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Stephen Ingraham

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Christian, birder, photographer, blogger...

Occupation: Retired. Senior Brand Advocate for Birding and Wildlife Observation: Carl Zeiss Sports Optics (Photographer (nature & landscape), Blogger)

Location: Kennebunk ME

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2017-01-12 11:42:40 (26 comments; 7 reshares; 213 +1s; )Open 

(or seascape in this case). High seas and surf off Kennebunk Beach, the Colony Hotel in the background. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Most reshares: 14

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2017-01-10 10:52:03 (3 comments; 14 reshares; 181 +1s; )Open 

Mousam River at Roger's Pond Park, Kennebunk Maine. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my iPad Pro. 

Most plusones: 318

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2017-01-18 10:31:59 (6 comments; 12 reshares; 318 +1s; )Open 


Frozen stream in the forest at Laudholm Farms, in Wells Maine. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

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2017-01-19 10:37:45 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 82 +1s; )Open 

The roads were too slippery to get out for pics yesterday, so this is from right across the street. :) Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

The roads were too slippery to get out for pics yesterday, so this is from right across the street. :) Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-01-19 10:34:21 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Nuthatch

Another shot from the back deck feeding station, this time from the rail of the deck. White-breasted Nuthatch. This is pretty much a "bird-in-the-hand" view. I especially like the feet for some reason. :)

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 125 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Nuthatch

Another shot from the back deck feeding station, this time from the rail of the deck. White-breasted Nuthatch. This is pretty much a "bird-in-the-hand" view. I especially like the feet for some reason. :)

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 125 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-01-18 22:42:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

Just for fun. The road outside our front door. Only about 5 inches, but very clingy. Just getting dark. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Just for fun. The road outside our front door. Only about 5 inches, but very clingy. Just getting dark. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-01-18 17:21:55 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

January 18
I had a Nuclear Stress Test today,
just checking my heart function,
gauging the success of my treatment
after a heart attack three years ago.
I have a Left Bundle Branch Block
so I have to do the chemical stress
test...my third time now...and each
time it feels as though I am dying...
the world collapses in on me, and
I have to concentrate to maintain
consciousness...slow steady breaths...
and as it goes on I feel my stomach
turning, and my core sinking in on
itself...thank heavens, by the time I
feel like I might totally lapse, they
have already turned off the pump,
and I begin to surface again, the
world opens out, and I begin to think
I might survive. I am sure they
would be totally embarassed if I
were to die right there in the chair,
which is why the nurse takes my
BP... more »

January 18
I had a Nuclear Stress Test today,
just checking my heart function,
gauging the success of my treatment
after a heart attack three years ago.
I have a Left Bundle Branch Block
so I have to do the chemical stress
test...my third time now...and each
time it feels as though I am dying...
the world collapses in on me, and
I have to concentrate to maintain
consciousness...slow steady breaths...
and as it goes on I feel my stomach
turning, and my core sinking in on
itself...thank heavens, by the time I
feel like I might totally lapse, they
have already turned off the pump,
and I begin to surface again, the
world opens out, and I begin to think
I might survive. I am sure they
would be totally embarassed if I
were to die right there in the chair,
which is why the nurse takes my
BP every moment, and makes
reasuring chatter, while the Dr.
(my Cardiologist) watches the EKG,
and the Nuclear technician keeps
his hand on the pump swith. He
told me, during prep when I asked
about doing the treadmill instead of
the chemicals, that the crash cart is just
around the corner...not that that ever
happens he said...one in 10,000. On
the way home I was thinking 1 in 10,000
is not good odds at all. 1 in 100,000
is maybe reasuring, and 1 in a million
is what I want to hear when they are
messing with my heart. After all they
might embarassed if I died on them,
but I would be really discouraged!___

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2017-01-18 10:31:59 (6 comments; 12 reshares; 318 +1s; )Open 


Frozen stream in the forest at Laudholm Farms, in Wells Maine. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 


Frozen stream in the forest at Laudholm Farms, in Wells Maine. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-01-18 10:25:58 (5 comments; 4 reshares; 65 +1s; )Open 

Winter Finch...
I am having a lot of fun with the back deck feeding station this winter. There have even been a few days when the birds were active and the light was good for photography. This is one of the American Goldfinches that was flocking with the Bluebirds the other day. This is just about an ideal shot. Close in, with an interesting background, and great light for feather detail. No credit to me, other than the foresight to bold the apple branches to the deck around the feeders. 🙂

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/320th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Winter Finch...
I am having a lot of fun with the back deck feeding station this winter. There have even been a few days when the birds were active and the light was good for photography. This is one of the American Goldfinches that was flocking with the Bluebirds the other day. This is just about an ideal shot. Close in, with an interesting background, and great light for feather detail. No credit to me, other than the foresight to bold the apple branches to the deck around the feeders. 🙂

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/320th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-01-17 17:16:29 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

January 17
The fields lay quiet under the sun.
Without the grace of snow to cover
their winter want or soften the light
they have a stark, abandoned beauty...
from the derelict delicacy of the skeletons
of summer's weeds still standing, to the
lichen exposed on the twisted bones
of the maple trees. and the white birches
like silent witnesses waiting the coming
of the spring. Far away a flock of Blue
Jays caw and bell, and whistle songs
as thin and tenuous as the January sun. 

January 17
The fields lay quiet under the sun.
Without the grace of snow to cover
their winter want or soften the light
they have a stark, abandoned beauty...
from the derelict delicacy of the skeletons
of summer's weeds still standing, to the
lichen exposed on the twisted bones
of the maple trees. and the white birches
like silent witnesses waiting the coming
of the spring. Far away a flock of Blue
Jays caw and bell, and whistle songs
as thin and tenuous as the January sun. ___

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2017-01-17 11:32:58 (8 comments; 5 reshares; 172 +1s; )Open 

Ice bound Day Brook Pond, Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area, W. Kennebunk Maine. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my iPad Pro. 

Ice bound Day Brook Pond, Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area, W. Kennebunk Maine. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-01-17 11:12:44 (7 comments; 6 reshares; 75 +1s; )Open 

Bluebirds in the yard!
We have lived here in Kennebunk, in this house, for over 20 years, and yesterday we had a new yard bird. That is always exciting. A small feeding flock that included at least 4 Eastern Bluebirds came to the back deck feeding station. Bluebirds are primarily insect eaters, so they don’t generally visit feeders (unless you have live mealworms out), but they were with a group of American Goldfinches, and Bluebirds have been known to supplement their diet with sunflower kernels (and fruits and berries). I suspect the Bluebirds were foraging on the fully opened and half eaten sunflower seeds the Goldfinches were dropping. A few did come up to deck level and perch on the railings and on the apple branches bolted to the deck for perches around the feeding station. I stepped out on the back deck with my camera and stood quietly until both Goldfinches and Bluebirds gotc... more »

Bluebirds in the yard!
We have lived here in Kennebunk, in this house, for over 20 years, and yesterday we had a new yard bird. That is always exciting. A small feeding flock that included at least 4 Eastern Bluebirds came to the back deck feeding station. Bluebirds are primarily insect eaters, so they don’t generally visit feeders (unless you have live mealworms out), but they were with a group of American Goldfinches, and Bluebirds have been known to supplement their diet with sunflower kernels (and fruits and berries). I suspect the Bluebirds were foraging on the fully opened and half eaten sunflower seeds the Goldfinches were dropping. A few did come up to deck level and perch on the railings and on the apple branches bolted to the deck for perches around the feeding station. I stepped out on the back deck with my camera and stood quietly until both Goldfinches and Bluebirds got comfortable enough with me there to perch 8 feet away. It was a cold, clear, winter day and the light was great. It does not get any better than that!

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 160 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. I edged as far out on the deck as I dared but I was still shooting under a branch that came up and to the right over the Bluebird’s head. I removed it with TouchRetouch, also on my iPad Pro. If you want to explore the feather detail, you should view this image as large as your computing device allows.

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2017-01-16 19:13:36 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

January 16
Who knew on waking that we
would see the first ever Bluebird
in our yard...4 or 5 actually...that
they would sit on the apple branches
placed for perches around the feeders,
and even perch on the back deck rail,
and be so very blue in multiple and
various shades from robin's egg
to indigo, so rusty rich all down
the chest and tummy, so uniquely
and wonderfully, so amazingly,
so surprisingly, bluebirdish...

and that they would come not
once, but several times in the
course of the day, in the company
of pale winter Goldfinches who,
messy feeders that they are, drop
half eaten sunflower seeds to the
deck and ground where the blue-
birds are comfortable eating.

Will we remember this day as the
day the bluebirds came (as in once
upon a time), or as the day... more »

January 16
Who knew on waking that we
would see the first ever Bluebird
in our yard...4 or 5 actually...that
they would sit on the apple branches
placed for perches around the feeders,
and even perch on the back deck rail,
and be so very blue in multiple and
various shades from robin's egg
to indigo, so rusty rich all down
the chest and tummy, so uniquely
and wonderfully, so amazingly,
so surprisingly, bluebirdish...

and that they would come not
once, but several times in the
course of the day, in the company
of pale winter Goldfinches who,
messy feeders that they are, drop
half eaten sunflower seeds to the
deck and ground where the blue-
birds are comfortable eating.

Will we remember this day as the
day the bluebirds came (as in once
upon a time), or as the day the bluebirds
first graced our yard with what became
the ongoing blessing of bluebirdness?

Time will tell...___

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2017-01-16 14:09:52 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

And only 6 spaces left on this small boat tour of the Galápagos Islands. Join me there. 

And only 6 spaces left on this small boat tour of the Galápagos Islands. Join me there. ___

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2017-01-16 14:06:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Only 2 spaces left on this amazing, one-in-a-lifetime adventure on the Amazon River. Join Catherine Hamilton on a first class tour boat experience. (I'll be there too :) 

Only 2 spaces left on this amazing, one-in-a-lifetime adventure on the Amazon River. Join Catherine Hamilton on a first class tour boat experience. (I'll be there too :) ___

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2017-01-16 11:56:11 (22 comments; 7 reshares; 219 +1s; )Open 

Looking south along the coast from Nubble Light in York Beach Maine. Winter sky. In-camera HDR, Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. I applied some lens and perspective correction to get the building on the right upright again :) 

Looking south along the coast from Nubble Light in York Beach Maine. Winter sky. In-camera HDR, Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. I applied some lens and perspective correction to get the building on the right upright again :) ___

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2017-01-16 11:26:14 (7 comments; 6 reshares; 108 +1s; )Open 

Eagle at Roger's Pond...
Some of you know I have been checking the Mousam River at Roger’s Pond Park regularly over the past 2 months, in hopes of seeing the Eagles that hunt the river there most winters and can be seen well into summer. It is somehow more special to see the Eagles there, only a quarter mile off Main Street, in downtown Kennebunk. No luck so far this year, until yesterday! I always hope for an Eagle on a good perch, but this one was tucked back into the pine, high and on the far side of the river, and the only vantage with and unobstructed view of the face was from entirely too far away. Still, it is an Eagle!

Sony Rx10iii at 1200mm equivalent field of view (2x Clear Image Zoom). 1/400th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro.



Eagle at Roger's Pond...
Some of you know I have been checking the Mousam River at Roger’s Pond Park regularly over the past 2 months, in hopes of seeing the Eagles that hunt the river there most winters and can be seen well into summer. It is somehow more special to see the Eagles there, only a quarter mile off Main Street, in downtown Kennebunk. No luck so far this year, until yesterday! I always hope for an Eagle on a good perch, but this one was tucked back into the pine, high and on the far side of the river, and the only vantage with and unobstructed view of the face was from entirely too far away. Still, it is an Eagle!

Sony Rx10iii at 1200mm equivalent field of view (2x Clear Image Zoom). 1/400th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro.

___

2017-01-15 17:07:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

January 15
At last an Eagle at Roger's Pond Park,
across the Mousam in a very tall pine,
its eye obscured from every angle by
a branch, but there, bald and bold,
and beautiful, pushing its huge yellow
beak out into the January cold. It gives
me courage to go back, maybe daily,
next week, maybe a couple times a day,
to see if I can catch it on a better perch...
(or catch it there at all again). What a way
to start a Sunday. What a way to start
a week! Eagle in a tree at Roger's Pond!

January 15
At last an Eagle at Roger's Pond Park,
across the Mousam in a very tall pine,
its eye obscured from every angle by
a branch, but there, bald and bold,
and beautiful, pushing its huge yellow
beak out into the January cold. It gives
me courage to go back, maybe daily,
next week, maybe a couple times a day,
to see if I can catch it on a better perch...
(or catch it there at all again). What a way
to start a Sunday. What a way to start
a week! Eagle in a tree at Roger's Pond!___

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2017-01-15 12:25:16 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 59 +1s; )Open 

Bonus Sunday Pic for today: Nubble Light (York Maine) under a winter sky. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr and PhotoShop Express on my iPad Pro. 

Bonus Sunday Pic for today: Nubble Light (York Maine) under a winter sky. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr and PhotoShop Express on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-01-15 12:06:38 (11 comments; 4 reshares; 91 +1s; )Open 

Hampton Beach, Hampton, New Hampshire, looking north. Great winter sky. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my iPad Pro. 

Hampton Beach, Hampton, New Hampshire, looking north. Great winter sky. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-01-15 11:56:15 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

That tree... Happy Sunday!

“If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light.” Jesus

Sometimes it is hard to the that tree, and sometimes it is just too hard not to be.

To the generous eye it is all one. God is a the God of infinite variety. We treasure each tree in its difference, and treasure the difference in each tree.

Happy Sunday!



That tree... Happy Sunday!

“If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light.” Jesus

Sometimes it is hard to the that tree, and sometimes it is just too hard not to be.

To the generous eye it is all one. God is a the God of infinite variety. We treasure each tree in its difference, and treasure the difference in each tree.

Happy Sunday!

___

2017-01-14 21:19:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Januray 14
They said there was a Snowy Owl
sitting on the dunes at Hampton
Beach all day yesterday, (I saw
pictures on Facebook to prove it)
so I had to go, despite single digit
weather, and enough experience in
such journeys (in this one, in fact,
having attempted the same each
winter at least once for several years...
I do know better than to chase a
Snowy Owl on a cold January
day, despite positive reports, and
photo documentation...it is never
there, not at Hampton Beach, not
anywhere.) The dunes were as
empty as the day was cold, so cold
I had to put on both pairs of gloves
and keep pulling my hat down against
the wind off the water, which stretched
away to a crystal horizon under wispy
clouds that could only be made of ice,
tiny ice drops, suspended above a
winter sea. Perfect... more »

Januray 14
They said there was a Snowy Owl
sitting on the dunes at Hampton
Beach all day yesterday, (I saw
pictures on Facebook to prove it)
so I had to go, despite single digit
weather, and enough experience in
such journeys (in this one, in fact,
having attempted the same each
winter at least once for several years...
I do know better than to chase a
Snowy Owl on a cold January
day, despite positive reports, and
photo documentation...it is never
there, not at Hampton Beach, not
anywhere.) The dunes were as
empty as the day was cold, so cold
I had to put on both pairs of gloves
and keep pulling my hat down against
the wind off the water, which stretched
away to a crystal horizon under wispy
clouds that could only be made of ice,
tiny ice drops, suspended above a
winter sea. Perfect weather for a
Snowy Owl not be in the dunes at
Hampton Beach (or anywhere).
___

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2017-01-14 12:23:55 (10 comments; 4 reshares; 163 +1s; )Open 

Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area, W. Kennebunk Maine. January thaw and rain has opened the inflow end of the pond, but the birches are still ice bound. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area, W. Kennebunk Maine. January thaw and rain has opened the inflow end of the pond, but the birches are still ice bound. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-01-14 12:15:08 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 64 +1s; )Open 

Pine plantation, January thaw...
I went inland yesterday on my photo prowl. I managed to find a safe place to park at Kennebunk Plains and walked in to Day Brook Pond, and then went around the loop to Alwive Pond Preserve on the other side of the Mousam and walked back through the pine plantations there. After several days of rain and thaw, it is looking rather winter-worn and the trail, where it has been packed by hikers and snowshoers, is pure ice, but the pine plantation was a strange as ever. A poem.

There are few places stranger than
the pine plantation at Alwive Pond.
The trees all of a kind and all of an
age…my age…or a few years younger,
planted in the early 50s to fill in
for the fires of 47. And today, in
a January thaw, the trees stand stark
in the filtered light, unnaturally even,
holding high a fragile roof against
thewin... more »

Pine plantation, January thaw...
I went inland yesterday on my photo prowl. I managed to find a safe place to park at Kennebunk Plains and walked in to Day Brook Pond, and then went around the loop to Alwive Pond Preserve on the other side of the Mousam and walked back through the pine plantations there. After several days of rain and thaw, it is looking rather winter-worn and the trail, where it has been packed by hikers and snowshoers, is pure ice, but the pine plantation was a strange as ever. A poem.

There are few places stranger than
the pine plantation at Alwive Pond.
The trees all of a kind and all of an
age…my age…or a few years younger,
planted in the early 50s to fill in
for the fires of 47. And today, in
a January thaw, the trees stand stark
in the filtered light, unnaturally even,
holding high a fragile roof against
the winter sky. The hush is so profound
it is a presence, behind you, a cowled
multitude, breathing reverence in
perfect rhythm to your breath.

Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. 24mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro for a somewhat high-key effect to bring out the geometry. ___

2017-01-13 17:44:21 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

January 13
There are few places stranger than
the pine plantation at Alwive Pond.
The trees all of a kind and all of an
age...my age...or a few years younger,
planted in the early 50s to fill in
for the fires of 47. And today, in
a January thaw, the trees stand stark
in the filtered light, unnaturally even,
holding high a fragile roof against
the winter sky. The hush is so profound
it is a presence, behind you, a cowled
multitude, breathing reverence in
perfect rhythm to your breath. 

January 13
There are few places stranger than
the pine plantation at Alwive Pond.
The trees all of a kind and all of an
age...my age...or a few years younger,
planted in the early 50s to fill in
for the fires of 47. And today, in
a January thaw, the trees stand stark
in the filtered light, unnaturally even,
holding high a fragile roof against
the winter sky. The hush is so profound
it is a presence, behind you, a cowled
multitude, breathing reverence in
perfect rhythm to your breath. ___

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2017-01-13 10:21:19 (17 comments; 2 reshares; 216 +1s; )Open 

King Tide flooding the marshes a mile inland from the sea, along Branch Brook. (More like 2 miles if you are actually traveling with the stream.) Sony Rx10iii at 24mm equivalent field of view. In-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

King Tide flooding the marshes a mile inland from the sea, along Branch Brook. (More like 2 miles if you are actually traveling with the stream.) Sony Rx10iii at 24mm equivalent field of view. In-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-01-13 10:10:28 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 81 +1s; )Open 

Nuthatch
It was dark and rainy yesterday, here in Kennebunk Maine, so of course, the birds were very active at the feeder. I was tempted out to the deck for a few photos, though the low light made focus difficult and pushed the ISO higher than I would have liked. This White-breasted Nuthatch performed nicely for me, (and there was a Red-breasted in the suet feeder as well, pic maybe tomorrow 🙂 This is not a bad shot for ISO 1600.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/100th @ f4. Processed and cropped slightly in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Nuthatch
It was dark and rainy yesterday, here in Kennebunk Maine, so of course, the birds were very active at the feeder. I was tempted out to the deck for a few photos, though the low light made focus difficult and pushed the ISO higher than I would have liked. This White-breasted Nuthatch performed nicely for me, (and there was a Red-breasted in the suet feeder as well, pic maybe tomorrow 🙂 This is not a bad shot for ISO 1600.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/100th @ f4. Processed and cropped slightly in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-01-13 01:56:00 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 40 +1s; )Open 

Google Photos does it again. :)

Google Photos does it again. :)___

2017-01-12 21:06:28 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

January 12
Left-overs all gone...time to think up
another meal. Something made me
think Chinese...bean sprouts...noodles,
and I decided if I could find fresh
sprouts at the grocery store I would
go that way...no more cans of Chung
King since the heart attack...low
sodium all the way...so a package
of tofu, the bean sprouts, a green
pepper, a stalk of celery (so nice they
sell it by the stalk these days), a
head of bok choi, a double hand full
of sugar-snap peas (a buck less per
pound that the snows) the lowest
sodium stir fry sauce I could find,
and multi-grain spaghetti to serve
it over (I know, not authentic, but
it is really good pasta). Dug out the
wok from the basement, and in a
moment I will go out to the kitchen
to wash it and heat the oil and
start chopping tofu and veggies,... more »

January 12
Left-overs all gone...time to think up
another meal. Something made me
think Chinese...bean sprouts...noodles,
and I decided if I could find fresh
sprouts at the grocery store I would
go that way...no more cans of Chung
King since the heart attack...low
sodium all the way...so a package
of tofu, the bean sprouts, a green
pepper, a stalk of celery (so nice they
sell it by the stalk these days), a
head of bok choi, a double hand full
of sugar-snap peas (a buck less per
pound that the snows) the lowest
sodium stir fry sauce I could find,
and multi-grain spaghetti to serve
it over (I know, not authentic, but
it is really good pasta). Dug out the
wok from the basement, and in a
moment I will go out to the kitchen
to wash it and heat the oil and
start chopping tofu and veggies,
put the pasta on eventually, and
there it is...fresh stir fry for supper.___

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2017-01-12 11:42:40 (26 comments; 7 reshares; 213 +1s; )Open 

(or seascape in this case). High seas and surf off Kennebunk Beach, the Colony Hotel in the background. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

(or seascape in this case). High seas and surf off Kennebunk Beach, the Colony Hotel in the background. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-01-12 11:38:15 (3 comments; 7 reshares; 103 +1s; )Open 

Mid-winter thaw...
It got up to 47 degrees yesterday, on January 11th, after night of rain. The combination had every creek in flood, ponds melting, and the tide, already a King tide, running abnormally high. They were practicing hockey here on the little pond by Rt 9 in Kennebunk only the day before. You can see the mounds of snow that marked the edge of the shoveled area in two different storms. I like the light and shadows here, and the reflections.

Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. My own shadow removed from right center at the bottom with TouchRetouch.



Mid-winter thaw...
It got up to 47 degrees yesterday, on January 11th, after night of rain. The combination had every creek in flood, ponds melting, and the tide, already a King tide, running abnormally high. They were practicing hockey here on the little pond by Rt 9 in Kennebunk only the day before. You can see the mounds of snow that marked the edge of the shoveled area in two different storms. I like the light and shadows here, and the reflections.

Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. My own shadow removed from right center at the bottom with TouchRetouch.

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2017-01-11 20:03:16 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

January 11
Making reservations for San Diego,
flights, hotels, and car, for late next
month, thinking of Mission Bay and
the Conference Center in the sun,
of Cabrillo and La Joya, Formosa
Slough, and the walk along the
flood channel of the San Diego
River in the shadow of Sea World...
of Bird of Paradise, Bogenvilla,
and Pepper Tree in bloom.

I took a risk and booked a little
private motel on the beach off
Point Loma, away from the
craziness of Hotel Circle and
Old Town and Interstate 8...worth
a try,,,and a red-eye flight home
on Monday, which gives me time
(if I still have the energy) to drive
over the mountains late Sunday and
spend the day at Anzo Borrego
looking for wildflowers and
Desert Big Horn Sheep. California
Dreaming of the San Diego kind.

January 11
Making reservations for San Diego,
flights, hotels, and car, for late next
month, thinking of Mission Bay and
the Conference Center in the sun,
of Cabrillo and La Joya, Formosa
Slough, and the walk along the
flood channel of the San Diego
River in the shadow of Sea World...
of Bird of Paradise, Bogenvilla,
and Pepper Tree in bloom.

I took a risk and booked a little
private motel on the beach off
Point Loma, away from the
craziness of Hotel Circle and
Old Town and Interstate 8...worth
a try,,,and a red-eye flight home
on Monday, which gives me time
(if I still have the energy) to drive
over the mountains late Sunday and
spend the day at Anzo Borrego
looking for wildflowers and
Desert Big Horn Sheep. California
Dreaming of the San Diego kind.___

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2017-01-11 10:32:23 (14 comments; 2 reshares; 162 +1s; )Open 

In the bleak mid-winter in southern Maine. Laudholm Farms, Wells. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my iPad Pro. 

In the bleak mid-winter in southern Maine. Laudholm Farms, Wells. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-01-11 10:23:29 (4 comments; 12 reshares; 165 +1s; )Open 

Things are looking up...Titmouse
Sometimes when the birds are very active at the feeder I can not resist getting the camera and, the season, a coat and hat, and stepping out the back deck door. Sometimes the birds will tolerate me there for a half hour at a time. Sometimes they are off at the first crack of the door and will not return while I am out there. I have not figured out what makes the difference. I suppose it might be how desperate they are for sunflower seeds. 🙂

This Tufted Titmouse was one of the few who stuck around long enough to pose for me the other day when I tried the experiment again. It was “we are not desperate” day, and I was only out long enough to see the birds in the treetops moving on to other yards. Still I like this shot. The sunflower feeder is right over his head, but it looks like his aspirations might be even higher. It might make a greatinspir... more »

Things are looking up...Titmouse
Sometimes when the birds are very active at the feeder I can not resist getting the camera and, the season, a coat and hat, and stepping out the back deck door. Sometimes the birds will tolerate me there for a half hour at a time. Sometimes they are off at the first crack of the door and will not return while I am out there. I have not figured out what makes the difference. I suppose it might be how desperate they are for sunflower seeds. 🙂

This Tufted Titmouse was one of the few who stuck around long enough to pose for me the other day when I tried the experiment again. It was “we are not desperate” day, and I was only out long enough to see the birds in the treetops moving on to other yards. Still I like this shot. The sunflower feeder is right over his head, but it looks like his aspirations might be even higher. It might make a great inspirational poster (though I don’t actually approve of the genre, in general).

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program mode. 1/250th @ ISO 160 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro.___

2017-01-10 20:57:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

January 10
After two days of brilliant cold,
just above zero and fresh snow
on the ground, today we are
back to bleak mid-winter, over-
cast and edging up toward 30
as the day wears on. A good
day to backup, reset, and restore
the iPad Pro (drastic measures
for persistent software glitches),
but by mid-afternoon I am already
tired of watching the download
spinner spin. Time to be outside.

The parking lot at Laudholm Farms
is practically empty, but right there
in the yard between the house and
barns, under the tree where June
Ficker banded birds for a generation
of Laudholm summers, 4 Snow
Buntings feed in the exposed grass
along the path where the plow
scraped. Perky birds in their winter
plumage, cream white just touched
with brown around the head and face,
herringboned... more »

January 10
After two days of brilliant cold,
just above zero and fresh snow
on the ground, today we are
back to bleak mid-winter, over-
cast and edging up toward 30
as the day wears on. A good
day to backup, reset, and restore
the iPad Pro (drastic measures
for persistent software glitches),
but by mid-afternoon I am already
tired of watching the download
spinner spin. Time to be outside.

The parking lot at Laudholm Farms
is practically empty, but right there
in the yard between the house and
barns, under the tree where June
Ficker banded birds for a generation
of Laudholm summers, 4 Snow
Buntings feed in the exposed grass
along the path where the plow
scraped. Perky birds in their winter
plumage, cream white just touched
with brown around the head and face,
herringboned down the back, black
flashes when they flex their wings.

I have not seen a Snow Bunting
in 20 years or more, not since my
first winters of birding in Maine,
and never so close to home.

Though they can not bring out the
sun (or speed the download spinner)
they are certainly enough to brighten
my spirits on this bleak midwinter day.___

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2017-01-10 10:52:03 (3 comments; 14 reshares; 181 +1s; )Open 

Mousam River at Roger's Pond Park, Kennebunk Maine. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my iPad Pro. 

Mousam River at Roger's Pond Park, Kennebunk Maine. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-01-10 10:44:28 (4 comments; 6 reshares; 63 +1s; )Open 

Winter ducks on the Mousam
It has been super cold the past few days (and nights) and the Mousam River has finally frozen up to the rapids at Roger’s Pond Park here in Kennebunk Maine. That is traditionally the edge of the ice in Winter, and is where the ducks gather to feed, and sometimes the Eagles too. This is the largest single flock of Mallards I have seen there this winter so far. Gotta love that iridescent green!

Sony RX10iii at 424mm equivalent field of view. 1/400th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my iPad Pro. 

Winter ducks on the Mousam
It has been super cold the past few days (and nights) and the Mousam River has finally frozen up to the rapids at Roger’s Pond Park here in Kennebunk Maine. That is traditionally the edge of the ice in Winter, and is where the ducks gather to feed, and sometimes the Eagles too. This is the largest single flock of Mallards I have seen there this winter so far. Gotta love that iridescent green!

Sony RX10iii at 424mm equivalent field of view. 1/400th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-01-09 18:36:28 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

January 9
Yesterday when I went looking for Eagles
at Roger's Pond Park on the Mousam River
there was fly fishing derby going on...cars
parked all up the hill and around the pond,
temperatures in the single digits, the water
steaming...men, mostly men, and teeens
of both sexes, walking around with fly-rods
and hip boots, hoops set up for casting contests,
a porta-poddy on the corner by the hill out...
big doings indeed for the fisher crowd.
I would have stopped for pictures if there
had been anywhere at all left to park.

This morning the park was deserted, temps
still in the single digits and the water still
steaming in the cold. In the river a dozen
Mallards found shelter in eddies, feeding
on whatever survives just above the ice
line in January. Still no Eagles, but I will
check every day... more »

January 9
Yesterday when I went looking for Eagles
at Roger's Pond Park on the Mousam River
there was fly fishing derby going on...cars
parked all up the hill and around the pond,
temperatures in the single digits, the water
steaming...men, mostly men, and teeens
of both sexes, walking around with fly-rods
and hip boots, hoops set up for casting contests,
a porta-poddy on the corner by the hill out...
big doings indeed for the fisher crowd.
I would have stopped for pictures if there
had been anywhere at all left to park.

This morning the park was deserted, temps
still in the single digits and the water still
steaming in the cold. In the river a dozen
Mallards found shelter in eddies, feeding
on whatever survives just above the ice
line in January. Still no Eagles, but I will
check every day while the river is frozen
up to the rapids. This is the season when
they come, and when they are not there,
there are always ice-bells, and Mallards,
and sometimes Mergansers...once even
Wood Ducks...but those are maybe even
more rare than Eagles, so I don't get my
hopes up. I just drive around the pond
checking the likely perches, and the berry
bushes for Robins and Waxwings, the trees
for Bluebirds. No trip to Roger's Pond is ever
wasted. No trip anywhere for that matter.
Not if you have your eyes open wide.___

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2017-01-09 15:10:36 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Look what Google Photos made me...all unintentional! 

Look what Google Photos made me...all unintentional! ___

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2017-01-09 10:36:38 (17 comments; 2 reshares; 200 +1s; )Open 

A classic snowy day in the forest at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Wells, Maine. Actually only about 2 inches fell overnight right here on the coast, but it was enough to get the job done. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my iPad Pro. 

A classic snowy day in the forest at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Wells, Maine. Actually only about 2 inches fell overnight right here on the coast, but it was enough to get the job done. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-01-09 10:19:23 (4 comments; 5 reshares; 63 +1s; )Open 

Common Eider keeps her crab...
I wrote about this female Common Eider a few days ago. I watched her catch crabs just off the bridge near our beach where it crosses Back Creek for half an hour the other day, and watched her repeatedly avoid having her catch taken by a predatory gull. Her technique was simple. She took the crab where the gull could not go…back under water. This sequence catches the action. It reads as text would, left to right and down line by line.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro, and assembled in Frame Magic.



Common Eider keeps her crab...
I wrote about this female Common Eider a few days ago. I watched her catch crabs just off the bridge near our beach where it crosses Back Creek for half an hour the other day, and watched her repeatedly avoid having her catch taken by a predatory gull. Her technique was simple. She took the crab where the gull could not go…back under water. This sequence catches the action. It reads as text would, left to right and down line by line.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro, and assembled in Frame Magic.

___

2017-01-08 21:29:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Januray 8
It is hard to avoid cliches on a day
like today...temperatures hovering
just above zero, a few inches of
fresh, clingy snow transfiguring
the little wood at Rachel Carson
into a "winter wonderland" indeed.
Fragile and fantastic, sapling ever-
greens and big bare maples and
mighty oaks edged in white, the
undergrowth smoothed under an
unbroken sheet, the only sound,
the rapid drumming of a Downy
Woodpecker on hollow wood, and
the boom and crack of ice shifting
on the falling tide on the river below.





Januray 8
It is hard to avoid cliches on a day
like today...temperatures hovering
just above zero, a few inches of
fresh, clingy snow transfiguring
the little wood at Rachel Carson
into a "winter wonderland" indeed.
Fragile and fantastic, sapling ever-
greens and big bare maples and
mighty oaks edged in white, the
undergrowth smoothed under an
unbroken sheet, the only sound,
the rapid drumming of a Downy
Woodpecker on hollow wood, and
the boom and crack of ice shifting
on the falling tide on the river below.



___

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2017-01-08 12:15:34 (18 comments; 8 reshares; 229 +1s; )Open 

Looking out to sea from the cove beyond the Bush estate on Cape Arundel. Great sky. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Looking out to sea from the cove beyond the Bush estate on Cape Arundel. Great sky. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-01-08 11:08:39 (2 comments; 6 reshares; 131 +1s; )Open 

Female Bluebird...

A little bit of a bonus on Sunday. 🙂 Finishing up a thought from yesterday. This is the image that inspired yesterday’s Day Poem.

The female Eastern Bluebird is the more
subtle of the sexes (generally true among
birds), not so gaudy blue and rust red as
the male, and in Winter even paler, washed
by the cold to match the season. Still, if you
look closely, there is a fascination in the
way the bright blue peeks out of the plumage
on the wings and back, teases the eye, and
keeps you looking. I wonder if it has that same
effect on the males come breeding season?

Photographically it has an interesting history. I took it at maximum zoom, 600mm equivalent field of view on the Sony Rx10iii. When processing it in Polarr I really like the composition and the feather detail on the bird, but could not crop inenou... more »

Female Bluebird...

A little bit of a bonus on Sunday. 🙂 Finishing up a thought from yesterday. This is the image that inspired yesterday’s Day Poem.

The female Eastern Bluebird is the more
subtle of the sexes (generally true among
birds), not so gaudy blue and rust red as
the male, and in Winter even paler, washed
by the cold to match the season. Still, if you
look closely, there is a fascination in the
way the bright blue peeks out of the plumage
on the wings and back, teases the eye, and
keeps you looking. I wonder if it has that same
effect on the males come breeding season?

Photographically it has an interesting history. I took it at maximum zoom, 600mm equivalent field of view on the Sony Rx10iii. When processing it in Polarr I really like the composition and the feather detail on the bird, but could not crop in enough without loosing too many pixels to get the bird at the scale I wanted. So I saved it, and reopened it in Big Photo, another app for the iPad. Big Photo allows you to resize images up or down, using a variation, I am assuming, of the “genuine fractals” math that produces very satisfying results when you upscale. This is cropped tighter and upscaled to 16 plus megapixels. The result is a “printable” version of the image. It, of course, has been downscaled again for blog and social media display, but I am satisfied with the results. Isn’t technology grand…when it actually works. 🙂

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2017-01-08 10:42:27 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Beauty everywhere... Happy Sunday!
“if your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!” Jesus

I went to Roger’s Pond Park, as always, in winter, in hope of Eagles. But I went with a gererous eye, willing to see whatever was there. There were no Eagles. I found a small flock of Blue Birds, a White Breasted Nuthatch, and a Downy Woodpecker…all to the good…and then, on the way back to the car, the cattails in the little wetland between the water treatment plant and the park caught my eye. I suppose I was looking for more birds, but I ended up looking at the reeds themselves. Winter reeds, their heads disheveled and fluffy. I zoomed the camera in for a closer look and liked what I saw even more. Now the reeds were an intricate tapestry of textures, a symphony of textures. Beauty is everywhere to the generous eye…everywhere you turn, in every season.

Beautyis an aspec... more »

Beauty everywhere... Happy Sunday!
“if your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!” Jesus

I went to Roger’s Pond Park, as always, in winter, in hope of Eagles. But I went with a gererous eye, willing to see whatever was there. There were no Eagles. I found a small flock of Blue Birds, a White Breasted Nuthatch, and a Downy Woodpecker…all to the good…and then, on the way back to the car, the cattails in the little wetland between the water treatment plant and the park caught my eye. I suppose I was looking for more birds, but I ended up looking at the reeds themselves. Winter reeds, their heads disheveled and fluffy. I zoomed the camera in for a closer look and liked what I saw even more. Now the reeds were an intricate tapestry of textures, a symphony of textures. Beauty is everywhere to the generous eye…everywhere you turn, in every season.

Beauty is an aspect of creation, a reflection of the personality and the spirit of the creator. The beauty we see in nature is testimony to the beauty of the heart, the quality of the love, with which the Creator creates. It is everywhere because God is everywhere at work. And that is what the generous eye sees.

Go out today and find some beauty. Happy Sunday!

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2017-01-07 20:44:36 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

January 7
The female Eastern Bluebird is the more
subtle of the sexes (generally true among
birds), not so gaudy blue and rust red as
the male, and in Winter even paler, washed
by the cold match the season. Still, if you
look closely, there is a fascination in the
way the bright blue peeks out of the plumage
on the wings and back, teases the eye, and
keeps you looking. I wonder if it has that same
effect on the males come breeding season? 

January 7
The female Eastern Bluebird is the more
subtle of the sexes (generally true among
birds), not so gaudy blue and rust red as
the male, and in Winter even paler, washed
by the cold match the season. Still, if you
look closely, there is a fascination in the
way the bright blue peeks out of the plumage
on the wings and back, teases the eye, and
keeps you looking. I wonder if it has that same
effect on the males come breeding season? ___

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2017-01-07 11:06:58 (14 comments; 13 reshares; 277 +1s; )Open 

Moon over the Mousam (Back Creek in the foreground). In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Moon over the Mousam (Back Creek in the foreground). In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-01-07 10:39:01 (4 comments; 4 reshares; 78 +1s; )Open 

Common Eider beauty
The female Common Eider is not one of the more striking ducks, at least at first glance, and certainly not from a distance. It is a heavy bodied duck with large dark bill, and its brown plumage can look a bit muddy. On closer inspection, that plumage is full of subtle detail, and actually quite beautiful, but you need binoculars, at the very least, to appreciate it. And the duck itself, as it goes about its business, is beautiful as well. I watched this one fish for crabs on the bottom of Back Creek where it flows into the Mosuam River...deep on the bottom where only a dive of nearly a minute could find them. And I watched the Eider defend its crabs from a hungry Heron Gull, repeatedly outwitting the gull by diving under with its catch just at the crucial moment. The Eider might be chunky, but it is fast when fast it what it takes, and quite graceful. :)

Sony... more »

Common Eider beauty
The female Common Eider is not one of the more striking ducks, at least at first glance, and certainly not from a distance. It is a heavy bodied duck with large dark bill, and its brown plumage can look a bit muddy. On closer inspection, that plumage is full of subtle detail, and actually quite beautiful, but you need binoculars, at the very least, to appreciate it. And the duck itself, as it goes about its business, is beautiful as well. I watched this one fish for crabs on the bottom of Back Creek where it flows into the Mosuam River...deep on the bottom where only a dive of nearly a minute could find them. And I watched the Eider defend its crabs from a hungry Heron Gull, repeatedly outwitting the gull by diving under with its catch just at the crucial moment. The Eider might be chunky, but it is fast when fast it what it takes, and quite graceful. :)

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program mode. 1/400th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro and assembled in FrameMagic.___

2017-01-06 21:18:43 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

January 6
Out doing some errands around town
and checking Roger's Pond for Eagles
(one of these winter days for sure...)
when the sun came out. It has been
gloomy cold all day, spitting snow, just
enough to annoy without actually
amounting to anything, so I passed
right by the house on my way home
and made a run down to the beach,
just to see what was happening. The
skies this month have been amazing
anyway...in the low January light...blue
winter sky with ragged clouds in
streaks and clumps, gray on white,
a whole other landscape above ground,
and there is no where with a better view
of sky than the beach (unless it is the
Kennebunk Plains and I was headed the
other way already). Beach it was.

Out of the car I spied a diver in
the tidal creek, black and white, and
walked... more »

January 6
Out doing some errands around town
and checking Roger's Pond for Eagles
(one of these winter days for sure...)
when the sun came out. It has been
gloomy cold all day, spitting snow, just
enough to annoy without actually
amounting to anything, so I passed
right by the house on my way home
and made a run down to the beach,
just to see what was happening. The
skies this month have been amazing
anyway...in the low January light...blue
winter sky with ragged clouds in
streaks and clumps, gray on white,
a whole other landscape above ground,
and there is no where with a better view
of sky than the beach (unless it is the
Kennebunk Plains and I was headed the
other way already). Beach it was.

Out of the car I spied a diver in
the tidal creek, black and white, and
walked down to see. It was a Golden-
eye, my first this winter, but then,
right there practically under the bridge,
a female Common Eider sat at the
edge of the water, up on the rocks.
She scuttled away as I came up (though
I certainly ment her no harm) and swam
out into the tidal flow, where, right there,
not 40 feet out, she proceeded to fish
for crab while I watched...diving deep
and long, and coming up with crab legs
hanging out of either side of her bill.

They are tiny fresh water crabs, and she
must have been digging them out of
the rocks and mud of the creek bed.
She would slap them against the water,
hard, again and again, washing off the mud
and getting them just right in her bill for the
toss of the head that dispatched them.

A gull came to harass her, thinking to take
an easy meal (and one he could not get
himself) but every time he pounced she
would duck under where he could not follow,
carb and all, and come back up well out of
reach. It was fun to watch. You would think
the gull would know already that he could
not outwit an Eider with a crab...or at least
that he would have learned after the 10th
fruitless try...but no, they were still at it
when I left them...going after that sky I
talked about while the sun still shown on
the marsh and beach and I still had enough
body heat to keep me mildly comfortable.

They may still be at for all I know...___

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2017-01-06 10:46:20 (8 comments; 9 reshares; 230 +1s; )Open 

Sunset over our local beach. I forget where the winter sun sets in relation to our beach, and what that says about which way our beach is facing. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processes in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Sunset over our local beach. I forget where the winter sun sets in relation to our beach, and what that says about which way our beach is facing. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processes in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-01-06 10:40:40 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 72 +1s; )Open 

Ice writing...
It was windy yesterday, and though the temperature was only in the low 30s, it was bitter cold to be out. I only lasted less than an hour on my photoprowl along the Kennebunk Bridle Path, before my hands were hurting enough so it was not fun anymore. Still I found these interesting (to me) patterns in the ice in the little water channels next to path where it passes through the woods behind the marsh. They, and patterns like them, inspired this poem.

Whatever is written in the ice
at the edge of forest pools in
January, is evidently in code,
or some long forgotten Cyrillic
alphabet, all styalized curves,
more drawn than written, as
though by monks illuminating
medieval manuscripts by candle
light. It will take a better mind
than mine to decipher it. But
then, I am pretty certain the
message is not for me... more »

Ice writing...
It was windy yesterday, and though the temperature was only in the low 30s, it was bitter cold to be out. I only lasted less than an hour on my photoprowl along the Kennebunk Bridle Path, before my hands were hurting enough so it was not fun anymore. Still I found these interesting (to me) patterns in the ice in the little water channels next to path where it passes through the woods behind the marsh. They, and patterns like them, inspired this poem.

Whatever is written in the ice
at the edge of forest pools in
January, is evidently in code,
or some long forgotten Cyrillic
alphabet, all styalized curves,
more drawn than written, as
though by monks illuminating
medieval manuscripts by candle
light. It will take a better mind
than mine to decipher it. But
then, I am pretty certain the
message is not for me anyway…

Sony RX10III @ 77mm equivalent field of view. In-camera HDR. Nominal exposure: 1/250th @ ISO 100 @ f3.5. Processed and cropped for composition in Polarr on my iPad Pro.___

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January 5
Whatever is written in the ice
at the edge of forest pools in
January, is evidently in code,
or some long forgotten Cyrillic
alphabet, all styalized curves,
more drawn than written, as
though by monks illuminating
medieval manuscripts by candle
light. It will take a better mind
than mine to decipher it. But
then, I am pretty certain the
message is not for me anyway...



January 5
Whatever is written in the ice
at the edge of forest pools in
January, is evidently in code,
or some long forgotten Cyrillic
alphabet, all styalized curves,
more drawn than written, as
though by monks illuminating
medieval manuscripts by candle
light. It will take a better mind
than mine to decipher it. But
then, I am pretty certain the
message is not for me anyway...

___

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2017-01-05 11:15:46 (20 comments; 12 reshares; 261 +1s; )Open 

Sunset over the marsh. Kennebunk Maine. Sony RX10iii. In-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Sunset over the marsh. Kennebunk Maine. Sony RX10iii. In-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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