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Stephen Ingraham has been at 3 events

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Landscape Photography Show12,800*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 Community9,450*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 22:00:00473  
The Weather Channel3,027,435*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 06:00:001298  

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2015-08-02 16:16:00 (35 comments, 17 reshares, 283 +1s)Open 

The Ingraham traditional birthday cake for my wife Carol. Double chocolate with whipped cream frosting and strawberry hearts and chocolate kisses ☺

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2015-07-30 11:12:13 (23 comments, 63 reshares, 678 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Cedar Waxwing Bookends
There is always something happening at Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area in West Kennebunk. I was on the Plains to check the progress of the Northern Blazing Star bloom, which is coming on nicely, and, of course, I had to take a turn around the pond. There is a little grove of pines and birches near the east end that always has birds feeding. These Cedar Waxwings were eating berries. I like the pose here, with the birds in opposition… and, of course, the light… late afternoon light slanting through the grove.

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

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2015-07-30 11:12:13 (23 comments, 63 reshares, 678 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Cedar Waxwing Bookends
There is always something happening at Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area in West Kennebunk. I was on the Plains to check the progress of the Northern Blazing Star bloom, which is coming on nicely, and, of course, I had to take a turn around the pond. There is a little grove of pines and birches near the east end that always has birds feeding. These Cedar Waxwings were eating berries. I like the pose here, with the birds in opposition… and, of course, the light… late afternoon light slanting through the grove.

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

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2015-08-04 13:24:00 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Meadowlarks on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area yesterday. :) I am not sure I have ever seen a Meadowlark in Maine. Yesterday there were at least 6, I suspect young, birds between the road and Day Brook Pond. They kept rising from the grasses, and then flying a complete circle around me, out over the pond and back, always staying exactly the same distance from me, before landing in a small bush or tree. Unfortunately the distance was well beyond reasonable photographic distance. These shots are at 2000mm equivalent, and cropped heavily. Still...for the record. :)

Meadowlarks on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area yesterday. :) I am not sure I have ever seen a Meadowlark in Maine. Yesterday there were at least 6, I suspect young, birds between the road and Day Brook Pond. They kept rising from the grasses, and then flying a complete circle around me, out over the pond and back, always staying exactly the same distance from me, before landing in a small bush or tree. Unfortunately the distance was well beyond reasonable photographic distance. These shots are at 2000mm equivalent, and cropped heavily. Still...for the record. :)___

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2015-08-04 13:02:19 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
Blue Moon, etc. This is a sunset reflection for the marsh behind the dunes at our local beach, and that little white dot became the Blue Moon the next night. In-camera HDR from the Sony HX90V. 

For the love of landscape...
Blue Moon, etc. This is a sunset reflection for the marsh behind the dunes at our local beach, and that little white dot became the Blue Moon the next night. In-camera HDR from the Sony HX90V. ___

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2015-08-04 12:28:21 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Viceroy on the Kennebunk Plains
When I left the house yesterday on my photoprowl, I was thinking of butterflies, wondering if I could find any on the Kennebunk Plains. Often when the Blazing Star is in bloom on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area, there are butterflies nectaring on the blossoms. When I got to the Plains, it did not look likely as the wind was blowing a gale. I did see a few butterflies. This one was sheltering in the lee of a small birch sapling, low to the ground. Photography was difficult because the tree branches were bouncing around in the wind so hard that it shook the butterfly off several times. I, of course, assumed it was a Monarch, until I came to post it, when I thought I had better make sure it was not a Viceroy…and, of course, it appears to indeed be a Viceroy. :) The black intersecting line on the hindwings is the give away.
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Pic for Today: Viceroy on the Kennebunk Plains
When I left the house yesterday on my photoprowl, I was thinking of butterflies, wondering if I could find any on the Kennebunk Plains. Often when the Blazing Star is in bloom on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area, there are butterflies nectaring on the blossoms. When I got to the Plains, it did not look likely as the wind was blowing a gale. I did see a few butterflies. This one was sheltering in the lee of a small birch sapling, low to the ground. Photography was difficult because the tree branches were bouncing around in the wind so hard that it shook the butterfly off several times. I, of course, assumed it was a Monarch, until I came to post it, when I thought I had better make sure it was not a Viceroy…and, of course, it appears to indeed be a Viceroy. :) The black intersecting line on the hindwings is the give away.

This is a composite image, assembled from three separate shots in Coolage. Sony HX90V at 720mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 200 @ f6.4. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-08-03 14:16:50 (9 comments, 11 reshares, 109 +1s)Open 

The ultimate Tropical/Caribbean photo adventure. Tranquilo Bay Lodge, Bocas del Toro Panama. Columbus Day week. $1675 includes everything but international airfare. 2 nights in Panama City, all transfers and airfare within Panama (including a brief tour of Panama City and the Canal), wonderful meals and comfortable cabana lodging at Tranquilo Bay, and a full range of photo ops: from the Canopy Tower at Tanquilo and a hike in search of the creatures of the night; to the tropical birds and Poison Dart frogs of Popo Island; white sand beaches, orchids, and snorkeling at Zapatilla Cayes; coral reef snorkeling and kayaking for tropical fish and upside down jelly fish; and the Chocolate Farm for many topical specialty birds and mammals. In idle moments, photograph tropical species to your heart's content right of the deck at the lodge! Relaxed. Point and Shoot friendly. A truly memorable... more »

The ultimate Tropical/Caribbean photo adventure. Tranquilo Bay Lodge, Bocas del Toro Panama. Columbus Day week. $1675 includes everything but international airfare. 2 nights in Panama City, all transfers and airfare within Panama (including a brief tour of Panama City and the Canal), wonderful meals and comfortable cabana lodging at Tranquilo Bay, and a full range of photo ops: from the Canopy Tower at Tanquilo and a hike in search of the creatures of the night; to the tropical birds and Poison Dart frogs of Popo Island; white sand beaches, orchids, and snorkeling at Zapatilla Cayes; coral reef snorkeling and kayaking for tropical fish and upside down jelly fish; and the Chocolate Farm for many topical specialty birds and mammals. In idle moments, photograph tropical species to your heart's content right of the deck at the lodge! Relaxed. Point and Shoot friendly. A truly memorable experience at an unbelievable price! Hosted by Stephen Ingraham of The Generous Eye and Point and Shoot Nature Photography. For a detailed itinerary and registration information see http://psnp.lightshedder.com/?page_id=808___

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2015-08-03 12:16:09 (10 comments, 15 reshares, 221 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
Northern Blazing Star and Goldenrod under what I call a "hard" summer sky. It has to do with angle of light. The clouds either look "hard" or "soft". I like soft clouds better...but this is effective too. It is not a photographic artifact. If you look carefully at the sky you will see the difference for yourself. 
In-camera HDR from the Sony HX90V at 114mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom. 

For the love of landscape...
Northern Blazing Star and Goldenrod under what I call a "hard" summer sky. It has to do with angle of light. The clouds either look "hard" or "soft". I like soft clouds better...but this is effective too. It is not a photographic artifact. If you look carefully at the sky you will see the difference for yourself. 
In-camera HDR from the Sony HX90V at 114mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2015-08-03 11:49:15 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Impressions
The cake photo from yesterday got posted to this collection by accident, and generated too much interaction to move it...so I thought for today we would post a real impressions version, with the cake looking even more mouthwatering. :) Sony HX90V in-camera Picture Effect. 

Impressions
The cake photo from yesterday got posted to this collection by accident, and generated too much interaction to move it...so I thought for today we would post a real impressions version, with the cake looking even more mouthwatering. :) Sony HX90V in-camera Picture Effect. ___

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2015-08-03 11:29:45 (9 comments, 4 reshares, 91 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Northern Leopard Frogs Rule!
There may have been no Moose at Alwive Pond in the Alwive Pond Woods Preserve of the Kennebunk Land Trust, but there were certainly a lot of Northern Leopard Frogs. I do not know what the tipping point is, but there are ponds in Southern Maine where the Bull Frog predominates to the exclusion of Leopard Frogs, and there are ponds where the Leopard Frog appears have displaced all the Bulls. Alwive Pond is Northern Leopard Frog territory! They were everywhere along the pond edge in the boggy peat. You can actually get pretty close to a Northern Leopard Frog…much closer, in my experience, than you can get to any Bull Frog. :) I love the pattern on the skin, and I find the Leopard Frog elegant, when compared to a Bull Frog. I am glad to find that they have their strongholds, places where the Northern Leopard Frog rules, and that one is in AlwiveW... more »

Pic for Today: Northern Leopard Frogs Rule!
There may have been no Moose at Alwive Pond in the Alwive Pond Woods Preserve of the Kennebunk Land Trust, but there were certainly a lot of Northern Leopard Frogs. I do not know what the tipping point is, but there are ponds in Southern Maine where the Bull Frog predominates to the exclusion of Leopard Frogs, and there are ponds where the Leopard Frog appears have displaced all the Bulls. Alwive Pond is Northern Leopard Frog territory! They were everywhere along the pond edge in the boggy peat. You can actually get pretty close to a Northern Leopard Frog…much closer, in my experience, than you can get to any Bull Frog. :) I love the pattern on the skin, and I find the Leopard Frog elegant, when compared to a Bull Frog. I am glad to find that they have their strongholds, places where the Northern Leopard Frog rules, and that one is in Alwive Woods.

This is a collage of 4 views, representing 3 frogs, assembled in Coolage. All images with the Sony HX90V at various equivalent fields of view, from 50mm to 200mm. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-08-02 16:16:00 (35 comments, 17 reshares, 283 +1s)Open 

The Ingraham traditional birthday cake for my wife Carol. Double chocolate with whipped cream frosting and strawberry hearts and chocolate kisses ☺

The Ingraham traditional birthday cake for my wife Carol. Double chocolate with whipped cream frosting and strawberry hearts and chocolate kisses ☺___

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2015-08-02 12:54:39 (26 comments, 33 reshares, 332 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
Alwive Pond, on the Alwive Woods Preserve, Kennebunk Land Trust. About a mile and a quarter from the nearest road still open to motor vehicles, nestled back in a chunk of wild lands between rural roads. I always go hoping for Moose (I saw one here many years ago). Even without Moose it is a wonderful little pond, with a lot of peat bog around the edge. Sony HX90V in-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom. 

For the love of landscape...
Alwive Pond, on the Alwive Woods Preserve, Kennebunk Land Trust. About a mile and a quarter from the nearest road still open to motor vehicles, nestled back in a chunk of wild lands between rural roads. I always go hoping for Moose (I saw one here many years ago). Even without Moose it is a wonderful little pond, with a lot of peat bog around the edge. Sony HX90V in-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2015-08-02 11:54:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Day Lily Impressions, the album :(

Day Lily Impressions, the album :(___

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2015-08-02 11:53:09 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Impressions
Another Day Lily Impression from my trip to the electric company yesterday. Sony HX90V in-camera Picture Effect. 

Impressions
Another Day Lily Impression from my trip to the electric company yesterday. Sony HX90V in-camera Picture Effect. ___

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2015-08-02 11:44:40 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

The Generous Eye
Pic for Today: Day Lily Illustration Effect. Happy Sunday!
Yesterday my wife asked me to take the electric payment to the office (we have a municipal power company that serves the town) on my way to the store. I was reluctant to do it, but she shamed me into it :). Good thing! While I was dropping it off, I saw the mixed stand of Day Lilies at the corner of the parking lot. The Day Lilies all over town this year are spectacular. There must have been a town “beautification” project sponsored by someone that featured Day Lilies at a bargain, and these yellow lilies in particular…because there are plantings of them along the brick sidewalks, in the median of streets, around banks and other businesses…everywhere! I have been meaning to stop and photograph some of the more impressive spreads, and here was one right at hand in the electric company parking lot. And, ofcourse,... more »

The Generous Eye
Pic for Today: Day Lily Illustration Effect. Happy Sunday!
Yesterday my wife asked me to take the electric payment to the office (we have a municipal power company that serves the town) on my way to the store. I was reluctant to do it, but she shamed me into it :). Good thing! While I was dropping it off, I saw the mixed stand of Day Lilies at the corner of the parking lot. The Day Lilies all over town this year are spectacular. There must have been a town “beautification” project sponsored by someone that featured Day Lilies at a bargain, and these yellow lilies in particular…because there are plantings of them along the brick sidewalks, in the median of streets, around banks and other businesses…everywhere! I have been meaning to stop and photograph some of the more impressive spreads, and here was one right at hand in the electric company parking lot. And, of course, I had my Sony HX90V with me. Life is good.

This is not quite a photograph…or maybe rather, it is slightly more than a photograph. The HX90V has a range of Picture Effects built in. I have never been one for such “features”…I like my photography straight-up mostly…but I have been experimenting with a few of the HX90V’s effects. This is the Illustration effect…it attempts to turn the photo into a drawing…simplifying colors, emphasizing edges, etc so that the image looks like something drawn, perhaps with markers and bright inks, rather than a photograph. This is all done in-camera, before the image is saved to the card, so that when you first open it, it already looks like this. It can be very interesting with the right subject. As I say, not a photograph exactly, but an interesting image.

It worked particularly well here. The simplification of the yellow petals is striking, and the background has an artfully rendered look. I like it a lot. I think it is actually beautiful.

And there is a lot to work with in the image and the situation for The Generous Eye and the Sunday Thought. If I had remained stubbornly stingy when my wife asked me to run the errand, well…I never would have seen this Lily. The Generous Eye begins with a generosity of spirit that leaves you open to the needs of others…and to any and every adventure. Then there is the generosity of the town and their lily planting program that inspired me to look at lilies more closely this year. I equate The Generous Eye, at least in part, with “having vision”…in the sense of being able to visualize a better tomorrow and do something about it. Someone, or some group, in the town had to have “seen” with a generous eye what the town would look like this summer patterned with yellow lilies. And then there is the generosity of the Sony engineering team, who worked to include this effect in the camera’s software. I always wondered why they bothered. I am sure not many people use the Picture Effects at all…most who buy the camera will never discover that they are there…and yet a lot of time and energy must have gone into creating them, and refining them to work as well as they do. That was generous of Sony in both senses I have already highlighted. Finally there is an element of “willingness to try new things” in the Generous Eye. As I already suggested, an adventurous spirit is necessary for a generous eye. If I had stuck to my prejudices (stingy prejudices) then I would not have tried the Illustration effect…and missed this image.

Finally, I have to believe in The Generous Eye of the creator of all, who embodies generosity in all its forms and who loved every circumstance that lead to this image into existence. I am not who I am because I see God…I am who I am because God sees me…and God’s eye is always and all ways generous. Happy Sunday!___

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2015-08-01 14:53:33 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Impressions
Northern Blazing Star growing up through Goldenrod. In-camera Picture Effect, Illustration. Color and form! 

Impressions
Northern Blazing Star growing up through Goldenrod. In-camera Picture Effect, Illustration. Color and form! ___

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2015-08-01 12:18:39 (4 comments, 6 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
Northern Blazing Star on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area, in southern Maine...with a tall summer sky. Sony HX90V in-camera HDR. 

For the love of landscape...
Northern Blazing Star on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area, in southern Maine...with a tall summer sky. Sony HX90V in-camera HDR. ___

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2015-08-01 12:03:35 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Northern Blazing Star on Goldenrod
As though the Northern Blazing Star were not purple enough already, I found spots on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area where it was growing in association with Goldenrod. The contrast in color and form was striking.  I made several attempts to capture the effect. :) The Blazing Star is, as predicted, doing well this year.

Sony HX90V in-camera HDR at about 300mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 80 @ f6.3. Processed and cropped slightly for composition in Lightroom.

Pic for Today: Northern Blazing Star on Goldenrod
As though the Northern Blazing Star were not purple enough already, I found spots on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area where it was growing in association with Goldenrod. The contrast in color and form was striking.  I made several attempts to capture the effect. :) The Blazing Star is, as predicted, doing well this year.

Sony HX90V in-camera HDR at about 300mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 80 @ f6.3. Processed and cropped slightly for composition in Lightroom.___

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2015-07-31 11:54:04 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
A plantation of pines, probably planted after the major wildfire of 1947, between Cole Road and Alwive Pond: Alwive Woods Preserve, Kennebunk Land Trust. I don't think they plant trees like this anymore, all in straight lines and evenly spaced. I suspect they had a machine. The geometry of it is interesting. It took me several moments to figure out what it was that was nagging me about the forest as I walked through it, and then I looked to my left and saw the geometry. Ah! 
Sony HX90V in-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom. 

For the love of landscape...
A plantation of pines, probably planted after the major wildfire of 1947, between Cole Road and Alwive Pond: Alwive Woods Preserve, Kennebunk Land Trust. I don't think they plant trees like this anymore, all in straight lines and evenly spaced. I suspect they had a machine. The geometry of it is interesting. It took me several moments to figure out what it was that was nagging me about the forest as I walked through it, and then I looked to my left and saw the geometry. Ah! 
Sony HX90V in-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2015-07-31 11:40:44 (14 comments, 25 reshares, 215 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Wren Song!
There is a nesting box near the junction of two trails at Laudholm Farm, still within sight of the farm buildings, where House Wrens have nested for years. This year is no different, and the resident Wren was out singing on the roof-top when I passed on my late afternoon photoprowl. The light was difficult but I got off a few shot anyway, before seeking a better angle… good thing, since the wren was off into the tree-line across the trail before I got my angle.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/320th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed and cropped slightly for composition in Lightroom.

Pic for Today: Wren Song!
There is a nesting box near the junction of two trails at Laudholm Farm, still within sight of the farm buildings, where House Wrens have nested for years. This year is no different, and the resident Wren was out singing on the roof-top when I passed on my late afternoon photoprowl. The light was difficult but I got off a few shot anyway, before seeking a better angle… good thing, since the wren was off into the tree-line across the trail before I got my angle.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/320th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed and cropped slightly for composition in Lightroom.___

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2015-07-30 20:28:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Impressions
I wish I had thought to use an in-camera Picture Effect for this image, but I did not. This is processed in Photoshop Elements using the Water  Color effect. It works :) From an in-camera HDR image from the Sony HX90V. 

Impressions
I wish I had thought to use an in-camera Picture Effect for this image, but I did not. This is processed in Photoshop Elements using the Water  Color effect. It works :) From an in-camera HDR image from the Sony HX90V. ___

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2015-07-30 11:27:56 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
Sometimes it is all in the details. This landscape detail needs to be viewed large. The Northern Blazing Star is beginning to come into its own. Another week and this will be a mass of purple. But for now it is a tapestry of subtle colors against the predominant green. In-camera HDR from the Sony HX90V. 

For the love of landscape...
Sometimes it is all in the details. This landscape detail needs to be viewed large. The Northern Blazing Star is beginning to come into its own. Another week and this will be a mass of purple. But for now it is a tapestry of subtle colors against the predominant green. In-camera HDR from the Sony HX90V. ___

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2015-07-30 11:12:13 (23 comments, 63 reshares, 678 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Cedar Waxwing Bookends
There is always something happening at Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area in West Kennebunk. I was on the Plains to check the progress of the Northern Blazing Star bloom, which is coming on nicely, and, of course, I had to take a turn around the pond. There is a little grove of pines and birches near the east end that always has birds feeding. These Cedar Waxwings were eating berries. I like the pose here, with the birds in opposition… and, of course, the light… late afternoon light slanting through the grove.

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

Pic for Today: Cedar Waxwing Bookends
There is always something happening at Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area in West Kennebunk. I was on the Plains to check the progress of the Northern Blazing Star bloom, which is coming on nicely, and, of course, I had to take a turn around the pond. There is a little grove of pines and birches near the east end that always has birds feeding. These Cedar Waxwings were eating berries. I like the pose here, with the birds in opposition… and, of course, the light… late afternoon light slanting through the grove.

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

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2015-07-29 13:40:54 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

#wordlesswednesday


#wordlesswednesday
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2015-07-29 12:15:50 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Eastern Bluebirds at Laudholm Farm (Wells National Estuarine Research Center). Nesting boxes by the parking lot. smile emoticon Always good to see a bluebird in Maine. The houses are well out in the field, so again, this is stretching the limits of photography. Composite of photos from the Nikon P900. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Coolage. 

Eastern Bluebirds at Laudholm Farm (Wells National Estuarine Research Center). Nesting boxes by the parking lot. smile emoticon Always good to see a bluebird in Maine. The houses are well out in the field, so again, this is stretching the limits of photography. Composite of photos from the Nikon P900. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Coolage. ___

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2015-07-29 11:47:05 (4 comments, 10 reshares, 88 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
I stepped out the front door to retrieve the dog last evening and was struck by the light. Everything glowed. I can see just enough sky through the trees from the porch to believe there might be a good sunset at the beach, so I put the dog in the house and drove the 2 miles to the ocean. I say sunset at the beach, but, of course, we face East here in Maine, so the sunset is over the tidal basin of Back Creek where it enters the Mousam River...and it is one of my favorite spots for sunset. You will find other shots take from the same spot here in this collection.
Sony HX90V in-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom.  

For the love of landscape...
I stepped out the front door to retrieve the dog last evening and was struck by the light. Everything glowed. I can see just enough sky through the trees from the porch to believe there might be a good sunset at the beach, so I put the dog in the house and drove the 2 miles to the ocean. I say sunset at the beach, but, of course, we face East here in Maine, so the sunset is over the tidal basin of Back Creek where it enters the Mousam River...and it is one of my favorite spots for sunset. You will find other shots take from the same spot here in this collection.
Sony HX90V in-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom.  ___

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2015-07-29 11:35:33 (30 comments, 43 reshares, 351 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Are you done yet...
My late afternoon photoprowl at Laudholm Farm a few days ago was particularly productive. Just down the trail from the Common Yellowthroat with the bugs from yesterday’s post, I heard a chip close by and looked up into the branches of a small tree to find this Chipmunk posing. He was patient with my photography, giving me different sides, and letting me work around for angles for several minutes. He was inside the close focus on the Nikon P900 (16.5 feet) so I could not use full zoom. I even switched cameras for this shot, which uses the Sony HX90V’s Clear Image digital zoom for 1440mm equivalent field of view and a nice close-up. By this time the Chipmunk seemed to be wondering if I was done yet. :) I moved on.

Camera as above. 1/250th @ ISO 160 @ f6.4. Processed in Lightroom.

Pic for Today: Are you done yet...
My late afternoon photoprowl at Laudholm Farm a few days ago was particularly productive. Just down the trail from the Common Yellowthroat with the bugs from yesterday’s post, I heard a chip close by and looked up into the branches of a small tree to find this Chipmunk posing. He was patient with my photography, giving me different sides, and letting me work around for angles for several minutes. He was inside the close focus on the Nikon P900 (16.5 feet) so I could not use full zoom. I even switched cameras for this shot, which uses the Sony HX90V’s Clear Image digital zoom for 1440mm equivalent field of view and a nice close-up. By this time the Chipmunk seemed to be wondering if I was done yet. :) I moved on.

Camera as above. 1/250th @ ISO 160 @ f6.4. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-07-28 14:26:19 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

Blue-grey Tanager taken with the Nikon P900 Point and Shoot Superzoom camera from the canopy tower at Tranquilo Bay Lodge in Bocas del Toro Panama. Join me there October 11-17 for a week of inspiration and photography at the great price of $1575, double occupancy. This is an even better deal than I thought as the package includes the Lodge, excursions, AND a night coming and going in Panama City, and all travel within Panama...one of the best deals on a Panama adventure you will find! For more information see http://psnp.lightshedder.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/IngrahamOct15.pdf

Blue-grey Tanager taken with the Nikon P900 Point and Shoot Superzoom camera from the canopy tower at Tranquilo Bay Lodge in Bocas del Toro Panama. Join me there October 11-17 for a week of inspiration and photography at the great price of $1575, double occupancy. This is an even better deal than I thought as the package includes the Lodge, excursions, AND a night coming and going in Panama City, and all travel within Panama...one of the best deals on a Panama adventure you will find! For more information see http://psnp.lightshedder.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/IngrahamOct15.pdf___

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2015-07-28 11:59:21 (10 comments, 13 reshares, 154 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
Another often photographed scene along the Kennebunk Bridle Path. Once a tidal marsh...then dyked and drained for salt-hay, now returning to tidal marsh. But what a sky! In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. 

For the love of landscape...
Another often photographed scene along the Kennebunk Bridle Path. Once a tidal marsh...then dyked and drained for salt-hay, now returning to tidal marsh. But what a sky! In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. ___

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2015-07-28 11:43:06 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Uncommon Yellowthroat.
Oh, Common Yellowthroats are common enough this year. They are another bird that seems to have benefited from the late spring…if numbers are any indication. They are everywhere I go and in good numbers. On a late afternoon photoprowl on the trails at Laudholm Farm yesterday, I saw at least a dozen. Birds were uncommonly active for a late afternoon, perhaps because it had been rainy and gloomy until the sun broke out at about 3PM. This Yellowthroat had taken a grasshopper/beetleish thing, and was, perhaps, in retrospect, waiting until I passed on to take it to its nest. It hopped around in the branches of a tree overhanging the trail for several minutes as I photographed it. In fact I left it still hopping there when I moved on. I did not see the prey in its beak until I got the images up on the monitor at home.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalentf... more »

Pic for Today: Uncommon Yellowthroat.
Oh, Common Yellowthroats are common enough this year. They are another bird that seems to have benefited from the late spring…if numbers are any indication. They are everywhere I go and in good numbers. On a late afternoon photoprowl on the trails at Laudholm Farm yesterday, I saw at least a dozen. Birds were uncommonly active for a late afternoon, perhaps because it had been rainy and gloomy until the sun broke out at about 3PM. This Yellowthroat had taken a grasshopper/beetleish thing, and was, perhaps, in retrospect, waiting until I passed on to take it to its nest. It hopped around in the branches of a tree overhanging the trail for several minutes as I photographed it. In fact I left it still hopping there when I moved on. I did not see the prey in its beak until I got the images up on the monitor at home.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 360 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.

#birdsgallery  ___

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2015-07-27 14:49:00 (14 comments, 24 reshares, 253 +1s)Open 

The Three-toed Sloth is a regular in the area around Tranquilo Bay Lodge in Bocas del Toro Panama. Pack your Point and Shoot superzoom and join The Generous Eye for a P&S nature photography experience in October! Take advantage of discounted Lodge rates, and work with Stephen Ingraham, the Point and Shoot Nature Photographer to improve your vision and skills. For dates and registration information see: http://psnp.lightshedder.com/?page_id=808

The Three-toed Sloth is a regular in the area around Tranquilo Bay Lodge in Bocas del Toro Panama. Pack your Point and Shoot superzoom and join The Generous Eye for a P&S nature photography experience in October! Take advantage of discounted Lodge rates, and work with Stephen Ingraham, the Point and Shoot Nature Photographer to improve your vision and skills. For dates and registration information see: http://psnp.lightshedder.com/?page_id=808___

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2015-07-27 11:45:48 (4 comments, 11 reshares, 84 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
Branches and the shadows on the tall grass in the foreground make a classic "framed" landscape of the bend in Branch Brook on the back side of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge trail loop. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V at 24mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom. 

For the love of landscape...
Branches and the shadows on the tall grass in the foreground make a classic "framed" landscape of the bend in Branch Brook on the back side of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge trail loop. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V at 24mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2015-07-27 11:29:20 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: First Day Lilies...
It is one of the mysteries of our life here on Brown Street in Kennebunk is that our Day Lilies bloom a good two weeks after Day Lilies both up and down the street from us. We might live in a tidal trough…just slightly depressed enough so that the tide blows and draws the breath of our cold sea, two miles downriver, right through our yard. And it might be the shade of our big maples and oaks, that make our yard, our whole neighborhood, look like unbroken forest from the air (easily verified with Google Earth). And it might be when they were planted, or the particular variety, or something in our soil, or…

Whatever it is, I have to wait patiently to photograph my own lilies weeks after they have appeared even 10 houses away. Sigh. :)

But when they do bloom, one whole side of the yard are double blooms. Instead of a single, simple, swirlof ... more »

Pic for Today: First Day Lilies...
It is one of the mysteries of our life here on Brown Street in Kennebunk is that our Day Lilies bloom a good two weeks after Day Lilies both up and down the street from us. We might live in a tidal trough…just slightly depressed enough so that the tide blows and draws the breath of our cold sea, two miles downriver, right through our yard. And it might be the shade of our big maples and oaks, that make our yard, our whole neighborhood, look like unbroken forest from the air (easily verified with Google Earth). And it might be when they were planted, or the particular variety, or something in our soil, or…

Whatever it is, I have to wait patiently to photograph my own lilies weeks after they have appeared even 10 houses away. Sigh. :)

But when they do bloom, one whole side of the yard are double blooms. Instead of a single, simple, swirl of petals around the anthers, there are two…the outer fairly normal, and the inner smaller and more ornate. Again…who knows why? Close in like this, it looks almost like an abstract of itself.

Sony HX90V macro at about 35mm equivalent field of view. 1/160th @ ISO 80 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-07-26 15:30:29 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Impressions
Froggy in a pool. Bullfrogs at Emmon's Preserve, Kennebunkport ME. In-camera Illustration Picture Effect, Sony HX90V.

Impressions
Froggy in a pool. Bullfrogs at Emmon's Preserve, Kennebunkport ME. In-camera Illustration Picture Effect, Sony HX90V.___

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2015-07-26 11:31:39 (4 comments, 7 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
For today, another view of Northern Blazing Star, which was the Pic for Today/The Generous Eye post this am. This time with the landscape rolling way behind and the sky over all. :) Sony HX90V at 24mm equivalent field of view. 

For the love of landscape...
For today, another view of Northern Blazing Star, which was the Pic for Today/The Generous Eye post this am. This time with the landscape rolling way behind and the sky over all. :) Sony HX90V at 24mm equivalent field of view. ___

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2015-07-26 11:21:29 (9 comments, 19 reshares, 229 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Early Northern Blazing Star. Happy Sunday!
The Generous Eye
I have never seen the Kennebunk Plains so thick with Northern Blazing Star. The budded plants are everywhere, in thick stands this year. By the first week in August, the second at the latest, the Plains are going to be purple with Blazing Star. Right now, there are only a few plants here and there in bloom, but the promise is there, and barring any unnatural disaster, it is going to be a very good year for Blazing Star. Of course, the Kennebunk Plains are managed, at least in part, for Blazing Star, which is endangered in much of its historical range, and only has the one major foothold left in Maine. Blazing Star is fire dependent, and patterned and scheduled burns on the Plains keep the population healthy.

And, when the Blazing Star is in bloom, it draws its compliment of insects. Bees of several... more »

Pic for Today: Early Northern Blazing Star. Happy Sunday!
The Generous Eye
I have never seen the Kennebunk Plains so thick with Northern Blazing Star. The budded plants are everywhere, in thick stands this year. By the first week in August, the second at the latest, the Plains are going to be purple with Blazing Star. Right now, there are only a few plants here and there in bloom, but the promise is there, and barring any unnatural disaster, it is going to be a very good year for Blazing Star. Of course, the Kennebunk Plains are managed, at least in part, for Blazing Star, which is endangered in much of its historical range, and only has the one major foothold left in Maine. Blazing Star is fire dependent, and patterned and scheduled burns on the Plains keep the population healthy.

And, when the Blazing Star is in bloom, it draws its compliment of insects. Bees of several species, lots of Skippers (like the one captured above, which might be the Least Skipper), Hairstreaks (mostly Coral), Swallowtail and Monarch butterflies, and lots of orb weaver spiders. The Halloween Pennant dragonfly hunts among the the other bugs. And the insects draw the birds: Clay-collared and Grasshopper Sparrow, Upland Sandpiper, (all at the limits of their range on the Plains), as well as Savannah and Song Sparrows. The Blazing Star is the base plant, or the most visible member, for a whole community of life…and because it is so beautiful, and so visible, protecting it has protected the whole community. This is good!

I feel privileged to live so close to the remnant population of Blazing Star…to track it year to year in my informal visits to the Plains, and to share it with you in my photos. Being on the Plains when the Northern Blazing Star is in bloom is, for me, a spiritual experience…a instance of natural, spontaneous, worship. Though the Plains buzz with life in August, and hundreds of people come to pick blueberries, for me there is always a hush…a reverence in the presence of the stands of this rare and beautiful plant. It is awesome in the literal sense of the word. I feel the awe, and can only give praise and thanks. Happy Sunday!___

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2015-07-25 13:17:11 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Wild Turkey nursery. 3 hens and a dozen or more poults. At the entrance to Smith's Preserve, Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, York CO ME. Composite image. Sony HX90V. I grabbed the closest camera off the seat of the car and shot out the open window with the car still running :)

Wild Turkey nursery. 3 hens and a dozen or more poults. At the entrance to Smith's Preserve, Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, York CO ME. Composite image. Sony HX90V. I grabbed the closest camera off the seat of the car and shot out the open window with the car still running :)___

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2015-07-25 11:38:19 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Impressions
Bee on Knapweed. Emmons Preserve, Kennebunkport ME

In-camera Illustration Picture Effect. Sony HX90V.

Impressions
Bee on Knapweed. Emmons Preserve, Kennebunkport ME

In-camera Illustration Picture Effect. Sony HX90V.___

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2015-07-25 11:29:13 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
There are landscapes that attract photographers, and other tourists, just by their beauty. Landscapes folks travel to just to see and photograph. And then there are the everyday landscapes all around us. This is probably my 100th version (or there abouts) of this scene, just over 2 miles from the front door, and a couple hundred yards from a main road. The creek has no name that I can find on any map. It flows here into the Mousam River, and the Atlantic is just over the dunes. The Bridle Path, on which I am standing, is popular with joggers, dog walkers, and bicyclists, but not well known for its photographic options. And that is okay with me. :)
In-camera HDR from the Sony HX90V at 24mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom. 

For the love of landscape...
There are landscapes that attract photographers, and other tourists, just by their beauty. Landscapes folks travel to just to see and photograph. And then there are the everyday landscapes all around us. This is probably my 100th version (or there abouts) of this scene, just over 2 miles from the front door, and a couple hundred yards from a main road. The creek has no name that I can find on any map. It flows here into the Mousam River, and the Atlantic is just over the dunes. The Bridle Path, on which I am standing, is popular with joggers, dog walkers, and bicyclists, but not well known for its photographic options. And that is okay with me. :)
In-camera HDR from the Sony HX90V at 24mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2015-07-25 11:13:26 (21 comments, 27 reshares, 321 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Song on a post...
Song Sparrows are common in the marsh behind the barrier dunes and along the Mousam River. Though it is also ideal Salt-marsh Sparrow habitat, and though the marsh is protected in part because of that, I have yet to see a Salt-marsh there. Lots of Songs though. This one is perched on one of the old pilings that line the raised path where it crosses marsh. The marsh was diked and hayed for generations. They are working on restoring it to its native tidal state now. That will likely increase the likelihood that Salt-marsh Sparrow will be seen there in future generations, and perhaps diminish the number of Song Sparrows. My children might be able to see the results. :)

Nikon P900 at 3200mm equivalent field of view (full optical plus some Perfect Image digital zoom). 1/320th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.

Pic for Today: Song on a post...
Song Sparrows are common in the marsh behind the barrier dunes and along the Mousam River. Though it is also ideal Salt-marsh Sparrow habitat, and though the marsh is protected in part because of that, I have yet to see a Salt-marsh there. Lots of Songs though. This one is perched on one of the old pilings that line the raised path where it crosses marsh. The marsh was diked and hayed for generations. They are working on restoring it to its native tidal state now. That will likely increase the likelihood that Salt-marsh Sparrow will be seen there in future generations, and perhaps diminish the number of Song Sparrows. My children might be able to see the results. :)

Nikon P900 at 3200mm equivalent field of view (full optical plus some Perfect Image digital zoom). 1/320th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-07-24 12:39:23 (2 comments, 10 reshares, 106 +1s)Open 

Why should DSLR/long lens photographers have all the fun? You own a Point and Shoot Superzoom for its combination of versatility and portability (not to mention value). Take it somewhere awesome, and bring back photos that any photographer would admire. Join The Generous Eye for a Point and Shoot nature photography adventure in Bocas del Toro Panama this October and take advantage of special rates at one of the most exciting ecotour lodges in the world: Tranquilo Bay Lodge. For details and booking info visit http://psnp.lightshedder.com/?page_id=808

Why should DSLR/long lens photographers have all the fun? You own a Point and Shoot Superzoom for its combination of versatility and portability (not to mention value). Take it somewhere awesome, and bring back photos that any photographer would admire. Join The Generous Eye for a Point and Shoot nature photography adventure in Bocas del Toro Panama this October and take advantage of special rates at one of the most exciting ecotour lodges in the world: Tranquilo Bay Lodge. For details and booking info visit http://psnp.lightshedder.com/?page_id=808___

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2015-07-24 11:15:51 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
Yesterday we had amazing clouds again, thanks to a passing front that eventually dropped a smattering of rain before moving off the coast. I went sky chasing. This is one of my favorite views: the bend in Branch Brook from the observation deck on the back side of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Headquarters loop. Sweep panorama from the Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom. 

For the love of landscape...
Yesterday we had amazing clouds again, thanks to a passing front that eventually dropped a smattering of rain before moving off the coast. I went sky chasing. This is one of my favorite views: the bend in Branch Brook from the observation deck on the back side of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Headquarters loop. Sweep panorama from the Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2015-07-24 11:04:58 (12 comments, 33 reshares, 278 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Jeweled Wood Lily
I was on the Kennebunk Plains early enough, a few days ago, to find the Wood Lilies still jeweled with dew. Wood Lilies, at least on the Plains, come in two basic colors. This is the oranger of the two. The other is still orange, but edging over toward red. It is not a matter of age, though both get lighter as the bloom ages…it seems to be a genuine difference in the plants. We are seeing the last of the Wood Lilies this week. You can tell from the bare anthers that this one has opened several days now.

Sony HX90V at 44mm equivalent field of view. 1/640th @ ISO 80 @ f4.5. Processed and cropped for composition in Lightroom.

Pic for Today: Jeweled Wood Lily
I was on the Kennebunk Plains early enough, a few days ago, to find the Wood Lilies still jeweled with dew. Wood Lilies, at least on the Plains, come in two basic colors. This is the oranger of the two. The other is still orange, but edging over toward red. It is not a matter of age, though both get lighter as the bloom ages…it seems to be a genuine difference in the plants. We are seeing the last of the Wood Lilies this week. You can tell from the bare anthers that this one has opened several days now.

Sony HX90V at 44mm equivalent field of view. 1/640th @ ISO 80 @ f4.5. Processed and cropped for composition in Lightroom.___

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2015-07-23 12:45:29 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

The Grasshopper Sparrow has a very limited range in Maine...but it is found in some numbers on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area in Kennebunk. These shots (a composite of three images) are taken at the limits of what is possible: over 3500mm equivalent field of view, hand-held with the Nikon P900 superzoom Point and Shoot. 

The Grasshopper Sparrow has a very limited range in Maine...but it is found in some numbers on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area in Kennebunk. These shots (a composite of three images) are taken at the limits of what is possible: over 3500mm equivalent field of view, hand-held with the Nikon P900 superzoom Point and Shoot. ___

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2015-07-23 11:44:08 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Ah Summer...
Kennbunk Maine, across the street from Middle Beach. Ah summer! In-camera Illustration Picture Effect, Sony HX90V. Fun! 

Ah Summer...
Kennbunk Maine, across the street from Middle Beach. Ah summer! In-camera Illustration Picture Effect, Sony HX90V. Fun! ___

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2015-07-23 11:34:26 (1 comments, 7 reshares, 69 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
The sky was so awesome yesterday afternoon that I braved the summer beach traffic for a few shots along the coast. That is St. Anne's Church on Old Fort Point on the horizon in the gap in the foreground rocks. Kennebunkport Maine. Sony HX90V in-camera HDR. 

For the love of landscape...
The sky was so awesome yesterday afternoon that I braved the summer beach traffic for a few shots along the coast. That is St. Anne's Church on Old Fort Point on the horizon in the gap in the foreground rocks. Kennebunkport Maine. Sony HX90V in-camera HDR. ___

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2015-07-23 11:09:19 (9 comments, 21 reshares, 218 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Bobolink in flowers...
While photographing this meadow full of Knapweed, I observed several male Bobolinks competing for territory. I had, through an oversight, only my little Sony HX90V with me, and it only has 720mm equivalent field of view…only! That really shows how spoiled we are in the Point and Shoot Superzoom world. I used some Clear Image Zoom (Sony’s enhances digital zoom) to stretch out to 1440mm for this shot of the Bobolink with prey among the flowers.

Camera as above. 1/250th @ ISO 125 @ f6.4. Processed in Lightroom.

Pic for Today: Bobolink in flowers...
While photographing this meadow full of Knapweed, I observed several male Bobolinks competing for territory. I had, through an oversight, only my little Sony HX90V with me, and it only has 720mm equivalent field of view…only! That really shows how spoiled we are in the Point and Shoot Superzoom world. I used some Clear Image Zoom (Sony’s enhances digital zoom) to stretch out to 1440mm for this shot of the Bobolink with prey among the flowers.

Camera as above. 1/250th @ ISO 125 @ f6.4. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-07-22 17:42:08 (3 comments, 14 reshares, 105 +1s)Open 

Where will you be the week of Columbus Day? I will be leading a Generous Eye Point and Shoot Nature Photography adventure at Tranquilo Bay, Bocas del Toro, Panama. Join me and take advantage of the Lodge's special rates. Birds, frogs, monkeys, sloths, butterflies, and snakes! This is a Masked Tityra taken right off the deck at the Lodge. Unforgettable experience! More info and registration details at http://psnp.lightshedder.com/?page_id=808

Where will you be the week of Columbus Day? I will be leading a Generous Eye Point and Shoot Nature Photography adventure at Tranquilo Bay, Bocas del Toro, Panama. Join me and take advantage of the Lodge's special rates. Birds, frogs, monkeys, sloths, butterflies, and snakes! This is a Masked Tityra taken right off the deck at the Lodge. Unforgettable experience! More info and registration details at http://psnp.lightshedder.com/?page_id=808___

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2015-07-22 14:21:28 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

I think this is my first Prairie Warbler for Maine. Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area. Kennebunk ME. Nikon P900. 

I think this is my first Prairie Warbler for Maine. Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area. Kennebunk ME. Nikon P900. ___

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2015-07-22 14:20:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

#wordlessonwednesday  

#wordlessonwednesday  ___

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2015-07-22 13:36:16 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 55 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
Pond with Birches. Laudholm Farms, Wells ME. Sony HX90V in-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom. 

For the love of landscape...
Pond with Birches. Laudholm Farms, Wells ME. Sony HX90V in-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2015-07-22 13:27:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Donald Jared Dunn: It’s like when somebody says they want to go birding with you, but really they just want to get you alone in the woods, so they can take your binoculars.

More on: http://www.magicalquote.com/series/silicon-valley/
#siliconvalley   #siliconvalleyquotes  

Donald Jared Dunn: It’s like when somebody says they want to go birding with you, but really they just want to get you alone in the woods, so they can take your binoculars.

More on: http://www.magicalquote.com/series/silicon-valley/
#siliconvalley   #siliconvalleyquotes  ___

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2015-07-22 13:18:59 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Early Halloween Pennants!
On my photoprowl to the Kennebunk Plains late yesterday afternoon, I was surprised to find a few Northern Blazing Star in bloom. This is going to be a year with a lot of Blazing Star, and I am expecting a bold display, but not for several more weeks…well into August. Still I was happy to see them in bloom, as often I am traveling when the Blazing Star is a its peak. Maybe early this year :)

I also found at least two, probably teneral, Halloween Pennants among the Blazing Star. Again, this is a Dragonfly that I have seen on the Plains when the Blazing Star is in bloom, in August. These might be early, and they were almost certainly newly emerged, as the wings were quite light in color. The one on the right is on a Blazing Star bud, far from open.

Sony HX90V at 720-1000mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom and assembledi... more »

Pic for Today: Early Halloween Pennants!
On my photoprowl to the Kennebunk Plains late yesterday afternoon, I was surprised to find a few Northern Blazing Star in bloom. This is going to be a year with a lot of Blazing Star, and I am expecting a bold display, but not for several more weeks…well into August. Still I was happy to see them in bloom, as often I am traveling when the Blazing Star is a its peak. Maybe early this year :)

I also found at least two, probably teneral, Halloween Pennants among the Blazing Star. Again, this is a Dragonfly that I have seen on the Plains when the Blazing Star is in bloom, in August. These might be early, and they were almost certainly newly emerged, as the wings were quite light in color. The one on the right is on a Blazing Star bud, far from open.

Sony HX90V at 720-1000mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Coolage.___

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