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The 'What I'm Seeing Today' thread. by maryjane
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Saw this yesterday. One of the cooler abandoned houses I have seen.

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Stucco walls on laths--I haven't seen that in a long long time.

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Stucco walls on laths--I haven't seen that in a long long time.




Heres another possible time trip, I took this pic Saturday at the farm where I grew up.


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Stucco walls on laths--I haven't seen that in a long long time.



Obviously, way too many trees present!!!!

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Coming back from Phuket, Thailand and saw this brand new Airbus A350.



For comparison, the relatively new Boeing B787.



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I just got back from my bicycle ride.....104o outside....this ol' town gets kinda' quiet when it starts to warm up outside.

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This is what the desert looks like whenever it gets a cool drink of water. This is just six miles from my house.



Anybody recognize this guy?

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This is what the desert looks like whenever it gets a cool drink of water. This is just six miles from my house.






They call those an oasis right, where animals go to not die?



I enjoy your pics.

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They call those an oasis right, where animals go to not die?



I enjoy your pics.

Thanks!
Around here, we call that a river, because........well.......because we just don't know any better, I guess. When it actually has water flowing, we call it a flood.

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Put together a children's bench from Lowe's for my daughter's little library:


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Very nice!

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Very nice!



Thanks! Meant to ask if that was the Agua Fria, New or Gila River in your pic. The Gila is the only one I recall having water in it this time of year.

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Thanks! Meant to ask if that was the Agua Fria, New or Gila River in your pic. The Gila is the only one I recall having water in it this time of year.

That is New River just above its confluence with the Agua Fria, right next to the Glendale Airport. That bike path has benches looking west so that you can sit and watch the runway. The view is more or less to the south, so those are the Estrellas in the background.

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A Fiero "mud-car" seen in a storage lot today:

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I just got back from my bicycle ride and I saw l lady walking a little pug dog who was wearing a raincoat! I mean, this little dog could have been on a box of fish sticks. I should have stopped to take a picture.

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At a pillow jump in Seattle, my eleven year old grandson:

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3rd one in the last 3 weeks...takes a couple days for the gases to go to work and up they float.

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3rd one in the last 3 weeks...takes a couple days for the gases to go to work and up they float.




Lead poisoning?

Heh.. if you took that pic up here in a few months, I would have thought he dived and landed on ice

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Slow day at work, so today I ran a test on one of my Polaroid cameras.

The model I'm using is a 195 Land Camera, which was made from 1974-76 and was one of very-few models built for professional use (it has full-manual controls and a glass lens that stops all the way down to f/3.8 - a consumer-grade Polaroid camera is usually in the f/8 range). The lens has threads for some proprietary filters and close-up kits - the latter was merely a set of goggles to go over the viewfinder, and a diopter filter that screws-on. The OEM filter size for this guy is 46mm, so I bought a step-up ring to accept more common (and cheaper) 49mm lenses and filters.

I picked-up a fisheye for $10.change on eBay and wanted to see what the image quality was like. It fits 49mm lenses and is largely meant for screwing onto camcorders.
Polaroid never made a fisheye for these, nor have I really seen anyone experiment with one until now.


First the control shot, without the lens. Focus was on the pins.


Then with the same settings and fisheye. I had the camera on a tripod and did not change position.
I'm happy with the results, it's not distortion-crazy like the 8mm I have for my DSLR, but it will help when I want to shoot with this camera in a tight spot.


I then needed to test if adding filters, which further push the lens (already sitting on a step-up ring) away from the main glass, was going to cause vignetting or focusing issues. I saw neither of those, here.
I used an ND32 filter in this scenario, and changed the shutter speed to compensate. The ND32 is so I can meter this film at an iso of 100 instead of 3200, allowing me to crank the aperture wide-open for a shallow depth of field. For color film (which is iso 100), I also use a warming filter to counter that film's otherwise-cold tones.


Now to shoot with it in the field.

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The riparian area that runs along my bicycle path is popular with bird watchers. There are Great Egrets, Blue Herons and many others.
I love to watch the hawks ride the thermals. They can go for a minute or more without flapping their wings. Today I saw four of them spiraling around together.





Tuesday I saw a Roadrunner and yesterday a Coyote, but nary an Acme anvil or rocket motor in sight.

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I'm having trouble uploading images. Also some images are missing. Anyone else or is it me?

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I'm having trouble uploading images. Also some images are missing. Anyone else or is it me?


My computer does something odd sometimes. When I open a thread I can see the pics...once. If I go elseware and come back some of the pics are tiny black boxes.
Loading pics always works for me, I use photobucket.

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PIP is working this morning. Ok, this was yesterday.


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A garter snake sunning atop a 3' high hedge.

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More Polaroids. Shot at a car show in Chicago, yesterday...




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An Osprey on a power pole.


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An Osprey on a power pole.
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Top "cross arm" is there so Osprey is happy and safe.
Other places to the same and often use "dead" poles w/ arms at top to hold the nests too.
Island Beach State Park, NJ have/had nest poles in the park. http://www.longbeachislandj...l.com/animals/osprey (but page only show nest on HV power tower.)

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I watched a Waco doing touch and go at Glendale Municipal Airport today. I love the sound of a radial.



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Some neon I found west of Chicago. Taken with a Polaroid SX-70.

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I visited this place today.
VERY cool.....except for the simulated infant and toddler cadavers.



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I can't post pictures, but the autumn leaves are absolutely breathtaking......

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Pumpkins and more pumpkins:



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Looks like the cotton's just about ready.



Although it's hard to see in this pic, there was a guy out there spraying what I think was a defoliant that they use before they run over it with the picker.

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I can't post pictures, but the autumn leaves are absolutely breathtaking......


We'll take you word for it

Ours were kinda muted this year, and are now mostly fallen.

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This was kind of cool to see. Mt Fuji.

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Originally posted by williegoat:

Looks like the cotton's just about ready.


Although it's hard to see in this pic, there was a guy out there spraying what I think was a defoliant that they use before they run over it with the picker.


Defoliant usually occurs after harvest but use of insecticide to keep boll weevils and other insects in abatement goes on from the time the bolls first appear in mid summer (still covered in green skin) until right before harvest. Some farmers defoliate with what looks like a sprayer, but it's really a high pressure washer to blow the dead leaves off after harvest. They defoliate to ensure the insecticide gets a clearer shot at the stalks, where the weevil larvae are at that stage of growth.

Great picture Hudini!! I've seen Mt Fuji from the ground when clouds obscured the summit, but not from the air. I have seen just the tops of the Quesons sticking out a solid fluffy floor in RVN and cloud cover rolling off the edge of upper elevation near Hai Van Pass like a big fluffy waterfall. Took a picture of it, but the still didn't do it justice. (that was back in the day before cheap & easy video)

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Defoliant usually occurs after harvest but use of insecticide to keep boll weevils and other insects in abatement goes on from the time the bolls first appear in mid summer (still covered in green skin) until right before harvest. Some farmers defoliate with what looks like a sprayer, but it's really a high pressure washer to blow the dead leaves off after harvest. They defoliate to ensure the insecticide gets a clearer shot at the stalks, where the weevil larvae are at that stage of growth.

Maybe it's different in Arizona?

http://extension.arizona.ed...iles/pubs/az1561.pdf

http://extension.arizona.ed...iles/pubs/az1556.pdf

I passed by there today and there are more, bigger open bolls; but the remaining leaves are now all brown and dry.
I am a city boy. The only thing I have ever grown successfully is old.

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Maybe it's different in Arizona?



Probably. Texas still has boll weevil problems but other states have completed the USDA eradication programs.
Boll weevil was eradicated in most of Calif and Arizona is one of about 7-8 other cotton producing states that have been declared by USDA to be boll weevil free since the mid 90s.

 
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Eradicating the boll weevil

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in cooperation with state governments and grower organizations, is coordinating a nationwide effort to eradicate the boll weevil from U.S. cotton-production regions. The program uses intensive pheromone trapping, pin-head applications based on pheromone trapping, in-season insecticide applications when needed and intensive diapause-control programs to reduce populations to far below economic significance.

As of 1994, boll weevils had been eradicated from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, California, Arizona and parts of Alabama. Active programs are underway in Alabama, Texas and parts of Tennessee and Mississippi. In North Carolina, where the boll weevil has been eradicated the longest, cotton acreages have increased from fewer than 100,000 acres to more than 450,000 acres. Insecticide applications have been reduced by approximately 50 percent. In Georgia, insecticide applications have been cut from 10 to 12 per season to about four per season, and acreage has grown from fewer than 200,000 acres to almost 1,000,000 acres.

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