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The Weather Channel1,819,890Upload your photos to this Event on 9/19 or using the #sunsetday hashtag in a public post to celebrate #sunsetday!Join us for an exciting 24-hour event as we send summer into the sunset in global fashion. We are asking our Google+ audience from around the world to grab your favorite camera on the evening of September 19 and snap your own unique sunset from your corner of the globe.We want to see all types of sunsets in a variety of settings; a city skyline, a beach resort, a beautiful countryside, a desert landscape, a dense forest. Wherever you may be, please share/upload your sunset image with this event page on September 19. You can also participate outside of this event page by submitting a public photo post and tagging with #sunsetday.A select number of our favorite photos will be shown on The Weather Channel and accompany a slideshow on weather.com. Other favorites will be posted and rotated through as the cover photo on both +The Weather Channel and the +Google+ Photos  Google+ page.Note: Only photos uploaded and posted to the event page or associated with the hashtag #sunsetday on Sep 19 will be consideredWe hosted two Hangouts On Air in preparation for Sunset Day. The first hangout focused on the meteorology behind sunsets including the reason behind the beautiful array of colors.  The second hangout concentrated on the art of sunset photography. Expert photographers well known to the Google+ community talked about their techniques in capturing the perfect sunset. Links to both HOA videos are posted below.HANGOUT SCHEDULE1. Monday, September 9: "The Meteorology Behind Sunsets" at 11 am ET with host +Timothy Ballisty  (The Weather Channel social meteorologist).Guests will include: Meteorologists +Mike Bettes +Brad Panovich +Jacob Wycoff +Jonathan Erdman +Morgan Palmer +Tim Brice and +Maria LaRosa HOA video The Meteorology Behind Sunsets2. Thursday, September 12: "Sunset Photography" at 4 pm ETGuests will include: Photographers +Trey Ratcliff +Thomas Hawk +Karen Hutton and +Nicole S. Young  HOA Video #SunsetDay Photography Hangout On AirSunset Day - Upload Your #SunsetDay Photo on September 192013-09-19 06:00:001313G+

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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 06:19:41500483962CC G+
Linda Motoiu57,984#circle   #photographers  My favorite photographers circle - release 32014-08-09 16:30:01378592077CC 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 09:36:52453681597CC 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, 201 +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: 201

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2014-08-07 17:14:01 (19 comments, 10 reshares, 201 +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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2014-09-02 11:07:54 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 40 +1s)

Pic 4 Today: Morning Glory!

I went to the kitchen yesterday morning for my tea, and was confronted by this in the backyard. Glory! I ran for the camera and snuck out on the back deck, still in my bathrobe, to catch a few shots. It was just the right combination of color, mist, and sun to make magic…to strike glory in the backyard. :)

Sony HX400V. In-camera HDR. Processed in Adobe Express on my new Surface Pro tablet. 

Pic 4 Today: Morning Glory!

I went to the kitchen yesterday morning for my tea, and was confronted by this in the backyard. Glory! I ran for the camera and snuck out on the back deck, still in my bathrobe, to catch a few shots. It was just the right combination of color, mist, and sun to make magic…to strike glory in the backyard. :)

Sony HX400V. In-camera HDR. Processed in Adobe Express on my new Surface Pro tablet. ___

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2014-09-01 11:09:23 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 83 +1s)

Pic 4 Today : Flower Crab Spider on Blazing Star

When I checked the Blazing Star bloom after getting back form a week in Tucson, it was looking well past prime. There were still flowers in bloom, but they were smaller, and somehow drier, than the week before. I was on my way back to the scooter when this well posed Flower Crab Spider caught my eye. I might not have seen it but I was pretty much checking every remaining bloom for Clearwing Moths, since I had a fleeting glimpse of one taking nectar at a flower just before heading back. Serendipity! I am still amazed by this particular color contrast.

I love just being able to zoom in for a macro like this with the Sony HX400V. At 80mm or so you can get to less than 5cm. As it was I only got the one shot before the spider scuttled down over the shady side of the blossom. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet.

#macromonday... more »

Pic 4 Today : Flower Crab Spider on Blazing Star

When I checked the Blazing Star bloom after getting back form a week in Tucson, it was looking well past prime. There were still flowers in bloom, but they were smaller, and somehow drier, than the week before. I was on my way back to the scooter when this well posed Flower Crab Spider caught my eye. I might not have seen it but I was pretty much checking every remaining bloom for Clearwing Moths, since I had a fleeting glimpse of one taking nectar at a flower just before heading back. Serendipity! I am still amazed by this particular color contrast.

I love just being able to zoom in for a macro like this with the Sony HX400V. At 80mm or so you can get to less than 5cm. As it was I only got the one shot before the spider scuttled down over the shady side of the blossom. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet.

#macromonday ___

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2014-08-31 11:49:37 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 97 +1s)

Pic 4 Today : Art Shot. Black-tipped Darner. Happy Sunday!

I photograph dragonflies for two reasons: 1) as an alternative to capture so I can learn identification of the hundreds of species that occur in the places I travel in the course of a year, and 2) because they are, or most of them are, in my opinion, beautiful. Actually there is a third reason: because I can! The long zoom range on the superzoom Point & Shoot Cameras that I carry make it possible to frame the creatures for both identification and appreciation of their beauty...making an opportunity of every reasonable momentary perch, and without getting close enough to startle them away. An intimate shot, an art shot like this of a Black-tipped Darner, taken from as close as I could physically get, which was still between 10 and 12 feet away, would not be possible without the 2400mm reach of the long zoom (equivalent field of... more »

Pic 4 Today : Art Shot. Black-tipped Darner. Happy Sunday!

I photograph dragonflies for two reasons: 1) as an alternative to capture so I can learn identification of the hundreds of species that occur in the places I travel in the course of a year, and 2) because they are, or most of them are, in my opinion, beautiful. Actually there is a third reason: because I can! The long zoom range on the superzoom Point & Shoot Cameras that I carry make it possible to frame the creatures for both identification and appreciation of their beauty...making an opportunity of every reasonable momentary perch, and without getting close enough to startle them away. An intimate shot, an art shot like this of a Black-tipped Darner, taken from as close as I could physically get, which was still between 10 and 12 feet away, would not be possible without the 2400mm reach of the long zoom (equivalent field of view). And anything less, in my opinion, would not do full justice to the beauty of the dragonfly. The art shot.

Sony HX400V at 2400mm equivalent field of view (1200mm optical plus 2x digital Perfect Image zoom). Processed for HDR effect in Snapseed on my tablet.

And for the Sunday Thought. This shot is from a Friday afternoon visit to Emmons Preserve on my scooter. When I got there I could see the dragons in the air over the meadow behind the Conservation Trust building. Lots of Darners in flight. I like to see lots of Darners, but the fact that they were still actively hunting did not immediately promise many photo ops...and indeed I was convinced I would not find anything to photograph by the end of my first full loop of the meadows trails. It happens.

Photographing dragonflies is a work of faith. Faith is the only thing you have when circumstances are so clearly out of your control. You might be able to pish a reluctant bird to a better perch for photography by making the sounds of other birds harrassing a predator, but there is no way...short of catching it, cooling it, and posing it...of convincing a dragonfly to perch and pose. I do not do the catch and pose thing. (For one thing I do not want to carry ice into the field.) And besides, most days I enjoy exercising my faith.

This day for whatever reason my faith was flagging. By the end of that first loop I was thinking that I was waisting my time, and an hour on the scooter to boot. And then, of course, in a little alcove in the brush and trees surrounding the meadow, made warm by the slanting afternoon sun, I caught my first Darner perching. It only landed for a moment...right behind a Great Spangled Fritillery I was already photographing as it happens...so I was both able and only able to get off a single shot. I had been headed back for the scooter, but this single bit of evidence made me think that maybe the other dragons might be ready to rest. I thought about similar sunny alcoves around the meadows, especially in the meadows beyond the woods to the south of the Trust building which I had not yet checked. Worth a try. I was already there after all.

There were few dragons in the further meadow. My faith took another hit. But then I caught a glimpse of at least three large dragons patrolling the mown grassy lawn the Trust maintains for some reason in a clearing surrounded by big Pines off the overgrown meadow. Half the clearing was in shadow from the Pines, but half, and the wide border of brush and the taller trees along one side, were still in sun, and the dragons were limiting their flights to the sunny area. I went in and stood where they were flying. They paid me no attention...just one more obstacle to maneuver around...and soon I was rewarded when one perched long enough for some photos. It was beyond that wide border in the taller trees, but just in reach of the long zoom. I stayed there more than hour, and caught the Darners perched another dozen times. Oh me of little faith!

The thing about working faith, is that it ought to be constant...not dependent on circumstance. It should not require frequent bolstering by events. Sadly mine is not, and does.

Actually I am thinking there is such a thing as faith in faith. My faith in the loving creator of all might, in fact, not falter, but my faith that faith is always, in every circumstance, enough, does. My faith that the loving creator will once more, right here, right now, for unworthy me, demonstrate love by sending me what I need or want...by intervening on my undeserving behalf in the multitude of circumstances which are beyond my control yet again...that faith in faith does waver depending on my mood, and on how good I am feeling about myself. It should not! Faith has nothing to do with how good I am, and everything to do with how good God is. And yet, once more in a half-sunny clearing in the woods, God sends dragonflies and they perch to reassure me. God is good!

So I walked back once more to the original alcove where the first dragon had perched. And it landed once more, no more than 12 feet beyond the edge of the brush full in the slanting afternoon sun and sat long enough for me to take the image above. The art shot. God is good indeed! Which makes, in fact, the forth reason I photograph dragonflies.___

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2014-08-30 13:38:07 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 24 +1s)

Just one bird from this famous birding destination. 

Just one bird from this famous birding destination. ___

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2014-08-30 12:58:57 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 34 +1s)

I think this might be a Lance-tipped Darner. On further study and consulting with others, it is more likely Black-tipped Darner. There were several patrolling a sunny lawn with forest edge yesterday afternoon at Emmons Preserve in Kennebunkport ME. They simply would not land in easy photo range or at an angle to get the stripes. #odonatapoker +viviane godenne +#OdonataPoker

I think this might be a Lance-tipped Darner. On further study and consulting with others, it is more likely Black-tipped Darner. There were several patrolling a sunny lawn with forest edge yesterday afternoon at Emmons Preserve in Kennebunkport ME. They simply would not land in easy photo range or at an angle to get the stripes. #odonatapoker +viviane godenne +#OdonataPoker___

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2014-08-30 11:21:41 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 72 +1s)

Pic 4 Today : Eastern Phoebe

Sitting on the trailhead sign at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve at Laudholm Farm in the afternoon light. The bokeh is out-of focus grass from the lawn behind. I could not have positioned the bird better if I had posed it :-)

Sony HX400V at 2400mm equivalent field of view. (1200mm optical plus 2x Perfect Image digital zoom.) Processed in Snapseed on my tablet.

#songbirdsaturday by +John Briggs

Pic 4 Today : Eastern Phoebe

Sitting on the trailhead sign at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve at Laudholm Farm in the afternoon light. The bokeh is out-of focus grass from the lawn behind. I could not have positioned the bird better if I had posed it :-)

Sony HX400V at 2400mm equivalent field of view. (1200mm optical plus 2x Perfect Image digital zoom.) Processed in Snapseed on my tablet.

#songbirdsaturday by +John Briggs___

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2014-08-29 15:14:59 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 47 +1s)

#floralfriday by +Tamara Pruessner

Smooth Bavaria, Madera Canyon, AZ. Sony HX400V. 

#floralfriday by +Tamara Pruessner

Smooth Bavaria, Madera Canyon, AZ. Sony HX400V. ___

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2014-08-29 14:08:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

A very short but fruitful #photoprowl 

A very short but fruitful #photoprowl ___

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2014-08-29 12:38:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

Added a small section on the Earth Sciences Display :-) 

Added a small section on the Earth Sciences Display :-) ___

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2014-08-29 12:02:33 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 43 +1s)

Three exposure in-camera HDR. Batson River, Emmons Preserve, Kennebunkport ME. Sony HX400V. Processed for HDR effect in Snapseed on my tablet.

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography

Three exposure in-camera HDR. Batson River, Emmons Preserve, Kennebunkport ME. Sony HX400V. Processed for HDR effect in Snapseed on my tablet.

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography___

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2014-08-29 11:28:21 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)

Pic 4 Today : Life Bug!

Since beginning to photograph dragonflies seriously a few years ago, I have become much more aware of all insects...wasps, bees, and beetles will catch my eye and bring the camera into play. I am sure I have seen many new bugs in the past year, but most were wasps and bees and beetles that I might have looked at hundreds of times in the past and never given a second look. This bug however stopped me in my tracks. Not only had I never seen it...I had never seen anything remotely like it! Life Bug for sure.

Taken at Emmons Preserve in Kennebunkport ME.

It turns out it is an American Pelecinid, a wasp relative, and a female at that. Though females are apparently fairly common in late summer across a range that stretches from Central America up into Canada, males (with shorter abdomen) are so rare that it is assumed they are not needed for... more »

Pic 4 Today : Life Bug!

Since beginning to photograph dragonflies seriously a few years ago, I have become much more aware of all insects...wasps, bees, and beetles will catch my eye and bring the camera into play. I am sure I have seen many new bugs in the past year, but most were wasps and bees and beetles that I might have looked at hundreds of times in the past and never given a second look. This bug however stopped me in my tracks. Not only had I never seen it...I had never seen anything remotely like it! Life Bug for sure.

Taken at Emmons Preserve in Kennebunkport ME.

It turns out it is an American Pelecinid, a wasp relative, and a female at that. Though females are apparently fairly common in late summer across a range that stretches from Central America up into Canada, males (with shorter abdomen) are so rare that it is assumed they are not needed for reproduction (which begs the question: why are there any males at all?). That ferocious looking abdomen is in fact pretty harmless...no sting...and the bug itself is not aggressive. No bother at all unless you are a scarab grub larve, in which case you could become a unwilling host to Pelecinid eggs.

Sony HX400V at 2400mm equivalent field of view. ISO 80 @ 1/250th @ f6.3. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet. +Buggy Friday

#buggyfriday by +Ray Bilcliff ___

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2014-08-28 12:13:27 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 79 +1s)

#odonatapoker +viviane godenne

Green-striped Darner in flight. Still practicing with the Sony HX400V in various modes. 

#odonatapoker +viviane godenne

Green-striped Darner in flight. Still practicing with the Sony HX400V in various modes. ___

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2014-08-28 11:18:35 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 52 +1s)

Pic 4 Today : Downy Woodpecker on the suet.

The birds have been coming to the back deck feeders more frequently over the past few days. Maybe there is a lul in the native seed harvest, or they are already feeling the urge to bulk up for the cooler weather coming all too soon. The is an early morning shot, with the sun still not fully up over the trees. Though the light was challenging for photography, I like the subtle detail.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 1600 @ 1/60th @ f6.3. Processed in Snapseed and Photo Editor by dev.macgyver on my tablet.

Pic 4 Today : Downy Woodpecker on the suet.

The birds have been coming to the back deck feeders more frequently over the past few days. Maybe there is a lul in the native seed harvest, or they are already feeling the urge to bulk up for the cooler weather coming all too soon. The is an early morning shot, with the sun still not fully up over the trees. Though the light was challenging for photography, I like the subtle detail.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 1600 @ 1/60th @ f6.3. Processed in Snapseed and Photo Editor by dev.macgyver on my tablet.___

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2014-08-27 11:12:42 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 73 +1s)

Pic 4 Today : Butterflies of August

And late August in Maine at that. The Common Buckeye in the upper left is a late summer migrant in Maine. In fact it does not breed anywhere in New England. It wanders north seasonally. And then we have the Monarch. Monarchs have been rare in Maine this summer so far. This is maybe the third one I have seen. There is no lack of Milkweed. The fields at Laudholm Farm, where all these pics were taken, are full of ripening Milkweed pods. Just, for whatever reason, very few monarchs. Next (bottom left) we have a very worn Red-spotted Purple. Amazing that it is still flying. Finally my first Black Swallowtail of the season, though I am sure that have been flying for many weeks now. This one is certainly already showing signs of wear.

Sony HX400V at 600-1200mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet. Assembled in Pixlr... more »

Pic 4 Today : Butterflies of August

And late August in Maine at that. The Common Buckeye in the upper left is a late summer migrant in Maine. In fact it does not breed anywhere in New England. It wanders north seasonally. And then we have the Monarch. Monarchs have been rare in Maine this summer so far. This is maybe the third one I have seen. There is no lack of Milkweed. The fields at Laudholm Farm, where all these pics were taken, are full of ripening Milkweed pods. Just, for whatever reason, very few monarchs. Next (bottom left) we have a very worn Red-spotted Purple. Amazing that it is still flying. Finally my first Black Swallowtail of the season, though I am sure that have been flying for many weeks now. This one is certainly already showing signs of wear.

Sony HX400V at 600-1200mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet. Assembled in Pixlr Express.

#onthewingsofbutterflies +On the Wings of Butterflies!___

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2014-08-26 11:25:41 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 39 +1s)

Super giant Eastern White Pine. Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve at Laudholm Farm, Maine. Sony HX400V vertical sweep panorama. 

Super giant Eastern White Pine. Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve at Laudholm Farm, Maine. Sony HX400V vertical sweep panorama. ___

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2014-08-26 11:14:37 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 50 +1s)

*Pic 4 Today : Bug's-eye View of Cedar Waxwing"

This is what the mild mannered Cedar Waxwing looks like if you are a bug! :-) Super predator. We have more Cedar Waxwings this summer that I have ever seen before in Southern Maine...and less Dragonflies. Do you suppose there is a connection? This one was hunting the edge of a meadow at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve at Laudholm Farm yesterday afternoon. I was shooting a sequence of shots on the branch when he launched.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 80 @ 1/360th @ f6.3. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet. Cropped slightly for composition.

*Pic 4 Today : Bug's-eye View of Cedar Waxwing"

This is what the mild mannered Cedar Waxwing looks like if you are a bug! :-) Super predator. We have more Cedar Waxwings this summer that I have ever seen before in Southern Maine...and less Dragonflies. Do you suppose there is a connection? This one was hunting the edge of a meadow at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve at Laudholm Farm yesterday afternoon. I was shooting a sequence of shots on the branch when he launched.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 80 @ 1/360th @ f6.3. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet. Cropped slightly for composition.___

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2014-08-25 11:15:11 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 93 +1s)

Pic 4 Today : Nectar!

Great Spangled Fritillery taking nectar from a Clover flower. All business :-) I never noticed that GSFs have furry eyes until looking at this shot, and confirming it in others from yesterday. Emmons Preserve, Kennebunkport ME.

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

#onthewingsofbutterflies +On the Wings of Butterflies!

Pic 4 Today : Nectar!

Great Spangled Fritillery taking nectar from a Clover flower. All business :-) I never noticed that GSFs have furry eyes until looking at this shot, and confirming it in others from yesterday. Emmons Preserve, Kennebunkport ME.

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

#onthewingsofbutterflies +On the Wings of Butterflies!___

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2014-08-24 10:10:51 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 37 +1s)

#flowers       #wildlife   Was da so kreucht und fleucht.   Ich wünsche Euch allen einen wunderschönen Sonntag. In Wolfsburg gibt es Sonnenschein,im Augenblick jedenfalls.

#flowers       #wildlife   Was da so kreucht und fleucht.   Ich wünsche Euch allen einen wunderschönen Sonntag. In Wolfsburg gibt es Sonnenschein,im Augenblick jedenfalls.___

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2014-08-23 11:15:42 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 47 +1s)

I spent a week in Tucson AZ recently and found a few dragonflies to photograph including Mexican Amberwing. When I got back to Maine the Eastern Amberwing were flying. Here is an interesting comparison of Eastern and Mexican Amberwing. Can you tell which is which?

#odonatapoker +viviane godenne

I spent a week in Tucson AZ recently and found a few dragonflies to photograph including Mexican Amberwing. When I got back to Maine the Eastern Amberwing were flying. Here is an interesting comparison of Eastern and Mexican Amberwing. Can you tell which is which?

#odonatapoker +viviane godenne___

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2014-08-23 11:10:35 (2 comments, 6 reshares, 68 +1s)

Pic 4 Today : Female Common Yellowthroat
#songbirdsaturday curated by +John Briggs

While checking out the Blazing Star just before my trip to Tucson last week I came up on a few birds feeling in a stand of trees by Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains. There was a Rofous-sided Towhee singing that alerted me, but this female Common Yellowthroat was feeding lower in the same tree.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 1000 @ 1/250th @ f6.3. Processed in Handy Photo on my tablet.

Pic 4 Today : Female Common Yellowthroat
#songbirdsaturday curated by +John Briggs

While checking out the Blazing Star just before my trip to Tucson last week I came up on a few birds feeling in a stand of trees by Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains. There was a Rofous-sided Towhee singing that alerted me, but this female Common Yellowthroat was feeding lower in the same tree.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 1000 @ 1/250th @ f6.3. Processed in Handy Photo on my tablet.___

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2014-08-22 11:44:38 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 45 +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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2014-08-21 11:06:48 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 49 +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, 112 +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 (1 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 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 24 +1s)

Auto Awesome story. 

Auto Awesome story. ___

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2014-08-18 12:26:11 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 80 +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, 73 +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 17:51:25 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 86 +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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2014-08-15 21:45:25 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 42 +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, 96 +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, 62 +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, 105 +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 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 56 +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 12:03:09 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 73 +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, 73 +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, 131 +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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2014-08-10 11:12:50 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 74 +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, 47 +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, 93 +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, 201 +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, 96 +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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