National Geographic Photo Contest 2012


Seriously, some of these a breath taking!  ENJOY!  Wish they were mine!
Once again, National Geographic is holding its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on November 30. Beginning on September 1, the society started gathering and presenting galleries of submissions, encouraging readers to vote for them as well. National Geographic was kind enough to let me choose among its entries from 2012 for display here on In Focus. Gathered below are 50 images from the three categories of People, Places, and Nature, with captions written by the individual photographers. [50 photos]

Butterfly at sunset: Photographer Toni Guetta submitted this macro shot of a butterfly with the sunset in the background near Hod ha’sharon, Israel. (© Toni Guetta/National Geographic Photo Contest)

Chopper Chicks – Just the article Title NOT US!


Chopper chicks.

An article published in our BC paper.  Although I would never have thought to myself I would be in an article titled “Chopper Chicks” I find myself in this one!  ;-)  Have a read…some of it of course was the writers own interpretation.  Enjoy!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

By The Province

 

Heavy-metal thunder stole Leslie Sofarelli’s heart just after she learned to crawl.

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# 191 Country to visit the BLOG – REPUBLIC OF CONGO


 

 Background
Upon independence in 1960, the former French region of Middle Congo became the Republic of the Congo. A quarter century of experimentation with Marxism was abandoned in 1990 and a democratically elected government took office in 1992. A brief civil war in 1997 restored former Marxist President Denis SASSOU-Nguesso, and ushered in a period of ethnic and political unrest. Southern-based rebel groups agreed to a final peace accord in March 2003, but the calm is tenuous and refugees continue to present a humanitarian crisis. The Republic of Congo was once one of Africa’s largest petroleum producers, but with declining production it will need new offshore oil finds to sustain its oil earnings over the long term. Continue reading

TWO Simple Accessories


There are few things that when you buy new bikes that you must have as repeat farkles (accessories).  We have a few that we will use again and again as long as we ride DS bikes. 

Fork seal protectors for one…the owner says use sunscreen on the outside…sounds weird but makes sense.  Keeps them from fading and every once in a while you take them off…wash them and use a little WD40 0n the inside and you are good to go.  A lot of riders forget their fork seals when kiting out their bikes.  When off-road little pieces for crud get in there and can make a day of fun riding into a nightmare if one of your seals blow.

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Extreme off-road riding with Triumph’s Tiger 800XC


Watch two wicked tricked out Triumph Tiger 800XC bikes do crazy stuff….ICON video!  Like a little movie!  Pretty good! You need to make time and sit through this whole video…seriously, a little corny at the beginning but there are amazing shots of this bike and the riders doing incredible things with a large ADV bike!

ICON Motosport challenged Triumph’s Tiger 800XC and riders Nick Brocha and Ernie Vigil with its grueling “Portland to Dakar” challenge.  Beginning in the urban confines of Portland’s city limits, the Tiger 800XCs took both riders and their gear to the very limits of endurance with miles of asphalt, vertical faces of rock, endless stretches of soft sand and deep snow, plus more water landings than a Pacific campaign. The term dual-sport failed to even remotely describe their journey.

Missing 50 Countries


We are missing 50 countries….that’s all that’s left to visit this BLOG!  If you know someone in the following 50 countries tell them to check in.  :-)

190 different countries have visited this site.  1,108 flags collected. | Flag History

Missing Countries

Country Unique Visitors Last New Visitor
1. American Samoa 0 Never
2. Anguilla 0 Never
3. Antarctica 0 Never
4. British Indian Ocean Territory 0 Never
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Amazingly Creative Drawing Vs Photography


THESE ARE AMAZING AND BEYOND CREATIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!

This wonderful work has done by a very talented Belgian painter, illustrator, portraitist, caricaturist and photographer Ben Heine. This creative artist was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He Studied graphic arts and sculpture and I also have a degree in journalism. Lets take a look at some of his awesome works that he calls “Drawing Vs Photography” or “Imagination Vs Reality”.

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