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The Weather Channel2,617,974*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 06:00:001300 

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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 20:04:1349213621
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 18:34:11501000
John Cleese9,799Hey 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 12:52:184945711
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
Linda Motoiu55,516#circle   #photographers  My favorite photographers circle - release 22014-06-20 18:41:243737029100
Robert Connor10,617photographers in this circleIf you would like to be included in the next Circle Share you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me ( ) in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.    _ Otherwise I may not notice your activity!_3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like#circleoftheday #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles  #circle #circles #circlemeup  #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou #ShareYourCircle2014-06-20 11:20:09495462576
Mikhail Petrovsky87,371Good morning /evening to all!Этот круг объединяет людей со схожими интересами и активной жизненной позицией в Google+Буду признателен всем, кто присоединится и поделится этим кругом.This circle unites people with similar interests and an active lifestyle in Google+ I would be grateful to all those who will join and share this circle. #ForFriends #EarthMyMother #photo 2014-06-10 02:03:08492442269
Rok Šimec13,955Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get!#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagerspeople   #engagersshowcasecircle   #engagersshowcase  #DaveBesbris  2014-06-08 09:44:08497242030
Gailen Mapes64,928Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera  I-K - 6 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to June 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting May 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes2014-06-06 10:43:15133005
John Nuntiatio37,49330k+ Circle - A circle worth adding and followingThe people from this circle have more than 30,000 followers.2014-06-02 08:54:46140496
Barry Chignell1,659My ever growing circle of great Google+ photogs :)If you know of anyone else I should be following please let me know, or share your #photog circle! :)2014-05-30 06:44:24338000

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Pic for Today: White-necked Jacobin
I was really hoping for a sunny afternoon at the Lodge at Pico Bonito in Honduras when, during our siesta time, I could just sit on the porch at the Lodge at Pico Bonito and photograph the hummingbirds coming to the feeders. There were at least a half dozen species. As it was, we only had one afternoon like that…our first…the rest of the days the rain-forest cloud cover had moved in by noon. Just the way it happened on our week there.

This is a White-necked Jacobin, one of the more common hummers at the Lodge feeders. A medium sized hummingbird, it is certainly an eye-full.

Except for the perched shot, these are all Sports Mode on the Sony HX400V at about 470mm equivalent field of view and 1/400th. I was fairly close to the action. The perched bird was further away. Shot at 1200mm equivalent @ 1/250th @ ISO 200. Processed in Lightroomand... more »

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2015-02-21 12:20:59 (359 comments, 199 reshares, 2314 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: White-necked Jacobin
I was really hoping for a sunny afternoon at the Lodge at Pico Bonito in Honduras when, during our siesta time, I could just sit on the porch at the Lodge at Pico Bonito and photograph the hummingbirds coming to the feeders. There were at least a half dozen species. As it was, we only had one afternoon like that…our first…the rest of the days the rain-forest cloud cover had moved in by noon. Just the way it happened on our week there.

This is a White-necked Jacobin, one of the more common hummers at the Lodge feeders. A medium sized hummingbird, it is certainly an eye-full.

Except for the perched shot, these are all Sports Mode on the Sony HX400V at about 470mm equivalent field of view and 1/400th. I was fairly close to the action. The perched bird was further away. Shot at 1200mm equivalent @ 1/250th @ ISO 200. Processed in Lightroomand... more »

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2015-02-21 12:20:59 (359 comments, 199 reshares, 2314 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: White-necked Jacobin
I was really hoping for a sunny afternoon at the Lodge at Pico Bonito in Honduras when, during our siesta time, I could just sit on the porch at the Lodge at Pico Bonito and photograph the hummingbirds coming to the feeders. There were at least a half dozen species. As it was, we only had one afternoon like that…our first…the rest of the days the rain-forest cloud cover had moved in by noon. Just the way it happened on our week there.

This is a White-necked Jacobin, one of the more common hummers at the Lodge feeders. A medium sized hummingbird, it is certainly an eye-full.

Except for the perched shot, these are all Sports Mode on the Sony HX400V at about 470mm equivalent field of view and 1/400th. I was fairly close to the action. The perched bird was further away. Shot at 1200mm equivalent @ 1/250th @ ISO 200. Processed in Lightroomand... more »

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2015-03-03 12:06:57 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 28 +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, 131 +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 (16 comments, 9 reshares, 238 +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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2015-02-28 12:09:54 (12 comments, 8 reshares, 137 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: The Physics of Ice?
I have been trying to get my head around the physics of this ice covered cobble, found on our local beach, yesterday. If you look closely you will see that the whole cobble, which was about the size of a grapefruit, is coated in a smooth shell of ice about 3/8 of an inch thick…very uniform…very tight. Though it appears clear at first glance, as though the stone had been dipped in poly-carbonate or liquid glass, looking even closer shows that the shell is made up of a lacework of tiny ice bubbles fused into the tight shell. This was not the only one. The stone had to be within a certain size range…not much bigger or smaller than this…and it had to be pretty much perfectly round and relatively smooth itself. As you see from the photo, other stones near this one were not effected the same way. I still can not imagine the mechanics of the process. It wasvery co... more »

Pic for Today: The Physics of Ice?
I have been trying to get my head around the physics of this ice covered cobble, found on our local beach, yesterday. If you look closely you will see that the whole cobble, which was about the size of a grapefruit, is coated in a smooth shell of ice about 3/8 of an inch thick…very uniform…very tight. Though it appears clear at first glance, as though the stone had been dipped in poly-carbonate or liquid glass, looking even closer shows that the shell is made up of a lacework of tiny ice bubbles fused into the tight shell. This was not the only one. The stone had to be within a certain size range…not much bigger or smaller than this…and it had to be pretty much perfectly round and relatively smooth itself. As you see from the photo, other stones near this one were not effected the same way. I still can not imagine the mechanics of the process. It was very cold the night before…but, still, how did the receding tide produce this effect? (If you know the answer, feel free to post it in the comments.)

Sony HX400V at 45mm equivalent field of view and macro. In-camera HDR. Nominal exposure (Program shifted for greater depth of field) ISO 80 @ 1/1000th @ f6.3. For scale, the snow drift at the edge of the sand is at least 5.5 feet tall. :)___

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2015-02-27 12:17:48 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Egret Plumage
Today we will drop back almost a month to my Space Coast Birding Festival trip.

The lovely breeding plumage of the Great Egret came close to killing off the bird. Back in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s the lady’s hat trade consumed Egrets by the thousands, and the carnage sparked one of the first spontaneous conservation movements in the US…one that lead directly, if eventually, to the protection of most non-game birds within our borders. So you might say that these lovely plumes did their part to save the birds…all the birds in the US.

There are few places where you can get as close to breeding Egrets as you can at the rookeries at Gatorland and St Augustine Alligator Farm in Florida. These commercial ventures, whether you think them hokey or educational, have, in their own way, helped to save the birds as well. Providing aprotected... more »

Pic for Today: Egret Plumage
Today we will drop back almost a month to my Space Coast Birding Festival trip.

The lovely breeding plumage of the Great Egret came close to killing off the bird. Back in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s the lady’s hat trade consumed Egrets by the thousands, and the carnage sparked one of the first spontaneous conservation movements in the US…one that lead directly, if eventually, to the protection of most non-game birds within our borders. So you might say that these lovely plumes did their part to save the birds…all the birds in the US.

There are few places where you can get as close to breeding Egrets as you can at the rookeries at Gatorland and St Augustine Alligator Farm in Florida. These commercial ventures, whether you think them hokey or educational, have, in their own way, helped to save the birds as well. Providing a protected, alligator infested, pool with big trees over and surrounding is simply an invitation to Egrets, Herons, Storks, and Spoonbills to come and nest…and they do. And because there are people there everyday, they get used to the people, and nest withing feet of the boardwalks. This shot is a telephoto macro taken from about 20 feet at 1200mm equivalent field of view. 1/1600th @ ISO 125 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-02-26 12:03:18 (16 comments, 25 reshares, 411 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Groove-billed Ani
We birded from the bus (once it was light) all the way from the Lodge at Pico Bonito to the Honduran Emerald Preserve…three hours both ways. Much of the trip was in the interior valley of the Aguan river…beautiful open country with rushing tributaries and a backdrop of mountains on either side. We pulled up beside a large “tank”, a scrape pond made for watering cattle, to look for ducks and waders, and this Groove-billed Ani was sunning itself on a fence post not far from the bus. This shot was taken out the open window of the bus.

Anis are not the most beautiful of birds, but they are interesting. The massive bill and the always somewhat disheveled plumage with its touch of iridescence are pretty unique. This bird is letting the sun into its feathers to kill mites that live there.

Sony HX400V at something over 1200mm equivalentfield o... more »

Pic for Today: Groove-billed Ani
We birded from the bus (once it was light) all the way from the Lodge at Pico Bonito to the Honduran Emerald Preserve…three hours both ways. Much of the trip was in the interior valley of the Aguan river…beautiful open country with rushing tributaries and a backdrop of mountains on either side. We pulled up beside a large “tank”, a scrape pond made for watering cattle, to look for ducks and waders, and this Groove-billed Ani was sunning itself on a fence post not far from the bus. This shot was taken out the open window of the bus.

Anis are not the most beautiful of birds, but they are interesting. The massive bill and the always somewhat disheveled plumage with its touch of iridescence are pretty unique. This bird is letting the sun into its feathers to kill mites that live there.

Sony HX400V at something over 1200mm equivalent field of view (using Clear Image Digital Zoom). 1/800th @ ISO 400 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-02-25 12:08:41 (248 comments, 182 reshares, 1984 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
In honor of several inches of fresh snow on the ground here in Maine this morning, we will return to hot Honduran hummingbirds. This is the Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, photographed at the Rio Santiago Lodge, high up on the shoulders of Pico Bonito in Honduras. The Lodge is 5 km up a single track road, at the very end. Strangely enough, there are not one, but two churches, just below the lodge. I am not sure what population they serve up there on the mountain, apparently far from any dwellings. The lodge is famous for hummingbirds. They maintain over 50 feeders, hung from the outdoor patios and the trees on the grounds. We saw 12 species while we were there, and there is potential for a half a dozen more.

The colors on a hummingbird, especially the gorget on head and throat, are not pigment…they are the result of light refracted through tinyb... more »

Pic for Today: Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
In honor of several inches of fresh snow on the ground here in Maine this morning, we will return to hot Honduran hummingbirds. This is the Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, photographed at the Rio Santiago Lodge, high up on the shoulders of Pico Bonito in Honduras. The Lodge is 5 km up a single track road, at the very end. Strangely enough, there are not one, but two churches, just below the lodge. I am not sure what population they serve up there on the mountain, apparently far from any dwellings. The lodge is famous for hummingbirds. They maintain over 50 feeders, hung from the outdoor patios and the trees on the grounds. We saw 12 species while we were there, and there is potential for a half a dozen more.

The colors on a hummingbird, especially the gorget on head and throat, are not pigment…they are the result of light refracted through tiny bubbles in the feathers, so the colors vary greatly depending on the angle of the light and its intensity. I think this is the same bird in each frame. It returned to the same perch but the images were taken over the course of a couple of hours, and the light was changing all the time.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. 1/125th second at ISO 1000-1250. Processed and cropped for scale in Lightroom and assembled in Phototastic on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-02-24 12:44:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Winter Beach (take two)
I do not like the way Google+ on the desktop displays albums so here is "Mix" of today's Winter Beach shots Created on the Android app.

Pic for Today: Winter Beach (take two)
I do not like the way Google+ on the desktop displays albums so here is "Mix" of today's Winter Beach shots Created on the Android app.___

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2015-02-24 12:06:39 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Pic(s) for Today: Winter Beach
(Worth clicking to view full size.)
I braved -15 degree wind chill to get out to the beach yesterday for these shots. Believe me when I say I did not stay longer than it took to take these two shots. A few more on the way back to the car, and it took all the way home to thaw my fingers. And I was wearing gloves! Still there is a unique beauty to the winter beach where the snow drifting over the dunes meets the tide-line under a cold, cold sky.

Sony HX400V at 24mm equivalent field of view. In-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic(s) for Today: Winter Beach
(Worth clicking to view full size.)
I braved -15 degree wind chill to get out to the beach yesterday for these shots. Believe me when I say I did not stay longer than it took to take these two shots. A few more on the way back to the car, and it took all the way home to thaw my fingers. And I was wearing gloves! Still there is a unique beauty to the winter beach where the snow drifting over the dunes meets the tide-line under a cold, cold sky.

Sony HX400V at 24mm equivalent field of view. In-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-02-23 19:17:09 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

There it is! 1,000,000 views for yesterday's Pic for Today post. :) Flabbergasted! 

There it is! 1,000,000 views for yesterday's Pic for Today post. :) Flabbergasted! ___

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2015-02-23 12:05:33 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 109 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Icy Panorama
We will take a break from hot Honduran hummingbirds today. This is an unintentional panorama, stitched in Photoshop Elements from two images. I was going to post only one or the other, but in looking at them I wondered if Photoshop could make a seamless pano from them. No sooner thought than tried. It took two tries but PE, using the Auto setting on Photomerge Panorama, did the trick wonderfully well, and even automatically filled out to the edges of the rectangle. Impressive software…and, switching gears, an impressive winter we are having. We had maybe 4 inches of fresh snow by morning yesterday, but it got to the low 30s. We are back in the teens today, with below zero temps for tonight. People are hiring bucket-loaders to pile the snow next to their drives, as conventional pick-up plows can no longer push the snow high enough. Two story houses have two storyd... more »

Pic for Today: Icy Panorama
We will take a break from hot Honduran hummingbirds today. This is an unintentional panorama, stitched in Photoshop Elements from two images. I was going to post only one or the other, but in looking at them I wondered if Photoshop could make a seamless pano from them. No sooner thought than tried. It took two tries but PE, using the Auto setting on Photomerge Panorama, did the trick wonderfully well, and even automatically filled out to the edges of the rectangle. Impressive software…and, switching gears, an impressive winter we are having. We had maybe 4 inches of fresh snow by morning yesterday, but it got to the low 30s. We are back in the teens today, with below zero temps for tonight. People are hiring bucket-loaders to pile the snow next to their drives, as conventional pick-up plows can no longer push the snow high enough. Two story houses have two story driveway piles. After the first storm, we have been blowing ours so we have a whole yard to fill…but it is indeed filling up. This shot, with the broken ice (broken by the tide), gives you a good feel for our Maine winter this year.  :)

Two 24mm equivalent field of view, in-camera HDRs, from the Sony HX400V. Processed in Lightroom and stitched into a pano in Photoshop Elements Photomerge tool.___

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2015-02-22 12:32:46 (163 comments, 152 reshares, 1473 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: (Violet) Crowned Woodnymph. Happy Sunday!
This is my second hummingbird collage in a row. Yesterday I featured the White-necked Jacobin. Today we have four shots of the Crowned Woodnymph, until recently called the Violet Crowned Woodnymph. The White-necked Jocobin and the Crowned Woodnymph were the most numerous hummingbirds at the feeders both at the Lodge at Pico Bonito and the Rio Santiago Lodge in Honduras. The first shot here is from Pico Bonito…the others are from Rio Santiago. And, as I mentioned yesterday, all were taken in the subdued light of a cloudy afternoon. The shots at Rio Santiago were taken the the shadow of impending rain.

The hummingbirds of Central America are enough to make we want to visit again and again. Sony HX400V. The light levels were low, but there was enough light for ISO 320-1250, with shutter speed pegged at 1/125…which is about asslo... more »

Pic for Today: (Violet) Crowned Woodnymph. Happy Sunday!
This is my second hummingbird collage in a row. Yesterday I featured the White-necked Jacobin. Today we have four shots of the Crowned Woodnymph, until recently called the Violet Crowned Woodnymph. The White-necked Jocobin and the Crowned Woodnymph were the most numerous hummingbirds at the feeders both at the Lodge at Pico Bonito and the Rio Santiago Lodge in Honduras. The first shot here is from Pico Bonito…the others are from Rio Santiago. And, as I mentioned yesterday, all were taken in the subdued light of a cloudy afternoon. The shots at Rio Santiago were taken the the shadow of impending rain.

The hummingbirds of Central America are enough to make we want to visit again and again. Sony HX400V. The light levels were low, but there was enough light for ISO 320-1250, with shutter speed pegged at 1/125…which is about as slow as I would dare to go with a hummingbird, especially hand held at 1200mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Phototastic on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

It is interesting that the White-necked Jacobin collage from yesterday went somewhat viral on Google+…and, in fact, it is still getting 10 new +s an hour, and garnering views 24 hours after posting. As of a moment ago it was at 1734 +s, 301 comments (plus about 30 removed as spam), 132 shares, and 802,000 views. I was totally amazed when it went over 500,000 views, half a million, but now a million views is in sight. It is slowing, and probably will not make 1 million, but still…that is a awesome number of views for me. Humbling, and, honestly, a little scary. What kind of world do we live in when I…in all honesty, just a guy from Kennebunk Maine…can post a picture which is seen by 800,000 people in a single day, when over 1700 of them take the time to hit the + button, and over 300 are moved to comment? To keep things in perspective I have to remember that cute kittens get a million or more views on a regular basis…but still…if someone had told me, even last year, that a photo of mine would have that kind of audience I would have laughed right out loud. I mean, really?

Still, I value every view…every + and every comment. I am humbly thankful. And I have to believe that may of those who viewed the collage saw what I saw in it…the simply fantastic beauty of our natural world…and that a good percentage of them saw behind the beauty to the source…to the artist…to the creator of all beauty…who beyond creation gave us the gift of appreciation…the eye to see the beauty, and the heart to feel the wonder…the spirit to enjoy. Thank you God. Happy Sunday!___

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2015-02-21 12:20:59 (359 comments, 199 reshares, 2314 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: White-necked Jacobin
I was really hoping for a sunny afternoon at the Lodge at Pico Bonito in Honduras when, during our siesta time, I could just sit on the porch at the Lodge at Pico Bonito and photograph the hummingbirds coming to the feeders. There were at least a half dozen species. As it was, we only had one afternoon like that…our first…the rest of the days the rain-forest cloud cover had moved in by noon. Just the way it happened on our week there.

This is a White-necked Jacobin, one of the more common hummers at the Lodge feeders. A medium sized hummingbird, it is certainly an eye-full.

Except for the perched shot, these are all Sports Mode on the Sony HX400V at about 470mm equivalent field of view and 1/400th. I was fairly close to the action. The perched bird was further away. Shot at 1200mm equivalent @ 1/250th @ ISO 200. Processed in Lightroomand... more »

Pic for Today: White-necked Jacobin
I was really hoping for a sunny afternoon at the Lodge at Pico Bonito in Honduras when, during our siesta time, I could just sit on the porch at the Lodge at Pico Bonito and photograph the hummingbirds coming to the feeders. There were at least a half dozen species. As it was, we only had one afternoon like that…our first…the rest of the days the rain-forest cloud cover had moved in by noon. Just the way it happened on our week there.

This is a White-necked Jacobin, one of the more common hummers at the Lodge feeders. A medium sized hummingbird, it is certainly an eye-full.

Except for the perched shot, these are all Sports Mode on the Sony HX400V at about 470mm equivalent field of view and 1/400th. I was fairly close to the action. The perched bird was further away. Shot at 1200mm equivalent @ 1/250th @ ISO 200. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Phototastic on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Next trip maybe I will get more sunny afternoons!___

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2015-02-20 12:30:22 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 88 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Snowshoe Vistas
Yesterday the temperature crept up into the 20s and the sun peaked out, so after a good long rest when I finished blowing the 4 inches of fresh snow out of the drive, after lunch, Carol and I decided to go snowshoeing at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters. The loop trail there is just about the right length for snowshoeing novices…and popular enough with snowshoers that you practically never have to break trail. We have something in neighborhood of 4-5 feet of snow on the ground, where it has not drifted, so the woods and marsh have a totally unique aspect. The Merriland River, which runs along one side of the trail, and Branch Brook, which bounds another side and meets the Merriland, are both tidal rivers this close to the sea, so the river ice, which is at least 3 feet thick at points, is fractured by rise and fall and stained by the mixture off... more »

Pic for Today: Snowshoe Vistas
Yesterday the temperature crept up into the 20s and the sun peaked out, so after a good long rest when I finished blowing the 4 inches of fresh snow out of the drive, after lunch, Carol and I decided to go snowshoeing at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters. The loop trail there is just about the right length for snowshoeing novices…and popular enough with snowshoers that you practically never have to break trail. We have something in neighborhood of 4-5 feet of snow on the ground, where it has not drifted, so the woods and marsh have a totally unique aspect. The Merriland River, which runs along one side of the trail, and Branch Brook, which bounds another side and meets the Merriland, are both tidal rivers this close to the sea, so the river ice, which is at least 3 feet thick at points, is fractured by rise and fall and stained by the mixture of fresh peaty waters and salty sea waters.

These are 4 in-camera HDRs. Sony HX400V. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet, and assembled in Phototastic.___

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2015-02-19 14:38:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

In case you missed it. Using a Point and Shoot Superzoom in the tropics poses unique challenges. But it can be done!

In case you missed it. Using a Point and Shoot Superzoom in the tropics poses unique challenges. But it can be done!___

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2015-02-19 12:12:55 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Mangrove Common Black-Hawk
The bird checklist for the Lodge at Pico Bonito lists two Common Black-Hawks: Common and Mangrove Common. They are both the same species, so far, but the feeling in Honduras is that they are distinct populations, and perhaps different birds. This is the Mangrove variety, found in the mangroves along the Cuero y Salado rivers near the Caribbean coast. It is a juvenile bird. We were birding from boats, and I had the distinction of spotting this young bird from across the broad river as we motored back to the docks. At first, due to the proximity to water, and the distance, I thought it was an Osprey. A closer look convinced me otherwise. Our second boat (the one with the guide in it) saw us suddenly turn and head for shore and looped back, so everyone had great looks as the bird perched on a snag and hopped along the shore.

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Pic for Today: Mangrove Common Black-Hawk
The bird checklist for the Lodge at Pico Bonito lists two Common Black-Hawks: Common and Mangrove Common. They are both the same species, so far, but the feeling in Honduras is that they are distinct populations, and perhaps different birds. This is the Mangrove variety, found in the mangroves along the Cuero y Salado rivers near the Caribbean coast. It is a juvenile bird. We were birding from boats, and I had the distinction of spotting this young bird from across the broad river as we motored back to the docks. At first, due to the proximity to water, and the distance, I thought it was an Osprey. A closer look convinced me otherwise. Our second boat (the one with the guide in it) saw us suddenly turn and head for shore and looped back, so everyone had great looks as the bird perched on a snag and hopped along the shore.

Sony HX400V. 655mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 400 @ f5.6. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-02-18 15:36:55 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Join the Point and Shoot Nature Photographer in St. Augustine FL, April 22-26, for a 5 session complete course in using P&S super-zooms for wildlife, landscape, macro, and general nature photography.

Join the Point and Shoot Nature Photographer in St. Augustine FL, April 22-26, for a 5 session complete course in using P&S super-zooms for wildlife, landscape, macro, and general nature photography.___

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2015-02-18 12:10:47 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Rainforest Waterfall
There is more to Honduras than birds and bugs, of course. While hard to capture, the rainforest is full of lush growth, rushing water, and occasional vistas from a ridge where the trees thin. This is a waterfall on a feeder stream to the Rio Santiago, 6 km up the side of the mountains from the main route, which is already up on the shoulders of the mountains surrounding Pico Bonito. Our birding group paused here for photos and to enjoy the scene.

Sony HX400V. About 50mm equivalent field of view. In-camera HDR. Nominal exposure: ISO 200 @ 1/50th @ f3.5. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic for Today: Rainforest Waterfall
There is more to Honduras than birds and bugs, of course. While hard to capture, the rainforest is full of lush growth, rushing water, and occasional vistas from a ridge where the trees thin. This is a waterfall on a feeder stream to the Rio Santiago, 6 km up the side of the mountains from the main route, which is already up on the shoulders of the mountains surrounding Pico Bonito. Our birding group paused here for photos and to enjoy the scene.

Sony HX400V. About 50mm equivalent field of view. In-camera HDR. Nominal exposure: ISO 200 @ 1/50th @ f3.5. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-02-17 15:02:24 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

The tropics provide one of the richest and most varied arrays of photographic opportunities of anyplace on earth…but they also provide definite challenges for any photographer…including, of course, Point and Shoot Nature Photographers. From the dense,…

The tropics provide one of the richest and most varied arrays of photographic opportunities of anyplace on earth…but they also provide definite challenges for any photographer…including, of course, Point and Shoot Nature Photographers. From the dense,…___

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2015-02-17 12:20:10 (42 comments, 59 reshares, 683 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Lineated Woodpecker
Taken from the bus, on the way to the Honduran Emerald Reserve, in the Aguan River Valley of Honduras. A relatively large woodpecker, a size larger than a Hairy Woodpecker here in the US. We were stopped for other birds, and the Lineated appeared in a roadside tree. Just a grab shot, but a very interesting bird.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. Cropped for scale. 1/800th @ ISO 400 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic for Today: Lineated Woodpecker
Taken from the bus, on the way to the Honduran Emerald Reserve, in the Aguan River Valley of Honduras. A relatively large woodpecker, a size larger than a Hairy Woodpecker here in the US. We were stopped for other birds, and the Lineated appeared in a roadside tree. Just a grab shot, but a very interesting bird.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. Cropped for scale. 1/800th @ ISO 400 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-02-16 12:47:49 (12 comments, 6 reshares, 162 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Juvenile Boat-billed Heron
One of the problems with Point and Shoot photography, or, for that matter, photography of any kind, in the tropics is the density of the foliage. It makes focus difficult and the low light levels push any camera to the limits of what can be done without flash. So this is not a great shot of a Boat-billed Heron…an immature bird we found deep in the mangroves overhanging the waters in Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge in Honduras…but it is pretty good considering that it was taken hand-held from a boat in such dim light. :)

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. I had to dial the shutter speed all the way down to 1/160th to get a reasonable exposure of ISO 2500 at f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic for Today: Juvenile Boat-billed Heron
One of the problems with Point and Shoot photography, or, for that matter, photography of any kind, in the tropics is the density of the foliage. It makes focus difficult and the low light levels push any camera to the limits of what can be done without flash. So this is not a great shot of a Boat-billed Heron…an immature bird we found deep in the mangroves overhanging the waters in Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge in Honduras…but it is pretty good considering that it was taken hand-held from a boat in such dim light. :)

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. I had to dial the shutter speed all the way down to 1/160th to get a reasonable exposure of ISO 2500 at f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-02-15 15:47:35 (20 comments, 1 reshares, 85 +1s)Open 

Time for a winter profile. :)

Time for a winter profile. :)___

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2015-02-15 12:44:33 (5 comments, 11 reshares, 102 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Blue-crowned Motmot. Happy Sunday!
The Motmots of Central America are among the most colorful of birds in a region renowned for colorful birds. There are several species to add interest. They are, according to WiKi, relatives of the Kingfishers, Bee-eaters, and Rollers, all colorful birds in their own right, and like their kin, nest in holes and tunnels in steep banks. They perch low in the canopy, and except for the Turquoise-browed, which apparently favors more open country, are difficult to photograph in the perpetual half-light under the dense foliage. This shot was digiscoped…taken through the 30x wide-field eyepiece on a ZEISS DiaScope 65FL spotting scope, with a small Canon s120 advanced Point and Shoot camera. The combination gave me the equivalent of about an 850mm lens on a full-frame digital camera. The low light levels pushed the camera to its limits, but I am happyt... more »

Pic for Today: Blue-crowned Motmot. Happy Sunday!
The Motmots of Central America are among the most colorful of birds in a region renowned for colorful birds. There are several species to add interest. They are, according to WiKi, relatives of the Kingfishers, Bee-eaters, and Rollers, all colorful birds in their own right, and like their kin, nest in holes and tunnels in steep banks. They perch low in the canopy, and except for the Turquoise-browed, which apparently favors more open country, are difficult to photograph in the perpetual half-light under the dense foliage. This shot was digiscoped…taken through the 30x wide-field eyepiece on a ZEISS DiaScope 65FL spotting scope, with a small Canon s120 advanced Point and Shoot camera. The combination gave me the equivalent of about an 850mm lens on a full-frame digital camera. The low light levels pushed the camera to its limits, but I am happy to have a record of this amazing bird.

While the ZEISS VICTORY SF Experience hiked through the rainforest looking for birds like the Motmot, the subject of how such spectacuarly strange birds “evolved” came up. Looking at Motmot’s for instance, there are many features of structure and plumage that are difficult to explain from a “survival of the fittest” stand point. If you assume that every feature of the creature has to have provided evolutionary advantage, then you soon get lost in rambling speculation, since there is often no obvious advantage to such intricate design. At one point I simply laughed and said, ” I am not looking for evolutionary advantage. I take each feature as evidence of design.” You can believe that caused a dead silence in the group. In truth they might have felt pity for me…since I was obviously one of those backward fork who what to see intelligent design in nature…a creative intelligence responsible for the creatures we see. Imagine if I had gotten as far as saying a “loving intelligence” who “loves” the Motmot and all creatures into existence. Because of course that is what I believe. It makes me the odd-man-out in the birding circles that I frequent, but that is okay. Every bird I see is another reason to give thanks to the Creator…to celebrate both creation and love. It makes birding, like every aspect of a life lived in the spirit, an act of worship…both the joyful, song-filled, revitalizing kind of Sunday worship, and the deep meditative worship of reflection. I only wish I could share more of that worship with my fellow birders. And of course, I am secretly attributing the joy they feel in the presence of birds to the movement of the spirit in them. It costs them nothing and it increases my pleasure in what we are doing together. Happy Sunday. And may something as wonderful as a Motmot in the rainforest enrich your day.___

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2015-02-14 12:31:54 (20 comments, 4 reshares, 116 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Valentine'd Day in Maine
We are bracing ourselves, here in Southern Maine, for what they are already calling the Valentine's Day Blizzard. 18 inches of fresh snow, winds to 50 mph, and temperatures in the single digits (it is -12 as I write this). And this on top of the 60 inches or more of snow, drifted often to much higher, that we already have on the ground. The piles of snow in the parking lots are reaching three stores high. The industrial grade snowblower tractor that makes canyons out of sidewalks finally made it through the snow plies from the drives along our street yesterday, and Carol came out to pose in the gap for scale. Okay, so Carol is not very tall, but it makes the point.

And, since Carol is my Valentine, it makes a perfect pic for today. :)

Sony WX220. Intelligent Auto. 25mm equivalent field of view. ISO 100 @ f3.3 @ 1/500th.... more »

Pic for Today: Valentine'd Day in Maine
We are bracing ourselves, here in Southern Maine, for what they are already calling the Valentine's Day Blizzard. 18 inches of fresh snow, winds to 50 mph, and temperatures in the single digits (it is -12 as I write this). And this on top of the 60 inches or more of snow, drifted often to much higher, that we already have on the ground. The piles of snow in the parking lots are reaching three stores high. The industrial grade snowblower tractor that makes canyons out of sidewalks finally made it through the snow plies from the drives along our street yesterday, and Carol came out to pose in the gap for scale. Okay, so Carol is not very tall, but it makes the point.

And, since Carol is my Valentine, it makes a perfect pic for today. :)

Sony WX220. Intelligent Auto. 25mm equivalent field of view. ISO 100 @ f3.3 @ 1/500th. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-02-13 12:20:07 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 82 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Bare-throated Tiger-Heron
I mentioned that we rode the toy train (banana train) from La Union to the Cuere y Salado Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center and the boats on which we explored the mangroves in the river delta…this is another bird we saw, and stopped for, along the tracks. Tiger-Herons are Neotropical wading birds clearly related to the rest of the Heron tribe. The Bare-throated is common in Central America from southern Mexico south. Every one I have seen…all two of them…have been in trees, but I am confident that they do get down and wade at least on occasion. :)

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 500 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic for Today: Bare-throated Tiger-Heron
I mentioned that we rode the toy train (banana train) from La Union to the Cuere y Salado Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center and the boats on which we explored the mangroves in the river delta…this is another bird we saw, and stopped for, along the tracks. Tiger-Herons are Neotropical wading birds clearly related to the rest of the Heron tribe. The Bare-throated is common in Central America from southern Mexico south. Every one I have seen…all two of them…have been in trees, but I am confident that they do get down and wade at least on occasion. :)

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 500 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-02-13 11:37:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The highlights reel, with a more comercial bent, for the ZEISS FB page. And for those of you with shorter attention spans or less tolerance for birds and birders. :)

The highlights reel, with a more comercial bent, for the ZEISS FB page. And for those of you with shorter attention spans or less tolerance for birds and birders. :)___

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2015-02-12 12:53:09 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Frozen
From the hot and humid rainforest of Honduras to the cold and frozen mixed temperate forest and marsh of Maine! Quite a contrast. After two days when my exercise was snowblowing the drive, I got out my new snowshoes yesterday for a trip (slog) around the trail at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge headquarters. It was 10 degrees when I left home, and only 14 degrees two hours later when I returned. With wind in the forest of Rachel Carson, and especially out on the platforms over the marsh, it was indeed frigid…but I enjoyed being out in the deep woods in the snow (3 feet or more in spots) just as much as I anticipated. Others on snowshoes had gone before me…so I did not even have to break trail. This is the loop in Branch Brook before it joins the Merriland River to become the Little River for its last run to the sea.

I was experimenting with theSno... more »

Pic for Today: Frozen
From the hot and humid rainforest of Honduras to the cold and frozen mixed temperate forest and marsh of Maine! Quite a contrast. After two days when my exercise was snowblowing the drive, I got out my new snowshoes yesterday for a trip (slog) around the trail at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge headquarters. It was 10 degrees when I left home, and only 14 degrees two hours later when I returned. With wind in the forest of Rachel Carson, and especially out on the platforms over the marsh, it was indeed frigid…but I enjoyed being out in the deep woods in the snow (3 feet or more in spots) just as much as I anticipated. Others on snowshoes had gone before me…so I did not even have to break trail. This is the loop in Branch Brook before it joins the Merriland River to become the Little River for its last run to the sea.

I was experimenting with the Snow mode on the Sony HX400V, and I am pretty much pleased with the results. I could get more texture in the snow by underexposing and using HDR…but the tones and color temperature in the Snow mode shots are excellent. Just as it looks to the naked eye. :) Frozen.

24mm equivalent field of view. ISO 80 @ 1/2000 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-02-11 14:34:03 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

  One of the limitations of Point and Shoot cameras, even advanced Point and Shoot cameras like the super-zooms, is that they use a simpler, and less effective, auto focus sensor system than full fledged DSLRs. This matters not at all when you are…

  One of the limitations of Point and Shoot cameras, even advanced Point and Shoot cameras like the super-zooms, is that they use a simpler, and less effective, auto focus sensor system than full fledged DSLRs. This matters not at all when you are…___

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2015-02-11 13:12:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

The schedule for the Point and Shoot Nature Photography course at the Florida Birding and Photo Fest is now up, and registration is open. I would love to see you there! 

The schedule for the Point and Shoot Nature Photography course at the Florida Birding and Photo Fest is now up, and registration is open. I would love to see you there! ___

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2015-02-11 12:13:59 (18 comments, 29 reshares, 412 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Bat Falcon
We rode the narrow gauge, toy train 9 km from La Union to the Visitor Center at Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge in Honduras. It is actually the train used to haul fruit and workers to and from the plantations to the real railroad, when the fruit plantations were active…but they have preserved it as a local tourist attraction, and for the convenience of those who live in the isolated dwellings down by the sea beyond the Refuge. We saw lots of birds from the train, and even though there were local paying passengers, we stopped often to get off and have a better look. This Bat Falcon stopped the train for a good half hour. :) It is a trim little bird, as most falcons are…and certainly worth a long look.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. 1/640th @ ISO 100 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic for Today: Bat Falcon
We rode the narrow gauge, toy train 9 km from La Union to the Visitor Center at Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge in Honduras. It is actually the train used to haul fruit and workers to and from the plantations to the real railroad, when the fruit plantations were active…but they have preserved it as a local tourist attraction, and for the convenience of those who live in the isolated dwellings down by the sea beyond the Refuge. We saw lots of birds from the train, and even though there were local paying passengers, we stopped often to get off and have a better look. This Bat Falcon stopped the train for a good half hour. :) It is a trim little bird, as most falcons are…and certainly worth a long look.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. 1/640th @ ISO 100 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-02-11 02:58:25 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

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2015-02-10 13:35:48 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Tiger Heliconian
There are apparently several of these orange and black long-wings possible in Central America, but I am pretty sure this is, indeed, the Tiger Heliconian…pretty sure because the name seems to be applied to several different species. This shot was at the visitor center after our boat exploration of the junction of the Cuero and Salado rivers a few hundred yards inland from the Caribbean sea. It is a great habitat for birds…mangroves and huge trees lining quiet waters. The visitor center has a small yard and garden and I chased the Heliconian down among the flowers.

Sony HX400V at just over 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/800th @ ISO 640 @ f5.6. Processed and cropped for scale and composition in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic for Today: Tiger Heliconian
There are apparently several of these orange and black long-wings possible in Central America, but I am pretty sure this is, indeed, the Tiger Heliconian…pretty sure because the name seems to be applied to several different species. This shot was at the visitor center after our boat exploration of the junction of the Cuero and Salado rivers a few hundred yards inland from the Caribbean sea. It is a great habitat for birds…mangroves and huge trees lining quiet waters. The visitor center has a small yard and garden and I chased the Heliconian down among the flowers.

Sony HX400V at just over 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/800th @ ISO 640 @ f5.6. Processed and cropped for scale and composition in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-02-09 17:11:45 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

For those who have been following my Honduran adventure and my new friends in Honduras, this is how we roll today back in Maine :-) When the Honduran reporter asked us what we were doing in Honduras, this is the image that leapt to my mind. 

For those who have been following my Honduran adventure and my new friends in Honduras, this is how we roll today back in Maine :-) When the Honduran reporter asked us what we were doing in Honduras, this is the image that leapt to my mind. ___

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2015-02-09 12:30:09 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Collared Aricari picks a berry!
The Lodge at Pico Bonito is a rain-forest lodge and has lots of birds and wildlife right on the grounds…enough to keep anyone busy for many days. We found a small flock of Collard Aricari, relatives of the Toucans, feeding on berries relatively close to the ground, and I had a happy few moments of photographing them.

Sony HX400V at just under 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 2500 @ 1/640th @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic 4 Today: Collared Aricari picks a berry!
The Lodge at Pico Bonito is a rain-forest lodge and has lots of birds and wildlife right on the grounds…enough to keep anyone busy for many days. We found a small flock of Collard Aricari, relatives of the Toucans, feeding on berries relatively close to the ground, and I had a happy few moments of photographing them.

Sony HX400V at just under 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 2500 @ 1/640th @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-02-08 16:11:52 (4 comments, 6 reshares, 98 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Rio Santiago Lodge near Pico Bonito Honduras. Sony HX400V. The Lodge has about 50 hummingbird feeders, and we saw 12 species while there. Great place. 

Pic 4 Today: Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Rio Santiago Lodge near Pico Bonito Honduras. Sony HX400V. The Lodge has about 50 hummingbird feeders, and we saw 12 species while there. Great place. ___

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2015-02-08 16:09:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Rio Santiago Lodge near Pico Bonito Honduras. Sony HX400V. The Lodge has about 50 hummingbird feeders, and we saw 12 species while there. Great place. 

Pic 4 Today: Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Rio Santiago Lodge near Pico Bonito Honduras. Sony HX400V. The Lodge has about 50 hummingbird feeders, and we saw 12 species while there. Great place. ___

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2015-02-07 12:01:57 (9 comments, 3 reshares, 66 +1s)Open 

My closest view of a Lovey Cotinga, one of the target birds at the Lodge at Pico Bonito, Honduras. :) Great bird! Digiscoped with ZEISS.

My closest view of a Lovey Cotinga, one of the target birds at the Lodge at Pico Bonito, Honduras. :) Great bird! Digiscoped with ZEISS.___

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2015-02-06 23:28:25 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 71 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Misery 
Ferruginous Pygmy Owl at Lancetilla Botanical Garden at Tela Honduras. It was raining so hard the Visitor Center was flooded and only mad dogs, Englishmen, and birders were out. And you can tell what the owl thought about it. :) Sony HX400V at 2400 equivalent field of view (2X Clear Image Zoom). 

Pic 4 Today: Misery 
Ferruginous Pygmy Owl at Lancetilla Botanical Garden at Tela Honduras. It was raining so hard the Visitor Center was flooded and only mad dogs, Englishmen, and birders were out. And you can tell what the owl thought about it. :) Sony HX400V at 2400 equivalent field of view (2X Clear Image Zoom). ___

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2015-02-06 00:52:56 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 79 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Violet-crowned Woodnymph
Rio Santiago, Honduras. With the ZEISS ViCTORY SF Experience at the Lodge at Pico Bonito, Honduras. Sony HX400V.

Pic 4 Today: Violet-crowned Woodnymph
Rio Santiago, Honduras. With the ZEISS ViCTORY SF Experience at the Lodge at Pico Bonito, Honduras. Sony HX400V.___

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2015-02-06 00:14:08 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

Black-headed Trogon at Rio Santiago, Honduras. Digiscoped with the ZEISS DiaScope 65FL and the 30x wide-field eyepiece. Canon S120 on the Digidapter for ZEISS. ZEISS VICTORY SF Experience at the Lodge at Pico Bonito in Honduras.

Black-headed Trogon at Rio Santiago, Honduras. Digiscoped with the ZEISS DiaScope 65FL and the 30x wide-field eyepiece. Canon S120 on the Digidapter for ZEISS. ZEISS VICTORY SF Experience at the Lodge at Pico Bonito in Honduras.___

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2015-02-05 11:34:05 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

My best shot of the endemic (and protected) Honduran Emerald Hummingbird. Not a great shot...but it proves I was there and I saw the bird! Sony HX400V

My best shot of the endemic (and protected) Honduran Emerald Hummingbird. Not a great shot...but it proves I was there and I saw the bird! Sony HX400V___

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2015-02-05 01:54:13 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Lesser Roadrunner
Today at the Honduran Emerald Reserve. :) A great bird among many other great birds, including the Honduran Emerald. 

Sony HX400V.

Pic 4 Today: Lesser Roadrunner
Today at the Honduran Emerald Reserve. :) A great bird among many other great birds, including the Honduran Emerald. 

Sony HX400V.___

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2015-02-04 01:37:55 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 67 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Pygmy Kingfisher
I love Kingfishers, and we saw three species today on the Rio Salarno boat trip in Honduras. This Pygmy Kingfisher is the smallest Kingfisher in the Americas...smaller by a full size then the Green Kingfisher, which the smallest in North America. It is about the size of a fat sparrow. It certainly makes up in color what it lacks in size. 

Sony HX400V. 

Pic 4 Today: Pygmy Kingfisher
I love Kingfishers, and we saw three species today on the Rio Salarno boat trip in Honduras. This Pygmy Kingfisher is the smallest Kingfisher in the Americas...smaller by a full size then the Green Kingfisher, which the smallest in North America. It is about the size of a fat sparrow. It certainly makes up in color what it lacks in size. 

Sony HX400V. ___

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2015-02-03 02:36:24 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Here there be dragons! Lodge at Pico Bonito, Honduras. Female Iguana. Digiscoped with the ZEISS DiaScope 65FL with 30x wide-field eyepiece, Canon S120 on the Digidapter for ZEISS. MeFoto Roadmate carbon-fiber travel tripod. This beast was at least 3 feet long! 

Here there be dragons! Lodge at Pico Bonito, Honduras. Female Iguana. Digiscoped with the ZEISS DiaScope 65FL with 30x wide-field eyepiece, Canon S120 on the Digidapter for ZEISS. MeFoto Roadmate carbon-fiber travel tripod. This beast was at least 3 feet long! ___

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2015-02-02 20:25:33 (6 comments, 6 reshares, 62 +1s)Open 

So far we have not gotten off the grounds of the Lodge at Pico Bonito, and I have seen too many life-birds to count off-hand. This is a Collared-Aracari, on of the few birds here that I have seen before...but never like this! Sony HX400V.

So far we have not gotten off the grounds of the Lodge at Pico Bonito, and I have seen too many life-birds to count off-hand. This is a Collared-Aracari, on of the few birds here that I have seen before...but never like this! Sony HX400V.___

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2015-02-02 11:14:06 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: From the Tower
At the Lodge at Pico Bonito in Honduras. Sunset. Just a quick shot with my pocket Canon. What an amazing place!

Pic 4 Today: From the Tower
At the Lodge at Pico Bonito in Honduras. Sunset. Just a quick shot with my pocket Canon. What an amazing place!___

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2015-02-02 02:58:46 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

My posts are going to be erratic this week as I am in Honduras at The Lodge at Pico Bonito and have to post when and if I have wifi access. So you can take this as tomorrow's Pic 4 Today if you want. This is the walk leading up to the Lodge. Reception is in the background, with the mountains behind. What a glorious place. :) The second shot is sunset from the tower. 

My posts are going to be erratic this week as I am in Honduras at The Lodge at Pico Bonito and have to post when and if I have wifi access. So you can take this as tomorrow's Pic 4 Today if you want. This is the walk leading up to the Lodge. Reception is in the background, with the mountains behind. What a glorious place. :) The second shot is sunset from the tower. ___

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2015-02-01 11:46:01 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Flight! Happy Sunday.
Birds in flight hold a fascination for most of us. Photographs of birds in flight…photographs that capture the dynamic of wing, feather, and air…the miracle of wing, feather, and air…are particularly fascinating. Such photographs are a wonder and a challenge. Photographically they are among the most difficult to capture…especially with anything short of a full blown DSLR and a medium to long telephoto lens…equipment costing many thousands of dollars and encompassing a daunting weight when carried into the field where the flying birds are.

All of which is why I feel so blessed to have an effective Sports Mode on my cameras of choice…the inexpensive, compact, versatile superzoom Point and Shoots that I carry. Sports Mode makes birds in flight a possibility…and a pleasure. I spent a delighted 45 minutes at Merritt Island National WildlifeRefuge photog... more »

Pic 4 Today: Flight! Happy Sunday.
Birds in flight hold a fascination for most of us. Photographs of birds in flight…photographs that capture the dynamic of wing, feather, and air…the miracle of wing, feather, and air…are particularly fascinating. Such photographs are a wonder and a challenge. Photographically they are among the most difficult to capture…especially with anything short of a full blown DSLR and a medium to long telephoto lens…equipment costing many thousands of dollars and encompassing a daunting weight when carried into the field where the flying birds are.

All of which is why I feel so blessed to have an effective Sports Mode on my cameras of choice…the inexpensive, compact, versatile superzoom Point and Shoots that I carry. Sports Mode makes birds in flight a possibility…and a pleasure. I spent a delighted 45 minutes at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge photographing a small group of Common Terns as they fed. Such fun.

Flight is a spiritual dream for most of us…we picture angels with wings for good reason. The freedom and miracle of flight suits our spirits…represents a state of grace we can aspire to…because, of course, we feel like we should be able to fly, like we were born to fly. We dream of flying. Our spirits soar when we are in contact with the divine. We know that one day…one eternity…by grace in faith…we will indeed fly. Free. Happy Sunday!___

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The Point and Shoot Nature Photographer's outfit for a week in Honduras at Pico Bonito Lodge. Sony HX400V superzoom for everything from macro to landscapes to birds and wildlife. ZEISS DiaScope 65FL with 30x wide-field eyepiece. Canon S120 on the Digidapter for ZEISS for digiscoping cooperative critters at a distance. MeFoto Roadtrip travel tripod. ZEISS 8x32FL binoculars. And the same packed into one side of a hardshell carry-on. :)

The Point and Shoot Nature Photographer's outfit for a week in Honduras at Pico Bonito Lodge. Sony HX400V superzoom for everything from macro to landscapes to birds and wildlife. ZEISS DiaScope 65FL with 30x wide-field eyepiece. Canon S120 on the Digidapter for ZEISS for digiscoping cooperative critters at a distance. MeFoto Roadtrip travel tripod. ZEISS 8x32FL binoculars. And the same packed into one side of a hardshell carry-on. :)___

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2015-01-31 12:08:10 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Titusville Sunset
I woke this morning thinking it is time for something besides birds and critters. It seems Pic 4 Today has had a pretty steady diet of bird shots from my recent stay at the Space Coast Birding Festival…Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. So just to prove I did take my eye off the birds for a least an occasional moment…here is a sunset from the drive home from Merritt Island. I pulled over among the gull feeders at Parrish Park just before the bridge to catch the last rays. Of course I could not completely avoid birds…this is Florida after all…but the small flock of Skimmers and the two gulls are just grace notes to the sunset. :)

Sony HX400V in camera HDR. 130mm equivalent field of view. Three ISO 80 exposures. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

By the way: I am leaving on thefirst l... more »

Pic 4 Today: Titusville Sunset
I woke this morning thinking it is time for something besides birds and critters. It seems Pic 4 Today has had a pretty steady diet of bird shots from my recent stay at the Space Coast Birding Festival…Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. So just to prove I did take my eye off the birds for a least an occasional moment…here is a sunset from the drive home from Merritt Island. I pulled over among the gull feeders at Parrish Park just before the bridge to catch the last rays. Of course I could not completely avoid birds…this is Florida after all…but the small flock of Skimmers and the two gulls are just grace notes to the sunset. :)

Sony HX400V in camera HDR. 130mm equivalent field of view. Three ISO 80 exposures. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

By the way: I am leaving on the first leg of a trip to Pico Bonito Lodge in Honduras today. The Pic 4 Today post may be irregular over the next week. Daily post to Facebook and Google+ are more likely. We shall see.___

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