Doing Enough…

Are we doing enough to preserve our natural resources?

Sometimes, I believe, we put too much criticism into our efforts to awaken those who don’t give much thought to the important practice of conservation. This is not to say I think we’re doing enough, and let’s back off. Not by any means!

However, we tend to forget “the best idea we ever had”, according to an author named Wallace Stegner. He was speaking of the designation of our (USA) national parks. The parks are treasure troves of wildlife, wild flowers, mammals, plants, deserts, mountains, etc., and they are there for the public to enjoy and to become better educated about conservation.

(BONUS Trivia: How many national parks exist in the United States?
ANSWER: 60!)

Find lots more national parks trivia at my “Lines of Gratitude Blog”. Each post there shares bonus trivia information about the miracle of our national parks.

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Credit:
Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

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Forty Percent Wasted

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Recent statistics about food consumption in the United States of America, the capital of world wealth, reveal Americans waste forty percent of the food purchased in this country!

Forty percent waste! While portions of Americans and the world’s people starve, a statistic of forty percent waste of food is…

Shameful.

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Credit:
Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

More Than A Bloom

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A Dandelion is more than a bloom; it’s delicate structure is made for several stages of life, during which it changes forms continuously until it departs altogether.

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More photographic history of the Dandelion may be found at:
http://www.myspecialphotos.wordpress.com (Dandelion Gang)
and at:
http://www.photosandbeyondwordpress.wordpress.com/2017-05-17/dandelion-delight
by the same blog author.

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Credit:
Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Special Color Camera Settings

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One of the features my Nikon CoolPix L830 has which my Canon PowerShot SX410 IS does not is a color setting. Red only, yellow only, green only, etc., plus cross-over features are built into my “auto” Nikon.

Separate settings available on a digital “auto” pilot camera do enhance the features.

The ABOVE photo was taken with cross-over, featuring yellow. BELOW is a red only Tulip:

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Next (BELOW) is a yellow with green cross-over image:

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My PowerShot, however, offers a fun “fisheye” view which my Nikon lacks. Take a look (BELOW):

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The clouds received a swirled look through the “fisheye” lens. It’s a fun feature that also can produce a luscious difference in a well done photo, or an abstract image.

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All Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

(View more of the author’s photography at the blogs below:
http://www.myspecialphotos.wordpress.com
http://www.photosandbeyondwordpress.wordpress.com
http://www.abstractphotoartblog.wordpress.com )

 

 

 

Spring Tulips

They come and go quickly in the Spring, these wonderful, colorful marvels of our plant world — Tulips!

Using different settings on my Nikon CoolPix L830, I photographed the Tulips in the circle garden at the Veterans Park at the Bridge across the street from my apartment building.

The top right photo is Yellow Tulips in black and white; below that photo is Yellow Tulips in sepia.

The photo at the top right is Yellow Tulips in black and white. Below it is a Red Tulip in a red only setting.

Close-ups are, from left, red only, red in black and white, and yellow in a yellow only setting.

 

 

And then, they begin to fade, and break away, to seed for another day:

Hooray for Tulips!

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Credit:
Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

(More photos from the author can be seen at:
http://www.myspecialphotos.wordpress.com and at:
http://www.photosandbeyondwordpress.wordpress.com )

An Easter Lily

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Living ten miles from my home church without transportation, I rarely get to attend Sunday services. And because the complication of a breathing disability limits my travel, I am listed on the church roster as a “shut-in”.

Something quite nice happens to shut-ins in the way of church membership acknowledgements. Each Easter and Christmas, an Easter Lily, or a Poinsettia, is delivered to shut-ins after these plants have graced the church sanctuary for the appropriate season.

The photographs in this post, with different color and tone camera settings, are of the Easter Lily presented to me Easter Sunday afternoon. Thank you, St. Peter’s!

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Credit:
Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Moon Tosses Out Green Yellow Orange and Red

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About 10:30 p.m. on April 10, the Moon began to put on an unusual show and glow, tossing colors into the sky with each click of the camera! The orb started out looking like the (ABOVE) picture, with rings of green, yellow, orange, and red.

Then black clouds bringing rain broke the rings into splashes of colors reflected from the moon’s surface and into the surrounding sky (BELOW):

Finally, the entire sky seemed to get swallowed by the stupendous colors being tossed around, while to the far upper right of the moon could be seen a bright, star-like speck (BELOW).

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Was the “speck” the Red Planet — Mars — adding its signature color to the spectacular array of reflection?

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Credit:
Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Other photos from the author may be seen at:
http://www.myspecialphotos.wordpress.com