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@simplybill I usually use an app called BatchResizer2 which is free.

But the couple of photos I posted in this thread; the phone had an option for small/medium etc. 

Thought I’d give it a go!

Unfortunately; small is around 100kb.

Will use the app and your suggested site going forward!

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Another photo from Dog Mountain. It reminds me of Julie Andrews in “The Sound of Music”.
This was taken with my iPhone, so it’s not very good quality. I’m planning another trip there in May, and I’ll have my good camera.image.thumb.jpeg.75f5f73d432821a6392af596597ae03a.jpeg

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14 hours ago, Timothy said:

@simplybill I usually use an app called BatchResizer2 which is free.

But the couple of photos I posted in this thread; the phone had an option for small/medium etc. 

Thought I’d give it a go!

Unfortunately; small is around 100kb.

Will use the app and your suggested site going forward!

I just saw a post by Saru about upping the photo size limit, sounds like he's set it to 1MB for now to see how it works out.

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posted these this evening on the status updates.... but I will drop them here as well. Taken at Dillon State Park, this is my almost daily late afternoon/early retreat

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This is from a very special place at Dillon State Park, it is a Cypress swamp, there are only a few in all of Ohio. Conditions are just right for them in one section, and it is NOT very big 

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Nice photos @Overdueleaf! Especially the fall colors.

I was in Ohio over Thanksgiving weekend, mostly in Hartville and the surrounding area. I always enjoy the scenery in the Ohio River Valley.

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Not too far from me then, about 90 minutes. I grew up west of Hartville in Wooster, Oh (Wayne County). driving 77 south from Akron/Canton to the river is a beautiful drive. 

I spent a summer when I was an early teen in the shadow of Mount Hood, Oregon. I visited my aunt who lived in the middle of an apple orchard with a stunning view of the mountain, i would run barefoot through the orchard, spend lazy afternoons in the hammock and on weekends would ride horses or take a drive to visit my cousin, who was a park ranger, I got to stay in the loft of her cabin and help her make the rounds to make sure campers got checked in/made payments and ensured those with horses were using the correct campsites. There were loads of small lakes/ponds up there with crystal clear water, the fish there were so pretty just to watch swim in the sun, and one pond had raft that i could take out and watch all the colorful salamanders swim around it. Good times

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On 12/2/2021 at 5:49 PM, Overdueleaf said:

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Not too far from me then, about 90 minutes. I grew up west of Hartville in Wooster, Oh (Wayne County). driving 77 south from Akron/Canton to the river is a beautiful drive. 

I spent a summer when I was an early teen in the shadow of Mount Hood, Oregon. I visited my aunt who lived in the middle of an apple orchard with a stunning view of the mountain, i would run barefoot through the orchard, spend lazy afternoons in the hammock and on weekends would ride horses or take a drive to visit my cousin, who was a park ranger, I got to stay in the loft of her cabin and help her make the rounds to make sure campers got checked in/made payments and ensured those with horses were using the correct campsites. There were loads of small lakes/ponds up there with crystal clear water, the fish there were so pretty just to watch swim in the sun, and one pond had raft that i could take out and watch all the colorful salamanders swim around it. Good times

Nice story, Overdueleaf. It has me reminiscing about my grandfather’s farm and all the childhood adventures I had there as a kid. My Grandpa’s dog Spike would tag along with me as I followed the creek beds for hours, just to see what was around the next bend. I think that’s where my love for Nature began. 

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Found some nice drift wood if anyone wants to come haul it off. Wooda had a showdown with it, and he won. Just so you can get an idea of the size, Wooda is a 90 pound pup. 

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image.thumb.jpeg.d72f51799995bd415fe72f4a1422732d.jpegMy resident groundhog giving me a sideways glance. She lives underneath the foundation of the old barn I took down a few years ago.
Groundhogs can be real pests. The young ones leave the mama’s burrow in the Springtime and dig their own burrows, usually right in the middle of my yard. 
 

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Beautiful pictures!

It was a pleasure for me to visit this topic today. 

All your beautiful pictures and thoughts are life and beauty in its purest and wildest form! 

 

 

I want to share this documentary because it's also very educational.

So enjoy:

 

 

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On 12/7/2021 at 5:03 AM, LightAngel said:

Beautiful pictures!

It was a pleasure for me to visit this topic today. 

All your beautiful pictures and thoughts are life and beauty in its purest and wildest form! 

 

 

I want to share this documentary because it's also very educational.

So enjoy:

 

 

LightAngel - Yes, that video is very educational, and beautifully made. I was surprised to learn that moose and bears inhabit the moors. Thanks for sharing!

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3 hours ago, simplybill said:

LightAngel - Yes, that video is very educational, and beautifully made. I was surprised to learn that moose and bears inhabit the moors. Thanks for sharing!

 

You are welcome.

I was also surprised about the bears, but never underestimate a hungry bear! :D

 

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A part of living a simple life is finding the simple joys in everyday things. 

“Tree Shadow on the Corn Crib” arrives every year during the first two weeks of December, right after sunrise. I planted the Silver Maple tree about ten years ago as part of a three-tree triangle in the southeast corner of my property. I usually rise early in the morning, start the coffeemaker, strew birdseed on the ground outside, then sit in my Amish bentwood rocking chair next to a large south-facing window and wait for the birds to arrive. 

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A cold, frosty winter morning. This is the Silver Maple tree that casts its shadow on the corn crib in December.

 

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the winter picture is stunning!!

 

Here are pictures of my afternoon hike down at the lake. I let the ole boy Wooda choose the way. 

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If you look closely at pictures  6 and 8 and then compare to 9 you can see a few of the trees from across the bay

 

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I live near the high point of the state of Iowa, the Mississippi-Missouri Divide, which stretches North and South through the state.  Rainfall on one side of the divide drains toward the Mississippi River, which forms Iowa’s eastern border, and rainfall on the other side drains toward the Missouri River which forms the western border.

Because of the steady wind flow along the Divide, it’s a prime location for wind turbines. These three turbines are situated about a mile from my acreage. With my zoom lens, I can capture some interesting sunset and ‘moon set’ photos. This is one of my favorites. The sunrise cast a purple light on the turbines just as the full moon was setting in the west. Something about the simplicity of the scene caught my eye.

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Nothing too interesting about this photo, other than it’s simplicity and the way the wind turbine partially frames the setting sun. This past summer, drifting smoke from the California wildfires gave our Iowa sunsets a pinkish-orange hue.

 

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Another scene I look forward to every year. This sunset photo was taken from inside my house.

 

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