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Below in the comments is one of the captures I ended up taking about 15 minutes after this one. About an hour before this while at home I was checking out the gray skies, but also the slow brighter light to the west that was indicating the potential of the sun sneaking under the cloud deck for sunset.

 

So I headed down to the river at my Dad's. I surprised him by not calling and letting me know I was heading down (I had already visited him earlier in the day for a while, so he would not be expecting me back). He was sitting in the sun porch room that looks out over the river, taking in the slow sunset when I popped onto his deck with camera bag and tripod.

 

Told him I figured it was at least worth coming back to see what happened with the sunset as the potential was there for some great lighting. But it would be close to see which side won there with the clouds far off in the west. A lot like how the Super Bowl would most likely be too ...

 

This capture I made from out on the pier, and he had come out on this cold but calm winter evening on the pier to sit on the bench and discuss the pretty light, the reflections on the water (and who would also win the Super Bowl).

 

Whether the sky ended up lighting up or not ... just spending more time there with my Dad was worth while ... a win / win situation in my book. As my Dad will tell you, I have been down many times thinking the sky would end up being really colorful ... only to be let down. But I am getting better as time goes on to pick more winners.

 

Exposing these moments at sunset with the bright area and dark clouds is always a challenge ... getting that proper exposure to balance everything in one shot. Here I was also extending the shutter a little with the 6 Stop ND to smooth out the water just a bit as there was the slightest of breezes on the recent unfrozen river.

 

Think I got this one pretty close with the highlights there in the brightest of spots right at the limit.

Largs seafront at the harbour during sunset, a typical outdoor debating chamber in Ayrshire.

Debatten unter Mönchen auf den buddhistischen Lehren sind integraler Bestandteil des Lernprozesses in den Colleges im Sera-Kloster-Komplex.

 

Debates among monks on the Buddhist doctrines are integral to the learning process in the colleges in the Sera Monastery complex.

December '18

 

¡Deixémonos de tanta gaita, carallo!

Sony ILCE-7R

300mm F2.8

  

The tufted duck (Aythya fuligula) is a small diving duck with a population of close to one million birds. The scientific name is derived from Ancient Greek aithuia an unidentified seabird mentioned by authors including Hesychius and Aristotle, and Latin, fuligo "soot" and gula "throat"

The adult male is all black except for white flanks and a blue-grey bill with gold-yellow eyes. It has an obvious head tuft that gives the species its name. The adult female is brown with paler flanks, and is more easily confused with other diving ducks. In particular, some have white around the bill base which resembles the scaup species, although the white is never as extensive as in those ducks. The females' call is a harsh, growling "karr", mostly given in flight. The males are mostly silent but they make whistles during courtship based on a simple "wit-oo".

The only duck which is at all similar is the drake greater scaup which, however, has no tuft and a different call.

The tufted duck is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

I don't know what it is about this flowery sheep thing but it is very tempting, orders are only open for a few more days and I'm still torn. I feel like I would regret not ordering it if I don't BUT at the same time I'm not entirely sure what I do with it besides have my Lati White Belle ride it around like a pony!

 

The Old Royal High School in Edinburgh was more recently used as a debating chamber for the Scottish Parliament.

 

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February 2019, trip to Kuusamo (Finland) - image 1:

 

A day in a hide in Oulanka National Park (Finland) to photograph Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos). That is, if they show up. Was debating with myself whether to take the traditional, always impressive looking, flying shots, utilizing a fast shutter (1/500 or faster), or to take a different approach. Went for the last option, after a saw a few images, taken with a lower shutter speed, 1/60 to 1/200. Settled for 1/80 and here is the result.

Colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines are held here and these employ a style distinctive from those at Lhasa's other famous monasteries. Lhasa, Tibet

 

This is the debate courtyard of the byes college. Up to several years ago, the two philosophical colleges of se ra -- byes and smad -- used their own textbooks (yig cha), and debated separately. Fearing that there were not sufficient numbers of monks to sustain separate debate periods, the two colleges decided to consolidate their curricula sometime in the last decade. They adopted the textbooks of the byes college monastery, and since that time the monks of both colleges debate together for a two-hour period every afternoon when the doctrinal session, or "quatrimester" (chos thog) is convened. Like all of se ra's major debate courtyards, the byes debate ground is surrounded by an outer perimeter wall, and contains many trees that provide shade in the summer.

 

summer, sitting outside, watching life in the streets...

Taken on the back of a horse-box at Ballinasloe horse fair, where matters of great importance can be debated.

Washington University in St. Louis is hosting the second U.S. presidential debate in six days. It's costing $4-5 million dollars, some of which is going towards the army of guards already keeping everyone out of the part of the campus where it will occur.

 

The student newspaper reports that the 500 winners of the 10,000+ applicants for seats don't know where they're sitting. An op-ed in the paper complains that the candidates aren't discussing the most important issues, and a profile of the VP candidates states that Tim Kaine is so boring his Secret Service name is Tim Kaine. Also, there's an ad for "Trump's Small Hand Soap" being sold in the nearby student ghetto shopping district.

At Sera Monastery, Lhasa.

 

Sera Monastery, "Wild Roses Monastery" is one of the "great three" Gelug university monasteries of Tibet, located 2.01 km north of Lhasa and about 5 km3 north of the Jokhang. The other two are Ganden Monastery and Drepung Monastery. The origin of its name is attributed to a fact that the site where the monastery was built was surrounded by wild roses in bloom.

 

The original Sera Monastery is responsible for some 19 hermitages, including four nunneries, which are all located in the foot hills north of Lhasa.

 

The Sera Monastery was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe of Zel Gungtang (1355–1435), a disciple of Je Tsongkhapa.

 

During the 1959 revolt in Lhasa, Sera monastery suffered severe damage, with its colleges destroyed and hundreds of monks killed. After the Dalai Lama took asylum in India, many of the monks of Sera who survived the attack moved to Bylakuppe in Mysore, India.

 

Sera Monastery in Tibet and its counterpart in Mysore, India are noted for their debate sessions.

At Sera Monastery, Lhasa.

 

Sera Monastery, "Wild Roses Monastery" is one of the "great three" Gelug university monasteries of Tibet, located 2.01 km north of Lhasa and about 5 km3 north of the Jokhang. The other two are Ganden Monastery and Drepung Monastery. The origin of its name is attributed to a fact that the site where the monastery was built was surrounded by wild roses in bloom.

 

The original Sera Monastery is responsible for some 19 hermitages, including four nunneries, which are all located in the foot hills north of Lhasa.

 

The Sera Monastery was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe of Zel Gungtang (1355–1435), a disciple of Je Tsongkhapa.

 

During the 1959 revolt in Lhasa, Sera monastery suffered severe damage, with its colleges destroyed and hundreds of monks killed. After the Dalai Lama took asylum in India, many of the monks of Sera who survived the attack moved to Bylakuppe in Mysore, India.

 

Sera Monastery in Tibet and its counterpart in Mysore, India are noted for their debate sessions.

Debating Wisdoms.

  

מעמקים מתפתחים רוחני מתבטא בספרות מסתוריות ומתעוררות טקסטים משכילים טקסטים ראשוניים מיומנויות עצמאיות,

texts sacrum vinculum inter homines falsas rationes format ideas spirituales ignaro dynamite sit amet,

 

осмысленные силы достойны красоты, понимания первичных принципов, преобразующих преображающее сознание,

significations significatives chocs substantiels sous-tendant les assemblages réduisant les formes intimidant l'intégrité du discernement,

παραδοσιακά οράματα τελική πραγματικότητα ριζωμένες συνήθειες ασυναγώνιστες διαφωνίες ανθολογίας δημιουργία συνθέσεων προτεινόμενες μορφές στροφή,

allgemeine transzendente Passagen, die zu Werten inspirieren, die Gründe für sinnvolle Anstrengungen und aufdringliche Umstände außer Kraft setzen,

सवालों के घालमेल, पेशेवर जवाब पौराणिक धर्मों के विशिष्ट पलों के आधारभूत परिवर्तन अकादमिक शास्त्र सत्य को परिभाषित करते हैं,

伝統的な対立する価値観対抗する歴史的影響ミラーリングされた内包物社会正義生の心知識豊富なスピーカーの儀式悪悪重大な知恵は無視される.

 

Steve.D.Hammond.

At Sera Monastery, Lhasa.

 

Sera Monastery, "Wild Roses Monastery" is one of the "great three" Gelug university monasteries of Tibet, located 2.01 km north of Lhasa and about 5 km3 north of the Jokhang. The other two are Ganden Monastery and Drepung Monastery. The origin of its name is attributed to a fact that the site where the monastery was built was surrounded by wild roses in bloom.

 

The original Sera Monastery is responsible for some 19 hermitages, including four nunneries, which are all located in the foot hills north of Lhasa.

 

The Sera Monastery was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe of Zel Gungtang (1355–1435), a disciple of Je Tsongkhapa.

 

During the 1959 revolt in Lhasa, Sera monastery suffered severe damage, with its colleges destroyed and hundreds of monks killed. After the Dalai Lama took asylum in India, many of the monks of Sera who survived the attack moved to Bylakuppe in Mysore, India.

 

Sera Monastery in Tibet and its counterpart in Mysore, India are noted for their debate sessions.

Montreal. Biodome. These two lovely parrots (hyacinth macaw) won't be the first animals you see, but surely they will be the first you hear. They are the loudest animal in there. When they squawk, it looks like a noisy competition for scaring the others or for shaking the building. You might even think there's a velociraptor around.

 

And finally you find the loud-mouthed couple and it's a surprise they're actually so small. They look like smiling. They are even cute.

 

Sometimes, the debates seem to work only to prove who shouts deafening. Unfortunately, it's not anymore about the words, but the volume they could reach. He who can shake the building the more wins all.

iPad Illustration

I am not talking about these old houses. I am actually debating whether to sell my Sigma DP1 Merrill. Ever since I acquired the Sony A7Rii, I have not been touching the Sigma. Afterall, it 's just a one-trick pony. As you can see from this image, under low ISO, it can capture incredible details with its Foveon sensor and fixed prime lens. The pixel level sharpness is hard to beat. But its dynamic range and high ISO performance really suck. So it winds up being a day time camera that I typically carry with me for hiking. And it turns out, my Pixel 2XL smartphone is gradually replacing the Sigma as my pocket camera. With the Sigma, I still needs to wear it on my neck. It 's compact enough but not really that pocketable.

 

So I am torn here. It 's Spring time and I would like to purge the unused stuff in my closet.

Full of loud statements, hand clapping, and extravagant gestures, they are one of the most interesting parts of a visit to any monastery. In many monasteries in Tibet, you can watch the debates in the afternoons, held in special debating areas that are usually courtyards, orchards or grass lawns with shady trees.

El parque central, en la habana es el sitio donde se reunen los fanáticos del beisbol y discuten con pasión acerca de tácticas, resultados... en este caso el ambiente estaba caldeado porque cuba había perdido la medalla de oro contra korea, un drama nacional.

At Sera Monastery, Lhasa.

 

Sera Monastery, "Wild Roses Monastery" is one of the "great three" Gelug university monasteries of Tibet, located 2.01 km north of Lhasa and about 5 km3 north of the Jokhang. The other two are Ganden Monastery and Drepung Monastery. The origin of its name is attributed to a fact that the site where the monastery was built was surrounded by wild roses in bloom.

 

The original Sera Monastery is responsible for some 19 hermitages, including four nunneries, which are all located in the foot hills north of Lhasa.

 

The Sera Monastery was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe of Zel Gungtang (1355–1435), a disciple of Je Tsongkhapa.

 

During the 1959 revolt in Lhasa, Sera monastery suffered severe damage, with its colleges destroyed and hundreds of monks killed. After the Dalai Lama took asylum in India, many of the monks of Sera who survived the attack moved to Bylakuppe in Mysore, India.

 

Sera Monastery in Tibet and its counterpart in Mysore, India are noted for their debate sessions.

Monks from Namgyal in the debate court

The debates between monks occur in the presence of their teachers, with established rules or procedures for the defender and the questioners. The tradition can be traced back to to India and arrived in Tibet in the 8th century.

leftovers...

 

View On Black

 

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View my 'Alέxandros “Mixed Emotions” set Slide Show

At Sera Monastery, Lhasa.

 

Sera Monastery, "Wild Roses Monastery" is one of the "great three" Gelug university monasteries of Tibet, located 2.01 km north of Lhasa and about 5 km3 north of the Jokhang. The other two are Ganden Monastery and Drepung Monastery. The origin of its name is attributed to a fact that the site where the monastery was built was surrounded by wild roses in bloom.

 

The original Sera Monastery is responsible for some 19 hermitages, including four nunneries, which are all located in the foot hills north of Lhasa.

 

The Sera Monastery was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe of Zel Gungtang (1355–1435), a disciple of Je Tsongkhapa.

 

During the 1959 revolt in Lhasa, Sera monastery suffered severe damage, with its colleges destroyed and hundreds of monks killed. After the Dalai Lama took asylum in India, many of the monks of Sera who survived the attack moved to Bylakuppe in Mysore, India.

 

Sera Monastery in Tibet and its counterpart in Mysore, India are noted for their debate sessions.

Democratic Presidential Nominee, Senator Barack Obama participates in the first presidential debate with Senator McCain at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS on Friday, September 26, 2008. (David Katz/Obama for America)

These Killdeer were having an intense discussion.

Published in Diário de Notícias, 2 October 2016. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton face off in the first debate for the US presidency. Afterwards, facing a perceived defeat, Donald Trump takes to twitter late at night to vent his immature frustration.

While watching the Democratic debate..... my 1st drawing with Procreate on my iPad :)

A POLITICAL STATEMENT!!!!

Drawn from the tv coverage of the Democratic Debate

OH SNAP! I forgot this yesterday because I had my second day of high school, and my sister was going to college. It's some stressful times in LuigiFan10's world.. But anyway, last week, Sonic and Pac-Man actually tied, with 1 vote for Mega Man, 1 for Snake, and none for Ryu. So anyway (this is a debate I've wanted to do for awhile), this week, I'll ask you this: Do you think DC Have A Chance Against The Marvel Cinematic Universe? Do you think they can compete with one of the biggest movie universes EVER? I personally think there is no way DC can get to Marvel's level, their characters just don't fit together like Marvel's do in my opinion. But, leave your answer in the comments and discuss it with other people, and make sure to check back next week to see which team won the debate, and to answer another question! And if you have an idea for a debate topic, then tell me in the comments!

This debate takes place once a week. The monks sitting have to defend their point to the men that are standing. It is like a weekly exam to show whether they are ready for the next level. Each time the monk standing makes a point, the does a gesture of slapping his hands together and taking a step outward.

Buddhist monks debate what they have learned about Buddhism during their monastic studies at a monastery in central Bhutan.

 

Bumthang, Bhutan, 2012

Toy Sunday-theme: debate

Sometimes props show up at just the right time. I got these two masks two weeks ago. So thrilled to find a vintage Halloween mask. She was free if I bought a Pumpkin candy caddy for a dollar!!

 

I am so delighted with how this photo turned out. There was a lot of dark and light contrast between the two masks. I blocked window light from under the chin of top mask and that seemed to be the magic trick.

And welcome to the Town Hall Debate. It is now time to begin letting ordinary citizens ask questions of the candidates; let us begin with Mr. Luthor.

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“Are the rumors of you’re terrorist activity involvement true?”

 

Those rumors are absolutely false. I’ve not, have ever been, or will, be working with terrorists or any other “super” threat to the United States.

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Jeff McEweel, President, founder, and sole member of the Aquaman Fan Club Asks:

 

“What kind of celebrations do you plan on throwing for Aquaman and the League of Super Friends for their victory and liberation of Gotham from Mr. Freeze? And what kind of cake will there be?”

 

While it is known that Aquaman, along with other super powered peoples, liberated Gotham from some of its escaped inmates, the more important issue of re-building is still present. Now is not the time to be praising vigilantes while a city is in ruins. And we’ll have Devil’s Food Cake when I’m sworn into office! [Crowd laughs]

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“Are the rumors true that you yourself, utilizing your companies military division, supplied the forces of escaped inmates, specifically Mr. Freeze, during the Gotham crisis?”

 

These rumors are not true. Although, there is truth to some of it. Freeze did gain access to stolen LexCorp experimental weapons during the Gotham crisis. Our LexCorp facility was attacked and stolen from multiple times when Gotham was cut off from the rest of the country. I will work however to track down all of these weapons now, aided by their tracking devices, now that Gotham is being re-built and the majority of its inmates incarcerated again.

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What do you plan on doing with all those so called super villains and psychotics roaming free on the streets of Gotham?”

 

The “super villains” of Gotham have been a large problem for a long time. This previous incident was the fourth massive breakout within two years, and it ended with the destruction of the city. Obviously, there’s something wrong with they way they were handled and incarcerated. As President, I would motion to shut down Arkham Asylum, and order that the newly re-captured, and soon to be captured, criminals be separated and moved to various prisons across the country, so they will never break out to team up again.

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“Will you outlaw all forms of vigilantism?”

 

Absolutely. These “superheroes” have been causing as much damage, destruction, and death as their so called enemies. They work outside the law, and have no consideration for our judicial system. The days of flying supermen are over. We as citizens and people of the United States need to take our country and problems into our own hands; we must help ourselves instead of being helped. As President, I will make sure this Golden Age of Heroes ends…immediately…Thank you.

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Questions supplied by various GCW members—Thank you! I tried to answer most of the questions, but if some were left out it would be most likely due to being previously answered in past debates, or the information was not as necessary for direct answers. And don’t forget to vote! Vote Luthor that is!

 

This was one of the liveliest pairs of monks during the debate.

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A small flock of flamingos in "Ria de Aveiro"

  

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