Sunday, May 31, 2009

Flickr - groups are a waste of time

I did a quick survey today of my stats page on Flickr. Out of about 500 views that I got from Flickr, about 8 of them came from a group. And most of those were from the early pages. Only 2 of them came from deep in the group's pool.

So, I've been slashing the groups that I post to. Check this for yourself. Take a look at pictures that are posted to your groups and see how many views they're getting after a few days.

I'll post to these groups:
  • a few topic oriented groups, like tanks and Tilley hats (I like tanks and Tilley hats)
  • geographic groups like state, city and county groups
  • groups that have healthy discussion activity
If you did get any activity from a group, it's when it's been posted recently. So my suggestion is to post to groups with a lot of discussions going on, and expect any views to come only when your picture is less than a few pages from the top of the pool.

The Boil Over - Door County Fish Boil at the Sandpiper

When we go to Door County, I always drag Kate to a fish boil. They boil whitefish, potatos, onions, and some other stuff over the fire, then force it to boil over with a final dose of kerosene applied to the fire. Serve with cherry pie and you got yourself a meal.
Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin
July 2006

This is a post from a while back. I was poking around in my Flickr archives and came across this one and thought you'd enjoy it.

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

House Wren


House Wren, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

Magee Marsh is one of the coolest places in the midwest to go birding. Kate and I go every couple of years.

May 28-29, 2009
Magee Marsh
Between Toledo and Port Clinton, Ohio

Here's my Magee Marsh set

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Eastern Phoebe


Eastern Phoebe, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

Magee Marsh is one of the coolest places in the midwest to go birding. Kate and I go every couple of years.

May 28-29, 2009
Magee Marsh
Between Toledo and Port Clinton, Ohio

Here's my Magee Marsh set

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Eastern Phoebe II


Eastern Phoebe II, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

Magee Marsh is one of the coolest places in the midwest to go birding. Kate and I go every couple of years.

May 28-29, 2009
Magee Marsh
Between Toledo and Port Clinton, Ohio

Here's my Magee Marsh set

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American Redstart (or yellowstart)

Magee Marsh is one of the coolest places in the midwest to go birding. Kate and I go every couple of years.

May 28-29, 2009
Magee Marsh
Between Toledo and Port Clinton, Ohio

Here's my Magee Marsh set

Copyright 2009 by Jim Frazier. Licensed for limited use ONLY under Creative Commons. See Flickr profile for more information.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Big Wheels


Big Wheels, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

On December 30, 2008, I went railfanning with Laurence's Pictures in Chicago.

Near Willow Springs, Illinois

Here are more pictures from this trip

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NYC Main Post Office


NYC Main Post Office, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

The James A. Farley Building is the main post office building in New York City. Its zip code designation is 10001. Built in 1912, the building is famous for bearing the inscription: Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._General_Post_Office

8th Avenue and 33rd Street
New York, New York

April 2009

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Planter and Robert R. McCormick Museum

West Suburban Chicago Flickrers had a meetup on 5/24/09 at Cantigny Park, in Wheaton, Illinois.

Robert R. McCormick Museum

See more of my pix from this meetup

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Robert R. McCormick Museum


Robert R. McCormick Museum, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

West Suburban Chicago Flickrers had a meetup on 5/24/09 at Cantigny Park, in Wheaton, Illinois.

Robert R. McCormick Museum

See more of my pix from this meetup

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Three Planters


Three Planters, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

West Suburban Chicago Flickrers had a meetup on 5/24/09 at Cantigny Park, in Wheaton, Illinois.

See more of my pix from this meetup

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Military Police


Military Police, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

The Big Red One (First Division) came to Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois with helicopters and armor for Armed Forces Day.

BTW, you can all breathe a sigh of relief - I've finished posting pictures from this event!

May 2009

Lighting information: SB800 camera left to fill in backlit subject.

All my pictures from the 2009 Cantigny Armed Forces Day Event

www.riley.army.mil/

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1st_Infantry_Division_(United_States)

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Black Hawk Departing


Black Hawk Departing, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

The Big Red One (First Division) came to Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois with helicopters and armor for Armed Forces Day. I was able to take some photographs on their last day (Monday, 5/18/09) and also witness the departure.
May 18, 2009

All my pictures from the 2009 Cantigny Armed Forces Day Event


www.riley.army.mil/

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1st_Infantry_Division_(United_States)

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Army Aviation Enthusiasts


Army Aviation Enthusiasts, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

The Big Red One (First Division) came to Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois with helicopters and armor for Armed Forces Day. I was able to take some photographs on their last day (Monday, 5/18/09) and also witness the departure.
May 18, 2009

All my pictures from the 2009 Cantigny Armed Forces Day Event

www.riley.army.mil/

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1st_Infantry_Division_(United_States)

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Apache


Apache, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

The Big Red One (First Division) came to Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois with helicopters and armor for Armed Forces Day. I was able to take some photographs on their last day (Monday, 5/18/09) and also witness the departure.

May 18, 2009

This one is posted BIG

www.riley.army.mil/

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1st_Infantry_Division_(United_States)

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First Division 1918 / First Division 2009

The Big Red One (First Division) came to Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois with helicopters and armor for Armed Forces Day. I visited early in the morning of the next day for better light and no crowds.

The statue is called "The Lion of Cantigny"

The helicopter is a Chinook C-47D

May 17, 2009

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CH-47_Chinook

www.riley.army.mil/

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1st_Infantry_Division_(United_States)

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The Lt. Colonel


The Lt. Colonel, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

When I saw this guy wearing the shoulder holster, I had to take his picture.
Armed Forces Day
May 16, 2009

The Big Red One (First Division) was at Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois with helicopters and armor.

www.riley.army.mil/

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1st_Infantry_Division_(United_States)

Lighting information: Sol camera left and slightly behind subject, SB 800 camera left triggered by CLS

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Viola "Sorbet Yellow Frost"


Viola "Sorbet Yellow Frost", originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

Chicago Botanic Garden
www.chicago-botanic.org/ -
part of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County

Glencoe, Illinois
April 2009

Lighting information: VAL mounted SB800 camera left fired by cord, TTL

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Lady Liberty and Miss New Jersey

On April 25th, 2009, I took the "three hour tour" on Circle Line Tours in New York City.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statue_of_liberty

On the National Register of Historic Places

Technical information: these shots looked crappy in color. Mid day with a blue sky, blue water, and hazy hot weather made a formula for photographic ickiness. But in black and white, they look OK.

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Tulips Under a Tree


Tulips Under a Tree, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

May 5, 2009

Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois

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Tulips by the Visitor Center


Tulips by the Visitor Center, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

May 5, 2009

Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois

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Cantigny Spring


Cantigny Spring, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

May 5, 2009

Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois

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Peace Through Superior Flower Power

May 5, 2009

Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois

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Friday, May 8, 2009

Snowy Egret


Snowy Egret, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

Edwin B. Forsythe (Brigantine Unit) Wildlife Drive in the Brigantine unit

April 26, 2009
Oceanville, NJ

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Great Egret


Great Egret, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

Edwin B. Forsythe (Brigantine Unit) Wildlife Drive in the Brigantine unit

April 26, 2009
Oceanville, NJ

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Snow Goose


Snow Goose, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

Edwin B. Forsythe (Brigantine Unit) Wildlife Drive in the Brigantine unit

April 26, 2009
Oceanville, NJ

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Sasha


Sasha, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

Geneva, Illinois
May 2009

Lighting information: large window camera left. SB800 camera right reflected into the ceiling.

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From the Fourth Floor


From the Fourth Floor, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

I did a seminar in Scranton, Pennsylvania and the location was the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel

The Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, formerly known as the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Station, is a historic building in Scranton, Pennsylvania. It was built in 1908 and widely considered[who?] one of the most beautiful railroad terminals in the east. The building is a neo-classical structure and was listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places on 6 December 1977.[1] This historic train station has been transformed into a full service, four-diamond hotel with modern amenities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radisson_Lackawanna_Station_Hotel

April 2009

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Lackawanna Station


Lackawanna Station, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

I did a seminar in Scranton, Pennsylvania and the location was the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel

The Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, formerly known as the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Station, is a historic building in Scranton, Pennsylvania. It was built in 1908 and widely considered[who?] one of the most beautiful railroad terminals in the east. The building is a neo-classical structure and was listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places on 6 December 1977.[1] This historic train station has been transformed into a full service, four-diamond hotel with modern amenities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radisson_Lackawanna_Station_Hotel

April 2009

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Lackawanna Station


Lackawanna Station, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

I did a seminar in Scranton, Pennsylvania and the location was the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel

The Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, formerly known as the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Station, is a historic building in Scranton, Pennsylvania. It was built in 1908 and widely considered[who?] one of the most beautiful railroad terminals in the east. The building is a neo-classical structure and was listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places on 6 December 1977.[1] This historic train station has been transformed into a full service, four-diamond hotel with modern amenities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radisson_Lackawanna_Station_Hotel

April 2009

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Lackawanna Station


Lackawanna Station, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

I did a seminar in Scranton, Pennsylvania and the location was the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel

The Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, formerly known as the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Station, is a historic building in Scranton, Pennsylvania. It was built in 1908 and widely considered[who?] one of the most beautiful railroad terminals in the east. The building is a neo-classical structure and was listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places on 6 December 1977.[1] This historic train station has been transformed into a full service, four-diamond hotel with modern amenities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radisson_Lackawanna_Station_Hotel

April 2009

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Monday, May 4, 2009

Railroad Lock at Dawn


Railroad Lock at Dawn, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

I took NJ Transit's Atlantic City line from Cherry Hill, New Jersey into Philadelphia's 30th Street Station to connect with Amtrak to New York City. All of these pictures were taken early in the morning from the Cherry Hill platform.

www.njtransit.com/

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Dawn Train


Dawn Train, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

I took NJ Transit's Atlantic City line from Cherry Hill, New Jersey into Philadelphia's 30th Street Station to connect with Amtrak to New York City. All of these pictures were taken early in the morning from the Cherry Hill platform.

www.njtransit.com/

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Delivering the Coke


Delivering the Coke, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

I like Diet Coke. I like Red. Trucks are cool too. And in the morning light, what was I supposed to do?

I took NJ Transit's Atlantic City line from Cherry Hill, New Jersey into Philadelphia's 30th Street Station to connect with Amtrak to New York City. All of these pictures were taken early in the morning from the Cherry Hill platform.

www.njtransit.com/

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Sunday, May 3, 2009

MickeyB


MickeyB, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

mickeyb at the Greenhouse Open House
Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois
May 3, 2009

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Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad Bridge

This bridge crosses the Allegheny River northeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and I've seen it several times as I've driven on the parallel PA Turnpike. And every time I've passed it, I've thought to myself that the setting was cool, and the bridge was very cool. I've finally had a chance photograph it.

My seminar swing in Pennsylvania finished on Friday in Harrisburg and I was driving back to Chicago. But that's a long drive in one shot, so I knew I'd have to overnight someplace. Since there was an Holiday Inn Express (one of my favorite hotels) right at the Turnpike exit for this bridge, I thought I'd give it a shot. Unfortunately, the weather had been predicted to be cloudy and rainy for Saturday. So I wasn't holding out much hope for something interesting.

But in the morning, I lucked out. Just a touch of sunlight came out for a few minutes. However, to me this isn't the best shot. It doesn't show how grand the river valley is. But it was about the best perspective I could get short of a boat or doing some really serious trespassing. As it was, I did pass through an open gate in a fenced-in area to get this angle, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

I think a helicopter would be the next step to getting this bridge done right.

Harmarville, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh
May 2, 2009

Here's a link to more information
pghbridges.com/newkenW/0599-4487/blear.htm

This is a pretty cool picture from a different perspective.
www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=279906&nseq=6

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