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Stephen Ingraham

Stephen Ingraham 

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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2016-08-11 04:10:41 (33 comments; 0 reshares; 413 +1s; )Open 

Figure in the sunset. Tucson Mountain Park, Tucson AZ. Sony RX10iii. Program with 6 stop HDR. - 1 EV exposure compensation. Processed in Lightroom on my Android tablet. 

Most plusones: 469

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2016-08-18 12:06:13 (26 comments; 0 reshares; 469 +1s; )Open 

One of the giant Sycamores of Ramsey Canyon in Arizona. My daughter Sally for scale :) Sony RX10iii at 24mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Nominal exposure: 1/250th @ ISO 100 @ f2.5 . Processed in Lightroom.

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2016-08-23 00:16:50 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 138 +1s; )Open 

Overlooking Bocas del Toro Panama front the continental divide at about 4000 feet. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

Overlooking Bocas del Toro Panama front the continental divide at about 4000 feet. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. ___

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2016-08-23 00:08:33 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

Glass-winged Butterflies
These might just be my favorite butterflies in the whole world...and they are even more special in that I only see them when visiting the highlands of Central America...in this case the mountains just below the continental divide overlooking Bocas del Toro,  Panama. This is both of the species possible in these mountains. We are at Tranquilo Bay Lodge for a week of birding and photography in this amazing corner of the tropics. 

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program Mode. Processed and cropped for scale in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 



Glass-winged Butterflies
These might just be my favorite butterflies in the whole world...and they are even more special in that I only see them when visiting the highlands of Central America...in this case the mountains just below the continental divide overlooking Bocas del Toro,  Panama. This is both of the species possible in these mountains. We are at Tranquilo Bay Lodge for a week of birding and photography in this amazing corner of the tropics. 

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program Mode. Processed and cropped for scale in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

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2016-08-22 01:42:56 (18 comments; 0 reshares; 172 +1s; )Open 

On the way to Tranquilo Bay in Bocas del Toro Panama. Sony RX10iii. Program Mode. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

On the way to Tranquilo Bay in Bocas del Toro Panama. Sony RX10iii. Program Mode. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. ___

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2016-08-21 02:06:59 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 45 +1s; )Open 

Nest Building Verdin
Though I am in Panama for a short night's sleep before a 5am pick-up for our flight to Bocas Del Toro and Tranquilo Bay Lodge, I will take a moment to post this shot from the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson. There are,  of course,  a lot of wild Desert birds who call the grounds of the ASDM home. This Verdin, building a nest,  is one of them. 

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom. 



Nest Building Verdin
Though I am in Panama for a short night's sleep before a 5am pick-up for our flight to Bocas Del Toro and Tranquilo Bay Lodge, I will take a moment to post this shot from the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson. There are,  of course,  a lot of wild Desert birds who call the grounds of the ASDM home. This Verdin, building a nest,  is one of them. 

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom. 

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2016-08-20 19:00:44 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

August 20

Coming into Newark on the first
leg of my trip to Panama, watching
our shadow converge on our
touch-down point, I am momentarily
overwhelmed by the fragility of
this flight thing...by the sheer
number of finely balanced forces
it takes to keep us airborne, by
the unlikely combination of
ingenuity and perseverance that
justifies our earth-bound species
risking our lives on a daily basis
taking to the air...and by how often
our faith in technology is rewarded
and how vanishing small, in the
overall scheme of things, is the
number of tragic disappointments.

Mostly we get where we are going,
mostly in good time, mostly in one
piece (and mostly with our luggage).

It is just, watching the shadow of
the plane race across the runway
approach, over... more »

August 20

Coming into Newark on the first
leg of my trip to Panama, watching
our shadow converge on our
touch-down point, I am momentarily
overwhelmed by the fragility of
this flight thing...by the sheer
number of finely balanced forces
it takes to keep us airborne, by
the unlikely combination of
ingenuity and perseverance that
justifies our earth-bound species
risking our lives on a daily basis
taking to the air...and by how often
our faith in technology is rewarded
and how vanishing small, in the
overall scheme of things, is the
number of tragic disappointments.

Mostly we get where we are going,
mostly in good time, mostly in one
piece (and mostly with our luggage).

It is just, watching the shadow of
the plane race across the runway
approach, over fields and houses,
factories and parking lots, still
moving inhumanly fast, there was
a moment there when my faith
in the laws of physics and human
endeavor wavered, and I wondered
what I was doing in this aluminum
can with wings fleeing the captive
flame inside those jet engines.


August 20 http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-20.html___

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2016-08-20 11:43:29 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 191 +1s; )Open 

Looking put over Tucson from Tucson Mountain Park and Grant's Pass. Sweep panorama. Sony RX10iii. Program. -. 3EV exposure compensation. Processed in Lightroom. 

Looking put over Tucson from Tucson Mountain Park and Grant's Pass. Sweep panorama. Sony RX10iii. Program. -. 3EV exposure compensation. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2016-08-19 22:14:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

God's Dog
I am up early tomorrow and headed for the airport for the first leg of my flights to Panama…I will get to Panama City by 7:30PM tomorrow, to the hotel by 8:30, and then we have a 5AM pickup for the flight to Bocas del Toro. My posting schedule will be off for the next 9 days…but I will attempt to post at least to my Facebook and Google+ Pic for todays. This post is for tomorrow, 8/20.

God’s Dog is what the native Americans of Southern Arizona called the Coyote, and in this pose it is easy to see why. Such a beautiful animal. Again, I don’t post zoo shots that are obviously zoo…but who can resist the Coyote in its natural setting?

Sony RX10iii at 534mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom.



God's Dog
I am up early tomorrow and headed for the airport for the first leg of my flights to Panama…I will get to Panama City by 7:30PM tomorrow, to the hotel by 8:30, and then we have a 5AM pickup for the flight to Bocas del Toro. My posting schedule will be off for the next 9 days…but I will attempt to post at least to my Facebook and Google+ Pic for todays. This post is for tomorrow, 8/20.

God’s Dog is what the native Americans of Southern Arizona called the Coyote, and in this pose it is easy to see why. Such a beautiful animal. Again, I don’t post zoo shots that are obviously zoo…but who can resist the Coyote in its natural setting?

Sony RX10iii at 534mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom.

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2016-08-19 19:56:42 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

August 19
I must be in the playing it safe mode
these days. I got a new battery for the
Focus my daughter is taking to college
(just to be safe), bought a lithium ion
jump start pack for the C-Max in case
it ever falls prey to the dead battery
syndrome again, and, just a few moments
ago, bought a year of medical travel
insurance...required for Cuba...and
probably a good idea for upcoming to
Panama, South Africa, Peru, Honduras.

Insurance is always kind of like betting
against yourself and hoping you lose.

I will consider it a win if the money is
totally wasted: peace of mind is priceless.

August 19
I must be in the playing it safe mode
these days. I got a new battery for the
Focus my daughter is taking to college
(just to be safe), bought a lithium ion
jump start pack for the C-Max in case
it ever falls prey to the dead battery
syndrome again, and, just a few moments
ago, bought a year of medical travel
insurance...required for Cuba...and
probably a good idea for upcoming to
Panama, South Africa, Peru, Honduras.

Insurance is always kind of like betting
against yourself and hoping you lose.

I will consider it a win if the money is
totally wasted: peace of mind is priceless.___

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2016-08-19 12:49:32 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 159 +1s; )Open 

Northern Blazing Star on the Kennebunk Plains in southern Maine. An endangered species in New England. Sony RX10iii at 140mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Nominal exposure: 1/60th @ f10 @ ISO 100. Program shift for greater depth of field. 

Northern Blazing Star on the Kennebunk Plains in southern Maine. An endangered species in New England. Sony RX10iii at 140mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Nominal exposure: 1/60th @ f10 @ ISO 100. Program shift for greater depth of field. ___

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2016-08-19 12:20:42 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

Woody the Woodpecker
Yet another shot from the Ash Canyon Bed and Breakfast south of Sierra Vista, Arizona. The Acorn Woodpecker is the archetypal house breaker, hammering on any solid surface, destroyer of aluminum siding and cedar shingles indiscriminately…made famous by the Disney cartoons of Woody the Woodpecker. They are the most common woodpecker in the foothills of Arizona’s Sky Islands.

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/320th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom.



Woody the Woodpecker
Yet another shot from the Ash Canyon Bed and Breakfast south of Sierra Vista, Arizona. The Acorn Woodpecker is the archetypal house breaker, hammering on any solid surface, destroyer of aluminum siding and cedar shingles indiscriminately…made famous by the Disney cartoons of Woody the Woodpecker. They are the most common woodpecker in the foothills of Arizona’s Sky Islands.

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/320th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom.

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2016-08-18 22:55:29 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

August 18
Eating the last of my belated birthday
peach pie...getting my hair cut...doing
a trial packing for Panama (in-country
flights have 30 pound limits),,,figuring
out a dry bag for the cameras on the
boat crossings...checking the Northern
Blazing Star bloom on the Kennebunk
Plains...taking care of car stuff for the
Focus before Kelia takes it to college...
getting a Micro-SD card for the new
international emergency phone...
making tuna pasta salad for supper...
charging camera batteries...backing
up the Tucson photos...registering the
C-Max and getting chickadee Maine
plates...getting the poem done...making
the most of this day between trips, but
the best part was, of course, the pie!

August 18
Eating the last of my belated birthday
peach pie...getting my hair cut...doing
a trial packing for Panama (in-country
flights have 30 pound limits),,,figuring
out a dry bag for the cameras on the
boat crossings...checking the Northern
Blazing Star bloom on the Kennebunk
Plains...taking care of car stuff for the
Focus before Kelia takes it to college...
getting a Micro-SD card for the new
international emergency phone...
making tuna pasta salad for supper...
charging camera batteries...backing
up the Tucson photos...registering the
C-Max and getting chickadee Maine
plates...getting the poem done...making
the most of this day between trips, but
the best part was, of course, the pie!___

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2016-08-18 12:06:13 (26 comments; 0 reshares; 469 +1s; )Open 

One of the giant Sycamores of Ramsey Canyon in Arizona. My daughter Sally for scale :) Sony RX10iii at 24mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Nominal exposure: 1/250th @ ISO 100 @ f2.5 . Processed in Lightroom.

One of the giant Sycamores of Ramsey Canyon in Arizona. My daughter Sally for scale :) Sony RX10iii at 24mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Nominal exposure: 1/250th @ ISO 100 @ f2.5 . Processed in Lightroom.___

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2016-08-18 12:04:25 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 59 +1s; )Open 

Bewick's Wren
This is another shot from Ash Canyon Bed and Breakfast south of Sierra Vista Arizona. Birders pay $5 to sit in the shade of the trees on the property and watch birds at the feeding stations around the yard…and it is always well worth it (photographers pay an extra $15 to bring a tripod in :). Many birders who come are looking for Lucifer’s Hummingbird or Spot Breasted Oriole, the two specialties of the house, but it is a great place to see and photograph all of the birds of the foothills of Arizona’s “sky islands”. This is a Bewick’s Wren, of the interior race of Bewick’s Wren, and it was hopping about under the feeders, less than 10 feet from my chair at the corner of the back porch.

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 640 @ f4. Cropped for scale and processed in Lightroom.



Bewick's Wren
This is another shot from Ash Canyon Bed and Breakfast south of Sierra Vista Arizona. Birders pay $5 to sit in the shade of the trees on the property and watch birds at the feeding stations around the yard…and it is always well worth it (photographers pay an extra $15 to bring a tripod in :). Many birders who come are looking for Lucifer’s Hummingbird or Spot Breasted Oriole, the two specialties of the house, but it is a great place to see and photograph all of the birds of the foothills of Arizona’s “sky islands”. This is a Bewick’s Wren, of the interior race of Bewick’s Wren, and it was hopping about under the feeders, less than 10 feet from my chair at the corner of the back porch.

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 640 @ f4. Cropped for scale and processed in Lightroom.

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2016-08-18 00:17:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

August 16

People say "patience is not
my long suit". I say it plain:
patience is my short suit!

But then most of the time
I don't wear a suit at all.

August 16 http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-16.html

August 16

People say "patience is not
my long suit". I say it plain:
patience is my short suit!

But then most of the time
I don't wear a suit at all.

August 16 http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-16.html___

2016-08-18 00:06:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

August 17
I am practicing, photographically, for South
Africa and Cuba, since, on neither of those
trips will I be taking my Surface Pro...just
too much to carry...so in Tucson I had only
my Android tablet and a SSD for backing up
my cards. Always it has been part of my dis-
cipline to process every pic I intend to process
on the day I took it. Always. But these coming
trips I will only process a few a day, as I did in
Tucson, for posting, and bring the rest home on
the cards and the SSD. (I doubt I will even be
able to post much from Cuba.) So, practice. And
I came home from a week in Tucson with 2000
exposures, most of which I had not yet looked
at. Surprise, surprise! I have 3 days before I
leave for the next adventure in Panama, and I
am determined to get the Tucson pics processed
and backed... more »

August 17
I am practicing, photographically, for South
Africa and Cuba, since, on neither of those
trips will I be taking my Surface Pro...just
too much to carry...so in Tucson I had only
my Android tablet and a SSD for backing up
my cards. Always it has been part of my dis-
cipline to process every pic I intend to process
on the day I took it. Always. But these coming
trips I will only process a few a day, as I did in
Tucson, for posting, and bring the rest home on
the cards and the SSD. (I doubt I will even be
able to post much from Cuba.) So, practice. And
I came home from a week in Tucson with 2000
exposures, most of which I had not yet looked
at. Surprise, surprise! I have 3 days before I
leave for the next adventure in Panama, and I
am determined to get the Tucson pics processed
and backed up in the cloud before I leave. Pro-
cessed. And backed up! I have to admit sitting
down to 2000 images is daunting. Now I know
exactly why I processed daily my daily take.

But Africa and Cuba (even Panama)? I think I
had better to out tomorrow and buy more cards.___

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2016-08-17 14:42:57 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 209 +1s; )Open 

Another landscape from Tucson Mountain Park. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Program with 6 stop HDR.

Another landscape from Tucson Mountain Park. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Program with 6 stop HDR.___

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2016-08-17 14:41:24 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

Anna's Hummingbird
On our last day in Arizona, Sally and I visited the Ash Canyon Bed and Breakfast south of Sierra Vista. Though it is a modest establishment it has a world class reputation among birders. It is one of the best places for both Spot-breasted Oriole and Lucifer’s Hummingbird. This, however, is a incredibly cooperative Anna’s Hummingbird. It came and sat above us, and allowed me to approach within 4 feet. Not so long ago, there were no Anna’s Hummingbirds in Arizona. They have expanded their range steadily eastward from Southern California over the past decade.

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 220 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom.

Anna's Hummingbird
On our last day in Arizona, Sally and I visited the Ash Canyon Bed and Breakfast south of Sierra Vista. Though it is a modest establishment it has a world class reputation among birders. It is one of the best places for both Spot-breasted Oriole and Lucifer’s Hummingbird. This, however, is a incredibly cooperative Anna’s Hummingbird. It came and sat above us, and allowed me to approach within 4 feet. Not so long ago, there were no Anna’s Hummingbirds in Arizona. They have expanded their range steadily eastward from Southern California over the past decade.

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 220 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2016-08-16 14:07:14 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 165 +1s; )Open 

Tucson Mountain Park in Tucson AZ. Classic Tucson sunset. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Programed Auto with - 1 EV exposure compensation, and 6 stop HDR. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

Tucson Mountain Park in Tucson AZ. Classic Tucson sunset. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Programed Auto with - 1 EV exposure compensation, and 6 stop HDR. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. ___

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2016-08-16 14:00:55 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 62 +1s; )Open 

Eastern Collared Lizard
Birding in Ramsey Canyon was kind of slow yesterday,  for whatever reason, but this beautiful Eastern Collared Lizard posing nicely just about made up for it. 

Sony RX10iii at 525mm equivalent field of view. 1/320th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 



Eastern Collared Lizard
Birding in Ramsey Canyon was kind of slow yesterday,  for whatever reason, but this beautiful Eastern Collared Lizard posing nicely just about made up for it. 

Sony RX10iii at 525mm equivalent field of view. 1/320th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

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2016-08-16 02:42:35 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

August 15

I was musing out loud, as part
of a moderately philosophical
conversation inspired in part
by my birthday yesterday and
in part by a daughter's life style
choices, and I heard myself admit
that I might not, in fact, have added
much value, on the cosmic scale, for
others who share this planet and
this life in my 69 years to date...

unless you count, of course, the
scatter of images, poems, blog
posts and other reflections I seem
to leave behind me as I go...

Of course there are those who
would (and they could be right)
consider that a kind of littering.

August 15 http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-15.html

August 15

I was musing out loud, as part
of a moderately philosophical
conversation inspired in part
by my birthday yesterday and
in part by a daughter's life style
choices, and I heard myself admit
that I might not, in fact, have added
much value, on the cosmic scale, for
others who share this planet and
this life in my 69 years to date...

unless you count, of course, the
scatter of images, poems, blog
posts and other reflections I seem
to leave behind me as I go...

Of course there are those who
would (and they could be right)
consider that a kind of littering.

August 15 http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-15.html___

2016-08-14 22:46:11 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

August 14

My 69th birthday today, and I am in
Tucson on a 99 degree scorcher,
hottest yet this trip. We are finished
with the birding festival, product packed
in it's trunks and labeled for UPS, but
between the heat and being tired out
from sitting at the booth, I am not
inspired to drive anywhere across the
city. We have left-over Chinese in the
frig and bought a pack of microwave
safe bowls to heat it...that and a quart
and a half of Bryers Mint Chocolate
Chip will do me for a birthday celebration
with daughter Sally. It is not like it is
the big seven o or anything...just a
modest, an unremarkable, sixty-nine.


August 14 http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-14.html

August 14

My 69th birthday today, and I am in
Tucson on a 99 degree scorcher,
hottest yet this trip. We are finished
with the birding festival, product packed
in it's trunks and labeled for UPS, but
between the heat and being tired out
from sitting at the booth, I am not
inspired to drive anywhere across the
city. We have left-over Chinese in the
frig and bought a pack of microwave
safe bowls to heat it...that and a quart
and a half of Bryers Mint Chocolate
Chip will do me for a birthday celebration
with daughter Sally. It is not like it is
the big seven o or anything...just a
modest, an unremarkable, sixty-nine.


August 14 http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-14.html___

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2016-08-14 20:38:04 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 198 +1s; )Open 

Tucson Mountain Park in Tucson AZ. Looking West. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

Tucson Mountain Park in Tucson AZ. Looking West. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. ___

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2016-08-14 20:29:09 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 45 +1s; )Open 

Green Heron and genetically challenged duck
We were back at Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson AZ this morning,  this time with a group of 25 young birders. The early highlight of the trip was this Green Heron, always a good bird, and especially good to introduce young folks to the wonderful world of birds. It is pretty, interesting, and, when visible at all, they tend to pose nicely. The bird next to it is a genetically confused hybrid between…definitely a Mallard, possibly a Mottled Duck, and very likely a common farm-yard duck…along with possibly others. :)

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/1000th @ ISO 100 @ f5. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 



Green Heron and genetically challenged duck
We were back at Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson AZ this morning,  this time with a group of 25 young birders. The early highlight of the trip was this Green Heron, always a good bird, and especially good to introduce young folks to the wonderful world of birds. It is pretty, interesting, and, when visible at all, they tend to pose nicely. The bird next to it is a genetically confused hybrid between…definitely a Mallard, possibly a Mottled Duck, and very likely a common farm-yard duck…along with possibly others. :)

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/1000th @ ISO 100 @ f5. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

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2016-08-14 04:11:19 (16 comments; 0 reshares; 232 +1s; )Open 

Madera Creek in Madera Canyon Arizona. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. - 1 EV exposure compensation and Program Shift for a slow shutter and the silky water effect. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

Madera Creek in Madera Canyon Arizona. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. - 1 EV exposure compensation and Program Shift for a slow shutter and the silky water effect. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. ___

2016-08-14 03:56:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

August 13

My daughter Sally was walking behind
me at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum.
"Hold up, she said, "we have a situation here.
Look at your heel." Have you ever tried to
look at your own heel? Not easy. After some
contortions and semi-gyrations that must have
looked amusing to anyone watching, I finally
picked my foot up and stood stork fashion
looking down at one of those spinny balls
that give jumping cholla it's name, attached
to the back of my croc, across both sole and
strap. About two and a half inches across and
covered in sharp barbs set so close they look
a little like fur, it is actually a new finger that
grew on one of the branching hands of the
plant until the cholla pinched it off to fall and
attach itself to something more mobile (like
me) to be... more »

August 13

My daughter Sally was walking behind
me at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum.
"Hold up, she said, "we have a situation here.
Look at your heel." Have you ever tried to
look at your own heel? Not easy. After some
contortions and semi-gyrations that must have
looked amusing to anyone watching, I finally
picked my foot up and stood stork fashion
looking down at one of those spinny balls
that give jumping cholla it's name, attached
to the back of my croc, across both sole and
strap. About two and a half inches across and
covered in sharp barbs set so close they look
a little like fur, it is actually a new finger that
grew on one of the branching hands of the
plant until the cholla pinched it off to fall and
attach itself to something more mobile (like
me) to be carried off to a new spot where,
when shaken loose, it will put down roots
and grow a new cholla. Good plan, except
that it's barbs were set so deep in my croc
that I had to scrape it off with the end of my
monopod, and pluck out the remaining spines
one by one by grasping the plant end. Even so
I ended up with one in my finger, and I can testify
to the tenacity with which it planted itself, that
barbed end buried in my flesh so it was all I
could do to yank it loose. And my finger still
hurts. A situation indeed. And then some.
Too bad neither of us thought to take a picture.


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Broad-billed Hummingbird the wrong way around. Happy Sunday.
"If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!"

We visited Madera Canyon this morning, in search, mainly, of Elegant Trogons (which we did not find), but of course we had to stop by the Santa Rita Lodge and their Hummingbird feeders to see what was going on. All the usual subjects for a mountain August in Arizona, but nothing particularly unexpected. On the other hand,  I could watch Broad-billed Hummingbirds all say. This is a somewhat unique shot. Many might call it a butt shot and disparage it as such, but I like it! I love the bow of the tail and the position of the wings, as well as the grace of the pose...and the colors...what can I say?  I like it. 

And of course that is part of the Generous Eye. You and I probably do not see the world,  or even this image, the same way. And thatis ... more »

Broad-billed Hummingbird the wrong way around. Happy Sunday.
"If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!"

We visited Madera Canyon this morning, in search, mainly, of Elegant Trogons (which we did not find), but of course we had to stop by the Santa Rita Lodge and their Hummingbird feeders to see what was going on. All the usual subjects for a mountain August in Arizona, but nothing particularly unexpected. On the other hand,  I could watch Broad-billed Hummingbirds all say. This is a somewhat unique shot. Many might call it a butt shot and disparage it as such, but I like it! I love the bow of the tail and the position of the wings, as well as the grace of the pose...and the colors...what can I say?  I like it. 

And of course that is part of the Generous Eye. You and I probably do not see the world,  or even this image, the same way. And that is okay. More than okay. That is great. The Generous Eye is generous enough to allow you to see differently than I do, and generous enough (speaking personally, most of the time) to appreciate your point of view and value it equally with mine. It takes all our eyes to embrace the vision of the loving creator God. Happy Sunday. 

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/400th @ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 


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Bonus shot. Sora standing with its reflection. Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson AZ. Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program Mode. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

Bonus shot. Sora standing with its reflection. Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson AZ. Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program Mode. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. ___

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Looking out over the valley to the west from the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Programed Auto with - 1/3 EV exposure compensation. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

Looking out over the valley to the west from the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum. Sony RX10iii in-camera HDR. Programed Auto with - 1/3 EV exposure compensation. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. ___

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Sora. Sweetwater Wetlands
We had limited time this morning before show hours at the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival, so we went to Sweetwater Wetlands, perhaps the best known sewage treatment plant in America. In winter the old settlement ponds, now converted to a birding destination,  attract a host of waterfowl and wintering passerines that you would otherwise be hard pressed to find here in the desert Southwest. In summer...not so much...but it is still good for nesting waterfowl, rails and the normal Desert nesters. Today the birding was slow. We did hear a few Soras on our way around the levie trails,  but it was not until the third pass by the main observation deck that this one flew across my view while watching an immature Black-crowned Night Heron way across the pond,  and landed at the edge of the reeds. Instead of scuttling back in deep, usual behavior for rails, this Sora spenta ... more »

Sora. Sweetwater Wetlands
We had limited time this morning before show hours at the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival, so we went to Sweetwater Wetlands, perhaps the best known sewage treatment plant in America. In winter the old settlement ponds, now converted to a birding destination,  attract a host of waterfowl and wintering passerines that you would otherwise be hard pressed to find here in the desert Southwest. In summer...not so much...but it is still good for nesting waterfowl, rails and the normal Desert nesters. Today the birding was slow. We did hear a few Soras on our way around the levie trails,  but it was not until the third pass by the main observation deck that this one flew across my view while watching an immature Black-crowned Night Heron way across the pond,  and landed at the edge of the reeds. Instead of scuttling back in deep, usual behavior for rails, this Sora spent a good 15 minutes in plain view. 

Sony RX10iii at 1200mm equivalent field of view. (In-camera crop to 5mp.) 1/640th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

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A frame grab from 4k video on the Sony RX10iii. Pided-billed Grebe. Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson AZ. 

A frame grab from 4k video on the Sony RX10iii. Pided-billed Grebe. Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson AZ. ___

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August 12
I was talking to Will Russell, fellow retiree,
who I see once a year when I am in Tucson
for the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival,
about life changes in the past year, and I was
telling him how much I am noticing how much
better I feel this year here in Tucson than last.
I am amazed myself, but it is that obvious. I
am doing things easily that taxed my heart the
past two years, that taxed my whole body. And
of course he wanted to know why, or how...
what had made the difference? Two things for
sure, I told him, and one for maybe. My daily
qi gong since December is the surest one,
and recent adjustments to my blood pressure
medication that allow me to travel without
swelling in my extremities. (That last new
since Honduras even.) And then maybe being
on the CPAP machine is finally showing some... more »

August 12
I was talking to Will Russell, fellow retiree,
who I see once a year when I am in Tucson
for the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival,
about life changes in the past year, and I was
telling him how much I am noticing how much
better I feel this year here in Tucson than last.
I am amazed myself, but it is that obvious. I
am doing things easily that taxed my heart the
past two years, that taxed my whole body. And
of course he wanted to know why, or how...
what had made the difference? Two things for
sure, I told him, and one for maybe. My daily
qi gong since December is the surest one,
and recent adjustments to my blood pressure
medication that allow me to travel without
swelling in my extremities. (That last new
since Honduras even.) And then maybe being
on the CPAP machine is finally showing some
effect. So then I went on to outline my travel
schedule over the next 6 months...Panama,
South Africa, Cuba, Honduras, the Amazon,
and the Galapagos (and then back to Honduras)
and how excited I was about Africa in particular,
and I heard myself saying, "I figure the time is
getting shorter and I intend to fill it as full as
I can. I am happy!" And later I thought, well
there, I said it. And I really am, as happy as I
can ever remember being...enjoying every
moment. And I am not, tempting as it is, going
to be caught lamenting that it could not have
come sooner, when I had more years ahead
than behind...i am just going to revel in the
moments, and do what I can to share, to
broadcast, this happy...with neither regret
nor shame...exalting in the blessing, living
every moment with heart-felt gratitude
and all the zest I can possibly muster.

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August 11
Some things just will not
bear thinking about. Like
where does it go when you
press the white button in
the airplane lavatory and
it all vanishes in a great
sucking whoosh and a
mighty bang of the flappy
thing that leaves you to
wonder what would have
become of you if you'd
still been sitting...and
certain other matters
of a similar nature.

(If you don't like mine
I suspect you have
a set all your own.)

August 11 http://daypoems16.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-11.html

August 11
Some things just will not
bear thinking about. Like
where does it go when you
press the white button in
the airplane lavatory and
it all vanishes in a great
sucking whoosh and a
mighty bang of the flappy
thing that leaves you to
wonder what would have
become of you if you'd
still been sitting...and
certain other matters
of a similar nature.

(If you don't like mine
I suspect you have
a set all your own.)

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As a bonus, a young male Costa's Hummingbird from the Hummingbird aviary at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum. Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 640 @f4. Processed and cropped in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

As a bonus, a young male Costa's Hummingbird from the Hummingbird aviary at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum. Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 640 @f4. Processed and cropped in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. ___

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The drama of early light from the top of Grant's Pass in Tucson Mountain Park, Tucson AZ. Sony RX10iii. In-camera HDR. Programed Auto with - 1/3 EV exposure compensation. 

The drama of early light from the top of Grant's Pass in Tucson Mountain Park, Tucson AZ. Sony RX10iii. In-camera HDR. Programed Auto with - 1/3 EV exposure compensation. ___

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Bobcats: Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum
We spent an interesting morning at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum on Thursday. The ASDM is one of my favorite places and certainly on of the few "zoos" I really like. The displays are excellent, with natural looking habitats, and of course it goes well beyond,  as the name suggests,  your ordinary Zoo. It covers the full Sonoran Desert experience... from plants and animals to geology. 

So, while I do not generally like Zoo shots, I can not resist sharing this shot of a couple of Bobcats from the Cat Canyon display at the ASDM. It was taken through a window of thin vertical wires that forms one wall of the habitat...so thin that if you are close to the wires and the cats are a good distance behind them,  they simply disappear in a photograph. It was a pleasure to catch these two bobcats interacting in the cool of the morningbef... more »

Bobcats: Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum
We spent an interesting morning at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum on Thursday. The ASDM is one of my favorite places and certainly on of the few "zoos" I really like. The displays are excellent, with natural looking habitats, and of course it goes well beyond,  as the name suggests,  your ordinary Zoo. It covers the full Sonoran Desert experience... from plants and animals to geology. 

So, while I do not generally like Zoo shots, I can not resist sharing this shot of a couple of Bobcats from the Cat Canyon display at the ASDM. It was taken through a window of thin vertical wires that forms one wall of the habitat...so thin that if you are close to the wires and the cats are a good distance behind them,  they simply disappear in a photograph. It was a pleasure to catch these two bobcats interacting in the cool of the morning before they settled down for the day. 

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. Programed Auto with - 1/3rd EV exposure compensation. Spot focus and exposure. Processed in PhotoShop Express on my Android tablet. 

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Figure in the sunset. Tucson Mountain Park, Tucson AZ. Sony RX10iii. Program with 6 stop HDR. - 1 EV exposure compensation. Processed in Lightroom on my Android tablet. 

Figure in the sunset. Tucson Mountain Park, Tucson AZ. Sony RX10iii. Program with 6 stop HDR. - 1 EV exposure compensation. Processed in Lightroom on my Android tablet. ___

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Desert Sunset
An early post for 8/11's Pic for Today. First night in Tucson. Sunset form Grant's Pass in Tucson Mountain Park. 

Sony RX10iii at 24mm equivalent field of view. Program Mode with six stop in-camera HDR. - 1 EV exposure compensation. Processed in Lightroom on an Android tablet. 



Desert Sunset
An early post for 8/11's Pic for Today. First night in Tucson. Sunset form Grant's Pass in Tucson Mountain Park. 

Sony RX10iii at 24mm equivalent field of view. Program Mode with six stop in-camera HDR. - 1 EV exposure compensation. Processed in Lightroom on an Android tablet. 

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August 10
I am stuck in Atlanta with 1000s
of other Delta customers, two days
now after their total computer outage...
I am just delayed...many of these
folks are still trying to get a seat
home on any plane, some still from
canceled flights 48 hours ago.
What a mess. I would have avoided
Atlanta (and Delta altogether)
if I could have, but these flights
were booked six weeks ago.

Sill, the only thing worse than being a
Delta customer this past 3 days would
have to be being a Delta employee!

Just imagine. When I try it totally
puts a 3 hour delay in perspective.


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August 10
I am stuck in Atlanta with 1000s
of other Delta customers, two days
now after their total computer outage...
I am just delayed...many of these
folks are still trying to get a seat
home on any plane, some still from
canceled flights 48 hours ago.
What a mess. I would have avoided
Atlanta (and Delta altogether)
if I could have, but these flights
were booked six weeks ago.

Sill, the only thing worse than being a
Delta customer this past 3 days would
have to be being a Delta employee!

Just imagine. When I try it totally
puts a 3 hour delay in perspective.


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Light in the forest. Saco Heath, Saco Maine. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Processed in Lightroom. Program Mode with six stop HDR, and - 1.3EV exposure compensation. 

Light in the forest. Saco Heath, Saco Maine. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Processed in Lightroom. Program Mode with six stop HDR, and - 1.3EV exposure compensation. ___

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Ruby-throat

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Kennebunk ME

Another shot from the back deck feeding station. Our only hummingbird. A Ruby-throated female that is regular at our  feeder. She seems to be the only one in the neighborhood. 

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ f4 @ ISO 640. Processed in Lightroom. 



Ruby-throat

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Kennebunk ME

Another shot from the back deck feeding station. Our only hummingbird. A Ruby-throated female that is regular at our  feeder. She seems to be the only one in the neighborhood. 

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ f4 @ ISO 640. Processed in Lightroom. 

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August 9
So, I am giving myself a mild
case of Typhoid over the next
few days. 4 tablets of attenuated
live Salmonella typhi, taken an
hour before a meal on day 1,
day 3, day 5, and day 7. The
timing stinks. I have to travel
to Tucson, but this is the only
time I can take it. I will get some
gel ice packs to keep the vaccine
alive, in a waterproof bag, near
the center of my suitcase, insulated
by socks. I need immunity for
South Africa and Cuba both, thou
they say it only works for 60% (or
maybe only keeps you 60% well?)

The things we do to ourselves to
avoid the legitimate trials of travel.
Ah well, just as long as it does not
diminish the sense of adventure.
(And I guess being sick in South
Africa would certainly do that!)

August 9
So, I am giving myself a mild
case of Typhoid over the next
few days. 4 tablets of attenuated
live Salmonella typhi, taken an
hour before a meal on day 1,
day 3, day 5, and day 7. The
timing stinks. I have to travel
to Tucson, but this is the only
time I can take it. I will get some
gel ice packs to keep the vaccine
alive, in a waterproof bag, near
the center of my suitcase, insulated
by socks. I need immunity for
South Africa and Cuba both, thou
they say it only works for 60% (or
maybe only keeps you 60% well?)

The things we do to ourselves to
avoid the legitimate trials of travel.
Ah well, just as long as it does not
diminish the sense of adventure.
(And I guess being sick in South
Africa would certainly do that!)___

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Boardwalk coming into Saco Heath in Saco Maine. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Nominal exposure: 1/250th @ f2.5 @ ISO 100. Processed in Lightroom. 

Boardwalk coming into Saco Heath in Saco Maine. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Nominal exposure: 1/250th @ f2.5 @ ISO 100. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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House Wren in the wood pile...
I have a spotty record with wrens, photographically. I find them hard to photograph, for some unknown reason. I am always happy to try! I am always happy to see on, even if I can’t photograph it. (The obvious exception is the Marsh Wrens of Arcata California with are dead easy to photograph…though I am always happy to see them as well.) So, when I spotted this House Wren hopping around in the pile of broken boards from the old boardwalk at Saco Heath I was delighted. The fact that I got a decent photo is even better! The Civilian Conservation Corps replaced almost the full length of the Saco Heath Boardwalk over the past few summers, and the Nature Conservancy (who owns the property) and the State are doing controlled burns when weather permits to get rid of the old rotting wood. In the meantime it is piled six feet tall in several piles just as you come offthe... more »

House Wren in the wood pile...
I have a spotty record with wrens, photographically. I find them hard to photograph, for some unknown reason. I am always happy to try! I am always happy to see on, even if I can’t photograph it. (The obvious exception is the Marsh Wrens of Arcata California with are dead easy to photograph…though I am always happy to see them as well.) So, when I spotted this House Wren hopping around in the pile of broken boards from the old boardwalk at Saco Heath I was delighted. The fact that I got a decent photo is even better! The Civilian Conservation Corps replaced almost the full length of the Saco Heath Boardwalk over the past few summers, and the Nature Conservancy (who owns the property) and the State are doing controlled burns when weather permits to get rid of the old rotting wood. In the meantime it is piled six feet tall in several piles just as you come off the boardwalk into the Atlantic White Cedar grove. House Wrens love wood and brush piles, so it is not too surprising that one or more have taken up residence in these attractive piles.

This has, to my eye, the look of a young bird. I think I see just a hint of left over gape at the back of the beak, but I could be wrong.

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 640 @ f4. Processed and cropped to about a 1000mm field of view in Lightroom.

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August 8
Carol went out this morning to
move the new C-Max hybrid
and it was completely dead...no
lights when you put the key in,
no comforting "Ready to Drive"
on the dash when you turned it...
nothing at all. Dead. Dead. Dead.
So I googled "C-Max Hybrid
will not start" and came up with
all kinds of horror stories and
customer complaints...how is it
I did not find these when doing
my initial research?? After juggling
three other cars in the driveway
I jumped the C-Max and it started
as soon as I attached the cables.
In fact the dash lit up when I
opened the door, ready and waiting
for the key. So I called the dealer
and told my tale of woe and they
said, of course, to bring in it.
More research and I found a
Customer Satisfaction Bulletin
that detailed the... more »

August 8
Carol went out this morning to
move the new C-Max hybrid
and it was completely dead...no
lights when you put the key in,
no comforting "Ready to Drive"
on the dash when you turned it...
nothing at all. Dead. Dead. Dead.
So I googled "C-Max Hybrid
will not start" and came up with
all kinds of horror stories and
customer complaints...how is it
I did not find these when doing
my initial research?? After juggling
three other cars in the driveway
I jumped the C-Max and it started
as soon as I attached the cables.
In fact the dash lit up when I
opened the door, ready and waiting
for the key. So I called the dealer
and told my tale of woe and they
said, of course, to bring in it.
More research and I found a
Customer Satisfaction Bulletin
that detailed the (supposed) fix,
and saved a copy to my tablet
to take with me. Of course, their
diagnostics only told them the
starting battery had a bad cell,
and they said they would replace
it...I insisted that they do the
software updates from the CSB,
and they, of course, refused. :(
Eventually, after test driving other
cars at my price point, the service
manager came out, and, when I
showed him the CSB, agreed to
do the updates. One more round
when he came back and said the
big one had already been done, and
he did not have records for the rest.
I insisted they do them all, even
if it did not need it, (I hate being
"that customer" but sometimes you
have to play the part) and 2 hours
later I was on my way home. I
have not registered the car yet
in Maine, and I will not until we
have driven it near the 20 days on
the temporary plates, just in case.

It is hard to give up on a car that
is already averaging over 40 mph,
and is as well appointed and as
comfortable as the C-Max. (And as
fun!) I want it to work. I will admit
I like the idea of driving a hybrid for
all the usual reasons. If I believed in
crossing fingers my hands would be tied
in knots already...but as it is I can only
hope (and pray) and see what happens.___

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Another view of Saco Heath (a raised peat bog) just at the edge of the Jack Pine hummock. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Nominal exposure: 1/1000th @ f5 @ ISO 100. Processed in Lightroom. 

Another view of Saco Heath (a raised peat bog) just at the edge of the Jack Pine hummock. In-camera HDR. Sony RX10iii. Nominal exposure: 1/1000th @ f5 @ ISO 100. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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Ebony Jewelwing in the sun
Though there was not much water coming over Cascade Falls when I visited on Friday last, there were many Ebony Jewelwings over the stream below the falls. They seemed to like to perch in patches of sun on the rocks and broken branches in the stream. There is nothing so shinny as Ebony Jewelwing in the sun. It looks like it is forged in aluminum and anodized green. Even the wings have their metallic sheen.

Sony RX10iii at about 1100mm equivalent field of view. (Optical plus 2x Smart Digital Tel-converter). 1/250th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Lightroom.



Ebony Jewelwing in the sun
Though there was not much water coming over Cascade Falls when I visited on Friday last, there were many Ebony Jewelwings over the stream below the falls. They seemed to like to perch in patches of sun on the rocks and broken branches in the stream. There is nothing so shinny as Ebony Jewelwing in the sun. It looks like it is forged in aluminum and anodized green. Even the wings have their metallic sheen.

Sony RX10iii at about 1100mm equivalent field of view. (Optical plus 2x Smart Digital Tel-converter). 1/250th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Lightroom.

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August 7
So Cami and Emily, daughter and
daughter-in-law, came by to take
Carol and I to lunch for our birthdays.
Carol is August 2nd (now, of course
past) and I am August 14 (coming,
but I will be in Tucson on the day).

We chose the Jewel of India in the
next town north (Biddeford). I have
never known why the 2nd best Indian
restaurant I have ever eaten in should
be in Biddeford Maine, just a few miles
from our home in Kennebunk, neither
place being big enough to muster
much trade for something so exotic...
but I am thankful, oh, 4 or 5 times
each year, when we find an excuse
to eat Indian. Very thankful. Family
owned and run, at least 2 generations,
(not counting the kids who bus tables
and do homework at the booth nearest
the kitchen), and such food...Channa
Masala Punjabi... more »

August 7
So Cami and Emily, daughter and
daughter-in-law, came by to take
Carol and I to lunch for our birthdays.
Carol is August 2nd (now, of course
past) and I am August 14 (coming,
but I will be in Tucson on the day).

We chose the Jewel of India in the
next town north (Biddeford). I have
never known why the 2nd best Indian
restaurant I have ever eaten in should
be in Biddeford Maine, just a few miles
from our home in Kennebunk, neither
place being big enough to muster
much trade for something so exotic...
but I am thankful, oh, 4 or 5 times
each year, when we find an excuse
to eat Indian. Very thankful. Family
owned and run, at least 2 generations,
(not counting the kids who bus tables
and do homework at the booth nearest
the kitchen), and such food...Channa
Masala Punjabi (chick peas and potato
in delicate spices), Aloo Mutter (green
peas and potato in something delicious)
are two of my favorites...but they have
curries and tandoori specialties, chicken
and lamb and seafood, 14 kinds of bread...
about as authentic as it gets. It always
makes me homesick for a place I have
never been...India...but then that is
what exotic eating is all about, isn't
it, waking memories in the taste buds
you don't actually have, of things that
have never happened, in places you
have never visited...except in your
imagination? It is, by far, the cheapest
way to travel. What a gift! Thank you
daughters for the exotic birthday trip.___

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2016-08-07 12:15:09 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 226 +1s; )Open 

Cascade Falls in Old Orchard Maine. Or all that is left of it in August. In spring it is a rushing torrent. In-camera HDR, program shift for show shutter and water blur, -1.3 EV exposure compensation to preserve highlights. Sony RX10iii, processed in Lightroom. 

Cascade Falls in Old Orchard Maine. Or all that is left of it in August. In spring it is a rushing torrent. In-camera HDR, program shift for show shutter and water blur, -1.3 EV exposure compensation to preserve highlights. Sony RX10iii, processed in Lightroom. ___

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2016-08-07 12:04:21 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Tufted Titmouse: Happy Sunday!
““If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!” Jesus

Yesterday, when I was in the kitchen beginning to think about supper, I slid back the screen on the back deck sliding-door to chase a squirrel away, and then, when the birds at the feeding station came back almost immediately (including our female Ruby-throated Hummingbird) I left the door open and went for my camera. The light was lovely, with filtered sun after a brief rainstorm on the feeding station and the apple branches we have bolted to the deck for perches around it, and the background of dark trees 25 feet behind the station already in shadow. There was a fairly constant flow of Chickadees and Titmice, and the hummingbird came in for a drink from the feeder several times and perched out on the apple branches. I had a very enjoyable 30 minutes standing and watching andtakin... more »

Tufted Titmouse: Happy Sunday!
““If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!” Jesus

Yesterday, when I was in the kitchen beginning to think about supper, I slid back the screen on the back deck sliding-door to chase a squirrel away, and then, when the birds at the feeding station came back almost immediately (including our female Ruby-throated Hummingbird) I left the door open and went for my camera. The light was lovely, with filtered sun after a brief rainstorm on the feeding station and the apple branches we have bolted to the deck for perches around it, and the background of dark trees 25 feet behind the station already in shadow. There was a fairly constant flow of Chickadees and Titmice, and the hummingbird came in for a drink from the feeder several times and perched out on the apple branches. I had a very enjoyable 30 minutes standing and watching and taking pictures. Small active birds are always a challenge, photographically, and there was the added test of getting exposure on the sunlit birds right against the dark background. And of course, there were the birds themselves, going about their business only a dozen feet from me. Thoroughly enjoyable, and perhaps more so, since I was propped up in back door of my own home. When I bolted the apple branches to the deck, it was times like this that I was thinking of…hoping for.

This Tufted Titmouse came several times. The image has almost a “studio” feel to it, a portrait, as though I posed and lit the bird for best effect. The lighting and the background gives the bird unusual dimension…and that, along with the level of detail in the feathers and in the bark of the branch, makes it look uncommonly “real”…alive and present. And of course, it was images like this that I was thinking of when I bolted the apple branches to the deck. 🙂

Still, for all my forethought (or hope) and what little skill I can claim with the camera, it is the bird that makes the image. The bird, bold enough to perch on my apple branch, close, while I stood completely visible in the open door. The bird with its little spark of life, trusting that little spark of life to me in exchange for a sunflower seed or two.

I think it is bred into us, even stronger than our hunting instinct, this desire for the peaceable kingdom…for an Eden-like experience where we are surrounded by all that lives…by every living creature, neither threatened by, or a threat to it…at peace with life itself. I think it is part of our heritage as children of God…the overflow and outflow of the creative love, the caring heart, that made the whole of the natural world we are part of. Our kinship with all that lives is an expression of our kinship with God, who created all in love.

And yes, it was to celebrate that kinship that I built the feeding station on our deck…and the foresight expressed was one instance (still too rare) of my eye being generous, and the light within me reaching forward in time to encounters and images like this. Happy Sunday!___

2016-08-06 13:35:09 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

August 6
Carol said yesterday's poem took long,
so I told her it had fought me...it just
would not lay down on the page. It
wriggled and squirmed, jumped at odd
line lengths, turned wooden in awkward
places, demanded a new idea in the middle
of already settled lines, which, of course,
shifted everything like dominoes falling,
forcing an altogether new flow. People
pay to see folk wrestle alligators...no one
knows the struggle of the poet wrestling
words until they have laid hands on them...
tried to make the stubborn things dance
to a developing idea wrapped in tune.

So yes, sometimes it takes long.

August 6
Carol said yesterday's poem took long,
so I told her it had fought me...it just
would not lay down on the page. It
wriggled and squirmed, jumped at odd
line lengths, turned wooden in awkward
places, demanded a new idea in the middle
of already settled lines, which, of course,
shifted everything like dominoes falling,
forcing an altogether new flow. People
pay to see folk wrestle alligators...no one
knows the struggle of the poet wrestling
words until they have laid hands on them...
tried to make the stubborn things dance
to a developing idea wrapped in tune.

So yes, sometimes it takes long.___

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