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Stephen Ingraham has been at 3 events

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Landscape Photography Show13,476*Landscape Photography Show #46: Power Points* In the last two events, we explored the horizontal and vertical rule of thirds lines and how they divide your frame into 9 equal parts.  It's always great to set a horizon on the lower or upper horizontal line.  It's also good to place a strong element along one of the vertical rule of thirds lines. This event will focus on where the two vertical and horizontal rule of thirds lines intersect.  We call those Power Points.  There are 4 of them: upper left, upper right, lower left, and lower right. Placing a strong element at one of the Power Points can really improve the composition, drama, and power of your photograph.  Examples:  the single red leaf on a green tree; the eye of anything wildlife, and the setting sun on the horizon.    Some landscape photographs really appeal to us and others seem boring. Do you know why?  Your brain is being stimulated by composition, color, and contrast and it's all subconscious.  Your photos can be more interesting and appealing by knowing rules of composition and when to break those rules. Power Points are what we want practice with this event.  Show us something special place at one of the intersection points of those vertical and horizontal lines.   1.  Share your landscape photograph that displays something special at one of the Power Points.       2.  In a comment on the photograph tell us which Power Point you used: upper left, upper right, lower left, or lower right.  Explain how you used this technique in your composition.  If you break the Power Point rules, tell us why.  Also give us some information about the location and any challenges that you faced.  We want to know the details about your photograph. 3.  Other participants will be discussing how you used this technique and asking you questions.  Please join the discussion on other photographs as well. 4.  This event is all about PARTICIPATION and DISCUSSION.  Please don't post a photo and leave.  The LPS reserves the right to remove photos without your comment.    General Rules: 1) Your photo MUST be ORIGINAL.  If you post the work of someone else, you will be removed from the event. 2) You MUST have complete EXIF data for your photo.  Within the event, select your photo and view it large.  Look for the "photo details" on the right.  It should be complete with the date the photo was taken, camera and lens information, ISO, f stop, speed etc.  Photos that don't have complete EXIF data will be removed.  Others will learn from seeing what you have done. 3) Only ONE photograph per person is allowed.  If you submit more than one photo, all of your photos will be removed. 4) Circle the @114888971165518552849 page. 5) Photos must be posted no later than Monday, July 13, 2015, 10 am CDT.  Those posted after that time will be removed. 6) Curator favorites will be shared to the @105588730866970114510 theme page.  Circle the curators and engage them in conversation.  You will learn lots from them!! 7) CuratLPS Event #46: Power Points2015-07-06 17:00:00350  
Landscape Photography Community11,138*Landscape Photography Community:  One of a Kind* *General Rules* 1) You must be a member of the Landscape Photography Community (LPC)!!  Please circle the @106632923256517196664 page. 2) Only ONE photograph per member is allowed.  If you submit more than one photo, all of your photos will be removed. 3) Your photo MUST be ORIGINAL.  Do NOT share someone else's photo.  If you post the work of someone else, you will be banned from the community. *4) You MUST have complete EXIF data for your photo.  Within the event, select your photo and view it large.  Look for the "photo details" on the right.  It should be complete with the date the photo was taken, camera and lens information, ISO, speed, f stop etc.  Photos that don't have complete EXIF data will be removed.* 5) This must be a photograph suitable for the Landscape Photography Community.  6) There is NO VOTING for this contest!  Several of our senior moderators have volunteered to judge this contest.  They are experienced judges of photography events and their decision is final. 7) Photos must be posted no later than Monday, July 6, 2015, 3 pm CDT.  Those posted after that time will be removed. 8) Winners will be announced on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. 9) Moderators of the LPC may participate but they cannot win the contest. 10) Technical Requirements: Enable "sharing" on your photo.  If it receives honors, we want to be able to share it!!  Enable "comments" on your photo.  We want to say how great it is!!  Enable "plus ones" so everyone can give it a big plus!!LPC Contest #43: One of a Kind2015-06-29 22:00:00467  
The Weather Channel3,364,557*Upload your photos to this Event on 9/19 or using the #sunsetday hashtag in a public post to celebrate #sunsetday!* Join us for an exciting 24-hour event as we send summer into the sunset in global fashion. We are asking our Google+ audience from around the world to grab your favorite camera on the evening of September 19 and snap your own unique sunset from your corner of the globe. We want to see all types of sunsets in a variety of settings; a city skyline, a beach resort, a beautiful countryside, a desert landscape, a dense forest. *Wherever you may be, please share/upload your sunset image with this event page on September 19.* You can also participate outside of this event page by submitting a public photo post and tagging with #sunsetday. A select number of our favorite photos will be shown on The Weather Channel and accompany a slideshow on weather.com. Other favorites will be posted and rotated through as the cover photo on both +The Weather Channel and the +Google+ Photos  Google+ page. Note: *Only photos uploaded and posted to the event page or associated with the hashtag #sunsetday on Sep 19 will be considered* We hosted two Hangouts On Air in preparation for Sunset Day. The first hangout focused on the meteorology behind sunsets including the reason behind the beautiful array of colors.  The second hangout concentrated on the art of sunset photography. Expert photographers well known to the Google+ community talked about their techniques in capturing the perfect sunset. Links to both HOA videos are posted below. *HANGOUT SCHEDULE* 1. Monday, September 9: "The Meteorology Behind Sunsets" at 11 am ET with host +Timothy Ballisty  (The Weather Channel social meteorologist). *Guests will include:* Meteorologists +Mike Bettes +Brad Panovich +Jacob Wycoff +Jonathan Erdman +Morgan Palmer +Tim Brice and +Maria LaRosa  *HOA video* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz6Zyz5FT-A 2. Thursday, September 12: "Sunset Photography" at 4 pm ET *Guests will include:* Photographers +Trey Ratcliff +Thomas Hawk +Karen Hutton and +Nicole S. Young   *HOA Video* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqgUGb0th_ASunset Day - Upload Your #SunsetDay Photo on September 192013-09-19 06:00:001294  

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2016-02-04 00:05:53 (15 comments; 6 reshares; 135 +1s)Open 

The Caribbean Sea off Tela Honduras. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom. 

Most reshares: 13

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2016-02-10 11:25:43 (10 comments; 13 reshares; 145 +1s)Open 

Rufous-winged Tanager
On our first morning at the Lodge at Pico Bonito in Honduras, after ordering breakfast at the restaurant, someone spotted a mixed feeding flock moving through the trees just off the deck. We, of course, all leaped up and ran for binos and cameras. Olive-backed Euphonias were in the lead, but the flock also contained a Shinny Honeycreeper and a Rufous-winged Tanager, both birds of higher elevations and not common on the grounds of Pico Bonito, as well as Black-cowled Oriole. What a treat! We were still busy with them when the waiter came looking for us to tell us our breakfasts were on the table. :) Now that is service! and that is what makes the Lodge at such a great birding and photography destination. It is not like that every morning, of course, but it is like that often enough to make it simply wonderful!

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent. 1/320th @ ISO 400 @... more »

Most plusones: 214

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2016-01-29 12:09:08 (5 comments; 5 reshares; 214 +1s)Open 

So very Florida. Looking slightly into the sun. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom.

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2016-02-11 11:14:23 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 153 +1s)Open 

Lake Yojoa is the largest lake in Honduras. Besides extensive Talipia farms, it is a popular vacation destination for Hondurans. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom.

Lake Yojoa is the largest lake in Honduras. Besides extensive Talipia farms, it is a popular vacation destination for Hondurans. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2016-02-11 10:56:36 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 43 +1s)Open 

Black-cowled Oriole
Another gift of the flowering and fruiting trees off the deck at the Lodge at Pico Bonito in Honduras: this Black -cowled Oriole put in an appearance just after breakfast one morning. Again, this is a bird of slightly higher elevations, forced down by unseasonably cool temperatures in the lower cloud forest almost straight above the lodge. We only saw it once...but once was enough!

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/200th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom. 

Black-cowled Oriole
Another gift of the flowering and fruiting trees off the deck at the Lodge at Pico Bonito in Honduras: this Black -cowled Oriole put in an appearance just after breakfast one morning. Again, this is a bird of slightly higher elevations, forced down by unseasonably cool temperatures in the lower cloud forest almost straight above the lodge. We only saw it once...but once was enough!

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/200th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom. ___

2016-02-10 22:35:05 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

February 10,2016

The weather report this evening
is, after a period of apparent
clearing in early afternoon,
continued cloudy with a chance
of sniffles, discarded tissues
reaching a high tide around
9PM, and occasional rasping
coughs occurring through
mid-night. Long term forecast
includes healing by Friday,
and sunny days ahead.

But then, who believes
the weather report?

February 10,2016

The weather report this evening
is, after a period of apparent
clearing in early afternoon,
continued cloudy with a chance
of sniffles, discarded tissues
reaching a high tide around
9PM, and occasional rasping
coughs occurring through
mid-night. Long term forecast
includes healing by Friday,
and sunny days ahead.

But then, who believes
the weather report?___

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2016-02-10 11:48:11 (8 comments; 11 reshares; 177 +1s)Open 

The Lodge at Pico Bonito is on a ridge between two rivers. This is the view from above of one of them. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom.

The Lodge at Pico Bonito is on a ridge between two rivers. This is the view from above of one of them. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2016-02-10 11:25:43 (10 comments; 13 reshares; 145 +1s)Open 

Rufous-winged Tanager
On our first morning at the Lodge at Pico Bonito in Honduras, after ordering breakfast at the restaurant, someone spotted a mixed feeding flock moving through the trees just off the deck. We, of course, all leaped up and ran for binos and cameras. Olive-backed Euphonias were in the lead, but the flock also contained a Shinny Honeycreeper and a Rufous-winged Tanager, both birds of higher elevations and not common on the grounds of Pico Bonito, as well as Black-cowled Oriole. What a treat! We were still busy with them when the waiter came looking for us to tell us our breakfasts were on the table. :) Now that is service! and that is what makes the Lodge at such a great birding and photography destination. It is not like that every morning, of course, but it is like that often enough to make it simply wonderful!

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent. 1/320th @ ISO 400 @... more »

Rufous-winged Tanager
On our first morning at the Lodge at Pico Bonito in Honduras, after ordering breakfast at the restaurant, someone spotted a mixed feeding flock moving through the trees just off the deck. We, of course, all leaped up and ran for binos and cameras. Olive-backed Euphonias were in the lead, but the flock also contained a Shinny Honeycreeper and a Rufous-winged Tanager, both birds of higher elevations and not common on the grounds of Pico Bonito, as well as Black-cowled Oriole. What a treat! We were still busy with them when the waiter came looking for us to tell us our breakfasts were on the table. :) Now that is service! and that is what makes the Lodge at such a great birding and photography destination. It is not like that every morning, of course, but it is like that often enough to make it simply wonderful!

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent. 1/320th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.

___

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2016-02-09 21:38:15 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

Captioned photos from the ZEISS/Eagle Optics VICTORY SF Experience tour to Panacam Lodge and the Lodge at Pico Bonito in Honduras. And a good time had by all! 

Captioned photos from the ZEISS/Eagle Optics VICTORY SF Experience tour to Panacam Lodge and the Lodge at Pico Bonito in Honduras. And a good time had by all! ___

2016-02-09 19:23:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

February 9, 2016

Making slideshows,
(content varies depending
on the audience) of my
images from a week
in Honduras is almost
as good as being
there again...I need
a soundtrack of Brown
Jays and Oropendulas,
with an occasional Araciri
overdubbed. The dry rain sound
of the air moving in the
rainforest, and the buzz
of passing hummingbirds.

But then I need to leave
something to my viewers'
imaginations...just so
they don't fall asleep on me.



February 9, 2016

Making slideshows,
(content varies depending
on the audience) of my
images from a week
in Honduras is almost
as good as being
there again...I need
a soundtrack of Brown
Jays and Oropendulas,
with an occasional Araciri
overdubbed. The dry rain sound
of the air moving in the
rainforest, and the buzz
of passing hummingbirds.

But then I need to leave
something to my viewers'
imaginations...just so
they don't fall asleep on me.

___

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2016-02-09 11:29:46 (4 comments; 5 reshares; 157 +1s)Open 

Mountains above the Honduran Emerald Hummingbird Reserve in the Aguan Valley of Honduras. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom.

Mountains above the Honduran Emerald Hummingbird Reserve in the Aguan Valley of Honduras. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2016-02-09 11:13:58 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 31 +1s)Open 

Year of the Monkey!
I gather from various posts on the internet that it is the Chinese Year of the Monkey. Last year when we visited Honduras we saw no monkeys at all. This year we saw two troops of Howlers and two troops of White-faced Capuchins. The Howlers were in the forest beside the Cuero y Salado rivers on our visit to the Wildlife Refuge there, as was one of the troops of Capuchins. The other troop of Capuchins was high on one of the trails above Rio Santiago. This shot is from the moving boat on the rivers. I had only a second to grab it as the Howler was working in and out of the vegetation. Not a zoo shot at all. In the wild you take the chances you get. :)

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/200th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.

Year of the Monkey!
I gather from various posts on the internet that it is the Chinese Year of the Monkey. Last year when we visited Honduras we saw no monkeys at all. This year we saw two troops of Howlers and two troops of White-faced Capuchins. The Howlers were in the forest beside the Cuero y Salado rivers on our visit to the Wildlife Refuge there, as was one of the troops of Capuchins. The other troop of Capuchins was high on one of the trails above Rio Santiago. This shot is from the moving boat on the rivers. I had only a second to grab it as the Howler was working in and out of the vegetation. Not a zoo shot at all. In the wild you take the chances you get. :)

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/200th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.___

2016-02-09 00:02:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

February 7, 2016

My head is all muzzy
fuzzy, slightly woozy...
I have the sneezes
and the weezes,
and a touch of fever...
I sit here wrapped
in a blanket wondering
how I came back
from Honduras
with a cold?

I will blame it
on the unseasonable
temps in Miami
(and me in shirtsleeves
on my way back from
the tropics...) and,
of course, the sniveling
masses at the airports
headed south.

February 7, 2016

My head is all muzzy
fuzzy, slightly woozy...
I have the sneezes
and the weezes,
and a touch of fever...
I sit here wrapped
in a blanket wondering
how I came back
from Honduras
with a cold?

I will blame it
on the unseasonable
temps in Miami
(and me in shirtsleeves
on my way back from
the tropics...) and,
of course, the sniveling
masses at the airports
headed south.___

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2016-02-08 11:19:03 (10 comments; 10 reshares; 194 +1s)Open 

More of the cactus/thorn forest of the Honduran Emerald Hummingbird Reserve in central Honduras. This is about as far as you can get from the rain and cloud forest along the coast. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom. 

More of the cactus/thorn forest of the Honduran Emerald Hummingbird Reserve in central Honduras. This is about as far as you can get from the rain and cloud forest along the coast. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2016-02-08 11:11:05 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 44 +1s)Open 

Collared Aracari in the rain
When you live in the rain-forest, you can count on more than your average number of rainy days. Stands to reason. This Collared Aracari is at home in the rain-forest, and presumably in the rain. That did not stop it from having a definite rain-due on this, our last day in Honduras at the Lodge at Pico Bonito. This shot was taken from under the edge of the eves right on the deck in front of the restaurant.

Nikon P610 at 1440mm equivalent. 1/60th @ ISO 500 @ f6.5. Processed and cropped for composition in Lightroom. 

Collared Aracari in the rain
When you live in the rain-forest, you can count on more than your average number of rainy days. Stands to reason. This Collared Aracari is at home in the rain-forest, and presumably in the rain. That did not stop it from having a definite rain-due on this, our last day in Honduras at the Lodge at Pico Bonito. This shot was taken from under the edge of the eves right on the deck in front of the restaurant.

Nikon P610 at 1440mm equivalent. 1/60th @ ISO 500 @ f6.5. Processed and cropped for composition in Lightroom. ___

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2016-02-07 23:51:52 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 111 +1s)Open 

On our final day in Honduras it rained all day...this is the view from one of the overlooks on the trails around the Lodge at Pico Bonito. Nikon P610 in Landscape mode. Taken from under and umbrella. :) Processed in Lightroom. 

On our final day in Honduras it rained all day...this is the view from one of the overlooks on the trails around the Lodge at Pico Bonito. Nikon P610 in Landscape mode. Taken from under and umbrella. :) Processed in Lightroom. ___

2016-02-07 20:52:46 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

February 7, 2016

Flying home to Maine
after a week in tropical
Honduras, to find fresh
snow on the ground
and temps in the low
twenties, (below zero
and more snow in the
forecast) I bundle into
the coat and gloves
I left in the car, crank
the heat up full and
drive for the warm house
as fast as I can go.

Big signs at the airport
say,  "Maine, the way
life's supposed to be."

You will forgive me
if it takes a day or so
for me to deal with
my mixed feelings.

And I will admit
to stopping at the
store for a fresh
pineapple...just to
ease the transition.



February 7, 2016

Flying home to Maine
after a week in tropical
Honduras, to find fresh
snow on the ground
and temps in the low
twenties, (below zero
and more snow in the
forecast) I bundle into
the coat and gloves
I left in the car, crank
the heat up full and
drive for the warm house
as fast as I can go.

Big signs at the airport
say,  "Maine, the way
life's supposed to be."

You will forgive me
if it takes a day or so
for me to deal with
my mixed feelings.

And I will admit
to stopping at the
store for a fresh
pineapple...just to
ease the transition.

___

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2016-02-07 12:18:20 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 38 +1s)Open 

Green Honeycreeper in the rain
"If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!" Jesus

Every picture of a Green Honeycreeper I have was taken in the rain. This is no different, though this is at the Lodge at Pico Bonito in Honduras, and all my others are from Tranquilo Bay in Bocas del Toro in Panama. Still...in the rain.

I think it is very generous of the good God to provide rain loving birds for those days when it...well, when it rains. It only requires a generous eye to see it that way, and, honestly, a Green Honeycreeper makes it easy to be generous. Such a beautiful bird.

Nikon P610 at 1440mm equivalent. Processed in Lightroom.

Happy Sunday!

Green Honeycreeper in the rain
"If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!" Jesus

Every picture of a Green Honeycreeper I have was taken in the rain. This is no different, though this is at the Lodge at Pico Bonito in Honduras, and all my others are from Tranquilo Bay in Bocas del Toro in Panama. Still...in the rain.

I think it is very generous of the good God to provide rain loving birds for those days when it...well, when it rains. It only requires a generous eye to see it that way, and, honestly, a Green Honeycreeper makes it easy to be generous. Such a beautiful bird.

Nikon P610 at 1440mm equivalent. Processed in Lightroom.

Happy Sunday!___

2016-02-06 14:08:32 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

February 6, 2016

Sitting on the deck
at the Lodge at Pico
Bonito, watching
hummingbirds in
the rain...White-necked
Jacobins, elegant in
evening attire, little aggressive
Rufous-taileds defending
nothing in particular,
Crowned Wood-nymphs
in designer colors, gowns of
violet, blue, and green,
the occasional Long-
tailed Hermit defying
physics, balanced between
too long tail and too long
bill, and the ever-present
Violet Saber-wings, such
deep purple in the rain
they are almost black
against the startling
white tips of their tails.

Honest, it does not get
much better than this
on a rainy day.

February 6, 2016

Sitting on the deck
at the Lodge at Pico
Bonito, watching
hummingbirds in
the rain...White-necked
Jacobins, elegant in
evening attire, little aggressive
Rufous-taileds defending
nothing in particular,
Crowned Wood-nymphs
in designer colors, gowns of
violet, blue, and green,
the occasional Long-
tailed Hermit defying
physics, balanced between
too long tail and too long
bill, and the ever-present
Violet Saber-wings, such
deep purple in the rain
they are almost black
against the startling
white tips of their tails.

Honest, it does not get
much better than this
on a rainy day.___

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2016-02-06 13:31:26 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 102 +1s)Open 

The dry cactus and thorn forest of the Honduran Emerald Hummingbird Reserve in Honduras. Nikon P900. Landscape mode. Processed in Lightroom.

The dry cactus and thorn forest of the Honduran Emerald Hummingbird Reserve in Honduras. Nikon P900. Landscape mode. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2016-02-06 13:23:20 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 35 +1s)Open 

White-fronted Parrot
Last year, we saw very few Parrots on the trip to the Lodge at Pico Bonito, Honduras and none photo-worthy. This year, we had several groups perched within range of the long lens on the Nikon P900. This is a White-fronted Parrot on the Honduran Emerald Hummingbird Reserve from yesterday morning.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 250 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom. 

White-fronted Parrot
Last year, we saw very few Parrots on the trip to the Lodge at Pico Bonito, Honduras and none photo-worthy. This year, we had several groups perched within range of the long lens on the Nikon P900. This is a White-fronted Parrot on the Honduran Emerald Hummingbird Reserve from yesterday morning.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 250 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2016-02-05 23:55:16 (5 comments; 4 reshares; 95 +1s)Open 

At the Honduran Emerald Reserve in Honduras. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom. 

At the Honduran Emerald Reserve in Honduras. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2016-02-05 23:48:54 (8 comments; 3 reshares; 156 +1s)Open 

Honduran Emerald!
The Honduran Emerald is the only endemic species Honduras has. We traveled 7 hours by bus today to see them. It was not a great day for hummingbird color, but I got close shots.

Nikon P900 at 3595mm equivalent. 1/400th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom. 

Honduran Emerald!
The Honduran Emerald is the only endemic species Honduras has. We traveled 7 hours by bus today to see them. It was not a great day for hummingbird color, but I got close shots.

Nikon P900 at 3595mm equivalent. 1/400th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom. ___

2016-02-05 22:17:53 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

February 5, 2016

Honduran fruit stand,
piles of pineapples,
mounds of mangos,
red hairy leche in baskets,
mangosteens mysterious
and purple, coconuts in
yellow pyramids
and bananas in clusters,
straight from the tree
hanging from rafters,
big as a thin shoe, tiny as
a fat finger, lime green
to canary yellow,
oranges and cannonball
grapefruit in string bags,
pale green melons
perfect and round in
a heap...goodness,
such goodness
just waiting to
get inside you.



February 5, 2016

Honduran fruit stand,
piles of pineapples,
mounds of mangos,
red hairy leche in baskets,
mangosteens mysterious
and purple, coconuts in
yellow pyramids
and bananas in clusters,
straight from the tree
hanging from rafters,
big as a thin shoe, tiny as
a fat finger, lime green
to canary yellow,
oranges and cannonball
grapefruit in string bags,
pale green melons
perfect and round in
a heap...goodness,
such goodness
just waiting to
get inside you.

___

2016-02-05 00:53:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

February 4, 2016

Nothing so bright
and pure as the prismatic
purple, blue, green, red
of a hummingbird's feathers.

Nothing so fast and flashy
as a hundred or more
hummingbirds in the air
every moment, to and from
feeders and perches.

After a day at Rio Santiago
in Honduras, the color
and motion is burned
behind my eyelids...

In the eternal seconds
before sleep and on waking
I ride on waves...I drown
in a surf of humming color.



February 4, 2016

Nothing so bright
and pure as the prismatic
purple, blue, green, red
of a hummingbird's feathers.

Nothing so fast and flashy
as a hundred or more
hummingbirds in the air
every moment, to and from
feeders and perches.

After a day at Rio Santiago
in Honduras, the color
and motion is burned
behind my eyelids...

In the eternal seconds
before sleep and on waking
I ride on waves...I drown
in a surf of humming color.

___

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2016-02-04 23:27:19 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 126 +1s)Open 

Looking out over the Rio Santiago valley in Honduras from the slopes of the mountains. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom. 

Looking out over the Rio Santiago valley in Honduras from the slopes of the mountains. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2016-02-04 23:16:23 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 35 +1s)Open 

White-necked Jacobin
We spent the day at Rio Santiago. The best bird of the day was the Specticaled Owl, but Rio Santiago is famous for its hummingbirds. This is a White-necked Jacobin.

Nikon P610 at 700mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/320th @ ISO 900 @ f5.6. Processed in Lightroom. 

White-necked Jacobin
We spent the day at Rio Santiago. The best bird of the day was the Specticaled Owl, but Rio Santiago is famous for its hummingbirds. This is a White-necked Jacobin.

Nikon P610 at 700mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/320th @ ISO 900 @ f5.6. Processed in Lightroom. ___

2016-02-04 11:52:13 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

January 3, 2016

The Toucan is
an impossible bird...
so bright,  so bold,  so brash...
that monster yellow
bill and crimson butt...
I mean, in flight
it defies the laws
of physics...a huge
banana propelled
by a bit of flame
under the tail.
How unlikely is that?



January 3, 2016

The Toucan is
an impossible bird...
so bright,  so bold,  so brash...
that monster yellow
bill and crimson butt...
I mean, in flight
it defies the laws
of physics...a huge
banana propelled
by a bit of flame
under the tail.
How unlikely is that?

___

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2016-02-04 00:05:53 (15 comments; 6 reshares; 135 +1s)Open 

The Caribbean Sea off Tela Honduras. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom. 

The Caribbean Sea off Tela Honduras. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2016-02-03 23:51:34 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 38 +1s)Open 

Keel-billed Toucan!
This is my 3rd trip to the tropics and my first really close shot of a Toucan. We spent the day at Lancetilla Botanical Gardens, and found many interesting birds and bugs, but this is from the walk from the Lodge to my cabin after we got back. :)

Nikon P610 at 800mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 320 @ f5.6. Processed in Lightroom.

Keel-billed Toucan!
This is my 3rd trip to the tropics and my first really close shot of a Toucan. We spent the day at Lancetilla Botanical Gardens, and found many interesting birds and bugs, but this is from the walk from the Lodge to my cabin after we got back. :)

Nikon P610 at 800mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 320 @ f5.6. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2016-02-02 21:24:43 (8 comments; 13 reshares; 156 +1s)Open 

A view of the mountains around Pico Bonito National Park in Honduras from the mouth of the Cuero y Salado rivers. Sony HX90V. In-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom. 

A view of the mountains around Pico Bonito National Park in Honduras from the mouth of the Cuero y Salado rivers. Sony HX90V. In-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2016-02-02 21:16:58 (1 comments; 5 reshares; 48 +1s)Open 

Howler
It is not all birds on the ZEISS/Eagle Optics VICTORY SF Experience at Pico Bonito Lodge in Honduras. One of the treats on today's visit to Cuero y Saado Wildlife Refuge was a troop of Howler Monkeys resting in the trees. You may have seen them in zoos, but there is nothing like seeing them in the wild.

Nikon P900 at 500mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 200 @ f5. Processed in Lightroom. 

Howler
It is not all birds on the ZEISS/Eagle Optics VICTORY SF Experience at Pico Bonito Lodge in Honduras. One of the treats on today's visit to Cuero y Saado Wildlife Refuge was a troop of Howler Monkeys resting in the trees. You may have seen them in zoos, but there is nothing like seeing them in the wild.

Nikon P900 at 500mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 200 @ f5. Processed in Lightroom. ___

2016-02-02 20:51:27 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

February 2, 2016

Birders require constant
supervision,  otherwise
they stop for every
Trogon, Motmot, Tytira...
even a Sparrow brings them
up short. It is one of
the best things about
birders...

unless you are
a leader with a
schedule to keep.



February 2, 2016

Birders require constant
supervision,  otherwise
they stop for every
Trogon, Motmot, Tytira...
even a Sparrow brings them
up short. It is one of
the best things about
birders...

unless you are
a leader with a
schedule to keep.

___

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2016-02-01 20:30:10 (6 comments; 13 reshares; 213 +1s)Open 

River flowing into Lake Yojoa, Honduras. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom. 

River flowing into Lake Yojoa, Honduras. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom. ___

2016-02-01 20:11:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

February 1, 2016

It is great to see
so many native
Hondurans using
their national parks.
This is a change
from last year,
or last year I went
to all the wrong places.
Parks only survive
when the natives
treasure them...
even if every park
sign still says
USAid.


February 1, 2016

It is great to see
so many native
Hondurans using
their national parks.
This is a change
from last year,
or last year I went
to all the wrong places.
Parks only survive
when the natives
treasure them...
even if every park
sign still says
USAid.
___

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2016-02-01 20:04:11 (4 comments; 7 reshares; 69 +1s)Open 

Shinning Honeycreeper
After ordering breakfast, and before breakfast came, a mixed feeding flock visited the trees right outside the Restaurant at the Lodge at Pico Bonito this morning. Being birders we all grabbed binos and cameras and headed for the deck. We did not see any Honeycreepers at the Lodge last year, but we have already seen 2 different species this year. It does not get any better than this photo.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent. 1/125th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.



Shinning Honeycreeper
After ordering breakfast, and before breakfast came, a mixed feeding flock visited the trees right outside the Restaurant at the Lodge at Pico Bonito this morning. Being birders we all grabbed binos and cameras and headed for the deck. We did not see any Honeycreepers at the Lodge last year, but we have already seen 2 different species this year. It does not get any better than this photo.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent. 1/125th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.

___

2016-01-31 15:30:04 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

January 31,,2 016

There is nothing like
getting sick, while in
Honduras, supposed
to be birding, photographing
birds, enjoying sound
sleep as the Mottled
Owls call outside the
cabin window.

Instead I have the
dreaded Honduran
liquid trots, and spent
much of the night
glued to the toilet.

I know.
Yuck.

A kind lady shared
her medicine with
me...and though
I missed the morning
birding...I should live
to see another day

and lots more
Honduran birds!



January 31,,2 016

There is nothing like
getting sick, while in
Honduras, supposed
to be birding, photographing
birds, enjoying sound
sleep as the Mottled
Owls call outside the
cabin window.

Instead I have the
dreaded Honduran
liquid trots, and spent
much of the night
glued to the toilet.

I know.
Yuck.

A kind lady shared
her medicine with
me...and though
I missed the morning
birding...I should live
to see another day

and lots more
Honduran birds!

___

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2016-01-31 13:34:17 (8 comments; 2 reshares; 163 +1s)Open 

View from the tower above Panacam Lodge in Honduras. That is Lake Yojoa in the distance. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom.

View from the tower above Panacam Lodge in Honduras. That is Lake Yojoa in the distance. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2016-01-31 13:27:00 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 48 +1s)Open 

Collared Trogon. Happy Sunday!
If your eye is generous your whole being is full of light. Jesus

I will admit to liking large, or at least larger, birds with a lot of color. Some of the most interesting birds in any country, including Honduras, are small plain birds that are hard to notice and harder to photograph. I know this, but I still prefer to photograph the showy birds. Call it a character flaw!

This Collard Trogon was right on the grounds, showing early, at the Panacam Lodge in the mountains of Honduras. I was very happy to get it, even if the light was not ideal. That is an aspect of the generous eye…being happy with what is there. It is part of being full of light. The light inside illuminates all you see with a touch of wonder. Now if I could just convince my mind that small, dull birds are just as worthy, and reflect just as much light as bigger showy birds. Ifo... more »

Collared Trogon. Happy Sunday!
If your eye is generous your whole being is full of light. Jesus

I will admit to liking large, or at least larger, birds with a lot of color. Some of the most interesting birds in any country, including Honduras, are small plain birds that are hard to notice and harder to photograph. I know this, but I still prefer to photograph the showy birds. Call it a character flaw!

This Collard Trogon was right on the grounds, showing early, at the Panacam Lodge in the mountains of Honduras. I was very happy to get it, even if the light was not ideal. That is an aspect of the generous eye…being happy with what is there. It is part of being full of light. The light inside illuminates all you see with a touch of wonder. Now if I could just convince my mind that small, dull birds are just as worthy, and reflect just as much light as bigger showy birds. If only.

Happy Sunday!___

2016-01-31 01:57:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

January 30, 2016

Climbing mountains and
walking lakeshores
in Honduras with
a bunch of birders
all day, everything
tropical and exotic,
folks exclaiming
at something new
often enough
to keep everyone
happy...by day's
end we return
to our rooms
tired but content.

We are birders.
By tomorrow morning
we will be ready
for more of the same...
always, of course,
expecting the
extraordinary.



January 30, 2016

Climbing mountains and
walking lakeshores
in Honduras with
a bunch of birders
all day, everything
tropical and exotic,
folks exclaiming
at something new
often enough
to keep everyone
happy...by day's
end we return
to our rooms
tired but content.

We are birders.
By tomorrow morning
we will be ready
for more of the same...
always, of course,
expecting the
extraordinary.

___

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2016-01-31 00:23:56 (3 comments; 5 reshares; 183 +1s)Open 

Lake Yojoa, Honduras. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom.

Lake Yojoa, Honduras. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2016-01-31 00:16:45 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 42 +1s)Open 

Turquoise-browed Motmot
Okay…this is what Honduras is all about. Near Lake Yojoa this afternoon. It tried to elude us, but another photographer and I tracked it down!

Nikon P900 at 1200mm equivalent field of view. 1/200th @ ISO 400 @ f6.3. Processed and cropped for composition in Lightroom.



Turquoise-browed Motmot
Okay…this is what Honduras is all about. Near Lake Yojoa this afternoon. It tried to elude us, but another photographer and I tracked it down!

Nikon P900 at 1200mm equivalent field of view. 1/200th @ ISO 400 @ f6.3. Processed and cropped for composition in Lightroom.

___

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2016-01-30 11:43:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Good morning from Pamacam Lodge in Honduras on the ZEISS VICTORY SF Experience trip. Hopefully a Pic for Today later if the wifi cooperates. 

Good morning from Pamacam Lodge in Honduras on the ZEISS VICTORY SF Experience trip. Hopefully a Pic for Today later if the wifi cooperates. ___

2016-01-30 01:56:23 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

January 29, 2016

Coming into Honduras
the other side of
Passport Control
there was a wall
of men in uniform
with lanyards,
very official,
and I thought maybe
someone important
came in on the plane
(besides me).

Turned out it was only porters
waiting for work
which, being independent,
and maybe too American
I did not give them.

I fended off the insistent
young lady selling
sim cards at least
six times while I
waited , and successfully
avoided the gentleman
with the huge stack
of Honduran currency
for exchange.

Eventually my ride came
and I escaped to Panacam
Lodge, high up in the
mountains , where they
are more used to
American birders.

I will not have to
feel that awkward
until I get back... more »

January 29, 2016

Coming into Honduras
the other side of
Passport Control
there was a wall
of men in uniform
with lanyards,
very official,
and I thought maybe
someone important
came in on the plane
(besides me).

Turned out it was only porters
waiting for work
which, being independent,
and maybe too American
I did not give them.

I fended off the insistent
young lady selling
sim cards at least
six times while I
waited , and successfully
avoided the gentleman
with the huge stack
of Honduran currency
for exchange.

Eventually my ride came
and I escaped to Panacam
Lodge, high up in the
mountains , where they
are more used to
American birders.

I will not have to
feel that awkward
until I get back
to the airport. ___

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2016-01-29 12:09:08 (5 comments; 5 reshares; 214 +1s)Open 

So very Florida. Looking slightly into the sun. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom.

So very Florida. Looking slightly into the sun. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2016-01-29 12:04:03 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 64 +1s)Open 

Glossy Ibis. Very Glossy!
You have to catch the angle of the light just right to see the iridescence in feathers…as in this shot. Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands, Viera Florida.

Nikon P900 at 1500mm equivalent field of view. 1/640th @ ISO 100 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom.



Glossy Ibis. Very Glossy!
You have to catch the angle of the light just right to see the iridescence in feathers…as in this shot. Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands, Viera Florida.

Nikon P900 at 1500mm equivalent field of view. 1/640th @ ISO 100 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom.

___

2016-01-29 01:30:03 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

January 28, 2016

Upgraded to First Class
is such a nice email
to get, even on a short
Portland to Miami day,
and the second flight
(Phili to Miami)
was a real first class
experience, with
individual cubicles,
electric full reclining
seats, two plugs,
and a little desk
for the laptop
or media player...
plus a 3 course meal
(sesame oriental chicken salad
and a multi-grain roll,
warm nuts to start
and a fresh baked
chocolate chip cookie
for desert).

Such a deal!

I would never pay for it,
but it certainly is a blessing
when it falls in your lap...
though I guess I earned it
with the other side of my middle
riding, riding, riding,
the cheap seats.

January 28, 2016

Upgraded to First Class
is such a nice email
to get, even on a short
Portland to Miami day,
and the second flight
(Phili to Miami)
was a real first class
experience, with
individual cubicles,
electric full reclining
seats, two plugs,
and a little desk
for the laptop
or media player...
plus a 3 course meal
(sesame oriental chicken salad
and a multi-grain roll,
warm nuts to start
and a fresh baked
chocolate chip cookie
for desert).

Such a deal!

I would never pay for it,
but it certainly is a blessing
when it falls in your lap...
though I guess I earned it
with the other side of my middle
riding, riding, riding,
the cheap seats.___

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2016-01-28 11:01:07 (2 comments; 10 reshares; 197 +1s)Open 

I think this counts as a landscape? This old house has been in this state next to the Eastern Florida State College for at least 15 years. Tonight it has a moon to keep it company. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom. 

I think this counts as a landscape? This old house has been in this state next to the Eastern Florida State College for at least 15 years. Tonight it has a moon to keep it company. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2016-01-28 10:50:24 (6 comments; 8 reshares; 121 +1s)Open 

Skimmers in the sunset
There is a small flock of Black Skimmers that hang out at the fishing area just over the bridge on your way to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. They are generally there, huddled in a group, all facing the same way. Occasionally they must get up and go find food. Stands to reason. This year, however, I never saw them fishing. They did rise, just at sunset, to find a better roost for the night. I was there to see it. :) And to catch some of the action.

Nikon P900 in my custom Birds in Flight mode. 200mm equivalent field of view. 1/1250th @ ISO 280 @ f4.5. Processed in Lightroom.



Skimmers in the sunset
There is a small flock of Black Skimmers that hang out at the fishing area just over the bridge on your way to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. They are generally there, huddled in a group, all facing the same way. Occasionally they must get up and go find food. Stands to reason. This year, however, I never saw them fishing. They did rise, just at sunset, to find a better roost for the night. I was there to see it. :) And to catch some of the action.

Nikon P900 in my custom Birds in Flight mode. 200mm equivalent field of view. 1/1250th @ ISO 280 @ f4.5. Processed in Lightroom.

___

2016-01-27 18:01:51 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

© Stephen Ingraham

January 27, 2016

Going in for an
echo-cardiogram today:
tiny bubbles in my blood
steam, sound waves
bouncing back
as I work the treadmill,
tracing my arterial
flow, gauging my
heart health a
year and a half now
since the attack.

I am two months into
my qigong heart
routine so I am
interested...what
will they find?
Will it be another
archeology of a
damaged vessel,
or will they discover
a healing heart?
___© Stephen Ingraham

2016-01-27 17:58:12 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

January 27, 2016

Going in for an
echo-cardiogram today:
tiny bubbles in my blood
steam, sound waves
bouncing back
as I work the treadmill,
tracing my arterial
flow, gauging my
heart health a
year and a half now
since the attack.

I am two months into
my qigong heart
routine so I am
interested...what
will they find?
Will it be another
archeology of a
damaged vessel,
or will they discover
a healing heart?


January 27, 2016

Going in for an
echo-cardiogram today:
tiny bubbles in my blood
steam, sound waves
bouncing back
as I work the treadmill,
tracing my arterial
flow, gauging my
heart health a
year and a half now
since the attack.

I am two months into
my qigong heart
routine so I am
interested...what
will they find?
Will it be another
archeology of a
damaged vessel,
or will they discover
a healing heart?
___

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2016-01-27 12:31:39 (5 comments; 4 reshares; 51 +1s)Open 

Florida Scrub Jay reprise!
With birds as cooperative as the Florida Scrub Jays were on Monday, of course I took too many pics. I had to try full body shots, like the one I posted yesterday, but also intimate close-ups like this one. That is, after all, why we carry a superzoom. These birds were so cooperative that when another photographer/birder came along while I was photographing them I invited he and his wife up to where I was standing for a better view. The birds just sat and looked at us, so they got what they deserved. Way too many photographs. smile emoticon They were still sitting in the same bushes when all of us moved on, back to the cars. You just have to love the blue on this bird!
Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 140 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.
Notice of possible interruption of service: For the next 12 days I will be traveling and... more »

Florida Scrub Jay reprise!
With birds as cooperative as the Florida Scrub Jays were on Monday, of course I took too many pics. I had to try full body shots, like the one I posted yesterday, but also intimate close-ups like this one. That is, after all, why we carry a superzoom. These birds were so cooperative that when another photographer/birder came along while I was photographing them I invited he and his wife up to where I was standing for a better view. The birds just sat and looked at us, so they got what they deserved. Way too many photographs. smile emoticon They were still sitting in the same bushes when all of us moved on, back to the cars. You just have to love the blue on this bird!
Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 140 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.
Notice of possible interruption of service: For the next 12 days I will be traveling and photographing in Honduras, and will have intermittent internet, and not a lot of time to post. If I miss a day here and there, I will make up for it when I get home. Promise.___

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2016-01-27 11:30:20 (3 comments; 5 reshares; 145 +1s)Open 

While not seeing Florida Scrub Jays on the Scrub Ridge Trail at Merritt Island NWR, I consoled myself with landscapes. :) In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom.

While not seeing Florida Scrub Jays on the Scrub Ridge Trail at Merritt Island NWR, I consoled myself with landscapes. :) In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom.___

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