Archive for January, 2011

SuperCell Over Montana And A Few More

By now you know I love photography. By now you are probably tired of seeing photography based posts. Sorry if you feel this way but I found these photos on of some of the National Geographic Photo Contest entries. I saw the Super Cell and immediately thought of Cherlyn who wants to see a tornado one day. The other shots are just as breathtaking.

Cloud and ship. Ukraine, Crimea, Black sea, view from Ai-Petri mountain. (Photo and caption by Yevgen Timashov)

The Serra da Leba Road near Lubango (Huíla, Angola). This is Serra da Leba, a landmark in Angola. A road built in the 70’s, it’s been in the country’s postcard images for decades, but all shots were taken by day. I wanted something different and tried a night shot. But it seemed impossible: pitch dark, foggy, altitude of 1,800m (5,000ft). I wanted no more than 60sec of exposure, max, to avoid digital noise. But a car takes a few minutes to climb or descend this section of the road. The fog was dense and blocking the view! Suddenly the fog cleared, a few cars went down, others went up, they met in the middle in under 60sec… Painting done! (Photo and caption by Kostadin Luchansky)

Pure Elements. I drove my 4×4 over rivers to get a view of the Volcano eruption at “Fimmvorduhals” in Iceland. It was a full moon and strong winds gave me problems standing still outside the truck. I had my camera with me and zoom lens but no tripod, suddenly there was a magical moment, I was experiencing a display of nature rarely seen by man. I found my camera with the zoom lens, rushed out of the truck, trying to fight the strong wind. I pushed the camera on to the hood of the truck trying to stand still, holding my breath, I shot 30 frames, and only one shot was good. (Photo and caption by Olafur Ragnarsson)

Lightning Strike NY Harbor. This shot was captured during a major electrical storm. There was little wind and no rain which allowed me to stay safely inside and shoot from an open window. This was the 82nd exposure out of 150 made that night. The camera was mounted on a tripod, exposures made with a cable release for 5 seconds at f10. Except for a some minor level adjustments and a square crop this was what came out of the camera. (Photo and caption by Jay Fine)

Liquid Planet. Another picture from the Liquid Vision Series, which shows a different point of view of waves. An angle that people are not used to seeing. (Photo and caption by Freddy Cerdeira)

A supercell thunderstorm rolls across the Montana prairie at sunset. (Photo and caption by Sean Heavey)

February 5, 2011 my guest blogger will be Lusy Aaltje. Her blog is The Sunset Girl. Lusy’s site is a versatile one however it is her photography that keeps me coming back. Do not misunderstand, her thought provoking posts are amazing as well but what did I hear someone say? A picture is worth a thousand words! Stop by her site and prove me right!

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Great Ways To Monetize Your Blog doesn’t allow ads on your blog unless they are the ones who place them there, however there are many blogging platforms that do allow ads. is one of the big ones. If you are just starting out blogging and started blogging because you want to make money or if you just want to monetize your existing blog, I have four great companies that can help you achieve your goals.

They will give you code to place on your blog but it is you and you alone who has to provide great content for your readers otherwise no one will come to your blog and no one will click on your ads. If you believe you can provide great content in a particular niche or just have a blog about your personal life that will bring friends, family and worldwide visitors to your site, these companies can assist you.

Great Ways To Monetize Your Blog

I don’t own a blog that is monetized but I know that Google is one of the biggest in the market. Setting up an account with Google is painless and within hours you should have the code to add to your site and begin earning. Google has very strict rules about your conduct and they are quick to remove you as an Adsense account holder if you violate their Terms of Service.

If you are a Facebook member you have the option of setting up additional pages dedicated to your blog, business or website. Members can join your business Facebook page by Liking it. Right now with over 500 million members and an ad program that usurps your privacy by selling your information to third party businesses, they own 25% of Internet marketing. Adding your site’s Like information to your blog will bring new visitors and potential streams of revenue. On the right hand side of your personal Facebook page you can also purchase ad space for your blog and bring new visitors and new revenue to your blog.

Hundreds of new blog owners and web publishers join the LinkShare Network and use LinkShare generate revenue for their blog(s). When you become part of the LinkShare Network you have an opportunity to establish and sustain profitable relationships with some of the most recognized brands in the world including Netflix, Avon, Guthey-Ranker and 1-800 Flowers. With the right visitors and the best content you can muster, monetary opportunity awaits your bank account.


Flixya is an revenue sharing platform that allows you to share your blog posts, recipes, photos, and videos. Flixya allows you to add your Google Adsense account into your Flixya account. One of the great things about Flixya is that you do not have to add any special code to your own blog. Another great aspect of Flixya is you get to keep 100% of your Adsense earnings.

Researching for this post brought me to adBrite. I had not heard of them prior to writing this blog post. adBrite serves over 1 billion impressions a day on over 100,000 sites. From the information I was able to gather they also offer auctions on sites. I picked adBrite because of the potential I think they have in the market and because being different than every other blog, might be helpful in earning more money.

There are probably hundreds more that you can choose from. Remember how you feel when you reach a blog or website and it appears all their site is, is ads. Don’t do that to your blog visitors. It is a huge turn off. Have fun and make loads of money — then send some my way!

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500px Photography, Part 2

Photography From

Monday and today I invite you to see some great photography from another site I found. I know you will enjoy the excellent photos from Clicking on the photo will take you directly to the page of the photographer to the full size photo.

**** by Nata Iva (Natalia) on
**** by Nata Iva
Out of Balance by Jeannette  Oerlemans (JeannetteOerlemans) on
Out of Balance by Jeannette Oerlemans
*** by Viktor Baikovski (next) on
*** by Viktor Baikovski
Langtang by Maria Gorbatova (mariagorbatova) on
Langtang by Maria Gorbatova
* by Анна Применко (annaprimenko) on
* by Анна Применко
Sam by Sarah Ina  Alexander (Sarahina) on
Sam by Sarah Ina Alexander by Trefeelova Svetlana (trefeelova) on by Trefeelova Svetlana
Алеша by Vyacheslav Vasiliev (VyacheslavVasiliev) on
Алеша by Vyacheslav Vasiliev
 Flying over Lake Powell by Gleb Tarro (Gleb_Tarro) on
Flying over Lake Powell by Gleb Tarro
Одуванчики by Ludmila Yilmaz (lu_2006) on
Одуванчики by Ludmila Yilmaz
S-Curves by Ludmila Yilmaz (lu_2006) on
S-Curves by Ludmila Yilmaz
*** by Anna Log (AnnaLog) on
*** by Anna Log
Hello gull by Alexei Mikhailov (amikhailov) on
Hello gull by Alexei Mikhailov
Southbridge by Andrew Chebotareov (AndChe) on
Southbridge by Andrew Chebotareov
Alice (stairs) by Katerina SOKOVA (sokova) on
Alice (stairs) by Katerina SOKOVA
Hiroshima castle pond by Dead Man (yumegoroshi) on
Hiroshima castle pond by Dead Man
Tranquility by Edgar Barany (EdgarBarany) on
Tranquility by Edgar Barany
Orest and Pilad by Sergey Navetnyy (photonava) on
Orest and Pilad by Sergey Navetnyy

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