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Stephen Ingraham

Stephen Ingraham 

Christian, birder, photographer, blogger...

Occupation: Retired. Senior Brand Advocate for Birding and Wildlife Observation: Carl Zeiss Sports Optics (Photographer (nature & landscape), Blogger)

Location: Kennebunk ME

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2016-04-26 13:05:46 (18 comments; 27 reshares; 331 +1s)Open 

Dawn on the beach across from our Airbnb house in St. Augustine Florida. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom.

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Dawn on the beach across from our Airbnb house in St. Augustine Florida. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom.

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Dawn on the beach across from our Airbnb house in St. Augustine Florida. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom.

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2016-05-05 23:58:07 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

May 5

Yellow-rumped Warblers are, as
they say (or once said), a dime a
dozen all during the summer months
across much of North America.

They come early and stay late
and are highly visible while there.

Will you think less of me if I tell
you that by June I have have already
looked at enough Yellow-rumps to
last me until late summer and early
fall when they all the warblers that
are left to look at...?

but still...

Those first few in the last weeks of
April and the first weeks of May,
fresh in their spring plumage, up
from the tropical south, are so
startlingly beautiful...so bright, so
bold, so wonderful...that it always
takes me more than few moments
before I realize (and admit)...

ah...just another Yellow Rump.

May 5

Yellow-rumped Warblers are, as
they say (or once said), a dime a
dozen all during the summer months
across much of North America.

They come early and stay late
and are highly visible while there.

Will you think less of me if I tell
you that by June I have have already
looked at enough Yellow-rumps to
last me until late summer and early
fall when they all the warblers that
are left to look at...?

but still...

Those first few in the last weeks of
April and the first weeks of May,
fresh in their spring plumage, up
from the tropical south, are so
startlingly beautiful...so bright, so
bold, so wonderful...that it always
takes me more than few moments
before I realize (and admit)...

ah...just another Yellow Rump.___

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2016-05-05 22:44:58 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 63 +1s)Open 

Mantanzas River behind Washington Oaks Garden State Park in Florida. Sweep panorama. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom for HDR effect

Mantanzas River behind Washington Oaks Garden State Park in Florida. Sweep panorama. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom for HDR effect___

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2016-05-05 10:03:27 (5 comments; 14 reshares; 103 +1s)Open 

Balancing act

For me what makes this image is the sky behind the birds. :) Ideal light for white birds. Great Egrets at the St Augustine Alligator Farm wild bird rookery.

Nikon P900. Processed in Lightroom.



Balancing act

For me what makes this image is the sky behind the birds. :) Ideal light for white birds. Great Egrets at the St Augustine Alligator Farm wild bird rookery.

Nikon P900. Processed in Lightroom.

___

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2016-05-04 14:28:25 (2 comments; 6 reshares; 134 +1s)Open 

Another shot from Washington Oaks Gardens State Park beach. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processes in Lightroom.

Another shot from Washington Oaks Gardens State Park beach. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processes in Lightroom.___

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2016-05-04 14:15:00 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

Snowy landing
The Snowy Egret is one of the hardest of the bigger birds to catch in flight. It twists in the air, like a jet powered falling leaf. This Snowy was coming in for a landing so I had a better chance. This is actually the same bird twice, from two sequential frames at 10 fps, stitched together in Coolage. Nikon P900 at 300mm equivalent (the bird was pretty much right in front of my face). 1/1250th @ ISO 100 @ f5.6. Processed, before stitching, in Lightroom. 

Snowy landing
The Snowy Egret is one of the hardest of the bigger birds to catch in flight. It twists in the air, like a jet powered falling leaf. This Snowy was coming in for a landing so I had a better chance. This is actually the same bird twice, from two sequential frames at 10 fps, stitched together in Coolage. Nikon P900 at 300mm equivalent (the bird was pretty much right in front of my face). 1/1250th @ ISO 100 @ f5.6. Processed, before stitching, in Lightroom. ___

2016-05-04 13:47:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

May 4

After a week among the wonderful
Butter and Dagon-flies, the hundreds
of nesting birds, the flower display
of north Florida, I went out early this
morning to look for any hopeful signs
of spring in the May Maine woods.

The Hobble Bush, first of all our
Maine wildflowers, is just barely in
bloom, Two Bead Lily and Trillium
leaves are just poking up out of the
leaf litter, along side the very first
of the fiddle heads of fern. I saw one
lonely Indian's Pipe, pale beneath
a big pine. The Titmice are whistling,
there was a single Yellowlegs in a pool
in the marsh, flock of Wild Turkeys way
back in a field by the beach, a few Eiders
on Back Creek. I often miss our cherry
tree in the yard in blossom, being in Ohio
watching warblers every Mother's Day,
but it looks good this... more »

May 4

After a week among the wonderful
Butter and Dagon-flies, the hundreds
of nesting birds, the flower display
of north Florida, I went out early this
morning to look for any hopeful signs
of spring in the May Maine woods.

The Hobble Bush, first of all our
Maine wildflowers, is just barely in
bloom, Two Bead Lily and Trillium
leaves are just poking up out of the
leaf litter, along side the very first
of the fiddle heads of fern. I saw one
lonely Indian's Pipe, pale beneath
a big pine. The Titmice are whistling,
there was a single Yellowlegs in a pool
in the marsh, flock of Wild Turkeys way
back in a field by the beach, a few Eiders
on Back Creek. I often miss our cherry
tree in the yard in blossom, being in Ohio
watching warblers every Mother's Day,
but it looks good this spring for me to
see it. That hasn't happened in years.

I am not complaining really. If Maine
spring wants to wait for me to get back
from my May travels, that's fine by me.

It will make my return from Ohio
migration just that much more festive.___

2016-05-03 23:07:13 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

May 3

First day home after a great
working vacation in Florida,
overcast, cooler than I like,
and I spent the day catching
up with financial stuff, paying
bills, getting prescriptions filled,
refilling the travel first aid kit
(which we discovered in Florida
was, like, totally expired)...not
my favorite things on any day!

I wonder, can you get jet lag
flying South to North on the
same meridian? Or would they
call this out-of-sorts, short-fused,
unfocused discontent, some-
thing else? Florida-i-tus? Sun-
shine hang-over. Some kind of
good weather and too much
photographic fun withdrawal?

Whatever. I wonder.

Do they have a cure for that?
(Short of moving to Florida.)





May 3

First day home after a great
working vacation in Florida,
overcast, cooler than I like,
and I spent the day catching
up with financial stuff, paying
bills, getting prescriptions filled,
refilling the travel first aid kit
(which we discovered in Florida
was, like, totally expired)...not
my favorite things on any day!

I wonder, can you get jet lag
flying South to North on the
same meridian? Or would they
call this out-of-sorts, short-fused,
unfocused discontent, some-
thing else? Florida-i-tus? Sun-
shine hang-over. Some kind of
good weather and too much
photographic fun withdrawal?

Whatever. I wonder.

Do they have a cure for that?
(Short of moving to Florida.)



___

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2016-05-03 13:49:02 (8 comments; 6 reshares; 178 +1s)Open 

Coquina rock sea sculpture at the beach in Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, Florida. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom.

Coquina rock sea sculpture at the beach in Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, Florida. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2016-05-03 13:38:05 (4 comments; 6 reshares; 62 +1s)Open 

Backlit Cattle Egret in breeding plumage
For most of the year, the Cattle Egret is the stumpy, chunky, shambling, recently immigrated, relative of our native Great and Snowy Egrets…not much to look at, and still on probation as a US citizen as far as birders are concerned. But for a few short weeks in spring, during nesting season, I think the Cattle Egret is the most beautiful of our resident egrets. The orangey-brown crown features and stripe down the back, as well as the bright orange bill, set of the white plumage to a turn.

This male was guarding the nest while his mate when out to feed. St. Augustine Alligator Farm wild bird rookery. Nikon P900 at 880mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom.

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Backlit Cattle Egret in breeding plumage
For most of the year, the Cattle Egret is the stumpy, chunky, shambling, recently immigrated, relative of our native Great and Snowy Egrets…not much to look at, and still on probation as a US citizen as far as birders are concerned. But for a few short weeks in spring, during nesting season, I think the Cattle Egret is the most beautiful of our resident egrets. The orangey-brown crown features and stripe down the back, as well as the bright orange bill, set of the white plumage to a turn.

This male was guarding the nest while his mate when out to feed. St. Augustine Alligator Farm wild bird rookery. Nikon P900 at 880mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom.

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2016-05-02 21:50:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

May 2

Working now on our third round
of delays at Philadelphia Airport,
on the way home from Florida to
Portland. It was a long layover to
start, and now it stretches, in 15
minute increments, inching slowly,
inevitably, toward infinity. Generally
TripIt let's me know before the flight
board, and I am growing sensitive
to the vibration of the phone in my
pocket...it has taken on the tone
of a dentist drill, and I wince and
flinch every time it goes off again.

And all the time the plane sits at the
end of the jet bridge, unattended
mocking us, empty, as they wait
for a crew. Ah, the Captain has
landed and is making his way
through the airport, they tell us,
then the safety check, then boarding,
then taxi (a typically long Phillie taxi)
but it begins to look like... more »

May 2

Working now on our third round
of delays at Philadelphia Airport,
on the way home from Florida to
Portland. It was a long layover to
start, and now it stretches, in 15
minute increments, inching slowly,
inevitably, toward infinity. Generally
TripIt let's me know before the flight
board, and I am growing sensitive
to the vibration of the phone in my
pocket...it has taken on the tone
of a dentist drill, and I wince and
flinch every time it goes off again.

And all the time the plane sits at the
end of the jet bridge, unattended
mocking us, empty, as they wait
for a crew. Ah, the Captain has
landed and is making his way
through the airport, they tell us,
then the safety check, then boarding,
then taxi (a typically long Phillie taxi)
but it begins to look like we will get
home, if not for supper, at least to
sleep once more in our own bed.



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2016-05-02 11:36:28 (6 comments; 5 reshares; 120 +1s)Open 

This will do for both the Pic for today, and For the love of landscape today. Dawn on the beach across the road from our AirBnB in St. Augustine FL. Last morning here. We have an 11AM flight so there was really no excuse not to get out and catch one more sunrise on the beach. :)
Sony HX90V. In-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom. 

This will do for both the Pic for today, and For the love of landscape today. Dawn on the beach across the road from our AirBnB in St. Augustine FL. Last morning here. We have an 11AM flight so there was really no excuse not to get out and catch one more sunrise on the beach. :)
Sony HX90V. In-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2016-05-02 11:36:10 (0 comments; 7 reshares; 30 +1s)Open 

This will do for both the Pic for today, and For the love of landscape today. Dawn on the beach across the road from our AirBnB in St. Augustine FL. Last morning here. We have an 11AM flight so there was really no excuse not to get out and catch one more sunrise on the beach. :)
Sony HX90V. In-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom. 

This will do for both the Pic for today, and For the love of landscape today. Dawn on the beach across the road from our AirBnB in St. Augustine FL. Last morning here. We have an 11AM flight so there was really no excuse not to get out and catch one more sunrise on the beach. :)
Sony HX90V. In-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2016-05-01 21:27:57 (8 comments; 8 reshares; 157 +1s)Open 

Florida has great skies. Looking up the Matanzas River from Washington Oaks Garden State Park. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom. 

Florida has great skies. Looking up the Matanzas River from Washington Oaks Garden State Park. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom. ___

2016-05-01 17:50:26 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

May 1

I am feeling pretty fit these days
for an old man and a heart attack
survivor, what with my daily qi gong
routines, careful eating,  and my pile
of pills morning and night, so I
decided to climb the 219 steps
of the St Augustine Lighthouse
just for the view. Yeah right!

I made it up two flights, 50 steps,
before my body betrayed me.
"No way" said my lungs, "Unnh unh"
said my heart, "not happening!"

So I climbed back down, struggling to
accept defeat with a measure of grace
commensurate with my advancing
years. It was the better part of an
hour before I felt fully recovered.

The View from the top of the Light-
house is undoubtedly spectacular,
but, all things considered, the view
from tomorrow is bound to be better.
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May 1

I am feeling pretty fit these days
for an old man and a heart attack
survivor, what with my daily qi gong
routines, careful eating,  and my pile
of pills morning and night, so I
decided to climb the 219 steps
of the St Augustine Lighthouse
just for the view. Yeah right!

I made it up two flights, 50 steps,
before my body betrayed me.
"No way" said my lungs, "Unnh unh"
said my heart, "not happening!"

So I climbed back down, struggling to
accept defeat with a measure of grace
commensurate with my advancing
years. It was the better part of an
hour before I felt fully recovered.

The View from the top of the Light-
house is undoubtedly spectacular,
but, all things considered, the view
from tomorrow is bound to be better.

___

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2016-05-01 10:18:10 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 43 +1s)Open 

Flight! Happy Sunday.
“If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!” Jesus

I was back at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm wild bird rookery yesterday morning early to have one last crack at flight shots. The birds are so close, and there is a lot of coming and going so there are not many moments when there isn’t at least one bird in the air. Great place to practice…or just to appreciate the beauty of flight. These are mostly big birds. Great Egrets and Wood Storks predominate…and both are great flyers. Graceful, elegant, with beautiful plumage. When you catch one, as I have here, with the light behind it, it is as beautiful a sight as I hope to see in this world.

The persistence of flight dreams in our kind, and our general fascination with flight, when taken with our images of angels, might lead us to think that there are wings in our future. Iactually ... more »

Flight! Happy Sunday.
“If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!” Jesus

I was back at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm wild bird rookery yesterday morning early to have one last crack at flight shots. The birds are so close, and there is a lot of coming and going so there are not many moments when there isn’t at least one bird in the air. Great place to practice…or just to appreciate the beauty of flight. These are mostly big birds. Great Egrets and Wood Storks predominate…and both are great flyers. Graceful, elegant, with beautiful plumage. When you catch one, as I have here, with the light behind it, it is as beautiful a sight as I hope to see in this world.

The persistence of flight dreams in our kind, and our general fascination with flight, when taken with our images of angels, might lead us to think that there are wings in our future. I actually find no indication of that at all in the Bible, and it is certainly not in the Gospels, but that does not stop us from dreaming. Flight, we seem to think, would be the final freedom. Personally I would like to be able to love as well, and as naturally, and as beautifully as a bird flies. I think that would be the final freedom! When I look with my generous eye, I do not see you or myself with wings, beautiful as that might be…I see you (and myself) as a unconditionally loving person. That is the generous view. Leave the wings for the birds. I will admire flight, and give it its due as beauty, but give me love any day!

Happy Sunday.___

2016-04-30 20:39:28 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

April 30

I woke from a dream this morning
totally disoriented. In the dream I
had lived this whole different life,
with different relationships and
different people, and I dreamt that
I woke and could not remember
which life was real and which the
dream...and then I found that I
had wandered outside and could
not remember where I lived, in what
town, on what street, in what state
even, and from my position in the
yard I could see nothing familiar,
and I could only think "that is not
my house...this is not my life", and
all the time I was fighting so hard
to remember where I lived, where
home was, I and had such a sense
of loss...such a sense of separation
from myself and all I love...and even
in the dream I was wondering if
this is what Alzheimer's feels like? ... more »

April 30

I woke from a dream this morning
totally disoriented. In the dream I
had lived this whole different life,
with different relationships and
different people, and I dreamt that
I woke and could not remember
which life was real and which the
dream...and then I found that I
had wandered outside and could
not remember where I lived, in what
town, on what street, in what state
even, and from my position in the
yard I could see nothing familiar,
and I could only think "that is not
my house...this is not my life", and
all the time I was fighting so hard
to remember where I lived, where
home was, I and had such a sense
of loss...such a sense of separation
from myself and all I love...and even
in the dream I was wondering if
this is what Alzheimer's feels like?
if this is, somewhere down the road,
what I have to look forward to? (of
course no one in my family has lived
long enough yet, though some
of the women lived into their 90s,
to experience any form of senility,
so odds in my favor)...but still
it took me an hour, my full qi gong
routine, and breakfast to shake the
desolation of that dream. Even
now, most of an active day later,
I am still not completely comfortable
in my own skin, in my own mind...
I have not fully settled or forgotten
that feeling of being lost to myself.

I am not eager to sleep tonight, just
in case that dream is there waiting.

___

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2016-04-30 14:14:51 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Landing. Egret
Coming in for a landing, calling all the way. Great Egret, St Augustine Alligator Farm wild bird rookery, on St Augustine Florida. A Great Egret is one of the most graceful of the big birds in flight…not so much in landing. 🙂

Nikon P900 in my custom Birds in Flight mode. Shutter preferred. 1/1250th @ ISO 125 @ f5.6. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Coolage.



Landing. Egret
Coming in for a landing, calling all the way. Great Egret, St Augustine Alligator Farm wild bird rookery, on St Augustine Florida. A Great Egret is one of the most graceful of the big birds in flight…not so much in landing. 🙂

Nikon P900 in my custom Birds in Flight mode. Shutter preferred. 1/1250th @ ISO 125 @ f5.6. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Coolage.

___

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2016-04-30 10:37:13 (5 comments; 16 reshares; 263 +1s)Open 

Wet savannah, GTM Estuarine Research Reserve, St. Augustine FL. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom. 

Wet savannah, GTM Estuarine Research Reserve, St. Augustine FL. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2016-04-30 10:30:32 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

Landing. Egret
Coming in for a landing, calling all the way. Great Egret, St Augustine Alligator Farm wild bird rookery, on St Augustine Florida. A Great Egret is one of the most graceful of the big birds in flight…not so much in landing. 🙂

Nikon P900 in my custom Birds in Flight mode. Shutter preferred. 1/1250th @ ISO 125 @ f5.6. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Coolage.



Landing. Egret
Coming in for a landing, calling all the way. Great Egret, St Augustine Alligator Farm wild bird rookery, on St Augustine Florida. A Great Egret is one of the most graceful of the big birds in flight…not so much in landing. 🙂

Nikon P900 in my custom Birds in Flight mode. Shutter preferred. 1/1250th @ ISO 125 @ f5.6. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Coolage.

___

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2016-04-29 17:45:47 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

April 29

Wood Storks and Great Egrets, two
big birds, are just about constantly
in the air at the St Augustine Alligator
Farm wild bird rookery, coming and
going, two and fro, carrying branches
as nest offerings, or food for nestlings,
and the temptation is to try for them all,
to have the camera swinging overhead
until your back cries out, "enough all
ready" and your head spins a bit from
the motion and the hot Florida sun.

And of course you know that even
when you manage to catch the bird
in flight within the frame, most every
shot is going to be out of focus or
motion blurred, fit only for the digital
scrap heap. Still if one in 50 satisfies,
it is worth it...the wonder of flight
captured, the feathers spread to
cup the wind, lit from within, bodies
suspended... more »

April 29

Wood Storks and Great Egrets, two
big birds, are just about constantly
in the air at the St Augustine Alligator
Farm wild bird rookery, coming and
going, two and fro, carrying branches
as nest offerings, or food for nestlings,
and the temptation is to try for them all,
to have the camera swinging overhead
until your back cries out, "enough all
ready" and your head spins a bit from
the motion and the hot Florida sun.

And of course you know that even
when you manage to catch the bird
in flight within the frame, most every
shot is going to be out of focus or
motion blurred, fit only for the digital
scrap heap. Still if one in 50 satisfies,
it is worth it...the wonder of flight
captured, the feathers spread to
cup the wind, lit from within, bodies
suspended against the sky...the beauty
and the simple rush of, against all odds,
catching even one shot of a bird in flight.

___

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2016-04-29 11:25:50 (9 comments; 15 reshares; 319 +1s)Open 

Gauna River, GMT Estuarine Research Reserve, Florida. A "hard" cloud sky. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. 

Gauna River, GMT Estuarine Research Reserve, Florida. A "hard" cloud sky. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. ___

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2016-04-29 11:15:33 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

Feed me! Great Egret chicks.
The Florida Birding and Photo Fest is a week later this year than last, and you can really see it in the age of the Great Egret nestlings. Last year there were many nests of newly hatched Egrets. This year, some of the nestlings are ready to fledge. This is another of the “laugh-right-out-loud” images that yesterday’s Day Poem was based on. When I first pulled it up for processing, I did indeed laugh out loud. 🙂

Nikon P900 at 1100mm equivalent field of view. 1/800th @ ISO 100 @ f5.6. Processed in Lightroom.

This is the Day Poem I mentioned.

Sometimes when processing my pictures
after a long day of shooting,
an image will pop up on my tablet
that makes me laugh out loud.

It is delight, pure and simple.

It may be a bird in an odd pose
or a chipmunk looking clownish…
it may be theway the cl... more »

Feed me! Great Egret chicks.
The Florida Birding and Photo Fest is a week later this year than last, and you can really see it in the age of the Great Egret nestlings. Last year there were many nests of newly hatched Egrets. This year, some of the nestlings are ready to fledge. This is another of the “laugh-right-out-loud” images that yesterday’s Day Poem was based on. When I first pulled it up for processing, I did indeed laugh out loud. 🙂

Nikon P900 at 1100mm equivalent field of view. 1/800th @ ISO 100 @ f5.6. Processed in Lightroom.

This is the Day Poem I mentioned.

Sometimes when processing my pictures
after a long day of shooting,
an image will pop up on my tablet
that makes me laugh out loud.

It is delight, pure and simple.

It may be a bird in an odd pose
or a chipmunk looking clownish…
it may be the way the clouds paint
the landscape with shadow, or
an unguarded expression caught
unaware on a familiar face…some
chance juxtaposition of unlikely
elements within the frame…some
fraction of a second frozen and held
up for our attention, our admiration,
our amusement and delight. That
is the real power of photography… to
wake our wonder, our compassion, our
soul, by a gentle tugging on the eye.

Those laugh-out-loud-images are
what keep me out and about daily
with a camera in my hand.
___

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2016-04-29 00:16:21 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 29 +1s)Open 

April 28

Sometimes when processing my
pictures after a long day of shooting,
an image will pop up on my tablet
that makes me laugh out loud.

It is delight, pure and simple.

It may be a bird in an odd pose
or a chipmunk looking clownish...
it may be the way the clouds paint
the landscape with shadow, or
an unguarded expression caught
unaware on a familiar face...some
chance juxtaposition of unlikely
elements within the frame...some
fraction of a second frozen and held
up for our attention, our admiration,
our amusement and delight. That
is the real power of photography... to
wake our wonder, our compassion, our
soul, by a gentle tugging on the eye.

Those laugh-out-loud-images are
what keep me out and about daily
with a camera in my hand.



April 28

Sometimes when processing my
pictures after a long day of shooting,
an image will pop up on my tablet
that makes me laugh out loud.

It is delight, pure and simple.

It may be a bird in an odd pose
or a chipmunk looking clownish...
it may be the way the clouds paint
the landscape with shadow, or
an unguarded expression caught
unaware on a familiar face...some
chance juxtaposition of unlikely
elements within the frame...some
fraction of a second frozen and held
up for our attention, our admiration,
our amusement and delight. That
is the real power of photography... to
wake our wonder, our compassion, our
soul, by a gentle tugging on the eye.

Those laugh-out-loud-images are
what keep me out and about daily
with a camera in my hand.

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2016-04-28 11:15:09 (4 comments; 15 reshares; 120 +1s)Open 

Roseate Spoonbill. Angel unawares
In April, May, and into June, the wild bird rookery at the St Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park in St Augustine, Florida ranks among the top attractions nationwide for wildlife photographers. Hundreds of pairs of nesting birds, Wood Storks; Great, Snowy, and Cattle Egrets; Tricolored and Little Blue Herons; and increasing numbers of Roseate Spoonbills, translate to constant action. Birds on the nest, birds building nests, birds feeding young, birds displaying and posing, birds constantly in the air, going off to feed or bringing in nesting materials. And, of course, hundreds of big and small bull Alligators in the waters below the nesting trees. It is, to put it mildly, spectacular. I have the privilege of teaching Point and Shoot Nature Photography workshops at the Florida Birding and Photo Fest each year in April, so I get to visit the Farm at the... more »

Roseate Spoonbill. Angel unawares
In April, May, and into June, the wild bird rookery at the St Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park in St Augustine, Florida ranks among the top attractions nationwide for wildlife photographers. Hundreds of pairs of nesting birds, Wood Storks; Great, Snowy, and Cattle Egrets; Tricolored and Little Blue Herons; and increasing numbers of Roseate Spoonbills, translate to constant action. Birds on the nest, birds building nests, birds feeding young, birds displaying and posing, birds constantly in the air, going off to feed or bringing in nesting materials. And, of course, hundreds of big and small bull Alligators in the waters below the nesting trees. It is, to put it mildly, spectacular. I have the privilege of teaching Point and Shoot Nature Photography workshops at the Florida Birding and Photo Fest each year in April, so I get to visit the Farm at the height of the season. And I often get to introduce new people to the farm. That is really fun!

This is a Roseate Spoonbill on its way in to the nesting area, maybe 40 feet overhead. The lighting was ideal, the camera functioned well, and my timing was close enough to catch this angel unawares.

Nikon P900 at 300mm equivalent field of view. Sports mode. 1/800th @ ISO 100 @ f5. Processed and cropped slightly for scale in Lightroom.

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2016-04-28 11:11:47 (2 comments; 9 reshares; 213 +1s)Open 

Coquina rock (shell rock) on the beach at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park in Florida. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom.

Coquina rock (shell rock) on the beach at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park in Florida. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom.___

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April 27

I went to the Alligator Farm twice
today...early to lead a workshop,
and late to catch the afternoon/
evening light on the rookery and
the nesting birds. It is a magical
place, early or late, with 30 nests
of Roseate Spoonbills, 100 nests
Snowy and Great Egrets, 30 nests
of Wood Storks, and that many of
Tricolored Herons, and maybe 8
or 9 of Little Blue Herons...many
of the nests with a clutch of young,
from hatchlings to fledglings...and that
is not to mention 100 or more big bull
alligators vying for attention, roaring
in the morning, deep enough to vibrate
the boardwalk where 100 or more
photographers stand, early and late,
or where twice that many tourists
traipse all day long, oohing and ahhing,
while the majestic birds fly feet above
their heads carrying nesting... more »

April 27

I went to the Alligator Farm twice
today...early to lead a workshop,
and late to catch the afternoon/
evening light on the rookery and
the nesting birds. It is a magical
place, early or late, with 30 nests
of Roseate Spoonbills, 100 nests
Snowy and Great Egrets, 30 nests
of Wood Storks, and that many of
Tricolored Herons, and maybe 8
or 9 of Little Blue Herons...many
of the nests with a clutch of young,
from hatchlings to fledglings...and that
is not to mention 100 or more big bull
alligators vying for attention, roaring
in the morning, deep enough to vibrate
the boardwalk where 100 or more
photographers stand, early and late,
or where twice that many tourists
traipse all day long, oohing and ahhing,
while the majestic birds fly feet above
their heads carrying nesting materials
and food to their waiting mates.

It is a test of stamina, standing, swinging
the camera, trying to be aware of every
movement, every photo op the birds offer,
trying to make the most of this yearly visit,
these few short days. The early evening
Florida sun bakes me through my Tilly
hat, and I stay until my feet can take no
more...then drive back to our Airbnb,
stopping at the Public for a half gallon
of ice cream...a certain restorative, butter
pecan. Carol and I sit on the couch and
eat, while we look at the Alligator Farm
keepers from the morning shoot, and I
rest my weary feet and unkink my back.

I know my dreams will be full of Wood
Storks and Egrets swooping too fast
through my field of view, carrying nesting
offerings like olive branches before them.

___

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2016-04-27 15:28:52 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 222 +1s)Open 

A landscape detail. Live Oak at Washington Oaks Garden State Park, Florida. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V.

A landscape detail. Live Oak at Washington Oaks Garden State Park, Florida. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V.___

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2016-04-27 10:58:22 (5 comments; 5 reshares; 41 +1s)Open 

Gopher Tortoise
This is the business end of what I think is a large Gopher Tortoise that was crossing the road on the way into Washington Oaks Gardens State Park in Florida when we visited yesterday. I lead a photo excursion there on Sunday with the Florida Birding and Photo Fest and need to “scout”.

This turtle was fast and fearless. And hungry. It was eating some herb growing in the grass of the median. This shot was taken from inches away.

Sony HX90V at 100mm equivalent field of view. 1/320th @ ISO 80 @ f5. Processed in Lightroom.



Gopher Tortoise
This is the business end of what I think is a large Gopher Tortoise that was crossing the road on the way into Washington Oaks Gardens State Park in Florida when we visited yesterday. I lead a photo excursion there on Sunday with the Florida Birding and Photo Fest and need to “scout”.

This turtle was fast and fearless. And hungry. It was eating some herb growing in the grass of the median. This shot was taken from inches away.

Sony HX90V at 100mm equivalent field of view. 1/320th @ ISO 80 @ f5. Processed in Lightroom.

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April 26

I am not sure they know what an
apple, a real apple, is here in Florida.

Red or green, firm of flesh,
tart on the tongue no matter
how sweet, so crisp they crack
when you bite off a chunk,
so full of good juice that
when you just break the skin
with a tooth, it bubbles up like
a spring of apple essence...
and the smell...taste's spirit...
catching the back of the throat
so hard you have to swallow.

An apple is not this Florida fruit,
mealy and bland, and they have
the nerve to charge twice what we
pay in Maine for the real thing!

But then, most any Floridian might feel
the same way about Maine oranges. 

April 26

I am not sure they know what an
apple, a real apple, is here in Florida.

Red or green, firm of flesh,
tart on the tongue no matter
how sweet, so crisp they crack
when you bite off a chunk,
so full of good juice that
when you just break the skin
with a tooth, it bubbles up like
a spring of apple essence...
and the smell...taste's spirit...
catching the back of the throat
so hard you have to swallow.

An apple is not this Florida fruit,
mealy and bland, and they have
the nerve to charge twice what we
pay in Maine for the real thing!

But then, most any Floridian might feel
the same way about Maine oranges. ___

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2016-04-26 13:05:46 (18 comments; 27 reshares; 331 +1s)Open 

Dawn on the beach across from our Airbnb house in St. Augustine Florida. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom.

Dawn on the beach across from our Airbnb house in St. Augustine Florida. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2016-04-26 12:46:54 (3 comments; 8 reshares; 64 +1s)Open 

Morning shells
We are in St. Augustine Florida for the Florida Birding and Photo Fest where I will lead a series of Point and Shoot Nature Photography workshops. This is shells in the dawn light on the beach across from our Airbnb...a lovely house which we share with a few other guests.

Sony HX90V in-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom. 

Morning shells
We are in St. Augustine Florida for the Florida Birding and Photo Fest where I will lead a series of Point and Shoot Nature Photography workshops. This is shells in the dawn light on the beach across from our Airbnb...a lovely house which we share with a few other guests.

Sony HX90V in-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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April 25

Carol and I on our way to St Augustine
for the Florida Birding and Photo Fest,
layed-over in Philadelphia for three hours,
eating Burrito Elito No-Meatos, and using
a lot of napkins...not at all used to Elito
sized portions...no supper needed...but
tasty, oh my yes: grilled veg, rice, black beans,
and some spicy hot sauce that tempts the
tongue to finish, to finish it all, even as the
stomach suggests leaving some for later.

I will get up and walk in a moment, lest
the the next flight find me oblivious...
still wrapped deep in the digestion coma.

Three hours is long enough, thank you
very much, to be layed-over in Philadelphia.



April 25

Carol and I on our way to St Augustine
for the Florida Birding and Photo Fest,
layed-over in Philadelphia for three hours,
eating Burrito Elito No-Meatos, and using
a lot of napkins...not at all used to Elito
sized portions...no supper needed...but
tasty, oh my yes: grilled veg, rice, black beans,
and some spicy hot sauce that tempts the
tongue to finish, to finish it all, even as the
stomach suggests leaving some for later.

I will get up and walk in a moment, lest
the the next flight find me oblivious...
still wrapped deep in the digestion coma.

Three hours is long enough, thank you
very much, to be layed-over in Philadelphia.

___

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2016-04-25 10:45:16 (6 comments; 16 reshares; 202 +1s)Open 

The bend in Branch Brook, Rachel Carson NWR. Sweep panorama. Sony HX90V. Processed for HDR effect in Lightroom.

The bend in Branch Brook, Rachel Carson NWR. Sweep panorama. Sony HX90V. Processed for HDR effect in Lightroom.___

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2016-04-25 10:38:48 (8 comments; 3 reshares; 125 +1s)Open 

Chipper comes close
This bold little Chipmunk at the Wells National Estuarine Research Center at Laudholm Farms in Wells Maine apparently thought he could drive me off if he got close enough. He steadily advanced around the base of a tree. Here he is about 8 feet away, and I had to zoom back to get his full body in the frame. I already had my close focusing P610 out, having just photographed an Spring Azure Butterfly. The light was really lovely.

Nikon P610 at 900mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 160 @ f5.6. Processed in Lightroom.

Chipper comes close
This bold little Chipmunk at the Wells National Estuarine Research Center at Laudholm Farms in Wells Maine apparently thought he could drive me off if he got close enough. He steadily advanced around the base of a tree. Here he is about 8 feet away, and I had to zoom back to get his full body in the frame. I already had my close focusing P610 out, having just photographed an Spring Azure Butterfly. The light was really lovely.

Nikon P610 at 900mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 160 @ f5.6. Processed in Lightroom.___

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April 24

I opened my email this morning
to find a Chase Card Fraud Alert
staring up at me...not what you
want to see the day before 3 weeks
of travel. Called them, and indeed
someone had charged a $1.00 to
and known fraud site, just testing
my vulnerability. I have no idea
how they got my number. Happily, 
Chase is on the case...and flagged it.

Now I get a new number, and
new card, via mail while I am
far from home in Florida. I have 
another card I can use in the 
meantime, so that's all good.

But now, when I get back, there
is the long routine of finding all my 
auto-pays and updating. Might be a 
good time to review my subscriptions 
to see what I really need and not.

And I am certainly thankful, despite the 
unwelcome hassle, that Chase is so alert, so vi... more »

April 24

I opened my email this morning
to find a Chase Card Fraud Alert
staring up at me...not what you
want to see the day before 3 weeks
of travel. Called them, and indeed
someone had charged a $1.00 to
and known fraud site, just testing
my vulnerability. I have no idea
how they got my number. Happily, 
Chase is on the case...and flagged it.

Now I get a new number, and
new card, via mail while I am
far from home in Florida. I have 
another card I can use in the 
meantime, so that's all good.

But now, when I get back, there
is the long routine of finding all my 
auto-pays and updating. Might be a 
good time to review my subscriptions 
to see what I really need and not.

And I am certainly thankful, despite the 
unwelcome hassle, that Chase is so alert, 
so vigilant on my behalf. Next time it 
would not have been a solitary dollar. ___

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2016-04-24 13:51:21 (2 comments; 9 reshares; 240 +1s)Open 

I am always amazed at just how tropical the waters of southern Maine can look. Wells Harbor, Maine. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V.

I am always amazed at just how tropical the waters of southern Maine can look. Wells Harbor, Maine. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V.___

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2016-04-24 13:37:32 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 45 +1s)Open 

In-town Black-crowned Night Heron
“If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!” Jesus

I am pretty sure this Black-crowned Night Heron has nested at Factory to Pasture Pond for at least four years. At the very least, I have seen it (or another BCNH) there, spring and summer, for each of those years. Now Factory to Pasture Pond is my own name for the place, and it makes it sound much grander than it is. It is actually just a little wetland caught between Factory to Pasture Road and two paved parking lots…the remnant, perhaps of a more extensive wetland that was bisected by the road and contained by pavement years ago. I visit it regularly for dragonflies in the summer. There are turtles, and, at least arguably, Black-crowned Night Herons, and a variety of other common nesting birds…but it is surrounded by factory buildings on 3 sides. By August, in a hot drysummer,... more »

In-town Black-crowned Night Heron
“If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!” Jesus

I am pretty sure this Black-crowned Night Heron has nested at Factory to Pasture Pond for at least four years. At the very least, I have seen it (or another BCNH) there, spring and summer, for each of those years. Now Factory to Pasture Pond is my own name for the place, and it makes it sound much grander than it is. It is actually just a little wetland caught between Factory to Pasture Road and two paved parking lots…the remnant, perhaps of a more extensive wetland that was bisected by the road and contained by pavement years ago. I visit it regularly for dragonflies in the summer. There are turtles, and, at least arguably, Black-crowned Night Herons, and a variety of other common nesting birds…but it is surrounded by factory buildings on 3 sides. By August, in a hot dry summer, it can shrink by a third, but it is a year round pond. And it is only a few blocks from Main Street Kennebunk…definitely “in-town”…not exactly urban, since we are talking a village of 5612 here, but pretty close. 5612 humans and at least two Black-crowned Night Herons. 🙂

I am always amazed at how resilient the creation is. We can pave it. We can cover it over with factory buildings and our houses. We can till it and plant all manner of intensive crops. We can ditch and drain wetlands. We can channelize rivers. We can rearrange and manage the landscape to meet our needs and purposes. But creation, what we call nature, always finds a way back in. Roots crack pavement. Water seeps under roads. Silt fills channels and willows and cattails grow. Great Horned Owls nest in cemeteries. Black-crowned Night Herons nest in parks and on golf courses…and in tiny remnant wetlands right in town. The generous eye sees all this reclaiming of the space we think of as our own, as human space, as a good thing. Creation refusing to take no for an answer. Creation reminding us, always, that we a part and parcel of all that lives, and that all that lives is essential to our being…to our being filled with light and life and hope.

So, seeing the Black-crowned Night Heron at Factory to Pasture Pond in down-town Kennebunk delights me. It is what the generous eye delights to see. Happy Sunday!___

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2016-04-23 21:58:30 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

April 23

It seems this week in Southern Maine
that no two Cardinals are singing exactly
the same song. I celebrated a bird I
heard at Rachel Carson a few days ago
in a poem. Cheer. Cheer. Cheer.
chick. chick. chick. Clean and clear,
simple, unpretentious...and then,
not an hour ago, by the little pond
off Factory to Pasture Road here
in town, a bird gave voice to this
amazing rising trill, loud, long, and over
and over. Complexity itself. I had never heard
the like. I had to let my ears lead my eyes
to see what it was for myself...surely not
another Cardinal...but there, high in the
bare branches of the tall Maple, among
the tiny flowers, the red bird sang.

I even remembered to hit record on
the camera, so I have the evidence.

I wish I knew more about Cardinal song.
I wish I knew... more »

April 23

It seems this week in Southern Maine
that no two Cardinals are singing exactly
the same song. I celebrated a bird I
heard at Rachel Carson a few days ago
in a poem. Cheer. Cheer. Cheer.
chick. chick. chick. Clean and clear,
simple, unpretentious...and then,
not an hour ago, by the little pond
off Factory to Pasture Road here
in town, a bird gave voice to this
amazing rising trill, loud, long, and over
and over. Complexity itself. I had never heard
the like. I had to let my ears lead my eyes
to see what it was for myself...surely not
another Cardinal...but there, high in the
bare branches of the tall Maple, among
the tiny flowers, the red bird sang.

I even remembered to hit record on
the camera, so I have the evidence.

I wish I knew more about Cardinal song.
I wish I knew the meaning of the variations...
or if, in fact, I was witness to the performance
of a Cardinal virtuoso, a genius among birds.

Anything is possible. Maybe google knows.
___

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2016-04-23 12:53:44 (1 comments; 6 reshares; 121 +1s)Open 

Back Creek near the mouth of the Mousam River. Sweep Panorama. Sony HX90V. Processed for HDR effect in Lightroom.

Back Creek near the mouth of the Mousam River. Sweep Panorama. Sony HX90V. Processed for HDR effect in Lightroom.___

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2016-04-23 12:43:07 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Red-bellied Woodpecker
We don’t have Red-headed Woodpeckers in Maine (or at least I have never seen one), but every time I see a Red-bellied Woodpecker I have to correct myself, since my first instinct is to call it a Red-headed Woodpecker. It is not that they look alike. I know the difference…but this woodpecker should be called “red-headed”, don’t you think? I have, just recently, actually seen the “red” (more like pink) on the belly in the field, but still! Notice the nice fresh and perfectly round nest hole this Red-bellied Woodpecker is working on. Taken along the headquarters trail at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Wells, Maine.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 320 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.



Red-bellied Woodpecker
We don’t have Red-headed Woodpeckers in Maine (or at least I have never seen one), but every time I see a Red-bellied Woodpecker I have to correct myself, since my first instinct is to call it a Red-headed Woodpecker. It is not that they look alike. I know the difference…but this woodpecker should be called “red-headed”, don’t you think? I have, just recently, actually seen the “red” (more like pink) on the belly in the field, but still! Notice the nice fresh and perfectly round nest hole this Red-bellied Woodpecker is working on. Taken along the headquarters trail at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Wells, Maine.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 320 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.

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2016-04-22 16:43:45 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

April 22. Earth Day!

I was photographing Song Sparrows
along the road to Wells Harbor,
just by the first big pool in the marsh
right across from the Fisherman's Catch,
or I thought I was...all the ones that
sat up and sang were Songs...but I
caught one down low in the bush,
working its way among the twigs
and bare branches (early as it still is)
and got off a few bursts, 10-15
exposures, all told, of two different birds.

Imagine my surprise, when processing,
the image large in Lightroom on my laptop,
to see the bright yellow eyestripe of the
Savannah Sparrow, unmistakable, and
the touch of white in the throat, which
just goes to show I need to pay more
attention to what I am photographing...

especially in Spring, when the migrants
are returning, and anything is possible!

April 22. Earth Day!

I was photographing Song Sparrows
along the road to Wells Harbor,
just by the first big pool in the marsh
right across from the Fisherman's Catch,
or I thought I was...all the ones that
sat up and sang were Songs...but I
caught one down low in the bush,
working its way among the twigs
and bare branches (early as it still is)
and got off a few bursts, 10-15
exposures, all told, of two different birds.

Imagine my surprise, when processing,
the image large in Lightroom on my laptop,
to see the bright yellow eyestripe of the
Savannah Sparrow, unmistakable, and
the touch of white in the throat, which
just goes to show I need to pay more
attention to what I am photographing...

especially in Spring, when the migrants
are returning, and anything is possible!___

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2016-04-22 12:03:39 (8 comments; 7 reshares; 171 +1s)Open 

Landscape detail. Deep in the Phragmities (native reeds). In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom.

Landscape detail. Deep in the Phragmities (native reeds). In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2016-04-22 11:57:10 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 45 +1s)Open 

Song Sparrow doing its thing...
Yes, well, I could not have planned this shot. The Song Sparrow is at Wells Harbor, in the beach rose along the edge of the sandy beach, with the boatyard and a winter shrouded boat in the background…just far enough away to provide a nice even background for the sunlit sparrow. It has the look of a studio shot. Right place, right time, and a cooperative subject. What more can I say?

Of course the right equipment helps. Taken at the full 2000mm equivalent field of view of the Nikon P900. This is my second P900 as the first is in for repair, and I have a whole bunch of workshops scheduled over the next three weeks. Could not go to Florida (FL Birding and Photo Fest) and Ohio (Biggest Week in American Birding, aka Warblestock) without my P900…so, a second camera. 1/640th @ ISO 100 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.



Song Sparrow doing its thing...
Yes, well, I could not have planned this shot. The Song Sparrow is at Wells Harbor, in the beach rose along the edge of the sandy beach, with the boatyard and a winter shrouded boat in the background…just far enough away to provide a nice even background for the sunlit sparrow. It has the look of a studio shot. Right place, right time, and a cooperative subject. What more can I say?

Of course the right equipment helps. Taken at the full 2000mm equivalent field of view of the Nikon P900. This is my second P900 as the first is in for repair, and I have a whole bunch of workshops scheduled over the next three weeks. Could not go to Florida (FL Birding and Photo Fest) and Ohio (Biggest Week in American Birding, aka Warblestock) without my P900…so, a second camera. 1/640th @ ISO 100 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.

___

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2016-04-21 23:13:03 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Rachel Carson NWR Headquarters. Red-bellied Woodpecker

Rachel Carson NWR Headquarters. Red-bellied Woodpecker___

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2016-04-21 23:06:55 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

A bit of video of a Song Sparrow from Wells Harbor today.

A bit of video of a Song Sparrow from Wells Harbor today.___

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2016-04-21 18:07:27 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

April 21

Red bird sings in the bare birch tree:
"Cheer, Cheer, Cheer, chick, chick, chick."
which is Cardinal for "Here I am, ladies,
bright red and ready, and a great provider...
Look! Look! You can't go wrong with me."

I know.

If only our own love songs were so
eloquent, so effective, so efficient,
why, the whole history of the human
race might be considerably different...
poets (and country and western song
writers), at the very least, would have
a whole lot less to say. Take a lesson:

"Cheer, Cheer, Cheer, chick, chick, chick!"

April 21

Red bird sings in the bare birch tree:
"Cheer, Cheer, Cheer, chick, chick, chick."
which is Cardinal for "Here I am, ladies,
bright red and ready, and a great provider...
Look! Look! You can't go wrong with me."

I know.

If only our own love songs were so
eloquent, so effective, so efficient,
why, the whole history of the human
race might be considerably different...
poets (and country and western song
writers), at the very least, would have
a whole lot less to say. Take a lesson:

"Cheer, Cheer, Cheer, chick, chick, chick!"___

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2016-04-21 11:57:59 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 150 +1s)Open 

Great Head across Back Creek and the Mousam River. Kennebunk ME. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom. Again, mostly about the clouds. 

Great Head across Back Creek and the Mousam River. Kennebunk ME. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom. Again, mostly about the clouds. ___

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2016-04-21 11:47:40 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 42 +1s)Open 

Cardinal in Song
The old red bird sings in the bare birch tree. Sounds like the lyrics of a song. Or maybe the beginnings of a poem. 🙂 Northern Cardinal along the Kennebunk Bridle Path near the Mousam River.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 160 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom with NIK filters.



Cardinal in Song
The old red bird sings in the bare birch tree. Sounds like the lyrics of a song. Or maybe the beginnings of a poem. 🙂 Northern Cardinal along the Kennebunk Bridle Path near the Mousam River.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 160 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom with NIK filters.

___

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2016-04-21 01:24:26 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

April 20

Purple Finches at the feeder,
one male and two females,
first time in 20 years...yes
indeed, something new in
our own backyard. I have a
theory that if you sit still
long enough, every possible
bird will come to you. This
is the third day for the Finches,
so not just a chance encounter,
a substantive experience, and
who knows what bird, what
new sensation, tomorrow
may bring to our backyard?

April 20

Purple Finches at the feeder,
one male and two females,
first time in 20 years...yes
indeed, something new in
our own backyard. I have a
theory that if you sit still
long enough, every possible
bird will come to you. This
is the third day for the Finches,
so not just a chance encounter,
a substantive experience, and
who knows what bird, what
new sensation, tomorrow
may bring to our backyard?___

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2016-04-20 14:30:55 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

Rain or shine, the birds, wildlife, and landscapes of tropical Honduras are waiting to be explored with your camera. Steve Ingraham provides Point and Shoot friendly instruction. Based at the world famous Lodge at Pico Bonito, 6 nights, the last week in June, at a Point and Shoot friendly price too! Go to http://psnp.lightshedder.com/?page_id=867

Rain or shine, the birds, wildlife, and landscapes of tropical Honduras are waiting to be explored with your camera. Steve Ingraham provides Point and Shoot friendly instruction. Based at the world famous Lodge at Pico Bonito, 6 nights, the last week in June, at a Point and Shoot friendly price too! Go to http://psnp.lightshedder.com/?page_id=867___

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