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The Weather Channel2,149,421Upload your photos to this Event on 9/19 or using the #sunsetday hashtag in a public post to celebrate #sunsetday!Join us for an exciting 24-hour event as we send summer into the sunset in global fashion. We are asking our Google+ audience from around the world to grab your favorite camera on the evening of September 19 and snap your own unique sunset from your corner of the globe.We want to see all types of sunsets in a variety of settings; a city skyline, a beach resort, a beautiful countryside, a desert landscape, a dense forest. Wherever you may be, please share/upload your sunset image with this event page on September 19. You can also participate outside of this event page by submitting a public photo post and tagging with #sunsetday.A select number of our favorite photos will be shown on The Weather Channel and accompany a slideshow on weather.com. Other favorites will be posted and rotated through as the cover photo on both +The Weather Channel and the +Google+ Photos  Google+ page.Note: Only photos uploaded and posted to the event page or associated with the hashtag #sunsetday on Sep 19 will be consideredWe hosted two Hangouts On Air in preparation for Sunset Day. The first hangout focused on the meteorology behind sunsets including the reason behind the beautiful array of colors.  The second hangout concentrated on the art of sunset photography. Expert photographers well known to the Google+ community talked about their techniques in capturing the perfect sunset. Links to both HOA videos are posted below.HANGOUT SCHEDULE1. Monday, September 9: "The Meteorology Behind Sunsets" at 11 am ET with host +Timothy Ballisty  (The Weather Channel social meteorologist).Guests will include: Meteorologists +Mike Bettes +Brad Panovich +Jacob Wycoff +Jonathan Erdman +Morgan Palmer +Tim Brice and +Maria LaRosa HOA video The Meteorology Behind Sunsets2. Thursday, September 12: "Sunset Photography" at 4 pm ETGuests will include: Photographers +Trey Ratcliff +Thomas Hawk +Karen Hutton and +Nicole S. Young  HOA Video #SunsetDay Photography Hangout On AirSunset Day - Upload Your #SunsetDay Photo on September 192013-09-19 06:00:001308 

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Christopher Prins50,140Chris' Sharers & Engagers Circle. week 46.If you're looking for highly active engagers and "trigger happy" sharers on Google+, then you may find this circle to be most suitable for you. This is a curated list of the people who have been active on my profile for this past week. The idea behind this circle is to promote active people on Google+ and to show my appreciation to those who've shared and commented on my content over the past 7 days. Want to be included in next weeks circle?Just share or comment on my posts and get added to next weeks Sharers and Engagers circle. #sharedcircles #engagers #circleshare #engagerscircle #circlesharing #publicsharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles   #googleplus #peopletofollow #commenters #publiccircle #commenterscircle #socialnetworking       2014-11-16 06:42:4173402
Gailen Mapes71,215Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera I-K - 6 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to November 7th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting October 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-11-12 11:41:46137000
The Best of Bird Photography504The Winner's Circle!This circle contains those people who won the weekly contest or photo of the day in the Bird Photography group in 2014.This is the first issue and will be followed by a monthly release of our winners, and photo of the day selections.We highly recommend this circle to you. Each of the people in this circle is an original content creator with fabulous images.If you received this notification, you are in this circle.2014-11-10 02:46:17270001
Grant Stringer10,816Hi and welcome to Exposure.If you have received this notification you have been invited to join in the exposure circle Edition: 2nd November – 9th November 2014.This page/circle is dedicated to G+ photographers and their photographs. Please circle exposure and its members so we can all share and also see some great photography at the same time!! How to get involvedPhotographersIf you are a photographer (professional or amateur) and would like to be included:THE RULES!!!1 Plus and publicly share this original post ( the sharing is not obligatory but much appreciated as it helps to spread the word for all involved) 2 Add a comment and a link to one of your recent photographs to the original post so that others can see your work. (Original work only please).3 Add +exposure to your friends 4 OPTIONAL COMPETITION:There will be a weekly Exposure competition where you can add ONE photograph from your recent posts. A first, second and third place will be awarded and shared on the exposure stream each week! ADD ONLY ONE PHOTO IN THE COMPETITION: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c718tj10d42127mvt1520qkhnl0 5 The winner of each week will be added to the exposure winner’s hall of fame and then go forward to the end of year exposure photograph of the year competition as voted for by the exposure members.6 You are also most welcome to join the exposure community where you can: Post your photos (more than one if you like!!)Add your photographs to be critiqued by other members – honest but kind pleaseAdd a link to you circlesAdd a link to your photography websiteAdd a link to some photography newsAdd a link to photography articlesRead all the latest Exposure news!!https://plus.google.com/communities/101671655972389351135Sharing the Exposure circleBy sharing and promoting the circle on your stream, others will not only see this photography but it will also help promote the work of others. This should lead to more fun and engagement for all concerned! Please share on your stream publicly ( or with many circles as possible!!) 2014-11-02 21:15:40399000
George Clark9,956This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle #Sharedcircles #circleshare #publiccircle #followme #public #sharedpubliccircles #circleoftheday #circleall #circlecircle #circleday #circleme #circlenetwork #circleoftheweek #Alexandria #Cairo #Hurghada #Luxor #Sharm #El #Sheikh #Equatorial #Guinea #Malabo #Ethiopia #Addis #Ababa #Gabon #Libreville #Gambia #Banjul #Ghana #Accra #Guinea #Conakry #Kenya #Mombasa #Liberia 2014-10-31 06:55:43492424
Arif Baltacı0Hello my friends on G+.....I release my My Best Circle Number 2. I have add wonderful and important  engagment people.To be added into the next circle you should do some steps :1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me ( +Circle Network ) in the comments on the share and  I can add you to the next circle immediately.   Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!2014-10-31 01:10:16267000
Pål Børsting45,892♥ ♥ ♥ ☀ ☀ ☀ My thank you circle 3/6 ☀ ☀ ☀ ♥ ♥ ♥Photo enthusiasts circle no. 3 of 6!All of you handpicked by me. This is the real thing :-)To show you I appreciate each and every +1.The re-sharers and commenters of course too.Not to forget the serious*** circle-sharers either.Re-share if you like, no pressure!Cercle de gratitude n°3/6 pour amoureux de la photographie.Pour vous dire combien j'apprécie vos +1's.Tous soigneusement choisis par moi (c'est vrai).Ceux qui commentent et partagent sont bien sûr présents.Et je n'oublie pas non plus les partageurs de cercles***.Partagez ce billet si vous en avez envie, à votre guise !Cercul ''Va multumesc'' nr. 3 din 6, cuprinzand pasionati de fotografie!Ca sa stiti ca apreciez plusurile voastre.Fiecare persoana a fost aleasa de mine personal. E  realitatea :)Cei care redistribuie si comentatorii sunt si ei aici.Si bineinteles ca nu sunt uitati nici  seriosii*** redistribuitorii de cercuri.Redistribuiti daca doriti, nu e o obligatie!Circulo de agradecimento nº 3 de 5, que agrupa entusiastas da Fotografia!Para informar o meu apreço pelos vossos +1's.Todos eles seleccionados por mim, um a um. Esta é a realidade :-)Claro que os comentadores e os que partilham também estão aqui.E não esquecer os que seriamente*** compartilham circulos.Caso goste e queira, partilhe! Não há qualquer problema!Кръг "Благодаря ви" № 3 от 6 съдържащ фото ентусиасти!Знайте това, че аз оценявам Вашите +1!Всеки от Вас е лично избран от мен! Това е нещо истинско :-)И, разбира се, тези които препубликуват и коментират са тук също!И не забравям сериозните * circlesharers също!Препубликувайте ако желаете, няма проблем!ਧੰਨਵਾਦ 3 ਵਿਚੋਂ 6ਵੇਂ ਫੋਟੋ ਉਤਸ਼ਾਹੀਆਂ ਦੇ ਸਰਕਲ ਦਾ!ਤੁਹਾਡੇ +1 ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਮੈਂ ਤੁਹਾਡੀ ਕਦਰ ਕਰਦਾ ਹਾਂਇਹ ਸਾਰਾ ਕੰਮ ਮੇਰੇ ਹਥ ਨਾਲ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਅਸਲੀ ਕੰਮ ਹੈ :-)ਇਹ ਸਾਰਾ ਕੰਮ ਰੀਸ਼ੇਅਰਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਕਮੈਂਟਾਂ ਕਾਰਨ ਇਥੇ ਹੈਅਤੇ ਮੈਂ ਆਪਣੇ ਸੀਰੀਅਸ*** ਸਰਕਲ ਸ਼ੇਅਰ ਕਰਨ ਵਾਲਿਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਵੀ ਨਹੀਂ ਭੁੱਲ ਸਕਦਾਜੇਕਰ ਤੁਸੀਂ ਪਸੰਦ ਕੀਤਾ ਤਾਂ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਕਰਕੇ ਇਸ ਨੂੰ ਰੀਸ਼ੇਅਰ ਕਰ ਸਕਦੇ ਹੋTackcirkel nr. 3 av 6 innehållande Fotoentusiaster!Så du förstår att jag uppskattar era +1.Alla är handplockade av mig. Detta är den äkta varan :-)Och självklart finns vidaredelarna och kommenterare här också.Och jag glömmer inte de seriösa*** cirkel-delarna heller.Dela om du gillar, ingen press!"Terima Kasih" Bulatan ke-3, mengandungi para peminat gambar!Saya ingin memberitahu anda bahawa saya amat menghargai beberapa +1.Kesemuanya telah dipilih secara teliti oleh saya. Inilah yang sebenarnya:-)Dan sudah tentu para pengkongsi-semula dan pengkomen ada di sini.Dan saya tidak akan lupa kepada*** para pengkongsi bulatan yang tegar.Kongsikan semula jika anda mahu, tiada paksaan!"Terima Kasih" Bulatan Numbor ka-3, mong sengoi kea bi-minat gambar!Eng hod hek panei eng gemar keb +1.Semuak ajih bipilih ya eng haleij.Adehla benda kea sebetulnya :-)Ru adeh ne semestinya mong sengoi kea bi-"reshare" ru bi-komen.Ru eng tok en-sep*** sengoi kea serius bi-circleshare."Reshare" la asa hek sukak, tik tok paksaan!Круг благодарности номер 3 (из 6), состоящий из любителей фотографии!Я хочу сказать вам этим кругом, что ценю ваши +1.Все участники круга отобраны мной вручную. Это реальная работа :-)И конечно, те, кто делится и комментирует, тоже в этом круге.И я не забываю тех, кто серьезно*** делится кругами .Делитесь кругом, если пожелаете, никакого давления!Dank jullie wel, cirkel nr. 3 van 6 met foto enthousiastelingen!Om jullie te laten weten dat ik de +1's erg op prijs stel.Allemaal persoo2014-10-30 10:33:1441219429
AyJay Schibig76,773AWESOME CIRCLE 10.25.14 by  +AyJay Schibig ReShare if you wish to be in this Circle.Some  awesome people  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia  #circlesbyayjay  2014-10-26 02:39:02496636790
Linda Motoiu60,126#circle   #photographers  My favorite photographers circle - release 42014-10-19 08:25:4738315421
Gailen Mapes68,609Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera I-K - 6 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to October 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting September 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-10-06 10:20:50135001
Becky Collins16,657Dog Lovers Worldwide Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-09-24 05:14:17473226
AyJay Schibig72,63821ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE (1 of 2)  9.15.14 by  +AyJay Schibig Please ReShare if you wish to be in this Circle.This Circle has Active G+ members passionate about photography. Add this latest edition to circulate some great photography!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2014-09-16 01:16:55422232033
Dirk Müller12,094Circle, circle in the stream, who are my most engagers these daysThis is a circle to say thank you. Thank you to all of you who commented or shared my work. You all are awesome and make Google Plus such a nice place to share my pictures.If you would like to be a part of my Most Engaged Circle you mustn't plus this post, comment it or share it (but you can) To be a part of the next circle you just have to interact with me by commenting or sharing my work. Not more ;-) #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #topengagers #awesomepeople2014-09-15 03:50:414779723151
Grant Stringer8,802Hi and welcome to Exposure.If you have received this notification you have been invited to join in the exposure circle. Edition : 14th – 21st September 2014.This page/circle  is dedicated to G+ photographers and their photographs.Please circle exposure and its members so we can all share and also see some great photography at the same time!!How to get involvedPhotographersIf you are a photographer ( professional or amateur) and would like to be included:THE RULES!!!1 Plus and publicly share this original post ( the sharing is not obligatory but much appreciated as it helps to spread the word for all involved)2 Add a comment and a link to one of your recent photographs to the original post so that others can see your work. (Original work only please).3 Add +exposure to your friends4 OPTIONAL COMPETITION :There will be a weekly Exposure competition where you can add ONE  photograph from your recent posts. A first, second and third place will be awarded and shared on the exposure stream each week! ADD ONLY ONE PHOTO IN THE COMPETITION https://plus.google.com/events/cn4f2m1cgln9ta1k3tdv2qrn9rg?authkey=CIWy06qa34GBZw5 The winner of each week will be added to the exposure winners hall of fame and then go forward to the end of year exposure photograph of the year competition as voted for by the exposure members.6  You are also most welcome to join the exposure community where you can: Post your photos ( more than one if you like!!)Add your photographs to be critiqued by other members – honest but kind pleaseAdd a link to you circlesAdd a link to your photography websiteAdd a link to some photography newsAdd a link to photography articlesRead all the latest Exposure news!!https://plus.google.com/communities/101671655972389351135Sharing the Exposure circleBy sharing and promoting the circle on your stream, others will not only see this photography but it will also help promote the work of others. This should lead to more fun and engagement for all concerned! Please share on your stream publicly ( or with many circles as possible!!)2014-09-14 18:05:234004010
Gailen Mapes67,416Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera I-K - 6 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to September 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting August 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-09-06 10:45:36130204
AyJay Schibig69,399AWESOME CIRCLE 8.12.14 by +AyJay Schibig RESHARE if you wish to be in this Circle.Some  awesome people  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia  #circlesbyayjay  2014-08-13 06:19:41500493663
Linda Motoiu57,984#circle   #photographers  My favorite photographers circle - release 32014-08-09 16:30:01378592077
Gailen Mapes66,871Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera  I-K - 6 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to July 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting June 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-08-06 10:25:22128407
Exposure Photographers Circle0Welcome to Exposure Photographer Circles – If you have received this notification you are invited to join the circle – To be included in this and future circles please add Exposure circles to your friends and a comment to this post.All G+ photographers are welcome to join Exposure, The Exposure Photographers Circle and  Community.You are also invited to add a photo to the current Exposure gallery and weekly competition : https://plus.google.com/b/100754431548807057066/events/crv7p56dge9ibtevmd2t42ctn38?authkey=CMHG9cHCyd2WIwAny shares and plusses are greatly appreciated!2014-07-31 21:05:072531102
Gailen Mapes65,720Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera  I-K - 6 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes  and scroll back to July 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting June 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-07-06 10:56:35131005
Christopher Jennings Penders10,380#circleshare   Okay!I'm retiring my Sunday Seventeen Circle Share and am bringing out a new weekly circle based on +Circloscope data from my most recent engagers.  Using Circloscope will be MUCH easier and I think more democratic, letting the app discover my most recent engagers.  After watching the #gplusspotlight  episode yesterday and seeing the option of finding your last x engagers, I began mulling over how I could use that yo my advantage.  This is the first way I'm using it.  Now the challenge becomes finding a unique name for this circle.So here is my new Engager Circle.2014-06-29 12:53:1833223
AyJay Schibig64,87121ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE (2 of 2)  6.25.14 by +AyJay Schibig Please RESHAREThis Circle has Active G+ members passionate about photography. Add this latest edition to circulate some great photography!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia  #circlesbyayjay2014-06-25 20:29:38405241843
Ryan Johnson7,499Check out my Circle Share➤ To be added into the next share, follow these simple steps:  1) Plus the original post2) Share this circle publicly (and with your circles/extended circles)3) Comment on the original post when complete#awesome         #awesomepeople         #chadwick         #circle     #circles     #circlesharing         #circleshare         #circleoftheday     #circleplus     #community   #followback     #followers       #gplus   #influence       #leadership     #public         #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles         #reshare         #reshared       #reshareday     #resharetags     #ripples     #sharedcircles       #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday     #sharewithyou         #sharing     #sharingcircle     #socialmedia   #theplus   #tcs     #team 2014-06-21 13:32:1942617724
Linda Motoiu55,516#circle   #photographers  My favorite photographers circle - release 22014-06-20 18:41:243737029100
Robert Connor10,617photographers in this circleIf you would like to be included in the next Circle Share you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me ( ) in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.    _ Otherwise I may not notice your activity!_3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like#circleoftheday #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles  #circle #circles #circlemeup  #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou #ShareYourCircle2014-06-20 11:20:09495462576
Mikhail Petrovsky87,371Good morning /evening to all!Этот круг объединяет людей со схожими интересами и активной жизненной позицией в Google+Буду признателен всем, кто присоединится и поделится этим кругом.This circle unites people with similar interests and an active lifestyle in Google+ I would be grateful to all those who will join and share this circle. #ForFriends #EarthMyMother #photo 2014-06-10 02:03:08492452371
Rok Šimec13,955Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get!#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagerspeople   #engagersshowcasecircle   #engagersshowcase  #DaveBesbris  2014-06-08 09:44:08497242030
Gailen Mapes64,928Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera  I-K - 6 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to June 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting May 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes2014-06-06 10:43:15133005
John Nuntiatio37,49330k+ Circle - A circle worth adding and followingThe people from this circle have more than 30,000 followers.2014-06-02 08:54:46140496
Barry Chignell1,659My ever growing circle of great Google+ photogs :)If you know of anyone else I should be following please let me know, or share your #photog circle! :)2014-05-30 06:44:24338000
Rok Šimec12,556Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get!#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagerspeople   #engagersshowcasecircle   #engagersshowcase  #DaveBesbris  2014-05-26 07:04:43497181025
Mattias Willis9,068A nice circle of people who inspire me and are generally awesome PhotographersFeel free to share2014-05-21 20:53:06492113
AyJay Schibig59,63621ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE (2 of 2)  5.9.14This Circle has Active G+ members passionate about photography. Add/Share this latest edition to circulate some great photography!#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle2014-05-09 20:20:29366361643
Pål Børsting36,319♥ ♥ ♥ ☀ ☀ ☀ My thank you circle 3/6 ☀ ☀ ☀ ♥ ♥ ♥Photo enthusiasts circle no. 3 of 6!All of you handpicked by me. This is the real thing :-)To show you I appreciate each and every +1.The re-sharers and commenters of course too.Not to forget the serious*** circle-sharers either.Re-share if you like, no pressure!Cercle de gratitude n°3/6 pour amoureux de la photographie.Pour vous dire combien j'apprécie vos +1's.Tous soigneusement choisis par moi (c'est vrai).Ceux qui commentent et partagent sont bien sûr présents.Et je n'oublie pas non plus les partageurs de cercles***.Partagez ce billet si vous en avez envie, à votre guise !Cercul ''Va multumesc'' nr. 3 din 6, cuprinzand pasionati de fotografie!Ca sa stiti ca apreciez plusurile voastre.Fiecare persoana a fost aleasa de mine personal. E  realitatea :)Cei care redistribuie si comentatorii sunt si ei aici.Si bineinteles ca nu sunt uitati nici  seriosii*** redistribuitorii de cercuri.Redistribuiti daca doriti, nu e o obligatie!Кръг "Благодаря ви" № 3 от 6 съдържащ фото ентусиасти!Знайте това, че аз оценявам Вашите +1!Всеки от Вас е лично избран от мен! Това е нещо истинско :-)И, разбира се, тези които препубликуват и коментират са тук също!И не забравям сериозните * circlesharers също!Препубликувайте ако желаете, няма проблем!Tackcirkel nr. 3 av 6 innehållande Fotoentusiaster!Så du förstår att jag uppskattar era +1.Alla är handplockade av mig. Detta är den äkta varan :-)Och självklart finns vidaredelarna och kommenterare här också.Och jag glömmer inte de seriösa*** cirkel-delarna heller.Dela om du gillar, ingen press!"Terima Kasih" Bulatan ke-3, mengandungi para peminat gambar!Saya ingin memberitahu anda bahawa saya amat menghargai beberapa +1.Kesemuanya telah dipilih secara teliti oleh saya. Inilah yang sebenarnya:-)Dan sudah tentu para pengkongsi-semula dan pengkomen ada di sini.Dan saya tidak akan lupa kepada*** para pengkongsi bulatan yang tegar.Kongsikan semula jika anda mahu, tiada paksaan!"Terima Kasih" Bulatan Numbor ka-3, mong sengoi kea bi-minat gambar!Eng hod hek panei eng gemar keb +1.Semuak ajih bipilih ya eng haleij.Adehla benda kea sebetulnya :-)Ru adeh ne semestinya mong sengoi kea bi-"reshare" ru bi-komen.Ru eng tok en-sep*** sengoi kea serius bi-circleshare."Reshare" la asa hek sukak, tik tok paksaan!Круг благодарности номер 3 (из 6), состоящий из любителей фотографии!Я хочу сказать вам этим кругом, что ценю ваши +1.Все участники круга отобраны мной вручную. Это реальная работа :-)И конечно, те, кто делится и комментирует, тоже в этом круге.И я не забываю тех, кто серьезно*** делится кругами .Делитесь кругом, если пожелаете, никакого давления!Dank jullie wel, cirkel nr. 3 van 6 met foto enthousiastelingen!Om jullie te laten weten dat ik de +1's erg op prijs stel.Allemaal persoonlijk door mijzelf uitgezocht. Dit is het echte werk. :-))En de resharers en commentatoren horen er natuurlijk ook bij.De serieuze*** cirkeldelers worden ook niet door mij vergeten.Reshare naar hartelust, er is geen enkele druk!Takkesirkel nr.3 av 6 med fotoentusiaster!Du skal vite at jeg setter pris på dine +1.Alle er håndplukket av meg. Den ekte vare :-)Og selvfølgelig finnes videredelere og kommentatorer her også.Jeg har med de seriøse*** sirkeldelerne.Del om du vil, ingen krav om det!Zahvaljujem se krugu br.3 od 6 koji sadrži Foto entuzijaste!Želim vam dati do znanja da cijenim sve +1.Svi su izabrani od mene osobno.Ovo je prava stvar :-)I naravno po2014-05-08 09:36:52453681597
Gailen Mapes63,550Hand Picked Photographers Circles -Canon Camera  I-K - 6 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to May 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting April 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes2014-05-06 10:29:49131008
Thomas Hawk7,121,413Updated -2,500 Kick Ass G+ Photographers Ho-MiA-Da:  http://goo.gl/4gh66cDa-Ho:  http://goo.gl/E6u9IrHo-Mi:  http://goo.gl/eVU9dwMi-Sh:  http://goo.gl/Peo77RSh-Z: http://goo.gl/FVhz462014-04-26 19:40:39495221583
En Ucuz Uçak Bileti1,6242014-04-12 16:25:21495181220
Gailen Mapes61,972Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera  I-K - 6 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to April 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting March 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes2014-04-06 11:21:01133428
Rok Šimec5,426Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get! #circle #circleshare #circleshareoftheday #share #sharedcircles #engagers #engagerscircle #engagerspeople #engagersshowcasecircle #engagersshowcase  2014-04-05 18:40:54493201328
Linda Motoiu52,190#circle   #photographers  My favorite photographers circle - release 22014-03-31 07:51:26311412460
AyJay Schibig53,73421ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE (1 of 2)  3.26.14This Circle has Active G+ members passionate about photography. Add/Share this latest edition to circulate some great photography!See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page  +Circle Energy  and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle2014-03-26 21:23:02361311546
Gailen Mapes60,343Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera  I-K - 6 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to March 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting Feburary 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes2014-03-06 11:27:211365113
Rok Šimec1,472*Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!*This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles 2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself) 4 - add +1 to the post More you share more you get! #circle #circleshare #circlesharing #circleshared #share #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #share #publicsharedcircles #engagers #engagerscircle #engagerspeople #engagersshowcasecircle #googleplus #socialmedia #wordpress #bloggers #blogging  2014-02-27 12:11:56447231234
Cristian Teodoridis2,715And this is my circle with the top (professional) photographers on Google+. Enjoy!2014-02-18 18:34:27494023
Circle your Circle with Circles!!!!545***Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!***Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!  Meet new people who will engage with you and as always add major PPPllllluuuuSSSS OnEs!!!!!!!!  Welcome to +Circle your Circle with Circles!!!!  :DTo be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles 2 - Click add people and create a new circle name on the top left3-  Click "Create Circle" 4 - share the new circle (include yourself) 5 - add +1 to this post 6- enjoy your new fRiEnDs!!!More you share more you get!#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #empireavenue   #socialmedia     #influencers   #influencer   #influence   #influencermarketing #sundaycircle   #circlesunday   #circlesundaycircle  2014-02-16 15:39:00444292640
AyJay Schibig49,36221ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE (1 of 2)  2.14.14 This Circle has Active G+ members passionate about photography. Add/Share this latest edition to circulate some great photography!See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page  +Circle Energy  and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle2014-02-14 23:22:33419312744
Gailen Mapes59,243Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera I-K  - 6 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to January 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting December 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Map2014-02-06 11:44:43139725
Mikhail Petrovsky63,455Good morning / evening to all.You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Это социальный круг / This social circleВам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-01-27 02:27:20435411768
Mikhail Petrovsky77,576Good morning / evening to all.This is a Social Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Это социальный круг общения интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Google+You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-01-26 01:48:035006829102
AyJay Schibig46,31321ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE (1 of 2)  1.23.14 This Circle has Active G+ members passionate about photography. Add/Share this latest edition to circulate some great photography!See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page  +Circle Energy   and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle2014-01-24 07:24:54418331852

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2014-11-12 22:24:39 (19 comments, 2 reshares, 89 +1s)Open 

I just heard this afternoon that my "Cheeky Chipper" shot won 1st place in the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge photo contest. Taken along the new Timber Point / Timber Island trail near between Goose Rocks and Biddeford Pool. 

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2014-11-14 12:07:44 (10 comments, 16 reshares, 104 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Turtle Queue
The British have a world for it. Queue. In line. Everyone mostly facing forward. Quiet. Patient. A visit to the boarding gates at any American airport will show that the concept is totally alien to us here in the USA (attempts by Southwest and United not withstanding). We do not queue, but turtles apparently do…at least in the ponds at Estero Llano Grande State Park World Birding Center. They seem, given the right log, to be pretty good at it. :) I am not sure what the behavioral benefit is for the turtles, but as you see, it is an activity enjoyed by both young and old. Mostly Texas Sliders though. The Texas Softshells, though they used the same logs, did not participate in the queues. Go figure.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/500th @ ISO 250 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Lenovo Miix Windows tablet.

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2014-11-10 12:11:18 (10 comments, 16 reshares, 315 +1s)Open 

#blackandwhitefivedaychallenge  

Day 2. Turtles on a log. Texas Slider and Texas Softshell. Ester Llano Grande SP World Birding Center, Weslaco TX. Sony HX400V. Processed for Green Filter B&W effect in Lightroom. 

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2014-11-26 12:44:12 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

#wildlifewednesday   +Mike Spinak  +Morkel Erasmus  ___

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2014-11-25 13:35:02 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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2014-11-24 13:17:54 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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2014-11-24 06:44:17 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

The best Snow Geese panic I have ever had the privilege to witness. 

The best Snow Geese panic I have ever had the privilege to witness. ___

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2014-11-23 12:34:37 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Cranes against the Sunset. Happy Sunday!
Yesterday promised to provide one of those amazing Bosque del Apache sunsets…there were just enough clouds along the horizon to light up as the sun sank behind the mountains. We set up at the ponds along Route 1 to watch the Sandhill Cranes fly in for the night, and to wait for the sky. Bosque performed as expected. This is a classic Bosque del Apache shot, with the Cranes framed against the flaming sky. There were probably 100 other photographers lined up along the dyke by the ponds trying for this, or a very similar, shot. And that was just yesterday. Hundreds of thousands of images of Sandhill Cranes against the sunset have been taken at Bosque over the years. I have taken quite a few myself :) Still, that does not keep me from trying again every chance I get. There is a beauty and a wonder that persists…that is just as intense the100... more »

Pic 4 Today: Cranes against the Sunset. Happy Sunday!
Yesterday promised to provide one of those amazing Bosque del Apache sunsets…there were just enough clouds along the horizon to light up as the sun sank behind the mountains. We set up at the ponds along Route 1 to watch the Sandhill Cranes fly in for the night, and to wait for the sky. Bosque performed as expected. This is a classic Bosque del Apache shot, with the Cranes framed against the flaming sky. There were probably 100 other photographers lined up along the dyke by the ponds trying for this, or a very similar, shot. And that was just yesterday. Hundreds of thousands of images of Sandhill Cranes against the sunset have been taken at Bosque over the years. I have taken quite a few myself :) Still, that does not keep me from trying again every chance I get. There is a beauty and a wonder that persists…that is just as intense the 100th time you experience it as was the first. A beauty and a wonder so rich and rewarding that you are compelled to try to capture and share it every time. Or at least I am. Moments like these put us in touch with both who we really are, and, as I see it, with the loving creator of all that is (including us). They are bridge moments…open window moments…moments of profound connection with all that is and to the meaning…the message being written…the life being lived. Beauty, wonder, and meaning written large and bold in Cranes against the sunset at Bosque del Apache. Happy Sunday!

Sony HX400V in Sports Mode. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2014-11-22 16:50:31 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

Sandhill Crane coming over. Bosque del Apache NWR. Sony HX400V in Sports Mode. 

Sandhill Crane coming over. Bosque del Apache NWR. Sony HX400V in Sports Mode. ___

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2014-11-22 12:22:24 (4 comments, 9 reshares, 86 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Ducks Away...
The sun was fully on the newly flooded fields by Willow Deck at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge by the time we got there yesterday. We had been slowed down by a great gyre of Snow Geese settling on the ponds along Route 1 and, what with the Cranes rising as the sun hit the water, we were that late getting to Willow Deck. And that was okay. They had pumped considerably more water into the fields there overnight and there were hundreds of Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes and thousands of puddle ducks…mostly Pintail and Mallard. I was thinking it would be really nice if the puddle ducks rose in that lovely light, and I walked down the road toward a cluster of them close in. I had my camera already up and was scanning the clot of ducks when, in fact, right on schedule, they rose :) Glory!

Sony HX400V in Sports Mode at 1200mm equivalent field of view.I... more »

Pic 4 Today: Ducks Away...
The sun was fully on the newly flooded fields by Willow Deck at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge by the time we got there yesterday. We had been slowed down by a great gyre of Snow Geese settling on the ponds along Route 1 and, what with the Cranes rising as the sun hit the water, we were that late getting to Willow Deck. And that was okay. They had pumped considerably more water into the fields there overnight and there were hundreds of Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes and thousands of puddle ducks…mostly Pintail and Mallard. I was thinking it would be really nice if the puddle ducks rose in that lovely light, and I walked down the road toward a cluster of them close in. I had my camera already up and was scanning the clot of ducks when, in fact, right on schedule, they rose :) Glory!

Sony HX400V in Sports Mode at 1200mm equivalent field of view. ISO 160 @ 1/640th @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Lenovo Miix 2 Windows tablet.

#zeissbirding   #pointandshootnaturephotography  ___

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2014-11-21 20:13:14 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Snow at Dawn. Bosque del Apache NWR. Sony HX400V. #zeissbirding   #pointandshootnaturephotography  

Snow at Dawn. Bosque del Apache NWR. Sony HX400V. #zeissbirding   #pointandshootnaturephotography  ___

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2014-11-21 12:54:18 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 69 +1s)Open 

*Pic 4 Today: Song Sparrow Foraging.
Sometimes you are just gifted with birds. My friend and I stopped to photograph Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes in a field of alfalfa at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge yesterday morning, and as we worked, it became apparent that there were two small birds foraging in the reedy brush beside us, about 12 feet way. Eventually both birds worked their way more less into sight. Though the Bewick’s Wren never did show well, this Song Sparrow came out and gave us amazing looks and amazing photo ops. :) Just a gift.

Sony HX400V at 2400mm equivalent field of view. (1200mm optical plus 2x Clear Image Zoom). Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 160 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Lenovo Miix 2 Windows tablet.

#zeissbirding   #pointandshootnaturephotography  

*Pic 4 Today: Song Sparrow Foraging.
Sometimes you are just gifted with birds. My friend and I stopped to photograph Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes in a field of alfalfa at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge yesterday morning, and as we worked, it became apparent that there were two small birds foraging in the reedy brush beside us, about 12 feet way. Eventually both birds worked their way more less into sight. Though the Bewick’s Wren never did show well, this Song Sparrow came out and gave us amazing looks and amazing photo ops. :) Just a gift.

Sony HX400V at 2400mm equivalent field of view. (1200mm optical plus 2x Clear Image Zoom). Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 160 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Lenovo Miix 2 Windows tablet.

#zeissbirding   #pointandshootnaturephotography  ___

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2014-11-20 23:21:30 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

Snow Geese at Bosque del Apache NWR. Sony HX400V. 

Snow Geese at Bosque del Apache NWR. Sony HX400V. ___

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2014-11-20 18:53:53 (4 comments, 5 reshares, 80 +1s)Open 

Landing. Sandhill Crane. Bosque del Apache NWR, New Mexico. Sony HX400V. #zeissbirding   #pointandshootnaturephotography  

Landing. Sandhill Crane. Bosque del Apache NWR, New Mexico. Sony HX400V. #zeissbirding   #pointandshootnaturephotography  ___

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2014-11-20 12:18:44 (5 comments, 6 reshares, 93 +1s)Open 

A Bosque del Apache dawn landscape. Flight Deck Pond. Socorro NM. Sony HX400V in camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom. 

A Bosque del Apache dawn landscape. Flight Deck Pond. Socorro NM. Sony HX400V in camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2014-11-20 12:09:52 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Close Formation. Snow Geese
One of the great things about being a photographer is that looking for things to put a frame around makes you pay attention to the details of action, form, texture, lighting that otherwise too often just become a blur of experience. Of course, as you get good at photography (or at least better at photography) you also begin to be able to share some of what you observe about action, form, texture, and light…to share little framed snippets of the life as you experience it. Like these two Snow Geese, coming in for a landing in close formation at Bosque del Apache NWR in Socorro NM. Such grace.

Sony HX400V in Sports Mode. 1200mm equivalent field of view. 1/1600th @ ISO 160 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Lenovo Miix 2 Window tablet.

Pic 4 Today: Close Formation. Snow Geese
One of the great things about being a photographer is that looking for things to put a frame around makes you pay attention to the details of action, form, texture, lighting that otherwise too often just become a blur of experience. Of course, as you get good at photography (or at least better at photography) you also begin to be able to share some of what you observe about action, form, texture, and light…to share little framed snippets of the life as you experience it. Like these two Snow Geese, coming in for a landing in close formation at Bosque del Apache NWR in Socorro NM. Such grace.

Sony HX400V in Sports Mode. 1200mm equivalent field of view. 1/1600th @ ISO 160 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Lenovo Miix 2 Window tablet.___

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2014-11-19 23:14:38 (4 comments, 5 reshares, 71 +1s)Open 

Take a deep breath. You are in New Mexico. Bosque del Apache NWR, Socorro NM. Sony HX400V. 

Take a deep breath. You are in New Mexico. Bosque del Apache NWR, Socorro NM. Sony HX400V. ___

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2014-11-19 22:37:44 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 66 +1s)Open 

Bosque Dawn. Bosque del Apache NWR, NM. Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese. Sony HX400V. #zeissbirding   #pointandshootnaturephotography  

Bosque Dawn. Bosque del Apache NWR, NM. Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese. Sony HX400V. #zeissbirding   #pointandshootnaturephotography  ___

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2014-11-19 12:34:46 (8 comments, 7 reshares, 98 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Pretty Little Mule Deer
When you manage the landscape for birds, of course manage the landscape for all kinds of wildlife. At Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge they manage for the Snow Geese and Cranes, but the refuge is also home to a sizable herd of elk, coyote, mountain lion, and lots and lots of Mule Deer. The Mule Deer is the counterpart to our Eastern White-tailed Deer, and is in all ways similar except one. Mule Deer are relativity easy to see in their habitat. White-tailed Deer, in most places, are very elusive. This young deer was a cross a dyke from the tour road, and even given that it feels safe on the refuge where hunting is at least predictable, it was still remarkably unconcerned with our presence in our cars just a stones-throw away. :)

Sony HX400V. 1200mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 160 @ f6.3. Processed in... more »

Pic 4 Today: Pretty Little Mule Deer
When you manage the landscape for birds, of course manage the landscape for all kinds of wildlife. At Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge they manage for the Snow Geese and Cranes, but the refuge is also home to a sizable herd of elk, coyote, mountain lion, and lots and lots of Mule Deer. The Mule Deer is the counterpart to our Eastern White-tailed Deer, and is in all ways similar except one. Mule Deer are relativity easy to see in their habitat. White-tailed Deer, in most places, are very elusive. This young deer was a cross a dyke from the tour road, and even given that it feels safe on the refuge where hunting is at least predictable, it was still remarkably unconcerned with our presence in our cars just a stones-throw away. :)

Sony HX400V. 1200mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 160 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Lenovo Miix 2 Windows tablet.

#wildlifewednesday  +Mike Spinak +Morkel Erasmus 
#zeissbirding   #pointandshootnaturephotography  ___

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2014-11-19 03:22:25 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

A request was made for a "zoomed in" shot of the multiple thousands of Snow Geese on the Flight Deck Pond at Bosque del Apache NWR this noon. Sony HX400V. #zeissbirding   #pointandshootnaturephotograhy  

A request was made for a "zoomed in" shot of the multiple thousands of Snow Geese on the Flight Deck Pond at Bosque del Apache NWR this noon. Sony HX400V. #zeissbirding   #pointandshootnaturephotograhy  ___

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2014-11-19 03:08:05 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

When Bosque del Apache is not about Snow Geese, it is about Sandhill Cranes. #zeissbirding   #pointandshootnaturephotography  
Sony HX400V in Sports Mode.

When Bosque del Apache is not about Snow Geese, it is about Sandhill Cranes. #zeissbirding   #pointandshootnaturephotography  
Sony HX400V in Sports Mode.___

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2014-11-18 19:22:41 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Why we love Bosque del Apache. That is maybe 10000 Snow Geese on the water :-) 

Why we love Bosque del Apache. That is maybe 10000 Snow Geese on the water :-) ___

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2014-11-18 12:56:28 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Snow in Mid-America (from 30,000 feet)
I could not resist taking a few images with my Samsung Galaxy S4 out the window of our airplane as we cruised 30,000 feet above the unusual snowy landscape of Mid-America. The snow covered the country on our path from DC to Pheonix essentially from the Appalachians to the Rockies, making for a unique view. Besides the snow on the ground, it was a particularly clear day. There were a few clouds close to the ground, but I had a pretty much unobstructed view. Too compelling to resist!

The images were auto-uploaded to my Google+ account and then downloaded to my Window tablet for processing in Lightroom and assembly in Phototastic.

Pic 4 Today: Snow in Mid-America (from 30,000 feet)
I could not resist taking a few images with my Samsung Galaxy S4 out the window of our airplane as we cruised 30,000 feet above the unusual snowy landscape of Mid-America. The snow covered the country on our path from DC to Pheonix essentially from the Appalachians to the Rockies, making for a unique view. Besides the snow on the ground, it was a particularly clear day. There were a few clouds close to the ground, but I had a pretty much unobstructed view. Too compelling to resist!

The images were auto-uploaded to my Google+ account and then downloaded to my Window tablet for processing in Lightroom and assembly in Phototastic.___

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2014-11-17 13:38:44 (10 comments, 6 reshares, 110 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Purple Finch Up Close
Just a quick post this am as I am on my way to New Mexico and the Festival of the Cranes. This is from the back yard on Saturday.

Sony HX400V at 2400mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom.

Pic 4 Today: Purple Finch Up Close
Just a quick post this am as I am on my way to New Mexico and the Festival of the Cranes. This is from the back yard on Saturday.

Sony HX400V at 2400mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom.___

2014-11-17 00:20:43 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Up at 3 am tomorrow to catch a flight to New Mexico for the Festival of the Cranes at Bosque del Apache NWR. Anyone else planning on being there? I have 4 workshops, ranging from the 7 Fold Path to Better Birding to P&S for Wildlife. :)

Up at 3 am tomorrow to catch a flight to New Mexico for the Festival of the Cranes at Bosque del Apache NWR. Anyone else planning on being there? I have 4 workshops, ranging from the 7 Fold Path to Better Birding to P&S for Wildlife. :)___

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2014-11-16 12:37:28 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: November Light. Happy Sunday!
The season between leaf fall and snow fall in southern Maine is not the most attractive of seasons. The weather is often raw, even on sunny days, the birds are silent or already absent, and there is little to attract the eye…little, at least in the landscape, it sometimes seems, to keep the spirits up. And it is hunting season, so the woods are not safe. As it happens I miss most of it. I have a festival in New Jersey in late October, and two in November…in Texas and New Mexico. I am only home like 9 days between mid-October and Thanksgiving. The one redeeming feature of the season is the light. It is not the warmth, though we are thankful for the sun these days, but the angle as the sun drops lower in our Maine sky. Mid-day light in November is the equivalent of early evening light in July. The shadows never do get short. They remain long, moldingall... more »

Pic 4 Today: November Light. Happy Sunday!
The season between leaf fall and snow fall in southern Maine is not the most attractive of seasons. The weather is often raw, even on sunny days, the birds are silent or already absent, and there is little to attract the eye…little, at least in the landscape, it sometimes seems, to keep the spirits up. And it is hunting season, so the woods are not safe. As it happens I miss most of it. I have a festival in New Jersey in late October, and two in November…in Texas and New Mexico. I am only home like 9 days between mid-October and Thanksgiving. The one redeeming feature of the season is the light. It is not the warmth, though we are thankful for the sun these days, but the angle as the sun drops lower in our Maine sky. Mid-day light in November is the equivalent of early evening light in July. The shadows never do get short. They remain long, molding all they touch. Though the landscape attempts to deny it, the light is even just about the same color as a mid-summer evening.

And yet it is unique. There is no mistaking November light across the landscape for the light of any other season.

I suppose, in a way, my whole life is in just such a season. I had a heart attack in April and I retired in July, but I am still active with ZEISS on the festival circuit. I have made some moves toward the next phase of my life, putting out feelers, making tentative plans, but I am mostly coasting, enjoying this interval when there is nothing much happening, this time between. Trying to find enough in the slant of the light across the landscape to keep my spirits up while I settle into my winter…trying to imagine a winter that I might enjoy. No worries really. As long as I can appreciate the light of November, I think December and January will pretty much, spiritually, take care of themselves.

Sony HX400V in camera HDRs. Processed in Lightroom. Assembled in Phototastic. On my Lenovo Miix 2 tablet.___

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2014-11-15 19:04:30 (10 comments, 5 reshares, 81 +1s)Open 

You never know what #songbirdsaturday   is going to bring. I walked out to the kitchen to dispose of my lunch-time apple core, and there was a Purple Finch on the back deck. I have not seen a Purple Finch in our yard in at least 6 years! It stayed around long enough to get my camera. Timing is everything! +John Briggs 

You never know what #songbirdsaturday   is going to bring. I walked out to the kitchen to dispose of my lunch-time apple core, and there was a Purple Finch on the back deck. I have not seen a Purple Finch in our yard in at least 6 years! It stayed around long enough to get my camera. Timing is everything! +John Briggs ___

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2014-11-15 12:18:42 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Warbling Vireo (I think :)
#songbirdsaturday  by +John Briggs 
Vireos are a tribe that somehow I just don’t encounter very often. We have what used to be the Solitary Vireo nesting here in Maine, now split into three species, of which ours is the Blue-headed, as well as the Red-eyed and Warbling…we can also get the Philadelphia in migration…but, honestly, I just don’t see them here on the seacoast of Southern Maine very often. So, when I encounter Vireos on my travels, I am never quite certain of the id. This bird is in the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas, at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge south of McAllen, right on the border, and is probably a migrating bird, just passing through on its way south for the winter. I am pretty sure it is a Warbling Vireo.

Sony HX400V at 990mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/500th @ ISO 80 @ f6.3.Processed... more »

Pic 4 Today: Warbling Vireo (I think :)
#songbirdsaturday  by +John Briggs 
Vireos are a tribe that somehow I just don’t encounter very often. We have what used to be the Solitary Vireo nesting here in Maine, now split into three species, of which ours is the Blue-headed, as well as the Red-eyed and Warbling…we can also get the Philadelphia in migration…but, honestly, I just don’t see them here on the seacoast of Southern Maine very often. So, when I encounter Vireos on my travels, I am never quite certain of the id. This bird is in the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas, at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge south of McAllen, right on the border, and is probably a migrating bird, just passing through on its way south for the winter. I am pretty sure it is a Warbling Vireo.

Sony HX400V at 990mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/500th @ ISO 80 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Lenovo Miix 2 Windows tablet.___

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2014-11-14 12:46:01 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 67 +1s)Open 

We woke to dark skies and wet clingy snow. It is already turning to rain and mush. Still it is a reminder. 

We woke to dark skies and wet clingy snow. It is already turning to rain and mush. Still it is a reminder. ___

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2014-11-14 12:07:44 (10 comments, 16 reshares, 104 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Turtle Queue
The British have a world for it. Queue. In line. Everyone mostly facing forward. Quiet. Patient. A visit to the boarding gates at any American airport will show that the concept is totally alien to us here in the USA (attempts by Southwest and United not withstanding). We do not queue, but turtles apparently do…at least in the ponds at Estero Llano Grande State Park World Birding Center. They seem, given the right log, to be pretty good at it. :) I am not sure what the behavioral benefit is for the turtles, but as you see, it is an activity enjoyed by both young and old. Mostly Texas Sliders though. The Texas Softshells, though they used the same logs, did not participate in the queues. Go figure.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/500th @ ISO 250 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Lenovo Miix Windows tablet.

Pic 4 Today: Turtle Queue
The British have a world for it. Queue. In line. Everyone mostly facing forward. Quiet. Patient. A visit to the boarding gates at any American airport will show that the concept is totally alien to us here in the USA (attempts by Southwest and United not withstanding). We do not queue, but turtles apparently do…at least in the ponds at Estero Llano Grande State Park World Birding Center. They seem, given the right log, to be pretty good at it. :) I am not sure what the behavioral benefit is for the turtles, but as you see, it is an activity enjoyed by both young and old. Mostly Texas Sliders though. The Texas Softshells, though they used the same logs, did not participate in the queues. Go figure.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/500th @ ISO 250 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Lenovo Miix Windows tablet.___

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2014-11-13 13:36:17 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

#blackandwhitefivedaychallenge  Day 5

Last one. The Avondale by the Sea in Cape May NJ. In camera HDR. Sony HX400V. Processed for B&W in Lightroom. 

#blackandwhitefivedaychallenge  Day 5

Last one. The Avondale by the Sea in Cape May NJ. In camera HDR. Sony HX400V. Processed for B&W in Lightroom. ___

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2014-11-13 12:32:17 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Red Saddlebags!
In Maine we get an occasional Carolina Saddlebags…the other red saddlebags…and lots of Black Saddlebags, but I am always delighted to see the true Red Saddlebags Dragonfly when I visit Texas. It took 3 trips to Estero Llano Grande State Park World Birding Center south of Weslaco Texas to catch one perched in good light, but it was worth it. :)

Sony HX400V at 2400mm equivalent field of view (1200mm optical plus 2x Clear Image Zoom). Shutter preferred. 1/500th @ ISO 250 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Lenovo Miix 2 Windows tablet.

Pic 4 Today: Red Saddlebags!
In Maine we get an occasional Carolina Saddlebags…the other red saddlebags…and lots of Black Saddlebags, but I am always delighted to see the true Red Saddlebags Dragonfly when I visit Texas. It took 3 trips to Estero Llano Grande State Park World Birding Center south of Weslaco Texas to catch one perched in good light, but it was worth it. :)

Sony HX400V at 2400mm equivalent field of view (1200mm optical plus 2x Clear Image Zoom). Shutter preferred. 1/500th @ ISO 250 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Lenovo Miix 2 Windows tablet.___

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2014-11-12 22:24:39 (19 comments, 2 reshares, 89 +1s)Open 

I just heard this afternoon that my "Cheeky Chipper" shot won 1st place in the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge photo contest. Taken along the new Timber Point / Timber Island trail near between Goose Rocks and Biddeford Pool. 

I just heard this afternoon that my "Cheeky Chipper" shot won 1st place in the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge photo contest. Taken along the new Timber Point / Timber Island trail near between Goose Rocks and Biddeford Pool. ___

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2014-11-12 15:53:18 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

My DSLR, long lens, tripod totting, friend Paul and I spent several days photographing side by side in the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas. He shoots, much of the time, with his massive 400mm, f2.8 Canon Image Stabilized lens mounted on his 5D full frame…

My DSLR, long lens, tripod totting, friend Paul and I spent several days photographing side by side in the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas. He shoots, much of the time, with his massive 400mm, f2.8 Canon Image Stabilized lens mounted on his 5D full frame…___

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2014-11-12 14:16:24 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

I recently spent several hours at the National Butterfly Center south of Mission Texas (and at Bentson State Park World Birding Center next door.) The NBC is one of my favorite places to photograph…the density and variety of butterflies and dragonflies…

I recently spent several hours at the National Butterfly Center south of Mission Texas (and at Bentson State Park World Birding Center next door.) The NBC is one of my favorite places to photograph…the density and variety of butterflies and dragonflies…___

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2014-11-12 12:09:22 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Great Kiskadee Hunting
Fishing is perhaps more accurate. Given that I have seen Kiskadees around water on every trip to South Texas, I should have made the connection, but it was not until this recent trip that I actually saw one catch a fish. That was at Edinburg Wetlands, and this bird, glowing in the early morning light, is at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, but the fishing behavior, once you are tuned into it, is obvious here as well. I suspect fish do not make up a large portion of the Kiskadee’s diet, but it must be a real metabolic bonanza when the bird catches one.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/500th @ ISO 160 @ f6.3. Processed and cropped in Lightroom on my Lenovo Miix 2 Windows tablet.

Pic 4 Today: Great Kiskadee Hunting
Fishing is perhaps more accurate. Given that I have seen Kiskadees around water on every trip to South Texas, I should have made the connection, but it was not until this recent trip that I actually saw one catch a fish. That was at Edinburg Wetlands, and this bird, glowing in the early morning light, is at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, but the fishing behavior, once you are tuned into it, is obvious here as well. I suspect fish do not make up a large portion of the Kiskadee’s diet, but it must be a real metabolic bonanza when the bird catches one.

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/500th @ ISO 160 @ f6.3. Processed and cropped in Lightroom on my Lenovo Miix 2 Windows tablet.___

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2014-11-12 11:56:07 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

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Day 4. The Photographer. Overflow from the Olympic Sculpture Park along the Seattle waterfront. In-camera HDR. Sony HX400V. Processed for B&W in Lightroom. 

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Day 4. The Photographer. Overflow from the Olympic Sculpture Park along the Seattle waterfront. In-camera HDR. Sony HX400V. Processed for B&W in Lightroom. ___

2014-11-12 10:56:42 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Not bad for an auto assembly. :)

Not bad for an auto assembly. :)___

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2014-11-11 14:48:21 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

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Day 3. Tuscon Mountains, Grant's Pass. Sony HX400V in-camera HDR. Processed to B&W in Lightroom. 

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Day 3. Tuscon Mountains, Grant's Pass. Sony HX400V in-camera HDR. Processed to B&W in Lightroom. ___

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2014-11-11 12:53:52 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Egret Action
There were large numbers of Egrets and Herons on either side of the canal (resaca) at the municipal park next to the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands World Birding Center in Edinburg Texas when we visited on a rainy day last week. As Egrets will do, the males on one side of the resaca were “facing off” with the males on the other side. I have seen it in all sized bodies of water, and at all kinds of distances. It is most dramatic of course in smaller pools where the Egrets go beak to beak. The closest of the Great Egrets here shows the typical posture.

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

Pic 4 Today: Egret Action
There were large numbers of Egrets and Herons on either side of the canal (resaca) at the municipal park next to the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands World Birding Center in Edinburg Texas when we visited on a rainy day last week. As Egrets will do, the males on one side of the resaca were “facing off” with the males on the other side. I have seen it in all sized bodies of water, and at all kinds of distances. It is most dramatic of course in smaller pools where the Egrets go beak to beak. The closest of the Great Egrets here shows the typical posture.

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

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2014-11-10 12:11:18 (10 comments, 16 reshares, 315 +1s)Open 

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Day 2. Turtles on a log. Texas Slider and Texas Softshell. Ester Llano Grande SP World Birding Center, Weslaco TX. Sony HX400V. Processed for Green Filter B&W effect in Lightroom. 

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Day 2. Turtles on a log. Texas Slider and Texas Softshell. Ester Llano Grande SP World Birding Center, Weslaco TX. Sony HX400V. Processed for Green Filter B&W effect in Lightroom. ___

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2014-11-10 12:03:13 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Giant Swallowtail
The Giant Swallowtail is among the more spectacular bugs in North America, on size alone…but the coloring is not to shabby either…especially if you consider both upper and under views. In my experience it is hard to photograph as it is continuously nectaring, hovering in front of flowers with wings quivering rapidly. And then, of course, the contrast between the black uperside and the yellow bands can turn those bands white if you don’t hit the exposure just right. It is definitely worth the effort. These are my most successful Giant Swallowtail images to date.  I include both top and bottom views here…which is the only way to do the bug justice :)

Estero Llano Grande State Park World Birding Center, Weslaco TX. Sony HX400V. 370mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 250 and 100 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom and assembledin Photo... more »

Pic 4 Today: Giant Swallowtail
The Giant Swallowtail is among the more spectacular bugs in North America, on size alone…but the coloring is not to shabby either…especially if you consider both upper and under views. In my experience it is hard to photograph as it is continuously nectaring, hovering in front of flowers with wings quivering rapidly. And then, of course, the contrast between the black uperside and the yellow bands can turn those bands white if you don’t hit the exposure just right. It is definitely worth the effort. These are my most successful Giant Swallowtail images to date.  I include both top and bottom views here…which is the only way to do the bug justice :)

Estero Llano Grande State Park World Birding Center, Weslaco TX. Sony HX400V. 370mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 250 and 100 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Phototastic Pro on my Windows tablet.___

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2014-11-09 20:48:36 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Common Bluevent (Anastrus sempiternus) at Estero Llano Grande SP World Birding Center, Weslaco TX this morning. Not something I could have identified myself :). Perhaps the 3rd US record.

Common Bluevent (Anastrus sempiternus) at Estero Llano Grande SP World Birding Center, Weslaco TX this morning. Not something I could have identified myself :). Perhaps the 3rd US record.___

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2014-11-09 18:59:06 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

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Chipper. Sony HX400V. Processed in Lightroom for green filter B&W effect. 

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Chipper. Sony HX400V. Processed in Lightroom for green filter B&W effect. ___

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2014-11-09 11:27:06 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 67 +1s)Open 

Red Saddlebags at considerably closer than the Sony HX400V can normally focus. Using Clear Image zoom. 

Red Saddlebags at considerably closer than the Sony HX400V can normally focus. Using Clear Image zoom. ___

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2014-11-09 11:03:18 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Feathered Eyelids! Happy Sunday.
I mean, maybe others already knew, but I certainly did not know that the Paraque has feathered eyelids. Makes me wonder how many other birds might have tiny feathers on their lids? This specimen is the faithful Common Paraque that roosts beside the Alligator Lake trail at Estero Llano Grande State Park World Birding Center south of Weslaco Texas, and has roosted in the same spot for at least the past 6 years. It is perhaps the most photographed Paraque in the world :) But that, of course, does not stop me from photographing it again on every trip. Who can resist? This year the lighting was just right for this really tight telephoto shot…tight enough to show the feathers on its eyelids. (That will now probably become a “saying.” “He was close enough to see the feathers on her eyelids!” Etc.)

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent fieldof view. ... more »

Pic 4 Today: Feathered Eyelids! Happy Sunday.
I mean, maybe others already knew, but I certainly did not know that the Paraque has feathered eyelids. Makes me wonder how many other birds might have tiny feathers on their lids? This specimen is the faithful Common Paraque that roosts beside the Alligator Lake trail at Estero Llano Grande State Park World Birding Center south of Weslaco Texas, and has roosted in the same spot for at least the past 6 years. It is perhaps the most photographed Paraque in the world :) But that, of course, does not stop me from photographing it again on every trip. Who can resist? This year the lighting was just right for this really tight telephoto shot…tight enough to show the feathers on its eyelids. (That will now probably become a “saying.” “He was close enough to see the feathers on her eyelids!” Etc.)

Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/160th (testing the limits of the Sony image stabilization, but it was relatively dark in the paraque roost)@ISO 1000 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Windows tablet.

Feathered eyelids. I am amazed. I am amused. Though I make light of it, the fact that the Paraque’s eyelids are feathered fills me with wonder and delight, and a great sense of thankfulness to see and be part of this astounding life…to be able to record and celebrate the details and the beauty. Thank you God. Happy Sunday!

This post is early, since I will be headed out to find more wonders as soon as the sun is up!___

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2014-11-08 11:46:10 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 92 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Great-tailed Grackle
The sound of South Texas, for any bird watcher, has to be the Great-tailed and Common Grackle flocks that congregate on the wires in the towns along the Rio Grande every evening. It is so exotic, at least to ears tuned to more eastern and northern bird sounds. I will admit that I don’t find grackles in great numbers all that attractive. However, in small groups, deeper into true Grackle habitat as you see them here at Estro Llano Grande World Birding Center south of Weslaco Texas, they are…well, at least entertaining if not attractive. :) This is a typical display posture for the Great-tailed Grackle.

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

#songbirdsaturday   +John Briggs  

Pic 4 Today: Great-tailed Grackle
The sound of South Texas, for any bird watcher, has to be the Great-tailed and Common Grackle flocks that congregate on the wires in the towns along the Rio Grande every evening. It is so exotic, at least to ears tuned to more eastern and northern bird sounds. I will admit that I don’t find grackles in great numbers all that attractive. However, in small groups, deeper into true Grackle habitat as you see them here at Estro Llano Grande World Birding Center south of Weslaco Texas, they are…well, at least entertaining if not attractive. :) This is a typical display posture for the Great-tailed Grackle.

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

#songbirdsaturday   +John Briggs  ___

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2014-11-07 12:01:07 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Texas has great junk birds...
On every trip to the Rio Grande Valley, I am reminded again just how great the junk birds are in Texas. A junk bird is, among birders, a bird so common as not to warrant a second glance. It is generally also a somewhat obnoxious bird…extra noisy, aggressive toward other species, and messy in its habits. House Sparrow and Starling qualify on all counts, plus they are introduced species which compete for habitat with our native species. Most jays make the list, just because…well, just because they are jays. The Green Jay, in south Texas, is such a common bird around yards and feeders, and so jay like in behavior, that it has to be considered a Valley junk bird…but it is so striking…so amazing looking…that people come from all over the country (and the world) to see it…and seek it out whenever they come back. It is a junk bird that comes closeto redeemin... more »

Pic 4 Today: Texas has great junk birds...
On every trip to the Rio Grande Valley, I am reminded again just how great the junk birds are in Texas. A junk bird is, among birders, a bird so common as not to warrant a second glance. It is generally also a somewhat obnoxious bird…extra noisy, aggressive toward other species, and messy in its habits. House Sparrow and Starling qualify on all counts, plus they are introduced species which compete for habitat with our native species. Most jays make the list, just because…well, just because they are jays. The Green Jay, in south Texas, is such a common bird around yards and feeders, and so jay like in behavior, that it has to be considered a Valley junk bird…but it is so striking…so amazing looking…that people come from all over the country (and the world) to see it…and seek it out whenever they come back. It is a junk bird that comes close to redeeming the whole category…maybe even to nullifying it. :)

This specimen was at the appropriately named “Green Jay photo blind” at Bensten State Park World Birding Center in Mission TX. Sony HX400V @ about 985mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/640th @ ISO 2500 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom on my Windows tablet.___

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2014-11-06 12:53:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

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Great Egret. Civic Park next to the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands World Birding Center, Edinburg TX.

#birdpoker  by +Phil Armishaw Landings

Great Egret. Civic Park next to the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands World Birding Center, Edinburg TX.___

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2014-11-06 12:44:04 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Hard working Tricolored Heron
The light (for photography) was miserable all day yesterday. It rained off and on…only twice hard enough so we had to seek cover…but hard enough so we were continuously damp. Still it was my friend Paul’s first day in the Rio Grande Valley, and I had promised to find him Egrets and Herons to fill his “big bird” desires (there is clearly a story there, but that is for another time). It took all day to find big birds within reach of Paul’s measly little 400mm f2.8, but we did finally find a group of Great and Snow Egrets, Tricolored Herons, Black-necked Stilts, and a single of both Little Blue and Great Blue Herons, feeding at a sharp bend in the canal at the Civic Park next to the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands World Birding Center. Eventually the Little Blue found a shoal of small fish right up against the shore, and his avid feeding attracted aTricolored,... more »

Pic 4 Today: Hard working Tricolored Heron
The light (for photography) was miserable all day yesterday. It rained off and on…only twice hard enough so we had to seek cover…but hard enough so we were continuously damp. Still it was my friend Paul’s first day in the Rio Grande Valley, and I had promised to find him Egrets and Herons to fill his “big bird” desires (there is clearly a story there, but that is for another time). It took all day to find big birds within reach of Paul’s measly little 400mm f2.8, but we did finally find a group of Great and Snow Egrets, Tricolored Herons, Black-necked Stilts, and a single of both Little Blue and Great Blue Herons, feeding at a sharp bend in the canal at the Civic Park next to the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands World Birding Center. Eventually the Little Blue found a shoal of small fish right up against the shore, and his avid feeding attracted a Tricolored, a Snowy, and a group of Stilts. The Tricolored was a particularly effective fisher. While we watched, the bird caught and ate between 20 and 30 fair sized fish. The Snowy had a few, and the Little Blue a few more, and even one of the Stilts successfully caught and ate one…though it looked very large in that thin bill…but the Tricolored was easily the champ.

Like I say, very poor light. Sony HX400V at 1200mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/400th @ ISO 2000 @ f6.3. Paul probably did better with his 400mm f2.8. He certainly was working with lower ISOs, but this is not bad considering the conditions, and the reach of the Sony. Processed in Lightroom on my Windows tablet.___

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2014-11-06 12:33:19 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 89 +1s)Open 

The Lesser Stephen Ingraham :)

The Lesser Stephen Ingraham :)___

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2014-11-05 11:59:06 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

Pic 4 Today: Heliconians. National Butterfly Center
More shots from yesteday's visit to the NBC. 
Longwings (Heliconians) are among my favorite Rio Grande Valley butterflies. They are, to me, the very definition of exotic. Graceful, slow fliers, they often nectar with wings fully spread so they are ideal photographic subjects, and there is nowhere better to photograph them than the National Butterfly Center in Mission TX. I always attempt to spend at least a morning at the NBC on every trip to the Rio Grande Valley. Here we have the Zebra, one of the first butterflies to great me at the NBC gardens proper, and Julia, which another visiting couple pointed me to later in the morning.

Sony HX400V at various focal lengths. Processed and cropped in Lightroom on my Windows tablet. Assembled in Phototastic.

Pic 4 Today: Heliconians. National Butterfly Center
More shots from yesteday's visit to the NBC. 
Longwings (Heliconians) are among my favorite Rio Grande Valley butterflies. They are, to me, the very definition of exotic. Graceful, slow fliers, they often nectar with wings fully spread so they are ideal photographic subjects, and there is nowhere better to photograph them than the National Butterfly Center in Mission TX. I always attempt to spend at least a morning at the NBC on every trip to the Rio Grande Valley. Here we have the Zebra, one of the first butterflies to great me at the NBC gardens proper, and Julia, which another visiting couple pointed me to later in the morning.

Sony HX400V at various focal lengths. Processed and cropped in Lightroom on my Windows tablet. Assembled in Phototastic.___

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2014-11-04 23:56:02 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Are we in Harlingen or what!?

Are we in Harlingen or what!?___

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