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The Weather Channel1,885,484Upload 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 06:00:001313 

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AyJay Schibig72,63821ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE (1 of 2)  9.15.14 by  +AyJay Schibig Please ReShare if you wish to be in this Circle.This 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 2014-09-16 01:16:55422182424
Dirk Müller12,094Circle, circle in the stream, who are my most engagers these daysThis is a circle to say thank you. Thank you to all of you who commented or shared my work. You all are awesome and make Google Plus such a nice place to share my pictures.If you would like to be a part of my Most Engaged Circle you mustn't plus this post, comment it or share it (but you can) To be a part of the next circle you just have to interact with me by commenting or sharing my work. Not more ;-) #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #topengagers #awesomepeople2014-09-15 03:50:414779724144
Grant Stringer8,802Hi and welcome to Exposure.If you have received this notification you have been invited to join in the exposure circle. Edition : 14th – 21st September 2014.This page/circle  is dedicated to G+ photographers and their photographs.Please circle exposure and its members so we can all share and also see some great photography at the same time!!How to get involvedPhotographersIf you are a photographer ( professional or amateur) and would like to be included:THE RULES!!!1 Plus and publicly share this original post ( the sharing is not obligatory but much appreciated as it helps to spread the word for all involved)2 Add a comment and a link to one of your recent photographs to the original post so that others can see your work. (Original work only please).3 Add +exposure to your friends4 OPTIONAL COMPETITION :There will be a weekly Exposure competition where you can add ONE  photograph from your recent posts. A first, second and third place will be awarded and shared on the exposure stream each week! ADD ONLY ONE PHOTO IN THE COMPETITION https://plus.google.com/events/cn4f2m1cgln9ta1k3tdv2qrn9rg?authkey=CIWy06qa34GBZw5 The winner of each week will be added to the exposure winners hall of fame and then go forward to the end of year exposure photograph of the year competition as voted for by the exposure members.6  You are also most welcome to join the exposure community where you can: Post your photos ( more than one if you like!!)Add your photographs to be critiqued by other members – honest but kind pleaseAdd a link to you circlesAdd a link to your photography websiteAdd a link to some photography newsAdd a link to photography articlesRead all the latest Exposure news!!https://plus.google.com/communities/101671655972389351135Sharing the Exposure circleBy sharing and promoting the circle on your stream, others will not only see this photography but it will also help promote the work of others. This should lead to more fun and engagement for all concerned! Please share on your stream publicly ( or with many circles as possible!!)2014-09-14 18:05:23400207
Gailen Mapes67,416Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera I-K - 6 of 31Note: 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 September 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting August 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 +2014-09-06 10:45:36130204
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 06:19:41500493863
Linda Motoiu57,984#circle   #photographers  My favorite photographers circle - release 32014-08-09 16:30:01378592077
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 10:25:22128407
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 21:05:072531102
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 10:56:35131005
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 12:53:1833223
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 20:29:38405241943
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 13:32:1942617724
Linda Motoiu55,516#circle   #photographers  My favorite photographers circle - release 22014-06-20 18:41:243737029100
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 11:20:09495462576
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 02:03:08492452470
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 09:44:08497242030
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 10:43:15133005
John Nuntiatio37,49330k+ Circle - A circle worth adding and followingThe people from this circle have more than 30,000 followers.2014-06-02 08:54:46140496
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 06:44:24338000
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 07:04:43497181025
Mattias Willis9,068A nice circle of people who inspire me and are generally awesome PhotographersFeel free to share2014-05-21 20:53:06492113
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 20:20:29366361643
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 09:36:52453681597
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 10:29:49131008
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 19:40:39495221583
En Ucuz Uçak Bileti1,6242014-04-12 16:25:21495181220
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 11:21:01133428
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 18:40:54493201328
Linda Motoiu52,190#circle   #photographers  My favorite photographers circle - release 22014-03-31 07:51:26311412460
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 21:23:02361311546
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 11:27:211365113
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 12:11:56447231234
Cristian Teodoridis2,715And this is my circle with the top (professional) photographers on Google+. Enjoy!2014-02-18 18:34:27494023
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 15:39:00444292640
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 23:22:33419312744
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 11:44:43139725
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 02:27:20435411768
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 01:48:035006829102
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 07:24:54418331852
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 15:20:15423382357
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 13:35:11456291338
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 07:21:37456562992
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 14:50:204219823141
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 08:37:40456493089
rathma kamil0#sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles  2014-01-12 15:48:38500001
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 03:25:48437361163
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 11:38:3213512417
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 06:39:305006841124
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 03:37:41494222
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 09:18:41500673496

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2014-09-03 11:12:11 (11 comments, 13 reshares, 215 +1s) 

Pic 4 Today: Another GSF! Emmons Preserve.

There certainly has been no lack of Great Spangled Fritillaries this summer. I see them every time I go to Emmons Preserve. At first they were working the Knapweed…by now they are reduced to Goldenrod and much lower numbers. They are still there though. I caught this one in a sunny alcove at the edge of the overgrown meadow behind the Conservation Trust building. I love the richness of the light and the way it illuminates the wings and makes them look like they are lit from inside.

Sony HX400V. 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 80 @ 1/500th @ f6.3. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet.

#onthewingsofbutterflies  +On the Wings of Butterflies!  #wildlifewednesday  +Mike Spinak +Morkel Erasmus 

Most reshares: 13

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2014-09-03 11:12:11 (11 comments, 13 reshares, 215 +1s) 

Pic 4 Today: Another GSF! Emmons Preserve.

There certainly has been no lack of Great Spangled Fritillaries this summer. I see them every time I go to Emmons Preserve. At first they were working the Knapweed…by now they are reduced to Goldenrod and much lower numbers. They are still there though. I caught this one in a sunny alcove at the edge of the overgrown meadow behind the Conservation Trust building. I love the richness of the light and the way it illuminates the wings and makes them look like they are lit from inside.

Sony HX400V. 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 80 @ 1/500th @ f6.3. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet.

#onthewingsofbutterflies  +On the Wings of Butterflies!  #wildlifewednesday  +Mike Spinak +Morkel Erasmus 

Most plusones: 215

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2014-09-03 11:12:11 (11 comments, 13 reshares, 215 +1s) 

Pic 4 Today: Another GSF! Emmons Preserve.

There certainly has been no lack of Great Spangled Fritillaries this summer. I see them every time I go to Emmons Preserve. At first they were working the Knapweed…by now they are reduced to Goldenrod and much lower numbers. They are still there though. I caught this one in a sunny alcove at the edge of the overgrown meadow behind the Conservation Trust building. I love the richness of the light and the way it illuminates the wings and makes them look like they are lit from inside.

Sony HX400V. 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 80 @ 1/500th @ f6.3. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet.

#onthewingsofbutterflies  +On the Wings of Butterflies!  #wildlifewednesday  +Mike Spinak +Morkel Erasmus 

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2014-09-18 14:38:49 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 45 +1s) 

Sony HX400V @ about 400mm equivalent field of view. Along the edge of Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains, Kennebunk ME.

Sony HX400V @ about 400mm equivalent field of view. Along the edge of Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains, Kennebunk ME.___

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2014-09-18 14:17:26 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 31 +1s) 

In camera HDR, Sony HX400V. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet. Day Brook Pond, Kennebunk Plains, Kennebunk ME.
#landscapephotography   #hdr   #hdrphotography  
+Landscape Photography 

In camera HDR, Sony HX400V. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet. Day Brook Pond, Kennebunk Plains, Kennebunk ME.
#landscapephotography   #hdr   #hdrphotography  
+Landscape Photography ___

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2014-09-18 13:42:03 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s) 

Exposure is the art of controlling the amount of light that reaches the film or sensor in a camera, so that you get a natural looking image of the scene in front of the lens…with a full range of lights and darks, and colors in a pleasing balance. Not too…

Exposure is the art of controlling the amount of light that reaches the film or sensor in a camera, so that you get a natural looking image of the scene in front of the lens…with a full range of lights and darks, and colors in a pleasing balance. Not too…___

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2014-09-18 11:26:38 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 43 +1s) 

Pic 4 Today: Green-striped Darner

The business end of a Green-striped Darner. It has been an odd year for Odonata in Southern Maine. Common species have been uncommon…way down in numbers…and some of my best ponds have been particularly unproductive. At the same time, there have been lots of Green-striped Darners, a species that I had not seen here before this summer…though they are definitely here every year…I had just missed them. You could not miss them this year. :) And there have been swarms of Green Darners over the past few weeks. I assume they are migrating down the coast, but yesterday, for instance, over the marsh ponds along the lower Mousam, there were hundreds of Darners…15 and 20 in the air at any moment.

This Green-stripe is at Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains, and is my first ever perched GSD. It sat very patiently on this White-birch log while Iworked al... more »

Pic 4 Today: Green-striped Darner

The business end of a Green-striped Darner. It has been an odd year for Odonata in Southern Maine. Common species have been uncommon…way down in numbers…and some of my best ponds have been particularly unproductive. At the same time, there have been lots of Green-striped Darners, a species that I had not seen here before this summer…though they are definitely here every year…I had just missed them. You could not miss them this year. :) And there have been swarms of Green Darners over the past few weeks. I assume they are migrating down the coast, but yesterday, for instance, over the marsh ponds along the lower Mousam, there were hundreds of Darners…15 and 20 in the air at any moment.

This Green-stripe is at Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains, and is my first ever perched GSD. It sat very patiently on this White-birch log while I worked all around it, balancing on beaver clipped saplings over saturated moss at the pond’s edge to get the right angles. This is an actual macro shot (as opposed to a tel-macro), taken quite close in at about 66mm equivalent field of view. ISO 80 @ 1/125th @ f6.3. I used program shift to dial the aperture down to f6.3 for greater depth of field. Sony HX400V.

#odonatapoker   +viviane godenne  ___

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2014-09-17 11:11:04 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 55 +1s) 

Pic 4 Today: Oak Titmouse

Besides being a bird I rarely get to see, I just like this image: the old spicket, the drip of water, the weathered post, the green leaves against the bright background with just enough pattern to be interesting, and the perky bird pose. It all adds up, to my eye, to a very satisfying picture. :) Oh…and the bird is what used to be called the Plain Titmouse, until the Ornithological Union split the supposed species into three. This is now the Oak Titmouse, restricted to California. It is replaced by the Juniper Titmouse to the west, and the Plain is now restricted to the east. This shot is from General Vallejo’s home, which is part of the Sonoma State Historical Park.

Sony HX400V. 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 200 @ 1/250th @ f6.3. -1/3 EV exposure compensation. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro tablet.

#wildlifewednesday  +Mik... more »

Pic 4 Today: Oak Titmouse

Besides being a bird I rarely get to see, I just like this image: the old spicket, the drip of water, the weathered post, the green leaves against the bright background with just enough pattern to be interesting, and the perky bird pose. It all adds up, to my eye, to a very satisfying picture. :) Oh…and the bird is what used to be called the Plain Titmouse, until the Ornithological Union split the supposed species into three. This is now the Oak Titmouse, restricted to California. It is replaced by the Juniper Titmouse to the west, and the Plain is now restricted to the east. This shot is from General Vallejo’s home, which is part of the Sonoma State Historical Park.

Sony HX400V. 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 200 @ 1/250th @ f6.3. -1/3 EV exposure compensation. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro tablet.

#wildlifewednesday   +Mike Spinak  +Morkel Erasmus  ___

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2014-09-16 12:13:49 (4 comments, 5 reshares, 67 +1s) 

Pic 4 Today: Ragged Swallowtail

I spent the day on Sunday at the Wine Country Optics and Birding Fair at Cornerstone in Sonoma California. Cornerstone is Wine Country Visitor Center, in-door and out-door sculpture gallery, wine tasting venue for 4 vineyards, and collection of demonstration gardens from the area’s best know landscape gardeners and designers. It is a popular wedding destination, but on one Sunday of the year the extensive grounds are given over to the pop-up tents and tables of birding and conservation organizations and birding optics makers. I was, of course, there for ZEISS.

In the afternoon, when the sun and the air got hot, the crowds dwindled and I had a chance to wander the grounds. I sent 30 minutes chasing butterflies in a row of purple flowered shrubs. There were lots of skippers, several Monarchs, and this one lone, very worn, Western Swallowtail. Thec... more »

Pic 4 Today: Ragged Swallowtail

I spent the day on Sunday at the Wine Country Optics and Birding Fair at Cornerstone in Sonoma California. Cornerstone is Wine Country Visitor Center, in-door and out-door sculpture gallery, wine tasting venue for 4 vineyards, and collection of demonstration gardens from the area’s best know landscape gardeners and designers. It is a popular wedding destination, but on one Sunday of the year the extensive grounds are given over to the pop-up tents and tables of birding and conservation organizations and birding optics makers. I was, of course, there for ZEISS.

In the afternoon, when the sun and the air got hot, the crowds dwindled and I had a chance to wander the grounds. I sent 30 minutes chasing butterflies in a row of purple flowered shrubs. There were lots of skippers, several Monarchs, and this one lone, very worn, Western Swallowtail. The color contrast in this image is almost more than the eye can tolerate :). And the butterfly is so worn I am amazed it was still flying.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 100 @ 1/1250th @ f6.3. Program with -1/3 EV exposure compensation. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

#onthewingsofbutterflies  +On the Wings of Butterflies! ___

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2014-09-15 16:02:18 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 45 +1s) 

Western Scrub Jay. Because why not? Sony HX400V.

Western Scrub Jay. Because why not? Sony HX400V.___

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2014-09-15 13:40:17 (4 comments, 6 reshares, 66 +1s) 

Pic 4 Today: Madrone Curls

I love the bark of Madrone. I only get to see it when visiting California, but it is always a treat. It is such an unlikely bark for any tree to have. I can’t believe it is actually very functional, but there it is.

Sony HX400V at 38mm equivalent field of view. Macro. ISO 80 @ 1/60th @ f4.5. Program shift for greater depth of field. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro tablet.

Pic 4 Today: Madrone Curls

I love the bark of Madrone. I only get to see it when visiting California, but it is always a treat. It is such an unlikely bark for any tree to have. I can’t believe it is actually very functional, but there it is.

Sony HX400V at 38mm equivalent field of view. Macro. ISO 80 @ 1/60th @ f4.5. Program shift for greater depth of field. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro tablet.___

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2014-09-14 14:04:44 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 58 +1s) 

Self-portrait. :) San Pablo NWR along the north edge of San Francisco Bay In-camera HDR. Sony HX400V. 

Self-portrait. :) San Pablo NWR along the north edge of San Francisco Bay In-camera HDR. Sony HX400V. ___

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2014-09-14 13:05:26 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 42 +1s) 

Pic 4 Today: Synchronized Feeding. Happy Sunday!

It is a long way from the parking at San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge to where the birds are, or that is certainly how it seemed yesterday. I think it was a matter more of tides than anything. When I got there the mud was covered with water. By the time I had walked 3 miles in, the tide had receded enough to show some mud banks and the birds were feeding in the shallow water along the edges. I saw this group of American Avocets when I was already ready to turn around, from a quarter of a mile up the berm between the road and Tolay Creek and walked down to them. Glad I did. :)

There is nothing so graceful as a group of Avocets feeding. It is as close to ballet as birds get. The trick is to shoot a lot of random shots of the group and sort for the most graceful when you get home. Or at least that is what works for me.
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Pic 4 Today: Synchronized Feeding. Happy Sunday!

It is a long way from the parking at San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge to where the birds are, or that is certainly how it seemed yesterday. I think it was a matter more of tides than anything. When I got there the mud was covered with water. By the time I had walked 3 miles in, the tide had receded enough to show some mud banks and the birds were feeding in the shallow water along the edges. I saw this group of American Avocets when I was already ready to turn around, from a quarter of a mile up the berm between the road and Tolay Creek and walked down to them. Glad I did. :)

There is nothing so graceful as a group of Avocets feeding. It is as close to ballet as birds get. The trick is to shoot a lot of random shots of the group and sort for the most graceful when you get home. Or at least that is what works for me.

Sony HX400V at 2400mm equivalent field of view (1200 optical plus 2x Perfect Image zoom). ISO 80 @ 1/500th @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro tablet.

And for the Sunday Thought: I went to three recommended birding spots along the north end of San Francisco Bay and up the Sonoma Valley yesterday, and most of what I did was a long walk with not much happening. Yet, when I got back to the hotel I found that I had taken over 400 exposures. I processed 98 of them, and got a surprising number, and a surprising variety, of satisfying images out of the morning: Birds big and small, wildflowers, dragonflies (and Flame Skimmers at that!), some interesting architecture and artifacts, landscapes, ripe grapes in a vineyard just touched by fall, and the amazing red curly bark of the Madrone trees. Undoubtedly you will see some of them over the next few days :) Such wealth from a morning when it seemed, most to time, like nothing was happening.

Sometimes the wonder is in the words of the song, and sometimes it is in the punctuation. Sometimes it flows over you like a stream, moment to moment, hour after hour…and sometimes it punctuates the flow of time like rocks in a stream give shape and curl and churn to the water to delight the ear and eye. Wonder is wonder either way. Looking back on it, I had a wonderful morning, quite literally filled with wonderful moments, but while it was happening I was, perhaps too caught up in the many steps between those moments, in moving myself from one to the next. It happens.

Only when I got back to the hotel and actually, as they say (not perhaps really meaning it as literally as I do here) counted my blessings as I imported and processed images did I realize how full the morning was. Wonderful.

Something to give thanks for on a Sunday morning!

#sundaythought   ___

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2014-09-13 11:36:11 (8 comments, 7 reshares, 96 +1s) 

*Pic 4 Today: Cedar Waxwing Again!

I am pretty sure I mentioned this before but it is remarkable just how many Cedar Waxwings there are in Southern Maine this summer. They are everywhere and in good numbers. This specimen was part of a flock of maybe 20 birds working the edge of the meadows at Laudholm Farm (Well National Estuarine Research Center). The were in the trees and flew out repeatedly as I watched to take bugs from the tall grasses and brush in the meadow. At least some of them were young birds…this year’s brood, though this bird is in full adult plumage.

Sony HX400V at 2400mm equivalent field of view (1200mm optical plus 2x Perfect Image zoom). ISO 125 k@ 1/250th @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

#songbirdsaturday   by +John Briggs  

*Pic 4 Today: Cedar Waxwing Again!

I am pretty sure I mentioned this before but it is remarkable just how many Cedar Waxwings there are in Southern Maine this summer. They are everywhere and in good numbers. This specimen was part of a flock of maybe 20 birds working the edge of the meadows at Laudholm Farm (Well National Estuarine Research Center). The were in the trees and flew out repeatedly as I watched to take bugs from the tall grasses and brush in the meadow. At least some of them were young birds…this year’s brood, though this bird is in full adult plumage.

Sony HX400V at 2400mm equivalent field of view (1200mm optical plus 2x Perfect Image zoom). ISO 125 k@ 1/250th @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

#songbirdsaturday   by +John Briggs  ___

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2014-09-12 13:55:31 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 73 +1s) 

#buggyfriday  +Ray Bilcliff 
#odonatapoker  +viviane godenne 

I think this is an immature White-faced Meadowhawk. Late season and very small. Kennebunk ME. Sony HX400V. 

#buggyfriday  +Ray Bilcliff 
#odonatapoker  +viviane godenne 

I think this is an immature White-faced Meadowhawk. Late season and very small. Kennebunk ME. Sony HX400V. ___

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2014-09-12 13:00:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s) 

Kitchen Still-life. Found (well I did reposition the knife :) Natural light. Sony HX400V. Lightroom.

Kitchen Still-life. Found (well I did reposition the knife :) Natural light. Sony HX400V. Lightroom.___

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2014-09-12 11:15:25 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 41 +1s) 

Pic 4 Today: Sunflowers in the Sun

These giant Sunflowers are from the garden at Laudholm Farm a few days ago. As I mentioned earlier this week, sunflowers in Maine rarely get the chance to go to seed. Our growing season is just too shot. If the frost holds off another month, these might make it. :)

Sony HX400V at 565mm equivalent field of view. ISO 80 @ 1/640th @ f5.6. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 2 tablet.

#floralfriday  +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Eustace James 

Pic 4 Today: Sunflowers in the Sun

These giant Sunflowers are from the garden at Laudholm Farm a few days ago. As I mentioned earlier this week, sunflowers in Maine rarely get the chance to go to seed. Our growing season is just too shot. If the frost holds off another month, these might make it. :)

Sony HX400V at 565mm equivalent field of view. ISO 80 @ 1/640th @ f5.6. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 2 tablet.

#floralfriday  +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Eustace James ___

2014-09-12 00:00:14 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s) 

Look what auto awesome did! 

Look what auto awesome did! ___

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2014-09-11 19:35:44 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s) 

New at the Point & Shoot Nature Photographer :)

New at the Point & Shoot Nature Photographer :)___

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2014-09-11 16:46:42 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s) 

If you develop the habit of looking closely at nature you will find all kinds of interesting and wonderful photo opportunities…moss, lichen, flowers, mushrooms and other fungi, bugs and even the intricate textures of rock and tree bark. With a standard…

If you develop the habit of looking closely at nature you will find all kinds of interesting and wonderful photo opportunities…moss, lichen, flowers, mushrooms and other fungi, bugs and even the intricate textures of rock and tree bark. With a standard…___

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2014-09-11 16:46:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s) 

Another post that was intended to be public.

In addition to being a great creative tool, today’s digital P&S cameras are a great way to learn birds, bugs, wildflowers, etc. In this applicaiton, you become more than a P&S nature photographer…you become a P&S Naturalist. :)   I was a photographer…___Another post that was intended to be public.

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2014-09-11 16:44:41 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 27 +1s) 

Okay, I certainly intended this as a public share this morning. 

Pic 4 Today: The spider and the dragon.

When I went out yesterday to mow the front yard, there were a dozen or more tiny, late-season, dark-legged, off-colored Meadowhawks flying low and perching often. Most likely they were female or immature male White-faced Meadowhawks, but I can not be at all certain. As I was photographing this one close in under the eves of the house, it flew up and right into a spider web. I considered freeing it, but then the spider, which had been hiding under the lower edge of the siding on the house, scuttled out and attacked. So be it. Spiders got to do what spiders got to do. And I am almost as fond of spiders as I am of dragonflies. I think this is just one of the grass spiders…a funnel weaver of some kind, though the web seemed sticky enough at least to trap the dragon…or else its legs just got so well tangled that despite best efforts it could not free itself. An hour later the spider had worked the dragon almost completely up under the siding on the house. For scale here, the dragonfly is maybe an inch and a quarter long (3 cm) and I was shooting from about that same distance.

Sony HX400V. 68mm equivalent field of view, macro. ISO 200 @ 1/80th @ f3.5. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

#odonatapoker  +viviane godenne  ___Okay, I certainly intended this as a public share this morning. 

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2014-09-10 11:42:35 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 35 +1s) 

#widewednesdaypanorama  

Behind the beach at the mouth of the Mousam River in Kennebunk ME. Sweep panorama with the camera held in portrait orientation for the tall/wide effect. Sony HX400V. 

#widewednesdaypanorama  

Behind the beach at the mouth of the Mousam River in Kennebunk ME. Sweep panorama with the camera held in portrait orientation for the tall/wide effect. Sony HX400V. ___

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2014-09-10 11:05:34 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 45 +1s) 

Pic 4 Today: Sunflower Gleaning in the Afternoon

I took a brisk walk at Laudholm Farm a few afternoons ago, mostly for the exercise, but, of course, with one eye out for photo-ops (well, both eyes to be honest), This female American Goldfinch was near the end of the walk, coming back to the farm buildings, in the community garden with it’s giant sunflowers. Sunflowers do not often ripen to seed in Maine before the first frost, but the few seeds already ripe were attracting a variety of birds on this early September afternoon. I saw at least one male Goldfinch, and several females. This one posed nicely below one of the blooms.

Sony HX400V at something over 1200mm equivalent field of view (using the Perfect Image digital zoom). ISO 80 @ 1/250th @ f6.3. Cropped slightly and processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

#wildlifewednesday  +Mike Spinak  +MorkelEra... more »

Pic 4 Today: Sunflower Gleaning in the Afternoon

I took a brisk walk at Laudholm Farm a few afternoons ago, mostly for the exercise, but, of course, with one eye out for photo-ops (well, both eyes to be honest), This female American Goldfinch was near the end of the walk, coming back to the farm buildings, in the community garden with it’s giant sunflowers. Sunflowers do not often ripen to seed in Maine before the first frost, but the few seeds already ripe were attracting a variety of birds on this early September afternoon. I saw at least one male Goldfinch, and several females. This one posed nicely below one of the blooms.

Sony HX400V at something over 1200mm equivalent field of view (using the Perfect Image digital zoom). ISO 80 @ 1/250th @ f6.3. Cropped slightly and processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

#wildlifewednesday  +Mike Spinak  +Morkel Erasmus ___

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2014-09-10 00:50:42 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 57 +1s) 

Band-winged Meadowhawk. Emmons Preserve, Kennebunkport ME. On Sunday. Sony HX400V.

#odonatapoker +viviane godenne

Band-winged Meadowhawk. Emmons Preserve, Kennebunkport ME. On Sunday. Sony HX400V.

#odonatapoker +viviane godenne___

2014-09-09 12:33:27 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s) 

The Canon SX50HS community is transforming to the Point & Shoot Nature Photography community. Now open to all who use super-zoom or bridge P&S cameras, no matter the brand or model, for landscape, wildlife, macro, or creative nature photography. Join us. 

The Canon SX50HS community is transforming to the Point & Shoot Nature Photography community. Now open to all who use super-zoom or bridge P&S cameras, no matter the brand or model, for landscape, wildlife, macro, or creative nature photography. Join us. ___

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2014-09-09 11:26:07 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 146 +1s) 

Pic 4 Today: Yellowlegs on a Log

I have not seen any Yellowlegs all summer until this week. Evidently they are coming back through southern Maine on migration. I saw a few along the Mousam River and this group in the pond behind the beach, the dunes, and the houses at Laudholm Farm. True, I have not been exactly haunting the beaches…not something I enjoy during tourist season…but I am always happy to see the Yellowlegs on their way north and south. The one standing, at least, appears to be a Lessor Yellowlegs.

Sony HX400V at 2400mm equivalent field of view (1200mm optical plus 2x Perfect Image zoom). ISO 80 @ 1/500th @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic 4 Today: Yellowlegs on a Log

I have not seen any Yellowlegs all summer until this week. Evidently they are coming back through southern Maine on migration. I saw a few along the Mousam River and this group in the pond behind the beach, the dunes, and the houses at Laudholm Farm. True, I have not been exactly haunting the beaches…not something I enjoy during tourist season…but I am always happy to see the Yellowlegs on their way north and south. The one standing, at least, appears to be a Lessor Yellowlegs.

Sony HX400V at 2400mm equivalent field of view (1200mm optical plus 2x Perfect Image zoom). ISO 80 @ 1/500th @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2014-09-08 15:45:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s) 

Now that I am semi-retired I have to seriously consider how I want to spend my time. I have decided to consolidate several somewhat aborted blog efforts into one. The new blog is Point & Shoot Nature Photographer, and will contain content from Point & Shoot 4 Landscape, P&S 4 Wildlife, and The P&S Naturalist...and new content appropriate to the subject!

Now that I am semi-retired I have to seriously consider how I want to spend my time. I have decided to consolidate several somewhat aborted blog efforts into one. The new blog is Point & Shoot Nature Photographer, and will contain content from Point & Shoot 4 Landscape, P&S 4 Wildlife, and The P&S Naturalist...and new content appropriate to the subject!___

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2014-09-08 11:53:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s) 

#photoprowl  Nubble Light! Perfect day. For those who wanted more views than the single shot in today's Pic 4 Today. :)

#photoprowl  Nubble Light! Perfect day. For those who wanted more views than the single shot in today's Pic 4 Today. :)___

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2014-09-08 11:13:49 (4 comments, 8 reshares, 71 +1s) 

Pic 4 Today: Nubble Light

Yesterday I rode my bike to the beach early, and the sky was so beautiful that I decided to ride my scooter to Nubble Light, 20 miles down the coast, to see if I could get some good shots. It was my longest scooter ride to date, and quite an adventure as I had to ride through both Wells and Ogunquet in September Sunday morning traffic. :)

I made it to Nubble by 10am. I only had to go around the parking lot twice to find a slot for my scooter. A lot of other people had the same September Sunday morning idea I had. And, of course, the sky behind the light was clear. :( There were great clouds inland, and I got some shots of the the bay to the north that are memorable, but the Light itself was pretty stark and backlit to boot. I climbed around on the rocks and looked for interesting angles that did not include too many tourists for an hour or so, then went... more »

Pic 4 Today: Nubble Light

Yesterday I rode my bike to the beach early, and the sky was so beautiful that I decided to ride my scooter to Nubble Light, 20 miles down the coast, to see if I could get some good shots. It was my longest scooter ride to date, and quite an adventure as I had to ride through both Wells and Ogunquet in September Sunday morning traffic. :)

I made it to Nubble by 10am. I only had to go around the parking lot twice to find a slot for my scooter. A lot of other people had the same September Sunday morning idea I had. And, of course, the sky behind the light was clear. :( There were great clouds inland, and I got some shots of the the bay to the north that are memorable, but the Light itself was pretty stark and backlit to boot. I climbed around on the rocks and looked for interesting angles that did not include too many tourists for an hour or so, then went back to my scooter. I ate my banana. I actually had my helmet on and was ready to board when I happened to turn back for one more look at the Light. Wooo. Where did that nice cloud come from? I realized that the cloud cover inland was moving really fast…really fast…and while I had been eating my banana the leading edge had swung behind the light. I also noticed that the angle of the sun had improved so that the I now had light on one of the inner faces of the building. Excellent! Much to the dismay of the circling tourists in unparked cars, I took my helmet back off, and spent another hour retracing my steps, finding all the angles again…but this time with clouds! :) This shot is from down at the water’s edge.

Sony HX400V at 24mm equivalent field of view. In-camera HDR. Nominal exposure: ISO 80 @ 1/800th @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

For more shots of Nubble from this trip, check out the Photoprowl piece. http://photoprowls.lightshedder.com/?p=576

#lighthousephotography   #landscapephotography  
+Landscape Photography ___

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2014-09-07 11:21:43 (9 comments, 6 reshares, 108 +1s) 

Pic 4 Today: Honey Bee. Happy Sunday!

I was delighted to find the overgrown meadows at Emmons Preserve in Kennebunkport full of Honey Bees yesterday. I have lamented, several times here, the small numbers of Honey Bees I have been seeing this summer…I had seen perhaps two until yesterday. At Emmons that is particularly odd since they have an active hive in the meadow just down the Batson River Trail from the Conservation Trust building. There have been lots of bees at Emmons all summer, but they were all Bumble and Wood Bees. Yesterday they were mostly Honey. I am not privy to the workings at the Conservation Trust. I don’t know if they replaced the hive, or if the bees were dormant until now…or what happened, but the difference a week made was remarkable.

Sony HX400V at 124mm equivalent field of view. ISO 80 @ 1/1000th @ f4. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3table... more »

Pic 4 Today: Honey Bee. Happy Sunday!

I was delighted to find the overgrown meadows at Emmons Preserve in Kennebunkport full of Honey Bees yesterday. I have lamented, several times here, the small numbers of Honey Bees I have been seeing this summer…I had seen perhaps two until yesterday. At Emmons that is particularly odd since they have an active hive in the meadow just down the Batson River Trail from the Conservation Trust building. There have been lots of bees at Emmons all summer, but they were all Bumble and Wood Bees. Yesterday they were mostly Honey. I am not privy to the workings at the Conservation Trust. I don’t know if they replaced the hive, or if the bees were dormant until now…or what happened, but the difference a week made was remarkable.

Sony HX400V at 124mm equivalent field of view. ISO 80 @ 1/1000th @ f4. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

And for the Sunday Thought. Honey Bee populations are threatened in many ways right now. Besides all the known disorders a hive can fall prey to, there is Colony Collapse Disorder, where the worker bees suddenly abandon an apparently healthy hive…living queen, honey, and all…during the winter when they should be resting. No one knows why. Some recent studies are pointing to the effects of a common class of fungicides used on a wide variety of crops, from soy beans to apples, and in many lawn products. There is still a lot of work to be done before we really know what is going on, but no one disputes that Honey Bees are in trouble…which means, in fact, that we are in trouble. Honey Bees are the primary pollinator for an amazing variety of crops we depend on. Can you imagine a world without apples, almonds, fennel? Trucking hives of bees to where they are needed for intensive agriculture is a big business today. The fields of North Dakota are pollinated by bees from Texas. Take a look at the list of crops pollinated by bees on Wiki. Those marked essential are at risk if the populations of Honey Bees continue to decline.

Which is one of the reasons I pay attention to the number of Honey Bees I encounter in my time in the field. Not that there is anything I can do about it, or at least, not yet. It could be this is one of those “problems” caused by our attempt to maximize yields in our fields. Actually, I find the whole practice to trucking in bees to where the crops are so concentrated that the native bees can’t handle the pollination load to already be somewhat troublesome. Asking for trouble. When you combine that with the chemicals used on intensive crops…well…you just might get Colony Collapse Disorder.

I believe, as I have said before, that it is our job, a part of our essential spiritual nature, to care for all that lives on this earth. The way I read the Bible story and my experience of the Spirit both tell me that we were made to be the keepers. We can not deny that our attempts to keep ourselves fed have transformed much of the surface of the earth into crop factories. And that our attempts to keep the crop factories at maximum yield have effected more of the web of life than we currently in know in ways we do not know or do not understand. Yet. And that is an important yet. It is easy to feel both guilt and despair when confronted with a problem like Colony Collapse Disorder and the decline of Honey Bees. But, we are the keepers, and though we do not know enough to always foresee the consequences of our actions, we do learn. We adapt. We change. We solve problems when we see them.

Colony Collapse Disorder and the decline of Honey Bee populations is a problem. It is a spiritual problem. One that should engage our spiritual nature as keepers until we find a solution. It might be as simple as a change in the chemicals we use…or as complex as reinventing agriculture to eliminate the kind of crop factories that we currently rely on…but, where there is a will, there is a way. And the will is spiritual. Has to spiritual.

I could recommend that, today, as part of our Spiritual Sunday, we all go out and try to find a Honey Bee to admire. You have to start somewhere, and, in the spirit, that feels right.___

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2014-09-06 11:07:31 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 72 +1s) 

Pic 4 Today: Bales in Afternoon Light

Yesterday afternoon it was too nice to sit inside, but not particularly good photographic light. There was a heat haze in the air, especially out over the ocean, that dulled the horizon. I took the scooter up the coast to Biddeford Pool and East Point Sanctuary, but didn’t really find anything of interest. I passed this field in the process of being hayed on the way out, and stopped for the more interesting light on the way back. Of course there are thousands of images of these kinds of round bales in the collective photographic archive already, but, still, you (or at least I) have to take a few each year. :)

Sony HX400V. In-camera HDR. Nominal exposure: ISO 80 @ 1/500th @ f5.6. 64mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lighroom on my Surface Pro tablet.

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography 

Pic 4 Today: Bales in Afternoon Light

Yesterday afternoon it was too nice to sit inside, but not particularly good photographic light. There was a heat haze in the air, especially out over the ocean, that dulled the horizon. I took the scooter up the coast to Biddeford Pool and East Point Sanctuary, but didn’t really find anything of interest. I passed this field in the process of being hayed on the way out, and stopped for the more interesting light on the way back. Of course there are thousands of images of these kinds of round bales in the collective photographic archive already, but, still, you (or at least I) have to take a few each year. :)

Sony HX400V. In-camera HDR. Nominal exposure: ISO 80 @ 1/500th @ f5.6. 64mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lighroom on my Surface Pro tablet.

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography ___

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2014-09-05 16:22:32 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s) 

#photoprowl  September Skies over the Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Coast. 

#photoprowl  September Skies over the Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Coast. ___

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2014-09-05 11:49:04 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 60 +1s) 

#floralfriday  +FloralFriday 

Obedience Plant from our yard in afternoon light. Sony HX400V macro.

#floralfriday  +FloralFriday 

Obedience Plant from our yard in afternoon light. Sony HX400V macro.___

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2014-09-05 11:23:06 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 51 +1s) 

Pic 4 Today: Bench by the Sea

Sweep panorama is a killer feature on today’s modern digital cameras, and it works best on the Point & Shoots with fully electronic shutters. On Compact Mirrorless System Cameras and true DSLRs with electro-mechanical shutters it can still be done but the camera has to join several discrete exposures. On a P&S, the image is painted to the file basically one line at a time so the results are generally smoother and more satisfying. Recently I have been experimenting with tall panoramas with a lot of sky above the landscape. It is fun! (Though I am sure I look pretty strange pointing the camera straight up and swinging it down in a arch in front of me.:)

This is Parson’s Way…a long thin park along the rocks leading out to Cape Arundel in Kennebunkport Maine. The view is of Colony Beach, the mouth of the Kennebunk River, and Big Beach andthe r... more »

Pic 4 Today: Bench by the Sea

Sweep panorama is a killer feature on today’s modern digital cameras, and it works best on the Point & Shoots with fully electronic shutters. On Compact Mirrorless System Cameras and true DSLRs with electro-mechanical shutters it can still be done but the camera has to join several discrete exposures. On a P&S, the image is painted to the file basically one line at a time so the results are generally smoother and more satisfying. Recently I have been experimenting with tall panoramas with a lot of sky above the landscape. It is fun! (Though I am sure I look pretty strange pointing the camera straight up and swinging it down in a arch in front of me.:)

This is Parson’s Way…a long thin park along the rocks leading out to Cape Arundel in Kennebunkport Maine. The view is of Colony Beach, the mouth of the Kennebunk River, and Big Beach and the resorts in Kennebunk. Sony HX400V. Sweep panorama. Nominal exposure: ISO 80 @ 1/2000th @ f5.0.

Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3.___

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2014-09-04 20:12:20 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 54 +1s) 

So I have a new computer/tablet. After working with Android for almost 2 years, I bought a new Surface Pro 3. Back to Lightroom for my post-processing. Now I have to figure out how to post to Google+, etc. from Lightroom :) This is Gouch's Beach (or "Big Beach") in Kennebunk yesterday. Sweep Panorama with the Sony HX400V. Processed, of course,  in Lightroom. 

So I have a new computer/tablet. After working with Android for almost 2 years, I bought a new Surface Pro 3. Back to Lightroom for my post-processing. Now I have to figure out how to post to Google+, etc. from Lightroom :) This is Gouch's Beach (or "Big Beach") in Kennebunk yesterday. Sweep Panorama with the Sony HX400V. Processed, of course,  in Lightroom. ___

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2014-09-04 11:39:04 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 74 +1s) 

Pic 4 Today: Happening Cabbage Whites!

Yesterday there were many Cabbage White Butterflies working what I think is Moth Mullen on the backside of the dunes at our local beach. Cabbage Whites are not very exciting as butterflies go. Even the name is lack-luster. Still, they were just within reach of the 1200mm zoom, and the out of focus beach grass behind them made a wonderful bokeh…and the contrast between the yellow flowers and the white butterflies in the morning light had potential. When I started shooting this butterfly, there was only on on the plant. The second flew in a just the right second. Can you say Photo Bomb!? I could not have planned this shot, but I feel particularly blessed to have gotten it. It made me laugh out-loud!

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 80 @ 1/400th @ f6.3. -1/3 EV exposure compensation. Processed in Lightroom on my newS... more »

Pic 4 Today: Happening Cabbage Whites!

Yesterday there were many Cabbage White Butterflies working what I think is Moth Mullen on the backside of the dunes at our local beach. Cabbage Whites are not very exciting as butterflies go. Even the name is lack-luster. Still, they were just within reach of the 1200mm zoom, and the out of focus beach grass behind them made a wonderful bokeh…and the contrast between the yellow flowers and the white butterflies in the morning light had potential. When I started shooting this butterfly, there was only on on the plant. The second flew in a just the right second. Can you say Photo Bomb!? I could not have planned this shot, but I feel particularly blessed to have gotten it. It made me laugh out-loud!

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 80 @ 1/400th @ f6.3. -1/3 EV exposure compensation. Processed in Lightroom on my new Surface Pro tablet.

#onthewingsofbutterflies  ___

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2014-09-03 18:35:42 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 68 +1s) 

Stunning September day in Maine! This is a sweep panorama, shot with the camera in portrait orientation for the tall-wide effect. Sony HX400V. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro Tablet.

#widewednesdaypanorama  +WideWednesdayPanorama  #landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography 

Stunning September day in Maine! This is a sweep panorama, shot with the camera in portrait orientation for the tall-wide effect. Sony HX400V. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro Tablet.

#widewednesdaypanorama  +WideWednesdayPanorama  #landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography ___

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2014-09-03 12:29:18 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 44 +1s) 

#wildlifewednesday  +Morkel Erasmus +Mike Spinak 

The Sentinel. Arizona Rock Squirrel. On the grounds of the Tucson Desert Museum. Sony HX400V. 1200mm equivalent field of view. 

#wildlifewednesday  +Morkel Erasmus +Mike Spinak 

The Sentinel. Arizona Rock Squirrel. On the grounds of the Tucson Desert Museum. Sony HX400V. 1200mm equivalent field of view. ___

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2014-09-03 11:12:11 (11 comments, 13 reshares, 215 +1s) 

Pic 4 Today: Another GSF! Emmons Preserve.

There certainly has been no lack of Great Spangled Fritillaries this summer. I see them every time I go to Emmons Preserve. At first they were working the Knapweed…by now they are reduced to Goldenrod and much lower numbers. They are still there though. I caught this one in a sunny alcove at the edge of the overgrown meadow behind the Conservation Trust building. I love the richness of the light and the way it illuminates the wings and makes them look like they are lit from inside.

Sony HX400V. 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 80 @ 1/500th @ f6.3. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet.

#onthewingsofbutterflies  +On the Wings of Butterflies!  #wildlifewednesday  +Mike Spinak +Morkel Erasmus 

Pic 4 Today: Another GSF! Emmons Preserve.

There certainly has been no lack of Great Spangled Fritillaries this summer. I see them every time I go to Emmons Preserve. At first they were working the Knapweed…by now they are reduced to Goldenrod and much lower numbers. They are still there though. I caught this one in a sunny alcove at the edge of the overgrown meadow behind the Conservation Trust building. I love the richness of the light and the way it illuminates the wings and makes them look like they are lit from inside.

Sony HX400V. 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 80 @ 1/500th @ f6.3. Processed in Snapseed on my tablet.

#onthewingsofbutterflies  +On the Wings of Butterflies!  #wildlifewednesday  +Mike Spinak +Morkel Erasmus ___

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2014-09-02 11:07:54 (11 comments, 4 reshares, 107 +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 (7 comments, 5 reshares, 86 +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, 4 reshares, 101 +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, 1 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, 74 +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, 48 +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, 7 +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, 23 +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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