Apologies for no previous posts in 2014 yet but both Chris & I have been battling chest colds for the past week and as a result we haven’t been doing much at all. Chris got it first and then kindly passed it on to me as well. Lots of coughing, sniffling and sneezing too but I think we have turned the corner. The coughing is starting to subside anyway, thanks to Chris’s homemade cough syrup concoction that we’ve both been taking since early this morning. Garlic, raw honey, lemon and ginger. It certainly beats the heck out of Buckley’s or any of the other store bought syrups. Chris is making ginger tea as well which also makes us both feel better. I think we’ll both be right as rain in another day or two.
I’ve been spending a little more time on editing photos from the last year or two. The above portrait of a Great Egret is my latest addition on 500PX. I took it back in early 2012 at Venice Rookery with my Canon 1D Mk IV. This great egret was sitting on a branch at the water’s edge to the right of the main pavilion without a care in the world. This turned out very well for a handheld effort. Clicking on the photo should take you to my 500PX account.
The second image is also of a Great Egret in flight taken at Venice Rookery. I used Topaz Labs Clean to get the simple lines of the egret onto an almost white background. Explore is Flickr’s way of showcasing the most interesting photos within a given point in time — usually over a 24 hour period. Flickr receives about 6,000 uploads every minute, so that’s about 8.6 million photos a day! From this huge group of images, the Flickr “interestingness algorithm” chooses only 500 images to showcase for each 24-hour period. That’s only one image in every 17,000! I’m not sure how this algorithm works but I know a ton of people have seen this image and many have marked it as a favorite as well. Clicking on the above photo will take you the image on Flickr where you can see it and other great images.