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17 May 2021

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention. This time we look at Xuebing Du, Cornelia Thonhauser, Matilija poppies, wildlife ethics, profit not sales, iPhone remote control and macOS trends.

  • Grace Ebert presents the painterly Flowers in Full Bloom captured by Xuebing Du in Sunnyvale, Calif. "Du scouts the botanical subject matter as the forms reach peak bloom, using only the natural glow from the sun to capture their vivid color," she writes. For starters.
  • Cornelia Thonhauser photographs the Hidden Hills of the American Sonoran Desert. "There are instances where this pristine nature encounters the artificially idyllic concept of the modern suburb with its gated communities," she says. "They seem to celebrate their own (escape) mythology: a frivolous form of survival in this potentially fatal paradise."
  • Harold Davis photographs some Matilija Poppies (which always make us think of breakfast) on his light box, overlaying the translucent flowers with more colorful species.
  • Wildlife photographer Juan Pons highlights The Importance of Wildlife Ethics with three points to keep in mind. "When we commit to the wellbeing of all wildlife, we create a symbiotic relationship with the environment," he writes.
  • Does It Sell? Tom Hogan asks. Yes. But there's a more important number than units sold. "As I write this, Canon, Nikon, OM Digital Solutions and Sony appear to be profitable on the volume of sales they're currently making," he writes.
  • In How to Remotely Control Your iPhone's Camera, Lance Whitney lists four ways to do it, including voice control.
  • Howard Oakley has published a couple of interesting pieces for macOS users this morning. In How M1 Macs Feel Faster Than Intel Models, he shows how the M1 is more adept at handling Quality of Service issues, offloading less important tasks to idle cores. And in Changing Updating Habits, he examines Apple's change with Big Sur "to persuade macOS users to behave more like iOS users, by updating as soon as possible."

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