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I had a few more photos in this folder I was going to post, but since David did the jigsaws not me (other than a bit of help here and there) I probably shouldn't.

Which makes for a pretty lean post for this quarter.  I've just been so fricken busy.  Who says the pandemic lockdown gives people more time?!?  Not me!!

I think this was an opshop find of David's.  Moraine Lake in Canada (been there!)  I did it, then pulled it apart and let David do it.  Someone had spilt something on some of the pieces which was a bit sad.  Pretty easy jigsaw to do because a lot of piece variety and easy to tell orientation.

Moraine Lake jigsaw

Another opshop find of David's I think.  This was of Milan Cathedral rooftop, which I would have been to this year if it weren't for Covid :(  While secondhand, it had actually never been opened so we were the first to do it.  David started it first but hated it because the piece quality was abysmal - when you placed a piece, several other pieces would come adrift.  I called it a 5000 piece jigsaw, becuase you had to redo all the pieces like five times each.  He didn't quite rage quit, but he didn't bother to do the sky.  I pulled it apart but kept the sky separate - little point resorting it all.

Milan jigsaw

This one belongs to Duncan at work.  It was also brand new when I did it.  Actually I started it wayyyy back before the pandemic lock down.  It was nearly finished when I left it, and I only pulled it out again a few weeks back and finished it off.

Stamps jigsaw

See, the date is 22.6.80!  Why you change just this one to your birthday?  Whyyyy? :)

Why you do dis Mum?

I think I skipped a week.  These were from last Thursday.

Belconnen Floriade

Belconnen Floriade

Belconnen Floriade

More flower porn ;)

Evil periwinkle

Maple flowers

Nasturtium flowers

Thyme flowers

Poppy flower

Irises

Banksia roses

Banksia roses

Back in June I posted a photo of the loco at the Zig Zag railway, apparently taken on Mum's birthday, because that was the date she'd written on her print.  

Except it wasn't on her birthday.

The other week I was scanning Dad's slides of the trip.  All of them from that day were labelled the 22nd June.  For some very very strange reason (why, Mum, why????) she'd crossed out the date on just that slide and written her birthday on it.  Why why why? :)

Why you do dis Mum?

Floriade Nightfest

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Backdating to the night I took these.

I don't think there even was a Nightfest this year.  But if you're in Civic and night and there's flowers and pretty lights, you take photos right? :)

Floriade Nightfest

Floriade Nightfest

Floriade Nightfest

Floriade Nightfest

Floriade Nightfest

I see this tiny little patch of Floriade on my walks.  There's a sign which casts a shadow over it most of the time, but I've still gotten lots of pretty photos.  These are photos from the past couple of weeks.

Floriade site

My local floriade

My local floriade

My local floriade

My local floriade

My local floriade

My local floriade

My local floriade

My local floriade

My local floriade

My local floriade

My local floriade

Not as many photos this time, promise ;)  Also backdated to the day I took them.

A week later and more of the tulips are out.

Belconnen Floriade

Belconnen Floriade

Belconnen Floriade

Belconnen Floriade

Belconnen Floriade

Belconnen Floriade

Belconnen Floriade

Belconnen Floriade

Belconnen Floriade

Back when Covid-19 was first ramping up, the organisers of Floriade decided to pull the pin early and cancel the whole event.  But they decided to plant all the bulbs all around Canberra.  There's little patches of Floriade everywhere in Canberra, and I'm *loving* it!  I haven't been to Floriade very often because of the crowds and pain it is to get there.  So when Floriade is in your local area with no crowds, I'm sold!

This was in the Belconnen town centre (backdated to the day I took these photos).

Belconnen Floriade

Belconnen Floriade

Belconnen Floriade

Belconnen Floriade

Belconnen Floriade

Belconnen Floriade

Belconnen Floriade

Belconnen Floriade

Belconnen Floriade

Belconnen Floriade

Belconnen Floriade

Belconnen Floriade

Belconnen Floriade

Belconnen Floriade

Belconnen Floriade

Belconnen Floriade

Belconnen Floriade

Belconnen Floriade

Belconnen Floriade

Belconnen Floriade

Belconnen Floriade

A long long long time ago the brother type person put me onto Geosetter by Friedemann Schmidt.  I've been using it to geotag my holiday photos since probably around 2010.  I take the GPS tracks from my PhotoMate, and geotag all the photos with it.

I've only been using Geosetter for the basics of geotagging, but a while back David showed me that Geosetter could pull even more location data from GeoNames a free location database.  Well free except the api key is restricted to 1000 requests an hour.  It'll work briefly at the beginning of the hour then stop.  But, turns out you can register for a free account.  So I did that, and in the Internet settings of Geosetter, you put your GeoNames details in, and away you go!  Did that the other night and got it working.  I haven't started going through and adding the data to all my files yet - I'll start to work on that methodically at some point.

A year or two ago Google started charging to use their maps API.  Geosetter fell victim.  It would still work, but the map would be very dark and have "for development purposes only" watermarks all over the page.  This also would occasionally work properly if you loaded the application at a quiet time when other people weren't using it as much.  Then it would stay working for a few days, so I'd leave it open so I could come back to it.  But for most of the time it just made it a bit harder to label photos because the page would be so dark.   David had also gotten around this problem by registering for a Google API key.  This one you need to pay for, but unless you're making a lot of requests, it's pretty cheap (0.007 USD each map load if I read it right).  So I found a guide online which describes how to get an API key and configure it in Geosetter.  So I did that tonight and got it working!  It took a bit of fiddling with Google as the developer guide doco neglected to mention associating the Maps Javascript API with the project. It also didn't talk about how to associate billing.  I had to fiddle around in the Cloud Platform settings to find those myself.  But now it seems to load properly, so that'll be much more betterer!

Fun times!

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