Thursday, May 23, 2013
Those of you who are Flickr members are aware by now of the draconian changes made to this photo-sharing site. This post isn't meant to be a rant against Flickr; there is plenty of that on Flickr's own site. Suffice it to say that I find the new Flickr a visual disaster, and achingly, achingly slow to load.
But there are other choices in photo sharing sites, and the one I looked in to is called Ipernity. They offer a free account or a paid account, similar to what Flickr members were used to. I created a free account, customized a home page and loaded a few pictures, just to give it a test run. To see what it looks like:
My Ipernity home page
I like it. It is clean and simple with a user interface very similar to the old Flickr, and with a respect for our photos: treating them as worthy of individual attention, instead of cramming them en mass in our face. From an aesthetic standpoint, I prefer to view against white instead of black...of course, this might also have something to do with failing eyesight :-)
Choice is good. I think I am going to choose Ipernity over Flickr for future photo sharing. I hope some of you will come and play in this new playground.
UPDATE, June 1, 2013: Have finished transferring over 3400 pictures from Flickr to Ipernity. Over the next several weeks I will slowly delete the photos from Flickr (I hope!). I will leave the tutorials with a single picture and a link to the new tutorial home on Ipernity.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The little garden above, Angela's garden, was planted in a 12" diameter basket with a plastic liner that I had left over from last year. Make sure whatever you use to plant in has drainage holes in the bottom. You want to find low and slow growing plants; here I used Elfin thyme (what a delightful name!), Irish moss, speedwell (a creeping form of Veronica) and a polka-dot plant. They were all available at my local nursery; look for the area that has ground covers.
The twig bench, watering can, and shepherd's hook came from Winter Greenhouse (http://miniature-gardening.com/). They also have a large selection of plants suitable for miniature gardening.