Mining the Archives …

For a long time I have been promising myself that I would get my photos into some sort of order.

So far I have found photos on four different computers, three generations of Mac and a PC. None of the external hard drives lying around would actually do business with all of them. I ended up clearing the oldest Mac with a USB stick, not the nice new one with heaps of storage but an old one that would cope with just 200 files at a time. I still have to find some more photos. One other Mac was stolen some years ago, that’s a collection of photos that I won’t be seeing again and but there is hope that some others are filed away on cd somewhere. Must sort them out while I still have a means of reading cd’s. Anyway most of the digital era is now assembled in one place … must back it up!

Because of some problems with my Olympus camera I’ve also had reason to sort through and put back into use some old camera gear. Reviewing my old photos and being forced to think about my photography has been a most instructive revision course. I got the brand new camera yesterday but before I start showing off what it can do lets see what went before.

Wildlife and landscapes it’s what I do …

Antarctica 2005
Antarctica 2005

 

Antarctic Petrel
Antarctic Petrel

 

Eureka Sound 2008
Eureka Sound 2008

 

Polar Bear
Polar Bear

 

Ellesmere Island 2008
Ellesmere Island 2008

 

Galapagos 2007
Galapagos 2007

 

Great Frigatebird
Great Frigatebird

 

New Zealand 2008
New Zealand 2008

 

New Zealand 2008
New Zealand 2008

Clean and Green …

Ah, New Zealand …

Authorities warned parents to examine packaging for signs of tampering and supermarkets removed formula cans from shelves to storerooms so shoppers could not access them directly.

Possums being far more cuddly than babies …

New Zealand police said that anonymous letters were received by Federated Farmers and Fonterra in November 2014, accompanied by small packages of milk powder, which subsequently tested positive for the presence of a concentrated form of 1080.

The letters threatened to contaminate infant and other formula with 1080 (sodium monoflouroacetate) unless New Zealand stopped using it for pest control by the end of March 2015.

It has had the desired effect …

New Zealand is the world’s leading dairy exporter.

The New Zealand dollar dropped to a six-week low and the share market dipped on the news of the blackmail threat.

President of New Zealand’s peak farming body, Federated Farmers of New Zealand (FFNZ), Dr William Rolleston, said

he believed his organisation was targeted by the anonymous letter writer due to their support for the use of 1080 to control possum populations.

“Unlike you guys in Australia who protect your possums, they are not a welcome visitor here, I’m afraid. We do endorse the use of 1080. It’s a highly effective and safe product when used properly and it’s biodegradable, so it breaks down in the environment very quickly, it doesn’t have an impact on our native species, so it’s a very good toxin to use for dealing with what is a major issue for New Zealand.”

Source your green ABC.

Today’s discussion point, “Are babies a bigger pest than possums?”