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_EBT8723As humans we like to think we’re pretty clever, after all we build things, we invent things, we control the environment around us, we are masters of all we survey.  So why is it that we are so awed when a wild thing accepts us into its domain without reservation?  It’s irrelevant what the animal is, a whale, a dolphin, a lion, a sea-lion it makes not a dot of difference, our superior bearing and arrogance evaporates and we are left in child like wonder and infatuation.

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We have just spent the better part of the last week at Hamelin Bay in the Margaret River region of southwest WA.  A stunning area in its own right but even more notable for its resident population of large bull rays and eagle rays that frequent its shoreline.

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Time and time again we saw the awe and delight that these friendly goliaths of the deep instilled in those who came to see them.  As they glided gently past, completely unfazed or perturbed by the attention, faces, both young and old alike,  lit up with each close encounter.

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One day of gorgeous weather this week and I spent it out exploring the off shore islands.  Sometimes the days just aren’t long enough.

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The wind finally stopped blowing long enough for a paddle over to Penguin Island.  Seems that everyone else had the same idea.

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Ever wondered how Google and others get those amazing 360 degree shots?

The theory’s simple… take a series of overlapping photos and stitch them together. The trouble with taking a bunch of shots is that it takes time… and things tend to move in that time.

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Imagine you want to photograph a beach and you take 10 shots to get it all in. In the time it takes you to take the ten shots the clouds, birds and the waves have all moved so nothing lines up properly.

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Here’s the answer, a camera with lots of lens that all overlap and all take a photo at exactly the same time. I don’t even want to think how much it costs.

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Growing up’s always hard, no matter who or what you are.  And it ain’t no picnic for the birds either.

There’s that awkward time when all your friends are flying but you can’t…….

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so with grim resolve you brace yourself to give it all you’ve got….

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only to be come unstuck due by undercarriage problems….

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and then there’s the embarrassment of running out of runway…….

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and the sheer panic when you get caught by a gust and suddenly your not on the ground anymore……..

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and you realise OMG.. I’m kinda …….. flying……

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Ha!  Don’t know what all the fuss was about cause I R Soaring 🙂

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