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Landscape Photography Show12,954*Landscape Photography Show #46: Power Points* In the last two events, we explored the horizontal and vertical rule of thirds lines and how they divide your frame into 9 equal parts.  It's always great to set a horizon on the lower or upper horizontal line.  It's also good to place a strong element along one of the vertical rule of thirds lines. This event will focus on where the two vertical and horizontal rule of thirds lines intersect.  We call those Power Points.  There are 4 of them: upper left, upper right, lower left, and lower right. Placing a strong element at one of the Power Points can really improve the composition, drama, and power of your photograph.  Examples:  the single red leaf on a green tree; the eye of anything wildlife, and the setting sun on the horizon.    Some landscape photographs really appeal to us and others seem boring. Do you know why?  Your brain is being stimulated by composition, color, and contrast and it's all subconscious.  Your photos can be more interesting and appealing by knowing rules of composition and when to break those rules. Power Points are what we want practice with this event.  Show us something special place at one of the intersection points of those vertical and horizontal lines.   1.  Share your landscape photograph that displays something special at one of the Power Points.       2.  In a comment on the photograph tell us which Power Point you used: upper left, upper right, lower left, or lower right.  Explain how you used this technique in your composition.  If you break the Power Point rules, tell us why.  Also give us some information about the location and any challenges that you faced.  We want to know the details about your photograph. 3.  Other participants will be discussing how you used this technique and asking you questions.  Please join the discussion on other photographs as well. 4.  This event is all about PARTICIPATION and DISCUSSION.  Please don't post a photo and leave.  The LPS reserves the right to remove photos without your comment.    General Rules: 1) Your photo MUST be ORIGINAL.  If you post the work of someone else, you will be removed from the event. 2) You MUST have complete EXIF data for your photo.  Within the event, select your photo and view it large.  Look for the "photo details" on the right.  It should be complete with the date the photo was taken, camera and lens information, ISO, f stop, speed etc.  Photos that don't have complete EXIF data will be removed.  Others will learn from seeing what you have done. 3) Only ONE photograph per person is allowed.  If you submit more than one photo, all of your photos will be removed. 4) Circle the @114888971165518552849 page. 5) Photos must be posted no later than Monday, July 13, 2015, 10 am CDT.  Those posted after that time will be removed. 6) Curator favorites will be shared to the @105588730866970114510 theme page.  Circle the curators and engage them in conversation.  You will learn lots from them!! 7) CuratLPS Event #46: Power Points2015-07-06 17:00:00350  
Landscape Photography Community9,689*Landscape Photography Community:  One of a Kind* *General Rules* 1) You must be a member of the Landscape Photography Community (LPC)!!  Please circle the @106632923256517196664 page. 2) Only ONE photograph per member is allowed.  If you submit more than one photo, all of your photos will be removed. 3) Your photo MUST be ORIGINAL.  Do NOT share someone else's photo.  If you post the work of someone else, you will be banned from the community. *4) You MUST have complete EXIF data for your photo.  Within the event, select your photo and view it large.  Look for the "photo details" on the right.  It should be complete with the date the photo was taken, camera and lens information, ISO, speed, f stop etc.  Photos that don't have complete EXIF data will be removed.* 5) This must be a photograph suitable for the Landscape Photography Community.  6) There is NO VOTING for this contest!  Several of our senior moderators have volunteered to judge this contest.  They are experienced judges of photography events and their decision is final. 7) Photos must be posted no later than Monday, July 6, 2015, 3 pm CDT.  Those posted after that time will be removed. 8) Winners will be announced on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. 9) Moderators of the LPC may participate but they cannot win the contest. 10) Technical Requirements: Enable "sharing" on your photo.  If it receives honors, we want to be able to share it!!  Enable "comments" on your photo.  We want to say how great it is!!  Enable "plus ones" so everyone can give it a big plus!!LPC Contest #43: One of a Kind2015-06-29 22:00:00472  
The Weather Channel3,087,490*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 06:00:001297  

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2015-08-16 14:04:43 (39 comments, 55 reshares, 500 +1s)Open 

The Generous Eye
Pic for Today: Roseate Skimmer. Happy Sunday (again)
Those of you were paying attention might have noticed that yesterday I was suffering under day-of-the-week confusion. My daughter Sarah and I are working the Tucson Birding Festival, and we have been up and out early to do workshops or just to get some birding and photography in while it is still only in the upper 80s, and for some reason I woke up yesterday convinced it was Sunday already. It was only after I had written and posted The Generous Eye post for the week, which is my Sunday morning routine, that I was divested of that illusion. Saturday! Oh well, too late now.

Therefore this is the rare week when I post two The Generous Eye posts. What a blessing! For you. And for me!

This is one of my favorite dragonflies, though I only see it when traveling to Texas, New Mexico, or... more »

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2015-08-16 14:04:43 (39 comments, 55 reshares, 500 +1s)Open 

The Generous Eye
Pic for Today: Roseate Skimmer. Happy Sunday (again)
Those of you were paying attention might have noticed that yesterday I was suffering under day-of-the-week confusion. My daughter Sarah and I are working the Tucson Birding Festival, and we have been up and out early to do workshops or just to get some birding and photography in while it is still only in the upper 80s, and for some reason I woke up yesterday convinced it was Sunday already. It was only after I had written and posted The Generous Eye post for the week, which is my Sunday morning routine, that I was divested of that illusion. Saturday! Oh well, too late now.

Therefore this is the rare week when I post two The Generous Eye posts. What a blessing! For you. And for me!

This is one of my favorite dragonflies, though I only see it when traveling to Texas, New Mexico, or... more »

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2015-08-22 12:34:17 (23 comments, 52 reshares, 554 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
The Salt River Canyon of central Arizona would be a major tourist attraction in any state that did not already contain the Grand Canyon. It is not as large as the Grand, neither as deep or as long, but it is certainly spectacular. And it has the advantage over the Grand in that you can drive all the way to the river and back up the other side. We reached, more or less by design, the Salt River just as the sun was beginning to set, and the light in the canyon was at its best. This is an in-camera HDR at 24mm equivalent with the Sony HX90V. 

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2015-09-01 11:11:22 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
Back to the bend in Branch Brook at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Wells ME. A great sky makes this often photographed scene worth another shot. Sony HX90V. In-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom. 

For the love of landscape...
Back to the bend in Branch Brook at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Wells ME. A great sky makes this often photographed scene worth another shot. Sony HX90V. In-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2015-09-01 11:03:38 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Juvenile Mockingbird
I took a walk at Laudholm Farms yesterday…on a hot, hazy, last-day-of-August, summer afternoon. The mosquitoes were uncomfortably thick, but there were a good number of interesting birds…lots of juveniles of several species…and some Yellow-legs at the pond behind the dunes.  I was photographing some juvenile Eastern Bluebirds when motion in a bush off to one side caught the corner of my eye. This juvenile Mockingbird was ensconced among the berries. It is perhaps molting into adult plumage, and it looks like it might just have had a bath as well.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/400th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.

Pic for Today: Juvenile Mockingbird
I took a walk at Laudholm Farms yesterday…on a hot, hazy, last-day-of-August, summer afternoon. The mosquitoes were uncomfortably thick, but there were a good number of interesting birds…lots of juveniles of several species…and some Yellow-legs at the pond behind the dunes.  I was photographing some juvenile Eastern Bluebirds when motion in a bush off to one side caught the corner of my eye. This juvenile Mockingbird was ensconced among the berries. It is perhaps molting into adult plumage, and it looks like it might just have had a bath as well.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/400th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-08-31 11:56:14 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
Looking down Bear Canyon from the 7 Cascades overlook on Mt. Lemon, just before sunset. The low light molds the landscape. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. 

For the love of landscape...
Looking down Bear Canyon from the 7 Cascades overlook on Mt. Lemon, just before sunset. The low light molds the landscape. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. ___

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2015-08-31 11:33:37 (7 comments, 24 reshares, 271 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Ground Squirrel in your face!
Full disclosure here! There is a relatively new display at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum near Tucson called “On the Rocks”. It features an odd assortment of animals, most of which live below-ground: bugs, reptiles, ground squirrels…and for some odd reason, the Roadrunner and the Elf Owl. The Ground Squirrels learned early on that the glass is there to protect them from the humans and that it works. They seem to enjoy running right along it and pressing their noses up to it for a better view of the audience. With a wide angle lens and macro focus, you can get some great shots…of the humorous variety. Like this one :)

Sony HX90V at 24mm equivalent field of view. 1/640th @ ISO 80 @ f3.5. Processed and cropped for composition in Lightroom.

Pic for Today: Ground Squirrel in your face!
Full disclosure here! There is a relatively new display at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum near Tucson called “On the Rocks”. It features an odd assortment of animals, most of which live below-ground: bugs, reptiles, ground squirrels…and for some odd reason, the Roadrunner and the Elf Owl. The Ground Squirrels learned early on that the glass is there to protect them from the humans and that it works. They seem to enjoy running right along it and pressing their noses up to it for a better view of the audience. With a wide angle lens and macro focus, you can get some great shots…of the humorous variety. Like this one :)

Sony HX90V at 24mm equivalent field of view. 1/640th @ ISO 80 @ f3.5. Processed and cropped for composition in Lightroom.___

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2015-08-30 14:03:05 (7 comments, 14 reshares, 193 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
On the lower slopes of Mt. Lemon above Tucson AZ, late in day, with the golden light on the Saguaros. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. 

For the love of landscape...
On the lower slopes of Mt. Lemon above Tucson AZ, late in day, with the golden light on the Saguaros. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. ___

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2015-08-30 12:53:02 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

More Ruddy Turnestones on a beach in Kennebunk ME. Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 

More Ruddy Turnestones on a beach in Kennebunk ME. Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. ___

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2015-08-30 12:43:05 (5 comments, 11 reshares, 157 +1s)Open 

The Generous Eye...
Pic for Today: Ruddy Turnstone in passing. Happy Sunday!
On one of our after-dinner walks on the beach this week, we found a group of Ruddy Turnstones feeding among the more common Semi-palmated Plovers. The next evening, both were gone from the beach, replaced by hundreds of Sanderlings. It is already fall migration along our coast, and the birds passing through change day to day. I suspect I have seen a Ruddy Turnstone in Maine before, but it was years ago, when birding friends used to encourage me further afield to chase birds, especially during migration. I seem to remember seeing them on Hill’s Beach on the Saco Bay side of Biddeford Pool.The Ruddy Turnstone nests on the coast of Alaska and on the Islands of the Canadian Arctic Shield. They winter as close to us as the shores of Connecticut. I see them in New Jersey in October, and Florida in January…I mighteve... more »

The Generous Eye...
Pic for Today: Ruddy Turnstone in passing. Happy Sunday!
On one of our after-dinner walks on the beach this week, we found a group of Ruddy Turnstones feeding among the more common Semi-palmated Plovers. The next evening, both were gone from the beach, replaced by hundreds of Sanderlings. It is already fall migration along our coast, and the birds passing through change day to day. I suspect I have seen a Ruddy Turnstone in Maine before, but it was years ago, when birding friends used to encourage me further afield to chase birds, especially during migration. I seem to remember seeing them on Hill’s Beach on the Saco Bay side of Biddeford Pool.The Ruddy Turnstone nests on the coast of Alaska and on the Islands of the Canadian Arctic Shield. They winter as close to us as the shores of Connecticut. I see them in New Jersey in October, and Florida in January…I might even see them in Panama in October, depending on how fast they move south.  Finding them on our local beach was a real treat.

It has been a long time since we humans were migrants, as we certainly were, whether we lived by hunting or herding or trading. Even in the early days of agriculture, we moved with seasons. It is in our blood, perhaps in our genes (certainly in our spirits)…and we feel the tug, spring and fall…the urge to follow the sun south (or north), or, at the very least, the slope of land down to the shore in spring, or up to the forests in winter. I find myself, at this stage of my life, repeating the pattern at least in part. New Jersey and Panama in October, the Rio Grande Valley of Texas in November, Florida and Honduras in January and early February, Southern California in March, and back to Florida in April just in time to catch the north bound migration, which will take me to Ohio in May and then home to Maine for the summer. I don’t know whether that makes me feel the tug more or less…but I certainly can not deny feeling it. I can identify with the Ruddy Turnestone.

Not that I can keep this up forever, season after season, but while it lasts I will certainly enjoy it…taking each season at its best…following fall south and spring north…being at home wherever I am in my yearly journey…giving thanks to the Creator God, who is always with me. Happy Sunday.___

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2015-08-29 12:17:19 (4 comments, 6 reshares, 81 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
Bend on Branch Brook, Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Wells, ME. Sweep panorama. Sony HX90V. 

For the love of landscape...
Bend on Branch Brook, Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Wells, ME. Sweep panorama. Sony HX90V. ___

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2015-08-29 11:46:28 (13 comments, 16 reshares, 305 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Semipalmated Snack
We have been taking after-dinner walks on the beach the past few days. It is still tourist season in Kennebunk, and even though our local beach is not strictly speaking a “public” beach, there is never any parking there from shortly after sunrise when the fishermen arrive, to just before sunset, when the tourists begin to go back to motels and out to supper. We time our visits according. :) There are quite a few peeps and shore-birds coming through on migration right now. This is a Semi-palmated Plover, dispatching a little wormy thing it plucked from the surf. The light, only a half hour before an August sunset, is low, slanting, and warm.

This is a full frame, hand-held shot. Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 250 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.

Pic for Today: Semipalmated Snack
We have been taking after-dinner walks on the beach the past few days. It is still tourist season in Kennebunk, and even though our local beach is not strictly speaking a “public” beach, there is never any parking there from shortly after sunrise when the fishermen arrive, to just before sunset, when the tourists begin to go back to motels and out to supper. We time our visits according. :) There are quite a few peeps and shore-birds coming through on migration right now. This is a Semi-palmated Plover, dispatching a little wormy thing it plucked from the surf. The light, only a half hour before an August sunset, is low, slanting, and warm.

This is a full frame, hand-held shot. Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 250 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-08-28 12:04:10 (13 comments, 28 reshares, 317 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
A sweep panorama of the sky overhead. A little like what you would see lying flat on your back. The zenith is in the center of the image. The thing with sweep pano is that the perspective of each part of the image is correct for a line of sight view. Nothing looks like you are looking out of the corner of your eye. Only with a pano viewer do you get the sense of sweep. Still it is striking image, even if it does strain the brain a bit. :)  Panorama mode. Sony HX90V. 

For the love of landscape...
A sweep panorama of the sky overhead. A little like what you would see lying flat on your back. The zenith is in the center of the image. The thing with sweep pano is that the perspective of each part of the image is correct for a line of sight view. Nothing looks like you are looking out of the corner of your eye. Only with a pano viewer do you get the sense of sweep. Still it is striking image, even if it does strain the brain a bit. :)  Panorama mode. Sony HX90V. ___

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2015-08-28 11:47:55 (1 comments, 6 reshares, 68 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: White-winged Dove
I realize this morning that I have been misspelling the Sonora in Arizona Sonora Desert Museum for two weeks now. Time to correct it. This is a White-winged Dove, the common dove of the southwest, on, I believe, an organ pipe cactus on the grounds of the museum. Easy to overlook, but beautiful in close view.

Nikon P900 at 1600mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 180 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom.

Pic for Today: White-winged Dove
I realize this morning that I have been misspelling the Sonora in Arizona Sonora Desert Museum for two weeks now. Time to correct it. This is a White-winged Dove, the common dove of the southwest, on, I believe, an organ pipe cactus on the grounds of the museum. Easy to overlook, but beautiful in close view.

Nikon P900 at 1600mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 180 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-08-27 12:12:31 (7 comments, 14 reshares, 190 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
Looking east off the shoulder of Mt. Lemon, 4000 feet above Tucson Arizona...you can see the Chihuahua Mountains in the distance. Not to mention a really great storm formation coming in over the view. There were a pair of Redtailed Hawks doing mating displays in air. This was maybe an hour before sunset in Tucson, at least 2 hours before sunset on the mountain. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. 

For the love of landscape...
Looking east off the shoulder of Mt. Lemon, 4000 feet above Tucson Arizona...you can see the Chihuahua Mountains in the distance. Not to mention a really great storm formation coming in over the view. There were a pair of Redtailed Hawks doing mating displays in air. This was maybe an hour before sunset in Tucson, at least 2 hours before sunset on the mountain. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. ___

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2015-08-27 11:49:10 (15 comments, 8 reshares, 185 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Chuckwalla! (Mexican Spiny-tailed Iguana)
I thought this was a Chuckwalla,  another local lizard that makes itself at home on the grounds of the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum. There is an enclosure, just before you enter the museum gates, where Chuckwallas and other Sonoran lizards are supposed to be on display, but, honestly, they are hard to miss on any visit to the museum if you just keep your eyes open wherever you find large rocks (real rocks or the fake rocks the museum use to build displays…the Chuckwallas do not seem to care). This large male was displaying on a rock near the Mountain Canyon displays, which is where I have encountered the Chuckwalla most often at the ASDM. The panel shows the same specimen: full body (though the tail is curled around behind and below) and close up.

Note: This is actually a cross between a Mexican Spiny-tailedIg... more »

Pic for Today: Chuckwalla! (Mexican Spiny-tailed Iguana)
I thought this was a Chuckwalla,  another local lizard that makes itself at home on the grounds of the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum. There is an enclosure, just before you enter the museum gates, where Chuckwallas and other Sonoran lizards are supposed to be on display, but, honestly, they are hard to miss on any visit to the museum if you just keep your eyes open wherever you find large rocks (real rocks or the fake rocks the museum use to build displays…the Chuckwallas do not seem to care). This large male was displaying on a rock near the Mountain Canyon displays, which is where I have encountered the Chuckwalla most often at the ASDM. The panel shows the same specimen: full body (though the tail is curled around behind and below) and close up.

Note: This is actually a cross between a Mexican Spiny-tailed Iguana and a San Esteban Island Spiny-tailed Iguana...unique to the grounds of the Desert Museum...introduce there in the 70s and still breeding.


Sony HX90V at 285mm and 720mm equivalent fields of view. 1/250th @ ISO 320 and 400, @ f6.3 and f6.4. Processed in Lightroom. Assembled in Phototastic Collage.___

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2015-08-26 14:13:39 (6 comments, 12 reshares, 137 +1s)Open 

Bring your camera to the Caribbean tropics for bird, wildlife, macro, underwater, and landscape photo ops beyond your dreams. Tranquilo Bay Lodge, Bocas del Toro, Panama. $1675 (including lodging, excursions, and all travel within Panama).Columbus Day week, October 2015. Special rates! Point and Shoot friendly instruction. See http://psnp.lightshedder.com/?page_id=808 for details, a complete itinerary, and registration instructions. 

Bring your camera to the Caribbean tropics for bird, wildlife, macro, underwater, and landscape photo ops beyond your dreams. Tranquilo Bay Lodge, Bocas del Toro, Panama. $1675 (including lodging, excursions, and all travel within Panama).Columbus Day week, October 2015. Special rates! Point and Shoot friendly instruction. See http://psnp.lightshedder.com/?page_id=808 for details, a complete itinerary, and registration instructions. ___

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2015-08-26 12:22:03 (1 comments, 7 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
Storms over sunflowers! Driving down across the volcanic plateau south of the Malpais lava flows in New Mexico, we were amazed by the masses of sunflowers in this often dry land. Storms like the one in the image this summer have turned New Mexico green...or yellow in this case. An image like this is all the more beautiful in being rare...unique...out of character (at least in recent history) for the landscape. 100 years ago, I am told NM looked like this frequently in summer, and 200 years ago it was the norm. Weather, even climate, changes...the landscape endures. Sony HX90V in-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom. 

For the love of landscape...
Storms over sunflowers! Driving down across the volcanic plateau south of the Malpais lava flows in New Mexico, we were amazed by the masses of sunflowers in this often dry land. Storms like the one in the image this summer have turned New Mexico green...or yellow in this case. An image like this is all the more beautiful in being rare...unique...out of character (at least in recent history) for the landscape. 100 years ago, I am told NM looked like this frequently in summer, and 200 years ago it was the norm. Weather, even climate, changes...the landscape endures. Sony HX90V in-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2015-08-26 12:07:07 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Late Calico Pennant
By this late in the summer, most of the Calico Pennants you see are well worn, with tattered wings, and somewhat brittle looking abdomens. This specimen, from the shores of Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area, seems relatively fresh. Either it managed to survive without visible signs of the day to day battle, or it emerged late.

Sony HX90V at around 1200mm equivalent field of view (with some digital Clear Image zoom). 1/250th @ ISO 250 @ f6.4. Processed and cropped for composition in Lightroom.

Pic for Today: Late Calico Pennant
By this late in the summer, most of the Calico Pennants you see are well worn, with tattered wings, and somewhat brittle looking abdomens. This specimen, from the shores of Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area, seems relatively fresh. Either it managed to survive without visible signs of the day to day battle, or it emerged late.

Sony HX90V at around 1200mm equivalent field of view (with some digital Clear Image zoom). 1/250th @ ISO 250 @ f6.4. Processed and cropped for composition in Lightroom.___

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2015-08-25 12:55:49 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 77 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
Back to Salt River Canyon in central Arizona for a sweep panorama. The light was perfect for this shot, and the camera held the detail in the shadowed recesses of the canyon well enough for Lightroom processing. That is my daughter Sarah sitting on the wall. :) Clearly it needs to be viewed as large as your screen will allow. :) Sony HX90V sweep panorama. 

For the love of landscape...
Back to Salt River Canyon in central Arizona for a sweep panorama. The light was perfect for this shot, and the camera held the detail in the shadowed recesses of the canyon well enough for Lightroom processing. That is my daughter Sarah sitting on the wall. :) Clearly it needs to be viewed as large as your screen will allow. :) Sony HX90V sweep panorama. ___

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2015-08-25 12:30:14 (9 comments, 7 reshares, 195 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Coyote in the morning sun...
I do not generally like zoo shots, but as I have mentioned before, the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum is somewhat exempt from my dislike. The exhibits at the ASDM are very well done…about as natural looking as you can get, and provide the animals with at least of slice of their natural habitat. This Coyote was laying on a rock in the early morning sun in its large enclosure, apparently content. When you visit the ASDM in August, you go early, as soon as the museum opens at 7:30, when the animals are more active, and the heat is more bearable. Coyotes are semi-nocturnal animals, and this one was apparently resting and warming before finding some shade for the day.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 250 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.

Pic for Today: Coyote in the morning sun...
I do not generally like zoo shots, but as I have mentioned before, the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum is somewhat exempt from my dislike. The exhibits at the ASDM are very well done…about as natural looking as you can get, and provide the animals with at least of slice of their natural habitat. This Coyote was laying on a rock in the early morning sun in its large enclosure, apparently content. When you visit the ASDM in August, you go early, as soon as the museum opens at 7:30, when the animals are more active, and the heat is more bearable. Coyotes are semi-nocturnal animals, and this one was apparently resting and warming before finding some shade for the day.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 250 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-08-24 11:59:42 (5 comments, 6 reshares, 97 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
We reached the bridge across the Salt River at the bottom of the canyon when the view up the canyon to the east was illuminated by the filtered light of the about-to-set sun behind clouds. They replaced the bridge not many years ago, but kept the old bridge in place for pedestrian traffic and as a viewing platform and photo op. You can see the rail in the bottom right of the image. You can also see various levels of the road as it winds down and then back up the canyon walls. Amazing place. Amazing landscape. In-camera HDR from the Sony HX90V at 24mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom. 

For the love of landscape...
We reached the bridge across the Salt River at the bottom of the canyon when the view up the canyon to the east was illuminated by the filtered light of the about-to-set sun behind clouds. They replaced the bridge not many years ago, but kept the old bridge in place for pedestrian traffic and as a viewing platform and photo op. You can see the rail in the bottom right of the image. You can also see various levels of the road as it winds down and then back up the canyon walls. Amazing place. Amazing landscape. In-camera HDR from the Sony HX90V at 24mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2015-08-24 11:39:17 (20 comments, 29 reshares, 323 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Broadbill in Triplicate...
This is another Broadbilled Hummingbird collage from the Santa Rita Lodge in Maderia Canyon…three poses on the same branch. I suspect this is a young bird molting into adult plumage.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/320th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Coolage.

Pic for Today: Broadbill in Triplicate...
This is another Broadbilled Hummingbird collage from the Santa Rita Lodge in Maderia Canyon…three poses on the same branch. I suspect this is a young bird molting into adult plumage.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/320th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Coolage.___

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2015-08-23 17:12:53 (4 comments, 5 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape... Bonus shot. Still working through my images from the trip from Albuquerque to Tucson. This is another shot from the Sandstone Bluffs overlook at El Malpais National Monument. The black areas you see in the green are exposed lava flows. In-camera HDR from the Sony HX90V. 24mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom.

For the love of landscape... Bonus shot. Still working through my images from the trip from Albuquerque to Tucson. This is another shot from the Sandstone Bluffs overlook at El Malpais National Monument. The black areas you see in the green are exposed lava flows. In-camera HDR from the Sony HX90V. 24mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-08-23 12:06:07 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
View as large as you can :)
This is a companion post for today's The Generous Eye: The true landscape version of the Praise of Blazing Star... Northern Blazing Star in full bloom on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area in southern Maine. An endangered plant due to loss of its sand-plain habitat, the Kennebunk Plains is managed, in part, for this flower. This year's bloom is the best in many years, spreading a carpet of purple over the plains. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V at 24mm equivalent field of view. 

For the love of landscape...
View as large as you can :)
This is a companion post for today's The Generous Eye: The true landscape version of the Praise of Blazing Star... Northern Blazing Star in full bloom on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area in southern Maine. An endangered plant due to loss of its sand-plain habitat, the Kennebunk Plains is managed, in part, for this flower. This year's bloom is the best in many years, spreading a carpet of purple over the plains. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V at 24mm equivalent field of view. ___

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2015-08-23 11:54:47 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

The Generous Eye...
A Praise of Blazing Star! Happy Sunday!
You might remember that back in late July and early August I was tracking the bloom of the Northern Blazing Star on the Kennebunk Plains and predicting one of the best years for the flower in recent memory. On August 5th I left for 2 weeks of travel and it rained for a few days when I got home…so it was yesterday before I got out to the Plains to see how the Blazing Star was doing. And it was certainly doing! I have not, in my more than 20 years of living in Southern Maine, seen the Blazing Star so dense or so extensive. To say that the Plains are purple with it is an understatement. This might be full bloom. I saw no unopened buds, and the oldest, topmost buds on each plant are fading…but, oh my, what a bloom!

Sony HX90V, in-camera HDR at 67mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom.

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The Generous Eye...
A Praise of Blazing Star! Happy Sunday!
You might remember that back in late July and early August I was tracking the bloom of the Northern Blazing Star on the Kennebunk Plains and predicting one of the best years for the flower in recent memory. On August 5th I left for 2 weeks of travel and it rained for a few days when I got home…so it was yesterday before I got out to the Plains to see how the Blazing Star was doing. And it was certainly doing! I have not, in my more than 20 years of living in Southern Maine, seen the Blazing Star so dense or so extensive. To say that the Plains are purple with it is an understatement. This might be full bloom. I saw no unopened buds, and the oldest, topmost buds on each plant are fading…but, oh my, what a bloom!

Sony HX90V, in-camera HDR at 67mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom.

I sometimes think that mankind is unique among all God’s creation in the ability to praise the creator. We have the privilege, not only of being created, but of knowing that we are. And we know, if we know God at all, that we are created with love…lovingly created…and loved all life long. We respond to the greatness of that love with praise…thankfulness, awe, joy…we make a joyful noise before God…lifting hands and faces…bold in the awful presence of the Creator of all.

But then I see the Kennebunk Plains ablaze with the purple of Northern Blazing Star, and I am not so sure we are alone in our ability to praise. A plain full of Blazing Star in bloom looks a lot like praise to me…as though the earth itself lifted its face and hands and broke out in exalted song.

A praise of Blazing Star!

When we praise the creator of all, how can we not believe that all creation praises with us. And I, for one, can not look on the Plains ablaze with Blazing Star without praising…  Happy Sunday!___

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2015-08-22 12:34:17 (23 comments, 52 reshares, 554 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
The Salt River Canyon of central Arizona would be a major tourist attraction in any state that did not already contain the Grand Canyon. It is not as large as the Grand, neither as deep or as long, but it is certainly spectacular. And it has the advantage over the Grand in that you can drive all the way to the river and back up the other side. We reached, more or less by design, the Salt River just as the sun was beginning to set, and the light in the canyon was at its best. This is an in-camera HDR at 24mm equivalent with the Sony HX90V. 

For the love of landscape...
The Salt River Canyon of central Arizona would be a major tourist attraction in any state that did not already contain the Grand Canyon. It is not as large as the Grand, neither as deep or as long, but it is certainly spectacular. And it has the advantage over the Grand in that you can drive all the way to the river and back up the other side. We reached, more or less by design, the Salt River just as the sun was beginning to set, and the light in the canyon was at its best. This is an in-camera HDR at 24mm equivalent with the Sony HX90V. ___

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2015-08-22 12:05:08 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Broadbill in flight...
This might look like a multiple exposure flash shot, like many you have seen of hummingbirds in flight (these are Broadbilled Hummingbirds at Santa Rita Lodge in Maderia Canyon) but it is not. This is a collage of two images created in Coolage, with the feeder in the finished collage removed with TouchRetouch. The originals were shot with the Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view at 1/500th second, and edited in Lightroom. Not that it matters…the effect is much the same. :) And I make no apologies for the digital manipulation. Apps like Coolage and TouchRetouch are tools, and it is the final image that matters. On the other hand, I am always right upfront as to the tools I use to create the image. I do think that is important.

The flight of hummers is always fascinating. The way they move their wings seems impossible. Because this is nota... more »

Pic for Today: Broadbill in flight...
This might look like a multiple exposure flash shot, like many you have seen of hummingbirds in flight (these are Broadbilled Hummingbirds at Santa Rita Lodge in Maderia Canyon) but it is not. This is a collage of two images created in Coolage, with the feeder in the finished collage removed with TouchRetouch. The originals were shot with the Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view at 1/500th second, and edited in Lightroom. Not that it matters…the effect is much the same. :) And I make no apologies for the digital manipulation. Apps like Coolage and TouchRetouch are tools, and it is the final image that matters. On the other hand, I am always right upfront as to the tools I use to create the image. I do think that is important.

The flight of hummers is always fascinating. The way they move their wings seems impossible. Because this is not a flash shot, the wings are naturally blurred, more as they appear to the naked eye, which, I think, adds to the reality of the shot.___

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2015-08-21 16:09:06 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Getting ready for the photo adventure at Tranquilo Bay Panama, Columbus Day week in October. Two days with snorkeling opportunities, one on a coral reef, justifies my new underwater Point and Shoot. Plus numerous other bird and wildlife ops on other days. Join me for the week for only $1675, which includes all lodging and travel in Panama. For more information and booking details visit http://psnp.lightshedder.com/?page_id=808

Getting ready for the photo adventure at Tranquilo Bay Panama, Columbus Day week in October. Two days with snorkeling opportunities, one on a coral reef, justifies my new underwater Point and Shoot. Plus numerous other bird and wildlife ops on other days. Join me for the week for only $1675, which includes all lodging and travel in Panama. For more information and booking details visit http://psnp.lightshedder.com/?page_id=808___

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2015-08-21 12:23:29 (6 comments, 12 reshares, 174 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
View this as large as you can. Over the Arizona Border on Route 60, you begin to climb up into mountains. Looking back you can see the volcanic plateau of western New Mexico stretched out to the horizon. To get enough height to see over the little berm with the sunflowers, I had to flip out the screen on the Sony HX90V and hold it above my head, stretching up for the angle. That makes in-camera HDR a bit more of a challenge, because, of course, you have to hold the camera steady for 3 shots. It worked here :) 24mm equivalent field of view, and I did have to straighten the image a bit. It was the lovely light of a late afternoon after thundershowers. Really...view it large! 

For the love of landscape...
View this as large as you can. Over the Arizona Border on Route 60, you begin to climb up into mountains. Looking back you can see the volcanic plateau of western New Mexico stretched out to the horizon. To get enough height to see over the little berm with the sunflowers, I had to flip out the screen on the Sony HX90V and hold it above my head, stretching up for the angle. That makes in-camera HDR a bit more of a challenge, because, of course, you have to hold the camera steady for 3 shots. It worked here :) 24mm equivalent field of view, and I did have to straighten the image a bit. It was the lovely light of a late afternoon after thundershowers. Really...view it large! ___

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2015-08-21 11:56:27 (21 comments, 32 reshares, 303 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Ground Squirrel at Prayer :)
There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of Ground Squirrels on the grounds of the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum near Tucson. There might be that many in any equal sized area of Sonoran desert, but I suspect the population is inflated by easy access to the food put out for the other critters actually on display at the museum. If you have not been there, the AZ Sonoran Desert Museum is a cross between a botanical garden and a modern, natural habitat, zoo…with at least one important geological display. It is one of the best displays of the natural history of an area that I have ever seen. And, as I said, the Ground Squirrels seem to enjoy it too. :)

I really like the bokeh in this shot, and the pose. All in all it lends the Ground Squirrel a very “spiritual” aspect. Maybe the Ground Squirrels at the ASDM think of it as a monastery…but onethat in... more »

Pic for Today: Ground Squirrel at Prayer :)
There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of Ground Squirrels on the grounds of the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum near Tucson. There might be that many in any equal sized area of Sonoran desert, but I suspect the population is inflated by easy access to the food put out for the other critters actually on display at the museum. If you have not been there, the AZ Sonoran Desert Museum is a cross between a botanical garden and a modern, natural habitat, zoo…with at least one important geological display. It is one of the best displays of the natural history of an area that I have ever seen. And, as I said, the Ground Squirrels seem to enjoy it too. :)

I really like the bokeh in this shot, and the pose. All in all it lends the Ground Squirrel a very “spiritual” aspect. Maybe the Ground Squirrels at the ASDM think of it as a monastery…but one that invites whole families. :) Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/200th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-08-20 14:28:28 (4 comments, 18 reshares, 125 +1s)Open 

Join The Generous Eye for the photo adventure of a lifetime in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Tranquilo Bay Lodge. $1675: lovely cottages, great food, great company...all transport within Panama (including round trip from Panama City to Bocas del Toro on Air Panama), photo ops every day, and three off island excursions (beaches, coral reef snorkeling, poison dart frogs, tropical birds and wildlife). Point and Shoot friendly. Columbus Day week. For a full itinerary and registration details see http://psnp.lightshedder.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/IngrahamOct151.pdf

Join The Generous Eye for the photo adventure of a lifetime in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Tranquilo Bay Lodge. $1675: lovely cottages, great food, great company...all transport within Panama (including round trip from Panama City to Bocas del Toro on Air Panama), photo ops every day, and three off island excursions (beaches, coral reef snorkeling, poison dart frogs, tropical birds and wildlife). Point and Shoot friendly. Columbus Day week. For a full itinerary and registration details see http://psnp.lightshedder.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/IngrahamOct151.pdf___

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2015-08-20 13:32:29 (30 comments, 33 reshares, 369 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
One of the most amazing things about our journey to New Mexico and Arizona this year was just how green and lush everything is this August. I lived in New Mexico for 12 years, and visited Tucson in all seasons, and I can say that I have never seen either so green. The volcanic plateau between the Malpais and mountains to the south looked like the Yorkshire Downs in England. Storms like this one, of course, are the reason. The August monsoons came early and came hard all across the southwest. 
In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V at 24mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom. 

For the love of landscape...
One of the most amazing things about our journey to New Mexico and Arizona this year was just how green and lush everything is this August. I lived in New Mexico for 12 years, and visited Tucson in all seasons, and I can say that I have never seen either so green. The volcanic plateau between the Malpais and mountains to the south looked like the Yorkshire Downs in England. Storms like this one, of course, are the reason. The August monsoons came early and came hard all across the southwest. 
In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V at 24mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2015-08-20 13:06:46 (3 comments, 16 reshares, 156 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Immature Broadbilled Hummingbird
These are the kind of hummingbird pics I prefer...naturally posed on a natural perch...as opposed to on a red plastic feeder. Of course, they were taken near the feeders at Santa Rita Lodge in Madera Canyon, AZ. This is another Broadbilled Hummingbird, an immature male, I believe. Note the beginnings of the gorget in the bottom left image. Note also the width of the bill in the unusual pose in the upper right. If you have ever wondered how the Broadbilled Hummingbird, a stunningly beautiful bird by any standards, got such a mundane name...there it is. Look at that bill! 
Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 220 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Coolage. 

Pic for Today: Immature Broadbilled Hummingbird
These are the kind of hummingbird pics I prefer...naturally posed on a natural perch...as opposed to on a red plastic feeder. Of course, they were taken near the feeders at Santa Rita Lodge in Madera Canyon, AZ. This is another Broadbilled Hummingbird, an immature male, I believe. Note the beginnings of the gorget in the bottom left image. Note also the width of the bill in the unusual pose in the upper right. If you have ever wondered how the Broadbilled Hummingbird, a stunningly beautiful bird by any standards, got such a mundane name...there it is. Look at that bill! 
Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 220 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Coolage. ___

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2015-08-19 12:19:10 (7 comments, 11 reshares, 90 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
The road trip from Albuquerque to Tucson was so rich in landscape that it will take me a while to post even the highlights. This is Ventana Arch, at the edge of El Malpais National Monument. We reached it just in time to hike out to it, and only get a little wet as the storm swept in over the mesas. As my daughter Sarah said, it is a great arch, but not easy to photograph. The stormy weather may have help us. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom.

For the love of landscape...
The road trip from Albuquerque to Tucson was so rich in landscape that it will take me a while to post even the highlights. This is Ventana Arch, at the edge of El Malpais National Monument. We reached it just in time to hike out to it, and only get a little wet as the storm swept in over the mesas. As my daughter Sarah said, it is a great arch, but not easy to photograph. The stormy weather may have help us. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-08-19 12:09:06 (10 comments, 27 reshares, 296 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Hepatic Tanager
We went to Santa Rita Lodge in Medera Canyon for the hummingbirds, of course…but the pair of Hepatic Tanagers hanging around the seed feeders at the Lodge are drawing just about as much attention from birders. The male made brief appearances, but the female was often visible. On one occasion she landed right at the foot of the wall where the observation benches are, just within my minimum focus distance of 16.5 feet. Up close! Due to molt, her features are a bit disheveled, but still a beautiful bird.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/400th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.

Pic for Today: Hepatic Tanager
We went to Santa Rita Lodge in Medera Canyon for the hummingbirds, of course…but the pair of Hepatic Tanagers hanging around the seed feeders at the Lodge are drawing just about as much attention from birders. The male made brief appearances, but the female was often visible. On one occasion she landed right at the foot of the wall where the observation benches are, just within my minimum focus distance of 16.5 feet. Up close! Due to molt, her features are a bit disheveled, but still a beautiful bird.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/400th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-08-18 19:31:50 (30 comments, 36 reshares, 344 +1s)Open 

A bonus "For the love of landscape...*
I am having a rest day in Santa Fe on my way home from our (daughter Sarah and my) epic roadtrip from Pittsburgh to Santa Fe, and then Santa Fe to Tucson...with a week in Tucson in there. Doing some catch up. We drove through some inspiring storms coming down across the volcanic upland south of El Malpais National Monument on our way across NM and into Arizona. This rainbow graced us on 60 as we headed for the Salt River Canyon. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. 

A bonus "For the love of landscape...*
I am having a rest day in Santa Fe on my way home from our (daughter Sarah and my) epic roadtrip from Pittsburgh to Santa Fe, and then Santa Fe to Tucson...with a week in Tucson in there. Doing some catch up. We drove through some inspiring storms coming down across the volcanic upland south of El Malpais National Monument on our way across NM and into Arizona. This rainbow graced us on 60 as we headed for the Salt River Canyon. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. ___

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2015-08-18 15:44:10 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Black-tailed Rattlesnakes just in the last stage of mating. Santa Rita Lodge, Madera Canyon, AZ. Sony HX90V. 

Black-tailed Rattlesnakes just in the last stage of mating. Santa Rita Lodge, Madera Canyon, AZ. Sony HX90V. ___

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2015-08-18 15:23:30 (17 comments, 14 reshares, 212 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
The Sandia Mountains hover over Albuquerque New Mexico. They are named for this single hour, near sunset many days of the year, when the setting sun paints them red. To early Spanish settlers, they resembled a slice of watermelon across the horizon...and sandia is, I am told, the Spanish word for watermelon. In Old Town Albuquerque you will find flower like designs pressed into the wet adobe using a watermelon in honor of the Sandias rising above. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Taken out the rolled down window of a moving car. Processed in Lightroom, and the blurred foreground cropped away. 

For the love of landscape...
The Sandia Mountains hover over Albuquerque New Mexico. They are named for this single hour, near sunset many days of the year, when the setting sun paints them red. To early Spanish settlers, they resembled a slice of watermelon across the horizon...and sandia is, I am told, the Spanish word for watermelon. In Old Town Albuquerque you will find flower like designs pressed into the wet adobe using a watermelon in honor of the Sandias rising above. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Taken out the rolled down window of a moving car. Processed in Lightroom, and the blurred foreground cropped away. ___

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2015-08-18 14:16:44 (9 comments, 24 reshares, 216 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Broadbilled Hummingbird
On our last morning in Tucson, before our drive to Santa Fe, we spent a few hours in Madera Canyon, mostly sitting and watching the feeders at the Santa Rita Lodge. We did hike up to the Trogon nest on the Old Baldy trail, but we knew they had fledged the evening before, and, indeed, mom and pop apparently moved the chick up-canyon during the night. Still, there is always plenty of action at the Santa Rita Lodge. Besides the hummers, like this Broadbilled at the feeder, there is a pair of Hepatic Tanagers in the area and coming to the seed feeders.

I prefer my hummingbirds on natural perches, but this is just such a detailed and beautiful shot that I can not resist posting it. Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 320 @ f6.5. Processed and cropped for composition in Lightroom.

Pic for Today: Broadbilled Hummingbird
On our last morning in Tucson, before our drive to Santa Fe, we spent a few hours in Madera Canyon, mostly sitting and watching the feeders at the Santa Rita Lodge. We did hike up to the Trogon nest on the Old Baldy trail, but we knew they had fledged the evening before, and, indeed, mom and pop apparently moved the chick up-canyon during the night. Still, there is always plenty of action at the Santa Rita Lodge. Besides the hummers, like this Broadbilled at the feeder, there is a pair of Hepatic Tanagers in the area and coming to the seed feeders.

I prefer my hummingbirds on natural perches, but this is just such a detailed and beautiful shot that I can not resist posting it. Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 320 @ f6.5. Processed and cropped for composition in Lightroom.___

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2015-08-17 12:46:17 (5 comments, 21 reshares, 236 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
The hoodoos of Mt. Lemon, AZ. We took a late afternoon drive up the Mt. Lemon Highway for some landscape views. These standing rock formations, or hoodoos are a favorite view. In-camera HDR, Sony HX90V. 

For the love of landscape...
The hoodoos of Mt. Lemon, AZ. We took a late afternoon drive up the Mt. Lemon Highway for some landscape views. These standing rock formations, or hoodoos are a favorite view. In-camera HDR, Sony HX90V. ___

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2015-08-17 12:33:46 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Frog of the morning...
I think this is a Chiricahua Leopard Frog. We found it at Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson, AZ. The range is right. The habitat is right. And it matches the descriptions. So that is what I am calling it until someone who knows better corrects me. :)

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 200 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.

Pic for Today: Frog of the morning...
I think this is a Chiricahua Leopard Frog. We found it at Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson, AZ. The range is right. The habitat is right. And it matches the descriptions. So that is what I am calling it until someone who knows better corrects me. :)

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 200 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-08-16 16:54:08 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Sunday bonus shot! Lesser Goldfinch at Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson AZ. Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom.

Sunday bonus shot! Lesser Goldfinch at Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson AZ. Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-08-16 14:12:17 (7 comments, 10 reshares, 110 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
A particularly healthy looking stand of Saguaro on the side of Sabino Canyon. The canyon is lush and green this August. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. 

For the love of landscape...
A particularly healthy looking stand of Saguaro on the side of Sabino Canyon. The canyon is lush and green this August. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. ___

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2015-08-16 14:04:43 (39 comments, 55 reshares, 500 +1s)Open 

The Generous Eye
Pic for Today: Roseate Skimmer. Happy Sunday (again)
Those of you were paying attention might have noticed that yesterday I was suffering under day-of-the-week confusion. My daughter Sarah and I are working the Tucson Birding Festival, and we have been up and out early to do workshops or just to get some birding and photography in while it is still only in the upper 80s, and for some reason I woke up yesterday convinced it was Sunday already. It was only after I had written and posted The Generous Eye post for the week, which is my Sunday morning routine, that I was divested of that illusion. Saturday! Oh well, too late now.

Therefore this is the rare week when I post two The Generous Eye posts. What a blessing! For you. And for me!

This is one of my favorite dragonflies, though I only see it when traveling to Texas, New Mexico, or... more »

The Generous Eye
Pic for Today: Roseate Skimmer. Happy Sunday (again)
Those of you were paying attention might have noticed that yesterday I was suffering under day-of-the-week confusion. My daughter Sarah and I are working the Tucson Birding Festival, and we have been up and out early to do workshops or just to get some birding and photography in while it is still only in the upper 80s, and for some reason I woke up yesterday convinced it was Sunday already. It was only after I had written and posted The Generous Eye post for the week, which is my Sunday morning routine, that I was divested of that illusion. Saturday! Oh well, too late now.

Therefore this is the rare week when I post two The Generous Eye posts. What a blessing! For you. And for me!

This is one of my favorite dragonflies, though I only see it when traveling to Texas, New Mexico, or Arizona…states within its range. We do not have them in New England. The color is just so unlikely in nature…so intense…so pink! I had seen them on, what turns out to have been Friday, while doing a workshop at Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson, but they would not perch for a photo. On, what turns out to have been Saturday, we found two different specimens perched nicely. One was a tattered individual, with frayed wings, but the other was this relatively new dragon. Even it has a little wing tare…life at Sweetwater, with a host of predatory dragonflies competing within a relatively small area, must be rough.

The Roseate always makes me smile. There is, for me, a deep satisfying joy in seeing one, and especially in photographing one. What an outrageous bug! How extravagant…how unneedfully generous…of the creator to have lovingly intentioned such a creature in our world. I have to admire such extravagance. I have to love such a creator. And sharing an image of the dragonfly that might cause you to experience even a echo of that tangle of feelings is just plain fun! Happy Sunday.___

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2015-08-15 13:13:50 (3 comments, 12 reshares, 148 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
Another shot of the stream in Sabino Canyon. I have never seen the desert so lush and green! And, as my daughter says, a cute little cloud to set off the sky. :) In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. 

For the love of landscape...
Another shot of the stream in Sabino Canyon. I have never seen the desert so lush and green! And, as my daughter says, a cute little cloud to set off the sky. :) In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. ___

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2015-08-15 13:05:38 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

The Generous Eye
Pic for Today: Handsome is as handsome does. Happy Sunday
We spent the early morning yesterday at Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson AZ. Sweetwater Wetlands was one of the first municipal water treatment plants developed with native vegetation and trails specifically for birding. The size of its parking lot testifies to its popularity with Tucson area birders, and with visitors from around the world. In the winter it draws a wide variety of wetland species that would otherwise be hard to see in Tucson’s desert environment, and even in August there are birds aplenty.

This covey of 8-10 Gambel’s Quail were along the edge of one of the berm paths, feeding. I have attempted to photograph Gambel’s Quail in both New Mexico and Arizona, never with much success. They are easily spooked, hard to approach, and fast when they decide to disappear. At Bosque delApach... more »

The Generous Eye
Pic for Today: Handsome is as handsome does. Happy Sunday
We spent the early morning yesterday at Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson AZ. Sweetwater Wetlands was one of the first municipal water treatment plants developed with native vegetation and trails specifically for birding. The size of its parking lot testifies to its popularity with Tucson area birders, and with visitors from around the world. In the winter it draws a wide variety of wetland species that would otherwise be hard to see in Tucson’s desert environment, and even in August there are birds aplenty.

This covey of 8-10 Gambel’s Quail were along the edge of one of the berm paths, feeding. I have attempted to photograph Gambel’s Quail in both New Mexico and Arizona, never with much success. They are easily spooked, hard to approach, and fast when they decide to disappear. At Bosque del Apache in New Mexico, even with a sheet of glass between you and the birds (at the feeder blinds in the Visitor Center), it is hard to get them to sit long enough for a portrait. This is the “guard” quail…generally a male…who has the job of standing watch while the rest of the covey feeds. For some reason, instead of leading his covey off into the brush when I came around the corner of the trail close to them, he took the challenge head on, and approached me…strutting his best…his head plume raised…ready to fight me if I insisted! Of course, his covey obediently followed a yard behind…so they all clattered down the edge of the path toward me. He repeatedly struck his best pose on the brow of the trail and dared me to do my worst. My worst was to take a lot of pictures :) The light, behind him and still warm with rising sun, along with his attitude, made him irresistible.

Nikon P900 at about 1600mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom.

An encounter like this is always wonderful…in the literal sense of the word. It fills me with wonder…with a sense of the greatness of the creator God. And, of course, with an appreciation of God’s love in all creatures. How can I not feel blessed? It is way more than good luck. I can not believe there is not a loving intention behind an unlikely encounter like this, and it gives me great joy to share it with you. That is what the Generous Eye is all about. Happy Sunday!___

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2015-08-15 02:46:29 (9 comments, 6 reshares, 99 +1s)Open 

Bonus For the love of landscape... for today, my birthday!
We went out after the close of the Tucson Birding Festival to find ice cream to celebrate my birthday...and returned to the hotel just in time for this Tucson sunset show! Taken from the hotel parking lot. Sony HX90V in-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom. 

Bonus For the love of landscape... for today, my birthday!
We went out after the close of the Tucson Birding Festival to find ice cream to celebrate my birthday...and returned to the hotel just in time for this Tucson sunset show! Taken from the hotel parking lot. Sony HX90V in-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2015-08-14 12:22:49 (4 comments, 10 reshares, 120 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
Water in the desert. The stream in Sabino Canyon is flowing strong this August...bringing the canyon to life. The contrast is amazing. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom. 

For the love of landscape...
Water in the desert. The stream in Sabino Canyon is flowing strong this August...bringing the canyon to life. The contrast is amazing. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2015-08-14 12:16:25 (5 comments, 8 reshares, 110 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: More Lizard Action
Zebra Tail Lizard's response to the intense heat of Sabino Canyon yesterday AM. 

Sony HX90V at 720mm. Processed in Lightroom.

Pic for Today: More Lizard Action
Zebra Tail Lizard's response to the intense heat of Sabino Canyon yesterday AM. 

Sony HX90V at 720mm. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-08-13 13:59:36 (4 comments, 5 reshares, 131 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
Grants Pass, Tucson Mountain Park, Tucson AZ. A sweep panorama from the Sony HX90V. If you view it large you should be able to see the observatories on Kitt Peak, 50 miles to the west. I really like the way the clouds mold the mountain. :)

For the love of landscape...
Grants Pass, Tucson Mountain Park, Tucson AZ. A sweep panorama from the Sony HX90V. If you view it large you should be able to see the observatories on Kitt Peak, 50 miles to the west. I really like the way the clouds mold the mountain. :)___

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2015-08-13 13:35:36 (9 comments, 10 reshares, 146 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Eastern Collared Lizard
Who says lizards can’t be beautiful? Did someone say that? I hope not! The Eastern Collard Lizard has all kinds of beauty going on. Not to mention attitude. This is one bea-ute-a-ful lizard…and don’t he know it! :) This specimen was at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum near Tucson Arizona yesterday on a hot day…but he was still sunning. Getting his beauty rays.

Sony HX90V at around 1000mm equivalent field of view (using a little Clear Image Zoom beyond the optical). 1/320th @ ISO 80 @ f6.4. Processed in Lightroom.

Pic for Today: Eastern Collared Lizard
Who says lizards can’t be beautiful? Did someone say that? I hope not! The Eastern Collard Lizard has all kinds of beauty going on. Not to mention attitude. This is one bea-ute-a-ful lizard…and don’t he know it! :) This specimen was at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum near Tucson Arizona yesterday on a hot day…but he was still sunning. Getting his beauty rays.

Sony HX90V at around 1000mm equivalent field of view (using a little Clear Image Zoom beyond the optical). 1/320th @ ISO 80 @ f6.4. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-08-12 13:10:46 (6 comments, 13 reshares, 107 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
Sunset over Salt River Canyon. Arizona.
In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. 24mm.

For the love of landscape...
Sunset over Salt River Canyon. Arizona.
In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. 24mm.___

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