Gigapixel: The Inauguration of Donald Trump — Have a look around at the HUGE crowd!

Compare to these faked photos:

CBS News

The Nation

Wikipedia

Comments in the PetaPixel’s article of the same shot gives two conflicting explanations of who shot it, but it definitely is a stitched image of dozens of separate photos:

Gear used and photographer:

Canon 5DSr + 70-200 2.8L mounted on a Nodal Ninja M2 pano head and shot by hand. Supposedly shot at both 70mm and 200mm. The photographer is Tomasz Misiewicz and he did a great job in a very challenging situation. When you compare this to the previously published gigapixels from 2013 (shot by Toni Sandys) and the first one in 2009 (shot by by David Bergman) you can see how the quality of the gear, the technique and vantage point have all improved exponentially.

Alternative story:

Jim Bourg, the Washington DC Reuters photo editor sez it was shot at 12:01pm by Reuters photographer Lucas Jackson.

Was definitely stitched:

I’m curious what was used to make it. I found a guy with a seam down the middle of his face and movement so multiple shots over a period of time “Landscape Stitching” style. But the resolution is amazing.


Use your mouse to move around, zoom in HERE.

(video) Rock Skipping Alaska Style! You gotta hear these crazy sounds!

Rock Skipping Alaska Style! You gotta hear these crazy sounds!

WIND TURBINES SLAUGHTER MILLIONS of birds and bats annually — Blade tips move up to 180 mph!

This is so sad: something so good for the environment is not so good.

Hopefully, our Anchorage, Alaska wind turbines on Fire Island are not as catastrophic.

Not mentioned in this article, the giant wind turbines also emit a strong, subsonic hum that disturbs nearby human residents, who often have to then move to maintain their health and sanity.

Smaller wind turbines may be more humane for animals and people.

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From: savetheeaglesinternational.org

Wind turbines are actually slaughtering millions of birds and bats annually

The Obama administration is issuing 30-year permits for “taking” (killing) bald and golden eagles. The great birds will be legally slaughtered “unintentionally” by lethal wind turbines installed in their breeding territories, and in “dispersion areas” where their young congregate (e.g. Altamont Pass).
By chance (if you believe in coincidences), a timely government study claims wind farms will kill “only” 1.4 million birds yearly by 2030. This new report is just one of many, financed with taxpayers’ money, aimed at convincing the public that additional mortality caused by wind plants is sustainable. – It is not.
Dr. Shawn Smallwood’s 2004 study, spanning four years, estimated that California’s Altamont Pass wind “farm” killed an average of 116 Golden Eagles annually. This adds up to 2,900 dead “goldies” since it was built 25 years ago. Altamont is the biggest sinkhole for the species, but not the only one, and industry-financed research claiming that California’s GE population is stable is but a white-wash.

Eagles are not the only victims. Smallwood also estimated that Altamont killed an average of 300 red-tailed hawks, 333 American kestrels and 380 burrowing owls annually – plus even more non-raptors, including 2,526 rock doves and 2,557 western meadowlarks.
In 2012, breaking the European omerta on wind farm mortality, the Spanish Ornithological Society (SEO/Birdlife) reviewed actual carcass counts from 136 monitoring studies. They concluded that Spain’s 18,000 wind turbines are killing 6-18 million birds and bats yearly.
Extrapolating that and similar (little publicized) German and Swedish studies, 39,000 U.S. wind turbines would not be killing “only” 440,000 birds (USFWS, 2009) or “just” 573,000 birds and 888,000 bats (Smallwood, 2013), but 13-39 million birds and bats every year!
However, this carnage is being covered up by self-serving and/or politically motivated government agencies, wind industry lobbyists, environmental groups and ornithologists, under a pile of misleading studies paid for with more taxpayer money. …
Nevertheless, news has leaked that eagles are being hacked to death all across America. This is hardly surprising, as raptors are attracted to wind turbines. They perch on them to rest or scan for prey. They come because turbines are often built in habitats that have abundant food (live or carrion) and good winds for gliding.

Griffon Vultures – courtesy of the association of ecologists GURELUR, Navarre, SpainGriffon Vultures – courtesy of the association of ecologists GURELUR, Navarre, Spain

Save the Eagles International (STEI) has posted photographs of raptors perched on nacelles or nonmoving blades , and ospreys building a nest on a decommissioned turbine. Moving blades don’t deter them either: videos show a turkey vulture perched on the hub of a spinning turbine, and a griffon vulture being struck. Birds perceive areas traveled by spinning blades as open space, unaware that blade tips are moving at up to 180 mph. Many are focused on prey. These factors make wind turbines “ecological death traps,” wherever they are located.

Entire Article

California’s iconic ‘drive-thru’ tree succumbs to storm & human folly

I’ve driven through the Chandelier Tree shown in parts of this short video, but this is not the one explained in this story, which is the Pioneer Cabin Tree in Calaveras Big Tree State Park.

Drive-Through Trees Listed

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California’s iconic ‘drive-thru’ tree succumbs to storm

Photo-a-Day #76: Bass Pro Shops Stunning Front Entrance – Anchorage!!!

Bass Pro Shops Alaskan Outpost – front entrance!

Absolutely GORGEOUS design!!! I love everything except the statement above the door that legitimatizes lying: Welcome Fisherman, Hunters, and Other Liars. They’re actually telling us: only liars are welcome. TRUTHERS should not feel uncomfortable walking through that door.

Despite what TV preachers say, lying is no laughing matter:

“But for the cowardly, unbelieving, sinners… sexually immoral… and ALL LIARS, their part is in THE LAKE that burns with fire and sulfur….” – God in Rev. 21:8

Corporate America is leading US astray, everywhere we look. But they sure do it with style, which makes the deception easier to swallow.

My father was a real ‘sportsman,’ which meant honesty back then. He both obeyed the laws and did not exaggerate.

ALL CHILDREN deserve honest fathers. Companies should promote honesty, integrity, and what’s best for people.

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November 14, 2016

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One of my NWA coworkers and I would sometimes quote these words to each other: “You’re playing with fire / Cause the Devil is a liar.” He was raised in Hawaii, and told me about the band!

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“Nobody’s watching you now / You can take what you want…”

Don’t be a fool

You’re playing with fire / Cause the Devil is a liar

Don’t let the Devil do his number on you, child!

Seawind: The Devil Is A Liar — “Don’t let the Devil do his number on you, child”

Photo-a-Day #78: Supermoon – Closest since 1948!

I was shooting from hillside, Anchorage, Alaska, doing a follow-up of yesterday’s shoot, which didn’t work out, so I looked for a plan B. The moon looked interesting; though, I hadn’t heard:

The supermoon (perigee full moon) on November 14, 2016, will bring the moon closer to Earth than it has been since January 26, 1948. What’s more, the moon won’t come this close to Earth again until November 25, 2034. That makes the November 2016 full moon the closest and largest supermoon in a period of 86 years! (source)

So I’m glad plan A didn’t work out.

Moon Distance: 366,082.58 km = 227,473 miles.

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November 16, 2016

Canon 5Ds R

(video) 6743 Last NWA freighter out of ANC 28 DEC 2009

Sad day for us. I just saw this video today.

Aircraft mechanic Jeff Jenney took this video of our last 747 freighter in Anchorage. Facebook post HERE.

My still photos are from the other direction. After disconnecting the towbar and waving off the plane, I took photos from below the hill at F1. Later photos appear first: HERE.

Raspberry Frosty Road

I photographed this about 200 feet from our house as the sun was going down, at 3:20 pm in Anchorage, Alaska.

We’re facing the Chugach Mountains, directly east. I’m surmising the trees on the right are more gorgeous because the sun had risen to the right in the SE and set in the SW, so those on the right experienced no direct sunlight (except the top branches), while those on the left probably saw about 4 hours of sun, melting some of the hoar frost.

But still, much of the frost remains, which shows how little heat the sun produces this time of year, because it stays so low, where its intensity is held back by the earth’s atmosphere. The official high temp was 17° — plenty warm enough for the sun to melt the frost if it had more oomph.

Official sunrise-sunset times were 10:11 am – 3:59 pm, but the sun is below the mountains during some of that period.

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January 4, 2017

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Joyce Riley: 2017 a YEAR of REFLECTION to MAKE AMENDS & Do What’s Best for Ourselves and Others — As I look back over my life now, [having] stage 4 cancer… I start reflecting: who I need to say ‘I’m sorry’ to? Who I need to do something for? … I wish that I had done this maybe before I had the diagnosis, maybe 15-30 years ago. We can all do that. I would like to see the year of 2017 be a year of reflection of all of us of our own lives. And if that means we need to go back and make some amends, or if we need to go back and do some things that will make our lives even better at this point and their lives better, then IT’S TIME

I transcribed this because I think it’s SO IMPORTANT!!!!!!!!!!

As I look back over my life now, and as people look back and think: if they get a diagnosis like stage 4 cancer…. I can only speak for myself….

I start reflecting on a lot of things in my life. Who I need to say ‘I’m sorry’ to? Who I need to do something for? And it is a time of really positive reflection. And I wish that I had done this maybe before I had the diagnosis, maybe 15-30 years ago. And we can all do that.

And I would like to see the year of 2017 be a year of reflection of all of us of our own lives.

And if that means that we need to go back and make some amends, or if we need to go back and do some things that will make our lives even better at this point and their lives better, then it’s time.

– Joyce Riley on The Power Hour 12/23/16, hour 2 @ 11:55

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From: The Power Hour Week of DECEMBER 19 – DECEMBER 23, 2016

FRIDAY – DECEMBER 23, 2016:

2nd Hour Open Line

[…]

Today’s Show is Audio Archived at:
December 23, 2016 (hour 1) – News LIVE with Daniel Brigman & Josh joined by Joyce – so good to hear her voice again!!!
December 23, 2016 (hour 2)Guest Ken Ludwig [Joyce discusses making amends @ minute-7!!! – ed.]
December 23, 2016 (hour 3) – Guest Rick Caylor

Related:

I got this word from God for a church founder in Anchorage, 25 years ago, while getting ready to discuss with the then, head pastor what I had recently been shown about why God couldn’t move in our church.

It says a lot about what needs to happen for real Christianity and full revival to occur. And this is also a salvation issue: “There is therefore now *no condemnation* to those who are IN CHRIST Jesus, who don’t WALK according to the flesh, but ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT.” (Romans 8:1)

This is also the prophecy that inspired my ’93 4GIVNG and ’95 NOHATE license plate — as I was told: “STRONGHOLD of UNFORGIVENESS”:

Aug, 9,1990

“Our eyes are full of sawdust. We can’t see clearly to see the kingdom. There is MIGHT and there is POWER and there is GLORY, but it is being withheld until these relationships are made right, until we love our brother enough to feel his hurt deeply and say kind words of salve that heal their souls.

[___] can do this. This is vital. They are necessary. For he must do this for healing to occur. He is a man of integrity in many ways.

Fear must decrease. Love must increase. He will fight and he will win the battle over the stronghold of fear and unforgiveness, sayeth the Lord.”

My 1990 Key-to-Revival Prophecy: “There is might and there is power and there is glory, but it is being withheld until these relationships are made right, until we love our brother enough to…”

“PUT ANY WRONG DONE TO MAN RIGHT AGAIN”:
The Welsh Revival of 1904-05 by J. Edwin Orr: A Countrywide Asbury-like REVIVAL! The 4 Points: #1 Confess any known sin, and put any wrong done to man right again. #2 Put away any doubtful habit. #3 Obey the Spirit promptly. #4 Confess your faith publicly

RECONCILIATION IS THE KEY:
(video) Asbury Revival, 1970: RECONCILIATION the KEY! — “‘Dr. Kinlaw, I am a liar. Now what do I do?’ … Three days later, she came to me radiant, and she said, ‘I just hit my 34th person and I’m FREE!’”