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2013-02-21 15:16:37 (18 comments, 2 reshares, 77 +1s)Open 

#NatureArtThursday again, sponsored by +Trisha Standard , +Jeff Silkstone and me.
Also, #landscapephotography by +Margaret Tompkins
#plusphotoextract #florida #sunrise

Another shot from Coral Cove, Jupiter, Florida

Most reshares: 10

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2013-01-10 14:01:23 (10 comments, 10 reshares, 76 +1s)Open 

For #NatureArtThursday, sponsored by +Trisha Standard , +Jeff Silkstone and me...

"Splashdown"

Most plusones: 84

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2013-03-14 12:41:02 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 84 +1s)Open 

I can't believe it's Thursday already! Still swamped at work, but I'll try to grab a look at all the wonderful images posted for #NatureArtThursday sponsored by +Trisha Standard , +Jeff Silkstone and me.

#birdloversworldwide #birds4all #birdsinfocus #hqspbirds #hqspnature  

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2013-04-19 12:20:19 (7 comments, 7 reshares, 77 +1s)Open 

I've missed the last few episodes of #NatureArtThursday due to a variety of work and personal commitments. Springtime is marching forward in central Virginia, and I need more time to get out and shoot! Anyway... a day late for #natureartthursday sponsored by +Trisha Standard , +Jeff Silkstone and me. Hope to see you more soon!

#signsofspring #birds4all #hqspbirds #birdsinfocus  

I've missed the last few episodes of #NatureArtThursday due to a variety of work and personal commitments. Springtime is marching forward in central Virginia, and I need more time to get out and shoot! Anyway... a day late for #natureartthursday sponsored by +Trisha Standard , +Jeff Silkstone and me. Hope to see you more soon!

#signsofspring #birds4all #hqspbirds #birdsinfocus  ___

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2013-03-21 12:57:36 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 74 +1s)Open 

Another week has FLOWN by, and it's #NatureArtThursday !! Sponsored by +Trisha Standard , +Jeff Silkstone and me, and celebrating the beauty found in nature. We welcome all mediums of expression.

#birdloversworldwide #birdsinfocus #birds4all #hqspbirds

Anhinga!

Another week has FLOWN by, and it's #NatureArtThursday !! Sponsored by +Trisha Standard , +Jeff Silkstone and me, and celebrating the beauty found in nature. We welcome all mediums of expression.

#birdloversworldwide #birdsinfocus #birds4all #hqspbirds

Anhinga!___

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2013-03-14 12:41:02 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 84 +1s)Open 

I can't believe it's Thursday already! Still swamped at work, but I'll try to grab a look at all the wonderful images posted for #NatureArtThursday sponsored by +Trisha Standard , +Jeff Silkstone and me.

#birdloversworldwide #birds4all #birdsinfocus #hqspbirds #hqspnature  

I can't believe it's Thursday already! Still swamped at work, but I'll try to grab a look at all the wonderful images posted for #NatureArtThursday sponsored by +Trisha Standard , +Jeff Silkstone and me.

#birdloversworldwide #birds4all #birdsinfocus #hqspbirds #hqspnature  ___

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2013-03-05 14:56:27 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

#BirdPoker "The Look" curated by +Phil Armishaw

A Red-shouldered hawk gives me the look just prior to taking flight.

#birds4all #birdsinfocus #birdloversworldwide #hqspbirds #hqspnature  

#BirdPoker "The Look" curated by +Phil Armishaw

A Red-shouldered hawk gives me the look just prior to taking flight.

#birds4all #birdsinfocus #birdloversworldwide #hqspbirds #hqspnature  ___

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2013-03-04 22:59:10 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 64 +1s)Open 

For #BirdPoker Woodpeckers curated by +Phil Armishaw

Here's a Downy I saw the other day working over the knot in this vine...

#birdloversworldwide #birds4all #birdsinfocus #hqspbirds #hqspnature  

For #BirdPoker Woodpeckers curated by +Phil Armishaw

Here's a Downy I saw the other day working over the knot in this vine...

#birdloversworldwide #birds4all #birdsinfocus #hqspbirds #hqspnature  ___

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2013-03-01 13:03:23 (9 comments, 8 reshares, 82 +1s)Open 

For #BirdPoker Spring Arrivals curated by +Phil Armishaw

Throwing another Bluebird on top of +Marilyn Benham 's beautiful bluebirds. They're vibrant and a sure sign of spring!

#birds4all #birdsinfocus #hqspbirds #hqspnature  

For #BirdPoker Spring Arrivals curated by +Phil Armishaw

Throwing another Bluebird on top of +Marilyn Benham 's beautiful bluebirds. They're vibrant and a sure sign of spring!

#birds4all #birdsinfocus #hqspbirds #hqspnature  ___

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2013-02-28 17:59:05 (13 comments, 4 reshares, 78 +1s)Open 

For #NatureArtThursday sponsored by +Trisha Standard , +Jeff Silkstone and me...

#birdloversworldwide #birds4all #birdsinfocus #hqspbirds #hqspnature

A Red-shouldered hawk taking flight. James River, Richmond, VA

For #NatureArtThursday sponsored by +Trisha Standard , +Jeff Silkstone and me...

#birdloversworldwide #birds4all #birdsinfocus #hqspbirds #hqspnature

A Red-shouldered hawk taking flight. James River, Richmond, VA___

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2013-02-27 16:02:48 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

#waterbirdwednesday by +Ray Bilcliff +Sherry McBriar and +Margaret Tompkins
#birdloversworldwide #birds4all #birdsinfocus #hqspbirds #hqspnaturephotography

Roseate Spoonbills nest-building in St. Augustine, FL

#waterbirdwednesday by +Ray Bilcliff +Sherry McBriar and +Margaret Tompkins
#birdloversworldwide #birds4all #birdsinfocus #hqspbirds #hqspnaturephotography

Roseate Spoonbills nest-building in St. Augustine, FL___

2013-02-26 13:33:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I won't be able to attend due to a prior commitment, but you might want to check this out:

Join the +Landscape Photography Show Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 8 pm CST with special guest +David Marx for Lightroom and Google Maps!!

Your #LandscapePhotography  +Landscape Photography curators +Carra Riley +Jim Warthman +David Heath Williams +Ben T +Margaret Tompkins are proud to bring you the very best show on Landscape Photography!!  Come Join Us!!  You'll be Glad You Did!!

Find out how easy it is to tag you photo with geo coordinates!  You'll never forget exactly where you stood when you made that image!!  

9 pm EST, 8 pm CST, 7 pm MST, 6 pm PST, 2 am UCT/GMT___I won't be able to attend due to a prior commitment, but you might want to check this out:

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2013-02-25 15:08:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Check this out from +Peter From !

New Photo Challenge: The Treasure Hunt –– March 2013

It's time to start announcing the third Treasure Hunt Challenge.

It's easy, it's exciting and it's fun, take our word for it. We do one challenge every month and each will consist of four rounds, one every week, the last being the final. Sounds intriguing? 

Some of you already know the challenge but for new contestants it might be of interest to know more.

We will provide you with various photographic tasks and it's up to you to take a creative shot in order to make it to the next round. You have one week to complete each round and if you manage to complete three rounds in a row, you're in the final round and have a chance to win the whole thing. We will not reveal what rounds 1––4 will be like but we promise you that you will have lots of fun participating (and if we get sponsors, you might even win prizes). One thing is for sure: it's like a real Treasure Hunt! And... The tasks will never be the same as in the previous month's challenge. :)

The rules are simple. All you have to do is to plus this post and leave a comment that you want to participate in the March Google+ Treasure Hunt Challenge and we will add you to the special community that we have created for this event. You can do it here or you can do it in the announcement post in +Lorena Masi's feed –– but not in both. The first 1000 will be allowed into the community where you will receive all further instructions. But don't worry... If you miss this Treasure Hunt, there will be another one come April.

Please note: If you already are a member of the THC community, you do NOT have to ask for an invitation again. But... Please reshare this post to show your support. Thank you!

Resharing this post is not a must but will be appreciated. After all sharing is caring.

The first round begins March 6, 2013. Don't miss out on the Google+ Challenge of the Year!

Good luck and have fun!

Cheers!___Check this out from +Peter From !

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2013-02-22 15:19:19 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

For #flybyfriday curated by +John Spade
#birdloversworldwide #birds4all #hqspbugs #hqspnature #naturephotography

The herons have returned and begun nesting in the downtown Richmond rookery...

For #flybyfriday curated by +John Spade
#birdloversworldwide #birds4all #hqspbugs #hqspnature #naturephotography

The herons have returned and begun nesting in the downtown Richmond rookery...___

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2013-02-22 13:45:28 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

For #BirdPoker Vines and Shrubs by +Phil Armishaw

#hqspbirds #birdloversworldwide #birds4all #birdsinfocus #hqspnature  

For #BirdPoker Vines and Shrubs by +Phil Armishaw

#hqspbirds #birdloversworldwide #birds4all #birdsinfocus #hqspnature  ___

2013-02-21 16:48:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Honored to be included in this project. Thanks, +Christopher Prins !!

HQSP Nature Photographer Circle 

I'd like to welcome you to our 7th version of the Nature Photographer Circle,
bought to you by the High Quality Sharing Project

All the artists in this circle have been checked individually, and have done my up-most to maintain quality.

If you're in the circle, or think your friends may enjoy it, feel free to show the artists some love by plussing or sharing the circle.  

#naturephotographercircle  

P.S. This will be my last entry as part of the HQSP. I'm hoping to finish up a personal project which I've been working on. Full of activities and exclusive to photog's on Google+. ___Honored to be included in this project. Thanks, +Christopher Prins !!

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2013-02-21 15:16:37 (18 comments, 2 reshares, 77 +1s)Open 

#NatureArtThursday again, sponsored by +Trisha Standard , +Jeff Silkstone and me.
Also, #landscapephotography by +Margaret Tompkins
#plusphotoextract #florida #sunrise

Another shot from Coral Cove, Jupiter, Florida

#NatureArtThursday again, sponsored by +Trisha Standard , +Jeff Silkstone and me.
Also, #landscapephotography by +Margaret Tompkins
#plusphotoextract #florida #sunrise

Another shot from Coral Cove, Jupiter, Florida___

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2013-02-14 14:57:17 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

OK, it is Thursday, isn't it? Then it's #NatureArtThursday, sponsored by +Trisha Standard , +Jeff Silkstone and me.

I'd also like to tag this one for #landscapephotography and my friend
+Margaret Tompkins
#plusphotoextract  

Sunrise, Coral Cove, Jupiter, FL

OK, it is Thursday, isn't it? Then it's #NatureArtThursday, sponsored by +Trisha Standard , +Jeff Silkstone and me.

I'd also like to tag this one for #landscapephotography and my friend
+Margaret Tompkins
#plusphotoextract  

Sunrise, Coral Cove, Jupiter, FL___

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2013-02-13 13:59:47 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Just back from a swing around Florida... good time!

#wadingbirdwednesday by +Ray Bilcliff and +Sherry McBriar 
#wildlifewednesday by +Mike Spinak

A new species for me, a Wurdemann's heron, thought to be the result of cross breeding between whites and blues.  Key Largo.

Just back from a swing around Florida... good time!

#wadingbirdwednesday by +Ray Bilcliff and +Sherry McBriar 
#wildlifewednesday by +Mike Spinak

A new species for me, a Wurdemann's heron, thought to be the result of cross breeding between whites and blues.  Key Largo.___

2013-01-31 13:32:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Thanks to +Margaret Tompkins . She does a lot for the community here.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Great Photographers With < 25,000 Followers

The photographers here are all in my personal circles.  The choices are mine and mine alone.  No one asked, begged, or pleaded to belong.  No bribes were offered or accepted.  These are the people that I follow because I appreciate their great quality photography and their interaction.  Most I have met as I help curate several of the photography themes.  There are NO requirements to share this circle.  I would appreciate the people in this circle plus the post, leave a comment, and share the circle as public.  

Each profile has been verified by me.  Most have < 25,000 followers (when they were put into the circle).  They each have high quality original photography content.  You won’t find many animated gifs!  I have included myself in the circle and also the landscape page.  Some are new to G+ so please make them feel welcome!!

Landscape Photography:  I invite everyone to check out the +Landscape Photography #LandsacapePhotography theme.  If you want to impress me, that’s the place to do it!!  Post a great landscape that will get my attention.  See the About tab for all the details.

I wasn’t included, what do I do?  If you meet the criteria, weren’t included, but think you should be, then leave me a comment.  Maybe I don’t know about you.  There are millions of people on G+ and I don’t know everyone.  However, I’ll be happy to have a look at your work if you will call it to my attention.  Start posting landscapes that get my attention (see above)!!

There’s a really great photographer XXX that you didn’t include.  Please feel free to recommend qualified people.  I discover new people every day and would be happy to look at their work.  Please make sure that the recommended person meets the criteria.  If they don’t then that tells me a lot about you!

#Circleshare   #Sharedcircles   ___Thanks to +Margaret Tompkins . She does a lot for the community here.

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2013-01-31 13:26:25 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

OK, since I screwed up my days this week, here's another for #NatureArtThursday curated by +Trisha Standard , +Jeff Silkstone and me.

Some say that the Red-winged Blackbird is a harbinger of spring. This one looks to me to have a slightly unusual winter plumage. What do you think, birders? Dutch Gap, Chesterfield, VA

#birdloversworldwide #birds4all #birdsinfocus #hqspbirds  

OK, since I screwed up my days this week, here's another for #NatureArtThursday curated by +Trisha Standard , +Jeff Silkstone and me.

Some say that the Red-winged Blackbird is a harbinger of spring. This one looks to me to have a slightly unusual winter plumage. What do you think, birders? Dutch Gap, Chesterfield, VA

#birdloversworldwide #birds4all #birdsinfocus #hqspbirds  ___

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2013-01-30 22:16:27 (10 comments, 4 reshares, 74 +1s)Open 

One for #NatureArtThursday before it's over.
#natureartthursday is curated by +Trisha Standard , +Jeff Silkstone and me.

#birdsinfocus #birdloversworldwide #hqspbirds

A bald eagle takes flight. Dutch Gap, Chesterfield, VA

One for #NatureArtThursday before it's over.
#natureartthursday is curated by +Trisha Standard , +Jeff Silkstone and me.

#birdsinfocus #birdloversworldwide #hqspbirds

A bald eagle takes flight. Dutch Gap, Chesterfield, VA___

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2013-01-24 12:55:13 (11 comments, 7 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

It's #NatureArtThursday, curated by +Trisha Standard , +Jeff Silkstone and me. #natureartthursday celebrates all the beauty found in nature and is open to photography as well as other mediums. Feel free to join in!!

#birdloversworldwide #birdsinfocus #hqspbirds  

Here's a White-throated sparrow catching the day's last light...

It's #NatureArtThursday, curated by +Trisha Standard , +Jeff Silkstone and me. #natureartthursday celebrates all the beauty found in nature and is open to photography as well as other mediums. Feel free to join in!!

#birdloversworldwide #birdsinfocus #hqspbirds  

Here's a White-throated sparrow catching the day's last light...___

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2013-01-21 14:29:20 (16 comments, 2 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

For #backyardbirdingmonday by +Celeste Odono and +Ricky L Jones
#birdloversworldwide #birds4all #hqspbirds

A Yellow-rumped Warbler snags a snack.

For #backyardbirdingmonday by +Celeste Odono and +Ricky L Jones
#birdloversworldwide #birds4all #hqspbirds

A Yellow-rumped Warbler snags a snack.___

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2013-01-21 14:21:09 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Welcome to all the new members that have signed up while I've been out sick the last few weeks.

I am so pleased to see this community growing and thriving. I sure would like to have some additional moderators... maybe one per category on the left. Anybody interested?



Here's a Yellow-rumped Warbler snagging a snack.

Welcome to all the new members that have signed up while I've been out sick the last few weeks.

I am so pleased to see this community growing and thriving. I sure would like to have some additional moderators... maybe one per category on the left. Anybody interested?



Here's a Yellow-rumped Warbler snagging a snack.___

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2013-01-10 14:01:23 (10 comments, 10 reshares, 76 +1s)Open 

For #NatureArtThursday, sponsored by +Trisha Standard , +Jeff Silkstone and me...

"Splashdown"

For #NatureArtThursday, sponsored by +Trisha Standard , +Jeff Silkstone and me...

"Splashdown"___

2013-01-08 21:50:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Thanks, +Rinus Bakker !!

RUL Recommended Users List to follow. A completely new concept of bringing you in touch with 500 profiles who make a difference to your stream.

Why?
If I have to put my own preferences and friends in every circle I am sharing the same circle over and over. Too many friends.

How?
Please read the note below.

Support:
To become a successful circle I need your support!
If you add or check out you will find many interesting profiles. Promise!
If you are in or not but share, others get the chance to check this out.
If you are in and share more people will know and follow you.

To improve the algorithm I need your feed back! Please!!!

Note:
No friends circle, no nepotism, many of my friends are not in. I feel sorry about that but we need some fresh blood. Only people who came up by running an algorithm and have proved in one way or another to be of value to the community.___Thanks, +Rinus Bakker !!

2013-01-04 14:24:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Another outstanding effort from +Rinus Bakker who does so much for the photographic community on G+. Thanks, Rinus. I'm honored to be included.

YOUR CHOICE of most influential artist/photographer/curator of 2012
If you get notification you are in.
Thank you very much for your nominations.

First full circle 01 of 03
-all peoples with names starting from A up to full circle
-all HQSP team members and pages and a few HQSP VIPs

If you like to help this people you can do so by adding and sharing the circle.

Note: Errors guaranteed. Due to the method used building the circle, there is a chance someone else carrying the same name as you is in, in stead of you. Please let me know if you are missing.

All nominations can be found here:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/113408942588672463601/posts/CspcPzSenwy

I hope you will find many inspirational persons in here.
ENJOY! 
:-)

#HQSPstuff  ___Another outstanding effort from +Rinus Bakker who does so much for the photographic community on G+. Thanks, Rinus. I'm honored to be included.

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2013-01-03 15:50:06 (13 comments, 2 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

For #NatureArtThursday, curated by +Trisha Standard , +Jeff Silkstone and me.

Happy New Year everyone. I've been absent for much of the last few weeks, and will remain very busy for a while. But I wanted to contribute to #natureartthursday before I head out the door.

#birdloversworldwide #hqspbirds

A study in pattern and texture...

For #NatureArtThursday, curated by +Trisha Standard , +Jeff Silkstone and me.

Happy New Year everyone. I've been absent for much of the last few weeks, and will remain very busy for a while. But I wanted to contribute to #natureartthursday before I head out the door.

#birdloversworldwide #hqspbirds

A study in pattern and texture...___

2012-12-26 14:54:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Many thanks to +Charles Lupica for this extraordinary effort! I'm honored to be included!

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         Top 500 most followed photographers list
                   circle of 500
             and Group 6: 421 to 500
►►►►►►►═════════════════════◄◄◄◄◄◄◄

If you're not in this circle and you think you should be, I'm sorry.  I have missed a few people by pure accident.  My methods are entirely manual and I do miss people.  I have checked every profile and I have included only those people that share their own work, and share it on G+. Bloggers and people doing mostly reshares weren't included. Some big name photographers that don't share a lot of their own work were included - sorry for the double standard. 
Here is the 6th and last part  of my list of the top 500 most followed photographers - Here are links to the previous parts of the list.

Group 1: http://tinyurl.com/cf58vws - 1 to 100
Group 2: http://tinyurl.com/bodaspk - 101 to 193
Group 3: http://tinyurl.com/bsb87u4 - 194 to 250 and circle
Group 4: http://tinyurl.com/d4ulv6q  - 250 to 340
Group 5: http://tinyurl.com/cjpmgy4 - 341 to 420 
Group 6: 421 to 500 and circle of 500 (this post)

If you are on this list, I urge you to comment, plus and share the post. 

I have sifted through lots of pages and circles as well as http://circlecount.com/  to try to get an accurate list. If I'm missing anyone, please let me know.  I have specifically left off a few people who only share links to their content housed elsewhere,  people who share a lot of other people's work without sharing their own, or people that appear to be inactive. 

The rank numbers are off by 1 because I included the same person twice in an earlier list.

#Top500CircleDec   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  

420 +Jennifer Luzio 21797
421 +Matt Suess 21794
422 +Nichole McCall 21754
423 +Dane Clingan 21718
424 +Xavier Ruiz Canadell 21700
425 +Emi Fujimoto 21697
426 +Peyton Hale 21665
427 +Klaus Kubelka 21650
428 +Nick Chill 21620
429 +Brandon Doran 21594
430 +Scott Kublin 21582
431 +JUNE FERROL 21563
432 +Heiko Köster 21548
433 +Kel Hayner 21458
434 +Greg Schmigel 21429
435 +camelia bogorin 21375
436 +Dawid Martynowski 21375
437 +Beverly Cash 21366
438 +Matthias Haeussler 21347
439 +Aaron Sosa 21335
440 +Wayne Marinovich 21334
441 +Bill Wood 21229
442 +Regina Pagles 21227
443 +Lauren Hurst 21180
444 +Irmgard Hartmann 21136
445 +Martin OBER 21129
446 +Hidehiko Sakashita 21108
447 +Randy Jay Braun 21101
448 +Marketta Aaltonen 21095
449 +Tricia McDonald Ward 21015
450 +Andreas Wecker 20960
451 +Randall Sanger 20920
452 +YASUKA SUZUKI 20920
453 +Jo Garrett 20921
454 +Clark Crenshaw 20896
455 +Lorena Masi 20890
456 +Natascha Schröder 20886
457 +David Murphy 20863
458 +Andreas Levi 20843
459 +Daniel Treadwell 20756
460 +David Terry 20756
461 +Brett Crosby 20730
462 +J. Rae Chip 20719
463 +Sangeeth VS 20701
464 +Gailen Mapes 20665
465 +Dirk Vietzke 20652
466 +Snorri Gunnarsson 20629
467 +Drew Hopper 20580
468 +Laurie Rubin 20552
469 +Patrick Hübschmann 20502
470 +Hidetaka Onoyama 20502
471 +Gary Randall 20495
472 +Mikael Svensson 20780
473 +Ian Plant 20455
474 +Erwin Vindl 20451
475 +Dietrich Bojko 20418
476 +Russ Bishop 20409
477 +Julia Harwood 20405
478 +David Thompson 20374
479 +Zero Dean 20363
480 +Shelly Gunderson 20293
481 +Jenn Oliver 20298
482 +Jake Johnson 20281
483 +Geoff Ridenour 20276
484 +Todd Sisson 20241
485 +Yuga Kurita 20188
486 +Matt Shalvatis 20186
487 +Beverly Everson 20078
488 +Daniel Chen 20069
489 +Alex Wild 20039
490 +Remo Primatesta 19964
491 +Luc Asbury 19933
492 +Melissa Kester 19878
493 +A.D. Wheeler 19868
494 +Christopher Prins 19856
495 +Nick Gatens 19827
496 +Baldur McQueen 19820
497 +David Kingham 19800
498 +Sam Breach 19812
499 +Lance Rudge 19786
326 +Andy Gray 24815
500 +Thomas Paris 19758
501 +René Pirker 19703

107 +Rinus Bakker 43313___Many thanks to +Charles Lupica for this extraordinary effort! I'm honored to be included!

2012-12-17 19:49:51 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Just a short rant....

I have always bought most of my stuff from +B and H . For several years now, and approximately $4K this year. I just got a D600 with a battery grip and included in the kit from B&H was a Pearstone battery, advertised as equivalent to the EN-EL15. When I put it in the battery grip, the camera shows a dead battery. Pull the battery out and reseat it- the battery works... until the next time you turn the camera off, and then you pick up your camera and it shows a dead battery, and won't start up, even if there is a battery in the body. This behavior does not happen with a genuine Nikon battery. So clearly they are NOT "equivalent" as advertised. I threw away the plastic bag it came in. B&H won't do anything except trade it for another Pearstone battery that won't work as advertised.

I know they're huge and they won't miss my... more »

Just a short rant....

I have always bought most of my stuff from +B and H . For several years now, and approximately $4K this year. I just got a D600 with a battery grip and included in the kit from B&H was a Pearstone battery, advertised as equivalent to the EN-EL15. When I put it in the battery grip, the camera shows a dead battery. Pull the battery out and reseat it- the battery works... until the next time you turn the camera off, and then you pick up your camera and it shows a dead battery, and won't start up, even if there is a battery in the body. This behavior does not happen with a genuine Nikon battery. So clearly they are NOT "equivalent" as advertised. I threw away the plastic bag it came in. B&H won't do anything except trade it for another Pearstone battery that won't work as advertised.

I know they're huge and they won't miss my business. But I've recommended a lot people to B&H. And spent (for me) a lot of money. They're blowing me off over a couple of $35.00 batteries, because I don't have the original packaging (a small plastic bag, as I recall).

...End rant.___

2012-12-17 19:32:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Sorry I haven't been around much... had a wedding and then got sick!

I sure could use a few folks that would like to help moderate this Community. If you're interested, please let me know!

Sorry I haven't been around much... had a wedding and then got sick!

I sure could use a few folks that would like to help moderate this Community. If you're interested, please let me know!___

2012-12-10 15:39:47 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

+Freddy Donckels , +Mike Spinak

I'm open to discussing that. I think there are some other mergers going on as well. Mike?

+Freddy Donckels , +Mike Spinak

I'm open to discussing that. I think there are some other mergers going on as well. Mike?___

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2012-12-09 17:04:35 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Many thanks to a very fine photographer - +E.E. Giorgi 

Haven't obliged to my #selflesssunday  duties in a few weeks, so here's to catch up: 10 amazing photographers whose work you should check out. Be sure to add them if you want to beautify your stream. 

Also, I don't have a website to share for +Simos Xenakis , but I really love his work, so go check him out too and you won't be disappointed. 

Happy Sunday everybody!


+Kah Kit Yoong  
http://www.magichourtravelscapes.com/

+Jay Gould  
http://www.luvntravlnphotography.com

+Guy Tal  
http://guytal.com/gtp/gallery/index.jsp

+Jim Lundgren  
http://www.jimlundgrenphotography.com/

+Joanna Kustra  
http://www.joannakustra.com/

+Ian McGillvrey  
http://www.ianmcgillvrey.com/

 +Thomas Kirchen   
http://www.makro-tom.de/

+Dane Clingan   
http://www.pineriverphoto.com/

+G Dan Mitchell 
http://www.gdanmitchell.com/

+Joseph Trinh 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/105775027518463153786/posts___Many thanks to a very fine photographer - +E.E. Giorgi 

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2012-12-07 14:50:32 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

For #BirdPoker upside down curated by +Phil Armishaw

A Northern Parula amusing himself in the mirror of my truck.

For #BirdPoker upside down curated by +Phil Armishaw

A Northern Parula amusing himself in the mirror of my truck.___

2012-12-07 14:17:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

A community for nature photographers, from landscapes to bugs and everything outdoors.

A community for nature photographers, from landscapes to bugs and everything outdoors.___

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2012-12-07 14:13:45 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Google+ has launched communities, and they're popping up quickly. I've started a community for nature photographers and would like to gather a team of moderators to try to help launch the community. Please have a look, and let me know if you're interested.

I'll also tag this shot #flybyfriday .... +Meg Rousher , it's been awhile. I hope you're well!
#hqspbirds #birdsinfocus #birdloversworldwide #d600  

Welcome to the new Nature Photography Community! Please let me know if you have an interest in moderating this community.___Google+ has launched communities, and they're popping up quickly. I've started a community for nature photographers and would like to gather a team of moderators to try to help launch the community. Please have a look, and let me know if you're interested.

I'll also tag this shot #flybyfriday .... +Meg Rousher , it's been awhile. I hope you're well!
#hqspbirds #birdsinfocus #birdloversworldwide #d600  

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2012-12-07 12:58:19 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Welcome to the new Nature Photography Community! Please let me know if you have an interest in moderating this community.

Welcome to the new Nature Photography Community! Please let me know if you have an interest in moderating this community.___

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2012-12-06 12:26:59 (14 comments, 5 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

It's #NatureArtThursday and +Trisha Standard and I are excited to welcome +Jeff Silkstone to our team today. #natureartthursday focuses on photographs and other works of art that celebrate the beauty in nature. #natureartthursday is part of the +Daily Fine Art Themes , originally conceived by +Charles Lupica

#birdsinfocus #birdloversworldwide #hqspbirds #D600  

It's #NatureArtThursday and +Trisha Standard and I are excited to welcome +Jeff Silkstone to our team today. #natureartthursday focuses on photographs and other works of art that celebrate the beauty in nature. #natureartthursday is part of the +Daily Fine Art Themes , originally conceived by +Charles Lupica

#birdsinfocus #birdloversworldwide #hqspbirds #D600  ___

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2012-12-05 15:05:26 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

For +Terrill Welch and #WaterscapeArtWednesday ....

It's been a good run!

#waterscapeartwednesday #landscapephotography #d600  

For +Terrill Welch and #WaterscapeArtWednesday ....

It's been a good run!

#waterscapeartwednesday #landscapephotography #d600  ___

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2012-12-02 15:17:56 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

#BirdPoker Catchlights curated by +Phil Armishaw

Another pretty boy to throw on top of +Marilyn Benham

#birdsinfocus #birdloversworldwide #hqspbirds  

#BirdPoker Catchlights curated by +Phil Armishaw

Another pretty boy to throw on top of +Marilyn Benham

#birdsinfocus #birdloversworldwide #hqspbirds  ___

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2012-11-30 21:27:49 (7 comments, 5 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

#BirdPoker Green curated by +Phil Armishaw

A pretty Green Heron in Kissimmee, FL.

#birdloversworldwide #birdsinfocus

#BirdPoker Green curated by +Phil Armishaw

A pretty Green Heron in Kissimmee, FL.

#birdloversworldwide #birdsinfocus___

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2012-11-29 23:01:28 (11 comments, 8 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

Well, it's #NatureArtThursday again, and you've done your part, but I haven't done mine.... yet. Things will continue to be very busy through the rest of the year, but please keep sharing your wonderful nature images, and my partner, +Trisha Standard and I will do our best to get to them all.

#natureartthursday #naturephotography #landscapephotography #sunset #d600  

Well, it's #NatureArtThursday again, and you've done your part, but I haven't done mine.... yet. Things will continue to be very busy through the rest of the year, but please keep sharing your wonderful nature images, and my partner, +Trisha Standard and I will do our best to get to them all.

#natureartthursday #naturephotography #landscapephotography #sunset #d600  ___

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2012-11-21 19:28:11 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Tomorrow is #NatureArtThursday and it is also Thanksgiving Day for many of us. I'll be away from the computer all day (and probably most of the weekend) #natureartthursday is co-sponsored by me and +Trisha Standard , whom I suspect will be just as busy as me, so.... see you next week!

For those celebrating, Happy Thanksgiving!
#thanksgiving #thanksgiving2012  

Tomorrow is #NatureArtThursday and it is also Thanksgiving Day for many of us. I'll be away from the computer all day (and probably most of the weekend) #natureartthursday is co-sponsored by me and +Trisha Standard , whom I suspect will be just as busy as me, so.... see you next week!

For those celebrating, Happy Thanksgiving!
#thanksgiving #thanksgiving2012  ___

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2012-11-19 18:11:48 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

For #MacroMonday curated by +Kerry Murphy +Jennifer Eden and +Kelli Seeger Kim
Today's theme within is Lines.

A Locust Borer beetle displays vibrant yellow lines as it explores the goldenrod.

#macro4all #hqspmacro #hqspbugs #yellowcircle #yisforyellow  

For #MacroMonday curated by +Kerry Murphy +Jennifer Eden and +Kelli Seeger Kim
Today's theme within is Lines.

A Locust Borer beetle displays vibrant yellow lines as it explores the goldenrod.

#macro4all #hqspmacro #hqspbugs #yellowcircle #yisforyellow  ___

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2012-11-15 22:47:20 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Well, I've almost missed #NatureArtThursday due to a crazy day, but it's not over yet! Thanks to everyone who's contributed... it makes every Thursday a lot of fun! #natureartthursday is co-sponsored by +Trisha Standard and me, and celebrates the beauty in nature. Please feel free to join us!

Well, I've almost missed #NatureArtThursday due to a crazy day, but it's not over yet! Thanks to everyone who's contributed... it makes every Thursday a lot of fun! #natureartthursday is co-sponsored by +Trisha Standard and me, and celebrates the beauty in nature. Please feel free to join us!___

2012-11-14 21:59:27 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Check it out!

Here's a new page and theme from +Charles Lupica.  Let us know what you would like to see us do with this page.  We are thinking of running this as a theme or perhaps as a gallery.

We will try to respond to images tagged with #AllThingsBlackandWhite  or #allThingsMonochrome.
We are leaning toward a gallery where the best monochrome / Black and  White images could be shared with the community as well as articles on how to do conversions, what software to use,  how to see in black and white.  In short, a content rich stream.

Let us know what you think.  Please remember to add this page so that the page can share, comment, and plus your monochrome photography.  
 ___Check it out!

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2012-11-14 12:23:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

+Peter From has done it again! Check out this new circle opportunity!

The BRAND NEW Google+ Pages & Themes Circle –– Announcement Post 

#CircleSharingForThePeoplePTC  

This circle is a bit different than the rest of my shared circles, but it will be a perfect one to add. The focus of the circle will be PAGES and THEMES around photography. Like the Yellow Pages of Pages & Themes on Google+. Pages will be shared in a circle and themes without a page will be listed on a Google+ Page that I will create.

Who can ask for inclusion?

If you have a page (not your normal account but a separate page) focusing on photography (personal photo pages are ok) and/or curate a theme, then this is the circle you want to be in. Commercial photo pages are as welcome as pages/themes from amateurs.

Examples: A theme page would be +Curvy Friday and it's theme hash would be #curvyfriday .

You may suggest pages and themes you know of, but the owners/curators must ask for inclusion personally. I want to avoid misunderstandings since not everybody wants to participate in shared circles.

How do you get in?

It's very simple. You need to do complete the following steps.

1) –– Plus and reshare this post. Why? Because if you want to be promoted, it's only fair that you help promote your fellow photographers as well. Deal?

2) –– Ask for inclusion in the comments (must be in this post, not the one you reshare) and please state what kind of photography your page and/or theme is about, add the theme hashtag and link to page (example: #curvyfriday   +Curvy Friday curated by +Peter From and +lorena masi ) and that you HAVE completed all steps. I will check every feed but I won't check twice. Do not add links to Google+ albums, external websites etc. in the comments. If you do, your comment will be deleted.

That's it.

I do not judge the contents of your page or the theme, but if I find too much bling-bling in the feed, I might not add the page to this circle.

Have something to say about my circles? Wanna know what others gained from being in the circles? Then go here: https://plus.google.com/116219534929662479848/posts/7Evg2rSE2Hv 

NOTE! If you see that I have plussed your comment, then you know that I have added your page/theme to the circle. I didn't PLUS your comment? Make sure that you have reshared this announcement post publicly (and not just to one of your circles) and let me know that you did so.

This announcement post is hash-tagged with #CircleSharingForThePeoplePTC so that you may mute the reshares this post will generate. That way you will avoid seeing multiple copies of this post in your feed and your adrenaline level will stay normal. I will add a new hash-tag for every announcement and circle post in the future. That way you won't miss out on any of the action but still can mute all the duplicate reshares. 

Here is an excellent add-on that will help you to mute the reshares: http://code.google.com/p/nonplus/

Cheers!___+Peter From has done it again! Check out this new circle opportunity!

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2012-11-12 12:55:54 (9 comments, 3 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

For #MacroMonday curated by +Kerry Murphy , +Jennifer Eden and +Kelli Seeger Kim
Today's theme within is "Dreamy"

#macro #macro4all #hqspmacro #hqspbugs #bugseveryday  

For #MacroMonday curated by +Kerry Murphy , +Jennifer Eden and +Kelli Seeger Kim
Today's theme within is "Dreamy"

#macro #macro4all #hqspmacro #hqspbugs #bugseveryday  ___

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2012-11-10 13:41:11 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

#BirdPoker Majestic curated by +Phil Armishaw

I love the lines and markings on this perching Anhinga.

#birdloversworldwide #birdsinfocus #hqspbirds  

#BirdPoker Majestic curated by +Phil Armishaw

I love the lines and markings on this perching Anhinga.

#birdloversworldwide #birdsinfocus #hqspbirds  ___

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2012-11-09 14:26:59 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

For #BuggyFriday curated by +Dorothy Pugh and +Ray Bilcliff

Working on my bug identification... I'm going to call this one a Long-horned Grasshopper (FAMILY: Tettigoniidae) unless someone corrects me. :-D

#bugs #bugseveryday #macrophotography #macro4all #hqspmacro #hqspbugs #buggyfriday  

For #BuggyFriday curated by +Dorothy Pugh and +Ray Bilcliff

Working on my bug identification... I'm going to call this one a Long-horned Grasshopper (FAMILY: Tettigoniidae) unless someone corrects me. :-D

#bugs #bugseveryday #macrophotography #macro4all #hqspmacro #hqspbugs #buggyfriday  ___

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2012-11-08 21:13:40 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

It's #NatureArtThursday, and +Trisha Standard and I must apologize, because we've both been swamped! If I've missed your post, I'm sorry. I'll be trying to catch back up over the next couple of days.

So while I'm thinking about it, is there anyone out there interested in joining our team? We're in the market for a co-sponsor to continue to promote this fun theme that continues to grow week after week. If you're interested, please private post me, +Dane Clingan and +Trisha Standard and let us know.

Since I waited so late in the day to put something up today, and the sun is heading toward the horizon, I'll leave you with this....

#natureartthursday #landscapephotography

It's #NatureArtThursday, and +Trisha Standard and I must apologize, because we've both been swamped! If I've missed your post, I'm sorry. I'll be trying to catch back up over the next couple of days.

So while I'm thinking about it, is there anyone out there interested in joining our team? We're in the market for a co-sponsor to continue to promote this fun theme that continues to grow week after week. If you're interested, please private post me, +Dane Clingan and +Trisha Standard and let us know.

Since I waited so late in the day to put something up today, and the sun is heading toward the horizon, I'll leave you with this....

#natureartthursday #landscapephotography___

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2012-11-07 14:52:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Another outstanding effort from +Peter From ! Have a look!

The new CAPTURE THE NATURE CIRCLE –– Announcement Post | READ IT ALL Before You Ask For Inclusion

#CircleSharingForThePeopleCNC (Do NOT tag images with this hashtag!)

It's time again! One of my many popular circles is about to be filled by you! By now everybody knows that I have emptied all shared circles in order to bring some more freshness and interestingness into them again –– the same with this fourth edition of my very popular Capture The Circle. That means that the CNC will be all new, fresh & hot as well, and you will have an excellent way of promoting yourself and find new interesting nature photographers via this interesting circle.

AGAIN: READ the WHOLE post BEFORE you ask for inclusion, please.

What is the CNC?
It is a circle for photographers that mainly photograph the nature and mainly share their original work in their feeds. Whether you're a happy amateur or a pro doesn't really matter, as long as you really like photography and nature photography. So... I welcome you to join the rest of us and meet new people with the same interest as yourself; great nature photography and social interaction.

I will share this circle with everybody on Monday, November 19.

What must YOU do?

As with all my circles, there are no free rides. Here are the rules (steps you must take) to get accepted (no inclusion guarantees given):

1) –– Plus AND reshare this post. Why? It's very simple: if you want to get promoted in this circle, you must be prepared to promote your fellow photographer as well. Do NOT remove this reshared post from your feed immediately after I have added you to the circle. Doing so will get you banned from all my future circle shares (=blocked).

2) –– Make sure that you do NOT post a lot of YouTube clips, animated GIF's, blog post teasers etc. in your feed. I don't mind a few reshares of other people's work (that's what Google+ is all about) but you must mainly share your own original work on your page. I want ths circle to be as clean as possible and focus on great nature photography –– not other bling-bling. 

3) –– Ask for inclusion in the comments (must be in this post, not the one you reshare) and please state what kind of nature photography you are into *and that you HAVE completed all steps*. I will check every feed but I won't check twice. Do not add links to Google+ albums, external websites etc. in the comments. If you do, your comment will be deleted.

Have something to say about my circles? Wanna know what others gained from being in the circles? Then go here: https://plus.google.com/116219534929662479848/posts/7Evg2rSE2Hv 

NOTE! If you see that I have plussed your comment, then you know that I have added you to the circle. I didn't PLUS your comment? Make sure that you have reshared this announcement post publicly (and not just to one of your circles) and let me know that you did so.

This announcement post is hash-tagged with #CircleSharingForThePeopleCNC so that you may mute the reshares this post will generate. That way you will avoid seeing multiple copies of this post in your feed and your adrenaline level will stay normal. I will add a new hash-tag for every announcement and circle post in the future. That way you won't miss out on any of the action but still can mute all the duplicate reshares. 

Here is an excellent add-on that will help you to mute the reshares: http://code.google.com/p/nonplus/

Cheers!___Another outstanding effort from +Peter From ! Have a look!

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