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Not as easy as you may think

While it is quite easy to follow an individual bee with my eyes, I find it to be a whole different ballgame when following and focusing through a viewfinder. Persistence and a smidgen of luck will sometimes reward me with something close to what I was hoping for.  

YABP yet another bee photo, because they make me happy. In my opinion bees are like cowbells : you're going to want a whole lot more of them. That's my prescription for GPlus.

Have a great finish to Tuesday or a great Wednesday as the case may be in your timezone! I must be off to get some REM-sleep. 
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It helps if the wind is blowing too. 😸 😂 😮 Nicely done!
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Castle Lichtenstein, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Located on the Swabian Alb near Reutlingen, the current Castle Lichtenstein is actually the third to bear the name.

The first castle was roughly 500 m south of this location. It was destroyed in 1381 during the Swabian Städtekrieg ("War between Cities"). The second Castle Lichtenstein was built at the current location in 1390. It was considered one of the best defended castles of the late Middle Ages, but gradually lost importance. Eventually it given to the Habsburgs during the Thirty Years War and fell into disrepair thereafter.

In 1826 Wilhelm Hauff published Lichtenstein one of the first historical novels in German. The plot concerned Herzog (Duke) Ulrich having to flee to Castle Lichtenstein in 1519. Wilhelm Graf (Count) von Württemberg was very interested in medieval history, architecture and art. As it happened, he was also related to Herzog Ulrich and was enthusiastic about Hauff's novel. Thus Wilhelm decided to purchase the ruins. In the period 1840-42 he had the Third Castle Lichtenstein erected at the location of the second.

While most people will think of Bavaria's Neuschwanstein as the German "fairy tale" castle, because of the influence it had on Disney, Castle Lichtenstein is considered Württemberg's "fairy tale" castle. In fact it was the setting for the 1999 German film Dornröschen (Sleeping Beauty).

Castle Lichtenstein is definitely worth a visit if you have the time and the weather is good for your photos. I've been there a few times and can personally recommend it.

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Shot through the passenger window this morning as we drove towards Zwiefalten for our hike. We didn't have time to stop as we got started 40 minutes late (don't ask).

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English
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lichtenstein_Castle_(W%C3%BCrttemberg)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lichtenstein_(novel)

Deutsch
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schloss_Lichtenstein_(W%C3%BCrttemberg)
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lichtenstein_(Roman) 
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Thank you. That would be awesome to see. +Steven Spence 
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Ever have one of those mornings?

You know when you wake up and see a random word like cahier   and began wondering why we have the word "book"[1] in English (my mind skipped the intermediate steps in the retelling). Or think how the Australian Emu War might have been the first war in historic times against dinosaurs? BTW the Emus won. 

Things have settled down a bit after breakfast. (I made "French" toast with butter, because I like the taste). Plans were forged with the neighbors for a Sunday morning hike before the temperatures get too high. Some lavender blossoms were picked, bees buzzed, wasps were batted away and grocery lists for the cookout were drafted. Now I'm off to procure said supplies, but I think there might be a post on the Emu War later today. That one just keeps bouncing around in my noggin. 

Oh, before I ramble on too long: Happy Saturday! 

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sunny days with lavender and bees epitomize a perfect summer day for me. take in my garden. 

Footnote
[1] book: Old English boc "book, writing, written document," traditionally from Proto-Germanic (bokiz) "beech" (cognates: German Buch "book" Buche "beech;" see beech), the notion being of beechwood tablets on which runes were inscribed, but it may be from the tree itself (people still carve initials in them). The Old English word originally meant any written document. Latin and Sanskrit also have words for "writing" that are based on tree names ("birch" and "ash," respectively). Meaning "libretto of an opera" is from 1768. A betting book is from 1856.
from http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=book
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+Steven Spence the ratite population is not that big any more. I can go months without seeing one.
They become a serious problem when they occur in sufficient numbers to form a herd, which are capable of flattening everything in their path including fences and sheds. These herds are capable of converting healthy bushland into desert.
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Day 3: Let Sleeping Ghost Cats Lie

#julydailyphoto Black and White.

Today is the third day of +Carrie Simpson 's July daily photo challenge. Anyone who wishes to join in is more than welcome! The list for the month is here #julyphotolist . Join in at any time and remember to have fun! 
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Cool Cat Vibes back to you too! +Steven Spence Happy 4th of July! :) 
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London Eye

A quick "Good Morning" post. This photo of the London Eye was made from near the "express" ticket area. It's hard to appreciate how large the Eye is until you're up close.


I hope you have a great Thorsday!

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I was there two years ago and it was a fantastic experience...
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July 1 entry: Bold Colour

This is for +Carrie Simpson 's July challenge. Who knows if I can do one of these everyday, but it's something to try for.

Today's photo was seen in Paddington Station, London on my recent visit. 
 
If you would like to join in, please tag Carrie and use these hashtags.
#Julydailyphoto #julyphotolist

For reference, here is the list she gave us:

Day Subject
1. Bold Colour.
2. Glass.
3. Black and white.
4. Close up.
5. Shadow or Silhouette.
6. Everyday item.
7. Flowers.
8. Sky.
9. Fruit.
10. Old. 
11. New.
12. Reflection.
13. Makes you smile.
14. Childhood Memory.
15. Eyes.
16. Technology.
17. Animal.
18. T is for...?
19. Pattern.
20. A pile of something.
21. Light.
22. Your keys.
23. View from your window.
24. Night.
25. Tool.
26. Logo.
27. Door knob.
28. Money.
29. Sign.
30. Tradition
31. Selfie.
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I'm glad to see you couldn't resist a pun, +I am not Alice . 1 gold star. 
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More exciting news on the solar energy front and another great article from +Kate Stone 

Vanadium redox batteries are an interesting choice. While this type of battery has a lower energy density than lead batteries and a much lower one than lithium, vanadium redox batteries have advantages.

They are simple, easy to maintain, have fast response times and scale well.  Some commercial and military installations have used vanadium redox batteries in UPS (Uninteruptable Power Supplies). It's easy for me to envision their use at a data center which has solar collectors on the data center roof. 

Read what the scientists have to say on +EH Science 
What if a solar cell could store solar energy and release it for use after the sun goes down? That's exactly what these engineers have built.
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Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart. 
(Confucius)

I'm a sucker for poppies. When I see them I need to stop and take a closer look. So it was on Sunday's walk: I saw these poppies on the opposite side of a cow pasture and just had to get up close, which included lying down in the field and following the petals as the wind blew the flowers. Worth it for me!

FYI: The photo is 1920*1080 (downsized) so you can zoom in if your display is smaller.

Have a colorful day!


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Day 7: Flowers in +Carrie Simpson 's #Julydailyphoto see #julyphotolist for subjects

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thanks, +Cheryl Saavedra ! it was a lovely start to our walk that day. 
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Pulvis et umbra sumus  

We are dust and shadow  (Horace)

Edit: even kings.


for +Carrie Simpson 's #Julydailyphoto  see also #julyphotolist  
Join in at any point: the more the merrier.
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Yes, just dust when we depart this Place 
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Time doesn't take away from friendship, nor does separation.
(Tennessee Williams)
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thank you
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July 2 Entry: Glass

Sometimes my interface to reality breaks.

+Carrie Simpson 's July challenge. Please join in. The more the merrier.

Use these hashtags, so she can find your work. 
#Julydailyphoto #julyphotolist

Themes by day:

1. Bold Colour.
2. Glass.
3. Black and white.
4. Close up.
5. Shadow or Silhouette.
6. Everyday item.
7. Flowers.
8. Sky.
9. Fruit.
10. Old. 
11. New.
12. Reflection.
13. Makes you smile.
14. Childhood Memory.
15. Eyes.
16. Technology.
17. Animal.
18. T is for...?
19. Pattern.
20. A pile of something.
21. Light.
22. Your keys.
23. View from your window.
24. Night.
25. Tool.
26. Logo.
27. Door knob.
28. Money.
29. Sign.
30. Tradition
31. Selfie.
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thanks, +Jacob Dix . Mobile phone photography is the exception for me, which is why I tagged you. Have a great Friday, sir!
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News from my garden

This article's intent is to present some methods of pest control in a garden without resorting to pesticide. Because they were of special interest to me, I included multiple photos of ladybirds. 

I've had a stimulating exchange with a reader on the subject of "harlequin" ladybirds. They are also known as "Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle" and similar terms. These ladybirds are an invasive species in both Europe and the U.S.A. Some are present in my garden alongside native ladybirds. I deliberately sourced the native 2-spotted ladybird larvae, but wild ladybirds of different species including the "harlequin" also laid eggs in my garden. I accept it and observe it. To be clear though, it does not mean I advocate the introduction of non-native species.

I hope you enjoy the article and photos. I welcome your comments. 
Aphids in your garden? Ladybirds, or ladybugs in your garden are the mortal enemy of many pests. Photos and tips for chemical-free gardening.
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thanks, +James Tait . I'm learning by doing and by researching. Your experiences and tips will be helpful too. Please do drop me a line on what works in your garden (when you get it going).
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nerdy; stargazer; legend in my own mind; wannabe photographer, may post occasional spider pictures - you have been warned!
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troglodyte, likes Marcus Aurelius quotes and sometimes is similar to a Ned Stark of the Internet (we all know how that ended), the rest of the time, I pretty much Hodor along. 

I try to post something original, because I want G+ to be more than just reshares of other people's works. Mostly I'll post one of my own photos; because they are an opportunity to share and engage. Interested in science, science fiction, technology, photography, mountains, raptors, fossils, pizza, but not fossilized pizza (it's a bit rough on my teeth).

If you know someone talented doing original work of any kind on GPlus and they aren't getting many responses, please let me know. I am making occasional recommendations of such GPlus users to help improve the stream.

I hope one day my life will be worthy of this line: "To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield"
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more interesting than folding laundry. nicest things said about me on G+ so far: "less dangerous than a psychopathic ghost squirrel", "dances with light and words", "has mad skillz", "a philosopher in sheep's clothing"
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IT Manager
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tamer of chaos, troubleshooter
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