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The Weather Channel2,718,149*Upload 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 considered* We 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 SCHEDULE* 1. 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* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz6Zyz5FT-A 2. Thursday, September 12: "Sunset Photography" at 4 pm ET *Guests will include:* Photographers +Trey Ratcliff +Thomas Hawk +Karen Hutton and +Nicole S. Young   *HOA Video* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqgUGb0th_ASunset Day - Upload Your #SunsetDay Photo on September 192013-09-19 06:00:001299  

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Exposure Photographers Circle0Hi thereYou are invited to post a photo in this weeks +Exposure  gallery and competition. One photo per photographer -  Original works only please This weeks edition is here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/ckpju66m8hi8rehtenme1b9tlkk?authkey=CPXK--Ksm9TCzgE2015-03-16 20:55:05490001
Gailen Mapes81,006Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera I-L - 4 of 27Note: 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 February 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   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation2015-03-05 11:17:21178000
Pål Børsting48,744♥ ♥ ♥ ☀ ☀ ☀ My thank you circle 4/8 ☀ ☀ ☀ ♥ ♥ ♥Photo enthusiasts circle no. 4 of 8!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°4/8 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. 4 din 8, 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!Circulo de agradecimento nº 4 de 5, que agrupa entusiastas da Fotografia!Para informar o meu apreço pelos vossos +1's.Todos eles seleccionados por mim, um a um. Esta é a realidade :-)Claro que os comentadores e os que partilham também estão aqui.E não esquecer os que seriamente*** compartilham circulos.Caso goste e queira, partilhe! Não há qualquer problema!Кръг "Благодаря ви" № 4 от 8 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!ਧੰਨਵਾਦ 4 ਵਿਚੋਂ 8ਵੇਂ ਫੋਟੋ ਉਤਸ਼ਾਹੀਆਂ ਦੇ ਸਰਕਲ ਦਾ!ਤੁਹਾਡੇ +1 ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਮੈਂ ਤੁਹਾਡੀ ਕਦਰ ਕਰਦਾ ਹਾਂਇਹ ਸਾਰਾ ਕੰਮ ਮੇਰੇ ਹਥ ਨਾਲ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਅਸਲੀ ਕੰਮ ਹੈ :-)ਇਹ ਸਾਰਾ ਕੰਮ ਰੀਸ਼ੇਅਰਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਕਮੈਂਟਾਂ ਕਾਰਨ ਇਥੇ ਹੈਅਤੇ ਮੈਂ ਆਪਣੇ ਸੀਰੀਅਸ*** ਸਰਕਲ ਸ਼ੇਅਰ ਕਰਨ ਵਾਲਿਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਵੀ ਨਹੀਂ ਭੁੱਲ ਸਕਦਾਜੇਕਰ ਤੁਸੀਂ ਪਸੰਦ ਕੀਤਾ ਤਾਂ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਕਰਕੇ ਇਸ ਨੂੰ ਰੀਸ਼ੇਅਰ ਕਰ ਸਕਦੇ ਹੋTackcirkel nr. 4 av 8 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-4, 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-4, 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 4 (из 8), 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. 4 van 8 met foto enthousiastelingen!Om jullie te laten weten dat ik de +1's erg op prijs stel.Allemaal pe2015-03-05 10:38:0744017120
Allan watson22,056Active users on Google+. Circle Share If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#awesomecircle #circleme #malawi #lilongwe #morocco #morocco #agadir #morocco #casablanca #morocco #fez #morocco #marrakech #morocco #tangier #mozambique #mozambique #maputo #namibia #namibia #walvis_bay #namibia #windhoek #nigeria #nigeria #abuja #nigeria #lagos #rwanda #rwanda #kigali #senegal #senegal #dakar #sierra_leone #sierra_leone #freetown #bloemfontein #dur2015-03-04 06:00:51490244
Rok Šimec33,177This circle contains people who are very active on Google+. These are people who will share and re-post your circles and other content. This is a good circle to connect with each other and gain followers. I highly suggest adding each person in this Circle to your circles as they are likely to interact with you.2015-02-27 20:04:13492523680
Md. Ferdous Hasan0Valentine's DayValentine's Day, also known as Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is a celebration observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it is not a public holiday in most of them.St. Valentine's Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. Several martyrdom stories were invented for the various Valentines that belonged to February 14, and added to later martyrologies. A popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of Rome states that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. An embellishment to this story states that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed "Your Valentine" as a farewell. Today, Saint Valentine's Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion, as well as in the Lutheran Church.[5] The Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrates Saint Valentine's Day, albeit on July 6 and July 30, the former date in honor of the Roman presbyter Saint Valentine, and the latter date in honor of Hieromartyr Valentine, the Bishop of Interamna (modern Terni). In Brazil, the Dia de São Valentim is recognized on June 12.The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"). In Europe, Saint Valentine's Keys are given to lovers "as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart", as well as to children, in order to ward off Saint Valentine's Malady. Valentine's Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.2015-02-15 14:01:29500000
Gailen Mapes76,549Hand 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 February 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting January 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   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-02-06 21:22:57126000
AyJay Schibig85,29221ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE   1.31.15 by  +AyJay Schibig This Circle has Active G+ members passionate about photography. Add this latest edition to circulate some great photography! Please ReShare.#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2015-01-31 21:16:58501171532
Sergej Heck885Top Engagers No 11!! This is for you --> http://i-butler.software <--#circleshare   #circle   #geteiltekreise   #geteilterkreis   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  #круги   #обмен   #кругляши #круглим   #круги 2015-01-27 22:18:01500458
Вячеслав Журавлёв1,681вселее вместе #круги   #обмен  #кругляши   #круглим #круги   #sharedcircle #publiccircleshare   #circleshare   #circleoftheday #circleshares   #circlesharing  2015-01-18 17:59:21500247
AyJay Schibig83,736AWESOME CIRCLE 1.12.15 by  +AyJay Schibig My 1st circle share of 2015!  Please ReShare.Some  Awesome people  in this new Edition!  Add them to enhance your G+ network!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia  2015-01-13 05:02:54485685191
Beautiful Beautiful Birds0It is time to honor these great photographers many of whom have been shared on +Beautiful Beautiful Birds #beautifulbeautifulbirds .  This circle contains photographers both professional and amateur alike who are passionate about photography. Many are bird and wildlife photographers, although some only photograph birds and wildlife on occasion.   If you enjoy great photography, please consider adding this circle.  The photographers come from many walks of life, and from all over  the globe.   This circle is not complete, but will continue grow.  Sadly google for whatever reason will not allow more then 500 people to be shared in any one circle.  This circle was over 500 and I will need to figure out who was omitted once this is shared.  They will be the first to be placed in  the next circle that I will share.   That circle will be shared as soon as I have what I feel is a large enough circle to once again share.   Thanks for following Beautiful Beautiful Birds, and please follow those whose work make this page possible. Without their public shared this page would not be possible.Warmest Regards,+William Joers curator of +Beautiful Beautiful Birds 2015-01-08 18:34:11501848
John Cleese9,872Hey my friends. Good morning/evening to all! Circle brings together nice and interesting peopleIf you want to be a part of my best shared circles, this is the circle, you may want to add and share circle.Share The Circle And Boost Your Visibility On G+1. Add us to your circles, if you haven't done so already2. +1 this circle3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so we know you have done the three steps above.Please make sure you do it on the original post or I won't notice it More you share more you get!#circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #socialnetworking #xeeme #marketing #mlm #affiliate #internet #internetmarketing #mlm #google #googleplus #community #communities #ripples #ripplescircle #circuloscompartidos #circulocompartido #cerchiacondivisa #cerchia #bestengagers #chiudiilcerchio #closethecircle #shared4shared #thebigcommunity #kingcircle #topcircleshare #Science #Research #Technology #NASA #Space #Innova2015-01-08 12:52:18494292444
Gailen Mapes74,959Hand 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 January 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting December 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   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-01-06 12:02:341294010
The Best of Bird Photography611Here it is, the final circle of winners from 2014. This circle contains those people who won the weekly contest or were selected as photo of the day in 2014. They are the best of the bird photographers.The new circle for 2015 has begun.2015-01-02 17:39:23278022
Guido Bibra4,763Circle Share #3: Photography TwoThe second part of my "big" Photographers circle. I had to split it to be able to share it because of the 500 user limit. This one has already grown almost up to the limit and there will be a Photography Three circle in the future. 2014-12-30 16:51:52490011
Guido Bibra4,763Circle Share #1: Photography EssentialsLike at the end of last year, I want to say thanks to all the amazing people here on Google+ by sharing a few of my circles, which is easier said than done because my own circle collection is pretty chaotic. This first one is my "small" Photography circle of people I mainly found in the beginning over two years ago, although the size of this circle has doubled in the last twelve months. These are people whose posts I don't want to miss even when I don't have time to look at all the other circles. Don't be disappointed if you're not in there - there are two much bigger photo circles coming up next!2014-12-30 16:36:31269816
Christopher Prins50,984Active Engagers CircleThis is a circle of active people on Google+ who have engaged with me over the past 7 days. If you're looking for active people on Google+ who will plus and re-share your work, this would be an ideal circle for you.__________________________________To Be Included In Next Weeks Circle------------------------------------------------------------Option 1: Share this post.Option 2: Plus, share or comment on my posts during the week.This circle was curated using +Circloscope #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2014-12-28 23:40:493309753149
Harry Day12,525*If You recieve this message You are included in circle !!!To get in, and to ensure you stay in #thebestfriends  circle you need to do the following:1. Include me in your circles...!!!2.  Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.3. Plus this post...!!4. Publicly share this circle...!!5. Leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above...!!!*#photography  #circlesharingforthepeopleplc #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #Japan #Jersey #Jordan #Kazakhstan #Kenya #Kiribati #Latvia #Lebanon #Lesotho #Liberia #Libyan #Arab #Jamahiriya #Liechtenstein #Lithuania #Luxembourg #Macao #Macedonia #Madagascar #Malawi #Malaysia #Maldives #Mali #Malta #Marshall #Islands #Martinique #Mauritania #Mauritius #Monaco 2014-12-26 06:06:46490271342
Christopher Prins50,804Active Engagers CircleThis is a circle of active people on Google+ who have engaged with me over the past 7 days. If you're looking for active people on Google+ who will plus and re-share your work, this would be an ideal circle for you.________________________________To Be Included In Next Weeks Circle------------------------------------------------------------Option 1: Share this post.Option 2: Plus, share or comment on my posts during the week.This circle was curated using +Circloscope  #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2014-12-22 03:28:334761014
Doris Scott284#circleshare #circle #circlesharing #circlesunday   2014-12-14 13:58:48501346
New Year 20150 My special circle. Increase your following with 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 post5 - comment to say thanks  #circleshare  #powercircle #sharedcircle #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday2014-12-08 08:04:53501102
Christopher Prins50,544Active Engagers CircleThis is a circle of people who have engaged with me in the past 7 days, whether it be a plus, share, or a comment. If you're looking for active people on Google+ who are active and will plus and re-share your work, this would be an ideal circle for you._____________________________________To Be Included In Next Weeks Circle-----------------------------------------------------------------Simply plus, share or comment on any of my posts during this coming week and you'll be included into next weeks circle.  *Re-sharers of this post will also be included in next weeks circle!*Publicly sharing this post will help the engagers of this circle gain more followers#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia This circle was curated using +Circloscope.2014-12-08 01:59:5048810833135
Gailen Mapes72,928Hand 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 December 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting November 7th.)  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   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-12-06 11:59:18131204
Christopher Prins50,140Chris' Sharers & Engagers Circle. week 46.If you're looking for highly active engagers and "trigger happy" sharers on Google+, then you may find this circle to be most suitable for you. This is a curated list of the people who have been active on my profile for this past week. The idea behind this circle is to promote active people on Google+ and to show my appreciation to those who've shared and commented on my content over the past 7 days. Want to be included in next weeks circle?Just share or comment on my posts and get added to next weeks Sharers and Engagers circle. #sharedcircles #engagers #circleshare #engagerscircle #circlesharing #publicsharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles   #googleplus #peopletofollow #commenters #publiccircle #commenterscircle #socialnetworking       2014-11-16 06:42:4173402
Gailen Mapes71,215Hand 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 November 7th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting October 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   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-11-12 11:41:46137000
The Best of Bird Photography508The Winner's Circle!This circle contains those people who won the weekly contest or photo of the day in the Bird Photography group in 2014.This is the first issue and will be followed by a monthly release of our winners, and photo of the day selections.We highly recommend this circle to you. Each of the people in this circle is an original content creator with fabulous images.If you received this notification, you are in this circle. #circleshare   #sharedcircles  2014-11-10 02:46:17270126
Grant Stringer10,816Hi and welcome to Exposure.If you have received this notification you have been invited to join in the exposure circle Edition: 2nd November – 9th November 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 friends 4 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/u/0/events/c718tj10d42127mvt1520qkhnl0 5 The winner of each week will be added to the exposure winner’s 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!!) 2014-11-02 21:15:40399000
George Clark9,956This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle #Sharedcircles #circleshare #publiccircle #followme #public #sharedpubliccircles #circleoftheday #circleall #circlecircle #circleday #circleme #circlenetwork #circleoftheweek #Alexandria #Cairo #Hurghada #Luxor #Sharm #El #Sheikh #Equatorial #Guinea #Malabo #Ethiopia #Addis #Ababa #Gabon #Libreville #Gambia #Banjul #Ghana #Accra #Guinea #Conakry #Kenya #Mombasa #Liberia 2014-10-31 06:55:43492424
Arif Baltacı0Hello my friends on G+.....I release my My Best Circle Number 2. I have add wonderful and important  engagment people.To be added into the next circle you should do some steps :1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me ( +Circle Network ) 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.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!2014-10-31 01:10:16267000
Pål Børsting45,892♥ ♥ ♥ ☀ ☀ ☀ 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!Circulo de agradecimento nº 3 de 5, que agrupa entusiastas da Fotografia!Para informar o meu apreço pelos vossos +1's.Todos eles seleccionados por mim, um a um. Esta é a realidade :-)Claro que os comentadores e os que partilham também estão aqui.E não esquecer os que seriamente*** compartilham circulos.Caso goste e queira, partilhe! Não há qualquer problema!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!ਧੰਨਵਾਦ 3 ਵਿਚੋਂ 6ਵੇਂ ਫੋਟੋ ਉਤਸ਼ਾਹੀਆਂ ਦੇ ਸਰਕਲ ਦਾ!ਤੁਹਾਡੇ +1 ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਮੈਂ ਤੁਹਾਡੀ ਕਦਰ ਕਰਦਾ ਹਾਂਇਹ ਸਾਰਾ ਕੰਮ ਮੇਰੇ ਹਥ ਨਾਲ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਅਸਲੀ ਕੰਮ ਹੈ :-)ਇਹ ਸਾਰਾ ਕੰਮ ਰੀਸ਼ੇਅਰਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਕਮੈਂਟਾਂ ਕਾਰਨ ਇਥੇ ਹੈਅਤੇ ਮੈਂ ਆਪਣੇ ਸੀਰੀਅਸ*** ਸਰਕਲ ਸ਼ੇਅਰ ਕਰਨ ਵਾਲਿਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਵੀ ਨਹੀਂ ਭੁੱਲ ਸਕਦਾਜੇਕਰ ਤੁਸੀਂ ਪਸੰਦ ਕੀਤਾ ਤਾਂ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਕਰਕੇ ਇਸ ਨੂੰ ਰੀਸ਼ੇਅਰ ਕਰ ਸਕਦੇ ਹੋTackcirkel 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 persoo2014-10-30 10:33:1441219429
AyJay Schibig76,773AWESOME CIRCLE 10.25.14 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  2014-10-26 02:39:02496636790
Linda Motoiu60,126#circle   #photographers  My favorite photographers circle - release 42014-10-19 08:25:4738315421
Gailen Mapes68,609Hand 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 October 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting September 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 +2014-10-06 10:20:50135528
Becky Collins16,657Dog Lovers Worldwide Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-09-24 05:14:17473226
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 01:16:55422232033
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 03:50:414779723151
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 18:05:234004010
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 06:19:41500493663
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 20:29:38405241843
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
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2015-03-11 11:13:16 (57 comments, 76 reshares, 775 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Cactus Flowers
While I went to Anza Borrego Desert State Park in hopes of finding dunes covered with a carpet of wildflowers…and did indeed find them…the cacti were also coming into bloom. Hard to ignore! This panel shows, clockwise from the upper left, Beaver-tail, Chioa, Fishhook, and Beaver-tail with a slightly different color. I love cactus flowers. And the fact that I so rarely get to photograph them only adds to the attraction.

Sony HX400V. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Phototastic on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

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2015-03-11 11:13:16 (57 comments, 76 reshares, 775 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Cactus Flowers
While I went to Anza Borrego Desert State Park in hopes of finding dunes covered with a carpet of wildflowers…and did indeed find them…the cacti were also coming into bloom. Hard to ignore! This panel shows, clockwise from the upper left, Beaver-tail, Chioa, Fishhook, and Beaver-tail with a slightly different color. I love cactus flowers. And the fact that I so rarely get to photograph them only adds to the attraction.

Sony HX400V. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Phototastic on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

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2015-03-21 11:39:02 (33 comments, 64 reshares, 975 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Steller's Jay
What with one thing and another, we have not had a bird in a while here at Pic for Today :) When we visited Santa Fe Canyon Nature Conservancy Preserve earlier in the week, all the jays. and there were quite a few, were Pinion. We went back yesterday for a short hike after a day a the museums, and I was surprised to find that all the jays were Steller’s. It was a rainy day, and quite cold compared to earlier in the week, so I suppose that might have brought the Steller’s Jays down to lower elevation (and driven the Pinion Jays still lower). Steller’s Jay is a handsome bird, and even the damp cold day and dim light could not diminish it.

Sony HX400V at 2400mm (1200 optical plus 2x Clear Image Zoom). 1/320th @ ISO 80 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

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2015-03-31 19:16:35 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 71 +1s)Open 

How well does Auto Focus work in the new Nikon P900? I have many shots almost as difficult as this one, and this one, from this morning to prove it works amazingly well! Sony Sparrow in the brush. 

How well does Auto Focus work in the new Nikon P900? I have many shots almost as difficult as this one, and this one, from this morning to prove it works amazingly well! Sony Sparrow in the brush. ___

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2015-03-31 11:09:29 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Feather from afar.
The other day at the beach, there were many goose feathers caught in the Beach Rose on the dunes and along the road in. I later found the goose on the beach. There was something elegant about the forms of the white feathers hanging from thorns. This shot was an experiment. It was taken at 4000mm equivalent from about 16 feet. It uses the Nikon’s Dynamic Fine Zoom feature…and the extreme distance effectively separates the feather from its otherwise busy background. DFZ preserves a satisfying (if not critical) amount of detail.

Nikon P900. 1/1250th @ ISO 100 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic for Today: Feather from afar.
The other day at the beach, there were many goose feathers caught in the Beach Rose on the dunes and along the road in. I later found the goose on the beach. There was something elegant about the forms of the white feathers hanging from thorns. This shot was an experiment. It was taken at 4000mm equivalent from about 16 feet. It uses the Nikon’s Dynamic Fine Zoom feature…and the extreme distance effectively separates the feather from its otherwise busy background. DFZ preserves a satisfying (if not critical) amount of detail.

Nikon P900. 1/1250th @ ISO 100 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-03-30 11:13:55 (2 comments, 7 reshares, 100 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Fluffed Goldfinch
We may still have 3 feet of snow in the yard, but the Goldfinches are coming into summer color, so spring must be creeping up on Southern Maine. This Goldfinch was at the feeder, and then popped up to a branch overhead. It is “fluffed” or “puffed”…with its breast feathers standing out from the body. Birds fluff for several reasons. On particularly cold mornings you will see them perched and fluffed before the sun comes up or just after. The additional air trapped in the fluffed feathers acts as insulation to keep them warm through the night. They might also fluff in the first sun of the day…sitting directly in sun…in which case the spread features allow the sun to get in closer to their bodes and warm them faster. Occasionally on a particularly hot day they might fluff for exactly the opposite reasons. Finally, they fluff to allow the sun in were itcan kill feat... more »

Pic for Today: Fluffed Goldfinch
We may still have 3 feet of snow in the yard, but the Goldfinches are coming into summer color, so spring must be creeping up on Southern Maine. This Goldfinch was at the feeder, and then popped up to a branch overhead. It is “fluffed” or “puffed”…with its breast feathers standing out from the body. Birds fluff for several reasons. On particularly cold mornings you will see them perched and fluffed before the sun comes up or just after. The additional air trapped in the fluffed feathers acts as insulation to keep them warm through the night. They might also fluff in the first sun of the day…sitting directly in sun…in which case the spread features allow the sun to get in closer to their bodes and warm them faster. Occasionally on a particularly hot day they might fluff for exactly the opposite reasons. Finally, they fluff to allow the sun in were it can kill feather mites when they reach troublesome levels, as they might after a long cold Maine winter. It was not particularly cold when this images was taken, so I suspect the mite cause for this bird.

The image was cropped slightly for composition, but it shows the incredible detail possible at 2000mm equivalent field of view with the new Nikon P900 superzoom bridge camera…at least in good light. You should view it a full screen. 1/500th @ ISO 220 @ f6.5. Processed in Topaz Denoise (it did not really need it, but Topaz is a new toy today) and Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-03-29 20:41:02 (15 comments, 23 reshares, 271 +1s)Open 

Okay it is a feeder Goldfinch in great light, but this is a totally scary amount of detail at 2000mm equivalent from a P&S camera. Nikon P900. Uncropped. ISO 320. Processed in Lightroom.

Okay it is a feeder Goldfinch in great light, but this is a totally scary amount of detail at 2000mm equivalent from a P&S camera. Nikon P900. Uncropped. ISO 320. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-03-29 12:01:54 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Back Creek. Happy Sunday.
We have had occasional moments this week when I could believe in Spring in Southern Maine. Yesterday, after a day of off-and-on snow, heavy at times, the sun crept out through thinning clouds and for an hour and it actually felt like spring might happen. I went to the beach :) Today we are back in the teens, though there is no denying the growing strength of the sun.

This is Back Creek about two miles from our house, where it comes into the Mousam River behind the dunes at our closest beach. I have photographed this hundreds of times. The sky, of course, is never the same twice, and yesterday’s was irresistible.

Nikon P900 at 24mm equivalent field of view. f2.8 @ 1/1600th @ ISO 100. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

The Nikon is a new camera for me. I have not had it a week yet, and I am still in thel... more »

Pic for Today: Back Creek. Happy Sunday.
We have had occasional moments this week when I could believe in Spring in Southern Maine. Yesterday, after a day of off-and-on snow, heavy at times, the sun crept out through thinning clouds and for an hour and it actually felt like spring might happen. I went to the beach :) Today we are back in the teens, though there is no denying the growing strength of the sun.

This is Back Creek about two miles from our house, where it comes into the Mousam River behind the dunes at our closest beach. I have photographed this hundreds of times. The sky, of course, is never the same twice, and yesterday’s was irresistible.

Nikon P900 at 24mm equivalent field of view. f2.8 @ 1/1600th @ ISO 100. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

The Nikon is a new camera for me. I have not had it a week yet, and I am still in the learning and exploring mode…trying to determine how to get the best out if…and indeed, what its best might be. It is a process I have been through many times before of course. Cameras are complex machines, these days driven by complex programming, and no camera ever made was perfect…especially not perfect for the particular kind of photography I do…for the vision I am trying to catch and share. It always comes down to working with the strengths of the machine, and working around its weaknesses. Every so often you decide there is a new feature, or a combination of features, whether hardware or software, that your current camera does not have…or a job it is just not up to…and you begin to look at what has come out since. Or occasionally, a maker will leap out in front of the pack with a new feature or new programming that just has to be tried. That is what keeps camera companies in business, and photographers always saving up for the next purchase :) For many photographers, the vision inside them wants out…and will work its way out…no matter what camera they have in their hands…but we are always looking for the camera that makes that easiest…and always aware of the limitations of our current tools. It is a perfect metaphor (well, “perfect” is always a stretch) for the way the spirit in us wants out…and is always working its way out through this machine we call our body and the programming that is our personality. God has a vision to express in each of us…a job or series of jobs to do. I have a feeling that God works with our strengths and around our weaknesses to get the job done, every day. The spirit will out. My will is that I would be a good enough tool so that the vision is clearly expressed…the job done…every day. Happy Sunday.___

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2015-03-28 11:17:06 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Loon in murky light...
It never fails that my first few days with a camera are in murky, dark, damp weather. It does not help that is the dregs of winter here in Southern Maine either. This Common Loon was at the mouth of Back Creek where it enters the Mousam River behind the dunes. Despite the flat light, the reach of the 2000mm equivalent zoom on the new Nikon brings the bird in well.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 180 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic for Today: Loon in murky light...
It never fails that my first few days with a camera are in murky, dark, damp weather. It does not help that is the dregs of winter here in Southern Maine either. This Common Loon was at the mouth of Back Creek where it enters the Mousam River behind the dunes. Despite the flat light, the reach of the 2000mm equivalent zoom on the new Nikon brings the bird in well.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 180 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-03-27 11:28:33 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Bohemian Waxwing!
I am testing a new camera…the Nikon P900 with an 83x zoom reaching 2000mm equivalent, and up to 4000mm with Nikon’s Dynamic Fine Zoom feature. After shooting some “feather birds” I bought for the purpose of testing (models), I decided to go to Roger’s Pond where the Robins have been active all winter to see if I could find some real birds :) There was a flock of what I assumed were Cedar Waxwings in the very tops of the trees by the Mousam River and, though they were at the limits of even a 2000mm equivalent lens, I took some images. When I got home and started processing, I quickly suspected that the flock had not been entirely Cedars…at least half were Bohemian Waxwings…a much rarer visitor some winters to Southern Maine…so rare that I have only seen them once before in Kennebunk in 20 years (though they are reported somewhere in the state,mostly north of... more »

Pic for Today: Bohemian Waxwing!
I am testing a new camera…the Nikon P900 with an 83x zoom reaching 2000mm equivalent, and up to 4000mm with Nikon’s Dynamic Fine Zoom feature. After shooting some “feather birds” I bought for the purpose of testing (models), I decided to go to Roger’s Pond where the Robins have been active all winter to see if I could find some real birds :) There was a flock of what I assumed were Cedar Waxwings in the very tops of the trees by the Mousam River and, though they were at the limits of even a 2000mm equivalent lens, I took some images. When I got home and started processing, I quickly suspected that the flock had not been entirely Cedars…at least half were Bohemian Waxwings…a much rarer visitor some winters to Southern Maine…so rare that I have only seen them once before in Kennebunk in 20 years (though they are reported somewhere in the state, mostly north of here, most winters). Surprise! I have many shots, but this one shows all the field-marks very well…including the yellow wingtips.

And the camera? This shot is at 2400mm equivalent, hand-held, and cropped from 16mp to 8mp for scale. While it is not the best shot in the world (I would have had to be much closer to the bird for a truly great shot), it captures the bird well, and would have simply been impossible to get at that distance with any other camera. I am impressed. I love the Sony HX400V I have been shooting with for more than a year, but the Nikon reaches further, focuses faster, and has all the “creature comforts” (in-camera HDR, Wifi, GPS, and sweep panorama) that I have come to enjoy on the Sony. 1/500th @ ISO 180 @ f6.5. Processed and cropped in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-03-26 22:26:22 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 122 +1s)Open 

Common Loon. 4000mm equivalent from the Nikon P900. 2000mm optical plus 2x Dynamic Fine Zoom. Hand held. :)

Common Loon. 4000mm equivalent from the Nikon P900. 2000mm optical plus 2x Dynamic Fine Zoom. Hand held. :)___

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2015-03-26 11:29:24 (1 comments, 6 reshares, 64 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Close Quarters
The other day I went down to the beach to see if there were any birds…I had seen an immature Bald Eagle soaring over the house on my way out and hoped to see the adults along the river. There was noting much to see at the beach. High tide. A few Golden Eyes in the river. And someone had been feeding the gulls. I spent a few moments playing with flight shots as the gulls came in to the bread still in the road. (There are lots of better things to feed gulls than bread…bits of cut up fruits and vegetables work well, and are certainly better for the birds.) The gulls were cooperative of course, and so close this shot was taken at just over 500mm equivalent field of view.

Sony HX400V in Sports Mode. 1/2000th @ ISO 160 @ f5.6. Processed and cropped for composition in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic for Today: Close Quarters
The other day I went down to the beach to see if there were any birds…I had seen an immature Bald Eagle soaring over the house on my way out and hoped to see the adults along the river. There was noting much to see at the beach. High tide. A few Golden Eyes in the river. And someone had been feeding the gulls. I spent a few moments playing with flight shots as the gulls came in to the bread still in the road. (There are lots of better things to feed gulls than bread…bits of cut up fruits and vegetables work well, and are certainly better for the birds.) The gulls were cooperative of course, and so close this shot was taken at just over 500mm equivalent field of view.

Sony HX400V in Sports Mode. 1/2000th @ ISO 160 @ f5.6. Processed and cropped for composition in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-03-25 12:04:13 (3 comments, 7 reshares, 109 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Flight Check
The sun is shining in Southern Maine this morning, but it is only 18 degrees out, and we still have 3 feet of compacted snow in our yard…so you will forgive me if I drop back a few weeks to early March and Southern California for this pelican flexing wings shot. Warm memories on a cold day!

Sony HX400V at about 400mm equivalent field of view. 1/640th @ ISO 80 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic for Today: Flight Check
The sun is shining in Southern Maine this morning, but it is only 18 degrees out, and we still have 3 feet of compacted snow in our yard…so you will forgive me if I drop back a few weeks to early March and Southern California for this pelican flexing wings shot. Warm memories on a cold day!

Sony HX400V at about 400mm equivalent field of view. 1/640th @ ISO 80 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-03-24 11:51:45 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Bandelier
My wife Carol and my daughter Anna posing at the largest of the cavates (improved rock caves used for living and storage) at Bandelier National Monument. The Ancestral Pueblo peoples lived in Frijoles Canyon for hundreds of years, growing beans and corn, and improving many of the small caves in the cliffs, then building along the base of the cliff, and finally building a free-standing 400 room circular complex on the floor of the canyon. It is possible that a combination of drought and the exhaustion of the firewood supply for a day’s travel in any direction forced them to resettle closer to the Rio Grande river…either to build or to join one the pueblos that still exist. At its height, the Ancestral Pueblo culture supported a substantial population, and maintained trade routes that brought in goods from deep into Mexico and Guatemala, and across the plains toeas... more »

Pic for Today: Bandelier
My wife Carol and my daughter Anna posing at the largest of the cavates (improved rock caves used for living and storage) at Bandelier National Monument. The Ancestral Pueblo peoples lived in Frijoles Canyon for hundreds of years, growing beans and corn, and improving many of the small caves in the cliffs, then building along the base of the cliff, and finally building a free-standing 400 room circular complex on the floor of the canyon. It is possible that a combination of drought and the exhaustion of the firewood supply for a day’s travel in any direction forced them to resettle closer to the Rio Grande river…either to build or to join one the pueblos that still exist. At its height, the Ancestral Pueblo culture supported a substantial population, and maintained trade routes that brought in goods from deep into Mexico and Guatemala, and across the plains to eastern North America. The ruins are testimony to the people who became the Pueblos that remain.

Sony HX400V in-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-03-23 11:37:02 (8 comments, 12 reshares, 153 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Comma in New Mexico
I know, there is no comma in New Mexico, but I mentioned in the Mourning Cloak post a few days ago that we had also seen a Comma / Question Mark butterfly up Bear Canyon at the Randell Davies Audubon Sanctuary, but I was not sure which one. The distinguishing feature is a small mark on the back of the wing, and it certainly takes some imagination even then (or it does for me). However, in researching a bit last week I found that you can reliably distinguish Comma form Question Mark from above. This is definitely a Comma. It has the heavily fringed wings and the correct pattern of dots and dashes on the fore-wing. I think, actually, that makes it my first Comma, and certainly an unexpected butterfly for canyon high above Santa Fe, New Mexico in March.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. 1/320th @ ISO 80 @ f6.3. Processed and cropped for... more »

Pic for Today: Comma in New Mexico
I know, there is no comma in New Mexico, but I mentioned in the Mourning Cloak post a few days ago that we had also seen a Comma / Question Mark butterfly up Bear Canyon at the Randell Davies Audubon Sanctuary, but I was not sure which one. The distinguishing feature is a small mark on the back of the wing, and it certainly takes some imagination even then (or it does for me). However, in researching a bit last week I found that you can reliably distinguish Comma form Question Mark from above. This is definitely a Comma. It has the heavily fringed wings and the correct pattern of dots and dashes on the fore-wing. I think, actually, that makes it my first Comma, and certainly an unexpected butterfly for canyon high above Santa Fe, New Mexico in March.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. 1/320th @ ISO 80 @ f6.3. Processed and cropped for scale in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-03-22 12:54:43 (35 comments, 33 reshares, 363 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: The Land of Enchantment. Happy Sunday!
We are back in Maine, “The Pine Tree State”, from New Mexico, “The Land Of Enchantment.” On the whole I have to say that whoever came up with the New Mexico nickname did a better job of capturing the essence of the state than whoever came up with Maine’s. I mean, you can market “enchantment”…”pine trees” just does not have the same effect. Don’t get me wrong, Maine is home and I am happy to be home…but New Mexico was home for 12 years, and I can still appreciate the enchantment of the landscape, the culture, and the history. This is certainly an enchanted landscape from an enchanted place. We are back at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument and here we see two of the three land forms that meet at the Monument. The eroded tuff cliffs in the foreground, and ancient volcanic mountains in the back. The third would bethe open valley of the ... more »

Pic for Today: The Land of Enchantment. Happy Sunday!
We are back in Maine, “The Pine Tree State”, from New Mexico, “The Land Of Enchantment.” On the whole I have to say that whoever came up with the New Mexico nickname did a better job of capturing the essence of the state than whoever came up with Maine’s. I mean, you can market “enchantment”…”pine trees” just does not have the same effect. Don’t get me wrong, Maine is home and I am happy to be home…but New Mexico was home for 12 years, and I can still appreciate the enchantment of the landscape, the culture, and the history. This is certainly an enchanted landscape from an enchanted place. We are back at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument and here we see two of the three land forms that meet at the Monument. The eroded tuff cliffs in the foreground, and ancient volcanic mountains in the back. The third would be the open valley of the Rio Grande River which is out of the frame well to the left. And storm clouds…life-givers…moving in over all. Enchantment!

Sony WX220 at 25mm equivalent field of view. In-camera HDR. Nominal exposure: 1/320th @ ISO 100 @ f8. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Of course, enchantment is a state of mind. All around you in New Mexico is the evidence of how fragile and wonderful life can be. For thousands of years…from pit dwellers to pueblos, to Navajo and Apache hunters, to the Spanish invaders, to the hunters turned shepherds and silversmiths, to the trading post merchants, cowboys, miners, farmers, and outlaws, to the atom chasers at Los Alamos and the artists of Santa Fe…humans have tried to make a life in this fantastic, wonderfully weathered, landscape…always poised on the edge…boom followed by bust…never quite waking from the dream. And the landscape weathers on, patient, ever changing and yet unchanged, rolling over and engulfing every change made by man. It is much the same everywhere, if you look behind the current facade, but some landscapes have almost been tamed. New Mexico, despite every effort of humanity, has not. The struggle and delicate balance…and the beauty of life on the edge…of the waking dream…is still very evident. Enchantment.

My spiritual forefathers lived in just such a landscape. The tribes of Israel herded sheep between the farming towns along the rivers. Jesus was born and lived his life among us in a place that shares this particular enchantment. For me, part of the magic of New Mexico is that I can feel something of the mindset that shaped the scriptures, that gave the words and images in which my spiritual reality was first expressed. Being there, in places like Tent Rocks, puts me into a spiritual perspective, and makes it easier to believe. This is good. Happy Sunday!___

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2015-03-21 11:39:02 (33 comments, 64 reshares, 975 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Steller's Jay
What with one thing and another, we have not had a bird in a while here at Pic for Today :) When we visited Santa Fe Canyon Nature Conservancy Preserve earlier in the week, all the jays. and there were quite a few, were Pinion. We went back yesterday for a short hike after a day a the museums, and I was surprised to find that all the jays were Steller’s. It was a rainy day, and quite cold compared to earlier in the week, so I suppose that might have brought the Steller’s Jays down to lower elevation (and driven the Pinion Jays still lower). Steller’s Jay is a handsome bird, and even the damp cold day and dim light could not diminish it.

Sony HX400V at 2400mm (1200 optical plus 2x Clear Image Zoom). 1/320th @ ISO 80 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic for Today: Steller's Jay
What with one thing and another, we have not had a bird in a while here at Pic for Today :) When we visited Santa Fe Canyon Nature Conservancy Preserve earlier in the week, all the jays. and there were quite a few, were Pinion. We went back yesterday for a short hike after a day a the museums, and I was surprised to find that all the jays were Steller’s. It was a rainy day, and quite cold compared to earlier in the week, so I suppose that might have brought the Steller’s Jays down to lower elevation (and driven the Pinion Jays still lower). Steller’s Jay is a handsome bird, and even the damp cold day and dim light could not diminish it.

Sony HX400V at 2400mm (1200 optical plus 2x Clear Image Zoom). 1/320th @ ISO 80 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-03-20 11:40:41 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Kasha-Katuwe Pano Panel
The fast sensors and processors in today’s digital cameras make panoramas both easy and fun. There is no need to take overlapping frames or to align and blend them after the fact. You simply sweep the camera smoothly across the landscape and the panorama is recorded as one long strip. And I love being able to capture the sweep of the landscape. I generally hold the camera vertically, so the pano is not as wide as it would be otherwise, but it makes for a more natural perspective.

However, I have never figured out what to do with the panoramas once I have captured them. Display on a standard computer or laptop monitor, no matter how large, simply does not do them justice…and you would need a very large open wall to display a print…even if you could make one. This panel of three panoramas is somewhat of a compromise. I like the amount ofdetai... more »

Pic for Today: Kasha-Katuwe Pano Panel
The fast sensors and processors in today’s digital cameras make panoramas both easy and fun. There is no need to take overlapping frames or to align and blend them after the fact. You simply sweep the camera smoothly across the landscape and the panorama is recorded as one long strip. And I love being able to capture the sweep of the landscape. I generally hold the camera vertically, so the pano is not as wide as it would be otherwise, but it makes for a more natural perspective.

However, I have never figured out what to do with the panoramas once I have captured them. Display on a standard computer or laptop monitor, no matter how large, simply does not do them justice…and you would need a very large open wall to display a print…even if you could make one. This panel of three panoramas is somewhat of a compromise. I like the amount of detail captured and it still maintains the feeling of sweep, while being, somehow, easier on the eye than the individual shots. Or that is what I think.

All three are from our visit to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument near the Cochiti Pueblo in New Mexico.

Sony WX220 pocket camera. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Phototastic Pro on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-03-19 21:20:09 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

A rescued and repurposed bridge at the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens. Mostly for Sally Ingraham who's love of bridges is well known. Get Anna Ingraham to take you there when you visit...maybe it will be in bloom by then. (The garden, not the bridge :) (Yes, I know, the bridge was really just an excuse for some HDR of the sky!)

A rescued and repurposed bridge at the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens. Mostly for Sally Ingraham who's love of bridges is well known. Get Anna Ingraham to take you there when you visit...maybe it will be in bloom by then. (The garden, not the bridge :) (Yes, I know, the bridge was really just an excuse for some HDR of the sky!)___

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2015-03-19 12:16:06 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument between Albuquerque and Santa Fe New Mexico is one of the newer NMs…designated and opened in 2001. Kasha-Katuwe means white cliffs in Keresan, the traditional language of the Cochiti Pueblo, who are partners with the Bureau of Land Management in protecting and developing the area. The cliffs are adorned with many hoodoos…conical formations weathered out of the volcanic tuff…and heavily banded with magenta layers. All in all it is a very impressive landscape. Carol and Anna climbed the Slot Canyon Trail to the top of the cliffs for a panoramic view, while I worked along the base of the cliffs on the Cave Trail, taking many panorama shots to try to capture something of the effect of the cliffs. To view this for full impact, you need to click on it and open it full screen.

I was experimenting with thelittl... more »

Pic for Today: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument between Albuquerque and Santa Fe New Mexico is one of the newer NMs…designated and opened in 2001. Kasha-Katuwe means white cliffs in Keresan, the traditional language of the Cochiti Pueblo, who are partners with the Bureau of Land Management in protecting and developing the area. The cliffs are adorned with many hoodoos…conical formations weathered out of the volcanic tuff…and heavily banded with magenta layers. All in all it is a very impressive landscape. Carol and Anna climbed the Slot Canyon Trail to the top of the cliffs for a panoramic view, while I worked along the base of the cliffs on the Cave Trail, taking many panorama shots to try to capture something of the effect of the cliffs. To view this for full impact, you need to click on it and open it full screen.

I was experimenting with the little (tiny) Sony WX 220’s panorama and HDR functions. This is a simple sweep panorama with the camera held vertically. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-03-18 13:29:57 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Here is the full set from yesterday's visit to Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico. 

Here is the full set from yesterday's visit to Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico. ___

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2015-03-18 13:13:01 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Frijoles Canyon (river of beans:) Bandelier National Monument. In-camera HDR. Sony HX400V. Processed in Lightroom.

Frijoles Canyon (river of beans:) Bandelier National Monument. In-camera HDR. Sony HX400V. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-03-18 12:06:33 (21 comments, 12 reshares, 202 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Anna in the Cavate
Though Carol and I lived in New Mexico for 12 years, Anna, our third daughter, was only 2 when we moved to Maine, so she has no memory of place…or should not! Yet she says she felt like “coming home” when she got to Santa Fe a few months ago. I told her she might have some buried memories, but, in fact, I felt the same why when I first got to New Mexico, and I was born in upstate New York. It is something in the landscape that speaks to certain souls (and equally, does not speak to others). Anyway, we took Anna to Bandelier National Monument for her first visit yesterday, and returned for our first in well over 25 years. It is such a great place! Anna had climbed into one of the cavates (improved pockets in the tuff stone, used as dwellings, for storage, or for ceremonial purposes). Who could resist?

Sony HX400V in-camera HDR. Processed inLight... more »

Pic for Today: Anna in the Cavate
Though Carol and I lived in New Mexico for 12 years, Anna, our third daughter, was only 2 when we moved to Maine, so she has no memory of place…or should not! Yet she says she felt like “coming home” when she got to Santa Fe a few months ago. I told her she might have some buried memories, but, in fact, I felt the same why when I first got to New Mexico, and I was born in upstate New York. It is something in the landscape that speaks to certain souls (and equally, does not speak to others). Anyway, we took Anna to Bandelier National Monument for her first visit yesterday, and returned for our first in well over 25 years. It is such a great place! Anna had climbed into one of the cavates (improved pockets in the tuff stone, used as dwellings, for storage, or for ceremonial purposes). Who could resist?

Sony HX400V in-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-03-17 12:24:56 (41 comments, 29 reshares, 354 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Mourning Cloak
Carol and I did some hiking yesterday morning while waiting for Anna to get out of work. We hiked the trail at Santa Fe Canyon Preserve (Nature Conservancy) and then the trail at the Randell Davies Audubon Sanctuary. It was a wonderful morning with good birds, wonderful scenery, and some interesting history of the Santa Fe watershed. At Randell Davies we took the short extension up Bear Canyon. I don’t know what I expected, but I certainly was not expecting butterflies on this brisk March morning with patches of snow still on the trail in the mountains of Santa Fe. Yet, as we reached the end of the maintained trail in Bear Canyon, high up among the Ponderosa Pines, a Western Tiger Swallowtail came up off the ground by the stream and went high into the trees (as they will do). Then, a few yards beyond, a Mourning Cloak (the one in the pic) came floating down abovet... more »

Pic for Today: Mourning Cloak
Carol and I did some hiking yesterday morning while waiting for Anna to get out of work. We hiked the trail at Santa Fe Canyon Preserve (Nature Conservancy) and then the trail at the Randell Davies Audubon Sanctuary. It was a wonderful morning with good birds, wonderful scenery, and some interesting history of the Santa Fe watershed. At Randell Davies we took the short extension up Bear Canyon. I don’t know what I expected, but I certainly was not expecting butterflies on this brisk March morning with patches of snow still on the trail in the mountains of Santa Fe. Yet, as we reached the end of the maintained trail in Bear Canyon, high up among the Ponderosa Pines, a Western Tiger Swallowtail came up off the ground by the stream and went high into the trees (as they will do). Then, a few yards beyond, a Mourning Cloak (the one in the pic) came floating down above the stream. It eventually landed so I could get some shots. Finally, either a Comma or a Question Mark (I did not get a shot of the closed wings so I can not say which it was) followed the same route down the stream. We saw the same, or additional, Mourning Cloaks further down the main trail. Butterflies!

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. 1/320th @ ISO 125 @ f6.3. Processed and cropped slightly for scale in Lightroom.___

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2015-03-16 12:00:33 (5 comments, 22 reshares, 153 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Color Riot!
We are in Santa Fe New Mexico for a few days, visiting our daughter Anna who just started Grad School in Art Therapy at Western University. We spent out first afternoon walking around the Plaza area and along Canyon Road, poking into shops and galleries. This riot of color was at an amazingly eclectic shop just off the Plaza. I am not certain if they are painted wood or paper, but the effect, in mass, is irresistible…or it is to me.

To be as unobtrusive in Sunday crowd of tourists I shot mostly with my little pocket Sony WX220, which is small enough so most people mistake it for a phone :) I fit right in, and it produces images just as fine, within its range, as my superzoom! This is an in-camera HDR at the wide end of the zoom…25mm equivalent field of view.

Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic for Today: Color Riot!
We are in Santa Fe New Mexico for a few days, visiting our daughter Anna who just started Grad School in Art Therapy at Western University. We spent out first afternoon walking around the Plaza area and along Canyon Road, poking into shops and galleries. This riot of color was at an amazingly eclectic shop just off the Plaza. I am not certain if they are painted wood or paper, but the effect, in mass, is irresistible…or it is to me.

To be as unobtrusive in Sunday crowd of tourists I shot mostly with my little pocket Sony WX220, which is small enough so most people mistake it for a phone :) I fit right in, and it produces images just as fine, within its range, as my superzoom! This is an in-camera HDR at the wide end of the zoom…25mm equivalent field of view.

Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-03-16 01:51:24 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Carol and I on our way to Santa Fe, NM. 

Carol and I on our way to Santa Fe, NM. ___

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2015-03-16 01:09:38 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

For my daughter mostly...Día de Muertos figures from Santa Fe, NM. :)

For my daughter mostly...Día de Muertos figures from Santa Fe, NM. :)___

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2015-03-15 09:07:49 (32 comments, 16 reshares, 258 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Bathing Beauties. Happy Sunday!
I am preparing this early as we (Carol and I) are catching a plane at 6 am tomorrow for Santa Fe to visit our daughter Anna. Anna started grad school in Art Therapy this semester.

As I have mentioned before, I really enjoy the cove at La Jolla, between the Harbor Seal pupping beach at one end, and the Sea Lion colony at the other. The Sea Lions, in particular, seem apt to pose. I assume they are sunning themselves, with stretched necks and heads in the air.

Sony HX400V at 588mm equivalent field of view. 1/320th @ ISO 80 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom.

In my rounds as the ZEISS Birding Specialist I get to visit places like San Diego once a year, always the same month, and often the same weeks each year. I get attached to places like the Cove at La Jolla. I can get there without a GPS if I have to…and I even know theb... more »

Pic for Today: Bathing Beauties. Happy Sunday!
I am preparing this early as we (Carol and I) are catching a plane at 6 am tomorrow for Santa Fe to visit our daughter Anna. Anna started grad school in Art Therapy this semester.

As I have mentioned before, I really enjoy the cove at La Jolla, between the Harbor Seal pupping beach at one end, and the Sea Lion colony at the other. The Sea Lions, in particular, seem apt to pose. I assume they are sunning themselves, with stretched necks and heads in the air.

Sony HX400V at 588mm equivalent field of view. 1/320th @ ISO 80 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom.

In my rounds as the ZEISS Birding Specialist I get to visit places like San Diego once a year, always the same month, and often the same weeks each year. I get attached to places like the Cove at La Jolla. I can get there without a GPS if I have to…and I even know the better routes depending on the time of day. I don’t rank as a native…though I doubt very much there are many native La Jollians…but I am certainly familiar with the place, and I miss it those years when my San Diego trip somehow does not leave me a few hours for the drive from Mission Bay and Marina Village Conference Center where the San Diego Birding Festival is held each year, up the coast to the cove. I could watch and photograph the families of seals and Sea Lions every year, for untold years…and I always look forward to the breeding plumaged Cormorants and Pelicans. I feel incredibly privileged…blessed outright…to be able to claim such far flung places as La Jolla as part of my home country…of the country where I feel at home. The spirit knows no physical boundaries of course, and wherever there is beauty and vivid life to nurture it…it is there we can call home. I look forward to being at home in La Jolla next year…and at home in Sante Fe this coming week. Home is way of seeing, a way of extending the spirit to the place…of drawing comfort and nourishment from the the place. Wherever we are. Happy Sunday! And welcome home.___

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2015-03-14 13:14:47 (18 comments, 31 reshares, 382 +1s)Open 

Sophisticated long zoom Point and Shoot cameras have opened the world of bird, wildlife, macro, and landscape photography to a whole new group of people. There are many good reasons to choose one as your primary nature camera: they are compact, highly versatile, affordable, easy to use, and the results are excellent! Yet if you want to improve your skills by attending a conventional nature or wildlife photo workshop, geared to DSLR / long lens / macro lens shooters, the first thing you hear is likely to be "you just need a better camera" and that, as far as practical help goes, is probably the last thing you will hear too :( Point and Shoot Nature Photography workshops and tours are strictly for Point and Shooters, and will teach you how to get the best images, from birds and wildlife to macro and landscape, without questioning your choice of camera. 

The Point and Shoot Nature... more »

Sophisticated long zoom Point and Shoot cameras have opened the world of bird, wildlife, macro, and landscape photography to a whole new group of people. There are many good reasons to choose one as your primary nature camera: they are compact, highly versatile, affordable, easy to use, and the results are excellent! Yet if you want to improve your skills by attending a conventional nature or wildlife photo workshop, geared to DSLR / long lens / macro lens shooters, the first thing you hear is likely to be "you just need a better camera" and that, as far as practical help goes, is probably the last thing you will hear too :( Point and Shoot Nature Photography workshops and tours are strictly for Point and Shooters, and will teach you how to get the best images, from birds and wildlife to macro and landscape, without questioning your choice of camera. 

The Point and Shoot Nature Photographer has workshops planned in the coming year in St Augustine, Florida: Magee Marsh, Ohio: Southern Maine, Bosque del Apache, New Mexico; and San Diego. Tours are scheduled to Belize and planned for Honduras and Panama. 

If you want to learn to get the most out of the camera you have chosen to carry, join me for pure Point and Shoot Nature Photography experience.

http://psnp.lightshedder.com/?page_id=393___

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2015-03-14 12:28:35 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Palm Oasis
I hiked up Palm Canyon while visiting Anza Borrego Desert State Park last Monday. It is always a beautiful hike. There was water coming down about 1/3 of the way from the Oasis, and lots of wildflowers from last week's rain. Lots of lizards, A few early butterflies, and even one damselfly. And birds, of course. By taking a few rest breaks on the way up I actually made it all the way to the palms. I posted a link to a Google+ slideshow in a previous post, so if you are interested in seeing more of the canyon, look it up :)

Sony HX400V. In-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic for Today: Palm Oasis
I hiked up Palm Canyon while visiting Anza Borrego Desert State Park last Monday. It is always a beautiful hike. There was water coming down about 1/3 of the way from the Oasis, and lots of wildflowers from last week's rain. Lots of lizards, A few early butterflies, and even one damselfly. And birds, of course. By taking a few rest breaks on the way up I actually made it all the way to the palms. I posted a link to a Google+ slideshow in a previous post, so if you are interested in seeing more of the canyon, look it up :)

Sony HX400V. In-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-03-14 12:08:15 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Palm Canyon, Anza Borrego Desert State Park. A hike to the Palms and back in early March. Wildflowers, birds, lizards, butterflies, and even one damselfly. :) Worth opening and viewing the slideshow. :)

Palm Canyon, Anza Borrego Desert State Park. A hike to the Palms and back in early March. Wildflowers, birds, lizards, butterflies, and even one damselfly. :) Worth opening and viewing the slideshow. :)___

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2015-03-13 12:49:26 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

I am falling behind posting San Diego photos...there are only so many Pic for Today opportunities...and I would not want to miss my yearly Bird of Paradise series.  These are from the grounds of the Marina Village Conference Center on Mission Bay. Sony WX220 pocket sized camera. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Phototastic Pro. 

I am falling behind posting San Diego photos...there are only so many Pic for Today opportunities...and I would not want to miss my yearly Bird of Paradise series.  These are from the grounds of the Marina Village Conference Center on Mission Bay. Sony WX220 pocket sized camera. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Phototastic Pro. ___

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2015-03-13 11:07:44 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 84 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Little Blue wing thing...
I photographed this Little Blue Heron on its rock at the edge of the San Diego River Channel in many different poses. It was just to good to pass up. Here it is just stretching a wing, for no apparent reason other than the stretch. There were a lot of Little Blues along the channel, but this is, in fact, the same bird that I posted eating the crab a few days ago. Like I say: too good to pass up.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent. 1/320th @ ISO 100 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic for Today: Little Blue wing thing...
I photographed this Little Blue Heron on its rock at the edge of the San Diego River Channel in many different poses. It was just to good to pass up. Here it is just stretching a wing, for no apparent reason other than the stretch. There were a lot of Little Blues along the channel, but this is, in fact, the same bird that I posted eating the crab a few days ago. Like I say: too good to pass up.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent. 1/320th @ ISO 100 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-03-12 12:46:07 (6 comments, 7 reshares, 74 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Anza Borrego Desert in Bloom!
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When we arrived in San Diego for the San Diego Birding Festival this year, they had just had a few days of rain, and I immediately began to make plans to spend a day at Anza Borrego Desert State Park, two hours inland. Rain in March and April makes the desert bloom, and I have been patiently (ha!) waiting for a year when my trip to southern California corresponded to the desert bloom at Anza Borrego. This was the year! As it happened, when scheduling flights, I could only get a red-eye out of San Diego. I don’t do red-eyes, but I went with it. And I am certainly glad I did. That gave me all day Monday to visit Anza Borrego. My friend Bruce Aird, who lives in SoCAL, was willing to spend the day with me, so that made it even better. We made an extension for a birding stop in Kitchen Creek Canyon on the way, and then stopped by theV... more »

Pic for Today: Anza Borrego Desert in Bloom!
View large!!
When we arrived in San Diego for the San Diego Birding Festival this year, they had just had a few days of rain, and I immediately began to make plans to spend a day at Anza Borrego Desert State Park, two hours inland. Rain in March and April makes the desert bloom, and I have been patiently (ha!) waiting for a year when my trip to southern California corresponded to the desert bloom at Anza Borrego. This was the year! As it happened, when scheduling flights, I could only get a red-eye out of San Diego. I don’t do red-eyes, but I went with it. And I am certainly glad I did. That gave me all day Monday to visit Anza Borrego. My friend Bruce Aird, who lives in SoCAL, was willing to spend the day with me, so that made it even better. We made an extension for a birding stop in Kitchen Creek Canyon on the way, and then stopped by the Visitor Center at Anza Borrego for directions to the best stands of wildflowers. After being distracted by a kettle of Swainson’s Hawks, we got to Henderson Canyon Road mid-morning. It was everything I had hoped for!

This showy spread is mostly Desert Sunflower, Sand Verbena (purple), and Desert Evening Primrose. There is also Brown-eyed Evening Primrose…all typical of sandy flats. We found other flowers in the lower reaches of Palm Canyon…but I will save those for another day. :)

Sony HX400V. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Phototastic Pro. 

Close-ups clockwise from the upper right. Mix of Desert Sunflower and Sand Verbena, Brown-eyed Desert Evening Primrose, Desert Sunflower, Sand Verbena, Desert Evening Primrose. ___

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2015-03-11 11:13:16 (57 comments, 76 reshares, 775 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Cactus Flowers
While I went to Anza Borrego Desert State Park in hopes of finding dunes covered with a carpet of wildflowers…and did indeed find them…the cacti were also coming into bloom. Hard to ignore! This panel shows, clockwise from the upper left, Beaver-tail, Chioa, Fishhook, and Beaver-tail with a slightly different color. I love cactus flowers. And the fact that I so rarely get to photograph them only adds to the attraction.

Sony HX400V. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Phototastic on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic for Today: Cactus Flowers
While I went to Anza Borrego Desert State Park in hopes of finding dunes covered with a carpet of wildflowers…and did indeed find them…the cacti were also coming into bloom. Hard to ignore! This panel shows, clockwise from the upper left, Beaver-tail, Chioa, Fishhook, and Beaver-tail with a slightly different color. I love cactus flowers. And the fact that I so rarely get to photograph them only adds to the attraction.

Sony HX400V. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Phototastic on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

2015-03-11 10:12:32 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Auto Awesome's version of my trip to San Diego. :)

Auto Awesome's version of my trip to San Diego. :)___

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2015-03-10 14:54:43 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: The cycle of nature...
Late post today, as I took the red-eye from San Diego last night, and got home only an hour ago. I spent the day yesterday in and around Anza Borrego Desert State Park in California. My friend Bruce Aird and I stopped at the Visitor Center to get directions to the best wildflower displays and learned a bit of interesting natural history. When the rains fall at the right time, as they did this year, the desert fairly leaps into bloom. After only a few days, caterpillars appear, many different kinds, both butterfly and moth, and within a few days more the flowers are completely gone (eaten by the caterpillars). When the caterpillars come out, hundreds of Swainson’s Hawks arrive over Anza Borrego to gorge themselves on the caterpillars! We found large blooms of wildflowers, but locals say the earliest blooms are already gone. We did see lots of caterpillersa... more »

Pic for Today: The cycle of nature...
Late post today, as I took the red-eye from San Diego last night, and got home only an hour ago. I spent the day yesterday in and around Anza Borrego Desert State Park in California. My friend Bruce Aird and I stopped at the Visitor Center to get directions to the best wildflower displays and learned a bit of interesting natural history. When the rains fall at the right time, as they did this year, the desert fairly leaps into bloom. After only a few days, caterpillars appear, many different kinds, both butterfly and moth, and within a few days more the flowers are completely gone (eaten by the caterpillars). When the caterpillars come out, hundreds of Swainson’s Hawks arrive over Anza Borrego to gorge themselves on the caterpillars! We found large blooms of wildflowers, but locals say the earliest blooms are already gone. We did see lots of caterpillers among the plants, busy. And we saw 3 different kettles of Swainson’s Hawks…maybe 50 hawks in total, in just a few moments of looking. And the cycle goes on!

Sony HX400V. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Phototastic on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-03-10 03:27:12 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 78 +1s)Open 

I came really close to deciding I was too tired to go to Anza Borrego SP today with my friend Bruce...and then catch the red-eye home to Maine. I am certainly thankful that I did not make that decision. :) After last weeks's rain, the desert is in bloom! View large. Henderson Canyon Road. In-camera HDR. Sony Hx400V. 

I came really close to deciding I was too tired to go to Anza Borrego SP today with my friend Bruce...and then catch the red-eye home to Maine. I am certainly thankful that I did not make that decision. :) After last weeks's rain, the desert is in bloom! View large. Henderson Canyon Road. In-camera HDR. Sony Hx400V. ___

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2015-03-09 12:22:56 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Black Turnstone
Black Turnstone is a Pacific Coast bird…we only have Ruddy Turnstone on the Atlantic shores (and they are on both coasts). And I know right where to find them in San Diego (though I am certain they can be found in many places in the area). They are always on the boat docks at South Shores Park on Mission Bay, next to the back entrance to Sea World. I popped over there on my way back from the San Diego River channel on Saturday morning just to photograph a few. :) I like this shot because of the arrested motion and the subtle lighting on the head.

Sony HX400V at about 1100mm equivalent field of view. 1/320th @ ISO 160 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic for Today: Black Turnstone
Black Turnstone is a Pacific Coast bird…we only have Ruddy Turnstone on the Atlantic shores (and they are on both coasts). And I know right where to find them in San Diego (though I am certain they can be found in many places in the area). They are always on the boat docks at South Shores Park on Mission Bay, next to the back entrance to Sea World. I popped over there on my way back from the San Diego River channel on Saturday morning just to photograph a few. :) I like this shot because of the arrested motion and the subtle lighting on the head.

Sony HX400V at about 1100mm equivalent field of view. 1/320th @ ISO 160 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-03-08 13:11:33 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 77 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Brunch! Happy Sunday.
I gave myself a morning off from intensive birding yesterday…only going out for a few hours to the easy birding along the San Diego River above the Sports Arena bridge. I went to find Burrowing Owls reported there…or I thought reported there. It turns out I had my directions wrong. Still, the channel above the bridge was full of birds…especially Little Blue Herons…and there were even two white-phase Little Blues. The Little Blues were relatively close by anything but Florida standards and I enjoyed watching and photographing them. This one made a complete three course meal. It caught the crab and ate it, then it ate seaweed for a while, and then it stepped out into the water had a few delicate drinks.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/320th @ ISO 100 @ f6.3. Processed and cropped slightly for scale inLightro... more »

Pic for Today: Brunch! Happy Sunday.
I gave myself a morning off from intensive birding yesterday…only going out for a few hours to the easy birding along the San Diego River above the Sports Arena bridge. I went to find Burrowing Owls reported there…or I thought reported there. It turns out I had my directions wrong. Still, the channel above the bridge was full of birds…especially Little Blue Herons…and there were even two white-phase Little Blues. The Little Blues were relatively close by anything but Florida standards and I enjoyed watching and photographing them. This one made a complete three course meal. It caught the crab and ate it, then it ate seaweed for a while, and then it stepped out into the water had a few delicate drinks.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/320th @ ISO 100 @ f6.3. Processed and cropped slightly for scale in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Brunch, of course, is a particularly human take on this scene. The Little Blue Herons, like most birds, feeds continuously, from before sun-up until it is too dark to see. “Feeds”, though we use the word for what birds do, might give the wrong impression as well. It is not like birds sit down to a laden table and or a full trough and feed. “Hunts” might be more accurate. Sun-up to sun-down the Little Blue Heron hunts. Occasionally during the course of its day it finds something to eat and eats it. And then it right back to the hunt. And, of course, during nesting season, the adult herons hunt for their whole brood. And yet Jesus, when he spoke of God’s care for us, used birds as an example. If God provides for the birds of the birds of the air, then certainly we can have confidence in God’s provision for our lives. Don’t worry, he says, about what we will eat, but live with thanksgiving. Take a lesson from the Little Blue.___

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2015-03-07 15:33:16 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Digiscoped with the ZEISS DiaScope 65FL, 15-56x Vario eyepiece and a Canon P&S on the Digidapter for ZEISS. Anna's Hummingbird. Famosa Slough, San Diego CA.

Digiscoped with the ZEISS DiaScope 65FL, 15-56x Vario eyepiece and a Canon P&S on the Digidapter for ZEISS. Anna's Hummingbird. Famosa Slough, San Diego CA.___

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2015-03-07 14:40:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Just a little play in the surf at the cove in La Jolla CA. 

Just a little play in the surf at the cove in La Jolla CA. ___

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2015-03-07 14:13:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Join me for a adventure in improving your Point and Shoot Nature Photography skills at the Florida Birding and Photo Fest in St. Augustine FL in April. See link for more information. 

Join me for a adventure in improving your Point and Shoot Nature Photography skills at the Florida Birding and Photo Fest in St. Augustine FL in April. See link for more information. ___

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2015-03-07 12:43:34 (16 comments, 8 reshares, 122 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Green-winged Teal
We spent the morning yesterday at Tijuana Slough National Estuarine Research Center. We had good views of Godwits, Whimbrels, and Long-billed Curlews…and stunning views of a few Green-winged Teal. The angle of the early morning light was just right to pick up the green on both head and wings in a way I have seldom seen before, and the Teal floated down smooth water of the Slough to within 40 feet of us.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 200 @ f6.3. Processed and cropped slightly for scale in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic for Today: Green-winged Teal
We spent the morning yesterday at Tijuana Slough National Estuarine Research Center. We had good views of Godwits, Whimbrels, and Long-billed Curlews…and stunning views of a few Green-winged Teal. The angle of the early morning light was just right to pick up the green on both head and wings in a way I have seldom seen before, and the Teal floated down smooth water of the Slough to within 40 feet of us.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 200 @ f6.3. Processed and cropped slightly for scale in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-03-07 03:34:18 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

ZEISS Birding (which includes me) is at the San Diego Birding Festival. This Long-billed Curlew was feeding in deep grasses at the Tijuana Slough Estuarine Research Center in Imperial Beach. Digiscoped with the ZEISS DiaScope 65FL and the 15-56x Vario eyepiece. Digidapter for ZEISS and Canon P&S. The whole digiscoping rig weighs less then 6 pounds!

ZEISS Birding (which includes me) is at the San Diego Birding Festival. This Long-billed Curlew was feeding in deep grasses at the Tijuana Slough Estuarine Research Center in Imperial Beach. Digiscoped with the ZEISS DiaScope 65FL and the 15-56x Vario eyepiece. Digidapter for ZEISS and Canon P&S. The whole digiscoping rig weighs less then 6 pounds!___

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2015-03-06 13:39:08 (8 comments, 8 reshares, 91 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Double-crested (ah ha!) Cormorant
Being an east-coaster, I have, on occasion, wondered what the “double-crested” in Double-crested Cormorant was all about. Crest? Double crest? When I saw this bird on the cliffs of La Jolla, California I knew it was a cormorant…pretty unmistakable…but it did not occur to me that it might be a Double-crested until I looked it up. It was a real “ah ha!” moment. So that is where the name comes from! Though, in all honesty, I might have called it Double-eyebrowed Cormorant, still, I get it now! It turns out that eastern Double-crested Cormorants never get the “crests” the bird is named for. Ah ha! And the western birds only have the crests for a short season in late spring and early summer, breeding season. They must have crested out early this year because I have been visiting San Diego every February/March for 13 years, and this isthe first time ... more »

Pic for Today: Double-crested (ah ha!) Cormorant
Being an east-coaster, I have, on occasion, wondered what the “double-crested” in Double-crested Cormorant was all about. Crest? Double crest? When I saw this bird on the cliffs of La Jolla, California I knew it was a cormorant…pretty unmistakable…but it did not occur to me that it might be a Double-crested until I looked it up. It was a real “ah ha!” moment. So that is where the name comes from! Though, in all honesty, I might have called it Double-eyebrowed Cormorant, still, I get it now! It turns out that eastern Double-crested Cormorants never get the “crests” the bird is named for. Ah ha! And the western birds only have the crests for a short season in late spring and early summer, breeding season. They must have crested out early this year because I have been visiting San Diego every February/March for 13 years, and this is the first time I have seen them. :) Ah ha! Gotta love that eye too…

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/320th @ ISO 80 @ f6.3. Processed, and cropped for composition, in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-03-05 14:13:42 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Unlike seals, which are born fat and fully stuffed, Sea Lions are born with room to grow. This one will fill out its skin in a few weeks. Digiscoped with the ZEISS DiaScope 65FL and the 15-56x Vario eyepiece. Digidapter for ZEISS. La Jolla, CA

Unlike seals, which are born fat and fully stuffed, Sea Lions are born with room to grow. This one will fill out its skin in a few weeks. Digiscoped with the ZEISS DiaScope 65FL and the 15-56x Vario eyepiece. Digidapter for ZEISS. La Jolla, CA___

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2015-03-05 13:12:27 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 64 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Eye of Pelican!
I have a short list of “must get to” places when I am in San Diego for the San Diego Birding Festival each March. The cliffs at La Jolla are high on that list, and, if weather and time cooperate, are generally my first visit. Harbor Seals with pups at one end of the cliffs, Sea Lions (this year also with pups) at the other, and breeding plumage Brown Pelicans, Double-crested Cormorants, Brant’s Cormorant, a host of western gulls and a few terns, and generally a lot of ground Squirrels in between. It is a wildlife photographer’s dream. The birds can be quite close on the rocks the top of the cliffs…the Sea Lions are medium distance (except for the adolescent and pup nestled up in the shade of a bush right against the fence this year), and the seals are a good way away on Children’s Pool Beach (which is closed for the birthing season)…but all are closeenough for so... more »

Pic for Today: Eye of Pelican!
I have a short list of “must get to” places when I am in San Diego for the San Diego Birding Festival each March. The cliffs at La Jolla are high on that list, and, if weather and time cooperate, are generally my first visit. Harbor Seals with pups at one end of the cliffs, Sea Lions (this year also with pups) at the other, and breeding plumage Brown Pelicans, Double-crested Cormorants, Brant’s Cormorant, a host of western gulls and a few terns, and generally a lot of ground Squirrels in between. It is a wildlife photographer’s dream. The birds can be quite close on the rocks the top of the cliffs…the Sea Lions are medium distance (except for the adolescent and pup nestled up in the shade of a bush right against the fence this year), and the seals are a good way away on Children’s Pool Beach (which is closed for the birthing season)…but all are close enough for some amazingly satisfying shots.

Like this shot of the Brown Pelican’s eye…need I say more. Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 100 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-03-05 04:15:09 (9 comments, 7 reshares, 176 +1s)Open 

Cuteness! Harbor Seal pup and mom. Children's Pool Beach, La Jolla CA. Digiscoped with the ZEISS DiaScope 65FL, 15-56x Vario eyepiece, and the Canon SD320HS on the Digidapter for ZEISS. 

Cuteness! Harbor Seal pup and mom. Children's Pool Beach, La Jolla CA. Digiscoped with the ZEISS DiaScope 65FL, 15-56x Vario eyepiece, and the Canon SD320HS on the Digidapter for ZEISS. ___

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2015-03-04 14:50:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: When life gives you lemons...
Yesterday was scheduled to be a fairly long travel day…on my way to the San Diego Birding Festival. This shot was taken during my 3 hour lay-over in Philadelphia, before I knew just how long a day it was going to be. We were 2 hours late leaving Phili, due to machanical problems and a long line for de-icing, and then strong headwinds forced us down for an unscheduled fueling stop in Phoenix. The car rental center closed at mid-night and we did not make it, so I had to taxi to the hotel and did not get to bed until 1:45 Pacific Time…or just about when I would be waking up at home. I know, “poor me!” :(

I was thinking of you all on the way…and decided that with 3 hours in Philadelphia I should be able to find a photo for today’s Pic. I kept a low profile (cameras are suspect in today’s Orange Threat Level world) but I figured Icould pass fo... more »

Pic for Today: When life gives you lemons...
Yesterday was scheduled to be a fairly long travel day…on my way to the San Diego Birding Festival. This shot was taken during my 3 hour lay-over in Philadelphia, before I knew just how long a day it was going to be. We were 2 hours late leaving Phili, due to machanical problems and a long line for de-icing, and then strong headwinds forced us down for an unscheduled fueling stop in Phoenix. The car rental center closed at mid-night and we did not make it, so I had to taxi to the hotel and did not get to bed until 1:45 Pacific Time…or just about when I would be waking up at home. I know, “poor me!” :(

I was thinking of you all on the way…and decided that with 3 hours in Philadelphia I should be able to find a photo for today’s Pic. I kept a low profile (cameras are suspect in today’s Orange Threat Level world) but I figured I could pass for a tourist :) I like this shot for the color, and the contrast between action and repose.

It is an in-camera HDR with my “pocket” camera. I discovered, while in Honduras, that for people shots, I like a small pocket camera that I can always have with me. It is much less intimidating than my normal, almost DSLR sized, Point and Shoot. When I got back I ordered a Sony WX-220 and I am liking it a lot. Way more camera than a phone…but not much bigger…and certainly no more intimidating :) This shot is at 25mm equivalent field of view.

Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-03-03 12:06:57 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Birch Boundary
In summer, walking the lower fields of Laudholm Farm, you would think you were on the edge of a deep forest. In winter it becomes apparent just how thin the boarder of trees between fields and marsh is. Really just a few birches and pines and some underbrush is all that separates the two. As I have said before, birches have always been among my favorite trees, and I find this “hedge” of birches and pines irresistible.

The top panel is another accidental panorama…or rather it is two sweep panoramas, taken with the camera in vertical orientation, neither of which caught quite the full sweep I was after. At home it occurred to me to try stitching them for that last bit of sweep. Photoshop Elements PhotoMerge tool to the rescue! The bottom panel is the same birch boundary at 24mm equivalent in an in-camera HDR from further out in the field. Sony HX400V.Proce... more »

Pic for Today: Birch Boundary
In summer, walking the lower fields of Laudholm Farm, you would think you were on the edge of a deep forest. In winter it becomes apparent just how thin the boarder of trees between fields and marsh is. Really just a few birches and pines and some underbrush is all that separates the two. As I have said before, birches have always been among my favorite trees, and I find this “hedge” of birches and pines irresistible.

The top panel is another accidental panorama…or rather it is two sweep panoramas, taken with the camera in vertical orientation, neither of which caught quite the full sweep I was after. At home it occurred to me to try stitching them for that last bit of sweep. Photoshop Elements PhotoMerge tool to the rescue! The bottom panel is the same birch boundary at 24mm equivalent in an in-camera HDR from further out in the field. Sony HX400V. Processed in Lightroom, panorama stitched in Photoshop Elements, and collage assembled in Phototastic on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-03-02 12:23:31 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 134 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Winter Laudholm Farm
It is one of those triumphs of the conservation spirit (and rare common sense) that a combination of public and private agencies managed to “save” Laudholm Farms from development. The land is held jointly by the Wells National Estuarine Research Center and the Laudholm Trust, and between them they have managed to preserve both a large and diverse ecosystem which includes two healthy tidal rivers, marsh, woodlands, upland pastures, etc. and the magnificent buildings of a true, late 1800s, Maine Salt Farm. Quite an accomplishment. I am truly thankful to have such a valuable resource in my back yard! It is a great place in every season…and with the Friends group renting snowshoes, is one of the more accessible winter outings in our area. I love it!

This is a two panel shot of the farm buildings. The top panel is a wide sweep panorama and thebotto... more »

Pic for Today: Winter Laudholm Farm
It is one of those triumphs of the conservation spirit (and rare common sense) that a combination of public and private agencies managed to “save” Laudholm Farms from development. The land is held jointly by the Wells National Estuarine Research Center and the Laudholm Trust, and between them they have managed to preserve both a large and diverse ecosystem which includes two healthy tidal rivers, marsh, woodlands, upland pastures, etc. and the magnificent buildings of a true, late 1800s, Maine Salt Farm. Quite an accomplishment. I am truly thankful to have such a valuable resource in my back yard! It is a great place in every season…and with the Friends group renting snowshoes, is one of the more accessible winter outings in our area. I love it!

This is a two panel shot of the farm buildings. The top panel is a wide sweep panorama and the bottom is from the same spot in a more conventional 24mm equivalent view. Together they give a good impression of the farm in winter. And it is a view I have not had before...only accessible with snowshoes. :)

Sony HX400V. As above. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Phototastic on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-03-01 12:48:43 (17 comments, 9 reshares, 248 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Winter trees... Happy Sunday!
Yesterday the temperature got up into the high teens so we threw our snowshoes in the trunk of the car and drove down to Laudholm Farm (The Wells National Estuarine Research Center) for a couple of hours. The Friends group there rents snowshoes so the trails are, by now, well packed and pretty easy going. We climbed the snowbank around the parking lot and headed out parallel to the woods that line the drive coming in. I was immediately struck by the shapes of the winter trees against the snow…certainly not skeletal, and not quite nude…but something very like both. The birch is one of my favorite trees at Laudholm…birches in general, and this particular majestic birch that lives along the boardwalk trail. I have photographed it now in every season. The birch shot is a vertical sweep panorama, sweeping the camera from fully over my head pointedstrai... more »

Pic for Today: Winter trees... Happy Sunday!
Yesterday the temperature got up into the high teens so we threw our snowshoes in the trunk of the car and drove down to Laudholm Farm (The Wells National Estuarine Research Center) for a couple of hours. The Friends group there rents snowshoes so the trails are, by now, well packed and pretty easy going. We climbed the snowbank around the parking lot and headed out parallel to the woods that line the drive coming in. I was immediately struck by the shapes of the winter trees against the snow…certainly not skeletal, and not quite nude…but something very like both. The birch is one of my favorite trees at Laudholm…birches in general, and this particular majestic birch that lives along the boardwalk trail. I have photographed it now in every season. The birch shot is a vertical sweep panorama, sweeping the camera from fully over my head pointed straight up, down the trunk of the tree to the base…pretty tricky while standing on 5 feet of snow in snowshoes. :)

Sony HX400V, sweep panorama as above, and in-camera HDR for the other shots. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Phototastic on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

As I surmised after my first slog around the yard with them, I am really enjoying being able to get out into the snow covered landscape on my snowshoes. I have not gotten out as often as I might like, since the temperatures, often with significant wind chill, have not been inviting, but each experience has been both rewarding and refreshing. I am not very adventurous on them. I stick pretty much to the established trails and don’t do a lot of trail-breaking, but even so, they take me to places I just could not get to without them, and it has (again as I surmised) made a difference in my attitude toward this winter. The temperature might keep me housebound but the snow does not. This is good.

Because of course there is a stark, is might be so bold as to say, a spiritual, beauty to the winter landscape. Skeletal is wrong word for the trees exposed in winter because the trunks and branches are so obviously still alive, waiting, biding their time, resting even…and we don’t see skeletons until after death. There is nothing dead about winter trees. Naked comes close…since, at a stretch, they have shed their summer clothing of leaves…but that is not quite right either because the leaves are way more than clothing for the tree…they are way too alive…way too much the tree itself to be considered merely clothing. It is perhaps, as though we are seeing the spirit of the tree…the strong solid core that will burst out, in weeks, with new life. And we are seeing the spirit trees against the backdrop of landscape transformed and simplified by its blanket of snow…again as though the clean clear spirit of the land itself is exposed. We might have to bundle up in layers and strap snowshoes to our feet to get out, but if we bring our winter eyes we see the beauty…and is so alive! We see through to the spirit, and have reason to give thanks and praise to the creator, in this winter landscape. Happy Sunday!___

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