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The autumn equinox 2016 #seasons

It’s the autumn equinox tomorrow when the day is split equally into light and dark and my landscape photography becomes a little more challenging. In fact, I’ll probably do more indoor photography.

Autumn colours

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5 Simple Ways to Make Your Home Greener

By: Danielle Hegedus

These days, many people are interested in making their home more eco-friendly. Whether you want to reduce your overall environmental footprint, or just create a safer, healthier living space, you don’t have to invest a ton of money to make your home greener. At Home Improvement Leads, we recommend that you start simply by making your home more environmentally sustainable. Read on to learn about small changes that you can implement to save money on monthly utility and grocery bills. You can also reduce indoor pollutants that can be damaging to your health, all while diminishing your home’s impact on the environment.

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Top 5 Cities for Going Solar

A guest post by Mary Sauer

During 2015, the generation of energy using solar power has doubled. It was a remarkable year for the solar industry, and it gained a momentum we hope to see continue until our country can reach—and even surpass—the goals set for reducing our consumption of non-renewable energy sources and increasing our reliance on solar power. (more…)


Festering discontentment #politics

I can’t wait for spring, last year it kept on raining all through winter. We did have a little snow in January but it was quite a mild winter. We are just into the new year and many pundits are trying to forecast what 2016 will bring. I might as well have a go at it as well! (more…)


The affect of colours #life

Colours do affect our moods and we associate different colours with different things. White is associated with purity, red is associated with excitement and black is seen as morbid and depressing. Bright colours are associated with fun and are favoured by children, yellow in particular. (more…)


Supermoon eclipse 2015

ANIMATED ECLIPSE

Early this morning the earth cast a shadow on the moon. It was a supermoon and so larger than normal and also an eclipse. I was out in the garden taking photos.  I’ve put them all together into this animated GIF. I took the photos every 15 minutes until there was darkness.  A moment in history recorded!


Risks and diversity #investments

risks

There are many different kinds of investment. Even buying tools so you can grow vegetables in the garden or do your own DIY can be an investment. Investments can save you money, make you money or simply provide a little insurance and peace of mind. Something you can sell when times are hard. (more…)


Happiness, is that the purpose of life?

It’s a sad fact that we can’t be happy all the time. We can try to achieve a happy medium and feel contented. We tend to view things as relative, there are tall people, because they are taller than shorter people. If we were all the same height, short or tall, we wouldn’t know if we were short or tall! (more…)


Perceptions #life

perceptions

No one tells us how to think, but there are powerful influences that seem to guide, not only what we think, but our behaviour too. We know television advertising affects us, but how much does the programming affect us?  Are our perceptions of society and ourselves being manipulated? (more…)


Finance Friday: 2015 investment ideas

Investment ideas

Another year begins and many people are looking at the trends for finance in 2015. What would be a good investment in 2015? Gold continues to fall and although the stock market has recovered a little, it was still down at the end of 2014 compared to the previous year. The UK needs investment. (more…)


Life: diversity

Do you remember Christmas when you were a kid? I still remember the things associated with Christmas. We had tangerines at Christmas, now it’s satumas. Whatever happened to tangerines? We had nativities at school and we learnt Christmas carols. Childhood is about learning, the knowledge we gain  is the foundation of our lives. (more…)


Me and Tech

Autumn 2014 (8)

I took this photo yesterday afternoon with my Nikon DSLR. Digital cameras are great compared to the old film cameras that we used when I was younger. I can also edit on my computer, that was impossible with film. (more…)


Finance Friday: investors and speculators.

There are a lot of different types of investments. Labour this week announced a policy that would stop some ‘buy to let’ investments. I think borrowing money cheap to buy run down properties to rent out to desperate people is simply being a parasite. We need proper investment in housing, not get rich quick speculators. (more…)


Myths and magic

1 super-moon

I photographed the super-moon last night. In the past people attributed all-sorts of things to the moon, it was thought to be magical. It made people behave weirdly, hence the term lunacy. In England, we had lunatic asylums. (more…)


Photography: Sandwell Valley Country Park

Wednesbury pool - landscape

I attached my 55  – 300mm telephoto lens on Sunday and went looking for wildlife to photograph. This landscape was at 55mm and it’s OK, but I would liked to have zoomed out further. A 15 – 55mm lens would have been better. (more…)


Psychology: supply and demand

Supply and demand is a term used in economics and finance rather than psychology. The more something is in demand, the more pressure there is to raise the price. When the supply of goods is plentiful, as in a good harvest that provides downward pressure on prices. (more…)


Psychology| Symmetry

It’s Valentine’s Day on Friday which has become part of the human mating ritual. People will send cards, buy gifts and have dinner with people they are attracted to. What makes people attractive though? Research suggests it’s symmetry. (more…)


Neodigital Art and photography

1 arches of bridge

Art is subjective, everyone likes different things. We tend to find patterns interesting and have a common view of what is beauty. Other things affect our perceptions, that are often deep within our memory. A scene might remind us of our childhood for example; but whatever it is, it must evoke an emotional response. Art is about emotion. It’s not logical, it’s emotional. (more…)


Psychology: Selling yourself with honesty

Sometimes we have to sell ourselves to get what we want in life, such as getting a job or even acquiring new friends. There are many ways to sell a used car and there are many ways to present yourself to a prospective employer. (more…)


Psychology: Mindfulness

One of the latest buzz words for psychologists and counsellors is mindfulness. According to Wikipedia mindfulness is:

“Mindfulness practice, inherited from the Buddhist tradition, is being employed in psychology to alleviate a variety of mental and physical conditions, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and in the prevention of relapse in depression and drug addiction.” (more…)


Psychology: Balanced views

Children who are bullied at school will usually see the bully as strong and themselves as weak. When they complain about being bullied their parents and teachers will tell them to stand up to the bully. They can’t though, but they will find someone they can stand up to, someone weaker than themselves and then they too become the bullies. It doesn’t always happen, but often does. (more…)


Psychology: Christmas beliefs

Merry X edit

Christmas is a religious festive, but it is also a feast at the beginning of winter for those of us in the Northern hemisphere. Our ancestors would have had a winter feast storing up body fat before the lean hungry months of winter. This would have been before Christianity came to Britain or most of the world. (more…)


Psychology: Psychopaths with influence

We like to think that we have freedom of thought, but we’re all influenced by the things we see and hear. Some years ago there was a popular movie about someone with multiple personalities. Diagnosis of multiple personality by psychiatrists in the US increased dramatically in the following year. Did the movie make them more aware of the condition or did they begin to see signs of multiple personality in all their patients? (more…)


From the past to the future

1 Old railway track

I took this photograph last Sunday. It shows an abandoned railway track going under a new road. On the other side of the road is a 18th century canal. On this side of the road, the river goes through a culvert. The three main transport links of the past all come together. Some believe that transport underpins wealth creation in Britain, but is there something more important?

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