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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

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Landscape Photography Show13,606*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 17:00:00344  
Landscape Photography Community10,660*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 22:00:00463  

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2017-05-17 12:17:53 (24 comments; 11 reshares; 300 +1s; )Open 

A stand of Hobblebush...one of the earliest flowers of spring in Southern Maine, along the trail at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Wells Maine. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Most reshares: 12

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2017-05-14 10:15:45 (16 comments; 12 reshares; 272 +1s; )Open 

Lake Erie from the Ohio shore (Maumee Bay State Park). Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

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2017-05-23 12:08:35 (20 comments; 9 reshares; 398 +1s; )Open 

A semi-wild apple along the path at Laudholm Farms in Wells Maine. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR at short telephoto on the zoom. Processed in Polarr.

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2017-05-29 12:02:49 (5 comments; 3 reshares; 119 +1s; )Open 

The Little River Marsh between Timber Point and Goose Rocks, southern Maine. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr.

The Little River Marsh between Timber Point and Goose Rocks, southern Maine. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr.___

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2017-05-29 11:59:15 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

Pink Lady Slipper Orchid
I am always impatient for the Pink Lady Slipper Orchids to bloom along the loop trail at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge headquaters in Wells Maine. It is only a mile loop, but it is one of the best places for spring woodland flowers in Southern Maine. The Lady Slippers are late this year. I have checked weekly for 4 weeks. Yesterday was overcast...not the best light...the parking at Rachel Carson was overfull, and there were way too many people, in Maine for the long weekend, on the trails, but the Lady Slippers did not seem to care. They were in bloom finally. They are not at their most intense pink this year...and the light was subdued...but still!

Sony Rx10iii at 530mm. Program with Program Shift for greater depth of field. f7.1 @ 1/80th @ ISO 250. Processed in Polarr. 

Pink Lady Slipper Orchid
I am always impatient for the Pink Lady Slipper Orchids to bloom along the loop trail at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge headquaters in Wells Maine. It is only a mile loop, but it is one of the best places for spring woodland flowers in Southern Maine. The Lady Slippers are late this year. I have checked weekly for 4 weeks. Yesterday was overcast...not the best light...the parking at Rachel Carson was overfull, and there were way too many people, in Maine for the long weekend, on the trails, but the Lady Slippers did not seem to care. They were in bloom finally. They are not at their most intense pink this year...and the light was subdued...but still!

Sony Rx10iii at 530mm. Program with Program Shift for greater depth of field. f7.1 @ 1/80th @ ISO 250. Processed in Polarr. ___

2017-05-29 11:19:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

May 29
I forgot joy.

Walk joyfully, talk joyfully,
sleep joyfully, wake joyfully,
eat joyfully, work joyfully,
love joyfully, live joyfully.

Thankfully, generously, gracefully
peacefully, faithfully, joyfully,
lovingly.

Be full of thanks, generosity,
grace, peace, faith, joy, love.

Thank, give, bless, accept, believe
rejoice, love.

All names certainly for the same action
and the same state of mind, the same
spirit, in different situations, with only
slight changes in perspective.

Like a crystal spinning in the sun,
throwing sparks of colored light.

May thanks, generosity, grace, peace,
faith, joy, love color all our days.

May 29
I forgot joy.

Walk joyfully, talk joyfully,
sleep joyfully, wake joyfully,
eat joyfully, work joyfully,
love joyfully, live joyfully.

Thankfully, generously, gracefully
peacefully, faithfully, joyfully,
lovingly.

Be full of thanks, generosity,
grace, peace, faith, joy, love.

Thank, give, bless, accept, believe
rejoice, love.

All names certainly for the same action
and the same state of mind, the same
spirit, in different situations, with only
slight changes in perspective.

Like a crystal spinning in the sun,
throwing sparks of colored light.

May thanks, generosity, grace, peace,
faith, joy, love color all our days.___

2017-05-28 23:18:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

May 28
I, along with about 15 car-loads of other
folks, in southern Maine for the long
weekend, decided to go to Rachel Carson
Wildlife Refuge Headquaters, just down
the road for me. It was a crazy idea. I got
the last parking spot in the lot, and there
were cars parked off the road on the Rachel
Carson side for 100 yards. I went to see if
the Pink Lady Slipper Orchids were in bloom
yet, or at least the Blue-bead Lilies, or perhaps
the Painted Trilium. I keep seeing photos
on Facebook of all three from further north
that we are...further inland likely...that
old cold ocean chills us here and slows
the season. Still, we should have had Blue
Beads 4 weeks ago...and even Lady Slippers
by Mother's Day. It was overcast, coming on
to rain tomorrow...but there they were...
all three...Blue Bead, Trillium,... more »

May 28
I, along with about 15 car-loads of other
folks, in southern Maine for the long
weekend, decided to go to Rachel Carson
Wildlife Refuge Headquaters, just down
the road for me. It was a crazy idea. I got
the last parking spot in the lot, and there
were cars parked off the road on the Rachel
Carson side for 100 yards. I went to see if
the Pink Lady Slipper Orchids were in bloom
yet, or at least the Blue-bead Lilies, or perhaps
the Painted Trilium. I keep seeing photos
on Facebook of all three from further north
that we are...further inland likely...that
old cold ocean chills us here and slows
the season. Still, we should have had Blue
Beads 4 weeks ago...and even Lady Slippers
by Mother's Day. It was overcast, coming on
to rain tomorrow...but there they were...
all three...Blue Bead, Trillium, and Slippers...
Foamflower, Twinberry, and Starflower...
all in bloom together. Never happens, but
it did this year. I went Rachel Carson looking
for the wildflowers of the forest...I am not sure
why every one else was there. I sure hope
they enjoyed the morning as much as I did.___

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2017-05-28 12:49:43 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 49 +1s; )Open 

"If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!" Jesus

Between the parking and the entrance to the Timber Point Trail at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Bidderford Pool, Maine, there is a little cove between headlands. There are often interesting birds working the waters and the shore of the cove, and yesterday there was a very restless flock of Sanderlings. They would land for 3 seconds, and then the surf would put them back up and they would describe a series of long spirals down the beach to the other end, land, and then repeat, back to where they started. I enjoyed a few moments of watching them and trying to catch them in flight.

Birds in flight in tight formation...moving almost as though they were all part of a single coordinated organism...is always a treat. It amazes us...conditioned as we are to independence...self-contained, self-willed, and... more »

"If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!" Jesus

Between the parking and the entrance to the Timber Point Trail at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Bidderford Pool, Maine, there is a little cove between headlands. There are often interesting birds working the waters and the shore of the cove, and yesterday there was a very restless flock of Sanderlings. They would land for 3 seconds, and then the surf would put them back up and they would describe a series of long spirals down the beach to the other end, land, and then repeat, back to where they started. I enjoyed a few moments of watching them and trying to catch them in flight.

Birds in flight in tight formation...moving almost as though they were all part of a single coordinated organism...is always a treat. It amazes us...conditioned as we are to independence...self-contained, self-willed, and separate...to see any living thing capable of such tight coordination...such a feat of cooperation. We are so amazed when we, on rare occasions, manage it that synchronous swimming is an olympic event, and even couples dancing a spectator sport. We see such coordination of wills between humans as something extraordinary.

And yet, almost every religious tradition teaches that we are, in reality, all one...one being...all of us as humans...and many teach that we are one with all that lives. We have an instinct, expressed in many traditions, that form the eternal perspective, if you could see us from a God's eye view, all our apparently isolated and self-willed actions would be part of one great dance...we would be seen to move together as one being...like a flock of Sanderlings in flight, apparently moved by a single will.

Faith insists, and the generous eye sees, our oneness as reality, and our separateness as the illusion. Oneness is ordinary, real. Separateness is extra-ordinary, unreal.

Of course when the sanderlings land, they break apart into individuals again...each one competing with all the others for the best the surf has to offer in food. Only in flight do they achieve that oneness of will.

We are earthbound. We can not fly (except, metaphorically, in water as we swim or on the dance floor as music lifts us). Only on the wings of faith do we really fly. We need that...to be lifted on the wings of faith and fly as one being...and we need it often, so that we do not forget what is real...so that the generous eye in us is refreshed, and we can see each other as members of a flock in flight...moved by a single will toward a single destination.

God is good. God provides us with sanderlings (and synchronized swimmers, and dance troupes) to remind us...to touch us with awe and keep us open to reality. Happy Sunday!

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2017-05-28 12:07:16 (11 comments; 5 reshares; 222 +1s; )Open 

An accidental panorama. I took three shots from one spot on Timber Point (Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Biddeford Pool, Maine). The AI bot at Google Photos saw them as a panorama and assembled this image, applying some HDR processing as it did. Pretty impressive for an AI machine. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDRs. Google Photos assist. 

An accidental panorama. I took three shots from one spot on Timber Point (Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Biddeford Pool, Maine). The AI bot at Google Photos saw them as a panorama and assembled this image, applying some HDR processing as it did. Pretty impressive for an AI machine. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDRs. Google Photos assist. ___

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2017-05-28 12:00:46 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

Seaworthy
I rarely post black and white images. I see in color. I think in color. My world is a world of color. When people post comparison shots...color and black and white of the same scene and ask "which is better?...I always pick the color shot. Still...this aging boat out behind the old boat house on Timber Point (Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge) just did not work as well as I had hoped in color...so I experimented with the b&w filters in Polarr to see if I could bring out the bones of the image. I wish I could say I saw this image in the boat when I took the shot...but I did not. It is a happy, and totally unforseen, result. But I love it! It captures more than I saw...more than I imagined. It totally catches the boat in all its decaying glory. It is unashamedly artsy. And that is good, at least on occasion.

Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR at 43mm equivalent. 6 stop... more »

Seaworthy
I rarely post black and white images. I see in color. I think in color. My world is a world of color. When people post comparison shots...color and black and white of the same scene and ask "which is better?...I always pick the color shot. Still...this aging boat out behind the old boat house on Timber Point (Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge) just did not work as well as I had hoped in color...so I experimented with the b&w filters in Polarr to see if I could bring out the bones of the image. I wish I could say I saw this image in the boat when I took the shot...but I did not. It is a happy, and totally unforseen, result. But I love it! It captures more than I saw...more than I imagined. It totally catches the boat in all its decaying glory. It is unashamedly artsy. And that is good, at least on occasion.

Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR at 43mm equivalent. 6 stop difference at -1 EV to hold the highlights and fill the shadows. Processed as a color image in Polarr using my standard HDR filter plus some shadow control. Converted to B&W using a Polarr filter. Further edited for highlight control at the sunny left end of the boat. ___

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2017-05-27 12:47:10 (9 comments; 2 reshares; 196 +1s; )Open 

The same Black Cherry Bush as is featured in my Pic for today post...this time an element of the landscape. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr. 

The same Black Cherry Bush as is featured in my Pic for today post...this time an element of the landscape. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr. ___

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2017-05-27 12:44:35 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 73 +1s; )Open 

Black Cherry
As I mentioned in a previous post, the flowering shrubs this year seem to be more flower-full than I can remember from past springs. This Black Cherry bush standing all alone on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area in West Kennebunk Maine is a case in point. If it ever had this many flowers on it in past years I must have totally missed its flowering. I am not at all sure what that says about our spring weather. Spring seemed late, and continues to feel that way, with many woodland flowers still missing...but then you see a display like this one and you have to wonder.

Sony Rx10iii at 100mm equivalent field of view. Program mode with Program Shift to f11 for greater depth of field. f11 @ 1/200th @ ISO 100. Processed n Polarr. 

Black Cherry
As I mentioned in a previous post, the flowering shrubs this year seem to be more flower-full than I can remember from past springs. This Black Cherry bush standing all alone on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area in West Kennebunk Maine is a case in point. If it ever had this many flowers on it in past years I must have totally missed its flowering. I am not at all sure what that says about our spring weather. Spring seemed late, and continues to feel that way, with many woodland flowers still missing...but then you see a display like this one and you have to wonder.

Sony Rx10iii at 100mm equivalent field of view. Program mode with Program Shift to f11 for greater depth of field. f11 @ 1/200th @ ISO 100. Processed n Polarr. ___

2017-05-27 11:57:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

May 27
Walk thankfully, talk thankfully,
sleep thankfully, wake thankfully,
eat thankfully, work thankfully,
love thankfully, live thankfully.

Walk generously, talk generously,
sleep generously, wake generously,
eat generously, work generously
love generously, live generously.

Walk gracefully, talk gracefully,
sleep gracefully, wake gracefully,
eat gracefully, work gracefully,
love gracefully, live gracefully.

Walk peacefully, talk peacefully,
sleep peacefully, wake peacefully,
eat peacefully, work peacefully,
love peacefully, live peacefully.

Walk faithfully, talk faithfully,
sleep faithfully, wake faithfully,
eat faithfully, work faithfully,
love faithfully, live faithfully.

Walk lovingly, talk lovingly,
sleep lovingly, wake lovingly,
eat lovingly, work... more »

May 27
Walk thankfully, talk thankfully,
sleep thankfully, wake thankfully,
eat thankfully, work thankfully,
love thankfully, live thankfully.

Walk generously, talk generously,
sleep generously, wake generously,
eat generously, work generously
love generously, live generously.

Walk gracefully, talk gracefully,
sleep gracefully, wake gracefully,
eat gracefully, work gracefully,
love gracefully, live gracefully.

Walk peacefully, talk peacefully,
sleep peacefully, wake peacefully,
eat peacefully, work peacefully,
love peacefully, live peacefully.

Walk faithfully, talk faithfully,
sleep faithfully, wake faithfully,
eat faithfully, work faithfully,
love faithfully, live faithfully.

Walk lovingly, talk lovingly,
sleep lovingly, wake lovingly,
eat lovingly, work lovingly,
love lovingly, live lovingly.

Yes. It is as simple as that.___

2017-05-27 00:31:09 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

May 26
Recording piano and cello duets
in the living room on a rainy night,
my little ZOOM recorder on a tripod,
the room too tight and small for the
sound to bloom, but still it catches
a bit of the spirit in the music, echoes
of splendor, sweet harmony in the
interplay of the hammer and bow
on strings...sharp ringing notes to
punctuate the flow, like pebbles
thrown into a stream...and the splash
rising in droplets that catch the sun.

May 26
Recording piano and cello duets
in the living room on a rainy night,
my little ZOOM recorder on a tripod,
the room too tight and small for the
sound to bloom, but still it catches
a bit of the spirit in the music, echoes
of splendor, sweet harmony in the
interplay of the hammer and bow
on strings...sharp ringing notes to
punctuate the flow, like pebbles
thrown into a stream...and the splash
rising in droplets that catch the sun.___

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2017-05-26 12:36:49 (15 comments; 4 reshares; 258 +1s; )Open 

Day Brook Pond, Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area, W. Kennebunk Maine. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr. 

Day Brook Pond, Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area, W. Kennebunk Maine. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr. ___

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2017-05-26 12:34:20 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 83 +1s; )Open 

Lady Pileated Woodpecker
Yesterday I went to the kitchen to see about some coffee, and there was a squirrel on the bird feeders. I opened the back deck door to chase him away, and before I got it closed, a Chipping Sparrow in nice fresh spring plumage landed on the deck rail. I popped back to my room for the camera, but, of course, the sparrow was gone when I got back. I was about to close the door when movement along the the tree line that separates our back yard from the next caught my eye. Wooo! Big bird! A Pileated Woodpecker was low on the trunk of one of the trees, less than 3 feet from the ground. How often does that happen when you have your camera in you hand?

I know we have at least one pair of Pileateds living in the neighborhood. I hear them drumming on occasion, and rarely catch glimpses of them when walking. This is only the 2nd time one has been in our yard though, and... more »

Lady Pileated Woodpecker
Yesterday I went to the kitchen to see about some coffee, and there was a squirrel on the bird feeders. I opened the back deck door to chase him away, and before I got it closed, a Chipping Sparrow in nice fresh spring plumage landed on the deck rail. I popped back to my room for the camera, but, of course, the sparrow was gone when I got back. I was about to close the door when movement along the the tree line that separates our back yard from the next caught my eye. Wooo! Big bird! A Pileated Woodpecker was low on the trunk of one of the trees, less than 3 feet from the ground. How often does that happen when you have your camera in you hand?

I know we have at least one pair of Pileateds living in the neighborhood. I hear them drumming on occasion, and rarely catch glimpses of them when walking. This is only the 2nd time one has been in our yard though, and the first was several years ago. That was a male, and this, clearly, is a female. I would love to have then nesting in the yard, or to know exactly where the nest is. This one stayed about 2 minutes, and then flew off over the house toward the woodlots along the rail-road track. It was indeed a pleasure to see it...and a real treat to get a photo.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. ISO 640 @ 1/250th @ f4. Processed in Polarr.

___

2017-05-26 01:14:48 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

May 25
Today again I tried to write my book:
"The Art of Point and Shoot Photography"
or maybe
"A Point and Shoot Photographer's
Guide to Nature Photography"...

and there in lies the problem. I am not
sure yet what I am writing, and that allows
doubt to creep in...like why am I writing
this, or anything at all...it is not something
I have to do...and in the "big picture" it is
unlikely to change anyone's life...not even
my own...so, I mean, why? And then I
wonder if I am just lazy...too lazy for the
hard work of putting what I know down,
line by line...too lazy to figure out the order
and the logic and the structure and the
presentation...too lazy to hold the purpose
in mind through the months of writing...
I mean I have 8 chapters...3 of them are
chapter... more »

May 25
Today again I tried to write my book:
"The Art of Point and Shoot Photography"
or maybe
"A Point and Shoot Photographer's
Guide to Nature Photography"...

and there in lies the problem. I am not
sure yet what I am writing, and that allows
doubt to creep in...like why am I writing
this, or anything at all...it is not something
I have to do...and in the "big picture" it is
unlikely to change anyone's life...not even
my own...so, I mean, why? And then I
wonder if I am just lazy...too lazy for the
hard work of putting what I know down,
line by line...too lazy to figure out the order
and the logic and the structure and the
presentation...too lazy to hold the purpose
in mind through the months of writing...
I mean I have 8 chapters...3 of them are
chapter 1s, and two are chapter 5s...and
I really think I will have to just delete it
all and start over fresh...once, that is, I
have decided once and for all what it is I
have to say and who I am saying it to.

It is not like a poem...poems are all
about my finding out things I did not
know I knew, while saying them out loud.
This book is about putting down what I
already know in a way so others who might
want to, might also. That's different. Not
as much fun. Maybe worth doing...
I have about 10 weeks here at home before
I start to travel again in August...and if
I don't get a really good start on it now,
I know it won't get done. So tomorrow
I will try again. I am thinking it is title
number 2, and I am going to begin by
freeing all the electrons bound up in what
I have said so far...be free little electrons...
and then I will just sit down and pull chapter
one (or at least the introduction) to the
Point and Shoot Photographer's Guide to
Nature Photography, not out of thin air,
exactly, but certainly out of the cloud of
unorganized electrons spinning endlessly
(and mostly uselessly) inside my head. ___

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2017-05-25 12:22:59 (10 comments; 6 reshares; 192 +1s; )Open 

The display of flowering shrubs, like these Serviceberries, seem unusually vigorous this spring on the Kennebunk Plains in West Kennebunk Maine. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr. 

The display of flowering shrubs, like these Serviceberries, seem unusually vigorous this spring on the Kennebunk Plains in West Kennebunk Maine. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr. ___

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2017-05-25 12:16:18 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 72 +1s; )Open 

Marsh Wren Rampant
This Marsh Wren, singing in the marsh at the edge of Drake's Island on the back side of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve at Laudholm Farm in Wells Maine, was at the limits of what could be photographed, and it just would not come any closer. Still I had to try...and the pose alone is worth the shot. I have seen Bearded Tits strike this pose in Holland, but this is my first Marsh Wren...though I am sure they do it often.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. 1/400th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Program Mode. Processed and heavily cropped in Polarr. 

Marsh Wren Rampant
This Marsh Wren, singing in the marsh at the edge of Drake's Island on the back side of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve at Laudholm Farm in Wells Maine, was at the limits of what could be photographed, and it just would not come any closer. Still I had to try...and the pose alone is worth the shot. I have seen Bearded Tits strike this pose in Holland, but this is my first Marsh Wren...though I am sure they do it often.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. 1/400th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Program Mode. Processed and heavily cropped in Polarr. ___

2017-05-24 23:02:29 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

May 24
I went out and about today, in search
of spring migrants, and maybe wildflowers,
and other evidence of the season. Out
to the Kennebunk Plains and Day Brook
Pond...that little patch of wild and water
where, if anywhere, the seasons can be
caught putting on airs and taking them
selves seriously...or chuckling up their
sleeves, as the mood takes them. Today
all the shrubs were all in blossom, out
across the plains in clumps, and all
along the pond shore. There was a heavy
overcast, with just enough texture in the
clouds to be interesting without much drama.
I could hear birds singing as soon as I
climbed out of the car. A little flock
of Goldfinches, two Clay-collared Sparrows,
Chipping Sparrows and Eastern Towhee,
a few Chickadees and Kingbirds...all
nesters. Perhaps the migrants snuck
up... more »

May 24
I went out and about today, in search
of spring migrants, and maybe wildflowers,
and other evidence of the season. Out
to the Kennebunk Plains and Day Brook
Pond...that little patch of wild and water
where, if anywhere, the seasons can be
caught putting on airs and taking them
selves seriously...or chuckling up their
sleeves, as the mood takes them. Today
all the shrubs were all in blossom, out
across the plains in clumps, and all
along the pond shore. There was a heavy
overcast, with just enough texture in the
clouds to be interesting without much drama.
I could hear birds singing as soon as I
climbed out of the car. A little flock
of Goldfinches, two Clay-collared Sparrows,
Chipping Sparrows and Eastern Towhee,
a few Chickadees and Kingbirds...all
nesters. Perhaps the migrants snuck
up the coast under cover of the storms
of the past few days, and our resident
warblers are delayed somewhere south.
No airs today...but I did catch one
dragonfly on the wing, a glider maybe,
and the early Dancers, Variable and
Powdered, (damselflies both if you don't
know) so, all in all, a good effort. Not enough
evidence maybe to convict spring of coming...
but enough to for an inditement surely.
___

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2017-05-24 11:52:07 (10 comments; 3 reshares; 242 +1s; )Open 

Tannin froth on the surface of pool below the falls on the Bascom River at Emmon's Preserve in Kennebunkport Maine. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr.

Tannin froth on the surface of pool below the falls on the Bascom River at Emmon's Preserve in Kennebunkport Maine. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr.___

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2017-05-24 11:48:36 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 66 +1s; )Open 

Fiddlehead
It is the season of fiddleheads. There were two big baskets of them at the local grocery this week, and they are everywhere you go in the woods of Southern Maine. I found this one growing along a little steam at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve at Laudholm Farms in Wells, Maine. I have probably taken several hundred shots of fiddleheads over the years, and I know for a fact that I have taken at least a dozen this year...but this one is special. I knew it would be as soon as I saw that the fiddlehead was silhouetted against the dark shadowed water of the stream. It has a studio look...as though I set up the background and controlled the lighting...but is a natural background and just the light of the morning sun. I did use Program Shift on the camera to increase the depth of field...to keep the foreground leaflets in focus while the hairs on the stem are still... more »

Fiddlehead
It is the season of fiddleheads. There were two big baskets of them at the local grocery this week, and they are everywhere you go in the woods of Southern Maine. I found this one growing along a little steam at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve at Laudholm Farms in Wells, Maine. I have probably taken several hundred shots of fiddleheads over the years, and I know for a fact that I have taken at least a dozen this year...but this one is special. I knew it would be as soon as I saw that the fiddlehead was silhouetted against the dark shadowed water of the stream. It has a studio look...as though I set up the background and controlled the lighting...but is a natural background and just the light of the morning sun. I did use Program Shift on the camera to increase the depth of field...to keep the foreground leaflets in focus while the hairs on the stem are still sharp...necessary at the longer focal length needed to frame the fiddlehead from the little bridge across the stream.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. f9 @ 1/160th @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr. ___

2017-05-23 21:39:37 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

May 23
I got an invitation to the British Birdingwatching Fair
this afternoon. Of couse I want to go. For one thing
it is the biggest event in birding in the world...with
20 thousand or more folks focused on the same thing
for a whole weekend in the English Countryside...
not on birds as such...but on birdwatching as a thing
to do. It is unique in all the world. And, it is always
good that all my colleagues in this optics company
I have worked for 15 years and more have to focus
on that thing I...that thing we...do too. Once a year,
for a few days, we are all thogether around our
birding product and our birding profile and our
birding customers...we are all about birding. And
it is refreshing and uplifting...exhausting for sure...
but stimulating in way nothing we do as a company
is or can be the whole rest of the... more »

May 23
I got an invitation to the British Birdingwatching Fair
this afternoon. Of couse I want to go. For one thing
it is the biggest event in birding in the world...with
20 thousand or more folks focused on the same thing
for a whole weekend in the English Countryside...
not on birds as such...but on birdwatching as a thing
to do. It is unique in all the world. And, it is always
good that all my colleagues in this optics company
I have worked for 15 years and more have to focus
on that thing I...that thing we...do too. Once a year,
for a few days, we are all thogether around our
birding product and our birding profile and our
birding customers...we are all about birding. And
it is refreshing and uplifting...exhausting for sure...
but stimulating in way nothing we do as a company
is or can be the whole rest of the year. For me at least.
So of course I want to go. Looking forward to it!___

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2017-05-23 12:08:35 (20 comments; 9 reshares; 398 +1s; )Open 

A semi-wild apple along the path at Laudholm Farms in Wells Maine. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR at short telephoto on the zoom. Processed in Polarr.

A semi-wild apple along the path at Laudholm Farms in Wells Maine. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR at short telephoto on the zoom. Processed in Polarr.___

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2017-05-23 12:04:40 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 86 +1s; )Open 

Big bug, little bird...
The Eastern Bluebird is not a small bird by some standards. It is bigger than all except one warbler (and some question whether the Chat should be in the Warbler family at all), and bigger than most sparrows. And, of course, even the largest dragonfly is considerably smaller than either a warbler or a sparrow...unless you are talking about this giant dragonfly sculpture seen on the grounds of Laudholm Farms (Wells National Estuarine Research Center...for now...until Trump's budget goes through...then very likely just Laudholm Farms since the Trump team has proposed defunding Esuturaine Reserach Centers). Laudholm Farms is hosting a major outdoor sculpture exhibit, opening May 26, and many of the sculptures are already installed...though they have not yet published the catalog so I don't know who created this particular giant dragonfly...I certainly admire the... more »

Big bug, little bird...
The Eastern Bluebird is not a small bird by some standards. It is bigger than all except one warbler (and some question whether the Chat should be in the Warbler family at all), and bigger than most sparrows. And, of course, even the largest dragonfly is considerably smaller than either a warbler or a sparrow...unless you are talking about this giant dragonfly sculpture seen on the grounds of Laudholm Farms (Wells National Estuarine Research Center...for now...until Trump's budget goes through...then very likely just Laudholm Farms since the Trump team has proposed defunding Esuturaine Reserach Centers). Laudholm Farms is hosting a major outdoor sculpture exhibit, opening May 26, and many of the sculptures are already installed...though they have not yet published the catalog so I don't know who created this particular giant dragonfly...I certainly admire the work. And so, apparently, does the Bluebird. This is not the only sculpture that was serving as a Bluebird perch when I visited. They seemed to like the flat cut steel statue of a fawn down the hill from the dragonfly as well. One can only hope that no matter what Trump and the Republicans do, the Laudholm Trust will find a way to continue to protect the estuaries, the uplands, and the buildings of the farms for all to enjoy. I am pretty sure the Bluebirds (and dragonflies, not mention sculpters and sculpture lovers) would appreciate it. I am certain I would.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. 1/1000th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr. ___

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2017-05-22 12:12:16 (9 comments; 2 reshares; 233 +1s; )Open 

The little falls on the Bascom River at Emmon's Preserve from the top looking down. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. 6 stop difference. -2 EV. Processed in Polarr. 

The little falls on the Bascom River at Emmon's Preserve from the top looking down. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. 6 stop difference. -2 EV. Processed in Polarr. ___

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2017-05-22 12:04:00 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 100 +1s; )Open 

Wild Turkey
Some of you may know the story of how, when our founding fathers were deciding on the national bird, Ben Franklin lobbied for the Wild Turkey, and argued vigorously against the Bald Eagle. The man knew his birds. He knew that the Eagle, majestic as it is, is an opportunistic scavenger. He also knew that the Eagle has a habit of stealing prey from smaller raptors, often bullying them into dropping their catch before they can reach a safe perch. Ben did not think a big, aggressive, bullying, scavenger should be the emblem of our new nation. On the other hand, I have never quite understood his affection for the Wild Turkey...jaded as I am by too many Thanksgiving dinners featuring farm raised turkey...boyhood images of the big commercial turkey farm near home, and the gobbler my grandfather always free ranged on his farm...fattening him up for the feast. And then of course there is the... more »

Wild Turkey
Some of you may know the story of how, when our founding fathers were deciding on the national bird, Ben Franklin lobbied for the Wild Turkey, and argued vigorously against the Bald Eagle. The man knew his birds. He knew that the Eagle, majestic as it is, is an opportunistic scavenger. He also knew that the Eagle has a habit of stealing prey from smaller raptors, often bullying them into dropping their catch before they can reach a safe perch. Ben did not think a big, aggressive, bullying, scavenger should be the emblem of our new nation. On the other hand, I have never quite understood his affection for the Wild Turkey...jaded as I am by too many Thanksgiving dinners featuring farm raised turkey...boyhood images of the big commercial turkey farm near home, and the gobbler my grandfather always free ranged on his farm...fattening him up for the feast. And then of course there is the cultural stigma attached to the name by now...also based, I am certain, on farm raised turkeys...which are about as mindless as a bird can get. (I put the mindlessness down to generations of interbreeding aimed only at increasing the size of the bird's breast.) And then I come upon a bird like the one pictured here...and I know exactly what Ben was on about in his defense of the Wild Turkey as our national bird. This is as handsome and industrious a creature as ever walked the earth...and beautiful in the bargain. And peaceful. Willing (and able...note that spur on the leg just into the frame at the bottom) to defend itself and its females and pults...but not aggressive or needlessly assertive in any way. I have to wonder what difference it might have made in our national character if Ben had had his way...and we were the nation of the Wild Turkey and not the Bald Eagle. Ah well...Franklin lost the debate to others more concerned about prestige and far less knowledgeable about birds.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. 1/250th @ ISO 320 @ f4 out the window of a running car. Processed in Polarr. ___

2017-05-22 10:23:51 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

May 22
On Saturday, driving down I495 through
Massachusetts, we came up behind this
tiny, bright yellow car, tootling down
the interstate 10 miles below the speed
limit. It had, at the back, two propellers
where the bumper should have been,
and when I passed it, the front had a
distinct look of a prow. I did not need
to read the vanity plate: "Anphib1" to
know it was a boat-car...but what it was
doing tootling down the interstate in
the dry middle of Massachusetts is more
than I can say...like a fish out of water.

May 22
On Saturday, driving down I495 through
Massachusetts, we came up behind this
tiny, bright yellow car, tootling down
the interstate 10 miles below the speed
limit. It had, at the back, two propellers
where the bumper should have been,
and when I passed it, the front had a
distinct look of a prow. I did not need
to read the vanity plate: "Anphib1" to
know it was a boat-car...but what it was
doing tootling down the interstate in
the dry middle of Massachusetts is more
than I can say...like a fish out of water.___

2017-05-22 01:43:18 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

May 21
I watched my youngest daughter graduate
with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance
from the Hartt School at Hartford University
today. Her concentration was in Collaborative
Music, though Hartt does not offer a degree
In that. After, she and her roommates hosted
a potluck picnic in their appartment for all the
families, and assorted boyfriends, and a good
time it was for all. I, of course, took pictures.
She was as happy as I have ever seen her,
and that is saying a lot, since she is mostly
a happy being...blessed to do what she loves,
and to do it well. It was her first ever graduation
(since we homeschooled)...a fact her friends
had some trouble with...but she took it in stride.
She will likely be home for the next year, pre-
paring for Grad School auditions, teaching,
and... more »

May 21
I watched my youngest daughter graduate
with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance
from the Hartt School at Hartford University
today. Her concentration was in Collaborative
Music, though Hartt does not offer a degree
In that. After, she and her roommates hosted
a potluck picnic in their appartment for all the
families, and assorted boyfriends, and a good
time it was for all. I, of course, took pictures.
She was as happy as I have ever seen her,
and that is saying a lot, since she is mostly
a happy being...blessed to do what she loves,
and to do it well. It was her first ever graduation
(since we homeschooled)...a fact her friends
had some trouble with...but she took it in stride.
She will likely be home for the next year, pre-
paring for Grad School auditions, teaching,
and accompanying...which is okay by us...
she is a self-contained soul...hardly any
trouble at all...mostly...most of the time.
So this is by way of a congratulations poem.
Well done Kelia, brand new Bachelor of Music.



http://daypoems17.blogspot.com/2017/05/may-21.html___

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2017-05-21 10:20:43 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 101 +1s; )Open 

Eastern Towhee
The Eastern Towhee used to be Rufous-sided Towhee, and I still have that name stuck in my head. In fact that is what I typed as a title until some vague memory that they might have chanced the name sent me looking in iBird to make sure I did not get it wrong…and I, of course, had. By whatever name, the Towhee is one of the most cheerful of the woodland birds of Soutern Maine, especially in spring when the males sing their loud, bold “drink-yer-tea-tea-tea-tea-tea” song. This fellow even sat for his portrait.

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

Eastern Towhee
The Eastern Towhee used to be Rufous-sided Towhee, and I still have that name stuck in my head. In fact that is what I typed as a title until some vague memory that they might have chanced the name sent me looking in iBird to make sure I did not get it wrong…and I, of course, had. By whatever name, the Towhee is one of the most cheerful of the woodland birds of Soutern Maine, especially in spring when the males sing their loud, bold “drink-yer-tea-tea-tea-tea-tea” song. This fellow even sat for his portrait.

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

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2017-05-21 10:18:28 (14 comments; 4 reshares; 295 +1s; )Open 

The magic of a waterfall is that it is never the same twice. The falls on the Bascom River at Emmon's Preserve in Kennebunkport Maine. In-camera HDR. 6 stops, -2 EV. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr. 

The magic of a waterfall is that it is never the same twice. The falls on the Bascom River at Emmon's Preserve in Kennebunkport Maine. In-camera HDR. 6 stops, -2 EV. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr. ___

2017-05-20 12:26:49 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

May 20
I had the strangest dream last night:
I was an observer and this group
of young men had started a company
called "Trans-light Travel". They
offered a two week vacation in 24 hours,
to a destination of your choosing...
the theory being that they boosted you
faster than light to your chosen local,
where you enjoyed yourself for two
weeks and then they boosted you back
just 24 hours after you left. Good deal!
But I, as the observer, was privy to the
inner workings, and I could see that,
after you were strapped in to your
light-speed transport, they, in fact,
filled the chamber with a gas that
induced a transe-like state, dropped
the little LCD screens (like they have
on the backs of airplane seats) and
flashed two weeks worth of images
of your destination at subliminal speed... more »

May 20
I had the strangest dream last night:
I was an observer and this group
of young men had started a company
called "Trans-light Travel". They
offered a two week vacation in 24 hours,
to a destination of your choosing...
the theory being that they boosted you
faster than light to your chosen local,
where you enjoyed yourself for two
weeks and then they boosted you back
just 24 hours after you left. Good deal!
But I, as the observer, was privy to the
inner workings, and I could see that,
after you were strapped in to your
light-speed transport, they, in fact,
filled the chamber with a gas that
induced a transe-like state, dropped
the little LCD screens (like they have
on the backs of airplane seats) and
flashed two weeks worth of images
of your destination at subliminal speed
in front of your dreaming eyes, while
piping in appropriate sound effects
and even whiffs of authentic smells.
The whole process took less than an
hour...after which they hooked you
to an IV to keep you from getting
hungery and then woke you the
next morining, unstrapped you and
decanted you and sent you back to
your home with a SD card full of
pictures, including selfies against
appropriate backdrops. They made
a lot of money and, except for me,
the observer, no one ever caught on
to the fraud. And, given human nature,
and the way we travel, I am not sure it
was not a perfectly valid solution for
the those who could not afford the time
or energy for real travel...so watch
for it on Kick-Starter and get in early!
That is Trans-light Travel, coming soon.___

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2017-05-20 11:58:36 (10 comments; 7 reshares; 286 +1s; )Open 

Moss and rock, root and branch, and clear brown flowing water...in a frame. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Moss and rock, root and branch, and clear brown flowing water...in a frame. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-05-20 11:54:43 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 185 +1s; )Open 

Eastern American Toad
It is the season for tiny toads in the woods and lawns of southern Maine. I saw several while mowing the lawn for the first time this week...and found this specimen deep in the woods of Emmon's Preserve. It allowed me to circle around it for better light and a view of its eye. Very cooperative. :)

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

Eastern American Toad
It is the season for tiny toads in the woods and lawns of southern Maine. I saw several while mowing the lawn for the first time this week...and found this specimen deep in the woods of Emmon's Preserve. It allowed me to circle around it for better light and a view of its eye. Very cooperative. :)

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

2017-05-19 21:50:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

May 19
The furnace man came today to
clean the furnace...a spring time
ritual...part of our yearly service
contract with the oil company.
20 years ago our service man at
the time told us this furnace was
worn out...in need of a new boiler...
but while we have replaced fans
and circulation motors, and thermo-
static controls since then, the
furnace itself just keeps on going,
delivering enough hot water and
radiant heat to keep me happy...
though Carol says the shower
is not hot enough for her in winter...
I suppose it takes her longer to
wash her hair. Anyway, each year
that it passes its cleaning and is
still working is a gift outright...
I am thankful we did not pay
more attention to that service
man 20 years ago. Alarmest
he must have been...or eager
to sell us a brand new... more »

May 19
The furnace man came today to
clean the furnace...a spring time
ritual...part of our yearly service
contract with the oil company.
20 years ago our service man at
the time told us this furnace was
worn out...in need of a new boiler...
but while we have replaced fans
and circulation motors, and thermo-
static controls since then, the
furnace itself just keeps on going,
delivering enough hot water and
radiant heat to keep me happy...
though Carol says the shower
is not hot enough for her in winter...
I suppose it takes her longer to
wash her hair. Anyway, each year
that it passes its cleaning and is
still working is a gift outright...
I am thankful we did not pay
more attention to that service
man 20 years ago. Alarmest
he must have been...or eager
to sell us a brand new furnace. ___

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2017-05-19 12:04:00 (20 comments; 9 reshares; 305 +1s; )Open 

Bascom River at Emmon's Preserve in Kennebunkport Maine. I have tried this shot many times, but this spring shot is the first I have been really happy with. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Bascom River at Emmon's Preserve in Kennebunkport Maine. I have tried this shot many times, but this spring shot is the first I have been really happy with. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-05-19 12:00:42 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 93 +1s; )Open 

Trout Lilies
I told the story of these Trout Lilies at Emmon’s Preserve (Kennebunkport Conservation Trust) in a Day Poem a few days ago. They are also sometimes called Adder’s Tongue

I went to Emmon’s Preserve today
to look for Trout Lilies where I know
they grow, along the trail down to the
little falls on the Bascom River. As
I went down, I thought for sure I was
too late…the blossoms were closed,
well past and drying, and the leaves
already loosing the spots that give
the flower it’s names, whether you
call it Trout Lily or Adder’s Tongue.
Ah well, I have missed them before
and I would like to think this will
not be my last spring…but then
right down by the falls, where the
cold air settles and is further cooled
by the rushing water, holding back the
season, there they were…in fullbloom,
pok... more »

Trout Lilies
I told the story of these Trout Lilies at Emmon’s Preserve (Kennebunkport Conservation Trust) in a Day Poem a few days ago. They are also sometimes called Adder’s Tongue

I went to Emmon’s Preserve today
to look for Trout Lilies where I know
they grow, along the trail down to the
little falls on the Bascom River. As
I went down, I thought for sure I was
too late…the blossoms were closed,
well past and drying, and the leaves
already loosing the spots that give
the flower it’s names, whether you
call it Trout Lily or Adder’s Tongue.
Ah well, I have missed them before
and I would like to think this will
not be my last spring…but then
right down by the falls, where the
cold air settles and is further cooled
by the rushing water, holding back the
season, there they were…in full bloom,
poking up out of moss right by the water’s
edge…nodding as they do…bending their
bright yellow faces down until the red veins
on the backs of the petals show like a
blush. I bent low to photograph them,
doing my best not to slip off the bank and
into the the stream. The woods dream
in flowers in the spring. I would not
want to wake them with my thrashing.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. 1/1000th @ f4.5 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-05-18 21:49:44 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

May 18
Air Quality Alert! I never paid much
attention to them, but now that
I am in the susceptible demographic,
being both relatively elderly and having
limited heart function (hence respatory
sensitivity) I feel compelled to take
more notice...and indeed, breathing is
harder, as though there is less oxygen
in the air today, and I have a sort of
rawness in the back of my throat that
I am assuming is the result high levels
of ozone and dispersed hydrocarbons
(not to mention hydrochloric acid), being
pushed up from New York and Boston
(and everything in between) and settling
up against the coast of the gulf of
Maine where I am blessed to live...
blessed that is, on days when I am
not breathing the exhaust of the
industrial North East. Ah Maine,
life the way it is suppose to be. 

May 18
Air Quality Alert! I never paid much
attention to them, but now that
I am in the susceptible demographic,
being both relatively elderly and having
limited heart function (hence respatory
sensitivity) I feel compelled to take
more notice...and indeed, breathing is
harder, as though there is less oxygen
in the air today, and I have a sort of
rawness in the back of my throat that
I am assuming is the result high levels
of ozone and dispersed hydrocarbons
(not to mention hydrochloric acid), being
pushed up from New York and Boston
(and everything in between) and settling
up against the coast of the gulf of
Maine where I am blessed to live...
blessed that is, on days when I am
not breathing the exhaust of the
industrial North East. Ah Maine,
life the way it is suppose to be. ___

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2017-05-18 11:42:19 (19 comments; 5 reshares; 350 +1s; )Open 

Trout Lily (Adder's Tongue) beside the Bascom River in Emmon's Preserve (Kennebunkport Land Conservancy) in southern Maine. Sony RX10III in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Trout Lily (Adder's Tongue) beside the Bascom River in Emmon's Preserve (Kennebunkport Land Conservancy) in southern Maine. Sony RX10III in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-05-18 11:38:02 (13 comments; 2 reshares; 90 +1s; )Open 

Yard flowers...
Spring is late in Maine, but that does not mean that the yard is not in bloom. I went out yesterday in the early overcast light to capture some of the color. This is a mix of wildflowers that have become established in the yard and plantings. Clearly the Daffodil, Tulip, and Pansy are plantings...as is the Apple, just coming into blossom. The Spring Beauty and Violet are wild.

Sony Rx10iii at various focal lengths. Program Mode. Processed in Polarr and assembled in FrameMagic on my iPad Pro

Yard flowers...
Spring is late in Maine, but that does not mean that the yard is not in bloom. I went out yesterday in the early overcast light to capture some of the color. This is a mix of wildflowers that have become established in the yard and plantings. Clearly the Daffodil, Tulip, and Pansy are plantings...as is the Apple, just coming into blossom. The Spring Beauty and Violet are wild.

Sony Rx10iii at various focal lengths. Program Mode. Processed in Polarr and assembled in FrameMagic on my iPad Pro___

2017-05-17 19:25:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

May 17
I went to Emmon's Preserve today
to look for Trout Lilies where I know
they grow, along the trail down to the
little falls on the Bascom River. As
I went down, I thought for sure I was
too late...the blossoms were closed,
well past and drying, and the leaves
already loosing the spots that give
the flower it's names, whether you
call it Trout Lily or Adder's Tongue.
Ah well, I have missed them before
and I would like to think this will
not be my last spring...but then
right down by the falls, where the
cold air settles and is further cooled
by the rushing water, holding back the
season, there they were...in full bloom,
poking up out of moss right by the water's
edge...nodding as they do...bending their
bright yellow faces down until the red veins
on the backs of the... more »

May 17
I went to Emmon's Preserve today
to look for Trout Lilies where I know
they grow, along the trail down to the
little falls on the Bascom River. As
I went down, I thought for sure I was
too late...the blossoms were closed,
well past and drying, and the leaves
already loosing the spots that give
the flower it's names, whether you
call it Trout Lily or Adder's Tongue.
Ah well, I have missed them before
and I would like to think this will
not be my last spring...but then
right down by the falls, where the
cold air settles and is further cooled
by the rushing water, holding back the
season, there they were...in full bloom,
poking up out of moss right by the water's
edge...nodding as they do...bending their
bright yellow faces down until the red veins
on the backs of the petals show like a
blush. I bent low to photograph them,
doing my best not to slip off the bank and
into the the stream. The woods dream
in flowers in the spring. I would not
want to wake them with my thrashing.___

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2017-05-17 12:17:53 (24 comments; 11 reshares; 300 +1s; )Open 

A stand of Hobblebush...one of the earliest flowers of spring in Southern Maine, along the trail at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Wells Maine. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

A stand of Hobblebush...one of the earliest flowers of spring in Southern Maine, along the trail at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Wells Maine. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-05-17 12:10:10 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 82 +1s; )Open 

Merry Bells
I took a wildflower walk at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge…around the loop at the Headquarters…just to see how spring in Maine is doing. It is, apparently, still early. Expected wildflowers of spring are still just budding, if they are showing at all. I did find a few Merry Bells (Bellwort), a small delicate drooping lily of the woods. This image was taken in what I call telephoto-macro mode…at the long end of the zoom at a closest focus.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program Mode. 1/250th @ f4 @ ISO 320. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Merry Bells
I took a wildflower walk at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge…around the loop at the Headquarters…just to see how spring in Maine is doing. It is, apparently, still early. Expected wildflowers of spring are still just budding, if they are showing at all. I did find a few Merry Bells (Bellwort), a small delicate drooping lily of the woods. This image was taken in what I call telephoto-macro mode…at the long end of the zoom at a closest focus.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program Mode. 1/250th @ f4 @ ISO 320. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-05-17 01:42:44 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

May 16
Back home in Maine, spring is further
behind than in Ohio. The woods are
silent except for our winter birds and
and a few Eastern Phoebes. The
Hobblebush is in bloom, but the Blue-
bead Lily is barely in bud. There are a
few Mayflower blossoms scattered
wildly...and the leaves of the maples
are only just now unfolding and still
bright red. Spring may come all in
a rush the next few days, when the
temperatures are predicted in the 80s,
but it looks to me like we have another
two weeks at least before the season
is fully upon us. I could be wrong
but I am not going to hold my breath. 

May 16
Back home in Maine, spring is further
behind than in Ohio. The woods are
silent except for our winter birds and
and a few Eastern Phoebes. The
Hobblebush is in bloom, but the Blue-
bead Lily is barely in bud. There are a
few Mayflower blossoms scattered
wildly...and the leaves of the maples
are only just now unfolding and still
bright red. Spring may come all in
a rush the next few days, when the
temperatures are predicted in the 80s,
but it looks to me like we have another
two weeks at least before the season
is fully upon us. I could be wrong
but I am not going to hold my breath. ___

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2017-05-16 11:30:29 (4 comments; 8 reshares; 270 +1s; )Open 

Crane Creek estuary, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Ohio. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Crane Creek estuary, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Ohio. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-05-16 11:27:37 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 58 +1s; )Open 

Whip-poor-will
On a very slow day at Magee Marsh during the Biggest Week in American Birding on the Erie shore of Ohio, the bird of the day, and the only bird to draw a crowd, was this Eastern Whip-poor-will hunkered down 10 yards off the boardwalk. Between the crush of the crowd and the limited sight-lines, I was pleased to get this shot at all.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. ISO 1000 @ 1/1000th @ f5. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Whip-poor-will
On a very slow day at Magee Marsh during the Biggest Week in American Birding on the Erie shore of Ohio, the bird of the day, and the only bird to draw a crowd, was this Eastern Whip-poor-will hunkered down 10 yards off the boardwalk. Between the crush of the crowd and the limited sight-lines, I was pleased to get this shot at all.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. ISO 1000 @ 1/1000th @ f5. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

2017-05-15 22:51:56 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

May 15
Home is the birder from his travels,
weary beyond words (even after
sleeping in his seat on both flights
most of the way from Ohio to
Maine). Looking forward to a few
weeks of home-time and spring
in Maine...mowing the lawn (well
okay maybe not looking forward
to that), getting the bike out, walking
the trails at Rachel Carson and Wells
Reserve at Laudholm Farm looking
for our resident warblers and wild
flowers of the season...visiting the
Kennebunk Plains and Day Brook
Pond...generally resting and getting
my suitcases unpacked for the first
time in 4 months. Home. 

May 15
Home is the birder from his travels,
weary beyond words (even after
sleeping in his seat on both flights
most of the way from Ohio to
Maine). Looking forward to a few
weeks of home-time and spring
in Maine...mowing the lawn (well
okay maybe not looking forward
to that), getting the bike out, walking
the trails at Rachel Carson and Wells
Reserve at Laudholm Farm looking
for our resident warblers and wild
flowers of the season...visiting the
Kennebunk Plains and Day Brook
Pond...generally resting and getting
my suitcases unpacked for the first
time in 4 months. Home. ___

2017-05-15 22:45:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

May 14
Last day of the Biggest Week in American
Birding, in Ohio, on the Erie shore, and
a glorious day it was...perfect weather...
and the beginnings of the first solid wave
of warblers of the season...feeding down
low all along the boardwalk. The kind of
day that gives Magee its reputation...and
brings the birders back year after year.

May 14
Last day of the Biggest Week in American
Birding, in Ohio, on the Erie shore, and
a glorious day it was...perfect weather...
and the beginnings of the first solid wave
of warblers of the season...feeding down
low all along the boardwalk. The kind of
day that gives Magee its reputation...and
brings the birders back year after year.___

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2017-05-15 11:14:12 (12 comments; 11 reshares; 257 +1s; )Open 

The marsh inpondment behind Magee Marsh on the Erie shore in Ohio. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

The marsh inpondment behind Magee Marsh on the Erie shore in Ohio. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-05-15 11:05:12 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 90 +1s; )Open 

Prairie Warbler
This Prairie Warbler caused a bit of excitement at the Magee Marsh Boardwalk on the last, and very birdy, day of the Biggest Week in American Birding on the Erie shore in Ohio. It did not want to sit for a portrait, and had to be tracked through the emerging leaves of the trees and vines...but it was enough to make many birders happy.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. 1/800th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Prairie Warbler
This Prairie Warbler caused a bit of excitement at the Magee Marsh Boardwalk on the last, and very birdy, day of the Biggest Week in American Birding on the Erie shore in Ohio. It did not want to sit for a portrait, and had to be tracked through the emerging leaves of the trees and vines...but it was enough to make many birders happy.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. 1/800th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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2017-05-14 10:24:19 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

"If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!" Jesus

Happy Mother's Day to all.

Whether you are a mother, have a mother, are married to a mother, or all three, mothers are certainly one of the primary blessings of God.

May you turn a generous eye on all mothers today. Happy Sunday! 

"If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!" Jesus

Happy Mother's Day to all.

Whether you are a mother, have a mother, are married to a mother, or all three, mothers are certainly one of the primary blessings of God.

May you turn a generous eye on all mothers today. Happy Sunday! ___

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2017-05-14 10:19:18 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 104 +1s; )Open 

Blackburnian Warbler
The Blackburnian Warbler is, to my mind, another of the most spectacular warblers of the spring migration at Magee Marsh on the Erie shore, during the Biggest Week in American Birding. The bold orange and black pattern makes it look like a spark among the foliage.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. 1/1000th @ ISO 800 @ f6.3. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro.

Blackburnian Warbler
The Blackburnian Warbler is, to my mind, another of the most spectacular warblers of the spring migration at Magee Marsh on the Erie shore, during the Biggest Week in American Birding. The bold orange and black pattern makes it look like a spark among the foliage.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. 1/1000th @ ISO 800 @ f6.3. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro.___

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2017-05-14 10:15:45 (16 comments; 12 reshares; 272 +1s; )Open 

Lake Erie from the Ohio shore (Maumee Bay State Park). Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

Lake Erie from the Ohio shore (Maumee Bay State Park). Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. ___

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