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Linda Villers

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Enjoys travel and photography, especially to wildlife destinations.

Location: San Francisco Bay Area

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Cream of the Crop: 02/24/2012

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David R Robinson34,995I'm in SFO this week and want to get some Golden Gate Bridge shots.  I will have Thursday evening (Jan 16th) available.  +Alex Lapidus & +Linda Villers will be joining me.   Directions to Fort Baker:  http://www.nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/fort-baker.htm Alex & Linda are from from the south and won't arrive until about 8pm, but I plan on getting there as early as I can, likely 5:30-6:00pm.  If anyone wants to join my early, please let me know.The UnCollection Collection2014-01-17 04:00:004  
Lisa Donchak16,310Hi all, First #SouthBayShooters  photowalk! This is free and open to the public, and for all levels of photographers. Bring yo iPhones, DSLRs, and friends! We'll meet Wednsday, April 10th, at 6pm at the Oval on Stanford Campus. We'll wander around for a little bit and take pictures, then head downtown for a quick drink afterwards. This is where we'll meet: http://goo.gl/maps/ez1NR Tag photos with #SouthBayShooters hashtag! Afterwards (around 8p) meet up at Antonio's Nuthouse: 321 South California Avenue Palo Alto, CA 94306 (650) 321-2550 antoniosnuthouse.com‎South Bay Shooters - Stanford Photowalk!2013-04-11 18:00:0027  
Eric Raeber1,154,357I got a post from @112417919317910781482 who is in the Bay Area this coming Friday evening and was wondering what we other photographers were up to. Sounds to me like a good excuse for a photowalk, no? On that, @108104041823912324329  proposed Alviso, which is a small city at the bottom tip of the bay with a bit of a history, as well as some old buildings to prove it. Here is the map: http://goo.gl/maps/xduKL We will start from the entrance of the Marina Park at 6.30pm. Park on the street, outside the parking lot, as the gate closes at sunset. @108104041823912324329 will tell us how she found out... Alviso also has a train crossing. If the passenger train is on time, we should get trains passing by around: - 6.08pm (northbound) - 6.23pm (southbound) - 7.33pm (northbound) - 8.30pm (southbound) This is a very small town. So even if you come late, you cannot miss us! If you come early, shoot the train! Bring on your flashlight and tripod. We’ll be in for some long exposures and light painting. We’ll have dinner at a restaurant of our choice after the photowalk. It is all within walking distance. Hope to see you there for some fun walk, fun talk, and fun shootsNight photowalk in Alviso, San Jose2013-01-18 18:30:0013  

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2015-11-12 08:29:40 (185 comments; 94 reshares; 1,382 +1s; )Open 

Blue Fronted Amazon

We found a group of these beautiful parrots enjoying the mangoes from a nearby tree in the Pantanal. So many different and very beautiful birds from our Brazil trip - still going through all of the photos. Hope you are enjoying your week everyone!

#wildlifewednesday  +Morkel Erasmus +Mike Spinak 
#Birds4All +Birds4All +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner +Susan Wilkinson
#birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +Robert SKREINER 
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds +Andy Brown +Dilip Mundkur +Wade Cochran +Serkan Mutan
#wholewildlifeweek   +Whole Wildlife Week +Dick Whitlock +Sandy Schepis +Anette Mossbacher +Diego Cattaneo
#brazilmonday 

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2015-11-12 08:29:40 (185 comments; 94 reshares; 1,382 +1s; )Open 

Blue Fronted Amazon

We found a group of these beautiful parrots enjoying the mangoes from a nearby tree in the Pantanal. So many different and very beautiful birds from our Brazil trip - still going through all of the photos. Hope you are enjoying your week everyone!

#wildlifewednesday  +Morkel Erasmus +Mike Spinak 
#Birds4All +Birds4All +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner +Susan Wilkinson
#birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +Robert SKREINER 
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds +Andy Brown +Dilip Mundkur +Wade Cochran +Serkan Mutan
#wholewildlifeweek   +Whole Wildlife Week +Dick Whitlock +Sandy Schepis +Anette Mossbacher +Diego Cattaneo
#brazilmonday 

Most plusones: 1457

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2016-01-07 09:05:05 (135 comments; 79 reshares; 1,457 +1s; )Open 

Chestnut Eared Aracari

We found this beauty as we were leaving the hotel on our way to Iguazu Falls. Aracaris and Toucans are closely related and have those great long beaks that are normally very colorful and intricately patterned. They are fantastic birds to watch!

I realized today that I never did quite finish my 7 Day Wildlife Challenge before the holidays, so this is my final day 7 - :  I was nominated by +Robin Griggs Wood  to take up the #ChallengeWildlifePhotography and publish a different nature photo for the next 7 days.

I challenge any of you to get outside, take a hike and show me your wildlife shots, I'm looking forward to it!

#Birds4All +Birds4All +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner +Susan Wilkinson
#birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +RobertSK... more »

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2016-08-19 19:58:17 (17 comments; 5 reshares; 79 +1s; )Open 

Varigated Iris

I always love it when I find Iris in this striped or varigated style. I find them more delicate and interesting than the others. Happy Friday everyone, hope you have a wonderful weekend!

#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas +kaatje jansen +Francine Vanlé
#floralfriday +FloralFriday +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Eustace James +Kiki Nelson
#purplecircle +PurpleCircle +Lynn Langmade +Alexis Coram +Craig Szymanski +Sinead Sam McKeown
#soothingphotography +E Cindy +Soothing Photography
#californiadreamin +California Dreamin' +andi rivarola
#inthelight +In the Light +andi rivarola

Varigated Iris

I always love it when I find Iris in this striped or varigated style. I find them more delicate and interesting than the others. Happy Friday everyone, hope you have a wonderful weekend!

#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas +kaatje jansen +Francine Vanlé
#floralfriday +FloralFriday +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Eustace James +Kiki Nelson
#purplecircle +PurpleCircle +Lynn Langmade +Alexis Coram +Craig Szymanski +Sinead Sam McKeown
#soothingphotography +E Cindy +Soothing Photography
#californiadreamin +California Dreamin' +andi rivarola
#inthelight +In the Light +andi rivarola___

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2016-08-18 22:09:27 (44 comments; 7 reshares; 135 +1s; )Open 

Cluster of Bats

We found a couple of different types of bats clustered in some open caves (more like an over hang or hollowed out rock) during a short hike to see Iracema Falls (Brazil) near one of our hotels. Not sure what type of bats these are. The falls were nothing special, but the bats were fun to see. Look at those teeth on the one guy mid-yawn! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend...

#hqspanimals +HQSP Animals +Andy Smith +Nicol Eh +Shannon Adelson
#wildlifephotos +WILDLIFE Photos +Robert SKREINER +Mladen Janjetović
#lovelyanimals +Pet Adore +Paula Teshima
#Brazil  

Cluster of Bats

We found a couple of different types of bats clustered in some open caves (more like an over hang or hollowed out rock) during a short hike to see Iracema Falls (Brazil) near one of our hotels. Not sure what type of bats these are. The falls were nothing special, but the bats were fun to see. Look at those teeth on the one guy mid-yawn! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend...

#hqspanimals +HQSP Animals +Andy Smith +Nicol Eh +Shannon Adelson
#wildlifephotos +WILDLIFE Photos +Robert SKREINER +Mladen Janjetović
#lovelyanimals +Pet Adore +Paula Teshima
#Brazil  ___

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2016-08-01 21:49:11 (29 comments; 21 reshares; 178 +1s; )Open 

Louisbourg Lighthouse

From the other side... Louisbourg Lighthouse is on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia and offers many different views of the area. We're heading to Canada again soon and I was just looking through some missed shots from our trip two years ago. Hope you enjoy and please have a wonderful week everyone!

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Chandler L. Walker +Krzysztof Felczak +AJ Lim +Jeff Beddow +H Peter Ji +Jani Westman +Dorma Wiggin +Ranco Sevla Sevla
#lighthousethursday +LighthouseThursday +Heiko Köster
#CoastalThursday +Coastal Thursday +David Polzine +Jon Kahn
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape +Peter Marbaise +Leo Schubert +Mike Hankey +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow +Mohamed Hakem +Alexander Tarasenkov +Albert Vuvu Konde

Louisbourg Lighthouse

From the other side... Louisbourg Lighthouse is on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia and offers many different views of the area. We're heading to Canada again soon and I was just looking through some missed shots from our trip two years ago. Hope you enjoy and please have a wonderful week everyone!

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Chandler L. Walker +Krzysztof Felczak +AJ Lim +Jeff Beddow +H Peter Ji +Jani Westman +Dorma Wiggin +Ranco Sevla Sevla
#lighthousethursday +LighthouseThursday +Heiko Köster
#CoastalThursday +Coastal Thursday +David Polzine +Jon Kahn
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape +Peter Marbaise +Leo Schubert +Mike Hankey +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow +Mohamed Hakem +Alexander Tarasenkov +Albert Vuvu Konde___

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2016-07-25 08:09:59 (29 comments; 10 reshares; 113 +1s; )Open 

Stormy Sound

We only got snowed on for a little while the day of our visit to this wonderful viewpoint in the Lofoten Islands of Norway - such a beautiful part of the world!!! Enjoy your week everyone...

#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +tri rini nuringtyas +Giuseppe Petruzzella
#MonochromeMonday +Monochrome Monday un-curated for now
#monochromeworld +Monochrome World +andi rivarola
#allThingsMonochrome +All Things Monochrome +Charles Lupica +Brian Cox +Enrique Pelaez +Dorian Stretton +Bill Wood
#blackandwhitephotos +Black and White Photos +Gemma Costa
#LeadingLinesMonday
#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Chandler L. Walker +Krzysztof Felczak +AJ Lim +Jeff Beddow +H Peter Ji +Jani Westman +Dorma Wiggin +Ranco Sevla Sevla
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape+Peter Marbais... more »

Stormy Sound

We only got snowed on for a little while the day of our visit to this wonderful viewpoint in the Lofoten Islands of Norway - such a beautiful part of the world!!! Enjoy your week everyone...

#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +tri rini nuringtyas +Giuseppe Petruzzella
#MonochromeMonday +Monochrome Monday un-curated for now
#monochromeworld +Monochrome World +andi rivarola
#allThingsMonochrome +All Things Monochrome +Charles Lupica +Brian Cox +Enrique Pelaez +Dorian Stretton +Bill Wood
#blackandwhitephotos +Black and White Photos +Gemma Costa
#LeadingLinesMonday
#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Chandler L. Walker +Krzysztof Felczak +AJ Lim +Jeff Beddow +H Peter Ji +Jani Westman +Dorma Wiggin +Ranco Sevla Sevla
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape +Peter Marbaise +Leo Schubert +Mike Hankey +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow +Mohamed Hakem +Alexander Tarasenkov +Albert Vuvu Konde___

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2016-07-21 06:50:33 (17 comments; 7 reshares; 137 +1s; )Open 

One Small Step...

On this day 47 years ago, we landed men on the moon and took our first steps on the moon's surface.What a great era of exploration that was and I hope that we'll do something just as daring and life changing in the near future.

This is from one of the exhibit shows at the Kennedy Space Center about the Apollo era of our space exploration.

#transporttuesday  +TransportTuesday +Gene Bowker 
+Annie Irving 
#historythursday  +History Thursday 
#apollo11   #manonthemoon   #moonwalk  

One Small Step...

On this day 47 years ago, we landed men on the moon and took our first steps on the moon's surface.What a great era of exploration that was and I hope that we'll do something just as daring and life changing in the near future.

This is from one of the exhibit shows at the Kennedy Space Center about the Apollo era of our space exploration.

#transporttuesday  +TransportTuesday +Gene Bowker 
+Annie Irving 
#historythursday  +History Thursday 
#apollo11   #manonthemoon   #moonwalk  ___

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2016-07-12 07:25:14 (50 comments; 13 reshares; 225 +1s; )Open 

Curious...

This young White-fronted Capuchin Monkey from from Brazil was watching us with great interest. I think he was mostly interested to see if we had any bananas that he could steal and chomp on, though!!! Look at those huge eyes, wouldn't you give him your banana if you had one? Have a wonderful week everyone!

#monkeymonday +Monkey Monday +Alex Lapidus +Jetski
#animalia +Animalia +Adelphe BACHELET
#hqspanimals +HQSP Animals +Andy Smith +Nicol Eh +Shannon Adelson
#wildlifewednesday  +Mike Spinak +Morkel Erasmus 
#wildlifephotos +WILDLIFE Photos +Robert SKREINER +Mladen Janjetović
#lovelyanimals +Pet Adore +Paula Teshima
#natureandwildlifephotos #natureandmacrophotos +NATURE & MACRO Photos +Robert SKREINER +Roswitha Böhmer

Curious...

This young White-fronted Capuchin Monkey from from Brazil was watching us with great interest. I think he was mostly interested to see if we had any bananas that he could steal and chomp on, though!!! Look at those huge eyes, wouldn't you give him your banana if you had one? Have a wonderful week everyone!

#monkeymonday +Monkey Monday +Alex Lapidus +Jetski
#animalia +Animalia +Adelphe BACHELET
#hqspanimals +HQSP Animals +Andy Smith +Nicol Eh +Shannon Adelson
#wildlifewednesday  +Mike Spinak +Morkel Erasmus 
#wildlifephotos +WILDLIFE Photos +Robert SKREINER +Mladen Janjetović
#lovelyanimals +Pet Adore +Paula Teshima
#natureandwildlifephotos #natureandmacrophotos +NATURE & MACRO Photos +Robert SKREINER +Roswitha Böhmer___

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2016-07-10 17:05:11 (75 comments; 32 reshares; 335 +1s; )Open 

Hello in there...

This female Anna's hummingbird was happily flitting around the flowers and enjoying a little snack. I could easily sit and watch them all day...
Have a wonderful week everyone - go out and enjoy!

#Birds4All +Birds4All +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner +Susan Wilkinson
#birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +Robert SKREINER
#inpraiseofpollinators ++In Praise of Polllinators +Dusty Gedge
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds +Dilip Mundkur +Andy Brown +Ian Calland +Anja Wessels
#wildlifeinthecity +WILDLIFE in the City +Edith Kukla

Hello in there...

This female Anna's hummingbird was happily flitting around the flowers and enjoying a little snack. I could easily sit and watch them all day...
Have a wonderful week everyone - go out and enjoy!

#Birds4All +Birds4All +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner +Susan Wilkinson
#birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +Robert SKREINER
#inpraiseofpollinators ++In Praise of Polllinators +Dusty Gedge
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds +Dilip Mundkur +Andy Brown +Ian Calland +Anja Wessels
#wildlifeinthecity +WILDLIFE in the City +Edith Kukla___

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2016-06-27 07:45:12 (20 comments; 11 reshares; 93 +1s; )Open 

Wasp in the Flower

I caught this interesting scene, not sure if the wasp has caught some kind of prey or is tending to larvae... Isn't nature amazing? Things we don't notice as we go about our business are happening if we can just take a closer look! Have a wonderful week everyone!!!

#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Robert Kubacki +Andi Fritzsch
#Macro4All +Macro4All +Bill Urwin +Thomas Kirchen +Walter Soestbergen
#macrogallery +Macro GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner
#macromonday +Julie Brocca +Sandra Parlow +Wendy Baker +Jeff Moreau
#macromaniacs +MacroManiacs +Sandra Deichmann
#macroaddict +MacroAddict +Sandrine Berjonneau +Olivier Poulet +Ruth Benjamin +William Banik +Nicole Best +Magy Duarte
#SummerPhotos +Summer Photos +Tiina Niskanen +Andreas Helbig
#californiadreamin... more »

Wasp in the Flower

I caught this interesting scene, not sure if the wasp has caught some kind of prey or is tending to larvae... Isn't nature amazing? Things we don't notice as we go about our business are happening if we can just take a closer look! Have a wonderful week everyone!!!

#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Robert Kubacki +Andi Fritzsch
#Macro4All +Macro4All +Bill Urwin +Thomas Kirchen +Walter Soestbergen
#macrogallery +Macro GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner
#macromonday +Julie Brocca +Sandra Parlow +Wendy Baker +Jeff Moreau
#macromaniacs +MacroManiacs +Sandra Deichmann
#macroaddict +MacroAddict +Sandrine Berjonneau +Olivier Poulet +Ruth Benjamin +William Banik +Nicole Best +Magy Duarte
#SummerPhotos +Summer Photos +Tiina Niskanen +Andreas Helbig
#californiadreamin +California Dreamin' +andi rivarola
#inthelight +In the Light +andi rivarola___

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2016-06-16 06:34:55 (64 comments; 20 reshares; 564 +1s; )Open 

Beep, Beep!!

A couple of months ago, I was lucky enough to see this beautiful Greater Roadrunner during an early morning hike. It was a little foggy and overcast that morning, but that gave a nice soft light to bring out those beautiful colors on his body and tail.
Hope you are all having a great week, it's almost the weekend!!!

#Birds4All +Birds4All +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner +Susan Wilkinson
#birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +Robert SKREINER
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds +Dilip Mundkur +Andy Brown +Ian Calland +Anja Wessels
#wildlifewednesday  

Beep, Beep!!

A couple of months ago, I was lucky enough to see this beautiful Greater Roadrunner during an early morning hike. It was a little foggy and overcast that morning, but that gave a nice soft light to bring out those beautiful colors on his body and tail.
Hope you are all having a great week, it's almost the weekend!!!

#Birds4All +Birds4All +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner +Susan Wilkinson
#birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +Robert SKREINER
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds +Dilip Mundkur +Andy Brown +Ian Calland +Anja Wessels
#wildlifewednesday  ___

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2016-06-10 23:35:28 (29 comments; 6 reshares; 134 +1s; )Open 

Morning Ride to Work

Even in the Winter, the hardy folks of Stockholm ride their bikes about the city to work. It was late morning, but winter kept the shadows nice and long. We found Stockholm to be a very pedestrian and cycling friendly city.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

#FitnessFriday #transporttuesday  
#FramedSubjectFriday +FramedSubjectFriday +Carsten Schlipf +Claus Allweil +Dirk Müller +Klaus Baumecker +Matthias Haeussler

Morning Ride to Work

Even in the Winter, the hardy folks of Stockholm ride their bikes about the city to work. It was late morning, but winter kept the shadows nice and long. We found Stockholm to be a very pedestrian and cycling friendly city.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

#FitnessFriday #transporttuesday  
#FramedSubjectFriday +FramedSubjectFriday +Carsten Schlipf +Claus Allweil +Dirk Müller +Klaus Baumecker +Matthias Haeussler___

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2016-05-29 08:43:18 (55 comments; 40 reshares; 267 +1s; )Open 

Brainard Lake Sunrise

From our trip to Rocky Mountain National Park a couple of years ago, this still has to be one of the most amazing sunrises I've ever been lucky enough to witness. I'm not typically an early morning or a sunrise type of girl, but if there were more mornings like this one I might have to change my ways... :-)
Enjoy your weekend everyone!

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting +AJ Lim +Krzysztof Felczak
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow +Mohamed Hakem +Albert Vuvu Konde +Alexander Tarasenkov
#SunriseSaturday +Sunrise Saturday +Josh Davis
#NationalParkPhotography #USNationalParkPhotography +US National Parks Photography... more »

Brainard Lake Sunrise

From our trip to Rocky Mountain National Park a couple of years ago, this still has to be one of the most amazing sunrises I've ever been lucky enough to witness. I'm not typically an early morning or a sunrise type of girl, but if there were more mornings like this one I might have to change my ways... :-)
Enjoy your weekend everyone!

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting +AJ Lim +Krzysztof Felczak
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow +Mohamed Hakem +Albert Vuvu Konde +Alexander Tarasenkov
#SunriseSaturday +Sunrise Saturday +Josh Davis
#NationalParkPhotography #USNationalParkPhotography +US National Parks Photography +Sunny Wu
#photomaniausa +Photo Mania USA +Marjolein Schat +Dorma Wiggin +Kris Rowlands +David Pilasky___

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2016-05-18 03:00:52 (62 comments; 15 reshares; 224 +1s; )Open 

Giraffe Necked Weevil

This is one of the craziest looking bugs we saw on our trip to Madagascar (or maybe ever!) Hard to say why they need that long neck, because they can also fly. No matter, they sure are pretty cool looking! Isn't nature amazing???

#inpraiseofpollinators ++In Praise of Polllinators +Dusty Gedge
#BugsEveryday +BugsEveryday +Chris Mallory
#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro +Terrie Gray +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten
#Macro4All +Macro4All +Bill Urwin +Thomas Kirchen +Walter Soestbergen
#macrogallery +Macro GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner
#macromonday +Julie Brocca +Sandra Parlow +Wendy Baker +Jeff Moreau
#macromaniacs +MacroManiacs +Sandra Deichmann
#macroaddict +MacroAddict +Sandrine Berjonneau +Olivier Poulet +Ruth Benjamin +William Banik +Nicole Best +Magy Duarte
#animalia... more »

Giraffe Necked Weevil

This is one of the craziest looking bugs we saw on our trip to Madagascar (or maybe ever!) Hard to say why they need that long neck, because they can also fly. No matter, they sure are pretty cool looking! Isn't nature amazing???

#inpraiseofpollinators ++In Praise of Polllinators +Dusty Gedge
#BugsEveryday +BugsEveryday +Chris Mallory
#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro +Terrie Gray +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten
#Macro4All +Macro4All +Bill Urwin +Thomas Kirchen +Walter Soestbergen
#macrogallery +Macro GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner
#macromonday +Julie Brocca +Sandra Parlow +Wendy Baker +Jeff Moreau
#macromaniacs +MacroManiacs +Sandra Deichmann
#macroaddict +MacroAddict +Sandrine Berjonneau +Olivier Poulet +Ruth Benjamin +William Banik +Nicole Best +Magy Duarte
#animalia  +Animalia +Adelphe BACHELET ___

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2016-05-11 16:43:20 (65 comments; 24 reshares; 547 +1s; )Open 

American Kestrel

We came across this beauty late one afternoon during our trip to the Pantanal in Brazil. I think he was on the lookout for a dinner snack as he took off soon after this shot to chase after something in the field.
Hope you are making the most of your week everyone, enjoy it!

#Birds4All +Birds4All +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner +Susan Wilkinson
#birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +Robert SKREINER
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds +Dilip Mundkur
+Andy Brown +Ian Calland
#wildlifewednesday  +Morkel Erasmus +Mike Spinak 

American Kestrel

We came across this beauty late one afternoon during our trip to the Pantanal in Brazil. I think he was on the lookout for a dinner snack as he took off soon after this shot to chase after something in the field.
Hope you are making the most of your week everyone, enjoy it!

#Birds4All +Birds4All +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner +Susan Wilkinson
#birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +Robert SKREINER
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds +Dilip Mundkur
+Andy Brown +Ian Calland
#wildlifewednesday  +Morkel Erasmus +Mike Spinak ___

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2016-05-04 07:52:39 (50 comments; 26 reshares; 412 +1s; )Open 

Breath of Fresh Air

This guy came up for a quick breath of air (and maybe to say hello to us don't you think?) From Waikiki Beach in Hawaii on our recent trip. Happy Hump Day everyone!

#wildlifewednesday  +Morkel Erasmus +Mike Spinak 
#wholewildlifeweek +Whole Wildlife Week +Dick Whitlock +Sandy Schepis +Anette Mossbacher +Diego Cattaneo
#wildlifephotos +WILDLIFE Photos +Robert SKREINER +Mladen Janjetović
#lovelyanimals +Pet Adore +Paula Teshima
#hqspanimals +HQSP Animals +Andy Smith +Nicol Eh +Shannon Adelson

Breath of Fresh Air

This guy came up for a quick breath of air (and maybe to say hello to us don't you think?) From Waikiki Beach in Hawaii on our recent trip. Happy Hump Day everyone!

#wildlifewednesday  +Morkel Erasmus +Mike Spinak 
#wholewildlifeweek +Whole Wildlife Week +Dick Whitlock +Sandy Schepis +Anette Mossbacher +Diego Cattaneo
#wildlifephotos +WILDLIFE Photos +Robert SKREINER +Mladen Janjetović
#lovelyanimals +Pet Adore +Paula Teshima
#hqspanimals +HQSP Animals +Andy Smith +Nicol Eh +Shannon Adelson___

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2016-04-25 07:29:52 (39 comments; 13 reshares; 264 +1s; )Open 

Fetch

This puppy was so full of life and energy the day we encountered her at the beach. She would charge into the surf as often as her friend would throw that tennis ball.  The high surf and big waves never dissuaded her until her ball finally disappeared and she couldn't find it - she kept an eye on the surf for a good 10 minutes hoping she would catch site of it again... She was so much fun to watch that afternoon!

Have a fabulous week everyone and I hope you find some pure joy in something you do like this wonderful puppy did - a good lesson for us all!

Happy #Sundog  Sunday and #fidofriday !!!
#BWProject2016 Week 3: Emotion and Week 8: Texture +The B&W Project +Al Chris +Lauri Novak (I'm still catching up and always on the lookout for shots to fulfill the themes, I definitely haven't given up or thrown in the towel justyet!)
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Fetch

This puppy was so full of life and energy the day we encountered her at the beach. She would charge into the surf as often as her friend would throw that tennis ball.  The high surf and big waves never dissuaded her until her ball finally disappeared and she couldn't find it - she kept an eye on the surf for a good 10 minutes hoping she would catch site of it again... She was so much fun to watch that afternoon!

Have a fabulous week everyone and I hope you find some pure joy in something you do like this wonderful puppy did - a good lesson for us all!

Happy #Sundog  Sunday and #fidofriday !!!
#BWProject2016 Week 3: Emotion and Week 8: Texture +The B&W Project +Al Chris +Lauri Novak (I'm still catching up and always on the lookout for shots to fulfill the themes, I definitely haven't given up or thrown in the towel just yet!)
#MonochromeMonday +Monochrome Monday un-curated for now
#monochromeworld +Monochrome World +andi rivarola
#allThingsMonochrome +All Things Monochrome +Charles Lupica +Brian Cox +Enrique Pelaez +Dorian Stretton +Bill Wood
#blackandwhitephotos +Black and White Photos +Gemma Costa
#CoastalThursday +Coastal Thursday +David Polzine +Jon Kahn
#hqspanimals +HQSP Animals +Andy Smith +Nicol Eh +Shannon Adelson___

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2016-04-23 00:05:26 (59 comments; 22 reshares; 404 +1s; )Open 

Where have all the butterflies gone?

Some things I've been thinking about and wanted to share with you on this Earth Day 2016.

Remember when you were a kid and you could go outside on pretty much any day in the Spring or Summer and find lots of butterflies fluttering about? Unfortunately for most of us, that experience is not as commonplace today. Housing and development have taken over those large meadows with wildflowers that butterflies, moths, and insects need to thrive.

Here in California, we are still in the middle of a drought and many folks have gotten rid of their lawns and gardens and replaced them with some drought resistant landscaping and plants. When considering new plants for your yard, you may want to include some wildflowers or native plants that these animals would enjoy. They will not only help the butterflies and insects, they will... more »

Where have all the butterflies gone?

Some things I've been thinking about and wanted to share with you on this Earth Day 2016.

Remember when you were a kid and you could go outside on pretty much any day in the Spring or Summer and find lots of butterflies fluttering about? Unfortunately for most of us, that experience is not as commonplace today. Housing and development have taken over those large meadows with wildflowers that butterflies, moths, and insects need to thrive.

Here in California, we are still in the middle of a drought and many folks have gotten rid of their lawns and gardens and replaced them with some drought resistant landscaping and plants. When considering new plants for your yard, you may want to include some wildflowers or native plants that these animals would enjoy. They will not only help the butterflies and insects, they will survive easily with whatever water Mother Nature provides.

Butterflies are nectar drinkers, but don’t forget about the caterpillars that are out in the Spring. The caterpillars are primarily plant eaters and they will need plenty of food to become beautiful butterflies by Summer. I know they might eat some of your flowers or tomato plants, but maybe you can plant an extra one just for them to enjoy!
 
There are so many different varieties of butterflies (nearly 20,000!) that it would be impossible to say which plants would be best for your area. Check with your local nursery to find out what the ideal choices would be for your area and climate zone.

While thinking about Earth Day today, consider planting something special for the butterflies and insects in your area - Let's make every day Earth Day!

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We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme:
Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

#CreateCommunityEarthDay

Photo © Linda Villers 2016. All Rights Reserved.___

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2016-04-20 02:38:15 (84 comments; 90 reshares; 756 +1s; )Open 

Intimate Piece of Iguazu Falls

As you walk along the pathways on the Argentine side of Iguazu Falls, you'll find many smaller/intimate pieces of the falls. I really like this beautiful little spot.There are as many as 300 discrete falls and islands that make up the nearly 2 mile length of the falls, depending on the water flow.

Enjoy your week everyone!

#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow +Mohamed Hakem  +Albert Vuvu Konde +Alexander Tarasenkov  
#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting +AJ Lim +Krzysztof Felczak
#waterfallwednesday  +Eric Leslie 
#NationalParkPhotography  +US National Parks Photography +Sunny Wu

Intimate Piece of Iguazu Falls

As you walk along the pathways on the Argentine side of Iguazu Falls, you'll find many smaller/intimate pieces of the falls. I really like this beautiful little spot.There are as many as 300 discrete falls and islands that make up the nearly 2 mile length of the falls, depending on the water flow.

Enjoy your week everyone!

#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow +Mohamed Hakem  +Albert Vuvu Konde +Alexander Tarasenkov  
#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting +AJ Lim +Krzysztof Felczak
#waterfallwednesday  +Eric Leslie 
#NationalParkPhotography  +US National Parks Photography +Sunny Wu___

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2016-04-13 04:15:39 (43 comments; 22 reshares; 234 +1s; )Open 

Sun Worshiper

What an amazing afternoon we had up on the North Shore of Oahu. We found this incredible scene at Waimea Bay. The surf was high and lots of warnings from the lifeguards about rip currents and the dangerous waves. It was definitely a day for watching and not for swimming...
Have a wonderful week everyone!

#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape +Leo Schubert +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow +Leanne Cole
#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting +AJ Lim
#CoastalThursday +Coastal Thursday +David Polzine +Jon Kahn
#SeaTuesday +Sea Tuesday +Julia Anna Gospodarou
#wetwednesday +Jen Baptist
#beachsunday +Beach Sunday +Ross Campbell

Sun Worshiper

What an amazing afternoon we had up on the North Shore of Oahu. We found this incredible scene at Waimea Bay. The surf was high and lots of warnings from the lifeguards about rip currents and the dangerous waves. It was definitely a day for watching and not for swimming...
Have a wonderful week everyone!

#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape +Leo Schubert +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow +Leanne Cole
#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting +AJ Lim
#CoastalThursday +Coastal Thursday +David Polzine +Jon Kahn
#SeaTuesday +Sea Tuesday +Julia Anna Gospodarou
#wetwednesday +Jen Baptist
#beachsunday +Beach Sunday +Ross Campbell___

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2016-04-08 19:05:08 (28 comments; 4 reshares; 84 +1s; )Open 

Purple...

Love to see these beauties every Spring, not sure of the type but they sure do brighten up the bushes...
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers +Francine Vanlé +Iva Pas +kaatje jansen +Wayne Lu
#floralfriday +FloralFriday +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Eustace James 
+Kiki Nelson
#purplecircle +PurpleCircle +Lynn Langmade +Alexis Coram +Craig Szymanski +Sinead Sam McKeown

Purple...

Love to see these beauties every Spring, not sure of the type but they sure do brighten up the bushes...
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers +Francine Vanlé +Iva Pas +kaatje jansen +Wayne Lu
#floralfriday +FloralFriday +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Eustace James 
+Kiki Nelson
#purplecircle +PurpleCircle +Lynn Langmade +Alexis Coram +Craig Szymanski +Sinead Sam McKeown___

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2016-04-03 08:06:37 (24 comments; 3 reshares; 140 +1s; )Open 

Late for the Train...

Stockholm has a great train and subway system to get around town. We visited a few of the stations to see the murals and sculptures installed on many of the platforms...

#MonochromeMonday +Monochrome Monday un-curated for now
#monochromeworld +Monochrome World +andi rivarola 
#allThingsMonochrome +All Things Monochrome +Charles Lupica +Brian Cox +Enrique Pelaez +Dorian Stretton +Bill Wood
#unsharpsaturday +Unsharp Saturday v2.0 +Alex Lapidus +Julianne Bockius +Jetski +Patrice Christian +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski
#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +tri rini nuringtyas +Giuseppe Petruzzella
#streetphotography +StreetPhotography

Late for the Train...

Stockholm has a great train and subway system to get around town. We visited a few of the stations to see the murals and sculptures installed on many of the platforms...

#MonochromeMonday +Monochrome Monday un-curated for now
#monochromeworld +Monochrome World +andi rivarola 
#allThingsMonochrome +All Things Monochrome +Charles Lupica +Brian Cox +Enrique Pelaez +Dorian Stretton +Bill Wood
#unsharpsaturday +Unsharp Saturday v2.0 +Alex Lapidus +Julianne Bockius +Jetski +Patrice Christian +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski
#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +tri rini nuringtyas +Giuseppe Petruzzella
#streetphotography +StreetPhotography___

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2016-04-01 09:06:35 (91 comments; 63 reshares; 939 +1s; )Open 

I'm Talking to you...

We had a wonderful encounter with this Red Legged Seriema (also called the Crested Cariama) one afternoon in the Pantanal area of Brazil. These funny birds have a crazy crest on their head and the bright red beak and legs - plus don't they look like they are wearing blue eye shadow around their eyes? Such amazing creatures out there in this world... 
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

#Birds4All +Birds4All +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner +Susan Wilkinson
#birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +Robert SKREINER 
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds +Dilip Mundkur +Matthew Stephenson +Terrie Gray

I'm Talking to you...

We had a wonderful encounter with this Red Legged Seriema (also called the Crested Cariama) one afternoon in the Pantanal area of Brazil. These funny birds have a crazy crest on their head and the bright red beak and legs - plus don't they look like they are wearing blue eye shadow around their eyes? Such amazing creatures out there in this world... 
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

#Birds4All +Birds4All +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner +Susan Wilkinson
#birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +Robert SKREINER 
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds +Dilip Mundkur +Matthew Stephenson +Terrie Gray___

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2016-03-19 08:32:02 (55 comments; 33 reshares; 302 +1s; )Open 

Just Another Sunset in Paradise!

Here is a beauty from one of our final evenings in Hawaii last week. We were on our way back from the north shore and we could see some color starting to show up on the horizon as the sun was headed down, but there was absolutely nowhere to stop. I figured we'd miss the sunset, but as we drove into the hotel parking there was still some beautiful color left so we grabbed the cameras and ran for the beach. Just another beautiful sunset in paradise, right???
Enjoy your weekend everyone!

#SunsetSaturday +Dennis Hoffbuhr
#CoastalThursday +Coastal Thursday +David Polzine +Jon Kahn
#SeaTuesday +Sea Tuesday +Julia Anna Gospodarou
#wetwednesday +Jen Baptist
#beachsunday +Beach Sunday +Ross Campbell
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape +Leo Schubert +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow +Leanne Cole... more »

Just Another Sunset in Paradise!

Here is a beauty from one of our final evenings in Hawaii last week. We were on our way back from the north shore and we could see some color starting to show up on the horizon as the sun was headed down, but there was absolutely nowhere to stop. I figured we'd miss the sunset, but as we drove into the hotel parking there was still some beautiful color left so we grabbed the cameras and ran for the beach. Just another beautiful sunset in paradise, right???
Enjoy your weekend everyone!

#SunsetSaturday +Dennis Hoffbuhr
#CoastalThursday +Coastal Thursday +David Polzine +Jon Kahn
#SeaTuesday +Sea Tuesday +Julia Anna Gospodarou
#wetwednesday +Jen Baptist
#beachsunday +Beach Sunday +Ross Campbell
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape +Leo Schubert +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow +Leanne Cole
#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting +AJ Lim
#TreeTuesday  +Tree Tuesday  +Christina Lawrie  +Allan Cabrera  +Ralph Mendoza   +Kim Troutman  +David R Robinson___

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2016-03-12 09:43:48 (32 comments; 4 reshares; 167 +1s; )Open 

Lazy Day at the Beach

There were some amazing waves this trip to the North Short of Ohau in Hawaii. The mist and sea spray made for a very hazy/lazy day with all of the wind and the sea was mostly too choppy for the surfers. That couple on the far end of the beach almost disappears in the haze. I think I could have sat there for hours and watched those waves pound into the shore...
Enjoy your weekend everyone!

#BWProject2016 +The B&W Project +Al Chris +Lauri Novak
Week 6 - Scale
(I'm crazy behind on this project, but have some photos in mind to catch up on the last couple of weeks that I've missed. I hope Laurie and Alison will forgive me...)
#MonochromeMonday +Monochrome Monday un-curated for now
#monochromeworld +Monochrome World +andi rivarola 
#allThingsMonochrome +All Things Monochrome +Charles Lupica +Ludwig Keck +Brian Cox... more »

Lazy Day at the Beach

There were some amazing waves this trip to the North Short of Ohau in Hawaii. The mist and sea spray made for a very hazy/lazy day with all of the wind and the sea was mostly too choppy for the surfers. That couple on the far end of the beach almost disappears in the haze. I think I could have sat there for hours and watched those waves pound into the shore...
Enjoy your weekend everyone!

#BWProject2016 +The B&W Project +Al Chris +Lauri Novak
Week 6 - Scale
(I'm crazy behind on this project, but have some photos in mind to catch up on the last couple of weeks that I've missed. I hope Laurie and Alison will forgive me...)
#MonochromeMonday +Monochrome Monday un-curated for now
#monochromeworld +Monochrome World +andi rivarola 
#allThingsMonochrome +All Things Monochrome +Charles Lupica +Ludwig Keck +Brian Cox +Enrique Pelaez
#blackandwhitephotos +Black and White Photos +Gemma Costa 
#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape +Leo Schubert +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow +Leanne Cole___

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2016-03-05 23:48:23 (54 comments; 21 reshares; 330 +1s; )Open 

Red Howler

We've seen Howler monkeys before, but never this variety. Our guides thought this one to be a Guyanan Red Howler during our time in the flooded forests of the Amazon Basin. As you might guess from their name, they can make quite a ruckus that can be heard for many kilometers across the jungle. (There is a link to their vocalizing on the Wiki page here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howler_monkey if you are interested.)
Enjoy your weekend everyone!

#monkeymonday +Monkey Monday +Alex Lapidus +Jetski
#wildlifewednesday  +Morkel Erasmus +Mike Spinak 
#wholewildlifeweek   +Whole Wildlife Week +Dick Whitlock +Sandy Schepis +Anette Mossbacher +Diego Cattaneo
#natureandwildlifephotos #natureandmacrophotos +NATURE & MACRO Photos +Robert SKREINER +Roswitha Böhmer
#wildlifephotos  +WILDLIFE Photos +Robert SKREINER +Mladen Janjetović #hqspa... more »

Red Howler

We've seen Howler monkeys before, but never this variety. Our guides thought this one to be a Guyanan Red Howler during our time in the flooded forests of the Amazon Basin. As you might guess from their name, they can make quite a ruckus that can be heard for many kilometers across the jungle. (There is a link to their vocalizing on the Wiki page here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howler_monkey if you are interested.)
Enjoy your weekend everyone!

#monkeymonday +Monkey Monday +Alex Lapidus +Jetski
#wildlifewednesday  +Morkel Erasmus +Mike Spinak 
#wholewildlifeweek   +Whole Wildlife Week +Dick Whitlock +Sandy Schepis +Anette Mossbacher +Diego Cattaneo
#natureandwildlifephotos #natureandmacrophotos +NATURE & MACRO Photos +Robert SKREINER +Roswitha Böhmer
#wildlifephotos  +WILDLIFE Photos +Robert SKREINER +Mladen Janjetović 
#hqspanimals +HQSP Animals +Andy Smith +Nicol Eh +Shannon Adelson___

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2016-02-29 11:29:48 (41 comments; 16 reshares; 287 +1s; )Open 

Low Tide Sunset

I was delighted to discover this spot the other day as sunset snuck up on me - plus it was low tide so all of these little tide pools and puddles still had some water in them! Hope you all had a nice weekend and are looking forward to a brand new week... Take care everyone!

#SeaTuesday +Sea Tuesday +Julia Anna Gospodarou
#wetwednesday +Jen Baptist
#beachsunday +Beach Sunday +Ross Campbell
 #CoastalThursday +Coastal Thursday +David Polzine +Jon Kahn
#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape +Leo Schubert +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow +Leanne Cole

Low Tide Sunset

I was delighted to discover this spot the other day as sunset snuck up on me - plus it was low tide so all of these little tide pools and puddles still had some water in them! Hope you all had a nice weekend and are looking forward to a brand new week... Take care everyone!

#SeaTuesday +Sea Tuesday +Julia Anna Gospodarou
#wetwednesday +Jen Baptist
#beachsunday +Beach Sunday +Ross Campbell
 #CoastalThursday +Coastal Thursday +David Polzine +Jon Kahn
#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape +Leo Schubert +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow +Leanne Cole___

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2016-02-22 11:01:35 (37 comments; 7 reshares; 145 +1s; )Open 

Spring has Sprung

It has been quite warm here for the last few weeks, so all of the trees have started blooming and the bees are very happy indeed. Have a wonderful week everyone...

#close2home +Close2Home +Brett Sivits +David Pond +Rebecca Johnson +Pia Raben +Shaun Stewart +José Juan Escudero +Howard Weitzel +john adams
#pinkcircle +Pink Circle +lane langmade +Cheryl Cooper
#Macro4All  +Macro4All +Bill Urwin +Thomas Kirchen  +Walter Soestbergen 
#macrogallery +Macro GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner
#macromonday +Julie Brocca +Sandra Parlow +Wendy Baker +Jeff Moreau
#macromaniacs  +MacroManiacs +Sandra Deichmann 
#macroaddict +MacroAddict +Sandrine Berjonneau +Olivier Poulet +Ruth Benjamin +William Banik +Nicole Best +Magy Duarte
#inpraiseofpollinators ++In Praise of Polllinators +Dusty Gedge

Spring has Sprung

It has been quite warm here for the last few weeks, so all of the trees have started blooming and the bees are very happy indeed. Have a wonderful week everyone...

#close2home +Close2Home +Brett Sivits +David Pond +Rebecca Johnson +Pia Raben +Shaun Stewart +José Juan Escudero +Howard Weitzel +john adams
#pinkcircle +Pink Circle +lane langmade +Cheryl Cooper
#Macro4All  +Macro4All +Bill Urwin +Thomas Kirchen  +Walter Soestbergen 
#macrogallery +Macro GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner
#macromonday +Julie Brocca +Sandra Parlow +Wendy Baker +Jeff Moreau
#macromaniacs  +MacroManiacs +Sandra Deichmann 
#macroaddict +MacroAddict +Sandrine Berjonneau +Olivier Poulet +Ruth Benjamin +William Banik +Nicole Best +Magy Duarte
#inpraiseofpollinators ++In Praise of Polllinators +Dusty Gedge___

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2016-02-16 05:56:32 (124 comments; 57 reshares; 949 +1s; )Open 

Hyacinth Macaws in Flight!

What a thrill it was to see these magnificent birds in flight - especially when they came close and landed in a nearby tree. Some fun facts about these beauties:  Macaws typically mate for life and you would always see them flying about in pairs unless it is nesting season and Mom is tending the nest. Their average lifespan in the wild is about 60 years. The species is listed as vulnerable due to habitat loss and capture for the pet trade - it is estimated that approximately 10,000 Hyacinth Macaws were captured in the 1980's before conservation efforts were started. (We met some of the researchers from the Projeto Arara Azul or the Hyacinth Macaw Project. They work with ranchers in the Pantanal area to protect trees needed for nests and food.)

Enjoy your week everyone!!!

#Birds4All +Birds4All +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergenmore »

Hyacinth Macaws in Flight!

What a thrill it was to see these magnificent birds in flight - especially when they came close and landed in a nearby tree. Some fun facts about these beauties:  Macaws typically mate for life and you would always see them flying about in pairs unless it is nesting season and Mom is tending the nest. Their average lifespan in the wild is about 60 years. The species is listed as vulnerable due to habitat loss and capture for the pet trade - it is estimated that approximately 10,000 Hyacinth Macaws were captured in the 1980's before conservation efforts were started. (We met some of the researchers from the Projeto Arara Azul or the Hyacinth Macaw Project. They work with ranchers in the Pantanal area to protect trees needed for nests and food.)

Enjoy your week everyone!!!

#Birds4All +Birds4All +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner +Susan Wilkinson
#birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +Robert SKREINER 
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds +Dilip Mundkur +Matthew Stephenson +Terrie Gray
#threatenedthursday   +Threatened Thursday +Sumit Sen +Diego Cattaneo +Sandy Schepis +Anette Mossbacher 
#wholewildlifeweek   +Whole Wildlife Week +Dick Whitlock +Sandy Schepis +Anette Mossbacher +Diego Cattaneo
#birdsinflight +Birds In Flight  +Andy Brown___

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2016-02-09 09:19:57 (52 comments; 14 reshares; 294 +1s; )Open 

Golden Gate Bridge

I always like this view of the Golden Gate Bridge with the San Francisco city lights and Bay Bridge way off in the background. We were hoping for some low fog shots that evening, but the clouds stayed up too high for that. Oh well, another time...

#BridgesAroundTheWorld +#BridgesAroundTheWorld +Carra Riley
#BridgesOverTuesday +BridgesOverTuesday +Clare Bambers
#BridgeWednesday +Bridge Wednesday +Mara Acoma +Mark Hall +Alan Gurling +Nigel Smith
#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting
#Nightscapes +Nightscapes +Jesse Martineau +Patrick Zeiler 
#nightphotographyfriday +Night Photography Friday +Steve Passlow +Mark Hammon
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape +Leo Schubert +Mike... more »

Golden Gate Bridge

I always like this view of the Golden Gate Bridge with the San Francisco city lights and Bay Bridge way off in the background. We were hoping for some low fog shots that evening, but the clouds stayed up too high for that. Oh well, another time...

#BridgesAroundTheWorld +#BridgesAroundTheWorld +Carra Riley
#BridgesOverTuesday +BridgesOverTuesday +Clare Bambers
#BridgeWednesday +Bridge Wednesday +Mara Acoma +Mark Hall +Alan Gurling +Nigel Smith
#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting
#Nightscapes +Nightscapes +Jesse Martineau +Patrick Zeiler 
#nightphotographyfriday +Night Photography Friday +Steve Passlow +Mark Hammon
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape +Leo Schubert +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow +Leanne Cole___

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2016-02-05 23:08:59 (60 comments; 9 reshares; 153 +1s; )Open 

Raindrops

I found a few stray roses still blooming just after New Year's with plenty of raindrops after the storm. Both of those things are a little strange around here - roses blooming in early January and rain after 4+ years of drought. A nice surprise to be sure...
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

#floralfriday +FloralFriday +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Eustace James +Kiki Nelson
#pinkcircle +Pink Circle +lane langmade +Cheryl Cooper
#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas +kaatje jansen
#macroaddict +MacroAddict +Sandrine Berjonneau +Olivier Poulet +Ruth Benjamin +William Banik +Nicole Best +Magy Duarte

Raindrops

I found a few stray roses still blooming just after New Year's with plenty of raindrops after the storm. Both of those things are a little strange around here - roses blooming in early January and rain after 4+ years of drought. A nice surprise to be sure...
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

#floralfriday +FloralFriday +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Eustace James +Kiki Nelson
#pinkcircle +Pink Circle +lane langmade +Cheryl Cooper
#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas +kaatje jansen
#macroaddict +MacroAddict +Sandrine Berjonneau +Olivier Poulet +Ruth Benjamin +William Banik +Nicole Best +Magy Duarte___

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Romeo Pier Glow

+Alex Lapidus and I couldn't resist a visit to Romeo's Pier at Pillar Point during our afternoon out at the coast while +David R Robinson was in town last week. Instead of sunset, we were completely socked in with fog. But as the lights in town started coming on, something was bright enough to light up the fog and give me this wonderful glow. Just goes to show you never know what you'll find in any weather condition, may as well stick around - you just might end up finding something wonderful...

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm  +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape +Leo Schubert  +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow +Leanne Cole
#soothingphotography+E Cin... more »

Romeo Pier Glow

+Alex Lapidus and I couldn't resist a visit to Romeo's Pier at Pillar Point during our afternoon out at the coast while +David R Robinson was in town last week. Instead of sunset, we were completely socked in with fog. But as the lights in town started coming on, something was bright enough to light up the fog and give me this wonderful glow. Just goes to show you never know what you'll find in any weather condition, may as well stick around - you just might end up finding something wonderful...

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm  +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape +Leo Schubert  +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow +Leanne Cole
#soothingphotography +E Cindy +Soothing Photography 
#CoastalThursday +Coastal Thursday +David Polzine +Jon Kahn
#SeaTuesday +Sea Tuesday +Julia Anna Gospodarou
#wetwednesday  +Jen Baptist___

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2016-01-25 09:32:53 (66 comments; 12 reshares; 250 +1s; )Open 

Long Day, Long Shadows

I always love the effect you get at the end of the day when the shadows get long. This day was no exception and I had some fun capturing those shadows while I was out and about. Have a wonderful week everyone!

#BWProject2016 2/26 - Framing +The B&W Project +Al Chris +Lauri Novak (I'm running a little behind, but am working on my shot for this week...)
#MonochromeMonday +Monochrome Monday un-curated for now
#monochromeworld +Monochrome World +andi rivarola 
#allThingsMonochrome +All Things Monochrome +Charles Lupica +Ludwig Keck +Brian Cox +Enrique Pelaez +Linda Villers
#blackandwhitephotos +Black and White Photos +Gemma Costa 
#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +tri rini nuringtyas +Giuseppe Petruzzella

Long Day, Long Shadows

I always love the effect you get at the end of the day when the shadows get long. This day was no exception and I had some fun capturing those shadows while I was out and about. Have a wonderful week everyone!

#BWProject2016 2/26 - Framing +The B&W Project +Al Chris +Lauri Novak (I'm running a little behind, but am working on my shot for this week...)
#MonochromeMonday +Monochrome Monday un-curated for now
#monochromeworld +Monochrome World +andi rivarola 
#allThingsMonochrome +All Things Monochrome +Charles Lupica +Ludwig Keck +Brian Cox +Enrique Pelaez +Linda Villers
#blackandwhitephotos +Black and White Photos +Gemma Costa 
#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +tri rini nuringtyas +Giuseppe Petruzzella___

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Iguazu Sunset

We had only one evening on the Brazil side for sunset, so we had to make the most of it. No amazing clouds, but a beautiful ending to the day in a spectacular place. Would definitely spend a little more time there next time, so that you have some options. The Brazil side is very open and casual - you can walk on the paths early or late if you are staying inside the park (or if you hire a taxi to wait for you so you can get back out - as we found out from one gentleman while taking this series of shots.)  Enjoy your week everyone!

#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow
#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins  +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +SylviaT... more »

Iguazu Sunset

We had only one evening on the Brazil side for sunset, so we had to make the most of it. No amazing clouds, but a beautiful ending to the day in a spectacular place. Would definitely spend a little more time there next time, so that you have some options. The Brazil side is very open and casual - you can walk on the paths early or late if you are staying inside the park (or if you hire a taxi to wait for you so you can get back out - as we found out from one gentleman while taking this series of shots.)  Enjoy your week everyone!

#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow
#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins  +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting 
#wetwednesday  +Jen Baptist 
#brazilmonday   #waterfallwednesday  ___

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Black Capuchin

On our last day at Iguazu, we came across several of these Black Capuchin monkeys along the path out to the falls. They were very mischievous and I saw them steal a banana from a pocket of one tourist's backpack. Then the troupe had a tussle over who got to keep and eat the banana. It was over quickly and the banana was gone in the blink of an eye...
Hope you enjoy your week everyone!

#monkeymonday +Monkey Monday +Alex Lapidus +Jetski
#wildlifewednesday  +Morkel Erasmus +Mike Spinak 
#wholewildlifeweek   +Whole Wildlife Week +Dick Whitlock +Sandy Schepis +Anette Mossbacher +Diego Cattaneo
#hqspanimals +HQSP Animals +Andy Smith +Nicol Eh +Shannon Adelson
#wildlifephotos  +WILDLIFE Photos +Robert SKREINER +Mladen Janjetović 
#brazilmonday  

Black Capuchin

On our last day at Iguazu, we came across several of these Black Capuchin monkeys along the path out to the falls. They were very mischievous and I saw them steal a banana from a pocket of one tourist's backpack. Then the troupe had a tussle over who got to keep and eat the banana. It was over quickly and the banana was gone in the blink of an eye...
Hope you enjoy your week everyone!

#monkeymonday +Monkey Monday +Alex Lapidus +Jetski
#wildlifewednesday  +Morkel Erasmus +Mike Spinak 
#wholewildlifeweek   +Whole Wildlife Week +Dick Whitlock +Sandy Schepis +Anette Mossbacher +Diego Cattaneo
#hqspanimals +HQSP Animals +Andy Smith +Nicol Eh +Shannon Adelson
#wildlifephotos  +WILDLIFE Photos +Robert SKREINER +Mladen Janjetović 
#brazilmonday  ___

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Chestnut Eared Aracari

We found this beauty as we were leaving the hotel on our way to Iguazu Falls. Aracaris and Toucans are closely related and have those great long beaks that are normally very colorful and intricately patterned. They are fantastic birds to watch!

I realized today that I never did quite finish my 7 Day Wildlife Challenge before the holidays, so this is my final day 7 - :  I was nominated by +Robin Griggs Wood  to take up the #ChallengeWildlifePhotography and publish a different nature photo for the next 7 days.

I challenge any of you to get outside, take a hike and show me your wildlife shots, I'm looking forward to it!

#Birds4All +Birds4All +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner +Susan Wilkinson
#birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +RobertSK... more »

Chestnut Eared Aracari

We found this beauty as we were leaving the hotel on our way to Iguazu Falls. Aracaris and Toucans are closely related and have those great long beaks that are normally very colorful and intricately patterned. They are fantastic birds to watch!

I realized today that I never did quite finish my 7 Day Wildlife Challenge before the holidays, so this is my final day 7 - :  I was nominated by +Robin Griggs Wood  to take up the #ChallengeWildlifePhotography and publish a different nature photo for the next 7 days.

I challenge any of you to get outside, take a hike and show me your wildlife shots, I'm looking forward to it!

#Birds4All +Birds4All +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner +Susan Wilkinson
#birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +Robert SKREINER 
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds +Dilip Mundkur +Matthew Stephenson +Terrie Gray
#brazilmonday___

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Slippery Slope...

Don't be afraid, have fun and take a little slide down that slippery slope of life and see where it might take you... May your year be filled with laughter, fun, and happiness, Happy New Year everyone!

#BWProject2016 +The B&W Project +Al Chris +Lauri Novak
Week 1 of 26:  Destinations

#MonochromeMonday +Monochrome Monday un-curated for now
#monochromeworld +Monochrome World +andi rivarola 
#allThingsMonochrome +All Things Monochrome +Charles Lupica +Ludwig Keck +Brian Cox +Enrique Pelaez +Linda Villers
#blackandwhitephotos +Black and White Photos +Gemma Costa 

Slippery Slope...

Don't be afraid, have fun and take a little slide down that slippery slope of life and see where it might take you... May your year be filled with laughter, fun, and happiness, Happy New Year everyone!

#BWProject2016 +The B&W Project +Al Chris +Lauri Novak
Week 1 of 26:  Destinations

#MonochromeMonday +Monochrome Monday un-curated for now
#monochromeworld +Monochrome World +andi rivarola 
#allThingsMonochrome +All Things Monochrome +Charles Lupica +Ludwig Keck +Brian Cox +Enrique Pelaez +Linda Villers
#blackandwhitephotos +Black and White Photos +Gemma Costa ___

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2015-12-27 09:50:29 (106 comments; 27 reshares; 403 +1s; )Open 

Speed of Light

I hope you all enjoyed your holiday festivities this weekend with friends and family. Seems like this year has flown by at the speed of light and the new year is approaching in just a few days!  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!

#TreeTuesday  +Tree Tuesday +Christina Lawrie +Allan Cabrera +Ralph Mendoza  +Kim Troutman +David R Robinson 
#allthingsgreen  +All Things Green +Cicely Robin Laing 

Speed of Light

I hope you all enjoyed your holiday festivities this weekend with friends and family. Seems like this year has flown by at the speed of light and the new year is approaching in just a few days!  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!

#TreeTuesday  +Tree Tuesday +Christina Lawrie +Allan Cabrera +Ralph Mendoza  +Kim Troutman +David R Robinson 
#allthingsgreen  +All Things Green +Cicely Robin Laing ___

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Northern Lights

Well, I posted a little while ago that we were getting rained out during our trip to Norway. We did get to see a little bit of everything weather wise during our week long visit - rain, sleet, hail, lightning, wind, snow, you name it. At least things cleared up on our very last night there and we got a small showing of the lights! There is some crazy lens flare from those bright street lights in my wide angle lens, but I still love this shot from behind our hotel that night. We'll definitely need to plan another trip somewhere to see them again, but this was a nice start...

Day 7 - 7 Day Nature Challenge:  I was nominated by +Frank Yuwono  to take up the #ChallengeNaturePhotography  and publish a different nature photo for the next 7 days.

#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-JuergenWe... more »

Northern Lights

Well, I posted a little while ago that we were getting rained out during our trip to Norway. We did get to see a little bit of everything weather wise during our week long visit - rain, sleet, hail, lightning, wind, snow, you name it. At least things cleared up on our very last night there and we got a small showing of the lights! There is some crazy lens flare from those bright street lights in my wide angle lens, but I still love this shot from behind our hotel that night. We'll definitely need to plan another trip somewhere to see them again, but this was a nice start...

Day 7 - 7 Day Nature Challenge:  I was nominated by +Frank Yuwono  to take up the #ChallengeNaturePhotography  and publish a different nature photo for the next 7 days.

#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow
#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins  +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting 
#Nightscapes +Nightscapes +Jesse Martineau +Patrick Zeiler  
#nightphotographyfriday +Night Photography Friday +Steve Passlow +Mark Hammon
#hqspnight +HQSP Night +Simon Wareham +Dirk Müller +Nico Kaiser___

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2015-12-17 09:06:33 (88 comments; 51 reshares; 743 +1s; )Open 

Young Grey Fox

Here is a shot from this summer, a young grey fox resting in the shade. We would catch a glimpse of this young fox and their sibling on occasion, but when we'd get close then Mom would shoo them back into the den or the bushes and out of site. Now that they've gotten bigger, I guess she gives them a little more freedom. It was great to see them - this family lives on our local golf course. Always keep a camera with you as you never know what you might see out there...

Day 6 - 7 Day Nature Challenge:  I was nominated by +Frank Yuwono  to take up the #ChallengeNaturePhotography  and publish a different nature photo for the next 7 days.
Day 6 - 7 Day Wildlife Challenge:  I was also nominated by +Robin Griggs Wood  to take up the #ChallengeWildlifePhotography and publish a different nature photo for the next 7 days.
An... more »

Young Grey Fox

Here is a shot from this summer, a young grey fox resting in the shade. We would catch a glimpse of this young fox and their sibling on occasion, but when we'd get close then Mom would shoo them back into the den or the bushes and out of site. Now that they've gotten bigger, I guess she gives them a little more freedom. It was great to see them - this family lives on our local golf course. Always keep a camera with you as you never know what you might see out there...

Day 6 - 7 Day Nature Challenge:  I was nominated by +Frank Yuwono  to take up the #ChallengeNaturePhotography  and publish a different nature photo for the next 7 days.
Day 6 - 7 Day Wildlife Challenge:  I was also nominated by +Robin Griggs Wood  to take up the #ChallengeWildlifePhotography and publish a different nature photo for the next 7 days.

Anyone out there need some easy excuses to get out of the house? Take up one of these challenges and start shooting!!!

#wildlifephotos  +WILDLIFE Photos +Robert SKREINER +Mladen Janjetović 
#hqspanimals +HQSP Animals +Andy Smith +Nicol Eh +Shannon Adelson
#wildlifewednesday  +Morkel Erasmus +Mike Spinak 
#wholewildlifeweek   +Whole Wildlife Week +Dick Whitlock +Sandy Schepis +Anette Mossbacher +Diego Cattaneo___

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Hummingbird!

Every time we go in or out of our hotel at Iguazu Falls on the Brazil side, I'd check the planters in front for hummingbirds. I found them out there several times, but normally early in the morning before it got too crazy hot - you can hardly blame them as that is the only time any sane person would be outside! Not sure of the type of hummer this is, but I always love the challenge of getting a decent photo of these beauties. Get outside today and enjoy some nature!

Day 5 - 7 Day Nature Challenge:  I was nominated by +Frank Yuwono to take up the #ChallengeNaturePhotography  and publish a different nature photo for the next 7 days.
Day 5 - 7 Day Wildlife Challenge:  I was also nominated by +Robin Griggs Wood to take up the #ChallengeWildlifePhotography and publish a different nature photo for the next 7 days.

Does anyoneneed... more »

Hummingbird!

Every time we go in or out of our hotel at Iguazu Falls on the Brazil side, I'd check the planters in front for hummingbirds. I found them out there several times, but normally early in the morning before it got too crazy hot - you can hardly blame them as that is the only time any sane person would be outside! Not sure of the type of hummer this is, but I always love the challenge of getting a decent photo of these beauties. Get outside today and enjoy some nature!

Day 5 - 7 Day Nature Challenge:  I was nominated by +Frank Yuwono to take up the #ChallengeNaturePhotography  and publish a different nature photo for the next 7 days.
Day 5 - 7 Day Wildlife Challenge:  I was also nominated by +Robin Griggs Wood to take up the #ChallengeWildlifePhotography and publish a different nature photo for the next 7 days.

Does anyone need a break for your holiday shopping? I have just the thing for you - get outside and take some photos, enjoy the fresh air and relax. I'd like to send my challenge out to ANYONE who needs an excuse to get outdoors this season...

#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds +Andy Brown +Dilip Mundkur +Matthew Stephenson +Terrie Gray
#Birds4All +Birds4All +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner +Susan Wilkinson
#birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +Robert SKREINER 
#brazilmonday ___

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2015-12-14 08:37:42 (83 comments; 52 reshares; 624 +1s; )Open 

Who's Got Ants???

We were so lucky to have this close encounter with a giant anteater in the Pantanal area of Brazil. They are normally quite shy and skittish, but with their bad eyesight and bad sense of smell he didn't even notice us until he almost ran us over! We were just sitting there quietly observing and taking lots of photos (and not moving) while he snuffled around for ants and termites. When he finally noticed we were there, he turned around and headed off in the other direction. He almost got too close to fit in the frame with the lenses we had on! If you take a closer look, you should be able to see several ants crawling around on his snout...
Hope you have a wonderful week everyone!

Day 4 - 7 Day Nature Challenge:  I was nominated by +Frank Yuwono to take up the #ChallengeNaturePhotography  and publish a different nature photo for the next7 ... more »

Who's Got Ants???

We were so lucky to have this close encounter with a giant anteater in the Pantanal area of Brazil. They are normally quite shy and skittish, but with their bad eyesight and bad sense of smell he didn't even notice us until he almost ran us over! We were just sitting there quietly observing and taking lots of photos (and not moving) while he snuffled around for ants and termites. When he finally noticed we were there, he turned around and headed off in the other direction. He almost got too close to fit in the frame with the lenses we had on! If you take a closer look, you should be able to see several ants crawling around on his snout...
Hope you have a wonderful week everyone!

Day 4 - 7 Day Nature Challenge:  I was nominated by +Frank Yuwono to take up the #ChallengeNaturePhotography  and publish a different nature photo for the next 7 days.
Day 4 - 7 Day Wildlife Challenge:  I was also nominated by +Robin Griggs Wood to take up the #ChallengeWildlifePhotography and publish a different nature photo for the next 7 days. She knows me well and that we just returned from a wildlife trip to Brazil. So many photos still to look through...

I'd like to send my challenge out to ANYONE suffering from a photographer's block or anyone who needs an excuse to get out there and shooting again. Either of these challenge may be just the excuse you need. Besides, don't we all need some time outdoors this time of year to take a break from the hectic holiday season? 

#hqspanimals +HQSP Animals +Andy Smith +Nicol Eh +Shannon Adelson
#wholewildlifeweek   +Whole Wildlife Week +Dick Whitlock +Sandy Schepis +Anette Mossbacher +Diego Cattaneo
#natureandwildlifephotos #natureandmacrophotos +NATURE & MACRO Photos +Robert SKREINER +Roswitha Böhmer
#wildlifephotos  +WILDLIFE Photos +Robert SKREINER +Mladen Janjetović 
#wildlifewednesday  +Morkel Erasmus +Mike Spinak 
#brazilmonday ___

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Warty Chameleon

We were lucky to come across this beautiful chameleon during one of our hikes in the Berenty Preserve in Madagascar. They normally really blend into their environment and are hard to spot. Have a wonderful week everyone!

#dailydepthoffield  +Daily Depth Of Field +Virgil Cowen +f.a. fiebig +Vince Ong +Nuraini Ghaifullah
#DOFMonday +DOFMonday +Mark Hall +Alan Gurling +Nigel Smith
#wholewildlifeweek   +Whole Wildlife Week +Dick Whitlock +Sandy Schepis +Anette Mossbacher +Diego Cattaneo
#natureandwildlifephotos #natureandmacrophotos +NATURE & MACRO Photos +Robert SKREINER +Roswitha Böhmer
#wildlifewednesday +Morkel Erasmus +Mike Spinak 
#wildlifephotos  +WILDLIFE Photos +Robert SKREINER +Mladen Janjetović 
#Animalia +Animalia +Adelphe BACHELET
#hqspanimals +HQSP Animals +Andy Smith +Nicol Eh +Shannon Adelson 

... more »

Warty Chameleon

We were lucky to come across this beautiful chameleon during one of our hikes in the Berenty Preserve in Madagascar. They normally really blend into their environment and are hard to spot. Have a wonderful week everyone!

#dailydepthoffield  +Daily Depth Of Field +Virgil Cowen +f.a. fiebig +Vince Ong +Nuraini Ghaifullah
#DOFMonday +DOFMonday +Mark Hall +Alan Gurling +Nigel Smith
#wholewildlifeweek   +Whole Wildlife Week +Dick Whitlock +Sandy Schepis +Anette Mossbacher +Diego Cattaneo
#natureandwildlifephotos #natureandmacrophotos +NATURE & MACRO Photos +Robert SKREINER +Roswitha Böhmer
#wildlifewednesday +Morkel Erasmus +Mike Spinak 
#wildlifephotos  +WILDLIFE Photos +Robert SKREINER +Mladen Janjetović 
#Animalia +Animalia +Adelphe BACHELET
#hqspanimals +HQSP Animals +Andy Smith +Nicol Eh +Shannon Adelson 


Day 3 - 7 Day Nature Challenge:  I was nominated by +Frank Yuwono to take up the   #ChallengeNaturePhotography  and publish a different nature photo for the next 7 days.
Day 3 - 7 Day Wildlife Challenge:  I was also nominated by +Robin Griggs Wood to take up the   #ChallengeWildlifePhotography and publish a different nature photo for the next 7 days. 

I'd like to send my challenge out to ANYONE who might need some time outdoors this time of year to take a break from the hectic holiday season...___

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So Many Butterflies...

I've never seen so many different types of butterflies and moths as we saw in Brazil. One of our lodges had a book for identifying them and it was thousands of pages long with eight specimens on each page! Not sure what type this one was, but it was beautiful like all of it's friends. 
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend...

#Macro4All  +Macro4All +Bill Urwin +Thomas Kirchen  +Walter Soestbergen 
#macrogallery +Macro GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner
#macromonday +Julie Brocca +Sandra Parlow +Wendy Baker +Jeff Moreau
#macromaniacs  +MacroManiacs +Sandra Deichmann 
#macroaddict +MacroAddict +Sandrine Berjonneau +Olivier Poulet +Ruth Benjamin +William Banik +Nicole Best +Magy Duarte
#WingsofButterflies +On the Wings of Butterflies! +Sharon Jeannette +Cicely Robin Laing
#inpraiseofpollinators ++In Praise ofPolll... more »

So Many Butterflies...

I've never seen so many different types of butterflies and moths as we saw in Brazil. One of our lodges had a book for identifying them and it was thousands of pages long with eight specimens on each page! Not sure what type this one was, but it was beautiful like all of it's friends. 
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend...

#Macro4All  +Macro4All +Bill Urwin +Thomas Kirchen  +Walter Soestbergen 
#macrogallery +Macro GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner
#macromonday +Julie Brocca +Sandra Parlow +Wendy Baker +Jeff Moreau
#macromaniacs  +MacroManiacs +Sandra Deichmann 
#macroaddict +MacroAddict +Sandrine Berjonneau +Olivier Poulet +Ruth Benjamin +William Banik +Nicole Best +Magy Duarte
#WingsofButterflies +On the Wings of Butterflies! +Sharon Jeannette +Cicely Robin Laing
#inpraiseofpollinators ++In Praise of Polllinators +Dusty Gedge
#DOFMonday +DOFMonday +Mark Hall +Alan Gurling +Nigel Smith
#brazilmonday 

Day 2 - 7 Day Nature Challenge:  I was nominated by +Frank Yuwono to take up the   #ChallengeNaturePhotography  and publish a different nature photo for the next 7 days.
Day 2 - 7 Day Wildlife Challenge:  I was also nominated by +Robin Griggs Wood to take up the   #ChallengeWildlifePhotography and publish a different nature photo for the next 7 days. 

I'd like to send my challenge out to ANYONE who might need some time outdoors this time of year to take a break from the hectic holiday season...___

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Bunny Ears

Hello from this little bunny on a cold frosty morning. Enjoy your week everyone...

#wildlifephotos  +WILDLIFE Photos +Robert SKREINER +Mladen Janjetović 
#wildlifewednesday  +Morkel Erasmus +Mike Spinak 
#Animalia +Animalia +Adelphe BACHELET
#hqspanimals +HQSP Animals +Nicole S. +Andy Smith 
#wholewildlifeweek   +Whole Wildlife Week +Dick Whitlock +Sandy Schepis +Anette Mossbacher +Diego Cattaneo

Day 1 - 7 Day Nature Challenge:  I was nominated by +Frank Yuwono to take up the   #ChallengeNaturePhotography  and publish a different nature photo for the next 7 days.
Day 1 - 7 Day Wildlife Challenge:  I was also nominated by +Robin Griggs Wood to take up the   #ChallengeWildlifePhotography and publish a different nature photo for the next 7 days. She knows me well and that we just returned from a wildlifetrip to Braz... more »

Bunny Ears

Hello from this little bunny on a cold frosty morning. Enjoy your week everyone...

#wildlifephotos  +WILDLIFE Photos +Robert SKREINER +Mladen Janjetović 
#wildlifewednesday  +Morkel Erasmus +Mike Spinak 
#Animalia +Animalia +Adelphe BACHELET
#hqspanimals +HQSP Animals +Nicole S. +Andy Smith 
#wholewildlifeweek   +Whole Wildlife Week +Dick Whitlock +Sandy Schepis +Anette Mossbacher +Diego Cattaneo

Day 1 - 7 Day Nature Challenge:  I was nominated by +Frank Yuwono to take up the   #ChallengeNaturePhotography  and publish a different nature photo for the next 7 days.
Day 1 - 7 Day Wildlife Challenge:  I was also nominated by +Robin Griggs Wood to take up the   #ChallengeWildlifePhotography and publish a different nature photo for the next 7 days. She knows me well and that we just returned from a wildlife trip to Brazil. So many photos still to look through...

I'd like to send my challenge out to ANYONE suffering from a photographer's block or anyone who needs an excuse to get out there and shooting again. Either of these challenge may be just the excuse you need. Besides, don't we all need some time outdoors this time of year to take a break from the hectic holiday season? ___

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2015-11-25 19:52:43 (77 comments; 43 reshares; 411 +1s; )Open 

Moonlight Stroll

Looks like a great place for a moonlight stroll on the crisp winter evening. That is exactly what we did a few nights ago near Abisko, Sweden. We were hoping to see the Northern Lights dancing, but just got a faint green glow for 20 minutes or so and then it disappeared and didn't come back. :-(  Still have a few more nights here and are keeping our fingers crossed, but the weather has been so bad and the forecast doesn't look any better on our last few nights. I guess we'll have to try again another time. In the meantime, enjoy this Winter snow scene and your upcoming weekend. Happy Thanksgiving to those of you that celebrate it tomorrow...

#whitewednesday  +White Wednesday+Synnøve Zynne Tilrem
#polarthursday +Polar Thursday +Alistair Knock +Marie Knock 
#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins  +Dave Gaylord+Eric ... more »

Moonlight Stroll

Looks like a great place for a moonlight stroll on the crisp winter evening. That is exactly what we did a few nights ago near Abisko, Sweden. We were hoping to see the Northern Lights dancing, but just got a faint green glow for 20 minutes or so and then it disappeared and didn't come back. :-(  Still have a few more nights here and are keeping our fingers crossed, but the weather has been so bad and the forecast doesn't look any better on our last few nights. I guess we'll have to try again another time. In the meantime, enjoy this Winter snow scene and your upcoming weekend. Happy Thanksgiving to those of you that celebrate it tomorrow...

#whitewednesday  +White Wednesday+Synnøve Zynne Tilrem
#polarthursday +Polar Thursday +Alistair Knock +Marie Knock 
#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins  +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting 
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow___

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2015-11-21 06:39:45 (75 comments; 22 reshares; 359 +1s; )Open 

Makapuu Point Light

It was too windy to hike the trail for this lighthouse when we visited, but hope to visit next time. On Oahu, Hawaii. Hope you enjoy your weekend everyone...

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood  +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner 
#lighthousethursday  +LighthouseThursday  +Heiko Köster
#photomaniausa +Photo Mania USA +Marjolein Schat +Dorma Wiggin +Kris Rowlands +David Pilasky
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow

Makapuu Point Light

It was too windy to hike the trail for this lighthouse when we visited, but hope to visit next time. On Oahu, Hawaii. Hope you enjoy your weekend everyone...

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood  +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner 
#lighthousethursday  +LighthouseThursday  +Heiko Köster
#photomaniausa +Photo Mania USA +Marjolein Schat +Dorma Wiggin +Kris Rowlands +David Pilasky
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow___

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2015-11-18 20:57:08 (83 comments; 62 reshares; 1,122 +1s; )Open 

Juvenile Amazon Kingfisher

We saw many of these lovely kingfishers along the river banks and waterways in the Amazon area. They are one of the largest of the green kingfisher family. So fun to watch them dive into the water for their fish dinner, too. Hope you are all enjoying your week!

#Birds4All +Birds4All +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner +Susan Wilkinson
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +Robert SKREINER +Roswitha Böhmer +Gemma Costa
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds +Andy Brown +Dilip Mundkur +Wade Cochran +Serkan Mutan
#brazilmonday  

Juvenile Amazon Kingfisher

We saw many of these lovely kingfishers along the river banks and waterways in the Amazon area. They are one of the largest of the green kingfisher family. So fun to watch them dive into the water for their fish dinner, too. Hope you are all enjoying your week!

#Birds4All +Birds4All +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner +Susan Wilkinson
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +Robert SKREINER +Roswitha Böhmer +Gemma Costa
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds +Andy Brown +Dilip Mundkur +Wade Cochran +Serkan Mutan
#brazilmonday  ___

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2015-11-12 08:29:40 (185 comments; 94 reshares; 1,382 +1s; )Open 

Blue Fronted Amazon

We found a group of these beautiful parrots enjoying the mangoes from a nearby tree in the Pantanal. So many different and very beautiful birds from our Brazil trip - still going through all of the photos. Hope you are enjoying your week everyone!

#wildlifewednesday  +Morkel Erasmus +Mike Spinak 
#Birds4All +Birds4All +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner +Susan Wilkinson
#birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +Robert SKREINER 
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds +Andy Brown +Dilip Mundkur +Wade Cochran +Serkan Mutan
#wholewildlifeweek   +Whole Wildlife Week +Dick Whitlock +Sandy Schepis +Anette Mossbacher +Diego Cattaneo
#brazilmonday 

Blue Fronted Amazon

We found a group of these beautiful parrots enjoying the mangoes from a nearby tree in the Pantanal. So many different and very beautiful birds from our Brazil trip - still going through all of the photos. Hope you are enjoying your week everyone!

#wildlifewednesday  +Morkel Erasmus +Mike Spinak 
#Birds4All +Birds4All +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner +Susan Wilkinson
#birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +Robert SKREINER 
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds +Andy Brown +Dilip Mundkur +Wade Cochran +Serkan Mutan
#wholewildlifeweek   +Whole Wildlife Week +Dick Whitlock +Sandy Schepis +Anette Mossbacher +Diego Cattaneo
#brazilmonday ___

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2015-11-05 08:44:06 (83 comments; 23 reshares; 371 +1s; )Open 

Still Standing

There's not much better than city lights glowing on the water and this spot was no exception. Isn't it pretty amazing how little those seagulls moved during my 20 second exposure?
Hope your enjoying your week everyone...

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood  +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner 
#bisforblue +B for Blue +Aileen Sorenson
#LeadingLinesMonday
#hqspnight +HQSP Night +Simon Wareham +Dirk Müller +Nico Kaiser

Still Standing

There's not much better than city lights glowing on the water and this spot was no exception. Isn't it pretty amazing how little those seagulls moved during my 20 second exposure?
Hope your enjoying your week everyone...

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood  +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner 
#bisforblue +B for Blue +Aileen Sorenson
#LeadingLinesMonday
#hqspnight +HQSP Night +Simon Wareham +Dirk Müller +Nico Kaiser___

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2015-11-01 08:09:24 (48 comments; 9 reshares; 321 +1s; )Open 

Wish You Were Here...

Heck, I wish I was still there! Here's one of our nice sunsets from Hawaii earlier this year. Hope you all enjoyed your Halloween and are having a wonderful weekend. 

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood  +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner 
#beachsunday +Beach Sunday +Ross Campbell
#SunsetSaturday +Dennis Hoffbuhr
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow

Wish You Were Here...

Heck, I wish I was still there! Here's one of our nice sunsets from Hawaii earlier this year. Hope you all enjoyed your Halloween and are having a wonderful weekend. 

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood  +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner 
#beachsunday +Beach Sunday +Ross Campbell
#SunsetSaturday +Dennis Hoffbuhr
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow___

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2015-10-30 18:22:41 (71 comments; 41 reshares; 615 +1s; )Open 

Alien Moth

I'm not sure which alien nation this strange creature hails from, but he was there waiting for us one evening. I blinded him with a flash so he had to stick around for a little while until his eyes recovered...
Happy #alienabductionfriday ! Enjoy your weekend everyone!

+Alien Abduction Friday is brought to you by the crew of +Alex Lapidus, +Heiko Mahr, +Jetski, and +Janice Hackney with +Ruby Warrior Terrier  on behalf of Captain Irene (who is currently on a long term mission), the #gplusaliennation , and Others Who Cannot Be Named #owcbn . 
#inpraiseofpollinators ++In Praise of Polllinators +Dusty Gedge
#buggyfriday  
#BugsEveryday +BugsEveryday +Chris Mallory
#WingsofButterflies +On the Wings of Butterflies! +Sharon Jeannette +Cicely Robin Laing
#Macro4All  +Macro4All +Bill Urwin +Thomas Kirchen  +WalterSoestbe... more »

Alien Moth

I'm not sure which alien nation this strange creature hails from, but he was there waiting for us one evening. I blinded him with a flash so he had to stick around for a little while until his eyes recovered...
Happy #alienabductionfriday ! Enjoy your weekend everyone!

+Alien Abduction Friday is brought to you by the crew of +Alex Lapidus, +Heiko Mahr, +Jetski, and +Janice Hackney with +Ruby Warrior Terrier  on behalf of Captain Irene (who is currently on a long term mission), the #gplusaliennation , and Others Who Cannot Be Named #owcbn . 
#inpraiseofpollinators ++In Praise of Polllinators +Dusty Gedge
#buggyfriday  
#BugsEveryday +BugsEveryday +Chris Mallory
#WingsofButterflies +On the Wings of Butterflies! +Sharon Jeannette +Cicely Robin Laing
#Macro4All  +Macro4All +Bill Urwin +Thomas Kirchen  +Walter Soestbergen 
#macrogallery +Macro GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner
#macromonday +Julie Brocca +Sandra Parlow +Wendy Baker +Jeff Moreau
#macromaniacs  +MacroManiacs +Sandra Deichmann 
#macroaddict +MacroAddict +Sandrine Berjonneau +Olivier Poulet +Ruth Benjamin +William Banik +Nicole Best +Magy Duarte
#brazilmonday ___

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