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Photography

The Moon In January

full moon against a dark sky

Tamara noticed the moon as we were on our way back home. When we got home, she grabbed her binoculars to go out and look at it. So I got my camera, and took a few shots with my Nikon D500 with the lens at 300mm. The exif data says that I shot at 1/1000 second at f14 and 400ISO.

I didn’t desaturate the colours, it’s just how the shot came out. When we were looking at the moon it was ‘moon yellow’.

P.S. I see I wrote about the moon once before, in 2012.

Here’s another shot from tonight:

full moon in a black sky over Cambridge UK
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Photography

The Ear Of An African Elephant

African Elephant viewed from the side showing how the ear is shaped like the continent of Africa

The guidebooks say that the ear of an African elephant is shaped like the continent of Africa.

They also say that the ear of the Asian elephant is shaped like India, but that’s another story.

Looking at this photo I took, yes indeed the ear of this African elephant is shaped like the continent of Africa.

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Environment

Korea, Japan, and Sydney Australia: Real-time Air Quality Index

Tamara and I were looking at the Air Quality Index for various places, and just look at the terrible numbers for south-west Sydney because of the fires.

Air Quality Index tab 'hazardous' for south-west Sydney because of the fires.

But also look at the huge difference in air quality between South Korea and Japan. Anything below 50 (green colour tab) is considered good.

I wonder what accounts for the difference in air quality between the two countries?

Map showing difference in air quality between South Korea and Japan. Anything below 50 (green colour tab) is considered good.
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Photography

Happy New Year 2020

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Photography

Extinction Rebellion Cambridge Today

Conversation with one of the people handing out leaflets. I told him I was getting more and more conscious and felt more and more desperate when I put more plastic wrapping in the recycling bag.

He said at least it was recycled, and we talked about cutting out plastic at source so that the endless cycle wasn’t so endless.

I said my party piece about climate change masking the message to cut pollution. And that if the world’s authorities would suddenly declare that new evidence showed that climate change was not due to anything people did, it would still be a disaster to trash the planet with pollution. Stop pollution –

He said he didn’t want to be arrested, so he was one of those handing out leaflets. He said he had a small child and was just helping in a small way. I said he was helping, and that was a valuable contribution. We agreed that pollution was key to which way the world goes and he said he was feeling bad about the Nespresso machine he had bought and the capsules that he wasn’t sure were recyclable.

I said that my wife Tamara hated those little capsules, adding to the junk filling the world and thought they were an environmental blight even if they were supposed to be recyclable. I said she would never buy one, and she thought George Clooney, who advertises them, ought to speak out.

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Photography

TV Test Card

Normal service will be resumed.

TV test card mockup