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New Zealand Sea lions – the Fuji XF 100-400mm lens again

Thought for the day….” Do not watch the clock, do what it does, keep going”

” Success is when preparation meets opportunity”.

The Fuji XF 100-400mm lens.    Interesting how things have reversed.   Initially I returned the lens after one day, having decided that it was far too heavy (almost 1.4kg) and too big to carry around.    But after seeing so many brilliant pictures on the internet, and also needing a longer zoom, I purchased it again.    Once you have adjusted to the size of it (it is big !!) and have adapted your way of carrying it, then it starts to get better.    Initially I thought that I would only use it occasionally, but as it is such a great lens then I am finding that I use it much more often.   FAST at focusing and also fast at taking photos, but it is the photo quality which is outstanding.    I used to think that the Fuji 18-55mm  kit lens was fantastic, but now the XF 100-400mm lens has taken top place.   Not a cheap lens to buy but quality costs, and this lens certainly IS quality.   The 3 photos below of sea lions in New Zealand will show what this lens can do, although the images here are only low resolution copies for the internet.   The photos below were taken with the Fuji X-T20 and the XF 100-400mm lens, all taken as jpegs.

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Up to the top of Norway – Finnmark

Thought for the day….”You will never win if you never begin”.

“The purpose of life is a life of purpose”

Today’s photo is from the fishing village of Vardo, in north Norway at 70 degrees north in the province of Finnmark.   Vardo has three names, one in Norwegian, one in Finnish (Vuoreija ) and one in Sami (Várggát).  Russia is also just a few kilometres across the bay, and the island is now connected to mainland Norway by a 2.8km subsea road tunnel.  Vardo is also the name of the gypsy caravan used by romany gypsies in Britain.  Vardo has a history of witchcraft, including trials of witches and also a witchcraft museum.   Curiously, it also lies further east than either Istanbul or Kiev.  It also hosts the yukigassen, a snowball fighting competition.  The average annual temperature here is only 1.3 degrees, not helped by the long, dark artic winter in this part of Norway.

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and a couple of photos from Oksfjord, near the top of Norway at 70 degrees north.  About 500 people live in this fishing village, although the fish processing factories have all closed.  As there are few roads in this part of Norway then ferries are an important way of getting around, including the daily Hurtigruten boats.  Hammerfest is the nearest major town.

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and another photo from the archives….a beach in the Seychelles islands…..

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Paradise in photos – The Seychelles

Thought for the day…”Success comes in cans, not in can’ts”

“Failure is the tuition that you pay for sucess”

About 85 000 people live in the island nation of the Seychelles, which is situated about 1500km off the eastern African coast and north of Madagascar.    Around  115 islands make up the country, which have been controlled at times by both France and Britain.   The islands have also been used by pirates, and it is said that the treasure of Le Vasseur, a notorious pirate, is buried there somewhere.     Victoria, the capital, on the main island of Mahe,  claims to be the smallest capital in the world, although it is the outer islands where the real beauty is.     Island hopping is easy there, either on the local fast ferries or the domestic flights in Twin Otter aircraft.    Due to the restrictions on the number of tourists, it is not (yet) overrun or overcrowed, just peaceful and beautiful.    A couple of photos are worth a thousand words……..Both photos taken with the Fuji X-E1 camera.

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And another photo from the Seychelles….

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View from above – Aruba

Thought for the day…”Action may not bring happiness but there is no happiness without action”.

“You cannot live a positive life with a negative mind”.

Off to the Caribbean for the photo today and the island of Aruba, seen here from above.    Aruba is about 30km off the coast of Venezuela, and is one of the group of islands known as the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao).   About 103 000 people live on this small island, which is only 32km long and about 10km wide.   It is dry and arid (there are no rivers), and also very flat, with a year round average temperature of 27 degrees.   Tourism is the number one industry here, with oil refining and offshore banking also important.  About 1.5 million tourists a year visit, including many arrivals by cruise ships in the capital, Orangestad.   The beaches were very quiet when this early morning photo was taken…..

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and another photo from the archives…..a girl in rural Laos.

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Simply colour

Thought for the day…” If opportunity does not knock then build a door”

“The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them”

570km off the coast of West Africa are the 10 islands that make up the country of Cape Verde.   Until 1975 they were a Portuguese colony, and are still also known by the Portuguese name of Cabo Verde.    About 525 000 people live there, including about 130 000 in the capital Praia.   Fishing and tourism are the main industries, although remittances from workers overseas make up a large part of the incomes there.  About 90% of all food is imported, party due to the semi-desert climate on many of the islands.

And the photo today comes from Mindelo, Cape Verde islands.  Simple use of bright colours and late afternoon sun….

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and another photo from the archives….more colours but this time in Gambia…

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Getting your pulse down – slow TV

Thought for the day…..” Life is 10% what you make it, and 90% how you take it.”  (Irving Berlin).

A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions

Back in 2013 Norwegian TV NRK  broadcast a 12 hour, non-stop programme at prime time on a Friday evening showing a burning log fire.    Just a log fire, nothing more.  For 12 hours.   It did have some commentary, from wood ‘experts’ who gave tips on burning, stacking and slicing wood.   People sent messages to the TV producers, half of them complaining that the bark on the wood was facing up, and half sent messages to complain that the wood was facing down.   Reports said that 1 million people, or more than 20% of the entire population tuned in to watch the wood burning.    Fresh wood was added as needed, with viewers giving advice on where to place it.   Now in the news is the story that Icelandic television  has followed the trend, with a programme from a farm showing 24 hours of live lambing.  Icelandic TV said that it wanted to give viewers an ” unforgettable time for those able to see the little lambs being born into this world”.   Almost as bad as the 18 hours of salmon swimming upstream, shown live, again on Norwegian TV.   I wonder if they are planning a marathon TV programme showing paint drying?   It says a lot about Norway and Scandinavia !!

A happy scene from Cuba for the photo today.

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and another photo from the archives….market colour in the Netherlands….

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More photos from a paradise holiday destination – Seychelles

Thought for the day….”It is the road that you take that decides your destiny, not your destiny which decides which road that you take”.

” You are not wealthy until you have something that money cannot buy”.

Situated just south of the Equator and in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles are made up of 155 islands which were controlled by both Britain and  France until independence in 1976.   About 92 000 people live there (lucky them!), with many of them being employed in the main industry-tourism.     Unlike the Maldvives, the Seychelles have some wonderful inland scenery too, ranging from deep valleys to tropical rain forest, which makes the Seychelles a far more interesting holiday destination.  The beaches (some of which are said to be the best in the world) are uncrowded and extremely beautiful, the sea temperature perfect for swimming and diving (especially around the many coral reefs) and when you tire of sitting on the beach under a palm tree, the tropical rain forests are quite beautiful.  Add to that some fantastic quality hotels and they are really a perfect holiday destination.

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and another from the same area…..

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Tropical Paradise, warm water & soft sand – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Sometimes you have to take a leap at life and build your wings on the way down”.          ” When in doubt, do without”

” There is no use in running fast when you are on the wrong road”.

In my inbox today was an email from an airline (a good one too) advertising some special offers on their new Dreamliner aircraft.  Given that the very same aircraft is in the international news again today (after another fire), it was perhaps unfortunate timing to send out these emails !!.  Confidence in the safety of that aircraft must be at an all time low now, and I am in no hurry to fly onboard it.   And a Thomson Dreamliner flying from the UK to the USA has also diverted and returned to the UK as well.  Bring back the 747 I say, until Boeing can sort the Dreamliner out and get rid of all the problems.

Off to the Caribbean for the photo today and to the island of Curacao.   Little Knep beach is the place in the photo and another busy day by the look of it.    Water and air temperature were near perfect here.  Curacao is now an independent country, after being part of the Netherlands Antilles up to 2010, and is home to around 162 000 people.    Tourism, financial services, oil and international trade are the main industries here.  Venezuela is only about 60km away from Curacao.

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Photo of the Day Saturday 8th June 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” One rotten apple will spoil the whole bunch, even if it does not know that it is rotten.  Treat your thoughts the same way”

” Beauty might bring happiness, but happiness always brings beauty. ”

Found another good story in the news about a woman called Dorothy Custer, who is 102 years old (!!), doing a base jump in Idaho, USA to celebrate her birthday.  The country with the highest life expectancy is Japan, where men live to an average of 79 years and women an average of 86 years (UN figures).   Second place goes to Switzerland, where men live 80 years and women 85 years (must be because of the good chocolate).  At the other end of the scale, Sierra Leone has life expectancy of 46 for men and 47 for women.    The oldest documented life was by Jeanne Calment from France, 1875 – 1997, a total of 122 years.    Jiroemon Kimura from Japan currently holds the record for the oldest man, now 116 years old.

Today’s photo shows a very quiet section of the Transvaal Coast in South Africa.  Not so many tourists in this part of SA, but some great scenery.

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 5th March 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day..”  When you talk, you are only repeating what you know, but if you listen, you may learn something new”

“If you want to feel rich, just count all the gifts that you have that money cannot buy”.

About 70% of the earth is made up of ocean, with an average depth of around 3700m.  It is estimated that the world’s oceans contain around 97% of the earth’s water.  Interestingly, the speed of sound in water is 5 times as fast as it is in air.   The highest tides in the world (16.3m) are in the Bay of Fundy, in Nova Scotia, Canada.     No sign of a large tide in this photo of a rather nice beach!!

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