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Going to Florida, need advise
Headed to Florida for the Space X launch (Orlando area)
Other than Disney and Epcot center what are the must things to do and see in that area
any advise would be appreciated.
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I just noted a case which many of the hoggers may be interested in. It is out of the Texas Court of Appeals, 1st District. I have attached the courts opinion.

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cuteness overload! a puppy and a toad
We are baby sitting my grand daughter's puppy this week. He has been having fun with the toads in our yard--no toads were injured in the making of these photos!

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I thought I was a lousy photographer
I rarely wrote on the UHH as I thought I was a lousy photographer & wasn't proud of my work.

I purchased my first DSLR in March 2015 after not using film for 20 years. It's a Nikon D200 that had 187,700 clicks. I had been reading the UHH for some time along other sites. I had read that shutters last about 200,000 clicks. I didn't want the shutter to go bad on me and not knowing any better I took the D200 to Southern Photo Technical Services in Miami, Fl. & asked them to refurbish it. Over the years 95% my photos were out of focus & I got to keep almost 1% of my shots. after a couple of years of fretting my wife convinced me to get a better camera. I bought a D850. I couldn't believe my eyes, using the two lens I have I now come home with over 70% sharp photos with a keeper rate over 10%.

I do not believe that the D200 was refurbished. I don't know what to do about it. I know I can't get any money back & I can't sell the D200. Should I let Nikon know about this? Or is it just a waste of time & just forget about it.

This was taken this morning. Limpkin chick (cropped a lot).

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India - Mammals
My second post today. A selection of animal images, all shot in the wild.

Barking deer - sniffing around my hide!

Chittal or Spotted deer - spotted me!

Red Mongoose - a rare sighting

Neck Striped Mongoose - a forest dweller

Common Mongoose - seen everywhere

Dhole - Wild Dog - One of the most feared animals in our forests

Sambhar Deer

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Viking River Cruise (Part 1)
My wife and I dad a Viking River Cruise, Amsterdam to Budapest. Fantastic trip! I used a Sony a6500 with a Sony/Zeiss 16-70 zoom, which was adequate for just about everything. I did have the 55-210, but never used it.
Amsterdam Central Station

Amsterdam bicycles

It must mean something different in Dutch

First day sunrise, Viking Skirnir


Kinderdijk windmill

Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral


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Why I hate cats so much - reason# 201.
The stupid thing keeps eating the house plants that I buy for my wife.

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Another cellphone walk
The dogs demand regular walks and the neighbors are producing great flowers - so, out comes the cellphone.

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Grand Tetons in Black and White
All images are NIK conversions from color, and were taken with a Nikon D800E and 24-70/2.8 lens. The final image shows the famous Mormon barn.

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Wandering America & Canada - Part 5
This is the 5th in a series of posts using photos from a recent 6+ week trip I took around the Western US & Canada, with a college buddy Chuck & my Australian Shepherd Gem, aka "the Mutt." I want to thank all who have looked at the first 4 parts & commented.

I ended Post # 4 in Williams, AZ on Rt 66 where we stayed while touring the Grand Canyon for the next few days. Our original plan was to go to the North Rim, however it was closed due to snow. So instead, we spent our time touring the So. Rim & thoroughly enjoying ourselves. I was struck when we first got to the canyon, that no matter how many times I go there, it always seems "grander" than the last time. We started out with a late afternoon, early evening shoot ... which turned into a night shoot.

As an aside, after seeing some posts on UHH, I had purchased a crystal ball in order to try to shoot a sunrise at the canyon ... the sunrise wasn't very colorful, so the most "exciting" part was seeing someone next to me accidentally bump the tripod the crystal was sitting on & watching it roll off the tripod (seemingly in slow motion) ... hit the edge with a fine spray a fragments "sparkling" in the sun ... & then bouncing down into the canyon!!! So much for that experiment. ;)

From there, it was North to Grand Staircase/Escalante Nat'l Park ... a park I had never visited & it was another beautiful jewel of a park. While there, we took a day to revisit Bryce Canyon (we'd spent several days there in 2016) ... it was just too close & too beautiful not to stop for a quick visit.

We shot a great sunset at the Sunset Arch & ended our stay in Escalante enjoying a sun set at the Devils Garden ... a beautiful spot with what I believe are called "hoodoos".

I hope you enjoy these,

Grand Canyon Nat'l Park, night shot with a very bright moon behind us making the stars hard to see. Not a great shot ... a bit grainy for my taste which I tried to tone down ... however the canyon itself was beautiful in the soft moon light.

Grand Canyon Nat'l Park the following morning when we tried to catch a sunrise. It didn't materialize as brightly as hoped, but still a beautiful scene.

Grand Canyon Nat'l Park, 6 shot pano shot near mid-day.

Grand Staircase/Escalante Nat'l Park, a shot of a mountain I thought was quite striking ... I'm not sure, but believe it may be Canaan Peak(?)

Bryce Canyon Nat'l Park, Bryce Natural Bridge

Bryce Canyon Nat'l Park, Sunset Point.

Grand Staircase/Escalante Nat'l Park, Lower Calf Creek Falls

Grand Staircase/Escalante Nat'l Park, the best shot I got of the sunset at Sunset Arch, however, in all candor, my buddy Chuck was near the middle & looked down at his camera when I took it!!!! So I elected to edit him out in PS.

Grand Staircase/Escalante Nat'l Park, a natural arch in the Devil's Garden.

Grand Staircase/Escalante Nat'l Park, sunset in the Devil's Garden.

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