Reflections on 2014 and Goals for 2015

As I sit here now at the end of the year, I can look back on 2014 with joy and fond memories. I leave you with two images: one of the sun I shot using the Televue 5x power mate (to get 9000mm effective focal length for my solar imaging setup). The other is of the moon while I was walking through Oxford the other day – just to show that perspective can make the difference in images.

Sunspot and granulation of the sun taken with Televue 5x Powermate (uncropped)
Sunspot and granulation of the sun taken with Televue 5x Powermate (uncropped)
Moon in the sky as if held within the
Moon in the sky as seen through the crenel (notch) of the tower

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Apple TV and my setup


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I have been a Windows PC user for over 30 years now, and this included quite a few Windows mobile devices. But since moving to the Apple iPhone over 3 years ago, I have been impressed with the technology they have brought out – iPad, iMac, Mac Book Pro. But one product which did not interest me, up until now, that is ….. was the Apple TV. Continue reading Apple TV and my setup

Other Christmas photos of note


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I thought I would have a thread to put photos of particular note this Christmas, as there are quite a few meaningful photos which I have managed to take over the last few days. Continue reading Other Christmas photos of note

Christmas Pudding


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I thought I would share how we make our perfect Christmas pudding. It starts with a good Christmas pudding bought from the supermarket. Other ingredients needed are Cognac or whisky to complete the cooking process and some fresh cream. Continue reading Christmas Pudding

Christmas meal


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This year, both my wife and I were working Christmas Eve. And with the celebration in Church on Christmas Day, we left our Christmas dinner until Boxing day (26/12/14). Continue reading Christmas meal

Pink Kalanchoe


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My youngest daughter received a nicely potted Pink Kalanchoe from our God-son this Christmas. She kindly gave me permission to cut a stem of this flower to photograph. Continue reading Pink Kalanchoe

Christmas Advent Calendar – 25/12/14

This is the last of my Advent calendar series. Therefore I have included the cornflower in UV-induced visible fluorescence (UVIVF), as it fits in well with this Christmas Season.

Cornflower - UVIVF (closeup)
Cornflower – UVIVF (closeup)

I wish you all good tidings and a merry Christmas and happy New Year.

Boon

Danish Butter Cookie


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Merry Christmas to one and all. For today, I thought I would share with you one of my childhood favourites – the Danish butter cookie. My favourites are the ones with the sugar granules on its surface. Continue reading Danish Butter Cookie

London Glass Etching Souvenir


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My youngest daughter had bought this glass etching souvenir from London for me following her trip to London with my wife. This was a very loving gesture from her. I thought I would see what this would look like in high magnification. Continue reading London Glass Etching Souvenir