Archive for December, 2012

New gallery: Bee keeping

One of my latest hobbies is bee keeping and I spent a weekend recently near Toowoomba learning how to rob a hive. Not only was it a chance to understand these amazing creatures better but also an opportunity to spend time with beekeepers who probably had some 75 years of experience between them.

In between extraction duties I managed to snap a few very quick photos of activities, a rather difficult process with sticky gloved hands. But the result of which is a new gallery on my database – check it out here. I hope to add to this in future when I get my own hives.

Here are some of the images.

Smoking the bees to subdue them.

“The only reason for being a bee that I know of is making honey….and the only reason for making honey is so I can eat it.” – Winnie the Pooh

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In pictures: celebrating Human Rights

10 December every year is set aside to celebrate, highlight and advocate human rights, a full list of which is available here.

In that vein of celebrating rights to life, liberty, security, dignity, freedom of thought and religion, food, clothing, housing and more, here are 10 images celebrating what it is to be human from around the world.

Laughing children in underwear in a back alley of Kolkata, India

“Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor… Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.” -Mother Theresa
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New donations for Cameras for Asia

I received half a dozen cameras yesterday for the Cameras for Asia project, and one the day before. Along with a few others I’ve already received, this makes a great collection for pending trips to Nepal and Burma in the first few months of the year!!

If you have a digital camera you don’t use please consider donating it to Visited Planet.

The other way you can support this project is through the purchase of a 2013 calendar. Currently $345 has been raised to give kids at the Moravian School in North India. This is about half way to the target goal of $750.

If you haven’t bought a 2013 calendar yet, or need to get some Christmas gifts, please consider a purchase of this calendar – all proceeds go direct to the kids.


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