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The Weather Channel2,256,060Upload your photos to this Event on 9/19 or using the #sunsetday hashtag in a public post to celebrate #sunsetday!Join us for an exciting 24-hour event as we send summer into the sunset in global fashion. We are asking our Google+ audience from around the world to grab your favorite camera on the evening of September 19 and snap your own unique sunset from your corner of the globe.We want to see all types of sunsets in a variety of settings; a city skyline, a beach resort, a beautiful countryside, a desert landscape, a dense forest. Wherever you may be, please share/upload your sunset image with this event page on September 19. You can also participate outside of this event page by submitting a public photo post and tagging with #sunsetday.A select number of our favorite photos will be shown on The Weather Channel and accompany a slideshow on weather.com. Other favorites will be posted and rotated through as the cover photo on both +The Weather Channel and the +Google+ Photos  Google+ page.Note: Only photos uploaded and posted to the event page or associated with the hashtag #sunsetday on Sep 19 will be consideredWe hosted two Hangouts On Air in preparation for Sunset Day. The first hangout focused on the meteorology behind sunsets including the reason behind the beautiful array of colors.  The second hangout concentrated on the art of sunset photography. Expert photographers well known to the Google+ community talked about their techniques in capturing the perfect sunset. Links to both HOA videos are posted below.HANGOUT SCHEDULE1. Monday, September 9: "The Meteorology Behind Sunsets" at 11 am ET with host +Timothy Ballisty  (The Weather Channel social meteorologist).Guests will include: Meteorologists +Mike Bettes +Brad Panovich +Jacob Wycoff +Jonathan Erdman +Morgan Palmer +Tim Brice and +Maria LaRosa HOA video The Meteorology Behind Sunsets2. Thursday, September 12: "Sunset Photography" at 4 pm ETGuests will include: Photographers +Trey Ratcliff +Thomas Hawk +Karen Hutton and +Nicole S. Young  HOA Video #SunsetDay Photography Hangout On AirSunset Day - Upload Your #SunsetDay Photo on September 192013-09-19 06:00:001308 

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Doris Scott66#circleshare #circle #circlesharing #circlesunday   2014-12-14 13:58:48501000
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 08:04:53501001
Christopher Prins50,516Active 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 01:59:50488303
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 11:59:18131000
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 Photography504The 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.2014-11-10 02:46:17270001
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 10:20:50135001
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 02:03:08492452371
Rok Šimec13,955Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get!#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagerspeople   #engagersshowcasecircle   #engagersshowcase  #DaveBesbris  2014-06-08 09:44:08497242030
Gailen Mapes64,928Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera  I-K - 6 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to June 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting May 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes2014-06-06 10:43:15133005
John Nuntiatio37,49330k+ Circle - A circle worth adding and followingThe people from this circle have more than 30,000 followers.2014-06-02 08:54:46140496
Barry Chignell1,659My ever growing circle of great Google+ photogs :)If you know of anyone else I should be following please let me know, or share your #photog circle! :)2014-05-30 06:44:24338000
Rok Šimec12,556Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get!#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagerspeople   #engagersshowcasecircle   #engagersshowcase  #DaveBesbris  2014-05-26 07:04:43497181025
Mattias Willis9,068A nice circle of people who inspire me and are generally awesome PhotographersFeel free to share2014-05-21 20:53:06492113
AyJay Schibig59,63621ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE (2 of 2)  5.9.14This Circle has Active G+ members passionate about photography. Add/Share this latest edition to circulate some great photography!#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle2014-05-09 20:20:29366361643
Pål Børsting36,319♥ ♥ ♥ ☀ ☀ ☀ My thank you circle 3/6 ☀ ☀ ☀ ♥ ♥ ♥Photo enthusiasts circle no. 3 of 6!All of you handpicked by me. This is the real thing :-)To show you I appreciate each and every +1.The re-sharers and commenters of course too.Not to forget the serious*** circle-sharers either.Re-share if you like, no pressure!Cercle de gratitude n°3/6 pour amoureux de la photographie.Pour vous dire combien j'apprécie vos +1's.Tous soigneusement choisis par moi (c'est vrai).Ceux qui commentent et partagent sont bien sûr présents.Et je n'oublie pas non plus les partageurs de cercles***.Partagez ce billet si vous en avez envie, à votre guise !Cercul ''Va multumesc'' nr. 3 din 6, cuprinzand pasionati de fotografie!Ca sa stiti ca apreciez plusurile voastre.Fiecare persoana a fost aleasa de mine personal. E  realitatea :)Cei care redistribuie si comentatorii sunt si ei aici.Si bineinteles ca nu sunt uitati nici  seriosii*** redistribuitorii de cercuri.Redistribuiti daca doriti, nu e o obligatie!Кръг "Благодаря ви" № 3 от 6 съдържащ фото ентусиасти!Знайте това, че аз оценявам Вашите +1!Всеки от Вас е лично избран от мен! Това е нещо истинско :-)И, разбира се, тези които препубликуват и коментират са тук също!И не забравям сериозните * circlesharers също!Препубликувайте ако желаете, няма проблем!Tackcirkel nr. 3 av 6 innehållande Fotoentusiaster!Så du förstår att jag uppskattar era +1.Alla är handplockade av mig. Detta är den äkta varan :-)Och självklart finns vidaredelarna och kommenterare här också.Och jag glömmer inte de seriösa*** cirkel-delarna heller.Dela om du gillar, ingen press!"Terima Kasih" Bulatan ke-3, mengandungi para peminat gambar!Saya ingin memberitahu anda bahawa saya amat menghargai beberapa +1.Kesemuanya telah dipilih secara teliti oleh saya. Inilah yang sebenarnya:-)Dan sudah tentu para pengkongsi-semula dan pengkomen ada di sini.Dan saya tidak akan lupa kepada*** para pengkongsi bulatan yang tegar.Kongsikan semula jika anda mahu, tiada paksaan!"Terima Kasih" Bulatan Numbor ka-3, mong sengoi kea bi-minat gambar!Eng hod hek panei eng gemar keb +1.Semuak ajih bipilih ya eng haleij.Adehla benda kea sebetulnya :-)Ru adeh ne semestinya mong sengoi kea bi-"reshare" ru bi-komen.Ru eng tok en-sep*** sengoi kea serius bi-circleshare."Reshare" la asa hek sukak, tik tok paksaan!Круг благодарности номер 3 (из 6), состоящий из любителей фотографии!Я хочу сказать вам этим кругом, что ценю ваши +1.Все участники круга отобраны мной вручную. Это реальная работа :-)И конечно, те, кто делится и комментирует, тоже в этом круге.И я не забываю тех, кто серьезно*** делится кругами .Делитесь кругом, если пожелаете, никакого давления!Dank jullie wel, cirkel nr. 3 van 6 met foto enthousiastelingen!Om jullie te laten weten dat ik de +1's erg op prijs stel.Allemaal persoonlijk door mijzelf uitgezocht. Dit is het echte werk. :-))En de resharers en commentatoren horen er natuurlijk ook bij.De serieuze*** cirkeldelers worden ook niet door mij vergeten.Reshare naar hartelust, er is geen enkele druk!Takkesirkel nr.3 av 6 med fotoentusiaster!Du skal vite at jeg setter pris på dine +1.Alle er håndplukket av meg. Den ekte vare :-)Og selvfølgelig finnes videredelere og kommentatorer her også.Jeg har med de seriøse*** sirkeldelerne.Del om du vil, ingen krav om det!Zahvaljujem se krugu br.3 od 6 koji sadrži Foto entuzijaste!Želim vam dati do znanja da cijenim sve +1.Svi su izabrani od mene osobno.Ovo je prava stvar :-)I naravno po2014-05-08 09:36:52453681597
Gailen Mapes63,550Hand Picked Photographers Circles -Canon Camera  I-K - 6 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to May 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting April 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes2014-05-06 10:29:49131008
Thomas Hawk7,121,413Updated -2,500 Kick Ass G+ Photographers Ho-MiA-Da:  http://goo.gl/4gh66cDa-Ho:  http://goo.gl/E6u9IrHo-Mi:  http://goo.gl/eVU9dwMi-Sh:  http://goo.gl/Peo77RSh-Z: http://goo.gl/FVhz462014-04-26 19:40:39495221583
En Ucuz Uçak Bileti1,6242014-04-12 16:25:21495181220
Gailen Mapes61,972Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera  I-K - 6 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to April 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting March 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes2014-04-06 11:21:01133428
Rok Šimec5,426Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get! #circle #circleshare #circleshareoftheday #share #sharedcircles #engagers #engagerscircle #engagerspeople #engagersshowcasecircle #engagersshowcase  2014-04-05 18:40:54493201328
Linda Motoiu52,190#circle   #photographers  My favorite photographers circle - release 22014-03-31 07:51:26311412460
AyJay Schibig53,73421ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE (1 of 2)  3.26.14This Circle has Active G+ members passionate about photography. Add/Share this latest edition to circulate some great photography!See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page  +Circle Energy  and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle2014-03-26 21:23:02361311546
Gailen Mapes60,343Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera  I-K - 6 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to March 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting Feburary 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes2014-03-06 11:27:211365113
Rok Šimec1,472*Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!*This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles 2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself) 4 - add +1 to the post More you share more you get! #circle #circleshare #circlesharing #circleshared #share #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #share #publicsharedcircles #engagers #engagerscircle #engagerspeople #engagersshowcasecircle #googleplus #socialmedia #wordpress #bloggers #blogging  2014-02-27 12:11:56447231234
Cristian Teodoridis2,715And this is my circle with the top (professional) photographers on Google+. Enjoy!2014-02-18 18:34:27494023
Circle your Circle with Circles!!!!545***Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!***Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!  Meet new people who will engage with you and as always add major PPPllllluuuuSSSS OnEs!!!!!!!!  Welcome to +Circle your Circle with Circles!!!!  :DTo be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles 2 - Click add people and create a new circle name on the top left3-  Click "Create Circle" 4 - share the new circle (include yourself) 5 - add +1 to this post 6- enjoy your new fRiEnDs!!!More you share more you get!#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #empireavenue   #socialmedia     #influencers   #influencer   #influence   #influencermarketing #sundaycircle   #circlesunday   #circlesundaycircle  2014-02-16 15:39:00444292640
AyJay Schibig49,36221ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE (1 of 2)  2.14.14 This Circle has Active G+ members passionate about photography. Add/Share this latest edition to circulate some great photography!See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page  +Circle Energy  and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle2014-02-14 23:22:33419312744

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Pic 4 Today: Red-shouldered Hawk Poses
I decided on my last day in the Everglades (for this trip) that I would rent a bike and bike out West Road at Shark Valley as far as time allowed. I had no more than left the parking lot when I passed this Red-shouldered Hawk sitting on the “No-In-Line-Skates” sign just about at eye-level. I though, “he will be off as soon as I stop the bike” but when I stopped, about 30 feet in front of him, he sat there for long enough for me to get the camera out and  for a sequence of shots at two different focal lengths. That is what I call cooperative. And, other than rehabilitation birds, you simply do not get opportunities like this!

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

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2014-12-16 13:06:22 (14 comments, 10 reshares, 151 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Red-shouldered Hawk Poses
I decided on my last day in the Everglades (for this trip) that I would rent a bike and bike out West Road at Shark Valley as far as time allowed. I had no more than left the parking lot when I passed this Red-shouldered Hawk sitting on the “No-In-Line-Skates” sign just about at eye-level. I though, “he will be off as soon as I stop the bike” but when I stopped, about 30 feet in front of him, he sat there for long enough for me to get the camera out and  for a sequence of shots at two different focal lengths. That is what I call cooperative. And, other than rehabilitation birds, you simply do not get opportunities like this!

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

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2014-12-07 13:07:34 (14 comments, 6 reshares, 339 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Bittersweet. Happy Sunday!
This is somewhat a reprise of yesterday’s theme…though yesterday the Bittersweet was the ornament in the landscape (seascape?) and today it is the subject itself. :) It would not be too much to say that East Point Sanctuary in Biddeford Pool is a riot of Bittersweet right now. This composite image catches both the mass and the macro effects.

I was inspired to do a little Bittersweet research this morning. Bittersweet is a vine that grows over and eventually dominates other bushy plants and small trees, and, as such, deserves it’s name. It certainly puts on a striking show in late fall when nothing else is very showy, but at a price to it’s hosts. There are actually two varieties in Maine: native American Bittersweet, and invasive Oriental Bittersweet. While both are climbing vines, and both will kill the vegetation they grow on, Isuppose... more »

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2014-12-21 12:30:51 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Mighty Hunter. Happy Sunday!
As I posted before, Roy Halpin and I spent 30 minutes or more, observing and photographing this Green Heron hunting tiny fish (and a few caterpillars) only a few feet from the Anhinga Boardwalk at Royal Palm Visitor Center, Everglades National Park. We were well above the bird’s eyelevel, on the boardwalk above it, and it appeared to be totally unaware of us. With that much time, I was able to frame the bird in just about every imaginable way…including this tight portrait of one very intent bird. The Florida winter light and the long zoom capture such a lot of detail in this image: from the intricate and highly various structure and subtle iridescent colors of the feathers, to the hard textures of the folded leg and the extended beak, to the light refracted in the lens of the eye. So much to see! So much to appreciate. And that is without theten... more »

Pic 4 Today: Mighty Hunter. Happy Sunday!
As I posted before, Roy Halpin and I spent 30 minutes or more, observing and photographing this Green Heron hunting tiny fish (and a few caterpillars) only a few feet from the Anhinga Boardwalk at Royal Palm Visitor Center, Everglades National Park. We were well above the bird’s eyelevel, on the boardwalk above it, and it appeared to be totally unaware of us. With that much time, I was able to frame the bird in just about every imaginable way…including this tight portrait of one very intent bird. The Florida winter light and the long zoom capture such a lot of detail in this image: from the intricate and highly various structure and subtle iridescent colors of the feathers, to the hard textures of the folded leg and the extended beak, to the light refracted in the lens of the eye. So much to see! So much to appreciate. And that is without the tension, the drama, captured in the pose.

It is Sunday, and several more spiritual thoughts inspired by this image and this experience are competing for my attention. None of them are revolutionary :). I, personally, need a creator, working in love, and with great inventiveness, to explain this vision of bird…beyond the aesthetics of the design, which are simply too wonderful not to exclaim, there is the unique and supremely intense and focused life of the hunting bird…the pattern of its being and how it lives. I see no room for chance in any aspect of Green Heron. I see intent. I see intelligence. I see love. I am compelled to give thanks. I am compelled to worship. As someone said, if I had not already met God in the living presence of his Son, I would be forced to invent a God to explain the Green Heron. While I fully accept that there are others who see the universe and life differently than I do, I can not claim to understand it. To me, loving creation is so self-evident that it sweeps all my objections aside…and I do have objections, especially to many of the things that are done in the name of religion and of God…but they are irrelevant in the face of the Creator I encounter in Jesus and in the Green Heron…my objections do not diminish, can not diminish, what is so evidently real and so evidently present.

The heart is a mighty hunter. I believe that in the end, we have to be able to love creation…if for no other reason than that creation so clearly loves us. That is the message of Christmas. In Christ, in the baby born, God enables us to fully love. How can we not bow down before the mighty hunting heart of the Creator God? Such magnificent intent. Such wonderful love. Such a gift. Happy Sunday, and Merry Christmas.___

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2014-12-20 12:24:02 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

#songbirdsaturday  +John Briggs 

Yellow-throated Warbler. Key West Botanical Garden, Key West FL. Sony HX400V. We don't get Yellow-throated Warblers in Maine (well...we did have on in December at at feeder near us...but that was a very confused bird). This is the Florida Keys, where they winter. 

#songbirdsaturday  +John Briggs 

Yellow-throated Warbler. Key West Botanical Garden, Key West FL. Sony HX400V. We don't get Yellow-throated Warblers in Maine (well...we did have on in December at at feeder near us...but that was a very confused bird). This is the Florida Keys, where they winter. ___

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2014-12-20 12:09:42 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Alligator Cuteness
I suppose it is part of our nature to find babies cute…and not only the babies of our own species. This appears to be a nursery pile of very young Alligators. There were more than 30 in a short stretch of channel along West Road in the Shark Valley of Everglades National Park…too many to be single clutch. There were also two adolescent gators, perhaps 3 years old (though there is no safe way to judge the age of an alligator), too young, I would think, to have babies of their own, apparently on-guard…and I assume a couple of larger females in the immediate area in case of attack, though I did not see them. The Alligator is not vulnerable to predication…except at this age, when even an ambitious Great Blue Heron might do for and unprotected hatchling. This is also the age when they are taken for the pet trade, though I can’t imagine anyone in their rightmind buyi... more »

Pic 4 Today: Alligator Cuteness
I suppose it is part of our nature to find babies cute…and not only the babies of our own species. This appears to be a nursery pile of very young Alligators. There were more than 30 in a short stretch of channel along West Road in the Shark Valley of Everglades National Park…too many to be single clutch. There were also two adolescent gators, perhaps 3 years old (though there is no safe way to judge the age of an alligator), too young, I would think, to have babies of their own, apparently on-guard…and I assume a couple of larger females in the immediate area in case of attack, though I did not see them. The Alligator is not vulnerable to predication…except at this age, when even an ambitious Great Blue Heron might do for and unprotected hatchling. This is also the age when they are taken for the pet trade, though I can’t imagine anyone in their right mind buying an animal that they know will grow to 2 feet long at one year, and will totally out-grow any cuteness and reach 6 feet long in six.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/1250th @ ISO 2000 @ f6.3. the high shutter speed was necessary, as I had to hand hold this above my head, using the flip out LCD, to get over the foreground grasses and brush. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2014-12-19 11:30:38 (5 comments, 7 reshares, 67 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Everglades Limpkin
I have to admit, I was not expecting to see a Limpkin at Shark Valley in Everglades National Park. I associate Limpkin with a few Apple Snail rich areas up around Orlando and Titusville in Florida, but I guess they must range the state wherever there are Apple Snails to be found. (The Limpkin exists on a diet of only Apple Snails.) I know the Everglades has a population of Snail Kites…the other Apple Snail specialists…so I should have expected Limpkins. But I didn’t. What a surprise this bird was, only a few yards up West Road from the Visitor Center. :)

Sony HX400V at 760mm equivalent. Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ f5.6 @ ISO 2000. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic 4 Today: Everglades Limpkin
I have to admit, I was not expecting to see a Limpkin at Shark Valley in Everglades National Park. I associate Limpkin with a few Apple Snail rich areas up around Orlando and Titusville in Florida, but I guess they must range the state wherever there are Apple Snails to be found. (The Limpkin exists on a diet of only Apple Snails.) I know the Everglades has a population of Snail Kites…the other Apple Snail specialists…so I should have expected Limpkins. But I didn’t. What a surprise this bird was, only a few yards up West Road from the Visitor Center. :)

Sony HX400V at 760mm equivalent. Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ f5.6 @ ISO 2000. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2014-12-18 21:44:29 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

+Roy Halpin in the Everglades sunset. Just one of those Everglades evenings. Sony HX400V in camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet. 

+Roy Halpin in the Everglades sunset. Just one of those Everglades evenings. Sony HX400V in camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet. ___

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2014-12-18 12:28:20 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

#birdpoker  +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker Blue

Yes, I know it is not the "Blue Gallinule" but despite that fact it is really a blue bird. Purple Gallinule at Shark Valley, Everglades National Park. Sony HX400V.

#birdpoker  +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker Blue

Yes, I know it is not the "Blue Gallinule" but despite that fact it is really a blue bird. Purple Gallinule at Shark Valley, Everglades National Park. Sony HX400V.___

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2014-12-18 12:13:47 (10 comments, 7 reshares, 191 +1s)Open 

*Pic 4 Today: Handsome Couple!"
I posted a shot of the male in this pair bringing in nest materials a few days ago…this is a more conventional portrait of the couple on their nest at the Flamingo Campground, in Everglades National Park. Osprey are so common in the US, especially in Florida, that they cause little to no comment…but in other parts of the world, especially the UK, they are so rare that birders can tell you on any given day how many pair there are, and where each one is nesting. This pair clearly have been nesting here for many years…or took the nest over from another established pair. If they get it much bigger, Eagles will move in and take it from them.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 80 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

*Pic 4 Today: Handsome Couple!"
I posted a shot of the male in this pair bringing in nest materials a few days ago…this is a more conventional portrait of the couple on their nest at the Flamingo Campground, in Everglades National Park. Osprey are so common in the US, especially in Florida, that they cause little to no comment…but in other parts of the world, especially the UK, they are so rare that birders can tell you on any given day how many pair there are, and where each one is nesting. This pair clearly have been nesting here for many years…or took the nest over from another established pair. If they get it much bigger, Eagles will move in and take it from them.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 80 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2014-12-17 23:10:21 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

More fun from the Anhinga Boardwalk at Everglades NP.

More fun from the Anhinga Boardwalk at Everglades NP.___

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2014-12-17 21:57:33 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

I believe this is a Red Saddlebags. Key West Florida. Sony HX400V.

I believe this is a Red Saddlebags. Key West Florida. Sony HX400V.___

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2014-12-17 14:03:52 (4 comments, 5 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

I have over 850 Everglades images from my trip, so expect to see more than my average number of posts :) The Anhingas were not yet in full breeding plumage but they were getting there. I love the silver and black of the wings and back. This bird is from the same dull day as the Bittern posted earlier...but the light was excellent for capturing the detail in the feathers. Sony HX400V. 

I have over 850 Everglades images from my trip, so expect to see more than my average number of posts :) The Anhingas were not yet in full breeding plumage but they were getting there. I love the silver and black of the wings and back. This bird is from the same dull day as the Bittern posted earlier...but the light was excellent for capturing the detail in the feathers. Sony HX400V. ___

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2014-12-17 12:30:14 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Everglades American Bittern
It was rainy, dark, and cold (for Florida) when I made my first visit to the famous Anhinga Trail boardwalk at Everglades National Park, and I only had 90 minutes before I had to leave for an appointment. I had spent the early morning on an even colder and wetter airboat ride an hour north of the Royal Palm Visitor Center, but I was not about to let my first day in the Everglades go by without hitting the most famous spot. Well worth it! Besides the expected Alligators, Anhingas, Herons, Storks, and Vultures, this American Bittern made a short appearance at the edge of the water before I even got to the boardwalk. And it was my only Bittern for the whole trip, though I returned to the Anhinga boardwalk twice after.

I am, as I have written on my Point and Shoot Nature Photographer blog (see Fear not the... more »

Pic 4 Today: Everglades American Bittern
It was rainy, dark, and cold (for Florida) when I made my first visit to the famous Anhinga Trail boardwalk at Everglades National Park, and I only had 90 minutes before I had to leave for an appointment. I had spent the early morning on an even colder and wetter airboat ride an hour north of the Royal Palm Visitor Center, but I was not about to let my first day in the Everglades go by without hitting the most famous spot. Well worth it! Besides the expected Alligators, Anhingas, Herons, Storks, and Vultures, this American Bittern made a short appearance at the edge of the water before I even got to the boardwalk. And it was my only Bittern for the whole trip, though I returned to the Anhinga boardwalk twice after.

I am, as I have written on my Point and Shoot Nature Photographer blog (see Fear not the darkness…http://psnp.lightshedder.com/?p=373), totally amazed at the quality the most recent Point and Shoot super-zooms manage at higher ISOs. These shots area at ISO 2500. Not bad!

Sony HX400V at 990mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/1600th @ f6.3.___

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2014-12-16 16:56:03 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Eastern Diamonback Rattlesnake from Everglades NP. 

Eastern Diamonback Rattlesnake from Everglades NP. ___

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2014-12-16 13:06:22 (14 comments, 10 reshares, 151 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Red-shouldered Hawk Poses
I decided on my last day in the Everglades (for this trip) that I would rent a bike and bike out West Road at Shark Valley as far as time allowed. I had no more than left the parking lot when I passed this Red-shouldered Hawk sitting on the “No-In-Line-Skates” sign just about at eye-level. I though, “he will be off as soon as I stop the bike” but when I stopped, about 30 feet in front of him, he sat there for long enough for me to get the camera out and  for a sequence of shots at two different focal lengths. That is what I call cooperative. And, other than rehabilitation birds, you simply do not get opportunities like this!

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

Pic 4 Today: Red-shouldered Hawk Poses
I decided on my last day in the Everglades (for this trip) that I would rent a bike and bike out West Road at Shark Valley as far as time allowed. I had no more than left the parking lot when I passed this Red-shouldered Hawk sitting on the “No-In-Line-Skates” sign just about at eye-level. I though, “he will be off as soon as I stop the bike” but when I stopped, about 30 feet in front of him, he sat there for long enough for me to get the camera out and  for a sequence of shots at two different focal lengths. That is what I call cooperative. And, other than rehabilitation birds, you simply do not get opportunities like this!

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

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2014-12-15 21:01:32 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Alligator Gar on the wrong end of an Alligator encounter. Shark Valley, Everglades NP, this am. Sony HX400V.

Alligator Gar on the wrong end of an Alligator encounter. Shark Valley, Everglades NP, this am. Sony HX400V.___

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2014-12-15 12:15:27 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 73 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Mangrove Skipper!
We had already pretty well done the Everglades for this trip, so yesterday we took a Sunday drive down the Keys. My first visit there, and I was certainly impressed by the scenery. Birds…not so much. It was a slow day for birds. Mid-December is evidently not high season on the Keys. Still, we looked, without success, for Key Deer, and we spent a pleasant few hours chasing passerines, dragonflies, and butterflies at the Key West Botanical Garden. This is my life Mangrove Skipper…a great bug at any time and on any day, thank you very much!

Sony HX400V at 1150mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 800 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic 4 Today: Mangrove Skipper!
We had already pretty well done the Everglades for this trip, so yesterday we took a Sunday drive down the Keys. My first visit there, and I was certainly impressed by the scenery. Birds…not so much. It was a slow day for birds. Mid-December is evidently not high season on the Keys. Still, we looked, without success, for Key Deer, and we spent a pleasant few hours chasing passerines, dragonflies, and butterflies at the Key West Botanical Garden. This is my life Mangrove Skipper…a great bug at any time and on any day, thank you very much!

Sony HX400V at 1150mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 800 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2014-12-14 12:26:07 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

Bonus Sunday shot. Eastern Diamonback Rattlesnake. Falmingo area, Everglades National Park. Sony HX400V.

Bonus Sunday shot. Eastern Diamonback Rattlesnake. Falmingo area, Everglades National Park. Sony HX400V.___

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2014-12-14 12:12:11 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Special Delivery. Happy Sunday!
Roy Halpin and I met another friend, Robert Hunt, yesterday for a brief exploration of the south end of Everglades National Park. The Falmingo area suffered greatly in Hurricane Andrew is has not been fully restored even yet. It was one of those days when it would have been easy to be disappointed, because not much seemed to be happening…the trails were muddy, and the mosquitoes thick…and we did not find any crocodiles at the Marina…but when we got back to the hotel and went through our images, it became apparent that we had indeed had a good day! We had several excellent photo-ops, including a healthy adult Eastern Diamonback Rattlesnake, a Red-shouldered Hawk on the ground hunting lizards, and this nest of Osprey. The nest was right in the middle of the Falmingo Campground, surrounded by campers in tents, so the birds were pretty calm. Whilewe we... more »

Pic 4 Today: Special Delivery. Happy Sunday!
Roy Halpin and I met another friend, Robert Hunt, yesterday for a brief exploration of the south end of Everglades National Park. The Falmingo area suffered greatly in Hurricane Andrew is has not been fully restored even yet. It was one of those days when it would have been easy to be disappointed, because not much seemed to be happening…the trails were muddy, and the mosquitoes thick…and we did not find any crocodiles at the Marina…but when we got back to the hotel and went through our images, it became apparent that we had indeed had a good day! We had several excellent photo-ops, including a healthy adult Eastern Diamonback Rattlesnake, a Red-shouldered Hawk on the ground hunting lizards, and this nest of Osprey. The nest was right in the middle of the Falmingo Campground, surrounded by campers in tents, so the birds were pretty calm. While we were there they were being photographed from 6 different angles :). They were still building the nest, or at least repairing it for the season, and the male flew out frequently and returned with sticks and twigs. It was fascinating to watch…and delightful to photograph. Along with about 30 shots of three different species of butterflies, some flight shots of American White Pelican, some scenic landscapes of the mangroves along the bay, the Rattlesnake, the hawk in the grass, etc…this nest made for actually quite a good day!

Roy and I were talking about it…how if you seize the highpoints of any day, and celebrate them…even an apparently disappointing day becomes something to rejoice in. And that is a great attitude to take into life…to make into a lifestyle and a worldview. And, on the spiritual side, it is certainly the only way to live. We need to seize the highpoints…those times when we feel both connected to the creator of all, and blessed by creative love…and fully celebrate and fully enjoy them. If we do, our lives, in hindsight, will be full of blessing…just as full as our day in Falmingo! And that is a good thing. Happy Sunday!___

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2014-12-13 23:58:35 (13 comments, 6 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

Look closely. +Roy Halpin and I reflected in the eye of an Alligator. Shark Valley, Everglades NP, FL. Sony HX400V at 2400mm equivalent field of view. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. 

Look closely. +Roy Halpin and I reflected in the eye of an Alligator. Shark Valley, Everglades NP, FL. Sony HX400V at 2400mm equivalent field of view. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. ___

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2014-12-13 11:42:18 (12 comments, 6 reshares, 85 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Alligator Clutch!
No no no! Not that kind of “clutch”. We are not talking fashion here. This is a pile of newly hatched Alligators. Called a “clutch”. Roy Halpin and I befriended a family from Germany who were walking the west road at Shark Valley. They were not photographers and they were moving much faster than we were, so when they looped back, they alerted us to this waiting for us up the road. We kept a sharp eye out. It was much further than we expected and we had already picked our turn around spot when we finally found it. :) Worth the wait.

Sony HX400V at 170mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 200 @ f4.5. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic 4 Today: Alligator Clutch!
No no no! Not that kind of “clutch”. We are not talking fashion here. This is a pile of newly hatched Alligators. Called a “clutch”. Roy Halpin and I befriended a family from Germany who were walking the west road at Shark Valley. They were not photographers and they were moving much faster than we were, so when they looped back, they alerted us to this waiting for us up the road. We kept a sharp eye out. It was much further than we expected and we had already picked our turn around spot when we finally found it. :) Worth the wait.

Sony HX400V at 170mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 200 @ f4.5. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2014-12-13 01:00:58 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

For my friend +Paul Sayegh Shark Valley, Everglades National Park. Sony HX400V. With +Roy Halpin 

For my friend +Paul Sayegh Shark Valley, Everglades National Park. Sony HX400V. With +Roy Halpin ___

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2014-12-12 11:54:18 (11 comments, 10 reshares, 114 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Green Heron
The Green Heron is another amazing bird, a bit more subtle. and certainly way more common, than the Purple Gallinule of a few days ago, but just as brilliant in its own way. I love the blends and shades of green and brown and yellow…and I certainly photograph every one I get a chance to. This bird was super cooperative…busy hunting small creatures from the water below it, and pretty much unaware of us standing 15 feet above it on the boardwalk at Anhinga Trail…or unconcerned if it was aware. We watched it take prey several times it finally flew off to look for better fishing.

Sony HX400V at 540mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/800th @ ISO 800 @ f5.6. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic 4 Today: Green Heron
The Green Heron is another amazing bird, a bit more subtle. and certainly way more common, than the Purple Gallinule of a few days ago, but just as brilliant in its own way. I love the blends and shades of green and brown and yellow…and I certainly photograph every one I get a chance to. This bird was super cooperative…busy hunting small creatures from the water below it, and pretty much unaware of us standing 15 feet above it on the boardwalk at Anhinga Trail…or unconcerned if it was aware. We watched it take prey several times it finally flew off to look for better fishing.

Sony HX400V at 540mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/800th @ ISO 800 @ f5.6. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2014-12-12 11:27:58 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Good night Everglades. Looking over the Everglades west of Homestead with the folks from Everglades Nature Tours. Sony HX400V in-camera HDR.

Good night Everglades. Looking over the Everglades west of Homestead with the folks from Everglades Nature Tours. Sony HX400V in-camera HDR.___

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2014-12-11 12:10:30 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Big Cypress!!
Yesterday we were treated to a walk (wade) in Big Cypress National Preserve. We went with Everglades Nature Tours, the only company licensed for off the trail walking in the Big Cypress. As I hinted, it was actually more of a wade than a walk as we were in water most of the time. But we got to see the inside of 3 Cypress Heads, or hummocks, and that is something most never do. We found orchids, not blooming this time of year, but full of promise for the spring, and we got up-close and in among the biggest cypress in the neighborhood…those that grow in the ponds at the center of the hummocks where it is always wet. This collage shows a vertical panorama and a horizontal view. It is both strange and wonderful country.

Sony HX400V. Vertical sweep panorama and in-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet. Assembled in Phototastic Pro.

Pic 4 Today: Big Cypress!!
Yesterday we were treated to a walk (wade) in Big Cypress National Preserve. We went with Everglades Nature Tours, the only company licensed for off the trail walking in the Big Cypress. As I hinted, it was actually more of a wade than a walk as we were in water most of the time. But we got to see the inside of 3 Cypress Heads, or hummocks, and that is something most never do. We found orchids, not blooming this time of year, but full of promise for the spring, and we got up-close and in among the biggest cypress in the neighborhood…those that grow in the ponds at the center of the hummocks where it is always wet. This collage shows a vertical panorama and a horizontal view. It is both strange and wonderful country.

Sony HX400V. Vertical sweep panorama and in-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet. Assembled in Phototastic Pro.___

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2014-12-10 11:16:33 (3 comments, 6 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Purple Gallinule!!
No north American bird is as absolutely unlikely as the Purple Gallinule…or that is what I think! I mean, look at it. Such outlandish color. Really? How are we supposed to take this seriously? And I have never had views of Purple Gallinule like I had yesterday from Everglades Nature Tour’s airboat on the Everglades Wildlife Management area west of Miami. We stopped the boat and Captain Ozzie whistled up the Gallinule and it came up to a few feet from from the boat, feeding all around us on the lily pads, climbing on the reeds, etc. Quite a show. Of course the light was terrible. Intermittent rain…just enough to keep me damp and make me very conscious of my camera’s non-weather-proof status…but such a treat! And the Sony again pulled it off at ISO 3200. :)

Sony HX400V at 275mm equivalent field of view. ISO 3200 @ f5 @ 1/1250th. Shutterpreferred... more »

Pic 4 Today: Purple Gallinule!!
No north American bird is as absolutely unlikely as the Purple Gallinule…or that is what I think! I mean, look at it. Such outlandish color. Really? How are we supposed to take this seriously? And I have never had views of Purple Gallinule like I had yesterday from Everglades Nature Tour’s airboat on the Everglades Wildlife Management area west of Miami. We stopped the boat and Captain Ozzie whistled up the Gallinule and it came up to a few feet from from the boat, feeding all around us on the lily pads, climbing on the reeds, etc. Quite a show. Of course the light was terrible. Intermittent rain…just enough to keep me damp and make me very conscious of my camera’s non-weather-proof status…but such a treat! And the Sony again pulled it off at ISO 3200. :)

Sony HX400V at 275mm equivalent field of view. ISO 3200 @ f5 @ 1/1250th. Shutter preferred. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2014-12-10 01:00:15 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Anhinga Trail, Everglades NP. A short stack of gators :) Sony HX400V.

Anhinga Trail, Everglades NP. A short stack of gators :) Sony HX400V.___

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2014-12-09 10:44:50 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: First Everglades Sunset
I did not get to Homestead until 4 pm, and I considered just resting after a long day of travel, but by 5:30 I had caught up with the day and decided at least to go find a sunset over the Everglades. I barely made it at that. The sun sinks fast here in the tropics (all things being relative, South Florida is our tropics :) It was worth the effort, I think. This is just barely into the Everglades National Park, just past the entrance station…but it is as far as I got.

I did have to remove a mosquito smear from the image as a mosquito the size of a house-fly kept landing on the lens :)

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

Pic 4 Today: First Everglades Sunset
I did not get to Homestead until 4 pm, and I considered just resting after a long day of travel, but by 5:30 I had caught up with the day and decided at least to go find a sunset over the Everglades. I barely made it at that. The sun sinks fast here in the tropics (all things being relative, South Florida is our tropics :) It was worth the effort, I think. This is just barely into the Everglades National Park, just past the entrance station…but it is as far as I got.

I did have to remove a mosquito smear from the image as a mosquito the size of a house-fly kept landing on the lens :)

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

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2014-12-08 12:05:27 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 77 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Cranes at first light
Pic 4 Today: Cranes at First Light 
I am at the airport on my way to the Everglades for a week, but this image is from Bosque del Apache. Love the light!

Sony HX400V. Processed in Lightroom.

Pic 4 Today: Cranes at first light
Pic 4 Today: Cranes at First Light 
I am at the airport on my way to the Everglades for a week, but this image is from Bosque del Apache. Love the light!

Sony HX400V. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2014-12-07 13:25:17 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Another for Nat.Geo's Your Shot. 

Another for Nat.Geo's Your Shot. ___

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2014-12-07 13:07:34 (14 comments, 6 reshares, 339 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Bittersweet. Happy Sunday!
This is somewhat a reprise of yesterday’s theme…though yesterday the Bittersweet was the ornament in the landscape (seascape?) and today it is the subject itself. :) It would not be too much to say that East Point Sanctuary in Biddeford Pool is a riot of Bittersweet right now. This composite image catches both the mass and the macro effects.

I was inspired to do a little Bittersweet research this morning. Bittersweet is a vine that grows over and eventually dominates other bushy plants and small trees, and, as such, deserves it’s name. It certainly puts on a striking show in late fall when nothing else is very showy, but at a price to it’s hosts. There are actually two varieties in Maine: native American Bittersweet, and invasive Oriental Bittersweet. While both are climbing vines, and both will kill the vegetation they grow on, Isuppose... more »

Pic 4 Today: Bittersweet. Happy Sunday!
This is somewhat a reprise of yesterday’s theme…though yesterday the Bittersweet was the ornament in the landscape (seascape?) and today it is the subject itself. :) It would not be too much to say that East Point Sanctuary in Biddeford Pool is a riot of Bittersweet right now. This composite image catches both the mass and the macro effects.

I was inspired to do a little Bittersweet research this morning. Bittersweet is a vine that grows over and eventually dominates other bushy plants and small trees, and, as such, deserves it’s name. It certainly puts on a striking show in late fall when nothing else is very showy, but at a price to it’s hosts. There are actually two varieties in Maine: native American Bittersweet, and invasive Oriental Bittersweet. While both are climbing vines, and both will kill the vegetation they grow on, I suppose it might, from our standpoint, be preferable to be strangled by a native. ?? The berries, while pretty, are poisonous to most mammals…which is why they are still on the vine in late autumn. Birds to eat them, though I doubt they derive much nourishment from them.

This, unfortunately, is most likely Oriental Bittersweet, and therefore (except for beauty) has no real redeeming value. You can tell because the berries grow along the vines as well as at the tips. Most stands of Bittersweet today are actually a mix to the two species, or even a hybrid of the two. This could well be hybrid Bittersweet.

To complicate matters, neither of the common Bittersweet plants are actually Bittersweet at all. Both American and Oriental Bittersweet are more properly called “False Bittersweet” as the name Bittersweet belongs to Bittersweet Nightshade, also an invasive plant introduced to North American from Europe. While false bittersweets have a red berry in a yellow husk, Bittersweet Nightshade has berries that begin yellow, turn orange, and end up red. I found a few plants of Bittersweet Nightshade growing at East Point as well. And, like all Nightshades, Bittersweet is poisonous.

By the way…all of the Bittersweets get their name from the taste of the bark…which has been used in herbal medicine as a diuretic.

So what is the spiritual dimension to all this Bittersweet talk. It is Sunday. I will admit I got distracted in my research…but there is just so much to know. And knowing is such fun. Bittersweet fun, certainly…always…since looking deeply into anything is likely to turn up both the bitter and the sweet. That is the way of this world…or at least the way we humans see this world. And I think that is okay. As long as the world is…as long as life is…both bitter and sweet I think we are okay. We need to be able to taste the sweetness so that we do not despair…and we need to be able to taste the bitterness, so that we do not forget our capacity for causing pain. Sweetness is our delight. Bitterness keeps us humble. This is good. Bittersweet is good. You might say Bittersweet, like the plant, is beautiful. And beauty is always its own redemption.___

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2014-12-06 12:30:01 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Wood Island Light over Bittersweet
Closer to home today. I took a leisurely drive up the coast yesterday looking for Snowy Owls. A few were seen last month in likely places, but none yet this month. I did not find any either. The highlight of the trip was the brilliant display of Bittersweet berries at East Point Nature Conservancy Sanctuary. Of course, in December, they are about the only touch of color in the landscape :) This is Wood Island Light off the Point at the mouth of Saco Bay.

Sony HX400V at 24mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Processed in Lightrtoom on my Surface Pro 3. There were a number of berry whips which broke the horizon near the center of the frame, so I used Touch Retouch (a brilliant piece of software for the modern Windows interface) to remove them. Simple as painting over them and letting the software do its work!

Pic 4 Today: Wood Island Light over Bittersweet
Closer to home today. I took a leisurely drive up the coast yesterday looking for Snowy Owls. A few were seen last month in likely places, but none yet this month. I did not find any either. The highlight of the trip was the brilliant display of Bittersweet berries at East Point Nature Conservancy Sanctuary. Of course, in December, they are about the only touch of color in the landscape :) This is Wood Island Light off the Point at the mouth of Saco Bay.

Sony HX400V at 24mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Processed in Lightrtoom on my Surface Pro 3. There were a number of berry whips which broke the horizon near the center of the frame, so I used Touch Retouch (a brilliant piece of software for the modern Windows interface) to remove them. Simple as painting over them and letting the software do its work!___

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2014-12-05 22:51:31 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

This is one of the primer bird artists/naturalists in the USA. A talented writer, musician, and all around great person. Add her to your circles! 

If there is one thing
I am sure of it's that we
are all still searching
Everyone I know 
seems to think it's just around
that next hard corner___This is one of the primer bird artists/naturalists in the USA. A talented writer, musician, and all around great person. Add her to your circles! 

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2014-12-05 13:17:32 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

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2014-12-05 13:06:30 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: A Density of Snow Geese
When the Snow Geese (and the Ross’ Geese mixed in) rise in panic at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, thousands of birds at a time, you are presented with an almost overwhelming spectacle…so overwhelming that it is hard to decide what to shoot. Do you go for the wide shot showing the shear multitude of birds? Do you zoom in for a shot of the density? As they come overhead, again, how to frame that energy? Of course, you attempt to do it all, every panic, but no matter how nimble your zooming, you do not ever really manage to catch more than a few thin slices of the event. And that is when you don’t remember you could be shooting video! :)

This is the panic as it passes close over at 1200mm equivalent field of view. These birds are not as densely packed as they sometimes are, but still it is a frameful. Sony HX400V. Sports Mode.1/800... more »

Pic 4 Today: A Density of Snow Geese
When the Snow Geese (and the Ross’ Geese mixed in) rise in panic at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, thousands of birds at a time, you are presented with an almost overwhelming spectacle…so overwhelming that it is hard to decide what to shoot. Do you go for the wide shot showing the shear multitude of birds? Do you zoom in for a shot of the density? As they come overhead, again, how to frame that energy? Of course, you attempt to do it all, every panic, but no matter how nimble your zooming, you do not ever really manage to catch more than a few thin slices of the event. And that is when you don’t remember you could be shooting video! :)

This is the panic as it passes close over at 1200mm equivalent field of view. These birds are not as densely packed as they sometimes are, but still it is a frameful. Sony HX400V. Sports Mode. 1/800th @ ISO 160 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Windows tablet.___

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2014-12-04 13:22:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Just for fun. 

Just for fun. ___

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2014-12-04 12:28:15 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Ice Fantasy
We woke yesterday to a layer of ice over everything. I hurried my breakfast to get out as soon as there was light enough, and before the layer melted. I might as well not have hurried. When I went out at 6PM to run an errand I still had to chip a half inch of ice off the car before I could go. :) I took lots of subjects, lichen covered branches, leaves, etc…as I walked around the front yard, but I particularly liked this set of macro shots of grass and moss.

Sony HX400V at about 60mm equivalent field of view from inches away. Using Program Shift, I dialed the f-stop down for greater depth of field and counted on the image stabilization built into the lens to cover the resulting slow shutter speeds. I also took a burst of images on each subject to ensure I got at least one critically sharp.

Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Photastic Pro onm... more »

Pic 4 Today: Ice Fantasy
We woke yesterday to a layer of ice over everything. I hurried my breakfast to get out as soon as there was light enough, and before the layer melted. I might as well not have hurried. When I went out at 6PM to run an errand I still had to chip a half inch of ice off the car before I could go. :) I took lots of subjects, lichen covered branches, leaves, etc…as I walked around the front yard, but I particularly liked this set of macro shots of grass and moss.

Sony HX400V at about 60mm equivalent field of view from inches away. Using Program Shift, I dialed the f-stop down for greater depth of field and counted on the image stabilization built into the lens to cover the resulting slow shutter speeds. I also took a burst of images on each subject to ensure I got at least one critically sharp.

Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Photastic Pro on my Surface Pro 3 Windows tablet.___

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2014-12-04 01:41:38 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 55 +1s)Open 

#birdpoker  +Phil Armishaw silhouettes

Sandhill Cranes. Bosque del Apache NWR, Socorro NM. Sony HX400V in Sports Mode. 

#birdpoker  +Phil Armishaw silhouettes

Sandhill Cranes. Bosque del Apache NWR, Socorro NM. Sony HX400V in Sports Mode. ___

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2014-12-03 12:44:56 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Mule Deer at Bosque
The herd of Mule Deer at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge seems to be doing well. They are not as tame as the White-tailed Deer at Lighthouse State Park in Cape May New Jersey, which will calmly graze withing feet of your, but they don’t spook when you stop on the road to take photos. I regret not getting out of the car for this and the rest of the photos I took of this group, since there is some heat distortion from heated air escaping from the open car window. Still it is rare to see the buck. :)

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent. Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 160 @ f6.3. Processed, and cropped slightly in Lightroom on my Windows tablet.

#wildlifewednesday   +Mike Spinak  +Morkel Erasmus  

Pic 4 Today: Mule Deer at Bosque
The herd of Mule Deer at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge seems to be doing well. They are not as tame as the White-tailed Deer at Lighthouse State Park in Cape May New Jersey, which will calmly graze withing feet of your, but they don’t spook when you stop on the road to take photos. I regret not getting out of the car for this and the rest of the photos I took of this group, since there is some heat distortion from heated air escaping from the open car window. Still it is rare to see the buck. :)

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent. Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 160 @ f6.3. Processed, and cropped slightly in Lightroom on my Windows tablet.

#wildlifewednesday   +Mike Spinak  +Morkel Erasmus  ___

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2014-12-02 13:50:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Support BRANT Tours, a different sort of tour company that is promoting conservation and social responsibility, on #GivingTuesday.

It's also a cool way to get a custom tee designed by birding teeshirt genius Paul Riss/PRBY Apparel!

Support BRANT Tours, a different sort of tour company that is promoting conservation and social responsibility, on #GivingTuesday.

It's also a cool way to get a custom tee designed by birding teeshirt genius Paul Riss/PRBY Apparel!___

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2014-12-02 12:12:02 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 62 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Crane on Mountain
The vast majority of my images from Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and the Festival of the Cranes were taken between 30 minutes before dawn and 90 minutes after. The early morning light at Bosque is, of course, spectacular, and I love it…but my timing is more a matter of circumstance than anything else. Bosque has always been a working trip for me. Come 8:30ish, and I have to be on duty at the ZEISS booth in the Expo Tent, and, most days, preparing for a workshop I am leading. This adds incentive on those mornings when I really do not feel like dragging myself past the breakfast at the hotel, eating granola bars in the car, and arriving somewhere on the Refuge before dawn. Not that I have ever regretted it. :)

Some of the best light is just at first light off Willow and Coyote Decks on the back side of Farm Loop. Early in the week thesef... more »

Pic 4 Today: Crane on Mountain
The vast majority of my images from Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and the Festival of the Cranes were taken between 30 minutes before dawn and 90 minutes after. The early morning light at Bosque is, of course, spectacular, and I love it…but my timing is more a matter of circumstance than anything else. Bosque has always been a working trip for me. Come 8:30ish, and I have to be on duty at the ZEISS booth in the Expo Tent, and, most days, preparing for a workshop I am leading. This adds incentive on those mornings when I really do not feel like dragging myself past the breakfast at the hotel, eating granola bars in the car, and arriving somewhere on the Refuge before dawn. Not that I have ever regretted it. :)

Some of the best light is just at first light off Willow and Coyote Decks on the back side of Farm Loop. Early in the week these fields were dry and empty, but on Thursday they began to flood the fields to bring the birds in close for the weekend…something they do every year for the Festival of the Cranes…and by Saturday and Sunday the stretch of road between the decks was one of the best places on the Refuge to photograph Cranes and dabbling ducks…there was even a small raft of Snow Geese there both mornings. Because of the dramatic backdrop of the mountains to the west, and the angle of the light, it is also a great place to practice flight photography.

I have a sequence of shots of this Crane as it crossed my line of sight and then banked away toward the ponds on the Route 1. In this shot it is just beginning its turn.

Sony HX400V in Sports Mode. ISO 160 @ 1/400th @ f6.3. Processed and cropped for scale in Lightroom on my Windows tablet.___

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2014-12-01 13:24:18 (3 comments, 6 reshares, 74 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Sandhill Crane posing in early light
This shot was taken a few moments after the sunrise shots from yesterday’s post, as the rising sun reached the water where the Cranes had spent the night. You can tell by the posture that this bird is not yet even thinking of getting up and way to the feeding fields. I love the quality of the dawn light.

Sony HX400V at 2400mm equivalent field of view. (1200mm optical plus 2x Clear Image Zoom). Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 800 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on a Windows tablet.

Pic 4 Today: Sandhill Crane posing in early light
This shot was taken a few moments after the sunrise shots from yesterday’s post, as the rising sun reached the water where the Cranes had spent the night. You can tell by the posture that this bird is not yet even thinking of getting up and way to the feeding fields. I love the quality of the dawn light.

Sony HX400V at 2400mm equivalent field of view. (1200mm optical plus 2x Clear Image Zoom). Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 800 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on a Windows tablet.___

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2014-11-30 13:02:08 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Bosque Sunrise Sunday!
Just a week ago, last Sunday morning, I was standing along the edge of the ponds on Route 1 headed into Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, before dawn, waiting on the sun and the birds. The congregation had gathered. The parking lots were full, and all up and down the dyke between the road and the ponds the faithful, photographers and birders, stood hushed and expectant. As it was the weekend of the Festival of the Cranes, there were more visitors than usual…just folks who had traveled down from Albuquerque early…many of them making a once a year pilgrimage to Bosque for the dawn and the birds…kind of like the way the congregation swells around Christmas and Easter in any church. (You can always tell a visitor…they have no binoculars and they are attempting to photograph the Geese and Cranes in the half-light with phones, God bless them :) Westand o... more »

Pic 4 Today: Bosque Sunrise Sunday!
Just a week ago, last Sunday morning, I was standing along the edge of the ponds on Route 1 headed into Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, before dawn, waiting on the sun and the birds. The congregation had gathered. The parking lots were full, and all up and down the dyke between the road and the ponds the faithful, photographers and birders, stood hushed and expectant. As it was the weekend of the Festival of the Cranes, there were more visitors than usual…just folks who had traveled down from Albuquerque early…many of them making a once a year pilgrimage to Bosque for the dawn and the birds…kind of like the way the congregation swells around Christmas and Easter in any church. (You can always tell a visitor…they have no binoculars and they are attempting to photograph the Geese and Cranes in the half-light with phones, God bless them :) We stand on the dyke, and the Cranes stand as darker shadows in the shallow ponds between us the mesa and the mountains behind. They too are waiting on the sun. Behind us, across the road and the rail-road track, well away at the other side of the valley of the Rio Grande, the sun itself is climbing up to crest the eastern mesas, seeking the open air between the land and a shelf of clouds along the horizon, filling the sky with gold. As a photographer, I am attempting to take it all in…the whole experience…and I spin there on the alter, between the sunrise itself and the waiting birds. All up and down the dyke I see other worshipers like me caught in the same liturgical dance, some just rotating in place and some, the long lens folk, dancing around the fixed point of their tripods. The birders, more refined in their habits, largely ignore the rising sun and concentrate on the birds, punctuating the dance with stillness. There is a hush among the gathered, but it contrasts with the continual chatter and mutter…the rising chorus of caw and quack and honk…of the cranes and the few geese and ducks among them as they quicken with the coming day.The visitors among us, like visitors to any congregation, are not quite sure what to do. Many watch us as much as they do the sunrise and the birds, seeking clues to what brings out the faithful in the dawn. Some put us to shame in their devotion…this being a once a year event…they are visibly transported. They could not lift their binoculars or cameras if they had them for the wonder. This dawn there is no real climax to the celebration. The sun slides golden above the mesa. Light strikes across the water to illuminate the Cranes as they begin to think of flying out for the day. Far off against the gilded sky large flocks of Geese arise and wing. In moments it is day. The Bosque dawn has come and gone. Slowly, with a lot of chatter now, the congregation begins to disperse and head back to parking lots and cars, stamping feet, thinking of coffee and hot chocolate, and the reminder of their Sunday on the refuge. They will drive the tour loop a few times. Stop at the Flight Deck, the Decks on the far side, and perhaps catch the Snow Geese flocks on the ag fields in full panic, when an Eagle puts them all up in the air at the same time. It will be a good day, fulfilling the promise of the Bosque dawn. And next year, we will all be back, God willing, even the visitors among us. Happy Sunday!

:)

Sony HX400V. Processed in Lightroom and Phototastic on a Windows tablet.___

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2014-11-29 12:16:03 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: White-crowned Sparrow at Bosque
Though the Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes are much more obvious, there may, in fact, be just as many White-crowned Sparrows at Bosque in November as there are Cranes. They do not flock together in the open. They spread through the trees and brush, but they are everywhere…singing their wispy little song, and chattering to each other. They are most visible around the Visitor Center feeding stations of course, but this specimen was out on the refuge, in the water channel over which I was shooting Geese and Cranes. He intruded on my attention so often that I had to stop what I was doing and photograph him! :)

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 125 @ f6.3. Processed and cropped slightly for scale in Lightroom on my Windows tablet.

#songbirdsaturday   +John Briggs  

Pic 4 Today: White-crowned Sparrow at Bosque
Though the Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes are much more obvious, there may, in fact, be just as many White-crowned Sparrows at Bosque in November as there are Cranes. They do not flock together in the open. They spread through the trees and brush, but they are everywhere…singing their wispy little song, and chattering to each other. They are most visible around the Visitor Center feeding stations of course, but this specimen was out on the refuge, in the water channel over which I was shooting Geese and Cranes. He intruded on my attention so often that I had to stop what I was doing and photograph him! :)

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 125 @ f6.3. Processed and cropped slightly for scale in Lightroom on my Windows tablet.

#songbirdsaturday   +John Briggs  ___

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2014-11-28 12:45:10 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 62 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Marsh Wren at Bosque
We were looking at Cranes and Geese shortly after dawn near the Farm Deck at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge when this Marsh Wren popped up in the reeds beside us and lead us a merry chase trying to get a good look and any kind of photo at all. It stayed in this one small clump of dense reeds growing along the water channel, but it keep well out of sight, chattering all the time so we would know it was still there. Eventually it was joined by an equally as noisy, but less elusive, Sony Sparrow.

I did my best to turn it into a Bewick’s Wren…which I have not seen in close to 20 years…since I lived in western New Mexico, but, it remained, stubbornly, a Marsh Wren. Bewick’s Wren at Bosque would have made a better title. :)

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 100 @ f6.3. Processedin Ligh... more »

Pic 4 Today: Marsh Wren at Bosque
We were looking at Cranes and Geese shortly after dawn near the Farm Deck at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge when this Marsh Wren popped up in the reeds beside us and lead us a merry chase trying to get a good look and any kind of photo at all. It stayed in this one small clump of dense reeds growing along the water channel, but it keep well out of sight, chattering all the time so we would know it was still there. Eventually it was joined by an equally as noisy, but less elusive, Sony Sparrow.

I did my best to turn it into a Bewick’s Wren…which I have not seen in close to 20 years…since I lived in western New Mexico, but, it remained, stubbornly, a Marsh Wren. Bewick’s Wren at Bosque would have made a better title. :)

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

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2014-11-27 16:33:10 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

The other side of the street before dawn this Thanksgiving Day! Sony HX400V sweep panorama (portrait orientation).

The other side of the street before dawn this Thanksgiving Day! Sony HX400V sweep panorama (portrait orientation).___

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2014-11-27 13:01:59 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Good Morning Sky Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving! Like most of the north-east, we got snow yesterday and into this Thanksgiving morning. We woke to trees heavy and ground covered. I got 3/4s of the driveway snowblown with our electric blower before the power went out. I fear there might be a lot of undercooked turkeys today :)

Being out, I could not resist the sky as the sun rose. The top frame is a sweep panorama. The bottom frames are in-camera HDRs. Sony HX400V. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet (finally back from repair). Assembled in Phototastic.

I am posting this, by the way, on the mobile hotspot I use for travel. Make do!

We have a lot to be thankful for today. In particular I am thankful to see this Thanksgiving (as a heart attack survivor). I am thankful for enough health and vigor to get out this morning with the... more »

Pic 4 Today: Good Morning Sky Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving! Like most of the north-east, we got snow yesterday and into this Thanksgiving morning. We woke to trees heavy and ground covered. I got 3/4s of the driveway snowblown with our electric blower before the power went out. I fear there might be a lot of undercooked turkeys today :)

Being out, I could not resist the sky as the sun rose. The top frame is a sweep panorama. The bottom frames are in-camera HDRs. Sony HX400V. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet (finally back from repair). Assembled in Phototastic.

I am posting this, by the way, on the mobile hotspot I use for travel. Make do!

We have a lot to be thankful for today. In particular I am thankful to see this Thanksgiving (as a heart attack survivor). I am thankful for enough health and vigor to get out this morning with the snowblower! And for family: the ones who gather, and the ones who are spread, literally, from coast to coast this morning. And for the goodness of life. For snow heavy on the trees. For dawn light in the sky. And, hopefully, for the power coming back on soon. :)___

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2014-11-26 17:19:41 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Birds in flight are such a challenging photographic subject that the category of images has its own internet acronym: BIF. Go to any of the camera forums (like those on dpreview.com) and you will see periodic discussion of the challenges and techniques of…

Birds in flight are such a challenging photographic subject that the category of images has its own internet acronym: BIF. Go to any of the camera forums (like those on dpreview.com) and you will see periodic discussion of the challenges and techniques of…___

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2014-11-26 15:05:24 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Bosque del Apache Sunset over Cranes. Sony HX400V. Sweep panorama. 

Bosque del Apache Sunset over Cranes. Sony HX400V. Sweep panorama. ___

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2014-11-26 12:44:12 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Away in the Dawn
Watching Sandhill Cranes taking flight just after dawn at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge has to rate as one of the great photographic moments of my time on the planet. It always gets to me. There is a posture that the crane takes as it is deciding to leave. The bird on the left has it. They lean forward and point to the horizon, holding that pose sometimes for a minute or more, and then slowly at first, step along the line of their attention, then faster, then faster, and then a hop and a flap of those great wings and they are airborne. Most often the intent is transmitted to at least a few birds around and a whole group comes up and wings away in a line. This shot catches just such a moment, though the bird in the background is away, while the bird on the left is still thinking about it, and the bird on the right is just beginning to wonder about it.... more »

Pic 4 Today: Away in the Dawn
Watching Sandhill Cranes taking flight just after dawn at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge has to rate as one of the great photographic moments of my time on the planet. It always gets to me. There is a posture that the crane takes as it is deciding to leave. The bird on the left has it. They lean forward and point to the horizon, holding that pose sometimes for a minute or more, and then slowly at first, step along the line of their attention, then faster, then faster, and then a hop and a flap of those great wings and they are airborne. Most often the intent is transmitted to at least a few birds around and a whole group comes up and wings away in a line. This shot catches just such a moment, though the bird in the background is away, while the bird on the left is still thinking about it, and the bird on the right is just beginning to wonder about it. :)

Sony HX400V in Sports Mode. 1/640th @ ISO 1000 @ f6.3. 1200mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom on my Windows tablet.

#wildlifewednesday   +Mike Spinak  +Morkel Erasmus  ___

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2014-11-25 13:35:02 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Curtain of Starlings
While watching the Snow Geese rise in a full blown panic, I could not help but notice the “mini-panic” in the large flock of Starlings feeding in the foreground. It looked like a curtain of living birds. :)

Sony HX400V in Sports Mode. 1200mm equivalent field of view. 1/640th @ ISO 200 @ f6.3.  Processed in Lightroom on my Windows tablet.

Pic 4 Today: Curtain of Starlings
While watching the Snow Geese rise in a full blown panic, I could not help but notice the “mini-panic” in the large flock of Starlings feeding in the foreground. It looked like a curtain of living birds. :)

Sony HX400V in Sports Mode. 1200mm equivalent field of view. 1/640th @ ISO 200 @ f6.3.  Processed in Lightroom on my Windows tablet.___

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2014-11-24 13:17:54 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Snow Storm!!!
This is this year’s mandatory Snow Geese panic shot from Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and the Festival of the Cranes. Appropriately it was our last afternoon tour of the loop around the refuge.  In the morning I had filmed the best panic I have seen at Bosque ever…but I did not get any stills, so I was really hoping for this shot in the afternoon. (video at Snow Storm.)

Sony HX400V in Sports Mode. 1/250th @ ISO 160 @ f6.3. 1200mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom.

Pic 4 Today: Snow Storm!!!
This is this year’s mandatory Snow Geese panic shot from Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and the Festival of the Cranes. Appropriately it was our last afternoon tour of the loop around the refuge.  In the morning I had filmed the best panic I have seen at Bosque ever…but I did not get any stills, so I was really hoping for this shot in the afternoon. (video at Snow Storm.)

Sony HX400V in Sports Mode. 1/250th @ ISO 160 @ f6.3. 1200mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom.___

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