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Something you don't see every day...


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Pease note, none of the following are mine.

Here's a nice change of pace.

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The following pic and it's accompanying story was just too interesting to not share...

Octopus steals camera, wins underwater photography competition with selfie




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© Gaetano Dario Gargiulo
A curious octopus took a selfie of itself with the photographer’s family
This year's Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition managed to produce some amazing underwater photos that showcase the perseverance of underwater artistry amidst the adversity of the times.

Two winning photos told particularly compelling stories. The Best of Show by Gaetano Dario Gargiulo is a once-in-a-life-time moment where a curious octopus took a selfie of itself with the photographer's family.

"On the day of the photo, I remained in the tide pool as the tide was too low to venture outside of its boundaries. In one of the shallowest parts of the pool I noticed an octopus. I placed my camera near its den and the octopus started interacting with it. It came completely out of the den and to our amazement it started shooting pictures! My son (3 y.o. in the background) was very curious about the octopus." — Gaetano Dario Gargiulo
 

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I'm out rock climbing in northern Arizona and this mountain lion track was crossing the trail this morning.
 

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The bottom picture is about 1/1000 second after a water drop hits.

That is pretty cool. I recently got a Sony RX0 II, which can record at 960 FFPS. Among my early tests I did some water drops and it looks amazing in super slow motion. I can't wait to try it on lightning. Can end trigger the record 4 seconds after something happens which is a fantastic feature.
 

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That is pretty cool. I recently got a Sony RX0 II, which can record at 960 FFPS. Among my early tests I did some water drops and it looks amazing in super slow motion. I can't wait to try it on lightning. Can end trigger the record 4 seconds after something happens which is a fantastic feature.

I've always been jealous of good lightning shots. Without one of those triggers, you need a combination of location, timing, luck, patience and skill and I've always been short at least one of those qualities.

Follow up to the shot above: 100th of a second later

DSC0602 by Tom, on Flickr
 

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I've always been jealous of good lightning shots. Without one of those triggers, you need a combination of location, timing, luck, patience and skill and I've always been short at least one of those qualities.

Indeed. I have a lightning bug lightning trigger. It is great in that it allows daytime lightning shots without running the shutter like crazy. Main down side of it though is it usually triggers just too late to get the branches of the lightning strike. So people who run their shutter tend to get better details. If I am lucky I get 1 or 2 good lightning pics a year (after much effort).

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Indeed. I have a lightning bug lightning trigger. It is great in that it allows daytime lightning shots without running the shutter like crazy. Main down side of it though is it usually triggers just too late to get the branches of the lightning strike. So people who run their shutter tend to get better details. If I am lucky I get 1 or 2 good lightning pics a year (after much effort).

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This shot got it all.

I love watching lightning but being in it scares the hell out of me. In my 22' center console (no cabin) fishing boat, I've been caught out in the Gulf of Mexico in storms. There I am, miles from shore and the highest thing around, hanging onto a stainless steel steering wheel with a perfect ground path to the water and lightning just popping everywhere. That takes the enjoyment factor way into negative territory.
 

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Snow is melting and raptor migration is in full swing here. Saw ~95 bald eagles, ~40 hawks. Several flocks of geese as well.

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The crows weren't too happy.
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That Fn eagle that has been in my yard is nesting a 1/4 mile West of the yard now. It had best not make the mistake my poultry for it's food.
 

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You're warning an eagle that has no conception that your chkins are not it's food, if it can get one. Good luck with that.
 

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I'm out rock climbing in northern Arizona and this mountain lion track was crossing the trail this morning.

Here in NM near our cabin we don't just see the tracks.......We catch them on our trail cams frequently and even see when we are out walking or driving in the area. One of my neighbors caught 5 of them TOGETHER on his cabin security cameras.......These three I've caught on my trail cams several times https://flic.kr/p/2kJfJiN
 
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That Fn eagle that has been in my yard is nesting a 1/4 mile West of the yard now. It had best not make the mistake my poultry for it's food.
Neighbor had to put a tarp over his to keep the hawks away.
 

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This was taken with a Pentax k1000 circa 1996 . Thats my old buddie standing on the stoop.
We stumbled on this old mining town in Montana on our way up to Glacier National Park.
This building and one next to it were in very good condition. The rest of the town , not so good
 

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One of my other hobbies is growing cactus and succulents. Here's a series of closeups.
 

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How long would it take to grow peyote?

17 years before they are big enough to produce enough mescaline to get you stoned. Lophophora williamsii like a lot of cactus are slow growers. I live in NM and have seen them down around Carlsbad caverns. But they are rare and protected now. You can buy the seeds or the cactus plants online. I have several that look similar but have no desire grow them myself. Look here.....https://precious-cactus.com/ ......They like this kind of habitat......
 

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One of my other hobbies is growing cactus and succulents. Here's a series of closeups.

Interesting patterns, colors, and contrast in textures. Good eye.
 

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Nasty things. Coyotes wont even eat em.