Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Wordless Wednesday ... white carpet (again)

Can we not step back to Spring again? Our feet are cold.

We need the sunshine for just a little longer. Where are the bees going to go now?

We’ve been patiently waiting to open.

We were fooled into thinking it was our time to flower.

( Big yawn) Have I been dreaming?

I thought I had been gardening at the weekend.
Ah… wait a minute… I took some photos…
I’ll take a look and be back later with an end of the month review.

All photos above were taken in my garden on March 31st 2010.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Welcome to blogging…. Peter!

When to Watch Wildlife has been a link on my blog for some time now… almost pre blog listings! This is a website from someone clearly passionate about wildlife. Peter has done a fantastic job with his site. I can completely appreciate how much time and dedication it must be to keep current. He has great info, photos and numerous useful links.

When I started blogging I was a bit wary of the whole comments thing and chatting to bloggers. I can’t imagine why now!! However, at that time I enjoyed email exchanges with many enthusiasts… including Peter. So… it is with great pleasure that I’d like to return the favour and welcome Peter into the blogging world.

Peter from When to Watch Wildlife is now blogging at Wildlife Wanderings. In his profile he describes himself as “a wildlife enthusiast with a background as a professional ecologist.” Peter lives in the South West of the UK. His inaugural post, just a few days ago, describes a visit to the wetlands of the Somerset Levels.

Jodi at Bloomingwriter has been encouraging established bloggers in our friendly blogging community to help promote new blogs and support new bloggers as they start out. With only one post under his belt I would like to promote Peter’s new blog… I’d say interesting postings are guaranteed here!

I would agree with Jodi that a great way to support new bloggers is by leaving comments. If nothing else then at least you know someone has read your post. Now… you can probably guess what I’m going to ask now. Yep… it would be great if you could pop over and leave a comment on Peter’s new blog. Sorry, I’ve been there already :-D

Oh… just a quick word to Peter and other new bloggers. If you leave a comment…. they will come ;-)

In order for people to find your new blog it’s a great idea to browse other blogs in the same field as yourself or ones that interest you. Ah… but how do you find them… it’s a big blogging world out there!

My tip would be to follow links from the comments that you find interesting yourself. They will usually take you to the profile of the blogger. From there you can visit the blog and others that this blogger follows too. Then, find a post you like… yep… leave a comment and start the whole process all over. Watch the time of course :-D

I’m sure Peter won’t mind that I add another couple of wildlife updates here. As I've mentioned previusly, other bloggers are seeing hedgehogs out and about now. I've been taking regular photos from inside my hedgehog house. I've had no sightings here yet. However, the image above was taken this morning and shows enough movement inside to suggest a hedgehog was in it last night! Excellent :-)

My last posting told the story of the female Osprey recently returning to her Scottish nest for the 20th time. For those who read this posting early I did update it with a few more facts later. I rushed posting that one.

Looking at the live Osprey webcam this morning and I see there is some news from the nest. All isn’t looking to good at the moment for this elderly female… she really does need her mate to arrive ASAP!!

The latest dairy entry on March 29th reads:

“High drama on the osprey nest over the last 48hrs here at Loch of the Lowes. No, it’s not the arrival of 'our' male unfortunately, but yet another intruder osprey! A second female has been landing on the nest, and looking rather too comfortable on it. She is easy to recognise as she is very large (at least the same size as our female) and very very dark in plumage, with a distinctive black 'cap'.

The resident female has been frantically mantling (standard defensive behaviour) but all her anger seems not to be having much effect on the bold intruder. Do we have a serious rival for the nest? Can our female hold on to her nest without her mate to back her up? Only time will tell."

Oh dear! I decided to give the centre a quick phone call to ask if he has arrived today before posting this. I was told no, not yet and that the second female is continuing to take spells of sitting on the nest. That’s nature I guess and I’ve seen similar with the blue tits in my nestboxes.

I did consider avoiding advertising the weather outside… we’ve snow again! Spring is temporarily cancelled… its cold out there and there is hurried activity at the bird feeders at the moment. I can’t imagine that the snow and winds will be helping the male Osprey find its way back. I just hope he gets back in time. It’s two against one at the minute… shame.

It’s also a shame to think that hedgehogs were out and about last night. The ground was snow covered… cold slushy stuff at that! Before going to bed I looked out the window and did convince myself that I could see a set of footprints in the snow that didn’t belong to a cat. I doubted the hogs were out on such a horrible night. By the image in my hedgehog house they must have been!

The photos above were taken in my garden on March 30th 2010.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Osprey returns for 20th time

Just in case anyone missed this one in the news today… the UK’s oldest known breeding female Osprey has just returned to her nest in Scotland for the 20th consecutive year! Isn’t that just brilliant? I’d say well worth republishing some previous blog photos of her from last year in celebration. At an estimated 25 years old, incredibly, she is over three times the average lifespan of an Osprey!!

There is a
live cam link for this nest if you'd like to see her. Although, at the moment she won’t be sitting on the nest at all times during the day during the evening you should be able to see her. The camera shows a picture when its dark. After completing a 3,000 mile migration from West Africa she deserves a night in don't you think?

Female Osprey sitting on nest on day first chicks hatched, 2009.
Chicks indicated by coloured arrows in next photos.

Clicking on photos will enlarge them.

Scottish Wildlife Reserve, Loch of the Lowes tell us on their website:

“She arrived about 2pm on Tuesday and immediately settled back into her nest. She began renovations and bringing in extra nesting material straight away as we expected. She is also in very good physical condition, which is vital for the breeding season.

"No sign of her regular mate yet- and we know there is bad weather (desert dust storms) on the migration route which may have slowed some birds down. However, we have had another visit from a stray male osprey yesterday, who flew over the loch calling and tried to land on the nest a couple of times- he was seen off by our female in no uncertain terms."

The big question they are asking next is "So will our veteran osprey couple be reunited in the next few days? We hope so!"

2009 Stats from Visitor Centre wipeboard

Based on last year's stats you can see (above) that it was over a week after her return that her breeding partner arrived to join her. This will probably be the way it will go this year too. A nervous time for the centre perhaps although not as nervous as it is when there are eggs. At that time a team of about 70 volunteers watch the nest 24 hours a day to safeguard any eggs from thieves and poachers. It is believed that about 200 pairs of Osprey breed in Scotland.

The centre will know the male when he arrives as he can be identified with a green leg ring. I have to say I find this whole business of returning to the same nest after such a long journey absolutely fascinating especially when this breeding pair are not expected to have spent the winter together. If you want to follow this nesting story you can find their diary here.

Gosh, I’ve just realised that when I was watching and videoing a female Blackbird collecting nesting material in my garden, the live cameras and many sets of eyes and binoculars were watching this very special nest. This female Osprey is known to have laid 55 eggs with an incredible 46 that hatched and fledged… pretty amazing!!

Sorry, this evening I’ve come just come back to this posting with one final thought. This one’s on a much more personal note. Here’s an alternative look on the stats…

Photo taken at the 1993 Floriade in the Netherlands.

My eldest daughter (shown above) will be 20 later this year… very scary indeed! Yep, and she can drive real cars now too! We celebrated her birth in 1990 which would have been the first year of a clutch of eggs by this female Osprey on this nest. Wow… every year during my daughter’s life this Osprey has returned to this nest and added to the Osprey population of the world!!

PS. Even scarier for me, my youngest daughter has just turned 17 (legal age for driving in the UK) and she is also learning to drive! I wonder if the Osprey (or any other bird for that matter) ever thinks again of the young it brings into the world. Probably not, it’s likely to be the same ‘survival of the species’ that plants have. Mm… we’ll never know :-)

Have a great weekend, be it with your family or out and about watching birds and wildlife :-D

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

The nest build begins

Jack Frost is quaking in his boots… my Brunnera plant that is! For the last few days a female Blackbird has gone away with beakfuls of damp, root like material from around the crown of this plant. I am guessing this is the first layer of her nest. You can see her in the montage below looking like butter wouldn't melt.

You can also see a male Blackbird that was on guard duty when she was visiting too. Yep, it’s getting quite a battlefield out in the garden just now.! Much chasing is going on. It won’t get any quieter anytime soon either. She is getting chased by both females and males but just kept coming back again. This male was one of the ones seen chasing her.

Getting photos of the female with material in her beak has been tricky. I keep missing her. You can see just one strand in the montage above. I set up the camera outside on my tripod and let it record the area where she has been seen. Bingo… got her with a beakful!

Unfortunately, the bird soundtrack in the background wasn’t so lucky. Hardly any was recorded. In this instance, as the video clip is just over a minute, I have added background music. However, the music has been edited with a low volume so you may need to turn your speaker volume up if you want to hear it.

As regular readers will know, I have a blackbird nestbox in my garden. The female Blackbird that is gathering nesting material just now is not taking it there. She is doing something strange with it though.

Usually when birds collect material they instantly fly up and away with it… usually over my hedge. The Blackbird in the video above isn’t doing that. Each time she has a beakful of material she runs along the ground and disappears under my hedge. I don’t see her take flight at all. Perhaps she does so when she gets through the other side but this is quite unusual behaviour. I hope she isn’t building a low nest as cats do prowl along there.

So that’s a proper gardenwatch update for today. Elsewhere in the garden the crocuses are still looking great and the narcissi have good sized flower buds now. Oh… one final thing I am wondering if a hedgehog has taken a proper look inside my hedgehog house. There has been a good disturbance of the material now.

Had no sightings of hedgehogs out and about as yet but I make sure I’ve food out overnight just in case. However, I do know of a couple of blogs (HogBlog and Midmarsh Jottings) who are sharing hedgehog visits just now… both have video too! Great to see this again :-D

Both these gardens are quite South of mine in parts of England. I’d take a guess that they have already seen nesting material being collected there. Blackbirds could quite possibly have completed nests there too. It’s always fascinating to hear the differences around the UK and in other parts of the world.

Have you seen any nest building activity in your garden for this year?

The photos and video shown above were taken in my garden on March 23rd 2010.

Friday, 19 March 2010

Catching up with Mercedes

Not quite Canada, but she has space to roam now and the harsh weather this winter has made her feel quite at home! Mercedes, the Edinburgh Zoo polar bear, is now living in the Highlands of Scotland and has been enjoying the snow!

Image from news article on December 21st 2009.

Back at the end of July 2009 I mentioned her enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo and the Centenary Appeal raising money to re-house her in a new purpose built enclosure at the Highland Wildlife Park, near Kingusse.

Just three months later, and a three hour journey in a crate on the back of a lorry and Mercedes arrived in her new home. For those who can't view the video below I loved seeing her eye at a peep hole in the crate. I enjoyed seeing her wander about exploring her new estate too.

See video details here. Uploaded November 2nd 2009.

Estimated to be 27 years old, Mercedes will now spend the rest of her days in her new home. She could enjoy living here into her early 30’s. Mercedes, the only polar bear in a UK zoo, came to Edinburgh in 1984. Looking for a link to the Centenary Appeal I discovered a bit more of her history.

“She was rescued from her native Canada after she was scheduled to be shot. Unfortunately, she roamed into a nearby town in search of food and, as they are dangerous animals, this behaviour had to be discouraged. Initially, she was captured and the number ‘39’ was painted on her coat which allowed her to be tracked. On her third visit the decision was made to shoot her.

“Luckily, one of the Society’s life members enlisted the help of her cousin, a former Minister of Fisheries in Canada, who helped RZSS save her and provide a new home. Mercedes, the car company, assisted with the costs of her transport, hence her name.”

Image from news item 'In pictures', January 6th 2010

Naïve perhaps, but I never considered her name to have anything to do with the car at all. She has always, and still does, suit her name. It’s brilliant when major companies assist charities and wildlife like this helping to give a polar bear a life that has turned out to be a long one. Her story at the zoo goes on:

“When Mercedes first arrived she was paired with a male polar bear, Barney. They had two cubs, To-Nuik and Ohoto. For the past fifteen years Mercedes has been our only polar bear – which is the natural social state for this solitary animal."

“Mercedes’ keepers provide the highest possible standards of care and whilst her enclosure is adequate to meet her needs, public perception has always been that they would like to see her in a larger enclosure”

Hands up, as I said in my post back in June, I always felt uncomfortable seeing Mercedes in what looked to me like too small an enclosure. That is really why I planned an update post when she moved to the Highlands.

Image from 'animal pictures of the week', January 8th 2010.

Seeing Mercedes trudge through and roll in the snow of her enclosure for myself would have been fantastic. However, there was no way I’d take the car journey through snow covered roads… if they were open. As you can see, I have searched for snow images. Here you’ll find a flicker photostream if you’d like to see more.

At a cost of £300,000 for her new home at the Highland Wildlife Park, Mercedes is now in one of the largest polar bear enclosures in Europe. The Society was delighted when the army pledged to contribute their time and machinery to develop a state-of-the-art home for Mercedes. This meant that the new enclosure only cost the Society £75,000, which was raised through donations.

“Mercedes' new home features a large pool set in over four acres of land, which is typical of the polar bear’s tundra environment.

"Visitors will be able to watch Mercedes from both the main reserve and from a brand new viewing platform at the top of the hill, which will provide a unique insight into the natural behaviour of this wonderful and yet sadly endangered animal.”
You can see a plan of the enclosure below.

Image from Centenary Appeal.

This won’t be my last posting on Mercedes. I’m looking forward to making a trip up to see her myself at some point this year. I’d absolute love to be able to capture photos and video to share with you too.

It’s a sunny but wild, windy day here today. Hope its nice with you. Wishing you a good weekend, out and about and in the garden be it watching or working :-D

No images shown above belong to me. Please respect copyright.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Wordless and OOTS

Out on the streets of Perth, Scotland.
End to end Crocus. Marshall Place/South Inch.

The vibrant colour mix.

The delicate pale mix.

A small section of my favourite part to drive/walk past.
A glorious sea of lilac.

Happy Wordless Wednesday.
Enjoy seeing what’s ‘Out on the Streets’ at the moment :-D
All photos above taken on March 17th 2010.

Monday, 15 March 2010

Crocus rules...

...this month for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day! After uploading my photo selection I see that many other blogs today, showing what’s in flower in the garden on the 15th of the month, have celebrated it too. Even our hostess for this monthly event, Carol, in her garden in Indiana USA has them in flower at the moment.

Clicking on photos will emlarge them.

Regular visitors will perhaps remember that I planted a number of Spring bulbs in an area of my lawn before seeding it. This has been a great success and such a joy to see transform. It begins with the crocus and is followed by Narcissi and Fritillaries. I love the colour mix and slight variances in the flower shapes too.

Some Crocus clumps grow under my evergreen Leylandii hedge too opening like fireworks on a sunny day like it was all weekend.

Other Crocus clumps are just as eye catching being so delicate standing in the corners.

After the success of my original lawn planting of bulbs I planted a second one that we could see from a window. This time it was a case of taking out small cores from the well established lawn and dropping the bulbs beneath it. I can’t deny this was quite hard work at the time as the ground was quite hard.

This second planting was one solid colour in a river drift along the edge of my lawn instead of the island style planting I made for the first. I followed the curve of a border opposite it. This area gets the sun later and with a tree nearby it gets a wonderful dappled look.

All photos above were taken yesterday morning as the sun came and went. I took them just in case it was raining today. The photo below shows the second Crocus planting via the view from my window this morning. No rain, but a very chilly breeze that would have made photos tricky.

My small planting of Snowflakes can be seen from my window too as you can see in the foreground above. They catch the winds being in a slightly raised position but they also catch sunlight there in the morning and evening. Their dancing often catches my eye as they did yesterday. I just love them there.

My wander in search of blooms yesterday took me past Alliums, Narcissi and Tulips making their way through ground and gravel. I also spotted a small clump of snowdrops in flower and hellebore flower buds still being too modest to open. Mm… perhaps it’s too cold for them yet and they just don’t want to wake up… like the Drumstick primulas below!

Above the Drumstick primulas the furry buds of Magnolia can be seen getting plumper with each day. This plant has been such a joy to see in flower from my window but alas it is on the move. Very soon I plan to relocate it to my new pond area. Why move it?

Well, although this is a small variety it is getting a little bigger in this small space. After flowering, when in leaf, it restricts views of the birds at the feeders and other flowers behind it that I’d like to see from my window. It will change the view quite dramatically but I believe it will be for the better all round letting more light in around my small pond too.

This morning, I gave a quick last minute look around the garden for this posting. I was delighted to spot the first flowers from a clump of primroses that I grew from seed a number of years ago. No other clumps have signs of flowers yet. I bet this plant wishes it was on the move too as birds toss leaves and bark around and over it as they search for food. Once the Magnolia is moved I’ll see this clump in flower from my window which will be good too.

Okay, my offering of flowers for the 15th of March is quite meagre. However, if you are in need of a good flower fix just pop over to Carol’s posting where you’ll be able to browse through many gardens from around the world. Expect to see crocus! Mm… but I wonder what else you see. Happy Bloom Day :-D

The window view and primula photos were taken on March 15th 2010. All other photos were taken on March 14th 2010.

Monday, 8 March 2010

Scottish Garden Visits (5)

Edinburgh Botanical Garden saw many families wandering through it yesterday afternoon. We joined them. A blue sky and light winter sunshine brought us all outdoors. The garden was full of chatter from people and its resident birds.

Palm House, water falling through Chinese Garden,
Temperate House with Eucalyptus in front.
Clicking on photo montages will enlarge them.

I have to confess, despite the comments from my daughter suggesting it was mad that so many people were visiting a dead garden, I do enjoy visiting winter gardens. I love to see the skeleton branches on shrubs and trees. I also love the ‘see through’ aspects they offer.

Twiggy and dead looking branches.
Sculptural twiggy plant supports ready for plants in long border.
Gunnera with winter duvet of leaves.

Yes, perhaps you need to look a little closer to see new plant life emerging for the year but that’s exactly what I do enjoy about visiting them. That and seeing the overall winter structure of the garden including its hedges, walls and buildings.

Spring flowers and blossom.
Wonderful warm leaf colour from Bergenia.

Water in a winter garden is a huge plus too. On a bright day it reflects wonderful light and on a frosty or cold one the ice adds so much interest too. As I plan to build a new pond this year I was interested in the edges of any areas with water. To be completely honest I am a bit apprehensive about starting it.

Chinese Garden views. Pagoda pool, tumbling water,
dense planting below and through shrubs.
City view from above Chinese Garden shows
Edinburgh Castle in the distance.

Once the weather breaks and the soil is easily dug I’ll get out there and make a start. I know I need to get physically in the space get a ‘feel’ of where I want to go before I can make a master plan. For the moment, I’m just absorbing all spaces I come across in the hope that all my individual thoughts will come together.

Mature tree branches catching sunlight.
Hellebores and Iris hug ground.
Bulbs and Alpines grown in clay pots
plunged into sand filled benches in Alpine House.
Pity about the mesh grid protection from human hands.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a series of montages. I’ve enjoyed doing them. They are a great way to share a small flavour of a visit like this. There is another reason I’ve chosen to use them though. I’ll explain more shortly. I had another Garden Visit posting planned. All my photos are uploaded but unfortunately I'm going to have to reconsider my choices and start this one again.

Here’s hoping it was nice with you at the weekend too and you managed to get outside :-D

All photos above were taken at Edinburgh Botanical Gardens on March 7th 2010.

Friday, 5 March 2010

2010 Nestbox News: First visits

Finally, after some deliberation outside our new camera nestbox we have seen the first images of blue tits inside it this week. Their curiosity has satisfied mine too! I have been very interested to see what quality of images we would get from this nestbox showing only black and white images. This nestbox has infra red to allow viewing at all times and both features are what attracted me to it.

The floor area of this Gardman Nestbox is smaller and the camera closer to the floor so I did expect the images of birds to be larger in the space. However, I have been surprised that the difference has been quite so noticeable with my Camnest Nestbox which you can see in the montage below.

The top four images show a visit just ten minutes after the rooster of 4 months in our colour nestbox was seen on a morning visit. By the patterns on the eye band I’d say they were different birds.

That was interesting to see that two birds were inspecting different nestboxes in my garden at almost the same time. You can see the video footage captured below. Note the rooster removes her droppings as she leaves. There is no background music with the videos below so you can hear the birds move about the empty boxes.

Note the flickering is pretty strong with the camera flooding light in the box. I suspect if there was a nest in this box then the contrast would be less uncomfortable to watch.

The last image at the bottom right hand corner of the montage above however, is the most interesting of the group. I’ll let you watch the very short capture and see if you can guess what is happening…

The flickering outside suggests to me that there is a bird at the entrance. The Blue tit inside is not agitated in any way to suggest that is comfortable and does not appear threatened. The wonderful assumption now is that this was a pair visiting this nestbox! Excellent news, but this is very early days.

Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on your perspective, birds can investigate quite a few nestboxes at the same time. I am now deliberating myself that perhaps this pair also looked in my colour nestbox yesterday. Perhaps they met up with our rooster too!

Why am I considering that? Well, after 4 months of having a rooster in my colour nestbox it was empty last night. Looks like the drama and speculation of a new year for the nestboxes has started already!

No speculation on the Blackbird nestbox though. Mostly as I cannot see it from my window and there isn’t a camera nearby. Once I start to see blackbirds collect nesting material from the borders around my pond where they are usually seen I’ll set up a camera in that area. I’m not holding my breath on that one though.

Wishing you a great weekend watching for visits to your nestboxes - if you have any. Based on the timing of the visits above I’d keep an eye on them from 8.45 – 10.15am.

If you’d rather be out visiting a garden instead then do come back and join me over the weekend for garden visit. Once again, no coat or sensible shoes required ;-)

The video footage and screen grabs were taken between March 1st-4th 2010.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Tech Tuesday: Displaying videos in blogs

Uploading videos to display directly into blog posts is the main reason I began blogging. I have used Google, BlipTV and YouTube to host mine. Generally speaking I’d say the processing quality is definitely improving all the time since I first began over three years ago. I’m sure others would agree.

However, I should stress that uploading your video does not improve its quality in any way. It’s best to be realistic if you fancy trying it. If your video is jumpy or grainy before you upload it then you should expect that to be the case with an upload too and most likely it could be worse.

Perhaps you don’t fancy uploading your own videos but like the idea of adding one to a post for a bit of humour perhaps or to illustrate something. For example, how you might be feeling when you see it snowing… again… and again...

YouTube and the others have a wealth to choose from. What you may not have considered is that getting the video ‘into’ your post is very likely to be a whole lot easier than finding the one you are actually looking for!

To get a video into your blog post it’s really just a case of adding the embedded code into the ‘Edit HTML’ part of your post and you’re sorted. As I am familiar with YouTube I’ll demonstrate the process with them using one of my recent videos.

Okay, we’ve found the video we are looking for. We’ve played it and are happy to put it in our post. To display our video we are looking to find the embedded code. We can find that in the video description panel shown in grey below.

Clicking on all images will enlarge them.

Note we are looking for the embedded code and not the URL. Let’s click on the embedded code to select it...

Once our code is selected we can see now that the list of related videos down the right hand column has disappeared and we are now looking at options specifically for our video. We should make our selections before copying our code as the code does change with each option.

My preference is not to include related videos as I don’t like the advertising. I also choose not to show a border as my blog background is dark. I’ve never looked at the enhanced privacy. So basically I make sure that no boxes are selected in that section.

The next panel of paired coloured boxes refers to the playing panel, titles and borders. We’ll experiment with that later. The default option for colour is set to the first one with white and grey. I leave that as is.

Moving on to the last panel of boxes we are now selecting the size of our video, I believe the default setting is for the second option at 425x344 although I have been tampering with this panel one tonight. That size will most likely suit most post columns so we should be okay with that.

With all our video options selected we are now ready to copy our embedded code and paste it into our post using in the ‘Edit HTML’ option. If we were to post/play our video now this is what it would look like…

Mm… but I have a wider column now and prefer to see my video in the centre of my post if possible. To do that all we need to do is select the ‘Edit HTML’ tab of our post and find our code using the text above it as a guide.

My image below was taken before I wrote this. The selection in blue is highlighting our code. We now have center proceeding our code with a closing tag /center to end it (both enclosed with < > ). I have added this. Now our video will be displayed in the centre of the post text.

I have also edited the width and height of our video with an increase of 20%. So now our video looks like this…

Okay, now let’s play around with the settings again to change how our video could look. Let’s try a purple border and the next size up which should fit our post width.

With our new code copied and pasted into our post again now our video looks like this…

Ah… we forgot to add the center tags! Okay, let’s try one more style. How about we try the smallest one with a warmer colour to match the nestbox. Let’s copy and paste our code once again.

This smaller version of our video probably would look odd in the centre so we’ll leave it as is. Here’s how our video looks now…

Mm… we could have our post text alongside this video. That might make an interesting layout for a change. My first experiment with that has just failed. Looks like that won’t work for us then. What do we think here? Too small to view now?

When the quality of a video is good I have to say it’s a shame not to see it larger. On the flip side of that if you have a video capture that you want to share and the quality is putting you off then by displaying it in a smaller size could be your answer.

Now… have a whetted your appetite? You don’t have software? No problem… here’s another video I discovered earlier…

This wasn’t my planned posting for today but I do hope you’ll find it helpful in some way. I also planned to prepare a ‘Tech Tuesday’ posting with most of Tuesday left!! Ah well… I got distracted browsing old footage and collecting new stuff. I’ll come back to that :-)

I should perhaps add that I have never tried the blogger uploads. However, I do plan to give it a try for comparisons with others for the next time.