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AyJay Schibig69,399AWESOME CIRCLE 8.12.14 by +AyJay Schibig RESHARE if you wish to be in this Circle.Some  awesome people  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia  #circlesbyayjay  2014-08-13 06:19:41500484361CC G+
Linda Motoiu57,984#circle   #photographers  My favorite photographers circle - release 32014-08-09 16:30:01378582273CC G+
Gailen Mapes66,871Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera  I-K - 6 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to July 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting June 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-08-06 10:25:22128407CC G+
Exposure Photographers Circle0Welcome to Exposure Photographer Circles – If you have received this notification you are invited to join the circle – To be included in this and future circles please add Exposure circles to your friends and a comment to this post.All G+ photographers are welcome to join Exposure, The Exposure Photographers Circle and  Community.You are also invited to add a photo to the current Exposure gallery and weekly competition : https://plus.google.com/b/100754431548807057066/events/crv7p56dge9ibtevmd2t42ctn38?authkey=CMHG9cHCyd2WIwAny shares and plusses are greatly appreciated!2014-07-31 21:05:072531102CC G+
Gailen Mapes65,720Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera  I-K - 6 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes  and scroll back to July 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting June 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-07-06 10:56:35131005CC G+
Christopher Jennings Penders10,380#circleshare   Okay!I'm retiring my Sunday Seventeen Circle Share and am bringing out a new weekly circle based on +Circloscope data from my most recent engagers.  Using Circloscope will be MUCH easier and I think more democratic, letting the app discover my most recent engagers.  After watching the #gplusspotlight  episode yesterday and seeing the option of finding your last x engagers, I began mulling over how I could use that yo my advantage.  This is the first way I'm using it.  Now the challenge becomes finding a unique name for this circle.So here is my new Engager Circle.2014-06-29 12:53:1833223CC G+
AyJay Schibig64,87121ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE (2 of 2)  6.25.14 by +AyJay Schibig Please RESHAREThis Circle has Active G+ members passionate about photography. Add this latest edition to circulate some great photography!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia  #circlesbyayjay2014-06-25 20:29:38405242043CC G+
Ryan Johnson7,499Check out my Circle Share➤ To be added into the next share, follow these simple steps:  1) Plus the original post2) Share this circle publicly (and with your circles/extended circles)3) Comment on the original post when complete#awesome         #awesomepeople         #chadwick         #circle     #circles     #circlesharing         #circleshare         #circleoftheday     #circleplus     #community   #followback     #followers       #gplus   #influence       #leadership     #public         #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles         #reshare         #reshared       #reshareday     #resharetags     #ripples     #sharedcircles       #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday     #sharewithyou         #sharing     #sharingcircle     #socialmedia   #theplus   #tcs     #team 2014-06-21 13:32:1942617724CC G+
Linda Motoiu55,516#circle   #photographers  My favorite photographers circle - release 22014-06-20 18:41:243737029100CC G+
Robert Connor10,617photographers in this circleIf you would like to be included in the next Circle Share you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me ( ) in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.    _ Otherwise I may not notice your activity!_3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like#circleoftheday #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles  #circle #circles #circlemeup  #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou #ShareYourCircle2014-06-20 11:20:09495462576CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky87,371Good morning /evening to all!Этот круг объединяет людей со схожими интересами и активной жизненной позицией в Google+Буду признателен всем, кто присоединится и поделится этим кругом.This circle unites people with similar interests and an active lifestyle in Google+ I would be grateful to all those who will join and share this circle. #ForFriends #EarthMyMother #photo 2014-06-10 02:03:08492452470CC G+
Rok Šimec13,955Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get!#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagerspeople   #engagersshowcasecircle   #engagersshowcase  #DaveBesbris  2014-06-08 09:44:08497242029CC G+
Gailen Mapes64,928Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera  I-K - 6 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to June 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting May 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes2014-06-06 10:43:15133005CC G+
John Nuntiatio37,49330k+ Circle - A circle worth adding and followingThe people from this circle have more than 30,000 followers.2014-06-02 08:54:46140496CC G+
Barry Chignell1,659My ever growing circle of great Google+ photogs :)If you know of anyone else I should be following please let me know, or share your #photog circle! :)2014-05-30 06:44:24338000CC G+
Rok Šimec12,556Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get!#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagerspeople   #engagersshowcasecircle   #engagersshowcase  #DaveBesbris  2014-05-26 07:04:43497181024CC G+
Mattias Willis9,068A nice circle of people who inspire me and are generally awesome PhotographersFeel free to share2014-05-21 20:53:06492113CC G+
AyJay Schibig59,63621ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE (2 of 2)  5.9.14This Circle has Active G+ members passionate about photography. Add/Share this latest edition to circulate some great photography!#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle2014-05-09 20:20:29366361643CC G+
Pål Børsting36,319♥ ♥ ♥ ☀ ☀ ☀ My thank you circle 3/6 ☀ ☀ ☀ ♥ ♥ ♥Photo enthusiasts circle no. 3 of 6!All of you handpicked by me. This is the real thing :-)To show you I appreciate each and every +1.The re-sharers and commenters of course too.Not to forget the serious*** circle-sharers either.Re-share if you like, no pressure!Cercle de gratitude n°3/6 pour amoureux de la photographie.Pour vous dire combien j'apprécie vos +1's.Tous soigneusement choisis par moi (c'est vrai).Ceux qui commentent et partagent sont bien sûr présents.Et je n'oublie pas non plus les partageurs de cercles***.Partagez ce billet si vous en avez envie, à votre guise !Cercul ''Va multumesc'' nr. 3 din 6, cuprinzand pasionati de fotografie!Ca sa stiti ca apreciez plusurile voastre.Fiecare persoana a fost aleasa de mine personal. E  realitatea :)Cei care redistribuie si comentatorii sunt si ei aici.Si bineinteles ca nu sunt uitati nici  seriosii*** redistribuitorii de cercuri.Redistribuiti daca doriti, nu e o obligatie!Кръг "Благодаря ви" № 3 от 6 съдържащ фото ентусиасти!Знайте това, че аз оценявам Вашите +1!Всеки от Вас е лично избран от мен! Това е нещо истинско :-)И, разбира се, тези които препубликуват и коментират са тук също!И не забравям сериозните * circlesharers също!Препубликувайте ако желаете, няма проблем!Tackcirkel nr. 3 av 6 innehållande Fotoentusiaster!Så du förstår att jag uppskattar era +1.Alla är handplockade av mig. Detta är den äkta varan :-)Och självklart finns vidaredelarna och kommenterare här också.Och jag glömmer inte de seriösa*** cirkel-delarna heller.Dela om du gillar, ingen press!"Terima Kasih" Bulatan ke-3, mengandungi para peminat gambar!Saya ingin memberitahu anda bahawa saya amat menghargai beberapa +1.Kesemuanya telah dipilih secara teliti oleh saya. Inilah yang sebenarnya:-)Dan sudah tentu para pengkongsi-semula dan pengkomen ada di sini.Dan saya tidak akan lupa kepada*** para pengkongsi bulatan yang tegar.Kongsikan semula jika anda mahu, tiada paksaan!"Terima Kasih" Bulatan Numbor ka-3, mong sengoi kea bi-minat gambar!Eng hod hek panei eng gemar keb +1.Semuak ajih bipilih ya eng haleij.Adehla benda kea sebetulnya :-)Ru adeh ne semestinya mong sengoi kea bi-"reshare" ru bi-komen.Ru eng tok en-sep*** sengoi kea serius bi-circleshare."Reshare" la asa hek sukak, tik tok paksaan!Круг благодарности номер 3 (из 6), состоящий из любителей фотографии!Я хочу сказать вам этим кругом, что ценю ваши +1.Все участники круга отобраны мной вручную. Это реальная работа :-)И конечно, те, кто делится и комментирует, тоже в этом круге.И я не забываю тех, кто серьезно*** делится кругами .Делитесь кругом, если пожелаете, никакого давления!Dank jullie wel, cirkel nr. 3 van 6 met foto enthousiastelingen!Om jullie te laten weten dat ik de +1's erg op prijs stel.Allemaal persoonlijk door mijzelf uitgezocht. Dit is het echte werk. :-))En de resharers en commentatoren horen er natuurlijk ook bij.De serieuze*** cirkeldelers worden ook niet door mij vergeten.Reshare naar hartelust, er is geen enkele druk!Takkesirkel nr.3 av 6 med fotoentusiaster!Du skal vite at jeg setter pris på dine +1.Alle er håndplukket av meg. Den ekte vare :-)Og selvfølgelig finnes videredelere og kommentatorer her også.Jeg har med de seriøse*** sirkeldelerne.Del om du vil, ingen krav om det!Zahvaljujem se krugu br.3 od 6 koji sadrži Foto entuzijaste!Želim vam dati do znanja da cijenim sve +1.Svi su izabrani od mene osobno.Ovo je prava stvar :-)I naravno po2014-05-08 09:36:52453691597CC G+
Gailen Mapes63,550Hand Picked Photographers Circles -Canon Camera  I-K - 6 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to May 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting April 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes2014-05-06 10:29:49131008CC G+
Thomas Hawk7,121,413Updated -2,500 Kick Ass G+ Photographers Ho-MiA-Da:  http://goo.gl/4gh66cDa-Ho:  http://goo.gl/E6u9IrHo-Mi:  http://goo.gl/eVU9dwMi-Sh:  http://goo.gl/Peo77RSh-Z: http://goo.gl/FVhz462014-04-26 19:40:39495221584CC G+
En Ucuz Uçak Bileti1,6242014-04-12 16:25:21495181220CC G+
Gailen Mapes61,972Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera  I-K - 6 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to April 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting March 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes2014-04-06 11:21:01133428CC G+
Rok Šimec5,426Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get! #circle #circleshare #circleshareoftheday #share #sharedcircles #engagers #engagerscircle #engagerspeople #engagersshowcasecircle #engagersshowcase  2014-04-05 18:40:54493201328CC G+
Linda Motoiu52,190#circle   #photographers  My favorite photographers circle - release 22014-03-31 07:51:26311412460CC G+
AyJay Schibig53,73421ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE (1 of 2)  3.26.14This Circle has Active G+ members passionate about photography. Add/Share this latest edition to circulate some great photography!See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page  +Circle Energy  and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle2014-03-26 21:23:02361311546CC G+
Gailen Mapes60,343Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera  I-K - 6 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to March 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting Feburary 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes2014-03-06 11:27:211365113CC G+
Rok Šimec1,472*Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!*This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles 2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself) 4 - add +1 to the post More you share more you get! #circle #circleshare #circlesharing #circleshared #share #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #share #publicsharedcircles #engagers #engagerscircle #engagerspeople #engagersshowcasecircle #googleplus #socialmedia #wordpress #bloggers #blogging  2014-02-27 12:11:56447231234CC G+
Rok Šimec928**Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!**Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!  Meet new people who will engage with you and as always add major PPPllllluuuuSSSS OnEs!!!!!!!!  Welcome to To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles 2 - Click add people and create a new circle name on the top left3-  Click "Create Circle" 4 - share the new circle (include yourself) 5 - add +1 to this post 6- enjoy your new fRiEnDs!!!More you share more you get! #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circle   #circleshare   #publicsharedcircles   #publishing   #sharedcircleoftheday   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircles   #share   #socialmedia   #googleplus   #google #googlesharedcircle   #googlecircleshare  2014-02-20 19:43:19404241728CC G+
Cristian Teodoridis2,715And this is my circle with the top (professional) photographers on Google+. Enjoy!2014-02-18 18:34:27494023CC G+
Circle your Circle with Circles!!!!545***Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!***Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!  Meet new people who will engage with you and as always add major PPPllllluuuuSSSS OnEs!!!!!!!!  Welcome to +Circle your Circle with Circles!!!!  :DTo be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles 2 - Click add people and create a new circle name on the top left3-  Click "Create Circle" 4 - share the new circle (include yourself) 5 - add +1 to this post 6- enjoy your new fRiEnDs!!!More you share more you get!#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #empireavenue   #socialmedia     #influencers   #influencer   #influence   #influencermarketing #sundaycircle   #circlesunday   #circlesundaycircle  2014-02-16 15:39:00444292640CC G+
AyJay Schibig49,36221ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE (1 of 2)  2.14.14 This Circle has Active G+ members passionate about photography. Add/Share this latest edition to circulate some great photography!See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page  +Circle Energy  and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle2014-02-14 23:22:33419312744CC G+
Gailen Mapes59,243Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera I-K  - 6 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to January 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting December 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Map2014-02-06 11:44:43139725CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky63,455Good morning / evening to all.You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Это социальный круг / This social circleВам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-01-27 02:27:20435411768CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky77,576Good morning / evening to all.This is a Social Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Это социальный круг общения интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Google+You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-01-26 01:48:035006829102CC G+
AyJay Schibig46,31321ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE (1 of 2)  1.23.14 This Circle has Active G+ members passionate about photography. Add/Share this latest edition to circulate some great photography!See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page  +Circle Energy   and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle2014-01-24 07:24:54418331852CC G+
Artur M.35,787A Very Social CircleКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+circle of people, with active life position in Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.2014-01-22 15:20:15423382357CC G+
ArmStreet376 A Very Social Circlecircle of people, with active life position in Google+If you shared this circle yesterday, you are in it today. If you share today, you'll be in tomorrow.2014-01-14 13:35:11456291338CC G+
Artur Mashnich44,480Circle of the Most Active Users of Google+A Very Social CircleКруг наиболее активных пользователей Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.If you shared this circle yesterday, you are in it today. If you share today, you'll be in tomorrow.#Forfriends  2014-01-14 07:21:37456562992CC G+
Pål Børsting21,243♥♥♥ Thank you circle no.2 of 4 containing Photo enthusiasts!  ♥♥♥ ☀☀ ☀To let my plussers know that I appreciate the plussones. ☀☀☀☀☀☀ All of them handpicked by me. This is the real thing :-) ☀☀☀♥♥ And of course the resharers and commenters are here too. ♥♥Last time I got problems with google blocking me for plus mentioning too many so this time I will roll out the four circles gradually.Reshare if you like! Please plus to tell me you have seen it! *There is no need to thank me, this is me thanking you! *In this circle you will find both photographers and their followers. What they have in common is a passion for photos they like.This circle consists of the exceptional people who time and time again reshares, plusses and write nice comments on my photo posts. All of them are real active people, some have been active since I began sharing my photos and still are and some I have seen only for a shorter time.I have separated my Thank you circle into four circles. There is no difference between them except for different people to say thank you to.I already work on the next "Thank you circle"  So if you are missing here, you will be in it if you are active from this week. I do not expect you to like all my photos, so please only plus the ones you like! If I see you twice in a months time I will add you.The four circles is collected from middle of November until now. In parallel I am building a new circle that I started a month ago. In a months time the people in the new circle will be shared. The old one will be kept as reference to add people that return after a longer break.  I use #Circloscope premium to help me manage, but the rotation from the old circle to the new is the only way people gets kicked out. http://www.circloscope.com/2013/04/google-plus-circle-management-tool.html +CircloscopeA bit of caution here, I do NOT check the quality of what my engagers share. They are here since they are appreciating my photos. You have to do your own selection after importing the circles.Please let me know if you somehow slipped through my masks. I am doing this in a combined automatic and manual way and I am old enough too know there might be errors. And there have been errors I have discovered. That is really the only thing that bothers me with this circles........ ♥♥♥♥ ☀☀☀☀ ♥♥♥♥ ☀☀☀☀ ♥♥♥♥ ☀☀☀☀♥♥♥♥ ☀☀☀☀  #circle #circles  #publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles  #sharedcircle  #sharingcircles  #sharedpubliccircles  #photography #ph2014-01-13 14:50:204219923141CC G+
Artur Mashnich44,242Circle of the Most Active Users of Google+A Very Social CircleКруг наиболее активных пользователей Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.If you shared this circle yesterday, you are in it today. If you share today, you'll be in tomorrow.#Forfriends  2014-01-13 08:37:40456493089CC G+
rathma kamil0#sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles  2014-01-12 15:48:38500001CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky61,618Good morning / evening to all. You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!Это социальный круг / This social circle #EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-01-11 03:25:48437361163CC G+
Gailen Mapes57,824Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera I-K - 6 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to January 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting December 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mape2014-01-06 11:38:3213512417CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky74,843This is a Social Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Это социальный круг общения интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Google+You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-01-06 06:39:305006841124CC G+
Chill Ideaz Jay Beek Rocksuperstar1,563My Christmas Circle Share...have a great christmas and holidays everyone! 1. Add +Best Cars 2. Plus The Post 3. Comment4. Add People To Circles5. Share The Circle!#sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme   #circlesharing   #circleshare  #circles         #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircles  #share   #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday  #sharewithyou               #followme  #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople  #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle  #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare2013-12-26 03:37:41494222CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky72,842Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Круг интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Google+#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2013-12-21 09:18:41500673496CC G+
Artur Mashnich41,152A Very Social CircleКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+circle of people, with active life position in Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.If you shared this circle yesterday, you are in it today. If you share today, you'll be in tomorrow.2013-12-21 03:20:48456573293CC G+
Andrew Wisniewski37,207Good morning/evening to all.You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!Это социальный круг This is a Social Circle  #ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother 2013-12-20 09:32:31426462167CC G+
Pål Børsting18,128♥♥♥ Thank you circle no.4 containing Photo enthusiasts!  ♥♥♥ ☀☀ ☀To let my plussers know that I appreciate the plussones. ☀☀☀☀☀☀ All of them handpicked by me. This is the real thing :-) ☀☀☀♥♥ And of course the resharers and commenters are here too. ♥♥Reshare if you like! Please plus to tell me you have seen it! *There is no need to thank me, this is me thanking you! *In this circle you will find both photographers and their followers. What they have in common is a passion for photos they like.This circle consists of the exceptional people who time and time again reshares, plusses and write nice comments on my photo posts. All of them are real active people, some have been active since I began sharing my photos and still are and some I have seen only for a shorter time.I have separated my Thank you circle into four circles. There is no differece beetween them except for different people to say thank you to.I already work on the next "Thank you circle"  So if you are missing here, you will be in it if you are active from this week. I do not expect you to like all my photos, so please only pluss the ones you like! If I see you twice in a months time I will add you.The four circles is collected from middle of September until now. In paralell I am building a new circle that I started a month ago. In a months time the people in the new circle will be shared. The old one will be kept as reference to add people that return after a longer break.  I use #Circloscope premium to help me manage, but the rotation from the old circle to the new is the only way people gets kicked out. http://www.circloscope.com/2013/04/google-plus-circle-management-tool.html +CircloscopeA bit of caution here, I do NOT check the quality of what my engagers share. They are here since they are appreciating my photos. You have to do your own selection after importing the circles. ♥♥♥♥ ☀☀☀☀ ♥♥♥♥ ☀☀☀☀ ♥♥♥♥ ☀☀☀☀♥♥♥♥ ☀☀☀☀  #circle #circles  #publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles  #sharedcircle  #sharingcircles  #sharedpubliccircles  #photography #photographer #AddCircle #FindCircles #thankyoucircle2013-12-16 15:35:15350611086CC G+

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2014-08-07 17:14:01 (19 comments, 10 reshares, 200 +1s)

#beethursday +Dorothy Pugh +Bee Thursday

Can not resist a second Bee shot today. Taken about an hour ago in our yard. 3-fer!

Sony HX400V. 

Most reshares: 12

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2014-08-20 11:17:52 (8 comments, 12 reshares, 108 +1s)

Pic 4 Today : Rock Squirrels Everywhere

I suspect that the animal with the highest biomass in the Tucson area must be the Rock Squirrel. They are everywhere...from the basin beside the Santa Cruz River Channel, up through the whole Sonoran Desert layer and into the Pinion-Juniper-Oak forest. We did not get that high but I suspect they also inhabit the pine forest at the tops of the mountains surrounding the basin as well. This specimen was half way up Sabino Canyon, just enjoying a snack on its rock couch in the shade.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 80 @ 1/320th @ f6.3. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet.

#wildlifewednesday by +Mike Spinak +Morkel Erasmus

Most plusones: 200

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2014-08-07 17:14:01 (19 comments, 10 reshares, 200 +1s)

#beethursday +Dorothy Pugh +Bee Thursday

Can not resist a second Bee shot today. Taken about an hour ago in our yard. 3-fer!

Sony HX400V. 

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2014-08-22 12:16:33 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 57 +1s)

#floralfriday by +Tamara Pruessner

Cactus flower. Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson AZ. Sony HX400V. 

#floralfriday by +Tamara Pruessner

Cactus flower. Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson AZ. Sony HX400V. ___

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2014-08-22 11:44:38 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 41 +1s)

#buggyfriday by +Ray Bilcliff

Another view of the Flame Skimmer from the Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson AZ. Sony HX400V. #odonatapoker +viviane godenne

#buggyfriday by +Ray Bilcliff

Another view of the Flame Skimmer from the Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson AZ. Sony HX400V. #odonatapoker +viviane godenne___

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2014-08-22 11:24:06 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 35 +1s)

Pic 4 Today : Stare of the Cat

One of the highlights of the Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson AZ is the Mountain Lion enclosure, which, if I remember right, was among the first natural enclosures built in any Zoo in the US. It combines cliffs and ledges with a small pool and native plantings and provides the big cats with relatively familiar (if very restricted) habitat. I have mixed feelings about Zoos of any kind...and captive animals in general...but I understand the roll they play in research, preservation, and education, and approve of any effort to make the captives lives as normal as possible. And the natural enclosure at the SDM certainly provides an opportunity to photograph the Mountain Lion that would be very hard to come by in the cat's own territory. For me a zoo is always going to be a guilty pleasure.

This Mountain Lion has certainly maintained its dignity in... more »

Pic 4 Today : Stare of the Cat

One of the highlights of the Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson AZ is the Mountain Lion enclosure, which, if I remember right, was among the first natural enclosures built in any Zoo in the US. It combines cliffs and ledges with a small pool and native plantings and provides the big cats with relatively familiar (if very restricted) habitat. I have mixed feelings about Zoos of any kind...and captive animals in general...but I understand the roll they play in research, preservation, and education, and approve of any effort to make the captives lives as normal as possible. And the natural enclosure at the SDM certainly provides an opportunity to photograph the Mountain Lion that would be very hard to come by in the cat's own territory. For me a zoo is always going to be a guilty pleasure.

This Mountain Lion has certainly maintained its dignity in captivity, and I am thankful for that as much a short the image.

Sony HX400V at about 500mm equivalent field of view. ISO 1000 @ 1/250th @ f5.6. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet.___

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2014-08-21 11:06:48 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 47 +1s)

Pic 4 Today : Blazing Star Welcome*

I still have lots of images from the Tucson trip, but just to prove I am back in Maine, here is the Blazing Star that was waiting to welcome me back. It is not a super year on the Kennebunk Plains for the rare species, or at least not in the accessible areas of the Plains. They burned well away from roads last year and the Blazing Star is always most lush in recent burns. There is still a decent crop, but no solid stands of purple. It is spread thinly over most areas of the Plains.

Sony HX400V at about 120mm equivalent field of view. ISO 80 @ 1/640th @ f5.6. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet.

Pic 4 Today : Blazing Star Welcome*

I still have lots of images from the Tucson trip, but just to prove I am back in Maine, here is the Blazing Star that was waiting to welcome me back. It is not a super year on the Kennebunk Plains for the rare species, or at least not in the accessible areas of the Plains. They burned well away from roads last year and the Blazing Star is always most lush in recent burns. There is still a decent crop, but no solid stands of purple. It is spread thinly over most areas of the Plains.

Sony HX400V at about 120mm equivalent field of view. ISO 80 @ 1/640th @ f5.6. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet.___

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2014-08-20 11:17:52 (8 comments, 12 reshares, 108 +1s)

Pic 4 Today : Rock Squirrels Everywhere

I suspect that the animal with the highest biomass in the Tucson area must be the Rock Squirrel. They are everywhere...from the basin beside the Santa Cruz River Channel, up through the whole Sonoran Desert layer and into the Pinion-Juniper-Oak forest. We did not get that high but I suspect they also inhabit the pine forest at the tops of the mountains surrounding the basin as well. This specimen was half way up Sabino Canyon, just enjoying a snack on its rock couch in the shade.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 80 @ 1/320th @ f6.3. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet.

#wildlifewednesday by +Mike Spinak +Morkel Erasmus

Pic 4 Today : Rock Squirrels Everywhere

I suspect that the animal with the highest biomass in the Tucson area must be the Rock Squirrel. They are everywhere...from the basin beside the Santa Cruz River Channel, up through the whole Sonoran Desert layer and into the Pinion-Juniper-Oak forest. We did not get that high but I suspect they also inhabit the pine forest at the tops of the mountains surrounding the basin as well. This specimen was half way up Sabino Canyon, just enjoying a snack on its rock couch in the shade.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 80 @ 1/320th @ f6.3. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet.

#wildlifewednesday by +Mike Spinak +Morkel Erasmus___

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2014-08-19 11:27:20 (10 comments, 10 reshares, 110 +1s)

Pic 4 Today : Cardinal Encounter 2

You may remember this cooperative Cardinal from my post a few days ago. Because he spent so much time with us while we waited for the Sabino Canyon shuttle, I had time to frame him at just about every focal length. This is 2400mm equivalent field of view from about 8 feet. (1200mm optical, plus 2x Pure Image Zoom.) One of the highlights of the trip to Tucson :-)

Sony HX400V. ISO 80 @ 1/400th @ f6.3. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet.

Pic 4 Today : Cardinal Encounter 2

You may remember this cooperative Cardinal from my post a few days ago. Because he spent so much time with us while we waited for the Sabino Canyon shuttle, I had time to frame him at just about every focal length. This is 2400mm equivalent field of view from about 8 feet. (1200mm optical, plus 2x Pure Image Zoom.) One of the highlights of the trip to Tucson :-)

Sony HX400V. ISO 80 @ 1/400th @ f6.3. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet.___

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2014-08-19 11:09:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Gotta see this ;-) ZEISS VICTORY SF Birding Experience: http://youtu.be/AylN91nW9Mc

Gotta see this ;-) ZEISS VICTORY SF Birding Experience: http://youtu.be/AylN91nW9Mc___

2014-08-19 10:54:10 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)

Auto Awesome story. 

Auto Awesome story. ___

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2014-08-18 12:26:11 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 76 +1s)

Pic 4 Today : Montezuma Quail

Maybe 35 years ago, on my first serious birding trip to the Chiricahua Mountains of Southeast Arizona, I got a glimpse of a covey of Montezuma Quail crossing the road in the headlights of the car. Hardly a satisfying view but my only view of the elusive bird...until this week when hiking in Madera Canyon, on the stream-side trail, right behind the Santa Rita Lodge. I am sure this was another covey, but the rest of the birds were well down in the brush and invisible. I was very thankful that this bird played Sentinel on its rock long enough for a few photos. The light under the canopy along the stream was challenging but I still got a few satisfying images.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 800 @ 1/250th @ f6.3. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet. Cropped slightly for scale and composition.

Pic 4 Today : Montezuma Quail

Maybe 35 years ago, on my first serious birding trip to the Chiricahua Mountains of Southeast Arizona, I got a glimpse of a covey of Montezuma Quail crossing the road in the headlights of the car. Hardly a satisfying view but my only view of the elusive bird...until this week when hiking in Madera Canyon, on the stream-side trail, right behind the Santa Rita Lodge. I am sure this was another covey, but the rest of the birds were well down in the brush and invisible. I was very thankful that this bird played Sentinel on its rock long enough for a few photos. The light under the canopy along the stream was challenging but I still got a few satisfying images.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 800 @ 1/250th @ f6.3. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet. Cropped slightly for scale and composition.___

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2014-08-17 13:06:51 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 70 +1s)

Pic 4 Today : Broad-billed Hummingbird. Happy Sunday!

Before the Vendor hours at the Tucson Birding Festival yesterday we went to Santa Rita Lodge in Madera Canyon and sat by the Hummingbird feeders for 30 minutes or so. (We also did a bit of hiking in the canyon and spotted a Montezuma Quail, a very good Southern AZ speciality bird...undoubtedly you will see that bird here soon.) The usual number of species were present at the feeders...which, in Madera Canyon is an impressive number. Two thirds of them though were Broad-billed Hummingbirds like this specimen. Brilliant!

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 160 @ 1/250th @ f6.3. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet. Cropped for composition.

And for the Sunday Thought. I can not help but feel that the Broad-billed Hummingbird got shorted in the name department. I mean it is certainly as spectacular, or... more »

Pic 4 Today : Broad-billed Hummingbird. Happy Sunday!

Before the Vendor hours at the Tucson Birding Festival yesterday we went to Santa Rita Lodge in Madera Canyon and sat by the Hummingbird feeders for 30 minutes or so. (We also did a bit of hiking in the canyon and spotted a Montezuma Quail, a very good Southern AZ speciality bird...undoubtedly you will see that bird here soon.) The usual number of species were present at the feeders...which, in Madera Canyon is an impressive number. Two thirds of them though were Broad-billed Hummingbirds like this specimen. Brilliant!

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 160 @ 1/250th @ f6.3. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet. Cropped for composition.

And for the Sunday Thought. I can not help but feel that the Broad-billed Hummingbird got shorted in the name department. I mean it is certainly as spectacular, or more spectacular than, many of the other Hummers it competes with, and most of them have names with much more character. Costa's, Calliope, Lucifer, and Magnificent, even Anna's conger more beauty than Broad-billed. The rare Brown-capped Starthroat which was also frequenting the Santa Rita Lodge feeders, is, in fact a drab bird compared to the Broad-billed, but you would not suspect it from a comparison of the names. I mean, look at this bird. Such green. Such blue. Such a red bill. So vivid. Okay, so the bill is a bit wider than the norm at the base, but is that any reason to ignore all its other beautiful attributes and saddle the bird with that single feature as a name? Why not the Red-billed Hummingbird? Or the Red-billed Emerald? On the Blue Flame-throat? Or even the Crimson-billed Blue Flame-throated Emerald! Though it would not make the bird any less common at Southern Arizona feeders, it would certainly give this Hummer a boost in the Hummer popularity ratings. I mean who is going to say "my favorite Hummer for beauty is the Broad-billed" (a certainly reasonable statement for anyone who has looked closely at the bird)? But "my favorite Hummer for beauty is the Crimson-billed Blue Flame-throated Emerald", now, that has the proper ring to it!

God only gave Adam a very few jobs, but one of them, the first of them, was naming the animals. Which is totally enough. We only give names to the things we care for, and by extension we care for the things we name. It is the way we were created, and, I have always believed, God's intent for us. We are to care for creation. Creatively care for all our fellow creatures. We are the namers. We are the care givers. We have the capacity to love what God has created and work for the good of all. It is a job that we are always an inch from failing at, as we forget and concentrate on what seems to us to be our own good...but it was our first job and is likely our most important.

Which is why I feel we really ought to find a better, more fitting, name for the Broad-billed Humming bird...something we can really care about. It is a place to start anyway. :-)___

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2014-08-16 21:37:40 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 78 +1s)

Mexican Jay. Madera Canyon AZ. Sony HX400V.

#songbirdsaturday by +John Briggs

Mexican Jay. Madera Canyon AZ. Sony HX400V.

#songbirdsaturday by +John Briggs___

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2014-08-16 17:51:25 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 83 +1s)

The Sweetwater Wetlands Great Horned Owl, sitting up proud and pretty over her prey (Coot). Tucson AZ.  Sony HX400V. 

The Sweetwater Wetlands Great Horned Owl, sitting up proud and pretty over her prey (Coot). Tucson AZ.  Sony HX400V. ___

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2014-08-16 12:58:17 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 46 +1s)

Lots of Lizards in the Sonoran Desert! These Zibra-tailed Lizards were patrolling the paths at the Tucson Desert Museum. Sony HX400V. 

Lots of Lizards in the Sonoran Desert! These Zibra-tailed Lizards were patrolling the paths at the Tucson Desert Museum. Sony HX400V. ___

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2014-08-16 11:41:56 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 58 +1s)

Pic 4 Today : Curved-billed Thrasher

Thrashers are close relatives of the Mockingbird and the Curved-billed Thrasher is the most common of the family in the Sonoran Desert of Southern Arizona. This specimen was flying free on the grounds of the Desert Museum in Tucson. It was singing and calling loudly from it's ocatillo perch, so it was hard to miss :-)

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 100 @ 1 /250th @ f6.3. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet.

#songbirdsaturday by +John Briggs

Pic 4 Today : Curved-billed Thrasher

Thrashers are close relatives of the Mockingbird and the Curved-billed Thrasher is the most common of the family in the Sonoran Desert of Southern Arizona. This specimen was flying free on the grounds of the Desert Museum in Tucson. It was singing and calling loudly from it's ocatillo perch, so it was hard to miss :-)

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 100 @ 1 /250th @ f6.3. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet.

#songbirdsaturday by +John Briggs___

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2014-08-15 23:48:00 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 54 +1s)

Sabino Canyon in Tucson AZ. Sony HX400V. In-camera HDR. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet.

#hdr #hdrlandscape 

Sabino Canyon in Tucson AZ. Sony HX400V. In-camera HDR. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet.

#hdr #hdrlandscape ___

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2014-08-15 22:51:57 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 42 +1s)

#floralfriday by +Tamara Pruessner +Dorothy Pugh

Fish hook Barrel Cactus. Tucson Sonoran Desert Museum. Sony HX400V. 

#floralfriday by +Tamara Pruessner +Dorothy Pugh

Fish hook Barrel Cactus. Tucson Sonoran Desert Museum. Sony HX400V. ___

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2014-08-15 21:45:25 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 41 +1s)

I believe a Wandering Glider. :-) Sweetwater Wetlands, Tucson AZ. Sony HX400V.

#odonatapoker +viviane godenne

I believe a Wandering Glider. :-) Sweetwater Wetlands, Tucson AZ. Sony HX400V.

#odonatapoker +viviane godenne___

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2014-08-15 11:26:52 (9 comments, 3 reshares, 95 +1s)

Pic 4 Today : Close Encounter of the Cardinal Kind

Hiking down Sabino Canyon in Tucson AZ yesterday, we stopped to wait for the shuttle half way. This Cardinal took an interest in us and came over for a talk. :-) It does not get any better than this.

Sony HX400V at 1100mm equivalent field of view. ISO 80 @ 1/400th @ f6.3. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet.

Pic 4 Today : Close Encounter of the Cardinal Kind

Hiking down Sabino Canyon in Tucson AZ yesterday, we stopped to wait for the shuttle half way. This Cardinal took an interest in us and came over for a talk. :-) It does not get any better than this.

Sony HX400V at 1100mm equivalent field of view. ISO 80 @ 1/400th @ f6.3. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet.___

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2014-08-15 00:36:29 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 42 +1s)

The birthday boy gets a cake at the Tucson Birding Festival. :-) 

The birthday boy gets a cake at the Tucson Birding Festival. :-) ___

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2014-08-14 21:22:02 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 60 +1s)

The Great Horned Owl was still at Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson this morning. Coot for breakfast! Yum. Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view.

The Great Horned Owl was still at Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson this morning. Coot for breakfast! Yum. Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view.___

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2014-08-14 13:58:55 (10 comments, 11 reshares, 104 +1s)

Sweetwater Wetlands, Tucson AZ. Sony HX400V at 2400mm equivalent. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet. 

Sweetwater Wetlands, Tucson AZ. Sony HX400V at 2400mm equivalent. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet. ___

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2014-08-14 12:54:11 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 55 +1s)

Golden-winged Skimmer. Desert Museum, Tucson AZ. Sony HX400V.

#odonatapoker +viviane godenne

Golden-winged Skimmer. Desert Museum, Tucson AZ. Sony HX400V.

#odonatapoker +viviane godenne___

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2014-08-14 12:02:11 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)

Pic 4 Today : Squirrel City

My first shots from the Desert Museum yesterday were of this family (presumably) of young Ground Squirrels. There were, as it turned out, Ground Squirrels everywhere on the grounds of the museum, but this was the only group we saw. Too cute.

Sony HX400V. Program with - 1/3 EV exposure compensation. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet. Whole I was concerned I was keeping the HX400V, the trip to the Desert Museum really showed what it is capable of. I like it! :-)

Pic 4 Today : Squirrel City

My first shots from the Desert Museum yesterday were of this family (presumably) of young Ground Squirrels. There were, as it turned out, Ground Squirrels everywhere on the grounds of the museum, but this was the only group we saw. Too cute.

Sony HX400V. Program with - 1/3 EV exposure compensation. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet. Whole I was concerned I was keeping the HX400V, the trip to the Desert Museum really showed what it is capable of. I like it! :-)___

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2014-08-13 21:08:36 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 25 +1s)

#widewensdaypanorama +WideWednesdayPanorama

Grants Pass Road, Tucson AZ, looking West from the top of the pass. Sony HX400V sweep panorama. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet. 

#widewensdaypanorama +WideWednesdayPanorama

Grants Pass Road, Tucson AZ, looking West from the top of the pass. Sony HX400V sweep panorama. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet. ___

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2014-08-13 20:59:40 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 42 +1s)

Spent the morning at the Desert Museum in Tucson. Came home with 899 exposures :-). Many are duplicates of course (shooting at 2.5 for for safety :-) but that is still a lot of images. First out of the post processing pipe: Calliope Hummingbird from the Hummingbird aviary. No place like it! Sony HX400V. Cropped slightly for composition. 

Spent the morning at the Desert Museum in Tucson. Came home with 899 exposures :-). Many are duplicates of course (shooting at 2.5 for for safety :-) but that is still a lot of images. First out of the post processing pipe: Calliope Hummingbird from the Hummingbird aviary. No place like it! Sony HX400V. Cropped slightly for composition. ___

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2014-08-13 12:03:09 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 72 +1s)

Pic 4 Today : Wood Nymph on Blazing Star

With Bumblebee bonus! I have photographed Wood Nymphs before. They are, at least this year, our most common Butterfly...everywhere I go in forest and field. However this year they have also been remarkably uncooperative as photographic subjects. Until this week I had not one decent shot for the season. And then of course I encountered this specimen feeding on emerging Northern Blazing Star on the Kennebunk Plains. And I got the Bee as a bonus! How blessed can you get?

This shot is also unusual for the spread wings, caught as the Butterfly teetered on the Blazing Star in the breeze. Wood Nymphs perch with wings closed 99% of the time.

Sony HX400V @ 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 80 @ 1/640th @ f6.3. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet. Cropped for composition.

#onthewingsofbutterflies +On the Wings of... more »

Pic 4 Today : Wood Nymph on Blazing Star

With Bumblebee bonus! I have photographed Wood Nymphs before. They are, at least this year, our most common Butterfly...everywhere I go in forest and field. However this year they have also been remarkably uncooperative as photographic subjects. Until this week I had not one decent shot for the season. And then of course I encountered this specimen feeding on emerging Northern Blazing Star on the Kennebunk Plains. And I got the Bee as a bonus! How blessed can you get?

This shot is also unusual for the spread wings, caught as the Butterfly teetered on the Blazing Star in the breeze. Wood Nymphs perch with wings closed 99% of the time.

Sony HX400V @ 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 80 @ 1/640th @ f6.3. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet. Cropped for composition.

#onthewingsofbutterflies +On the Wings of Butterflies!___

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2014-08-12 10:06:21 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 59 +1s)

Pic 4 Today : Hummer on Deck

Early today as I am at the airport on my way to Tucson and the Birding Festival.

I posted one of this series of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird working the flowers on our back deck late yesterday, but it is such a rare occasion that it deserves a more complete celebration. :-)

Sony HX400V @ about 400mm equivalent field of view. ISO 80 @ 1/250th @ f4. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet. Assembled in Pixlr Express.

Pic 4 Today : Hummer on Deck

Early today as I am at the airport on my way to Tucson and the Birding Festival.

I posted one of this series of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird working the flowers on our back deck late yesterday, but it is such a rare occasion that it deserves a more complete celebration. :-)

Sony HX400V @ about 400mm equivalent field of view. ISO 80 @ 1/250th @ f4. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet. Assembled in Pixlr Express.___

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2014-08-11 22:01:25 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 72 +1s)

We rarely get hummingbirds in our yard, but this female Ruby-throat has been to the flowers on the back deck several times this afternoon. :-) Sony HX400V @ about 400mm equivalent field of view. 

We rarely get hummingbirds in our yard, but this female Ruby-throat has been to the flowers on the back deck several times this afternoon. :-) Sony HX400V @ about 400mm equivalent field of view. ___

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2014-08-11 17:18:10 (10 comments, 7 reshares, 130 +1s)

One of my favorite dragons. Female Eastern Pondhawk. Kennebunk ME. Sony HX400V.

#odonatapoker +viviane godenne

One of my favorite dragons. Female Eastern Pondhawk. Kennebunk ME. Sony HX400V.

#odonatapoker +viviane godenne___

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2014-08-11 11:19:43 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 71 +1s)

Pic 4 Today : Summer Azure

The Milkweed Meadow at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve at Laudholm Farm is now dominated by Goldenrod, and will be until the Milkweed pods burst this fall. And it seems there is nothing quite like Goldenrod for attracting a wide variety of insects. This Summer Azure Butterfly was uncharacteristically cooperative, well above ground level and sitting still for long enough for some macro shots.

Sony HX400V. About 70mm equivalent field of view. Macro. Program with Program Shift. ISO 80 @ 1/250th @ f4.5. Processed in Handy Photo on my tablet. Cropped slightly for scale and composition.

#onthewingsofbutterflies +On the Wings of Butterflies!

#macromonday 

Pic 4 Today : Summer Azure

The Milkweed Meadow at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve at Laudholm Farm is now dominated by Goldenrod, and will be until the Milkweed pods burst this fall. And it seems there is nothing quite like Goldenrod for attracting a wide variety of insects. This Summer Azure Butterfly was uncharacteristically cooperative, well above ground level and sitting still for long enough for some macro shots.

Sony HX400V. About 70mm equivalent field of view. Macro. Program with Program Shift. ISO 80 @ 1/250th @ f4.5. Processed in Handy Photo on my tablet. Cropped slightly for scale and composition.

#onthewingsofbutterflies +On the Wings of Butterflies!

#macromonday ___

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2014-08-10 11:12:50 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 75 +1s)

Pic 4 Today : Blazing Star Visitation. Happy Sunday!

I went again to the Kennebunk Plains yesterday to check the Blazing Star bloom. It is not much more advanced though we had a couple of sunny days at the end of the week. I leave for a week in Tucson on Tuesday, and hopefully it will not be past when I get back. I did manage to catch a number of Insect visitors on the blossoms that were showing...Wood Nymph and Sulphur butterflies and a Skipper, as well as innumerable Bumblebees, and this Flower Crab Spider.

The last Flower Crab Spider I found was white. My references say that the females can change from white to yellow for better camouflage depending on the flower they are using as a hunting perch. I am certain there is actually no thought involved, but clearly whatever automatic mechanism that controls the color change was totally confused by the intense Purple of the Blazing... more »

Pic 4 Today : Blazing Star Visitation. Happy Sunday!

I went again to the Kennebunk Plains yesterday to check the Blazing Star bloom. It is not much more advanced though we had a couple of sunny days at the end of the week. I leave for a week in Tucson on Tuesday, and hopefully it will not be past when I get back. I did manage to catch a number of Insect visitors on the blossoms that were showing...Wood Nymph and Sulphur butterflies and a Skipper, as well as innumerable Bumblebees, and this Flower Crab Spider.

The last Flower Crab Spider I found was white. My references say that the females can change from white to yellow for better camouflage depending on the flower they are using as a hunting perch. I am certain there is actually no thought involved, but clearly whatever automatic mechanism that controls the color change was totally confused by the intense Purple of the Blazing Star. :-)

Sony HX400V. 60mm equivalent field of view. Macro. ISO 80 @ 1/400th @ f6.3. I used program shift for greater depth of field since the flower was moving in the wind and precise focus was difficult. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet.

And for the Sunday Thought: I did a little poking around on the Web in reflecting on why this spider might be so yellow and found that most insects have much more limited color vision than we do, and those that have similar vision to ours actually see higher into the ultraviolet. So, in fact, I have no idea how a bright yellow Spider on purple Blazing Star looks to any of the spider's prey. It might be perfect camouflage. We humans tend to assume, until we are reminded otherwise, that our own vision of the world is the only one. Even among our own species that is demonstratably erroneous. It is safe to say that no two creatures see the world exactly alike. We are enriched by both what is common to our vision and, if we allow ourselves to be, by what is different. The common vision can be a good indication of truth. If we all agree on something it must be actual and true, right? Except when it isn't. And that is where our differences come in. Our differences point to aspects of the truth which none of us see clearly. Literally point to. It is sometimes possible to sense the unseen truth they are pointing if we look at enough of them and take each one seriously as a pointer.

This is nowhere more true than in Religion. Most of what we know, or at least what we can say, about the spirit falls in the "pointing at the truth" category. And that is where we most need to value our differences. I am confident that there is only one spirit and one truth, one spiritual reality. None of us see it clearly, but taking our differences as pointers, we can perhaps more perfectly sense the truth that embraces us all.

It will never be as obvious as a yellow Spider on a purple Blazing Star, but then it does not have to be. :-)

#spidersunday ___

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2014-08-09 18:24:20 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 70 +1s)

#songbirdsaturday curated by +John Briggs

I went out to the Kennebunk Plains this morning to check the Blazing Star. Still not much. But I saw the endangered Black Racer snake for which the Plains are also preserved (lifer!) and this Rofous-sided Towhee sat and sang for me.

Sony HX400V. 

#songbirdsaturday curated by +John Briggs

I went out to the Kennebunk Plains this morning to check the Blazing Star. Still not much. But I saw the endangered Black Racer snake for which the Plains are also preserved (lifer!) and this Rofous-sided Towhee sat and sang for me.

Sony HX400V. ___

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2014-08-09 12:06:32 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 57 +1s)

#songbirdsaturday curated by +John Briggs

Disheveled Song Sparrow. In the dunes behind our local beach. Sony HX400V at 2400mm equivalent field of view. 

#songbirdsaturday curated by +John Briggs

Disheveled Song Sparrow. In the dunes behind our local beach. Sony HX400V at 2400mm equivalent field of view. ___

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2014-08-09 11:27:43 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 46 +1s)

#odonatapoker +viviane godenne

A pair of Ebony Jewelwings. Secret Garden Preserve, Kennebunk ME. Sony HX400V. Approximately 1800mm equivalent field of view. 

#odonatapoker +viviane godenne

A pair of Ebony Jewelwings. Secret Garden Preserve, Kennebunk ME. Sony HX400V. Approximately 1800mm equivalent field of view. ___

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2014-08-09 11:06:29 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 43 +1s)

Pic 4 Today : Red Alert

I walked up on this Red Squirrel while he was busy, by the evidence around his mouth, with some dark gooey squirrel goodness and he barely had time to stamper up a tree to get out if the way. He was not happy about being interrupted and found a perch (pulpit?) above my head to tell me about it just long enough to get a few pics :-) This was at the Kennebunk Land Trust property at Secret Garden.

Sony HX400V at 950mm equivalent field of view. ISO 1600 @ 1/60th @ f6.3. Processed in Handy Photo on my tablet.

#squirrelsaturday +Squirrel Saturday

Pic 4 Today : Red Alert

I walked up on this Red Squirrel while he was busy, by the evidence around his mouth, with some dark gooey squirrel goodness and he barely had time to stamper up a tree to get out if the way. He was not happy about being interrupted and found a perch (pulpit?) above my head to tell me about it just long enough to get a few pics :-) This was at the Kennebunk Land Trust property at Secret Garden.

Sony HX400V at 950mm equivalent field of view. ISO 1600 @ 1/60th @ f6.3. Processed in Handy Photo on my tablet.

#squirrelsaturday +Squirrel Saturday___

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2014-08-08 11:15:32 (10 comments, 4 reshares, 92 +1s)

Pic 4 Today : Sunflowering Bumblebee

I posted a shot yesterday on my Facebook and Google+ accounts from this series. I went out yesterday afternoon to cover my bicycle as a storm was about to hit us and found the newly blossomed Sunflowers by the back deck full of Bumblebees. Back in for the camera!

I am loving the macro ability of the Sony HX400V. I can get to 6cm at 85mm equivalent and to 3cm at 50mm equivalent. That makes for some very effective macros! This shot is at about 75mm equivalent. It gave me enough distance to work the Bee and the scale I wanted. :-) The Sony also makes Program shift just about as easy as it can be. There is a control wheel under your thumb which, in Program, controls the shift. That allows me to fine tune the aperture for depth of field in my macros and landscapes.

ISO 80 @ 1/250th @ f4. Processed in Handy Photo on my tablet.
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Pic 4 Today : Sunflowering Bumblebee

I posted a shot yesterday on my Facebook and Google+ accounts from this series. I went out yesterday afternoon to cover my bicycle as a storm was about to hit us and found the newly blossomed Sunflowers by the back deck full of Bumblebees. Back in for the camera!

I am loving the macro ability of the Sony HX400V. I can get to 6cm at 85mm equivalent and to 3cm at 50mm equivalent. That makes for some very effective macros! This shot is at about 75mm equivalent. It gave me enough distance to work the Bee and the scale I wanted. :-) The Sony also makes Program shift just about as easy as it can be. There is a control wheel under your thumb which, in Program, controls the shift. That allows me to fine tune the aperture for depth of field in my macros and landscapes.

ISO 80 @ 1/250th @ f4. Processed in Handy Photo on my tablet.

#floralfriday by +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman

#buggyfriday by +Ray Bilcliff +Buggy Friday ___

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2014-08-07 19:22:45 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 35 +1s)

Epic storm coming our way! 180 degree panorama. Sony HX400V. 

Epic storm coming our way! 180 degree panorama. Sony HX400V. ___

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2014-08-07 17:14:01 (19 comments, 10 reshares, 200 +1s)

#beethursday +Dorothy Pugh +Bee Thursday

Can not resist a second Bee shot today. Taken about an hour ago in our yard. 3-fer!

Sony HX400V. 

#beethursday +Dorothy Pugh +Bee Thursday

Can not resist a second Bee shot today. Taken about an hour ago in our yard. 3-fer!

Sony HX400V. ___

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2014-08-07 11:53:53 (9 comments, 4 reshares, 97 +1s)

#beethursday +Dorothy Pugh +Bee Thursday

Bumble Bee on Meadowsweet. Sony HX400V. 

#beethursday +Dorothy Pugh +Bee Thursday

Bumble Bee on Meadowsweet. Sony HX400V. ___

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2014-08-07 11:29:34 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 28 +1s)

Pic 4 Today : Thunder to the North

We had odd weather yesterday. Thunderstorms moved through. What they call isolated thunderstorms. I am standing here at our local beach by Back Creek in bright clear weather watching a storm over Biddeford 7 miles north. High drama.

This is an in-camera HDR from the Sony HX400V. Processed with various graduated filter effects in Handy Photo on my tablet. The Snapseed HDR version is more dramatic but shows too many artifacts. This is more like a just slightly heightened version of what came from the camera. A, I hope, relatively natural but still impressive HDR.

#hdr #landscapephotography 

Pic 4 Today : Thunder to the North

We had odd weather yesterday. Thunderstorms moved through. What they call isolated thunderstorms. I am standing here at our local beach by Back Creek in bright clear weather watching a storm over Biddeford 7 miles north. High drama.

This is an in-camera HDR from the Sony HX400V. Processed with various graduated filter effects in Handy Photo on my tablet. The Snapseed HDR version is more dramatic but shows too many artifacts. This is more like a just slightly heightened version of what came from the camera. A, I hope, relatively natural but still impressive HDR.

#hdr #landscapephotography ___

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2014-08-06 11:54:25 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 80 +1s)

Pic 4 Today : Food chain...

In acton. Herring Gull takes a crab. And so life goes on.

I like the water effects here, as well as the somewhat difficult lighting. And there is a lot of dynamic in the image. Energy.

Sony HX400V. Program with - 1/3rd EV exposure compensation. 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 80 @ 1/640th @ f6.3. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet. I used "selective adjust" to bring up the face and eye against the light.

#wildlifewednesday by +Mike Spinak +Morkel Erasmus

Pic 4 Today : Food chain...

In acton. Herring Gull takes a crab. And so life goes on.

I like the water effects here, as well as the somewhat difficult lighting. And there is a lot of dynamic in the image. Energy.

Sony HX400V. Program with - 1/3rd EV exposure compensation. 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 80 @ 1/640th @ f6.3. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet. I used "selective adjust" to bring up the face and eye against the light.

#wildlifewednesday by +Mike Spinak +Morkel Erasmus___

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2014-08-05 11:13:41 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 45 +1s)

Pic 4 Today : Northern Blazing Star

It is August on the Kennebunk Plains (it is August everywhere of course) and August on the sand plains means Blazing Star. This endangered member of the aster family has a stronghold on the Kennebunk Plains and I always feel privileged to live as close as I do. I photograph the bloom every year. As usual, I will be traveling at the height of the season, so I went out to the plains yesterday to see if I could catch the early bloom. And indeed a few pioneer plants were showing full color. And such color!

Sony HX400V. 85mm equivalent field of view. Macro. ISO 80 @ 1/800th @ f4. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet.

Pic 4 Today : Northern Blazing Star

It is August on the Kennebunk Plains (it is August everywhere of course) and August on the sand plains means Blazing Star. This endangered member of the aster family has a stronghold on the Kennebunk Plains and I always feel privileged to live as close as I do. I photograph the bloom every year. As usual, I will be traveling at the height of the season, so I went out to the plains yesterday to see if I could catch the early bloom. And indeed a few pioneer plants were showing full color. And such color!

Sony HX400V. 85mm equivalent field of view. Macro. ISO 80 @ 1/800th @ f4. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet.___

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2014-08-04 11:05:52 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 69 +1s)

Pic 4 Today : Beach Heather

For some reason I have found Beach Heather very difficult to photograph. It is a scraggly plant at the best of times, attractive from the near distance as a purple haze at the edge of the dunes and marsh...an effect that is next to impossible to capture...or attractive very close up for its tiny flowers and lovely color...which can also be very hard to photograph since the slender stems keep the plant moving in the most gentle breeze. And between those extremes it has little to recommend it. Scraggle at the sandy edges. :-)

This shot with its one sharp blossom surrounded by a net of unfocused color is as close as I have come. If you are not familiar with Heather, that flower is truly tiny...less than a centimeter across. Sony HX400V. 85mm equivalent macro. ISO 80 @ 1/400th @ f4. Superior Auto. Processed in Handy Photo on my tablet.
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Pic 4 Today : Beach Heather

For some reason I have found Beach Heather very difficult to photograph. It is a scraggly plant at the best of times, attractive from the near distance as a purple haze at the edge of the dunes and marsh...an effect that is next to impossible to capture...or attractive very close up for its tiny flowers and lovely color...which can also be very hard to photograph since the slender stems keep the plant moving in the most gentle breeze. And between those extremes it has little to recommend it. Scraggle at the sandy edges. :-)

This shot with its one sharp blossom surrounded by a net of unfocused color is as close as I have come. If you are not familiar with Heather, that flower is truly tiny...less than a centimeter across. Sony HX400V. 85mm equivalent macro. ISO 80 @ 1/400th @ f4. Superior Auto. Processed in Handy Photo on my tablet.

#macromonday ___

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2014-08-03 11:42:10 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 79 +1s)

Pic 4 Today : Nasturtium. Happy Sunday!

Just walking around the yard with a new camera I could not resist this fresh Nasturtium with its amazing internal architecture and the two drops of water left from the rain of the night before. And the color of course.

Sony HX400V. 60mm macro equivalent. ISO 80 @ 1/100th @ f3.5. Superior Auto. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet.

And for the Sunday Thought: I am playing with a new camera. I was about to spend $1500 on two lenses, either one of which would have been more expensive than any single photographic implement I have ever bought before, and which would have brought my field kit to two bodies and three lenses...three bodies and three lenses for maximum flexibility. It is all the most compact gear I could find: what they are calling mirror-less compact system cameras, but it was still approaching 15 pounds of equipment in... more »

Pic 4 Today : Nasturtium. Happy Sunday!

Just walking around the yard with a new camera I could not resist this fresh Nasturtium with its amazing internal architecture and the two drops of water left from the rain of the night before. And the color of course.

Sony HX400V. 60mm macro equivalent. ISO 80 @ 1/100th @ f3.5. Superior Auto. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet.

And for the Sunday Thought: I am playing with a new camera. I was about to spend $1500 on two lenses, either one of which would have been more expensive than any single photographic implement I have ever bought before, and which would have brought my field kit to two bodies and three lenses...three bodies and three lenses for maximum flexibility. It is all the most compact gear I could find: what they are calling mirror-less compact system cameras, but it was still approaching 15 pounds of equipment in at least two camera bags. And I thought: "Whoa! This is just not who I am!" I love photography, but honestly, for what I do...mostly blogging and posting on Facebook and Google+...15 pounds and $2500 worth of gear is simply way more than I need (or want to carry on a regular basis). And then too, I think of myself as an evangelist for wildlife and nature, and wildlife and nature photography...I would like to see lots more people learning to celebrate the wonder of God's creation with a camera in hand...and that kind of equipment is a barrier for many of the people who could most benefit from a close look at nature. It becomes too easy for others to say, "Yeah, of course your pics are great. You got all that expensive stuff!" Or, perhaps, "Me, I am not even going to try if I have to spend that much, and carry all that stuff." I do want to be the everyman's (and everywoman's) champion of wildlife and nature photography. It is my niche, and honestly, I had fallen out of it. :-)

So I canceled the order for the two lenses (though they are undoubtedly the best lenses I have ever used), and went back to using my Canon SX50HS superzoom...just to see if I could still enjoy it after my months in the "real camera" camp. And I found that I could. I have always said the best camera to have is the one you have with you when you see the picture. Still, the Canon is aging and due for an update. It lacks many of the refinements of the past two years, so I did a few day's research, and bought another under $500 superzoom (which I actually got from Amazon Warehouse Deals for about $350). One camera, the Sony HX400V, to, hopefully, replace three bodies and three lenses. That is a lot to ask, more now that I know exactly what the larger cameras can do, and I know there will be compromises. But then I always knew there were compromises with superzooms.

I am still in the pixel peeping stage of new camera ownership...looking for the flaws in every image while I learn what the new camera can (and can't) do. I am not certain if the Sony is the superzoom I will end up using, but I am already sure that I have refound my niche. Which is the same as saying I have returned to myself...to that person who most fully expresses my spirit, that bit of the one creative spirit the Creator has gifted me with. And this is good. I will get over peeping at pixels, and go back to simply enjoying and celebrating wonder with a camera. Like the amazing beautiful internal architecture of
nasturtiums.___

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2014-08-02 16:47:52 (12 comments, 8 reshares, 111 +1s)

While we are on the subject of Cedar Waxwings :-)

From this morning at the same Pond. Bad light. Sony HX400V.

#songbirdsaturday by +John Briggs

While we are on the subject of Cedar Waxwings :-)

From this morning at the same Pond. Bad light. Sony HX400V.

#songbirdsaturday by +John Briggs___

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2014-08-02 11:34:22 (1 comments, 7 reshares, 67 +1s)

Pic 4 Today : Cedar Waxwing

Meadowhawks are emerging by the hundreds at one of my local dragonfly ponds, and the Cedar Waxwings are getting about 1 in 4 on their first flight. The tenral Meadowhawks are not strong flyers are pretty easy pickings. I have seen the Cedar Waxwings taking advantage of the bounty every year since I started watching the pond. Part of the cycle of life. :-)

This waxwing looks to be all plunked out to great the weekend. I know the feeling.

Canon SX50HS. 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 800 @ 1/800 @ f6.5. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet.

#songbirdsaturday curated by +John Briggs

Pic 4 Today : Cedar Waxwing

Meadowhawks are emerging by the hundreds at one of my local dragonfly ponds, and the Cedar Waxwings are getting about 1 in 4 on their first flight. The tenral Meadowhawks are not strong flyers are pretty easy pickings. I have seen the Cedar Waxwings taking advantage of the bounty every year since I started watching the pond. Part of the cycle of life. :-)

This waxwing looks to be all plunked out to great the weekend. I know the feeling.

Canon SX50HS. 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 800 @ 1/800 @ f6.5. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet.

#songbirdsaturday curated by +John Briggs___

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2014-08-02 10:10:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Chuckles

Today's lesson on identifying birdsongs.___Chuckles

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2014-08-01 12:26:37 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 66 +1s)

#buggyfriday by +Ray Bilcliff
#onthewingsofbutterflies +On the Wings of Butterflies!

Just a Cabbage White (all over our garden at the moment) but I love the eyes and the contrast with the Lavender flowers.

Canon SX50HS. 

#buggyfriday by +Ray Bilcliff
#onthewingsofbutterflies +On the Wings of Butterflies!

Just a Cabbage White (all over our garden at the moment) but I love the eyes and the contrast with the Lavender flowers.

Canon SX50HS. ___

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2014-08-01 11:16:27 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)

Pic 4 Today : Ruined Beauty

The Rose is blown and by. And yet still beautiful. A wreck of a Rose. And yet it still draws the eye and awakes the soul. Okay, so maybe that last is a bit over the top :-), but I certainly see an attraction. Form, color, texture. And a hint of nostalgia to knit it all together emotionally. This is from our yard yesterday morning after a day of thunderstorms.

Canon SX50HS. 24mm plus 1.5x Digital tel-extenter for a super-macro. ISO 100 @ 1/160th @ f4. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet. Obtrusive power-lines in the upper right corner retouched out using the eraser tool in Handy Photo.

#floralfriday by +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman

Pic 4 Today : Ruined Beauty

The Rose is blown and by. And yet still beautiful. A wreck of a Rose. And yet it still draws the eye and awakes the soul. Okay, so maybe that last is a bit over the top :-), but I certainly see an attraction. Form, color, texture. And a hint of nostalgia to knit it all together emotionally. This is from our yard yesterday morning after a day of thunderstorms.

Canon SX50HS. 24mm plus 1.5x Digital tel-extenter for a super-macro. ISO 100 @ 1/160th @ f4. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet. Obtrusive power-lines in the upper right corner retouched out using the eraser tool in Handy Photo.

#floralfriday by +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman___

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2014-07-31 11:29:34 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 75 +1s)

Pic 4 Today : Another Great Spangled Fritillery

This Fritillery had such a dark mantle that, while photographing it, I was convinced that it was another species...on mature reflection though, and after some Web research, I am pretty sure it is just another Great Spangled. As though "just" could ever describe a Great Spangled! Again this is in the meadows at Emmons Preserve, but in the upper meadow this time. There were more typical GSFs, with much lighter mantles, in the lower meadow on this day. The Knapweed is just about finished for this year...only a few blossoms left...so these might also be the last of the Great Spangled Fritilleries.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 with 75-300mm zoom. 1200mm equivalent (2x digital extender). Processed in Snapseed on my tablet. Assembled in Pixlr Express.

#onthewingsofbutterflies +On the Wings of Butterflies!

Pic 4 Today : Another Great Spangled Fritillery

This Fritillery had such a dark mantle that, while photographing it, I was convinced that it was another species...on mature reflection though, and after some Web research, I am pretty sure it is just another Great Spangled. As though "just" could ever describe a Great Spangled! Again this is in the meadows at Emmons Preserve, but in the upper meadow this time. There were more typical GSFs, with much lighter mantles, in the lower meadow on this day. The Knapweed is just about finished for this year...only a few blossoms left...so these might also be the last of the Great Spangled Fritilleries.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 with 75-300mm zoom. 1200mm equivalent (2x digital extender). Processed in Snapseed on my tablet. Assembled in Pixlr Express.

#onthewingsofbutterflies +On the Wings of Butterflies!___

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