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Works at Naturography - The nature photography of Mike Spinak, specializing in showing the extraordinary in the landscapes and life forms of California and the Western United States.
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I got back from a brief trip to Yosemite, yesterday. Here's a 300 or so degree phone camera panorama of Yosemite Falls from the Swinging Bridge.

For those who want to know about conditions:

Cool and breezy, with no clouds in the sky. A bit dry, but the waterfalls are flowing (though they're wispy), and there are some nice patches of greenery. No snow in the valley. Some patches of snow on the way to Glacier Point. (The road there is open.) It is perhaps a bit early for the dogwood, but there are many patches of dogwood blooming spectacularly. The redbud is mostly past its prime.

And the Park Service apparently opened Tioga Pass immediately after we left. 
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Thank you, +Monika Jagielinska and +Barbara Monaco.
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One last Sibling Day photo of my sister, Miss R., from the day I met her, a couple years ago.
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Cute!
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Happy Sibling Day!

Here's my new sister, Miss R. graduating from preschool, several months ago.
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Fine cheeses are yummy, but I've been less than thrilled by the dairy-free cheeses in the past. I've wondered why they don't try actually culturing and fermenting dairy-free cheese. It's good to see this trend is starting.

I'm cautiously hopeful.
A new generation of cheese-makers is culturing the milk of nuts like almond and cashew with bacteria. The idea is to give the cheese more umami taste than what many other vegan products have.
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Sounds good, I need to be on the lookout for these brands.

(every time I looked at the ingredient list of dairy-free cheeses I thought that this stuff can't possibly be better than something as simple as "normal" cheese.)
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My coming-soon book, The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals, was "finished." Then I realized that the reason I cut off the book's length where I did no longer applied. So, since you were all nice enough to help me fund the publication of the book, I went ahead and added more. A lot more. 

While I appreciate those who generously served as test readers, I am again looking for test readers. If anyone is interested in reading it and providing substantial feedback, please let me know.

Thank you.
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I read your hummingbird book and throughly enjoyed it. I would be glad to read another one of your books :D.
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All of these posts I see about chocolate Easter bunnies remind me of this video.

Just to be clear, I'm not posting this out of any negativity toward Easter. I just think this is a great video. I love how it demonstrates conductive, irradiative, and convective heat transference. It is also a moving demonstration of the human ability to anthropomorphize inanimate objects and feel for them. And the cinematography and music are good.

Enjoy, and have a happy Easter and / or a happy Passover!

#ScienceSunday  
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I love this FAQ page on +Alex Wild's website.

<3 <3 <3

Thank you, +Rob Lopes for bringing it to my attention.
In August I hired ImageRights International, a reputable copyright enforcement agency, to assume the routine handling of commercial infringements of my professional work. There are a lot. Starting ...
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It's #SignSunday  and I haven't posted a silly sign photo in weeks. When I photographed this, it made me chuckle that they'd rather put up a sign than fix the issue.

Since I'm about to go out of town for a few days, I thought this is appropriate for anyone who tries to contact me.

Have a great week, everyone.

#SignSunday  curate by +Lori Carey, +Janice Hackney, +Jetski Jones, and +Gary Posner.
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thanks!
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For Sibling Day, here's a photo of my sister, Miss R. at the court proceeding when our family adopted her, a little over a year ago. 

I'm still thrilled for her to be part of our family.
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Happy Sibling Day! 

Here's a picture of me (on the left) and my sibling, the redoubtable +Larry Spinak (on the right), held up by our father.
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Sehr sympathisch !
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This is such sheer idiocy, I hardly know where to start. So, I'll make a few quick points now, and perhaps come back to it, later:

1) Unless you're just vacuuming up as many contcts as you can – who don't know you, don't care about you, and don't engage with you – just so you can point at big numbers and gloat, you're better off with a profile picture which communicates something relevant about you to those whom you want to reach, rather than simply a picture that impresses strangers and or / makes you look slightly more attractive.

2) The rule of thirds is numerological mysticism, not useful advice for composing better photos.

3) "Squinching" – I've addressed this silliness, before, here:
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4) Follow the advice in this article at your own disservice, if you must follow goofy rules or guidelines.
Science, research, and psychology behind the best profile picture for your social media accounts.
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It's amazing how hard some people will work to "game" the system to appear warm, personable, and competent, but don't spend any time at all on actually trying to become those things.
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A lot of folks seem to have the attitude that knowledge and understanding kill wonder and diminish an experience, while ignorance increases wonder and improves an experience. Folks, knowledge and understanding actually heighten wonder and amplify experiences. They heighten the ability to observe the wondrous, and enable more directions of inquiry. 

The only thing that can kill your sense of wonder is you.
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The more one learns, the more one appreciates how little they actually know.

I used to work in a research lab, working with volumes in 1.5ml tubes, with nanomoles of material (that's 10 to the -9). Basicially, I was working with invisible material in drops or partial drops of liquid and knowing what I was doing never got in the way of being amazed at being able to do something measurable with it.
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Author and Photographer of Growing Up Humming

I began photography in 1998. I've been writing since I was little. Lifelong passions for travel, nature, and creative expression developed into a lifestyle and career in writing and photography.

I photograph landscapes, wildlife, flora, patterns – anything and everything nature. I use naturalist knowledge to find subjects and themes that people rarely see; then use photography and writing to share my experiences with others. I strive to show people the beauty and wonder of the natural world, so that people feel kinship with nature.

My nature photography studio is wherever he find myself with a camera and Nature’s largess.
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