Sandpiper News

Fall Harvest Theme

As you have probably noticed, this is the first Sandpiper with a theme for the overall appearance. Despite predictions to the contrary, this years foliage colors were as good as any. Everywhere you go, you're bombarded with color, hence the Piper's Fall Harvest motif. Don't forget the cheesy Halloween decorations everywhere as well, like the Scary Piper with a witch's hat and fangs for instance. I bet in five years there will be as many Halloween lights up as Christmas lights, and those little jack-o-lantern lights are expensive. This must be my favorite few weeks of the year besides summer at the beach. It seemed appropriate that the Piper should reflect some of that as well. Less then dignified... Perhaps... But this is supposed to be fun. Let me know what you think.

Just wait until Christmas.

Maple Leaves Palette

Maple Leaves Palette

This is the picture that inspired it all. It's the background for the main frames and title page, and was used to select most of the colors used in the Fall Harvest theme. The picture was taken Sunday, October 17, 1999, on the ground outside my bedroom window. Attawaugan was experiencing peak foliage colors that weekend and the view up or down, left or right, was spectacular. Check out more palettes used in the Piper in issue Number Twenty One - Knee Deep And Way Behind.  

     The Piper has outgrown it's container. What started as an AOL email has grown into a 18 megabyte website with hundreds of pages and thousands of images. Contrubuted material is becoming a regular part of the Piper and seems to be growing a little bit each issue. With the new framed format, each department can evolve to the fullest extent, and more will be added in each of the next ten issues or so. For example: Just this Piper News section is more than twice as large as the first two Sandpiper issues combined. This issue also has the first higher resolution images from a new digital camera. These baby's really suck up the megabytes.
     What this all means is that it's time for the Piper to grow up. Time for it's own domain name and the unlimited server space offered by This may be the last Piper launched at The November issue and the Sandpiper Home Page should reside on this new domain.

It might even be ready now.

Check it out.

  Full Screen Control?  

     You may have noticed the Full Screen control at the bottom of some screens in this issue of the Piper. This control displays the current page in the top frame, so that it is the only content in the browser window. This allows easy printing and viewing of the current screen. Use the browsers Back control to return to the normal framed format. The control may not be on every page of this issue. Be patient, there's only so much time in a day.

  Corporate Sponsorships  
Time To Pay The Piper

     The One-legged Sandpiper goes commercial. Domain names, digital cameras, hard drives, scanners and ISPs don't grow on trees. To offset some of the growing expenses that keep the Sandpiper growing and improving, corporate and private sponsors are being accepted. You may have noticed the corporate sponsor section at the beginning of the slidebar menu. This is where the links to companies that sponsor the Piper will reside, for now. None of those whirling, blinking links all over the page. These will be good companies offering good products and services. They will be companies, and people you know and respect. They are looking for some additional exposure, through contact with Sandpiper readers. Look through the links, it'll be worth your while.

      For those of you interested in becoming a sponsor, the rates will be extremely reasonable through the end of 1999 so jump on the bandwagon now. You get a graphic and/or text link to a web site if you have one, an email link, and an informational page with the graphics and text of your choice.

     This issue welcomes Bill's Ineffable Automotive Rehabilitation to the One-legged Sandpiper. Will your company be next?

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  New Contributors  
The Piper Gets A Leg Up

      The amount of material being contributed to the Piper is on the rise. What started as a recipe or two is growing slowly to include two major pieces (for the Sandpiper anyway) in this issue; the Beach Story by Kate Walter, and the Orkney Island material by Christina Fischer. Issue Twenty-nine had pictures of Barbados taken by Randall Goodridge. Kate is a beach person and freelance writer living in Manhattan.
Her writing has appeared in magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, Newsday, Daily News, Asbury Park Press and now The One-legged Sandpiper. Christina lives in Providence, but is planning to move to the Orkney Islands. Randall lives in Barbados, and is attending Johnson And Wales to complete a marketing degree.
     This issue of the Piper contains another first; two complete, and hopefully regular, departments contrubuted by a sponsor: Bill's Ineffable Automitive Rehabilitation. Bill's Ineffable Automotive Anecdotes will give us some tips and techniques for keeping our second biggest expenses in good repair. The car! What were you thinking? YAFAHAY is not an Indian name for the white man. It's an Acronym. You Aren't From Around Here Are Ya? This will be the observations and analysis of a long time metropolitan New Jersey resident experiencing the culture shock of moving to another planet: New hampshire. A small lakeside town in New Hampshire. Not one of those big cities they have up there. You know the ones.

      The bottom line is: If you have any news or information, any photos, drawings or paintings, any sculptures, poems, science fiction, recipes, advice or political commentary, there is room for it in the Piper.

So once again, Thank you to all current and previous contributors.

Howard Collins, Bonnie Browne, Barbara Hunting, Todd Johnson, Mary Ellen Lavin,
Sharon Tucker, Deb Acker, Ruth Sadankas, David Sardinha, Tom Darwell,
Eveline Sadankas, Randall Goodridge, Christina Fischer, Kate Walter, Bill Rooks, Claire Sadankas.

Keep It Coming!

  The One-legged Sandpiper Gets Linked  
I See Miles And Miles Of Texas

     The One-legged Sandpiper has received a great honor recently. The Piper has been linked, from a home page belonging to Erin Acker, at the University Of Texas at Austin.
Erin, a Sandpiper reader since a July visit to New Jersey, was seen kayaking and downing lobsters in the Ocean Beach section of Issue number twenty-eight.
Erin did a great job on the page, and her understated, dry sense of humor is evident even in the comments in the HTML. This page could have won the first HTML contest hands down, had it been published a few months earlier. Maybe next year.

You can visit Erin's home page with this link

  New Digital Camera  

     The quality of the images used in the Sandpiper should be improving thanks to a new Polaroid PDC640 digital camera. The camera has a removeable memory card and 4 image quality settings, with two resolutions. The higher resolution pictures are twice the resolution of the PDC300 that has taken the first seven thousand pictures and has survived a swim in a local lake and dozens of falls. For a mere twenty dollars more than the original, Polaroid has more than doubled the performance. This is clearly the best digital camera buy on the market, and is highly recomended for those of you interested in trying digital photography.

Click on the pictures below to see the full effect.

Low Resolution

17,191 bytes

320 x 240 pixels

96 pictures per memory card

Low res

Higher res

Medium Resolution

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36 pictures per memory card

High Resolution

61,761 bytes

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24 pictures per memory card

Higher still

Highest resolution

Super High Resolution

62,214 bytes

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12 pictures per memory card

     I don't know about you, but using the browser, I can't tell the difference between the Medium, High and Super High Resolution pictures. Yeah right! You can!

  First Enhanced Pictures In This Issue  

     This issue has the first enhanced pictures to appear in a Piper. The pictures are the Orkney Island shots contributed by Christina Fischer. The enhancement was done with MGI Photo suite version 8.05, after scanning with A Umax Astra 1220u scanner. The Pictures were enhanced to correct the loss of color resulting from the scanner, and the commercial bulk developing and printing process. The controls are primative, but the results are satisfying.

The Original.

Robbed of color, detail and depth.



Step one

Increase the brightness.

Step Two:

Increase the Green level.

This brings out the moss and lichen colors.

A little green

A little red

Step Three:

Increase the Red Level.

This gives the Stone some personality, brings out the browns in the the picture and defines the texture much better.

Improvement? You tell me. I think so.

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What is a Sandpiper?
First published in Piper number 22, April 12, 1999

Sandpiper, common name applied to a family of about 80 species of shorebirds, and to several of the individual species. Sandpipers are mainly native to the cold regions of the northern hemisphere; they migrate to more temperate regions in the fall. Most inhabit seashores, although some species are found on marshes and wet woodlands and on inland ponds, lakes, and rivers.

Several groups of sandpipers are discussed in entries in this encyclopedia under their own common names (see CURLEW; DOWITCHER; SNIPE; WOODCOCK). Other groups or individual species that have their own common names include the knots, dunlin, ruff, sanderling, willet, godwits, tattlers, phalaropes, and turnstones. Members of the sandpiper family are characterized by long bills that are sometimes soft at the tip and by long legs, short tails, and long, flat, pointed wings, except in woodcocks, which have rounded wings. Among the birds usually called sandpipers are the smallest of the family, ranging from 13 to 29 cm (5 to 11.5 in). Many of these are called stints in England and peeps by American bird-watchers.

Bright colors are absent in the sandpiper family; all wear various combinations of gray, brown, buff, rufous, black, and white-often in intricate patterns. In some species, such as the willet of North America and the common redshank of Eurasia, a flashy white wing pattern is revealed only when the birds take flight. The ruddy turnstone, a circumpolar species, has a particularly striking pattern of rufous, black, and white. Many species have elaborate courtship displays, some aerial and others in which the male struts and dances before the female. In some the song of the male is as attractive as that of many songbirds, but it is given only on the nesting grounds, which for most of these is the far northern tundra. Most sandpipers nest in shallow depressions on the ground, but the solitary sandpiper of North America and the similar green sandpiper of Eurasia use old nests of other birds in trees.

The sandpipers most frequently seen away from shorelines are the spotted sandpiper of North America, whose white underparts bear black spots only in spring and summer, and the common sandpiper of Eurasia, which looks much like the former species in its unspotted plumage. The spotted sandpiper is about 19 cm (about 7.5 in) long; the longer tail of the common sandpiper adds about another centimeter. Both species are often seen near small ponds and streams, teetering up and down whether walking or standing. On sandy beaches the most common sandpiper is the sanderling, which is whitish gray in fall and winter and reddish brown above in spring; this is the little bird so often seen in flocks along the water's edge. It is the only sandpiper that lacks a hind toe. Smallest of the family at as little as 13 cm (5 in) long is the least sandpiper, a widely distributed American species, found both on seashores and inland. The abundant semipalmated sandpiper is slightly larger and owes its name to the partial webs between the toes, lacking in most sandpipers. Both of these species often occur in mixed flocks with other sandpipers on migration.

Scientific classification: Sandpipers make up the family Scolopacidae in the order Charadriiformes. The birds called stints in England and peeps in the United States belong to the genus Calidris. The willet is classified as Catoptrophorus semipalmatus, the common redshank as Tringa totanus, the ruddy turnstone as Arenaria interpres, the solitary sandpiper as Tringa solitaria, and the green sandpiper as Tringa ochropus. The spotted sandpiper is classified as Actitis macularia, the common sandpiper as Actitis hypoleucos, the sanderling as Calidris alba, the least sandpiper as Calidris minutilla, and the semipalmated sandpiper as Caladris pusilla.

"Sandpiper," Microsoft (R) Encarta. Copyright (c) 1994 Microsoft Corporation. Copyright (c) 1994 Funk & Wagnall's Corporation.

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