"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)


Watchful Waiting

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The Hazards Of Compression


Yesterday morning found me waiting at the jetty.

We had just missed a ferry. There were twenty minutes to watch and wait.

Photo-opportunities effortlessly presented themselves and time happily clicked by.


Later I downloaded the pictures from camera to computer.

Mindful that picture space on the WordPress servers has limits, I opted for measured frugality. I would compress the size of my new photo files.

In the click of a mouse it was done.


But this was an act of undue haste. I had not checked which level of file compression was suitable.

My photographs were reduced to hardly more than postage stamp size. Their intensity was lost. They were spoilt.

Belatedly I read the warning:

File compression can not be undone.”


I have relegated the pictures into a slideshow, hoping their impoverished pixels might pass unnoticed.


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Note to self: watchful waiting has its merits.