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#1 2006-04-11 17:50:41

thook
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Photos of Wonderment

Hey NR's! I looked all around on the forum and couldn't find a befitting place to put photos of this nature anywhere else. So, I'm starting this thread of pictures we find amazing that we personally did not take, but find beautiful, haunting, or otherwise just memorable. Or... somewhere we've never been and/or maybe we wouldn't mind going to.
This is one I find amazing, but don't think I'll be going to. Looks a little too cold.

Sunset at the North Pole
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d142/thook86/Miscellaneous%20Pics/SunsetatNorthPole.jpg

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#2 2006-04-11 21:18:11

Lemniscate
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Re: Photos of Wonderment

Kewl!

I think that was Mars before . . . well, you know . . .


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#3 2006-04-11 22:25:00

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Re: Photos of Wonderment

thook,

That's an awesome pic.  Seen it on http://www.spaceweather.com/.  It's not real though as the sun and moon will always be roughly the same size even at the north pole.

Want some awesome photos?  http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/archivepix.html (astronomy picture of the day)

Some amazing space photos.

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#4 2006-04-12 00:43:37

thook
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Re: Photos of Wonderment

Oh man! That's too bad. It is a cool pic, but it was played off as real when someone emailed it to me. Shows how much I know about astronomy.

Those are great photos on antwrp. Thanks for the tip. I've already looked at a bunch of them. Did you know the moon is really made of green cheese?
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap060401.html
They say it's out of date. I wonder if that means it's half off?


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#5 2006-04-13 04:34:43

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Re: Photos of Wonderment

The moon is fake and the rest seems fake too.
Probably is made by a software like Terragen http://www.planetside.co.uk/terragen

Look what this guy can do, it is amazing !
http://lucbianco.free.fr/index_en.html


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#6 2006-04-16 19:54:31

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Re: Photos of Wonderment

Some neat macro shots from in front of our apartment (taken with digital camera):

http://montalk.net/pics/nature2.jpg

http://montalk.net/pics/nature5.jpg

http://montalk.net/pics/nature9.jpg

http://montalk.net/pics/nature1.jpg

http://montalk.net/pics/nature4.jpg

http://montalk.net/pics/nature7.jpg

http://montalk.net/pics/nature10.jpg


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#7 2006-04-16 23:50:32

thook
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Re: Photos of Wonderment

Hey...those are great photos. Makes me feel like I'm in the movie "Honey, I shrunk the kids!". 'Specially the shot of the mushroom.
Looks like you have some edible wilds in your yard; the shroom and the fiddlehead. A friend of mine came out the other day and we went hiking in the surrounding woods. He showed me where to find Morels, mainly under ash trees. Haven't found any yet, but it is still early in the season. We originally went off looking for the patch of vegetation that I see coming up every year. My friend is pretty good at identifying local flora, so I was hoping he could tell me whether or not it was a patch of American Ginseng....very rare around here anymore. It's been waaaaay  over and misharvested. I hope it is AG, but it could also be goldenseal.....they both look very similar. We did find bloodroot, though. It's a proven cancerous tumor dissolving herb from and old Native American recipe called blacksalve. It can also be added to the "Essiac Tea" remedy as boosting agent. Goooood stuff! All of these herbs are highly sought after, so I could be sitting on a gold mine. But, so what.....I just want to be able to use them. Another thing, he told me any of the white variety of wild mushrooms were very edible, and they grow all around here. Something for you to know, if you like mushrooms. I think I could live in the woods....oh wait, I do! Now if i could get some dern pictures of the place posted! Don't have the software in my puter yet for doing all that stuff.
BTW, are those bluebonnets? I didn't know they grew wild in VA. Or are those planted?
Thanks for the pics. Lovely!

Here's some for y'all!
Nepal: "The Chauki Mountains"
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d142/thook86/Miscellaneous%20Pics/chaukhi2.jpg

Iran: "Damavand"
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d142/thook86/Miscellaneous%20Pics/damavand1.jpg

Chile: "Atacama Sky"
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d142/thook86/Miscellaneous%20Pics/AtacamaSky.jpg


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#8 2006-04-17 01:13:43

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Re: Photos of Wonderment

Bolded words my own emphasis:

thook wrote:

Another thing, he told me any of the white variety of wild mushrooms were very edible, and they grow all around here.

I want to let people know that this is NOT TRUE.   NOT "any" white wild mushrooms are edible.  I have the National Audoban Society Field Guide to the Mid-Atlantic States open in front of me to page 79, looking at a picture of a white wild mushroom called a "Destroying Angel", with a description that reads:

Destroying Angel - Entirely white.  Cap umbrella-shaped, with ragged edges....Habitat:  Broad leaf forests, pastures.....Caution:  Deadly poisonous;  can be mistaken for edible Agaricus species..."

http://www.pcs.k12.va.us/vtrail/a-43s.jpg


I don't mean to sound like a nitpicker....dork/nerd would be a more accurate word, wink  because I bought this book after we moved to Virginia, and I actually read this thing...for fun.  And surprisingly, remembered a lot of it.   When I read what you wrote Thook I immediately remembered reading this and remembered the picture, and so pulled out my book to double check and see if maybe I was remembering something wrong.  I wasn't....so, the moral of the story is.....don't eat wild white mushrooms unless you know your stuff!  And NEVER just take somebody's word for anything.......ALWAYS double check the facts you're being told.  Especially if it could result in your death, and even worse, when you're passing on incorrect information that could lead to somebody else's death.


Thook wrote:

My friend is pretty good at identifying local flora.....

At this point it's safe to say that his advise may not be so reliable, and that he may not be as gifted as you originally thought.  I'd seriously question and double check everything he's told you or does tell you.   

Now, back to the beautiful pictures..........

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#9 2006-04-17 03:45:43

Pictus
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Re: Photos of Wonderment

All the mushrooms can be eaten, but the majority only once… heheheeh

Good pictures !
A tip, after you resize(shrink) the picture, do a sharpen/USM to
bring back details lost in the shrink process.

Here a potpourri links about sharpening(the red/orange links are important)
http://www.mundofotografico.com.br/foru … topic=5233

I put more saturation and sharpness in this picture.
http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/5769/nature10b7fa.jpg

Original
http://montalk.net/pics/nature10.jpg

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#10 2006-04-17 04:04:57

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Re: Photos of Wonderment

Not a photo per se, but live streaming cam of a bald eagle nesting.


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#11 2006-04-17 05:01:47

montalk
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Re: Photos of Wonderment

Pictus wrote:

A tip, after you resize(shrink) the picture, do a sharpen/USM to
bring back details lost in the shrink process.

Great tip, and thanks for the link! Increasing saturation helped compensate for the cloudy lighting, looks good.


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#12 2006-04-17 16:38:00

thook
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Re: Photos of Wonderment

Thanks Lyra,
I should have remembered that about mushrooms and being sure of what you find. Too little, too late I'm afraid. I suppose it serves me right for listening to my hippie friends. Darn! And I was going to post a new mushroom gravy recipe. Well, looks like I'll have to modify it a bit now. You all can find the modified recipe in my new and upcoming book "Thook Speaks: Mushroom Messages From Beyond". I already have an idea for a title for the next one,"The Nature of Gullibility". What do you y'all think? Is it catchy? Anyway, I'm looking for a channelling volunteer if anyone thinks they might be interested. My dog is a pretty good one for now. He can atleast type fairly well, but I don't think he could get the knack for a digital camera. Otherwise, I'd go ahead and post some pics. This place is really nice. Funny, though, it's not what I expected. And it's real big.
Well, I'm gonna go haunt my hippie friend now. More later! Peace y'all!
Oh, and that pic looks like alot like what I had had for lunch yesterday. Those ones are little bland. I prefer shittakes.

Last edited by thook (2006-04-17 16:39:08)


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#13 2006-04-17 17:21:40

Lemniscate
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Registered: 2006-01-13

Re: Photos of Wonderment

thook wrote:

Oh, and that pic looks like alot like what I had had for lunch yesterday. Those ones are little bland. I prefer shittakes.

LMAO!!

That was so funny! BTW, either you mispelled "shiitakes", or you had one he** of a mushroom trip . . . to the bathroom!


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#14 2006-04-17 21:41:45

Pictus
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From: Brazil
Registered: 2006-02-11
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Re: Photos of Wonderment

Glad to help!
More tips:

When taking photos always set the sharpness, contrast and saturation to
low because this stuff can be much better adjusted with Photoshop or any
image manipulation software.

When taking a portrait, do not apply USM/sharpness on the model skin, apply
only on the eyes, hair, lips, jewelry and cloths, applying on the skin will make
the skin imperfections much more evident.

You do not need to always apply USM/sharpness in the whole picture, applying
only in the object of attention like the flower or the insect in the Tom’s pictures
is a good idea.

If the digicam has RAW prefer it than JPG, when manipulated well the
results are *much* better than JPG, also with RAW you do not have to
worry about white balance, this is a GREAT PLUS !

A few but *excellent* tutorials(do not miss the Pleasing Skin Tone tutorial)
http://dgrin.smugmug.com/gallery/1100284
Good tutorials too http://www.russellbrown.com/tips_tech.html
Millions of tutorials www.good-tutorials.com
Good Photoshop actions http://www.atncentral.com/

When the image is to display in the WEB use sRGB without profile
look at these 2 good links for a good explanation.

Adobe RGB x sRGB
http://www.anandtech.com/digitalcameras … 80&p=8
http://www.nulab.com.au/newsletter/nove … aAdobe.htm


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#15 2006-04-17 23:09:28

Lemniscate
Unfolding
Registered: 2006-01-13

Re: Photos of Wonderment

Pictus wrote:

I put more saturation and sharpness in this picture.
http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/5769 … 10b7fa.jpg

Nice Job, Pictus! (no offense Tom) That was my favorite pic out of the three.

BTW, I just ate a mess of those a little while ago. I picked them while hiking with my dogs. I also picked some dandelions to go with them. Sauteed the whole bunch in butter and salt. mmmmmm  mmmmmmmm


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