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Thursday, August 04, 2011

If you want to know what Nature Blogging is all about...

I have just scrolled though my list of Aussie Nature Bloggers - (If you are not familiar with them, please see the list on my right hand side-bar). 

I have been a bit remiss in checking the recent works of my blogging colleagues, as I have been very busy with water conservation issues. 

But tonight I just happened to have uploaded a new "contact" to my list of Aussie Nature Bloggers - "A Roving I will Go" . I had not found Joy's Blog before, until she happened to comment on one of my Blog postings - the one about the dead Baza.

Well, I was delighted to find that Joy had recently posted an interesting item about "Death on the beaches". Clearly, she is another person who recognises the value of close examination of specimens which we cannot otherwise study up close.

So, after having uploaded a new link to Joy's site, I stayed on to check the list of new postings by my regular colleagues, I found that Duncan, over at Ben Cruachan - Natural History , had excelled himself, with a post entitled "Sixty five years of Photography". How could I resist that story?

There is Duncan as a youngster, all grainy in early black and white imagery, then going bush on classic stiff-framed motorbikes, fitted with the necessary saddlebags, for long and serious bush exploring. And there is more and more. As they say: "Read it and weep". Or laugh along with Duncan, over the years. 

And yes, Duncan, your Powerful Owl photo is a classic. 
A definite "keeper" that one!

Finally, to remind yourself that Duncan has been around and known all the best "plant people" over the years, do check out his special memorial page for Bill Cane, plantsman extraordinaire. It was written in 2010, as a tribute to his friend.

Please note that Duncan has closed off "comments" - probably as I imagine it took up too much of his time trying to respond. But I am sure he will notice if you drop by his site. It is genuinely one of the legendary Nature Blogger sites.

I can do no more than recommend both the doyen of Australian Nature Blogging, Duncan, and a newcomer to our ranks, Joy, as well.

A warning for fellow Bloggers:
Unauthorised of images (without attribution).

I have always relied on trust and the polite version of image protection, namely the Creative Commons Licence. It states:

You are free:

  • to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work
  • Under the following conditions:

  • Attribution — You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
  • Noncommercial — You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
  • No Derivative Works — You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work.
Well, I was surprised to get an email from a Facebook colleague to say that one of my images of a Gang-gang Cockatoo (another road kill, as it happens) had been used without attribution in a nasty Facebook page by someone calling himself "Henry Catperson". it was a ghoulish series of images of cats killing and eating birds.

Well, after having been tipped off about the breach of the Creative Commons principles I lodged a formal complaint with Facebook.

They replied to say to say that the page had been removed (blocked).
That page now reads:
  • This content is currently unavailable

  • The page you requested cannot be displayed at the moment. It may be temporarily unavailable, the link you clicked on may have expired, or you may not have permission to view this page.
Some justice after all.

By the way, my friend and blogging colleague David (of Focus on Nature) has for a long time, recommended a copyright protection service called "Viscopy".

After this experience, that service makes more sense to me.


Snail said...

You're not the only one, Denis! I've been remiss too --- reading, but not commenting. There's a huge amount of good stuff around. We need more hours in the day.

Denis Wilson said...

Thanks Snail - I understand completely.
Perhaps I need to go back to Speed-reading classes, and also train as a "Stenographer" - back in the day.
Duncan is a legend - in my mind.

Miss Eagle said...

Duncan and his blog are wonderful. He is such a fount of information and his photographs are wonderful. I smile at his periodic enthusiasms when all of a sudden things like moths take over for a while. The National Library "collects" blogs from time to time as examples of excellence in the genre...and Duncan is in that collection quite justifiably.

I also popped over to Joy's blog. Wonderful photography.

I was pleased to hear that Facebook did the right thing. I always link to the site from which I took the photograph. When it is original artwork, I put it up and link and attribute and then immediately write to the artist or the artist's agent for permission. I do this because this is someone's living. I put the picture up before asking permission so it can be seen how I am handling the work...but I promise to take it down if permission is refused. I have never been refused.

The only time when I have been 'called' is with a photograph of the Agnes Goodsir painting, Girl with Cigarette ( I had picked it up along with a few others from the net. However, the original is held (unbeknown to me at the time) by the Bendigo Art Gallery and they emailed me and asked me to remove it - which I did.

Denis Wilson said...

Thanks Brigid.
Good to know Duncan's work has been "collected" by the National Library.

Denis Wilson said...

Duncan has replied to me off line, but I think it is appropriate to share his comments.
He said:
"Thanks Denis, you're very kind. it's good to see the proliferation of Australian nature blogs since we started out, can't have too much of a good thing.
I have your blog in my Google Reader so always know when you've found a new orchid or such like!
Very warm down here, sandals, shorts and shirt weather, but it's supposed to break soon.
All the best and keep up the good work, Duncan."
Its that last message I wish to share with all Aussie Nature Bloggers.

Mark Young said...

G'day Denis, I agree with you about using the opportunity to study dead birds/animals when the opportunity presents itself. I saw what I thought was a dead Crested Tern last week and half wondered about what had happeded to it. Unfortunately it was too badly decomposed to take too many images.

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Mark
I find it puzzling that some people refuse to have anything to do with dead things. Road kills are usually not unpleasant, if fresh. In summer, they get fly strike quickly, then they can get nasty.
But I completely agree, it is always worth checking.
Joy's Gannet is a perfect example. How often do we get to examine a deep ocean bird?
Thanks Mark.
PS How is the baby?