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The Weather Channel2,422,322Upload your photos to this Event on 9/19 or using the #sunsetday hashtag in a public post to celebrate #sunsetday!Join us for an exciting 24-hour event as we send summer into the sunset in global fashion. We are asking our Google+ audience from around the world to grab your favorite camera on the evening of September 19 and snap your own unique sunset from your corner of the globe.We want to see all types of sunsets in a variety of settings; a city skyline, a beach resort, a beautiful countryside, a desert landscape, a dense forest. Wherever you may be, please share/upload your sunset image with this event page on September 19. You can also participate outside of this event page by submitting a public photo post and tagging with #sunsetday.A select number of our favorite photos will be shown on The Weather Channel and accompany a slideshow on weather.com. Other favorites will be posted and rotated through as the cover photo on both +The Weather Channel and the +Google+ Photos  Google+ page.Note: Only photos uploaded and posted to the event page or associated with the hashtag #sunsetday on Sep 19 will be consideredWe hosted two Hangouts On Air in preparation for Sunset Day. The first hangout focused on the meteorology behind sunsets including the reason behind the beautiful array of colors.  The second hangout concentrated on the art of sunset photography. Expert photographers well known to the Google+ community talked about their techniques in capturing the perfect sunset. Links to both HOA videos are posted below.HANGOUT SCHEDULE1. Monday, September 9: "The Meteorology Behind Sunsets" at 11 am ET with host +Timothy Ballisty  (The Weather Channel social meteorologist).Guests will include: Meteorologists +Mike Bettes +Brad Panovich +Jacob Wycoff +Jonathan Erdman +Morgan Palmer +Tim Brice and +Maria LaRosa HOA video The Meteorology Behind Sunsets2. Thursday, September 12: "Sunset Photography" at 4 pm ETGuests will include: Photographers +Trey Ratcliff +Thomas Hawk +Karen Hutton and +Nicole S. Young  HOA Video #SunsetDay Photography Hangout On AirSunset Day - Upload Your #SunsetDay Photo on September 192013-09-19 06:00:001300 

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Вячеслав Журавлёв1,681вселее вместе #круги   #обмен  #кругляши   #круглим #круги   #sharedcircle #publiccircleshare   #circleshare   #circleoftheday #circleshares   #circlesharing  2015-01-18 17:59:21500001
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 05:02:54485494865
Beautiful Beautiful Birds0It is time to honor these great photographers many of whom have been shared on +Beautiful Beautiful Birds #beautifulbeautifulbirds .  This circle contains photographers both professional and amateur alike who are passionate about photography. Many are bird and wildlife photographers, although some only photograph birds and wildlife on occasion.   If you enjoy great photography, please consider adding this circle.  The photographers come from many walks of life, and from all over  the globe.   This circle is not complete, but will continue grow.  Sadly google for whatever reason will not allow more then 500 people to be shared in any one circle.  This circle was over 500 and I will need to figure out who was omitted once this is shared.  They will be the first to be placed in  the next circle that I will share.   That circle will be shared as soon as I have what I feel is a large enough circle to once again share.   Thanks for following Beautiful Beautiful Birds, and please follow those whose work make this page possible. Without their public shared this page would not be possible.Warmest Regards,+William Joers curator of +Beautiful Beautiful Birds 2015-01-08 18:34:11501000
John Cleese9,799Hey my friends. Good morning/evening to all! Circle brings together nice and interesting peopleIf you want to be a part of my best shared circles, this is the circle, you may want to add and share circle.Share The Circle And Boost Your Visibility On G+1. Add us to your circles, if you haven't done so already2. +1 this circle3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so we know you have done the three steps above.Please make sure you do it on the original post or I won't notice it More you share more you get!#circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #socialnetworking #xeeme #marketing #mlm #affiliate #internet #internetmarketing #mlm #google #googleplus #community #communities #ripples #ripplescircle #circuloscompartidos #circulocompartido #cerchiacondivisa #cerchia #bestengagers #chiudiilcerchio #closethecircle #shared4shared #thebigcommunity #kingcircle #topcircleshare #Science #Research #Technology #NASA #Space #Innova2015-01-08 12:52:184945711
Gailen Mapes74,959Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera I-K - 6 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to January 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting December 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-01-06 12:02:34129409
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 16:36:31269000
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 23:40:493309553151
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 06:06:4649019928
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 08:04:53501001
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 01:59:5048810835135
Gailen Mapes72,928Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera I-K - 6 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to December 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting November 7th.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-12-06 11:59:18131000
Christopher Prins50,140Chris' Sharers & Engagers Circle. week 46.If you're looking for highly active engagers and "trigger happy" sharers on Google+, then you may find this circle to be most suitable for you. This is a curated list of the people who have been active on my profile for this past week. The idea behind this circle is to promote active people on Google+ and to show my appreciation to those who've shared and commented on my content over the past 7 days. Want to be included in next weeks circle?Just share or comment on my posts and get added to next weeks Sharers and Engagers circle. #sharedcircles #engagers #circleshare #engagerscircle #circlesharing #publicsharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles   #googleplus #peopletofollow #commenters #publiccircle #commenterscircle #socialnetworking       2014-11-16 06:42:4173402
Gailen Mapes71,215Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera I-K - 6 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to November 7th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting October 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-11-12 11:41:46137000
The Best of Bird Photography508The Winner's Circle!This circle contains those people who won the weekly contest or photo of the day in the Bird Photography group in 2014.This is the first issue and will be followed by a monthly release of our winners, and photo of the day selections.We highly recommend this circle to you. Each of the people in this circle is an original content creator with fabulous images.If you received this notification, you are in this circle. #circleshare   #sharedcircles  2014-11-10 02:46:17270126
Grant Stringer10,816Hi and welcome to Exposure.If you have received this notification you have been invited to join in the exposure circle Edition: 2nd November – 9th November 2014.This page/circle is dedicated to G+ photographers and their photographs. Please circle exposure and its members so we can all share and also see some great photography at the same time!! How to get involvedPhotographersIf you are a photographer (professional or amateur) and would like to be included:THE RULES!!!1 Plus and publicly share this original post ( the sharing is not obligatory but much appreciated as it helps to spread the word for all involved) 2 Add a comment and a link to one of your recent photographs to the original post so that others can see your work. (Original work only please).3 Add +exposure to your friends 4 OPTIONAL COMPETITION:There will be a weekly Exposure competition where you can add ONE photograph from your recent posts. A first, second and third place will be awarded and shared on the exposure stream each week! ADD ONLY ONE PHOTO IN THE COMPETITION: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c718tj10d42127mvt1520qkhnl0 5 The winner of each week will be added to the exposure winner’s hall of fame and then go forward to the end of year exposure photograph of the year competition as voted for by the exposure members.6 You are also most welcome to join the exposure community where you can: Post your photos (more than one if you like!!)Add your photographs to be critiqued by other members – honest but kind pleaseAdd a link to you circlesAdd a link to your photography websiteAdd a link to some photography newsAdd a link to photography articlesRead all the latest Exposure news!!https://plus.google.com/communities/101671655972389351135Sharing the Exposure circleBy sharing and promoting the circle on your stream, others will not only see this photography but it will also help promote the work of others. This should lead to more fun and engagement for all concerned! Please share on your stream publicly ( or with many circles as possible!!) 2014-11-02 21:15:40399000
George Clark9,956This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle #Sharedcircles #circleshare #publiccircle #followme #public #sharedpubliccircles #circleoftheday #circleall #circlecircle #circleday #circleme #circlenetwork #circleoftheweek #Alexandria #Cairo #Hurghada #Luxor #Sharm #El #Sheikh #Equatorial #Guinea #Malabo #Ethiopia #Addis #Ababa #Gabon #Libreville #Gambia #Banjul #Ghana #Accra #Guinea #Conakry #Kenya #Mombasa #Liberia 2014-10-31 06:55:43492424
Arif Baltacı0Hello my friends on G+.....I release my My Best Circle Number 2. I have add wonderful and important  engagment people.To be added into the next circle you should do some steps :1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me ( +Circle Network ) in the comments on the share and  I can add you to the next circle immediately.   Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!2014-10-31 01:10:16267000
Pål Børsting45,892♥ ♥ ♥ ☀ ☀ ☀ My thank you circle 3/6 ☀ ☀ ☀ ♥ ♥ ♥Photo enthusiasts circle no. 3 of 6!All of you handpicked by me. This is the real thing :-)To show you I appreciate each and every +1.The re-sharers and commenters of course too.Not to forget the serious*** circle-sharers either.Re-share if you like, no pressure!Cercle de gratitude n°3/6 pour amoureux de la photographie.Pour vous dire combien j'apprécie vos +1's.Tous soigneusement choisis par moi (c'est vrai).Ceux qui commentent et partagent sont bien sûr présents.Et je n'oublie pas non plus les partageurs de cercles***.Partagez ce billet si vous en avez envie, à votre guise !Cercul ''Va multumesc'' nr. 3 din 6, cuprinzand pasionati de fotografie!Ca sa stiti ca apreciez plusurile voastre.Fiecare persoana a fost aleasa de mine personal. E  realitatea :)Cei care redistribuie si comentatorii sunt si ei aici.Si bineinteles ca nu sunt uitati nici  seriosii*** redistribuitorii de cercuri.Redistribuiti daca doriti, nu e o obligatie!Circulo de agradecimento nº 3 de 5, que agrupa entusiastas da Fotografia!Para informar o meu apreço pelos vossos +1's.Todos eles seleccionados por mim, um a um. Esta é a realidade :-)Claro que os comentadores e os que partilham também estão aqui.E não esquecer os que seriamente*** compartilham circulos.Caso goste e queira, partilhe! Não há qualquer problema!Кръг "Благодаря ви" № 3 от 6 съдържащ фото ентусиасти!Знайте това, че аз оценявам Вашите +1!Всеки от Вас е лично избран от мен! Това е нещо истинско :-)И, разбира се, тези които препубликуват и коментират са тук също!И не забравям сериозните * circlesharers също!Препубликувайте ако желаете, няма проблем!ਧੰਨਵਾਦ 3 ਵਿਚੋਂ 6ਵੇਂ ਫੋਟੋ ਉਤਸ਼ਾਹੀਆਂ ਦੇ ਸਰਕਲ ਦਾ!ਤੁਹਾਡੇ +1 ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਮੈਂ ਤੁਹਾਡੀ ਕਦਰ ਕਰਦਾ ਹਾਂਇਹ ਸਾਰਾ ਕੰਮ ਮੇਰੇ ਹਥ ਨਾਲ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਅਸਲੀ ਕੰਮ ਹੈ :-)ਇਹ ਸਾਰਾ ਕੰਮ ਰੀਸ਼ੇਅਰਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਕਮੈਂਟਾਂ ਕਾਰਨ ਇਥੇ ਹੈਅਤੇ ਮੈਂ ਆਪਣੇ ਸੀਰੀਅਸ*** ਸਰਕਲ ਸ਼ੇਅਰ ਕਰਨ ਵਾਲਿਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਵੀ ਨਹੀਂ ਭੁੱਲ ਸਕਦਾਜੇਕਰ ਤੁਸੀਂ ਪਸੰਦ ਕੀਤਾ ਤਾਂ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਕਰਕੇ ਇਸ ਨੂੰ ਰੀਸ਼ੇਅਰ ਕਰ ਸਕਦੇ ਹੋTackcirkel nr. 3 av 6 innehållande Fotoentusiaster!Så du förstår att jag uppskattar era +1.Alla är handplockade av mig. Detta är den äkta varan :-)Och självklart finns vidaredelarna och kommenterare här också.Och jag glömmer inte de seriösa*** cirkel-delarna heller.Dela om du gillar, ingen press!"Terima Kasih" Bulatan ke-3, mengandungi para peminat gambar!Saya ingin memberitahu anda bahawa saya amat menghargai beberapa +1.Kesemuanya telah dipilih secara teliti oleh saya. Inilah yang sebenarnya:-)Dan sudah tentu para pengkongsi-semula dan pengkomen ada di sini.Dan saya tidak akan lupa kepada*** para pengkongsi bulatan yang tegar.Kongsikan semula jika anda mahu, tiada paksaan!"Terima Kasih" Bulatan Numbor ka-3, mong sengoi kea bi-minat gambar!Eng hod hek panei eng gemar keb +1.Semuak ajih bipilih ya eng haleij.Adehla benda kea sebetulnya :-)Ru adeh ne semestinya mong sengoi kea bi-"reshare" ru bi-komen.Ru eng tok en-sep*** sengoi kea serius bi-circleshare."Reshare" la asa hek sukak, tik tok paksaan!Круг благодарности номер 3 (из 6), состоящий из любителей фотографии!Я хочу сказать вам этим кругом, что ценю ваши +1.Все участники круга отобраны мной вручную. Это реальная работа :-)И конечно, те, кто делится и комментирует, тоже в этом круге.И я не забываю тех, кто серьезно*** делится кругами .Делитесь кругом, если пожелаете, никакого давления!Dank jullie wel, cirkel nr. 3 van 6 met foto enthousiastelingen!Om jullie te laten weten dat ik de +1's erg op prijs stel.Allemaal persoo2014-10-30 10:33:1441219429
AyJay Schibig76,773AWESOME CIRCLE 10.25.14 by  +AyJay Schibig ReShare if you wish to be in this Circle.Some  awesome people  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia  #circlesbyayjay  2014-10-26 02:39:02496636790
Linda Motoiu60,126#circle   #photographers  My favorite photographers circle - release 42014-10-19 08:25:4738315421
Gailen Mapes68,609Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera I-K - 6 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to October 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting September 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-10-06 10:20:50135528
Becky Collins16,657Dog Lovers Worldwide Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-09-24 05:14:17473226
AyJay Schibig72,63821ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE (1 of 2)  9.15.14 by  +AyJay Schibig Please ReShare if you wish to be in this Circle.This Circle has Active G+ members passionate about photography. Add this latest edition to circulate some great photography!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2014-09-16 01:16:55422232033
Dirk Müller12,094Circle, circle in the stream, who are my most engagers these daysThis is a circle to say thank you. Thank you to all of you who commented or shared my work. You all are awesome and make Google Plus such a nice place to share my pictures.If you would like to be a part of my Most Engaged Circle you mustn't plus this post, comment it or share it (but you can) To be a part of the next circle you just have to interact with me by commenting or sharing my work. Not more ;-) #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #topengagers #awesomepeople2014-09-15 03:50:414779723151
Grant Stringer8,802Hi and welcome to Exposure.If you have received this notification you have been invited to join in the exposure circle. Edition : 14th – 21st September 2014.This page/circle  is dedicated to G+ photographers and their photographs.Please circle exposure and its members so we can all share and also see some great photography at the same time!!How to get involvedPhotographersIf you are a photographer ( professional or amateur) and would like to be included:THE RULES!!!1 Plus and publicly share this original post ( the sharing is not obligatory but much appreciated as it helps to spread the word for all involved)2 Add a comment and a link to one of your recent photographs to the original post so that others can see your work. (Original work only please).3 Add +exposure to your friends4 OPTIONAL COMPETITION :There will be a weekly Exposure competition where you can add ONE  photograph from your recent posts. A first, second and third place will be awarded and shared on the exposure stream each week! ADD ONLY ONE PHOTO IN THE COMPETITION https://plus.google.com/events/cn4f2m1cgln9ta1k3tdv2qrn9rg?authkey=CIWy06qa34GBZw5 The winner of each week will be added to the exposure winners hall of fame and then go forward to the end of year exposure photograph of the year competition as voted for by the exposure members.6  You are also most welcome to join the exposure community where you can: Post your photos ( more than one if you like!!)Add your photographs to be critiqued by other members – honest but kind pleaseAdd a link to you circlesAdd a link to your photography websiteAdd a link to some photography newsAdd a link to photography articlesRead all the latest Exposure news!!https://plus.google.com/communities/101671655972389351135Sharing the Exposure circleBy sharing and promoting the circle on your stream, others will not only see this photography but it will also help promote the work of others. This should lead to more fun and engagement for all concerned! Please share on your stream publicly ( or with many circles as possible!!)2014-09-14 18:05:234004010
Gailen Mapes67,416Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera I-K - 6 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to September 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting August 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-09-06 10:45:36130204
AyJay Schibig69,399AWESOME CIRCLE 8.12.14 by +AyJay Schibig RESHARE if you wish to be in this Circle.Some  awesome people  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia  #circlesbyayjay  2014-08-13 06:19:41500493663
Linda Motoiu57,984#circle   #photographers  My favorite photographers circle - release 32014-08-09 16:30:01378592077
Gailen Mapes66,871Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera  I-K - 6 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to July 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting June 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-08-06 10:25:22128407
Exposure Photographers Circle0Welcome to Exposure Photographer Circles – If you have received this notification you are invited to join the circle – To be included in this and future circles please add Exposure circles to your friends and a comment to this post.All G+ photographers are welcome to join Exposure, The Exposure Photographers Circle and  Community.You are also invited to add a photo to the current Exposure gallery and weekly competition : https://plus.google.com/b/100754431548807057066/events/crv7p56dge9ibtevmd2t42ctn38?authkey=CMHG9cHCyd2WIwAny shares and plusses are greatly appreciated!2014-07-31 21:05:072531102
Gailen Mapes65,720Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera  I-K - 6 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes  and scroll back to July 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting June 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-07-06 10:56:35131005
Christopher Jennings Penders10,380#circleshare   Okay!I'm retiring my Sunday Seventeen Circle Share and am bringing out a new weekly circle based on +Circloscope data from my most recent engagers.  Using Circloscope will be MUCH easier and I think more democratic, letting the app discover my most recent engagers.  After watching the #gplusspotlight  episode yesterday and seeing the option of finding your last x engagers, I began mulling over how I could use that yo my advantage.  This is the first way I'm using it.  Now the challenge becomes finding a unique name for this circle.So here is my new Engager Circle.2014-06-29 12:53:1833223
AyJay Schibig64,87121ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE (2 of 2)  6.25.14 by +AyJay Schibig Please RESHAREThis Circle has Active G+ members passionate about photography. Add this latest edition to circulate some great photography!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia  #circlesbyayjay2014-06-25 20:29:38405241843
Ryan Johnson7,499Check out my Circle Share➤ To be added into the next share, follow these simple steps:  1) Plus the original post2) Share this circle publicly (and with your circles/extended circles)3) Comment on the original post when complete#awesome         #awesomepeople         #chadwick         #circle     #circles     #circlesharing         #circleshare         #circleoftheday     #circleplus     #community   #followback     #followers       #gplus   #influence       #leadership     #public         #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles         #reshare         #reshared       #reshareday     #resharetags     #ripples     #sharedcircles       #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday     #sharewithyou         #sharing     #sharingcircle     #socialmedia   #theplus   #tcs     #team 2014-06-21 13:32:1942617724
Linda Motoiu55,516#circle   #photographers  My favorite photographers circle - release 22014-06-20 18:41:243737029100
Robert Connor10,617photographers in this circleIf you would like to be included in the next Circle Share you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me ( ) in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.    _ Otherwise I may not notice your activity!_3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like#circleoftheday #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles  #circle #circles #circlemeup  #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou #ShareYourCircle2014-06-20 11:20:09495462576
Mikhail Petrovsky87,371Good morning /evening to all!Этот круг объединяет людей со схожими интересами и активной жизненной позицией в Google+Буду признателен всем, кто присоединится и поделится этим кругом.This circle unites people with similar interests and an active lifestyle in Google+ I would be grateful to all those who will join and share this circle. #ForFriends #EarthMyMother #photo 2014-06-10 02:03:08492442269
Rok Šimec13,955Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get!#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagerspeople   #engagersshowcasecircle   #engagersshowcase  #DaveBesbris  2014-06-08 09:44:08497242030
Gailen Mapes64,928Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera  I-K - 6 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to June 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting May 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes2014-06-06 10:43:15133005
John Nuntiatio37,49330k+ Circle - A circle worth adding and followingThe people from this circle have more than 30,000 followers.2014-06-02 08:54:46140496
Barry Chignell1,659My ever growing circle of great Google+ photogs :)If you know of anyone else I should be following please let me know, or share your #photog circle! :)2014-05-30 06:44:24338000
Rok Šimec12,556Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get!#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagerspeople   #engagersshowcasecircle   #engagersshowcase  #DaveBesbris  2014-05-26 07:04:43497181025
Mattias Willis9,068A nice circle of people who inspire me and are generally awesome PhotographersFeel free to share2014-05-21 20:53:06492113
AyJay Schibig59,63621ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE (2 of 2)  5.9.14This Circle has Active G+ members passionate about photography. Add/Share this latest edition to circulate some great photography!#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle2014-05-09 20:20:29366361643
Pål Børsting36,319♥ ♥ ♥ ☀ ☀ ☀ My thank you circle 3/6 ☀ ☀ ☀ ♥ ♥ ♥Photo enthusiasts circle no. 3 of 6!All of you handpicked by me. This is the real thing :-)To show you I appreciate each and every +1.The re-sharers and commenters of course too.Not to forget the serious*** circle-sharers either.Re-share if you like, no pressure!Cercle de gratitude n°3/6 pour amoureux de la photographie.Pour vous dire combien j'apprécie vos +1's.Tous soigneusement choisis par moi (c'est vrai).Ceux qui commentent et partagent sont bien sûr présents.Et je n'oublie pas non plus les partageurs de cercles***.Partagez ce billet si vous en avez envie, à votre guise !Cercul ''Va multumesc'' nr. 3 din 6, cuprinzand pasionati de fotografie!Ca sa stiti ca apreciez plusurile voastre.Fiecare persoana a fost aleasa de mine personal. E  realitatea :)Cei care redistribuie si comentatorii sunt si ei aici.Si bineinteles ca nu sunt uitati nici  seriosii*** redistribuitorii de cercuri.Redistribuiti daca doriti, nu e o obligatie!Кръг "Благодаря ви" № 3 от 6 съдържащ фото ентусиасти!Знайте това, че аз оценявам Вашите +1!Всеки от Вас е лично избран от мен! Това е нещо истинско :-)И, разбира се, тези които препубликуват и коментират са тук също!И не забравям сериозните * circlesharers също!Препубликувайте ако желаете, няма проблем!Tackcirkel nr. 3 av 6 innehållande Fotoentusiaster!Så du förstår att jag uppskattar era +1.Alla är handplockade av mig. Detta är den äkta varan :-)Och självklart finns vidaredelarna och kommenterare här också.Och jag glömmer inte de seriösa*** cirkel-delarna heller.Dela om du gillar, ingen press!"Terima Kasih" Bulatan ke-3, mengandungi para peminat gambar!Saya ingin memberitahu anda bahawa saya amat menghargai beberapa +1.Kesemuanya telah dipilih secara teliti oleh saya. Inilah yang sebenarnya:-)Dan sudah tentu para pengkongsi-semula dan pengkomen ada di sini.Dan saya tidak akan lupa kepada*** para pengkongsi bulatan yang tegar.Kongsikan semula jika anda mahu, tiada paksaan!"Terima Kasih" Bulatan Numbor ka-3, mong sengoi kea bi-minat gambar!Eng hod hek panei eng gemar keb +1.Semuak ajih bipilih ya eng haleij.Adehla benda kea sebetulnya :-)Ru adeh ne semestinya mong sengoi kea bi-"reshare" ru bi-komen.Ru eng tok en-sep*** sengoi kea serius bi-circleshare."Reshare" la asa hek sukak, tik tok paksaan!Круг благодарности номер 3 (из 6), состоящий из любителей фотографии!Я хочу сказать вам этим кругом, что ценю ваши +1.Все участники круга отобраны мной вручную. Это реальная работа :-)И конечно, те, кто делится и комментирует, тоже в этом круге.И я не забываю тех, кто серьезно*** делится кругами .Делитесь кругом, если пожелаете, никакого давления!Dank jullie wel, cirkel nr. 3 van 6 met foto enthousiastelingen!Om jullie te laten weten dat ik de +1's erg op prijs stel.Allemaal persoonlijk door mijzelf uitgezocht. Dit is het echte werk. :-))En de resharers en commentatoren horen er natuurlijk ook bij.De serieuze*** cirkeldelers worden ook niet door mij vergeten.Reshare naar hartelust, er is geen enkele druk!Takkesirkel nr.3 av 6 med fotoentusiaster!Du skal vite at jeg setter pris på dine +1.Alle er håndplukket av meg. Den ekte vare :-)Og selvfølgelig finnes videredelere og kommentatorer her også.Jeg har med de seriøse*** sirkeldelerne.Del om du vil, ingen krav om det!Zahvaljujem se krugu br.3 od 6 koji sadrži Foto entuzijaste!Želim vam dati do znanja da cijenim sve +1.Svi su izabrani od mene osobno.Ovo je prava stvar :-)I naravno po2014-05-08 09:36:52453681597
Gailen Mapes63,550Hand Picked Photographers Circles -Canon Camera  I-K - 6 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to May 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting April 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes2014-05-06 10:29:49131008

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Pic 4 Today: Robin in winter...
I went out briefly yesterday when it finally warmed up into the double digits to look, among other things, for the flock of Robins that winter in Kennebunk to see if the Western Tanager is still with them. They were not in the neighborhood where they were a week ago when I went looking and did find the Tanager, but when I went down to Roger’s Pond to check on Eagles and ducks at the edge of the ice on the Mousam River, the whole flock was there. They were eating berries from an ornamental tree that grows near the picnic shelter. I am not sure what kind of tree it is, but it is heavy with clusters of red fruit that look a little like cherries. The Robins love them, but they are right at the limits of what a Robin can swallow whole. They hold them in their beaks for a few seconds, apparently getting up the courage to toss them up and catch when with their mouthso... more »

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2015-01-10 12:44:10 (33 comments, 75 reshares, 927 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Robin in winter...
I went out briefly yesterday when it finally warmed up into the double digits to look, among other things, for the flock of Robins that winter in Kennebunk to see if the Western Tanager is still with them. They were not in the neighborhood where they were a week ago when I went looking and did find the Tanager, but when I went down to Roger’s Pond to check on Eagles and ducks at the edge of the ice on the Mousam River, the whole flock was there. They were eating berries from an ornamental tree that grows near the picnic shelter. I am not sure what kind of tree it is, but it is heavy with clusters of red fruit that look a little like cherries. The Robins love them, but they are right at the limits of what a Robin can swallow whole. They hold them in their beaks for a few seconds, apparently getting up the courage to toss them up and catch when with their mouthso... more »

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2015-01-10 12:44:10 (33 comments, 75 reshares, 927 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Robin in winter...
I went out briefly yesterday when it finally warmed up into the double digits to look, among other things, for the flock of Robins that winter in Kennebunk to see if the Western Tanager is still with them. They were not in the neighborhood where they were a week ago when I went looking and did find the Tanager, but when I went down to Roger’s Pond to check on Eagles and ducks at the edge of the ice on the Mousam River, the whole flock was there. They were eating berries from an ornamental tree that grows near the picnic shelter. I am not sure what kind of tree it is, but it is heavy with clusters of red fruit that look a little like cherries. The Robins love them, but they are right at the limits of what a Robin can swallow whole. They hold them in their beaks for a few seconds, apparently getting up the courage to toss them up and catch when with their mouthso... more »

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2015-01-25 10:59:36 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Snowy Dawn. Happy Sunday!
Yeah…not that kind of snow :) Still in Florida. First light on Blackpoint Wildlife Drive at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in January, when the birds are in close to the road, is often spectacular. The birds are between you and the rising sun, and if you catch the light just right, the images glow. This Snowy Egret was feeding about as close to the road as a bird can get, and the light was right! :)

And there is something about being out when the day is young, catching the birds at their breakfast, that lends zest to day, and to life. We begin again, all over again, with the adventure! I think that is the key to living a life of the spirit in the flesh…every day is a new adventure…and no matter what comes, it will be, before it is over, good. Some days are a trial and some days are just full of blessing. Or maybe I should say: Somedays ... more »

Pic 4 Today: Snowy Dawn. Happy Sunday!
Yeah…not that kind of snow :) Still in Florida. First light on Blackpoint Wildlife Drive at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in January, when the birds are in close to the road, is often spectacular. The birds are between you and the rising sun, and if you catch the light just right, the images glow. This Snowy Egret was feeding about as close to the road as a bird can get, and the light was right! :)

And there is something about being out when the day is young, catching the birds at their breakfast, that lends zest to day, and to life. We begin again, all over again, with the adventure! I think that is the key to living a life of the spirit in the flesh…every day is a new adventure…and no matter what comes, it will be, before it is over, good. Some days are a trial and some days are just full of blessing. Or maybe I should say: Some days we are blessed with trials, and some days we are just blessed. Most days, these days, I am simply blessed…enjoying the adventure. I look forward from the dawn of each day with hope, with expectation, with joy, and with thanksgiving…I may not always show it…but I do. In a little over an hour I will leave for maybe my last early morning circuit of Blackpoint Drive for this trip. What good thing does God in the spirit have in store for today? Happy Sunday!___

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2015-01-25 00:22:25 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

Tickled pink! Roseate Spoonbill. Merritt Island NWR, FL. ZEISS Birding at the Space Coast Birding Festival. Digiscoped with ZEISS.

Tickled pink! Roseate Spoonbill. Merritt Island NWR, FL. ZEISS Birding at the Space Coast Birding Festival. Digiscoped with ZEISS.___

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2015-01-24 12:26:33 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Merritt Island Dawn
We were out at dawn yesterday to get in a few hours of birding and photography before the vendor area at the Space Coast Birding Festival opened for the day…so early that the gate to Blackpoint Wildlife Drive was still closed when we got there. So…we went looking for the sunrise, or rather for a sunrise shot. This is an in camera HDR take over the lagoons along the main road west of the Visitor Center. You can see a corner of the Launch Facility at Kennedy Space Port peaking out behind the trees on the horizon just left of center.

Sony HX400V at 24mm equivalent field of view. Nominal exposure: 1/125th @ ISO 80 @ f3.2. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic 4 Today: Merritt Island Dawn
We were out at dawn yesterday to get in a few hours of birding and photography before the vendor area at the Space Coast Birding Festival opened for the day…so early that the gate to Blackpoint Wildlife Drive was still closed when we got there. So…we went looking for the sunrise, or rather for a sunrise shot. This is an in camera HDR take over the lagoons along the main road west of the Visitor Center. You can see a corner of the Launch Facility at Kennedy Space Port peaking out behind the trees on the horizon just left of center.

Sony HX400V at 24mm equivalent field of view. Nominal exposure: 1/125th @ ISO 80 @ f3.2. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-01-24 12:05:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Digiscoped Blue-winged Teal bathing at Merritt Island NWR. ZEISS Diascope 85FL

Digiscoped Blue-winged Teal bathing at Merritt Island NWR. ZEISS Diascope 85FL___

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2015-01-23 19:53:52 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

Digiscoped with the ZEISS DiaScope 65FL and the Sony RX100 with ZEISS lens using the Digidapter for ZEISS. Green Heron in the shade on Blackpoint Wildlife Drive at Merritt Island NWR. Space Coast Birding Festival. The birds on Blackpoint Drive are the best we have seen in many years...and the festival crowd is loving it!

Digiscoped with the ZEISS DiaScope 65FL and the Sony RX100 with ZEISS lens using the Digidapter for ZEISS. Green Heron in the shade on Blackpoint Wildlife Drive at Merritt Island NWR. Space Coast Birding Festival. The birds on Blackpoint Drive are the best we have seen in many years...and the festival crowd is loving it!___

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2015-01-23 10:29:03 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Snail's Last Ride
Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands in Viera Florida is a fairly reliable place to see Limpkin…a rare and local bird…highly specialized on a diet of Apple Snails. You only find Limpkin in healthy fresh water marsh where the snails live. I watch this Limpkin successfully find and devour 20 snails in as many minutes. That bill is specially designed to find the snail in the mud, and then hook the snail out of its shell for eating. You find the empty Apple Snail shells along the edge of the marsh, and you know a Limpkin has been working the area. This photo was taken on a darkish day at Viera, and pushed the limits of the Sony camera. Still!

Sony HX400V at 588mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/500th @ ISO 3200 @ f5.6. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic 4 Today: Snail's Last Ride
Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands in Viera Florida is a fairly reliable place to see Limpkin…a rare and local bird…highly specialized on a diet of Apple Snails. You only find Limpkin in healthy fresh water marsh where the snails live. I watch this Limpkin successfully find and devour 20 snails in as many minutes. That bill is specially designed to find the snail in the mud, and then hook the snail out of its shell for eating. You find the empty Apple Snail shells along the edge of the marsh, and you know a Limpkin has been working the area. This photo was taken on a darkish day at Viera, and pushed the limits of the Sony camera. Still!

Sony HX400V at 588mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/500th @ ISO 3200 @ f5.6. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-01-23 09:39:37 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 68 +1s)Open 

Another shot from the World Digiscoper Meet at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival. Red-shouldered Hawk framed by sky at the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands in Viera Fl. Digisoped with the ZEISS DiaScope 85FL and the Sony RX100 with a Carl Zeiss lens!

Another shot from the World Digiscoper Meet at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival. Red-shouldered Hawk framed by sky at the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands in Viera Fl. Digisoped with the ZEISS DiaScope 85FL and the Sony RX100 with a Carl Zeiss lens!___

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2015-01-22 13:47:11 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

ZEISS Birding is at the World Digiscoper's Meet at Space Coast Birding Festival. Yesterday was the competition shooting day. Jerry Jourdan and I represented ZEISS. A Wood Stork at first light at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge tosses a morsel down the hatch. Sony RX100 on the ZEISS DIASCOPE 85FL with the DIGIDAPTER

ZEISS Birding is at the World Digiscoper's Meet at Space Coast Birding Festival. Yesterday was the competition shooting day. Jerry Jourdan and I represented ZEISS. A Wood Stork at first light at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge tosses a morsel down the hatch. Sony RX100 on the ZEISS DIASCOPE 85FL with the DIGIDAPTER___

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2015-01-22 11:44:55 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Dawn Mix
Early morning action along Blackpoint Wildlife Drive at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. We were out for the World Digiscoper Meet competition at the Space Coast Birding Festival. This is pool of mixed waders: Snowy and Great Egrets, Wood Storks, and White Ibis.

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

Pic 4 Today: Dawn Mix
Early morning action along Blackpoint Wildlife Drive at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. We were out for the World Digiscoper Meet competition at the Space Coast Birding Festival. This is pool of mixed waders: Snowy and Great Egrets, Wood Storks, and White Ibis.

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

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2015-01-21 10:30:54 (20 comments, 10 reshares, 176 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Life Armadillo!
Early post today as I will be in the field dawn to dusk for the World Digiscoper Meeting competition. :)

This is my life Armadillo…oh I have seen them dead in the road…but that does not count. This one was very much alive…looking like a cross between a steampunk rabbit and pig…schuttering alongside the exit road from Blackpoint Wildlife Drive at Merritt Island NWR. My first! What a treat. I took photos out the passenger side car window…very awkwardly…but it actually let me park and get out. Still not the photo I wanted…it would bury its head in the grass…but not bad for a first.

Sony HX400V at 252mm equivalent field of view. 1/640th @ ISO 800 @ f5. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

#wildlifewednesday  +Mike Spinak +Morkel Erasmus 

Pic 4 Today: Life Armadillo!
Early post today as I will be in the field dawn to dusk for the World Digiscoper Meeting competition. :)

This is my life Armadillo…oh I have seen them dead in the road…but that does not count. This one was very much alive…looking like a cross between a steampunk rabbit and pig…schuttering alongside the exit road from Blackpoint Wildlife Drive at Merritt Island NWR. My first! What a treat. I took photos out the passenger side car window…very awkwardly…but it actually let me park and get out. Still not the photo I wanted…it would bury its head in the grass…but not bad for a first.

Sony HX400V at 252mm equivalent field of view. 1/640th @ ISO 800 @ f5. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

#wildlifewednesday  +Mike Spinak +Morkel Erasmus ___

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2015-01-21 01:51:23 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

I spent the morning at the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands in Viera FL, photographing birds on an overcast, dull day. Still the American Bittern is always a treat...and this one is providing a very typical view. Sony HX400V. 

I spent the morning at the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands in Viera FL, photographing birds on an overcast, dull day. Still the American Bittern is always a treat...and this one is providing a very typical view. Sony HX400V. ___

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2015-01-20 11:50:38 (18 comments, 11 reshares, 154 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Great Backlit Egret
If you are into bird photography, Gatorland, near Orlando, in winter and spring is always worth a visit. As a senior citizen I even get in for less than half price. Such a deal. The deal at Gatorland is close ups of “wild” birds…mostly Egrets and Herons that nest around the Breeding Pool…where over 300 Alligators are kept for breeding. There are some BIG Alligators in there! And birds. Wherever you find Alligators in large numbers, birds will build a rookery. They feel relatively safe from most predators with the Alligators patrolling the waters below them. You may have noticed the quotation marks around “wild” in the sentence above. The nesting birds at Gatorland are not, of course, captive…but they are so used to humans and human hand-outs that they can not, in my opinion, be classed as wild either. Gatorland is a place where you can take fullframe photos ... more »

Pic 4 Today: Great Backlit Egret
If you are into bird photography, Gatorland, near Orlando, in winter and spring is always worth a visit. As a senior citizen I even get in for less than half price. Such a deal. The deal at Gatorland is close ups of “wild” birds…mostly Egrets and Herons that nest around the Breeding Pool…where over 300 Alligators are kept for breeding. There are some BIG Alligators in there! And birds. Wherever you find Alligators in large numbers, birds will build a rookery. They feel relatively safe from most predators with the Alligators patrolling the waters below them. You may have noticed the quotation marks around “wild” in the sentence above. The nesting birds at Gatorland are not, of course, captive…but they are so used to humans and human hand-outs that they can not, in my opinion, be classed as wild either. Gatorland is a place where you can take full frame photos of a Snowy Egret from 2 feet with your phone. I know. I did it. This Great Egret, coming into breeding plumage, was something closer to 4 feet from me, standing on one of the boardwalk rails. This is what the Gatorland experience is all about for the bird photographer. I could not resist the effective back-lighting.

Sony HX400V at 414mm equivalent field of view. In camera HDR. Nominal exposure: 1/200th @ ISO 100 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

#birds   #birdphotography  ___

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2015-01-19 13:37:25 (15 comments, 17 reshares, 240 +1s)Open 

*Pic 4 Today: Purple Gallinules Meet You at the Airport!
In honor of being on my way back to Florida (I am currently in Newark waiting on a connection), another Purple Gallinule. If you don’t get the reference…one of my girls’ favorite children’s books was “Gila Monsters Meet You At the Airport.”

Sony HX400V. 705mm equivalent field of view. 1/1250th @ ISO1000 @ f5.6. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

*Pic 4 Today: Purple Gallinules Meet You at the Airport!
In honor of being on my way back to Florida (I am currently in Newark waiting on a connection), another Purple Gallinule. If you don’t get the reference…one of my girls’ favorite children’s books was “Gila Monsters Meet You At the Airport.”

Sony HX400V. 705mm equivalent field of view. 1/1250th @ ISO1000 @ f5.6. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-01-18 12:16:56 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: The Wide View. Happy Sunday!
This  is a portrait orientation Sweep Panorama from the Sony HX400V. Is is about 120 degrees of sweep, from just south of west to just east of north. Winter light on the marsh and snow squalls under those clouds as they come in. Patchy sun highlights the foreground while the tree line is still in shadow. And the massive clouds over all. Not a compelling image…but pleasant, and rewarding.

Sweep Panoramas, especially the more natural looking panoramas taken with the camera held vertically during the sweep, provide, still within the frame, something very close to the naked eye view of the world. We are used to looking at photos that range from normal wide angle to tight telephotos…photos that approximate our “focused area of attention”…photos that frame just as much of the world as we generally pay attention to. In a sense, everyphotograph... more »

Pic 4 Today: The Wide View. Happy Sunday!
This  is a portrait orientation Sweep Panorama from the Sony HX400V. Is is about 120 degrees of sweep, from just south of west to just east of north. Winter light on the marsh and snow squalls under those clouds as they come in. Patchy sun highlights the foreground while the tree line is still in shadow. And the massive clouds over all. Not a compelling image…but pleasant, and rewarding.

Sweep Panoramas, especially the more natural looking panoramas taken with the camera held vertically during the sweep, provide, still within the frame, something very close to the naked eye view of the world. We are used to looking at photos that range from normal wide angle to tight telephotos…photos that approximate our “focused area of attention”…photos that frame just as much of the world as we generally pay attention to. In a sense, every photographer offers a digest of the world…with the focus…the area of interest…preselected for us as something worth looking at. A portrait Sweep Panorama like this one challenges our photographic senses. We don’t know quite what to make of it. Where are we supposed to look? And that is the whole point. Sometimes there is interest in looking at the whole thing…the sweep of the landscape…the play of light across the land under, as in this case, a dramatic sky. Sometimes the attention needs a wider focus…sometimes there is reward in a wider view.

We tend to go through our spiritual lives in the same way…recording a digest of the high points…paying attention to what has obvious interest and meaning…when all the time the sweep of the spirit through our lives is like the sun playing across the landscape under a dramatic sky. There is reward in pulling back to enjoy the wider view. And challenge. We are such focused creatures. When the view becomes too wide we struggle to make sense of it…but it is, I think, worth the extra effort. It returns us to our point of true perspective, where we are, relatively speaking, pretty small in the grand landscape. This is good. Humbling, but good. God would not have given us eyes to see the wider view if God did not intend us to use them. Yes, we are in our focused attention…but yes we are also in the sweep of life around us. It is good to be reminded. I think. Happy Sunday!

#sundaythought  ___

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2015-01-17 13:46:19 (8 comments, 8 reshares, 98 +1s)Open 

The berry toss...a typical Robin move. When it works the berry goes right down! Kennebunk ME. Sony HX400V.

#songbirdsaturday  +John Briggs 

The berry toss...a typical Robin move. When it works the berry goes right down! Kennebunk ME. Sony HX400V.

#songbirdsaturday  +John Briggs ___

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2015-01-17 12:08:15 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Parker River Dunes in Winter
I drove down to Newberryport and Plum Island…Parker River National Wildlife Refuge…to look for reported Snowy Owls yesterday. It is about an hour from home, pretty much a straight shot down I95 and then in through Newberryport to the refuge. I could not find any owls, but was definitely captured by the snowy dunes and the winter marsh. I parked and hiked over the dunes and out into the marsh on the Hellcat boardwalks, and on just about all of the dune side boardwalks. With the light snow cover, and a winter sky, the landscape was transformed.

A Snowy Owl was reported on the dunes yesterday…but I did was not there, apparently, at the right time. Still I am happy with the snowscapes :)

Sony HX400V at 24mm equivalent field of view. In camera HDR on auto. Program shift to keep the whites in range of the sensor. Nominal exposure:1/800... more »

Pic 4 Today: Parker River Dunes in Winter
I drove down to Newberryport and Plum Island…Parker River National Wildlife Refuge…to look for reported Snowy Owls yesterday. It is about an hour from home, pretty much a straight shot down I95 and then in through Newberryport to the refuge. I could not find any owls, but was definitely captured by the snowy dunes and the winter marsh. I parked and hiked over the dunes and out into the marsh on the Hellcat boardwalks, and on just about all of the dune side boardwalks. With the light snow cover, and a winter sky, the landscape was transformed.

A Snowy Owl was reported on the dunes yesterday…but I did was not there, apparently, at the right time. Still I am happy with the snowscapes :)

Sony HX400V at 24mm equivalent field of view. In camera HDR on auto. Program shift to keep the whites in range of the sensor. Nominal exposure: 1/800th @ f5 @ ISO 80. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet. Besides the normal Lightroom preset for the Sony, I also applied two graduated filter effects: up from the bottom to increase exposure and bring up the snow, and down from the top to darken slightly, add some Clarity, and to increase Saturation of the blues slightly to increase pop in the sky.

#hdr     #hdrphotography   #landscapephotography   ___

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2015-01-16 12:21:03 (19 comments, 16 reshares, 304 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Snowstract
This is another deep HDR experiment from my trip out to look for owls the other day. I love the texture of the snow, the way the shadows play across the frame, and the contrasting hard shapes of the cluster of leaves and brush stubble. It is a snowstract…an almost abstract made of snow. :)

Sony HX400V at 56mm equivalent field of view. In camera HDR. Nominal exposure: 1/600th @ ISO 80 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic 4 Today: Snowstract
This is another deep HDR experiment from my trip out to look for owls the other day. I love the texture of the snow, the way the shadows play across the frame, and the contrasting hard shapes of the cluster of leaves and brush stubble. It is a snowstract…an almost abstract made of snow. :)

Sony HX400V at 56mm equivalent field of view. In camera HDR. Nominal exposure: 1/600th @ ISO 80 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-01-15 14:06:38 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Point and Shoot Nature Photography at the FL Birding and Photo Fest. A complete course in Point and Shoot Nature Photography. 5 workshop and field sessions, covering everything from basics to advanced field techniques to jpeg post processing. St. Augustine FL. April 22-26. The festival also features birding trips and the best selection of conventional photographic workshops anywhere! The schedule will be posted soon. Make your plans now! 

Point and Shoot Nature Photography at the FL Birding and Photo Fest. A complete course in Point and Shoot Nature Photography. 5 workshop and field sessions, covering everything from basics to advanced field techniques to jpeg post processing. St. Augustine FL. April 22-26. The festival also features birding trips and the best selection of conventional photographic workshops anywhere! The schedule will be posted soon. Make your plans now! ___

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2015-01-15 12:14:32 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Great Egret Aggression
After my Walk on the Wildside with Everglades Nature Tours in Big Cypress National Preserve, we spent the afternoon exploring Turner River Road between the Tamiami Trail and Alligator Alley…an interesting trek through the depths of Big Cypress. We stopped when we saw birds or wildlife. This Great Egret was putting on quite a show. Egrets are not generally territorial…they are colony nesters and you see many nests in the same tree…but this bird had issues with the other birds in its tree. You can not see them in this frame, but there was a White Ibis directly above the Egret and one directly below it.

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

Pic 4 Today: Great Egret Aggression
After my Walk on the Wildside with Everglades Nature Tours in Big Cypress National Preserve, we spent the afternoon exploring Turner River Road between the Tamiami Trail and Alligator Alley…an interesting trek through the depths of Big Cypress. We stopped when we saw birds or wildlife. This Great Egret was putting on quite a show. Egrets are not generally territorial…they are colony nesters and you see many nests in the same tree…but this bird had issues with the other birds in its tree. You can not see them in this frame, but there was a White Ibis directly above the Egret and one directly below it.

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

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2015-01-14 13:40:55 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

#wildlifewednesday  +Mike Spinak +Morkel Erasmus 

Alligator with Alligator Gar at Shark Valley in the Everglades. The Alligator dragged the Gar up onto the bank to deal with it. Sony HX400V at about 1000mm. 

#wildlifewednesday  +Mike Spinak +Morkel Erasmus 

Alligator with Alligator Gar at Shark Valley in the Everglades. The Alligator dragged the Gar up onto the bank to deal with it. Sony HX400V at about 1000mm. ___

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2015-01-14 12:31:16 (25 comments, 24 reshares, 219 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Shadows in the snow...
Even though it was still only 12 degrees at 2 in the afternoon, I had to get out yesterday. After looking, unsuccessfully, for the Snowy Owl at the beach again, I decided to experiment with some snowscape HDR, using more aggressive settings on the Sony HX400V than my normal HDR settings. I like to capture the texture of the snow, while keeping both shadows and highlights looking natural. Not an easy task for a digital sensor, especially one as small as the sensor in the HX400V. I set the Exposure Compensation to -1 to keep the sun on the snow from burning out, and then set the in camera HDR to level 6 to bring the shadows back into range. It worked fairly well. I had to lighten the overall image in Lightroom, but I am happy with the results. On the other hand, Auto HDR and -1/3 EV did almost as well. :)

Sony HX400V at 52mm equivalent field of view.... more »

Pic 4 Today: Shadows in the snow...
Even though it was still only 12 degrees at 2 in the afternoon, I had to get out yesterday. After looking, unsuccessfully, for the Snowy Owl at the beach again, I decided to experiment with some snowscape HDR, using more aggressive settings on the Sony HX400V than my normal HDR settings. I like to capture the texture of the snow, while keeping both shadows and highlights looking natural. Not an easy task for a digital sensor, especially one as small as the sensor in the HX400V. I set the Exposure Compensation to -1 to keep the sun on the snow from burning out, and then set the in camera HDR to level 6 to bring the shadows back into range. It worked fairly well. I had to lighten the overall image in Lightroom, but I am happy with the results. On the other hand, Auto HDR and -1/3 EV did almost as well. :)

Sony HX400V at 52mm equivalent field of view. Nominal exposure: 1/800th @ f6.3 @ ISO 80. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet. (I used TouchRetouch to remove a small branch that intruded into the lower left part of the frame.)

#landscapephotography   #snowscape   #hdrphotography  ___

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2015-01-13 14:09:52 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Only 7 openings left on the Point and Shoot Nature Photography Experience in Belize this coming December. Where will you be in December? 

Only 7 openings left on the Point and Shoot Nature Photography Experience in Belize this coming December. Where will you be in December? ___

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2015-01-13 13:12:58 (12 comments, 22 reshares, 254 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Everglades Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Though I know of at least a few Maine records for Yellow-crowned Night Heron, I have never seen one here…I see them in Georgia, Texas, Ohio, and Florida…and not often at that. This specimen was along West Road at Shark Valley in the Everglades. Who can resist? Night Herons always look grumpy to me, and the Yellow-crown more than most…like they are having a bad day and have no reason to think it will get any better…or that tomorrow will be anything but more of the same. :( This bird manages, as I see it, to rise to a stoic look…which is pretty good natured for a Night Heron. :(

Sony HX400V at 950mm equivalent. Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 640 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic 4 Today: Everglades Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Though I know of at least a few Maine records for Yellow-crowned Night Heron, I have never seen one here…I see them in Georgia, Texas, Ohio, and Florida…and not often at that. This specimen was along West Road at Shark Valley in the Everglades. Who can resist? Night Herons always look grumpy to me, and the Yellow-crown more than most…like they are having a bad day and have no reason to think it will get any better…or that tomorrow will be anything but more of the same. :( This bird manages, as I see it, to rise to a stoic look…which is pretty good natured for a Night Heron. :(

Sony HX400V at 950mm equivalent. Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 640 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-01-12 12:35:26 (11 comments, 13 reshares, 120 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: He got feet...
Yet another Purple Gallinule from the Everglades. This shot really shows off the feet, as the bird climbs over a twig near the water. The angle, taken from above on the elevated Anhinga Boardwalk at Royal Palm Visitor Center, is also somewhat different.

Sony HX400V. Around 450mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 400 @ f5.6. Cropped for scale and processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic 4 Today: He got feet...
Yet another Purple Gallinule from the Everglades. This shot really shows off the feet, as the bird climbs over a twig near the water. The angle, taken from above on the elevated Anhinga Boardwalk at Royal Palm Visitor Center, is also somewhat different.

Sony HX400V. Around 450mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 400 @ f5.6. Cropped for scale and processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-01-11 15:27:29 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 147 +1s)Open 

#sundaysunrise  Off the back deck this morning. Sometimes it is just too good to let pass with a celebration! Sony HX400V in camera HDR. Lightroom. 

#sundaysunrise  Off the back deck this morning. Sometimes it is just too good to let pass with a celebration! Sony HX400V in camera HDR. Lightroom. ___

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2015-01-11 13:27:58 (13 comments, 8 reshares, 147 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Winter brook. Happy Sunday!
Yesterday, it was in the single digits at dawn, and only 9 degrees by 8 AM, but I decided to suite up and go looking for Snowy Owls and Eagles anyway. No Eagles at Roger’s Park. And no Snowy Owls in Biddeford Pool…though I put my hood up and walked all the way out to East Point. I thought I might find some interesting ice bells on the Batson River on the way back, so I drove into Emmon’s Preserve and hiked down to the stream. Evidently conditions have not been right for ice bells this winter. The river (brook really) was almost completely ice bound, with just the most vigorous water at the small falls still flowing free. There was only one set of tracks into the river since light snow on Thursday, and I found that someone had ridden up the river on the ice with a mountain bike, once I got to the water…other than that it was pretty quiet in thewoods a... more »

Pic 4 Today: Winter brook. Happy Sunday!
Yesterday, it was in the single digits at dawn, and only 9 degrees by 8 AM, but I decided to suite up and go looking for Snowy Owls and Eagles anyway. No Eagles at Roger’s Park. And no Snowy Owls in Biddeford Pool…though I put my hood up and walked all the way out to East Point. I thought I might find some interesting ice bells on the Batson River on the way back, so I drove into Emmon’s Preserve and hiked down to the stream. Evidently conditions have not been right for ice bells this winter. The river (brook really) was almost completely ice bound, with just the most vigorous water at the small falls still flowing free. There was only one set of tracks into the river since light snow on Thursday, and I found that someone had ridden up the river on the ice with a mountain bike, once I got to the water…other than that it was pretty quiet in the woods at Emmon’s. Even the sound of the water was muted by the ice and snow.

There is, of course, a beauty to such stillness…winter has its charms. I maneuvered out to the edge of the stream and the snow and ice covered rocks…being very careful were I placed my fur-lined Crocs. For this shot I got as far out on the rocks as I dared, and then held the camera out at arms length over the water to get the angle on the falling stream. Then I retreated just as carefully. If anyone came into Emmon’s after me yesterday and studied my tracks as I studied the tracks of the day before, I am sure they wondered what in the world I had been doing. :)

Being retired, I have more time to enjoy the Maine winter this year. I got myself a set of snowshoes and poles with Christmas money and gift cards, and had already bought a set of Under-Armor like foundation thermal under-garments for my time in Bosque del Apache. I call it my winter ninja suit, since it is close fitting and solid black from the toes of the sock-liners all the way to my neck. Of course, when I put the rest of my clothes no one knows I am a winter ninja underneath. I have an LLBean dual season parka with a removable fleece lining and a wind and waterproof shell, hooded, that is simply the warmest coat I have ever owned, and I have my trusty Tilly wool winter hat, and couple of different weight pairs of gloves. If it were not for having to keep the driveway clear, I might even enjoy the Maine winter this year…and actually, I am making a commitment to enjoy it despite having to keep the driveway clear. If we get too much snow I can always hire a plow and do my part for the local winter economy. Though we don’t have enough snow yet to make them necessary, I can see how the snowshoes will make the winter much more accessible. I had them in the back seat of the car at East Point and Emmon’s just in case, and no amount of snow will keep me from visiting. I plan to visit many of my summer haunts right through winter this year. It should be good.

It will be good. Having the right gear has already changed my attitude toward the Maine winter…which I will admit, I was not looking forward to. You could say I am settling into the mind of winter, coming to terms, and beginning to look forward to its unique opportunities. Even if we don’t get Snowy Owls and Eagles this winter, I will find something to celebrate in the season.

This seems like a purely physical accomplishment…dependent on having, finally, the right gear for winter…but it feels like a spiritual achievement. Getting my body and my stuff prepared has allowed my spirits to rise…and it is the rise in spirit that is the important, that is the significant part. This whole winter attitude thing is another example of why I believe that it is impossible to separate the spiritual and the physical. We make an error when think that the divine and the eternal happen somewhere different, on a different plane, than the space and time where we spend our fleshly lives. More and more I think it is all one…that the spiritual and the physical are not two realities but two ways of looking at one reality…and that the closer we get to living a life of the spirit in the flesh, the less meaning that distinction will have.

Or to put it another way…my spirit has always been ready for the beauty of winter…it just took some doing to get my flesh to the same point. And now that we are all in sync, things are going to be good. It is going to be a beautiful winter. Happy Sunday!___

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2015-01-10 12:44:10 (33 comments, 75 reshares, 927 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Robin in winter...
I went out briefly yesterday when it finally warmed up into the double digits to look, among other things, for the flock of Robins that winter in Kennebunk to see if the Western Tanager is still with them. They were not in the neighborhood where they were a week ago when I went looking and did find the Tanager, but when I went down to Roger’s Pond to check on Eagles and ducks at the edge of the ice on the Mousam River, the whole flock was there. They were eating berries from an ornamental tree that grows near the picnic shelter. I am not sure what kind of tree it is, but it is heavy with clusters of red fruit that look a little like cherries. The Robins love them, but they are right at the limits of what a Robin can swallow whole. They hold them in their beaks for a few seconds, apparently getting up the courage to toss them up and catch when with their mouthso... more »

Pic 4 Today: Robin in winter...
I went out briefly yesterday when it finally warmed up into the double digits to look, among other things, for the flock of Robins that winter in Kennebunk to see if the Western Tanager is still with them. They were not in the neighborhood where they were a week ago when I went looking and did find the Tanager, but when I went down to Roger’s Pond to check on Eagles and ducks at the edge of the ice on the Mousam River, the whole flock was there. They were eating berries from an ornamental tree that grows near the picnic shelter. I am not sure what kind of tree it is, but it is heavy with clusters of red fruit that look a little like cherries. The Robins love them, but they are right at the limits of what a Robin can swallow whole. They hold them in their beaks for a few seconds, apparently getting up the courage to toss them up and catch when with their mouths open. When it works, the fruit goes down whole. It does not, apparently, work as often as the Robins would like. The whole flock was cycling in and out of this one tree, no bird sitting longer than it took to harvest a single fruit. The Tanager was not with them, that I saw, but I got some good shots of the Robins feeding. The early afternoon winter light was perfect. I know, it is only an American Robin, but in Maine, in winter, we can not be picky! And I think the shot stands well on its own on its compositional merits.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 500 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet. This shot shows the advantage of a small sensor super-zoom.  Notice the depth of field that has the bird, beak to feet, in focus at the same time. And yet it still produces effective bokeh in the background. :)

#songbirdsaturday   +John Briggs ___

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2015-01-09 12:12:52 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Everglades String Lily
December, when we spent our week in the Everglades, is not the flower season. If you are into flowers spring is probably when you want to be in the Everglades. Still, there were flowers. This is the String Lily and it was everywhere we went in the Everglades. We passed by hundreds of them in the river of grass during our airboat ride (they are so common we ran over more than a few…the airboat does no damage). They were along the boardwalks at Royal Palm. They grew in the channels along the roads at Shark Valley. They were, just about, everywhere you looked in the Everglades and Big Cypress. According to my reference, both the leaves and bulb of this plant are poisonous to humans, but they are the favored food to the big Lubber Grasshopper. This is a particularly classic shot, framed against the dark water, and with the purple stamens standing tall.
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Pic 4 Today: Everglades String Lily
December, when we spent our week in the Everglades, is not the flower season. If you are into flowers spring is probably when you want to be in the Everglades. Still, there were flowers. This is the String Lily and it was everywhere we went in the Everglades. We passed by hundreds of them in the river of grass during our airboat ride (they are so common we ran over more than a few…the airboat does no damage). They were along the boardwalks at Royal Palm. They grew in the channels along the roads at Shark Valley. They were, just about, everywhere you looked in the Everglades and Big Cypress. According to my reference, both the leaves and bulb of this plant are poisonous to humans, but they are the favored food to the big Lubber Grasshopper. This is a particularly classic shot, framed against the dark water, and with the purple stamens standing tall.

Sony HX400V at about 540mm equivalent field of view. In camera HDR. Nominal exposure 1/800th @ ISO 80 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-01-09 10:56:35 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Lovely!

Western Tiger Swallowtail 
William Heise County Park - 6-7-14
Sonja Beeve

Camera COOLPIX P510
Focal Length 44.5mm
Exposure 1/200
F Number f/4.7
ISO 160
Camera make NIKON___Lovely!

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2015-01-09 10:56:14 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

What a wonderful Butterfly.

Common Jezebel
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Place : Coimbatore, South India
Camera : Canon Powershot SX50 HS
© Saravanan Rangasamy___What a wonderful Butterfly.

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2015-01-09 10:55:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Very nice!

Florida Scrub Jay

Cruickshank Trail  -  Rockledge, FL___Very nice!

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2015-01-08 12:39:52 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 67 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: ABA Bird of the Year!
“Hey! What are you looking at?! I swear, since they made me ABA Bird of Year, I can’t go anywhere without drawing a crowd. No privacy. No time off for good behavior. I am expected to be super-star quality all the time, every moment. The pressure! I can’t peek out of my reeds and brush without some photographer snapping a pic. And fishing? Forget fishing. Have you ever tried to fish with a crowd of photographers hanging over your shoulder? They are trying to photograph every fish and caterpillar I take. I think they are keeping score. Green Heron 4, fish 24. Like that. Pressure.

“And the other herons are giving me a real hard time about it. “What makes you so special all of a sudden. What are we? Feather dummies?” And the Egrets. They are fit to be tied…you have not been snubbed until you have been snubbed by a Snowy Egret and don’teven get me sta... more »

Pic 4 Today: ABA Bird of the Year!
“Hey! What are you looking at?! I swear, since they made me ABA Bird of Year, I can’t go anywhere without drawing a crowd. No privacy. No time off for good behavior. I am expected to be super-star quality all the time, every moment. The pressure! I can’t peek out of my reeds and brush without some photographer snapping a pic. And fishing? Forget fishing. Have you ever tried to fish with a crowd of photographers hanging over your shoulder? They are trying to photograph every fish and caterpillar I take. I think they are keeping score. Green Heron 4, fish 24. Like that. Pressure.

“And the other herons are giving me a real hard time about it. “What makes you so special all of a sudden. What are we? Feather dummies?” And the Egrets. They are fit to be tied…you have not been snubbed until you have been snubbed by a Snowy Egret and don’t even get me started on the Greats! The Cattle Egrets just blow raspberries and giggle. It is really doing a number on my nerves.

“And they aren’t paying me anything at all…certainly not what I am worth. I mean, this is some kind of endorsement deal right? I need a new agent. Near as I can see the ABA is raking it using my name, my reputation, my star-power, and I get nothing! How is that fair? I don’t remember signing the papers that said they could use my face in this Bird of the Year thing.

“And now I got the IRS on my back too! Give me a break. I can’t wait for 2015 to be over. I ought to go just hide in the deep reeds until then…and I would, but I do feel some obligation to my fans. Maybe at least everyone will stop calling me a Green-back Heron by the end of the year. Didn’t anybody get the memo about the name change? What does a bird have to do? I don’t need the INS on me too.

“So, buddy, this is the face you get…this is my ABA Bird of the Year face! Like it or lump it. It is not like I asked for it or anything…”

Sony HX400V. 818mm equivalent field of view. 1/640th @ ISO 500 @ f5.6. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-01-07 12:28:15 (7 comments, 10 reshares, 100 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Another Purple Gallinule
I will admit to having an unaccountable fondness for the Purple Gallinule. It is, as I may have said before, just such an outrageous bird. I was nothing short of delighted to find so many in the Everglades when we visited last month. I had only ever seen two before…one male, years ago, and one female a few years later. The Everglades filled me up, for the moment, with Purple Gallinule. :)

I like this shot particularly, as it shows just about every interesting aspect of the bird…and shows it in its natural habitat.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 250 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

#wildlifewednesday   +Mike Spinak  +Morkel Erasmus 

Pic 4 Today: Another Purple Gallinule
I will admit to having an unaccountable fondness for the Purple Gallinule. It is, as I may have said before, just such an outrageous bird. I was nothing short of delighted to find so many in the Everglades when we visited last month. I had only ever seen two before…one male, years ago, and one female a few years later. The Everglades filled me up, for the moment, with Purple Gallinule. :)

I like this shot particularly, as it shows just about every interesting aspect of the bird…and shows it in its natural habitat.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 250 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

#wildlifewednesday   +Mike Spinak  +Morkel Erasmus ___

2015-01-06 18:22:23 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Wonderful stuff!

Wonderful stuff!___

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2015-01-06 12:43:19 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Apple Ice
We had a few inches of wet snow overnight on Saturday into Sunday. After dawn it warmed just enough so the last of it fell as rain, but not warm enough to melt the existing snow…and it stayed just above freezing all day. By Monday morning, the snow was still there, and had a solid coating of ice. There was just enough snow to try my new snowshoes in the yard, and as I did I was captured by the ice on the Apple tree: strange, delicate sculptings, standing almost free of the branches. I had to go back in for my camera (shedding snowshoes and reattaching them on the way back to the tree.)

As I post this morning, I realize that what I am seeing here is the shell of ice that was on top of the snow that built up on the branches. Wind and sun have removed the snow layer, but the ice was too hard and now it floats apparently free in space. It looks, to me, likes... more »

Pic 4 Today: Apple Ice
We had a few inches of wet snow overnight on Saturday into Sunday. After dawn it warmed just enough so the last of it fell as rain, but not warm enough to melt the existing snow…and it stayed just above freezing all day. By Monday morning, the snow was still there, and had a solid coating of ice. There was just enough snow to try my new snowshoes in the yard, and as I did I was captured by the ice on the Apple tree: strange, delicate sculptings, standing almost free of the branches. I had to go back in for my camera (shedding snowshoes and reattaching them on the way back to the tree.)

As I post this morning, I realize that what I am seeing here is the shell of ice that was on top of the snow that built up on the branches. Wind and sun have removed the snow layer, but the ice was too hard and now it floats apparently free in space. It looks, to me, like something from a gallery of modern sculpture…something both intentional and free…something crafted to capture and express the flow of the universe. And I have no trouble believing that it is. :)

And of course I offer it here, nicely framed, as just such an expression. With all credit to the original artist.

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

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2015-01-05 23:03:02 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

My first snowshoe adventure. Just around the yard. Not really enough snow...but, you know, new toys!! :)

My first snowshoe adventure. Just around the yard. Not really enough snow...but, you know, new toys!! :)___

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2015-01-05 12:25:47 (8 comments, 9 reshares, 78 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Gulf Fritillary
There were, as I have said before, not a lot of butterflies in December in the Everglades, so I made the most of the few we did see. The Gulf Fritillary was the second most common sighting, after the abundant Zebra Longwings. This specimen is just a bit worn, but still bright enough to capture they eye and the imagination.

Sony HX400V at just into the Clear Image Zoom range beyond 1200mm equivalent field of view (for the slightly closer focus). Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 80 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

#onthewingsofbutterflies  

Pic 4 Today: Gulf Fritillary
There were, as I have said before, not a lot of butterflies in December in the Everglades, so I made the most of the few we did see. The Gulf Fritillary was the second most common sighting, after the abundant Zebra Longwings. This specimen is just a bit worn, but still bright enough to capture they eye and the imagination.

Sony HX400V at just into the Clear Image Zoom range beyond 1200mm equivalent field of view (for the slightly closer focus). Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 80 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

#onthewingsofbutterflies  ___

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2015-01-04 14:38:43 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Western Tanager. Long way from home. Happy Sunday!
I posted briefly about my adventures finding and photographing a Western Tanager that has been hanging out with a flock of Robins in a neighborhood a little less than a mile from my home in Kennebunk Maine. Actually, “refinding” is better…it was seen twice on the Kennebunk Christmas Bird Count on December 27th, but I did not hear about it until the day before yesterday. A Western Tanager in Maine is news anytime, but you would think that late December and early January would be among the most unlikely times. You would think…but, in fact, the last record of Western Tanager in Maine that I can find was also on a Christmas Bird Count in Bangor in 2006. Western Tanagers breed all along the backbone of the Rocky Mountains, on both sides, west to the coast and east to the great plains, and are supposed to migrate to extremesouther... more »

Pic 4 Today: Western Tanager. Long way from home. Happy Sunday!
I posted briefly about my adventures finding and photographing a Western Tanager that has been hanging out with a flock of Robins in a neighborhood a little less than a mile from my home in Kennebunk Maine. Actually, “refinding” is better…it was seen twice on the Kennebunk Christmas Bird Count on December 27th, but I did not hear about it until the day before yesterday. A Western Tanager in Maine is news anytime, but you would think that late December and early January would be among the most unlikely times. You would think…but, in fact, the last record of Western Tanager in Maine that I can find was also on a Christmas Bird Count in Bangor in 2006. Western Tanagers breed all along the backbone of the Rocky Mountains, on both sides, west to the coast and east to the great plains, and are supposed to migrate to extreme southern Baha California, and from northern Mexico south as far as Costa Rica in the winter. They are not supposed to be in Maine. There are always a few birds in any migrating species that get their internal compass turned around and head the wrong way. The Tanager in Maine undoubtedly started out for Mexico. There is a remote chance that if the food holds out it could actually survive winter in Maine…or, when food gets scarce, that it will follow the flock of Robins to better foraging not far from us, or even higher in the mountains. Robins, despite the “first Robin of Spring” thing are not long distance migrants…in fact they are year-round residents of coastal Maine and most of the US. They are just less visible, and certainly less vocal, in winter. Only time will tell the fate of the Western Tanager foraging with them.

The most critical time for the Tanager, if it survives the Maine winter, will be next spring, when it is time to go home. Chances of its clearly defective guidance system getting it all the way back across the full width of the continent to its breeding areas in the mountains of the west are, realistically, pretty slim.

Although they are no more slim, come right down to it, than the chances of its being in Maine in January in the first place. :)

As strange and wonderful as the presence of the bird is, I have to wonder what the good folks who happen to live in the quiet little back street neighborhood in Kennebunk must think about the sudden influx of people with binoculars and cameras. People who stand in the middle of the street looking up into the trees and poke their binos and lenses into back yards…serious expectant people most of the time…but also excited, highly animated…obviously joyful people from time to time. They must look out their windows and wonder what in the world they are missing. Even if they see the Robin flock, which is pretty hard to miss, they are unlikely to pick out the one odd bird among them. And I am sure not a few of them are already tired of strangers, and strange behavior, on their streets.

I have thought before this about how much birding is like a religion…a fellowship of the initiated and the aware…a community with a common focus and a common language…a shared source of joy. I first started looking for the Tanager because I observed obvious birder behavior on my drive up my street and stopped to find out what was going on. I knew I was missing something and had to find out what it was.

I would like to have a faith so strong some day that people who saw my obvious excitement and joy in living would wonder what they were missing. Someday. And more than that, I hope that every time I find myself as far from my spiritual home as the Western Tanager is from his physical one, I will find a flock of Robins of the faith who know where the food is. :)

Happy Sunday!___

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2015-01-03 15:16:46 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

#songbirdsaturday  +John Briggs 

Not the greatest photos, but a Western Tanager in Kennebunk ME on January 3rd, 2015. Pretty rare! It has been around for several days, but I got my first good looks this am. :)

#songbirdsaturday  +John Briggs 

Not the greatest photos, but a Western Tanager in Kennebunk ME on January 3rd, 2015. Pretty rare! It has been around for several days, but I got my first good looks this am. :)___

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2015-01-03 12:06:28 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Graveyard of Lobster Traps
Saturday mornings growing up we watched those old black and white African adventure films on TV, the ones where they were always looking for the Elephant Graveyard and imagined Ivory wealth. Our walk on Timber Island this week made me think of them…not the black and white part…though the winter palette of grays and blues was pretty basic…but the graveyard part. Timber Island is evidently the place old lobster traps come to die. There are piles of them on the shore. Might be intentional piles…as in someone piled them up to get them out from underfoot…and might be current piles, just as they were deposited by the sea as it churns around the island at high tide. Hard to tell. For sure, there are, as yet, nothing equivalent to Ivory hunters looking to claim the wealth of twisted metal and bright plastic. More’s the pity. I’d be happy to play thepart of the n... more »

Pic 4 Today: Graveyard of Lobster Traps
Saturday mornings growing up we watched those old black and white African adventure films on TV, the ones where they were always looking for the Elephant Graveyard and imagined Ivory wealth. Our walk on Timber Island this week made me think of them…not the black and white part…though the winter palette of grays and blues was pretty basic…but the graveyard part. Timber Island is evidently the place old lobster traps come to die. There are piles of them on the shore. Might be intentional piles…as in someone piled them up to get them out from underfoot…and might be current piles, just as they were deposited by the sea as it churns around the island at high tide. Hard to tell. For sure, there are, as yet, nothing equivalent to Ivory hunters looking to claim the wealth of twisted metal and bright plastic. More’s the pity. I’d be happy to play the part of the native boy and lead them too it…if for nothing else that to get them out from underfoot. :)

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

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2015-01-02 13:50:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

What I was talking about in this morning's Pic 4 Today. Anhinga with catfish (bullhead?). Not for the squeamish. :)

What I was talking about in this morning's Pic 4 Today. Anhinga with catfish (bullhead?). Not for the squeamish. :)___

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2015-01-02 12:25:03 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Lunch!
With as many Anhingas (Anhingi?) as we saw in the Everglades, and given that Anhingas are always on the hunt, it was just about inevitable that we would find an Anhinga with prey. This is apparently an invasive fish of the Bullhead variety. Like the Cormorant, the Anhinga spears its prey with that long sharp beak, and then beats it to submission on the branches of its perch, before maneuvering it lengthwise and swallowing it whole. It was still in the beating it to submission stage here. I have video to prove it :)

Sony HX400V at about 750mm equivalent field of view. 1/640th @ ISO 640 @ f5.6. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic 4 Today: Lunch!
With as many Anhingas (Anhingi?) as we saw in the Everglades, and given that Anhingas are always on the hunt, it was just about inevitable that we would find an Anhinga with prey. This is apparently an invasive fish of the Bullhead variety. Like the Cormorant, the Anhinga spears its prey with that long sharp beak, and then beats it to submission on the branches of its perch, before maneuvering it lengthwise and swallowing it whole. It was still in the beating it to submission stage here. I have video to prove it :)

Sony HX400V at about 750mm equivalent field of view. 1/640th @ ISO 640 @ f5.6. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-01-01 15:31:23 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

I can not let the first day of the year pass without posting at least one bird  A very cooperative GBH from Shark Valley in the Everglades. Sony HX400V.

I can not let the first day of the year pass without posting at least one bird  A very cooperative GBH from Shark Valley in the Everglades. Sony HX400V.___

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2015-01-01 12:39:08 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Happy New Year! Timber Island Cairn
New Year’s Day, 2015.

My wife and I, three of our girls, and one boyfriend went exploring on the Timber Point/Timber Island trail at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge this week. We passed this cairn on the shore of the island, facing across the Little River to Goose Rocks Beach and points south. The Cairn was over 6 feet tall, and at least half again that in diameter. I added two stones for the group and my wife added one. It is tricky to get one on top, as you have to stand at the bottom edge and toss and hope…but we managed to add a few inches to the cairn with our efforts. I found a nice sparkly chunk of broken quartz to add a bit of sparkle to the pile.

It is hard to imagine how many people, over how many years, have added stones to this cairn. It probably reached about 2 feet before it had to be wider than itwas... more »

Pic 4 Today: Happy New Year! Timber Island Cairn
New Year’s Day, 2015.

My wife and I, three of our girls, and one boyfriend went exploring on the Timber Point/Timber Island trail at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge this week. We passed this cairn on the shore of the island, facing across the Little River to Goose Rocks Beach and points south. The Cairn was over 6 feet tall, and at least half again that in diameter. I added two stones for the group and my wife added one. It is tricky to get one on top, as you have to stand at the bottom edge and toss and hope…but we managed to add a few inches to the cairn with our efforts. I found a nice sparkly chunk of broken quartz to add a bit of sparkle to the pile.

It is hard to imagine how many people, over how many years, have added stones to this cairn. It probably reached about 2 feet before it had to be wider than it was tall to stand and grow, and after that the number of stones that had to be added to build height rose exponentially. There are a lot of stones in a pile of handable stones 6 feet tall.

When looking for an image for New Year’s Day 2015, this one spoke to me…there has to be a metaphor in there…adding stones is to a cairn is like adding moments to a life…once you reach a certain height you have to expand at the base more rapidly than at the peak. I would like to think I am still growing…taking a bit of extra time to find chunks of broken quartz to add sparkle…character…to the pile at this point…but I have become conscious over the past few years of how broad the base is getting. Part of it is social media. I have more friends and acquaintances, from all over the world, than I would have ever believed possible…and each one is built into the cairn of my years.

Or maybe the cairn is more like the year we all just shared…like, in fact, the communal life we all share…and the stones like the words and images…the thoughts and gestures…the good deeds and better intentions…that we have each and all added, one by one, to reach this height of wisdom…this monument to our passage.

For certainly that is, all other attributed meanings aside, what a cairn is…a monument to having passed this way. We celebrate, with all who have come before us, this unique place and time, by placing our stone on the pile. The stone says, not only “I was here”,  but “I was privileged to be here…and I celebrate with all who passed before me a bit of the wonder of being here.”

So here is my stone for this particular New Year’s cairn. Happy New Year’s Day 2015.

May you have the opportunity to enrich the cairns of many a unique place and time in the coming year.___

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2014-12-31 12:07:45 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Flight Check
Right place at the right time, and ready. That is the secret to great wildlife photography…or great photography of any kind. Of course the secret to wildlife photography sanity is that you just can’t count (or obsess over) the misses…those times when you were in the right place at the right time, and not ready :) In the field you will miss as often…some days (some weeks, some months, some years) way more often…than you hit. You have to celebrate every hit and forget every miss.

There were lots of Little Blue Herons along the water course that lines West Road at Shark Valley in Everglades National Park…it was inevitable (well, highly probably, give the numbers) that I would have my camera on one when it decided to preen. Auto focus managed this very well…better than I could have using manual. Even so, I was in Shutter Preferred and at 1/2000th ofa second…way ... more »

Pic 4 Today: Flight Check
Right place at the right time, and ready. That is the secret to great wildlife photography…or great photography of any kind. Of course the secret to wildlife photography sanity is that you just can’t count (or obsess over) the misses…those times when you were in the right place at the right time, and not ready :) In the field you will miss as often…some days (some weeks, some months, some years) way more often…than you hit. You have to celebrate every hit and forget every miss.

There were lots of Little Blue Herons along the water course that lines West Road at Shark Valley in Everglades National Park…it was inevitable (well, highly probably, give the numbers) that I would have my camera on one when it decided to preen. Auto focus managed this very well…better than I could have using manual. Even so, I was in Shutter Preferred and at 1/2000th of a second…way faster than I needed to be…and that pushed the ISO way up…which limits the quality of the photo…still…I count it a hit. And so the image gets made.

Sony HX400V at 504mm equivalent field of view (the bird was close!). 1/2000th @ ISO 2000 @ f5.6. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

#wildlifewednesday   +Mike Spinak  +Morkel Erasmus ___

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2014-12-30 13:03:46 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Timber Point
I only discovered Timber Point and Timber Island this fall, though it was apparently added to the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in 2011, and the trail officially added to the National Recreational Trail System in 2013 after a long campaign, headed up by the Trust for Public Lands and local stakeholders, to raise funds for its purchase and protection. To complicate matters, the property includes the Ewing summer home, a classic seaside estate…and the Fish and Wildlife Service is currently in the study phase of drawing up a plan to use (or remove) the buildings. There is an active public group attempting to convince the FWS to allow them to operate the estate as the Timber Point Center…a retreat and educational nature center…in partnership with the FWS, and that is one of the proposals being studied. The FWS’s preferred plan is to maintain only theexterio... more »

Pic 4 Today: Timber Point
I only discovered Timber Point and Timber Island this fall, though it was apparently added to the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in 2011, and the trail officially added to the National Recreational Trail System in 2013 after a long campaign, headed up by the Trust for Public Lands and local stakeholders, to raise funds for its purchase and protection. To complicate matters, the property includes the Ewing summer home, a classic seaside estate…and the Fish and Wildlife Service is currently in the study phase of drawing up a plan to use (or remove) the buildings. There is an active public group attempting to convince the FWS to allow them to operate the estate as the Timber Point Center…a retreat and educational nature center…in partnership with the FWS, and that is one of the proposals being studied. The FWS’s preferred plan is to maintain only the exterior of the buildings and increase interpretative activities at the site. It is, as you might expect, an interesting study in local and federal environmental politics.

I plan to add Timber Point to my list of frequently visited places...otherwise known as my local photoprowls…as it is just within range of my scooter for summer visits.

What we have here is the view from the tip of the point back up the Little and Pellagrini Rivers. This is another case of a river having one name along its course, and another were it meets the sea. Branch Brook and the Merriland River join to become the Little River by the time they reach the sea in the Rachel Carson Headquarters property in Wells, and here the Pellagrini River mysteriously (and confusingly) also becomes the Little River at its mouth. ??

Sony HX400V in camera HDR. Processed in Ligthroom and PhotoShop Elements on my Surface Pro 3 tablet. (PSE to remove my shadow from the lower left of the image :)___

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2014-12-29 19:09:24 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Photo geek discussions of image quality often revolve around the presence or absence of artifacts in the image when viewed at high resolution and large sizes. The theory among serious photographers seems to be that a good digital image should have very…

Photo geek discussions of image quality often revolve around the presence or absence of artifacts in the image when viewed at high resolution and large sizes. The theory among serious photographers seems to be that a good digital image should have very…___

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2014-12-29 12:14:48 (6 comments, 8 reshares, 81 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Reflection
A week in the Everglades gave me many opportunities for Green Heron. Unlike some of the heron/egret species, Green Herons are relatively solitary birds…each staking out its own daily hunting territory and sticking pretty close. Even so, the sheer number of Green Herons, and the richness of the hunting, mean that you see numbers of them along any stretch of suitable water. On the Anhinga Boardwalk, there would be, basically, one every 50 feet or so, sometimes two as close as 30 feet. I like the way this one is stretched out over its reflection. The image is cropped slightly to place the diagonal of the branch in the upper right corner to emphasize the symmetry. (Roy Halpin, who was shooting with me in the Everglades, has an almost identical image of this bird :)

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 250 @ f6.3.P... more »

Pic 4 Today: Reflection
A week in the Everglades gave me many opportunities for Green Heron. Unlike some of the heron/egret species, Green Herons are relatively solitary birds…each staking out its own daily hunting territory and sticking pretty close. Even so, the sheer number of Green Herons, and the richness of the hunting, mean that you see numbers of them along any stretch of suitable water. On the Anhinga Boardwalk, there would be, basically, one every 50 feet or so, sometimes two as close as 30 feet. I like the way this one is stretched out over its reflection. The image is cropped slightly to place the diagonal of the branch in the upper right corner to emphasize the symmetry. (Roy Halpin, who was shooting with me in the Everglades, has an almost identical image of this bird :)

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 250 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2014-12-28 12:36:13 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Winter light. Figures in the foreground. Happy Sunday!
The rain is back in Southern Maine this morning, but this shot is from our short walk on the beach on Christmas Day.

It is only in winter that I realize how far north we are in Maine. The mid-day shadows are so long. The sun glances off and you have to stand in it for minutes to begin to feel its warmth. Even the waves and footprints on the beach are molded with shadow. And the sea itself is churned to froth and foam, white sea butter on the beach, by the winter storm just past…the storm that stills sits on the horizon to the north. Here, two of my daughters are caught trying to catch the scene. Sarah shields her eyes against the light reflected from the sea. It is so clear you can see Cape Arundel on the horizon ten miles north, past both Great Head and Lords Point. Even without snow there is no mistaking theM... more »

Pic 4 Today: Winter light. Figures in the foreground. Happy Sunday!
The rain is back in Southern Maine this morning, but this shot is from our short walk on the beach on Christmas Day.

It is only in winter that I realize how far north we are in Maine. The mid-day shadows are so long. The sun glances off and you have to stand in it for minutes to begin to feel its warmth. Even the waves and footprints on the beach are molded with shadow. And the sea itself is churned to froth and foam, white sea butter on the beach, by the winter storm just past…the storm that stills sits on the horizon to the north. Here, two of my daughters are caught trying to catch the scene. Sarah shields her eyes against the light reflected from the sea. It is so clear you can see Cape Arundel on the horizon ten miles north, past both Great Head and Lords Point. Even without snow there is no mistaking the Maine’s north winter light.

And it was Christmas day, when, if you let the spirit in, we are all family…all family with all that lives…everyone and everything…embraced in the love of the creator made real in flesh. We are all caught, figures in the foreground in winter light, trying to take in the glory of creation, the churning sea of being and meaning…while being touched by it, molded by it, reminded that we are part of it…one with it…included, embraced, cherished, free. Free to enjoy, to rejoice, to celebrate…to walk on the beach in winter light and share the love.

Like these words themselves, it might not quite make sense…but the meaning is unmistakable.

Happy Sunday!___

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2014-12-27 18:24:56 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 75 +1s)Open 

Great Crested Flycatcher, Eco Pond, Flamingo, Everglades NP. Sony HX400V. 

#songbirdsaturday  by +John Briggs 

Great Crested Flycatcher, Eco Pond, Flamingo, Everglades NP. Sony HX400V. 

#songbirdsaturday  by +John Briggs ___

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