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I find it constantly odd that the GSoA and the BSoA essentially have their roles reversed in Australia - where the...

I find it constantly odd that the GSoA and the BSoA essentially have their roles reversed in Australia - where the Scouts are very progressive and inclusive, and the Guides are conservative...

Good on the GSoA and their CEO, and have a look at the crowdfunding campaign they've started to make up the shortfall:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/girl-scouts-is-foreverygirl#/story

h/t John Samuel for bringing this to my attention.

Originally shared by Susan Stone
http://www.rawstory.com/2015/06/girl-scouts-returns-100000-after-donor-demands-that-it-not-be-used-to-support-transgender-girls/#.VZKUqIDwFpI.google_plusone_share

An interesting follow-up to Tim Low's book Where Song Began. http://www.timlow.com/books/bird-book .

Great Egret coming in to land. Herdsman's Lake, Western Australia.

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Great Egret coming in to land. Herdsman's Lake, Western Australia.

"Into the Sun"

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"Into the Sun"
WPP 2015 - Week 26 - Vanishing Point
Weekly Photo Project 2015 curated by Alen Ianni , Bernhard Rembold , Cliff Loresco , Francesco Scaglioni , Heather D , Ken Fowkes , Navin Upendran , Robyn King and T.E. Smith
#WPP2015
#WPP2015-Wk26-VanishingPoint

Shot at the recent photowalk in Cottesloe, Western Australia.

Officially the freakiest #autoawesome I've ever had created for me.

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Officially the freakiest #autoawesome I've ever had created for me.

As Alicia Smith said when I showed her: Cthulhu lives here!
OK - so there's this idea of running the next photowalk over on Rotto on October 17th. What do people think?

Mid-winter in Perth...

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Mid-winter in Perth...

#seagullbuttsaturday in-flight!

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#seagullbuttsaturday in-flight!

Added photos to Free Cottesloe Photowalk - Thanks to Camera Electronic and Dots to Spots Printing.

Added photos to Free Cottesloe Photowalk - Thanks to Camera Electronic and Dots to Spots Printing.
events/gallery/cdt95van81oimn4a2bo8ubcamv4?authkey=CIDw6-esy57B9gE

Wind farm causes massive outbreak of bacon & eggs! News at 11!

Wind farm causes massive outbreak of bacon & eggs! News at 11!

Originally shared by Scott Hamilton (Dame Nilly Lunchalot)

Minimal sound and almost no fury: life in the shadow of Australia's windfarm 'hell'

Infrasound drowned out by bacon and eggs for breakfast.

http://gu.com/p/4a65f?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Google%2B
http://gu.com/p/4a65f?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Google%2B

Now if only we could keep up.

Now if only we could keep up.

Avoid the comments, memetic prophylaxis recommended, etc...

Originally shared by Vic Gundotra

A beautiful paragraph you must read.
http://m.dailykos.com/story/2015/06/26/1396820/-Justice-Kennedy-s-beautiful-closing-paragraph-on-marriage-will-bring-a-tear-to-your-eye?detail=facebook

A final reminder that if you are in or near Perth there is a Photowalk down in Cottesloe tomorrow afternoon.

A final reminder that if you are in or near Perth there is a Photowalk down in Cottesloe tomorrow afternoon. Many thanks to Camera Electronic and Dots To Spots Printing for supporting and sponsoring this free event.
http://bit.ly/1NhxDnG

Alas, reason is in short supply in Canberra...

Alas, reason is in short supply in Canberra...
http://riaus.org.au/articles/blowing-away-reason/

Thank-you Mr Scott!

Thank-you Mr Scott!

#ourABC


Originally shared by John Samuel

Well said Mark Scott, well said indeed. #ourABC
http://about.abc.net.au/speeches/annual-corporate-public-affairs-oration/

John Samuel hits the nail on the head wrt The Glorious Leader's attack on the ABC.

John Samuel hits the nail on the head wrt The Glorious Leader's attack on the ABC.
#ourABC  

Originally shared by John Samuel

I want a public broadcaster, not a state broadcaster. #ourABC

Setup for week 25 of Weekly Photo Project 2015.

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Setup for week 25 of Weekly Photo Project 2015.

NX-1 and 30mm pancake lens, running in timelapse mode.

"Up In Smoke"

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"Up In Smoke"
WPP 2015 - Week 25 - Up
Weekly Photo Project 2015 curated by Alen Ianni , Bernhard Rembold , Cliff Loresco , Francesco Scaglioni , Heather D , Ken Fowkes , Navin Upendran , Robyn King and T.E. Smith
#WPP2015
#WPP2015-Wk25-Up

The annual bonfire at the Perth Disc Golf Open in Gidgeganup. Complete with effigy basket (disc golf target) as homage to Burning Man and Burning Swan.

One of a time-lapse series - the resulting video can be seen here:
https://youtu.be/6lNWopWGeSw

Here is the album of rough images (cut down to 246 from the original 4500ish) from the 2015 Perth Disc Golf Open,...

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Originally shared by Rob Masters

Here is the album of rough images (cut down to 246 from the original 4500ish) from the 2015 Perth Disc Golf Open, held at the Pine Lines course in Gidgeganup.

My thanks to my fellow photographers, Alicia Smith and Chris Barker, who were able to capture moments and people I was not able to. Including several rare shots of me!

In a couple of days I'll have the edited album posted along with a proper write-up.














Here is the album of rough images (cut down to 246 from the original 4500ish) from the 2015 Perth Disc Golf Open,...

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Here is the album of rough images (cut down to 246 from the original 4500ish) from the 2015 Perth Disc Golf Open, held at the Pine Lines course in Gidgeganup.

My thanks to my fellow photographers, Alicia Smith and Chris Barker, who were able to capture moments and people I was not able to. Including several rare shots of me!

In a couple of days I'll have the edited album posted along with a proper write-up.














This is a warning. Put this app down and walk away from the keyboard.

This is a warning. Put this app down and walk away from the keyboard.

It is shockingly insecure for this day and age, with pre-allocated simplistic usernames, and maximum 8 character passwords. Step away form this and the my.gov.au website. It is nothing more than a target for hackers.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.gov.dhs.expressplus.medicare

A rare photo of me on Homestead, hole 6, at Pine Lines. Perth Open 2015.

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A rare photo of me on Homestead, hole 6, at Pine Lines. Perth Open 2015.

Deep in the pine forest of Pine Lines, JB at the Perth Open 2015

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Deep in the pine forest of Pine Lines, JB at the Perth Open 2015

Perth Open 2015 bonfire. An annual tradition for this winter tournament.

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Perth Open 2015 bonfire. An annual tradition for this winter tournament.

Alicia Smith​ at practice at Pine Lines in Gidgeganup in Western Australia. The day before the Perth Open.

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Alicia Smith​ at practice at Pine Lines in Gidgeganup in Western Australia. The day before the Perth Open.

This was taken back in 2006 with our first digital camera, a Sony Mavica, that used floppies as the media!

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This was taken back in 2006 with our first digital camera, a Sony Mavica, that used floppies as the media! I don't know if Alicia Smith​ or I took this, but I just added a very light bit of elliptical blur and vignetting.

It remains one of the best dolphin photos either of us have ever taken.

If you are in Perth on June 27, I'm organising a photowalk in Cottesloe.

If you are in Perth on June 27, I'm organising a photowalk in Cottesloe.
https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cdt95van81oimn4a2bo8ubcamv4?authkey=CIDw6-esy57B9gE

So, I've got an ETX-90, which is rather fun and very portable. Especially as I drive a Smart car. :)

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So, I've got an ETX-90, which is rather fun and very portable. Especially as I drive a Smart car. :)

However... 

Aligning it can be a little tricky. So, two questions.

1/ What techniques do people use to align your scopes in daylight? My math suggests I should be able to get Venus, and daylight tracking of the moon would be cool.
2/ How do you go about your initial north-south setup? The supplied compass is not exactly easy to align with the tube...

"Memories"

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"Memories"
WPP 2015 - Week 24 - Things in a row
Weekly Photo Project 2015 curated by Alen Ianni , Bernhard Rembold , Cliff Loresco , Francesco Scaglioni , Heather D , Ken Fowkes , Navin Upendran , Robyn King and T.E. Smith
#WPP2015
#WPP2015-Wk24-ThingsInARow

We have a logo!

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We have a logo!
Many thanks to the very clever and hard working Alicia Smith for the Luggaged camera!

Dots To Spots Printing​ (sponsor of the next West Aussie Photo walk) are running another Friday giveaway!

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Dots To Spots Printing​ (sponsor of the next West Aussie Photo walk) are running another Friday giveaway! Just comment on the original post to enter!

Originally shared by Dots To Spots Printing

Free Print Friday
1. Comment on this post by 5:00pm (6/6/15) AEST.
2. Random person will be chosen for this free print. 
3.The winner of this event has till (7/6/15) 11:59pm AEST to send their photo to dots to spots and redeem their free print.
4. The winner will receive a 16x24 inch print on 250gsm Satin Photo Paper delivered to their address.

Please refer to our website for Countries we deliver to.
http://www.dotstospots.com.au

#freeprintfriday #friday #free #print #giveaway #photoprint #competition #advertising #win #share #freefriday #photography #gift

"Beware! Bridge Moves"

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"Beware! Bridge Moves"

Originally shared by Alicia Smith

It is of vast amusement to me at the moment to see a ship called "Swan River Bridge" docked at Fremantle Harbour at the moment. Gave me quite a start when I used https://www.marinetraffic.com to see who was in.

For those of you who aren't familiar with Perth, we're situated on the Swan River, which leads down to Fremantle. And wherever any of the structures that might be collectively called the Swan River Bridges might be - it ain't there! And certainly not with the potential for moving at any speed!

Good morning Moon, love, how you doin'?

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Good morning Moon, love, how you doin'?
I've got business with you today

( Marian Call​ )

Pre-dawn near full moon, just outside work. NX 300, 50-200 kit lens with x2 iFn zoom on and two stops of under exposure. Processed in Snapseed​ to recover colors and details.

XKCD via Friends of NASA.

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XKCD via Friends of NASA. 

Originally shared by Friends of NASA

The Plain English Guide to NASA's Saturn 5 Moon Rocket [Humor]
View full version here:http://xkcd.com/1133/ | This comical graphic is an excerpt from "Thing Explainer"—Randall Munroe's new book coming out in 2015. 

Credit: Randall Munroe

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory 

#NASA #Apollo #Space   #Moon #Lunar #Saturn #Rocket #Science
#Engineering #Technology #STEM #Infographic

Same shot, with only the Snapseed processing.

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Same shot, with only the Snapseed processing.