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The Weather Channel2,774,118*Upload your photos to this Event on 9/19 or using the #sunsetday hashtag in a public post to celebrate #sunsetday!* Join us for an exciting 24-hour event as we send summer into the sunset in global fashion. We are asking our Google+ audience from around the world to grab your favorite camera on the evening of September 19 and snap your own unique sunset from your corner of the globe. We want to see all types of sunsets in a variety of settings; a city skyline, a beach resort, a beautiful countryside, a desert landscape, a dense forest. *Wherever you may be, please share/upload your sunset image with this event page on September 19.* You can also participate outside of this event page by submitting a public photo post and tagging with #sunsetday. A select number of our favorite photos will be shown on The Weather Channel and accompany a slideshow on weather.com. Other favorites will be posted and rotated through as the cover photo on both +The Weather Channel and the +Google+ Photos  Google+ page. Note: *Only photos uploaded and posted to the event page or associated with the hashtag #sunsetday on Sep 19 will be considered* We hosted two Hangouts On Air in preparation for Sunset Day. The first hangout focused on the meteorology behind sunsets including the reason behind the beautiful array of colors.  The second hangout concentrated on the art of sunset photography. Expert photographers well known to the Google+ community talked about their techniques in capturing the perfect sunset. Links to both HOA videos are posted below. *HANGOUT SCHEDULE* 1. Monday, September 9: "The Meteorology Behind Sunsets" at 11 am ET with host +Timothy Ballisty  (The Weather Channel social meteorologist). *Guests will include:* Meteorologists +Mike Bettes +Brad Panovich +Jacob Wycoff +Jonathan Erdman +Morgan Palmer +Tim Brice and +Maria LaRosa  *HOA video* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz6Zyz5FT-A 2. Thursday, September 12: "Sunset Photography" at 4 pm ET *Guests will include:* Photographers +Trey Ratcliff +Thomas Hawk +Karen Hutton and +Nicole S. Young   *HOA Video* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqgUGb0th_ASunset Day - Upload Your #SunsetDay Photo on September 192013-09-19 06:00:001299  

Stephen Ingraham has been shared in 286 public circles

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Simon Weiner6,2971.20 High Quality New Active Engager Circle. Enjoy:) #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles   #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2015-04-15 15:28:55499002
Simon Weiner6,2771.19 High Quality New Active Engager Circle. Enjoy:) #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles   #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2015-04-14 17:12:52500003
Simon Weiner6,1641.16 High Quality New Active Engager Circle. Enjoy:) #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles   #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2015-04-11 19:02:05499013
Gailen Mapes85,063Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera I-L - 5 of 27Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to March 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting February 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-04-05 10:29:39173000
Simon Weiner6,0021.12 High Quality New Active Engager Circle. Enjoy:)#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles  #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia2015-04-04 07:18:58498001
Exposure Photographers Circle0Hi thereYou are invited to post a photo in this weeks +Exposure  gallery and competition. One photo per photographer -  Original works only please This weeks edition is here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/ckpju66m8hi8rehtenme1b9tlkk?authkey=CPXK--Ksm9TCzgE2015-03-16 20:55:05490001
Gailen Mapes81,006Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera I-L - 4 of 27Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to March 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting February 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation2015-03-05 11:17:21178000
Pål Børsting48,744♥ ♥ ♥ ☀ ☀ ☀ My thank you circle 4/8 ☀ ☀ ☀ ♥ ♥ ♥Photo enthusiasts circle no. 4 of 8!All of you handpicked by me. This is the real thing :-)To show you I appreciate each and every +1.The re-sharers and commenters of course too.Not to forget the serious*** circle-sharers either.Re-share if you like, no pressure!Cercle de gratitude n°4/8 pour amoureux de la photographie.Pour vous dire combien j'apprécie vos +1's.Tous soigneusement choisis par moi (c'est vrai).Ceux qui commentent et partagent sont bien sûr présents.Et je n'oublie pas non plus les partageurs de cercles***.Partagez ce billet si vous en avez envie, à votre guise !Cercul ''Va multumesc'' nr. 4 din 8, cuprinzand pasionati de fotografie!Ca sa stiti ca apreciez plusurile voastre.Fiecare persoana a fost aleasa de mine personal. E realitatea :)Cei care redistribuie si comentatorii sunt si ei aici.Si bineinteles ca nu sunt uitati nici seriosii*** redistribuitorii de cercuri.Redistribuiti daca doriti, nu e o obligatie!Circulo de agradecimento nº 4 de 5, que agrupa entusiastas da Fotografia!Para informar o meu apreço pelos vossos +1's.Todos eles seleccionados por mim, um a um. Esta é a realidade :-)Claro que os comentadores e os que partilham também estão aqui.E não esquecer os que seriamente*** compartilham circulos.Caso goste e queira, partilhe! Não há qualquer problema!Кръг "Благодаря ви" № 4 от 8 съдържащ фото ентусиасти!Знайте това, че аз оценявам Вашите +1!Всеки от Вас е лично избран от мен! Това е нещо истинско :-)И, разбира се, тези които препубликуват и коментират са тук също!И не забравям сериозните * circlesharers също!Препубликувайте ако желаете, няма проблем!ਧੰਨਵਾਦ 4 ਵਿਚੋਂ 8ਵੇਂ ਫੋਟੋ ਉਤਸ਼ਾਹੀਆਂ ਦੇ ਸਰਕਲ ਦਾ!ਤੁਹਾਡੇ +1 ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਮੈਂ ਤੁਹਾਡੀ ਕਦਰ ਕਰਦਾ ਹਾਂਇਹ ਸਾਰਾ ਕੰਮ ਮੇਰੇ ਹਥ ਨਾਲ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਅਸਲੀ ਕੰਮ ਹੈ :-)ਇਹ ਸਾਰਾ ਕੰਮ ਰੀਸ਼ੇਅਰਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਕਮੈਂਟਾਂ ਕਾਰਨ ਇਥੇ ਹੈਅਤੇ ਮੈਂ ਆਪਣੇ ਸੀਰੀਅਸ*** ਸਰਕਲ ਸ਼ੇਅਰ ਕਰਨ ਵਾਲਿਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਵੀ ਨਹੀਂ ਭੁੱਲ ਸਕਦਾਜੇਕਰ ਤੁਸੀਂ ਪਸੰਦ ਕੀਤਾ ਤਾਂ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਕਰਕੇ ਇਸ ਨੂੰ ਰੀਸ਼ੇਅਰ ਕਰ ਸਕਦੇ ਹੋTackcirkel nr. 4 av 8 innehållande Fotoentusiaster!Så du förstår att jag uppskattar era +1.Alla är handplockade av mig. Detta är den äkta varan :-)Och självklart finns vidaredelarna och kommenterare här också.Och jag glömmer inte de seriösa*** cirkel-delarna heller.Dela om du gillar, ingen press!"Terima Kasih" Bulatan ke-4, mengandungi para peminat gambar!Saya ingin memberitahu anda bahawa saya amat menghargai beberapa +1.Kesemuanya telah dipilih secara teliti oleh saya. Inilah yang sebenarnya:-)Dan sudah tentu para pengkongsi-semula dan pengkomen ada di sini.Dan saya tidak akan lupa kepada*** para pengkongsi bulatan yang tegar.Kongsikan semula jika anda mahu, tiada paksaan!"Terima Kasih" Bulatan Numbor ka-4, mong sengoi kea bi-minat gambar!Eng hod hek panei eng gemar keb +1.Semuak ajih bipilih ya eng haleij.Adehla benda kea sebetulnya :-)Ru adeh ne semestinya mong sengoi kea bi-"reshare" ru bi-komen.Ru eng tok en-sep*** sengoi kea serius bi-circleshare."Reshare" la asa hek sukak, tik tok paksaan!Круг благодарности номер 4 (из 8), состоящий из любителей фотографии!Я хочу сказать вам этим кругом, что ценю ваши +1.Все участники круга отобраны мной вручную. Это реальная работа :-)И конечно, те, кто делится и комментирует, тоже в этом круге.И я не забываю тех, кто серьезно*** делится кругами .Делитесь кругом, если пожелаете, никакого давления!Dank jullie wel, cirkel nr. 4 van 8 met foto enthousiastelingen!Om jullie te laten weten dat ik de +1's erg op prijs stel.Allemaal pe2015-03-05 10:38:0744017120
Allan watson22,056Active users on Google+. Circle Share If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#awesomecircle #circleme #malawi #lilongwe #morocco #morocco #agadir #morocco #casablanca #morocco #fez #morocco #marrakech #morocco #tangier #mozambique #mozambique #maputo #namibia #namibia #walvis_bay #namibia #windhoek #nigeria #nigeria #abuja #nigeria #lagos #rwanda #rwanda #kigali #senegal #senegal #dakar #sierra_leone #sierra_leone #freetown #bloemfontein #dur2015-03-04 06:00:51490244
Rok Šimec33,177This circle contains people who are very active on Google+. These are people who will share and re-post your circles and other content. This is a good circle to connect with each other and gain followers. I highly suggest adding each person in this Circle to your circles as they are likely to interact with you.2015-02-27 20:04:13492523680
Md. Ferdous Hasan0Valentine's DayValentine's Day, also known as Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is a celebration observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it is not a public holiday in most of them.St. Valentine's Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. Several martyrdom stories were invented for the various Valentines that belonged to February 14, and added to later martyrologies. A popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of Rome states that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. An embellishment to this story states that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed "Your Valentine" as a farewell. Today, Saint Valentine's Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion, as well as in the Lutheran Church.[5] The Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrates Saint Valentine's Day, albeit on July 6 and July 30, the former date in honor of the Roman presbyter Saint Valentine, and the latter date in honor of Hieromartyr Valentine, the Bishop of Interamna (modern Terni). In Brazil, the Dia de São Valentim is recognized on June 12.The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"). In Europe, Saint Valentine's Keys are given to lovers "as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart", as well as to children, in order to ward off Saint Valentine's Malady. Valentine's Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.2015-02-15 14:01:29500000
Gailen Mapes76,549Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera I-K - 6 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to February 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting January 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-02-06 21:22:57126000
AyJay Schibig85,29221ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE   1.31.15 by  +AyJay Schibig This Circle has Active G+ members passionate about photography. Add this latest edition to circulate some great photography! Please ReShare.#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2015-01-31 21:16:58501171532
Sergej Heck885Top Engagers No 11!! This is for you --> http://i-butler.software <--#circleshare   #circle   #geteiltekreise   #geteilterkreis   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  #круги   #обмен   #кругляши #круглим   #круги 2015-01-27 22:18:01500458
Вячеслав Журавлёв1,681вселее вместе #круги   #обмен  #кругляши   #круглим #круги   #sharedcircle #publiccircleshare   #circleshare   #circleoftheday #circleshares   #circlesharing  2015-01-18 17:59:21500247
AyJay Schibig83,736AWESOME CIRCLE 1.12.15 by  +AyJay Schibig My 1st circle share of 2015!  Please ReShare.Some  Awesome people  in this new Edition!  Add them to enhance your G+ network!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia  2015-01-13 05:02:54485685191
Beautiful Beautiful Birds0It is time to honor these great photographers many of whom have been shared on +Beautiful Beautiful Birds #beautifulbeautifulbirds .  This circle contains photographers both professional and amateur alike who are passionate about photography. Many are bird and wildlife photographers, although some only photograph birds and wildlife on occasion.   If you enjoy great photography, please consider adding this circle.  The photographers come from many walks of life, and from all over  the globe.   This circle is not complete, but will continue grow.  Sadly google for whatever reason will not allow more then 500 people to be shared in any one circle.  This circle was over 500 and I will need to figure out who was omitted once this is shared.  They will be the first to be placed in  the next circle that I will share.   That circle will be shared as soon as I have what I feel is a large enough circle to once again share.   Thanks for following Beautiful Beautiful Birds, and please follow those whose work make this page possible. Without their public shared this page would not be possible.Warmest Regards,+William Joers curator of +Beautiful Beautiful Birds 2015-01-08 18:34:11501848
John Cleese9,872Hey my friends. Good morning/evening to all! Circle brings together nice and interesting peopleIf you want to be a part of my best shared circles, this is the circle, you may want to add and share circle.Share The Circle And Boost Your Visibility On G+1. Add us to your circles, if you haven't done so already2. +1 this circle3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so we know you have done the three steps above.Please make sure you do it on the original post or I won't notice it More you share more you get!#circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #socialnetworking #xeeme #marketing #mlm #affiliate #internet #internetmarketing #mlm #google #googleplus #community #communities #ripples #ripplescircle #circuloscompartidos #circulocompartido #cerchiacondivisa #cerchia #bestengagers #chiudiilcerchio #closethecircle #shared4shared #thebigcommunity #kingcircle #topcircleshare #Science #Research #Technology #NASA #Space #Innova2015-01-08 12:52:18494292444
Gailen Mapes74,959Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera I-K - 6 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to January 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting December 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-01-06 12:02:341294010
The Best of Bird Photography611Here it is, the final circle of winners from 2014. This circle contains those people who won the weekly contest or were selected as photo of the day in 2014. They are the best of the bird photographers.The new circle for 2015 has begun.2015-01-02 17:39:23278022
Guido Bibra4,763Circle Share #3: Photography TwoThe second part of my "big" Photographers circle. I had to split it to be able to share it because of the 500 user limit. This one has already grown almost up to the limit and there will be a Photography Three circle in the future. 2014-12-30 16:51:52490011
Guido Bibra4,763Circle Share #1: Photography EssentialsLike at the end of last year, I want to say thanks to all the amazing people here on Google+ by sharing a few of my circles, which is easier said than done because my own circle collection is pretty chaotic. This first one is my "small" Photography circle of people I mainly found in the beginning over two years ago, although the size of this circle has doubled in the last twelve months. These are people whose posts I don't want to miss even when I don't have time to look at all the other circles. Don't be disappointed if you're not in there - there are two much bigger photo circles coming up next!2014-12-30 16:36:31269816
Christopher Prins50,984Active Engagers CircleThis is a circle of active people on Google+ who have engaged with me over the past 7 days. If you're looking for active people on Google+ who will plus and re-share your work, this would be an ideal circle for you.__________________________________To Be Included In Next Weeks Circle------------------------------------------------------------Option 1: Share this post.Option 2: Plus, share or comment on my posts during the week.This circle was curated using +Circloscope #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2014-12-28 23:40:493309753149
Harry Day12,525*If You recieve this message You are included in circle !!!To get in, and to ensure you stay in #thebestfriends  circle you need to do the following:1. Include me in your circles...!!!2.  Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.3. Plus this post...!!4. Publicly share this circle...!!5. Leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above...!!!*#photography  #circlesharingforthepeopleplc #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #Japan #Jersey #Jordan #Kazakhstan #Kenya #Kiribati #Latvia #Lebanon #Lesotho #Liberia #Libyan #Arab #Jamahiriya #Liechtenstein #Lithuania #Luxembourg #Macao #Macedonia #Madagascar #Malawi #Malaysia #Maldives #Mali #Malta #Marshall #Islands #Martinique #Mauritania #Mauritius #Monaco 2014-12-26 06:06:46490281244
Christopher Prins50,804Active Engagers CircleThis is a circle of active people on Google+ who have engaged with me over the past 7 days. If you're looking for active people on Google+ who will plus and re-share your work, this would be an ideal circle for you.________________________________To Be Included In Next Weeks Circle------------------------------------------------------------Option 1: Share this post.Option 2: Plus, share or comment on my posts during the week.This circle was curated using +Circloscope  #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2014-12-22 03:28:334761014
Doris Scott284#circleshare #circle #circlesharing #circlesunday   2014-12-14 13:58:48501346
New Year 20150 My special circle. Increase your following with these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post5 - comment to say thanks  #circleshare  #powercircle #sharedcircle #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday2014-12-08 08:04:53501102
Christopher Prins50,544Active Engagers CircleThis is a circle of people who have engaged with me in the past 7 days, whether it be a plus, share, or a comment. If you're looking for active people on Google+ who are active and will plus and re-share your work, this would be an ideal circle for you._____________________________________To Be Included In Next Weeks Circle-----------------------------------------------------------------Simply plus, share or comment on any of my posts during this coming week and you'll be included into next weeks circle.  *Re-sharers of this post will also be included in next weeks circle!*Publicly sharing this post will help the engagers of this circle gain more followers#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia This circle was curated using +Circloscope.2014-12-08 01:59:5048810833135
Gailen Mapes72,928Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera I-K - 6 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to December 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting November 7th.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-12-06 11:59:18131204
Christopher Prins50,140Chris' Sharers & Engagers Circle. week 46.If you're looking for highly active engagers and "trigger happy" sharers on Google+, then you may find this circle to be most suitable for you. This is a curated list of the people who have been active on my profile for this past week. The idea behind this circle is to promote active people on Google+ and to show my appreciation to those who've shared and commented on my content over the past 7 days. Want to be included in next weeks circle?Just share or comment on my posts and get added to next weeks Sharers and Engagers circle. #sharedcircles #engagers #circleshare #engagerscircle #circlesharing #publicsharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles   #googleplus #peopletofollow #commenters #publiccircle #commenterscircle #socialnetworking       2014-11-16 06:42:4173402
Gailen Mapes71,215Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera I-K - 6 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to November 7th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting October 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-11-12 11:41:46137000
The Best of Bird Photography508The Winner's Circle!This circle contains those people who won the weekly contest or photo of the day in the Bird Photography group in 2014.This is the first issue and will be followed by a monthly release of our winners, and photo of the day selections.We highly recommend this circle to you. Each of the people in this circle is an original content creator with fabulous images.If you received this notification, you are in this circle. #circleshare   #sharedcircles  2014-11-10 02:46:17270126
Grant Stringer10,816Hi and welcome to Exposure.If you have received this notification you have been invited to join in the exposure circle Edition: 2nd November – 9th November 2014.This page/circle is dedicated to G+ photographers and their photographs. Please circle exposure and its members so we can all share and also see some great photography at the same time!! How to get involvedPhotographersIf you are a photographer (professional or amateur) and would like to be included:THE RULES!!!1 Plus and publicly share this original post ( the sharing is not obligatory but much appreciated as it helps to spread the word for all involved) 2 Add a comment and a link to one of your recent photographs to the original post so that others can see your work. (Original work only please).3 Add +exposure to your friends 4 OPTIONAL COMPETITION:There will be a weekly Exposure competition where you can add ONE photograph from your recent posts. A first, second and third place will be awarded and shared on the exposure stream each week! ADD ONLY ONE PHOTO IN THE COMPETITION: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c718tj10d42127mvt1520qkhnl0 5 The winner of each week will be added to the exposure winner’s hall of fame and then go forward to the end of year exposure photograph of the year competition as voted for by the exposure members.6 You are also most welcome to join the exposure community where you can: Post your photos (more than one if you like!!)Add your photographs to be critiqued by other members – honest but kind pleaseAdd a link to you circlesAdd a link to your photography websiteAdd a link to some photography newsAdd a link to photography articlesRead all the latest Exposure news!!https://plus.google.com/communities/101671655972389351135Sharing the Exposure circleBy sharing and promoting the circle on your stream, others will not only see this photography but it will also help promote the work of others. This should lead to more fun and engagement for all concerned! Please share on your stream publicly ( or with many circles as possible!!) 2014-11-02 21:15:40399000
George Clark9,956This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle #Sharedcircles #circleshare #publiccircle #followme #public #sharedpubliccircles #circleoftheday #circleall #circlecircle #circleday #circleme #circlenetwork #circleoftheweek #Alexandria #Cairo #Hurghada #Luxor #Sharm #El #Sheikh #Equatorial #Guinea #Malabo #Ethiopia #Addis #Ababa #Gabon #Libreville #Gambia #Banjul #Ghana #Accra #Guinea #Conakry #Kenya #Mombasa #Liberia 2014-10-31 06:55:43492424
Arif Baltacı0Hello my friends on G+.....I release my My Best Circle Number 2. I have add wonderful and important  engagment people.To be added into the next circle you should do some steps :1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me ( +Circle Network ) in the comments on the share and  I can add you to the next circle immediately.   Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!2014-10-31 01:10:16267000
Pål Børsting45,892♥ ♥ ♥ ☀ ☀ ☀ My thank you circle 3/6 ☀ ☀ ☀ ♥ ♥ ♥Photo enthusiasts circle no. 3 of 6!All of you handpicked by me. This is the real thing :-)To show you I appreciate each and every +1.The re-sharers and commenters of course too.Not to forget the serious*** circle-sharers either.Re-share if you like, no pressure!Cercle de gratitude n°3/6 pour amoureux de la photographie.Pour vous dire combien j'apprécie vos +1's.Tous soigneusement choisis par moi (c'est vrai).Ceux qui commentent et partagent sont bien sûr présents.Et je n'oublie pas non plus les partageurs de cercles***.Partagez ce billet si vous en avez envie, à votre guise !Cercul ''Va multumesc'' nr. 3 din 6, cuprinzand pasionati de fotografie!Ca sa stiti ca apreciez plusurile voastre.Fiecare persoana a fost aleasa de mine personal. E  realitatea :)Cei care redistribuie si comentatorii sunt si ei aici.Si bineinteles ca nu sunt uitati nici  seriosii*** redistribuitorii de cercuri.Redistribuiti daca doriti, nu e o obligatie!Circulo de agradecimento nº 3 de 5, que agrupa entusiastas da Fotografia!Para informar o meu apreço pelos vossos +1's.Todos eles seleccionados por mim, um a um. Esta é a realidade :-)Claro que os comentadores e os que partilham também estão aqui.E não esquecer os que seriamente*** compartilham circulos.Caso goste e queira, partilhe! Não há qualquer problema!Кръг "Благодаря ви" № 3 от 6 съдържащ фото ентусиасти!Знайте това, че аз оценявам Вашите +1!Всеки от Вас е лично избран от мен! Това е нещо истинско :-)И, разбира се, тези които препубликуват и коментират са тук също!И не забравям сериозните * circlesharers също!Препубликувайте ако желаете, няма проблем!ਧੰਨਵਾਦ 3 ਵਿਚੋਂ 6ਵੇਂ ਫੋਟੋ ਉਤਸ਼ਾਹੀਆਂ ਦੇ ਸਰਕਲ ਦਾ!ਤੁਹਾਡੇ +1 ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਮੈਂ ਤੁਹਾਡੀ ਕਦਰ ਕਰਦਾ ਹਾਂਇਹ ਸਾਰਾ ਕੰਮ ਮੇਰੇ ਹਥ ਨਾਲ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਅਸਲੀ ਕੰਮ ਹੈ :-)ਇਹ ਸਾਰਾ ਕੰਮ ਰੀਸ਼ੇਅਰਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਕਮੈਂਟਾਂ ਕਾਰਨ ਇਥੇ ਹੈਅਤੇ ਮੈਂ ਆਪਣੇ ਸੀਰੀਅਸ*** ਸਰਕਲ ਸ਼ੇਅਰ ਕਰਨ ਵਾਲਿਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਵੀ ਨਹੀਂ ਭੁੱਲ ਸਕਦਾਜੇਕਰ ਤੁਸੀਂ ਪਸੰਦ ਕੀਤਾ ਤਾਂ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਕਰਕੇ ਇਸ ਨੂੰ ਰੀਸ਼ੇਅਰ ਕਰ ਸਕਦੇ ਹੋTackcirkel nr. 3 av 6 innehållande Fotoentusiaster!Så du förstår att jag uppskattar era +1.Alla är handplockade av mig. Detta är den äkta varan :-)Och självklart finns vidaredelarna och kommenterare här också.Och jag glömmer inte de seriösa*** cirkel-delarna heller.Dela om du gillar, ingen press!"Terima Kasih" Bulatan ke-3, mengandungi para peminat gambar!Saya ingin memberitahu anda bahawa saya amat menghargai beberapa +1.Kesemuanya telah dipilih secara teliti oleh saya. Inilah yang sebenarnya:-)Dan sudah tentu para pengkongsi-semula dan pengkomen ada di sini.Dan saya tidak akan lupa kepada*** para pengkongsi bulatan yang tegar.Kongsikan semula jika anda mahu, tiada paksaan!"Terima Kasih" Bulatan Numbor ka-3, mong sengoi kea bi-minat gambar!Eng hod hek panei eng gemar keb +1.Semuak ajih bipilih ya eng haleij.Adehla benda kea sebetulnya :-)Ru adeh ne semestinya mong sengoi kea bi-"reshare" ru bi-komen.Ru eng tok en-sep*** sengoi kea serius bi-circleshare."Reshare" la asa hek sukak, tik tok paksaan!Круг благодарности номер 3 (из 6), состоящий из любителей фотографии!Я хочу сказать вам этим кругом, что ценю ваши +1.Все участники круга отобраны мной вручную. Это реальная работа :-)И конечно, те, кто делится и комментирует, тоже в этом круге.И я не забываю тех, кто серьезно*** делится кругами .Делитесь кругом, если пожелаете, никакого давления!Dank jullie wel, cirkel nr. 3 van 6 met foto enthousiastelingen!Om jullie te laten weten dat ik de +1's erg op prijs stel.Allemaal persoo2014-10-30 10:33:1441219429
AyJay Schibig76,773AWESOME CIRCLE 10.25.14 by  +AyJay Schibig ReShare if you wish to be in this Circle.Some  awesome people  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia  #circlesbyayjay  2014-10-26 02:39:02496636790
Linda Motoiu60,126#circle   #photographers  My favorite photographers circle - release 42014-10-19 08:25:4738315421
Gailen Mapes68,609Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera I-K - 6 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to October 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting September 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-10-06 10:20:50135528
Becky Collins16,657Dog Lovers Worldwide Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-09-24 05:14:17473226
AyJay Schibig72,63821ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE (1 of 2)  9.15.14 by  +AyJay Schibig Please ReShare if you wish to be in this Circle.This Circle has Active G+ members passionate about photography. Add this latest edition to circulate some great photography!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2014-09-16 01:16:55422232033
Dirk Müller12,094Circle, circle in the stream, who are my most engagers these daysThis is a circle to say thank you. Thank you to all of you who commented or shared my work. You all are awesome and make Google Plus such a nice place to share my pictures.If you would like to be a part of my Most Engaged Circle you mustn't plus this post, comment it or share it (but you can) To be a part of the next circle you just have to interact with me by commenting or sharing my work. Not more ;-) #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #topengagers #awesomepeople2014-09-15 03:50:414779723151
Grant Stringer8,802Hi and welcome to Exposure.If you have received this notification you have been invited to join in the exposure circle. Edition : 14th – 21st September 2014.This page/circle  is dedicated to G+ photographers and their photographs.Please circle exposure and its members so we can all share and also see some great photography at the same time!!How to get involvedPhotographersIf you are a photographer ( professional or amateur) and would like to be included:THE RULES!!!1 Plus and publicly share this original post ( the sharing is not obligatory but much appreciated as it helps to spread the word for all involved)2 Add a comment and a link to one of your recent photographs to the original post so that others can see your work. (Original work only please).3 Add +exposure to your friends4 OPTIONAL COMPETITION :There will be a weekly Exposure competition where you can add ONE  photograph from your recent posts. A first, second and third place will be awarded and shared on the exposure stream each week! ADD ONLY ONE PHOTO IN THE COMPETITION https://plus.google.com/events/cn4f2m1cgln9ta1k3tdv2qrn9rg?authkey=CIWy06qa34GBZw5 The winner of each week will be added to the exposure winners hall of fame and then go forward to the end of year exposure photograph of the year competition as voted for by the exposure members.6  You are also most welcome to join the exposure community where you can: Post your photos ( more than one if you like!!)Add your photographs to be critiqued by other members – honest but kind pleaseAdd a link to you circlesAdd a link to your photography websiteAdd a link to some photography newsAdd a link to photography articlesRead all the latest Exposure news!!https://plus.google.com/communities/101671655972389351135Sharing the Exposure circleBy sharing and promoting the circle on your stream, others will not only see this photography but it will also help promote the work of others. This should lead to more fun and engagement for all concerned! Please share on your stream publicly ( or with many circles as possible!!)2014-09-14 18:05:234004010
Gailen Mapes67,416Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera I-K - 6 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to September 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting August 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-09-06 10:45:36130204
AyJay Schibig69,399AWESOME CIRCLE 8.12.14 by +AyJay Schibig RESHARE if you wish to be in this Circle.Some  awesome people  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia  #circlesbyayjay  2014-08-13 06:19:41500493663
Linda Motoiu57,984#circle   #photographers  My favorite photographers circle - release 32014-08-09 16:30:01378592077
Gailen Mapes66,871Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera  I-K - 6 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to July 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting June 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-08-06 10:25:22128407
Exposure Photographers Circle0Welcome to Exposure Photographer Circles – If you have received this notification you are invited to join the circle – To be included in this and future circles please add Exposure circles to your friends and a comment to this post.All G+ photographers are welcome to join Exposure, The Exposure Photographers Circle and  Community.You are also invited to add a photo to the current Exposure gallery and weekly competition : https://plus.google.com/b/100754431548807057066/events/crv7p56dge9ibtevmd2t42ctn38?authkey=CMHG9cHCyd2WIwAny shares and plusses are greatly appreciated!2014-07-31 21:05:072531102
Gailen Mapes65,720Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera  I-K - 6 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes  and scroll back to July 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting June 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-07-06 10:56:35131005
Christopher Jennings Penders10,380#circleshare   Okay!I'm retiring my Sunday Seventeen Circle Share and am bringing out a new weekly circle based on +Circloscope data from my most recent engagers.  Using Circloscope will be MUCH easier and I think more democratic, letting the app discover my most recent engagers.  After watching the #gplusspotlight  episode yesterday and seeing the option of finding your last x engagers, I began mulling over how I could use that yo my advantage.  This is the first way I'm using it.  Now the challenge becomes finding a unique name for this circle.So here is my new Engager Circle.2014-06-29 12:53:1833223

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2015-04-14 11:19:41 (81 comments, 154 reshares, 1337 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Masked Tityra
Despite heavy rains, I am still having lots of fun at Tranquilo Bay. The birds are right here off the deck, and yesterday I got to photograph poison dart frogs for several hours and we made it out to a Manakin leck to see males displaying and defending their little patches of bare earth in the jungle. Great stuff! This is a Masked Tityra, one of two Tityras in the area. Such a bird! About the size of a robin and related to the tropical flycatchers. You might see the overall resemblance to our Kiskadee.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/125th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

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2015-04-14 11:19:41 (81 comments, 154 reshares, 1337 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Masked Tityra
Despite heavy rains, I am still having lots of fun at Tranquilo Bay. The birds are right here off the deck, and yesterday I got to photograph poison dart frogs for several hours and we made it out to a Manakin leck to see males displaying and defending their little patches of bare earth in the jungle. Great stuff! This is a Masked Tityra, one of two Tityras in the area. Such a bird! About the size of a robin and related to the tropical flycatchers. You might see the overall resemblance to our Kiskadee.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/125th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

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2015-04-14 11:19:41 (81 comments, 154 reshares, 1337 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Masked Tityra
Despite heavy rains, I am still having lots of fun at Tranquilo Bay. The birds are right here off the deck, and yesterday I got to photograph poison dart frogs for several hours and we made it out to a Manakin leck to see males displaying and defending their little patches of bare earth in the jungle. Great stuff! This is a Masked Tityra, one of two Tityras in the area. Such a bird! About the size of a robin and related to the tropical flycatchers. You might see the overall resemblance to our Kiskadee.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/125th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

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2015-04-18 11:10:45 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: White-faced Capuchins
On the run this am, on my way home from Panama, but just to compete (kind of) the Tranquilo Bay experience, two White-faced Capuchin monkeys from the Traquilo Bay tower. :)

Nikon P900. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom.

Pic for Today: White-faced Capuchins
On the run this am, on my way home from Panama, but just to compete (kind of) the Tranquilo Bay experience, two White-faced Capuchin monkeys from the Traquilo Bay tower. :)

Nikon P900. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom.___

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2015-04-17 12:24:23 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Blue Morpho!
Yesterday Jim and Alvero from Tranquilo Bay Lodge took me across to the mainland to explore an old banana canal and river by boat. The canal passes mostly through forest and is a rich habitat for all kinds of birds and wildlife. Unfortunately the mouth of the river had been blocked by floating vegetation (Water Hyacinth) so we did not get to the ducks, waders, River Otter, etc., but this butterfly alone would have been worth the trip.

There are several species of Blue Morpho butterfly, varying in size from 3 inches to 8. This one appeared to be in 6 inch range. If you have ever seen a Blue Morpho, it is an unforgettable sight. They have, as noted, huge bright blue wings, and they fly with the slowest possible wing-beats…appearing to float lazily over the low vegetation, just about never lighting. And when they do light, they close their wings to show ab... more »

Pic for Today: Blue Morpho!
Yesterday Jim and Alvero from Tranquilo Bay Lodge took me across to the mainland to explore an old banana canal and river by boat. The canal passes mostly through forest and is a rich habitat for all kinds of birds and wildlife. Unfortunately the mouth of the river had been blocked by floating vegetation (Water Hyacinth) so we did not get to the ducks, waders, River Otter, etc., but this butterfly alone would have been worth the trip.

There are several species of Blue Morpho butterfly, varying in size from 3 inches to 8. This one appeared to be in 6 inch range. If you have ever seen a Blue Morpho, it is an unforgettable sight. They have, as noted, huge bright blue wings, and they fly with the slowest possible wing-beats…appearing to float lazily over the low vegetation, just about never lighting. And when they do light, they close their wings to show a brown cryptic pattern with just a touch of blue showing at the wingtips. It is so rare to see one perched open like this…so very rare…that I feel incredibly blessed to have been in the right spot at the right moment. Most of the open wing shots you do see are posed at a Butterfly House…this is a wild, free-flying Blue Morpho! How great is that?

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/200th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom on my Surface Pro tablet.___

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2015-04-16 10:41:49 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Three-toed Sloth
The poor Sloth has gotten a bad name…or rather the Sloth’s name has be used to name one of the least desirable of human characteristics. I think. I would hate to think it was the other way around. Just imagine if the Sloth had been named the “Leisure” or the “Relax” or even the “Sleepy”…the Sleepy Bear…how great would that be! For the Sloth anyway. This Three-toed Sloth was high in the canopy at the local chocolate farm, across the channel from Tranquilo Bay Lodge…one of the regular tour destinations from the lodge for a variety of more mainland rainforest birds…birds that do not cross the water to Tranquilo Bay.

You could see the Sloth in a zoo, but it is very different seeing it in its native rainforest!

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/80th @ ISO 800 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3tablet.... more »

Pic for Today: Three-toed Sloth
The poor Sloth has gotten a bad name…or rather the Sloth’s name has be used to name one of the least desirable of human characteristics. I think. I would hate to think it was the other way around. Just imagine if the Sloth had been named the “Leisure” or the “Relax” or even the “Sleepy”…the Sleepy Bear…how great would that be! For the Sloth anyway. This Three-toed Sloth was high in the canopy at the local chocolate farm, across the channel from Tranquilo Bay Lodge…one of the regular tour destinations from the lodge for a variety of more mainland rainforest birds…birds that do not cross the water to Tranquilo Bay.

You could see the Sloth in a zoo, but it is very different seeing it in its native rainforest!

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/80th @ ISO 800 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-04-15 12:51:00 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Another Poison Dart Frog with tadpole from Bocas Del Toro Panama and Tranquilo Bay Lodge. Nikon P900. More at my Pic for Today post.
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Another Poison Dart Frog with tadpole from Bocas Del Toro Panama and Tranquilo Bay Lodge. Nikon P900. More at my Pic for Today post.
https://plus.google.com/+StephenIngraham/posts/PnqQrVV3U6D___

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2015-04-15 11:08:32 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Poison Dart Frogs! (worth a click to see it large)
There is a spot on the bigger island, closer to the mainland, in the Bocas Del Torro archipelago, where a number of color morphs of one species of Poison Dart frog coexist. This is unusual. It is not a place you are going to find, or to want to go, unless you are with the excellent guides at Tranquilo Bay Lodge. And there is a second species there as well. (The black and yellow frog is the second species…all the others are the same species.) These are tiny frogs…not the Amazon Poison Dart Frogs you have seen on Nat Geo. They are about a half inch long at best. They hop about in the leaf litter all over the forest floor. The black and yellow frog has a large cluster of tadpoles on her back. She is ferrying them high into the canopy, where she will deposit them in a bromeliad. She will then tend and feed them until they morphint... more »

Pic for Today: Poison Dart Frogs! (worth a click to see it large)
There is a spot on the bigger island, closer to the mainland, in the Bocas Del Torro archipelago, where a number of color morphs of one species of Poison Dart frog coexist. This is unusual. It is not a place you are going to find, or to want to go, unless you are with the excellent guides at Tranquilo Bay Lodge. And there is a second species there as well. (The black and yellow frog is the second species…all the others are the same species.) These are tiny frogs…not the Amazon Poison Dart Frogs you have seen on Nat Geo. They are about a half inch long at best. They hop about in the leaf litter all over the forest floor. The black and yellow frog has a large cluster of tadpoles on her back. She is ferrying them high into the canopy, where she will deposit them in a bromeliad. She will then tend and feed them until they morph into frogs, at which point they will then climb back down to the forest floor to live and breed. Very interesting!

Because of the low light under the heavy canopy, I had to use the flash for all these images, and because of size of the frogs (and how fast they are), all the images are cropped from full frame. Nikon P900. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Phototastic Pro.___

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2015-04-14 14:13:43 (5 comments, 8 reshares, 79 +1s)Open 

How we are feeling in Panama right now :) Female or young male Blue Dacnis, Tranquilo Bay Lodge.

How we are feeling in Panama right now :) Female or young male Blue Dacnis, Tranquilo Bay Lodge.___

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2015-04-14 11:19:41 (81 comments, 154 reshares, 1337 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Masked Tityra
Despite heavy rains, I am still having lots of fun at Tranquilo Bay. The birds are right here off the deck, and yesterday I got to photograph poison dart frogs for several hours and we made it out to a Manakin leck to see males displaying and defending their little patches of bare earth in the jungle. Great stuff! This is a Masked Tityra, one of two Tityras in the area. Such a bird! About the size of a robin and related to the tropical flycatchers. You might see the overall resemblance to our Kiskadee.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/125th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic for Today: Masked Tityra
Despite heavy rains, I am still having lots of fun at Tranquilo Bay. The birds are right here off the deck, and yesterday I got to photograph poison dart frogs for several hours and we made it out to a Manakin leck to see males displaying and defending their little patches of bare earth in the jungle. Great stuff! This is a Masked Tityra, one of two Tityras in the area. Such a bird! About the size of a robin and related to the tropical flycatchers. You might see the overall resemblance to our Kiskadee.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/125th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-04-13 11:35:16 (62 comments, 92 reshares, 768 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Blue Dacnis
After lunch we set out to find the Manakin leck, but we never got off the deck of the Lodge at Tranquilo Bay. Between migrants coming through in good numbers (warblers and flycatchers that I will seen in May in Ohio), and the native tropical birds there was just too much to see and photograph. The light was not at its best…but what a delight. There can not be many places in Central America that are better for bird photography than the deck at Tranquilo Bay. :)

This is a Blue Dacnis, the male. The female is not so intense but more colorful…with much more green on the body and a turquoise head. The daughter of one of the partners in the Lodge calls this bird “bluest of the blue”. I can see why.

Nikon P900 at 1600mm equivalent field of view. 1/125th at ISO 400 @ f6.3. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic for Today: Blue Dacnis
After lunch we set out to find the Manakin leck, but we never got off the deck of the Lodge at Tranquilo Bay. Between migrants coming through in good numbers (warblers and flycatchers that I will seen in May in Ohio), and the native tropical birds there was just too much to see and photograph. The light was not at its best…but what a delight. There can not be many places in Central America that are better for bird photography than the deck at Tranquilo Bay. :)

This is a Blue Dacnis, the male. The female is not so intense but more colorful…with much more green on the body and a turquoise head. The daughter of one of the partners in the Lodge calls this bird “bluest of the blue”. I can see why.

Nikon P900 at 1600mm equivalent field of view. 1/125th at ISO 400 @ f6.3. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-04-12 12:21:47 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

The palm trees on the grounds of the Riande Aeropuerto hotel here in Panama City are full of what might be orchids (?) in bloom. Many different varieties. 
Nikon P900.

The palm trees on the grounds of the Riande Aeropuerto hotel here in Panama City are full of what might be orchids (?) in bloom. Many different varieties. 
Nikon P900.___

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2015-04-12 10:49:41 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Dawn light on the marsh...
I am posting this morning from Panama City, Panama. By day’s end, if all goes to plan, I will be at Tranquilo Bay Lodge, and will be there for a week. One last shot this morning from Kennebunk (for the time being). This is the first sun as it strikes across the marsh at the mouth of Back Creek, behind the dunes at our local beach.

Nikon P900 in Landscape mode, with multiple exposure Noise Reduction turned on. 24mm equivalent field of view. 1/125 @ ISO100 @ f2.8. Processed in Lightroom.

Pic for Today: Dawn light on the marsh...
I am posting this morning from Panama City, Panama. By day’s end, if all goes to plan, I will be at Tranquilo Bay Lodge, and will be there for a week. One last shot this morning from Kennebunk (for the time being). This is the first sun as it strikes across the marsh at the mouth of Back Creek, behind the dunes at our local beach.

Nikon P900 in Landscape mode, with multiple exposure Noise Reduction turned on. 24mm equivalent field of view. 1/125 @ ISO100 @ f2.8. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-04-11 11:19:59 (42 comments, 17 reshares, 315 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Deer Alert!
The Deer in Southern Maine are emerging from the deeper woods where they wintered and are being seen everywhere along the roads at night. They are somewhat of a hazard, truth to be told. This young doe was feeding in a small paddock on a horse farm near the ocean the other day as I went by. I managed to stop the car, get the window down, my camera out of its case and turned on, and get off a few shots before she decided that I was taking too much interest and jumped the paddock fence to go back into the thicket behind.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. Program with -1/3 EV exposure compensation. 1/500th @ ISO 200 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic for Today: Deer Alert!
The Deer in Southern Maine are emerging from the deeper woods where they wintered and are being seen everywhere along the roads at night. They are somewhat of a hazard, truth to be told. This young doe was feeding in a small paddock on a horse farm near the ocean the other day as I went by. I managed to stop the car, get the window down, my camera out of its case and turned on, and get off a few shots before she decided that I was taking too much interest and jumped the paddock fence to go back into the thicket behind.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. Program with -1/3 EV exposure compensation. 1/500th @ ISO 200 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-04-10 11:06:35 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: White-winged Scoter
Scoters are sea ducks, generally seen just at the limits of vision off shore. I was amazed to find this single White-winged Scoter about a mile up the Mousam River from the sea, hanging out in the shadow of the bridge across Route 9. And it was literally hanging in the shadow. It went from one side of the bridge to the other, but always stayed in the shadow of the bridge??? My references do say that this scoter breeds further inland than the others and is the most likely to be seen on rivers and ponds during migration…so I guess I really did not need to be surprised. But I was! :)

Nikon P900 at 1200mm equivalent field of view. Program with -1/3 EV exposure compensation. 1/125th @ ISO 450 @ f6.3. (Pretty good for handheld at 1200mm and 1/125!) Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic for Today: White-winged Scoter
Scoters are sea ducks, generally seen just at the limits of vision off shore. I was amazed to find this single White-winged Scoter about a mile up the Mousam River from the sea, hanging out in the shadow of the bridge across Route 9. And it was literally hanging in the shadow. It went from one side of the bridge to the other, but always stayed in the shadow of the bridge??? My references do say that this scoter breeds further inland than the others and is the most likely to be seen on rivers and ponds during migration…so I guess I really did not need to be surprised. But I was! :)

Nikon P900 at 1200mm equivalent field of view. Program with -1/3 EV exposure compensation. 1/125th @ ISO 450 @ f6.3. (Pretty good for handheld at 1200mm and 1/125!) Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-04-09 15:14:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Join me in St Augustine FL for a full series of Point and Shoot Nature Photography workshops, April 22-26. Lots of other great birding and photo workshops to fill out your schedule too! Point and Shoot Nature Photographer in Florida

Join me in St Augustine FL for a full series of Point and Shoot Nature Photography workshops, April 22-26. Lots of other great birding and photo workshops to fill out your schedule too! Point and Shoot Nature Photographer in Florida___

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2015-04-09 15:08:11 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Join me in St Augustine FL for a full series of Point and Shoot Nature Photography workshops, April 22-26. Lots of other great birding and photo workshops to fill out your schedule too! 

Join me in St Augustine FL for a full series of Point and Shoot Nature Photography workshops, April 22-26. Lots of other great birding and photo workshops to fill out your schedule too! ___

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2015-04-09 11:08:34 (16 comments, 24 reshares, 202 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Nubble Light
On the way home from Easter Dinner at the relatives in York, we stopped for a moment at Nubble Light (well, we detoured to Nubble Light) so I could take a few shots. Nubble Light is one of my standard test subjects when I get a new camera…and it is one of my favorite “scenic” places to photograph along the southern Maine coast. I mean…well maintained romantic lighthouse, crashing surf, blue green sea, a few clouds in the sky…what more could you ask? And here the gull adds to the composition. :)

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

Pic for Today: Nubble Light
On the way home from Easter Dinner at the relatives in York, we stopped for a moment at Nubble Light (well, we detoured to Nubble Light) so I could take a few shots. Nubble Light is one of my standard test subjects when I get a new camera…and it is one of my favorite “scenic” places to photograph along the southern Maine coast. I mean…well maintained romantic lighthouse, crashing surf, blue green sea, a few clouds in the sky…what more could you ask? And here the gull adds to the composition. :)

Nikon P900 at 24mm. Landscape Mode. 1/1600th @ f2.8 @ ISO 100. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-04-08 11:01:56 (26 comments, 42 reshares, 378 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Loon wins crab toss!
There is a Common Loon hunting at the mouth of Back Creek where it meets the Mousam. It has been there for the better part of a week now, patrolling and diving for crabs. I caught it here with a fresh caught crab, doing the crab toss thing to get it aligned for swallowing. I have several other shots in the sequence with the crab in different positions before the bird finally swallowed it. :) The image makes me smile...which I guess shows little sympathy for the crab.

Nikon P900 at 1600mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 125 @ f6.3. Program with -1/3EV exposure compensation. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic for Today: Loon wins crab toss!
There is a Common Loon hunting at the mouth of Back Creek where it meets the Mousam. It has been there for the better part of a week now, patrolling and diving for crabs. I caught it here with a fresh caught crab, doing the crab toss thing to get it aligned for swallowing. I have several other shots in the sequence with the crab in different positions before the bird finally swallowed it. :) The image makes me smile...which I guess shows little sympathy for the crab.

Nikon P900 at 1600mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 125 @ f6.3. Program with -1/3EV exposure compensation. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-04-07 11:34:21 (25 comments, 15 reshares, 310 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Hairy on Suet
I am having a lot of fun with the new Nikon P900. The 2000mm optical zoom makes bird shots that were always just slightly out of reach now possible. Not that the feeder birds are ever really out of reach…but this kind of close up was. We get both Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers at the suet, and we enjoy them both. :)

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. Program with -1/3EV exposure compensation. 1/500th @ ISO 100 @ f6.5. Processed in Topaz Dejpeg and Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic for Today: Hairy on Suet
I am having a lot of fun with the new Nikon P900. The 2000mm optical zoom makes bird shots that were always just slightly out of reach now possible. Not that the feeder birds are ever really out of reach…but this kind of close up was. We get both Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers at the suet, and we enjoy them both. :)

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. Program with -1/3EV exposure compensation. 1/500th @ ISO 100 @ f6.5. Processed in Topaz Dejpeg and Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-04-06 11:15:29 (33 comments, 35 reshares, 282 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Chipper's Easter Dinner
The whole family gathered at my sister-in-law’s home for Easter Dinner, as we do most years, and while the ladies walked off the main course before dessert, I snuck out into the yard to see if I could find any birds or anything else interesting. What I found was a very photogenic and cooperative Chipmunk scampering about picking up its own Easter Dinner, finding mostly berries or small fruit of some kind that survived under the winter snow. I am not sure what he is saying…maybe “could you pass the salt?”…but he certainly was enjoying himself. And I was enjoying him!

Nikon P900 at 1596mm equivalent field of view. Program with -1/3EV exposure compensation. 1/250th @ ISO 400 @ f6.3. Processed in Topaz Dejpeg and Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic for Today: Chipper's Easter Dinner
The whole family gathered at my sister-in-law’s home for Easter Dinner, as we do most years, and while the ladies walked off the main course before dessert, I snuck out into the yard to see if I could find any birds or anything else interesting. What I found was a very photogenic and cooperative Chipmunk scampering about picking up its own Easter Dinner, finding mostly berries or small fruit of some kind that survived under the winter snow. I am not sure what he is saying…maybe “could you pass the salt?”…but he certainly was enjoying himself. And I was enjoying him!

Nikon P900 at 1596mm equivalent field of view. Program with -1/3EV exposure compensation. 1/250th @ ISO 400 @ f6.3. Processed in Topaz Dejpeg and Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-04-05 11:38:17 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed. Happy Easter Sunday!
As the dawn sweeps over the globe today, Christians are gathering on mountain tops, hilltops, roofs of buildings, and beaches to witness the sunrise. It is Easter Sunday for most Christians, and the sunrise this day symbolizes the resurrection of Jesus Christ two thousand years ago, and celebrates his ongoing life through the spirit in each of us. And whatever you think of Christianity, the promise of new life, of being better at loving and giving and living, is one that speaks to us all. In the dawn, as the sun rises yet again on a new day, surely we can all believe a little more deeply that forgiveness is possible, that love is all that matters, and that joy is not only within reach, but our birthright. Surely this day, we can all believe that peace on earth begins with us, with each of us, facing the dawn with hope and open... more »

Pic for Today: He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed. Happy Easter Sunday!
As the dawn sweeps over the globe today, Christians are gathering on mountain tops, hilltops, roofs of buildings, and beaches to witness the sunrise. It is Easter Sunday for most Christians, and the sunrise this day symbolizes the resurrection of Jesus Christ two thousand years ago, and celebrates his ongoing life through the spirit in each of us. And whatever you think of Christianity, the promise of new life, of being better at loving and giving and living, is one that speaks to us all. In the dawn, as the sun rises yet again on a new day, surely we can all believe a little more deeply that forgiveness is possible, that love is all that matters, and that joy is not only within reach, but our birthright. Surely this day, we can all believe that peace on earth begins with us, with each of us, facing the dawn with hope and open hearts. He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Happy Easter Sunday!___

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2015-04-04 17:23:58 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Added a section on Landscape Mode for those who are interested. :)

Added a section on Landscape Mode for those who are interested. :)___

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2015-04-04 12:55:49 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

There is still time to plan a trip to St. Augustine FL for the Florida Birding and Photo Fest, April 22-26th, to attend my full series of Point and Shoot Nature Photography workshops. 

There is still time to plan a trip to St. Augustine FL for the Florida Birding and Photo Fest, April 22-26th, to attend my full series of Point and Shoot Nature Photography workshops. ___

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2015-04-04 11:32:41 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Duck Stamp Ducks
Things are still rather slow, bird wise, in Southern Maine, as the warming spring sun struggles to release the fields and ponds from their winter burden of snow and ice. Still weeks to go with that job. There are a few ducks coming back to the Mousam near Roger’s Pond…though nothing like last year’s bonanza of Wood Ducks and Mergansers. This year we have only Mallards. This shot, one of the few I took on a walk around the frozen pond next to the river, is just such a classic. It reminds me of a Duck Stamp. If you don’t know Duck Stamps…more properly these days the Migratory Bird Stamp…you should. Hunters, by law, have to buy them and affix them to their Waterfowl hunting license. Something like 95% of the funds collected through Stamp sales goes to Migratory Bird Conservation…buying new habitat, restoring habitat in the National Wildlife RefugeSystem, etc. ... more »

Pic for Today: Duck Stamp Ducks
Things are still rather slow, bird wise, in Southern Maine, as the warming spring sun struggles to release the fields and ponds from their winter burden of snow and ice. Still weeks to go with that job. There are a few ducks coming back to the Mousam near Roger’s Pond…though nothing like last year’s bonanza of Wood Ducks and Mergansers. This year we have only Mallards. This shot, one of the few I took on a walk around the frozen pond next to the river, is just such a classic. It reminds me of a Duck Stamp. If you don’t know Duck Stamps…more properly these days the Migratory Bird Stamp…you should. Hunters, by law, have to buy them and affix them to their Waterfowl hunting license. Something like 95% of the funds collected through Stamp sales goes to Migratory Bird Conservation…buying new habitat, restoring habitat in the National Wildlife Refuge System, etc. An increasing (but still too small) number of birders are also buying the Duck Stamp, in support of Migratory Bird Conservation. Besides doing your bit for conservation, a Duck Stamp gets you into any National Wildlife Refuge in the country for the year of its issue. That is a great deal for $15 even if you only make three visits to a NWR during the year. And that is my Duck Stamp story…now back to regularly scheduled photo show. :)

Nikon P900 at 1200mm equivalent field of view. 1/320th @ ISO 400 @ f6.3. Processed in Topaz Dejpeg and Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-04-03 19:21:27 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

The full (this time :) review of the new Nikon P900 superzoom camera. 83x!

The full (this time :) review of the new Nikon P900 superzoom camera. 83x!___

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2015-04-03 11:37:44 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Song Sparrow Rampant
We have a few Song Sparrows back early…so early that they are not yet singing. It might be that only males or only females have come in this early, but for whatever reason, they are not thinking about establishing territories or nesting yet. They are uncharacteristically skulky…staying low in the brush and mostly out of sight. In another few weeks I expect to see them singing from every exposed branch and fence post top. The birds that are in are particularly vivid as well, with very high contrast between the brown and lighter parts. This bird was along the Kennebunk Bridle Path parallel with the lower Mousam River on the ocean side of Route 9 in Kennebunk.

Nikon P900. 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 125 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic for Today: Song Sparrow Rampant
We have a few Song Sparrows back early…so early that they are not yet singing. It might be that only males or only females have come in this early, but for whatever reason, they are not thinking about establishing territories or nesting yet. They are uncharacteristically skulky…staying low in the brush and mostly out of sight. In another few weeks I expect to see them singing from every exposed branch and fence post top. The birds that are in are particularly vivid as well, with very high contrast between the brown and lighter parts. This bird was along the Kennebunk Bridle Path parallel with the lower Mousam River on the ocean side of Route 9 in Kennebunk.

Nikon P900. 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 125 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-04-03 00:14:26 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

For several months the Nikon P900 was rumored around the internet. 83x zoom! 24-2000mm equivalent field of view. A Superzoom to top all superzooms! A lot of digital ink went into poopooing the rumor. “Fat chance! Dream on!” seemed to be the consensus. I…

For several months the Nikon P900 was rumored around the internet. 83x zoom! 24-2000mm equivalent field of view. A Superzoom to top all superzooms! A lot of digital ink went into poopooing the rumor. “Fat chance! Dream on!” seemed to be the consensus. I…___

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2015-04-02 11:09:26 (64 comments, 96 reshares, 1287 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: First Chipper of Spring!
I went back to the Kennebunk Bridle Path yesterday, since I had had a good time there the day before, and walked upriver to the first bridge. It was hard going, with 2 feet of condensed snow on the path. Others who hand come before me when the snow was softer had churned it up into a very uneven surface, which is now hard, and hard walking. And there were no birds. I did hear what was most likely a Pileated Woodpecker drumming in the woods beyond the bridge. However on the ocean side of Route 9, where the birds were the day before, there were again birds. There was a large flock of Goldfinches, a few Song Sparrows, and, again, a few Eastern Bluebirds. But the real treat was my first Chipmunk of the spring. Where the cover is heaviest in the small pines along the trail, the snow was thin enough so it has melted off to bare ground now, and this Chipmunk was... more »

Pic for Today: First Chipper of Spring!
I went back to the Kennebunk Bridle Path yesterday, since I had had a good time there the day before, and walked upriver to the first bridge. It was hard going, with 2 feet of condensed snow on the path. Others who hand come before me when the snow was softer had churned it up into a very uneven surface, which is now hard, and hard walking. And there were no birds. I did hear what was most likely a Pileated Woodpecker drumming in the woods beyond the bridge. However on the ocean side of Route 9, where the birds were the day before, there were again birds. There was a large flock of Goldfinches, a few Song Sparrows, and, again, a few Eastern Bluebirds. But the real treat was my first Chipmunk of the spring. Where the cover is heaviest in the small pines along the trail, the snow was thin enough so it has melted off to bare ground now, and this Chipmunk was out and about exploring its little patch. I caught it posed out on a limb, and it sat long enough for me to work my way around so there were no twigs between. I have a series of shots testing the limits of the Nikon’s 2000mm plus zoom. The chipper was slightly backlighted, and I love the light through the ears! And the reflection of the Bridle Path in the critter’s eye.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view (hand held). 1/320th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. I am experimenting with Topaz Dejpeg. On this ISO 400 shot it provided a slight improvement, especially in background noise and texture. Final processing in Lightroom.___

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2015-04-01 12:06:51 (24 comments, 34 reshares, 304 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Bluebird of Spring!
I was stalking Song Sparrows in the snow along the Kennebunk Bridle Path yesterday, in very spring like 40 degree weather, when this Eastern Bluebird blew into the tree beside me. Did I mention there was a gale blowing? The Sparrows’ feathers were all akimbo in every shot. I had seen what might have been another Bluebird blow by at a distance down the trail, so I was not totally surprised, but still, every Bluebird in Southern Maine is a treat! I was only able to grab a few shots before the wind blew the Bluebird out of the tree and on to parts unknown. Such an intense blue…especially against the warm rust breast and the grays of the winter bare tree.

Grab shots like this are one of the joys of the new Nikon P900. Focus is fast enough to basically turn and shoot. I like it.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. Program with-1/... more »

Pic for Today: Bluebird of Spring!
I was stalking Song Sparrows in the snow along the Kennebunk Bridle Path yesterday, in very spring like 40 degree weather, when this Eastern Bluebird blew into the tree beside me. Did I mention there was a gale blowing? The Sparrows’ feathers were all akimbo in every shot. I had seen what might have been another Bluebird blow by at a distance down the trail, so I was not totally surprised, but still, every Bluebird in Southern Maine is a treat! I was only able to grab a few shots before the wind blew the Bluebird out of the tree and on to parts unknown. Such an intense blue…especially against the warm rust breast and the grays of the winter bare tree.

Grab shots like this are one of the joys of the new Nikon P900. Focus is fast enough to basically turn and shoot. I like it.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. Program with -1/3 EV exposure compensation. 1/500th @ ISO 125 @ f6.5. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-03-31 19:16:35 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 84 +1s)Open 

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

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

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2015-03-31 11:09:29 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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2015-03-30 11:13:55 (2 comments, 7 reshares, 110 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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2015-03-29 20:41:02 (15 comments, 25 reshares, 287 +1s)Open 

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

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

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2015-03-29 12:01:54 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2015-03-28 11:17:06 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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2015-03-27 11:28:33 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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2015-03-26 22:26:22 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 123 +1s)Open 

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

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

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2015-03-26 11:29:24 (2 comments, 6 reshares, 68 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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2015-03-25 12:04:13 (3 comments, 7 reshares, 110 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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2015-03-24 11:51:45 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2015-03-22 12:54:43 (35 comments, 33 reshares, 361 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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2015-03-21 11:39:02 (33 comments, 64 reshares, 976 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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2015-03-20 11:40:41 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2015-03-19 21:20:09 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

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

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

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2015-03-19 12:16:06 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

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

I was experimenting with thelittl... more »

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

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

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2015-03-18 13:29:57 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

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

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

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2015-03-18 13:13:01 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2015-03-17 12:24:56 (40 comments, 30 reshares, 354 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

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

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

Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-03-16 01:51:24 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

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

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

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