when the males and females vie for attention through blinking codes. As night fell, Hiramatsu began shooting a series of eight-second exposure. Read more

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— Source: Smithsonian Magazine

  • There are more than 2,000 species of fireflies, a type of beetle. Fireflies in the western United States, for example, lack the ability to produce light.

  • Males that do glow use their flash to attract females. A chemical reaction within the firefly’s light organ produces the light—oxygen combines with calcium, adenosine triphosphate (ATP—the energy-carrying molecule of all cells) and a chemical called luciferin, when an enzyme called luciferase is present.  More facts

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Mundane Monday #18 and Grasses for the Travel Theme

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Had it not been for the Mundane Monday, I probably won’t pay much of ordinary everyday things. I know I won’t find beauty of an old plant pot, stones, a lonely leave, a tree shadow, bare tree branches…. I was happy to spot this special knob of an antique furniture.

Jithin’s everyday objects for the MM will blow you away, click HERE.

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Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience.

Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.

~ Hal Borland

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Inspired by Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Grasses

Happy Tuesday! :)

Monday Walk: Bow River

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Banff National Park in Canada had been on our bucket list for long while. We finally decided to take a grand tour in July. We stayed in the town of Banff and used it as a base to explore Rocky Mountains, lakes… The beautiful Bow river runs through the town. It was only a half mile from where we were staying, pretty convenient to take morning and/or evening walk.

The name “Bow” refers to the reeds that grew along its banks and were used by the local First Nations peoples to make bows; the Peigan name for the river is “Makhabn”, meaning “river where bow reeds grow”.

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On our last day in Banff, hubby didn’t want to miss the Wimbledon Semi Finals, so I took a solo walk with my camera.  :)  5 miles to downtown and back to the Banff Springs. 

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These beautiful horse trainers were taking horses for a morning walkout.

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The weather was surprisingly warm during the week (the first week of July) we were there. It went up to low 90 F one day, but mornings were very pleasant. We were told by the local people that it was 7-8 degrees higher than normal.

Jo’s Egton Bridge walk for this week is fabulous. Take a look

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Close UP

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A weed is but an unloved flower.

~Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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WPC: Close UP

This one takes WPC Close Up to a new hight. This is how he did it ” I love the details. I tend to take my time to adjust the tap knob to capture the right dripping moment.” Take a look, click HERE

AB Friday and Flower of the Day

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Before

The above is the original image.

First, I cropped and made some adjustments through the LR Basic.

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Then, I move the photo to the Color EFex Pro 4 to make some enhancements through dynamic contracts; used the EFex Pro 2 to add Bokeh.

Back to LR, I added Vignette and adjusted the shadow a little. Voila!

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Welcome back Stacy! Thanks to Stacy (VISUAL VENTURING) for making a series of step-by-step tutorial showing us how to use the Lightroom features, Color Efex Pro 4 and EFex Pro 2. Inspiring!

This is Stacy’s vision for her ABF. “After-Before Friday (ABF) posts provide an opportunity for photographers (amateur and seasoned, alike) to share their photos, and if they wish, their post-processing decisions. The photos will provide a fun “wow” factor; the post-processing descriptions, the “how.” The goal is to enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at others’ work while picking up helpful ideas along the way that each of us can use as we work with our own photos.” Click HERE to learn more.

This week you will get to see many fabulous AB photos. Emilio (Photos by Emilioand Ben (Aperture64are always there sharing their creative processes and “wow” photos. Take a look …

Happy to hear your feedback. Should I do differently?

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Flower Of The Day

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Thank you for visiting :)

WPC: Half and Half and Throwback Thursday

Weekly Photo Challenge: Half and Half

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Sevilla, Spain, 2014

I took this photo while strolling along the street in Sevilla.

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Throwback Thursday: The Birth of A Book is responding to Dr. Hb’s Confessions of a Bookaholic Tag.

Notes:

  • Paper was invented by the ancient Chinese in about 105 C.E  (Han Dynast) and spread slowly to the west via the Silk Road.

  • The earliest woodblock printed fragments were from China, before 220 AD.

  • Between 1041 and 1048, the first known movable type system was created out of porcelain in Bi Sheng.

    Source: the wood printing in Wikipedia

  • Block printing was used in Christian Europe as a method for printing on cloth, where it was common by 1300. At around 1400, paper became relatively available.

  •  Johannes Gutenberg, Mainz in Germany, developed European movable type printing technology in 1439. Gutenberg was also credited with the introduction of an oil-based ink.

     Source: Wikipedia “History of Printing

    Ebook:

  • December 2004 Google signaled an extension to its Google Print initiative known as the Google Print Library Project , then announced partnerships with several high-profile university and public libraries

  • First generation Kindle was on the market on November 19, 2007, for $399.

Please take a moment to visit Dr. Hb’s Confessions of a Bookaholic Tag :)

Happy reading!

3 days, 3 Quotes (Day 3)

While we are living in our native land, we fancy that these streets are indifferent to us,

that these windows, these roofs, and these doors are nothing to us,

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that these walls are strangers to us,

that these trees are no more other trees,

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that these houses which we never enter are useless to us, that this pavement on which we walk is nothing but stone.

In after times, when we are there no longer, we find that those streets are very dear,

that we miss those roofs, those windows, and those doors,

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that those walls are necessary to us,

that those trees are our well-beloved,

that those houses which we never entered we entered every day,

and that we have left something of our affection, our life, and our heart in those streets.

~ Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

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Thank you, Perpetua (The Seeker) for offers me the opportunity to share quotes and photos.

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Here is my response to Dr. Hb’s Confessions of a Bookaholic Tag:

Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables is my all time favorite book. David McCullough’s John Adams, the Pulitzer Prize–winning, biography of America’s founding father and second president, is my all time favorite history book. 

Feel free to join the challenge theme. :)

 Thank you for visiting!

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