Zooming In On Australia

I’m staying a few blocks away from Capital Hill in Canberra (Yarralumla actually) and just showing off what the 320X zoom on my Nikon P900 camera can do.

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55 Responses to Zooming In On Australia

  1. AndyG55 says:

    Welcome to Australia, TH !

    oh and Josh hits the spot yet again

    • AndyG55 says:

      There used to be a nice little outdoor café down at the Yarralumla nursery.

      (although, it’s been a while since I was in Canberra for any length of time.)

    • Colorado Wellington says:

      Andy, maybe some of the green money went into the ecosexual bathhouse in Sydney. Dissolving the barriers between species, you know? ;)

      If you happen to find yourself in Sydney this week, you have the unique opportunity to have sex with the earth. You just need to stop by the “ecosexual bathhouse,” which is currently part of the Syndey LiveWorks Festival of experimental art. The bathhouse is an interactive installation created by artists Loren Kronemyer and Ian Sinclair of Pony Express, who described the work to me as a “no-holds-barred extravaganza meant to dissolve the barriers between species as we descend into oblivion” as the result of our global environmental crisis. But they also see their piece as a part of a much larger ecosexual movement, which they say is gathering momentum around the world.


        • Colorado Wellington says:

          It’s what the progressive cultural avant-garde does these days. I don’t really know that much about it but I was told that the early liberation movement was frowned upon in my great-grandparents’ village. One wayward young man caught “dissolving the barriers between species” behind his father’s barn was not well regarded in the valley. He was too far ahead of his time, I guess.

      • AndyG55 says:

        I hope she isn’t an asthmatic.

      • AndyG55 says:

        Those are actually a banksia from a large shrub.


        That means the little vandal / anti-environmentalist has cut them off at the stalk before playing with them.

        Her name must be Boddett.

      • gator69 says:

        If you happen to find yourself in Sydney this week, you have the unique opportunity to have sex with the earth.

        Someone down under must have been confused by the phrase, “get your rocks off”.

      • Ernest Bush says:

        Don’t know what they think that rolling around and humping dirt and other things not meant for the purpose will do, but it seems to me that these people can only find happiness by degrading themselves to the full extent they can. Some sick puppies out there seem to be getting sicker all the time.

        As an aside, exposing your naked children, as I noticed in one or two posted pictures, is against most state laws in the U.S. and will give your state Child Protective Services grounds to confiscate your children. You could also be prosecuted under child porn laws, probably.

        • Colorado Wellington says:

          “… as I noticed in one or two posted pictures …”

          It must have been someone else and probably somewhere else, Ernest. I never did any such thing and I never saw anything like it here.

    • AndyG55 says:


      Lake Burley Griffin in the morning is a pleasant walking place. :-)

  2. Robert says:

    Good to see you here in Australia

  3. Robertv says:

    Nice camera. Now think of Big Brother is watching you 24/7. Could 8 years of Trump change that.

    • Ernest Bush says:

      LOL. They can probably watch you in UHD and really great color these days.

      Trump is a Nationalist. That makes him a progressive fascist instead of a Global agenda progressive. It will get worse, regardless of who is elected. He stated on TV back in the 90’s that if he ever ran for president he would run as a Republican because they are the easiest people to fool. Good luck with that. Especially with fascism being on the rise in this country as in Western Europe.

      • Gail Combs says:

        Why in Hades would Trump go through the bother of running for president if he did not love this country?

        He has had death threats, his family has had death threats, he has given 2 to 3 and up to 5 rallies a day for a year….

        The man is 71 with a lovely family and a love of golf. His business has taken hits from the progressives and everything else. He gains NOTHING from running for president.

        OH and a Fascist is what Bill Clinton is. It is the now called The 3rd Way.

        (I really love the way people toss out ad homs and think they are arguments.)

  4. Mark M says:

    It’s a good time to be in Oz, Tony.

    “In a rare convergence of events, prices are high for wool, lamb, beef and goat, increasing by as much as 70 per cent over the past 10 years. There has also been more rain across Australia than there has been for more than 15 years. Menindee, for example, had record rains from May to September.
    The map showing soil moisture is indigo, denoting above average and record rainfalls across most of Australia, except for apatch of pink in south Western Australia.

    Not one of Australia’s main agriculture areas is in short-term drought, a rare event that last occurred in 2001, says Blair Trewin, the Bureau of Meteorology’s senior climatologist. Even the rains of 2010-11 missed major agricultural areas such as south-west Australia.

    In September, for the time in years, the Bureau of Meteorology didn’t produce a drought map because it was not needed.

    In his 25 years in the industry, the chief executive of Meat and Livestock Australia Richard Norton says he has not seen all three commodities – wool, lamb and beef – as strong as they are today.

    “It is having a major impact for the better,” he says.

    The mood is buoyant, he says. Land values have also risen, the exchange rate is tolerable, interest rates are low, and the rain has given everyone hope.

    Many farmers are reducing debts. Others are using the federal government’s tax friendly farm management deposits.

    The BoM, 2008: ” IT MAY be time to stop describing south-eastern Australia as gripped by drought and instead accept the extreme dry as permanent, one of the nation’s most senior weather experts warned yesterday.

    “Perhaps we should call it our new climate,” said the Bureau of Meteorology’s head of climate analysis, David Jones.”

  5. gnome says:

    You should be at home voting! That wise old saying doesn’t go “vote early or vote often” you know?

  6. Colorado Wellington says:

    “Perhaps we should call it our new climate.”

    That was an unforced error. David Jones needs to start hedging his bets like the big climate pros.

  7. Jan_Vermeer says:

    Enjoy your stay in Australia Tony.I am still very happy with the D300 + 18-200 zoom.
    A couple of weeks ago we had the first frosts and Groundfrost and white fields everywhere. About six months untill the Tulips will flower.

  8. Jan_Vermeer says:

    Picture was meant for the previous post , this is a field near Lisse.

  9. Jl says:

    Off-topic, but when I direct alarmists to this blog they invariably counter with “yes, but it’s not peer-reviewed.” I understand that in the world of climate change, the peer-review process is sort of a joke. But to those who know more than I, any ideas to counter that with? Thanks

    • AndyG55 says:

      Tony’s work is seen and commented on by far more people, and probably by more real scientists than most climate science journal papers are before they are published.

      Peer review, especially in so-called “climate science™” is NOTHING but a gatekeeping and spell checking exercise. So long as it “passes” the “climate change™” meme, it will get through, no matter how awful and non-scientific it is.

    • Me says:

      Pal reveiewed is what you should throw back at them, and then use the climate gate e-mails as examples and you can search the web for others of their own reviewing their like minded work and giving it a pass! And when something is publishedthat they don’t like they get the editor of the publishing firm fired because they are that nice!

    • Steve Fraser says:

      Well, one thing you can do is agree with them. Tony, like Einstein, is not peer reviewed, but then counter with… ‘how is that important in this case? Does the lack of peer review negate the thrust of his observations and arguments?

      It does not take peer review for the truth of Tony’s materials to be understood as relevant and correct. I just started reading his materials last year, and I am very impressed at with the thoroughness of his research into the popular press articles on climate, which refute current alarmist propaganda, especially claims of ‘Unprecedented’ this or that, and also when he points out the cherry picking of data to avoid inconvenient data, or the lack of it.

      I hope this is helpful.

    • Michael says:

      I suggest you respond as follows.

      ‘By the same standard then please do not present arguments to me taken from sites like:


      When making an alarmist climate claim, please cite the peer-reviewed literature that supports your case’

      That should do it..

    • John F Hultquist says:

      His or her comments to you are not peer reviewed either. In fact, most statements or writings are not peer reviewed. Why should anyone watch TV, listen to radio news and talk programs, or read anything?
      So ask your listener how many peer review publications are in her/his household. If any, the person likely would not bother with a comment about blog reviews. Ask who they listen to and are those peer reviewed: Al Gore, Paul Ehrlich, Bill McKibben … ? All wrong, all the time.
      Much medical peer review articles are wrong. It is in the news. Look it up. True with climate papers too, but most folks don’t care because those only cost money, not lives.
      Best example is the stomach bacteria now well know because of the AU folks Barry Marshall and Robin Warren (cause of stomach ulcers). Before that you would have been told to drink milk.
      Finally, peer review does not make the article/report correct — it only makes it more readable. Science is helped by replication of research and there is usually little or no glory in that. Who wouldn’t rather investigate something new, and make his or her own light shine, rather than follow others around cleaning up messes?

    • Rud Istvan says:

      JL, see Donna Laframboise’ new essay at GWPF concerning all the ways peer review is broken. It will give you more than enough information.

  10. Mike Borgelt says:

    Thing to remember about Canberra is that everything there has been looted from the Australian people. As once was said about it ” a good sheep run, ruined”. Alternatively,
    ” a hundred square miles surrounded by reality” .

  11. CapitalistRoader says:

    I remember seeing similar antennas in the old Warsaw Pact countries; this one outside of Bratislava:

  12. Joel O'Bryan says:

    Use that 320X zoom to take horizon photos of the full moon on 14 November 2016. It’s a Supermoon, where full moon comes at perigee of its orbit. Won’t happen again until 2036.

    • Robertv says:

      And make some pictures of the stuff the Apollo missions left behind.

      • Joel O'Bryan says:

        Hey, you’re making the Left greentards look bad with that statement. The Left wants the world to believe that us climate “deniers” all believe that the Apollo-moon stuff was on the Hollywood set.

  13. Steven Sisti says:

    Very ironic…..
    straight up….your 320 x is honestly terrible…from a photographers point of view. Actually 320x is kind of Mannian or if you will Mosheresque.

    Tony, do you realize to get to 320x magnification from your given sensor pixels, how much interpolation of data is going on. Krieging, infilling, and TOBS to the max.
    At 320x, you have more “fake” data than real data…….where the hell is mosher when you need him. Perhaps if you sent the image to Mosh, he could correct it for the lattitude , longitude, elevation, night lite, TOBS, pressure, land contours, etc. and then you would have a “bonified”, “true to life” corrected image. A better image than what you actually took. So much better than real “raw” data. You know, “value added” kind of stuff .

    Moshpup could bang this out to 640x without losing any resolution whatsoever….and what you wind up with is actually better than reality….just use the BEST algorithm and Whallah, you got a winner.

  14. 4TimesAYear says:

    That’s a lot of zoom – very nice pics, too!

  15. TA says:

    Yes, that *is* a lot of zoom.

  16. John F Hultquist says:

    I’m still use a D40X. Oh the horror!

    Thanks, Tony.

  17. Douglas Hoyt says:

    Off-topic, but it appears the sea off Barrow has iced up.

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