Wednesday, December 22, 2010

KIND OF AN INSIDE COMPUTER DAY

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Thanks to reader Larry C. my Google earth latitude & longitude placement in Council Rocks has been confirmed.  The numbers in Tuesday’s blog are correct.  I had planned to put a Google Earth satellite map in yesterday’s blog but forgot.  However, Larry sent sent a map along in his email complete with a stick pin marking the spot.  To the left of the yellow pin & up a bit you can see a round area with a single tree in it & that is where you can park.  The short road goes up to the left & out of the picture a few hundred yards to road 687. (not visible)Thanks Larry.  (reader help is always appreciated)

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BIG DAWG & FREEWAY had an interesting post a few days ago regarding some thoughts on blogging & the popularity of posts.  Sue & Doug talk about their favorite posts from the past year.  RICK today also listed his own 5 favorite posts as well.  Blogger has a new statistic widget which you can add to your blog which will tell you which of your blogs have been popular with readers.   Figured I would jump on the wagon today & list the 5 posts readers have found to be the most interesting in my blog as well.  In order of popularity they are…….

1. SLAB CITY CALIFORNIA......YIKES, WHAT ELSE CAN I SAY

2. BLOGGING.....JUST MY OPINION

3. WE HAVE JUST TRAGICALLY LOST TWO OF OUR OWN RV'ING BLOGGER FRIENDS 

4.FOR 30 YEARS NOW OCTOBER 19TH ALWAYS MARKS A SPECIAL DAY IN MY LIFE

5. SOLAR POWER INSTALLATION DAY

The list continues on but I just listed the top five in the last few years.  You can see the rest of that list on our sidebar towards the bottom under the heading, ‘Popular Posts.’  This list is not based on ‘comments received’ but simply by the number of readers clicking on the post.  In regarding comments received I think it was, 'HE FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT' that brought the most comments to our blog this past year.

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And speaking of ‘comments,’ here is a tip I found on line if you want to increase comment traffic to your blog.  This may be of particular interest to new bloggers just starting out.  “Commenting is a simple and essential tool to increase your blog's traffic.  Leave comments on other blogs to drive new traffic. Make sure you leave your blog's URL in your comment, so you create a link back to your own blog. Many people will read the comments left on a blog post. If they read a particularly interesting comment, they are highly likely to click on the link to visit the commenter's website. It's important to make sure you leave comments that are likely to invite people to click on your link to read more.”  Bottom line……if you want to receive a lot of comments on you’re blog, just get yourself out there & drop a whole lot of comments on other people’s blogs:))

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A tad on the windy side today so that dropped our warmth factor a few degrees.  No complaints though because we have been very fortunate in the weather department so far this year.

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A LITTLE CAMERA MAGIC WITH SOME CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

Had some nice comments on Tuesday night’s photo of the moon.  The air here in Arizona at this time of year is clear & crisp, so coupled with the fact there is basically no light pollution in our area it was a major factor in the clarity of Monday night’s moon photo.   Below are some photos of my camera & telescope lens plus 2 adaptors that I use to connect the camera body to the telescope.DSC_9517-1

THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN NOVEMBER 21RST WHILE TAKING SOME PICS OF THE MOON AT THAT TIME

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I’ve had more photography questions this week so I will include a few links to some of my posts where I have touched on a few photo thoughts. 

1. SEEING WITH A PHOTOGRAPHER'S EYE.

2. ANSWERING A FEW QUESTIONS

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Didn’t turn out to be too active a day for us.  Mainly just dabbling on the computers.  Today’s Christmassy photos were done with a little camera & Picasa 3 magic:))

GROANER’S CORNER:((   A frog goes into this bank and hops up to the loan officer's desk.

The loan officer says: "Hello I'm John Paddywack, can I help you?" The frog says: "Yes I'd like a loan."

The officer decides to humor the frog and takes a form out of his desk and says: "OK what is your last name?" To which the frog replies "Jagger." The officer still doubting the frogs veracity says, "Well, Mr. Jagger, do you have any collateral?" The frog pulls out a small pink ceramic elephant and hands it to Mr Paddywack asking can he use this?

The loan officer, barely able to contain himself, but still humoring the frog says: "Well, I'm not sure. Excuse me for a minute; I'll have to consult with the bank president." The frog says: "Oh, he knows my dad, tell him Mick sends his regards."

In the presidents office John shows the object, and says, there's a frog out here who wants a loan and this is all he has for collateral and I don't even know what it is.

The bank president responds in a melodious voice:

It's a knickknack, Paddywack.
Give the frog a loan.
His old man's a Rolling Stone.

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14 comments:

  1. Good thing you are a big strong guy. That's a lot of stuff to pack around for photos. whew!

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  2. welcome to the '2010 favourite post bandwagon!'..better than the 'bearpit'..nice shots of the lights today!..and that is quite the camera you have..our canon xs20 is sufficient for now..but I know one day we will be getting one with removable lenses!!..some days I wish I had one already..a girl can dream!!!

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  3. Sure do like your "Christmasy-mosaic-photo-Christmas-card"! Very cool!
    All the best to you & Kelly & all your furry companions! Glad you are enjoying such a "perfect spot" with sunny weather to boot! It all looks good on ya!

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  4. Thank You for the quick answer to my email. I just hope to have 1/2 the fun you have in life someday. I will need that adapter and big lens in years to come, but for now I will just take as many pictures as I can of my work place and Alaska villages I travel to. I did put my bad pic's on picasaweb.google.com/bexardog just so I can see how bad I started out.
    Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
    Tom_Still_Working

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  5. Wow that setup looks like an antitank gun. Won't have to worry about enemy armor bothering your campsite. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

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  6. Very pretty Christmas pictures Al! I have to tell you that over the past couple of years; I have read your “Slab City” post a number of times. My reasons are; I have not been there, it’s (your pictures and words + everything about Slab City) so darn interesting, and I find the history intriguing.

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  7. Looks like you could lob missiles at the Barry Goldwater Military range with that thing you call a "camera"!!!! Makes our camera look like a piker!...Great blog on bloggin...thanks for the tips!!!

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  8. Your little magic with Christmas lights pic reminds me of the trouble I had taking pictures of fireworks last July! Just couldn't hold the camera still long enough for the shot. :)

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  9. My Goodness, Kelly's xmas tree turned out really good! Love the light pictures! That is a dream camera set-up. Always get something out of your blogs. Really informative. Have a Peaceful Christmas!!

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  10. OK,you've inspired me to leave a comment for a couple of reasons. I've been enjoying your blog for a couple of months now, and especially your lunar eclipse photo. EXCELLENT! My own "photographic" journey is much the same as yours, and I totally agree with your discussion of the "photographer's eye". I've always tried to "capture the extraordinary in ordinary life" with my photos.

    Also, I have a little "camping blog" at www.CasitaEscapes.blogspot.com which I only post to if I have something "camping" related (for the most part). All the photos link to a plethora of photo albums at Picasa. I'd love to have more followers & receive more comments, so I'm taking your advice here to post a comment. We're not able to full-time yet, so we're living vicariously thru those who are. Keep up the good info.

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  11. Neat photo images - with the help of Picassa. One can tell that you have a lot of fun with that program. We always look forward to daily photographs. You do have a great eye!

    Merry Christmas.
    www.rvvoyageur.blogspot.com

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  12. Really like the Christmas light photos. I am getting the urge to buy more camera gear and enjoying your gear pictures. Only one small hurdle, but maybe I will catch her on a good day :)

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  13. Thanks for the advice on Ogilby Rd. We decided after talking with John(regular user here at the BLM)said he will take me over to the south side of the hiway and show me a few secluded spots for privacy and close enough to walk to the hot spring. You have one hell of a camera !!! Your nature shots are absolutely amazing !!!! My wife, Teresa is so envious ;-) We will probably stay here until late January then start making our way back into AZ. We want to stay at Imperial Dam then down south of Ajo just outside Organ Pipe. May see you on our travels , and don't worry I respect others space and even though I rant, I'm not a complete recluse. You are north of Douglas, eh. We have been down that way, beautiful, but cooler.

    Peace Out , Derek

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