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Think before you install……that app may not be so innocent

Thought for the day…”What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens.”

“If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.”

It is amazing that so many people install apps on their mobile phones without any regard for just how much information those apps may collect. I recently wanted to install an app to control the flashlight on my mobile phone, but refused to install it when I discovered that it wanted access to my camera, email contacts and microphone. Absolutely no need for a glorified light switch to need access to my emails or the microphone on my telephone. And a second flashlight program proved just as bad.

Now there is the news on the internet about Amazon, and their plans to open physical stores in the USA. Apparently, they are going to monitor shoppers mobile phones, and will block their internet access if they attempt to check prices at other stores or online. So not only will Amazon be able to see what you are interested in, they will also be able to stop you comparing prices, and presumably, will also be able to see other sites on the internet that you are interested in. No doubt many people will quickly install a new Amazon app, without thinking about the loss of privacy. 50 years ago, people would have demonstrated against the idea of carrying something that gave authorities the power to see where they were within a few metres, and also what they were reading/eating/shopping/listening to. Even installing a flashlight app may now mean that somebody is listening to your conversations. Privacy is important, yet many people are now readily giving it up.

A photo from Spitsbergen of the Artic poppy flower, braving the cold weather…

and another photo….early morning in Riverton, in the far south of New Zealand.  At one time, this port received freight boats from Australia before the estuary silted up.  Now the railway and the larger boats have long since gone, leaving just the small fishing boats and a few tourists who pass through Riverton whilst driving the Southern Scenic Route.

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Jack of all trades, master of none

Thought for the day…”If you cannot do great things, then do small things in a great way”.

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score”

Just been watching some people using a drone to capture photos, something else that I would like to try.   Recently I was using TWO cameras at the same time, one for stills and one for video.    Had I had an action camera then I would have probably used that as well.    And there is an idea in my head to try underwater photography too, and the wonderful macro photos that I see in the magazines have fired my imagination too.     But I am wondering now if I should SPECIALIZE, instead of trying so many areas.     Video is a different matter, needing tripods, more editing and also a lot more preparation, no doubt drone photography and underwater would not be so easy either.     So the question is, should I just concentrate on getting good still photos with one camera.   Jack of all trades and master of none????

And some street colour from the Slovenian capital of Ljublana for the photo today….

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and another photo from the archives….before the storm, Longyearbyen, Svalbard Spitsbergen.

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South to North…..Africa to Spitsbergen

Thought for the day….”  It costs nothing to dream, but are you prepared to pay the price to make it a reality?”

”  We learn the ropes of life by untying its knots”.

A photo of the largest land mammal for the photo today, and a scene from South Africa.   Elephants often live in herds of 20 or more, led by a dominant female called a matriarch.    They can live for up to 70 years, and curiously, cannot jump.    When they are born, they are blind, so rely totally on their mothers.  Adults will spend up to 16 hours a day feeding and need around 20 litres of water daily.   They sleep for only about 3 hours a day, and have 6 or 7 sets of teeth, unlike only 2 for humans.

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And another photo from the archives…..a storm approaches Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

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Lake Wanaka sunset – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Generosity is giving more than you can, whereas pride is taking less than you need.”

“Walking forwards or backwards makes no difference as long as you are moving ahead”.           ” You always get lucky,  sometimes”.

Did you know that Japan’s Okinawa island has more than 450 people aged 100 years or more?   It is said to be the healthiest place on Earth.

Last light of the day over Lake Wanaka New Zealand for the photo today.    The different colours of sunsets are caused by the amount of dust and particles in the air.   The sunlight has to refract through hazy layers, and this splits the white light into the various colours during a sunset.   When the times for sunset are calculated, they are based on a sea level horizon, and do not take into account height or mountain ranges.    The Earth’s atmosphere also bends light rays, so the actualy time of sunset can be 3 minutes later than the ‘official’ time of sunset.  People making sundials will use the ‘Equation of Time’   to correct for the difference between solar time (sun time) and solar mean time (the solar time based on 24 hour days).   The difference can be over 15 minutes, which is why sundials need to be corrected.    Did you know that on Spitsbergen, not far from the North Pole, that there is a sundial (the world’s most northerly sundial)  which shows the time 24 hours a day, due to the continous daylight during the summer months.   The pole or stick on a sundial (which casts the shadow) is known as the gnom0n, and has to be at the same angle as the latitude of the sundial.

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Before The Storm – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Yesterday is history, learn from it.  Today is the present, act on it.  Tomorrow is the future, plan for it”.

“When the wind changes, pessimists will complain, optimists will hope for the wind to change, and leaders will adjust the sails”.

A photo today taken just before a storm, and just before the last bit of sunshine disappeared.  Taken in the settlement of Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen in the far north.   Originally a whaling station, it was the mining of coal that later became important.   Spitsbergen is shared between Norway and Russia, and both companies still have coal mines there.    There is even a branch of a Norwegian university there, to study Artic sciences.   Spitsbergen has a population of around 2700 people. although they are far outnumbered by the number of polar bears.   Due to the large number of polar bears, trekkers and hikers are required to carry a gun when outside of settlements.    There is also a Seed Vault here, a sort of domesday project to store seeds from every country in the world.  From Spitsbergen is is not far to the North Pole.

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