No matter what the weather or the temperature the Starlings always take advantage of any water to have a good shower every day:
I don't know what is going on with YouTube. This is the second time recently they haven't automatically picked out a thumbnail for a video. I had to upload my own.
File size can vary wildly with videos. In camera this clip was 340MB. Once loaded in iMovie and the title added it was only 80MB when saved. Processed it with Final Video Converter Pro which squeezed it down to 20MB.
Have a great weekend observing the wildlife around you.
Tucked away in one corner of the village school playing field was an exhibition of birds of prey from a local country park.
Apart from this Barn Owl I didn't manage to catch which raptors the others were:
I seem to remember this one is a Canadian Red Tailed Hawk:
Once again I used Photo Scissors to eliminate the background and added the colour in Serif Affinity Photo.
The onlookers were given a closer look at each of the birds in turn:
Stealing the limelight, though, was this baby:
I will have to make a visit to Rushmore Country Park, near Louth in Lincolnshire, to identify them. A visit has been on my Round Tuit list for years as it is less than four miles from home so I really must get round to visiting in the near future.
This rose bloom looked beautiful but it needed the clutter removing to show it at its best:
Load in Photo Scissors on the Mac. Mark in green the part wanted. Mark in red what has to be removed. Check and make any adjustments where the program makes a mistake. Crop and save the rose as a PNG with a transparent background:
Pop that in Serif Affinity Designer. Flood fill the background with a dark colour. Tidy up any remaining small errors around the edges of the rose. Save the end result:
Total time taken about fifteen minutes.
The new title piccy was produced in Serif Affinity Designer while I was learning how to use layers and how to cut bits from photos and paste them in a new picture.
On a chance visit to The Weaver of Grassblog I read a post about charities and their methods of raising money. That brought to mind one of the ways I use any small amounts of money I may have spare to help others. A few years ago I found out about two sites which make loans to people in poorer countries which help them to improve their lives. The money may be for extra livestock, seed, stock for market stalls or small shops, repairs, etc.. The money is repaid to my account over a number of months and I can then re-use it to help more people. No interest is paid to me.
I think this is a novel way to help people help themselves, not just a handout but a way of helping them to improve their lot in life. How it works is you open an account with each / either organisation and transfer some money. After that you choose when to loan the money and which person / people to lend to. Once your received repayments pass the minimum amount needed for a microloan you can relend the money to someone else.
Which are these organisations?
The first is Kiva. This one works in dollars and microloans are made in multiples of $25. Each of my contributions is a part of the amount of money a person requests.
The other is LendWithCarewhich works in UK pounds and microloans are made in multiples of £15.
With both organisations their sites list the people who are requesting loans, a bit about their background, what they want the loan for and what they will do with what they purchase. I look through and pick which I will contribute to. Both suggest a small extra amount with each microloan to help with their expenses. This is voluntary and I can add as much or little as I wish. Both keep me informed and let me know when repayments are received. I get the occasional email from them but these are kept to a minimum.
There is always a risk that a borrower will not be able to fully repay a loan but my experience so far has shown this to be a very, very rare event. The organisations have agents in each country where they work and vet the prospective borrowers to minimise any risk.
What I like about this method of helping others -
I choose where my money is going.
I know what my money is being used for.
The money gets to be reused.
No unknown siphoning off any of my money to enhance the lifestyle of fatcat administrators.
A mainly pictorial record of the wildlife and events in my part of Lincolnshire. My garden has two bird nest boxes and a Hedgehog house fitted with video cameras. There are several bird feeders and a large pond attracting a variety of wildlife to the garden.
Most of the pictures in the main part of my Jottings can be clicked on for larger views.
Many of my video clips are stored on my YouTube account.
Thank you for visiting and remember you are always welcome to leave any comments. John.
. For many years I always had my trusty Ricoh XRX SLR with me wherever I went. One day the mirror jammed and repair costs were beyond my reach at that time so that was the end of that.
Now I am retired and have invested in Canon equipment I am able to enjoy a photographic hobby again. These days I concentrate mainly on wildlife and occasional events near to home.
My interest and use of computers extends back to the days of the ZX81 and BBC computer. For many years I used an Atari ST. I wonder if anyone remembers my Atari programs - JCLabel, JCView, etc..