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  • Nora Leggs, in reply to BenWilson,

    It wasn’t that crowded

    True.. tho it was a lot less crowded around the next bays. Wasn't your little boys burying the eel was it?!

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2304 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Nora Leggs,

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    Heh. No. They did prove that undies are togs on the beach, though.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8591 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Summer is…..

    Lantana

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2304 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    And more Lantana

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2304 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

    Wow, lollies!

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 863 posts Report Reply

  • Jos, in reply to BenWilson,

    Looks like the sort of experience that could scar you for life. Either that or they're waiting for the tsunami...

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 863 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to BenWilson,

    Which has been the ANZ way since- o, I dunno - 80 years before my mother was born? (In 1927...)
    Before that - nobody wore anything-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Cecelia,

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    Summer's last hues: Puhoi River

    Hibiscus Coast • Since Apr 2008 • 523 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

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    Some one has been dry brushing the sky

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 863 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Jos,

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    Some one has been dry brushing the sky

    I’ve been sky painting too. Top two in Singapore, bottom one from last night.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2144 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Islander,

    Which has been the ANZ way since- o, I dunno – 80 years before my mother was born? (In 1927…)

    Ironically, undies from those days look like togs from these days.

    Before that - nobody wore anything-

    You keep this tradition alive? Long may it last. Every other animal in the water is starkers.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8591 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to BenWilson,

    You keep this tradition alive? Long may it last. Every other animal in the water is starkers.

    Definitely. I keep a large towel on the rocks where I haul out, so I can be respectable if people turn up.

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

    Not sure whether to allow or block the mental image of you hauling out...
    :)

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 863 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Jos,

    Think - large seal!

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

    Pink? Pinkish?

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 863 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Jos,

    nah, hideously dark creamish-with dark grey hair- gag! Sorry-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

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    Sounds pleasant sort of like coffee.
    :)


    I'm starting an experiment, a local gardening guru recons you should pick any tomato the moment it shows a hint of orange. Then put them in the shed in the dark in a single layer, not touching. Apparently they ripen at the same rate but are more flavoursome and a better colour. We shall see. I found a pair of tomatoes as similar as I could and have put one in the shed and left the other on the vine.

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 863 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Jos,

    Interesting...I'll check the family's major tomato vine in Oamaru when I travel there this coming week, and see how selected suitable victims work out-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

    A grand plan!

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 863 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Jos,

    Will send photos-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Jos,

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    Apparently they ripen at the same rate but are more flavoursome and a better colour.

    My understanding was that they actually ripened faster after picking, particularly if you remove the stem. I have not actually measured this, and look forward to your results, but I certainly attest that they will continue to ripen after picking – it’s a useful trick, it means you can do all your picking in one go, and it also means less chance of pest damage. Furthermore, other growth on the vine is encouraged. It’s also much easier to find the ripest tomato in a bowl than on a jumble of vines.

    I’ve had plentiful tomatoes this year. Been getting a bowl like this every week (I’m the only one who eats them here, so that’s quite a lot) for the last 5 weeks.

    Remember this little baby? It filled that little greenhouse in no time, so I ended up having to stake it up (Pic 1). That a single plant. BONUS: They’re the long yellow ones that were so delicious last year.

    I went a little bit tomato crazy this year, although this is partly the fault of my little boys, whom I tend to involve in garden decisions – their choice of punnets in the last visit to Kings was more tomatoes, so I planted out the main garden in them. Pic 2, companion planted with basil and marigolds, and the established nasturtiums and thyme, mulched in with lawn clippings and the leaves of the giant magnolia that overshadows this spot. Also, spring onions, a strawberry that so tenaciously hung on after I culled the entire patch that I took pity on it, and weeds (which I think are mostly Sorrel, an edible)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8591 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to BenWilson,

    Just about dying with jealousy over these wonderful edible gardens, Ben and Jos! And Islander's naked swims! Beaches too crowded in these parts for such gallivanting....

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3468 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Lilith __,

    Beaches too crowded in these parts for such gallivanting….

    The 2 beaches I indulge myself on are way off the main drag, and have little to
    attract people...just a few cribs and the occaisional cribbie...

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to ChrisW,

    Might you consider trying this photographically, and showing us all a sequence of cropped images (ie enlarged)?

    BTW, sorry I didn't respond to this. Yes, I'm doing just that. It's taking a while to collect those images though. I'll prove there are moons around Jupiter yet. My greatest challenge at the moment is the movement of the starfield itself. It's taken me some time and maths, and research to prove this to myself (the biggest clue is that the lines are always parallel to the celestial equator). At the highest zoom with the longest exposure, which is only 8 seconds (looked this one up), they all become little lines. Which is a pity because the zoom is sufficient that Jupiter would have noticeable detail, if only it would sit still! But shortening the exposure cuts the light received so you get a crisp but dull image. Quite different to the moon shots because the moon casts a serious amount of light, so high shutter speeds do work.

    However, for the purpose of working out where the objects are relative to one another, it's excellent.

    I'm curious if anyone is aware of an astronomical camera mode that doesn't require a mechanical solution (turning the camera slowly to keep up with the starfield). Considering that the camera is receiving a steady stream of images, it could basically slide the images digitally to keep up, interpolating as it goes, preserving detail. It's a technique that would only work for something like this - an object moving at a very slow but steady speed, without changing in itself in any noticeable way.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8591 posts Report Reply

  • Jarno van der Linden,

    Shifting the image digitally is not going to help with the need for a long exposure. The whole point of a long exposure is to gather enough photons at each pixel to get above the noise floor of the sensor, and get a good range and resolution of intensities.

    Getting the content of a CCD or CMOS sensor necessarily clears it. It's not possible to read the image, then continue the exposure. Reading out the sensor every second (for example) in order to shift the image digitally (either in-camera or on the computer) just gets you 8 frames of noise with no signal. Stacking 8 frames of noise only gives you more noise.

    If you can shorten the exposure and still get a good but dim image, you could stack several images together. There is some free software to do that specifically for astronomical work, such as RegiStax.

    Nelson • Since Oct 2007 • 70 posts Report Reply

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