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St Joe Lead Mine

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St. Joe State Park is located in the old "Lead Belt" region of southeast Missouri. The area's first successful mining venture began in the early 1700s when miners extracted lead by hand from shallow pits and operations were conducted only three to four months a year. Thanks to the introduction of the diamond-tipped drill by the St. Joe Lead Co. in 1869, the lead mining industry took off and the recovery of the world's richest known deposit of lead began in earnest. The company consolidated a number of small, independent diggings and emerged as the largest of four principal mining companies in southeast Missouri by 1900. For more than 100 years, this area produced nearly 80 percent of the nation's mined lead. The discovery of rich new deposits in other areas led to the demise of mining at the site. (mostateparks.com)

  

Little Tern - Sternula Albifrons

 

The UKs smallest Tern - I am very fortunate that I live only ten minutes from one of their UK breeding sites. I took this shot a couple of weeks ago, but sadly since then some complete and utter t055ers have devastated the nesting site:

 

"A conservation project helping to protect one of the UK’s rarest seabirds has suffered a major setback after around 50 nests were lost.

 

The Little Tern Recovery Project at Crimdon, which is run by the RSPB, was damaged on Friday, 16 June, with almost every nest devastated.

 

It is believed that someone may have entered the site with a dog or dogs and anyone who has seen any suspicious behaviour in the area or who knows anything about the incident should call 101 and report it to the police.

 

Durham County Council is one of ten partners involved in the project, offering protection for the birds which are a schedule 1 listed species due to their rarity."

   

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Explore #143 6/26/09

 

It's What's Inside That Counts

 

Great news everybody!!

Lisa zoomed through surgery and is now lounging around in the recovery room!

Now for those of you who didn’t know, Zoom In Tight was scheduled for a double mastectomy today….but first she had to undergo back surgery yesterday to repair 2 fractured vertebrae!

Both surgeries went well.

Thanks in part I am sure to all of your prayers and good wishes.

 

Jill called and asked that I post so everyone will know all went well.

 

Personally, I am very relieved …. But as I think about what Lisa has gone through – surgery on both her front and her back - I strongly recommend that she zoom out of that hospital ASAP, before they realize that she has a bottom and top too!! :-)

 

We all love you Lisa!

 

And for those of you who have followed Zoom and DSMPhotos sites as they encouraged each other for their up coming surgeries... David's limes are just fine!! :-)

 

Joyous Healing, (Joy) has undergone surgery. We are praying for her recovery and healing. Please go to her site and leave a message of inspiration there. She is at a high risk and needs our prayers and support. Thank you, God bless you, Joy, and heal you completely! JJ and your friends on Flickr!

 

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Chandler Veterans Oasis Park is about two miles from my home. Not only is it a park for recreation it is a Water reclamation plant for the city. The park was completed about a year and a half ago. The landscape plants are still rather new, it will take awhile for them to mature, but when they do it will be a great place for bird watching.

 

Info below from: City of Chandler website

This "non-traditional" facility capitalizes on the divergent and plentiful outdoor recreation opportunities at the site created by the park land, lake, and wetlands/groundwater recharge basins. The shallow basins will infiltrate high quality reclaimed water to the subsurface aquifer for storage and recovery as part of the City's comprehensive reclaimed water management plan. The Environmental Education Center serves as a gateway to the site, offering a diverse roster of programming related to the environment.

 

Veterans Oasis Park covers 113 acres and feature both lush wetland and arid habitat suitable for the diverse plants and wildlife of the Sonoran Desert. The park will also include 4½ miles of trails, wildlife viewing areas; ramadas and picnic areas; a butterfly and hummingbird habitat; an outdoor amphitheatre; a unique, learning-oriented playground; a 5-acre “urban fishing” lake; and interpretive signs and exhibits.

 

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Stob Dearg, Glencoe. Taken on a trip through on the way to Inverness last weekend. It's underexposed a fair amount due to a passing car going to totally ruin the shot, and so had to end the exposure about 30 seconds sooner than I wanted to, and noisy due to recovery in Photoshop (probably worse on here) but I still love the shot.

 

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The ancient Roman city of Iesso, mentioned by classic authors Pliny the Elder and Ptolemy, identified by the preserved archaeological site in the village of Guissona.

Iesso was founded around the year 100 BC exploiting the natural resources of the flat Guissona: the presence of abundant water and ease for the exploitation of agricultural land nearby. This city has developed over more than seven centuries an important and constructive business. The current state of research allows noted that the Roman city of Iesso is walled and polygonal form a plant of about 15 and 18 are long, with a regular urban development characterized by a network of orthogonal streets, according to the models of the Roman cities of the time. To the second century BC and first century BC, is the foundation of the Roman city of IESSO. A city perfectly organized and structured with orthogonal streets, with a wall that protects the city center, with areas of cemeteries and public spaces. Its economy is based on agriculture, although there are also small articles such as pottery and domestic looms. This city has a very long endurance reaching s. VI AD. After that date there is a little-known period archaeologically and historically, that extends until S.XI. It is the period of confrontation between the Arab world and the counties feudal Catalans, and our land becomes "no man's land", where the border between the two worlds.The story continues to s. XI, particularly between 1010 and 1023, in which there is a process of recovery from the county of Urgell. Finding a strategic defensive and is a sufficient defense tower or castle in the current PL. of Capdevila, around which the people were rising. Guissona is set to Closa medieval village.Since the eleventh century until the thirteenth, the domain of the village of Guissona is shared between the Bishop of Urgell and the family Fluvià. In this double lordship is in our arms, showing the lineage of Fluvià (the waves of water) and the domain of the bishop (the Greek cross). From s. XIII, the lordship passed entirely into the hands of the bishop, which explains the presence of several palaces Episcopal our people. The last of these palaces are built around the seventeenth century and occupied the land where currently there is the Plaza del Obispo Benlloch, the City Council and the Catholic Center. We must stress also the work of Fluvià, an episcopal palace unfinished initiated by Bishop Peter Cardona with a style of detransició beginning of the s. XVI, the work that still rest with us. Another example of the importance of this domain is the religious renewal that affects the parish church. At the end of the s. XVIII, the former Romanesque church dedicated to s. XI is demolished and in its place is a temple built in neoclassical style, the majestic dimensions that still exists today. Especially the Baroque altarpiece of Solomonic dedicated to the Virgin

 

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Un écho fertile émane du dialogue des antipodes entre le congolais Mode Muntu et les artistes aborigènes Daniel Walbidi et Roy Underwood. Leurs œuvres portent la mémoire d’un peuple millénaire, pourtant bouleversé et chahuté par l’histoire de la colonisation. Leurs peintures témoignent des mythes et rituels du Temps du Rêve, cristallisant une connaissance ancestrale sur la toile, tels des passeurs de mémoire entre les générations, tels des acteurs politiques engagés dans la défense de leur identité et la récupération de leurs terres.

 

A fertile echo emanates from the dialogue of the antipodes between the Congolese Muntu Mode and the aboriginal artists Daniel Walbidi and Roy Underwood. Their works bear the memory of a millenary people, yet upset and heckled by the history of colonization. Their paintings testify to the myths and rituals of the Dream Time, crystallizing ancestral knowledge on the canvas, like passers-by of memory between generations, like political actors engaged in the defense of their identity and the recovery of their lands.

Recently I had a chance to get close to an endangered Kirtland's Warbler at a recovery and breeding site in Wisconsin. These rare birds like to proclaim their territory from the tops of pines and I was lucky to be part pf a small group treated to its sight and song on a clear blue unforgettable morning. Here's a good place to read about the birds: www.fws.gov/midwest/greenbay/endangered/kiwa/2015/UpdateA...

This is a still image produced with several frames out of my lately posted time lapse movie:

 

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The single images were taken with the following equipment and settings:

 

- Astro modified Canon EOS 6D

- Samyang 24mm f/1.4

- 13sec @ ISO 5000

 

Stacking drastically reduces the inherent noise of high ISO long exposures and also allows much stronger post processing.

 

While stacking the sky from untracked images, without producung startrails, requires dedicated software and at least some experience, stacking the foreground part is very easy and allows better recovery of the deep shadows. The resulting image is almost noise-free and looks much better than a noisy single shot.

 

Nevertheless, there are limits to this technique:

In this image, Orion is just rising above the horizon and is immersed in rather strong light pollution and haze at the horizon. While light pollution can be corrected to some extent during post processing, the colors of the red nebulas in this sky area remain too faded to make them pop. Even after rather strong processing of this stacked image, taken with an astro-modified camera, they remain almost invisible.

 

So the best thing to do is to wait until your target rises higher above the light pollution and haze or to shoot from a dark sky site.

 

Of course this will make the foreground even darker and therefore the benefit of stacking even greater...

Topography of Earth's moon generated from data collected by the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter, aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, with the gravity anomalies bordering the Procellarum region superimposed in blue. The border structures are shown using gravity gradients calculated with data from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission. These gravity anomalies are interpreted as ancient lava-flooded rift zones buried beneath the volcanic plains (or maria) on the nearside of the Moon.

 

Launched as GRAIL A and GRAIL B in September 2011, the probes, renamed Ebb and Flow, operated in a nearly circular orbit near the poles of the moon at an altitude of about 34 miles (55 kilometers) until their mission ended in December 2012. The distance between the twin probes changed slightly as they flew over areas of greater and lesser gravity caused by visible features, such as mountains and craters, and by masses hidden beneath the lunar surface.

 

The twin spacecraft flew in a nearly circular orbit until the end of the mission on Dec. 17, 2012, when the probes intentionally were sent into the moon's surface. NASA later named the impact site in honor of late astronaut Sally K. Ride, who was America's first woman in space and a member of the GRAIL mission team.

 

GRAIL's prime and extended science missions generated the highest-resolution gravity field map of any celestial body. The map will provide a better understanding of how Earth and other rocky planets in the solar system formed and evolved.

 

The GRAIL mission was managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The mission was part of the Discovery Program managed at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. GRAIL was built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver.

 

For more information about GRAIL, please visit grail.nasa.gov.

 

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[fr]: soirée nuageuse sur Penne d'Agenais, Lot et Garonne, France

  

[image info]: "HDR" from 3 exposures using PS CS3 "mean" (fr:moyenne) function on a smart object generated from the stacking of 3 different exposures manually blended with minimum exposure for highlights recovery. Basic levels and curves adjustments.

 

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History: The religious history of this site goes back a long way: a chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary is known to have existed in the XIc, being a destination for pilgrims, including those on the way to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

 

Histoire: Penn" est un mot celte qui signifie crête ou éperon, ce qui laisse à penser que le plateau fut occupé par les Gaulois. De plus, de nombreuses fouilles réalisées dans le village et aux alentours ont mis au jour les vestiges d'une occupation romaine.

 

Richard Cœur de Lion fait fortifier le château de Penne, qui deviendra ainsi une puissante place de guerre, la "clé du duché de Guyenne" selon certains textes du Moyen Âge.

 

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This park site is usually productive of this species. There are several nest boxes installed on the border on this large pond to assist in the species recovery... this appears to be successful... we annually see ducklings. This shot was made in ideal morning lighting and the pond surface was totally flat. I joined one of the weekend guided bird walks that go into habitat spaces normally restricted to public entry. I often lead these walks... but then I would feel guilty if I'm toting this large camera.

 

IMG_1052; Wood Duck

The Chetwynd Viaduct carried the Cork, Bandon and South Coast Railway line over a valley and the main Bandon road (now the N71) about 2 miles (3 km) southwest of Cork city. It was designed by Charles Nixon (a former pupil of I.K. Brunel) and built between 1849 and 1851 by Fox, Henderson and Co, which also built the Crystal Palace in London. It was in regular use until the line was closed in 1961, though during the dismantling of the line occasional 'recovery' trains passed over the bridge, until at least 1965.

 

The viaduct is 91 feet (28 m) high, has four 110 feet (34 m) spans, each span composed of four cast iron arched ribs, carried on masonry piers 20 feet (6 m) thick and 30 feet (9 m) wide. The overall span between end abutments is 500 feet (150 m).

 

The 100 feet (30 m) cast iron ribs were cast on site. When in situ they had transverse diagonal bracing and lattice spandrels that supported a deck of iron plates. These in turn supported the permanent way.

 

The structure was seriously damaged in the Irish Civil War in 1922, but was subsequently repaired. The decking was removed after closure in 1961.

 

Once hooked on alcohol or drugs or both, the disease of addiction has only one goal and that is to rip your life apart on all levels, spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically.

 

I have been around and involved with the field of recovery and twelfth step recovery groups for a little over 25 years. During that period of time I have seen the devastation that these addictions can cause.

 

I am posting this tonight for just recently I have learned of another victim of this disease. A young woman whose parents I have known since she was knee high to me is hooked on this disease and the husband and wife have divorced each blaming the other for what has happened to their daughter and then the daughter being kicked out the house because of where this disease has her and is taking her life.

 

Lower and lower, and it will not be long before another prison stay will happen or she will be found somewhere dead, for those are the eventual consequences of these diseases.....Locked Up, Or Covered Up.

 

A big reason for posting this is the frustration and resentment that I have for this disease and the lives it claims.

 

My hopes, are that someone out there may well see this image and may identify with the image and wake up enough to seek help or a friend will see and give the information to a suffering drunk or addict or both..

 

There is help and hope out there for the people suffering from these diseases.

 

That help is only a phone call away or a click off the mouse.

 

The information is located for two of these addictions at the following sites:

 

www.AA.org for Alcoholics Anonymous.

 

www.NA.org for Narcotics Anonymous.

 

Or a phone call to information will give you the numbers for Central Offices located within the state you live in.

 

Make that call or click the mouse and contact them, YOU ARE WORTH IT AND YOUR LOVED ONES ARE WORTH IT !

 

Love and peace, ONE DAY AT A TIME !

 

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Fundación La Choza

 

La Choza es una fundación situada en lo que anteriormente fuera la estancia del Dr. Bernardo de Irigoyen. Erigidas en el centro de estos terrenos se destacan la casa señorial y una capilla campestre, testigos históricos de la vida de Don Bernardo, quien llamaba a la Choza su "santuario de silencio donde meditar los grandes problemas del país".

Actualmente, el ochenta por ciento de la tierra está destinada al pastoreo del ganado bovino, fuente de la producción láctea y materia prima para el trabajo diario en el tambo.

La producción hortícola ocupa cuatro hectáreas, a la cual se suma alrededor de ciento cincuenta árboles frutales y cultivos de plantas aromáticas y medicinales.

Asimismo contamos con un vivero de plantas nativas de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, el cual presenta como principal objetivo la recuperación del control biológico del lugar mediante la forestación.

Con un fuerte componente educativo y un amplio compromiso con la producción biológico-dinámica de alimentos saludables, en la Fundación La Choza concebimos el trabajo agropecuario al servicio de la vida social.

  

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La Choza Foundation

 

La Choza is a foundation located in what was previously the residence of Dr. Bernardo de Irigoyen. Erected in the middle of these grounds stands the manor house and a country chapel, historical witnesses of the life of Don Bernardo, who called the Shack his "sanctuary of silence where to meditate the great problems of the country."

At present, eighty percent of the land is destined to cattle grazing, source of dairy production and raw material for daily work in the dairy.

The horticultural production occupies four hectares, to which is added about one hundred and fifty fruit trees and crops of aromatic and medicinal plants.

We also have a nursery of native plants of the Province of Buenos Aires, which has as main objective the recovery of the biological control of the place by means of afforestation.

With a strong educational component and a broad commitment to the biological-dynamic production of healthy foods, at the La Choza Foundation we conceive agricultural work at the service of social life.

 

Lubeck: Over the centuries, the city's name has been synonymous with freedom, rights and prosperity. The so-called Lübisches Recht, one for contemporary standards progressive collection of land and maritime basic rules, inspired more than 100 cities around the Baltic Sea - which was a prerequisite for the 'Hanse' union's large-scale recovery as contemporary biggest trading power. Its undisputed center was Lubeck, one of the world trade most brilliant, early metropolises. The old town, which is surrounded by water, giving the five main churches with a total of seven towers, a beautiful picture of 1,000 years of living history and was in 1987 listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

"By the dawn of the 21st Century, New York had also emerged as one of the most strangely paradoxical cities on Earth. At once bewildering diverse and cosmopolitan and yet in many ways surprisingly insular and inward-looking. As if the process of globalization had mainly meant gathering in the world's peoples and riches without involvement in the world's conflicts and divisions" -Ric Burns, New York: A Documentary Film.

 

9/11/2001: Never Forget

  

The Tribute in Light is an art installation of 88 searchlights placed next to the site of the World Trade Center to create two vertical columns of light in remembrance of the September 11 attacks.

 

It initially ran as a temporary installation from March 11 to April 14, 2002, and was launched again in 2003 to mark the second anniversary of the attack. As of 2009, it has been repeated every year on September 11. It had been announced that 2008 would be its final year,[1] but the tribute was continued in 2009.[2] On December 17, 2009, it was confirmed that the tribute would continue through to the tenth anniversary of the attacks in 2011.

 

On clear nights, the lights could be seen from over 60 miles away, visible in all of New York City and most of suburban Northern New Jersey and Long Island, Fairfield, Connecticut, Westchester County and Rockland County, New York. The beams were clearly visible from the terrace at Century Country Club in Purchase, New York, from at least as far west as western Morris County, in Flanders, New Jersey, and as far south near Trenton, New Jersey in nearby Hamilton.

Since 2008, the generators that power Tribute in Light have been fueled with recycled biodiesel.[4]

 

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History of the Project

 

Conceived in the aftermath of the September 11th tragedies, Tribute in Light is a temporary artistic gesture bringing together the vision and talent of numerous individuals who, shortly after the attacks, independently envisioned two beams of light rising from downtown New York. Finding support for their ideas, they joined forces in the spirit of the rescue and recovery effort downtown. The creative team consists of architects John Bennett and Gustavo Bonevardi of PROUN Space Studio, artists Julian LaVerdiere and Paul Myoda, architect Richard Nash Gould, and lighting designer Paul Marantz. Production support was provided by two non-profit cultural institutions The Municipal Art Society and Creative Time, with the assistance of Battery Park City Authority.

 

www.creativetime.org/programs/archive/2002/tribute/main.html

 

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This is one of the first sights visitors to Buxton coming from the North or the East along the A6 will see. The viaduct has 15 arches, but most of these are hidden from view by the buildings surrounding the site. Originally built to serve the High Peak line to Ashbourne it is now only used by the quarry trains serving the quarries south of Buxton. It is a fine sight and recognised as a grade 2 listed building.

 

This particular view of it was inspired by a walk in the park with the dog. I was first drawn to the reflections in the water – the early stages of the River Wye and then thought about the lights of the traffic on the roundabout before wondering if the viaduct itself would be visible too. It looked promising, so I came back a few days later to give it a go.

 

Technically the foreground was a lot darker than the middle ground with the streetlights, with the top of the image darker again. So, having set up I played about with my ND grads to try and compensate; fiddly job, but proved to pull a lot more detail out of the foreground without totally blowing the sky away. Exposure was a bit of a guess; I used manual mode to get an approximate exposure and then started counting f-stops on my fingers. I wanted a very small aperture to get decent depth of field and to star the street lights a bit.

 

The final bit of the image came in lightroom. The lights down there are all orange sodium ones and I didn’t like the colour cast so I gradually tweaked the colour temperature down to bring out a more natural set of colours before the usual set of highlight and shadow recovery, noise reduction and sharpening and a crop.

 

Canon EOS-6D with 24-105mm lens at 28mm. f/16 at ISO-100 with a 2-minute exposure using a remote shutter release. Lee ND grads, 1 and 2 stop overlapping in the middle for effectively 3 stop over the buildings. Additional equipment included one small Jack Russel who was a little confused that we had stopped in a such an odd place when there was a whole park to play in. Remote shutter release helped me keep both of us amused over the long exposures.

Morning clouds hang over evergreen forest below Union Peak, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

 

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Wood ducks at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens.

From Audubon:

Early in 20th century, species was thought to be threatened with extinction. Main cause of decline probably loss of nest sites due to cutting of large trees, combined with hunting pressure. Legal protection and provision of nest boxes helped recovery; many thousands of nest boxes now occupied by Wood Ducks in U.S. and southern Canada. In recent years, apparently has been expanding range in north and west.

We arrived on the crash site to find the P-40 in fairly good condition. The pilot had put his wounded plane down gently on the only open piece of terrain he could find. Fortunately for him, the clearing was just long enough for his plane to stop. Otherwise it would have crashed smack into an overrun Japanese defensive line. The abandoned Ha-Go hung precariously over the edge of the ledge. It's ghostly outline seemed to sway back and forth with the wind. When we arrived at the cockpit, Mac and I had to break the glass to pull the half-conscience pilot from his warbird. We gently laid him in the back of the jeep and set off for base camp."

  

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Exposure: 137 seconds, f/5.6, ISO 200

Date: 12 Jan. 2006, 10:04 pm

Location: Pontaic Mills, Warwick, RI

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The 350,000-square-foot site along the Pawtuxet River was home to the original Fruit of the Loom textile mill, dating back to the mid-1800s. Production stopped in the 1970s. The dominant point of the complex is the mill tower, dedicated by Abraham Lincoln in 1863. (clipped from the Town of Warwick website & Architectural Record)

 

I'm not sure of the current standing of the mill, although just about everyone has moved out of the complex. The magazine Architectural Record published a story several years back about how the site was a model of brownfield recovery and intended for adaptive re-use but I keep hearing rumors that it will be razed entirely...

 

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This time out it was Judyboy, Skazama, Rizzolo and I. You should check out their streams for the way they approached the subjects. Also, you can see a group pool here of all our shots from the night or a slick slideshow here.

 

We spent about 4 hours setup on an abandoned concrete bridge shooting variations of this vignette. This was a bit different for us since we usually cover a larger site and move around quite a bit during the shoot. Unfortunately, the mill was locked up tight behind a barbed wire fence so lawful nighttime entry was not available.

This one's from my archives... the trees aren't as nice as last year...

 

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"The natural obduracy of Varanasi refuses to submit to the humiliation of decay.

She refuses to desintegrate like other cities of prehistory.

She rejuvenates her virginity with each rape.

Wrecks, under which a lesser would long have been buried, have actually been lifted by her into monuments of glory and added faith.

Each wound inflicted on her body has smarted her to attain a heftier recovery and made her gain and added vigour.

Recessions replenish her; deluges fertilise her; death reincarnates her.

The breathtaking nobility of her fantastic river-side-beauty has inspired poets to string verses, artists to draw and paint, music makers to sing, and photographers to gawk and shoot."

("Varanasi rediscovered" by B. Bhattacharya)

 

This is a view of the central ghats of Varanasi (Benaras) shot from the boat of Anand on the Ganges while we were reaching Mana Mandira ghat.

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Thank you for all the comments and sharing this with your friends! This is the FIRST time one of my shots makes it into Explore and I am overwhelmed with the amount of interest in this photo! Thanks for enjoying this!

 

OK... so, it was my first try at this and I simply held down the bulb for 264 seconds.... Yes, it was overexposed, but I took down the exposure by 4 notches and this is the result... looks kinda cool if you ask me!

 

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"World Oceans Day was officially declared by the United Nations as June 8th each year beginning in 2009." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Oceans_Day

  

A bit of history on womb ( sea ) death- ...

 

"Four minutes after midnight on March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez hit Bligh Reef in Alaska's Prince William Sound. Eleven million gallons of North Slope oil spewed into one of the most bountiful marine ecosystems in the world, killing birds, marine mammals, and fish, and devastating the ecosystem in the oil's path. Exxon says that the Sound has recovered. They're wrong.

 

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: Could It Happen Again?

 

Extent of the Spill

 

In the 1989 spill, crude oil spread across Alaska's coastal seas covering 10,000 square miles, an area the size of Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, and 25 Washington, D.C.s combined! Within a week, currents and winds pushed the slick 90 miles from the site of the tanker, out of Prince William Sound into the Gulf of Alaska. It eventually reached nearly 600 miles away from the wreck, contaminating 1,500 miles of shoreline -- about the length of California's coast. "

 

More: jomiller.com/exxonvaldez/report.html

   

"June 27, 2008 |

Prince William Sound and Fury: Oil Giant Dodges Punitive Damages for Valdez Spill

The U.S. Supreme Court capped damages for the Exxon Valdez oil spill at a fraction of what an Alaskan jury awarded"

 

More: www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=prince-william-...

  

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Visualizing the BP Oil Spill Disaster: www.ifitwasmyhome.com/#loc=Chicago

 

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Australian oil spill recovery plan could take 7 years(AFP) – Nov 3, 2009: www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5g4UPWd3x4z2bt...

 

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We foolishly assume that with time & the regenerative healing powers of the earth, that the Gulf of Mexico could return to normal.. But it will never be normal & also - this spill is FAR ( unimaginably ) worse than the Exxon Valdez spill..

 

What I learned from my research is that the damage being done in the Gulf of Mexico is & will be permanent.. - Permanent.

 

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The Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden in Colonial Park of Franklin Township, NJ, is such an amazingly beautiful site, with so much meticulous thought and care that went in to the planning and design.

We learned about this garden that is nationally registered and known amongst flower aficionados, and visited it for the first time in August of 2014. The peak period for roses, in particular, was far gone, but a good number of late peaking ones and long lasting species which continued to display the glorious colors and shapes were present for us to appreciate what it might be during the peak season.

On this mid-June day, although the start of the peaking roses, two nights prior had been a severe thunderstorm, and as a result, the majority of the ones that should have been in full bloom were beaten to the ground . . . And for those hanging on by a thread had sustained too much damage to the point of no recovery.

Many new late bloomers were just beginning to show signs of early maturity in a few weeks, and a decent portion of the roses were still in the bud stages. So, those should look quite lovely down the line.

In any event, Colonial Park’s Rose Garden offered some other beautiful photo –ops, and we managed to capture a few beautiful scenes of the inner parts of a buttery, Grandfora Rose, a Prickly Pear Cactus, and a wonderful white Waterlily, along with a handsome Dragonfly by the fountain.

The park is not only about the nationally acclaimed rose park, but also known for its other countless flowers and insects, so it would be a great place for family with kids to enjoy.

 

"If there is anything here that I can help with, I'd be happy to help."

Mark said to a Garhim at the repair site.

"LOOK OUT!!"

A voice shouted.

A cartload of stone had been backed into a leg of the scaffolding. The scaffolding toppled over.

Mark pushed a spear out of from where the worker was going to fall, and was himself flattened almost immediately.

'Is everyone alright?'

the others asked, running up the scene.

"I'm fine, how are..."

Mark stopped his question when he saw that the worker who had fallen was laughing breathlessly. It wasn't long before the contagious laughter spread to all present.

 

Everyone went back to work with smiles on their faces. Mark aided in the repair of the scaffolding.

Nothing would have gotten done if they had started blaming others for the accidents.

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Built for the 'CCCXII The Best Intentions' category over on classic-castle.com and 'GCIX-The Recovery' restricted size over on merlins-beard.com.

Fundación La Choza

 

La Choza es una fundación situada en lo que anteriormente fuera la estancia del Dr. Bernardo de Irigoyen. Erigidas en el centro de estos terrenos se destacan la casa señorial y una capilla campestre, testigos históricos de la vida de Don Bernardo, quien llamaba a la Choza su "santuario de silencio donde meditar los grandes problemas del país".

Actualmente, el ochenta por ciento de la tierra está destinada al pastoreo del ganado bovino, fuente de la producción láctea y materia prima para el trabajo diario en el tambo.

La producción hortícola ocupa cuatro hectáreas, a la cual se suma alrededor de ciento cincuenta árboles frutales y cultivos de plantas aromáticas y medicinales.

Asimismo contamos con un vivero de plantas nativas de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, el cual presenta como principal objetivo la recuperación del control biológico del lugar mediante la forestación.

Con un fuerte componente educativo y un amplio compromiso con la producción biológico-dinámica de alimentos saludables, en la Fundación La Choza concebimos el trabajo agropecuario al servicio de la vida social.

  

Traslator:

 

La Choza Foundation

 

La Choza is a foundation located in what was previously the residence of Dr. Bernardo de Irigoyen. Erected in the middle of these grounds stands the manor house and a country chapel, historical witnesses of the life of Don Bernardo, who called the Shack his "sanctuary of silence where to meditate the great problems of the country."

At present, eighty percent of the land is destined to cattle grazing, source of dairy production and raw material for daily work in the dairy.

The horticultural production occupies four hectares, to which is added about one hundred and fifty fruit trees and crops of aromatic and medicinal plants.

We also have a nursery of native plants of the Province of Buenos Aires, which has as main objective the recovery of the biological control of the place by means of afforestation.

With a strong educational component and a broad commitment to the biological-dynamic production of healthy foods, at the La Choza Foundation we conceive agricultural work at the service of social life.

 

Se encuentra en la Alameda de Osuna, al noreste de la ciudad, y cuenta con una superficie de 14 hectáreas. Está considerado uno de los parques más bellos de la ciudad. De sus rincones destacan la plaza del Capricho, el Palacio, el estanque, la plaza de los Emperadores, o la fuente de los Delfines y de las Ranas.

 

Doña María Josefa de la Soledad Alonso Pimentel y Téllez Girón (1752-1834), Duquesa de Osuna (casada con el IX Duque de Osuna, Pedro Téllez Girón), fue una de las damas más importantes de la nobleza de la época, y la fundadora del parque de El Capricho, actualmente ubicado en Madrid capital.

 

En 1783 se compró el terreno en la villa de Alameda, para un año después en 1784, el arquitecto de la corte, Pablo Boutelou, expuso un proyecto inicial para el jardín. Empezó a construirse en el año 1787, terminándose finalmente 52 años más tarde, en 1839. Parece ser que se realizó para actividades sociales de los Duques, ya que la dama era la presidenta de la "Sociedad Económica de Amigos del País", entre otras funciones. La Duquesa falleció sin ver completamente concluido el recinto, en 1834.

  

Palacio de los duques de Osuna

Se realizó el encargo de diseño de los jardines al arquitecto francés Jean-Baptiste Mulot, proveniente de la corte de la reina María Antonieta de Francia.

Se le atribuyen referencias inglesas, francesas, e italianas, de la época en que fue construído, las cuales son reflejo de las influencias artísticas de los diseñadores del parque. Constituye el único jardín del romanticismo existente en Madrid. Muestras de ello son el laberinto de arbustos, los edificios, como el palacete, la pequeña ermita, o el hermoso salón de baile, además de los riachuelos que lo recorren y estanques, donde podemos encontrar cisnes y patos.

 

La Duquesa ordenó construir estanques, que conectaban el canal principal que recorre el parque con el salón baile, que es donde se llevaban a cabo las fiestas que realizaba. Este edificio se encuentra levantado sobre un pequeño manantial (donde podemos observar la figura de un jabalí que permanece bajo un arco mirando hacia el riachuelo), del que se surtía de agua el resto del parque, a pesar de que también se encontraba algún estanque, que aún hoy podemos contemplar.

 

Además, hizo plantar miles de ejemplares por todo el lugar de su flor favorita, la lila. Actualmente podemos deleitarnos con la belleza de los trabajos florales, sobretodo en primavera.

  

En la invasión francesa de comienzos del siglo XIX, concretamente en 1808, el recinto pasa a ser propiedad del general francés Agustín Belliard, quien parece ser que utilizó las instalaciones para sus tropas. Posteriormente, tras la retirada del ejército francés, el lugar regresó a manos de la Duquesa, quien llevó a cabo una reforma del mismo. Se repoblaron arbustos, y se construyó el casino de baile o palacete mencionado (1815), obra de de López Aguado (quien diseñó el Parque del Retiro). También se levantaron columnas y relieves que se consideran representación de las cuatro estaciones, primavera, verano, otoño e invierno.

 

Época de Pedro Alcántara

 

La belleza del parque no se detiene aquí. El recorrido nos lleva a observar la realidad de sus referencias, e incluso se quedan cortas, pues podemos maravillarnos con multitud de distintos ambientes.

En 1834, tras la muerte de la Duquesa de Osuna, la propiedad del recinto llegó a su nieto, Pedro Alcántara, también a través de López Aguado, agrega nuevas construcciones, como una zona de exedras en la plaza de los emperadores, dedicadas a su abuela, que como el resto, se encuentran rodeadas de abundante vegetación. Tras la muerte de Pedro Alcántara en 1844, es cedido a su hermano, quien lo descuida enormemente, acabando subastado 38 años después.

 

Época de la Guerra Civil

 

Como curiosidad, en la Guerra Civil Española cayó en manos del general José Miaja, defensor del bando republicano de Madrid, quien mandó construir túneles para protección de su misión, y constituyó una época en la que se degradó en buena medida el parque. Fue, por tanto, refugio del Estado Mayor del Ejército del Centro para la República, y aún hoy se conservan galerías de ello. En los alrededores del palacio emergen restos de respiraderos, que eran de utilidad para el uso del ejército. Previamente, en la época republicana, concretamente en 1932, había sido declarado Jardín Histórico, y en la época franquista, 1943, Jardín Artístico.

 

Además, posee numerosos monumentos, incluso una pequeña zona dedicada a Baco, también conocido como Dionisio (en griego), considerado en la mitología como dios protector de la agricultura y del teatro.

 

Época Actual

  

Tras décadas de relativo abandono, en 1974 fue comprado por el Ayuntamiento de Madrid, y en 1985 fue declarada Bien de Interés Cultural. Un año más tarde comenzó una remodelación que, en cierta medida, continúa actualmente. El recinto está siendo estudiado para acometer reformas y recuperación que permitan visitar y contemplar más zonas de este hermoso y curioso lugar.

 

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Found in the Alameda de Osuna, northeast of the city, and has an area of 14 hectares. It is considered one of the most beautiful parks of the city. Of its corners highlight caprice square, Palace, pond, the square of the emperors, or the source of Dolphin and las Ranas.

 

Doña María Josefa de Soledad Alonso Pimentel and Téllez Girón (1752-1834), Duchess de Osuna (married to 9th Duke of Osuna, Peter Téllez Girón), was one of the most important ladies of the nobility of the time, and the founder of the Park of El Capricho, currently located at capital Madrid.

 

1783 Bought the land in the village of Alameda, for a year later in 1784, the architect of the Court, Paul Boutelou, exhibited an initial draft for the garden. Started to build in the year 1787, eventually finishing 52 years later, in 1839. Seems to be made for the Dukes, social activities since the lady was the President of the "Sociedad economic of friends of the country", among other functions. La Duquesa died without seeing the premises, fully completed in 1834.

  

Palace of the Dukes of Osuna

The French architect Jean-Baptiste Mulot, coming from the Court of the Queen Marie Antoinette of France was commissioned to design the gardens.

English, French and Italian, which was built, references which are reflection of artistic influences of the designers of the Park are attributed to him. Constitutes the only existing in Madrid romantic garden. Samples of this are the labyrinth of shrubs, buildings, as the Palace, the small Hermitage, or the beautiful lounge dance, the streams that walk and ponds, where we can find swans and ducks.

 

La Duquesa ordered to construct ponds, connecting the main channel which runs through the park with the lounge dance, which is where parties was carried out. This building is raised on a small spring (where we can observe the figure of a wild boar which remains under an arch looking towards the Creek), of which the rest of the Park, produced water while also found some pond, which even today we can contemplate.

 

Also made planting thousands of copies by the place of her favorite flower, the lilac. Especially in spring we can now delight us with the beauty of the floral works.

  

In the early 19th century, specifically in 1808, French invasion site becomes property of the French general Agustín Belliard, who apparently used the facilities to their troops. Later, after the withdrawal of the French army, the place returned at the hands of the Duchess, who carried out a reform. Repopulated shrubs, and built the casino Ballroom or mentioned Manor (1815), the work of of López Aguado (who designed the Retiro Park). Also stood columns and reliefs deemed representation of the four seasons, spring, summer, autumn and winter.

 

Pedro Alcántara era

 

The beauty of the Park does not stop here. The route leads us to observe the reality of their references, and even fall short, because we can wonder with a multitude of different environments.

In 1834, after the death of the Duchess de Osuna, ownership of the site came to his grandson, Pedro Alcántara, also via López Aguado, adds new buildings as an area of exedrae in the plaza of the emperors, dedicated to his grandmother, which like the rest, are surrounded by abundant vegetation. After the death of Pedro Alcántara in 1844, loaned his brother, who neglects it enormously, ending 38 years later auctioned.

 

The civil war era

 

As a curiosity, in the Spanish Civil war fell into the hands of general José Miaja, supporter of the Republican side Madrid, who ordered the construction of tunnels for protection of their mission, and constituted an era in which is demoted to a large extent the Park. It was therefore the major State of the army of the Centre for the Republic, refuge and galleries of this are still preserved. In the vicinity of the Palace emerge vents, which were useful for the use of the army remains. Previously, in the Republican era, specifically in 1932, had been declared historical Garden, and in the Franco era, 1943, artistic garden.

 

In addition, has numerous monuments, even a small area dedicated to Bacchus, also known as Dionysius (in Greek), considered in mythology as protective God of agriculture and the theatre.

 

Current time

  

After decades of relative neglect, in 1974 it was purchased by the Ayuntamiento de Madrid, and in 1985 it was declared of cultural interest. A year later began a renovation that, to some extent, continues today. The site is being studied to undertake reforms and recovery to visit and see more areas of this beautiful

France, Paris, the bronze fountain, called “La fontaine des Mers'” was added in 1836 to the Place de la Concorde, the second one, the “Elevation of the Maritime” fountain, was installed in 1839, one fountaine on each side of the obelisk. Jacob Ignaz Hittorf designed both fountains & redesigned the Place de la Concorde between 1833 & 1846.

“Place de la Concorde”, the 8 hectares octagonal Place de la Concorde is the largest square in Paris, it is situated between the Tuilerie & the Champs-Elysées. In 1763, a statue of King “Louis XV” was erected at the site to celebrate the recovery of the king after a serious illness.

The architect Jacques-Ange Gabriel created the square surrounding the statue later in 1772, known as the place Louis XV.

In the 19th century the 3200 years old obelisk from the temple of Ramses II at Thebes was installed at the center of the Place de la Concorde. It is a 23 meters tall monolith in pink granite & weighs approximately 230 tons. In 1831, the Viceroy of Egypt offered it to Louis Philippe, he offered three obelisks, but only one was transported to Paris.

The obelisk, sometimes nicknamed '”L'aiguille de Cléopâtre”, Cleopatra's Needle, is covered with hieroglyphs picturing the reign of pharaohs Ramses II & Ramses III, pictures on the pedestal describe the transportation to Paris & its installation at the square in 1836.

 

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Fundación La Choza

 

La Choza es una fundación situada en lo que anteriormente fuera la estancia del Dr. Bernardo de Irigoyen. Erigidas en el centro de estos terrenos se destacan la casa señorial y una capilla campestre, testigos históricos de la vida de Don Bernardo, quien llamaba a la Choza su "santuario de silencio donde meditar los grandes problemas del país".

Actualmente, el ochenta por ciento de la tierra está destinada al pastoreo del ganado bovino, fuente de la producción láctea y materia prima para el trabajo diario en el tambo.

La producción hortícola ocupa cuatro hectáreas, a la cual se suma alrededor de ciento cincuenta árboles frutales y cultivos de plantas aromáticas y medicinales.

Asimismo contamos con un vivero de plantas nativas de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, el cual presenta como principal objetivo la recuperación del control biológico del lugar mediante la forestación.

Con un fuerte componente educativo y un amplio compromiso con la producción biológico-dinámica de alimentos saludables, en la Fundación La Choza concebimos el trabajo agropecuario al servicio de la vida social.

  

Traslator:

 

La Choza Foundation

 

La Choza is a foundation located in what was previously the residence of Dr. Bernardo de Irigoyen. Erected in the middle of these grounds stands the manor house and a country chapel, historical witnesses of the life of Don Bernardo, who called the Shack his "sanctuary of silence where to meditate the great problems of the country."

At present, eighty percent of the land is destined to cattle grazing, source of dairy production and raw material for daily work in the dairy.

The horticultural production occupies four hectares, to which is added about one hundred and fifty fruit trees and crops of aromatic and medicinal plants.

We also have a nursery of native plants of the Province of Buenos Aires, which has as main objective the recovery of the biological control of the place by means of afforestation.

With a strong educational component and a broad commitment to the biological-dynamic production of healthy foods, at the La Choza Foundation we conceive agricultural work at the service of social life.

 

Port Stephens, an open youthful tide dominated drowned valley estuary, is a large natural harbour of approximately 134 square kilometres (52 sq mi) located in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia.

Port Stephens lies within the Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park and is situated about 160 kilometres (99 mi) north-east of Sydney. The harbour lies wholly within the local government area of Port Stephens; although its northern shoreline forms the boundary between the Port Stephens and Mid-Coast local government areas.

Port Stephens is formed through the confluence of the Myall and Karuah rivers, Tilligerry Creek, and the Tasman Sea of the South Pacific Ocean. The lower port has a predominantly marine ecology and the upper port an estuarine ecology. The area to the east of Port Stephens comprises the Tomago/Tomaree/Stockton sand beds.

A narrow entrance between two striking hills of volcanic origin marks the opening of Port Stephens to the sea. The southern headland, Tomaree or South Head, rises to 120 metres (390 ft) above mean sea level (AMSL) while Yacaaba, the northern headland, is 210 m (690 ft) AMSL. The harbour is mostly shallow and sandy but contains sufficient deep water to accommodate large vessels. After its recovery from the wreck site in 1974 the bow of the MV Sygna, a 53,000 tonnes (52,163 long tons) Norwegian bulk carrier that was shipwrecked on Stockton Beach earlier that year, was moored in Port Stephens, at Salamander Bay, for almost two years.

With an area of approximately 134 square kilometres (52 sq mi), Port Stephens is larger than Sydney Harbour. Port Stephens extends approximately 24 km (15 mi) inland from the Tasman Sea and at its widest point, between Tanilba Bay and Tahlee, it is 6.5 km (4 mi) across. The narrowest point is between Soldiers Point and Pindimar where the distance is only 1.1 km (0.7 mi). Between Nelson Bay and Tea Gardens, in the most well known section of the port, it is 3.8 km (2.4 mi) wide.

The port was named by Captain Cook when he passed on 11 May 1770, honouring Sir Philip Stephens, who was Secretary to the Admiralty. Stephens was a personal friend of Cook and had recommended him for command of the voyage. It seems Cook's initial choice had actually been Point Keppel and Keppel Bay, but instead he used Keppel Bay later.

The first ship to enter the port was the Salamander, a ship of the Third Fleet that later gave the suburb of Salamander Bay its name, in 1791. In that same year escaped convicts, then known as 'bolters', discovered coal in the area.

In 1795 the crew of HMS Providence discovered a group of escaped convicts, living with the Worimi people. Port Stephens became a popular haven for escaped convicts and so in 1820 a garrison of soldiers was established at what is now known as Soldiers Point.

The 63 tonnes (62 long tons) cutter Lambton, commanded by Captain James Corlette, began shipping timber and wool out of the port in 1816. The suburb of Corlette was named after the captain.

Port Stephens has rather poor soil for the most part, and has limited agricultural potential. For this reason, no large towns developed there historically and it was never developed as a significant port. The major city and port of Newcastle developed at the mouth of the Hunter River, about 45 km (28 mi) south-west of Port Stephens.

Despite this, in 1920 there was a push for Port Stephens to be the capital city of a new state in a proposal originating from the country newspaper The Daily Observer. The proposal was the Observer's editor Victor Charles Thompson's idea in response to continuing rural Australian antipathy at the Sydney-centralised funding and governance that many rural newspapers claimed had neglected to aid rural Australian towns.

During World War II, the remoteness and lack of any significant civilian population led to the Royal Australian Navy establishing HMAS Assault, an amphibious landing training establishment, at Nelson Bay. The sick bay from HMAS Assault still stands and is used by the Port Stephens Community Arts Centre.

A number of small towns developed around the port as fishing, holiday and retirement communities. Since the 1970s, with improved road access from Sydney, and the increasing popularity of coastal retirement lifestyles, there has been major expansion of these towns.

Source: Wikipedia

 

Fundación La Choza

 

La Choza es una fundación situada en lo que anteriormente fuera la estancia del Dr. Bernardo de Irigoyen. Erigidas en el centro de estos terrenos se destacan la casa señorial y una capilla campestre, testigos históricos de la vida de Don Bernardo, quien llamaba a la Choza su "santuario de silencio donde meditar los grandes problemas del país".

Actualmente, el ochenta por ciento de la tierra está destinada al pastoreo del ganado bovino, fuente de la producción láctea y materia prima para el trabajo diario en el tambo.

La producción hortícola ocupa cuatro hectáreas, a la cual se suma alrededor de ciento cincuenta árboles frutales y cultivos de plantas aromáticas y medicinales.

Asimismo contamos con un vivero de plantas nativas de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, el cual presenta como principal objetivo la recuperación del control biológico del lugar mediante la forestación.

Con un fuerte componente educativo y un amplio compromiso con la producción biológico-dinámica de alimentos saludables, en la Fundación La Choza concebimos el trabajo agropecuario al servicio de la vida social.

  

Traslator:

 

La Choza Foundation

 

La Choza is a foundation located in what was previously the residence of Dr. Bernardo de Irigoyen. Erected in the middle of these grounds stands the manor house and a country chapel, historical witnesses of the life of Don Bernardo, who called the Shack his "sanctuary of silence where to meditate the great problems of the country."

At present, eighty percent of the land is destined to cattle grazing, source of dairy production and raw material for daily work in the dairy.

The horticultural production occupies four hectares, to which is added about one hundred and fifty fruit trees and crops of aromatic and medicinal plants.

We also have a nursery of native plants of the Province of Buenos Aires, which has as main objective the recovery of the biological control of the place by means of afforestation.

With a strong educational component and a broad commitment to the biological-dynamic production of healthy foods, at the La Choza Foundation we conceive agricultural work at the service of social life.

 

Port Stephens, an open youthful tide dominated drowned valley estuary, is a large natural harbour of approximately 134 square kilometres (52 sq mi) located in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia.

Port Stephens lies within the Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park and is situated about 160 kilometres (99 mi) north-east of Sydney. The harbour lies wholly within the local government area of Port Stephens; although its northern shoreline forms the boundary between the Port Stephens and Mid-Coast local government areas.

Port Stephens is formed through the confluence of the Myall and Karuah rivers, Tilligerry Creek, and the Tasman Sea of the South Pacific Ocean. The lower port has a predominantly marine ecology and the upper port an estuarine ecology. The area to the east of Port Stephens comprises the Tomago/Tomaree/Stockton sand beds.

A narrow entrance between two striking hills of volcanic origin marks the opening of Port Stephens to the sea. The southern headland, Tomaree or South Head, rises to 120 metres (390 ft) above mean sea level (AMSL) while Yacaaba, the northern headland, is 210 m (690 ft) AMSL. The harbour is mostly shallow and sandy but contains sufficient deep water to accommodate large vessels. After its recovery from the wreck site in 1974 the bow of the MV Sygna, a 53,000 tonnes (52,163 long tons) Norwegian bulk carrier that was shipwrecked on Stockton Beach earlier that year, was moored in Port Stephens, at Salamander Bay, for almost two years.

With an area of approximately 134 square kilometres (52 sq mi), Port Stephens is larger than Sydney Harbour. Port Stephens extends approximately 24 km (15 mi) inland from the Tasman Sea and at its widest point, between Tanilba Bay and Tahlee, it is 6.5 km (4 mi) across. The narrowest point is between Soldiers Point and Pindimar where the distance is only 1.1 km (0.7 mi). Between Nelson Bay and Tea Gardens, in the most well known section of the port, it is 3.8 km (2.4 mi) wide.

The port was named by Captain Cook when he passed on 11 May 1770, honouring Sir Philip Stephens, who was Secretary to the Admiralty. Stephens was a personal friend of Cook and had recommended him for command of the voyage. It seems Cook's initial choice had actually been Point Keppel and Keppel Bay, but instead he used Keppel Bay later.

The first ship to enter the port was the Salamander, a ship of the Third Fleet that later gave the suburb of Salamander Bay its name, in 1791. In that same year escaped convicts, then known as 'bolters', discovered coal in the area.

In 1795 the crew of HMS Providence discovered a group of escaped convicts, living with the Worimi people. Port Stephens became a popular haven for escaped convicts and so in 1820 a garrison of soldiers was established at what is now known as Soldiers Point.

The 63 tonnes (62 long tons) cutter Lambton, commanded by Captain James Corlette, began shipping timber and wool out of the port in 1816. The suburb of Corlette was named after the captain.

Port Stephens has rather poor soil for the most part, and has limited agricultural potential. For this reason, no large towns developed there historically and it was never developed as a significant port. The major city and port of Newcastle developed at the mouth of the Hunter River, about 45 km (28 mi) south-west of Port Stephens.

Despite this, in 1920 there was a push for Port Stephens to be the capital city of a new state in a proposal originating from the country newspaper The Daily Observer. The proposal was the Observer's editor Victor Charles Thompson's idea in response to continuing rural Australian antipathy at the Sydney-centralised funding and governance that many rural newspapers claimed had neglected to aid rural Australian towns.

During World War II, the remoteness and lack of any significant civilian population led to the Royal Australian Navy establishing HMAS Assault, an amphibious landing training establishment, at Nelson Bay. The sick bay from HMAS Assault still stands and is used by the Port Stephens Community Arts Centre.

A number of small towns developed around the port as fishing, holiday and retirement communities. Since the 1970s, with improved road access from Sydney, and the increasing popularity of coastal retirement lifestyles, there has been major expansion of these towns.

Source: Wikipedia

 

Stopped by my healthcare provider to get my TB test read...they were having an on-site Farmer's Market, so I picked a basket of Red Meds!

 

*The Goodness of the strawberries provide the health care

 

Stay Healthy & Thrive!

Port Stephens, an open youthful tide dominated drowned valley estuary, is a large natural harbour of approximately 134 square kilometres (52 sq mi) located in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia.

Port Stephens lies within the Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park and is situated about 160 kilometres (99 mi) north-east of Sydney. The harbour lies wholly within the local government area of Port Stephens; although its northern shoreline forms the boundary between the Port Stephens and Mid-Coast local government areas.

Port Stephens is formed through the confluence of the Myall and Karuah rivers, Tilligerry Creek, and the Tasman Sea of the South Pacific Ocean. The lower port has a predominantly marine ecology and the upper port an estuarine ecology. The area to the east of Port Stephens comprises the Tomago/Tomaree/Stockton sand beds.

A narrow entrance between two striking hills of volcanic origin marks the opening of Port Stephens to the sea. The southern headland, Tomaree or South Head, rises to 120 metres (390 ft) above mean sea level (AMSL) while Yacaaba, the northern headland, is 210 m (690 ft) AMSL. The harbour is mostly shallow and sandy but contains sufficient deep water to accommodate large vessels. After its recovery from the wreck site in 1974 the bow of the MV Sygna, a 53,000 tonnes (52,163 long tons) Norwegian bulk carrier that was shipwrecked on Stockton Beach earlier that year, was moored in Port Stephens, at Salamander Bay, for almost two years.

With an area of approximately 134 square kilometres (52 sq mi), Port Stephens is larger than Sydney Harbour. Port Stephens extends approximately 24 km (15 mi) inland from the Tasman Sea and at its widest point, between Tanilba Bay and Tahlee, it is 6.5 km (4 mi) across. The narrowest point is between Soldiers Point and Pindimar where the distance is only 1.1 km (0.7 mi). Between Nelson Bay and Tea Gardens, in the most well known section of the port, it is 3.8 km (2.4 mi) wide.

The port was named by Captain Cook when he passed on 11 May 1770, honouring Sir Philip Stephens, who was Secretary to the Admiralty. Stephens was a personal friend of Cook and had recommended him for command of the voyage. It seems Cook's initial choice had actually been Point Keppel and Keppel Bay, but instead he used Keppel Bay later.

The first ship to enter the port was the Salamander, a ship of the Third Fleet that later gave the suburb of Salamander Bay its name, in 1791. In that same year escaped convicts, then known as 'bolters', discovered coal in the area.

In 1795 the crew of HMS Providence discovered a group of escaped convicts, living with the Worimi people. Port Stephens became a popular haven for escaped convicts and so in 1820 a garrison of soldiers was established at what is now known as Soldiers Point.

The 63 tonnes (62 long tons) cutter Lambton, commanded by Captain James Corlette, began shipping timber and wool out of the port in 1816. The suburb of Corlette was named after the captain.

Port Stephens has rather poor soil for the most part, and has limited agricultural potential. For this reason, no large towns developed there historically and it was never developed as a significant port. The major city and port of Newcastle developed at the mouth of the Hunter River, about 45 km (28 mi) south-west of Port Stephens.

Despite this, in 1920 there was a push for Port Stephens to be the capital city of a new state in a proposal originating from the country newspaper The Daily Observer. The proposal was the Observer's editor Victor Charles Thompson's idea in response to continuing rural Australian antipathy at the Sydney-centralised funding and governance that many rural newspapers claimed had neglected to aid rural Australian towns.

During World War II, the remoteness and lack of any significant civilian population led to the Royal Australian Navy establishing HMAS Assault, an amphibious landing training establishment, at Nelson Bay. The sick bay from HMAS Assault still stands and is used by the Port Stephens Community Arts Centre.

A number of small towns developed around the port as fishing, holiday and retirement communities. Since the 1970s, with improved road access from Sydney, and the increasing popularity of coastal retirement lifestyles, there has been major expansion of these towns.

Source: Wikipedia

 

Exposure: 121 seconds, f/5.6, ISO 200

Date: 12 Jan. 2006, 8:46 pm

Location: Pontaic Mills, Warwick, RI

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The 350,000-square-foot site along the Pawtuxet River was home to the original Fruit of the Loom textile mill, dating back to the mid-1800s. Production stopped in the 1970s. The dominant point of the complex is the mill tower, dedicated by Abraham Lincoln in 1863. (clipped from the Town of Warwick website & Architectural Record)

 

I'm not sure of the current standing of the mill, although just about everyone has moved out of the complex. The magazine Architectural Record published a story several years back about how the site was a model of brownfield recovery and intended for adaptive re-use but I keep hearing rumors that it will be razed entirely...

 

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This time out it was Judyboy, Skazamaand Rizzolo and I. You should check out their streams for the way they approached the subjects. Also, you can see a group pool here of all our shots from the night or a slick slideshow here.

 

We spent about 4 hours setup on an abandoned concrete bridge shooting variations of this vignette. This was a bit different for us since we usually cover a larger site and move around quite a bit during the shoot. Unfortunately, the mill was locked up tight behind a barbed wire fence so lawful nighttime entry was not available.

       

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I posted a version of this earlier via my phone. This is the version from my camera (now that I'm able to sit and process all warm and cozy in my neighborhood Starbucks while charging my devices and caffeinating my soul.)

I wanted to share this image again as it fills me with emotions and makes me feel very small and almost fragile. I've been to this spot on the Hudson RIver many times...to watch the sun and sailboats glide (up and down and back and forth respectively.) I've watched children play and old couples walk hand in hand, heard them giggling and whispering as the seabirds cheered them on.

What you don't see are the sailboats and powerboats washed up and piled up on the shore off to the right like discarded toys that some petulant child has grown tired of. I couldn't show you that yet as too many homes are flooded, people displaced, lives upended (and ended for 50 people who's families are in my prayers.) Pictures of piled up boats are for another day. Or maybe never.

No...all I can do is stare at the empty bench and feel thankful that the worst facing me is no power for a while. And remember that many many more are dealing with far worse. And staring off from wherever they are and hoping for a speedy recovery and for as much help as is required.

 

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Fundación La Choza

 

La Choza es una fundación situada en lo que anteriormente fuera la estancia del Dr. Bernardo de Irigoyen. Erigidas en el centro de estos terrenos se destacan la casa señorial y una capilla campestre, testigos históricos de la vida de Don Bernardo, quien llamaba a la Choza su "santuario de silencio donde meditar los grandes problemas del país".

Actualmente, el ochenta por ciento de la tierra está destinada al pastoreo del ganado bovino, fuente de la producción láctea y materia prima para el trabajo diario en el tambo.

La producción hortícola ocupa cuatro hectáreas, a la cual se suma alrededor de ciento cincuenta árboles frutales y cultivos de plantas aromáticas y medicinales.

Asimismo contamos con un vivero de plantas nativas de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, el cual presenta como principal objetivo la recuperación del control biológico del lugar mediante la forestación.

Con un fuerte componente educativo y un amplio compromiso con la producción biológico-dinámica de alimentos saludables, en la Fundación La Choza concebimos el trabajo agropecuario al servicio de la vida social.

  

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La Choza Foundation

 

La Choza is a foundation located in what was previously the residence of Dr. Bernardo de Irigoyen. Erected in the middle of these grounds stands the manor house and a country chapel, historical witnesses of the life of Don Bernardo, who called the Shack his "sanctuary of silence where to meditate the great problems of the country."

At present, eighty percent of the land is destined to cattle grazing, source of dairy production and raw material for daily work in the dairy.

The horticultural production occupies four hectares, to which is added about one hundred and fifty fruit trees and crops of aromatic and medicinal plants.

We also have a nursery of native plants of the Province of Buenos Aires, which has as main objective the recovery of the biological control of the place by means of afforestation.

With a strong educational component and a broad commitment to the biological-dynamic production of healthy foods, at the La Choza Foundation we conceive agricultural work at the service of social life.

 

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