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