The Year In Pictures 2014

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Re: The Year In Pictures 2014

Postby Ghost » Sun Mar 09, 2014 6:14 pm

without leaves, flowers or fruit telling different trees apart is difficult if you don't know what to look for
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Re: The Year In Pictures 2014

Postby janet » Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:30 am

When I was doing my NCH we had a plant ident. test every week followed by a list of 20 to learn for the following week. Our tutor Mike would hold up each one, ask 'What is number ?', and we were supposed to have learnt its Latin name. Of course it was inevitable that when the theme for the week was trees and shrubs in winter bud, one bloke gave up and wrote 'A stick' for all 20 answers.
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Re: The Year In Pictures 2014

Postby Penfold » Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:42 am

I had to do similar for my Ranger Guide exams in South Africa, learning to identify something like thirty of the most common trees and plants, their Latin names, and any 'interesting' facts about them (folklore, medicinal purposes, practical uses, etc.). This was so we could still talk and point things out to people on safari when we couldn't find any animals to show them (surprisingly, a frequent occurrence for longish spells). We were also taught to recognize their seeds so that if there were no leaves on the trees, we might search around the ground for them to aid recognition. :D

Of course, this knowledge does me no bloody good back here in England! :lol:
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Re: The Year In Pictures 2014

Postby janet » Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:50 am

:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: The Year In Pictures 2014

Postby Ghost » Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:11 am

janet wrote:When I was doing my NCH we had a plant ident. test every week followed by a list of 20 to learn for the following week. Our tutor Mike would hold up each one, ask 'What is number ?', and we were supposed to have learnt its Latin name

me too for my NVQ 1 amenity horticulture
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Re: The Year In Pictures 2014

Postby KnightOfFewWords » Mon Mar 10, 2014 11:59 am

:lol:

Here's a couple I took last night:

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Orion's Belt and Sword. It's about 70 three-and-a-bit second exposures stacked together.

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A dinky Pleiades.

Hardly spectacular, but something I can build on.
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Re: The Year In Pictures 2014

Postby Freebie » Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:49 pm

KnightOfFewWords wrote:Here's a quick one - a golden tree I came across the other day while walking by the river Lea.

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Lovely, crisp photo here! :)
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Re: The Year In Pictures 2014

Postby Sister Jennifer » Mon Mar 10, 2014 11:38 pm

Blimey, that is a lovely photo. You've a good eye, Knight.
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Re: The Year In Pictures 2014

Postby hnorwood » Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:26 am

Penfold wrote:... This was so we could still talk and point things out to people on safari when we couldn't find any animals to show them (surprisingly, a frequent occurrence for longish spells).

I agree - went round the Kruger about 24 years ago and I found it amazing how easily elephants blend into the scenery.
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Re: The Year In Pictures 2014

Postby Penfold » Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:37 am

I know all about that! People don't believe me when I try telling them how easy it is for an elephant to hide behind even the smallest of trees (slight exaggeration there but you know what I mean). :lol:
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Re: The Year In Pictures 2014

Postby meerkat » Tue Mar 11, 2014 10:30 am

KnightOfFewWords wrote::lol:

Here's a couple I took last night:

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Orion's Belt and Sword. It's about 70 three-and-a-bit second exposures stacked together.

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A dinky Pleiades.

Hardly spectacular, but something I can build on.



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Re: The Year In Pictures 2014

Postby KnightOfFewWords » Tue Mar 11, 2014 12:02 pm

Glad you like the pics.

Penfold wrote:I know all about that! People don't believe me when I try telling them how easy it is for an elephant to hide behind even the smallest of trees (slight exaggeration there but you know what I mean). :lol:


Oh yes, I can relate to this. :lol: About 15 years ago I attended a wedding at Port Lympne wildlife park. I was given custody of a 1st generation digital camera, which I hadn't used before. As part of the celebrations we were taken on a tour around the park, with a tractor pulling our carriages. The shutter lag on the camera was incredible - every time I tried to take a picture of an elephant, a bush sprang up out of nowhere! I ended up with several pictures of bushes with trunks, which provoked much merriment when they were reviewed the next day.

Late in the evening some of us had another wander around the park. Seeing a pack of wolves at night was quite something.
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Re: The Year In Pictures 2014

Postby Penfold » Tue Mar 11, 2014 3:40 pm

Wow, that sounds fantastic Knight. Quick question; Is that 'cloudy' looking star in the Sword the Orion Nebula?

I helped a friend out with a minor computer problem yesterday and afterwards we popped into Highdown Gardens for tea, just on the outskirts of Worthing atop a largish hill. There isn't too much in bloom at the moment and the trees are quite bare. However, I did take these pics;

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And I'm starting to worry that I might be becoming a bit of a stalker of sleeping people. I would like to take this opportunity to assure you all that they were alive and well when I left them. :lol:
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Re: The Year In Pictures 2014

Postby Ghost » Tue Mar 11, 2014 3:58 pm

very nice I like the second one the best
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Re: The Year In Pictures 2014

Postby janet » Tue Mar 11, 2014 4:50 pm

Lovely garden! I really like the daffodil heart :romance-heart: The south of the country must be a couple of weeks ahead of us in terms of the season. The only daffs we have out are the early small ones.
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