Stuff I Saw On A Recent Walk Through The Scrub

All images were taken with my phone (Samsung Galaxy S III) using the “A Better Camera” app.  All are 3-exposure HDR (High Dynamic Range).


Sabal Palmetto


Scrub Oak Forest (you may have seen this elsewhere)


Gopher Tortoise Burrow


Scrub Oaks grow slowly and don’t get very big. This one, with a 6″ (15 cm) diameter trunk, is probably a hundred or more years old. Maybe a lot more.


Sand Pine — either a lightning strike, or hurricane damage


Silver Palmetto, Love Vine and Dried Fox Grape Leaves

Sand Pine Cones


Woodbine (Virginia Creeper)


Lichens love Scrub Oak. There are several varieties of lichen in the semi-arid scrub.


Things grow slowly in arid and semi-arid areas. If left untraveled, vestiges of this path would be visible for several decades or longer, depending on climate.


This is where amber comes from, but it takes a while.


Scrub Pogonia. These blossoms are about the size of a nickle.


This lady was about the size of a child’s hand. Full-grown, she might be nearly as big as mine. Golden Orb Weavers like to build their webs across trails and openings, where insects are funneled into the trap. Thus, they pose frequent surprises for careless hikers. She won’t hurt you, but she can make you hurt yourself!

Flickr Uploader Gets The Job Done!

Flickr UploaderAs most folks know by now, the photo-sharing site Flickr has increased its free storage to 1 terabyte per account.  That’s 1000 gigabytes, friends, enough to store 100,000 images at 10 MB per, and lord only knows how many from your phone (in the neighborhood of half a million, at a guess).  Marissa Mayer is kicking ass and taking names since she took over as CEO of Yahoo!, and the acquisition and improvement of Flickr is one of the results.

Which is what this post is about.  Flickr Uploader is the best Android app I’ve run across for automatically uploading your phone images to you Flickr account.  You can choose to upload to a public or private folder, upload only when connected to WiFi, only when your device is plugged in, and (of course) choose what images you want uploaded.

I’ve got my Nexus 7 and GS III set to dump everything into a private page, which allows me go sort through the junk and decide what photos I want to see the light of day.  Win-win: display the images I want, and automatically back them up to an essentially limitless place in the cloud.

You can get a 7-day free trial of the premium version.  It’s $4.99 if you decide to keep it, otherwise you can download a less-sophisticated version from the builder’s website and use it for free.  There’s a version for that other operating system, too.

Get it at the Google Play Store — and enjoy!